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  • 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...
  • NASA weighing risk of adding crew to megarocket's first flight

    02/24/2017 4:18:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/24/17 | Marcia Dunn - AP
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is weighing the risk of adding astronauts to the first flight of its new megarocket, designed to eventually send crews to Mars. The space agency's human exploration chief said Friday that his boss and the Trump administration asked for the feasibility study. The objective is to see what it would take to speed up a manned mission; under the current plan, astronauts wouldn't climb aboard until 2021— at best. The Space Launch System, known as SLS, will be the most powerful rocket when it flies.
  • What will the James Webb Space Telescope reveal ...? (Trunc; Hubble Replacement)

    02/24/2017 9:00:55 AM PST · by Hostage · 43 replies
    New Atlas ^ | 2-24-2017 | Nick Lavars
    The discovery of seven habitable planets just 40 light years away is certainly impressive, but the fact is, they are still 40 light years away. Unless we're willing and able to spend thousands of years traveling through space, we won't be rolling into the TRAPPIST-1 system anytime soon. This means that over the coming decades, advanced scientific instruments closer to home will play very important roles in exploring these distant worlds – perhaps none more so than the James Webb Space Telescope. So what can we expect when it is fired into orbit next year? We checked in with some...
  • DELINGPOLE: NASA to Stop Shilling for Big Green, Restart Exploring Space

    02/22/2017 4:07:35 PM PST · by pissant · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/22/17 | Delingpole
    I do hope that Gavin “Toast” Schmidt, the head of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS), followed the advice I gave him a few months back. Because it now looks very much as if he and many of his colleagues are about to face exciting new job opportunities, hopefully in areas best suited to their talents, such as the challenging world of fast-food retail. Yes, as we predicted, NASA is going to be stripped of the two main roles it enjoyed under the Obama administration – Muslim outreach and green propaganda – and return to its original day (and...
  • Congress Slashes Funding For NASA’s Global Warming Research

    02/21/2017 9:16:00 AM PST · by ColdOne · 31 replies ^ | 2/20/17 | Andrew Follett
    The U.S. Senate passed legislation recently cutting funding for NASA’s global warming research. The House is expected to pass the bill, and President Trump will likely sign it. Supporters say it “re-balances” NASA’s budget back toward space exploration and away from global warming and earth science research. Republicans plan to end the more than $2 billion NASA spends on its Earth Science Mission Directorate. “By rebalancing, I’d like for more funds to go into space exploration; we’re not going to zero out earth sciences,” Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith, who chairs the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, told...
  • NASA decides to leave Juno in current orbit around Jupiter after engine issue

    02/20/2017 5:49:02 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | Feb 20, 2017 | Josh Barrett
    NASA made the decision to leave the Juno spacecraft, currently orbiting Jupiter, in its current orbit that cycles around the gas giant every 53 days. The choice hinges on worries surrounding Juno's main engine, which displayed some out-of-the-ordinary readings as the team was preparing to shorten the probe's orbit. “Juno is healthy, its science instruments are fully operational, and the data and images we’ve received are nothing short of amazing,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “The decision to forego the burn is the right thing to do – preserving a valuable asset so...
  • NASA, heeding Trump, may add astronauts to a test flight moon mission

    02/15/2017 10:54:32 AM PST · by rktman · 14 replies ^ | 2/15/2017 | Joel Achenbach
    According to current plans, a crewed mission, EM-2, would not be launched until several years later under the NASA timeline — certainly not during Trump's current term. That crewed mission would also orbit the moon. But on Wednesday, NASA's acting administrator, Robert Lightfoot, sent a letter to employees saying he'd instructed the top NASA official for human spaceflight, associate administrator William Gerstenmaier, to explore the feasibility of adding astronauts to the EM-1 flight.
  • 74 Prominent Medical And NASA Scientists Have Been Killed In The Last Few Years

    02/13/2017 5:38:42 AM PST · by gaggs · 46 replies
    An unusually high number of Medical and NASA scientist deaths in recent years. Alberto Behar helped prove that there had once been water on Mars. He worked on two missions to Mars and was also a robotics expert who researched how robots function in harsh environments (such as under water and inside volcanoes). The unusually high number of scientist deaths in recent years has made people question the suspicious nature of his death.
  • This Is The Highest Resolution Image Of Europa We Have … For Now

    02/11/2017 8:09:24 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    universe today ^ | 02/11/2017 | Bob King
    Stay away from Europa? No way. It’s just too fascinating a place with its jigsaw-puzzle ice sheets, crisscross valleys, miles of ice on top and a warm, salty ocean below. The movie was prescient — if you’re going to search for life elsewhere in the solar system, Europa’s one of the best candidates. While we’ve sent spacecraft to photograph and study the icy moon during orbital flybys, no lander has yet to touch the surface. That may change soon. In early 2016, in response to a congressional directive, NASA’s Planetary Science Division began a pre-Phase A study to assess the...
  • NASA Jupiter Probe Makes 4th Flyby of Giant Planet

    02/02/2017 9:31:05 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 10 replies ^ | 2 Feb, 2017 | Mike Wall
    54 0 MORE Partner Series NASA's Juno spacecraft has flown by Jupiter for the fourth time. Juno skimmed about 2,670 miles (4,300 kilometers) above Jupiter's cloud tops at 7:57 a.m. EST (1257 GMT) this morning (Feb. 2), zooming by at 129,000 mph (208,000 km/h) relative to the giant planet, NASA officials said. All eight of Juno's science instruments were on and collecting data during the flyby if all went according to plan, they added. "Revelations include that Jupiter's magnetic fields and aurora are bigger and more powerful than originally thought and that the belts and zones that give the gas...
  • On this Date in 1986

    01/28/2017 3:32:14 AM PST · by Bull Snipe · 36 replies
    Space shuttle Challenger blew up 73 seconds after liftoff. All seven crewmen perished.
  • NASA study paving way for human travel to Mars

    01/27/2017 8:28:10 PM PST · by ETL · 66 replies ^ | January 19, 2017 | Associated Press
    HONOLULU – A group of NASA-funded researchers are poised to enter an isolated geodesic dome on a remote Hawaii volcano to study human behavior in long-term space exploration, including a planned voyage to Mars. The six scientists enter their new home Thursday on the Big Island's Mauna Loa volcano for an eight-month stay. The team will have no physical contact with people in the outside world and will work with a 20-minute delay in communications, the time it would take for an email to reach Earth from Mars. The study will assess the psychological difficulties associated with living in isolated...
  • Hundreds honor the three Apollo 1 astronauts who were killed

    01/26/2017 7:16:40 PM PST · by mware · 69 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 26 January 2017 | ap
    Three astronauts were killed in the blaze in Cape Canaveral on January 27, 1967  Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee were trapped in their burning craft  A small spark created a blaze that burned hotter than 1,000°F (537°C)
  • Hundreds honor 3 astronauts lost in Apollo fire 50 years ago

    01/26/2017 7:45:17 PM PST · by TBP · 33 replies
    Moonwalkers and dozens of others who took part in NASA's storied Apollo program paid tribute Thursday to the three astronauts killed in a fire 50 years ago. On the eve of the Apollo 1 anniversary, hundreds gathered at Kennedy Space Center to honor Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee. They died during a countdown rehearsal at the launch pad, inside their burning spacecraft, on Jan. 27, 1967 On Friday, NASA is opening an Apollo 1 exhibit featuring the hatch that prevented the three astronauts from escaping. It has been concealed for the past half-century along with the capsule. The...
  • U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin Prepare for Jan. 19 Launch of Next SBIRS Missile Warning Satellite

    01/17/2017 5:52:02 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies ^ | 01/17/2017 | Lockheed Martin
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will launch the next Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellite on Jan. 19 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The launch window is between 7:46 and 8:26 p.m. EST. SBIRS GEO Flight 3 was designed and built at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, California, as the next in a series of Air Force satellites that provide multi-mission surveillance in the areas of missile warning, missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awareness. The data provided by SBIRS can also be applied to a...
  • Nasa finally shares stunning footage of its 2005 landing on Saturn's moon, Titan [tr]

    01/17/2017 12:05:38 PM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 17, 2017 | Abigail Beall
    New footage released by Nasa shows exactly what it looks like to land on an alien world. It may seem like stuff of science fiction, but the scenes in the new video happened in real life, 12 years ago. The stunning video was captured when the space agency’s Huygens probe descended onto the mysterious world of Titan, Saturn’s biggest moon.
  • NASA to explore space rock worth so much money it would DESTROY world economy

    01/16/2017 4:24:39 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 133 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 16th January 2017 | Peter Truman
    THE American space agency is planning to send a spacecraft to a lump of metal in space worth quadrillions of dollars. The 200km-wide asteroid is currently orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter. It is made up of various precious metals such as iron, nickel and gold. Experts believe the iron alone in the rock would be worth $10,000 quadrillion – enough to cause the world’s economy, worth $73.7 trillion, to promptly collapse altogether.
  • Remembering Gene Cernan (Last man to walk on the moon has died)

    01/16/2017 12:32:24 PM PST · by ARGLOCKGUY · 49 replies
    Euguene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, died Monday, Jan. 16, surrounded by his family. Photo gallery of Eugene Cernan Cernan, a Captain in the U.S. Navy, left his mark on the history of exploration by flying three times in space, twice to the moon. He also holds the distinction of being the second American to walk in space and the last human to leave his footprints on the lunar surface. He was one of 14 astronauts selected by NASA in October 1963. He piloted the Gemini 9 mission with Commander Thomas P. Stafford on a three-day...
  • Eugene Cernan, last man to walk on the moon, dead at 82

    01/16/2017 12:15:37 PM PST · by BulletBobCo · 40 replies
    FOX ^ | Jan 16,2017
    Gene Cernan, an early NASA astronaut who was the last man to set foot on the moon, died Monday, NASA announced in a tweet. He was 82.
  • Hidden Figures

    01/06/2017 7:17:46 PM PST · by rey · 36 replies
    6 Jan
    Has anyone seen Hidden Figures? Is it appropriate for a young girl? I have a 12 year old girl who is interested in math, astronomy, and NASA. I thought the movie might motivate her.
  • NASA's Chief Scientist Departs Space Agency

    01/04/2017 6:03:11 AM PST · by GOP_Party_Animal · 21 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/29/2016 | Jeff Foust
    WASHINGTON — NASA's chief scientist is leaving the agency after more than three years on the job, as NASA refreshes the leadership of its science programs. Ellen Stofan left NASA this month after serving as chief scientist since August 2013. Agency spokesman Dwayne Brown was not immediately able to provide an exact departure date, or plans to select a new chief scientist. Stofan's departure was noted by NASA publicly only in an interview the agency posted on its Tumblr social media account Dec. 21. In the interview, NASA said Stofan was "departing for new adventures," but was not more specific....
  • NASA Rated the Best Place to Work in Federal Government

    12/21/2016 2:22:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 21, 2016 | 11:51 AM EST | Melanie Hunter
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has received the highest ranking of any large government agency on the Partnership for Public Service’s “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” rankings. NASA received a 78.6 index score in 2016, which is up 2.5 from last year. “The index score is not a combined average of an agency’s category scores. It is calculated using a proprietary weighted formula that looks at responses to three different questions in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. The more the question predicts intent to remain, the higher the weighting,” the...
  • Judge: Mistakenly Sold Apollo 11 Moon Mission Bag Is Buyer's

    12/18/2016 12:40:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec 14, 2016 | Roxana Hegeman
    A bag used to collect lunar samples during the first manned mission to the moon legally belongs to an Illinois woman who bought it for $995 when it was mistakenly sold during a government auction, a judge ruled Wednesday. Judge J. Thomas Marten, of the U.S. District Court in Wichita, said he doesn't have the authority to reverse the sale of the bag used during the Apollo 11 moon mission in July 1969, even though it shouldn't have gone up for auction. The white bag, which has lunar material embedded in its fabric and which the government considers "a rare...
  • NASA Troubleshooting Drill Problem On Mars Curiosity Rover

    12/13/2016 5:27:10 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    cbsla ^ | 12/13/2016
    NASA says it’s troubleshooting a snag on the Mars rover Curiosity that’s preventing it from moving its robotic arm and driving to another spot. The space agency said Tuesday the problem involves a motor in the rover’s drill that is used to bore into rocks. Curiosity has been taking pictures, but doing little else for the past two weeks.
  • Orbital ATK Set to Launch Pegasus Rocket Carrying NASA's CYGNSS Spacecraft

    12/11/2016 4:06:05 PM PST · by Ray76
    Orbital ATK ^ | Dec 11, 2016
    Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced it is prepared to launch the company’s air-launched Pegasus rocket aboard its Stargazer L-1011 airplane from Cape Canaveral on Monday, December 12 at approximately 8:24 a.m. EST. Pegasus will be carrying NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) to study the inner core of tropical cyclones. The data provided will help scientists and meteorologists better understand and predict the path of a hurricane.
  • Heroin deaths surpass gun homicides for the first time, CDC data show

    12/09/2016 2:46:14 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 43 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 9, 2016 | Christopher Ingraham
    Opioid deaths continued to surge in 2015, surpassing 30,000 for the first time in recent history, according to CDC data released Thursday. That marks an increase of nearly 5,000 deaths from 2014. Deaths involving powerful synthetic opiates, like fentanyl, rose by nearly 75 percent from 2014 to 2015.
  • Trump adds six more to NASA transition team

    12/09/2016 2:04:55 PM PST · by kingu · 31 replies
    Space News ^ | 12/9/2016 | Brian Berger
    The transition team for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump added six more people to the NASA landing team Friday, including senior Dynetics executive Steve Cook and former astronaut Sandy Magnus. [...] Other members: Greg Autry of the University of Southern California Jack Burns of the University of Colorado Rodney Liesveld, a former senior policy adviser at NASA Jeff Waksman, a former research fellow at the U.S. House of Representatives The NASA landing team is lead by Chris Shank, who worked for House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) until last week.
  • End of the Dark Age: Trump to restart space exploration rather than fund climate hoax

    12/06/2016 1:46:02 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 35 replies
    The Geller Report ^ | Monday, December 5, 2016 | Pamela Geller
    What wonderful news -- investing in actual science and divesting from leftwing lunacy. Some of man's greatest achievements and scientific discoveries came from space exploration. Obama changed NASA's mission from space exploration to Muslim outreach. NASA's Administrator explained that Obama had asked him to "find ways to reach out to dominantly Muslim countries." (More here: Obama 's stone age) TRUMP TO SEND MEN BACK TO THE MOON AND 'EXPLORE ENTIRE SOLAR SYSTEM' RATHER THAN FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE The president elect could put men on the moon once again – and use money from the climate change budget to do it...
  • Plans to restore NASA mission control room remain in limbo

    12/04/2016 11:21:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 4, 2016 1:03 PM EST
    Plans to restore the NASA mission control room that served as the nerve center when man first reached the moon have been discussed for more than 20 years, but its restoration and preservation remain in limbo. Officials at Johnson Space Center in Houston say the restoration of Mission Operation Control Room 2 is a priority, but note that NASA has other priorities too. …
  • NASA Drops Global Warming BOMBSHELL, Liberals In Panic Mode As Scam Exposed

    11/30/2016 6:28:18 PM PST · by Cheerio · 69 replies
    Conservative Daily Pose ^ | Nov 29, 2016 | Damon Morgan
    The debate on Man-made Climate Change, aka Anthropogenic Global Warming, has been raging for a couple decades now. The establishment media has told us repeatedly in recent years that there is consensus among 97% of climate scientists that global warming is real, and that it is caused by human activity. For many people, this appeal to authority has been convincing, and they lash out at any opposition calling them ‘climate-deniers’ or worse. Recent data has emerged that casts major doubt on the general consensus. So how could 97% of the world’s climate experts get something like this wrong? Most people...
  • 'Artificial gravity' device could be key to astronaut health on Mars mission

    11/26/2016 8:21:49 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 62 replies ^ | Hannah Devlin
    In the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick’s spacecraft spins through the solar system like a giant, futuristic ferris wheel. The rotating craft has a suitably epic quality and, through the centripetal force, conveniently explains why there appears to be gravity inside the spaceship. In real life future astronauts may have to settle for a slightly less cinematic form of artificial gravity, however. Space scientists working on the problem have developed a large vacuum cleaner-like device that seals around the astronaut’s waist, creating the impression of weight on the lower body through a powerful suction force. Alan Hargens, an...
  • Astronauts of the Future Will Feast on Calorific Bars

    11/25/2016 4:36:09 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    nbc ^ | Alyssa Newcomb
    Astronauts will be traveling inside NASA's Orion spacecraft. Since they won't be able to receive additional cargo deliveries or dispose of trash, they'll have to take only what they can carry. That means a calorie-laden breakfast bar may be the perfect choice for saving room. "When you have 700 to 900 calories of something, it's going to have some mass regardless of what shape it's in, so we've taken a look at how to get some mass savings by reducing how we're packaging and stowing what the crew would eat for breakfast for early Orion flights with crew," Jessica Vos,...
  • Cronyism in Space?

    11/24/2016 8:14:53 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/24/16 | Megan Barth
    Make no mistake and don’t be fooled by her rhetoric, Garver is a committed liberal who will bring NASA towards cronyism and liberal policies. “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” was the phrase that defined a historic event—a global, scientific breakthrough which defined American ingenuity and exceptionalism. A generation of innovators, explorers, and scientists were inspired by this new world which had opened because of the ingenuity and talent responsible for completing NASA’s core mission: deep space exploration, aeronautics and science. However, deep space exploration of this new world has not been fully funded by the...
  • Trump to scrap Nasa climate research in crackdown on ‘politicized science’

    11/23/2016 9:06:27 PM PST · by Innovative · 303 replies
    The UK Guardian via MSN ^ | Nov. 23, 2016 | Oliver Milman, The UK Guardian
    Donald Trump is poised to eliminate all climate change research conducted by Nasa as part of a crackdown on “politicized science”, his senior adviser on issues relating to the space agency has said. Nasa’s Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding in favor of exploration of deep space, with the president-elect having set a goal during the campaign to explore the entire solar system by the end of the century. Related: 2016 locked into being hottest year on record, Nasa says This would mean the elimination of Nasa’s world-renowned research into temperature, ice, clouds and other climate...
  • Trump at NASA: Hasta la Vista Climate Fraud and Muslim Outreach…

    11/23/2016 7:07:00 AM PST · by rktman · 30 replies ^ | 11/23/2016 | James Delingpole
    NASA’s top climate scientist Gavin Schmidt has warned President-Elect Donald Trump that the planet just won’t stand for having a fully-fledged climate denier in the White House. Good luck with that one, Gavin. Or “Toast” as we’ll shortly be calling you… Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), told the Independent: “The point is simple: the climate is changing and you can try to deny it, you can appoint people who don’t care about it into positions of power, but regardless nature has the last vote on this.” Unfortunately, Schmidt doesn’t feel so strongly on the issue...
  • Trump 'will use NASA climate change cash to fund Moon missions' as part of his bid to...

    11/21/2016 12:06:49 PM PST · by Libloather · 49 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/21/16 | Tom Leonard
    Trump 'will use Nasa climate change cash to fund Moon missions' as part of his bid to 'Make America Great Again' Donald Trump may use climate change research cash to blast astronauts back to the Moon as part of his mission to ‘Make America Great Again’. Members of the US space community believe Mr Trump’s presidential victory could lead to the resurrection of space agency Nasa’s lunar programme, which has not put a man on the Moon since 1972. The huge cost of lunar missions has been the main reason for their demise, blocked either by presidents or Congress. However,...
  • Astronaut Peggy Whitson...reaches International Space Station, to celebrate 57th birthday

    11/21/2016 10:11:22 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies ^ | 11/21/2016
    Whitson will be celebrating her 57th birthday aboard the ISS in February 2017. On completion of her 179-day stint aboard the ISS, she will rewrite several space record books. She is already the oldest woman to orbit the earth. She will hold the record as the woman with the most time in space. She will also become the American astronaut with the most time in space, 556 days, beating the existing record, 534 days, of astronaut Jeff Williams. Among the other crew members, the 45-year-old Novitskiy is on his second flight into space, having already spent 144 days on an...
  • Trump to ‘Free NASA’ and Set Sights on Further Space Exploration

    11/14/2016 5:10:01 PM PST · by GilGil · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/14/2016 | Charlie Nash
    Despite criticism from the media about his stance on space policy, President-elect Trump is set to focus NASA mainly on space exploration following his inauguration in January, revealing his interest to “free NASA” from logistics so that they can focus on “space exploration” in a speech last month. “Over the last 8 years, the Obama-Clinton administration has undermined our space program tremendously. That will change,” proclaimed Trump. “So many good things come out of it, including great jobs. That will change very quickly under a Trump administration and it’ll change before it’s too late.”
  • Leaked NASA paper shows the 'impossible' EM Drive really does work (Is fuel-less propulsion real?)

    11/07/2016 1:06:47 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 52 replies
    Science alert ^ | 11/7/16 | Fiona MacDonald
    The results of NASA's tests on the 'impossible' EM Drive have been leaked, and they reveal that the controversial propulsion system really does work, and is capable of generating impressive thrust in a vacuum, even after error measurements have been accounted for. The EM Drive has made headlines over the past year, because it offers the incredible possibility of a fuel-free propulsion system that could potentially get us to Mars in just 70 days. But there's one major problem: according to the current laws of physics, it shouldn't work. The issue is the fact that the EM Drive defies Newton's...
  • NASA: Carbon Dioxide Fertilization Greening Earth, Study Finds

    11/03/2016 6:44:11 PM PDT · by grundle · 49 replies
    NASA ^ | April 26, 2016 Carbon Dioxide Fertilization Greening Earth, Study Finds April 26, 2016 From a quarter to half of Earth’s vegetated lands has shown significant greening over the last 35 years largely due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change on April 25. An international team of 32 authors from 24 institutions in eight countries led the effort, which involved using satellite data from NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer instruments to help determine the leaf area index, or...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - M45: The Pleiades Star Cluster

    10/19/2016 6:13:53 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 15 replies
    NASA ^ | 10/19/2016 | (see image credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 October 19 M45: The Pleiades Star Cluster Image Credit & Copyright: Hermann von Eiff Explanation: Have you ever seen the Pleiades star cluster? Even if you have, you probably have never seen it as dusty as this. Perhaps the most famous star cluster on the sky, the bright stars of the Pleiades can be seen without binoculars even from the heart of a light-polluted city. With a...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - The Antlia Cluster of Galaxies

    10/18/2016 4:55:17 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 13 replies
    NASA ^ | 10/18/2016 | (see image credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 October 18 The Antlia Cluster of Galaxies Image Credit & Copyright: Rolf Olsen Explanation: Galaxies dot the sky in this impressively wide and deep image of the Antlia Cluster. The third closest cluster of galaxies to Earth after Virgo and Fornax, the Antlia cluster is known for its compactness and its high fraction of elliptical galaxies over (spirals. Antlia, cataloged as Abell S0636, spans about 2 million...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Herschel's Orion

    10/17/2016 4:33:43 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 2 replies
    NASA ^ | 10/14/2016 | (see image credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 October 14 Herschel's Orion Image Credit & Copyright: ESA/Herschel/PACS/SPIRE Explanation: This dramatic image peers within M42, the Orion Nebula, the closest large star-forming region. Using data at infrared wavelengths from the Herschel Space Observatory, the false-color composite explores the natal cosmic cloud a mere 1,500 light-years distant. Cold, dense filaments of dust that would otherwise be dark at visible wavelengths are shown in reddish hues. Light-years long,...