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On July 15, NASA‘s Dawn spacecraft will begin a prolonged encounter with the asteroid Vesta, making the mission the first to enter orbit around a main-belt asteroid.
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Four Atlantis astronauts have wrapped up another day of packing and moving cargo on the International Space Station, work now 90 percent complete. There’s only one more full day left to transfer cargo between the station and shuttle, though Sunday’s schedule includes some off-duty time. On Monday, the crew will return a cargo module to Atlantis’ payload bay and close hatches between the spacecraft
After two scrubbed launch attempts, a United Launch Alliance Delta IV lifted off early today from Space Launch Complex-37 with an Air Force Global…
Shooting stars or meteors are bits of material falling through Earth’s atmosphere; they are heated to incandescence by the friction of the air. The bright trails as they are coming through the Earth’s atmosphere are termed meteors, and these chunks as they are hurtling through space are called meteoroids
Four Atlantis astronauts are back at work hauling cargo to and from the International Space Station, and trying to figure out where to put it. Kwatsi Alibaruho, the shuttle mission’s lead flight director, said today’s activity repeated the theme of recent days: “Cargo transfer, cargo transfer and more cargo transfer,” he said. “But again, that’s the reason that this spacecraft is docked, and that
Atlantis Crew Fixes Broken Shuttle Compartment Latch
The crew of the final space shuttle mission woke up today to well wishes from a former neighbor of sorts.
After two launch attempt scrubs earlier in the week, a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket lifted off at 2:41 a.m. EDT Saturday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station orbiting an improved GPS satellite. The pre-dawn launch came after evening showers passed through the Space Coast. The two-stage rocket with two solid fuel boosters carried the GPS IIF-2
A Soyuz rocket added six new Globalstar satellites to the constellation in space.
India launched the new GSAT-12 satellite into space Friday, July 15.
China launched a new data relay satellite to prepare for a planned spaceship docking try.
As early as 1961, some within NASA proposed that a Mars expedition be made the agency’s next goal after Apollo. NASA Administrator James Webb was loathe to promote such a goal until after Apollo had achieved its politically motivated purpose of placing a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s. In early 1969, as Apollo neared culmination, Webb retired and Richard Nixon entered the Oval Office
NASA Spacecraft Now Orbiting Huge Asteroid Vesta … Hopefully NASA‘s Dawn spacecraft should now be in orbit around Vesta, if all went according to plan. Read More »
The program and abstracts for the next big space meeting have now been posted, and there’s a lot of great stuff to look forward to. The meeting is jointly hosted by two organizations, the European Planetary Science Congress and the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, and I’ll be referring to it as “DPS” because that’s just too many words to write out every time
With all the turmoil over the House’s cancellation of the James Webb Space Telescope it seems an appropriate time to post this Youtube video:The video isn’t just about JWST; the Vlog Brothers’ summation of why space exploration is important is succinct and awesome.Click to enlarge >James Webb Space TelescopeCredit: NASA
Below are notes from President Barack Obama’s call to all 10 crew members of space shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station’s Expedition 28.
News media interviews, a news conference with reporters at NASA centers and in Japan and a call from President Obama highlighted Atlantis crew activities Friday.
The crew of the Atlantis shuttle talk about the future of space exploration, international co-operation and Nasa’s role
Southern Lights & Space Shuttle Dazzle in Astronaut Photo The eerie green southern lights and Earth provide a stunning background for shuttle Atlantis. Read More »
The eerie green southern lights and Earth provide a stunning background for shuttle Atlantis.
After a scrubbed launch attempt Friday morning, a United Launch Alliance Delta IV launched successfully at 2:41 a.m. EDT Saturday from Space Launch Complex-37. The rocket carried an Air Force Global Positioning System IIF-2 satellite. The second stage fired correctly and the faring separated properly. The satellite was expected to separate from the second stage shortly before 7 a.m. GPS IIF-2 is the second in a series of next generation GPS satellites and will join a worldwide timing and navigation system of 24 satellites in orbit approximately 11,000 miles above the Earth. Photo by Pat Corkery, ULA Get space launch text message alerts at floridatoday.com/text
The full moon of July occurs tonight is known as the Hay Moon, Buck Moon and Thunder moon, to name a few.
A chemical in red wine could prove beneficial in weightlessness.
The inpsired finalists of the Google Science Fair may provide valuable lessons for practising scientists What questions would the public choose to invest scientific time and resources in, if given the chance to shape research policy? This is an old and largely unanswered question. Indeed, it is one that many members of the scientific community go out of their way to avoid testing