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  • Norwegian Skydiver Almost Gets Hit by Falling Meteor — and Captures it on Film

    04/04/2014 6:34:08 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    www.universetoday.com ^ | April 3, 2014 | by Nancy Atkinson
    It sounds like a remarkable story, almost unbelievable: Anders Helstrup went skydiving nearly two years ago near Hedmark, Norway and while he didn’t realize it at the time, when he reviewed the footage taken by two cameras fixed to his helmet during the dive, he saw a rock plummet past him. He took it to experts and they realized he had captured a meteorite falling during its “dark flight” — when it has been slowed by atmospheric braking, and has cooled and is no longer luminous. Norwegian astrophysicist Pĺl Brekke confirmed to Universe Today that the story is true. “I...
  • Hidden Ocean Found on Saturn's Icy Moon Enceladus, Could Potentially Support Life

    04/03/2014 3:01:44 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3 Apr 2014 | Mike Wall
    The Saturn moon Enceladus harbors a big ocean of liquid water beneath its icy crust that may be capable of supporting life as we know it, a new study reports. The water ocean on Enceladus is about 6 miles (10 kilometers) deep and lies beneath a shell of ice 19 to 25 miles (30 to 40 km) thick, researchers said. Further, it's in direct contact with a rocky seafloor, theoretically making possible all kinds of complex chemical reactions — such as, perhaps, the kind that led to the rise of life on Earth. "The main implication is that there are...
  • Early NASA diapers forced astronauts to disclose the size of their manhood

    03/30/2014 7:24:24 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 55 replies
    SFGate ^ | 3-24-14 | Craig Hlavaty
    <p>When NASA astronauts were suiting up to go to space in the 1960s, they had to make a big decision before they explored the world above us: How large of a man are you?</p> <p>Getting it wrong could damage the mission.</p>
  • Newfound pink world lurks at solar system fringes

    03/26/2014 12:06:45 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    www.utsandiego.com ^ | 03-26-2014 | By ALICIA CHANG
    <p>LOS ANGELES (AP) — Peering into the far reaches of the solar system, astronomers have spied a pink frozen world 7˝ billion miles from the sun.</p> <p>It's the second such object to be discovered in a region of space beyond Pluto long considered a celestial wasteland. Until now, the lone known resident in this part of the solar system was an oddball dwarf planet spotted in 2003 named Sedna after the mythological Inuit goddess who created the sea creatures of the Arctic.</p>
  • Asteroid Found with Rings! First-of-Its-Kind Discovery Stuns Astronomers

    03/26/2014 12:05:41 PM PDT · by 12th_Monkey · 51 replies
    Space.com ^ | March 26, 2014 | Nola Taylor Redd
    Scientists have made a stunning discovery in the outer realm of the solar system — an asteroid with its own set of rings that orbits the sun between Saturn and Uranus. The space rock is the first non-planetary object ever found to have its own ring system, researchers say. The pair of space rock rings encircle the asteroid Chariklo. They were most likely formed after a collision scattered debris around the asteroid, according to a new study unveiled today (March 27). The asteroid rings also suggests the presence of a still-undiscovered moon around Chariklo that's keeping them stable, researchers said....
  • Soyuz TMA-12M docking delayed following problematic burn

    03/26/2014 7:04:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    nasaspaceflight.com ^ | March 25, 2014 by | Chris Bergin and Pete Harding
    Following the launch of the reliable Soyuz FG rocket – along with a successful orbital insertion shortly thereafter – the Soyuz TMA-12M was immediately tasked with performing the first two engine burns on its first orbit of the Earth, which were pre-programmed into the Soyuz’s on-board computer prior to launch. ... While the crew were expected to dock to the station’s Poisk module less than six hours later at 11:04 pm, a problem during the “Dv3″ burn resulted in mission controllers opting to move to a new flight profile that will allow for Soyuz to arrive in two days time....
  • How Russia could strangle the US space program

    03/25/2014 2:36:15 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 32 replies
    Global Post.com ^ | Mar 25, 2014 | Jean MacKenzie
    How Russia could strangle the US space program Jean MacKenzie If you use a cellphone, have a GPS system in your car, or get cash from ATMs, you should be worried. BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. — Think Russia has no way to put pressure on the United States? Think again. The US relies heavily on Russia to furnish the engines that power rockets that deliver both military and civil payloads into space. This includes GPS systems in cars and cellphones, and even systems that allow ATMs to function. Weather satellites are launched into space via Russian-powered rockets, and military systems such...
  • Has Nasa found a new Earth? Astronomer discovers first same-sized planet in a 'Goldilocks zone' ...

    03/25/2014 10:32:40 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 75 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | PUBLISHED: 08:57 EST, 24 March 2014 | UPDATED: 10:03 EST, 24 March 2014 | By Victoria Woollaston
    The host star hasn’t been named but was identified as an M1 dwarf M dwarfs make up 70% of stars in the galaxy and are smaller than our sun Nasa astronomers found a total of five planets orbiting this unnamed host The outermost planet sits in the star’s habitable zone and may have liquid water on its surface This so-called goldilocks planet is believed to be 1.1 times the size of Earth Until now, the most Earth-like planet was Kepler-62f - 1.4 times the size Details of the new star system are due to be announced later this year The...
  • The Spacewalk That Almost Killed Him: How Luca Parmitano survived the scariest wardrobe malfunction

    03/23/2014 10:23:54 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 8 replies
    Air&Space Magazine ^ | MAY2014 | Tony Reichhardt
    Over dinner that night, the astronauts and cosmonauts had discussed their options. Cassidy was of the opinion that NASA would probably wait until he and Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano, who was scheduled to arrive in a couple of weeks, could do an extravehicular activity—NASA parlance for a spacewalk—to assess the problem. Houston ordinarily didn’t like to rush into anything, let alone an EVA. Plus, half the crew was packing up to return to Earth in just four days. That’s why Cassidy couldn’t believe what he now saw on his laptop screen in big red letters: “Welcome to EVA prep day.”...
  • 'Sicilian Space Program' Launches Cannolo Into Stratosphere

    03/21/2014 3:50:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Naomi O'Leary
    Sicilian amateur scientists have launched a model cannolo, a cream-stuffed pastry roll symbolic of the Italian island, into the stratosphere, capturing bizarre images of the dessert flying far above the earth. The 'Sicilian Space Program', which cost a rough total of 350 euros, had symbolic importance as well as being a scientific feat, the three natives of the island town of Enna behind it told Reuters. "Sicily has always been a place of negative connotations, mafia and unemployment. We wanted to lift up Sicily in our own way," said filmmaker Fabio Leone, 34, who recorded the project with Antonella Barbera,...
  • Scientists say destructive solar blasts narrowly missed Earth in 2012

    03/20/2014 10:46:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    www.reuters.com ^ | Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:14am EDT | By Laila Kearney
    Fierce solar blasts that could have badly damaged electrical grids and disabled satellites in space narrowly missed Earth in 2012, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday. The bursts would have wreaked havoc on the Earth's magnetic field, matching the severity of the 1859 Carrington event, the largest solar magnetic storm ever reported on the planet. That blast knocked out the telegraph system across the United States, according to University of California, Berkeley research physicist Janet Luhmann. "Had it hit Earth, it probably would have been like the big one in 1859, but the effect today, with our modern technologies, would have...
  • Vatican scientists co-host conference on alien life forms

    03/19/2014 1:53:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    Cath News ^ | March 19, 2014
    Nearly 200 scientists are attending the conference, called The Search for Life Beyond the Solar System: Exoplanets, Biosignature & Instruments, which runs from March 16-21 in Tucson, Arizona. The Vatican Observatory is co-hosting the conference with the University of Arizona's Steward Observatory. 'Finding life beyond Earth is one of the great challenges of modern science and we are excited to have the world leaders in this field together in Tucson,' said event co-chair Daniel Apai, assistant professor of astronomy and planetary sciences at the UA Steward Observatory.'But reaching such an ambitious goal takes planning and time. The goal of this meeting is...
  • Evidence of young universe's growth spurt is discovered

    03/18/2014 1:56:49 AM PDT · by blueplum · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 17, 2014 11:56pm | Amina Khan
    Researchers focusing on gravitational waves find the first direct evidence for the theory of cosmic inflation, a faster-than-light expansion just after the big bang. Scientists staring at the faint afterglow from the universe's birth 13.8 billion years ago have discovered the first direct evidence for the theory of cosmic inflation — the mysterious and violent expansion after the big bang. The findings, made using radio telescopes at the South Pole, support the idea that our known cosmos make up just a tiny fragment in a much larger, unknown frontier that extends far beyond the reaches of light. During this period...
  • Every single satellite orbiting Earth, in a single image

    03/07/2014 1:33:33 PM PST · by bgill · 39 replies
    BGR via yahoo ^ | March 6, 2014 | Zach Epstein
    Cell phones and in-dash navigation systems rely on GPS satellites, Dish and DirecTV obviously use satellite feeds, and satellite communications systems offered by the likes of Inmarsat and Iridium continue to proliferate across various industries. Just how crowded is it getting up there above the Earth’s atmosphere?
  • Belligerent Russia Could Deny U.S. Access To Space

    03/05/2014 6:44:15 PM PST · by gooblah · 55 replies
    IBD ^ | Posted 06:38 PM ET
    Leadership: Putting an economic and political squeeze on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis could bring another Obama chicken home to roost — our president killed the U.S. space program and made us dependent on Putin. Since 2011, when America's space shuttle fleet was retired and our space program was dispersed to various museums, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which proudly put the first human beings, Americans, on the moon some 45 years ago, has largely been fixated on things like monitoring nonexistent climate change and Muslim outreach. Read More At Investor's Business Daily: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/030514-692270-russia-could-deny-space-access-over-ukraine.htm#ixzz2v9AKHsSL Follow us: @IBDinvestors on Twitter...
  • New York's de Blasio boots charter schools from city space

    02/27/2014 6:50:28 PM PST · by gooblah · 30 replies
    Foxnews ^ | February 27, 2014
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took off the gloves in his battle with education reformers, rescinding an agreement for the city to share space with several public charter schools. The move undercuts educators, parents and some 700 students at four schools, including Harlem Success 4, one of the public charter school movement’s top success stories, and two set to open in the fall. While agreements at those schools were rescinded, expansion of a fourth school was also blocked. The schools were to operate rent-free in city-owned facilities under deals backed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an ardent supporter...
  • This One Weird Trick helps find 715 new Exo-Planets.

    02/27/2014 8:42:49 AM PST · by GraceG · 15 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 2/26/2014 | Elizabeth Howell
    Actual Headline: Mega Discovery! 715 Alien Planets Confirmed Using A New Trick On Old Kepler Data Planet-watchers, some exciting news: you know how we keep talking about planet candidates, those planets that have yet to be confirmed, when we reveal stories about other worlds? That’s because verifying that the slight dimming of a star’s light is due to a planet takes time – -specifically, to have other telescopes verify it through examining gravitational wobbles on the parent star. Turns out there’s a way to solve the so-called “bottleneck” of planet candidates vs. confirmed planets. NASA has made use of a...
  • X-FLARE! AR1967 returned to the Earthside of the sun on Feb. 25th and promptly erupted

    02/26/2014 12:34:51 AM PST · by tired&retired · 8 replies
    SpaceWeather.Com ^ | 2/25/2014 | Space Weather
    X-FLARE! Long-lived sunspot AR1967 returned to the Earthside of the sun on Feb. 25th and promptly erupted, producing an X4.9-class solar flare. This is the strongest flare of the year so far and one of the strongest of the current solar cycle. A movie from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the explosion hurling a loop of hot plasma away from the blast site: http://spaceweather.com/images2014/25feb14/redflare3_strip4.gif The source of the eruption is long-lived sunspot AR1967, now beginning its third trip across the Earthside of the sun. This region was an active producer of flares during its previous transits, and it looks like...
  • Richard Branson insists he will be aboard first Virgin Galactic space flight

    02/22/2014 9:30:43 AM PST · by mandaladon · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 21 Feb 2014 | Peter Walker and Jon Ronson
    Richard Branson has reiterated his plan to fly with his children on the inaugural flight of his long-planned commercial space operation, Virgin Galactic, despite the relatively untested nature of the technology and a departure date which has slipped repeatedly. "Everybody who signs up knows this is the birth of a new space programme and understands the risks that go with that," Branson said in an interview for Weekend magazine at Virgin Galactic's base in the Mojave desert north of Los Angeles. "But every person wants to go on the first flight." While insisting his plan is credible and the first...
  • Prehistoric Paint to Shield European Sun Probe from Solar Inferno

    02/14/2014 1:25:31 PM PST · by 12th_Monkey · 16 replies
    Space.com ^ | February 14, 2014 | Miriam Kramer
    A European spacecraft set to launch toward the sun in 2017 will be protected by a paint once used in prehistoric cave art. The European Space Agency's Solar Orbiter probe will be coated in a substance derived from burnt bone charcoal — a type of pigment once used by early humans to create art on the insides of caves in France. The robust substance traditionally made from burned bones should help protect the Solar Orbiter when it flies as closer to the sun than any spacecraft before it. The probe will fly about 26 million miles (42 million kilometers) from...
  • Mysterious Energy Ribbon at Solar System's Edge a 'Cosmic Roadmap'

    02/13/2014 9:00:18 PM PST · by 12th_Monkey · 51 replies
    Space.com ^ | February 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell
    A strange ribbon of energy and particles at the edge of the solar system first spotted by a NASA spacecraft appears to serve as a sort of "roadmap in the sky" for the interstellar magnetic field, scientists say. By comparing ground-based studies and in-space observations of solar system's mysterious energy ribbon, which was first discovered by NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) in 2009, scientists are learning more details about the conditions at the solar system's edge. The study also sheds light into the sun's environment protects the solar system from high-energy cosmic rays. The ribbon is roughly perpendicular to the...
  • SpaceX on pace for mid-March launch to space station

    02/12/2014 9:03:38 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 3 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 9FEB2014 | Stephen Clark
    Juggling flight delays and busy skies with the skill of seasoned air traffic controllers, International Space Station managers have approved the launch date for SpaceX's next cargo resupply mission for March 16. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral's Complex 40 launch pad is set for 4:41 a.m. EDT (0841 GMT), the time when Earth's rotation brings the space station's flight path over the Space Coast, NASA announced last week. SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo carrier will make the company's third commercial logistics delivery to the space station under a $1.6 billion contract with NASA. The deal calls for 12 missions...
  • Sleeping Or Dead? Fate Of China's Yutu Moon Rover Uncertain

    02/12/2014 4:18:23 PM PST · by zeestephen · 30 replies
    NBCNews.com ^ | 12 February 2014 | Devin Coldewey
    Yutu entered a controlled hibernation mode despite mechanical problems on Jan. 24 to weather the 14-day lunar night cycle, but should have woken up days ago. China's mission control has yet to offer an official statement of failture, though it did report that Yutu did not wake up on schedule and was not responding to stimuli.
  • Intelligent Aliens Could Be Found by 2040

    02/10/2014 6:28:41 AM PST · by 12th_Monkey · 109 replies
    Space.com ^ | February 10, 2014 | Mike Wall
    The first detection of intelligent extraterrestrial life will likely come within the next quarter-century, a prominent alien hunter predicts. By 2040 or so, astronomers will have scanned enough star systems give themselves a great shot of discovering alien-produced electromagnetic signals, said Seth Shostak of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute in Mountain View, Calif. "I think we'll find E.T. within two dozen years using these sorts of experiments," Shostak said here Thursday (Feb. 6) during a talk at the 2014 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) symposium here at Stanford University "Instead of looking at a few thousand star systems,...
  • Asteroid threat in 2032? Don't panic, but don't brush it off

    02/09/2014 3:40:37 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 46 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 3rd 2014 | Alan Boyle
    A big asteroid sailed past Earth last month, and astronomers haven't yet totally excluded the possibility that it'll hit us when it comes around in 2032. If the past is any guide, we won't have to worry about asteroid 2013 TV135 — but it's a reminder that we'll have to fend off a killer space rock one of these days. Ukrainian astronomers discovered 2013 TV135 just 10 days ago, well after the asteroid had its close encounter with Earth on Sept. 16. Actually, it wasn't all that close: The distance was 4.2 million miles (6.7 million kilometers), or about 17...
  • US ready to return to moon

    02/03/2014 2:39:35 PM PST · by tom h · 62 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03 Feb 2014 | David Millward
    America is preparing to land a robot on the moon for the first time in four decades. Nasa is looking for private partners to participate in the project that will see a new generation of rovers wandering across the moonÂ’s surface. The American space agency has set up a programme called Catalyst to exploit commercial opportunities offered by the moon. It believes that eventually there will be a market for commercial cargo trips to the lunar surface. "As Nasa pursues an ambitious plan for humans to explore an asteroid and Mars, US industry will create opportunities for Nasa to advance...
  • Teacher in Space finalist Michael Fitzgibbons reflects on Challenger Disaster 28 years after

    01/28/2014 3:02:42 AM PST · by SMGFan · 4 replies
    Oregonlive ^ | January 28, 2014
    Michael and Mary Fitzgibbons, like many others, can remember exactly where they were when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded over the Florida sky Jan. 28, 1986. But unlike most people, Michael Fitzgibbons watched the footage of the tragic launch knowing he’d come close to being on it.
  • Sleeping Rosetta Spacecraft Wakes Up for Historic Comet Rendezvous and Landing

    01/20/2014 9:34:30 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 31 replies
    space.com ^ | 1-20-14 | Mike Wall
    A European probe awoke from a deep sleep Monday (Jan. 20) to gear up for an unprecedented comet rendezvous and landing this year that will cap a 10-year voyage across the solar system. After two and a half years in hibernation, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft emerged from its slumber while cruising nearly 418 million miles (673 million kilometers) from the sun. The wakeup call, which was due to begin at 5 a.m. EST (1000 GMT), took hours as Rosetta switched on heaters to warm itself after its long night in the cold depths of space.
  • 8 Best Universe Atlas/Planetary Exploration Tools

    01/18/2014 5:36:37 PM PST · by lbryce · 25 replies
    Thanks and gratitude for creating this list of Universe Atlases, Planetary Exploration tools goes to fellow FReeper, lefty-lie-spy, for being the inspiration for me to create this list. Listed below are some of the best sites for viewing the Universe, exploring the Moon, Mars #1 Click Here:WikiSky.org:Best Views of The Universe Make Sure To Explore All The Various Tabs #2 Asterank:Asteroid Database Asterank:Asteroid Database Plus Lots More Asternak does a lot more than offer scientific an economic database of asteroids. Make sure to click through all the available links for all sorts of space-related information About Asterank Asterank is a...
  • China Conducts First Test of New Ultra-High Speed Missile Vehicle

    01/13/2014 6:26:02 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | January 13, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    .....Instead of seeking military and other hot line communications, the U.S. government should build on select military superiorities in order to deter China into the 2020s and beyond, Fisher said. “I don’t see this administration being seized with this real challenge,” he added. ....... .......Ian Easton, in a report published by the Project 2049 Institute, said China’s hypersonic weapons are part of what he called “the Great Game in space.” “If there is a great power war in this century, it will not begin with the sound of explosions on the ground and in the sky, but rather with the...
  • Just an ordinary, daily word, yet a word that mystically reaches for the stars

    05/10/2012 3:16:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | May 9, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Every now and then a word just catches your ear, and several times in a day it jumps out at you and you’re tempted to say: “There it is again!”Yesterday it was the word “consider”, an ordinary, daily word. Or is it? Why did it strike me so? With my knowledge of Latin, it occurred to me that “consider” has something to do with the stars, for the Latin word sidera means “stars” or “heavenly bodies.” How interesting, I have use the word for the better part of 50 years and that had never crossed my mind. But as sometimes...
  • Billyuns and Billyuns of Galaxy Images and More Portend The End of The Boring Space Picture

    01/10/2014 8:14:31 PM PST · by lbryce · 18 replies
    National Optical Astronomy Obsevatory ^ | January 10, 2014 | Staff
    Breathtaking space pictures don't necessarily start snd end at APOD. There are countless astronomy sources that offer imagery of the Cosmos catalogued in different ways, like the National Optical Astronomy Obsevatory, NOAO. NOAO is the US national research & development center for ground-based night time astronomy. In particular, NOAO is enabling the development of the US optical-infrared (O/IR) System, an alliance of public and private observatories allied for excellence in scientific research, education and public outreach. Our core mission is to provide public access to qualified professional researchers via peer-review to forefront scientific capabilities on telescopes operated by NOAO as...
  • Useless $350 million NASA space project mandated by Congress

    01/10/2014 11:23:53 AM PST · by LonelyCon · 10 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 1/8/14 | Jonathan D. Salant
    NASA will complete a $350 million structure to test rocket engines at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi early this year. Then, it plans to mothball the 300- foot-high, steel-frame tower for the foreseeable future. The reason: Congress ordered the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to finish building the facility even though the agency doesn't need it. The tower was designed to test a GenCorp Inc. engine for a rocket program canceled in 2010. Its funding survived thanks to Mississippi Republican senators led by Roger Wicker, who crafted a provision requiring the agency to complete the work. The test stand is...
  • Commercial [space] cargo mission launched from Virginia

    01/10/2014 8:57:41 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 7 replies
    Spaceflight Now (and CBS News) ^ | 01/09/2014 | William Harwood
    ...[A]n Orbital Sciences Corp. Antares rocket carrying a commercially developed cargo ship blasted off Thursday and climbed into orbit, kicking off the company's first operational flight to deliver supplies and equipment to the International Space Station.... The two-stage 130-foot-tall Antares rocket, equipped with modified first-stage engines left over from the Soviet moon program, roared to life at 1:07:05 p.m. EST (GMT-5) and quickly lifted off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, climbing away atop a torrent of fiery exhaust as Earth's rotation carried the pad into the plane of the space station's orbit. Accelerating smoothly as it consumed its first stage...
  • 'Hand of God' Spotted by NASA Space Telescope (Photo)

    01/10/2014 6:32:10 AM PST · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    Space.com ^ | January 09, 2014 02:45pm ET | By Tanya Lewis, Staff Writer
    Religion and astronomy may not overlap often, but a new NASA X-ray image captures a celestial object that resembles the "Hand of God." The cosmic "hand of God" photo was produced when a star exploded and ejected an enormous cloud of material, which NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, glimpsed in high-energy X-rays, shown in blue in the photo. NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory had imaged the green and red parts previously, using lower-energy X-rays. "NuSTAR's unique viewpoint, in seeing the highest-energy X-rays, is showing us well-studied objects and regions in a whole new light," NuSTAR telescope principal investigator Fiona...
  • Barack Obama extends international space station operation until 2024

    01/09/2014 3:21:50 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    US President Barack Obama has promised to keep international space station’s laboratory in orbit, at least until 2024, which is a four-year extension, according to NASA officials. However, Obama’s decision was not a surprise since the million-pound laboratory, which took 13 years, over 100 rocket and shuttle launches and 160 spacewalks to construct, would take ISS six years to de-orbit, the Washington Post reported. William H. Gerstenmaier, the head of NASA’s human spaceflight program, said that Obama’s administration has given a tremendous gift to them that changes the way folks see their investment, especially the commercial side.
  • Golden Spike estimates that they could repeat Apollo manned mission to the moon for $6.4 billion

    01/07/2014 11:22:26 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 7 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | January 6, 2014 | Brian Wang
    Golden Spike has detailed plans for a lunar return using existing assets. The recent successful Spacex flights are improving the viability of Golden Spike and its plans to return to the moon before 2020. Golden Spike estimates that they could repeat Apollo 11 for about $6.4 billion and make repeated manned trips to the moon for about $1.5 billion for each trip. Here are the budgets of different space agencies.
  • SpaceX ready to launch first Falcon 9 rocket of the year

    01/06/2014 5:40:23 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 15 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 5JAN2014 | Stephen Clark
    SpaceX engineers at Cape Canaveral are finishing up preparations to launch a Falcon 9 rocket with a communications satellite for Thailand on Monday, just over one month after the Falcon 9's last mission from Florida. Monday's launch window opens at 5:06 p.m. EST (2206 GMT) and extends more than two hours to 7:08 p.m. EST (0008 GMT), according to a SpaceX spokesperson and the U.S. Air Force. Deployment of the 6,649-pound Thaicom 6 satellite is expected 31 minutes after liftoff. The 224-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket will be rolled to the launch pad and rotated vertical atop the launch mount at...
  • ISRO declares GSLV-D5 cryogenic rocket launch a success

    01/05/2014 3:34:12 AM PST · by IndianChief · 4 replies
    NDTV ^ | 5 Jan 2014 | NDTV
    Sriharikota: The Indian Space Research Organisation or ISRO achieved another milestone today as it successfully launched the Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle or GSLV-D5 from the space port at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The advanced GSAT-14 communications satellite that GSLV-D5 is carrying has also been separated from the rocket and placed into orbit. The Rs. 350-crore mission marks India's entry into the multi-billion dollar commercial launcher market on a fully indigenous large rocket. An India-made cryogenic engine powers the GSLV-D5, which stands almost 50 meters tall (as high as a 17-storey building) and weighs a whopping 415 tons (as much 80...
  • Virgin Space: ‘You Could Do London-Sydney In Two Hours’ Branson Plans To Bring Air Travel To Space!

    01/01/2014 3:34:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    KpopStarz ^ | December 6, 2013 | Staff
    Virgin Galactic space travel is aiming to revolutionize commercial air travel at its best, with the launching of the first ever space tourism flight next year, which took nine long years in the making. Although the space travel will be available to those who can afford the $250,000 ticket, the space travel company wants to bring this to the masses; it also aims to provide an ultimate passenger experience that no other air company has ever offered before. With the first ever commercial space travel flight on its way, the giant company aims to "push long-haul air travel above the...
  • Life in the Balance – And why Earth-like planets may be rare

    03/31/2012 3:00:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | March 30, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The video below is a very creative representation of what the day and night sky on Earth would look like if the earth had rings like Saturn. It is well worth a view.But it puts me in the mind of pondering the delicate balance of life on this earth and, though the artwork in the video is beautiful, I suspect that the presence of rings would dramatically alter life on this earth, perhaps even annihilate it.By way of disclaimer, let me say I am not a geologist or astronomer. But a number of things concern me about the presence of...
  • "New" Book, <i>Hypersonic Revolution: The Quest for the Orbital Jet</i>

    12/30/2013 5:41:20 AM PST · by LS · 36 replies
    self | 12/30/2013 | LS
    About 10 years ago I wrote a history of the National Aerospace Plane Program, published by the USAF. It was restricted, expensive, and difficult to obtain. I guess the USAF decided to make it more available, releasing it in paperback. I just discovered it, but I've talked about this project with many of you:
  • NASA’s Squishable Robot Ideal For Exploring Titan, Saturn’s Largest Moon

    12/29/2013 7:56:41 PM PST · by lbryce · 13 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | December 27, 2013 | Trevor Mogg
    The extreme challenges and conditions faced by rovers during missions to explore other planets has inspired researchers and engineers to look into alternative, more suitable designs. After considering the complicated choreography of a regular landing – as we saw with the Mars Curiosity rover in August last year – as well as the challenging terrain a rover often faces once it reaches a planet’s surface, engineers at NASA have come up with an ultra-flexible squishable robot designed to effortlessly cope with any planetary surface it finds itself on. Although the so-called Super Ball Bot has been in development for...
  • Peter Lucas: U.S. program lost in space

    12/27/2013 10:22:50 AM PST · by luke1825 · 44 replies
    Lowell Sun ^ | 12/27/13 | Peter Lucas
    There used to be Americans up there. The thought came to me on a dark, predawn morning when I looked out the cold window at the bright and shining moon. The Chinese have landed. "We choose to go to the moon in this decade," President John F. Kennedy said in 1962 when he launched the Apollo moon program, "and do other things, not because they are easy, because they are hard." He called it "the greatest and most complex exploration in man's history." And so it was. What happened? We used to "own" the moon. What happened to the Americans?...
  • Watch Spacewalkers Friday As They Install Earth Livestream Camera On Station

    12/26/2013 11:33:36 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | December 26, 2013 | Elizabeth Howell on
    For all you Earth observation geeks out there, we have some good news — two Russian astronauts are going to install a camera on Friday (Dec. 27) that will beam live images of Earth back to your browser. The UrtheCast camera is the headline task for Expedition 38 astronauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy to perform, on top of installing a foot restraint and doing some equipment swapouts. This spacewalk, by the way, is not related in any way to the two successful contingency ones earlier this week to replace a faulty pump on station. The spacewalk is supposed to...
  • Nasa delays second spacewalk to repair ISS after build-up of water is found inside a spacesuit

    12/23/2013 8:20:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 10:48 EST, 23 December 2013 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    ‘This issue is not related to the spacesuit water leak that was seen during a July spacewalk.’ The sublimator is a device in the spacesuit's backpack that helps dissipate excess heat. Rather than allow Mastracchio, 53, to wear that suit again, astronauts are planning to work on resizing a spare spacesuit aboard the ISS for him on his next spacewalk to complete the ammonia pump module replacement
  • China Lands On Moon While U.S. Shuttle Sits On Museums

    12/16/2013 4:22:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 59 replies
    Investor´s Business Daily ^ | 12/16/13 | Editoria
    Unexceptional: China becomes the third country to land a spacecraft on the moon in preparation for a manned visit. Meanwhile, U.S. astronauts have to ride Russian spacecraft to fix toilets on the International Space Station. Tourists visiting the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where one of America´s retired space shuttles now resides, were no doubt able to see news reports of the landing of China´s first lunar vehicle, a solar-powered rover, on the surface of the moon. The landing of the rover 37 years after the last such mission by the Soviet Luna 24 sample-return voyage in 1976 makes China...
  • Bio-inspired method to grow high-quality graphene for high-end electronic devices (Breakthrough?)

    12/16/2013 3:20:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Space Daily ^ | December 17, 2013 | Staff
    A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS), led by Professor Loh Kian Ping, who heads the Department of Chemistry at the NUS Faculty of Science, has successfully developed an innovative one-step method to grow and transfer high-quality graphene on silicon and other stiff substrates, opening up opportunities for graphene to be used in high-value applications that are currently not technologically feasible. This breakthrough, inspired by how beetles and tree frogs keep their feet attached to submerged leaves, is the first published technique that accomplishes both the growth and transfer steps of graphene on a silicon wafer....
  • CHINA SUCCESSFULLY SOFT-LANDS PROBE ON THE MOON

    12/14/2013 6:21:37 AM PST · by mandaladon · 47 replies
    AP ^ | 14 Dec 2013 | AP
    BEIJING (AP) -- China on Saturday successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, the next stage in an ambitious space program that aims to eventually have a Chinese astronaut set foot on the moon. The unmanned Chang'e 3 lander, named after a mythical Chinese goddess of the moon, touched down on Earth's nearest neighbor following a 12-minute landing process.
  • Chinese Unmanned Spacecraft Lands On Moon

    12/14/2013 7:02:37 AM PST · by lbryce · 69 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 14, 2013 | Pete Sweeney
    China landed an unmanned spacecraft on the moon on Saturday, state media reported, in the first such "soft-landing" since 1976, joining the United States and the former Soviet Union in managing to accomplish such a feat. The Chang'e 3, a probe named after a lunar goddess in traditional Chinese mythology, is carrying the solar-powered Yutu, or Jade Rabbit buggy, which will dig and conduct geological surveys.