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  • NASA Confirms That ‘The Last Jedi’ Will Be Screened in the International Space Station

    12/14/2017 11:52:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NME ^ | Dec 14, 2017 | Will Buler
    In our galaxy, quite far away NASA have confirmed that astronauts onboard the International Space Station won’t have to miss ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘ as a copy is being sent up to the ISS. The second part of the Star Wars sequel trilogy is out today (December 14) and its reach won’t even miss the astronauts orbiting a few hundred miles above the surface of the Earth. NASA have confirmed to Inverse that a copy of the movie will be transported to the space station in the near future. NASA Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot said: “[I] can confirm...
  • President Trump Directs NASA to Return to the Moon, Then Aim for Mars

    12/12/2017 1:53:20 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies ^ | December 11, 2017 | Calla Cofield
    President Donald Trump signed his administration's first space policy directive today (Dec. 11), which formally directs NASA to focus on returning humans to the moon.
  • Is there another Big Bang in our future?

    03/24/2002 5:07:44 AM PST · by 2Trievers · 62 replies · 406+ views
    Union Leader ^ | March 24 2002 | George Will
    THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation deals with the movement of things, which is important. The Department of Agriculture deals with food, which is vital. However, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration deals with the origin, nature and meaning, if any, of the universe. Attention should be paid. Space lost its hold on America's imagination after the last lunar expedition in 1972. But the really exciting research had just begun, with the 1965 discovery that the universe is permeated with background radiation which confirmed that a Big Bang had indeed set what are now distant galaxies flying apart. A famous aphorism holds...
  • Trump wants to send man back to moon, on to Mars

    12/11/2017 9:26:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 11, 2017 4:14 PM EST
    President Donald Trump wants to send man back to the moon — and on to Mars. Trump signed a policy directive Monday instructing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to “refocus America’s space program on human exploration and discovery.” The move, Trump said, “marks an important step in returning American astronauts to the moon for the first time since 1972 for long-time exploration.” “This time we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint,” he said, “we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars, and perhaps someday, to many worlds beyond.” …
  • President Trump signs space policy directive ordering NASA to send humans to the Moon

    12/11/2017 1:35:57 PM PST · by DFG · 50 replies ^ | 12/11/2017 | Jeff Foust
    President Donald Trump is scheduled to sign his administration’s first space policy directive in a White House ceremony Dec. 11, one that will formally direct NASA to send humans back to the moon. A White House schedule of the president’s activities, released late Dec. 10, includes a 3 p.m. Eastern “signing ceremony for Space Policy Directive 1.” The schedule didn’t provide additional details about the event or the document, but a White House official later confirmed that the directive is linked to human space exploration policy. “The president, today, will sign Space Policy Directive 1 (SPD-1) that directs the NASA...
  • The Awans, Obama, and Saddam Hussein and Iran's nuclear programs

    08/07/2017 11:51:37 PM PDT · by Fedora · 47 replies
    Original research | 08/08/2017 | Fedora
    As many of you will recall, Obama made a trip to Pakistan when he was at Occidental College. I am seeing indicators that this relates to the Awans' network and to Iraq and Iran's nuclear programs, which I'm putting out here for others to help fill the missing pieces in and to get this to the right people. First, a recap of Obama's Pakistan trip:Obama’s Russia Problem: Obama's Links to Soviet-era Spy Rings and Terrorist NetworksAt Occidental College, Obama became involved in radical student politics, deliberately networking with activist students and professors, as he mentions in his autobiography. In 1981,...
  • GoPro Spacewalk

    11/30/2017 8:16:54 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 20 replies ^ | 11/30/17 | plokiju
    GoPro Spacewalk NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik captured this footage with a GoPro camera on Oct. 20, 2017 during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station. Bresnik reflected on this quiet moment, "Sometimes on a #spacewalk, you just have to take a moment to enjoy the beauty of our planet Earth. This Go-Pro footage is from our spacewalk where Joe Acaba and I refurbished the Canadarm2 robotic arm and the Dextre robotic arm extension." Read more at
  • Arizona state treasurer nominated to be NASA CFO

    11/30/2017 11:16:03 PM PST · by Impy · 4 replies ^ | 11-30-2017 | Jeff Foust
    WASHINGTON — The White House announced Nov. 29 it plans to nominate the treasurer of the state of Arizona to be NASA’s next chief financial officer. In a statement issued late Nov. 29, the Trump administration said it plans to nominate Jeffrey DeWit to the post, one of four at NASA that requires Senate confirmation. Such announcements normally precede a formal nomination by a few days. DeWit has a strong background in finance, but none in space. He founded the trading company ECHOtrade in 1999 and served as its chief executive until being elected as treasurer of Arizona in 2014....
  • SpaceX Should Not Fear Transparency

    11/30/2017 9:25:20 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/30/2017 | Megan Barth
    Inclusiveness and accountability are not mutually exclusive. The space sector will not progress if we cannot learn from our mistakes On Sunday, Elon Musk of SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity fame tweeted that “public risks require public oversight.” I hope that SpaceX—or NASA—is not exempting Musk’s own company from this very rule. Per Vice President Mike Pence, the Trump administration resurrected the National Space Council so “America will lead in space once again.” That goal is likely not feasible unless every company puts the interests of American spaceflight above its own public relations concerns.
  • Remains of the Soviet's race to space:USSR shuttles which were once NASA's competition sit abandoned

    11/22/2017 8:36:46 PM PST · by Elderberry · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/22/2017 | Gareth Davies
    Test shuttles found inside derelict Soviet warehouse near Cosmodrome Baikonur, 125 miles east of Aral Sea The space craft were both developed as part of Moscow's Buran programme which was shut down in 1993 Same building home to vast Energia rocket, designed to propel the unmanned space plane Buran into orbit Russian model had striking external similarities to the US Space Shuttle Columbia sparking espionage claims These eerie photographs show how USSR-era space craft have been left to rust in an abandoned desert hangar in Kazakhstan. Two test shuttles were found inside a derelict Soviet warehouse near the Cosmodrome Baikonur,...
  • NASA: Mars' strange streaks might not be water after all

    11/21/2017 2:25:56 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies ^ | November 20, 2017 | Amanda Kooser
    We've got some big questions about Mars, but one of its most compelling mysteries just got a lot more intense. "Recurring slope lineae" (RSL) are dark streaks, first discovered in 2011, that appear seasonally on parts of the Mars landscape. In 2015, researchers took RSL as evidence of active salt water flows on the red planet. In 2017, new findings suggest RSL may actually be from shifting sand and dust. NASA titled its 2015 release "NASA Confirms Evidence That Liquid Water Flows on Today's Mars." Monday's release is called "Recurring Martian Streaks: Flowing Sand, Not Water?" It shows how new...
  • NASA’s Next-Generation Spaceplane Passes Free Flight Test

    11/14/2017 7:47:42 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 50 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 11/14/2017 | Matt Williams
    For the past ten years, the Sierra Nevada Corporation and NASA have been developing and testing this next-generation space vehicle. When it is ready, this vehicle will not only provide a more cost-effective way of servicing the ISS, it will also help restore domestic launch capability to the United States. On Saturday, November 11th, the Dream Chaser passed an important milestone by conducting a successful free flight test. This took place at Edwards Air Force Base in California, and verified the spaceplane’s ability to glide and land autonomously. This, in addition to verifying several key avionic and flight systems, is...
  • NASA Will Launch E. Coli into Space to Study Antibiotic Resistance

    11/11/2017 6:30:48 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies ^ | November 10, 2017 05:43pm ET | Hanneke Weitering,
    After the E. coli samples arrive at the ISS, the experiment will examine how microgravity affects the bacteria's ability to thrive while exposed to antibiotics. Since humans started using antibiotics in the mid-20th century, pathogens like E. coli have evolved new genes that make them increasingly resistant to antibiotics. ... The NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer at the International Space Station will send the bacteria on their way, and the experiment will be conducted autonomously inside the cubesat.  Both naturally occurring and mutant strains of E. coli will be exposed to different concentrations of antibiotics. "The overall purpose of this is to...
  • NASA Discovers Mantle Plume Almost as Hot as Yellowstone Supervolcano That's Melting Antarctica

    11/09/2017 3:47:05 AM PST · by smileyface · 61 replies
    Newsweek ^ | Nov 8, 2017 | Hannah Osborne
    A mantle plume producing almost as much heat as Yellowstone supervolcano appears to be melting part of West Antarctica from beneath. Researchers at NASA have discovered a huge upwelling of hot rock under Marie Byrd Land, which lies between the Ross Ice Shelf and the Ross Sea, is creating vast lakes and rivers under the ice sheet. The presence of a huge mantle plume could explain why the region is so unstable today, and why it collapsed so quickly at the end of the last Ice Age, 11,000 years ago.
  • Theoretical Physicists Are Getting Closer to Explaining How NASA’s ‘Impossible’ EmDrive Works

    11/01/2017 12:10:53 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 34 replies ^ | 10/31/17 | Giulio Prisco
    The EmDrive propulsion system might be able to take us to the stars, but first it must be reconciled with the laws of physics. Giulio Prisco is a futurist, theoretical physicist, and computer scientist. He writes about science, technology, and the future. He's also a cofounder of Space Cooperative. A tentative theoretical explanation for the mysterious, "impossible" EmDrive propulsion system was published in the Journal of Applied Physical Science International in August. First proposed by British engineer Roger Shawyer, the EmDrive is an asymmetric box that looks like a truncated cone, with a standing microwave field inside that—apparently violating known...
  • Pentagon nominee Griffin: Procurement a ‘mess,’ U.S. losing edge in aviation, space

    10/29/2017 6:04:26 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 23 replies
    Space News ^ | 10/28/2017 | Sandra Erwin and Jeff Foust
    If confirmed by the Senate, Griffin could become a key voice in advancing U.S. technology in areas where the United States has long dominated — such as aviation and space — and is now being challenged. WASHINGTON — President Trump tapped former NASA Administrator Michael Griffin for a top Pentagon job, giving him a key role in shaping investments in defense and aerospace technologies at a time when other nations are gaining ground on the United States. Griffin’s nomination to be principal deputy undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics had been anticipated for weeks, and the White House...
  • Senator Murray Calls on Colleagues to Oppose President Trump’s Nominee to Lead NASA

    10/28/2017 4:07:09 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 25 replies
    Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) ^ | Oct 26 2017 | Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
    Senator Murray: “Rep. Bridenstine’s denial of climate science & consistent opposition to equal rights for women, immigrants, and LGBTQ individuals should disqualify him from consideration” “[Senator] Murray becomes the first U.S. senator to oppose the selection”— Washington Blade “Nomination [has] received criticism on both sides of the aisle…indicating he is too partisan for the position”— The Hill(Washington, D.C.) –  In a letter today to the Senate science and transportation committee, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) urged her colleagues to oppose the nomination of Representative Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) to serve as Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).Throughout his tenure in...
  • NASA and Germany are about to refresh their climate science satellites

    Cassini might have gotten a very emotional send-off at the close of its 20-year journey, but it's not the only long-term space mission being retired this season. Today, the joint NASA-German Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) has ended operations after 15 years, three times longer than expected. Its mission: Precisely measure Earth's gravitational field from a pair of satellites. Both satellites were needed for GRACE to perform its mission, so when yet another of GRACE-2's batteries failed and contact was lost in September, the writing seemed to be on the wall. The mission team worked heroically to bring it...
  • Armchair astronauts: Walk desolate Mars trails with new NASA VR

    10/20/2017 12:00:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    RT ^ | 10/20/2017
    A collaboration between NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Google, Access Mars is a virtual world reconstructed from actual data and more than 200,000 images captured by the US space agency. The 3D world includes eerie sounds and panoramic views of the Mars environment taken from the perspective of NASA’s camera-laden rover – which set out to study the planet in November 2011. After anchoring on the surface of alien planet, virtual explorers can travel from the Mars Curiosity Rover’s 2012 landing spot through the jagged ridges of the Pahrump Hills, as well as the cliffs found along the famous...
  • NASA Undeterred by the Threat of Space Radiation

    10/14/2017 9:54:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 10/14/2017 | Matt Williams
    Space Age, scientists have understood how beyond Earth’s magnetic field, space is permeated by radiation. This includes Galactic Cosmic Rays (GCRs), Solar Particle Events (SPEs) ... NASA is able to protect crews from SPEs by advising them to seek shelter in more heavily shielded areas of the station... GCRs are more of a challenge. These energetic particles, which are primarily composed of high-energy protons and atomic nuclei, can come from anywhere within our galaxy and are capable of penetrating even metal. To make matters worse, when these particles cut through material, they generate a cascade reaction of particles, sending neutrons,...