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  • Trump's Space Force could cost nearly $13 billion over 5 years

    09/17/2018 2:47:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | September 17, 2018 | Ryan Browne
    Establishing President Donald Trump's sought-after Space Force could cost $12.9 billion over its first five years, according to an Air Force document obtained by CNN. The Air Force estimates that the first year "additive costs" associated with establishing the new military branch in the 2020 fiscal year, including the creation of a headquarters, would amount to $3.32 billion. The document also estimates that the Space Force will oversee some 13,000 personnel when it is officially launched. In a memo accompanying the proposal, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson calls on Congress to authorize and fund the establishment of a Space Force...
  • SpaceX to Unveil 1st Passenger for Private BFR Rocket Moon Trip Tonight! How to Watch

    09/17/2018 6:47:27 AM PDT · by ETL · 44 replies
    Space.com ^ | Sept 17, 2018 | Tariq Malik, Space.com Managing Editor
    It's going to be a big night for space tourism. The private spaceflight company SpaceX will reveal its first passenger for a trip around the moon on the company's massive BFR rocket and you can watch it all live online. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has even dropped tantalizing previews of the BFR's new rocket design on Twitter. SpaceX will unveil its BFR rocket passenger (the name stands for Big Falcon Rocket) in a webcast tonight (Sept. 17) at its Hawthorne, California headquarters. You can watch it live here, courtesy of SpaceX, beginning at 9 p.m. EDT (0100 Sept. 18 GMT)....
  • California will launch 'its own damn satellite' as a swipe at Trump, 'Governor Moonbeam' says

    09/17/2018 7:53:20 AM PDT · by ETL · 65 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Sept 15, 2018 | Lukas Mikelionis
    California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday said his state will launch its own satellite in a bid to combat climate change, following up on a promise he made after the election of President Trump. “We’re going to launch our own satellite — our own damn satellite to figure out where the pollution is and how we’re going to end it,” Brown told the audience at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. The Golden State will work with San Francisco-based Planet Labs to launch a satellite that would track climate-change-causing pollutants. The company has already launched 150 satellites, Brown...
  • Mysterious observatory evacuation stirs alien conspiracy theories

    09/12/2018 7:47:19 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 75 replies
    https://www.cnet.com ^ | 12 Sep, 2018 | Eric Mack
    Reports that a Blackhawk helicopter and federal agents swooped in and inexplicably evacuated a remote part of New Mexico, including a prominent solar observatory, has some corners of the internet predictably atwitter about a possible alien coverup.
  • Army Soldiers on the Front Lines of Space Wars

    09/11/2018 2:29:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    space.com ^ | September 10, 2018 08:04am ET | Sandra Erwin, SpaceNews Staff Writer |
    Soldiers from a Colorado National Guard space battalion who visited the Pentagon on Sept. 5 said they have no idea what role, if any, they would have in the Space Force that President Trump has proposed. But they did provide a glimpse into the daily grind of space warfare. When they are called up for duty, soldiers from the 117th Space Battalion go to war zones to help commanders on the ground get what they need from space: satellite imagery, weather analysis, early warning of a missile launch, communications and navigation. A space team includes six soldiers — two officers...
  • When Neil Armstrong Walked on Jerusalem

    09/06/2018 11:43:29 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 20 replies
    Tablet Magazine ^ | Aug 27, 2012 | Adam Chandler
    When American astronaut Neil Armstrong, a devout Christian, visited Israel after his trip to the moon, he was taken on a tour of the Old City of Jerusalem by Israeli archaeologist Meir Ben-Dov. When they got to the Hulda Gate, which is at the top of the stairs leading to the Temple Mount, Armstrong asked Ben-Dov whether Jesus had stepped anywhere around there. “I told him, ‘Look, Jesus was a Jew,'” recalled Ben-Dov. “These are the steps that lead to the Temple, so he must have walked here many times.” Armstrong then asked if these were the original steps, and...
  • Buzz Aldrin blasts Neil Armstrong biopic First Man (movie) no American flag

    09/03/2018 4:48:07 AM PDT · by vannrox · 71 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 09:19 BST, 3 September 2018 | Charlie Moore
    Buzz Aldrin appeared to criticize Neil Armstrong biopic First Man for leaving out the planting of the American flag on the Moon. The 88-year-old, who was the second man to set foot on the Moon, on Sunday tweeted a picture of the flag planted after their landing in 1969. He captioned the photo: 'Proud to be an American.' Aldrin also re-tweeted a photo of him saluting next to the same picture. It is an apparent dig at Oscar-winning director Damian Chazelle's decision not to include the planting of the flag on the Moon at the end of his critically acclaimed...
  • ISS leak highlights concerns about orbital debris and station operations

    09/01/2018 2:17:30 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 17 replies
    Space News ^ | 8/30/18 | Jeff Foust
    by Jeff Foust — August 30, 2018 Soyuz MS-09 The ISS crew traced the leak to a small hole in the orbital module, the top section of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft. Credit: NASA WASHINGTON — As the crew of the International Space Station worked Aug. 30 to fix, at least temporarily, a minor air leak, the incident illustrated the growing orbital debris risk to the outpost and strains in American and Russian approaches to ISS operations. NASA, in a statement early Aug. 30, said that controllers first noticed a minor drop in air pressure within the station at around 7...
  • US Military Aims to Launch Cheap New 'Blackjack' Spy Satellites in 2021

    08/28/2018 7:44:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    Space.com ^ | August 28, 2018 07:17am ET | Mike Wall,
    Most U.S. reconnaissance craft are purpose-built monoliths that operate in geostationary orbit, about 22,300 miles (35,800 kilometers) above Earth. Though these singletons are extremely capable, they're expensive, typically costing $1 billion or more to build, launch and operate. And it takes a decade or so to develop each one, said Paul "Rusty" Thomas, of the Tactical Technology Office at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The nation's current spy satellites, therefore, aren't terribly responsive to new technologies and new developments, and they represent "big, fat, juicy targets" to adversaries, Thomas said last week during a presentation with NASA's...
  • Chasing asteroids: Dual missions sniff out clues to solar system's past

    08/20/2018 10:28:19 AM PDT · by Jagermonster · 5 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 17, 2018 | Eva Botkin-Kowacki, Staff Writer
    Boston - It was a normal Friday morning in the industrial city of Chelyabinsk, Russia. Adults were on their way to work, and children were in school. But that ordinary day was about to become extraordinary. Suddenly, a fireball shot across the clear morning sky leaving a thick trail of smoke, accompanied by the sound of a huge explosion. The shock wave knocked people over, shattered glass, and collapsed a factory roof. As many as 1,200 people were injured. A global network of infrasound sensors designed to pick up nuclear explosions calculated that the boom was 30 to 40 times...
  • FACT CHECK: Does The US Have The Most Military Satellites In Space?

    08/19/2018 12:53:04 PM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    checkyourfact.com ^ | 8/18/2018 | Emily Larson
    Vice President Mike Pence said that the U.S. has more military satellites than any other country. Verdict: True The U.S. has 166 military satellites, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Russia and China have the next largest constellations at 89 and 84 military satellites, respectively.
  • The Universe Is Disappearing, And There's Nothing We Can Do To Stop It

    08/18/2018 8:10:32 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 117 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 17, 2018 | Ethan Siegel
    It's been nearly a century since scientists first theorized that the Universe was expanding, and that the farther away a galaxy was from us, the faster it appears to recede. This isn't because galaxies are physically moving away from us, but rather because the Universe is full of gravitationally-bound objects, and the fabric of space that those objects reside in is expanding. But this picture, which held sway from the 1920s onward, has been recently revised. It's been only 20 years since we first realized that this expansion was speeding up, and that as time goes on, individual galaxies will...
  • “Deep Space of the Cosmos” –There’s a Mysterious Energy Latent In It Which Can Tell Us About Our...

    08/16/2018 3:02:08 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 35 replies
    The Daily Galaxy ^ | 8/15/18 (posted)
    “Deep Space of the Cosmos” –There’s a Mysterious Energy Latent In It Which Can Tell Us About Our Fate  Posted on Aug 15, 2018 “Empty space seems to be nothing to us. By analogy, water may seem to be nothing to a fish – it’s what’s left when you take away all the other things floating in the sea. Likewise, empty space is conjectured to be quite complicated,” Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal and Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge.Philosophers have debated the nature of “nothing” for thousands of years, but what has modern science got...
  • India will send a manned flight into space for the first time by 2022, premier Narendra Modi [tr]

    08/15/2018 7:22:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 15, 2018 | Phoebe Weston
    India will send a manned flight into space by 2022, premier Narendra Modi pledged during his annual 'Independence Day' speech. If the country successfully completes the flight, it will become the fourth country to ever achieve the feat, following in the footsteps of Russia, United States and China. India has yet to select the astronauts that will travel aboard the ship, but confirmed the cosmonauts could be men or women. Active since the 1960s, India's space programme has launched scores of satellites for itself and other countries, including a satellite that now orbits Mars.
  • Flat Earthers Call Trump’s Space Force Idea ‘Impossible’ (QAnon mention)

    08/11/2018 2:17:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 10, 2018 | Kelly Weill
    The idea that the U.S. is going to expand its might beyond the globe is a problem for people who believe we live on a disc. President Donald Trump wants a Space Force to expand U.S. military power beyond the globe. That’s a problem for flat earthers who incorrectly believe the world is a flat disc floating through space. On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence announced plans to launch “Space Force,” a sixth branch of the U.S. military by 2020. The proposed branch would be reserved specifically for outer space operations. Military experts say the Air Force currently carries out...
  • Pentagon's top engineer blames Russia, China for militarizing space as Space Force takes shape

    08/10/2018 10:11:20 PM PDT · by cba123 · 22 replies
    CNBC ^ | 14 hours ago
    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Pentagon's top engineer criticized Russia and China this week for militarizing space, a move the Trump administration wants to address with the formation of a sixth service branch dubbed Space Force. His remarks came a day before Vice President Mike Pence laid out President Donald Trump's vision for creating the Space Force by 2020. "We are not the people who choose to weaponize space, but if we are challenged we will respond," Dr. Michael Griffin said Wednesday at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville, Ala. "The Defense Department is today working on a means...
  • Russia Searches For Strategies To Save Its Space Industry

    08/10/2018 3:21:24 PM PDT · by Pavegecko · 7 replies
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 8/10/18 | L Todd Wood
    The Russian space launch industry has come under pressure in recent years as much of its market share has been lost to American private competitors, specifically SpaceX. State Space Corporation Roscosmos Chief Dmitry Rogozin recently declared that private capital will be needed to revive the sector. “We believe that the revival of the Russian space industry will be linked with the attraction of the private investor,” the Roscosmos chief said at the ceremony of launching into operation a facility at the Yaroslavl radio factory for the assembly of payload modules, reported Russian state news agency TASS.
  • 'Mars Awaits': Trump campaign asks supporters to vote for a 'Space Force' logo

    08/09/2018 3:15:34 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 58 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 8/9/18 | John Haltiwange
    Space ForcePresident Donald Trump is asking supporters to vote on a logo for the "Space Force," a new military branch he's asked the Pentagon to establish. Twitter * President Donald Trump's campaign sent an email to supporters with potential logos for the "Space Force," a new military branch the president has instructed the Pentagon to establish. * Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday outlined the administration's plan for moving forward with the Space Force, including specifics on instructions given to the Pentagon. * Lawmakers and senior military officials aren't as enthusiastic about the proposed "Space Force" as the White House....
  • U.S. Space Force is a REALITY: Here’s why it’s necessary

    08/09/2018 12:07:01 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 63 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 8/9/18 | USA Features
    USSF: The newest branch of the U.S. military, the United States Space Force, became a reality on Thursday with an announcement by Vice President Mike Pence to an audience at the Pentagon. U.S.S.F. becomes the sixth military branch of service, the first one created since the U.S. Army Air Corps became the Air Force shortly after World War II. “The time has come to establish the United States Space Force,” Pence announced, noting that during the last great war, America rose to meet substantial military challenges posed by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. Part of meeting — and defeating —...
  • Alien Life, Seth Shostak and SETI

    08/09/2018 11:10:20 AM PDT · by jcpryor · 16 replies
    The Chris Pryor Show ^ | 08/09/2018 | Chris Pryor
    Seth Shostak from SETI.org joined the Chris Pryor Show. Seth discussed current scientific attempts to discover intelligent life and the mechanisms involved in this search. Seth has a fantastic radio show of his own, Big Picture Science and it can be found here https://seti.org/education-outreach/big-picture-science-overview