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  • Fireball lights up Central Texas sky

    11/16/2018 7:32:35 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    KXAN ^ | 11/15/2018 | Jime Spencer
    A meteor so bright it stunned Central Texans who witnessed it at 9:22 p.m. Thursday. The streaking space debris was spotted across Texas and in adjacent states. A number of witnesses from western Travis County to Kyle in Hays County also reported a sonic boom, with some saying it rattled their windows. Meteors that are brighter than planets in the night sky are called fireballs. This one clearly was, as some reported the entire sky lighting up as the green, light yellow and white object streaked across the Texas sky. It may have been a piece of rock from an...
  • NASA to soon end active efforts to restore contact with Opportunity

    10/24/2018 9:15:26 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 11 replies
    SpaceNews ^ | 10/23/18 | Jeff Foust
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — NASA expects to soon end efforts to contact the Opportunity Mars rover, silent for more than four months after a major dust storm, but will continue to listen for signals from the spacecraft for months to come. Opportunity, which has been on Mars since January 2004, last contacted Earth June 10. A powerful globe-spanning dust storm blocked the sun and deprived the rover of solar power, putting it into a low-power mode. On Sept. 11, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said that the optical depth, a measure of the haziness of Martian skies, had dropped to a level...
  • 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 · 13 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."
  • Hyperion is an ancient cosmic beast formed 2.3B years after Big Bang

    10/18/2018 5:59:30 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 41 replies
    Astronomers have discovered a massive proto-supercluster of galaxies -- bigger than even one million billion Suns. Scientists have called the ancient colossal structure Hyperion, the European Southern Observatory announced Wednesday. It is reported to have appeared just 2.3 billion years after the Big Bang, which took place about 13.7 billion years ago. The cluster's namesake is one of 12 titans born to the gods Gaia and Uranus in Greek mythology.
  • Great nighttime images of USA here

    10/16/2018 7:12:31 PM PDT · by Paul R. · 30 replies
    NOAA ^ | Today | NOAA
    Great views of the continental US at night are at the link. Then choose the size image you want. Note North Dakota!
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson says Trump's Space Force could be a 'fatal mistake' if done wrong

    10/13/2018 5:49:47 PM PDT · by Innovative · 34 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Oct. 13, 2018 | Adriana Belmonte
    President Trump raised eyebrows earlier this year when he announced plans to create a “Space Force,” which would become the sixth branch of the military. Vice President Mike Pence later announced in a speech that the branch was needed in order for the US to maintain military dominance in space. The proposed Space Force is estimated to cost $13 billion in its first five years. And despite some snickers among political observers, renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson doesn’t think the Space Force is that crazy of an idea. But Tyson, one of the authors of “Accessory to War: The Unspoken...
  • Miracle escape for Space Station astronauts as rocket fails mid-launch: American and Russian [tr]

    10/11/2018 6:36:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 11, 2018 | George Martin
    Two astronauts are alive after dramatically aborting their voyage to the International Space Station when their Russian Soyuz rocket malfunctioned while it carried them into orbit at 4,970mph. American Nick Hague and Russian Aleksey Ovchinin were forced to abort their mission on the cusp of space, at an altitude of approximately 50km (164,000ft). They landed safely in Kazakhstan after a 'ballistic re-entry', during which they experienced forces of up to 7G. Video footage from the launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome shows a large plume of smoke coming from the rocket at the moment it failed and footage from inside the...
  • 'Definitely Not Aliens': These Photos of SpaceX's Night Rocket Launch and Landing Are Amazing!

    10/10/2018 6:41:30 AM PDT · by ETL · 13 replies
    Space.com ^ | Oct 9, 2018 | Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer
    All rocket launches are spectacular, but SpaceX took things to another level over the weekend. On Sunday night (Oct. 7), a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched the SAOCOM 1A Earth-observation satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base on California's Central Coast. And the two-stage booster's first stage landed back at Vandenberg less than 8 minutes after liftoff, pulling off SpaceX's first-ever terra-firma touchdown on California soil. As it rose into the sky, the Falcon 9 spawned a gigantic, gorgeous, glowing cloud that wowed folks throughout the Golden State. The twilight plume had an otherworldly feel, so some observers made a point of stressing the...
  • Hubble in Safe Mode as Gyro Issues are Diagnosed

    10/09/2018 12:31:30 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 17 replies
    NASA ^ | 10/8/18 | Felicia Chou
    NASA is working to resume science operations of the Hubble Space Telescope after the spacecraft entered safe mode on Friday, October 5, shortly after 6:00 p.m. EDT. Hubble’s instruments still are fully operational and are expected to produce excellent science for years to come. Hubble entered safe mode after one of the three gyroscopes (gyros) actively being used to point and steady the telescope failed. Safe mode puts the telescope into a stable configuration until ground control can correct the issue and return the mission to normal operation. Built with multiple redundancies, Hubble had six new gyros installed during Servicing...
  • Stunning Photos From Lost Spacecraft Show The Surface Of A Comet

    10/05/2018 10:51:31 AM PDT · by dragnet2 · 60 replies
    https://kfiam640.iheart.com/content/2018-10-02-stunning-photos-from-lost-spacecraft-show-the-surface ^ | 10/2/2018 | https://kfiam640.iheart.com/content/2018-10-02-stunning-photos-from-lost-spacecraft-show-the-surface
    The Rosetta spacecraft may have crashed in 2016, but it still has secrets to share. The European Space Agency (ESA) recently released breathtaking images that the craft took in 2014 as it orbited just 16 miles above the surface of Comet 67P. The image was put together by amateur astronomer Jacint Roger Perez using three separate photos taken by Rosetta during the flyby. Comet 67P is approximately 2.7 by 2.5 miles at its longest and widest dimensions, and is made up of 26 unique regions, each named after an Egyptian deity. The photo captures four regions of the comet....
  • Why the Space Tourism Industry Needs Flight Attendants (Op-Ed)

    10/03/2018 5:38:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    Space.com ^ | October 3, 2018 07:08am ET | Mackenzie Thompson,
    Flight attendants are professionals whose expertise is essential to in-flight safety. Without their help, passengers could jeopardize their health and risk their lives by flying the not-so-friendly skies. For example, passengers would not necessarily know where to find or how to use safety equipment like oxygen masks and flotation devices in case of an emergency... Excellent flight crews make both spaceflight and ordinary airplane flights possible both before and after a spacecraft or an airplane leaves the ground. For example, the Delta Air Lines Flight Attendant Training Center has a 1 percent acceptance rate for new flight attendants. In six...
  • Japanese spacecraft drops observation device onto asteroid

    10/03/2018 4:32:49 AM PDT · by blueplum · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 03 Oct 2018 | MARI YAMAGUCHI
    TOKYO (AP) — A German-French observation device safely landed on an asteroid on Wednesday after a Japanese spacecraft released it as part of a research effort that could find clues about the origin of the solar system, Japanese space officials said. The Japan Space Exploration Agency said the Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout, or MASCOT, was released from the unmanned spacecraft Hayabusa2 and successfully landed on the asteroid Ryugu. The spacecraft went as close as about 50 meters (160 feet) to the asteroid’s surface to release the box-shaped lander.
  • 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...
  • Eerie 'death comet' with a SKULL face will zip past Earth just after Halloween ...

    09/28/2018 10:55:50 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Published: 12:43 EDT, 27 September 2018 | Updated: 20:10 EDT, 27 September 2018 | Staff
    A 'death comet' will pass earth November 11 about 24million miles away It last showed itself on Halloween 2015 about 302,000 miles away from earth The comet has a human skull face and has been dubbed the Halloween asteroid The comet's next closest visit will occur on November 1, 2088 A 'death comet' will be zipping passed earth just after Halloween this year. The asteroid with a skull-like face will make its second trip near earth in three years after flying a worrisome 302,000 miles from our planet on October 31, 2015. This year, the comet will be a much...
  • Corn maze honoring former astronaut (Thomas P. Stafford) is visible from space

    09/24/2018 5:17:05 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | 9/24/18
    HYDRO, Okla. — It’s apt that a maze cut into an Oklahoma cornfield featuring the likeness of a former NASA astronaut can be seen from space — and has been photographed by a satellite orbiting Earth. The image of Oklahoma-born Thomas P. Stafford is cut into a 10-acre field at P Bar Farms in Hydro, about 60 miles west of Oklahoma City. The maze was created in partnership with the Stafford Air and Space Museum, named for the astronaut, in nearby Weatherford. A satellite photographed the tribute from its orbit 400 miles away.
  • SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell: 'We Would Launch A Weapon to Defend the US'

    09/24/2018 8:35:59 AM PDT · by ETL · 12 replies
    Space.com ^ | Sept 23, 2018 | Sandra Erwin, SpaceNews Staff Writer
    NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell speaks to audiences around the world and gets lots of questions. During  at the Air Force Association's annual symposium, Shotwell was thrown a question she said she had never heard before: "Would SpaceX launch military weapons?" "I've never been asked that question," Shotwell said somewhat surprised. Her response: "If it's for the defense of this country, yes, I think we would." The room packed with Air Force service members and military contractors burst into applause. They seemed impressed that SpaceX is one of the world's coolest companies and also...
  • 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.