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Private Astronaut Training Company Picks Spacesuits for Spacewalk Simulator

Private Astronaut Training Company Picks Spacesuits for Spacewalk SimulatorThe company plans to work with Brooklyn-based Final Frontier Design to integrate life support systems into the spacewalk simulator and other training systems. "Our experts looked at several excellent space suit designs along with ways to incorporate these life support systems into our core pre-suborbital program," said Kelly Soich, director of programs and chief payload specialist for Waypoint, in a press release. "In the end, FFD [Final Frontier Design] presented an innovative solution, embodying the core efforts of commercial space and providing us the capability to maximize spaceflight training for a large segment of the population." [Photos of Final Frontier Design's Private Spacesuit] Final Frontier Design was founded after winning the NASA 2009 Astronaut Glove Challenge.

Posted on 25 October 2014 | 10:39 am

Skydiver Goes Supersonic in Record-Breaking ‘Near-Space Dive’

Skydiver Goes Supersonic in Record-Breaking 'Near-Space Dive'In a harrowing plunge from the stratosphere, a Google executive broke the world record for the highest-altitude skydive today (Oct. 24). Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google, hit supersonic speeds as he fell from more than 25 miles (40 kilometers) above New Mexico, smashing the altitude record that Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner set two years ago with his famous Red Bull Stratos "space jump." Eustace's epic feat was orchestrated by the Stratospheric Explorer (StratEx) team at the Paragon Space Development Corporation. Eustace's body set off a sonic boom that could be heard by the recovery team on the ground, said Grant Anderson, CEO of Paragon. [See more amazing photos of StratEx's near-space dive] Eustace, 57, was already an experienced skydiver and pilot when he came to Paragon, Anderson said, but he required extra training and had to complete a series of increasingly difficult test dives before today's feat.

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 10:00 pm

Partial Solar Eclipse Wows Skywatchers Across North America (Photos, Video)

Partial Solar Eclipse Wows Skywatchers Across North America (Photos, Video)The moon appeared to take a bite out of the sun on Thursday (Oct. 23) in a partial solar eclipse that was visible to potentially millions of skywatchers across North America, weather permitting. The eclipse lasted about three hours, with nearly all of North America having a good view of the event. "The sun never fails to be boring," astronomer Lucie Green said during a Slooh Community Observatory webcast of the solar eclipse. Slooh.com hosted a feed of the solar eclipse from a solar telescope in Arizona.

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 2:25 pm

Wow! This Hubble Telescope Photo of Mars with a Comet Is Amazing

Wow! This Hubble Telescope Photo of Mars with a Comet Is AmazingThe famed Hubble Space Telscope has captured a jaw-dropping view of a comet making an incredibly close flyby of Mars. The planet glows red, and Comet Siding Spring's bright nucleus and diffuse tail stand out against a host of background stars glimmering behind the two cosmic bodies. "The Mars and comet images have been added together to create a single picture to illustrate the angular separation, or distance, between the comet and Mars at closest approach," NASA officials said in a statement. "The solid icy comet nucleus is too small to be resolved in the Hubble picture.

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 8:33 pm

Buzz Aldrin Says One-Way Trips to Mars Could Actually Work

Buzz Aldrin Says One-Way Trips to Mars Could Actually WorkApollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin wants to send people on a trip to Mars, and he doesn't want them to come home — at least not at first. The time and resources that will be used to get humans to the Red Planet only make sense if the astronauts stay there and help to jump-start an outpost on the new world, Aldrin said during a panel here at MIT's AeroAstro 100 conference Wednesday (Oct. 22).

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 8:33 pm

Hubble Space Telescope 25th Anniversary Exhibit Opens at NYC Museum

Hubble Space Telescope 25th Anniversary Exhibit Opens at NYC MuseumAstronaut Mike Massimino is sitting on the floor, completely fixated on the video showing him and his former space shuttle crewmates training underwater to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope. To me, it is very, very personal," Massimino says. Eric Boehm, the curator at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, is betting they will. Massimino and Boehm are discussing "Hubble@25," the new exhibition that opens in New York City on board the USS Intrepid, a converted World War II aircraft carrier, on Thursday (Oct. 23).

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 8:33 pm

First Private Moon Mission to Launch on Chinese Rocket Today

First Private Moon Mission to Launch on Chinese Rocket TodayThe 4M mission, a project developed by Luxembourg-based company LuxSpace, will piggyback on a Chinese moon flyby unofficially dubbed Chang'e 5-T1, which aims to test out technology for a future lunar sample-return mission. "We also want to promote our way to do space missions in general — the microsatellite approach."

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 12:27 pm

Partial Solar Eclipse Today: A Weather Forecast

Partial Solar Eclipse Today: A Weather ForecastViewers throughout most of the United States are in position to see a partial solar eclipse Thursday afternoon (Oct. 23). One of those regions is the northeastern United States, including all of New England. You can watch the solar eclipse webcast at Space.com beginning at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT), with live feeds available from the Slooh Community Observatory, Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles and the University of Arizona's SkyCenter at Mount Lemmon.

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 12:27 pm

Partial Solar Eclipse Occurs Today: Watch It Live

Partial Solar Eclipse Occurs Today: Watch It LiveA partial solar eclipse will darken North American skies Thursday afternoon (Oct. 23), and you can watch the dramatic celestial event online if clouds hinder your view. The online Slooh Community Observatory will air a special three-hour webcast for the partial solar eclipse today starting at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT). You can watch the show — which will feature live views from Arizona's Prescott Solar Obsevatory and other telescopes around the world — at http://www.slooh.com. Observers in virtually all of North America should have good views of the partial solar eclipse, weather permitting.

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 12:26 pm

Partial Solar Eclipse Occurs at Sunset Today: Watch It Live

Partial Solar Eclipse Occurs at Sunset Today: Watch It LiveA partial solar eclipse will darken North American skies Thursday afternoon (Oct. 23), and you can watch the dramatic celestial event online if clouds hinder your view. The online Slooh Community Observatory will air a special three-hour webcast for the partial solar eclipse today starting at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT). You can watch the show — which will feature live views from Arizona's Prescott Solar Obsevatory and other telescopes around the world — at http://www.slooh.com. Observers in virtually all of North America should have good views of the partial solar eclipse, weather permitting.

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 12:26 pm

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Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser heads to space for science – The Denver Post


The Denver Post

Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser heads to space for science
The Denver Post
The Dream Chaser, designed and built by Louisville-based Sierra Nevada Corporation's Space Systems, is aiming to be the next NASA vehicle to take humans to space. The program announced Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, that it had acquired a launch vehicle …
Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser heads to space for scienceLongmont Times-Call

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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 11:15 pm

Record-Breaking Supersonic Skydive from ‘Near-Space’ in Photos – Space.com


Forbes

Record-Breaking Supersonic Skydive from 'Near-Space' in Photos
Space.com
On Oct. 24, 2014, skydiver Alan Eustace set a new record for the highest near-space jump from the stratosphere as part of a feat performed with the Stratospheric Explorer (StratEx) team and the Paragon Space Development Corporation. Read our full story
Google Executive Breaks Record With Near-Space SkydiveForbes
Google Exec Breaks Space Jump Record With Nearly 26-Mile Free FallMashable
Alan Eustace Jumps From Stratosphere, Breaking Felix Baumgartner's World New York Times
ABC News -NBCNews.com
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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 9:16 pm

Skydiver Goes Supersonic in Record-Breaking ‘Near-Space Dive’ – Space.com


Skydiver Goes Supersonic in Record-Breaking 'Near-Space Dive'
Space.com
In a harrowing plunge from the stratosphere, a Google executive broke the world record for the highest-altitude skydive today (Oct. 24). Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google, hit supersonic speeds as he fell from more than 25 miles (40

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 9:10 pm

Woman stabbed to death in front of her children over parking space – Los Angeles Times


Woman stabbed to death in front of her children over parking space
Los Angeles Times
A man and woman from South Los Angeles have been arrested for stabbing a woman to death in front of her children over a parking space at a swap meet, authorities said. Reggie Cervantes, 22, and Brenda Rangel, 19, have been charged with murder in the …

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 8:47 pm

Do You Have What It Takes to Go Into Space? (Probably) – Wall Street Journal


Wall Street Journal

Do You Have What It Takes to Go Into Space? (Probably)
Wall Street Journal
The bar has since lowered drastically, especially for ordinary citizens hoping to catch a ride aboard the commercial “space-tourism” flights that have either launched or have plans to do so as soon as early next year. Just ask the 700 ticket holders

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 8:47 pm

Son of woman killed over parking space recalls shocking violence – Los Angeles Times


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Son of woman killed over parking space recalls shocking violence
Los Angeles Times
In a split second, Daniel Crable's fight to survive a knife attack in a crowded parking lot in Santa Fe Springs became his mother's struggle as she lay on the pavement bleeding from multiple stab wounds to her neck and back. As the assailant fled
Woman fatally stabbed in fight over swap meet parking spaceKABC-TV
La Mirada woman killed over parking space at Santa Fe Springs Swap MeetThe Whittier Daily News
Dispute over parking space leads to stabbing death of motherfox6now.com

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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 8:43 pm

Hear Another New Taylor Swift Song, ‘Blank Space’ – Radio.com News


Radio.com News

Hear Another New Taylor Swift Song, 'Blank Space'
Radio.com News
Taylor Swift's 1989 tracklist has been revealed — and now, so has the second song on it. “Blank Space,” track two on 1989, leaked onto the Internet today (Oct. 24), continuing the slow rollout of new songs from Swift's fifth album. There's currently
Taylor Swift New Song "Blank Space" From '1989' Leaks Online, Is Likely The Music Times
Here's Another New Taylor Song, 'Blank Space'Vulture
Taylor Swift "Blank Space" Leaks OnlineGossip Cop
Celebuzz
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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 7:09 pm

This Is the Very First Photo of Earth From Space – Universe Today


Universe Today

This Is the Very First Photo of Earth From Space
Universe Today
Astronauts living aboard the International Space Station, weather and Earth-observing satellites in various orbits, even distant spacecraft exploring other planets in our Solar System… all have captured images of Earth from both near and far. But
This date in science: First-ever photo of Earth from spaceEarthSky
One final journey: Mother sends son's ashes into spaceRT

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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 4:05 pm

Germany Insists Controversial ‘Space Protocol’ Protects Startups – Space News


Space News

Germany Insists Controversial 'Space Protocol' Protects Startups
Space News
In email responses to SpaceNews inquiries, the Justice Ministry outlined why Germany maintains its backing for the Space Protocol despite its being the only developed nation to have endorsed it. Above, Germany's Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer …

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 3:44 pm

To the moon and back: Lunar mission to test China’s space program – CNN


CNN

To the moon and back: Lunar mission to test China's space program
CNN
Hong Kong (CNN) — China says it will launch an experimental spacecraft between Friday and Sunday that will orbit the moon before returning to Earth, in a first for the country's ambitious space program. The unmanned spacecraft will be launched by a
First Private Moon Mission to Launch on Chinese Rocket TodaySpace.com
China Launches its 1st Space Mission to the Moon and BackThe Daily Galaxy (blog)
Lunar mission to test China's space program4029tv
Voice of America -ABC Online
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Posted on 23 October 2014 | 6:50 am

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NASA Seeks Ultra-lightweight Materials to Help Enable Journey to Mars

NASA is seeking proposals to develop and manufacture ultra-lightweight materials for aerospace vehicles and structures of the future. Proposals will demonstrate lower-mass alternatives to honeycomb or foam cores currently used in composite sandwich structures.

Posted on 24 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

NASA Media Accreditation Opens for Launch of Next SpaceX Station Resupply Mission

Media accreditation is open for the launch of NASA’s next commercial cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station.

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Shares Bullying Prevention Message Ahead of His One-Year Mission

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who is scheduled to fly on a one-year spaceflight mission in 2015, is lending his voice to help reduce childhood bullying. As part of Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, Kelly recorded a special message encouraging bystanders to take action.

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 4:00 pm

Close Encounters: Comet Siding Spring Seen Next to Mars

This composite NASA Hubble Space Telescope Image captures the positions of comet Siding Spring and Mars in a never-before-seen close passage of a comet by the Red Planet.

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA TV Broadcasts Space Station Cargo Ship Activities

NASA Television will broadcast live the departure of an unpiloted Russian cargo spacecraft from the International Space Station (ISS) Monday, Oct. 27, as well as the launch and docking of its replacement Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Posted on 22 October 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Television Coverage Set for Orbital Resupply Mission to Space Station

Orbital Sciences Corp. will launch its next mission to resupply the International Space Station Monday, Oct. 27, and NASA Television will broadcast live coverage of the event, including pre- and post-launch briefings and arrival at the station.

Posted on 22 October 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Awards Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder for the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 Mission

NASA has awarded a sole source contract modification to Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, of Azusa, California, for the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) Instrument for flight on the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) mission.

Posted on 22 October 2014 | 4:00 pm

Media Invited to Participate in Interactive Space Station Technology Forum

Media are invited to interact with NASA experts who will answer questions about technologies being demonstrated on the International Space Station (ISS) during “Destination Station: ISS Technology Forum” from 10 to 11 a.m. EDT (9 to 10 a.m. CDT) Monday, Oct. 27, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Posted on 20 October 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Partners with Leading Technology Innovators to Enable Future Exploration

Recognizing that technology drives exploration, NASA has selected four teams of agency technologists for participation in the Early Career Initiative (ECI) pilot program. The program encourages creativity and innovation among early career NASA technologists by engaging them in hands-on technology development opportunities needed for future missions.

Posted on 17 October 2014 | 4:00 pm