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  • Why NASA still believes we might find life on Mars

    07/30/2016 8:13:28 PM PDT · by PROCON · 28 replies
    WAPO ^ | July 30, 2016 | Sarah Kaplan
    The day Gil Levin says he detected life on Mars, he was waiting in his lab at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, watching a piece of paper inch out of a printer. Levin snatched the sheet and scrutinized the freshly inked graph. A thin line measuring radioactive carbon crept steadily upward, just as it always did when Levin performed the test with microbes on Earth. But this data came from tens of millions of miles away, where NASA's Viking lander was — for the first time in history — conducting an experiment on the surface of Mars. "Gil, that's life,"...
  • Here Comes The First Pilot-Less Private Space Shuttle

    07/30/2016 8:26:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/29/2016 | Andrew Follett
    The space company Sierra Nevada shipped the world’s first private, pilot-less space shuttle to California for testing Thursday. The pilot-less shuttle, called Dream Chaser, will undergo its first test flight later in 2016, and the Sierra Nevada plans to send the shuttle into space in late 2019. “We’re going to take it up to a very high altitude. We’re going to drop it and it’s going to fly itself,” Mark Sirangelo, the vice president of Sierra Nevada Space Systems, told a local Colorado news outlet. “It’s autonomous space vehicle, which means that onboard computers control everything that it does.” Currently,...
  • NASA’s new space plane is getting ready to take flight

    07/29/2016 8:31:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 29 at 10:06 AM | Christian Davenport
    <p>NASA’s next cargo delivery vehicle—a spunky little space plane that looks like it could be an offspring of the space shuttle—is getting ready to fly.</p> <p>The svelte and snub nosed Dream Chaser will soon be shipped to the Mojave desert in California where it would begin a series of ground tests that would eventually culminate with a flight from an altitude of 2.5 miles high.</p>
  • ‘Space junk’ lights up sky (Chinese Rocket)

    07/28/2016 12:57:41 AM PDT · by Battle Hymn of the Republic · 25 replies
    fox news ^ | 7/27/16 | MITCHELL MARSHALL,
    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – People across the western United States saw mysterious lights streak across the sky late Wednesday night and lit up social media with videos. Utah NASA Ambassador Patrick Wiggins confirms it is a “rocket body” or “rocket booster” from China falling toward earth. Satview tracks satellites and estimates the “space junk” from China’s CZ-7 R/B rocket will reenter the atmosphere early Thursday morning.
  • NASA shuts down live International Space Station feed as 'mysterious UFO enters Earth's atmosphere'

    07/13/2016 6:18:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 94 replies
    Mirror UK ^ | Updated 13:17, 13 Jul 2016 | By Elle Griffiths
    The incident caused speculation online - and is not the first time NASA have been accused of tampering with the feed. Trending Theresa May Pokemon GO Dallas police shooting Weather Angela Eagle Alton Sterling Technology Money Travel Fashion Mums Home News Weird News UFOs NASA shuts down live International Space Station feed as 'mysterious UFO enters Earth's atmosphere' 22:16, 12 Jul 2016 Updated 13:17, 13 Jul 2016 By Elle Griffiths The incident caused speculation online - and is not the first time NASA have been accused of tampering with the feed 2602 shares 227 comments Play 1:31 / 1:31 Fullscreen...
  • Using San Diego-made camera, Juno takes snapshot of Jupiter

    07/13/2016 1:43:49 AM PDT · by blueplum · 12 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 12 July 2016 6:40pm | Gary Robbins
    The San Diego-made camera aboard the Juno spacecraft survived in good working order when the satellite went into orbit around the gas giant on July 4th. NASA on Tuesday released the first image taken by "JunoCam" since the satellite began its primary mission of studying Jupiter's physical and chemical composition. The two megapixel camera developed by Malin Space Science Systems was turned off for operational reasons shortly before Juno entered orbit. But NASA switched the camera back on on July 10th and took a low resolution image that shows half of Jupiter and three of its moons, Io, Europa and...
  • NASA's Kepler Twitter hacked, tweets photo of woman's butt

    07/06/2016 7:13:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    cnet ^ | 07/06/2016
    Kepler normally makes news for its planetary findings, like this batch of nine planets discovered in a habitable zone of stars where conditions could be right for liquid water, and potentially life. Twitter has a long history of hacks, often targeted at celebrity accounts. A hacker compromised Jack Black's Tenacious D Twitter account earlier this year with a fake death notice sent out to his fans. Other big names, including Katy Perry and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, have also been victimized on the social-media site. NASA's Kepler account seems like an unusual choice for a Twitter hack. "We're investigating the cause...
  • Don Eyles Walks Us Through the Lunar Module Source Code

    07/06/2016 4:30:59 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 15 replies
    Hack A Day ^ | Jul 5, 2016 | Gregory L. Charvat
    A couple weeks ago I was at a party where out of the corner of my eye I noticed what looked like a giant phone book sitting open on a table. It was printed with perforated green and white paper bound in a binder who’s cover looked a little worse for the wear. I had closer look with my friend James Kinsey. What we read was astonishing; Program 63, 64, 65, lunar descent and landing. Error codes 1201, 1202. Comments printed in the code, code segments hastily circled with pen. Was this what we thought we were looking at? And...
  • PC Lies: Google doddle of Juno Mission Team Members vs Actual Juno Mission Team Members

    07/06/2016 11:49:38 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 12 replies
  • Earth at Aphelion 2016

    07/04/2016 8:46:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 07/04/2016 | David Dickinson
    Having a great July 4th? The day gives us another cause to celebrate, as the Earth reaches aphelion today, or our farthest point to our host star. Aphelion is the opposite of the closest point of the year, known as perihelion. Note that the ‘helion’ part only applies to things in solar orbit, perigee/apogee for orbit ’round the Earth, apolune/perilune for orbit around the Moon, and so on. You’ll hear the words apijove and perijove bandied about this week a bit, as NASA’s Juno spacecraft enters orbit around Jupiter tonight. And there are crazier and even more obscure counterparts out...
  • Scientist eyes 39-day voyage to Mars

    02/26/2010 2:39:44 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies · 989+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/26/10 | Jean-Louis Santini
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – A journey from Earth to Mars could eventually take just 39 days -- cutting current travel time nearly six times -- according to a rocket scientist who has the ear of the US space agency. Franklin Chang-Diaz, a former astronaut and a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), says reaching the Red Planet could be dramatically quicker using his high-tech VASIMR rocket, .. The Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket -- to give its full name -- is quick becoming a centerpiece of NASA's future strategy as it looks to private firms to help meet the...
  • Pluto spacecraft gets new mission

    07/03/2016 6:20:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    earthsky.org ^ | July 1, 2016 | Deborah Byrd
    In a late-day Friday announcement on July 1, 2016, NASA said that the first-ever spacecraft to visit the dwarf planet Pluto – NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft – has received the nod to fly onward to an object deeper in the Kuiper Belt, known as 2014 MU69. This object had not even been discovered when New Horizons was launched in 2006. The spacecraft will rendezvous with 2014 MU69 on January 1, 2019. ... In addition to the extension of the New Horizons mission, NASA determined that the Dawn spacecraft should remain at the dwarf planet Ceres, rather than changing course to...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Juno Approaching Jupiter

    07/01/2016 11:33:14 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    NASA ^ | Friday, July 01, 2016 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Approaching over the north pole after nearly a five-year journey, Juno enjoys a perspective on Jupiter not often seen, even by spacecraft from Earth that usually swing by closer to Jupiter's equator. Looking down toward the ruling gas giant from a distance of 10.9 million kilometers, the spacecraft's JunoCam captured this image with Jupiter's nightside and orbiting entourage of four large Galilean moons on June 21. JunoCam is intended to provide close-up views of the gas giant's cloudy zoned and belted atmosphere. On July 4 (July 5 UT) Juno is set to burn its main engine to slow down...
  • NASA to Test-Fire Booster for Megarocket Tuesday: Watch Live

    06/27/2016 9:02:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    Space.com ^ | 06/27/2016 | Mike Wall
    NASA will test-fire a booster for the world's most powerful rocket Tuesday morning (June 28), and you can watch the explosive action live online. A solid rocket booster for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket — which the agency is developing to blast astronauts toward Mars and other deep-space destinations — will fire for 2 minutes Tuesday at a facility in Utah, beginning at 10:05 a.m. EDT (1405 GMT). You can watch it live here at Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV; coverage starts at 9:30 a.m. EDT (1330 GMT). NASA will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. EDT (1500...
  • 7 Days Out From Orbital Insertion, NASA’s Juno Images Jupiter and its Largest Moons

    06/27/2016 8:44:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Univese Today ^ | 06/27/2016 | Ken Kremer
    ...July 4, Juno must fire its main engine for 35 minutes. ... will place NASA’s robotic explorer into a polar orbit around the gas giant. The approach over the north pole is unlike earlier probes that approached from much lower latitudes nearer the equatorial zone, and thus provide a perspective unlike any other. ... ... Juno will fly within 2,900 miles (4,667 kilometers) of the Jovian cloud tops. All instruments except those critical for the JOI insertion burn on July 4, will be tuned off on June 29. That includes shutting down Junocam. “If it doesn’t help us get into...
  • Agency Directed by Obama to Perform Muslim Outreach Commissions Jobs Propaganda Posters for Mars

    06/19/2016 4:05:08 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies
    Mars.NASA.gov ^ | Mars.NASA.gov
    BE A MARTIAN! Mars needs YOU! In the future, Mars will need all kinds of explorers, farmers, surveyors, teachers . . . but most of all YOU! Join us on the Journey to Mars as we explore with robots and send humans there one day.
  • ‘Quasi’ Moon Discovered Orbiting Earth

    06/16/2016 10:52:20 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 52 replies
    VOA news ^ | 6-16-16 | unattributed
    Astronomers have discovered a new “quasi” moon orbiting Earth. 2016 HO3, as the asteroid is called, is at least 40 meters across and could be larger, up to 100 meters, researchers say, but it’s too far from Earth to qualify as a true satellite or mini-moon. "Since 2016 HO3 loops around our planet, but never ventures very far away as we both go around the sun, we refer to it as a quasi-satellite of Earth," said Paul Chodas, manager of NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object (NEO) Studies at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "One other asteroid -- 2003...
  • NASA Challenge Aims to Grow Human Tissue To Aid In Deep Space Exploration

    06/15/2016 5:53:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    biospace.com ^ | 03/14/2016 | NASA Press Release
    WASHINGTON, June 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA, in partnership with the nonprofit Methuselah Foundation's New Organ Alliance, is seeking ways to advance the field of bioengineering through a new prize competition. The Vascular Tissue Challenge offers a $500,000 prize to be divided among the first three teams that successfully create thick, metabolically-functional human vascularized organ tissue in a controlled laboratory environment. "The humans who will be our deep space pioneers are our most important resource on the Journey to Mars and beyond," said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington. "The outcome of this challenge...
  • Angkor Wat Yields Astounding Buried Towers & Spiral Structure

    12/10/2015 8:43:58 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    Live Science ^ | 12/9/2015 | Owen Jarus,
    The massive structure - almost a mile long - contains a spiral design, with several rectangular spirals that form a giant structure, archaeologists say. "This structure, which has dimensions of more than 1,500 m × 600 m (about 1 mile by 1,970 feet) is the most striking discovery associated with Angkor Wat to date. Its function remains unknown and, as yet, it has no known equivalent in the Angkorian world," Roland Fletcher, a University of Sydney professor, said in a statement put out by the university. Today, the spiral structure is hard to make out on the ground, having been...
  • The Lost City of Cambodia

    06/02/2016 6:44:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Smithsonian ^ | April 2016 | Joshua Hammer
    Jean-Baptiste Chevance senses that we’re closing in on our target. Paused in a jungle clearing in northwestern Cambodia, the French archaeologist studies his GPS and mops the sweat from his forehead with a bandanna. The temperature is pushing 95, and the equatorial sun beats down through the forest canopy. For two hours, Chevance, known to everyone as JB, has been leading me, along with a two-man Cambodian research team, on a grueling trek. We’ve ripped our arms and faces on six-foot shrubs studded with thorns, been savaged by red biting ants, and stumbled over vines that stretch at ankle height...
  • Drought Doomed Ancient City of Angkor

    01/04/2012 3:43:34 PM PST · by Captain Beyond · 14 replies
    LiveScience ^ | 1-4-2012 | Charles Choi
    Mary Beth Day, University of Cambridge Bayon temple, constructed by Angkorian King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century. The faces may be representations of Buddha, the bodhisattva Lokesvara, Jayavarman VII, or a combination. The ancient city of Angkor — the most famous monument of which is the breathtaking ruined temple of Angkor Wat — might have collapsed due to valiant but ultimately failed efforts to battle drought, scientists find. The great city of Angkor in Cambodia, first established in the ninth century, was the capital of the Khmer Empire, the major player in southeast Asia for nearly five centuries....
  • REVEALED: Australia's raiders of the lost wat

    08/13/2007 4:55:10 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 8 replies · 517+ views
    Canberra Times ^ | 14 August 2007 | Rosslyn Beeby
    Australian archaeologists using complex radar and satellite technology to map the medieval city of Angkor have discovered more than 70 new temples scattered across a vast area of farmland and forests in north-west Cambodia. University of Sydney archaeologist Damian Evans said, "It's huge. We've mapped a massive settlement stretching well beyond the main temples of the World Heritage tourist area in Siem Reap. "We've found the city was roughly five times bigger than previously thought." The newly discovered ruins of the ancient Khmer empire metropolis sprawl across 1000sqkm "about 20km in every direction" outside the United Nations listed World Heritage...
  • Sprawling Angkor Brought Down By Overpopulation, Study Suggests

    08/13/2007 8:23:51 PM PDT · by blam · 19 replies · 912+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 8-13-2007 | Susan Brown
    Sprawling Angkor Brought Down By Overpopulation, Study Suggests Susan Brown for National Geographic News August 13, 2007 Cambodia's long-lost temple complex of Angkor is the world's largest known preindustrial settlement, reveals a new radar study that found 74 new temples and more than a thousand manmade ponds at the site. But urban sprawl and its associated environmental devastation may have led to the collapse of the kingdom, which includes the renowned temple of Angkor Wat, the study suggests. Ever since the late 16th century, when Portuguese traders spied the towers of the monument poking through a dense canopy of trees,...
  • Map reveals ancient urban sprawl (bad enviro-policy blamed).

    08/14/2007 4:44:29 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 16 replies · 697+ views
    BBC ^ | August 14, 2007
    The researchers disovered at least 74 new temples The great medieval temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia was once at the centre of a sprawling urban settlement, according to a new, detailed map of the area.Using Nasa satellites, an international team have discovered at least 74 new temples and complex irrigation systems. The map, published in the journal PNAS, extends the known settlement by 1000 sq km, about the size of Los Angeles. Analysis also lends weight to the theory that Angkor's residents were architects of the city's demise. "The large-scale city engineered its own downfall by disrupting its...
  • Radar reveals vast medieval Cambodian city: study

    08/16/2007 10:04:41 AM PDT · by Renfield · 9 replies · 220+ views
    Yahoo news ^ | 8-13-07
    CHICAGO (AFP) - Archaeologists using radar imagery have shown that an ancient Cambodian settlement centered on the celebrated temple of Angkor Wat was far more extensive than previously thought, a study released Monday said. The medieval settlement surrounding Angkor, the one-time capital of the illustrious Khmer empire which flourished between the ninth and 14th centuries, covered a 3,000 square kilometer area (1,158 square miles). The urban complex was at least three times larger than archaeologists had previously suspected and easily the largest pre-industrial urban area of its kind, eclipsing comparable developments such as Tikal a Classic Maya "city" in Guatemala....
  • Airborne laser uncovers ancient hidden city near Angkor Wat

    06/18/2013 11:17:16 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 13 replies
    National Post ^ | June 18, 2013 | Kristen Gelineau
    SYDNEY, Australia — Airborne laser technology has uncovered a network of roadways and canals, illustrating a bustling ancient city linking Cambodia’s famed Angkor Wat temple complex. The discovery was announced late Monday in a peer-reviewed paper released early by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The laser scanning revealed a previously undocumented formally planned urban landscape integrating the 1,200-year-old temples. The Angkor temple complex, Cambodia’s top tourist destination and one of Asia’s most famous landmarks, was constructed in the 12th century during the mighty Khmer empire. Angkor Wat is a point of deep pride for Cambodians, appearing...
  • The Hidden City of Angkor Wat

    06/21/2013 7:07:41 AM PDT · by Renfield · 26 replies
    Science Magazine ^ | 6-20-2013 | Richard Stone
    In the year 802 C.E., the founder of the medieval Khmer empire, Jayavarman II, anointed himself "king of the world." In laying claim to such a grandiose title, he was a little ahead of his time: It would be another few centuries before the Khmers built Earth's largest religious monument, Angkor Wat, the crowning glory of a kingdom that stood in what is today northwestern Cambodia. But Jayavarman II had good reason to believe that his nascent kingdom, in the sacred Kulen hills northeast of Angkor, was a record-holder. Airborne laser scanning technology, or LiDAR, has revealed the imprint of...
  • Jungle-Covered Ruins May Hold Surprising Hints (article)

    06/24/2013 8:54:30 AM PDT · by fishtank · 28 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | June 6:24, 2013 | Brian Thomas
    Jungle-Covered Ruins May Hold Surprising Hints by Brian Thomas, M.S. The ancient and elaborate temple at Angkor Wat is not the only interesting site to see when visiting Cambodia. Archaeologists have been discovering hundreds of temples, many still buried beneath thick jungle growth, strewn across the whole surrounding area. A picture is emerging of buildings that connected a thriving society across a broad region. Could soon-to-be uncovered stone carvings somehow intersect with biblical history? Australian archaeologist Damian Evans employed "lidar" technology to find new temples far faster than the old way—that of hacking through jungle and hoping to hit some...
  • Revealed: Cambodia's vast medieval cities hidden beneath the jungle

    06/11/2016 7:23:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | June 10, 2016 | Lara Dunston
    Archaeologists in Cambodia have found multiple, previously undocumented medieval cities not far from the ancient temple city of Angkor Wat, the Guardian can reveal, in groundbreaking discoveries that promise to upend key assumptions about south-east Asia’s history. The Australian archaeologist Dr Damian Evans, whose findings will be published in the Journal of Archaeological Science on Monday, will announce that cutting-edge airborne laser scanning technology has revealed multiple cities between 900 and 1,400 years old beneath the tropical forest floor, some of which rival the size of Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh.
  • Surveillance satellite launching Thursday atop Delta 4-Heavy rocket

    06/08/2016 8:24:34 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 14 replies
    SpaceFlight Now ^ | June 7, 2016 | Justin Ray
    Surveillance satellite launching Thursday atop Delta 4-Heavy rocket CAPE CANAVERAL — One of the largest satellites in the world will launch aboard America’s biggest operational booster Thursday, riding that power to a listening post 22,300 miles above the planet for its clandestine eavesdropping mission, all indications suggest. A United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket will fly from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 37 at 1:59 p.m. EDT (1759 GMT). Although the duration of the day’s usable launch window has not been revealed, officials previously said liftoff would occur by 6:30 p.m. EDT (2230 GMT). Weather forecasters say there is a risk of...
  • Former NASA astronaut (Jim Halsell) charged (murder) in double-fatal crash

    06/07/2016 11:16:11 AM PDT · by abb · 32 replies
    Tuscaloosa News ^ | June 6, 2016 | Stephanie Taylor
    A former NASA astronaut suspected of drunken driving was charged with the murders of two young girls killed in a crash early Monday. Enlarge James Halsell Jr., 59, of Huntsville was charged with the murders of two young girls killed in a crash early Monday. Alabama State Troopers arrested James Halsell Jr., 59, after a preliminary investigation of the two-vehicle crash. Naomi Deona James, 13, and Jayla Latrice Parler, 11, were killed, said Alabama Law Enforcement Agency spokesman Senior Trooper Reginal King. Brent Mayor Dennis Stripling said that the girls live in Texas. He had picked them up and was...
  • Russia Keeps Profiting from U.S. Reliance on RD-180 Rocket Engine

    05/29/2016 7:58:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 5/27/2016 | Bridget Johnson
    The outcome of dueling versions of the National Defense Authorization Act could determine how much the U.S. lines Russia's pockets before what some lawmakers hope is a speedy transition to a domestically produced rocket engine. The RD-180 engine is built by NPO Energomash, a manufacturer mostly owned by the Russian Federation. It's used in the Atlas V rocket, built by Lockheed Martin and Boeing's United Launch Alliance. The House version of the NDAA approves all of the 18 requested engines. In the Senate, where there has been a lengthy battle over buying from Russia, the NDAA authorizes nine engines. Either...
  • NASA inflates spare room in space

    05/28/2016 2:53:43 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 13 replies
    NASA on Saturday successfully expanded and pressurized an add-on room at the International Space Station two days after aborting the first attempt when it ran into problems.
  • Is the Sun DISINTEGRATING? NASA spots monster hole open up on our star

    05/26/2016 5:48:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 84 replies
    Express UK ^ | 5/26/16 | Jon Austin
    NASA has revealed that a massive hole, measuring more than ten per cent of the Sun's surface area, has opened up on our star. ... NASA says the huge hole is actually not of great concern, but it remains unclear why the coronal holes actually form. ..
  • Full-Scale Production of Plutonium Spacecraft Fuel Still Years Away

    05/17/2016 6:19:08 PM PDT · by Sawdring · 18 replies
    Space.Com ^ | May 17, 2016 | Mike Wall
    The United States has begun manufacturing nuclear spacecraft fuel for the first time in a generation, but full production of the stuff is still seven years or so away. In December, officials at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee announced that researchers at the site had generated a 1.8-ounce (50 grams) sample of plutonium-238, the fuel that powers deep-space missions such as NASA's New Horizons Pluto probe and Cassini Saturn orbiter.
  • Humans on Mars: Scouting Needed for Red Planet Resources

    05/17/2016 6:27:21 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 48 replies
    Space.com ^ | 05/16/2016 | Leonard David,
    Last year, scientists proposed nearly 50 locations on Mars as possible places for future human landings. Those landing-zone sites contain "regions of interest" that can be reached from primary touchdown spots. Good touchdown sites will allow crews to land safely and carry out operations; offer a wealth of interesting science activities; and provide resources that the astronauts could use. For example, any favored exploration zone should allow expeditionary crews to tap into at least 100 metric tons (110 U.S. tons) of water, NASA officials have said. With its suite of instruments and cameras — particularly the sharp-shooting High Resolution Imaging...
  • NASA planning 'suspended animation' cryosleep chamber that lets astronauts hibernate...

    05/16/2016 7:07:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    mirror.co.uk ^ | 15:16, 16 May 2016 | Jasper Hamill
    "The idea of suspended animation for interstellar human spaceflight has often been posited as a promising far-term solution for long-duration spaceflight," said Dr John Bradford, CEO of the firm. The cryosleep system works by chilling humans and artificially inducing a state of hypothermia so astronauts can hibernate for up to two weeks. A similar technique is already used to cool the body of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest in a bid to avoid brain damage. This would allow just one space man or woman to maintain the ship, meaning the spacecraft could be much smaller and travel more...
  • NASA Funding Magnetic Force Field And Other Projects To Improve Space Exploration

    05/14/2016 10:06:38 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    hngn.com ^ | | May 14, 2016 11:32 AM EDT | Jelani James
    A protective magnetic force field, self-assembling space habitat and a deep sleep chamber. These may seem like concepts straight out of science fiction, but they are quite real and are actually three of eight projects that NASA will be working on in order to improve space exploration. NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) is the agency's annual program that is responsible for funding such concepts. According to NASA, the one thing that all of these concepts have in common is their ability to "change the possible." However, it's not enough to change the possible- they actually have to be technically sound....
  • Photos:SpaceX Launches JCSAT-14 Satellite,Lands Rocket at Sea.

    05/06/2016 7:25:31 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 15 replies
    Space.com ^ | 5/6/2016 | SPACE.com Staff
    SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket rises off the pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida carrying the JCSAT-14 communications satellite on May 6, 2016. Photos on site.
  • Icegate: Now NSIDC Caught Tampering With Climate Records

    04/28/2016 2:42:53 PM PDT · by detective · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 28, 2016 | James Delingpole
    You’ve read about the climate fraud committed ‘on an unbelievable scale’ by the shysters at NASA. You’ve read about how NOAA overestimated US warming by 50 percent. Now it’s NSIDC’s turn to be caught red-handed fiddling the data and cooking the books.
  • Confessed time-traveller pretty sure he'll win U.S. presidency

    04/26/2016 2:31:04 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 105 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | April 26, 2016 | Postmedia Network
    If Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton don't resonate with American voters, they always have Andrew Basiago -- a presidential candidate who is pretty sure he's going to become "either president or vice-president" between 2016 and 2028, according to information he's gathered time travelling. Cheekily calling his campaign "a time for truth," Basiago, 54, brags on his site that he "served bravely in the two secret U.S. defence projects in which time travel on Earth and voyages to Mars were first undertaken." Basiago -- who has made similar claims in the past -- also said he's helped several former presidents make...
  • We Can’t Make Real Launches with an Imaginary Rocket

    04/21/2016 12:22:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 21, 2016 | John Mosby
    There is an old adage among overworked and overstressed staffers (both congressional and military) that, “if you put off everything to the last minute, you can do everything in a minute.” This adage is actually a commentary on workloads and the pressure they produce, not about the truth of completing the tasks at hand. Now Congress seems to be attempting to do everything in a minute by applying money in an attempt to make up for lost time. Specifically, Congress and multiple administrations should have begun – decades ago – seriously planning for replacement and deployment of the US Space...
  • Mice flown in space show nascent liver damage

    04/20/2016 10:02:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    n a discovery with implications for long-term spaceflight and future missions to Mars, a researcher at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has found that mice flown aboard the space shuttle Atlantis returned to Earth with early signs of liver disease. "Prior to this study we really didn't have much information on the impact of spaceflight on the liver," said the study's lead author Karen Jonscher, PhD, an associate professor of anesthesiology and a physicist at CU Anschutz. "We knew that astronauts often returned with diabetes-like symptoms but they usually resolved quickly." But the prospect of liver damage raises...
  • The unrecognized decision that saved Apollo 13

    04/15/2016 5:23:58 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 138 replies
    BBC ^ | 14 Apr, 2016 | William Park
    While planning the lunar landings, Nasa had a decision to make: What route would they use to reach the Moon? It was one of many that needed to be made, but little did they know then, it would have an important effect of the survival of the ill-fated Apollo 13 crew. This Sunday, 17 April, marks the safe return of James Lovell, “Jack” Swigert and Fred Haise after almost 88 tense hours on board their critically wounded craft thanks to that stroke of luck. The drama started unfolding at almost 56 hours Ground Elapsed Time (GET), meaning it was the...
  • NASA takes to Facebook to shut down climate change deniers in the most brutal way

    04/14/2016 7:31:52 PM PDT · by detective · 64 replies
    The Mirror ^ | 14 Apr 2016 | Jeff Parsons
    Anyone used to commenting on Facebook posts knows there's a lot of misrepresentation going on. Well, when it comes to climate change , NASA's not going to stand for it.
  • Yuri Gagarin: Celebrating first man in outer space 55 years later (slideshow)

    04/12/2016 11:02:11 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 31 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | April 12, 2016
    Please click the link to view the slideshow. There are 40 images, minus a few ads.
  • Powerful Laser Could Blast Spacecraft to Mars in 3 Days (Video)

    02/24/2016 8:12:54 AM PST · by Freeport · 31 replies
    Space.com ^ | February 23, 2016 | Shannon Hall
    It sounds like science fiction, but it's eminently possible, researchers say: Robotic spacecraft could get to Mars after a journey of just three days. The key to making this happen is photon propulsion, which would use a powerful laser to accelerate spacecraft to relativistic speeds, said Philip Lubin, a physics professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. "There are recent advances which take this from science fiction to science reality," Lubin said at the 2015 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) fall symposium last October. "There's no known reason why we cannot do this." Lubin and his team were awarded...
  • NASA Relativistic Interstellar Laser Launcher: We could do it NOW, ...( NASA Climate Budget AMOUNT)

    03/28/2016 5:23:09 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | March 27, 2016 | Eric Worrall
    Figure 9 from “A Roadmap to Interstellar Flight”Guest essay by Eric WorrallAn American scientist has made a remarkable conceptual breakthrough, a design for a non nuclear relativistic launcher, capable of accelerating thousands of deep space probes per year to 0.25C; fast enough to reach the nearest stars in 15 years. The system is extremely scalable – you could start with a small, low cost proof of concept launcher, and work up to bigger devices, capable of launching substantial probes into interstellar space. The system also has a practical alternative use – the full size version is powerful enough to deflect...
  • Hawking backs interstellar travel project

    04/12/2016 2:00:15 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/12/16 | Pallab Ghosh
    Stephen Hawking is backing a project to send tiny spacecraft to another star system within a generation. They would travel trillions of miles; far further than any previous craft. A $100m (£70m) research programme to develop the computer chip-sized "starships" was launched by the billionaire Yuri Milner, supported by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Interstellar travel has long been a dream for many, but significant technological hurdles remain. But Prof Hawking told BBC News that fantasy could be realised sooner than we might think. Media captionThe spacecraft would be propelled from earth by a giant laser, as Pallab Ghosh reports "If...
  • NASA Begins Testing of Revolutionary E-Sail Technology

    04/12/2016 2:27:38 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | 4/11/16
    NASA Begins Testing of Revolutionary E-Sail Technology NASA engineers are conducting tests to develop models for the Heliopause Electrostatic Rapid Transport System (HERTS) concept. HERTS builds upon the electric sail invention of Dr. Pekka Janhunen of the Finnish Meteorological Institute. An electric sail could potentially send scientific payloads to the edge of our solar system, the heliopause, in less than 10 years. The research is led by Bruce M. Wiegmann, an engineer in the Advanced Concepts Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The HERTS E-Sail concept development and testing is funded by NASA's Space Technology...