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  • Scott Kelly from space: Earth's atmosphere 'looks very, very fragile'

    02/12/2016 6:11:59 AM PST · by oh8eleven · 78 replies
    CNN ^ | 12 February 2016 | Ashley Strickland
    In one of his final interviews from the International Space Station, astronaut Scott Kelly said that the Earth's atmosphere "looks very, very fragile" and "like something that we need to take care of."
  • NASA delays space station cargo run due to mold on packing bags

    02/10/2016 8:25:46 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    rueters ^ | Thu Feb 11, 2016 5:44am IST | irene klotz
    NASA's next cargo run to the International Space Station will be delayed for at least two weeks after black mold was found in two fabric bags used for packing clothing, food and other supplies, the U.S. space agency said on Wednesday. The source of the mold, a common fungal growth in humid climates like Florida's, is under investigation by NASA and Lockheed Martin, which prepares NASA cargo for launch aboard two commercial carriers, Orbital ATK and privately owned SpaceX. An Orbital Cygnus cargo ship was more than halfway packed for the launch, scheduled for March 10, when the mold was...
  • Meteorite probably didn't kill man in India, NASA says

    02/10/2016 3:42:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    fox news ^ | 02/10/2016
    The Times of India reports that the meteorite's blast left a crater 5 feet deep and 2 feet wide. Police recovered a black, pockmarked stone weighing 0.39 ounces, it said. However, NASA scientists in the U.S. said in a public statement that photos of the site were more consistent with "a land based explosion," The New York Times reports. In an email to The New York Times, NASA's Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson explained that death by meteorite impact is so rare that one has never been confirmed in recorded history. "There have been reports of injuries, but even those...
  • FY 2017 NASA budget proposal place Obama on collision course with Congress

    02/09/2016 1:24:56 PM PST · by Marcus · 6 replies
    Blasting News ^ | February 9, 2016 | Mark R. Whittington
    The Obama Administration has put forth its FY 2017 NASA budget proposal, according to GeekWire. The overall spending level is $19 billion, an almost $300 million cut from the current fiscal year. Much of the money comes out of the development for the Orion deep space vehicle and the heavy lift Space Launch System, the very basis of the space agency’s plans for exploring deep space beyond low Earth orbit.
  • NASA bans the word 'Jesus'

    02/08/2016 12:50:20 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 70 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 8, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    The name of Jesus is not welcome in the Johnson Space Center newsletter, according to a complaint filed on behalf of a group of Christians who work for NASA. The JSC Praise & Worship Club was directed by NASA attorneys to refrain from using the name 'Jesus' in club announcements that appeared in a Space Center newsletter. "It was shocking to all of us and very frustrating," NASA engineer Sophia Smith told me. "NASA has a long history of respecting religious speech. Why wouldn't they allow us to put the name Jesus in the announcement about our club?" Liberty Institute,...
  • Mysterious Martian "Cauliflower" May Be the Latest Hint of Alien Life

    02/05/2016 1:23:16 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    smithsonianmag.com ^ | 02/01/2016 | Sarah Scoles
    The hunt for signs of life on Mars has been on for decades, and so far scientists have found only barren dirt and rocks. Now a pair of astronomers thinks that strangely shaped minerals inside a Martian crater could be the clue everyone has been waiting for. In 2008, scientists announced that NASA's Spirit rover had discovered deposits of a mineral called opaline silica inside Mars's Gusev crater. That on its own is not as noteworthy as the silica's shape: Its outer layers are covered in tiny nodules that look like heads of cauliflower sprouting from the red dirt. No...
  • Apollo 14 Mission To Fra Mauro (1971)

    02/06/2016 1:07:43 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | NASA/JSC
    Apollo 14 Mission To Fra Mauro (1971) [documentary] Courtesy: NASA/JSC
  • Edgar Mitchell, last surviving astronaut of Apollo 14, has died

    Edgar Mitchell, one of just 12 human beings who walked on the moon, has died, according to his ex-wife, Anita Mitchell. Mitchell was 85. Mitchell, Alan Shepard and Stuart Roosa were the crew of Apollo 14, which launched on January 31, 1971. Mitchell became the sixth man to walk on the lunar surface. Mitchell was 85.
  • NASA's Mars Rover Found Mysterious Growths On Mars That Could Be The Biggest Discovery In Science

    02/05/2016 12:46:49 AM PST · by blam · 42 replies
    BI ^ | 2-5-2016
    NASA's Spirit Mars Rover Found Mysterious Growths On Mars That Could Be The Biggest Discovery In Science Jennifer Deal February 5, 2016 Four billion years ago, Mars looked a lot like Earth does today. So it's not surprising that a team of scientists believe that they may have discovered the first signs of ancient alien life on the planet.(click to the site to see the video)
  • The Moon or Mars? NASA Must Pick 1 Goal for Astronauts, Experts Tell Congress

    02/04/2016 2:57:22 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    space.com ^ | 02/04/2016 | Calla Cofield,
    NASA can't afford to put humans on Mars while also pursuing missions to put astronauts back on the moon, according to a panel of experts who testified to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Space yesterday (Feb. 3). "Today the future of NASA's human spaceflight program is far from clear," said Tom Young, former director of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. "There has been continual debate about should we go to the moon or Mars or both ... It is clear, again, that we cannot do both. And there is a need to focus our attention, capability and resources...
  • Congressional panel told NASA has no plan for the Journey to Mars

    02/03/2016 2:42:13 PM PST · by Marcus · 29 replies
    Blasting News ^ | February 3, 2016 | Mark R. Whittington
    Testimony at a hearing before the House Science Committee’s Subcommittee on Space suggested that NASA’s Journey to Mars lacks a plan to achieve the first human landing on the Red Planet almost six years after President Obama announced the goal on April 15, 2010. Moreover, two of the three witnesses argued that a more realistic near term goal for the space agency would be a return to the moon. The moon is not only a scientifically interesting and potentially commercially profitable place to go but access to lunar water, which can be refined into rocket fuel, would make the Journey...
  • The Fermi Paradox Is Not Fermi's, and It Is Not a Paradox

    02/02/2016 1:30:21 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 81 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 1/29/16 | Robert H. Gray
    Two big ideas often come up in discussions about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI. One is the Drake Equation, which estimates the number of civilizations in our Galaxy whose signals we might be able to detect--potentially thousands, according to plausible estimates. The other is the so-called Fermi paradox, which claims that we should see intelligent aliens here if they exist anywhere, because they would inevitably colonize the Galaxy by star travel--and since we don't see any obvious signs of aliens here, searching for their signals is pointless. The Drake Equation is perfectly genuine: it was created by astronomer...
  • We Never Should Have Mothballed the Space Shuttle

    01/29/2016 8:03:15 AM PST · by rktman · 109 replies
    scientificamerican.com ^ | 1/28/2016 | Leroy Chiao
    In the aftermath of Challenger, there was never any doubt about continuing, never the thought of quitting. After the Columbia accident almost seventeen years later, however, the program was wound down over the next eight years. Once construction of the International Space Station was completed, the Shuttles were grounded and the shuttle program ended. I think that was a mistake. Space Shuttle was and remains the most capable flying machine ever conceived, built and operated. We learned much from the thirty years of Shuttle flights, and in my opinion, we should still be flying them. Shuttle carried a crew of...
  • ...Antarctic fungi survives Martian conditions...strapped outside the space station for 18 months

    01/28/2016 6:28:56 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | 01/25/2016 | cheyenne macdonald
    After a year-and-a-half long voyage aboard the International Space Station, a group of fungi collected from Antarctica has proven its ability to withstand harsh, Mars-like conditions. More than half of the cells remained intact over the course of the 18-month study, providing new insight for the possibility of life on Mars. These fungal samples, along with lichens from Spain and Austria, have allowed European researchers to assess the survivability and stability of microscopic lifeforms on the red planet. The tiny fungi taken from Antarctica are typically found in the cracks of rocks in this dry, hostile region. Scientists took samples...
  • Challenger: The Untold Story Part 1 of 10

    01/28/2016 8:38:04 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | National Geographic Channel
    A Lone Morton Thiokol Engineer tried to convince NASA and Thiokol management that their booster rocket is flawed. Both NASA and Thiokol ignore his warnings.The next day The Space Shuttle Challenger explodes over Florida and the Rogers Commission is formed to find out what exactly happened.
  • “Obviously a Major Malfunction”

    01/28/2016 9:25:23 AM PST · by patriotgal1787 · 14 replies
    The Radio Patriot ^ | Jan. 25, 2016 | Andrea Shea King
    I was working with NASA as a public information officer attached to the press site at Kennedy Space Center. My job that morning was to deliver pre-launch commentary at the communication console inside the Launch Control Center at the Cape. I began my shift at the microphone at about 3am, about the time the tanking operations got underway when millions of pounds of pressurized hypergolic fuels were being pumped into the behemoth at Launch Pad 39-B as the seven astronauts breakfasted before suiting up for the big event.
  • The story behind Reagan's famous Challenger speech

    01/28/2016 8:50:30 AM PST · by bigbob · 35 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1-28-16 | Tribune Wire Report
    Images from Jan. 28, 1986, are seared into the memories of former schoolchildren, teachers, parents, and pretty much any American now older than 30 - the Challenger space shuttle, meant to carry school teacher Christa McAuliffe into orbit, reduced to a snaky tunnel of smoke in the sky near Cape Canaveral. In the years that followed, a lot would come out about a disaster watched in countless classrooms across the nation: about faulty O-rings, about dangerously cold temperatures, and about how five crewmen, an engineer and a New Hampshire teacher meant to represent NASA in its finest hour became the...
  • MOMENTS BEFORE - Onboard (with subtitles) Columbia Crash During Re-Entry

    01/28/2016 4:12:35 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 19 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dec 25, 2012 | dwavster
    Here is a quick timeline of what occurred around the time of the video: Video recording started at 08:41:35 a.m. (EST) February 1, 2003... Video ends at 08:48:14 a.m. Shuttle is moving at mach 24.66 (18,771 mph) at an altitude of 230,348 ft. The first indication that something is wrong occurs at 08:48:39 a.m ( 25 seconds after video ends ) when one of the Strain (correlates to force) gauge sensors on the left wing Fails (this is close to where a piece of foam had hit the space shuttle during launch) Followed by the first sign of unusual Heating...
  • Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion (GRAPHIC)

    01/28/2016 4:12:31 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 29 replies
    YouTube ^ | Apr 3, 2013 | MrTalos1955
    Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion (GRAPHIC)
  • Pentagon defends use of Russian engines to launch satellites

    01/27/2016 2:44:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 27, 2016 4:22 PM EST | Richard Lardner
    Senior Pentagon officials on Wednesday sought to defend the use of Russian-made rocket engines to send U.S. military satellites into space, telling exasperated lawmakers they are moving quickly to end the practice and rely on American-made rockets for the launches. But Air Force Secretary Deborah James and Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall failed to stem sharp criticism from several members of the Senate Armed Services Committee who view Russia as the chief geopolitical threat to the United States. Led by the committee chairman, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., they said using the Russian engines enriches President Vladimir Putin's inner circle and...
  • Former commercial astronaut says NASA must lead the way in space exploration

    01/23/2016 4:31:17 AM PST · by Marcus · 6 replies
    Blasting News ^ | Jan 23, 2016 | Mark R. Whittington
    Charles D. Walker (a former commercial astronaut), kicked up something of a fuss recently when he opined in the pages of the Arizona Daily Star that NASA should lead the way in space exploration and not leave everything to the private sector. The reasons he cites are risk and lack of a clear profit motive, particularly related to going to Mars. The commercial space sector should be encouraged to bring down the cost of space travel, particularly by operating a space taxi service to the International Space Station, in his view. But NASA must lead the way in exploration, particularly...
  • What do the presidential candidates think about the space program?

    01/21/2016 7:48:18 AM PST · by Marcus · 14 replies
    Blasting News ^ | Jan 21, 2016 | Mark R. Whittington
    One of the interesting aspects of any modern presidential campaign has been the lack of detailed policy positions from the candidates on NASA and space exploration. The reason for this can be illustrated by what happened to Newt Gingrich when he made an exception and proposed building a moon base when he ran for president in 2012. More of that anon.
  • 2016 will be the start of great changes in space exploration

    01/19/2016 9:50:25 PM PST · by Marcus · 16 replies
    Blasting News ^ | Jan 19, 2016 | Mark R. Whittington
    2015 ended and 2016 began with the space program on the cusp of tremendous and potentially very positive change. Congress gave NASA a great Christmas present in the form of a $1.3 billion budget increase. The perennial argument between advocates of commercial space and supporters of space exploration was settled. The commercial crew program, designed to build NASA-funded, commercially operated spacecraft that will return crewed space flight capability to the United States was fully funded for the first time. The heavy lift Space Launch System, the center of NASA’s plans to explore deep space, also received lavish amounts of money....
  • Challenger 7: 30 Years Ago

    January 28th marks 30 years since the Challenger Disaster. Seems so long ago, yet it is one of those days people never forget. School was out that day, probably because of bad weather, and I remember watching on television the news showing the explosion over and over. I will never forget. We didn’t give up on spaceflight that day, but I wish more would have seen the real promise of the Final Frontier. Instead, many in government still see it as another “get-elected-for-a-few-years” opportunity. The vision of government sees only through the next election cycle, not seven generations hence. There...
  • NASA Chief: Global Warming is Real Because I Have Cancer

    01/18/2016 8:16:41 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/18/2016 | James Delingpole
    A senior scientist at NASA has announced in the New York Times that he has terminal cancer. This is sad. What’s sadder, though, is that he has chosen to exploit his personal tragedy for the purposes of promoting climate change alarmism. Here is how Piers Sellers (pictured) – acting director of NASA’s Earth Sciences division – begins his New York Times article: I'm a climate scientist who has just been told I have Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. This diagnosis puts me in an interesting position. I've spent much of my professional life thinking about the science of climate change, which...
  • Could Trump give the country ‘an inspirational space program?

    01/15/2016 1:09:21 PM PST · by Marcus · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | Jan 15, 2016 | Mark R. Whittington
    Recently Robert Bigelow, the Nevada real estate tycoon who has started a commercial space company, opened his Twitter account with a shout-out to Donald Trump, a New York real estate tycoon who has started his own campaign for the presidency of the United States. Bigelow took the tweet down, but then reposted it with some additional commentary. “What this country needs is an inspirational space program. I'll bet @realDonaldTrump could do it.”
  • 3 Private Spaceflight Companies Will Ferry Cargo to Space Station

    01/14/2016 7:23:01 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    Space.com ^ | January 14, 2016 07:17pm ET | Calla Cofield,
    NASA has selected SpaceX, Orbital ATK and Sierra Nevada Corp. to fly cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) starting in 2019, the agency announced today (Jan 14). Between 2019 and 2024, NASA will purchase a minimum of six uncrewed cargo missions from each of the three companies, agency officials said in a media briefing today. The space agency has the option to purchase additional re-supply missions from any of the three providers, and will likely do so, said Kirk Shireman, program manager for the ISS. SpaceX and Orbital ATK were selected as cargo providers in NASA's first round of...
  • Spending Bill To Accelerate NASA Habitation Module Work

    12/30/2015 4:20:32 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    spacenews.com ^ | 12/28/2015 | Jeff Foust
    An omnibus spending bill passed by Congress this month directs NASA to accelerate work on a habitation module that could be used for future deep space missions, although how NASA will implement that direction is unclear. ... "NASA shall develop a prototype deep space habitation module within the advanced exploration systems program no later than 2018," ... Over the last several months, NASA has increasingly emphasized development of a habitation module that could be tested in cislunar space in the 2020s. That module could then be used for human missions to Mars that NASA hopes to carry out some time...
  • ORNL achieves milestone with plutonium-238 sample

    12/25/2015 12:08:10 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 12/22/2015 | Ron Walli
    With the production of 50 grams of plutonium-238, researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have restored a U.S. capability dormant for nearly 30 years and set the course to provide power for NASA and other missions. ... Researchers will analyze the sample for chemical purity and plutonium-238 content, then verify production efficiency models and determine whether adjustments need to be made before scaling up the process. ... There are currently only 35 kilograms, or about 77 pounds, of plutonium-238 set aside for NASA missions, and only about half of this supply meets power specifications. This is...
  • NASA's next Mars mission suspended

    12/24/2015 6:14:20 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    cnn ^ | Amanda Barnett and Azadeh Ansari,
    space agency planned to launch a new Mars lander called InSight in March from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations Geodesy and Heat Transport, was expected to arrive at Mars in September to take measurements of the red planet's interior and its atmosphere and to take color images. Instead, it's being sent back to its maker - Lockheed Martin - in Denver, Colorado. The faulty instrument is a very sensitive seismometer designed to measure movements in the Martian soil as small as the diameter of an atom, NASA said in a statement....
  • Enceladus, Ceres closeups captured by NASA spacecraft

    12/23/2015 6:12:39 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    CBC ^ | 12/23/2015
    The new views of Enceladus are from the Cassini spacecraft's final close flyby of that moon on Dec. 19, from 4,999 kilometres. They include views of both older, cratered terrain, and younger, furrowed areas of the surface. During previous flybys, Cassini has come as close as within 50 kilometres of the surface, diving through the icy geysers spewing from the moon's surface from what is thought to be a liquid ocean underneath ... While Cassini has left Enceladus, NASA's Dawn spacecraft is just beginning to get more intimate with the dwarf planet Ceres. You may feel as if you're soaring...
  • NASA calls off next Mars mission; no time to fix leaky seal

    12/22/2015 7:31:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 22, 2015 5:54 PM EST | Mike Schneider
    NASA is calling off its next mission to Mars because there isn't enough time to fix a leaky seal on a key science instrument. The InSight spacecraft was set for launch in March. The problem is with a protective pouch around the lander's seismometer, which was designed to measure ground movement on the red planet. NASA managers and French designers of the instrument said Tuesday they must now decide whether the pouch's vacuum seal needs to be repaired, redesigned or the mission scrapped. ...
  • Climate change shock: Burning fossil fuels 'COOLS planet', says NASA

    12/22/2015 5:11:23 AM PST · by jpsb · 42 replies
    Express UK ^ | Dec 21, 2015 | Jon Austin
    BURNING fossil fuels and cutting down trees causes global COOLING, a shock new NASA study has found.
  • SpaceX Falcon rocket nails safe landing in pivotal space feat

    12/22/2015 2:46:25 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Dec 22, 2015 12:08am EST | Joe Skipper
    A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Monday with a payload of communications satellites before the reusable main-stage booster turned around, soared back to Cape Canaveral and landed safely near its launch pad in a dramatic spaceflight first. The successful mission, capped by delivery of all 11 satellites to orbit for launch customer ORBCOMM Inc (ORBC.O), unfolded in just over 30 minutes and marked a pivotal reversal of fortunes for privately owned Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, founded by high-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk.
  • Climate change shock: Burning fossil fuels 'COOLS planet', says NASA

    12/21/2015 7:02:17 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 51 replies
    Express UK ^ | December 21, 2015 | By JON AUSTIN
    BURNING fossil fuels and cutting down trees causes global COOLING, a shock new NASA study has found. Major theories about what causes temperatures to rise have been thrown into doubt after NASA found the Earth has cooled in areas of heavy industrialization where more trees have been lost and more fossil fuel burning takes place. Environmentalists have long argued the burning of fossil fuels in power stations and for other uses is responsible for global warming and predicted temperature increases because of the high levels of carbon dioxide produced - which causes the global greenhouse effect. While the findings did...
  • Global Warning: Paris Climate Change Accord is a bureaucratic boondoggle

    12/14/2015 2:23:11 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 10 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | December 13, 2015 | Leslie Eastman
    The UN Climate Change conference is wrapped up yesterday. After two weeks of world leaders opining mindlessly, protesters heckling speakers, and participants enjoying lavish French cuisine, bureaucrats agreed to squander billions of dollars to solve a non-existent problem...[Break]... The accord is so preposterous that even the "godfather of climate science", former NASA scientist James Hansen is ripping the deal apart before the ink is dry: "It's a fraud really, a fake," he says, rubbing his head. "It's just bullshit for them to say: 'We'll have a 2C warming target and then try to do a little better every five years.'...
  • Cygnus Docks at Station for Christmas Delivery to Successfully Resume American Resupply Chain

    12/09/2015 6:00:36 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on December 9, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    The Orbital ATK Cygnus CRS-4 resupply vessel arrived in the vicinity of the massive orbiting outpost around 530 a.m. EST today with pinpoint accuracy after precisely firing its maneuvering thrusters to home in on the complex during a two day orbital chase. After moving close in to the station, NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren deftly grappled the Cygnus - named the "S.S. Deke Slayton II" - with the space station 57-foot-long robotic arm, Canadarm2, at 6:19 a.m. EST, while operating the arm from a robotics work station inside the seven windowed domed cupola. The entire sequence was broadcast live on NASA...
  • Google and NASA Say Their Quantum Computer Finally Works

    12/09/2015 3:33:55 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | WIlliam Herkewitz
    The actual problem that computer scientists threw at the D-Wave Two is pretty esoteric. To oversimplify it, they asked the machine to pick the optimum choice out of a large jumble of information with nearly 1,000 variables. Such optimization problems, which involve weighing multiple choices against each other, should be far, far easier for quantum computers to crunch. That's because the basis of quantum computation, the qubit, uses the odd physics of quantum mechanic to hold information as a zero, one, or a superposition of both. Again, to over-simplify things, this allows quantum computers to consider a vast number of...
  • Google says its quantum computer is 100 million times faster than PC

    12/09/2015 10:50:14 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 27 replies
    The Register ^ | 9 December 2015 | Iain Thomson
    Two years ago Google and NASA bought a D-Wave 2X quantum computing system and the Chocolate Factory has now pronounced itself very pleased with the results. "We found that for problem instances involving nearly 1000 binary variables, quantum annealing significantly outperforms its classical counterpart, simulated annealing. It is more than 108 times faster than simulated annealing running on a single core," Hartmut Neven, Google's director of engineering reported on Tuesday. Now comparing almost any operation against a single core is a bit of a fudge, but the results show that Google and NASA certainly feel D-Wave's take on quantum computing...
  • New US space mining law to spark interplanetary gold rush

    12/08/2015 11:11:12 AM PST · by simpson96 · 36 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 12/8/2015 | Luc Olinga
    Flashing some interplanetary gold bling and sipping "space water" might sound far-fetched, but both could soon be reality, thanks to a new US law that legalizes cosmic mining.In a first, President Barack Obama signed legislation at the end of November that allows commercial extraction of minerals and other materials, including water, from asteroids and the moon. That could kick off an extraterrestrial gold rush, backed by a private aeronautics industry that is growing quickly and cutting the price of commercial space flight. The US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act of 2015 says that any materials American individuals or companies find...
  • NASA Moving Out Of ISS As It Heads For The Moon

    12/08/2015 9:47:22 AM PST · by Elderberry · 28 replies
    Tech Times ^ | 12/8/2015 | Dianne Depra
    NASA has been part of the International Space Station for the last 15 years, but now it's slowly spreading its wings, making it known that it is letting go of the facility to pursue its goals of flying beyond low-Earth orbit. In an advisory council meeting early December, William Gerstenmaier, NASA human spaceflight chief, said that the agency is making the move to get out of the ISS as quickly as possible, regardless of whether or not its absence is filled by the private sector. This statement is striking because while NASA is clear about its desire to see commercial...
  • NASA releases clearest images of Pluto world might see for decades

    12/05/2015 9:35:51 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    cnn ^ | Hilary Whiteman, CNN
    Black and white images beamed to Earth could be some of the clearest close-ups of Pluto's surface humans see for decades, NASA says. The images, taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, show craters, mountains and glacial terrain along a strip 50 miles (80 kilometers) wide. The spacecraft took them in July during its closest flyby of Pluto - which is at a distance from Earth that varies from 4.67 billion miles (7.5 billion kilometers) to 2.66 billion miles (4.28 billion kilometers) - and they were among the most recent batch sent to back to our planet.
  • NASA Counting on 1st US Space Station Shipment in Months

    12/03/2015 9:27:00 AM PST · by don-o · 21 replies
    AP via ABC ^ | December 3, 2015 | marcia dunn,
    NASA is looking to get back on track with the first U.S. delivery to the International Space Station in nearly eight months. An unmanned Atlas rocket is scheduled to blast off at 5:55 p.m. Thursday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with 7,400 pounds of supplies. But clouds and rain could push the launch into Friday, when the weather worsens.
  • Russia Is Planning To Build A Permanent Manned Base On The Moon

    12/03/2015 12:54:19 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 24 replies
    uk.news.yahoo.com ^ | 12/03/2015 | Rob Waugh
    Russia Is Planning To Build A Permanent Manned Base On The Moon Plans are being finalised Rob WaughRob Waugh – 10 hours ago Russia’s space agency is planning to build a manned moon base - launching modules into space on six separate rockets. Russia plans to launch a lunar probe in 2024 which will scout possible locations - before landing a man on the moon in 2030. Construction of the Luna 25 lander has already begun, the official state news agency Tass has reported. Once the components are in place, assembly of the moon base will continue over ten years....
  • NASA Releases Image Of Chinese Smog Captured From Space.

    12/03/2015 7:01:50 AM PST · by Purdue77 · 12 replies
    AOL via AIAA ^ | 12/02/2015 | AOL News
    AOL (12/2) reports that as the Paris climate talks take place, a satellite image released by NASA, illustrates the view of Chinese smog from space. In reference to the image, NASA said, “The brightest areas are clouds or fog, which have tinges of gray or yellow because of the air pollution,” adding, “Other cloud-free areas have a pall of gray haze that mostly blots out the cities below.”
  • New NASA Report on Polar Ice Caps Exposes Climate Change Scam

    12/02/2015 6:56:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Federalist Papers Project ^ | 12.02.15 | Russ Hepler
    Remember when Al Gore predicted the global ice caps would all be melted by 2014? Well, it may be an "inconvenient truth" for Al to accept the fact that 2014 has come and gone and, yes, we do still have ice caps at earth's poles. In reality, what we are now seeing completely contradicts the whole "Climate Change/Global Warming" hoax President Obama is peddling at the Paris climate summit right now. NASA.gov is actually reporting data from Antarctica that blows a huge hole in both Gore's and Obama's pet scare tactic:... According to the new analysis of satellite data, the...
  • German Scientist Accused NASA of ‘Massive’ Temperature Alterations

    12/01/2015 2:47:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 30, 2015 | 4:18 PM EST | Barbara Hollingsworth
    A German scientist has accused the National Aeronautics and Space Agency's (NASA) Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS) of altering temperature records between 2010 and 2012 to produce the illusion that the Earth has been warming since 1950. GISS datasets are used by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to document global warming. In a presentation at the 2012 EIKE Climate Conference in Germany, Professor Friedrich-Karl Ewert, a retired geologist and data expert from the University of Paderborn, said that he examined publicly available archived temperature records from 1,153 weather stations around the globe going back to 1881...
  • Orion Gets Beefed Up, Silver-Metallic Thermal Protection Coating for Next Flight on EM-1

    12/01/2015 8:08:44 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on November 30, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    In the wake of NASA's supremely successful inaugural test flight of the Orion deep space capsule on the EFT-1 mission in Dec. 2014, NASA is beefing up the critical thermal protection system (TPS) that will protect astronauts from the searing heats experienced during reentry as the human rated vehicle plunges through the Earth’s atmosphere after returning from ambitious expeditions to the Moon and beyond. Based in part on lessons learned from EFT-1, engineers are refining Orion's heat shield to enhance the design, ease manufacturing procedures and significantly strengthen is heat resistant capabilities for the far more challenging space environments and...
  • How NASA crushed Hillary Clinton's dreams of being an astronaut

    11/30/2015 11:22:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 95 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | November 30, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    Never let a day go by without learning something new if you can. For instance, I glanced through the news this morning and discovered something amazing: Hillary Clinton wanted to be an astronaut. This came as a bit of a shock, because from all the previous reporting I’d noticed regarding the presumptive Democrat nominee’s childhood dreams, I thought she wanted to be a Marine. (Before The Man crushed her hopes and dreams because she was a girl, that is.) But as it turns out, before she longed to storm the beaches at Iwo Jima, the future First Lady wanted to...
  • NASA Says Indian Scientist's Theory Is Correct, Black Holes Don't Really Exist

    11/29/2015 4:24:52 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 49 replies
    India Times ^ | November 27, 2015 | Bobins Abraham
    American space agency, the NASA had recently observed flares of X-rays from a black hole, which goes against the conventional notion that they are compact particles with such huge gravity that even light can't escape. Last month NASA announced that two of its space telescopes caught a huge burst of X-ray spewing out of a super massive black hole. These flairs appeared to be be triggered by the eruption of a charged particle from the black hole, which according to conventional belief doesn't let anything out. The latest findings are in accordance with the theory of Indian astrophysicist Abhas Mitra...