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  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Assembly of The International Space Station

    11/09/2015 12:21:09 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | November 09, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: It is the largest and most sophisticated object ever built off the Earth. It has taken numerous spaceflights and over a decade to construct. The International Space Station (ISS) is currently the premiere habitat for humans in Earth orbit, and an amalgamation of sophisticated orbiting laboratories that have examined everything from the formation of new materials and medicines created in microgravity -- to the limitations of the human body -- to the composition of the universe. This month, the ISS is celebrating 15 years of continuous human habitation. The ISS has been visited by astronauts from 15 countries, so...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- ISS Double Transit

    09/11/2015 9:04:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | September 12, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Not once, but twice the International Space Station transits the Sun on consecutive orbits of planet Earth in this video frame composite. The scene was captured on August 22 from a single well-chosen location in Schmalenbeck, Germany where the ISS created intersecting shadow paths only around 7 kilometers wide. Crossing the solar disk in a second or less, the transits themselves were separated in time by about 90 minutes, corresponding to the space station's orbital period. while the large, flare-producing sunspot group below center, AR 2043, remained a comfortable 150 million kilometers away, the distance between camera and orbiting...
  • NASA salvages old space shuttle parts for the ISS

    08/21/2015 3:17:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    engadget ^ | Mariella Moon
    NASA has apparently been stripping and reusing parts from old spacecraft, because when you have lofty goals and a limited budget, you gotta do what you gotta do. For instance, it's salvaging the four water tanks installed on the space shuttle Endeavour this week, so the agency can use them to build a new storage system for the International Space Station. Those tanks can store 300 liters in all that can last for 25 to 27 days: they're expected to help free more time for the crew to spend on their experiments. Also, according to NASA spokesperson Daniel Huot, they...
  • Watch HTV-5 Chase the International Space Station From Your Backyard

    08/19/2015 7:16:39 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies ^ | August 19, 2015 | David Dickinson
    HTV does not incorporate deployable solar panels, but instead, has panels wrapped around its body. This can also lend itself to some pretty bright flares as it passes overhead. The H-IIB is a two stage rocket, and ground observers should keep an eye out for the second stage booster during ISS passes as well... Grapple of the HTV-5 will occur Monday over central Asia. Keep in mind, the HTV-5 will have to perform several burns to reach the elevation of the ISS: this means its orbit will evolve daily. Heavens-Above and NASA’s Spot the Station tracker typically publish sighting predictions...
  • Cygnus Restarts Cargo Runs to the Space Station After Antares Rocket Explosion

    08/15/2015 11:00:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    The spacecraft will haul approximately 3,600 kilograms (4 tons) of material in a pressurized cargo module to the International Space Station in December 2015. This is the fourth Commercial Resupply Services cargo run by Orbital Sciences (OA-4). The Cygnus spacecraft is developed and produced by Orbital Sciences. Historically, it has always launched on an Orbital Antares rocket, but that rocket is still grounded for safety upgrades following the unscheduled rapid disassembly last fall. Instead, the Cygnus will be launched by a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. It will also be launching from a new pad — Cape Canaveral instead...
  • 'The ISS is being monitored by aliens': Conspiracy theorists spot yet another UFO hovering...

    08/11/2015 10:15:34 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies ^ | Updated: 04:09 EST, 11 August 2015 | By Mia De Graaf
    Full Title: 'The ISS is being monitored by aliens': Conspiracy theorists spot yet another UFO hovering above the space station ============================================================================================================= Another UFO has been spotted hovering over the International Space Station, conspiracy theorists claim. Footage allegedly taken from a Nasa camera shows a pink and white object soaring across space. It has reignited claims the ISS is being 'monitored by extra-terrestrials'. The latest supposed sighting comes after another Nasa video, shot from the ISS in June, which showed mysterious lights 'leaving' Earth before the stream cut. The short clip, uploaded to YouTube, is the latest to fuel claims that...
  • ISS Astronauts to Sample Leafy Greens Grown on Space Station

    08/08/2015 10:54:29 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    Expedition 44 crew members, including Nasa astronaut Scott Kelly, are ready to sample the fruits of their labour after harvesting a crop of "Outredgeous" red romaine lettuce from the "veggie plant" growth system on the orbiting laboratory. The astronauts will clean the leafy greens with citric acid-based, food safe sanitizing wipes before consuming them. ... Nasa's plant experiment, called Veg-01, is being used to study the in-orbit function and performance of the plant growth facility and its rooting "pillows" which contain the seeds. The first "pillows" were activated, watered and cared for by Expedition 39 flight engineer Steve Swanson in...
  • NASA signing $490M contract with Russia

    08/06/2015 8:28:32 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies ^ | 8/5/2015 | Rebecca Shabad
    NASA informed lawmakers on Wednesday that because Congress has failed to fully fund its Commercial Crew Program for the last five years, it is signing a $490 million contract extension with Russia to send Americans to space. The new contract, running through 2019, means that NASA will continue to depend on Russia to get its astronauts to space even as tensions between Washington and Moscow escalate. It will put money in Russia’s pockets even as U.S. economic sanctions seek to put pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government over the conflict in Ukraine.
  • Russian, Japanese, US crew reach ISS despite minor mishap

    07/23/2015 5:21:31 AM PDT · by csvset · 2 replies
    France 24 ^ | 23 july 2015 | Anna Smolchenko
    MOSCOW (AFP) - Astronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States Thursday docked successfully with the International Space Station after a two-month delay, despite a minor hiccup. The Soyuz TMA 17M rocket -- carrying cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, US astronaut Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui of Japan -- blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome on schedule after a two-month delay caused by the failure of a Russian rocket during an unmanned resupply mission. The launch and the docking were successful even though one solar array -- a type of power supply that captures energy from the sun -- did not deploy...
  • Human Skin Gets Thinner In Space, International Space Station Study

    07/22/2015 1:16:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies ^ | 22 Jul '15 14:43PM | Ashwin Subramania -
    "We use femtosecond laser pulses. We scan the skin and we get signals from the skin, particularly fluorescence, as well as another signal called second harmonic generation. So with these two signals we can build up images and get a precise look into the skin with a high resolution. The resolution is a factor of one thousand (times) better than ultrasound....." "So far we've got interesting results from three astronauts. It seems that there is a strong production of collagen; so suddenly these astronauts have more collagen. It means there is some sort of anti-ageing effect, at least in the...
  • ISS crew shelters from space junk

    07/16/2015 7:54:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies ^ | July 16, 2015
    A "close pass" by orbiting junk has forced the International Space Station's crew to scramble into its attached Soyuz capsule. It is the fourth time in ISS's 15 years that a collision risk has prompted such precautions. Three astronauts briefly fled the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday as a fragment of a former Soviet weather satellite flew by. They sheltered in a Soyuz spacecraft, which normally transports crew members to and from Earth. A space industry source quoted by the Russian news agency Interfax claimed that US space monitors had spotted the space junk "very late." That had left...
  • SpaceX Capsule to Deliver New Parking Spot for Space Station

    06/26/2015 5:40:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Besides food and experiments, the Dragon cargo ship ordered up by NASA holds a new docking port, or parking place, for future commercial crew capsules. Liftoff is scheduled for 10:21 a.m. Sunday. Good flying weather is forecast for SpaceX's unmanned Falcon rocket. This shipment is especially critical because the space station has lost two deliveries since fall. A Russian supply ship spun out of control shortly after liftoff in April and burned up on re-entry with all its contents. In October, an Orbital Sciences Corp. cargo carrier was destroyed in a Virginia launch explosion. Once again, SpaceX is picking up...
  • National Space Society Opposes Senate Gutting of Commercial Crew Program

    National Space Society Opposes Senate Gutting of Commercial Crew Program [and investing in Russian economy] The National Space Society (NSS) strongly opposes the Senate Appropriations Committee’s $344 million (27%) cut of the 2015 Commercial Crew budget requested by the Administration. The Senate cuts were $100 million more than those recently passed by the House. NSS stands with NASA administrator Charles Bolden when he said “By gutting this program and turning our backs on U.S. industry, NASA will be forced to continue to rely on Russia to get its astronauts into space – and to continue to invest hundreds of millions...
  • [Space] Station Astronaut Snaps Super Sharp View of the Great Pyramids from Space

    06/14/2015 11:46:21 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 40 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 13 June 2015 | Ken Kremer
    On his last full day in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS), NASA astronaut Terry Virts at last captured a truly iconic shot of one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” – the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Virts snapped the exquisitely sharp view of the Egyptian pyramids at Giza on June 10 looking out from the stations windows, just hours before entering the Soyuz return spaceship and closing the hatches behind him for his planned plummet back to Earth. He proudly posted the spectacular photo on his twitter social media account from space while serving as...
  • Station Astronaut Snaps Super Sharp View of the Great Pyramids from Space

    06/13/2015 5:25:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies ^ | on June 13, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    On his last full day in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS), NASA astronaut Terry Virts at last captured a truly iconic shot of one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” – the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Virts snapped the exquisitely sharp view of the Egyptian pyramids at Giza on June 10 looking out from the stations windows, just hours before entering the Soyuz return spaceship and closing the hatches behind him for his planned plummet back to Earth. He proudly posted the spectacular photo on his twitter social media account from space while serving as...
  • Is Elon Musk Just A Billionaire Welfare King?

    06/12/2015 9:27:31 PM PDT · by Rabin · 32 replies ^ | 11 June 2015 | Gaurav Agnihotri
    Elon Musk our billionaire, whose Stimulus funded Tesla Motors, Solarandra City and (only option to Russia, NASA is out) Space X has received $4.9 billion in FedSlush. Is Elon Musk a billionaire welfare queen of Federal grants, discounted loans, tax breaks, government RICO & Carbon credits? Tesla is set to receive an incentive worth $1.3 billion from the state of Nevada. Anyone who buys a Tesla gets a $7,500 federal income tax credit, Californians receive an additional rebate of $2,500 from the state. In all, Tesla Motors Inc. has received close to $2.391 billion in form of government subsidies. SolarCity,...
  • Glitch [putting it mildly!] shifts position of International Space Station

    06/10/2015 10:12:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies ^ | June 10, 2015
    Roscosmos said the engines of a Soyuz spacecraft docked at the station unexpectedly started during testing of the radio system that controls the docking procedure. Steps were taken to stabilize the station and specialists were now working to determine what caused the engines to start, the agency said. Two Soyuz spacecraft are docked at the station, and one of them is scheduled to return three of the six crew members to Earth this week. Roscosmos did not specify which capsule had the malfunction, but said the landing would go ahead as planned.
  • Watch SpaceX cargo ship depart from ISS Thursday morning

    05/20/2015 6:17:37 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 1 replies
    EarthSky ^ | May20,2015
    The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is set to leave the International Space Station tomorrow. Live coverage starts at 6:45 a.m. EDT (1045 UTC) on May 21. After delivering more than two tons of supplies and research to the International Space Station that will help prepare NASA astronauts and robotic explorers for future missions to Mars, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is set to leave the orbital laboratory on Thursday, May 21. NASA Television will provide live coverage of Dragon’s departure beginning at 6:45 a.m. EDT. Watch here. The Dragon capsule, which arrived at the station April 17, will be detached...
  • Russian rocket pieces may crash on land after launch goes awry

    05/16/2015 1:45:19 PM PDT · by Lurch Addams · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/16/15 | Ben Brumfield and Brian Walker
    A glitch in a Russian space launch may have sent part of a rocket and its payload -- a satellite -- plummeting down onto southeastern Siberia, according to Russian state-run media reports. It is the second space mission failure for the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, in less than a month. And the mishap occurs on the anniversary of a similar loss in 2014.
  • Ever Wonder How You'd Go To The Bathroom On The Space Station?

    05/11/2015 5:06:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    popular science ^ | Loren Grush
    ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti demonstrates
  • Doomed Russian Spacecraft Is Falling From Space, But Where Will It Fall?

    05/06/2015 6:42:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 54 replies ^ | Leonard David,
    Round and round it goes, but exactly where a failed Russian space cargo ship will fall to Earth on this week is a guessing game. On April 28, Russia's uncrewed Progress 59 supply ship streaked into orbit atop a Soyuz launcher, intended to dock with the International Space Station. But shortly after liftoff ... Russian mission control team could not command the cargo vessel packed with nearly 3 tons of supplies. Current forecasts predict that the Progress should fall to Earth in an uncontrolled, destructive nose-dive on Thursday (May 8) between 3:11 a.m. and 5:26 a.m. EDT (0711-0826 GMT). Some...
  • Is Russia Planning to Disassemble the International Space Station?

    05/04/2015 12:03:29 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 47 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | May 3, 2015 | Rich Smith
    Is Russia Planning to Disassemble the International Space Station? Goodbye, International Space Station. We hardly knew ye. For nearly two decades, since the launch of its first "module" in 1998, the International Space Station has been a symbol of global cooperation, and the site of actual cooperation among scientists from many nations. Comprised of 15 separate modules, and inhabited continuously since 2000, the International Space Station has hosted upward of 200 astronauts and cosmonauts from 15 different nations over 17 years in service. But in just a few more years, all this will come to an end. Like disassembling an...
  • Russian spacecraft Progress M-27M 'out of control'

    05/03/2015 12:52:04 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 29 April 2015 | BBC
    A Russian spacecraft delivering supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) is out of control and will fall back to Earth, officials say. The unmanned cargo ship was launched from Kazakhstan on Tuesday, but contact was lost with it soon afterwards. Russia's space agency says Progress M-27M is now orbiting in an uncontrolled spin. It cannot reach the ISS and is likely to break up on re-entering Earth's atmosphere. The craft carried on to a higher orbit after contact was lost. Igor Komarov, the head of Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, said: "The craft's continued flight and its docking with the...
  • Doomed Russian Spaceship May Re-Enter Next Week

    05/01/2015 12:44:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | Irene Klotz
    An out-of-control Russian Progress capsule, loaded with more than 3 tons of cargo for the International Space Station, may burn up in the atmosphere as early as next week, NASA said on Friday. Ground controllers lost contact with the ship shortly after its launch on Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Engineers tried for more than a day to rescue the craft, to no avail ... An investigation in the botched mission is underway. Preliminary findings indicate a problem with the capsule’s separation from its Soyuz launcher. Among the evidence: debris orbiting near the tumbling Progress capsule, the Air...
  • Musk blames SpaceX rocket landing FAIL on lazy 'throttle valve response'

    04/19/2015 2:52:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 47 replies ^ | Kelly Fiveash
    Billionaire biz baron Elon Musk has revealed a few more details about why SpaceX's latest attempt to land a rocket in one piece at sea had failed. The Register reported on the drama as it unfolded on Tuesday. Once again, Falcon 9 successfully launched the capsule payload to 'nauts on the International Space Station, only for the rocket to hit the "just read the instructions" deck hard on its shaky return to Earth.
  • Ammonia Leak Alarm on the ISS Forces Evacuation of US Side, Crew Safe

    01/14/2015 7:17:42 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | on January 14, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    NASA announced that an alarm sounded in the US segment at about 4 a.m. EST. indicating a possible ammonia leak. As a result, all six Expedition 42 astronauts and cosmonauts evacuated the US segment. “Flight controllers in Mission Control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston saw an increase in pressure in the station’s water loop for thermal control system B then later saw a cabin pressure increase that could be indicative of an ammonia leak in the worst case scenario,” according to a NASA announcement.

    12/29/2014 4:10:39 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 27 replies
    SpaceX ^ | September 16, 2014 | SpaceX
    Today, NASA selected SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon spacecraft to fly American astronauts to the International Space Station under the Commercial Crew Program. SpaceX is deeply honored by the trust NASA has placed in us, and we welcome today’s decision and the mission it advances with gratitude and seriousness of purpose. Under the $2.6 billion contract, SpaceX will launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft atop the Falcon 9 launch vehicle from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
  • ISS astronaut needs a wrench, NASA successfully 'emails' him one

    12/19/2014 2:44:12 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 43 replies ^ | 19 December 2014 9:46 pm GMT | Anthony Domanico
    An astronaut aboard the International Space Station needed a socket wrench, so NASA engineers emailed him designs for 3D-printing one.
  • Astronauts Make a Water Bubble... IN SPACE… IN 3-D! (Video)

    11/07/2014 10:57:26 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 11-7-2014 | ALEX CHANCEY
    To quote the late, great author Douglas Adams, space “is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is.” So naturally, the astronauts of Expedition 40 to the International Space Station decided to explore that bigness by learning about water surface tension in microgravity. To put it in layperson’s terms, they made a softball-sized bubble out of water, stuck a GoPro inside and played with it.
  • Antares rocket explodes on lifetoff

    10/28/2014 4:41:34 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 62 replies
    YouTube ^ | October 28, 2014 | Brad Panovich
    The video says it all.
  • NASA rocket explodes during launch at Wallops Island

    10/28/2014 3:31:06 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 116 replies
    A space station deliver rocket scheduled launch Tuesday evening exploded and crashed as it took off from Wallops Island.
  • Cygnus Rocket blows Up After Launch

    10/28/2014 3:25:17 PM PDT · by hoagy62 · 35 replies
    10/28/14 | Hoagy62
    The Cygnus space cargo craft atop the Antares rocket exploded just after launch. The Rocket lifted off, gained about 100 feet, there was an explosion, then the rocket fell back down and exploded on the pad at Wallops Island.

    09/30/2014 5:42:32 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    SpaceX ^ | Fri Sep, 19 2014 10:50 PM PDT — Sat Oct, 18 2014 12:00 PM PDT | SpaceX
    6 days ago At 9:21am ET, Dragon is fully attached to the ISS, its home for the next four weeks. Astronauts will now prepare to open Dragon's hatch to unload cargo, including materials to support more than 255 science experiments.
  • NASA awards space taxi contract to Boeing and SpaceX

    09/16/2014 2:28:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 16, 2014 | James Rogers
    NASA has awarded the highly-anticipated space taxi contract to Boeing and SpaceX, a move which will end the agency’s reliance on Russian technology to transport U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station. The Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract aims to restore an American capability to launch astronauts from U.S. soil to the International Space Station by the end of 2017. Since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011, American astronauts have been transported to space on Russian-built Soyuz vessels. …
  • Sea plankton 'found living outside International Space Station'

    08/22/2014 6:19:50 AM PDT · by shove_it · 52 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 21 Aug 2014 | Sarah Knapton,
    Sea plankton has been discovered living on the outside of the International Space Station, Russian cosmonauts have claimed. Scientists on board the ISS are reported to have discovered living organisms when taking samples from windows. Head of the Russian ISS orbital mission Vladimir Solovyev said the results of the experiment “are absolutely unique”. Solovyev told the Russian Itar-Tass news agency that the tiny marine life-forms were not native to the launch site in Kazakhstan. “Plankton in these stages of development could be found on the surface of the oceans,” he said. “This is not typical for Baikonur [in Kazakhstan]. It...
  • Russia Bans U.S. From International Space Station: America Strikes Back

    06/22/2014 5:56:42 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 41 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | 22JUN2014 | Rich Smith
    Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's an International Space Station. But if Russia gets its way, it's going to be off-limits to the United States soon. For weeks now, there have been rumblings about Russia wanting to ban the United States from using the ISS while the two countries wrangled over Ukraine. While that would probably violate international law, it may be feasible from a practical perspective. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin argued that "the Russian segment [of the ISS] can exist independently from the American one. The U.S. one...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Camelopardalids and ISS

    05/25/2014 1:29:44 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | May 25, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: From a camp on the northern shores of the Great Lake Erie, three short bright meteor streaks were captured in this composited night skyscape. Recorded over the early morning hours of May 24, the meteors are elusive Camelopardalids. Their trails point back to the meteor shower's radiant near Polaris, in the large but faint constellation Camelopardalis the camel leopard, or in modern terms the Giraffe. While a few meteors did appear, the shower was not an active one as the Earth crossed through the predicted debris trail of periodic comet 209P/LINEAR. Of course, the long bright streak in the...
  • Dragon cargo capsule encounters water seepage

    05/21/2014 4:12:09 PM PDT · by Yossarian · 15 replies
    Spaceflight Now ^ | 5/21/14 | STEPHEN CLARK
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo -- Sea water seeped into SpaceX's Dragon supply capsule when it parachuted into the Pacific Ocean on Sunday, the second such occurrence since the cargo carrier began flying to the International Space Station in 2012, but a NASA space station manager said Wednesday there is no indication the incident damaged any of the sensitive research samples stowed inside. The Dragon spacecraft descends to a parachute-assisted touchdown Sunday. Photo credit: SpaceX  "SpaceX did occur a minor incursion that they saw upon opening the hatch," said Dan Hartman, NASA's deputy space station program manager. "That has not caused us...
  • SpaceX Dragon returns to Earth from International Space Station (Who needs the Russians?)

    05/18/2014 6:05:35 PM PDT · by equalator · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5-18-2014
    "Very nice to have a vehicle that can take your science, equipment and maybe someday even humans back to Earth," Swanson told Mission Control. The SpaceX Dragon is the only supply ship capable of returning items to Earth. The others burn up on re-entry. This was the fourth Dragon to bring back space station goods, with 3,500 pounds aboard; it came down off Mexico's Baja California coast.
  • Russia to ban US from using Space Station over Ukraine sanctions

    05/14/2014 6:22:32 AM PDT · by shove_it · 38 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 13 May 2014
    In retaliation for imposing sanctions, Russia will also bar its rocket engines from launching US military satellites Russia is to deny the US future use of the International Space Station beyond 2020 and will also bar its rocket engines from launching US military satellites as it hits back at American sanctions imposed over Ukraine crisis. Russia’s deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin announced a series of punitive measures on Tuesday against the US in response to sanctions imposed after Russia annexed Crimea...
  • Russia Restricts U.S. Access To Space Over Ukraine

    05/15/2014 9:15:21 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 15, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    World Leadership: In retaliation for imposing sanctions over Ukraine, Moscow will bar our use of its rocket engines in launching U.S. military satellites and deny the U.S. use of the International Space Station. It may come as news to some that the nation that once used the massive Saturn V launch vehicle to put men on the moon now imports Russian rocket engines, but we do. That supply is to be cut off in response to the sanctions imposed by President Obama in response to Moscow's annexation of Crimea and its actions against Ukraine. Also to be cut off is...
  • US astronauts should use trampolines to get into space, Russian official says

    04/30/2014 1:25:00 PM PDT · by Reaganez · 35 replies ^ | April 30, 2014 | FoxNews
    A Russian official angered over new sanctions that the United States imposed on Russia over the Ukraine crisis is suggesting that American astronauts get to the International Space Station by using trampolines instead of rockets. "The United States introduced sanctions against our space industry... We warned them, we will reply to statements with statements, to actions with actions," Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who heads Russia's defense industry, said on Twitter, according to Reuters. American astronauts depend on Russian rockets to get to the ISS, but after the U.S. imposed sanctions – which deny export licenses for high-tech items that...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- SuitSat-1: A Spacesuit Floats Free

    04/27/2014 5:01:51 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    NASA ^ | April 27, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: A spacesuit floated away from the International Space Station eight years ago, but no investigation was conducted. Everyone knew that it pushed by the space station crew. Dubbed Suitsat-1, the unneeded Russian Orlan spacesuit filled mostly with old clothes was fitted with a faint radio transmitter and released to orbit the Earth. The suit circled the Earth twice before its radio signal became unexpectedly weak. Suitsat-1 continued to orbit every 90 minutes until it burned up in the Earth's atmosphere after a few weeks. Pictured above, the lifeless spacesuit was photographed in 2006 just as it drifted away from...
  • Watch Live As Astronauts Conduct Urgent Spacewalk On Space Station

    04/23/2014 7:06:30 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies ^ | April 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell on
    The NASA spacewalk involving Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson is scheduled to start today (April 23) at 9:20 a.m. EDT (1:20 p.m. UTC), with coverage starting around 8:30 a.m. EDT (12:30 p.m. UTC). The spacewalk is scheduled to last 2.5 hours. Bear in mind that the times could change as circumstances arise. The computer, also called a multiplexer/demultiplexer (MDM), failed for unknown reasons a couple of weeks ago. While the primary computer is working perfectly and the crew is in no danger, things get more risky if the primary computer also breaks. That’s why NASA worked to get the spacewalkers...
  • Soyuz TMA-12M docking delayed following problematic burn

    03/26/2014 7:04:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies ^ | March 25, 2014 by | Chris Bergin and Pete Harding
    Following the launch of the reliable Soyuz FG rocket – along with a successful orbital insertion shortly thereafter – the Soyuz TMA-12M was immediately tasked with performing the first two engine burns on its first orbit of the Earth, which were pre-programmed into the Soyuz’s on-board computer prior to launch. ... While the crew were expected to dock to the station’s Poisk module less than six hours later at 11:04 pm, a problem during the “Dv3″ burn resulted in mission controllers opting to move to a new flight profile that will allow for Soyuz to arrive in two days time....
  • How Russia could strangle the US space program

    03/25/2014 2:36:15 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 32 replies
    Global ^ | Mar 25, 2014 | Jean MacKenzie
    How Russia could strangle the US space program Jean MacKenzie If you use a cellphone, have a GPS system in your car, or get cash from ATMs, you should be worried. BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. — Think Russia has no way to put pressure on the United States? Think again. The US relies heavily on Russia to furnish the engines that power rockets that deliver both military and civil payloads into space. This includes GPS systems in cars and cellphones, and even systems that allow ATMs to function. Weather satellites are launched into space via Russian-powered rockets, and military systems such...
  • Rocket launches on mission to International Space Station

    03/25/2014 2:07:58 PM PDT · by don-o · 24 replies
    Fox ^ | March 25, 2014
    Russians getting ready to launch. Live at link.
  • SpaceX Confirms Cargo Mission Launch From Cape

    03/24/2014 9:23:13 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 22 replies
    space coast daily ^ | 3-24-14 | unattributed
    Launch set for Sunday, March 30 at 10:50 p.m. — SpaceX has confirmed it will target its next cargo mission launch to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, for 10:50 p.m. EDT, Sunday, March 30. Television launch coverage begins at 9:45 p.m. for the company’s third contracted resupply mission to the orbital laboratory. You can catch the Livestream here on SpaceCoast
  • The Spacewalk That Almost Killed Him: How Luca Parmitano survived the scariest wardrobe malfunction

    03/23/2014 10:23:54 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 8 replies
    Air&Space Magazine ^ | MAY2014 | Tony Reichhardt
    Over dinner that night, the astronauts and cosmonauts had discussed their options. Cassidy was of the opinion that NASA would probably wait until he and Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano, who was scheduled to arrive in a couple of weeks, could do an extravehicular activity—NASA parlance for a spacewalk—to assess the problem. Houston ordinarily didn’t like to rush into anything, let alone an EVA. Plus, half the crew was packing up to return to Earth in just four days. That’s why Cassidy couldn’t believe what he now saw on his laptop screen in big red letters: “Welcome to EVA prep day.”...
  • State TV says Russia could turn US to 'radioactive ash'

    03/16/2014 3:09:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 109 replies
    AFP ^ | 3/16/2014 | Stuart Williams
    A leading anchor on Russian state television on Sunday described Russia as the only country capable of turning the United States into "radioactive ash", in an incendiary comment at the height of tensions over the Crimea referendum. "Russia is the only country in the world realistically capable of turning the United States into radioactive ash," anchor Dmitry Kiselyov said on his weekly news show on state-controlled Rossiya 1 television. Kiselyov made the comment to support his argument that the United States and President Barack Obama were living in fear of Russia led by President Vladimir Putin amid the Ukraine crisis....