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  • China hopes to be growing potatoes on the moon ‘within 100 days’

    01/16/2019 4:47:25 AM PST · by vannrox · 63 replies
    ATS ^ | 16JAN19 | Editorial staff
    The 18cm high aluminium alloy cylinder - called a moon surface micro-ecological circle - contains silkworm eggs and seeds for potatoes and cress. Chinese scientists now hope both plants will root and sprout in the container, producing the first flower ever grown on the space rock. They hope to see the results towards the end of a 100-day experimental period, according to the country's space agency. Last night, they announced their first breakthrough publishing a picture of cotton seed, bought up on Chang’e 4 actually growing. China hopes to be growing potatoes on the moon ‘within 100 days’ With all...
  • Elon Musk unveils assembled SpaceX Starship and it's glorious

    01/13/2019 12:01:55 AM PST · by vannrox · 77 replies
    cnet ^ | 10JAN19 | by Amanda Kooser
    Elon Musk and SpaceX's ambitious plans to reach around the moon and all the way to Mars require a big effin' rocket. Now we know what it looks like. Musk tweeted out an image on Thursday of an assembled early version of the SpaceX Starship, which was once known in polite company as the Big Falcon Rocket. Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an actual picture, not a rendering. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 11, 2019 "Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This...
  • Bevy of Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts Spotted by Canadian Telescope

    01/09/2019 7:23:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    scientificamerican ^ | January 8, 2019 | Alexandra Witze, Nature magazine
    First spotted in 2007, FRBs are one of the most intriguing mysteries in astrophysics. They appear all over the sky, and astronomers aren’t sure what causes them. n early testing during July and August, before it began full operations, CHIME spotted 13 FRBs. Prior to this, astronomers had between 50 and 60 examples. The more FRBs that astronomers find, the greater the chance they can start to pin down their origin. CHIME also detected only the second known FRB that repeats, meaning that the radio flashes re-appear at the same point in the sky. It saw the repeater pop up...
  • How Sierra Nevada's "Dream Chaser" Could Become a Nightmare for Northrop Grumman

    01/07/2019 7:43:44 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | 01/06/2019 | Rich Smith
    Acquiring space launch company Orbital ATK in an all-cash $7.8 billion merger, Northrop took possession of Orbital's Minotaur and Antares medium-lift rocket families. It acquired Orbital's ongoing project to build a new "OmegA" class heavy lift rocket as well, with which to compete against the likes of United Launch Alliance and SpaceX for large commercial and military satellite launches. Northrop Grumman also inherited Orbital's ongoing NASA contract to resupply crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) with needed consumables under the agency's CRS-1 and CRS-2 "Commercial Resupply Services" contracts -- missions valued at as much as $14 billion across the...
  • America as O-ring

    01/04/2019 1:31:05 AM PST · by vannrox · 30 replies
    American Greatness ^ | 3JAN19 | By Spencer P. Morrison
    On January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded. All seven astronauts were killed. Eyewitness Frank Mottek described the scene: Just then we both stood up and looked up at the shuttle making its way farther and farther into the sky. Suddenly, I was struck by a pattern I had never seen before. From our vantage point, it appeared that an extra flame was trailing from the shuttle. Then, in that split second, a silent fireball appeared in the sky. Then there was silence, the silence of alarm. . . Investigations later revealed that two rubber O-rings, which were designed...
  • Nancy Roman American Astronomer NASA Executive Age 93

    12/30/2018 1:48:04 PM PST · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 30, 2018 | Christopher Carbone
    Nancy Grace Roman, known as the "mother" of the Hubble Space Telescope and the first woman to hold an executive position at NASA, died on Christmas Day. She was 93. As the first chief of astronomy in the office of space science at NASA headquarters, Roman had oversight of the planning and development of programs such as the Cosmic Background Explorer and the Hubble Space Telescope, according to NASA. “During the 1960s and early 1970s there was no one at NASA who was more important in getting the first designs and concepts for Hubble funded and completed,” space historian Robert Zimmerman wrote in...
  • Dream Chaser cleared to begin full-scale production

    12/20/2018 7:59:22 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | December 18, 2018 | Jeff Foust —
    SNC was one of three companies, along with incumbents SpaceX and Orbital ATK (now Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems), to receive CRS-2 contracts from NASA in January 2016. Each company is guaranteed at least six missions to the ISS under the contracts. To carry out the missions, SNC proposed a cargo version of the Dream Chaser spacecraft it had been developing for NASA’s commercial crew program. Although the vehicle was not selected by NASA when it awarded contracts instead to Boeing and SpaceX in 2014, SNC adapted the design with foldable wings, allowing it to fit within many existing payload fairings,...
  • United Launch Associates Just Scrubbed Launch - AGAIN!!

    12/19/2018 6:12:15 PM PST · by Terry L Smith · 19 replies
    The ULA just scrubbed the launch, again, of Mission NRO-17. A hydrogen leak, if I heard it correctly, was detected around the port-mounted main engine of the heavy lift rocket. Announced time pushed back 24 hours for another launch.
  • China warns US against 'weaponising' space

    12/19/2018 8:21:54 AM PST · by Mariner · 16 replies
    AFP ^ | December 19th, 2018 | Unattributed
    China said Wednesday it opposed the "weaponisation" of space as it criticised US President Donald Trump's orders to create a new command centre for controlling military space operations. "China has consistently proposed the peaceful usage of space, and opposes the weaponisation of space and a space arms race," said Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying at a press briefing. "We oppose even further turning space into the new battleground," she added. On Tuesday, Trump ordered the creation of "Space Command", a new organisational structure within the Pentagon that will have overall control of military space operations. SpaceCom, as it will...
  • New Horizons Will Spend New Years Exploring Ultima Thule, a Billion Miles Past Pluto

    12/19/2018 6:36:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | December 19, 2018 | David Grossman
    At the furthest reaches of the solar system, 2019 will start off with exploration. NASA has given the final green light to its New Horizons spacecraft for a January 1st flyby of Ultima Thule, an object in the Kuiper Belt around a billion miles beyond Pluto. It will be the most distant planetary flyby in human history. Before giving the okay, NASA wanted to make sure that it wasn't passing up any other opportunities for either study or disaster in the area—rings, small moons, and anything else that a probe like New Horizons might want to observe. Pushing through the...
  • Russia Wants to Extend U.S. Space Partnership. Or It Could Turn to China.

    12/11/2018 4:33:14 PM PST · by Innovative · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | Dec. 11, 2018 | Andrew E. Kramer
    MOSCOW — Russia’s Museum of Cosmonautics displays with rightful pride artifacts from its early years of storied achievements in space exploration: the first satellite, the first dog in space, the first man and, soon thereafter, the first toolbox. Labeled in blocky Cyrillic writing a “panel with instruments for technical service and repair,” the toolbox held an array of handy items like pliers, two wooden-handled files and a hacksaw, spare blade included. Russian space officials are trumpeting this history of grit and ingenuity in orbit as they hope to persuade Washington to continue joint piloted exploration in the next decade rather...
  • SpaceX Dragon Delivers Cargo (and Christmas Treats) to Space Station

    12/08/2018 12:06:54 PM PST · by Innovative · 22 replies
    Space ^ | Dec. 8, 2018 | Tariq Malik
    A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship made a special delivery at the International Space Station Saturday (Dec. 8) just in time for the holidays. And yes, Virginia, there are Christmas treats on board. The robotic Dragon spacecraft arrived at the space station Saturday morning to deliver more than 5,600 pounds (2,540 kilograms) of fresh supplies for the six Expedition 57 astronauts on the orbiting lab. SpaceX launched the Dragon ship Wednesday (Dec. 5) from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Wednesday (Dec. 5).
  • China launches pioneering mission to far side of moon

    12/07/2018 7:19:37 PM PST · by vannrox · 21 replies
    <p>BEIJING (AP) — China launched a ground-breaking mission Saturday to land a spacecraft on the largely unexplored far side of the moon, demonstrating its growing ambitions as a space power to rival Russia, the European Union and the U.S.</p> <p>A Long March 3B rocket carrying a lunar probe blasted off at 2:23 a.m. from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province in southwestern China, the official Xinhua News Agency said.</p>

    12/05/2018 12:30:09 PM PST · by Sgt_Schultze · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5 Dec 2018 | Hanna Bogorowski
    Two Americans wanted to create a satellite in an effort to increase internet access in Africa, but their project is quickly and potentially dangerously turning over into the hands of the Chinese government. Boeing agreed to build the satellite even after the founders of Global IP informed them it was being financed by the Chinese government through a web of shell companies and foreign transactions. China appears to be ramping up efforts to usurp the technology, causing concern for U.S. officials.
  • Has Russia just put a secret weapon in orbit? New launch prompts security concerns

    12/04/2018 1:59:28 PM PST · by Innovative · 17 replies
    Daily Mail, UK ^ | Dec. 4, 2018 | Phoebe Weston For Mailonline
    The US military has raised concerns about the mysterious Russian launch They found five orbital bodies leaving the rocket instead of four, as suggested Either rocket's upper stage broke, or Russia had kept part of the launch secret The US military has raised concerns about the mysterious Russian launch after they found five orbital bodies leaving the rocket instead of four, as previously suggested. The US Combined Space Operations Centre (CSpOC) believe that either the rocket's upper stage broke in two, or the Russians had kept part of the launch secret.
  • Next US moon landing will be by private companies, not NASA

    11/29/2018 5:39:09 PM PST · by amorphous · 30 replies
    AP ^ | 11/29/2018 | MARCIA DUNN
    NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Thursday that nine U.S. companies will compete to deliver experiments to the lunar surface. The space agency will buy the service and let private industry work out the details on getting there, he said. The goal is to get small science and technology experiments to the surface of the moon as soon as possible. The first flight could be next year; 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing.
  • Fireball lights up Central Texas sky

    11/16/2018 7:32:35 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    KXAN ^ | 11/15/2018 | Jime Spencer
    A meteor so bright it stunned Central Texans who witnessed it at 9:22 p.m. Thursday. The streaking space debris was spotted across Texas and in adjacent states. A number of witnesses from western Travis County to Kyle in Hays County also reported a sonic boom, with some saying it rattled their windows. Meteors that are brighter than planets in the night sky are called fireballs. This one clearly was, as some reported the entire sky lighting up as the green, light yellow and white object streaked across the Texas sky. It may have been a piece of rock from an...
  • NASA to soon end active efforts to restore contact with Opportunity

    10/24/2018 9:15:26 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 11 replies
    SpaceNews ^ | 10/23/18 | Jeff Foust
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — NASA expects to soon end efforts to contact the Opportunity Mars rover, silent for more than four months after a major dust storm, but will continue to listen for signals from the spacecraft for months to come. Opportunity, which has been on Mars since January 2004, last contacted Earth June 10. A powerful globe-spanning dust storm blocked the sun and deprived the rover of solar power, putting it into a low-power mode. On Sept. 11, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said that the optical depth, a measure of the haziness of Martian skies, had dropped to a level...
  • Watch Live Tonight! ESA and JAXA Launch BepiColombo to Mercury @ 9:45 pm ET

    10/19/2018 6:40:27 PM PDT · by Pete from Shawnee Mission · 13 replies ^ | 10/19/2018 | staf
    "An Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket will launch a new mission to Mercury tonight, to send a set of spacecraft to the innermost planet! The joint mission by the European Space Agency and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will lift off at 9:45 p.m. EDT (0145 GMT) from a pad at the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. You can watch the launch live here, beginning at 9:15 p.m. EDT (0115 GMT), courtesy of ESA."
  • Hyperion is an ancient cosmic beast formed 2.3B years after Big Bang

    10/18/2018 5:59:30 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 41 replies
    Astronomers have discovered a massive proto-supercluster of galaxies -- bigger than even one million billion Suns. Scientists have called the ancient colossal structure Hyperion, the European Southern Observatory announced Wednesday. It is reported to have appeared just 2.3 billion years after the Big Bang, which took place about 13.7 billion years ago. The cluster's namesake is one of 12 titans born to the gods Gaia and Uranus in Greek mythology.