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  • Curiosity Drills Deep into First High Silica Martian Rock on Third Touchdown Anniversary

    Universe Today
    Ken Kremer
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Curiosity extends robotic arm and conducts sample drilling at “Buckskin” rock target at bright toned “Lion” outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp on Mars, seen at right, during August 2015. Gale Crater eroded rim seen in the distant background at left, in this composite multisol mosaic of navcam raw images taken to Sol 1059, July 30, 2015. Navcam camera raw images stitched and colorized. Inset: MAHLI color camera up close image of full depth drill hole at “Buckskin” rock target on Sol 1060. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/Marco Di Lorenzo NASA’s Curiosity…
  • SASC Approves Nominations For U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps Chiefs

    Aviation Week - Aerospace Defense, Business & Commercial News
    5 Aug 2015 | 7:33 pm
    The Senate Armed Services Committee approved 1,476 military nominations Aug. 4, including Gen. Mark Milley to be chief of staff of the Army, Adm. John Richardson to be chief of naval operations and Lt. Gen. Robert Neller to be raised to the rank of general and appointed commandant of the Marine Corps. The committee also favorably reported on two civilian nominations — Joyce Louise Connery to join the Defense Nuclear Facilities Board and Joseph Bruce Hamilton to join the Defense Nuclear Facilities Board.
  • Guarding Space: Russia Creates a New Branch of the Armed Forces

    Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Aug 04, 2015 Russia has created a new branch of its armed forces by merging the nation's air force, air defense, anti-missile and space forces into the Aerospace Forces; their first combat duty started on August 1. Russia has added a new branch to its armed forces - the Aerospace Force. The newly created branch has merged the country's air force, air defense, anti-missile and space forces under one com
  • Oddball Asteroid Outcasts Spied by Infrared Space Telescope

    Discovery News
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:55 pm
    NASA's NEOWISE mission has tracked down an elusive family of asteroids that shun regular orbits in the asteroid belt, instead preferring a crazy roller coaster ride through the solar system's equatorial plane.
  • P-3 Orion’s SMIP Program Keeps on Rolling

    DID: Department of Defense News, Procurement, Acquisition & Contracting, National Security Policy
    Joe Katzman
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:15 pm
    P-3 Orion, armed –note Sidewinder(click to view full) The P-3 Orion remains the USA’s main maritime patrol aircraft, and is also finding use in overland surveillance roles despite the fleet’s age. Earlier DID articles have noted the extra effort required to preserve the USA’s P-3C Orion maritime surveillance & patrol aircraft, along with radar and weapons upgrades to improve the fleet. Lockheed has even opened a new production line, to deal with planes whose wings that are so aged and worn that they need a full replacement. The SMIP (Sustainment, Modification, and…
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    Aviation Week - Aerospace Defense, Business & Commercial News

  • SASC Approves Nominations For U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps Chiefs

    5 Aug 2015 | 7:33 pm
    The Senate Armed Services Committee approved 1,476 military nominations Aug. 4, including Gen. Mark Milley to be chief of staff of the Army, Adm. John Richardson to be chief of naval operations and Lt. Gen. Robert Neller to be raised to the rank of general and appointed commandant of the Marine Corps. The committee also favorably reported on two civilian nominations — Joyce Louise Connery to join the Defense Nuclear Facilities Board and Joseph Bruce Hamilton to join the Defense Nuclear Facilities Board.
  • SpeedNews Defense & Space

    5 Aug 2015 | 7:33 pm
    U.S. NAVY successfully tested Longbow Hellfire missiles from Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) during engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) tests in mid-June. Three missiles hit moving targets. Hellfire is due to be integrated with LCS Surface-to-Surface Missile Module by late 2017. INDIAN ARMY released RFI for Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV) design phase. read more
  • KC-46 Spec Snapshot

    5 Aug 2015 | 7:33 pm
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  • Rainey Leaves United For PayPal

    5 Aug 2015 | 7:03 pm
    United Continental Holdings CFO John Rainey is leaving the company to be PayPal’s chief financial officer, according to the San Jose, California-based online payment-processing company. Rainey, who held a variety of finance positions at Continental Airlines before becoming CFO of the merged company in 2012, will join PayPal on Aug. 24. United has named 27-year company veteran Gerald Laderman interim CFO. 
  • Leisure and Business Fares: Week of July 27 vs. Previous Week and Year-ago week

    5 Aug 2015 | 7:03 pm
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    Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense

  • Guarding Space: Russia Creates a New Branch of the Armed Forces

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Aug 04, 2015 Russia has created a new branch of its armed forces by merging the nation's air force, air defense, anti-missile and space forces into the Aerospace Forces; their first combat duty started on August 1. Russia has added a new branch to its armed forces - the Aerospace Force. The newly created branch has merged the country's air force, air defense, anti-missile and space forces under one com
  • China's Growing Maritime Power May Look Like Mini US Navy by 2020

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 04, 2015 China's determination to become what President Xi Jinping called a "great maritime power" and how the United States should respond has received a lot of media attention. Recently, Rear Admiral Michael McDevitt, now a senior fellow at the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), in a recent paper delivered at a two-day CNA conference on Chinese maritime power, suggested that by 2020 China's navy wi
  • China may be preparing second Spratly airstrip: think-tank

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Beijing (AFP) Aug 3, 2015 Beijing could be preparing to build a second 3,000-metre airstrip on an artificial island in the disputed South China Sea, a Washington-based think-tank said. China is already building a 3,000-metre (9,842 feet) runway on Fiery Cross reef, the longest in the area, which could ultimately be used for combat operations, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
  • China Building New Aircraft Carrier... Possibly Nuclear Powered

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 04, 2015 China has confirmed that it is building a unique aircraft carrier, and that it may even be nuclear-powered. On Thursday, huanqiu.com, the Chinese-language version of local Global Times, published an internal document of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation. The report states that the company's "priority missions" are to build nuclear submarines and an aircraft carrier. It also menti
  • Saudi Arabia seeks ammunition for its land forces

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Washington (UPI) Jul 30, 2015 Saudi Arabia is seeking to buy more than 1.1 million rounds of ammunition from the United States through a Foreign Military Sales deal. The possible sale, approved by the State Department, is worth $500 million. Earlier this week the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which manages the FMS program, informed Congress that Saudi Arabia was seeking to procure 600 advanced PAC
 
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    DID: Department of Defense News, Procurement, Acquisition & Contracting, National Security Policy

  • P-3 Orion’s SMIP Program Keeps on Rolling

    Joe Katzman
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:15 pm
    P-3 Orion, armed –note Sidewinder(click to view full) The P-3 Orion remains the USA’s main maritime patrol aircraft, and is also finding use in overland surveillance roles despite the fleet’s age. Earlier DID articles have noted the extra effort required to preserve the USA’s P-3C Orion maritime surveillance & patrol aircraft, along with radar and weapons upgrades to improve the fleet. Lockheed has even opened a new production line, to deal with planes whose wings that are so aged and worn that they need a full replacement. The SMIP (Sustainment, Modification, and…
  • AF Scientists: UAVs Could Be More Lethal, Survivable | More $ for F-35 Program Mods | Orion Fends Off Fatigue

    kay@watershed-publishing.com
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Americas The Navy has successfully demonstrated the use of a Standard Missile-6 to intercept a short-range ballistic missile. The tests, conducted off Hawaii, also included the use of a SM-2 Block IV missile against a ballistic missile and two more SM-6s against cruise missile targets. Moving from initial-rate to full-rate production in May, the Navy ordered 74 SM-6 missiles from Raytheon in June. The Navy also announced in January that the missile will be deployed on more than 35 vessels equipped with the Aegis combat weapons system. The Air Force’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) has…
  • GAO Details Big Bomber Spend | Israel Upgraded Super Stallions for $2 Mil Per | FRES/SCOUT SV Turrets Get Boost

    kay@watershed-publishing.com
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Americas A GAO report released at the end of July has detailed how US government expenditure on strategic bombers is expected to reach $58 billion over the next ten years. This figure is projected to be split between the development and manufacture of the Air Force’s new strategic bomber, the Long-Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B), and upgrading of two in-service platforms, the B2 Spirit and B-52 Stratofortress. The LRS-B program is expected to eat up $33.1 billion over the 2015-2024 period, whilst the upgrading of the B-2 and B-52 fleet is expected to total $24.4 billion. The LRS-B program…
  • India’s M-MRCA Fighter Deal: Cancelled

    Joe Katzman
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    IAF: Jaguar, Mirage 2000SU-30K, MiG-27, MiG-21BiS(click to view full) India’s planned multi-billion dollar, 126+ plane jet fighter buy certainly captured the attention of global fighter manufacturers. Boeing’s Mark Kronenberg, who runs the company’s Asia/Pacific business, put it succinctly: “[India’s M-MRCA program is] the biggest fighter aircraft deal since the early 1990s.” What began as a lightweight fighter competition to replace India’s shrinking MiG-21 interceptor fleet soon bifurcated into 2 categories now, and 2 expense tiers. What changed? In…
  • F-35 Lightning: The Joint Strike Fighter Program

    Joe Katzman
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:05 pm
    F-35B: off probation(click to view full) The $382 billion F-35 Joint Strike fighter program may well be the largest single global defense program in history. This major multinational program is intended to produce an “affordably stealthy” multi-role fighter that will have 3 variants: the F-35A conventional version for the US Air Force et. al.; the F-35B Short Take-Off, Vertical Landing for the US Marines, British Royal Navy, et. al.; and the F-35C conventional carrier-launched version for the US Navy. The aircraft is named after Lockheed’s famous WW2 P-38 Lightning, and the…
 
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    Space News From SpaceDaily.Com

  • NSBRI seeks proposals to support space exploration mission crews

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Houston TX (SPX) Aug 04, 2015 The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) is soliciting for ground-based and analog definition research proposals to develop safe and effective countermeasures and technologies that will reduce the significant biomedical risks associated with human space travel. These discoveries will not only enable safe and productive human spaceflight, but will also have the potential to
  • Earth Flyby of 'Space Peanut' Captured in New Video

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 04, 2015 NASA scientists have used two giant, Earth-based radio telescopes to bounce radar signals off a passing asteroid and produce images of the peanut-shaped body as it approached close to Earth this past weekend. The asteroid appears to be a contact binary - an asteroid with two lobes that are stuck together. The images show the rotation of the asteroid, named 1999 JD6, which made its cl
  • Dartmouth-NASA collaboration reveals new X-ray actions

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Hanover NH (SPX) Jul 29, 2015 Potentially destructive high-energy electrons streak into Earth's atmosphere from space, not as Shakespeare's "gentle rain from heaven," but at velocities approaching the speed of light. This particle onslaught can lead to ozone depletion and damage to the orbital satellites that provide us with the navigation, communication, weather, and military-recognizance information upon which we hav
  • Stars in Our Galaxy Move Far From Home

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Boston MA (SPX) Aug 01, 2015 When it comes to our galaxy, home is where the star is. Scientists with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) have created a new map of the Milky Way and determined that 30 percent of stars have dramatically changed their orbits. This discovery, published in yesterday's issue of The Astrophysical Journal, brings a new understanding of how stars are formed, and how they travel throughout our galaxy
  • Tracking spacecraft through the cosmos contest: enter and win

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Paris (ESA) Aug 01, 2015 Musicians, composers and audio buffs are invited to help celebrate 40 years of ESA's tracking station network. Create some truly cosmic sound and you may win impressive prizes, including a trip to our anniversary gala event in Spain. In 2015, ESA's Estrack ground station network celebrates 40 years and we are inviting original compositions for the 'Estrack 40th Anniversary Sound Contest.'
 
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    Science@NASA Headline News

  • Summer Blue Moon

    27 Jul 2015 | 9:37 am
    The second full Moon of July is just around the corner. According to modern folklore, it is a "Blue Moon."
  • Predicting Floods

    21 Jul 2015 | 8:55 pm
    Predicting floods is notoriously tricky. Sponsored by NASA, a new computer tool known as the "Global Flood Monitoring System" is improving forecasts.
  • Space Coffee

    10 Jul 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Advances in the understanding of how fluids behave in low gravity is a key to an excellent cup of coffee in space.
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Algae

    26 Jun 2015 | 12:47 pm
    With support from NASA, the EPA has developed an app to track algae that can threaten fresh water supplies.
  • Handprints on Hubble

    26 Jun 2015 | 10:44 am
    As the Hubble Space Telescope celebrates its 25th anniversary, scientists are reflecting on the key role astronauts played in allowing the telescope to continue making great discoveries.
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    Universe Today

  • Curiosity Drills Deep into First High Silica Martian Rock on Third Touchdown Anniversary

    Ken Kremer
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Curiosity extends robotic arm and conducts sample drilling at “Buckskin” rock target at bright toned “Lion” outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp on Mars, seen at right, during August 2015. Gale Crater eroded rim seen in the distant background at left, in this composite multisol mosaic of navcam raw images taken to Sol 1059, July 30, 2015. Navcam camera raw images stitched and colorized. Inset: MAHLI color camera up close image of full depth drill hole at “Buckskin” rock target on Sol 1060. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/Marco Di Lorenzo NASA’s Curiosity…
  • The Dog Days and Sothic Cycles of August

    David Dickinson
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:40 am
    Looking east on the morning of August 5th from latitude 30 degrees north. Image credit: Stellarium The month of August is upon us once again, bringing with it humid days and sultry nights for North American observers. You’ll often hear the first few weeks of August referred to as the Dog Days of Summer. Certainly, the oppressive midday heat may make you feel like lounging around in the shade like our canine companions. But did you know there is an astronomical tie-in for the Dog Days as well?(...)Read the rest of The Dog Days and Sothic Cycles of August (866 words) © David Dickinson for…
  • Will SETI’s Unprecedented New Program Finally Find E.T.?

    Laura Vican Haney
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Image Credit: Breakthrough Initatives Stephen Hawking, Frank Drake and dozens of journalists gathered at the Royal Society in London last week to hear astronomers announce a ground-breaking new project to search for intelligent extraterrestrial life called “Breakthrough Listen.” They will be using two of the world’s largest radio telescopes (Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia and the Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia) to listen for radio messages from intelligent alien species. Scientists have chosen to target the nearest million stars as well as the nearest 100 galaxies. This…
  • Kirk, Spock and Sulu Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before — Charon!

    Bob King
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:14 pm
    This image contains the initial, informal names being used by the New Horizons team for the features on Pluto’s largest moon, Charon. Names were selected based on the input the team received from the Our Pluto naming campaign. Names have not yet been approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Click for a large pdf file. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute A big smile. That was my reaction to seeing the names of Uhura, Spock, Kirk and Sulu on the latest map of Pluto’s jumbo moon Charon. The monikers are still…
  • The Resplendent Inflexibility of the Rainbow

    Bob King
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:02 am
    A colorful section of rainbow begs the question – why Roy G. Biv? Credit: Bob King Children often ask simple questions that make you wonder if you really understand your subject.  An young acquaintance of mine named Collin wondered why the colors of the rainbow were always in the same order — red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. Why don’t they get mixed up? (...)Read the rest of The Resplendent Inflexibility of the Rainbow (1,393 words) © Bob King for Universe Today, 2015. | Permalink | 26 comments | Post tags: Frequency, Rainbow, refraction, spectrum,…
 
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    The Space Review

  • A failure of foresight and oversight

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    The National Transportation Safety Board wrapped up its investigation last week into last year's SpaceShipTwo accident. Jeff Foust reports on new details about the accident released as part of the investigation, and the underlying problems the board found with the vehicle's developer and regulator.
  • The engine problem

    3 Aug 2015 | 3:59 am
    The US Air Force is embarking on a program to develop a new engine to replace the Russian-built RD-180 currently used on the Atlas V. Wayne Eleazer explains how this situation is the result of decades of neglect and other problems with the American launch vehicle industry.
  • Remembering Claudia J. Alexander

    3 Aug 2015 | 3:58 am
    Claudia Alexander, a planetary scientist and mission manager, passed away last month. David Clow remembers her as a passionate advocate for the exploration of the universe.
  • Building the 21st century space museum

    3 Aug 2015 | 3:57 am
    A new interactive aerospace exhibit opened last week at the National Air and Space Museum. Jeff Foust notes that the exhibit is also a way to shape the future of the museum itself.
  • 1997, 2001, 1999: a science fiction calendar from the Apollo era

    27 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    As Apollo flew people to the Moon, the science fiction shows people watched on TV and at the movies painted a bright future for human spaceflight, but one in retrospect was wholly unrealistic. Andre Bormanis examines that disconnect between those visions of the future and what came to pass.
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    NASA Watch

  • Senate Passes Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act

    Keith Cowing
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Senate Approves U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation "The U.S. Senate, today, unanimously approved S. 1297, the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act, introduced by Commerce Committee Space, Science, and Competitiveness Subcommittee chairman Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), full committee ranking member Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Space, Science, and Competitiveness Subcommittee ranking member Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), and subcommittee members Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.). The legislation, which the…
  • Deep-Space Exploration by CubeSats Set to Begin

    Marc Boucher
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:50 am
    NASA - Lunar IceCube to Take on Big Mission From Small Package "In what scientists say signals a paradigm shift in interplanetary science, NASA has selected a shoebox-size mission to search for water ice and other resources from above the surface of the moon." Marc's note: CubeSats for deep-space exploration is an exciting new aspect of space exploration. It opens space exploration to more participants at a much lower cost. Combined with an eventual lower cost in launch through reusability, this could lead to a proliferation of new missions.
  • Commercial Payload From China to Fly on ISS

    Keith Cowing
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:11 pm
    For the first time Chinese research to fly on NASA's space station, Houston Chronicle "A Houston company has negotiated a historic agreement to fly a Chinese experiment on the International Space Station, a small but symbolic maneuver around a law that bans any scientific cooperation between NASA and the communist country. Over a conference table adorned with an American and a Chinese flag, Jeff Manber last week agreed to take a DNA experiment into space next year. Manber's Houston-based company, NanoRacks, helps scientists do research on board the station. Because of decades of suspicion…
  • What You Can See From Your Backyard These Days

    Keith Cowing
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:53 pm
    Cool ISS pic by Jason Ware TX Astronomical Society with a Meade 14" #telescope http://t.co/mY6VDA0Jpl pic.twitter.com/X0jDEdFiYo— shuttlestation (@shuttlestation) August 3, 2015
  • Today's Random Twitter Exchange From Outer Space

    Keith Cowing
    1 Aug 2015 | 6:05 pm
    Hey @StationCDRKelly, loving the photos. Do you ever look out the window and just freak out?— President Obama (@POTUS) August 1, 2015 I don't freak out about anything, Mr. President. Except getting a Twitter question from you. https://t.co/AT0nvUXkq4— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) August 1, 2015
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    EurekAlert! - Space and Planetary Science

  • Amazon fire risk differs across east-west divide in 2015

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Scientists at NASA and the University of California, Irvine, project fire risk for South America's Amazon Basin in 2015 to fall along an east-west divide. According to their model, based on multiple satellite datasets, the forests of the western Amazon will experience average or below-average fire risk, while those in the eastern Amazon will see above-average risk.
  • Satellite sees Tropical Storm Guillermo nearing Hawaii

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Storm Guillermo continued to creep closer to the Hawaiian Islands on Aug. 4, and NOAA's GOES-West satellite captured an image of the weakening storm. Westerly wind shear is pushing a stream of clouds to the northeast of the center, making it appears as if Guillermo has a long tail stretching back toward Mexico.
  • Ukranian physicists uprooted by war, behemoth telescopes that cost a billion dollars or more, and more

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (American Institute of Physics) David Kramer of Physics Today discusses the negative impact that the conflict in eastern Ukraine has had on physicists and students forced to relocate from their homes and universities. More than 25 universities and research institutes with physical sciences programs have been forced to relocate from the separatist-controlled areas of the Donbass, an eastern region that includes the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk...
  • NASA sees Soudelor reach category 5 typhoon status

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Aqua satellite and RapidScat instrument analyzed Super typhoon Soudelor's extent and winds as it reached Category Five typhoon status on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale.
  • How did the Fantastic Four get their powers? (video)

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (American Chemical Society) The Thing, Human Torch, Invisible Woman and Mister Fantastic are back this summer! In the new movie reboot, the team gets its powers while in an alternate dimension. Here at Reactions, though, we stick to comic-book canon. In this week's video, we explain the original way the Fantastic Four got their power - radiation - with help from SciPop Talks.
 
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    collectSPACE Today In Space History

  • Apollo engines conserved

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:05 pm
    After two and a half years of careful conservation, the Apollo F-1 engine parts recovered by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos are now preserved and ready for exhibit. Conservators at the Cosmosphere in Kansas were able to identify that the Saturn V components powered at least three moon missions, including Apollo 11. Some of the engine parts are destined for the Smithsonian, while the placement of others is still being determined.
  • Astronaut Wives 'Rendezvous'

    31 Jul 2015 | 1:55 pm
    The wives met tragedy in the seventh episode of ABC's "The Astronaut Wives Club," as the ten-part series fast forwarded past the Gemini flights to the ill-fated Apollo 1. But in its attempt to compress two years into one hour, the episode introduced timeline problems and omitted key events. How closely did "Rendezvous" follow real space history? A look at some of the "A-OK!" and "Abort!" scenes from this week's show.
  • 'A single human error'

    28 Jul 2015 | 4:55 pm
    The October 2014 fatal loss of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo was likely caused by its co-pilot's premature unlocking of the feather braking system and the failure of the ship's designer to consider and protect against "a single human error," investigators at the National Transportation Safety Board said on Tuesday (July 28). The NTSB recommended additional oversight for all commercial sub-orbital spaceflight operators, but found no specific problems with SpaceShipTwo's design.
  • Suit rebooted

    27 Jul 2015 | 11:35 am
    Neil Armstrong's Apollo lunar spacesuit will be conserved, digitized and on display for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing thanks to the $500,000 raised for the Smithsonian on Kickstarter. The "Reboot the Suit" campaign reached its goal in its first four days and is now stretching to include some of the other space artifacts at the National Air and Space Museum. First up: the silver spacesuit Alan Shepard wore on the first U.S. spaceflight.
  • Astronaut Wives 'In the Blind'

    24 Jul 2015 | 5:45 pm
    In the sixth hour of ABC's ten-part "The Astronaut Wives Club," John and Annie Glenn ran for Senate, Scott and Rene Carpenter ran to Sealab and Alan and Louise Shepard ran for a doctor. In the episode "In the Blind," Ed White became NASA's new star, while Ed Dwight was turned away. How closely did "In the Blind" follow real space history? A look at some of the "A-OK!" and "Abort!" scenes from this week's broadcast.
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    The Daily Galaxy --Great Discoveries Channel: Sci, Space, Tech

  • Colossal Ring of Galaxies --"Largest Object in the Universe Spans 5 Billion Light Years"

    dailygalaxy.com
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are the most luminous events in the universe, releasing as much energy in a few seconds as the Sun does over its 10 billion year lifetime. They are thought to be the result of massive stars collapsing into black holes. Their huge luminosity helps astronomers to map out the location of distant galaxies. An international team of astronomers have found what appears to be the largest feature in the observable universe: a ring of nine gamma ray bursts – and hence galaxies - 5 billion light years across. The scientists were led by Prof Lajos Balazs of Konkoly Observatory…
  • Neutron Star Jets Near Speed of Light --"Rival Those of Black Holes"

    dailygalaxy.com
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:52 am
    Some neutron stars may rival black holes in their ability to accelerate powerful jets of material to nearly the speed of light, astronomers using the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) have discovered. Black holes and neutron stars are respectively the densest and second most dense forms of matter known in the Universe. In binary systems where these extreme objects orbit with a more normal companion star, gas can flow from the companion to the compact object, producing spectacular displays when some of the material is blasted out in powerful jets at close to 99% the speed of light. "It's…
  • Early Earth --"Evidence Discovered of First Reproduction in Complex Organisms"

    dailygalaxy.com
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    "The capacity of these organisms to switch between two distinct modes of reproduction shows just how sophisticated their underlying biology was, which is remarkable at a point in time when most other forms of life were incredibly simple," said Emily Mitchell, a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Cambridge's Department of Earth Sciences, Researchers led by the University of Cambridge, led by Mitchell, have found the earliest example of reproduction in a complex organism. Their new study has found that some organisms known as rangeomorphs, which lived 565 million years ago, reproduced…
  • Rocky Planet with a 3-Day Orbit --"Only 21 Light-Years Away"

    dailygalaxy.com
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    Astronomers have teased out that secret: a planet in a 3-day orbit that transits, or crosses in front of its star. At a distance of just 21 light-years, it is by far the closest transiting planet to Earth, which makes it ideal for follow-up studies. Moreover, it is the nearest rocky planet confirmed outside our solar system. Its host star is visible to the unaided eye from dark skies, meaning anyone with a good star map can see this record-breaking system. "Most of the known planets are hundreds of light-years away. This one is practically a next-door neighbor," said astronomer Lars A.
  • NASA's Virtual Planetary Laboratory --A New "Systems" Approach to the Search for Alien Life

    dailygalaxy.com
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:48 am
    Since 2001 the NASA Astrobiology Institute’s Virtual Planetary Laboratory, based at the University of Washington, has brought an interdisciplinary approach to the study of planets and search for life outside our solar system. The NASA initiative inspired by the UW lab is embracing that same team approach to bring together 10 universities and two research institutions in the ongoing search for life on planets around other stars. Participating institutions will study such topics as planet formation and why so many exoplanets orbit close to their stars; the atmospheres of giant planets…
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    Pillow Astronaut

  • Aluminum Foiled Again

    PillowNaut
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
     Inevitably, after any moon landing anniversary, the hoaxers emerge from the timber paneling to bellow about shadows and wind and stars, and all the reasons why thousands of people worked on the Apollo project, "duping the world" -- yet fascinatingly, no whistleblowers have come forward for 5 decades.Upon a recent entangling with one of these poor souls on Twitter (which we should just re-name "Trollville" at this juncture), I pointed out they might actually be projecting far more competence onto government bureacracies than deserved. The response was "I'll keep my tinfoil hat, thank…
  • Third Annual FIREFLY and COSMOS T-Shirt Giveaway

    PillowNaut
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Browncoats! Spacetweeps! Science nerds!It is that time of year again. In celebration of Shepherd Book's milestone birthday this week, I'm once again partnering for tweetstorms with GeekChicTees for a Firefly T-shirt giveaway!The contest will run for one week, today through next Friday (July 3rd - 10th). On July 10th, our supremely indifferent cat will pick one two lucky winners, and Ron Glass will officially be a septuagenarian!  Like, wow.As always, very special thanks to Captain Mal's Wisdom, who always helps us get the word out to space cadets of all stripes. (Though we're pretty sure…
  • Weightless Porn

    PillowNaut
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Anyone buying this? The 200-Mile High Club. Space agencies everywhere want you to believe it doesn't exist. And of course, as soon as I start blathering smugly that I don't court controversy or scandal, the concept of space porn hits the news. So let's talk about it. Seems the Pornhub team of Los Angeles has created an Indiegogo campaign for "Sexploration," whereby they hope to fund the first sex tape in space, and give away swag for those who contribute. You don't want details. I didn't even want details. Careful how you go about Googling it if you're curious.Because space scientists…
  • Laws of the Space Jungle

    PillowNaut
    11 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    My last post wished the Hubble a happy 25th birthday and one of my pals joked over Facebook that hey, Hubble can finally get a rental car!  I had a funny flashback to Hubble turning 21, and quipping that it could finally have a beer.  Why do we project human milestones onto hardware missions? Beats me. Perhaps it's just our simplest measure of the passage of time, serving as easy comparison.My buddy Mike C. in Austin quipped back on the same string, "Well if astronauts went up to repair it again and share a beer, since it is technically in space, would the age laws from the US apply…
  • Happy 25th Anniversary Hubble!

    PillowNaut
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Wow, it seems like just yesterday, we were celebrating Hubble's 21st birthday, back when the intrepid eye-in-the-sky was old enough for a beer!On April 24, 1990, STS-31 Space Shuttle Discovery lifted off on its mission to deploy the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) into orbit. This amazing astronomical observatory, a joint NASA-ESA project, has now been orbiting above Earth's atmosphere and observing celestial bodies for more than two solid decades!Full-size Hubble Space Telescope mockup in the Smithsonian(The "Structural Dynamic Test Vehicle")Named after astronomer Edwin P. Hubble (1889-1953),…
 
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  • Gate To The Philistine City Of Gath - Once Home To The Giant Biblical Goliath - Discovered

    5 Aug 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Archaeologists uncover structures and an entrance gate to the Philistine city of Gath, once home to the giant biblical Goliath. The gate of Gath is referred to in the Bible (in I Samuel 21) in the story of David's escape from King Saul to Achish, the King of Gath...
  • Jonathan Swift's Secret Knowledge And Extraordinary Interaction With UFOs

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:15 pm
    How was Jonathan Swift able to accurately describe two satellites in our solar system hundreds of years before their discovery? What did Swift know about extraterrestrial life on other planets? How could he describe in detail a UFO's interior and propulsion system? In fact, there is an explanation why Jonathan Swift possessed so much knowledge of extraterrestrial life...
  • Hunt For Pagan Cross 'Banished' By Priest - Begins

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:15 pm
    A legendary pagan cross vanished from their St. Patrick's Church parish located in Wicklow, south of Dublin, Ireland, 60 years ago. Now an archaeological dig - a team of volunteers - hopes to find out just what happened to a granite cross, was almost forgotten until an old picture of the church appeared on the town's Facebook page.
  • 'Ancient Alien' Theory Course Now Available At The Eastern Washington University

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Now this is something that will make all ancient aliens fans happy. The first ancient alien theory course is now available at the Eastern Washington University. It is certainly a step in the right direction as the course gives all student possibility to examine the ancient astronauts' theory and....
  • Mysterious Enormous Underground Labyrinth Of Egypt Holds Secrets Kept From The Outside World

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:15 pm
    The lost labyrinth, full of hieroglyphs sculpted for eternity in its endless stone walls is believed to contain all knowledge of ancient Egypt. What secrets does this legendary giant underground complex contain? Could this be the most important discovery in human history?
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  • Brigadier General Wayne Monteith Takes Over as New 45th Space Wing Commander

    Mike Killian
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) and Joint Functional Component Command for Space, presents Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing commander during a change of command ceremony, Aug. 4, 2015, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. Changes of command are a military tradition representing the transfer [...]
  • Summer of Discontent: 25 Years Since the Shuttle Hydrogen Leaks (Part 2)

    Ben Evans
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    In one of the most historic shuttle-era photographs ever taken, this image shows the STS-38/Atlantis stack (at right) returning to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) for repairs on 9 August 1990. In doing so, it passed the STS-35/Columbia stack (at left), which was returning to the launch pad after several weeks of extensive repair [...]
  • Summer of Discontent: 25 Years Since the Shuttle Hydrogen Leaks (Part 1)

    Ben Evans
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Pictured in September 1990, the problem-plagued STS-35 stack is shown in the foreground, on Pad 39A, with the STS-41 stack in the background on Pad 39B. Photo Credit: NASA A quarter-century ago, in the summer of 1990, the shuttle program was in chaos. Less than two years since the resumption of flight operations in [...]
  • Philae’s First Science Results Highlight an Unexpected Cometary World

    Emily Carney
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    From ESA: “Zooming in to a portion of the fractured cliff face imaged by CIVA camera 4 reveals brightness variations in the comet’s surface properties down to centimetre and millimetre scales. The dominant constituents are very dark conglomerates, likely made of organics. The brighter spots could represent mineral grains, perhaps even pointing to ice-rich [...]
  • NTSB Determines Probable Cause of Fatal SpaceShipTwo Crash, Unknown if Delays Contributed to Accident

    Talia Landman
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    The National Transportation and Safety Board met on July 28, 2015, to discuss the probably cause surrounding the fatal SpaceShipTwo accident that occurred in late-October 2014. Photo Credit: NTSB After a series of delays on the morning of Oct. 31, 2014, pilot Peter Siebold and co-pilot Michael Alsbury soared over the Mojave Desert on [...]
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  • GitHub Raises $250 Million at $2 Billion Valuation

    thisisawesome
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Capital raise puts company's total funding at $350 million Software is transforming industries from agriculture to automobiles. So it is fitting that the latest multibillion-dollar company in Silicon Valley is GitHub Inc., which says it hosts the largest community of software developers and projects on the Web.Discuss
  • Review: Windows 10 reimagines the OS with flexible and functional design

    WilliamW
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:24 pm
    There's an old adage about Microsoft Windows: the good versions skip a generation. Windows Vista was bad, Windows 7 was good and Windows 8 was bad again, so it's not much of a spoiler to say that Windows 10 lands on the bright side of the cycle.Discuss
  • The Death of Patient Zero

    WilliamW
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:58 pm
    Personalized medicine-or, as President Obama calls it, precision medicine -may indeed one day deliver routine medical miracles. But for Stephanie Lee, the only miracles were the human and ancient kind. It was the moment we were waiting for and the moment we dreaded.Discuss
  • NTSB reveals cause of Virgin Galactic's deadly SpaceShipTwo crash

    thisisawesome
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:51 am
    Last year's crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo was caused by a premature repositioning of the vehicle's tail wings, an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board found. The findings confirm a preliminary investigation made by the NTSB, which found that SpaceShipTwo's wings had shifted before the spaceplane broke apart.Discuss
  • Electric Planes Usher in the Second Great Age of Aviation

    WilliamW
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:50 am
    On July 10, pilot Hugues Duval landed in Calais, France, after flying over the English Channel and back again-in a tiny electric plane called the Cri-Cri. Duval's flight is reminiscent of one of the greatest moments in aviation history: the first crossing of the Channel by plane, in 1909.Discuss
 
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    Space Facts

  • Pluto Size, Composition, Distance from Sun & Moons

    Chris
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Size: The New Horizons mission has verified that Pluto is the largest of the dwarf planets with a diameter 2,370 kilometres give or take a 20 km margin of error. Composition: There is still lot to learn from New Horizons about Pluto’s exact internal structure, but we know it is comprised of water ice around […] The post Pluto Size, Composition, Distance from Sun & Moons appeared first on Space Facts.
  • Pluto Facts

    Chris
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Discovered in 1930, Pluto is the second closest dwarf planet to the Sun and was at one point classified as the ninth planet. Pluto is the largest dwarf planet but only the second most massive, with Eris being the most massive. Pluto Dwarf Planet Profile Mass: 13,050,000,000,000 billion kg (0.00218 x Earth) Diameter: 2,372 km […] The post Pluto Facts appeared first on Space Facts.
  • Phobos Facts

    Chris
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:38 am
    Phobos is one of the two moons of Mars. It is the larger of the two moons, and is heavily cratered and appears to have grooves and streaks of material along its sides. Phobos Moon Profile Diameter: 22 km Mass: 1.06 x 10^16 kg Orbits: Mars Average Distance from Mars: 5,989 km Length of Orbit: […] The post Phobos Facts appeared first on Space Facts.
  • Deimos Facts

    Chris
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:38 am
    Deimos is the smaller of the two moons of Mars. Like its sibling moon Phobos, it has a dusty “regolith” covered surface, and is made of rocky material. Deimos Moon Profile Diameter: 12.4 km Mass: 1.4762×1015 kg Orbits: Mars Average Distance from Mars: 23,455 km Length of Orbit: 30 hours Surface Temperature: ~233 K (-40.15 […] The post Deimos Facts appeared first on Space Facts.
  • Charon Facts

    Chris
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:40 am
    Charon is the largest and innermost moon of Pluto. It was discovered in 1978 by astronomer James Christy and is nearly 1/8 the mass of Pluto. It orbits a common centre of gravity with Pluto, and the two worlds are tidally locked together as they orbit. Charon Moon Profile Diameter: 1,208 km Mass: 1.52 x […] The post Charon Facts appeared first on Space Facts.
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    Space Safety Magazine

  • IAASS Statement On The International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Operations

    Tommaso Sgobba
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:13 pm
    From 27 July to 31 July 2015, representatives from more than 110 countries gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York upon invitation of the European Union to negotiate the International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Operations. The International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) attended the meeting as invited Observer. The... Read more → The post IAASS Statement On The International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Operations from Tommaso Sgobba appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • Press Clips Week 31-2015

    Staff Writers
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:56 pm
    A Detailed Account of Pete Siebold’s Survival in the SpaceShipTwo Crash The National Transportation Safety Board has released a summary of an interview it conducted with Scaled Composites pilot Pete Siebold, who was in command of SpaceShipTwo when it broke up over the Mojave Desert last Oct. 31 during a flight test. Siebold was thrown... Read more → The post Press Clips Week 31-2015 from Staff Writers appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • Human Factors Role in SpaceShipTwo Accident

    Guest Author
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:55 am
    By Barbara Kanki Human Factors was a central focus in the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) public briefings on Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo accident that took place on October 31, 2014. SpaceShipTwo operated by Scaled Composites under contract to Virgin Galactic, LLC (VG) and The Spaceship Company, LLC (TSC) broke up 13 seconds into the 4th... Read more → The post Human Factors Role in SpaceShipTwo Accident from Guest Author appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • Abdul Kalam, India’s Iconic Space Scientist And Former President Dies At 83

    Staff Writers
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Former India president Abdul Kalam died on Monday after collapsing during a lecture in Shillong. He was 83. Kalam served as president for five years from 2002. Kalam  was closely involved in the country’s civilian space programme and military missile development efforts, earning him the sobriquet  ‘India’s Missile Man’.  He worked as a scientist and... Read more → The post Abdul Kalam, India’s Iconic Space Scientist And Former President Dies At 83 from Staff Writers appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • ‘Forever Remembered’ Exhibit Opens at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

    Staff Writers
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:23 am
    NASA and the families of the crews of space shuttle missions STS-51L and STS-107 have collaborated to create a new, permanent memorial, “Forever Remembered”,  designed to honor the astronauts, pay tribute to orbiters Challenger and Columbia, and emphasize the importance of learning from the past. Encompassing nearly 2,000 square feet, the memorial contains the largest... Read more → The post ‘Forever Remembered’ Exhibit Opens at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex from Staff Writers appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
 
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    The Universe Inside My Head

  • Why So Cynical?

    Dracomega1
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:13 am
    We’re all so damn cynical these days. How can we not be? So much of our lives have grown to …Continue reading →
  • When Machines Rise

    Dracomega1
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:11 pm
    How screwed are we? Thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis ^screwed.Continue reading →
  • A World Of Total Security

    Dracomega1
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Warning: Satire Ahead A MODEST PROPOSAL FOR PREVENTING TERRORISM IN ALL OF ITS FORMS AND THE FURTHER EXPANSION OF SECURITY …Continue reading →
  • The Cave

    Dracomega1
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Long ago in a cave somewhere, Lay a tired man with an empty stare. Shackles of steel held him down, …Continue reading →
  • What is the Meaning of Life?

    Dracomega1
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Since the dawn of humanity, we have always had one question in the back of our minds. Why are we …Continue reading →
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