Humans will need ‘three planets’ by 2050

PHOTO: Humans will need three planets of resources by 2050, warns an environment group NASA: Reuters

By Leah MacLennan

August 25, 2011 08:17:51

The World Wildlife Fund says three planets worth of natural resources will be needed by the middle of this century if current consumption rates continue.

The group’s Australian CEO, Dermot […]

NASA alters commercial spacecraft partnering

CAPE CANAVERAL 12:21 AM, Sep. 17, 2011— NASA on Friday announced it would change how it partners with companies developing private spacecraft to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, acknowledging the move could cause some frustration.

“We’ve made our decision, and we recognize that not everyone will agree with it, but we’re at the point […]

Some Commercial Crew Questions For NASA

by RAND SIMBERG on SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 · 0 COMMENTS

in PRECAUTION & RISK, SPACE

One of the great controversies of the new space policy announced last year was the intent of NASA to turn over the transportation of cargo and crew to orbit to commercial industry. The first part of that effort, the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) contract is expected […]

NASA unveils plan for space vehicle to go beyond low-Earth orbit

NASA officials have discussed a trip to circle the moon without landing, a trip to an asteroid and a journey to Mars. But those discussions are far from a concrete plan with a well-defined schedule.

 Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) speak during a news conference on Capitol […]

Full Committee Hearing- NASA Human Spaceflight – House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

2318 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 | 09/22/2011 – 10:00am – 12:00pm

NASA Human Spaceflight Past, Present, and Future: Where Do We Go From Here? Witnesses

Mr. Neil A. Armstrong, Commander, Apollo 11

Captain Eugene A. Cernan USN (ret.), Commander, Apollo 17

Dr. Michael D. Griffin, Eminent Scholar and Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace […]

ESOcast 35: Fifty New Exoplanets

Astronomers using ESO’s leading exoplanet hunter HARPS have today announced more than fifty newly discovered planets around other stars. Among these are many rocky planets not much heavier than the Earth. One of them in particular seems to orbit in the habitable zone around its star. This ESOcast we look at how astronomers discover […]

NASA Launches Mission to Study Moon From Crust to Core

Twin GRAIL Spacecraft Launch on Moon Mission The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory mission lifted off at 9:08 a.m. EDT Saturday bound for the moon, to study the lunar interior from crust to core and advance understanding of the moon's thermal evolution.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s twin lunar Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory […]

NASA’s GRAIL Launch Now Targeted for Saturday, Sept. 10

NASA's GRAIL Launch will insert twin satellites into a Moon Orbit, will launch on a ULA Delta II Heavy Rocket.

Thu, 08 Sep 2011 11:29:57 PM EDT

The launch of a Delta II rocket carrying NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior  Laboratory (GRAIL) has been postponed one day to allow additional time to review  […]

Roscosmos to enhance control of Soyuz rocket engines’ production

Roscosmos to enhance control of Soyuz rocket engines' production. © RIA Novosti. Oleg Urusov

MOSCOW, September 9 (RIA Novosti)

A special commission investigating the causes of the August 24 failed launch  of Russia’s Soyuz carrier rocket has recommended enhancing the control of the  production of engines for Soyuz rockets, Russian space agency Roscosmos  said.

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Russian space agency determines Soyuz crash cause

Rocket was reportedly felled by manufacturing flaw; engines to be checked

updated     9/8/2011 7:47:01 PM ET2011-09-08T23:47:01

MOSCOW — The crash of an unmanned Russian supply ship bound for the International Space Station last month was caused by a manufacturing flaw, the country’s space agency said Thursday.

The flaw led to the failure of a gas […]