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  • Rods from God?

    09/13/2017 9:04:35 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 71 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 9/13/17 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Was the top secret space coast launch late this past week really carrying components of "Rods from God," the nickname of a doomsday weapon known as "Project Thor" that can rain hell on North Korea in an attack traveling at Mach Ten? In an exclusive feature, the National ENQUIRER describes America's possible deployment of satellite arsenals of tungsten, non-nuclear rods the size of telephone poles, "the equivalent of a meteor crashing into the Earth's crust." The tabloid explains that deployment of this weaponry by the US military awaits only the President's "GO" order. "Unlike a nuclear weapon, the Rods from...
  • With eye toward KSC, Dream Chaser takes to California skies for tests

    09/03/2017 9:26:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    eccux.com ^ | 9/1/2017 | unknown
    Sierra Nevada Corp.’s Dream Chaser spacecraft as it took off from NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California for a captive carry flight test on Aug. 30, 2017.(Photo: NASA) If you blocked out the background scenery earlier this week, you could imagine the mini-shuttle was gliding through blue sky toward a landing at Kennedy Space Center, its future home. Sierra Nevada Corp.’s Dream Chaser actually was hovering above the Mojave Desert in California at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, tethered securely to a Chinook helicopter. The so-called “captive carry” test was another step toward returning a winged spacecraft to orbit,...
  • Physicists Demonstrate Record Breaking Long-Distance Quantum Entanglement in Space

    09/02/2017 8:35:07 PM PDT · by TBP · 42 replies
    IN BRIEF Chinese physicists managed to demonstrate long-distance quantum entanglement in space, breaking previous records. This development, made possible by a novel method, could lead to improved information storage and transfer in the future. SPOOKY ACTION GETS TO SPACE When it comes to weird science stuff, quantum entanglement is probably near the top of the list, especially back in the days when Einstein referred to it as that “spooky action at a distance.” Physicists have since demonstrated the “spooky” phenomenon to be possible, but now they want to extend its reach. A new study shows it’s possible for quantum entanglement...
  • How our immune systems could stop humans reaching Mars

    09/02/2017 10:24:47 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 48 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/2/17 | Sarah Knapton
    The human immune system is so weakened by space travel that even a simple virus could prove deadly [...snip...] Yet although we now have the technological ability to leave Earth, scientists have found another stumbling block to colonising new worlds - our own immune system. Although it is said we are all made of ‘star stuff’ when it comes to travelling away from our home planet humans are far more vulnerable to the rigours of space than our interstellar origins might suggest. Billions of years of evolution has effectively backed mankind into a corner of the Solar System that it...
  • Today is Moon day!

    07/20/2017 8:13:06 AM PDT · by Nateman · 32 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 7/20/1960 | Nateman
    48 years ago today life on Earth made a visit, for the first time, to another world. On July 20 , 1969 , Neil Armstrong made a small step for a man upon the lunar surface. The last such momentous event in the history of life was 240 million years ago when animals emerged from the sea to walk upon land. Unlike that ancient walk after this giant leap mankind meekly went back to Earth to concentrate instead on other ways of redistributing income.
  • No, Congressman, There's No Evidence of an Ancient Mars Civilization

    07/19/2017 7:32:07 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 52 replies
    In case you were wondering, there's no evidence that Mars hosted an alien civilization thousands of years ago. Nonetheless, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., asked a panel of planetary scientists to speculate about this possibility today (July 18), during a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space and Technology's Space Subcommittee.
  • First ever Earth-orbit teleportation completed

    07/11/2017 7:12:10 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 49 replies
    Sky News ^ | July 11, 2017
    Scientists have completed the first teleportation of an object from Earth to a satellite orbiting more than 300 miles away. Alas, those of you expecting Scotty to beam them up soon will be sorely disappointed - the object teleported was merely a single photon. While the experiment doesn't bring us any closer to teleporting matter, it is a huge leap forward for quantum physics. The team of Chinese researchers behind the successful teleportation came together from a number of disciplines and included quantum physicists as well as rocket scientists. In 2016, they launched a satellite called Micius, named after Chinese...
  • Astronomers turn eyes to New Horizons target beyond Pluto

    07/11/2017 2:34:28 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 14 replies
    Cosmos ^ | 11 Jul, 2017 | MICHAEL LUCY
    The New Horizons space probe, which made headlines around the world in 2015 when it beamed back humanity’s best-ever views of Pluto, is currently hurtling through the outer reaches of the solar system on its way to a rendezvous with a lump of ice known as MU69. New Horizons won’t get to MU69 for another year and a half – the flyby is expected to occur on 31 December 2018 or 1 January 2019 – so the spacecraft is hibernating to preserve its energy. Meanwhile, scientists on Earth are doing everything they can to find out as much as possible...
  • A proposed new military branch would send US troops to guard the galaxy

    07/08/2017 5:56:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | July 8, 2017 | Nancy Coleman
    The year: 2019. The mission: Send combat forces into space to save the world from potential Star Wars. The crew to get the job done: the United States Space Corps. A Congressional committee is proposing that the US armed forces add a new military branch that would, quite literally, send soldiers out of this world. The crew of real-life Buzz Lightyears is described in the National Defense Authorization Act, which is now headed to the full House for a vote. There isn't usually anything extraordinary about the NDAA, which every year lays out military spending. But this time, the House...
  • Ghana launches its first satellite into space

    07/08/2017 7:21:00 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | 07 July 2017
    Ghana has successfully launched its first satellite into space. GhanaSat-1, which was developed by students at All Nations University in Koforidua, was sent into orbit from the International Space Centre. Cheers erupted as 400 people, including the engineers, gathered in the southern Ghanaian city to watch live pictures of the launch. The first signal was received shortly afterwards. It is the culmination of a two-year project, costing $50,000 (£40,000). It received support from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The satellite will be used to monitor Ghana's coastline for mapping purposes, and to build capacity in space science and technology.
  • A satellite may be falling apart in geostationary orbit [Updated]

    07/08/2017 4:07:53 AM PDT · by NonValueAdded · 80 replies
    ARS Technica ^ | 2 July 2017 | Eric Berger
    In the early hours of 1st July, the SES Satellite Control reestablished contact to AMC-9. SES and the satellite manufacturer Thales are working around the clock to evaluate the status and define the next steps. Tracking information received on 29 June had suggested that at least two separate objects were located in the vicinity of AMC-9. Their source has still to be determined. The new piece of information was included by Thales and SES in their investigations. All relevant operators and agencies are being kept informed and will receive regular updates from SES. The current assessment is that there is...
  • US planning to create 'Space Corps' as sixth branch of armed forces

    07/02/2017 9:39:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Independent | July 2, 2017 | Fiona Keating
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world-0/space-us-air-force-armed-forces-space-mission-a7818001.html
  • President Trump Re-Establishes National Space Council

    06/30/2017 8:07:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    space.com ^ | June 30, 2017 05:18pm ET
    At an event in the White House, flanked by several members of Congress and industry officials as well as Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Trump signed the executive order that re-establishes the council, last active at the end of the administration of President George H.W. Bush in 1993. ... Trump had previously announced that Vice President Mike Pence would serve as the head of the space council once it is reestablished. Pence stated on several occasions, dating back to the signing of a NASA authorization bill in March, that the president would soon sign the order re-establishing the council, with...
  • Japan reveals plans to put a man on moon by 2030

    06/30/2017 1:22:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 55 replies
    phys.org ^ | 06/30/2017
    This is the first time the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has said it aims to send an astronaut beyond the International Space Station, an agency spokeswoman told AFP on Friday. The idea is to first join a NASA-led mission in 2025 to build a space station in the moon's orbit, as part of a longer-term effort by NASA to reach Mars. Tokyo hopes that contributing to the multinational mission and sharing Japanese technology will land it a coveted spot at the station, from which it could eventually send an astronaut to the Moon, the spokeswoman said. The plan was...
  • FCC grants OneWeb approval to launch over 700 satellites for ‘space internet’

    06/28/2017 4:51:45 PM PDT · by Mechanicos · 44 replies
    The Verge ^ | Jun 23, 2017 | Dani Deahl
    OneWeb plans to launch a constellation of 720 low-Earth orbit satellites using non-geostationary satellite orbit (NGSO) technology in order to provide global, high-speed broadband. The company’s goal has far-reaching implications, and would provide internet to rural and hard-to-reach areas that currently have little access to internet connectivity. Additionally, OneWeb has a targets of “connecting every unconnected school” by 2022, and “bridging the digital divide” by 2027.
  • Is There Still an Astronomy Ping List?

    06/22/2017 6:44:36 PM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 24 replies
    6/22/17 | Originalbuckeye
    Sorry for the Vanity, but I was on an Astronomy Ping List and haven't seen any pictures in a good, long while. Is it still active?
  • Bigelow Aerospace founder says commercial world will lead in space

    05/29/2017 2:01:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    CBS ^ | 05/28/2017 | Lara Logan
    NASA has partnered with Robert Bigelow, who's an unconventional figure in the aerospace world. He's more at home on the Vegas strip than at America's space agency, and he's obsessed with aliens and UFOs. In the spring of last year, he and NASA carried out an historic test to prove his high-flying technology is ready to support humans in space. When Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket roared into the skies above Cape Canaveral, it was on a mission for NASA, carrying nearly 7,000 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station -- food, supplies and Robert Bigelow's expandable spacecraft. Robert Bigelow:...
  • Asteroid worth $10,000 quadrillion ‘could transform global economy

    05/25/2017 10:52:57 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 94 replies
    www.rt.com ^ | 25 May, 2017
    NASA scientists are outdoing themselves yet again: by reworking the planned route for a robotic mission to a giant asteroid worth $10,000 quadrillion, they’ve managed to cut costs, launch sooner and arrive four years earlier than planned. Not bad. The Psyche planetoid, measuring 240km (149 miles) in diameter, is located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and is made almost entirely of iron and nickel. At current market prices, such an asteroid, a truly unique object in our solar system, is estimated to be worth $10,000 quadrillion ($10,000,000,000,000,000,000). That is, if you could successfully tow it into orbit...
  • It’s time for the US Air Force to prepare for preemption in space

    05/12/2017 10:26:51 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 20 replies
    Space Review ^ | 5/8/17 | Edward G. Ferguson and John J. Klein
      The X-37B spaceplane on the runway at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center after landing May 7. Some argue it’s time for the Air Force to start planning to use its capabilities to preempt hostile actions in space. (credit: US Air Force) It’s time for the US Air Force to prepare for preemption in space by Edward G. Ferguson and John J. KleinMonday, May 8, 2017 The views expressed in this article are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the US Air Force, Falcon Research or those of the United States government. A version...
  • Here’s Everything We Know About The Mysterious Air Force Plane That Just Landed, 2 Years In Space

    05/08/2017 10:28:21 AM PDT · by blam · 142 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 5-8-2017 | Christopher Woody
    The US military's X-37B space plane landed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Sunday, ending its record-breaking 718-day orbit with a sonic boom during its first landing in Florida. The US Air Force has two X-37B Orbital Test Vehicles, which it calls its newest and most advanced reentry spacecraft. At 29 feet long and with a 14-foot wingspan, the planes are about one-quarter of the size of NASA's now retired space shuttles and have a cargo bay about the size of a pick-up truck's. The first X-37 program started in 1999, and the X-37B first flew in April 2010,...