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  • Nasa Opportunity rover still lost on Mars as dust storm which engulfed the Red Planet begins...

    08/15/2018 6:51:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies ^ | Monday 13 Aug 2018 2:53 pm | Jasper Hamill
    Nasa robot is still missing and presumed dead on the surface of Mars. Space scientists lost contact with the Opportunity Rover almost two months ago as it was buffeted by a huge dust storm which covered the entire surface of Mars. The swirling maelstrom will have deposited powder onto the solar panels which power the exploration ‘droid, meaning it cannot recharge its battery to make contact with mission control back on Earth. New pictures taken by professional and amateur astronomers in recent days have shown the features of Mars emerge once again as the dust settles. But there’s still no...
  • NASA Director Says Agency Working Hard To End Reliance On Russian Engines

    08/12/2018 3:56:02 PM PDT · by Pavegecko · 19 replies ^ | 8/12/18 | L Todd Wood
    NASA has announced it is working diligently to end the reliance on Russian rocket engines after Russian politicians suggested Russia prevent any more deliveries of its RD-180 engines to the U.S., due to continued American sanctions on the Russian Federation. Senator Sergei Ryabukhin said that Russia could limit the supply of missile power plants that are used by United Launch Alliance in the first stage of the Atlas V booster. So he commented on Moscow’s possible response to US plans to impose sanctions because of the “Fiddles” affair, reported Russian news outlet RIA Novosti.
  • LIVE: NASA Launch of Parker Solar Probe (3:30AM ET)

    08/12/2018 12:15:42 AM PDT · by Textide · 28 replies
    NASA ^ | 10-12-2018 | NASA
    Live thread for the launch of the Parker Solar Probe at 3:30AM ET. NASA TV Parker Solar Probe: NASA web page
  • Failed Predictions of Climate Alarmists Make Future Predictions Suspect

    08/10/2018 7:15:46 PM PDT · by Coleus · 14 replies
    The New American ^ | 08.08.18 | James Murphy
    It’s hard for the average citizen to read the news these days and not be worried for the future of the planet. We are told that 13 of the last 16 years have been the warmest on record. We hear that coastal cities such as New York and Atlantic City, as well as nearly all of Florida, are at risk of flooding due to unprecedented sea-level rise. We are told that the wildfires in California and Greece are the worst ever recorded, and that these fires represent a “new normal” because of man-made climate change.But to get a good gauge of...
  • Watch the launch of NASA's Parker Solar Probe tomorrow at 3:33 AM ET

    08/10/2018 11:02:44 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    The spacecraft will launch on a ULA Delta IV Heavy rocket from Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral in Florida at 3:33 AM EDT on Saturday morning; the launch window will last for 65 minutes. You can watch it happen at the NASA TV live stream link below. Programming starts at 3 AM and will continue through the launch. A post-launch press conference will occur after the event, but of course if the launch doesn't happen, then it will be delayed. NASA has through August 23rd to get Parker Solar Probe off the ground. This spacecraft, which will travel faster...
  • NASA experiment that included Trump note caused alarm

    08/10/2018 7:51:30 AM PDT · by McGruff · 34 replies
    AP ^ | August 10, 2018
    <p>A suspicious package that fell from the sky over New Jersey caused some alarm because it contained a note that mentioned President Donald Trump.</p> <p>South Brunswick police say the package, attached to a parachute, was making a hissing sound and included a note that said: “NASA Atmospheric Research Instrument NOT A BOMB!” If this lands near the President, we at NASA wish him a great round of golf.”</p>
  • NASA signs off on SpaceX’s “load-and-go” procedure for crew launches

    08/09/2018 9:09:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    Spaceflight Now ^ | August 9, 2018 | Stephen Clark
    The NASA manager overseeing development of Boeing and SpaceX’s commercial crew ferry ships says the space agency has approved SpaceX’s proposal to strap in astronauts atop Falcon 9 rockets, then fuel the launchers in the final hour of the countdown as the company does for its uncrewed missions. The “load-and-go” procedure has become standard for SpaceX’s satellite launches, in which an automatic countdown sequencer commands chilled kerosene and cryogenic liquid oxygen to flow into the Falcon 9 rocket in the final minutes before liftoff. “From a program standpoint, we went throgh a pretty extensive process where we laid out the...
  • Commercial Spaceships Are Like 'Driving an iPhone,' New Astronaut Says

    08/03/2018 1:32:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies ^ | August 3, 2018 03:18pm | Meghan Bartels,
    Nine astronauts have new travel plans aboard commercial space capsules, with their mission assignments announced earlier today (Aug. 3). Five of those astronauts flew aboard the United States' last set of spacecraft to travel to the International Space Station (ISS), the space shuttles. But while the newly announced crews are excited to once again launch from Florida instead of Kazakhstan, they aren't very nostalgic for the hardware of the shuttles themselves. During the press announcement of the new astronaut assignments, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine asked two veteran astronauts to compare their new rides to the shuttles they flew more than...
  • Air Force remains silent after huge meteor hits near US military base

    08/03/2018 5:13:30 PM PDT · by BBell · 77 replies
    A meteor hit the earth and exploded with 2.1 kilotons of force last month, but the US Air Force has made no mention of the event. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirmed an object of unspecified size travelling at 24.4 kilometres per second struck earth in Greenland, just 43 kilometres north of an early missile warning Thule Air Base on the 25th of July, 2018. Director of the Nuclear Information Project for the Federation of American Scientists, Hans Kristensen, tweeted about the impact, but America’s Air Force has not reported the event.Mr. Kristensen argues it’s concerning there was no public warning...
  • Air Force says no damage from Greenland meteor

    08/03/2018 6:23:45 PM PDT · by waterhill · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2-3-2018 | Travis J. Tritten
    The Air Force said Friday that there was no damage to Thule Air Base in Greenland after a large meteor fell nearby last week. The fireball incident occurred just miles from the remote military base on July 25 and entered the atmosphere with a 2.1 kiloton force, according to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima was 15 kilotons. The Air Force 21st Space Wing monitors missile launches and space activity via sensors at Thule, and directed any questions to NASA, which did not immediately provide a statement.
  • Mars Terraforming Not Possible Using Present-Day Technology

    07/30/2018 3:44:07 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 90 replies
    NASA ^ | 7/30/18 | Bill Steigerwald / Nancy Jones
    July 30, 2018 RELEASE 18-13 Mars Terraforming Not Possible Using Present-Day Technology Science fiction writers have long featured terraforming, the process of creating an Earth-like or habitable environment on another planet, in their stories. Scientists themselves have proposed terraforming to enable the long-term colonization of Mars. A solution common to both groups is to release carbon dioxide gas trapped in the Martian surface to thicken the atmosphere and act as a blanket to warm the planet. However, Mars does not retain enough carbon dioxide that could practically be put back into the atmosphere to warm Mars, according to a new...
  • NASA's New Planet Hunter Begins Its Search for Alien Worlds

    07/28/2018 12:10:06 PM PDT · by ETL · 17 replies ^ | July 28, 2018 | Meghan Bartels, Senior Writer
    NASA's newest planet-hunting telescope is officially at work. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), which is designed to hunt for alien worlds around stars not too far from the sun, began gathering science data Wednesday (July 25), members of the instrument team announced yesterday (July 27). TESS will send that initial data to Earth in August, with new observations arriving every 13.5 days after that, mission team members said in a statement. "I'm thrilled that our planet hunter is ready to start combing the backyard of our solar system for new worlds," Paul Hertz, director of NASA's Astrophysics division, said...
  • The Massive Mars Dust Storm Is Starting to Die Down

    07/27/2018 7:19:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies ^ | Mike Wall
    The dust is finally beginning to clear on Mars, but it'll probably still be a while before NASA's sidelined Opportunity rover can phone home. A global dust storm has enshrouded Mars for more than a month, plunging the planet's surface into perpetual darkness. That's complicated life significantly for the solar-powered Opportunity, which has apparently put itself into a sort of hibernation; the rover hasn't contacted its controllers since June 10. Scientists studying the storm "say that, as of Monday, July 23, more dust is falling out than is being raised into the planet's thin air," agency officials added. "That means...
  • Former astronaut doubts that NASA or SpaceX will make it to Mars with their shiny new rockets

    06/20/2018 12:51:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 57 replies
    BGR ^ | June 19th, 2018 at 10:52 AM | Mike Wehner
    Chris Hadfield, who flew to the International Space Station as part of the Canadian Space Agency, told Business Insider that making it to Mars is going to take technology that has yet to be conceived. Put simply, he doesn’t believe the new rockets being worked on by NASA, SpaceX, or Blue Origin have much chance of fulfilling their stated goals. “Personally, I don’t think any of those three rockets is taking people to Mars,” Hadfield said regarding the SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket, Blue Origin’s New Glenn, and NASA’s Space Launch System being constructed by Boeing. “I don’t think those are...
  • Huge Dust Storm on Mars Hits NASA's Opportunity Rover

    06/10/2018 7:16:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies ^ | June 10, 2018 08:07am ET | By Tariq Malik,
    The Martian dust storm was first spotted from space by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA officials said. "As soon as the orbiter team saw how close the storm was to Opportunity, they notified the rover's team to begin preparing contingency plans," NASA officials said in a statement. "In a matter of days, the storm had ballooned." As of Friday (June 8), the storm covers more than 7 million square miles of Mars (18 million square kilometers), according to NASA. That's an area larger than all of North America on Earth. "Full dust storms like this one are not surprising, but...
  • LIFTOFF: NASA's Mars InSight on its way to Red Planet

    05/05/2018 7:30:17 AM PDT · by hapnHal · 21 replies
    5 May 18 | hapnHAL
    NASA's Mars InSight rover is on its way to the red planet. The Atlas V rocket carrying the rover into space launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 4:05 a.m. on Saturday, May 5. Video
  • Orion Capsule Turns Heads on White House Lawn

    07/23/2018 10:26:57 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies ^ | | July 23, 2018 11:08am ET | Meghan Bartels
    NASA shared photos of the capsule's transfer to the White House lawn in a tweet July 21. The display was part of the Made in America showcase, an annual product display launched by President Donald Trump to highlight American manufacturing. The capsule earned its place thanks to its production by Lockheed Martin in 2011 and 2012 using parts manufactured by more than a thousand companies based in the U.S., NASA officials wrote. This specific Orion capsule is the only one to have flown so far, during a test flight on Dec. 5, 2014, according another NASA tweet about the display....
  • Cruz Is Right on Space Station

    07/21/2018 6:52:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies ^ | July 21, 2018 | Brian McNicoll
    It’s not often you hear Ted Cruz support keeping a government research program alive when the administration wants to defund it and turn it over to the private sector, but that is what is happening with the International Space Station. And Cruz has a solid case.The administration announced earlier this year it wants to end direct funding to the space station by 2025 – three years ahead of schedule. Jim Bridenstine, the former congressman from Oklahoma who is now NASA administrator, said he is talking to companies about forming a consortium to operate the space station after the government funding...
  • Apollo 11 Moon Landing

    07/20/2018 7:57:26 PM PDT · by donaldo · 73 replies
    Forty-nine years ago today: "Houston. Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed." Neil Armstrong. Photos of the Lunar Module, LM, pronounced LEM. The Command Module had to retract the LM from Apollo's third stage on the way to the moon. The LM consisted of a descent and ascent stage. No need for a aerodynamic design as the moon has no atmosphere. Hard to believe 12 men walked on the moon and all came home safely.
  • Bridenstine Visits Israel on First Foreign Trip

    07/18/2018 1:03:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies ^ | July 18, 2018 11:02am ET | Jeff Foust,
    On his first foreign trip since taking office nearly three months ago, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine traveled to Israel last week to meet with the country's prime minister and other officials. Bridenstine's two-day visit to Israel, not announced by the agency until after he arrived in the country, highlighted NASA's good relationship, but only modest cooperation, with Israel's space agency and industry. He separately met with his direct counterpart, Israel Space Agency Director Avi Blasberger, and signed a "joint agreement" on cooperation. That one-page agreement "reaffirmed their strong mutual interest in strengthening cooperation" but did not specify any new initiatives for the...