Posts Tagged ‘ space ’

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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Indian Mars mission snag “resolved”

November 12, 2013
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"India's mission to Mars has overcome a technical problem and appears to be back on track, the country's space research agency says. The problem occurred on Monday when a planned engine burn failed to raise the spacecraft's orbit around Earth by the intended amount. The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has now pushed the spacecraft to a higher velocity as planned. Isro officials said its final orbit 'will be known in a few hours.'" (11/11/13)

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India launches first Mars mission

November 5, 2013
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Bellingham Herald    

"India on Tuesday launched its first spacecraft bound for Mars, a complex mission that it hopes will demonstrate and advance technologies for space travel. ... The 1,350-kilogram (3,000-pound) Mangalyaan orbiter was headed first into an elliptical orbit around Earth, after which a series of technical maneuvers and short burns will raise its orbit before it slingshots toward Mars." (11/05/13)

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NBC reality show to launch real people into space

October 7, 2013
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CNet News    

"Reality TV is struggling like a man trying to get out of a glass coffin full of scorpions on a Japanese game show. How can the producers make it more interesting? We've surely seen everything. Well, we've never seen the winners being shot into outer space, have we? So it has come to pass that Mark Burnett, the very clever man behind such cultural artifacts as 'The Apprentice' and 'The Celebrity Apprentice,' has persuaded NBC to buy as show called 'Space Race.'" (10/04/13)

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Updated SpaceX Falcon rocket blasts off

September 29, 2013
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"The US SpaceX company has successfully launched a new version of its Falcon 9 rocket from California. The vehicle, carrying the Canadian Cassiope research satellite, lifted clear of the Vandenberg Air Force Base at 09:00 local time (16:00 GMT). Preliminary data indicated the desired orbit was achieved nine minutes later." (09/29/13)

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Spacecraft With American, two Russians blasts off

September 25, 2013
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ABC News    

"A Soyuz spacecraft carrying two Russians and an American has lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, soaring into the night sky for a six-hour trip to the International Space Station. Seated inside the cramped capsule were NASA's Michael Hopkins and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky, who are to orbit the Earth four times before docking at the orbiting outpost, where they will spend six months conducting a variety of experiments." (09/25/13)

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Cygnus cargo ship aborts first space station approach

September 23, 2013
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Space.com    

"A new robotic commercial cargo ship for the International Space Station skipped its first attempt to link up with the orbiting lab Sunday (Sept. 22) due to a rendezvous glitch that delayed the spacecraft's arrival for at least 48 hours, NASA officials say. The unmanned Cygnus spacecraft built by Orbital Sciences Corp. was expected to be captured by a robotic arm operated by astronauts inside the space station later today at 7:25 a.m. EDT (1125 GMT) before the glitch appeared." (09/22/13)

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Orbital’s Cygnus space freighter embarks on maiden voyage

September 18, 2013
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"The new Cygnus commercial cargo ship has launched on a demonstration voyage to the International Space Station. Built by Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC), the robotic vessel lifted off atop an Antares rocket from the Wallops spaceport in Virginia, US. Cygnus is one of two private systems seeded by Nasa to meet America's ISS re-supply requirements following the retirement of the space shuttles." (09/18/13)

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78,000 people apply for one-way trip to Mars

May 10, 2013
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Time    

"An ambitious project to establish a human colony on Mars has attracted applications from tens of thousands of would-be astronauts, just two weeks after applications opened. The mission, a private venture by the Dutch non-profit organization Mars One, aims to send a crew to the Red Planet in 2022 -- and, due to the physiological change in the human body after a stay on Mars, there’d be no coming back. That hasn’t deterred people, though: so far, over 78,000 people have applied to become one of Mars’ first immigrants (the company is expecting 500,000 applicants by the time applications close on August 31)." (05/09/13)

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SpaceX Dragon cargo ship leaves space station, aims for Pacific splashdown with science work

March 26, 2013
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Washington Post    

"A privately owned cargo ship left the International Space Station with a full science load Tuesday and aimed for a splashdown in the Pacific. Astronauts released the unmanned SpaceX capsule, named Dragon, from the end of the space station’s giant robot arm. The parting occurred 250 miles over the South Pacific and was a poignant moment for the three space station residents, who had helped to snare the Dragon three weeks earlier." (03/26/13)

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After delay, SpaceX Dragon arrives safely at space station

March 3, 2013
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PC Magazine    

"After a brief delay, the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft arrived safely at the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday morning. ... Dragon was initially scheduled to arrive at the ISS on Saturday, but a problem with three of the spacecraft's four thruster pods emerged shortly after its Friday liftoff. NASA requires that at least three pod thrusters be operational before a spacecraft approaches the ISS, so SpaceX was forced to delay its arrival while it fixed the glitches." (03/03/13)

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SpaceX readies for rocket launch to space station Friday

February 28, 2013
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Fox News    

"The weather looks promising for the planned Friday launch of a privately built robotic space capsule to the International Space Station, NASA says. The unmanned Dragon space capsule, built by the private spaceflight company SpaceX of Hawthorne, Calif., is slated to launch toward the space station Friday (March 1) at 10:10 a.m. EST. Weather forecasts predict an 80 percent chance of favorable conditions for launch -- near-perfect conditions." (02/28/13)

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NASA temporarily loses communication with space station

February 19, 2013
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Chicago Tribune    

"In what could be called a three-hour space oddity, the International Space Station lost communication with NASA’s ground control in Houston on Tuesday while the station updated its software. Its astronauts, two Americans, three Russians and a Canadian, were left sitting in a tin can far above the world, and there was nothing they could do." (02/19/13)

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