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  • Space shock as 'unidentified object' feeding mysterious black hole leaves experts baffled

    10/16/2019 10:46:11 AM PDT · by Innovative · 37 replies
    UK Express ^ | Oct. 16, 2019 | Brian McGleenon
    A MYSTERIOUS supermassive black hole in a distant galaxy is spitting high energy particles after being fed by an object that has never been seen before. The baffling phenomenon has put existing theoretical models on their head, and astrophysicists are puzzled as to what is creating such a regular excretion of material from within the bowels of this supermassive black hole. According to the paper titled, 'Nine-hour X-ray quasi-periodic eruptions from a low-mass black hole galactic nucleus', the energy erupts from the black hole every nine hours and last for one hour and it's that precision which has baffled scientists.
  • NASA Gets a Rare Look at a Rocky Exoplanet's Surface [LHS 3844b]

    10/14/2019 8:02:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory Spitzer Telescope site ^ | August 19, 2019 | Calla Cofield
    A new study using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope provides a rare glimpse of conditions on the surface of a rocky planet orbiting a star beyond the Sun... the planet's surface may resemble those of Earth's Moon or Mercury: The planet likely has little to no atmosphere and could be covered in the same cooled volcanic material found in the dark areas of the Moon's surface, called mare. Discovered in 2018 by NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Satellite Survey (TESS) mission, planet LHS 3844b is located 48.6 light-years from Earth and has a radius 1.3 times that of Earth. It orbits...
  • Stratolaunch under new ownership

    10/11/2019 5:06:15 PM PDT · by hoagy62 · 7 replies
    Spaceflight Now ^ | 10/11/2019 | Stephen Clark-Spaceflight Now
    Stratolaunch said Friday that the company has “transitioned ownership” a year after the death of Paul Allen, the company’s billionaire founder who funded the construction of the world’s largest airplane for an airborne satellite launcher. The company offered few other details in a statement released to media Friday. It was the first official update on the status of Stratolaunch since its huge rocket carrier aircraft completed its first — and so far only — test flight in April. “Stratolaunch LLC has transitioned ownership and is continuing regular operations,” the company said in a statement. “Our near-term launch vehicle development strategy...
  • Alexei Leonov, the first human to walk in space, has died at age 85

    10/11/2019 7:08:02 AM PDT · by Borges · 32 replies
    CBS - AFP ^ | 10/11/2019
    Alexei Leonov, a Soviet-era cosmonaut who was the first human to conduct a spacewalk in 1965, died Friday in Moscow aged 85, his assistant said. "He died today in Moscow at the Burdenko hospital after a long illness," Natalia Filimonova told AFP. The Russian space agency Roscosmos said it was saddened to announce the death of "cosmonaut No 11" who was twice decorated with the country's top honor, the Hero of the Soviet Union.
  • The $850 Quadrillion Space Weapon Obama Refused To Build

    10/10/2019 1:51:35 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 56 replies ^ | 10-10-2019 | Juli
    Even if you haven’t seen Star Wars, everyone knows about the Death Star. But how realistic is the idea of the Death Star, and how much energy would it really take power such a monstrosity? In the off chance that you’ve spent some time away from Earth over the last few decades and you don't know what a Death Star is, it is only the most powerful space station ever imagined and has the ability to blow up an entire planet. The Death Star is such a mind-bogglingly fantastic concept that it even gave rise to a half-serious petition to...
  • Nobody knows what made the gargantuan crater on the dark side of the Moon

    09/26/2019 9:46:29 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 58 replies
    fox news ^ | 09/26/2019 | By Brandon Specktor - Senior Writer | LiveScience
    Billions of years ago, something slammed into the dark side of the moon and carved out a very, very large hole. Stretching 1,550 miles (2,500 kilometers) wide and 8 miles (13 km) deep, the South Pole-Aitken basin... For decades, researchers have suspected that the gargantuan basin was created by a head-on collision with a very large, very fast meteor. Such an impact would have ripped the moon's crust apart and scattered chunks of lunar mantle across the crater's surface, providing a rare glimpse at what the moon is really made of. ... Now, however... After analyzing the minerals in six...
  • INCOMING Mystery object approaching us from interstellar space could be ALIEN spacecraft...

    09/19/2019 10:07:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 123 replies
    The Sun UK ^ | 19 Sep 2019, 16:57Updated: 19 Sep 2019, 17:11 | Harry Pettit, Senior Digital Technology and Science Reporter
    A MYSTERIOUS object hurtling towards our Solar System may be an alien spacecraft. That's the shock claim made by one space scientist, who has exclusively revealed to The Sun that our incoming visitor could be piloted by hyper-intelligent beings. Last week, scientists in Germany announced they had spotted a distant object heading in our direction. Dubbed "C/2019 Q4", the high-speed body appears to be on a path originating from another star system that will see it fire past Mars in October. Despite numerous attempts to study C/2019, scientists remain clueless as to what it is. Many speculate the distant mass...
  • Off to the moon: These Silicon Valley execs are serious about creating a lunar settlement

    09/16/2019 4:31:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Economic Times ^ | September 7, 2019 | Ashlee Vance
    The moon is all the rage these days. China wants to send people there. So too does the United States and NASA. In fact, just about every country with a space program has some sort of lunar ambition that they hope will play out over the next few years. Now, there’s a new entrant in this new space race, a nonprofit organization called the Open Lunar Foundation. Based in San Francisco, it’s a group made up of tech executives and engineers—many of them with former ties to NASA—who have serious ambitions to create a lunar settlement. The driving ethos behind...
  • Secret Pentagon space programs are being driven primarily by fears over rising Chinese capabilities

    09/14/2019 9:12:30 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 17 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | September 14, 2019 in China | Jon Dougherty
    The Pentagon’s emerging secret space defense programs are being developed in large part to counter a rising threat to U.S. orbital assets from both Russia and China, though the latter poses the more significant risk, according to Defense Department officials. Writing at Forbes, senior aerospace and defense contributor Loren Thompson reported that a recent briefing to Trump Cabinet members by a top Air Force commander was highly classified and covered threats to American space-based military and civilian assets posed by Moscow and Beijing, both of whom are building counter-space capabilities aimed at blinding the U.S. military in a conflict and...
  • Andrew Yang proposes ‘giant space mirrors’ to combat climate change (too much sun)

    09/01/2019 9:00:04 AM PDT · by Libloather · 76 replies
    NY Post ^ | 8/28/19 | Christopher Carbone
    **SNIP** Like many of his fellow Democratic presidential candidates, Yang has proposed using a wide range of tools to ramp up renewable energy, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, establish new standards on emissions for buildings, cars and the entire electric grid and boost nuclear energy capacity. However, his 20-year, $4.87 trillion climate plan differs in one way and that’s in terms of geoengineering - the notion that humans should take deliberate and large-scale action concerning climate in order to stop or slow down the planet’s warming. Yang’s plan would provide $800 million to NASA, the Department of Defense and the...
  • Trump launches Space Command

    08/29/2019 4:02:17 PM PDT · by Innovative · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug. 29, 2019 | Ryan Browne
    President Donald Trump announced Thursday the official establishment of the US military's Space Command. "Those who wish to harm the United States, to seek to challenge us on the ultimate high ground of space, it's going to be a whole different ballgame," Trump said at a White House ceremony marking the command's establishment. Space Command will become the 11th combatant command, joining the ranks of US Central Command, which oversees operations in the Middle East, and US Special Operations Command, which oversees Special Operations Forces.
  • US Space Command to launch amid Trump push for military's 'Space Force'

    08/29/2019 3:45:44 AM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 8/28/19 | Thomas Barrabi
    The Trump administration Opens a New Window. is set to launch the U.S. Space Command on Thursday, a key step as military Opens a New Window. officials work to establish a proposed sixth branch of the military known as the Space Force. U.S. Air Force Gen. John Raymond will serve as the first head of Space Command (SPACECOM). At launch, Raymond will lead 87 active units handling operations such as missile warning, satellite surveillance, space control and space support, Gen. Joseph Dunford said at a meeting of the National Space Council earlier this month. "The United States Space Force will...
  • A NASA Astronaut's Divorce Has Sparked Claims of a Crime in Space: Report

    08/26/2019 1:57:36 PM PDT · by jmcenanly · 44 replies ^ | August 23,2019 | Meghan Bartels
    Update for Aug. 24: Astronaut Anne McClain has issued a statement refuting the claims of her estranged spouse. Read the full story here.The closely-guarded private life of a NASA astronaut burst into the spotlight in a New York Times report Friday (Aug. 23) on a messy divorce battle involving American astronaut Anne McClain that has apparently led to claims of identity theft against the space flyer. The incident is rooted in a bitter separation with McClain's spouse, Summer Worden, the Times report continued. According to Worden, her bank account was accessed without her permission from a NASA-affiliated computer network, prompting...
  • NASA astronaut denies space crime accusations amid bitter divorce battle [Homosexual Dispute]

    08/26/2019 8:07:57 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 36 replies
    NY POST ^ | 8/25/19 | Jackie Salo
    ...NASA astronaut Anne McClain has denied she stole her estranged wife’s identity while on a mission as officials investigate her for what may be the first crime committed in space.... McClain’s legal drama made headlines Friday after her wife, Summer Worden, filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, claiming the astronaut illegally accessed her bank account during a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station, the New York Times reported. The pair has been locked in a bitter divorce since 2018 as they feud over custody of Worden’s 6-year-old son....
  • NDAA Shakeup Is a Shakedown for America's National Security

    08/21/2019 6:26:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    American ^ | August 21, 2019 | Nathan Warden
    America recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. That event served to establish America’s preeminence in the space frontier and to declare to the world that, according to President John F. Kennedy, “This new ocean will be a sea of peace” instead of a “terrifying theater of war.” As we look back on this event with pride, we should also confront the fact that today our preeminence in space is quickly becoming science fiction. Having ceded the edge in rocket development years ago, the U.S. is now on track to compromise its preeminence in space even further with...
  • Remarks by Vice President Pence at the Sixth Meeting of the National Space Council

    08/20/2019 6:37:03 PM PDT · by infool7 · 6 replies
    The White House ^ | 08/20/19 | White House
    Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Chantilly, Virginia 9:59 A.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you, Dr. Stofan. Thank you for that kind introduction. And thank you for your tremendous stewardship and your tremendous leadership. Would you join me in thanking Dr. Ellen Stofan for her outstanding leadership? (Applause.) To all of the members of the National Space Council, to our User Advisory Group — all of whom very quietly came onstage — I think they all deserve a big round of applause. These are extraordinary Americans that are making a difference for American leadership in space. (Applause.) Would you join...
  • Scientists detect a black hole swallowing a neutron star

    08/19/2019 8:44:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies ^ | August 19, 2019 | Staff
    Scientists, including from The Australian National University (ANU), say they have detected a black hole swallowing a neutron star for the first time. Neutron stars and black holes are the super-dense remains of dead stars. On Wednesday 14 August 2019, gravitational-wave discovery machines in the United States and Italy detected ripples in space and time from a cataclysmic event that happened about 8,550 million trillion kilometres away from Earth.
  • Thousands of Tardigrades Stranded on the Moon After Lunar Lander Crash

    08/06/2019 4:35:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Live Science ^ | August 6, 2019 11:13am ET | Mindy Weisberger,
    Beresheet was a robotic lander. Though it didn't transport astronauts, it carried human DNA samples, along with the aforementioned tardigrades and 30 million very small digitized pages of information about human society and culture. However, it's unknown if the archive — and the water bears — survived the explosive impact when Beresheet crashed The tardigrades and the human DNA were late additions to the mission, added just a few weeks before Beresheet launched on Feb. 21. Much like Cretaceous fossils locked in amber, the DNA samples and tardigrades were sealed in a resin layer protecting the DVD-size lunar library, while...
  • Everything We Know About the Air Force's Secret X-37B Spaceplane

    07/30/2019 8:11:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | July 30, 2019 | Kyle Mizokami
    Think of the X-37B as the Space Shuttle’s smaller, younger brother and you wouldn’t be wrong. With its bullet-like shape, stubby wings, and two tone black and white appearance, the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle looks like a smaller, cuter version of the manned orbiter that served NASA for decades. That’s where the comparison ends though: property of the U.S. Air Force, the secretive, unmanned X-37B is built to spend months in orbit, carrying out classified missions on behalf of America’s military space program.
  • Space Force Development: America’s X-37B military space plane passes 700 days in space

    07/29/2019 8:40:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/29/2019 | Chriss Street
    The Air Force's top-secret X-37B Space Plane that appears to be the prototype for the world’s first stealth outer spacefighter just set a new record of 700-days in orbit. The X-37 is called the “mini-shuttle” because it is about 29 feet long, has a 15-foot wingspan, weighs just 11,000 pounds and there have been five Earth orbit missions since 1999 at altitudes between 200 and 250 miles. The current two reusable X-37B’s look like scale-models military “spacefighter,” but are officially designated as robotic “temporary satellites” to avoid violating the Outer Space Treaty that forbids weapons platforms at altitudes over 62...