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Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:30:00 +0100
Between 23 and 30 November the operations team at ESOC will conduct manoeuvres to raise the pericentre of the Venus Express (VEX) orbit again, in an effort to keep the spacecraft in productive orbit around Venus. These manoeuvres could be the last for VEX due to low propellant levels, but all being well, VEX will continue its valuable scientific observations into 2015. The question is: how much longer can the spacecraft operate? Venus Express has been in a reduced science phase since its ...
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:44:00 +0100
Airbus Defence and Space has been awarded a contract for system evolution and maintenance of the US Air Force’s five Eagle Vision stations until 2019.  Systems evolutions are related to foot print reduction (transit cases versus shelter), smaller antenna dishes and integration of new satellites.  The sustainment of the system covers 24/7 support, failure corrections with workaround solutions, spares management, preventive maintenance, training and support during deployments. ...
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:38:00 +0100
Two donuts of seething radiation that surround Earth, called the Van Allen radiation belts, have been found to contain a nearly impenetrable barrier that prevents the fastest, most energetic electrons from reaching Earth. The Van Allen belts are a collection of charged particles, gathered in place by Earth’s magnetic field. They can wax and wane in response to incoming energy from the sun, sometimes swelling up enough to expose satellites in low-Earth orbit to damaging radiation. Th...
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:39:00 +0100
Ariane Flight VA221 The upper passenger for Arianespace's dual-satellite launch from French Guiana next week has been encapsulated in its protective payload fairing, preparing the DIRECTV-14 relay platform for its integration on Ariane 5. During activity in the Spaceport's Final Assembly Building for Ariane 5, DIRECTV-14 was mounted on the launcher's SYLDA dispenser unit, followed by the lowering of a large ogive-shaped payload fairing over the combined unit - creating the mission's "up...
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:31:00 +0100
The fifth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch Tuesday, Dec. 16, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA Television coverage of the launch begins at 1:15 p.m. EST. The company's Falcon 9 rocket will lift off at 2:31 p.m., carrying its Dragon cargo spacecraft. It is loaded with more than 3,700 pounds of scientific experiments, technology demonstrations an...
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Fri, 28 Nov 2014 07:25:13 EST
These amazing images show the planet Mars passing below two nebulas. Astrophotographer Derek Demeter took the images from the Stardust Ranch in Okeechobee, Florida.
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 07:22:45 EST
Astronomers are searching for gravitational waves possibly emitted by "strange stars," superdense objects made of exotic matter.
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:13:31 EST
Titan's "prebiotic" environment consists of molecules that could be a precursor to life.
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:11:43 EST
To a casual stargazer, most stars look the same. Some may be brighter, others dimmer, but for the most part, they are all variations on the same theme. All stars are so far away that we see them only as pinpoints of light.
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:24:58 EST
NOAA satellites captured the early formation of the Thanksgiving nor'easter that could wreak havoc on holiday travelers.
Sat, 06 Oct 2012 17:18:16 EDT
NASA is webcasting a number of events this week leading up to Thursday's (Dec. 4) historic first test flight of the agency's Orion space capsule. Watch live here, beginning Tuesday (Dec. 2) at 12 p.m. EST (1700 GMT).
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:12:54 EST
Oberwerk's Ultra 15x70 are a wonderful balance of size, weight and optical performance. Space.com's Editors chose them over all others, except one. Medium binoculars can be mounted or handheld if braced.
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:11:49 EST
The Orion Astronomy 20x80 Binoculars are really a pair of refracting telescopes. They are our second favorite pair of large astronomy binoculars.
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:10:13 EST
Celestron's Cometron 7 x 50 offers remarkable views and excellent value for a low price. Space.com's editors chose them over all others, except one. These small binoculars are easy to carry and superb for kids.
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:02:59 EST
Could life survive a trip on a comet, or the tip of a rocket? New evidence shows that DNA samples remain functional after a trip on the outside of a low-orbit rocket.
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:06:31 EST
Researchers have measured the distance to the active galaxy NGC 4151, dubbed "The Eye of Sauron," with unprecedented precision. This calculation enabled them to determine that NGC 4151's central black hole is 40 percent more massive than thought.
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:32:47 EST
Can you tell me how to get, how to get to... Mars? Elmo, Cookie Monster and the other muppets from "Sesame Street" have joined forces with NASA to count down to the first launch of the Orion spacecraft.
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:57:01 EST
Observers with keen eyes will be able to see two little-spotted planets in the night sky this season.
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:54:22 EST
NOAA has released satellite imagery of the storm set to snarl holiday travel on Nov. 26th, 2014. The storm can be seen traveling from south to north along the east coast of the United States.
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:31:28 EST
A multicolored group of stars shine at the bottom of a cosmic wishing well in an amazing new image.
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:24:17 EST
Astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore delivers a Thanksgiving message from the International Space Station, and does his best impression of a bat by dangling upside down.
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:01:36 EST
An op-ed by Mike Snyder, lead engineer for Made In Space, whose 3D printer just produced its first part aboard the International Space Station.
Tue, 09 Nov 2010 11:23:00 EST
Neptune is the farthest planet from the sun and was the first to be predicted before it was discovered.
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:36:31 EST
The milestone marks a key step toward a future in which voyaging spaceships print out their own spare parts on the go and colonists on other worlds make what they need from the dirt beneath their boots, 3D printing advocates say.

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