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    • newStill Waiting For Bridenstine
      Keith's update: Still no word as to when the confirmation hearing for NASA Administrator nominee Rep. James Bridenstine will be held. There has been no change to this nomination status page for Bridenstine - nor is there any update...
      - 53 mins ago 16 Oct 17, 10:58pm -
    • Looking Backward And Forward In Space
      No, human space exploration is not a dead end, op ed, Marillyn Hewson (Locheed Martin), Washington Post "For Post columnist David Von Drehle, NASA's renewed focus on human space exploration is "unnecessary" and "a dead end." I fundamentally disagree…
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    • Lyft Me To The Moon

      - 4 days ago 13 Oct 17, 3:52am -
    • Russia Is Flying Something Odd On Progress MS-07
      Why Does Russia Have a Secret ISS Experiment?, Popular Mechanics "Russia's seven-ton Progress MS-07 tanker will be carrying a secret, a previously unseen instrument attached to the exterior front section of the spacecraft. NASA has no idea what it is…
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    • Ignoring Half Of The Potential Space Traveling Population
      Only 3 of 34 speakers at @ISPCS International Symposium for Personal & Commercial Spaceflight are female #ISPCS2017— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) October 12, 2017...
      - 4 days ago 12 Oct 17, 2:43pm -
    • Pence Makes A Surprise Visit To Mojave
      .@VP @secondlady and @GOPLeader inspect cabin for new spaceship @virgingalactic #Mojave— TheSpaceshipCompany (@TheSpaceshipCo) October 11, 2017 Ret Lieutenant Colonel/our pilot Kelly Latimer with @VP during #Mojave vi…
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    • Modifying A Modified Mobile Launcher That Will Be Used Once
      Citing safety, NASA panel advises building a new, costly mobile launcher, Ars Technica (link fixed) "A 2012 report from NASA's inspector general estimated the costs of building a new mobile launcher then at $122 million, but a new structure expressly…
      - 6 days ago 10 Oct 17, 3:42pm -
    • Jay Greene
      Condolences to friends and family of former FIDO and Flight Director Jay Greene, who died Sunday. He appeared briefly in @missionmovie.— Rick Houston (@RickHouston73) October 9, 2017...
      - 6 days ago 10 Oct 17, 1:53pm -
    • National Space Council Meeting Summaries
      Council Meeting Signals High Level Administration Interest In Space, Space Policy Online "Pence indicated the Council will meet again in 45 days to review all those efforts, hence the deadline. That's a challenging goal, but conveys a sense of urgenc…
      - 7 days ago 9 Oct 17, 8:20pm -
    • The Planetary Society is For And Against Human Spaceflight
      The mission to Mars is one stupid leap for mankind, op ed, Washington Post "Still, a human traveler to Mars should make the most of its airless monotony, because there is no coming back. The long passage through the vacuum...
      - 7 days ago 9 Oct 17, 6:06pm -
    • Keith on the SpaceQ Podcast
      This past week I interviewed Keith on the SpaceQ podcast. We discussed Jim Bridenstine and NASA, Elon Musk and SpaceX, and Lockheed Martin and Mars. You can subscribe to the podcast using your favourite podcast app (iOS and Android). For...
      - 7 days ago 9 Oct 17, 2:48pm -
    • Climate Scientists Are Still Going to Give Bridenstine A Hard Time
      Would Jim Bridenstine Be a Down to Earth NASA Administrator?, Union of Concerned Scientists "Let's get right to it. Understanding the dynamics of our Earth, including disasters like hurricanes and droughts, has never seemed more important. As if on c…
      - 8 days ago 9 Oct 17, 12:46am -
    • Bread Cast Upon The Waters
      Keith's note: You probably saw my complaints about not being credentialed for the National Space Council meeting today. Well, the Vice President's office called late this afternoon to apologize for the fact that I had not been credentialed. They...
      - 11 days ago 5 Oct 17, 10:23pm -
    • NASA's Management Of Space Parts For Its Flight Projects
      NASA OIG: NASA's Management Of Space Parts For Its Flight Projects, OIG "While NASA Centers are required to use SMS to track their supply and material inventory, we found that five of nine are instead using stand-alone inventory control systems...
      - 11 days ago 5 Oct 17, 9:11pm -
    • GAO Looks At Moving FAA CST To DOT
      FAA: Stakeholders' Perspectives on Potentially Moving the Office of Commercial Space Transportation, GAO "Representatives from commercial space launch companies and spaceports GAO interviewed described advantages and disadvantages of moving the Offic…
      - 11 days ago 5 Oct 17, 9:09pm -

    Commercial Space Watch


    • newPuerto Rico Seen From Orbit
      Joseph M. Acaba‏ "Finally a chance to see the beautiful island of Puerto Rico from @Space_Station. Continued thoughts throughout the recovery process."...
      - 6 hours ago 16 Oct 17, 5:30pm -
    • newA Closer Look at Holden Crater
      Holden Crater in southern Margaritifer Terra displays a series of finely layered deposits on its floor (white and light purple in an enhanced color image)....
      - 6 hours ago 16 Oct 17, 5:28pm -
    • newHubble Observes Source of Gravitational Waves for the First Time
      The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has observed for the first time the source of a gravitational wave, created by the merger of two neutron stars....
      - 6 hours ago 16 Oct 17, 5:23pm -
    • newUnlocking Secrets of Neutron-Star Collision
      When a pair of superdense neutron stars collided and potentially formed a black hole in a galaxy 130 million light-years from Earth, they unleashed not only a train of gravitational waves....
      - 9 hours ago 16 Oct 17, 2:38pm -
    • Sentinel-5P Launched by Rockot From Plesetsk Cosmodrome
      Sentinel-5P was launched on a Rockot from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST) on 13 October 2017....
      - 2 days ago 14 Oct 17, 9:43pm -
    • This Week at NASA: NASA Pinpoints Record CO2 Levels and More
      The Oct. 10th spacewalk outside the International Space Station was the second in less than a week by NASA's Randy Bresnik and Mark Vande Hei - and one of three U.S. spacewalks planned for October....
      - 2 days ago 14 Oct 17, 4:17pm -
    • NASA ISS Weekly Space to Ground Report - October 13, 2017
      NASA's Space to Ground is your weekly update on what's happening aboard the International Space Station....
      - 2 days ago 14 Oct 17, 4:10pm -
    • Titan Has Extreme Methane Rainstorms
      Titan, the largest of Saturn's more than 60 moons, has surprisingly intense rainstorms, according to research by a team of UCLA planetary scientists and geologists....
      - 4 days ago 13 Oct 17, 12:58am -
    • Reconstructing Cassini's Plunge into Saturn
      As NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its fateful dive into the upper atmosphere of Saturn on Sept. 15, the spacecraft was live-streaming data from eight of its science instruments, along with readings from a variety of engineering systems....
      - 4 days ago 12 Oct 17, 9:05pm -
    • NASA Pinpoints Cause of Earth's Recent Record Carbon Dioxide Spike
      A new NASA study provides space-based evidence that Earth's tropical regions were the cause of the largest annual increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration seen in at least 2,000 years....
      - 4 days ago 12 Oct 17, 7:44pm -
    • Martian Prospecting From Orbit
      The combination of morphological and topographic information from stereo images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, as well as compositional data from near-infrared spectroscopy has been proven to be a powerful tool for understanding the geology…
      - 4 days ago 12 Oct 17, 4:08pm -
    • NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 11 October 2017 - Soyuz Cargo Resupply Mission Scheduled
      Two astronauts checked in with ground engineers today after completing the second of three spacewalks yesterday that are planned for this month. Meanwhile, a Russian cargo ship stands at its launch pad ready to blast off Thursday morning on a...
      - 4 days ago 12 Oct 17, 2:00pm -
    • The Science Case for an Extended Spitzer Mission
      Although the final observations of the Spitzer Warm Mission are currently scheduled for March 2019, it can continue operations through the end of the decade with no loss of photometric precision....
      - 5 days ago 12 Oct 17, 1:13am -
    • Orbital View Of Wildfires in California
      Wildfires continue to cause widespread destruction in the Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley areas of California....
      - 5 days ago 12 Oct 17, 1:05am -
    • NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 10 October 2017 - Spacewalk Today
      Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik and Flight Engineer Mark Vande Hei of NASA will head outside the International Space Station at approximately 8 a.m. EDT Tuesday to begin a 6.5-hour spacewalk. Live coverage will be available on NASA Television a…
      - 5 days ago 11 Oct 17, 8:46pm -

    NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day

    On the Origin of Gold
    On the Origin of Gold
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    All Sky Steve
    All Sky Steve
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    Under the Galaxy
    Under the Galaxy
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    NGC 1365: Majestic Island Universe
    NGC 1365: Majestic Island Universe
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    Star Cluster NGC 362 from Hubble
    Star Cluster NGC 362 from Hubble
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    Milky Way and Zodiacal Light over Australian Pinnacles
    Milky Way and Zodiacal Light over Australian Pinnacles
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