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  • Astronomers Observe Supernova and Find They’re Watching Reruns

    NYT > Space & Cosmos
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:02 am
    Astronomers have been watching the same star explode over and over again, thanks to a trick of Einsteinian optics, which may help them better understand mysteries like dark matter.
  • NASA: "What's Hidden Beneath Europa's Icy Surface?"

    The Daily Galaxy --Great Discoveries Channel: Sci, Space, Tech
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:39 am
    Four hundred years ago, the astronomer Galileo's discovery of Jupiter's four large moons forever changed humanity's view of the universe, helping to bring about the understanding that Earth was not the center of all motion. Today one of these Galilean moons could again revolutionize science and our sense of place, for hidden beneath Europa's icy surface is perhaps the most promising place to look for present-day environments that are suitable for life. This new appreciation began to unfold in 1995, when a spacecraft named in Galileo's honor arrived in the Jupiter system to follow up on…
  • Apollo XVIII

    collectSPACE Today In Space History
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Every midnight in March, New York City's Times Square will transform into Cape Canaveral as Marco Brambilla's Apollo XVIII lifts off onto more than a dozen of the Square's digital billboards. Weaving together archival NASA footage and computer renderings, the video art installment presents the countdown to an imagined lift-off of a Saturn V rocket to create a new collective viewing experience, placing the public at the foot of a new frontier.
  • The Higgs Particle --"It Can Disintegrate Into Dark Matter"

    The Daily Galaxy --Great Discoveries Channel: Sci, Space, Tech
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    The ‘Standard Model’ of particle physics successfully describes the smallest constituents of matter. But the model has its limitations – it does not explain the dark matter of the universe. Christoffer Petersson, a research scientist at Chalmers University of Technology, has found a solution. His theories are now being tested at the particle physics laboratory CERN. Physicists describe the smallest constituents of nature – elementary particles and forces acting between them using a set of theories known as “the Standard Model”. This model was developed in the 1970s and has been…
  • 'Bright Spot' on Ceres Has Dimmer Companion

    Science@NASA Headline News
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:12 am
    Dwarf planet Ceres continues to puzzle scientists as NASA's Dawn spacecraft gets closer to being captured into orbit around the object. The latest images from Dawn, taken nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers) from Ceres, reveal that a bright spot that stands out in previous images lies close to yet another bright area.
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  • H160: Airbus Raises the Stakes

    9 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Content Source:  Aviation Week & Space Technology H160 Airbus Raises The Stakes. Roundup Cover Image:  read more
  • Aviation Week & Space Technology, March 9, 2015

    8 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Airbus Helicopters unveiled the H160 at the Heli-Expo in Orlando, Florida, last week. Airbus photo. The mid-size aircraft will replace the AS365 Dauphin and compete with AgustaWestland’s AW139, Sikorsky’s S-76 and the Bell 412. In addition to articles on rotorcraft, this issue features a special report on runway safety and articles on the first flight of Bombardier’s larger CSeries aircraft, the CS300; enhancements to the Falcon 9 space launch vehicle and missile defense tests in Israel. Publication Info Cover Date:  Mon, 2015-03-09 Volume:  177 Number:  9
  • SpeedNews Defense & Space

    6 Mar 2015 | 5:08 pm
    NORTHROP GRUMMAN licensed its air-flow-through (AFT) cooling technology for electronics to GE INTELLIGENT PLATFORMS.  ASTRONAUTICS CORP. OF AMERICA will provide its Nexis Helo server and two 6 x 8-in. multi-function color cockpit displays to GM Helicopters of Latvia for the first of its fleet of MI-8 heavy lifters. Order was awarded Feb. 17. read more
  • Sikorsky Abandons S-434 Project

    6 Mar 2015 | 5:08 pm
    ORLANDO, Florid—Sikorsky has confirmed that it has abandoned its S-434 light helicopter program. Work on the project ended last summer, Dan Hunter, director of commercial programs at Sikorsky, told Aviation Week at Heli-Expo Helicopter Trade Show & Exposition here on March 4. The decision was made after it was discovered that the addition of the fourth blade added dynamic loads that placed an additional maintenance burden on operators. read more
  • Culbertson Says He Will Stiffen Wolf’s China Restriction

    6 Mar 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Rep. John Culbertson (R-Texas), the new chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds NASA, vows to go his predecessor one better in blocking U.S.-Chinese space cooperation. “I’ll keep those restrictions in place and probably expand them,” he says of language drafted by retired Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Virginia). read more
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  • 'Thousands' of Russian troops in east Ukraine: US envoy

    5 Mar 2015 | 2:15 am
    Washington (AFP) March 4, 2015 The United States' senior envoy to Europe alleged Wednesday that Russia had deployed "thousands and thousands" of troops to neighboring Ukraine. Speaking to a congressional foreign affairs committee, Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland also told US lawmakers that Russia was flooding eastern Ukraine with military hardware. "Since December, Russia has transferred hundreds of piece
  • US forces could have role in Syria in future: Dempsey

    5 Mar 2015 | 2:15 am
    Washington (AFP) March 4, 2015 The US military's top officer, General Martin Dempsey, told lawmakers on Wednesday it was possible special operations forces could eventually be sent to Syria to back up American-trained rebels. But officials said Dempsey's comment was addressing a "hypothetical" scenario for the moment as moderate opposition forces have not yet been trained. Asked if more American troops would have to b
  • Concern grows for civilians as noose tightens around Tikrit

    5 Mar 2015 | 2:15 am
    Kirkuk, Iraq (AFP) March 5, 2015 Concern mounted Wednesday over the fate of civilians in Tikrit where Iraqi forces were trying to trap Islamic State group jihadists on the third day of a huge offensive to retake the city. Around 30,000 security forces and allied fighters launched Monday the biggest anti-IS ground operation yet in Iraq, closing in on Tikrit from at least three directions. A senior commander said operatio
  • China extends military splurge with 10.1% budget increase

    5 Mar 2015 | 2:15 am
    Beijing (AFP) March 5, 2015 China unveiled a fresh double-digit spending boost for its military on Thursday with a 10.1 percent increase in 2015, as it is embroiled in a series of territorial disputes with its neighbours. Beijing plans to raise its military spending to 886.9 billion yuan ($141.4 billion), according to a budget report to the annual session of the National People's Congress (NPC), the communist-controlle
  • Libya asks UN to approve arms contracts

    5 Mar 2015 | 2:15 am
    United Nations, United States (AFP) March 5, 2015 Libya urged the UN Security Council on Wednesday to approve a request for military purchases as it struggles to combat Islamic State extremists and protect its oil fields. The internationally-recognized government, one of two bodies that claims to rule troubled Libya, has asked the council's sanctions committee to grant an exemption to an arms embargo and allow it to beef up its air force.
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  • SSBN-X Subs: Congressmen Promote Refresh, Have Sub Bases in Districts

    Joe Katzman
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:01 pm
    SSBN-X concept(click to view full) The US Navy needs new SSBN nuclear missile submarines. Their existing Ohio Class boats will begin to retire at a rate of 1 hull per year, beginning in 2027, as they reach the end of their 42-year operational lifetimes. Hence SSBN-X, also known as the Ohio Replacement Program for now. The first step toward recapitalization involved a new Common Missile Compartment and Advanced Launcher for current and future nuclear missiles. The next step involves finalizing a design that can serve effectively to 2080, without destroying the US Navy’s shipbuilding…
  • Bomber to Be Bought Cost-Plus | More A-10s Mothballed | China Defense Budget up 10%

    Editorial Staff
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:12 pm
    Americas The Wall Street Journal (paid) reported today that the impending choice for the future bomber will be constructed via a cost-plus deal, surprising most Pentagon watchers, as the DoD has been trying hard to move away from owning the cost overage liabilities. Boeing, teamed with Lockheed Martin, is competing against Northrop Grumman in a competition expected to finish this summer for 80 to 100 bombers at an expected cost of about $55 billion. The Air Force has said it will keep costs down by sticking largely to the 2010 spec and by using established technologies, although those methods…
  • Israeli Request for Anti-Missile Help at Mercy of Sequestration | GAO: Smaller Procurement Projects Also Poorly Performing, Measured

    Editorial Staff
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:49 pm
    Americas The U.S. approved BAE’s Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures system for export. The General Accountability Office released its study (PDF) of 15 ACAT II and ACAT III programs – those not reaching the lofty spending heights of the major defense acquisition programs (MDAPs) – and found that, generally, they face the same problems as the MDAPs. That is, they are more often than not over budget and late, and that the reasons behind the overages and tardiness are the same: “changing performance requirements, testing issues, quantity changes, and flaws in…
  • MQ-9 Reaper: Unfettered for Export

    Joe Katzman
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:10 pm
    Reaper, ready…(click to view full) The MQ-9 Reaper UAV, once called “Predator B,” is somewhat similar to the famous Predator. Until you look at the tail. Or its size. Or its weapons. It’s called “Reaper” for a reason: while it packs the same surveillance gear, it’s much more of a hunter-killer design. Some have called it the first fielded Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV). The Reaper UCAV will play a significant role in the future USAF, even though its capability set makes the MQ-9 considerably more expensive than MQ-1 Predators. Given these high-end…
  • Mistral Amphibious Assault Ships for Russia: Deliveries Hanging on Ukrainian Ceasefire

    Joe Katzman
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:01 pm
    RFS Vladivostok,DCNS concept(click to view full) In August 2009, Russian media reported that their country was planning to take a radical step, and buy a French BPC-210 Mistral Class amphibious assault ship (BPC/LHD) by the end of 2009. The outlet quoted the Chief of the Russian General Staff, Gen. Nikolai Makarov, who said that: “We are negotiating the purchase of one ship at present, and later planning to acquire 3-4 ships [of the same class] to be jointly built in Russia.” That plan eventually came true, with a contract for 2 ships, and a possible follow-on for 2 more. France…
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  • Mars: The Planet that Lost an Ocean's Worth of Water

    5 Mar 2015 | 2:15 am
    Munich, Germany (SPX) Mar 06, 2015 A primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth's Arctic Ocean, and covered a greater portion of the planet's surface than the Atlantic Ocean does on Earth, according to new results published this week. An international team of scientists used ESO's Very Large Telescope, along with instruments at the W. M. Keck Observatory and the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility, to monitor the atmosphere
  • Science Shorts: Why Pluto?

    5 Mar 2015 | 2:15 am
    St Louis MO (SPX) Mar 06, 2015 What is Pluto? A planetary eccentric? A Kuiper Belt object? A binary? A dwarf planet? It is, of course, all of these - and much more. For the New Horizons team, Pluto is "king of the Kuiper Belt," the leader of a complex tribe of moons, and a beacon to an unexplored solar realm. For many visitors to this site, the story of Pluto's discovery is familiar. Pluto's discovery in 1930 was also t
  • An explosive quartet

    5 Mar 2015 | 2:15 am
    Paris (ESA) Mar 06, 2015 Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have, for the first time, spotted four images of a distant exploding star. The images are arranged in a cross-shaped pattern by the powerful gravity of a foreground galaxy embedded in a massive cluster of galaxies. The supernova discovery paper will appear on 6 March 2015 in a special issue of Science celebrating the centenary of Albert Einst
  • Mars Colonization Edges Closer Thanks to MIT's Oxygen Factory

    5 Mar 2015 | 2:15 am
    Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 06, 2015 Scientists at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are building an instrument, which will turn carbon dioxide on Mars into oxygen, with NASA planning to use it on their 2020 mission to Mars, according to information provided by the 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. MOXIE (the Mars Oxygen In-situ Resource Utilisation Experiment), turns carbon dioxide into oxygen in a n
  • Arianespace's Soyuz ready for next dual-satellite Galileo launch

    5 Mar 2015 | 2:15 am
    Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Mar 06, 2015 The Soyuz launcher for Arianespace's upcoming mission with two European Galileo navigation satellites is taking shape at the Spaceport for a March 27 liftoff from French Guiana. During activity in the Spaceport's Soyuz Launcher Integration Building, the medium-lift workhorse began to assume its iconic form with integration of the four first-stage strap-on boosters to the Block A core secon
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  • Subtracting Gravity from Alzheimer's

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    The key to unraveling the mysterious cause of Alzheimer’s disease may not lie in the recesses of the human brain, but rather in the weightless expanse of space.
  • 'Bright Spot' on Ceres Has Dimmer Companion

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:12 am
    Dwarf planet Ceres continues to puzzle scientists as NASA's Dawn spacecraft gets closer to being captured into orbit around the object. The latest images from Dawn, taken nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers) from Ceres, reveal that a bright spot that stands out in previous images lies close to yet another bright area.
  • Puzzling Bright Spots on Dwarf Planet Ceres

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:38 am
    Cruising through the asteroid belt, NASA Dawn spacecraft is approaching dwarf planet Ceres, and some puzzling features are coming into focus. Researchers are especially mystified by a pair of bright spots.
  • An Edge-On Close Encounter with Jupiter

    6 Feb 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Jupiter is having a close encounter with Earth, unusual because it is edge-on.
  • Mud Matters

    6 Feb 2015 | 10:24 am
    NASA has launched a new satellite to study water, not in oceans or lakes but in the soil beneath our feet.
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    Universe Today

  • Book Review: Space Architecture

    Mark Mortimer
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Have you ever had one of those days when you just couldn’t complete another Fourier Transform no matter how many chocolate covered cacao nibs you consumed? You need to perk yourself up, maybe imagine something a little more exotic than a Volkswagen diesel scooting down a gravel road. Well then, pull up a chair and grab a copy of the last Architectural Design issue of 2014 entitled “Space Architecture – The New Frontier for Design Research”. Sure it’s got some pretty involved speculative prose, but the graphics are stupendous and will knock you right back into a…
  • Watch the Aurora Shimmer and Dance in Real Time

    Jason Major
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:05 pm
    I for one have never witnessed the northern lights in person, and like many people I experience them vicariously through the photography and videos of more well-traveled (or more polar-bound) individuals. Typically these are either single-shot photos or time-lapses made up of many somewhat long-exposure images. As beautiful as these are, they don’t accurately capture the true motion of this upper atmospheric phenomenon. But here we get a look at the aurora as it looks in real time, captured on camera by Jon Kerr from northern Finland. Check it out above or watch in full screen HD on…
  • What Your Breakfast has in Common with Ceres

    Nancy Atkinson
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:40 am
    On March 6, the Dawn spacecraft will ease into orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres. This is the visit to a dwarf planet (New Horizons will flyby Pluto later this year) and scientists are eager to see its surface in detail. But did you know that Ceres got its name from the ancient Roman goddess of agriculture and grain crops? Think about that when you enjoy your breakfast! (...)Read the rest of What Your Breakfast has in Common with Ceres (323 words) © nancy for Universe Today, 2015. | Permalink | One comment | Post tags: ceres, dawn Feed enhanced by Better Feed from Ozh
  • Bright Spots on Ceres Likely Ice, Not Cryovolcanoes

    Nancy Atkinson
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Ceres rotates in this sped-up movie comprised of images taken by NASA’s Dawn mission during its approach to the dwarf planet. The images were taken on Feb. 19, 2015, from a distance of nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers). Dawn observed Ceres for a full rotation of the dwarf planet, which lasts about nine hours. The images have a resolution of 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) per pixel. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA As the Dawn spacecraft prepares to enter orbit around Ceres on March 6, the science team provided the latest images and a mission preview during a briefing on March…
  • Book Review: Emigrating Beyond Earth

    Mark Mortimer
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    Do you believe that humans are the ultimate species and that we have a destiny to rule? Perhaps you’re being optimistic according to Cameron Smith and Evan Davies. Their book “Emigrating Beyond Earth: Human Adaptation and Space Colonization” provides an anthropologist’s view that splashes a certain amount of chagrin on the hubris of our culture. Yes, they say we can and indeed should become a spacefaring species. However, they do caution that this future for our species can be attained only if we proactively try. (...)Read the rest of Book Review: Emigrating Beyond…
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    The Space Review

  • Rebooting space advocacy

    2 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Space advocates have struggled in recent years for major victories in their efforts to increase NASA's budget or enact other space policy changes. Jeff Foust reports on how a new alliance of space organizations, and the outcome of a separate space summit, seek more targeted efforts to support space development and settlement.
  • Journey to whatever

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:59 am
    The new movie "Journey to Space" follows in the footsteps of previous space-themed IMAX films. Dwayne Day saw the film and finds it lacks the inspirational message that some of its predecessors had.
  • Understanding the legal status of the Moon

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:58 am
    As government and commercial activity at the Moon ramps up, it raises questions about the legal status of some of those efforts, particularly the extraction of resources. Urbano Fuentes examines what one particular phase used in treaties regarding the Moon could mean for those activities.
  • Review: Starmus

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:57 am
    In 2011, an unusual festival took place in the Canary Islands, bringing together veteran astronauts and cosmonauts with famous scientists. Jeff Foust reviews a book that offers the proceedings, of sorts, of that event, a collection of essays that also represents something of a missed opportunity.
  • New life for New Frontiers

    23 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    While discussions about the NASA planetary science budget have focused on the inclusion of a Europa mission and possible termination of existing missions, the budget also supports the start of another mid-sized New Frontiers mission. Jason Callahan explains why a new New Frontiers mission is so important.
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  • NASA Does Not Have a Post-Russia ISS Contingency Plan

    Keith Cowing
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    Culberson Statement on NASA Budget Hearing "Administrator Bolden made it clear in his answers that the Obama Administration has no contingency plan in place to send U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station if Russia chooses to end the current agreement that allows our astronauts to travel to the space station on board its Soyuz capsules." NASA's chief confirms it: Without Russia, space station lost, Houston Chronicle 'If Russia stops flying U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station, the U.S., lacking a backup plan, would have no choice but to abandon the multibillion dollar…
  • The Space Twins Are Just Kicking A Can Down The Road to Mars

    Keith Cowing
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:58 am
    A Waste Of Space, Scientific American "More likely, Kelly's and Kornienko's tests will just confirm in greater detail what we already know from several previous long-duration missions: Our current space habitats are not adequate for voyages to other worlds. The lack of money to build these habitats, more than any lack of medical knowledge, is what keeps humans from Mars and other off-world destinations. ... It would be unfair to blame NASA alone for this shortsightedness. Integrating artificial gravity and better propulsion into its human spaceflight program would require many billions of…
  • SpaceX Barge Landing Patent Petition Challenge Denied - and Accepted

    Keith Cowing
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:42 am
    UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE BEFORE THE PATENT TRIAL AND APPEAL BOARD SPACE EXPLORATION TECHNOLOGIES CORP., Petitioner, v. BLUE ORIGIN LLC, Patent Owner. Case IPR2014-01376 Patent 8,678,321 B2. Paper 6 "Space Exploration Technologies Corp. ("SpaceX") filed a Petition ("Pet.") for inter partes review of U.S. Patent No. 8,678,321 B2 ("the '321 patent"). The Petition challenges the patentability of claims 14 and 15 of the '321 patent on the ground of obviousness under 35 U.S.C. 103.1 Blue Origin LLC, the owner of the '321 patent, did not file a Preliminary Response to the Petition."…
  • Today's NASA Budget Hearing (with Video)

    Keith Cowing
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Statement by NASA Administrator at House Appropriations Committee Budget Hearing (with video) "Mr. Chairman and Members of the Subcommittee, I am pleased to have this opportunity to discuss NASA's FY 2016 budget request. The President is proposing an FY 2016 budget of $18.5 billion for NASA, building on the significant investments the Administration has made in America's space program over the past six years, enabled through the strong and consistent support by this Committee and the Congress."
  • Bolden Job Cut Quotes From Today's Budget Hearing

    Keith Cowing
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:02 am
    Bolden - at the risk of offending the committee - we do not do reductions in force voluntarily. Congress sees civil servants as the problem.— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) March 4, 2015 Bolden - you do not get something for nothing. If you want us to cut size of govt that means cutting people.— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) March 4, 2015
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  • Astronomers see star explode 4 times

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Australian National University) Astronomers have glimpsed a far off and ancient star exploding, not once, but four times. The supernova was directly behind a cluster of huge galaxies, whose mass is so great that they warp space-time, forming a cosmic magnifying glass.
  • Space technology investigates large-scale changes to Africa's climate

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Leicester) University of Leicester researchers map climate and human impacts on Africa's land resources using satellite mapping technology.
  • Scientists report breakthrough in detecting methane

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Toronto) Deciphering the many pathways by which methane is produced is one of the holy grails of organic geochemistry. A paper being published tomorrow in Science Express reports a breakthrough in methane identification. The new approach adds Tunable Infrared Laser Direct Adsorption Spectroscopy to the set of instruments that can help identify the temperature at which methane is formed and provide details on the environment in which methane-producing microbes thrive.
  • Astronomers observe 4 images of the same supernova using a cosmic lens

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Copenhagen - Niels Bohr Institute) Astronomers have for the first time observed a supernova (an exploding star) multiply-imaged due to gravitational lensing. The light from the supernova is seen in four different images due to a cosmic phenomenon that causes light to be deflected by the gravity of a massive galaxy. This effect creates four separate images of the same supernova. The discovery is published in the scientific magazine Science.
  • Distant supernova split 4 ways by gravitational lens

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (University of California - Berkeley) Astronomers now use massive galaxies and clusters of galaxies as magnifying lenses to study the early universe, but until now had never observed the brief flash of a supernova. UC Berkeley postdoc Patrick Kelly found such a supernova in images taken last year by the Hubble Space Telescope. The exploding star, about 9.3 billion light years from Earth, was split into a rare 'Einstein Cross,' a four-part image predicted by the General Theory of Relativity.
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  • IMAX on-orbit

    4 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Toni Myers is making a new film where, once again, her cameras are 250 miles above her. The director of "Hubble 3D" and IMAX's other "filmed by the astronauts in space" movies, Myers has the next seven months to wrap filming on the International Space Station for the tentatively-titled documentary "The Perfect Planet." NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Terry Virts have sent down a "deluge of beautiful images," according to Myers.
  • Norm Carlson, NASA test director (1934-2015)

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:05 am
    Norm Carlson served as the launch vehicle test conductor for Apollo 11, the first moon landing, and the test director for STS-1, the maiden launch of the space shuttle Columbia, but he may be best known for starting the tradition of providing beans and cornbread to celebrate a successful liftoff. Carlson, who is credited by his peers for also devising the "built-in hold" in launch countdowns, died on Sunday (March 1) at age 81.
  • F. Curt Michel, scientist-astronaut (1934-2015)

    1 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Chosen in 1965 among NASA's first six scientist-astronauts, Curt Michel died on Feb. 23 at the age of 80. An astrophysicist, Michel resigned from the program before he was assigned to a space mission when it became clear he would not be flying to the moon. Instead, Michel returned to his studies in solar wind, radio pulsars and numerical methods at Rice University.
  • 'Cable guys' complete spacewalks

    1 Mar 2015 | 9:35 am
    NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Terry Virts on Sunday (March 1) completed their third EVA (extravehicular activity) in 8 days to prepare the International Space Station for the arrival of new docking ports for commercial crewed capsules. The spacewalks, which saw the two crew mates route a record length of cables, marked the final scheduled EVAs prior to the 50th anniversary of the first-ever spacewalk in 1965.
  • Apollo XVIII

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Every midnight in March, New York City's Times Square will transform into Cape Canaveral as Marco Brambilla's Apollo XVIII lifts off onto more than a dozen of the Square's digital billboards. Weaving together archival NASA footage and computer renderings, the video art installment presents the countdown to an imagined lift-off of a Saturn V rocket to create a new collective viewing experience, placing the public at the foot of a new frontier.
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  • Is Back!

    Ian O'Neill
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:19 pm
    After a 14 month hiatus, it’s about time, don’t you think? You can see what else I’ve been up to on Discovery News…
  • Battlestar Galactica’s “Twelve Colonies of Kobol” Star System Found?

    Ian O'Neill
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:52 pm
    An image at radio wavelengths of a young stellar quadruplet. Credit: CfA/Nature/Pineda 825 light-years away, in the constellation of Perseus, hides one protostar and three previously unseen gas concentrations that are undergoing gravitational collapse — basically embryos of soon-to-be baby stars. Found through the analysis of data from radio telescopes by astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), this tiny cluster of baby stars occupy a small volume only 10,000 AU across — meaning that they’d all easily fit within the confines of the boundaries of…
  • On Mars, There’s No Asphalt

    Ian O'Neill
    21 Dec 2013 | 3:22 pm
    Curiosity’s right-middle and rear wheels, bearing the scars of 488 sols of rough roving. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech If you’re like me, you hang off every news release and new photo from our tenacious Mars rover Curiosity. The awesome one-ton, six-wheeled robot is, after all, exploring a very alien landscape. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned from the mission, Mars is far from being a truly alien place. Sure, we can’t breath the thin frigid air, but we can certainly recognize similar geological processes that we have on Earth, and, most intriguingly, regions…
  • Jovian Joviality: Juno is a Healthy Spaceship, On-Track for 2016 Jupiter Rendezvous

    Ian O'Neill
    12 Oct 2013 | 1:48 pm
    Artist’s impression of the Juno flyby (NASA) Last week’s Juno flyby of Earth was an exciting event. NASA’s Jupiter-bound mission buzzed our planet on Wednesday (Oct. 9) only 350 miles from the surface, providing amateur astronomers with an opportunity to snapshot Juno as she flew past, stealing a little momentum from Earth and sling-shotting toward the largest planet in the Solar System. Alas, the flyby event wasn’t without incident. The spacecraft dropped into “safe mode” shortly after its terrestrial encounter. Safe mode is a fail safe on spacecraft that…
  • Curiosity Obsessing: Odd Mars Rock in Gale Crater

    Ian O'Neill
    10 Oct 2013 | 6:36 pm
    Panorama mosaic taken by Curiosity’s Mastcam on Sol 413 of its mission inside Gale Crater. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS, edit by Ian O’Neill As NASA has been shuttered by the insane U.S. government shutdown, there’s been little in the way of news releases from NASA (site offline) or NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (site still online, but no recent updates posted). In this Mars Science Laboratory science lull, I’ve found myself obsessively trawling the mission’s raw image archive so I can get my fix of high-resolution imagery from Curiosity’s ongoing…
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    The Daily Galaxy --Great Discoveries Channel: Sci, Space, Tech

  • NASA Replicates Building Blocks of Life on Early Earth
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:52 am
    "Nobody really understands how life got started on Earth," says Scott Sandford, a space science researcher at NASA Ames. "Our experiments suggest that once the Earth formed, many of the building blocks of life were likely present from the beginning. Since we are simulating universal astrophysical conditions, the same is likely wherever planets are formed." NASA scientists studying the origin of life have reproduced uracil, cytosine, and thymine, three key components of our hereditary material, in the laboratory. They discovered that an ice sample containing pyrimidine exposed to ultraviolet…
  • "Why Isn't the Universe as Bright as It Should Be?" MIT
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:27 am
    A handful of new stars are born each year in the Milky Way, while many more blink on across the universe. But astronomers have observed that galaxies should be churning out millions more stars, based on the amount of interstellar gas available. Now researchers from MIT and Michigan State University have pieced together a theory describing how clusters of galaxies may regulate star formation.  When intracluster gas cools rapidly, it condenses, then collapses to form new stars. Scientists have long thought that something must be keeping the gas from cooling enough to generate more stars --…
  • NASA: "What's Hidden Beneath Europa's Icy Surface?"
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:39 am
    Four hundred years ago, the astronomer Galileo's discovery of Jupiter's four large moons forever changed humanity's view of the universe, helping to bring about the understanding that Earth was not the center of all motion. Today one of these Galilean moons could again revolutionize science and our sense of place, for hidden beneath Europa's icy surface is perhaps the most promising place to look for present-day environments that are suitable for life. This new appreciation began to unfold in 1995, when a spacecraft named in Galileo's honor arrived in the Jupiter system to follow up on…
  • The Higgs Particle --"It Can Disintegrate Into Dark Matter"
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    The ‘Standard Model’ of particle physics successfully describes the smallest constituents of matter. But the model has its limitations – it does not explain the dark matter of the universe. Christoffer Petersson, a research scientist at Chalmers University of Technology, has found a solution. His theories are now being tested at the particle physics laboratory CERN. Physicists describe the smallest constituents of nature – elementary particles and forces acting between them using a set of theories known as “the Standard Model”. This model was developed in the 1970s and has been…
  • Clouds Around Alien Kepler-Mission Planets --Clues to Habitability
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    Meteorologists sometimes struggle to accurately predict the weather here on Earth, but now we can find out how cloudy it is on planets outside our solar system, thanks to researchers at MIT. Researchers in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) at MIT describe a technique that analyzes data from NASA’s Kepler space observatory to determine the types of clouds on planets that orbit other stars. The team, led by Kerri Cahoy, an assistant professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT, has already used the method to determine the properties of clouds on the…
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  • Introducing Project Solaris – Towards the Conception of a Distributed Solar Energy Harvester

    Nembo Buldrini
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:34 am
    [logo for Project Solaris by Nembo Buldrini] Energy from the Sun When it comes to space exploration, energy supplying is surely one of the most limiting issues. Our Sun is the largest energy source in our solar system and probably will stay unrivaled for the next several centuries. The amount of power it radiates is daunting, and being able to manage even a fraction of it would enable a huge step forward in space exploration and exploitation. [Image Credit: Nembo Buldrini]   All we Need is a Large Mirror… Other forms of energy production methods are expected to be developed over the…
  • A plumber’s guide to Starships – Part VI – Steam Pipes and Heat pipes

    Michel Lamontagne
    15 Feb 2015 | 10:50 am
    There’s a lot of energy in the vaporization phase change. In the form of water changing from a liquid into a gas, it has been at the center of most of the world’s energy production systems for the last century.  Recently, direct energy conversion has started replacing it with wind and photoelectric power, and hydro-power always did fine without it(1).  Although phase change is unlikely to ever power starships, it still has a future in solar collectors and nuclear reactors, most designs for fusion reactors… and it may very well be the best way to cool a starship.   Gaseous…
  • Revising Civilization

    Jacob Shively
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:09 pm
    I first encountered Icarus Interstellar in 2012 and thought, “Yes! This is awesome!” I should be more articulate about “awesome”: Icarus is ambitious and grassroots and exactly the kind of effort needed to sustain profound—even transcendent—goals. When Project Astrolabe advertised its agenda, I leapt at the call for contributions. Over the previous decade, I had developed an somewhat rarified hobby: collecting research related to humanity’s broad historical experience. World history, international theorizing and the like, all of which intersected my doctoral work in…
  • A plumber’s guide to Starships – Part V – Pumps and compressors

    Michel Lamontagne
    18 Jan 2015 | 3:50 pm
    The Icarus starship will be powered by a glorious fusion drive pumping out tens of thousands of GigaWatts of power.  This will serve as a handy power source for secondary electrical systems, such as injectors, implosion lasers or propellant ionisation systems, that will themselves require hundreds of GigaWatts of power for their operation.  However, before the drive is turned on, and during the seventy year long coast period during which the drive is off, more modest third tier power systems, providing a few MegaWatts of power to heat the ship, charge capacitors or drive maneuvering…
  • Project Voyager – A Map to Navigate our Dynamic Universe

    Zach Fejes
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:17 pm
    This is an excerpt taken from a recent article by Zachary Fejes on Discovery Space News. The full article on Discovery can be found here. “Indulge me, for a moment, in a brief thought experiment. You have just become the pilot of a modern spacecraft, let’s call it the USS Lucky, docked with the International Space Station. Your mission: fly to Jupiter and check out its moons. Congratulations on the job. You start by checking out your craft. It’s got a single rocket booster in the back with enough fuel for one really big burn, or perhaps a number of small ones. It can turn in any…
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  • A new category and maybe a little help from you

    Michael Doornbos
    11 Feb 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Starting today, we’re going to start telling stories and helping to solve problems in Aviation. This is both a personal and professional change for me and I could use your help. You like airplanes don’t you? What’s going on, or could be going on in the General Aviation industry that you’d like to see change? Where are the disruption points? Who are the garage builders and hackers who need to have their stories told?       Related StoriesNot your Grandfathers moon landingAriel Waldman Interview on TriangulationA thought about the X PRIZE Foundation as…
  • Evadot Podcast #101 – Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Robots

    Michael Doornbos
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    Guest: Liberty Naud When you walk into a room full of kids who are supposed to be learning and find them playing solitare on their computers what do you do? Liberty Naud starts a nationwide education initiative and it works. Also, OMG ROBOTS!!! Host: Michael Doornbos Email or leave a comment and let us know your thoughts.  Subscribe to the Evadot Podcast via iTunes and all other podcast players Download the podcast directly here. Related StoriesEvadot Podcast #76 – It’s Moonbots time!Evadot Podcast #81 – 3 Cheers for Science for…
  • Evadot Podcast #100 – Disney Big Hero 6 XPRIZE Challenge

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

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

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

  • Vacation!

    19 Feb 2015 | 5:35 pm
    That's not a typo! Vacation!I'm sorry I have not been writing as often as usual -- but it's also gratifying to have so many new projects, even if they divide my attention!I'm going on another blog hiatus, but for happier reasons. For the first time in 6 years, I am taking a GENUINE vacation, where there is no "work" involved before or after fun days off.For three weeks, I'll be traveling through the Dutch Antilles and Latin America, and I'm not taking my laptop. I guess by the end of week 1, I'll know if "not being connected to the internet" is a relief, or bringing on serious…
  • Weightless 3D Printing: The Next Giant Leap

    2 Feb 2015 | 6:12 am
    The race to Mars quietly enjoyed two giant leaps toward reality in recent months. A journey to the red planet poses many challenges: propulsion, radiation shielding, predicting what a ship and crew would need to make the journey, and of course, human health over the 500+ theoretical mission days.Addressing the health piece, NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly and RFSA Cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will spend an entire year in orbit, a long-duration experiment designed to study physiological changes in weightlessness, as well as psychological reactions to isolation.The other piece? A small company called…
  • They Were Flying For Me

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    The end of January and beginning of February holds an unusual amount of losses for our space program:January 27, 1967… Apollo 1 lostJanuary 28, 1986… Challenger STS-51L lostFebruary 1, 2003… Columbia STS-107 lost I have to be careful on this day, because many news outlets re-run footage ofChallenger in particular, and I for one simply never wish to view it again. Instead, from time to time, I chose to visit the Challenger Memorial in Houston, while it was still there. I have also visited the Apollo 1 Memorial at Cape Canaveral, and the Columbia Memorial in Arlington.While there are many…
  • Star Talk Radio Live!

    19 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Star Talk Radio is on the road again! And this week, Bill Nye The Science Guy will be hosting Neil deGrasse Tyson's usual gig in Los Angeles and San Francisco!  Lucky, lucky audiences in California.Okay, okay, don't say it... if it's Star Talk Radio LIVE and ONSTAGE, it's... not.. exactly RADIO. But who's quibbling with the best radio show and podcast around?StarTalk, from Curved Light Productions, is the first (and still only) popular commercial radio broadcast devoted to space exploration, the search for life in the universe, astrophysics, and cosmology -- and they manage to make all…
  • Moon Musings

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    A stunning anniversary just passed, and it's been on my mind all weekend.On December 19, 1972, upon the splashdown return of Apollo 17, there were 12 men on planet Earth who knew what it was like to walk on the surface of our Moon. This fact remained true for true for 18 years and 7 months.Then, in August 1991, James Irwin (Apollo 15) died of a heart attack at age 61.In 1998, Alan Shepard (Apollo 14) died of leukemia at age 74.In 1999, Pete Conrad (Apollo 12) was killed in a motorcycle crash at age 69.In 2012, Neil Armstrong (Apollo 11) died of heart failure at age 82.Today, there are 8 men…
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  • Landing Region Chosen for InSight at T-Minus One Year to Red Planet Launch

    Ken Kremer
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:16 pm
    In the weeks after NASA’s InSight mission reaches Mars in September 2016, the lander’s arm will lift two science instruments off the deck and place them onto the ground. This image shows testing of InSight’s robotic arm at JPL about two years before it will perform these tasks on Mars. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech At T-minus [...]
  • Chandra X-Ray Observatory Continues to Unfold Secrets of Universe

    Emily Carney
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:25 am
    From NASA: “A newly discovered object in the galaxy NGC 2276 may prove to be an important black hole that helps fill in the evolutionary story of these exotic objects. This source , known as NGC2276-3c, is likely an intermediate-mass black hole with about 50,000 times the mass of the Sun. The main graphic [...]
  • ‘Life Not As We Know It': New Research Shows How Exotic Biology May Be Possible on Titan

    Paul Scott Anderson
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Illustration of methane rainfall and lake on Titan. New research suggests exotic forms of life could be possible in this alien environment. Image Credit: Mark Garlick ( The search for life elsewhere has long focused on what we are most familiar with on Earth—in other words, “life as we know it,” or organisms which [...]
  • First Mission to Dwarf Planet Set for Ceres Arrival, Sees Surprising ‘Bright Spots’ Beyond Compare

    Ken Kremer
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:31 am
    Ceres awaits Dawn with two totally unique bright spots inside crater. Ceres rotates in this sped-up movie comprised of images taken by NASA’s Dawn mission during its approach to the dwarf planet. The images were taken on Feb. 19, 2015, from a distance of nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers). Dawn observed Ceres for a [...]
  • The Coming of SMAP, Part Two: SMAP, Aquarius, and Our Planet’s Water Cycle

    Chris Howell
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:52 am
    The launch of NASA’s latest Earth Science mission, the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission, atop a United Launch Alliance Delta-II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on Jan. 31, 2015. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace Story and Interviews by Chris Howell, with: Dr. Simon Yueh, JPL SMAP Senior Research Scientist Dr. [...]
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    Space Industry News

  • Breathtaking First images from Indian Mars Orbiter Spacecraft

    William W.
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:36 pm
    India has released its first images from the Mars Orbiter Spacecraft and they are absolutely fantastic. About the mission: “Marking India’s first venture into the interplanetary space, MOM will explore and observe Mars surface features, morphology, mineralogy and the Martian atmosphere. Further, a specific search for methane in the Martian atmosphere will provide information about the possibility or the past existence of life on the planet. The enormous distances involved in interplanetary missions present a demanding challenge; developing and mastering the technologies essential…
  • Dartmouth Scientists Show New Evidence That Comet Killed Dinosaurs, Not Asteroid

    William W.
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:55 am
    Some 66 million years ago, a giant hurtling mass killed off almost all the dinosaurs and around 70 percent of all other species living on Earth.  Most scientists think that the extinction event was an asteroid. Professors Jason Moore and Mukul Sharma of the Department of Earth Sciences at Dartmouth in New Hampshire say that a high-velocity comet killed off the dinosaurs. (Image: Don Davis/NASA) The asteroid impact extinction theory began with discoveries by the late physicist and Nobel Laureate Luis Alvarez and his son, the geologist Walter Alvarez, a professor at the University of…
  • European Rover Challenge 2015 and Space Days in Poland

    William W.
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:35 pm
    The Space Days Poland conference and the second edition of the European Rover Challenge will take place on 3 – 6 September in Poland. „This is an important event for the space sector in Poland and a great opportunity to present the potential of the engineering staff as well as the achievements of students” evaluates Grażyna Henclewska, Deputy Minister of Economy in Poland. Space Days Poland 2015 is an event which will gather representatives of foreign markets interested in establishing business relations with Polish companies operating in the space sector. The conference will also be…
  • Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Still Shrinking

    21 Feb 2015 | 8:01 am
    The famous “Great Red Spot” is at its smallest size ever, according to recent measurements by the Hubble Space Telescope. These observations show that the Great Red Spot has shrunk to 10250 miles across. The Great Red Spot on Jupiter was first discovered by Gian Cassini in 1665. In the 1800s, the Spot was reportedly two and a half times larger, so it has noticeably been shrinking for a long time. In 1995, Hubble observed the Spot to be approximately 13000 miles, and in 2009, about 11000. Astronomers have projected that the minimum lifetime of the Spot is 300-400 years; although…
  • Last ATV reentry leaves legacy for future space exploration

    ESA Press Release
    21 Feb 2015 | 7:55 am
    ESA’s fifth automated cargo ferry completed its mission to the International Space Station today when it reentered the atmosphere and burned up safely over an uninhabited area of the southern Pacific Ocean. The end of the mission as the craft broke up as planned at about 18:04 GMT (19:04 CET) marks the end of the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) programme. The programme has served the Station with the most complex space vehicle ever developed in Europe, achieving five launches in six years following its 2008 debut. ATVs delivered more than 31 500 kg of supplies over the course of their…
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    Space Facts

  • Dawn Mission & Spacecraft Facts

    18 Feb 2015 | 12:22 pm
    NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is on a mission to explore the two largest objects in the asteroid belt the asteroid Vesta and the dwarf planet Ceres, gathering data relating to their composition, internal structure, density and shape. The main objectives of the mission are to gather data to aid further understanding of the role that size and water […] The post Dawn Mission & Spacecraft Facts appeared first on Space Facts.
  • Sombrero Facts

    12 Feb 2015 | 2:24 pm
    The Sombrero Galaxy is one of the most unusual looking barred spiral galaxies visible from Earth. Its bright nucleus, large central bulge and spiral arms threaded through with a thick dust lane make it look a little like a hat from Mexico. The dust lane is a ring that circles the bulge of the galaxy, and […] The post Sombrero Facts appeared first on Space Facts.
  • Milky Way Facts

    12 Feb 2015 | 1:54 pm
    The Milky Way Galaxy is our home galaxy in the universe. It is a fairly typical barred spiral with four major arms in its disk, at least one spur, and a newly discovered outer arm. The galactic centre, which is located about 26,000 light-years from Earth, contains at least one supermassive black hole (called Sagittarius […] The post Milky Way Facts appeared first on Space Facts.
  • Magellanic Clouds Facts

    5 Feb 2015 | 11:20 am
    The Large Magellanic cloud is a nearby galaxy once considered to be an irregular type until astronomers studied it more closely. It now turns out to be an irregular with a bar across its heart. It may once have been a spiral. The LMC (as it is known) is visible in Earth’s Southern Hemisphere skies, […] The post Magellanic Clouds Facts appeared first on Space Facts.
  • M87 Facts

    5 Feb 2015 | 11:10 am
    The massive galaxy M87 is the most spectacular example of an elliptical galaxy we can see from Earth. The most fascinating feature of this galaxy is its jet, which is visible in optical light as well as x-rays and radio emissions. The jet extends from the central supermassive black hole of the galaxy and reaches […] The post M87 Facts appeared first on Space Facts.
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    Space Safety Magazine

  • Progress 58 Booster Captured in Very Low Orbit

    Ralf Vandebergh
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:06 pm
    The Soyuz upper stage of the recent Progress 58 launch on February 17 passed a day later at just 166 kilometers above the ground with an angular speed of more then 2 degrees per second, rawly twice the angular speed of the ISS. The booster reentered the Earth atmosphere 10 hours later. The object was tumbling... Read more → The post Progress 58 Booster Captured in Very Low Orbit from Ralf Vandebergh appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • Space Economy Trends in the United States and Europe

    Violetta Orban
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    USA and Europe are two major actors in the international space arena. Considering their relevant engagement in space, the analysis of the industrial scenarios, projects and budgetary lines of the USA and Europe aims at outlining their role in global space economy to better understand the current and future trends of the sector at international... Read more → The post Space Economy Trends in the United States and Europe from Violetta Orban appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • Houston? Where is the closest Hospital?

    Antoine Amrouni-Keiling
    20 Feb 2015 | 6:26 am
    In several episodes of the Star Trek series, Dr. McCoy, the very crude chief medical officer onboard the USS Entreprise, refers to medical professionals of our times as people from the dark ages, far from the extraordinary capabilities of the doctor’s medical bay. While Dr. McCoy might show disdain in the way our medicine operates,... Read more → The post Houston? Where is the closest Hospital? from Antoine Amrouni-Keiling appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • Safe May Not Be an Option, but Risk Mitigation Is

    Guest Author
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:18 am
    In 2013, Rand Simberg published “Safe Is Not an Option: Overcoming The Futile Obsession With Getting Everyone Back Alive That Is Killing Our Expansion Into Space.” This article from Mike Fodroci is a response to the author. Rand Simberg thinks we’re wimps. Or at least the people in charge of space exploration, who, he implies, should... Read more → The post Safe May Not Be an Option, but Risk Mitigation Is from Guest Author appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • Interplanetary Contamination and Extraterrestrial Life

    Lauren Napier, Sebastian Hettrich
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Interplanetary Contamination is the introduction of biological material from one planetary body (planet, moon, asteroid) to another. Biological material can be everything from simple organic carbon molecules via parts of genetic code or proteins up to full microbial life forms. Astrobiology, an interdisciplinary field that also deals with contamination, studies two types of contamination: Forward... Read more → The post Interplanetary Contamination and Extraterrestrial Life from Lauren Napier, Sebastian Hettrich appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
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    What Is Universe?

  • Apocalypse

    18 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    What are the global killers going to be? How, if at all, can we prepare for those? And can we safely make some assumptions about their possibility, without in actual fact inducing a premature panic for their probability?
  • Moon Landings

    1 Feb 2015 | 12:10 am
    The Moon Landings. Real thing or reel hoax?
  • Spy-fi

    25 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    The first of many. A writer and a scientist debate the merits of Iron Man, James Bond, and Star Wars for 2015.
  • Cosmic Evolution

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    13.8 billion years ago the Universe was initially significantly smaller than even a pore on your skin. With the Big Bang, the fabric of space itself began expanding like the surface of an inflating balloon.
  • Apocalypse in 20 Ways 2

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Man’s apocalypse could be an ongoing state. In fact, it might even have started already, as you read this piece. Stephen Hawking is worried; Elon Musk is worried. You should be, too.
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