July 17, 2017

Exploring Jupiter With Juice

In the artist’s impression, which is not to scale, Ganymede is shown in the foreground, Callisto to the far right, and Europa centre-right. Volcanically active moon Io is also shown, at left. The moons were imaged by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft; Jupiter is seen here with a vivid aurora, captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Image Credit: spacecraft: ESA/ATG medialab; Jupiter: NASA/ESA/J. Nichols (University of Leicester); Ganymede: NASA/JPL; Io: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona; Callisto and Europa: NASA/JPL/DLR

July 17, 2017 – It may still be five years away from launch, and over a decade before the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (Juice) reaches the gas giant and its icy moons, but preparations are well under way. This new artist’s impression depicts the final spacecraft design, the construction of which is being overseen by Airbus Defence and Space. Read More


Jets From A Distance

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

July 17, 2017 – Enceladus’ intriguing south-polar jets are viewed from afar, backlit by sunlight while the moon itself glows softly in reflected Saturn-shine. Read More


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Jeff Bezos Gets A Kick Out Of Winning The First Buzz Aldrin Space Innovation Award
Source: GeekWire

Forty-eight years after he landed on the moon, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin rolled out a red carpet for the red planet at a star-studded gala at the Kennedy Space Center. Aldrin, 87, commemorated the upcoming anniversary of the 1969 mission to the moon under a historic Saturn V rocket Saturday and raised more than $190,000 for his nonprofit space education foundation, ShareSpace Foundation.


Donley, Kehler Join Anti-Space Corps Chorus While House Moves Ahead
Source: SpacePolicyOnline.com

On Friday, the House passed legislation that would create a Space Corps within the Air Force while a former Secretary of the Air Force and former Commander of U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) argued against it at a seminar across town.


Second Half Of Mars 160 Mission Begins As Crew Arrives At FMARS
Source: The Mars Society

Continuing its leadership in high-level Mars analog research, the Mars Society is pleased to announce that the second half of its Mars 160 mission has officially begun with the arrival of a six-person crew this weekend at the organization’s Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS), located on Devon Island in northern Canada.


NASA Neutron Star Mission Begins Science Operations
Source: NASA

NASA’s new Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) mission to study the densest observable objects in the universe has begun science operations. Launched June 3 on an 18-month baseline mission, NICER will help scientists understand the nature of the densest stable form of matter located deep in the cores of neutron stars using X-ray measurements.


ALBus CubeSat Will Demonstrate Power Technology
Source: NASA

The ALBus CubeSat, scheduled to launch early next year, is a pathfinder technology demonstration for high power density CubeSats. The mission will demonstrate power management and distribution of 100 watts of electrical power to a target load, system performance of a high power density CubeSat and successful deployment of solar arrays and antennas using resettable shape memory alloy mechanisms.


Jack Boyd Talks About His 70 Years with NASA (And NACA)
Source: NASA

A conversation with Jack Boyd, Senior Advisor to the Center Director at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. Jack has 70 years of experience at Ames, first joining back in 1947 when Ames was a part of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA).


NASA-Funded Citizen Science Project Discovers New Brown Dwarf
Source: NASA

One night three months ago, Rosa Castro finished her dinner, opened her laptop, and uncovered a novel object that was neither planet nor star. Therapist by day and amateur astronomer by night, Castro joined the NASA-funded Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 citizen science project when it began in February — not knowing she would become one of four volunteers to help identify the project’s first brown dwarf, formally known as WISEA J110125.95+540052.8.


Video: Pictures At An Occultation
Source: NASA

Scenes from Argentina: how the NASA New Horizons team prepped for today’s observations of 2019 flyby target MU69.


NASA Listens In As Electrons Whistle While They Work
Source: NASA

Space is not empty, nor is it silent. While technically a vacuum, space nonetheless contains energetic charged particles, governed by magnetic and electric fields, and it behaves unlike anything we experience on Earth. In regions laced with magnetic fields, such as the space environment surrounding our planet, particles are continually tossed to and fro by the motion of various electromagnetic waves known as plasma waves. These plasma waves, like the roaring ocean surf, create a rhythmic cacophony that — with the right tools — we can hear across space.


TDRS-M Status Update – July 15, 2017
Source: NASA

NASA and Boeing are reviewing an incident that occurred during final spacecraft closeout activities on the Tracking Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-M) mission at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida, on July 14, involving the Omni S-band antenna. The mission team is developing a plan to assess flight acceptance and the schedule forward. These additional activities are under evaluation for a planned TDRS-M launch Aug. 3, 2017, on an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.


TDRS-M Launch Date Under Review Following Pre-Launch Incident
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com

NASA and Boeing are reviewing the status of the TDRS-M launch date following an incident relating to an antenna during the spacecraft’s final launch processing to launch. The spacecraft’s launch atop United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket is currently scheduled to take place on August 3.


Ground Stations Go Dancing With Cassini
Source: ESA

In Cassini’s Grand Finale orbits – the final chapter of its nearly 20-year mission – the spacecraft travels in an elliptical path that sends it diving at tens of thousands of kilometers per hour through the 2400-km space between the rings and the planet where no spacecraft has ventured before. May, June and July have been busy months for Cassini, as a series of complex ground-station tracking passes involving ESA’s Deep Space Antennas (DSA) and NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN) captured a series Grand Finale radio science passes.


#NASALangley100: A Storied Legacy, A Soaring Future
Source: NASA

Something happened 100 years ago that changed forever the way we fly. And then the way we explore space. And then how we study our home planet. That something was the establishment of what is now NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, which is commemorating its 100th anniversary in 2017.