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  • Full-Scale Production of Plutonium Spacecraft Fuel Still Years Away

    05/17/2016 6:19:08 PM PDT · by Sawdring · 18 replies
    Space.Com ^ | May 17, 2016 | Mike Wall
    The United States has begun manufacturing nuclear spacecraft fuel for the first time in a generation, but full production of the stuff is still seven years or so away. In December, officials at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee announced that researchers at the site had generated a 1.8-ounce (50 grams) sample of plutonium-238, the fuel that powers deep-space missions such as NASA's New Horizons Pluto probe and Cassini Saturn orbiter.
  • Humans on Mars: Scouting Needed for Red Planet Resources

    05/17/2016 6:27:21 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 48 replies
    Space.com ^ | 05/16/2016 | Leonard David,
    Last year, scientists proposed nearly 50 locations on Mars as possible places for future human landings. Those landing-zone sites contain "regions of interest" that can be reached from primary touchdown spots. Good touchdown sites will allow crews to land safely and carry out operations; offer a wealth of interesting science activities; and provide resources that the astronauts could use. For example, any favored exploration zone should allow expeditionary crews to tap into at least 100 metric tons (110 U.S. tons) of water, NASA officials have said. With its suite of instruments and cameras particularly the sharp-shooting High Resolution Imaging...
  • NASA planning 'suspended animation' cryosleep chamber that lets astronauts hibernate...

    05/16/2016 7:07:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    mirror.co.uk ^ | 15:16, 16 May 2016 | Jasper Hamill
    "The idea of suspended animation for interstellar human spaceflight has often been posited as a promising far-term solution for long-duration spaceflight," said Dr John Bradford, CEO of the firm. The cryosleep system works by chilling humans and artificially inducing a state of hypothermia so astronauts can hibernate for up to two weeks. A similar technique is already used to cool the body of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest in a bid to avoid brain damage. This would allow just one space man or woman to maintain the ship, meaning the spacecraft could be much smaller and travel more...
  • NASA Funding Magnetic Force Field And Other Projects To Improve Space Exploration

    05/14/2016 10:06:38 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    hngn.com ^ | | May 14, 2016 11:32 AM EDT | Jelani James
    A protective magnetic force field, self-assembling space habitat and a deep sleep chamber. These may seem like concepts straight out of science fiction, but they are quite real and are actually three of eight projects that NASA will be working on in order to improve space exploration. NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) is the agency's annual program that is responsible for funding such concepts. According to NASA, the one thing that all of these concepts have in common is their ability to "change the possible." However, it's not enough to change the possible- they actually have to be technically sound....
  • Photos:SpaceX Launches JCSAT-14 Satellite,Lands Rocket at Sea.

    05/06/2016 7:25:31 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 15 replies
    Space.com ^ | 5/6/2016 | SPACE.com Staff
    SpaceXs Falcon 9 rocket rises off the pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida carrying the JCSAT-14 communications satellite on May 6, 2016. Photos on site.
  • Icegate: Now NSIDC Caught Tampering With Climate Records

    04/28/2016 2:42:53 PM PDT · by detective · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 28, 2016 | James Delingpole
    Youve read about the climate fraud committed on an unbelievable scale by the shysters at NASA. Youve read about how NOAA overestimated US warming by 50 percent. Now its NSIDCs turn to be caught red-handed fiddling the data and cooking the books.
  • Confessed time-traveller pretty sure he'll win U.S. presidency

    04/26/2016 2:31:04 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 105 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | April 26, 2016 | Postmedia Network
    If Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton don't resonate with American voters, they always have Andrew Basiago -- a presidential candidate who is pretty sure he's going to become "either president or vice-president" between 2016 and 2028, according to information he's gathered time travelling. Cheekily calling his campaign "a time for truth," Basiago, 54, brags on his site that he "served bravely in the two secret U.S. defence projects in which time travel on Earth and voyages to Mars were first undertaken." Basiago -- who has made similar claims in the past -- also said he's helped several former presidents make...
  • We Cant Make Real Launches with an Imaginary Rocket

    04/21/2016 12:22:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 21, 2016 | John Mosby
    There is an old adage among overworked and overstressed staffers (both congressional and military) that, if you put off everything to the last minute, you can do everything in a minute. This adage is actually a commentary on workloads and the pressure they produce, not about the truth of completing the tasks at hand. Now Congress seems to be attempting to do everything in a minute by applying money in an attempt to make up for lost time. Specifically, Congress and multiple administrations should have begun decades ago seriously planning for replacement and deployment of the US Space...
  • Mice flown in space show nascent liver damage

    04/20/2016 10:02:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    n a discovery with implications for long-term spaceflight and future missions to Mars, a researcher at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has found that mice flown aboard the space shuttle Atlantis returned to Earth with early signs of liver disease. "Prior to this study we really didn't have much information on the impact of spaceflight on the liver," said the study's lead author Karen Jonscher, PhD, an associate professor of anesthesiology and a physicist at CU Anschutz. "We knew that astronauts often returned with diabetes-like symptoms but they usually resolved quickly." But the prospect of liver damage raises...
  • The unrecognized decision that saved Apollo 13

    04/15/2016 5:23:58 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 138 replies
    BBC ^ | 14 Apr, 2016 | William Park
    While planning the lunar landings, Nasa had a decision to make: What route would they use to reach the Moon? It was one of many that needed to be made, but little did they know then, it would have an important effect of the survival of the ill-fated Apollo 13 crew. This Sunday, 17 April, marks the safe return of James Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise after almost 88 tense hours on board their critically wounded craft thanks to that stroke of luck. The drama started unfolding at almost 56 hours Ground Elapsed Time (GET), meaning it was the...
  • NASA takes to Facebook to shut down climate change deniers in the most brutal way

    04/14/2016 7:31:52 PM PDT · by detective · 64 replies
    The Mirror ^ | 14 Apr 2016 | Jeff Parsons
    Anyone used to commenting on Facebook posts knows there's a lot of misrepresentation going on. Well, when it comes to climate change , NASA's not going to stand for it.
  • Yuri Gagarin: Celebrating first man in outer space 55 years later (slideshow)

    04/12/2016 11:02:11 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 31 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | April 12, 2016
    Please click the link to view the slideshow. There are 40 images, minus a few ads.
  • Powerful Laser Could Blast Spacecraft to Mars in 3 Days (Video)

    02/24/2016 8:12:54 AM PST · by Freeport · 31 replies
    Space.com ^ | February 23, 2016 | Shannon Hall
    It sounds like science fiction, but it's eminently possible, researchers say: Robotic spacecraft could get to Mars after a journey of just three days. The key to making this happen is photon propulsion, which would use a powerful laser to accelerate spacecraft to relativistic speeds, said Philip Lubin, a physics professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. "There are recent advances which take this from science fiction to science reality," Lubin said at the 2015 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) fall symposium last October. "There's no known reason why we cannot do this." Lubin and his team were awarded...
  • NASA Relativistic Interstellar Laser Launcher: We could do it NOW, ...( NASA Climate Budget AMOUNT)

    03/28/2016 5:23:09 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | March 27, 2016 | Eric Worrall
    Figure 9 from “A Roadmap to Interstellar Flight”Guest essay by Eric WorrallAn American scientist has made a remarkable conceptual breakthrough, a design for a non nuclear relativistic launcher, capable of accelerating thousands of deep space probes per year to 0.25C; fast enough to reach the nearest stars in 15 years. The system is extremely scalable – you could start with a small, low cost proof of concept launcher, and work up to bigger devices, capable of launching substantial probes into interstellar space. The system also has a practical alternative use – the full size version is powerful enough to deflect...
  • Hawking backs interstellar travel project

    04/12/2016 2:00:15 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/12/16 | Pallab Ghosh
    Stephen Hawking is backing a project to send tiny spacecraft to another star system within a generation. They would travel trillions of miles; far further than any previous craft. A $100m (70m) research programme to develop the computer chip-sized "starships" was launched by the billionaire Yuri Milner, supported by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Interstellar travel has long been a dream for many, but significant technological hurdles remain. But Prof Hawking told BBC News that fantasy could be realised sooner than we might think. Media captionThe spacecraft would be propelled from earth by a giant laser, as Pallab Ghosh reports "If...
  • NASA Begins Testing of Revolutionary E-Sail Technology

    04/12/2016 2:27:38 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | 4/11/16
    NASA Begins Testing of Revolutionary E-Sail Technology NASA engineers are conducting tests to develop models for the Heliopause Electrostatic Rapid Transport System (HERTS) concept. HERTS builds upon the electric sail invention of Dr. Pekka Janhunen of the Finnish Meteorological Institute. An electric sail could potentially send scientific payloads to the edge of our solar system, the heliopause, in less than 10 years. The research is led by Bruce M. Wiegmann, an engineer in the Advanced Concepts Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The HERTS E-Sail concept development and testing is funded by NASA's Space Technology...
  • NASA, Japan Make ASTER Earth Data Available At No Cost

    04/01/2016 5:47:40 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 7 replies
    NASA ^ | 4/1/2016 | NASA
    Beginning today, all Earth imagery from a prolific Japanese remote sensing instrument operating aboard NASA's Terra spacecraft since late 1999 is now available to users everywhere at no cost. The public will have unlimited access to the complete 16-plus-year database for Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument, which images Earth to map and monitor the changing surface of our planet. ASTER's database currently consists of more than 2.95 million individual scenes. The content ranges from massive scars across the Oklahoma landscape from an EF-5 tornado and the devastating aftermath...
  • NASA reports Cassini spacecraft orbit unaffected by theorized undiscovered Planet 9

    04/10/2016 8:30:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    clarksvilleonline.com ^ | 04/10/2016 | Preston Dyches
    Contrary to recent reports, NASAs Cassini spacecraft is not experiencing unexplained deviations in its orbit around Saturn, according to mission managers and orbit determination experts at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Several recent news stories have reported that a mysterious anomaly in Cassinis orbit could potentially be explained by the gravitational tug of a theorized massive new planet in our solar system, lurking far beyond the orbit of Neptune.
  • Houston We've Got A Problem: NASA's Planet-Hunting Kepler Spacecraft Is In Emergency Mode

    04/09/2016 7:40:09 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 25 replies
    TechTimes ^ | 4/9/16 | Catherine Cabral-Isabedra
    Kepler spacecraft is in emergency mode, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said in a statement. Charlie Sobeck, Kepler and K2 mission manager at NASA's Ames Research Center announced that after a scheduled contact with mission operations engineers last April 7, it was discovered that Kepler is presently in emergency mode (EM), the spacecraft's lowest operational mode. The team is working on recovering from EM, as it consumes significant amount of fuel. Since the spacecraft is 75 million miles away from Earth, even with the speed of light, communication takes about 13 minutes for the message to travel from the...
  • SPACEX DOES IT!! SAFE LANDING ON THE BARGE

    04/08/2016 1:55:46 PM PDT · by hoagy62 · 75 replies
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  • Blue Origin releases video from third launch and landing of New Shepard

    04/03/2016 6:04:26 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 38 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 4/2/2016 | Emily Calandrelli
    Remember when Blue Origin made history by vertically landing a rocket after launching it into space? Remember when they reused that same rocket and then landed it again? Well, today Jeff Bezos rocket company, once again, launched that very same New Shepard rocket and successfully landed it for a third time. At 11:28 AM EST, Bezos announced the successful landing of the New Shepard suborbital rocket as well as the crew capsule that it was carrying into space. While the rocket will eventually be used for crewed missions, there were no humans on this flight. Unlike previous launches where the...
  • NASA's Bolden: Mars mission is 'closer than ever'

    04/03/2016 2:17:50 PM PDT · by repentant_pundit · 31 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 2, 2016 | Trent Gillies
    In the movie, "The Martian," Matt Damon was a fictional astronaut stranded on Mars. In reality, the head of NASA says astronauts could set foot on the Red Planet within the next twenty years. "We think we're on the right trajectory to get humans to Mars in the 2030's," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden told CNBC's "On the Money" in an interview this week. He should know: Prior to assuming NASA's top job in 2009, Bolden was himself an astronaut for 14 years, commanding two space shuttle missions during that time. The U.S.'s top space official says he's confident the agency's...
  • Finally a Major New NASA Development! [video only]

    04/01/2016 10:59:33 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 14 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 4-1-2016 | PJ Media
    After so many years of NASA not putting new manned missions into space, finally some good news for all of us space fans!
  • Mars Colony Will Have To Wait, Says NASA Scientists

    03/31/2016 10:05:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 72 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 03/30/2016 | matt williams
    Establishing a human settlement on Mars has been the fevered dream of space agencies for some time. Long before NASA announced its Journey to Mars a plan that outlined the steps that need to be taken to mount a manned mission by the 2030s the agencys was planning how a crewed mission could lead to the establishing of stations on the planets surface. And it seems that in the coming decades, this could finally become a reality. But when it comes to establishing a permanent colony another point of interest when it comes to Mars missions ...
  • Japan Loses Contact With New Space Telescope

    03/27/2016 5:24:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    On Saturday, Japan lost contact with its newest space telescope, called Hitomi or ASTRO-H. The telescope, which includes an instrument from NASA, was intended to study the high-energy universe in X-rays and gamma rays, and observe such objects as supermassive black holes and galaxy clusters. Radar observations Sunday indicated that Hitomi, which launched on February 17, is in at least five piecesand a plot of its orbit revealed a dramatic change on March 26, the date JAXA lost contact with the spacecraft. That means, says astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell, that some kind of energetic event has occurredsomething more than a simple...
  • Land bridges linking ancient India, Eurasia were 'freeways' for biodiversity exchange

    03/26/2016 11:21:19 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 17 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 3/24/16 | Jesse L. Grismer, et. al.
    For about 60 million years during the Eocene epoch, the Indian subcontinent was a huge island. Having broken off from the ancient continent of Gondwanaland, the Indian Tectonic Plate drifted toward Eurasia. During that gradual voyage, the subcontinent saw a blossoming of exceptional wildlife, and when the trove of unique biodiversity finally made contact with bigger Eurasia, the exchange of animals and plants between these areas laid the foundations for countless modern species. "Today, mainland Asia and India have all this unique biodiversity -- but did the mainland Asian biodiversity come from India, or did the Indian biodiversity come from...
  • RSS gives defunct ASI wing a job: Search for Dwarka, Rama Setu

    06/28/2015 3:09:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    DNA India ^ | Sunday, June 28, 2015 | Rohinee Singh
    The defunct underwater wing of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is set for a revival with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the government keen to establish the scientific veracity of Dwarka, the mythological submerged capital of Lord Krishna's kingdom, and the Rama Setu, a set of limestone shoals believed to date back to the Ramayana... "The National Institute of Oceanography has the expertise. They will be training our fleet of young divers," said Dr RS Fonia, ASI joint director general. The ministry of culture, the nodal ministry for ASI, is also looking at options to bring on board...
  • Until Proven, A Myth: Historians

    09/15/2007 1:38:27 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 639+ views
    The Telegraph (India) ^ | 9-12-2007 | CHARU SUDAN KASTURI & SUDESHNA BANERJEE
    Until proven, a myth: Historians CHARU SUDAN KASTURI & SUDESHNA BANERJEE New Delhi/Calcutta, Sept. 12: Ram cannot be considered a historical figure despite references in ancient literature because crucial material evidence to authenticate his existence has not been found, historians have said. A textual reference necessarily needs to be corroborated by inscriptions engraved in stone or other long-lasting material or by archaeological evidence, said Nayanjot Lahiri, professor of ancient history at Delhi University. Until such evidence is found, a character or event in texts or literature is considered mythological, historians said. Historians have traced the original texts of the Mahabharata...
  • Hindus up in arms as god clashes with government

    09/13/2007 11:24:55 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 33 replies · 710+ views
    The Times ^ | 9/14/2007 | Ashling OConnor
    Thousands of furious Hindus took to the streets after the Indian Government claimed that the epic that forms the cornerstone of their religious beliefs was a work of fiction. Police used teargas to disperse crowds in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, where protesters accused the Government of blasphemy. The row erupted when the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), an arm of the Culture Ministry, told the countrys highest court that there was no evidence to support the existence of the characters in the Ramayana, a revered ancient text. Nor was there any historical record that Lord Ram, one of...
  • History stands still in seabed off Sri Lanka

    07/08/2007 11:01:39 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies · 485+ views
    Asian Tribune ^ | Sunday, July 8, 2007 | Janaka Perera
    The popularization of scuba diving after World War II had its impact on Sri Lanka, when Sir Arthur Clarke and Mike Wilson (later Swami Siva Kalki) came here after their successful expedition on the Great Barrier Reef. They came here to write on the 'Reefs of Taprobane' (Sri Lanka ). Here they were joined by Jonklass. Although spear-fishing and coral reef exploration were the scuba divers' primary aims, searching for wrecks soon became their past time in a sea strewn with ship wrecks. It was Sir Arthur Clarke's book which first carried colour photographs of off-shore shipwrecks and the ruins...
  • US heritage body wants Ram Setu preserved

    06/09/2007 1:32:11 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 12 replies · 787+ views
    The Pioneer ^ | Saturday, June 09, 2007 | The Pioneer
    World Monuments Fund favours garnering public support on this ancient bridge Government can make it a tourist attraction, say experts World Monuments Fund, an international preservation organisation that brings out World Monuments Watch List of endangered sites, has said that the Government of India should be made to realise that it's more valuable to preserve Ram Setu or Adam's Bridge than demolishing it. Marilyn Perry, chairman of the fund, said in an interview on the sidelines of the function to release the list of endangered sites of the world in its New York Madison Avenue office that the Federal Government...
  • Ram Sethu: Scientific Evidence Of Ancient Human Activity (Ramas Bridge)

    04/23/2007 3:35:24 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 895+ views
    Organizer ^ | 4-29-2007 | S. Kalyanaraman
    Ram Sethu: Scientific evidence of ancient human activity By S. Kalyanaraman Scientific evidences point to human activity in ancient times on both sides of Ram Sethu as found by Dept. of Earth Sciences and ocean technologists of Bharatam. This area should be declared a protected monument under the Protection of Monuments Act and declared as a World Heritage site by the Government of India and advised to UNESCO. The Geological and geophysical survey of the Sethu-samudram Project clearly reveal that Ramas bridge appears to be a major Geological feature. The surveys reveal that to the north of Ram Sethu on...
  • Interview [with Iravatham Mahadevan,] the Madras Indus scholar

    03/31/2007 7:44:03 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies · 723+ views
    Himal ^ | April 2007 | interviewed by Sundar Ganesan
    [Q:] There are periodic reports of Indus script being deciphered. Are there standard methods to test the validity of claimed decipherments? [A:] The best summary and evaluation of the work done so far is Gregory Possehl’s book, The Indus Age: Its writing. I myself have reviewed five claims to decipherment – two based on Sanskrit, two on Tamil and one claiming that the script is merely a collection of numbers. My conclusion is negative – that none of the decipherments has been successful... There is very little interest in the Indus script in the West – there are very few...
  • Can the monkey god save Rama?s underwater bridge?

    03/27/2007 6:43:20 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 21 replies · 2,389+ views
    Times Online ^ | March 27, 2007 | Ruth Gledhill and Jeremy Page
    Hindu groups are launching an international campaign today to halt India?s plans to create a shipping channel by dredging the sea between India and Sri Lanka. They say that the project will destroy an ancient chain of shoals known as Adam?s Bridge, which Hindus believe was built by an army of monkeys to allow Lord Rama to cross to Lanka to rescue his abducted wife. They are also protesting on environmental grounds, arguing that the 30-mile string of limestone shoals, also known as Ram Sethu, protected large parts of India from the 2004 tsunami. ?The bridge is as holy to...
  • No archaeological studies to support existence of Ram Sethu

    03/07/2007 9:16:43 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies · 518+ views
    Zee News ^ | Wednesday, March 7, 2007 | Bureau Report
    Government on Tuesday said there are no archaeological studies that reveal the existence of a Ram Sethu bridge between India and Sri Lanka. However, a NASA satellite picture has shown the existence of a stretch of land bridge in the Palk Strait between the countries, Minister of Tourism and Culture Ambika Soni said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha today. She informed the house that as there are no archaeological studies to confirm the fact, the government was not planning to take any preservation initiative in this direction.
  • India to build new "Suez" despite ecological storm

    07/02/2005 3:13:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies · 909+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jul 1, 2005 | Y.P. Rajesh
    DHANUSHKODI, India (Reuters) - For India, it is an almost 150-year dream about to come true -- its "Suez" carving a new channel between the south coast and Sri Lanka, dramatically shortening the sea route for freight and slashing costs. But for environmentalists and fishermen, it is a nightmare in the making, one that it will haunt South Asia for decades. The $560 million Sethusamudram Ship Channel has roused strong emotions among supporters and opponents alike. And the tussle is likely to worsen as digging begins on Saturday. One of India's showcase projects to upgrade its infrastructure to cope with...
  • India plans to dredge sea canal

    04/21/2005 2:04:23 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 7 replies · 488+ views
    Financial Times ^ | April 21 2005 01:38 | Ray Marcelo
    A scheme to make the shallow strait between India and Sri Lanka navigable has upset environmentalists and the port of Colombo. To its supporters, it is a dream project, no less than the Suez of the east; to its opponents it is an environmental catastrophe. Either way, plans to dredge a channel in the seabed between India and Sri Lanka will be controversial, and could alter maritime and military operations in the Indian Ocean. The $400m project, called the Sethusamudram Ship Canal, involves digging a 152km, 300m-wide channel through the Palk Strait, a shallow stretch of sea separating the south...
  • Hanuman bridge is myth: Experts

    10/19/2002 4:25:58 PM PDT · by jimtorr · 15 replies · 4,312+ views
    THE TIMES OF INDIA ^ | SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2002 | No Author listed
    NEW DELHI: After Nasa, it's the turn of Indian experts to declare that there is no evidence linking the mythical Lanka bridge built by Hanuman to the chain of sandbanks captured by the US space agency's cameras across the Palk Strait. Eminent astrophysicist J V Narlikar, when contacted in Pune, said he had seen reports claiming about the mythical bridge, but there was no evidence to suggest that what had been located had links with the bridge mentioned in the Ramayana. "There is no archaeological or literary evidence to support this claim," eminent historian R S Sharma told The Times...
  • Scientist Reveals Propulsion Technology That Could Blast Probe To Mars In 30 Minutes

    03/24/2016 2:41:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    Headlines & Global News ^ | February 29, 2016 | Chris Loterina
    The travel time from Earth to Mars using current space flight technologies is estimated to be 9 months. Last week, an innovative concept was proposed which claims to reduce the time that will be spent for Mars travel to merely three days through so-called photonic propulsion technology. But a new proposal threatens to radically shorten this period to an astounding 30 minutes. The idea was revealed by Phillip Lubin, who is a physics professor at the University of California Santa Barbara. Lubin was also responsible for the photonic propulsion technology proposal. This time, however, he identified the use of high-powered...
  • Challenger engineer who warned of space shuttle disaster dies aged 89

    03/22/2016 9:32:05 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 48 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/22/2016 | HANNAH PARRY
    Bob Ebeling, a Challenger engineer who predicted the space shuttle would explode, never truly forgave himself for the deaths of the seven crew. After three decades of guilt over the disaster, he passed away on Monday aged 89 in Brigham City, Utah, following a long illness. The former engineer for NASA contractor Morton Thiokol was part of a team of four that tried to warn the space agency against the launch, saying the temperatures in Cape Canaveral were too cold for the booster rockets to seal properly.
  • Heres Why Congress Says Obama Has Wrecked NASA

    03/18/2016 9:41:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 42 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 3/18/2016 | Andrew Follett
    NASAs budget proposal is far more concerned with spending on global warming research than supporting the agencys mission of space exploration, according to Republican lawmakers. This budget takes our human spaceflight program nowhere fast. This budget undermines our space program and diverts critical funding to lower priority items, Texas Republican Rep. Brian Babin, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Space, said during the hearing. Orion and [the Space Launch System] are strategic national assets and must be sufficiently funded. Proposed cuts to the planetary science division are equally disturbing. Democratic lawmakers, however, argued spending more climate science to be a...
  • Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 Aug 21

    03/04/2016 10:48:36 AM PST · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    NASA ^ | 03-04-2016 | Staff
    This interactive Google map shows the path of the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 Aug 21. The northern and southern path limits are blue and the central line is red. You MUST be somewhere within the central path (between the blue lines) to see the total phase of the eclipse. The eclipse is longest on the central line (red). The yellow lines crossing the path indicate the time and position of maximum eclipse at 10-minute intervals. The green marker labeled GE is the point of Greatest Eclipse. The magenta marker labeled GD is the point of Greatest Duration. This is...
  • NASA plans supersonic passenger jet

    03/01/2016 11:32:47 AM PST · by sparklite2 · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 01, 2016
    On Monday, NASA revealed a project as part of its newly-introduced New Aviation Horizons initiative that awarded Lockheed Martin a $20 million contract over the next 17 months to create a jet that uses quiet supersonic technology (QueSST). It is the first in a series of X-planes for the initiative. NASA said it conducted studies across the country to learn more about acceptable sound levels. The finished product will fly at supersonic speeds, and create a "heartbeat" in place of the disruptive "boom" that is currently associated with supersonic flight.
  • LIVE STREAM: NASA astronaut Scott Kelly returns to Earth after year inspace

    03/01/2016 8:04:35 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 20 replies
    fox 43 ^ | 3-1-2016
    NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is on his way back to Earth. Kelly has completed a nearly yearlong mission on the International Space Station, the longest any U.S. astronaut has been in space. Hes set to come home on Tuesday, riding back to Earth on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The spacecraft undocked from the station shortly after 8 p.m. ET. Undocking complete at 8:02pm ET! @StationCDRKelly is on his way home from a #YearInSpace pic.twitter.com/qaPqva0jsU NASA (@NASA) March 2, 2016 Kelly is scheduled to land in the Kazakhstan desert at 10:27 Wednesday morning (11:27 p.m. ET Tuesday).
  • SpaceX Aborts Rocket Launch Just Before Liftoff [During Ignition]

    02/28/2016 7:42:25 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Space.com ^ | 02/28/2016 | Mike Wall
    SpaceX aborted the launch of a commercial communications satellite less than a second before liftoff this evening (Feb. 28), delaying the mission yet again. SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket was scheduled to launch the SES-9 satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 6:46 p.m. EST (2346 GMT) today, but that initial liftoff time was pushed back 35 minutes because a boat wandered into the mission's "keep-out zone," launch controllers said. At 7:21 p.m. EST (0021 GMT on Monday, Feb. 29), the Falcon 9's engines began firing up, but they shut down just as the countdown clock was reaching...
  • NASAs Johnson Space Center Sparks Legal Challenge by Banning Jesus from Newsletter

    02/27/2016 11:11:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 26, 2016 | 3:48 PM EST | Penny Starr
    The Praise and Worship Club at the National Aeronautics and Space Administrations (NASA) Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, has been told that it cannot use the word "Jesus" in meeting announcements placed in the JSC Today email newsletter, because it violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution's First Amendment. The warning given to the club by the JSC Today legal team in May 2015 has recently picked up national attention, with the Liberty Institute attorneys sending a demand letter to NASA threatening a lawsuit on Feb. 8 and the CitizenGo website launching a petition drive on Feb....
  • Hillary claims NASA rejected her for astronaut program over being a woman

    02/23/2016 9:55:22 AM PST · by Kyle Olson · 120 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | 2/23/16 | Kyle Olson
    For the second time this presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton is claiming a federal agency rejected her inquiries to serve because she was a woman. Clinton, appearing Tuesday on the Steve Harvey Show, said growing up, she wanted to be an astronaut. “I was excited about the space program. I was excited about President Kennedy saying we were gonna send a man to the moon and bring him back within the decade. I thought it was really incredible we were gonna do that,” she told Harvey. “So, yes, I wrote to NASA,” she said. “Really…” Harvey replied. “I wrote to NASA,...
  • Pink Floyd Monday

    02/22/2016 7:24:19 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 42 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-22-2016 | MOTUS
    Apparently things really are spooky on the dark side of the moon. Apollo astronauts who orbited the moon two months before Neil Armstrong's famous 1969 landing heard mysterious and unexplainable 'music' on its far side, out of the range of Earthly radio transmissions, it has emerged.Recently unearthed recordings made by NASA of the journey, which took the Apollo 10 capsule around the far side of the moon, show the astronauts reacting with surprise and confusion to an unearthly howling noise in their headsets. – Daily Mail Interesting, unless you fall in the group of conspiracy theorists who think the whole...
  • Lost Tapes Reveal Apollo Astronauts Heard Unexplained ‘Music’ On Far Side Of The Moon

    02/21/2016 10:04:16 AM PST · by PROCON · 130 replies
    HUFFPO ^ | Feb. 20, 2016 | Lee Speigel
    The crew of an Apollo mission to the moon were so startled when they encountered strange music-like radio transmissions coming through their headsets, they didn't know whether or not to report it to NASA, it's been revealed. It was 1969, two months before Apollo 11's historic first manned landing on the moon, when Apollo 10 entered lunar orbit, which included traversing the far side of the moon when all spacecraft are out of radio contact with Earth for about an hour and nobody on Earth can see or hear them. As far as the public knew, everything about the mission...
  • Scott Kelly from space: Earth's atmosphere 'looks very, very fragile'

    02/12/2016 6:11:59 AM PST · by oh8eleven · 78 replies
    CNN ^ | 12 February 2016 | Ashley Strickland
    In one of his final interviews from the International Space Station, astronaut Scott Kelly said that the Earth's atmosphere "looks very, very fragile" and "like something that we need to take care of."