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  • NASA and New Horizons team pick post-Pluto target … and serve up an awesome video

    Universe Today
    Alan Boyle
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:34 pm
    An artist’s conception shows the New Horizons spacecraft flying past a Pluto-like object in the Kuiper Belt, the ring of icy material that lies billions of miles away from the sun. (Credit: Alex Parker / NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI) NASA and the science team behind the New Horizons mission to Pluto and beyond have settled on the popular choice for the spacecraft’s next flyby: It’s 2014 MU69, an icy object a billion miles beyond Pluto that’s thought to be less than 30 miles (45 kilometers) wide. (...)Read the rest of NASA and New Horizons team pick post-Pluto target … and…
  • Don't make us hitch rides with Russia: NASA chief

    Space News From SpaceDaily.Com
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Washington (AFP) Aug 28, 2015 The head of NASA appealed to Congress on Friday to put more money into restoring America's ability to send astronauts into space instead of relying on Russian rockets. In an open letter, published in Wired magazine and titled "Don't Make Us Hitch Rides With Russia. Love, NASA," Charles Bolden said the US government has essentially funded Moscow instead of pouring money into its own aerospace
  • Watch Where You Point That ‘Scope: Police Mistake Telescope for a Gun

    Universe Today
    Nancy Atkinson
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:02 am
    Levi Joraanstad, a student at North Dakota State University displays his telescope, which police mistook for a rifle. Image via WDAY TV, Fargo, North Dakota. One more thing amateur astronomers might need to worry about besides clouds, bugs, and trying to fix equipment malfunctions in the dark – and this one’s a little more serious. (...)Read the rest of Watch Where You Point That ‘Scope: Police Mistake Telescope for a Gun (496 words) © nancy for Universe Today, 2015. | Permalink | 12 comments | Post tags: amateur astronomy, Telescopes Feed enhanced by Better Feed from Ozh
  • NASA Pays For Decision Making Advice On A Decision It Already Made

    NASA Watch
    Keith Cowing
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:39 pm
    Innovative Study Supports Asteroid Initiative, Journey To Mars "NASA employed ECAST to engage in a "participatory technology assessment," an engagement model that seeks to improve the outcomes of science and technology decision-making through dialog with informed citizens. Participatory technology assessment involves engaging a group of non-experts who are representative of the general population but who unlike political, academic, and industry stakeholders who are often under represented in technology-related policymaking. ... During meetings in Phoenix and Boston in November, 2014,…
  • Quasar Nearest to Earth Harbors Two Supermassive Black Holes

    The Daily Galaxy --Great Discoveries Channel: Sci, Space, Tech
    dailygalaxy.com
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:46 am
    Astrophysicists have found two supermassive black holes in Markarian 231, the nearest quasar to Earth, using observations from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The discovery of two supermassive black holes--one larger one and a second, smaller one--are evidence of a binary black hole and suggests that supermassive black holes assemble their masses through violent mergers. Xinyu Dai of Oklahoma University , collaborated on this project with Youjun Lu of the National Astronomical Observatories of China, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dai and Lu looked at ultraviolet radiation emitted from the…
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  • Vertis Aviation Adds Challenger 604 to Its Fleet In Qatar

    1 Sep 2015 | 1:00 am
    Vertis Aviation, based in Switzerland, has added a Doha, Qatar-based Bombardier Challenger 604 to its managed fleet of aircraft. The Challenger 604 is a new model for the company and complements the larger Boeing Business Jet managed by Vertis out of Dubai, the company said. read more
  • Cirrus on SF50 Track

    1 Sep 2015 | 1:00 am
    Cirrus Aircraft officials say the Vision SF50 personal jet is on track for certification by the end of this year. In the meantime, the company is adding a finishing and detail center in Duluth, Minnesota, and a new “Vision Center” in Knoxville, Tennessee, which will focus on training, deliveries, service, sales and marketing. In addition, the company is phasing in a new manufacturing system for the SF50 to take advantage of the benefits of robotics, which it calls the “Electronic Manufacturing Execution System.”  read more
  • International Clearance Services Returns to VNY

    1 Sep 2015 | 1:00 am
    Van Nuys Airport (VNY) and Signature Flight Support hosted an open house celebrating the grand opening of the new 1,528-sq.-ft. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility. Since its opening on May 21, 2015, more than 75 international flights have been successfully cleared, providing direct benefits for business travelers, the local economy, and reducing airspace congestion in Southern California.  read more
  • EAA Highlights

    1 Sep 2015 | 1:00 am
    ​Those who regard the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) annual AirVenture, held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, as America’s national air show, need only point to the tallies of this year’s gathering, held July 19-26, as proof: read more
  • FL Technics, B&H Worldwide Expand Parts Stock

    1 Sep 2015 | 1:00 am
    FL Technics has formed a cooperation with B&H Worldwide. FL Technics provides aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services. The partnership will cut delivery time in half, the company said. FL Technics’s main warehouse, based in Lithuania, manages aircraft spare-part stock in the U.K., Malaysia, Poland, Russia and the U.S. The agreement with B&H gives the company more warehousing capacity, inventory inspection and customs-clearance support. The extended London-based stock will include up to 1,500 part numbers. read more
 
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    Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense

  • Boeing introduces portable laser weapon capable of destroying drones

    29 Aug 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Chicago (UPI) Aug 28, 2015 Boeing this week introduced its Compact Laser Weapons System, a portable device capable of using an invisible laser to take down targets several hundreds of meters away. The aerospace company designed the device to focus energy on a small enough spot to heat and destroy targets, including moving ones, like drones. "Think of it like a welding torch being put on target but from man
  • Pentagon joins Silicon Valley in 'flexible' tech hub

    29 Aug 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Washington (AFP) Aug 28, 2015 The Pentagon is building a tech hub in Silicon Valley to help create new gadgetry for the supersoldiers of the future as well as tech-savvy consumers. A plan unveiled Friday called for a new Manufacturing Innovation Institute to be based in San Jose, California to work on new kinds of flexible technology that can be used both on the battlefield or for civilian health, smart homes and cities.
  • Russian Defense Ministry to use updated GLONASS GPS by 2016

    29 Aug 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Zhukovsky (Sputnik) Aug 26, 2015 The developer's CEO said that the renewed GLONASS version will have significant changes. Russia's GLONASS satellite navigation network, updated in compliance with the Russian Defense Ministry requirements, will be made available for use by the ministry by the end of 2015, the CEO of the developing company Russian Space Systems said Tuesday. "Just the other day the [Russian] Aerospace
  • China's Xi, Obama aide hint at underlying tensions ahead of summit

    29 Aug 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Beijing (AFP) Aug 28, 2015 Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama's key national security aide hinted at tensions that divide their countries on Friday ahead of a state visit to Washington by Xi. Meeting in Beijing with US national security adviser Susan Rice, Xi said that he looks forward to continuing a dialogue with Obama next month and working to ensure that China-US relations keep expanding.
  • Russian Il-76 'Gravity Defying' Aircraft Outperforms Competitors

    29 Aug 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 24, 2015 The unique Il-76 MDK arrived in the city of Zhukovskiy outside Moscow to participate in the MAKS 2015 aviation and space show. At first glance this aircraft looks like a typical military transport plane but in fact it is a complete flying laboratory which outperforms its foreign competitors in technical capabilities. The equipment aboard the plane is used to create artificial zero gr
 
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  • Pentagon: JCS Chair’s Testimony Didn’t Imply F-35 Review | Russia: Our Stealth Fighter Can Fit Weapons Inside | DoD Lays Down Law on Reporting Data Breaches

    Editorial Staff
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Americas The Pentagon is codifying how and when defense contractors must report data breaches. Lockheed is reportedly working on a U2 replacement. To be optionally manned, which is less apt to offend either pilot officers or policy wonks. A new U2 could well see improvement in either stealth capabilities or operation costs, but not likely both. Since the new effort comes from the Skunkworks shop, stealth is almost certainly the objective. Textron’s loss of the Sikorsky deal has been interpreted by Wall Street as a major setback now in the context of poor performance from its Bell…
  • PAK-FA/FGFA/T50: Russia Pressing on with T-50, India or No

    Joe Katzman
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:45 pm
    PAK-FA at MAKS-2011(click to view larger) Russia wants a “5th generation” fighter that keeps it competitive with American offerings, and builds on previous aerial and industrial success. India wants to maintain technical superiority over its rivals, and grow its aerospace industry’s capabilities. They hope to work together, and succeed. Will they? And what does “success” mean, exactly? So far, preliminary cooperation agreements have been signed between Sukhoi/United Aircraft Corporation, for a platform based on Sukhoi’s T50/PAK-FA design. This DID FOCUS…
  • JLTV: Oshkosh Wins, But May Not be Uncontested

    Joe Katzman
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Ultra APV demonstrator(click to view full) In an age of non-linear warfare, where front lines are nebulous at best and non-existent at worst, one of the biggest casualties is… the concept of unprotected rear echelon vehicles, designed with the idea that they’d never see serious combat. That imperative is being driven home on 2 fronts. One front is operational. The other front is buying trends. These trends, and their design imperatives, found their way into the USA’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program, which aims to replace many of the US military’s 120,000 or…
  • Oshkosh Takes JLTV Competition | Air Force Keeps ‘Em Guessing on A-10 | More Nations Interested in French Heli Carriers

    Editorial Staff
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Americas Oshkosh won one of the largest land forces defense contracts ever, taking the $30 billion JLTV contract. The initial order for 17,000 vehicles will start replacing Humvees in fiscal 2016 and really ramp in 2018. Runner ups were Lockheed and AM General. In what is perhaps the biggest reality perception difference between the Air Force and the rest of the military and civilian government, the Air Force has been working hard to shut down the A-10 program, maintaining that the close air support stalwart isn’t earning its keep. The several billion dollars saved would go to more F-35…
  • Saudis, Egypt – and now Malaysia Intent on Russians French Mistrals

    Joe Katzman
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:35 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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    Space News From SpaceDaily.Com

  • Don't make us hitch rides with Russia: NASA chief

    29 Aug 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Washington (AFP) Aug 28, 2015 The head of NASA appealed to Congress on Friday to put more money into restoring America's ability to send astronauts into space instead of relying on Russian rockets. In an open letter, published in Wired magazine and titled "Don't Make Us Hitch Rides With Russia. Love, NASA," Charles Bolden said the US government has essentially funded Moscow instead of pouring money into its own aerospace
  • HI-SEAS launches year-long isolation experiment to mimic life on Mars

    29 Aug 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Mauna Loa, Hawaii (UPI) Aug 29, 2015 Six scientists have begun a yearlong isolation experiment from within a small dome to mimic life on Mars. The latest Hawai'i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) mission commenced Friday, Aug. 28, and is part of ongoing research at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, funded by NASA, to test the limits of long-duration space exploration. The team, including Sheyna Gifford, Tri
  • Russia Gets Ready for New Moon Landing

    29 Aug 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 29, 2015 Russia's Space Research Institute is building a space probe to send to the Moon, which will allow Russian scientists to carry out scientific research on the Moon's surface for the first time since unmanned Soviet spacecraft landed there in the 1970s. The Russian Space Research Institute has given Gazeta.ru an exclusive look at the engineering of the Russian space probe which will be the fi
  • Russia launches Proton rocket with British satellite

    29 Aug 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Moscow (AFP) Aug 28, 2015 Russia on Friday successfully launched a Proton rocket with a British satellite in the first such launch since an engine failure in May resulted in a Mexican satellite being destroyed. A Proton-M rocket carrying an Inmarsat-5 F3 communications satellite launched from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1144 GMT as scheduled, Russia's space agency said. "The launch went as planned," spok
  • Interstellar seeds could create oases of life

    29 Aug 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Boston MA (SPX) Aug 29, 2015 We only have one example of a planet with life: Earth. But within the next generation, it should become possible to detect signs of life on planets orbiting distant stars. If we find alien life, new questions will arise. For example, did that life arise spontaneously? Or could it have spread from elsewhere? If life crossed the vast gulf of interstellar space long ago, how would we tell? Ne
 
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    Science@NASA Headline News

  • The Hidden Meltdown of Greenland

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:50 am
    NASA-supported researchers have found that ice covering Greenland is melting faster than previously thought.
  • A Good Year for Perseid Meteors

    10 Aug 2015 | 11:24 pm
    This week, Earth passes through a stream of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, source of the annual Perseid meteor shower. Forecasters say the show could be especially good this year because the Moon is nearly new when the shower peaks on Aug. 12-13.
  • Summer Blue Moon

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

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

    10 Jul 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Advances in the understanding of how fluids behave in low gravity is a key to an excellent cup of coffee in space.
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    Universe Today

  • NASA Tests Orion’s Fate During Parachute Failure Scenario

    Ken Kremer
    30 Aug 2015 | 12:22 pm
    A test version of NASA’s Orion spacecraft successfully landed under two main parachutes in the Arizona desert Aug. 26, 2015 at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground. Credit: NASA What would happen to the astronaut crews aboard NASA’s Orion deep space capsule in the event of parachute failures in the final moments before splashdown upon returning from weeks to years long forays to the Moon, Asteroids or Mars? NASA teams are evaluating Orion’s fate under multiple scenarios in case certain of(...)Read the rest of NASA Tests Orion’s Fate During Parachute Failure Scenario (785…
  • Eclipse By Fire! Smoky Haze Pervades Night Sky, Darkens Moon

    Bob King
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:15 am
    The Full Moon at 10:30 p.m. last night (Aug. 29). Even at 25 degrees altitude, it glowed a deep, dark orange caused by heavy smoke from western forest fires. Credit: Bob King Did you see the Moon last night? I walked outside at 10:30 p.m. and was stunned to see a dark, burnt-orange Full Moon as if September’s eclipse had arrived a month early. Why? Heavy smoke from forest fires in Washington, California and Montana has now spread to cover nearly half the country in a smoky pall, soaking up starlight and muting the moonlight. If this is what global warming has in store for us,…
  • Watch Where You Point That ‘Scope: Police Mistake Telescope for a Gun

    Nancy Atkinson
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:02 am
    Levi Joraanstad, a student at North Dakota State University displays his telescope, which police mistook for a rifle. Image via WDAY TV, Fargo, North Dakota. One more thing amateur astronomers might need to worry about besides clouds, bugs, and trying to fix equipment malfunctions in the dark – and this one’s a little more serious. (...)Read the rest of Watch Where You Point That ‘Scope: Police Mistake Telescope for a Gun (496 words) © nancy for Universe Today, 2015. | Permalink | 12 comments | Post tags: amateur astronomy, Telescopes Feed enhanced by Better Feed from Ozh
  • NASA and New Horizons team pick post-Pluto target … and serve up an awesome video

    Alan Boyle
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:34 pm
    An artist’s conception shows the New Horizons spacecraft flying past a Pluto-like object in the Kuiper Belt, the ring of icy material that lies billions of miles away from the sun. (Credit: Alex Parker / NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI) NASA and the science team behind the New Horizons mission to Pluto and beyond have settled on the popular choice for the spacecraft’s next flyby: It’s 2014 MU69, an icy object a billion miles beyond Pluto that’s thought to be less than 30 miles (45 kilometers) wide. (...)Read the rest of NASA and New Horizons team pick post-Pluto target … and…
  • August Full Moon Anticipates September’s Total Lunar Eclipse

    Bob King
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:35 am
    A Full Moon in all its horizontal glory. When near the horizon, refraction squeezes the lunar disk into an oval. Scattering removes the shorter wavelengths of white light, coloring the Moon a rich red or orange. Credit: Bob King Who doesn’t love a Full Moon? Occurring about once a month, they never wear out their welcome. Each one becomes a special event to anticipate. In the summer months, when the Moon rises through the sultry haze, atmosphere and aerosols scatter away so much blue light and green light from its disk, the Moon glows an enticing orange or red.(...)Read the rest of…
 
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    The Space Review

  • CubeSats to Mars and beyond

    24 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    As CubeSats take on an wider range of missions in Earth orbit, some are looking at how such small spacecraft could be used on interplanetary missions. Jeff Foust reports on those efforts discussed at a recent conference, from serving as a communications relay for a Mars lander mission to being Mars landers themselves.
  • Second horizon

    24 Aug 2015 | 3:59 am
    Long before New Horizons lifted off on its mission to Pluto, the project team was proposing the development of a second, similar spacecraft. Dwayne Day discusses that proposal and what happened to it at NASA and in the halls of Congress.
  • Major unfinished business in the the US space program

    24 Aug 2015 | 3:58 am
    With less than 18 months left in the current Presidential administration, some argue there's little chance of major new space initiatives from the White House in that time. However, Vid Beldavs, in an open letter to the President, asks him to support a new emphasis on lunar exploration in cooperation with international and commercial partners.
  • The risks of Mars

    24 Aug 2015 | 3:57 am
    Many people consider a human mission to Mars with trepidation given the risks involved, including the potential loss of life. Frank Stratford argues that humanity needs to accept and even embrace those risks, given the much greater benefits such missions offer.
  • Review: Moonshots and Snapshots of Project Apollo

    24 Aug 2015 | 3:56 am
    The history of the Apollo program has been told time and time again, often using the same familiar set of images. Jeff Foust reviews a book that, like a similar one on Mercury and Gemini, dips into archives for some rare glimpses of those missions.
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    NASA Watch

  • NASA Pays For Decision Making Advice On A Decision It Already Made

    Keith Cowing
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:39 pm
    Innovative Study Supports Asteroid Initiative, Journey To Mars "NASA employed ECAST to engage in a "participatory technology assessment," an engagement model that seeks to improve the outcomes of science and technology decision-making through dialog with informed citizens. Participatory technology assessment involves engaging a group of non-experts who are representative of the general population but who unlike political, academic, and industry stakeholders who are often under represented in technology-related policymaking. ... During meetings in Phoenix and Boston in November, 2014,…
  • Congress Kicks The Commercial Crew Can Down The Road

    Keith Cowing
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:58 am
    Congress, Don't Make Us Hitch Rides With Russia. Love, NASA, Charlie Bolden via Wired "Saturday will mark 1,500 days since the Space Shuttle touched down for the final time. Grounding human spaceflights was always supposed to be temporary as we made the necessary transition to a new generation of spacecraft, operated by American commercial carriers. Likewise, paying for seats on Russian spacecraft to send our astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) was always intended to be a stopgap. Had Congress adequately funded President Obama's Commercial Crew proposal, we could have been…
  • Precision Product Placement by NASA With Global Reach (Update)

    Keith Cowing
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Keith's note: Released 20 Aug 2015. Lots of NASA logos, hardware, facilities seen by 7,756,789 15,747,636 18,164,860 21,272,171 29,390,085 young viewers so far. Priceless. NASA just hit a home run in terms of being in front of millions of eyeballs. A tweet was sent to 24,700,000 @OneDirection followers and was subsequently retweeted/favorited 77,000 times. @NASA also sent a tweet to its 11,900,000 followers which was then retweeted/favorited 50,000 times. Since there is likely minor overlap between @OneDirection and @NASA you can safely assume that the reach was additive i.e. more than 36.6…
  • Future Version of Neil Tyson Promotes "The Martian"

    Keith Cowing
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:19 pm
    @NeilTyson did a @MartianMovie mockumentary. That must mean he won't dump on the movie right? https://t.co/yJRXU8Z4nE— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) August 28, 2015 We Get It Neil Tyson: You Hated "Gravity" (Update), earlier post
  • A Novel Way To Track The Space Station

    Keith Cowing
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:40 pm
    Point the Way to the International Space Station with This DIY Orbit Tracker, Make "Given the International Space Station's host of superlatives (i.e. most expensive man made structure, largest artificial body in Earth's orbit, longest functioning habitable satellite, greatest engineering accomplishment of all time, coolest flying space laboratory, etc.), you'd think that it would be on our minds constantly. Yet many of us go hours, even days, without thinking about it once. There's a growing movement of people who believe that our space agencies are underfunded because humanity is just not…
 
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    EurekAlert! - Space and Planetary Science

  • NASA's GPM sees heavy rain in Hurricane Ignacio

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Hurricane Ignacio continued to strengthen as NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM core satellite analyzed its rainfall. Ignacio is forecast to move near Hawaii over the weekend of Aug. 29 and 30.
  • Suomi NPP satellite sees rapidly intensifying Hurricane Jimena

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite flew over Hurricane Jimena in the Eastern Pacific and saw the strongest thunderstorms building up quickly, especially in the northern quadrant of the storm.
  • NASA sees comma shaped Tropical Storm Kilo

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Storm Kilo looks like a giant comma from space in imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite. Kilo continues to strengthen and was affecting Johnston Island as a tropical storm warning continued on Aug. 28.
  • Carnegie's Stephen Shectman to receive Muhlmann Award

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Carnegie Institution) Astronomer and instrumentation expert Stephen Shectman of the Carnegie Observatories has been selected to receive the Maria and Eric Muhlmann Award from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 'for important research results based upon development of groundbreaking instruments and techniques.' He will receive the prize in October.
  • NASA, NOAA satellites show Erika affecting Hispaniola

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Storm Erika was centered in the Eastern Caribbean Sea and affecting Puerto Rico and Hispaniola when NASA's Terra satellite passed overhead mid-day on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015.
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    collectSPACE Today In Space History

  • Orbiters inside out

    26 Aug 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Last week's removal of the water storage tanks from deep inside the space shuttle Endeavour is now complete at the California Science Center. Joined by the same tanks retrieved from inside the shuttle Atlantis in May, the reactivated artifacts are destined to be launched to the International Space Station to enhance the outpost's water supply system. This photo gallery provides a behind-the-scenes look at the water tanks' extraction.
  • '8 Days or Bust' +50

    24 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    NASA's third manned Gemini mission, which orbited the Earth half a century ago this week, set a world duration record while demonstrating that an astronaut crew could work in space long enough to fly to the moon and back. Gemini 5 crewmates Gordo Cooper and Pete Conrad also set another American first: designing and wearing the first mission patch. The emblem, featuring a covered wagon, also included a hastily hidden slogan.
  • Astronaut Wives 'Landing'

    21 Aug 2015 | 10:05 am
    "The Astronaut Wives Club," ABC's 10-part series about the spouses of America's first spacemen, came to its end on Thursday night (Aug. 20) with a finale titled "Landing." Set between the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing and the problem-plagued Apollo 13 mission in 1970, the episode included the only cameo by a real Astro-family member, Apollo 14 astronaut Stu Roosa's daughter, Rosemary. How well did the tenth episode follow space history? A look at some of the "A-OK!" and "Abort!" scenes from "The Astronaut Wives Club" conclusion.
  • Suits rebooted

    20 Aug 2015 | 10:05 am
    With almost 9,500 backers donating nearly $720,000, the Smithsonian's first Kickstarter campaign has succeeded at funding not just the conservation and display of Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit worn on the moon, which was the crowd-funding effort's original goal, but also Alan Shepard's silver Mercury spacesuit that he wore on the first American crewed spaceflight. For their pledges, backers of the "Reboot the Suit" campaign will be updated about the conservation work as it progresses.
  • Taking Endeavour's tanks

    17 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Visitors touring the California Science Center this week may notice space shuttle Endeavour's crew hatch open. Beginning Monday (Aug. 17), a NASA team will be working to remove Endeavour's water tanks from deep inside the retired orbiter so that they may be reused aboard the International Space Station. The tanks may help increase the amount of science being done by the astronauts working on the orbiting laboratory.
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    The Daily Galaxy --Great Discoveries Channel: Sci, Space, Tech

  • "A Billion Miles Beyond Pluto" -- NASA New Horizons to Probe Unexplored Kuiper Belt Objects

    dailygalaxy.com
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:50 am
    NASA has selected the potential next destination for the New Horizons mission to visit after its historic July 14 flyby of the Pluto system. The destination is a small Kuiper Belt object (KBO) known as 2014 MU69 that orbits nearly a billion miles beyond Pluto. This remote KBO was one of two identified as potential destinations and the one recommended to NASA by the New Horizons team. Although NASA has selected 2014 MU69 as the target, as part of its normal review process the agency will conduct a detailed assessment before officially approving the mission extension to conduct additional…
  • Harvard-Smithsonian CfA: "Did Life Spread Like an Epidemic Across the Vast Gulf of Interstellar Space?"

    dailygalaxy.com
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:50 am
    We only have one example of a planet with life: Earth. But within the next generation, it should become possible to detect signs of life on planets orbiting distant stars. If we find alien life, new questions will arise. For example, did that life arise spontaneously? Or could it have spread from elsewhere? If life crossed the vast gulf of interstellar space long ago, how would we tell? New research by Harvard astrophysicists shows that if life can travel between the stars (a process called panspermia), it would spread in a characteristic pattern that we could potentially identify. "In our…
  • Quasar Nearest to Earth Harbors Two Supermassive Black Holes

    dailygalaxy.com
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:46 am
    Astrophysicists have found two supermassive black holes in Markarian 231, the nearest quasar to Earth, using observations from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The discovery of two supermassive black holes--one larger one and a second, smaller one--are evidence of a binary black hole and suggests that supermassive black holes assemble their masses through violent mergers. Xinyu Dai of Oklahoma University , collaborated on this project with Youjun Lu of the National Astronomical Observatories of China, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dai and Lu looked at ultraviolet radiation emitted from the…
  • Cosmic Collision Triggers Rebirth of a "Radio Phoenix"

    dailygalaxy.com
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:31 am
    Astronomers have found evidence for a faded electron cloud "coming back to life," much like the mythical phoenix, after two galaxy clusters collided. This "radio phoenix," so-called because the high-energy electrons radiate primarily at radio frequencies, is found in Abell 1033. The system is located about 1.6 billion light years from Earth. By combining data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope in the Netherlands, NSF's Karl Jansky Very Large Array (VLA), and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), astronomers were able to recreate the scientific…
  • "Metamorphosis" --The Evolution of Galaxies: The Basic Building Block of the Observable Universe

    dailygalaxy.com
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:09 am
    A team of international scientists has shown for the first time that galaxies can change their structure over the course of their lifetime. By observing the sky as it is today, and peering back in time using the Hubble and Herschel telescopes, the team have shown that a large proportion of galaxies have undergone a major 'metamorphosis' since they were initially formed after the Big Bang. By providing the first direct evidence of the extent of this transformation, the team hope to shed light on the processes that caused these dramatic changes, and therefore gain a greater understanding of the…
 
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  • Icarus Interstellar Membership Program is LIVE

    Andreas Tziolas
    16 Aug 2015 | 11:29 am
    Icarus Interstellar “First 100″ Charter membership. Reward is for the First 100 enrolled members of Icarus Interstellar. All the First 100 will be known as Charter Members of Icarus Interstellar. Like ALL members of the Icarus Interstellar membership program—aka “Icarii”—Charter members will be assigned a personal enrollment number to be issued on first-come, first-serve basis and is permanent. Members enrollment numbers are given individually one-time and afterwards are non-recyclable. To make this process as fair and equal as possible to all NO ENROLLMENT NUMBERS…
  • Starship Congress 2015 Talk Schedule Announced

    Andreas Tziolas
    16 Aug 2015 | 9:32 am
    The technical program for Starship Congress 2015: Interstellar Hackathon have been announced and be found here: http://www.icarusinterstellar.org/sc2015-papers/ This list will be updated as we get closer to the time of the conference. There have been a number of changes which Hackathon topics will be announced later this week.  
  • SC15 Kickstarter is Live!

    Andreas Tziolas
    10 Aug 2015 | 5:59 am
    Our Kickstarter supporting Starship Congress has launched!   Starship Congress 2015 is one month away and we are doing everything to make #SC15HACK as unforgettable as SC2013.  Starship Congress 2015: Interstellar Hackathon works on many different levels. SC 2015 is designed to bring aerospace companies close to students so they pursue careers in aerospace, hopefully with interstellar exploration in the back of minds. We have a hackathon. We have a job fair. It is being held on a prestigious US university campus. To see this through we need the team and the resources to keep pushing.
  • New Horizons Co-Investigator Dr. Ralph McNutt to Present SC15 Keynote

    Andreas Tziolas
    10 Aug 2015 | 5:10 am
    We are very pleased to announce Dr. Ralph McNutt, Co-Investigator of New Horizons mission to Pluto (and beyond) will be presenting a Keynote at Starship Congress 2015: Interstellar Hackathon, discussing some background and potential plans for launching an interstellar precursor next decade. As one of the champions of Interstellar exploration at NASA, from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, he has been a member of Icarus Interstellar as a Consultant to Project Icarus, since the inception of the project in 2011. He has been the recipient of a NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts…
  • SC15: Call for Papers

    Andreas Tziolas
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:25 pm
    Call for Papers Abstract Submission Deadline: July 31st, 2015 Final Approval: August 1st, 2015 The Starship Congress organizing committee is inviting papers to the Technical Presentation session of the two day conference, on the topics generally related to:   TECHNICAL ADVANCES TOWARD INTERSTELLAR SPACE EXPLORATION Friday September 4th, 2015 New work currently underway with near term applications in technical fields relating to systems and methods relating to deep space exploration. Ideal papers would be actionable by student and stakeholder involvement, employment and participation in…
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    Pillow Astronaut

  • Aluminum Foiled Again

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

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

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

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

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

  • ‘A Heck of a Push’: 30 Years Since the Dramatic Rescue of Mission 51I (Part 2)

    Ben Evans
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    The sheer size of the 15,000-pound (6,800-kg) Leasat-3 satellite is illustrated in this view of James “Ox” van Hoften manhandling it into space on Mission 51I. Photo Credit: NASA For Dick Covey, the instant Space Shuttle Discovery broke the shackles of Earth on the cusp of daybreak on 27 August 1985 had been a [...]
  • Testing Panspermia: Searching for ‘Bubbles of Life’ in the Galaxy

    Paul Scott Anderson
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Does life spread through the galaxy like an infectious disease, with “bubbles” of inhabited planets? Image Credit: Harvard-Smithsonian CfA We still don’t know if there is life elsewhere in the universe, but scientists are working on techniques to better understand how it may have originated anyway, in the event that such alien biology is [...]
  • ‘Winging It’: 30 Years Since the Dramatic Rescue of Mission 51I (Part 1)

    Ben Evans
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    In a triumphant ending to a triumphant space salvage, James “Ox” van Hoften strikes a Charles Atlas pose on the end of the shuttle’s RMS mechanical arm, seemingly hoisting the world on his shoulders. Photo Credit: NASA When Discovery touched down at the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in [...]
  • Florida Institute of Technology to Form Buzz Aldrin Space Institute, As Aldrin Says ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’

    Emily Carney
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:07 pm
    Dr. Buzz Aldrin can now add professor and institute namesake to his many different “hats.” Photo Credit: James O. Davies. Astronaut, explorer, rocket scientist, American hero, and tireless STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) advocate … these are just a few things that describe Dr. Buzz Aldrin, second moonwalker and one of the world’s [...]
  • Seventh RS-25 Test Fire of 2015 Closes Out First SLS Main Engine Test Series

    Mike Killian
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:24 am
    The RS-25 engine fires up for a 535-second test Aug. 27, 2015 at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. This is the final in a series of seven tests for the development engine, which will provide NASA engineers critical data on the engine controller unit and inlet pressure conditions. Credits: NASA [...]
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    Space Facts

  • Triton Moon Facts

    Chris
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:41 am
    Triton is Neptune’s largest moon and is the only large moon in the solar system to orbit in the opposite direction to its planet’s rotation, this is known as a retrograde orbit. Moon Profile Diameter: 2706.8 km Mass: 2.14 x 10 ^ 22 lg Orbits: Neptune Average Distance from Neptune: 354,759 km Length of Orbit: -5.8 […] The post Triton Moon Facts appeared first on Space Facts.
  • Miranda Moon Facts

    Chris
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:29 am
    Miranda is the smallest of the rounded satellites of Uranus. It also orbits the closest of the five larger moons. It is named after one of the characters in Shakespeares play, “The Tempest”. It was also featured in Arthur C. Clark’s novel “2001: A Space Odyssey”. Moon Profile Diameter: 470 km Mass: 6.6 x 10 […] The post Miranda Moon Facts appeared first on Space Facts.
  • Titan Moon Facts

    Chris
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:13 am
    Titan is the largest moon in the Saturnian system and the second-largest moon in the solar system. If it were not orbiting Saturn, it might be considered a planet in its own right. It is covered with a thick atmosphere that some consider to be similar to that of early Earth. Moon Profile Diameter: 5,150 […] The post Titan Moon Facts appeared first on Space Facts.
  • Enceladus Moon Facts

    Chris
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:08 am
    Enceladus is the sixth-largest moon of Saturn and, after Titan, one of the most-studied worlds in the system. It was discovered in 1789 by William Herschel and named after the Greek mythological giant Enceladus. Moon Profile Dimensions: 504 km Mass: 1.08 x 10 ^20 kg Orbits: Saturn Average Distance from Saturn: 237,948 km Length of […] The post Enceladus Moon Facts appeared first on Space Facts.
  • Iapetus Moon Facts

    Chris
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:07 am
    Iapetus is an oddly-colored and shaped moon of Saturn. It is the third-largest moon in the system, and was discovered in 1671 by the astronomer Giovanni Domenico Cassini. Moon Profile Diameter: 1,469 km Mass: 1.8 x 10 ^ 21 kg Orbits: Saturn Average Distance from Saturn: 3,560,820 km Length of Orbit: 79.3 days Surface Temperature: […] The post Iapetus Moon Facts appeared first on Space Facts.
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    Space Safety Magazine

  • Behavioral Problems in Early Human Spaceflight

    Staff Writers
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Behavioral problems are some of the most significant risks to the integrity of a space mission. In particular on long duration missions. Living for months in a confined environment, with few comforts and a stressful job, may bring myriad psychological pressures. One additional factor might be the functioning of the brain itself. Recent studies have found... Read more → The post Behavioral Problems in Early Human Spaceflight from Staff Writers appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • Breaking the Mishap Chain: NASA Ebook

    Staff Writers
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:31 am
    This new NASA ebook contains a collection of case studies of mishaps involving experimental aircraft, aerospace vehicles, and spacecraft in which human factors played a significant role. In all cases the engineers involved, the leaders and managers, and the operators (i.e., pilots and astronauts) were supremely qualified and by all accounts superior performers. Such accidents... Read more → The post Breaking the Mishap Chain: NASA Ebook from Staff Writers appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • Rosetta Experts to Present Mission at International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem

    Staff Writers
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Press Release from the International Astronautical Federation The leaders of the famed Rosetta program will present their operational highlights during a special “highlight lecture” at the International Astronautical Congress(IAC) in Jerusalem October 12-16th. The International Rosetta mission is a cornerstone of the ESA scientific programme. For the first time in the history of spaceflight, Rosetta... Read more → The post Rosetta Experts to Present Mission at International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem from Staff Writers appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • Jurists to Convene for “Moot Court” On International Space Law

    Staff Writers
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:15 am
    In what promises to be a historic visit for Israel, three judges from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague have announced their planned participation in the prestigious Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition, a centerpiece of the annual colloquium held by the International Institute for Space Law (IISL) as part of... Read more → The post Jurists to Convene for “Moot Court” On International Space Law from Staff Writers appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • Press Clips Week 33-2015

    Staff Writers
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:13 am
    Launch of Japanese Cargo Mission Slips Due to Weather Inclement weather forecast at the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan has again caused a postponement of the launch of a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) H-IIB rocket. The new launch date is set for Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 7:50 a.m. EDT. The rocket will send... Read more → The post Press Clips Week 33-2015 from Staff Writers appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
 
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    The Universe Inside My Head

  • Our Greatest Delusion

    Dracomega1
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:13 pm
    I had to share this. This video puts into words feelings I couldn’t possibly begin to describe and does so …Continue reading →
  • For the Epidemically Lonely

    Dracomega1
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:01 pm
    We live today in a world of social ubiquity. Connected instantaneously to the world, we have become a generation known …Continue reading →
  • Why So Cynical?

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

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

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

  • Is The Universe Dying?

    thinkofspace
    12 Aug 2015 | 2:54 am
    Is our universe dying? An international team of scientists believe this is the case. They came to the conclusion after using the worlds most powerful telescopes to study the energy that has was emitted by some 200,000 galaxies. Our universe seems to be getting darker, currently the energy that stars and other celestial bodies produce is half of what it was 2 billion years ago. The light is also fading across all wavelengths the scientists have discovered. “The universe has basically sat down on the sofa, pulled up a blanket and is about to nod off for an eternal doze” –…
  • Nasa Shares The Universe – Tumblr Users |

    thinkofspace
    10 Aug 2015 | 3:50 am
    NASA is launching a Tumblr profile to share the universe with Tumblr users! To find out more, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-to-share-the-universe-with-tumblr-users   The post Nasa Shares The Universe – Tumblr Users | appeared first on thinkofspace.com.
  • Jupiter – New Observer Toolkit

    thinkofspace
    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

    thinkofspace
    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! The post Universe Facts appeared first on thinkofspace.com.
  • What is a Black Hole?

    thinkofspace
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    Source: JPL/NASA (http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA16695) 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…
 
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