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  • Giant black hole kicked out of home galaxy

    06/04/2012 11:22:44 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    http://phys.org ^ | June 04, 2012 | Provided by Chandra X-ray Center
    Astronomers have found strong evidence that a massive black hole is being ejected from its host galaxy at a speed of several million miles per hour. New observations from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory suggest that the black hole collided and merged with another black hole and received a powerful recoil kick from gravitational wave radiation. "It's hard to believe that a supermassive black hole weighing millions of times the mass of the sun could be moved at all, let alone kicked out of a galaxy at enormous speed," said Francesca Civano of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), who led...
  • ASU astronomers discover faintest distant galaxy

    06/01/2012 9:29:41 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 4 replies
    http://phys.org ^ | 01 June 2012 | Provided by Arizona State University
    Astronomers at Arizona State University have found an exceptionally distant galaxy, ranked among the top 10 most distant objects currently known in space. Light from the recently detected galaxy left the object about 800 million years after the beginning of the universe, when the universe was in its infancy. A team of astronomers, led by James Rhoads, Sangeeta Malhotra, and Pascale Hibon of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at ASU, identified the remote galaxy after scanning a moon-sized patch of sky with the IMACS instrument on the Magellan Telescopes at the Carnegie Institution's Las Campanas Observatory in Chile....
  • NASA Advancing Solar-Electric Propulsion

    05/31/2012 5:31:25 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 4 replies
    Aviation Week ^ | 05/28/12 | Frank Morring, Jr.
    Solar-electric propulsion (SEP) is high on NASA's list of things to do in its growing effort to develop technologies that will support long-term human space exploration. And within that arena, figuring out how to deploy large, lightweight solar arrays in space is a key enabler. Even after building the International Space Station with its 115-ft.-long array wings, the agency sees the technology readiness level (TRL) of deploying big arrays for exploration beyond low Earth orbit at 3 or 4—a long way from the demonstrated operational capability represented by TRL 9
  • The Private Sector Will Take Us Where No Man Has Gone Before

    05/31/2012 5:25:32 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 2 replies
    Andrew Malcolm Editorial Cartoons Home » IBD Editorials » IBD EDITORIALS Sponsored by: The Private Sector Will Take Us Where No Man Has Gone Before Posted 06:55 PM ET Email Print License Comment inShare Free Enterprise: The SpaceX Dragon capsule is back on Earth, having splashed down in the Pacific Thursday morning. Don't think this to be a trivial matter. It's the dawn of a new era of space exploration. When the Dragon dropped into the water off the Baja California coast, it completed the world's first private spaceflight. Once the domain of a few governments, space travel is now...
  • Forget Facebook, SpaceX Success Has Market Thinking 'IPO'

    05/31/2012 5:19:12 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 16 replies
    The Street ^ | 05/31/12
    SpaceX's Dragon capsule splashed down today after completing a successful mission to deliver cargo to the International Space Station (ISS). The success marks a milestone in commercial space travel and exploration, since the Dragon capsule was the first privately owned spacecraft to successfully reach the space station.
  • FAA grants experimental permit to Virgin Galactic

    05/31/2012 12:53:56 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 30, 5:34 PM EDT | AP
    MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) -- Virgin Galactic says it expects to make rocket-powered test flights of its passenger spaceship later this year. The company said Wednesday its spaceship builder partner has been granted an experimental permit from the Federal Aviation Administration - a move that will allow it to proceed with powered flights.
  • SpaceX Dragon Splashdown Live Thread (ISS Departure: 6:00 AM EDT, Splashdown 11:42 AM EDT)

    05/30/2012 6:31:00 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 82 replies
    05/30/12 | Kevin Davis
    Well it was a good first mission.. Now for the ultimate test. Can they send humans into space with no problems.
  • FAA awards suborbital flight permit to SpaceShipTwo

    05/30/2012 6:22:33 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 13 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 05/30/12 | ZACH ROSENBERG
    The US Federal Aviation Administration has awarded a suborbital launch permit to Scaled Composites for testing its SpaceShipTwo suborbital tourism vehicle on behalf of Virgin Galactic, Virgin announced on 30 May. The permit, for which Scaled submitted detailed flight plans and aerodynamic test data, is the only one of its kind for manned suborbital flights to date.
  • Egyptian Teenager Invents New Space Propulsion System Based On Quantum Physics

    05/30/2012 9:27:05 AM PDT · by Altariel · 42 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | May 29, 2012 | Mario Aguilar
    Precocious young physicist Aisha Mustafa just patented a new system that could propel spacecrafts to the final frontier without using a drop of fuel. In short her system taps one of the odder facets of quantum theory, which posits that space isn't really a vacuum. It's really filled with particles and anti-particles that exist for infinitesimally small periods of time before destroying each other. Mustafa thinks she can harness them to create propulsion, resulting in space craft that need little-to-no fuel to maneuver around in space. Fast Company reports: Mustafa invented a way of tapping this quantum effect via what's...
  • Dragon arrives at space station in historic 1st

    05/25/2012 8:45:26 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 183 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 25 May 2012 | MARCIA DUNN
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The privately bankrolled Dragon capsule arrived at the International Space Station for a historic docking Friday, captured by astronauts wielding a giant robot arm. It succeeded in making the first commercial delivery into the cosmos. U.S. astronaut Donald Pettit used the space station's 58-foot robot arm to snare the gleaming white Dragon after a few hours of extra checks and maneuvers. The two vessels came together while sailing above Australia. "Looks like we've got us a dragon by the tail," Pettit announced from 250 miles up once he locked onto Dragon's docking mechanism. "You've made...
  • Neil Armstrong breaks his silence to give accountants moon exclusive

    05/24/2012 11:40:28 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 81 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 23 May 2012 | Alok Jha
    As the first person to walk on the moon, he is a man whose name will be remembered for generations to come. But one of the other well-known things about Neil Armstrong is that he hardly ever gives interviews. It was therefore something of a coup for Alex Malley, chief executive of Certified Practicing Accountants of Australia, to secure almost an hour of Armstrong’s time to discuss the astronaut’s trip to the moon. In the illuminating conversation posted online on the CPA Australia website, Armstrong revealed how he thought his mission, Apollo 11, only had a 50% chance of landing...
  • Can Sci-Fi Relaunch the Space Program?

    05/23/2012 5:54:49 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 22 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 05/23/12 | Jon Spaihts
    Filmmakers have tackled space travel from the first days of film – which is to say, before there was space travel. The most famous image from silent movies is Méliès’s “Man in the Moon” with a rocket in his eye. Early films adapted H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and the adventures of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers. By the time humanity reached orbit (Sputnik in 1957, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in 1961, and astronaut John Glenn in 1962) popcorn-munching crowds had already flocked to theaters for “Destination Moon” (1950) and “Forbidden Planet” (1956).
  • Commercial space race gets crowded behind SpaceX

    05/23/2012 5:49:59 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 05/23/12 | SETH BORENSTEIN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A privately built space capsule that's zipping its way to the International Space Station has also launched something else: A new for-profit space race. The capsule called Dragon was due to arrive near the space station for tests early Thursday and dock on Friday with its load of supplies. Space Exploration Technologies Corp. — run by PayPal co-founder Elon Musk — was hired by NASA to deliver cargo and eventually astronauts to the orbital outpost.
  • SPACE TAXIS: NEXT STOP MARS?

    05/21/2012 7:01:31 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 27 replies
    Discovery News ^ | 05/21/12 | Irene Klotz
    Privately owned Space Exploration Technologies is poised to make a test run to the International Space Station early Tuesday, but visiting the orbital outpost is just the beginning of the company's grand plan to give humanity a toehold on Mars. "Our goal is to revolutionize space transport, so we'll be doing every kind of space transport, except for suborbital. We'll launch satellites of all shapes and sizes, service the space station with cargo and crew, and then the long-term objective is to develop a space transport system that will enable humanity to become a multi-planet species," company founder and chief...
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Live Thread (05/22/2012) 03:44 EDT)

    05/21/2012 4:47:45 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 176 replies
    05/21/12 | Kevin Davis
    Good luck again.. I'm sure they will make it..
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Live Thread (05/19/2012) 04:55 EDT) First Commercial Rocket into Space!

    05/18/2012 6:50:06 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 81 replies
    05/18/12 | Kevin Davis
    Best of luck to SpaceX.
  • From Astronaut-Hero To Space-Trucker: The Human Spin on Space Commercialization

    05/17/2012 6:11:59 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 47 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/17/12 | Bruce Dorminey
    The cast of “Alien,” in Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi blockbuster, may actually be more akin to future space-farers than our citizen heroes from NASA’s Apollo era. After all, the film presents a view of space travel that is based as much on economics as wanderlust and this is arguably as it should be. How can anyone forget the hangdog eyes of Harry Dean Stanton, who so clearly is out that far in space solely for the cash? The crew of the Nostromo, the film’s ore-carrying cargo vessel under threat from a ravenous extraterrestrial, inherently understands that sometimes great profit only...
  • Private Space Taxi Builders Ponder Future Beyond NASA

    05/15/2012 7:05:52 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 16 replies
    space.com ^ | 05/15/12 | Denise Chow
    The private spaceflight company SpaceX is poised to launch a robotic capsule toward the International Space Station Saturday (May 19) on a test flight that, if successful, could be a watershed moment for the commercial space industry. But while SpaceX has a NASA contract to provide cargo deliveries to the space station, the company and other private spaceship developers are looking to a future beyond NASA funding. The Hawthorne, Calif.-based SpaceX is one of several aerospace firms who are competing for NASA funding under the third and final phase of NASA's commercial crew development program. Proposals for this stage of...
  • SpaceX's 1st Private Capsule Launch to Space Station: How It Will Work

    05/15/2012 6:50:50 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 8 replies
    space.com ^ | 05/15/12 | Clara Moskowitz
    On May 19, if all goes well, the private spaceflight company SpaceX will launch the first commercial spaceship ever to visit the International Space Station. But the mission will be like no other U.S. flight to the orbiting laboratory. SpaceX's unmanned Dragon capsule is due to deliver food, supplies and science experiments to the outpost as a test mission for NASA. The space agency awarded the company a $1.6 billion contract for eight robotic resupply flights to fill the delivery needs left over by the space shuttle fleet's retirement last year.
  • The Constellation Empire Strikes Back (Congressional space pork)

    05/15/2012 4:50:55 AM PDT · by Notary Sojac · 5 replies
    OpenMarket.org ^ | 14 May 2012 | Rand Simberg
    Constellation, the Bush administration’s plan to return to the moon, was canceled a couple years ago. But not all of Constellation was canceled. The Orion crew module, designed to go to lunar orbit and back, survives, with plans to test fly on a Delta IV rocket in a couple years, and Congress, eager to preserve the Space Shuttle jobs base, demanded that NASA reinstitute a new heavy-lift launch vehicle to replace the canceled Ares V with the Space Launch System. So at this point, despite the cancellation, Constellation continues to waste money, except for the Ares I, the new crew...
  • NASA Modifies Launch Service Contract To Add Falcon 9 Rocket

    05/14/2012 4:43:38 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 7 replies
    NASA ^ | 05/14/12
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA has announced a modification of its NASA Launch Services (NLS) II contract with Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif., to add an additional configuration of the Falcon 9 rocket to its fleet. The SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 launch service will be available to the agency's Launch Services Program to use for future missions in accordance with the on-ramp provision of NLS II.
  • Private Sector Edges Deeper in Space

    05/14/2012 4:35:59 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | 05/14/12 | KENNETH CHANG
    It sounds like a routine event for NASA: At 4:55 a.m. on Saturday, a rocket is scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., and carry cargo — but no people — to the International Space Station. But if all goes as planned, that morning will mark something transformative for the space industry: a victory for capitalism in what has been for decades a government-run enterprise. The capsule, built by Space Exploration Technologies Corporation — SpaceX, for short — would be the first commercial spacecraft to make it to the space station, and many observers view its launching as the...
  • Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin shares a few details about outer space plans

    05/14/2012 4:23:25 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 3 replies
    Business Journal ^ | 05/14/12 | Steve Wilhelm
    Blue Origin, the secretive Kent company developing a new space launch system, briefly lifted the curtain on its plans earlier this month ... and then snapped that curtain back down. In an interview published in Aviation Week and Space Technology, Brett Alexander, Blue Origin director of business development and strategy, gave some new details about the company’s plans.
  • With shuttle's end, space firms seek new direction

    05/10/2012 6:44:11 AM PDT · by txrangerette · 19 replies
    The Associated Press via msnbc.com ^ | 4/29/2012 | Stephen Singer
    Updated 4/29/2012By Stephen Singer The Associated PressHARTFORD, Conn. Less than a year after NASA ended its shuttle program, players in America's space business are casting around for new direction.United Technologies Corp. is the most recent company to announce it will sharply scale back its role in space exploration. It's selling Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a manufacturer of rocket engines and liquid-propulsion systems...[snip] Greg Hayes, chief financial officer at United Technologies, rapped U.S. space policy when he announced the decision in mid-March to sell Rocketdyne."Growth will be limited at Rocketdyne," Hayes told investor analysts. "It's still a very good business. It's...
  • As SpaceX awaits launch of cargo capsule, crew capsule gets test sit

    05/09/2012 6:02:11 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 11 replies
    NASA has signed off on the astronaut layout of SpaceX’s planned seven-passenger crew capsule after some NASA engineers and astronauts cozied into one in the SpaceX showroom and pronounced it fit. Officially, NASA declared that SpaceX’s plans passed another milestone, the seventh of 10, by demonstrating that the layout will allow astronauts to maneuver effectively in the vehicle. Several veteran space shuttle astronauts and NASA engineers conducted the evaluation during a pair of two-day-long reviews.
  • NASA's Spitzer Sees The Light of Alien "Super Earth"

    05/09/2012 5:49:24 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 16 replies
    WASHINGTON, May 8, 2012 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected light emanating from a "super-Earth" planet beyond our solar system for the first time. While the planet is not habitable, the detection is a historic step toward the eventual search for signs of life on other planets.
  • Space Aliens Would Think We Are Insane

    05/05/2012 3:08:11 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 15 replies
    CST News ^ | May 5, 2012 | Dr. Don Boys
    Don Boys, Ph.D. Recently a global warming fanatic (who now uses the term, “climate change” since there is no proof of man-caused global warming) made a shocking statement: "Any rational being coming to our planet from outer space would say ‘There is a species here that has gone insane.'" Like most fanatics, he makes some gargantuan leaps in his thinking especially when he makes an assumption of space aliens even existing; then he presumes they are rational! After all, if humans are not rational, why would we expect make-believe aliens to be? Humans are not rational and I agree that...
  • Mom Stumbles Onto Meteorite Worth About $20,000

    05/03/2012 12:28:31 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    http://sacramento.cbslocal.com ^ | 01 MAY 2012 | Staff
    LOTUS (CBS13) – People from all over the world are in the tiny town of Lotus in El Dorado County looking for something that’s out of this world, but leave it to a stay-at-home mom walking her dog to find a precious meteorite. The rock Brenda Salveson found is 17 grams, equal to just over a tablespoon of sugar. But when it comes in the form of an asteroid, its weight has no boundaries. “I was lucky, blessed, good karma,” Brenda said. “It was sitting there at my toes like an Easter egg.” An egg? More like a diamond in...
  • Supermoon This Weekend!

    05/03/2012 11:22:05 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    http://www.universetoday.com ^ | 02 MAY 2012 | by Nancy Atkinson
    This weekend will provide the full Moon’s closest approach of the year to Earth. On Saturday, May 5, 2012 the Moon could appear as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full Moons of 2012, according to some calculations. Will you notice it? Not if you haven’t really been paying attention, or have a reference point to compare it to other full Moons. And it certainly won’t have any adverse effects on Earth, as this closest approach happens every year — just a fact of orbital mechanics. But perhaps a great way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is...
  • Four white dwarf stars caught in the act of consuming 'earth-like' exoplanets

    05/03/2012 11:12:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    http://phys.org ^ | May 03, 2012 | Provided by Royal Astronomical Society
    University of Warwick astrophysicists have pinpointed four white dwarf stars surrounded by dust from shattered planetary bodies which once bore striking similarities to the composition of the Earth. The scientists publish their results in a paper in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. White dwarfs are the final stage of life of stars like our Sun, the residual cores of material left behind after their available fuel for nuclear reactions has been exhausted. Using the Hubble Space Telescope to carry out the biggest survey to date of the chemical composition of the atmospheres of white dwarf stars,...
  • SpaceX test fires rocket ahead of ISS cargo launch

    04/30/2012 6:24:20 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 28 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 04/30/12
    SpaceX on Monday successfully test-fired its Falcon 9 rocket in a dress rehearsal for the May 7 launch of its Dragon spacecraft on a cargo-bearing mission to the International Space Station. The test, known as a static fire of the rocket's nine main engines, lasted just two seconds, but allowed engineers to "run through all countdown processes as though it were launch day," SpaceX said on its website.
  • Obama’s Space Shuttle funeral dirge a show for all to see

    04/29/2012 3:18:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | April 29, 2012 | Judi McLeod
    Those lucky enough to still be here to look back at history post Barack Obama will recognize the last sight-piggyback funeral dirge of the once noble Space Shuttle as the Obama Regime’s defining moment. Were an artist to paint a picture of a small boy looking at up at his flying kite as the space shuttle passed over Manhattan yesterday, no portrait of the story of America’s deliberate ruin at the hands of a single politician could ever come closer to the truth. [BIG Snip of text] Few will remember that it was on the fullest moon of the year...
  • Astronomers find new planet capable of supporting life

    04/27/2012 11:32:10 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 75 replies
    TELEGRAPH UK ^ | 04-27-2012 | Staff
    Astronomers have discovered their "holy grail" - a planet capable of supporting life outside our solar system. The planet lies in what they describe as a 'habitable zone', neither too near its sun to dry out or too far away which freezes it. And the discovery could help answer the question of whether we are alone in the universe, which has been plagued astronomers and alien fanatics for years. Scientists found the planet, Gliese 667Cc, orbiting around a red dwarf star, 22 light years away from the earth. Red dwarf stars are the most common stars in the neighbourhood of...
  • New Private Space Plane Aims to Pick Up Where NASA's Shuttles Left Off

    04/26/2012 1:19:10 PM PDT · by Josh Painter · 17 replies
    SPACE.com ^ | 25 April 2012 Time: 07:00 AM ET | Denise Chow
    The new spaceship being built by private aerospace firm Sierra Nevada Corp. may look like a miniature space shuttle, but while the design takes cues from the past, company officials are hoping this vehicle shepherds in a new era of commercial human spaceflight. Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser space plane is being developed to take astronauts to and from the International Space Station in low-Earth orbit. The company is aiming to begin full orbital flights in 2016. But the Dream Chaser design, which is reminiscent of NASA's space shuttle, is actually based on a concept vehicle, called HL-20, which was first...
  • Now India successfully launches 'spy satellite' after ICBM Test fired last week

    04/26/2012 10:06:15 AM PDT · by MBT ARJUN · 36 replies
    Sriharikota: A great week for India's rocket scientists, twin back-to-back successful launches, India's most potent missile the Agni-V from Wheeler Island on April 19 and now the 'grand success' of ISRO'S rocket from Sriharikota. India today successfully launched its first indigenous 'spy satellite' RISAT-1. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) carrying the radar imaging satellite lifted off from Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh at 5.47 am. Minutes later, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman Dr K Radhakrishnan declared the mission "a grand success". "PSLV-C19 has successfully injected India's first indigenous radar imaging satellite RISAT-1 into orbit. It is a proud...
  • SpaceX delays first private launch to space station

    04/24/2012 8:54:54 PM PDT · by robowombat · 4 replies
    Space News ^ | April 24, 2012 06:00
    SpaceX delays first private launch to space station by Staff Writers Washington April 24, 2012 SpaceX has postponed by a week its bid to become the first private company to attempt to launch an unmanned cargo vessel to the International Space Station. "After reviewing our recent progress, it was clear that we needed more time to finish hardware-in-the-loop testing and properly review and follow up on all data," SpaceX spokeswoman Kirstin Brost Grantham said late Monday. "While it is still possible that we could launch on May 3rd, it would be wise to add a few more days of margin...
  • Why Mining an Asteroid for Water and Precious Metals Isn't as Crazy as it Sounds

    04/24/2012 5:20:08 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 54 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 04/24/12 | Clay Dillow
    Billionaire-backed space startup Planetary Resources has officially unveiled its business plan to much fanfare and with few surprises. The company’s principals--which include X-Prize Foundation founder Peter Diamandis, Space Adventures co-founder Eric Anderson, and former NASA Flight Director Chris Lewicki--today pledged that Planetary Resources would make the abundant resources of space available here on Earth, and introduced a couple of the company’s own spacecraft that will make such space prospecting possible. The rush for space resources is officially on.
  • Everything you need to know about James Cameron's asteroid mining

    04/24/2012 5:15:46 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 28 replies
    Blastr.com ^ | 04/24/12 | DVICE Staff
    Planetary Resources just wrapped up a press conference in Seattle, officially announcing both its existence and its ambitious plan to mine near-Earth asteroids. We were listening in live, and here's everything you need to know about how this asteroid mining plan is going to work and when it's going to happen. Essentially, Planetary Resources is looking to send spacecraft to mine near-Earth asteroids for resources ranging from precious metals (like platinum) to water. The company has assembled a team of engineers and visionaries with a large helping of financial support from the likes of Larry Page and James Cameron, and...
  • Asteroid Mining Venture Backed by Google Execs, James Cameron Unveiled

    04/23/2012 8:32:40 PM PDT · by anymouse · 56 replies
    Space.com ^ | 4/23/2012 | Mike Wall
    A newly unveiled company with some high-profile backers — including filmmaker James Cameron and Google co-founder Larry Page — has announced plans to mine near-Earth asteroids for resources such as precious metals and water. Planetary Resources, Inc. intends to sell these materials, generating a healthy profit for itself. But it also aims to advance humanity's exploration and exploitation of space, with resource extraction serving as an anchor industry that helps our species spread throughout the solar system. (snip) "We're out there right now, talking to customers," Anderson said. "We are open for discussions with companies — aerospace companies, mining companies,...
  • Did various incarnations of the starship Enterprise make space travel look too easy?

    04/23/2012 5:42:46 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 47 replies
    The Space Review ^ | 04/23/12 | Andre Bormanis
    In an interview with a reporter from the Associated Press, Scott Pace, the current director of the Space Policy Institute at The George Washington University and a former NASA associate administrator, was asked to comment on the April 12th failure of the North Korean rocket launch. He noted that sending a vehicle into space is still a significant technical challenge, and added, “In many ways, the worst enemy of NASA is Star Trek… Captain Picard says ‘engage’ and the ship moves. And people think ‘How hard can this be?’” Filmmaker James Cameron supposedly made a similar comment about Star Trek’s...
  • The coming golden age

    04/23/2012 5:23:11 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 9 replies
    The Space Review ^ | 04/23/12 | Eric R. Hedman
    It is not uncommon to read articles and blogs from space advocates lamenting that we as a country don’t prioritize space exploration the way America did during the Apollo era. Others complain that we have retreated back to low Earth orbit ever since abandoning the toehold we had for six short missions on the Moon. Some of the writers worry that the Chinese, Russians, or even others will get out to deep space before we return. To them, the Apollo era is the long past golden age of space exploration.
  • Where to watch the SpaceX launch to the International Space Station

    04/23/2012 5:14:32 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 42 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 04/23/12 | Richard Tribou
    It's not a trip to the moon. It's not even manned spaceflight. But it is a rocket launch from Cape Canaveral, and it's not insignificant. So if you want a front-row seat to witness one giant leap for private business, then you'll want to make your way over to Cape Canaveral for the launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and its Dragon spacecraft.
  • Moon Express Delivers Lunar Mission Design Report (titled short)

    04/23/2012 5:11:14 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 1 replies
    PR Newswire ^ | 04/23/12
    Moon Express has successfully delivered its Preliminary Design Checkpoint Technical Package to NASA under its $10M Innovative Lunar Demonstration Data (ILDD) contract, providing NASA continuing data on the development of the company's commercial lunar robotic missions and plans to mine the Moon for precious planetary resources.
  • Private space mogul wants to skip the moon and go right to Mars

    04/23/2012 5:00:08 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 12 replies
    Blastr.com ^ | 04/23/12 | Matthew Jackson
    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is an ambitious guy. He's the one who said he can get commercial flights to Mars up and running a decade or so from now, but what about humanity's return to the moon? Well, if you ask Musk, the moon's little more than old news. Musk has been making the rounds to talk up his company a lot these days as part of the lead-up to a (hopefully) historic SpaceX launch next week. On April 30 the company will launch an unmanned Dragon capsule to dock with the International Space Station. If it succeeds, the mission...
  • The Race to Colonize Space

    04/23/2012 4:41:20 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 18 replies
    IEET ^ | 04/23/12 | Ytasha L. Womack
    A few days shy of the US announcing its grand plan for space tourism in 2014, I was asked to present at Ohio State University’s Transcending Race Conference. My charge was to explore the distant, very far off possibility of how race would evolve with space colonization. What began as entirely speculative soon morphed into a cannon of likely concerns - quickly flipped from the fantasy to a very real reality.
  • Planetary Resources Co-Founder Aims To Create Space 'Gold Rush'

    04/21/2012 5:31:08 AM PDT · by KevinDavis · 49 replies
    Forbes ^ | 04/20/12 | Brian Caulfield
    Earlier this year, entrepreneur and X-Prize impresario Peter Diamandis hinted he was about to unveil something amazing: a startup that will mine asteroids for precious metals. “Since my childhood I’ve wanted to do one thing, be an asteroid miner,” Diamandis told Forbes. “So stay tuned on that one.”
  • Google execs, director Cameron in space venture

    04/20/2012 9:50:55 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Yahoo ^ | April 20, 2012 | Gerry Shih
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and billionaire co-founder Larry Page have teamed up with "Avatar" director James Cameron and other investors to back an ambitious space exploration and natural resources venture, details of which will be unveiled next week. The fledgling company, called Planetary Resources, will be unveiled at a Tuesday news conference at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, according to a press release issued this week. Aside from naming some of the company's high-profile backers, the press release disclosed tantalizingly few details, saying only that the company will combine the sectors of "space exploration...
  • How We Nearly Lost Discovery

    04/19/2012 1:55:08 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 20 replies
    Wayne Hale's Blog ^ | 18 April 2012 | Wayne Hale
    Now that Discovery is safely delivered to the Smithsonian, I think I can tell the story of how we nearly lost her in July of 2005, and how well intentioned, highly motivated, hard working, smart people can miss the most obvious. It’s tough to know people who have died. Many of us knew the astronauts on Challenger and Columbia well. We had met with them daily, we had visited in their homes, we knew their families, their children. It is not an easy thing to lose a colleague; especially one who entrusted their safety to you. So don’t question whether...
  • Webb Telescope Spinoff Technologies Already Seen in Some Industries

    04/18/2012 5:29:02 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 5 replies
    NASA ^ | 04/18/12
    A critical component of the James Webb Space Telescope is its new technology. Much of the technology for the Webb had to be conceived, designed and built specifically to enable it to see farther back in time. As with many NASA technological advances, some of the innovations are being used to benefit humankind in many other industries.
  • Mystery company backed by James Cameron and Google executives may be an asteroid mining project

    04/18/2012 5:01:07 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 38 replies
    The Verge ^ | 04/18/12 | Adi Robertson
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