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NASA to conduct helicopter crash test at Langley

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — NASA engineers on Wednesday will crash a former military helicopter that’s been retrofitted with various composite subfloors to see how the material affects the likelihood of injuries.

Posted on 30 September 2014 | 6:28 pm

Neil Armstrong Biopics Take Small Steps Toward TV and Big Screen

Neil Armstrong Biopics Take Small Steps Toward TV and Big ScreenThe life story of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has taken not one, but two small steps towards landing on both the big and small screens. A newly-acclaimed director and a television network have each reportedly turned their attention to Neil Armstrong, the late Apollo 11 moonwalker, as the inspiration for a feature-length film and TV miniseries, respectively. Damien Chazelle, who directed the upcoming jazz drama "Whiplash," is in talks to direct "First Man," a biopic about Armstrong for Universal Studios. Meanwhile, the TV network TNT has dusted off its plans for "One Giant Leap," an almost 10-year-old project to adapt Armstrong's life as a four-hour miniseries.

Posted on 30 September 2014 | 5:32 pm

Weird ‘Island’ on Saturn Moon Titan Puzzles Scientists (Video, Photos)

Weird 'Island' on Saturn Moon Titan Puzzles Scientists (Video, Photos)Saturn's huge moon Titan just got a little more mysterious. NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spotted an odd islandlike feature in Ligeia Mare, one of Titan's largest hydrocarbon seas. "Science loves a mystery, and with this enigmatic feature, we have a thrilling example of ongoing change on Titan," Cassini radar team deputy leader Stephen Wall, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in a statement. Cassini team members are confident it's real rather than an artifact or data flaw, NASA officials said.

Posted on 30 September 2014 | 5:32 pm

European Spacecraft to Make Historic Comet Landing on Nov. 12

European Spacecraft to Make Historic Comet Landing on Nov. 12On Nov. 12, the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe will try to drop a robotic lander onto the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which Rosetta has been orbiting since early August. The current plan calls for the lander, named Philae, to come down at a location on Comet 67P that the mission team has dubbed Site J. [Incredible Comet Photos by the Rosetta Mission] "Site J was chosen unanimously over four other candidate sites as the primary landing site because the majority of terrain within a square kilometer [0.4 square miles] area has slopes of less than 30 degrees relative to the local vertical and because there are relatively few large boulders," European Space Agency (ESA) officials said in a statement. Philae will spiral down slowly toward 67P, eventually securing itself to the surface with harpoons at Site J around 11:30 a.m. EDT (1530 GMT) that same day.

Posted on 30 September 2014 | 12:09 pm

Protest over contract award to delay work on NASA space taxi

NASA handout shows the Sierra Nevada Corporation Dream Chaser flight vehicle being readied for 60 mph tow tests at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in EdwardsBy Irene Klotz TORONTO (Reuters) – Work on a pair of U.S. commercial spaceships to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station will be delayed after a losing contender protested the NASA awards, agency Administrator Charles Bolden said on Monday. The U.S. space agency awarded contracts worth up to $6.8 billion to Boeing and privately owned Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, to finish designs, build, test and ultimately fly crews to the station, a $100 billion research laboratory that orbits about 260 miles (418 km) above Earth. The awards, announced on Sept. …

Posted on 30 September 2014 | 12:11 am

NASA Exoplanet Mission to Hunt Down Earth-sized Worlds

Set to launch in 2017, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will monitor more than half a million stars over its two-year mission, with a focus on the smallest, brightest stellar objects. “Bright host stars are the best ones for follow-up studies of their exoplanets to pin down planet masses, and to characterize planet atmospheres,” said TESS principal investigator George Ricker, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics, in an email. “TESS should be able to find over 200 Earths and super-Earths — defined as being twice the size of Earth,” said Peter Sullivan, a physics doctoral student at MIT. Sullivan, who works with Ricker on TESS, led an analysis of the number of planets TESS would likely find based on the number and types of planets found by NASA’s Kepler mission.

Posted on 29 September 2014 | 8:25 pm

How Viewing Earth as an Exoplanet Can Help Search for Alien Life

How Viewing Earth as an Exoplanet Can Help Search for Alien LifeAn extraterrestrial spacecraft lurking in a satellite's orbit near Earth would be able to see city lights and pollution in our atmosphere. NASA's Kepler space telescope is among a fleet of telescopes and spacecraft searching for rocky planets similar to our own.

Posted on 29 September 2014 | 8:24 pm

See Moon and Mars Shine Together Tonight: Where to Look

See Moon and Mars Shine Together Tonight: Where to LookThe Red Planet continues to recede from Earth and consequently is fading in the night sky. On the list of the 21 brightest stars, Mars would currently rank 13th — quite a comedown from early April, when the planet was more luminous than Sirius, the brightest star in the sky.

Posted on 29 September 2014 | 8:24 pm

Indian Spacecraft Snaps Spectacular Portrait of Mars (Photo)

Indian Spacecraft Snaps Spectacular Portrait of Mars (Photo)India's first spacecraft to visit Mars has beamed home its greatest photo of the Red Planet yet, a view that reveals the planet from pole to pole.  The new photo of Mars from India's Mangalyaan probe was unveiled today (Sept. 29) by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). "Something's brewing here!" ISRO officials wrote in a Twitter post for the Mars orbiter.  The Mangalyaan spacecraft used its Mars Color Camera to capture the amazing photo from a distance of 46,292 miles (74,500 kilometers) above the Red Planet on Sunday (Sept. 28), according to an ISRO photo description.

Posted on 29 September 2014 | 8:24 pm

Moonwalking Astronauts Can Move Surprisingly Fast

Moonwalking Astronauts Can Move Surprisingly FastThe findings could help scientists design better spacesuits that could aid astronauts' exploration of the moon, Mars or asteroids, the researchers added. Movies of NASA's Apollo astronauts on the moon typically show them hopping instead of walking. "The spacesuits worn by the Apollo astronauts weren't designed to optimize mobility — they were designed to optimize life support," said lead study author John De Witt, a senior biomechanist at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. "The suit designers were not concerned about making the legs move, but were more concerned with things such as oxygen, water and cooling," De Witt told Space.com.

Posted on 29 September 2014 | 2:59 pm

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Brevard job upswing still short of space program losses – Florida Today


Florida Today

Brevard job upswing still short of space program losses
Florida Today
Even with a string of high-profile job wins on big aerospace and aviation projects, the Space Coast still has a long way to go to make up for the thousands of jobs lost to the shutdown of NASA's space shuttle program, according to a new study of

Posted on 1 October 2014 | 3:14 am

MassDOT Plans to Turn an Infamous Boston Underpass into a ’24/7′ Public … – BostInno (blog)


MassDOT Plans to Turn an Infamous Boston Underpass into a '24/7' Public
BostInno (blog)
The state transportation department has a plan to transform one of the most notoriously dodgy areas of Boston: the area beneath I-93 between Southie and the South End. MassDOT's plan – a prototype – sounds like a NASA project; it's called "Infra-Space

Posted on 30 September 2014 | 11:35 pm

WATCH THIS: Lightning, aurora and sunrise timelapse — as seen from space – Q13 FOX


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WATCH THIS: Lightning, aurora and sunrise timelapse — as seen from space
Q13 FOX
SEATTLE — This timelapse video from space has it all: an orbit of Earth with lightning and aurora, followed by a space sunrise and daytime views of our cloudy planet. The images were taken by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst as he …
A Timelapse From Space With Just About Everythingio9
This time-lapse video shows lightning, an aurora, and a sunrise — from spaceWashington Post

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Posted on 30 September 2014 | 11:20 pm

The final tourism frontier? Space and underwater vacations to become reality … – New York Daily News


New York Daily News

The final tourism frontier? Space and underwater vacations to become reality
New York Daily News
In just a decade, the travel industry will step into a revolutionary and historic new chapter for mankind: space and underwater travel. After gazing into their crystal balls, a group of futurologists and industry experts have issued a slew of
Pack Your Space Boots: People Will Vacation to the Moon by 2024, Report SaysYahoo Travel
Space travel and underwater tourism to become reality in 2024: reportYahoo News
Report envisions vacations in space and underwater in ten yearsThe Space Reporter
Tnooz -Hospitality Net -Beta Wired
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Posted on 30 September 2014 | 9:50 pm

Lattes in Space! Espresso Machine Will Launch to Space Station – Space.com


Lattes in Space! Espresso Machine Will Launch to Space Station
Space.com
The machine — called ISSpresso — is a prototype similar to one that will fly to the International Space Station in April 2015 aboard Orbital Sciences' robotic Cygnus cargo vessel. It will take astronauts only minutes to set up ISSpresso on the

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Posted on 30 September 2014 | 6:40 pm

Cubesats: A Space Junk Hazard? – Discovery News


Discovery News

Cubesats: A Space Junk Hazard?
Discovery News
Cubesats provide a valuable, low-cost research space platform for institutions, universities, laboratories and space agencies, but could their use create a new hazard for the increasingly crowded orbital environment? According to space debris expert

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Posted on 30 September 2014 | 5:19 pm

The ‘New York Times’ Publishes Racist Comic About India’s Space Mission – Huffington Post


Latin Post

The 'New York Times' Publishes Racist Comic About India's Space Mission
Huffington Post
The comic depicts a poor Indian farmer in traditional garb, accompanied by a bored-looking cow, eagerly knocking on the door of "Elite Space Club". The two people in the elite space club drinking wine and reading about India's mission in the papers
The Success of India's Mars Mission Could Drive U.S. Space Program To Lower Benzinga
Indian Spacecraft Snaps Spectacular Portrait of Mars (Photo)Space.com
NASA, India's Space Agency to Collaborate on Mars and Earth-Study MissionsLatin Post
RT (blog) -EIN News (press release)
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Posted on 30 September 2014 | 4:35 pm

How The Dead Space Saga Lost Its Way – Kotaku


Kotaku

How The Dead Space Saga Lost Its Way
Kotaku
The Dead Space series was riding high after the release of Dead Space 2 in 2011, having become one of the most highly-rated horror series of all time. Even today, people still praise Dead Space 2 as an incredible horror game. Unfortunately, Dead Space

Posted on 30 September 2014 | 4:04 pm

Month in Space Pictures: Hook Up With the High Frontier – NBCNews.com


St. Louis Business Journal (blog)

Month in Space Pictures: Hook Up With the High Frontier
NBCNews.com
Get in on some stunning hookups with the International Space Station, plus other cosmic highlights from September 2014. Shamil Zhumatov / Reuters. 1. An Orthodox priest conducts a blessing in front of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft standing on its launch …
Russian Space Station Extension? Don't Count On It Yet, NASA Head SaysUniverse Today
At last, signs of life in space programSun Sentinel
Boeing's $6.8 billion 'space taxi' NASA contract is challengedSt. Louis Business Journal (blog)
Daily Mail -The Denver Post -Chron.com
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Posted on 30 September 2014 | 12:11 pm

One billion square feet of office space – in the cloud – The Real Deal Magazine (blog)


The Real Deal Magazine (blog)

One billion square feet of office space – in the cloud
The Real Deal Magazine (blog)
A startup founded by a former pro surfer is aiming to be the Big Kahuna in the fast-growing real estate technology industry. View the Space, a cloud-based leasing and portfolio management company established by Nick Romito, expects to have 1 billion …

Posted on 30 September 2014 | 11:30 am

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U.S., India to Collaborate on Mars Exploration, Earth-Observing Mission

In a meeting Tuesday in Toronto, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), signed two documents to launch a NASA-ISRO satellite mission to observe Earth and establish a pathway for future joint missions to explore Mars.

Posted on 30 September 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA TV Previews, Broadcasts U.S. Space Station Spacewalks

Three astronauts of the International Space Station Expedition 41 crew will conduct two spacewalks outside the orbiting laboratory Tuesday, Oct. 7 and Wednesday, Oct. 15 to replace a failed power regulator and relocate a failed cooling pump. NASA Television will provide comprehensive coverage, beginning with a preview briefing Friday, Oct. 3.

Posted on 29 September 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Expands Commercial Space Program, Requests Proposals for Second Round of Cargo Resupply Contracts for International Space Station

On the heels of awarding groundbreaking contracts to U.S. commercial space companies to ferry American astronauts to the International Space Station, NASA has released a request for proposals (RFP) for the next round of contracts for private-sector companies to deliver experiments and supplies to the orbiting laboratory.

Posted on 26 September 2014 | 4:00 pm

New Crew Launches to Space Station to Continue Scientific Research

Three crew members representing the United States and Russia are on their way to the International Space Station after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:25 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 25 (2:25 a.m. on Sept. 26 in Baikonur).

Posted on 25 September 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Awards Glenn Multiple Award Construction Contract

NASA has selected eight companies to perform competitively bid construction and non-construction task orders at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland under a new multiple award construction contract.

Posted on 25 September 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Awards Agency-wide Helium Contract

NASA has awarded an agency-wide multiple award contract to Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. of Allentown, Pennsylvania, and Linde, LLC of Murray Hill, New Jersey, consolidating the agency’s requirements for 10.2 million liters of liquid helium and 128.6 million cubic feet of gaseous helium to support operations at 13 NASA locations.

Posted on 25 September 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Telescopes Find Clear Skies and Water Vapor on Exoplanet

Astronomers using data from three of NASA’s space telescopes — Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler — have discovered clear skies and steamy water vapor on a gaseous planet outside our solar system. The planet is about the size of Neptune, making it the smallest planet from which molecules of any kind have been detected.

Posted on 24 September 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Administrator Statement About India’s Mars Orbiter Mission

Statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden about India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM).

Posted on 24 September 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Manager Honored for Launching New Era of Private-Sector Spacecraft

Alan Lindenmoyer, manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Program at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, was presented a prestigious medal for government service at a gala in Washington Monday.

Posted on 23 September 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Astronaut to Speak to Clinton Global Initiative Meeting Attendees from International Space Station

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, a flight engineer with Expedition 40 currently aboard the International Space Station, and Expedition 26/27 NASA astronaut Cady Coleman will speak with former President Bill Clinton during the closing session of the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York at 4:10 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 24.

Posted on 23 September 2014 | 4:00 pm