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  • Earth's blue beauty glimpsed from far side of the moon

    New Scientist - Space
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    China's Chang'e 5-T1 spacecraft captures a stunning image of our planet hanging in space next to the looming moon as it heads back home
  • Antares rocket launch failed due to possible engine flaw

    Space News From SpaceDaily.Com
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Washington DC (RIA Novosti) Oct 31, 2014 The Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo ship, carrying supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) from NASA facility in Virginia, exploded during launch due to possible failure of the rocket's first stage engines, space analysts told RIA Novosti. "Video of the launch appears to show an explosion at the base of the rocket about ten seconds after liftoff, so one assumes there was a proble
  • Polish Helicopter: A $3b Utility/Naval Tender

    DID: Department of Defense News, Procurement, Acquisition & Contracting, National Security Policy
    Joe Katzman
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    No S-70i(click to view full) Sikorsky’s demurral in Poland’s $3 billion utility helicopter competition comes as a bit of a shock. Sikorsky has deep roots in Poland, and their PZL Mielec subsidiary has served as the S-70i Black Hawk helicopter’s global center for several years now, selling an international export variant of the UH-60 to customers from Colombia to Saudi Arabia and beyond. As the only competitor with proven helicopters in all roles and a deep industrial relationship, it was hard not to see them as the favorite. The whole episode serves as a fine reminder that…
  • Air Force's Mysterious Space Plane To Land This Week

    Digg: space Stories
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:15 pm
    The U.S. Air Force's mysterious X-37B space plane will return to Earth this week —possibly as early as Tuesday — after 22 months in orbit on a secret mission.
  • Spoiler-free guide to the science of Interstellar

    New Scientist - Space
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    With physics grand-master Kip Thorne doing the science, Interstellar promises to be the most fact-packed blockbuster of the year. Time to brush up
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    Aviation Week - Aerospace Defense, Business & Commercial News

  • Speedy Financial Recovery Within Reach For Qantas

    3 Nov 2014 | 1:05 am
    Return to underlying profit bolsters a battered Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says Qantas is already meeting profitability targets just a few months after reporting massive annual losses. Virgin Australia, meanwhile, is completing its takeover of struggling Tigerair Australia. read more
  • Europe’s Largest Legacy Carriers Seek Ways To Compensate For Strike Fallout

    3 Nov 2014 | 1:05 am
    As Air France and Lufthansa strive to cut costs, pilot strikes inflict major pain and demand outlook worsens Europe’s two biggest legacy airlines are focusing on how to make up for strike-related losses. read more
  • Biggest U.S. Airlines Are Profitable—And Reluctant To Add Capacity

    3 Nov 2014 | 1:05 am
    Lower fuel prices boost U.S. airline profits, but carriers remain wary about growing capacity The nine largest publicly traded U.S. carriers made money in the quarter ended Sept. 30, with several reporting record or near-record earnings thanks to full cabins and lower fuel prices. But the industry is still largely very cautious about adding capacity to capitalize on the improved environment, even as lower fuel prices make once marginal routes more profitable. “We can’t count on $80 [per barrel] crude prices going forward,” warns Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly. read more
  • F-35 IOC Dates Likely To Slip

    3 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    It is growing more likely that July 1, 2015, will not mark the initial operational capability (IOC) declaration for the F-35B desired by the U.S. Marine Corps, according to Pentagon procurement chief Frank Kendall. Also in jeopardy is the U.S. Air Force’s ability to declare its F-35A operational by Aug. 1, 2016, due to an impending shortfall in maintainers to repair the single-engine, stealthy jet. read more
  • Opinion: Space And Entertainment Worlds Not So Far Apart

    3 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Antoine Gelain Musk’s approach strikes me as very similar to one used by another great creator and businessman of his time: Walt Disney. read more
 
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    Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense

  • Back to Cold War as Russia probes NATO defences

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Brussels (AFP) Oct 31, 2014 Nuclear-capable Russian bombers in European airspace, NATO intercepts, a foreign submarine in Swedish waters - the fall-out from the Ukraine crisis feels like a return to Cold War days. NATO has intercepted Russian aircraft on more than 100 occasions so far this year, three times more than all 2013, its new head Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday. "We have seen a substantial increase
  • Japanese aircraft scrambles endangering safety: China

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Beijing (AFP) Oct 30, 2014 Japan's increased scrambling of military aircraft in response to Chinese flights is endangering safety between the Asian powers in the air and at sea, Beijing's defence ministry said Thursday. The defence ministry in Tokyo announced earlier this month that the country's military had scrambled aircraft a total of 207 times to respond to incursions by Chinese aircraft between April and Septemb
  • Thales wins 1.9bn-euro bid for British military air traffic

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    London (AFP) Oct 29, 2014 French aerospace giant Thales and British air traffic control services have won a Pounds 1.5 billion (1.9 billion euro, $2.4 billion) contract to upgrade Britain's military air traffic system, the defence ministry said on Wednesday. A joint venture between Thales and the National Air Traffic Services (NATS) "has been awarded the Pounds 1.5bn contract, which includes a Pounds 400m investment in advanced survei
  • China Concerned by India's Moves to Secure Northeastern Border

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Moscow (RIA Novosti) Oct 31, 2014 The Chinese Defense Ministry warned India against the planned construction of new borderline outposts in the impugned territory of the eastern part of India's Arunachal Pradesh region, saying New Delhi would only complicate the situation instead of sustaining peace in what Beijing calls a "disputed area". Chinese authorities have once more asserted their territorial claim on part of India'
  • Airbus DS and Indian firm jointly pursue transport deal

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Toulouse, France (UPI) Oct 29, 2014 Airbus Defense and Space and India's Tata Advanced Systems have teamed for a contract to supply C295 military transports to the Indian Air Force. The bid submitted is for a total of 56 C295s, which would replace Avro aircraft now in use. "We firmly believe that, in the C295, we have clearly the best aircraft to replace the IAF Avro fleet and, in Tata Advanced Systems, we have sec
 
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    DID: Department of Defense News, Procurement, Acquisition & Contracting, National Security Policy

  • Euronaval Brings Local Shipbuilding to the Forefront

    Olivier Travers
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Hervé Guillou, the new boss at French shipbuilder DCNS, is eager to get a share of Canada’s huge forthcoming naval programs, and is willing to build ships in Canada with local partners as well as transfer technologies to sweeten the deal. National Post. Dutch shipbuilder Damen is flaunting [Defense News] its recently-acquired French credentials at the Euronaval tradeshow in Paris. Damen’s big business challenge will be profitably overseeing all those shipyards, and welding them into a coherent strategy. Cheap Bulk Translation DARPA wants to hear from organizations who can help…
  • Polish Helicopter: A $3b Utility/Naval Tender

    Joe Katzman
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    No S-70i(click to view full) Sikorsky’s demurral in Poland’s $3 billion utility helicopter competition comes as a bit of a shock. Sikorsky has deep roots in Poland, and their PZL Mielec subsidiary has served as the S-70i Black Hawk helicopter’s global center for several years now, selling an international export variant of the UH-60 to customers from Colombia to Saudi Arabia and beyond. As the only competitor with proven helicopters in all roles and a deep industrial relationship, it was hard not to see them as the favorite. The whole episode serves as a fine reminder that…
  • Taiwan’s Force Modernization: The American Side

    Joe Katzman
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Despite China’s ominous military buildup across the strait, key weapons sales of P-3 maritime patrol aircraft, Patriot PAC-3 missiles, and diesel-electric submarines to Taiwan had been sabotaged by Taiwanese politics for years – in some cases, since 1997. The KMT party’s flip-flops and determined stalling tactics eventually created a crisis in US-Taiwan relations, which finally soured to the point that the USA refused a Taiwanese request for F-16C/D aircraft. That seems to have brought things to a head. Most of the budget and political issues were eventually sorted out, and…
  • Equipping Lebanon’s… Government?

    Joe Katzman
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Lebanese armed forces The Lebanese Army’s own web site is blunt: “The assistance received from Syria, the USA, and other friendly countries has played a basic role in bridging the gap between needs and available means.” A number of countries are stepping up to fill those gaps, left in a military ravaged by foreign occupation, a long and losing civil war, and the presence of Hizb’Allah – a foreign-backed private army in Lebanon, with superior firepower. The battle for influence in that country is multi-polar, with countries including the USA, France, and Saudi…
  • Israeli Plans to Buy F-35s Moving Forward

    Joe Katzman
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    (click to view full) In an exclusive June 2006 interview, Israeli Air Force (IAF) chief procurement officer Brigadier-General Ze’ev Snir told Israeli media that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was a key part of their IAF recapitalization plans, and that Israel intended to buy over 100 of the fighters to replace their fleet of over 300 F-16s. Since then, however, the expected cost of that purchase has more than doubled. Israel’s F-35 contract had to deal with that sticker shock, with issues like the incorporation of Israeli technologies and industrial work, and with major schedule…
 
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    Space News From SpaceDaily.Com

  • Orbital Sciences Considers Replacing Russian Engine Used on Antares

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Washington DC(RIA Novosti) Oct 31, 2014 The Orbital Sciences Corporation, that built and launched Antares supply rocket crashed in Virginia, may replace the spacecraft's current AJ-26 Russian rocket engine, once their investigation of the crash is finalized, the company's CEO David Thompson stated. "Orbital has been reviewing alternatives since the middle of last year and recently selected a different main propulsion system for
  • Antares rocket launch failed due to possible engine flaw

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Washington DC (RIA Novosti) Oct 31, 2014 The Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo ship, carrying supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) from NASA facility in Virginia, exploded during launch due to possible failure of the rocket's first stage engines, space analysts told RIA Novosti. "Video of the launch appears to show an explosion at the base of the rocket about ten seconds after liftoff, so one assumes there was a proble
  • Gilat Deploys 3G Small Cell Network for TIM Brasil in Only Two Months

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Petah Tikva, Israel (SPX) Oct 31, 2014 Gilat Satellite Networks has announced the successful deployment of the CellEdge small cell over satellite solution to 20 rural sites in Brazil, as part of its agreement with TIM Brasil, the second largest Brazilian operator and the leading company in the pre-paid segment. TIM selected Gilat to provide a full turnkey solution of 3G coverage to the most remote regions of Parana state in Bra
  • NASA Completes Initial Assessment after Orbital Launch Mishap

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Wallops Island VA (SPX) Oct 31, 2014 The Wallops Incident Response Team has completed an initial assessment of Wallops Island, Virginia, following the catastrophic failure of Orbital Science Corp.'s Antares rocket shortly after liftoff at 6:22 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Oct. 28, from Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. "I want to praise the launch team, range safety, all of our
  • Student Experiments Lost in Antares Rocket Explosion

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Moscow (RIA Novosti) Oct 31, 2014 Tuesday's Antares explosion destroyed 5,000lb (2,200kg) of equipment worth hundreds of millions of dollars, among which was 1600 pounds (730kg) of scientific investigations including student projects from across the country. The project was one of 18 chosen by the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, which offers students in the US and Canada the chance to design an experiment and send
 
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    Science@NASA Headline News

  • 2014 Ozone Hole Update

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:19 pm
    The Antarctic ozone hole reached its annual peak size on Sept. 11, according to scientists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The size of this year’s hole was 24.1 million square kilometers (9.3 million square miles) — an area roughly the size of North America.
  • Hubble Sees Comet Next to Mars

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has produced a unique composite image of comet Siding Spring as it made its never-before-seen close passage of a comet by Mars.
  • Sunset Solar Eclipse

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    On October 23rd, the Moon will pass in front of the sun, off-center, producing a partial solar eclipse visible in most of the United States.
  • 2014 Orionid Meteor Shower

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Earth is entering a stream of debris from Halley's Comet, parent of the annual Orionid meteor shower. Forecasters expect the shower to peak on Tuesday, Oct. 21st.
  • Where will New Horizons Go After Pluto?

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Peering out to the dim, outer reaches of our solar system, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered three Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) the agency’s New Horizons spacecraft could potentially visit after it flies by Pluto in July 2015.
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    Universe Today

  • A History of Launch Failures: “Not Because They are Easy, but Because They are Hard”

    Tim Reyes
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    Words of Kennedy’s Rice Speech hold especially true when NASA’s goals seem challenged and suddenly not so close at hand. (Photo Credit: NASA) Over the 50-plus years since President John F. Kennedy’s Rice University speech, spaceflight has proven to be hard. It doesn’t take much to wreck a good day to fly. Befitting a Halloween story, rocket launches, orbital insertions, and landings are what make for sleepless nights. These make-or-break events of space missions can be things that go bump in the night: sometimes you get second chances and sometimes not. Here’s a look…
  • Antares Launch Calamity Unfolds – Dramatic Photo Sequence

    Ken Kremer
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:18 am
    Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket explodes violently and is consumed in a gigantic aerial fireball seconds after blastoff from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, VA, on Oct. 28, 2014, at 6:22 p.m. Credit: Ken Kremer – kenkremer.com NASA WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, VA – The first night launch of Orbital Sciences’ commercial Antares rocket suddenly ended in total calamity some 10 seconds or so after liftoff when the base of the first stage exploded without warning over the launch pad at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, Va, at 6:22 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 28. Watch the…
  • Possible Bright Supernova Lights Up Spiral Galaxy M61

    Bob King
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    An animation showing the new supernova in the galaxy M61 photographed on October 30, 2014, paired with an older archive photo Credit: Ernesto Guido, Martino Nicolini, Nick Howes I sat straight up in my seat when I learned of the discovery of a possible new supernova in the bright Virgo galaxy M61. Since bright usually means close, this newly exploding star may soon become visible in smaller telescopes. It was discovered at magnitude +13.6 on October 29th by Koichi Itagaki of Japan, a prolific hunter of supernovae with 94 discoveries or co-discoveries to his credit.(...)Read the rest of…
  • NASA Releases Photos of Aftermath of Launchpad Explosion

    Nancy Atkinson
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    An aerial view of the Wallops Island launch facilities taken by the Wallops Incident Response Team Oct. 29 following the failed launch attempt of Orbital Science Corp.’s Antares rocket Oct. 28. Credit: NASA/Terry Zaperach NASA released images of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia following the catastrophic failure of Orbital Science’s Antares rocket shortly after liftoff on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Visible is damage to the transporter erector launcher and lightning suppression rods, as well as debris around the pad. But given the spectacular…
  • Mercury Pierces the Zodiacal Light at Dawn this Weekend

    David Dickinson
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    Mercury as seen from latitude 30 degrees north on November 1st, 40 minutes prior to sunrise. Credit: Stellarium. Psst! Ever spy the planet Mercury? The most bashful of all the naked eye planets makes its best dawn appearance of 2014 this weekend for northern hemisphere observers. And not only will Mercury be worth getting up for, but you’ll also stand a chance at nabbing that most elusive of astronomical phenomena — the zodiacal light — from a good dark sky sight.(...)Read the rest of Mercury Pierces the Zodiacal Light at Dawn this Weekend (1,058 words) © David Dickinson for Universe…
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    Space

  • 18 Student Science Experiments Lost In Rocket Explosion

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Melissa Block speaks with high school freshman Natalie Moyer about her experiment that was lost on the Antares rocket when it exploded on Tuesday.» E-Mail This
  • Rocket Explosion Comes At A Tough Time For NASA

    Russell Lewis
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Investigators spent the day at a NASA launch facility in Virginia trying to understand why a private cargo rocket exploded moments after liftoff. There were no injuries but the accident is a setback for the company, Orbital Sciences, and NASA. NASA is relying on private contractors to help ferry supplies to the International Space Station. The accident also changed the discussions happening at an annual space convention being held this week in Huntsville, Ala.» E-Mail This
  • Russian Engines Could Be Focus Of Antares Launch Failure Probe

    Scott Neuman
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    NK-33 engines, originally destined for a Soviet-era moon shot that never got off the ground and later used in the Antares, are suspect, some scientists say.» E-Mail This
  • For Mars Missions, Sending More Women Might Make Economical Sense

    26 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    For four months, Kate Greene took part in a NASA-run Mars simulation on the rocky slope of Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Greene about the missions.» E-Mail This
  • 'Near-Space Dive' Sets New Skydive Record, 25 Miles Above Earth

    Bill Chappell
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    Google's Alan Eustace fell from an altitude of more than 135,000 feet, plummeting for some 15 minutes. The jump broke the record of 127,852 feet that Felix Baumgartner set in 2012.» E-Mail This
 
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    The Space Review

  • Disruption and destruction in the launch business

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    One of the most popular business buzzwords today is "disruption"; does it apply to the launch business? Jeff Foust reports on the effect one company is having on the business and what its quest for reusability could mean for the industry.
  • The Space Pioneer Act

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
    Advances in commercial space ventures have raised new questions about the need for property rights and ownership of resources in space. Wayne White makes the case for legislation that could accomplish this within the limitations of current treaties.
  • Why India is a major new market for military space systems

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    India has achieved major advanced in civil space systems, such as its recent Mars mission, but lags in military space systems. Kiran Krishnan Nair argues that improved relations between India and the US provide an opportunity to sell India reconnaissance and other military satellite systems.
  • Lessons from Apollo for Mars One

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:57 am
    The plan by Mars One to send people to Mars one-way has attracted its share of attention -- and criticism. James C. McLane III examines what Mars One could learn from the challenges faces a half-century ago by Apollo.
  • Review: Here Be Dragons

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:56 am
    SpaceX is one of the best known launch companies in the world, but sometimes it can be hard to get to know the company. Jeff Foust reviews a book that offers a detailed history of the company from its origins to nearly the present day.
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    NASA Watch

  • Virgin Galactic Experiences Serious Problem

    Keith Cowing
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    #SpaceShipTwo has experienced an in-flight anomaly. Additional info and statement forthcoming.— Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) October 31, 2014 Energency crews report two on board, one survivor located.— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) October 31, 2014 One patient with moderate neck and back injuries.— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) October 31, 2014
  • Looking at ORB-3 Antares Telemetry

    Keith Cowing
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Orbital's Statement Regarding Orb-3 Launch Mishap (UPDATE) "Telemetry data has been released to Orbital and our engineers presented a very quick look assessment to the Accident Investigation Board at the end of the day. It appears the Antares vehicle had a nominal pre-launch and launch sequence with no issues noted. All systems appeared to be performing nominally until approximately T+15 seconds at which point the failure occurred. Evidence suggests the failure initiated in the first stage after which the vehicle lost its propulsive capability and fell back to the ground impacting near, but…
  • Beth Robinson Heads to ALPA

    Keith Cowing
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    ALPA Names Dr. Elizabeth Robinson as Its New Chief Financial Officer "Today, the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) announced that Elizabeth Robinson, PhD, will be joining the Association as director of Finance and chief financial officer (CFO) on November 3, 2014. Robinson will lead ALPA's finance team. Robinson comes to ALPA from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), where she held the position of CFO since 2009. "Having worked with her in the past, I'm confident in her tremendous ability," said ALPA's general manager Lori Garver. "I look forward to her…
  • Haven't I Seen That Spacecraft Before?

    Keith Cowing
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Keith's note: I was immediately struck by the similarity of this image (much larger uncropped version) that Lockheed Martin released today of Orion and a shot from the iconic "2001: A Space Odyssey". Or maybe I am just thinking a little bit to much about "2001" as I prepare to see "Interstellar" next week. Orion Is Complete, Lochkeed Martin "NASA and Lockheed Martin have completed final assembly and testing of the Orion spacecraft. The spacecraft will remain inside NASA's Launch Abort System Facility at Kennedy Space Center until it rolls to launch pad 37 in November."
  • Are New Russian Engines a Good Thing for an American Rocket?

    Keith Cowing
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    Russia's Izvestia newspaper reports @OrbitalSciences picked Energomash's RD-193 engine as replacement for Antares' AJ-26.— Brian Berger (@Berger_SN) October 30, 2014
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    EurekAlert! - Space and Planetary Science

  • Tropical Depression Nuri now haunting the western Pacific Ocean

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Depression Nuri formed on Halloween morning, Oct. 31, and is haunting the waters of the western North Pacific Ocean. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured a ghostly-white image of the storm.
  • Tropical Storm Vance's center looks like a pumpkin to NASA's Terra satellite

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Depression 21E strengthened overnight on Oct. 30 and by Halloween morning, Tropical Storm Vance was haunting the waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. In a false-colored infrared image from NASA's Terra satellite on Oct. 31, the strong thunderstorms around the center resemble a pumpkin.
  • NASA sees remnants of Nilofar go to cyclone graveyard

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Wind shear has caused the demise of former Tropical Cyclone Nilofar in the northern Arabian Sea. NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Nilofar on Oct. 31 and captured an image that shows strong wind shear has pushed the bulk of clouds and showers away from Nilofar's center, basically sending the storm to its grave.
  • Twenty-first Eastern Pacific tropical depression born on Oct. 30

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NOAA's GOES-West satellite captured an image of the birth of the Eastern Pacific Ocean's twenty-first tropical depression, located far south of Acapulco, Mexico.
  • New study finds oceans arrived early to Earth

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) Earth is known as the Blue Planet because of its oceans, which cover more than 70 percent of the planet's surface and are home to the world's greatest diversity of life. While water is essential for life on the planet, the answers to two key questions have eluded us: where did Earth's water come from and when?
 
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  • Insuring for the future

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    When it was signed 45 years ago, the envelope bearing the three Apollo 11 astronauts' autographs was meant to provide for the future of moonwalker Neil Armstrong's family. Now, the rare "insurance cover" is set to be auctioned to benefit the next generation of scientists and space explorers. The cacheted envelope, which is the first example of space memorabilia to be sold from Armstrong's estate, was donated by the moonwalker's son to support the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.
  • Antares explodes

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Orbital Sciences' private Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft were lost in flight on Tuesday (Oct. 28), after the two-stage booster exploded and fell back to Earth at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Cygnus, which Orbital named the SpaceShip Deke Slayton for the Mercury astronaut, had been destined for the International Space Station to deliver supplies.
  • First Hasselblad in space

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    The camera that began Hasselblad's association with NASA's most iconic missions in space will be sold at auction on Nov. 13 in Boston. RR Auction is offering the flown Hasselblad 500C, which is comprised of a body that flew aboard Mercury-Atlas 8 with Wally Schirra in 1962, a film magazine that Gordon Cooper used aboard Mercury-Atlas 9 in 1963 and a Zeiss lens that both Schirra and Cooper used on their historic missions.
  • HUBBLE@25

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Marking 25 years of scientific discovery, the Hubble@25 temporary exhibit opens on Thursday (Oct. 23) underneath the space shuttle Enterprise at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City. The exhibit, co-curated by astronaut Mike Massimino, features flown artifacts, artistic photos, and immersive experiences highlighting the history of the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • Shuttle doors shut

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
    The California Science Center closed out the 'Go for Payload' phase of its future space shuttle Endeavour display plans on Tuesday (Oct. 21), shutting the two doors on the retired orbiter's cargo bay. Over the past three weeks, the science center outfitted the hold with a flown Spacehab module and replica parts to prepare Endeavour for its vertical exhibit, slated to open in 2018.
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    The Daily Galaxy --Great Discoveries Channel: Sci, Space, Tech

  • "Moment of Awe" --The Ghostly Light from 200 Billion Outcast Stars in Pandora's Galaxy Cluster

    dailygalaxy.com
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has picked up the faint, ghostly glow of stars ejected from ancient galaxies that were gravitationally ripped apart several billion years ago. The mayhem happened 4 billion light-years away, inside an immense collection of nearly 500 galaxies nicknamed “Pandora’s Cluster,” also known as Abell 2744. The Hubble team estimates that the combined light of about 200 billion outcast stars contributes approximately 10 percent of the cluster’s brightness. The scattered stars are no longer bound to any one galaxy, and drift freely between galaxies in the cluster.
  • "Earth Formed as a Wet Planet with Oceans in Place" --Life May Have Started Earlier Than Thought

    dailygalaxy.com
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Earth is known as the Blue Planet because of its oceans, which cover more than 70 percent of the planet's surface and are home to the world's greatest diversity of life. While water is essential for life on the planet, the answers to two key questions have eluded us: where did Earth's water come from and when? While some hypothesize that water came late to Earth, well after the planet had formed, findings from a new study led by scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) significantly move back the clock for the first evidence of water on Earth and in the inner solar…
  • "Unexpected Planet" Discovered by Yale Astronomers

    dailygalaxy.com
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    A new planet, called PH3c, located 2,300 light years from Earth and has an atmosphere loaded with hydrogen and helium has been discovered by Yale astronomers and the Planet Hunters program. The elusive orb nearly avoided detection. This is because PH3c has a highly inconsistent orbit time around its sun, due to the gravitational influence of other planets in its system. "On Earth, these effects are very small, only on the scale of one second or so," said Joseph Schmitt, a Yale graduate student and first author of the paper. "PH3c's orbital period changed by 10.5 hours in just 10 orbits." That…
  • Kepler Mission Findings Reveal Planetary Systems Vastly Different from Earths

    dailygalaxy.com
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    A team of planetary scientsts have compared their findings to data gathered from NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler Space Telescope and have concluded that the atmospheric mass of the planets Kepler found is, in some cases, far greater than the thin veneer of air covering Earth. Co-author Christoph Mordasini, who studies planet and star formation at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, cautioned there is likely an observational bias with the Kepler data. “Kepler systems are so compact, with the planets closer to their star than in our solar system,” said Mordasini. “Maybe some of these…
  • "Down Under" Physicists Propose a Radical Parallel Universes Theory

    dailygalaxy.com
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Australian physicists are challenging the foundations of quantum science with a new, and of course, unfalsifiable, theory based on the existence of, and interactions between, parallel universes. The team proposes that parallel universes really exist, and that they interact. That is, rather than evolving independently, nearby worlds influence one another by a subtle force of repulsion. They show that such an interaction could explain everything that is bizarre about quantum mechanics. In a paper published in the journal Physical Review X, Howard Wiseman and Michael Hall from Griffith…
 
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  • Rough Cosmic Waters: Chandra X-ray Observatory Reveals ‘Turbulent’ Effect of Black Holes

    Emily Carney
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:49 pm
    From NASA: “Chandra observations of the Perseus and Virgo galaxy clusters suggest turbulence may be preventing hot gas there from cooling, addressing a long-standing question of galaxy clusters do not form large numbers of stars.” Image Credit: NASA/CXC/Stanford/I. Zhuravleva et al This week, NASA announced that the Chandra X-ray Observatory, now in its 15th [...]
  • The Case of the Exocomets Around Beta Pictoris

    Leonidas Papadopoulos
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:18 pm
    An artist’s impression showing exocomets orbiting the star Beta Pictoris. After analyzing archival observations that had been made with the HARPS spectrograph at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile, astronomers have discovered two families of exocomets around this nearby young star. Image Credit: ESO/L. Calçada With the recent close flyby of comet Siding Spring [...]
  • ULA Successfully Delivers GPS IIF-8 Into Orbit on 50th Atlas V Mission

    Ben Evans
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The Atlas V’s Russian-built RD-180 engine ramps up to full power, ahead of a perfect liftoff at 1:21 p.m. EDT Wednesday, 29 October. The launch came just 19 hours after Tuesday’s Antares failure. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace As the dust settled at Wallops Island, Va., following yesterday’s catastrophic loss of Orbital Sciences’ fifth Antares [...]
  • Investigators Complete Initial Assessment in Aftermath of Antares Explosion

    Mike Killian
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:02 pm
    An aerial view of the Wallops Island launch facilities taken by the Wallops Incident Response Team Oct. 29, following the failed launch attempt of Orbital Science Corp.’s Antares rocket Oct. 28.Image Credit: NASA/Terry Zaperach NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Incident Response Team completed their initial assessment of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on Wallops Island [...]
  • PRESS SITE VIDEO: Antares Explodes Seconds After Taking Flight to Space Station

    Mike Killian
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Antares exploding just seconds after liftoff Monday evening on Wallops Island, Va. Photo Credit: Alex Polimeni / AmericaSpace This evening everything seemed perfect for Orbital Sciences Corporation to launch their Antares rocket to deliver the Cygnus cargo resupply ship to the International Space Station; the weather was 100 percent GO, the range [...]
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  • Planet-forming Lifeline Discovered in a Binary Star System

    William W.
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    ALMA Examines Ezekiel-like “Wheel in a Wheel” of Dust and Gas A research group led by Anne Dutrey from the Laboratory of Astrophysics of Bordeaux, France and CNRS used theAtacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to observe the distribution of dust and gas in a multiple-star system called GG Tau-A [1]. This object is only a few million years old and lies about 450 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Taurus (The Bull). Like a wheel in a wheel, GG Tau-A contains a large, outer disc encircling the entire system as well as an inner disc around the main central star. This…
  • Deep Space Laments Loss of First Asteroid Company Spacecraft Mission

    William W.
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    Executives at Deep Space Industries lamented the loss of Planetary Resources ARKYD 3 that was destroyed during the launch of Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket, which exploded six seconds after lift-off on the evening of October 28, 2014. “We stand with our brothers and sisters at Planetary Resources on the loss of their first ARKYD spacecraft in today’s accident at Wallops Island,” said Deep Space CEO Daniel Faber. “We know how hard they have been working, and the high expectations we all had for their first mission. Even as we design and prepare our own spacecraft,…
  • Poland to Join the European Southern Observatory

    William W.
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Today Professor Lena Kolarska-Bobińska, the Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education, signed an agreement that will lead to the country joining the European Southern Observatory (ESO) — the world’s most productive ground-based observatory. ESO is looking forward to welcoming Poland as a Member State, following subsequent ratification of the accession agreement. Poland’s accession agreement was signed today in Warsaw, Poland, by Minister Kolarska-Bobińska and ESO’s Director General Tim de Zeeuw, in the presence of other senior officials from Poland and ESO. Since this…
  • Cassini Watches Mysterious Feature Evolve in Titan Sea

    William W.
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:05 pm
    NASA‘s Cassini spacecraft is monitoring the evolution of a mysterious feature in a large hydrocarbon sea on Saturn’s moon Titan. The feature covers an area of about 100 square miles (260 square kilometers) in Ligeia Mare, one of the largest seas on Titan. It has now been observed twice by Cassini’s radar experiment, but its appearance changed between the two apparitions. Images of the feature taken during the Cassini flybys are available at: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA18430 The mysterious feature, which appears bright in radar images against the dark…
  • Hubble Telescope finds steamy water vapour on a planet outside our Solar System

    William W.
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Astronomers using data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Kepler Space Telescope have discovered clear skies and steamy water vapour on a planet outside our Solar System. The planet, known as HAT-P-11b, is about the size of Neptune, making it the smallest exoplanet ever on which water vapour has been detected. The results will appear in the online version of the journal Nature on 24 September 2014. The discovery is a milestone on the road to eventually finding molecules in the atmospheres of smaller, rocky planets more akin to Earth. Clouds in the…
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  • Mars Missions

    Chris
    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

    Chris
    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

    Chris
    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

    Chris
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
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  • Asteroid Belt Facts

    Chris
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    What is the asteroid belt? The vast majority of asteroids in the solar system are found in a region of the solar system out beyond Mars. They form the Asteroid Belt. Others orbit in near-Earth space and a few migrate or are thrown out to the outer solar system by gravitational interactions. The four largest […] The post Asteroid Belt Facts appeared first on Space Facts.
 
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  • The Antares Rocket Accident: Dissecting Space Disasters in the Media

    Morris Jones
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    The recent loss of an Antares rocket carrying a Cygnus cargo vehicle to the International Space Station shocked the space community and the public alike. In some ways, that’s good. Launches to the space station have mostly gone well in recent times, and a launch failure is seen as highly abnormal. Kudos to the space... Read more → The post The Antares Rocket Accident: Dissecting Space Disasters in the Media from Morris Jones appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • The Nedelin Catastrophe, Part 2

    Merryl Azriel
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    This is the second of two articles recounting the Nedelin Disaster. Read Part 1 here. They worked all night. One bundle of wires that was removed and replaced had all their coverings melted as a result of a short circuit from the first stage’s pyrotechnic cartridge; the wires were in direct contact with each other.... Read more → The post The Nedelin Catastrophe, Part 2 from Merryl Azriel appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • The Nedelin Catastrophe, Part 1

    Merryl Azriel
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    By far the worst launch pad failure, the Nedelin Catastrophe, took place in 1960, before the space age had even begun. It is well known that in the USSR launch decisions were at least as much political as technological, and that it sometimes cost lives: the death of Vladimir Komarov when he flew on a rushed... Read more → The post The Nedelin Catastrophe, Part 1 from Merryl Azriel appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • Disaster Playground: The Edge of Space Fiction with Nelly Ben Hayoun

    Nikita Marwaha
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:57 am
    You might have heard of French director and designer of experiences Nelly Ben Hayoun from her past creative concoctions such as the International Space Orchestra and her musical collaboration in space with Beck and Bobby Womack. Designing immersive experiences is her forté and her latest creation, Disaster Playground, is no exception. This creative platform explores... Read more → The post Disaster Playground: The Edge of Space Fiction with Nelly Ben Hayoun from Nikita Marwaha appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • IAASS “Safety Is No Accident” Conference to Kickoff October 20

    Staff Writers
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    On October 20, the 7th International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) Conference kicks off in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The three-day conference, entitled “Space Safety Is No Accident,” features speakers from around the world, come to exchange information and promote mutual understanding on space safety topics of general international concern. Today’s space is a... Read more → The post IAASS “Safety Is No Accident” Conference to Kickoff October 20 from Staff Writers appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
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