November 8, 2017

NASA Completes Review Of First SLS, Orion Deep Space Exploration Mission

Image Credit: NASA

November 8, 2017 – NASA is providing an update on the first integrated launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft after completing a comprehensive review of the launch schedule. Read More

strong>NASA Sets Media Coverage Of Rescheduled NOAA Weather Satellite Launch

This illustration depicts the Joint Polar Satellite System-1, or JPSS-1, spacecraft designed to provide forecasters with crucial environmental science data to provide a better understanding of changes in the Earth’s weather, oceans and climate. Image Credit: Ball Aerospace

November 8, 2017 – The Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) satellite, the first in a new series of four highly advanced National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) polar-orbiting satellites, now is scheduled to launch on Tuesday, November 14, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Read More

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TMT Signs Contract With Coherent Inc. To Polish Mirror Blanks
Source: TMT

Marking a major production milestone, TMT has entered into a contract with Coherent Inc., one of the world’s leading providers of lasers and laser-based technology for scientific, commercial and industrial customers, to polish its U.S. manufactured primary mirrors (M1) segments. TMT, with its thirty-meter diameter primary mirror, and a collecting area greater than all other optical telescopes on Maunakea combined, is the largest optical/near-infrared telescope planned for the northern hemisphere.

Major Return On Investment From Improving Climate Observations
Source: CIRES

A well-designed climate observing system could help scientists answer knotty questions about climate while delivering trillions of dollars in benefits by providing decision makers information they need to protect public health and the economy in the coming decades, according to a new paper published today.

Tracking Down The Origins Of Gold
Source: Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies

The European Research Council has awarded HITS astrophysicist Andreas Bauswein an ERC Starting Grant worth approximately 1.5 million euros. Using computer simulations, the aim of the project is to better understand the collisions between neutron stars. These are seen as potential candidates for the formation of heavy elements such as gold, silver and uranium. Interpreting the gravitational waves that were measured during a neutron star collision this summer plays a central role in the undertaking.

MDA To Provide Communication Subsystems
Source: Maxar Technologies Ltd.

Maxar Technologies, (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.), a global communications and information company providing technology solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide, today announced that MDA, a business unit of Maxar Technologies, has signed a contract valued at approximately US$9 million for an undisclosed customer. MDA will provide two communication subsystems that will increase the time LEO satellites are in communication with the ground and improve the amount of data that could be transferred.

Orbital ATK’s S.S. Gene Cernan To Deliver Supplies To Space Station
Source: NASA

Orbital ATK will launch its Cygnus spacecraft into orbit to the International Space Station, targeted for November 11, 2017, from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Cygnus will launch on an Antares rocket carrying crew supplies, equipment and scientific research to crewmembers aboard the station. The spacecraft, named the S.S. Gene Cernan after former NASA astronaut Eugene “Gene” Cernan, who is the last person to have walked on the moon, will deliver scientific investigations including those that will study communication and navigation, microbiology, animal biology and plant biology.

Astronomers Discover A Star That Would Not Die
Source: W. M. Keck Observatory

An international team of astronomers led by Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO) has made a bizarre discovery; a star that refuses to stop shining. Supernovae, the explosions of stars, have been observed in the thousands and in all cases they marked the death of a star. But in a study published today in the journal Nature, the team discovered a remarkable exception; a star that exploded multiple times over a period of more than fifty years.

Bridenstine Nomination Approved By Committee On Party-Line Vote

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved the nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) to be NASA Administrator this morning on a party-line vote. The committee also approved Neil Jacobs to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction on a voice vote. The nominations next will go to the full Senate for a vote. Dates have not been announced

100 Women: The Women Who Sew For NASA
Source: BBC News

Without its seamstresses, many of Nasa’s key missions would never have left the ground. From the Apollo spacesuits to the Mars rovers, women behind the scenes have stitched vital spaceflight components.

Parker Solar Probe Comes To NASA Goddard For Testing
Source: NASA

On Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe spacecraft arrived at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, for environmental tests. During the spacecraft’s stay at Goddard, engineers and technicians will simulate extreme temperatures and other physical stresses that the spacecraft will be subjected to during its historic mission to the Sun.

An Experimental SpaceX Rocket Engine Has Exploded In Texas
Source: Ars Technica

A Merlin rocket engine exploded Sunday at SpaceX’s test facilities in Central Texas. According to the company, no one was injured during the mishap, which damaged two bays in a Merlin engine test stand at the MacGregor facility.