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  • 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.
  • Challenger: The Untold Story Part 1 of 10

    01/28/2016 8:38:04 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | National Geographic Channel
    A Lone Morton Thiokol Engineer tried to convince NASA and Thiokol management that their booster rocket is flawed. Both NASA and Thiokol ignore his warnings.The next day The Space Shuttle Challenger explodes over Florida and the Rogers Commission is formed to find out what exactly happened.
  • The story behind Reagan's famous Challenger speech

    01/28/2016 8:50:30 AM PST · by bigbob · 36 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1-28-16 | Tribune Wire Report
    Images from Jan. 28, 1986, are seared into the memories of former schoolchildren, teachers, parents, and pretty much any American now older than 30 - the Challenger space shuttle, meant to carry school teacher Christa McAuliffe into orbit, reduced to a snaky tunnel of smoke in the sky near Cape Canaveral. In the years that followed, a lot would come out about a disaster watched in countless classrooms across the nation: about faulty O-rings, about dangerously cold temperatures, and about how five crewmen, an engineer and a New Hampshire teacher meant to represent NASA in its finest hour became the...
  • “Obviously a Major Malfunction”

    01/28/2016 9:25:23 AM PST · by patriotgal1787 · 14 replies
    The Radio Patriot ^ | Jan. 25, 2016 | Andrea Shea King
    I was working with NASA as a public information officer attached to the press site at Kennedy Space Center. My job that morning was to deliver pre-launch commentary at the communication console inside the Launch Control Center at the Cape. I began my shift at the microphone at about 3am, about the time the tanking operations got underway when millions of pounds of pressurized hypergolic fuels were being pumped into the behemoth at Launch Pad 39-B as the seven astronauts breakfasted before suiting up for the big event.
  • MOMENTS BEFORE - Onboard (with subtitles) Columbia Crash During Re-Entry

    01/28/2016 4:12:35 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 19 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dec 25, 2012 | dwavster
    Here is a quick timeline of what occurred around the time of the video: Video recording started at 08:41:35 a.m. (EST) February 1, 2003... Video ends at 08:48:14 a.m. Shuttle is moving at mach 24.66 (18,771 mph) at an altitude of 230,348 ft. The first indication that something is wrong occurs at 08:48:39 a.m ( 25 seconds after video ends ) when one of the Strain (correlates to force) gauge sensors on the left wing Fails (this is close to where a piece of foam had hit the space shuttle during launch) Followed by the first sign of unusual Heating...
  • Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion (GRAPHIC)

    01/28/2016 4:12:31 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 29 replies
    YouTube ^ | Apr 3, 2013 | MrTalos1955
    Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion (GRAPHIC)
  • Family members of Challenger victims to mark 30 years since shuttle disaster

    01/28/2016 4:12:21 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 28, 2016 | Associated Press
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – As families of the lost Challenger astronauts gather with NASA to mark the space shuttle accident's 30th anniversary, there's a new voice to address the crowd. June Scobee Rodgers -- widow of Challenger commander Dick Scobee and longtime spokeswoman for the group -- is passing the torch to daughter Kathie Scobee Fulgham. [....] The event will honor the Columbia Seven as well, along with the three Apollo 1 astronauts killed during a launch pad test on Jan. 27, 1967. NASA also plans observances at Arlington National cemetery, Johnson Space Center in Houston and elsewhere.
  • Challenger 7: 30 Years Ago

    January 28th marks 30 years since the Challenger Disaster. Seems so long ago, yet it is one of those days people never forget. School was out that day, probably because of bad weather, and I remember watching on television the news showing the explosion over and over. I will never forget. We didn’t give up on spaceflight that day, but I wish more would have seen the real promise of the Final Frontier. Instead, many in government still see it as another “get-elected-for-a-few-years” opportunity. The vision of government sees only through the next election cycle, not seven generations hence. There...
  • NASA salvages old space shuttle parts for the ISS

    08/21/2015 3:17:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    engadget ^ | Mariella Moon
    NASA has apparently been stripping and reusing parts from old spacecraft, because when you have lofty goals and a limited budget, you gotta do what you gotta do. For instance, it's salvaging the four water tanks installed on the space shuttle Endeavour this week, so the agency can use them to build a new storage system for the International Space Station. Those tanks can store 300 liters in all that can last for 25 to 27 days: they're expected to help free more time for the crew to spend on their experiments. Also, according to NASA spokesperson Daniel Huot, they...
  • Challenger, Columbia wreckage on public display for 1st time

    08/02/2015 8:05:47 AM PDT · by Vaquero · 10 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 8-2-15 | MARCIA DUNN
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) NASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Space Shuttle Rising

    05/25/2015 12:23:10 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    NASA ^ | May 24, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What's that rising from the clouds? The space shuttle. Sometimes, if you looked out the window of an airplane at just the right place and time, you could have seen something very unusual -- a space shuttle launching to orbit. Images of the rising shuttle and its plume became widely circulated over the web shortly after Endeavour's final launch in 2011 May. The above image was taken from a shuttle training aircraft by NASA and is not copyrighted. Taken well above the clouds, the image can be matched with similar images of the same shuttle plume taken below the...
  • Ali Al-Timimi, al-Qaeda and Anthrax

    10/29/2007 2:22:32 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 105 replies · 768+ views
    JAWA Report ^ | October 29, 2007 03:48 PM | Howie
    Ali al-Timimi will be serving life for sedition. Specifically he was recruiting for al-Qaeda from the US. Scary enough, but read the whole article. It appears al-Qaeda had infiltrated US biodefense and has supporters/agents with access to the Ames strain of anthrax and the know how to make dried concentrated forms of the spores.Via Bloggernews.net:A colleague of famed Russian bioweaponeer Ken Alibek and former USAMRIID head Charles Bailey, a prolific Ames strain researcher, has been convicted of sedition and sentenced to life in prison. He worked in a program co-sponsored by the American Type Culture Collection and had access to...
  • What is the Pentagons secret space drone doing?

    09/28/2014 1:32:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The New York Post ^ | September 28, 2014 | Sharon Weinberger
    For almost two years, an unmanned space plane bearing a remarkable resemblance to NASAs space shuttle has circled the Earth, performing a top-secret mission. Its called the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle but thats pretty much all we know for certain. Officially, the only role the Pentagon acknowledges is that the space plane is used to conduct experiments on new technologies. Theories about its mission have ranged from an orbiting space bomber to an anti-satellite weapon. The truth, however, is likely much more obvious: According to intelligence experts and satellite watchers who have closely monitored its orbit, the X-37B is...
  • Former NASA Astronaut Steven Nagel Dies at 67

    08/24/2014 10:23:20 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 12 replies
    Space ^ | Aug 22, 2014 | Robert Z. Pearlman
    NASA astronaut Steven Nagel, who flew four space shuttle missions, died Thursday (Aug. 21). He was 67. Nagel joined the astronaut corps in 1978 with NASA's first group of trainees selected for the space shuttle program.
  • China To Send Orbiter To The Moon As U.S. Watches

    08/13/2014 9:59:33 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 34 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 13, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Leadership: As our space program, once an example of American exceptionalism, now sits mainly in museums, Beijing's ambitious program takes another leap forward toward an eventual return of man to the moon. As the world unravels, efforts to leave it don't seem very newsworthy, and efforts by our strategic rivals to do what we did decades before seem redundant and almost irrelevant to more immediate concerns. Yet China's space program does matter, as it's part of that country's dream of world leadership and, yes, domination. It represents a commitment to world leadership that we have lost under this administration. Beijing...
  • Russia Restricts U.S. Access To Space Over Ukraine

    05/15/2014 9:15:21 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 15, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    World Leadership: In retaliation for imposing sanctions over Ukraine, Moscow will bar our use of its rocket engines in launching U.S. military satellites and deny the U.S. use of the International Space Station. It may come as news to some that the nation that once used the massive Saturn V launch vehicle to put men on the moon now imports Russian rocket engines, but we do. That supply is to be cut off in response to the sanctions imposed by President Obama in response to Moscow's annexation of Crimea and its actions against Ukraine. Also to be cut off is...
  • Beyonc Slammed for Sampling Shuttle Tragedy on New Album

    12/30/2013 12:39:44 PM PST · by grundle · 39 replies
    yahoo.com/Good Morning America ^ | December 30, 2013 | CLAYTON SANDELL and GINA SUNSERI
    Beyonc has been labeled "insensitive" by some current and former NASA astronauts and their families for sampling audio from the space shuttle Challenger disaster for a love song off her newly released album. Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center Jan. 28, 1986. All seven crewmembers aboard were killed. "Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction," now-retired NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt said as the nation watched wreckage fall toward the ocean on live television. Twenty-seven years later, Nesbitt's voice is heard at the beginning of the video for...
  • C. Gordon Fullerton, legendary aviator-astronaut, dies

    08/21/2013 10:22:02 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 21, 2013 | William Harwood
    Former shuttle commander C. (Charles) Gordon Fullerton, veteran of two space missions who also flew NASA's B-52 launch aircraft and was one of only two non-Russians to fly the Tu-144 supersonic transport during a legendary 50-year career, died Wednesday. He was 76.
  • Space Shuttle. Days gone by.

    04/29/2013 7:46:03 PM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    IO9.com ^ | 4/28/2013 | N/A
    Possible that this has been on here before but it's a nice remeberance of what once was despite the enormous costs. It paid my bills for 36+ years so thanks to all you taxpayers. Hell, I even paid myself some of it.
  • Ten Years Later: The Impact of The Tragic Columbia Space Shuttle Photo

    02/04/2013 11:34:30 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 28 replies
    petapixel.com ^ | Feb 03, 2013 | DL Cade
    Two days ago marked the 10th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, in which 7 astronauts lost their lives during reentry as the rest of us watched horror-struck from the ground. The following day, newspapers the world over were announcing the tragic news, all of them using the same photo taken, not by a prolific AP photographer, but a cardiologist and his 6.3MP Canon D60.At the time, Dr. Scott Lieberman had to order the camera special from Canada (as he couldn’t find one in the US), paying the hefty sum of $2,200. In an interesting article on Poynter, Lieberman...