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Thu Sep 18



Space Golf Update: NASA Inspector General Has Noticed That CASIS is a Flop
Nasawatch [NASA]
NASA OIG: Extending the Operational Life of the International Space Station Until 2024 "In addition, while utilization of the ISS for research continues to increase, NASA and its partner responsible for attracting private research to the Station -- the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) -- continue to face challenges. For example, to date CASIS has raised only $14,550 in cash and received pledges of $8.2 million to supplement NASAs $15 million annual cooperative ag [...]




Thu Sep 18



How to Target an Asteroid
jpl.nasa.gov [ASTEROID]
The hunt is on for methods to aim a spacecraft at an asteroid. [...]




Thu Sep 18



NEOWISE Spies Its First Comet
jpl.nasa.gov [COMET]
NASAs NEOWISE spacecraft has spotted its first new comet since coming out of hibernation late last year. [...]




Thu Sep 18



Massive Hot Jupiter Aging Its Parent Star Video
Space [VIDEO]
The gas giant WASP-18b, 10X larger that Jupiter, orbits its relatively young parent star in just 23 hours. With the planet that close, the star’s magnetic field may be damped so much it is emitting x-rays at old age star rates. [...]




Thu Sep 18



Spaceflight Powered by Partnership (Op-Ed)
Space [SPACE]
For spaceflight to truly take off, public-private partnerships will be critical. [...]




Thu Sep 18



How a massive black hole looks in an ultra-dense dwarf galaxy
Engadget [GALAXY]
The M60-UCD1 is a dwarf galaxy thats so dense, youd see 1 million stars at night if you lived in it instead of the 4,000 we typically see on Earth. Now, thanks to data from Hubble, NASA found that the galaxy, which is only 1/500th the diameter of Milky Way, has a humongous black hole that takes up 15 percent of its mass. Compared to the black hole in our galaxy, which has a mass of 4 million suns, M60-UCD1s has the mass of 21 million suns. Just take a look at the artist rendering above to se [...]




Thu Sep 18



NVIDIAs new GPU proves moon landing truthers wrong
Engadget [MOON]
Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, there still exist some people on planet Earth who believe its the only celestial body humanity has ever walked upon. Youve heard it before -- the moon landing was a hoax, a mere TV drama produced by Stanley Kubrick presented as fact to dupe the Soviet Union into giving up the space race. This deliciously ludicrous conspiracy theory has been debunked countless times, but now its advocates have one more refutation to deny: NVIDIAs Voxel Global Ill [...]




Wed Sep 17



Some Galaxies Like Our Milky Way are Born in Colossal Crashes
Space [GALAXIES]
The history of the Milky Way has a new wrinkle. Scientists used radio telescopes like the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array — a vast array of receivers in Chile — used to probe galaxies within 40 million to 600 million light-years from Earth. [...]




Thu Sep 18



Station Crew Keeps Eye on Science While Awaiting Launch of Crewmates
Spacefellowship.com [CREW]
Expedition 41 Commander Max Suraev and Flight Engineers Reid Wiseman and Alexander Gerst focused on eye exams and scientific research aboard the International Space Station Thursday while continuing preparations for the arrival of the other half of their crew next week. Suraev, Wiseman and Gerst, who have been aboard the station since May 28, began the day after their usual 2 a.m. EDT wakeup with an inspection of the orbiting laboratory, followed by a daily planning conference with the fligh [...]




Wed Sep 17



Blue Origin and ULA to Jointly Fund New BE-4 Engine
Nasawatch [ORIGIN]
United Launch Alliance and Blue Origin Announce Partnership To Develop New American Rocket Engine, Blue Origin "United Launch Alliance (ULA), the nations premier space launch company, and Blue Origin, LLC, a privately-funded aerospace company owned by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, announced today that they have entered into an agreement to jointly fund development of the new BE-4 rocket engine by Blue Origin. This new collaboration will allow ULA to maintain the heritage, success [...]

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