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Colorful 1st Map of Rosetta Probe’s Comet Target Revealed

Colorful 1st Map of Rosetta Probe's Comet Target RevealedThe European spacecraft Rosetta made history last month when it entered orbit around a duck-shaped comet. The European Space Agency (ESA) released the colorful map this week that shows the different regions of the 2.5-mile-long (4 kilometer) comet as seen by Rosetta. "Never before have we seen a cometary surface in such detail," Holger Sierks, principal investigatory for OSIRIS, Rosetta's scientific imaging system, said in a statement.

Posted on 15 September 2014 | 1:54 am

NASA Completes 1st Orion Space Capsule for December Test Flight

NASA Completes 1st Orion Space Capsule for December Test FlightNASA's first Orion space capsule, designed to carry astronauts to deep-space destinations, is ready for fueling ahead of its debut unmanned test flight in December. On Thursday (Sept. 11), the space agency's Orion space capsule was transported from an operations and checkout building at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida to a nearby building, where it will be fueled before launching into space in December. For its December test flight, Orion is supposed to fly an unmanned test about 3,600 miles (5,740 kilometers) into space before returning for a high-speed entry similar to what astronauts faced during the Apollo missions. "Nothing about building the first of a brand-new space transportation system is easy," Mark Geyer, Orion Program manager said in a statement.

Posted on 14 September 2014 | 12:31 pm

Ariane 5 Rocket Launches Measat 3b and Optus 10 Satellites Into Orbit

Ariane 5 Rocket Launches Measat 3b and Optus 10 Satellites Into OrbitStacked inside the shroud of an Ariane 5 rocket, two commercial television broadcasting satellites for Malaysian and Australian telecommunications companies blasted off from French Guiana on Thursday. The Measat 3b and Optus 10 spacecraft rocketed away from a launch pad in Kourou, French Guiana, at 2205 GMT (6:05 p.m. EDT), riding on top of an 18-story Ariane 5 booster to begin 15-year missions to broadcast television programming to millions of customers in the Asia-Pacific.

Posted on 14 September 2014 | 12:31 pm

Astronauts Head Underground on Mock Space Mission

Astronauts Head Underground on Mock Space MissionFive astronauts are going underground to figure out better ways to live and work in space.

Posted on 13 September 2014 | 1:43 pm

Virgin Galactic, Land Rover Launch Contest to Send People into Space

Virgin Galactic, Land Rover Launch Contest to Send People into SpaceThe car company Land Rover is partnering with the private spaceflight company Virgin Galactic to send the most adventurous people it can find into space. In concert with the launch of its 2015 Discovery Sport SUV, Land Rover representatives will look in 29 countries for "the world's most adventurous spirits." They will then select a winner (along with his or her three friends) by the end of this year.  "Our heritage is rooted in adventure, exploration and a desire to go above and beyond, and nothing embodies this spirit of discovery more than a trip to space," said Phil Popham, Jaguar Land Rover group marketing director, in a statement. The so-called "Galactic Discovery" competition was also highlighted in a film with "a group of the world's greatest-living adventurers," according to Land Rover.

Posted on 13 September 2014 | 1:42 pm

Early Aurora Photos from Solar Storm Double Whammy

Early Aurora Photos from Solar Storm Double WhammySkywatchers on the ground are already catching sight of some amazing looking auroras produced by solar material blown out from the sun during two major eruptions this week. Two photos sent in by observers in the United States show curtains of green lights dancing above Earth's surface. "The display last night was very subtle, could tell it was there with my eyes but very faint," Matthew Moses told Space.com via email of his photo taken in Minnesota on Thursday (Sept. 11). There's a chance that Moses's view of the northern lights could improve tonight.

Posted on 12 September 2014 | 9:12 pm

Solar Storms Are Bombarding Earth Now, Amped-up Auroras Possible

Solar Storms Are Bombarding Earth Now, Amped-up Auroras PossibleTwo waves of solar material blown out by powerful sun eruptions n this week are hitting the Earth now, and could amplify the aurora displays for observers in northern regions.

Posted on 12 September 2014 | 12:07 pm

US Air Force Using Lasers to Preserve Historic Space Launch Pads

US Air Force Using Lasers to Preserve Historic Space Launch PadsAir Force has a new tool in its effort to preserve space history: lasers. The 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida has partnered with the University of South Florida Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies (AIST) to use a laser scanner to survey, map and create virtual models of some of the historic space launch complexes at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS). "Some of these [launch] complexes are in poor shape," Tom Penders, the cultural resources manager for the 45th Space Wing, said in an Air Force interview.

Posted on 12 September 2014 | 11:22 am

On Instagram Space Station, NASA Astronaut’s Earth Photos Shine

On Instagram Space Station, NASA Astronaut's Earth Photos ShineCall him the Instagram astronaut. NASA astronaut Steve Swanson, who returned to Earth late Wednesday (Sept. 10), wasn't all work and no play while he commanded the International Space Station. The American spaceflyer was also NASA's first astronaut to post incredible views of Earth from space, as well as daily life in orbit, on Instagram as part of the U.S.  agency's social media space odyssey.  Another photo of Earth from the windows of the space station shows a gorgeous view of clouds casting shadows on the planet's surface with a hint of black sky in the background.

Posted on 12 September 2014 | 11:22 am

Hidden Napa Earthquake Faults Found by NASA Radar

Hidden Napa Earthquake Faults Found by NASA RadarThe Aug. 24 Napa earthquake woke several small, previously unrecognized Napa Valley faults, according to the first results from a high-flying NASA radar instrument.

Posted on 12 September 2014 | 10:58 am

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Space Sim Elite: Dangerous Reveals Price and Preorder Edition – GameSpot


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Space Sim Elite: Dangerous Reveals Price and Preorder Edition
GameSpot
Elite: Dangerous will cost $60 when it's released on PC, but you can preorder the game's Mercenary Edition right now for $50 and some extra rewards, developer Frontier Developments has announced. If you preorder the Mercenary Edition, you'll get a
Here's how much you'll spend to explore the galaxy of Elite: DangerousDigital Trends

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Posted on 15 September 2014 | 7:26 am

SpaceVenture: The New Game From the Creators of Space Quest – IGN


SpaceVenture: The New Game From the Creators of Space Quest
IGN
IGN: The last Space Quest game was quite a long time ago, and since then you guys separated and went down different paths, perhaps even on entirely different planets. What made you decide to get back together to make another scifi adventure game?

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Posted on 15 September 2014 | 6:52 am

92-year-old man found in Colorado crawlspace – 9NEWS.com


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92-year-old man found in Colorado crawlspace
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Authorities are investigating the death of a 92-year-old man whose body was found in the crawl space of his home along with a large cache of homemade explosive devices. Loading… Post to Facebook. 92-year-old man found in Colorado crawlspace …
Elderly man found dead in crawl space, surrounded by explosivesFOX31 Denver
92-year-old man's body found in crawl spaceKXRM

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Posted on 15 September 2014 | 5:24 am

Satellite captures 36 Pit Fire smoke from space – KOIN.com


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Satellite captures 36 Pit Fire smoke from space
KOIN.com
Smoke from the 36 Pit Fire south of Estacada could be seen from space. (Sally Showman, KOIN 6 Meteorologist). PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A satellite image captured from space shows smoke plumes from the 36 Pit Fire, as residents from Clackamas …
Satellite in space finds huge smoke cloud from Estacada-area firekgw.com

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Posted on 15 September 2014 | 5:15 am

Space goals can lift down-to-earth ones – The Seattle Times


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Space goals can lift down-to-earth ones
The Seattle Times
Sometimes the news makes me want to get off the planet for a while, to go where, well, where each day is about new frontiers rather than old problems. I can't afford a lift on one of Virgin Galactic's space-tourism flights, but I can hook my
SpaceX to carry 3-D printer to space stationLA Daily News
3-D Printer Could Turn Space Station into 'Machine Shop'Armed with Science
Companies tied to Spaceport up for space contractSFGate
Design & Trend -Vox
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Posted on 15 September 2014 | 3:04 am

A closer look at the space shuttle that never got to space – Ars Technica


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A closer look at the space shuttle that never got to space
Ars Technica
NEW YORK—The space shuttle Enterprise has been ensconced aboard the USS Intrepid for just over two years. It sits in a silent warehouse, dramatically lit so it appears to be cruising in a dark vacuum. Tourists can wander around or under it at the

Posted on 14 September 2014 | 9:04 pm

Space Dandy: An Other-Dimensional Tale, Baby review – Den of Geek!


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Space Dandy: An Other-Dimensional Tale, Baby review
Den of Geek!
My favorite episodes of Space Dandy are the ones that find such an incredulous idea and then double down on the science behind it in wonderful, different ways. The sort of moments like when the Time River devolves a spaceship into a pirate ship that …

Posted on 14 September 2014 | 6:10 pm

Two Space Coast launches on tap this week – Florida Today


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Two Space Coast launches on tap this week
Florida Today
Space Florida President and CEO Frank DiBello last week was elected to lead the board of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, the industry's leading advocacy group. The announcement came after the CSF board, on which DiBello already served, met in …
NASA Defends Science Plan for Mars Rover CuriositySpace.com
Two launches on tap this weekWTSP 10 News
Space News: Mars Curiosity rover arrives at Mount SharpLake County News
Yareah Magazine -Nature World News
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Posted on 14 September 2014 | 3:38 pm

Andy Sullivan wins trip to space – ESPN


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Andy Sullivan wins trip to space
ESPN
XCOR is an Amersterdam-based company that will begin offering trips to space for the public in 2015. The hole-in-one promotion was meant to create awareness of the trips, which the company's website described as part of a "two-seat, piloted transport …
Andy Sullivan hits hole-in-one at KLM Open to earn trip into spaceThe Guardian
Golfer hits hole-in-one and wins trip to spaceBBC News
European Tour ace earns Andy Sullivan a trip to outer spaceYahoo Sports (blog)
Golf Channel (blog) -GolfDigest.com (blog)
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Posted on 14 September 2014 | 3:21 pm

Week’s Best Space Pictures: Moons Ravaged, Auroras Revel, and Astronauts … – National Geographic


Week's Best Space Pictures: Moons Ravaged, Auroras Revel, and Astronauts
National Geographic
The messy remnants of a star's death, a supernova, surges into space in this image released September 10. Located about 7,000 light-years away from Earth, the initial explosion of the star would have been seen from our planet about 3,700 years ago.

Posted on 12 September 2014 | 7:28 pm

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NASA to hold Sept. 17 Briefing on MAVEN Mars Orbit Insertion, Events Coverage

NASA will host a televised media briefing at 1 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, Sept. 17, to outline activities around the Sunday, Sept. 21 orbital insertion at Mars of the agency’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft. The briefing will be held in NASA’s Headquarters’ auditorium, 300 E Street SW in Washington, and broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Posted on 12 September 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Unveils World’s Largest Spacecraft Welding Tool for Space Launch System

The largest spacecraft welding tool in the world, the Vertical Assembly Center officially is open for business at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The 170-foot-tall, 78-foot-wide giant completes a world-class welding toolkit that will be used to build the core stage of America’s next great rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS).

Posted on 12 September 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Coverage Set for Fourth SpaceX Mission to Space Station

The fourth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch Saturday, Sept. 20, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The one-day adjustment in the launch date was made to accommodate preparations of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and was coordinated with the station’s partners and managers.

Posted on 12 September 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Extends, Increases Value of Bioastronautics Contract at Johnson

NASA has extended and increased the value of its contract with Wyle Integrated Science and Engineering Group of Houston to provide continuing support to the Human Health and Performance Directorate at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Posted on 11 September 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Nears Completion, Ready for Fueling

NASA is making steady progress on its Orion spacecraft, completing several milestones this week at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for the capsule’s first trip to space in December.

Posted on 11 September 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover Arrives at Martian Mountain

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet’s Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission’s long-term prime destination.

Posted on 11 September 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Astronaut Mastracchio to Visit Orbital Sciences, Media Invited

NASA Astronaut Rick Mastracchio will visit Orbital Sciences Corporation at 1:30 p.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 15, where he will hold a town hall meeting with the company’s team that carries out cargo delivery missions to the International Space Station under the agency’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract.

Posted on 10 September 2014 | 4:00 pm

Space Station Expedition 40 Crew Returns to Earth, Lands Safely in Kazakhstan

Three crew members from the International Space Station (ISS) returned to Earth Wednesday after 169 days of science and technology research in space, including a record 82 hours of research in a single week, which happened in July.

Posted on 10 September 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Selects Contractor for Financial Support Services

NASA has selected Logical-R Joint Venture of Houston to perform financial support services at the agency’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.

Posted on 10 September 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Announces Media Briefing on Arctic Climate Change Campaigns

Earth’s northern polar region, one of the most rapidly changing areas of our planet, is the focus of three recent NASA research campaigns and will be discussed in detail during a media teleconference at 3 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Posted on 9 September 2014 | 4:00 pm