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Tue, 07 Jul 2015 01:46:07 GMT
Over the last few years, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has helped launch the commercial space flight business. His company, Space Exploration Technologies, better known as SpaceX, could boast of a string of successes ferrying cargo to the International Space Station and sending satellites into orbit.
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 21:45:57 GMT
In the days leading up to doomed SpaceX Cargo Resupply Service mission 7, Observer Innovation was granted behind the scenes access to NASA Kennedy Space Center's research facilities and a chance to join Administrator Charles Bolden as he presented a powerful memorial to the families of the lost Challenger and Columbia Space Shuttles. The Columbia STS-107 mission marked the beginning of the end for America's celebrated human spaceflight program as the Space Shuttle disintegrated upon reentry, killing all 7 of it's crew members.
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:41:39 GMT
This summer, electroactive polymers designed by US entrepreneur Lenore Rasmussen are spending three months on board the International Space Station to test their radiation resistance. Rasmussen has been working on them for 12 years in the hope of one day improving prosthetics and robotics.
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:36:41 GMT
The Swiss "Clean Space One" project has come up with a cleanup satellite to capture space debris. In a so-called "Pac-Man" solution, it will capture an old satellite before destroying it in the Earth's atmosphere.
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:36:40 GMT
An influential group of US astronomers has laid out its vision for the biggest and best space telescope yet - a worthy successor to the much-loved Hubble Space Telescope that some say could cost US$10 billion or more. The proposed High-Definition Space Telescope would have a mirror up to 12 metres across.
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 17:31:54 GMT
Photographer Ralph Mirebs once again enters off-limits Russian space launch facility ground in Kazakstan at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. This time he's not at Site 112A with the USSR's versions of the space shuttle.
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 14:21:15 GMT
NASA's New Horizons mission is returning to normal science operations after a July 4 anomaly and remains on track for its July 14 flyby of Pluto. The mission operations center at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland, lost contact with the unmanned spacecraft at 1:54 p.m. EDT July 4 and regained communications with New Horizons at 3:15 p.m. EDT, through NASA's Deep Space Network.
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:21:10 GMT
As an Indian rocket is getting ready to put five British satellites into orbit on July 10, officials at the Sriharikota space port are also working on an Indian satellite launch, an official said on Monday. India will launch a communications satellite GSAT6 sometime after July 10. "Work is progressing smoothly for the July 10 night rocket launch.
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 11:11:22 GMT
Actually, [Gordon] is a photographer, and he wants to capture candid moments and fleeting expressions. What better way to inspire wonder and amazement than to be able to produce a giant soap bubble on demand? And what better way to do it than with an intricate, computer controlled giant bubble machine ? [Gordon's] inspiration for the bubble producing mechanism comes from the end effector of the Canadarm robotic Space Shuttle arm, which used a cable-grapple design to snare and secure payloads.
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:02:16 GMT
I'm a science journalist and author of "Distant Wanderers: the Search for Planets Beyond the Solar System" who writes about over-the-horizon technology, primarily astronomy and space science. I'm a former Hong Kong bureau chief for Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine and former Paris-based technology correspondent for the Financial Times newspaper who has reported from six continents.
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 02:51:44 GMT
The British-led discovery suggests there may be millions more "supermassive" black holes in the universe than were previously thought. Supermassive black holes are powerful cosmic "drains" sucking material into a point of infinite density formed from the compressed mass of hundreds of thousands to billions of suns.
Sun, 05 Jul 2015 22:57:06 GMT
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft break apart shortly after liftoff from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Sunday, June 28, 2015. The rocket was carrying supplies to the International Space Station.
Sun, 05 Jul 2015 20:57:20 GMT
Wicomico teacher soars at Space Camp John Reichenberg launches lessons learned at Space Camp in the classroom Check out this story on delmarvanow.com: http://www.delmarvanow.com/story/news/local/maryland/2015/07/05/teacher-space-camp-adventure/29739771/ But Reichenberg's original path was not one conducive to space travel. He was part of the business world for 18 years before becoming an educator in Wicomico County.
Sun, 05 Jul 2015 17:47:43 GMT
A Russian cargo ship arrived safely at the International Space Station early Sunday, easing concerns about a potential supply shortage after consecutive mission failures. Local 6 News partner Florida Today says the un-piloted Progress 60 spacecraft carrying more than 3 tons of food, fuel and spare parts docked at the orbiting research complex at 3:11 a.m. Eastern time, two days after launching from Kazakhstan.
Sun, 05 Jul 2015 13:43:09 GMT
An artist's rendition of Pluto and Charon. The probe has been barreling toward the dwarf planet and its primary moon since January 2006, but suffered a glitch on Saturday.
Sun, 05 Jul 2015 10:38:04 GMT
In this image taken from video, a Soyuz-U rocket blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Friday, July 3, 2015. The unmanned cargo ship is heading to the International Space Station, whose crew is anxiously awaiting it after the successive failures of two previous supply missions.
Sun, 05 Jul 2015 09:38:16 GMT
NASA has joined a multi-agency field campaign studying summer storm systems in the U.S. Great Plains to find out why they often form after the sun goes down instead of during the heat of the day. The Plains Elevated Convection at Night, or PECAN, project began June 1st and continues through mid-July.
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