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  • Paul Ryan Talks Space Exploration, Accuses Obama of ‘Dismantling’ the Program [Ryan "Unleashed"]

    09/22/2012 9:57:11 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 21, 2012
    Sep 22, 2012 Paul Ryan Talks Space Exploration, Accuses Obama of ‘Dismantling’ the Program ORLANDO, Fla. — It’s a topic Paul Ryan hasn’t discussed before on the campaign trail, but at an event today Paul Ryan unleashed on President Obama on the issue of space exploration, saying he has “presided over a dismantling of the space program over the last four years.” “We are near the space coast, I think it’s important that we have a space program that has a clear space mission, a space program that we know where we are heading in the future, and a space...
  • NASA's Bolden: criticism of agency’s direction ‘undermines nation’s goals at a very critical time’

    09/20/2012 2:43:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 19, 2012
    NASA Administrator Charles Bolden dismissed rumors that the future of U.S. space exploration is in jeopardy and rejected speculation that his agency has no plans for future human spaceflight. “Those who perpetuate that myth only hurt the space program,” Bolden told businessmen, academics and journalists Tuesday afternoon at the National Press Club. “Such talk undermines our nation’s goals at a very critical time,” he said. “The truth is we have an ambitious series of deep space destinations we plan to explore and we are hard at work exploring the hardware and the technologies to get us there.” ....“If you look...
  • Mars Curiosity Descent-Ultra HD 30 FPS Smooth-Motion Resolution So High Unable to Record Images

    09/15/2012 4:22:08 AM PDT · by lbryce · 22 replies
    You Tube ^ | August 20, 2012 | NASA
    While you might have seen the Curiosity Landing Video filmed in HD it was recorded at 25 FPS which was not quite as high definition as this one recorded at 30 FPS. I wanted to post some images of the video but the resolution is so high I couldn't get photobucket to record the images. That's how good the resolution/clarity of this video is. Definitely worth looking at at 30FPS
  • Rep. ROHRABACHER (1999) -- How the Clinton Administration brought the Taliban to power

    09/28/2001 7:01:18 PM PDT · by Nita Nupress · 40 replies · 2,520+ views
    Senate testimony | April 14, 1999 | Rep. Dana Rohrabacher
    April 14, 1999, Wednesday COMMITTEE HEARING SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS: SUBCOMMITTEE ON NEAR EASTERN AND SOUTH U.S. SENATOR SAM BROWNBACK (R-KS) HOLDS HEARING ON THE CRISIS IN AFGANISTAN  WASHINGTON, D.C. SPEAKERS: U.S. SENATOR SAM BROWNBACK (R-KS), CHAIRMAN U.S. SENATOR JOHN ASHCROFT (R-MO) U.S. SENATOR GORDON H. SMITH (R-OR) U.S. SENATOR ROD GRAMS (R-MN) U.S. SENATOR CRAIG THOMAS (R-WY) U.S. SENATOR PAUL DAVID WELLSTONE (D-MN), RANKING MEMBER U.S. SENATOR ROBERT G. TORRICELLI (D-NJ) U.S. SENATOR PAUL S. SARBANES (D-MD) U.S. SENATOR CHRISTOPHER J. DODD (D-CT) U.S. REPRESENTATIVE DANA ROHRABACHER (R-CA) THE HONORABLE KARL F. INDERFURTH ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR SOUTH ...
  • (400) Trees coming down so space shuttle can roll in LA (dozens of MLK trees saved)

    09/04/2012 11:01:22 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 9/4/12 | AP
    <p>LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles is trading the trees for the stars -- and not everybody's happy about it.</p> <p>Crews on Tuesday are chopping down hundreds of pine, ficus and other trees along the streets where the space shuttle Endeavor will roll next month.</p>
  • In Memoriam: Two Rare Interviews of Neil Armstrong

    09/02/2012 3:19:05 PM PDT · by MSSC6644 · 22 replies
    The Guardian Online ^ | May 23, 2012 | Alex Malley
    Here are two different interviews of Neil Armstrong. The cited interview is much longer and was done just this year. The second is from 1970. Short and very informative re: what he saw on and from the Moon. I found them fascinating and wanted to share with my FRiends. Enjoy and thank the Lord for allowing us to "know" a man like Neil Armstrong.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Apollo 11 Landing Site Panorama

    08/30/2012 9:18:42 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    NASA ^ | August 30, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Have you seen a panorama from another world lately? Assembled from high-resolution scans of the original film frames, this one sweeps across the magnificent desolation of the Apollo 11 landing site on the Moon's Sea of Tranquility. Taken by Neil Armstrong looking out his window of the Eagle Lunar Module, the frame at the far left (AS11-37-5449) is the first picture taken by a person on another world. Toward the south, thruster nozzles can be seen in the foreground on the left, while at the right, the shadow of the Eagle is visible toward the west. For scale, the...
  • WHY WE ARE IGNORING ARMSTRONG

    08/28/2012 6:20:39 AM PDT · by shortstop · 72 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 08/28/12 | Bob Lonsberry
    As long as mankind is a species of sentience and technology, as long as history is kept and read, the name of Neil A. Armstrong will be known. It will be Columbus and Magellan and Armstrong, each leapfrogging the other in the innate human impulse to explore, remembered as long as man remembers. Whether man walked out of Africa or was kicked out of Eden, he went where he’d never been, and his descendants did the same until the earth was peopled and the heavens were challenged. Some walked across the Bering Strait, others rowed through the nothingness of the...
  • Obama Honors Neil Armstrong With Picture Of Himself

    08/27/2012 4:43:09 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 31 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 27, 2012
    Neil Armstrong: The first man to walk on the moon in the heady days of American exceptionalism has passed away, preceded in death by the U.S. space program with his heirs now hitching rides on Russian spacecraft. We all mourn the passing of Neil Armstrong at age 82, the first man to walk on the moon as commander of Apollo 11 on July 20, 1969. A graduate of Purdue with a degree in aeronautical engineering, his academic career was interrupted when he was called to duty with the U.S. Navy in 1949 and flew 78 combat missions in Korea. He...
  • Solyndra In Space?

    08/27/2012 7:43:39 AM PDT · by NonZeroSum · 13 replies
    Open Market ^ | August 27th, 2012 | Rand Simberg
    Here we go again. It’s unfortunate that so many supposed conservatives are opposed to competitive markets in spaceflight, to the point that they embarrass themselves with ignorant rants against the Obama space policy, one of the very few things that the administration has gotten sort of right. This time, it’s at Big Government, by someone named George Landrith, and it would be an embarrassment to the late and justifiably revered Andrew Breitbart, who started that web site. To address all of the ill-informed nonsense unfortunately requires a good old-fashioned fisking (warning: long post to follow):
  • Sunday Music - Armstrong

    08/26/2012 7:53:22 AM PDT · by TonyfromOz · 9 replies
    PA Pundits International ^ | 26th August 2012 | TonyfromOz
    With the passing of Neil Armstrong, arguably one of the most celebrated of all the Astronauts, and with a name nearly everyone recognises, we are all of us saddened at the passing of a gentle and unassuming man, who always said that he was just doing his job. In 1971, one of the most well known Australian Country singers, Reg Lindsay, released a song dedicated to Neil Armstrong. The song, written by John Stewart from The Kingston Trio, was a huge hit here in Australia, crossing over into the mainstream Popular Music Charts and making it into the Top Ten,...
  • Neil Armstrong: A Great American, A Devout Christian

    08/26/2012 2:26:23 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 41 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | August 25, 2012 | JP
    Neil Armstrong went to be with the Lord yesterday. He was a great American. He was a devoted Christ follower. Of course, you wouldn’t know about Armstrong’s Christian faith from the obituaries published by such bastions of liberal journalism as the New York Times and Washington Post. They didn’t consider it worthy of comment. Nor would you know that Armstrong loved the Lord from the perfunctory tribute offered by President Obama, who mentions Christianity only when it serves his political purposes (like defending his support for homosexual marriage). But Armstrong’s life story cannot be told without mentioning his walk with...
  • Neil Armstrong

    08/26/2012 10:36:50 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 21 replies
    26 August 2012 | moonshot925
    A great American hero has died. RIP.
  • NBC NEWS ACCIDENTALLY DECLARES NEIL YOUNG DEAD, NOT NEIL ARMSTRONG

    08/25/2012 5:31:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Black Book ^ | 08/25/2012 | Jessica Wakeman
    Whoopsies. Someone is getting spanked over at the NBC News right now. While publishing the news that astronaut Neil Armstrong passed away today at age 82, the headline writer accidentally wrote "Neil Young" had died. Fret not, Neil Young is alive and well and probably off getting stoned somewhere. A bad error? Like Jeremy Lin's "chink in the armor" bad? Yes … but it is not difficult to see how errors like this occur in a 24/7 news cycle when every outlet is competitively rushing to be the first one to report breaking news. (Whether they're first to report right...
  • Neil Armstrong, 1st Moonwalker, Undergoes Heart Surgery

    08/08/2012 9:43:14 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 45 replies
    space.com ^ | 8/8/12 | Tariq Malik
    American icon Neil Armstrong, the first man ever to walk on the moon, was recovering from heart surgery Wednesday (Aug. 8), with well-wishes pouring in from NASA. Armstrong, who celebrated his 82nd birthday Sunday, underwent cardiac bypass surgery on Tuesday after a health checkup, according to NBCNews.com, which stated that the celebrated astronaut is doing well.
  • Obama Remembers Neil Armstrong with a Big Picture of… Himself

    08/26/2012 6:54:53 PM PDT · by penelopesire · 76 replies
    Soopermexican blog ^ | 8/25/12 | Soopermexican
    When I heard Neil Armstrong had passed away, it took me a while to hit me fully. I saw people send messages of remembrance and commemoration, and decided I should do my own, to show how much respect I have for a real American hero: el SOOPer@SooperMexican Neil Armstrong represented American hope, pride and excellence. And he took us to the moon. Godspeed on your trip through the heavens. 25 Aug 12 ReplyRetweetFavorite It is nearly literally the least I could do for someone that symbolized American greatness so thoroughly, and in so many aspects. You know what I didn’t...
  • SpaceX: Solyndra in Space

    08/26/2012 10:17:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 62 replies
    Big Government - Breitbart ^ | August 24, 2012 | George Landrith
    Despite the news and pictures from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, America's once great space program is on life support because we no longer have a serious manned space exploration program....And the Obama Administration's unimaginative and amateurish vision for space exploration -- even if successful -- will not revive the dying program. It merely follows the disturbing pattern of the Solyndra scandal, funneling tax dollars to Obama donors and fundraisers. [SNIP] ....SpaceX collects tax dollars so that it can learn how to build and develop something that other companies were doing a generation ago. It is curious that SpaceX is now...
  • From 2010: Neil Armstrong Criticizes Obama Space Plan

    08/26/2012 7:58:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    NPR ^ | May 12, 2010 | NPR Staff and Wires
    The first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, went before a Senate hearing Wednesday afternoon to question President Obama's new vision for the future of human spaceflight. Armstrong told lawmakers that he worries about the possibility that NASA would lose its edge in spaceflight, if it spent years without its own way of flying astronauts. "If the leadership we have acquired through our investment is simply allowed to fade away, other nations will surely step in where we have faltered," said the Apollo 11 commander. "I do not believe that this would be in our best interests." Armstrong...
  • A Small Step for One Man

    08/25/2012 9:34:41 PM PDT · by expat1000 · 17 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | August 25, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    The death of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, takes place in the shadow of the death of the space program. Last year Armstrong had called the dismantling of the space program under Obama, leaving behind a shadow space agency: "embarrassing and unacceptable". Armstrong had proposed not only future investments, but along with other astronauts had sensibly proposed retaining the space shuttle program until they were ready, instead of scrapping the shuttle program and distributing viable shuttles to museums. Armstrong was critical of the Bolden regime at NASA that had stripped the space agency of its best people...
  • Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, has died at age 82, NBC News has learned

    08/25/2012 12:14:39 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 282 replies
    Twitter | 08/25/12 | Kevin Davis
    Saw this on Twitter.. But is true Neil Armstrong has died..
  • Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 82, NBC News has reported.

    08/25/2012 12:21:16 PM PDT · by equaviator · 21 replies
    (more to come)
  • Neil Armstrong dead at age 82

    08/25/2012 12:15:42 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 43 replies
    HEARALD SUN ^ | AUG 26, 2012
    Neil Armstrong dead at age 82 - report From: news.com.au August 26, 2012 5:03AM NEIL Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 82, NBC News has reported. (More to come)
  • United Technologies announces job cutbacks in Connecticut

    08/24/2012 8:19:29 PM PDT · by matt04 · 7 replies
    United Technologies announced last week that it plans to cut 150 salaried positions around the world, including 70 white-collar jobs at UTC Aerospace Systems, formerly Hamilton Sundstrand, here. The company is cutting 150 salaried positions globally, according to a news release. But locally, the 70 cuts will be on top of 130 blue collar machinist jobs the company is hoping to eliminate through buyouts and layoffs as part of job cuts first announced in 2011. The first 80 machinist jobs were already cut through attrition, according to a news release from the company. Anthony J. Walter, president of Local Lodge...
  • First full HD video of Curiosity descent.

    08/23/2012 1:36:34 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    Wimp.com ^ | 8-23-2012 | JPL/NASA
    http://www.wimp.com/curiositydescent/
  • She Roves! Curiosity Hits the Martian Road: Big Pics

    08/23/2012 1:19:26 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 3 replies
    Discovery Channel ^ | August 22, 2012 | Irene Klotz
    NASA's new Mars probe lived up to its billing as a rover on Wednesday with a successful first test drive, its first motion since settling down inside an ancient impact basin on Aug. 6. "We built a rover, so unless the rover roves, we really haven’t accomplished anything," project manager Pete Theisinger, with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., told reporters during a press conference Wednesday. "It's a big moment, a very big moment."
  • NASA’s mohawk guy is coming to Seattle for… ballet? (This is what MSM considers news???)

    08/22/2012 12:32:46 PM PDT · by illiac · 3 replies
    SeattlePI ^ | 8/22/12 | SeattlePI
    <p>It’s a bit of a homecoming for space-geek-turned-celebrity Ferdowsi, who earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Washington. But this time he’s coming for the ballet — not the aeronautical and astronautical engineering program.</p> <p>The Pacific Northwest Ballet just announced its orchestra will be performing sci-fi themes and celestially-themed classics to kick off its new season in September. They’re calling it a “futuristic space extravaganza of music, dance, video, song, and celebrities.” Yes, celebrities like “Mohawk Guy.”</p>
  • Mars rover Curiosity makes first test drive

    08/22/2012 10:49:07 AM PDT · by jb729 · 35 replies
    AP / Terra.Com ^ | 8/22/12 | Alicia Chang
    The NASA rover Curiosity has taken its first test drive on Mars. Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer Allen Chen on Wednesday tweeted an image of marks left in the soil and declared, "Wheel tracks on Mars." Details of the brief drive are expected to be released at a late-morning news conference. The rover was expected to move forward 10 feet, turn right and back-track close to where it started. Curiosity touched down near the Martian equator earlier this month on a $2.5 billion mission. Scientists plan to drive it to the base of a mountain where it will drill into rocks...
  • NASA Flight Director, His Family Switch Over To ‘Mars Time’ After Curiosity Landing

    08/19/2012 6:03:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    AP) ^ | August 19, 2012 12:06 PM
    Since the landing of NASA’s newest Mars rover, flight director David Oh’s family has taken the unusual step of tagging along as he leaves Earth time behind and syncs his body clock with the red planet. Every mission to Mars, a small army of scientists and engineers reports to duty on “Mars time” for the first three months. But it’s almost unheard of for an entire family to flip their orderly lives upside down, shifting to what amounts to a time zone change a day. Intrigued about abiding by extraterrestrial time, Oh’s wife, Bryn, could not pass up the chance...
  • Capitalism In Space

    08/14/2012 11:54:26 AM PDT · by NonZeroSum · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | August 10th, 2012 | Rand Simberg
    Ever since the Obama administration’s rollout of its space policy two and a half years ago, conventional ideological wisdom has been turned on its head. An administration that had seemed eager to increase government involvement in everything from auto companies to health care proposed a more competitive, privatized approach to spaceflight, and people claiming to be conservatives blasted it, demanding that the traditional (and failing) NASA monopoly continue. Jim Muncy, a former aide on space policy to California congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R.), put it cleverly: “Democrats don’t think that capitalism works within the atmosphere, and Republicans apparently don’t think it...
  • NASA's 'green' planetary test lander crashes (Morpheus - cheap, environmentally friendly prototype)

    08/13/2012 9:02:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/10/12 | Seth Borestein - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Earlier this week NASA safely landed a robotic rover on Mars about 150 million miles away. But on Thursday here on Earth, a test model planetary lander crashed and burned at Kennedy Space Center in Florida just seconds after liftoff. The spider-like spacecraft called Morpheus was on a test flight at Cape Canaveral when it tilted, crashed to the ground and erupted in flames. It got only a few feet up in the air, NASA said. ... Morpheus is a prototype for a cheap, environmentally friendly planetary lander. Thursday was the first time it had been tested...
  • President Obama Wants JPL Scientists To Let Him Know If They Find Martians

    08/13/2012 5:23:16 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | August 13, 2012 11:06 AM
    LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE (CBSLA.com) — President Barack Obama says he wants to be notified without delay if the Mars rover Curiosity finds Martians – “even if they’re just microbes.” The president called Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists and researchers Monday to congratulate them on the rover’s progress. “You guys should be remarkably proud,” he said during the call. “It’s really what makes us best as a species…this curiosity we have and this yearning to discover and know more and push the boundaries of knowledge. You are perfect examples of that and we couldn’t be more grateful to you.” The rover touched...
  • Obama to NASA: I want to know about Martians right away..

    08/13/2012 6:20:58 PM PDT · by TaraP · 52 replies
    CNET ^ | August 13th, 2012
    In a phone call with the team that brought Curiosity to a successful landing on Mars, President Obama is very clear that Martians, should they exist, would be a top priority. With the Olympics still in midstride, and with the arrival of the always exciting NFL exhibition games, you might perhaps have missed that a spacecraft landed on Mars a few days ago to express our human curiosity. President Obama, however, has made it very clear that, should little beings be found out there, they will immediately become his top priority. Indeed, in a phone call today with the Curiosity...
  • President Obama to Call NASA Mars Rover Team Today [Failure to try and steal spotlight]

    08/13/2012 8:10:25 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    space.com ^ | 8/13/12
    Among those enthralled last week by NASA's landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars was President Barack Obama, apparently. To show his support, President Obama will call members of the mission control team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., today (Aug. 13) at 11 a.m. EDT (8 a.m. PDT). Scientists at JPL designed and built the car-size Curiosity, and will direct its two-year mission on the Red Planet.
  • How the Curiosity rover will land on Mars

    08/22/2010 12:31:52 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 21 replies
    CNet ^ | 8/20/10 | William Harwood
    Slamming into the Martian atmosphere at 13,000 mph and enduring temperatures of up to 3,800 degrees Fahrenheit, a peak deceleration of up to 15 Gs, and the jerk of a supersonic braking parachute--that's just the opening act. For NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, the real fun will start 50 seconds before touchdown when the one-ton nuclear-powered rover falls free of its parachute for a nail-biting rocket-powered final descent to the surface. (For the main story in this package, see "On Mars, satisfaction awaits Curiosity.") Unlike past Mars missions, the Curiosity rover will not set down atop a legged lander or bounce...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Curiosity Before Mars: Seven Minutes of Terror

    07/31/2012 4:57:46 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    NASA ^ | July 31, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Next week at this time, there may be an amazing new robotic explorer on Mars. Or there may be a new pile of junk. It all likely depends on many things going correctly in the minutes after the Mars Science Laboratory mission arrives at Mars and attempts to deploy the Curiosity rover from orbit. Arguably the most sophisticated landing yet attempted on the red planet, consecutive precision events will involve a heat shield, a parachute, several rocket maneuvers, and the automatic operation of an unusual device called a Sky Crane. These "Seven Minutes of Terror" -- depicted in the...
  • Ustream Mars Curiosity broadcast numbers beat primetime CNN, company says (Media Death Watch)

    08/08/2012 1:14:28 PM PDT · by tennmountainman · 8 replies
    The Verge.com ^ | 8-8-2012 | Adi Robertson
    The live stream of NASA's Curiosity rover landing garnered more interest than primetime Sunday television, Ustream says. A spokesperson told Mashable that 3.2 million people in total had checked the stream at some point during the landing, with a peak of 500,000 people watching at the same time. That's higher than the estimated viewing numbers for CNN during Sunday primetime, which came in at 426,000, or MSNBC, which had an audience of 365,000 viewers over age two. Ustream's peak audience was lower only than that of Fox, which had an audience of 803,000.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Wheel on Mars

    08/07/2012 2:31:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    NASA ^ | August 07, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: A wheel attached to NASA's Curiosity rover is firmly on the martian surface in this early picture from the Mars Science Laboratory mission, captured after a successful landing on August 5, 2012 at 10:32pm (PDT). Seen at the lower right of a Hazard Avoidance Camera fisheye wide-angle image, the rover's left rear wheel is 50 centimeters (about 20 inches) in diameter. Part of a spring hinge for the camera's dust cover is just visible in the right corner, while at the upper left is part of the rover's RTG power source. Looking into the Sun across the rock stewn...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Curiosity Drops In

    08/08/2012 6:32:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    NASA ^ | August 08, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Just as it captured the Phoenix lander parachuting to Mars in 2008, the HiRise camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) snapped this picture of the Curiosity rover's spectacular descent toward its landing site on August 5 (PDT). The nearly 16 meter (51 foot) wide parachute and its payload are caught dropping through the thin martian atmosphere above plains just north of the sand dune field that that borders the 5 kilometer high Mt. Sharp in Gale Crater. The MRO spacecraft was about 340 kilometers away when the image was made. From MRO's perspective the parachute is flying at...
  • NASA got it, Curiosity is on the surface of Mars

    08/05/2012 10:37:15 PM PDT · by Trueblackman · 20 replies
    Vanity | 5 August 2012 | Trueblackman
    Wheels down, Curiosity has made it to the surface of Mars.
  • Griffith Observatory To Celebrate ‘Curiosity’ Rover Landing On Mars

    08/02/2012 12:36:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | August 2, 2012 10:30 AM
    PASADENA {california} (CBSLA.com) — You may not be able to make the trip to the Red Planet with NASA’s “Curiosity” rover, but Griffith Observatory is offering the next best thing. Beginning Thursday, the Observatory will host three events open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis, starting with a special screening of Triumph of the Dream, a documentary that explores the human face of the Mars Exploration Program that landed two rovers on Mars in 2004. Immediately following the screening, filmmaker Norman Seeff will provide insight and commentary in a discussion with Griffith Observatory Curator, Dr. Laura Danly. On...
  • Mars exploration to go on even if mission fails, space officials say

    08/05/2012 5:20:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    L.A. NOW ^ | August 5, 2012 | 4:35 pm
    Two top space officials pledged Sunday afternoon to continue the exploration of Mars in years to come – regardless of whether NASA’s Curiosity rover survives its dramatic landing later tonight. “We are committed to a Mars exploration program,” NASA Associate Administrator John Grunsfeld said. ... “This is a message to the whole world: We are to dare mighty things, even if we might fail,” Elachi said. “Every explorer has had tough days. It was never easy.” The officials conceded that much is riding on the success of the Curiosity mission tonight. Elachi called Curiosity “a very important element of the...
  • A Curiousity! Girl, 15, Named Mars Rover Years Ago

    08/05/2012 8:23:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | August 4, 2012 10:55 PM | Rachel Kim,
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — For the past eight months, scientists have been anxiously watching Curiosity barrel closer and closer to the red planet. Were you ever curious how the Mars landing rover got it’s name? We were. Rachel Kim, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, found the person who named the $2.5 billion project and one-ton roving lab, and it was someone most unlikely. “I’m 15 and I’ll be a sophomore,” says Clara Ma. Yup. Her. Ma, from Kansas, tells Kim as a 6th grader sitting in science class, she loved to ask questions. You could say she was always a...
  • Curiosity's Descent last 2.5 min + Heat shield separation (Stop motion video)

    08/06/2012 10:06:59 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 11 replies
    The Curiosity Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) captured the rover's descent to the surface of the Red Planet. The instrument shot 4 fps video from heatshield separation to the ground.
  • The conspiracy theories begin: What was the mystery blotch that appears on Mars rover photo ...

    08/09/2012 11:28:06 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 08-09-2012 | James Nye
    Conspiracy theorists have worked themselves up into a lather over a mysterious blotch visible in the first black and white photographs taken from NASA's new Curiosity rover as it landed on Mars. The faint but distinctive dot which can be seen on the horizon of the Red Planet was taken by a device on the $2.5 billion robot called its Hazcam and relayed by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter back to Earth. However, two hours later when the satellite made another pass over Curiosity, the rover sent another batch of images that revealed that the blotch had eerily disappeared.
  • Photo shows Mars rover descent

    08/06/2012 10:16:45 AM PDT · by Robe · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | 08/06/2012 | Jonathan Amos
    A spectacular image of the Curiosity rover descending to the surface of Mars on its parachute has been obtained by an overflying satellite. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter played a key role in Monday's (GMT) historic landing by recording telemetry from the robot as it approached the ground.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The First Color Panorama from Mars by Curiosity

    08/11/2012 2:09:57 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    NASA ^ | August 11, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: You've just landed on Mars and opened your eyes -- what do you see? If you're the Curiosity rover, you see a strange gravelly place with a large mountain in the distance. You've landed on target near the edge of 150-km wide Gale Crater, with Mount Sharp on the horizon being the rise in the crater's center. As a car-sized rover with six wheels and a laser, you prepare yourself to go on a two-year mission of exploration, climbing Mt. Sharp, and looking for signs that Mars once harbored life. Currently you sit motionless, check yourself over, and receive...
  • Obama hails Mars landing

    08/06/2012 11:14:48 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 35 replies
    politico44 ^ | 8/6/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    In a statement issued by the White House in the early morning hours Monday, President Obama congratulated NASA for the successful landing of the rover Curiosity on Mars. "Tonight, on the planet Mars, the United States of America made history," he said in the statement. "The successful landing of Curiosity - the most sophisticated roving laboratory ever to land on another planet - marks an unprecedented feat of technology that will stand as a point of national pride far into the future. It proves that even the longest of odds are no match for our unique blend of ingenuity and...
  • NASA’s new lander CRASHES AND BURNS--Curiosity’s potential sucessor, Morpheus, explodes ...

    08/10/2012 9:26:18 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    The Register ^ | 10th August 2012 00:43 GMT | By Simon Sharwood, APAC Editor
    Curiosity’s potential sucessor, Morpheus, explodes after hardware failure Vid NASA’s prototype landing craft of the future, Morpheus, has crashed and burned in its latest launch test. Morpheus is designed to become a general-purpose lander capable of setting down payloads wherever NASA wants them. The Moon, Mars and even asteroids are mentioned in its design brief. The craft has undergone several tests when suspended on a tether beneath a crane while its engines get a workout. Those tests have gone well, but a new test of the lander flying all by itself went rather badly, as can be seen in the...
  • Curiosity rover tags Mars with Morse tire tracks

    08/09/2012 8:16:42 PM PDT · by Bobalu · 16 replies
    slashgear.com ^ | Aug 6th 2012 | Chris Davies
    NASA’s Curiosity rover may not look like an urban menace, but the robot explorer will in fact be steadily tagging the Martian surface as it trundles, leaving a name-check of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory back home. The clandestine graffiti is thanks to part of the rover’s visual odometry system, John Graham-Cumming points out, which tracks the marks left by a series of asymmetrically arranged holes in the wheels. The position of those holes, however, isn’t random: in fact, it’s Morse Code.
  • Space Shuttle Endeavour To Arrive In Los Angeles In September

    08/08/2012 2:58:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    CBS) ^ | August 8, 2012 10:41 AM
    LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The retired space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to arrive Sept. 20 at Los Angeles International Airport, where it will remain until Oct. 13, when it makes what is expected to be a celebratory 12-mile procession along city streets to the California Science Center. The shuttle, which will be housed in a temporary hangar at the center until a permanent display pavilion is completed, is expected to open for public viewing on Oct. 30. NASA announced last year that Endeavour would be permanently housed at the Science Center — returning the shuttle to the state where it...