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

Two Upcoming Los Alamos Lectures Reveal Facts Behind CIA Raising Of Russian Sub K-129

Rendering of the ship and its grappling mechanism. Artwork shows the secret US operation carried out by the CIA to recover a sunken Soviet submarine in the 1970s. Photo by  Clais Lunau. Courtesy/Science Photo Library

Los Alamos Daily Post

The local chapter of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is bringing two distinguished engineers, Charles Canby and Gerhard Fuchs to Los Alamos for two lectures on the raising of K-129, a Russian submarine that sank in 1968, at the height of the Cold War.

“We think there will be a lot of interest in these Read More

Posts From Abroad: Excursions Around Zermatt

During their excursion last week around the Swiss alpine town of Zermatt, Los Alamos residents Bill Priedhorsky and Melissa Bartlett hike down from the top station of the Gornergratbahn, the highest train in Europe, with the Matterhorn in the background. 2019 LANL summer student Clara Rittman, center, joined Priedhorsky and Bartlett on the way from her home institute in Freiburg, Germany, on the way to a conference in Milan. Courtesy/Bill Priedhorsky

View Sept. 22 from above Zermatt, Switzerland. The Breithorn (13,661 feet) on the right, Castor and Pollux in the middle, and the Grenz Glacier Read More

NNSA And Japan Commit To Convert Japan’s Last Research Reactor That Uses Highly Enriched Uranium

NNSA Administrator Jill Hruby

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON — Building on years of close nonproliferation cooperation, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) announced a new commitment to convert the Kindai University Teaching and Research Reactor (UTR-KINKI) from highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel and to return all HEU to the United States. 

Following the removal of all HEU from the Kyoto University Critical Assembly, announced in August, 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

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

United Church: Appeal For Donations To Mission Possible

UCLA News:

Mission Possible is one of the missions that the United Church of Los Alamos has supported since the 1980s. Mission Possible is a Christian mission devoted to bringing the Gospel, food, health care, and hope to people in Eastern Europe.

Mission Possible has been especially busy in Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion. Mission Possible urgently needs additional funds to continue this work as the destruction by the Russian invasion continues. Mission Possible’s website, at has more information about their work and current needs.

A recent message from Addie Read More