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  • Boeing and SpaceX to Take Americans to Space Station

    NYT > Space & Cosmos
    By KENNETH CHANG
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:01 pm
    The companies won the competition to begin flights as early as 2017.
  • Weight Saving Key To Boeing Joint Stars Platform Choice

    Aviation Week - Aerospace Defense, Business & Commercial News
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Lower weight, better performance and lower operating costs were the main reasons that Boeing is offering a platform based on the 737-700 for the U.S. Air Force’s Joint Stars (Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System) recapitalization program, according to Rod Meranda, business development lead for Boeing’s effort. read more
  • US House approves plan to train Syria rebels in IS fight

    Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Washington (AFP) Sept 17, 2014 US lawmakers voted Wednesday to authorize training and arming of Syrian rebels to combat Islamist radicals, a crucial step in President Barack Obama's bid to thwart extremism surging across Iraq and Syria. Despite misgivings by war-weary Democrats that the move could open the door to full-blown American military intervention in the Middle East, and concern by conservatives that the plan fall
  • Climate Change Is Making Trees Grow Rapidly

    Discovery News
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Climate change seems to be altering forests, by making trees grow faster. Continue reading →
  • Australia’s Next-Generation Submarines

    DID: Department of Defense News, Procurement, Acquisition & Contracting, National Security Policy
    Joe Katzman
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    Bridge to the future?(click to view full) In its 2009 White Paper, Australia’s Department of Defence and Labor Party government looked at the progress being made in ship killing surveillance-strike complexes, and at their need to defend large sea lanes, as key drivers shaping future navies. These premises are well accepted, but the White Paper’s conclusion was a surprise. It recommended a doubling of Australia’s submarine fleet to 12 boats by 2030-2040, all of which would be a new successor design that would replace the RAN’s Collins Class submarines. The surprise, and…
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    Aviation Week - Aerospace Defense, Business & Commercial News

  • Weight Saving Key To Boeing Joint Stars Platform Choice

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Lower weight, better performance and lower operating costs were the main reasons that Boeing is offering a platform based on the 737-700 for the U.S. Air Force’s Joint Stars (Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System) recapitalization program, according to Rod Meranda, business development lead for Boeing’s effort. read more
  • Sikorsky Open To More Manufacturing Units In Asia

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:54 pm
    NEW DELHI—Helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. aims to establish more manufacturing facilities in Asia, as defense agencies in the region demand joint production of military equipment. read more
  • Boeing Sees Strong Position In Bomber Race

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:54 pm
    FORT WASHINGTON, Maryland — Boeing believes its joint proposal with Lockheed Martin is in a strong position to win the U.S. Air Force’s Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) contest, headed for source selection early in the first quarter of 2015. read more
  • NASA IG Finds Asteroid Detection Efforts Poorly Executed

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:54 pm
    HOUSTON — NASA’s congressionally directed efforts to discover and track Near Earth Objects (NEOs) that could pose an impact threat to Earth and develop mitigation strategies are poorly coordinated, though organized under a single program office with increased funding, according to the agency’s inspector general. read more
  • ULA Buying RD-180 Replacement From Blue Origin

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:54 pm
    United Launch Alliance (ULA) has picked Blue Origin, the secretive Seattle-based space-vehicle company founded and funded by Amazon.com chief Jeff Bezos, to complete development of a 550,000-lb. thrust rocket engine that could replace the Russian-built RD-180 at the Atlas V power plant in the coming decade. read more
 
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    Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense

  • US House approves plan to train Syria rebels in IS fight

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Washington (AFP) Sept 17, 2014 US lawmakers voted Wednesday to authorize training and arming of Syrian rebels to combat Islamist radicals, a crucial step in President Barack Obama's bid to thwart extremism surging across Iraq and Syria. Despite misgivings by war-weary Democrats that the move could open the door to full-blown American military intervention in the Middle East, and concern by conservatives that the plan fall
  • Textron touts G-CLAW air-burst weapon

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    National Harbor, Md. (UPI) Sep 17, 2014 Textron's Guided Clean Area Weapon has successfully completed a live-fire demonstration at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. G-CLAW, which utilizes GPS navigation, is a weapon that glides down onto its target with a parachute, explodes in air and showers bomb fragments over a wide area. The fragmenting warhead is scalable for use against personnel and armor.
  • Kurds not ready to recapture Mosul: Iraqi minister

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Arbil, Iraq (AFP) Sept 17, 2014 Iraq's Kurdish peshmerga forces are not yet ready to wrest the city of Mosul back from the jihadist fighters who captured it on June 10, a top leader said Wednesday. "A certain number of conditions need to be met before launching any battle, and they are not met yet," Roz Nuri Shaways told AFP. Shaways is Iraq's newly appointed finance minister but is also a senior commander in the Kurdi
  • Arrests in large-scale Australian counter-terror raids

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Sydney (AFP) Sept 17, 2014 Australian police on Thursday made a series of arrests in pre-dawn counter-terrorism raids across Sydney and Brisbane, with those detained reportedly suspected of links to the jihadist group Islamic State. The operation, which spanned numerous suburbs, comes barely a week after the country raised its terror threat level to "high" for the first time in a decade on growing concern about milita
  • Iraq Jihadists face growing pressure, but no US troops

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Baghdad (AFP) Sept 17, 2014 Elite Iraqi troops backed by US jets battled jihadists near Baghdad Wednesday as President Barack Obama insisted US ground troops would not be deployed to battle the Islamic State group. Obama offered reassuring words to troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, the headquarters of US Central Command, where he met with military commanders to discuss how to defeat the powerful and brutal e
 
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    DID: Department of Defense News, Procurement, Acquisition & Contracting, National Security Policy

  • Australia’s Next-Generation Submarines

    Joe Katzman
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    Bridge to the future?(click to view full) In its 2009 White Paper, Australia’s Department of Defence and Labor Party government looked at the progress being made in ship killing surveillance-strike complexes, and at their need to defend large sea lanes, as key drivers shaping future navies. These premises are well accepted, but the White Paper’s conclusion was a surprise. It recommended a doubling of Australia’s submarine fleet to 12 boats by 2030-2040, all of which would be a new successor design that would replace the RAN’s Collins Class submarines. The surprise, and…
  • US, China Ramp Up Response to Worsening Ebola Epidemic

    Olivier Travers
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    The US is going to send [White House] about 3,000 military personnel to Liberia and neighboring countries in order to coordinate international efforts to contain an Ebola outburst [CDC] that has been getting worse [CBC News] in the past few days. Just hours earlier Médecins Sans Frontières had issued an alarming call to action (video), describing the situation as “overwhelming”, with high infection rates among medical staff sent to help. China is also increasing the number of doctors it is sending to Sierra Leone. How the Chinese respond to the epidemic may reveal [Quartz] the…
  • Sikorsky’s $8.5-11.7B “Multi-Year 8″ H-60 Helicopter Contract

    Joe Katzman
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    US Army HH-60Ms(click to view full) In July 2012, the US military signed another huge contract with Sikorsky. With production of the Army’s HH/UH-60M, and the Navy’s MH-60S and MH-60R helicopters, all in full swing, there’s no question about the need for future orders. In that environment, multi-year contracts allow efficiencies in purchasing, and security of staffing, throughout Sikorsky’s supply chain. These new helicopter types are also available to Foreign Military Sales class customers, under the American contract’s advantageous pricing and terms. The…
  • Hydra, Awakened: Guided Air-Ground Rockets

    Joe Katzman
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
    Boom.(click to view full) Sen. Leahy’s [D-VT] worked in the mid-2000s to keep the Hydra 70mm rocket family alive through special appropriations, just in time for the Hydras’ potential on the battlefield to rise again. The key was the addition of low-cost precision guidance, which would expand the number of precision weapons carried by helicopters, aircraft, and even UAVs. Over the last few years, the US Army’s 2nd attempt at an APKWS 70mm guided rocket had a near-death experience, before righting the program with Navy funding. Meanwhile, private development efforts are…
  • Hydra-70 Rockets: From Cutbacks to the Future of Warfare

    Joe Katzman
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    (click to view larger) Hydra-70 is a family of unguided rockets offering a variety of warhead configurations, from smoke and illumination rounds, to flechettes (hundreds of anti-personnel darts), submunition carriers, and unitary warheads up to 317 pounds. These versatile and relatively inexpensive rockets can be fired from a variety of aircraft, from attack helicopters to jet fighters to light helicopters. Hydra-70s have seen use in Afghanistan and Iraq, and they are arguably the world’s most widely used helicopter-launched weapon system. Magellan’s 70mm CRV-7 rockets and…
 
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  • NASA Chooses American Companies to Transport US Astronauts to ISS

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Washington DC (SPX) Sep 18, 2014 U.S. astronauts once again will travel to and from the International Space Station from the United States on American spacecraft under groundbreaking contracts NASA announced Tuesday. The agency unveiled its selection of Boeing and SpaceX to transport U.S. crews to and from the space station using their CST-100 and Crew Dragon spacecraft, respectively, with a goal of ending the nation's so
  • Meteorite that doomed dinosaurs remade forests

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Tempe AZ (SPX) Sep 18, 2014 The meteorite impact that spelled doom for the dinosaurs 66 million years ago decimated the evergreens among the flowering plants to a much greater extent than their deciduous peers, according to a study led by UA researchers. The results are published in the journal PLOS Biology. Applying biomechanical formulas to a treasure trove of thousands of fossilized leaves of angiosperms - floweri
  • Three's a charm: NIST detectors reveal entangled photon triplets

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 18, 2014 Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada have directly entangled three photons in the most technologically useful state for the first time, thanks in part to superfast, super-efficient single-photon detectors developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Entanglement is a special feature of the quantum world in which certain properties of individual par
  • Making quantum dots glow brighter

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Washington DC (SPX) Sep 18, 2014 Researchers from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the University of Oklahoma have found a new way to control the properties of quantum dots, those tiny chunks of semiconductor material that glow different colors depending on their size. Quantum dots, which are so small they start to exhibit atom-like quantum properties, have a wide range of potential applications, from sensors,
  • Elusive quantum transformations found near absolute zero

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Upton NY (SPX) Sep 18, 2014 Heat drives classical phase transitions-think solid, liquid, and gas-but much stranger things can happen when the temperature drops. If phase transitions occur at the coldest temperatures imaginable, where quantum mechanics reigns, subtle fluctuations can dramatically transform a material. Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook Univer
 
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    Science@NASA Headline News

  • Jellyfish Flames on the ISS

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    Astronauts onboard the International Space Station report seeing flames that behave like jellyfish. Video of the microgravity phenomenon is a must-see.
  • Rosetta Comet is Darker than Charcoal

    5 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    A NASA instrument onboard Europe's Rosetta spacecraft has shown that the core of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is unusually dark--darker than charcoal-black--when viewed at ultraviolet wavelengths.
  • Mystery in the Ozone Layer

    5 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    Almost 30 years after the Montreal Protocol put the brakes on ozone-depleting chemicals, one compound remains stubbornly and mysteriously abundant in the atmosphere. NASA scientists are tracking down the source and studying its effect on the ozone layer.
  • Small Asteroid to Safely Pass Close … to Earth Sunday

    5 Sep 2014 | 12:11 am
    A small asteroid, designated 2014 RC, will safely pass very close to Earth on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. At the time of closest approach, based on current calculations to be about 2:18 p.m. EDT (11:18 a.m. PDT / 18:18 UTC), the asteroid will be roughly over New Zealand.
  • Evidence for Supernovas Near Earth

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:37 pm
    A NASA sounding rocket has confirmed that the solar system is inside an ancient supernova remnant. Life on Earth survived despite the nearby blasts.
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    Universe Today

  • Completely Clandestine CLIO Climbs through Clouds to Orbit on Mystery Mission

    Ken Kremer
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:09 pm
    United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the CLIO mission for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company launched at 8:10 p.m. EDT September 16, 2014 from Space Launch Complex-41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Credit: Ken Kremer – kenkremer.com CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL – On a gloomy night and delayed by rain showers and thick threatening clouds to the very last moment of a two and a half launch window, the completely clandestine satellite known only as CLIO climbed slowly from a Cape Canaveral launch pad atop the thunderous flames of an Atlas V rocket…
  • Radiation Blast Delays NASA Spacecraft’s Arrival At Dwarf Planet Ceres

    Elizabeth Howell
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    Artist’s conception of the NASA Dawn spacecraft approaching Ceres. Credit: NASA NASA’s Dawn spacecraft experienced technical problems in the past week that will force it to arrive at dwarf planet Ceres one month later than planned, the agency said in a statement yesterday (Sept. 16). Controllers discovered Dawn was in safe mode Sept. 11 after radiation disabled its ion engine, which uses electrical fields to “push” the spacecraft along. The radiation stopped all engine thrusting activities. The thrusting resumed Monday (Sept. 15) after controllers identified and fixed…
  • Giveaway: Win a Copy of “Astrophotography” by Thierry Legault

    Nancy Atkinson
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    ‘Astrophotography’ by Thierry Legault, now in English. Image courtesy Rocky Nook. A newly published English version of the book, “Astrophotography” by Thierry Legault provides detailed, step-by-step instructions of how to start or improve your photography of astronomical objects. But this is not just a dry manual: Legault tells stories and explains details in a manner that seems like he is talking directly to you, and he shares the expertise he has garnered from over 20 years of amateur astrophotography. You can read our full review of the book here. Universe Today is proud to…
  • Surprise! Tiny Galaxy Sports A Huge Black Hole, And There Could Be More Like It

    Elizabeth Howell
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    Artist’s conception of a supermassive black hole in a galaxy’s center. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech In a finding that could turn supermassive black hole formation theories upside-down, astronomers have spotted one of these beasts inside a tiny galaxy just 157 light-years across — about 500 times smaller than the Milky Way. The clincher will be if the team can find more black holes like it, and that’s something they’re already starting to work on after the discovery inside of galaxy M60-UCD1. The ultracompact galaxy is one of only about 50 known to astronomers in the…
  • Book Review: Learn from the Master with “Astrophotography” by Thierry Legault

    Nancy Atkinson
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    ‘Astrophotography’ by Thierry Legault, now in English. Image courtesy Rocky Nook. If you’re looking for detailed, step-by-step instructions of how to start or improve your photography of astronomical objects, look no further. Astrophotographer Thierry Legault shares the expertise he has garnered from over 20 years of “amateur” photography in his newly translated book titled simply — and appropriately — “Astrophotography.” (...)Read the rest of Book Review: Learn from the Master with “Astrophotography” by Thierry Legault (1,531…
 
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    Space

  • Boeing And SpaceX Win $6.8 Billion In NASA Contracts

    Bill Chappell
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
    By 2017, the two American companies are expected to take over a job that NASA has relied upon Russia to perform: shuttling astronauts to the International Space Station.» E-Mail This
  • European Scientists Choose Site For Rosetta's Comet Touchdown

    Scott Neuman
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    After a decade-long journey to reach Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the ESA says it has found the best spot for a planned November landing.» E-Mail This
  • Northern Lights Put On Show, Thanks To Large Solar Flare

    Bill Chappell
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    If you weren't far enough in the north — or well-rested enough – to see the show, don't worry: stunning images were posted to Twitter and elsewhere. Here's a selection.» E-Mail This
  • What Makes A Star Starry? Is It Me?

    Robert Krulwich
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    Draw a planet (a circle, right?). Now draw a star (a pointy thing, yes?). Now ask yourself, aren't stars all round? Our sun is. So why do we make them pointy? Come learn the answer.» E-Mail This
  • Solar Flare Could Trigger Auroras Tonight For Northern U.S.

    Scott Neuman
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    The X-class Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME, that erupted on the sun on Wednesday is not expected to cause major disruptions to the electrical grid or communications.» E-Mail This
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    The Space Review

  • Getting the rules right: LEO as an economic development region

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    NASA has taken some steps to support the growth of the commercial space industry through measures like commercial cargo and crew development. Mary Lynne Dittmar examines what else governments can, and can't, do to further enhance the commercial development of low Earth orbit.
  • Ugly little gem: The Teal Ruby satellite

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:59 am
    An experimental military satellite called Teal Ruby is now on display at a museum, a quarter-century after it was cancelled. Dwayne Day explores the troubled history of a satellite that at one time represented many of the worst attributes of the military space bureaucracy.
  • Another wakeup call for the Cape Canaveral Spaceport

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:58 am
    Last month, SpaceX announced it would establish a commercial launch site in Texas that will support many of the commercial satellite launches it currently performs from Cape Canaveral. Edward Ellegood enumerates a series of concerns commercial entities have about launching from the Cape.
  • Schedule slips raise alarms about NASA's exploration program

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:57 am
    NASA celebrated milestones in the development of the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion last week, even as recent reviews and comments suggested those programs' schedules may be slipping. Jeff Foust reports on the potential delays facing SLS and Orion and how Congress may respond.
  • Project Upward: hauling the NRO's GAMBIT to the Moon

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:56 am
    In the 1960s NASA and the intelligence community explored the potential use of reconnaissance satellite technology to help map potential Apollo landing sites on the Moon. Philip Horzempa reviews what we know about the program thanks to some recently declassified information.
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    Space Politics

  • A new chapter

    Jeff Foust
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    I wanted to pass along some personal news: I’ve taken a position starting today with SpaceNews, as a senior writer there. I’ll be writing there on a lot about what you’ve seen here and elsewhere: space policy, commercial space, and related topics. It’s a great opportunity and I look forward to working with the excellent team there. With that good news, though, comes with a little bit of bad news: this blog will be going on indefinite hiatus. I won’t be posting new pieces here, as much of the content will be appearing on SpaceNews. The site will remain up,…
  • House members seek details on SLS/Orion schedules and spending

    Jeff Foust
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    A day after NASA announced that the first SLS may not be ready for launch until as late as November 2018, two key members of the House Science Committee asked NASA for details on both the schedule and funding levels of the SLS and Orion programs. In a letter released by the committee Thursday morning, Reps. Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Steven Palazzo (R-MS), the chairmen of the full science committee and its space subcommittee respectively, asked NASA administrator Charles Bolden for details about reports that both SLS and Orion were in danger of missing the planned December 2017 launch date for…
  • With an SLS slip looming, one senator wants to keep NASA’s budget “on track”

    Jeff Foust
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:18 pm
    An announcement Wednesday by NASA that the first launch of the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift rocket could slip by nearly a year has led one key senator to suggest the program needs some budgetary help. NASA announced Wednesday that the SLS passed its Key Decision Point C (KDP-C) review, an assessment of the program’s technical and programmatic progress. The result of the review was an estimate of the program’s development cost ($7.021 billion from February 2014 to first launch). It also provided an estimate of when SLS would be ready for its first launch: no…
  • Air Force starts search for an RD-180 replacement

    Jeff Foust
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    Although the supply of Russian-built RD-180 engines that power the first stage of the Atlas V do not appear to be in the same level of jeopardy as feared earlier this year—United Launch Alliance took delivery of two of those engines last week—the US Air Force is starting to lay the groundwork for development of a domestic replacement engine. Last week, the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) issued a request for information (RFI) regarding development of a new booster engine. “The Air Force has relied upon foreign sources for booster propulsion systems in the…
  • House gearing up for CR to last until December

    Jeff Foust
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:23 am
    With no sign of progress on appropriations bills stalled in the Senate, the House is making plans to pass a “clean” continuing resolution that will keep the government running at least into December, a top House member said this week. In an interview with the Capitol Hill publication Roll Call Wednesday in Philadelphia, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), chairman of the House Budget Committee, said that he expected the House to take up a CR when it reconvenes in early September that will fund the government “until Dec. 11 is what we’re thinking.” That CR will be a…
 
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    NASA Watch

  • Blue Origin and ULA to Jointly Fund New BE-4 Engine

    Marc Boucher
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    United Launch Alliance and Blue Origin Announce Partnership To Develop New American Rocket Engine, Blue Origin "United Launch Alliance (ULA), the nation's premier space launch company, and Blue Origin, LLC, a privately-funded aerospace company owned by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, announced today that they have entered into an agreement to jointly fund development of the new BE-4 rocket engine by Blue Origin. This new collaboration will allow ULA to maintain the heritage, success and reliability of its rocket families - Atlas and Delta - while addressing the long-term need for a new…
  • Unanswered Commercial Crew Questions

    Keith Cowing
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:26 am
    Boeing, SpaceX to team with NASA on space taxis, CBS "It also is not yet known whether Congress will appropriate enough money to fund the development of two spacecraft or whether NASA will be forced to down select to a single provider at some point down the road. But Bolden said he was confident Congress will provide the funding necessary to keep SpaceX and Boeing on track for maiden flights in the 2017 timeframe. Congress has appropriated about $2 billion for the commercial crew program since 2011, about a billion dollars less than NASA requested. The agency hopes to get around $800 million…
  • CCtCap: Is Boeing More Expensive or is SpaceX Just Cheaper?

    Keith Cowing
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    NASA Selects SpaceX and Boeing to Ferry Astronauts to the Space Station, Marc Boucher "NASA awarded a total of $6.8 billion in contracts with Boeing getting the larger share, $4.2 billion and SpaceX getting $2.6 billion for doing what appears the same work. NASA's Commercial Crew Program Manager Kathy Lueders was asked several times by reporters why the difference in the funding allocation but only said it was based on the price submitted by the companies in their proposals." I asked if @Boeing is more expensive or if @SpaceX is cheaper. Kathy Lueders refused to answer the question.
  • NASA Commercial Crew Announcement: Boeing and SpaceX

    Keith Cowing
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    NASA to Make Major Announcement Today About Astronaut Transport to the International Space Station "NASA will make a major announcement today at 4 p.m. EDT regarding the return of human spaceflight launches to the United States. The agency will make the announcement during a news conference from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's website." Keith's note: Moments ago Sen. Bill Nelson was on CNN. When asked what the NASA decision to give commercial crew awards to "Boeing and SpaceX" means, he confirmed that awards were…
  • FAA Relases HSF Recommended Practices Safety Document

    Marc Boucher
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:59 pm
    FAA Releases Recommended Practices for Human Space Flight Occupant Safety, SpaceRef Business "The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) today released its first Recommended Practices for Human Space Flight Occupant Safety document today during the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) meeting. From the introduction: "The purpose of this document is to provide a compilation of practices that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) believes are important and recommends for…
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    EurekAlert! - Space and Planetary Science

  • NASA sees Tropical Storm Polo intensifying

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical storm warnings now issued for a portion of the Southwestern coast of Mexico as Polo continues to strengthen. Infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite showed powerful thunderstorms around the center of the storm.
  • NASA sees Tropical Storm Kalmaegi weakening over Vietnam

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Storm Kalmaegi made landfall on Sept. 17 near the border of Vietnam and China and moved inland. Soon after the landfall as a typhoon, NASA's Terra satellite passed overhead and captured an image of the weaker tropical storm.
  • Space: The final frontier… open to the public

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston) Historically, spaceflight has been reserved for the very healthy. Astronauts are selected for their ability to meet the highest physical standards to prepare them for any unknown challenges. However, with the advent of commercial spaceflight, average people can now fly. The aerospace medicine community has had little information about what medical conditions should be considered particularly risky in the spaceflight environment, as most medical conditions have never been studied for risk in space -- until now.
  • Nature's designs inspire research into new light-based technologies

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (SPIE--International Society for Optics and Photonics) Solutions required for progress on the frontiers of photonics technology are close at hand: in nature, when viewed through the perspective of engineer, says Montana State University optics researcher Joseph Shaw. Along with Rongguang Liang of the University of Arizona, Shaw chaired the 'Light in Nature' conference presenting new research in the field last month at SPIE Optics + Photonics and being published in the SPIE Digital Library.
  • Hubble helps find smallest known galaxy containing a supermassive black hole

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Astronomers using data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and ground observation have found an unlikely object in an improbable place -- a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies ever known.
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    collectSPACE Today In Space History

  • Commercial crew

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:40 pm
    "We do not know who is going to get to command the first mission to carry humans into low-Earth orbit on board a spacecraft built by a U.S. private company, but we know it will be a seminal moment in NASA history and a major achievement for our nation. We now know, however, who will build it." NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced Tuesday (Sep. 16) that Boeing and SpaceX were selected to taxi NASA astronauts to the space station using their CST-100 and Dragon spacecraft.
  • NASA 911 lands on display

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:45 pm
    More than two years after its final flight, the second of two modified Boeing 747 jets that ferried NASA's space shuttle orbiters completed its final leg Friday (Sep. 12): a less-than-a-mile tow from the Armstrong Flight Research Center's aircraft operations facility in Palmdale, California, to the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark. Known by its tail number, "NASA 911," the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft has landed on permanent public display.
  • Apply to fly

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Spaceship Earth Grants (SEG) has launched a new program to send private citizens to space, holding a contest to crowd fund an open number of space flight awards. Led by former astronauts Leland Melvin and Ron Garan, SEG will award one sub-orbital spaceflight for every 50,000 applications, but as the number of applicants increase, so will the rate of SEG awards (to as high as one in 25,000). SEG's focus however, is not in the spaceflights themselves, but how the winners apply the experience.
  • Achieve through excellence

    12 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    In 1972, flight director Gene Kranz asked respected space artist Robert McCall to design an emblem for the team that staffed Mission Control. Forty years and five revisions later, the latest take on McCall's patch symbolizes the changes to the missions and directorates that comprise NASA's Flight Operations.
  • TMA-12M returns (with whiskey)

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:20 pm
    A trio of spacemen returned safely to Earth on Wednesday (Sep. 10), landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan after five and a half months living and working on the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Steve Swanson and cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev landed on board the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft, toting 20 vials of whiskey molecules as part of a commercial science experiment.
 
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    Spacehack

  • Cities at Night

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

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

    Ariel Waldman
    23 Mar 2014 | 10:40 pm
    ESA 2010 MPS NASA needs your help in developing algorithms and other resources that can better identify asteroids that have the potential to impact the Earth. Ground-based telescopes around the world are scanning the sky for asteroids, however, correctly identifying asteroids amidst other noise can be a challenge. There is so much data captured by modern telescopes, that scientists are unable to individually verify each potential asteroid detected. New ways of autonomously detecting asteroids are needed. This challenge calls for the development of algorithms and other resources that can be…
  • European Rover Challenge

    Ariel Waldman
    20 Mar 2014 | 6:02 pm
    NASA/JPL An international competition for university-level students/faculty to design, construct and operate a Mars rover. The competition challenges teams to create a Mars rover that can accomplish tasks in sample retrieval, “blind” terrain traversal, life support maintenance, and emergency repairs. Teams must design and build their own rover, but are allowed to use off-the-shelf components. A letter of intent to participate in the competition is due by April 30, 2014. Rovers are limited to costing no more than 15,000 EUR in parts, equipment and paid services. The competition…
  • Disk Detective

    Ariel Waldman
    30 Jan 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Comb the Milky Way looking for stars that could harbor planet-forming disks. Planets form and grow in rotating disks of gas, dust, and chunks of rock around young stars. These disks suggest that these stars are in the early stages of forming planetary systems. Learning more about these stars can show how our Solar System formed. Finding these disks, birthplaces and homes of planets, has been a major quest of astronomers for the last three decades. NASA’s WISE mission probably made images of thousands of disks. Alas, these disks are buried among images of millions…
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  • 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…
  • Research, Reduction, and Reaching for the Stars

    Buck Field
    7 Jun 2014 | 9:48 am
    A reaction to the Discovery article by Ian O’Neill entitled “Another Glimpse of ‘New Physics’ at the LHC?“ The LHC was built to usher in a new era in quantum cosmology. New eras are by definition the result of a revolutionary paradigm shift, now a long-clichéd term from its use and abuse in everything from business management at the Sloan School, to self-improvement cults. Nevertheless, the most influential historians of revolutions in physics rely on the concept of revolutionary paradigm change, and we may take them to be experts. Something these historians…
 
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  • NASA Passes on Dream Chaser, Statement From SNC Regarding NASA’s Commercial Crew Award Decision

    Mike Killian
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Dream Chaser media briefing from 2011 at the Kennedy Space Center press site with Mark Sirangelo, vice president of Sierra Nevada Corporation (center), Robert Cabana, Director of Kennedy Space Center (left), and Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator (right). Credit: Ken Kremer / www.KenKremer.com Of the three American companies who competed for a multi-billion-dollar NASA contract [...]
  • NASA Hedges On Critical Suit Battery Resupply

    James Hillhouse (AmericaSpaceEditor)
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    EMU PLSS (top) with SAFER (bottom). Photo: NASA NASA has confirmed to AmericaSpace that the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Long Life Batteries (LLBs) will not be launching solely on SpX–4, as originally planned. Instead, according to NASA, two of the four LLBs have already been sent to Russia for launch aboard a Soyuz scheduled [...]
  • ULA Atlas-V ‘Threads the Needle’ With End-of-Window CLIO Launch

    Ben Evans
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:17 am
    The secretive CLIO missions taking flight atop a ULA Atlas-V 401 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla on Sept. 16, 2014. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace “Threading the needle” through exceptionally ugly weather, and coming close to a scrub and 24-hour turnaround, United Launch Alliance (ULA) has successfully delivered its 11th mission of 2014 [...]
  • Radzanowski NASA’s New CFO

    James Hillhouse (AmericaSpaceEditor)
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    David Radzanowski[1], currently the Chief of Staff and advisor to NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, was on Thursday confirmed by unanimous consent in the U.S. Senate to be the next NASA Chief Financial Officer. He replaces Beth Robinson[2].Radzanowski has a long background at NASA. He was the Deputy Associate Administrator for Program Integration for the [...]
  • Boeing and SpaceX Awarded Contracts to Fill Void Left by NASA’s Retired Space Shuttles

    Mike Killian
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    The vehicles which will fill the void left by the retirement of NASA’s space shuttle fleet for low-Earth orbit and ISS crew transport, the Boeing CST-100 and Dragon V2 space capsules. Photo: Boeing / Robert Fisher / AmericaSpace In 2010, with the retirement of NASA’s 30-year space shuttle program, the space agency began the [...]
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  • 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…
  • NASA-UCI Study Indicates Loss of West Antarctic Glaciers Appears Unstoppable

    William W.
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:35 pm
    A new study by researchers at NASA and the University of California, Irvine, finds a rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in an irreversible state of decline, with nothing to stop the glaciers in this area from melting into the sea. The study presents multiple lines of evidence, incorporating 40 years of observations that indicate the glaciers in the Amundsen Sea sector of West Antarctica “have passed the point of no return,” according to glaciologist and lead author Eric Rignot, of UC Irvine and NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in…
  • Small asteroid to zoom by Eearth on Sunday Sept 7th

    William W.
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    A small asteroid, designated 2014 RC, will safely pass very close to Earth on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. At the time of closest approach, based on current calculations to be about 2:18 p.m. EDT (11:18 a.m. PDT / 18:18 UTC), the asteroid will be roughly over New Zealand. From its reflected brightness, astronomers estimate that the asteroid is about 60 feet (20 meters) in size. Asteroid 2014 RC was initially discovered on the night of August 31 by the Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Arizona, and independently detected the next night by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope, located on the summit of Haleakal?
  • NASA’s Spitzer Telescope Witnesses Asteroid Smashup

    William W.
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    NASA‘s Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually lead to the formation of planets. Scientists had been regularly tracking the star, called NGC 2547-ID8, when it surged with a huge amount of fresh dust between August 2012 and January 2013. “We think two big asteroids crashed into each other, creating a huge cloud of grains the size of very fine sand, which are now smashing themselves into smithereens and slowly leaking away from the star,” said…
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    Space Facts

  • Pictures of Comets

    Chris
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    The post Pictures of Comets appeared first on Space Facts.
  • 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.
  • Diagram Archive

    Chris
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    As the site are updated, diagrams and visualisations get replaced with new shinier versions so I thought it would be nice to keep an archive as a reminder of how the designs have changed.Also included are some images that never made it to the site but are still interesting enough to warrant being included on […] The post Diagram Archive appeared first on Space Facts.
  • Ceres & Pluto Dwarf Planet Gifs

    Chris
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    Inspired by @spaceplasma’s solar system gifs I have had a go at a few of my own (completely ripped them off) for a  few of solar system objects that were missed out; the dwarf planets Pluto & Ceres. Thanks to @spaceplasma for pointing me in the direction of the right font and embarrassing errors in the planet profiles. […] The post Ceres & Pluto Dwarf Planet Gifs appeared first on Space Facts.
 
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    Space Safety Magazine

  • Kessler Syndrome: 10 Interesting and Disturbing Facts

    Michelle La Vone
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Kessler Syndrome: 10 Interesting and Disturbing Facts Low Earth Orbit, an area of outer space around Earth that encloses all orbits below 2000 km, is the home of the International Space Station and of other thousands of satellites. It is also becoming a hazardous arena littered with mindless space junk and inoperable spacecraft orbiting... Read more → The post Kessler Syndrome: 10 Interesting and Disturbing Facts from Michelle La Vone appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • Atomic Space Propulsion and Power

    Guest Author
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    The dawn of the age of discovery was launched when brave mariners first trusted their lives to Norse long ships, Chinese junks, and Spanish caravels to sail upon unknown seas.  As overseas colonies flourished more refined vessels offered their passengers greater speed, comfort, safety, and reliability.  By the early 20th century, dirigibles and the first... Read more → The post Atomic Space Propulsion and Power from Guest Author appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • Challenger: A Management Failure

    Siddharth Raval
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster was probably the most significant event, in terms of its impact on the US space program, in the history of spaceflight. On the bitter cold morning of January 28th 1986, seven astronauts on-board Space Shuttle Challenger lost their lives in front of family, friends, and millions of TV viewers. The... Read more → The post Challenger: A Management Failure from Siddharth Raval appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • Curiosity Wheel Issues and Solutions: A Conversation with JPL’s Jim Erickson

    The Spaceflight Group
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has noted some issues with its Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity’s wheels since the one-ton robotic explorer landed on the surface of the Red Planet in August of 2012. To gain a better understanding as to the severity of the damage as well as the potential impact to the rover’s current, extended, mission – Space... Read more → The post Curiosity Wheel Issues and Solutions: A Conversation with JPL’s Jim Erickson from The Spaceflight Group appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • A Major Malfunction: The Fateful Launch Of Challenger

    AmericaSpace
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    On this day, 28 January, in 1986, one of the worst and most public disasters in U.S. space history unfolded with horrifying suddenness in the skies above Cape Canaveral. The sight of Challenger exploding, just 73 seconds after liftoff, killing all seven crew members, is so harrowing that for all of us who witnessed it live—including... Read more → The post A Major Malfunction: The Fateful Launch Of Challenger from AmericaSpace appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
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    Latest UFO sightings

  • Triangle UFO sighting above Lithuania on 15th September 2014

    admin
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:49 pm
    New amazing video footage of a triangle – shaped UFO sighting recorded in the night sky above Lithuania on 15th September 2014. Witness said: This amazing video shows a triangle formation staying stationary while 2 orbs leave a forrest and ascend towards the huge triangle while one shoots beams of light to the ground like a […]
  • Giant UFOs near the Sun on 16th September 2014

    admin
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:45 pm
    New amazing video footage of a huge bright UFO sighting recorded near the Sun on 16th September 2014.
  • Amazing UFO sighting over Leon Guanajuato, Mexico on 11th September 2014

    admin
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:40 pm
    New amazing video footage of triangle – shaped UFO sighting recorded in the night sky above Leon Guanajuato, Mexico on 11th September 2014. Witness said: This UFO fleet was detected after the previous video of the 3 objects, there is an error in the video is when the actual time was depues minutes to midnight six […]
  • UFO sighting over Kaliningrad, Russia in August 2014

    admin
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:40 pm
    New amazing video footage of a huge UFO sighting recorded over Kaliningrad, Russia in August 2014.
  • Amazing UFO sighting over Baltic Sea, Poland on 9th September 2014

    admin
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:37 pm
    New amazing video footage of a huge bright UFO sighting recorded in the sky above Baltic Sea, Poland on 9th September 2014. Witness said: Waiting for your comments . Surely this is not a giveaway in the wind … I would add that this phenomenon of light appeared twice. First, there is one cluster of lights, […]
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