Archive for December, 2014

USGS Map of Mars

USGS Map of Mars

Candor Chasma in Mars’ Valles Marineris/  Image Credit USGS The US Geological survey has just completed the most extensive geological map of Mars to date. Based on data collected by the HiRISE camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the new map offers details equivalent to that which the survey produces for users on Earth. Based […]

Posted in: Mars
From MoonMail to Lunar Mission One, The Moon Is Attracting NewSpace Attention

From MoonMail to Lunar Mission One, The Moon Is Attracting NewSpace Attention

Griffin Lander: Astrobotic Technology Inc. All those artifacts the United States left on the Moon are soon going to have company, perhaps a great deal of it. Just over a year ago, Moon Express held a gala event in Las Vegas to unveil its MX-1 Commercial Lunar Lander, the centerpiece of its effort to compete […]

Posted in: Moon, NewSpace
SpaceX CRS-5 Mission Reset For Friday, December 19th

SpaceX CRS-5 Mission Reset For Friday, December 19th

Posted in: SpaceX
More Money For SLS/Orion; Commercial Crew Not So Much

More Money For SLS/Orion; Commercial Crew Not So Much

In the afterglow of a spectacularly successful initial test flight of the first, partially completed Orion spacecraft, it would have been gratifying to learn that for the first time, Congress has elected to fully fund the both the Space Launch System and NASA’s Commercial Crew program.  Once again that is not the case, and America’s […]

Posted in: Congress, NASA, SLS / Orion
A Mars of Rivers and Lakes

A Mars of Rivers and Lakes

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS NASA held a teleconference on Tuesday to discuss the latest results from the Curiosity rover’s journey up the slopes of Mount Sharp in Mars’s Gale Crater. The findings, outlined in the NASA news story below, are quite significant. Mars was apparently warmer and wetter for much longer than many had thought, and […]

Posted in: Mars
Orbital Sciences Awards Cygnus Launch to ULA

Orbital Sciences Awards Cygnus Launch to ULA

And the Award Goes To… Atlas V!  Image Credit : United Launch Alliance When Orbital Sciences Chairman and CEO David W. Thompson told investors during a conference call on November 5th that his company would be awarding at least one, and possibly two Cygnus launches to another supplier in the wake of the Antares launch […]

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Nest Stop: The Dwarf Planet Ceres

Nest Stop: The Dwarf Planet Ceres

Ceres In Sight : Image Credit NASA 2014 is not quite over with just yet, but it is not too soon to begin marking your calendars for what could be one of the most intriguing events of 2015, the arrival of the Dawn spacecraft at the dwarf planet Ceres. Having already recorded a 14 month […]

Posted in: Asteroids
Orion Liftoff Was a Vision of What Might Have Been

Orion Liftoff Was a Vision of What Might Have Been

Visions of Future Past  / Image Credit NASA Following a one day delay due to weather and balky liquid hydrogen fill/drain valves, a ULA Delta Heavy launch vehicle bearing the first space capable Orion capsule lifted off from Cape Canaveral’s SLC-37. Launch, which took place right on time 7:05 AM ET, was flawless, although viewers […]

Posted in: NASA, SLS / Orion, SpaceX
Time For a Sanity Check on the Orion Spacecraft

Time For a Sanity Check on the Orion Spacecraft

NASA’s Exploration Flight Test-1 of a partially completed Orion spacecraft has proven to be a field day for the agency’s goal of inextricably linking the words “Orion” and “Mars” in the public perception and cementing the notion that the agency is indeed taking the first step towards a manned landing on the Red Planet. Perhaps […]

Posted in: Mars, NASA, SLS / Orion
Orion Launch Scrubbed For 24 Hours

Orion Launch Scrubbed For 24 Hours

Waiting on a New Day. Image Credit NASA After a litany of minor issues mostly relating to ground wind speed constraints, today’s launch of NASA’s EFT-1 and a test Orion spacecraft aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta Heavy was delayed repeatedly, and ultimately scrubbed. The final problem, which managers were not able to resolve in […]

Posted in: SLS / Orion
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