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  • Watch Live Tonight! Atlas V Launching Missile-Warning Satellite @ 7:48 pm ET (Delayed last night)

    01/19/2018 4:12:16 PM PST · by WeWaWes · 21 replies ^ | 01/19/2018 | space com staff
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  • Watch Live Tonight! Atlas V Launching US Missile-Warning Satellite @ 7:52 pm ET

    01/18/2018 2:21:23 PM PST · by WeWaWes · 22 replies ^ | 01/18/2018 | space com staff
    A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the new Space Based Infrared System GEO Flight 4 satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 7:52 p.m. EST (0052 GMT). The mission has a 40-minute launch window.
  • Take a 360 degree tour of the Milky Way: Incredible Nasa visualisation (tr)

    01/12/2018 12:13:13 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Jan 11, 2018 | Tim Collins
    Budding astronauts can take a virtual space flight to the deepest depths of our galaxy, thanks to a stunning new interactive graphic produced by Nasa. The immersive 360° visualisation depicts the heart of the Milky Way, roughly 26,000 light years (150,000 trillion miles) away from Earth. It was created using data taken by satellites, which capture light that has managed to escape the monster black hole that lies in the middle of our spiral galaxy. Watch video hereThe project, made using data from Nasa’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, lets viewers control their own exploration of the fascinating environment of volatile giant...
  • This Time, Not for Prestige: The Space Race in the 21st Century

    01/08/2018 1:57:33 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 6 replies
    The National Review ^ | 2017 | Adam Routh
    Today, operations in space are more routine and the competition between states is more diffuse. While generally still important in international politics, prestige plays only a small role in the current international dynamic. To be clear: There is still competition between the U.S. and rising powers. However, unlike the Cold War, which was a battle of opposing political philosophies, here we see competition primarily over economic and strategic opportunity. Another significant difference between the Cold War space race and the current one is that the playing field isn’t level as it was during the Cold War. The U.S. today has...
  • Legendary astronaut John W. Young dies

    01/06/2018 1:55:03 PM PST · by jmcenanly · 27 replies
    Spaceflight Now ^ | 1/6/2018 | William Harwood
    Legendary astronaut John Young, who twice ventured into space in pioneering two-man Gemini capsules, orbited the moon and then walked on its cratered surface before commanding two space shuttle missions, including the program’s maiden flight, has passed away. NASA confirmed the death early Saturday in a posting on Twitter: “We’re saddened by the loss of astronaut John Young, who was 87. Young flew twice to the Moon, walked on its surface & flew the first Space Shuttle mission. He went to space six times in the Gemini, Apollo & Space Shuttle programs.” Tweeted astronaut Terry Virts: “Rest In peace John...
  • The Plasma Magnet Drive: A Simple, Cheap Drive for the Solar System and Beyond

    12/31/2017 10:21:30 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 21 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 12/29/17 | Paul Gilster, Alex Tolley
    The Plasma Magnet Drive: A Simple, Cheap Drive for the Solar System and Beyondby Paul Gilsteron December 29, 2017 Can we use the outflow of particles from the Sun to drive spacecraft, helping us build the Solar System infrastructure we’ll one day use as the base for deeper journeys into the cosmos? Jeff Greason, chairman of the board of the Tau Zero Foundation, presented his take on the idea at the recent Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop. The concept captured the attention of Centauri Dreams regular Alex Tolley, who here analyzes the notion, explains its differences from the conventional magnetic sail,...
  • All The Wild Stuff We're Going To Do In Space And Physics In 2018

    12/31/2017 9:25:17 PM PST · by iowamark · 8 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | Jan 1, 2018 | George Dvorsky
    It's time to gaze into our crystal ball and see what the coming year has in store for science. From powerful new rockets and asteroid-sampling spacecraft to groundbreaking particle physics, there's plenty to look forward to in 2018. Aeronautics and space exploration A new tool to find exoplanets In March 2018, NASA will launch its Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) - a mission to find previously undiscovered exoplanets from the vantage point of low Earth orbit. The space-based telescope is expected to discover thousands of exoplanets over the next several years as it measures the luminosity of more than 200,000...
  • China’s moon mission to boldly go a step further

    12/31/2017 10:35:18 AM PST · by PIF · 60 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Sun 31 Dec ‘17 01.59 EST | Stuart Clark
    This time next year, there may be a new world leader in lunar exploration. If all goes according to plan, China will have done something no other space-faring superpower has been able to do: land on the far side of the moon. China is rocketing ahead with its plans for lunar exploration. In 2018, they will launch a pair of missions known collectively as Chang’e 4. It is the fourth mission in a series named after the Chinese moon goddess. The first component of Chang’e 4 is scheduled to lift off in June. It will be a relay satellite stationed...
  • The biggest rocket launches and space missions we’re looking forward to in 2018

    12/30/2017 1:56:56 PM PST · by iowamark · 5 replies
    The Verge ^ | 12/29/17 | Loren Grush
    NASA is launching a new lander to Mars, as well as a spacecraft that will get closer to the Sun than ever before. And two of NASA’s vehicles already in space will finally arrive at their intended targets... But it’s not just NASA that has a busy year ahead; the commercial space industry has a number of significant test flights planned, and the launch of one of the world’s most anticipated rockets, the Falcon Heavy, is slated for early 2018. And if all goes well, people may finally ride to space on private vehicles. Here are all the missions and...
  • Fiscal Transparency Critical As USA Ramps Up Space Exploration

    12/29/2017 12:48:59 AM PST · by iowamark · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/29/2017 | Stephen Beale
    As the United States aims to reclaim its position as a leader in space exploration, it’s important to keep our space program grounded in fiscal reality. Last week, President Trump directed NASA to get astronauts back to the moon, with the goal of eventually sending Americans on a mission to Mars. It’s easy to get caught up in the thrill of potential new technological achievements and forget the very real costs that are associated with them—costs that are incurred regardless of whether such programs are successful or not. It’s a particular worry with NASA, an agency that has a history...
  • We Might Have Just Discovered 2 Dark Moons Hidden Near Uranus

    12/22/2017 6:11:50 AM PST · by Red Badger · 50 replies ^ | 17 OCT 2016 | FIONA MACDONALD
    ================================================================================================================ Researchers have re-examined data captured by the Voyager 2 spacecraft back in 1986, and think they've found evidence of two never-before-seen moons hidden in the rings of Uranus. Uranus, the third largest planet in our Solar System, already has 27 moons that we know of - but these two new ones appear to orbit the planet more closely than any of its other natural satellites, and are causing wavy patterns in its closest rings. Although Saturn is the most famous ringed planet orbiting our Sun, it's not the only one, with the three other gas giants - Jupiter, Uranus,...
  • Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin reveals it is aiming for a manned launch in 2018

    12/20/2017 6:00:36 PM PST · by mairdie · 4 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 20 December 2017 | Mark Prigg
    The battle of the billionaires between Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Richard Branson looks set to finally blast its first passengers into space next year. Speaking at the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference in Colorado, Jeff Ashby, a former NASA astronaut who is director of safety and mission assurance for Jeff Bezos' space firm Blue Origin, said the firm is now 'a year out' from human flights. It comes as Richard Branson claimed in October he will travel to space on his Virgin Galactic craft within six months. Elon Musk is also expected to soon reveal the launch schedule for a...
  • Stratolaunch's Monster Jet Completes First Test-Drive Down Runway

    12/19/2017 2:30:14 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 56 replies ^ | December 19, 2017 03:31pm ET | Megan Gannon, Live Science Contributor |
    The double-bodied jet —which has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in the world —has been undergoing tests at Stratolaunch's facility at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. The latest phase in this process was testing the aircraft's steering and stopping capabilities. ... The monster jet was only rolled out from its scaffolding in May. This weekend's latest milestone comes three months after the company successfully tested the six engines on the colossal airplane for the first time. Stratolaunch officials have said they hope to have the aircraft in flight by the end of the decade, and the...
  • In 2018, we will see a black hole for the first time ever

    12/19/2017 3:38:07 AM PST · by Libloather · 59 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/18/17 | Jamie Seidel
    We're about to see — for the very first time — the event horizon of a black hole, proving beyond any last vestige of doubt that Einstein’s interstellar monsters are real. And here’s what it will look like.
  • NASA Confirms That ‘The Last Jedi’ Will Be Screened in the International Space Station

    12/14/2017 11:52:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NME ^ | Dec 14, 2017 | Will Buler
    In our galaxy, quite far away NASA have confirmed that astronauts onboard the International Space Station won’t have to miss ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘ as a copy is being sent up to the ISS. The second part of the Star Wars sequel trilogy is out today (December 14) and its reach won’t even miss the astronauts orbiting a few hundred miles above the surface of the Earth. NASA have confirmed to Inverse that a copy of the movie will be transported to the space station in the near future. NASA Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot said: “[I] can confirm...
  • Leading Astronomers: Oumuamua Is ‘Alien Probe With Broken Engines,’ Could Have Hostile Intentions

    12/14/2017 9:14:05 AM PST · by blam · 137 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 12-14-2017 | Mac Slavo
    A leading astronomer studying the origins of the space object known as Oumuamua has come out declaring it’s an alien probe with broken engines. Dr. Jason Wright claims that Oumuamua’s movement is that of a craft that has lost power to its engines. Right now, leading scientists are studying the odd “cigar-shaped” object which originated outside of our solar system. Teams lead by renowned physicist, Stephen Hawking, are attempting to discover whether or not Oumuamua is alien or natural. If a radio signal is detected later today, scientists will “proceed with caution.” Professor Avi Loeb, Professor of Astronomy at Harvard...
  • President Trump signs space policy directive ordering NASA to send humans to the Moon

    12/11/2017 1:35:57 PM PST · by DFG · 50 replies ^ | 12/11/2017 | Jeff Foust
    President Donald Trump is scheduled to sign his administration’s first space policy directive in a White House ceremony Dec. 11, one that will formally direct NASA to send humans back to the moon. A White House schedule of the president’s activities, released late Dec. 10, includes a 3 p.m. Eastern “signing ceremony for Space Policy Directive 1.” The schedule didn’t provide additional details about the event or the document, but a White House official later confirmed that the directive is linked to human space exploration policy. “The president, today, will sign Space Policy Directive 1 (SPD-1) that directs the NASA...
  • Appearance on the John Batchelor Show

    I was on the John Batchelor Show last Thursday talking about Project Vanguard, GPS and my book GPS Declassified: From Smart Bombs to Smartphones.
  • Salyut 7 - The forgotten rescue of a dead space station

    In 1985 one of the most audacious space rescue missions was launched by the Soviets to recover a space station that had been dead for months due to an unknown fault. A feat that was unparalleled in space exploration and rewrote the books on what was thought possible: and yet, its story has fallen into obscurity and conspiracy theories. This is the story Salyut 7 and how the Soviet crew of two, Vladimir Dzhanibekov and Victor Savinikh against the odds rescued it in a daring mission that was the first of its kind in space exploration. **Apologies to all the...
  • NASA weighs new mobile launcher for SLS

    12/02/2017 5:00:55 AM PST · by Elderberry · 18 replies
    SpaceNews ^ | 12/1/2017 | Jeff Foust
    Building a new mobile launch platform for later Space Launch System missions could cost NASA $300 million but allow for more frequent launches, agency officials said. Bill Hill, NASA deputy associate administrator for exploration systems development, discussed the tradeoffs regarding building a new mobile launcher during a Nov. 29 meeting of the human exploration and operations committee of the NASA Advisory Council at the Kennedy Space Center. The current mobile launcher, originally built during the Constellation program for the since-cancelled Ares 1, is finishing modifications to support the first SLS launch, which will use the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS)....