June 30, 2017

Striking Earth-Based Images Of Jupiter To Enhance Juno Flyby

This animation shows Jupiter as revealed by a powerful telescope and a mid-infrared filter sensitive to the giant planet’s tropospheric temperatures and cloud thickness. It combines observations made on Jan. 14, 2017, using the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii. Image Credit: NAOJ/NASA/JPL-Caltech

June 30, 2017 – Telescopes in Hawaii have obtained new images of Jupiter and its Great Red Spot, which will assist the first-ever close-up study of the Great Red Spot, planned for July 10. On that date, NASA’s Juno spacecraft will fly directly over the giant planet’s most famous feature at an altitude of only about 5,600 miles (9,000 kilometers). Read More

a.i. solutions To Support NOAA’s ProTech-Satellite Domain Through INNOVIM’s Contract Award

NOAA Operates the following satellites: GOES: 13, 14, 15, 16; Polar: NOAA 15, 18, 19 and Suomi NPP; DMSP 14, 15, 16, 17, 18; Jason 2 and Jason 3; and DSCOVR. Image Credit: a.i. solutions

June 30, 2017 – a.i. solutions is part of a team of companies awarded a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) contract to provide professional engineering services for its ProTech – Satellite Domain. Read More

Connecticut Students To Speak With NASA Astronauts On Space Station

Image Credit: ESA/Hubble/NASA

June 30, 2017 – Not all galaxies have the luxury of possessing a simple moniker or quirky nickname. This impressive galaxy imaged by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is one of the unlucky ones, and goes by a name that looks more like a password for a computer: 2XMM J143450.5+033843. Read More

Connecticut Students To Speak With NASA Astronauts On Space Station

Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA will speak with students at the Wallingford Public Library in Wallingford, Connecticut. Image Credit: NASA

June 30, 2017 – Students at the Wallingford Public Library in Wallingford, Connecticut, will speak with NASA astronauts living and working aboard the International Space Station at noon EDT on Thursday, July 6. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television’s Media Channel and the agency’s website. Read More

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft To Fly Over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot July 10

This true color mosaic of Jupiter was constructed from images taken by the narrow angle camera onboard NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on December 29, 2000, during its closest approach to the giant planet at a distance of approximately 10 million kilometers (6.2 million miles). Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

June 30, 2017 – Just days after celebrating its first anniversary in Jupiter orbit, NASA’s Juno spacecraft will fly directly over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, the gas giant’s iconic, 10,000-mile-wide (16,000-kilometer-wide) storm. This will be humanity’s first up-close and personal view of the gigantic feature — a storm monitored since 1830 and possibly existing for more than 350 years. Read More

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SSTL Closing US Factory, Centralizing Manufacturing Back In UK
Source: SpaceNews

British small satellite manufacturer Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) is closing down a Denver factory in favor of centralizing spacecraft production back in the United Kingdom. SSTL formed its U.S. subsidiary, Surrey Satellite Technology-US, in 2008, and opened a factory in the Denver suburb of Englewood, Colorado, to specifically focus on the vibrant U.S. small satellite market.

CHESS Mission Measures Light Filtered Through Interstellar Medium
Source: SpaceFlight Insider

In New Mexico, from the White Sands Missile Range, NASA launched a Black Brant IX sounding rocket at 1:10 a.m. EDT on June 27, 2017. The mission known as CHESS – Colorado High-Resolution Echelle Stellar Spectrograph – has given every indication to NASA mission handlers that the flight appeared very promising with science data being received as anticipated.

How Tiny Collisions Shape Mercury
Source: AAS Nova

If space rocks are unpleasant to encounter, space dust isn’t much better. Mercury’s cratered surface tells of billions of years of meteoroid impacts — but its thin atmosphere is what reveals its collisional history with smaller impactors. Now new research is providing a better understanding of what we’re seeing.

Researchers Find Out How Bromine Fits Into Venusian Chemistry
Source: Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

Bromine species, and hydrogen bromide (HBr) in particular, could play an important part in the photochemistry of the lower atmosphere of Venus. This conclusion was made by researchers from MIPT and the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences after comparing the data of Earth-based observations of Venus with the predictions of a photochemical model.

Tiny ‘Motors’ Are Driven By Light
Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Science fiction is full of fanciful devices that allow light to interact forcefully with matter, from light sabers to photon-drive rockets. In recent years, science has begun to catch up; some results hint at interesting real-world interactions between light and matter at atomic scales, and researchers have produced devices such as optical tractor beams, tweezers, and vortex beams. Now, a team at MIT and elsewhere has pushed through another boundary in the quest for such exotic contraptions, by creating in simulations the first system in which particles — ranging from roughly molecule- to bacteria-sized — can be manipulated by a beam of ordinary light rather than the expensive specialized light sources required by other systems.

Space For Humanity Seeks 10,000 Citizen Astronauts
Source: SpaceNews

To date, only 536 people have traveled to space and the vast majority have been men from a handful of nations. Dylan Taylor, a space industry angel investor and SpaceNews columnist, is eager to share the experience with 10,000 people through a nonprofit organization, Space for Humanity, that will pay for the trips.

Wing Welcomes ‘Home’ New Leader
Source: Schriever Air Force Base

The 50th Space Wing welcomed new leadership during a change-of-command ceremony held here June 30 at 8:30 a.m. Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) and Joint Functional Component Command for Space presided over the ceremony that gave the wing’s reigns to Col. Jennifer Grant from previous commander, Col. DeAnna Burt. Grant previously commanded at Schriever as the 2nd Space Operations Squadron commander from August 2010 to June 2012.

Veteran Ocean Satellite To Assume Added Role
Source: NASA

A venerable U.S./European oceanography satellite mission with NASA participation that has expanded our knowledge of global sea level change, ocean currents and climate phenomena like El Niño and La Niña will take on an additional role next month: improving maps of Earth’s sea floor.

House Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2018 Defense Bill
Source: U.S. House of Representatives

The House Appropriations Committee today approved the fiscal year 2018 Defense Appropriations bill on a voice vote. The legislation funds the Department of Defense – including operations, readiness activities, and health and quality-of-life programs for our troops and military families.

Senate, House Disagree On Creation Of U.S. Space Corps, NDAA Priorities
Source: GovCon Wire

The House Armed Services Committee voted down an amendment that would have halted the creation of a U.S. Space Corps and instead moved forward with the provision as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which passed late Wednesday night.

President Trump Issues Executive Order On Reviving The National Space Council
Source: The White House

On Friday, President Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Order to revive the National Space Council. President George H.W. Bush established the National Space Council in 1989. The Council was tasked with advising and assisting the President regarding national space policy and strategy. The Council ceased operation in 1993.

Video: President Trump Signs The Space Council Executive Order
Source: The White House

President Trump signs an Executive Order reestablishing the White House National Space Council.

Presidential Executive Order On Reviving The National Space Council
Source: The White House

A link to the text of the Executive Order reviving the National Space Council.

Trump Reestablishes National Space Council
Source: SpacePolicyOnline.com

President Trump signed an Executive Order today reestablishing the White House National Space Council. Created by law in 1988 and operational under the George H.W. Bush Administration, the Council has not been funded or staffed since the end of his administration in January 1993. It was chaired during his Administration by Vice President Dan Quayle. Now it will be chaired by Vice President Mike Pence.

Space Frontier Foundation Honors NewSpace Pioneers For Advancing Space Exploration
Source: Space Frontier Foundation

The Space Frontier Foundation, the leading non-profit organization dedicated to opening the space frontier to human settlement, will honor five industry leaders for their advocacy and commitment to expanding commercial space efforts. Honorees will be recognized during the NewSpace 2017 Awards Ceremony at Novela, San Francisco, CA, on June 29.

Winners Of Student Mars Art (SMArt) Contest Announced
Source: The Mars Society

Over 140 students from around the world entered the Mars Society’s Student Mars Art (SMArt) contest over the past few months. The objective of the international competition was for students to depict any phase of the human future on the planet Mars, from first landing to full settlement.

NASA’S First Asteroid Deflection Mission Enters Next Design Phase
Source: NASA

The first-ever mission to demonstrate an asteroid deflection technique for planetary defense — the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) — is moving from concept development to preliminary design phase, following NASA’s approval on June 23.

NASA Simulates Asteroid Impacts To Help Identify Possible Life-Threatening Events
Source: NASA

When an asteroid struck the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in 2013, the blast from the asteroid’s shock wave broke windows and damaged buildings as far away as 58 miles (93 kilometers), injuring more than 1,200 people. In support of NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office, researchers are creating 3-D models and using one of NASA’s most powerful supercomputers to produce simulations of hypothetical asteroid impact scenarios. Their results help first responders and other agencies to identify and make better informed decisions for how best to defend against life-threatening asteroid events.

Vice President Pence To Visit NASA’s Kennedy Space Center
Source: NASA

Vice President Mike Pence will visit NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday, July 6. NASA Television and the agency’s website will provide live coverage for parts of the visit starting at noon EDT with Air Force Two’s arrival at Kennedy’s Shuttle Landing Facility runway, as well as a special address to the center’s workforce at 12:50 p.m.

‘Elementary, My Dear Deposit…’
Source: NASA

In this image, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) observes an impact crater with associated bright deposits that at first glance give the appearance of seasonal frost or ice accumulations. MRO has an onboard spectrometer called CRISM that can distinguish between ices and other minerals. Unfortunately, there is currently no coverage of this particular spot. However, it can be deduced through several lines of evidence that this is, in fact, not ice.

Sentinel-2 Data Coming Soon To GBDX
Source: DigitalGlobe

We’ve long heard that customers, partners and users of our Geospatial Big Data platform, GBDX, would find incredible value in the ability to access open-source content with the same enterprise-grade tools we make available to conduct geospatial analytics with commercial satellite imagery. On the heels of adding MDA’s RADARSAT-2 data to GBDX, we’re proud to announce the forthcoming availability of broad-area Earth imagery from the European Space Agency (ESA)’s Sentinel-2 spacecraft for our users to access and analyze within our cloud-based environment, at continental scale.