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  • New Horizons [Probe] Color Images Reveal Two Distinct Faces of Pluto, Series of Spots that Fascinate

    07/01/2015 5:03:19 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 22 replies
    NASA ^ | 07/01/2015 | n/a
    New color images from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft show two very different faces of the mysterious dwarf planet, one with a series of intriguing spots along the equator that are evenly spaced. Each of the spots is about 300 miles in diameter, with a surface area that’s roughly the size of the state of Missouri. Scientists have yet to see anything quite like the dark spots; their presence has piqued the interest of the New Horizons science team, due to the remarkable consistency in their spacing and size. While the origin of the spots is a mystery for now, the...
  • NASA Asteroid Redirect Mission on the brink of cancellation

    06/30/2015 11:55:03 AM PDT · by Marcus · 14 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | June 30, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission is still gasping along, but at least one space blogger suggests that its cancellation is all but inevitable. In the meantime, Space News just on Tuesday reported that the space agency has decided that the ARM must actually capture a boulder and take it to a retrograde lunar orbit to be considered a success. This metric was actually in doubt, with some NASA managers suggesting that as long as an unmanned probe, propelled by a solar selection propulsion engine, rendezvoused with an asteroid and then returned, even without anything resembling a rock, it would be a...
  • WATCH: NASA cuts live video transmission as THREE UFOs fly past Earth

    06/29/2015 9:58:23 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 109 replies
    express.co.uk ^ | Mon, Jun 29, 2015 | Aaron Brown
    This shocking footage is causing quite a stir online. Some have already branded the clip definitive PROOF of alien lifeforms. The video – which is reportedly shot from the International Space Station – shows three unidentified flying objects blast out of Earth’s atmosphere. The lights leave our planet seconds before the live video feed is cut by NASA due to a reported “loss of signal”.
  • John Kerry: U.S., China Agree to Bilateral Civil Space Cooperation Dialogue

    06/29/2015 9:24:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Space News ^ | June 26, 2015 | Marcia S. Smith
    During recent meetings with Chinese officials, Secretary of State John Kerry agreed to establish a "U.S.-China Civil Space Cooperation Dialogue." A State Department spokesman says the first meeting will be held before the end of October, but could not provide any other details. The lengthy list of "outcomes" from the seventh round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) held in Washington, DC June 22-24, 2015, includes a section on cooperation in science, technology and agriculture. Under that heading, the two countries agreed as follows: "101. Space: The United States and China decided to establish regular bilateral government-to-government consultations...
  • SpaceX’s CRS-7 Mission Ends In Catastrophic Failure, Loss Of Vehicle

    06/28/2015 7:26:31 AM PDT · by Vaquero · 167 replies
    techcrunch.com ^ | 6-28-2015 | Darrell Etherington
  • As SpaceX Rocket Explodes, Russia is Back on Top in Space Flight

    06/28/2015 1:24:39 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 28, 2015 | Chriss W. Street
    An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket traveling at 2,900 mph, about 27 miles above the earth disintegrated 2 minutes and 19 seconds into its flight from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station. It was a severe blow to NASA, still reeling from two previous failed Space Station resupply missions. The SpaceX failure is a reprieve for Russia’s Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft that will remain the prime Space Station servicer, despite recently renewed US sanctions against Russia. The SpaceX launch, its seventh robotic cargo mission to the International Space Station, was running at what NASA called “on course, on track” before...
  • This Will Be the World's Largest Plane

    06/28/2015 3:54:54 AM PDT · by lbryce · 18 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | February 26, 2015 | John Wenz
    The first images of the Stratolaunch airplane system have emerged, courtesy of KGET in Bakersfield, and the thing is just as massive we imagined. Bringing the enormous aircraft to fruition is not a done deal, but it's a good sign that the incredible build is under way. Once finished, the behemoth plane will have a 385-foot wingspan, making it the largest aircraft ever. It's not designed as a passenger plane, though. Backer Paul Allen (he of Microsoft fame) has bigger plans in mind: space launches. The Stratolaunch will fly to a high altitude before deploying a rocket that will detach,...
  • SpaceX Launch Ends in Failure

    06/28/2015 9:31:41 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 46 replies
    Live Leak ^ | 06/28/15
    SpaceX just failed at its third attempt..
  • SpaceX Capsule to Deliver New Parking Spot for Space Station

    06/26/2015 5:40:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    AP ^ | MARCIA DUNN
    Besides food and experiments, the Dragon cargo ship ordered up by NASA holds a new docking port, or parking place, for future commercial crew capsules. Liftoff is scheduled for 10:21 a.m. Sunday. Good flying weather is forecast for SpaceX's unmanned Falcon rocket. This shipment is especially critical because the space station has lost two deliveries since fall. A Russian supply ship spun out of control shortly after liftoff in April and burned up on re-entry with all its contents. In October, an Orbital Sciences Corp. cargo carrier was destroyed in a Virginia launch explosion. Once again, SpaceX is picking up...
  • SpaceX hopes third time a charm in landing historic booster rocket

    06/27/2015 4:43:10 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 19 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | June 27, 2015 | Amanda Barnett
    Once again, SpaceX will try to recover a very expensive part of its rocket after launching it into space. If SpaceX succeeds in recovering the first stage of its rocket after its 10:21 a.m. ET launch on Sunday at Florida's Cape Canaveral, it will be a historical achievement. It will push space travel further toward a future in which people, satellites and other items can be inexpensively launched into orbit.
  • How Noam Chomsky and Lawrence Krauss got space exploration wrong

    06/24/2015 9:11:48 PM PDT · by Marcus · 5 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | June 24, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    According to a Tuesday piece in Motherboard, Noam Chomsky, a philosopher and political commentator, and Lawrence Krauss, a physicist and cosmologist, had a public dialogue about space exploration. Being both men of the far left, they concluded that space travel should be best left to robots and conducted by governments. The conclusions are the exact opposite of what the prevailing trends are in space policy.
  • Would sending people to Mars bring Americans together?

    06/24/2015 9:14:32 PM PDT · by Marcus · 31 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | June 24, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    n an op-ed published in Florida Today on Wednesday, Jeff Kottkamp, a former lieutenant governor of Florida, and Rich Ramos, a Florida businessman, proposed a new justification for sending humans to Mars. A Mars program would serve, in their view, as a means to foster national unity of the sort that is rarely achieved outside times of war. Some recent polling data suggests that they may be on to something.
  • Ceres Spots Continue to Mystify in Latest Dawn Images

    06/23/2015 6:34:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    NASA-JPL ^ | June 22, 2015 | Staff
    The closer we get to Ceres, the more intriguing the distant dwarf planet becomes. New images of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft provide more clues about its mysterious bright spots, and also reveal a pyramid-shaped peak towering over a relatively flat landscape. "The surface of Ceres has revealed many interesting and unique features. For example, icy moons in the outer solar system have craters with central pits, but on Ceres central pits in large craters are much more common. These and other features will allow us to understand the inner structure of Ceres that we cannot sense directly," said Carol...
  • 'Pyramid' spotted on Ceres: Mysterious lone mountain on surface of the dwarf planet

    06/22/2015 9:34:03 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 18 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 22, 2015 | By Jonathan O'Callaghan
    The latest images of Ceres taken by the Dawn spacecraft have captured a fascinating pyramid-shaped mountain on the surface. As the spacecraft gets closer, more and more features are beginning to reveal themselves. This includes the mysterious bright spots, which appear now as an array of dots scattered across the floor of a crater - but their source remains unknown. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3134836/Pyramid-spotted-Ceres-Mysterious-lone-mountain-discovered-towering-surface-dwarf-planet.html#ixzz3dr9nxnHS Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook The latest images of Ceres taken by the Dawn spacecraft have captured a fascinating pyramid-shaped mountain on the surface. As the spacecraft gets closer, more and more features...
  • NASA May Use Nukes To Defend Earth From Asteroids

    06/22/2015 12:28:27 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 06-22-2015 | By Sarah Fecht
    Illustration Of A Planetoid Crashing Into Earth In 2013, a 60-foot-wide meteor exploded over Russia, and no one saw it coming. The Chelyabinsk impactor was relatively small by interplanetary standards, but the blast injured about 1,500 people and damaged 7,000 buildings. If a larger rock were headed for Earth, how would we defend ourselves? The short answer is, scientists aren’t really sure, but one solution sounds a lot like the plot from a 1998 Michael Bay movie: just nuke ‘em. In hopes of averting a space rock calamity, The New York Times reports that NASA has just sealed a deal...
  • Russia demands probe into US moon landing

    06/20/2015 2:04:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Newsweek ^ | June 18, 2015 | Damien Sharkov
    Russia's investigative committee spokesman has demanded that an international investigation be launched into the US 1969 moon landings, after a US-led investigation into the world governing body Fifa, cast doubt over the fairness of choosing Russia to host the next World Cup. Nine Fifa officials were implicated in a US and Swiss investigation into the alleged corruption, with the scandal eventually leading to the organisation's president Sepp Blatter to announce his resignation. Russia and Qatar have both denied that their hosting rights are linked to any wrongdoing, however about a fortnight ago the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) confirmed...
  • Area 51 and extra-terrestrial life both exist, says head of NASA [2 Thess 2]

    06/20/2015 10:46:38 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 88 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/19/2015 | Sarah Knapton
    Extra-terrestrial life does exist, the head of NASA has confirmed, but said aliens were not hidden in Area 51. NASA Administrator Major Charles Bolden told British schoolchildren that he was confident that scientists would find life outside of Earth because there were so many planets that are similar to our own. Asked by 10-year-old Carmen Dearing if he believed in aliens, he said: "I do believe that we will someday find other forms of life or a form of life, if not in our solar system then in some of the other solar systems - the billions of solar systems...
  • Gizmodo article accuses America of space imperialism during Apollo program

    06/19/2015 1:58:59 PM PDT · by Marcus · 8 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | June 19, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    Gizmodo, as part of a series of stories about space, ran a piece on Thursday called ‘What is Stopping Us from Building Cities in Space? No, it’s not Tech.” The article attempts to examine some of the political impediments that have stymied the settlement of the high frontier. Unfortunately, the piece would have been more convincing had it not been for one rather glaring error. The piece suggested that the United States attempted to claim the moon as sovereign territory when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planted the American flag at Tranquility Base on July 20, 1969. “So much of...
  • How NASA Will Save the World from Giant, Killer Asteroids

    06/19/2015 5:00:23 AM PDT · by lbryce · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | June 18, 2015 | Matthew Hoye
    It may sound like a science fiction movie, but in a small conference room at the Goddard Space Flight Center, a tight-knit group of top NASA scientists is coming up with new ways to protect our planet from killer asteroids. The idea is to repurpose and build on technologies being developed for other space missions. How big is the threat from asteroids? Well, Jason Kessler, NASA's director of the Grand Challenge, says that as of Wednesday morning asteroid hunters around the world have identified and are tracking 12,706 Near Earth Objects (NEOs) -- or asteroids - that could come close...
  • NASA Gives ‘GO’ for Mission to Alien Ocean World at Jupiter Moon Europa

    06/19/2015 4:48:20 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | Ken Kremer
    At long last NASA is heading back to Jupiter’s mysterious moon Europa and doing so in a big way – because scientists believe it harbors an alien ocean of water beneath an icy crust and therefore is “one of the most promising places in the solar system to search for signs of present-day life” beyond Earth. Top NASA officials have now formally and officially green lighted the Europa ocean world robotic mission and given it the “GO” to move from early conceptual studies into development of the interplanetary spacecraft and mission hardware, to search for the chemical constituents of life....
  • New NASA data show how the world is running out of water

    06/16/2015 12:50:40 PM PDT · by redreno · 83 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | June 16 at 2:01 PM | By Todd C. Frankel
    Drought-stricken California is not the only place draining underground aquifers in the hunt for fresh water. It’s happening across the world, according to two new studies by U.S. researchers released Tuesday. Twenty-one of the world’s 37 largest aquifers – in locations from India and China to the United States and France -- have passed their sustainability tipping points, meaning more water is being removed than replaced from these vital underground reservoirs. Thirteen of 37 aquifers fell at rates that put them into the most troubled category. “The situation is quite critical,” said Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at NASA’s Jet...
  • Alien rights-When we meet, it won’t be a friendly encounter nor a conquest: it'll be a gold rush

    06/16/2015 12:54:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Aeon Blog ^ | June 11, 2015 | Lizzie Wade, Latin America correspondent for Science
    It wasn’t the Martians’ fault their planet died. If they existed – once – Martians were likely microbes, living in a world much like our own, warmed by an atmosphere and crisscrossed by waterways. But Mars began to lose that atmosphere, perhaps because its gravity wasn’t strong enough to hold onto it after an asteroid impact, or perhaps it was gradually blown away by solar winds. The cause is still mysterious, but the ending is clear: Mars’s liquid water dried up or froze into ice caps, leaving life without its most precious resource. Any Martians would have been victims of...
  • National Space Society Opposes Senate Gutting of Commercial Crew Program

    National Space Society Opposes Senate Gutting of Commercial Crew Program [and investing in Russian economy] The National Space Society (NSS) strongly opposes the Senate Appropriations Committee’s $344 million (27%) cut of the 2015 Commercial Crew budget requested by the Administration. The Senate cuts were $100 million more than those recently passed by the House. NSS stands with NASA administrator Charles Bolden when he said “By gutting this program and turning our backs on U.S. industry, NASA will be forced to continue to rely on Russia to get its astronauts into space – and to continue to invest hundreds of millions...
  • Comet Probe Makes Contact After 7 Months Of Silence In Space

    06/15/2015 8:24:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | June 15, 2015
    European scientists are celebrating after receiving a remarkable communication from space. The solar-powered Philae comet probe is sending signals back to earth after seven months of silence. The Philae spacecraft has been in touch with Earth from a speeding comet for the second time since waking up a few days ago, mission control said Monday, and scientists hope to improve communications with the lander by shifting the trajectory of its mother ship. Philae in November became the first spacecraft ever to settle on a comet when it touched down on icy 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, but it managed to send data to Earth...
  • Texas Senator Ted Cruz Says Exploring Space Without Help From Russia Is 'Imperative' [Truncated]

    06/15/2015 9:49:42 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 47 replies
    LatinPost.com ^ | Feb 25, 2015 | Claudia Balthazar
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz supports NASA's human space exploration program as a national priority that deserves congressional support. USA Today reports if NASA's program goes as planned, astronauts could travel to Mars by the 2030s. Cruz, a Tea Party Republican, said developing a rocket and capsule that could cost tens of billions of dollars is "critical" to ensuring American's leadership in space. "It is imperative that America has the capability to get to the space station without the assistance of the Russians," Cruz said Tuesday while chairing a hearing before the Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Science, Space and Competitiveness. "The Commercial...
  • Port of terror: Obama exposing U.S. to new threat?

    06/15/2015 10:04:03 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 9 replies
    WND ^ | June 14, 2015 | Ellen Ratner
    Those of us in the media aren’t necessarily well known for having the longest attention span. By our very nature, we may be captivated by a story one week and then suddenly find ourselves unable to recall its most basic details when a new, juicy headline comes along. This may be how the game is played in Washington, but it’s frustrating, especially when you remember a moment of panic that everybody else seems to move on from. In 2006, that concern was over port security and was centered on President George W. Bush approving a deal with Dubai Ports World...
  • Boeing's 747 Large Cargo Freighter Development on Plan

    02/25/2005 8:23:17 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 90 replies · 2,905+ views
    Boeing.com ^ | Feb. 22, 2005 | Staff
    SEATTLE, Feb. 22, 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today said development of the 747 Large Cargo Freighter is proceeding according to plan and the modified freighters will be ready to support final assembly of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliners in 2007. "We have a top-notch team of engineers working to design what will be one of the most unique airplanes flying," said 787 Vice President of Manufacturing and Quality Scott Strode. "This kind of modification is an engineer's dream. It's an extremely challenging project, and it's essential to the success of the Dreamliner." Boeing announced last week the critical "swing...
  • First Ever Glass Deposits Found On Martian Surface

    06/13/2015 9:17:43 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    Popular Science ^ | June 8th, 2015 | Mary Beth Griggs
    It seems like Mars has just about everything: auroras, water, and now... glass? In a paper published recently in Geology researchers announced that NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) found deposits of glass in craters on the Martian surface. These are the first deposits ever found on Mars, and they could help us figure out if there was ever life on the red planet. On Mars, the glass was created when meteorites slammed into the Martian surface with enough force to melt some of the rocks, which then cooled quickly enough in the atmosphere, turning them into a type of glass...
  • SpaceX and the Russian Rocket Mess

    06/13/2015 8:55:34 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | June 12, 2015 | Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
    The first thing to notice is how rapidly Elon Musk's SpaceX is altering the market for government-sponsored rocket launches. Witness how frequently the words "to compete with SpaceX" appear in industry statements and press coverage. To compete with SpaceX, say multiple reports, the United Launch Alliance, the Pentagon's traditional supplier, is developing a new Vulcan rocket powered by a reusable engine designed by Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin. Because of SpaceX, says Aviation Week magazine, Japan's government has instructed Mitsubishi to cut in half the cost of the Japanese workhorse rocket, and China is planning a new family of kerosene-fueled Long...
  • Airbus Unveils Partially Reusable Rocket Design 'Adeline'

    06/13/2015 8:15:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Popular Science ^ | June 8th, 2015 | Loren Grush
    But can it ever hope to compete with SpaceX? Like the Falcon 9, Adeline is only partially reusable -- but the way it's meant to work is quite creative. While most of the rocket's fuselage goes unrecovered after launch, the bottom portion of the rocket housing the main engine (most expensive part and arguably the most important) is designed to safely return back home. The design calls for the first stage of the rocket to come equipped with wings and propellers, allowing it to travel back to Earth like a small plane and land gently on a runway. The key...
  • We're Pumped Up About Visiting Pluto After Seeing This NASA Video

    06/13/2015 7:28:00 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Popular Science TV ^ | June 12th, 2015 | Sarah Fecht
    In July, New Horizons crosses the next great frontier in our solar system. Mankind is about to visit one of the strangest places in our solar system. Out beyond Neptune, the Kuiper belt is home to hordes of cold, lumpy worlds -- some of which are large enough to have their own moons, but none of which we've seen up-close before. That's going to change this summer, when NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flies by "the king of the Kuiper belt": Pluto. It's no longer considered a planet, but Pluto is still an important member of our solar system, and one...
  • Station Astronaut Snaps Super Sharp View of the Great Pyramids from Space

    06/13/2015 5:25:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    universetoday.com/ ^ | on June 13, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    On his last full day in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS), NASA astronaut Terry Virts at last captured a truly iconic shot of one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” – the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Virts snapped the exquisitely sharp view of the Egyptian pyramids at Giza on June 10 looking out from the stations windows, just hours before entering the Soyuz return spaceship and closing the hatches behind him for his planned plummet back to Earth. He proudly posted the spectacular photo on his twitter social media account from space while serving as...
  • Is Elon Musk Just A Billionaire Welfare King?

    06/12/2015 9:27:31 PM PDT · by Rabin · 32 replies
    oilprice.com ^ | 11 June 2015 | Gaurav Agnihotri
    Elon Musk our billionaire, whose Stimulus funded Tesla Motors, Solarandra City and (only option to Russia, NASA is out) Space X has received $4.9 billion in FedSlush. Is Elon Musk a billionaire welfare queen of Federal grants, discounted loans, tax breaks, government RICO & Carbon credits? Tesla is set to receive an incentive worth $1.3 billion from the state of Nevada. Anyone who buys a Tesla gets a $7,500 federal income tax credit, Californians receive an additional rebate of $2,500 from the state. In all, Tesla Motors Inc. has received close to $2.391 billion in form of government subsidies. SolarCity,...
  • As outrage rises over NASA Commercial Crew funding cut, time to make a deal?

    06/12/2015 4:16:39 AM PDT · by Marcus · 8 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | June 12, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    The drama surrounding funding for NASA’s Commercial Crew program has started up once again. In the wake of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s cutting funding for the program by over $300 million, supporters have fallen back on familiar patterns of futile complaining. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden claimed that the funding shortfall would delay the restoration of American spaceflight capability by as much as two years. Bolden was mild compared to some of Commercial Crew’s supporters on the Internet.
  • Dawn Does Dramatic Fly Over of Ceres, Enters Lower Mapping Orbit: Video

    06/08/2015 11:22:44 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on June 8, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    Scientists leading NASA’s Dawn mission to dwarf planet Ceres have just released a brand new animated video showing a dramatic fly over of the heavily cratered world featuring its mysterious bright spots whose exact origin and nature remain elusive. Meanwhile, the venerable probe has just successfully entered its new and lower mapping orbit on June 3 from which researchers hope to glean hordes of new data to unravel the secrets of the bright spots and unlock the nature of Ceres origin and evolution. “Dawn completed the maneuvering to reach its second mapping orbit and stopped ion-thrusting on schedule. Since May...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Into the Void

    06/06/2015 4:37:43 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    NASA ^ | June 06, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Fifty years ago, on June 3, 1965, Edward White stepped out of the orbiting Gemini 4 spacecraft to become the first US astronaut to walk in space. White is captured in this photo taken by mission commander James McDivit from inside the capsule as White's spacewalk began over the Pacific Ocean on Gemini 4's third orbit. Planet Earth, spacecraft, and tether are reflected in White's gold tinted helmet visor. A gas powered manuevering gun is held in his right hand. Though the gun ran out of gas after only 3 minutes, he continued to manuever by twisting his body...
  • Pentagon Blames Congress For Fouling Up Rocket Deals With Russia: Geopolitical positioning system

    Space makes for strange relationships. With NASA’s Space Shuttle shuttered since 2011, American astronauts have hitched rides to the International Space Station inside Russian Soyuz rockets for the past four years. But ever since Russia claimed Crimea and supported a separatist movement in Ukraine, the United States and Russia haven’t exactly been on great terms. Congress passed punitive sanctions on Russia, and in retaliation, Russia forbade the sale of rocket engines to the American military. Yet the Pentagon, which is currently supplying the Ukrainian military with vehicles, now needs a little help getting its military satellites to space. So it's...
  • NASA Supports Replacing American Flag With A New Design

    05/30/2015 6:01:27 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 59 replies
    Inquisitor ^ | 5/28/2015
    Since Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, the iconic visual of the American flag they left behind marked NASA’s success in going where no man had gone before, marking their arrival for future visitors to see. Since then, all space suits worn by Americans have been adorned with the American flag. However, NASA has been supporting a design that may replace the American flag during space travel. The new flag, called the International Flag of the Planet Earth, is expected to represent Earth as a whole, rather than segment only the United States. According to the...
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson urges America to challenge China to a space race

    05/28/2015 3:58:37 AM PDT · by Marcus · 18 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | May 28, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    According to a Tuesday story in the UK edition of the International Business Times, Neil degrease Tyson, the celebrity astrophysicist and media personality, advocated a space race between the United States and China. The idea is that such a race would spur innovation and cause industry to grow. The Apollo race to the moon caused a similar explosive period of scientific research and engineering development.
  • NASA Selects Mission Science Instruments Searching for Habitability of Jupiter’s Ocean Moon Europa

    05/26/2015 5:06:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | Ken Kremer
    In a major move forward on a long dreamed of mission to investigate the habitability of the subsurface ocean of Jupiter’s mysterious moon Europa, top NASA officials announced today, Tuesday, May 26, the selection of nine science instruments that will fly on the agency’s long awaited planetary science mission to an intriguing world that many scientists suspect could support life. “We are on our way to Europa,” proclaimed John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, at a media briefing today outlining NASA’s plans for a mission dedicated to launching in the early to mid-2020s. ... “The...
  • Mystery Methane on Mars: The Saga Continues

    05/26/2015 12:13:04 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 30 replies
    Astrobiology Magazine ^ | May 14, 2015 | Johnny Bontemps
    A scientist has raised questions about the latest detection of methane on Mars, suggesting that NASA’s rover could be responsible for the mysterious burp. Highly unlikely, but not impossible, says the Curiosity team.
  • Photos of Earth from Mars and Mars from Earth

    05/25/2015 4:24:26 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 25 replies
    ebaumsworld.com ^ | March 18, 2015
    Just saw these cool pics of opposite views of the same thing...sort of:
  • Updated NASA Data: Global Warming Not Causing Any Polar Ice Retreat (since 1979)

    05/20/2015 9:31:25 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 42 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 19, 2015 | James Taylor
    Updated data from NASA satellite instruments reveal the Earth’s polar ice caps have not receded at all since the satellite instruments began measuring the ice caps in 1979. Since the end of 2012, moreover, total polar ice extent has largely remained above the post-1979 average. The updated data contradict one of the most frequently asserted global warming claims – that global warming is causing the polar ice caps to recede. The timing of the 1979 NASA satellite instrument launch could not have been better for global warming alarmists. The late 1970s marked the end of a 30-year cooling trend. As...
  • Watch SpaceX cargo ship depart from ISS Thursday morning

    05/20/2015 6:17:37 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 1 replies
    EarthSky ^ | May20,2015
    The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is set to leave the International Space Station tomorrow. Live coverage starts at 6:45 a.m. EDT (1045 UTC) on May 21. After delivering more than two tons of supplies and research to the International Space Station that will help prepare NASA astronauts and robotic explorers for future missions to Mars, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is set to leave the orbital laboratory on Thursday, May 21. NASA Television will provide live coverage of Dragon’s departure beginning at 6:45 a.m. EDT. Watch here. The Dragon capsule, which arrived at the station April 17, will be detached...
  • Space Station Could Get Laser Cannon to Destroy Orbital Debris

    05/18/2015 4:45:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    SPACE.com ^ | May 18, 2015 08:31 AM ET // | by Charles Q. Choi,
    Now researchers suggest the Extreme Universe Space Observatory (EUSO), scheduled to be installed on Japan’s module on the space station in 2017, could help the orbiting complex detect dangerous debris. They add that a powerful laser under development could then help shoot down this space garbage. “The EUSO telescope, which was originally designed to detect cosmic rays, could also be put to use for this useful project,” study lead author Toshikazu Ebisuzaki, an astrophysicist and chief scientist at the RIKEN (Rikagaku Kenky?sho) Computational Astrophysics Laboratory in Wako, Japan, told Space.com.
  • We Need Three Planets to Keep the Human Race Alive, NASA Scientist Says

    05/17/2015 5:16:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    Motherboard ^ | March 20, 2014 | Jason Koebler
    It’s no secret that uncurbed climate change and population growth are going to (and already have) put stress on the planet. But the situation is getting so bad that one prominent NASA scientist says we have to start thinking about terraforming Mars and that, in order for the human race to survive at current levels, we will eventually “need at least three planets.” “The entire ecosystem is crashing,” Dennis Bushnell, chief scientist of NASA’s Langley Research Center said Thursday. “Essentially, there’s too many of us. We’ve been far too successful as the human animal. People allege we’re short 40-50 percent...
  • NASA: 10,000-year-old Antarctic ice shelf will disappear by 2020

    05/17/2015 3:55:42 PM PDT · by PROCON · 88 replies
    CNN ^ | May 17, 2015 | Jareen Imam
    (CNN)—One of the last remaining sections of Antarctica's Larsen B Ice Shelf is dramatically weakening, according to a new NASA study. The study predicts that what remains of the once-prominent ice shelf, a thick floating platform of ice, most likely will "disintegrate completely" before the end of this decade Ice shelves are extensions of glaciers and function as barriers. Their disappearance means glaciers potentially will diminish more quickly, as well, increasing the pace at which global sea levels rise.
  • NASA-funded company to produce oxygen on Mars using bacteria

    05/14/2015 6:01:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    The Indiana-based company has developed a "Mars room," which plays host to a test chamber capable of emulating the inhospitable conditions prevailing on the red planet. In the Mars room, Chief scientist Eugene Boland at Techshot Inc is exploring the potential of using ecosystem-building pioneer organisms such as bacteria or algae as oxygen factories. The organisms would use Mars' ample supply of regolith as fuel, and may even serve a dual purpose in removing nitrogen from the M ..
  • Russian rocket pieces may crash on land after launch goes awry

    05/16/2015 1:45:19 PM PDT · by Lurch Addams · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/16/15 | Ben Brumfield and Brian Walker
    A glitch in a Russian space launch may have sent part of a rocket and its payload -- a satellite -- plummeting down onto southeastern Siberia, according to Russian state-run media reports. It is the second space mission failure for the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, in less than a month. And the mishap occurs on the anniversary of a similar loss in 2014.
  • Sen. Cruz receives bipartisan support for NDAA amendments

    05/15/2015 4:37:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Pearland Journal ^ | May 15, 2015 | Office of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) applauds the passage of the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on Thursday after a week of debate and consideration by both parties. Sen. Cruz introduced or cosponsored more than a dozen amendments that were successfully adopted by the committee. “Congress’ first priority is to provide for the national defense and ensure our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have everything they need to defend our freedom,” said Sen. Cruz. “I am grateful for the committee’s support for my amendments, including measures that will ensure...