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  • Buzz Aldrin developing 'master plan' to begin colonies on Mars by 2040... [title shortened]

    08/28/2015 5:36:05 AM PDT · by Textide · 43 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 08/27/2015 | Christopher Brennan
    Full Title: Buzz Aldrin developing 'master plan' to begin colonies on Mars by 2040 as he launches partnership with university Buzz Aldrin, 85, is partnering with Florida Institute of Technology. The Buzz Aldrin Space Institute will open in The Fall and focus on Mars Astronaut, the second man to walk on the Moon, has devised plan to get to the red planet using 'cycling pathways' and base on Mars's moon Phobos The second man to walk on the Moon is teaming up with Florida Institute of Technology to develop 'a master plan' for colonizing Mars within 25 years. Buzz Aldrin,...
  • Global sea levels climbed 3 inches since 1992, NASA research shows

    08/26/2015 1:51:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 58 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/26/15 | Irene Klotz -Reuters
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fl. (Reuters) - Sea levels worldwide rose an average of nearly 3 inches (8 cm) since 1992, the result of warming waters and melting ice, a panel of NASA scientists said on Wednesday. In 2013, a United Nations panel predicted sea levels would rise from 1 to 3 feet (0.3 to 0.9 meters) by the end of the century. The new research shows that sea level rise most likely will be at the high end of that range, said University of Colorado geophysicist Steve Nerem. Sea levels are rising faster than they did 50 years ago and ďitís...
  • NASA sees unavoidable sea level rise ahead

    08/26/2015 1:46:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 53 replies
    AFP on Yahoo News ^ | 8/26/15 | Kerry Sheridan
    Miami (AFP) - Sea levels are rising around the world, and the latest satellite data suggests that three feet (one meter) or more is unavoidable in the next 100-200 years, NASA scientists said Wednesday. Ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are melting faster than ever, and oceans are warming and expanding much more rapidly than they have in years past. Rising seas will have "profound impacts" around the world, said Michael Freilich, director of NASA's Earth Science Division. "More than 150 million people, most of them in Asia, live within one meter of present sea level," he said. Low-lying US...
  • NASA employees buy child porn from site with abused 3-year-olds - NASA names are being kept secret

    08/24/2015 12:55:44 PM PDT · by dead · 16 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | Wills Robinson
    NASA employees were caught buying child pornography from a criminal ring in Eastern Europe that distributed images of minors as young as three, it can be revealed. An investigation by Daily Mail Online found 16 staff members from the space agency paid for pictures and videos of children in sexual situations, but were never prosecuted. Their names have never been released because of government guidelines which protect their privacy Ė prompting fears some of the culprits are still employed by NASA. The probe found that in 2010, the employees paid for the pornography using personal credit cards or PayPal while...
  • Senator Hutchison cool to SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch; concerns remain about Obama NASA policy

    06/05/2010 5:40:57 PM PDT · by tricky_k_1972 · 24 replies · 624+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | June 5, 8:25 AM | Mark Whittington
    Senator Hutchison cool to SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch; concerns remain about Obama NASA policy June 5, 8:25 AMHouston Space News ExaminerMark Whittington Falcon 9 Courtesy NASA The near universal acclaim that SpaceX has acquired for the successful launch of the first Falcon 9 is not shared within the United States Congress, which is still skeptical of many aspects of the Obama space plan, which includes reliance on companies like SpaceX for Earth to Low Earth Orbit transportation. The reaction illustrates for all the technical triumph that SpaceX has accomplished with the Falcon 9 launch, it still faces political problems. Typical...
  • NASA says the world is not going to end in September

    08/23/2015 12:53:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 21, 2015 | Claire Phipps
    Space agency kills off internet rumour by confirming an asteroid strike will not wipe out humanity in the next few weeks, or years, or decades.Good news for those with plans for October and beyond: the Earth will still be in existence. NASA has confirmed Ė after rumours swept the internet about an imminent asteroid strike expected between 15 and 28 September Ė that the two-week period in question will be entirely free of Earth-destroying space attacks. The likelihood of any known potentially hazardous asteroid striking the planet within the next 100 years stands at 0.01%, the space agency said in...
  • NASA salvages old space shuttle parts for the ISS

    08/21/2015 3:17:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    engadget ^ | Mariella Moon
    NASA has apparently been stripping and reusing parts from old spacecraft, because when you have lofty goals and a limited budget, you gotta do what you gotta do. For instance, it's salvaging the four water tanks installed on the space shuttle Endeavour this week, so the agency can use them to build a new storage system for the International Space Station. Those tanks can store 300 liters in all that can last for 25 to 27 days: they're expected to help free more time for the crew to spend on their experiments. Also, according to NASA spokesperson Daniel Huot, they...
  • 'The Astronaut Wives Club' began with triteness and ended in ugliness

    08/21/2015 10:01:10 AM PDT · by Marcus · 32 replies
    Houston TV Examiner ^ | august 21, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    The Astronaut Wives Club, the summer series from ABC that depicted the race to the moon as a kind of ďDesperate Housewives of NASAĒ ended its run Thursday with the episode dealing with the Apollo moon landing and the epic adventure of Apollo 13. What began with soap opera triteness ended in a dash of ugliness. The episode sought to remind the viewer that not everyone regarded the moon landings with awe and wonder. Some reacted to the greatest technological feat in the history of humankind with rage.
  • Company in Canada gets U.S. patent for space elevator

    08/20/2015 1:07:19 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    phys.org ^ | August 15, 2015 | by Nancy Owano
    20 km Space Tower ====================================================================================================================== Exploring space while seated on Earth, gazing up on screens in museum theaters or at home via VR headsets. is exciting but the top imagination-grabber is the very idea of finding a way to access space. This is the present-day realm of creative thinking over space elevators, in the use of a giant tower to carry us to space. Scientists working on space elevators are thinking about materials and designs that can be used to access space as an alternative to rocket technology. A sign of the times is the upcoming Space Elevator Conference...
  • 16 Seconds Of Pluto Hides A Surprise (Video)

    08/19/2015 11:44:33 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 25 replies
    Area Voices ^ | 8-19-2015 | Astro Bob
    Buddy, can you spare 16 seconds? Bjorn Jonsson, a 3D computer graphics expert, used publicly available photos on the New Horizonís website to create a zippy flyby of†Pluto that gets you in and out in just seconds.†But hold on! If you use the pause button,†youíll see something amazing ó Plutoís dark backside illuminated by sunlight reflecting off its largest moon Charon. Even at Plutoís enormous distance from the sun of over 3 billion miles, enough sunlight falls on its 750-mile-wide moon Charon to provide a faint illumination on one hemisphere of the dwarf planet. The ring you see around Pluto...
  • The real apocalyptic doomsdayers (end goal of ensuring Americans 'live in constant fear')

    08/17/2015 10:26:43 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 6 replies
    WND ^ | August 16, 2015 | Joseph Farah
    Because of my unshakable belief in the Bible and its uncanny track record of predictions of future events, I have been accused of being an apocalyptic doomsdayer. Itís not accurate, because I see a glorious future for planet Earth Ė the restoration of all things including complete justice and real world peace. What I found remarkable today is that secular people, atheists, agnostics and materialists seem to be the real doomsdayers in our world. It was just about a year ago that Noam Chomsky, all of the above plus a radical left-wing idealist, wrote that the world was facing imminent...
  • Donald Trump thinks going to Mars would be 'wonderful' but there is a catch

    08/16/2015 7:32:07 AM PDT · by Marcus · 21 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | august 16, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    Donald Trump, the mercurial real estate tycoon and media personality who, much to the surprise of one and all, has become the front-runner for the Republican nomination for president opened his mind just a little about his attitude toward space exploration, according to a Saturday story in Forbes. In an answer to a question put to him about sending humans to Mars, the current focus at NASA, Trump said, ďďHonestly, I think itís wonderful; I want to rebuild our infrastructure first, ok? I think itís wonderful.Ē In other words, dreams of going to Mars must take a back seat to...
  • Cygnus Restarts Cargo Runs to the Space Station After Antares Rocket Explosion

    08/15/2015 11:00:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    The spacecraft will haul approximately 3,600 kilograms (4 tons) of material in a pressurized cargo module to the International Space Station in December 2015. This is the fourth Commercial Resupply Services cargo run by Orbital Sciences (OA-4). The Cygnus spacecraft is developed and produced by Orbital Sciences. Historically, it has always launched on an Orbital Antares rocket, but that rocket is still grounded for safety upgrades following the unscheduled rapid disassembly last fall. Instead, the Cygnus will be launched by a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. It will also be launching from a new pad ó Cape Canaveral instead...
  • Milestone Test Firing of NASAís SLS Monster Rocket Engine Advances Human Path to Deep Space

    08/14/2015 6:36:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    Universe Today ^ | Ken Kremer
    (Aug. 13) successful test firing of an RS-25 main stage engine for NASAís Space Launch System (SLS) monster rocket currently under development, the program passed a key milestone advancing the agency on the path to propel astronauts back to deep space at the turn of the decade. The 535 second long test firing of the RS-25 development engine was conducted on the A-1 test stand at NASAís Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi Ė and ran for the planned full duration of nearly 9 minutes, matching the time they will fire during an actual SLS launch. All indications...
  • Would Bernie Sanders gut NASA spending if he became president? Probably

    08/13/2015 12:50:33 PM PDT · by Marcus · 18 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | august 13, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    With Sen. Bernie Sanders, the independent socialist from Vermont, packing in huge crowds during his early August west coast swing, the idea that he might have a shot at the Democratic nomination has gone from the realm of fantasy to that of distinct possibility. This fact is especially true since the presumptive Democratic nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, continues to slip in the polls and faces numerous ethical and legal woes. Sandersí surge means that interest is merited about his views on particular issues. One case in point is his attitude toward the space program and NASA spending....
  • Isis 'hacking division' releases details of 1,400 Americans and urges attacks

    08/13/2015 7:13:42 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 34 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Aug. 12, 2015 | Michael Safi
    A group calling itself the Islamic State hacking division has published the details of 1,400 mostly US military and government personnel, urging supporters to attack those listed. The spreadsheet, published online on Wednesday, exposes names, email addresses, phone numbers and passwords. Those listed include members of the marine corps, Nasa, the state department, air force and FBI. Supporters of Isis on Twitter seized on the breach, posting personal details of soldiers and government staffers and encouraging lone wolves to ďact and killĒ. A person claiming to speak for the group told the Guardian the information was obtained from military and...
  • The Perseid Meteor Shower Is About To Peak. Here's How To Watch

    08/12/2015 5:41:49 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 54 replies
    NPR ^ | August 12, 2015 | By Sam Sanders
    Set your alarm clocks. The Perseid meteor shower, the annual celestial lightshow that Space.com com calls the most widely observed and dependable meteor display of the year, will peak tonight and early tomorrow morning. NASA says this year's show promises to be more spectacular than usual. "If you see one meteor shower this year, make it August's Perseids or December's Geminids," according to the space agency. "The Perseids feature fast and bright meteors that frequently leave trains, and in 2015 there will be no moonlight to upstage the shower." And Jupiter's positioning this year will make for even better viewing,...
  • NASA launches operation ĎOMGí (Oceans Melting Greenland)

    08/12/2015 7:27:26 AM PDT · by PROCON · 22 replies
    msnbc ^ | Aug. 12, 2015 | Tony Dokoupil
    Late last month, an alarming new study concluded that the glaciers of Greenland and Antarctica will melt ten times faster than previous estimates, raising ocean levels 10 feet in as little as a half century. But is it accurate? NASA has launched an urgent, five-year, $30 million study that will help scientists find out. The official ďmission,Ē known as Oceans Melting Greenlandóyes, this is operation OMGóis designed to help scientists determine the melt-rate with unprecedented accuracy. ďI barely got that name by the censors,Ē admits Joshua Willis, an oceanographer at NASAís Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the projectís principal investigator. ďBut...
  • 'The ISS is being monitored by aliens': Conspiracy theorists spot yet another UFO hovering...

    08/11/2015 10:15:34 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 04:09 EST, 11 August 2015 | By Mia De Graaf
    Full Title: 'The ISS is being monitored by aliens': Conspiracy theorists spot yet another UFO hovering above the space station ============================================================================================================= Another UFO has been spotted hovering over the International Space Station, conspiracy theorists claim. Footage allegedly taken from a Nasa camera shows a pink and white object soaring across space. It has reignited claims the ISS is being 'monitored by extra-terrestrials'. The latest supposed sighting comes after another Nasa video, shot from the ISS in June, which showed mysterious lights 'leaving' Earth before the stream cut. The short clip, uploaded to YouTube, is the latest to fuel claims that...
  • NASA robot helps create biggest rocket parts for Mars mission

    08/06/2015 5:13:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    newsmaine.net ^ | Aug 06, 2015 | by Felix Balthasar,
    NASA engineers are making the biggest, lightweight rocket parts ever manufactured for space vehicles to deeper manned missions, such as Mars exploration. It is a robot established at Marshall Space Flight Centre of NASA in Alabama. According to the US space agency, it is among the largest composites manufacturing robots made in the US. According to Preston Jones, deputy director of Marshall's Engineering Directorate, "This addition to Marshall's Composites Technology Centre provides modern technology to develop low-cost and high-speed manufacturing processes for making large composite rocket structures. We will build and test these structures to determine if they are a...
  • NASA signing $490M contract with Russia

    08/06/2015 8:28:32 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 8/5/2015 | Rebecca Shabad
    NASA informed lawmakers on Wednesday that because Congress has failed to fully fund its Commercial Crew Program for the last five years, it is signing a $490 million contract extension with Russia to send Americans to space. The new contract, running through 2019, means that NASA will continue to depend on Russia to get its astronauts to space even as tensions between Washington and Moscow escalate. It will put money in Russiaís pockets even as U.S. economic sanctions seek to put pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putinís government over the conflict in Ukraine.
  • No, German Scientists Have Not Confirmed the ďImpossibleĒ EMDrive

    07/29/2015 10:27:45 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies
    io9.com ^ | 7/28/15 10:40am | George Dvorsky
    Two German researchers claim they have produced measurable amounts of thrust using a copy of NASAís controversial EMDrive. Itís a result that has many people talking, but donít plan your trip to the to the Alpha Centauri system just yetóthe experts we spoke with are all highly skeptical of the study and its findings. As reported in Hacked, the details of the new study are being presented this week by Martin Tajmar, a professor and chair for Space Systems at the Dresden University of Technology, and co-author G. Fiedler, at the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronauticsí Propulsion and Energy...
  • Challenger, Columbia wreckage on public display for 1st time

    08/02/2015 8:05:47 AM PDT · by Vaquero · 10 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 8-2-15 | MARCIA DUNN
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) ó NASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades.
  • What About a Mission to Europa?

    07/27/2015 11:59:52 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on July 27, 2015 | Fraser Cain
    Jupiterís moon Europa has the most water in the entire Solar System. If you took all the water on Earth, collected it into a big sphere, it would measure almost 1,400 kilometers across. Europaís water would measure nearly 1,800 kilometers.All that water exists in a layer around Europa, encased in a layer of ice. ... According to the plan, a spacecraft will launch in the 2020s, carrying 9 instruments to Europa. Most will be familiar cameras, mass spectrometers, and the like, to study the surface of Europa to a high level of resolution. Over the course of 45 flybys, the...
  • Returning To The Moon Is Ten Times Cheaper Than Thought, And It Could Lead To Mars

    07/24/2015 5:25:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    IFL Science! ^ | July 22, 2015 | Jonathan O'Callaghan
    Traveling to the Moon just got a whole lot cheaper. A NASA-funded study (PDF) has found that the cost of lunar missions could be reduced by a factor of 10 using a number of techniques Ė and it could also have implications for getting humans to Mars. The extensive NexGen Space study by the National Space Society (NSS) and the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) said that partnerships with private companies could return humans to the Moon for $10 billion (£6.4 billion), rather than the previosuly estimated $100 billion (£64 billion) that had turned off potential suitors. Utilizing fuel sourced from...
  • Russian, Japanese, US crew reach ISS despite minor mishap

    07/23/2015 5:21:31 AM PDT · by csvset · 2 replies
    France 24 ^ | 23 july 2015 | Anna Smolchenko
    MOSCOW (AFP) - Astronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States Thursday docked successfully with the International Space Station after a two-month delay, despite a minor hiccup. The Soyuz TMA 17M rocket -- carrying cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, US astronaut Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui of Japan -- blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome on schedule after a two-month delay caused by the failure of a Russian rocket during an unmanned resupply mission. The launch and the docking were successful even though one solar array -- a type of power supply that captures energy from the sun -- did not deploy...
  • Testing shows using microwaves to propel a craft into space might work

    07/23/2015 12:10:47 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    =============================================================================================== A team of researchers at Colorado based Escape Dynamics is reporting that initial tests indicate that it might really be possible to launch space-planes into space using microwaves sent from the ground, to allow for a single stage spacecraft. If the idea pans out, the cost savings for sending satellites (or perhaps humans) into orbit could be considerable. Today's rockets are all based on the same idea, a multi-stage rocket is used, each part filled with propellant that pushes the rocket into space as the propellant is burned. It is a really expensive way to go because the propellant...
  • How NASA might build its very first warp drive

    07/24/2015 12:20:51 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 31 replies
    io9 ^ | 11/26/12 | George Dvorsky
    Physicist Harold White stunned the aeronautics world when he announced that he and his team at NASA had begun work on the development of a faster-than-light warp drive. His proposed design, an ingenious re-imagining of an Alcubierre Drive, may eventually result in an engine that can transport a spacecraft to the nearest star in a matter of weeks ó and all without violating Einstein's law of relativity.
  • Breaking: Discovery of ĎHabitableí Earth-Like Planet Announced

    07/23/2015 11:38:14 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 80 replies
    observer.com ^ | 07/23/15 12:20pm | Robin Seemangal
    Breaking: Discovery of ‚ÄėHabitable‚Äô Earth-Like Planet Announced The Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute and planet hunters from The National Aeronautics and Space Administration have made a startling discovery while exploring the Milky Way Galaxy By Robin Seemangal | 07/23/15 12:20pm¬† Comment Artist‚Äôs concept depicts the earth-like planet Kepler-452b (NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle) The SETI Institute and NASA have confirmed the discovery of Kepler 452b, the most Earth-like planet ever encountered. Located in the Goldilocks zone of its host star, this planet would have ‚Äújust the right‚ÄĚ conditions to support liquid water and possibly even life. This extraordinary world was spotted by...
  • NASAís Kepler Mission Discovers Bigger, Older Cousin to Earth

    07/23/2015 10:17:08 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 42 replies
    NASA ^ | July 23, 2015 | NASA
    NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the ďhabitable zoneĒ around a sun-like star. This discovery and the introduction of 11 other new small habitable zone candidate planets mark another milestone in the journey to finding another ďEarth.Ē The newly discovered Kepler-452b is the smallest planet to date discovered orbiting in the habitable zone -- the area around a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of an orbiting planet -- of a G2-type star, like our sun. The confirmation of Kepler-452b brings the total number of confirmed planets to 1,030. "On the 20th anniversary...
  • Stennis Space Center tested its 'Space Launch System' on July 17

    07/18/2015 5:06:06 PM PDT · by BBell · 30 replies
    In auto racing parlance, NASA engineers put the "pedal to the metal" during a July 17 test of its Space Launch System (SLS) RS-25 rocket engine at Stennis Space Center. During a 535-second test, operators ran the RS-25 through a series of power levels, including a period of firing at 109 percent of the engine's rated power. Data collected on performance of the engine at the various power levels will aid in adapting the former space shuttle engines to the new SLS vehicle mission requirements, including development of an all-new engine controller and software. Four RS-25 engines will use the...
  • ISS crew shelters from space junk

    07/16/2015 7:54:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    dw.com ^ | July 16, 2015
    A "close pass" by orbiting junk has forced the International Space Station's crew to scramble into its attached Soyuz capsule. It is the fourth time in ISS's 15 years that a collision risk has prompted such precautions. Three astronauts briefly fled the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday as a fragment of a former Soviet weather satellite flew by. They sheltered in a Soyuz spacecraft, which normally transports crew members to and from Earth. A space industry source quoted by the Russian news agency Interfax claimed that US space monitors had spotted the space junk "very late." That had left...
  • New Horizons data suggests mountains of nitrogen ice on Pluto have evaporated

    07/18/2015 10:20:19 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 35 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 7/17/15 | Scott Dance
    The latest data downloaded from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft suggests that mountains of nitrogen ice thousands of feet high have evaporated into Pluto's atmosphere since the dwarf planet formed 4.5 billion years ago, and hundreds of tons of that gas escape into space each hour. New images of Pluto meanwhile show land forms that suggest heat is rising beneath the surface, with troughs of dark matter either collecting or bubbling up between flat segments of crust. Scientists discussed the findings Friday in their second major release of data collected when the $700 million New Horizons mission made a historic pass...
  • NASA Live Press Conference 9:30 PM. New Horizons Phones Home After Pluto Fly-By

    07/14/2015 6:16:57 PM PDT · by tennmountainman · 35 replies
    NASA TV ^ | 7-14-15 | NASA
    New Horizons spacecraft phones home confirming successful fly-by of Pluto. Link provided for live press conference that begins at 9:30 PM EDT.
  • New Horizons Probe Finds Out Pluto's Bigger (and Icier) Than We Thought

    07/13/2015 5:45:36 PM PDT · by radu · 75 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 13, 2015 | Alan Boyle
    LAUREL, Md. ó With less than a day to go before NASA's New Horizons mission zooms past Pluto, scientists reported on Monday that the dwarf planet isn't quite as dwarfish as they thought ó in fact, it's the largest known solar system object beyond Neptune. How large? Based on New Horizons imagery, its diameter is 2,370 kilometers (1,473 miles), plus or minus 20 kilometers (12.4 miles). That makes it almost 30 miles wider than Eris, the dwarf planet whose discovery led to Pluto's downfall as the "ninth planet" back in 2006. Eris' diameter has been measured to be 2,326 kilometers...
  • Scientists Simulate the Space Environment During NASA's New Horizons Flyby

    07/10/2015 11:32:40 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies
    NASA ^ | 7/10/15
    Scientists Simulate the Space Environment During NASA's New Horizons Flyby Watch simulation here The black lines in this movie show clouds of solar material Ė called coronal mass ejections or CMEs Ė on their months-long journey from the sun to the outer reaches of the solar system. The simulation helps show what space environment NASA's New Horizons mission might experience during its flyby of Pluto on July 14, 2015. Credits: NASA\Odstricil When destined to stay close to Earth, spacecraft often must withstand the hazards of our space environment. They can be exposed to regular radiation showers from the sun and...
  • Indian and Pacific Oceans Have Been 'Hiding' Global Warming

    07/10/2015 2:24:44 AM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 28 replies
    The New Indian Express ^ | July 10, 2015 08:10 UTC | PTI
    WASHINGTON: Extra heat from greenhouse gases has been trapped in the waters of the Pacific and Indian oceans in recent years, which may explain the so-called 'pause' in global warming observed during the past decade, according to a new NASA study. Researchers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California, found a specific layer of the Indian and Pacific oceans between 100 and 300 metres below the surface has been accumulating more heat than previously recognised. During the 20th century, as greenhouse gas concentrations increased and trapped more heat energy on Earth, global surface temperatures also increased. However, in the 21st...
  • Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches New Record Maximum

    07/09/2015 6:58:32 PM PDT · by Coleus · 30 replies
    NASA ^ | 10.07.14
    On Sept. 19, 2014, the five-day average of Antarctic sea ice extent exceeded 20 million square kilometers for the first time since 1979, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. The red line shows the average maximum extent from 1979-2014. Credits: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio/Cindy Starr Sea ice surrounding Antarctica reached a new record high extent this year, covering more of the southern oceans than it has since scientists began a long-term satellite record to map sea ice extent in the late 1970s. The upward trend in the Antarctic, however, is only about a third of the...
  • Almost Time for Plutoís Close-Up (See The Great Artist's Rendering Inside)

    07/07/2015 11:07:06 AM PDT · by lbryce · 33 replies
    New York times ^ | July 6, 2015 | Kenneth Chang
    <p>In a few days, NASAís New Horizons spacecraft will zip past the former ninth planet, the first up-closelook of the icy world in the outer solar system.</p> <p>The pictures coming back from Pluto are still a bit fuzzy. But just wait.</p>
  • NASA Loses [lost] Contact with New Horizons; Probe Now in Safe Mode

    07/05/2015 12:13:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    universetoday ^ | July 5, 2015 | bob king
    At 1:54 p.m. EDT, communications suddenly stopped and werenít reestablished until 3:15 p.m. through NASAís Deep Space Network. During the time it was out of contact with mission control, the spacecraftís autonomous autopilot recognized the problem and did what it was programmed to do, switching from the main to the backup computer, according to NASA officials. The autopilot then commanded the backup computer to put New Horizons in ďsafe modeĒ ó where all non-essential functions are shut down ó and reinitiate communications with Earth ... New Horizons is presently almost 3 billion miles (4.9 billion km) from Earth. Due to...
  • Breathtaking ruins of the Soviet space shuttle program

    07/05/2015 5:09:28 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | July 3, 2015 | Sheena McKenzie
    (CNN)What was once the gleaming pride and joy of the Soviet space program now lies covered in dirt and bird droppings in a disused hangar in Kazakhstan. With their broken windows, missing tiles and ransacked interiors, these shuttles are a haunting -- and fascinating -- piece of space history, rarely seen by the outside world. Indeed, when 36-year-old Russian photographer Ralph Mirebs discovered the derelict shuttles and rocket at Baikonur Cosmodrome, he was touched by the sad end for these "wonderful winged machines."
  • What to expect when you're expecting a flyby: Planning your July around New Horizons' Pluto Pics...

    07/03/2015 9:57:02 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 9 replies
    The Planetary Society ^ | June 24, 2015 | Emily Lakdawalla
    What to expect when you're expecting a flyby: Planning your July around New Horizons' Pluto Pictures (version 2) Posted By Emily Lakdawalla Wed Jun 24 2015 12:57:00 GMT-0700 (Pacific Standard Time) Topics: New Horizons, Pluto, Charon, mission status New Horizons is getting close to Pluto. Pluto and Charon have enlarged from featureless dots into worlds. Pluto's surface clearly bears streaks and splotches, while Charon is beginning to show the first hints of discernible features. Excitement is building for flyby day, July 14!Key places to watch for New Horizons information: Twitter: @NASANewHorizons (official NASA feed) and @NewHorizons2015 (run by principal investigator...
  • 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 NASAís 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 thatís 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
    NASAís 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 · 110 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 Ė which is reportedly shot from the International Space Station Ė shows three unidentified flying objects blast out of Earthís atmosphere. The lights leave our planet seconds before the live video feed is cut by NASA due to a reported ďloss of signalĒ.
  • 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...
  • SpaceXís 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 Russiaís 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 ďon course, on trackĒ 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..