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  • The Orion’s Heat Shield Gets a Scorching on Re-entry

    04/02/2015 8:46:22 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | Matt Williams
    Yes, she’s a little worse for wear, isn’t she? But then again, that’s what atmospheric re-entry and 2200 °Celsius (4000 °Fahrenheit) worth of heat will do to you! Such was the state of the heat shield that protected NASA’s Orion Spaceship after it re-entered the atmosphere on Dec. 5th, 2014. Having successfully protected the craft during it’s test flight, the shield was removed and transported to the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where it arrived on March. 9th. Since that time, a steady stream of NASA employees have been coming by the facility to get a look at...
  • Doomed German Satellite to Fall to Earth This Weekend

    10/21/2011 12:50:44 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 86 replies ^ | 10-21-2011 | Denise Chow
    A defunct German satellite is expected to fall to Earth this weekend, with experts predicting that up to 30 big pieces of the junked spacecraft could hit the planet. But exactly when and where the satellite will fall remains a mystery. The 2.7-ton Roentgen Satellite, or ROSAT, will likely plummet to Earth on Saturday or Sunday (Oct. 22 or 23), according to the latest update from the German Aerospace Center. "Currently, the re-entry date can only be calculated to within plus/minus one day," agency officials said in a statement. "This time slot of uncertainty will be reduced as the date...
  • Huge Tumbling Satellite Could Fall to Earth Over US Tonight or Saturday, NASA Says (UPDATED)

    09/23/2011 10:07:53 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 665 replies · 2+ views ^ | 9/23/11 | Tariq Malik
    A huge, dead satellite tumbling to Earth is falling slower than expected, and may now plummet down somewhere over the United States tonight or early Saturday, despite forecasts that it would miss North America entirely, NASA officials now say. The 6 1/2-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) was expected to fall to Earth sometime this afternoon (Sept. 23), but changes in the school bus-size satellite's motion may push it to early Saturday, according to NASA's latest observations of the spacecraft. "The satellite's orientation or configuration apparently has changed, and that is now slowing its descent," NASA officials wrote in a...
  • DLR Tests New Sharp-Edged Spacecraft

    05/13/2010 5:23:52 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 581+ views
    SPX via Space Daily ^ | 5/13/2010 | SPX via Space Daily
    Re-entry into Earth's atmosphere is considered one of the most critical moments in spaceflight. To make the journey into space and back to Earth safer, cheaper and more flexible, the German Aerospace Center has designed an experimental spacecraft. The Shefex II project uses advanced technologies such as a sharp, angular design and active cooling of the heat shield. For the first time, scientists have tested a model of the spacecraft in a wind tunnel at Gottingen. In early 2011, Shefex II (SHarp Edge Flight EXperiment) is scheduled to lift off from the Australian testing ground at Woomera. This is in...
  • Soyuz capsule carrying South Korea's first astronaut lands off target in bone-jarring descent

    04/21/2008 3:46:51 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies · 123+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 04/19/08 | MIKE ECKEL
    Soyuz capsule carrying South Korea's first astronaut lands off target in bone-jarring descent By MIKE ECKEL , Associated Press April 19, 2008 MOSCOW - A Russian capsule carrying South Korea's first astronaut touched down 260 miles off target in northern Kazakhstan on Saturday after hurtling through the atmosphere in a bone-jarring descent from the international space station. It was the second time in a row — and the third since 2003 — that the Soyuz landing went awry. Mission Control spokesman Valery Lyndin said the condition of the crew — South Korean bioengineer Yi So-yeon, American astronaut Peggy Whitson and...
  • Defunct Spy Satellite Falling From Orbit

    01/26/2008 1:03:46 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 123 replies · 187+ views
    Associated Press (excerpt) ^ | January 26, 2007
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A large U.S. spy satellite has lost power and propulsion and could hit the Earth in late February or March, government officials said Saturday. The satellite, which no longer be controlled, could contain hazardous materials, and it is unknown where on the planet it might come down, they said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the information is classified as secret.
  • State Department Info - New Requirements for Travelers - Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)

    02/13/2007 3:22:27 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 197+ views
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    US State Department Information - New Requirements for Travelers - Under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) The proposed implementation timeline has two phases: * Beginning January 23, 2007, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda will be required to present a valid passport, Air NEXUS card, or U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document, or an Alien Registration Card, Form I-551, if applicable. * As early as January 1, 2008, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Central and...
  • ENFORCE OUR LAWS: Illegal Reentry into the U.S. After Removal: Crime and Punishment

    05/15/2006 10:34:54 AM PDT · by Liz · 31 replies · 737+ views
    FINDLAW.COM ^ | Circa 2006 | Copyright © 2006 FindLaw. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
    After an alien has been legally "removed" from the United States, federal criminal law makes it a felony for that alien to reenter (or be found in) the country without approval of the US government. What Constitutes "Illegal Reentry"? Under the applicable federal criminal statute, the Immigration and Nationality Act, it is not merely illegal reentry after removal that constitutes the crime. Rather, the law applies to any alien who reenters the U.S. or is found within the country, without government approval, after having been: Denied admission to the U.S.; Excluded from the U.S.; Deported from the U.S.; Removed from...
  • China Starts Space Race!

    10/17/2005 3:38:27 PM PDT · by AmericanDave · 33 replies · 976+ views
    China View CN ^ | 10/17/2005 | AmericanDave
    Photo taken on Oct. 17, 2005 shows the re-entry capsule of China's second manned spacecraft, Shenzhou-6, at its landing site in Siziwang Banner (County), north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The re-entry capsule of the Shenzhou-6 sapcecraft, which blasted off on Oct. 12 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province, touched down at the landing site in Siziwang Banner, at 4:33 am Oct. 17 (2033 GMT) following a five-day mission.
  • Discovery's 1st Landing Opportunity Delayed

    08/08/2005 12:32:44 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 14 replies · 646+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 8, 2005
    SPACE CENTER, Houston - NASA ordered space shuttle Discovery to put off its landing early Monday by at least 90 minutes because of low clouds over Cape Canaveral. The seven astronauts were advised to try for the second opportunity at 6:21 a.m. EDT in hopes the sky would clear.
  • NASA admits landing risks

    08/07/2005 10:27:32 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 20 replies · 926+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 8/5/2005 | By BRUCE NICHOLS
    HOUSTON – As with space shuttle Columbia in 2003, Discovery will land early Monday with a problem that NASA engineers don't fully understand. In this case, it's a loose piece of heat-shield blanket that they decided not to fix. The decision to land came despite acknowledgment from engineers that they can't be absolutely certain there won't be problems.
  • Crew upbeat as re-entry looms

    08/07/2005 5:40:22 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 11 replies · 452+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 8 August 2005
    ASTRONAUTS aboard Discovery were upbeat overnight as they readied for re-entry into the atmosphere, but remembered the crew of Columbia who lost their lives at that critical stage of the mission. Commander Eileen Collins and Pilot James Kelly both said they had no worries about today's scheduled landing in Florida and said Discovery was in great shape. The crew and NASA managers hailed what they said was the complete success of the first space shuttle flight since the February 1, 2003 Columbia disaster. Despite the optimism, Discovery will be grounded with the rest of the fleet once it returns to...
  • Vanity - viewing discovery reentry, 8/8/05

    08/07/2005 3:40:35 PM PDT · by Phsstpok · 33 replies · 1,967+ views
    Self ^ | 8/7/05 | self
    If the Shuttle comes down, as scheduled, around 3 AM on Monday morning, 8/8, I'm wondering if there's a chance it would be viewable from the Memphis, TN, area I've been looking on the net but only find current position tracking and historical information, but nothing that predicts the landing track. Does anyone know of any resources to figure out if this will be viewable for me?
  • Inflation set to rocket

    08/27/2004 2:43:30 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 22 replies · 685+ views ^ | 8/27/04 | Helen Knight
    An inflatable re-entry vehicle that could be used to return cargo and even astronauts from the International Space Station is to undergo flight tests next month. If the tests are successful the lightweight spacecraft could be used to transport payloads from the ISS within two to three years, according to Dr Stephan Walther, chief executive of developer Return & Rescue Space Systems (RRSS), a joint venture between EADS-Space Transportation and the Russian Babakin Space Centre. The craft, which resembles a shuttlecock, is being developed with support from ESA as a cheaper alternative to the US Shuttle for transporting cargo from...
  • Report: Photo May Show Missing Shuttle Tiles (allowing superheated gas to get in during re-entry)

    03/08/2003 5:08:53 PM PST · by TLBSHOW · 13 replies · 177+ views
    reuters ^ | March 8. 2003 | reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A grainy U.S. Air Force photograph that NASA (news - web sites) originally dismissed as being too fuzzy may in fact show the deadly effects of missing tiles on the space shuttle Columbia, the Washington Post reported on Saturday. The picture taken in the last seconds of Columbia's existence shows what may be a vortex of superheated air roiling over the left wing and a section of heat-shield panels missing from the leading edge, the newspaper reported. It quotes an official close to the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, which is charged with finding out why Columbia, NASA'S...
  • NASA Studied Microscopic Corrosion (Possibility of hot gasses during re-entry to pinholes on wing)

    02/07/2003 6:26:43 PM PST · by TLBSHOW · 8 replies · 210+ views
    AP ^ | 2/7/2003 | MATT CRENSON
    NASA Studied Microscopic Corrosion Studies performed by NASA (news - web sites) engineers during the 1990s raised the possibility that tiny pinholes on the space shuttle orbiters' wings could be enlarged by hot gasses during re-entry, but concluded that the problem was unlikely to endanger the spacecraft or their crews. Yet with increasing focus on the leading edge of Columbia's left wing in the days since the spacecraft broke up over Texas, interest in the pinholes may be renewed. NASA officials declined to say Thursday whether they considered pinholes a possible cause of the Columbia accident. Engineers who have studied...
  • Astronaut flies the re-entry from Mach 25 throughout the entire approach and landing STS-2 NOV 1981

    02/06/2003 11:06:35 AM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 5 replies · 273+ views
    NASA | 02/06/03 | TMMT
    The Pilot - Joe H. Engle Whether commanding the Space Shuttle in orbit, flying the X-15 at Mach 5, pulling 9Gs in an F-16, or flying his own Piper L-4 "Cub", Joe H. Engle is completely at home in an airplane. Born in Abilene, Kansas, he attended the University of Kansas and graduated with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1955. Commissioned through the Air Force ROTC program, Joe earned his pilot's wings in 1958, and was assigned to George AFB, CA flying North American F-100 Super Sabres. He graduated from the USAF Test Pilot School in 1961, and the...
  • The space program must fly higher

    02/04/2003 6:49:06 AM PST · by vannrox · 23 replies · 543+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 2-4-03 | Charles Krauthammer
    February 4, 2003The space program must fly higher WASHINGTON--First we will mourn the brave and beautiful who fell out of the sky. Then, however, we will proceed to the usual post-catastrophe ritual: investigation and recrimination. We will search for the culprits. Some human agent will be hauled out to bear the blame. And we will search for the cause: flying foam, wing damage, insulating tiles, whatever--we will find it. But we will miss the point. The point is that the first 150 or so miles of space travel--braving the gravitational well of Earth and shooting through the atmosphere--is the...
  • ‘Punkin Suit’ Pride (We’ve never had a disaster on re-entry before) John Glenn

    02/02/2003 8:57:22 AM PST · by TLBSHOW · 23 replies · 296+ views
    msnbc ^ | 2/2/2003 | John Glenn
    ‘Punkin Suit’ Pride Feb. 10 issue — We’ve got a NASA channel on our cable TV here at home, and we were going to watch the landing. Suddenly, everything went off the air and they said they had lost all signal. I knew we had deep problems. BACK IN THE old days, it was normal to lose contact for about four minutes during the highest heat of re-entry, but the blackout period now is less. I turned to my wife, Annie, and said, “This is big-time trouble.” We’ve never had a disaster on re-entry before. The launch has always been...
  • [Launch Alert] Space Shuttle Reentry Visible[more info]

    01/31/2003 9:45:18 PM PST · by WSGilcrest · 7 replies · 730+ views ^ | 2003 January 30 (Thursday) 20:00 PST | Brian Webb, KD6NRP
    ASTRONOMY/SPACE ALERT FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Brian Webb, KD6NRP Ventura County, California E-mail: Web Site: 2003 January 30 (Thursday) 20:00 PST ---------------------------------------------------------------------- SPACE SHUTTLE REENTRY VISIBLE The Space Shuttle Columbia is set to land this Saturday morning at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Prior to landing, the spacecraft will reenter the Earth's atmosphere and become an artificial meteor. During reentry, Columbia's groundtrack will pass north of San Francisco at 05:53 PST and continue east. The Shuttle will then pass immediately south of Lake Tahoe and cross southern Utah. Because the Shuttle will cross northern California before sunrise and...