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  • NASA Awards Contract to Aerojet Rocketdyne to Restart RS-25 Engine Production for SLS Mars Rocket

    11/24/2015 9:18:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on November 24, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    The contract spans from November 2015 through Sept. 30, 2024. The SLS is the most powerful rocket the world has ever seen and will loft astronauts in the Orion capsule on missions back to the Moon by around 2021, to an asteroid around 2025 and then beyond on a 'Journey to Mars' in the 2030s - NASA's overriding and agency wide goal. The first unmanned SLS test flight is slated for late 2018. The core stage (first stage) of the SLS will initially be powered by four existing RS-25 engines, recycled and upgraded from the shuttle era, and a pair...
  • German Professor: NASA Has Fiddled Climate Data On ‘Unbelievable’ Scale

    11/24/2015 9:39:06 AM PST · by Freeport · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Nov 2015 | James Delingpole
    A German professor has confirmed what skeptics from Britain to the US have long suspected: that NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies has largely invented “global warming” by tampering with the raw temperature data records. Professor Dr. Friedrich Karl Ewert is a retired geologist and data computation expert. He has painstakingly examined and tabulated all NASA GISS’s temperature data series, taken from 1153 stations and going back to 1881. His conclusion: that if you look at the raw data, as opposed to NASA’s revisions, you’ll find that since 1940 the planet has been cooling, not warming. According to Günter Ederer,...
  • Is Earth Growing a Hairy Dark Matter 'Beard'?

    11/23/2015 4:24:17 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    discovery.com ^ | Nov 23, 2015 03:48 PM ET // by | Ian O'Neill
    Gary Prezeau of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., describes the results of his theoretical model that goes some way to explain how streams of dark matter particles may interact with our planet's gravitational field. "A (dark matter) stream can be much larger than the solar system itself, and there are many different streams crisscrossing our galactic neighborhood," said Prézeau in a JPL press release. "When gravity interacts with the cold dark matter gas during galaxy formation, all particles within a stream continue traveling at the same velocity." As these streams begin to interact with a planet, according to...
  • NASA Orders First Commercial Crew Mission to Space Station from SpaceX

    11/22/2015 12:34:13 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on November 21, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    Restoring America’s ability to once again launch US astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) from US soil on US rockets took another significant step forward when NASA ordered the first the agency’s first commercial crew rotation mission from the Hawthorne, California based-company SpaceX. NASA and SpaceX hope that the blastoff with a crew of up to four astronauts will take place by late 2017. The new Nov. 20 award from NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) office to launch the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule follows up on an earlier commercial crew rotation mission award this past May to the Boeing...
  • Astronaut Scott Kelly's 'UFO' photo generates extraterrestrial buzz

    11/21/2015 12:58:19 PM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 52 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | November 21, 2015 | FoxNews.com
    The truth is out there . . . maybe. A photo tweeted by astronaut Scott Kelly is generating plenty of extraterrestrial buzz. Kelly, who recently broke the U.S. record for most days in space, tweeted the picture taken from the International Space Station Sunday.
  • Record Crushing Fraud From NOAA And NASA Ahead Of Paris

    11/20/2015 4:48:08 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 10 replies
    Real Climate Science ^ | November 19, 2015 | Tony Heller
    Gavin and Tom delivered their fraud right on schedule ahead of Paris, just as I predicted they would. They claim that October had the highest temperature anomaly ever recorded for any month....Somehow, they managed to calculate Earth’s temperature within 0.01 degrees – even though they had no temperature data for about half of the land surface, including none in Greenland and very little in Africa or Antarctica.
  • Where Will the 1st Astronauts on Mars Land?

    11/17/2015 9:16:02 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    space.com ^ | Leonard David,
    The ideal Red Planet crewed site should be of high scientific value — allowing pioneers to search for signs of Mars life and investigate other intriguing questions — and also possess enough resources to help sustain expeditionary crews, scientists and engineers said. They came to these and other conclusions at the First Landing Site/Exploration Zone Workshop for Human Missions to the Surface of Mars, which was held here Oct. 27 though Oct. 30 at the Lunar and Planetary Institute. ... Nearly 50 locations on Mars were proposed as future locales for human landings. Those sites were all within 50 degrees...
  • How Global Warming Science Ate The NASA Budget

    11/18/2015 6:39:53 AM PST · by Purdue77 · 6 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/17/2015 | Andrew Follett
    The Daily Caller (11/17, Follett) reports that according to Representative Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, NASA's dedication toward climate research has reduced the funding available for its planetary science and exploration efforts. In an email to the Daily Caller News Foundation, Smith stated, "The Obama administration has consistently tried to cut NASA's space exploration budgets in order to fund increases for Earth science programs," adding, "Just this year, the president proposed drastically cutting NASA's exploration systems by more than $440 million dollars while Earth Science accounts have increased by 63 percent over the...
  • Smithsonian Seeking Space Fans to Retype Apollo Spacecraft Packing Lists

    11/15/2015 7:54:56 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    space.com ^ | by Robert Z. Pearlman
    The Apollo Stowage Lists (ASL) were a product of the late 1960s and early 70s, which meant that for the better part of the decades that followed, they were limited to printed copies. Since the advent of the internet, NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston scanned the documents, but as images, the contents still could not be easily referenced by researchers and curators with regard to specific items. "They are extremely difficult to search or sort – whether by object name, part number, or spacecraft storage location, "Needell wrote in a blog entry announcing the transcription project on Thursday (Nov....
  • Buzz Aldrin and the Selfie 200 Miles from Earth

    11/13/2015 5:04:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2015 | Justin Holcomb
    What ever happened to looking up at the night sky? Observing, contemplating, and wondering what lies beyond our small world is something of the past. This Friday, lets try and ignore all of the turmoil at Missouri, the arguments between Republicans and Democrats, and instead relive some of America’s most outstanding moments. Yesterday, Buzz Aldrin posted a picture of the first ever 'selfie' in space during his Gemini 12 spacewalk. The Air Force Colonel, who shot down two MiG-15s during the Korean War, has served his country his entire lifetime. Known as a cunning warrior in the air, Buzz was...
  • [Space] Station Astronaut Snaps Super Sharp View of the Great Pyramids from Space

    06/14/2015 11:46:21 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 40 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 13 June 2015 | Ken Kremer
    On his last full day in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS), NASA astronaut Terry Virts at last captured a truly iconic shot of one of the Seven Wonders of the World the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Virts snapped the exquisitely sharp view of the Egyptian pyramids at Giza on June 10 looking out from the stations windows, just hours before entering the Soyuz return spaceship and closing the hatches behind him for his planned plummet back to Earth. He proudly posted the spectacular photo on his twitter social media account from space while serving as...
  • Scuttle the Shuttle! Space Shuttle is a Dangerous Waste of Taxpayer Funds

    07/12/2005 7:28:59 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 252 replies · 2,474+ views
    Space Frontier Foundation ^ | 07/11/05 | Rick Tumlinson
    Los Angeles, CA, July 11, 2005 In anticipation of this week's planned return to flight of NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery, the Space Frontier Foundation renewed its call for the orbiters to be retired. The Foundation, which for over 15 years has criticized the Shuttle system as too costly, urged NASA and the Congress to announce a firm date when the last orbiter will fly. If it were up to us the shuttle would never have flown in the first place, said the Foundation's Rick Tumlinson. Far from opening space to the American people, it has weighed down our space...
  • Why NASA could be vital for the European ‘moon village’ concept

    11/09/2015 9:05:27 AM PST · by Marcus · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 9, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    The aerospace newspaper Space News recounted an exchange that took place at the International Astronautical Conference in Jerusalem, Israel recently that proved to be cringe-worthy for observers of space policy. During a panel discussion at the conference, European Space Agency’s new director-general, Johann-Dietrich Woerner presented an idea he has been touting for some time called a “moon village.” The idea is that various countries would come together to establish a lunar base, each bringing in “their special ideas, their special competence.” The moon village would be a center of science and commerce, developing techniques for resource management and testing technology...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Assembly of The International Space Station

    11/09/2015 12:21:09 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | November 09, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: It is the largest and most sophisticated object ever built off the Earth. It has taken numerous spaceflights and over a decade to construct. The International Space Station (ISS) is currently the premiere habitat for humans in Earth orbit, and an amalgamation of sophisticated orbiting laboratories that have examined everything from the formation of new materials and medicines created in microgravity -- to the limitations of the human body -- to the composition of the universe. This month, the ISS is celebrating 15 years of continuous human habitation. The ISS has been visited by astronauts from 15 countries, so...
  • BACKSTORY Anthony and Huma Weiner move into luxury $3.3M condo owned by top Clinton donor

    08/01/2013 8:28:57 AM PDT · by Liz · 35 replies
    Full title.......Anthony Weiner and wife Huma move into luxury $3.3M condo owned by top Clinton donor... are they there for free or just getting a sweet deal? dailymail.co.uk story | 8/13/12 / FR Posted by ColdOne Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner and his faithful wife Huma Abedin have moved into a $3.3million New York City apartment owned by a top donor to Ms Abedin's boss, Hillary Clinton. The well-appointed luxury pad includes four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms in the 12th floor of an exclusive building on Park Avenue. It costs an estimated $14,000 a month. The price...
  • Got the Right Stuff? NASA Is Recruiting New Astronauts

    11/05/2015 8:24:14 AM PST · by rktman · 36 replies
    space.com ^ | 11/5/2015 | Calla Cofield
    Calling all aspiring astronauts: NASA announced today (Nov. 4) that it will be accepting applications starting in December for its next round of astronaut training. Currently, there are 47 active members in NASA's astronaut corp., with the last group of new astronauts selected in 2013. Applications for the new class will be accepted from mid-December through mid-February, and those selected to begin astronaut training will be announced in mid-2017. "With more human spacecraft in development in the United States today than at any other time in history, future astronauts will launch once again from the Space Coast of Florida on...
  • Want to Be an Astronaut? NASA's Looking

    11/04/2015 10:35:05 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 19 replies
    Discovery News ^ | 11/4/15 | IRENE KLOTZ
    It’s been four years since NASA put out a recruitment call for more astronauts, but on Wednesday the U.S. space agency said it would be hiring again soon. A two-month application period opens Dec. 14. The agency hired just eight astronaut candidates during its last recruitment. Applicants who didn’t make the cut were in good company – nearly 6,400 people applied for the job. NASA currently has 47 astronauts available for flight assignments – less than one-third the size of the corps in 1999 at the peak of the shuttle program. Typically, crews of six or seven flew on the...
  • NASA Study Showing Massive Ice Growth Debunks UN Claims

    11/03/2015 2:15:25 PM PST · by detective · 18 replies
    The New American ^ | November 3,2015 | Alex Newman
    Apparently the science surrounding alleged anthropogenic (man-made) global warming (AGW) is not really so settled after all. In a barely noticed statement released last week, NASA dropped the equivalent of a nuclear bomb on the United Nations' climate-alarmism machine, noting that ice across Antarctica has been growing at break-neck speed for decades. The surging ice growth, of course, directly contradicts the predictions of global-warming alarmists, including a 2013 report by the increasingly discredited UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change claiming, falsely as it turns out, that Antarctica was losing ice at an accelerating rate and causing rising sea levels, all...
  • Another Inconvenient Truth? New NASA Study Finds Antarctica Is Gaining Ice!

    11/03/2015 1:00:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/03/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Well this is awkward. Just a month after former Aussie PM Tony Abbott openly questioned global warming data (and was 'replaced'), a new NASA study finds another inconvenient truth - Antarctica has been adding more ice than it's been losing, challenging other research, including that of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, that concludes that Earth’s southern continent is losing land ice overall.As Christian Science Monitor reports, In a paper published in the Journal of Glaciology on Friday, researchers from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, the University of Maryland in College Park, and the engineering firm Sigma Space...
  • WATCH: ISS Nasa live cam cuts after 'suddenly locking on to mystery glowing UFO'

    11/03/2015 7:42:59 AM PST · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    www.express.co.uk ^ | 02:53, Tue, Nov 3, 2015 | UPDATED: 08:17, Tue, Nov 3, 2015 | By Jon Austin
    A "UFO was intercepted" by the International Space Station (ISS), claim alien hunters, who allege footage from a NASA live camera feed which zoomed in on a mysterious glowing orb suddenly cut out. The "orb UFO" allegedly monitored by ISS crew ================================================================================================================== A UFO hunter claims the ISS camera locked on and zoomed into a “mystery glowing orb”, but after monitoring the ball of light, Nasa cut the live stream from public viewing. The "Unidentified Flying Object (UFO)" was visible in the distance between the ISS and Earth, according to Scott C Waring, editor of UFO Sightings Daily, before the...
  • Want to fly at 2,500mph? BAE Systems does and is willing to pay £20m for it

    11/02/2015 9:37:22 AM PST · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 12:01AM GMT 02 Nov 2015 | By Alan Tovey, Industry Editor
    Defence giant BAE Systems to buy a stake in Britain's Reaction Engines, which is developing revolutionary SABRE engines for ultra-fast aircraft How an aircraft fitted with the SABRE engines might look ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hypersonic air travel and cut-price satellite launches will move a step closer when BAE Systems buys a stake in a UK company developing engines able to power aircraft at 2,500mph and into space. The FTSE 100 group is set to purchase 20pc of Oxfordshire-based Reaction Engines for £20.6m, in a deal that will see the defence giant’s expertise applied to research on the privately-held company’s engine, which combines...
  • What global warming? Antarctic ice is INCREASING by 135billion tonnes a year, says NASA

    11/02/2015 8:08:07 AM PST · by GonzoII · 25 replies
    express.co.uk ^ | Mon, Nov 2, 2015 | Jon Austin
    A NEW Nasa study of the Antarctic from space has thrown the case for climate change into disarray after finding that more NEW new ice has formed at the Antarctic than has been lost to its thinning glaciers. The US space agency research claims an increase in Antarctic snow accumulation that began 10,000 years ago is "currently adding enough ice to the continent to outweigh the increased losses from melting glaciers. Global warming theories have been thrown into doubt after Nasa also claimed current horror predictions into future sea-level rises may not be as severe. Major studies previously made the...
  • NASA Adds to Evidence of Mysterious Ancient Earthworks

    10/30/2015 9:49:40 AM PDT · by Theoria · 30 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 Oct 2015 | Ralph Blumenthal
    High in the skies over Kazakhstan, space-age technology has revealed an ancient mystery on the ground. Satellite pictures of a remote and treeless northern steppe reveal colossal earthworks — geometric figures of squares, crosses, lines and rings the size of several football fields, recognizable only from the air and the oldest estimated at 8,000 years old. The largest, near a Neolithic settlement, is a giant square of 101 raised mounds, its opposite corners connected by a diagonal cross, covering more terrain than the Great Pyramid of Cheops. Another is a kind of three-limbed swastika, its arms ending in zigzags bent...
  • SETI Institute undertakes search for alien signal from Kepler Star KIC 8462852

    10/24/2015 5:31:16 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 13 replies
    PHYS.ORG ^ | October 22, 2015 | Bob King
    "We either caught something shortly after an event like two planets crashing together or alien intelligence," said Dr. Gerald Harp, senior scientist at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, referring to the baffling light variations seen in the Kepler star KIC 8462852. And he and a team from the Institute are working hard at this moment to determine which of the two it is. Beginning last Friday (Oct. 16), the Institute's Allen Telescope Array (ATA) was taken off its normal survey schedule and instead focused on KIC 8462852, one of the 150,000-plus stars studied by NASA's Kepler Mission to...
  • Cassini Spies Bright Venus From Saturn Orbit

    10/24/2015 5:59:52 PM PDT · by lbryce · 3 replies
    NASA-Google Plus ^ | March 1, 2013 | NASA
    Seeing Earth first from Mars and then from Saturn was indeed mind-boggling but the recent long distance image from Saturn of Venus really amazed me, especially since it occured over two years ago. Peering over the shoulder of giant Saturn, through its rings, and across interplanetary space, NASA's Cassini spacecraft spies the bright, cloudy terrestrial planet, Venus. The vast distance from Saturn means that Venus only shows up as a white dot, just above and to the right of the image center. Venus, along with Mercury, Earth, and Mars, is one of the rocky 'terrestrial' planets in the solar...
  • NASA Gives 99-Percent Probability Of 5.0 Earthquake In LA

    10/21/2015 7:05:10 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    losangeles.cbslocal.com ^ | October 20, 2015 11:21 PM | STAFF
    PASADENA (CBSLA.com) If scientists at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena are correct, a moderately-sized earthquake is expected within the next two-and-a-half years. JPL experts predict a possible 5.0 magnitude quake in Los Angeles, but say it very well could be stronger. JPL geophysicist Dr. Andrea Donnellan, along with seven other scientists, has been using radar and GPS to measure Southern Californias chances for a sizable earthquake, and has made a sobering hypothesis about another big one. When the La Habra earthquake happened, it was relieving some of that stress, and it actually shook some of the upper sediments...
  • NASA Completes Critical Design Review for Space Launch System

    10/23/2015 5:37:34 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 15 replies
    Nasa.gov ^ | 10/22/2015 | Kathryn Hambleton
    For the first time in almost 40 years, a NASA human-rated rocket has completed all steps needed to clear a critical design review (CDR). The agencys Space Launch System (SLS) is the first vehicle designed to meet the challenges of the journey to Mars and the first exploration class rocket since the Saturn V. SLS will be the most powerful rocket ever built and, with the agencys Orion spacecraft, will launch America into a new era of exploration to destinations beyond Earths orbit. The CDR provided a final look at the design and development of the integrated launch vehicle before...
  • Astronomers say real-life 'death star' destroying faraway rocky object

    10/22/2015 1:02:05 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 22, 2015 | Associated Press
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. A white dwarf star in the Constellation Virgo turns out to be a "death star" worthy of "Star Wars." Astronomers announced Wednesday that they have discovered a rocky object coming apart in a death spiral around this distant star. They used NASA's exoplanet-hunting Kepler spacecraft to make the discovery, then followed up with ground observations. "This is something no human has seen before," said Andrew Vanderburg of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the lead author. "We're watching a solar system get destroyed," he said in a statement.
  • Controversial Study Claims 99.9 Percent Chance Of Major Los Angeles Earthquake In 3 Years

    10/21/2015 2:26:16 PM PDT · by blam · 27 replies
    89.3 KPPC ^ | Sanden Totten
    Sanden Totten October 20 Angelenos live under constant threat of a major earthquake, but a controversial new study from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory puts a number on that threat. The scientific paper claims there is a 99.9 percent chance of an earthquake between magnitude 5 and 6.3 in less than three years. The study was published earlier this month by the American Geophysical Union's Earth and Space Science journal. The bold claim has taken many in the seismic community by surprise. Lead author, Andrea Donnellan of JPL, said this study used GPS and airborne radar data to look at land...
  • How Newt Gingrichs moon base became pretty cool

    10/21/2015 1:28:54 PM PDT · by Marcus · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 21, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    The most bemused man in America must be former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. In response to a question at a campaign stop in New Hampshire, former Florida governor and current presidential candidate Jeb Bush pronounced Gingrichs idea of a moon base as pretty cool. The former speaker must be asking himself, where was that kind of support in 2012 when he first proposed building a moon base by 2020? Indeed, a number of recent developments have made the once ridiculed idea cool again.
  • Jeb Bush Will Never Forget That Astronaut Who Died That One Time

    10/17/2015 2:21:26 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 10/17/15 | Tommy Christopher
    Former Florida Governor and future Republican presidential primary concession speech-deliverer Jeb Bushs prosciutto-handed penchant for exploiting tragedy was on brilliant display this week in a pair of unrelated yet telling moments. First, there was his odd decision to bring up a space program disaster without knowing even the most basic details surrounding it. At a Concord, N.H. town hall meeting, Jeb! had just finished praising the idea of Moonbase Gingrich, and probably felt it was time to remind the crowd that he used to be a Gubner and knows how to be Very Serious, so he completely went off on...
  • Did Astronomers Find Evidence of an Alien Civilization? Probably Not. But Still Cool.

    10/15/2015 8:55:50 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 30 replies
    Slate ^ | October 14, 2015 | By Phil Plait
    The paper doesnt mention aliens, and it doesnt even imply aliens. Not directly, at least. But the astronomers found a star so odd, with behavior so difficult to explain, that its clear something weird is happening there. And some of the astronomers who did the work are now looking into the idea that what theyve found might (might!) be due to aliens. But dont let this idea run away with you. The scientists involved are being very skeptical and approaching this the right way. The star is called KIC 8462852, and its one of more than a hundred thousand stars...
  • The strange star that has serious scientists talking about an alien megastructure

    10/15/2015 12:04:31 PM PDT · by grundle · 64 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 15, 2015 | Sarah Kaplan
    It was kind of unbelievable that it was real data, said Yale University astronomer Tabetha Boyajian. We were scratching our heads. For any idea that came up there was always something that would argue against it. She was talking to the New Scientist about KIC 8462852, a distant star with a very unusual flickering habit. Something was making the star dim drastically every few years, and she wasnt sure what. Boyajian wrote up a paper on possible explanations for the stars bizarre behavior, and it was published recently in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. But she also...
  • Boeing demonstrates lightest metal ever

    10/15/2015 10:44:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies
    phys.org ^ | October 15, 2015 | Bob Yirka
    Airplane maker Boeing has unveiled what it calls the "The Lightest Metal Ever"called microlattice, the material is a construct that is 99.99 per cent air. It has been developed by Boeing's HRL Laboratories along with colleagues at the University of California and the California Institute of Technology. The material has been developed as a way to reduce weight on airplanes or even rocketsa paper describing the development of the material was written by the team and published in the journal Science back in 2011though the researchers have not yet revealed what sort of changes have been made since that time....
  • Scientists to see if they can save planet from asteroid

    10/04/2015 1:20:59 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 24 replies
    Newser ^ | October 03, 2015 | Arden Dier
    Come 2022, scientists will attempt to save all of humanity from an asteroid. Calm down, it's just a trial run. The joint US-European AIDAthat's Asteroid Deflection and Assessmentmission intends to crash a probe into a 525-foot-wide asteroid known as Didymoon to see if the impact will change its orbital path. The egg-shaped asteroid is actually part of a binary system and orbits its larger partner, Didymos, every 12 hours, per Phys.org. NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) probe will crash into Didymoon at a speed of roughly 13,420mph, while ESA's Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM) will study the effects so researchers...
  • Journey to Mars lies through the moon

    10/02/2015 1:11:29 PM PDT · by Marcus · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 2, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    The discovery of water on the surface of Mars, which just happened to coincide with the premiere of the hit film The Martian, starring Matt Damon as an astronaut marooned on the Red Planet, has caused some degree of excitement for space enthusiasts. NASA is particularly inspired because its central organizing project is the journey to Mars which is scheduled to put astronauts on the Martian surface by the 2030s. The discovery and the movie certainly would not hurt the effort to gin up support for the humans to Mars program.
  • What I Really Think About Mars

    09/29/2015 12:21:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | September 29, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: You know, try as I might, I can't avoid making this show about me. Well, that's not the right way to say it. I can't avoid having myself become part of this show, and that's never what I want. I mean, I am the show, but I mean I want to talk about things out there happening besides what I say. Why do I need to tell you what I say when you hear me say it the first time? But this Mars thing is just totally all over the place out there, and every one of these people...
  • Big NASA Mars mystery announcement gets watered down

    09/28/2015 5:23:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | September 28, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    I was seeing tease lines in the news over the weekend and on the NASA twitter feed hinting at a major announcement which would come out today. That spurred the usual rounds of speculation with the most popular candidate being that they turned up some form of life or perhaps a fossil or something along those lines. (Personally I was pitching for a large black obelisk of some sort full of stars, but you can only ask for so much.) I honestly wasn’t getting my hopes up too far because they’ve played these games before. Rather than just announcing what...
  • Evidence found of "flowing liquid water" on Mars: NASA

    09/28/2015 8:57:31 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 38 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | September 28, 2015 | Robert Ferris
    Scientists have discovered the strongest evidence yet that "flowing liquid water" exists on Mars, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said Monday morning.
  • Images From Apollo, Ahead of Tonight's Supermoon Eclipse

    09/27/2015 2:20:23 PM PDT · by PROCON · 34 replies
    theatlantic.com ^ | Sep. 27, 2015 | Alan Taylor
    Tonight, as the full Moon reaches its closest point to Earth, it will also be dimmed by a total lunar eclipse. This Supermoon eclipse will reach totality at 10:11 p.m Eastern Time, and will last one hour and 12 minutes. According to NASA, it will be visible to North and South America, Europe, Africa, and parts of West Asia and the eastern Pacific.
  • NASA TV to Provide Live Feed of Sundays Supermoon Eclipse (8pm to 11:30pm EDT)

    09/27/2015 12:06:10 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 45 replies
    NASA ^ | Sept. 22, 2015
    For the first time in more than 30 years, you can witness a supermoon in combination with a lunar eclipse. Late on Sept. 27, 2015, in the U.S. and much of the world, a total lunar eclipse will mask the moons larger-than-life face. Watch NASAs live stream from 8:00 p.m. until at least 11:30 p.m. EDT broadcast from Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., with a live feed from the Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, Calif. Mitzi Adams, a NASA solar physicist at Marshall will discuss the eclipse and answer questions from Twitter. To ask a question, use #askNASA. Throughout...
  • Whats Behind NASAs Upcoming Mystery Announcement About Mars

    09/24/2015 4:22:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Inverse ^ | September 24, 2015 | Neel V. Patel, science and tech journalist
    NASA officials will announce Monday morning a major scientific discovery related to their continued exploration of Mars. The agency wont give too many details on what exactly the big reveal is, apart from the fact that the briefing will feature some pretty big names at the space agency (including Jim Green, director of planetary science at NASA HQ; Michael Meyer, the lead scientist for the Mars Exploration Program; Lujendra Ojha, a grad student at Georgia Tech; Mary Beth Wilhelm at NASAs Ames Research Center, and a grad student at Georgia Tech as well; and Alfred McEwen at the University of...
  • A Dragon on Mars! Elon Musk backs Nasa plan to send SpaceX capsule on sample return mission in 2020

    09/17/2015 1:34:59 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/15/2015 | Mark Prigg
    Budget plan would send a SpaceX capsule in 2020 to get samples. Would pick up samples left by Nasa's 2020 Rover. Comes as Amazon's Jeff Bezos unveiled 'megarocket' to take on SpaceX It could bring samples from Mars to Earth for the first time. Nasa employees have revealed details of a 'budget' plan to send a SpaceX capsule to the red planet in 2020 to return samples. Elon Musk has backed the idea - and even tweeted images of what the mission would look like. A Dragon on Mars: The mission would grab samples collected by Nasa's 2020 rover and...
  • NASA pushes 1st flight of Orion spacecraft with crew to 2023

    09/17/2015 12:56:53 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 37 replies
    CNSNEWS ^ | September 16, 2015 | MARCIA DUNN
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) NASA's newest spacecraft, the Orion, won't be flying astronauts as soon as anticipated. On Wednesday, top NASA officials said there isn't much confidence in the original 2021 launch date. That's because of the space agency's history of running into unexpected problems in new programs, like Orion. Managers set 2023 as the new official launch date for the capsule, although they said they haven't entirely given up yet on 2021. Orion is meant to expand human exploration in space, principally Mars. The 11-foot capsule will blast off atop a megarocket still under development by NASA, called...
  • Latest Images from Pluto: 'It's Complicated,' Says NASA

    09/15/2015 7:38:43 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    http://mentalfloss.com ^ | September 11, 2015 | Jen Pikowski
    The New Horizons probe has sent back the latest images from its historic July 14 flyby of Pluto. While the first close-up photos of the dwarf planet, taken from 7800 miles above the surface, had the New Horizons teamand people around the worldgiddy with excitement about intriguing features like 11,000-foot-tall ice mountains, the latest, downlinked over Labor Day weekend, have left them scratching their heads. "If an artist had painted this Pluto before our flyby, I probably would have called it over the topbut thats what is actually there," said New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research...
  • Study Predicts Antarctica Ice Melt if All Fossil Fuels Are Burned

    09/12/2015 1:51:58 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 59 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | SEPT. 11, 2015 | JUSTIN GILLIS
    Burning all the worlds deposits of coal, oil and natural gas would raise the temperature enough to melt the entire ice sheet covering Antarctica, driving the level of the sea up by more than 160 feet, scientists reported Friday.In a major surprise to the scientists, they found that half the melting could occur in as little as a thousand years, causing the ocean to rise by something on the order of a foot per decade, roughly 10 times the rate at which it is rising now. Such a pace would almost certainly throw human society into chaos, forcing a rapid...
  • SpaceX releases first interior photos of its astronaut-carrying spacecraft

    09/11/2015 10:24:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 50 replies
    www.theverge.com ^ | September 10, 2015 06:04 pm | By Loren Grush
    SpaceX's new Crew Dragon capsule may be reserved for astronauts traveling to and from the International Space Station but now you can take a virtual tour of the vehicle's insides. The company just released interior photos of the spacecraft, as well as a video showing closeups of its control panels and crew seats. The images offer our first glimpse at what the finished Crew Dragon will look like. The photos show an interior that is sleek and smooth, with mostly black and white hardware. It gives off the vibe of a luxury sports car (which makes sense, given CEO...
  • Another Blow to American Access to Space

    09/11/2015 8:05:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/11/2015 | Travis Wright
    The damage caused by ending the Space Shuttle Program prematurely -- before an alternative man-rated U.S. conveyance system was available continues to build up. Not only do we not have an American-led way to get humans into space, we are now ending or cutting short our capacity to deliver national security assets into deep orbit. We are knowingly allowing a gap to emerge between launch capacity we have now which depends on the RD-180 Russian-made rocket engine and an uncertain future time, when we may have our own rocket engine to power heavy-lift rockets. Simply...
  • Aerojet-Rocketdyne Seeks to Buy United Launch Alliance for $2 Billion

    09/10/2015 11:36:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    Universe Today ^ | on September 9, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    ULA was formed in 2006 as a 50:50 joint venture between aerospace giants Lockheed Martin and Boeing that combined their existing expendable rocket fleet families the Atlas V and Delta IV under one roof. According to Reuters, Aerojet Rocketdyne recently proffered a $2 billion cash offer to buy ULA from Lockheed Martin and Boeing. Aerojet Rocketdyne board member Warren Lichtenstein, the chairman and chief executive of Steel Partners LLC, approached ULA President Tory Bruno and senior Lockheed and Boeing executives about the bid in early August, sources told Reuters. ULAs Bruno declined to comment on the story via...
  • Rising seas threaten to flood launch sites, NASA says

    09/07/2015 12:47:49 PM PDT · by PROCON · 97 replies
    CNN ^ | Sep. 6, 2015 | Brandon Griggs
    (CNN)NASA's rockets are astounding machines, capable of blasting into space at thousands of miles per hour and withstanding temperatures twice the melting point of steel. But they can't take off underwater. Rising sea levels caused by melting ice caps threaten to disrupt a handful of NASA launch sites along U.S. coastlines, the space agency warns. In the coming years, launch facilities at Florida's Kennedy Space Center and other places may need to be retrofitted or even moved inland, NASA says. "Every NASA center has its own set of vulnerabilities, and some are more at risk than others," NASA climatologist...