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  • SpaceX makes aerospace history with successful landing of a used rocket

    03/30/2017 3:47:10 PM PDT · by Moonman62 · 19 replies
    The Verge ^ | 03/30/17 | Loren Grush
    After more than two years of landing its rockets after launch, SpaceX finally sent one of its used Falcon 9s back into space. The rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, this evening, sending a communications satellite into orbit, and then landed on one of SpaceX’s drone ships floating in the Atlantic Ocean. It was round two for this particular rocket, which already launched and landed during a mission in April of last year. But the Falcon 9’s relaunch marks the first time an orbital rocket has launched to space for a second time. "This evening’s mission was a critical...
  • Would YOU choose to live forever? Age-reversing pill Nasa wants to give to astronauts on Mars...

    03/23/2017 4:36:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | March 23, 2017 | Harry Pettit
    Scientists have made a discovery that could lead to a revolutionary drug that actually reverses ageing. The drug could help damaged DNA to miraculously repair and even protect Nasa astronauts on Mars by protecting them from solar radiation. A team of researchers developed the drug after discovering a key signalling process in DNA repair and cell ageing. During trials on mice, the team found that the drug directly repaired DNA damage caused by radiation exposure or old age. 'The cells of the old mice were indistinguishable from the young mice after just one week of treatment,' said lead author Professor...
  • Stephen Hawking has plans to travel to space (invited by Virgin Galactic / Richard Branson)

    03/20/2017 9:27:40 PM PDT · by dayglored · 25 replies
    Sky News (AU) ^ | Mar 20, 2017 | (none)
    Professor Stephen Hawking says he is planning to travel into space on Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic. The physicist and cosmologist, 75, said he had not expected to have the opportunity to experience space but that the Virgin boss had offered him a seat. Discussing the meaning of happiness on Good Morning Britain, he said: 'My three children have brought me great joy. 'And I can tell you what will make me happy, to travel in space. 'I thought no one would take me but Richard Branson has offered me a seat on Virgin Galactic, and I said yes immediately.'
  • SpaceX Dragon Capsule Returns to Earth with Ocean Splashdown

    03/19/2017 9:34:12 PM PDT · by Paul R. · 16 replies
    Space.com ^ | March 19, 2017 | Tariq Malik
    A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean Sunday (March 19), returning to Earth with more than 2 tons of science experiments and other gear from the International Space Station.
  • Russian space official found dead in prison cell

    03/18/2017 11:19:45 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 10 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Saturday, March 18, 2017 | AP
    <p>MOSCOW: A top official of Russia's space agency has been found dead in a prison where he was being held on charges of embezzlement.</p>
  • Could Mysterious Cosmic Light Flashes Be Powering Alien Spacecraft?

    03/10/2017 9:04:19 AM PST · by plain talk · 52 replies
    space.com ^ | march 9, 2017 | Mike Wall
    Bizarre flashes of cosmic light may actually be generated by advanced alien civilizations, as a way to accelerate interstellar spacecraft to tremendous speeds, a new study suggests. Astronomers have catalogued just 20 or so of these brief, superbright flashes, which are known as fast radio bursts (FRBs), since the first one was detected in 2007. FRBs seem to be coming from galaxies billions of light-years away, but what's causing them remains a mystery. "Fast radio bursts are exceedingly bright given their short duration and origin at great distances, and we haven't identified a possible natural source with any confidence," study...
  • India's Chandrayaan-1 lost since 2009 found orbiting moon [NASA JPL New Technique]

    03/10/2017 6:31:13 AM PST · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    03-10-2017 | Staff
    Considered lost since 2009 when radio contact with it was lost, India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft has been found orbiting the moon. The spacecraft has been found by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. Earlier, JPL's calculations indicated that Chandrayaan-1 was circling some 200 kilometres above the lunar surface, but it was generally considered "lost." Chandrayaan-1 was India's first mission to the moon, was launched successfully on October 22, 2008 from Sriharikota. ISRO says the "satellite made more than 3400 orbits around the moon and the mission was concluded when the communication with the spacecraft was lost on August 29,...
  • Long-distance Space Travel Boosts Risk of Leukemia

    03/08/2017 7:07:58 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    laboratoryequipment.com ^ | Wed, 03/08/2017 | Seth Augenstein
    Humanity is planning its forays out to reach Mars over the next few decades. Such trips would have to traverse an average 140 million miles of vacuum, and take about three years, roundtrip. But the health effects of space are only becoming better understood now. Cancer risks could be seriously increased by the exposure to radiation out in the void, according to a new study published in the journal Leukemia. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center researchers found a double-whammy effect: the radiation not only caused mutations in key cells, but also weakened immune response – meaning the body would not...
  • Excited reports of 'habitable planets' need to come back down to Earth

    02/22/2017 3:26:41 PM PST · by Salman · 94 replies
    Space Daily ^ | Feb 22, 2017 | Joshua Tan
    In 1950, physicist Enrico Fermi famously asked, "Where are they?" as a kind of lament about the lack of observational evidence for alien intelligence in our universe. Today, the question is still asked in the context of the always-hoped-for discovery of other worlds like our own, with the thought that maybe, just maybe, we will finally find those aliens. ... The two most fruitful methods for discovering exoplanets (the "transit method" and the "radial velocity method") both give a straightforward way to determine the distance between a star and an exoplanet. That, together with our knowledge of how much heat...
  • Will Interstellar Travel Ever Be Possible?

    02/12/2017 7:07:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 161 replies
    Wall Street Pit ^ | February 12, 2017
    The last man who walked on the moon has already passed away. Will there ever come a time when another person gets to be credited with the honor of walking on any part of the universe other than Earth? Space is the ultimate destination. And it’s been 30 years since that fateful moon walk which, sadly (and maybe disappointingly), has yet to be repeated. We’ve been hearing and constantly talking about going to Mars. But until now, it’s still just talk, though there are concrete plans on the way. To make the trip to Mars (or other planets or stars)...
  • Richard Muller on why the flow of time is not an illusion

    02/11/2017 7:10:41 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 85 replies
    Physics Today ^ | 10 Feb, 2017 | Melinda Baldwin
    The physicist and author argues that cosmologists should take the concept of time more seriously and talks about becoming a “converted skeptic” on climate change. ....MULLER: The flow of time does not exist in the usual spacetime diagram of physics. Time is mysterious; in any relativistic coordinate system, it is linked to space. And yet time is different—and I mean much more than simply a sign in the metric. Time flows. Choose any coordinate system and you can stand still in space but not in time. That different behavior breaks the otherwise glorious spacetime symmetry. Moreover, there is a special...
  • A Huge Cosmic Void Is Repelling Our Galaxy

    01/31/2017 4:57:42 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 65 replies
    Real Clear Science ^ | 30 Jan, 2017 | Ross Pomeroy
    Today, in the journal Nature Astronomy, a team of researchers led by Hebrew University cosmologist Yehuda Hoffman has reported that they've found... nothing. To be clear, they've found something, but that something is essentially nothing. Specifically, Hoffman and his colleagues have spotted an immense, naked region of space which they predict to be largely devoid of galaxies. Since this region is relatively empty of matter, it is exerting a repelling effect on the Local Group of galaxies, which includes Andromeda, the Triangulum Galaxy, and our own Milky Way. The researchers made the discovery by visualizing the velocities of various galaxies...
  • NASA says mysterious object hurtling towards Earth could be an asteroid or a comet

    01/04/2017 6:39:03 AM PST · by Red Badger · 56 replies
    www.mirror.co.uk ^ | Updated14:17, 4 JAN 2017 | ByLibby Plummer
    The American space agency says that one object is a massive comet, but has so far been unable to identify the other NASA recently spotted two massive space objects hurtling towards Earth. While the American space agency has pinpointed one as a comet, the other has left it slightly more baffled. The comet is set to fly close to Earth this week, but the mystery object isn't expected to make an appearance until February. The object, dubbed "2016 WF9", was detected by NASA's asteroid- and comet-hunting NEOWISE project on 27 November 2016. It is roughly 0.3 to 0.6 miles (0.5...
  • A LARGE HOLE IN THE SUN'S ATMOSPHERE is turning toward Earth.

    01/02/2017 10:19:07 AM PST · by tired&retired · 87 replies
    Spaceweather ^ | Monday, Jan. 2, 2017
    A LARGE HOLE IN THE SUN'S ATMOSPHERE Stretching more than halfway across the face of the sun is turning toward Earth. There is a "coronal hole"--a region in the sun's atmosphere where the magnetic field has opened up, allowing solar wind to escape. A stream of solar wind flowing from this coronal hole could reach Earth as early as Jan. 4th (Jan. 5th is more likely), sparking G1-class geomagnetic storms. Polar sky watchers should be alert for auroras later this week.
  • China Space Plan to Develop “Strength and Size”

    01/01/2017 7:56:55 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 01/01/2017 | Anne Ball
    China wants to develop “strength and size” in its space program, a China National Space Administration official said last week. In the next five years, the country plans to speed up the development of its space program. China wants to become the first country to carry out a controlled landing of a probe on the far side of the moon in 2018. China also has plans to launch its first probe to the planet Mars by 2020. China released an official policy proposal, known as a white paper. The document provides details of China’s plans for space exploration for the...
  • China Trumps NASA With Working "StarTrek" EM Propulsion Drive --"Testing Now...

    12/25/2016 8:46:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Daily Galaxy ^ | December 20, 2016
    Scientists with the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) claim NASA’s results ‘re-confirm’ what they’d already achieved, and have plans to implement it in satellites ‘as quickly as possible.’ China claims they’ve created a working prototype of the ‘impossible’ reactionless engine – and they say they’re already testing it in orbit aboard the Tiangong-2 space laboratory. The radical, fuel-free EmDrive recently stirred up controversy after a paper published by a team of NASA researchers appeared to show they’d successfully built the technology. The implications for this could be huge. For instance, current satellites could be half the size they are...
  • Earth’s Magnetic Field is Changing

    12/23/2016 10:21:45 AM PST · by tired&retired · 61 replies
    Spaceweather.com ^ | May 16, 2016 | Dr. Tony Phillips
    Anyone watching a compass needle point steadily north might suppose that Earth’s magnetic field is a constant. It’s not. Researchers have long known that changes are afoot. The north magnetic pole routinely moves, as much as 40 km/yr, causing compass needles to drift over time. Moreover, the global magnetic field has weakened 10% since the 19th century. Earth’s magnetic field protects us from solar storms and cosmic rays. Less magnetism means more radiation can penetrate our planet’s atmosphere. Indeed, high altitude balloons launched by Spaceweather.com routinely detect increasing levels of cosmic rays over California. Perhaps the ebbing magnetic field over...
  • SoftBank delivers first US$1bil of Trump pledge, to space firm (3,000 new jobs)

    12/20/2016 2:42:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Star ^ | December 20, 2016
    Satellite broadband firm OneWeb on Dec 19 announced a US$1.2bil (RM5.37bil) funding round led by SoftBank, the first concrete investment from the Japanese group which made a pledge to President-elect Donald Trump. SoftBank, which is providing US$1bil (RM4.47bil) of the funding for the project aimed at providing global internet access via satellite, made the announcement just two weeks after its chief executive Masayoshi Son met Trump and pledged to invest US$50bil (RM223.97bil) in the US economy and create 50,000 jobs. ”Earlier this month I met with President-elect Trump and shared my commitment to investing and creating jobs in the US,”...
  • Trump adds six more to NASA transition team

    12/09/2016 2:04:55 PM PST · by kingu · 31 replies
    Space News ^ | 12/9/2016 | Brian Berger
    The transition team for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump added six more people to the NASA landing team Friday, including senior Dynetics executive Steve Cook and former astronaut Sandy Magnus. [...] Other members: Greg Autry of the University of Southern California Jack Burns of the University of Colorado Rodney Liesveld, a former senior policy adviser at NASA Jeff Waksman, a former research fellow at the U.S. House of Representatives The NASA landing team is lead by Chris Shank, who worked for House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) until last week.
  • End of the Dark Age: Trump to restart space exploration rather than fund climate hoax

    12/06/2016 1:46:02 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 35 replies
    The Geller Report ^ | Monday, December 5, 2016 | Pamela Geller
    What wonderful news -- investing in actual science and divesting from leftwing lunacy. Some of man's greatest achievements and scientific discoveries came from space exploration. Obama changed NASA's mission from space exploration to Muslim outreach. NASA's Administrator explained that Obama had asked him to "find ways to reach out to dominantly Muslim countries." (More here: Obama 's stone age) TRUMP TO SEND MEN BACK TO THE MOON AND 'EXPLORE ENTIRE SOLAR SYSTEM' RATHER THAN FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE The president elect could put men on the moon once again – and use money from the climate change budget to do it...
  • Chinese astronaut puzzled by 'knocking sound' in space

    11/30/2016 6:48:04 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 85 replies
    http://www.bbc.com ^ | 11/30/2016 | unk
  • Army says 2-star general committed suicide on Alabama base

    10/30/2016 1:17:06 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 68 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | October 29, 2016 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON – The Army said Friday it has determined that suicide was the cause of death of a two-star general who was found dead in his home on a military base in Alabama. Maj. Gen. John Rossi was found dead July 31 at Redstone Arsenal, two days before he was to assume command of Army Space and Missile Defense Command.
  • Candidates discuss plans for space program

    10/25/2016 9:29:34 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 28 replies
    WESH2 ^ | 10/24/16 | Dan Billow
    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have released their plans for what they would do with the space program if they were elected. WESH 2 News is comparing Trump and Clinton’s ideas on the key Central Florida issue of spaceflight. Trump wants big changes for NASA, which his campaign said has become little more than a logistics agency supporting the space station. Clinton, in plans recently released by campaign aides, wants a NASA with steady budgets that drive innovation on Earth. Trump’s advisors said in a statement that “human exploration of our entire solar system by the end of this century...
  • Discovery of peculiar periodic spectral modulations in a small fraction of solar type stars

    10/24/2016 7:23:59 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 39 replies
    Cornell University Library ^ | 10/10/2016 | E.F. Borra
    A Fourier transform analysis of 2.5 million spectra in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey was carried out to detect periodic spectral modulations. Signals having the same period were found in only 234 stars overwhelmingly in the F2 to K1 spectral range. The signals cannot be caused by instrumental or data analysis effects because they are present in only a very small fraction of stars within a narrow spectral range and because signal to noise ratio considerations predict that the signal should mostly be detected in the brightest objects, while this is not the case. We consider several possibilities, such as...
  • European Spacecraft Reaches Mars Orbit, But Lander's Fate Uncertain

    10/19/2016 10:47:07 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 15 replies
    Space.com ^ | 10/19/16 | Mike Wall
    Europe succeeded in placing a methane-sniffing spacecraft in orbit around Mars today (Oct. 19), but it's still unclear if that probe's piggyback lander made it safely down to the planet's surface as planned. The Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), part of the European-Russian ExoMars 2016 mission, slipped into orbit around the Red Planet late this morning after completing a crucial engine burn, European Space Agency (ESA) officials said. "It's all good," ExoMars Flight Operations Director Michel Denis said at a news conference this afternoon. "It's a good spacecraft at the right place, and we have a mission around Mars." [Europe's ExoMars...
  • Suspense on Mars as Europe Awaits Signal from Lander

    10/19/2016 9:36:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    Space.com ^ | October 19, 2016 11:38am ET | Mike Wall
    The Schiaparelli lander, part of the European-led ExoMars 2016 mission, was supposed to touch down on the Red Planet this morning (Oct. 19) at 10:48 a.m. EDT (1448 GMT), but the spacecraft's handler's still don't know whether or not the historic maneuver was successful. You can watch a live webcast of the ExoMars landing here, courtesy of the European Space Agency (ESA). "Initial signals were received via the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) as Schiaparelli descended to the surface of Mars, but no signal of touchdown yet," ESA officials wrote in a blog post at 11:12 a.m. EDT (1512 GMT)...
  • 15 Days To Mars: Schiaparelli & The Problematic History Of Martian Landings

    10/04/2016 5:42:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Now’s a good time to look at the challenges in getting a lander to Mars, and also to look back at the many failed attempts. ... USSR sent several probes to Mars starting back in the 1960s. They made their first attempt in 1962, but that mission failed to launch... Then in 1971, the Soviets sent a pair of probes to Mars called Mars 2 and Mars 3. They were both orbiters with detachable landers destined for the Martian surface. The fate of Mars 2 and Mars 3 provides other illustrative examples of the challenges in getting to Mars. Mars...
  • SpaceX’s Big [bleep] Rocket - The Full Story

    10/01/2016 5:34:35 AM PDT · by PIF · 20 replies
    Wait But Why ^ | September 28, 2016 | Tim Urban
    <p>The Big Fxxking Rocket is fxxking big. At 400 feet tall, it’s the height of a 40-story skyscraper. At 40 feet in diameter, a school bus could fit entirely underneath its footprint. It’s more than three times the mass and generates over three times the thrust of the gargantuan Saturn V-the rocket used in the Apollo mission-which currently stands as by far the biggest rocket humanity has made.</p>
  • ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND Elon Musk to reveal next step in mission to build city on Mars

    ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND Elon Musk to reveal next step in mission to build city on Mars
  • Is there LIFE on Europa? NASA to announce major news

    09/21/2016 12:03:25 PM PDT · by repentant_pundit · 69 replies
    Daily Express (UK) ^ | Sept. 21, 2016 | Sean Martin
    NASA has called a press conference on Monday when the space agency will announce a breakthrough on the planet Europa. The US group sent out a cryptic message, stating that there is “surprising activity” on Europa – the most well known of Jupiter’s 67 moons. NASA has been analysing data from its Hubble Space Telescope which is currently prowling the universe. The space experts said in a statement announcing the event on Monday, to be broadcast live at 7PM UK time: “Astronomers will present results from a unique Europa observing campaign that resulted in surprising evidence of activity that may...
  • Anti-Semitism Flourishes At 'Safe Space' Social Justice Conference

    09/18/2016 8:19:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 9/18/16 | Jenna Lifhits
    Over at The Tower, San Diego State University student Anthony Berteaux describes the experience of two Jewish undergraduates who attended the University of California's Students of Color Conference—a self-branded "safe space"—only to be met with overpowering anti-Semitism. The conference, Berteaux writes, turned out to be a breeding ground for anti-Israel rhetoric, where progressive activists devoted to fighting discrimination "whitewashed" the history of the Jewish people with "no mention of the Holocaust" and made claims that "the state of Israel pays Jews to move to Israel to join the army and kill Palestinians." "I was made to feel uncomfortable and unwanted...
  • Freddie Mercury Receives Namesake Asteroid on 70th Birthday

    09/05/2016 5:39:45 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | 9/5/16 | Daniel Kreps
    To mark what would have been Freddie Mercury's 70th birthday, Queen guitarist and actual astrophysicist Brian May announced that an asteroid orbiting around Mars and Jupiter has been named after the singer. ..."Where is Freddie’s Asteroid? It's in the main Asteroid Belt, out between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, and is about 3 and a half km across," May continued. "It's like a cinder in space as many of these asteroids are," said May. "You need a pretty decent telescope to see it. It’s just a dot of light but it’s a very special dot of light and maybe...
  • Swiss space firm boss left badly injured in violent attack

    09/05/2016 4:56:06 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 9 replies
    The Local ^ | 9/5/16
    The founder and CEO of a Swiss space technology firm, who previously received threats against him, is in hospital with serious injuries after a vicious attack. Pascal Jaussi, 40, who heads Swiss Space Systems (S3), was beaten up and set on fire by two unknown perpetrators on August 26th in a forest in the canton of Fribourg, reported the Tribune de Genève on Monday. News of the attack was not released until his condition improved, said the paper. The CEO’s life is now out of danger but he remains in a serious condition in hospital, it said. The entrepreneur was...
  • Earth just had a 'close shave' with a 180ft asteroid - and no one saw it coming

    09/01/2016 7:47:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 08/31/216 | Ryan O'Hare for
    Brazilian sky watchers had only just discovered the asteroid, called 2016 QA2, the day before it zoomed by within 50,000 miles (80,000 km) of Earth. That's less than a quarter of the distance between Earth and the moon. Astronomers at the Sonear observatory in Brazil discovered the rock on Saturday 27th August, and estimate its size to be between 80 and 180 feet wide (25 and 55 metres). The upper end of the range would make it far larger than the object which exploded over Chelyabinsk in Russia in 2013, smashing windows and injuring more than 1,000 people. he team...
  • SpaceX's Falcon 9 explodes on Florida launch pad during rocket test

    09/01/2016 7:10:20 AM PDT · by NonValueAdded · 75 replies
    The Verge ^ | Sept 1 2016 | Loren Grush
    SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, meant to launch a satellite this weekend, exploded on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The explosion occurred during a static fire test of the rocket's engines, NASA told the Associated Press. The blast reportedly shook buildings "several miles away." I hope everyone is OK at #SpaceX. pic.twitter.com/HFN5jiGDDf — Ian Dawson (@PointyEndUp) September 1, 2016 SpaceX was getting the Falcon 9 ready to launch the Amos 6 satellite, a communications probe for the Israeli satellite operator Spacecom. The mission was scheduled for 3AM ET Saturday morning. Prior to all launches, SpaceX conducts a static fire...
  • Something Just Exploded on SpaceX's Launchpad

    09/01/2016 6:37:50 AM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 78 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | sep 1 2016 | By Jay Bennett
    Reports are pouring in that a Falcon 9 rocket exploded at SpaceX test facilities this morning. This morning a number of people near Cape Canaveral Air Force Base are reporting on Twitter that a Falcon 9 rocket blew up on the launch pad at SpaceX's facilities. It is not clear yet exactly what cause the explosion or if the it was a rocket planned for a launch in the coming days.
  • Earth Just Narrowly Missed Getting Hit by an Asteroid

    08/30/2016 4:20:38 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 38 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 8/30/2016 | Avery Thompson
    On Saturday, astronomers discovered a new asteroid, just a few hours before it almost hit us. The asteroid is called 2016 QA2, and it missed the Earth by less than a quarter of the distance to the moon. That puts it about three times as far away from Earth as our farthest satellites. And we never saw it coming. So how did 2016 QA2 sneak up on us like that? For this particular asteroid, the answer seems to be that it has a very peculiar orbit. It's highly elliptical, which means it can usually be found hanging out by either...
  • All aboard the Solar Express! Radical train concept could travel at 3,000km/s [tr]

    08/26/2016 6:27:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 25, 2016 | Mark Prigg
    It is faster than your average train - and could ferry humans and material to Mars in a matter of hours. The stunning Solar Express is described as 'a space train', and would travel a neverending high speed route, meaning it never slows. 'It would run non-stop, so smaller vessels would need to catch the train when it passed by,' its creators say.
  • China unveils its Mars rover concept:

    08/24/2016 5:43:48 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    AFP and MAILONLINE ^ | 24 August 2016
    China has its sights set firmly on Mars and is aiming to launch its own rover to the red planet by 2020. New images have today provided the first glimpse of what this rover might look like when it launches at the end of the decade. As part of the announcement, China also launched a competition for members of the public to come up with a name and logo for the rover. China, which is pouring billions into its space programme and working to catch up with the US and Europe, announced in April it aims to send a spacecraft...
  • NEW WORLD REVEALED ‘Secret second Earth’ that could be home to ALIENS will be exposed tomorrow

    08/23/2016 6:24:47 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 63 replies
    www.thesun.co.uk ^ | 23rd August 2016, 9:59 am | by JASPER HAMILL and MATTHEW DUNN
    Astronomers are preparing to announce the discovery of a potentially habitable second Earth orbiting a nearby star, it has been claimed. Last month, sources leaked news that the European Southern Observatory (ESO) had spotted an alien world orbiting Proxima Centauri, our closest stellar neighbour. An anonymous source from the ESO told German publication Der Spiegel the discovery is the closest habitable planet to Earth, which means we could reach it within our lifetime. But the astonishing finding was not officially announced, sparking furious speculation that the second Earth has deliberately been kept a secret. Now the ESO is set to...
  • Scientists on verge of discovering new fifth force that will change how we see the universe

    08/16/2016 6:53:07 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 26 replies
    National Post ^ | Aug. 16, 2016 | John-Michael Schneider
    Since the mid-1970s, modern physics has rested on the knowledge of four fundamental forces of nature: gravity, electromagnetism, the strong nuclear force, and the weak nuclear force. Now scientists are on the verge of discovering a fifth force of nature, which could change the field of physics forever. According to a recent paper published by University of California physicists in the peer-reviewed journal Physical Review Letters, what physicists thought was a new particle of matter could be a new force altogether.
  • EARTH-LIKE PLANET AROUND PROXIMA CENTAURI DISCOVERED

    08/13/2016 8:51:10 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 143 replies
    the universe today ^ | 13 Aug , 2016 | by Matt Williams
    The hunt for exoplanets has been heating up in recent years. Since it began its mission in 2009, over four thousand exoplanet candidates discovered by the Kepler mission, several hundred of which have been confirmed to be “Earth-like” (i.e. terrestrial). And of these, some 216 planets have been shown to be both terrestrial and located within their parent star’s habitable zone (aka. “Goldilocks zone”).
  • Live coverage: Falcon 9 rocket counting down to launch tonight (10:26pm PDT/1:26am EDT)

    08/13/2016 8:00:06 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 33 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 13AUG2016 | Stephen Clark
    For the second time this year, SpaceX is preparing to launch a commercial communications satellite for Tokyo-based SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. early Sunday. A Falcon 9 rocket is set to blast off at 1:26 a.m. EDT (0526 GMT) from Cape Canaveral with the JCSAT 16 satellite to relay data and video across Japan and the Asia-Pacific. A first stage landing attempt will follow in the Atlantic Ocean a few minutes later. The launch window extends for two hours. On Saturday, ground crews at Cape Canaveral's Complex 40 launch pad plan to roll the Falcon 9 rocket out of its hangar...
  • Why is Uranus on its Side?

    08/06/2016 8:37:29 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 57 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 5 Aug , 2016 | Faser Cain
    It’s impossible to do an article about Uranus without opening up the back door to a spit storm of potty humour.... Anyway, perhaps one of the strangest aspects of Uranus is its tilt.... The Earth is tilted 23.5 degrees away from the Sun’s equator. Mars is 25 degrees, and even Mercury is 2.1 degrees tilted.... Uranus is 97.8 degrees... ...[A]stronomers define the angle as greater than 90 degrees when you take its direction of rotation into account. When you describe it as turning in the same direction as the rest of the planets in the Solar System, then you have...
  • The wizard war in orbit (part 3), SIGINT satellites go to war

    07/06/2016 10:06:05 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 7 replies
    The Space Review ^ | 5 July 2016 | Dwayne A. Day
    By early 1968, the United States military was involved in an escalating ground and air war in Vietnam. American aircraft were being shot down at the rate of nearly one a day, and Operation Rolling Thunder, the bombing of North Vietnam, was in full swing as B-52s unloaded racks of bombs over the jungle. The US Air Force was engaged in a constant battle against Vietnamese SA-2 surface to air missiles (SAMs), jamming them and spoofing them, electrons dueling invisibly in the air. American airmen with the job of physically destroying the missiles, going by the name Wild Weasels, went...
  • The wizard war in orbit (part 2) Black black boxes

    06/28/2016 4:14:42 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 18 replies
    The Space Review ^ | June 27 2016 | Dwayne Day
    By fall 1959, a number of CORONA photo-reconnaissance spacecraft had already been launched under cover of the Discoverer program, but none had operated successfully. Program officials became concerned that the Agena spacecraft that carried CORONA might be vulnerable to tracking by Soviet radars, or possibly even deliberate electronic interference. They did not think this explained CORONA’s early string of failures, but it was a possibility they worried about. At the time, Harold Willis was working in the Office of ELINT located at CIA Headquarters when CORONA officials briefed him about their program and told him about their concerns. Willis also...
  • How Earth Moves

    06/23/2016 8:20:40 AM PDT · by fella · 23 replies
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    How Earth Moves
  • ‘Quasi’ Moon Discovered Orbiting Earth

    06/16/2016 10:52:20 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 52 replies
    VOA news ^ | 6-16-16 | unattributed
    Astronomers have discovered a new “quasi” moon orbiting Earth. 2016 HO3, as the asteroid is called, is at least 40 meters across and could be larger, up to 100 meters, researchers say, but it’s too far from Earth to qualify as a true satellite or mini-moon. "Since 2016 HO3 loops around our planet, but never ventures very far away as we both go around the sun, we refer to it as a quasi-satellite of Earth," said Paul Chodas, manager of NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object (NEO) Studies at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "One other asteroid -- 2003...
  • US NATIONAL SECURITY AT STAKE IN ROCKET ENGINE DEBATE

    06/07/2016 10:09:46 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/07/16 | Megan Barth
    The nation cannot afford to simply put all of that critical intelligence gathering “on hold” for several years No matter which party wins the White House in November our next Commander in Chief will inherit a world far more unstable than at any point in recent history. From the rapid expansion of ISIS, to recent nuclear tests in North Korea, to the many problems in Afghanistan and Iraq, the very real threats to America and its allies have never been more evident. Roughly 150,000 U.S. troops are stationed in more than 150 countries around the world and they are the...
  • India's Mini-Shuttle Blasts Into Elon Musk's Race For Space

    05/23/2016 6:14:59 AM PDT · by Republic_Venom · 21 replies
    www.ndtv.com ^ | May 23, 2016 | Anurag Kotoky, Ganesh Nagarajan, Bloomberg
    India successfully launched a scale model of a reusable spacecraft on Monday, a project that in time could pit the nation against billionaires Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk in the race to make access to space cheaper and easier. The winged vessel -- one-fifth of full size -- blasted off on a rocket from Sriharikota base on the southeastern coast, the Indian Space Research Organisation said. The spacecraft reached an altitude of 65 kilometers (40 miles) and glided back at supersonic speeds for a splashdown in the Bay of Bengal. The test took about 13 minutes.