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Ex-astronaut relishes job as Mission Control flight director

T.J. Creamer was casually flipping through a research and development magazine in the late 1980s when his hand came to a stop at the inside back …

Space Science

Space travel isn’t so easy on the stomach: former astronaut

Would-be space tourists beware: You may regret it.<p>“It’s not like riding a commercial aircraft . . . and I can see all these problems with people up …

Space Travel

'Red Nuggets' are Galactic Gold for Astronomers | ChandraBlog | Fresh Chandra News

A new study using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory indicates that black holes have squelched star formation in small, yet massive galaxies …

Universe

NASA works on reusability for its Orion next-generation spaceship

<i>By Jillian Scharr</i><p>Space.com<p>Since the space shuttle's retirement in 2011, NASA has relied on Russian rockets to launch its astronauts to space. But the United States plans to have its own homemade spacecraft again soon. Called the Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle, the new vehicle will be able to carry …

Space Exploration

It is time for Trump to start selling space exploration

The Pew Research organization recently released a poll that revealed Americans’ attitudes toward NASA, the emerging commercial space sector and space …

Space Science

New Cyber Brief: Cybersecurity and the New Era of Space Activities

The tasks of securing outer space and cyberspace are converging, and experts are worried that the space industry is not taking cybersecurity threats …

Cybersecurity

Catalog Page for PIA13374

<b>Original Caption Released with Image:</b><p>This first image of comet 103P/Hartley 2 was taken from NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft 60 days prior to the …

University of Maryland

Catalog Page for PIA08278

<b>Original Caption Released with Image:</b><p>The great basin that interrupts the contours of this moon's crescent identifies the satellite unmistakably as …

Astronomy

rings – Cassini Legacy: 1997-2017

N00036019.jpg was taken on 2005-06-23 06:46 (PDT) and received on Earth 2005-06-24 09:53 (PDT). The camera was pointing toward Saturn-rings, and the …

Astronomy

We need to talk about asteroids — because there are a lot of them

Dallas — Among Earth’s natural disasters — hurricanes, floods, earthquakes — the one humans probably ponder least is asteroids, huge objects zipping …

Asteroids

Black Holes are Bullies, Too

A new study of two isolated red nuggets shows how central black holes play a pivotal role in their evolution (via NASA/CXC/MTA-Eötvös University/N. …

Universe

DOD Awards $69.8 Million More to Aerojet Rocketdyne for AR-1, RL-10CX Development

WASHINGTON, DC (DOD PR) — Aerojet Rocketdyne, Canoga Park, California, has been awarded a $69,804,323 modification (P00014) to a previously awarded …

West Palm Beach

Trump's 'Space Force' could fuel a new $1 trillion economy, Morgan Stanley says

• <b>President Donald Trump's proposed "Space Force" could help fuel the $1 trillion intergalactic economy, Morgan Stanley says.</b>• <b><br>The bank is tracking 100 private companies poised to profit from interstellar industries.</b><p>If President Donald Trump successfully organizes his so-called Space Force, it could …

Donald Trump

3 Reasons Trump’s New Space Force Would Be a Disaster

Visions of warfare in space have both haunted and piqued the imaginations of the public, policymakers, and the United States military for decades. …

Space Exploration

Rosetta spacecraft image archive complete

Rosetta journeyed through space for 12 years and performed early flybys of Earth, Mars and 2 asteroids before arriving at comet …

Space

China’s Looming Land Grab in Outer Space

Xi Jinping promised that China will head to the moon. The plan is to occupy it like the South China Sea. And after that? Mars.<p>HONG KONG—Given its …

China

Whoa! Elon Musk tweets video showing hugeness of SpaceX rockets

Even Elon Musk can still be impressed by his own rockets. The SpaceX CEO retweeted a video designed to blow our minds by showing just how big the Falcons are. Musk commented, "cool video."<p>The video, published this week, comes from production studio Corridor Crew.<p>The filmmakers make a good point. …

Tesla

Blue Origin Plans to Start Selling Suborbital Spaceflight Tickets Next Year

WASHINGTON — Blue Origin expects to start flying people on its New Shepard suborbital vehicle "soon" and start selling tickets for commercial flights …

Space Travel

Buzz Aldrin asks: Would you book a one-way ticket to Mars?

Closed Captioning<p>ON<p>OFF<p>apply | reset x<p>font<p>size<p>color<p>Play Video - 1:11<p>June 20th, 2018<p>Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin posed an out-of-this-world question to his Twitter followers, if anyone would consider moving to Mars with no expectation of coming back to Earth. TODAY’s Carson Daly reports from the …

Buzz Aldrin

Dark matter: After looking in space, scientists search underground

Dark matter<p>The underground race to solve the universe's biggest mystery<p>Dark matter<p>The underground race to solve the universe's biggest mystery<p>In the …

Dark Matter

Book Review: It's a Question of Space

Book Review: It’s a Question of Space<p>Clayton Anderson spent almost 167 days in space, and about 38 hours conducting extra-vehicular activities (EVA). …

Social Media

SpaceX Wins $130 Million Military Launch Contract for Falcon Heavy Rocket

WASHINGTON — SpaceX has won its first big-ticket classified military launch contract for the Falcon Heavy rocket. The Air Force awarded SpaceX a $130 …

Space Travel

How Cassini quietly transformed our understanding of the solar system

The last days of Cassini<p>How the spacecraft quietly transformed our understanding of the solar system<p>The last days of Cassini<p>How the spacecraft …

Astronomy

Nathan Myhrvold: ‘Nasa doesn’t want to admit it’s wrong about asteroids’

Any patent holder who enforces their rights gets called a patent troll. Silicon Valley feels very threatened by anything that could challenge its own authority<p>Nathan Myhrvold is the former chief technology officer of Microsoft, founder of the controversial patent asset company Intellectual Ventures …

Intellectual Property

Wow! Hubble Space Telescope snaps super-deep view of the universe

WASHINGTON — A new set of breathtaking photos reveals a never-before-seen deep view of the universe.<p>Released as the first "Frontier Fields" view from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, the new images mark the deepest-ever observations of a cluster of galaxies. The photos center on Abell 2744, a group …

Universe

Astronaut Sally K. Ride’s legacy – encouraging young women to embrace science and engineering

<b>Astronaut Sally Ride on the flight deck of the space shuttle Challenger in 1983. (NASA/Wikicommons)</b><p>Sally Ride became the first American woman to be launched into space, leaving an indelible mark in history<p>Bonnie J. Dunbar<p>June 24, 2018 2:00pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published on The …

Space Exploration

Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin will start selling tickets for space flights in 2019

If you’ve had a hankering to be a space tourist, you may soon get your chance.<p>Blue Origin, the rocket company owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, aims to begin selling tickets for suborbital space flights to tourists next year, Space News reported.<p>Speaking at the Amazon Web Services Public Sector …

Space Travel

This artist's concept illustrates the preferred model for explaining ALMA observations of Beta Pictoris. The new observations from ALMA now show that the disc around the star is permeated by carbon monoxide gas. The presence of carbon monoxide could indicate that the Beta Pictoris planetary system may eventually become a good habitat for life. At the outer fringes of the system, the gravitational influence of a hypothetical giant planet (bottom left) captures comets into a dense, massive swarm (right) where frequent collisions occur. Image credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/F. Reddy

Beta Pictoris is located about 60 light-years away towards the constellation of Pictor (the Painter's Easel) and is one of the best-known examples of a star surrounded by a dusty debris disc. Earlier observations showed a warp of the disc, a secondary inclined disc and comets falling onto the star, all indirect, but tell-tale signs that strongly suggested the presence of a massive planet. Observations done with the NACO instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope in 2003, 2008 and 2009, have proven the presence of a planet around Beta Pictoris. It is located at a distance between 8 and 15 times the Earth-Sun separation — or Astronomical Units — which is about the distance Saturn is from the Sun. The planet has a mass of about nine Jupiter masses and the right mass and location to explain the observed warp in the inner parts of the disc. This image, based on data from the Digitized Sky Survey 2, shows a region of approximately 1.7 x 2.3 degrees around Beta Pictoris. Image credit: ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2