June 19, 2017

NASA Releases Kepler Survey Catalog With Hundreds Of New Planet Candidates

NASA’s Kepler space telescope team has identified 219 new planet candidates, 10 of which are near-Earth size and in the habitable zone of their star. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

June 19, 2017 – NASA’s Kepler space telescope team has released a mission catalog of planet candidates that introduces 219 new planet candidates, 10 of which are near-Earth size and orbiting in their star’s habitable zone, which is the range of distance from a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of a rocky planet. Read More


Grooves And Kinks In The Rings

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

June 19, 2017 – Many of the features seen in Saturn’s rings are shaped by the planet’s moons. This view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows two different effects of moons that cause waves in the A ring and kinks in the F ring. Read More


Webb Telescope Set For Testing In Space Simulation Chamber

Image Credit: NASA/Desiree Stover

June 19, 2017 – NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope sits in front of the door to Chamber A, a giant thermal vacuum chamber located at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The telescope will soon be moved into the chamber, where it will spend a hot Houston summer undergoing tests at sub-freezing cryogenic temperatures. Read More


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9th Annual Beers, Brats, and Burgers Registration Now Open
Source: Oakman Aerospace/CSBR

Registration for the 9th Annual Beers, Brats, and Burgers is now open! Beers, Brats, and Burgers, hosted by the Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR), is a forum for expanding personal and professional networks through peers in the industry as well as enjoying some good food and spirits! The event will be held on August 16th and hosted at FATE Brewing Company in Boulder, CO from 4:00pm until 8:00pm.


Deep Space Trajectory Design Software For Ocean World Orbiters And Human Space Flight
Source: a.i. solutions

On June 22, 2017, a.i. solutions’ Sean Phillips will be showcasing the company’s Deep Space Trajectory Explorer (DSTE) during his Keynote address at the Oracle Code in Atlanta, GA. Here is the abstract for his presentation followed by a few videos highlighting the explorer tool’s capabilities.


University Students Mine For Water At NASA’s Mars Ice Challenge
Source: NASA

For humans to survive on other worlds, they’ll have to harness the resources – like water – that exist there. A recent competition held at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, aimed to find ways of doing just that.


Hubble’s Spirograph
Source: NASA/ Space Telescope Science Institute

In this classic Hubble image from 2000, the planetary nebula IC 418 glows like a multifaceted jewel with enigmatic patterns. IC 418 lies about 2,000 light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Lepus.


Editor In Chief Of Open Astronomy, A Flagship For Open Publishing
Source: High Altitude Observatory

In late February 2017, Senior Scientist Philip Judge was contacted by Ewa Chmielewska, Managing Editor at De Gruyter Open, a scientific publisher of its own and third-party journals. To his great surprise, Ewa invited Philip to become Editor-In-Chief of the online journal Open Astronomy.


Video: Kepler Survey Catalog – Media Briefing
Source: NASA Ames Research Center

Launched in 2009, the Kepler space telescope is our first mission capable of identifying Earth-size planets around other stars. On Monday, June 19, 2017, scientists announced the results from the latest Kepler candidate catalog of the mission at a press conference at NASA’s Ames Research Center.


Video: Space Station Crew Member Discusses Life In Space With Georgia Students
Source: NASA

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 52 Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA discussed life and research aboard the orbital laboratory June 19 with students gathered at the Fayette County Public Library in Fayette, Georgia, during an educational in-flight event. Fischer is in the midst of a four-and-a-half-month mission on the station.


Changing How Solar Power Rolls
Source: NASA

Traditional solar panels used to power satellites can be bulky with heavy panels folded together using mechanical hinges. An experiment that recently arrived at the International Space Station will test a new solar array design that rolls up to form a compact cylinder for launch with significantly less mass and volume, potentially offering substantial cost savings as well as an increase in power for satellites.


DigitalGlobe’s Tony Frazier: Govt Leaders Recognize Need To Leverage Machine Learning, Big Data Analytics
Source: ExecutiveBiz

Tony Frazier, senior vice president of government solutions at DigitalGlobe, has said the U.S. government acknowledges the need to leverage big data analytics, machine learning, automation and other commercial technology platforms in order to help transform the intelligence community and global mapping efforts.


Test Version Of Orion Crew Module To Validate Spacecraft Design
Source: NASA

While flight hardware for NASA’s Orion crew module is undergoing work in Florida, near-identical structural test articles for the spacecraft are coming together in a test facility across the country in Colorado. Engineers at Lockheed Martin’s Waterton facility in Denver will conduct a series of tests to confirm Orion’s design is structurally sound and ensure the spacecraft is ready for deep-space missions.