Free Launch Pad Lecture Introduces New Worlds

Using hundreds of hours of observations from the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes, an international team of astronomers investigated a sample of 25 exoplanets, out of the 5,000+ identified by NASA. The team was able to identify some clear trends and correlations between the exoplanets’ atmospheric constitutions and observed behavior. Courtesy/ESA


The monthly Launch Pad Lecture at the Museum of Space History scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7 will feature Museum Outreach Coordinator Tony Gondola.

His topic will be “Exoplanets: We are Not Alone”, and will highlight the amazing Read More

Studying Vampire Bats To Predict The Next Pandemic

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In June, Virginia Tech Assistant Professor Luis Escobar led a team of students into the Andes Mountains and lowlands of Colombia to understand how vampire bats can help predict and prevent the next big epidemic.

Escobar is an expert in assessing how diseases respond to climate and landscape change in the College of Natural Resources and Environment’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation. With a $358,000 grant from the National Science Foundation and support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), his latest project Read More

Learn About Earth Below And Skies Above With NMOP

View near Los Luceros Historic Site. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Created by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and Los Luceros Historic Site, the New Mexico Outdoor Pass (NMOP) is a FREE booklet included with FREE community events for families where everyone gets rewarded for spending time outside.

Participate in this activity and get a stamp for your New Mexico Outdoor Pass booklet. Fill your book with stamps and you’ll be rewarded with prizes!

Join us for an NMOP special event: Plants and Sky!, 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. During this plants and sky-themed day at Los Luceros Historic Read More

DOD’s Largest Telescope AEOS Receives Mirror Recoat

Workers strip and wash the Advanced Electro-Optical System’s primary mirror at the Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing site, Maui, Hawaii, in preparation for its mirror recoat. AMOS is part of the AFRL, and the AEOS telescope supports the U.S. Space Force with the nation’s space domain mission to operate freely in space. Courtesy/Boeing

The 3.6-meter, 75-ton Advanced Electro-Optical System, or AEOS. telescope, shown with the mirror recoat team, is the largest optical telescope in the Department of Defense. The mirror received its second recoat since the installation of AEOS at the Read More

Fact Of The Day: Who Was The World’s First Computer Programmer?

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Interesting Facts:

The famous poet Lord Byron once wrote of his daughter Ada that he hoped “the gods have made her anything save poetical — it is enough to have one such fool in the family.”

He got his wish. Instead, Ada Lovelace followed a path many considered impossible for a woman in the early 19th century. Encouraged by her mother, Lady Byron, Lovelace developed a passion for mathematics at a young age. In 1833, a 17-year-old Lovelace met British mathematician Charles Babbage at a party, and he told her about a calculating machine he’d created called the Difference Read More

NASA’s DART Spacecraft Test Happening 5 p.m. Today!

LANL News:

NASA’s DART spacecraft test is happening today and will impact around 5 p.m. (mountain time).

The DART Mission is an experiment to change the orbital path of an asteroid. A kinetic impactor will strike Dimorphos, a small asteroid orbiting a larger asteroid, Didymos.

The goal is to change the orbital path of Dimorphos.

Cathy Plesko, a Planetary Defense Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), explains the method they are testing to deflect the asteroid. If successful, Dimorphos’ orbit around Didymos should change by about 10 minutes.

Scientists at Los Alamos National Read More

New Mexico Museum Of Space History Welcomes Graphic Artist Alika Arisumi To Staff

Alika Arisumi


ALAMOGORDO — The New Mexico Museum of Space History has announced Alika Arisumi as its newest staff member. Arisumi, a long-time Alamogordo resident, began his new position July 25 as graphic artist at the museum.

Arisumi has always been passionate about graphic design. At the young age of 12, he was gifted with Photoshop software by his father and used it, not to edit photos, but to design creative works.

“We’re delighted to welcome Alika to the museum and look forward to him bringing his passion and talent for graphic arts to improving our exhibits and our facility,” Read More

LANL News Roundup For Week Of Sept. 19, 2022

Science: Brewing beer at the speed of sound

Brewing beer might be a novelty at Los Alamos, but the physics of materials is a longstanding specialty. So, a Laboratory research team developed the SoniView acoustic sensor system to offer brewers a unique solution to a long-standing problem. Read the full article here. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) shares a compilation of news stories for the week of Sept. 19, 2022.

Celebrating 50 years of mission-essential research

For more than 50 years, the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center — the Laboratory’s linear accelerator Read More

Pajarito Astronomers Host Dark Night Star Party Tonight!

Photo of the Triangulum Galaxy. Photo by Jeremy Best

Pajarito Astronomers News:

Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Divisions have partnered up with the Pajarito Astronomers for the Dark Night program.

Anyone with an interest in star gazing and the chance to look through a telescope is invited to come out to Spirio Soccer Fields tonight, Sept. 24 at Overlook Park in White Rock.

Arrive at nightfall for viewing, or around sunset for setting up. Jupiter and Saturn will be visible most of the night as well as lots of lovely stars, star clusters, and deep space objects. If arriving at Read More

International Space Hall Of Fame Inductee Held World Record For Longest Manned Spaceflight

Valeri Polyakov watches from Mir as the Space Shuttle Discovery practices an approach maneuver in February 1995. The photo was taken by Vladimir Titov aboard the Space Shuttle. Courtesy/NASA

Valeri Polyakov was a cosmonaut from March 1972 until June 1995. He was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame in 1996. Courtesy photo


ALAMOGORDO — International Space Hall of Fame Inductee Valeri Polyakov, the Russian cosmonaut who held the world record for the longest manned spaceflight, has passed away at the age of 80. The announcement was made by Roscosmos, Russia’s state Read More