Supplies headed to space station after Virginia launch | WPXI

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – A stash of frozen treats and other supplies rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday, this time from Virginia’s cold eastern shore.

The Cygnus capsule should reach the orbiting lab Tuesday. It’s loaded with 7,400 pounds of cargo, including sweet treats for the six station astronauts. There are frozen fruit bars, ice cream bars, ice cream sandwiches and cups of chocolate and vanilla ice cream – about 80 in all, according to NASA.

Source: Supplies headed to space station after Virginia launch | WPXI

Why most satellites are destroyed at this one spot on Earth – Business Insider

The “Oceanic Pole of Inaccessibility” is a spot where NASA and other space agencies send satellites, laboratories, telescopes, and spaceships to die.

  • Large satellites, space stations, and other objects can pose a threat when they fall to the ground.
  • As a result, many nations de-orbit old spacecraft over the most remote place on Earth, called Point Nemo.
  • This “spacecraft cemetery” is about 1,450 miles away from any piece of land and home to hundreds of dead satellites.
  • Space agencies and companies are concerned about space junk and working on ways to prevent its formation and clean it up.

Source: Why most satellites are destroyed at this one spot on Earth – Business Insider

Scientists Just Found the Perfect Spot to Build an Underground Colony on the Moon

For years, scientists have wondered if dark, crater-like features on the lunar surface might be entrances to giant caverns carved long ago by flowing lava. Researchers from Japan and the United States have uncovered new evidence to prove that these features actually exist—which is good news for future lunar colonists looking for a convenient and safe place to live.

Source: Scientists Just Found the Perfect Spot to Build an Underground Colony on the Moon

NASA Suspects a Ninth Planet Could be in Our Solar System’s Outer Edges

WHERE SCIENCE MEETS SCIENCE FICTION
By Jonathan Kesh

NASA Suspects a Ninth Planet Could be in Our Solar System's Outer Edges

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It’s been suggested by some astronomers that a large, undiscovered planet could be orbiting at the far end of our solar system, subtly throwing off other planets’ orbits.

And before we get into a completely different conversation: no, this is not Pluto, which is no longer a planet. This hypothetical ninth planet is thought to be much, much bigger than any dwarf planet, and would be several times the size of Earth based on the calculations which point to its existence.

Earlier this month, NASA finally lent some credibility to this idea in a press release explaining how explaining how a ninth planet is currently the best explanation for several odd phenomena in the solar system. These phenomena range from odd behavior among far out objects, to several planets’ orbital planes being non-level with the sun’s equator (suggesting an object further out in space might be pulling at them).

This “Planet Nine” would have to be big and far away to explain some of these phenomena, and current simulations of its orbit place it at around 10 times the size of earth, and 20 times as far away from the sun as Neptune

Source: NASA Suspects a Ninth Planet Could be in Our Solar System’s Outer Edges

House-Sized Asteroid 2012 TC4 Passes Earth Safely

Asteroid 2012 TC4 flew within 26,000 miles of Earth on Thursday, giving scientists an opportunity to test their system for detecting possible collisions.

Although the 50- to 100-foot asteroid was not in danger of hitting Earth and wasn’t large enough to survive hitting the atmosphere even if it did approach, scientists could use the close flyby to see if their system works. As of right now, no known asteroid is projected to hit Earth in the next 100 years.

Source: House-Sized Asteroid 2012 TC4 Passes Earth Safely

Three Planets Will Slide Behind the Moon in an Occultation

The moon will momentarily block Venus, then Mars and then Mercury, offering a vivid reminder of the cosmic clockwork of our solar system.

The event is called a lunar occultation, and it occurs whenever the moon passes in front of a faraway celestial object. The duration of a lunar occultation depends on many factors, like what is getting blocked and where on Earth someone is observing it from. Solar eclipses, like the one that mesmerized the nation last month, are examples of the moon occulting the sun (but with far more risk to your eyes).

Source: Three Planets Will Slide Behind the Moon in an Occultation

Cassini’s final moments: Nasa spacecraft sends last signals on Saturn death plunge – as it happened

After 20 years and a journey of eight billion kilometres, Cassini has fallen silent following its dive towards Saturn

Source: Cassini’s final moments: Nasa spacecraft sends last signals on Saturn death plunge – as it happened

NASA’s Live Footage Captured Three UFOs near International Space Station – Albanian Times

A YouTube video has captured the UFOs near International Space Station believing that as signs of the presence of aliens. The YouTube video is going viral on the Internet showing the three UFOs. A teenager captured that video in his smartphone when they were flying in the sky. Though these kinds of riddles are now common for all but this time the scientists are considering the UDO glimpse as a serious case because it has directly come from the ISS’s live footage of earth. Recently, in live footage, three UFOs were dappled near the ISS and now the collusion theorists…

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How to steer a spacecraft into Saturn

The Cassini mission is about to end in a fireball, intentionally, after a swan dive through Saturn’s rings.

PASADENA, Calif. — A billion-dollar spacecraft named Cassini is about to burn up as it plunges into the atmosphere of Saturn this month. That’s the plan, exquisitely crafted. Cassini will transmit data to Earth to the very end, squeezing out the last drips of science as a valediction for one of NASA’s greatest missions.

Source: How to steer a spacecraft into Saturn

Massive sunspots and huge solar flares mean unexpected space weather for Earth | WTOP

On September 4, the sun started sputtering. A moderately large flare (classified as an M5.5) erupted at approximately 18:30 UTC. It produced a coronal mass ejection aimed at Earth.(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Alexa Halford, Dartmouth College; Brett Carter, RMIT University, and Julie Currie, RMIT University

Source: Massive sunspots and huge solar flares mean unexpected space weather for Earth | WTOP

Astronomers detect possible signs of alien life – NY Daily News

Stephen Hawking’s Breakthrough Listen project has detected mysterious signals that could be coming from intelligent alien life.

Astronomers working to identify alien civilizations picked up 15 repeated fast radio bursts (FRBs) from a dwarf galaxy 3 billion light years away from Earth.

It’s unclear if the signals, observed over a 30-minute period, emanate from black holes, rotating neutron stars, or if they represent signs of alien life.

Source: Astronomers detect possible signs of alien life – NY Daily News

Great American Eclipse: What to expect in western Pennsylvania | The Great American Eclipse | timesonline.com

The partial eclipse starts here in the Pittsburgh area at 1:10 p.m., when the sun is almost directly overhead. The maximum eclipse occurs 85 minutes later at 2:35 p.m., and will be visible for a little more than two minutes. The partial eclipse ends at 3:55 p.m.

Source: Great American Eclipse: What to expect in western Pennsylvania | The Great American Eclipse | timesonline.com

Large Asteroid to Safely Pass Earth on Sept. 1

Asteroid Florence, a large near-Earth asteroid, will pass safely by Earth on Sept. 1, 2017, at a distance of about 4.4 million miles.

Asteroid Florence was discovered by Schelte “Bobby” Bus at Siding Spring Observatory in Australia in March 1981. It is named in honor of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), the founder of modern nursing. The 2017 encounter is the closest by this asteroid since 1890 and the closest it will ever be until after 2500. Florence will brighten to ninth magnitude in late August and early September, when it will be visible in small telescopes for several nights as it moves through the constellations Piscis Austrinus, Capricornus, Aquarius and Delphinus.

Source: Large Asteroid to Safely Pass Earth on Sept. 1

NASA Is Hiring a New Planetary Protection Officer | Fortune.com

The role involves ensuring space missions don’t end up polluting pristine planetAccording to a job description posted on USA jobs, the new hire will focus on the “avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration.” In other words: ensuring space missions don’t end up polluting pristine planets and that extraterrestrial matter does not contaminate Earth.

Source: NASA Is Hiring a New Planetary Protection Officer | Fortune.com

SpaceX’s new funding makes it the fourth most valuable private tech company in the US – The Verge

Elon Musk’s aerospace company SpaceX is now valued at $21.2 billion, knocking off WeWork as the fourth most valuable privately held tech company in America. This skyrocket in valuation comes after another round of funding that raised $351 million for the company. According to Equidate, a marketplace for trading private tech company stocks, SpaceX’s price per share is now $135, up from $96.42 prior to the new funding round.

Source: SpaceX’s new funding makes it the fourth most valuable private tech company in the US – The Verge

Tour the International Space Station With Google Street View

Users can now explore the ISS in a 360-degree view, courtesy of an astronaut at the European Space Agency

The search engine on Thursday announced that anyone can now see inside the ISS using its popular map tool, Street View. Launched in 2007, the technology feature in Google Maps and Google Earth provides 360-degree views from different positions—previously limited to streets around the world. For the first time ever, Google has extended the feature into outer space.

Source: Tour the International Space Station With Google Street View

Dead Galaxy Discovered By Hubble Leads To More Questions Than Answers

As reported in the June 22 issue of the journal Nature, Hubble was able to photograph a dead disk-shaped galaxy that stopped forming stars just a few billion years after the Big Bang. What’s special about the find is that it revealed something unexpected. Instead of seeing a chaotic star formation resulting from the merging of galaxies, what the astronomers saw were stars formed in a pancake-shaped disk. Apparently, this is the first evidence showing that dead galaxies could evolve from a Milky Way-shaped disk into a giant elliptical galaxy.

Source: Dead Galaxy Discovered By Hubble Leads To More Questions Than Answers

New Conspiracy Theory: Children Kidnapped for Mars Slave Colony

Even in this age of free-flying conspiracy theories, this one’s a doozy.

On Thursday (June 29), a guest on Alex Jones’ radio show named Robert David Steele claimed that Mars is inhabited — by people sent to the Red Planet against their will.

“We actually believe that there is a colony on Mars that is populated by children who were kidnapped and sent into space on a 20-year ride, so that once they get to Mars, they have no alternative but to be slaves on the Mars colony,” Steele told Jones, the founder of the controversial InfoWars website. [25 Space Conspiracies That Just Won’t Die]

Source: New Conspiracy Theory: Children Kidnapped for Mars Slave Colony

Space Rock All Night: 24-Hour Broadcast Celebrates Asteroid Day

A 24-hour broadcast celebrating Asteroid Day begins Thursday evening (June 29), and you can watch it here on Space.com.

Tomorrow (June 30), astronauts, celebrities and planetary protection researchers from around the world will come together in Luxembourg for a 24-hour webcast to celebrate Asteroid Day, and you can watch the action right here on Space.com.

The 24-hour broadcast will feature discussions on a variety of asteroid-related subjects, including the impact undiscovered asteroids can have on the Earth, how scientists spot new asteroids, and the importance of current asteroid missions like NASA’s OSIRIS-REx and the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA)’s Hayabusa-2.

Source: Space Rock All Night: 24-Hour Broadcast Celebrates Asteroid Day

Impact For Near Earth Asteroid In 2029 ‘Can’t Predict Behavior’ | The Daily Caller

Scientists believe a 40-million-ton asteroid set to fly close to Earth in 12 years may end up colliding with our planet on a future pass.

The Apophis asteroid will pass within 18,600 miles of Earth on April 13, 2029, which is ridiculously close by space distance standards. Scientists expect the near-miss to disrupt the asteroid’s orbit, making its future path unpredictable.

This means there’s a small chance Apophis could hit Earth on a future pass. Apophis will pass by the Earth again in 2036.

Source: Impact For Near Earth Asteroid In 2029 ‘Can’t | The Daily Caller

Dead Satellites Could Be Blasted Out of Orbit With Powerful Magnetic Beams

Ready, aim, fire.

One scientist is working on a novel solution for knocking dead, broken satellites out of orbit so they can’t cause any damage to other spacecraft: a magnetic grappling beam.

The same technology could also be used to keep groups of new satellites in orbit, according to experts, which might one day enable us to combine packs of satellites flying in formation to create giant telescopes.

Source: Dead Satellites Could Be Blasted Out of Orbit With Powerful Magnetic Beams

NASA finds 10 new potentially habitable ‘Earth-like’ worlds

Scientists are using the Kepler space telescope to determine how many exoplanets our galaxy may harbor. And just maybe they’ll answer the question: Are we alone?

Astronomers using the Kepler space telescope have detected 219 possible new exoplanets in our galaxy, including 10 relatively small, rocky and possibly habitable planets similar to our own, NASA announced Monday.

Source: NASA finds 10 new potentially habitable ‘Earth-like’ worlds

Robotic Russian resupply freighter on the way to space station – Spaceflight Now

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A Russian Progress supply ship packed with several tons of crew provisions and fuel lifted off Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a two-day trip to the International Space Station.

The Progress MS-06 cargo and refueling freighter launched at 0920:13 GMT (5:20:13 a.m. EDT), or 3:20 p.m. local time at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The unpiloted cargo craft rode into orbit on a Soyuz-2.1a rocket, a modernized version of Russia’s venerable booster.

The Soyuz blasted off from Launch Pad No. 31 at Baikonur on a nearly nine-minute journey into orbit, soaring through overcast skies before deploying the Progress MS-06 spacecraft from its third stage. Moments after separating from the rocket, the supply ship extended its power-generating solar panels and navigation antennas, setting up for a series of thruster firings to approach the space station Friday.

Source: Robotic Russian resupply freighter on the way to space station – Spaceflight Now

Aliens Have Visited Earth, Space Entrepreneur Robert Bigelow Believes

 

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and Robert Bigelow, founder of Bigelow Aerospace, talk while standing next to the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module on Jan. 16, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Credit: Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images

Aliens are among us. That’s the gist of comments made by billionaire space entrepreneur Robert Bigelow on CBS’ “60 Minutes” on Sunday. Could intelligent alien life really exist on Earth and we wouldn’t know about it?

Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at the SETI Institute, said, “Obviously, I think that aliens are out there. The conditions for life seem to be very widespread. All the requirements for life are everywhere, that doesn’t prove life is everywhere.”

“Could they come here and be buzzing the skies and occasionally entertaining Bob Bigelow by visiting him? It doesn’t violate physics, but is it likely?” Shostak told Live Science. (Not really, because if it were, humans would have better evidence by now for their Earthly invasion, he said.)

Source: Aliens Have Visited Earth, Space Entrepreneur Robert Bigelow Believes

NASA scientists detect barrier around Earth | PerfScience

An official NASA release informed..

Humans have long been shaping Earth’s landscape, but now scientists know we can shape our near-space environment as well. A certain type of communications — very low frequency, or VLF, radio communications — have been found to interact with particles in space, affecting how and where they move. At times, these interactions can create a barrier around Earth against natural high energy particle radiation in space. These results, part of a comprehensive paper on human-induced space weather, were recently published in Space Science Reviews.

Source: NASA scientists detect barrier around Earth | PerfScience

Mining the moon for rocket fuel to get us to Mars

Planning expeditions to Earth’s nearest celestial neighbor is no longer just a NASA effort, though the U.S. space agency has plans for a moon-orbiting space station that would serve as a staging ground for Mars missions in the early 2030s. The United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing, is planning a lunar fueling station for spacecraft, capable of supporting 1,000 people living in space within 30 years.

Source: Mining the moon for rocket fuel to get us to Mars

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