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  • SpaceX Makes Strides Towards 1st Stage Falcon Rocket Recovery during Space Station Launch

    Universe Today
    Ken Kremer
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Blastoff of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on April 18, 2014. Credit: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace Story updated The powerful SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that launched successfully on a cargo delivery run for NASA bound for the Space Station on Friday, April 18, from Cape Canaveral, Fla, also had a key secondary objective for the company aimed at experimenting with eventually recovering the rockets first stage via the use of landing legs and leading to the boosters refurbishment and reuse further down the road. Marking a first of its kind test, this 20 story…
  • Triangle UFO photographed over Wichita, Kansas in February 2014

    Latest UFO sightings
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    New amazing video footage of a strange triangle – shaped UFO sighting recorded in the daytime sky above Wichita, Kansas in February 2014. Witness said: A man in Wichita, Kansas photographed a highly unusual, triangle-shaped craft flying across the sky in broad daylight.
  • Researchers bolster development of programmable quantum computers

    Space News From SpaceDaily.Com
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Chicago IL (SPX) Apr 17, 2014 University of Chicago researchers and their colleagues at University College London have performed a proof-of-concept experiment that will aid the future development of programmable quantum computers. Many complex problems are difficult and slow to solve using conventional computers, and over the last several years, research has grown steadily toward developing quantum computation. In part
  • What Does the Easter Bunny Have To Do With Easter?

    Discovery News
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Easter Sunday is a religious holiday to some and a family holiday for others, but how did the bunny get involved?
  • Prehistoric Heavy Machinery Of The Ancient Times Or Just A Piece Of Jewellery?
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Ancient societies had access to high technology and as an example that could support this assumption, we now mention an interesting gold object that was unearthed in Panama in the 1920s.
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    Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense

  • China faces 'most complex time in history' at home and abroad - Xi Jinping

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Moscow (Voice of Russia) Apr 19, 2014 Chinese President Xi Jinping held the first meeting of a new national security commission on Tuesday, saying China needed a coordinated approach to domestic and foreign challenges, including social unrest, in "the most complex time in history". China announced the formation of the commission in November at the end of a key party meeting to map out reforms, Reuters reports. Experts sa
  • ATK supplying hardware, composites for Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Arlington, Va. (UPI) Apr 18, 2013 Hardware and large composite structures for Phase 1 of the U.S. Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program are to be supplied by ATK. Included in the deal for EELVs the Air Force is procuring from United Launch Alliance is hardware for Atlas V and Delta IV launch vehicles. "ATK's continued involvement in the Atlas V and Delta IV launch vehicles is a strong demonstratio
  • Ukraine's pro-Russian militants hold firm despite accord

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Donetsk, Ukraine (AFP) April 18, 2014 Pro-Russian rebels stubbornly refused to cede control of a string of towns in eastern Ukraine on Friday, jeopardising a deal backed by the West and Russia meant to ease tensions and rejecting promises of concessions from Kiev. The refusal to budge came despite an unexpected diplomatic breakthrough Thursday worked out between Kiev, Moscow, Washington and Brussels following talks in Geneva to
  • Russian Rockets used by the US

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Bethesda MD (SPX) Apr 17, 2014 Since the end of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, U.S. and Russian relations have deteriorated significantly due to the Russia-Ukraine crisis. One of the important questions on many minds is: "What will be the impact of this crisis on the U.S. space program?" So far, joint U.S.-Russian activities related to the International Space Station (ISS) appear to be normal, i.e., NASA pays Rus
  • F-35 Fleet Surpasses 15,000 Flying Hours

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Fort Worth TX (SPX) Apr 19, 2014 The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fleet recently surpassed 15,000 flight hours, marking a major milestone for the program. "Flying 15,000 hours itself demonstrates that the program is maturing, but what I think is even more impressive is the fact that operational F-35s accounted for more than half of those flight hours," said J.D. McFarlan, Lockheed Martin's vice president for F-35 Tes
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    Discovery News

  • Improbable Resurrections: 5 Real Cases

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    In celebration of Easter and the resurrection of Christ, here are some stories of people being revived against all odds, including from rabies, coma, catatonic states and brain-eating amoebas.
  • DNews: Can We Grow Plants on Mars?

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    Last year, NASA announced that they had found water on Mars. This posed a question to scientists: Could we grow plants in the soil of Mars? Trace explains what is necessary to grow crops on Earth, and if Mars is able to sustain life.
  • DNews: Why People Believe Jesus Had a Wife

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:18 am
    It was recently announced that an ancient text claiming that Jesus had a wife was not forged. Ross Everett joins DNews to report on this new finding, and what discuss if it means anything to religion as we know it.
  • Tasty Tech Eye Candy Of The Week (Apr 20)

    20 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Tech does double duty this week, as we look at floating gardens that clean rivers, houses that produce oxygen and drones that create a Wi-Fi network.
  • What Does the Easter Bunny Have To Do With Easter?

    19 Apr 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Easter Sunday is a religious holiday to some and a family holiday for others, but how did the bunny get involved?
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    DID: Department of Defense News, Procurement, Acquisition & Contracting, National Security Policy

  • Australia’s Submarine Program in the Dock

    Joe Katzman
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:42 am
    Buoy oh buoy…(click to view full) The January 2010 failure of a generator aboard HMAS Farncomb was just the latest in a long history of problems faced by its fleet of 6 Collins Class diesel-electric submarines – which have sometimes been reduced to just 1 operational vessel. That readiness issue presents an immediate financial headache for Australia’s government, and adds a longer-term challenge to the centerpiece of Australia’s future naval force. With just 6 submarines in its fleet, Australia’s current deployment set-up leaves little room for error. Even a…
  • The JAS-39 Gripen: Sweden’s 4+ Generation Wild Card

    Joe Katzman
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
    South African JAS-39D(click to view full) As a neutral country with a long history of providing for its own defense against all comers, Sweden also has a long tradition of building excellent high-performance fighters with a distinctive look. From the long-serving Saab-35 Draken (“Dragon,” 1955-2005) to the Mach 2, canard-winged Saab-37 Viggen (“Thunderbolt,” 1971-2005), Swedish fighters have stressed short-field launch from dispersed/improvised air fields, world-class performance, and leading-edge design. This record of consistent project success is nothing short of…
  • West, Russia Jaw-Jaw Another Toothless Agreement over Ukraine

    Olivier Travers
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    BBC: Ukraine crisis: Deal to ‘de-escalate’ agreed in Geneva. USA Today: Obama skeptical over Ukraine deal. FT: Russia’s Vladimir Putin still has friends in the west. A fact Russia’s ITAR-TASS news agency is quick to highlight. CBS/AP: Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine thumb noses at interim deal. Kyiv Post: Security Service of Ukraine ramping up security operations in Kharkiv Oblast, plans to cordon off separatists in Donetsk. RIA Novosti: Russian Defense Ministry Placed $140M Order at Crimean Shipyard. Earlier this week the ministry had announced a $470M…
  • Taiwan’s Frigate Corruption Investigation: Can they Collect?

    Joe Katzman
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:47 am
    Kang Ding w. SH-60(click to view all) In 1991, Taiwan’s $2.8 billion buy of 6 Kang Ding Class multi-role stealth frigates from France, purchased the navy’s current high-end surface combatants. These ships are derivative of the Lafayette Class, which has been used as the base platform for several nations’ frigate designs – but they have critical weaknesses due to technologies not transferred to Taiwan. That’s not the only weakness associated with this purchase. A major bribery scandal involving hundreds of millions of dollars has percolated for several years…
  • Kongsberg’s New NSM/JSM Anti-Ship & Strike Missile

    Joe Katzman
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    NSM test launch(click to view full) Kongsberg’s stealthy new Naval Strike Missile (Nytt SjomalsMissil), which continues its development and testing program, has already shown potential in the crowded market for long-range ship attack and shore defense weapons. NSM’s Joint Strike Missile counterpart may have even more potential, as a longer-range air-launched naval and land strike complement to Kongsberg’s popular Penguin short-range anti-ship missile. The market for anti-ship missiles is a crowded one, and the distinction between anti-ship and precision land strike weapons…
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  • Look Deep Into the Universe

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    See Galaxies! What do you see if you look out at the universe? From Earth's surface, you see stars, planets, and galaxies. Of all these objects, galaxies are the most fascinating and evocative, but also tougher to spot in the sky than the others. Yes, there are a few naked-eye galaxies: the Andromeda Galaxy, and the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. If you want to be complete, of course the Milky Way Galaxy is extremely easy to spot, but only because we're IN it. Most other galaxies are outside ours and they require magnification (binoculars and telescopes) if you want to see more than fuzzy…
  • Cosmos for the Next Generation

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Are you watching Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey?  In the U.S., it airs on Sundays on Fox TV and on Mondays on National Geographic Channel. You can also see episodes online at For space enthusiasts, astronomers, and others simply interested in learning more about our universe, this program is the one to see. It's the next generation of a series begun by Dr. Carl Sagan in 1980, a series that set a whole generation of astronomers and science writers on their career paths....Read Full Post
  • Saturn May Have a New Moon

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Cassini Spots a New Object in Saturn's Rings If you're out stargazing over the next few months, at some point, you will notice the planet Saturn. On these April nights, it's rising late in the evening (right now around 10 p.m. or thereabouts), so you have to stay up to find it. But, it's well worth the look. The rings alone give this planet an otherworldly and fascinating appearance....Read Full Post
  • Watch the Moon Turn Red

    11 Apr 2014 | 4:18 am
    How the April 14-15, 2014 lunar eclipse could look during totality. The Moon will be near the bright star Spica. Created by Carolyn Collins Petersen using Stellarium open source software. Click image for a larger version.)...Read Full Post
  • A Black Hole Cannibal at the Milky Way’s Heart

    7 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    How Black Holes Grow For the past few years, astronomers have been watching with great interest as a cloud of gas called G2 gets ever closer to the black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. The cloud (shown in the image at left) is headed directly into Sagittarius A* (Sgr A* for short) and will get caught up in the accretion disk of material surrounding and feeding into our black hole. The collision is already starting to occur, although the largest mass of the cloud has not yet arrived at the disk. But, the outer edges are starting to feel the pull of the black hole and that is…
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    Space News From SpaceDaily.Com

  • Dragon supply capsule reaches the orbiting ISS

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Washington (AFP) April 20, 2014 The unmanned Dragon capsule from the private US firm SpaceX successfully reached the International Space Station Sunday, its third trip carrying supplies and equipment to the orbiting lab. NASA television broadcast live images of the ISS's 17.6 meter (57.7 foot) long robotic arm as it grabbed hold of the gumdrop-shaped capsule on schedule at 11:14 GMT. "Capture complete, congratulations
  • New Study Outlines 'Water World' Theory of Life's Origins

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 19, 2014 Life took root more than four billion years ago on our nascent Earth, a wetter and harsher place than now, bathed in sizzling ultraviolet rays. What started out as simple cells ultimately transformed into slime molds, frogs, elephants, humans and the rest of our planet's living kingdoms. How did it all begin? A new study from researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Cal
  • Researchers bolster development of programmable quantum computers

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Chicago IL (SPX) Apr 17, 2014 University of Chicago researchers and their colleagues at University College London have performed a proof-of-concept experiment that will aid the future development of programmable quantum computers. Many complex problems are difficult and slow to solve using conventional computers, and over the last several years, research has grown steadily toward developing quantum computation. In part
  • B3: the vitamin from outer space

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Greenbelt, Md. (UPI) Apr 18, 2013 Vitamin B3, also called nicotinic acid or niacin, is the precursor to nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) - vital to metabolism and a key to the development of ancient life. And though its possible B3 developed non-biologically on ancient Earth, scientists say it's likely carbon-rich meteorites peppering the planet millions of years ago offered an extra dose of niacin. In studying
  • Cork trees offer greener source of polyester

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Washington DC (SPX) Apr 17, 2014 On the scale of earth-friendly materials, you'd be hard pressed to find two that are farther apart than polyester (not at all) and cork (very). In an unexpected twist, however, scientists are figuring out how to extract a natural, waterproof, antibacterial version of the first material from the latter. Their new technique, which could have applications in medical devices, appears in the ACS jour
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    Science@NASA Headline News

  • Earth-Size Planet Found In The … ne' of Another Star

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet.
  • Unexpected Teleconnections in Noctilucent Clouds

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:33 pm
    NASA's AIM spacecraft is discovering unexpected "teleconnections" in Earth's atmosphere that link weather and climate across vast distances.
  • Possible New Moon Forming Around Saturn

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:33 pm
    NASA's Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet's known moons.
  • NASA to Conduct Unprecedented Twin Experiment

    10 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Next year, with the assistance of the world's only twin astronauts, NASA will conduct an unprecedented experiment in human biology. While one twin remains on the ground, the other will circle Earth onboard the International Space Station for a full year. Will the twins still be identical when they are re-united? The answer could help NASA make space travel safer for generations of astronauts to come.
  • Deep Ocean Detected Inside Saturn's Moon

    3 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    NASA's Cassini spacecraft and Deep Space Network have uncovered evidence that Saturn's moon Enceladus harbors a large underground ocean of liquid water, furthering scientific interest in the moon as a potential home to extraterrestrial microbes.
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    Universe Today

  • Easter Sunday Space Station Rendezvous and Berthing for SpaceX Dragon Freighter Succeessful

    Ken Kremer
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:28 am
    SpaceX Dragon resupply spacecraft arrives for successful berthing and docking at the International Space Station on Easter Sunday morning April 20, 2014. Credit: NASA TV The SpaceX 3 Dragon commercial cargo freighter successfully arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on Easter Sunday morning, April 20, as planned and was deftly captured by Expedition 39 Commander Koichi Wakata at 7:15 a.m. EDT at the controls of the Canadian built robotic arm. The next step due shortly is berthing of Dragon at the Earth facing port of the Harmony module at approximately 9:30 a.m. EDT. Berthing was…
  • Echoes of Chelyabinsk: Another Fireball Explodes Over Russia

    Jason Major
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Why does Russia seem to get so many bright meteors? Well at 6.6 million square miles it’s by far the largest country in the world plus, with dashboard-mounted cameras being so commonplace (partly to help combat insurance fraud) statistically it just makes sense that Russians would end up seeing more meteors, and then be able to share the experience with the rest of the world! This is exactly what happened early this morning, April 19 (local time), when a bright fireball flashed in the skies over Murmansk, located on the Kola Peninsula in northwest Russia near the border of Finland.
  • SpaceX Makes Strides Towards 1st Stage Falcon Rocket Recovery during Space Station Launch

    Ken Kremer
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Blastoff of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on April 18, 2014. Credit: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace Story updated The powerful SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that launched successfully on a cargo delivery run for NASA bound for the Space Station on Friday, April 18, from Cape Canaveral, Fla, also had a key secondary objective for the company aimed at experimenting with eventually recovering the rockets first stage via the use of landing legs and leading to the boosters refurbishment and reuse further down the road. Marking a first of its kind test, this 20 story…
  • SpaceX Dragon Captured on Film in Orbit Over Paris 25 Minutes After Launch

    Nancy Atkinson
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:36 pm
    We need to say it: astrophotographer Thierry Legault has done it again! Here’s an absolutely fantastic capture of the SpaceX Dragon capsule just 25 minutes after it launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, as it passed over Europe. Here, Legault captured footage of Dragon crossing the Big Dipper as seen from Paris at 19:50 UTC, April 18, 2014. “It was an incredible vision: 4 bright dots moving together!” Legault told Universe Today via email. Incredibly, Legault was even able to see the solar arrays deployed on the spacecraft. Check out more of his amazing…
  • SpaceX Commercial Dragon Resupply Ship Thunders to Space Bound for ISS and Easter Sunday Berthing – Photo Gallery

    Ken Kremer
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:28 pm
    SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon resupply ship launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on April 18, 2014. Credit: Jeff Seibert/Wired4Space See expanding launch gallery below A mighty SpaceX rocket carrying the firms commercial Dragon resupply ship loaded with nearly 2.5 tons of NASA science instruments and critical supplies thundered to space this afternoon on a two day journey bound for the International Space Station. The Dragon vessel launched atop the 20 story tall, upgraded Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida…
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    The Space Review

  • Commercial crew, Crimea, and Congress

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The increase in tensions between the US and Russia would appear to provide NASA with a strong case for funding the agency's commercial crew program and thus reducing reliance on Russia for accessing the International Space Station. Jeff Foust reports that while NASA has been making that case, some in Congress are not necessarily receptive to it.
  • Special Operations takes the fight to the high ground

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:59 am
    While interest in small satellites is growing, the utility of such small spacecraft remains open to debate. Ethan W. Mattox discusses an effort by one element of the US military to test the feasibility of smallsats to provide communications support for special operations forces.
  • Robust and reusable?

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:58 am
    If reusable launch vehicles can dramatically lower launch prices, as some have argued about SpaceX's efforts to develop a reusable Falcon 9, what markets does such a vehicle enable? Ajay P. Kothari examines the economics of RLVs regarding one well-known potential market, space tourism.
  • Creating "believable" aliens: an interview with James L. Cambias

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:57 am
    As interest in astrobiology increases along with the prospects of alien life, science fiction often remains rooted in conventional descriptions of what intelligent alien life would be like. John Hickman interviews an author of a new novel that offers a different, and perhaps more credible, view of what they could be like.
  • Review: Orbit of Discovery

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:56 am
    Can a relatively ordinary shuttle mission, one without major achievements or problems, make for a compelling book? Jeff Foust reviews a book that profiles one such mission as seen from the vantage point of one of its crewmembers.
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    Space Politics

  • Bolden and Holdren reaffirm support for asteroid mission as the next step to Mars

    Jeff Foust
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:34 am
    The head of NASA and the President’s science advisor told the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) this week that the agency’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) remained the next logical step of a long-term strategy to eventually send people to Mars, despite the protestations of some in Congress as well as “outside fan clubs.” “The FY15 budget request keeps NASA on a steady path we’ve been following, a stepping-stone approach to meet the President’s challenge of sending humans to Mars in the 2030s,” NASA administrator Charles Bolden said. Bolden was…
  • Intel community willing to allow higher resolution commercial imagery

    Jeff Foust
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:38 am
    For the last few years, commercial satellite remote sensing company DigitalGlobe (and, before its merger with DigitalGlobe, GeoEye) has been lobbying the government to allow it to sell sharper satellite imagery that it’s currently allowed. DigitalGlobe is currently restricted to selling imagery with resolution no sharper than 0.5 meters per pixel, but has been pushing to change that limit to 0.25 meters. The company argued that companies in other nations, not subject to US regulations, are providing imagery that is starting to approach DigitalGlobe’s sharpness, and thus the…
  • GAO report offers good news, but also warnings, about performance of NASA programs

    Jeff Foust
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:10 am
    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released on Tuesday its annual assessment of “large-scale” NASA projects. The good news of the report was that NASA, by and large, is doing well in terms of cost and schedule performance of its major programs: an average cost growth of 3% and launch delay of 2.8 months for 14 selected programs in their implementation phase, compared to average cost growth of 3.9% and launch delay of 4.0 months in 2013. Those figures exclude the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST); when included, the average cost growth in the 2014 report rises to 37.8% and…
  • Senate committee approves commercial launch license/permit bill

    Jeff Foust
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:06 am
    Largely overlooked last week in the hubbub about hearings on the NASA budget proposal, a new NASA authorization bill, and relations with Russia was a move by a Senate committee on Wednesday to approve legislation to adjust the commercial launch licensing system for reusable suborbital vehicles. S. 2140, introduced last month by Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) with several bipartisan co-sponsors, would allow suborbital RLVs to hold both an experimental permit and a launch license. Under current law, vehicles that hold an experimental permit—which allows for test, but not revenue-generating,…
  • The substance, or lack thereof, of NASA’s ban on Russian cooperation

    Jeff Foust
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:47 pm
    The news last week that NASA was cutting off cooperation with the Russian government—with the very large exception of International Space Station (ISS) operations—attracted a lot of attention in the space industry and the general public, which continues to the present. “NASA is cutting ties with Russia. But it’s not that simple,” reads the headline of a Washington Post article today. That headline is partially correct: it’s not that simple because NASA isn’t cutting ties with Russia. In fact, the ban on cooperation is now so riddled with holes that it actually…
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    NASA Watch

  • Another Dragon Visits ISS

    Keith Cowing
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    Dragon Berthed at the International Space Station "ISS Commander Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, with the assistance of NASA's Rick Mastracchio, successfully berthed the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft at the space station at 9:06 a.m. EDT."
  • John Houbolt

    Keith Cowing
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    NASA moon landing engineer John C. Houbolt dies at 95, AP "John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95. His efforts in the early 1960s are largely credited with convincing NASA to focus on the launch of a module carrying a crew from lunar orbit, rather than a rocket from earth or a space craft while orbiting the planet." John Houbolt, Wikipedia
  • Looking for Original ISEE-3 Telemetry Tapes, Documents

    Keith Cowing
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Keith's update: We REALLY Need this document: GSFC Document ISEE-733-74-001, Revision C, dated 28 June1976 "International Sun-Earth Explorer - A/C, Electrical Interface Specification".  Does anyone have a copy? Keith's note: We have had multiple folks ask if we have any received data telemetry tapes from ISEE-3 or the others in the series (ISEE-1 or ISEE-2). If anyone has any of these tapes it would be incredibly useful as we could then feed them into our software radio program. We have the ability to read a lot of different formats as that is what we have been doing with the Lunar Orbiter…
  • Risk and Exploration

    Keith Cowing
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    Avalanches: Beauty, Wonder, and Danger - with video (May 2009) Keith's note: There was a huge avalanche at Everest yesterday. So far it seems that 12 people were killed - all Sherpa guides. They were walking up the Khumu Icefall on their way to work. This (link above) is what Scott Parazynski and I witnessed in May 2009. At the time this was described as being a very, very big avalanche for Everest. As such, I can only imagine what yesterday's fatal avalanche at Everest looked like. No one was injured in the avalanche in this video. Massive Avalanche Over The Lower Khumbu Icefall - with video…
  • LADEE Makes A New Lunar Crater

    Keith Cowing
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am
    NASA Completes LADEE Mission with Planned Impact on Moon's Surface "Ground controllers at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., have confirmed that NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft impacted the surface of the moon, as planned, between 9:30 and 10:22 p.m. PDT Thursday, April 17. LADEE lacked fuel to maintain a long-term lunar orbit or continue science operations and was intentionally sent into the lunar surface. The spacecraft's orbit naturally decayed following the mission's final low-altitude science phase." @LunarOrbiter Thank you!
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    EurekAlert! - Space and Planetary Science

  • Sun emits a mid-level solar flare

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 9:03 a.m. EDT on April 18, 2014, and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however -- when intense enough -- they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel.
  • Researchers find 3-million-year-old landscape beneath Greenland ice sheet

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Glaciers and ice sheets are commonly thought to work like a belt sander. As they move over the land they scrape off everything -- vegetation, soil and even the top layer of bedrock. So a team of university scientists and a NASA colleague were greatly surprised to discover an ancient tundra landscape preserved under the Greenland ice sheet, below two miles of ice.
  • Impact glass stores biodata for millions of years

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Brown University) Bits of plant life encapsulated in molten glass by asteroid and comet impacts millions of years ago give geologists information about climate and life forms on the ancient Earth. Scientists exploring large fields of impact glass in Argentina suggest that what happened on Earth might well have happened on Mars millions of years ago. Martian impact glass could hold traces of organic compounds.
  • Space-tested fluid flow concept advances infectious disease diagnoses

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (NASA/Johnson Space Center) A new medical-testing device is being prepped to improve diagnosis of certain diseases in remote areas, thanks in part to knowledge gained from a series of investigations aboard the International Space Station on the behavior of liquids.
  • Vitamin B3 might have been made in space, delivered to Earth by meteorites

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Ancient Earth might have had an extraterrestrial supply of vitamin B3 delivered by carbon-rich meteorites, according to a new analysis by NASA-funded researchers. The result supports a theory that the origin of life may have been assisted by a supply of key molecules created in space and brought to Earth by comet and meteor impacts.
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    collectSPACE Today In Space History

  • Dragon departs for space station

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    SpaceX on Friday (April 18) launched its third NASA-contracted International Space Station cargo run from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's LC-40 in Florida. Packed with more than two tons of science experiments and supplies, SpaceX's fourth ISS-bound Dragon capsule lifted off on a Falcon 9 booster on the month-long Commercial Resupply Services-3 (CRS-3 or SpX-3) mission after more than a month of delays.
  • NASA engineer John C. Houbolt, 1919-2014

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:55 pm
    On Nov. 15, 1961, NASA Langley engineer John Houbolt fired off a letter to the agency's number two official that began, "Somewhat as a voice in the wilderness, I would like to pass on a few thoughts." Houbolt, who died Tuesday (April 15) at the age of 95, then asked, "Do we want to go to the moon or not?" Houbolt argued for "lunar orbit rendezvous," a plan that ran counter to NASA's prevailing thoughts on how to land men on the moon. But Houbolt's persistence in championing the alternate approach resulted in its adoption and in the years since, has been credited as critical to Apollo's…
  • Launch pad lease

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:50 pm
    NASA on Monday (April 14) signed a 20-year lease with SpaceX for the use of Kennedy Space Center's historic Launch Complex 39 in Florida. "This historic site, from which numerous Apollo and space shuttle missions began ... is beginning a new mission as a commercial launch site," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, who as an astronaut lifted off from the same pad. SpaceX intends to use Complex 39A to launch its Falcon Heavy and Falcon 9 rockets, including crewed missions.
  • Apollo 13 astronaut auction

    9 Apr 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Forty-four years ago this Friday (April 11), astronaut Jack Swigert found himself launching on Apollo 13, having come off the backup crew three days earlier. He was the first to alert Mission Control that "we've had a problem" when an explosion occurred midway to the moon. Now, the mission patches that he wore during that ill-fated mission, the mechanical pencil he carried, and other memorabilia from his estate is heading for an auction to be held in May by Los Angeles-based Nate D. Sanders.
  • Bonn voyage

    7 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Liberty Bell 7, astronaut Gus Grissom's Mercury capsule that spent nearly 40 years on the ocean floor, will return to the sea this summer. The spacecraft will depart the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center for a trip by ocean freighter to Europe, where it is to go on display for four months at the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn. The capsule will be a part of the exhibit "Outer Space: The Space Between Art and Science," which will connect space artifacts, scientific displays and science fiction to historical and modern works of art. Liberty Bell 7 will leave…
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  • Asteroid Data Hunter

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

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

    Ariel Waldman
    30 Jan 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Comb the Milky Way looking for stars that could harbor planet-forming disks. Planets form and grow in rotating disks of gas, dust, and chunks of rock around young stars. These disks suggest that these stars are in the early stages of forming planetary systems. Learning more about these stars can show how our Solar System formed. Finding these disks, birthplaces and homes of planets, has been a major quest of astronomers for the last three decades. NASA’s WISE mission probably made images of thousands of disks. Alas, these disks are buried among images of millions…
  • Star Date: M83

    30 Jan 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Help identify the ages of star clusters in galaxy M83. Researchers using the Hubble Space Telescope need help determining the age and type of star clusters in M83, the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy, one of the closest galaxies to our own. Most of the billions of stars that reside in galaxies start their lives grouped together into clusters. In this activity, you will pair your discerning eye with Hubble’s detailed images to identify the ages of M83’s many star clusters. This will help astronomers learn more about how star clusters are born, evolve and eventually fall apart in spiral galaxies.
  • Galaxy Zoo Radio

    Ariel Waldman
    30 Jan 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Credit: ESO/WFI; MPIfR/ESO/APEX/A.Weiss et al.; NASA/CXC/CfA/R.Kraft et al. Help astronomers discover supermassive black holes. In order to better understand how supermassive black holes form and evolve over time, astronomers need to observe many of them at different stages of their lifecycles. To do this, they need your help to find them! With a large enough sample (from your classifications),  black holes can be found at different stages and astronomers can build a better picture of their origins. Black holes are found at the center of most, if not all, galaxies. These supermassive black…
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  • 'Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey' (Sunday's Episode 7) --Preview & Background for "The Clean Room"
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    In Episode Seven, The Clean Room, Neil deGrasse Tyson starts our journey traveling to the shallow seas that formed what we now know as the Grand Canyon a billion years ago in what then was the Precambrian Epoch to find the only kind of life on the planet: blue-green bacteria. Oxygen, one of the by-products of photosynthesis by microbes such as cyanobacteria and their descendants -including algae and higher plants, transformed the Precambrian Earth and made possible the evolution of more complex organisms. Painting a picture of life during the 3 billion years that preceded the explosion of…
  • Kepler-Mission Update -- NASA's Scientists' Insights on Discovery of 1st Earth-Sized Planet in Habitable Zone
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Whether we are an extremely rare fluke — a phenomenon that only happens once in a universe — or in a galaxy teeming with life is a very basic question not only of science, but of our existence,” said Dimitar Sasselov, a planetary astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics who was not involved in the discovery. It’s “the first time in human history we have a good shot at answering that question, and that’s very exciting.” “This is really a tip-of-the-iceberg discovery,” said study co-author Jason Rowe, an astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain…
  • "Getting Closer and Closer" --Kepler Mission Findings Reveal Alien Star Systems in a Milky Way Teeming with Planets
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Five years ago today, on March 6, 2009, NASA's Kepler Space Telescope rocketed into the night skies to find planets around other stars within a field of view 1/400th the size of the Milky Way in search of potentially habitable worlds. Since then, Kepler has unveiled a whole new side of our galaxy -- one that is teeming with planets. Because of Kepler we now know that most stars have planets, Earth-sized planets are common, and planets quite unlike those in our solar system exist. "This is the biggest haul ever,” says Jason Rowe of the nasa Ames Research Center, who co-led the research. The…
  • "Darwin's DNA?" Eight % of Human Genome Comes from RNA Viruses (Weekend Feature)
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    "The next great war will start inside us. In the next stage of evolution, mankind is history," said Greg Bear, author of Darwin's Radio. Michael Crichton would have loved this discovery: research has shown that about eight percent of human genetic material comes from a virus and not from our ancestors, according to researchers in Japan and the U.S. The genomes of humans and other mammals contain DNA derived from the insertion of bornaviruses, RNA viruses whose replication and transcription takes place in the nucleus. Research led by Professor Keizo Tomonaga at Osaka University in Japan shows…
  • Epic Discovery! NASA Announces First Earth-Size Planet Found That Could Support Life
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    “This is really a tip-of-the-iceberg discovery,” said study co-author Jason Rowe, an astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., who spent a year analyzing data gathered by NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope that led to finding the planet known as Kepler-186f. "We can infer that other ones are likely to exist. And that’s going to be the job of future missions to find [them].” Scientists have discovered the alien planet, Kepler-186f, slightly bigger than Earth, in the habitable zone of its host star, a dim red dwarf star about 490 light-years from Earth, that might have…
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    Icarus InterstellarIcarus Interstellar | A nonprofit foundation dedicated to achieving interstellar flight by 2100.

  • A Plumber’s Guide to Starships Part 2: Gases in Pipes

    Michel Lamontagne
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Figure 1. An array of 100 4 MW compressors, driving helium at 2 200 Kelvin through the radiators, glowing bright orange from the heat. The large cylinder holds the heat exchangers and includes the radiation shielding.   In this section, we will mainly be looking at gases in pipes from the heat transfer point of view.  Although there are plenty of other reasons to move gases around in a starship, starting with fuel feed, for example, heat transfer covers the most complicated cases. The information will be applicable to simpler problems. Gases are trickier than liquids.  They compress…
  • Building Blocks for a Generation Ship

    Andreas Hein
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Project Hyperion is working on the first ever design of a manned interstellar vessel. Recently, the team thought about how to leverage on existing heritage for the spacecraft’s subsystems. In particular, two major elements of a crewed spacecraft were of particular interest: the propulsion system and the habitat. A preliminary analysis has already been done by the team about two years ago [1]. In a first step, all the options for the propulsion system and the habitat were enumerated. The following criteria were used to select a particular option: - Level of detail of heritage design -…
  • A Plumber’s Guide to Starships

    Michel Lamontagne
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Part 1 : Liquids in Pipes Figure 1 – A maintenance robot, hard at work on a leaky radiator section   Moving liquids around is hardly new technology – even if it’s in a starship. Pretty much all of the design tools were worked out in the eighteenth century, and the most recent developments – magnetic pumps for liquid metals – date back to the 1960s.  However, it is important to understand the limitations of pumps and pipes, since these can have a significant impact on the ship’s mass and power requirements. We will not try to go all the way back to basics, but rather…
  • Collaboration May Be Our First Step Toward the Stars.

    Jessica Riley
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:55 am
       Last week Icarus Interstellar announced that Les Johnson is stepping into a new position at Icarus as Chief Solar Sail Consultant. This new role presents opportunities for more communication and collaboration between Icarus, NASA, and the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop, which Les is the Chair of. Les brings with him a wealth of experience from his work as Deputy Manager in the Advanced Concepts Office at NASA wherein he leads a team of thirty engineers in the development of concepts for subsystems, spacecraft systems, payloads, missions and overall transportation system…
  • Introducing the Anchorage Makerspace | Icarus Interstellar’s Community Research Lab

    Andreas Tziolas
    11 Mar 2014 | 5:35 am
    Makerspaces are community driven machine, electronics and creative arts shops where people pay a subscription to become members. Through November, Icarus members helped round up 25 Founders of the Anchorage Makerspace and opened up a shop in Midtown Anchorage. As the first mAKerspace in Alaska, the team is organizing workshops on 3d printing, welding, woodworking, electronics, programming, etc. Ultimately the telecommunications systems and protocols, thrusters, cloud chambers, fusors, stratospheric balloons, amateur rockets and eventually small satellites. Any organization transitioning from…
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    Pillow Astronaut

  • Pillownaut Hiatus

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    With my heartfelt love and thanks to all of my wonderful long time readers, I'm sorry to announce Pillow Astronaut is being put on hiatus while I content with some elderly family members with medical issues. I hope you will remain a follower until I am able to resume writing again!I hope you will keep me in your favorites or your feed. I hope to return, soon!~ Heather
  • The Henrietta Telescope

    10 Feb 2014 | 4:30 am
    I wish I could stop finding stories about amazing women who made incredible discoveries, only to find certain men took credit for their work and dismissively assigned them to obscurity, until an era where people were comfortable (though still not entirely happy) about giving women proper credit.While I do love getting to the truth of these stories, I just wish there weren't so many of them. Silent Sky - Theatreworks, Mountain View performanceThis past weekend, NASA Kepler scientist Natalie Batalha spoke at the "Leading Ladies" program for Theatreworks in Mountain View, discussing the roles of…
  • All NASA Twitter Feeds

    26 Jan 2014 | 8:00 am
    I occasionally check the NASA Connect pages for new things... and my, what an explosion over the past year! However, their list is slightly out-of-date. Truly, they need someone like me to curate this for them -- alas, no one has made me QUEEN yet.I was one of those folks who didn't quite understand Twitter when I signed up to Tweet, but over time have seen the fascination with micro-blogging in the 140-character culture. So! If you're interested in keeping up with NASA facilities and missions, here is the full spate of NASA Twitter feeds... along with the current snapshot of…
  • Seeking Space Zen

    20 Jan 2014 | 4:00 am
    Around this time each year, since Barack Obama took office, I have written about his promises regarding the space agency. I'm skipping it this year. Moreover, I took a break from blogging altogether this past month. The writing on the Social Media wall is that blogs may wane in favor of visually richer, mobile-friendly platforms, particularly for people who want quick news and information. So why this "opinion piece," when I generally write so few essays?? Call it therapy. Here's why NASA is important and needs proper funding [Skip!]Here's why NASA is important and needs proper funding…
  • FREE 2014 "Year In Space" Calendar

    4 Dec 2013 | 4:00 am
    Readers and Tweeters! Some lucky SpaceTwit is going to win a stunningly gorgeous 2014 Year In Space Calender, hot off Starry Messenger Press, published in cooperation with The Planetary Society.And when I say SpaceTwit, I mean that in the nicest possible way. Because all you have to do to enter the contest is tweet about the new calendar to spread the word.Designer Steve Cariddi created this large-format 2014 Year In Space Calendar, quite unlike any other ever published, to appeal to space enthusiasts of all ages, and the introduction was written by everyone's favorite Science Guy, Bill…
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  • Easter Sunday ISS Berthing Caps Success-Filled CRS-3 Mission for SpaceX

    Ben Evans
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    SpaceX’s “Easter Dragon” comes knocking at the International Space Station’s door with a perfect, on-time berthing on Easter Sunday. Photo Credit: NASA TV Following a 13-month hiatus in International Space Station (ISS) operations, SpaceX—the Hawthorne, Calif.-based launch services organization, headed by entrepreneur Elon Musk—secured its latest triumph Easter Sunday morning with the successful rendezvous, [...]
  • NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission Passes Critical Design Review, Moves Towards Construction

    Leonidas Papadopoulos
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:02 am
    An artist’s concept of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft approaching the asteroid Bennu in 2018. The mission has recently completed its Critical Design Review, moving towards construction and assemply. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona The next planetary mission in NASA’s New Frontiers program, the Near-Earth Asteroid sample return Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer, [...]
  • Endeavour’s Radar Love: 20 Years Since STS-59 (Part 2)

    Ben Evans
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Endeavour rockets into the dawn on 9 April 1994. Photo Credit: NASA Twenty years ago this week, the crew of Endeavour on STS-59 demonstrated that the shuttle program was imbued with “Radar Love,” as they operated the first Space Radar Laboratory (SRL-1) to acquire unprecedented views of the Home Planet from orbit. For 11 [...]
  • PHOTOS: Pad Cameras Capture Falcon’s Explosive Ascent with Dragon on Third ISS Supply Mission

    Mike Killian
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:51 pm
    AmericaSpace photographers Alan Walters and John Studwell have, again, produced some stunning imagery, this time from the recent SpaceX CRS-3 launch to send Dragon on its third ISS resupply mission for NASA. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Alan Walters / John Studwell On Friday, April 18, SpaceX successfully sent their Falcon-9 rocket off on a [...]
  • Endeavour’s Radar Love: 20 Years Since STS-59 (Part 1)

    Ben Evans
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    The Space Radar Laboratory (SRL) payload flew twice in 1994, firstly aboard STS-59 in April and later aboard STS-68 in September-October. The large Shuttle Imaging Radar (SIR)-C is clearly visible in the foreground. Photo Credit: NASA Twenty years ago this week, the crew of Endeavour on STS-59 demonstrated that the shuttle program was imbued [...]
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    Space Industry News

  • NASA’s Kepler Telescope Discovers First Earth-Size Planet in ‘Habitable Zone’

    William W.
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:37 am
    Using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the “habitable zone” — the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun. While planets have previously been found in the habitable zone, they are all at least 40 percent larger in size than Earth and understanding their makeup is challenging. Kepler-186f is more reminiscent of Earth.
  • SpaceX Launch of NASA Cargo to Space Station Set for Friday, Spacewalk Wednesday

    William W.
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    NASA and SpaceX are targeting a 3:25 p.m. EDT launch on Friday, April 18, of SpaceX’s third cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA Television coverage will begin at 2:15 p.m. The company’s April 14 launch to the orbiting laboratory was scrubbed due to a helium leak in the Falcon 9 rocket that will launch the Dragon spacecraft to the space station. Dragon is carrying to the space station almost 5,000 pounds of science and research, crew supplies, vehicle hardware and spacewalk tools — all to support…
  • NASA detects ocean inside Saturn Moon, potential home for extraterrestrial microbes

    William W.
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:51 pm
    NASA’s Cassini spacecraft and Deep Space Network have uncovered evidence Saturn’s moon Enceladus harbors a large underground ocean of liquid water, furthering scientific interest in the moon as a potential home to extraterrestrial microbes. Researchers theorized the presence of an interior reservoir of water in 2005 when Cassini discovered water vapor and ice spewing from vents near the moon’s south pole. The new data provide the first geophysical measurements of the internal structure of Enceladus, consistent with the existence of a hidden ocean inside the moon. Findings…
  • Astronomers Find First-Ever Asteroid with Rings

    2 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    In a paper published Wednesday in Nature, astronomers report that for the first time, they discovered rings around an asteroid. The asteroid around which rings were discovered, dubbed Chariklo, is a Centaur–a class of small objects orbiting mostly between Jupiter an Neptune. So far, rings have only been seen around the four giant planets in our solar system. Chariklo actually has two rings, one a width of 7 kilometers and 391 kilometers out, and the other 3 kilometers in width and orbiting at 405 kilometers away from the body. Chariklo’s rings were found because of a multichord…
  • ESA asks citizens to name the “Zone of Silence”

    2 Apr 2014 | 1:13 pm
    The ESA recently refitted a 25-year-old chamber called the Compact Payload Test Range. The range simulates the emptiness of space to allow the testing of satellite antennas. Now the Agency wants to give it a better name, and is calling for any citizen in an ESA member state to do so. The Test Range in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, allows the Agency to test antennas attached to five-tonne satellites. Its metal walls form a Faraday cage to block out electromagnetic signals from entering the room. Its interior walls absorb radio signals because of the anechoic foam also used in the quietest room…
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    World UFO Sightings

  • New evidence emerges that Monroe planned to reveal JFK saw crashed UFOs

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Comparison of Monroe Wiretap document with declassified CIA Information Report. Source: Outpost Forum New evidence has just been released supporting the authenticity of a leaked CIA document allegedly of wiretaps of Marilyn Monroe and her friends shortly before her suspicious death on August 4, 1962. The wiretap document revealed that Monroe was planning to give a press conference about what President Kennedy had told her of a visit to an undisclosed Air Force facility where he saw the debris of a crashed UFO. The Monroe wiretap document was first leaked in 1992 to a UFO researcher, and was…
  • The discovery of the most ‘habitable,’ Earth-like planet yet (Video)

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:11 pm
      April 17, 2014: This artist’s rendering provided by NASA on shows an Earth-sized planet dubbed Kepler-186f orbiting a star 500 light-years from Earth. Astronomers say the planet may hold water on its surface and is the best candidate yet of a habitable planet in the ongoing search for an Earth LOS ANGELES –  Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that’s similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it’s not too hot and not too cold for life. The find, announced Thursday,…
  • 2AM E.S.T Lunar Eclipse LIVE Stream –4/15/2014

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:24 pm
    2AM E.S.T Lunar Eclipse LIVE Stream 4-15-2014
  • Nefertiti Face On Mars

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
                        George Haas of the Cydonia Institute shares a set of images Haas041014g Haas041014f Haas041014e Haas041014d Haas041014c Haas041014b nefereti  
  • Nasa Photo Captures Bright Light Shooting Out From Surface Of Mars

    8 Apr 2014 | 10:33 pm
    A NASA camera on Mars has captured what appears to be artificial light emanating outward from the planet’s surface. The photo, beamed millions of miles from Mars to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., was taken last week, apparently by one of two NASA rovers on the red planet. Although the space agency hasn’t issued any official statement yet about the phenomenon, bloggers and NASA enthusiasts have started chiming in. Scott C. Waring, who maintains the website UFO Sightings Daily, posted the photo April 6. Waring noted that the light shines upward, as if from the…
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    Space Safety Magazine

  • Test Running a Landing on Mars

    Merryl Azriel
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:33 pm
    In 2012, NASA made a big splash when it premiered a new landing system – Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL)  to be precise – that successfully put Curiosity on Mars. It was a complicated, staged system, much more involved than the prior approach of crashing spacecraft with cushioning airbags. But that complexity allowed NASA to land... Read more →
  • Small Satellites and Space Junk

    Morris Jones
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:47 pm
    CubeSats are flying into space at a fairly regular rate. These are simplistic structures based on a standard “cube” structure measuring 10 centimetres on a side. That’s not a lot of volume, but as anyone who owns a smartphone knows, a lot of gear can be crammed into this space. Join several cubes together, and... Read more →
  • How to Survive in Space: A Space Prepper’s Guide to the End of the Earth

    Staff Writers
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:10 pm
    If Planet Earth was doomed and you escaped to space….could you survive? With this handy guide at the ready, you might just have a chance. Source:
  • NASA “Good to Go” to Support SpaceX Launch of Falcon 9 V1.1 with Dragon on CRS-3 Mission

    The Spaceflight Group
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:58 pm
    By Jason Rhian Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has, after a number of delays, one of the company’s Falcon 9 v1.1 boosters ready to carry out  the Commercial Resupply 3 (CRS-3) mission. Launch is currently slated to take place from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) in Florida at 4:58 p.m. EDT (2058 GMT)... Read more →
  • ‘Poyekhali!’ Remembering Our First Space Voyager

    13 Apr 2014 | 7:22 pm
    By Ben Evans In the early hours of 11 April 1961—more than five decades ago—an enormous booster trundled humanity’s first manned spacecraft to its launch site in a barren region of steppe in Soviet Central Asia. Within its bulbous nose shroud was a ship called Vostok, and it was planned that the following morning the... Read more →
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    Latest UFO sightings

  • Third Reich – Operation UFO (Nazi Base In Antarctica)

    19 Apr 2014 | 2:33 pm
    The film explores the historical mysteries and rumours of a Nazi secret base in Antarctica, the 1947 flying saucer attack on Admiral Byrd’s ill-fated ‘Operation Highjump’ expedition and the occult origins of Third Reich anti-gravity engines, flying discs and ancient Atlantean technologies viewed through the lens of perhaps the three most mysterious twentieth century German […]
  • UFO over Wales in April 2014

    19 Apr 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Interesting UFO sightings photos recorded in the daytime sky above Wales in beginning of April 2014. Witness said. I ran inside the house to get my phone, but there wasn’t enough battery left to film it, but there was enough to take pictures, so I started snapping away. As I watched it, it split up into […]
  • Blue UFO hovering over Singapore in April 2014

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    New amazing video footage of a bright blue coloured UFO recorded in the night sky while hovering over Singapore in April 2014. Witness said: Hovering over east coast beach, dad spotted it first, I took the video from my balcony with a 12 time optical zoom camera, btw i live on the 25th floor of […]
  • Cube UFO over Los Angeles, California on 16th April 2014

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:22 pm
    New interesting video footage of a cube – shaped UFO recorded in the daytime sky above Los Angeles, California on 16th April 2014. Witness said: Here are some still shots of a cube shape ufo I shot while at work on April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles CA. The UFO hovered slowly above the roof and […]
  • Triangle UFO photographed over Wichita, Kansas in February 2014

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    New amazing video footage of a strange triangle – shaped UFO sighting recorded in the daytime sky above Wichita, Kansas in February 2014. Witness said: A man in Wichita, Kansas photographed a highly unusual, triangle-shaped craft flying across the sky in broad daylight.
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