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  • What Just Happened Over Florida?

    07/02/2018 9:05:11 AM PDT · by messierhunter · 86 replies
    Third Phase of the Moon ^ | June 29, 2018 | Thirdphaseofmoon
    A huge amount of "UFO" videos were posted to YouTube this weekend regarding an object seen in the morning twilight skies over Florida on Friday morning. Popular UFO channels like Third Phase of the Moon reported it as a UFO incident. The real cause? A SpaceX launch of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon capsule to orbit to deliver cargo and supplies to the International Space Station for CRS-15. Despite some who think that "SpaceX is FakeX" and that all of spaceflight is a hoax (including a number of Freepers), the real hoax is the belief that this was...
  • Space station astronauts take spacewalk to install cameras

    06/14/2018 9:41:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    cbs ^ | June 14, 2018, 12:10 PM | William Harwood/ CBS News/
    Two astronauts floated outside the International Space Station Thursday and installed two new cameras on the front of the lab complex that will provide views of commercial crew ships during final approach and docking. The spacewalkers also replaced a faulty high-definition camera and closed a door that was jammed open on an external instrument. Floating in the Quest airlock, Expedition 56 commander Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold switched their spacesuits to battery power at 8:06 a.m. EDT (GMT-4), kicking off what turned out to be a six-hour 49-minute excursion. It was the fifth spacewalk overall for Arnold and the ninth...
  • Antares Rocket Launch Early Monday Could Be Visible Along US East Coast

    05/18/2018 5:54:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Space.com ^ | May 18, 2018 07:28am ET | Chelsea Gohd,
    An Orbital ATK Antares rocket will launch a commercial Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station from Virginia's Eastern Shore before dawn on Monday, and the launch could be visible to potentially millions of spectators along the U.S. East Coast. The Antares rocket is scheduled to launch at 4:39 a.m. EDT (0839 GMT) on Monday (May 21) and should be highly visible across the East Coast of the United States, weather permitting. The mission, called OA-9, will launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia to deliver more than 3 tons of supplies to...
  • Here's the Weird Science Launching to the Space Station on Monday

    05/18/2018 6:37:52 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    Space.com ^ | May 18, 2018 11:12am ET | Chelsea Gohd, Staff Writer |
    On Monday, a cargo delivery to the International Space Station will carry old-fashioned sextants, E. colibacteria and lasers that will create a temperature 10 billion times colder than the vacuum of space. … CAL is sending the space station an experimental physics package that holds an "ice chest"-like compartment filled with lasers and electronics; the interior will be able to reach a temperature10 billion times colder than the vacuum of space, according to a NASA statement. Within this instrument, the researchers will use laser cooling techniques and magnets to slow down atoms until they are almost entirely motionless. By studying...
  • Amateurs Measure ISS Using the Moon

    04/10/2018 12:07:11 PM PDT · by messierhunter · 86 replies
    YouTube ^ | 4-7-18 | me
    Let's see how long this thread lasts, the mods pull everything I post that offends or upset the delicate little flat earth and science hating snowflakes that have taken over FreeRepublic these days. Here's a simple method anyone can use to measure the altitude, size, and velocity of the International Space Station by capitalizing on a lunar transit (where ISS is silhouetted against the moon within a narrow corridor - you can find opportunities on transit-finder.com). Anyone can do this with a friend using a good high magnification camera like a P900 or other long focal length telephoto lens on...
  • 4K Video: Across North America Seen From The International Space Station ISS (8 minutes)

    02/03/2018 8:30:53 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2/3/18
    Okay, a composition of various pics and videos, but really well done... Clickee here! This 4K / UHD video is created from a many photos taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The video has been recomposed to cover the same amount of time it would have taken the ISS to pass over this part of the Earth.
  • NASA bumps astronaut off space station flight in rare move

    01/19/2018 12:16:36 PM PST · by Red Badger · 68 replies
    phys.org ^ | 001/19/2018 | by Marcia Dunn
    In this Sept. 16, 2014 photo provided by NASA, astronaut Jeanette Epps participates in a spacewalk training session at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. In June 2018, Epps was supposed to be the first African-American to live on the International Space Station, but on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, NASA announced it was pulling her off the mission for undisclosed reasons. (Robert Markowitz/NASA via AP) __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ NASA has bumped an astronaut off an upcoming spaceflight, a rare move for the space agency so close to launch. Astronaut Jeanette Epps was supposed to rocket away in early June, and would have...
  • ISS: Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai worried by growth spurt

    01/09/2018 8:12:53 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    A Japanese astronaut who is living on the International Space Station says he has grown 9cm (3.5in) since arriving there just over three weeks ago. Norishige Kanai wrote on social media he was worried he would not fit into the seat of the Russian Soyuz vehicle that is due to bring him home in June. Astronauts grow an average of between two and five centimetres in space. This is because of the absence of gravity which allows the vertebrae in their spines to spread apart. Mr Kanai tweeted: "Good morning, everybody. I have a major announcement today. We had our...
  • This Time, Not for Prestige: The Space Race in the 21st Century

    01/08/2018 1:57:33 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 6 replies
    The National Review ^ | 2017 | Adam Routh
    Today, operations in space are more routine and the competition between states is more diffuse. While generally still important in international politics, prestige plays only a small role in the current international dynamic. To be clear: There is still competition between the U.S. and rising powers. However, unlike the Cold War, which was a battle of opposing political philosophies, here we see competition primarily over economic and strategic opportunity. Another significant difference between the Cold War space race and the current one is that the playing field isn’t level as it was during the Cold War. The U.S. today has...
  • Astronauts Identify Mystery Microbes in Space for the 1st Time

    01/02/2018 11:37:37 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    Space.com ^ | January 2, 2018 01:37pm ET | Sarah Lewin, Associate Editor |
    NASA astronauts successfully sequenced the DNA of microbes found aboard the International Space Station, marking the first time unknown organisms were sequenced and identified entirely in space. Previously, microbes had to be sent to Earth for analysis, and this new sequencing marks an important step in diagnosing astronaut illnesses and, someday, identifying any DNA-based life found on other planets... ... As a part of the Genes in Space-3 mission, astronauts on the space station last year touched a petri plate to surfaces on the space station and grew the bacteria found there into colonies, which NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson used...
  • President Trump Directs NASA to Return to the Moon, Then Aim for Mars

    12/12/2017 1:53:20 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies
    space.com ^ | December 11, 2017 | Calla Cofield
    President Donald Trump signed his administration's first space policy directive today (Dec. 11), which formally directs NASA to focus on returning humans to the moon.
  • Alien life? Bacteria ‘that had not been there’ found on ISS hull, Russian cosmonaut says

    11/28/2017 6:50:18 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    Living bacteria were found on the surface of the International Space Station (ISS), and they might have extraterrestrial origins, Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov said. The microorganisms will be studied further on Earth. Shkaplerov, an ISS expedition flight engineer who will take his third trip to the ISS in December as part of the Expedition 54 crew, said that scientists found living bacteria while they were taking samples from the surface of the station. Speaking to TASS, he said that the microorganisms might have come from outer space. ... However, traces of bacteria originating on Earth – from Madagascar – and...
  • NanoRacks Raises Funding for Commercial Airlock Module

    10/08/2017 5:38:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    Space.com ^ | October 8, 2017 08:47am ET | Jeff Foust,
    "The reason we want our own airlock is this airlock is going to be five times bigger than the current airlock, and it's going to be far more commercial," Manber said in a Sept. 27 presentation at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia. In addition to satellite deployments and experiments, he said the module will be commercial "real estate" on the station, with the ability to mount payloads on its exterior. "It's getting us more into the real estate business and space station operations," he said. ... NanoRacks has long-term ambitions to develop its own commercial station, and is...
  • NASA Snaps Space Station Crossing the Solar Eclipse

    08/21/2017 12:49:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    CNET ^ | August 21, 2017 | Amanda Kooser
    Look closely at this photo of the great North American solar eclipse. You'll notice the sun and the moon's rounded bite taken out of the side. Most of the dark specks are sunspots. But there's something else notable. A larger speck near the curve of the moon's shadow is the International Space Station. The International Space Station Twitter account shared the photo on Monday with the message "It's the moon, sunspots AND the station in front of the sun. @NASA photographer captures station transiting sun during #Eclipse2017." The ISS looks different from the sunspots. You can even make out the...
  • Dream Chaser Mini-Shuttle to Fly ISS Resupply Missions on ULA Atlas V

    07/26/2017 9:51:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | Updated: 26 Jul , 2017 | Ken Kremer
    Dream Chaser will launch atop the commercial Atlas V in its most powerful configuration, dubbed Atlas V 552, with five strap on solid rocket motors and a dual engine Centaur upper stage while protectively tucked inside a five meter diameter payload fairing – with wings folded. Blast off of Dream Chaser loaded with over 5500 kilograms of cargo mass for the space station crews will take place from ULA’s seaside Space Launch Complex-41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The unique lifting body design enables runway landings for Dream Chaser, similar to the NASA’s Space Shuttle at the...
  • SpaceX To Make History With Launch Of Recycled Dragon Spacecraft

    06/01/2017 6:50:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 06/01/2017
    While the concept is not new — the space shuttles, for instance, flew multiple times in orbit — it’s important for saving money as well as technical reasons, he noted. SpaceX refurbished the Dragon for Thursday’s planned launch with a new heat shield and fresh parachutes for re-entry at mission’s end. There were so many X-rays and inspections that savings, if any, were minimal this time, said Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of flight reliability for SpaceX. The vast majority of this Dragon has already been to space, including the hull, thrusters and tanks. It’s packed with 6,000 pounds of station...
  • 2 US Astronauts Conduct Unplanned, Rapidly Executed Contingency Space Walk on Space Station

    05/25/2017 6:40:42 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 25 May , 2017 | Ken Kremer
    NASA managers ordered the spacewalk over the weekend when a computer unit known as multiplexer-demultiplexer-1 (MDM-1) unexpectedly failed Saturday morning, May 20 at 1:13 p.m. Central time. The cause of the MDM failure is not known, says NASA. Multiple attempts by NASA flight controllers to restore power to the MDM-1 relay box were not successful. The US dynamic duo successfully changed out the MDM computer relay box with a spare unit on board the station. They also installed a pair of antennas on the station on the U.S. Destiny Laboratory module to enhance wireless communication for future spacewalks. The MDM...
  • NASA to investigate unknown fungus found growing on the space station (This is how it Starts)

    04/26/2017 11:36:50 AM PDT · by brucedickinson · 87 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4-26-2017 | Mark Prigg
    NASA is set to use a radical new 'tricorder' DNA sequencer to work out what a mysterious fungus found growing on the International Space Station is. Astronauts have reported funding the strange microbial growths on walls and surfaces, and it has even clogged waterlines. Now, two instruments onboard will be used to analyse it in orbit, allowing mission controllers to work out how to deal with it
  • Alien mothership? HUGE circular shadow floats past ISS in remarkable NASA footage

    The bizarre footage shows part of the space station looking out onto a black nothingness. For no apparent reason, the dark outlook begins to get lighter as some sort of circular object floats past. It continues to get lighter and lighter as the shadow is lifted. In his caption to the video, he pointed out he wasn’t for certain saying it was a “huge mothership or any sort of alien spacecraft” but that it “certainly looks unusual”. Alien enthusiast Streetcap1 posted the footage to his YouTube channel on Saturday (March 19). As he watched the mysterious shape move past, he...
  • ISS set for first commercial airlock for external payloads and cubesats

    02/06/2017 2:58:11 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    NASA ^ | February 6, 2017 | by Chris Bergin
    The International Space Station (ISS) is set to gain another addition in 2019, with the announcement of a milestone being achieved with the goal of launching a commercial airlock for installation on the Tranquility module. The airlock – in association with NanoRacks and Boeing – will be used for deploying external payloads and cubesats. The goal of fostering commercial use of the orbital outpost is a major goal for NASA, now the Station is in the utilization phase after years of assembly. Some signs of that aim being achieved are being seen, such as the recent addition of the Bigelow...