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  • Scientists to see if they can save planet from asteroid

    10/04/2015 1:20:59 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 24 replies
    Newser ^ | October 03, 2015 | Arden Dier
    Come 2022, scientists will attempt to save all of humanity from an asteroid. Calm down, it's just a trial run. The joint US-European AIDA—that's Asteroid Deflection and Assessment—mission intends to crash a probe into a 525-foot-wide asteroid known as Didymoon to see if the impact will change its orbital path. The egg-shaped asteroid is actually part of a binary system and orbits its larger partner, Didymos, every 12 hours, per NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) probe will crash into Didymoon at a speed of roughly 13,420mph, while ESA's Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM) will study the effects so researchers...
  • Journey to Mars lies through the moon

    10/02/2015 1:11:29 PM PDT · by Marcus · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 2, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    The discovery of water on the surface of Mars, which just happened to coincide with the premiere of the hit film The Martian, starring Matt Damon as an astronaut marooned on the Red Planet, has caused some degree of excitement for space enthusiasts. NASA is particularly inspired because its central organizing project is “the journey to Mars” which is scheduled to put astronauts on the Martian surface by the 2030s. The discovery and the movie certainly would not hurt the effort to gin up support for the humans to Mars program.
  • What I Really Think About Mars

    09/29/2015 12:21:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Rush ^ | September 29, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: You know, try as I might, I can't avoid making this show about me. Well, that's not the right way to say it. I can't avoid having myself become part of this show, and that's never what I want. I mean, I am the show, but I mean I want to talk about things out there happening besides what I say. Why do I need to tell you what I say when you hear me say it the first time? But this Mars thing is just totally all over the place out there, and every one of these people...
  • Big NASA “Mars mystery” announcement gets watered down

    09/28/2015 5:23:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Hot ^ | September 28, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    I was seeing tease lines in the news over the weekend and on the NASA twitter feed hinting at a major announcement which would come out today. That spurred the usual rounds of speculation with the most popular candidate being that they turned up some form of life or perhaps a fossil or something along those lines. (Personally I was pitching for a large black obelisk of some sort full of stars, but you can only ask for so much.) I honestly wasn’t getting my hopes up too far because they’ve played these games before. Rather than just announcing what...
  • Evidence found of "flowing liquid water" on Mars: NASA

    09/28/2015 8:57:31 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 38 replies ^ | September 28, 2015 | Robert Ferris
    Scientists have discovered the strongest evidence yet that "flowing liquid water" exists on Mars, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said Monday morning.
  • Images From Apollo, Ahead of Tonight's Supermoon Eclipse

    09/27/2015 2:20:23 PM PDT · by PROCON · 34 replies ^ | Sep. 27, 2015 | Alan Taylor
    Tonight, as the full Moon reaches its closest point to Earth, it will also be dimmed by a total lunar eclipse. This Supermoon eclipse will reach totality at 10:11 p.m Eastern Time, and will last one hour and 12 minutes. According to NASA, it will “be visible to North and South America, Europe, Africa, and parts of West Asia and the eastern Pacific.”
  • NASA TV to Provide Live Feed of Sunday’s Supermoon Eclipse (8pm to 11:30pm EDT)

    09/27/2015 12:06:10 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 45 replies
    NASA ^ | Sept. 22, 2015
    For the first time in more than 30 years, you can witness a supermoon in combination with a lunar eclipse. Late on Sept. 27, 2015, in the U.S. and much of the world, a total lunar eclipse will mask the moon’s larger-than-life face. Watch NASA’s live stream from 8:00 p.m. until at least 11:30 p.m. EDT broadcast from Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., with a live feed from the Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, Calif. Mitzi Adams, a NASA solar physicist at Marshall will discuss the eclipse and answer questions from Twitter. To ask a question, use #askNASA. Throughout...
  • What’s Behind NASA’s Upcoming Mystery Announcement About Mars

    09/24/2015 4:22:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Inverse ^ | September 24, 2015 | Neel V. Patel, science and tech journalist
    NASA officials will announce Monday morning a major scientific discovery related to their continued exploration of Mars. The agency won’t give too many details on what exactly the big reveal is, apart from the fact that the briefing will feature some pretty big names at the space agency (including Jim Green, director of planetary science at NASA HQ; Michael Meyer, the lead scientist for the Mars Exploration Program; Lujendra Ojha, a grad student at Georgia Tech; Mary Beth Wilhelm at NASA’s Ames Research Center, and a grad student at Georgia Tech as well; and Alfred McEwen at the University of...
  • A Dragon on Mars! Elon Musk backs Nasa plan to send SpaceX capsule on sample return mission in 2020

    09/17/2015 1:34:59 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/15/2015 | Mark Prigg
    Budget plan would send a SpaceX capsule in 2020 to get samples. Would pick up samples left by Nasa's 2020 Rover. Comes as Amazon's Jeff Bezos unveiled 'megarocket' to take on SpaceX It could bring samples from Mars to Earth for the first time. Nasa employees have revealed details of a 'budget' plan to send a SpaceX capsule to the red planet in 2020 to return samples. Elon Musk has backed the idea - and even tweeted images of what the mission would look like. A Dragon on Mars: The mission would grab samples collected by Nasa's 2020 rover and...
  • NASA pushes 1st flight of Orion spacecraft with crew to 2023

    09/17/2015 12:56:53 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 37 replies
    CNSNEWS ^ | September 16, 2015 | MARCIA DUNN
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's newest spacecraft, the Orion, won't be flying astronauts as soon as anticipated. On Wednesday, top NASA officials said there isn't much confidence in the original 2021 launch date. That's because of the space agency's history of running into unexpected problems in new programs, like Orion. Managers set 2023 as the new official launch date for the capsule, although they said they haven't entirely given up yet on 2021. Orion is meant to expand human exploration in space, principally Mars. The 11-foot capsule will blast off atop a megarocket still under development by NASA, called...
  • Latest Images from Pluto: 'It's Complicated,' Says NASA

    09/15/2015 7:38:43 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies ^ | September 11, 2015 | Jen Pikowski
    The New Horizons probe has sent back the latest images from its historic July 14 flyby of Pluto. While the first close-up photos of the dwarf planet, taken from 7800 miles above the surface, had the New Horizons team—and people around the world—giddy with excitement about intriguing features like 11,000-foot-tall ice mountains, the latest, downlinked over Labor Day weekend, have left them scratching their heads. "If an artist had painted this Pluto before our flyby, I probably would have called it over the top—but that’s what is actually there," said New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research...
  • Study Predicts Antarctica Ice Melt if All Fossil Fuels Are Burned

    09/12/2015 1:51:58 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 59 replies ^ | SEPT. 11, 2015 | JUSTIN GILLIS
    Burning all the world’s deposits of coal, oil and natural gas would raise the temperature enough to melt the entire ice sheet covering Antarctica, driving the level of the sea up by more than 160 feet, scientists reported Friday.In a major surprise to the scientists, they found that half the melting could occur in as little as a thousand years, causing the ocean to rise by something on the order of a foot per decade, roughly 10 times the rate at which it is rising now. Such a pace would almost certainly throw human society into chaos, forcing a rapid...
  • SpaceX releases first interior photos of its astronaut-carrying spacecraft

    09/11/2015 10:24:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 50 replies ^ | September 10, 2015 06:04 pm | By Loren Grush
    SpaceX's new Crew Dragon capsule may be reserved for astronauts traveling to and from the International Space Station — but now you can take a virtual tour of the vehicle's insides. The company just released interior photos of the spacecraft, as well as a video showing closeups of its control panels and crew seats. The images offer our first glimpse at what the finished Crew Dragon will look like. The photos show an interior that is sleek and smooth, with mostly black and white hardware. It gives off the vibe of a luxury sports car (which makes sense, given CEO...
  • Another Blow to American Access to Space

    09/11/2015 8:05:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies ^ | 9/11/2015 | Travis Wright
    The damage caused by ending the Space Shuttle Program prematurely -- before an alternative man-rated U.S. conveyance system was available – continues to build up. Not only do we not have an American-led way to get humans into space, we are now ending – or cutting short – our capacity to deliver national security assets into deep orbit. We are knowingly allowing a gap to emerge between launch capacity we have now – which depends on the RD-180 Russian-made rocket engine – and an uncertain future time, when we may have our own rocket engine to power heavy-lift rockets. Simply...
  • Aerojet-Rocketdyne Seeks to Buy United Launch Alliance for $2 Billion

    09/10/2015 11:36:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    Universe Today ^ | on September 9, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    ULA was formed in 2006 as a 50:50 joint venture between aerospace giants Lockheed Martin and Boeing that combined their existing expendable rocket fleet families – the Atlas V and Delta IV – under one roof. According to Reuters, Aerojet Rocketdyne recently proffered a $2 billion cash offer to buy ULA from Lockheed Martin and Boeing. “Aerojet Rocketdyne board member Warren Lichtenstein, the chairman and chief executive of Steel Partners LLC, approached ULA President Tory Bruno and senior Lockheed and Boeing executives about the bid in early August,” sources told Reuters. ULA’s Bruno declined to comment on the story via...
  • Rising seas threaten to flood launch sites, NASA says

    09/07/2015 12:47:49 PM PDT · by PROCON · 97 replies
    CNN ^ | Sep. 6, 2015 | Brandon Griggs
    (CNN)—NASA's rockets are astounding machines, capable of blasting into space at thousands of miles per hour and withstanding temperatures twice the melting point of steel. But they can't take off underwater. Rising sea levels caused by melting ice caps threaten to disrupt a handful of NASA launch sites along U.S. coastlines, the space agency warns. In the coming years, launch facilities at Florida's Kennedy Space Center and other places may need to be retrofitted or even moved inland, NASA says. "Every NASA center has its own set of vulnerabilities, and some are more at risk than others," NASA climatologist...
  • Ceres Mystery Gets MORE Mysterious

    09/04/2015 4:19:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies ^ | Friday, September 4, 2015
    Christopher Russell, Professor of Geophysics and Space Physics at UCLA cannot discuss the new high resolution images from Ceres because they have been embargoed by the science journal Nature. ... Russell was able to discuss the issue of Ceres' strange bright spots, appearing prominently in both the large crater known as 'Occator', of which is 60 miles (90 km) across and 2 miles (4 km) deep, and on the slopes of an extremely strange, pyramid-shaped mountain that is 4 miles (6 km) tall. These spots, as described by professor Russell, appear to be a powdery substance that is deposited on...
  • How did our cool weather get logged by NOAA as hot?

    09/02/2015 2:01:29 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 23 replies ^ | 2nd September 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    There is something very odd about the NOAA claim of a very hot July, thanks to global warming: July was the hottest month on Earth since records began... Take the NOAA map above. Check Australia, said to have had average or above-average temperatures over much of the continent, apart from the much-warmer-than-average bits around Sydney and parts of Western Australia. Liberal MP Craig Kelly is curious: HOW DOES THE COLDEST MONTH IN 20 YEARS BECOME THE HOTTEST MONTH “EVER’’ ? July in Melbourne was widely reported as the ”Coldest July in 20 years” It also was reported at the start...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Distant Neutrinos Detected Below Antarctic Ice

    09/01/2015 4:19:10 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    NASA ^ | September 01, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: From where do these neutrinos come? The IceCube Neutrino Observatory near the South Pole of the Earth has begun to detect nearly invisible particles of very high energy. Although these rarely-interacting neutrinos pass through much of the Earth just before being detected, where they started remains a mystery. Pictured here is IceCube's Antarctic lab accompanied by a cartoon depicting long strands of detectors frozen into the crystal clear ice below. Candidate origins for these cosmic neutrinos include the violent surroundings of supermassive black holes at the centers of distant galaxies, and tremendous stellar explosions culminating in gamma ray bursts...
  • Buzz Aldrin developing 'master plan' to begin colonies on Mars by 2040... [title shortened]

    08/28/2015 5:36:05 AM PDT · by Textide · 43 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 08/27/2015 | Christopher Brennan
    Full Title: Buzz Aldrin developing 'master plan' to begin colonies on Mars by 2040 as he launches partnership with university Buzz Aldrin, 85, is partnering with Florida Institute of Technology. The Buzz Aldrin Space Institute will open in The Fall and focus on Mars Astronaut, the second man to walk on the Moon, has devised plan to get to the red planet using 'cycling pathways' and base on Mars's moon Phobos The second man to walk on the Moon is teaming up with Florida Institute of Technology to develop 'a master plan' for colonizing Mars within 25 years. Buzz Aldrin,...
  • Global sea levels climbed 3 inches since 1992, NASA research shows

    08/26/2015 1:51:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 58 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/26/15 | Irene Klotz -Reuters
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fl. (Reuters) - Sea levels worldwide rose an average of nearly 3 inches (8 cm) since 1992, the result of warming waters and melting ice, a panel of NASA scientists said on Wednesday. In 2013, a United Nations panel predicted sea levels would rise from 1 to 3 feet (0.3 to 0.9 meters) by the end of the century. The new research shows that sea level rise most likely will be at the high end of that range, said University of Colorado geophysicist Steve Nerem. Sea levels are rising faster than they did 50 years ago and “it’s...
  • NASA sees unavoidable sea level rise ahead

    08/26/2015 1:46:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 53 replies
    AFP on Yahoo News ^ | 8/26/15 | Kerry Sheridan
    Miami (AFP) - Sea levels are rising around the world, and the latest satellite data suggests that three feet (one meter) or more is unavoidable in the next 100-200 years, NASA scientists said Wednesday. Ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are melting faster than ever, and oceans are warming and expanding much more rapidly than they have in years past. Rising seas will have "profound impacts" around the world, said Michael Freilich, director of NASA's Earth Science Division. "More than 150 million people, most of them in Asia, live within one meter of present sea level," he said. Low-lying US...
  • NASA employees buy child porn from site with abused 3-year-olds - NASA names are being kept secret

    08/24/2015 12:55:44 PM PDT · by dead · 16 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | Wills Robinson
    NASA employees were caught buying child pornography from a criminal ring in Eastern Europe that distributed images of minors as young as three, it can be revealed. An investigation by Daily Mail Online found 16 staff members from the space agency paid for pictures and videos of children in sexual situations, but were never prosecuted. Their names have never been released because of government guidelines which protect their privacy – prompting fears some of the culprits are still employed by NASA. The probe found that in 2010, the employees paid for the pornography using personal credit cards or PayPal while...
  • Senator Hutchison cool to SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch; concerns remain about Obama NASA policy

    06/05/2010 5:40:57 PM PDT · by tricky_k_1972 · 24 replies · 624+ views ^ | June 5, 8:25 AM | Mark Whittington
    Senator Hutchison cool to SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch; concerns remain about Obama NASA policy June 5, 8:25 AMHouston Space News ExaminerMark Whittington Falcon 9 Courtesy NASA The near universal acclaim that SpaceX has acquired for the successful launch of the first Falcon 9 is not shared within the United States Congress, which is still skeptical of many aspects of the Obama space plan, which includes reliance on companies like SpaceX for Earth to Low Earth Orbit transportation. The reaction illustrates for all the technical triumph that SpaceX has accomplished with the Falcon 9 launch, it still faces political problems. Typical...
  • NASA says the world is not going to end in September

    08/23/2015 12:53:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 21, 2015 | Claire Phipps
    Space agency kills off internet rumour by confirming an asteroid strike will not wipe out humanity in the next few weeks, or years, or decades.Good news for those with plans for October and beyond: the Earth will still be in existence. NASA has confirmed – after rumours swept the internet about an imminent asteroid strike expected between 15 and 28 September – that the two-week period in question will be entirely free of Earth-destroying space attacks. The likelihood of any known potentially hazardous asteroid striking the planet within the next 100 years stands at 0.01%, the space agency said in...
  • NASA salvages old space shuttle parts for the ISS

    08/21/2015 3:17:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    engadget ^ | Mariella Moon
    NASA has apparently been stripping and reusing parts from old spacecraft, because when you have lofty goals and a limited budget, you gotta do what you gotta do. For instance, it's salvaging the four water tanks installed on the space shuttle Endeavour this week, so the agency can use them to build a new storage system for the International Space Station. Those tanks can store 300 liters in all that can last for 25 to 27 days: they're expected to help free more time for the crew to spend on their experiments. Also, according to NASA spokesperson Daniel Huot, they...
  • 'The Astronaut Wives Club' began with triteness and ended in ugliness

    08/21/2015 10:01:10 AM PDT · by Marcus · 32 replies
    Houston TV Examiner ^ | august 21, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    The Astronaut Wives Club, the summer series from ABC that depicted the race to the moon as a kind of “Desperate Housewives of NASA” ended its run Thursday with the episode dealing with the Apollo moon landing and the epic adventure of Apollo 13. What began with soap opera triteness ended in a dash of ugliness. The episode sought to remind the viewer that not everyone regarded the moon landings with awe and wonder. Some reacted to the greatest technological feat in the history of humankind with rage.
  • Company in Canada gets U.S. patent for space elevator

    08/20/2015 1:07:19 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies ^ | August 15, 2015 | by Nancy Owano
    20 km Space Tower ====================================================================================================================== Exploring space while seated on Earth, gazing up on screens in museum theaters or at home via VR headsets. is exciting but the top imagination-grabber is the very idea of finding a way to access space. This is the present-day realm of creative thinking over space elevators, in the use of a giant tower to carry us to space. Scientists working on space elevators are thinking about materials and designs that can be used to access space as an alternative to rocket technology. A sign of the times is the upcoming Space Elevator Conference...
  • 16 Seconds Of Pluto Hides A Surprise (Video)

    08/19/2015 11:44:33 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 25 replies
    Area Voices ^ | 8-19-2015 | Astro Bob
    Buddy, can you spare 16 seconds? Bjorn Jonsson, a 3D computer graphics expert, used publicly available photos on the New Horizon’s website to create a zippy flyby of Pluto that gets you in and out in just seconds. But hold on! If you use the pause button, you’ll see something amazing — Pluto’s dark backside illuminated by sunlight reflecting off its largest moon Charon. Even at Pluto’s enormous distance from the sun of over 3 billion miles, enough sunlight falls on its 750-mile-wide moon Charon to provide a faint illumination on one hemisphere of the dwarf planet. The ring you see around Pluto...
  • The real apocalyptic doomsdayers (end goal of ensuring Americans 'live in constant fear')

    08/17/2015 10:26:43 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 6 replies
    WND ^ | August 16, 2015 | Joseph Farah
    Because of my unshakable belief in the Bible and its uncanny track record of predictions of future events, I have been accused of being an apocalyptic doomsdayer. It’s not accurate, because I see a glorious future for planet Earth – the restoration of all things including complete justice and real world peace. What I found remarkable today is that secular people, atheists, agnostics and materialists seem to be the real doomsdayers in our world. It was just about a year ago that Noam Chomsky, all of the above plus a radical left-wing idealist, wrote that the world was facing imminent...
  • Donald Trump thinks going to Mars would be 'wonderful' but there is a catch

    08/16/2015 7:32:07 AM PDT · by Marcus · 21 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | august 16, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    Donald Trump, the mercurial real estate tycoon and media personality who, much to the surprise of one and all, has become the front-runner for the Republican nomination for president opened his mind just a little about his attitude toward space exploration, according to a Saturday story in Forbes. In an answer to a question put to him about sending humans to Mars, the current focus at NASA, Trump said, ““Honestly, I think it’s wonderful; I want to rebuild our infrastructure first, ok? I think it’s wonderful.” In other words, dreams of going to Mars must take a back seat to...
  • Cygnus Restarts Cargo Runs to the Space Station After Antares Rocket Explosion

    08/15/2015 11:00:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    The spacecraft will haul approximately 3,600 kilograms (4 tons) of material in a pressurized cargo module to the International Space Station in December 2015. This is the fourth Commercial Resupply Services cargo run by Orbital Sciences (OA-4). The Cygnus spacecraft is developed and produced by Orbital Sciences. Historically, it has always launched on an Orbital Antares rocket, but that rocket is still grounded for safety upgrades following the unscheduled rapid disassembly last fall. Instead, the Cygnus will be launched by a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. It will also be launching from a new pad — Cape Canaveral instead...
  • Milestone Test Firing of NASA’s SLS Monster Rocket Engine Advances Human Path to Deep Space

    08/14/2015 6:36:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    Universe Today ^ | Ken Kremer
    (Aug. 13) successful test firing of an RS-25 main stage engine for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) monster rocket currently under development, the program passed a key milestone advancing the agency on the path to propel astronauts back to deep space at the turn of the decade. The 535 second long test firing of the RS-25 development engine was conducted on the A-1 test stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi – and ran for the planned full duration of nearly 9 minutes, matching the time they will fire during an actual SLS launch. All indications...
  • Would Bernie Sanders gut NASA spending if he became president? Probably

    08/13/2015 12:50:33 PM PDT · by Marcus · 18 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | august 13, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    With Sen. Bernie Sanders, the independent socialist from Vermont, packing in huge crowds during his early August west coast swing, the idea that he might have a shot at the Democratic nomination has gone from the realm of fantasy to that of distinct possibility. This fact is especially true since the presumptive Democratic nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, continues to slip in the polls and faces numerous ethical and legal woes. Sanders’ surge means that interest is merited about his views on particular issues. One case in point is his attitude toward the space program and NASA spending....
  • Isis 'hacking division' releases details of 1,400 Americans and urges attacks

    08/13/2015 7:13:42 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 34 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Aug. 12, 2015 | Michael Safi
    A group calling itself the Islamic State hacking division has published the details of 1,400 mostly US military and government personnel, urging supporters to attack those listed. The spreadsheet, published online on Wednesday, exposes names, email addresses, phone numbers and passwords. Those listed include members of the marine corps, Nasa, the state department, air force and FBI. Supporters of Isis on Twitter seized on the breach, posting personal details of soldiers and government staffers and encouraging lone wolves to “act and kill”. A person claiming to speak for the group told the Guardian the information was obtained from military and...
  • The Perseid Meteor Shower Is About To Peak. Here's How To Watch

    08/12/2015 5:41:49 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 54 replies
    NPR ^ | August 12, 2015 | By Sam Sanders
    Set your alarm clocks. The Perseid meteor shower, the annual celestial lightshow that com calls the most widely observed and dependable meteor display of the year, will peak tonight and early tomorrow morning. NASA says this year's show promises to be more spectacular than usual. "If you see one meteor shower this year, make it August's Perseids or December's Geminids," according to the space agency. "The Perseids feature fast and bright meteors that frequently leave trains, and in 2015 there will be no moonlight to upstage the shower." And Jupiter's positioning this year will make for even better viewing,...
  • NASA launches operation ‘OMG’ (Oceans Melting Greenland)

    08/12/2015 7:27:26 AM PDT · by PROCON · 22 replies
    msnbc ^ | Aug. 12, 2015 | Tony Dokoupil
    Late last month, an alarming new study concluded that the glaciers of Greenland and Antarctica will melt ten times faster than previous estimates, raising ocean levels 10 feet in as little as a half century. But is it accurate? NASA has launched an urgent, five-year, $30 million study that will help scientists find out. The official “mission,” known as Oceans Melting Greenland—yes, this is operation OMG—is designed to help scientists determine the melt-rate with unprecedented accuracy. “I barely got that name by the censors,” admits Joshua Willis, an oceanographer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the project’s principal investigator. “But...
  • 'The ISS is being monitored by aliens': Conspiracy theorists spot yet another UFO hovering...

    08/11/2015 10:15:34 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies ^ | Updated: 04:09 EST, 11 August 2015 | By Mia De Graaf
    Full Title: 'The ISS is being monitored by aliens': Conspiracy theorists spot yet another UFO hovering above the space station ============================================================================================================= Another UFO has been spotted hovering over the International Space Station, conspiracy theorists claim. Footage allegedly taken from a Nasa camera shows a pink and white object soaring across space. It has reignited claims the ISS is being 'monitored by extra-terrestrials'. The latest supposed sighting comes after another Nasa video, shot from the ISS in June, which showed mysterious lights 'leaving' Earth before the stream cut. The short clip, uploaded to YouTube, is the latest to fuel claims that...
  • NASA robot helps create biggest rocket parts for Mars mission

    08/06/2015 5:13:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | Aug 06, 2015 | by Felix Balthasar,
    NASA engineers are making the biggest, lightweight rocket parts ever manufactured for space vehicles to deeper manned missions, such as Mars exploration. It is a robot established at Marshall Space Flight Centre of NASA in Alabama. According to the US space agency, it is among the largest composites manufacturing robots made in the US. According to Preston Jones, deputy director of Marshall's Engineering Directorate, "This addition to Marshall's Composites Technology Centre provides modern technology to develop low-cost and high-speed manufacturing processes for making large composite rocket structures. We will build and test these structures to determine if they are a...
  • NASA signing $490M contract with Russia

    08/06/2015 8:28:32 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies ^ | 8/5/2015 | Rebecca Shabad
    NASA informed lawmakers on Wednesday that because Congress has failed to fully fund its Commercial Crew Program for the last five years, it is signing a $490 million contract extension with Russia to send Americans to space. The new contract, running through 2019, means that NASA will continue to depend on Russia to get its astronauts to space even as tensions between Washington and Moscow escalate. It will put money in Russia’s pockets even as U.S. economic sanctions seek to put pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government over the conflict in Ukraine.
  • No, German Scientists Have Not Confirmed the “Impossible” EMDrive

    07/29/2015 10:27:45 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies ^ | 7/28/15 10:40am | George Dvorsky
    Two German researchers claim they have produced measurable amounts of thrust using a copy of NASA’s controversial EMDrive. It’s a result that has many people talking, but don’t plan your trip to the to the Alpha Centauri system just yet—the experts we spoke with are all highly skeptical of the study and its findings. As reported in Hacked, the details of the new study are being presented this week by Martin Tajmar, a professor and chair for Space Systems at the Dresden University of Technology, and co-author G. Fiedler, at the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Propulsion and Energy...
  • Challenger, Columbia wreckage on public display for 1st time

    08/02/2015 8:05:47 AM PDT · by Vaquero · 10 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 8-2-15 | MARCIA DUNN
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades.
  • What About a Mission to Europa?

    07/27/2015 11:59:52 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies ^ | on July 27, 2015 | Fraser Cain
    Jupiter’s moon Europa has the most water in the entire Solar System. If you took all the water on Earth, collected it into a big sphere, it would measure almost 1,400 kilometers across. Europa’s water would measure nearly 1,800 kilometers.All that water exists in a layer around Europa, encased in a layer of ice. ... According to the plan, a spacecraft will launch in the 2020s, carrying 9 instruments to Europa. Most will be familiar cameras, mass spectrometers, and the like, to study the surface of Europa to a high level of resolution. Over the course of 45 flybys, the...
  • Returning To The Moon Is Ten Times Cheaper Than Thought, And It Could Lead To Mars

    07/24/2015 5:25:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    IFL Science! ^ | July 22, 2015 | Jonathan O'Callaghan
    Traveling to the Moon just got a whole lot cheaper. A NASA-funded study (PDF) has found that the cost of lunar missions could be reduced by a factor of 10 using a number of techniques – and it could also have implications for getting humans to Mars. The extensive NexGen Space study by the National Space Society (NSS) and the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) said that partnerships with private companies could return humans to the Moon for $10 billion (£6.4 billion), rather than the previosuly estimated $100 billion (£64 billion) that had turned off potential suitors. Utilizing fuel sourced from...
  • Russian, Japanese, US crew reach ISS despite minor mishap

    07/23/2015 5:21:31 AM PDT · by csvset · 2 replies
    France 24 ^ | 23 july 2015 | Anna Smolchenko
    MOSCOW (AFP) - Astronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States Thursday docked successfully with the International Space Station after a two-month delay, despite a minor hiccup. The Soyuz TMA 17M rocket -- carrying cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, US astronaut Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui of Japan -- blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome on schedule after a two-month delay caused by the failure of a Russian rocket during an unmanned resupply mission. The launch and the docking were successful even though one solar array -- a type of power supply that captures energy from the sun -- did not deploy...
  • Testing shows using microwaves to propel a craft into space might work

    07/23/2015 12:10:47 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    =============================================================================================== A team of researchers at Colorado based Escape Dynamics is reporting that initial tests indicate that it might really be possible to launch space-planes into space using microwaves sent from the ground, to allow for a single stage spacecraft. If the idea pans out, the cost savings for sending satellites (or perhaps humans) into orbit could be considerable. Today's rockets are all based on the same idea, a multi-stage rocket is used, each part filled with propellant that pushes the rocket into space as the propellant is burned. It is a really expensive way to go because the propellant...
  • How NASA might build its very first warp drive

    07/24/2015 12:20:51 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 31 replies
    io9 ^ | 11/26/12 | George Dvorsky
    Physicist Harold White stunned the aeronautics world when he announced that he and his team at NASA had begun work on the development of a faster-than-light warp drive. His proposed design, an ingenious re-imagining of an Alcubierre Drive, may eventually result in an engine that can transport a spacecraft to the nearest star in a matter of weeks — and all without violating Einstein's law of relativity.
  • Breaking: Discovery of ‘Habitable’ Earth-Like Planet Announced

    07/23/2015 11:38:14 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 80 replies ^ | 07/23/15 12:20pm | Robin Seemangal
    Breaking: Discovery of ‘Habitable’ Earth-Like Planet Announced The Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute and planet hunters from The National Aeronautics and Space Administration have made a startling discovery while exploring the Milky Way Galaxy By Robin Seemangal | 07/23/15 12:20pm  Comment Artist’s concept depicts the earth-like planet Kepler-452b (NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle) The SETI Institute and NASA have confirmed the discovery of Kepler 452b, the most Earth-like planet ever encountered. Located in the Goldilocks zone of its host star, this planet would have “just the right” conditions to support liquid water and possibly even life. This extraordinary world was spotted by...
  • NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers Bigger, Older Cousin to Earth

    07/23/2015 10:17:08 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 42 replies
    NASA ^ | July 23, 2015 | NASA
    NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star. This discovery and the introduction of 11 other new small habitable zone candidate planets mark another milestone in the journey to finding another “Earth.” The newly discovered Kepler-452b is the smallest planet to date discovered orbiting in the habitable zone -- the area around a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of an orbiting planet -- of a G2-type star, like our sun. The confirmation of Kepler-452b brings the total number of confirmed planets to 1,030. "On the 20th anniversary...
  • Stennis Space Center tested its 'Space Launch System' on July 17

    07/18/2015 5:06:06 PM PDT · by BBell · 30 replies
    In auto racing parlance, NASA engineers put the "pedal to the metal" during a July 17 test of its Space Launch System (SLS) RS-25 rocket engine at Stennis Space Center. During a 535-second test, operators ran the RS-25 through a series of power levels, including a period of firing at 109 percent of the engine's rated power. Data collected on performance of the engine at the various power levels will aid in adapting the former space shuttle engines to the new SLS vehicle mission requirements, including development of an all-new engine controller and software. Four RS-25 engines will use the...