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  • What is flashing us from mysterious dwarf planet? Riddle of Ceres' deepens .. ANOTHER flashing mark

    02/27/2015 11:44:59 AM PST · by Red Badger · 74 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 02-27-2015 | By Ellie Zolfagharifard
    Ceres continues to baffle astronomers as the Dawn spacecraft gets closer to being captured into orbit around the dwarf planet. The latest images, taken nearly 29,000 miles (46,000km) from Ceres, reveal that a bright 'alien' spot that stands out in previous images lies close to yet another bright area. While Nasa has not provided an explanation, scientists suggest these spots may be frozen pools of ice at the bottom of a crater that reflect light. 'Right now, all we can say is that the material reflects 40 per cent or more of the light falling on it,' UCLA astronomer Chris...
  • Dawn Spacecraft Will Take Pictures Of Its Target Asteroid Today

    12/01/2014 8:55:31 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on December 1, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell
    And today (Dec. 1) comes a special day for Dawn — when it turns its cameras to Ceres to capture the asteroid, which will appear about nine pixels across. The reason? Besides scientific curiosity, it turns out to be a perfect calibration target, according to NASA. “One final calibration of the science camera is needed before arrival at Ceres,” wrote Marc Rayman, the mission director at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in a recent blog post. “To accomplish it, the camera needs to take pictures of a target that appears just a few pixels across. The endless sky that surrounds our...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Approaching Asteroid Ceres

    01/20/2015 5:55:25 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    NASA ^ | January 20, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: It is the largest asteroid in the asteroid belt -- what secrets does it hold? To find out, NASA has sent the robotic Dawn spacecraft to explore and map this cryptic 1,000-kilometer wide world: Ceres. Orbiting between Mars and Jupiter, Ceres is officially categorized as a dwarf planet but has never been imaged in detail. Featured here is a 20-frame video taken a week ago of Dawn's approach that now rivals even the best images of Ceres ever taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. The video shows enough surface definition to discern its 9-hour rotation period. On target to...
  • First Hubble and Now Dawn Have Seen This White Spot on Ceres. What is it?

    01/20/2015 3:23:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on January 20, 2015 | Nancy Atkinson
    One of the most anticipated aspects the Dawn spacecraft being in orbit around Ceres HAS to be finding out what this spot is. It could be ice, it could be a cryovolcano or geysers, or it could be something else. But we do know fairly certain that it is a real feature and not an image artifact, since it shows up in most of the recent Hubble images and now the Dawn images. Planetary scientists have long suspected that water ice may be buried under Cere’s crust. A few things point to subsurface ice: the density of Ceres is less...
  • An Even Closer View of Ceres Shows Multiple White Spots Now

    02/05/2015 4:14:32 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has acquired its latest and closest-yet snapshot of the mysterious dwarf planet world Ceres. These latest images, taken on Feb. 4, from a distance of about 90,000 miles (145,000 km) clearly show craters – including a couple with central peaks – and a clearer though still ambiguous view of that wild white spot that has so many of us scratching our heads as to its nature. Get ready to scratch some more. The mystery spot has plenty of company.
  • Closer view of Ceres shows multiple white spots

    02/06/2015 1:41:53 PM PST · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    phys.org ^ | 02-06-2015 | by Bob King, Universe Today
    NASA's Dawn spacecraft has acquired its latest and closest-yet snapshot of the mysterious dwarf planet world Ceres. These latest images, taken on Feb. 4, from a distance of about 90,000 miles (145,000 km) clearly show craters – including a couple with central peaks – and a clearer though still ambiguous view of that wild white spot that has so many of us scratching our heads as to its nature. Get ready to scratch some more. The mystery spot has plenty of company. Take a look at some still images I grabbed from the video which NASA made available today. In...
  • Dawn Approaches: Two Faces of Ceres

    02/17/2015 5:09:59 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 9 replies
    http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov ^ | February 17, 2015 | NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
    February 17, 2015 Image Advisory—Craters and mysterious bright spots are beginning to pop out in the latest images of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. These images, taken Feb. 12 at a distance of 52,000 miles (83,000 kilometers) from the dwarf planet, pose intriguing questions for the science team to explore as the spacecraft nears its destination. “As we slowly approach the stage, our eyes transfixed on Ceres and her planetary dance, we find she has beguiled us but left us none the wiser,” said Chris Russell, principal investigator of the Dawn mission, based at UCLA. “We expected to be surprised;...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Dark Craters and Bright Spots Revealed on Asteroid Ceres

    02/19/2015 5:22:59 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    NASA ^ | February 18, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What are those bright spots on asteroid Ceres? As the robotic spacecraft Dawn approaches the largest asteroid in the asteroid belt, the puzzle only deepens. Sharper new images taken last week and released yesterday indicate, as expected, that most of the surface of dwarf planet Ceres is dark and heavily cratered like our Moon and the planet Mercury. The new images do not clearly indicate, however, the nature of comparatively bright spots -- although more of them are seen to exist. The enigmatic spots were first noticed on Texas-sized Ceres a few weeks ago during Dawn's approach. The intriguing...
  • Planet you've probably never heard of

    02/21/2015 5:39:50 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 61 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 8:56 PM ET, Fri February 20, 2015 | Amanda Barnett, CNN
    (CNN)Way out beyond Mars, but before you get to Jupiter, is a planet. You read that right. There's a planet between Mars and Jupiter. You may not have heard of it, but it was discovered in 1801 -- 129 years before Pluto. It originally was called a planet, then later an asteroid and now it's called a dwarf planeIts name is Ceres (pronounced like series) and you'll likely be hearing a lot more about it in the coming weeks.
  • NASA scientists stumped by mystery 'alien lights' on dwarf planet Ceres

    02/26/2015 9:41:56 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 65 replies
    A mysterious dwarf planet has left scientists scratching their heads after a strange light was seen shining from it. The dwarf planet Ceres has stumped boffins at NASA after a spacecraft sent to investigate it took these stunning pictures. In the images taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, a bright spot is seen projecting out from the darkness of the surface. A second bright light is seen close to the other one, leaving scientists completely baffled.
  • NASA:Coverage of U.S. Spacewalk # 30

    02/25/2015 7:14:01 AM PST · by yoe · 1 replies
    NASA TV on Ustream ^ | February 25, 2015
    6 a.m., Wednesday, February 25 - Coverage of U.S. Spacewalk # 30 (Spacewalk scheduled to begin at 7:10 a.m. ET; Wilmore and Virts) (all channels)
  • Cruz Holds Hearing On Space Exploration With Buzz Aldrin, Other Astronauts

    02/24/2015 1:38:13 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 4 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/24/2015 | Alex Pappas
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who just took over leadership of the Senate’s space committee, hosted Buzz Aldrin and other former NASA astronauts on Capitol Hill Tuesday for a discussion on space exploration.Cruz opened Tuesday’s hearing of the subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness by calling for more NASA and commercial space activity. “The year 2015 is just as critical of a time for our national and commercial space programs as was the case a half century ago,” the Texas Republican said. “Future exploration is certain to present hardships. But it also promises high rewards. New resources, frontiers and economic opportunities.”Cruz...
  • Buzz Aldrin to be star witness at Ted Cruz space hearings

    02/23/2015 7:43:29 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 39 replies
    Examiner ^ | February 20, 2015
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, the chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness, will hold his first hearings on "U.S. Human Exploration Goals and Commercial Space Competitiveness” next week, according to a Thursday story In Space Policy Online. Among the eclectic group of former astronauts, business leaders, and academics that will constitute the witness list will be Apollo moonwalker Buzz Aldrin. The hearings will also serve as an opportunity for Cruz to flesh out his views on the future of the American space program. Cruz has previously stated his desire to return NASA to its core function of...
  • Cruz's Mission for NASA: More Space, Less Earth

    02/23/2015 8:30:49 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 21 replies
    National Journal ^ | February 23, 2015 | ALEX BROWN
    The new space subcommittee chairman thinks the Obama administration has the agency overly focused on climate change at the expense of exploring the cosmos. If Ted Cruz is NASA's Grim Reaper, he doesn't talk like it. To hear the new chairman of the Senate's Space, Science, and Competitiveness Subcommittee talk about NASA is to hear none of the budget-slashing zeal that comes out when he talks about, say, the IRS. Instead, he talks at length about putting more Americans in space and sending them farther than ever before. He gushes about the agency that has "excited the spirits of every...
  • NASA Snaps Picture of Eastern U.S. in a Record-Breaking "Freezer"

    02/23/2015 1:42:53 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 70 replies
    NASA ^ | February 20, 2015 | NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team
    NASA's Terra satellite captured an image of the snow-covered eastern U.S. that looks like the states have been sitting in a freezer. In addition to the snow cover, Arctic and Siberian air masses have settled in over the Eastern U.S. triggering many record low temperatures in many states. On Feb. 19 at 16:40 UTC (11:40 a.m. EST), the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that flies aboard NASA's Terra satellite captured a picture of the snowy landscape. The snow cover combined with the frosty air mass made the eastern U.S. feel like the inside of freezer. The MODIS image was...
  • Patriot VS. NASA and the last 6 years

    02/22/2015 7:53:30 PM PST · by big bad easter bunny · 7 replies
    Can anyone say that what NASA has become over the last 6 years is patriotic? JFK must be spinning in his grave not to mention my grandfather.
  • Climate change bill faces uphill battle

    02/22/2015 2:37:55 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 29 replies
    Click2Houston.com ^ | 02/22/2015 | Erin McPike
    With Republicans in control of both houses of Congress, the odds of passing a climate change bill this year are virtually non-existent. But Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, plans to reintroduce legislation to cap carbon emissions this week, anyway, due in part to the impact it could have on the 2016 election."Our goal is to keep attention focused on this issue as we head into this congressional session, and also into the presidential election in 2016," Van Hollen told CNN, explaining the bill serves as a vehicle for discussion.Van Hollen's objective is to force Republicans to address the issue, and...
  • Republicans To Investigate NASA Over Climate Data Tampering

    02/22/2015 7:21:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 2/22/15 | tyler durden
    With record heat (and drought) in the west and record cold (wet and snow) in the east, the global warming game-playing continues every day but the climate-gate rhetoric has increased vociferously since we first noted three weeks ago, the data that has been so relied upon to 'prove' global warming's trend was in fact manipulated. What The Telegraph called "the most extraordinary scandal of our times" - that of the "seasonally-adjusted" seasonal raw global temperature data - is about to be investigated by Congress. As Daily Caller reports, California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrbacher exclaimed "expect there to be congressional hearings...
  • Republicans To Investigate Climate Data Tampering By NASA

    02/20/2015 6:50:57 PM PST · by lbryce · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | February 20, 2015 | Michael Basach
    Are government climate agencies tampering with climate data to show warming? Some Republicans think so. California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher says to expect congressional hearings on climate data tampering. @caerbannog666 expect there to be congressional hearings into NASA altering weather station data to falsely indicate warming & sea rise — Dana Rohrabacher (@DanaRohrabacher) February 20, 2015 Rohrabacher serves as the vice chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, which has jurisdiction over NASA and other agencies that monitor the Earth’s climate. Rohrabacher has long been critical of the theory of man-made global warming. Lately, the California Republican has...
  • Saudi Cleric: The Sun Revolves Around the Earth

    02/18/2015 5:21:30 AM PST · by jda · 45 replies
    Washington FRee Beacon ^ | 18 February 2015 | Adam Kredo
    A Saudi cleric is garnering headlines for declaring that the sun revolves around the Earth, a clear rejection of all scientific evidence. {snip} The controversial cleric, Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari, was caught making the comments in a short video clip posted to YouTube on Monday. In response to a question posed by a student, al-Khaibari says the Earth is “stationary and does not move.” While al-Khaibari’s remarks have been mocked on social networking sites such as Twitter, regional experts say his anti-science stance is embraced and promoted by leading Saudi clerics in charge of the country’s religious authority. “It makes perfect...
  • Saudi Preacher Bandar Al-Khaybari Demonstrates: The Earth Does Not Revolve around Itself

    02/18/2015 3:31:24 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 78 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | Jan 28-31, 2015
    Following are excerpts: Bandar Al-Khaybari: Someone is asking whether the Earth moves or whether it is fixed in place. Does it move or remain fixed? The Truth, as described by our scholars Imam Ibn Baz and Sheik Saleh Al-Fawzan, is that the Earth is fixed and does not move. This is in keeping with the Quranic text, and it makes sense as well. [...] There is ample Quranic evidence that it is the sun that revolves around the Earth. As for evidence based on reason... The [Westerners] present all kinds of theories, but we Muslims also have theories and brains....
  • NASA | Megadroughts Projected for American West

    02/12/2015 6:10:54 PM PST · by Rodamala · 32 replies
    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center [via YouTube] ^ | February 12, 2015 | NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    NASA scientists used tree rings to understand past droughts and climate models incorporating soil moisture data to estimate future drought risk in the 21st century. This video is public domain and can be downloaded at: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?11776
  • SpaceX Is About To Attempt Another Barge-Landing – Watch It Live! (3:10PM PST/6:10PM EST)

    02/08/2015 3:01:46 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 43 replies
    IO9 ^ | 8FEB2015 | Mika McKinnon
    After hanging out in storage for over a decade, the Deep Space Climate Observatory is finally being launched to monitor solar storms. The satellite is getting into space on the back of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which means we're also counting down to another historic barge landing attempt! Top image: SpaceX's autonomous drone barge has been repaired since the crash on the first attempt, and been decorated with a spiffy new name. Credit: SpaceX The launch is scheduled for 6:10:12 p.m. EST out of Cape Canaveral Complex 40 launch pad in Florida. The weather is looking great with 90%...
  • SpaceX Next Landing Attempt Tonight

    02/08/2015 12:55:51 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 20 replies
    Vanity | Feb 7, 2015 | Vince Ferrer
    Spacex's next launch, and next landing attempt, is today at about 6:00.
  • NASA Shows Far Side of Moon As Never Seen Before

    02/08/2015 11:32:19 AM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies
    Wall Street Journal via MSN ^ | 2/07/15 | Monika Auger
    NASA has published a video that shows the far side of the moon as never seen before.
  • Giving the Moon the Business: U.S. FAA Backs Bigelow

    02/07/2015 9:26:38 PM PST · by Ray76 · 11 replies
    The FAA’s Office of the Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (AST) has given thumbs-up regarding private sector operations on the Moon.
  • Curiosity spitting odd findings after Mars dust feast

    02/07/2015 7:18:53 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    slashgear.com ^ | Chris Davies
    NASA's Curiosity rover has been busy with its drill again, and analysis of the second sample of Martian rock is already turning up some unexpected conditions back when the red planet supported liquid water. Curiosity put its low-percussion-level drill into play for the first time last week, carving a chunk out of a site known as "Mojave 2" at the base of Mount Sharp, and feeding it in powder form into its Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument. Turns out, even though the analysis isn't finished yet, there are already signs of a surprising amount of jarosite, to a degree that...
  • Secret stash of Moon artifacts found hidden in Neil Armstrong's closet

    02/08/2015 6:07:13 AM PST · by Kartographer · 93 replies
    Sploid ^ | 2/7/15 | Jesus Diaz
    After Neil Armstrong's death, his widow, Carol, discovered a white cloth bag in a closet, containing what were obviously either flight or space related artifacts. She contacted Allan Needell, curator of the Apollo collection at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, and provided photographs of the items. Needell, who immediately realized that the bag—known to the astronauts as the Purse - and its contents could be hardware from the Apollo 11 mission, asked the authors for support in identifying and documenting the flight history and purpose of these artifacts. After some research it became apparent that the purse and...
  • Elon Musk shares images of the failed Falcon 9 landing

    01/16/2015 7:15:08 AM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 74 replies
    Mashable ^ | Jan 16, 2015 | Stan Schroeder
    SpaceX's recent attempt to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on an ocean platform in Florida was unsuccessful, but there were no visuals to tell the full story — until now. The company CEO Elon Musk shared four images from the failed landing on Twitter, in a response to Oculus VR CTO and game developer legend John Carmack. SEE ALSO: SpaceX comes close, but fails to land rocket on ocean platform While the image quality is far from perfect, Musk's descriptions help explain what happened to the rocket during landing. Before impact, the rocket's fins ran out...
  • First rocket landing in Space Coast history could happen in weeks (Launch 16DEC2014/1431 EST)

    12/07/2014 9:58:28 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 66 replies
    WESH.com (channel 2 Orlando, FL) ^ | 28NOV2014 | Staff Writer
    BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. —Never mind rocket launches -- the first rocket landing in Space Coast history is a couple of weeks away, if things work out. SpaceX is expected to announce this week that the company is bringing in a revolutionary ocean-going landing pad for its next launch. Looking down the side of the SpaceX rocket, there are landing legs sticking out, and a set of fins – that look a little like tennis racquets – pop out. They’ll guide the rocket as it flies backwards – down, not up – to a perfectly placed landing at the test site....
  • SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9 boot December 9th on a floating platform and then reuse it

    11/25/2014 3:44:13 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 24 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | Octiber 27, 2014 | Next Big Future
    Elon Musk spoke at the MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics Department's 2014 Centennial celebration. The October 22-24 Centennial Symposium featuring some of the most illustrious names in aerospace reflecting on past achievement, celebrating today’s innovative research and education, and offering their perspectives on what lies ahead. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said his company will make a first attempt to land the booster stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating platform during the upcoming ISS resupply mission. If the attempt is successful, the company plans to refurbish and reuse the booster stage, making spaceflight history and paving the way for...
  • Former SpaceX Exec Explains How Elon Musk Taught Himself Rocket Science

    10/23/2014 2:14:54 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 11 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 23OCt2014 | Richard Feloni
    Mario Anzuoni/Reuters Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla. While it's certainly impressive that Elon Musk has bachelor's degrees in physics and economics from the University of Pennsylvania, it's an absurd understatement to say that prepared him to run SpaceX, his spacecraft company. Jim Cantrell, who was an aerospace consultant at the time, became SpaceX's first VP of business development and Musk's industry mentor when the company launched in 2002. He says that Musk literally taught himself rocket science by reading textbooks and talking to industry heavyweights.
  • SpaceX completes critical Falcon 9 landing

    07/23/2014 9:46:33 PM PDT · by Moonman62 · 8 replies
    KXXV ^ | 07/24/14 | Bruce Gietzen
    SpaceX released video today of another successful soft landing of its Falcon 9 rocket, this time in the Atlantic Ocean. The test confirms that the Falcon 9 booster is able to consistently reenter from space at hypersonic velocity, restart main engines twice, deploy landing legs and touch down at near zero velocity. After landing, the vehicle tipped sideways as planned to its final water safing state in a nearly horizontal position. The water impact caused loss of hull integrity, but SpaceX received all the necessary data to achieve a successful landing on a future flight. The company says it is...
  • SpaceX cargo rocket ready for second launch attempt (at 1:47 a.m. PST/4:47 a.m. EST Saturday)

    01/09/2015 9:02:39 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 62 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 9JAN2015 | Stephen Clark
    SpaceX is counting down to liftoff Saturday of a Falcon 9 rocket with a commercial cargo craft heading for the International Space Station after engineers replaced a component in an upper stage steering system that grounded the launcher Tuesday. Launch of the 208-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled for 4:47:07 a.m. EST (0947:07 GMT). The mission has just one second to blast off Saturday or else wait for another opportunity to fly Tuesday. The tight launch windows are required for SpaceX’s Dragon supply ship to reach the International Space Station with more than 2.5 tons of supplies and experiments. A...
  • Photos: Falcon 9 vertical on the launch pad (Liftoff 6JAN2015/0620 EST, 0320 PST)

    01/05/2015 10:13:59 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 28 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 6JAN2015 | Stephen Clark
    SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket was lifted upright on Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad Monday after workers loaded time-sensitive supplies and research specimens into the Dragon cargo craft’s pressurized cabin. More than 3,700 pounds of gear will be delivered to the International Space Station on the mission. The 208-foot-tall rocket is set for liftoff Tuesday at 6:20 a.m. EST (1120 GMT).
  • SPACEX CRS-4 MISSION: CRS-4 Launch

    09/30/2014 5:42:32 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    SpaceX ^ | Fri Sep, 19 2014 10:50 PM PDT — Sat Oct, 18 2014 12:00 PM PDT | SpaceX
    6 days ago At 9:21am ET, Dragon is fully attached to the ISS, its home for the next four weeks. Astronauts will now prepare to open Dragon's hatch to unload cargo, including materials to support more than 255 science experiments.
  • SpaceX chief: Commercial launch sites necessary step to Mars

    09/28/2014 11:45:03 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 24 replies
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | 27SEP2014 | Steve Clark
    It was a surreal moment, listening to the founder and chief designer of SpaceX talk about flying to Mars from Boca Chica beach, but talk about it he did at the Sept. 22 official groundbreaking for the world’s first commercial orbital rocket launch site. From the stage, under a tent set up for the occasion near the actual site where the launch pad will be built, Elon Musk fielded questions from reporters, who couldn’t have been blamed for not quite believing what they were hearing at certain junctures. “I’d like to fly to Mars,” Musk said. “But I think the...
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 realigns for weekend launch of ASIASAT-6 (6SEP2014/12:50AM EDT)

    09/03/2014 8:53:01 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 6 replies
    NASA Spaceflight.com ^ | 3SEP2014 | Chris Bergin
    SpaceX appears to have completed an evaluation into potential commonality between a failure on a test vehicle and its Falcon 9 fleet, following its now-approved request to the Eastern Range for a Saturday morning launch of the ASIASAT-6 mission. The launch, to be conducted by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket, was delayed just ahead of fueling last week, in order to triple-check its fault detection systems. ASAISAT-6 Mission: Last week’s launch appeared to be going ahead as planned, as the SpaceX team entered the Delta Launch Readiness Review (LRR). The initial LRR had cleared the flow to proceed towards rollout...
  • AsiaSat 8 ready to ride SpaceX launcher into orbit (Tuesday, 1:25 a.m. EDT/Monday, 10:25 p.m. PDT)

    08/04/2014 9:18:08 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 48 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 4AUG2014 | Stephen Clark
    A Falcon 9 rocket is set for liftoff from Cape Canaveral early Tuesday, continuing a jam-packed sequences of launches by SpaceX for commercial and government customers after a slow start to the year. The 22-story rocket will loft the AsiaSat 8 communications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit, a drop-off point for most large telecom payloads heading for operating posts 22,300 miles over the equator. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral's Complex 40 launch pad is set for 1:25 a.m. EDT (0525 GMT). The launch window extends until 4:11 a.m. EDT (0811 GMT). Forecasters predict generally favorable weather, with a 30 percent chance...
  • SpaceX chooses Texas for first commercial launch facility

    08/04/2014 12:42:01 PM PDT · by Professional Engineer · 17 replies
    Dallas Business Journal ^ | 4Aug14 | Paul O'Donnell
    Texas is offering more than $15 million in incentives to bring SpaceX's commercial rocket launch facility and 300 jobs to the Brownsville area. Gov. Rick Perry announced the incentive package Monday for the project that is expected to bring $85 million in capital investment to the state. "Texas has been on the forefront of our nation's space exploration efforts for decades so it is fitting that SpaceX has chosen our state as they expand the frontiers of commercial space flight," Perry said in a statement. "In addition to growing the aerospace industry in Texas, SpaceX's facility will provide myriad opportunities...
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch of Orbcomm Satellites (22JUN2014/1724 EDT, 1424 PDT)

    06/22/2014 6:21:13 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 29 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 22JUN2014 | Staff Writer
    Rocket: Falcon 9 v1.1 Payload: Orbcomm OG2 F1 (6 satellites) Launch date: Sunday, June 22, 2014 Launch time: 5:24 p.m. EDT/2:24 p.m. PDT (2124 GMT) Launch window: 54 minutes Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral, Florida Live launch coverage: At the link or watch it here http://www.spacex.com/webcast/ Delayed (from September, November, April 30, May 10, 27, June 11, 12, 15, and June 20, 21) several times by SpaceX due to a first stage helium leak and Orbcomm due to a potential defect in one of their satellites. On June 20th a launch attempt was scrubbed due to a fluctuation in pressure readings...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Space Station Captures a Dragon Capsule

    06/02/2014 1:14:25 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    NASA ^ | June 02, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: The space station has caught a dragon. Specifically, in mid-April, the International Space Station captured the unmanned SpaceX Dragon capsule sent to resupply the orbiting outpost. Pictured above, the station's Canadarm2 had just grabbed the commercial spaceship. The Dragon capsule was filled with over 5000 lbs (2260 kilos) of supplies and experiments to be used by the current band of six ISS astronauts that compose Expedition 39, as well as the six astronauts that compose Expedition 40. After docking with the ISS, the Dragon capsule was unloaded and eventually released, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean on May 18....
  • SpaceX Dragon v2 Unveil

    05/29/2014 7:48:12 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 31 replies
    SpaceX ^ | May 29, 2014 | SpaceX
    Elon Musk is revealing the new design of the hopefully soon to be man-rated Dragon capsule. This is an important step forward for the company, and for American space travel. Innovations include: It is fully reusable, much like the grasshopper first stage, and will land on land. A Dragon 2 capsule launched from a grasshopper first stage will be an order of magnitude cheaper than any other current spacecraft. Nice safety features. While it is designed to land under rocket power, it can land via parachute like the Apollo era and current dragon capsules if the engines fail. The Dragon...
  • Photos: SpaceX’s rocket landing platform back in port

    01/13/2015 10:41:30 AM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 28 replies
    Spaceflight Now ^ | January 11, 2015 | Stephen Clark
    SpaceX’s ocean-going rocket landing pad — dubbed the autonomous spaceport drone ship — is back in port after a Falcon 9 rocket booster crashed on the platform during an experimental flyback maneuver following Saturday’s successful liftoff with supplies for the International Space Station. Under tow from a tugboat, the 300-foot-long Marmac 300 cargo barge arrived at the Port of Jacksonville in Florida on Sunday afternoon. The images below show it in the St. Johns River near Dames Point Bridge. The first stage of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket completed a series of maneuvers to fly back to the barge from the...
  • The World’s Rockets to Scale

    02/04/2015 1:32:27 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | Nancy Atkinson
    Inspired by a book and poster from 1995, titled “Rockets of the World,” graphic artist Tyler Skrabek has provided a new and updated “clean” look for his latest work. ... He wanted an uncluttered look for his poster, and therefore used a set of rules to eliminate some rockets: The Rocket had to have more than 3 successful flights and each rocket had to be unique – no later versions from the same rocket family, such as the Soyuz. Also, rocket wannabes didn’t make the cut … not yet anyway. “Just to keep things tidy I choose not to include...
  • Obama Wants More Money for Military Spy Satellites, Lasers, Space Fence (But no border fence!)

    02/03/2015 5:21:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Defense One ^ | February 2, 2015 | Patrick Tucker
    It could be a great year for lasers and spy satellites, but a bad one for drones on aircraft carriers.President Barack Obama’s Defense Department budget request released Monday shows that the route to technological breakthroughs is often winding. Last year, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced a new “offset strategy” to develop breakthrough solutions to secure American technological dominance into the next century. This year, the budget request increases money for research and development by about $500 million, bringing it to $13.5 billion. It will be a great year for futuristic technologies that sound like they come from a comic book....
  • Exploring the Universe with Nuclear Power

    01/30/2015 9:14:11 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on January 30, 2015 | by Matt Williams
    Although no nuclear-thermal engines have ever flown, several design concepts have been built and tested over the past few decades, and numerous concepts have been proposed. These have ranged from the traditional solid-core design to more advanced and efficient concepts that rely on either a liquid or a gas core. In the case of a solid-core design, the only type that has ever been built, a reactor made from materials with a very high melting point houses a collection of solid uranium rods which undergo controlled fission. The hydrogen fuel is contained in a separate tank and then passes through...
  • NASA, Boeing and SpaceX to Launch 1st Commercial Crew Ships to Space Station in 2017

    After a hiatus of six long years, US astronauts will finally launch to space in a revolutionary new pair of private crew capsules under development by Boeing and SpaceX, starting in 2017, that will end our sole source reliance on the Russians for launching our astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). Two years from now, crews will start flying to space aboard the first US commercial spaceships, launching atop US rockets from US soil, said officials from Boeing, SpaceX and NASA at a joint news conference on Monday, Jan. 26. The human rated spaceships – also known as ‘space...
  • On 29th anniversary of Challenger disaster, NASA's day of remembrance

    01/28/2015 9:26:48 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    A wreath-laying ceremony was planned at Arlington National Cemetery, to be followed by remembrance events at several NASA locations, including the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The tributes also honor the three astronauts -- including the first American spacewalker, Ed White -- who were killed on Jan. 27, 1967, when a fire broke out in the Apollo 1 capsule during a pre-launch test, and those aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia, which in 2003 broke apart upon reentry from space and streaked across the sky over Texas engulfed in flames. The seven members...
  • 2014 Was Not the ‘Hottest Year on Record’. So Why Did NASA Claim It Was?

    01/27/2015 8:10:06 PM PST · by iowamark · 26 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 1/23/2015 | James Delingpole
    “2014 was the hottest year on record.” Q: If the above statement is not true – and (see below) it isn’t – would it make it any more true were it to be uttered in an important speech at Davos by fashion designer, songwriter and hip hop producer Pharrell Williams?... It began spreading earlier this month when NASA GISS’s director Gavin Schmidt held a press conference to declare that 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded. This sounded jolly impressive. But there were, it subsequently emerged, several things wrong with this headline story. The first – which, admittedly, you would...