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  • Watch NASA's OSIRIS-REx Rendezvous With an Asteroid: The spacecraft arrives at the tiniest [tr]

    12/03/2018 9:20:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | December 3, 2018 | Avery Thompson
    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft was launched in 2016, but today it will begin to orbit its destination: the asteroid Bennu. When it does, Benniu will break the record for the smallest object ever orbited by a manmade spacecraft. NASA will begin a process of learning more about the small asteroids that reside in our part of the solar system. You can watch the livestream of the arrival here:
  • Live coverage of spacecraft arrival at asteroid December 3

    12/02/2018 9:39:20 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    earthsky.org ^ | December 2, 2018 | Eleanor Imster
    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is scheduled to rendezvous with its targeted asteroid, Bennu, on Monday, December 3, 2018, at approximately 17:00 UTC (noon EST). Translate UTC to your time. NASA will air a live event from 16:45 to 17:15 UTC (11:45 a.m.to 12:15 p.m. EST) to highlight the arrival of the agency’s first asteroid sample return mission. You can watch on NASA TV, Facebook Live, Ustream, YouTube and NASA Live. NASA TV also will air an arrival preview program starting at 16:15 UTC (11:15 a.m. EST). OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer) launched in September 2016 and has been...
  • NASA Spacecraft Begins Final Approach to Big Asteroid Bennu

    08/21/2018 8:21:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    Space.com ^ | | August 20, 2018 06:40pm ET | Mike Wall,
    The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft began its final approach toward the big near-Earth asteroid Bennu on Friday (Aug. 17), NASA officials said. The milestone also marks the official start of OSIRIS-REx's "asteroid operations" mission phase, they added. OSIRIS-REx is still about 1.2 million miles (2 million kilometers) from Bennu and won't arrive in orbit around the 1,650-foot-wide (500 meters) space rock until Dec. 3. The $800 million OSIRIS-REx mission — whose name is short for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer — launched on Sept. 8, 2016, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. If all goes according to...
  • 12 years after launch, New Horizons probe zeroes in on mysterious Ultima Thule

    12/02/2018 8:47:33 PM PST · by Simon Green · 21 replies
    Geek Wire ^ | 12/02/18 | Alan Boyle
    Act Two of the 12-year-old New Horizons mission to Pluto and the solar system’s icy Kuiper Belt is heating up, with less than a month to go before NASA’s piano-sized spacecraft makes history’s farthest-out close encounter with a celestial object. The New Year’s flyby of a mysterious Kuiper Belt object (or objects) known as Ultima Thule (UL-ti-ma THOO-lee) follows up on the mission’s first act, which hit a climax three years ago with a history-making flyby of Pluto. Launched in 2006, New Horizons was never meant to be a one-shot deal. Even before the Pluto flyby, mission managers used the...
  • Greenhouse gas 'detergent' recycles itself in atmosphere

    12/02/2018 1:08:15 PM PST · by ETL · 18 replies
    phys.org/news ^ | Nov 30, 2018 | Ellen Gray, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
    A simple molecule in the atmosphere that acts as a "detergent" to breakdown methane and other greenhouse gases has been found to recycle itself to maintain a steady global presence in the face of rising emissions, according to new NASA research. Understanding its role in the atmosphere is critical for determining the lifetime of methane, a powerful contributor to climate change. The hydroxyl (OH) radical, a molecule made up of one hydrogen atom, one oxygen atom with a free (or unpaired) electron is one of the most reactive gases in the atmosphere and regularly breaks down other gases, effectively ending...
  • Can Venus Teach Us to Take Climate Change Seriously? (Venus CO2 96.5%, Earth CO2 0.03%!)

    12/02/2018 10:29:53 AM PST · by ETL · 63 replies
    Space.com ^ | Nov 29, 2018 | Meghan Bartels, Space.com Senior Writer
    If human-induced climate change continues unchecked, 10 percent of the U.S. economy could evaporate by 2100, a 1,656-page federal report the White House slipped out on Black Friday (Nov. 23) warned — but a nearby world has an even hotter climate problem than ours, and scientists say we could learn some valuable lessons from it. That world is Venus, Earth's "evil twin," which was once nice enough — until something went wrong and the atmosphere began trapping a little too much heat. Scientists aren't positive precisely how events played out, but the runaway greenhouse effect that resulted is beyond debate:...
  • NASA Astronaut May Be Among Last to Launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome

    12/01/2018 10:25:39 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Space.com ^ | November 30, 2018 05:44pm ET | Elizabeth Howell,
    Dec. 3, NASA astronaut Anne McClain is expected to take her first spaceflight aboard Soyuz, as every U.S. astronaut has done since 2011. But starting as early as next year, U.S. astronauts will climb on board commercial crew vehicles manufactured and launched from the United States. It's been a long journey for NASA, which has been pushing a crew program to completion... ever since the space shuttle program was retired in 2011.... Since then, NASA has had no way of flying astronauts into space from the United States. Instead, all space station astronauts have had to fly from remote Baikonur,...
  • 9 US Companies Are Going to the Moon! Here Are NASA's New Partners.

    11/29/2018 10:47:26 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    Space.com ^ | November 29, 2018 05:30pm ET | Meghan Bartels,
    The general idea is that these companies will be able to compete for contracts to deliver NASA science experiments to the surface of the moon by flying lunar landers on rocket launches purchased from other commercial space companies. Those individual contracts would substitute for NASA needing to build those capacities itself. But under this approach, NASA won't be alone in hiring these companies — the agency hopes to spur development that the commercial sector can also utilize. "We want to be first customers, not only customers," Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA's head of the science mission directorate, said during the event. The...
  • Next US moon landing will be by private companies, not NASA

    11/29/2018 5:39:09 PM PST · by amorphous · 30 replies
    AP ^ | 11/29/2018 | MARCIA DUNN
    NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Thursday that nine U.S. companies will compete to deliver experiments to the lunar surface. The space agency will buy the service and let private industry work out the details on getting there, he said. The goal is to get small science and technology experiments to the surface of the moon as soon as possible. The first flight could be next year; 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing.
  • NASA’s InSight beams back breathtakingly clear photo of Mars

    11/27/2018 8:13:31 AM PST · by heterosupremacist · 98 replies
    https://nypost.com ^ | 11/27/2018 | Ben Feureherd
    NASA’s spacecraft that landed on Mars on Monday has beamed back its first clear photo of the desolate Red Planet. “There’s a quiet beauty here. Looking forward to exploring my new home,” NASA tweeted late Monday, hours after its new InSight lander touched down. The image came after the rover had earlier sent back a somewhat blurry photo. The space agency said that in the interim, the spacecraft had opened its solar panels, which allowed it to recharge its batteries for the mission.
  • Live(Now): NASA’s InSight spacecraft to make historic landing on Mars(Fox News Video-on YouTube)

    11/26/2018 11:40:35 AM PST · by Revel · 34 replies
    Fox News Video-on YouTube ^ | 11/26/18 | Nasa
    Video courtesy of NASA. NASA’s InSight spacecraft is close to making its historic touchdown on Mars after an epic journey of just over 300 million miles.
  • LIVE THREAD: NASA's White Knuckle Insight Mars landing in approx 1 hour... @ 2:50PM, Eastern

    11/26/2018 11:09:35 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 71 replies
    NASA ^ | 11/26/18
    NASA Live: Watch InSight Mars Landing Online NASA's InSight lander is scheduled to touch down on Mars at approximately 3 p.m. EST, Monday, Nov. 26. NASA TV live coverage of the InSight Mars landing will begin at 2 p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. UTC). Follow @NASA and @NASAInSight for #MarsLanding news. See a list or an interactive timeline of landing milestones. News briefings and launch commentary will be streamed on NASA TV, YouTube.com/NASAJPL/live and Ustream.tv/NASAJPL. Monday, Nov. 26, 2 p.m. Eastern: NASA TV live coverage of InSight mission landing on Mars. Live landing commentary runs from 2-3:30 p.m. The Entry, Descent...
  • NASA MARS InSight Mission - November 26, 2018 - Landing Status

    11/26/2018 11:41:57 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 90 replies
    NASA.Gov ^ | 11/26/18 | NASA
    InSight in Position for Mars Landing November 26 at 10:30 AM PT Mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have completed the final adjustments for landing NASA's InSight spacecraft on Mars. Atmospheric entry is expected around 11:47 a.m. PST (2:47 p.m. EST) and touchdown, about seven minutes later.
  • Large Asteroid Packing 50 Megatons Of Force Might Come Crashing Down On Earth In 2023...

    11/25/2018 10:55:09 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 25, 2018 | Alexandra Lozovschi
    NASA sources revealing that the space rock could end up engaged in not one, but a staggering 62 different potential impact trajectories with our planet — each of them waiting to sling the asteroid toward Earth over the next 100 years. Known as asteroid 2018 LF16... The first of these unnerving opportunities arises just five years from now — occurring on August 8, 2023. Other potential impact dates in the near future fall on August 3, 2024, and on August 1, 2025.
  • WHEN DID NASA GO TO POT?

    11/25/2018 3:05:13 PM PST · by DFG · 77 replies
    Powerline ^ | 11/25/2018 | Steven Hayward
    If you study the history of NASA’s Apollo program in the 1960s, one thing you come to realize is that the tight timetable to reach the moon by the end of the decade meant that NASA didn’t have time to ossify into a bureaucracy, and they did things (i.e., took risks) in those days that would never be permitted today. But you knew NASA had slipped into the maw of the administrative state when President Obama told NASA administrator Charles Bolden in 2010 that “Muslim outreach” should be a primary mission for the space agency. Well now it appears NASA...
  • Russia: We'll Verify U.S. Moon Landings

    11/24/2018 7:16:05 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 84 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 24, 2018 | Dmitry Rogozin
    MOSCOW — The head of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency has said that a proposed Russian mission to the moon will be tasked with verifying that the American moon landings were real. “We have set this objective to fly and verify whether they’ve been there or not,” said Dmitry Rogozin in a video posted Saturday on Twitter. Rogozin was responding to a question about whether or not NASA actually landed on the moon nearly 50 years ago. He appeared to be joking, as he smirked and shrugged while answering. But conspiracies surrounding NASA’s moon missions are common in Russia. The Soviet...
  • The International Space Station is infested with mysterious [bacteria]

    11/23/2018 6:45:02 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    Metro UK ^ | 11/23/2018
    Scientists have discovered a thriving ecosystem of ‘infectious organisms’ aboard the International Space Station. A Nasa team found five different varieties of Enterobacter, which are similar to bugs found in hospitals down here on Earth. The toilet of the orbiting space base was one of the main sites of infection along with the exercise area. Researchers calculated that there is a ‘79% probability that they may potentially cause disease’, although analysis has only been carried out on dead samples at this stage so this risk could prove to be higher or lower following further research. Dr Nitin Singh, who has...
  • For NASA's InSight Mars Lander, All Systems Are Go for Monday Touchdown

    11/22/2018 6:58:21 PM PST · by aquila48 · 74 replies
    Space.com ^ | November 21, 2018 | Meghan Bartels
    All systems are go for landing on Mars on Nov. 26, NASA personnel affiliated with the InSight mission confirmed during a pair of news conferences held today (Nov. 21). As of that news conference, the spacecraft had traveled about 295 million miles (475 million kilometers) of the 301 million miles (484 million km) that will make up its total journey. But one of the most serious hurdles remains, the entry, descent and landing process, which will begin at about 3 p.m. EST (2000 GMT) on Monday (Nov. 26). "My heart is beating inside of my chest like a drum," NASA...
  • IS TIME TO GO BACK TO URANUS AND NEPTUNE? REVISITING ICE GIANTS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM

    07/03/2017 3:35:52 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 27 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 30 Jun, 2017 | Fraser Cain
    I look forward to all the future missions that NASA is going to be sending out in the Solar System. Here, check this out. You can use NASA’s website to show you all the future missions. Here’s everything planned for the future, here’s everything going to Mars. Now, let’s look and see what missions are planned for the outer planets of the Solar System, especially Uranus and Neptune. Oh, that’s so sad… there’s nothing. It’s been decades since humanity had an up close look at Uranus and Neptune. For Uranus, it was Voyager 2, which swept through the system in...
  • As Trump questions global warming, UN says: US gov’t won’t [barf]

    11/22/2018 6:53:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 22, 2018 | Jamey Keaten
    A top U.N. scientist on Thursday shrugged off an online quip from U.S. President Donald Trump that questioned global warming, saying a U.S. government report will show the “fundamental impacts of climate change on the U.S. continent.” Officials at the World Meteorological Organization also said environmentally minded efforts by the state of California, in parts of the financial sector, among grassroots activists and others will have more of an impact to help the fight against climate change than “political disturbance” and “discourse” will impede it. The science, they said, will have the last word. Some of that science comes Friday...