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Written By: grant on November 14, 2014 No Comment

Nature tries not to be *too* foreboding about the dark times ahead for Philae:

The Philae lander’s drill is now working, but the craft’s batteries — designed to power just 2.5 days of operations — are running low, Rosetta mission scientists said at a briefing today (14 November). Thus the craft, which landed on […]

Written By: grant on November 13, 2014 No Comment

Instead of following the usual format today (find story, write lead, post an excerpt), I thought I’d do something a little different. The big story this week is about Philae, the little robot that ESA’s Rosetta probe just landed on Comet 67P.

The best place to find out the freshest news is the European […]

Written By: grant on November 11, 2014 No Comment

Medium takes a long look at the Mars One company, which has assembled 200,000 volunteers for a Mars mission that doesn’t yet exist:

Despite not being a space-faring agency, it claims that by 2025 it will send four colonists to the planet. Ultimately, it says, there will be at least six groups of four, […]

Written By: grant on November 3, 2014 No Comment

SpaceNews.com has more on the “golf-club bag” we’re devising for space station return deliveries:

The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the nonprofit organization that manages the national laboratory portion of the ISS, announced Oct. 16 an agreement with Intuitive Machines LLC to support the company’s development of its Terrestrial Return Vehicle […]

Written By: grant on October 26, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>STS 110 Insignia</i>, NASA

This was the insignia of the astronauts who built the ISS. Or a big part of it, anyway.

STS 110 was the name of the mission, the 110th flight of the Space Shuttle, or Space Transportation System.

Written By: grant on October 13, 2014 No Comment

Sound like conspiracy theory, doesn’t it? But Space.com is reporting on the easily-forgotten OTHER space shuttle program – the

Written By: grant on October 5, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>A space-ship might look like this</i>, John W. Wood, 1968.

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An image from Rockets and Satellites Work Like This, as found on the marvelous Dreams of Space blog. It’s a children’s book about the then-current Space Race and the potential future of lunar colonies and inflatable space stations.

This image is actually 10 years older than the book it’s in, “carried […]

Written By: grant on September 22, 2014 No Comment

The skies over the Red Planet, as The New York Times and others are reporting, are getting downright crowded with satellites from Earth. The latest to set up shop – just ahead of the Indian mission – is the climate-change (and radio-boosting) project called MAVEN:

The spacecraft is healthy and currently in a big, […]

Written By: grant on September 19, 2014 No Comment

Nature reports on India’s preparations for their first interplanetary exploration:

Mangalyaan, known formally as the Mars Orbiter Mission, or MOM, was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) last November. With 5 scientific instruments that collectively weigh just 15 kilograms, it is designed to image the planet and probe the composition of […]

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