Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Searching for the origins of life… and our future

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Hollywood is wrong about aliens. They don’t have oddly shaped heads, bulging eyes or even an eery green hue. Dimitar Sasselov is pretty convinced of that.

Shuttle’s last spacewalker: ‘Gravity is an option’

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Greg Chamitoff was a mission specialist on the final flight of the space shuttle Endeavour, during which he helped complete the assembly of the International Space Station. On 27 May, he and fellow astronaut Mike Fincke performed the final spacewalk of the space shuttle programme.

JPL celebrates 75th anniversary with new documentary ‘The American Rocketeer’

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

This fall, Pasadena’s NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory observes the 75th anniversary of the first rocket experiments in the Arroyo Seco, the site that later became its home. The first experiments were 75 years ago this Halloween.

AP Exclusive: NASA sting terrifies woman, 74

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

The elaborate mission to recover a moon rock led NASA agents to one of the most down-to-earth places: a Denny’s restaurant in Riverside County.
But at the end of the sting operation, agents were left holding a speck of lunar dust smaller than a grain of rice and a 74-year-old suspect who was terrified by armed officials.

Congress needs to keep America a space nation

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Space Launch System, NASA’s proposed rocket for manned missions, doesn’t have a name befitting a Greek god but it could be a way to the future for the space agency and the nation.


Sunday, September 18th, 2011

On Friday, NASA has said that their doomed 6-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) will most likely crash to Earth on, or around, Sept. 23. Unfortunately, we have absolutely no idea as to where the thing is going to crash. Only that it’s not going to hit Antarctica

NASA’s new rocket: One from Column A, one from Column B

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket looks like an a la cart restaurant order: something from Column A and something from Column B. Column A is the space shuttle, a clear ancestor of the rocket announced Wednesday. Column B is the Ares V that was planned as the unmanned heavy-lift workhorse of the old Constellation rocket program.

The U.S. will conquer deep space with Russian engines

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

The United States has announced it is developing a heavy rocket for deep space expeditions. It might use Russian-made engines which is the result of house-cleaning in the U.S. space industry.

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Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Preparations for a 2017 test flight of NASA’s giant new rocket for deep space exploration could add up to 2,000 jobs at Kennedy Space Center, the center director said Thursday.
“Those folks will need to be here processing the rocket for the launch,” KSC chief Bob Cabana told reporters.

House Appropriators Propose Big Cuts to Earth Sciences

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Deep cuts in earth science budgets for several U.S. agencies are in store next year under a proposed budget that awaits a vote by the House of Representatives.

Falling to Earth

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

People have walked on the Moon. A lucky few. Most have readily shared their experience; some did so with a keen eye to making a personal profit. One who did not was Al Worden lunar command module pilot for Apollo 15. As he explains in his autobiographically styled book “Falling to Earth – An Apollo 15 Astronaut’s Journey to the Moon“, postal covers were much less than a tiny footnote to his accomplishments. Thankfully, this event is an equally tiny part of his enlightening book which takes the reader from a life on a farm in Michigan through to a Mississippi river boat ride

Florida scores job-creating NASA contract

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

One week until the final shuttle lands, and then the Space Coast and Florida begins life without the program.
But officials at the Kennedy Space Center are hoping to spurn business and job growth through the scientific lab the shuttle program helped create — the International Space Station.

Florida team nabs NASA station research contract

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Florida’s nonprofit Center for the Advancement of Science in Space has been selected by NASA to manage the U.S. laboratory aboard the International Space Station in a contract valued at about $15 million annually.

Study raises new concerns of GPS interference from proposed network

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

New test results show that a proposed nationwide wireless broadband network would produce significant interference with GPS systems used for everything from aviation to high-precision timing networks to helping drivers find an unfamiliar address.

Uncle Sam sues suburban Lake Worth astronaut for return of space camera

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Strapped for cash, Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell didn’t think twice about auctioning off a camera he brought back from the moon 40 years ago.
But Uncle Sam thought about it – plenty.
Armed with information from a New York auction house, the federal government Thursday sued the 80-year-old suburban Lake Worth man, claiming he was trying to sell property that wasn’t his.

Leonardo Da Vinci Painting to Be Unveiled

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

A lost masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci has been discovered in a private American collection and will be unveiled publicly for the first time by the National Gallery in London later this year, according to people close to the institution.

zzLightSquared Network Would Hinder GPS in Space, Advisory Board Says

Friday, June 17th, 2011

A federal government advisory board said mobile broadband start-up LightSquared’s proposed network could hobble some GPS signals in space, not just equipment on the ground.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems To Shed 1,200 Employees

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Lockheed Martin Space Systems by the end of the year plans to eliminate 1,200 jobs across the United States in order to “address affordability and improve its competitive posture,” the company announced June 14.

Life in the really slow lane

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Tom Lattoz has to set aside any race-car-driver tendencies while doing his tasks on the Delta 2 rocket program at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
As the man driving the tug that pulls the trailer carrying the huge “can” holding a satellite being taken to the launch pad, Lattoz must go slow. Super slow.

Maxwell: U.S. space program needs new ‘giant leap’

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

I was in Fort Lauderdale, recently discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps and preparing to resume my undergraduate studies. Like millions of other people around the world, I was glued to my television set, anticipating what was about to unfold.