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Written By: grant on December 9, 2014 No Comment

Scientific American takes a moment, after all the hubbub last week, to think over what the success of the Orion launch means for NASA and the future of human spaceflight:

“We haven’t had this feeling in a while, since the end of the shuttle program,” Orion flight director Mike Sarafin of the Johnson Space […]

Written By: grant on December 1, 2014 No Comment

Business Insider, among other sources, has a neat piece on an even neater app that lets you talk to someone on the ISS:

talian astronaut Samantha Cristoferetti is currently aboard the International Space Station, orbiting Earth at more than 16,000 miles per hour.

Ten years ago, it would have been impossible for Cristoferetti to regularly […]

Written By: grant on November 25, 2014 No Comment

Popular Mechanics gets all excited over PayPal/Tesla Motors/SpaceX magnate Elon Musk’s next set of high-tech tricks, including drones and rockets with unfolding wings (in a Star Wars-like configuration). if I had a billion dollars, I’d be doing this stuff too:

The SpaceX chief unveiled the new Falcon 9R rocket design, which includes four guiding […]

Written By: grant on November 24, 2014 No Comment

SONG: “High Desert.” [Download]

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Based on “All Dressed Up For Mars And Nowhere To Go“, Medium, 9 November 2014, as used in the post “Red Planet dreams: what it takes to sign up for a one-way mission….”

ABSTRACT: This is one of those songs where […]

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.

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