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  • A THREE MILE wide asteroid is set to graze past Earth on Sept. 1 - and NASA says it's the largest

    08/18/2017 4:14:12 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 18 August 2017 | Cheyenne Macdonald
    A THREE MILE wide asteroid is set to graze past Earth on Sept. 1 - and NASA says it's the largest to come this close since they began keeping track ... [ full ] This is the closest an object this large has come ... since 1890. A massive asteroid estimated to be 2.7 miles wide is set to make a ‘relatively close encounter’ with Earth on September 1. ... The asteroid, named for Florence Nightingale, was first spotted in 1981, and the flyby in September will be the closest it’s come to Earth since 1890. ... According to NASA,...
  • Nasa to wake up New Horizons spacecraft for voyage into mysterious Third Zone

    08/13/2017 5:47:25 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | Sarah Knapton
    On September 11, the spacecraft will awaken for its 16 month journey to MU69, an ancient object which is thought to be one of the early building blocks of the Solar System. The space rock had not even been discovered when the craft launched in 2006 and the flyby will be the most distant in the history of space exploration, a billion miles beyond Pluto, and four billion miles from Earth. Recent observations of MU69 from the Hubble Space Telescope show it is probably two ‘binary’ objects or a pair of space rocks ‘stuck-together’ bodies which are each around 12...
  • Chasing the Total Solar Eclipse from NASA’s WB-57F Jets

    08/12/2017 5:46:32 PM PDT · by ETL · 30 replies
    NASA.gov ^ | July 25, 2017
    For most viewers, the Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse will last less than two and half minutes. But for one team of NASA-funded scientists, the eclipse will last over seven minutes. Their secret? Following the shadow of the Moon in two retrofitted WB-57F jet planes. Amir Caspi of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, and his team will use two of NASA’s WB-57F research jets to chase the darkness across America on Aug. 21. Taking observations from twin telescopes mounted on the noses of the planes, Caspi will ­­­­­capture the clearest images of the Sun’s outer atmosphere —...
  • Calling the Moon: Startup to Put Cellphone Tower on the Moon

    08/11/2017 9:10:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    Space.com ^ | August 10, 2017 03:25pm ET | Tereza Pultarova
    German company Part Time Scientists, which originally competed for the Google Lunar X Prize race to the moon, plans to send a lander with a rover in late 2018 to visit the landing site of Apollo 17. (Launched in 1972, this was NASA's final Apollo mission to the moon.) Instead of using a complex dedicated telecommunication system to relay data from the rover to the Earth, the company will rely on LTE technology — the same system used on Earth for mobile phone communications. "We are cooperating with Vodafone in order to provide LTE base stations on the moon," Karsten...
  • NASA celebrates successful rocket test at Stennis

    08/10/2017 6:16:55 PM PDT · by BBell · 9 replies
    http://www.nola.com/ ^ | 8/10/17 | Bob Warren
    NASA this week recorded its fourth test on one of the engines that will power the Space Launch System Station rocket into deep space, perhaps even a trip to Mars one day. The engine test was performed Wednesday (Aug. 9) at Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, the agency said in a news release. Stennis said engineers conducted a 500-second test of the RS-25 engine controller on one of the test stands at the sprawling facility. The test involved firing the engine in the same manner and for the same amount of time as an SLS rocket launch. The...
  • Top NASA Climate Scientist Uses Private Email To Avoid Oversight

    08/10/2017 9:24:32 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 16 replies
    climatechangedispatch ^ | AUGUST 9, 2017 | DUANE THRESHER
    What do Gavin Schmidt, Hillary Clinton, Lois Lerner and Lisa Jackson have in common? Gavin Schmidt is the current head of NASA GISS and the leading climate change warrior scientist/spokesperson. Hillary Clinton, of course, is the disgraced former Secretary of State and a presidential loser. Lois Lerner is the disgraced former IRS official who illegally targeted conservative groups for audits. Lisa Jackson is the disgraced former EPA Administrator who seemed to take direction from climate change warrior lobbyists. Still don’t know what they have in common? Maybe this will help. What don’t they have in common? Answer: Gavin Schmidt is...
  • Duties of NASA's planetary protection officer include saving Earth

    08/07/2017 10:56:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 7, 2017, 7:45 PM | Chip Reid
    Bored at work? Find yourself staring into space? NASA may have the job for you. It comes with a six-figure salary and civil service protection — and duties include saving the Earth. It sounds like a job from the movie “Men in Black” about government employees saving the Earth from creepy aliens. Cassie Conley is NASA’s planetary protection officer, and that is — sort of — what she does, but on a smaller scale, and not quite as messy. “The job is defending Earth from aliens, but they’re microbes, not space invaders,” she told CBS News. We asked if bringing...
  • A 9-year-old 'Guardian of the Galaxy' applies for NASA job

    08/05/2017 7:08:08 AM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | August 5, 2017 | Nicole Chavez
    (CNN)A fourth-grader's cover letter grabbed NASA's attention in the search for the next real-life guardian of the planet. This week, the space agency began looking for its new planetary protection officer, someone capable of guarding the planet from "microbial contamination from other planets." Jack Davis, a self-proclaimed "Guardian of the Galaxy" from New Jersey, piqued NASA's interest. "I may be nine but I think I would be a fit for the job," Jack said in the handwritten letter. He went on to list his interstellar work experience.
  • NASA has a job opening to protect Earth from aliens - and it comes with a six-figure salary

    08/02/2017 5:02:46 AM PDT · by navysealdad · 30 replies
    Mirrow ^ | 2 AUG 2017
    If you're keen to earn a bit of extra cash while potentially saving this planet from alien infection, NASA has an opening for you. The US space agency is looking to hire a Planetary Protection Officer who will both protect our planet from the Martians and make sure that humans venturing into space do not contaminate other worlds.
  • Impending Asteroid Flyby Will be a Chance to Test NASA’s Planetary Defense Network!

    08/01/2017 4:18:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 1 Aug , 2017 | Matt Williams
    This coming October, an asteroid will fly by Earth. Known as 2012 TC4, this small rock is believed to measure between 10 and 30 meters (30 and 100 feet) in size. As with most asteroids, this one is expected to sail safely past Earth without incident. This will take place on October 12th, when the asteroid will pass us at a closest estimated distance of 6,800 kilometers (4,200 miles) from Earth’s surface. That’s certainly good news. But beyond the fact that it does not pose a threat to Earth, NASA is also planning on using the occasion to test their...
  • Al Gore Humiliation: NASA Study Confirms Sea Levels Are FALLING

    07/26/2017 3:30:33 AM PDT · by davikkm · 67 replies
    thegatewaypundit ^ | Joshua Caplan
    When we look back on this period of history, we’ll say climate change was one of the greatest hoaxes. Politician-turned-environmental activist, Al Gore has become wealthy beyond his wildest dreams (and intelligence) thanks to pushing the “big lie.” A new study from NASA confirms sea levels are falling — not rising. iceagenow.info reports: NASA satellite sea level observations for the past 24 years show that – on average – sea levels have been rising 3.4 millimeters per year. That’s 0.134 inches, about the thickness of a dime and a nickel stacked together, per year. As I said, that’s the average....
  • NASA's Cassini Saturn Mission's Finale: "Something Unexpected is Awaiting Discovery"

    07/25/2017 9:47:51 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 50 replies
    The Daily Galaxy ^ | 24 Jul, 2017
    As NASA's Cassini spacecraft makes its unprecedented series of weekly dives between Saturn and its rings, scientists are finding—so far—that the planet's magnetic field has no discernable tilt. This surprising observation, which means the true length of Saturn's day is still unknown, is just one of several early insights from the final phase of Cassini's mission, known as the Grand Finale. Other recent science highlights include promising hints about the structure and composition of the icy rings, along with high-resolution images of the rings and Saturn's atmosphere. Cassini is now in the 15th of 22 weekly orbits that pass through...
  • NATIONAL MOON DAY July 20

    07/20/2017 11:53:12 AM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 12 replies
    National Moon Day is observed annually on July 20 and commemorates the day man first walked on the moon in 1969. NASA reported the moon landing as being “…the single greatest technological achievement of all time.” On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landed the first humans, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on the moon. Armstrong stepped first onto the lunar surface, six hours after landing and spent two and a half hours outside the spacecraft. Aldrin spent slightly less time but together they collected 47.5 pounds of lunar material to bring back to Earth. Michael Collins piloted Apollo 11...
  • Today is Moon day!

    07/20/2017 8:13:06 AM PDT · by Nateman · 32 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 7/20/1960 | Nateman
    48 years ago today life on Earth made a visit, for the first time, to another world. On July 20 , 1969 , Neil Armstrong made a small step for a man upon the lunar surface. The last such momentous event in the history of life was 240 million years ago when animals emerged from the sea to walk upon land. Unlike that ancient walk after this giant leap mankind meekly went back to Earth to concentrate instead on other ways of redistributing income.
  • President Trump Re-Establishes National Space Council

    06/30/2017 8:07:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    space.com ^ | June 30, 2017 05:18pm ET
    At an event in the White House, flanked by several members of Congress and industry officials as well as Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Trump signed the executive order that re-establishes the council, last active at the end of the administration of President George H.W. Bush in 1993. ... Trump had previously announced that Vice President Mike Pence would serve as the head of the space council once it is reestablished. Pence stated on several occasions, dating back to the signing of a NASA authorization bill in March, that the president would soon sign the order re-establishing the council, with...
  • VP Pence Vows Return to the Moon, Boots on Mars during KSC Visit

    07/09/2017 4:30:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    “Let us do what our nation has always done since its very founding and beyond: We’ve pushed the boundaries on frontiers, not just of territory, but of knowledge. We’ve blazed new trails, and we’ve astonished the world as we’ve boldly grasped our future without fear.” “From this ‘Bridge to Space,’ our nation will return to the moon, and we will put American boots on the face of Mars.” Pence declared. Lined up behind Pence on the podium was the Orion spacecraft flown on Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) in 2014 flanked by a flown SpaceX cargo Dragon and a mockup of...
  • NASA Pluto Probe's Next Target May Actually Be 'Swarm' of Objects

    07/07/2017 1:26:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    Space.com ^ | July 7, 2017 06:56am ET | Mike Wall,
    The frigid, faraway body that NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will zoom by 18 months from now may actually be a cluster of small objects, new observations suggest. New Horizons — which performed the first-ever flyby of Pluto in July 2015 — will have another close encounter on Jan. 1, 2019, this time with a little-studied object called 2014 MU69. Mission scientists recently had a chance to learn more about 2014 MU69, which lies about 1 billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond the orbit of Pluto and is thought to be 12 to 25 miles (20 to 40 km) wide. On...
  • Muffling the Boom: NASA's Quieter Supersonic Jet Zooms Past Milestone

    07/06/2017 1:00:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Space.com ^ | July 1, 2017 08:00am ET | Samantha Mathewson
    QueSST is the preliminary design stage of NASA's Low Boom Flight Demonstration (LBFD) experimental airplane, also known as an X-plane. So far, a scale model of QueSST has been tested in an 8-by-6-foot supersonic wind tunnel at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. The next phase will be to test the technologies in flight, Coen said in the video. "So to do that, we're building an X-plane design and the eventual Low Boom Flight Demonstration aircraft that represents the boom of a larger airplane," Coen added. "The idea is to prove the technology; show how robust it is in a...
  • NASA unveils plan to test asteroid defense technique

    07/01/2017 5:39:58 PM PDT · by plain talk · 44 replies
    ClickOrlando.com ^ | July 1, 2017 | Dakin Adone
    On Friday, the space agency announced plans to redirect the course of a small asteroid approaching Earth, as part of the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), according to a NASA press release. The release notes that asteroids hit Earth nearly every day, but most are small enough to burn up in the atmosphere. But the DART project -- a joint effort between NASA and the John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland -- is for the asteroids that are too big to break up -- those that could have severe consequences for the Earth if they hit. "DART would be...
  • Is this an alien spaceship on Mars or NASA debris?Curiosity spots mystery object on red planet

    06/28/2017 2:10:08 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 86 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | By Shivali Best
    Nasa's Curiosity rover has snapped a photo of a mysterious object on the surface of Mars, which conspiracy theorists believe could be evidence of aliens. The high-definition image appears to show the object glinting against Mars' rocky landscape. While many people believe that the object is made by aliens, others have suggested that it is merely the rover's own entry debris.