May 23, 2017

SES-14 Integrates Nasa Ultraviolet Space Spectrograph

The Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) instrument is hoisted up and installed onto the SES-14 commercial communications satellite, which is being assembled at Airbus Defence and Space in Toulouse, France. The LASP-built instrument is now slated to proceed through a series of environmental tests prior to launch in late 2017. Image Credit: Airbus DS

May 23, 2017 – SES today announced the successful integration of NASA’s Global-Scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) hosted payload with SES-14. Read More


Short Spacewalk Complete After Successful Installation Work

Colorado astronaut Jack Fischer waves while attached to the Destiny laboratory during a spacewalk to replace a failed data relay box and install a pair wireless antennas. Image Credit: NASA/ESA

May 23, 2017 – Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA concluded their spacewalk at 8:06 a.m. MDT. During the spacewalk, which lasted two hours and 46 minutes, the two astronauts successfully replaced a computer relay box, and installed a pair of antennas on station to enhance wireless communication for future spacewalks. Read More


Today: NASA To Discuss FY2018 Budget Proposal, Provide Virtual Tours of Centers

May 23, 2017 – NASA will hold a series of events Tuesday, May 23, highlighting the agency’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal, including a televised State of NASA address by acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot and Facebook Live virtual tours of NASA’s 10 centers, where innovation is enabling exploration and discovery. Read More


More News:

Trump Budget Would Slash Science Programmes Across Government
Source: Nature

US President Donald Trump released a revised budget plan on 23 May that would slash science spending across the federal government in 2018. Biomedical, public-health and environmental research programmes are among those that would be pared back.


Astronauts May Wear Eight-Legged ‘Spider’ Spacesuits To Crawl On The Moons Of Mars
Source: SFGate

When the first astronauts reach Mars in the 2030s, they’ll never set foot on the planet’s surface. Instead, NASA wants its plucky human crew to orbit the desert world for about a year, then return home. But that doesn’t mean astronauts couldn’t explore Phobos or Deimos — two tiny and intriguing moons of Mars. Lockheed Martin, a company that’s building NASA’s Orion spaceship, recently put forth a tantalizing pitch for a sortie mission: Put astronauts inside an eight-legged, rocket-powered spacesuit that can crawl, walk, or hop across a moon’s surface.


MDA Views DigitalGlobe Merger As Hedge Against Cyclical Satellite Market
Source: SpaceNews

MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates told investors May 23 that its pending acquisition of geospatial imagery and services provider DigitalGlobe will help offset the revenue peaks and valleys of MDA’s satellite manufacturing business.


VLA Reveals New Object Near Supermassive Black Hole In Famous Galaxy
Source: National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Pointing the National Science Foundation’s Very Large Array (VLA) at a famous galaxy for the first time in two decades, a team of astronomers got a big surprise, finding that a bright new object had appeared near the galaxy’s core. The object, the scientists concluded, is either a very rare type of supernova explosion or, more likely, an outburst from a second supermassive black hole closely orbiting the galaxy’s primary, central supermassive black hole.


Space Fence System Display Unveiled At Heritage Center
Source: U.S. Air Force/Space and Missile Systems Center

Michele Evans, vice president and general manager of Integrated Warfare Systems and Sensors for Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, accompanied by Robert Condren, Don Tomajen and Nancy FitzGerald, assisted Col. Phil Garrant, director of the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Space Superiority Directorate in unveiling a new informational display at the SMC Heritage Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, California, May 11.


Hughes JUPITER™ System Selected for National ‘Digital India’ Initiative
Source: EchoStar Corporation

IPSTAR International, a premier Asia- Pacific telecommunications company and wholly owned subsidiary of satellite operator THAICOM Public Company Limited , has chosen the JUPITER™ System from Hughes Network Systems LLC, (HUGHES), the world’s leading provider of broadband satellite networks and services, to extend the reach of broadband throughout India.


White House Proposes $19.1 Billion NASA Budget, Cuts Earth Science And Education
Source: SpaceNews

The White House’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposal seeks to cancel five NASA Earth science projects and confirms plans to shut down the agency’s education office as part of more than $560 million in cuts from 2017.


UCAR Statement On President Trump’s Budget Proposal
Source: UCAR

Antonio J. Busalacchi, the president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), issued a statement about the federal budget proposal for fiscal year 2018, which the Trump administration released today following its budget blueprint in March.


Erosion Of The Edge Of The South Polar Layered Deposits
Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

An oblique view from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter of the sloping edge of the stack of icy layers over the South Pole on Mars has some interesting morphologies. The slope appears to be eroding from a combination of landslides, block falls, and sublimation.


NASA Scientist Parlays Experience To Build Ocean Worlds Instrument
Source: NASA

An instrument originally developed to search for organic molecules on Mars is being repurposed to potentially hunt for life on a handful of moons in the outer solar system that appear to host oceans, geysers and vents of ice volcanoes.


Budget Documents, Strategic Plans And Performance Reports
Source: NASA

NASA Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal and documents.