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  • New NASA chief Bridenstine says humans contribute to climate change 'in a major way'

    05/22/2018 12:29:29 PM PDT · by ETL · 40 replies
    FoxNews/Science ^ | May 22, 2018 | Sarah Lewin
    In a NASA town hall yesterday (May 17), NASA's new administrator, Jim Bridenstine, said that he knows Earth's climate is changing, and that humans contribute to it "in a major way," also supporting NASA's research into that important area. The statement is significant because Bridenstine has expressed doubt about human-caused climate change in the past, causing some to question his suitability to lead a fact-focused NASA. In 2013, as an Oklahoma congressman, Bridenstine claimed there was no current trend toward global warming. More recently, such as in his NASA administrator confirmation hearings last November, he has acknowledged that human activity...
  • Trump demands NASA stop wasting money on the international space station

    05/21/2018 12:46:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/21/2018 | Ed Straker
    President Trump plans to cut off funding to the International Space Station by 2025.  Many people do not even know there is an International Space Station, because it is so rarely in the news, but it has cost more than $100 billion to build and support. What follows is a complete list of the most important discoveries of the space station over the past 20 years: ... ... ... The space station is another example of welfare for NASA.  It provides nothing to America, using taxpayer money to provide welfare for scientists and engineers to be tremendously unproductive. NASA scientists see it differently.  That's...
  • Tiny, Mars-bound satellite snaps its first image of Earth and the Moon

    05/20/2018 7:13:18 PM PDT · by ETL · 19 replies
    FoxNews.com/Science ^ | May 17, 2018 | Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer
    A tiny satellite on its way to Mars has opened its eyes and captured a view of home. One of NASA's two Mars Cube One (MarCO) cubesats, which launched toward the Red Planet along with the agency's InSight lander on May 5, took a photo on May 9 to help confirm that its high-gain antenna had deployed properly. The antenna is in the photo. And so are the moon and Earth, the latter of which appears as a pale blue dot, just as it did in a famous photo taken by NASA's Voyager 1 probe in 1990. ..." (snip) Despite...
  • It’s full of stars! NASA’s planet-hunting TESS probe sends back its first test image

    05/18/2018 8:01:22 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 21 replies
    Geekwire ^ | 05/18/18 | Alan Boyle
    One month after its launch, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite has sent back an initial test image that shows more than 200,000 stars in the southern sky. TESS’ image was taken by one of its cameras with a two-second exposure. The picture is centered on the constellation Centaurus, with the edge of the dark Coalsack Nebula at upper right and the star Beta Centauri prominent along the lower edge. The picture provides only a hint of what TESS will be seeing once it starts delivering science-quality images next month. When all four wide-field cameras are in operation, TESS’ images...
  • Here's the Weird Science Launching to the Space Station on Monday

    05/18/2018 6:37:52 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Space.com ^ | May 18, 2018 11:12am ET | Chelsea Gohd, Staff Writer |
    On Monday, a cargo delivery to the International Space Station will carry old-fashioned sextants, E. colibacteria and lasers that will create a temperature 10 billion times colder than the vacuum of space. … CAL is sending the space station an experimental physics package that holds an "ice chest"-like compartment filled with lasers and electronics; the interior will be able to reach a temperature10 billion times colder than the vacuum of space, according to a NASA statement. Within this instrument, the researchers will use laser cooling techniques and magnets to slow down atoms until they are almost entirely motionless. By studying...
  • How NASA’s Mission to Pluto Was Nearly LostThe inside story of the New Horizons probe.

    05/18/2018 6:47:08 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 19 replies
    On the Saturday afternoon of July 4, 2015, NASA’s New Horizons Pluto mission leader Alan Stern was in his office near the project Mission Control Center, working, when his cell phone rang. He was aware of the Independence Day holiday but was much more focused on the fact that the date was “Pluto flyby minus 10 days.”... Glancing at his ringing phone, Alan was surprised to see the caller was Glen Fountain, the longtime project manager of New Horizons. He felt a chill because he knew that Glen was taking time off for the holiday, at his nearby home, before...
  • Trump’s NASA Chief: 'I Fully Believe and Know the Climate Is Changing'(barf alert)

    05/17/2018 3:54:10 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 57 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 17th May 2018 | MARINA KOREN
    The new administrator of nasa held a town hall Thursday at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Jim Bridenstine is about four weeks into the job, and his path here was mired in controversy. After a few opening remarks, he started taking some questions. The first was about what Bridenstine thinks makes him qualified to be the head of nasa. The second was, as the moderator put it, “one more easy one—because it’s about climate change.” Bridenstine laughed. So did many in the room. It was an uncomfortable question. Bridenstine, as a Republican in Congress, has a record of denying...
  • New views of Sun: Two missions will go closer to our star than ever before

    05/17/2018 7:31:29 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    phys.org ^ | May 16, 2018 by | Micheala Sosby, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
    NASA's Parker Solar Probe and ESA's (the European Space Agency) Solar Orbiter may resolve decades-old questions about the inner workings of our nearest star. Their comprehensive, up-close study of the Sun has important implications for how we live and explore: Energy from the Sun powers life on Earth, but it also triggers space weather events that can pose hazard to technology we increasingly depend upon. Such space weather can disrupt radio communications, affect satellites and human spaceflight, and—at its worst—interfere with power grids. A better understanding of the fundamental processes at the Sun driving these events could improve predictions of...
  • ...SpaceX is using a powerful rocket technology. NASA advisers say it could put lives at risk.

    05/06/2018 1:38:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 58 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/05/2018
    When Elon Musk and his team at SpaceX were looking to make their Falcon 9 rocket even more powerful, they came up with a creative idea — keep the propellant at super-cold temperatures to shrink its size, allowing them to pack more of it into the tanks. But the approach comes with a major risk, according to some safety experts. At those extreme temperatures, the propellant would need to be loaded just before takeoff — while astronauts are aboard. An accident, or a spark, during this maneuver, known as “load-and-go,” could set off an explosion. The proposal has raised alarms...
  • NASA is headed back to Mars! Saturday 5 May 18

    NASA is headed back to Mars! The InSight spacecraft is scheduled to rocket away from Vandenberg Air Force Base early Saturday morning. Live coverage of the countdown and launch of an Atlas 5 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California with NASA’s InSight lander heading to Mars to study the red planet’s interior structure. Saturday’s launch is just the first step in InSight’s voyage to Mars. Launching a probe to another planet is not routine, but most scientists will have more butterflies when InSight approaches its destination late this year. Asked whether he will be more nervous during InSight’s...
  • SpaceX Falcon Heavy Too Small For Deep Space, Says Boeing

    05/01/2018 7:49:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Value Walk ^ | May 1, 2018 8:11 am by | Danica Simic
    Boeing and NASA are working together in order to build the Space Launch System (SLS). The rocket is believed to be capable of transporting humans and cargo into deep space. According to reports, the rocket is estimated to be the most powerful rocket system ever built. Boeing also set up a promotional website for the rocket in which it calls out Elon Musk’s company SpaceX, calling the Falcon Heavy too small for deep space exploration. “The Falcon Heavy launch turned heads in February, but SpaceX’s rocket is a smaller type of rocket that can’t meet NASA’s deep-space needs,” the statement...
  • Where to Watch NASA's InSight Mars Lander Launch from the California Coast

    04/30/2018 7:23:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Space.com ^ | April 30, 2018 01:38pm ET | Elizabeth Howell,
    NASA has two official sites from which the public can watch the launch along with NASA/InSight mission team members. There are also are several informal sites where you can gather with local residents to see InSight launch. The agency warns people to be careful of fog and cold in all viewing areas. ...InSight's launch window May 5 through June 8, 2018,"....lasts for 2 hours, until about 6:05 a.m. PDT (9:05 a.m. EDT/1305 GMT). Lompoc City Airport will open its tarmac to the public no earlier than 2:30 a.m. PDT, with launch commentary starting at 3:30 a.m. PDT.... St. Mary's Episcopal...
  • NASA to replace cracked heat shield in time for Mars 2020 rover launch

    04/28/2018 10:17:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    SPaceflight NOw ^ | April 28, 2018  | Stephen Clark
    “The mission team is working to build a replacement heat shield structure. The situation will not affect the mission’s launch readiness date of July 17, 2020.” NASA said the structural test at Lockheed Martin, which built the heat shield, “was designed to subject the heat shield to forces up to 20 percent greater than those expected during entry into the Martian atmosphere.” “While the fracture was unexpected, it represents why spaceflight hardware is tested in advance so that design changes or fixes can be implemented prior to launch,” the NASA statement said. A NASA spokesperson did not respond to questions...
  • NASA Mars Mission Faces Setback After Heat Shield Cracks Under Pressure

    04/27/2018 2:21:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    npr ^ | April 27, 2018·10:56 AM ET
    A critical part of NASA's next $2 billion rover mission to Mars broke during testing earlier this month. The Mars 2020 mission's heat shield was undergoing stress-testing when it developed a crack that appeared around its entire circumference. The shield is designed to protect the rover as it enters the Martian atmosphere. "The test was designed to subject the heat shield to forces up to 20 percent greater than those expected during entry into the Martian atmosphere," NASA said in a statement. The crack was "unexpected" according to the release, and engineers will have to build a new shield for...
  • Why NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is such a fiscal black hole

    04/24/2018 10:58:46 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/12/18 | Mark Whittington
    The announcement by NASA that launch of the James Webb Space Telescope is going to be delayed over another year, now May 2020, felt like déjŕ vu. When the JWST was first proposed in 1997, it was supposed to launch in 2007 and cost half a billion dollars. Now the launch date is 13 years later and the cost is at least $8.8 billion. NASA will have to go back to Congress for more money if the huge space observatory exceeds previous cost caps. In the meantime, NASA is convening an independent review board that will examine the problems that...
  • Why More Taxpayer Funding to Elon Musk’s Big F-ing Rocket Would Be a Big F-ing Mistake

    04/21/2018 9:13:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 80 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 21, 2018 | Beau Rothschild
    For years now, the Pentagon has been in the market for new heavy-lift launch vehicles – rockets that can lift between 44,000 to 110,000 pounds. Currently, the only market options available are either too costly or too reliant on Russian-made parts.To that end, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced that he will begin devoting most of his company’s efforts on developing the “BFR” – short for Big F-ing Rocket – which will allegedly be so huge and powerful that it will make the company’s previous rocket lines outdated in just a few short years. Musk stated at the South by Southwest...
  • NASA Will Start Construction On Lunar Space Station In 2019

    04/20/2018 7:44:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    tech times ^ | 20 April 2018, 3:36 pm EDT | By Jacob Elyachar Tech Times
    On Thursday, April 19, a representative from NASA announced the space agency's plans during the Space Symposium conference. NASA is now in the process of selecting a contractor to build a spacecraft called the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway. The federal agency is likely to concentrate on making elements that would help power the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway next year. NASA would be following up on building the habitual components of the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway with hopes that it would be able to launch to the moon around 2022. NASA officials also hope that the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway would be fully orbital by...
  • NASA to Discuss Demonstration of New Space Exploration Power System

    04/20/2018 6:49:05 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 17 replies
    NASA ^ | April 18, 2018
    Media are invited to attend a news conference at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland at 9:15 a.m. EDT Wednesday, May 2, to discuss a recent experiment to demonstrate a new nuclear reactor power system designed for space. News conference audio and presentation slides will stream live on NASA’s website. Kilopower could provide safe, efficient and plentiful energy for future robotic and human space exploration missions to the Moon, Mars and destinations beyond. The experiment was conducted November 2017 through March 2018 at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). News conference participants include: James Reuter, acting associate administrator of NASA’s...
  • Taco Bell Space Station? It’s possible, panelists say

    04/19/2018 5:59:45 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 19 replies
    Space News ^ | 4/19/18 | Debra Werner
    COLORADO SPRINGS — Future private space stations may be sponsored by major corporations, which prompted a spirited discussion during a panel on the future of low Earth orbit at the 34th Space Symposium here. “I don’t want the Taco Bell International Space Station,” said Erin MacDonald, modeling and simulation engineer for Engility’s Space and Mission Systems Group. “I think it goes against what the public perceives the space station is supposed to be like.” While the International Space Station is unlikely to be rebranded by Taco Bell or any other corporation, if a new commercial space station is “paid for...
  • Do Sperm Squirm the Same in Space?

    04/12/2018 2:54:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    Remember when you first learned about reproduction in health class at school? Well, scientists are reconsidering some of those basics to understand how fertilization would work if sperm and egg were to unite in space. A mission is launching to the International Space Station in April 2018 to study how weightlessness affects sperm. NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley manages the investigation, called Micro-11. Little is currently known about the biology of reproduction in space, and this experiment will begin to address that gap by measuring, for the first time, how well bull and human sperm functions in...