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  • Leak suggests big bang find was a dusty mistake

    New Scientist - Space
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:28 am
    Details of a new analysis of last year's BICEP2 results have been accidentally leaked – and seem to show that claiming a gravitational wave discovery was jumping the gun
  • Multibillion-dollar race to put internet into orbit

    New Scientist - Space
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    The next-generation internet could come from above, with fleets of satellites delivering broadband to under-served areas of the world
  • Upcoming Events

    Aviation Week - Aerospace Defense, Business & Commercial News
    2 Feb 2015 | 5:54 pm
    Feb. 2-3—MRO Middle East, Dubai World Trade Center, Dubai, UAE, Feb. 3-6—National Business Aviation Association Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference, San Jose, California, Feb. 11-14—Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association (LPBA) Winter 2015 Meeting, Sunscape Sabor Resort, Cozumel, Island, Mexico, read more
  • China 2015 military drills to focus on 'winning local wars'

    Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Beijing (AFP) Jan 29, 2015 China's military training this year will focus on "improving fighting capacity" to win "local wars", the defence ministry said Thursday, with Beijing embroiled in several territorial disputes. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been tasked with improving its ability to "win battles" by President Xi Jinping, its commander-in-chief, who has also pushed a high-profile campaign to root out c
  • Second Bird Flu Case in Human in Canada

    Discovery News
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:07 pm
    A husband and wife are sick with avian flu after returning from China.
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  • Upcoming Events

    2 Feb 2015 | 5:54 pm
    Feb. 2-3—MRO Middle East, Dubai World Trade Center, Dubai, UAE, Feb. 3-6—National Business Aviation Association Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference, San Jose, California, Feb. 11-14—Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association (LPBA) Winter 2015 Meeting, Sunscape Sabor Resort, Cozumel, Island, Mexico, read more
  • Piper Introduces Meridian M500 With Upgraded Avionics

    2 Feb 2015 | 5:54 pm
    Piper Aircraft, based in Vero Beach, Florida, has launched the single-engine Meridian M500 with upgraded avionics and other improvements. The aircraft features the Garmin G1000 avionics with a dual 10-in. primary flight display, a 12-in. multifunctional display and a GFC700 autopilot with enhanced autopilot flight control system. read more
  • Appointments

    2 Feb 2015 | 5:54 pm
    Phil Scharber and John DeLawyer have been named HondaJet Southwest exclusive regional sales managers for Cutter Aviation. They will focus on marketing and selling the HondaJet to customers in their respective territories. Scharber’s area includes Southern California, Hawaii and Clark County, Nevada, which includes Las Vegas. DeLawyer’s territory includes Texas, Oklazxhoma and New Mexico. Scharber began his aircraft sales career with United Beechcraft before he began selling Piper Aircraft. He joined Cutter in 2006. read more
  • Flight Safety Foundation To Hosts Business Aviation Safety Summit

    2 Feb 2015 | 5:54 pm
    The Flight Safety Foundation is hosting its 60th annual Business Aviation Safety Summit on May 13-14 in Weston, Florida. The conference is dedicated to safety in the business aviation industry and attracts hundreds of attendees. Highlights include an update on the progress of general aviation’s Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing program by the FAA, carrying lithium batteries on board an aircraft, the importance of data enhancing training and safety, fatigue and the unique challenges facing business aviation and other topics. read more
  • Airworthiness Directives

    2 Feb 2015 | 5:54 pm
    CESSNA AIRCRAFT COMPANY Model 500, 501, 550, 551, S550, 560, and 650 Aircraft [Docket No. read more
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    Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense

  • China 2015 military drills to focus on 'winning local wars'

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Beijing (AFP) Jan 29, 2015 China's military training this year will focus on "improving fighting capacity" to win "local wars", the defence ministry said Thursday, with Beijing embroiled in several territorial disputes. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been tasked with improving its ability to "win battles" by President Xi Jinping, its commander-in-chief, who has also pushed a high-profile campaign to root out c
  • India to Test Nuclear-Capable Agni-5 Missile on January 31

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    New Delhi, India (Sputnik) Jan 30, 2015 India will conduct the third test of the Agni-5, a ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, on January 31, a source at the institution responsible for the launch told Sputnik Thursday. The India's Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), the country's premier defense research institution, will test-fire the missile on the same day that Avinash Chander will step
  • Obama to request hike in US military budget

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Washington (AFP) Jan 29, 2015 President Barack Obama plans to ask for an increase in military spending in a proposed budget for 2016, with a request for $585 billion that would exceed funding caps mandated by Congress, officials said Wednesday. The budget proposal for the Pentagon would provide for a hike in spending on weapons, research and maintenance, which had been scaled back under automatic budget cuts in recent ye
  • Signs N. Korea restarting nuclear reactor: US think-tank

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Seoul (AFP) Jan 29, 2015 Recent satellite images suggest North Korea may be about to restart the nuclear reactor seen as its main source of weapons-grade plutonium, a US think-tank said Thursday. When fully operational, the five-megawatt reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear complex is capable of producing around six kilos (13 pounds) of plutonium a year - enough for one nuclear bomb, experts say. North Korea has con
  • US Missile Defense Agency spends $58M on new Alabama facility

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Washington DC (Sputnik) Jan 30, 2015 The United States has spent about $58 million on a large Missile Defense Agency facility construction at the Von Braun Complex in the US state of Alabama, the agency has announced in a statement. "The 225,000 square foot facility has office space to accommodate more than 900 employees...The construction cost of Von Braun IV was approximately $58 million," the US Missile Defense Agency's We
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  • Sequester-Busting Defense Budget a Non-Starter to Majority

    Olivier Travers
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:31 am
    The budget trial balloon floated a few days ago showing the Administration going back to pre-sequestration defense spending increases received an abruptly negative reaction from the Republican-controlled Congress, with members making statements against both the breadth of the sequestration roll-back outside of defense and the tax increases needed to fund the change. The defense spending suggestion appears to have proved inadequate bait to change the majority party’s heart regarding hard spending limits. A Republican counter-proposal of sorts seems to be in the offing, concentrating on…
  • JMR-FVL: Army Casts Dice for Future Helicopters

    Joe Katzman
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:38 am
    The future is now(click to view full) The JMR-TD program is the science and technology precursor to the Department of Defense’s estimated $100 billion Future Vertical Lift program, which is expected to replace between 2,000-4,000 medium class UH-60 utility and AH-64 attack helicopters after 2030. In reality, FVL will fall far short of that number if it ever goes ahead, but those figures are the current official fantasy. While they’re at it, the Pentagon wants breakthrough performance that includes the same hovering capability as smaller armed scout helicopters, and a 100+ knot…
  • Airbus’ A400M Aerial Transport: Delays, Development, and Deployment

    Joe Katzman
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    A400M rollout, Seville(click to view full) Airbus’ A400M is a EUR 20+ billion program that aims to repeat Airbus’ civilian successes in the full size military transport market. A series of smart design decisions were made around capacity (35-37 tonnes/ 38-40 US tons, large enough for survivable armored vehicles), extensive use of modern materials, multi-role capability as a refueling tanker, and a multinational industrial program; all of which leave the aircraft well positioned to take overall market share from Lockheed Martin’s C-130 Hercules. If the USA’s C-17 is…
  • AN-70 Aerial Transports Finally To Be Produced

    Joe Katzman
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:11 am
    AN-70(click to view full) Antonov’s AN-70 has had a long and difficult development history from its first studies and concepts in 1979. Roadblocks have included the dissolution of its sponsoring state in 1991, the crash of the initial prototype aircraft in a 1995 collision with its chase plane, and the selection of the EADS A400M development project as the basis of Europe’s Future Large Aircraft (FLA). Antonov’s project has been kept alive on a shoestring budget by the participating companies, who believe that they have a winner on their hands if they can just bring it into…
  • Drone Maker Bakes Exclusion Zone Into Devices

    Olivier Travers
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:31 pm
    DJI, the manufacturer of the drone that crashed on White House grounds, is pushing a mandatory firmware “upgrade” that disables their devices within a 15.5 mile radius around Washington D.C. area. The move is a fast and shrewd move for a firm that likely faced – and still might – greater regulatory burdens after a series of ne’er-do-well recreational drone incidents. DJI had already developed the code for location exclusion in anticipation of needing to keep its customers a safe distance from airports and other obvious safety hazards. The White House incident…
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  • Habitable Evaporated Cores

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Seattle WA (SPX) Jan 29, 2015 I recently published a paper in Astrobiology that shows that it is possible to form Earth-mass potentially habitable planets from mini-Neptunes that migrate into the habitable zones of mid- to late M dwarf stars. Click here to see the poster I presented at the March 2014 EBI (Exoplanets, Biosignatures and Instruments) conference in Tucson, AZ. Also, check out the abstract from a talk I gave at A
  • Cassini Catches Titan Naked in the Solar Wind

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Pasadena CA (JPL) Jan 29, 2015 Researchers studying data from NASA's Cassini mission have observed that Saturn's largest moon, Titan, behaves much like Venus, Mars or a comet when exposed to the raw power of the solar wind. The observations suggest that unmagnetized bodies like Titan might interact with the solar wind in the same basic ways, regardless of their nature or distance from the sun. Titan is large enough that
  • Maintaining INF Treaty is Russian, US Interest

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Washington DC (Sputnik) Jan 29, 2015 The United States should avoid escalating a response to Russia's alleged violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and Moscow should assure Washington it will comply with treaty obligations, experts told Sputnik, pointing out the withdrawal of either party from the treaty would damage both countries' security. "The US, while continuing to insist that Russia adheres to
  • UNH Scientists Launch "CubeSats" into Radiation Belts

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Durham NH (SPX) Jan 29, 2015 Twin, pintsized satellites built in part at the University of New Hampshire's Space Science Center will be launched into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 9:20 a.m. (EST) Thursday, January 29, 2015. The 4x4x6-inch Focused Investigations of Relativistic Electron Burst Intensity, Range, and Dynamics (FIREBIRD II) "CubeSats" will be launched as independent, auxiliary paylo
  • NASA's New Radiometer Tunes In to Soil's Frequency

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jan 29, 2015 Whether it's a parched field or a boggy marsh, the ground naturally emits microwave energy. Not much energy - but enough that NASA's newest, more technologically advanced radiometer instrument can detect it from space, allowing scientists to study how much water is in the soil. Soil moisture is an important measurement for weather forecasting, drought and flood predictions, agriculture, an
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    Science@NASA Headline News

  • The Strange Way Fluids Slosh on … ional Space Station

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:11 am
    Researchers are using a pair of robots to examine the strange way fluids slosh and bubble on the International Space Station
  • Kepler Discovers 1000th Exoplanet

    11 Jan 2015 | 8:13 pm
    How many stars like our sun host planets like our Earth? NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope continuously monitored more than 150,000 stars beyond our solar system, and to date has offered scientists an assortment of more than 4,000 candidate planets for further study -- the 1,000th of which was recently verified.
  • Hubble: Pillars of Creation are … lars of Destruction

    11 Jan 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Recently, Hubble revisited the famous "Pillars of Creation," providing astronomers with a sharper and wider view of the iconic star forming region. The image hints that the Pillars of Creation might also be "pillars of destruction."
  • Rivers Are Draining Greenland Quickly

    10 Jan 2015 | 11:09 am
    Rivers of glacial meltwater flowing over Greenland's frozen surface may be contributing as much to global sea level rise as all other processes that drain water from the melting ice sheet combined, according to researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, and NASA.
  • NASA Satellite Set to Get the Dirt … n Soil Moisture

    8 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    A new NASA satellite that will peer into the topmost layer of Earth's soils to measure the hidden waters that influence our weather and climate is in final preparations for a Jan. 29 dawn launch from California.
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    Universe Today

  • Moroccan Meteorite May Be a 4.4-Billion-Year-Old Chunk of Dark Martian Crust

    Jason Major
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Global mosaic of Mars showing the dark basaltic Syrtis Major Planus region made from Viking Orbiter images. (NSSDC) Mars is often referred to as the Red Planet. But its signature color is only skin-deep – or, I should say, dust-deep. Beneath its rusty regolith Mars has many other hues and shades as well, from pale greys like those found inside holes drilled by Curiosity to large dark regions that are the result of ancient lava flows. Now, researchers think we may have an actual piece of one of Mars’ dark plains here on Earth in the form of a meteorite that was found in the Moroccan…
  • NASA Launches Revolutionary Earth Science Satellite Measuring Soil Moisture Cycle

    Ken Kremer
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:52 am
    NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory, on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, is seen after the mobile service tower was rolled back Friday, Jan. 30 at Space Launch Complex 2, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls At dawn this morning (Jan. 31) NASA launched an advanced Earth science satellite aimed at making measurements of our planet’s surface soil moisture and freeze/thaw states from space that will revolutionize our understanding of the water, energy, and carbon cycles driving all life on Earth. NASA’s new Soil Moisture Active…
  • Awesome New Radar Images of Asteroid 2004 BL86

    Bob King
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:26 am
    New video of 2004 BL86 and its moon Newly processed images of asteroid 2004 BL86 during it brush with Earth Monday night reveal fresh details of its lumpy surface and orbiting moon. We’ve learned from both optical and radar data that Alpha, the main body, spins once every 2.6 hours. Beta (the moon) spins more slowly. The images were made by bouncing radio waves off the surface of the bodies using NASA’s 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif.  Radar “pinging” reveals information about the shape, velocity, rotation rate and surface…
  • It Looks Like an Asteroid Strike Can’t Cause a Worldwide, Dinosaur-Killing Firestorm

    Nancy Atkinson
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Computer generated simulation of an asteroid strike on the Earth. Credit: Don Davis/AFP/Getty Images For decades, scientists have debated the cause of the mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs and other life 65 million years ago. While the majority of researchers agree that a massive asteroid impact at Chicxulub, Mexico is the culprit, there have been some dissenters. Now, new research is questioning just a portion of the asteroid/Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction scenario. While the scientists involved in the study don’t doubt that such an asteroid impact actually happened, their…
  • Weekly Space Hangout – Jan. 30, 2015: Paul Hildebrandt Fights for Space!

    Fraser Cain
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Guests: Ramin Skibba (@raminskibba) Dave Dickinson (@astroguyz / Special Guest: Paul Hildebrandt from Fight For Space (...)Read the rest of Weekly Space Hangout – Jan. 30, 2015: Paul Hildebrandt Fights for Space! (337 words) © Fraser for Universe Today, 2015. | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: 2004 BL86, 67/P albedo, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Astrophotots, Dragon, J1407b, Mars, meteor, milky way, Moon, NASA, Orion, Saturn, SpaceX, XPrize Feed enhanced by Better Feed from Ozh
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    The Space Review

  • The limits of Cruz control

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    During a slow time in space policy in recent weeks, one topic that has attracted attention and controversy is the selection of Ted Cruz to chair a Senate subcommittee on space. Jeff Foust discusses what the senator can, and can't, do from his new chairmanship.
  • Mars One, the "Third Quarter Effect", and our human journey into deep space

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:59 am
    Long-duration expeditions, on Earth and in space, can suffer from psychological issues, particularly just beyond the halfway point of the mission. John Putnam argues that those issues could be more serious for a mission that does not have an end at all.
  • Spacewalking through America's Attic

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:58 am
    The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum doesn't just place space artifacts on display; it also restores them. Dwayne Day describes some of those artifacts under restoration the museum showed off during a recent open house.
  • Review: Deep Space

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:57 am
    While electronic books gain prominence and market share, there are still categories of books that work better in print. Jeff Foust reviews one such book that expertly combines images and text in a way that would be difficult to duplicate in an ebook.
  • Found dog

    19 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    On Friday, the UK Space Agency announced that the Beagle 2 lander had been found on the Martian surface, at least partially intact, in images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. Dwayne Day discusses what we can learn from the discovery of the spacecraft more than a decade after it disappeared.
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    NASA Watch

  • NASA Budget Preview

    Keith Cowing
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Keith's note: You can expect to see a NASA budget for $18.5 billion to be announced on Monday. Planetary gets treated well and Europa mission planning gets significant money and a Phase A start. NASA also gets what they asked for in SLS and Orion requests. Commercial crew gets over $1 billion. No one got everything that they asked for but this is a move in the right direction for all concerned. More to follow. NASA Budget Media Briefing "At 4 p.m. Monday, agency Chief Financial Officer David Radzanowski will brief media on NASA's 2016 budget proposal."
  • SMAP Launched and Deployed

    Keith Cowing
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    SMAP Launched and Deployed (with video) "NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) successfully lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 9:22 a.m. EST Saturday. SMAP is a three-year mission to study and map the Earth's soil moisture, which regulates plant growth and has impacts on weather, emergency management and more." Update: SMAP has been deployed. Just watched a rocket launch on my tablet while waiting for my car #SMAP @NASAWatch I feel so #Jetsons— Liz Bradley (@pinkshamrock) January 31, 2015
  • NASA's Invitation-Only Stealth Tweetup is Underway at JSC

    Keith Cowing
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    Keith's note: If you have been paying attention to NASA's press releases this past week you know that there a series of NASA social media events at all of NASA's field centers next week. NASA does a lot of these events and goes out of its way to issue invitations for people to apply to attend. You can see the announcements for all of them here - all except one. If you go to this listing of people tweeting with the tag #tweeunion you will see that there is a NASA social media event underway at NASA JSC today - right now, in fact. But NASA never announced it. NASA JSC PAO, NASA HQ PAO, and the…
  • Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel: Lack of Transparency in Commercial Space

    Keith Cowing
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:50 am
    Safety panel accuses NASA of a 'lack of transparency' in critical space program, Washington Post "NASA's independent safety panel accused the agency of a "lack of transparency" about its program to hire commercial space companies to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, saying the opacity could create increased safety risks. In its annual report to Congress, the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel said the lack of communication about critical safety measures "has been a concern for a number of years." And it made it impossible for the panel "to offer any informed opinion regarding…
  • Another Interesting NASA Event You Can't Listen To

    Keith Cowing
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:32 am
    Keith's note: NASA JPL PAO issued this media advisory yesterday giving 4 days advanced notice of a media event covering NASA missions to Europa, Ceres, Pluto, and Saturn. But if you want to know what NASA is saying about these missions you have to physically be there. No NASA TV, no NASA news audio, no dial-in - nothing. So if you can't afford to buy plane tickets at the last minute, your media outlet is out of luck. So are your classrooms. In other words this is a southern California-only update. I asked JPL PAO about this. Their response: "The event is for media who can attend at JPL in…
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    EurekAlert! - Space and Planetary Science

  • Meteorite may represent 'bulk background' of Mars' battered crust

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Brown University) NWA 7034, a meteorite found a few years ago in the Moroccan desert, is like no other rock ever found on Earth. It's been shown to be a 4.4 billion-year-old chunk of the Martian crust, and according to a new analysis, rocks just like it may cover vast swaths of Mars.
  • Scientists trial system to improve safety at sea

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Leicester) New satellite imaging concept proposed by University of Leicester-led team could significantly reduce search areas for missing boats and planes.
  • NASA gathers wind, rain, cloud data on major Tropical Cyclone Eunice

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's RapidScat, GPM and Terra satellite have been actively providing wind, rain and cloud data to forecasters about Tropical Cyclone Eunice. The storm reached Category 5 status on the Saffir-Simpson scale on Jan. 30.
  • Diamondra sitting in the middle of the Indian Ocean not threatening land

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Cyclone Diamondra is currently in the middle of the Indian Ocean and is not threatening any land masses at this time.
  • The tell-tale signs of a galactic merger

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (ESA/Hubble Information Centre) The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured this striking view of spiral galaxy NGC 7714. This galaxy has drifted too close to another nearby galaxy and the dramatic interaction has twisted its spiral arms out of shape, dragged streams of material out into space, and triggered bright bursts of star formation.
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  • Adidas spacesuit sneakers

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Featuring lace eyelets resembling the umbilical ports on the iconic Apollo A7L moon suit and silver tones reminiscent of the original Mercury astronaut pressure garment, Adidas' new sneakers are inspired by some of NASA's most historic spacesuits. The trainers, by designer Raf Simons, are due out in July.
  • T-minus 2 years and counting

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Boeing and SpaceX are on track to launch astronauts to the International Space Station in 2017. The two companies' officials took part in a NASA press conference on Monday (Jan. 26) to lay out their schedules for the first time since being contracted to provide commercial crew transportation last September. Boeing's CST-100 and SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft will fly four astronauts per mission to the orbiting laboratory.
  • Mission Moon

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Chicago's Adler Planetarium launched its first crowdfunding campaign on Monday (Jan. 19) to sponsor redesigning its former "Shoot for the Moon" exhibition, now renamed "Mission Moon." With support from the public, the Adler plans to create an exciting, interactive and educational experience that better shares the story of America's first steps into space while following the life and legendary career of Apollo 13 astronaut James Lovell.
  • Journey to Space

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:35 am
    Patrick Stewart will lead audiences on NASA's future trek to Mars as the newly-announced narrator of "Journey to Space," a new 3D giant-screen documentary on the recent history and near-term future of human space travel. Presented by Boeing and Toyota, and produced by K2 Films and Giant Screen Films, "Journey to Space" is set to launch into select theaters in February.
  • UK's Beagle 2, lost and found

    16 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    The Beagle 2 Mars lander, built by the United Kingdom, has been believed lost on Mars since 2003, but has now been found in images captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. A set of three observations with the orbiter's HiRISE camera shows Beagle 2 partially deployed on the planet's surface, ending the mystery of what happened to the mission.
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  • European Rover Challenge

    Ariel Waldman
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:02 pm
    NASA/JPL An international competition for university-level students/faculty to design, construct and operate a Mars rover. The competition challenges teams to create a Mars rover that can accomplish tasks in sample retrieval, “blind” terrain traversal, life support maintenance, and emergency repairs. Teams must design and build their own rover, but are allowed to use off-the-shelf components. A letter of intent to participate in the competition is due by March 31, 2015. Rovers are limited to costing no more than 15,000 EUR in parts, equipment and paid services. The competition…
  • Yuri’s Night

    Ariel Waldman
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Whether in someone’s living room, a nightclub or a world-class science museum, all Yuri’s Night events have one thing in common – people who are excited about space exploration and who want to join together to celebrate it. Everyone around the world is encouraged to create their own Yuri’s Night event! “Let’s go!” These were the words spoken by Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin as he embarked on the historic first manned space flight on 12 April 1961. Twenty years later on 12 April 1981, the US launched the first space shuttle flight. That’s…
  • NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

    Ariel Waldman
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:52 am
    NASA/MSFC The annual Great Moonbuggy Race will be held April 17-18, 2015 in Huntsville, Alabama, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Participating students will design a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems that are similar to problems faced by the original Moonbuggy team. Each Moonbuggy will be human powered and carry two students, one female and one male, over a half-mile simulated lunar terrain course including “craters”, rocks, “lava” ridges, inclines and “lunar” soil. Moonbuggy entries are expected to be of…
  • Cities at Night

    Ariel Waldman
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:29 pm
    ISS Expedition 30, NASA Classify photos taken by astronauts on the International Space Station to create a map of light pollution around the world. Light pollution is artificial light (such as street lamps) that results in masking the night sky, making it difficult to see the stars that would otherwise naturally appear to the naked eye. Light pollution is bad not only for blocking our ability to see the Milky Way, but it also can disrupt natural ecosystems. Around 1,200,000 images were taken aboard the International Space Station as of February 2014. However, the number of classified images…
  • theSkyNet

    Ariel Waldman
    15 May 2014 | 6:11 pm
    NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA Use your spare computing power to process radio astronomy data. Data collected by one of several radio telescopes (Parkes, GALEX, Pan-STARRS1, and WISE) is sent to your computer as a small data packet ready for processing. theSkyNet consists of two main projects: SourceFinder, which is searching for the sources of cosmic radio waves, and POGS, which is generating a multi-wavelength galaxy atlas for the nearby universe. By having thousands of people donate their extra computing power, it is possible to simulate a single powerful machine capable of doing real and…
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    The Daily Galaxy --Great Discoveries Channel: Sci, Space, Tech

  • "Life May Exist in the Milky Way that Dates Back 11 Billion Years" (Weekend Feature)
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:37 am
    "We now know that Earth-sized planets have formed throughout most of the Universe's 13.8-billion-year history, which could provide scope for the existence of ancient life in the Galaxy," said Tiago Campante, research leader from the University of Birmingham. "It is extraordinary that such an ancient system of terrestrial-sized planets formed when the universe was just starting out, at a fifth its current age. Kepler-444 is two and a half times older than our solar system, which is only a youthful 4.5 billion years old. This tells us that planets this size have formed for most of the history…
  • Technological Civilizations --"Are Their Lifespans 200 years, 500 years or 50,000 years?" (Weekend Feature)
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:49 am
    "We have no idea how long a technological civilization like our own can last," says University of Rochester astrophysicist Adam Frank. "Is it 200 years, 500 years or 50,000 years? Answering this question is at the root of all our concerns about the sustainability of human society. Are we the first and only technologically-intensive civilization in the entire history of the universe? If not, shouldn't we stand to learn something from the past successes and failures of other species?" Human-caused climate change, ocean acidification and species extinctions may eventually threaten the collapse…
  • Lunar Volcanoes --"Were Active During the Age of the Dinosaurs" (Today's Most Popular)
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:13 am
    NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has provided researchers strong evidence the moon’s volcanic activity slowed gradually instead of stopping abruptly a billion years ago. Scores of distinctive rock deposits observed by LRO are estimated to be less than 100 million years old, scattered across the moon’s dark volcanic plains and are characterized by a mixture of smooth, rounded, shallow mounds next to patches of rough, blocky terrain. This time period corresponds to Earth’s Cretaceous period, the heyday of dinosaurs. Some areas may be less than 50 million years old. The NASA…
  • Image of the Day: "Massive Bubbles" --New 3-D Probe Inside an Iconic Milky Way Supernova
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:23 pm
    This composite image shows two perspectives of a three-dimensional reconstruction of the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant. This new 3-D map provides the first detailed look at the distribution of stellar debris following a supernova explosion. Such 3-D reconstructions encode important information for astronomers about how massive stars actually explode. The blue-to-red colors correspond to the varying speed of the emitting gas along our line of sight. The background is a Hubble Space Telescope composite image of the supernova remnant. Cassiopeia A, or Cas A for short, is one of the most well…
  • Previously Unknown Window --"May Reveal Existence of Hidden Dark-Matter Particles"
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    Dark Matter is thought to exist because of its gravitational effects on stars and galaxies, gravitational lensing (the bending of light rays) around these, and through its imprint on the Cosmic Microwave Background (the afterglow of the Big Bang). Researchers at the University of Southampton have proposed a new fundamental particle which could explain why no one has managed to detect 'Dark Matter', the elusive missing 85 per cent of the Universe's mass. Despite compelling indirect evidence and considerable experimental effort, no one has managed to detect Dark Matter directly. Particle…
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    Icarus Interstellar » Icarus Interstellar | A nonprofit foundation dedicated to achieving interstellar flight by 2100.

  • Revising Civilization

    Jacob Shively
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:09 pm
    I first encountered Icarus Interstellar in 2012 and thought, “Yes! This is awesome!” I should be more articulate about “awesome”: Icarus is ambitious and grassroots and exactly the kind of effort needed to sustain profound—even transcendent—goals. When Project Astrolabe advertised its agenda, I leapt at the call for contributions. Over the previous decade, I had developed an somewhat rarified hobby: collecting research related to humanity’s broad historical experience. World history, international theorizing and the like, all of which intersected my doctoral work in…
  • A plumber’s guide to Starships – Part V – Pumps and compressors

    Michel Lamontagne
    18 Jan 2015 | 3:50 pm
    A plumbers guide to starships Part 5- Pumps, turbines and compressors Image 1)  From a water wheel to a gas turbine; what next? Secondary systems The Icarus starship will be powered by a glorious fusion drive pumping out tens of thousands of GigaWatts of power.  This will serve as a handy power source for secondary electrical systems, such as injectors, implosion lasers or propellant ionisation systems, that will themselves require hundreds of GigaWatts of power for their operation.  However, before the drive is turned on, and during the seventy year long coast period during which the…
  • Project Voyager – A Map to Navigate our Dynamic Universe

    Zach Fejes
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:17 pm
    This is an excerpt taken from a recent article by Zachary Fejes on Discovery Space News. The full article on Discovery can be found here. “Indulge me, for a moment, in a brief thought experiment. You have just become the pilot of a modern spacecraft, let’s call it the USS Lucky, docked with the International Space Station. Your mission: fly to Jupiter and check out its moons. Congratulations on the job. You start by checking out your craft. It’s got a single rocket booster in the back with enough fuel for one really big burn, or perhaps a number of small ones. It can turn in any…
  • A Plumber’s Guide to Starships- Part 4 – Materials in High Radiation Environments

    Michel Lamontagne
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Materials near a fusion reaction are subject to very high levels of both X-ray and Neutron radiation.  How do they stand up to this? Figure 7 – Material swelling due to radiation damage Even with a nominally “aneutronic” fusion reaction – and much more so with D-D fusion — there will necessarily be a large radiation flux coming from the fusion drive, mostly in the form of high energy neutrons and X-rays.  Radiation flux alters materials, but, surprisingly, not necessarily in a negative way.  And the heat from the absorbed radiation needs to be managed, since we do not…
  • Inspiring 8th Graders in East Texas

    Richard Obousy
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:10 am
    My booth at the 8th Grade Inspire Career Fair On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of attending an 8th grade career inspiration day in my town of Longview, in East Texas. I was thrilled to talk to young kids all about my work with Icarus Interstellar, and all the exciting and profound research and activities we engage in. I’ve been working with the Longview Economic Development Corporation (LEDCO) this year, after founding the East Texas Entrepreneurs Group. LEDCO kindly invited me to the event, with the direction that I was to inspire the kids. Not a problem! As this was a career event, and…
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    Pillow Astronaut

  • They Were Flying For Me

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    The end of January and beginning of February holds an unusual amount of losses for our space program:January 27, 1967… Apollo 1 lostJanuary 28, 1986… Challenger STS-51L lostFebruary 1, 2003… Columbia STS-107 lost I have to be careful on this day, because many news outlets re-run footage ofChallenger in particular, and I for one simply never wish to view it again. Instead, from time to time, I chose to visit the Challenger Memorial in Houston, while it was still there. I have also visited the Apollo 1 Memorial at Cape Canaveral, and the Columbia Memorial in Arlington.While there are many…
  • Star Talk Radio Live!

    19 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Star Talk Radio is on the road again! And this week, Bill Nye The Science Guy will be hosting Neil deGrasse Tyson's usual gig in Los Angeles and San Francisco!  Lucky, lucky audiences in California.Okay, okay, don't say it... if it's Star Talk Radio LIVE and ONSTAGE, it's... not.. exactly RADIO. But who's quibbling with the best radio show and podcast around?StarTalk, from Curved Light Productions, is the first (and still only) popular commercial radio broadcast devoted to space exploration, the search for life in the universe, astrophysics, and cosmology -- and they manage to make all…
  • Moon Musings

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    A stunning anniversary just passed, and it's been on my mind all weekend.On December 19, 1972, upon the splashdown return of Apollo 17, there were 12 men on planet Earth who knew what it was like to walk on the surface of our Moon. This fact remained true for true for 18 years and 7 months.Then, in August 1991, James Irwin (Apollo 15) died of a heart attack at age 61.In 1998, Alan Shepard (Apollo 14) died of leukemia at age 74.In 1999, Pete Conrad (Apollo 12) was killed in a motorcycle crash at age 69.In 2012, Neil Armstrong (Apollo 11) died of heart failure at age 82.Today, there are 8 men…
  • FREE 2015 "Year In Space" Calendar

    1 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Readers and Tweeters! Some lucky SpaceTwit is going to win a stunningly gorgeous 2015 Year In Space Calender, hot off Starry Messenger Press, published in cooperation with The Planetary Society.And when I say SpaceTwit, I mean that in the nicest possible way. Because all you have to do to enter the contest is tweet about the new calendar to spread the word.Designer Steve Cariddi created this large-format 2015 Year In Space Calendar to appeal to space enthusiasts of all ages, and the introduction was written by everyone's favorite Science Guy, Bill Nye!This beautiful creation has his stamp of…
  • Wild Black Yonder

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Arthur Darris of Chicago, IL emailed me with the following question; upon discussion over the past couple days, he said I could use our [slightly paraphrased] conversation as a blog post. Regarding the mention of Radio Telescope technology on my last Trivia Series, Arthur asks: There is something I have wondered about as we search for radio signals from space hoping to pick up signs of life. Why radio? Is it because that is what we use? I thought I read that our own signals aren't reaching deep space as once thought... don't they degrade as they travel? Maybe ETs don't want to interfere with…
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  • Sharpest Views of Mysterious ‘Planet’ Ceres Now Better Than Hubble, Tantalize Scientists

    Ken Kremer
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Comparison of Ceres images taken from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on Jan. 25, 2015, and the Hubble Space Telescope up to January 2004. What is the nature of the ‘White Spot’ visible in both images? What new features are being revealed by Dawn? Dawn Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA. HST Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Parker (Southwest Research Institute), [...]
  • Dazzling Delta II Delivers SMAP to Orbit in Stunning Pre-Dawn Ascent

    Ben Evans
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:28 am
    With the flare of its RS-27A first-stage engine and trio of Solid Rocket Motors (SRMs), the Delta II takes flight at 6:22 a.m. PST Saturday, 31 January. Photo Credit: Mike Killian/AmericaSpace Continuing a proud heritage of near-perfect mission success, which stretches back across more than a quarter-century, the 153rd Delta II booster broke the [...]
  • ‘Not By a Single Centimeter': 20 Years Since STS-63 (Part 1)

    Ben Evans
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Valeri Polyakov, pictured at Mir’s windows during the STS-63 shuttle rendezvous mission in February 1995, is the incumbent record-holder for the longest single spaceflight. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/ Twenty years ago, next week, in February 1995, the crew of Shuttle Discovery roared into the night on a mission which featured the first [...]
  • PHOTOS: Delta-II Ready for SMAP Launch Attempt #2 From California Saturday Morning

    Mike Killian
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:22 pm
    The ULA Delta-II tasked with launching NASA’s SMAP Earth Science satellite / mission. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace Mother Nature and a relatively minor technical issue forced ULA to keep their Delta-II rocket, and NASA’s SMAP satellite, grounded at Vandenberg Air Force Base in southern California the last few days, but as of [...]
  • NASA Observes Annual Remembrance Day, Pays Tribute to Lost US Crews

    Emily Carney
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:12 am
    An honor guard pays tribute to lost U.S. astronauts, flanked by NASA’s Suzy Cunningham, at the Space Mirror Memorial on the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 28. Photo Credit: Talia Landman/AmericaSpace This week in spaceflight history is a somber and difficult one, as the anniversaries of three major U.S. spaceflight tragedies occur within days of [...]
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    Space Industry News

  • SpaceX releases a rockin’ Falcon Heavy Flight Animation Video

    William W.
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:34 am
  • NASA Observes Day of Remembrance

    NASA Press Release
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:06 pm
    NASA will pay will tribute to the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, as well as other NASA colleagues, during the agency’s annual Day of Remembrance Wednesday, Jan. 28. NASA’s Day of Remembrance honors members of the NASA family who lost their lives while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and other agency senior officials will hold an observance and wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Following the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington, various NASA…
  • Telsa Motors Launches Battery Swap Pilot Program

    William W.
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:08 pm
    At an event in Los Angeles last year, Tesla showcased battery swap technology to demonstrate that it’s possible to replace a Model S battery in less time than it takes to fill a gas tank. This technology allows Model S owners in need of a battery charge the choice of either fast or free. The free long distance travel option is already well covered by our growing Supercharger network, which is now at 312 stations with more than 1,748 Superchargers worldwide. They allow Model S drivers to charge at 400 miles per hour. Now we’re starting exploratory work on the fast option. Starting…
  • SpaceX Completes First Milestone for Commercial Crew Transportation System

    NASA Press Release
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    NASA has approved the completion of SpaceX’s first milestone in the company’s path toward launching crews to the International Space Station (ISS) from U.S. soil under a Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract with the agency. During the Certification Baseline Review, SpaceX described its current design baseline including how the company plans to manufacture its Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 v.1.1 rocket, then launch, fly, land and recover the crew. The company also outlined how it will achieve NASA certification of its system to enable transport of crews to and…
  • NASA Awards SpaceX Launch of Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite

    NASA Press Release
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
    NASA has selected SpaceX to provide launch services for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission. TESS will launch aboard a Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle, with liftoff targeted for August 2017 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The total cost for NASA to launch TESS is approximately $87 million, which includes the launch service, spacecraft processing, payload integration, tracking, data and telemetry, and other launch support requirements. TESS’s science goal is to detect transiting exoplanets orbiting nearby bright stars. During a three-year funded science…
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    Space Facts

  • Pictures of Ceres

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Ceres will be the first dwarf planet seen up close when NASA’s Dawn spacecraft arrives on March 6th 2015. For now it has taken photos for navigational purposes however these still rival the quality of the best images previously taken of Ceres by the Hubble space telescope. The post Pictures of Ceres appeared first on Space Facts.
  • Mars Missions

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Since the first spacecraft was sent to Mars was launched in 1960, there have been at least 68 missions that have been launched to the Red Planet or have flown by it on their way to other solar system bodies. If you count orbiting telescopes such as Hubble Space Telescope that have looked at Mars […] The post Mars Missions appeared first on Space Facts.
  • Mars Characteristics

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Size, Mass & Gravity Mars is an Earth-like planet in many ways, but it does vary in size and gravitational pull. From spacecraft and telescope observations, planetary scientists know that it smaller and less massive than Earth. Its mass is 0.107 Earth masses and its gravity is about 62 percent less than Earth’s gravitational tug. […] The post Mars Characteristics appeared first on Space Facts.
  • Mars Features

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    Olympus Mons – Mars’ Volcano Mars has the largest volcano in the solar system – Olympus Mons. It measures some 600 kilometres across and rises nearly 27 kilometres above the surrounding terrain. It is a shield volcano built by the continuous action of flowing lava over millions and millions of years that began some 3 billion […] The post Mars Features appeared first on Space Facts.
  • Pictures of Comets

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
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    Space Safety Magazine

  • The Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster

    Ramasamy Venugopal
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:23 am
    The Columbia Disaster is one of the most tragic events in spaceflight history. Its impact on US human spaceflight program, and the resulting decision to discontinue the Space Shuttle Program, was so dramatic that to this date NASA has not recovered an autonomous human access to space. This section of Space Safety Magazine is dedicated to the... Read more → The post The Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster from Ramasamy Venugopal appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • Commercial Space Safety Standards: Let’s Not Re-Invent the Wheel

    Tommaso Sgobba
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:40 am
    To be “absolutely safe” a system, product, device or material should never cause or have the potential to cause an accident; a goal practically impossible to achieve. In the realization and operation of systems the term “safety” is generally used to mean “acceptable risk level”, not “absolute safety”. Acceptable risk level is not the same... Read more → The post Commercial Space Safety Standards: Let’s Not Re-Invent the Wheel from Tommaso Sgobba appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • Remembering the Columbia Crew, One Day at a Time

    Guest Author
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:17 am
    Dear Rick, Willie, Mike, KC, Dave, Laurel, and Ilan, I can’t believe it’s been ten years since I last saw you guys. We really miss you a lot. A day doesn’t go by without thinking of you all. At first it was mostly tears, but now it’s about happier thoughts, all the good times we... Read more → The post Remembering the Columbia Crew, One Day at a Time from Guest Author appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • The Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster

    Michelle La Vone
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:01 am
    The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster is probably the most significant event in the history of spaceflight in terms of its impact on the general public and on the US space program. The death of a crew of seven, which for the first time included civilian astronaut Christa McAuliffe, in a fiery explosion broadcasted in national television for days after the... Read more → The post The Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster from Michelle La Vone appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • 2014 ESA Ministerial Council: the Future of European Space Policy

    Violetta Orban
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:51 am
    On 2 December 2014 the latest ESA Ministerial Council took place in Luxembourg. The Ministerial is the most important meeting in Europe’s space policy scenario, usually held every two years to make strategic decisions on future programs and financial commitment of the Agency. It allows evaluating the current status of space activities, renewing ESA’s higher... Read more → The post 2014 ESA Ministerial Council: the Future of European Space Policy from Violetta Orban appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
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