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Fri Oct 31



NASAs Cassini spacecraft catches a glimpse of bright sunlight reflecting off the hydrocarbon seas o
Gizmodo.com [NASA]
NASAs Cassini spacecraft catches a glimpse of bright sunlight reflecting off the hydrocarbon seas of Saturns large moon Titan. [NASA] [...]




Fri Oct 31



Radar Images of near-Earth Asteroid 2006 DP14
jpl.nasa.gov [ASTEROID]
Radar images of peanut-shaped asteroid reveal it is no peanut-sized space rock. [...]




Thu Oct 30



Getting to Know You, Rocket Edition: Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage
Spacefellowship.com [ROCKET]
Some elements of a rocket can be familiar, like the boosters and engines. But there are several important parts on NASAs new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), that may be less widely known. Case in point? The interim cryogenic propulsion stage (ICPS). If the SLS was dissected, the ICPS lies just below the Orion capsule, at the top of the SLS. The ICPS is a liquid oxygen/liquid hydrogen-based system. On the first test mission of Orion and SLS together, called Exploration Mission-1, the [...]




Thu Oct 30



As Seen by Rosetta: Comet Surface Variations
jpl.nasa.gov [COMET]
New Rosetta image shows the diversity of surface structures on the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. [...]




Thu Oct 30



Land Chris Hadfields Space Photography on Your Coffee Table
Gizmodo.com [SPACE]
Is there a person left on the internet who hasnt yet swooned over astronaut Chris Hadfields jaw-dropping images from space? Heres a chance to have them in your home: The former ISS commander has collected some of his photographs into a book. [...]




Thu Oct 30



Observing Report: All-Arizona Star Party 2014
10minuteastronomy [STAR]
If it's late October or early November, it must be time for the All-Arizona Star Party. London and I headed out for it this past Saturday, Oct. 25. As in 2012, we were joined by the indefatigable Terry Nakazono. Here Terry and London pose for the obligatory "look how much crap we crammed into [...]




Thu Oct 30



Neil Armstrongs Moon Landing Insurance Cover to be Sold for Scholarships
Space [MOON]
Forty-five years ago, astronaut Neil Armstrong added his autograph to an envelope for one purpose: that it be sold to provide for his family in the event he did not make it back from the moon. Now, that iconic autograph is up for auction. [...]




Fri Oct 31



Picture This: Vestas Dark Materials in Dawns View
jpl.nasa.gov [VESTA]
A new study of images from NASAs Dawn mission examines remarkable, dark-as-coal material that speckles the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta. [...]




Thu Oct 30



Looking at ORB-3 Antares Telemetry
Nasawatch [ANTARES]
Orbitals Statement Regarding Orb-3 Launch Mishap (UPDATE) "Telemetry data has been released to Orbital and our engineers presented a very quick look assessment to the Accident Investigation Board at the end of the day. It appears the Antares vehicle had a nominal pre-launch and launch sequence with no issues noted. All systems appeared to be performing nominally until approximately T+15 seconds at which point the failure occurred. Evidence suggests the failure initiated in the first s [...]




Thu Oct 30



Expedition 41 Opens Progress Hatch as Orbital Sciences Conducts Investigation
Spacefellowship.com [EXPEDITION]
Cosmonauts Max Suraev and Alexander Samokutyaev opened the hatch to the ISS Progress 57 space freighter which arrived Wednesday morning. Suraev also joined NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman for descent training in advance of their Nov. 9 landing in the Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft. Flight Engineers Barry Wilmore and Alexander Gerst scrubbed cooling loops in the U.S. spacesuits throughout the day. Gerst also changed the water in the Kibo laboratory’s Aquatic Habitat. Orbital Sciences Corp. has comp [...]

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