Tag: Space

SpaceX to sue federal government over rocket contract

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is filing a lawsuit against the federal government, saying the launch startup has been shut out of big aerospace contracts. SpaceX plans to sue the U.S. Air Force to challenge a $7.2 billion contract awarded to United Launch Alliance, Musk said at a news conference on Friday. The alliance is a joint…

SpaceX launches cargo delivery mission to ISS

SpaceX launched a cargo mission to supply the International Space Station with the Falcon 9 rocket today. The Dragon cargo capsule, carrying 5,000 pounds of supplies and equipment, is set to arrive at the space station on Sunday morning. The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canveral, Fla., today after a series of delays…

Computer outage at space station may force spacewalk

A computer outage at the International Space Station may require astronauts to complete a spacewalk and delay next week’s launch of a supply ship next week. A backup computer on the outside of the station is not responding to commands, NASA said Friday. While the main computer is working fine, both computers are needed for…

Space memorabilia auction takes in $1 million

A checklist from the 1969 Apollo 11 moon flight sold for $68,750 at a New York City auction featuring space memorabilia, Bonhams auction house said. The auction took in $1 million, with 80 percent of the 300 items sold. Nearly 300 people from 17 countries bid by phone, Internet or in person. A space suit…

NASA photo captures strange bright light coming out of Mars

A NASA camera on Mars has captured what appears to be artificial light emanating outward from the planet’s surface. The photo, beamed millions of miles from Mars to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., was taken last week, apparently by one of two NASA rovers on the red planet. Although the space agency hasn’t…

Neil deGrasse Tyson Hosting Private Spaceflight

This year’s Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate at the American Museum of Natural History will be focused “selling space” and private spaceflight. It will be hosted by none other than Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson, so if you can’t wait for this week’s Cosmos for your Tyson fix, watch here at 7:30PM EDT. Proceeds from…

Scott and Mark Kelly discuss year-long NASA space mission

Identical twin astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly spoke on The Today Show about their upcoming year-long trip to the International Space Station, the longest time any American has ever spent aboard the orbiting outpost, to study the effects long-term space missions have on the human body. “For me, having flown a long-duration flight before, on…

Five Finalists Selected For The Google Lunar XPrize Competition

Five international teams are moving forward from a field of 33 proposals with the goal of performing a robotic landing on the moon, followed by a short drive and high-quality video mooncast, all as part of the Google Lunar XPrize competition to incentivize a new novel, low-cost era of lunar exploration. gizmag

Large asteroid to pass within moon’s orbit on Wednesday

An asteroid at least as big as the one that blew up over Russia last year is coming within the orbit of the moon on Wednesday. Astronomers say there’s no chance it’ll hit us, but you just might be able to watch it zoom by online. The space rock known as 2014 DX110 is due…

715 New Planets Found by NASA

NASA announced Wednesday its Kepler spacecraft discovered 715 new planets orbiting 205 stars. “Nearly 95 percent of these planets are smaller than Neptune, which is almost four times the size of Earth,” NASA said. “This discovery marks a significant increase in the number of known small-sized planets more akin to Earth than previously identified exoplanets,…

Watch Live Spacewalks continue to fix ISS cooling system

WATCH THE NASA LIVE STREAMING SPACEWALK CLICK HERE TO WATCH Two NASA astronauts began a high-stakes series of spacewalks to repair the International Space Station’s cooling system on Saturday, outfitted for the first time with snorkels in their helmets to keep them from drowning. Photo: Backdropped by Earth, the International Space Station is seen in…

NASA scientists build robotic woman — ‘Valkyrie’ — to accompany astronauts in space

Meet Valkyrie, a 6-foot-tall human-like robot built at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Valkyrie will soon be a contestant in The Department of Defense’s Robotics Challenge where the world’s best robot will win a $2 million prize. 17 teams will compete in the Challenge at Florida’s Homestead Miami Speedway, December 20-21. One winner will be chosen…

NASA: Comet ISON is ‘brightening’

NASA’s Comet ISON Observing Campaign website says the comet is “brightening dramatically” ahead of its close encounter with the sun on Thursday. The glare of the sun has blocked most ground-based observations for now, but NASA has a fleet of spacecraft watching as ISON plunges toward the sun. Two space telescopes recorded images of the…

2,000-pound satellite likely incinerated in Earth’s atmosphere

A satellite weighing more than 2,000 pounds plunged into Earth’s atmosphere on Sunday, likely incinerating, officials said. The GOCE research satellite was set to crash to Earth after it ran out of fuel three weeks ago, The European Space Agency said. Ground stations last contacted the satellite as it passed 75 miles above Antarctica. Approximately…

Russia sends Olympic torch, 3 astronauts to ISS

Russia launched a Soyuz spacecraft carrying three astronauts and the Olympic torch to the International Space Station on Thursday. The torch, unlit for safety reasons, was part of the payload of a Soyuz spacecraft that lifted off from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan. Crew members Mikhail Tyurin of Russia, Rick Mastracchio of the…

Report: Lady Gaga to sing in space in 2015

Lady Gaga will reportedly sing in space in early 2015. Gaga will head into space in a Virgin Galactic ship and sing a song during the Zero G Colony tech festival in New Mexico. Gaga’s performance will take place just six months after Virgin Galactic commercial space flights are due to begin. US Weekly

40 Billion ‘habitable Earths-size’ planets Discovered in Milky Way alone

Do they come in peace? Astronomers at the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Hawaii released a study Monday saying there are likely around 40 billion planets with Earth-like characteristics in our galaxy. The closest one? 12 light years away, or 72 trillion miles. And just in case you weren’t blown away yet, experts…

Dark matter not found in 1st results from powerful detector

The first results from the most sensitive dark-matter detector ever built shows the equipment did not find any conclusive evidence of the substance, scientists announced Wednesday. The LUX detector is buried one mile beneath the ground in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Scientists think that dark matter makes up the majority of matter in…

Sun erupts with two big solar flares

The sun erupted with a powerful solar flare on Friday, caught on video by NASA. The flare registered as an X1.7-class solar event on the space weather scale. The flare sparked a temporary radio blackout, but is not expected to be ‘geo-effective.’ space.com

Diamond Rain Falls On Jupiter And Saturn

Jupiter and Saturn regularly experience diamond rain, scientists claim after examining new atmospheric data from the gas giants. After falling, the diamonds are melted by the extreme heats of the planets’ cores into a liquid sea. The findings were presented at the annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society…

Probe Bound For Jupiter Takes Snapshot Of Home

A NASA probe bound for the largest planet in our solar system has sent an image of earth back to mission control. Images of Earth captured by the probe are proof that the spacecraft is communicating as it continues its epic journey to Jupiter. ‘We are on our way to Jupiter as planned,’ Juno project…

Mercury Astronaut Scott Carpenter Dies At Age 88

NASA pioneer astronaut Scott Carpenter died Thursday at the age of 88 due to medical complications from a recent stroke, his family announced. His death leaves John Glenn as the last remaining member of the Mercury 7. Carpenter had been hospitalized after suffering a stroke last month in Vail, Colo., where he has his home.…

Earth flyby gives Juno probe a boost to Jupiter

A NASA spacecraft bound for Jupiter zoomed by Earth on Wednesday, picking up some much-needed speed for the long and looping trip to the solar system’s largest planet. NASA’s Juno spacecraft came within 347 miles (558 kilometers) of Earth during its closest approach, which occurred at 3:21 p.m. ET over South Africa. The probe was…

Commercial cargo ship arrives at space station after delay

Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus cargo ship has arrived at the International Space Station after a week’s delay. The space station’s astronauts used their robot arm to grab the capsule this morning, which contains more than a half-ton of food, clothes and other supplies for the six astronauts, AP reports.

Expedition 37 Arrives At International Space Station

NASA has confirmed that a new trio of Expedition 37 residents has arrived at the International Space Station, docking to the Poisk mini-research module Wednesday at 10:45 p.m. EDT aboard a Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineers Mike Hopkins and Sergey Ryazanskiy are scheduled for a five-and-a-half month stay in space,…