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  1. Mars Flyby Schedule Reset for 2021, But Will It Ever Fly? Inspiration Mars' current plan for a 582-day round trip was the subject of a congressional hearing before the House Science Committee on Thursday. The project, conceived by millionaire space tourist Dennis Tito, calls for liftoff of NASA's Space Launch System with a modified Orion capsule on Nov. 22, 2021, with a Venus flyby in April 2022, a Mars flyby in October 2022, and then a return to Earth on June 27, 2023. Doug Cooke, a former NASA executive who has served as an adviser to Inspiration Mars, told lawmakers that the trip would giv
  2. Successful launch of the GPM-Core as well as all the other satellites the rocket contained. SpaceX moves closer to Air Force certification for Falcon 9 SpaceX is one step closer to winning Air Force certification of its Falcon 9 rocket, a requirement for winning military launch contracts, after the Air Force accepted the first Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket launch as a successful mission. The Air Force said in a statement this week that the inaugural Falcon 9 v1.1 launch in September would count as one of the three successful launches required as part of the certification process. That launch successful
  3. Yeah, I did think about doing that and I do tend to put all the links in the main post, but I've been neglecting to do that lately. I do apologize, I'll make sure to change things. Thanks for the friendly reminder. EDIT: I've chopped everything down and I'll get the links for things in as well.
  4. Astronomers observe largest recorded meteor impact on the Moon Spanish astronomers announced they detected what they believe to be the largest meteor impact on the surface of the Moon ever recorded. In a paper published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society and announced Monday, astronomers detected a bright flash in telescopic observations of the Moon in September 2013. That flash was bright enough to be seen with the naked eye and its afterglow lasted for eight seconds. Astronomers estimate the flash was caused when a small asteroid, about 0.6 to 1.2 meters in diam
  5. Combustion and Materials Science for Crew, More CubeSat Deployments The International Space Station's six Expedition 38 crew members started their work week with ongoing science and routine maintenance. The orbital laboratory is also preparing to deploy more CubeSats on Tuesday. Shape-changing Flap Arrives for Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge Flight Tests A milestone for the Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge (ACTE) project at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center occurred in mid-February with the delivery of two revolutionary experimental flaps designed and built by FlexSys, Inc., of Ann Arbor,
  6. NASA GPM Core Observatory's Rehearsal Weekend at Tanegashima On the first floor of the Spacecraft Test and Assembly building at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Tanegashima Space Center, Japan, a skeleton crew of blue-shirted NASA engineers for the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission fill three rows of computer stations. Sitting with them, on top of one of the desktop computers, is a squat, roundish doll. About the size of a grapefruit, it’s bright red with a stylized, decorative face. Its most noticeable feature is that it only has one eye colored in. NASA to Discus
  7. China Focus: Uneasy rest begins for China's troubled Yutu rover China's lunar rover Yutu entered its third planned dormancy on Saturday, with the mechanical control issues that might cripple the vehicle still unresolved. According to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) on Sunday, Yutu only carried out fixed point observations during its third lunar day, equivalent to about two weeks on Earth. Yutu's radar, panorama camera and infrared imaging equipment are functioning normally, but the control issues that have troubled the rover since Jan
  8. Cool, thanks for the clarification on that. Shelton Discloses Previously Classified Surveillance Satellite Effort The U.S. Air Force is expected to launch two high-orbiting satellites for a previously classified space surveillance system late in 2014, Gen. William Shelton, commander of Air Force Space Command, said Feb. 21. Shelton disclosed the existence of the Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness system (GEO SSA) for the first time at the Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla.
  9. Didn't know about the first stage return stuff, it indeed sounds like a interesting launch to watch, don't want to miss it. Also, I didn't know that K2 had already gone ahead (has it?). I thought that they would have still been analyzing the data from before.
  10. NASA are hosting a teleconference about the discoveries Kepler has made this Wednesday. NASA Hosts Media Teleconference to Announce Latest Kepler Discoveries NASA will host a news teleconference at 1 p.m. EST, Wednesday, Feb. 26, to announce new discoveries made by its planet-hunting mission, the Kepler Space Telescope. The briefing participants are: -- Douglas Hudgins, exoplanet exploration program scientist, NASA's Astrophysics Division in Washington -- Jack Lissauer, planetary scientist, NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. -- Jason Rowe, research scientist, SETI Institute, Mo
  11. Looks like NASA is looking for feedback on potential future ISS cargo. NASA Seeks U.S. Industry Feedback on Options for Future Space Station Cargo Services Over the past two years, NASA and its American industry partners have returned International Space Station resupply launches to U.S. soil, established new national space transportation capabilities and helped create jobs right here on Earth. More than 250 miles overhead, hundreds of science experiments not possible on Earth are being conducted by an international team of astronauts, enabled by these new cargo delivery and return services.
  12. Banned for having a dragon as your profile picture.
  13. 1/10 I've seen dat red dragon a few times now...
  14. Just found out about this little series NASA does every Friday for ISS updates. It's pretty cool, you should check it out. As you can guess, this week's is about Cygnus. Also, we have an update from NASA on the Orion testing, not looking too good. Orion Testing Provides Lessons And Data For Splashdown Recovery Operations The first full joint testing between NASA and the U.S. Navy of Orion recovery procedures off the coast of California was suspended after the team experienced issues with handling lines securing a test version of Orion inside the well deck of the USS San Diego. NASA and t
  15. 0/10 There are lots of new faces that I don't recognize and hardly anybody will recognize me anymore. Oh well.
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