Latest Space News 2011-04-27
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Soyuz crew due back on Earth today.
United Space Alliance’s top Florida executive is leaving to join another Kennedy Space Center contractor.
Cornell NY (SPX) Apr 27, 2012 It’s not little green men, but it could be a step in that direction: Cornell astronomers, using data from the NASA Kepler Mission, have identified three Earthlike planets orbiting their own suns, all of which could be hospitable to life. The team of astronomers used the Cornell-built Near-Infrared Triple Spectrograph (TripleSpec
Greenbelt, MD (SPX) Apr 27, 2012 Saturn’s giant moon Titan hides within a thick, smoggy atmosphere that’s well-known to scientists as one of the most complex chemical environments in the solar system. It’s a productive “factory” cranking out hydrocarbons that rain down on Titan’s icy surface, cloaking it in soot and, with a brutally cold surface temperature of around minus 270 degrees Fahrenheit
Mountain View CA (SPX) Apr 27, 2012 Moon Express has announced that it has successfully delivered a mission design package to NASA under its Innovative Lunar Demonstration Data (ILDD) Program, providing NASA continuing data on the development of the company’s commercial lunar missions and plans to mine the Moon for precious planetary resources
Space Shuttle Enterprise to Fly to NYC Today The prototype shuttle orbiter will ride piggyback to the Big Apple atop a jumbo jet. Read More »
Images from NASA‘s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) reveal an old star in the throes of a fiery outburst, spraying the cosmos with dust.
Siharikota, India(IANS) Apr 27, 2012 On an early on Thursday morning, an Indian rocket successfully launched into orbit a microwave Radar Imaging Satellite (Risat-1) from the spaceport here in Andhra Pradesh, some 80 km from Chennai. With the launch of Risat-1, India has now joined a select group of nations having such a technology. The indigenously built Risat-1, with a life span of five years
Trekkies convinced president Ford to change the name of the first space shuttle.
The station’s Expedition 30 is coming to an end.
The weather looks favorable for a Friday morning ferry flight of space shuttle orbiter prototype Enterprise to New York City.
An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are scheduled to return to Earth early Friday, winding up a five-and-a-half month International Space Station expedition.
A curiously shaped Mars dune (NASA/JPL/University of Arizona) Is that a bird? Yes, I can see a bird! A bird on Mars! Aliens must have created it to send us a message! Actually, no, it’s a curiously shaped dune on the Martian surface. My subconscious brain has just processed a familiar shape and my conscious brain did the rest. Captured by the HiRISE camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
[Q&BA is a live video chat session I do every weekend, more or less, on Google+ where people can ask me questions about space and astronomy.] I’m very excited about all the news we’re getting of planets orbiting other stars. For Q&BA I got a good question about them: How many exoplanets are there? [Note: the aspect ratio on this video is messed up a bit, like it was on the last one
Ancient Mars Lava Spirals Reveal Volcanic Secrets of Red Pl… The source of a valley region on Mars has been a mystery until now. Read More »
Space Shuttle & Skycrapers: How to See NASA‘s Enterprise Fl… Here’s how to see Enterprise soar over the Big Apple. Read More »
Here’s how to see Enterprise soar over the Big Apple.
The Proton rocket delivered the Yahsat 1B satellite into orbit on April 24.
India’s radar surveillance satellite Risat 1 is designed to meet national security needs.
On May 7, SpaceX plans to launch its Dragon spacecraft to dock with the International Space Station – the first time in history that a private company has undertaken such an endeavor. What’s in store for the launch? How will it affect NASA? And what happens if something goes wrong? Wired aerospace reporter Jason Paur talked to SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk during Wired’s first Google+ Hangout, livestreaming on our G+ page. For more on SpaceX and other commercial and private space ventures, visit Wired’s new Open Space portal. Image: Jim Merithew/Wired
Remember that embarrassingly bad letter written by 49 ex-NASA employees saying that global warming is a fraud and that NASA shouldn’t support it? Over at Scholars and Rogues, Brian Angliss tears it apart for the sham that it is. It’s a pretty good review that destroys the claims made in the letter and has plenty of links to back up the debunking
Never before has scientific curiosity taken European schoolchildren so far into space. ESA astronaut André Kuipers has shown our future generation of scientists what happens when gravity ‘switches off’.
Secretive Blue Origin Project Pins Spaceflight Hopes on Reu… The company is developing manned spaceships for suborbital and orbital flight. Read More »
The HD 10180 system could host up to nine planets, according to a new study.
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Apr 24, 2012 The overall number of Russian centers providing services based on data received via Glonass satellites will reach 25, Deputy Prime Minister Vladislav Surkov said on Tuesday. “Ten space service centers have already been established in Russia, the establishment of another 15 is planned,” Surkov said at a satellite navigation forum in Moscow
NASA should limit competition to speed up the availability of commercial astronaut flights, says a key U.S. House committee.
Research concludes giant asteroids hit Earth billions of years ago with more frequency than previously thought.
College Station TX (SPX) Apr 26, 2012 A team of scientists representing several international institutions, including Texas A and M University, has succeeded in installing the first of three Antarctic Survey Telescopes (AST3-1) at the Chinese Kunlun Station at Dome Argus, the highest point of the Antarctic Plateau. The telescope is the first of three, half-meter devices to be installed at PLATeau
Boulder, CO (SPX) Apr 26, 2012 New research reveals that the Archean era – a formative time for early life from 3.8 billion years ago to 2.5 billion years ago – experienced far more major asteroid impacts than had been previously thought, with a few impacts perhaps even rivaling those that produced the largest craters on the Moon, according to a paper published online in Nature
Boulder CO (SPX) Apr 26, 2012 Shrouded in a thick, complex, organic haze, Saturn’s giant moon Titan is proving to be one of the most scientifically interesting destinations in the solar system. Titan’s atmosphere, which is mostly molecular nitrogen with a touch of methane, produces chemically complex hydrocarbons that rain down on Titan’s icy surface, forming dunes of organic material
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Apr 26, 2012 Research by a Danish physicist suggests that the explosion of massive stars – supernovae – near the Solar System has strongly influenced the development of life. Prof. Henrik Svensmark of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) sets out his novel work in a paper in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Washington (AFP) April 24, 2012 SpaceX confirmed Tuesday it plans to launch a rocket and capsule on May 7 in a historic first flight of a private spaceship to the International Space Station. The new launch date, coming a week later than an initially planned April 30 goal, comes after SpaceX said Monday it needed to complete more testing on its unmanned Dragon capsule
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 26, 2012 The next-generation engine that will help carry humans deeper into space than ever is back, bigger and better. The J-2X engine is currently on the A-2 Test Stand at NASA‘s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi for an extensive round of tests to build on last year’s successful test firings
Chennai, India (IANS) Apr 26, 2012 With 5.47 am Thursday set for the blast-off of the Indian rocket carrying a remote sensing/earth observation satellite – Radar Imaging Satellite (Risat-1) – into space, the Indian space agency is fuelling the rocket’s second stage with liquid propellant. “The major activity today (Wednesday) is the filling up of the liquid fuel in the rocket’s second stage