June 15, 2017

Kennedy Space Center’s Education Outreach To Girls Receives National Recognition

June 15, 2017 – NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Digital Learning Network and Speakers’ Bureau received the Women Engineering Pro-Active Network (WEPAN)/DiscoverE Girl Day Award for 2017 for their “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” Program. The award was announced June 13 during WEPAN’s annual Change Leader Forum in Westminster, Colorado. Read More

Gardner-Authored Amendment Passes Senate To Assure Continued Access To Space

Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO)

June 15, 2017 – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) helped pass S.722, Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 on Thursday. This legislation increases sanctions against Iran for their illicit ballistic missile tests, arms transfers, and support for terrorist activities. Read More

NASA And Industry Team Successfully Test Orion Launch Abort Motor

June 15, 2017 – Orbital ATK, along with NASA and Lockheed Martin, successfully performed a ground firing test of the abort motor for NASA’s Orion spacecraft Launch Abort System (LAS) at Orbital ATK’s facility in Promontory, Utah. The launch abort motor is a major part of the LAS, which provides a tremendous enhancement in spaceflight safety for astronauts. Read More

New Flagship Aerospace Facility Approved By CU Regents

Image Credit: University of Colorado Boulder

June 15, 2017 – CU Boulder is set to begin construction this fall of a new 139,000-square-foot aerospace engineering building that will help the College of Engineering and Applied Science enhance its reputation as a national leader in aerospace education and research. Read More

Icy Moons, Galaxy Clusters, And Distant Worlds Among Selected Targets For James Webb Space Telescope

Computer graphic rendering of the James Webb Space Telescope. Image Credit: NASA/Northrop Grumman

June 15, 2017 – Mission officials for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope announced some of the science targets the telescope will observe following its launch and commissioning. These specific observations are part of a program of Guaranteed Time Observations (GTO), which provides dedicated time to the scientists that helped design and build the telescope’s four instruments. Read More

Northern Summer On Titan

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

June 15, 2017 – NASA’s Cassini spacecraft sees bright methane clouds drifting in the summer skies of Saturn’s moon Titan, along with dark hydrocarbon lakes and seas clustered around the north pole. Read More

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Complex Relationships In The Occator-Kirnis Region
Source: NASA

This view obtained by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft during its Survey orbit illustrates the diversity and complexity of Ceres’ geology. It shows familiar features: Occator Crater with its bright deposits (called faculae) of carbonates and other salts, a series of linear features (at right) called Samhain Catenae, and another large crater on the right side of the image called Kirnis. A relatively fresh crater called Lociyo, superimposed on an older crater, can be seen toward the bottom left of the picture.

NASA’s 2017 Distinguished Service Medal And Distinguished Public Service Medal Honorees
Source: NASA

The NASA Distinguished Service Medal and Distinguished Public Service Medal are NASA’s highest form of recognition, awarded to individuals who, by distinguished service, ability or vision, have personally contributed to NASA’s advancement of United States’ interests. The individual’s achievement or contribution must demonstrate a level of excellence that has made a profound or indelible impact on NASA mission success, and therefore, the contribution is so extraordinary that other forms of recognition by NASA would be inadequate.

Natalie Batalha Talks About Hunting Exoplanets With The Kepler Space Telescope
Source: NASA

A conversation with one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, Natalie Batalha, the Kepler mission project scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley.

NASA Awards Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory Operations Contract
Source: NASA

NASA has awarded a contract to Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Service of Houston for support of flight crew training and development activities at the Sonny Carter Training Facility at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Georgia Students To Speak With NASA Astronaut On The International Space Station
Source: NASA

Students at the Fayette County Public Library in Fayetteville, Georgia, will speak with a NASA astronaut living and working aboard the International Space Station at 11:45 a.m. EDT on Monday, June 19. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Expedition 52 Flight Engineer Jack Fischer will answer questions from K5 through 12th grade students from Fayette County and surrounding areas.

Jupiter’s Clouds Of Many Colors
Source: NASA

NASA shared an image that was processed to enhance color differences, showing the amazing variety in Jupiter’s stormy atmosphere. The result is a surreal world of vibrant color, clarity and contrast. Four of the white oval storms known as the “String of Pearls” are visible near the top of the image.

Investigation Tests Drug To Activate Immune System, Help Fight Cancer
Source: NASA

On Earth, research into antibody-drug conjugates to treat cancer has been around a while. The research presents a problem, though, because Earth-based laboratories aren’t able to mimic the shape of the cancer cell within the body, which can sometimes produce incorrect findings. The International Space Station’s unique microgravity environment allows scientists to approach the research from a new, 3-D angle.

Plants To Feed This — And Other — Worlds
Source: NASA

Growing plants in a spaceship, and one day on another planet, is a complicated endeavor. But one tool making it easier is a specially formulated fertilizer, developed years ago with NASA help, which has also drawn huge accolades from growers on Earth.

New Aerospace Building To Be Hub Of Innovation
Source: Ann Smead/CU College of Engineering & Applied Science

Today is an exciting day for aerospace and for all of CU Boulder. The University of Colorado’s Board of Regents just approved construction of a dedicated building for the College of Engineering’s Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences! The state-of-the-art innovation facility comes at a critical juncture for this nationally-recognized aerospace research hub.

Amendment To Senate Bill Allows Continued Imports Of Russian Rocket Engines
Source: SpaceNews

Senators overwhelmingly passed an amendment to an Iran-Russia sanctions bill June 15 to fix language some argued could have prevented NASA and others from launching missions on rockets that use Russian engines.

Keeping The Rhythm In Space
Source: ESA

Space is an inhospitable environment for the human body but we adapt remarkably well. Within hours, the brain adjusts to the lack of an up or down, as if floating is all it has ever known. Now researchers are learning how our internal clock similarly adjusts to the restrictions of space.

China’s Tianzhou-1 Cargo Spacecraft Completes Second Orbital Refueling Test
Source: gbtimes.com

China’s first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, has successfully completed its second refuelling of the Tiangong-2 space lab in orbit, further proving a process being tested as part of plans for a large, modular space station.

No Universe Without Big Bang
Source: Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam and the Perimeter Institute in Canada disprove the theory of the “smooth beginning”.

Radio Astronomers Peer Deep Into The Stellar Nursery Of The Orion Nebula
Source: University of Toronto

Astronomers have released an image of a vast filament of star-forming gas, 1200 light-years away, in the stellar nursery of the Orion Nebula.

Spatial Corp. Joins ADAPT
Source: Additive Manufacturing

ADAPT, the Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies, a research consortium focused on developing technologies to accelerate the certification and qualification of 3D-printed metal parts, has added Spatial Corp. as a new member. Spatial is a provider of 3D software development toolkits for design, manufacturing and engineering solutions, including additive manufacturing hardware producers.