- 10 Dec 2014
NASA and the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill
Summary (NASA Sections) FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill "The bill's $18 billion investment in NASA balances the portfolio of science, aeronautics, technology and human space flight investments. Moreover, it will ...
Saturn's Moons As You've Never Seen Them
What you're seeing here is an image of Saturn's moon Dione as it passes in front of the moon Titan. The detail is breathtaking, and you can just see the ...
The Mars Society
Army Officer Competes for Mars Arctic 365 Program
By Walter T. Ham IVU.S. Army (www.army.mil) MARS DESERT RESEARCH STATION, Utah (Dec. 9, 2014) -- A U.S. Army 1st lieutenant is competing to spend a year on a Canadian ...
Project Voyager – A Map to Navigate our Dynamic Universe
This is an excerpt taken from a recent article by Zachary Fejes on Discovery Space News. The full article on Discovery can be found here. “Indulge me, for a moment, ...
Starts With A Bang!
2014’s greatest meteor shower (Synopsis)
“Men of genius are often dull and inert in society; as the blazing meteor, when it descends to earth, is only a stone.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Sure, sure, and they’re ...
Starts With a Bang!
2014's greatest meteor shower
This weekend, the Geminids arrive, and promise to be the best meteor shower of the entire year!Continue reading on Medium »
Dunes on Saturn's moon Titan need firm winds to move, exp...
New research has found that previous estimates of how fast winds need to blow to move sand-size particles around on Titan are about 40 percent too low.
NASA’s First Orion Back on Land after Flawless Ocean Reco...
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – Following a picture perfect launch on Dec. 5, 2014, flawless test flight and safe splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, NASA first Orion spacecraft has been ...
Orbital to Fly Cygnus Freighter on Atlas V
DULLES, Virg., Dec. 9, 2014 (Orbital PR) – Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB), one of the world’s leading space technology companies, today announced new details in its plans to resume ...
Lessons Learned from Orion's First Test Flight: An Interv...
With the successful flight test of NASA's Orion spacecraft on Dec. 5, a new space era for has started for America and its aerospace industry. Companies engaged in space exploration ...
- 9 Dec 2014
President Obama Congratulates Orion's Lead Engineer | Vid...
"Usually what we do isn't rocket science, unless it is", the U.S. president joked as the lead in to a congratulatory message to NASA's Orion chief engineer Julie Kramer. He ...
classic astronomy question
i did a live radio show tonight, welcoming callers to ask any space-related question they wanted. the first caller was an 8 year old girl who asked "are stars made ...
Dear California: You Can't Get The Largest Earthquakes In...
I love disaster movies . I even love cheesy disaster movies, ones where the speed of cold is a thing, and violent volcanoes pop up in the middle of a ...
Curiosity Rover Discovers Huge Lake once filled Gale Crat...
Simulated View of Gale Crater Lake on Mars. This illustration depicts a lake of water partially filling Mars’ Gale Crater, receiving runoff from snow melting on the crater’s northern rim. ...
The Moon from Earth in 2015
From the Science Visualization Studio (SVS), NASA Goddard Moon Phase and Libration, 2015 (southern hemisphere)Visualizations by Ernie Wright, December 9, 2014Lunar Pioneer, LLP The Lunar Century Group News Traffic via ...
Dark Nights Timelap...
Hamish Fulton - Walk On Plymouth
Private Cargo Spacecraft Gets New Rocket Ride After Accid...
A privately built robotic cargo spaceship has a new ride to the International Space Station. In the wake of October's Antares rocket explosion, Orbital Sciences' Cygnus spacecraft will next launch ...
Orbital Announces Additional Details Concerning CRS Progr...
Next Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft to Be Launched on Atlas V Vehicle in Fall 2015. Upgraded Antares Rockets to Resume Flights from Wallops Island in Early 2016. (Dulles, VA) – Orbital ...
Actor Seth Green designs patch for space station science ...
Looking at the latest mission patch destined for the space station, you would never know it was created by actor Seth Green. The six-sided emblem features no references to the ...
'Stoopid' space patch
Invited to design the mission patch for the CASIS ARK3 series of science experiments to be performed on the International Space Station, actor and space enthusiast Seth Green drew inspiration ...
Saturn's Moons: What a Difference a Decade Makes
Almost immediately after NASA's twin Voyager spacecraft made their brief visits to Saturn in the early 1980s, scientists were hungry for more. The Voyagers had offered them only a brief ...
Airbus to Provide Key Elements for European Vega Rocket
Airbus Defence and Space has signed a production contract with ELV (European Launch Vehicle, an AVIO and ASI Company), the industrial prime contractor for the European Vega launcher, to provide ...
Dark Energy Detecti...
Our dark, tangled web: Where’s Waldo?
Cosmic structures woven together during the tug of war between gravity and dark energy present a multi-faceted challenge for scientists, as we seek to untangle each galaxy from the luminous ...
Medical Science amid Spacesuit Work for Crew
Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and Commander Barry Wilmore began fan pump separator replacement work Tuesday on a U.S. spacesuit. Cristoforetti started her day with medical science collecting saliva and urine ...
Orion Spacecraft on Its Way Back to Florida After the Suc...
The Orion spacecraft is on its way back to NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida after the successful maiden test flight on Dec. 5. It was off-loaded from the ...
Galactic evolution is in the stars
STARSTUFF PODCAST: How hot young stars can change the evolution of entire galaxies. Also; the Martian meteorite that's reignited debate about the possibility of life on the red planet, and ...
Not Even Wrong
Weinberg on the Desert, Seiberg on QFT
Last week Steven Weinberg gave a Lee Historical Lecture at Harvard, entitled Glimpses of a World Within. There’s a report on the talk at the Harvard Gazette. In essence, Weinberg ...
ESA's Spacecraft Sees Space Station as Never Before
ESA’s fifth and last Automated Transfer Vehicle tested a new technique before docking with the International Space Station in August, at the same time revealing the orbital complex in a ...
New Modfit Runs
Hey Everyone, Just a heads up, I will be starting new runs over the next couple days that will have a different step size in a computationally intensive section of ...
Curiosity's View Of 'Mt. Sharp' Offers New Clues About Wa...
Robert Siegel talks with NASA scientist, John Grotzinger, about the origins of a mountain discovered by the Curiosity rover on Mars.» E-Mail This
Gaga for the Geminids – 2014′s best meteor shower fires u...
Get ready for the year’s best meteor shower. The reliable, rich and colorful Geminids will climax on not one but two nights. Even better, it all happens this weekend before ...
Lights in the Dark
NASA Makes Orion’s First Launch a Social Event
“It’s gonna be a BFD,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden last week during a live broadcast on NASA TV, regarding the then-imminent launch of the Orion spacecraft. And it certainly ...
Nat'l Weather Service Issues Insane, Physically Impossibl...
The National Weather Service is among the best and most trusted forecasting outlets in the United States, but sometimes their limitations cause them to screw up. Today is one of ...
Sky and Telescope
Geminid Meteor Shower Returns December 13-14
If it’s clear this weekend, late on the nights of December 13th and 14th, keep a lookout high overhead for the "shooting stars" of the Geminid meteor shower.The post Geminid ...
Your Science Results Explained, Part 4
In this series of posts, we’ll be breaking down the first MoonMappers paper by Robbins et al. showcasing YOUR work. Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 We’ve been ...
In 'Five Billion Years of Solitude,' Author Lee Billings ...
Author Lee Billings discusses the divide among scientists in the hunt for life elsewhere in the universe, and what an alien civilization might tell us about our own future.
The American Associ...
2015 JD Calendar
The 2015 Julian Day calendar is now available for your viewing or downloading pleasure.
Postcards from Plut...
Alan and the post doc crew (including me) will ...
Hey guys, Alan and the post doc crew (including me) will be doing a Google Hangout from 4-5 pm EST on Wednesday, December 10, hosted by Fraser Cain. You can ...
Postcards from Plut...
Alan and the post doc crew (including me) will ...
Dunes on Titan Controlled by Long-Term Climate Cycles
Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is one of the few solar system bodies – and the only planetary moon – known to have fields of wind-blown dunes on its surface. The ...
The Night Sky Guy
Moon Points to Diamonds
The moon will be pointing to an open star cluster in the Crab constellation. On Wednesday, December 10, Messier 67 (M67) will appear to be only one degree from the ...
Discovery News - Sp...
Hubble Stares Deep into Glittering Stellar 'Snow Globe'
Just in time for the festive period, the Hubble Space Telescope has released a dazzling image of a globular star cluster filled with stellar glitter.
Fear Not: Quarter-Mile Asteroid Is No Threat To Earth, NA...
Before assuming an asteroid is going to kill us all, take a deep breath and open up the NASA’s Near Earth Object (NEO) program website to check your information, the ...
Phew! Giant Asteroid Not a Threat to Earth, NASA Says
Claims that scientists have discovered a huge asteroid that could threaten Earth aren't correct, according to NASA.
'Five Billion Years of Solitude' (US Paperback 2014): Bo...
In a section from his book 'Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars,' Lee Billings discusses how the need for energy is tied to the ...
Big Mirrors, High Hopes: Extremely Large Telescope Is A G...
In astronomy, bigger is almost always better. The size of a telescope’s aperture (or primary optical element) not only determines how many pesky little photons it can capture, but also ...
Orbital Buys One Atlas V Launch (Maybe Two) for Cygnus
Orbital Announces Additional Details Concerning CRS Program and Antares Launcher Go-Forward Plans "Orbital has contracted with United Launch Alliance for an Atlas V launch of a Cygnus cargo spacecraft from ...
How Low Can You Go? Take the Great Square Challenge
Cast your gaze up, up, up on the next dark, moonless night and stare into the Great Square of Pegasus. How many stars do you see? Zero? Two? Twenty? If ...
The Original Rocket...
Sirius SS Cestris build, part 1
This series of posts will describe the build of the Sirius SS Cestris. I won this kit from Verna and Randy and it came complete with a custom decal set ...
The Pleiades or also known as the Seven Sisters is an open cluster system consisting of approximately 3000 stars. Pleiades has 9 bright stars, 7 named for the daughters and ...