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  • Asteroid worth $10,000 quadrillion Ďcould 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, theyíve 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...
  • Itís 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 NASAís Kennedy Space Center after landing May 7. Some argue itís time for the Air Force to start planning to use its capabilities to preempt hostile actions in space. (credit: US Air Force) Itís 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...
  • Hereís 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,...
  • California plans to tax space travel by the mile

    05/05/2017 8:29:30 PM PDT · by null and void · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 5, 2017 | Ed Straker
    Liberals are salivating at the idea of taxing cars by the distance they travel, to better rake in money for their nefarious purposes. In California, they are taking the idea one step farther, planning to tax space rockets by the mile as well.
  • Jeff Bezos has job openings for nearly 100 people at Blue Origin-here's who his rocket company is...

    05/03/2017 12:25:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 2, 2017 | Dave Mosher
    In 2000, with his six-year-old business Amazon.com well on its way to becoming a retail empire, Jeff Bezos quietly launched his childhood dream: a rocket company. Called Blue Origin, Bezos kept the operation cloaked in secrecy for many years; only the occasional interview, or rare explosion in the deserts of west Texas (where test flights occur), divulged his plans. The company's initial goal was to launch people to the edge of space and back ó all while recovering the rocket to dramatically lower the cost of flight....
  • Astronauts are baffled by Trump's space travel plans

    04/27/2017 2:29:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Public Radio International ^ | April 27, 2017 | Staff
    American astronauts may be walking on Mars in the next eight years, or ideally the next four, if President Donald Trump has his way. But the new timetable has baffled experts in space travel. (AUDIO-AT-LINK) The surprise announcement ó or rather instruction ó took place this week during a live video conference between President Trump and veteran astronaut Peggy Whitson, who is currently aboard the International Space Station. During the conversation, Trump asked Whitson when it would be possible to send a human to Mars. She gave a careful and detailed answer explaining that a trip to the Red Planet...
  • Cassini Craft Beams Closest Images Ever Taken Of Saturn

    04/27/2017 2:17:13 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    www.npr.org ^ | April 27, 20179:28 AM ET | Bill Chappell
    Images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show the closest-ever views of Saturn's swirled atmosphere and its massive hurricane. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute ================================================================================================================================ NASA's Cassini spacecraft is giving earthlings their closest-ever views of Saturn's swirled atmosphere and its massive hurricane, beaming a trove of images and data back to Earth after the craft made its first dive between Saturn and its rings Wednesday. Cassini is "showing us new wonders and demonstrating where our curiosity can take us if we dare," said Jim Green, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division. The raw images are being fed into a photo stream on NASA's website,...
  • NASA to investigate unknown fungus found growing on the space station (This is how it Starts)

    04/26/2017 11:36:50 AM PDT · by brucedickinson · 87 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4-26-2017 | Mark Prigg
    NASA is set to use a radical new 'tricorder' DNA sequencer to work out what a mysterious fungus found growing on the International Space Station is. Astronauts have reported funding the strange microbial growths on walls and surfaces, and it has even clogged waterlines. Now, two instruments onboard will be used to analyse it in orbit, allowing mission controllers to work out how to deal with it
  • Will we build a VILLAGE on the moon? China in talks with Europe about launching a lunar settlement

    04/26/2017 6:38:01 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 59 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 07:27 EDT, 26 April 2017 | By Daisy Dunne
    Tian Yulong, secretary general for China's space agency, confirmed the plans ESA has described its 'Moon Village' as a launching pad for missions to Mars The lunar site could also support space mining missions and even tourism It could also act as a 'pit stop' for the further exploration of deep space China is talking with the European Space Agency about collaborating on a human settlement on the moon. The secretary general for China's space agency, Tian Yulong, disclosed the talks today in Chinese state media. The ESA has previously described its 'Moon Village' as a potential international launching pad...
  • NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson Sets US Space Endurance Record, Speaks to President Trump

    04/25/2017 7:25:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 04/25/2017 | Ken Kremer
    NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson set the endurance record for time in space by a U.S, astronaut today, Monday, April 24, during her current stint of living and working aboard the International Space Station (ISS) along with her multinational crew of five astronauts and cosmonauts. Furthermore Whitson received a long distance phone call of exuberant congratulations from President Donald Trump, First Daughter Ivanka Trump, and fellow astronaut Kate Rubins direct from the Oval Office in the White House to celebrate the momentous occasion. ďThis is a very special day in the glorious history of American spaceflight!Ē said President Trump during the...
  • Trump wants NASA to send humans to Mars pronto ó by his second term Ďat worstí

    04/24/2017 2:33:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 139 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 24, 2017 | Joel Achenbach
    What we are reporting here isn't fake news. But it doesn't feel exactly like real news, either. It's in that foggy realm of Trump news in which everything is slightly ambiguous and wobbly and internally inconsistent and almost certainly improvisational and not actually grounded in what you could call ďgovernment policy.Ē What happened was: Trump called the International Space Station and talked to astronauts and, in passing, mentioned that he's going to send Americans to Mars, and soon, like really lickety-split. Trump was marking the historic achievement of astronaut Peggy Whitson, the commander of the International Space Station, who set...
  • Goldman Sachs: space-mining for platinum is 'more realistic than perceived'

    04/06/2017 10:51:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 6, 2017 | Jim Edwards
    Goldman Sachs is bullish on space mining with "asteroid-grabbing spacecraft." In a 98-page note for clients seen by Business Insider, analyst Noah Poponak and his team argue that platinum mining in space is getting cheaper and easier, and the rewards are becoming greater as time goes by. "While the psychological barrier to mining asteroids is high, the actual financial and technological barriers are far lower. Prospecting probes can likely be built for tens of millions of dollars each and Caltech has suggested an asteroid-grabbing spacecraft could cost $2.6bn," the report says. $2.6 billion (£2 billion) sounds like a lot, but...
  • Buzz Aldrin Blasts Off With The USAF Thunderbirds For A Record Flight

    04/03/2017 7:12:55 PM PDT · by Moonman62 · 29 replies
    The Drive ^ | 04/03/17 | Tyler Rogoway
    At 87 years old, famed astronaut Buzz Aldrin is still breaking barriers and having a damn good time doing it. The USAF Thunderbirds invited the icon for a ride in their F-16D while they starred in the Melbourne Air & Space Show over the weekend. Aldrin now holds the record of being the oldest person to ever fly with the USAF Flight Demonstration Team. Melbourne is located south of Cape Canaveralówhere Buzz blasted off to the moon in a Saturn V rocket in 1969 as part of the pioneering Apollo 11 crew. Just a few years earlier he rocketed into...
  • The (not-so) observable universe

    04/01/2017 9:38:29 AM PDT · by boycott · 18 replies
    AL.com ^ | April 01, 2017 | Steven Austad
    In case you haven't been paying attention, it has been a pretty exciting last few years for what astronomers call the "observable universe." It's been a particularly rewarding stretch for Albert Einstein too, even though he died in 1955. For instance, last year astrophysicists made the first observations of gravitational waves, which Einstein, exactly 100 years ago, predicted should exist. These waves, which I won't even try to explain, were observed when two black holes crashed into one another and merged. A black hole is formed from matter so dense, and with gravity so strong, that anything near it -...
  • Phew! Asteroid the size of a BUS came closer to the Earth than the moon last night

    03/31/2017 9:59:45 AM PDT · by brucedickinson · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3-31-2017 | Daisy Dunn
    An asteroid as big as a bus came closer to Earth than the moon last night. The object, dubbed 2017 FJ101, zoomed passed within 202,000 miles (325,087 km) of our planet. But the near-Earth asteroid posed no threat to our planet or the moon, scientists said. The asteroid, which is 26ft (eight metres) wide, was first spotted by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope located on the summit of the HaleakalńĀ volcano on Maui, Hawaii on March 25. On average, the moon orbits around 238,855 miles (384,400km) away from our planet. But the bus-sized object came around 36,8555 miles closer to the...
  • SpaceX makes aerospace history with successful landing of a used rocket

    03/30/2017 3:47:10 PM PDT · by Moonman62 · 21 replies
    The Verge ^ | 03/30/17 | Loren Grush
    After more than two years of landing its rockets after launch, SpaceX finally sent one of its used Falcon 9s back into space. The rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, this evening, sending a communications satellite into orbit, and then landed on one of SpaceXís drone ships floating in the Atlantic Ocean. It was round two for this particular rocket, which already launched and landed during a mission in April of last year. But the Falcon 9ís relaunch marks the first time an orbital rocket has launched to space for a second time. "This eveningís mission was a critical...
  • Would YOU choose to live forever? Age-reversing pill Nasa wants to give to astronauts on Mars...

    03/23/2017 4:36:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | March 23, 2017 | Harry Pettit
    Scientists have made a discovery that could lead to a revolutionary drug that actually reverses ageing. The drug could help damaged DNA to miraculously repair and even protect Nasa astronauts on Mars by protecting them from solar radiation. A team of researchers developed the drug after discovering a key signalling process in DNA repair and cell ageing. During trials on mice, the team found that the drug directly repaired DNA damage caused by radiation exposure or old age. 'The cells of the old mice were indistinguishable from the young mice after just one week of treatment,' said lead author Professor...
  • Stephen Hawking has plans to travel to space (invited by Virgin Galactic / Richard Branson)

    03/20/2017 9:27:40 PM PDT · by dayglored · 25 replies
    Sky News (AU) ^ | Mar 20, 2017 | (none)
    Professor Stephen Hawking says he is planning to travel into space on Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic. The physicist and cosmologist, 75, said he had not expected to have the opportunity to experience space but that the Virgin boss had offered him a seat. Discussing the meaning of happiness on Good Morning Britain, he said: 'My three children have brought me great joy. 'And I can tell you what will make me happy, to travel in space. 'I thought no one would take me but Richard Branson has offered me a seat on Virgin Galactic, and I said yes immediately.'
  • SpaceX Dragon Capsule Returns to Earth with Ocean Splashdown

    03/19/2017 9:34:12 PM PDT · by Paul R. · 16 replies
    Space.com ^ | March 19, 2017 | Tariq Malik
    A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean Sunday (March 19), returning to Earth with more than 2 tons of science experiments and other gear from the International Space Station.
  • Russian space official found dead in prison cell

    03/18/2017 11:19:45 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 10 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Saturday, March 18, 2017 | AP
    <p>MOSCOW: A top official of Russia's space agency has been found dead in a prison where he was being held on charges of embezzlement.</p>