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  • Russia to Create Backup Manned Vehicle for Moon Flights Without NASA Funding

    01/20/2019 6:55:31 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 05:10 20.01.2019
    Russia's State Space Corporation Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin has said that NASA had asked Roscosmos to create a lunar version of the Soyuz spacecraft as a backup manned space transport system for flights to the Moon. A senior Russian space industry source told Sputnik that Moscow will develop an ugraded Soyuz version at its own expense, and no funding from NASA is expected. To ensure the capability of the Soyuz spacecraft to fly to the Moon, an accelerating unit and a new thermal protection that will allow the ship to return to the Earth’s atmosphere at the second cosmic velocity...
  • You absolutely must see these videos of the farthest object we’ve ever reached

    01/17/2019 3:59:40 AM PST · by vannrox · 42 replies
    sciencenewslab ^ | 17JAN19 | Editorial staff
    The most distant object humanity has ever visited looks something like a spinning snowman or hourglass that’s lost in space.Researchers who work on NASA’s nuclear-powered New Horizons mission released a movie on Tuesday showing the rotation of the mountain-size rock, which is known formally as (486958) 2014 MU69.(It’s more commonly referred to as “Ultima Thule”.)Mu69 is about 4 billion miles (6 billion kilometres) from Earth and 1 billion miles (2 billion kilometres) beyond Pluto.New Horizons flew by the object on New Year’s Day at a speed of 32,200 miles per hour (52,000 kilometres per hour), and came within about 2,200 miles...
  • Five Things China is doing In The Far Side of the Moon

    01/14/2019 12:56:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Ink Stone News ^ | 01/14/2019 | by Viola Zhou and Arman Dzidzovic
    China has declared its latest moon mission a success, hailing it as a landmark in its quest to become a strong space power by 2030. The country’s Chang’e-4 probe, named after a moon goddess of Chinese legend, was the world’s first spacecraft to land on the far side of the moon, which is not visible from the Earth. The landing on January 3 was the latest leap for Beijing as it tries to catch up with the United States in space. The Chang’e-4 mission did not stop with the historic landing. Here are five other things China’s moon probe has...
  • Elon Musk unveils assembled SpaceX Starship and it's glorious

    01/13/2019 12:01:55 AM PST · by vannrox · 77 replies
    cnet ^ | 10JAN19 | by Amanda Kooser
    Elon Musk and SpaceX's ambitious plans to reach around the moon and all the way to Mars require a big effin' rocket. Now we know what it looks like. Musk tweeted out an image on Thursday of an assembled early version of the SpaceX Starship, which was once known in polite company as the Big Falcon Rocket. Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an actual picture, not a rendering. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 11, 2019 "Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This...
  • SpaceX rocket launch now planned for Friday

    01/11/2019 7:26:51 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Modesto Bee ^ | January 09, 2019 06:31 PM | Gabby Ferreira and Janene Scully
    The Falcon 9 rocket launch originally planned for early this week has been rescheduled to Friday, SpaceX announced on Twitter. The launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base is set for 7:31 a.m., according to the tweet. “Weather is 60 percent favorable,” the company said. Read more here:
  • How Sierra Nevada's "Dream Chaser" Could Become a Nightmare for Northrop Grumman

    01/07/2019 7:43:44 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | 01/06/2019 | Rich Smith
    Acquiring space launch company Orbital ATK in an all-cash $7.8 billion merger, Northrop took possession of Orbital's Minotaur and Antares medium-lift rocket families. It acquired Orbital's ongoing project to build a new "OmegA" class heavy lift rocket as well, with which to compete against the likes of United Launch Alliance and SpaceX for large commercial and military satellite launches. Northrop Grumman also inherited Orbital's ongoing NASA contract to resupply crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) with needed consumables under the agency's CRS-1 and CRS-2 "Commercial Resupply Services" contracts -- missions valued at as much as $14 billion across the...
  • Hundreds of federal scientists miss conferences in shutdown

    01/07/2019 3:12:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 6, 2019 | Claire Galofaro
    The world’s largest airborne observatory was supposed to be parked in Seattle this week, so thousands of scientists attending the “Super Bowl of Astronomy” could behold this marvel: a Boeing 747 outfitted with a massive telescope used to study the fundamental mysteries of the universe. But conference-goers will not be able to see NASA’s space-exploring plane. Its visit to the 233rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society was canceled, one of a growing list of scientific casualties of the partial government shutdown now stretching into its third week. Along with the plane, hundreds of government scientists are also no longer...
  • NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Is Unique. And So Is Its Paint Job.

    01/05/2019 9:27:33 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 34 replies ^ | | January 4, 2019 11:02am ET | Kasandra Brabaw,
    Before NASA's Mars 2020 mission is ready to launch toward the Red Planet, the agency has to paint the new rover — a task more challenging than it sounds. While a paint job may sound like an insignificant task, both the formulation and the process of painting a spacecraft like this have to be precise. And each spacecraft is unique. In August 2018, engineers working on the rover's chassis (the frame of the spacecraft) started the first step in the painting process: taping. Parts of the rover must never be painted, such as places where electronics boxes will eventually go...
  • Astronaut sparks panic after accidentally dialing 911 frm space sending NASA security into a frenzy

    01/04/2019 7:50:06 AM PST · by Red Badger · 20 replies ^ | 4th January 2019, 1:51 am | By Neal Baker
    Spaceman André Kuipers has told how he accidentally missed out a number when he was trying to call home - and dialled emergency services in the US ==================================================================== AN astronaut has told how he accidentally rang 911 from space - sending security teams at NASA's Houston base into a frenzy. André Kuipers missed out a number when making a call through HQ back on Earth - and ended up connecting to US emergency services. The astronomical blunder sparked panic at the Johnson Space Centre in Texas and a security team was scrambled to the room where the call was put...
  • Meet Ultima AND Thule: First high-resolution images of most distant object ever visited

    01/02/2019 1:24:00 PM PST · by Simon Green · 172 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 1/2/19 | Cheyenne MacDonald
    Humanity has captured its first clear look at an object in the faraway Kuiper Belt. NASA revealed the first images and science data from this week's historic flyby in a news conference Wednesday afternoon. Far from the blurry 'bowling pin' we saw with New Horizons' first look when it beamed its signal home early morning on January 1, the new images reveal Ultima Thule is snowman-shaped red world with two distinct lobes - one stacked atop the other. This arrangement is what's known as a contact binary, the experts say – and, it’s now the first a spacecraft has...
  • New Horizons: Nasa probe survives flyby of Ultima Thule

    01/01/2019 10:15:21 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | 1 January 2019 | Jonathan Amos
    New Horizons acquired gigabytes of photos and other observations during the pass. It will now send these home over the coming months. The radio message from the robotic craft was picked up by one of Nasa's big antennas, in Madrid, Spain. It had taken fully six hours and eight minutes [for the signal] to traverse the great expanse of space between Ultima and Earth... Controllers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland greeted the reception of the signal with cheers and applause. This first radio message contained only engineering information on the status of the spacecraft, but...
  • NASA Receives Signal From New Horizons Spacecraft After Historic Flyby 4 Billion Miles From Earth

    01/01/2019 11:41:50 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 96 replies
    KTLA ^ | 01/01/2018
    Although the flyby occurred at 12:33 a.m. ET on Tuesday, the spacecraft is so far from Earth that the “phone-home” signal didn’t reach us until about 10:30 a.m. ET. Mission scientists were relieved about the success because there was only one chance to get it right as New Horizons screamed past Ultima at 31,500 miles per hour. This incredible feat was possible because thousands of operations on the spacecraft worked in sync. “We’ve just accomplished the most distant flyby,” mission operations manager Alice Bowman said. “This science will help us understand the origins of our solar system.” New Horizons has...
  • Nancy Roman American Astronomer NASA Executive Age 93

    12/30/2018 1:48:04 PM PST · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 30, 2018 | Christopher Carbone
    Nancy Grace Roman, known as the "mother" of the Hubble Space Telescope and the first woman to hold an executive position at NASA, died on Christmas Day. She was 93. As the first chief of astronomy in the office of space science at NASA headquarters, Roman had oversight of the planning and development of programs such as the Cosmic Background Explorer and the Hubble Space Telescope, according to NASA. “During the 1960s and early 1970s there was no one at NASA who was more important in getting the first designs and concepts for Hubble funded and completed,” space historian Robert Zimmerman wrote in...
  • NASA shutdown: Agency could be dark during historic New Year's missions

    12/28/2018 12:28:59 PM PST · by Simon Green · 17 replies
    CNET ^ | 11/228/18 | Jackson Ryan
    Ringing in the new year with NASA was meant to be historic. Two NASA spacecraft on separate missions are set to rendezvous with their rocky targets over New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Earth-bound stargazers were supposed to be able to follow along via NASA. But the US government is currently in a shutdown due to a dispute in funding for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall. Part of the shutdown means that funding for the agency has currently expired. And no money coming in means little public viewing of space activities. Thus, it's going to get a little...
  • Part 4: Apollo 8 - The Return [50th Anniversary - End of horrible 1968!]

    12/27/2018 9:42:41 AM PST · by SES1066 · 14 replies
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) ^ | 12/21/18 | Stephanie Zeller (NASA)
    Splashdown went as planned on the morning of Dec. 27. The crew, still confined to the Apollo capsule, awaited the Navy men aboard USS Yorktown, who were instructed to rendezvous with the battered spaceship rather than to return home for Christmas.
  • Sending astronauts to Mars would be stupid, says Apollo 8 pilot [Musk mentioned]

    12/26/2018 11:34:23 AM PST · by jazusamo · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 26, 2016 | Christopher Carbone
    Sending astronauts to Mars would be stupid, says ApolOne of the first astronauts to orbit the Moon said on Wednesday that it's "stupid" to plan human missions to Mars. Bill Anders, who was the lunar module pilot for NASA's Apollo 8 mission, told BBC Radio 5 Live that sending crews to the Red Planet would be "almost ridiculous." The U.S. space agency's goals include sending humans to Mars for exploration and scientific study. "What's the imperative? What's pushing us to go to Mars?" Anders, 85, said, adding: "I don't think the public is that interested." Still, the retired astronaut did...
  • NASA Spacecraft Detects Weird Anomaly Days Ahead of Ultima Thule Flyby

    12/23/2018 5:19:57 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 33 replies ^ | 23:08 23.12.2018
    Only a week before its expected meeting with Kuiper Belt object (KBO) Ultima Thule on New Year's Day, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has not been able to detect the predictable and consistent variations in reflectivity — or ‘light curve' in the jargon of astronomers — that accompany all celestial objects in orbit near a bright star. "It's really a puzzle," agreed Alan Stern, NASA's New Horizons principal investigator, cited by Gizmodo. Southwest Research Institute mission scientist Marc Buie suggested that the rotational point of Ultima Thule could currently be aligned directly toward the NASA spacecraft as it approaches. From that...
  • Former NASA engineer behind the viral YouTube glitter-bomb video admits some of it was faked

    12/21/2018 10:44:46 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12-21-2018 | Jake Kanter
    FULL TITLE: 'My credibility is sort of shot': Former NASA engineer behind the viral YouTube glitter-bomb video admits some of it was faked   Mark Rober, the former NASA engineer who built a glitter bomb package that explodes after it has been stolen, has admitted that elements of his viral video were faked.Two of the so-called "thieves" filmed stealing the box were actually in on the prank.Rober said they were roped in by a friend of a friend, who offered to place the package on their porch.The YouTuber has re-edited the video and apologized to viewers.   It is one...
  • Apollo 8: First Around the Moon [50th Anniversary of Launch TODAY!]

    12/21/2018 10:44:21 AM PST · by SES1066 · 31 replies ^ | 09/18/18 | Elizabeth Howell
    Apollo 8 was the second crewed mission of the Apollo program and the first mission to bring humans to the moon. The six-day mission lifted off on Dec. 21, 1968, with its crew of Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders. The flight included a day orbiting the moon, during which the astronauts took the "Earthrise" picture — one of the most iconic photographs ever taken of our planet.
  • World's First Private Moon Lander Will Carry Israeli Time Capsule

    12/19/2018 7:47:13 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies ^ | December 18, 2018 04:13pm ET | Samantha Mathewson,
    The nonprofit SpaceIL and the government-owned corporation Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), which manufactured the spacecraft, announced in a statement Monday (Dec. 17) that the lunar spacecraft, dubbed Beresheet will carry a digital time capsule with Israeli national memorabilia. SpaceIL’s mission to the moon began as part of the Google Lunar X Prize competition. SpaceIL was the only Israeli team that participated in the competition, which originally offered a first prize of $30 million to the privately-funded team that could put a robotic spacecraft on the moon, move the craft 1,640 feet (500 meters) and have it beam high-definition photos and...