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  • newIs Privatizing ISS A Smart Thing To Do?
    Astronaut: Trump's plan for the space station a huge mistake, op ed, Leroy Chiao, CNN "What about privatizing the ISS? That idea is barely worth mentioning. The ISS was designed to operate with two big mission control centers, in Houston...
    - 18 hours ago 23 Feb 18, 11:32pm -
  • newSLS Software Problems Continue at MSFC
    Keith's note: Sources report that Andy Gamble has been allowed to retire and George Mitchell has been reassigned from NASA MSFC QD34 to Engineering. The SLS software team at MSFC is having great difficulty in hiring people to replace...
    - 19 hours ago 23 Feb 18, 11:06pm -
  • Vice President Pence Speaks About Space Policy
    Remarks by Vice President Pence at Second Meeting of the National Space Council, White House "We've seen the increasing number of American businesses sending experiments to the International Space Station. We've witnessed the power of commercial sate…
    - 3 days ago 22 Feb 18, 3:05am -
  • National Space Council Users Advisory Group Has Few Users
    Vice President Pence Announces National Space Council Users Advisory Group "Vice President Mike Pence, Chairman of the National Space Council, today announced the candidates selected to serve on the National Space Council's Users Advisory Group. Pend…
    - 3 days ago 21 Feb 18, 10:14pm -
  • National Space Council Event Could Have Been Done As A Telecon
    We're now hearing the nth iteration of the whole "let the private sector do XYZ in space and not the government" Yet all of the space companies still want the government to continue accepting the risk and paying the bills....
    - 3 days ago 21 Feb 18, 6:53pm -
  • National Space Council Recommendations
    Moon, Mars, and Worlds Beyond: Winning the Next Frontier - National Space Council Recommendations "RECOMMENDATION 1: The Secretary of Transportation should work to transform the launch and re-entry licensing regime. RECOMMENDATION 2: The Secretary of…
    - 3 days ago 21 Feb 18, 6:41pm -
  • Partying Vs Policy Making
    Tonight's National Space Council Reception scheduled to last 2.5 hours. Tomorrow's actual National Space Council meeting will only last 2 hours. The cost of this pointless reception could have put many students through college to pursue a space caree…
    - 4 days ago 21 Feb 18, 5:38am -
  • Reality Check on Aerospace Spending
    Lockheed Martin got $35.2 billion from taxpayers last year. That's more than many federal agencies., Washington Post "Of Lockheed Martin's $51 billion in sales last year, nearly 70 percent, or $35.2 billion, came from sales to the U.S. government. It…
    - 4 days ago 21 Feb 18, 12:49am -
  • Bigelow and CASIS Are Working Together on ISS. NASA Really Doesn't Care.
    Bigelow Space Operations Announces Partnership with CASIS to Fly Payloads to the International Space Station Bigelow Aerospace Announces the Creation of Bigelow Space Operations Keith's note: I submitted a series of questions to NASA PAO and NASA HEO…
    - 4 days ago 20 Feb 18, 10:30pm -
  • Michael O'Brien
    Keith's note: Michael O'Brien, who ran international and interagency affairs for NASA for decades has died. A viewing will be held on Friday 23 February 6-8pm - Demaine Funeral Home in Springfield, Virginia on Backlick Road. The Funeral Mass...
    - 4 days ago 20 Feb 18, 8:10pm -
  • Its Moon, Mars, and Beyond Time Again!
    President's Commission on Moon, Mars and Beyond (11 February 2004) "The President's Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy is charged with making recommendations to the President on implementation of his vision outline…
    - 5 days ago 19 Feb 18, 7:56pm -
  • Names Of National Space Council's User's Advisory Group Members Start To Appear
    Keith's note: Sources report that the membership of the National Space Council's User's Advisory Group (UAG) may be announced on Tuesday - or possibly Wednesday at the NSPC meeting. The UAG is larger than a lot of people wanted...
    - 5 days ago 19 Feb 18, 5:00pm -
  • Guess What: There is a National Space Council Thing This Week.
    Vice President Pence to Lead National Space Council Meeting at Kennedy Space Center, White House "Vice President Pence will lead the second meeting of the National Space Council at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. "Moon, Mars, and Worlds Beyond: Winning…
    - 5 days ago 19 Feb 18, 4:40pm -
  • Stealthy National Space Council Meeting WiIl Have a Flashy Reception
    Keith's note: NASA and other agencies have issued zero media advisories. Multiple people have been confirmed as being members of the NSpC's Users' Advisory Group - yet none have been named publicly. A large reception sponsored and paid for...
    - 6 days ago 18 Feb 18, 9:19pm -
  • Yet Another Smallsat Launch Company Appears
    SKY7 spots stealthy space startup testing its rocket in Alameda (with video), Sky7 "A lease application filed with the City of Alameda gives some clues about what's in the works: a rocket called Astra that the company claims is the...
    - 6 days ago 18 Feb 18, 8:49pm -

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  • newSDO Reveals How Magnetic Cage on the Sun Stopped Solar Eruption
    A dramatic magnetic power struggle at the Sun's surface lies at the heart of solar eruptions, new research using NASA data shows....
    - 21 hours ago 23 Feb 18, 8:43pm -
  • Earth from Space: The Bering Strait
    The Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission takes us over the Bering Strait, which connects the Pacific and Arctic Oceans between Russia and the US state of Alaska....
    - 1 day ago 23 Feb 18, 3:52pm -
  • NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 22 February 2018 - BEAM Opened Up
    Three Expedition 54 crew members continued preparing for their return to Earth next week. A pair of astronauts also opened up BEAM today to stow a robotic hand and to check for contaminants....
    - 1 day ago 23 Feb 18, 3:30pm -
  • Rocket Parts Are Big
    The Centaur upper stage that will help launch NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S, or GOES-S, arrives at the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida....
    - 2 days ago 23 Feb 18, 5:13am -
  • Baltic Sea Blooms As Seen From Orbit
    Cyanobacteria are an ancient type of marine bacteria that, like other phytoplankton, capture and store solar energy through photosynthesis....
    - 2 days ago 23 Feb 18, 2:25am -
  • A Window Into The Cosmic Past
    This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the galaxy cluster PLCK G004.5-19.5....
    - 2 days ago 23 Feb 18, 2:24am -
  • NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 21 February 2018 - Expedition 55 Crew Prepare for March Mission
    As one crew is packing up for its return back to Earth another crew is training for its launch to the International Space Station. During the month long crew swap activities, human research is still ongoing aboard the orbital laboratory...
    - 2 days ago 23 Feb 18, 2:00am -
  • Seven Ways Mars InSight is Different
    NASA has a long and successful track record at Mars. Since 1965, it has flown by, orbited, landed and roved across the surface of the Red Planet. What can InSight -- planned for launch in May -- do that hasn't...
    - 2 days ago 23 Feb 18, 12:09am -
  • Improved Hubble Yardstick Gives Fresh Evidence for New Physics in the Universe
    Astronomers have used NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to make the most precise measurements of the expansion rate of the universe since it was first calculated nearly a century ago....
    - 2 days ago 22 Feb 18, 10:45pm -
  • NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 20 February 2018 - Crew Members Set for Return to Earth
    Three Expedition 54 crew mates are in the final week of their mission and are packing up for a return to Earth. They and the rest of the crew also researched botany and biomedical science to support future crews on...
    - 3 days ago 21 Feb 18, 7:28pm -
  • Pulsating Aurora Mysteries Uncovered With Help From THEMIS
    Sometimes on a dark night near the poles, the sky pulses a diffuse glow of green, purple and red. Unlike the long, shimmering veils of typical auroral displays, these pulsating auroras are much dimmer and less common....
    - 4 days ago 21 Feb 18, 4:39am -
  • Webb Space Telescope To Reveal Mars' Secrets
    The planet Mars has fascinated scientists for over a century. Today, it is a frigid desert world with a carbon dioxide atmosphere 100 times thinner than Earth's....
    - 4 days ago 21 Feb 18, 4:31am -
  • NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 16 February 2018 - Spacewalk a Success
    Expedition 54 Flight Engineers Mark Vande Hei of NASA and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency have completed a spacewalk lasting 5 hours and 57 minutes....
    - 4 days ago 20 Feb 18, 8:04pm -
  • Hubble Finds Substellar Objects in the Orion Nebula
    In an unprecedented deep survey for small, faint objects in the Orion Nebula, astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered the largest known population of brown dwarfs sprinkled among newborn stars....
    - 5 days ago 20 Feb 18, 3:15am -
  • Ice Mountains In Saturn's B Rings
    While the Winter Olympics is in full swing in PyeongChang, South Korea, and many winter sport fanatics head to snow-clad mountains to get their thrills on the slopes this ski-season, this dramatic mountain scene is somewhat off-piste - in Saturn's...
    - 5 days ago 20 Feb 18, 3:05am -

NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day

Facing NGC 6946
Facing NGC 6946
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Apollo 17: A Stereo View from Lunar Orbit
Apollo 17: A Stereo View from Lunar Orbit
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When Roses Aren t Red
When Roses Aren t Red
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Jupiter in Infrared from Hubble
Jupiter in Infrared from Hubble
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A Partial Solar Eclipse over Buenos Aires
A Partial Solar Eclipse over Buenos Aires
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Galaxy Formation in a Magnetic Universe
Galaxy Formation in a Magnetic Universe
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