Free Republic 3rd Qtr 2020 Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $6,041
Woo hoo!! And now less than $120 to reach 7%!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: space

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Leonard Susskind - Is the Universe Fine-Tuned for Life and Mind?

    07/02/2020 9:37:43 AM PDT · by amorphous · 32 replies
    Leonard Susskind interview - If the deep laws of the universe had been ever so slightly different, human beings wouldn't, and couldn't, exist. All explanations of this exquisite fine-tuning, obvious and not-so-obvious, have problems or complexities.
  • SpaceX Wants You to Try Getting Internet From Space with Starlink

    06/21/2020 7:02:42 AM PDT · by srmanuel · 58 replies
    Vice ^ | 06/18/20 | Vice
    I don't know how many people are interested in this, but I signed up to be a Beta Tester of Starlink. I'm not sure if I will get chosen but it would be fun to take part in, I think I would be a good Beta Tester, I have a computer engineering networking background.... Starlink, is a company started by Elon Musk that is attempting to create a space based internet service with hundreds if not thousands of LEO satellites... This Tuesday another rocket is scheduled to be launched that will carry 60 satellites into space. By this fall upwards...
  • Company plans space tourism flights in high-altitude balloon

    06/18/2020 3:08:47 PM PDT · by DFG · 11 replies
    CBS News ^ | 06/18/2020 | William Harwood
    Researchers, armchair astronauts and even brides and grooms looking for an out-of-this-world wedding experience will be able to celebrate, collect data or simply enjoy the view from an altitude of 100,000 feet in a balloon-borne pressurized cabin, complete with a bar and a restroom, a space startup announced Thursday. "Spaceship Neptune," operated by a company called Space Perspective from leased facilities at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, will carry eight passengers at a time on six-hour flights. The passenger cabin, lifted by a huge hydrogen-filled balloon, will climb at a sedate 12 mph to an altitude of about 30 miles high....
  • Mysterious deep-space flashes repeat every 157 days

    06/08/2020 8:20:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies ^ | 08 June 2020 | By Mike Wall
    Fast radio bursts, or FRBs, are extragalactic flashes of light that pack a serious wallop, unleashing in a few milliseconds as much energy as Earth's sun does in a century. More than 100 FRBs have been discovered to date, and most of them are one-offs, flaring up just a single time (as far as we know). In January of this year, astronomers reported that one member of the "repeater" class, called FRB 180916.J0158+65, appears to exhibit a 16-day activity cycle: It fires off bursts for a four-day stretch, goes quiet for 12 days and then starts all over again. FRB...
  • NASA’s Dragon riders capture the flag, nine years after it was left on the space station

    06/01/2020 5:35:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    Geekwire ^ | 6/01/20 | Alan Boyle
    A day after arriving at the International Space Station on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule, NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken laid claim to a U.S. flag that symbolizes America’s capability to send people to orbit from U.S. soil. The handkerchief-sized flag, sealed in a plastic envelope, has been kept aboard the space station since 2011, when NASA’s final space shuttle crew left it behind before making their departure aboard Atlantis. It was displayed above the Harmony module’s hatch - and, for a time, stored in an equipment bag, nearly forgotten - with instructions that it was to be taken...
  • SpaceX Crew Dragon chalks up picture-perfect space station docking marking end of NASA's reliance on Russian Soyuz spacecraft

    06/01/2020 8:10:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    CBS News ^ | 06/01/2020 | William Harwood
    Nineteen hours after a spectacular Florida launch, SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule caught up with the International Space Station early Sunday and glided in for a problem-free docking, bringing veteran astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken to the outpost in SpaceX's first piloted space flight. The historic mission marks a major milestone in NASA's push to end the agency's sole reliance on Russian Soyuz spacecraft for carrying astronauts to and from the lab complex, the first piloted launch to orbit by a privately owned and operated spacecraft since the dawn of the space age. "Welcome to Bob and Doug," NASA Administrator...
  • NASA Wants to Go Nuclear [power] on the Moon and Mars for Astronaut Settlement

    06/01/2020 8:55:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    scitechdaily ^ | May 31, 2020 | American Chemical Society
    With NASA planning its next human mission to the moon in 2024, researchers are looking for options to power settlements on the lunar surface. According to a new article in Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, nuclear fission reactors have emerged as top candidates to generate electricity in space. When it comes to powering an astronauts’ settlement, there are many factors to consider, writes correspondent Tien Nguyen in collaboration with ACS Central Science. The power source must be capable of being transported safely from Earth and of withstanding the harsh conditions of other worlds....
  • Space X Crew Dragon Demo 2 Live Thread

    05/30/2020 9:40:24 AM PDT · by cll · 288 replies
    Crew ingress in progress. Second time is the charm. The hell with bad news. Onward, forward, skyward and spaceward! Godspeed Bob and Dough! And all ya'alls, take the red pill.
  • Tiny Cardboard Aircraft Could Fly in the Skies of Mars

    05/26/2020 2:41:54 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 5/26/20 | Nancy Atkinson
    Tiny Cardboard Aircraft Could Fly in the Skies of Mars What would be the best method for exploring planetary atmospheres, such as at Mars, Venus or even Earth? One group of researchers are developing tiny, levitating “nanocardboard” aircraft that could hover in alien skies. They would fly like dust floating in beams of sunlight – but intelligently, and with a purpose.“It’s exciting because it’s essentially a new mechanism of flight,” said Igor Bargatin from the University of Pennsylvania. “We’re talking about a structure half an inch in size that can fly around without any moving parts.”For several years, Bargatin has...
  • NASA and SpaceX to launch astronauts into orbit this week on Crew Dragon spacecraft

    05/25/2020 1:05:52 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 39 replies ^ | 5/24/20 | Chelsea Gohd
    This week, astronauts will take off from American soil for the first time since 2011, riding aboard a SpaceX capsule in a historic test flight to the International Space Station. On Wednesday (May 27) at 4:33 p.m. EDT (2033 GMT), veteran NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will launch as co-commanders on SpaceX's Crew Dragon vehicle, which will lift off on a Falcon 9 rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission, known as Demo-2, will fly the astronauts to the International Space Station. They are scheduled to arrive at the space station on May 28 and...
  • NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Fully Stowed in Launch Configuration [Test]

    05/22/2020 5:54:04 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 10 replies
    SciTechDaily ^ | 21 May 2020 | NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has been successfully folded and stowed into the same configuration it will have when loaded onto an Ariane 5 rocket for launch next year...After completing the series of tests, Webb will be deployed [unfolded] one last time on Earth for testing prior to preparing for launch.
  • The new race to contact E.T.

    05/21/2020 4:46:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 87 replies
    Hot ^ | May 21, 2020 | JAZZ SHAW
    In an article over at, Leonard David describes a new development in the efforts by humans to contact extraterrestrial life elsewhere in the galaxy. While the SETI program (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) has been in operation for decades, the results thus far have been mostly disappointing. There was a brief flurry of excitement in 1977 when “the WOW signal” was received, but in later years even that one has been called into question. Now, however, there’s a new player in the game. China has constructed the largest single-dish radio telescope in the world and they are reportedly gearing up...
  • Days before landmark launch, NASA’s head of human spaceflight quits due to ‘mistake’

    05/19/2020 8:37:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 19, 2020 | Alan Boyle
    NASA’s top executive concentrating on human spaceflight, Doug Loverro, has resigned just a week before the scheduled start of a milestone space mission. Loverro became NASA’s associate administrator for human exploration and operations last December, and was playing a leading role in NASA’s Artemis moon program as well as preparations for next week’s launch of a SpaceX Crew Dragon mission to the International Space Station. That mission, set for liftoff on May 27 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is due to send NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the station for a stay that could last...
  • China’s massive Long March 5B’s rocket falls out of orbit over Atlantic Ocean

    05/11/2020 10:03:52 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Spaceflight Now ^ | 05/11/2020 | Stephen Clark
    Most of the rocket was made up of hollow propellant tanks, but the dense turbomachinery of the core stage’s two YF-77 main engines could have survived the fall from space. The Long March 5B rocket lifted off May 5 from the Wenchang launch center on Hainan Island in southern China, carrying a prototype for China’s next-generation crew capsule into orbit on an unpiloted test flight. The launch May 5 marked the debut of a new configuration of China’s heavy-lift Long March 5 rocket. On the Long March 5B, Chinese designers removed the rocket’s second stage and replaced it with a...
  • Martian rock samples might bring alien viruses to Earth, expert warns

    05/11/2020 10:27:36 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 50 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 9, 2020 | Dana Kennedy
    Scientists are preparing for a potential close encounter of the viral kind. Researchers say that when humans return from a planned visit to Mars in the 2030s, they’ll have to quarantine because rock samples from the Red Planet could be as dangerous as Ebola — even if the likelihood they are is low. Rockets returning from Mars will have to undergo a chemical cleaning involving intense heat as well.
  • Trump administration drafting international moon-mining agreement

    05/08/2020 1:58:16 PM PDT · by LucyT · 57 replies
    JustTheNews ^ | May 7, 2020 | Sophie Mann
    The Trump administration is drafting the legal language that will go into a new international agreement called the Artemis Accords that will create standards of behavior for moon mining practices. U.S. officials will formally negotiate the accords with several space-partner countries considered to have similar interests in lunar-mining endeavors. Some of the countries include Canada, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and those across Europe.
  • Air Force's Secret Space Plane Is About to Launch Again with Even More Payloads (May 16)

    05/07/2020 12:55:21 AM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Military via Yahoo ^ | 5/06/20 | Oriana Pawlyk
    The U.S. Air Force's experimental unmanned space plane is about to take off again, this time with a new attachment near its tail to hold more payloads. Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett announced Wednesday that the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) will take off May 16 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, for its sixth mission, which will incorporate tasks for U.S. Space Force and NASA, among other agencies. "This important mission will host more experiments than any prior X-37B flight, including two NASA experiments," she told viewers during a conference hosted by the Space Foundation. One NASA experiment...
  • Exclusive: We Might Have First-Ever Detection of a Fast Radio Burst in Our Own Galaxy

    05/04/2020 2:05:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    Science Alert ^ | May 1, 2020 | Michelle Starr
    Work on this event is very preliminary, with astronomers madly scrambling to analyse the swathes of data. But many seem in agreement that it could finally point to the source of fast radio bursts (FRBs). "This sort of, in most people's minds, settles the origin of FRBs as coming from magnetars," astronomer Shrinivas Kulkarni of Caltech, and member of one of the teams, the STARE2 survey that also detected the radio signal, told ScienceAlert. Fast radio bursts are one of the most fascinating mysteries in the cosmos. They are extremely powerful radio signals from deep space, galaxies millions of light-years...
  • NASA lengthens SpaceX's first crewed mission to International Space Station (May 27 launch)

    05/02/2020 5:44:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    UPI ^ | 5/01/20 | Paul Brinkmann
    ORLANDO, Fla., May 1 (UPI) -- The duration of SpaceX's first mission with astronauts on board -- planned to launch at May 27 from Florida -- has been extended from a few days to potentially weeks aboard the International Space Station, NASA said Friday. The mission was lengthened to ensure that the crew -- astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley -- can help maintain and operate the space station, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement. "Among the work that will await their arrival is upgrading the space station's power system with new batteries due to arrive in May,"...
  • Radio Signal Coming from Inside the Milky Way Detected by Astronomers

    05/01/2020 2:21:25 PM PDT · by John W · 54 replies
    Newsweek ^ | May 1, 2020 | Hannah Osborne
    The latest discovery was announced in The Astronomer's Telegram by Paul Scholz, of the University of Toronto, Canada, on behalf of the CHIME (Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment) and FRB Collaboration. In it, the team announced the detection of a bright radio burst coming from the active magneter known as SGR 1935+2154. This is a type of neutron star, the collapsed core of a massive star, that is thought to have an extremely powerful magnetic field. The observation was made Tuesday. The discovery is preliminary and researchers will need to analyze the burst to confirm their findings. However, if correct,...