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Boeing exec says NASA crash underscores need for new U.S. engine

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The crash of an unmanned Orbital Sciences Antares rocket is a “wake-up call” to the U.S. space community about the need to develop a new U.S. rocket engine, the head of Boeing Co’s defense division said on Thursday. Chris Chadwick, chief executive of Boeing Defense, Space and Security, said the failure of the rocket on Tuesday was a “sad and tragic” reminder that the space business was complex and difficult, but he did not expect a lasting setback to the overall industry. The incident underscored growing concerns about U.S. …

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 2:26 am

Earth’s Water Existed 135 Million Years Earlier than Thought

Earth's Water Existed 135 Million Years Earlier than ThoughtThe new findings suggest that there was water in the inner solar system 135 million years earlier than previous evidence had shown. "Our findings show the earliest evidence of water in the inner solar system," said Adam Sarafian, a Ph.D. student at the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts and lead author of the new study. The smoking gun appears inside meteorites that once belonged to the asteroid Vesta, one of the largest members of the asteroid belt that sits between Jupiter and Mars. More than 4.5 billion years ago — or about 15 million years after solid bodies began to form around the young sun — water existed in the outer, cooler parts of the solar system, previous studies have shown.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 10:02 pm

NASA Surveys Damage from Antares Rocket Explosion (Photos)

NASA Surveys Damage from Antares Rocket Explosion (Photos)NASA and the private spaceflight company Orbital Sciences Corp. have started surveying the damage left behind after Orbital's Antares rocket exploded on Tuesday evening (Oct. 28). While the fiery Antares rocket explosion did not destroy the launch pad or fuel tanks at the launch complex at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia, "some repairs will be necessary," according to Orbital representatives. NASA officials have found that some support buildings at Wallops have blown-out windows and doors, and a sounding rocket launcher and other buildings near the pad have severe damage. The initial assessment also showed that the transporter erector launcher and lightning suppression rods at the pad sustained the most damage, according to NASA.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 6:03 pm

NASA Spacecraft’s Grave on the Moon Found (Photo)

NASA Spacecraft's Grave on the Moon Found (Photo)A NASA spacecraft has spotted the place where one of its brethren slammed into the surface of the moon six months ago. The agency's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) photographed a new lunar crater that researchers say is the grave of NASA's LADEE probe, which ended its mission with an intentional crash onto the moon's surface on April 18, 2014. LADEE's grave lies about 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) from the eastern rim of the larger Sundman V crater, just 0.2 miles (0.3 km) north of the spot where mission team members predicted the spacecraft would go down based on tracking data, NASA officials said. "I'm happy that the LROC team was able to confirm the LADEE impact point," LADEE project manager Butler Hine, of NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, said in a statement.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 11:27 am

Doomed Antares Rocket Powered by Refurbished Soviet Engines

Doomed Antares Rocket Powered by Refurbished Soviet EnginesThe private American rocket that exploded shortly after liftoff Tuesday evening (Oct. 28) was powered partly by an engine built to get cosmonauts to the moon in the 1960s. Orbital Sciences Corp.'s two-stage Antares rocket crashed in a fiery heap just seconds after launching from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Tuesday, ending an attempted cargo run to the International Space Station just seconds after it began. Antares' first stage uses two AJ26 engines, which are refurbished variants of the NK-33 built by the Soviet Union for its ill-fated N-1 moon rocket during the height of the space race. In 2012, for example, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said Antares "honestly sounds like the punch line to a joke."

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 11:27 am

Antares Rocket Explosion: Space Station Astronauts React

Antares Rocket Explosion: Space Station Astronauts ReactAstronauts on the International Space Station watched as a private rocket carrying supplies for the orbiting outpost exploded just after launch. NASA's Reid Wiseman and Barry "Butch" Wilmore and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst sent down some of their thoughts about the Oct. 28 explosion of Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares rocket carrying the company's Cygnus spacecraft. The unmanned Cygnus probe was expected to deliver a batch of fresh supplies to the space station crewmembers. "Last night we were watching it live, NASA uplinked the launch live," Wilmore said during an interview with WCYB TV today (Oct. 29).

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 3:26 am

NASA explosion fuels concerns about Russian engines, oversight

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The explosion of an Orbital Science Corp supply rocket over Virginia could accelerate U.S. efforts to replace aging Russian space technology with a pricey homegrown rocket engine. Even before the crash on Tuesday, Orbital had planned to switch to another engine for future launches, given the age of Soviet-era motors now in use as well as uncertainty about future supplies. Analysts said they expect Orbital to use a motor from Alliant Techsystems following the planned merger of the two firms. More critical will be the potential development of a U.S. …

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 12:22 am

RIP, Drain Brain: Experiments Lost in the Antares Rocket Explosion

RIP, Drain Brain: Experiments Lost in the Antares Rocket ExplosionWhen a private rocket exploded just after launch Tuesday (Oct. 28), science experiments developed by students, professional researchers and private companies went up in smoke. The private spaceflight company Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares rocket was expected to launch the company's unmanned cargo-carrying Cygnus spacecraft on a mission to the International Space Station from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Tuesday evening. "We do want to express our disappointment that we were not able to fulfill our obligation to the International Space Station program and deliver this load of cargo, especially to the researchers who had science on board and the people that were counting on the various hardware and components that were going to the station," Orbital Executive Vice President Frank Culbertson said during a news conference after the rocket failure.

Posted on 29 October 2014 | 11:47 pm

RIP, Drain Brain: Science Experiments Lost in Antares Rocket Explosion

RIP, Drain Brain: Science Experiments Lost in Antares Rocket ExplosionWhen a private rocket exploded just after launch Tuesday (Oct. 28), science experiments developed by students, professional researchers and private companies went up in smoke. The private spaceflight company Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares rocket was expected to launch the company's unmanned cargo-carrying Cygnus spacecraft on a mission to the International Space Station from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Tuesday evening. "We do want to express our disappointment that we were not able to fulfill our obligation to the International Space Station program and deliver this load of cargo, especially to the researchers who had science on board and the people that were counting on the various hardware and components that were going to the station," Orbital Executive Vice President Frank Culbertson said during a news conference after the rocket failure.

Posted on 29 October 2014 | 11:47 pm

Asteroid-Mining Tech Among Casualties of Antares Rocket Explosion

Asteroid-Mining Tech Among Casualties of Antares Rocket ExplosionThe rocket explosion that destroyed a cargo vessel bound for the International Space Station Tuesday (Oct. 28) also took out an asteroid-mining company's first spacecraft. Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares rocket exploded in a huge fireball just seconds after launching from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Tuesday evening. The crash caused no injuries but destroyed Orbital's unmanned Cygnus capsule, which was toting 5,000 lbs. (2,268 kilograms) of food, supplies and other gear to the International Space Station for NASA. Among Cygnus' cargo was the Arkyd 3 satellite, a tiny technology demonstrator built by asteroid-mining firm Planetary Resources.

Posted on 29 October 2014 | 11:47 pm

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SpaceX and Orbital are the only American outfits that ferry supplies to the International Space Station. The station's crew will not be not short of rations. A Russian ship docked the following day and SpaceX is making a delivery in December. But the
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Rocket explosion won't seriously impact Space StationUSA TODAY
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Posted on 31 October 2014 | 6:45 am

Boocoo space foreclosed on after youth organization fails to pay – Daily Northwestern


Boocoo space foreclosed on after youth organization fails to pay
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The space once home to Boocoo Cultural Center and Cafe, where a youth organization intended to move, has been foreclosed on, the city's economic development coordinator Paul Zalmezak told The Daily on Thursday. We Want To Live signed a purchase …

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 6:43 am

Letter: Open space good for us socially, economically – The Coloradoan


Letter: Open space good for us socially, economically
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Nearly 20 years ago, residents of Larimer County voted overwhelmingly to protect open spaces and agricultural land. Since then, much has been accomplished, and the open space program of Larimer County and its cities and towns is incredibly popular.

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Posted on 31 October 2014 | 4:13 am

"Blank Space" Announced as Second Single from Taylor Swift’s "1989 … – Music and Lyrics


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"Blank Space" Announced as Second Single from Taylor Swift's "1989
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Good lord. What a song! Are you loving “Blank Space" as much as I do? Is it your favourite song from "1989" already? Then hold on tight to something because “Blank Space” has just been announced as the NEXT official single from Taylor Swift's …
Taylor Swift's Next '1989′ Single Is “Blank Space”, Radio Release Date Idolator: All About The Music
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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 10:39 pm

First Hasselblad camera used in space can be yours – CNET


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First Hasselblad camera used in space can be yours
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There have been a lot of space firsts throughout history. Yuri Gagarin was the first human to travel into space, in 1961. Earlier the same year, a little fellow named Ham was the first astrochimp in suborbital flight. And the very first Hasselblad

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 7:36 pm

Russians launch Progress supply ship to space station – Spaceflight Now


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Russians launch Progress supply ship to space station
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Nine hours after a spectacular launch failure that destroyed a U.S. supply ship bound for the International Space Station, the Russians successfully launched a Progress cargo craft from snowy Kazakhstan Wednesday carrying 5,793 pounds of rocket fuel, …
Russia Delivers Cargo to Space Station After US SetbackNBCNews.com
Russia Launches Unmanned Supply Ship Toward Space StationSpace.com
Russians launch cargo ship to space station after US failureCBS News
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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 6:42 pm

America should lead exploration of space, European Space Agency boss says … – AL.com


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America should lead exploration of space, European Space Agency boss says
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Dordain spoke under the U.S. Space & Rocket Center's Saturn V at the closing banquet of the 7th Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium on space. His remarks came two weeks before ESA's Rosetta mission attempts to land the first spacecraft on a comet …
The European Space Agency Has Made the Weirdest Short FilmSmithsonian

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 5:13 pm

Have an Epic Space Halloween Costume? Enter Our Contest! – Space.com


Have an Epic Space Halloween Costume? Enter Our Contest!
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It's no secret that at Space.com, we love everything space. And if you have a killer space-themed Halloween costume, we would love to see it. So what's your best space costume? A walking rocket? A spooky white dwarf star? How about an alien, or maybe …

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 3:01 pm

Explosion unlikely to derail private space travel – USA TODAY


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Explosion unlikely to derail private space travel
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There's no doubt," said Fredrick Jenet, director of the Center for Advanced Radio Astronomy at the University of Texas-Brownsville, who is helping in the transition from federal to commercial space travel. "But we're just in the beginning. To stop now

Posted on 29 October 2014 | 5:15 pm

YouTube’s Spooky Space becomes a hangout for would-be horror flick directors – Fox News


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YouTube's Spooky Space becomes a hangout for would-be horror flick directors
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The video sharing platform is teaming up with director Guillermo Del Toro and Legendary Entertainment to give creative types a spooky space where they can shoot frightfully good video. They're also staging a talent contest of sorts: “YouTube Space
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Posted on 29 October 2014 | 1:09 pm

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NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Completes Initial Assessment after Orbital Launch Mishap

The Wallops Incident Response Team completed today an initial assessment of Wallops Island, Virginia, following the catastrophic failure of Orbital Science Corp.’s Antares rocket shortly after liftoff at 6:22 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Oct. 28, from Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Posted on 29 October 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Statement Regarding Oct. 28 Orbital Sciences Corp. Launch Mishap

The following statement is from William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Directorate, regarding the mishap that occurred at Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia during the attempted launch of Orbital Sciences Corp’s Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft at 6:22 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28.

Posted on 28 October 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Wallops Preparations on Track for Tonight’s Orbital Sciences Launch to International Space Station

Ahead of the third U.S. commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station by Orbital Sciences Corp., NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia continues to enable successful launches from the Eastern Shore. Orbital’s Antares rocket carrying 5,000 pounds of NASA cargo aboard the company’s Cygnus spacecraft is scheduled to liftoff at 6:22 p.m. EDT this evening from Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops.

Posted on 28 October 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Seeks Proposals to Develop Capabilities for Deep Space Exploration, Journey to Mars

NASA is soliciting proposals for concept studies or technology development projects that will be necessary to enable human pioneers to go to deep space destinations such as an asteroid and Mars.

Posted on 28 October 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Administrator to Visit Marshall Space Flight Center; Talks Space Station Oct. 28

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will get a behind-the-scenes look at the science command post for the International Space Station when he visits NASA’s Payload Operations Integration Center at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, Oct. 28.

Posted on 27 October 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Awards Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Support Contract

NASA has awarded the Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Support Contract to Science Systems and Applications, Inc., of Greenbelt, Maryland.

Posted on 27 October 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA’S Chandra Observatory Identifies Impact of Cosmic Chaos on Star Birth

The same phenomenon that causes a bumpy airplane ride, turbulence, may be the solution to a long-standing mystery about stars’ birth, or the absence of it, according to a new study using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Posted on 27 October 2014 | 4:00 pm

Launch of Third Orbital Sciences Mission to Space Station Rescheduled; NASA TV Coverage Reset

The third Orbital Sciences cargo mission to the International Space Station under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch at 6:22 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Oct. 28, from Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Posted on 27 October 2014 | 4:00 pm

Critical NASA Science Returns to Earth aboard SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down at 3:39 p.m. EDT Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 300 miles west of Baja California, returning 3,276 pounds of NASA cargo and science samples from the International Space Station (ISS).

Posted on 25 October 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Hosts First Agency-wide Social Media Event for Orion’s First Flight Test

NASA invites social media followers to apply for credentials to get a preview of the Orion spacecraft’s first flight test during NASA Social events Dec. 3 at each of its 10 centers.

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 4:00 pm