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    01/01/2016 9:05:08 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 34 replies
    Universe Today ^ | January 1, 2016 | Nancy Atkinson
    There are several space stories we’re anticipating for 2016 but one story might appear — to some — to belong in the realm of science fiction: sometime in the coming year Elon Musk will likely reveal his plans for colonizing Mars. Early in 2015, Musk hinted that he would be publicly disclosing his strategies for the Mars Colonial Transport system sometime in late 2015, but then later said the announcement would come in 2016.
  • A Challenge to Get to Mars and Back

    12/25/2015 6:31:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 73 replies ^ | December 25 | Suzanne Fields
    Measure it any way you like, but this hasn't been that championship season of the "can do" spirit of America. Most of the presidential campaigners spend their allotted minutes criticizing what's wrong with the country, how others have made a mess of things and why voters should put them in charge of changing things. It's difficult to find the formula through the haze of confusion and fog of rhetoric. There's far more blowhard nastiness than creative eloquence. That's what politics is about, of course, but it gets tiresome in the holiday season when we're craving inspiration from our better angels,...
  • Where Will the 1st Astronauts on Mars Land?

    11/17/2015 9:16:02 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies ^ | Leonard David,
    The ideal Red Planet crewed site should be of high scientific value — allowing pioneers to search for signs of Mars life and investigate other intriguing questions — and also possess enough resources to help sustain expeditionary crews, scientists and engineers said. They came to these and other conclusions at the First Landing Site/Exploration Zone Workshop for Human Missions to the Surface of Mars, which was held here Oct. 27 though Oct. 30 at the Lunar and Planetary Institute. ... Nearly 50 locations on Mars were proposed as future locales for human landings. Those sites were all within 50 degrees...
  • Boeing demonstrates lightest metal ever

    10/15/2015 10:44:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies ^ | October 15, 2015 | Bob Yirka
    Airplane maker Boeing has unveiled what it calls the "The Lightest Metal Ever"called microlattice, the material is a construct that is 99.99 per cent air. It has been developed by Boeing's HRL Laboratories along with colleagues at the University of California and the California Institute of Technology. The material has been developed as a way to reduce weight on airplanes or even rocketsa paper describing the development of the material was written by the team and published in the journal Science back in 2011though the researchers have not yet revealed what sort of changes have been made since that time....
  • Elon Musk Wants to Change How (and Where) Humans Live

    Making spaceships and electric supercars isnt enough for Elon Musk. Meghan Daum meets the entrepreneur who wants to save the world. The name sounds like a mens cologne. Or a type of ox. It sounds possibly made up. But then, so much about Elon Musk seems the creation of a fiction writerand not necessarily one committed to realism. At 44, Musk is both superstar entrepreneur and mad scientist. Sixteen years after cofounding a company called that would, following a merger, go on to become PayPal, hes launched the electric carmaker Tesla Motors and the aerospace manufacturer SpaceX, which are...
  • A Dragon on Mars! Elon Musk backs Nasa plan to send SpaceX capsule on sample return mission in 2020

    09/17/2015 1:34:59 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/15/2015 | Mark Prigg
    Budget plan would send a SpaceX capsule in 2020 to get samples. Would pick up samples left by Nasa's 2020 Rover. Comes as Amazon's Jeff Bezos unveiled 'megarocket' to take on SpaceX It could bring samples from Mars to Earth for the first time. Nasa employees have revealed details of a 'budget' plan to send a SpaceX capsule to the red planet in 2020 to return samples. Elon Musk has backed the idea - and even tweeted images of what the mission would look like. A Dragon on Mars: The mission would grab samples collected by Nasa's 2020 rover and...
  • Buzz Aldrin developing 'master plan' to begin colonies on Mars by 2040... [title shortened]

    08/28/2015 5:36:05 AM PDT · by Textide · 43 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 08/27/2015 | Christopher Brennan
    Full Title: Buzz Aldrin developing 'master plan' to begin colonies on Mars by 2040 as he launches partnership with university Buzz Aldrin, 85, is partnering with Florida Institute of Technology. The Buzz Aldrin Space Institute will open in The Fall and focus on Mars Astronaut, the second man to walk on the Moon, has devised plan to get to the red planet using 'cycling pathways' and base on Mars's moon Phobos The second man to walk on the Moon is teaming up with Florida Institute of Technology to develop 'a master plan' for colonizing Mars within 25 years. Buzz Aldrin,...
  • Returning To The Moon Is Ten Times Cheaper Than Thought, And It Could Lead To Mars

    07/24/2015 5:25:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    IFL Science! ^ | July 22, 2015 | Jonathan O'Callaghan
    Traveling to the Moon just got a whole lot cheaper. A NASA-funded study (PDF) has found that the cost of lunar missions could be reduced by a factor of 10 using a number of techniques and it could also have implications for getting humans to Mars. The extensive NexGen Space study by the National Space Society (NSS) and the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) said that partnerships with private companies could return humans to the Moon for $10 billion (6.4 billion), rather than the previosuly estimated $100 billion (64 billion) that had turned off potential suitors. Utilizing fuel sourced from...
  • Would sending people to Mars bring Americans together?

    06/24/2015 9:14:32 PM PDT · by Marcus · 31 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | June 24, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    n an op-ed published in Florida Today on Wednesday, Jeff Kottkamp, a former lieutenant governor of Florida, and Rich Ramos, a Florida businessman, proposed a new justification for sending humans to Mars. A Mars program would serve, in their view, as a means to foster national unity of the sort that is rarely achieved outside times of war. Some recent polling data suggests that they may be on to something.
  • SpaceX planning to be first private company to land on Mars by 2018

    04/27/2016 12:05:14 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies ^ | Updated 19:23, 27 Apr 2016 | By David Raven
    The company said it is planning to send their Dragon spacecraft to the red planet as early as 2018 SpaceX is planning to be the first private company to land on Mars within the next two years. The company said it is planning to send its Dragon spaceraft to the red planet as early as 2018. Bosses announced their intentions in a statement on Twitter this afternoon. A spokesperson tweeted: "Planning to send Dragon to Mars as soon as 2018. Red Dragons will inform overall Mars architecture, details to come." Earlier this month the US aerospace company successfully landed a...
  • Breathtaking ruins of the Soviet space shuttle program

    07/05/2015 5:09:28 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | July 3, 2015 | Sheena McKenzie
    (CNN)What was once the gleaming pride and joy of the Soviet space program now lies covered in dirt and bird droppings in a disused hangar in Kazakhstan. With their broken windows, missing tiles and ransacked interiors, these shuttles are a haunting -- and fascinating -- piece of space history, rarely seen by the outside world. Indeed, when 36-year-old Russian photographer Ralph Mirebs discovered the derelict shuttles and rocket at Baikonur Cosmodrome, he was touched by the sad end for these "wonderful winged machines."
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson urges America to challenge China to a space race

    05/28/2015 3:58:37 AM PDT · by Marcus · 18 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | May 28, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    According to a Tuesday story in the UK edition of the International Business Times, Neil degrease Tyson, the celebrity astrophysicist and media personality, advocated a space race between the United States and China. The idea is that such a race would spur innovation and cause industry to grow. The Apollo race to the moon caused a similar explosive period of scientific research and engineering development.
  • German-born US rocket expert Oscar Holderer dies at 95

    05/06/2015 11:59:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 6, 2015 | unattributed
    The last known surviving member of the German engineering team that designed the rocket that took US astronauts to the Moon has died in Alabama. Oscar Holderer, who was 95, suffered a stroke last week and did not recover, his son Michael said. Mr Holderer was one of about 120 engineers who moved to the US after World War Two, bringing technology used in the German V2 rocket. They played a key role in the Saturn V rocket used in the 1969 Moon landing. The team, led by Wernher von Braun, was part of a project called Operation Paperclip that...
  • Expert: China Could Put US Orbiting Assets at Risk

    09/30/2014 11:08:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 03:59 PM | Sean Piccoli
    A growing Chinese military space program could put Americas orbiting assets at risk, especially now that China has demonstrated the ability to knock out satellites, says a professor of international affairs. China's anti-satellite weaponry is a concern because the United States is much more reliant on satellite technology than any other nation, for everything from telecommunications to guided missiles, Mariel Borowitz of Georgia Tech told MidPoint host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV Tuesday.
  • Obamas Twitter account...spent an entire day getting the year man walked on the moon wrong

    06/11/2014 4:40:05 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    In a tweet Tuesday, President Obamas official account attempted to draw attention to the plight of women workers, saying that it wasnt 1963 anymore when, as implied by an image and text, man first walked on the moon.
  • Composite Historicl Documentaries in the Age of Obama-Sundance Film Review #1: Afronauts

    01/23/2014 6:42:39 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 5 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 1-23-2014 | MOTUS
    Well, I finally scored some Sundance tickets. I originally had tickets for Mitt butt I traded them for this premiere when I found out Mitt would be available on Netflix on January 24th. So instead I went to Afronauts, the hottest short filum (thats Sundance speak for film) at the Dance this year.Afronauts is based (loosely) on a true story, translated into a photo essay by Spanish artist Cristina de Middel, brought to life for the silver screen by director Frances Bodomo, a Ghanaian filmmaker, and funded in part by Kickstart and a prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Film Grant....
  • Chinese lunar rover makes first tracks on moon, state media reports

    12/16/2013 1:28:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 15, 2013
    Chinas first lunar rover has successfully separated from the probe that carried it into space has and made its first track upon the surface of the moon, Chinese state media reported Sunday. The so-called Jade Rabbit rover detached itself from the much larger landing vehicle early Sunday morning, approximately seven hours after the unmanned Change 3 space probe touched down on a fairly flat, Earth-facing part of the moon. The soft landingthe term for a landing in which neither the spacecraft nor its equipment is damagedwas the first on the moon by any nation in 37 years.
  • China to launch moon rover mission to scout out locations for a lunar base (9:30am PST/12:30pm EST)

    12/01/2013 8:03:37 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 126 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 30NOV2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    China will tomorrow become the first country in almost 40 years to soft-land a probe on the moon, in a huge step forward for its ambitious space programme. The nation will become the third in history to launch a lunar probe when the device, named 'Jade Rabbit' after a Chinese folklore character, launches at 5.30pm on Sunday evening, which is 1.30am local time. The mission forms part of a plan in which China hopes to build a permanent lunar base in order to launch future missions to Mars within the next 15 years.
  • Scott Carpenter (1925 - 2013): Rare and Classic Photos of a NASA Legend

    10/13/2013 7:24:23 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 18 replies
    Life ^ | 1962 | Life
    In honor of Scott Carpenter, who recently passed away, Life is publishing a collection of previously unseen photographs of Scott Carpenter.Scott Carpenter (1925 - 2013): Rare and Classic Photos of an American Legend
  • Launching American Astronauts from U.S. Soil

    06/11/2013 4:59:12 AM PDT · by VaRepublican · 8 replies
    NASA blogs ^ | 4-30-13 | Charles Bolden
    NASA is committed to launching our astronauts on American spacecraft from U.S. soil as soon as possible. Since the end of our Space Shuttle Program in 2011, NASA has relied on the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) for the launch and safe return of astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) aboard its Soyuz spacecraft. While our Russian counterparts have been good partners, it is unacceptable that we don't currently have an American capability to launch our own astronauts. Thats why the Obama Administration has placed such a high priority on correcting this situation. Three years ago, the Administration...
  • Vintage Photographs of Dog Space Suits, 1950s - 1960s

    06/08/2013 4:56:52 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 9 replies
    Retronaut ^ | 1950s - 1960s | Retronaut
    1950s - 1960s: Dog Space Suits
  • NASA Selling Off Launchpads, Runways At Kennedy Center

    01/07/2013 6:11:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/7/12 | staff
    From The Orlando Sentinel: That has prompted NASA to advertise a long list of KSC facilities and equipment as available for use, lease or, in some cases, outright purchase by the right business. Among them: Launch Pad 39A, where shuttles were launched; space in the Vehicle Assembly Building, the iconic 526-foot-tall structure first used to assemble Saturn V-Apollo rockets; the Orbiter Processing Facilities, essentially huge garages where the shuttles were maintained; Hangar N and its high-tech test equipment; the launch-control center; and various other buildings and chunks of undeveloped property. A lot of the stuff needs to be transferred by...
  • Belarus to help build space facility (financed by China) in Venezuela

    07/06/2012 1:15:38 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    Belarus will participate in the construction of a space base in the eastern Venezuelan state of Aragua to be used for launching satellites, Venezuelan Ambassador to Belarus Americo Diaz Nuez said Wednesday. "Belarus will participate in the construction of the space base in the state of Aragua in Venezuela. The construction of that base is planned not to launch nuclear rockets, but to send into space scientific research satellites," the diplomat said at a press conference. The space base will be just one of the projects that will be carried out by Venezuela, China and Belarus, Diaz Nuez said. "The...
  • New space-arms control initiative draws concern

    01/16/2012 7:02:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/16/12 | Bill Gertz
    The Obama administration is launching a new space arms-control initiative that critics say will lead to restrictions on U.S. military activities in space, a key U.S. strategic war-fighting advantage. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to announce the initiative as early as Tuesday. The plan will be built on work contained in a European Union draft code of conduct for space that the Pentagon and State Department have criticized as too restrictive. The United States has decided to enter into formal consultations and negotiations with the European Union
  • Goodbye To Glory Days And Shuttle-Ready Jobs

    04/14/2011 5:46:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    IBD Editorial ^ | April 14, 2011 | Staff
    NASA: Instead of awarding our retired space fleet to museums, we should be awarding contracts to go to Mars and beyond. Once we triumphed over the vacuum of space. Now we face a vacuum of leadership. A nation whose world leadership was unquestioned once held its breath as an American spacecraft placed American astronauts on the surface of the moon. It was a triumph of exceptionalism that was officially laid to rest this week as a nation held its breath to see which museums our space shuttle fleet would be awarded to. In these difficult economic times and with a...
  • Former Cosmonaut Offers First-Hand Account Of The Death Of Yury Gagarin

    04/04/2011 10:43:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | Apr 05, 2011
    Former Cosmonaut Offers First-Hand Account Of The Death Of Yury Gagarin Russian pilot and cosmonaut Vladimir Aksyonov has offered the most plausible account to date of the crash of the fighter jet that killed Yury Gagarin, the first man in space, and Vladimir Seryogin, a regimental commander at the cosmonaut training center where Gagarin was enrolled. Aksyonov, a two-time Hero of the Soviet Union, was with Gagarin at a pre-flight medical exam on March 27, 1968, the day of the crash. He flew in a different plane on that fateful day. Aksyonov presents his unofficial version of events in his...
  • Soviet Union Lied About 1961 Yuri Gagarin Space Mission [ and UFO FILES, Russian Roswell 1961 ]

    03/30/2011 3:04:52 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 26 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 4:37PM BST 30 Mar 2011 | Andrew Osborn in Moscow
    Soviet officials lied about the success of Yuri Gagarin's historic 1961 flight into space and covered up the fact that he had landed more than 200 miles away from where they were expecting him, a new book discloses. The Soviet Union held up his mission, the first manned flight into space, as a major Cold War propaganda coup, portraying it as a glitch-free triumph of Communist ideology. However, a new book published on the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of Gagarin's famous flight has revealed that scientists twice miscalculated where he would land which is why there was nobody there...
  • Obamas April 15th Speech at Kennedy Space Center (Space worker really lets Obama have it!)

    04/21/2010 8:29:40 AM PDT · by Names Ash Housewares · 37 replies · 1,719+ views ^ | April 20, 2010 | Rocketman
    Summary Obama is a liar. Pure and simple. I know some of you are offended to hear him called a liar, but he is. He is also a coward for not facing the people whose hopes and dreams for our Human Space Flight Program are being destroyed by this man and his accomplices in Congress and NASA. There is no new Human Space Flight Program. There is just a poorly written Powerpoint, lacking in specifics or even a name, posted on Obamas teleprompter. No ship, no hardware, no employees, nothing but crap. There is no destination, no idea what NASA...
  • The Space Ruse: Obama's New Frontier

    04/16/2010 6:44:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies · 916+ views ^ | 4/16/10 | editor
    Competitiveness: The president spent Tax Day reassuring Florida voters that money will keep flowing to NASA. But in space as well as on Earth, we'll be an unexceptional nation. In space, no one can hear you scheme. President Obama's speech at the Kennedy Space Center will never be confused with President Kennedy's clarion call in 1961 to send an American to the moon within a decade. Rather it was an admission that we will now boldly go where no one wants to go.
  • Civilization of Packages Buys Old Soviet Rocket Engines

    04/02/2010 12:07:20 PM PDT · by bogusname · 14 replies · 682+ views
    Pravda ^ | April 2, 2010 | Sergey Balmasov
    The West, particularly the USA, is a civilization of packages. They can give a very good visual presentation of things, but the package does not imply good quality of products. US space products often lagged behind Soviet products especially in the space industry. In the USSR the situation was different. The quality of packaging was poor, but the quality of products was superb, Mr. Sivkov said.

    02/08/2010 12:49:31 PM PST · by Revel · 8 replies · 680+ views
    E-Mail | 2/5/10 | Harrison H. Schmitt
    Harrison H. Schmitt Was an Apollo 17 astronaut who walked on the moon. A very good friend involved with LRO, sent me this. ******************** From: Lunar List [mailto:LUNAR-L@********.**.***] On Behalf Of Harrison H. Schmitt User Sent: Friday, February 05, 2010 4:21 PM To: LUNAR-L@********.**.*** Subject: Re: LPOD on future NASA goal Dear all, As promised, my reaction to the FY2011 NASA budget proposal follows: Jack NEW SPACE POLICY CEDES MOON TO CHINA, SPACE STATION TO RUSSIA, AND LIBERTY TO THE AGES. The Administration finally has announced its formal retreat on American Space Policy after a year of morale destroying clouds...
  • America: Lost In Space

    01/28/2010 5:39:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies · 1,305+ views ^ | January 28, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Achievement: The nation that put the first man on the moon may have put its last as budget cuts slash NASA's plans to return. Men will return to the moon, but they will likely speak Chinese. On May 25, 1961, President Kennedy announced in front of a joint session of Congress the dramatic and ambitious goal of sending an American to the moon by the end of that decade. It was a clarion call to the American spirit and technology to rise up and prove that America's best days were still ahead. Forty-one years after Neil Armstrong set foot on...
  • Russians to ride a nuclear-powered spacecraft to Mars

    MOSCOW – A nuclear-powered spaceship that can carry passengers to Mars and beyond may sound like science fiction. But Russian engineers say they have a breakthrough design for such a craft, which could leapfrog them way ahead in the international race to build a manned spacecraft that can cover vast interplanetary distances. They claim they’ll be ready to build one as early as 2012. In a meeting with top Russian space scientists Wednesday, President Dmitry Medvedev gave the nuke-powered space craft a green light and pledged to come up with the cash to cover its $600-million price tag. “It’s a...
  • Nasa 'needs another 30bn to fulfil Moon mission'

    08/13/2009 9:30:23 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 44 replies · 1,034+ views
    The Times ^ | 8/13/2009 | Jacqui Goddard in Miami
    Nasa will not be able to meet its target of sending humans back to the Moon by 2020, or even dream of landing on Mars, because it is suffering from chronic underfunding, a presidential review panel has warned. The US space agency needs at least another $50 billion (30 billion) over the next decade if it is to come close to delivering on its vision for retiring the space shuttle, completing construction of the International Space Station and launching ambitious new voyages of discovery. Buzz Aldrin on the Moon in 1969. He believes a new lunar mission would be pointless...
  • Evolving Obama now supports $2 billion more for NASA

    08/18/2008 6:49:33 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 38 replies · 196+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 08/18/08 | RICHARD S. DUNHAM
    WASHINGTON Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's position on space exploration continued to evolve Sunday as the Illinois Democrat endorsed a congressional plan to add $2 billion to NASA's budget and agreed to back at least one more space shuttle mission.
  • Lost in Space (What really happened to Russia's missing cosmonauts?)

    07/20/2008 3:58:18 PM PDT · by Renfield · 68 replies · 11,515+ views
    Fortean Times ^ | 7/2008 | Kris Hollington
    Midnight, 19 May 1961. A crisp frost had descended on Turins city centre which was deserted and deathly silent. Well, almost. Two brothers, aged 20 and 23, raced through the grid-like streets (that would later be made famous by the film The Italian Job) in a tiny Fiat 600, which screamed in protest as they bounced across one cobbled piazza after another at top speed. The Fiat was loaded with dozens of iron pipes and aluminium sheets which poked out of windows and were strapped to the roof. The car screeched to a halt outside the citys tallest block of...
  • Buzz Aldrin: Invest in Nasa to beat the Chinese to Mars

    06/28/2008 11:40:04 PM PDT · by Names Ash Housewares · 60 replies · 947+ views ^ | 29/06/2008 | Tim Shipman
    Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the Moon, has issued a stark warning that America must invest now in the space agency Nasa, or surrender leadership of space exploration to Russia and China. In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Aldrin revealed that he intends to lobby Barack Obama and John McCain, the two US presidential candidates, in an effort to ensure they find sufficient funds for Nasa's goal to establish a permanent base on the Moon and then send a manned mission to Mars.
  • China publishes first moon picture

    11/26/2007 1:21:40 PM PST · by charles m · 96 replies · 105+ views
    Sina ^ | 2007-11-26
    This file photo released by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Nov. 26, 2007 shows China's first picture of the moon captured by Chang'e-1, China's first lunar orbiter. (Xinhua Photo) BEIJING, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- China published the first picture of the moon captured by Chang'e-1, the country's first lunar probe, on Monday, marking the full success of its lunar probe project. The white and black picture, in a glass frame, was unveiled by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center. It shows a rough moon surface scattered with big or small round pits. The area...
  • Sputnik 'like a cold shower' for West (Sergei Khrushchev)

    10/04/2007 2:13:08 AM PDT · by vertolet · 5 replies · 524+ views
    BBC News ^ | 2 October 2007 | Paul Rincon
    Sergei Khrushchev is used to having a seat on the front row of history. Not only because his father, Nikita, was a premier of the Soviet Union, but also because he worked as an engineer at the forefront of Russia's space programme. As a young man, he was at his father's side on many of his official visits around the Soviet Union and abroad, including the historic visit to the US in 1959. On 4 October 1957, Sergei was in Kiev, Ukraine, where his father was visiting on military business. What started out as a routine engagement for the...
  • Secrets of 1957 Sputnik launch revealed

    09/30/2007 8:40:32 PM PDT · by Stoat · 29 replies · 3,239+ views
    Yahoo News / AP ^ | October 1, 2007 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    Secrets of 1957 Sputnik launch revealed By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press Writer 3 minutes ago MOSCOW - When Sputnik took off 50 years ago, the world gazed at the heavens in awe and apprehension, watching what seemed like the unveiling of a sustained Soviet effort to conquer space and score a stunning Cold War triumph. But 50 years later, it emerges that the momentous launch was far from being part of a well-planned strategy to demonstrate communist superiority over the West. Instead, the first artificial satellite in space was a spur-of-the-moment gamble driven by the dream of one...
  • Happy Birthday, Sputnik! (Thanks for the Internet)

    09/24/2007 2:01:49 PM PDT · by anymouse · 8 replies · 152+ views
    Computer World ^ | September 24, 2007
    Fifty years ago, a small Soviet satellite was launched, stunning the U.S. and sparking a massive technology research effort. Could we be in for another "October surprise"? Quick, what's the most influential piece of hardware from the early days of computing? The IBM 360 mainframe? The DEC PDP-1 minicomputer? Maybe earlier computers such as Binac, ENIAC or Univac? Or, going way back to the 1800s, is it the Babbage Difference Engine? More likely, it was a 183-pound aluminum sphere called Sputnik, Russian for "traveling companion." Fifty years ago, on Oct. 4, 1957, radio-transmitted beeps from the first man-made object to...
  • Russia Enters 'Space Race' To Build Moon Base

    08/31/2007 3:09:55 PM PDT · by blam · 54 replies · 1,679+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-31-2007 | Graeme Baker
    Russia enters 'space race' to build moon base By Graeme Baker Last Updated: 5:57pm BST 31/08/2007 Russia has revived another Cold War rivalry by entering a new space race with America to build a permanent base on the Moon. The moon from Moscow's Novodevichy Monastery Anatoly Perminov, the head of the space agency Roskosmos, said Russia would organise a manned lunar mission by 2025 and would be ready to build an inhabited station between 2027 and 2032. From there, cosmonauts could strike out on a long-planned mission to Mars as early as 2035. According to our estimates we will be...
  • Starship Enterprise - How private investment has launched a new space race

    07/28/2007 2:35:56 PM PDT · by anymouse · 28 replies · 1,176+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 28, 2007 | GLENN REYNOLDS
    Rocketeers By Michael Belfiore Smithsonian, 305 pages, $26.95 American space exploration had a rough time of it on Thursday. NASA's already bruised reputation took a one-two punch with revelations that on at least two occasions astronauts were allowed to fly even though they were intoxicated and that a computer due to be delivered to the International Space Station in August had been sabotaged. The news might have bolstered the case for the increasingly robust efforts at privately funded space ventures, except Thursday also brought news of a deadly explosion at a Mojave Desert airport where a propellant system for a...
  • China aims to launch moon probe this year [ "Moan" Zedong Alert!]

    05/20/2007 10:27:45 PM PDT · by melt · 4 replies · 598+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | 5/20/07 | Yahoo!
    BEIJING (AFP) - China aims to launch its first lunar orbiter later this year, part of a three-step plan it hopes will eventually see moon samples brought back to Earth, state media said Sunday. The launch of the Chang'e I, envisaged in the second half of 2007, would be a landmark for China's space programme, China's space agency chief Sun Laiyan was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua news agency. "The moon probe project is the third milestone in China's space technology after satellite and manned spacecraft projects, and a first step for us in exploring deep space," he...
  • The Last Schirra: Looming Extinction of The Right Stuff

    05/05/2007 1:48:27 PM PDT · by Nasty McPhilthy · 26 replies · 868+ views
    MND ^ | May 5, 2007 | Doug Powers
    Last week, Wally Schirra, Jr., a member of a shrinking and nearly extinct daredevil brotherhood, died of a heart attack. Schirra was the only astronaut to fly in all three of NASAs original manned spaceflight programs: Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. Of the original Mercury Seven, only Scott Carpenter and John Glenn are still alive. As a matter of fact, John Glenn was still cheating death as late as last year. Last summer, John Glenn and his wife were injured in a traffic accident near Columbus. The astronaut and former Ohio senator now holds two historical distinctions: He was the first...
  • Private rocket reaches the stars

    03/21/2007 3:13:14 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 32 replies · 850+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, March 21, 2007
    This is the second attempt to loft the rocket Privateer Elon Musk has launched his budget rocket, Falcon-1, from Omelek Island in the South Pacific. The 21m-long vehicle lifted off at 1810 California time (0110 GMT) and rose to an altitude of 200 miles (320km). Mr Musk, who co-founded the internet financial system PayPal, wants to lower the cost of access to space. The flight did not achieve all its goals, but the businessman said it demonstrated the vision of his Space Exploration Technologies Corporation. The mission was the second attempt to loft the rocket; the first ended when...
  • US trailing China in military space race

    02/01/2007 6:34:23 PM PST · by DeweyCA · 17 replies · 564+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 2-1-07 | Chad Groening
    The Chinese are beating the U.S. in the new "space race," a military strategy expert says. Australia-born defense analyst Greg Copley claims Communist China is working fast towards controlling space with its weapons technology and may even set up the first military base on the moon. Hear This Report Greg Copley, president of the International Strategic Studies Association (ISSA), says the United States may have won the race to put a man on the moon decades ago; but the Communist Chinese, he believes, have clearly moved ahead of America in the military space race. One recent indication of that, he...
  • Will China start space race?

    01/30/2007 7:54:30 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 3 replies · 135+ views ^ | 01/30/07 | Graham Warwick
    China's anti-satellite weapon test on 11 January could push the USA in one of two directions: towards developing its offensive and defensive capabilities in space or towards negotiating an international treaty banning space weapons. But under the USA's new, more militaristic national space policy, released in October last year, simply ignoring the Chinese anti-satellite (ASAT) test would not seem to be an option. In its first policy update since 1996, the US government made clear it would take all threats to its space assets seriously. Washington led condemnation of the January test, which made China the third nation after the...
  • New Russian Spaceship Will Be Able To Fly To Moon - Space Corp (2011-2012)

    10/18/2006 11:01:06 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 9 replies · 653+ views
    Moon Daily ^ | 10/19/2006 | Zvyozdny Gorodok
    Russia's Rocket and Space Corporation Energia said Wednesday it will create a new spaceship capable of flying to the Moon. "We have started developing the final design of a modernized spaceship that has been given the working name of Soyuz-K," Nikolai Sevastyanov, the corporation's president, told RIA Novosti. "The new version will be equipped with digital control systems and is being designed in such a way that it could be launched both from the Baikonur space center and equatorial Kourou space center, located on a peninsula in French Guiana," he said. Sevastyanov said Soyuz-K will be able to fly to...
  • India to launch INSAT-4C on Monday

    07/09/2006 9:46:56 AM PDT · by mylife · 3 replies · 201+ views
    hindustan times ^ | 7/9/06 | Press Trust of India
    India to launch INSAT-4C on Monday Press Trust of India Chennai, July 9, 2006 India's latest communication satellite INSAT-4C would be launched by a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, on Monday. The GSLV would lift off with the 2168 kg INSAT-4C, the heaviest in its class, at 4 pm on Monday, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman G Madhavan Nair said at the airport on Saturday night. "The preparations for the launch are going on satisfactorily. A rehearsal was held and the results were good", he said on arrival enroute to Sriharikota....