Posts Tagged ‘ space ’

SpaceX to follow up historic launch by trying again to land rocket stage on drone ship

January 12, 2016
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Mashable    

"SpaceX, fresh from its successful recovery of a rocket stage following the launch of 11 satellites on Dec. 21, plans to attempt a risky ocean drone ship recovery on Jan. 17. The recovery would follow the launching of a NASA satellite, known as Jason-3, that will be used to monitor global sea levels. The launch aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled for 1:42 p.m. ET on Jan. 17 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, with a backup launch opportunity occurring on the morning of Jan. 18, according to NASA. SpaceX has tried and failed to recover a stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship (which is basically a barge with a landing platform) at least three times before. Its test landing on dry land, which is an arguably easier accomplishment considering the lack of waves at the landing pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida, was successful and marked a new era in spaceflight." (01/12/16)

http://mashable.com/2016/01/11/spacex-launch-land-drone-ship/  

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SpaceX launches rocket, successfully re-lands first stage

December 22, 2015
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"Elon Musk's SpaceX not only blasted 11 satellites to orbit on Monday, but also brought its towering first-stage booster back down, with a historic landing at a pad at Cape Canaveral, Fla. ... Musk has already tried twice to land the Falcon 9 on an unmanned ocean barge the size of a football field. The rocket successfully turned around, slowed from hypersonic speeds and hit its target on the barge. It then crashed. Landing the rocket Monday was a giant step toward making spacecraft reusable -- a longtime quest of Musk and aerospace engineers. Their goal is to recycle the first stage, including its expensive engines, so it can be used repeatedly, lowering the cost of space travel." (12/21/15)

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-spacex-return-to-flight-20151221-story.html  

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Scientists discover tridymite, silica on Mars

December 21, 2015
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Morning Ticker    

"For the first time ever, scientists have discovered the mineral tridymite on Mars -- as well as huge amounts of silica, a sign of ancient flowing water on the Red Planet. Curiosity found a large amount of rock-forming silica, which is a mineral that is composed of silicon and oxygen and on Earth typically indicates the past presence of water. It’s usually a good spot to find microbial life on Earth -- perhaps it's a sign that such life could have existed on Mars. ... But the discovery of tridymite is perhaps more intriguing. This mineral is rare on Earth and it's the first time scientists have found it on Mars. When it's found on Earth, it's typically found in rocks thrown out by volcanoes, indicating that such volcanoes may have once existed on Mars." [editor's note: We already knew that Mars had volcanoes -- including the largest one in the solar system - TLK] (12/21/15)

http://www.morningticker.com/2015/12/scientists-shocked-at-this-discovery-on-mars/  

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Kazakhstan: Three new crewmembers blast off to the International Space Station

December 15, 2015
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Mashable    

"Three new crewmembers -- including British astronaut Tim Peake -- are on their way to the International Space Station after blasting off from Kazakhstan on Tuesday. The new batch of Space Station residents, including Peake, NASA's Tim Kopra and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko will live and work on the station for about six months, performing biological and other experiments during their time in the space laboratory." (12/15/15)

http://mashable.com/2015/12/14/space-station-tim-peake-launch/#Y_b9Jpw3Umqp  

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SpaceX launches may resume December 19, six months after accident

December 10, 2015
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Miami Herald    

"SpaceX says it's close to launching rockets again six months after an accident. Chief executive Elon Musk announced via Twitter on Thursday a rocket test-firing for next Wednesday in Florida. A satellite launch for Orbcomm could come three days later -- Dec. 19th. SpaceX has been stuck on Earth since June, when a broken strut doomed its Falcon rocket during liftoff." (12/10/15)

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article49020000.html  

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Japan probe orbits Venus as NASA sends back images of Kuiper Belt object

December 8, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"NASA has given us a glimpse of one of the most distant visible objects in the solar system as Japan's space agency prepares for a close orbit of one of our nearest neighbors. Japan's Akatsuki probe -- the name means 'dawn' in Japanese -- was originally launched in May 2010 but missed its window to enter orbit around Venus due to a technical malfunction, instead going spinning around the sun for five years. ... As JAXA approaches Venus, its U.S. counterpart has been examining objects at the furthest reaches of the solar system. New Horizons, which last week beamed back the most detailed images of Pluto's surface ever taken, has captured four photos of a Kuiper Belt object 90 miles (150 kilometers) across from a distance of 170 million miles away (280 million kilometers)." (12/08/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/08/world/kuiper-belt-japan-venus/  

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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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