• NASA Finds Drought May Take Toll on Congo Rainforest

    Updated: 2014-04-23 23:18:24
    Home NASA Watch SpaceRef Business SpaceRef Canada Astrobiology Web Loading OnOrbit Space Station NASA Hack Space Calendar News Archives Missions Space Weather Mercury Venus Earth Moon Mars Jupiter Saturn Pluto Asteroids Comets Get Updates NASA Finds Drought May Take Toll on Congo Rainforest Posted by Keith Cowing Source : NASA Posted April 23, 2014 7:18 PM View Comments A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows Africa's Congo rainforest , the second- largest tropical rainforest in the world , has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past . decade The study , led by Liming Zhou of University at Albany , State University of New York , shows between 2000 and 2012, the decline affected an increasing amount of forest area and intensified . The research , published Wednesday

  • Repairing Hubble

    Updated: 2014-04-23 22:37:35
    Soon after the Hubble Space Telescope was launched in 1990, images and data from its instruments revealed that its main mirror was optically flawed. It suffered from spherical aberration—not all portions of the mirror focused to the same point. The mirror’s shape was off by less than 1/50th the thickness of a human hair, but   ...Continue Reading

  • Spacewalking Astronauts Replace Dead Computer on Space Station

    Updated: 2014-04-23 18:00:00
    Two astronauts made quick work of their repair during the spacewalk.

  • Professional and Amateur Astronomers Join Forces

    Updated: 2014-04-23 16:36:10
    Home NASA Watch SpaceRef Business SpaceRef Canada Astrobiology Web Loading OnOrbit Space Station NASA Hack Space Calendar News Archives Missions Space Weather Mercury Venus Earth Moon Mars Jupiter Saturn Pluto Asteroids Comets Get Updates Professional and Amateur Astronomers Join Forces Posted by Keith Cowing Source : NASA Posted April 23, 2014 12:36 PM View Comments NASA Galaxies in vast empty regions of the universe Long before the term citizen science was coined , the field of astronomy has benefited from countless men and women who study the sky in their spare time . These amateur astronomers devote hours exploring the cosmos through a variety of telescopes that they acquire , maintain , and improve on their own . Some of these amateur astronomers specialize in capturing what is seen

  • Why Earth Matters to NASA: A Conversation with Harrison Ford

    Updated: 2014-04-23 13:50:32
    Actor Harrison Ford was on location at NASA's Ames Research Center, Mountain View, Calif., last November to film a segment of Showtime's "Years of Living Dangerously" documentary on climate change. Ford toured the NASA Advanced Supercomputing facility where he met with scientists Rama Nemani of Ames and Matthew Hansen of the University of Maryland, College Park, to learn more about how NASA satellite data and research are used around the world to better understand and protect Earth.

  • Space Station Cargo Craft Undocks to Test Automated Rendezvous System

    Updated: 2014-04-23 13:43:24
    An unpiloted Russian Progress cargo ship left the International Space Station for a two-day test on an upgraded automated rendezvous system. After undocking from the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module April 23, the craft will travel more than 300 miles from the orbital complex. On its return to the station, the Progress will test its Kurs rendezvous hardware, which will be incorporated into Progress cargo vehicles currently under development. The Progress is scheduled to redock to Zvezda on April 25.

  • NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 22 April 2014

    Updated: 2014-04-23 13:33:32
    Home NASA Watch SpaceRef Business SpaceRef Canada Astrobiology Web Loading OnOrbit Space Station NASA Hack Space Calendar News Archives Missions Space Weather Mercury Venus Earth Moon Mars Jupiter Saturn Pluto Asteroids Comets Get Updates NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 22 April 2014 Status Report Source : NASA Posted April 23, 2014 9:33 AM View Comments NASA NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 22 April 2014. Today : Extravehicular Activity EVA 26 Preparation : In preparation for tomorrow's planned EVA to Remove and Replace R the failed External EXT Multiplexer Demultiplexer MDM 2, the crew performed the following : tasks Flight Engineer FE 3 Swanson and FE-5 Mastracchio performed final tool . configuration Commander CDR Wakata completed a tool . audit Wakata , Swanson and Mastracchio completed Dynamic

  • SpaceX Brings a Booster Safely Back to Earth

    Updated: 2014-04-22 18:25:00
    The successful test of a soft touchdown demonstrates a capability that could cut the cost of space launches significantly.Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, took a step toward making spaceflight less expensive by reusing its rocket boosters during a mission on Friday to the International Space Station. The Falcon 9 rocket used for the mission, dubbed Commercial Resupply-3, or CRS-3, was the first to fly with landing legs, and was the first to successfully perform a controlled ocean splashdown.

  • NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 21 April 2014

    Updated: 2014-04-22 16:47:28
    Home NASA Watch SpaceRef Business SpaceRef Canada Astrobiology Web Loading OnOrbit Space Station NASA Hack Space Calendar News Archives Missions Space Weather Mercury Venus Earth Moon Mars Jupiter Saturn Pluto Asteroids Comets Get Updates NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 21 April 2014 Status Report Source : NASA Posted April 22, 2014 12:47 PM View Comments NASA NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 22 April 2014. Today : SpaceX SpX 3 Dragon Ingress and Cargo Transfer : Dragon hatch was opened earlier this morning . The crew began cargo operations by removing the Common Cabin Air Assembly CCAA Heat Exchanger HX from the center stack . Double cold bags were removed ahead of schedule . Dragon unpack continued throughout the . day Hybrid Training Part Eight : Commander CDR Wakata donned the Hybrid Training

  • Astronauts from the International Space Station Send Earth Day Greetings

    Updated: 2014-04-22 16:03:19
    The crew of the International Space Station send their greetings to everyone around the world on Earth Day, April 22, 2014.

  • NASA Administrator Discusses Getting Humans to Mars

    Updated: 2014-04-22 15:27:49
    Administrator Charles Bolden outlined NASA's human exploration path to Mars during a keynote address at the April 22 Humans to Mars Summit 2014, held at George Washington University in Washington. - Written remarks.

  • B612 Foundation Earth Day Impact Video

    Updated: 2014-04-22 15:11:24
    The B612 Foundation held a press conference yesterday that featured the following new video of data from a nuclear-test-ban-treaty organization showing multiple atomic-bomb-scale asteroid impacts on Earth since 2001.

  • Earth in True Color

    Updated: 2014-04-22 14:35:57
    Home NASA Watch SpaceRef Business SpaceRef Canada Astrobiology Web Loading OnOrbit Space Station NASA Hack Space Calendar News Archives Missions Space Weather Mercury Venus Earth Moon Mars Jupiter Saturn Pluto Asteroids Comets Get Updates Earth in True Color Posted by Keith Cowing Source : NOAA NWS Space Weather Prediction Center Posted April 22, 2014 10:35 AM View Comments NOAA Suomi NPP View of Earth Each day , Earth changes . Some changes , like clouds , are noticeable . Some changes are very subtle , like the color of the ocean or greenness of the grass . But each day the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite VIIRS sensor on the Suomi NPP satellite is able to document these changes around the world in stunning . detail This basic capability is not new for satellites . Pseudo-true

  • Satellite View of the Americas on Earth Day

    Updated: 2014-04-22 14:07:46
    Home NASA Watch SpaceRef Business SpaceRef Canada Astrobiology Web Loading OnOrbit Space Station NASA Hack Space Calendar News Archives Missions Space Weather Mercury Venus Earth Moon Mars Jupiter Saturn Pluto Asteroids Comets Get Updates Satellite View of the Americas on Earth Day Posted by Keith Cowing Source : NASA Posted April 22, 2014 10:07 AM View Comments NASA Earth Today , April 22, 2014 is Earth Day , and what better way to celebrate than taking a look at our home planet from . space NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured this stunning view of the Americas on Earth Day , April 22, 2014 at 11:45 UTC 7:45 a.m . EDT . The data from GOES-East was made into an image by the NASA NOAA GOES Project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt , . Md In North America , clouds associated

  • ESA: International Space Station Life Support

    Updated: 2014-04-22 13:32:47
    : Home NASA Watch SpaceRef Business SpaceRef Canada Astrobiology Web Loading OnOrbit Space Station NASA Hack Space Calendar News Archives Missions Space Weather Mercury Venus Earth Moon Mars Jupiter Saturn Pluto Asteroids Comets Get Updates ESA : International Space Station Life Support Status Report Source : ESA Posted April 22, 2014 9:32 AM View Comments ESA Space Station Life Support Nathalie Leys from the European Space Agency's ESA Micro-Ecological Life Support System Alternative team introduces life-support . research For exploring our Solar System , it would be ideal if we could take Earth's ecosystem along with us to provide the environment we need to survive and feel comfortable in the harsh vacuum of space . Obviously , this is impractical but can we scale down our ecosystem to

  • "Upside-down planet" New Method to Study Binary Star Systems

    Updated: 2014-04-22 13:24:38
    Home NASA Watch SpaceRef Business SpaceRef Canada Astrobiology Web Loading OnOrbit Space Station NASA Hack Space Calendar News Archives Missions Space Weather Mercury Venus Earth Moon Mars Jupiter Saturn Pluto Asteroids Comets Get Updates Upside-down planet New Method to Study Binary Star Systems Posted by Keith Cowing Source : University of Washington Posted April 22, 2014 9:24 AM View Comments University of Washington KOI-3278 What looked at first like a sort of upside-down planet has instead revealed a new method for studying binary star systems , discovered by a University of Washington student . astronomer Working with UW astronomer Eric Agol , doctoral student Ethan Kruse has confirmed the first self-lensing binary star system one in which the mass of the closer star can be measured

  • World View to Bring Tourists to Space in 2016

    Updated: 2014-04-22 01:45:49
    A high flying gas-filled balloon will be taking 8 passengers to the edge of space in 2016. The balloon named Word View is the brainchild of former Biosphere 2 scientist Jane Poynter. According to the South China Morning Post, “The prize is the panoramic curvature of the earth against the starry scenery of space, but […]

  • ISSET Mission Discovery: Renfrewshire

    Updated: 2014-04-21 22:15:07
    ISSET's Mission Discovery programme (14th - 18th July 2014) will enable teams of secondary school and university students carry to out biomedical research with NASA astronauts, rocket scientists and trainers for a week at one of the best universities in the world. The best proposal for a biomedical experiment will be implemented in hardware and sent to the International Space Station. For more information and programme brochures, see the ISSET website.

  • Podcast: Small Satellites: Fad or Fantastic?

    Updated: 2014-04-21 21:51:40
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  • Alba Orbital Internship

    Updated: 2014-04-21 21:46:38
    Alba Orbital is advertising for a student internship in Developing COTS components for the PocketQube class of Spacecraft. (Source: SpIN: Space Internship Network)

  • UK parts in North Korean rocket

    Updated: 2014-04-21 21:41:32
    Moscow's Voice of Russia reported that components from South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States were found to have been used in the North Korean Unha-3 rocket. Most of them were widely-available electronic components, and not in specific violation of UN sanctions: US, UK parts in North Korea rocket -- SpaceWar.com

  • Germs in Space

    Updated: 2014-04-21 21:09:19
    When Space X launched the Dragon Spacecraft on Friday, April 18, it was carrying nearly 5,000 pounds of supplies and payloads, including critical materials to support more than 150 science investigations planned for International Space Station (ISS) Expeditions 39 and 40.  Among these materials are some that weigh hardly anything at all—microbes—of which one type   ...Continue Reading

  • The Contested Future of Space Tourism

    Updated: 2014-04-19 18:51:45
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  • UKube-1 launch date confirmed

    Updated: 2014-04-19 18:46:24
    The launch date of UK cubesat technology demo UKube-1 is confirmed: Time to start the countdown! UKube-1 launch confirmed; 19 June, Baikonur, Soyuz-2 rocket :o) #cubesat pic.twitter.com/2OeuYZJVKb — Clyde Space (@ClydeSpace) April 1, 2014

  • UK satellites in the search for MH370

    Updated: 2014-04-19 18:43:51
    Two SSTL-built imaging satellites tasked in the search for the missing Malaysian airliner: Flight MH370: Space-eyes on the ocean in hunt for debris -- The IET Magazine Space scientist Duncan Steel discusses the Inmarsat "ping" timing data used to chart the track of MH370: Ping Rings from the Inmarsat-3F1 Data -- Duncan Steel

  • David Meerman Scott & Richard Jurek, Friday, 4-18-14

    Updated: 2014-04-19 18:22:36
    David Meerman Scott & Richard Jurek, Friday, 4-18-14 “Marketing The Moon:  The Selling of the Apollo Lunar Program” http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2231-BWB-2014-04-18.mp3 Your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm) If you are listening to archives & rating programs on live365.com, email me the reasons for your rating to help improve the show Guests:  David Steerman […]

  • John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 4-16-14

    Updated: 2014-04-17 15:29:45
    John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 4-16-14 http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2230-BWB-2014-04-16.mp3 Your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm) If you are listening to archives & rating programs on live365.com, email me the reasons for your rating to help improve the show Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Haym Benaroya, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: NASA LADEE Mission. You are […]

  • Brett Stroozas, Monday, 4-14-14

    Updated: 2014-04-15 19:04:24
    Brett Stroozas, Monday, 4-14-14 http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2228-BWB-2014-04-14.mp3 Your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm) If you are listening to archives & rating programs on live365.com, email me the reasons for your rating to help improve the show. Guest:  Brett Stroozas.  Topics:  The start-up Elysium Space Burial Company & related topics.  Please direct all comments […]

  • Blood Moon

    Updated: 2014-04-14 20:45:37
    If you live in North America or western South America, you have a treat in store for you tonight or early tomorrow morning: a total lunar eclipse! If you live elsewhere in the world, or if it’s cloudy in your location – as it probably will be tonight at our location in Washington, DC –   ...Continue Reading

  • Dr. Clay Moltz, Friday, 4-11-14

    Updated: 2014-04-12 18:16:35
    Dr. Clay Moltz, Friday, 4-11-14 http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2226-BWB-2014-04-11.mp3 Your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm) If you are listening to archives & rating programs on live365.com, email me the reasons for your rating to help improve the show. Guest:  Dr. Clay Moltz.  Topics: We discussed our guest’s new book, “Crowded Orbits: Conflict and Cooperation […]

  • John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars with Marcia Smith, Wednesday, 4-9-14

    Updated: 2014-04-10 17:37:05
    John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars with Marcia Smith, Wednesday, 4-9-14 http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2225-BWB-2014-04-09.mp3 Your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm) If you are listening to archives & rating programs on live365.com, email me the reasons for your rating to help improve the show. Guests: John Batchelor, Marcia Smith Dr. David Livingston. Topics: NASA implementing […]

  • UK aerospace industry sees 25 percent increase in aircraft orders

    Updated: 2014-04-09 21:29:31
    The UK aerospace industry, second only in size to the United States, seems to be powering ahead at the moment: Britain's powerhouse aerospace industry notches up 25 per cent increase in aircraft orders in just two years -- This Is Money

  • Surrey Founder Credits Consumer Electronics for Fomenting Small-satellite Revolution

    Updated: 2014-04-09 21:23:41
    SSTL's Sir Martin Sweeting credits rapid developments in reliable, low-cost commercial electronics for the revolutionary growth in the small satellite market: Surrey Founder Credits Consumer Electronics for Fomenting Small-satellite Revolution -- Space News

  • Bloomberg debates the great space race [VIDEO]

    Updated: 2014-04-09 21:20:19
    Bloomberg's The Market Makers debates Richard Branson's plans for space tourism: Video: Bloomberg debate the great space race -- Virgin.com

  • UKSA seeks nominations for Space Environments Working Group

    Updated: 2014-04-09 21:12:05
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  • Tranquility Aerospace: Main engine nears manufacturing stage

    Updated: 2014-04-09 21:08:54
    The kerosene-HTP main engine of Tranquility Aerospace's VTVL flight demonstrator is approaching the manufacturing stage. Great meeting with students at Strathclyde University, only 3 weeks left for completion of design of main engine and manufacture begins — TranquilityAerospace (@TranquilityAero) March 28, 2014 Rocketeer comments: I have video of a talk given by Ray Bainbridge of Tranquility at the recent UKSEDS conference, which I hope to put online soon.

  • Helen Keen: It Is Rocket Science

    Updated: 2014-04-09 21:02:59
    Helen Keen's light-hearted look at rocket science and space exploration starts a new series on Radio 4: Helen Keen's It Is Rocket Science -- BBC Radio 4

  • Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 4-8-14

    Updated: 2014-04-09 20:47:02
    Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesday, 4-8-14 http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2224-BWB-2014-04-08.mp3 Your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm) If you are listening to archives & rating programs on live365.com, email me the reasons for your rating to help improve the show Guest:  Robert (Bob) Zimmerman.  Topics:  A variety of space news and projects discussed, including space policy.  […]

  • European Lunar Symposium 2014

    Updated: 2014-04-08 21:25:49
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  • Randa and Rod Milliron, Interorbital Systems, Monday, 4-7-14

    Updated: 2014-04-08 18:26:40
    Randa and Rod Milliron, Interorbital Systems, Monday, 4-7-14 http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2223-BWB-2014-04-07.mp3 Your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm) If you are listening to archives & rating programs on live365.com, email me the reasons for your rating to help improve the show Guests:  Randa and Rod Milliron, Interorbital Systems.  Topics:  The successful IOS launch March […]

  • Bloodhound SSC: Hybrid rocket classroom demo

    Updated: 2014-04-08 12:17:38
    Dr Adam Baker fires a perspex hybrid rocket as part of the Bloodhound SSC outreach programme.

  • Virgin Galactic seeks businesses to supply Spaceport America

    Updated: 2014-04-08 12:12:06
    Virgin Galactic is looking to build its supply chain for future commercial operations at Spaceport America in New Mexico: Virgin Galactic seeks businesses to supply Spaceport America -- Las Cruces Sun-News

  • BIS Conference: Reinventing Space

    Updated: 2014-04-08 12:04:52
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  • "Space tourism" added to Oxford Dictionary

    Updated: 2014-04-07 21:22:53
    Oxford Dictionaries Online now lists "space tourism" as "the practice of traveling into space for recreational purposes." It also includes with the entry an example of the "mass noun" used in a sentence: "Space tourism could be a $10 billion-per-year industry within two decades." 'Space tourism' flying high: It's added to Oxford dictionary -- NBC News

  • Stephen Hawking hails a 21st century "true space age"

    Updated: 2014-04-07 21:16:35
    'In 50 years we'll be living on the moon, and be on our way to Mars': Stephen Hawking claims this century will be a 'true space age' -- Daily Mail Stephen Hawking Urges Explorers to Visit Other Planets -- Scientific American

  • Bloodhound SSC jet engine tests

    Updated: 2014-04-07 21:13:10
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  • Satellite Applications Catapult announces three new Centres of Excellence

    Updated: 2014-04-06 21:12:48
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  • The Next Giant Leap

    Updated: 2014-04-06 10:43:57
    <pAn short film on the challenges of a manned mission to Mars. The Next Giant Leap from on Vimeo.

  • QinetiQ develops water innovation for space

    Updated: 2014-04-06 10:37:11
    QinetiQ Space has signed a 1.1 million euro contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) for the development of a ground prototype water treatment unit to recycle urine and waste water for use in space. QinetiQ develops water innovation for space -- Space Newsfeed

  • 1st UK Cubesat Forum

    Updated: 2014-04-06 10:31:59
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  • 2014 International Space Apps Challenge

    Updated: 2014-04-06 00:01:23
    Registration for the 2014 International Space Apps Challenge is now open. "The International Space Apps Challenge is a two-day hackathon where teams of technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, entrepreneurs, developers and students across the globe collaborate and engage with publicly available data to design innovative solutions for global challenges."

  • UK joins the planet hunt as Government pledges £25 million to Europe’s PLATO mission

    Updated: 2014-04-05 23:58:13
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  • Harwell science centre leads new space race

    Updated: 2014-04-05 23:51:49
    The Oxford Mail profiles work at the Harwell Oxford Science and Innovation Campus: Harwell science centre leads new space race -- Oxford Mail

  • £300M UK government investment supports SKA telescope, PLATO exoplanet search

    Updated: 2014-04-04 12:31:42
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  • BBC revives Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy game

    Updated: 2014-04-04 12:24:18
    The BBC has produced a web-based version of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy text adventure game, first published by Infocom Inc. in 1984. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Game - 30th Anniversary Edition -- BBC Radio 4 Extra

  • Space Boffins Podcast: Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

    Updated: 2014-04-04 12:15:41
    The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence and the challenge of looking for space aliens and why they never attack Belgium is under scrutiny this month. Plus, Richard Hollingham also reports from the Mojave desert on the progress being made by Virgin Galactic and XCOR to fly tourists into space. And he talks to a U2 spy plane pilot about boiling blood and life above the Earthlings... Space Boffins Podcast: Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

  • The New Milestones

    Updated: 2014-04-03 14:55:24
    On July 1, 1976, President Gerald Ford presided over the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the opening of the new National Air and Space Museum building on the National Mall. A red, white, and blue ribbon across the entrance was severed when a signal sent from the Viking 1 spacecraft orbiting Mars activated a mechanical arm identical   ...Continue Reading

  • Fooling Around at the Front

    Updated: 2014-04-01 15:37:20
    Most of the thousands of World War I photographs in the collections of the Air and Space Museum’s Archives Department are grimly utilitarian – aerial views of trenches, aircraft and details of their construction and the damage they sustained during dangerous missions. But the young pilots who flew those missions had a reputation for light-heartedness,   ...Continue Reading

  • In the Batter’s Box

    Updated: 2014-03-28 00:58:25
    After a long, cold winter on the East Coast, spring is finally here and a new baseball season is about to start! Many teams have military nights, in which they invite active duty men and women to the ballpark to honor their service and enjoy the game. In 1956, officers of the Central Air Defense   ...Continue Reading

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