January 5, 2013
joshsternberg:

laughingsquid:

William Shatner Tweeted an Astronaut Living in Space & He Replied

But the Buzz Aldrin tweet was the cherry on top.
“@Cmdr_Hadfield @WilliamShatner Neil & I would’ve tweeted from the moon if we could have but I would prefer to tweet from Mars. Maybe by 2040”

joshsternberg:

laughingsquid:

William Shatner Tweeted an Astronaut Living in Space & He Replied

But the Buzz Aldrin tweet was the cherry on top.

Neil & I would’ve tweeted from the moon if we could have but I would prefer to tweet from Mars. Maybe by 2040”

(via joshsternberg)

November 29, 2012

On this day in 1961 – Nov. 29 – Enos, a chimpanzee, was launched into space aboard the Project Mercury: Mercury-Atlas 5 Mission.

The name given to “Enos,” the chimp selected to fly the MA-5 mission, in Hebrew means “man”. Enos’s backups were (in order possible call-up) Duane, Jim, Rocky and Ham (the MR-2 veteran). Enos was from Cameroon, Africa, (originally called Chimp # 81), and was purchased by the USAF on April 3, 1960. His flight was preceded by both fellow chimp Ham and astronaut Alan Shepard who had been launched into space but had not orbited the earth.

(Source: The Denver Post)

September 13, 2012
Was it a missile? The Army doesn’t think so. Was it a spacecraft? North American Aerospace Defense Command didn’t see one. Was it a plane crash? Colorado State Patrol can’t find debris. What was the source of the mysterious contrail reported over central Colorado early Thursday?
The video frame grab above, provided by ABC15 in Phoenix, shows the contrail of a Juno ballistic missile fired from Fort Wingate near Gallup, N.M., in early morning sunlight high above New Mexico.
Did you see anything? Have you ever seen a UFO?

Was it a missile? The Army doesn’t think so. Was it a spacecraft? North American Aerospace Defense Command didn’t see one. Was it a plane crash? Colorado State Patrol can’t find debris. What was the source of the mysterious contrail reported over central Colorado early Thursday?

The video frame grab above, provided by ABC15 in Phoenix, shows the contrail of a Juno ballistic missile fired from Fort Wingate near Gallup, N.M., in early morning sunlight high above New Mexico.

Did you see anything? Have you ever seen a UFO?

August 7, 2012
Mars rover lands with help from Colorado engineers
Colorado’s role in Curiosity’s mission to Mars began nearly nine months ago, when NASA’s $2.5 billion machine was sent on its space trajectory aboard a rocket created by United Launch Alliance, which has headquarters in Centennial. Placing the spacecraft on its the correct path was crucial for the spacecraft’s successful landing.
Additionally, Southwest Research Institute’s Boulder office created one of the 10 high-tech science instruments that will collect data related to Mars’ habitability. The mission’s primary goal is to determine past, present, and future elements that either facilitate or inhibit life on the planet.
The institute developed the Radiation Assessment Detector, RAD, which will analyze the characteristics of Mars’ radiation.
(Photo: NASA handout) 

Mars rover lands with help from Colorado engineers

Colorado’s role in Curiosity’s mission to Mars began nearly nine months ago, when NASA’s $2.5 billion machine was sent on its space trajectory aboard a rocket created by United Launch Alliance, which has headquarters in Centennial. Placing the spacecraft on its the correct path was crucial for the spacecraft’s successful landing.

Additionally, Southwest Research Institute’s Boulder office created one of the 10 high-tech science instruments that will collect data related to Mars’ habitability. The mission’s primary goal is to determine past, present, and future elements that either facilitate or inhibit life on the planet.

The institute developed the Radiation Assessment Detector, RAD, which will analyze the characteristics of Mars’ radiation.

(Photo: NASA handout) 

February 29, 2012
$5 billion later, U.S. mothballs airborne laser missile defense weapon
The Pentagon has mothballed a laser-equipped  jumbo jet after 15 years and $5 billion worth of research to develop an  airborne missile defense system.
Budget cuts shot down the  Airborne Laser Test Bed but some research into anti-missile lasers will  continue, according to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

$5 billion later, U.S. mothballs airborne laser missile defense weapon

The Pentagon has mothballed a laser-equipped jumbo jet after 15 years and $5 billion worth of research to develop an airborne missile defense system.

Budget cuts shot down the Airborne Laser Test Bed but some research into anti-missile lasers will continue, according to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

January 25, 2012
Gingrich vows to establish a colony on the moon

Newt Gingrich says that he wants to develop a robust commercial space industry in line with the airline boom of the 1930s. He also wants to expand exploration of Mars.

January 25, 2012
Live on NASA-TV: Progress 46 Launch in ~5 minutes

January 25, 2012
Monster solar spitball stars in cosmic forecast
Chuck Murphy writes: “It was a big day at the Space Weather Prediction  Center in Boulder because the scientists there once again nailed a  forecast, accurately predicting not only the arrival time of the big  plasma ball, give or take 30 minutes, but also the relatively modest  impact."As physical scientist David Marshall of the center  explained, it is the equivalent of poking a hole in a basketball at one  end of a court and correctly forecasting when some of the expelled air  would hit the head of a pin at the other end."
See more images of the recent solar flares

Monster solar spitball stars in cosmic forecast

Chuck Murphy writes: “It was a big day at the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder because the scientists there once again nailed a forecast, accurately predicting not only the arrival time of the big plasma ball, give or take 30 minutes, but also the relatively modest impact.

"As physical scientist David Marshall of the center explained, it is the equivalent of poking a hole in a basketball at one end of a court and correctly forecasting when some of the expelled air would hit the head of a pin at the other end."

September 16, 2011
itsfullofstars:

SIX-TON SATELLITE TO PLUNGE BACK TO EARTH
 
A defunct NASA science satellite will be plunging back to Earth soon, sparking concerns that some debris might shower down on populated areas.
Most of the 6.5-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, known by its acronym UARS, will burn up in Earth’s atmosphere when it finally falls from orbit later this month or early October.
UARS was dispatched by a space shuttle crew in September 1991 to measure ozone and other chemistry in Earth’s atmosphere. Its science mission ended in 2005.
Since then, UARS has been one of more than 20,000 pieces of space junk tracked by the Air Force — and a large one at that. The satellite, which has 10 science instruments, is 15 feet in diameter and weighs 13,000 pounds.
“Although the spacecraft will break into pieces during re-entry, not all of it will burn up in the atmosphere,” says NASA.
The risk to public safety and property is extremely small, scientists say.
Space debris has been falling back on the planet since the dawn of the space age 50 years ago, with no confirmed reports of an injury resulting from re-entering space objects, NASA said in a statement.
Nor is there a record of significant property damage resulting from a satellite re-entry, it added.
“It is too early to say exactly when UARS will re-enter and what geographic area may be affected,” NASA said.
Regular updates will be posted here.

itsfullofstars:

SIX-TON SATELLITE TO PLUNGE BACK TO EARTH

A defunct NASA science satellite will be plunging back to Earth soon, sparking concerns that some debris might shower down on populated areas.

Most of the 6.5-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, known by its acronym UARS, will burn up in Earth’s atmosphere when it finally falls from orbit later this month or early October.

UARS was dispatched by a space shuttle crew in September 1991 to measure ozone and other chemistry in Earth’s atmosphere. Its science mission ended in 2005.

Since then, UARS has been one of more than 20,000 pieces of space junk tracked by the Air Force — and a large one at that. The satellite, which has 10 science instruments, is 15 feet in diameter and weighs 13,000 pounds.

“Although the spacecraft will break into pieces during re-entry, not all of it will burn up in the atmosphere,” says NASA.

The risk to public safety and property is extremely small, scientists say.

Space debris has been falling back on the planet since the dawn of the space age 50 years ago, with no confirmed reports of an injury resulting from re-entering space objects, NASA said in a statement.

Nor is there a record of significant property damage resulting from a satellite re-entry, it added.

“It is too early to say exactly when UARS will re-enter and what geographic area may be affected,” NASA said.

Regular updates will be posted here.

September 1, 2011
“Plan B" by Mike Keefe

Plan B" by Mike Keefe

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