- 1 Jul 2014
NASA and Virgin Galactic select payloads for first SS2 re...
(Source: Virgin Galactic press release) MOJAVE, Calif. – June, 3 2014 – NASA and Virgin Galactic, the privately-funded spaceline owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi’s aabar ...
Qinetiq wins ESA contract to develop International Berthi...
(Source: Qinetiq press release) Farnborough, 3 June 2014: QinetiQ Space has won a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) for the development of the International Berthing Docking Mechanism (IBDM), ...
Lunar Meteorite Hun...
The Latest Worldwide Meteor/Meteorite News 02JUL2014
Eureka! Kola Fireball Meteorites Found in RussiaUniverse TodayA spectacular fireball that crackled across the sky near the Russia-Finnish border on April 19th this year left more than a bright flash. ...
Angara Rocket Launch Delayed Due to Malfunction During Pr...
A defect in the drainage valve of the liquid oxygen tank detected during pre-launch tests led to cancellation of the first test launch of the light-class Angara carrier rocket 19 ...
The Planetary Socie...
LightSail update: Of booms and pretty pictures
The latest series of LightSail boom deployment tests went smoothly, paving the way for a full system test later in July.
Daily cosmobite: what if the Moon didn’t exist?
If there was no Moon there would be no tides. Our day would be much shorter as the tides act as a brake on the Earth’s rotation. Life would be ...
Discovery News - Sp...
'Unique' Meteorite Likely Came From Long-Dead Asteroid
A well-known meteorite that was the first to be tracked by ground-based cameras as it blasted through the Earths atmosphere and quickly recovered at its Australian fall site has been ...
Lunar Meteorite Hun...
The Latest Worldwide Meteor/Meteorite News 30JUN2014 - de...
BBC News Fireball meteor caught on cameraYouTube ⋅ 00:11A green fireball meteor seen over the UK has been captured on camera by an observatory in Devon. The "bolide" meteor was ...
Nearby Earth-Like Planet Found
A team of researchers led by University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia, has discovered a potentially habitable Earth-like planet that is only 16 light years away. The “super-Earth” planet, ...
Spaceship Battles, Alien Worlds And Robots!
Astrophysicist Adam Frank shares his summer reading list. As one would expect, it's heavy on science fiction and soul searching. Spaceship Battles, Alien Worlds And Robots! by Adam Frank July ...
Eureka! Kola Fireball Meteorites Found in Russia
A spectacular fireball that crackled across the sky near the Russia-Finnish border on April 19th this year left more than a bright flash. A team of meteor researchers from Finland, ...
Got Telescope? Catch Pluto, Ceres, Vesta in July 2014 | S...
Pluto reaches opposition and can be seen with a medium-sized telescope and dark skies. Dwarf planet Ceres and asteroid Vesta will be quite close to one another on the night ...
NASA Scrubs Launch of Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2
The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II carrying NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite was scrubbed today due to an issue with the water suppression system that is ...
One Universe at a T...
In a Flash
Yesterday I talked about quark stars. These are hypothetical stars similar to neutron stars, but smaller and a bit more massive. Their gravity and density would be enough that instead ...
Photo contest to celebrate light, light-based technologie...
PayPal and other options
Hello All, Many of you have asked about paypal and other donation methods. To address these concerns, Professor Heidi Newberg asked me to post the following on her behalf: I ...
More Life Science Work; Crew Practices Emergency Roles
Expedition 40 continued its array of station upkeep and international science work to benefit life on Earth and space. The orbital residents also simulated an onboard emergency to practice their ...
Could We Really Terraform An Asteroid?
In Kim Stanley Robinson's novel 2312, people hollow out the insides of asteroids and terraform them. They use these "terrariums" as massive spaceship habitats. Here's the science that could make ...
Nature World News
Canadian Space Travel: the Private Sector Will Do the Hea...
Canada hasn't put a man into space in over a year, and likely won't do so until 2019. In the meantime, the country's space agency has elected to serve as ...
Ohio Brewery Launches 'Spacewalker' Beer to Honor State's...
The oldest microbrewery in Ohio is tapping into the state's connection to space history to offer a "bold, yet balanced" tribute to the Buckeye astronauts. Spacewalker American Belgo is the ...
Space History Photo: 'Spider' Over The Ocean
The Apollo 9 Lunar Module is seen from the command module during the Apollo 9 earth-orbital mission.
NASA's New Satellite Could Unravel the Mystery of Our Cha...
The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 is a satellite tasked with tracking carbon sequestration around the world. It could revolutionize climate science, if only it could get into orbit. The original satellite ...
Nanowerk Space Expl...
Young sun's violent history solves meteorite mystery
Astronomers using the Herschel space observatory to probe the turbulent beginnings of a Sun-like star have found evidence of mighty stellar winds that could solve a puzzling meteorite mystery in ...
Nanowerk Space Expl...
Hubble to proceed with full search for New Horizons targe...
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has been given the go-ahead to conduct an intensive search for a suitable outer solar system object that the New Horizons spacecraft could visit after the ...
National Space Soci...
In Memoriam: Frederick I. Ordway III (1927-2014)
The National Space Society is mourning the passing today of NSS Board of Governors member Frederick I. Ordway III. Frederick Ira Ordway III was an educator, consultant, researcher, and author ...
Air & Space Magazin...
Plastic as a Sign of Civilization
We will know the extraterrestrials by their trash.
'Flying saucer' airbag for Mars splashes down in Hawaii
An inflatable landing system has been successfully tested over the Pacific, and could one day bring humans safely down to the Red Planet's surface
The Sky This Month – July 2014
July is an excellent month for stargazing. The rich star fields of Scorpius and Sagittarius finally come into view over the southern horizon for northern stargazers, and nearly overhead for ...
Putin’s Economic Vision: Centralize and Control Everythin...
Bloomberg has an interesting report on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s economic strategy, which is characterized by the type of centralized government control that we’re now seeing imposed upon the space ...
Discovery News - Sp...
NASA's Carbon Satellite Awaits Launch After Scrub
A water flow problem on Tuesday forced the US space agency to postpone the launch of a satellite to track atmospheric carbon dioxide, a leading greenhouse gas.
New Science through...
Moore’s Law As It Applies to Artificial Intelligence – Pa...
As previously mentioned in part 1 of this blog post, Moore’s law is not a physical law of science. Rather it may be considered a trend or a general rule. ...
e! Science News
Mysterious features on Titan reveal the moon's seasonal c...
At first glance, Titan has little in common with Earth. The largest moon of Saturn, temperatures on Titan's surface dip nearly 300 F below zero, its seas slosh with liquid ...
The Planetary Socie...
Dawn Journal: HAMO at Ceres
Dawn's chief engineer and mission director Marc Rayman gives an overview of the plan for the penultimate orbital phase at Ceres, the “high altitude mapping orbit” (HAMO).
Launch Aborted for Carbon Dioxide-Measuring Satellite
Mission controllers are uncertain as to what happened with the pad's water system, but might attempt the launch again on Wednesday -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
GLXP Update: Penn State Lunar Lion Receives New Engine
UNIVERSITY PARK, Penn. (Penn State Lunar Lion PR) — This summer will be a very exciting time for the Lunar Lion Team as it recently received the first of its ...
Observing in July
Explore the Sky For Yourself Astronomy is (as I’ve often said here) a science that just about anybody can do. You step outside, look up, make note of what you ...
Stressed Yeast Paint a Picture of Dorian Gray
Under favorable conditions, the yeast S.Pombe doesn't grow old. A new study sheds light on the mechanism that allows the cells to rejuvenate.
Commercial Crew Partners Continue Moving Toward Completio...
WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA’s aerospace industry partners are taking their designs and operational plans for the agency’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) through a series of comprehensive tests, evaluations and ...
The New York Times
NASA Delays Launching of Carbon Observatory
An equipment malfunction has pushed the liftoff of the spacecraft, which will measure carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, until at least Wednesday.
Awesome Aurora Vine Video from the Space Station
Here’s the latest Vine video from astronaut Reid Wiseman on board the International Space Station, showing the Aurora Borealis shimmering in the sky as the stars of Orion rise in ...
Anbar Selected as HHMI Professor at ASU
Please join us in congratulating NAI PI Ariel Anbar on his selection as Arizona State University’s first Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. This distinguished honor recognizes Anbar’s pioneering research and ...
XCOR acquires one of its investors
XCOR Aerospace has acquired the company that had been the major sales agency for flights of the Lynx vehicle. (credit: XCOR Aerospace) In late May, XCOR announced that it has ...
Satellites: Everything You Need to Know
“Man must rise above Earth, to the top of the atmosphere and beyond, for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives” Socrates (circa 399BC). Of ...
Our Night Sky – July 2014
Our Night Sky – July 2014 from Midnight Rider Productions on Vimeo. Hi, I’m Carolyn Collins Petersen, your guide to the starry skies of July. This month is mid-summer for ...
Sky and Telescope
Super-close Pairing of Ceres and Vesta
Two bright asteroids now appear extremely close to one another in the evening sky. Here's how to spot them in binoculars or a small telescope.The post Super-close Pairing of Ceres ...
Astronauts Say Happy Canada Day!
On 1 July, Canadians celebrate Canada Day, which honors the day the nation was officially born when the Constitution Act united three colonies into a single country. Astronauts both past ...
See Mars, Saturn, Mercury and Venus in July's Night Sky
The July night sky is filled with planets to the delight of stargazers and astronomers, but you'll have to know when and where to look to get your summer solar ...
Fruit Flies To Soar To Space Station For Deep Space Voyag...
The Drosophila melanogaster, aka Fruit Fly, shares genes with humans. The Fruit Fly Lab-O1 will fly to Space Station on the 5th SpaceX cargo run.
Chandra X-ray Obser...
Nanda Rea Wins Award for Solving a Magnetic Mystery
Nanda Rea. Credit: N. Rea Last week, the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) announced the awards that will be presented at their upcoming meeting in August in Moscow. One of ...
Best Skywatching Events of July 2014: Night Sky Maps (Gal...
See what's up in the night sky for July 2014, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this Space.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.