Thales Alenia Space Gets Bad News, Good News

Thales Alenia Space Gets Bad News, Good News

Indonesia’s Palapa D telecommunications satellite, built by the European company Thales Alenia Space, failed to reach the correct orbit after being launched by a Chinese Long March 3B rocket today, according to China Daily. The failure is being investigated. Thales Alenia Space is getting some better news today, however. The space shuttle Discovery successfully docked …

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Shuttle Discovery Set to Dock with ISS Tonight; Only Six More Shuttle Flights Scheduled

Shuttle Discovery Set to Dock with ISS Tonight; Only Six More Shuttle Flights Scheduled

Space Shuttle Discovery is scheduled to dock with the International Space Station (ISS) tonight at 9:04 pm. The STS-128 mission appears to be proceeding smoothly. Only six more shuttle flights are planned after this one, although it is possible that additional flights could be flown in response to the options presented by the Augustine committee. …

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Space Shuttle Discovery is OFF!

Space Shuttle Discovery is OFF!

Space Shuttle Discovery was successfully launched on its STS-128 mission moments before midnight on August 28. The crew is on a planned 13-day mission to resupply the International Space Station (ISS) and drop off a new ISS crew member, Nicole Stott. She will replace Tim Kopra who will return to Earth with the STS-128 crew.

Multidisciplinary Approach Needed to Study Inner Solar System Says Brown University Professor

Multidisciplinary Approach Needed to Study Inner Solar System Says Brown University Professor

Brown University Professor Jim Head forcefully argued for a more integrated approach to studying the Sun, the Earth and other planets in the inner solar system today at a meeting of a panel of the National Research Council’s (NRC’s) Planetary Science Decadal Survey. Dr. Head described the multidisciplinary approach that should be employed in studying …

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NASA Clears Discovery For Launch Tonight, But Weather Still a Problem

NASA Clears Discovery For Launch Tonight, But Weather Still a Problem

The Mission Management Team for the space shuttle Discovery’s STS-128 mission gave it a “go” for launch at 11:59 pm EDT tonight. According to NASA’s Bob Jacobs on Twitter, permission has been given for fueling (“tanking”) to begin. NASA had been waiting for the forecast to improve sufficiently to approve that step. Earlier in the …

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NASA's Ares Project Manager Resigns

NASA's Ares Project Manager Resigns

Steve Cook, manager of NASA’s Ares Projects Office at Marshall Space Flight Center that is developing new rockets to replace the space shuttle system, announced today that he is leaving NASA. Beginning September 14, he will become Director of Space Technologies at Dynetics in Huntsville, AL. Teresa Vanhooser will be Acting Manager of the Ares …

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NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Presentations to the Inner Planets Panel, Aug. 26-28, 2009, Now On SpacePolicyOnline.com

NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Presentations to the Inner Planets Panel, Aug. 26-28, 2009, Now On SpacePolicyOnline.com

The presentations that were made to the first meeting of the Inner Planets panel of the National Research Council’s Decadal Survey on Planetary Science are now available on SpacePolicyOnline.com. Look on our left menu for “National Research Council” and scroll down to Decadal Surveys, or just click here.

NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Presentations to the Inner Planets Panel, August 2009

NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Presentations to the Inner Planets Panel, August 2009

The following presentations were made at the first meeting of the Inner Planets panel of the National Research Council’s Planetary Science Decadal Survey, August 26-28, 2009, Washington, D.C. Adobe Reader 8.0 or higher is required to open these files. Some of these are large files and make take a few moments to open; please be …

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South Korea's President Calls on Aerospace Workers to "Rise From Your Disappointment"

South Korea's President Calls on Aerospace Workers to "Rise From Your Disappointment"

South Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak made a surprise visit to his country’s Naro Space Center today to rally the space program’s workforce. On Tuesday, South Korea’s first attempt to launch a satellite into orbit failed when a fairing did not separate properly. As quoted by the Yonhap News Service, President Lee called the launch “half-successful,” …

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NRC Adds New Member to Planetary Decadal Mars Panel

NRC Adds New Member to Planetary Decadal Mars Panel

The National Research Council (NRC) has approved the appointment of an additional member of the Mars Panel of the Decadal Survey on Planetary Science. Philippe Lognonn , Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, is the 13th and final member of the panel, one of five organized under the aegis of the Survey Committee. The …

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