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  • Watch Live Tonight! ESA and JAXA Launch BepiColombo to Mercury @ 9:45 pm ET

    10/19/2018 6:40:27 PM PDT · by Pete from Shawnee Mission · 9 replies
    Space.com ^ | 10/19/2018 | Space.com staf
    "An Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket will launch a new mission to Mercury tonight, to send a set of spacecraft to the innermost planet! The joint mission by the European Space Agency and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will lift off at 9:45 p.m. EDT (0145 GMT) from a pad at the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. You can watch the launch live here, beginning at 9:15 p.m. EDT (0115 GMT), courtesy of ESA."
  • Moon Science! NASA Needs Experiment Ideas for Commercial Lunar Landers

    10/18/2018 2:59:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    Space.com ^ | October 18, 2018 01:46pm ET | Meghan Bartels,
    NASA is keeping an open mind as to what precisely those commercial landers will look like, although the agency does want projects that have a scientific or technological focus. "We are looking for ways to not only conduct lunar science but to also use the moon as a science platform to look back at the Earth, observe the sun, or view the vast universe," Clarke said. "In terms of technology, we are interested in those instruments or systems that will help future missions — both human and robotic — explore the moon and feed forward to future Mars missions." In...
  • NASA budget increases due to asteroid threat (Trump Exec Action 10/16/2018)

    10/18/2018 11:23:33 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 20 replies
    http://earth-chronicles.com/space/nasa-budget-increases-due-to-asteroid-threat.html NASA budget increases due to asteroid threat BY SPACE · OCTOBER 18, 2018 The Trump administration proposed tripling the budget for the NASA Planetary Defense Coordination Office. The US budget is bursting at the seams, it is already stretched to the maximum. But Washington is ready to incur additional costs to deal with the threat from space. The Trump administration intends to nearly increase the budget of the NASA space agency, from $ 60 to $ 150 million. And this is due to the fact that humanity is completely unprepared for the fall of a giant asteroid on earth....
  • NASA eyes stunning 'cloud city' airship concept to explore Venus

    10/16/2018 11:25:35 AM PDT · by DFG · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/16/2018 | James Rogers
    NASA is considering a spectacular airship concept for Venus exploration. The space agency’s Systems Analysis and Concepts Directorate (SACD) has posted potential designs of the High Altitude Venus Operational Concept (HAVOC) on its website. The airships have even been compared to a “cloud city” by Space.com. A similar size to Earth, Venus is our closest planetary neighbor. However, exploring Venus poses a unique set of challenges, according to NASA. “Though its internal geology is similar to Earth’s, its surface is hot enough to melt lead and is covered with craters, volcanoes, mountains, and lava plains,” it explains.
  • NASA Sees Climate Cooling Trend Thanks to Low Sun Activity

    10/16/2018 1:22:54 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 34 replies
    The New American ^ | Oct 1, 2018 | James Murphy
    The climate alarmists just can’t catch a break. NASA is reporting that the sun is entering one of the deepest Solar Minima of the Space Age; and Earth’s atmosphere is responding in kind. So, start pumping out that CO2, everyone. We’re going to need all the greenhouse gases we can get. “We see a cooling trend,” said Martin Mlynczak of NASA’s Langley Research Center. “High above Earth’s surface, near the edge of space, our atmosphere is losing heat energy. If current trends continue, it could soon set a Space Age record for cold.” The new data is coming from NASA’s...
  • "First Man" Impressions (VANITY)

    10/13/2018 6:49:16 PM PDT · by Future Snake Eater · 78 replies
    My Opinion ^ | 13OCT18 | FSE
    So I took the family to see "First Man" today. The movie took a lot of heat from virtue-signaling types, but I suspected the criticisms were unfounded. I was nearly totally correct. Like, 98%. First of all, I'm not super well-read on the space program as compared to some uber-nerds who I'm sure populate this forum who could run rings around me in general knowledge regarding this era of our history. I have, however, been interested in the space program for a long time and even got to meet Alan Shepard at a book signing at the Space and Rocket...
  • First Man: must see movie, plenty of US flags too...

    10/13/2018 3:38:01 PM PDT · by beebuster2000 · 44 replies
    beebuster2000 news service ^ | october 13, 2017 | Beebuster2000
    Great movie, deeply patriotic. I don't get all the BS on the flag. it is all over the movie, and on the Moon. Multiple times goosebumps. The Saturn vehicle launch is worth the price of admission alone. Ryan G is awesome. The only false note is Claire foy's part as the wife. I wish she had been more supportive and less of a worrier. But, that aside, a must see Freeper Movie Great window into USA greatness when we have a clear objective.
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Thursday 10/11/2018

    10/11/2018 5:04:43 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 3 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 10/11/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    A big drop in stock prices yesterday with the Dow Jones going down 3 percent in value and NASDAQ even more at 4 percent. Asian markets in Japan and Hong Kong also fell overnight and in Europe today there were also declines.... Two are reported dead after Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle and southwestern Georgia.... An emergency landing this morning in Kazakhstan for an American and a Russian astronaut headed for the international space station.... President Trump stumped for Republicans at a rally in Erie, Pennsylvania last night..... President Trump says that the United States is demanding answers...
  • Soyuz Booster Malfunction

    10/11/2018 2:01:07 AM PDT · by cabojoe · 21 replies
    The problem occurred as the booster stages of the Soyuz rocket separated. Mission control in Houston confirms that the crew will be attempting a ballistic reentry. A sharp descent that will hopefully allow them to land downrange.
  • Dwarf Planet Ceres' Bizarre Bright Spots Shine in Stunning Up-Close View

    07/17/2018 2:04:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Space.com ^ | July 17, 2018 02:49pm ET | Mike Wall,
    "The new images of Occator Crater and the surrounding areas have exceeded expectations, revealing beautiful, alien landscapes," Dawn principal investigator Carol Raymond, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, said in a statement yesterday (July 16).  The $467 million Dawn mission launched in September 2007 with a bold goal: to orbit and study the two largest bodies in the asteroid belt: Vesta and Ceres. Both objects are considered leftovers from the solar system's planet-formation period (hence the mission's name).  Dawn reached Vesta in July 2011 and eyed the object up close for more than a year, finally leaving...
  • NASA Reveals Stunning New Photos Of Dwarf Planet Ceres

    07/02/2018 6:19:35 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 33 replies
    Forbes ^ | 06/30/18 | Bill Retherford ,
    Just released by NASA: striking close-ups of the mysterious world Ceres, taken by a robotic probe turned paparazzi. “These pictures are new to you and new to us too,” says Marc Rayman of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. “It’s a wonderful flood of data.” Every 27 hours, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft swoops near the surface of Ceres to grab the close-ups. At its lowest point, the probe is only 22 miles up. In outer space, that’s virtually skimming the ground. The photo shoot started June 9; so far, Dawn has taken “hundreds” of pictures, says Rayman, “exotic alien...
  • Astronaut Scott Kelly apologizes for praising Winston Churchill. What For?

    10/08/2018 8:58:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 81 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/08/2018 | Rick Moran
    Scott Kelly is a NASA astronaut.  That says a lot about him right there.  To be selected as an astronaut, you must be the best of the best – smart, fearless, and psychologically sound. So why does Kelly sound like an idiot here? Washington Examiner: Scott Kelly, a retired American astronaut with multiple space flights under his belt, apologized Sunday after quoting Winston Churchill and calling the 20th century British prime minister "one of the greatest leaders of modern times." "Did not mean to offend by quoting Churchill.  My apologies.  I will go and educate myself further on his atrocities, racist views which I...
  • APOD: Lunations (09/12/18)

    09/28/2018 9:56:51 AM PDT · by zeugma · 4 replies
    Astronomy Picture of the Day ^ | 9/12/18 | NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio;
    Our Moon's appearance changes nightly. As the Moon orbits the Earth, the half illuminated by the Sun first becomes increasingly visible, then decreasingly visible. The featured video animates images taken by NASA's Moon-orbiting Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to show all 12 lunations that appear this year, 2018. A single lunation describes one full cycle of our Moon, including all of its phases. A full lunation takes about 29.5 days, just under a month (moon-th). As each lunation progresses, sunlight reflects from the Moon at different angles, and so illuminates different features differently. During all of this, of course, the Moon always...
  • Michelle Williams To Play Astronaut Christa McAuliffe In ‘The Challenger’ Movie

    10/03/2018 7:59:53 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 67 replies
    Deadline ^ | October 2, 2018 | Mike Fleming Jr.
    Michelle Williams is set to star as Christa McAuliffe in The Challenger, a feature film about the 1986 space shuttle tragedy being produced by John and Art Linson and Argent Pictures’ Ben Renzo. Land of Mine director Martin Zandvliet will direct the biopic of sorts that is penned by Jayson Rothwell. A May 2019 production start is being eyed. The Challenger will follow the true story of McAuliffe, a New Hampshire high school teacher who was selected to join NASA’s Teacher in Space Project. She eventually became part of the astronaut crew on the Space Shuttle Challenger, which launched from...
  • Elon Musk Is Squeezing Russia Out of Launchers Market, Space Chief Says

    10/02/2018 7:33:45 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 14 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Oct 2, 2018 | Reuters
    The head of Russia’s space agency has accused tech billionaire Elon Musk of trying to squeeze Moscow out of the carrier rockets market by lowballing prices for commercial space flights. SpaceX has upended the space industry with its relatively low-cost Falcon 9 rockets. The company has completed more than 50 successful Falcon launches and snagged billions of dollars' worth of contracts, including deals with NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense. Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia’s Roscosmos Federal Space Agency, told state-run television on Monday that Musk sells launches from $40 million to $60 million “to squeeze Russia out...
  • NASA solves mystery of cigar-shaped UFO, believed to carry alien life

    09/29/2018 12:56:41 PM PDT · by ETL · 80 replies
    FoxNews.com/Science ^ | Sept 27, 2018 | Rhian Deutrom | news.com.au
    Scientists have uncovered the truth about a mysterious space rock called Oumuamua which has been hurtling through Earth’s solar system and was spotted last year.A group of acclaimed astronomers, including members from NASA, the European Space Agency and the German Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, released a report this week on the origins of the cigar-shaped asteroid which was first observed in October 2017. The name Oumuamua is Hawaiian for “messenger from afar arriving first” and was named by the site who first spotted it. According to the report, “a fast moving object on an unbound orbit was discovered close...
  • NASA satellite launched to measure Earth’s ice changes

    09/15/2018 11:39:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 15, 2018 12:13 PM EDT
    A NASA satellite designed to precisely measure changes in Earth’s ice sheets, glaciers, sea ice and vegetation was launched into polar orbit from California early Saturday. A Delta 2 rocket carrying ICESat-2 lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 6:02 a.m. and headed over the Pacific Ocean. NASA Earth Science Division director Michael Freilich says that the mission in particular will advance knowledge of how the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica contribute to sea level rise. The melt from those ice sheets alone has raised global sea level by more than 1 millimeter (0.04 inch) a year recently,...
  • NASA news: Caltech nanomaterial ‘speeds spacecraft 134,000,000 mph’

    09/09/2018 3:11:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 53 replies
    Before man can cross the vast distances of space, the designs of spacecraft’s sails will be key – striking a delicate balance between mass, strength in addition to reflectivity. Working with NASA, California Institute of Technology (Caltech) scientists have created the fresh material out of silicon in addition to its oxide, silica. The team has figured out that will super-thin structures made of This specific composite can transform infrared light waves into a momentum that will would likely accelerate a probe to 134,000,000 mph. Speeds like This specific can carry a little probe to our closest stellar neighbours, a huddle...
  • Why Lockheed Martin is designing a tiny home to orbit the Moon

    09/07/2018 4:18:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    The Verge ^ | Sep 7, 2018, 9:00am EDT | Loren Grush
    NASA wants to build another space station, but this one won’t live in a close orbit around Earth. Within the last year, NASA has begun planning for a much smaller astronaut outpost in orbit around the Moon, a new destination dubbed the Gateway. The idea is for this space station, which will be a fraction of the size of the International Space Station, to serve as a place for astronauts to live and train for excursions to and from the lunar surface. A crucial piece of hardware needed for this Gateway will, of course, be habitats — spaces for a...
  • The Air Leak on the ISS May Have Been Deliberate

    09/04/2018 4:02:13 PM PDT · by grundle · 70 replies
    Popular Mechanics via yahoo.com ^ | September 4, 2018 | Avery Thompson
    Late last week, the astronauts aboard the International Space Station woke up to some distressing news: There was a leak somewhere on the station, and air was escaping into space. After an extensive search, the leak was finally found and plugged with tape and gauze, and the air pressure inside the station has been stabilized. But now that the crisis has passed, there’s a new concern for the astronauts and the space agencies that manage the station. How exactly did that hole get there in the first place? At first, the theory was that a stray micrometeorite collided with the...