Frank Morring, Jr.

Frank Morring, Jr.
Senior Editor, Space,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Frank is a Senior Editor and has been a journalist for 40 years, specializing in aerospace for over 20 years. Frank joined Aviation Week in 1989 as a defense/space reporter and senior space technology editor. In 2007 he was named deputy managing editor/space, responsible for coordinating space coverage across all bureaus and publications. 
Frank began his career working for his hometown daily in Huntsville, Alabama, and moved to Washington in 1979 as correspondent for the Birmingham Post-Herald. He later covered the Cold War Pentagon for Scripps-Howard News Service. 
Frank received a degree in comparative literature from Dartmouth College. He has Goddard and Von Braun media awards from the National Space Club, and a Neal Award.

False Color Imagery Suggests Charon Collecting Pluto’s Atmosphere 

LAUREL, Maryland — Pluto’s nitrogen-rich atmosphere appears to be leaking across open space to collect on at least one of the poles of the dwarf planet’s large moon Charon, according to scientists processing data the New Horizons probe sent to Earth shortly before its closest approach to the two bodies.

Pluto Gives Up Some Secrets Before New Horizons Flyby  1
Mission managers now have settled in to wait for a brief signal Tuesday night that will let them know how the spacecraft fared in its intricately choreographed flyby.
Getting There: New Horizons’ Images En Route To Pluto  3
From January to July, New Horizons has sent back a series of ever-sharper images of Pluto and its moons.
New Horizons Hitting The ‘Keyhole’ For Maximum Data  10
Glen Fountain, New Horizons project manager at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, said Monday the spacecraft will hit its 60 x 90-mi. box “almost at the center of it” and right on time.
Pluto Surface Features Come Into View  15
Planetary scientists are getting their first detailed look at the terrain on Pluto, as the New Horizons spacecraft closes in for a fast flyby on July 14.
NASA Sees Next U.S. Station At the Moon 
William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for human exploration and operations, says NASA’s strategy is to use the ISS to spur the growth of a commercial economy in low Earth orbit that can take over with its own spacecraft while NASA moves on to the space around the Moon.
Charon Coming Into Its Own 
Members of the mission’s science team say features resolving on the surface of Charon could be impact craters, and if they are, it could provide them with a keyhole into the moon’s interior.
ISS Research Trumps Supplies Despite Cargo Failures  1
The recent ISS cargo failures are not slowing down the momentum toward research focus, especially when it comes to space commercialization.
NASA Names Commercial Crew Test Pilots  2
Four NASA astronauts, all veterans with experience aboard the International Space Station, space shuttle or Russian Soyuz spacecraft, have been named to train to fly aboard the first U.S. commercial crew missions, tentatively planned for 2016-17.
NASA Seeks Human Landing Site On Mars  2
How to get to Mars is only part of the question. NASA calls for ideas on the best places to actually land, optimal also for living, mining resources and conducting scientific exploration.
ISS Research Trumps Supplies After Cargo Failures 
The International Space Station (ISS) partnership is doubling down on research in the wake of three cargo-vehicle failures in eight months, forging ahead as the orbiting lab begins to attract “non-traditional” users.
New Horizons Anomaly Identified; Science To Resume Tuesday 
New Horizons controllers plan to resume collecting data at Pluto on July 7, after identifying the culprit in a July 4 automatic shutdown as a subtle timing flaw as a command sequence was being uploaded to prepare for closest approach on July 14.
New Horizons Anomaly Identified; Science Resumes on Tuesday  4
Timing flaw put temporary shutdown on New Horizon's data collection mission at Pluto. Science operations will resume July 7.
New Horizons Team Trying To Restore Science Ops After Anomaly  2
Spacecraft controllers and engineers are pushing to restore science operations on New Horizons, after an on-board anomaly took the probe offline and out of communications on July 4.
Pluto System Deemed Safe For Highest-Value Trajectory
The same instrument that has been scanning ahead for collision danger to the fast-moving probe is also revealing new details about Pluto’s surface, including a row of mysterious dark spots along the equator.
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