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  • Today in History: 1932: First Stratosphere Measurement

    08/18/2014 7:49:47 AM PDT · by Covenantor · 11 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | Aug 18, 2014
    Today in History: 1932 First Stratosphere Measurement The Swiss physicist Auguste Piccard and his assistant, Max Cosyns, climbed to an altitude of 16,203 metres with the help of a pressurised cabin attached to a balloon. During the flight through the stratosphere they gathered information about the strength of the cosmic beams and photographed the regions they flew over. Temperature measurements showed outside temperatures to a minimum of minus 60° Celsius. From 1947 Piccard, who was inspired by the Jules Vernes novels, started deep-sea investigations. In 1953 he reached a depth of 3,150 metres with his son in the deep sea...
  • Obama Approves Sonic Cannons, Reopening Oil Exploration Off US Eastern Shore(What's His Game Plan?)

    07/18/2014 1:54:58 PM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    AP ^ | July 18, 2014 | JASON DEAREN
    Opening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil exploration for the first time in decades, the Obama administration on Friday approved the use of sonic cannons to discover deposits under the ocean floor by shooting sound waves 100 times louder than a jet engine through waters shared by endangered whales and turtles. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's approval of this technology is the first step toward identifying new oil and gas deposits in federal waters from Florida to Delaware
  • Incredible Interactive Virtual Reality Application of Curiosity Rover on Mars

    10/23/2013 3:59:48 PM PDT · by lbryce · 15 replies
    JPL/NASA ^ | October 23, 2012 | Staff
  • Raul Grijalva Tries to Block Energy Exploration During Shutdown

    10/07/2013 4:01:37 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 33 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | October 7, 2013 | Lachlan Markay
    A Democratic member of Congress is using the government shutdown to pressure the Department of the Interior to prohibit oil and gas exploration on federal land. Energy companies should not be able to use federal lands if those lands are closed to hikers and campers, according to Rep. Raul Grijalva (D., Ariz.), the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Grijalva started an online petition to demand that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack “stop mining [on] public lands while visitors are locked out.” “Fossil fuel and logging companies shouldn’t have special access to our federal lands while...
  • US Won’t be Returning to Moon, NASA Chief Says

    04/08/2013 3:31:44 PM PDT · by anymouse · 34 replies
    America won’t be repeating that historic one small step anytime soon -- not according to NASA chief Charlie Bolden, anyway. “NASA is not going to the Moon with a human as a primary project probably in my lifetime,” Bolden told a joint meeting of the Space Studies Board and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board in Washington last week, according to Jeff Foust of SpacePolitics.com. “And the reason is, we can only do so many things.”
  • Carnival of Space 296 :Weekly Round Up of Science, Space Happenings

    04/08/2013 11:32:52 AM PDT · by lbryce · 3 replies
    Carnival of Space ^ | April 7, 2013 | Staff
    Welcome to the Carnival of Space 296. This week there is coverage of astronomy of Galaxies, trips to Mars, space technology and more. 1. Andrew Fraknoi highlights a remarkable image by Robert Gendler, a physician and amateur astronomer, assembled from Hubble and other data, that shows a galaxy like our own, but 50 million lightyears away. 2. In the wake of Dennis Tito's Inspiration Mars announcement, Cheap Astronomy delivers a podcast on some of the practicalities of really doing a manned Mars mission. 3. NExtbigfuture covered the work of John Slough and his team who have calculating the potential for...
  • Oil and gas leases, acres, and permits all down under Obama

    10/17/2012 1:33:51 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 17, 2012 | Conn Carroll
    During Tuesday night’s presidential debate, President Obama claimed, “Very little of what Governor Romney just said is true. We’ve opened up public lands. We’re actually drilling more on public lands than in the previous administration and the previous president was an oil man.” But here are the facts, according to the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land management. In 2008 under President Bush, there were a total of 55,085 oil and gas leases in effect on federal land. In 2011 under Obama, there were just 49,174, a decrease of 11 percent. In 2008 under Bush, there were 47.2 million acres of...
  • Company Vows Mars Colony by 2023, Funded by Reality Show

    06/04/2012 7:51:37 PM PDT · by garjog · 37 replies
    NBCUniversal Chanel 4 New York ^ | Monday, Jun 4, 2012 | By DANIEL MACHT
    A Dutch firm wants to build a colony on Mars and fund it with an international reality TV show. Historically the Dutch financed exploration of the new world established business colonies in New York and Australia. Sounds like a good idea.
  • The Truth Is Out There About UFO In Baltic Sea, Swedish Scientists Say

    06/02/2012 9:09:14 PM PDT · by Windflier · 34 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | May 29, 2012 | Gene J. Koprowski
    Swedish scientists plan to explore a mystery ripped straight from the “The X-Files.” Rather than Mulder and Scully, this adventure features Swedish researchers Peter Lindberg and Dennis Asberg. They too know the truth is out there -- and in mere days plan to visit what they call the “Baltic Anomaly.” Last summer, while on a treasure hunt between Sweden and Finland, the pair and their research associates made headlines worldwide with the discovery of a 200-foot wide unidentified object at the bottom of the Baltic Sea. Now a team of oceanographers, engineers and deep sea divers will return to the...
  • The Mystery of the Lost Anchor

    05/01/2012 7:25:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Black Hills Pioneer ^ | Monday, April 30, 2012
    Hundreds of bison skulls washed onshore below Oahe Dam when the Missouri River flooded in 2011. The river refused to yield an item of great historic interest, though: an anchor that has lain at the bottom of the river for more than two centuries. The anchor came to rest in the silt of the Missouri River the night of Sept. 27, 1804, after being cut from the keelboat used in the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The Corps of Discovery, as the scientific expedition was called, consisted of 45 men traveling in a keelboat and two flat-bottomed boats called pirogues when...
  • Obama’s Space Shuttle funeral dirge a show for all to see

    04/29/2012 3:18:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | April 29, 2012 | Judi McLeod
    Those lucky enough to still be here to look back at history post Barack Obama will recognize the last sight-piggyback funeral dirge of the once noble Space Shuttle as the Obama Regime’s defining moment. Were an artist to paint a picture of a small boy looking at up at his flying kite as the space shuttle passed over Manhattan yesterday, no portrait of the story of America’s deliberate ruin at the hands of a single politician could ever come closer to the truth. [BIG Snip of text] Few will remember that it was on the fullest moon of the year...
  • Cameron: Earth's deepest spot desolate, foreboding

    03/26/2012 6:28:08 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 32 replies · 38+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 26, 2012 | SETH BORENSTEIN, AP
    WASHINGTON — Diving to the deepest part of the ocean, filmmaker James Cameron says the last frontier on Earth looks an awful lot like another planet: desolate and foreboding. Cameron on Monday described his three hours on the bottom of the Marianas Trench, nearly 7 miles down in a dark freezing and alien place. He is the only person to dive there solo, using a sub he helped design. He is the first person to reach that depth, 35,576 feet, since it was initially explored in 1960. Cameron says he worried about being too busy with exploration duties to take...
  • Santorum Rejects Reagan Space Legacy - Conservative stumbles in bid to hit Gingrich

    02/07/2012 5:37:14 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 137 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | February 7, 2012 | Jeffrey Lord
    [BIG snip] Santorum's ad and his Op-Ed, meant to mock Gingrich, in reality can only distinctly not help Santorum's struggling campaign. Gingrich will surely make the inevitable -- and correct -- connection between Santorum's ad and a serious attack on the Reagan space legacy -- and the dreams of America itself. "We'll continue our quest in space…. Nothing ends here; our hopes and our journeys continue," said President Reagan that tragic January night. Well, no they won't. Not if Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney have anything to say about it. "I promise," says Santorum. Worse, whether Santorum's staff understands it...
  • Amundsen’s winning race to South Pole remembered in 100th anniversary service

    12/14/2011 5:50:12 AM PST · by Cincinatus · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 14, 2011 | AP
    OSLO, Norway — Norway’s prime minister, polar adventurers and scientists have gathered at the bottom of the world to mark the 100th anniversary of explorer Roald Amundsen becoming the first to reach the South Pole. Under a crystal blue sky and temperatures of -40 F (-40 C), the group on Wednesday remembered Amundsen’s feat on the spot where he placed his flag on Dec. 14, 1911.
  • ZUBRIN: Obama readies to blast NASA

    10/27/2011 8:28:43 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 37 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/26/11 | Robert Zubrin
    Word has leaked out that in its new budget, the Obama administration intends to terminate NASA’s planetary exploration program. The Mars Science Lab Curiosity, being readied on the pad, will be launched, as will the nearly completed small MAVEN orbiter scheduled for 2013, but that will be it. No further missions to anywhere are planned. After 2013, America’s amazing career of planetary exploration, which ran from the Mariner probes in the 1960s through the great Pioneer, Viking, Voyager, Pathfinder, MarsGlobalSurveyor, MarsOdyssey, Spirit, Opportunity, MarsReconnaissanceOrbiter, Galileo and Cassini missions, will simply end. Furthermore, the plan from the Office of Management and...
  • Franklin expedition: Will we ever know what happened?

    09/08/2011 8:49:19 PM PDT · by decimon · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | September 8, 2011 | Kate Dailey
    Canadian explorers have drawn a blank in the latest hunt for the remains of Captain Sir John Franklin's fatal expedition, 160 years after he took his crew of 129 men deep into the Arctic.In 1845, Capt Franklin, an officer in the British Royal Navy, took two ships and 129 men towards the Northwest Territories in an attempt to map the Northwest Passage, a route that would allow sailors to travel from the Atlantic to the Pacific via the icy Arctic circle. Stocked with provisions that could last for seven years, and outfitted with the latest technology and experienced men, the...
  • Lonely Rogue Worlds Surprisingly Outnumber Planets with Suns

    05/18/2011 8:47:19 PM PDT · by Redcitizen · 148 replies · 1+ views
    Space.com ^ | 05/18/2011 | Mike Wall
    Astronomers have discovered a whole new class of alien planet: a vast population of Jupiter-mass worlds that float through space without any discernible host star, a new study finds. While some of these exoplanets could potentially be orbiting a star from very far away, the majority of them most likely have no parent star at all, scientists say. And these strange worlds aren't mere statistical anomalies. They likely outnumber "normal" alien planets with obvious parent stars by at least 50 percent, and they're nearly twice as common in our galaxy as main-sequence stars, according to the new study. Astronomers have...
  • "US SAYS NO ISSUES WITH NEW OIL PIPELINE"

    04/20/2011 3:33:41 PM PDT · by TheSentry · 27 replies · 1+ views
    OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY NEWS ^ | 20 Apr. 2011 | staff
    US SAYS NO ISSUES WITH NEW OIL PIPELINE 20 Apr 2011-US say no isues with new oil pipeline proposed $7 billion 1900 mile pipieline would carry oil from Canada to Texas...
  • Once Again, MTV Exploits America’s Youth

    02/02/2011 9:53:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 2, 2011 | Marybeth Hicks
    Admittedly, the Egyptian uprising, the nullification of Obamacare and the ongoing ramifications of "Snowpocolypse 2011" could render the controversy about an MTV original program insignificant by comparison. After all, MTV is only out to destroy an entire generation. No big deal. Every adult - not just parents - should take the time to learn about the MTV show "Skins," a new "teen drama" that the Parents Television Council (PTC) has deemed "the most dangerous show on TV." Be careful when you go hunting for information about "Skins" lest your spouse conclude you've developed an interest in child pornography. The publicity...
  • A One-Way Trip To Mars Would Be Affordable

    10/26/2010 11:06:50 AM PDT · by mrreaganaut · 26 replies
    Mars Daily ^ | Oct 25, 2010 | Staff Writers
    For the chance to watch the sun rise over Olympus Mons, or maybe take a stroll across the vast plains of the Vastitas Borealis, would you sign on for a one-way flight to Mars?
  • NASA Chief: Next Frontier Better Relations With Muslim World

    07/05/2010 5:47:31 PM PDT · by Penn4God · 20 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 7/5/2010 | FoxNews
    NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a recent interview that his "foremost" mission as the head of America's space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world.
  • Scotch Whisky Meant To Warm Antarctic Explorers Retrieved After Century Locked In Ice

    02/06/2010 9:26:13 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 30 replies · 1,108+ views
    StarTribune.com ^ | February 5, 2010 | AP
    Scotch whisky meant to warm Antarctic explorers retrieved after century locked in ice Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand - This Scotch has been on the rocks for a century. Five crates of Scotch whisky and two of brandy have been recovered by a team restoring an Antarctic hut used more than 100 years ago by famed polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. Ice cracked some of the bottles that had been left there in 1909, but the restorers said Friday they are confident the five crates contain intact bottles "given liquid can be heard when the crates are moved." New Zealand Antarctic...
  • Obama to End NASA Constellation Program (Moon missions)

    01/29/2010 8:19:15 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 36 replies · 1,047+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 01/29/10 | Staff
    On the eve of the fullest moon of the year, NASA scientists were told they won't be able to visit any longer. In his new budget, President Obama plans to eliminate the space program's manned moon missions. On the eve of the fullest moon of the year, NASA scientists were told they won't be able to visit any longer. In his new budget, President Obama plans to eliminate the space program's manned moon missions. When the president releases his budget on Monday, a White House official confirmed on Thursday, there will be a big hole where funding for NASA's Constellation...
  • Analysis: 2009 Top Discoveries {Oil, Gas}

    01/24/2010 5:18:56 PM PST · by thackney · 7 replies · 659+ views
    Rig Zone ^ | Jan 22, 2010 | Rig Zone Staff
    Looking back at 2009, crude oil prices rebounded nicely from the 2008 rollercoaster of record highs and devastating lows. The recovery, which primarily occurred in the last three quarters of the year, made it one of the strongest years for crude oil since 1973 on a percentage gain basis. Crude oil gained about 75% in 2009, and natural gas ended the year flat compared to 2008.However, 2009 will also be remembered for its significant offshore oil and gas discoveries worldwide. Of the 10 top discoveries for the year, two were made in the GOM, two were found off Australia, and...
  • 40 Years Ago This Month: Apollo 12

    11/03/2009 8:57:44 AM PST · by chimera · 27 replies · 1,043+ views
    various | 11/3/2009 | chimera
    They say no one remembers No. 2, but the second manned lunar landing was memorable for a number of reasons. First, almost anyone familiar with the Apollo program remembers the launch. Apollo 12 was successfully launched in a rainstorm from Kennedy Space Center on Nov. 14th, 1969. As the Saturn V lifted from the launch pad, the familiar voice of Mission Commander Pete Conrad was heard on the air-to-ground loop playfully exclaiming, “That’s a LOVELY liftoff, that’s not bad at all!”, and indeed for a time it wasn’t. While normal at first, all hell broke loose about 30 seconds into...
  • 50 Years of Space Exploration (Large Graphic)

    10/11/2009 12:30:02 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 22 replies · 1,007+ views
    Internet ^ | 10/11/2009 | Unknown
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  • Megawatt Class VASIMIR Plasma Rocket Cluster by 2013

    10/02/2009 12:19:00 PM PDT · by decimon · 8 replies · 763+ views
    Next Big Future ^ | October 02, 2009 | Brian Wang
    Once we’ve demonstrated a 200-kilowatt prototype engine operating at full power on the ground, the next step is testing an identical version in space. We’re already testing the prototype unit in our vacuum chamber here in Houston, and we’re designing the actual flight engine, which is called the VF-200. We signed an agreement with NASA last December to actually mount the VF-200 on the International Space Station in 2012 or 2013. > We would hope that, if not the US, maybe the Europeans, the Chinese, the Russians, or somebody else will develop a nuclear-electric power capability that we can marry...
  • BP announces `giant' oil find in Gulf of Mexico

    09/02/2009 12:19:20 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 98 replies · 4,720+ views
    NewsYahoo..com ^ | 09/02/09 | Staff
    LONDON (AP) -- BP PLC said Wednesday that it had made a "giant" oil discovery in the Gulf of Mexico but had not yet determined the size and commercial potential of the find. The well, in Keathley Canyon block 102 about 250 miles (400 kms) southeast of Houston, is in 4,132 feet (1,259 meters) of water, the company said.
  • Across the Universe

    04/30/2009 2:34:34 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 30 replies · 1,289+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | May 2009 | Thomas Mallon
    Intelligent life surely exists on some of the planets beyond our solar system. But we’ve scarcely begun to look for it. With NASA dithering and corporate titans more interested in space tourism, a serious exploration of the stars is limited more by a lack of vision than of technology. But a few scientists think they can use the sun’s light to cheaply propel an unmanned craft deep into the interstellar ether. Their vision may be quixotic, and their first attempt failed. But what will it mean for our solipsistic species if they succeed next time?
  • Obama seeks a new era of energy exploration in US

    04/22/2009 2:06:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 669+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/22/09 | Philip Elliott and Mike Glover - ap
    NEWTON, Iowa – Marking Earth Day with a pitch for his energy plan, President Barack Obama on Wednesday called for a "new era of energy exploration in America" and argued that his proposal would help the economy and the environment at once. ... But Obama's promise of preserving natural resources and jump-starting the economy ran smack into the reality of this economically struggling town about 30 miles east of Des Moines. The wind energy plant where he spoke, and received a tour beforehand, is a shadow of what it replaced — a Maytag Corp. appliances plant that built washers, dryers...
  • Boldly Going Nowhere

    04/14/2009 5:52:28 PM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 15 replies · 656+ views
    NYT ^ | 4/13/2009 | SETH SHOSTAK
    IT’S a birthright proffered by science and prophesied by “Star Trek,” “Battlestar Galactica” and a thousand other space operas: We’re destined to go to the stars. Our descendants will spread beyond this nondescript solar system and seek adventure and bumpy-headed pals in the stellar realms. Well, cool your warp jets, Mr. Scott, because we’re not about to breach the final frontier. Piling into a starship and barreling into deep space may long remain —like perfect children or effort-free bathroom cleaners —a pipe dream. . . . [A] trip to Proxima Centauri, the nearest star beyond the Sun and 100 million...
  • Noble Energy announces another Israeli find

    04/03/2009 1:42:06 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 1 replies · 386+ views
    chron.com|energy ^ | March 30, 2009 | sourced from Bloomberg
    Noble Energy Inc., the U.S. oil company that operates Israel’s first offshore natural-gas platform, announced its second discovery in the undersea Levantine basin. A well drilled to a depth of 12,000 feet at the Dalit prospect encountered more than 110 feet of net pay, Houston-based Noble said today in a statement. The announcement follows Tamar, another Levantine basin gas find this year, which Noble called its biggest discovery on record. “With the successes at Tamar and Dalit, we have potentially opened up a substantial new resource basin, where we have an interest in about 3 million gross acres,” Chief Executive...
  • Steve Fossett's unfinished legacy: Deepest ocean exploration

    10/04/2008 1:36:07 AM PDT · by valkyry1 · 5 replies · 921+ views
    CNET ^ | October 3, 2008 | Daniel Terdiman
    Steve Fossett's unfinished legacy: Deepest ocean exploration And were it not for what seems certain to be his untimely and tragic death in a small airplane crash high in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Fossett was poised to set a new record, one that could have far surpassed his many others in scope and shock value. The record? To become the first human being to dive solo to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, 36,000 feet below the ocean surface near Guam.
  • Do We Have the Will to Drill? Environmentalists’ New Strategy to Kill Energy Exploration

    09/02/2008 7:15:19 AM PDT · by vadum · 7 replies · 186+ views
    Capital Research Center ^ | September 2008 | Danny Smith
    Summary: The debate over energy and environmental policy has taken a surprising turn. With gasoline hovering around $4 a gallon, environmental groups are on the defensive. Americans want lower gas prices but environmentalists want to use high fuel prices to force dramatic changes on society. Many greens continue to oppose all new energy production, but the major environmental groups have a new strategy. They think their allies in Congress can convince the public that more oil won’t lower gas prices. ... Today’s green activists take their cues from professional pessimists like Paul Ehrlich. He’s the Stanford University professor who famously...
  • Israeli companies search for oil in Judean Desert

    08/26/2008 12:30:57 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 3,121+ views
    THE JERUSALEM POST ^ | Aug. 25, 2008 | Ehud Zion Waldoks
    Two Israeli energy companies are convinced the best chance for finding oil in Israel lies at a site in the Judean Desert nature reserve and have stirred up a storm of controversy with their persistent requests to drill an exploratory hole. The companies, Ginko Oil Exploration and Delek Energy System, want to drill in an empty corner of the desert. However, the Nature and Parks Authority Science Committee and the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) contend that even exploratory drilling will destroy the fragile ecosystems in the reserve. The two sides will go head to head...
  • Debate on Gas Prices

    07/10/2008 5:01:49 AM PDT · by Raquel · 13 replies · 54+ views
    Political Blog ^ | July 10, 2008 | Raquel Okyay
    Most Americans agree that the price of oil has skyrocketed! It is at a point where the average citizen has no choice but to incur the rise in price in their pocketbook, because for most of us our car is essential to our livelihood and heating in the wintertime is a must! I have no doubt that great minds will find viable, alternative sources of energy in the future, and concede it is well worth the effort. We should reject, however, the idea that gas and oil is our enemy, and exploit the oil off and on American shores as...
  • No Profits, No Oil

    06/18/2008 9:00:20 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 11 replies · 144+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 17, 2008 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    If a product is in short supply and if you really wanted more to be produced quickly, would you want companies to think that they could earn a lot of money making it? You would think that the answer is pretty obvious: No profits, no oil. To encourage more production, companies need to think that there are more profits to be made. With all the anger over high oil prices, more production to lower prices would seem to be a high priority. But outside of most congressional Republicans, particularly those in the Senate who successfully filibustered a new wind-fall profits...
  • Domestic Oil Exploration Should Be Year’s Top Issue, But Republicans Are Too Stupid

    05/27/2008 4:46:55 AM PDT · by Invisigoth · 74 replies · 131+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | May 27, 2008 | Dan Calabrese
    If Republicans had any brains, they would make domestic oil exploration the number one issue in this election year. Surely the voters would have little sympathy for a party that wants to keep trillions of barrels worth of oil resources in the ground while they pay through the nose at the pump. But it’s hard to say you’ll solve a problem when you’ve already had a chance and failed – and this is the Republicans’ never-ending quandary in the aftermath of their pathetic stewardship of Congress. My colleague Herman Cain this week did the mainstream media’s job for it and...
  • Afghanistan Heroes Offer to Colonize Moon, Mars and Beyond

    04/25/2008 6:37:14 PM PDT · by Bender2 · 11 replies · 124+ views
    LiveScience Blogs ^ | 4-25-08 | Anthony Duignan-Cabrera
    Afghanistan Heroes Offer to Colonize Moon, Mars and Beyond By Anthony Duignan-Cabrera A recent survey in the news showed that the war in Iraq had dropped to number 3 on a list of issues currently obsessing potential voters in the ongoing presidential campaign season. -snip- The problem is, NASA is going about it all the wrong way. Here is an idea: Send battle-hardened, strong-minded soldiers and marines on the long trips into space. We are conditioned to live with the bare minimal (of) life’s necessities and are trained to be prepared for … the worst conditions that any environment could...
  • Report on Bakken oil potential expected

    04/08/2008 7:02:14 PM PDT · by tatown · 18 replies · 68+ views
    Business Week ^ | 4/8/08 | JAMES MacPHERSON
    A long-awaited federal report on oil that could be recovered in parts of North Dakota, Montana and two Canadian provinces is to be released this week. The Bakken shale formation encompasses some 25,000 square miles in North Dakota, Montana, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. About two-thirds of the acreage is in western North Dakota, where the oil is trapped in a thin layer of dense rock nearly two miles beneath the surface. Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, said the number of wells in the Bakken increased from about 300 in 2006 to 457 at the end of last...
  • IADC Rotary Rig Report (Active Oil Rigs Around the World)

    03/25/2008 9:56:03 PM PDT · by anymouse · 3 replies · 520+ views
    As reported to IADC by Baker Hughes Rotary Rigs Actually Making Hole For the week ending 20 March 2008 Country This Week Last Week Last Month Last Year United States 1784 1792 1771 1745 Canada 328 510 647 246 The complete North American Rig Count is available at the Baker Hughes web site. International Rotary Rigs Running Monthly Average for February 2008 Region Current Month Change From Previous Month Europe 81 -12 Middle East 272 -3 Africa 58 -10 Latin America 373 8 Asia Pacific 248 -4 The complete International Rig Count is available at the Baker Hughes web site....
  • Nobel-winning boffin slams ISS, manned spaceflight

    09/19/2007 1:41:51 PM PDT · by Paul Ross · 29 replies · 118+ views
    The Register ^ | September 19, 2007 | Lewis Page
    Nobel-winning boffin slams ISS, manned spaceflight 'Infantile fixation on putting people into space' By Lewis Page, The Register, Wednesday 19th September 2007 A Nobel laureate physicist has poured scorn on human space exploration, saying "the whole manned spaceflight programme, which is so enormously expensive, has produced nothing of scientific value". Professor Steven Weinberg of the University of Texas at Austin, co-recipient of the 1979 Nobel Prize for Physics, was speaking at a workshop in Baltimore. His remarks were reported by Space.com. Weinberg had especially harsh words for the International Space Station (ISS), saying that it was "an orbital turkey... No...
  • NASA's robot probe to search for life on Mars

    08/04/2007 11:32:35 AM PDT · by Mamzelle · 9 replies · 424+ views
    Khaleez Times Online ^ | August 4, 2007
    WASHINGTON - A US space probe embarked on Saturday on a 10 month journey to Mars, where it will dig through Martian soil in a search for signs of life in a frigid region of the Red Planet. The Phoenix Mars Lander separated from a Delta II rocket after blasting off into the dark sky at 5:36 am (0936 GMT) from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Powered by solar panels, Phoenix, whose launch was delayed by one day following bad weather, is scheduled to land on Mars on May 25, 2008, after travelling 680 million kilometers (422...
  • NASA, 13 Space Agencies Release Exploration Strategy Framework

    05/31/2007 3:30:40 PM PDT · by anymouse · 3 replies · 342+ views
    NASA Press Release ^ | May 31, 2007 | Yvette Smith
    NASA and 13 space agencies from around the world are releasing the latest product of their Global Exploration Strategy discussions. The document, "The Global Exploration Strategy: The Framework for Coordination," reflects a shared vision of space exploration focused on solar system destinations where humans may someday live and work. The framework document allows for the establishment of a voluntary, non-binding mechanism by which space agencies can exchange information on their respective space exploration plans. This coordination mechanism will play a key role in helping to identify gaps, overlaps and synergies in the space exploration plans of participating agencies. The framework...
  • US snubs Russian request for joint moon exploration: space chief

    04/29/2007 11:35:31 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 14 replies · 646+ views
    The head of Russia's space agency Sunday said the US has rebuffed an offer from Moscow to jointly explore the moon, while announcing a separate contract with NASA for nearly one billion dollars for the International Space Station. Roskosmos chief Anatoly Perminov was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency that Russia had proposed pooling resources to explore the moon. "We were ready to cooperate but for unknown reasons, the United States have said they will undertake this programme themselves," he said. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in December said it envisaged setting up a manned base,...
  • Can Global Warming Control Be Our Generation's Apollo Mission? (Take NASA $$ away from Red States)

    02/17/2007 11:35:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies · 555+ views
    California Progress Report ^ | February 17, 2007 | Dick Price
    ...................................(snip) Fly Me to the Moon What if the US undertook a massive public effort on the scale of the Apollo Project that put a man on the moon and brought him safely home? What if we had a president far-sighted enough to make the development of alternative energy sources and population control our generation’s glorious challenge, as space flight was for President John F. Kennedy’s: “I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth. No single space project...
  • French Government Group Wants Europe To Join 2nd Space Race

    02/13/2007 5:06:22 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies · 381+ views
    space.com ^ | February 12, 2007 | Peter B. de Selding
    ...The parliamentary group views the growing space budgets of the United States, China, India and Russia in particular as confirmation that space remains a realm of strategic competition with multiple military and commercial applications. Europe, they say, is losing ground to these nations and is at risk of becoming a space also-ran if it does not redouble its financial effort and end duplication among individual European nations. The report says Europe’s NATO members should set a goal of making their existing military satellite telecommunications systems interoperable within two years. Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain operate independent systems and sometimes...
  • America must answer the Chinese challenge - Sands of the Moon vs the Sands of Iraq

    01/24/2007 8:05:17 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies · 661+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | January 24, 2007 | Greg Autry
    ...In this new century, those who effectively utilize space will enjoy added prosperity and security and will hold a substantial advantage over those who do not." (U.S. National Space Policy) .. Why should we care about missiles threatening low Earth orbit? When the Chinese get on with reabsorbing Taiwan - the most likely trigger for a U.S.-China confrontation - U.S. drivers may find that the navigation systems in their SUVs (not to mention their ambulances) aren't working. Low-flying U.S. military spy satellites are the first target of the new weapon, but the slightly higher GPS (global positioning system) satellites that...
  • Rocket chief: Russia could fall behind in space race if it doesn't develop new spacecraft

    01/12/2007 5:04:59 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies · 912+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Jan 11, 2007 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, AP
    MOSCOW — Russia could fall further behind the United States and other nations in space research if it fails to quickly build a replacement to its Soviet-designed spacecraft, the head of the nation's top rocket builder said Thursday. Nikolai Sevastyanov, the head of state-controlled RKK Energiya, said it was continuing design work on a new reusable spacecraft called the Clipper, which he said would cost an estimated $1.5 billion to develop, and build a fleet of five such ships. ''If we don't conduct the Clipper program, we may fall behind irreparably in five years or so,'' Sevastyanov said at a...
  • Congress Targets Oil-Drilling Subsidies

    01/08/2007 9:14:23 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies · 841+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 8, 2007 | John J. Fialka
    WASHINGTON -- With Democrats controlling Congress, the oil industry is in for a rough ride. So is the agency that collects royalties for oil and gas drilling on federal lands. Democrats and some Republicans have complained for months that the Interior Department's Minerals Management Service -- whose motto is "securing ocean energy and economic value for America" -- has mishandled the royalty program. The issue will hit the spotlight Jan. 18, when the House takes up energy legislation targeting oil-industry subsidies. One goal: untangling a legal mess that could allow companies to escape paying at least $10 billion in future...