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  • ‘Blood Moon’ Lunar Eclipse Visible April 14-15, Beginning Rare Series Of Total Eclipses

    04/08/2014 12:40:28 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 44 replies
    CBS ^ | 4APR2014 | Brandon Mercer
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Just in time for tax day, which may feel like trying to squeeze blood from a rock, the moon will appear blood-red in a total lunar eclipse on the night of April 14th and overnight into April 15h. The total eclipse will be at its best over the Bay Area at 12:46 a.m. on April 15th, but the beginnings of the eclipse will be visible starting around 9:55 p.m. The moon will begin turning red at 12:08 a.m. The eclipse is a rare celestial phenomenon easily observed with the naked eye, and as such it...
  • Solar and Lunar Eclipses in 2014-2015

    03/07/2014 2:26:54 PM PST · by Uri’el-2012 · 27 replies
    Prophecy in the News Magazine ^ | March 1, 2014 | J.R. Church
    As you may know, this year is a Sabbatical Year in the Jewish Calendar. Starting next September 29, 2008, a new Sabbatical cycle will commence. It will run for seven years and conclude with another Sabbatical Year in 2014/15. Also, you may know that Daniel’s seventieth week will be a seven year Sabbatical cycle. Students of biblical prophecy have long compared Daniel’s seventieth week with the Tribulation Period as laid out in the book of Revelation. Intrigued with the Scriptures that repeat over and over again that our Savior’s Second Coming will be heralded with signs in the heavens, in...
  • Sleeping Or Dead? Fate Of China's Yutu Moon Rover Uncertain

    02/12/2014 4:18:23 PM PST · by zeestephen · 30 replies
    NBCNews.com ^ | 12 February 2014 | Devin Coldewey
    Yutu entered a controlled hibernation mode despite mechanical problems on Jan. 24 to weather the 14-day lunar night cycle, but should have woken up days ago. China's mission control has yet to offer an official statement of failture, though it did report that Yutu did not wake up on schedule and was not responding to stimuli.
  • Bright Explosion on the Moon

    05/17/2013 12:05:52 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 40 replies
    NASA ^ | 5/17/13 | Tony Phillips
    May 17, 2013: For the past 8 years, NASA astronomers have been monitoring the Moon for signs of explosions caused by meteoroids hitting the lunar surface. "Lunar meteor showers" have turned out to be more common than anyone expected, with hundreds of detectable impacts occurring every year. They've just seen the biggest explosion in the history of the program. "On March 17, 2013, an object about the size of a small boulder hit the lunar surface in Mare Imbrium," says Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. "It exploded in a flash nearly 10 times as bright as anything we've...
  • Take 5 Minutes to See What the Moon Will Do During 2013

    11/25/2012 10:55:49 AM PST · by Errant · 86 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 20 November, 2012 | NANCY ATKINSON
    This new video shows exactly how the Moon will look to us on Earth during the entire year of 2013. While the Moon always keeps the same face to us, it’s not exactly the same face. Because of the tilt in its axis and shape of its orbit, we see the Moon from slightly different angles over the course of a month, and the year. Normally, we don’t see how the Moon “wobbles” in its orbit or as it moves closer and farther away from Earth. But seeing the entire year compressed down to 5 minutes, we can see the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Sun vs. Super Moon

    05/11/2012 4:40:38 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    NASA ^ | May 11, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: The Super Moon wins, by just a little, when its apparent size is compared to the Sun in this ingenious composite picture. To make it, the Full Moon on May 6 was photographed with the same camera and telescope used to image the Sun (with a dense solar filter!) on the following day. Of course, on May 6 the Moon was at perigee, the closest point to Earth in its eliptical orbit, making it the largest Full Moon of 2012. Two weeks later, on May 20, the Moon will be near apogee, the most distant point in its orbit,...
  • Government sues Apollo 14 astronaut over lunar camera (Edgar Mitchell)

    06/30/2011 2:41:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 82 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 6/30/11 | Terry Baynes - Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government has sued a former NASA astronaut to recover a camera used to explore the moon's surface during the 1971 Apollo 14 mission after seeing it slated for sale in a New York auction. The lawsuit, filed in Miami federal court on Wednesday, accuses Edgar Mitchell of illegally possessing the camera and attempting to sell it for profit. In March, NASA learned that the British auction house Bonhams was planning to sell the camera at an upcoming Space History Sale, according to the suit. The item was labeled "Movie Camera from the Lunar Surface"...
  • China plans to build lunar research base

    05/11/2011 3:38:33 AM PDT · by Prospero · 36 replies
    Peoples Daily Online ^ | 5/11/11 | Staff Writer
    China will carry out an unmanned lunar landing around 2017 before making manned lunar landings and building research bases on the moon, said Ouyang Ziyuan, chief scientist of China's lunar probe program, in Shanghai on May 9. Ouyang made the remarks during the opening ceremony of the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. He said that the Chang'e-2 has operated safely for 200 days as of May 1. During the operation of the Chang'e-2 in space, four tiny cameras on the satellite recorded clear photographs, marking China's first-ever aerospace application of CMOS imaging technologies, first space surveillance engineering...
  • Amazing Spectacle: Total Lunar Eclipse Monday Night (Heads Up!)

    12/18/2010 9:25:49 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 62 replies · 1+ views
    Space.com ^ | Joe Rao
    For a few hours on the night of Dec. 20 to Dec. 21, the attention of tens of millions of people will be drawn skyward, where the mottled, coppery globe of our moon will hang completely immersed in the long, tapering cone of shadow cast out into space by our Earth. If the weather is clear, favorably placed skywatchers will have a view of one of nature's most beautiful spectacles: a total eclipse of the moon. Unlike a total eclipse of the sun, which is only visible to those in the path of totality, eclipses of the moon can usually...
  • BIG LUNAR ECLIPSE..(Saturday morning, June 26th)

    06/25/2010 1:58:50 PM PDT · by TaraP · 22 replies
    Soaceweather ^ | June 25th, 2010
    This Saturday morning, June 26th, there's going to be a lunar eclipse—and for many residents of the USA, it's going to be a big one. The eclipse begins at 3:17 am PDT (10:17 UT) when the Moon enters the sunset-colored shadow of Earth. By 4:38 am PDT (11:38 UT), the moment of greatest eclipse, 54% of the Moon's diameter will be covered. From beginning to end, the event lasts almost three hours. In Addition: A solar wind stream flowing from the indicated coronal hole could reach Earth as early as June 26th.
  • Solving A 37-Year Old Space Mystery

    03/16/2010 9:10:38 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 38 replies · 2,151+ views
    SPX via Space Travel ^ | 3/16/2010 | SPX via Space Travel
    A researcher from The University of Western Ontario has helped solve a 37-year old space mystery using lunar images released yesterday by NASA and maps from his own atlas of the moon. Phil Stooke, a professor cross appointed to Western's Departments of Physics and Astronomy and Geography, published a major reference book on lunar exploration in 2007 entitled, "The International Atlas of Lunar Exploration." Yesterday, images and data from Nasa's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) were posted. The LRO, scheduled for a one year exploration mission about 31 miles above the lunar surface, will produce a comprehensive map, search for resources...
  • Canadian astronomer spots Soviet rover on moon

    03/17/2010 1:31:32 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 58 replies · 1,940+ views
    CBC News ^ | 3-17-10 | John Bowman
    An astronomer at the University of Western Ontario has found a Soviet moon rover in recently released images from a NASA satellite. Phil Stooke combed through data and images of the moon's surface from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter that NASA released Monday. Stooke compared the images to his own recently published reference book on moon geography, The International Atlas of Lunar Exploration, and pinpointed the location of the Soviet rover Lunokhod 2. "The tracks were visible at once," said Stooke, in a statement. The location of the rover was already known through laser ranging experiments, but there's no telescope on...
  • Gore Says Water on Moon Proves Lunar Warming, Requires Action to Reduce Mobile Phone Signals

    11/13/2009 5:21:22 PM PST · by jerhad · 34 replies · 1,238+ views
    Cold Mash ^ | 11/13/09 | jerhad
    NASA announced that water was discovered on the moon, and Al Gore has indicated that this shocking news shows that lunar warming is happening and could have devastating effects if we don’t take immediate drastic measures.“Things are worse than I thought,” said Gore. “There should only be frozen ice on the moon, not water. Now the moon has a fever too, and it’s because of too many mobile phone signals. My chart will prove that as mobile phone usage has increased, so has the lunar temperature and melting ice. We must find a way to reduce this damaging greenhouse...
  • The Oldest Lunar Calendar on Earth

    09/21/2009 4:24:31 PM PDT · by BGHater · 19 replies · 2,034+ views
    Environmental Graffiti ^ | 21 Sep 2009 | EG
    Aurignacian Lunar Calendar Photo ­- Anonymous / Don’s MapsThe Oldest Lunar Calendars and Earliest Constellations have been identified in cave art found in France and Germany. The astronomer-priests of these late Upper Cultures understood mathematical sets, and the interplay between the moon annual cycle, ecliptic, solstice and seasonal changes on earth. The First (Lunar) Calendar – The archaeological record’s earliest data that speaks to human awareness of the stars and ‘heavens’ dates to the Aurignacian Culture of Europe, c.32,000 B.C. Between 1964 and the early 1990s, Alexander Marshack published breakthrough research that documented the mathematical and astronomical knowledge in the...
  • Video Game Developer Qualifies for Million Dollar NASA Prize

    09/13/2009 10:26:01 AM PDT · by Saije · 22 replies · 1,249+ views
    GameFreaks365 ^ | 9/13/2009 | Kyle
    Video game developer John Carmack, better known for his work on Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein, has qualified for a million dollar prize from NASA. America's space agency challenged the nation's brightest minds to come up with a design contest known as the Lunar Lander Challenge. Carmack's team, known as Armadillo Aerospace, won $350,000 after taking first prize last year in NASA's Level 1 competition. Now they are aiming for Level 2 and the million dollar prize. As MSNBC.com describes it: "The alcohol-fueled, pressure-tank-equipped rocket has to hang in the air for a minimum of 3 minutes during each leg of...
  • Scientists save India's moon mission from failure

    07/17/2009 8:06:32 AM PDT · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 9 replies · 1,546+ views
    Google News ^ | 17 July, 2009 | Google News
    NEW DELHI — India's only satellite orbiting the moon came close to failure after overheating but scientists improvised to save it and have achieved more than 90 percent of the mission's objectives, an official said Friday. The launch of Chandrayaan-1 in October 2008 put India in an elite group to have lunar missions along with the U.S., Russia, the European Space Agency, Japan and China. But on May 16, the satellite lost a critical instrument called the star sensor, the Indian Space Research Organization's chief Madhavan Nair told reporters. The sensor helps the satellite stay oriented so its cameras and...
  • China's Lunar Probe Makes Planned Crash Landing [Hope for Chang'e?]

    03/02/2009 2:07:26 AM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 10 replies · 444+ views
    TechTree ^ | Mar 02, 2009 1326 hrs IST | TechTree
    China's lunar probe, the Chang'e I crashed on to the surface of the moon on Sunday, marking an end to the first lunar mission by the country. The landing served as a way to pave the way for future missions and gave Chinese scientists a dress rehearsal for planning and executing future missions. In 2011, the country is planning to send a lunar rover to the moon with the Chang'e II probe. The mission will involve a crash landing on to the lunar surface.      The current landing gave an opportunity for the China National Space Administration to get...
  • How Lunar Soil Could Power the Future (helium-3)

    08/13/2008 1:31:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 166+ views
    LiveScience.com on Yahoo ^ | 8/13/08 | Michael Schirber
    The moon is once again a popular destination, as several space-faring nations are talking about setting up bases there. One reason would be to mine fuel for future fusion reactors. The fuel in this case is helium-3, a lighter isotope of the helium used in balloons. In high energy collisions, helium-3 fuses with other nuclei to release more energy and less waste than the reactions in traditional nuclear reactors. "If we can show that we can burn helium-3, it is a much cleaner and safer energy source than other nuclear fuels," said Gerald Kulcinski, director of the Fusion Technology Institute...
  • Hardy Earth Bacteria Can Grow In Lunar Soil

    03/14/2008 2:49:39 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 381+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 3-14-2008 | David Shiga
    Hardy Earth bacteria can grow in lunar soil 00:53 14 March 2008 NewScientist.com news service David Shiga, Houston A hardy life form called cyanobacteria can grow in otherwise inhospitable lunar soil, new experiments suggest. Future colonists on the Moon might be able to use the cyanobacteria to extract resources from the soil that could be used to make rocket fuel and fertiliser for crops. NASA plans to send astronauts back to the Moon starting in 2020, with the ultimate aim of setting up a permanent lunar base. Sustaining such a base will be a major challenge, because it is so...
  • Lunar eclipse to occur Wednesday night - Last lunar eclipse in years (until 2010)

    02/20/2008 3:36:23 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 120 replies · 703+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/20/08 | Alicia Chang - ap
    LOS ANGELES - The last total lunar eclipse until 2010 occurs Wednesday night, with cameo appearances by Saturn and the bright star Regulus on either side of the veiled full moon. Skywatchers viewing through a telescope will have the added treat of seeing Saturn's handsome rings. Weather permitting, the total eclipse can be seen from North and South America. People in Europe and Africa will be able to see it high in the sky before dawn on Thursday. As the moonlight dims — it won't go totally dark — Saturn and Regulus will pop out and sandwich the moon. Regulus...
  • Get ready for the eclipse that saved Columbus

    02/19/2008 9:19:42 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 24 replies · 348+ views
    Brietbart ^ | Feb 18 06:54 PM
    The Moon will turn an eerie shade of red for people in the western hemisphere late Wednesday and early Thursday, recreating the eclipse that saved Christopher Columbus more than five centuries ago. In a lunar eclipse, the Sun, Earth and Moon are directly aligned and the Moon swings into the cone of shadow cast by the Earth. But the Moon does not become invisible, as there is still residual light that is deflected towards it by our atmosphere. Most of this refracted light is in the red part of the spectrum and as a result the Moon, seen from Earth,...
  • NASA Moon Rocket May Shake Too Much (Pogo Problem)

    01/19/2008 11:03:55 PM PST · by anymouse · 96 replies · 2,195+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 19, 2008 | SETH BORENSTEIN
    NASA is wrestling with a potentially dangerous problem in a spacecraft, this time in a moon rocket that hasn't even been built yet. Engineers are concerned that the new rocket meant to replace the space shuttle and send astronauts on their way to the moon could shake violently during the first few minutes of flight, possibly destroying the entire vehicle. "They know it's a real problem," said Carnegie Mellon University engineering professor Paul Fischbeck, who has consulted on risk issues with NASA in the past. "This thing is going to shake apart the whole structure, and they've got to solve...
  • China defends lunar probe's photo as authentic

    12/03/2007 10:29:22 AM PST · by BGHater · 41 replies · 79+ views
    AP ^ | 03 Dec 2007 | AP
    BEIJING -- China's space program has defended a photo of the moon's surface taken by its lunar probe as authentic, dismissing critics who suggested it had been copied from a similar image captured by an American orbiter. China last week presented the first picture taken by its Chang'e 1 lunar probe at a gala ceremony attended by Premier Wen Jiabao, part of the ruling Communist party's program of using the space program to instill national pride. However, critics posting on Chinese-language Internet sites questioned the image's authenticity, saying it was all but identical to a photo captured by a U.S....
  • Chinese Lunar Orbiter To Begin Observations

    11/20/2007 3:09:29 PM PST · by blam · 11 replies · 63+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 11-20-2007 | David Shiga
    Chinese lunar orbiter to begin observations 11:33 20 November 2007 NewScientist.com news service David Shiga China's Chang'e 1 spacecraft entered lunar orbit on 7 November and is now ready to begin studying the Moon Chang'e 1, China National Space Administration China National Space Administration Chang'e 1 information, NASA China's lunar orbiter is set to begin switching on its science instruments. The spacecraft should help determine the thickness of the lunar soil and shed new light on the Moon's internal composition, which could help in understanding its origins. The China National Space Administration launched the Chang'e 1 spacecraft on 24 October...
  • Lunar Lander Challenge Ends in Fire, Disappointment

    10/28/2007 10:15:23 PM PDT · by cabojoe · 8 replies · 171+ views
    Space.com ^ | 10/28/2007 | Leonard David
    HOLLOMAN AIR FORE BASE, New Mexico – The rocketeers at Armadillo Aerospace, thwarted by engine problems and other mechanical failures, left this year's X Prize Cup empty-handed after their spacecraft burst into flames on liftoff Sunday. Over the two days during a Holloman Air and Space Expo, attempts at snaring the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge's $350,000 purse with their design were fraught with technical snags. At one point on Saturday, they were within seconds of winning the money – only to have the multi-legged vehicle self-abort and tip over on landing. An attempt on Sunday to hop from launch...
  • Total lunar eclipse to occur on Tuesday (North and South America and South Pacific viewable)

    08/26/2007 1:04:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 77 replies · 2,293+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/26/07 | Colleen Slevin - ap
    DENVER - The Earth's shadow will creep across the moon's surface early Tuesday, slowly eclipsing it and turning it shades of orange and red. The total lunar eclipse, the second this year, will be visible in North and South America, especially in the West. People in the Pacific islands, eastern Asia, Australia and New Zealand also will be able to view it if skies are clear. People in Europe, Africa or the Middle East, who had the best view of the last total lunar eclipse in March, won't see this one because the moon will have set when the eclipse...
  • 'Lunar Ark' Proposed In Case Of Deadly Impact On Earth

    08/16/2007 2:57:05 PM PDT · by blam · 104 replies · 1,803+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 8-14-2007 | Kevin Holden Platt
    'Lunar Ark' Proposed in Case of Deadly Impact on Earth Kevin Holden Platt for National Geographic News August 14, 2007 The moon should be developed as a sanctuary for civilization in case of a cataclysmic cosmic impact, according to an international team of experts. NASA already has blueprints to create a permanent lunar outpost by the 2020s. (Read: "Moon Base Announced by NASA" [December 4, 2006].) But that plan should be expanded to include a way to preserve humanity's learning, culture, and technology if Earth is hit by a doomsday asteroid or comet, said Jim Burke of International Space University...
  • Ticket To Ride? (Back To The Moon)

    03/23/2007 4:56:02 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 237+ views
    Science News ^ | 3-23-2007 | Ron Cowen
    Ticket to Ride?Astrophysicists mull a return to the moon Ron Cowen Scientists who study the moon and design the spacecraft to get there are typically worlds apart from astronomers who explore the realms of space beyond the solar system. The two groups attend different meetings, talk a different lingo, and usually get their funding from different divisions within NASA. But with a financially strapped space agency setting its sights—and the majority of its resources—on a highly publicized plan to return to the moon and establish a base there (SN: 12/9/06, p. 373: http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20061209/fob5.asp), astronomers are looking for ways to jump...
  • Lunar Dust 'May Harm Astronauts'

    03/18/2007 8:55:50 AM PDT · by blam · 34 replies · 829+ views
    BBC ^ | 3-18-2007 | Paul Rincon
    Lunar dust 'may harm astronauts' By Paul Rincon Science reporter, BBC News, Houston Lunar dust brought back to Earth from the Apollo 17 mission Scientists are investigating the possible threat posed to astronauts by inhaling lunar dust. A study suggests the smallest particles in lunar dust might be toxic, if comparisons with dust inhalation cases on Earth apply. Teams hope to carry out experiments on mice to determine whether this is the case or not. Nasa has set up a working group to look into the matter ahead of its planned return to the Moon by 2020. A team at...
  • Stargazers watch total lunar eclipse

    03/03/2007 6:47:24 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 817+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/3/07 | Raphael G. Satter - ap
    LONDON - The moon darkened, reddened, and turned shades of gray and orange Saturday night during the first total lunar eclipse in nearly three years, thrilling stargazers and astronomers around the world. The Earth's shadow took over six hours to crawl across the moon's surface, eating it into a crescent shape before engulfing it completely in a spectacle at least partly visible on every continent. About a dozen amateur astronomers braved the cold and mud outside the Croydon Observatory in southeast London to watch the start of the eclipse. "It's starting to go!" said Alex Gikas, 8, a Cub Scout...
  • NASA Plans Lunar Outpost

    12/04/2006 11:30:42 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 18 replies · 792+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, December 5, 2006 | Marc Kaufman
    NASA unveiled plans yesterday to set up a small and ultimately self-sustaining settlement of astronauts at the south pole of the moon sometime around 2020 -- the first step in an ambitious plan to resume manned exploration of the solar system. The long-awaited proposal envisions initial stays of a week by four-person crews, followed by gradually longer visits until power and other supplies are in place to make a permanent presence possible by 2024. The effort was presented as an unprecedented mission to learn about the moon and places beyond, as well as an integral part of a long-range plan...
  • China moon probe readied for 2007 launch

    12/01/2006 4:25:52 PM PST · by diesel00 · 24 replies · 494+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Nov. 29, 2006 | Leonard David
    China’s unfolding space plans include that country’s first foray into exploration of the moon. A Chang’e I lunar orbiter is nearing final construction, being readied for rocketing to the moon in 2007. Preparations to launch Chang’e I — named after the Chinese goddess who flew to the moon in a popular fairy tale — are to be completed by February for launch later next year, according to a November 29 report by China’s Xinhua news agency. Among several tasks, the orbiter will provide 3D images of the moon’s surface, chart elements on the moon, measure the thickness of the lunar...
  • Lockheed Martin Wins the CEV Contract

    08/31/2006 1:21:35 PM PDT · by The_Victor · 66 replies · 1,709+ views
    Lockheed Martin wins CEV contract, Orlando Sentinel"Sources on Capitol Hill tell the Orlando Sentinel that Lockheed Martin has won the contract to build the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle that will eventually carry astronauts to the moon and on to Mars.More details will be posted here after a 4 p.m. press conference."NASA Selects Lockheed Martin To Be Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle Prime Contractor"DDT&E work is estimated to occur from Sept. 8, 2006, through Sept. 7, 2013. The estimated value is $3.9 billion.Sustaining engineering work will be assigned through task orders. The work is expected to occur from Sept. 8, 2009, through...
  • Old rocket science tied to today's at Marshall

    08/12/2006 5:27:28 AM PDT · by Paul Ross · 34 replies · 5,233+ views
    The Birmingham News ^ | 8/10/2006 | Kent Faulk
    Old rocket science tied to today's at Marshall Thursday, August 10, 2006 KENT FAULK, News staff writer HUNTSVILLE - NASA engineers are going old-school with a new twist as they design rockets to take astronauts back to the moon and eventually give them a boost toward Mars. Marshall Space Flight Center engineers have enlisted the help of retired rocket scientists, dug through archives and taken parts off museum pieces as they look toward mixing Apollo and space shuttle technology with later innovations into the Ares I and Ares II rockets. "We're marrying the best of historical knowledge and understanding with...
  • Rutan Faults NASA on Apollo-Style Capsule

    05/04/2006 6:13:14 PM PDT · by anymouse · 80 replies · 1,164+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 5/4/06 | ALICIA CHANG,
    LOS ANGELES - Maverick aerospace designer Burt Rutan on Thursday criticized NASA's decision to use an Apollo-style capsule to return to the moon, saying it "doesn't make any sense" to build a new generation of space vehicles using old technology. The designer of SpaceShipOne said NASA's proposed crew exploration vehicle to replace the aging space shuttle fleet doesn't push the technical envelope needed to accomplish more complex future missions that might include manned flights to other planets and moons. "I don't know what they're doing," said Rutan, referring to NASA. "It doesn't make any sense." Rutan said there needs to...
  • China, US to join hands in lunar probing?

    05/01/2006 5:16:58 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 11 replies · 296+ views
    People's Daily ^ | 05/01/06
    On 26th of this month, the US Cable News Network and some other media published a same piece of news: NASA Administrator Mike Griffin said he has accepted the invitation to visit Beijing and will have negotiation with China on the possibility for the US-China cooperation in the sphere of space. Earlier, Luo Ge, Vice Administrator of China National Space Administration paid an informal visit to NASA. Despite the low-key statement of Griffin and the visit by Luo Ge, many people raise the same question here: will there be a day when the Chinese and US astronauts fly to the...
  • NASA Honors Neil Armstrong With Exploration Award

    04/19/2006 12:01:40 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 572+ views
    NASA.gov (excerpt) ^ | April 18, 2006
    Excerpt - "Houston, Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed." The words of Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11 commander and the first human to set foot on the moon, told a tense and waiting Earth that humans had finally reached the lunar surface. It was July 20, 1969. With fuel running low and computers sounding alarms, Armstrong had taken manual control of the lunar module Eagle and piloted it past a boulder-strewn field to a safe landing. Now he and his crewmate Buzz Aldrin were sitting on the moon, with Mike Collins orbiting above in the command module. Armstrong's words from...
  • Chinese Expert: China lags in space technology

    03/09/2006 2:03:27 PM PST · by gogoman · 9 replies · 320+ views
    UPI ^ | Mar 9, 2006
    BEIJING, China (UPI) -- A Chinese space expert said China is unlikely to catch up with the United States in space technology within a decade, contradicting an earlier assessment. Luan Enjie, commander in chief of the country`s lunar probe program, followed an optimistic forecast by another senior scientist who said China would be able to narrow the gap within 10 years. Luan told the South China Morning Post the prediction was 'ridiculous,' saying that China still lags far behind the United States and Russia in space technology. Luan is former director of the aerospace administration and heads an advisory committee...
  • The Moon Revisited - Resource-rich lunar south pole is seen as perfect area to explore

    03/06/2006 4:19:31 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies · 870+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 5, 2006 | Mark Carreau
    At the south pole of the moon, a row of peaks juts from the gently sloping rim of Shackleton Crater, named for the early 20th-century Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton. The 15-mile-wide crater and its rugged surroundings, including a vast depression created by the impact of an ancient asteroid or comet, starkly show the drama that marked the early history of Earth's companion. Overlooked as a half-dozen Apollo expeditions landed on the moon two generations ago, the lunar south pole could figure prominently in NASA's plans to return to the moon with explorers. Satellite photos reveal that parts of...
  • NASA Propulsion Strategy Reaches Back While Looking Ahead

    10/04/2005 11:33:37 AM PDT · by Paul Ross · 53 replies · 946+ views
    Space.com ^ | October 3, 2005 | Brian Berger
    Monday, October 3, 2005 NASA Propulsion Strategy Reaches Back While Looking Ahead By Brian Berger Space News Staff Writer The initial propulsion work in support of NASA's bid to return to the Moon and go on to Mars will focus primarily on adapting space shuttle systems and developing methane-fueled engines, a technology with which the United States has little experience. The space shuttle main engine and solid rocket boosters are the basis for two new launchers NASA intends to develop, one for lofting an astronaut-carrying capsule known as the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV), and a heavy lifter for Moon-bound cargo...
  • China expected to launch lunar probe satellite in 2007

    08/09/2005 9:40:00 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 270+ views
    China is expected to launch its first ever lunar probe satellite in 2007, given that the country's moon exploration project has so far been proceeding smoothly, according to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC). Addressing a forum on space technology held Tuesday in Beijing, Ye Peijian, chief designer of the satellite with the CASTC, said that Dubbed "Chang'e-I", China's first lunar orbiter is scheduled to be launched in 2007 for the country's first fly-by mission. "The design of various plans which serve to meet different situations and simulation satellites has finished and all related professional experiments are...
  • Ted Turner may have inspired UN 13 Moon Calendar

    05/19/2005 10:36:10 AM PDT · by MikeEdwards · 5 replies · 419+ views
    CFP ^ | May 19, 2005 | Judi McLeod
    On the day after the election of Pope Benedict XVI, it was Ted Turner time at the United Nations. The 2005 prestigious Alan Cranston Peace Award was presented to Turner, former CNN media mogul, and the man who once referred to Christianity as a "religion for losers". Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev presented the award on behalf of the Global Security Institute (GSI). This is not the first UN accolade bestowed on Jane Fonda’s ex-hubby. In August 2000, Turner was the keynote speaker at the World Peace Summit, held in the UN General Assembly Hall. "New Age billionaire Maurice Strong...
  • Political bias in Chinese New Year's Parade

    02/19/2005 11:23:57 AM PST · by Kitten Festival · 3 replies · 321+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Feb. 19, 2005 | Thomas Lifson
    The San Francisco Chinese New Year's Parade, happening today, is a big event, drawing a half million or more spectators, and serving as the largest public event for the Bay Area's large (and growing) Chinese population. Unfortunately, this year's event is marred by gross poltical bias. The Falun Gong movement, undergoing savage repression in China, but an active part of the overseas Chinese community, is being banned from sponsoring a float. Meanwhile, a float promoting same sex marriage, will be featured in the parade. It is a private event (using public streets - like the St. Paddy's Day parade in...
  • Pelosi Celebrates the Lunar New Year

    02/08/2005 6:22:28 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies · 613+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/08/05
    Pelosi Celebrates the Lunar New Year Tue Feb 8, 5:04 PM ET To: National Desk Contact: Brendan Daly or Jennifer Crider, 202-226-7616, both of the Office of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 /U.S. Newswire/ -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today and joined millions of Americans in celebrating the Lunar New Year, which begins tomorrow. "On the occasion of the Lunar New Year, we take this opportunity to honor the significant contributions made to our country by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). The AAPI community of California's 8th District is a vital...
  • Bush's Moon Mission Called Bold, Wasteful

    01/12/2004 6:17:33 AM PST · by truthandlife · 26 replies · 436+ views
    CNS News ^ | 1/12/04 | Susan Jones
    After returning from Mexico, President Bush will set his sights on the moon and beyond. He plans to announce a new space initiative on Wednesday in Washington, and already the critics are carping -- and Bush's aides are defending him. President Bush will call for Americans to build a permanent outpost on the moon to serve as a launch pad for future missions to Mars. Critics warn that the moon-to-Mars project will cost an astronomical amount of money - and they want to know where the money will come from. Robert Greenstein, executive director of the Center on Budget and...
  • Cool Photo (Lunar Eclipse Taken from Space)

    11/24/2004 7:26:04 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 28 replies · 2,461+ views
    Yahoo! News (AFP) ^ | 11/23/2004 | n/a
    This photo-montage released by the European Space Agency shows a series of images taken with the AMIE camera on board SMART-1 during the second lunar total eclipse the spacecraft witnessed from space.(AFP/HO-ESA)
  • Shaded moon will be last eclipse of 2004 [Total Lunar Eclipse Tonight]

    10/27/2004 1:08:22 AM PDT · by Thinkin' Gal · 106 replies · 1,731+ views
    Shaded moon will be last eclipse of 2004 PARIS (AFP) Oct 25, 2004 A total eclipse of the Moon will occur overnight Wednesday, an event that can turn Earth's satellite to a colourful shade ranging from deep red to dark brown and sometimes an existential grey. The phenomenon will be visible from North and South America, when it will be late Wednesday, as well as Europe and Africa, when it will be early Thursday, and Antarctica, astronomers said Monday. According to the US magazine Sky and Telescope, the eclipse will occur during Game 4 of baseball's World Series, when the...
  • Will We Never Return to the Moon?

    07/10/2004 2:04:56 PM PDT · by frithguild · 28 replies · 808+ views
    July 10, 2004 | Robert Morley
    I vividly remember watching Neil Armstrong stepping onto the surface of the moon. It was about 12:05 Eastern time and the next morning my entire fourth grade classroom had been decorated in an Apollo theme, with “A SMALL STEP FOR A MAN, A GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND” in block letters carefully placed above the chalk board. Has mankind simply stumbled after such a great leap, or have unnecessary obstacles stagnated our progress?The technology presently exists for individuals or corporations to profit from the resources on the moon. The flat lowlands, or "mare" regions formed about 4 billion years ago when...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 06-05-04

    06/05/2004 2:12:23 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 5 replies · 362+ views
    NASA ^ | 06-05-04 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2004 June 5 Apollo 17's Lunar Rover Credit: Apollo 17, NASA (Image scanned by Kipp Teague) Explanation: In December of 1972, Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt spent about 75 hours exploring the Moon's Taurus-Littrow valley while colleague Ronald Evans orbited overhead. Cernan and Schmitt were the last humans to walk or ride on the Moon - aided in their explorations by a Lunar Roving Vehicle....
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 05-08-04

    05/08/2004 3:36:25 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 1 replies · 173+ views
    NASA ^ | 05-08-04 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2004 May 8 Good Morning Sydney Credit & Copyright: Stephen Thorley Explanation: Rising before dawn on May 5th, Stephen Thorley looked out across the skyline of Sydney, Australia. And while a leisurely lunar eclipse was clearly in progress, from his vantage point on planet Earth the Moon set as the total phase of the eclipse began. Still, before the setting Moon was hidden by the cityscape he captured...