Archive for March, 2015

Bigelow’s BEAM Gettting Closer to Flight

Bigelow’s BEAM Gettting Closer to Flight

NASA’s Wlliam Gerstenmaier,  associate administrator for human exploration and operations, along with director of advanced exploration systems Jason Crusan, views BEAM at the Bigelow facility in North Las Vegas. Image Credit: Stephanie Schierholz NASA and Bigelow Aerospace held a media event on Thursday to highlight preparations for the launch of the Bigelow Expandable Aerospace Activity […]

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Stellar Eye Candy From ESO

Stellar Eye Candy From ESO

Image Credit :  ESO Another brilliant image from the European Southern Observatory’s VLT Survey Telescope. This composite image of Star cluster NGC 6193 and nebula NGC 6188  in the Ara OB1 stellar association was taken from 500 individual pictures using four color filters and an exposure time of 56 hours. The complete story is here.

Dawn Enters Orbit at Dwarf Planet Ceres

Dawn Enters Orbit at Dwarf Planet Ceres

Image of Ceres Taken on March 1st : Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA From NASA.gov: “NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has become the first mission to achieve orbit around a dwarf planet. The spacecraft was approximately 38,000 miles (61,000) kilometers from Ceres when it was captured by the dwarf planet’s gravity at about 4:39 a.m. PST (7:39 a.m. EST) […]

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SpaceX V. Blue Origin Patent Challenge Steams Ahead

SpaceX V. Blue Origin Patent Challenge Steams Ahead

SpaceX has received what appears to be good news in its challenge of Blue Origin’s patent for a landing a launch vehicle first stage on a barge. The challenge came in the form of an Inter Partes review, a proceeding in which a petitioner can ask for all or parts of a patent to be […]

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Leonard Nimoy, Spock and the Rationale for Space Exploration

Leonard Nimoy, Spock and the Rationale for Space Exploration

Some personal thoughts on the passing of Leonard Nimoy When news of Leonard Nimoy’s death broke on February 27th, it set off an avalanche of messages on social media mourning the loss of a man who at times struggled to separate himself from the role which defined his public perception. Yet for many who responded […]

SpaceX Launches Dual Satellite Mission

SpaceX Launches Dual Satellite Mission

In what could be a positive sign for a busy year, a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster lifted off from Cape Canaveral Sunday evening in spectacularly uneventful fashion.  Carrying its first ever dual primary payload, ABS 3A and Eutelsat 115 West B, a pair of Boeing built all electric satellites, the Falcon 9, sans landing legs […]

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