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Obama salutes 45th anniversary of US astronauts’ Moon landing

US President Barack Obama meets with Apollo 11 representatives including Michael Collins (L) and Buzz Aldrin (2nd L) on the 45th anniversary of the first mission to land on the Moon, on July 22, 2014 at the White House in Washington, DCCelebrating the 45th anniversary of the first lunar landing, President Barack Obama on Tuesday recognized the "courage" of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, who participated in the mission. "It was a seminal moment not just in our country's history, but the history of all humankind," Obama said of the Apollo 11 mission. The president welcomed to the White House Aldrin, Collins and Carol Armstrong, the widow of Neil Armstrong, who was the first man to walk on the Moon. "The men and women of NASA are building on that proud legacy by preparing for the next giant leap in human exploration — including the first visits of men and women to deep space, to an asteroid, and someday to the surface of Mars," Obama said.

Posted on 22 July 2014 | 8:56 pm

4-Month Mock Mars Mission Wraps Up in Hawaii Friday

4-Month Mock Mars Mission Wraps Up in Hawaii FridaySix mock Mars mission crewmembers are preparing to come back to the real world at the end of the week.

Posted on 22 July 2014 | 6:06 pm

To Capture the Milky Way, Capture the Landscape

To Capture the Milky Way, Capture the LandscapeMike Taylor is an accomplished landscape astrophotographer and an instructor for night photography and post-processing. As a night photography instructor, I'm always encouraging students to integrate inspiring landscape elements in their photographs to create stunning night-sky compositions. During a recent trip to Utah, I came across an iconic, gnarly tree clinging to the top of the canyon wall at Dead Horse Point State Park, and I knew I had to incorporate it into some astrophotographs. While one of my cameras shot time-lapse footage of the Milky Way moving across the sky behind the tree, I set up another camera to capture a 16-image panorama that features the full Milky Way arc and covers 240 degrees of view from north (left) to south (right). 

Posted on 22 July 2014 | 5:33 pm

Homer Hickam: The Science Behind ‘Crater Trueblood’ (Op-Ed)

Homer Hickam: The Science Behind 'Crater Trueblood' (Op-Ed)Homer Hickam is The New York Times No. 1 best-selling author of "Rocket Boys" — also known as "October Sky" (Dell Publishing, 2000) following the book's adaptation to film — and the "Helium-3" novels "Crater" (Thomas Nelson, 2012), "Crescent" (Thomas Nelson, 2013) "Crater Trueblood and The Lunar Rescue Company" (Thomas Nelson, 2014), as well as a retired NASA engineer. There, a ghost town awaits, the previous residents scared off by weird emanations of LTP.

Posted on 22 July 2014 | 5:29 pm

Apollo 11′s Scariest Moments: Perils of the 1st Manned Moon Landing

Apollo 11's Scariest Moments: Perils of the 1st Manned Moon LandingApollo 11 was four minutes into its landing sequence when the terse words of its commander, Neil Armstrong, came from the speaker in Mission Control: Buzz Aldrin, sitting next to Armstrong in the descending Lunar Module, stared at the frozen display on the computer, which read "1202." It was an error code, but for what? Controllers in Houston scanned their notes trying to figure out what the heck the problem was.

Posted on 22 July 2014 | 11:23 am

Actor Morgan Freeman Talks Mars Trips & More with NASA Astronauts

Actor Morgan Freeman Talks Mars Trips & More with NASA AstronautsActor Morgan Freeman grilled NASA astronauts on the International Space Station about how their work can get humans to Mars someday. "So you guys are out there, floating around, tossing that microphone back and forth there cleverly," Freeman said during a webcast Friday (July 18) featuring the station's Expedition 41 NASA astronauts Reid Wiseman and Steve Swanson. "Showoff," Freeman retorted as the audience at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California laughed. Swanson thinks that the International Space Station is a good place to practice for an eventual trip to Mars.

Posted on 22 July 2014 | 11:23 am

Russia Launches Live Animals on Two-Month Space Mission

Russia Launches Live Animals on Two-Month Space MissionA high-flying package of live animals, plant seeds, and materials samples shot into space Friday (July 18) aboard a retrievable Russian Foton satellite, launching a two-month mission focusing on microgravity research into biological and physical sciences. The workhorse launcher fired its kerosene-fueled engines and lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2050 GMT (4:50 p.m. EDT), rocketing into a clear sky over the historic spaceport. The three-stage Soyuz 2-1a rocket, a modernized version of the venerable launch vehicle, put the Foton M4 space capsule in orbit less than 10 minutes later. The Russian Federal Space Agency, or Roscosmos, declared the launch a success on its website.

Posted on 21 July 2014 | 9:27 pm

NASA Names Historic Operations Building for 1st Moonwalker Neil Armstrong

NASA Names Historic Operations Building for 1st Moonwalker Neil ArmstrongCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA on Monday (July 21) paid tribute to the first man to walk on the moon by naming a building at its Florida spaceport where work is being advanced to send astronauts to Mars. The "Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building" at NASA's Kennedy Space Center added the late astronaut's name to the historic facility where he, his crew mates and their Apollo 11 spacecraft were readied for a launch to the moon 45 years ago this past week. Today, the building is being used to ready Orion, NASA's next-generation space capsule being developed to send astronauts beyond Earth orbit for the first time since the Apollo lunar landings. "It is altogether fitting that we rename this facility," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said during a ceremony held inside the Operations and Checkout (O&C) building, where hundreds of space workers gathered.

Posted on 21 July 2014 | 8:27 pm

NASA Probe Sees Apollo 11 Moon Landing Site from Space (Video)

NASA Probe Sees Apollo 11 Moon Landing Site from Space (Video)A NASA probe orbiting the moon has recently beamed back new images of what Apollo 11's Tranquility Base looks like now. An amazing new moon video created from data collected by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter gives space fans a new look at the Apollo 11 landing site years after astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left the moon's surface behind. "Apollo 11 landed on the Moon on July 20th, 1969, a little after 4:00 in the afternoon Eastern Daylight Time," NASA officials wrote in a video description. "The Lunar Module, nicknamed Eagle and flown by Neil Armstrong and Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin, touched down near the southern rim of the Sea of Tranquility, one of the large, dark basins that contribute to the Man in the Moon visible from Earth.

Posted on 21 July 2014 | 8:27 pm

NASA names building for moonwalker Neil Armstrong

FILE - In this July 16, 1969 file photo, Neil Armstrong, waving in front, heads for the van that will take the Apollo 11 crew to the rocket for launch to the moon at Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Fla. NASA renamed the historic building at Florida's Kennedy Space Center on Monday, July 21, 2014, in honor of Armstrong, the first man to step foot on the moon 45 years ago. (AP Photo/NASA, File)NASA honored one of its most famous astronauts Monday by renaming a historic building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Posted on 21 July 2014 | 8:07 pm

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Developer targets Islip green space for senior apartments – Newsday


Developer targets Islip green space for senior apartments
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Islip required green space when Fairway Manor built 394 apartments in the first phase, and the plans called for either 19 acres of open space or a golf course with a putting green, practice tees, and club house. No golf course has been built. The open

Posted on 22 July 2014 | 8:35 pm

AF satellites to contribute to space neighborhood watch – Air Force Link


AF satellites to contribute to space neighborhood watch
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The experimental satellite program, known as Automated Navigation and Guidance Experiment for Local Space, or ANGELS, is led by the Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate headquartered at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 6:06 pm

3D Printing in Space Is Still a Long Way Off – Vocativ


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3D Printing in Space Is Still a Long Way Off
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Since Apollo 11 landed on the moon 45 years ago, space innovation has evolved enormously. With the help of advanced spacecrafts, we've circled Jupiter and Saturn, and landed safely on Mars. We've lived in space for long periods of time. And thanks to
Made in Space, Autodesk Visionaries to Deliver Keynote Addresses at 3D MarketWatch

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 2:09 pm

Russia launches live animals on two-month space mission – Fox News


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Russia launches live animals on two-month space mission
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A high-flying package of live animals, plant seeds, and materials samples shot into space July 18 aboard a retrievable Russian Foton satellite, launching a two-month mission focusing on microgravity research into biological and physical sciences.

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 2:02 pm

GSSAP and ANGELS contribute to space neighborhood watch – Air Force Link


GSSAP and ANGELS contribute to space neighborhood watch
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The experimental satellite program, known as Automated Navigation and Guidance Experiment for Local Space, or ANGELS, is led by the Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate headquartered at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.

Posted on 22 July 2014 | 12:22 pm

Ann Arbor officials consider buying land to halt development, preserve open space – The Ann Arbor News


Ann Arbor officials consider buying land to halt development, preserve open space
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Council members are considering the possibility of buying both properties to halt the development plans and preserve the lands as open space. Council Member Stephen Kunselman, D-3rd Ward, introduced the resolution to inquire about the Burton Road …

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 10:44 am

Beyond Energy, Matter, Time and Space – New York Times


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Beyond Energy, Matter, Time and Space
New York Times
New particles may yet be discovered, and even new laws. But it is almost taken for granted that everything from physics to biology, including the mind, ultimately comes down to four fundamental concepts: matter and energy interacting in an arena of

Posted on 22 July 2014 | 12:43 am

Buzz Aldrin Took the First Space Selfie … in 1966 – NBCNews.com


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Buzz Aldrin Took the First Space Selfie … in 1966
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Today's astronauts may set a few social-media-in-space records — like the first-ever space Vine — but Buzz Aldrin snapped the first space selfie decades before it had a name. Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon, tweeted about the self
NASA Orion Space Capsule Has Surprising BrainInformationWeek
Apollo 11, Eight Days In Space, And Ten Numbers About Our Past And Future In Forbes
Space travel 45 years after 'Men Walk on the Moon:' 'We can still do New York Daily News
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Posted on 21 July 2014 | 8:28 pm

Creationist Ken Ham calls to end space program because aliens are going to … – Raw Story


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Creationist Ken Ham calls to end space program because aliens are going to
Raw Story
Creationist Ken Ham has said that the U.S. space program is a waste of money because any alien life that scientists found would be damned to hell. “I'm shocked at the countless hundreds of millions of dollars that have been spent over the years in the …

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Posted on 21 July 2014 | 5:18 pm

Lost and Found in Space – New York Times


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Lost and Found in Space
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — WHEN we think about space missions, what generally comes to mind are large rooms filled with rocket scientists at consoles that control expensive new spacecraft doing unintelligible things. That's still the norm but, in fact
Vintage NASA Probe, Once Abandoned in Space, Still Has FuelSpace.com

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Posted on 19 July 2014 | 6:04 am

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NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Fifteen years ago, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. Since its deployment on July 23, 1999, Chandra has helped revolutionize our understanding of the universe through its unrivaled X-ray vision.

Posted on 22 July 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Partners Punctuate Summer with Spacecraft Development Advances

Spacecraft and rocket development is on pace this summer for NASA’s aerospace industry partners for the agency’s Commercial Crew Program as they progress through systems testing, review boards and quarterly sessions under their Space Act Agreements with the agency.

Posted on 22 July 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Updates Apollo Anniversary, Next Giant Leap Events

NASA has updated events that are marking the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing and the steps being taken for America’s next giant leap to send astronauts to Mars.

Posted on 18 July 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Kicks Off Field Campaign to Probe Ocean Ecology, Carbon Cycle

NASA embarks this week on a coordinated ship and aircraft observation campaign off the Atlantic coast of the United States, an effort to advance space-based capabilities for monitoring microscopic plants that form the base of the marine food chain.

Posted on 17 July 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Begins Engine Test Project for Space Launch System Rocket

Engineers have taken a crucial step in preparing to test parts of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will send humans to new destinations in the solar system. They installed on Thursday an RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test Stand at the agency’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

Posted on 17 July 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Awards Construction Contract at Kennedy Space Center

NASA has awarded a two-year contract to Hensel Phelps Construction Co. of Orlando to build a new multi-story headquarters building at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Posted on 17 July 2014 | 4:00 pm

International Undersea Crew Available for Live Satellite Interviews

How does living and working underwater for nine days help us explore space? Four astronauts who will be living 62 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean will be available to answer that question and more during satellite interviews from inside an underwater habitat from 8 to 8:45 a.m. EDT Wednesday, July 23.

Posted on 16 July 2014 | 4:00 pm

Space Station Cargo Ship Activities to Air on NASA TV

NASA Television will broadcast live the departure of an unpiloted Russian cargo spacecraft from the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday, July 21, and the launch and docking of its replacement Wednesday, July 23.

Posted on 16 July 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Turns Over Next-Generation Air Traffic Management Tool to Federal Aviation Administration

A new NASA-developed computer software tool designed to aid air traffic controllers was presented to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) during a ceremony Monday at the agency’s headquarters in Washington.

Posted on 15 July 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Announces Early Career Faculty Space Tech Research Grants

NASA has selected seven university-led proposals for the study of innovative, early stage technologies that address high priority needs for America’s space program.

Posted on 15 July 2014 | 4:00 pm