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  • NASA Brings Latest Aerospace Technologies to AirVenture 2018
    Visitors to AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 can get a close look at the latest in NASA aerospace technology during the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual airshow Monday, July 23, through Sunday, July 29, at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisc…
    - 2 days ago 20 Jul 18, 1:59pm -
  • NASA Launches Channel for Roku
    There’s a new way for people to learn about NASA’s exciting missions and thought-provoking discoveries: The agency now has a channel for Roku digital media streaming devices.
    - 3 days ago 19 Jul 18, 5:47pm -
  • NASA Invites Media to Preview Briefing on Spacecraft that will “Touch” Sun
    Media are invited to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a preview briefing on the agency’s Parker Solar Probe at 1 p.m. EDT Friday, July 20. The event will air live on NASA Television, the agency’s website and Facebook Live.
    - 4 days ago 18 Jul 18, 9:50pm -
  • NASA Debuts Online Toolkit to Promote Commercial Use of Satellite Data
    While NASA’s policy of free and open remote-sensing data has long benefited the scientific community, other government agencies and nonprofit organizations, it has significant untapped potential for commercialization.
    - 4 days ago 18 Jul 18, 7:12pm -
  • NASA Television, Website to Air Critical Conversations on Science in Space
    NASA will join counterparts from across government, industry, academia and international organizations for an indepth conversation about science on the International Space Station Monday, July 23, through Thursday, July 26, in San Francisco.
    - 4 days ago 18 Jul 18, 4:04pm -

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  • A new chapter
    I wanted to pass along some personal news: I’ve taken a position starting today with SpaceNews, as a senior writer there. I’ll be writing there on a lot about what you’ve seen here and elsewhere: space policy, commercial space, and related topi…
    - 2 Sep 14, 3:24pm -
  • House members seek details on SLS/Orion schedules and spending
    A day after NASA announced that the first SLS may not be ready for launch until as late as November 2018, two key members of the House Science Committee asked NASA for details on both the schedule and funding levels of the SLS and Orion programs. In…
    - 28 Aug 14, 4:28pm -
  • With an SLS slip looming, one senator wants to keep NASA’s budget “on track”
    An announcement Wednesday by NASA that the first launch of the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift rocket could slip by nearly a year has led one key senator to suggest the program needs some budgetary help. NASA announced Wednesday that…
    - 28 Aug 14, 12:18am -
  • Air Force starts search for an RD-180 replacement
    Although the supply of Russian-built RD-180 engines that power the first stage of the Atlas V do not appear to be in the same level of jeopardy as feared earlier this year—United Launch Alliance took delivery of two of those engines last week—the…
    - 26 Aug 14, 4:12pm -
  • House gearing up for CR to last until December
    With no sign of progress on appropriations bills stalled in the Senate, the House is making plans to pass a “clean” continuing resolution that will keep the government running at least into December, a top House member said this week. In an inte…
    - 22 Aug 14, 1:23pm -
  • As China tests ASAT, US pushes multilateral space security efforts
    In a speech at a US Strategic Command symposium last week, a top State Department official made the case again for various multilateral efforts to improve space security, even as China appeared to perform another test of an anti-satellite (ASAT) wea…
    - 21 Aug 14, 2:58pm -
  • Buzz Aldrin endorses candidate in Alaska Senate race
    Republicans in Alaska are going to the polls today to select a candidate to run against incumbent Sen. Mark Begich (D) in the November general election. One of those candidates is hoping that a last-minute endorsement from a famous former astronaut w…
    - 19 Aug 14, 3:21pm -
  • The curious case of a deleted commentary on SpaceX
    SpaceX is no stranger to both strong support and harsh criticism of its activities, particularly in political circles. Last month, for example, three members of the House of Representatives asked NASA for details on an “epidemic of anomalies” the…
    - 19 Aug 14, 2:19pm -
  • Improving SOFIA
    Although a final resolution may not come until late this year, when Congress finally approves a fiscal year 2015 appropriations bill, it appears that NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) program has survived its near-deat…
    - 14 Aug 14, 3:57pm -
  • Orion manager warns he’s “challenged” to make December 2017 launch
    In two separate public appearances last week, the manager of NASA’s Orion spacecraft warned that he is “challenged” to keep Orion on track for the first Space Launch System (SLS) mission in late 2017. Mark Geyer spoke at the Mars Society’s a…
    - 13 Aug 14, 3:13pm -

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    • newDiscovering Structure in the Outer Corona
      Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 19, 2018In 1610, Galileo redesigned the telescope and discovered Jupiter's four largest moons. Nearly 400 years later, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope used its powerful optics to look deep into space - enabling scientists to p…
      - 2 hours ago 22 Jul 18, 10:07am -
    • newOpportunity's Science Team Remains Vigilant
      Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 19, 2018The dust storm on Mars is continuing as a Planet-encircling Dust Event (PEDE) with no indication of receding at this time. The storm has sustained high atmospheric opacity conditions over the Opportunity site for…
      - 2 hours ago 22 Jul 18, 10:07am -
    • newChina to beef up CFC inspections as UN investigates illegal emissions
      Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2018 During a recent working group meeting, parties to the Montreal Protocol agreed to an "urgent response" to the recent news of a rise in CFC-11 emissions was necessary. Last month, scientists published findings in the…
      - 2 hours ago 22 Jul 18, 10:07am -
    • newAsia is a huge growth market for government SATCOM
      McLean VA (SPX) Jul 19, 2018In a recent article in UAS magazine, global research and consulting firm Markets and Markets (MnM) forecasts an annual market growth rate in the U.S. of 13.2 percent for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) through 2022. MnM…
      - 2 hours ago 22 Jul 18, 10:07am -
    • newScientists uncover mechanism that stabilizes fusion plasmas
      Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Jul 19, 2018Sawtooth swings - up-and-down ripples found in everything from stock prices on Wall Street to ocean waves - occur periodically in the temperature and density of the plasma that fuels fusion reactions in doughnut-sha…
      - 2 hours ago 22 Jul 18, 10:07am -
    • newMartian Atmosphere Behaves as One
      Noordwijk, The Netherlands (ESA) Jul 19, 2018Understanding the Martian atmosphere is a key topic in planetary science, from its current status to its past history. Mars's atmosphere continuously leaks out to space and is a crucial factor in the pl…
      - 2 hours ago 22 Jul 18, 10:07am -
    • newWhy Ku-band HTS is superior for AISR
      McLean VA (SPX) Jul 19, 2018The commercial space industry is experiencing a new era in satellite performance. Over the past few years, multiple commercial satellite operators have deployed and activated next-generation high-throughput satellite (H…
      - 2 hours ago 22 Jul 18, 10:07am -
    • newSeeking 72-hour Space Environment Forecasts with Updates on the Hour
      Washington DC (SPX) Jul 19, 2018Models for providing hourly terrestrial weather forecasts anywhere in the world have become increasingly precise-our smartphones buzz or chirp with local alerts of approaching thunderstorms, heavy snow, flash floods…
      - 2 hours ago 22 Jul 18, 10:07am -
    • newLockheed Martin and ThalesRaytheonSystems to provide NATO with Battlespace Intelligence System
      Farnborough UK (SPX) Jul 18, 2018Lockheed Martin and ThalesRaytheonSystems are joining forces to provide the NATO Alliance with a territorial Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) command and control capability. This Teaming Agreement, signed in the pre…
      - 2 hours ago 22 Jul 18, 10:07am -
    • newArmy picks Raytheon for counter-UAV drones
      Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2018 The U.S. Army plans to use Raytheon's Coyote unmanned aircraft and the KRFS radar against enemy drones on the battlefield, the company said this week. The Coyote is designed to be guided by the KRFS radar to explode…
      - 2 hours ago 22 Jul 18, 10:07am -
    • newIn the ocean's twilight zone, tiny organisms may have giant effect on Earth's carbon cycle
      Tallahassee FL (SPX) Jul 19, 2018Deep in the ocean's twilight zone, swarms of ravenous single-celled organisms may be altering Earth's carbon cycle in ways scientists never expected, according to a new study from Florida State University researche…
      - 2 hours ago 22 Jul 18, 10:07am -
    • newDARPA, Lockheed Martin Demonstrate Technologies to Enable a Connected Warfighter Network
      Fort Worth TX (SPX) Jul 18, 2018Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently performed a series of flight tests demonstrating how a system of systems (SoS) approach enables seamless - and rapid -…
      - 2 hours ago 22 Jul 18, 10:07am -
    • newLaser experiments lend insight into metal core at heart of the Earth
      Edinburgh UK (SPX) Jul 18, 2018Scientists have discovered fresh insights into the metallic core at the centre of our planet. The findings could aid understanding of how the Earth was formed from elements in space, some 10 billion years ago.…
      - 2 hours ago 22 Jul 18, 10:07am -
    • newCassini data yields super sharp infrared images of Titan
      Washington (UPI) Jul 19, 2018 Cassini disappeared into Saturn's atmosphere late last year. But the spacecraft continues to yield impressive images. This week, NASA shared a series of super sharp infrared images of Saturn's moon Titan, compiled us…
      - 2 hours ago 22 Jul 18, 10:07am -
    • newSpace, not Brexit, is final frontier for Scottish outpost
      Farnborough, United Kingdom (AFP) July 20, 2018 Never mind Brexit: For a remote peninsula in the Scottish highlands, the buzz is all about hi-tech rocket launchers firing satellites into space. In just three years' time, rockets will send satelli…
      - 2 hours ago 22 Jul 18, 10:07am -


    CBS Space News

    • CBS News Space Page is Moving!
      By WILLIAM HARWOODCBS NewsEDITOR’S NOTE: We are in the process of moving stories on this page to the CBS News Sci-Tech page. This site will be taken down in the next few weeks. We appreciate your patience!
      - 30 Jul 15, 3:32am -
    • Cause of Russian Progress failure still TBD
      Four weeks after a Progress space station supply ship spun out of control in a launch mishap, Russian engineers have not yet revealed what might have gone wrong, casting a cloud of uncertainty over downstream flights of unpiloted cargo ships as well…
      - 28 May 15, 2:51am -
    • NASA selects instruments for Europa mission
      Taking a major step toward an eventual robotic mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa, NASA has selected nine sophisticated instruments for a solar-powered spacecraft designed to find out whether the hidden realm could support life of some sort, agency o…
      - 26 May 15, 8:45pm -
    • SpaceX cargo ship returns to Earth
      A SpaceX cargo capsule loaded with 3,100 pounds of research samples, no-longer-needed equipment and trash returned to Earth Thursday after a month-long stay at the International Space Station.
      - 21 May 15, 6:25pm -
    • X-37B spaceplane launched on secret mission
      A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket thundered away from Cape Canaveral Wednesday, boosting an unpiloted military spaceplane into orbit for a secret mission.
      - 21 May 15, 2:13am -
    • Air Force set to launch spaceplane on mostly secret mission
      An Air Force X-37B spaceplane, a mini shuttle making the program's fourth flight, is poised for launch Wednesday on a mostly classified mission featuring an unusual hitchhiker: a small publicly-funded satellite built to test the feasibility of using…
      - 19 May 15, 5:35pm -
    • Brightman steps down from station flight
      Soprano and would-be space tourist Sarah Brightman, who was in training for a flight to the International Space Station this fall aboard a Russian Soyuz ferry craft, will not be chasing her dream aloft after all, the singer's website and Facebook pag…
      - 13 May 15, 7:45pm -
    • Russia delays upcoming ISS flights in wake of Progress failure
      Russia is delaying the return to Earth of three space station crew members by about a month in the wake of the April 18 failure of a Russian Progress supply ship. Launch of three fresh crew members also will be delayed, from May 26 to late July.
      - 12 May 15, 8:33pm -
    • SpaceX stages emergency escape system test
      Simulating a launch pad emergency, an unmanned SpaceX Dragon capsule was blasted away from Cape Canaveral Wednesday, shooting to an altitude of several thousand feet before arcing over for an offshore splashdown in a dramatic emergency escape system…
      - 6 May 15, 2:15pm -
    • SpaceX gears up for pad abort test
      SpaceX is readying an unmanned Dragon capsule for a simulated launch pad abort Wednesday, a short, high-speed flight to demonstrate an innovative rocket-powered escape system designed to quickly pull a crew to safety in the event of an impending boos…
      - 5 May 15, 4:24pm -
    • Messenger probe, out of gas, crashes into Mercury
      NASA's hardy Messenger spacecraft, out of fuel at the end of a remarkably successful 11-year mission, ended its life with a bang Thursday, smashing into the hellish surface of Mercury at some 8,750 miles per hour and blasting out a new crater in the…
      - 30 Apr 15, 9:01pm -
    • Blue Origin launches sub-orbital New Shepard test flight
      Blue Origin, a rocket engine and spacecraft development company owned by Amazon-founder Jeff Bezos, carried out an unpiloted maiden test flight of the company's New Shepard sub-orbital launch vehicle Wednesday, the company revealed early Thursday.
      - 30 Apr 15, 7:19am -
    • New Horizons detects possible polar cap on Pluto
      New photos and animations of Pluto and its large moon Charon taken by the fast-approaching New Horizons probe are revealing distinct surface features for the first time, including a bright area that could be a snowy polar cap, mission managers said W…
      - 29 Apr 15, 9:30pm -
    • Russian abandon efforts to salvage wayward cargo ship
      Russian flight controllers have given up attempting to salvage a Progress cargo ship loaded with 3 tons of supplies and equipment intended for the International Space Station. Instead, the spacecraft likely will re-enter the atmosphere and burn up wi…
      - 29 Apr 15, 4:04pm -
    • Progress cargo ship spins out of control after launch
      A Russian Progress supply ship loaded with more than 3 tons of supplies and equipment bound for the International Space Station apparently spun out of control shortly after reaching orbit Tuesday, putting the resupply mission in jeopardy.
      - 28 Apr 15, 2:34pm -


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    • Today’s Tidbits: July 18, 2018
      Here are’s tidbits for July 18, 2018:  Blue Origin notches another successful test; Pence reportedly to make announcement at KSC in August; House SS&T schedules JWST hearings; Girl Scouts creates new space science badge.  Be…
      - 3 days ago 19 Jul 18, 3:09am -
    • Today’s Tidbits: July 16, 2018
      Here are’s tidbits for July 16, 2018:  VP Pence expects big things from O’Connell at DOC; Bridenstine visits Israel, Farnborough; UK, Lockheed Martin, Orbex team for spaceport in Scotland. Be sure to check our website f…
      - 5 days ago 17 Jul 18, 2:12am -
    • What’s Happening in Space Policy July 15-21, 2018
      Here is‘s list of space policy events for the week of July 15-21, 2018 and any insight we can offer about them. The House and Senate are in session this week. Tomorrow (Monday) is the 49th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 1…
      - 7 days ago 15 Jul 18, 7:27pm -
    • JWST Prime Contractor Northrop Grumman Announces Leadership Transition
      Northrop Grumman (NG) announced today that its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Wes Bush will step down in 2019.  He will be replaced by Kathy Warden, currently the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer (COO).  The move comes…
      - 9 days ago 13 Jul 18, 3:37am -
    • Trump Will Nominate Senate Staffer to be Deputy NASA Administrator
      The White House announced today its intent to nominate James Morhard to be NASA Deputy Administrator.  Morhard is a Senate staffer currently serving as the Deputy Sergeant at Arms and has no known experience in aerospace. NASA Administrator Jim Brid…
      - 10 days ago 12 Jul 18, 10:02pm -
    • GAO Again Warns of More Commercial Crew Delays and No ISS Contingency Plan
      The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a new report today raising more warning flags about delays in the commercial crew program that could imperil NASA’s ability to ensure U.S. astronauts are always aboard the International Space Statio…
      - 11 days ago 11 Jul 18, 10:52pm -
    • NASA Assessing Options to Speed Up Mid-to-Large Lunar Landers
      NASA is beginning a quick-look study of alternatives to its existing plans for sending mid-to-large size landers to the lunar surface.  The one-month assessment is being run out of the NASA Administrator’s office rather than any of the mission dir…
      - 11 days ago 11 Jul 18, 2:47am -
    • Today’s Tidbits: July 9, 2018
      Here are’s tidbits for July 9, 2018:  fastest-ever Progress docking with ISS; but is Russia’s space program entering the “dark ages”?  Be sure to check our website for feature stories and follow us on Twitter (@SpcP…
      - 12 days ago 10 Jul 18, 3:30am -
    • What’s Happening in Space Policy July 8-14, 2018
      Here is’s list of space policy events for the week of July 8-14, 2018 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate are in session this week. During the Week AIAA’s annual Propulsion and Energy Forum (#aiaa…
      - 14 days ago 8 Jul 18, 6:13pm -
    • WSJ Says No to Space Force, While Trump Promotes it Again
      President Trump may not have originated the idea of creating a Space Force as another branch of the military, but he certainly has become one of its most enthusiastic promoters.  He works it into many of his speeches, including yesterday’s July 4…
      - 17 days ago 5 Jul 18, 9:29pm -

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    Hubble and Gaia Team Up to Fuel Cosmic Conundrum
    Hubble and Gaia Team Up to Fuel Cosmic Conundrum
    - 10 days ago 12 Jul 18, 2:00pm -
    NASA's Webb Space Telescope to Inspect Atmospheres of Gas Giant Exoplanets
    NASA's Webb Space Telescope to Inspect Atmospheres of Gas Giant Exoplanets
    - 11 days ago 11 Jul 18, 2:00pm -
    Our Solar System's First Known Interstellar Object Gets Unexpected Speed Boost
    Our Solar System's First Known Interstellar Object Gets Unexpected Speed Boost
    - 25 days ago 27 Jun 18, 5:00pm -
    Astronomers Release Most Complete Ultraviolet-Light Survey of Nearby Galaxies
    Astronomers Release Most Complete Ultraviolet-Light Survey of Nearby Galaxies
    - 66 days ago 17 May 18, 5:00pm -
    Hubble Detects Helium in the Atmosphere of an Exoplanet for the First Time
    Hubble Detects Helium in the Atmosphere of an Exoplanet for the First Time
    - 81 days ago 2 May 18, 5:00pm -
    Stellar Thief Is the Surviving Companion to a Supernova
    Stellar Thief Is the Surviving Companion to a Supernova
    - 87 days ago 26 Apr 18, 5:00pm -

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    NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft Pauses Observations to Download Science Data
    NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft Pauses Observations to Download Science Data
    - 16 days ago 6 Jul 18, 4:50pm -
    Kepler Begins 18th Observing Campaign with a Focus on Star Clusters
    Kepler Begins 18th Observing Campaign with a Focus on Star Clusters
    - 60 days ago 23 May 18, 5:02pm -
    Doug Caldwell Talks About the Data Pipeline for the TESS Mission
    Doug Caldwell Talks About the Data Pipeline for the TESS Mission
    - 100 days ago 13 Apr 18, 2:52pm -
    What in the World is an ‘Exoplanet?’
    What in the World is an ‘Exoplanet?’
    - 12 Apr 18, 2:21pm -
    Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars
    Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars
    - 26 Mar 18, 1:50pm -
    Jessie Dotson and Geert Barentsen, Kepler’s Contributions to Astronomy
    Jessie Dotson and Geert Barentsen, Kepler’s Contributions to Astronomy
    - 23 Mar 18, 6:29pm -

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