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  • 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...
  • Trump administration drafting 'Artemis Accords' pact for moon mining - sources

    05/05/2020 2:29:37 PM PDT · by gnarledmaw · 19 replies
    Reuters via MSN ^ | 05MAY20 | Joey Roulette
    Synopsis: Due to outdated international law (1967 Outer Space Treaty) Trump administration to work with other like minded nations to settle on a new agreement called the "Artemis Accord" going forward to place bases and industry on the moon and other celestial bodies. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine pokes Obama in the eye.
  • 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,"...
  • Why NASA's Annoyed About Elon Musk's Giant Rocket [not]

    10/15/2019 12:46:03 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Space dot dumb, er, com ^ | Monday, October 7, 2019 | Rafi Letzter
    The Starship MK1 assembled at SpaceX's build and launch facility in Texas. On Sept. 30, Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, told CNN that the Crew Dragon would be ready to carry astronauts into space in three to four months. But NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told CNN he wasn't convinced, and due to delays from SpaceX and Boeing (which is at work on a similarly delayed, competitor capsule called Starliner), he anticipated NASA buying more seats aboard Russian capsules... "I am looking forward to the SpaceX announcement. In the meantime, Commercial Crew is years behind schedule. NASA expects to see...
  • Queen guitarist Brian May weighs in on Pluto as a planet (he has a doctorate in astrophysics)

    08/29/2019 9:19:58 PM PDT · by DoodleBob · 57 replies
    CNET ^ | August 29, 2019 | Amanda Kooser
    You might not care what Keith Richards or Jimmy Page think about Pluto's status as a dwarf planet, but when Queen guitarist Brian May speaks up about it, it's worth a listen. May, who received his doctorate in astrophysics in 2007, posted his Pluto thoughts on Instagram late Wednesday after hearing about how NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine still thinks of Pluto as a full-on planet. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) tightened up its definition of a planet in 2006 and demoted Pluto to dwarf-planet status, sparking an ongoing debate that just won't rest. May is on the pro-planet side of...
  • NASA tweaks call for lunar lander concepts

    04/27/2019 4:55:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    SapceNews.com ^ | April 27, 2019 | by Jeff Foust —
    NASA has updated a planned call for proposals for lunar landers to enable a human mission in 2024, broadening the scope to include integrated lander concepts. In a procurement filing issued late April 26, NASA updated an earlier notice published April 8 that announced plans to solicit proposals for an ascent stage for a human-rated lunar lander. Instead, the upcoming procurement will seek proposals for “a complete integrated lander” that includes an ascent module as well as a descent module and transfer stage. A formal call for proposals, part of NASA’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships, or NextSTEP, program...
  • Astronauts on the Moon in 2024? US Can't Do It Alone, NASA Chief Says

    04/09/2019 8:06:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 54 replies
    Space.com ^ | Hanneke Weitering
    "Putting humans on the moon in 2024 is not an America-alone effort," Bridenstine told a jampacked room of space industry officials. "We need all of our international partners. In fact, none of us can do what we want to achieve alone." "The plans that we laid out for 2028 are the same plans that we're going to use to get to the moon in 2024. We're just going to have to move forward some of our investments, but it's all achievable," Bridenstine said, adding that a sufficient budget is still "key." NASA is currently working on an amendment to its...
  • Boeing delays Starliner test flights (again, and again, and again...)

    04/03/2019 11:11:57 AM PDT · by Yossarian · 21 replies
    SpaceNews ^ | 4/3/19 | Jeff Foust
    WASHINGTON — Boeing confirmed April 2 it will delay the uncrewed test flight of its commercial crew vehicle, citing a tight schedule and conflicts with another launch. In a statement to SpaceNews, Boeing said the first flight of its CST-100 Starliner spacecraft, called the Orbital Flight Test, is now scheduled for August on a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. That launch had been scheduled for this spring. In the statement, Boeing said it had entered the “final phases of production” of the Starliner that will fly that uncrewed test flight. “Our Starliner team continues to press...
  • NASA says it's committed to Boeing-built rocket after considering alternatives

    03/26/2019 9:14:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    cnn ^ | 03/26/2019 | Jackie Wattles
    Now, government officials are dialing up the pressure on Boeing to speed up development of the long-overdue rocket, called Space Launch System or SLS. The space agency contracted Boeing in 2012 to build SLS's core components. Bridenstine's remarks came after US Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday at a National Space Council meeting in Alabama that news of more hangups with the SLS program were a "great disappointment," and the current timeline is "just not good enough." Boeing began building SLS's core stage, the backbone of the rocket, about seven years ago. Officials said at the time that SLS would...
  • 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.
  • 9 US Companies Are Going to the Moon! Here Are NASA's New Partners.

    11/29/2018 10:47:26 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    Space.com ^ | November 29, 2018 05:30pm ET | Meghan Bartels,
    The general idea is that these companies will be able to compete for contracts to deliver NASA science experiments to the surface of the moon by flying lunar landers on rocket launches purchased from other commercial space companies. Those individual contracts would substitute for NASA needing to build those capacities itself. But under this approach, NASA won't be alone in hiring these companies — the agency hopes to spur development that the commercial sector can also utilize. "We want to be first customers, not only customers," Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA's head of the science mission directorate, said during the event. The...
  • Science restored: Eddie Bernice Johnson prepares to chair key panel in U.S. House of Rep [LOL!]

    11/13/2018 12:27:41 PM PST · by ETL · 33 replies
    ScienceMag.org ^ | Nov 13, 2018 | Jeffrey Mervis
    After 8 years in the political wilderness, Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D–TX) is relishing the chance to “restore the credibility” of the science committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. With Democrats winning control of the House, Johnson is in line to move from ranking member to chair of the panel when the 116th Congress convenes in January 2019. And she says ending the committee’s ideologically driven fights over climate change, management of the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other research topics is high on her agenda.
  • NASA Is Preparing A 17 Year Old Girl To Become The First Human On Mars

    09/01/2018 2:38:05 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 120 replies
    Galaxy Monitor ^ | 7/10/18 | Lauren Webber
    Mars, NASA NASA Is Preparing A 17 Year Old Girl To Become The First Human On Mars Lauren WebberJuly 10, 2018, 10:15 amJuly 10, 2018 The 17-year-old is training to be on the first NASA trip to the red planet, where she’ll spend two to three years. (Photo: NASA Blueberry) Alyssa Carson fell in love with space when she was only 3 years old and now is making it her life’s work to be the first human to land on Mars.The 17-year-old is training to be on the first NASA trip to the Red Planet, where she says she’ll...
  • Sex robots ‘will colonize Mars’ says love-bot tester

    10/17/2018 8:10:25 AM PDT · by ETL · 56 replies
    The Sun ^ | Oct 10, 2018 | Sean Keach, Digital Technology and Science Editor
    SEX-BOTS will help humans colonise Mars, according to a love-doll enthusiast who helps "test drive" randy robots.YouTuber, love-doll collector and sex-bot consultant Brick Dollbanger told The Sun that we'll soon by relying on droids for space travel – and said we'll eventually become bots ourselves. A divorced property developer in his 60s, Brick (not his real name) has been buying sex dolls for over a decade, and regularly advises California sex robot firm Realbotix on their upcoming Harmony love droid.And he's convinced they're going to help advance the human race: "I think we have to remember [sex robots] are here to help us...
  • NASA Chief Sees Bold Future on Mars and the Moon

    11/12/2018 11:28:24 AM PST · by ETL · 33 replies
    Space.com ^ | Nov 11, 2018 | Chelsea Gohd, Space.com Staff Writer
    WASHINGTON — The moon may be the next space destination for American astronauts, but the frontier of Mars still beckons, NASA chief Jim Bridenstine says. Monday evening (Nov. 8), a crowd of reporters, scientists, politicians and space enthusiasts gathered here at National Geographic headquarters to celebrate and discuss Season 2 of the National Geographic series "Mars" and the Project Mars competition's film and poster winners. Bridenstine addressed the crowd, saying he was excited about the return of "Mars," the competition, and the steps the U.S. is taking to get back to the moon and then the Red Planet.  "We're going...
  • Commercial Spaceships Are Like 'Driving an iPhone,' New Astronaut Says

    08/03/2018 1:32:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Space.com ^ | August 3, 2018 03:18pm | Meghan Bartels,
    Nine astronauts have new travel plans aboard commercial space capsules, with their mission assignments announced earlier today (Aug. 3). Five of those astronauts flew aboard the United States' last set of spacecraft to travel to the International Space Station (ISS), the space shuttles. But while the newly announced crews are excited to once again launch from Florida instead of Kazakhstan, they aren't very nostalgic for the hardware of the shuttles themselves. During the press announcement of the new astronaut assignments, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine asked two veteran astronauts to compare their new rides to the shuttles they flew more than...
  • New NASA chief Bridenstine says humans contribute to climate change 'in a major way'

    05/22/2018 12:29:29 PM PDT · by ETL · 40 replies
    FoxNews/Science ^ | May 22, 2018 | Sarah Lewin
    In a NASA town hall yesterday (May 17), NASA's new administrator, Jim Bridenstine, said that he knows Earth's climate is changing, and that humans contribute to it "in a major way," also supporting NASA's research into that important area. The statement is significant because Bridenstine has expressed doubt about human-caused climate change in the past, causing some to question his suitability to lead a fact-focused NASA. In 2013, as an Oklahoma congressman, Bridenstine claimed there was no current trend toward global warming. More recently, such as in his NASA administrator confirmation hearings last November, he has acknowledged that human activity...
  • Jim Bridenstine Christmas Celebration with Special Guest Ted Cruz (December 23 9:00 am)

    12/15/2015 12:10:31 PM PST · by Isara · 2 replies
    Cruz for President ^ | December 15, 2015
    Come celebrate Christmas with Tulsa's Congressman, Jim Bridenstine, and special guest Ted Cruz, Candidate for President, and honor our service men and women. Make sure to arrive early to get your picture taken with Santa too! Friends of Jim Bridenstine Christmas Celebration with Special Guest Ted Cruz Wednesday, December 23, 2015 Doors open at 8:00am Program: 9:00am The Mabee Center, Oral Roberts University 7777 South Lewis Avenue Tulsa, Oklahoma 74171 Register for the event.
  • Cruz Basks in News of Boehner Resignation

    09/26/2015 11:01:59 AM PDT · by Isara · 35 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | Sept. 25, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a persistent thorn in the side of Republican congressional leadership, basked in the news Friday that House Speaker John Boehner was resigning. As Cruz spoke at an annual meeting of social conservatives in Washington, the speaker was at the Capitol, making official what had surfaced earlier Friday: that he was stepping down at the end of next month amid GOP infighting on the Hill. By the time Cruz took the stage at the Family Research Council's Value Voters Summit, he barely had to mention the Ohio Republican's name before drawing loud applause. “You want to know...
  • The Republicans who voted against Boehner for Speaker (Jan. 2015)

    09/25/2015 1:12:48 PM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 06, 2015, 02:38 pm | Cristina Marcos
    Twenty-five Republicans rebelled against John Boehner (R-Ohio), who won a third term as Speaker on Tuesday. The 25 Republicans, including three freshmen, didn't coalesce around a single alternative candidate. Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.), whose nomination for Speaker became public just minutes before the vote, attracted the most votes at 12. Meanwhile, the other two long-shot candidates, Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) only received three and two votes each. Additionally, freshman Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) voted "present" rather than voting for anyone. And two Republican lawmakers voted for people who aren't even members of the House: Rep. Gary...