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  • U.S. military communications satellite fails to reach intended orbit

    08/03/2016 7:00:47 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2 Aug 2016 | Irene Klotz
    A propulsion system problem has left a U.S. military communications satellite short of its intended orbit, leaving a key communications network over the Middle East, Africa and Asia without a spare, officials said on Tuesday.
  • Shenzhou-11: Crew to orbit for 30 days, but no female taikonauts

    03/01/2016 7:53:06 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    gbtimes ^ | 03/01/2016 | andrew jones
    More details about China’s human spaceflight missions are filtering through after the country announced its launch Tiangong-2 and Shenzhou-11 launch schedule for 2016. On Sunday it was announced that the Tiangong-2 space lab will launch in the third quarter of 2016, and be visited by the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft in Q4. Shenzhou-11 will carry two Chinese astronauts, popularly referred to as taikounauts derived from the Chinese ‘taikongren’ (太空人). It has now been stated that two taikonauts will stay in space for 30 days. While this pales into comparison with Nasa astronaut Scott Kelly’s Year in Space, it will be doubling China's...
  • Researchers find evidence of a real ninth planet

    01/20/2016 7:52:49 PM PST · by Utilizer · 31 replies ^ | January 20, 2016 | Kimm Fesenmaier
    Caltech researchers have found evidence of a giant planet tracing a bizarre, highly elongated orbit in the outer solar system. The object, which the researchers have nicknamed Planet Nine, has a mass about 10 times that of Earth and orbits about 20 times farther from the sun on average than does Neptune (which orbits the sun at an average distance of 2.8 billion miles). In fact, it would take this new planet between 10,000 and 20,000 years to make just one full orbit around the sun. The researchers, Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown, discovered the planet's existence through mathematical modeling...
  • Russian Satellite Maneuvers, Silence Worry Intelsat

    10/10/2015 4:52:08 PM PDT · by InMemoriam · 20 replies
    SpaceNews ^ | October 9, 2015 | Mike Gruss
    WASHINGTON A mysterious Russian military satellite parked itself between two Intelsat satellites in geosynchronous orbit for five months this year, alarming company executives and leading to classified meetings among U.S. government officials. The Russian satellite, alternatively known as Luch or Olymp, launched in September 2014 and seven months later moved to a position directly between the Intelsat 7 and Intelsat 901 satellites, which are located within half a degree of one another 36,000 kilometers above the equator. At times, the Russian satellite maneuvered to about 10 kilometers of the Intelsat space vehicles, sources said, a distance so close that...
  • Earth's other 'moon' and its crazy orbit could reveal mysteries of the solar system

    02/26/2015 6:29:41 AM PST · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 02-25-2015 | by Duncan Forgan
    We all know and love the moon. We're so assured that we only have one that we don't even give it a specific name. It is the brightest object in the night sky, and amateur astronomers take great delight in mapping its craters and seas. To date, it is the only other heavenly body with human footprints. What you might not know is that the moon is not the Earth's only natural satellite. As recently as 1997, we discovered that another body, 3753 Cruithne, is what's called a quasi-orbital satellite of Earth. This simply means that Cruithne doesn't loop around...
  • There are 300,000 pieces of garbage orbiting earth, and it's a big problem

    01/20/2015 3:35:43 PM PST · by Libloather · 46 replies
    Vox via MSN ^ | 1/20/15 | Joseph Stromberg
    Right now, there are more than 300,000 pieces of debris larger than a centimeter in diameter orbiting Earth. They range from tiny shards of metal to deactivated, decades-old satellites. Most are shrapnel from discarded rocket stages that have exploded after use, or satellites that have collided. Colloquially, all this debris is usually called "space junk." Together, the Department of Defense and NASA track the orbits of the 19,000 or so pieces of junk that are larger than a softball, alerting satellite operators when any satellite including the International Space Station is in danger, so they can move it.
  • Rosetta's crazy insertion maneuvers to get into orbit about comet 67P (animation)

    08/08/2014 11:46:03 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 26 replies
  • Every single satellite orbiting Earth, in a single image

    03/07/2014 1:33:33 PM PST · by bgill · 39 replies
    BGR via yahoo ^ | March 6, 2014 | Zach Epstein
    Cell phones and in-dash navigation systems rely on GPS satellites, Dish and DirecTV obviously use satellite feeds, and satellite communications systems offered by the likes of Inmarsat and Iridium continue to proliferate across various industries. Just how crowded is it getting up there above the Earths atmosphere?
  • Object seen in orbit after North Korea carries out controversial rocket launch

    12/12/2012 1:37:35 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | December 12, 2012 | Jethro Mullen
    Object seen in orbit after North Korea carries out controversial rocket launch By Jethro Mullen, CNN December 12, 2012 -- Updated 0907 GMT (1707 HKT) Hong Kong (CNN) -- North Korea surprised and angered the international community Wednesday by launching a long-range rocket that appeared to put a satellite in orbit, a breakthrough for the reclusive, nuclear-armed state. The North Korean regime said the rocket had successfully blasted off from a space center on its west coast and delivered a satellite into its intended orbit. The launch followed a botched attempt in April and came just days after Pyongyang suggested...
  • SpaceX rocket glitch puts satellite in wrong orbit

    10/09/2012 7:57:08 PM PDT · by cruise_missile · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 10, 2012 | Irene Klotz
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct 9 - A prototype communications satellite flying as a secondary payload aboard a Space Exploration Technologies Falcon 9 rocket was sent into the wrong orbit because of a problem during launch Sunday evening, officials said Tuesday. One of the nine Merlin engines powering the Falcon 9 rocket shut down early, though the other engines burned longer to make up for the loss of thrust, saving the primary mission of delivering a Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station for NASA. The rocket blasted off at 8:35 p.m. EDT Sunday (0035 GMT Monday) from Cape Canaveral...
  • Obama escaped Rezko's orbit

    11/30/2011 9:03:22 AM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/30/11 | David Freddoso
    Although it did not go unreported, convicted Chicago political influencer Tony Rezko's 10-year prison sentence was treated as an afterthought during the short Thanksgiving workweek. Also an afterthought: the amazing facility with which President Obama has completely escaped Rezko's orbit in the liberal mainstream media's standard narrative.
  • Chinese spacecraft dock in orbit

    11/02/2011 7:17:19 PM PDT · by QuickSandWillow · 54 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2 November 2011 | Jonathan Amos
    China has joined two space vehicles together in orbit for the first time. The unmanned Shenzhou 8 craft, launched earlier this week, made contact with the Tiangong-1 space lab at 1729 GMT. The union occurred over China itself. Being able to dock two space vehicles together is a necessary capability for China if it wants to start building a space station towards the decade's end. Although no astronauts were in the Shenzhou craft this time, future missions will carry people. Tuesday's procedure (Beijing time 0029, Thursday) took place at an altitude of about 340km. It was automated but overseen on...
  • What does it feel like to fly over planet Earth? (ISS space station time lapse video)

    09/21/2011 6:54:25 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 6 replies
    Click here to watch the video. The thin yellow line encircling the Earth is the ionosphere.
  • Huge Defunct Satellite to Plunge to Earth Soon, NASA Says..

    09/08/2011 5:49:18 PM PDT · by TaraP · 37 replies ^ | Sept 8th, 2011
    Heads up! That's the word from NASA today (Sept. 7) given the impending re-entry of a 6.5-ton satellite through Earth's atmosphere. The huge Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) is expected to re-enter Earth's atmosphere in an uncontrolled fall in late September or early October. Much of the spacecraft is expected to burn up during re-entry, but some pieces are expected to make it intact to the ground, NASA officials said. The U.S. space agency will be taking measures to inform the public about the pieces of the spacecraft that are expected to survive re-entry. "It is too early to say...
  • Lost Russian Communications Satellite Found in Wrong Orbit

    08/19/2011 9:21:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/19/11 | Peter B. de Selding
    Lost Russian Communications Satellite Found in Wrong OrbitBy Peter B. de Selding, Space News Staff Writer Updated at 4:15 p.m. EST PONTE VEDRA, Fla. A $300 million Russian telecommunications satellite launched Aug. 18 disappeared from the view of ground controllers and the U.S. space surveillance network along with the rocket upper stage that carried it into orbit, according to industry officials and the Russian space agency, Roscosmos. More than 24 hours after the 5,800-kilogram Express-AM4 satellite separated from the Proton rocket's Breeze-M upper stage, neither object could be found, officials said. The U.S. Space Surveillance Network of ground radars...
  • Unseen comet's orbit indicates possible crash (path .. could be "potentially hazardous")

    07/28/2011 8:47:39 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies ^ | 7/28/11 | David Perlman
    A stream of dusty fragments from a comet born in the outermost reaches of the solar system has hit the Earth on a path that leads astronomers to conclude the comet itself could be "potentially hazardous" if it crashes into the planet. The comet's location is unknown, making it difficult to say when it will approach Earth, but "the orbits of the dust trail tells us that the comet is on a path that could eventually hit us," said Peter Jenniskens, an astronomer at the SETI Institute and the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View. "It's very unlikely," he...
  • Report: Iran sends first 'life capsule' into orbit

    03/17/2011 10:20:03 AM PDT · by fuzzybutt · 12 replies
    AP ^ | Mar 17, 3:33 AM | AP
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran says it has sent the country's first space capsule that is able to sustain life into orbit as a test for a future mission that may carry a live animal. The state IRNA news agency says the capsule was carried by a rocket dubbed Kavoshgar-4 - or Explorer-4 in Farsi - some 75 miles (120 kilometers) into orbit. The launch of the capsule is a part of Iran's ambitious space program. Thursday's report provides no other details about the "life capsule" but said it was launched on Tuesday. Last year, Iran sent its first domestically...
  • How Earth's orbital shift shaped the Sahara

    12/21/2010 10:03:52 AM PST · by LucyT · 36 replies · 4+ views
    Physorg Earth Sciences ^ | December 21, 2010 | Anuradha K. Herath
    The Sahara, the world's largest desert, was once fertile grassland. This fact has been common knowledge in the scientific community for some time, but scientists are still grappling with historic data to determine whether that transition took place abruptly or gradually. At the European Geosciences Union General Assembly held in Vienna, Austria earlier this year, researchers presented new evidence showing that the eastern region of the Sahara desert, particularly the area near Lake Yoa in Chad, dried up slowly and progressively since the mid-Holocene period.
  • The GEO Graveyard May Not Be Permanent

    11/08/2010 10:35:52 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies
    SPX via Space Daily ^ | 11/09/2010 | SPX via Space Daily
    Since the 1970s, a number of geostationary satellites have been placed in the so called "graveyard orbit," an orbit just above the GEO altitude, roughly 100 to 300 km. The sole purpose of this "burial" location is to remove expired satellites from the highly-congested GEO ring about the equator. Although most GEO satellite operators have not taken advantage of removing their old spacecraft, there are over 100 already there. This number will continue to grow, because some 20 GEO birds expire each year, and some of these will be sent to the graveyard. Thus, the total number of graveyard residents...
  • Pentagon: A Space Junk Collision Could Set Off Catastrophic Chain Reaction

    06/04/2010 11:44:04 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 27 replies · 776+ views
    Popular Science ^ | 5/27/2010 | Clay Dillow
    Every now and again someone raises a stern warning about the amount of space junk orbiting Earth. Those warnings are usually met with general indifference, as very few of us own satellites or travel regularly to low Earth orbit. But the DoD's assessment of the space junk problem finds that perhaps we should be paying attention: space junk has reached a critical tipping point that could result in a cataclysmic chain reaction that brings everyday life on Earth to a grinding halt. Our reliance on satellites goes beyond the obvious. We depend on them for television signals, the evening weather...
  • The FOBS of War

    05/26/2010 12:20:41 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 357+ views
    AIr Force Magazine ^ | 6/1/2005 | Lt. Col Braxton Eisel
    In the movie Space Cowboys, Clint Eastwood plays a test pilot/engineer who leads a group of aging astronauts on a mission to retrieve a nuclear-armed satellite, which had been put into space by a Soviet Union that then ceased to exist. It was, at least in small part, a case of art imitating life. During the Cold War, both superpowers contemplated the deployment of nuclear weapons in space. However, Moscow did more than contemplate. During the 1960s, the USSR had an operational system ready to go into orbit to attack the United States. This weapon was a combined low-flying missile...
  • Europe Keeping Increasingly Capable Eye on Orbital Debris

    04/21/2010 6:29:56 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 207+ views
    Space News ^ | 4/21/2010 | Peter B. de Selding
    Germanys five SAR-Lupe radar reconnaissance satellites in 2009 faced more than 800 close encounters with orbital junk or other operating satellites, including 32 passes at less than one kilometer from another SAR-Lupe spacecraft and one that required a collision-avoidance maneuver, the head of the new German Space Situational Awareness Center (GSSAC) said. Controllers of Frances Helios optical reconnaissance spacecraft, which operate in a different orbit, also were obliged to perform an avoidance maneuver in 2009 following an imminent-collision warning by the U.S. Space Surveillance Network, a French government official said. The vulnerability of SAR-Lupe is one reason why the German...
  • MDA Planning In-orbit Servicing Demo

    03/04/2010 11:27:23 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 317+ views
    Space News ^ | 3/04/2010 | Peter B. de Selding
    Canadas MDA Corp., which has a well-established record in space robotics, is designing a satellite-servicing demonstration to refuel spacecraft in orbit and, when necessary, to push dead satellites into graveyard orbits, an MDA official said March 3. The company is prepared to finance the first mission at least in part on its own. MDA has signed an option with an unidentified satellite fleet operator that has agreed to provide an aging telecommunications spacecraft for a refueling operation as the inaugural customer, according to Logan Duffield, vice president for strategic business development of MDA Information Systems. Richmond, British Columbia-based MacDonald, Dettwiler...
  • Astronauts deal with flooded toilet in orbit

    07/19/2009 9:33:13 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies · 1,526+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/19/09 | Marcia Dunn - ap
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. The bathroom lines just got a lot longer at the linked space shuttle and space station. One of the two toilets on the international space station malfunctioned Sunday morning. The pump separator apparently flooded. Mission Control advised the astronauts to hang an "out of service" sign on the toilet, until it can be fixed. In the meantime, the six space station residents will have to get in line to use their one good toilet. And Endeavour's seven astronauts will be restricted to the shuttle bathroom. There have never been so many people 13 together...
  • N. Korea marks month since 'satellite' launch (orbiting normally -- bald lie)

    05/07/2009 6:30:24 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 655+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 05/07/09
    N. Korea marks month since 'satellite' launch SEOUL, May 7 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Thursday reiterated its claim to a successful satellite launch, marking a month of its purported "normal operation" in orbit. Pyongyang insists its April 5 rocket launch orbited a communications satellite, Kwangmyongsong-2, while outside monitors say no such object has entered space.
  • N. Korean Rocket Went Up 485km from Ground(in-depth details)

    04/07/2009 8:09:25 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 1,053+ views
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 04/08/09 | Kim Min-suk
    /begin my translation N. Korean Rocket Went Up 485km from Ground [JoongAng Ilbo] (S. Korean Aegis ship) King Sejong tracked it ... fell short of orbit due to lack of speed. It is confirmed now that the long-range rocket(Taepodong-2) N. Korea launched on Apr. 5 reached the maximum altitude of 485 km flying above Pacific. Intelligence sources said, "It is our understanding that, due to lack of propulsion, it fell short of reaching earth orbit, and failed." The sources added that Aegis ship King Sejong was also able to track it and determine its maximum altitude." Altitude of 485km above...
  • Big satellites collide 500 miles over Siberia

    02/11/2009 6:52:46 PM PST · by Righting · 12 replies · 1,048+ views ^ | Feb 11, 2009
    Big satellites collide 500 miles over Siberia CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Two big communications satellites collided in the first-ever crash of two intact spacecraft in orbit, shooting out a pair of massive debris clouds and posing a slight risk to the international space station
  • Computer viruses make it to orbit

    08/27/2008 1:25:10 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 9 replies · 178+ views
    BBC ^ | 8/27/08
    A computer virus is alive and well on the International Space Station (ISS). Nasa has confirmed that laptops carried to the ISS in July were infected with a virus known as Gammima.AG. The worm was first detected on Earth in August 2007 and lurks on infected machines waiting to steal login names for popular online games. Nasa said it was not the first time computer viruses had travelled into space and it was investigating how the machines were infected. [snip] The laptops carried by astronauts reportedly do not have any anti-virus software on them to prevent infection.
  • Space station moves to avoid debris(China overplayed it hand)

    02/03/2007 4:46:22 AM PST · by MARKUSPRIME · 32 replies · 1,871+ views
    MOSCOW, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. and Russian officials changed the International Space Station's orbit to keep it clear of debris from a satellite destroyed by China, a report says. "We are diverting the orbit of the ISS to prevent a possible collision with large fragments of space debris, a decision the Russian Mission Control took together with the Johnson Space Center in Houston," a Russian Mission Control spokesman told Novosti Friday. The spokesman said the debris did not threaten the space station, and that an anti-meteorite system protected it from smaller fragments. China set off an international protest when...
  • Huge 'Launch Ring' To Fling Satellites Into Orbit

    10/03/2006 2:51:24 PM PDT · by blam · 84 replies · 1,969+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 10-3-2006 | David Shiga
    Huge 'launch ring' to fling satellites into orbit 16:00 03 October 2006 news service David Shiga A ring of superconducting magnets fires a projectile off a ramp at 8 kilometres per second, fast enough to reach orbit (Artists conception: J Fiske/LaunchPoint) A cone-shaped shell would protect the payload during its passage through the atmosphere into space, and includes a rocket at the back end to adjust its trajectory (Illustration: J Fiske/LaunchPoint Technologies) An enormous ring of superconducting magnets similar to a particle accelerator could fling satellites into space, or perhaps weapons around the world, suggest the findings of a...
  • Mars spacecraft settles into orbit around Red Planet - MRO - Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

    09/12/2006 6:30:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 666+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/12/06 | AP
    PASADENA, Calif. - The most powerful spacecraft ever sent to Mars has settled into a nearly circular orbit, a move that allows scientists to begin studying the planet in unprecedented detail, NASA said Tuesday. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter fired its thrusters for 12 minutes Monday to adjust to its final position six months after it arrived at the planet. Its altitude ranges between 155 to 196 miles above the surface. "Getting to this point is a great achievement," said Dan Johnston, deputy mission manager at the space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which manages the $720 million mission. Over the next...
  • Corkscrew Asteroid (Leaving Earth Orbit)

    06/09/2006 3:54:45 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 458+ views
    Science NASA ^ | 6-9-2006
    Corkscrew Asteroid 06.09.2006 A tiny asteroid looping around Earth for the past seven years is about to leave the neighborhood. Asteroid 2003 YN107 is looping around our planet once a year. Measuring only 20 meters across, the asteroid is too small to see with the unaided eyebut it is there. This news, believe it or not, is seven years old. "2003 YN107 arrived in 1999," says Paul Chodas of NASA's Near Earth Object Program at JPL, "and it's been corkscrewing around Earth ever since." Because the asteroid is so small and poses no threat, it has attracted little public attention....
  • 'Russia Has Left The Western Orbit'

    04/27/2006 5:42:57 PM PDT · by blam · 33 replies · 1,022+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 4-27-2006 | Tom Parfitt
    'Russia has left the western orbit' Missile deals with the 'axis of evil' are just the latest sign that Moscow is sick of kowtowing to the US and Europe, writes Tom Parfitt Thursday April 27, 2006 Moscow could be on the verge of clinching an arms deal with Syria or Iran that would send the US and Israel into pop-eyed rage. A few days ago a Russian arms manufacturer let slip at an arms fair in Kuala Lumpur that his state-run weapons design bureau was close to sealing a foreign sale of Iskander-E missiles. The destination of the hardware was...
  • When You're In Orbit, Which Way Is Mecca?

    04/21/2006 11:46:49 AM PDT · by blam · 67 replies · 1,146+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 4-21-2006 | Kelly Young
    When you're in orbit, which way is Mecca? 12:14 21 April 2006 news service Kelly Young Dan Bursch, Yuri Onufrienko and Carl Walz pose with their Christmas tree aboard the International Space Station in 2001 (Image: NASA)Malaysia's National Space Agency is trying to determine how its astronaut candidates will practice Islam in space. Three of its four astronaut candidates are Muslim, and two will be selected for a future Russian space flight. Once in their orbiting spacecraft, they will circle the Earth once every 90 minutes. Traditionally, Muslims pray five times per day, at times connected to the position...
  • Space Station Fails to Boost Orbit in Engine Test

    04/20/2006 7:07:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 424+ views ^ | 4/20/06 | Tariq Malik
    The International Space Station (ISS) failed to reach a higher orbit Wednesday during a test of two long-dormant engines mounted near a Russian-built docking port. Russian ISS flight controllers hoped to test two engines along the aft end of the station's Zvezda service module during a 14-second burn planned for 3:49 p.m. EDT (1949 GMT), NASA officials said. The engines have not been fired since Zvezda docked at the ISS in July 2000, they added. "We were all set for it but the engines never fired," NASA spokesperson Rob Navias told The two dormant Zvezda engines are located at...
  • Human orbital spaceflight: the ultralight approach

    04/17/2006 7:27:13 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 16 replies · 669+ views
    The Space Review ^ | 04/17/06 | Richard Speck
    Entrepreneurial breakthroughs in technology have always hinged on producing workable designs at affordable cost, and this usually required radically minimal design. Such a focus allowed Jacques Cousteau to prove that an affordable SCUBA system could replace a submarine for personal exploration of the ocean deeps. It allowed the Apple and Sinclair computers to make the personal computer more than a science fiction idea. It made the funky Aeronca C-2 the first certified (and successful) light aircraft in 1929. A Personal Spacecraft could weigh less than this 184-kilogram airplane. For orbital launch, the complete fueled system would of course weigh one...
  • Iranian set to become first Muslim woman in orbit

    03/26/2006 5:45:08 AM PST · by nuconvert · 58 replies · 2,160+ views
    alArab online ^ | Mar. 25, 2006
    Iranian set to become first Muslim woman in orbit 25/03/2006 An Iranian entrepreneur Anoushe is set to become the first Muslim woman to travel in space. Ansari, founder and president of the US-based Telecom Technologies Company will be part of the crew of the Russian Soyuz space mission scheduled for 2007. "Exploring space has been my dream since childhood which I am about to realise," says Ansari 38, adding that to be "the first Middle Eastern woman to travel in space is a great honour." In 2005 Telecom Technologies sponsored the award of a 10 million dollar prize to the...
  • New Mars Probe Sends Back View From Orbit

    03/24/2006 7:33:01 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies · 1,406+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/24/06 | John Antczak - ap
    LOS ANGELES - A high-resolution camera aboard NASA's latest spacecraft to reach Mars sent back its first view of the Red Planet from orbit, the space agency said Friday. The crisp test image from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was taken late Thursday at an altitude of 1,547 miles and shows a 30.9-mile-by-11.7-mile area of the planet's mid-latitude southern highlands. The mosaic of 10 side-by-side exposures shows a cratered surface with ravine- or canyon-like channels on both sides. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said the smallest discernible objects are about 25 feet across, but that the camera will be able to capture...
  • Mars Orbiter Reaches Red Planet (In Orbit)

    03/10/2006 3:00:13 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 682+ views
    BBC ^ | 3-10-2006
    Mars orbiter reaches Red Planet It will take six months for the MRO to attain its final orbit Nasa's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has survived a critical phase in its mission by parking itself in an elliptical orbit around the Red Planet. News of its success followed a tense period of radio silence while the spacecraft passed behind Mars. Over the next six months, the probe will steadily reduce the size of its orbit until it reaches an optimal position to start scientific studies. MRO will examine the Martian surface and atmosphere in unprecedented detail. At 2124 GMT (1334 PST),...
  • Study to examine sleeping in orbit

    02/27/2006 6:59:28 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 14 replies · 379+ views
    KR Washington Bureau ^ | 02/27/06 | Frank Greve
    WASHINGTON - Try sleeping on your head, strapped in with a bungee cord, in a noisy little room with five other people. Oh, and the air's stale, the windows don't open and the world outside cycles from daylight to darkness 15 times a day. That's what former NASA astronaut Jerry Linenger endured for 143 nights in space, most of it aboard Mir, the old Russian space station. Mars-exploring astronauts would have to put up with the same nasty conditions for more than a year. Although NASA has almost no money for sleep research these days, a new low-budget study is...
  • Is Earth In A Vortex Of Space-Time?

    12/06/2005 11:34:47 PM PST · by jb6 · 71 replies · 4,900+ views
    Space Daily ^ | Nov 17, 2005 | Patrick L. Barry
    Huntsville AL (SPX) Nov 17, 2005 We'll soon know the answer: A NASA/Stanford physics experiment called Gravity Probe B (GP-B) recently finished a year of gathering science data in Earth orbit. The results, which will take another year to analyze, should reveal the shape of space-time around Earth--and, possibly, the vortex. Time and space, according to Einstein's theories of relativity, are woven together, forming a four-dimensional fabric called "space-time." The tremendous mass of Earth dimples this fabric, much like a heavy person sitting in the middle of a trampoline. Gravity, says Einstein, is simply the motion of objects following the...
  • Russian Military Satellite Fails to Separate From Booster Rocket (Iran satellite on-board failed)

    10/28/2005 5:30:29 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 50 replies · 1,375+ views
    "RIA Novosti" ^ | 28.10.2005
    The Russian military satellite Mozhayets-5 that was launched on Thursday failed to separate from its booster rocket Kosmos-3M. The satellite is currently rotating in a near-earth orbit with the boosters third stage and is sending no signals to Earth. Officials say there was no emergency situation during the launch. All the other seven satellites were orbited successfully. The booster was launched from the Plesetsk space center. The rocket also carried the Iranian Sina-1, Chinas DMC, Norways NCube-2, the European Space Agencys SSYTI Express, the UKs TopSat, Germanys UWE-1, and Japans XI-V. The launch of the Chinese-origin Sina had been twice...
  • Tenth Planet Has a Moon!

    10/22/2005 9:33:39 PM PDT · by vannrox · 23 replies · 1,049+ views
    Space and Earth science ^ | October 03, 2005 | E-Mail Newsletter
    Scientists are over the moon at the W.M. Keck Observatory and the California Institute of Technology over a new discovery of a satellite orbiting the Solar System's 10th planet (2003 UB313). The newly discovered moon orbits the farthest object ever seen in the Solar System. The existence of the moon will help astronomers resolve the question of whether 2003 UB313, temporarily nicknamed "Xena," is more massive than Pluto and hence the 10th planet. A paper describing the discovery was submitted to the Astrophysical Journal Letters on October 3, 2005. "We were surprised because this is a completely different type of...
  • Space date set for Scotty's ashes

    10/15/2005 10:08:03 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 23 replies · 628+ views
    BBC ^ | 10/15/05
    Saturday, 15 October 2005, 08:48 GMT 09:48 UK Space date set for Scotty's ashes Star Trek actor James Doohan, who played Scotty in the series, will have his final wish granted when his ashes are sent into space on 6 December. Doohan died of Alzheimer's disease and pneumonia in July, aged 85. His ashes will be accompanied by thousands of tributes from fans of the sci-fi show. "James spent so much time with fans and many want to come to his space blast," a Space Services Inc spokeswoman said. The firm will fire the ashes into orbit from a California...
  • Autonomous military satellite to inspect others in orbit

    04/12/2005 8:39:07 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 12 replies · 540+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 4/12/05 | Kelly Young
    The US Air Force has launched a micro-satellite that could lead to an autonomous robotic mechanic that fixes satellites in orbit. The launch is the first of two such technology-demonstration satellites to lift off this week. The 138-kilogram XSS-11 - which stands for Experimental Spacecraft Systems 11 - blasted off at 0635 PDT (1435 GMT) on Monday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, US, aboard a Minotaur rocket. Nobodys ever done anything like this in space, says Vernon Baker, XSS-11 programme manager at the Space Vehicles Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, US. He says developing an...
  • Argentina's dangerous direction

    02/11/2005 6:25:46 AM PST · by Kitten Festival · 218+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Feb. 11, 2005 | A.M. Mora y Leon
    Buried deep in the appalling announcement of Cuba's new place on the UN's Human Rights Commission was the name of the country that nominated that outpost of tyranny for the honor: Argentina. It's not the first time the southernmost country in the New World has done the bidding of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Last December, a Cuban dissident who sought de-facto asylum in Havana's Argentine embassy was unexpectedly denied an exit visa and forced back into the hands of Castro's waiting agents. Such events underline Argentina's political direction. A few years ago, Argentina was one of the U.S.'s major non-NATO...
  • Cassini spacecraft successfully fires engine to raise orbit

    08/23/2004 8:09:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 498+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/23/04 | AP - Pasadena
    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - The Cassini spacecraft successfully fired its engine for 51 minutes Monday to raise its orbit so it will not pass through Saturn's rings on its next close approach to the planet and to set itself on course for another flyby of the big moon Titan on Oct. 26, NASA said. Confirmation of the successful burn was received at 11:51 a.m. PDT, according to a statement from Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which manages the international mission. The maneuver was designed to raise its altitude during the next close approach to Saturn by 186,000 miles. Cassini arrived at Saturn...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 05-23-04

    05/23/2004 4:37:49 AM PDT · by petuniasevan · 6 replies · 239+ views
    NASA ^ | 05-23-04 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2004 May 23 Working in Space Credit: , NASA Explanation: High above planet Earth, a human helps an ailing machine. The machine, in this potentially touching story, is the Hubble Space Telescope, which is not in the picture. The human is Astronaut Steven L. Smith, and he is retrieving a power tool from the handrail of the Remote Manipulator System before resuming in 1999 December. For most astronauts,...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 03-27-04

    03/27/2004 3:40:24 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 1 replies · 206+ views
    NASA ^ | 03-27-04 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2004 March 27 Mir Dreams Credit: STS-76 Crew, NASA Explanation: This dream-like image of Mir was recorded by astronauts as the Space Shuttle Atlantis approached the Russian space station prior to docking during the STS-76 mission. Sporting spindly appendages and solar panels, Mir resembles a whimsical flying insect hovering about 350 kilometers above New Zealand's South Island and the city of Nelson near Cook Strait. In late March...
  • Space dust to unlock Mexican pyramid secrets

    03/18/2004 5:34:06 PM PST · by vannrox · 10 replies · 528+ views
    Reuters via MSNBC ^ | Updated: 01:58 PM PT March16, 2004 | By Alistair Bell
    Space dust to unlock Mexican pyramid secrets Muon detector could point scientists to hidden burial chambersTwo vendors sit near the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan, where physicists are using a muon detector to look for hidden burial chambers. TEOTIHUACAN, Mexico - Remnants of space dust that constantly shower the world are helping unlock the secrets of a 2,000-year-old Mexican pyramid where the rulers of a mysterious civilization may lie buried. Deep under the huge Pyramid of the Sun, north of Mexico City, physicists are installing a device to detect muons, subatomic particles that are left over when cosmic...