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News Archive / Author: Ocean McIntyre

A native of the Greater Los Angeles area, Ocean McIntyre's writing is focused primarily on science (STEM and STEAM) education and public outreach. McIntyre is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador as well as holding memberships with The Planetary Society, Los Angeles Astronomical Society, and is a founding member of SafePlaceForSpace.org. McIntyre is currently studying astrophysics and planetary science with additional interests in astrobiology, cosmology and directed energy propulsion technology. With SpaceFlight Insider seeking to expand the amount of science articles it produces, McIntyre was a welcomed addition to our growing team.

Articles By Ocean McIntyre

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: The decade of Dawn

    September 27th, 2017

    When the Dawn mission finally launched on September 27, 2007, many saw it as practically miraculous. The spacecraft had survived numerous cancellations and delays, and it was only with concerted effort that the mission was reinstated. Dawn had an audacious mandate, to do something that hadn't been attempted before – to travel to one body and then depart and head to another.

  • NASA’s OSIRIS-REx set for Earth flyby on way to Asteroid Bennu

    September 21st, 2017

    Traveling at a staggering 19,000 miles (30,758 km) per hour, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will fly past its homeworld on its way to the asteroid Bennu. The slingshot maneuver will provide the Lockheed Martin-built probe with a push to an inclination of six degrees – the angle that Bennu orbits the Sun – from Earth's orbital plane and onward to the rocky leftover from the Solar System's formation.

  • Cassini: The legend and legacy of one of NASA’s most prolific missions

    September 17th, 2017

    PASADENA, Calif. — Just one month shy of twenty years in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft dramatically ended its mission in the early morning hours at approximately 4:55 a.m. PDT (7:55 a.m. EDT / 11:55 GMT) Earth-Received Time (ERT) on Friday, September 15, 2017.

  • Enigma of Jupiter’s powerful auroras

    September 10th, 2017

    The processes that drive Earth's auroras are generally understood; however, this cannot be said of the powerful Jovian auroras observed by NASA's Juno spacecraft currently orbiting the gas giant planet.

  • NASA F-18 chase plane tests ways to soften sonic booms

    August 24th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — NASA's decades-long aeronautics research continues in Florida throughout this week as Sonic Booms in Atmospheric Turbulence, or SonicBAT, advances its research to better understand sonic booms and the effects they produce in the atmosphere.

  • ‘Great American Eclipse’ offers opportunity for millions

    August 20th, 2017

    On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, anyone in the United States, most of Canada and northern parts of Mexico, and also some countries in the Caribbean will be able to view either a total or partial solar eclipse that will pass across the entirety of the U.S. from the Pacific to the Atlantic.

  • Large, distant comets more common than previously thought

    August 13th, 2017

    Data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft has shown that large, distant comets are more common than previously thought, according to research published in the Astronomical Journal. These "long-period comets" originate from the distant Oort Cloud.

  • As dusk sets on NASA’s Cassini mission, Saturn still providing surprises

    July 28th, 2017

    After twenty years in space and thirteen years directly observing Saturn and its system of hypnotic rings and moons, the Cassini spacecraft is continuing to tease out tantalizing data from the mysterious ringed beauty about every six days.

  • Brown dwarf discovered with the help of citizen scientists

    July 20th, 2017

    Sometimes in science, when you search for one thing, you end up finding something completely different. Such is the case with the search for the thus far elusive Planet Nine and the citizen scientists who ended up finding a brown dwarf instead.

  • Curiosity eyes new ridge in exploration of the Red Planet

    July 15th, 2017

    After nearly five years of its exploration of the Red Planet, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover, more commonly known as the Curiosity rover, will begin its long-awaited study of a tantalizing ridge formation along a slope of Mount Sharp in the center of Gale Crater.

  • Juno approaches 6th science perijove and a peek at the Great Red Spot

    July 8th, 2017

    Just a few days after the one-year anniversary of Juno's insertion into orbit above Jupiter, the spacecraft will make its sixth science pass over the planet’s cloud tops. The pass on July 10, 2017, will be one of special interest, as it will be passing over the iconic Great Red Spot.

  • Astronomers find exoplanet hotter than most stars

    June 7th, 2017

    Six hundred and twenty light-years from Earth, in the constellation Cygnus, a bright, young, Type-A, blue, main-sequence star designated KELT-9 burns brightly. More than twice as massive as the Sun and nearly twice as hot, KELT-9 is a rare star – one of a group of stars making up less than one percent of the total stars in the universe. According to a paper published this week in Nature, this unusual star hosts an equally unusual exoplanet.

  • ‘Halos’ discovered on Mars widen time frame for potential life

    June 6th, 2017

    A paper released recently indicates a habitable environment may have existed on Mars for far longer than previously believed. The paper, which was published in Geophysical Research Letters, looked at halos, or light areas, surrounding fractures in areas of Gale Crater on Mars.

  • Early science results from Juno spacecraft show ‘whole new Jupiter’

    May 26th, 2017

    During a May 25, 2017, press conference, NASA scientists released the first early results of science data gathered by the Juno spacecraft around Jupiter. Much of what has been found has scientists questioning everything they had previously believed was understood about the king of planets.

  • NASA’s Dawn spacecraft obtains ‘opposition surge’ images of Ceres

    May 22nd, 2017

    After more than two years orbiting Ceres, NASA's Dawn spacecraft continues to tease out remarkable science from the enigmatic dwarf planet. On April 29, mission specialists were able to successfully place Dawn into opposition – a position directly between the Sun and Ceres.