Posts tagged with ‘space exploration

I support Doubling Funding for NASA and the Future Priorities of U.S. Involvement in Space because…

I believe in science.  While I don’t believe that there is a singular omniscient entity (God) keeping everything in order for us, I do believe that we are all more connected than we realize.

Elon Musk says we’ll be putting a man on Mars in 10-12 years

Earlier this year, an independent study found that a manned mission to Mars would just be waaaaay out of NASA’s budget for some time. But PayPal/Tesla/SpaceX founder Elon Musk spoke on CNBC recently and predicted that it would only be ten to twelve years before we launch people to the red planet.

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The ISS is getting a 3D printer for printing all kinds of plastic space stuff

With the next batch of astronauts going up to the ISS will also go the space station’s first espresso machine, but the space lounge in the sky is also getting another, cooler, more useful piece of technology— a 3D printer. As you can imagine, if you can get 3D printing working well in microgravity, it makes space station maintenance and upgrading far easier and cheaper. Some doo-dad that breaks and astronauts have to make do until a replacement part can be hand delivered from Earth? Or you could just print a replacement. 

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Italy’s first female astronaut is coming to the ISS and she’s bringing a space espresso machine awwwwww yeah

As new people come and go, as different nations send astronauts back and forth to the International Space Station, the interior of the space lounge changes little by little. And when Italy sends a woman into space for the first time in November, she’ll be bringing a super badass espresso machine specially built to offer space explorers the finest in hot caffeinated refreshment.

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Here’s NASA’s totally awesome design for a future warp drive ship

Just because NASA’s budget isn’t nearly what it should be, it doesn’t mean they can’t dream big about the future. The above rendering is a beautiful look at what NASA thinks a warp drive ship of the future would look like. There’s the ship itself, and on the outside, you’ll notice the two enormous rings that would theoretically create the warp bubble.

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Sorry kids, NASA really can’t afford to send people to Mars after all

Though we’ve been told by presidents that a manned Mars mission is within our grasp in the 21st century, reinforced by independent reports that said it would be really expensive, but it could work… and today, a more comprehensive analysis showed that accounting for inflation, NASA’s measly budget that’s unlikely to change and other factors, that our ability to put a man and woman on Mars is just way out of our budget right now.

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Russia may abandon the ISS by 2020 over this whole little Ukraine situation

Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine and rumors that they might be stirring the pot in other former Soviet republics such as Moldova and Azerbaijan isn’t just bad for international politics, it’s also bad for space exploration. After being a leader in international space cooperation and research aboard the International Space Station, this week, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin announced it would no longer cooperate with the US on the ISS past 2020. Yay for peace.

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Elon Musk suing the US government over no-bid space launch contracts

Elon Musk, CEO and founder of SpaceX, announced Friday that SpaceX is filing suit against the Federal Government to protest and break the US Air Force’s awarding of lucrative launch contracts for high priority national security satellites to a sole rocket provider – United Launch Alliance (ULA) – on a non competitive basis.

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North Korea’s year old space agency has a new logo. Yes, it’s called NADA, as in “What are the chances of North Korea ever having a real space program?”
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North Korea’s year old space agency has a new logo. Yes, it’s called NADA, as in “What are the chances of North Korea ever having a real space program?”

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Privately built Dream Chaser space plane to begin unmanned orbital tests in 2016

At the beginning of this week, NASA announced its initiative to help private missions land on the Moon, and now it looks like the first privately built space shuttle will begin testing in 2016. The first tests will be unmanned to test the craft’s worthiness before a human crew is put on board.

The Dream Chaser space plane, buit by Sierra Nevada Corp., is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Nov. 1, 2016, atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, the company announced Thursday (Jan. 23).

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China’s Jade Rabbit rover has catastrophic problems. Aw, landing on the moon is hard.

China’s brand new lunar rover, named Jade Rabbit was supposed to easily last three months, if not more, but it’s only been a month and it looks like the Rabbit is dead after encountering catastrophic problems.

The Moon exploration vehicle ran into problems due to the moon’s “complicated lunar surface environment”, Xinhua news agency said, citing science officials. The rover landed in December as part of China’s Chang’e-3 mission - the first “soft” landing on the Moon since 1976. It was expected to operate for around three months.

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NASA announces initiative to help commercial spacecraft land on the moon
Humanity now lives in a new space age after the retirement of the Space Shuttle where it is no longer only government entities sending vehicles into space. In an effort to help NASA continue to do what it has always done best, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in spaceflight, commercial space companies have begun sending their own spacecraft into orbit and docking them with the International Space Station, taking up the slack for NASA and other governments in the job of cargo resupply, and in the next few years, crew transfer as well. The plan has always been that commercial companies can take over where NASA has been so they can move on to bigger things, such as larger operations beyond Earth orbit, including a potential manned Mars mission.
Many people, however, have voiced opinions that NASA is ignoring the Moon simply because they have been there before, and that there is still a lot of value in going there. Now NASA is revealing they have not forgotten about the Moon, but that they are ready to let commercial space companies tackle that in their stead. Right now the idea is limited to proposals for commercial partners to develop robotic landers to help deliver payloads to the lunar surface, but NASA recognizes the benefits of not just expanded scientific potential, but even commercial benefit due to the rich amount of natural resources on the Moon including minerals, water, and even the potentially important isotope of helium-3.

This initiative is currently known as Lunar CATALYST (for Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown) and could be the beginning of some very important commercial space endeavors if things go as well as they have in low-Earth orbit (LEO) so far. To learn more about Lunar CATALYST, head here: http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/space-flight-news/nasa-announces-commercial-lunar-lander-inititative/

While NASA is hoping to get commercial companies involved in important things like that, it is still the group that enables such initiatives to be possible thanks to past experience, and will be the ones to open up newer areas from here, including Mars and beyond. Tell Congress this entitles them to the budget they deserve. If you agree, take action here: http://www.penny4nasa.org/take-action

NASA announces initiative to help commercial spacecraft land on the moon

Humanity now lives in a new space age after the retirement of the Space Shuttle where it is no longer only government entities sending vehicles into space. In an effort to help NASA continue to do what it has always done best, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in spaceflight, commercial space companies have begun sending their own spacecraft into orbit and docking them with the International Space Station, taking up the slack for NASA and other governments in the job of cargo resupply, and in the next few years, crew transfer as well. The plan has always been that commercial companies can take over where NASA has been so they can move on to bigger things, such as larger operations beyond Earth orbit, including a potential manned Mars mission.

Many people, however, have voiced opinions that NASA is ignoring the Moon simply because they have been there before, and that there is still a lot of value in going there. Now NASA is revealing they have not forgotten about the Moon, but that they are ready to let commercial space companies tackle that in their stead. Right now the idea is limited to proposals for commercial partners to develop robotic landers to help deliver payloads to the lunar surface, but NASA recognizes the benefits of not just expanded scientific potential, but even commercial benefit due to the rich amount of natural resources on the Moon including minerals, water, and even the potentially important isotope of helium-3.

This initiative is currently known as Lunar CATALYST (for Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown) and could be the beginning of some very important commercial space endeavors if things go as well as they have in low-Earth orbit (LEO) so far. To learn more about Lunar CATALYST, head here: http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/space-flight-news/nasa-announces-commercial-lunar-lander-inititative/

While NASA is hoping to get commercial companies involved in important things like that, it is still the group that enables such initiatives to be possible thanks to past experience, and will be the ones to open up newer areas from here, including Mars and beyond. Tell Congress this entitles them to the budget they deserve. If you agree, take action here: http://www.penny4nasa.org/take-action

Early this morning, China launched its first lunar probe. Hey China, welcome to the 1960s
At 1:30am EST, China launched a rocket carrying its “Jade Rabbit” lunar probe. If it successfully lands on the moon, it will be the third nation to do so, after of course the US and the Soviet Union. 
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Early this morning, China launched its first lunar probe. Hey China, welcome to the 1960s

At 1:30am EST, China launched a rocket carrying its “Jade Rabbit” lunar probe. If it successfully lands on the moon, it will be the third nation to do so, after of course the US and the Soviet Union. 

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