Archive for July, 2013

Hubble Spots a Blue Planet, but its Not What You Think

Hubble Spots a Blue Planet, but its Not What You Think

NASA Press Release RELEASE 13-202  NASA Hubble Finds a True Blue Planet WASHINGTON — Astronomers making visible-light observations with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have deduced the actual color of a planet orbiting another star 63 light-years away. The planet is HD 189733b, one of the closest exoplanets that can be seen crossing the face of […]

Posted in: Exo Planets, NASA
NASA OIG Report Generally Praises ISS Research Outreach

NASA OIG Report Generally Praises ISS Research Outreach

Earlier this week, the NASA Office of Inspector General released a report,  found here,  titled NASA’s Efforts to Maximize Research on the International Space Station.  The report itself , like most NASA OIG reports is very well written and provides excellent background information on the subject. For anyone interested in the approach to science being performed […]

Posted in: NASA, Space Stations
Upside Down Sensors May Have Doomed Proton

Upside Down Sensors May Have Doomed Proton

Russianspaceweb.com  reports today that an examination of debris  from the July 2nd Proton accident strongly suggests that the vehicle’s angular velocity sensors were installed incorrectly, (upside down) causing the rocket to react to erroneous readings and swing wildly in an attempt to correct them. If the report is confirmed, it may be a source of greater concern than […]

Posted in: Russian Space
NASA’s Mars 2020 Mission Proposal

NASA’s Mars 2020 Mission Proposal

Having concluded that the Mars Science Laboratory has already answered the key question it was sent to explore, i.e. that Mars did once host conditions which were suitable for life, even as it only now embarking on its trek to Mt. Sharp,  NASA hosted a Telecon today to discuss its Science Definition Team report for […]

Posted in: Mars, NASA
JPL : Radio Burst From Beyond our Galaxy

JPL : Radio Burst From Beyond our Galaxy

An intriguing announcement from JPL:  “Astronomers, including a team member from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., have detected the first population of radio bursts known to originate from galaxies beyond our own Milky Way. The sources of the light bursts are unknown, but cataclysmic events, such as merging or exploding stars, are likely […]

Posted in: Space Science
Grasshopper Precision Flight

Grasshopper Precision Flight

In this video of a June 14th test flight, published last week,  the SpaceX Grasshopper makes an ascent to 1,066 feet, its highest point yet, and then comes back in for a precision landing utilizing a new set of sensors  “adding a new level of accuracy in sensing the distance between Grasshopper and the ground, enabling a more precise landing.” While the ongoing […]

Posted in: SpaceX
A 4th of July Shot from SpaceX

A 4th of July Shot from SpaceX

SpaceX tweeted this picture of an Amercan flag flying on top of its new transporter /  erector at Vandenberg, Ca.  Note the substantial structure designed to support the Falcon Heavy’s triple core configuration.

Posted in: SpaceX
SpaceX Completes Two CCICap Milestones

SpaceX Completes Two CCICap Milestones

NASA Press Release RELEASE 13-201  NASA Commercial Crew Partner SpaceX Completes Two Human-Critical Reviews HAWTHORNE, Calif. — Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif., recently completed two milestones for NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative, which is intended to make commercial human spaceflight services available for government and commercial customers. These were the […]

Proton Disaster

Proton Disaster

After a difficult two-year span which had seen a surprising number of failures in the Russian launch  industry, things appeared to be getting back on track in 2013.  Until today.  Within a few seconds of liftoff at 8:38 a.m. local time,  (10:38 p.m. EDT Monday July 1)  a  Russian Proton-M  booster carrying 3 Glonass (GPS) satellites began oscillating, exhibiting a loss of […]

Posted in: Russian Space
European Southern Observatory Stars in “Hidden Universe”

European Southern Observatory Stars in “Hidden Universe”

Innerspace.net prinicipally covers the world launch industry, but  from time to time it is useful to remind ourselves of just why the drive to lower launch costs is  important in the first place.  One reason among many, to more fully and affordably explore the stunning nature of the universe around us.  In recent years, perhaps no institution has done a better job of giving […]

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