Month: November 2018

InSight lander’s successful touchdown on Mars this week, because there’s another big spaceflight event just around the corner. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe will officially arrive at the near-Earth asteroid Bennu at about 12 p.m. EST (1700 GMT) on Monday (Dec. 3), ending a 27-month deep-space chase. NASA will mark the occasion with a special webcast event from
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© REUTERS / Mario Anzuoni Following numerous Twitter rows and lawsuits, including one over pedophilia claims against a Thailand rescue diver, the US eccentric tycoon and visionary has made another enemy: Russia’s Roscosmos has black marked the entrepreneur in its annual report. The Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos has explained the failure to reach the targeted
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NASA’s InSight spacecraft’s successful landing on the flat equatorial plains of Elysium Planitia represents just the beginning of a years-long effort to understand whether Mars’ interior dynamics bears any resemblance at all to Earth’s. InSight team celebrates sucessful landing.Credit: NASA/JPL But more importantly, what can Mars’ inner workings tell us about the formation of planets
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NASA’s InSight spacecraft’s successful landing on the flat equatorial plains of Elysium Planitia represents just the beginning of a years-long effort to understand whether Mars’ interior dynamics bears any resemblance at all to Earth’s. InSight team celebrates sucessful landing.Credit: NASA/JPL But more importantly, what can Mars’ inner workings tell us about the formation of planets
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Artist’s illustrations of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner (left) and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsules in orbit. Credit: Boeing/SpaceX NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine himself ordered the upcoming safety review of SpaceX and Boeing, which was reportedly prompted by Elon Musk’s behavior on comedian Joe Rogan’s podcast this past September, according to The Atlantic. The Washington Post’s Christian Davenport
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[embedded content] Disney and Lucasfilm have announced “Star Wars: Galaxy of Stories,” a series of kid-focused animated shorts depicting iconic moments from throughout the “Star Wars” saga. Galaxy of Stories will launch on StarWarsKids.com as well as through the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel. The first six shorts will debut November 30, with new shorts releasing through December and into 2019.
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The Woolsey and Paradise wildfires brought widespread devastation to California in November, killing more than 90 people and torching 250,000 acres of land. With the fires now fully contained, residents have returned home to find nothing but scorched foundations. Officials are still on the hunt for hundreds of missing people – a process made more
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Editor’s Note: SpaceWatch.Global is proud to welcome Blaine Curcio and Tianyi Lan as guest columnists on China’s commercial and New Space scene. Today we publish their first monthly column.  By Blaine Curcio and Tianyi Lan The China Commercial Aerospace Forum (CCAF) 2018, held in Wuhan in late September, was significant for a variety of reasons. Occurring
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WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration has named an Air Force general who previously ran the launch facilities at Cape Canaveral as the new head of its commercial space office. The FAA announced Nov. 29 that Wayne Monteith will become the next associate administrator for commercial space transportation, effective Jan. 20. Monteith is an Air
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Flight Engineer Serena Auñón-Chancellor researches the complex process of cement solidification in space. Results may impact possible construction processes and designs for space habitats on the surface of the Moon and Mars. A Russian spacewalk is planned before three Expedition 57 crew members return to Earth aboard a Soyuz spacecraft just before Christmas. Meanwhile, in
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If Elon Musk wants to launch American astronauts to space, he can’t smoke weed and drink whiskey on a podcast again. That’s a message from Jim Bridenstine, the NASA administrator, to the founder of SpaceX, which, along with Boeing, is developing transportation systems that would allow the United States to fly NASA astronauts from American
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U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross called on Congress Thursday to create a new department to cultivate economic opportunities amid a “new space race” in the aerospace industry. Continue Reading Below Speaking at the Aerospace Industry Association’s board of governors meeting, Ross said the global space economy is now worth $400 billion annually, up from about
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Ledyard King USA TODAY Published 5:18 PM EST Nov 29, 2018 WASHINGTON – NASA Administrator James Bridenstine said he still expects astronauts will fly from U.S. soil to the International Space Station by the end of next year even though an uncrewed test flight scheduled for Jan. 7 now could slip into the spring. Bridenstine’s acknowledgment that January
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The country’s leading biopharmaceutical research companies seem cautiously optimistic in their latest update on the state of Alzheimer’s research in America. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) has released its latest report—Researching Alzheimer’s Medicines: Setbacks and Stepping Stones. In it, PhRMA reported that between 1998 and 2017 there were some 146 failed attempts
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Tourists take pictures of a NASA sign at the Kennedy Space Center visitors complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida April 14, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Barria ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) – NASA on Thursday named nine U.S. companies, including Lockheed Martin Corp, that will compete for funding under the space agency’s renewed long-term moon program, a private-public undertaking to
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An artist’s conception shows Astrobotic’s Peregrine lander on the lunar surface. (Astrobotic Illustration) NASA says it’s partnering on lunar delivery services with nine commercial teams, headed by companies that run the gamut from the space industry’s heavyweights to startups. The lineup, announced today by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine at the space agency’s headquarters in Washington,
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The founder of satellite spacecraft company Clyde Space, Craig Clark insisted British engineers would be able to design a better space navigation system than Galileo. The British Government has been forced to prepare contingency plans after EU negotiator Michel Barnier announced the UK would no longer have access to the Galileo programme after Brexit. British
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And his remarks came on the same day two “pint-sized”, Scottish-built satellites were successfully launched from India. Mr Smith was talking after Skyrora signed a five-year lease on much larger premises on Princes Street – in the heart of the Edinburgh city centre – a move which he said underlined the company’s commitment and optimism. He also
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A prehistoric 15-foot-long (4.5 meters) whale that sucked prey into its mouth represents a key missing puzzle piece concerning the evolution of today’s huge filter-feeding whales, scientists said on Thursday. An illustration showing an artistic reconstruction of a mother and calf of Maiabalaena nesbittae nursing offshore of Oregon during the Oligocene, close
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InSight lander now calls home. The flyover video above, and available here on YouTube, shows the area in and around Elysium Planitia, the equatorial plain on which InSight touched down on Monday (Nov. 26).  “At the beginning, the supra-regional topography of the landing site is shown from various perspectives within a radius of a few hundred kilometers,” officials with
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