July 7, 2017

Of Mice & Mars

Image Credit: University of Colorado Boulder

July 7, 2017 – Far above Earth, a curious colony of spacefarers is sharing close quarters on the International Space Station as part of research that could one day help lead us to Mars. These are no ordinary astronauts, they are mice, and their journey could be key to solving a problem that vexes not just NASA, but also millions of older Americans: bone loss. Read More


Research Experience Gives Community College Students Hands-On Learning In STEM Fields

RRCC student Sean Ross and mentor Suzanne Anderson work at a debris flow site in Boulder Canyon. Image Credit: Red Rocks Community College

July 7, 2017 – Red Rocks Community College students who are planning careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields are gaining valuable experiences through Research Experience for Community College Students (RECCS), a summer research internship program at CU-Boulder sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Boulder Critical Zone Observatory. RECCS provides community college students with an authentic research experience that allows them to explore environmental or geosciences to prepare them to transition to four-year programs in the STEM disciplines. Read More


Vice President Pence Visits NASA’s Multi-User Spaceport – Kennedy Space Center

Vice President Mike Pence speaks before an audience of NASA leaders, U.S. and Florida government officials, and employees inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Pence thanked employees for advancing American leadership in space. Behind the podium is the Orion spacecraft flown on Exploration Flight test-1 in 2014. Image Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

July 7, 2017 – Vice President Mike Pence thanked employees at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for their commitment to America’s continued leadership in the space frontier during a visit to America’s multi-user spaceport on Thursday. Read More


More News:

Research: Magnetospheric Multiscale Analysis Of Intense Field-Aligned Poynting Flux Near The Earth’s Plasma Sheet Boundary
Source: AGU Publications

The Magnetospheric Multiscale mission is employed to examine intense Poynting flux directed along the background magnetic field towards Earth, which reaches amplitudes of nearly 2 mW/m2.


NASA Spring Internships
Source: NASA

High school, undergraduate and graduate students are needed to help NASA scientists and engineers with ongoing scientific and engineering research, technology development and spaceflight operations activities. Internship opportunities also exist in nontechnical areas such as communications, budget, procurement, education and human resources. NASA internships are stipend-paid and offer students mentor-directed, degree-related, NASA-relevant tasks. The deadline for spring applications is October 17, 2017.


NASA Invites Media To Orion Egress Testing With Astronauts In Gulf Of Mexico
Source: NASA

Media are invited to watch NASA test the tools and techniques for recovering astronauts from its Orion spacecraft once it splashes down after completing its missions to deep space, and speak with personnel participating in the evaluations. The testing will take place Thursday, July 13, off the coast of Galveston, Texas.


These Coloradans Say Earth Is Flat. And Gravity’s A Hoax. Now, They’re Being Persecuted
Source: Denver Post

The Flat Earth movement is growing in Colorado, thanks to technology and skepticism about science.


Terran Orbital, Lockheed Martin Hope To Crack Government Market
Source: Via Satellite

Lockheed Martin Ventures has made a strategic investment in Terran Orbital, a company that specializes in nanosatellite design and manufacturing, as well as mission operations. According to Chris Moran, executive director and general manager of Lockheed Martin Ventures, the partnership will allow Lockheed Martin to pursue more advanced nanosatellite solutions, particularly for customers in the U.S. government.


Sorry Veep, America Already Leads The World In Space By A Large Margin
Source: Ars Technica

If President Donald Trump has had one consistent message about space exploration both during his campaign and presidency, it’s that America is doing badly in space. As Vice President Mike Pence has assumed duties over space policy, he has made a respectable effort to tour NASA and Air Force facilities around the country. But during these visits, he’s also reiterated this Debbie Downer message. When he delivered a speech Thursday at Kennedy Space Center, Pence said that under the Trump administration, America will lead in space “once again” no less than eight times.


First Discovery Of An Exoplanet By SPHERE
Source: CNRS

The astronomical instrument SPHERE, installed since 2014 on the Very Large Telescope (VLT) of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile, has made its first discovery of a planet around a star other than the Sun, known as an exoplanet. Only a handful of the 3,600 exoplanets detected since 1995 have been observed directly in this way.


Satellite Companies Moving Markets
Source: Quandl.com

A handful of companies are just now realizing the value of their earth imagery for investment purposes. While the original missions for these organizations may have been more altruistic than driving profits for investors, the business case is there, and the investment community is excited. Realtime or near-realtime satellite data gives traders that elusive information edge, and we begin the race to diffusion with alternative data.


GOES-R Series Program Quarterly Newsletter: April-June 2017
Source: NASA/NOAA

The GOES-R Quarterly Newsletter for the time period April ‒ June 2017 is now available. With the handover of GOES-16 to NOAA’s Office of Satellite and Product Operations and its operational location assigned, we move closer to GOES-16 becoming an operational satellite as GOES-East in November. Scientists and engineers are hard at work to validate the entire system. View the 2Q 2017 newsletter, highlighting GOES-16 post-launch activities and preparations for launching GOES-S next spring.


Six Teams Earn Honors, Prize Money In Second Construction Level Of NASA Challenge To 3-D Print A Habitat
Source: NASA

NASA has awarded a total of $201,023 to teams of citizen inventors that have reached the latest milestone of NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, completing the Phase 2: Level 2 Beam Member competition. The teams are working to find ways to 3-D print habitation structures using recyclables and simulated Martian soil, a technology goal that could support deep space exploration and advance construction capabilities on Earth.


Why Planetary Scientists Want Better Fake Space Dirt
Source: Nature

Artificial soils that mimic the surfaces of the Moon, Mars and asteroids are hard to make — and often miss the mark.


JAXA, NASA Approve Replacement For Failed Hitomi Astronomy Satellite
Source: Spaceflight Now

The Japanese space agency is moving ahead with a smaller-scale X-ray astronomy satellite to replace the failed Hitomi observatory, which spun out of control about a month-and-a-half after its launch last year. The X-ray Astronomy Recovery Mission, or XARM, could launch as soon as March 2021, filling a potential gap in astronomers’ X-ray vision of the universe, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA.