#GOES17, now operational as #GOESWest monitors an atmospheric river bringing heavy rain and snow to California in this RGB (red-green-blue) air mass imagery from February 13, 2019. The RBG air mass product is used to monitor the evolution … Read More

A new image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows planet Earth as a point of light between the icy rings of Saturn.

The spacecraft captured the view on April 12, 2017, at 10:41 p.m. PDT (1:41 a.m. EDT on April 13). Cassini was 870 million miles (1.4 billion kilometers) away from Earth … Read More

NOAA Satellite and Information Service
November 21 at 7:14am

NOAA’s GOES-R satellite launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida this weekend at 6:42pm on November … Read More

Unlocking Jupiter’s Secrets with LUXEL Meshed Carbon/ LUXFilm® Polyimide/ Carbon and meshed Carbon/ LUXFilm® Polyimide/ Aluminum Filters
Juno will improve our understanding of the solar system’s beginnings by revealing the origin and evolution of Jupiter…. Read More

A “plasma wind” envelops a Krypton-filled target at the center of the National Ignition Facility (NIF) target chamber as lasers pummel the target with 700 kilojoules of energy.

Check out experimental highlights and more on the NIF website:

Luxel is proud to have fabricated multiple filters aboard the Japanese satellite Hitomi (formerly ASTRO-H). These include:

Thermal Shields
Microcalorimeter Optical Filters
Contamination Blocking Filters
Focal Plane Filters

JAXA press release below…

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) confirmed that the X-ray Astronomy Satellite (ASTRO-H) has deployed its solar array paddles … Read More

Luxel built LUXFilm® Polyimide/ Carbon filters for the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft that launched in 1997. The flight reached its research target Saturn in 2004, and shortly thereafter the Huygens probe separated and landed on the moon Titan while the Cassini spacecraft entered Saturn’s orbit. The mission has been providing data from the … Read More

Luxel provides 100nm Parlyene/ 100nm Aluminum standard filters that fits into Princeton Instrument’s PI-MTE X-ray imaging systems. With a 32mm x 32mm aperture, the filter offer high soft x-ray transmission and excellent visible light … Read More

In our first newsletter, we described the background of the New Horizons mission to Pluto. On July 14, 2015, after nine years of travel, the spacecraft successfully … Read More

One of our favorite summer traditions in the San Juan Islands is the annual county fair held in Friday Harbor every August. It includes amusement park rides, carnival games, and cotton candy like any American summer fair, but … Read More

A small, but complex mass of solar plasma gyrated and spun about over the course of 40 hours above the surface of the sun on Sept. 1-3, 2015. It was stretched and pulled back and forth by powerful magnetic forces in … Read More

Last week, the National Ignition Facility (NIF) fired its 300th laser target shot in fiscal year (FY) 2015, meeting the year’s goal more than six weeks early. In comparison, the facility completed 191 target shots in FY 2014. Located at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), the NIF is … Read More

After a decade-long journey through our solar system, our New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to Pluto today, about 7,750 miles above the surface — roughly the same distance from New York to Mumbai, India … Read More

NASA’s Cassini probe, which has been in orbit around Saturn for over a decade, just sent back a handful of gorgeous images of the planet’s rocky moon Dione. The picture above, taken on Wednesday, shows a close-up of Dione’s surface with the bright rings of Saturn peeking out from … Read More

The Sun sure has been acting up lately. Early this morning it let loose with yet another in a veritable string of flares — gargantuan explosions of radiation and solar material — many of them pointed toward Earth.

Solar material … Read More

On Earth, we’re used to seeing a crescent moon—so much so that we barely pay attention to it. But imagine seeing three crescent moons at the same time. This is what NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured on March 25, 2015.

The rare image shows three of Saturn’s 62 moons: Titan (the largest … Read More


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