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  • Space station computer outage may force spacewalk

    04/11/2014 8:42:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | Friday, April 11, 2014
    NASA said Friday night that a backup computer on the outside of the orbiting lab is not responding to commands. The main computer, called an MDM or multiplexer-demultiplexer, is working fine, and the six-man crew is in no danger, officials said. But these computers control some robotic functions that would be needed for the upcoming supply run by SpaceX, one of two U.S. companies contracted by NASA to keep the space station well stocked. A backup computer would need to be operating for redundancy of those robotic systems.
  • Belligerent Russia Could Deny U.S. Access To Space

    03/05/2014 6:44:15 PM PST · by gooblah · 55 replies
    IBD ^ | Posted 06:38 PM ET
    Leadership: Putting an economic and political squeeze on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis could bring another Obama chicken home to roost — our president killed the U.S. space program and made us dependent on Putin. Since 2011, when America's space shuttle fleet was retired and our space program was dispersed to various museums, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which proudly put the first human beings, Americans, on the moon some 45 years ago, has largely been fixated on things like monitoring nonexistent climate change and Muslim outreach. Read More At Investor's Business Daily: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/030514-692270-russia-could-deny-space-access-over-ukraine.htm#ixzz2v9AKHsSL Follow us: @IBDinvestors on Twitter...
  • NASA orders series of spacewalks to fix space station

    12/17/2013 2:45:02 PM PST · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 12/17/13 | AP
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA has ordered up a series of urgent spacewalks to fix a broken cooling line at the International Space Station. Station managers decided Tuesday to send two American astronauts out as soon as possible to replace a pump with a bad valve. It's a major job that will require three spacewalks — Saturday, Monday and next Wednesday on Christmas Day. "The next week will be busy with space walks so not much tweeting from here," NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio tweeted from space soon after the decision was announced.
  • Cooling pump fails on International Space Station; six-man crew OK

    12/11/2013 8:33:11 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | updated 8:22 PM EST, Wed December 11, 2013 | John Zarrella and Catherine E. Shoichet
    Officials discovered the malfunctioning loop was producing too much ammonia Wednesday morning, NASA spokesman Josh Byerly said. Teams have shut down some non-critical systems on the station as a result of the problem, NASA said. The space station's life support system is still up and running. Officials could determine that an emergency spacewalk is the best way to fix the failed pump -- something they've done in the past.
  • China's Spaceflight Success Sets Stage for Big Space Station

    06/30/2013 6:29:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    SPACE.COM ^ | 06/29/2013 | Leonard David,
    The successful landing of China's latest manned space mission this week cast a spotlight on the country's growing human spaceflight skills as it hones the capabilities needed to build a huge, permanently crewed space station. During the 15-day Shenzhou 10 spaceflight, three Chinese astronauts accomplished both automatic and manual dockings to China's Tiangong 1 space laboratory, where they lived and worked during the mission. The crew also achieved a two-hour-long fly-around of the module, a first in space for China seen an effort to sharpen rendezvous expertise useful for future space station construction. Aboard the Tiangong 1, the Shenzhou 10...
  • First Music Video From Space? Astronaut Chris Hadfield Sings ‘Space Oddity’

    05/13/2013 3:41:31 PM PDT · by Main Street · 8 replies
    Variety ^ | May 12, 2013 | Pat Saperstein
    International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield was already becoming an Internet sensation with his 770,000 Twitter followers and videos of him strumming a guitar and cooking spinach in space. But now the Canadian astronaut has topped those short performances with a competently-sung rendition of David Bowie’s song “Space Oddity.” The performance of the classically spacey song while actually floating in space “wins the Internet” as some commenters have suggested. Hadfield plays his acoustic guitar alongside shots of the station zooming over earth in the video which the staff of the Canadian Space Agency helped mix. Hadfield handed over the station’s...
  • In rare unplanned spacewalk, astronauts hunt for mystery leak on space station

    05/11/2013 1:06:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    wapo ^ | Saturday, May 11, 11:41 AM | Joel Achenbach,
    <p>A mysterious leak of coolant on the international space station compelled two astronauts to make an extraordinary, unplanned spacewalk Saturday in which they tried in vain to find the source of the streaming ammonia....</p> <p>“So far no smoking gun, an hour and a half into the spacewalk,” an announcer said on NASA TV, which streamed images of the astronauts patrolling a truss of the station and aiming their cameras at the innards of machinery packed with tubes and wires.</p>
  • Space Station Leaking Vital (chilled liquid ammonia) Coolant, NASA Says

    05/09/2013 6:23:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Clara Moskovitz - Space.com
    Astronauts on the International Space Station have discovered a leak of ammonia coolant on their orbiting habitat, and NASA is looking into the problem, though it poses no immediate danger to the crew, officials said today (May 9). The space station uses chilled liquid ammonia to cool down the power systems on its eight giant solar array panels. A minor leak of this ammonia was first noticed in 2007, and NASA has been studying the issue ever since. In November 2012 two astronauts took a spacewalk to fix the problem, rewiring some coolant lines and installing a spare radiator due...
  • Stunning New Photo from the Space Station: The Moon Ushers in Dawn

    05/01/2013 6:45:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | May 1, 2013 | Nancy Atkinson on
    During his evening ritual of sharing images taken from the International Space Station, Commander Chris Hadfield posted this gem: a gorgeous night-time view of the southeastern United States, with the Moon hovering over Earth’s limb and the terminator separating night from day. Dawn is just beginning to break to the east, as the ISS flies overhead. This image reflects the ‘wistful’ feelings Hadfield is having as his time in space in coming to a close. He and his two crewmates Tom Marshburn and Roman Romanenko will head back to Earth on May 13. During a recent linkup with students, Hadfield...
  • Skyrocketing inflation: Russia now charging NASA $70 million per seat to fly US astronauts

    04/30/2013 6:31:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    fox ^ | 4/30/13 | ap
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA is paying $424 million more to Russia to get U.S. astronauts into space, and the agency's leader is blaming Congress for the extra expense. NASA announced its latest contract with the Russian Space Agency on Tuesday. The $424 million represents flights to and from the International Space Station aboard Russian Soyuz spacecraft, as well as training, for six astronauts in 2016 and the first half of 2017. That's $70.6 million per seat -- well above the previous price tag of about $65 million. Russia currently provides the only means of getting people to and from...
  • SpaceX launches Dragon capsule to space station, works on orbital glitch

    03/01/2013 9:19:51 AM PST · by xzins · 17 replies
    CosmicLog NBC ^ | 1 Mar 13 | Alan Boyle,
    SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket blasted off Friday to send an unmanned Dragon cargo capsule on its quickest trip yet to the International Space Station, but the company had to work through a problem with the Dragon in orbit. The Falcon 9 made a problem-free ascent from its launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 10:10 a.m. ET. A half-hour after launch, SpaceX's billionaire founder, Elon Musk, said in a Twitter update that controllers were looking into a technical issue involving the capsule's thrusters. "Issue with Dragon thruster pods," Musk wrote. "System inhibiting three of four [pods]...
  • Official White House Petition: Secure Resources & Funding & Begin Construction of a Death Star

    12/05/2012 7:41:57 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 4 replies
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | Created: Nov 14, 2012 | WhiteHouse.gov
    WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016. Those who sign here petition the United States government to secure funding and resources, and begin construction on a Death Star by 2016. By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense.
  • Europe Launching Heaviest Space Station Cargo Ship Friday

    03/23/2012 10:44:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Space.com ^ | 22 March 2012 Time: 07:00 AM ET | Denise Chow, SPACE.com Staff Writer
    A huge, unmanned European cargo ship will launch to the International Space Station in the wee hours of Friday (March 23) on a mission to deliver a load of food and supplies to the orbiting outpost. The European Space Agency's Automated Transfer Vehicle 3 (ATV-3) is scheduled to lift off from a launch pad in South America at 12:34 a.m. EDT (0434 GMT) on Friday. The spacecraft will launch atop Europe's workhorse Ariane 5 rocket from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. The 20-ton cargo freighter, which is nicknamed "Edoardo Amaldi" after the Italian physicist and spaceflight pioneer,...
  • It Would Cost $852 Quadrillion Dollars to Build a Real Death Star (Almost the U.S. National Debt!)

    02/20/2012 7:23:57 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 40 replies
    DVICE.com ^ | Feb 20, 2012 | Raymond Wong
    It would cost $852 quadrillion dollars to build a real Death Star That's 852 with 15 zeros following it. I know, that figure is insane. You know what that means. It means Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader were rolling in the money like filthy rich rappers. I guess ruling the Galactic Empire isn't so terrible when you're ballin'. Finally putting some questions to rest, the smart folk over at Centives calculated how much iron it would take to build the planet-destroying space station and even figured out how long it would take to build. Here's the reality-check breakdown: • Based...
  • Soyuz with returning NASA astronauts lands safely in Kazakhstan

    11/21/2011 8:41:03 PM PST · by Liberty Valance · 27 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Monday, November 21, 9:56 PM | Associated Press
    MOSCOW — A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts returning from the International Space Station touched down safely in the snow-covered steppes of Kazakhstan early Tuesday morning. NASA astronaut Michael Fossum, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov and Satoshi Furukawa of Japan’s JAXA space agency landed at the break of dawn some 90 kilometers (56 miles) north of the town of Arkalyk at 8:26 a.m. (0226 GMT) after spending 165 days in space. The landing at steppe was close to its target point. NASA spokesman Josh Byerly said in the NASA television broadcast that the recovery operation was swift despite the freezing...
  • Energy of the Future: Spaced Based Solar Stations

    11/15/2011 11:04:23 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 10 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 15/11/2011 | James Burgess
    A solar power station in space measuring several kilometres in length may sound like something from a science fiction film, but the reality is that this idea could well be operational and supplying much of the worlds energy requirements within less than 20 years. Space based solar power stations are not a new idea, in fact they have been researched since the 1970’s. Back in 2009 the Californian state regulators granted approval to the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Solaren Corp. to start creating a solar based power plant in space. Solaren, founded by veterans of Hughes Aircraft, Boeing...
  • In Other News Today

    09/15/2011 11:13:11 AM PDT · by Stoutcat · 4 replies
    Grand Rants ^ | 09-15-11 | Stoutcat
    Astronaut and blogger Ron Garan is coming home after nearly six months in space. Reflecting on his preparation for his trip, he writes: “As I prepared to leave for final launch preparations, I experienced an interesting phenomenon. Realizing that leaving Houston starts me on a journey that will take me off the planet for six months, I started to take note of things that I will not experience for half a year. Whether it’s a flock of birds against the sunset or early morning mist on the water of Clear Lake, or a million other things that define the beauty...
  • Roscosmos To Enhance Control of Soyuz Rocket Engines' Production (Aftermath of 1st Ever Failure)

    09/12/2011 7:05:28 PM PDT · by lbryce
    Space Travel ^ | September 9, 2011 | Staff
    A special commission investigating the causes of the August 24 failed launch of Russia's Soyuz carrier rocket has recommended enhancing the control of the production of engines for Soyuz rockets, Russian space agency Roscosmos said. A Soyuz rocket engine failure resulted in the loss of the Progress M-12M space freighter on August 24, the first loss of a Progress freighter in the history of Russia's space industry. The freighter failed to separate from the rocket and fell in South Siberia's Altai Republic. A clogged fuel supply pipe caused the engine failure, the commission discovered, describing the defect as "accidental," Roscosmos...
  • Russian discusses plan to dump International Space Station into Pacific

    07/28/2011 2:49:28 PM PDT · by shove_it · 15 replies
    aviation answers ^ | 28 July 2011
    A Russian space official said this week that once the mammoth International Space Station is no longer needed it will be sent into the Pacific Ocean. [the article is linked to a FL Today article which cannot be posted on FR)
  • Russia to De-Orbit International Space Station (De-Orbit=Demolish)

    07/27/2011 4:21:24 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 51 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/27/2011 | Yahoo News
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia plans to de-orbit the mammoth International Space Station in a controlled descent into the Pacific in 2020, a top space official said Wednesday. Deputy head of Russia's federal space agency Roscosmos Vitaly Davydov said that the station "cannot be left in orbit" after it stops operation. He said in a web-posted statement that the station will have to be de-orbited in a "planned crash so that there is no space junk left behind."
  • Obama dials for pizza, gets space station

    07/15/2011 2:26:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 7/15/11 | AFP
    Astronauts aboard the International Space Station got a very long-distance call Friday from US President Barack Obama, who joked that he thought he was dialing out for pizza. Hot from giving a press conference at which he pushed Republicans to reach a deal on raising the US debt ceiling, the American president took time out to chat with the 10 astronauts currently aboard the ISS. "I was just dialing out for pizza, and I didn't expect to end up in space," Obama quipped, raising a laugh from the gathered crew. But turning serious, he told the astronauts how proud he...
  • 6 station astronauts take shelter from space junk

    06/29/2011 8:45:19 AM PDT · by Liberty Valance · 19 replies
    AP - The Monitor ^ | June 28, 2011 | Marcia Dunn A/P
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The six space station astronauts took shelter in lifeboats Tuesday when a piece of orbiting junk came dangerously close. The unidentified object came within 1,100 feet of the space station — closer than any piece of space junk ever, said NASA's space operations chief, Bill Gerstenmaier. Mission Control ordered the astronauts into the two Russian Soyuz capsules parked at the space station Tuesday morning. NASA got just 14 hours' notice of the close approach, not nearly enough time to move the space station out of harm's way. The call to seek shelter came around 7:30 a.m....
  • Final spacewalkers of Nasa's 30-year shuttle mission complete construction of ISS

    05/29/2011 12:24:40 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 2:22 PM on 28th May 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    These stunning images capture the final stage of the construction of the International Space Station. But as they marked the beginning of a new era in space exploration, the spacewalk undertaken by Gregory Chamitoff and Mike Fincke also represented an end - of Nasa's 30-year shuttle programme. All future spacewalks - including one during the final shuttle voyage this summer - will be performed by full-time space station residents.
  • Blazing Satellites:Guns In Space

    12/08/2010 10:30:54 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies
    Formilab.com ^ | 10/2008 | John Walker
    When the movie Star Wars came out in 1977, remember how many jokes were made about Luke and Han blazing away at Imperial fighters with the ack-ack guns on the Millennium Falcon? In the July 1998 issue of Spaceflight (the popular publication of the British Interplanetary Society), there's an article1 about the military version of the Soviet Salyut space station, which flew as Salyuts 3 and 5 between 1974 and 1977. (The name “Salyut” was applied to two entirely different space station programs, one military and the other civilian, which used completely different hardware built by different design bureaux.2 The...
  • China's Space Program Launches Lunar Probe

    10/03/2010 11:41:18 PM PDT · by Cindy · 18 replies
    (AP) via WRAL.com ^ | Posted October 1, 2010 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "The probe plans to test technology in preparation for an unmanned moon landing in 2012, with a possible manned lunar mission to follow in 2017. China’s other space plans include the launch of the first module of a future space station next year followed by the dispatch of manned spacecraft to dock with it."
  • Russian Spaceship Zooms Out of Control Near Space Station

    07/02/2010 8:39:40 PM PDT · by ETL · 19 replies
    Space.com via FoxNews.com ^ | July 02, 2010 | Tariq Malik
    An unmanned Russian cargo ship veered out of control near the International Space Station on Friday, sailing clear past the orbiting lab instead of docking on autopilot, as engineers on Earth struggle to determine what went wrong. The robotic cargo ship Progress 38 was slated to dock at the space station at 12:58 p.m. EDT (1658 GMT) but lost its navigational lock on the orbiting lab about 28 minutes before the rendezvous. "The Progress literally flew past the station, but at a safe distance from the outpost," NASA commentator Rob Navias said. "The station crew reported seeing the Progress drift...
  • Space Station to make bright passes over many parts of US again tonight & in weeks ahead

    06/28/2010 5:54:44 PM PDT · by ETL · 15 replies
    SpaceWeather.com ^ | June 28, 2010
    The ISS [International Space Station] continues to orbit Earth in almost constant sunlight, setting the stage for multiple bright flybys in the night sky. Some observers are seeing the space station as often as five times a night! There are three easy ways to prepare. First, you can check our online Simple Satellite Tracker for viewing times. Second, if you have an iPhone, download the Simple Flybys app and your iPhone will guide you to the space station. Third, and finally, our flybys app is now available for Android phones, too!
  • Space Station to make bright passes over many parts of US again tonight & in weeks ahead

    06/25/2010 7:45:53 AM PDT · by ETL · 26 replies
    SpaceWeather.com ^ | June 25, 2010
    The International Space Station (ISS) is about to put on a remarkable show. For the next few days, the behemoth spacecraft will be in almost-constant sunlight. This means it will shine brightly in the night sky every single time it passes overhead. Some observers can see it 3, 4, even 5 times a night! There are three easy ways to prepare for this "ISS marathon." First, you can check our online Simple Satellite Tracker for viewing times. Second, if you have an iPhone, download the Simple Flybys app and your iPhone will guide you to the space station. Third, and...
  • International Space Station to make bright passes over many parts of US tonight and in weeks ahead

    06/24/2010 6:05:07 PM PDT · by ETL · 50 replies
    SpaceWeather.com ^ | June 24, 2010
    The International Space Station (ISS) is about to put on a remarkable show. For the next few days, the behemoth spacecraft will be in almost-constant sunlight. This means it will shine brightly in the night sky every single time it passes overhead. Some observers can see it 3, 4, even 5 times a night! [NOT likely -ETL] There are three easy ways to prepare for this "ISS marathon." First, you can check our online Simple Satellite Tracker for viewing times. Second, if you have an iPhone, download the Simple Flybys app and your iPhone will guide you to the space...
  • Atlantis is caught in a moment of brilliance

    05/21/2010 4:51:17 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 21 replies · 1,670+ views
    Timesonline ^ | May 21, 2010
    As the Space Shuttle Atlantis closed in on the International Space Station, they were briefly visible to an earthbound photographer with the Sun as backdrop. Thierry Legault, a French astro-photographer, travelled to Madrid to capture this astonishing image, which took him weeks to plan. Atlantis and the space station can be seen in the top right-hand corner, milliseconds before disappearing from the shot. -Excerpt- Mr Legault had to position himself within 500 metres of the centre of a visibility band just five miles wide to have a chance of capturing the shot.
  • Darkest NASA Secret Revealed: How to Poop In Space Tutorial (Video)

    05/18/2010 7:14:18 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 22 replies · 943+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | 5/17/2010 | Gizmodo
    Here's an exclusive video from NASA, which reveals the darkest secret of the space program, one that involves docking and alignment: How do you poop in space? Truly fascinating, but some of the comments in the movie shrivel my testes. "Alignment is important. If they are not sure of the alignment, you turn on the camera [inside of the toilet]" "And you can sit down in that thing and look over here and check your alignment" "We don't want men to dock to the funnel" "Male funnels don't have any venting" "Do you guys use the hand restrains at...
  • SUNSET PLANETS AND SPACESHIPS (ISS & Shuttle making visible passes over parts of US tonight and Sun)

    05/15/2010 6:57:21 AM PDT · by ETL · 6 replies · 746+ views
    SpaceWeather.com ^ | May 15, 2010
    "When the sun sets tonight, go outside and look west. You'll see Venus and the crescent Moon beaming together through the twilight. And don't be surprised if you see a spaceship, too. The ISS and Atlantis are circling Earth and flying over many US towns and cities this evening. A four-way conjunction of planets and spaceships is not out of the question. Check the Simple Satellite Tracker for flyby predictions." (simply enter zip code):http://www.spaceweather.com/flybys/?PHPSESSID=1ukve2rqseki17ff29cn687l52&PHPSESSID=r3eer56o4hit72t92i8r6l7u24
  • Last Launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis Set for May 14

    05/05/2010 9:01:29 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 314+ views
    Space.com Via Yahoo News ^ | 5/5/2010 | Tariq Malik
    NASA has cleared the space shuttle Atlantis for its last planned launch on May 14, the first of three final spaceflights planned for the U.S. space agency's storied space plane fleet. Atlantis is officially set to blast off on May 14 at 2:20 p.m. EDT (1820 GMT) from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a 12-day mission to the International Space Station. The shuttle's six-astronaut crew will deliver and install a new Russian science module called Rassvet, which means "Dawn" in Russian. "We're ready to go next Friday," NASA's shuttle program chief John Shannon told reporters Wednesday. "It's been...
  • ISS Could Use Summer 2011 Shuttle Mission

    05/04/2010 4:24:22 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 167+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 5/04/2010 | Mark Carreau
    Space station Program Manager Mike Suffredini would prefer a summer 2011 flight if NASA moves forward with an extra shuttle mission using orbiter Atlantis. The timing would permit the shuttle to supply the orbiting laboratory with additional scientific hardware and components for the water recovery system that is recycling condensate from the breathing air and urine into drinking water for the six-person crews, Suffredini said May 3. Nonetheless, there is no funding for a mid-2011 extension, and the shuttle program is proceeding with plans to wind up operations late this year, with the launching of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS)...
  • The Space Ruse: Obama's New Frontier

    04/16/2010 6:44:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies · 916+ views
    investors.com ^ | 4/16/10 | editor
    Competitiveness: The president spent Tax Day reassuring Florida voters that money will keep flowing to NASA. But in space as well as on Earth, we'll be an unexceptional nation. In space, no one can hear you scheme. President Obama's speech at the Kennedy Space Center will never be confused with President Kennedy's clarion call in 1961 to send an American to the moon within a decade. Rather it was an admission that we will now boldly go where no one wants to go.
  • NASA Plans To Refuel Mock Satellite at the Space Station

    04/07/2010 9:29:12 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 487+ views
    Space News ^ | 4/2/2101 | Debra Werner
    The technology and tools already exist to allow people and robots to repair and refuel satellites in orbit. What is lacking is the recognition of that capability by senior government officials and a business model to enable commercial companies to profit from the enterprise, according to government and industry officials attending a workshop March 24-26 sponsored by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and held at the University of Maryland University College in Adelphi, Md. “It’s pretty clear,” said Frank Cepollina, NASA deputy associate director in the space service capabilities office at NASA Goddard in Greenbelt, Md. “The time for...
  • SUNSPOT CONJUNCTION [amazing amateur photo of Space Station passing huge sunspot pair]

    03/27/2010 9:42:31 AM PDT · by ETL · 44 replies · 1,941+ views
    SpaceWeather.com ^ | March 26, 2010
    Yesterday in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, astrophotographer John Stetson and his son Peter observed a very rare event--a sunspot-space station conjunction: Photo details: 5-inch AP refractor, Baader solar filter, Luminera 2-0 camera "We knew when to look thanks to a prediction from CalSky," says Stetson. "The International Space Station transited the solar disk in only 0.62 seconds. We managed to catch the station's silhouette just as it was passing sunspot 1057." Stetson has been photographing solar transits for years; he ranks this one as "the best yet." As far as we know, this is the first time the ISS has been...
  • International Space Station orbit to be raised by 1.7 km

    03/24/2010 7:22:19 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 542+ views
    Brahmand.com ^ | 3/24/2010 | Brahmand.com
    The International Space Station (ISS) orbital altitude will be raised by 1.7 kilometers (about a mile) on Wednesday, a spokesman for the Russian Mission Control orbital altitude has said. The space station manoeuvre will be carried out with the help of eight boosters on board the Progress M-04M space freighter which is currently docked with the Zvezda module on the ISS, Ria Novosti quoting the spokesman said. "As a result of the operation...the ISS's orbit will be raised 1.7 kilometers, bringing the space station to an altitude of 348 kilometers (about 216 miles) above the Earth's surface," he said. The...
  • China's first low-latitude space center by 2015

    03/10/2010 8:13:17 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 240+ views
    Brahmand.com ^ | 3/10/2010 | Brahmand.com
    “Wenchang” the fourth space center being built in China will not be ready for service earlier than 2014-2015, a media report said. The construction of the space center was previously expected to be completed by 2013. "The construction of the fourth space center, Wenchang, is ongoing. China's first low-latitude space center will be commissioned in 2014-2015," Ria Novosti quoted a local government official as saying to CCTV on Tuesday. Wenchang, located on the northeast coast of the Hainan tropical island, will be the country's first low-latitude space center. Its latitude of only 19 degrees north of the equator will contribute...
  • NASA satellite photos from space

    NASA satellite photos from space. In A Flash Presentation. Pictures of earth and the space station.
  • Space Station Is Near Completion, Maybe the End (to be crashed in 2016)

    01/31/2010 12:49:09 AM PST · by tlb · 61 replies · 1,305+ views
    washington Post ^ | July 13, 2009 | Joel Achenbach
    After more than a decade of construction, it is nearing completion and finally has a full crew of six astronauts. The last components should be installed by the end of next year. And then? "In the first quarter of 2016, we'll prep and de-orbit the spacecraft," says NASA's space station program manager, Michael T. Suffredini. That's a polite way of saying that NASA will make the space station fall back into the atmosphere, where it will turn into a fireball and then crash into the Pacific Ocean. It'll be a controlled reentry, to ensure that it doesn't take out a...
  • America: Lost In Space

    01/28/2010 5:39:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies · 1,305+ views
    Investors.com ^ | January 28, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Achievement: The nation that put the first man on the moon may have put its last as budget cuts slash NASA's plans to return. Men will return to the moon, but they will likely speak Chinese. On May 25, 1961, President Kennedy announced in front of a joint session of Congress the dramatic and ambitious goal of sending an American to the moon by the end of that decade. It was a clarion call to the American spirit and technology to rise up and prove that America's best days were still ahead. Forty-one years after Neil Armstrong set foot on...
  • NASA Heralds Season's Greetings -- NOT Christmas

    12/17/2009 10:32:29 PM PST · by anymouse · 13 replies · 735+ views
    e-mail | 12/18/09
    FYI, The NASA press release below refers to 'holiday' or 'seasons' greetings six times. No mention of Christmas, of course. [comment deleted]! In a bizarre historical turnabout, religious activity on the space station has now become almost entirely dominated by the Russians. They fly icons blessed by priests (http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=6673) Photos: http://hochu.vkosmos.ru/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/ikona.jpeg and http://www.svet-valaama.ru/photoalbom/2006_05_icon_from_space/2006_05_icon_from_space_01.jpg Also http://www.interfax-religion.ru/img/2308.jpg I haven't seen anything remotely similar from the American side. What have I missed? For the next manned launch this Sunday, also expect Russian Orthodox priests from the newly-built church in Baykonur (news story: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10729300) to bless the rocket and the crew. File photo: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Mp59h1-TVgE/SsKiot99hvI/AAAAAAAAAnA/1QV6t9vIfrs/s400/Best+Soyuz+Bless.jpg...
  • International Space Station and Shuttle visible this evening from many locations in U.S.

    11/25/2009 9:38:18 AM PST · by ETL · 30 replies · 1,387+ views
    several sources
    "DOUBLE FLYBY ALERT: Space shuttle Atlantis undocked from the International Space Station this morning at 4:53 am EST. The separation sets the stage for double flybys of North America on Wednesday evening, when Atlantis and the ISS will soar through the night sky side by side--a fantastic sight! Check the Simple Satellite Tracker for flybys." See SpaceWeather.com for Wednesday, Nov 25, 2009:http://www.spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=25&month=11&year=2009 Simple Satellite Tracker (simply enter your zip code):http://www.spaceweather.com/flybys/?PHPSESSID=397dsdousovks7si6boot44dh5&PHPSESSID=stlakv4povvhbcfakao2nm7sp3 __________________________________________ For more detailed and precise International Space Station visible pass info, see Heavens-Above.com: (note that on HA.com, the International Space Station is abbreviated to "ISS"):http://heavens-above.com/ Also note that you...
  • Russia's Last Analogue Space Freighter Buried In Pacific

    10/03/2009 1:36:13 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 778+ views
    Space War ^ | 09/29/2009 | RIA Novosti
    Russia's last cargo spaceship with an analogue control system plunged on Sunday into a "spaceship cemetery" in the southern Pacific, the Russian Mission Control said. "Fragments of the Progress M-67 space freighter with waste material from the International Space Station (ISS) drowned at about 14.20 Moscow time [10.20 GMT]...several thousand kilometers to the east of New Zealand," space officials said. Progress M-67, which arrived at the ISS on July 29 bringing 2.5 tons of supplies, including fuel, water and various equipment, undocked from the orbital station on September 21. During its automatic flight, the craft was used as a laboratory...
  • The real work out there can begin

    09/21/2009 5:05:42 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 2 replies · 255+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 09/21/09 | ERIC BERGER
    After 15 years of construction, narrow congressional votes, delays and, yes, cost overruns, the $100 billion international space station finally appears ready for prime time. The orbiting station, which in size and scope far exceeds anything humans have ever put into space, recently has been on quite a roll. In May the space station doubled its crew from three to six astronauts, and this summer two space shuttle missions delivered a new laboratory and critical scientific equipment.
  • Space junk headed for International Space Station

    09/03/2009 12:29:18 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 26 replies · 843+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/3/2009
    The International Space Station may have to fire its thrusters to avoid a piece of space junk that is on course to pass within two miles of the orbiting complex and its 13 astronauts. Nasa is tracking debris from a portion of a European rocket, the Ariane 5, that was launched more than three years ago. The debris could pass close enough to require astronauts to fire thrusters to move the station and shuttle Discovery that is docked there out of the way, NASA officials said at a briefing. The debris posed no immediate danger to the station or the...
  • Toilet breaks down on crowded International Space Station

    07/19/2009 11:52:10 AM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 65 replies · 1,767+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Sunday, July 19, 2009 | Irene Klotz
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Astronauts aboard the International Space Station used a pair of robot arms to install a pallet of equipment on Sunday, but when break-time came they may have found long lines at the bathrooms. With a record 13 people aboard the station, the main toilet broke down, sending astronauts scrambling to the use backup commodes on the Russian side of the station and aboard the visiting U.S. shuttle Endeavour. "Put an 'Out-of-Service' note on the WHC (waste and hygiene compartment)," Mission Control's Hal Getselman told a crewmember after a fruitless attempt at repairs. The commode, which...
  • Shuttle docks with space station (Endeavour and STS-127 mission to finish the Kibo module)

    07/17/2009 11:18:41 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 417+ views
    BBC News ^ | 7/17/09 | BBC
    The shuttle Endeavour has successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS). Before docking, the shuttle performed a backflip, allowing the ISS team to photograph Endeavour's heat shield to see if it has suffered launch damage. When the two crews join together shortly there will be a record 13 astronauts on the orbiting outpost. During their 11-day visit, the shuttle team will finish work on a Japanese research laboratory called Kibo. Endeavour was finally launched successfully from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on Wednesday after five failed attempts.
  • Space Station Nears an Extension

    04/10/2009 5:00:24 PM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 13 replies · 464+ views
    WSJ ^ | April 11, 2009 | ANDY PASZTOR
    The U.S. and major foreign partners on the International Space Station have agreed in principle to keep it operating through 2020, at least five years beyond the current deadline, according to government and industry officials. There had been looming questions about the future of the space station -- which took nearly two decades and more than $100 billion to design and build -- because until now, the major partners hadn't committed to keeping it going past 2015. An extension could give new momentum to the scientific research conducted there, which initially was delayed by false starts and problems finishing assembly...