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  • NASA’s $200M Spacesuit Problem Threatens Its Deep-Space Exploration Plans

    04/26/2017 5:34:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies ^ | 04/26/2017 | Irene Klotz
    A government audit released on Wednesday found that a next-generation flight suit known as the Orion Crew Survival System (OCSS) won’t be delivered until March 2021, just five months before NASA’s internal target launch date for the first crewed test flight of SLS and Orion. The OCSS is one of three spacesuits NASA has worked on to replace shuttle-era equipment still in use aboard the International Space Station. The Inspector General’s audit found that despite spending nearly $200 million over the past 10 years, NASA is at risk of running out of time to test any of the new spacesuits...
  • Cassini’s First Grand Finale Dive

    04/26/2017 4:03:40 AM PDT · by Ulmius · 3 replies
    NASA ^ | April 26, 2017 | NASA/JPL
    Cassini’s First Grand Finale Dive: Milestones Updated April 26, 2017 at 2 a.m. PDT Cassini has made its first dive between the rings and Saturn. It is not in contact with Earth at this time and is expected to regain contact via NASA’s Deep Space Network no earlier than around midnight PDT on April 26, 2017 (3 a.m. EDT on April 27, 2017).
  • Former Obama Official Says Bureaucrats Manipulate Climate Stats to Influence Policy

    04/25/2017 11:17:23 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | April 24, 2017 | Chris White
    A former member of the Obama administration claims Washington, D.C., often uses “misleading” news releases about climate data to influence public opinion. Former Energy Department Undersecretary Steven Koonin told The Wall Street Journal Monday that bureaucrats within former President Barack Obama’s administration spun scientific data to manipulate public opinion. “What you saw coming out of the press releases about climate data, climate analysis, was, I’d say, misleading, sometimes just wrong,” Koonin said, referring to elements within the Obama administration he said were responsible for manipulating climate data. He pointed to a National Climate Assessment in 2014 showing hurricane activity has...
  • NASA Sends Careerist Government A-holes After 74-Year-Old Woman Trying To Pay Medical Expenses

    04/19/2017 11:25:33 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Science Advice Goddess ^ | April 19, 2017 | Amy Alkon
    She wasn't even doing anything illegal. And she was completely open about what she was doing with the government. But it's much less fun to pick up the phone and ask a couple of questions to clarify matters than to get a bunch of armed agents together to set up a sting like some little old lady is El Chapo, North. Also, agents make their careers through their wins -- as do government prosecutors -- which is why the unscrupulous ones go for the win even when they're doing wrong instead of making right and dropping the case. As for...
  • What do the stars hold for the Trump administration? Here’s how NASA’s mission could change

    04/15/2017 12:14:03 AM PDT · by blueplum · 11 replies
    PBS ^ | 12 April 2017 6:30pm EDT | PBS Interview with Miles O'Brien
    MILES O’BRIEN: The balcony at Congressman John Culberson’s office on Capitol Hill offers a sweeping panorama of Washington, but the Republican from Houston is usually looking higher. REP. JOHN CULBERSON, R-Texas: There’s Mercury. Mars is going to appear right here. We go this way, there’s Orion. Sirius is going to appear right here. MILES O’BRIEN: Culberson has more than a hobby-level interest in space. He chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees NASA. In his ninth term, he is riding high, as the Trump administration embraces his strategy for exploring space. REP. JOHN CULBERSON: NASA has been underfunded for far...
  • California Woman Who Tried to Sell a Moon Rock Wins Round Against NASA

    04/14/2017 9:25:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 102 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | April 14, 2017 | Liam Truchard
    Joann Davis had a moon rock. Yes, it was real. A gift, she said, from Neil Armstrong to her late husband. She also had an ill son and the Lake Elsinore resident wanted to help with his medical care. So she contacted NASA about her intention to sell it. That led to a nightmare situation on May 19, 2011, when Davis stood in the parking lot of a Denny’s restaurant in pants soaked in urine, answering questions from a federal agent about a rice-sized piece of moon. “He kept saying, ‘You will be going to federal court, you will be...
  • Hubble Spots Auroras on Uranus

    04/11/2017 6:50:12 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 48 replies
    NASA ^ | April 10, 2017 | NASA
    Ever since Voyager 2 beamed home spectacular images of the planets in the 1980s, planet-lovers have been hooked on auroras on other planets. Auroras are caused by streams of charged particles like electrons that come from various origins such as solar winds, the planetary ionosphere, and moon volcanism. They become caught in powerful magnetic fields and are channeled into the upper atmosphere, where their interactions with gas particles, such as oxygen or nitrogen, set off spectacular bursts of light.
  • Trump Orders Federal Flags At Half-Mast To Honor John Glenn

    04/05/2017 8:30:48 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 31 replies
    Twitter ^ | April 5, 2017 | Sean Spicer
    Sean Spicer Twitter Verified account @PressSec Tomorrow @POTUS has ordered flags at all federal entities & institutions to be flown at half-staff honoring memory of former Sen. John Glenn
  • NASA Recovery of Orion Spacecraft

    04/02/2017 9:26:18 AM PDT · by Trumpnation · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | 4/2/17 | JR
    Flashback: (Oct. 28, 2016) Navy divers assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3 and Mobile Dive and Salvage Company 3-1 conduct towing techniques and safety procedures for a training capsule called the boilerplate-testing article (BTA), belonging to NASA’s Orion program, in the Pacific Ocean Oct. 28, 2016.
  • There's A New Space Race On, Courtesy Of Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos And The Free Market

    03/31/2017 4:51:04 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 28 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 3/31/2017 | Staff
    Final Frontier: When NASA retired its shuttle fleet in 2011, space buffs moaned that the U.S. was abandoning its leadership in space. The opposite happened. In fact, it was arguably the best thing that could have happened to space travel, as private companies rushed in to fill the void. This week provided two stunning examples of the fierce private-sector competition and resulting rapid advances in space travel. On Thursday, SpaceX — the private company owned by Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk — achieved a huge new milestone with its launch of a recycled Falcon 9 rocket that it had previously...

    03/30/2017 1:32:35 AM PDT · by Sontagged · 33 replies
    The Coincidence Theorist ^ | 7/28/15 | The Coincidence Theorist
    The word “SEX” appears to be visible in NASA’s latest composite image of the Earth. The Coincidence Theorist explains why this is perfectly normal… NASA released their latest image of Earth, supposedly taken from one million miles away by the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite, on 20 July 2015. The image isn’t a normal photograph as you might expect but a composite generated by combining multiple pictures. “For some reason, there aren’t any genuine pictures of the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite,” admits The Coincidence Theorist. “However I did find this cartoon on NASA’s website and tried to annotate it...
  • NASA Test Fires New Engine Controlling ‘Brain’ for First SLS MegaRocket Mission

    03/29/2017 7:38:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    universe today ^ | 003/26/2017 | Ken Kremer
    The newly developed engine controller is a modern version from the RS-25 controller that helped propel all 135 space shuttle missions to space. ... “The controller manages the engine by regulating the thrust and fuel mixture ratio and monitors the engine’s health and status – much like the computer in your car,” say NASA officials. “The controller then communicates the performance specifications programmed into the controller and monitors engine conditions to ensure they are being met, controlling such factors as propellant mixture ratio and thrust level.” A quartet of RS-25 engines, leftover from the space shuttle era and repeatedly reused,...
  • Trump signs NASA bill, ponders sending Congress to space

    03/21/2017 4:48:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 21, 2017 6:37 PM EDT | Darlene Superville
    President Donald Trump signed legislation Tuesday adding human exploration of Mars to NASA’s mission. Could sending Congress into space be next? Flanked at an Oval Office bill-signing ceremony by astronauts and lawmakers, Trump observed that being an astronaut is a “pretty tough job.” He said he wasn’t sure he’d want it and, among lawmakers he put the question to, Sen. Ted Cruz said he wouldn’t want to be a space traveler, either. But Cruz, R-Texas, offered up a tantalizing suggestion. “You could send Congress to space,” he said to laughter, including from the president. […] “What a great idea that...
  • NASA finds missing spacecraft orbiting around the moon

    03/10/2017 2:49:54 PM PST · by TBP · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 10, 2017 | Margi Murphy,
    NASA has discovered a spaceship that disappeared eight years ago. The space agency spotted an Indian craft orbiting the moon using its massive STEREO-B radar dish. Space is home to plenty of man-made cosmic junk that has broken off during missions and been left to float through the vast abyss. NASA uses its special lunar observer to spot strays and to monitor current missions. It was celebrating after tracking down its own, still-active wayward Lunar Reconnaissance Orbit, which launched in 2009. But finding the discovery of the tiny, 5-foot Indian orbiter, which lost contact in August 2009, is an incredible...
  • It's a ravioli! It's a UFO! It's ... a moon

    03/10/2017 7:52:46 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    NASA on Thursday released pictures of Pan, one of Saturn's many moons, and its distinctive shape is drawing comparisons to flying saucers and stuffed pasta. The images of the moon come courtesy of NASA's Cassini spacecraft, and reveal the UFO-like form of the tiny satellite, which has an average radius of just 8.8 miles. Cassini's Twitter account tweeted a gif showing the raw images. ... According to NASA's website, Pan's strange shape comes from what is called an equatorial ridge, a characteristic it shares with one of its sister moons, Atlas. The ridge has formed over the course of Pan's...
  • India's Chandrayaan-1 lost since 2009 found orbiting moon [NASA JPL New Technique]

    03/10/2017 6:31:13 AM PST · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    03-10-2017 | Staff
    Considered lost since 2009 when radio contact with it was lost, India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft has been found orbiting the moon. The spacecraft has been found by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. Earlier, JPL's calculations indicated that Chandrayaan-1 was circling some 200 kilometres above the lunar surface, but it was generally considered "lost." Chandrayaan-1 was India's first mission to the moon, was launched successfully on October 22, 2008 from Sriharikota. ISRO says the "satellite made more than 3400 orbits around the moon and the mission was concluded when the communication with the spacecraft was lost on August 29,...
  • NASA Considers Magnetic Shield to Help Mars Grow Its Atmosphere

    03/01/2017 6:58:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Mar 1, 2017 | Jay Bennett
    Such a shield could leave Mars in the relatively protected magnetotail of the magnetic field created by the object, allowing the Red Planet to slowly restore its atmosphere. About 90 percent of Mars's atmosphere was stripped away by solar particles in the lifetime of the planet, which was likely temperate and had surface water about 3.5 billion years ago. According to simulation models, such a shield could help Mars achieve half the atmospheric pressure of Earth in a matter of years. With protection from solar winds, frozen CO2 at Mars's polar ice caps would start to sublimate, or turn directly...
  • SpaceX to Send Privately Crewed Dragon Spacecraft Beyond the Moon Next Year

    02/27/2017 2:26:54 PM PST · by Moonman62 · 59 replies
    SpaceX ^ | 2/27/2017 | spacex
    We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year. They have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission. Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration. We expect to conduct health and fitness tests, as well as begin initial training later this year. Other flight teams have also expressed strong interest and we expect more to follow. Additional information will be released...
  • Budget Legislation Likely to Launch NASA Above Climate Politics

    02/27/2017 9:07:46 AM PST · by rktman · 10 replies ^ | 2/27/2017 | Larry Bell
    The U.S. Senate recently passed a NASA Transition Act of 2017 to cut the agency’s funding for global warming "research" and get back to focusing upon space exploration priorities NASA was originally created to pursue. The bill will very likely be passed the in the House and signed into law by the president. Senior Trump campaign advisor and former Republican Rep. Bob Walker told the Guardian that there is no need for NASA to do what he previously described to be “politically correct environmental monitoring." Instead, "We see NASA in an exploration role in deep space research . . ....
  • NASA studies adding crew to super rocket test flight

    02/24/2017 4:42:53 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 24, 2017, 3:45 PM | William Harwood
    NASA managers said Friday they hope to know within a month or so whether it might be feasible -- or advisable -- to put two astronauts on board the first test flight of a huge 322-foot-tall Space Launch System super booster scheduled for its maiden launch late next year. The study, requested by the Trump administration, already is underway, but William Hill, deputy associate administrator for Exploration Systems Development at NASA Headquarters, said major technical challenges will need to be resolved, and the agency will need more money to make it happen. “It’s going to take a significant amount of...