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Dog Spacesuit Among Artist’s Soviet Space Artifacts for Auction

Dog Spacesuit Among Artist's Soviet Space Artifacts for AuctionA German pop artist who once painted the side of a Russian rocket is selling his collection of Soviet space memorabilia, including pieces of his own space art and a "dog space suit." Andreas Hoge, better known by his one-name pseudonym Andora, consigned more than 100 Russian space program artifacts and collectibles to the Berlin-based auction house Auctionata.

Posted on 2 September 2014 | 7:50 pm

LEGO May Make Hubble Space Telescope Kit After Fans’ 10,000 Votes

LEGO May Make Hubble Space Telescope Kit After Fans' 10,000 VotesA fan's idea for a LEGO toy to celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope's 25th anniversary just came into greater focus. On Sunday (Aug. 31), Gabriel Russo's design for a model of the famous orbiting observatory topped 10,000 votes on LEGO Ideas, a website where fans can share and vote for new LEGO kits. Projects that get 10,000 votes of support are considered by LEGO for production and sale. The 10,000th vote for Russo's Hubble model came in just before the cutoff for LEGO's fall review period, giving the Danish toy company perhaps enough time for a set to be ready for the satellite's anniversary next year.

Posted on 2 September 2014 | 7:50 pm

US Air Force’s Secretive X-37B Space Plane Passes 600 Days in Orbit

US Air Force's Secretive X-37B Space Plane Passes 600 Days in OrbitAir Force's mysterious unmanned space plane has winged beyond 600 days in orbit on a classified military mission that seems to have no end. The X-37B space plane is carrying out the Orbital Test Vehicle-3 (OTV-3) mission, a long-duration cruise that marks the third flight for the unpiloted Air Force spaceflight program. The Air Force launched the miniature space shuttle into orbit on Dec. 11, 2012 using an expendable Atlas 5 rocket. By the end of Friday (Aug. 29), the space plane had spent 627 days in orbit.

Posted on 2 September 2014 | 6:15 pm

Suit Up! Final Frontier Design Launches Space Suit Experience in NYC

Suit Up! Final Frontier Design Launches Space Suit Experience in NYCIf you've ever wanted a taste of outer space living without ever leaving Earth, Final Frontier Design has a suit for you. The founders of Final Frontier Design — a spacesuit design company based here in Brooklyn — want space enthusiasts visiting the Big Apple to have the chance to bounce around in a pressurized spacesuit for the relatively reasonable price of $395.

Posted on 2 September 2014 | 11:15 am

Labor Day in Space: A Weightless Holiday for US Astronauts

Labor Day in Space: A Weightless Holiday for US AstronautsRight now, NASA astronaut Steve Swanson commands the International Space Station with fellow American Reid Wiseman serving as a flight engineer. The pair forms one-third of the space station's six-man Expedition 40 crew, with three Russian cosmonauts and European Space Agency astronaut rounding out the crew. "The entire six-man crew of Expedition 40 will have an off-duty day with only their exercise and one or two maintenance activities scheduled," NASA spokesman Daniel Huot told Space.com in an email. Swanson and Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev from the Russian Space Agency are due to return to Earth on Sept. 10, while Wiseman, Maxim Suraev from the Russian Space Agency and Alexander Gerst from ESA will remain in orbit until November.

Posted on 1 September 2014 | 12:16 pm

Labor Day Weekend Stargazing: See Moon, Mars and Saturn Meet Up

Labor Day Weekend Stargazing: See Moon, Mars and Saturn Meet UpThe yellowish-white object to the moon's right is the planet Saturn, while the one below and slightly to the moon's left is Mars. In April, Mars was 57.6 million miles (92.7 million kilometers) away from Earth, the Red Planet's closest pass with Earth for the year.

Posted on 30 August 2014 | 1:36 pm

As Space Shuttle Discovery Turns 30, Smithsonian Curator Shares Orbiter Secrets

As Space Shuttle Discovery Turns 30, Smithsonian Curator Shares Orbiter SecretsNASA's retired space shuttle Discovery will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its first launch being admired by fans of all ages, according to the Smithsonian curator charged with its care. "If Discovery could talk, it would surely express happiness at seeing so many people coming to visit and saying how awesome it looks," said Valerie Neal, Discovery's curator at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and the author of the recently released book, "Discovery: Champion of the Space Shuttle Fleet."

Posted on 30 August 2014 | 1:30 am

How NASA Is Tracking Earth’s Melting Arctic Sea Ice (Video)

How NASA Is Tracking Earth's Melting Arctic Sea Ice (Video)NASA kicked off a new expedition at the top of the world this week to study melting sea ice in order to learn more about Earth's changing climate. The space agency's ARISE mission (short for Arctic Radiation IceBridge Sea and Ice Experiment) is designed to monitor conditions in the Arctic during flights scheduled from now until Oct. 1 — the peak of sea ice melt in the summer, according to NASA. Recently, scientists have noticed that the Arctic is losing more of its ice each summer, and the new mission should help them study how sea ice melt is affecting the planet's climate. Although 2014 doesn't mark a record low for sea ice in the Arctic it still counts as one of the lowest years on record, according to NASA cryospheric program manager Tom Wagner.

Posted on 30 August 2014 | 1:30 am

NASA Satellite Sees Tropical Storm Marie from Space (Photo)

NASA Satellite Sees Tropical Storm Marie from Space (Photo)A NASA satellite has captured the once-mighty Hurricane Marie losing steam over the cool waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean. NASA's GOES-West satellite snapped a photo of Marie at 11:00 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT) Thursday (Aug. 28), the same day the maelstrom was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm. Marie was about 865 miles (1,395 kilometers) west of Punta Eugenia, Mexico, and moving northwest at 15 mph (24 km/h) when the picture was taken, NASA officials said. Infrared data gathered by another NASA Earth-observation spacecraft, the Aqua satellite, further showed that the tops of Marie's clouds had warmed, meaning that the storm's clouds aren't getting as high up into the atmosphere as they did before.

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 7:53 pm

Neptune and ‘Dodgeball’ Asteroid Star in Webcasts Tonight: Watch Live

Neptune and 'Dodgeball' Asteroid Star in Webcasts Tonight: Watch LiveArmchair astronomers can enjoy a cosmic double play tonight (Aug. 29), with back-to-back webcasts featuring faraway Neptune and a close-flying asteroid. The action starts at 8 p.m. EDT (midnight GMT Aug. 30), when the online Slooh Community Observatory will air a live four-hour show to mark an alignment of Neptune, Earth and the sun. Once that webcast ends at midnight EDT (0400 GMT), Slooh will cover the flyby of near-Earth asteroid 2002 CU11, nicknamed "Dodgeball" because of its frequent close approaches to Earth. The webcasts, which will both feature views from a telescope in the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa, are also available at Slooh's website, www.slooh.com.

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 12:47 pm

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The Science Behind Gecko Sex: How Will Humans Reproduce in Space? – NBCNews.com


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The Science Behind Gecko Sex: How Will Humans Reproduce in Space?
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"Reproduction in space is a long-term goal that people would want to meet," Ruth Globus, rodent research project scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center, told NBC News. "Even if people were to say, 'We don't care about the long term, we only care
Russia confirms death of five geckos on space sex missionThe Guardian
Sex geckos die in orbit on Russian space projectBBC News
Russian Space Experiment On Gecko Sex Goes AwryNPR (blog)
Space.com -Washington Post (blog) -The Weather Channel
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Posted on 2 September 2014 | 11:06 pm

Indian Springs turns greens to green space – The Courier-Journal


Indian Springs turns greens to green space
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As Indian Springs residents convert the former golf course that anchored the neighborhood into a green space, planning and construction continue on the commercial development adjacent to the subdivision — an Aldi supermarket, a McDonald's restaurant …

Posted on 2 September 2014 | 10:21 pm

First 3D Printer in Space Will Launch This Month – Space.com


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First 3D Printer in Space Will Launch This Month
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The first 3D printer ever to fly in space will blast off this month, and NASA has high hopes for the innovative device's test runs on the International Space Station. The 3D printer, which is scheduled to launch toward the orbiting lab Sept. 19 aboard
On Labor Day In Space, ISS Astronauts Take Some Well-Deserved Time OffHuffington Post
NASA's Space Launch System: the largest rocket in history takes shapeThe Verge
3-D Printer Could Turn Space Station into 'Machine Shop'Space Fellowship
WWNO -SpaceFlight Insider
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Posted on 2 September 2014 | 9:53 pm

Space Robot Arm Tech Could Help Surgeons Operate on Kids – Space.com


Space Robot Arm Tech Could Help Surgeons Operate on Kids
Space.com
The technology powering robotic arms in space could be used to perform minor surgeries for children on Earth. MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) — the manufacturer of the robotic arms Canadarm and Canadarm2 — is now part of a project called …

Posted on 2 September 2014 | 9:53 pm

Russian space sex lizards have died; does John Oliver know? – Los Angeles Times


Russian space sex lizards have died; does John Oliver know?
Los Angeles Times
A group of geckos shot into space by Russia to monitor their sex habits in zero gravity have died. The geckos, made famous largely by a segment during "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver," were found dead inside a capsule when the Foton-M satellite …

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Posted on 2 September 2014 | 6:55 pm

45th Space Wing promotes team in video contest – Florida Today


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45th Space Wing promotes team in video contest
Florida Today
Master Sgt. Robert Mills, a career assistance adviser at the 45th Space Wing, and Staff Sgt. Aaron Burnley, an emergency manager in the 45th Civil Engineer Squadron, formed a team that produced a 30-second video that took top honors in Air Force Space …
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Posted on 2 September 2014 | 6:48 pm

Curious Mind: RV Space Coveted During TF County Fair – Twin Falls Times-News


Curious Mind: RV Space Coveted During TF County Fair
Twin Falls Times-News
Q. I heard the only way you can reserve RV hookups to camp at the Twin Falls County Fairgrounds during the fair is by inheritance. Is that true? A. “It is board policy if holders want to reserve the same RV space next year; it must be paid for by Sept

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Posted on 2 September 2014 | 5:37 pm

Best space images of the month – BBC News


Best space images of the month
BBC News
Lights, camera… action: Photographers are silhouetted as a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the AsiaSat 8 satellite lifts off from a Launchpad at Cape Canaveral in Florida. (Florida Today/AP). Balancing act: Crews dock a full-size replica of the Space

Posted on 2 September 2014 | 3:47 pm

The dogs that conquered space – The Guardian


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The dogs that conquered space
The Guardian
A streamlined space rocket streaks across the starry sky on a packet of Soviet cigarettes, trailing triumphant slogans, while another spaceship soars past planets on a commemorative plate. The pointed nosecones of satellites sparkle on lapel badges and …
Dog Spacesuit Among Artist's Soviet Space Artifacts for AuctionYahoo News
Dog spacesuit among artist's Soviet space artifacts being auctionedcollectSPACE.com
See the dog space suit up for auctionIrish Examiner
Huffington Post UK -Yahoo Philippines News
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Posted on 2 September 2014 | 2:27 pm

US Air Force’s secretive X-37B space plane passes 600 days in orbit – Fox News


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US Air Force's secretive X-37B space plane passes 600 days in orbit
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An artist's illustration of the U.S. Air Force's X-37B space plane in orbit. The solar-powered winged spacecraft has spent more than 620 days in orbit as part of the military's secret OTV-3 mission, which launched in December 2012.NASA Marshall Space
US Air Force's secret X-37B space plane passes 600 days in orbitCBS News
Secret US Space Plane Passes 600 Days in OrbitFrom Quarks to Quasars

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Posted on 2 September 2014 | 1:24 pm

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NASA Invites Public to Submit Messages for Asteroid Mission Time Capsule

NASA is inviting the worldwide public to submit short messages and images on social media that could be placed in a time capsule aboard a spacecraft launching to an asteroid in 2016.

Posted on 2 September 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Astronaut Butch Wilmore Available for Interviews Before His Space Station Mission

NASA astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore, who is making final preparations for his launch this month to the International Space Station, will be available for live satellite interviews from 6-7 a.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 8.

Posted on 2 September 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Opens Media Accreditation for Next Orbital Sciences Space Station Resupply Launch

Media accreditation now is open for the launch of the third NASA contracted cargo resupply flight from Virginia to the International Space Station by Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Virginia.

Posted on 2 September 2014 | 4:00 pm

Mississippi and Louisiana Students Get Out-of-This-World Start to the School Year

Students from Mississippi and Louisiana will gather at the INFINITY Science Center in Pearlington, Mississippi, for a long-distance call with NASA astronauts currently orbiting Earth aboard the International Space Station.

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Probes Studying Earth’s Radiation Belts to Celebrate Two Year Anniversary

NASA’s twin Van Allen Probes will celebrate on Saturday two years of studying the sun’s influence on our planet and near-Earth space. The probes, shortly after launch in August 2012, discovered a third radiation belt around Earth when only two had previously been detected.

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Opens Media Accreditation for Orion Move in Preparation for First Flight

Media accreditation now is open to attend an event marking the move of NASA’s Orion spacecraft at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The spacecraft will be transferred from the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building to the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility during the second week of September.

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 4:00 pm

Sparks Fly as NASA Pushes the Limits of 3-D Printing Technology

NASA has successfully tested the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the agency and printed with additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, on a test stand at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Posted on 28 August 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA’s Spitzer Telescope Witnesses Asteroid Smashup

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually lead to the formation of planets.

Posted on 28 August 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Telescopes Uncover Early Construction of Giant Galaxy

Astronomers have for the first time caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction. The building site, dubbed “Sparky,” is a dense galactic core blazing with the light of millions of newborn stars that are forming at a ferocious rate.

Posted on 27 August 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Completes Key Review of World’s Most Powerful Rocket in Support of Journey to Mars

NASA officials Wednesday announced they have completed a rigorous review of the Space Launch System (SLS) — the heavy-lift, exploration class rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and to Mars — and approved the program’s progression from formulation to development, something no other exploration class vehicle has achieved since the agency built the space shuttle.

Posted on 27 August 2014 | 4:00 pm