May 31, 2017

SpaceX Rocket To Launch CU-Built Biomedical Research Payloads To Space Station Thursday

Image Credit: NASA

May 31, 2017 – A SpaceX rocket is slated to launch two University of Colorado Boulder-built payloads to the International Space Station (ISS) from Florida Thursday, including one to look at changes in cardiovascular stem cells in microgravity that may someday help combat heart disease on Earth. Read More


A South Polar Pit Or An Impact Crater?

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

May 31, 2017 – This observation from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show it is late summer in the Southern hemisphere, so the Sun is low in the sky and subtle topography is accentuated in orbital images. Read More


NASA’s Apollo-Era Test Chamber Now James Webb Space Telescope Ready

This image, taken from inside the NASA Johnson Space Center Chamber A, captures the James Webb Space Telescope being lifted onto its test stand before sliding it into the chamber. Image Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn

May 31, 2017 – NASA’s “Chamber A,” an enormous thermal vacuum testing chamber housed at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, is now ready to conduct final optical testing on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (Webb telescope), the largest space observatory ever. A National Historic Landmark, Chamber A is famous for being used to test Apollo moon mission hardware, including suited astronauts inside the chamber on occasion. In order to test Webb prior to launch, the chamber had to undergo major upgrades in the last several years. Read More


Early Black Holes May Have Grown In Fits And Spurts

New research using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) suggests supermassive black holes in the early Universe underwent sporadic yet intense periods of growth in the first billion years after the Big Bang. Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ. of Rome/E.Pezzulli et al. Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss

May 31, 2017 – A long-standing question in astrophysics is: how and when did supermassive black holes appear and grow in the early universe? New research using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) suggests that an answer to this question lies with the intermittent way giant black holes may consume material in the first billion years after the Big Bang. Read More


Blue Canyon Technologies’ RAVAN Spacecraft Keeps Soaring With Mission Extension

Image Credit: Blue Canyon Technologies

May 31, 2017 – Blue Canyon Technologies’ (BCT) 3U CubeSat for the RAVAN mission, which has been successfully operating in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) since November 2016, is extending mission operations through April 2018. After recording its “first light” data when its radiometer doors opened on January 25, 2017, the RAVAN mission, funded by NASA’s Earth Science Technology Office, has authorized continued operations. Read More


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Space Gardening Is The Theme For The 2017 Summer Of Discovery Program At The Space Foundation Discovery Center
Source: Space Foundation

Visit the Discovery Center as we launch our 2017 Summer of Discovery. This year we will be exploring what it takes to grow food in space.


Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch Systems Brings Monster Plane Out Of Hangar For First Time
Source: GeekWire

Six years after Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen started up Stratolaunch Systems, the billionaire’s air-launch venture brought its humongous twin-fuselage airplane out in the open for the first time today.


NASA Orbiter Finds New Evidence Of Frost On Moon’s Surface
Source: NASA

Scientists using data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, have identified bright areas in craters near the moon’s south pole that are cold enough to have frost present on the surface. The new evidence comes from an analysis that combined surface temperatures with information about how much light is reflected off the moon’s surface.


Propose A Course Idea For The CU Space Minor
Source: CU Boulder Today

In response to the industry boom and expanded roles of both University of Colorado Boulder and the state of Colorado in space exploration and space-developed technology, the university launched an undergraduate space minor in the 2016–17 academic year.


University Projects Selected To Design Deep Space Habitation Systems
Source: NASA

NASA and the National Space Grant Foundation have selected 11 university teams to design systems and technologies that strengthen the agency’s deep space exploration capabilities, including habitation systems needed for an extended human presence beyond Earth’s orbit.


Studying Flame Behavior In Microgravity With A Solid “High-Five”
Source: NASA

Researchers from across the country have developed a series of experiments to expand our understanding of flames at a fundamental level. NASA’s Advanced Combustion via Microgravity Experiments (ACME) project is comprised of five experiments designed to test different aspects of flames. Working with NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland to conduct research on the International Space Station, the investigators will study microgravity flames burning under a range of conditions.


NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Says “Open Wide” To Chamber A”
Source: NASA

NASA’s Johnson Space Center’s “Chamber A” in Houston is an enormous thermal vacuum testing chamber and now appears to be opening it’s “mouth” to take in NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope for testing.


NASA Renames Solar Probe Mission To Honor Pioneering Physicist Eugene Parker
Source: NASA

NASA has renamed the Solar Probe Plus spacecraft — humanity’s first mission to a star, which will launch in 2018 — as the Parker Solar Probe in honor of astrophysicist Eugene Parker. The announcement was made at a ceremony at the University of Chicago, where Parker serves as the S. Chandrasekhar Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics.


‘It’s Snowing on Jupiter’: Stunning Photos Show Clouds High In Gas Giant’s Skies
Source: Space.com

Spectacular new images captured by NASA’s Jupiter-orbiting Juno spacecraft show fluffy-looking white clouds casting their comparably tiny shadows on the giant planet’s monstrous, multicolored cloud decks.


Boulder Scientists Headed South In Bid To Capture Celestial Shadow
Source: The Denver Post

Ten faculty and students from the University of Colorado are heading way down under to help NASA learn more about a destination that is way far out there. They are among those recruited by Boulder’s Southwest Research Institute to take part in an occultation observation in support of the New Horizons mission …