Impact of Government Shutdown

Good morning everyone,

I wanted to send an update of where I stand with the government shutdown and how it affects anyone wanting to book an event. I currently cannot schedule or partake in any events while the government is shut down.

If you would like to schedule an event for 2019, please email me ( for further instructions. I am keeping tabs on all requested events so I can send the necessary paperwork when the government reopens.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

Thank you,

Skye Elizabeth | Astro Skye



SpaceX Launch Scrubbed

Good morning from America’s Space Coast. This morning’s launch of SpaceX GPSIII has been scrubbed. Request has been filed for another attempt.

For those at KSCVC the center will open at 0630, however, all exhibits will open at regular operating hours of 0900-1800.

Stay tuned for LTTs.

Astro Skye

Updates for 2019

Good morning everyone! 2019 is upon us which means time for some updates!
*2019 Astro Skye Mentorship Program Application*
The 2019 ASMP Application is now open. If you would like to apply, or know someone who would, please follow this link to apply!
*2019 Solar System Ambassador Events & Partnerships*
The 2019 SSA Event Report Form is currently being updated along with all of the other necessary forms and partnership forms. Please check back regularly to see when the forms will become available. I will post when they are up as well.
I want your feedback! If you have any suggestions, comments, or improvement ideas please reach out!
Happy Holidays everyone!

JUST IN – Ice Confirmed on Moon’s Poles

Ice Confirmed at the Moon’s Poles

In the darkest and coldest parts of its polar regions, a team of scientists has directly observed definitive evidence of water ice on the Moon’s surface. These ice deposits are patchily distributed and could possibly be ancient. At the southern pole, most of the ice is concentrated at lunar craters, while the northern pole’s ice is more widely, but sparsely spread.

A team of scientists, led by Shuai Li of the University of Hawaii and Brown University and including Richard Elphic from NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley, used data from NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) instrument to identify three specific signatures that definitively prove there is water ice at the surface of the Moon.

M3, aboard the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, launched in 2008 by the Indian Space Research Organization, was uniquely equipped to confirm the presence of solid ice on the Moon. It collected data that not only picked up the reflective properties we’d expect from ice, but was able to directly measure the distinctive way its molecules absorb infrared light, so it can differentiate between liquid water or vapor and solid ice.

Most of the newfound water ice lies in the shadows of craters near the poles, where the warmest temperatures never reach above minus 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Because of the very small tilt of the Moon’s rotation axis, sunlight never reaches these regions.

Previous observations indirectly found possible signs of surface ice at the lunar south pole, but these could have been explained by other phenomena, such as unusually reflective lunar soil.

With enough ice sitting at the surface — within the top few millimeters — water would possibly be accessible as a resource for future expeditions to explore and even stay on the Moon, and potentially easier to access than the water detected beneath the Moon’s surface.

Learning more about this ice, how it got there, and how it interacts with the larger lunar environment will be a key mission focus for NASA and commercial partners, as we endeavor to return to and explore our closest neighbor, the Moon.

The findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on August 20, 2018.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, designed and built the moon mineralogy mapper instrument and was home to its project manager.

Credit: NASA JPL

Thank you from Astro Skye

That’s a wrap! Thank you to everyone at Kennedy Space Center who has made my stay this summer absolutely incredible! I can’t think of a better way to spend my summer! **(scroll down for individualized messages)**

(And if those of you could pass this on to the communicators, techs, and anyone else mentioned I would greatly appreciate it!)

Darlene Jenora & Andrea, thank you for allowing me to come each week, feeding me, and welcoming Thomas to the family. Your generosity and kindness are overwhelming and I thank you for allowing me to come back!

To the techs and the communicators (Ken), thank you for letting me crash your party and thank you for being so welcoming! It was awesome seeing all of you and hearing stories I can only dream of! You all are seriously the best! Thank you for allowing me to take selfies with you too! 😁

Kyle, thanks for escorting me to the right building 😝

Ken in the Space shop, you’re awesome dude! ✌🏼

Tory Bruno of ULA, thank you for answering my question about the GEM60 and retweeting my tweets on Twitter!

To everyone at KSCVC who worked with me, from all the lovely ladies I met in charge of socia media, thanks for tagging me each and every week, to everyone in charge of ATX, thank you for letting me get an inside scoop!

Admin security, thanks for being so awesome with the check in process and recovering my lost items if need be.

Therrin, I didn’t get to see you at all this summer, but as always thanks for running such an awesome place. It is always a pleasure stopping by and giving presentations!

Steve thank you for helping me on the CCP side!

Torie as always, amazing to see you. Thank you for surprising me and coming by! Let’s not wait two years to do this again!

And lastly but not least, thank you Thomas for assisting me throughout this journey whether it be making sure I eat, backing up my questions, or even telling me what day it is, I very much so appreciate it


If you aren’t tagged and/or if I don’t have you on Facebook I’m thinking about you anyway!

See you next time!

Astro Skye at Kennedy Space Center

Astro Skye is back and presenting at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center! Check out the dates and times below!

Astro Skye Presentation
July 20 & 27
August 03 & 10
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex 
Journey to Mars Building

Presentation Breakdown:
10:00  – Mission Mars: A Look at SLS, Orion, and the Journey
12:00 – Launch America: NASA’s Commercial Crew Program
13:00 – Mission Mars: A Look at SLS, Orion, and the Journey
14:00 – Launch America: NASA’s Commercial Crew Program
16:00 – Mission Mars: A Look at SLS, Orion, and the Journey