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  • Sweden to boost military spending over Ukraine crisis

    Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    Stockholm (AFP) April 22, 2014 Sweden announced Tuesday that it will increase its annual defence spending over the next 10 years, citing the crisis in Ukraine and an "unsettling" development in Russia. The right-wing government said that spending would rise gradually until 2024, when the annual defence budget increase would be around 5.5 billion kronor (604 million euros, $835 million), more than in previous estimates.
  • Ocean 'Duck' Noise ID'd, Other Sound Mysteries Remain

    Discovery News
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    A mysterious duck-like sound in the ocean is finally identified -- but other puzzling noises remain unsolved.
  • Australia’s Submarine Program in the Dock

    DID: Department of Defense News, Procurement, Acquisition & Contracting, National Security Policy
    Joe Katzman
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:42 am
    Buoy oh buoy…(click to view full) The January 2010 failure of a generator aboard HMAS Farncomb was just the latest in a long history of problems faced by its fleet of 6 Collins Class diesel-electric submarines – which have sometimes been reduced to just 1 operational vessel. That readiness issue presents an immediate financial headache for Australia’s government, and adds a longer-term challenge to the centerpiece of Australia’s future naval force. With just 6 submarines in its fleet, Australia’s current deployment set-up leaves little room for error. Even a…
  • Look Deep Into the Universe

    About.com Space / Astronomy
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    See Galaxies! What do you see if you look out at the universe? From Earth's surface, you see stars, planets, and galaxies. Of all these objects, galaxies are the most fascinating and evocative, but also tougher to spot in the sky than the others. Yes, there are a few naked-eye galaxies: the Andromeda Galaxy, and the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. If you want to be complete, of course the Milky Way Galaxy is extremely easy to spot, but only because we're IN it. Most other galaxies are outside ours and they require magnification (binoculars and telescopes) if you want to see more than fuzzy…
  • Books: ‘Our Mathematical Universe’: A Case for Alternate Realities

    NYT > Space & Cosmos
    By AMIR ALEXANDER
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:25 pm
    In his new book, Max Tegmark compellingly argues that everything that can happen does happen — in at least one of an infinite number of universes.
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    Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense

  • Sweden to boost military spending over Ukraine crisis

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    Stockholm (AFP) April 22, 2014 Sweden announced Tuesday that it will increase its annual defence spending over the next 10 years, citing the crisis in Ukraine and an "unsettling" development in Russia. The right-wing government said that spending would rise gradually until 2024, when the annual defence budget increase would be around 5.5 billion kronor (604 million euros, $835 million), more than in previous estimates.
  • 'Russian Facebook' founder flees country after being pushed out

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    Moscow (AFP) April 22, 2014 The maverick founder of Russia's top social network, Pavel Durov, said Tuesday he had fled the country after selling his share in the company under pressure from the security services. Durov told US technology news website TechCrunch he was no longer in Russia and had "no plans to go back" after social network VKontakte (In Touch) announced Monday that he had left the company. On Monday
  • Jacobs Engineering acquiring Federal Network Systems

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    Pasadena, Calif. (UPI) Apr 22, 2013 Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. said on Tuesday that it is acquiring Federal Network Systems from Verizon Communications. The financial terms of the agreement with Verizon were not disclosed, but Jacobs Engineering said the deal is expected to close this summer, subject to various conditions. Federal Network Systems provides systems integration and communication, information techno
  • US 'closely watching' for signs of N.Korea nuclear test

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    Washington (AFP) April 22, 2014 The United States said Tuesday it was watching "very closely" following South Korean warnings that North Korea may be preparing a fourth nuclear test ahead of a visit to Seoul by President Barack Obama. "North Korea has a history of taking provocative action and we are always mindful of the possibility that such an action could be taken," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters aboar
  • Israel rejects Abbas conditions for extending talks

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    Jerusalem (AFP) April 22, 2014 Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Tuesday that he would extend faltering peace talks with Israel only if it agreed to conditions, including a settlement freeze, which it promptly rejected. "He who makes such conditions does not want peace," a senior Israeli official told AFP on condition of anonymity. Abbas listed his demands during a meeting with Israeli journalists at his headqua
 
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  • Australia’s Submarine Program in the Dock

    Joe Katzman
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:42 am
    Buoy oh buoy…(click to view full) The January 2010 failure of a generator aboard HMAS Farncomb was just the latest in a long history of problems faced by its fleet of 6 Collins Class diesel-electric submarines – which have sometimes been reduced to just 1 operational vessel. That readiness issue presents an immediate financial headache for Australia’s government, and adds a longer-term challenge to the centerpiece of Australia’s future naval force. With just 6 submarines in its fleet, Australia’s current deployment set-up leaves little room for error. Even a…
  • The Rockets’ Red Ink: from EELV to a Competitive Space Launch Future

    Joe Katzman
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    Boeing Delta IV Heavy(click to view full) The EELV program was designed to reduce the cost of government space launches through greater contractor competition, and modifiable rocket families whose system requirements emphasized simplicity, commonality, standardization, new applications of existing technology, streamlined manufacturing capabilities, and more efficient launch-site processing. Result: the Delta IV (Boeing) and Atlas V (Lockheed Martin) heavy rockets. Paradoxically, that very program may have forced the October 2006 merger of Boeing & Lockheed Martin’s rocket…
  • The JAS-39 Gripen: Sweden’s 4+ Generation Wild Card

    Joe Katzman
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
    South African JAS-39D(click to view full) As a neutral country with a long history of providing for its own defense against all comers, Sweden also has a long tradition of building excellent high-performance fighters with a distinctive look. From the long-serving Saab-35 Draken (“Dragon,” 1955-2005) to the Mach 2, canard-winged Saab-37 Viggen (“Thunderbolt,” 1971-2005), Swedish fighters have stressed short-field launch from dispersed/improvised air fields, world-class performance, and leading-edge design. This record of consistent project success is nothing short of…
  • Sikorsky’s $8.5-11.7B “Multi-Year 8″ H-60 Helicopter Contract

    Joe Katzman
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    US Army HH-60Ms(click to view full) In July 2012, the US military signed another huge contract with Sikorsky. With production of the Army’s HH/UH-60M, and the Navy’s MH-60S and MH-60R helicopters, all in full swing, there’s no question about the need for future orders. In that environment, multi-year contracts allow efficiencies in purchasing, and security of staffing, throughout Sikorsky’s supply chain. These new helicopter types are also available to Foreign Military Sales class customers, under the American contract’s advantageous pricing and terms. The…
  • West, Russia Jaw-Jaw Another Toothless Agreement over Ukraine

    Olivier Travers
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    BBC: Ukraine crisis: Deal to ‘de-escalate’ agreed in Geneva. USA Today: Obama skeptical over Ukraine deal. FT: Russia’s Vladimir Putin still has friends in the west. A fact Russia’s ITAR-TASS news agency is quick to highlight. CBS/AP: Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine thumb noses at interim deal. Kyiv Post: Security Service of Ukraine ramping up security operations in Kharkiv Oblast, plans to cordon off separatists in Donetsk. RIA Novosti: Russian Defense Ministry Placed $140M Order at Crimean Shipyard. Earlier this week the ministry had announced a $470M…
 
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    About.com Space / Astronomy

  • Look Deep Into the Universe

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    See Galaxies! What do you see if you look out at the universe? From Earth's surface, you see stars, planets, and galaxies. Of all these objects, galaxies are the most fascinating and evocative, but also tougher to spot in the sky than the others. Yes, there are a few naked-eye galaxies: the Andromeda Galaxy, and the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. If you want to be complete, of course the Milky Way Galaxy is extremely easy to spot, but only because we're IN it. Most other galaxies are outside ours and they require magnification (binoculars and telescopes) if you want to see more than fuzzy…
  • Cosmos for the Next Generation

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Are you watching Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey?  In the U.S., it airs on Sundays on Fox TV and on Mondays on National Geographic Channel. You can also see episodes online at CosmosOnTV.com. For space enthusiasts, astronomers, and others simply interested in learning more about our universe, this program is the one to see. It's the next generation of a series begun by Dr. Carl Sagan in 1980, a series that set a whole generation of astronomers and science writers on their career paths....Read Full Post
  • Saturn May Have a New Moon

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Cassini Spots a New Object in Saturn's Rings If you're out stargazing over the next few months, at some point, you will notice the planet Saturn. On these April nights, it's rising late in the evening (right now around 10 p.m. or thereabouts), so you have to stay up to find it. But, it's well worth the look. The rings alone give this planet an otherworldly and fascinating appearance....Read Full Post
  • Watch the Moon Turn Red

    11 Apr 2014 | 4:18 am
    How the April 14-15, 2014 lunar eclipse could look during totality. The Moon will be near the bright star Spica. Created by Carolyn Collins Petersen using Stellarium open source software. Click image for a larger version.)...Read Full Post
  • A Black Hole Cannibal at the Milky Way’s Heart

    7 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    How Black Holes Grow For the past few years, astronomers have been watching with great interest as a cloud of gas called G2 gets ever closer to the black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. The cloud (shown in the image at left) is headed directly into Sagittarius A* (Sgr A* for short) and will get caught up in the accretion disk of material surrounding and feeding into our black hole. The collision is already starting to occur, although the largest mass of the cloud has not yet arrived at the disk. But, the outer edges are starting to feel the pull of the black hole and that is…
 
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  • Arianespace's Vega launcher receives its "upper composite" for this month's launch

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Apr 23, 2014 The third Vega has completed its build-up at the Spaceport in French Guiana, allowing final checkout to begin ahead of this lightweight launcher's April 28 mission with the DZZ-HR Earth observation satellite. Vega's assembly concluded this week with integration of the "upper composite," consisting of DZZ-HR and its protective payload fairing. Installation took place at the Spaceport's ZLV
  • Upside-down planet reveals new method for studying binary star systems

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    Seattle WA (SPX) Apr 23, 2014 What looked at first like a sort of upside-down planet has instead revealed a new method for studying binary star systems, discovered by a University of Washington student astronomer. Working with UW astronomer Eric Agol, doctoral student Ethan Kruse has confirmed the first "self-lensing" binary star system - one in which the mass of the closer star can be measured by how powerfully it mag
  • NASA Sees Earth From Orbit In 2013

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 23, 2014 A fleet of orbiting satellites monitors Earth constantly. The satellites from NASA and other space agencies give us a fresh, wide perspective on things that we can see from the ground - and things that we can't. A look back at Earth in 2013 from the viewpoint of orbit reveals the kind of data gathering and technical achievement that are the reason NASA puts Earth-observing satellites in sp
  • 45th Space Wing supports third SpaceX Launch for ISS Resupply mission

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    Cape Canaveral AFB FL (SPX) Apr 23, 2014 The 45th Space Wing supported Space Exploration Technologies' (SpaceX) successful launch of their Falcon 9 Dragon spacecraft from Space Launch Complex 40 here at 3:25 p.m. EDT April 18. A combined team of military members, government civilians and contractors from across the 45th Space Wing provided vital launch support to the mission, including weather forecasts, launch and range operatio
  • Lockheed Martin Solar Ultraviolet Imager Installed on GOES-R Weather Satellite

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    Palo Alto CA (SPX) Apr 23, 2014 Lockheed Martin has delivered a new solar analysis payload that will help scientists measure and forecast space weather, which can damage satellites, electrical grids and communications systems on Earth. The Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI) instrument was integrated with the first flight vehicle of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) next-generation Geostationary Op
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  • How The Moon Affects Human Behavior

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    The lunar phases influence all sorts of creatures from cheetahs to eagle owls. Does the moon tug on human behavior too?
  • One Of America's Most Famous Architects Was A Nazi Propagandist

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    American architect Philip Johnson designed some of the most iconic buildings of the 20th century. Johnson, who died in 2005, has long been hailed as one of the greats. But there's one fact about the man that many people in the architecture community don't like to talk about: Johnson was a fascist who openly supported Adolf Hitler and the Nazis for nearly a decade.
  • The Gambler’s Guide To The 2014 World Cup

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Across most of the world, where the Cup is like a meth-fueled version of March Madness, people are already poring over the betting odds. But here in America, even those of us who wake up every Saturday morning with Rebecca Lowe may not associate the Cup very strongly with gambling. I’m here to change that.
  • Colbert On Letterman

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    Stephen digs up a writing sample he sent to "Late Show" 17 years ago.
  • Streetcars Are Stupid

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:31 am
    The streetcar is experiencing a bit of a resurgence in the U.S. but does it make sense as a form of modern transportation?
 
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  • Earth-Size Planet Found In The … ne' of Another Star

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet.
  • Unexpected Teleconnections in Noctilucent Clouds

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:33 pm
    NASA's AIM spacecraft is discovering unexpected "teleconnections" in Earth's atmosphere that link weather and climate across vast distances.
  • Possible New Moon Forming Around Saturn

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:33 pm
    NASA's Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet's known moons.
  • NASA to Conduct Unprecedented Twin Experiment

    10 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Next year, with the assistance of the world's only twin astronauts, NASA will conduct an unprecedented experiment in human biology. While one twin remains on the ground, the other will circle Earth onboard the International Space Station for a full year. Will the twins still be identical when they are re-united? The answer could help NASA make space travel safer for generations of astronauts to come.
  • Deep Ocean Detected Inside Saturn's Moon

    3 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    NASA's Cassini spacecraft and Deep Space Network have uncovered evidence that Saturn's moon Enceladus harbors a large underground ocean of liquid water, furthering scientific interest in the moon as a potential home to extraterrestrial microbes.
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    Universe Today

  • Watch Live As Astronauts Conduct Urgent Spacewalk On Space Station

    Elizabeth Howell
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Can two astronauts fix a broken computer quickly on the International Space Station, preventing possible problems with the solar arrays and robotics? Watch live (above) to find out. The NASA spacewalk involving Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson is scheduled to start today (April 23) at 9:20 a.m. EDT (1:20 p.m. UTC), with coverage starting around 8:30 a.m. EDT (12:30 p.m. UTC). The spacewalk is scheduled to last 2.5 hours. Bear in mind that the times could change as circumstances arise. (...)Read the rest of Watch Live As Astronauts Conduct Urgent Spacewalk On Space Station (180 words) ©…
  • Surprise: Earth Is Hit By a Lot More Asteroids Than You Thought

    Jason Major
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:44 am
    “The fact that none of these asteroid impacts shown in the video was detected in advance is proof that the only thing preventing a catastrophe from a ‘city-killer’ sized asteroid is blind luck.” - Ed Lu, B612 Foundation CEO and former NASA astronaut When we think of recent large asteroid impacts on Earth, only a handful may come to mind. In particular, one is the forest-flattening 1908 Tunguska explosion over Siberia (which may have been the result of a comet) and another is the February 2013 meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk, shattering windows with its air blast. Both…
  • Views of Earth From Space on Earth Day 2014

    Nancy Atkinson
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    NOAA’s GOES-East satellite captured this stunning view of the Americas on Earth Day, April 22, 2014 at 11:45 UTC/7:45 a.m. EDT. The data from GOES-East was made into an image by the NASA/NOAA GOES Project at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Credit: NASA/NOAA. It’s been said that one of the reasons Earth Day was started back in 1970 was because of the images of Earth from space taken during the Apollo missions to the Moon. So, what better way to celebrate than to see how Earth looks today from space? NOAA’s GOES-East satellite captured this stunning view of the…
  • Remembering John Houbolt: the Man Who Gave Us Lunar Orbit Rendezvous

    David Dickinson
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    John Houbolt demonstrating Lunar Orbit Rendezvous circa 1962. Credit: NASA. The space community lost a colossus of the of the Apollo era last week, when John Houbolt passed away last Tuesday just five days after his 95th birthday. Perhaps the name isn’t as familiar to many as Armstrong or Von Braun, but John Houbolt was a pivotal figure in getting us to the Moon.(...)Read the rest of Remembering John Houbolt: the Man Who Gave Us Lunar Orbit Rendezvous (895 words) © David Dickinson for Universe Today, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: Apollo, John Houbolt, lunar module, lunar…
  • How Far Is A Light Year in Miles Or Kilometers?

    Elizabeth Howell
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured this vivid image of spiral galaxy Messier 77 — a galaxy in the constellation of Cetus, some 45 million light-years away from us. The streaks of red and blue in the image highlight pockets of star formation along the pinwheeling arms, with dark dust lanes stretching across the galaxy’s starry centre. The galaxy belongs to a class of galaxies known as Seyfert galaxies, which have highly ionised gas surrounding an intensely active centre. Credit: NASA, ESA & A. van der Hoeven We hope you have a big suitcase if you’re planning a…
 
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    The Space Review

  • The uncertain road to Mars

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    There's growing acceptance that NASA's space exploration program should have the long-term goal of landing humans on Mars, perhaps in the mid-2030s. However, Jeff Foust reports there's less information on exactly how NASA should go about achieving that goal, and whether any NASA strategy is affordable in the long run.
  • Humans and robots to the Moon and Mars: a unified and integrated space program strategy

    21 Apr 2014 | 3:59 am
    Too often debates about space exploration have focused on destinations, or whether robots or humans should be in the lead. John Strickland offers an integrated approach that maximizes the capabilities of both humans and robots to explore destinations throughout the solar system.
  • The growth of public-private partnerships in commercial space ventures

    21 Apr 2014 | 3:58 am
    While the capabilities of commercial space ventures continue to grow, those efforts are increasingly being done in cooperation with governments. Anthony Young examines the rise of these public-private partnerships through several recent examples.
  • Everest, the camps, and the Sherpas

    21 Apr 2014 | 3:57 am
    NASA first reached the Moon thanks to tremendous resources at its disposal during the Apollo era. Derek Webber argues that for NASA to explore in more fiscally constrained times, it must borrow a page from mountaineering and establish an infrastructure of "base camps" leading into the solar system.
  • Review: Lucky Planet

    21 Apr 2014 | 3:56 am
    The discovery of the first Earth-sized exoplanet in its star's habitable zone has raised hopes that true Earth-like worlds may be common. Jeff Foust reviews a book where one scientist argues that Earth, in fact, may be a exceptionally rare planet.
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    Space Politics

  • Bolden defends NASA’s exploration plans, but warns big budgets aren’t on the horizon

    Jeff Foust
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:39 am
    In a conference speech Tuesday, NASA administrator Charles Bolden warned against trying to redirect NASA’s exploration plans, while also cautioning that those plans have to fit in an environment where Apollo-era budgets aren’t realistic. “We made a decision. Some people in this room don’t like it. But we’re on our way, and you can either go with us, or figure out how to start all over again, and everybody in this room, I think, knows what happens when you start all over again,” Bolden said during a question-and-answer session after his keynote speech at the…
  • WSJ editorial criticizes California tax break bill that benefits SpaceX

    Jeff Foust
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:25 am
    Earlier this month, the California Senate approved AB 777, legislation that would exempt space companies from paying taxes on certain property related to spaceflight, including an “orbital space facility, space propulsion system, space vehicle, launch vehicle, satellite, or space station of any kind,” as well as components of such systems. The bill is slightly different from what the California Assembly passed in January. The Senate version deleted a provision that extended the tax break to equipment that would be placed in those spaceflight systems, and also added a provision…
  • Bolden and Holdren reaffirm support for asteroid mission as the next step to Mars

    Jeff Foust
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:34 am
    The head of NASA and the President’s science advisor told the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) this week that the agency’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) remained the next logical step of a long-term strategy to eventually send people to Mars, despite the protestations of some in Congress as well as “outside fan clubs.” “The FY15 budget request keeps NASA on a steady path we’ve been following, a stepping-stone approach to meet the President’s challenge of sending humans to Mars in the 2030s,” NASA administrator Charles Bolden said. Bolden was…
  • Intel community willing to allow higher resolution commercial imagery

    Jeff Foust
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:38 am
    For the last few years, commercial satellite remote sensing company DigitalGlobe (and, before its merger with DigitalGlobe, GeoEye) has been lobbying the government to allow it to sell sharper satellite imagery that it’s currently allowed. DigitalGlobe is currently restricted to selling imagery with resolution no sharper than 0.5 meters per pixel, but has been pushing to change that limit to 0.25 meters. The company argued that companies in other nations, not subject to US regulations, are providing imagery that is starting to approach DigitalGlobe’s sharpness, and thus the…
  • GAO report offers good news, but also warnings, about performance of NASA programs

    Jeff Foust
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:10 am
    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released on Tuesday its annual assessment of “large-scale” NASA projects. The good news of the report was that NASA, by and large, is doing well in terms of cost and schedule performance of its major programs: an average cost growth of 3% and launch delay of 2.8 months for 14 selected programs in their implementation phase, compared to average cost growth of 3.9% and launch delay of 4.0 months in 2013. Those figures exclude the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST); when included, the average cost growth in the 2014 report rises to 37.8% and…
 
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    NASA Watch

  • Money Saved By Canceling Missions Usually Just Disappears

    Keith Cowing
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:57 pm
    NASA's Extended Science Missions in Peril, Paul Spudis, Air & Space "We do not yet know how the Senior Review will turn out. NASA is famous for wanting to "move on" to the next thing and often abandons working spacecraft. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush but as things currently stand, there isn't much in the mission pipeline to move on to. Planetary Science has taken several massive budgetary hits in the past few years, with more on the way. The termination of LRO and MER will not help move new missions off the drawing board. Money not spent on these extended missions will probably…
  • Bolden Talks Mars at Humans 2 Mars Summit

    Marc Boucher
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:38 pm
    NASA Administrator Discusses Getting Humans to Mars [Watch], NASA "Administrator Charles Bolden outlined NASA's human exploration path to Mars during a keynote address at the April 22 Humans to Mars Summit 2014, held at George Washington University in Washington." Marc's note: Bolden didn't say anything that we haven't heard before. He talked about the need for humanity to become a multi-planet species for survival and that the audience needs to face facts that we're in a very constraining budget period.
  • Earth Before Earth Day

    Keith Cowing
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Earth Before Earth Day "Long before man journeyed to the moon and looked back at the tiny, fragile planet that houses humanity, remote orbiters were sending back pictures of home. Sent to scope out potential landing sites on the Moon, the series of five Lunar Orbiters also sent back the earliest views of Earth from another celestial body. This image, taken in 1966 by Lunar Orbiter 1, is among the first views of Earth from the Moon. In the black-and-white image, a crescent Earth floats majestically behind the lumpy surface of the Moon."
  • Asteroid Threat Press Conference Today

    Keith Cowing
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:12 am
    B612 Foundation Earth Day Impact Video, Press Conference and Webcast "The B612 Foundation will hold a press conference today which will be webcast from the Seattle Museum of Flight today. The press conference will feature the following new video of data from a nuclear-test-ban-treaty organization showing multiple atomic-bomb-scale asteroid impacts on Earth since 2001. You can watch the press conference below starting at 2:30 p.m. EDT."
  • NASA's GlobalSelfie Event Is Just About Selfies

    Keith Cowing
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    Hi @NASA here's my #GlobalSelfie from London, Ont. @CBCNews #EarthDay #pug #actor @CBC @cbchh pic.twitter.com/k95Gk4Ltoo— Igor Pug Dog (@IgorPugDog) April 22, 2014 Keith's note: @NASASocial is retweeting lots of selfies today (this is one of the ones they decided to retweet). Instead of trying to raise issues relevant to Earth Day, NASA is turning the #Globalselfie thing into posting selfies of people and their pets. They could have easily tweeted a little guidance to people and ask them to highlight issues that affect Earth, the environment, climate change. They could also post…
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    EurekAlert! - Space and Planetary Science

  • Liquid spacetime

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA)) If spacetime were a fluid, it would have very low viscosity, just like a 'superfluid.' A study carried out jointly by the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste and the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich shows how the 'atoms' making up the fluid of spacetime should behave, according to models of quantum gravity. The considerations suggested in this study impose very strong constraints on the occurrence of effects related to this possible 'fluid' nature of spacetime.
  • NREL unlocking secrets of new solar material

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) A new solar material that has the same crystal structure as a mineral first found in the Ural Mountains in 1839 is shooting up the efficiency charts faster than almost anything researchers have seen before -- and it is generating optimism that a less expensive way of using sunlight to generate electricity may be in our planet's future.
  • Remote surveillance may increase chance of survival for 'uncontacted' Brazilian tribes

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Missouri-Columbia) Lowland South America, including the Amazon Basin, harbors most of the last indigenous societies that have limited contact with the outside world. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have used satellite images to assess the demographic health of one particular village of isolated people on the border between Brazil and Peru. Remote surveillance is the only method to safely track uncontacted indigenous societies and may offer information that can improve their chances for long-term survival.
  • Mysteries of a nearby planetary system's dynamics now are solved

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Penn State) Mysteries of one of the most fascinating nearby planetary systems now have been solved, report authors of a scientific paper to be published by the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society in its early online edition on April 22, 2014. The study presents the first viable model for the planetary system orbiting one the first stars discovered to have planets.
  • Physicists consider implications of recent revelations about the universe's first light

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (The Kavli Foundation) Recent evidence that the universe expanded from microscopic to cosmic size in a mere instant brings with it important implications. During a live Google Hangout, leading astrophysicists from the University of Chicago and Stanford University discussed what this potential 'crack in the cosmic egg' means for our understanding of the universe.
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    collectSPACE Today In Space History

  • Cyber-space memorabilia

    21 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    As an artifact of 1998 computing power, the Toshiba Satellite Pro laptop sold by RR Auction on April 16 is a world away from the more than $60,000 it commanded. But as the machine Bill Clinton used to send the first email by a sitting U.S. president, and as that email was sent to John Glenn on the space shuttle Discovery, the computer has the crossover appeal of being presidential, cyberspace and space memorabilia.
  • Dragon departs for space station

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    SpaceX on Friday (April 18) launched its third NASA-contracted International Space Station cargo run from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's LC-40 in Florida. Packed with more than two tons of science experiments and supplies, SpaceX's fourth ISS-bound Dragon capsule lifted off on a Falcon 9 booster on the month-long Commercial Resupply Services-3 (CRS-3 or SpX-3) mission after more than a month of delays.
  • NASA engineer John C. Houbolt, 1919-2014

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:55 pm
    On Nov. 15, 1961, NASA Langley engineer John Houbolt fired off a letter to the agency's number two official that began, "Somewhat as a voice in the wilderness, I would like to pass on a few thoughts." Houbolt, who died Tuesday (April 15) at the age of 95, then asked, "Do we want to go to the moon or not?" Houbolt argued for "lunar orbit rendezvous," a plan that ran counter to NASA's prevailing thoughts on how to land men on the moon. But Houbolt's persistence in championing the alternate approach resulted in its adoption and in the years since, has been credited as critical to Apollo's…
  • Launch pad lease

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:50 pm
    NASA on Monday (April 14) signed a 20-year lease with SpaceX for the use of Kennedy Space Center's historic Launch Complex 39 in Florida. "This historic site, from which numerous Apollo and space shuttle missions began ... is beginning a new mission as a commercial launch site," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, who as an astronaut lifted off from the same pad. SpaceX intends to use Complex 39A to launch its Falcon Heavy and Falcon 9 rockets, including crewed missions.
  • Apollo 13 astronaut auction

    9 Apr 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Forty-four years ago this Friday (April 11), astronaut Jack Swigert found himself launching on Apollo 13, having come off the backup crew three days earlier. He was the first to alert Mission Control that "we've had a problem" when an explosion occurred midway to the moon. Now, the mission patches that he wore during that ill-fated mission, the mechanical pencil he carried, and other memorabilia from his estate is heading for an auction to be held in May by Los Angeles-based Nate D. Sanders.
 
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  • Red Galaxies Revealed to Have Massive Central Bulges and Black Holes

    dailygalaxy.com
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:09 pm
    The universe we can see is made up of thousands of millions of galaxies, each containing anywhere from hundreds of thousands to hundreds of billions of stars. Large numbers of galaxies are elliptical in shape, red and mostly made up of old stars. Another (more familiar) type is the spiral, where arms wind out in a blue thin disk from a central red bulge. On average stars in spiral galaxies tend to be much younger than those in ellipticals. Now a group of astronomers has found a (relatively) simple relationship between the color of a galaxy and the size of its bulge: the more massive the…
  • Earth's Early Atmosphere --New Clues to Origin of Life on Earth and Beyond (Today's Most Popular)

    dailygalaxy.com
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:38 pm
    For decades, scientists believed that the atmosphere of early Earth was highly reduced, meaning that oxygen was greatly limited. Such oxygen-poor conditions would have resulted in an atmosphere filled with noxious methane, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, and ammonia. To date, there remain widely held theories and studies of how life on Earth may have been built out of this deadly atmosphere cocktail. In 2011, scientists at the New York Center for Astrobiology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute used the oldest minerals on Earth to reconstruct the atmospheric conditions present on Earth…
  • Puzzle of the 55-Cancri Planetary System Solved --"Just 39 Light Years Away"

    dailygalaxy.com
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    "Because 55 Cancri is so bright that it can be seen with the naked eye, astronomers have been able to measure the velocity of this star from four different observatories over a thousand times, giving the planets in this system much more attention than most exoplanets receive," said Penn State assistant professor Jason Wright, who led a program to scrutinize this and several other planetary systems. The 55 Cancri planetary system is just 39 light years away in the constellation Cancer. Astronomers first discovered that 55 Cancri is orbited by a giant planet in 1997. Long-term observations by…
  • NASA Team Finds Pristine 3-Million-Year-Old Landscape Under Greenland Ice Sheet

    dailygalaxy.com
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    "We found organic soil that has been frozen to the bottom of the ice sheet for 2.7 million years," said University of Vermont geologist and lead author Paul Bierman. The finding provides strong evidence that the Greenland Ice Sheet has persisted much longer than previously known, enduring through many past periods of global warming. Glaciers and ice sheets are commonly thought to work like a belt sander. As they move over the land they scrape off everything — vegetation, soil and even the top layer of bedrock. So a team of university scientists and a NASA colleague were greatly surprised to…
  • 'Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey' (Monday's Episode 7) --Preview & Background for "The Clean Room"

    dailygalaxy.com
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    In Episode Seven, The Clean Room, Neil deGrasse Tyson starts our journey traveling to the shallow seas that formed what we now know as the Grand Canyon a billion years ago in what then was the Precambrian Epoch to find the only kind of life on the planet: blue-green bacteria. Oxygen, one of the by-products of photosynthesis by microbes such as cyanobacteria and their descendants -including algae and higher plants, transformed the Precambrian Earth and made possible the evolution of more complex organisms. Painting a picture of life during the 3 billion years that preceded the explosion of…
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  • A Plumber’s Guide to Starships Part 2: Gases in Pipes

    Michel Lamontagne
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Figure 1. An array of 100 4 MW compressors, driving helium at 2 200 Kelvin through the radiators, glowing bright orange from the heat. The large cylinder holds the heat exchangers and includes the radiation shielding.   In this section, we will mainly be looking at gases in pipes from the heat transfer point of view.  Although there are plenty of other reasons to move gases around in a starship, starting with fuel feed, for example, heat transfer covers the most complicated cases. The information will be applicable to simpler problems. Gases are trickier than liquids.  They compress…
  • Building Blocks for a Generation Ship

    Andreas Hein
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Project Hyperion is working on the first ever design of a manned interstellar vessel. Recently, the team thought about how to leverage on existing heritage for the spacecraft’s subsystems. In particular, two major elements of a crewed spacecraft were of particular interest: the propulsion system and the habitat. A preliminary analysis has already been done by the team about two years ago [1]. In a first step, all the options for the propulsion system and the habitat were enumerated. The following criteria were used to select a particular option: - Level of detail of heritage design -…
  • A Plumber’s Guide to Starships

    Michel Lamontagne
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Part 1 : Liquids in Pipes Figure 1 – A maintenance robot, hard at work on a leaky radiator section   Moving liquids around is hardly new technology – even if it’s in a starship. Pretty much all of the design tools were worked out in the eighteenth century, and the most recent developments – magnetic pumps for liquid metals – date back to the 1960s.  However, it is important to understand the limitations of pumps and pipes, since these can have a significant impact on the ship’s mass and power requirements. We will not try to go all the way back to basics, but rather…
  • Collaboration May Be Our First Step Toward the Stars.

    Jessica Riley
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:55 am
       Last week Icarus Interstellar announced that Les Johnson is stepping into a new position at Icarus as Chief Solar Sail Consultant. This new role presents opportunities for more communication and collaboration between Icarus, NASA, and the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop, which Les is the Chair of. Les brings with him a wealth of experience from his work as Deputy Manager in the Advanced Concepts Office at NASA wherein he leads a team of thirty engineers in the development of concepts for subsystems, spacecraft systems, payloads, missions and overall transportation system…
  • Introducing the Anchorage Makerspace | Icarus Interstellar’s Community Research Lab

    Andreas Tziolas
    11 Mar 2014 | 5:35 am
    Makerspaces are community driven machine, electronics and creative arts shops where people pay a subscription to become members. Through November, Icarus members helped round up 25 Founders of the Anchorage Makerspace and opened up a shop in Midtown Anchorage. As the first mAKerspace in Alaska, the team is organizing workshops on 3d printing, welding, woodworking, electronics, programming, etc. Ultimately the telecommunications systems and protocols, thrusters, cloud chambers, fusors, stratospheric balloons, amateur rockets and eventually small satellites. Any organization transitioning from…
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  • Pillownaut Hiatus

    PillowNaut
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    With my heartfelt love and thanks to all of my wonderful long time readers, I'm sorry to announce Pillow Astronaut is being put on hiatus while I content with some elderly family members with medical issues. I hope you will remain a follower until I am able to resume writing again!I hope you will keep me in your favorites or your feed. I hope to return, soon!~ Heather
  • The Henrietta Telescope

    PillowNaut
    10 Feb 2014 | 4:30 am
    I wish I could stop finding stories about amazing women who made incredible discoveries, only to find certain men took credit for their work and dismissively assigned them to obscurity, until an era where people were comfortable (though still not entirely happy) about giving women proper credit.While I do love getting to the truth of these stories, I just wish there weren't so many of them. Silent Sky - Theatreworks, Mountain View performanceThis past weekend, NASA Kepler scientist Natalie Batalha spoke at the "Leading Ladies" program for Theatreworks in Mountain View, discussing the roles of…
  • All NASA Twitter Feeds

    PillowNaut
    26 Jan 2014 | 8:00 am
    I occasionally check the NASA Connect pages for new things... and my, what an explosion over the past year! However, their list is slightly out-of-date. Truly, they need someone like me to curate this for them -- alas, no one has made me QUEEN yet.I was one of those folks who didn't quite understand Twitter when I signed up to Tweet, but over time have seen the fascination with micro-blogging in the 140-character culture. So! If you're interested in keeping up with NASA facilities and missions, here is the full spate of NASA Twitter feeds... along with the current snapshot of…
  • Seeking Space Zen

    PillowNaut
    20 Jan 2014 | 4:00 am
    Around this time each year, since Barack Obama took office, I have written about his promises regarding the space agency. I'm skipping it this year. Moreover, I took a break from blogging altogether this past month. The writing on the Social Media wall is that blogs may wane in favor of visually richer, mobile-friendly platforms, particularly for people who want quick news and information. So why this "opinion piece," when I generally write so few essays?? Call it therapy. Here's why NASA is important and needs proper funding [Skip!]Here's why NASA is important and needs proper funding…
  • FREE 2014 "Year In Space" Calendar

    PillowNaut
    4 Dec 2013 | 4:00 am
    Readers and Tweeters! Some lucky SpaceTwit is going to win a stunningly gorgeous 2014 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 2014 Year In Space Calendar, quite unlike any other ever published, to appeal to space enthusiasts of all ages, and the introduction was written by everyone's favorite Science Guy, Bill…
 
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  • Expedition 39 Spacewalkers Ready for Critical EVA-26 Tomorrow

    Ben Evans
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:22 pm
      During preparations for EVA-26 on 17 April, Steve Swanson works inside the Quest airlock. Photo Credit: NASA Expedition 39 spacewalkers Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson will venture outside the International Space Station (ISS) early Wednesday, 23 April, to remove and replace a failed backup Multiplexer-Demultiplexer (MDM) on the Mobile Base System (MBS). Designated [...]
  • NASA’s LADEE Dust Probe Plunges Deliberately into Lunar Surface

    Ken Kremer
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Depiction of NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) observatory as it approaches lunar orbit.Credit: NASA Ames/Dana Berry NASA’s newest moon probe, the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) aimed at studying the moon ultra tenuous atmosphere and dust, has deliberately plunged into the lunar surface after successfully completing its science mission. [...]
  • Meet NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator, the Next Step in Landing on Mars

    Mike Killian
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    The LDSD test article in the clean room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, preparing for shipment to Hawaii for its first test launch this summer. LDSD will help land bigger space payloads on Mars or return them back to Earth. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Robert Fisher Anyone even remotely familiar with landing spacecraft and [...]
  • Easter Sunday ISS Berthing Caps Success-Filled CRS-3 Mission for SpaceX

    Ben Evans
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    SpaceX’s “Easter Dragon” comes knocking at the International Space Station’s door with a perfect, on-time berthing on Easter Sunday. Photo Credit: NASA TV Following a 13-month hiatus in International Space Station (ISS) operations, SpaceX—the Hawthorne, Calif.-based launch services organization, headed by entrepreneur Elon Musk—secured its latest triumph Easter Sunday morning with the successful rendezvous, [...]
  • NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission Passes Critical Design Review, Moves Toward Construction

    Leonidas Papadopoulos
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:02 am
    An artist’s concept of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft approaching the asteroid Bennu in 2018. The mission has recently completed its Critical Design Review, moving toward construction and assembly. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona The next planetary mission in NASA’s New Frontiers program, the Near-Earth Asteroid sample return Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer, [...]
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    Space Industry News

  • SpaceX Grasshopper Rocket has successful vertical landing from space.

    William W.
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:52 am
    According to SpaceX the Falcon 9 (Grasshopper) first stage from the recent ISS mission touched down softly during a vertical landing but is not recoverable due to high seas. CEO and Chief Designer at SpaceX, Elon Musk,  Tweeted Flight computers continued transmitting for 8 seconds after reaching the water. Stopped when booster went horizontal. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 19, 2014 Spaceflightinsider.com reported that SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell stated, “Yes, we’ve found it.” “So we had extraordinary results from the recovery effort, or I should say the…
  • 360 Degree Interactive Virtual Video of the Earth filmed from Space

    Chris
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:56 pm
    On April 5 Alessandro Dimas, the general manager of Dimas Technologies Inc., released a stratospheric balloon into the atmosphere to take an interactive 360 degree video of the Earth. The 32-year-old Austrian launched the balloon in Germany with 6 GoPro cameras on a 360 rig. These 360 degree videos allow the viewer to look in all directions–towards the earth, to the sides, or up into space. The balloon flew for an hour and a half before reaching the critical altitude of 25 kilometers (15 miles), where the temperature is approximately minus 50 degrees Celsius (-58 degrees F). There,…
  • NASA’s Kepler Telescope Discovers First Earth-Size Planet in ‘Habitable Zone’

    William W.
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:37 am
    Using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the “habitable zone” — the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun. While planets have previously been found in the habitable zone, they are all at least 40 percent larger in size than Earth and understanding their makeup is challenging. Kepler-186f is more reminiscent of Earth.
  • SpaceX Launch of NASA Cargo to Space Station Set for Friday, Spacewalk Wednesday

    William W.
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    NASA and SpaceX are targeting a 3:25 p.m. EDT launch on Friday, April 18, of SpaceX’s third cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA Television coverage will begin at 2:15 p.m. The company’s April 14 launch to the orbiting laboratory was scrubbed due to a helium leak in the Falcon 9 rocket that will launch the Dragon spacecraft to the space station. Dragon is carrying to the space station almost 5,000 pounds of science and research, crew supplies, vehicle hardware and spacewalk tools — all to support…
  • NASA detects ocean inside Saturn Moon, potential home for extraterrestrial microbes

    William W.
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:51 pm
    NASA’s Cassini spacecraft and Deep Space Network have uncovered evidence Saturn’s moon Enceladus harbors a large underground ocean of liquid water, furthering scientific interest in the moon as a potential home to extraterrestrial microbes. Researchers theorized the presence of an interior reservoir of water in 2005 when Cassini discovered water vapor and ice spewing from vents near the moon’s south pole. The new data provide the first geophysical measurements of the internal structure of Enceladus, consistent with the existence of a hidden ocean inside the moon. Findings…
 
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    World UFO Sightings

  • Aliens Landed In A Suffolk Forest

    alien
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Why I believe aliens landed in a Suffolk forest: No, Nick Pope isn’t a UFO fantasist, he’s an ex-Ministry of Defence expert with a compelling dossier of evidence MoD expert has worked with the two closest witnesses – both servicemen – of the unexplained phenomenon in 1980 One recalls seeing a metal craft that could travel at ‘impossible’ speed Radiation levels in the area were measured at well above the norm The two witnesses wrote logs about the incident which they claim were later disappeared as part of a cover-up Staff Sergeant Jim Penniston touched the…
  • New evidence emerges that Monroe planned to reveal JFK saw crashed UFOs

    alien
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Comparison of Monroe Wiretap document with declassified CIA Information Report. Source: Outpost Forum New evidence has just been released supporting the authenticity of a leaked CIA document allegedly of wiretaps of Marilyn Monroe and her friends shortly before her suspicious death on August 4, 1962. The wiretap document revealed that Monroe was planning to give a press conference about what President Kennedy had told her of a visit to an undisclosed Air Force facility where he saw the debris of a crashed UFO. The Monroe wiretap document was first leaked in 1992 to a UFO researcher, and was…
  • The discovery of the most ‘habitable,’ Earth-like planet yet (Video)

    alien
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:11 pm
      April 17, 2014: This artist’s rendering provided by NASA on shows an Earth-sized planet dubbed Kepler-186f orbiting a star 500 light-years from Earth. Astronomers say the planet may hold water on its surface and is the best candidate yet of a habitable planet in the ongoing search for an Earth LOS ANGELES –  Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that’s similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it’s not too hot and not too cold for life. The find, announced Thursday,…
  • 2AM E.S.T Lunar Eclipse LIVE Stream –4/15/2014

    alien
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:24 pm
    2AM E.S.T Lunar Eclipse LIVE Stream 4-15-2014
  • Nefertiti Face On Mars

    alien
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
                        George Haas of the Cydonia Institute shares a set of images Haas041014g Haas041014f Haas041014e Haas041014d Haas041014c Haas041014b nefereti  
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    Space Safety Magazine

  • Future of Space Medical Devices: Robotics, Cold Plasma and Compact MRI

    Matteo Emanuelli
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Space Safety Magazine continues the series of articles dedicated to space medicine and astronauts. In the series, we are presenting and exploring topics involving medical emergency management in space, astronaut training, and issues arising from long-duration missions in space.  As the first chapter, we presented a profile interview with the physician and retired NASA astronaut Story... Read more →
  • Exploding Meteors Still Surprise

    Merryl Azriel
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Last year about this time, the faces of politicians everywhere were turned to the skies, fearfully wondering “Will we be next?” A natural response to the spectacular (no, it’s not possible to avoid the adjective, I’ve tried) bolide that exploded above the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, the question was welcomed by Near Earth Object (NEO)... Read more →
  • Test Running a Landing on Mars

    Merryl Azriel
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:33 pm
    In 2012, NASA made a big splash when it premiered a new landing system – Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL)  to be precise – that successfully put Curiosity on Mars. It was a complicated, staged system, much more involved than the prior approach of crashing spacecraft with cushioning airbags. But that complexity allowed NASA to land... Read more →
  • Small Satellites and Space Junk

    Morris Jones
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:47 pm
    CubeSats are flying into space at a fairly regular rate. These are simplistic structures based on a standard “cube” structure measuring 10 centimetres on a side. That’s not a lot of volume, but as anyone who owns a smartphone knows, a lot of gear can be crammed into this space. Join several cubes together, and... Read more →
  • How to Survive in Space: A Space Prepper’s Guide to the End of the Earth

    Staff Writers
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:10 pm
    If Planet Earth was doomed and you escaped to space….could you survive? With this handy guide at the ready, you might just have a chance. Source: Emergency-Management-Degree.org
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    Latest UFO sightings

  • UFO sighting above Jones Beach, New York in January 2014

    admin
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Amazing video footage of a disc – shaped UFO recorded in the daytime sky above Jones Beach, New York in January 2014 during Aerobatics 2014. Witness said: Ufo sighting caught on tape while filming stunt plane AEROBATICS 2014! This remarkable Ufo Sighting was discovered in video tape footage of a Stunt Plane “Oracle” was performing Aerobatics […]
  • UFO over Australia taken by a commercial pilot in April 2014

    admin
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:24 pm
    New amazing UFO sighting photo taken by a commercial pilot while flying over Australia in April 2014. News said: A commercial pilot with more than 30 years’ experience has been left scratching his head over mysterious lights he saw over Caloundra on Good Friday. The pilot, who does not want to be identified, said he had […]
  • Disk – shaped UFO over Jefferson County, Washington on 15th April 2014

    admin
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:16 pm
    New video footage of a disk – shaped UFO sighting recorded in the night sky above Jefferson County, Washington on 15th April 2014. Colorful balls of light racing across the night sky are caught on video by a Jefferson County woman. Now she’s trying to figure out what she saw. Amber Wysocki captured the video on […]
  • UFO caught over Mexico just before Earthquake on 18th April 2014

    admin
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:04 pm
    New amazing video footage of a dark UFO sighting recorded in the daytime sky above Mexico just before Earthquake on 18th April 2014.
  • Scientists Discover First Earth-Size Planet That Could Support Life!

    admin
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On April 17, 2014, scientists working with data from the Kepler Space Telescope announced the discovery of the first Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of it’s star. The planet, Kepler-186f, is a rocky world only 10% larger than Earth. Never before has a planet so close to Earth in size, and therefore gravity, been […]
 
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