Month: October 2018

WASHINGTON — Planetary Resources Inc., once a high-flying company backed by billionaires with aspirations to mine asteroids, only to later suffer funding problems, has been acquired by a blockchain company, the firms announced Oct. 31. Planetary Resources said in a statement that it was acquired by ConsenSys, Inc. in an “asset-purchase transaction.” The companies did
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‘Perfect Storm’ Transforming Space Industry SpaceX Falcon 9 Photo: SpaceX LOS ANGELES — A confluence of trends is reshaping the space enterprise for the military and contractors, industry leaders said Oct. 31. President Donald Trump is pushing to create a new space force as an independent branch of the armed forces. Meanwhile, emerging threats to U.S.
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This “super-resolution” view of the near-Earth asteroid Bennu was created using eight photos taken by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on Oct. 29, 2018, from a distance of about 205 miles (330 kilometers).  Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona The asteroid Bennu is really coming into focus for NASA’s approaching OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. OSIRIS-REx snapped eight photos of the 1,650-foot-wide
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The International Space Station was pictured Oct. 4, 2018, from the departing Expedition 56 crew during a flyaround aboard the Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft. Credit: Roscosmos/NASA The three Expedition 57 crew members from the United States, Germany and Russia will soon be observing the 20th anniversary of the launch of the International Space Station’s first module.
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SEATTLE/ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) – SpaceX Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk flew to the Seattle area in June for meetings with engineers leading a satellite launch project crucial to his space company’s growth. FILE PHOTO: SpaceX headquarters is shown in Hawthorne, California, U.S. September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo Within hours of landing, Musk had fired
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Flight Operations Director Hervé Côme at ESOC Counting down to MetOp-C 31 October 2018 Teams at ESA’s European Space Operations Centre in Germany have been training for months in preparation for next week’s launch of MetOp-C – the last in the current series of meteorological satellites that provide high-quality data for weather forecasting and climate
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The incredible “Ghost of Cassiopeia” image was captured by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. (NASA, ESA and STScI; Acknowledgment: H. Arab [University of Strasbourg]) Perfectly timed for Halloween, NASA is showing off a remarkable image of a ‘ghost nebula’ captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. “The Ghost of Cassiopeia” is located 550 light-years away in the
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officially reached the end of its mission. Since Kepler’s launch in 2009, scientists have spotted a total of 2,681 confirmed planets orbiting other suns within the data gathered by the instrument. Another 2,899 potential Kepler planets are still being vetted by scientists. An artist’s depiction of Kepler-22b, one of the 2,681 confirmed exoplanet discoveries made
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Astrophysicist, columnist and author Ethan Siegel is going as NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope this Halloween. Credit: Ethan Siegel The bar for space-y Halloween costumes has just been raised, way up into intergalactic space.  Theoretical astrophysicist and author Ethan Siegel, who started the astronomy blog Starts With a Bang!, has created a wearable version of
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Description A Halloween view inside one of the darker recesses of ESA’s technical heart. Shaded to resemble the blackness of deep space, the GNC Rendezvous, Approach and Landing Simulator, or GRALS, is seen being used to test vision-based navigation algorithms under development for the proposed Hera binary asteroid mission. A camera, mounted on a robot
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When experiments are run at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator, it’s a tremendous event. The world’s largest machine has been responsible for discovering numerous new subatomic particles, including the ultra-elusive Higgs boson.  And lately, its data has been hinting tantalisingly at new physics beyond the Standard Model – the best set of equations we
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Only a select few have experienced spaceflight first-hand, but a good book can show you T-0 through an astronaut’s eyes, tell the story behind your favorite rocket technology and peer into a future of space exploration. Here are Space.com writers’ and editors’ picks for spaceflight and space history books that dazzle. (We are constantly reading
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*Editor’s Note: While you’re looking for telescopes and other space gifts, check out our picks for the Best Space Gifts and Best Kids’ Space Gifts and Toys for more ideas.* A photon leaps off the sun and, about 500 seconds later, bounces off our Earth. Light has been dancing and rebounding from faraway and nearby celestial objects for more than 13
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By  Trend The draft decree on the development of space activities of Uzbekistan has been published for public discussion, Gazeta.uz reported. Uzbekistan has experience, intellectual resources and basic infrastructure necessary for the development of space research and technologies, the message says. The Agency for Space Research and Technologies under the Cabinet of Ministers, the establishment of
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NASA announced Tuesday that Kepler, an orbital telescope that’s been spotting and analyzing distant planets for the past nine years, has run out of fuel and will no longer carry out scientific research. Since it launched in March 2009, the telescope identified over 2,600 planets outside of our solar system, and found that as much
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The SETI Institute’s NASA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors (AAA) 2018 season continued with its second flight week, with flights on September 26 and 27. Lexi Kunz and Sharla Short, Vista High School District, Vista, CA with Ron Wou, East Side Union High School District, San Jose, CA were on board NASA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy
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This illustration made available by NASA shows the Kepler Space Telescope. As of October 2018, the planet-hunting spacecraft has been in space for nearly a decade. (NASA via AP) The Kepler Space Telescope has run out of fuel and ended its 9.5-year career, just days after astronomers announced possible evidence of a moon orbiting an
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A SpaceX rocket launch. Photo courtesy of SpaceX A panel of aviation industry members agreed that, because the technology is new, integrating commercial space operations into the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS) will require concessions — for now. “You wouldn’t want regulations on the Wright brothers,” said Aerospace Industry Association (AIA) VP Frank Slazer during
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It’s Business Time launch window confirmed as concurrent launch operations underway for back-to-back missions in November and December Huntington Beach, California. 30 October, 2018: US orbital launch provider Rocket Lab has today confirmed the launch window for the upcoming ‘It’s Business Time’ mission. The nine-day launch window will open from 11 to 19 November (NZDT), with daily launch
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CHIEF Minister Michael Gunner says he is confident Arnhem Space Centre will become Australia’s first launch facility, drawing international attention on the Northern Territory. Mr Gunner told a Space Industry forum in Darwin this week that Equatorial Launch Australia is a great example of just what’s possible in the Territory. The Arnhem Space Centre is
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CHIEF Minister Michael Gunner says he is confident Arnhem Space Centre will become Australia’s first launch facility, drawing international attention on the Northern Territory. Mr Gunner told a Space Industry forum in Darwin this week that Equatorial Launch Australia is a great example of just what’s possible in the Territory. The Arnhem Space Centre is
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NASA’s vaunted planet-hunting space telescope Kepler has run out of maneuvering fuel and is being retired, the space agency announced on Tuesday. After nine-and-a-half years in orbit, 530,506 stars observed and 2,662 planets around other stars discovered, the little spacecraft will be left to drift forever around the sun. For astronomers, it was a sad
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – On Tuesday, Oct. 23, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) announced at its annual Business Opportunities Expo a Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP), an agreement between two national space mission engineering and technology companies, a.i. solutions, Inc. and Red Canyon Software, Inc. With a.i. solutions
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NASA’s groundbreaking Kepler space telescope mission, which revolutionized our understanding of planets orbiting other stars, has come to an end, the agency announced today. On 11 October, NASA’s Deep Space Network turned its gaze to a spot 170 million kilometers behind Earth in our path around the Sun. There, Kepler turned toward Earth and transmitted
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Description The geology field training course Pangaea is back for its third leg. Designed to train astronauts and explorers on planetary formation and detecting signs of life, the Pangaea course combines classroom lectures with field trips to sites of geological interest. Led by European scientists, this year’s participants include ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter, Roscosmos cosmonaut
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If you thought carving a simple face in your pumpkin this Halloween was hard enough, take a look at how NASA engineers conquer a pumpkin carving contest. The unofficial contest is held annually in Pasadena, California, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which carries out robotic space and Earth science missions. Engineers gathered Monday during their
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