- Science/Space and Astronomy
- 2017-02-16 02:45:13Z
NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on the death of Russia's ambassador to the United Nations (all times local):
A new poll released Monday put Marine Le Pen ahead of her competitors in the first-round race, but far behind in a likely run-off.
Twelve employees of a Tulsa-area restaurant are without a job after skipping work on the "Day Without Immigrants."
In a series of posts on Twitter - responding to President Trump's outburst against news media Friday - Sanders reprised his comments about the president lying.
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Space Station Research and Development Conference (ISS R&D) today announced that NASA astronaut Dr. Kate Rubins has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at its 6th annual meeting at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. from July 17-20, 2017. The ISS R&D Conference was created to connect commercial and academic communities involved in new innovations, breakthroughs, and discoveries onboard humankind's unique orbiting laboratory.
SpaceX is gearing up to launch its 10th commercial cargo mission on Saturday morning (Feb. 18), ferrying supplies and an assortment of science investigations to the International Space Station - including a deadly superbug, an advanced lightning sensor, a tool for new autonomous rendezvous capabilities and more. Once in orbit, the Dragon will spend two days chasing down the International Space Station. The six crewmembers on board have been preparing for the Dragon's arrival, which is slated for Monday, Feb. 20.
The massive Space Launch System rocket was going to be unmanned for its maiden flight, but a new report suggests NASA might launch astronauts instead.
Ingenious designs to solve a very real problem.
Watch the sun break out in spots over and over again in a new NASA video of the sun showing seven years of sunspot footage, collected by the agency's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). The SDO launched in December 2009 and has been in space long enough to see most of an 11-year solar cycle, which is characterized by a peak in activity, such as the appearance of sunspots and explosions of material from the surface. The mission is intended to help scientists learn more about the sun's influence on the Earth by studying the sun's atmosphere.
A surprise announcement amounts to an earthquake in the space community
Before she left NASA, former NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan sat down with us an explained why...
NASA's Raven technology module is heading to space on SpaceX's next Falcon 9 rocket launch, currently scheduled for Saturday (Feb. 18). Once there, it will perch outside the International Space Station to track vehicles docking with the station, collecting data for future autonomous rendezvous with orbiting spacecraft. The technology could allow researchers to repair, refuel and relocate aging satellites.
The contest sought to find solutions for "fecal, urine, and menstrual management systems" for astronauts and their spacesuits.
After looking through nearly 5,000 entries, NASA has just announced the winner of its Space Poop Challenge that sought to find an efficient method for astronauts to poop in their spacesuits.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - The Latest on the apparent assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother, Kim Jong Nam, at a Malaysian airport (all times local):
Citizen scientists can join an online hunt for icy worlds, brown dwarfs and other yet-to-be-discovered objects beyond the orbit of Neptune, using a technique that's not all that different from the method that led to Pluto's discovery 87 years ago. "Backyard Worlds: Planet 9" could even lead to the discovery of a super-Earth that may (or may not) be hidden on the solar system's far frontier. The icy world known as Planet Nine or Planet X is only theoretical for now, but its existence would explain some of the puzzles surrounding the weird orbits of some far-out objects. The "Backyard… Read More
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA provider SpaceX is scheduled to launch its 10th Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station no earlier than 10:01 a.m. EST Saturday, Feb. 18. Live coverage of the launch will begin at 8:30 a.m. on NASA Television and the agency's website. The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft will lift off on the company's Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying science research, crew supplies and hardware to the orbiting laboratory in support of the Expedition 50 and 51 crew members.
After NASA asked for solutions to let astronauts urinate and defecate inside a spacesuit for up to six days, more than 5,000 entries (representing 20,000 people) answered the call. The winner of the $15,000 Space Poop Challenge prize was Thatcher Cardon, for a solution called "MACES Perineal Access & Toileting System (M-PATS)." Details on the system were not immediately available. "I was really interested in the problem, though, and spent some time lying down, eyes closed, just visualizing different solutions and modelling them mentally," Cardon, a colonel and commander of the 47th Medical Group at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas, said in a statement by HeroX,...
The Trump administration is considering a proposal by Sierra Nevada to refurbish Hubble for the future.
NASA astronauts may fly to space atop the agency's brand new mega-rocket a lot sooner than expected. On Wednesday, NASA's acting administrator Robert Lightfoot sent out a memo to employees explaining that he has asked the agency to perform a study looking into what it would take for NASA to launch people on the first flight of the giant Space Launch System rocket. This rocket system, which would be the agency's most powerful yet, is currently under development. It's generally considered a risky move to put astronauts on the first flight of an untested rocket. SEE ALSO: Watch NASA test the 'largest, most powerful rocket booster ever built' As it stands now,...
The probe will have to withstand temperatures of 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, but it will get closer to the sun than any spacecraft ever has before.
NASA Johnson Space Center, in partnership with NASA Tournament Lab and online crowdsourcing platform HeroX, today announced three winners of the widely publicized Space Poop Challenge. The global crowdsourcing ...
As NASA's Juno spacecraft imaged Jupiter's northern latitudes in December, the on-board JunoCam captured this fantastic view of a gigantic storm known as NN-LRS-1, or Jupiter's Little Red Spot. This tempest is the third largest anticyclonic reddish oval on Jupiter and has been tracked by observers on Earth for over two decades. "An anticyclone is a weather phenomenon with large-scale circulation of winds around a central region of high atmospheric pressure," NASA officials said in a statement.
NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson just pulled off a prank that's literally out of this world.
NASA, like a lot of people with lousy internet, is fed up with slow data-transfer speeds between spacecraft and Earth. Which is why it's developing a laser-based system that could one day see speeds increase by up to 100 times.
The discovery could be a new way to spot exoplanets
When Proxima Centauri b was first discovered, many scientists had high hopes for it to inhabit...
LOS ANGELES (AP) - NASA has been part of "Hidden Figures" screenwriter Allison Schroeder's life for as long as she can remember. Not only did a childhood near Cape Canaveral mean that the space program was an ever-present reality - fire drills in school were timed so the kids could see the launches and the Challenger explosion was one of her earliest memories - it's also in her DNA.
He also said he thinks women will save the world.
NASA will continue working with the private sector to fund space exploration efforts under President Trump, a former deputy administrator told CNBC.
If you send a rover to Mars, you need to figure out what you want to study once it gets there. Do you want an up-close look at former hot springs? Are you interested in learning more about the planet's past volcanic activity? How about checking out a crater that was once filled with water? These are the questions NASA is asking right now as it prepares to send a rover designed to hunt for signs of past life on Mars by 2020. SEE ALSO: 6 scientists are living like they're on Mars for the next 8 months Scientists working with the space agency have narrowed down a list of possible landing sites to the final three. Now, NASA just needs to figure out which one to choose. Image:...
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va., Feb. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For a third consecutive year, NASA is returning to Wanaka, New Zealand, to launch a long-duration, heavy-lift super pressure balloon (SPB) into one of the most dynamic and severe flight regimes inside the Earth's atmosphere. After launch, planned for the late March/early April timeframe, the 18.8-million-cubic-foot (532,000 cubic-meter) SPB will ascend to an altitude of 110,000 feet (33.5 km) where the stratospheric winds will propel it at speeds up to and exceeding 100 knots through the heating and cooling of the day-night cycle on a weeks-long journey around the southern hemisphere. "We are excited to return to Wanaka, which...
GREENBELT, Md., Feb. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded the Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership Sustainability (SNPPS) contract to Ball Aerospace of Boulder, Colorado.This is an indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity, cost-plus fixed-fee contract with the ability to issue task orders. The contract is a five-year effort with a minimum ordering value of $50,000 and maximum ordering value of approximately $9.5 million. ...
The last time Cape Canaveral launch pad 39A was used for a rocket launch was the last NASA space shuttle mission in 2011.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected two proposals for the development of oxygen recovery technologies that could help astronauts breathe a little easier on deep space, long-duration missions. The agency will invest as much as $2 million and 24 months for the development of each proposal into a complete and integrated system for NASA testing. ...
Nestor Serrano ( The Last Ship ) is set for a series regular role in CBS' NASA-themed drama pilot Mission Control , from The Martian author Andy Weir, The Martian producer Simon Kinberg and veteran showrunner Charles Eglee ( Dexter ). Written by Weir, Mission Control revolves around the next generation of NASA astronauts and scientists who juggle their personal and professional lives during a critical mission with no margin for error. Serrano will play Diaz, director of the…
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket briefly fired its engines in a pre-flight test on Sunday (Feb. 12), marking the return to use for a NASA launch pad where astronauts historically lifted off for the moon and later leapt into Earth orbit on the space shuttle. The three-second static fire on Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida was the culmination of a practice countdown executed by SpaceX to verify that both its rocket and the modified pad were ready for launch. The company's maiden mission from the historic NASA site will see the Falcon 9 launch with a Dragon cargo spacecraft to deliver supplies and science equipment to the International Space Station.
NASA has whittled down its choices for its next Mars landing site to three spots, including the hills where the space agency's Spirit rover roamed a decade ago. The Columbia Hills are among the three finalists because the silica deposits discovered there during Spirit's mission suggest the site might have been part of an ancient hot springs. That's the sort of place that geologists say might hold evidence of past life, which is high on the scientific agenda for the rover that's due to be launched in 2020. The hills in Mars' Gusev Crater were named in honor of the space shuttle… Read More
NASA's top three choices to land its Mars 2020 rover are Northeast Syrtis, Jezero crater and Columbia Hills. NASA has selected three potential landing sites for the upcoming Mars 2020 rover: an ancient lake, a past volcanic hotbed and an early hot-spring site. Scientists chose the final three candidates at a workshop last week (Feb. 8-10) in Monrovia, California, from eight sites chosen in 2015 (out of a pool of around 30, NASA officials said in a statement).
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 13, 2017-- Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc., a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc., has received NASA Glenn Research Center' s Large Business Prime Contractor of the Year award ...
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NASA is another step closer to choosing the landing site for its Mars 2020 mission that could ultimately lead to the first red rocks being transported back to Earth.
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A team of scientists working on the Martian rover mission met Feb. 8-10 and narrowed down the list of places where the rover may potentially land.
U.S.-born Muslim scientist Sidd Bikkannavar says he was detained under President Trump's travel ban and forced by border agents to unlock his NASA-issued phone.
A U.S.-born NASA scientist was apparently one of the thousands of people ensnarled in the Trump administration's now-suspended travel ban. Sidd Bikkannavar, a natural-born American citizen, said he was detained at Houston's international airport on Jan. 30, just days after President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries. SEE ALSO: Scientists face 'nightmare' amid Trump's Muslim ban Bikkannavar, who works in NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, was on his way back from Santiago, Chile, he told The Verge in an interview published Sunday. The engineer moonlights as a driver of solar-powered racing cars, and...
While you were sitting in your office this morning, sipping your half-milk soy latte, space was out there being awesome. It was there when you grabbed lunch at Chipotle, too, and again when you got stuck in traffic on your way home. Thankfully, the Hubble Space Telescope is out there, capturing ridiculously gorgeous shots like this one ( full version ) of a galaxy in the Andromeda constellation, so at least you can come home at night and enjoy some celestial eye candy while you binge on Netflix and drip Ben & Jerry's on your couch cushions. The galaxy, known by the very clinical name of NGC 7640, is what is called a barred spiral galaxy. NASA describes it thusly: These are recognizable by...
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket has gone vertical at NASA's historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) for the first time. The California-based company is getting ready for a planned Feb. 18 liftoff from LC-39A, which is part of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Falcon 9 will blast SpaceX's robotic Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA, if all goes according to plan.
It appears that spaceflight really goes to astronauts' heads. Doctors and scientists have long known that exposure to a weightless environment causes muscles to atrophy, bones to weaken and vision to deteriorate, among other effects. Now, a new study has determined that spaceflight also causes some parts of the brain to expand and others to contract.
The technology would increase efficiency while automating some of the work done by air traffic controllers.