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Astronaut safe after helmet leak on NASA spacewalk

February 26, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"Expedition 42 Commander Barry 'Butch' Wilmore and Flight Engineer Terry Virts successfully completed the second of three planned spacewalks outside the International Space Station (ISS) today, but another helmet leak has caused concern. ... During repressurization Virts' helmet developed a minor leak with some water detected. It brought back memories of astronaut Luca Parmitano, whose helmet frighteningly filled with water, nearly drowning him, during a spacewalk which had to be cut short, back in July 2013." (02/26/15)

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NASA’s Dawn spacecraft releases images showing another bright spot on Ceres

February 26, 2015
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"The latest images captured by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft of the dwarf planet Ceres continues to baffle scientists as the photos reveal another significant bright spot on its surface. The planet, which lies between Mars and Jupiter, has an average diameter of 590 miles and is the largest body in the main asteroid belt and is believed to contain a large amount of ice. 'Ceres' bright spot can now be seen to have a companion of lesser brightness, but apparently in the same basin,' Chris Russell, a principal investigator for the Dawn mission, said in a news release from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory." (02/26/15)

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Russia — and its modules — to part ways with ISS in 2024

February 25, 2015
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Space News    

"The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, on Feb. 24 announced that it will remain a part of the international space station until 2024 before detaching the Russian modules and forming its own outpost in low Earth orbit. The statement followed a meeting the Scientific and Technical Council, under the chairmanship of Yuri N. Koptev, Roscosmos' head of manned space flight and the agency's former chief in the 1990s. The statement gave no precise motive for Russia's wanting to create an all-Russian space station beyond an ambition to provide 'secure access to space for Russia.'" (02/25/15)

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Alien star missed us by less than a light-year, scientists say

February 18, 2015
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"Astronomers say a red dwarf star and its brown dwarf companion passed within a light-year of our own sun 70,000 years ago, moving through the comets in the outer reaches of the Oort Cloud that surrounds our solar system. The star is known as WISE J072003.20-084651.2, or Scholz's star. Today, it's 20 light-years away from us in the constellation Monoceros. ... Scholz's star would typically be too faint to be seen with the naked eye from Earth, even during the close encounter. But the research team, led by the University of Rochester's Eric Mamajek, says there's a chance that our ancestors in Africa might have seen a magnetically induced flare-up." (02/18/15)

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Space mission ends with a bang for European cargo ship

February 16, 2015
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"Good bye #ATV5! Arrivederci ATV5! That was the send-off tweet from European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti as an unmanned automated transfer vehicle (ATV) cargo ship ended its mission to the International Space Station with a bang over the weekend. The vehicle, named Georges Lemaitre, reentered the Earth's atmosphere and burned up safely over an uninhabited area of the southern Pacific Ocean. ... The mission, the fifth by an ATV, also marks the end of the automated transfer vehicle program." (02/16/15)

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CA: Virgin Galactic to build Long Beach plant

February 12, 2015
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"Afgter losing thousands of aerospace jobs in recent years, Long Beach received good news Thursday when Virgin Galactic announced that it would build its new satellite-launching rocket in the city. The space tourism company founded by British billionaire Richard Branson said it was opening a facility next to the Long Beach Airport that would eventually employ 100 engineers and other employees. Those employees would design and build what Virgin Galactic calls Launcher-One, a new space vehicle that would send small satellites into orbit." (02/12/15)

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SETI scientist to AAAS: “Try to contact aliens”

February 12, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Scientists at a US science conference have said it is now time to actively try to contact intelligent life on other worlds. Researchers involved in the search for extra-terrestrial life are considering what the message from Earth should be. The call has been made at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in San Jose. But others argued that making our presence known might be dangerous. Researchers at SETI have been listening for signals from outer space for more than 30 years using radio telescope facilities in the US. So far there has been no sign of ET. The organisation's director, Dr Seth Shostak, told scientists at the AAAS meeting that it is now time to step up the search." (02/12/15)

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European Space Agency launches IXV spaceplane

February 11, 2015
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euronews [EU]    

"Europe's first spaceplane, IXV, has successfully launched after an earlier delay. The European Space Agency (ESA) craft took off around 14h40 CET. Its re-entry into Earth's atmosphere will provide vital data for Europe to improve its return-to-earth technology." (02/11/15)

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Dragon capsule splashes down as SpaceX scrubs satellite launch

February 11, 2015
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"An unmanned Dragon spaceship splashed back to Earth on Tuesday after a successful supply run to the International Space Station but its owners were forced to scrub the launch of an important weather satellite on the other side of the continent. The Dragon parachuted into the Pacific west of Mexico's Baja Peninsula at 4:45 p.m., according to Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX." (02/11/15)

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With an eye on Mars, White House seeks to boost NASA funding

February 3, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor    

"The White House budget proposal for NASA in 2016 calls for a $500 million boost over the 2015 enacted budget and would keep NASA on its path to Mars, NASA chief Charles Bolden says. The $18.5 billion budget request, presented by Bolden today (Feb. 2), includes funding for developing a mission to Jupiter's moon Europa, and the agency's asteroid redirect mission (ARM). Officials think ARM could help pave the way for crewed missions to the Red Planet by the 2030s." [editor's note: Hopefully free-market spacers will get to Mars before Earth's governments do. And then politely but firmly un-invite those governments - TLK] (02/03/15)

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Chinese spacecraft enters orbit around moon in major milestone

January 14, 2015
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Science Recorder    

"A Chinese spacecraft service module just entered orbit around the moon, just months after it was successfully tested. The service module, which came from China’s circumlunar test flight, arrived in orbit this week, according to Chinese state media .... The spacecraft will operate on an eight-our orbit within 125 miles of the surface of the moon at its closest points, and at a range of up to 3,293 miles at its highest point." (01/13/15)

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SpaceX cargo capsule reaches International Space Station; booster landing attempt fails

January 12, 2015
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"A SpaceX Dragon capsule wrapped up a two-day journey to the International Space Station on Monday, the first U.S. cargo run to the orbital outpost in four months, a NASA TV broadcast showed. ... The booster successfully lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Saturday. After sending the Dragon cargo ship on its way to orbit, the discarded rocket turned around and attempted to land itself on a platform in the Atlantic Ocean located northeast of the launch site. The 14-story tall rocket ran out of hydraulic fluid to maneuver its steering fins and crashed, but managed to hit the 300-by-100 foot (91-by-30 meter) platform, bolstering confidence in the company’s long-term goal to land and reuse its rockets." (01/12/15)

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NASA okays SpaceX plan to send astronauts to space station

January 7, 2015
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NBC News NBC News    

"SpaceX's Dragon capsule is one step closer to flying astronauts to and from the International Space Station. SpaceX has passed NASA's 'certification baseline review,' which required the California-based company to outline exactly how it plans to ferry crews to and from the orbiting lab using the Dragon spacecraft and its Falcon 9 rocket under SpaceX's Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract with the space agency." (01/07/15)

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SpaceX scrubs launch to International Space Station one minute before liftoff

January 6, 2015
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"With one minute left on the countdown, SpaceX scrubbed its flight to the International Space Station this morning because of rocket trouble. Elon Musk, CEO of the private space flight company that is contracted by NASA, tweeted that the next attempt for the history-making mission will be Friday at 5 a.m." (01/05/15)

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Musk’s SpaceX to test reusable rocket with Mars mission in sight

January 5, 2015
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Bloomberg    

"Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is developing rockets that could be reused, rather than burning up on re-entry to earth’s atmosphere, in the belief they’ll help drastically reduce the cost of trips to Mars. ... Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. will try to land a Falcon 9 rocket atop an unanchored ocean platform bobbing in the Atlantic Ocean after the missile propels a cargo capsule towards a rendezvous with the International Space Station." (01/05/15)

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Private enterprise is revitalizing out dreams of space exploration

January 4, 2015
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
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"With the immense variety of aerospace technology coming into the market from the likes of Musk, Branson, and others, there has been a great deal of optimism for the industry and opportunities are everywhere. American space entrepreneur, Dennis Tito, believes a manned missions to the reaches of Mars is a possibility in the coming decade. With that said, even Tito's dreams are exceeded by the Dutch entrepreneur, Bas Lansdorp, who believes that colonization of Mars is possible come 2023 with the use of SpaceX's rockets! Across the globe, there are determined and visionary people from a multitude of fields preparing for the next space race, but NASA may not be leading it." (12/30/14)

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Scientists propose cheaper trips to Mars

December 24, 2014
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PC Magazine    

"Humans have sent several unmanned probes to Mars and plans are in the works to mount crewed missions to the Red Planet within the next couple of decades. But it's extremely expensive and fuel-intensive to put a spacecraft in orbit around Mars -- and voyages have to be scheduled for narrow 'launch windows' anticipating an arrival date when Earth and its neighbor are at their closest to each other. That could all change if a new technique for reaching Mars called 'ballistic capture' proves to be possible." (12/23/14)

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft back in Florida after test flight

December 18, 2014
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Houston Chronicle    

"NASA's experimental Orion spacecraft left Florida by rocket and returned by truck. The capsule arrived back at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday. It rocketed into orbit Dec. 5, traveling 3,600 miles into space on an unmanned test flight that proved to be a great success. NASA plans to use future models to help get astronauts to Mars in coming decades." (12/18/14)

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Mars: Curiosity rover finds evidence of huge lake that could have support life

December 9, 2014
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The Space Reporter    

"NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover may have found evidence of a lake that filled a 96-mile-wide crater billions of years ago near its landing site. The Curiosity rover, which has been operating on the planet since 2012, found rocks that contained water-deposited sediments near the crater’s center, boosting theories that Mars was once sustainable to microbial life much like Earth, according to a Reuters report." (12/09/14)

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NASA: Thursday’s Orion launch a big leap toward Mars

December 3, 2014
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Space.com    

"The first test flight of NASA's Orion spacecraft this week marks a critical step on humanity's journey to Mars, agency officials say. Orion is scheduled to blast off Thursday (Dec. 4) at 7:05 a.m. EST (1205 GMT) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on an unmanned mission called Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1). If all goes according to plan, the capsule will zoom 3,600 miles (5,800 kilometers) from Earth, then come barreling back home to test out Orion's heat shield, avionics and other systems. EFT-1 will mark the farthest journey of a human-spaceflight vehicle since 1972, when the last of NASA's Apollo missions flew to the moon and returned to Earth." (12/03/14)

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Europe rushes to fund Ariane rocket to fight SpaceX

December 1, 2014
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ValueWalk    

"The European science ministers are hoping to strike a last-minute deal to provide funding for the Ariane rocket. Ministers from the 20-nation bloc are scheduled to meet in Luxembourg on Tuesday to resolve the future of the workhorse Ariane rocket. They will also decide on the future of Europe’s involvement in the International Space Station (ISS). ... The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking to respond to the U.S. rival SpaceX and protect thousands of jobs in the region. Founded by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, SpaceX offers low-cost satellite launches." (12/01/14)

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Japan: Space probe launch delayed

November 30, 2014
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Manila Standard Today [Philippines]    

"Japan on Sunday delayed the launch of a space probe designed to mine an asteroid for a second time due to bad weather. The blast-off of Hayabusa2 was now pushed back by two days to 1:22 pm (0422 GMT) on Wednesday, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said. The agency said it decided on the second postponement due to fears of strong winds, and warned that the launch could be delayed further depending on the weather." (11/30/14)

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Kazakhstan: Crew blasts off for International Space Station

November 24, 2014
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The Epoch Times    

"A Russian capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, the United States and Italy has blasted off for the International Space Station. The Soyuz capsule roared into the pre-dawn darkness just after 3 a.m. Monday (2100 GMT Sunday) from the Russian manned space facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Aboard the capsule are Russian Anton Shkaplerov, NASA’s Terry Virts and European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of Italy." (11/23/14)

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NASA offering contracts to encourage asteroid mining

November 23, 2014
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Morning Ticker    

"Although Science has gotten us so far, mankind has always been looking to explore new methods of improving our lives. With resources being used up at an increasing rate, two independent organizations are looking to retrieve resources from space. One example is asteroid mining. Recently, a probe had successfully landed on a comet, this brought up the possibility of mining asteroids for funding future projects and profit. NASA is offering contracts to two organizations known as Deep Space Industries and Planetary Resources who intend to pursue asteroid mining." (11/23/14)

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Has Russia launched a satellite killer into orbit?

November 19, 2014
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Times of India [India]    

"A mysterious Russian object is being tracked by space agencies, giving new life to fears about the increase of space weapons. The satellite, dubbed Object 2014-28E, has grabbed the interest of official and amateur satellite-watchers because it is taking a confusing path and its purpose has not been identified, reports the Financial Times. ... Some think that it could be collecting space junk, helping to clean up the useless satellites that are floating around space. Or it could be providing fuel or repairs to other satellites. But others fear that the satellite could be used to destroy enemy ones." (11/19/14)

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