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2016

Utah State University Research Foundation Names Space Veteran to Board

November 17, 2016 – Utah State University Research Foundation

LOGAN, UTAH -- The Utah State University Research Foundation announced today that it has selected Major General Susan K. Mashiko, USAF(RET) to serve as a member of its Board of Trustees.

USU Research Foundation/SDL Receives Contract for up to $99.4 Million

August 24, 2016 – Space Dynamics Laboratory

LOGAN, UTAH, August 24, 2016 – The Utah State University Research Foundation and its Space Dynamics Laboratory announced that it has received an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract valued at up to $99.4 million over the next five years from the Department of Defense.

SDL employees' kids launch rockets for building 'skybreaking'

May 26, 2016 – HJnews

NORTH LOGAN — Kids of Utah State University Space Dynamics Lab employees celebrated the start of construction for a new building with a “skybreaking” by launching model rockets Thursday afternoon.

Does the Solar System Really Have a Ninth Planet?

April 26, 2016 – The Wire

Caltech researchers Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown, who initially made the announcement about the possible existence of Planet Nine, have published new findings that have helped narrow down the current location of the mysterious giant looming over Earth in the far outer Solar System.

Thirty-four graduating seniors were honored Friday

April 23, 2016 – The Salt Lake Tribune

Thirty-four graduating seniors were honored Friday by the Utah State University Research Foundation and Space Dynamics Laboratory for their work at the two institutions while in college in Logan.

Lone planetary-mass object found in family of stars

April 21, 2016 – Astronomy Magazine

In 2011, astronomers announced that our galaxy is likely teeming with free-floating planets. In fact, these lonely worlds, which sit quietly in the darkness of space without any companion planets or even a host sun, might outnumber stars in our Milky Way Galaxy.

NASA discovers free-floating planet-sized object in the Milky Way

April 21, 2016 – Red Orbit

In 2011, astronomers reported our galaxy is likely filled with roaming planets not attached to a host star, and these worlds may in fact outnumber stars in the Milky Way.

Green Cosmic Spider Keeps Watch Over Stellar Nursery In NASA Image

April 19, 2016 – Tech Times

A green cosmic spider watches over stellar nursery, a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) image shows.

LightSail 2 engineers continue to test for success

April 18, 2016 – planetary.org

It's been a busy two months of testing for The Planetary Society's LightSail 2 spacecraft.

SDL builds, tests new satellite to study ionosphere

April 14, 2016 – HJnews

Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Lab is testing weather instruments for a NASA-multi-institution mission that could help researchers better understand how the interaction of Earth and space weather interfere with GPS and communication signals.

SDL ENABLES SPACECRAFT TO EXPLORE NEAR-SPACE ENERGY DISTURBANCES

April 12, 2016 – Space Dynamics Laboratory

LOGAN, UTAH, April 12, 2016 – Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory announced today that a suite of space-weather instruments built for NASA have entered environmental testing at SDL’s Calibration and Optical Research Laboratory.

Space weather satellite ICON on course for summer 2017 launch

April 8, 2016 – Phys.org

NASA's newest space weather research satellite, the Ionospheric Connection Explorer, is on course for a summer 2017 launch after UC Berkeley scientists and their colleagues shipped its four instruments to Utah for testing, prior to being packed into the final satellite.

NEOWISE mission discovers 72 new near-earth objects

April 8, 2016 – Maine News Online

Since 2013, NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) has discovered 72 new Near Earth Objects. The NEOWISE mission was launched in 2009. Among the 72 NEOs observed by the team, there are eight objects that are classified as potentially hazardous asteroids.

Asteroid-Hunting Spacecraft Delivers a Second Year of Data

April 7, 2016 – Space Ref

NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission has released its second year of survey data. The spacecraft has now characterized a total of 439 NEOs since the mission was re-started in December 2013. Of these, 72 were new discoveries.

NASA’s NEOWISE spacecraft continues to identify potentially hazardous near-Earth objects

April 6, 2016 – Clarksville Online

Pasadena, CA – NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission has released its second year of survey data. The spacecraft has now characterized a total of 439 NEOs since the mission was re-started in December 2013. Of these, 72 were new discoveries.

Tracking A Mysterious Group of Asteroid Outcasts

April 4, 2016 – Space Fellowship

High above the plane of our solar system, near the asteroid-rich abyss between Mars and Jupiter, scientists have found a unique family of space rocks. These interplanetary oddballs are the Euphrosyne (pronounced you-FROH-seh-nee) asteroids, and by any measure they have been distant, dark and mysterious — until now.

Students to build a third space debris observation satellite

February 11, 2016 – Phys.org

Too bad there is no frequent flier program for microsatellites. If there was, University at Buffalo students would accrue serious points. For the third time in the past four years, they have been selected by federal agencies to design and build a microsatellite destined for outer space.

Reaching for the Stars: How Utah scientists are contributing to space research—with an eye to colonization

February 1, 2016 – Utah Business

From its beginning, mankind has looked up to the stars and wondered what secrets the vast expanse held. Despite the best efforts of scientists through the ages and the advancing leaps and bounds of technology over the last several decades, space holds her cards close to her chest.