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  • US Space Debris Tracking Site To Be Build In Western Australia

    Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    Canberra, Australia (SPX) Aug 28, 2014 Under a new strategic cooperation agreement, Lockheed Martin and Electro Optic Systems Pty Ltd are developing a new space object tracking site in Western Australia that will paint a more detailed picture of space debris for both government and commercial customers. The site will use a combination of lasers and sensitive optical systems like those found in telescopes to detect, track and ch
  • Great UFO sighting over Ontario, Canada on 20th August 2014

    Latest UFO sightings
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:58 pm
    New interesting video footage of a huge UFO sightign over Ontario, Canada on 20th August 2014. Witness said: So,we were In Kalemegdan ,when we saw this thing on the sky it looks like a zeppelin/blimp ,but it moved to fast for a zepplin.
  • International Civil Aviation Organization’s

    Aviation Week - Aerospace Defense, Business & Commercial News
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:38 pm
    David McMillan has been elected chairman of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Task Force on Risks to Civil Aviation Arising from Conflict Zones. He is chairman of the Flight Safety Foundation and was director general of Eurocontrol.  
  • Gulp! People Snack More During Action Movies

    Discovery News
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    People eat more when watching more stimulating programs, new research shows. Continue reading →
  • EA-18G Program: The USA’s Electronic Growler

    DID: Department of Defense News, Procurement, Acquisition & Contracting, National Security Policy
    Joe Katzman
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    EA-18G at Pax The USA’s electronic attack fighters are a unique, overworked, and nearly obsolete capability. With the retirement of the US Air Force’s long-range EF-111 Raven “Spark ‘Vark,” the aging 4-seat EA-6B Prowlers became the USA’s only remaining fighter for radar jamming, communications jamming and information operations like signals interception [1]. Despite their age and performance limits, they’ve been predictably busy on the front lines, used for everything from escorting strike aircraft against heavily defended targets, to disrupting…
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  • International Civil Aviation Organization’s

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:38 pm
    David McMillan has been elected chairman of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Task Force on Risks to Civil Aviation Arising from Conflict Zones. He is chairman of the Flight Safety Foundation and was director general of Eurocontrol.  
  • Honorable Company of Air Pilots

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Ron Price will receive the Award of Merit for North America from the London-based Honorable Company of Air Pilots. He has been director of the Abbotsford International Air Show in British Columbia that is now known as Aerospace North America. Winners of the Guild Sword of Honor are John and Martha King of the King Schools of San Diego. They are cited for “making aviation knowledge clear, simple and fun for hundreds of thousands of pilots and maintenance technicians all over the world. read more
  • SAE International

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Honda Aircraft Co. President/CEO Michimasa Fujino has been named to receive the SAE International Clarence L. “Kelly” Johnson Aerospace Vehicle Design and Development Award in late September. It recognizes individuals for “contributions during their career in the innovative design and development of advanced aircraft and/or spacecraft.” Fujino is responsible for the research and development, production, sales and marketing of the HondaJet.  
  • Northrop Grumman Corp.

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Talha A. Zobair (see photo) has been appointed vice president-tax for the Falls Church, Virginia-based Northrop Grumman Corp. He was senior tax counsel and director of global taxes for Raytheon.  
  • Lockheed Martin Corp.

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Brian Colan has become vice president/controller/chief accounting officer of the Lockheed Martin Corp., Bethesda, Maryland. He succeeds Christopher Gregoire, who is now vice president-finance and business operations for Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training. read more
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    Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense

  • US Space Debris Tracking Site To Be Build In Western Australia

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    Canberra, Australia (SPX) Aug 28, 2014 Under a new strategic cooperation agreement, Lockheed Martin and Electro Optic Systems Pty Ltd are developing a new space object tracking site in Western Australia that will paint a more detailed picture of space debris for both government and commercial customers. The site will use a combination of lasers and sensitive optical systems like those found in telescopes to detect, track and ch
  • Taiwan to spend $2.5 billion on anti-missile systems

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    Taipei (AFP) Aug 30, 2014 Taiwan plans to spend Tw$74.8 billion ($2.5 billion) in the next nine years to acquire anti-missile systems to boost its aerial defences against China, a lawmaker and media said Saturday. The defence ministry aims to purchase the locally-made Tien Kung 3 (Sky Bow 3) surface-to-air missile system between 2015 and 2024 to replace the ageing Hawk missile systems, said lawmaker Lin Yu-fang of th
  • Mugabe says 'friendly' China vows to help Zimbabwe economy

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    Harare (AFP) Aug 31, 2014 Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, returning from a state visit to China, said Sunday Beijing had pledged to assist his southern African country's ailing economy "to the best of its ability". China will "continue to be as friendly to us as it was before ... The support we have asked for in the various areas, China will provide to the best of its ability," Mugabe said in comments carried on
  • N. Korea fires short-range 'projectile' into sea

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    Seoul (AFP) Sept 01, 2014 North Korea fired a short-range projectile towards the sea off its east coast Monday in the latest of a series of missile and rocket tests, military officials said. The projectile was launched at 10:30 am (0130 GMT) at a site northeast of Pyongyang towards the Sea of Japan (East Sea), a spokesman for the South's joint chiefs of staff said. "The projectile flew about 220 kilometres (130 m
  • NASA deep-space rocket, SLS, to launch in 2018

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    Washington (AFP) Aug 27, 2014 The US space agency's powerful deep-space rocket, known as the Space Launch System (SLS), aims to blast off for the first time in 2018, NASA said Wednesday. The SLS has been in development for three years already, and when finished it should propel spacecraft beyond Earth's orbit and eventually launch crew vehicles to Mars by the 2030s. NASA has now completed a thorough review of the pro
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    DID: Department of Defense News, Procurement, Acquisition & Contracting, National Security Policy

  • EA-18G Program: The USA’s Electronic Growler

    Joe Katzman
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    EA-18G at Pax The USA’s electronic attack fighters are a unique, overworked, and nearly obsolete capability. With the retirement of the US Air Force’s long-range EF-111 Raven “Spark ‘Vark,” the aging 4-seat EA-6B Prowlers became the USA’s only remaining fighter for radar jamming, communications jamming and information operations like signals interception [1]. Despite their age and performance limits, they’ve been predictably busy on the front lines, used for everything from escorting strike aircraft against heavily defended targets, to disrupting…
  • Saudi Shopping Spree: A Hardened, Networked National Guard

    Joe Katzman
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    LAV-25 in combat The Saudi Arabian National Guard is receiving a lot of investment. In July 2006, the Saudis formally tabled a multi-billion dollar request to buy LAV wheeled APCs and related equipment for its National Guard. October 2010 added a slew of added requests, covering a wide range of transport, scout, and attack helicopters. Other contracts in between and since have involved missiles, communications, and training. It all adds up to a fairly comprehensive modernization. Who is the SANG, and why are they a globally significant institution? A must-read article in the Tribune-Libanaise…
  • US Navy Issues RMMV Request for Proposal for LCS Modules

    Olivier Travers
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    USNAVSEA released the RFP [FBO] for the Remote Multi-Mission Vehicle (RMMV) which integrates with the LCS MCM Mission Module. Responses are due by October 27. They seek up to 18 vehicles with deliveries starting 30 months after the initial award. Middle East ISIL insurgents have shown a video [WaPo] featuring an American M198 howitzer and allegedly shot in Syria. They combine military know-how [NYT] with strong funding from illicit sources [WSJ]. It seems President Obama may get [The Hill] congressional support for strikes against ISIL in Syria were he to seek it, though some lawmakers doubt…
  • The Croatian Helicopter Swap Triangle: Mi-8s for UH-60s

    Joe Katzman
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm
    UH-60(click to view full) Croatia’s Jutarnji list reports that a proposed helicopter swap deal was discussed during an Aug 14/14 meeting between high-ranking Croatian defense personnel and a delegation from the US House of Representatives. The goal is to offer the Ukraine near-term assistance, while bringing Croatian forces closer to NATO standards. Under the deal… CAF Mi-8 MTV-1 Croatia’s 14 upgraded Mi-8 MTV-1 helicopters would be given to the Ukraine, in exchange for 20 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from US Army stocks. Those helicopters would likely be UH-60Ls, rather…
  • Raytheon’s Standard Missile Naval Defense Family (SM-1 to SM-6)

    Joe Katzman
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    SM-2 Launch, DDG-77(click to view larger) Variants of the SM-2 Standard missile are the USA’s primary fleet defense anti-air weapon, and serve with 13 navies worldwide. The most common variant is the RIM-66K-L/ SM-2 Standard Block IIIB, which entered service in 1998. The Standard family extends far beyond the SM-2 missile, however; several nations still use the SM-1, the SM-3 is rising to international prominence as a missile defense weapon, and the SM-6 program is on track to supplement the SM-2. These missiles are designed to be paired with the AEGIS radar and combat system, but can…
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  • Memory Reformat Planned for Opportunity Mars Rover

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 01, 2014 An increasing frequency of computer resets on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has prompted the rover team to make plans to reformat the rover's flash memory. The resets, including a dozen this month, interfere with the rover's planned science activities, even though recovery from each incident is completed within a day or two. Flash memory retains data even when power is off. It
  • Russia's Foton-M Satellite Landing Scheduled for September 1

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    Moscow (RIA Novosti) Sep 01, 2014 The landing of Russia's Foton-M biosatellite with geckos, fruit flies, silkworm eggs, mushrooms and seeds of higher plants on board is appointed for the Knowledge Day, September 1, in the Orenburg region, Russia's Federal Space Agency Roscosmos told RIA Novosti. "The program of scientific experiments has been completed. The State Commission decided to land Foton-M at 13.18 (9:18 GMT)
  • U.S. military destroys experimental hypersonic weapon

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    Anchorage, Alaska (UPI) Aug 26, 2014 Four seconds into the test launch of an experimental hypersonic weapon, on Monday, U.S. military officials were forced to abandon the mission and cue the weapon to self-destruct. The so-called Advanced Hypersonic Weapon is part of the Defense Department's Conventional Prompt Global Strike technology development program. The program's objective is to construct a missile that can wipe out
  • Sparks Fly as NASA Pushes the Limits of 3-D Printing Technology

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    Washington DC (SPX) Sep 01, 2014 NASA has successfully tested the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the agency and printed with additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, on a test stand at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. NASA engineers pushed the limits of technology by designing a rocket engine injector --a highly complex part that sends propellant into the engine - with design
  • Obama's executive order: computer chip implants to heal injured troops

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    Washington (UPI) Aug 27, 2014 President Obama is backing a unique program aimed at developing computer chip implants that monitor and augment an injured soldier's nervous system - mitigating all sorts of maladies, ranging from arthritis to post-traumatic stress. The computer chips are the purview of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency specializing in the development of high-tech militar
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  • The Russian Space Sex Geckos Have Died

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:48 pm
    For three days in late July, our eyes collectively turned skyward. We, as a species, sat helpless, united in hope that a satellite full of geckos tasked with a month-long sex romp would be safely returned to orbit — and indeed to Earth — after the Russian space ministry lost control of it. It is thus, with heavy hearts, we report that all five of the Geckos on-board died, according to the Russian space agency.
  • Happy 30th Birthday To Discovery, NASA's Greatest Space Shuttle

    30 Aug 2014 | 7:54 pm
    On August 30th, 1984, the space shuttle Discovery launched on its first voyage to space . It wasn't the first, but over the next 27 years it became the undeniable king of NASA's shuttle program.
  • Sea Plankton Found On The International Space Station

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Itar-Tass says scientists on the space station, whose first component was launched into orbit in 1998, found the plankton — a source of food to many sea creatures — when taking samples from the windows (or “illuminators”).
  • Where Is The Border Between Earth And Space ?

    1 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    Where does Earth end and space begin? Finding the border between the two is not as simple or scientific as you might think.
  • America's Top Threats In Space Are Lasers And Nukes

    26 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    The U.S. thought it won the space race long ago, but no victory lasts forever. On Tuesday, Gen. William Shelton, the commander of Air Force Space Command, speaking at the Atlantic Council, said that U.S. dominance in space will be confronted by some real threats in the years ahead.
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    Science@NASA Headline News

  • 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.
  • Candidate Comet Landing Sites Identified

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission has chosen five candidate landing sites on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for its Philae lander. Philae's descent to the comet's nucleus, scheduled for this November, will be the first such landing ever attempted.
  • New Horizons Crosses the Orbit of Neptune

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    NASA’s Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has traversed the orbit of Neptune. This is its last major crossing en route to becoming the first probe to make a close encounter with distant Pluto on July 14, 2015.
  • Exoplanet Measured with Remarkable Precision

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    Astronomers are not only discovering planets around distant suns, they are also starting to measure those worlds with astonishing precision. The diameter of a super-Earth named "Kepler 93 b" is now known to within an accuracy of 1%.
  • Beautiful Morning Conjunction

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Set your alarm for dawn! Venus and Jupiter are converging for a spectacular conjunction in the early morning sky.
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    Universe Today

  • Rosetta Now Up Close to Comet 67P – Snapping Mapping Mosaics for Momentous Philae Landing

    Ken Kremer
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    Four-image photo mosaic comprising images taken by Rosetta’s navigation camera on 31 August 2014 from a distance of 61 km from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The mosaic has been contrast enhanced to bring out details. The comet nucleus is about 4 km across. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM/Ken Kremer – Di Lorenzo See rotated version below ESA’s Rosetta orbiter has now moved in so close to its comet quarry that the primordial body overwhelms the screen, and thus its snapping mapping mosaics to capture the complete scene of the bizarre world so it can find the…
  • 25 Days from Mars – India’s MOM is in Good Health!

    Ken Kremer
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:15 pm
    India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is closing in on the Red Planet and the Mars Orbit Insertion engine firing when it arrives on September 24, 2014 after its 10 month interplanetary journey. Credit ISRO Now less than 25 days from her history making rendezvous with the Red Planet and the critical Mars Orbital Insertion (MOI) engine firing, India’s MOM is in good health! The Mars Orbiter Mission, or MOM, counts as India’s first interplanetary voyager and the nation’s first manmade object to orbit the 4th rock from our Sun on September 24, 2014 – if all goes well. (...)Read the…
  • Tonight’s Moon-Mars-Saturn Trio Recalls Time of Terror

    Bob King
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    The crescent moon, Saturn and Mars will form a compact triangle in the southwestern sky in this evening August 31st. 3.5º separate the moon and Saturn; Mars and Saturn will be 5º apart. This view shows the sky looking southwest 45 minutes after sunset. Stellarium Check it out. Look southwest at dusk tonight and you’ll see three of the solar system’s coolest personalities gathering for a late dinner. Saturn, Mars and the waxing crescent moon will sup in Libra ahead of the fiery red star Antares in Scorpius. All together, a wonderful display of out-of-this-world worlds. (...)Read…
  • Caterpillar Comet Poses for Pictures En Route to Mars

    Bob King
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
    Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring wriggles between the globular clusters NGC 362 (upper left) and 47 Tucanae (NGC 104) while skirting the edge of the Small Magellanic Cloud on August 29, 2014. Credit: Rolando Ligustri Now that’s pure gorgeous. As Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring sidles towards its October 19th encounter with Mars, it’s passing a trio of sumptuous deep sky objects near the south celestial pole this week. Astrophotographers weren’t going to let the comet’s picturesque alignments pass without notice.(...)Read the rest of Caterpillar Comet Poses for Pictures…
  • Heat Protecting Back Shell Tiles Installed on NASA’s Orion EFT-1 Spacecraft Set for Dec. 2014 Launch

    Ken Kremer
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Inside the Operations and Checkout Building high bay at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, technicians dressed in clean-room suits install a back shell tile panel onto the Orion crew module. Credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis Fabrication of the pathfinding version of NASA’s Orion crew capsule slated for its inaugural unmanned test flight in December is entering its final stages at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) launch site in Florida. Engineers and technicians have completed the installation of Orion’s back shell panels which will protect the spacecraft and future astronauts…
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  • Veteran Space Shuttle Astronaut Steven Nagel Dies At 67

    Scott Neuman
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    The Air Force colonel was among the first group selected by NASA to train for the space shuttle program. He went on to fly four missions, two as commander.» E-Mail This
  • In Search Of Alien Life? Seek Out The Smog

    Geoff Brumfiel
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:06 pm
    One of the worst byproducts of our industrial society is air pollution. It's a global problem that humans have yet to get under control. One scientist thinks we might not be alone, though. Alien civilizations may be polluting their worlds, and that pollution might be one way to detect them.» E-Mail This
  • Scientists Searching For Alien Air Pollution

    Geoff Brumfiel
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    Looking for extraterrestrial smog may be a good way to search for alien intelligence, according to a Harvard researcher.» E-Mail This
  • When Venus Was Filled With Venusians — 50 Billion Of Them

    Robert Krulwich
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    Look up at the night sky and ask, "Anybody there?" Then consider this answer (from the 1830s): There are 22 trillion individuals in our solar system.» E-Mail This
  • If You're Born In The Sky, What's Your Nationality? An Airplane Puzzler

    Robert Krulwich
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:03 am
    Suppose two Chinese parents get on an Australian airplane and, while flying over U.S. territory, they have a baby on the plane. Can that baby be an American citizen?» E-Mail This
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    The Space Review

  • The Grand Tour finale: Neptune

    25 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    This week marks the 25th anniversary of Voyager 2's flyby of Neptune, completing the initial reconnaissance of the solar system's four large planets. Andrew LePage recounts the development of the "Grand Tour" that was topped off by the Neptune encounter.
  • The unsettled launch industry

    25 Aug 2014 | 3:59 am
    Since the early 2000s, the commercial launch industry had been dominated by three companies. Now, Jeff Foust reports, those companies are facing serious challenges from new entrants, who themselves are dealing with issues of their own.
  • Orbital manoeuvres in the dark: Apollo 11's UFO

    25 Aug 2014 | 3:58 am
    A new biography of Neil Armstrong offers an answer to a question raised by the Apollo 11 mission: what was the flashing light astronauts reported seeing trailing their spacecraft on the way to the Moon? Dwayne Day examines if that answer makes sense.
  • The downhill slide of NASA's "rocket to nowhere"

    25 Aug 2014 | 3:57 am
    A GAO report last month argued that NASA's Space Launch System faces serious cost and schedule risks. Rick Boozer argues that this is the latest sign that the heavy-lift rocket is doomed.
  • An outer space solution to the Russia-Ukraine conflict

    25 Aug 2014 | 3:56 am
    This week, the presidents of Russia and Ukraine are scheduled to meet in an effort to resolve the crisis between those two nations. Vid Beldavs suggests that the two nations should set aside their differences and work with the EU and others on major space projects instead.
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    Space Politics

  • 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…
  • As China tests ASAT, US pushes multilateral space security efforts

    Jeff Foust
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    In a speech at a US Strategic Command symposium last week, a top State Department official made the case again for various multilateral efforts to improve space security, even as China appeared to perform another test of an anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon. Frank Rose, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance at the State Department, discussed space security efforts in an August 13 speech at the US Strategic Command Deterrence Symposium in suburban Omaha. Much of the speech was a broad overview of national space policy in the area of space security,…
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    NASA Watch

  • SpaceX FISO Telecon and Presentation

    Marc Boucher
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Future In-Space Operations Teleconference with SpaceX Garrett Reisman, SpaceRef Buisness "On August 27, 2014, former NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman participated in the Future In-Space Operations (FISO) teleconference. Now the DragonRider Program Manager for SpaceX, Reisman presented a slide show on SpaceX commercial spaceflight."
  • Video: Buzz Aldrin Conquers the Solar System

    Keith Cowing
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Jockey "Supporting Greatness" TV advertisement.
  • NASA New Horizons Has Decided To Change Astronomical Definitions

    Keith Cowing
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    @NewHorizons2015 using a #NASA mission account to invent your own astronomical definitions and confuse people is a disservice in the extreme— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) August 31, 2014 Keith's note: Planets orbit stars. Moons orbit planets. Right? But it seems that NASA's New Horizons mission has decided that they want to unilateraly rewrite the definitions for these terms and, in so doing, confuse everyone.
  • Confusing Orion PR From NASA

    Keith Cowing
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    NASA Outreach on Social Media, This is True "Worse, the word "Mars" isn't anywhere in the story. Isn't that the more interesting thing? We're going to Mars? Cool! What are we going to do there? Yet the story doesn't mention such a mission. After digging and digging through the Orion home page, going through all 11 pages of press releases, I didn't find a single story that had the word "Mars" in the title. That's when I went to find the "About Orion" box, way down the page (and copied above) that mentions that Orion might "eventually" be going to Mars. After doing some more research, I don't…
  • Congress and GAO Have Doubts About SLS Costs

    Keith Cowing
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    Letter to NASA Administrator Bolden from House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Republicans, 27 August 2014 "Will NASA be able to fly the SLS for Exploration Mission-1 in calendar year 2017? If it will not, please explain what has changed since your testimony on April 24, 2013 and whether, during your testimony on March 27, 2014, you were aware that this flight could be delayed beyond calendar year 2017. Do you stand by your testimony that stated "We have asked for.. .and stated over and over that this is the amount of money that we need to deliver the SLS on the date and time that…
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    EurekAlert! - Space and Planetary Science

  • Researchers awarded $1.5 million to develop software to process solar astronomy data on larger scale

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Georgia State University) Researchers in Georgia State University's new Astroinformatics program have been awarded $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to develop software tools that can process large sets of solar astronomy data and allow scientists to perform analyses on scales and detail levels that have not been possible.
  • Antarctic sea-level rising faster than global rate

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Southampton) A new study of satellite data from the last 19 years reveals that fresh water from melting glaciers has caused the sea-level around the coast of Antarctica to rise by 2 cm more than the global average of 6 cm.
  • Mixing in star-forming clouds explains why sibling stars look alike

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (University of California - Santa Cruz) The chemical uniformity of stars in the same cluster is the result of turbulent mixing in the clouds of gas where star formation occurs, according to a study by astrophysicists at UC Santa Cruz. Their results show that even stars that don't stay together in a cluster will share a chemical fingerprint with their siblings which can be used to trace them to the same birthplace.
  • Why sibling stars look alike: Early, fast mixing in star-birth clouds

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (University of California High-Performance AstroComputing Center) Early, fast, turbulent mixing of gas within giant molecular clouds -- the birthplaces of stars -- means all stars formed from a single cloud bear the same unique chemical 'tag' or 'DNA fingerprint,' write astrophysicists at University of California, Santa Cruz, reporting on the results of computational simulations in the journal Nature, published online on Aug. 31, 2014. Could such chemical tags help astronomers identify our own Sun's long-lost sibling stars?
  • NASA animation shows Hurricane Marie winding down

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NOAA's GOES-West satellite keeps a continuous eye on the Eastern Pacific and has been covering Hurricane Marie since birth. NASA's GOES Project uses NOAA data and creates animations and did so to show the end of Hurricane Marie.
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    collectSPACE Today In Space History

  • LEGO Hubble

    31 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Gabriel Russo's design for a Hubble Space Telescope made out of LEGO bricks will be reviewed by LEGO for possible production, now that it's topped 10,000 votes on the Danish toy company's Ideas website. Russo proposed the model to mark the 25th anniversary of the orbital observatory's launch next April. The set is sized to be LEGO minifigure-scale, and includes two astronauts.
  • Tire marks and teardrop tiles

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    Thirty years ago Saturday (Aug. 30), NASA's third orbiter lifted off on its maiden flight. Three decades later, space shuttle Discovery is exhibited at the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center. What would Discovery think of its setting? "It would love being in so many selfies because EVERYBODY takes a picture beside Discovery," said curator Valerie Neal, marking the orbiter's anniversary by taking part in an AMA (Ask Me Anything).
  • Committing to launch

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    NASA committed to building the heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS) Wednesday (Aug. 27), announcing the rocket had passed a key review, progressing from formulation to development, something no other exploration class vehicle has achieved since the space shuttle. As part of the review, the agency set a cost baseline of $7.021 billion and approved a launch readiness schedule for the first SLS to fly no later than Nov. 2018.
  • Restoring a retired rocket

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    For nine years, it has sat, separated into huge parts, waiting inside a World War II-era hangar in Ohio. On Tuesday (Aug. 26), the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force announced it was time to begin restoring its Titan 4B space launch vehicle so that it can be exhibited in the museum's fourth building opening in 2016. The more than 200-foot-tall rocket is the largest item the museum has restored and its curators are seeking help from those who worked on the retired Titan 4B program.
  • Beyond Neptune

    25 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    In a cosmic coincidence evoking a space history connection, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft traversed the orbit of Neptune on Monday (Aug 25), 25 years to the day after Voyager 2 encountered the gas planet. The probe, on its way to a July 2015 flyby of Pluto, missed Neptune by 2.5 billion miles, but mission managers marked the milestone by sharing a new image of the planet and its moon Triton captured by New Horizons in July.
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  • 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 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 that can be used by present-day and future telescopes…
  • 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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  • "The 'Intelligence Niche' is a Flawed Notion of Evolution" (Holiday Weekend Feature)
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    Only one species of the billions of species that have existed on Earth has shown an aptitude for radios and even we failed to build one during the first 99% of our 7 million year history. Charley Lineweaver, a provocative cosmologist with The Australian National University, believes the "Planet of the Apes Hypothesis" -a theory subscribed to by Carl Sagan and the astronomers involved with the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), that human-like intelligence is a convergent feature of evolution -that there is an intelligence niche, into which other species will evolve if the human…
  • Stardust Mission Captures Origins of Our Solar System --"Clues to the Origin of Life Itself"
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
    "Fundamentally, the solar system and everything in it was ultimately derived from a cloud of interstellar gas and dust," says Andrew Westphal, physicist at the University of California, Berkeley's Space Sciences Laboratory and lead author on the paper published this week in Science titled "Evidence for interstellar origin of seven dust particles collected by the Stardust spacecraft". "We're looking at material that's very similar to what made our solar system." Between 2000 and 2002, the Stardust spacecraft, on its way to meet a comet named Wild 2, exposed its special collector to the stream…
  • "Detecting Alien Planet Particles Smaller than a Human Hair" --New SETI Breakthrough
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:50 am
    It may sound like science fiction, but astronomers have worked out a scheme that will allow them to detect and measure particles ten times smaller than the width of a human hair, even at many light-years distance. They can do this by observing a blue tint in the light from far-off objects caused by the way in which small particles, no more than a micron in size (one-thousandth of a millimeter) scatter light. In a recent study conducted by Adrian Brown of the SETI Institute, the broad outlines of this process have been worked out. “The effect is related to a familiar phenomenon known as…
  • Supernova's Giant Thermonuclear Explosion Reveals Rare Isotope
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    Astrophysicists obtained for the first time spectra of radiating cobalt registered at the supernova SN2014J, shown above, located 11 million light-years from Earth. Isotope 56Co has a half-life of just 77 days, and does not exist in normal conditions. However, during a giant thermonuclear explosion of a supernova, this short-lived radioactive isotope is produced in large quantities. The reason was the rarity of explosions at such a distance – 11 million light-years is a large value on the galactic scale (the diameter of a galaxy is about 100,000 light-years, the distance between stars is a…
  • Vast Streams of Gravel Detected in Orion Molecular Cloud -- "A Long and Winding Road in Space Essential for Planet Formation"
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
    Astronomers using the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Green Bank Telescope (GBT) have discovered that filaments of star-forming gas near the Orion Nebula may be brimming with pebble-size particles -- planetary building blocks 100 to 1,000 times larger than the dust grains typically found around protostars. If confirmed, these dense ribbons of rocky material may well represent a new, mid-size class of interstellar particles that could help jump-start planet formation. "The large dust grains seen by the GBT would suggest that at least some protostars may arise in a more nurturing…
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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 (, 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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  • Oregon's Ancient Mound Builders - Part 2

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    The unknown race, perhaps remnants of Atlantis arriving from the Pacific, inhabited Oregon for a time before they were driven south and went on to found the Toltec, Aztec, and Inca nations...
  • The Khmer City of Phimai - More Ancient Than Angkor Wat

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Could Phimai be another potential city of the mythical ancients, or even perhaps of the ancient aliens? What secrets might be hidden in the peculiar frescoes and designs of this spectacular ancient city of the gods?...
  • Machu Pic'chu's Sister: The Lost Inca City Of Choquequirao

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Very few people know about her sister city, known as Choquequirao. Although not physically located far from Machu Pic'chu, Choquequirao (Cradle Of Gold, and not its original name) is only accessible by a rough Inca trail through...
  • The Guide to Truth: Uncovering the Secrets of a Hidden Ancient Stone Complex

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Tthousands of rocks positioned along and beneath the bank were brought from somewhere far off. The rock walls were constructed on site, as was the jetty. As to who was responsible, how and why this was done, and when it occurred, are questions still to be resolved...
  • Mighty Siberian Hero Warrior And His Great 1,000-Year-Old Secrets Finally Revealed

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    He was a great hero of folk tales and Russian legends. Now it is known that he was not a mythical figure but a real person a defender of Russian lands. First exclusive pictures inside the grave of 'giant' warlord horseman who held sway in the 11th century but lost his left arm in his final battle...
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  • NASA’s Van Allen Probes Going Strong After Two Years of Studying Earth’s Radiation Belts

    Mike Killian
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:47 pm
    NASA’s Van Allen Probes orbit through two giant radiation belts surrounding Earth. In the time since launching two years ago the probes have discovered a third radiation belt, and other observations have helped explain how particles in the belts can be sped up to nearly the speed of light.Image Caption and Credit: NASA It’s [...]
  • Living On the Edge: Life Under the Ice (Part 1)

    Leonidas Papadopoulos
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:58 pm
    After drilling through the 800-meter-thick ice sheet that covers subglacial Lake Whillans in western Antarctica, a U.S. research team discovered a thriving microbial ecosystem on the lake floor that hasn’t been reached by sunlight possibly for up to a million years. The image shows the view down the bore hole as the drill melted [...]
  • Dream Chaser’s SUV-Like Flexibility and Runway Landing Offer Competitive Advantages: One-on-One Interview With SNC VP Mark Sirangelo (Part 5)

    Ken Kremer
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Astronaut crew exits commercial Dream Chaser after touchdown at Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) or other commercial runways, on return from ISS mission in this artist’s concept. Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Story updated The winged Dream Chaser’s “SUV-like” flexibility to act as both a crew transporter and “specialized research laboratory,” combined with a global [...]
  • ‘Icebusters’: 30 Years Since the Maiden Voyage of Shuttle Discovery (Part 2)

    Ben Evans
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Discovery powers toward orbit on the morning of 30 August 1984, 30 years ago today. Photo Credit: NASA Thirty years ago, this week, the Shuttle Discovery—which would become, in time, the most-flown member of NASA’s fleet of orbiters—embarked on her maiden space voyage, launching from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on [...]
  • ‘You’d Be Booked Up’: 30 Years Since the Maiden Voyage of Shuttle Discovery (Part 1)

    Ben Evans
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Hank Hartsfield (bottom center), surrounded by his STS-41D crewmates on the maiden voyage of Discovery in August 1984. Photo Credit: NASA Thirty years ago, today (30 August 1984), the Shuttle Discovery—which would become, in time, the most-flown member of NASA’s fleet of orbiters—embarked on her maiden space voyage, launching from Pad 39A at the [...]
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  • 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…
  • NASA Completes Key Review of World’s Most Powerful Rocket in Support of Journey to Mars

    William W.
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    NASA officials Wednesday announced they have completed a rigorous review of the Space Launch System (SLS) — the heavy-lift, exploration class rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and to Mars — and approved the program’s progression from formulation to development, something no other exploration class vehicle has achieved since the agency built the space shuttle. “We are on a journey of scientific and human exploration that leads to Mars,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “And we’re firmly committed to building the launch…
  • NASA Telescopes Uncover Early Construction of Giant Galaxy

    William W.
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    Astronomers have uncovered for the first time the earliest stages of a massive galaxy forming in the young Universe. The discovery was made possible through combining observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, NASA‘s Spitzer Space Telescope, ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory, and the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii. The growing galaxy core is blazing with the light of millions of newborn stars that are forming at a ferocious rate. The paper appears in the journal Nature on 27 August. Elliptical galaxies are large, gas-poor gatherings of older stars and are one of the…
  • Scientists uses Cosmic Lens to view most distant Merging Galaxies

    William W.
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
    Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), and many other telescopes on the ground and in space, an international team of astronomers has obtained the best view yet of a collision that took place between two galaxies when the Universe was only half its current age. They enlisted the help of a galaxy-sized magnifying glass to reveal otherwise invisible detail. These new studies of the galaxy H-ATLAS J142935.3-002836 have shown that this complex and distant object looks like the well-known local galaxy collision, the Antennae Galaxies. The famous fictional…
  • Researchers have created a 3D model of the Sun: from the core to the surface

    William W.
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    A team at the Astrophysics, Instrumentation and Modeling Laboratory (CEA/CNRS/Université Paris Diderot) has successfully modeled, in 3D, the effects of gravity waves in an extremely comprehensive simulation of the Sun, from its nuclear core to its convective surface. The results make very highly precise information accessible and provide a rigorous and unprecedented description of the Sun’s internal dynamics. This research, published in Astronomy and Astrophysics, should make it possible to substantially refine theoretical models and to plan future space missions (Solar-Orbiter, Plato)…
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    Space Facts

  • Ceres & Pluto Dwarf Planet Gifs

    Chris Jones
    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.
  • What is a Planet?

    Chris Jones
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    Planets are among the many worlds and smaller objects that orbit the Sun. The formal definition of planet, as voted on by the International Astronomical Union in 2006, is as follows: A planet is a celestial body that (a) is in orbit around the Sun, (b) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid […] The post What is a Planet? appeared first on Space Facts.
  • How Big is the Sun? 1.3 Million Earths Visualised

    Chris Jones
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:32 am
    The Sun is large enough that approximately 1.3 million Earths could fit inside (if squashed in) or if the Earths retained their spherical shape then 960,000 would fit. But can you visualise that number of Earths? Get Started 1 100 1,000 Jupiter’s volume is roughly equal to 1,321 Earths, though Jupiter’s mass is equal to […] The post How Big is the Sun? 1.3 Million Earths Visualised appeared first on Space Facts.
  • Orbital Periods of the Planets

    Chris Jones
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:57 am
    How long are years on other planets? A year is defined as the time it takes a planet to complete one revelation of the Sun, for Earth this is just over 365 days. This is also known as the orbital period. Unsurprisingly the the length of each planet’s year correlates with its distance from the Sun as seen […] The post Orbital Periods of the Planets appeared first on Space Facts.
  • An Introduction to Backyard Observatories

    15 May 2014 | 5:56 am
    The blog has been taken over by my friend Mark to talk about building an observatory in your garden and then using it as an excuse to not spend time with your family, if this is the sort of thing you’re into why not check out for other ‘manly’ ideas for your domestic getaway. […] The post An Introduction to Backyard Observatories appeared first on Space Facts.
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    Space Safety Magazine

  • A Major Malfunction: The Fateful Launch Of Challenger

    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.
  • How ISS Helps Save Lives

    Matteo Emanuelli
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    If you are reading Space Safety Magazine, you probably know already the International Space Station, the human outpost in low Earth orbit where a crew of six astronauts lives, performing scientific research and advancing our understanding of the space environment. You know already that last year the ISS celebrated its 15th birthday in space. Since... Read more → The post How ISS Helps Save Lives from Matteo Emanuelli appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • Soyuz 1, The Tragic Death Of Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:38 am
    Late in April 1967, an unusual announcement was made by the Soviet news agency, Tass. A few days earlier, cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov had been launched into orbit aboard the new Soyuz spacecraft. In time, it was hoped that Soyuz would demonstrate rendezvous, docking, space station operations and possibly expeditions to the Moon. Chief Designer Sergei Korolev... Read more → The post Soyuz 1, The Tragic Death Of Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov from AmericaSpace appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • The Crew That Never Flew: The Misfortunes of Soyuz 11 (Part 1)

    8 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    More than 40 years ago, the world’s first space station—Salyut 1, a “salute” to Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space —was launched into orbit by the Soviet Union. In April 1971, it was visited by Soyuz 10, but a fault with the docking prevented the three cosmonauts from entering the station. Following corrective actions, the... Read more → The post The Crew That Never Flew: The Misfortunes of Soyuz 11 (Part 1) from AmericaSpace appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • Space Medicine

    Matteo Emanuelli
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    Space Medicine is a branch of medicine born in the ‘50s, to support the human space exploration in the hostile space environment. Not only the microgravity environment, but also the increased radiations and isolation, produce effects both on human body and minds that have not yet been fully understood in a long-term scale. Medicine in space,... Read more → The post Space Medicine from Matteo Emanuelli appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
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    Latest UFO sightings

  • UFO near ISS on 31st August 2014

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:52 pm
    New amazing video footage of multiple UFO lights recorded in the night sky near ISS on 31st August 2014.
  • UFO flies out of Iceland Volcano on 28th August 2014

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:04 pm
    New amazing video footage of a bright UFO recorded while flying from Iceland Volcano on 28th August 2014. Witness said: Not sure what this is, but it appeared after the eruption started. What could it be?
  • Golden UFO near ISS on 29th August 2014

    31 Aug 2014 | 4:59 pm
    New amazing video footage of a golden color UFO sighting recorded near ISS on 29th August 2014.
  • Great UFO sighting over Ontario, Canada on 20th August 2014

    31 Aug 2014 | 4:58 pm
    New interesting video footage of a huge UFO sightign over Ontario, Canada on 20th August 2014. Witness said: So,we were In Kalemegdan ,when we saw this thing on the sky it looks like a zeppelin/blimp ,but it moved to fast for a zepplin.
  • UFO over Lakewood, Ohio on 20th of August 2014

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:24 pm
    New interesting video footage of a dark UFO sighting recorded in the daytime sky above Lakewood, Ohio on  20th of August 2014. Witness said: I was returning to work when I spotted so strange, slow moving object in the sky. I pulled out my camera and shot video. There was movement on the object, but no […]
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  • Jupiter – New Observer Toolkit

    14 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System, has a retinue of 63 satellites (at last count) and shields Earth from inbound comets. One of it’s moons, Europa, is suspected of haboring an ocean beneath its icy crust, one that has a very good chance of supporting life. Jupiter is a spectacular planet when seen in a telescope, sporting two prominent cloud bands and its Great Red Spot, a cyclonic storm system three times the size of Earth that has blown across Jupiter for over 300 years. Glistening like diamonds, the four largest satellites orbit the planet in a matter of days in a…
  • Universe Facts

    1 Aug 2014 | 3:50 am
    Universe Facts As always we like to keep you up to date with the latest news and articles. Check out the new article on Universe Facts now! If you want to stay ahead on all the space news and views make sure you subscribe to the blog!
  • What is a Black Hole?

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    Source: JPL/NASA ( What is a black hole? Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity predicted that black holes existed in 1916. A black hole is a point in space were gravity is so strong, caused by matter collapsing into a tiny space usually from a dying star, that not even light can escape. Due to no light escaping black holes are invisible. Only with incredibly powerful telescopes can black holes be detected. Black holes are usually detected by looking at neighboring stars and objects; this is because when a black hole is…
  • Lift Off for The Space Store!

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    Lift Off for The Space Store! At we have just launched our new Space Store, we have put together some of the best books on space and the universe, with authors such as Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking and Brian Cox. These books will give the reader a mass of information on space and the universe, take a ride through our universe with Carl Sagan in his ground breaking book Cosmos. Professor Brian Cox in his Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of the Universe books takes modern complex theories of the solar system and universe and delivers them in a simple, clear and concise way…
  • News Update – UK Spaceport

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
      The UK is taking a great leap into space with the unveiling of eight potential sites for the UK’s first spaceport. Reports are indicating that the UK would like the spaceport open in 2018. Once a potential site is picked, commercial space flight takes one step closer. Imagine taking a ride into space, now that would be cool, however initially very expensive with tickets proposed to be in the region of £100k. What a bang for your buck though, considering the advancements in flight the thought of being able to take a ride on spaceship without having to train for a long time and also…
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