Posts Tagged ‘ space ’

NASA busts woman trying to sell “moon rock”

May 22, 2011
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PC Magazine    

"An American woman is currently being questioned after a sting operation picked her up following her attempts to sell a chunk of moon rock for the low-low price of $1.7 million. ... Authentic pieces of the moon, collected by astronauts who have been there, are considered national treasures and, as such, it's illegal to sell them per federal law. The unidentified woman attempting to sell her chunk of moon rock hasn't been arrested, however — investigators need to first determine whether the rock is legitimately from the moon." [editor's note: I trust we'll hear no whining about budget cuts from an agency that has the money for this kind of silliness - TLK] (05/22/11)

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2385731,00.asp  

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NASA clears space shuttle for Monday launch

May 15, 2011
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ABC News    

"NASA unanimously approved a Monday morning launch attempt for the space shuttle Endeavour, after reviewing all the repairs for an electrical problem that grounded the next-to-last shuttle flight two weeks ago. The flight to the International Space Station will be led by commander Mark Kelly, the husband of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically wounded during a January shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz." (05/15/11)

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=13604934  

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Not even the sky is the limit

May 11, 2011
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Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M. Vance  

"The scheduled launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour last month was supposed to be notable, not just because it was to be the last launch of this particular shuttle, but because of two special guests who traveled to the Space Center to witness the now-delayed launch." (05/11/11)

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Tang, meet STEM: Food experiment takes off on Endeavour

May 1, 2011
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Fox News    

"Move over Tang, there's a new name in astrofood: STEM. A pair of high school-age sisters have invented the newest item on the astronaut menu. Called STEM bars, they're a nutritious and NASA-certified alternative to standard astronaut fare, and the bars will join both Tang and freeze-dried ice cream on Endeavour's final flight. ... The Michigan sisters spent about a year preparing their invention, which was entered in the 2010 Conrad Foundation Spirit of Innovation Competition's sweets and nutrition category." (05/01/11)

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For astronauts, a vanishing frontier

April 24, 2011
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New York Times    

"What happens when you have the right stuff at the wrong time? Members of NASA’s astronaut corps have been asking just that, now that the space shuttle program is ending and their odds of flying anywhere good anytime soon are getting smaller. ... Under President Obama, NASA’s human spaceflight program has been curtailed. The Ares I and Constellation programs, which were meant to succeed the space shuttles and take astronauts to the moon, were canceled, and NASA is instead hiring outside companies to devise alternatives." [editor's note: If only he had the same attitude about warmongering as he does about exploration - SAT] (04/24/11)

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Start with NASA

April 17, 2011
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The Libertarian Enterprise
by Jim Davidson  

"In reading L. Neil Smith's recent essay on dumping the GOP in the harbour, it occurs to me to suggest that space enthusiasts in the freedom community begin pushing for an end to NASA as the starting place for budget cuts." (04/17/11)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2011/tle615-20110417-02.html  

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US-Russian crew blasts off for orbiting station

April 4, 2011
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch    

"A U.S. astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts blasted off Tuesday in pre-dawn darkness, riding into orbit on a Soyuz craft emblazoned with the portrait of the first man in space in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's historic flight. As the Soyuz TMA-21 launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome as scheduled at 4:18 a.m. (2218 GMT), it turned the darkness into broad daylight for several moments and warmed the chilly steppe of Kazakhstan with a bright orange glow." (04/04/11)

 

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NASA delays shuttle Endeavour’s last launch

April 4, 2011
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Sarasota Herald-Tribune    

"NASA is delaying its next space shuttle flight — the last voyage of Endeavour with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' astronaut husband in charge. The flight was postponed because the original April 19 date conflicts with Russia's plans to send a cargo ship to the International Space Station. Endeavour is now scheduled to blast off April 29 with Mark Kelly at the helm. It will be the next-to-last shuttle mission. Shuttle Atlantis will close out the 30-year shuttle program this summer." (04/04/11)

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NASA: Mars rover, phone home after yearlong sleep

March 29, 2011
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Wyoming Tribune Eagle    

"The prospect of ever hearing from the stuck Mars rover Spirit is fading after it failed to respond to repeated calls from Earth. Despite the dismal outlook, NASA will make a last-ditch effort to communicate with Spirit, which fell silent a little over a year ago. If there's still no contact in the next month or so, the space agency will scale back its listening campaign for Spirit and focus on its healthy twin, Opportunity." (03/29/11)

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Comet-hunting spacecraft shuts down after 12 years

March 24, 2011
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution    

"NASA ordered its comet-hunting Stardust probe to burn its remaining fuel on Thursday, setting off a sequence that shut down the spacecraft after a 12-year career. Stardust had finished its main mission in 2006, sending particles from a comet to Earth. It took on another job last month, photographing a crater on an asteroid." (03/24/11)

 

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Astronomers find coldest star in the universe

March 23, 2011
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Fox News    

"Astronomers have detected a new candidate for the coldest known star -- one whose temperature is roughly equivalent to a fresh cup of tea. The object is part of a double system and is a type of star known as a brown dwarf, which is essentially a failed star. Brown dwarfs lack enough mass for gravity to trigger the nuclear reactions that make stars shine, but they’re more massive than what’s typically considered to be a planet." (03/23/11)

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NASA scientist: Evidence of alien life on meteorite

March 6, 2011
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Fox News    

"We are not alone in the universe -- and alien life forms may have a lot more in common with life on Earth than we had previously thought. That's the stunning conclusion one NASA scientist has come to, releasing his groundbreaking revelations in a new study in the March edition of the Journal of Cosmology. Dr. Richard B. Hoover, an astrobiologist with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, has traveled to remote areas in Antarctica, Siberia, and Alaska, amongst others, for over ten years now, collecting and studying meteorites." (03/06/11)

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Secret US space plane to launch on secret mission Friday

March 3, 2011
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Popular Science    

"Three months after its first mission ended, the military is launching another X-37B space plane on Friday, in a second classified mission for the X-37B program. If the weather holds up, the second X-37B orbiter will launch Friday afternoon on an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral, according to launch manager United Launch Alliance." [editor's note: If the plane and the mission are so secret, how come we're reading about them in Popular Science? - TLK] (03/03/11)

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Virgin Galactic signs deal to launch scientists into space

March 1, 2011
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Space.com    

"The space tourism company Virgin Galactic, which is building a fleet of reusable private spaceships, has inked a landmark deal to fly scientists into suborbital space for research. Under the new agreement, Virgin Galactic has sold two tickets for seats aboard the company's SpaceShipTwo commercial spaceliners to the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Colorado. Six more seats are on reserve for the institute. The deal has a total value of about $1.6 million and is the first agreement by Virgin Galactic specifically aimed at flying scientists into suborbital space." (02/28/11)

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Space shuttle Discovery goes late but launches for final flight

February 24, 2011
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Orlando Sentinel    

"Nearly four months late — and held up by a last-minute computer glitch — Space Shuttle Discovery blasted off under clear blue skies Thursday afternoon on its final mission to the International Space Station before it is retired next month. The 27-year-old orbiter, with a crew of six astronauts, thundered from the launchpad at Kennedy Space Center at 4:53 p.m. as tens of thousands of spectators cheered NASA's oldest and most-traveled shuttle." (02/24/11)

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Japan eyes humanoid robot mission in space

February 17, 2011
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Agence France-Presse    

"Japan's space agency is planning a mission to send a humanoid robot to space so that it can communicate with people on Earth through Twitter, an agency official said Thursday. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) plans to carry out feasibility studies before making a final decision to send the robot to the International Space Station (ISS) as early as 2013, the JAXA official said. Under the project, the Japanese-made robot is expected to stay in the ISS to help communicate with Earth while, for example, astronauts are asleep, according to JAXA engineer Satoshi Sano." (02/17/11)

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Masive solar flare hits Earth Thursday night

February 17, 2011
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TG Daily    

"The biggest solar flare in four years has blasted out from the sun, and is expected to reach Earth late tonight. A flare of this size could have noticeable effects on Earth when the cloud of charged particles reaches us. It's possible that radio transmissions and GPS systems could be knocked out, and power grids could be affected." (02/17/11)

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NASA’s Stardust to take close-ups of comet

February 14, 2011
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Salt Lake Tribune    

"The last time NASA visited the Tempel 1 comet, it was with fireworks, on July 4, 2005. On that day, the Deep Impact spacecraft slammed an 820-pound projectile into Tempel 1, excavating a plume of ice and dust. On Monday night — Valentine’s Day — NASA will return to Tempel 1 but will not bombard it. This time, a different spacecraft, Stardust, will zip past at more than 24,000 mph, taking 72 high-resolution pictures of the comet’s surface." (02/13/11)

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Dropped tool may have damaged space shuttle

February 9, 2011
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Fox News    

"NASA is checking space shuttle Discovery to see if it was damaged by a dropped tool. Discovery is supposed to blast off Feb. 24 for the International Space Station after a delay of nearly four months. A NASA spokeswoman said Wednesday that a measuring gauge came apart Tuesday night during repair work. The tool may have struck Discovery's external fuel tank as it fell. Spokeswoman Candrea Thomas said the metal gauge is small. It was tethered properly to a worker, but came apart and some pieces fell." (02/09/11)

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Iran unveils four new satellites

February 7, 2011
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Kansas City Star    

"Iran says it has built four new domestically produced satellites as part of a space program that's worrying other nations. State TV showed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiling the satellites -- Fajr, Rasad, Zafar and Amir Kabir-1 -- on Monday at a ceremony in Tehran." (02/07/11)

 

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ET stay home?

January 4, 2011
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Reason Reason
by Ronald Bailey  

"We haven't heard from space aliens and that might be good news." (01/04/11)

http://reason.com/archives/2011/01/04/et-stay-home  

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2011 and beyond: A space odyssey boondoggle

January 2, 2011
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Authority! Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"According to Fox News, a round-trip ticket to the orbiting International space station in 2011 and 2012 will cost NASA as much as $51 million per person, up almost 100% from the current $26 million. The price will jump to $56 million in 2013 and 2014. That’s $112 to $168 million taxpayer dollars every 6 months or so to finance the adventures of 2 or 3 new space cadets. Meanwhile, the federal government bureaucracy will continue funding an already defunct rocket to nowhere program until March, 2011, costing taxpayers another half billion unnecessary dollars." (01/01/11)

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NASA’s Ares rocket dead, but Congress lets you pay $500 million more for it

December 27, 2010
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Orlando Sentinel    

"Thanks to congressional inaction, NASA must continue to fund its defunct Ares I rocket program until March — a requirement that will cost the agency nearly $500 million at a time when NASA is struggling with the expensive task of replacing the space shuttle. About one-third that money — $165 million — will go to Alliant Techsystems, or ATK, which has a $2 billion contract to build the solid-rocket first stage for the Ares I, the rocket that was supposed to fill the shuttle's role of transporting astronauts to the International Space Station." (12/26/10)

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Rocket with Indian satellite explodes after launch

December 25, 2010
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USA Today    

"A rocket carrying an Indian communication satellite exploded just after liftoff Saturday in the second launch failure for India's space agency this year. Television images showed the rocket exploding in the first stage after it launched from the Sriharikota space center. It was carrying a GSAT-5P satellite into orbit." (12/25/10)

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2010-12-25-rocket-explodes_N.htm  

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Space cheese and other breakthroughs

December 19, 2010
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Reason Reason
by Katherine Mangu-Ward  

"The success of SpaceX’s venture comes just after the conclusion of a debate within government about how to handle the future of space. With the final flight of the U.S. shuttle fleet set for 2011, a new way of doing business in low earth orbit is evolving. But Congress — and congressional Republicans in particular — have caused some serious launch delays in getting government out of this area of space business." (12/17/10)

http://reason.com/archives/2010/12/17/space-cheese-and-other-breakth  

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