Visiting Queens? Check Out "Rocket Park Mini-Golf"

Visiting Queens? Check Out "Rocket Park Mini-Golf"

NPR’s Science Friday highlights the Rocket Park Mini-Golf course at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. It isn’t just fun, but teaches the mini-golfers about the space program. Check out the video on NPR’s website. Former astronaut Charles Camarda (who flew on the STS-114 Return to Flight mission) now works on public outreach …

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Aerospace Companies Forced to Sell Subsidiaries To Comply With New Acquisition Law?

Aerospace Companies Forced to Sell Subsidiaries To Comply With New Acquisition Law?

Colin Clark reports in DODBuzz that some aerospace companies are being forced to sell subsidiaries in order to comply with the recently enacted Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act. Clark quotes sources as saying that Northrop Grumman’s pending sale of its TASC unit is a case in point. Some of those sources are highly critical of …

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Augustine Update: Sept. 4, 2009

Augustine Update: Sept. 4, 2009

The official website for the Augustine committee has posted an update saying that a “Summary Report” will be transmitted to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) next Tuesday, September 8. Rumors have been rampant all week that an executive summary of the report would be issued imminently. NASA’s legislative affairs website …

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Euroconsult Projects $1 Billion in Earth Observation Data Sales in 2009 Rising to $3.9 Billion by 2018

Euroconsult Projects $1 Billion in Earth Observation Data Sales in 2009 Rising to $3.9 Billion by 2018

The European research and analysis firm Euroconsult has released a new report projecting $1 billion in annual data sales for earth observation satellites in 2009, “a figure expected to nearly quadruple by 2018.” The report, Satellite-Based Earth Obervations, Market Prospects to 2018, also reports that 260 Earth observation and meteorology satellites will be launched in …

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House S&T Hearing On Augustine Report Set for September 15

House S&T Hearing On Augustine Report Set for September 15

The House Science and Technology Committee has scheduled a hearing on “Options and Issues for NASA’s Human Space Flight Program: Report of the ‘Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans’ Committee,” otherwise known as the Augustine committee. The hearing will be held on September 15 from 2:00-4:00 pm in 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Mr. …

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NASA and ATK Confirm September 10 as New Date for Ares Test

NASA and ATK Confirm September 10 as New Date for Ares Test

NASA and ATK announced today that the rescheduled test of the Ares 1 rocket motor will be conducted on September 10. Space.com reported the story on Wednesday. The test will take place at 1:00 pm MT (3:00 pm EDT) and will be carried live on NASA’s media channel.

Palapa-D May Be OK After All

Palapa-D May Be OK After All

Indonesia’s Palapa-D telecommunications satellite has successfully arrived in geostationary transfer orbit despite the underperformance of China’s Long March 3B rocket according to Thales Alenia Space, the satellite’s manufacturer. A press release from the company states that three perigee boost maneuvers were used to reach the correct orbit for this phase of the satellite’s checkout; it …

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Politifact.com Credits Obama With Another Promise Kept: Use the Private Sector to Improve Spaceflight

Politifact.com Credits Obama With Another Promise Kept: Use the Private Sector to Improve Spaceflight

Politifact.com gives President Obama a “Promise Kept” grade for using the private sector to improve spaceflight. The website — a project of the St. Petersburg Times — is tracking 18 promises made about the space program by the President during the campaign. So far they score him as having kept three promises (the other two …

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Refurbished Hubble Ready to Meet the Public

Refurbished Hubble Ready to Meet the Public

Results from the freshly refurbished Hubble Space Telescope are about to be put on display along with the STS-125 space shuttle crew that made it all possible. NASA will hold two press conferences next week, at 11:00 am and noon EDT on September 9, to show off new images and the crew. See NASA’s press …

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Mount Wilson Observatory Situation Improving

Mount Wilson Observatory Situation Improving

UPDATE: 6:30 PM EDT, Wednesday, September 2 According to the Associated Press, Mt. Wilson isn’t out of the woods yet, but the situation is improving. Observatory Director McAlister continues to post updates, but the web address has changed again. Currently they are being posted at http://www.chara.gsu.edu/CHARA/MWO/fire.php. The UCLA Towercam is not operating any longer, apparently …

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