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  • Russia to Orbit 9 MilCom Satellites by 2020

    Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Moscow (RIA Novosti) Oct 21, 2014 The Russian military will add nine advanced communications satellites to its orbital grouping by 2020, a senior military commander said Monday. "By 2020, the orbital grouping of military communications satellites will be strengthened with nine modern satellites," Maj. Gen. Khalil Arslanov, the chief of the Main Communications Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces, said Monday. Arsl
  • China Completes Country's Largest Spaceport

    Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Beijing (RIA Novosti) Oct 21, 2014 Construction of the fourth and the largest spaceport in China in the country's southern city of Wenchang has been completed and it is ready for launch, People's Daily reported Friday. Completion of the new spaceport, which is located in the island province of Hainan, means that the launch of manned and unmanned missions to current and future space stations, the Moon and Mars are "just a ma
  • NASA’s Opportunity Rover Snaps First-Ever Comet Image From Mars’ Surface During Comet’s Ultra-Close Martian Flyby

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    Ken Kremer
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:11 pm
    NASA’s Opportunity rover snaps this first-ever image of a comet (fuzzy object at center) from another planet’s surface during close flyby of Comet Siding Spring with Mars on Oct. 19, 2014. This pancam raw image was taken on Sol 3817. Inset shows enhanced view revealing more comet detail. Credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell/ASU/TAMU. Image Processing: Marco Di [...]
  • Is The Chupacabra Real?

    TimeHuman
    Admin
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    Is the Chupacabra real? The video below explains the possible species connections the Chupacabra could have. For example, is it a rat/kangaroo mix? Or what? Is the Chupacabra a new species all together? Is it a cross between two species?Many of the sightings that are hyped in the media are always proven false. That doesn't mean the Chupacabra isn't real. Nature can do weird things, and the idea of strange mutations isn't a crazy one. Until caught, the Chupacabra will remain reclusive, and mythological. The truth is out there.
  • Easing The Lease-Return Documentation Struggle

    Aviation Week - Aerospace Defense, Business & Commercial News
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    IATA, airlines seek to simplify the lease-return documentation process read more
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  • Easing The Lease-Return Documentation Struggle

    3 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    IATA, airlines seek to simplify the lease-return documentation process read more
  • Uniform Leasing Regulations, Documentation Would Save Millions

    3 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Varied regulations, documentation requirements cost the airline industry time and money Airlines could reduce end-of-least costs by harmonizing and digitizing documentation read more
  • Private Equity Company Investing In Paint Facilities Globally

    3 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Next steps could be in Asia, Middle East or OEM work Aircraft painting facilities seen as growth opportunity by private equity investors read more
  • Is A Republican Senate Good For Defense?

    27 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Some see a Republican-controlled Senate as a plus for the Pentagon No matter who holds the majority in the Senate after the November midterm election, the fate of defense spending in the fiscal 2016 budget will be tied up in a larger tangle of spending issues. The desire of some Republicans to retain or enlarge the defense budget is competing with the wish of Democrats to increase spending on infrastructure and other domestic programs, and Congress is perennially unable to agree on tax increases or entitlement savings that could pay for either priority. read more
  • Japanese Defense Chief Plans ‘Most Drastic Reforms’

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:17 pm
    The head of Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) said he wants to reorganize the force into mobile divisions and brigades with enhanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities and air-transportable combat vehicles to defend islands the country lays claime to in the East China Sea. read more
 
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  • Russia to Orbit 9 MilCom Satellites by 2020

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Moscow (RIA Novosti) Oct 21, 2014 The Russian military will add nine advanced communications satellites to its orbital grouping by 2020, a senior military commander said Monday. "By 2020, the orbital grouping of military communications satellites will be strengthened with nine modern satellites," Maj. Gen. Khalil Arslanov, the chief of the Main Communications Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces, said Monday. Arsl
  • China Completes Country's Largest Spaceport

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Beijing (RIA Novosti) Oct 21, 2014 Construction of the fourth and the largest spaceport in China in the country's southern city of Wenchang has been completed and it is ready for launch, People's Daily reported Friday. Completion of the new spaceport, which is located in the island province of Hainan, means that the launch of manned and unmanned missions to current and future space stations, the Moon and Mars are "just a ma
  • Maintenance, upgrade work on Italian aircraft carrier ahead of schedule

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Rome (UPI) Oct 17, 2014 Extensive maintenance and modernization work on the Italian aircraft carrier Giuseppe Garibaldi is being completed months ahead of schedule. The Italian Navy said on Friday that work on the carrier is now slated to be complete at the Taranto Arsenal, a Navy shipyard and base, on Nov. 10, instead of March of next year, when the ship completes post-refit sea trials. "The advance of
  • 1980s aircraft helps quantum technology take flight

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Sydney, Australia (SPX) Oct 21, 2014 What does a 1980s experimental aircraft have to do with state-of-the art quantum technology? Lots, as shown by new research from the Quantum Control Laboratory at the University of Sydney, and published in Nature Physics. Over several years a team of scientists has taken inspiration from aerospace research and development programs to make unusually shaped experimental aircraft fly. "
  • Britain to deploy Reaper drones against ISIS in Iraq

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    London (UPI) Oct 17, 2014 Britain's Royal Air Force is deploying Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles in the fight against Islamic State forces, also known as ISIS/ISIL, who control large sections of Iraq. The announcement was made on Thursday by Defense Secretary Michael Fallon, who said the deployment would take place shortly. "The surveillance capability of Reaper will see it provide vital situational aware
 
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  • Iraq/Syria: Is ISIS Flying Jets? UK to Deploy Reapers

    Olivier Travers
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    Is ISIL operating jets, as the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims? There’s a Youtube video purportedly showing a jet landing at an ISIS-controlled base, but USCENTOM says they haven’t seen any evidence. This is a head-scratcher. Iraq floundered against a purged and weakened Iranian military for years, then their generals join ISIS which quickly becomes really competent? From which we may infer the “Saddam performance penalty” levied on Iraq’s Ba’athist military. Meanwhile, the Maliki performance penalty still applies to the Shi’ite…
  • Anti-Submarine Weakness: India Has a Problem

    Joe Katzman
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Indian Ka-28(click to view larger) In September 2008, Flight International reported that India’s defence ministry has issued a tender for “advanced multirole naval helicopters” to several manufacturers around the world, including AgustaWestland, EADS and Sikorsky. The initial RFP reportedly covered 16 helicopters, with a potential expansion to 60 helicopters. The problem, as usual, is that nothing is happening, while critical Indian defenses rot. India’s naval sphere of influence is growing, and the country purchased long-range P-8i jets to improve its territorial…
  • UK’s Eurofighters Fly To Availability-Based Contracting

    Joe Katzman
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    New dawn?(click to view full) Implementation of Britain’s “future contracting for availability” approach of paying for machines in service, rather than parts and hours, generally involves a phased set of contracts and agreements. As each party’s understanding the risks and demands grow, the contract’s complexity and comprehensiveness grow as well, and the framework moves closer and closer to the desired goal of a full availability contract. “Britain Hammers Out Through-Life Support Framework for Tornado Fleet” described how this approach works on the…
  • APKWS II: Laser-Guided Hydra Rockets in Production At Last

    Joe Katzman
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    Hydras & Hellfires(click to view full) The versatile Hydra 70mm rocket family is primed for a new lease on life, thanks to widespread programs aimed at converting these ubiquitous rockets into cheap laser-guided precision weapons. Conversion benefits include cost, use on both helicopters and fighters, more precision weapons per platform, low collateral damage, and the activation of large weapon stockpiles that couldn’t be used under strict rules of engagement. Firms all over the world have grasped this opportunity, which explains why strong competition has emerged from all points…
  • The New Chinooks: Boeing’s Modern H-47 Heavy-Lift Helicopters

    Joe Katzman
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    CH-47Fs take off(click to view full) DII FOCUS articles offer in-depth, updated looks at significant military programs of record; this FOCUS Article covers the CH-47F/MH-47G Chinook helicopter programs, in the USA and abroad. These helicopters’ distinctive “flying banana” twin-rotor design stems from the brilliant work of aviation pioneer Frank Piasecki. It gives Chinooks the ability to adjust their positioning very precisely, while carrying a large airframe whose load capacity has made it the world’s most popular heavy-lift helicopter. The USA expects to be operating…
 
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  • Russian Bank Offers 5 Billion Rubles for GLONASS

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Moscow (RIA Novosti) Oct 21, 2014 The Russian state development bank Vnesheconombank (VEB) is set to offer financial support for domestic companies to develop projects using the GLONASS navigation system in Russia and abroad pending government approval, Izvestia reports. VEB's sister fund -"VEB Innovations" will set up the "GLONASS Fund" within the fourth quarter of this year; funds will be made available by next February-
  • Sunset Solar Eclipse

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Huntsville AL (SPX) Oct 21, 2014 Sunsets are always pretty. One sunset this month could be out of this world. On Thursday, Oct. 23rd, the setting sun across eastern parts of the USA will be red, beautiful and ... crescent-shaped. "It's a partial solar eclipse," explains longtime NASA eclipse expert Fred Espenak. In other words, the New Moon is going to 'take a bite' out of the sun. A total eclipse is when the Moon p
  • Missile Defense Agency orders THAAD system components

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Dallas (UPI) Oct 16, 2014 Ground components for a key element of U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System are to be manufactured and delivered by Lockheed Martin. The U.S. Missile Defense Agency contract for Terminal High Altitude Defense system equipment covers interceptor launchers, support equipment, fire control and communication spares, and launcher spares. The contract value is $124.6 million. "
  • Storms to obscure peaking meteor shower in the Northeast

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Washington (UPI) Oct 21, 2014 Astronomers say this week's annual Orionid meteor shower, which is scheduled to peak overnight Tuesday, will be one of the best in years. But for many Americans living along the Eastern Seaboard and in the Pacific Northwest, it will all be for nothing, as storms are expected to scatter clouds over much of the United States. In the Midwest, South and Southwest, clear skies and a new moon
  • Argentina launches its first telecom satellite

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Moscow (RIA Novosti) Oct 21, 2014 Argentina has successfully launched its first domestically designed and developed geostationary communications satellite Thursday, USA Today reported. "ARSAT-1 is on its way to space. What a thrill," Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner wrote on her Twitter account. The satellite will occupy the 81 West orbital slot, 36,000 km away from earth. ARSAT-1 is the first satellite
 
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  • 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.
  • The Cloudy Future of Arctic Sea Ice

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    As climate change continues to hammer Arctic sea ice, pushing back its summertime boundaries to record-high latitudes, NASA is flying an innovative airborne mission to find out how these developments will affect worldwide weather.
  • Evidence for Young Lunar Volcanism

    12 Oct 2014 | 10:15 pm
    NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has found strong evidence of geologically young volcanic activity on the moon. Some deposits appear to be less than 100 million years old, corresponding to Earth's Cretaceous period, the heyday of dinosaurs.
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    Universe Today

  • Mr. Fusion? Compact Fusion Reactor Will be Available in 5 Years Says Lockheed-Martin

    Tim Reyes
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Could the future of fusion driven rockets for interplantary or even interstellar travel be near at hand? Engineers at the Lockheed-Martin Skunk Works believe they will have a compact fusion reactor prototype operational in five years and in use within 10 years. (Illustration Credit:© David A. Hardy/www.astroart.org, Project Daedalus) The Farnsworth Fusor; Pons and Fleishmann. It seems the trail to fusion energy has long gone cold — stone cold, that is, and not cold as in cold fusion. Despite the promise of fusion providing a sustainable and safe energy source, fusion reactors are not a…
  • How NASA and SpaceX are Working Together to Land on Mars

    Matt Williams
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    Thermal imagery of Falcon 9 rocket. Image Credit: NASA/Scifli Team/Applied Physics Laboratory Images It is no secret that NASA is seeking out private space contractors to help bring some of its current plans to fruition. Naturally, these involve restoring indigenous launch capabilities to the US, but also include the more far-reaching goal of sending astronauts to Mars. Towards that end, NASA and SpaceX participated in an unprecedented data-sharing project that will benefit them both. (...)Read the rest of How NASA and SpaceX are Working Together to Land on Mars (945 words) © mwill for…
  • Could ‘Heavy Metal’ Frost Lurk Beneath Venus’ Hothouse Clouds?

    Elizabeth Howell
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    A radar view of Venus taken by the Magellan spacecraft, with some gaps filled in by the Pioneer Venus orbiter. Credit: NASA/JPL Talk about using old data for a new purpose! Researchers re-examining information from the completed NASA Magellan mission found signs of what could be “heavy metal” frost on the hell-like surface. What the researchers saw in radio-wave reflectance is the highlands appear brighter, with dark spots in the tallest locations. What substance exactly is causing the patches on the surface is unknown, and it is extremely hard to make predictions given the…
  • How to Take Great Photographs of the October 23rd Partial Solar Eclipse and More

    David Dickinson
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    The partially eclipsed Sun rising over the Vehicle Assembly Building on the Florida Space Coast on November 3rd, 2013. Photo by author. Get those solar viewers out… the final eclipse of 2014 occurs this Thursday on October 23rd, and most of North America has a front row seat. Though this solar eclipse will be an exclusively partial one as the Moon takes a ‘bite’ out the disk of the Sun, such an event is always fascinating to witness. And for viewers across the central U.S. and Canada, it will also provide the chance to photograph the setting crescent Sun along with foreground…
  • Martian Permafrost And Dust-Sculpted Surface Captured By NASA Spacecraft

    Elizabeth Howell
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    Frost deposits in Louth Crater appears to remain through the year, as found in Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE photos of the region. Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona Mars was once thought to be a fairly unchanging planet, similar to the Moon. But now we know it is a planet that was shaped by water and other forces in the past — and that these forces still come into play today. Above is a picture of permafrost deposits just discovered in Louth Crater. This find comes from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) and you…
 
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    The Space Review

  • Close encounters of the top secret kind

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    In 1969, a Soviet spy satellite passed closed to an American one. Dwayne Day examines whether this was a deliberate attempt by the Soviets to image the American satellite -- or even test an ASAT system -- or just a coincidence.
  • Commercial crew's extended endgame

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
    Last month, NASA awarded contracts for commercial crew systems that were expected to end months of uncertainty about the program's future. However, Jeff Foust reports that the uncertainty lingers today, as one company protests those awards while also working on alternative plans for its vehicle design.
  • Powering cislunar spaceflight with NEO powder

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission plans to use xenon as the propellant for ion propulsion systems that will nudge a small asteroid into lunar orbit. Ronald Menich argues that using NEO materials themselves is a more sustainable approach to developing long-term cislunar infrastructure.
  • Big data computing above the clouds

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:57 am
    Data centers, the essential if invisible component of cloud computing, require large amounts of power and cooling to operate effectively. Vid Beldavs describes one solution that would put cloud computing literally above the clouds, in orbit.
  • Review: Mars Rover Curiosity

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:56 am
    More than two years after landing, the Mars rover Curiosity has helped scientists make fundamental discoveries about the Red Planet. Jeff Foust reviews a book by the mission's chief engineer that examines the significant challenges NASA faced in developing the spacecraft.
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    NASA Watch

  • NASA Employees Really Like Working at NASA

    Keith Cowing
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    NASA maintains lofty worker-satisfaction ratings for 2014, Washington Post "National Aeronautics and Space Administration employees remained largely satisfied with their agency this year, likely continuing the agency's trend of ranking among the best places to work in the federal government, according to results from a recent survey. Seventy-one percent of NASA staffers who responded to the Office of Personnel Management's federal-employee viewpoints survey gave the agency a positive mark this year when asked about their overall impression of the organization. NASA in 2013 earned the highest…
  • NASA OIG Report on NASA Travel

    Keith Cowing
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    NASA OIG: Audit of NASA's Premium Air Travel "Generally, the 2 years of NASA premium-class travel we reviewed was properly authorized and complied with Federal and Agency travel policy. However, we identified four instances of premium travel that did not fall within any FTR or Agency exceptions, errors and omissions in some travel authorizations, and inaccuracies in NASA's reporting of its premium travel to GSA. In addition, we found the Agency's travel policy did not include several elements required by GSA."
  • Ah, The Revolving Door in Washington

    Keith Cowing
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Key Senate NASA Staffer Moving on to Lockheed Martin, SpacePolicyOnline "Ann Zulkosky, the top Senate Democratic staffer dealing with NASA issues on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, is leaving to join Lockheed Martin. Zulkosky is a member of the Democratic professional staff of the committee, which is chaired by Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV). Rockefeller is retiring at the end of this Congress and committee staff changes are common when the chairperson retires. Zulkosky has been handling a variety of science issues, but is best known in space policy circles for her…
  • JSC Is Abandoning NASA History

    Keith Cowing
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Keith's note: NASA JSC is shutting down its Media Research Center. The MRC employees, with more than a century of collective service stretching back to the Apollo era, are being laid off effective 22 October. The building that houses this team will be closed. All materials will be put in boxes - and forgotten. This is a stupid, short-sighted decision. All too soon these boxes will get moved again and again as floor/shelf space is needed for more urgent things, labels will come off boxes, people will dig through the boxes looking for souvenirs that will end up on eBay, and the people who…
  • Earth's Comet Hunting Blind Spot

    Keith Cowing
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    Earth at risk after cuts close comet-spotting program, scientists warn, The Guardian "The Earth has been left with a huge blind spot for potentially devastating comet strikes after the only dedicated comet-spotting program in the southern hemisphere lost its funding, leading astronomers have warned. The program, which discovered the Siding Spring comet that narrowly missed Mars on Sunday, was shut down last year after losing funding. "It's a real worry," Bradley Tucker, an astronomer at the Australian National University (ANU) and University of California Berkeley, told Guardian Australia.
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    EurekAlert! - Space and Planetary Science

  • Big black holes can block new stars

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Johns Hopkins University) Massive black holes spewing out radio-frequency-emitting particles at near-light speed can block formation of new stars in aging galaxies, a study has found.
  • NASA's Aqua satellite sees Tropical Storm Ana still affecting Hawaii

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Slow-moving Tropical Storm Ana was still affecting parts of Hawaii on Oct. 20 when NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead from its orbit in space.
  • NASA Webb's heart survives deep freeze test

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) After 116 days of being subjected to extremely frigid temperatures like that in space, the heart of the James Webb Space Telescope, the Integrated Science Instrument Module and its sensitive instruments, emerged unscathed from the thermal vacuum chamber at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
  • UNH scientist: Cosmic rays threaten future deep-space astronaut missions

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (University of New Hampshire) Crewed missions to Mars remain an essential goal for NASA, but scientists are only now beginning to understand and characterize the radiation hazards that could make such ventures risky, concludes a new paper by University of New Hampshire scientists.
  • Solar energy prices see double-digit declines in 2013; Trend expected to continue

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Distributed solar photovoltaic system prices dropped by 12-19 percent nationwide in 2013, according to the third edition of a jointly written report on PV pricing trends from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In addition, 2014 prices are expected to drop another 3-12 percent, depending on system location and market segment.
 
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    collectSPACE Today In Space History

  • Alan Bean Plus Four

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Tom Hanks imagines a modern-day bootstrap mission to the moon in "Alan Bean Plus Four," an original work of fiction in the current issue (Oct. 27) of "The New Yorker." The actor, who's no stranger to playing an astronaut, crafts a tale of four friends who travel around the moon in a way less complicated way than Alan Bean did aboard Apollo 12, 45 years ago this November.
  • 675 days in orbit

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    For almost two years, the U.S. Air Force's X-37B reusable space plane orbited the Earth conducting a secretive test mission. On Friday (Oct. 17), it returned to a landing in California after 675 days in space. The touchdown on a runway at Vandenberg Air Force Base marked the end of the X-37B program's third mission, with a fourth flight planned for 2015. Built by Boeing, the orbital test vehicle used on this mission previously flew in 2010.
  • Flight of the Phoenix

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    As perhaps a patch before its time, the Apollo 7 crew's first idea for their mission's official insignia was to pay tribute to the fallen Apollo 1 crew. Overruled by NASA, the Phoenix-themed patch did not become a reality until 45 years later, when astronaut Walt Cunningham had it made as a commemorative emblem.
  • Astronaut Wives Club

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    ABC's limited event 10-episode TV series, "The Astronaut Wives Club" has finally leapt off the launch pad and begun filming in New Orleans. Based on the 2013 bestselling book by author Lily Koppel, the series has completed casting seven actresses to play the spouses of the Mercury 7 astronauts, but plans to grow the cast to include the Gemini and Apollo wives, too.
  • Go for Payload

    9 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Two years after landing on display at the California Science Center, the retired space shuttle Endeavour was "Go for Payload" Thursday (Oct. 9) as it received its final cargo. A Spacehab module it previously had flown to space was returned to its payload bay to outfit Endeavour for its vertical display, scheduled for 2018.
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  • Searching Kepler Mission's 4,000 Planets for Hints of Habitable Moons

    dailygalaxy.com
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    A wealth of moons exist in our own solar system that could host life. Icy Europa, which is circling Jupiter, was recently discovered to have plumes of water erupting from its surface. Titan, in orbit around Saturn, is the only known moon with an atmosphere, and could have the precursor elements to life in its hydrocarbon seas that are warmed by Saturn’s heat. Other candidates for extraterrestrial hosts include Jupiter’s moons Callisto and Ganymede, as well as Saturn’s satellite Enceladus. But René Heller, an astrophysicist at the Origins Institute at McMaster University, belives some…
  • Astrophysicists Using Big Bang's Primordial Light to Probe Largest Structures in the Universe

    dailygalaxy.com
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    An international team of physicists has measured a subtle characteristic in the polarization of the cosmic microwave background radiation that will allow them to map the large-scale structure of the universe, determine the masses of neutrinos and perhaps uncover some of the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy. The POLARBEAR team is measuring the polarization of light that dates from an era 380,000 years after the Big Bang, when the early universe was a high-energy laboratory, a lot hotter and denser than now, with an energy density a trillion times higher than what they are producing at…
  • What is Venus Hiding Beneath Its Brilliant Shroud of Clouds?

    dailygalaxy.com
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Venus is hiding something beneath its brilliant shroud of clouds: a first order mystery about the planet that researchers may be a little closer to solving because of a new re-analysis of twenty-year-old spacecraft data. Venus's surface can't be seen from orbit in visible light because of the planet's hot, dense, cloudy atmosphere. Instead, radar has been used by spacecraft to penetrate the clouds and map out the surface – both by reflecting radar off the surface to measure elevation and by looking at the radio emissions of the hot surface. The last spacecraft to map Venus in this way was…
  • New Organic Molecule, the Precursor to Life Detected in Interstellar Space

    dailygalaxy.com
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Researchers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile have teased out the faint signal of a new organic molecule lurking in interstellar space. The molecule, known as iso-propyl cyanide (i-C3H7CN), is a variant (isomer) of a molecule already known to be quite prevalent in space. The key difference between the two is that the carbon backbone upon which the molecule is built is "branched" in this newest detection. This distinction is very significant, according to the researchers, because it suggests that branched carbon-chain molecules may be fairly abundant in…
  • Have Scientists Just Replicated the Oldest Ancestor of Life on Earth?

    dailygalaxy.com
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    How did life originate? And can scientists create life? These questions not only occupy the minds of scientists interested in the origin of life, but also researchers working with technology of the future. If we can create artificial living systems, we may not only understand the origin of life - we can also revolutionize the future of technology. Protocells are the simplest, most primitive living systems, you can think of. The oldest ancestor of life on Earth was a protocell, and when we see, what it eventually managed to evolve into, we understand why science is so fascinated with…
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  • Is The Chupacabra Real?

    Admin
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    Is the Chupacabra real? The video below explains the possible species connections the Chupacabra could have. For example, is it a rat/kangaroo mix? Or what? Is the Chupacabra a new species all together? Is it a cross between two species?Many of the sightings that are hyped in the media are always proven false. That doesn't mean the Chupacabra isn't real. Nature can do weird things, and the idea of strange mutations isn't a crazy one. Until caught, the Chupacabra will remain reclusive, and mythological. The truth is out there.
  • The Real Sounds Of Hell

    Admin
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Researchers from a remote part of Siberia claim to have recorded real sounds from hell. They drilled a hole roughly 14 kilometers deep into earth's crust. The researchers noted an unusual amount of heat coming from the hole. After dropping ultra-sensitive microphones into the hole--to measure the earth's movements--they discovered strange feedback coming into the mics. The video below is a sample of what they recorded. It's the real sounds of hell. Maybe...If you get scared easily, don't watch the video. I warned you.'The last discovery was nevertheless the most shocking to our ears, so much…
  • Cold Weight Loss Benefits Without The Cold

    Admin
    7 Jun 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Brr-brr-brr! Scientists have discovered a way to make the body of mice burn calories as if they were exposed to the freezing cold. A potential future treatment for obesity in humans!White fat to brown fat Humans are born with a decent amount of brown fat. Brown fat is the fat best used for insulation from the cold. White fat stores energy, while brown fat is the energy burner--which comes in really handy when you want to lose some weight. Sadly, as we humans get older, brown fat seems to disappear. Ajay Chawla (UC), San Fran, and his team injected obese mice with interleukin-4 (a…
  • Most fascinating science news of the week (Dec 15, 2012)

    Admin
    15 Dec 2012 | 5:04 pm
    Here are some of the most fascinating science news stories of the week:CU-Boulder team develops swarm of pingpong ball-sized robotsUniversity of Colorado Boulder Assistant Professor Nikolaus Correll likes to think in multiples. If one robot can accomplish a singular task, think how much more could be accomplished if you had hundreds of them. Read more: http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2012/12/14/cu-boulder-team-develops-swarm-pingpong-ball-sized-robotsAstronomers discover 'missing link' of black holes The discovery of a bingeing black hole in our nearest neighbouring galaxy,…
  • Geminid meteor shower live stream

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    13 Dec 2012 | 6:34 pm
    The Geminid meteor shower occurs on an annual basis, when the extinct comet 3200 Phaethon sprinkles the Earth with its debris tail. Get outside tonight between midnight and 3 a.m. to catch a glimpse of this amazing spectacle.Expect to see roughly 100+ meteors per hour during the peak at 2-3 a.m.If you can't get out to see Geminid, NASA will be live streaming the event via a camera at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Below is the embedded live stream:If you would like to go directly to the NASA live stream event, here's the link:…
 
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  • Interstellar Comparisons

    Adam Crowl
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    Terraformed Venus (a Wikipedia Image) Travelling to the stars within a human lifetime via the known laws of physics requires energies millions of times more potent than a trip to Mars, for example. In our energy hungry modern world the prospect seems fanciful, yet we are surrounded by energies and forces of comparable scale. By taming those forces we will be able to launch forth towards the stars and save our civilization and our biosphere. How so? Consider the sunlight received every second by planet Earth, from the Sun. About 1.4 kilowatts of energy for every square metre directly facing…
  • A Plumber’s Guide to Starships, Part 3 – Thermal Properties of Materials

    Michel Lamontagne
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Materials are the bedrock upon which we can build starship designs. Outside of science fiction, there is no use postulating a starship drive that requires materials that do not, or cannot, exist. So this article is about materials: what they can do, what we hope future materials can do, and what we expect materials to never be able to do. Figure 1- Roman clay pipes. Modern vitrified clay pipes. Alumina ceramic pipes and linings. 2000 years of progress in materials. For a Starship plumber, the question boils down to: “What’s the best material for my pipes?” And the answer is the…
  • Introducing Project Voyager – Interstellar Trajectory and Mission Planning Tool

    Andreas Tziolas
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:58 pm
      It is my pleasure to introduce you to Icarus’s latest research project: Project Voyager Voyager will be led by Project Leader Zach Fejes (zfejes@icarusinterstellar.org), who has built a team of Engineers, Physicists and coders, with objective to design a 2d/3d interstellar trajectory and mission planning tool from the ground up. Many of us met Zach at Starship Congress last year, where he stood out as a highly motivated and capable new recruit. The Toronto based team of 14 reearchers so far have already settled in and are working on Euler vs 4th order Runge Kutta approximations of…
  • Introducing Project Astrolabe – Navigating the Future of Civilization

    Andreas Tziolas
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:47 am
    [logo for Project Astrolabe by J. N. Nielsen] Project Astrolabe: Navigating the Future of Civilization J. N. Nielsen Introducing Project Astrolabe Icarus Interstellar will be adding Project Astrolabe to its programs, which will be concerned with the core issues of civilization’s evolution, longevity, and existential risk. It will be the purpose of Project Astrolabe to bring to the study of civilization in the universe the same active engagement that Icarus Interstellar brings to the design of interstellar spacecraft, and in so doing to shed light on the place of human civilization in the…
  • A Starship Worth Fighting For

    Andreas Tziolas
    25 Jun 2014 | 3:07 am
    There’s a ship out there without a name. Its been thought of by millions, conceived of, drawn, designed and re-imagined over and over. Some hold strongly to have thought of it first. Others profess to having built it. Others lay claim to the origins of the idea. This is a ship without a name. But we all know what it is, and where its going. It will travel through interstellar space. It will be headed to a nearby star system. It will carry with it over two thousand years of dreams, …and we would like it to look something like this:   This is Mark Rademaker’s IXS-Enterprise…
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  • Evadot Podcast #100 – Disney Big Hero 6 XPRIZE Challenge

    Michael Doornbos
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    Guest: Leo Camacho We’re back after a 2 year, ummm, break? Today Leo Camacho joins the show to talk about Cosplay, X Prize, Disney, Big Hero 6 and more. Join the Disney Big Hero 6 X Prize Challenge here. Feel free to email me at mike@evadot.com if you are a parent or kid and have questions about the contest. I’m happy to help. Find out some nice details about the movie on Sarah’s Youtube Channel. Host: Michael Doornbos Email podcast@evadot.com or leave a comment and let us know your thoughts.  Subscribe to the Evadot Podcast via iTunes and all other podcast players…
  • Are there enough ghosts in your closet?

    Michael Doornbos
    27 Jun 2014 | 8:55 am
    I watched the Google I/O keynote this week and was not surprised to see people complain about projects that Google has touted in the past which are now abandoned.  Google Wave, Google Buzz, Reader (I still miss Reader), the Nexus Q, etc. But there are some really cool things that are coming out of the Googleplex right now and SOME of them will stick. This isn’t a commentary on which of the Google announcements I’m excited about. It’s about attitude. When you’re doing something hard, or in the case of something like Space Exploration, close to impossible you have to…
  • Why not?

    Michael Doornbos
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:02 am
    In case you haven’t noticed, I backed away from space exploration writing and podcasting for more or less 2 years now. I found myself getting bogged down in bad politics, disappointing announcements and overall negativity. I spent all my time asking “why?”. When trying to do something that’s really really hard like create a private space INDUSTRY it’s easy to get caught up in “can’t”. Then a couple weeks ago two things happened… Will Pomerantz reminded me that negativity doesn’t get anyone anywhere. Then my son Caleb reminded me…
  • I got Google Glass wrong

    Michael Doornbos
    20 Mar 2014 | 6:29 am
    Right around the first of the year we were sitting around a table at a Chinese restaurant and Gary says “We need a vision, a “wow factor” at our conference. What if we get Google Glass and have you wear it while you’re there? Then we can give it away on Friday night!” Many brilliant ideas start at as a conversation over Chinese food. I get to play with Google Glass, review it, work with it, talk about it, and give it away? AWESOME. A few weeks later it arrived.  I wasn’t sure why I was excited, but it was a new toy and I do love a new toy. I played with it for the…
  • Ever wonder how big things are?

    Michael Doornbos
    7 Feb 2014 | 6:55 am
    The size of moons, planets, stars and the universe is almost impossible to imagine. Here’s a really great visualization to wrap your mind around it a little better. After watching it, how does it make you feel? Related Stories13 Stories in 2010 that defined space explorationEvadot Podcast #62 – We’re not going to leave the planet straddling a laptopInspiring kids by thinking big in space
 
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  • ESA Announces Landing Site Naming Contest as Rosetta Gets Best Comet Views

    Ken Kremer
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    ESA and its Rosetta mission partners are inviting you to suggest a name for the site where lander Philae will touch down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 12 November. Credit: ESA Calling all space enthusiasts! Here’s your chance to participate in Europe’s breathtaking Rosetta comet mission with a ring side seat for history’s first ever [...]
  • NASA’s Opportunity Rover Snaps First-Ever Comet Image From Mars’ Surface During Comet’s Ultra-Close Martian Flyby

    Ken Kremer
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:11 pm
    NASA’s Opportunity rover snaps this first-ever image of a comet (fuzzy object at center) from another planet’s surface during close flyby of Comet Siding Spring with Mars on Oct. 19, 2014. This pancam raw image was taken on Sol 3817. Inset shows enhanced view revealing more comet detail. Credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell/ASU/TAMU. Image Processing: Marco Di [...]
  • SLS Core Stage Test Welds Begin at NASA’s Welding Wonder in Michoud

    Ken Kremer
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    A ring and barrel recently loaded onto the Vertical Assembly Center at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The tool is being used to perform confidence welds prior to welding together the first SLS core stage tanks. Credit: NASA/Michoud MICHOUD ASSEMBLY FACILITY, NEW ORLEANS, LA — The first pieces of rocket hardware have been [...]
  • ‘The Choreography Was Incredible': 21 Years Since the Controversial Mission of STS-58 (Part 2)

    Ben Evans
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Columbia roars into orbit at 10:53 a.m. EST on 18 October 1993, 21 years ago yesterday. Photo Credit: NASA Twenty-one years ago, yesterday, on 18 October 1993, the longest flight ever attempted in shuttle history—the 14-day STS-58 mission, carrying the second Spacelab Life Sciences (SLS-2) research payload—was launched into orbit. Aboard Columbia were astronauts [...]
  • MESSENGER Takes First Images of Ice Near Mercury’s North Pole

    Paul Scott Anderson
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Wide-Angle Camera (WAC) image of Kandinsky crater, near Mercury’s north pole, which contains water ice. The original broadband image is on the left (outlined in yellow), and the brightness and contrast-enhanced version is on the right. Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington The Solar System is full of surprises. [...]
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  • 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…
  • Stone Aerospace Tests Third Generation Of Europa Oceanic Probe Hardware: VALKYRIE

    bert
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    On Matanuska Glacier in Alaska in June of 2014, Stone Aerospace/PSC, Inc. completed successful tests of a scaled down version of a robotic probe, the full sized edition of which will ultimately penetrate the ice on the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. Named VALKYRIE (Very-deep Autonomous Laser-powered Kilowatt-class Yo-yoing Robotic Ice Explorer), the laser powered prototype set a record in melting it’s way through 30 meters of ice. VALKYRIE’s full sized incarnation will carry a pay load of autonomous deep sea explorer robots which will investigate the ocean that scientists…
  • Big Bang theory may be wrong according to new study

    William W.
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    This new image from the VLT Survey Telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in northern Chile shows a vast collection of stars, the globular cluster Messier 54. This cluster looks very similar to many others but it has a secret. Messier 54 doesn’t belong to the Milky Way, but is part of a small satellite galaxy, the Sagittarius Dwarf Galaxy. This unusual parentage has now allowed astronomers to use the Very Large Telescope (VLT) to test whether there are also unexpectedly low levels of the element lithium in stars outside the Milky Way. The Milky Way galaxy is orbited by more than 150…
  • Hubble Finds Supernova Companion Star after Two Decades of Searching

    William W.
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered a companion star to a rare type of supernova. The discovery confirms a long-held theory that the supernova, dubbed SN 1993J, occurred inside what is called a binary system, where two interacting stars caused a cosmic explosion. “This is like a crime scene, and we finally identified the robber,” said Alex Filippenko, professor of astronomy at University of California (UC) at Berkeley. “The companion star stole a bunch of hydrogen before the primary star exploded.” SN 1993J is an example of a Type IIb…
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    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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  • Oort Cloud Facts

    Chris
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:34 pm
    What is the Oort Cloud? The Oort Cloud is an extended shell of icy objects that exist in the outermost reaches of the solar system. It is named after astronomer Jan Oort, who first theorized its existence. The Oort Cloud is roughly spherical, and is the origin of most of the long-period comets that have […] The post Oort Cloud Facts appeared first on Space Facts.
  • Kuiper Belt Facts

    Chris
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    What is the Kuiper Belt? The Kuiper Belt (sometimes referred to as the Kuiper-Edgeworth Belt) is an area of the outer solar system that is estimated to stretch across 20 astronomical units (AU) of space. It contains small solar system bodies made mostly of ices. The ices are frozen volatiles (gases) such as methane, ammonia, […] The post Kuiper Belt Facts appeared first on Space Facts.
 
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    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.
  • EIAST: The United Arab Emirates Space Program

    Hubert Foy
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    There are dozens of emerging space nations around the world seeking to capitalize on dramatic increases in space technology accessibility. We take a look at one such nation, the United Arab Emirates, exploring the opportunities and challenges they face on the road to achieving space capability. Entry of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) into the... Read more → The post EIAST: The United Arab Emirates Space Program from Hubert Foy appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • No Romance on Mars: Sex and Romance in a Mission to the Red Planet

    Tereza Pultarova
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Imagine the following scenario. The first batch of Martian colonists has settled on Mars. There are only ten of them currently residing on the Red Planet, both men and women, living together in a confined station only a few meters across. They see each other first thing in the morning, they share their meals, they... Read more → The post No Romance on Mars: Sex and Romance in a Mission to the Red Planet from Tereza Pultarova appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • SpaceX Wins Vladimir Syromiatnikov Safety-by-Design Award

    Staff Writers
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    The International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety has announced that this year’s Vladimir Syromiatnikov Safety-by-Design Award will go to Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) for safety accomplishments related to its Dragon vehicle. The award will be received at the 7th IAASS Conference Awards Gala Dinner by SpaceX Director of Risk and System Safety Michael Lutomski.... Read more → The post SpaceX Wins Vladimir Syromiatnikov Safety-by-Design Award from Staff Writers appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
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    Latest UFO sightings

  • Videos Of The UFO Experience 2014

    admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    A tremendous surge in activity the last few weeks has enabled me to post this series once again. Some of the most interesting uploads over the last 2 months can be found on this video. Everything featured can be located below inside the description box.. Thank you all for replying to my messages allowing me […]
  • UFO sighting over Atmore, Alabama on 5th October 2014

    admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    New amazing video footage of a bright disk – shaped UFO recorded in the daytime sky above Atmore, Alabama on 5th October 2014.
  • UFO sighting over Charlotte, North Carolina on 11th October 2014

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    New amazing video footage of a UFO sighting recorded in the night sky above Charlotte, North Carolina on 11th October 2014.
  • Green UFO sigthing above Canada and Peru in October 2014

    admin
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    New amazing video footage of a green UFO sighting that was recorded in October 2014 above Canada and Peru just few days apart. What do you think this object is?
  • UFO sighting over Las Vegas, Nevada on 17th October 2014

    admin
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:33 pm
    New amazing video footage of a strange UFO sighting recorded in the night sky above Las Vegas, Nevada on 17th October 2014. Witness said: I knew it was only a matter of time before I was finally able to get much closer to this amazing UFO and all of its traveling companions. I do wish I […]
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