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CU-Boulder Students, Faculty Pumped for Pluto Flyby

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New Horizons' last look at Pluto's Charon-facing hemisphere reveals intriguing geologic details that are of keen interest to mission scientists. This image, taken early the morning of July 11, 2015, shows newly-resolved linear features above the equatorial region that intersect, suggestive of polygonal shapes. This image was captured when the spacecraft was 2.5 million miles (4 million kilometers) from Pluto. (Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI)

New Horizons’ last look at Pluto’s Charon-facing hemisphere reveals intriguing geologic details that are of keen interest to mission scientists. This image, taken early the morning of July 11, 2015, shows newly-resolved linear features above the equatorial region that intersect, suggestive of polygonal shapes. This image was captured when the spacecraft was 2.5 million miles (4 million kilometers) from Pluto. (Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI)

BOULDER, Colo. (CU-Boulder PR) — After a nine-year journey of 3 billion miles, a piano-sized, power-packed NASA spacecraft has an upcoming date with history that some University of Colorado Boulder students, faculty and alumni wouldn’t miss for the world.

Tuesday, July 14, is the day the New Horizons spacecraft will whip by Pluto and become the first ever spacecraft to visit perhaps the most enchanting planet. A team of CU-Boulder students designed, built and tested the Student Dust Counter (SDC) for the mission to measure dust particles along the way — remnants of collisions between solar system bodies — making it the first student built and operated instrument ever to fly on a NASA planetary mission.

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NASA Releases The Year of Pluto Video

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The Trailer (2:40)

Video Caption: The New Horizons mission will help us understand worlds at the edge of our solar system by making the first reconnaissance of the planet Pluto and by venturing deeper into the distant, mysterious Kuiper Belt – a relic of solar system formation.

The Full Video (58:33)

New Horizons to Arrive at Pluto in 3 Months

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New Horizons spacecraft (Credit: JHUAPL/SwRI)

New Horizons spacecraft (Credit: JHUAPL/SwRI)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is three months from returning to humanity the first-ever close up images and scientific observations of distant Pluto and its system of large and small moons.

“Scientific literature is filled with papers on the characteristics of Pluto and its moons from ground based and Earth orbiting space observations, but we’ve never studied Pluto up close and personal,” said John Grunsfeld, astronaut, and associate administrator of the NASA Science Mission Directorate at the agency’s Headquarters in Washington.  “In an unprecedented flyby this July, our knowledge of what the Pluto systems is really like will expand exponentially and I have no doubt there will be exciting discoveries.”

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Space Travel Alliance to Offer Variety of Services

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space_travel_allianceKIRUNA, Sweden (STA PR) — Space Travel Alliance (STA) is a new Swedish venture aiming to make the dream of space discovery a reality to mankind with the vision to become the premier European space travel company. Operating from Spaceport Sweden, STA will offer commercial suborbital spaceflights for tourism, research, development and education, astronaut training and space adventures.

“We are at the dawn of a new space era and with Space Travel Alliance we seek to leverage Sweden’s rich space heritage and launch not only spaceships but also new careers and contribute to regional development”, says Karin Nilsdotter, CEO of Space Travel Alliance.

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Uwingu Launches Beam Me to Mars Program

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Beam_Me_Mars_LogoBOULDER, Colo., Aug. 19, 2014 (Uwingu PR) — Space company Uwingu announced today the launch of a project allowing anyone, anywhere to be a part of a global “shout-­out” of messages from the people of Earth to Mars on November 28th. The project is called “Beam Me to Mars.”

Beam Me to Mars (hashtag #BeamMe2Mars) celebrates the 50th anniversary of the start of humankind’s exploration of Mars with the launch of NASA’s Mariner 4 — the first successful Mars mission — on November 28th, 1964.

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Alan Stern to Drop By The Space Show This Week

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This week on The Space Show with David Livingston:

1. Monday, August 18, 2014: 2-3:30 PM PDT (5-6:30 PM EDT, 4-5:30 PM CDT): We welcome JEREMY STRAUB and DR. RONALD MARSH from UND Dept. of Computer Science regarding Open Orbiter, a student led effort that is developing the full spectrum of systems required to develop, launch, and manage a CubeSat space mission with the goal to create a system that is very affordable ($5000).

2. Tuesday, August 19, 2014:,7-8:30 PM PDT (10-11:30 PM EDT, 9-10:30 PM CDT): We welcome back both DR. VADIM RYGALOV & DR. JOHN JURIST regarding their research and work on High Altitude Free Fall, Astronaut Escape from altitude , the risks and problems associated with such jumps and escapes. Check The Space Show blog Monday evening as I will upload their recent Power Point presentation give at the recent ICESs conference.

3. Friday, August 22, 2014, 9:30 -11 AM PDT (12;30-2 PM EDT; 11:30-1 PM CDT): We welcome NASA astronaut Dr. Rick Linnehan to the program. Dr. Linnehan is a veterinarian and we will continuing our discussion about animals and their place in space on both experimental and possibly in support of long duration human spaceflight missions. .

4. Sunday, August 24, 2014, 12-1:30 PM PDT (3-4:30 PM EDT, 2-3:30 PM CDT). We welcome back DR. ALAN STERN for New Horizons to Pluto updates and a new Uwingu program.

Mars One Lander to Carry Uwingu Map to Red Planet

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Mars One 2018 lander (Credit: Mars One)

Mars One 2018 lander (Credit: Mars One)

BOULDER, Colorado, March 3, 2014 (Uwingu PR) — Uwingu and the pioneering Mars One project (http://www.mars-­one.com/en/) announce a landmark partnership: All Mars One missions will carry Uwingu’s Mars Map to Mars, and will use these feature names as a part of Mars One’s mission operations at Mars. Additionally, a portion of Uwingu’s revenues generated by Mars feature naming will help fund Mars One missions.

Uwingu launched its Mars Crater Naming Project last week at www.uwingu.com, giving anyone in the public the opportunity to name any of the approximately 500,000 scientifically identified craters on Mars.

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Uwingu Aims to Name 500,000 Craters on Mars

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BOULDER, Colo. (Uwingu PR) — For years, space mission rover teams have taken it upon themselves to name landmarks on Mars.

Beginning today, the public can get involved in Mars exploration much the same way. Through Uwingu’s redesigned web site at www.uwingu.com, now anyone can help to create the Uwingu’s new Mars map, with names for all the approximately 500,000 unnamed but scientifically catalogued craters on Mars.

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Golden Spike Partners With Draper Lab to Conduct Lunar Landing Site Studies

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golden_spike_landerBOULDER, CO, January 22, 2014 (Golden Spike PR) – The Golden Spike Company—the world’s first enterprise planning to undertake human lunar expeditions for countries, corporations and individuals— announced today a partnership with Draper Laboratory to examine the range of landing sites that Golden Spike can offer for its commercial human missions to the Moon.

Draper provides advanced Guidance, Navigation and Control (GN&C) systems, high-performance, reliable space science instruments, and processing systems for NASA and the U.S. military. Draper provided similar landing site selection studies to NASA’s Constellation lunar landing program.

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Golden Spike Forms Lunar Science Advisory Board

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golden_spike_logBOULDER, CO, November 20, 2013 (Golden Spike PR) – The Golden Spike Company announced today it has created a Lunar Science Advisory Board to help guide the company’s development of the world’s first private human lunar expedition capability.

The seven inaugural members of the Lunar Science Advisory Board, or LSAB, are distinguished lunar and planetary scientists from around the world. They will provide Golden Spike with scientific expertise and will recommend exploration strategies, sample collection and return requirements, and surface experiment package needs.

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