Soyuz TMA-16 Ready to Launch Early Tomorrow at 3:14 am EDT

Soyuz TMA-16 Ready to Launch Early Tomorrow at 3:14 am EDT

The Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft is ready to launch in a few hours from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Launch is scheduled for 3:14 am EDT on Wednesday, September 30. The three person crew includes a Russian cosmonaut, Maxim Suraev; an American astronaut, Jeffrey Williams; and a Canadian “spaceflight participant,” Guy Laliberte, founder and CEO of …

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"A Day Without Space" Fourth Seminar: Oct 1, 2009, 8:30-10:00 am

"A Day Without Space" Fourth Seminar: Oct 1, 2009, 8:30-10:00 am

The Marshall Institute and the Space Enterprise Council of TechAmerica will hold the fourth and final seminar in their series “A Day Without Space” on Thursday, October 1, from 8:30-10:00 am in B-338 Rayburn House Office Building. The agenda is available here. RSVP to info@marshall.org or call 202-296-9655.

Cubesats Adding to Space Debris Woes; DARPA Seeking Innovative Clean-up Solutions

Cubesats Adding to Space Debris Woes; DARPA Seeking Innovative Clean-up Solutions

Leonard David reports in Space News that cubesats are adding to the problem of space debris. He quotes John Lyver of NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance as saying that cubesats are neat, cheap and do great stuff, but “they are increasing orbital debris…and it’s uncontrolled orbital debris.” Meanwhile, through a request for information …

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NASA's Need for Plutonium Gets Airing on National Public Radio As Conferees Prepare to Meet

NASA's Need for Plutonium Gets Airing on National Public Radio As Conferees Prepare to Meet

National Public Radio ran a story this morning about NASA’s need for plutonium-238 for its robotic deep space and some lunar surface missions. As reported earlier on SpacePolicyOnline.com, the Obama Administration requested $30 million in the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) FY2010 budget to restart production of this fuel. The Senate zeroed the request and the …

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New Impact Point for LCROSS

New Impact Point for LCROSS

The Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) science team has decided that the spacecraft should impact a different crater on the Moon. Initially the Cabeus-A crater was selected, but now LCROSS will aim at Cabeus (proper). Additional analysis using data from four past and present lunar probes (LRO, Lunar Prospector, India’s Chandrayaan-1, Japan’s Kaguya) …

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NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Presentations to the Satellites Panel September 2009

NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Presentations to the Satellites Panel September 2009

The following presentations were made to the second meeting of the Satellites panel of the National Research Council’s Planetary Science Decadal Survey. The meeting was held on September 21-23, 2009 in Irvine, CA. Titles of the presentations are from the agenda for the meeting (note that ESA’s Michel Blanc substituted for ESA’s Michele Dougherty). Adobe …

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U.N. Report of June 2009 COPUOS Meeting Now Available

U.N. Report of June 2009 COPUOS Meeting Now Available

The report of the 64th session of the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) is now available from the U.N. Office of Outer Space Affairs. The meeting was held June 3-12, 2009 in Vienna, Austria. The report is available in all the official languages of the United Nations.

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

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

The following presentations were made to the first meeting of the Giant Planets panel of the National Research Council’s Planetary Science Decadal Survey. The meeting was held on August 24-26, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Titles of the presentations are from the agenda for the meeting. Some of these were joint sessions with another Decadal Survey …

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NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Presentations to the Mars Panel September 2009

NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Presentations to the Mars Panel September 2009

The following presentations were made to the first meeting of the Mars panelof the National Research Council’s Planetary Science Decadal Survey. The meeting was held on September 9-11, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Titles of the presentations are from the agenda for the meeting. Adobe 8.0 or higher is needed to open most of these files. …

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NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Presentations to the Satellites Panel August 2009

NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Presentations to the Satellites Panel August 2009

The following presentations were made to the first meeting of the Satellites panel of the National Research Council’s Planetary Science Decadal Survey. The meeting was held on August 24-26, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Titles of the presentations are from the agenda for the meeting. Some of these were joint sessions with other Decadal Survey panels. …

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