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  • Russia's Space Agency Might Break Up With the U.S. To Get With China

    03/17/2018 9:40:16 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 12 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Mar 2018 | Anatoly Zak
    Last month Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos State Corporation, began work on a contingency plan that would reshape its future in space exploration. The country could shift its human spaceflight cooperation from the U.S. to China, sources within Roscosmos told Popular Mechanics. One possible scenario includes Roscosmos exiting the International Space Station program early. If adopted, the new strategy would mark a historic moment for the Russian space program, which has cooperated with the U.S. for nearly three decades. In 1993, not long after the breakup of the USSR.
  • NASA to decide soon whether flying drone will launch with Mars 2020 rover

    03/16/2018 8:16:05 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 25 replies
    Spaceflight Now ^ | 3/15/18 | Stephen Clark
    NASA to decide soon whether flying drone will launch with Mars 2020 rover March 15, 2018 Stephen Clark Artist’s illustration of the Mars helicopter drone that could travel to the red planet as soon as 2020. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Testing of a lightweight robotic helicopter designed to fly in the alien atmosphere of Mars has produced encouraging results in recent months, and NASA officials expect to decide soon whether the aerial drone will accompany the agency’s next rover to the red planet set for liftoff in 2020.Engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have worked on the helicopter design for several years,...
  • NASA Shapes Science Plan for Deep-Space Outpost Near the Moon

    03/15/2018 5:40:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    NASA is pressing forward on plans to build a Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway, an outpost for astronauts positioned in the space near Earth's moon. According to NASA, the Gateway will not only be a place to live, learn and work around the moon but will also support an array of missions to the lunar surface. And scientists foresee a host of uses for the station. By making use of a suite of instruments housed on or inside the structure itself, or free-flying nearby, scientists could make Earth and solar observations. They could also carry out astrophysics and fundamental physics experiments. ......
  • Donor Star Breathes Life Into Zombie Companion

    03/15/2018 2:01:52 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | March 5, 2018 | European Space Agency
    Stars the mass of our Sun, and up to eight times more massive, evolve into red giants towards the end of their lives. Their outer layers puff up and expand millions of kilometres, their dusty, gassy shells blown away from the central star in relatively slow winds up to few hundreds of km/s. Even larger stars, up to 25–30 times more massive than the Sun, race through their fuel and explode in a supernova, sometimes leaving behind a spinning stellar corpse with a strong magnetic field, known as a neutron star. This tiny core packs the mass of nearly one...
  • Trump: U.S. is going to Mars 'very soon'

    03/13/2018 11:44:37 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/13/18 | Julia Manchester
    Pres. Trump at CA Marine base: "Very soon we're going to Mars. You wouldn't have been going to Mars if my opponent won." — ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 13, 2018 President Trump told troops in California on Tuesday that the U.S. would be going to Mars in the very near future. "Very soon we're going to Mars. You wouldn't be going to Mars if my opponent won, that I can tell you. You wouldn't even be thinking about it," Trump said. Trump signed a directive in December aiming to send Americans to the moon, and eventually Mars....
  • Should We Open Some Sealed Moon Samples?

    03/12/2018 12:08:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    Scientific American ^ | March 5, 2018 | Leonard David, on
    "Samples were intentionally saved for a time when technology and instrumentation had advanced to the point that we could maximize the scientific return on these unique samples," said NASA's Ryan Zeigler, Apollo sample curator and manager of the Astromaterials Acquisition and Curation Office in Houston. But such investigations require careful planning and execution by a consortium of experts with experience in handling and analyzing lunar samples... "Given the recent renewed interest in the moon, and specifically about the volatile budget of lunar regolith, these sealed samples likely contain information that would be important in the design of future lunar missions," Zeigler...
  • Scientist Says He's Found Fossilized Alien Footprints On Mars, Blames NASA For Cover-up

    03/06/2018 10:49:22 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 42 replies
    BGR Media ^ | March 5th, 2018 | Mike Wehner
    ...there's been no concrete evidence of life ever having existed on the Red Planet -- that is, if you believe the official version of things. Barry DiGregorio, a researcher with the University of Buckingham, doesn't buy it, and he says he's already discovered clues to Mars' past in the form of fossilized alien tracks. Now, he's trying to get others on board with his theory and blow the top off of an alleged NASA cover-up in the process. DiGregorio... believes previously-released NASA imagery from the planet offers clear evidence of Martian tracks. He believes photos showing small indentations in rock...
  • The Curiosity Rover Just Drilled into a Rock on Mars for 1st Time Since 2016

    03/04/2018 9:51:36 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies ^ | March 1, 2018 07:00am ET | Mike Wall, Senior Writer |
    Curiosity bored a hole about 0.5 inches (1.3 centimeters) deep into a target rock on Monday (Feb. 26), during the trial run of a new, jury-rigged drilling technique, NASA officials said. The car-size rover's drill — a key tool at the end of Curiosity's robotic arm that allows it to snag pristine samples from the interiors of ancient rocks — has been out of commission since late 2016... More than seven months after a malfunction sidelined the rock-boring drill aboard NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, mission team members are still trying to find a solution, or a work-around. On Dec. 1,...
  • Another fake global warming scare is busted as scientists 'surprised'

    03/03/2018 11:06:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/03/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    A favorite technique of the propagandists of the Global Warming scare is to find cute and cuddly creatures that they can claim are “threatened” by global warming. For years, an iconic picture of a polar bear on an ice floe was used to frighten children into clutching their stuffed teddy bears and demanding Mommy and Daddy act to save them. But the bloom started coming off that rose when a scientist who had made population estimates that allowed the bears to be classified as threatened admitted that the estimates were: “A guess to satisfy public demand” but wrapped in...
  • Meet TESS, NASA’s Next Step in the Quest for Alien Earths

    03/02/2018 3:39:16 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 21 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 3/1/18 | Irene Klotz
    In a clean room inside a clean room at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, a petite telescope is perched on a stand for a final series of checkouts prior to launch. The extra fastidiousness is because the observatory’s four cameras will fly without protective covers—one of several simplifying design decisions made to help ensure the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, will meet its goal of measuring the masses of at least 50 small, rocky and potentially Earth-like worlds as part of the first all-sky, exoplanet survey. TESS was proposed even before NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler space telescope, launched in 2009, demonstrated...
  • The ever-receding Space Launch System

    03/01/2018 3:06:16 PM PST · by Voption · 21 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | March 1, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    ".... NASA has decided to forgo construction of a second mobile launcher for its Space Launch System (SLS). Instead, they will modify the one they have....The first mobile launcher was built and modified for an estimated $300 to $500 million. NASA obviously has decided that the politics & cost is too great, as would be the political embarrassment of admitting they spent about a half a billion for a launcher they will only use once...What this does however is push back the first manned SLS/Orion launch. At present, the first unmanned mission is likely to go in June 2020... If...
  • Falcon 9 Crew Dragon Demo Flight

    02/24/2018 7:54:31 AM PST · by Elderberry · 7 replies
    Spaceflight 101 ^ | 2/24/2018
    A SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on an uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to finish certification of the Dragon 2 mission architecture for future crewed missions with ISS Expedition crew members. The Dragon 2 spacecraft will test the approach and automated docking procedure with the Space Station, marking a first for SpaceX as the previous generation of Cargo Dragons used a robotic capture and berthing instead of directly coming in for docking. Dragon 2 will remain docked to ISS for a few weeks before demonstrating...
  • Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung is Making a Mess. Here’s the View From Space!

    02/23/2018 8:27:19 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    Universe Today ^ | Feb 23, 2018 | Matt Williams
    Mount Sinabung – a stratovolcano located on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia – became sporadically active in 2010 after centuries of being dormant. But on February 19th, 2018, it erupted violently, spewing ash at least 5 to 7 kilometers (16,000 to 23,000 feet) into the air over Indonesia. Just a few hours later, Terra and other NASA Earth Observatory satellites captured the eruption from orbit. The images were taken with Terra’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), which recorded a natural-color image of the eruption at 11:10 am local time (04:10 Universal Time). This was just hours after the eruption...
  • NASA planetary protection officer suggests loosening limits on exploring Mars for life

    02/23/2018 5:17:12 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 29 replies
    Science Magazine ^ | 2/22/18 | Paul Voosen
    Share The twin Viking spacecraft landed on Mars in 1976. They were cleaned to a level required to explore habitable regions. NASA NASA planetary protection officer suggests loosening limits on exploring Mars for life By Paul VoosenFeb. 22, 2018 , 5:25 PM Is there life on the surface of Mars? The clock is ticking on scientists’ window to solve that long-standing question before astronauts—and the microbes that live on them—contaminate the planet. Today, at a meeting in Washington, D.C., of NASA’s planetary science advisory committee, the agency’s new planetary protection officer raised the possibility of opening up a few of...
  • See the latest piece of NASA hardware built in New Orleans

    02/23/2018 5:42:55 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies ^ | Jenifer Larino
    Workers at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans East on Thursday (Feb. 22) rolled out the latest piece of hardware for the nation's new deep-space rocket. Watch the video above to see the piece being shipped out. The piece, a structural test version of the intertank that will eventually be housed in NASA's Space Launch System, was loaded Thursday morning onto the agency's Pegasus barge. The barge, first used during the Space Shuttle program, will carry the intertank to the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama for testing. Michoud Assembly Facility on Thursday Feb. 22, 2018 rolled out the...
  • The first launch of NASA’s SLS rocket delayed again

    02/22/2018 5:15:23 AM PST · by Voption · 6 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | February 21, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    SLS continues to be this ever receding but very expensive fantasy, scheduled for a future that never arrives, while spending enormous amounts of money that would be far better spent in other ways. The first launch, should it happen in 2020, would be three years later than originally planned, nine years after the initiation of the SLS project, and sixteen years after George Bush first proposed it. For this single unmanned test mission NASA will have spent about $25 billion.
  • NASA's $1 Billion Mobile Launcher Leans a Little

    02/21/2018 10:03:25 AM PST · by Red Badger · 71 replies ^ | Feb 21, 2018 | By Avery Thompson
    NASA's latest tower for launching rockets has a little bit of a lean, which means it may be able to launch just a single rocket. The cost of this tower boondoggle? Almost $1 billion. The tower in question is the Mobile Launcher designed for NASA’s upcoming Space Launch System, which would become the world’s most powerful rocket once completed in a few years. The tower is supposed to keep the rocket stable and upright on the platform during a launch. The system was built for NASA’s now-defunct Ares I rocket and later repurposed for the SLS. The Mobile Launcher is...
  • How NASA is going to use a lunar outpost to launch us into deep space

    02/18/2018 1:00:44 AM PST · by blueplum · 42 replies ^ | 17 Feb 2018 | Elizabeth Raine
    NASA is eager for humans to venture beyond the International Space Station, leave boot prints in the red dust of Mars and fly into the vast unknown—but first, the moon. Before the space agency puts astronauts on our natural satellite for the first time since the Apollo missions touched down, it needs a lunar outpost to be its gateway to the future. The Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway is the brainchild of NASA scientists joining forces with ISS and commercial partners to explore the concept of such an outpost floating around the moon. After months of brainstorming, the concept is going to...
  • NASA to Send Robonaut Back to Earth for Repairs

    02/16/2018 7:48:52 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies ^ | February 16, 2018 By | Stephen Kenwright
    During a recent press statement, a NASA spokesperson declared that Robonaut, the long-armed robotic assistant designed to aid astronauts in their tasks, will be decommissioned and sent back to Earth for repairs. The robot stopped working in 2015, following a series of hardware upgrades that went wrong. , Robonaut was programmed to keep an eye on oxygen levels and to keep the handrails neat and clean. Over the years, the crew added tentacle-like limbs which should have theoretically enhanced the robot’s functionality, being able to perform even more tasks. However, during the installation and hardware upgrade process, something went wrong,...
  • Trump's NASA Budget Would Cancel Space Telescope & 5 Earth Science Missions

    02/13/2018 2:26:18 AM PST · by Simon Green · 35 replies ^ | 02/12/18 | Sarah Lewin
    The Trump administration's budget request for fiscal year 2019 calls for work on a major NASA space observatory and five Earth-science missions to be canceled. NASA's Office of Education would also be terminated. The Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), which would have used an existing spy satellite retired from the National Reconnaissance Office, would no longer receive funding. According to the White House's 2019 budget request, released today (Feb. 12), WFIRST would have required a significant funding increase. Instead, the budget proposal requests that the funding go to smaller astrophysics missions. The Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) satellite;...