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  • NASA wants to build a floating city above the clouds of Venus

    12/22/2014 7:32:55 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    cnet.com ^ | 22 December 2014 4:11 am GMT | Michelle Starr
    NASA thinks it might have a solution that will allow sending humans up to check it out, though: Cloud City. The High Altitude Venus Operational Concept -- HAVOC -- is a conceptual spacecraft designed by a team at the Systems Analysis and Concepts Directorate at NASA Langley Research Center for the purposes of Venusian exploration. This lighter-than-air rocket would be designed to sit above the acidic clouds for a period of around 30 days, allowing a team of astronauts to collect data about the planet's atmosphere.
  • NASA wastes $350 million

    12/21/2014 8:06:55 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 26 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | Dec-21-2014 | unknown
    NASA has just finished building a $350 million test facility in Gulfsport, La., despite the program it was designed for having been canceled nearly four years ago.
  • The Hallelujah Chorus--All Parts Performed by 2 Singers in an Abandoned Bunker (YouTube vid, 4m22s)

    NASA and Handel hook up.
  • ISS astronaut needs a wrench, NASA successfully 'emails' him one

    12/19/2014 2:44:12 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    cnet.com ^ | 19 December 2014 9:46 pm GMT | Anthony Domanico
    An astronaut aboard the International Space Station needed a socket wrench, so NASA engineers emailed him designs for 3D-printing one.
  • NASA's Kepler spacecraft finds first alien planet of new mission

    12/19/2014 6:12:01 AM PST · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    www.foxnews.com ^ | Published December 19, 2014 | By Mike Wall
    NASA's Kepler space telescope is discovering alien planets again. The prolific spacecraft has spotted its first new alien planet since being hobbled by a malfunction in May 2013, researchers announced Dec. 18. The newly discovered world, called HIP 116454b, is a "super Earth" about 2.5 times larger than our home planet. It lies 180 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Pisces — close enough to be studied by other instruments, scientists said. "Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Kepler has been reborn and is continuing to make discoveries," study lead author Andrew Vanderburg, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics...
  • NIH Blows $1.3 Billion On Failed Children's Health Study

    12/18/2014 4:27:09 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/17/2014 | IBD Staff
    Government Waste: The good news is the National Institutes of Health pulled the plug on a national children's health study because it was fatally flawed. The bad news is they wasted 10 years and $1.3 billion before they admitted it. Congress mandated the National Children's Study as part of the Children's Health Act of 2000. The idea was to follow 100,000 newborns across the nation — in places ranging from urban California to the Florida swamps — until they turned 21, and measure how environmental and other factors affected their health. Yet for the past 14 years, all the NIH...
  • NASA Rover Finds Active and Ancient Organic Chemistry on Mars

    12/16/2014 4:22:20 PM PST · by Islander7 · 22 replies
    JPL ^ | Dec 16, 2014 | Staff
    NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory's drill. "This temporary increase in methane -- sharply up and then back down -- tells us there must be some relatively localized source," said Sushil Atreya of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a member of the Curiosity rover science team. "There are many possible sources, biological or non-biological, such as interaction of water and rock."
  • Do we finally have proof of life on Mars?

    12/16/2014 11:00:01 AM PST · by Red Badger · 60 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 13:36 EST, 16 December 2014 | By Jonathan O'Callaghan
    Unexplained methane spikes suggest bacteria is living on the red planet Nasa scientists in California have revealed evidence for life on Mars They say methane spikes on the planet could be produced by bacteria And, at the moment, there is no better explanation for the spikes The signs were spotted briefly occurring by one of Curiosity's instruments Life is the chief producer of methane on Earth, although there are many non-biological processes that can also generate the gas But no such process could be ruled out during tests - suggesting there may be bacteria living on or under the surface...
  • SpaceX Invents an X-Wing ... Sort Of: Introducing Falcon 9R's Newest Trick

    12/14/2014 2:27:44 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 25 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | 14DEC2014 | Rich Smith
    NASA's picture-perfect Orion launch to Mars was all the rage last week. Praise was heaped upon key NASA contractors Boeing (NYSE: BA ) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT ) -- and deservedly so. Between Orion's success, and the companies' announcement that their United Launch Alliance joint venture will develope a "next-generation liquid oxygen/hydrocarbon first stage" rocket to power launches to near-Earth orbit, Boeing and Lockheed are on a hot streak. But amid all the hullaballoo at ULA, you might have forgotten there's another space launch company that is building even more innovative products. Its name is SpaceX. It goes up,...
  • Humans [America] Last Landed On The Moon 42 Years Ago Today

    12/11/2014 2:52:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on December 11, 2014 | by Elizabeth Howell
    The last lunar landing was Apollo 17, which took place on Dec. 11, 1972. Commander Eugene Cernan and lunar module pilot Harrison Schmitt did three moonwalks in the Taurus-Littrow valley, scoping out the highlands to try to get a geologic sense of the area. Among their more memorable findings are orange soil.
  • Rosetta Instrument Reignites Debate on Earth's Oceans

    12/11/2014 2:15:28 AM PST · by iowamark · 26 replies
    NASA ^ | 12/10/14
    The question about the origin of oceans on Earth is one of the most important questions with respect to the formation of our planet and the origin of life. The most popular theory is that water was brought by impacts of comets and asteroids. Data from the Rosetta Orbiter Spectrometer for Ion and Neutral Analysis (ROSINA) instrument aboard the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft indicate that terrestrial water did not come from comets like 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The findings were published today in the journal Science. Researchers agree that water must have been delivered to Earth by small bodies at a later...
  • Fear Not: Quarter-Mile Asteroid Is No Threat To Earth, NASA Says

    12/09/2014 4:18:56 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on December 9, 2014 | by Elizabeth Howell
    “While this approximately 400-meter sized asteroid has a three-year orbital period around the sun and returns to the Earth’s neighborhood periodically, it does not represent a threat because its orbital path does not pass sufficiently close to the Earth’s orbit … Any statements about risk for impact of discovered asteroids and comets should be verified by scientists and the media by accessing NASA’s Near Earth Object (NEO) program web site.”
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Orion Launch

    12/06/2014 1:08:37 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    NASA ^ | December 06, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Headed for two orbits of planet Earth and a splashdown in the Pacific, Orion blazed into the early morning sky on Friday at 7:05am ET. The spacecraft was launched atop a United Launch Aliance Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Its first voyage into space on an uncrewed flight test, the Orion traveled some 3,600 miles from Earth, about 15 times higher than the orbital altitude of the International Space Station. In fact, Orion traveled farther into space than any spacecraft designed for astronauts since the Apollo missions to the Moon. The Orion...
  • Orion: a last-ditch effort by a fading empire that will never strike back

    12/05/2014 3:46:31 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 29 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12/5/2014 | Jo Pappalardo
    If the new space race was like the movies, this week would be The Empires Strikes Back. On Friday, after a weather delay, Nasa launched a very cool space capsule, in what at first blush looked like another Apollo mission. It rose on a massive rocket spewing superheated exhaust like some creature from a Peter Jackson movie. All went well just now – and given the expertise of engineers performing what was essentially an update of a 1970s Apollo mission, that much was expected: a four-seat capsule called Orion will detach any minute now, and soar around the Earth twice,...
  • NASA is sending humans to Mars

    12/04/2014 12:33:27 PM PST · by Mellonkronos · 22 replies
    Science Alert ^ | December 2, 2014 | BEC CREW
    [I love the idea of going to Mars. We humans are explorers and pioneers. But if government does this, it will be just too costly, like the Apollo Moon program. Elon Musk of the private SpaceX company already has put rockets into space and he wants to send settlers to Mars, including himself. So since governments have screwed up this planet, how about reserving Mars for free people?!] Breaking: NASA is sending humans to Mars NASA has announced that a test launch of their Orion space capsule will take place on Thursday, in the first step of a mission that...
  • Live NASA launches Orion space capsule in landmark test mission LIVE

    12/04/2014 4:09:34 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2014-12-04 | Fox News
    Live NASA launches Orion space capsule in landmark test mission
  • NASA Orion launch

    12/04/2014 3:56:22 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 115 replies
    NASATV ^ | 12/24/14 | none
    NASA TV
  • Cool [sic] Infographics Explain 8 Key Events on Orion’s EFT-1 Test Flight

    11/14/2014 9:18:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    universetoday.com/ ^ | on November 14, 2014 | Ken Kremer
    After moving out to the launch pad earlier this week, NASA’s first Orion spacecraft was hoisted atop the most powerful rocket in the world and awaits blastoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida early December on a critical test flight that will pave the way for human missions to deep space. NASA’s cool new set of infographics above and below explain 8 key events on Orion’s Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) The two-orbit, four and a half hour EFT-1 flight around Earth will lift the Orion spacecraft and its attached second stage to an orbital altitude of 3,600 miles, about 15 times higher...
  • NASA’s new Orion spaceship set for first test flight

    12/03/2014 8:16:45 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    kwgn ^ | 12-3-2014 | DAVID MITCHELL
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — It looks like a throwback to the Apollo era, but NASA’s new spaceship is roomier and designed to go far beyond the moon — it’s expected to carry astronauts to an asteroid and eventually Mars. This is a huge, historic deal for NASA and U.S. space science. It’s also a big deal for two Colorado companies that are critical to the Orion program. United Launch Alliance builds the rocket that will carry Orion into space. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor that’s building the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. Orion spaceship. Photo: NASA Orion is scheduled to...
  • Spacecraft Bound for Pluto Set to Awake Nine Years After Launch

    12/01/2014 6:13:15 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 84 replies
    NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is set to awake on Dec. 6 from the last of its 18 hibernation periods and prepare for its initial approach towards Pluto, which will take place on Jan. 15. The spacecraft is scheduled to come as close as 6,200 miles from the surface of Pluto on July 14, 2015 -- the closest any man-made object has come to the dwarf planet.
  • NASA Mission Finds Widespread Evidence of Young Lunar Volcanism

    11/25/2014 12:08:45 PM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 16 replies
    NASA ^ | October 12, 2014
    NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has provided researchers strong evidence the moon’s volcanic activity slowed gradually instead of stopping abruptly a billion years ago. Scores of distinctive rock deposits observed by LRO are estimated to be less than 100 million years old. This time period corresponds to Earth’s Cretaceous period, the heyday of dinosaurs. Some areas may be less than 50 million years old. Details of the study are published online in Sunday’s edition of Nature Geoscience. “This finding is the kind of science that is literally going to make geologists rewrite the textbooks about the moon,” said John Keller,...
  • NASA/JPL's Airship Challenge (A NASA Centennial Challenges Program)

    11/25/2014 12:15:34 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 11 replies
    NASA/JPL ^ | 25NOV2014 | JPL Staff Writer
    Airships aren't just powered balloon-like vehicles that hover above sporting events. Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, are floating the idea that airships have potential for important scientific and commercial uses. NASA is considering issuing a challenge for developing stratospheric airships that can break records in terms of duration of flight at high altitudes. The agency has issued a request for information for this contemplated "20-20-20 Airship Challenge." Submissions will be accepted until December 1. "We are seeking to take astronomy and Earth science to new heights by enabling a long-duration, suborbital platform for these kinds of...
  • 'UFO phenomenon is real' says Apollo Astronaut Edgar Mitchell on ABC News. Why the cover-up?

    04/08/2009 11:00:23 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 50 replies · 2,372+ views
    examiner ^ | April 7 2009 | Fred Burks
    Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell – the sixth man to walk on the moon – laid a bombshell on ABC News with the comment "the UFO phenomenon is real" last July. Yet why didn't other major media pick up on this fascinating story? Wouldn't the public be interested to know? Wouldn't you want to know? The article on ABC's website leads with "Of the more than 6 billion people in the world, only 12 have ever set foot on the moon." Edgar Mitchell is a member of that elite group of 12 space pioneers. Astronauts are some of the most...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Soaring over Titan

    11/24/2014 12:45:57 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | November 24, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What would it look like to fly over Titan? Radar images from NASA's robotic Cassini satellite in orbit around Saturn have been digitally compiled to simulate such a flight. Cassini has swooped past Saturn's cloudiest moon several times since it arrived at the ringed planet in 2004. The virtual flight featured here shows numerous lakes colored black and mountainous terrain colored tan. Surface regions without detailed vertical information appear more flat, while sufficiently mapped regions have their heights digitally stretched. Among the basins visualized is Kraken Mare, Titan's largest lake which spans over 1,000 kilometers long. Titan's lakes are...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Star Formation in the Tadpole Nebula

    11/23/2014 10:51:40 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    NASA ^ | November 18, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Dusty emission in the Tadpole nebula, IC 410, lies about 12,000 light-years away in the northern constellation Auriga. The cloud of glowing gas is over 100 light-years across, sculpted by stellar winds and radiation from embedded open star cluster NGC 1893. Formed in the interstellar cloud a mere 4 million years ago, bright cluster stars are seen all around the star-forming nebula. Notable near the image center are two relatively dense streamers of material trailing away from the nebula's central regions. Potentially sites of ongoing star formation in IC 410, these cosmic tadpole shapes are about 10 light-years long....
  • NASA’s “Remastered” View of Europa is the Best Yet

    11/22/2014 11:31:42 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on November 21, 2014 | Matt Williams
    Europa, Jupiter’s sixth-closest moon, has long been a source of fascination and wonder for astronomers. Not only is it unique amongst its Jovian peers for having a smooth, ice-covered surface, but it is believed that warm, ocean waters exist beneath that crust – which also makes it a strong candidate for extra-terrestrial life. And now, combining a mosaic of color images with modern image processing techniques, NASA has produced a new version of what is perhaps the best view of Europa yet. And it is quite simply the closest approximation to what the human eye would see, and the next...
  • NASA Builds A Time-Machine Telescope 100 Times As Powerful As The Hubble

    11/18/2014 2:32:23 PM PST · by zeestephen · 67 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 18 November 2014 | Eric Niler
    Inside a very big and very clean room at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., nearly 30 workers dressed in white protective suits, goggles and blue booties cluster around the parts of a time machine. These parts — gold-covered mirrors, tennis-court-size sun shields, delicate infrared cameras — are slowly being put together to become the James Webb Space Telescope.
  • The True Story of How Muhammad Discovered America

    11/17/2014 6:29:01 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 9 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 11-17-2014 | MOTUS
    actual photo h/t Blazing Cat FurIn eleven hundred and seventy eight Muhammad sailed through the Hormuz strait.He had three ships that left from Persia; Heading out and sailing further Than anyone had sailed before To land upon America’s shore. MOTUS, 2014And that, my friends, is the legend of how Muslims discovered America, 300 years before Columbus. And that’s great news, just in time for Thanksgiving! It means Western Imperialism is off the hook for stealing and raping the Indians’ land, brutally killing Native Americans with long guns and small pox and introducing everything from racism, sexism, anti-gay bigotry, and the class...
  • Brian Cox visits the world's biggest vacuum chamber - Human Universe:BBC Two

    11/15/2014 6:04:26 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 24 replies
    you tube ^ | 10-24-14 | bbc
    Your physics teacher always told you this was true. You've never seen it until now. A lot of Newtonian physics happens in this hypothetical world where no outside forces act upon an object. But Earth isn't a vacuum, and outside forces are acting on objects all the time! Now, for the first time, you can see proof of what your physics teacher was telling you right in front of your eyes. Brian Cox visits NASA’s Space Power Facility in Ohio to see what happens when a bowling ball and a feather are dropped together under the conditions of outer space.
  • Uranus might be full of surprises

    11/14/2014 12:11:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 93 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11/14/14 | Rachel Feltman
    Scientists used to think that things were pretty chill over in the south hemisphere of Uranus. In fact, they thought it was one of the calmest regions of any of the gas giants. But in analyzing images taken nearly three decades ago by NASA's Voyager-2 spacecraft, researchers think they've found a kerfuffle of activity — which might indicate that there's something unusual about the planet's interior. If you look at these old photos of Uranus, the planet appears to be a stark, featureless ball. And even to scientists, who were able to identify more lively features of the gas giant,...
  • Rosetta: Battery will limit life of Philae comet lander (Houston, We Have NO Sunshine!!!)

    11/13/2014 4:56:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 59 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/13/14 | Jonathan Amos
    After a historic but awkward comet landing, the robot probe Philae is now stable and sending pictures - but there are concerns about its battery life. The lander bounced twice, initially about 1km back out into space, before settling in the shadow of a cliff, 1km from its intended target site. It may now be problematic to get enough sunlight to charge its battery systems. -- The key issue vexing controllers right now is the lighting conditions. Philae is receiving about 1.5 hours of illumination during every 12-hour rotation of the comet. This will be insufficient to top up its...
  • ‘Not All Hope Is Lost': NASA Sun Probe Silent Now For Six Weeks

    11/11/2014 7:35:05 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on November 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell
    No one knows exactly why a NASA solar probe stopped talking to Earth six weeks ago, but it’s possible the spacecraft is out of power and is drifting without a way of calling for help, the agency said in an update. On Oct. 1, NASA suddenly lost contact with one of the two Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft, which are currently examining the far side of the Sun. The probes are considered crucial for solar forecasting, so the loss is a blow. While the STEREO-Behind probe has been mute since then, the agency says “not all hope is lost”...
  • China Reveals Designs for Mars Rover Mission

    11/13/2014 3:17:00 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on November 13, 2014 | Tim Reyes
    For many space-faring nations, ambitions for Mars run broad and deep. Now, add China to the list of countries with Mars in their sights. News reports from China disclosed that country is considering a future Mars rover mission, with a potential 2020 launch date. Additionally came other hints that China may be looking to develop a next-generation heavy-lift launch system. This new project, while early in development, reveals how Chinese aspirations are growing rapidly. Human space flight successes have been followed by recent lunar mission successes of the Yutu lunar rover and the Chang’e-5 T1 test of a sample return...
  • WELCOME TO A COMET (High Resolution Image)

    11/13/2014 2:35:37 AM PST · by lbryce · 60 replies
    ESA ^ | November 12, 2014 | Staff
    HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGE DETAILS Title Welcome to a comet Released 13/11/2014 10:39 am Copyright ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA DescriptionRosetta’s lander Philae is safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as these first two CIVA images confirm. One of the lander’s three feet can be seen in the foreground. The image is a two-image mosaic. The full panoramicfrom CIVA will be delivered in this afternoon’s press briefing at 13:00 GMT/14:00 CET.
  • American Leadership in Space -- Now or Never

    11/12/2014 9:17:19 AM PST · by rktman · 32 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 11/12/2014 | Robert Charles
    In the Apollo and Shuttle eras, America was cooperative, but pushed international comers. We led. Our leadership was built on looking forward. We trusted ourselves, embraced risk, understood daring exploration, and saw the future as worth winning. We had an itch to learn, to be first -- in a word -- to lead. In that process, high-technology jobs were unceasingly created in all 50 states, with spin-offs from microwaves to GPS, synthetic fabrics to iPhones, helping advance every sector of the U.S. economy.
  • Philae probe reaches comet, makes space history

    11/12/2014 8:30:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 12, 2014 | James Rogers
    The European Space Agency’s Philae lander has made space history by successfully reaching the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The landing, which took place at 11.03 AM ET, was accompanied by rapturous scenes at the ESA’s control room in Darmstadt, Germany. Philae is the first probe to land on a comet. …
  • [VANITY] Philae about to land on Rosetta

    11/12/2014 7:28:33 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 43 replies
    NASA ^ | 12 November 2014 | NASA
    Link to live TV feed
  • Isro's Mars mission successful, India makes history.

    09/24/2014 3:31:27 AM PDT · by wyowolf · 38 replies
    CHENNAI/BANGALORE: India created history on Wednesday, becoming the first country to successfully get a spacecraft into the Martian orbit on its maiden attempt. Indian Space Research Organisation's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft started orbiting the red planet at 7.47am, but it was only 12 minutes later —because of a time delay in radio signals travelling the 680 million km -- that scientists at Isro Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network in Bangalore, could erupt in joy as Prime Minister Narendra Modi stood a happy witness.
  • [Russia Today] MUST SEE! Stunning NASA image reveals surface of Saturn's Titan moon

    11/06/2014 6:21:33 PM PST · by lbryce · 40 replies
    Russia Today ^ | November 6, 2014 | Russia Today
    New images from NASA have captured the beautiful golden reflection of the sun on the polar sea of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. It is the latest image from a collaborative four year mission studying the Saturnine system. The mirror-like reflection, known as the specular point, is in the south of Titan's largest sea, Kraken Mare – just north of an island archipelago separating two separate parts of the sea. To the human eye, this would appear as a haze but through Cassini’s Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS), “real color information” is provided in wavelengths that correspond to atmospheric...
  • NASA’s Eagle Works: The Manhattan project of space travel.

    11/05/2014 2:54:23 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 10 replies
    Circus Bazaar ^ | 8/19/14 | Karim Immanuel Chemlal
    HomeScience NASA’s Eagle Works: The Manhattan project of space travel. Karim Immanuel Chemlal A working microwave thruster would radically cut the cost of satellites and space stations and extend their working life, drive a plethora of suddenly affordable deep-space missions, and take astronauts to Mars in days to weeks rather than months. In 2011 the NASA engineering directorate created the Advanced propulsion team unofficially known as the “Eagleworks”. This rock star team of scientists and engineers are headed by Harold ‘Sonny’ White, engineer and applied physicist of NASA’s propulsion team at the Johnson space centre. The goal of the Eagle...
  • Building A Space Base, Part 1: Why Mine On The Moon Or An Asteroid?

    11/03/2014 2:26:13 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | November 3, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell
    So can we get off of Earth already and start building bases on the Moon or an asteroid? As highlighted in a recent Office of Science and Technology Policy blog post, one way to do that quickly could be to use resources on site. But how do we even get started? Can we afford to do it now, in this tough economic climate? Universe Today spoke with Philip Metzger, a senior research physicist at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, who has explored this subject extensively on his website and in published papers. He argues that to do space this way would...
  • Building A Space Base, Part 2: How Much Money Would It Take?

    11/04/2014 11:07:16 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on November 4, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell
    Yesterday, Metzger outlined the rationale for establishing a base in the first place, while today he focuses on the cost. UT: Your 2012 paper specifically talks about how much development is needed on the Moon to make the industry “self-sustaining and expanding”, but left out the cost of getting the technology ready and of their ongoing operation. Why did you leave this assessment until later? How can we get a complete picture of the costs? PM: As we stated at the start of the paper, our analysis was very crude and was intended only to garner interest in the topic...
  • Eye roller: Climate Change Threatens NASA Space Operations – AGW ‘could pose a risk

    11/04/2014 7:22:57 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 25 replies
    WattsUpWithThat.com ^ | 4NOV2014 | Anthony Watts
    Apparently with the new Obama administration version of NASA, failure IS an option. One of the biggest space disasters ever, the Challenger disaster, was caused by FREEZING COLD WEATHER and idiotic management that ignored risks related to cold weather as warned by engineers. I have a pretty hard time believing that about a degree of warming is going to cause all these woes. That and the fact that NASA has had a nearly 9 year hurricane free window in Florida to not worry about launches. From EcoWatch: NASA programs are being put in jeopardy by the impacts of climate change,...
  • Orion Spacecraft Complete

    10/30/2014 1:14:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    marketwatch.com ^ | Oct 30, 2014 3:15 p.m. ET | PRNewswire
    <p>NASA and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] have completed final assembly and testing of the Orion spacecraft. The spacecraft will remain inside NASA's Launch Abort System Facility at Kennedy Space Center until it rolls to launch pad 37 in November.</p> <p>"An empty shell of a spacecraft arrived to Kennedy Space Center two years ago, and now we have a fully assembled Orion standing 72 feet tall," said Michael Hawes Lockheed Martin Orion program manager. "We're ready to launch it into space and test every inch."</p>
  • Mars: Reborn, 3 'Simple' Steps to Make Mars Like Earth

    09/13/2014 2:14:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    RealClearScience ^ | September 9, 2014
    A jump, hop, and a rocket ride away lies Earth's blushing sister: Mars. While apparently lifeless today, some 4 billion years ago, Mars featured rivers, oceans, and potentially even microbial life. The good times obviously didn't last. On Earth, we fear asteroid impacts as harbingers of destruction, but to early Mars, they were cascading gifts of life. The energy and gas they provided helped keep the planet hot and wet. But as the solar system settled down after its turbulent birth, those impacts grew to be few and far between. At the same time, Mars' core was cooling, quieting the...
  • First stage propulsion system is early focus of Antares investigation

    11/02/2014 10:01:18 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 35 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 31OCT2014 | Stephen Clark
    The first sign of failure during Tuesday’s doomed launch of an Orbital Sciences Corp. Antares rocket from Virginia came from the booster’s first stage about 15 seconds after liftoff, according to engineers studying what triggered a fiery mishap that destroyed a commercial cargo craft heading to the International Space Station. The rocket’s 13-foot-diameter first stage, containing tanks with more than 50,000 gallons of kerosene and liquid oxygen propellants, is made in Ukraine and powered by Soviet-era engines built in the 1970s for Russia’s moon program. “Evidence suggests the failure initiated in the first stage after which the vehicle lost its...
  • Moon Landing Disbeliever Walks Up to Astronaut Hero in a Hotel & Gets Hit with More Than Just Facts

    11/01/2014 4:46:00 AM PDT · by virgil283 · 37 replies
    "...renown conspiracy theorist Bart Sibrel, who believes that the moon landing was faked, approached veteran moon-walking astronaut Buzz Aldrin and asked him to admit that he didn’t do what history says he did.....Not surprisingly, Sibrel continued to instigate, calling Aldrin a “coward and a liar.” Then, according to eyewitnesses, Sibrel aggressively poked Aldrin with the Bible. Then he called him a “liar,” a “thief,” and a “coward”…That’s when Buzz Aldrin hit Sibrel so hard, he nearly sent him to the moon himself....."
  • The Met Office Doesn't Deserve a £97 Million Supercomputer. It Deserves to Be Scrapped.

    11/02/2014 10:43:59 AM PST · by logi_cal869 · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/02/2014 | JAMES DELINGPOLE
    Earlier this week, the Met Office invited us to celebrate the fact that we had allowed to be siphoned from our pockets the £97 million it allegedly needed to build a new super-computer to "produce the most scientifically accurate short-term forecast that are scientifically possible."(snip) The mighty Booker's reservations can be summed up in one phrase: Garbage In, Garbage Out. Which is to say that you can have the spiffiest, most bells-and-whistles super-computer in the world, but it'll still only be as good as the data you feed into it - and, of course, only as good as the algorithms...
  • #EndTheWarOnScience

    11/02/2014 6:22:24 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 11-2-2014 | MOTUS
    You may recall that back in the early years of the Age of Obama NASA decided to go in a new direction. No longer satisfied with their mission to explore space, they decided to pursue the much sexier goal of promoting Muslim self esteem - because nothing is as important as self esteem.Since NASA was exiting the rocket business in order to set up a public relations agency, they subcontracted the outer space division to private investors handpicked by bureaucrats. Alas, CHANGE is difficult and the NASA switch proved to be no exception; our outsourced space program has recently experienced...
  • Elon Musk called the Antares rocket a 'joke' 2 years before it exploded

    10/29/2014 9:10:49 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 43 replies
    Mashable.com ^ | 28OCT2014 | Amanda Wills
    An Orbital Sciences rocket operating under a NASA contract exploded shortly after launch on Tuesday evening, much to everyone's surprise — except, perhaps, Elon Musk. Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, trashed Orbital Sciences for using outdated Russian engines during a 2012 Wired interview: "One of our competitors, Orbital Sciences, has a contract to resupply the International Space Station, and their rocket honestly sounds like the punch line to a joke. It uses Russian rocket engines that were made in the ’60s. I don’t mean their design is from the ’60s—I mean they start with engines that were literally made in...