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  • WFIRST Report Released
    WFIRST Independent External Technical/Management/Cost Review (WIETR), NASA "This report responds to the questions asked in the Terms of Reference (TOR) that established the WIETR and includes recommendations and options for NASA to consider. This rep…
    - 1 day ago 22 Nov 17, 4:19pm -
  • Waiting For Bridenstine
    Is Trump's NASA Nominee Ready to Tackle Climate Change?, Wired "[Tony] Busalacchi, who has twice testified before Bridenstine's House Subcommittee on Space, says he's had two phone calls with Bridenstine since his nomination became public September 1…
    - 2 days ago 22 Nov 17, 1:15am -
  • Rendezvous With `Oumuamua
    Keith's note: Larger image. Objects are to scale. But the way that this thing rotates might dictate a more prudent station keeping distance. First Interstellar Asteroid `Oumuamua is Like Nothing Seen Before, ESO "Observations from ESO's Very Large Te…
    - 2 days ago 21 Nov 17, 11:52pm -
  • NASA Is Dark In Some Places (Update)
    Keith's 4:40 pm Update: They fixed it....
    - 2 days ago 21 Nov 17, 9:04pm -
  • SETI vs METI Dispute: Lions and Tigers and Bears - Oh My
    We just sent a message to try to talk to aliens on another world, New Scientist "Ninety-eight percent of astronomers and SETI researchers, including myself, think that METI is potentially dangerous, and not a good idea," says Dan Werthimer, a...
    - 4 days ago 20 Nov 17, 1:25am -
  • Its The End Of The World As We Know It Again
    Please stop annoying this NASA scientist with your ridiculous Planet X doomsday theories "David Morrison is a real NASA scientist who studies real planets and makes real discoveries about the real universe. Unfortunately for him, Morrison's duties al…
    - 4 days ago 20 Nov 17, 1:03am -
  • NSF Decides Not To Shut Down Arecibo
    Statement on NSF Record of Decision on Arecibo Observatory, NSF "On Nov. 15, 2017, the National Science Foundation (NSF) signed its Record of Decision for the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. This important step concludes the agency's decision-mak…
    - 4 days ago 19 Nov 17, 11:38pm -
  • Hey NASA: These Are The Droids You Should Be Looking For
    Keith's 16 Nov update: Just the other day I posted some new video (below) of the latest cool droid from Boston Dynamics. Now they have simply outdone themselves. Compare NASA's tethered/hoisted R5 make stiff dance moves and then watch...
    - 7 days ago 17 Nov 17, 2:07am -
  • Doing Something Again For The First Time
    Keith's note: There is a lot of talk these days about yet another pivot in America's civilian space policy. This time it is "back" to the Moon. Mars is not off the agenda - but it is not moving...
    - 8 days ago 16 Nov 17, 5:07am -
  • NASA Likes Financial Report That Says Broken Things Are Still Broken
    NASA's Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Audit Result "NASA has received an unmodified audit opinion on its Fiscal Year 2017 (FY 2017) financial statements, making this the seventh consecutive year of "clean" opinions. The agency released its FY 2017 Agency…
    - 8 days ago 16 Nov 17, 2:53am -
  • SpaceX Is Launching Something Super Secret Called "Zuma"
    SpaceX will launch a secret government payload to orbit Wednesday, Mashable "Very little is known about the Zuma mission, as no government or commercial entity has claimed it. Usually, even the National Reconnaissance Office - the branch of the gover…
    - 9 days ago 15 Nov 17, 3:20am -
  • Dream Chaser Completes A Free Flight Test
    Dream Chaser Completes Free Flight Test "Completion of Dream Chaser's free flight test on Nov. 11, 2017, was a major milestone under a space act agreement with NASA's Commercial Crew Program. NASA selected Sierra Nevada Corp., along with Orbital ATK.…
    - 10 days ago 13 Nov 17, 9:54pm -
  • S.S. Gene Cernan Reaches Orbit
    Orbital ATK Launches S.S. Gene Cernan To The International Space Station (with video) "The Antares rocket launched the Cygnus spacecraft loaded with approximately 7,400 pounds (3,350 kilograms) of cargo to the crew of six who are aboard the space sta…
    - 11 days ago 12 Nov 17, 7:36pm -
  • Strange Marketing Claims by SNC
    "Aside from the obvious size difference compared to the space shuttle, we can actually take the same amount of pressurized cargo up to the @ISS_Research" -Mark Sirangelo— Sierra Nevada Corp (@SierraNevCorp) November 9…
    - 14 days ago 10 Nov 17, 2:03am -
  • That NASA Mars Child Slave Colony Is Actually On Europa
    In emails, NASA denies child slave ring on Mars, confirms politician-eating tentacle monster on Europa, Muckrock "Back in July, (alleged) former Central Intelligence Agency officer and one-time Reform Party presidential nominee Robert David Steele ap…
    - 14 days ago 9 Nov 17, 10:03pm -

Commercial Space Watch


  • newSuccessful First International Moon Village Workshop at ISU
    This week, more than 150 experts, engineers, educators and students from around the world gathered in Strasbourg, France to participate in the first International Moon Village Workshop....
    - 22 hours ago 23 Nov 17, 12:34am -
  • Pluto's Hydrocarbon Haze Keeps Dwarf Planet Colder Than Expected
    The gas composition of a planet's atmosphere generally determines how much heat gets trapped in the atmosphere....
    - 2 days ago 22 Nov 17, 12:42am -
  • Unexpected Atmospheric Vortex Behavior On Titan
    A new study led by a University of Bristol earth scientist has shown that recently reported unexpected behaviour on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, is due to its unique atmospheric chemistry....
    - 2 days ago 22 Nov 17, 12:37am -
  • Moon's Crust Underwent Resurfacing After Forming From Magma Ocean
    The Earth's Moon had a rough start in life. Formed from a chunk of the Earth that was lopped off during a planetary collision, it spent its early years covered by a roiling global ocean of molten magma before cooling...
    - 2 days ago 22 Nov 17, 12:31am -
  • NASA Survey Technique Estimates Congo Forest's Carbon
    The equivalent of 85 billion tons of carbon dioxide -- a huge amount equal to three-quarters of the carbon stored in forests across the contiguous United States -- is locked in the living vegetation of one African country....
    - 2 days ago 22 Nov 17, 12:22am -
  • First Known Interstellar Visitor Is an "Oddball"
    In October astronomers were surprised by a visitor that came racing into our solar system from interstellar space....
    - 3 days ago 21 Nov 17, 5:22am -
  • Visualizing Integral's Orbits
    ESA's Integral space observatory has been orbiting Earth for 15 years, observing the ever-changing, powerful and violent cosmos in gamma rays, X-rays and visible light....
    - 3 days ago 21 Nov 17, 3:13am -
  • Recurring Martian Streaks: Flowing Sand, Not Water?
    Dark features on Mars previously considered evidence for subsurface flowing of water are interpreted by new research as granular flows, where grains of sand and dust slip downhill to make dark streaks, rather than the ground being darkened by seeping…
    - 3 days ago 20 Nov 17, 5:02pm -
  • First Interstellar Asteroid `Oumuamua is Like Nothing Seen Before
    For the first time ever astronomers have studied an asteroid that has entered the Solar System from interstellar space....
    - 3 days ago 20 Nov 17, 4:09pm -
  • Cargo Droid Approaches ISS During An Orbital Sunrise
    The Orbital ATK Cygnus resupply ship with its cymbal-ike UltraFlex solar arrays approaches the International Space Station s robotic arm Canadarm2 as both spacecraft fly into an orbital sunrise....
    - 4 days ago 20 Nov 17, 3:23am -
  • Orbital View Of Scorpion Reef
    About 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Progresso, Mexico, five small islands stand amidst the largest coral structure in the southern Gulf of Mexico....
    - 5 days ago 18 Nov 17, 5:03pm -
  • New NASA Insights into the Secret Lives of Plants
    From rainforests to croplands, boreal forests to mangroves, NASA will take a new look at terrestrial vegetation across our living planet over the next two years with several unique instruments in space, including one from NASA's Jet Propulsion Labora…
    - 6 days ago 18 Nov 17, 1:37am -
  • NASA ISS Weekly Space to Ground Report - November 17, 2017
    NASA's Space to Ground is your weekly update on what's happening aboard the International Space Station....
    - 6 days ago 17 Nov 17, 10:18pm -
  • NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 16 November 2017 - Toilet Maintenance
    Expedition 53 checked out a specialized microscope and worked on the International Space Station's toilet today. More supplies and hardware are also being offloaded from the newly-arrived Cygnus cargo craft....
    - 6 days ago 17 Nov 17, 10:04pm -
  • Earth from Space: Salar de Atacama, Chile
    From the Salar de Atacama salt flat in the east to the Cordillera Domeyko mountains in the west, Sentinel-2 takes us over part of the Atacama Desert in northern Chile....
    - 6 days ago 17 Nov 17, 9:41pm -

NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day

Alnitak, Alnilam, Mintaka
Alnitak, Alnilam, Mintaka
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Big Dipper over Pyramid Mountain
Big Dipper over Pyramid Mountain
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Curiosity Rover Takes Selfie on Mars
Curiosity Rover Takes Selfie on Mars
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NGC 7822: Stars and Dust Pillars in Infrared
NGC 7822: Stars and Dust Pillars in Infrared
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Friday the Moon Smiled
Friday the Moon Smiled
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