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  • Ukraine changes tactics on North Korea engine claims
    In the days that followed Monday’s report in The New York Times that North Korea may have illicitly procured advanced Soviet-era rocket engines from Ukraine, the response out of the post-Soviet nation could best be described as trolling.SpaceNe…
    - 3 days ago 18 Aug 17, 7:18pm -
  • TDRS launch marks end of an era
    The successful launch of a NASA communications satellite Aug. 18 is the final flight of the current generation of data relay spacecraft as well as for a venerable satellite
    - 3 days ago 18 Aug 17, 4:52pm -
  • CASIS awards Audacy grant to test radio on space station
    Audacy, a company established in 2015 to create a commercial space-based communications network, plans to send the Audacy Lynq demonstration mission to the space station’s NanoRacks External Payload Platform on a NASA commercial cargo fight in la…
    - 4 days ago 18 Aug 17, 2:16am -
  • Air Force names space operations officials
    The U.S. Air Force has named Shawn Barnes to be assistant deputy chief of staff for space operations directorate, and Maj. Gen. Pamela Lincoln to be mobilization assistant to the deputy chief of staff for space
    - 4 days ago 17 Aug 17, 10:55pm -
  • Options grow for smallsats seeking secondary payload opportunities
    As the number of small satellites seeking launch continues to grow, new opportunities are emerging fly those satellites as secondary payloads on other launches as well as tools to identify those
    - 4 days ago 17 Aug 17, 8:16pm -
  • Google Lunar X Prize teams get extra time to win competition
    After months of stating that it would offer no further extensions of the Google Lunar X Prize competition, the X Prize Foundation announced Aug. 16 it was effectively giving the five remaining teams a little extra
    - 5 days ago 16 Aug 17, 7:17pm -
  • Smallsat developers propose self-regulation to address orbital debris concerns
    As the number of cubesats and other small satellites grows, experts advise that some degree of industry self-regulation will be needed to avoid collisions that could lead to more restrictive government
    - 6 days ago 15 Aug 17, 9:48pm -
  • UrtheCast building precursor radar satellite, delays OptiSAR constellation by a year
    An unnamed backer of Canadian Earth observation company UrtheCast’s proposed radar and optical satellite constellation has asked for UrtheCast to develop a standalone radar satellite ahead of the rest of its
    - 6 days ago 15 Aug 17, 9:10pm -
  • Nuclear command and control problems dominate U.S. Air Force focus, GAO finds
    While the U.S Air Force is taking more steps to oversee nuclear command, control, and communications (NC3), the service must focus more on short-term problems than long-term issues, the Government Accountability Office (GAO)
    - 6 days ago 15 Aug 17, 8:41pm -
  • Beyond HAL: How artificial intelligence is changing space systems
    The $2.4 billion Mars 2020 mission is just one example of NASA’s increasing reliance on artificial intelligence, although the term itself makes some people
    - 6 days ago 15 Aug 17, 5:24pm -

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NASA Watch Headlines

  • newTrump Eliminates National Climate Assessment Panel
    The Trump administration just disbanded a federal advisory committee on climate change, Washington Post "The Trump administration has decided to disband the federal advisory panel for the National Climate Assessment, a group aimed at helping policyma…
    - 2 hours ago 21 Aug 17, 4:13pm -
  • newEclipse Watching - NASA Style
    There's a Powerpoint chart using too many words to say "don't look at the sun. It will get dark & then it will get bright" #SolarEclipse2017— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) August 21, 2017 Acting Admin Lig…
    - 2 hours ago 21 Aug 17, 3:49pm -
  • SpaceX Delays Near Term Mars Plans
    SpaceX informed NASA of slowdown in its commercial Mars program, SpaceflightNow "Confirming rumors and suspicions that SpaceX is adjusting its plans to begin dispatching robotic landers to Mars, NASA officials said the commercial space company has in…
    - 2 days ago 19 Aug 17, 6:05pm -
  • Acting NASA Deputy Administrator Lesa Roe Departing
    NASA power player will become new University of North Texas boss, Dallas News "Thursday, University of North Texas regents are expected to select a longtime NASA leader to help launch the system into a new era of research and exploration....
    - 4 days ago 18 Aug 17, 12:15am -
  • New White House R&D Focus Does Not Include Mention of Space
    FY 2019 Administration Research and Development Priorities, OMB Keith's update: The only space-related priority is missile defense. That's it. Look at the word cloud (larger image) of the things this document says. It should be obvious what this Admi…
    - 4 days ago 17 Aug 17, 6:03pm -
  • NASA Technologist Unsure of Whether We're All Serious About Space
    Yes, it really has taken NASA 11 years to develop a parachute, Ars Technica "After the Jacobs tour, I put this question to [NASA Acting Chief Technologist Douglas] Terrier. He did not flinch. "I think it's a very fair question,"...
    - 4 days ago 17 Aug 17, 5:33pm -
  • GAO Report On ICBM Motors For Commercial Launchers
    GAO: Surplus Missile Motors: Sale Price Drives Potential Effects on DOD and Commercial Launch Providers, GAO "The Department of Defense (DOD) could use several methods to set the sale prices of surplus intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) motors…
    - 5 days ago 17 Aug 17, 1:32am -
  • Lockheed Martin's Unfortunate Silence
    CEO of @LockheedMartin Marillyn Hewson never resigned from White House Manufacturing Advisory Committee while other business leaders did 1/2— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) August 16, 2017 Instead CEO of @LockheedMartin Marillyn Hewson waited for many…
    - 5 days ago 16 Aug 17, 9:25pm -
  • Light Posting This Week
    Keith's note: Posting on NASAWatch will be rather light this week. I am taking a few days off. Among other things I will be getting a close-up look at the recently restored portrait of my great9 grandmother at the...
    - 6 days ago 15 Aug 17, 10:22pm -
  • NASA's New Administrator and Deputy Administrator
    The Deputy #NASA Admin position was decided a month ago. Administrator was decided upon a week or so later. Formal announcement in Sept— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) August 15, 2017 Oh yes Jim Bridenstine = #NASA Administrator and John Schumacher...
    - 6 days ago 15 Aug 17, 7:25pm -
  • SpaceX Launches CRS12 Mission
    SpaceX Launches Cargo Resupply Mission to the Space Station (With multiple videos) "Experiments seeking a better understanding of Parkinson's disease and the origin of cosmic rays are on their way to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Dr…
    - 7 days ago 14 Aug 17, 5:36pm -
  • NASA Changes Paint Job on SLS Again
    NASA Announces New SLS Markings "The markings on the outside of the complete boosters look like black-and-white checkerboards and serve as "targets" for cameras located in strategic locations on and around the vehicle and will be used for photogramme…
    - 10 days ago 11 Aug 17, 4:17pm -
  • Yet Another Space Conference With Few Female Speakers
    34 speakers @ISPCS International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight -- only 3 are women #FAIL #ISPCS— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) August 10, 2017...
    - 11 days ago 10 Aug 17, 1:53pm -
  • Will Saying "Climate Change" Be Banned At All Government Agencies Or Just Some Of Them?
    US federal department is censoring use of term 'climate change', emails reveal, Guardian "Staff at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been told to avoid using the term climate change in their work, with the officials instructed to reference…
    - 12 days ago 9 Aug 17, 8:45pm -
  • Eclipse 101 For Astronauts
    Gorgeous moon rise! Such great detail when seen from space. Next full moon marks #Eclipse2017. We'll be watching from @Space_Station.— Randy Bresnik (@AstroKomrade) August 4, 2017 Um that's the next NEW moon @Astr…
    - 14 days ago 7 Aug 17, 3:23pm -

Commercial Space Watch


  • NASA Will Chase the Total Solar Eclipse
    For most viewers, the Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse will last less than two and half minutes. But for one team of NASA-funded scientists, the eclipse will last over seven minutes. Their secret? Following the shadow of the Moon...
    - 1 day ago 20 Aug 17, 2:11pm -
  • NASA ScienceCasts: The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
    On August 21, 2017, a continent-spanning wave of instruments from home-made pinhole cameras to the most sophisticated telescopes in operation today will be trained on the Eclipse Across America....
    - 1 day ago 20 Aug 17, 2:10pm -
  • This Week at NASA: The Solar Eclipse and More
    Natural phenomena such as the Aug. 21, 2017 solar eclipse can inspire awe, but scientists can also use eclipse-like events to learn more about the universe....
    - 2 days ago 19 Aug 17, 2:52pm -
  • Orion System Tests Underway
    To ensure everything performs as planned, the Orion spacecraft destined for Exploration Mission-1 was successfully powered up for the first time this week in the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center....
    - 3 days ago 19 Aug 17, 12:00am -
  • Tropical Storm Harvey Seen From Orbit
    Composite image showing Tropical Storm Harvey over Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada, from 09:00 UTC on Friday, 18 August 2017....
    - 3 days ago 18 Aug 17, 11:58pm -
  • A Starburst With The Prospect of Gravitational Waves
    In 1887, American astronomer Lewis Swift discovered a glowing cloud, or nebula, that turned out to be a small galaxy about 2.2 million light years from Earth....
    - 3 days ago 18 Aug 17, 11:04pm -
  • NASA ISS Weekly Space to Ground Report - August 18, 2017
    NASA's Space to Ground is your weekly update on what's happening aboard the International Space Station....
    - 3 days ago 18 Aug 17, 9:40pm -
  • NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 17 August 2017
    The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was berthed to the Harmony module of the International Space Station at 9:07 a.m. EDT. The hatch between the newly arrived spacecraft and the Harmony module of the space station is scheduled to be opened...
    - 3 days ago 18 Aug 17, 3:00pm -
  • New Thruster Design Increases Efficiency
    Hall thrusters (HTs) are used in earth-orbiting satellites, and also show promise to propel robotic spacecraft long distances, such as from Earth to Mars....
    - 4 days ago 18 Aug 17, 1:52am -
  • Improving Brown Dwarf Weather Forecasts
    Brown dwarfs have powerful winds and clouds -- specifically, hot patchy clouds made of iron droplets and silicate dust....
    - 4 days ago 17 Aug 17, 11:07pm -
  • NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 16 August 2017
    While the International Space Station was traveling over the Pacific Ocean north of New Zealand, NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Paolo Nespoli captured the Dragon spacecraft at 6:52 a.m. EDT using the station's r…
    - 4 days ago 17 Aug 17, 9:16pm -
  • NASA Studies Tethered CubeSat Mission to Study Lunar Swirls
    A novel mission concept involving two CubeSats connected by a thin, miles-long tether could help scientists understand how the Moon got its mysterious "tattoos" -- swirling patterns of light and dark found at more than 100 locations across the lunar.…
    - 4 days ago 17 Aug 17, 3:22pm -
  • Intense Star Formation in the Westerhout 43 Region
    Hidden from our sight, the Westerhout 43 star-forming region is revealed in full glory in this far-infrared image from ESA's Herschel space observatory....
    - 5 days ago 16 Aug 17, 10:39pm -
  • Probing Neptune's Depths To Reveal Secrets Of Icy Planets
    Scientists have helped solve the mystery of what lies beneath the surface of Neptune - the most distant planet in our solar system....
    - 5 days ago 16 Aug 17, 8:25pm -
  • Chaco Canyon Petroglyph May Represent Ancient Total Eclipse
    As the hullabaloo surrounding the Aug. 21 total eclipse of the sun swells by the day, a University of Colorado Boulder faculty member says a petroglyph in New Mexico's Chaco Canyon may represent a total eclipse that occurred there a...
    - 5 days ago 16 Aug 17, 6:29pm -

NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day

Milky Way over Chilean Volcanoes
Milky Way over Chilean Volcanoes
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Time Lapse: A Total Solar Eclipse
Time Lapse: A Total Solar Eclipse
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Total Solar Eclipse of 1979
Total Solar Eclipse of 1979
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Perseids over the Pyrenees
Perseids over the Pyrenees
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NGC 2442: Galaxy in Volans
NGC 2442: Galaxy in Volans
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Perseid by the Sea
Perseid by the Sea
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