Posts Tagged ‘ space ’

SpaceX Dragon returns to Earth from International Space Station

May 18, 2014
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"The commercial cargo ship Dragon returned to Earth from the International Space Station on Sunday, bringing back nearly 2 tons of science experiments and old equipment for NASA. SpaceX's Dragon splashed into the Pacific, just five hours after leaving the orbiting lab." (05/18/14)

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Russia loses $275 million satellite in latest rocket failure

May 16, 2014
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Chicago Tribune    

"A Russian rocket carrying a $275 million telecommunications satellite failed and burned up shortly after launch on Friday, the latest in a series of setbacks for Russia's once-pioneering space industry. It was the second failure for Russia's workhorse Proton-M rocket in less than a year, and the second time that it had failed to deliver a European satellite intended to provide advanced telecoms and Internet access to remote parts of Russia, after the last one crashed shortly after launch in 2011." (05/16/14)

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US judge lifts temporary ban on Russian rocket buys

May 11, 2014
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Space.com    

"A U.S. federal judge on Thursday (May 8) lifted an injunction that temporarily barred the U.S. Air Force and United Launch Alliance from buying Russian-made rocket engines for launching launch national security missions that had been issued out of concern that the purchases violated sanctions against Russian leaders. In issuing the temporary injunction April 30, Judge Susan Braden of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims cited the possibility that money from the transactions could wind up in the hands of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees Russia’s space industry. Rogozin is one of 11 senior Russian officials sanctioned by the U.S. government following Russia’s incursions into Ukraine." (05/08/14)

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Solar siblings? Astronomers discover sun’s long-lost brother

May 11, 2014
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Fox News    

"It turns out that the sun has a long-lost brother -- and now astronomers are racing to map a solar family tree. ... The finding, which will be published next month in The Astrophysical Journal, identifies a star that was almost certainly born from the same cloud of gas and dust as the sun. Located 110 light years away in the constellation Hercules, the star, called HD 162826, is 15 percent more massive than our sun, and can be seen with low-power binoculars." (05/10/14)

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Court blocks US plan to buy Russian rocket engines

May 1, 2014
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Business Standard [India]    

"A US court has blocked a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing from buying Russian-made rocket engines, after private rocket operator SpaceX filed a lawsuit protesting the contract. The preliminary injunction against the deal between the US Air Force and United Launch Systems was issued late Wednesday by Judge Susan Braden of the US Court of Federal Claims. ... SpaceX on April 28 filed a legal protest against the contract, which guaranteed the purchase of 36 rocket cores from ULA to be used in national security launches, on the basis that it was struck without any competition from other companies. The deal was part of the Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program, which is the fourth largest program in the defense budget at a cost of USD 70 billion, according to court documents." (05/01/14)

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Arianespace launches satellite for Kazakhstan

April 30, 2014
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Dallas Morning News    

"The Arianespace consortium has successfully launched a rocket that lofted an Earth observation satellite for the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan. The satellite was carried into orbit by a Vega rocket late Tuesday from the consortium's spaceport in French Guiana in South America. The rocket's flight lasted 55 minutes." (04/30/14)

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SpaceX to sue Pentagon over satellite launch monopoly

April 27, 2014
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"Billionaire tech investor Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies plans to sue the US Air Force, saying it should be allowed to compete in a satellite-launch market monopolised by the two biggest defence contractors. ... Mr Musk's company, known as SpaceX, is trying to break the Lockheed Martin-Boeing joint venture's lock on military satellite launches, which have an estimated value of $US70 billion through to 2030." (04/27/14)

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SpaceX supply capsule berths at space station

April 22, 2014
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Yahoo! News    

"The unmanned Dragon capsule from the private US firm SpaceX successfully berthed at the International Space Station Sunday on its third trip carrying supplies and equipment to the orbiting lab. NASA television broadcast live images of the crew inside the ISS as the capsule was installed on the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module, a US-built utility hub, at 1406 GMT. It said the capsule, which berthed with the help of a long robotic arm, took place 260 miles (418 kilometers) above Brazil." (04/20/14)

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Traveling three times faster than a bullet, LADEE slams into the moon

April 20, 2014
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The Space Reporter    

"Show’s over, folks. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) slammed into the moon between 9:30 and 10:22 pm PDT on Thursday, Apr. 17. Due to an insufficient quantity of fuel to maintain a long-term lunar orbit, NASA was forced to let LADEE’s orbit naturally decay following the spacecraft’s final low-altitude science phase. ... scientists hope that LADEE data can help them determine whether moon dust was responsible for the pre-sunrise glow observed above the lunar horizon during several Apollo missions." (04/20/14)

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SpaceX to deliver lettuce, robot legs to space station

April 14, 2014
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Christian Science Monitor    

"A cargo mission carrying about 2.5 tons of resupply items including a robotic astronaut's legs, microbes gathered by cheerleaders, and lettuce seedlings is scheduled to lift off Monday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. SpaceX, a private spaceflight company founded by billionaire Elon Musk, is expected to launch Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon capsule containing all the supplies at 4:58 p.m. EDT Monday." (04/14/14)

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FL: Atlas V rocket launches spy satellite into orbit

April 10, 2014
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My News 13    

"An Atlas V rocket launched Thursday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a classified mission for the National Reconnaissance Office. The unmanned rocket blasted off from Launch Complex 41 at 1:45 p.m. with a classified spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office. No details about the classified satellite were divulged, other than that it's intended for national security." (04/10/14)

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Russian rocket blasts off to space station

March 26, 2014
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ABC News    

"A rocket carrying a Russian-American crew to the International Space Station has blasted off successfully from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. ... The crew -- NASA astronaut Steve Swanson and Russians Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev -- are set to dock the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft at the station less than six hours after the launch and are scheduled to stay in orbit for six months." (03/25/14)

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NASA seeks proposals on Asteroid Redirect Mission concepts development

March 25, 2014
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Space Daily    

"In support of NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission -- a key part of the agency's stepping stone path to send humans to Mars - agency officials are seeking proposals for studies on advanced technology development. Through a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), released Friday, NASA hopes to solicit proposals for concept studies in areas including asteroid capture systems, rendezvous sensors, adapting commercial spacecraft for the Asteroid Redirect Mission and feasibility studies of potential future partnership opportunities for secondary payloads and the crewed mission." (03/25/14)

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Robotic Russian cargo ship docks with space station after express flight

February 5, 2014
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Space.com    

"An unmanned Russian cargo spacecraft docked with the International Space Station today (Feb. 5) to deliver supplies to the crewmembers manning the space laboratory after a quick trip through space. The Russian Progress 54 vehicle docked to the station as both flew 261 miles (420 kilometers) above the Atlantic Ocean at 5:22 p.m. EST (2222 GMT). The spacecraft docked about six hours after launching atop Russia's Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Robotic Progress ships have done these accelerated station runs since 2012." (02/05/14)

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Phone home! European Space Agency hopes for sign of life from comet-chasing spacecraft Rosetta

January 20, 2014
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Newser    

"Europe's Rosetta probe is due to wake up from years of hibernation Monday, but scientists face an agonizing wait of several hours until the first signal reaches Earth and they can celebrate a new milestone in their unprecedented mission to land a spacecraft on a comet. Dormant systems on the unmanned spacecraft were scheduled to switch back on at 11 a.m. (1000 GMT; 5 a.m. EST) in preparation for the final stage of its decade-long mission to rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. ... The agency says the earliest it might receive the probe's all-clear call is about 6.30 p.m. (1730 GMT; 12:30 p.m. EST). If no signal is received by Tuesday, scientists will try to manually restart the probe from the ground." (01/20/14)

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Virgin Galactic spacecraft reaches record heights as it soars to 71,000 feet

January 12, 2014
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The Daily Mirror [UK]    

"Virgin Galactic have brought commercial space travel one step closer to a reality following a third successful flight of their revolutionary SpaceShipTwo aircraft. Reaching record heights of 71,000 feet, the flight path took SpaceShipTwo soaring over the Mojave Desert in California, before it made a safe re-entry after ten minutes of solo flight." (01/12/14)

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Orbital Sciences launches rocket to space station after solar scare

January 9, 2014
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Fox News    

"Orbital Sciences Corp. launched its unmanned Antares cargo rocket to the International Space Station Wednesday, following a delay after a massive explosion on the sun led to fears of radiation. The rocket was lofted into a brilliant blue sky from Wallops Island, Va., at 1:07 p.m. Thursday. On board is a capsule full of supplies for the International Space Station, as well as some ants for an educational project." (01/09/14)

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SpaceX preps for Monday launch of Falcon 9 rocket

January 6, 2014
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My Fox Orlando    

"SpaceX is prepping for a Monday launch out of Cape Canaveral for a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Thai communication satellite. The launch was originally scheduled for last Friday, but no reason for the delay was given. One source said engineers were studying an issue with the Falcon 9 launch vehicle. SpaceX's last launch out of Cape Canaveral was delayed three times in November because of computer and mechanical issues. Meanwhile, Monday's scheduled launch is just one of many for SpaceX's international customers. In fact, more than half of the launches on the 2014 manifest for the California-based company consist of clients from around the world." (01/05/14)

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Hubble finds clouds on alien planet

January 2, 2014
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Times of India [India]    

"Nasa's Hubble telescope has discovered clouds in the atmosphere of a super-Earth type planet 40-light years away, providing the first-ever weather forecast for a planet outside our solar system. The scrutinized planet, known as GJ1214b, is classified as a super-Earth type planet because its mass is intermediate between those of Earth and Neptune." (01/02/14)

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1,058 Mars One applicants make first cut

January 1, 2014
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CBS News    

"Mars One announced Monday that it has picked 1,058 aspiring spaceflyers to move on to the next round in its search for the first humans to live and die on the Red Planet. The Netherlands-based nonprofit wants to start launching groups of four on one-way trips to Mars by 2023, with the long-term goal of creating the first permanent settlement on Mars. More than 200,000 people applied for a spot on Mars One's list of future colonists by the time the initial application window closed on Aug. 31." (01/01/14)

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NASA astronauts end spacewalk early after five hours

December 23, 2013
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WPRO 630 News    

"Two American astronauts conducted an urgent repair outside the International Space Station Saturday during a spacewalk that lasted five hours and 28 minutes. The astronauts ran about an hour and a half ahead of what NASA expected to be their timeline. Rich Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins, Expedition 38 Flight Engineers, began at 7:01 am EST Saturday morning to replace a degraded ammonia pump module associated with one of the station's two cooling loops that keeps internal and external equipment cool, NASA said." (12/23/13)

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EU’s Gaia space probe blasts off on five-year mission to map a billion stars

December 20, 2013
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Independent [UK]    

"A £2 billion European probe has blasted into space on a five-year mission to map more than a billion stars. The Gaia space telescope was launched by a Russian Soyuz rocket from Europe's space port in Kourou, French Guiana, shortly after 9am UK time. It is en route to a gravitationally stable parking place called the L2 Lagrangian point almost a million miles from Earth." (12/19/13)

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China lands Jade Rabbit robot rover on Moon

December 15, 2013
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"China says it has successfully landed a craft carrying a robotic rover on the surface of the Moon, the first soft landing there for 37 years. On Saturday afternoon (GMT), a landing module used thrusters to touch down, marking the latest step in China's ambitious space exploration programme. Several hours later, the lander will deploy a robotic rover called Yutu, which translates as 'Jade Rabbit.'" (12/14/13)

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NASA: Cooling pump on space station shuts down

December 13, 2013
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Washington Post    

"NASA says it is looking into a problem with a malfunctioning cooling pump on the International Space Station, but there is no immediate danger to the six crewmen on board. Agency spokesman Kelly Humphries says the problem may eventually be serious, but is not an emergency at the moment." (12/12/13)

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China’s moon mission could interfere with NASA lunar probe

November 25, 2013
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Christian Science Monitor    

"Could there be another squabble over the moon? China is expected to launch its latest lunar mission in early December -- a move that experts say will likely skew lunar dust results for NASA's LADEE probe." (11/25/13)

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