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Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:09:00 +0100
Vega Flight VV03 Arianespace’s Vega mission with DZZ-HR, Kazakhstan’s first Earth observation satellite, is entering the final preparation phase for a nighttime liftoff next week from the Spaceport in French Guiana. This will be the light-lift Vega’s third flight, once again demonstrating its capability to accommodate a full range of payloads as the smallest member in Arianespace’s launcher family – operating along with the medium-lift Soyuz and heavywe...
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:06:00 +0100
NASA places a high priority on finding Near- Earth Objects (NEOs) and protecting our home planet from them. In fact, the agency is working with our partners in the U.S. and around the world to detect, track and characterize NEOs, especially those that might pose a threat to human populations. NASA has been studying NEOs since the 1970s.  They are asteroids and comets that have been nudged by the gravitational attraction of nearby planets into orbits that allow them to enter the Earth...
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0100
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -  General Dynamics C4 Systems has opened the MUOS Radio Testing Lab at its Scottsdale, Ariz., location. The U.S. Navy-approved laboratory is one of two that supports testing for radio-terminals intending to connect with the MUOS space-ground network. The lab is equipped with hardware and software that simulates the radio's connectivity with the MUOS ground network. "The MUOS Radio Testing Lab in Scottsdale will help the U.S. military and government to cost-effectively and efficient...
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:30:00 +0100
It is a race against time for ESA’s Gravi-2 experiment following launch last Friday on the Dragon space ferry. Stowed in Dragon’s cargo are lentil seeds that will be nurtured into life on the International Space Station. Gravi-2 continues the research of its predecessor into how sensitive plants are to gravity. To find out, 768 lentil seeds will be subjected to different levels of simulated gravity. Spinning them in centrifuges at different speeds on the Space Station will...
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:09:00 +0100
Ground controllers at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., have confirmed that NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft impacted the surface of the moon, as planned, between 9:30 and 10:22 p.m. PDT Thursday, April 17. LADEE lacked fuel to maintain a long-term lunar orbit or continue science operations and was intentionally sent into the lunar surface. The spacecraft's orbit naturally decayed following the mission's final low...
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Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:23:07 EDT
The sun will look like a ring of fire above some remote parts of the world next Tuesday (April 29) during a solar eclipse, but most people around the world won't get a chance to see it.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:36:15 EDT
On April 29, 2014, the moon will block much of the sun in a so-called annular solar eclipse, also known as a "ring of fire" solar eclipse. See where the solar eclipse will be visible from in this Space.com gallery.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:57:46 EDT
Skywatcher Victor Rogus of Jadwin, Missouri captured this wonderful image of 4 percent illuminated moon in conjunction with planet Mercury on Feb. 27, 2014. See how he did it.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:17:50 EDT
Automaker Land Rover is teaming up with private spaceflight company Virgin Galactic to help transport future commercial astronauts on Earth before flights to space.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:26:52 EDT
Two Michigan-based photographers, Terry Hancock of Fremont and Robert Fields of Howell Township, captured this brilliant image of three nebulas and a star cluster on April 11. See how they did it.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:54:45 EDT
While moonwalker Buzz Aldrin thinks that a mission sending humans to an asteroid is a good idea, the Apollo astronaut isn't so happy with NASA's current plan to get astronauts to a space rock.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:07:13 EDT
The annual meteor shower peaked on April 22nd, 2014 and NASA's All Sky Fireball Network captured many of the streaking meteors as they burnt up in the atmosphere.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:18:38 EDT
A pair of NASA astronauts replaced a dead backup computer on the International Space Station during a short spacewalk Wednesday (April 23) to restore a critical computer system back to full strength.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:57:28 EDT
In a marketing exercise, the private space tourism company has joined forces with the sport utility vehicle giant to unveil the Land Rover Discovery Sport compact SUV.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:47:04 EDT
See photos of NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson as they spacewalk outside the International Space Station on April 23, 2014 to replace a dead backup computer on the outpost's exterior.
Sat, 06 Oct 2012 17:18:16 EDT
NASA officials and Mars exploration advocates discuss manned missions to the Red Planet at the Humans 2 Mars summit, which runs from April 22-24, 2014.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:07:49 EDT
Two NASA astronauts will take a short spacewalk to replace a dead computer on the International Space Station today. See how to watch it live here.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:00:21 EDT
SpaceX's Falcon 9R rocket soared about 820 feet into the air last week at the company's rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas, then came back down to Earth for a soft landing on the launch pad as planned.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:52:06 EDT
In order for humanity to survive into the distant future, we need to visit and even colonize other worlds, according to NASA chief Charles Bolden.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:04:32 EDT
Guion "Guy" Bluford is a former NASA astronaut who was the first African-American to fly into space. He flew four shuttle missions.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:09:47 EDT
This space wallpaper of a galaxy cluster taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope gives a remarkable cross-section of the Universe, showing objects at different distances and stages in cosmic history.
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:53:49 EDT
ISS Commander Koichi Wakata and Flight Engineers Richard Mastracchio and Steve Swanson have a message to share with the world on April 22nd, 2014, Earth Day. -- Satellite's Earth Day Photo: http://goo.gl/iXd3z8
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:33:39 EDT
See photos of SpaceX's innovative F9R, the Falcon 9 Reusable rocket prototype, as it soars through test flights. The SpaceX F9R rocket is a Falcon 9 booster first stage equipped with landing legs and a vertical landing system.
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:05:26 EDT
A U.S. satellite has captured the ultimate Earth Day view from space, showing the entire planet in a stunning group shot of humanity. The photo, taken today (April 22) to mark Earth Day, was captured by the GOES-East satellite at 7:45 a.m. EDT (1145 GMT)
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:16:24 EDT
Many people with a basic knowledge of physics know that Einstein developed the theory of relativity, yet few people actually understand what it means. But author and astrophysicist Jeffrey Bennett relativity should be something anyone can understand.

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