Posts Tagged ‘ space ’

International Space Station to receive first shipment from US in months

December 6, 2015
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Time    

"A U.S. shipment of much-needed groceries and other astronaut supplies rocketed toward the International Space Station for the first time in months Sunday, reigniting NASA's commercial delivery service. If the Orbital ATK capsule arrives at the space station Wednesday as planned, it will represent the first U.S. delivery since spring. ... Orbital's previous grocery run, its fourth, ended in a fiery explosion seconds after liftoff in October 2014. SpaceX, the other supplier, suffered a launch failure in June on its eighth trip. Russia also lost a supply ship earlier this year. But it's since picked up the slack, with another resupply mission scheduled just before Christmas, and Japan has chipped in as well." (12/06/15)

http://time.com/4137947/international-space-station-gets-first-shipment-from-u-s-in-months/  

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There’s a very slight problem with asteroid mining

November 30, 2015
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Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"Much excitement as the US decides that it's just fine if people go space mining. Which is interesting of course, for the UN rules say that while you're entirely free to go mining you're not to do it for a profit, it must be 'for the benefit of all.' Which slightly puts a damper on things. But there's another problem which the new US rules don't address: it's still not possible to own a deposit or resource up there. You are, now, under the new US rules, which the rest of the world doesn't recognise, allowed to explore, find and mine something, for that potential profit. But as soon as you start doing that then anyone else who can get there is entirely allowed to go mine that same deposit. That puts another damper on the economics of the adventure." (11/29/15)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/economics/theres-a-very-slight-problem-with-asteroid-mining/  

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Blue Origin first to successfully land reusable rocket, beating SpaceX

November 24, 2015
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SlashGear    

"Elon Musk's SpaceX has been generating most of the headlines recently when it comes to privately owned space agencies, but Blue Origin, owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, has just taken the lead in one of the former's most impressive initiatives: to develop a reusable rocket and successfully land it after launch. Blue Origin announced today that its BE-3 rocket took an unmanned crew capsule to suborbital heights, separated, and then made a controlled decent ending with a vertical landing. Blue Origin says the launch took place on November 23rd in West Texas, seeing the BE-3 rocket and capsule, together known as New Shepard, reach a height of 62 miles (100.5 kilometers) before separating." (11/24/15)

http://www.slashgear.com/blue-origin-first-to-successfully-land-reusable-rocket-beating-spacex-24415841/  

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NASA astronauts wrap up 8 hours of plumbing in outer space

November 9, 2015
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Fox News Latino    

"Two astronauts of the U.S. space agency NASA successfully completed almost eight hours of 'high-flying plumbing' while on a spacewalk to make repairs on the International Space Station, or ISS. NASA officials reported Friday that ISS commander Scott Kelly and colleague Kjell Lindgren worked exactly seven hours and 48 minutes outside the space station doing vital maintenance work they referred to as 'high-flying plumbing.'" (11/08/15)

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2015/11/08/nasa-astronauts-wrap-up-8-hours-plumbing-in-outer-space/  

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HI: Aerojet-powered rocket fails in maiden flight

November 5, 2015
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Sacramento Bee    

"An experimental rocket with engines built by Rancho Cordova's Aerojet Rocketdyne failed its maiden flight Tuesday shortly after launch in Hawaii, according to the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base. The 67-foot-long rocket was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai at 7:45 p.m. Pacific Standard Time but crashed less than a minute into the flight. ... A 'Super Strypi' rocket is touted as a low-cost, small satellite launcher. The three-stage, solid-fuel rocket was developed in part with the University of Hawaii. There has been no determination on what caused the post-launch failure. Multiple satellites were on board the failed rocket." (11/05/15)

http://www.sacbee.com/news/business/article43017132.html  

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Mysterious space junk will plunge to Earth in November

October 26, 2015
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Scientific American    

"Researchers call it sheer coincidence that a newly discovered piece of space junk is officially designated WT1190F. But the letters in the name, which form the acronym for an unprintable expression of bafflement, are an appropriate fit for an object that is as mysterious as it is unprecedented. Scientists have worked out that WT1190F will plunge to Earth from above the Indian Ocean on November 13, making it one of the very few space objects whose impact can be accurately predicted. More unusual still, WT1190F was a 'lost' piece of space debris orbiting far beyond the Moon, ignored and unidentified, before being glimpsed by a telescope in early October." (10/26/15)

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/mysterious-space-junk-will-plunge-to-earth-in-november/  

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The return of SETI

September 30, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Ross Andersen  

"For more than five decades, scientists of various stripes have been scanning the stars for technological civilizations, populated by thinking beings like us. These efforts have been carried out by a number of institutions, but they all fall under a general heading -- the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or SETI -- and they have all been subject to funding droughts, criticism, stigma, and, in some cases, outright snickering. But now, that’s starting to change." (09/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o2mazbz  

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NASA detects liquid water on Mars

September 29, 2015
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Bloomberg    

"The holy grail of space exploration is to find extraterrestrial life. An important precursor to that is finding liquid water—and that's exactly what NASA today announced scientists have discovered on Mars. The findings, which are described in the journal Nature Geoscience, offer an explanation for peculiar, long streaks that sometimes appear on sloping Martian terrain. The dark features, which can reach 5 meters wide and more than 100 meters long, were first noticed in 2010. By analyzing their reflected light signature, a team of eight scientists has concluded that the streaks consist of mineral salts that easily absorb moisture—and that flowing water is the likeliest explanation for their appearance." (09/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oyfp5jg  

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FL: Jeff Bezos confirms plans for big Blue Origin space launch and manufacturing facility

September 15, 2015
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GeekWire    

"Florida Gov. Rick Scott confirmed that Blue Origin will invest more than $200 million locally and add 330 jobs for a manufacturing and launch facility on the Florida Space Coast. Blue Origin will have manufacturing facility at Exploration Park, south of NASA's Kennedy Space Center, and eventually will conduct orbital launches from Launch Complex 36. The governor was followed by [Amazon.com and Blue Origin head Jeff] Bezos, who talked about the history of the launch site at Complex 36, and went into more detail about Blue Origin's plans for its new facilities." (09/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nw3nvzf  

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Kazakhstan: Soyuz launches with three for space station

September 2, 2015
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Indiana Gazette    

"A Soyuz spacecraft carrying a Russian, a Dane and a Kazakh blasted off today for a two-day trip to the International Space Station. The rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, a Russian launch facility in Kazakhstan, on schedule at 10:37 a.m. with 'everything going flawlessly,' according to a commentator on NASA television. It was the 500th launch of both manned and unmanned spacecraft from the launch pad used in 1961 by Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, the commentator said." (09/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nl5vklo  

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Japanese spacecraft delivers mice, booze and more to ISS

August 24, 2015
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NBC News NBC News    

"A robotic Japanese cargo ship made a special delivery to the International Space Station on Sunday, ending a four-day trek to ferry tons of food and supplies -- including some mice and (experimental) liquor -- to the orbiting lab. The H-II Transfer Vehicle, called HTV-5, arrived at the space station at 6:55 a.m. ET, when it was captured via a robotic arm by astronauts inside of the space station. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the HTV-5 cargo ship on Wednesday." (08/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/phng8cc  

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Hawking launches $135 million search for aliens

July 20, 2015
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"When the first message from an alien civilisation is received, there's a good chance that it will come via the NSW radio telescope that featured in The Dish. The Parkes Telescope is co-starring in a new, $US100 million ($135 million), 10-year mission to discover whether humanity is alone in the universe. The 'Breakthrough Initiative,' entirely funded by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner and launched in London on Monday by physicist Stephen Hawking, is by far the biggest and most comprehensive search for alien intelligence ever attempted." (07/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/orobbvy  

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Space station astronauts take shelter from space junk

July 17, 2015
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Houston Chronicle    

"A piece of space junk forced the three space station astronauts to seek emergency shelter Thursday. For about an hour, the American and two Russians had to hunker down in their Soyuz spacecraft, which is docked to the International Space Station, in case they had to make a quick getaway. The fragment from an old Russian weather satellite ended up passing harmlessly, about 1 1/2 miles away." (07/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nqob229  

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NASA picks four astronauts to fly first commercial spaceflights

July 9, 2015
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Chicago Daily Herald    

"NASA has selected four veteran astronauts to lead the way back into orbit from U.S. soil. On Thursday, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden named the four who will fly on capsules built by SpaceX and Boeing. Each has test pilot experience and has flown twice in space." (07/09/15)

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20150709/news/307099849/  

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket explodes on launch

June 28, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying supplies for the International Space Station broke apart less than three minutes after a 10:21 a.m. Sunday blastoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. ... The failure was SpaceX's first by a Falcon 9 after 18 successful missions. Lost were more than 4,300 pounds of food, supplies and spare parts bound for the ISS, and a docking adapter intended to be use by future commercial U.S. crew vehicles in a few years." (06/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pqevg77  

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Ten reasons we should be exploring space

June 23, 2015
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spiked spiked
by Elisabetta Intini  

"Space exploration involves great economic investment, massive risks and seemingly impossible objectives. So why should we commit ourselves to it? Because it can benefit us, as individuals and as a species, in unexpected ways." (06/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nvdu8sp  

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Study: Methane in meteorites shows Mars soil could support life

June 16, 2015
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Direct evidence for life on Mars may remain as elusive as ever, but if something is living there, it is probably lurking beneath the surface, according to scientists. A study has found that martian meteorites contain pockets of methane gas, hinting that methane-eating microbes might be able to thrive in the planet's soil in a 'deep biosphere similar to that on Earth.'" (06/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pghwsbt  

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Three astronauts return to Earth

June 11, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Three astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS) have returned to Earth, one month after a rocket failure delayed an earlier attempt. Before they left they handed control of the ISS over to Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, after nearly 200 days in space. Their spacecraft landed safely on Thursday in Kazakhstan." (06/11/15)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/33091418  

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SpaceX certified by US Air Force for “national security” missions

May 28, 2015
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IGN    

"The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) certificated SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch system for national security space missions, such as launching military satellites. The successful conclusion of the two-year-long certification process means the private space transport company is now eligible to bid on national security missions against United Launch Alliance (ULA) and its Atlas 5." (05/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qd5j4rw  

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Secret US military space plane to launch on fourth (known) mission Wednesday

May 19, 2015
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Mashable    

"A military space plane that is shrouded in secrecy is set to launch into space on its latest (mostly) secret mission Wednesday. The U.S. Air Force's uncrewed X-37B space plane is due to blast off atop an Atlas V rocket for its fourth space mission on May 20 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. ... During its third mission, which ended in October 2014, the 29-foot space plane spent 674 days in orbit before coming back to Earth. It is not clear how long this X-37B mission will last or which of the two space planes will be involved." (05/19/15)

http://mashable.com/2015/05/19/x37b-space-plane-launch/  

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NASA offers $2.25 million prize for 3D-printed space habitat

May 19, 2015
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Economic Times [India]    

"NASA is offering USD 2.25 million in prize for designing and building a 3D-printed habitat for deep space exploration, including the journey to Mars. The multi-phase 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge is designed to advance the additive construction technology needed to create sustainable housing solutions for Earth and beyond, NASA said." (05/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n7pqsyx  

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket certified to fly NASA missions

May 17, 2015
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United Press International United Press International    

"After three years of waiting, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket has finally been certified to fly medium-level NASA missions into space, reports said Saturday. ... The NASA certification clears the way for the Falcon 9 rocket to win more NASA contracts, although just one other mission is currently scheduled for SpaceX -- a 2017 Florida launch of a planet-searching satellite called TESS. The U.S. Air Force may also complete certification as early as June for the Falcon 9 to launch national security satellites." (05/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lxh6tqb  

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ISS astronauts’ return delayed after Russian craft failure

May 13, 2015
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Business Standard [India]    

"The return of three International Space Station (ISS) astronauts, originally scheduled for later this week, has been delayed due to the failure of a Russian cargo spacecraft. The spacecraft, Progress 59, launched by a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan on April 28, failed to dock with the ISS after suffering a communications failure, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday. On May 8, the spacecraft burned up upon re-entering into the Earth's atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean." (05/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pbeaer9  

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Did a telescope reveal a “hole” in space?

May 10, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"A fascinating picture captured by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) shows what looks like to be a big, dark hole, a black spot over an otherwise starry photo. Shot with a 2.2-meter MPG/ESO telescope, the remarkably sharp image depicts a dark spot named LDN1774, with tentacle-like arms reaching out from the spot's center. As the observatory notes in a press release, this is no hole. Instead, the dark spot is made up of thick, opaque dust that blocks the stars." (05/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qfmtdpc  

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Russian cargo spaceship falls over Pacific Ocean

May 8, 2015
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Minneapolis Star Tribune    

"Russia's space agency says the unmanned cargo ship that went out of control en route to the International Space Station has fallen to Earth over the Pacific Ocean. A brief statement from Roscosmos says the Progress craft entered the planet's atmosphere about 5 a.m. (0200 GMT) on Friday. Progress was expected to mostly burn up from the friction of the re-entry and there were no reports of fragments being spotted." (05/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n2r52xj  

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