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  • newCommercial Crew providers making “significant progress” toward first flights
    As the mid-way point of 2017 arrives, both of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program service providers are making significant progress toward the first uncrewed test flights of their Dragon...No related posts.
    - 20 hours ago 27 Jun 17, 6:16pm -
  • SpaceX Doubleheader Part 2 – Falcon 9 conducts Iridium NEXT-2 launch
    Just over two days after its successful launch of BulgariaSat-1, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket conducted another launch on Sunday, carrying ten Iridium-NeXT communications satellites into orbit. Falcon lifted...Related posts:SpaceX, Air Force assess…
    - 3 days ago 25 Jun 17, 3:01am -
  • Soyuz 2-1v conducts clandestine military launch
    Just prior to the SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch on Friday, Russia undertook a low-key launch of a Soyuz-2-1v rocket with a military payload. The launch, out of the...No related posts.
    - 5 days ago 23 Jun 17, 9:28pm -
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 success with second flight involving BulgariaSat-1 mission
    SpaceX launched Bulgaria’s first communications satellite on Friday – the first of two Falcon 9 launches in the space of two days – via the company’s second flight-proven...Related posts:SpaceX, Air Force assess more landing pads, Dragon p…
    - 5 days ago 23 Jun 17, 12:41pm -
  • PSLV rocket launches Cartosat 2E and 30 small sats
    In the first of three launches scheduled worldwide Friday, ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle has conducted its fortieth launch, deploying a Cartosat-2 Earth imaging spacecraft and a host...Related posts:Indian PSLV lofts IRNSS-1G to complete…
    - 6 days ago 22 Jun 17, 11:59pm -
  • NASA preparing letter to Congress to explain EM-1 slip
    As NASA’s Exploration Systems Development (ESD) prepares for the upcoming review of its plans for Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), program management is preparing to formally notify Congress of the...Related posts:NASA Lunar Imaging CubeSat – Sky…
    - 7 days ago 21 Jun 17, 7:44pm -
  • SpaceX tests Vandenberg Falcon 9 amid schedule realignment
    SpaceX has static fired a Falcon 9 at the Vandenberg Air Force Base ahead of a mission to launch the next set of Iridium NEXT satellites. The test...Related posts:SpaceX, Air Force assess more landing pads, Dragon processing at LZ-1 SNC handover…
    - 8 days ago 20 Jun 17, 6:03pm -
  • Qualifying the life saver – LAS set for two more tests ahead of EM-2
    Following Orbital ATK successful test-firing of an Orion launch abort system (LAS) abort motor at their Promontory facility in Utah on June 15, two more qualification tests will...Related posts:Space Industry press forward with exploration hardwar…
    - 9 days ago 19 Jun 17, 6:28pm -
  • Long March 3B lofts ChinaSat 9A – third stage issue reported
    Three days after the successful launch of the Huiyan (HXMT) X-ray space telescope, China was back in action with the launch of a new communications satellite from the...Related posts:Long March 4C launches Gaofen-3 Earth Observation Satellite Lon…
    - 10 days ago 18 Jun 17, 4:23pm -
  • Progress MS-06 docks; mission to remove Pirs module delayed
    Roscosmos has launched – and docked – the Progress MS-06 resupply mission to the International Space Station.  Liftoff occurred at 15:20:13 local time (05:20:13 EDT) from the Baikonur...Related posts:Progress MS-01 departs following off-nomin…
    - 12 days ago 16 Jun 17, 5:25am -

NASA Breaking News

  • newNASA Celebrates International Asteroid Day with Special Broadcast
    NASA will mark the worldwide observance of International Asteroid Day at noon EDT Friday, June 30, with a special television program featuring the agency’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office and other projects working to find and study near-Eart…
    - 19 hours ago 27 Jun 17, 7:00pm -
  • NASA Completes Milestone Toward Quieter Supersonic X-Plane
    NASA has achieved a significant milestone in its effort to make supersonic passenger jet travel over land a real possibility by completing the preliminary design review (PDR) of its Quiet Supersonic Transport or QueSST aircraft design.
    - 2 days ago 26 Jun 17, 8:03pm -
  • NASA Awards Contract for Institutional Support Services
    NASA has awarded the Kennedy Space Center Institutional Support Services IV (KISS IV) contract to Apache-Logical Joint Venture of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
    - 5 days ago 23 Jun 17, 8:00pm -
  • Media Accreditation Open for Launch of NASA’s Newest Communications Satellite
    Media accreditation is open for the launch of NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)-M. Liftoff on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida is targeted for 9:02 a.m.…
    - 5 days ago 23 Jun 17, 3:37pm -
  • NASA Awards Contract for Atmospheric Trace-Gas Monitoring Mission
    NASA has awarded a contract to the University of Oklahoma in Norman for a first-of-its-kind Earth science mission that will extend our nation’s lead in measuring key carbon-based greenhouse gases and vegetation health from space to advance our unde…
    - 6 days ago 22 Jun 17, 8:00pm -

Space Politics Blog

  • 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 Forbes.com 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 -

Commercial Space Watch

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  • newNASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 26 June 2017 - Roll-Out Solar Array (ROSA) Update
    An experimental solar array demonstration was jettisoned while the Expedition 52 crew continued preparing the SpaceX Dragon for its release on Sunday. The three crew members also studied how microgravity impacts their bodies....
    - 24 hours ago 27 Jun 17, 2:23pm -
  • NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 23 June 2017 - Studying Cardiac Biology
    The Expedition 52 trio worked throughout Friday on human research studying cardiac biology and the microbes that live on humans. Tiny satellites inside the International Space Station were also investigated for future remote or autonomous use in spac…
    - 2 days ago 26 Jun 17, 3:19pm -
  • Action of Uranus' Magnetosphere Affects Aurora
    More than 30 years after Voyager 2 sped past Uranus, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers are using the spacecraft's data to learn more about the icy planet....
    - 2 days ago 26 Jun 17, 3:06pm -
  • Betelgeuse As Seen By ALMA
    This orange blob shows the nearby star Betelgeuse, as seen by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)....
    - 2 days ago 26 Jun 17, 2:50pm -
  • New Sentinel-3A Corrected Sea Surface Height Products
    New Sentinel-3A Corrected Sea Surface Height products will be available on EUMETCast from 27 June....
    - 2 days ago 26 Jun 17, 2:33pm -
  • SpaceX Launches Two Missions in Two Days
    SpaceX has upped the ante when it comes to reusable launch systems. Within 49 hours the company launched and recovered two Falcon 9 first stages while putting it's customer's payloads safely into orbit....
    - 3 days ago 25 Jun 17, 10:55pm -
  • Mars Rover Opportunity on Walkabout Near Rim
    NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is examining rocks at the edge of Endeavour Crater for signs that they may have been either transported by a flood or eroded in place by wind....
    - 3 days ago 25 Jun 17, 9:08pm -
  • Colorado Students Participate in Record-setting Launch
    A 53-foot-tall high-power sport rocket carried payloads thousands of feet above the New Mexico desert today at Spaceport America....
    - 3 days ago 25 Jun 17, 5:45pm -
  • This Week at NASA: Solar Eclipse Primer and More
    At the Newseum in Washington, we teamed with representatives from other federal agencies and science organizations to delve into the science behind the upcoming August 21 total solar eclipse, and provide details on how to safely view the once-in-a-ce…
    - 3 days ago 25 Jun 17, 5:29pm -
  • NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 22 June 2017 - New Drug Therapy Research
    Expedition 52 is continuing to explore a new drug therapy today that may keep humans healthier in space. The trio onboard the International Space Station also worked on standard maintenance activities to keep the orbital complex in ship-shape....
    - 5 days ago 23 Jun 17, 3:16pm -

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  • newIndia's Answer to GPS Runs Into Serious Technical Failures
    New Delhi (Sputnik) Jun 28, 2017India's native navigation system has developed serious problems with four atomic clocks on the six satellites facing unexplained errors. With these, a total seven out of 21 clocks onboard have shown some difficultie…
    - 14 hours ago 28 Jun 17, 12:05am -
  • newNASA keeps a close eye on tiny stowaways
    Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 28, 2017Wherever you find people, you also find bacteria and other microorganisms. The International Space Station is no exception. That generally is not a problem. For one thing, the space station is kept cleaner than ma…
    - 14 hours ago 28 Jun 17, 12:05am -
  • newSmall scale, big improvements
    Newark DE (SPX) Jun 16, 2017Methods to improve water purification or build better batteries are problems that have challenged scientists for decades. Advances have inched forward, but rising demand moves the finish line further and further away.…
    - 14 hours ago 28 Jun 17, 12:05am -
  • newSnake robot could help maintain space station, explore moon
    Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017 Scientists at SINTEF, a research institute in Norway, are working on designs for a snake robot that could one day carry out maintenance missions on the space station and explore lava tubes on the moon. The research i…
    - 14 hours ago 28 Jun 17, 12:05am -
  • newA chemical solution to shrink digital data storage
    Cleveland OH (SPX) Jun 27, 2017Chemists at Case Western Reserve University have found a way to possibly store digital data in half the space current systems require. From supercomputers to smartphones, the amount of data people generate and co…
    - 14 hours ago 28 Jun 17, 12:05am -
  • newAI Will Prepare Robots for the Unknown
    Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 26, 2017How do you get a robot to recognize a surprise? That's a question artificial intelligence researchers are mulling, especially as A.I. begins to change space research. A new article in the journal Science: Robotics…
    - 14 hours ago 28 Jun 17, 12:05am -
  • newPaleontologists identify extinction event among marine megafauna
    Washington (UPI) Jun 26, 2017 The disappearance of terrestrial megafauna - like wooly mammoths and saber tooth tigers - during the last ice age is well documented. Now, scientists have found evidence that marine megafauna also suffered a previously…
    - 14 hours ago 28 Jun 17, 12:05am -
  • newPersonalized exoskeletons are taking support one step farther
    Washington DC (SPX) Jun 26, 2017Researchers have developed an exoskeleton system that provides personalized support for its user. In healthy volunteers, the optimized exoskeleton reduced energy expenditure during walking by 24%, on average, compar…
    - 14 hours ago 28 Jun 17, 12:05am -
  • new'Pompom' Stars May Solve Quasar Puzzle
    Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jun 28, 2017Gas filaments surrounding stars like the strands of a pompom may be the answer to a 30-year old mystery: why quasars twinkle. Dr. Mark Walker from Manly Astrophysics along with collaborators at Caltech, Manl…
    - 14 hours ago 28 Jun 17, 12:05am -
  • newModified Proton-M carrier rocket to be first launched in 2019
    Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 28, 2017The first launch of the new modification of the Proton-M carrier rocket will be conducted in 2019, the press service of Russia's Roscosmos State Space Corporation said Tuesday. The Proton-M is the largest carrier r…
    - 14 hours ago 28 Jun 17, 12:05am -
  • newSeeing the forest through the trees with a new LiDAR system
    San Francisco CA (SPX) Jun 28, 2017Shortly after lasers were first developed in the 1960s, LiDAR - whose name originated as a combination of "light" and "radar" - capitalized on the newly unique precision they offered for measuring both time and d…
    - 14 hours ago 28 Jun 17, 12:05am -
  • newIndia, Portugal Shake Hands on Space Cooperation
    New Delhi (Sputnik) Jun 28, 2017Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Lisbon agreed with Portuguese authorities on creation of alliance to advance space research, the Indian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday. I…
    - 14 hours ago 28 Jun 17, 12:05am -
  • newGreenland now a major driver of rising seas: study
    Paris (AFP) June 26, 2017 Ocean levels rose 50 percent faster in 2014 than in 1993, with meltwater from the Greenland ice sheet now supplying 25 percent of total sea level increase compared with just five percent 20 years earlier, researchers repor…
    - 14 hours ago 28 Jun 17, 12:05am -
  • newGroundbreaking discovery confirms existence of orbiting supermassive black holes
    Albuquerque NM (SPX) Jun 28, 2017For the first time ever, astronomers at The University of New Mexico say they've been able to observe and measure the orbital motion between two supermassive black holes hundreds of millions of light years from Ear…
    - 14 hours ago 28 Jun 17, 12:05am -
  • newQuantum thermometer or optical refrigerator
    Washington DC (SPX) Jun 26, 2017In an arranged marriage of optics and mechanics, physicists have created microscopic structural beams that have a variety of powerful uses when light strikes them. Able to operate in ordinary, room-temperature envir…
    - 14 hours ago 28 Jun 17, 12:05am -

SpaceNews

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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Space Politicy Online

  • What's Happening in Space Policy June 26-30, 2017
    Here is our list of space policy events for the week of June 26-30, 2017 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate are in session this week.During the WeekCongress is racing to complete action on a number of things before the…
    - 3 days ago 25 Jun 17, 4:00am -
  • Rogers Warns Air Force Not To Resist Space Corps Proposal
    Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) warned top Air Force officials not to undermine his proposal to create a Space Corps within the service.  He characterized his blistering remarks about being "outraged" and "shocked" by their reaction as a "friendly warning,…
    - 6 days ago 22 Jun 17, 4:00am -
  • HASC Criticizes DOD Management of Space Programs, Wants Space Corps
    The Strategic Forces subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) plans to require the creation of a U.S. Space Corps as a separate military service within the Air Force, and a U.S. Space Command within U.S. Strategic Command.  It insi…
    - 8 days ago 20 Jun 17, 4:00am -
  • What's Happening in Space Policy June 18-24, 2017
    Here is our list of space policy events for the week of June 18-24, 2017 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate are in session this week.During the Week The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) will begin marking up the F…
    - 10 days ago 18 Jun 17, 4:00am -
  • Senate-Passed Sanctions Bill Includes Exception for NASA, Commercial Space Launches
    The Senate passed a Russia-Iran sanctions act today by a vote of 98-2.  During debate, the Senate adopted an amendment to clarify that the bill is not intended to prevent commercial launch service providers from using Russian engines on rockets tha…
    - 13 days ago 15 Jun 17, 4:00am -
  • What's Happening in Space Policy June 11-16, 2017
    Here is our list of space policy events for the week of June 11-16, 2017 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate are in session this week. During the WeekThis week it's DOD's turn to talk to authorizers and appropriators a…
    - 17 days ago 11 Jun 17, 4:00am -
  • New Commercial Space Bill Clears House Committee
    The House Science, Space, and Technology (SS&T) Committee approved the American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act of 2017 (H.R. 2809) by voice vote today.  Although the bill has bipartisan sponsorship, the top Democrat on the committee, Rep. Eddie…
    - 20 days ago 8 Jun 17, 4:00am -
  • New Astronauts, But No News from VP Pence
    Vice President Mike Pence attended a NASA event at Johnson Space Center (JSC) today introducing the 12 new astronaut candidates NASA selected from a pool of approximately 18,300 applicants.  His remarks evoked patriotic images of American leadershi…
    - 21 days ago 7 Jun 17, 4:00am -
  • Wilson: AF Requesting 20 Percent Increase for Space, SpaceX to Launch Next X-37B
    Secretary of the Air Force (SecAF) Heather Wilson told a Senate committee today that the service is requesting a 20 percent increase for its space programs in FY2018.  She also revealed that SpaceX will launch the next X-37B mission in August, the…
    - 22 days ago 6 Jun 17, 4:00am -
  • What's Happening in Space Policy June 4-10, 2017
    Here is our list of space policy events for the week of June 4-10, 2017 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate will be in session this week.During the WeekBetter late than never?  The Trump Administration finally sent its…
    - 24 days ago 4 Jun 17, 4:00am -
  • Memorial Fund Established for Matt Isakowitz
    The Future Space Leaders Foundation has established a fund in honor of Matthew Isakowitz, who died last week at the age of 29.  The organization is still filling in the details, but plans to use donations to further his "legacy in the field of huma…
    - 24 days ago 4 Jun 17, 4:00am -
  • NASA, SpaceX Ready for Launch of First Second-Hand Dragon - UPDATE 2
    NASA and SpaceX are getting ready for tomorrow's (June 1) launch of the SpaceX-11 (SpX-11) cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS).  The Dragon spacecraft will be packed full of supplies and equipment for the ISS crew as usual, but w…
    - 28 days ago 31 May 17, 4:00am -
  • Congress Looking at Additional Measures to Facilitate Commercial Space
    The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation space subcommittee has held two hearings seeking input on what more the commercial space industry needs legislatively to further its aspirations in exploiting space. The Commercial Space Launch Compe…
    - 29 days ago 30 May 17, 4:00am -
  • What's Happening in Space Policy May 29-June 3, 2017
    Here is our list of space policy events for the week of May 29-June 3, 2017 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate are in recess this week.During the WeekThe United States observes Memorial Day tomorrow (Monday, May 29), w…
    - 31 days ago 28 May 17, 4:00am -
  • A Whole New Way of Looking at Jupiter
    NASA released photographs of Jupiter today taken by its Juno spacecraft that show the planet in an entirely new light.  Juno is the first spacecraft to fly around the planet's polar axis and the view from there could not be more different than the…
    - 34 days ago 25 May 17, 4:00am -
  • No Good News for FAA Space Office in FY2018 Request
    After successfully fighting to get a budget boost in FY2017, the FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) is back to the drawing board in the Trump Administration's FY2018 request.  The office won a $2 million increase to $19.8 million…
    - 35 days ago 24 May 17, 4:00am -
  • NASA Holding Its Own, But FY2018 Request Portrays Murky Future
    President Trump's complete FY2018 budget request was sent to Congress today.  It confirms that NASA's budget for the next five years is projected to be flat at $19.062 billion, with no adjustment for inflation. That will complicate efforts to move…
    - 36 days ago 23 May 17, 4:00am -
  • NOAA's Polar Follow On Bears Brunt of Weather Satellite Cutbacks
    NOAA's FY2018 budget request shows a sharp decline in spending for its satellite programs.  Some of that is due to planned reductions as development programs ramp down, but the Polar Follow On program would suffer a significant cut and plans for ne…
    - 36 days ago 23 May 17, 4:00am -
  • Thompson New Head of Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center
    Lt. Gen. John Thompson took over as head of Air Force Space Command's (AFSC's) Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) today, succeeding Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves.   Greaves is assuming command of the Missile Defense Agency.Thompson was nominated by…
    - 37 days ago 22 May 17, 4:00am -
  • ISS Astronauts Ready for Unplanned Spacewalk
    Two NASA astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) are preparing for an unplanned spacewalk tomorrow (Tuesday) to replace a failed data relay unit that was installed just two months ago.  Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer will begin their sp…
    - 37 days ago 22 May 17, 4:00am -
  • NASA Planning Afternoon of Events for FY2018 Budget Request Rollout
    President Trump will submit his complete FY2018 budget request to Congress tomorrow (Tuesday) and NASA is planning an afternoon-long series of events to highlight what they are doing now and what the budget request proposes for the future.Although…
    - 37 days ago 22 May 17, 4:00am -
  • What's Happening in Space Policy May 22-27, 2017 - UPDATE
    Here is our list of space policy events for the week of May 22-27, 2017 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate are in session this week. [Updated with more information about Tuesday's contingency ISS spacewalk].During the W…
    - 38 days ago 21 May 17, 4:00am -
  • Top Air Force Officials: Space Now is a Warfighting Domain
    New Secretary of the Air Force (SecAF) Heather Wilson and three top Air Force space leaders told Congress today that space no longer is just an enabler and force enhancer for U.S. military operations, it is a warfighting domain just like air, land,…
    - 42 days ago 17 May 17, 4:00am -
  • GAO Gives NASA Mixed Results for Management of Major Projects
    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) gave NASA mixed results in its annual review of the agency's major projects.  Although cost and schedule performance for most of NASA's portfolio continues to improve, two projects -- InSight and an update…
    - 43 days ago 16 May 17, 4:00am -
  • Cardin Vows to Continue Mikulski's Advocacy for NASA, NOAA
    Acknowledging that he has big shoes to fill, Maryland's new senior Senator Ben Cardin  (D-MD) vowed to continue the space advocacy exhibited by his retired colleague Sen. Barbara Mikulski.   She was legendary in her influential support for NASA an…
    - 44 days ago 15 May 17, 4:00am -
  • What's Happening in Space Policy May 15-19, 2017
    Here is our list of space policy events for the week of May 15-19, 2017 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate are in session this week.During the WeekThe D.C. space community looked forward every year to Sen. Barbara Miku…
    - 45 days ago 14 May 17, 4:00am -
  • First SLS/Orion Launch Slips to 2019, No Crew
    NASA announced today that its feasibility study of adding a crew to the first launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion crew capsule might be technically feasible, but, all things considered, it is better to stick to the original plan of lau…
    - 47 days ago 12 May 17, 4:00am -
  • GAO Requested to Study Restoring FAA Commercial Space Office to Secretary's Level
    Three members of the House have sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting a study on the feasibility of elevating the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA/AST) to the S…
    - 49 days ago 10 May 17, 4:00am -
  • Heather Wilson Confirmed as Secretary of the Air Force
    Former Congresswoman Heather Wilson has been confirmed by the Senate to serve as the next Secretary of the Air Force (SecAF).  The vote was 76-22.Wilson was approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) last month, but an unnamed Senator…
    - 50 days ago 9 May 17, 4:00am -
  • Draft Bill Would Give Commerce, Not FAA, "Mission Authorization" Function
    A draft bill being circulated for discussion would assign to the Department of Commerce (DOC) responsibility for registering non-government space activities to ensure, among other things, compliance with U.S. treaty obligations.  For more than a ye…
    - 51 days ago 8 May 17, 4:00am -
  • What's Happening in Space Policy May 8-12, 2017
    Here's our list of space policy events for the week of May 8-12, 2017 and any insight we can offer about them.  The Senate is in session this week; the House is in recess.During the WeekAlthough the House is taking a week off from Washington duti…
    - 52 days ago 7 May 17, 4:00am -
  • Senate Joins House in Approving FY2017 Approps Bill - UPDATE
    The Senate passed the FY2017 omnibus appropriations bill today.  President Trump is expected to sign it into law before midnight tomorrow.  Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) won praise from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for winning the increas…
    - 55 days ago 4 May 17, 4:00am -
  • Congress Advances FY2017 Appropriations, Space Weather Legislation
    Congress is making progress on passing the final FY2017 omnibus appropriations bill as well as legislation to clarify federal responsibilities for space weather research and forecasting.Today, the House passed the appropriations bill, H.R. 244, by…
    - 56 days ago 3 May 17, 4:00am -
  • Future Polar Weather Satellites Down, Space Weather Up in NOAA's FY2017 Final Appropriations
    NOAA's Polar Follow On (PFO) program to build the third and fourth Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) weather spacecraft is the only satellite program that will be cut substantially in the final FY2017 omnibus appropriations bill.   By contrast, f…
    - 58 days ago 1 May 17, 4:00am -
  • Final FY2017 Appropriations Bill Gives NASA Big Boost
    Over the weekend, congressional leaders agreed on a final FY2017 omnibus appropriations bill.  NASA would be funded at $19.653 billion, a substantial increase over the amount requested last year by President Obama and somewhat more than approved by…
    - 58 days ago 1 May 17, 4:00am -
  • What's Happening in Space Policy May 1-6, 2017
    Here is our list of space policy events for the week of May 1-6, 2017 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate are in session this week.During the WeekSpaceX scrubbed its launch of a National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) sate…
    - 59 days ago 30 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • NASA Agrees With GAO -- First SLS/Orion Mission Will Slip to 2019
    In response to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released today, the head of NASA's human exploration program agreed with GAO's conclusion that Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1), the first flight of the Space Launch System (SLS) an…
    - 62 days ago 27 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • Space Station Spacesuits Suffer After Shuttle Shutdown
    NASA's Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report today assessing NASA's management of its existing spacesuits and development of new models.  It expressed concern about Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuits used on the Internation…
    - 63 days ago 26 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • Trump Wants to Get To Mars Sooner Rather than Later
    During a telephone call with NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) today, President Donald Trump stressed the goal of getting kids interested in STEM education, but he also made clear that he wants to accelerate efforts to get…
    - 65 days ago 24 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • What's Happening in Space Policy April 23-28, 2017
    Here is our list of space policy events for the week of April 23-28, 2017 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate are in session this week.During the Week President Trump and his daughter Ivanka will make a 20-minute phone…
    - 66 days ago 23 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • China Takes Another Step Towards Permanent Space Station - UPDATE
    China successfully launched its Tianzhou-1 space station cargo resupply spacecraft today.  If all goes according to plan, it will rendezvous and dock with the Tiangong-2 space station three times and demonstrate in-orbit refueling.  With such a ca…
    - 69 days ago 20 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • NASA's Study of Adding Crew to EM-1 is Completed, Awaiting Response
    NASA Acting Chief Scientist Gale Allen said today that the agency's feasibility study of adding a crew to the first launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion has been completed and briefed to agency and White House officials.  The report is…
    - 70 days ago 19 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • NASA IG: Journey to Mars Cost $26 Billion Through FY2016, Future Costs Unclear
    NASA's Office of Inspector General (OIG) reports that NASA spent $26 billion from FY2006-2016 on programs to send humans beyond low Earth orbit (LEO) -- what was called the Journey to Mars during the Obama Administration.  In an April 13 report, th…
    - 71 days ago 18 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • China Readies First Space Station Cargo Mission - UPDATE
    China is getting ready to launch its first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, to its Tiangong-2 space station later this week.  China's Xinhua news services says the launch will take place between April 20 and 24.  This is a test of robotic in-orbit re…
    - 72 days ago 17 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • What's Happening in Space Policy April 17-22, 2017
    Here is our list of space policy events for the week of April 17-22, 2017 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate are in recess this week.During the WeekTopic A this week is the International Space Station (ISS) and not jus…
    - 73 days ago 16 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • Evidence Mounts for Hydrothermal Vents on Enceladus, Plumes on Europa
    NASA announced new findings today about two of the solar system's "ocean worlds" -- places other than Earth where global oceans may exist and, with them, the chance for life.  Data from the Cassini spacecraft already have indicated that Saturn's mo…
    - 76 days ago 13 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • On Cosmonautics Day, Russia Laments State of Space Program
    On this day in 1961, the Soviet Union launched the first human being into space -- Yuri Gagarin.  It was the height of the Cold War and Soviet space achievements were outshining the United States.  Fast forward 56 years and the two former spac…
    - 77 days ago 12 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • G-7 Foreign Ministers Call for Safe, Secure, Sustainable Space Environment
    The foreign ministers of the G-7 countries issued a joint communique yesterday in which they recognized the importance of space activities and called for a safe, secure, sustainable and stable space environment, increased transparency, and strengthe…
    - 77 days ago 12 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • What's Happening in Space Policy April 10-22, 2017
    Here is our list of space policy events for the next TWO weeks, April 10-22, 2017, and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate are in recess for two weeks.During the WeeksAt last!  We're getting a bit of a break.  With C…
    - 80 days ago 9 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • Hyten: Our Job is to Ensure No War in Space, But ...
    General John Hyten (USAF), Commander of U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), said today that "our job is to make sure war does not extend into space" if possible.  At the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, he repeatedly invoked the Command's…
    - 83 days ago 6 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • Cassini About To Begin Grand Finale Dives into Saturn's Atmosphere
    NASA's Cassini spacecraft is about to begin its "Grand Finale" that will bring an end to its 20 years in space, 13 of which have been spent exploring Saturn, its rings and its moons.  It is running out of fuel and to avoid any possible contaminatio…
    - 85 days ago 4 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • Air Force Restructures Space Responsibilities, JICSpOC Gets New Name
    Acting Secretary of the Air Force (SecAF) Lisa Disbrow announced a number of changes to the Air Force "space enterprise" today, starting with creation of a new position of deputy chief of staff for space.  Also today, U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRA…
    - 85 days ago 4 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • What's Happening in Space Policy April 3-7, 2017
    Here is our list of space policy events for the week of April 3-7, 2017 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate are in session this week (then will be in recess for the subsequent two weeks).During the WeekTHE BIG SPACE EVE…
    - 87 days ago 2 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • SpaceX Launches, Lands Reused First Stage, Recovers Payload Fairing
    SpaceX successfully launched the SES-10 communications satellite today with a reused Falcon 9 first stage.  The first stage then was recovered for a second time, safely landing on a drone ship at sea.  SpaceX CEO and Lead Designer Elon Musk said h…
    - 90 days ago 30 Mar 17, 4:00am -
  • FY2018 Budget May Be Topic A, but FY2017 Still not Settled
    President Trump's release of his FY2018 budget blueprint may be the budget topic of the day, but it is important to remember that FY2017 funding is not yet settled.  NASA, NOAA, DOD and other federal agencies are funded under a Continuing Resolutio…
    - 91 days ago 29 Mar 17, 4:00am -

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  • Kennedy’s Transformation Paying Off in New Opportunities
    By Steven Siceloff, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida A transformation begun before the space shuttles retired six years ago set the stage at NASA’s
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  • A Q&A With NASA’s Steve Jurczyk
    WASHINGTON, DC (NASA PR) — For much of his quarter-century career in the nation’s space program, Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for NASA’s Space Technology
    - 1 day ago 27 Jun 17, 8:33am -
  • NASA Completes Milestone Toward Quieter Supersonic X-Plane
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (NASA PR) — NASA has achieved a significant milestone in its effort to make supersonic passenger jet travel over land a real
    - 1 day ago 27 Jun 17, 7:54am -
  • Watch Sped Up Falcon 9 First Stage Landing
    Sped up version of today's rocket landing on the Droneship Just Read the Instructions (guess it did) A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk)
    - 2 days ago 26 Jun 17, 7:11pm -
  • This Week on The Space Show
    This week on The Space Show with Dr. David Livingston: 1. Monday, June 26, 2017: 2-3:30 PM PDT (5-6:30 PM EDT, 4-5:30 PM CDT):
    - 2 days ago 26 Jun 17, 4:06pm -

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Hubble Captures Massive Dead Disk Galaxy that Challenges Theories of Galaxy Evolution
Hubble Captures Massive Dead Disk Galaxy that Challenges Theories of Galaxy Evolution
- 7 days ago 21 Jun 17, 5:00pm -
Icy Moons, Galaxy Clusters, and Distant Worlds Among Selected Targets for James Webb Space Telescope
Icy Moons, Galaxy Clusters, and Distant Worlds Among Selected Targets for James Webb Space Telescope
- 13 days ago 15 Jun 17, 6:00pm -
Hubble Astronomers Develop a New Use for a Century-Old Relativity Experiment to Measure a White Dwarf's Mass
Hubble Astronomers Develop a New Use for a Century-Old Relativity Experiment to Measure a White Dwarf's Mass
- 21 days ago 7 Jun 17, 3:15pm -
Jackpot! Cosmic Magnifying-Glass Effect Captures Universe's Brightest  Galaxies
Jackpot! Cosmic Magnifying-Glass Effect Captures Universe's Brightest Galaxies
- 22 days ago 6 Jun 17, 7:15pm -
Mini-Flares Potentially Jeopardize Habitability of Planets Circling Red Dwarf Stars
Mini-Flares Potentially Jeopardize Habitability of Planets Circling Red Dwarf Stars
- 22 days ago 6 Jun 17, 3:15pm -
Hubble's Tale of Two Exoplanets: Nature vs. Nurture
Hubble's Tale of Two Exoplanets: Nature vs. Nurture
- 23 days ago 5 Jun 17, 7:15pm -

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Geert Barentsen Talks About Bringing People Together To Contribute to Exoplanet Science
Geert Barentsen Talks About Bringing People Together To Contribute to Exoplanet Science
- 5 days ago 23 Jun 17, 5:08pm -
Podcast Archive 2009: NASA’s Kepler Mission to Look for Earth-like Planets
Podcast Archive 2009: NASA’s Kepler Mission to Look for Earth-like Planets
- 7 days ago 21 Jun 17, 5:31am -
NASA Releases Kepler Survey Catalog with Hundreds of New Planet Candidates
NASA Releases Kepler Survey Catalog with Hundreds of New Planet Candidates
- 9 days ago 19 Jun 17, 3:18pm -
New Branch in Exoplanet Family Tree
New Branch in Exoplanet Family Tree
- 9 days ago 19 Jun 17, 1:00pm -
Exoplanet Populations
Exoplanet Populations
- 9 days ago 19 Jun 17, 1:00pm -
Kepler Habitable Zone Planets
Kepler Habitable Zone Planets
- 9 days ago 19 Jun 17, 1:00pm -

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