NASA's Orion Spacecraft Passes PDR

NASA's Orion Spacecraft Passes PDR

NASA’s Orion spacecraft has successfully completed its preliminary design review (PDR), according to the agency. Orion and its Ares launch vehicle are part of NASA’s Constellation program to replace the space shuttle and ferry crews to the International Space Station (ISS) and return humans to the Moon by 2020. Reminiscent of an Apollo capsule, Orion …

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Washington Post Endorses Commercial Human Space Flight

Washington Post Endorses Commercial Human Space Flight

An editorial in today’s Washington Post issued a rallying call for NASA to embrace entrepreneurial space companies. Here’s an excerpt: “Now that the station is nearly complete, this might be an optimal time to open space to entrepreneurs. Many companies claim they possess the capacity to transport humans and payloads into space; the [Augustine] review …

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California Fire Now Threatens Mount Wilson Observatory

California Fire Now Threatens Mount Wilson Observatory

The fire raging near Los Angeles, CA now threatens Mount Wilson and the astronomical observatory and bevy of cell phone and television and radio transmission towers atop it, according to the Associated Press. “Fire crews set backfires and sprayed fire retardant at Mount Wilson, home to at least 20 television transmission towers, radio and cell …

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India Loses Contact with Its Moon Probe

India Loses Contact with Its Moon Probe

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has lost contact with its Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiting spacecraft. According to the Times of India, ISRO has not formally given up on regaining contact with the probe, but the chances do not appear promising. ISRO officials state that the probe completed 95% of its scientific objectives even though it …

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Politifact.com Cites Obama "Promises Kept" on Space Activities

Politifact.com Cites Obama "Promises Kept" on Space Activities

Politifact.com, which describes itself as a project of the St. Petersburg Times “to help you find the truth in American politics,” has begun updating its entries on whether President Obama is upholding his campaign promises about the space program. Four recently updated entries give the President two “promises kept” and two “in the works.” The …

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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.

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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