NASA’s 8th Annual Robotic Mining Competition Underway At Kennedy Space Center
May 26, 2017 – The robots are here. More than 40 teams of undergraduate and graduate students from throughout the U.S., including teams from the University of Colorado Boulder and Colorado School of Mines, have descended upon NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex with their uniquely-designed robotic miners, in all shapes and sizes, to compete over three days in the agency’s 2017 Robotic Mining Competition (RMC). Read More
Intermap Technologies Reports Acquisition Services Task Order
May 26, 2017 – Intermap Technologies Corporation announced today the Company was awarded a $3.1 million task order for airborne radar mapping services. Read More
NASA’s SDO Sees Partial Eclipse In Space
May 26, 2017 – On May 25, 2017, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, saw a partial solar eclipse in space when it caught the moon passing in front of the sun. Read More
A Whole New Jupiter: First Science Results From NASA’s Juno Mission
May 26, 2017 – Early science results from NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world, with Earth-sized polar cyclones, plunging storm systems that travel deep into the heart of the gas giant, and a mammoth, lumpy magnetic field that may indicate it was generated closer to the planet’s surface than previously thought. Read More
SwRI-Led Juno Mission To Jupiter Delivers First Science Results
May 26, 2017 – NASA’s Juno mission, led by Southwest Research Institute’s Dr. Scott Bolton, is rewriting what scientists thought they knew about Jupiter specifically, and gas giants in general, according to a pair of Science papers released yesterday. The Juno spacecraft has been in orbit around Jupiter since July 2016, passing within 3,000 miles of the equatorial cloud tops. Read More
PSI’s Henry Throop Honored For International Planetary Science Outreach Efforts
May 26, 2017 – Planetary Science Institute Senior Scientist Henry Throop has been recognized by the U.S. State Department for sharing his love of planetary science with people around the world. Read More
Halfway into its planned two-year demonstration attached to the International Space Station, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, is showing that soft materials can perform as well as rigid materials for habitation volumes in space.
Whichever engine is not selected by United Launch Alliance to power the Vulcan rocket could lose its Air Force funding, although top acquisition officials declined to say Wednesday whether they would definitely take that action.
A new NASA mission is headed for the International Space Station next month to observe one of the strangest observable objects in the universe. Launching June 1, the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) will be installed aboard the space station as the first mission dedicated to studying neutron stars, a type of collapsed star that is so dense scientists are unsure how matter behaves deep inside it.
On October 13, 2014 something very strange happened to the camera aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), which normally produces beautifully clear images of the lunar surface, produced an image that was wild and jittery. From the sudden and jagged pattern apparent in the image, the LROC team determined that the camera must have been hit by a tiny meteoroid, a small natural object in space.
A sequence of enhanced-color images shows how quickly the viewing geometry changes for NASA’s Juno spacecraft as it swoops by Jupiter. The images were obtained by JunoCam.
First Results From Juno Show Cyclones And Massive Magnetism
Source: American Association for the Advancement of Science
On 27 August 2016, the Juno spacecraft made its first close pass around our solar system’s largest planet, Jupiter, obtaining insights into its atmosphere and interior that challenge previous assumptions.
Jupiter’s Complex Transient Auroras
Combined observations from three spacecraft show that Jupiter’s brightest auroral features recorded to date are powered by both the volcanic moon Io and interaction with the solar wind.
First Juno science Results Supported By University Of Leicester’s Jupiter ‘Forecast’
Source: University of Leicester
New observations about the extreme conditions of Jupiter’s weather and magnetic fields by University of Leicester astronomers have contributed to the revelations and insights coming from the first close passes of Jupiter by NASA’s Juno mission, announced May 25.
For the first time, higher education and industry from Utah and Colorado will collaborate in support of a regional advanced manufacturing supply chain, with Department of Defense dollars making it happen.
NASA’s Proposed 2018 Budget Could Push Europa Mission To Late 2020s
Congress will have to loosen the purse strings if it still wants NASA to launch a flyby mission to Jupiter’s ocean-harboring moon Europa by 2022, agency officials said.