Science and human exploration: together at last

by Jack Burns and Scott D. Norris Monday, October 3, 2011

The Orion MPCV could be used with robotic spacecraft to study the lunar farside. (credit: Lockheed MArtin)


NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati recently visited our lunar simulation laboratory at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where students are investigating next-generation materials to […]

A progress report on commercial cargo and crew

by Jeff Foust Monday, October 3, 2011

SpaceX, which flew this Dragon capsule last December, is looking to fly another Dragon this December on a mission to the ISS as part of its COTS agreement with NASA. (credit: J. Foust)

NASA’s commercial cargo and crew programs have together become something of a lightning rod […]

Creating near-term results in US human space exploration

by S. Alan Stern and Gerry Griffin Monday, October 3, 2011

Accelerating the development of commercial crew systems, such as Sierra Nevada Corporation’s proposed Dream Chaser, could create savings to be applied to human space exploration. (credit: SNC)

Next January will see the eighth anniversary of President Bush’s announcement of the Vision for Space […]

Riding Titans (part 1)

by Dwayne A. Day Monday, October 3, 2011

Gemini has often been “the ignored middle child” of the early Space Age human spaceflight programs, forgotten in favor of Mercury and Apollo. (credit: NASA)

A few years ago a company produced a pretty nifty poster about the Space Race. It demonstrated in graphical form what […]

Russia’s Soyuz-2.1B carrier rocket orbits Glonass satellite

Russia's Soyuz-2.1B carrier rocket orbits Glonass satellite © RIA Novosti. Oleg Urusov

05:12 03/10/2011 PLESETSK, October 3 (RIA Novosti)

Russia’s Soyuz-2.1B carrier rocket has put into orbit a Glonass-M navigation satellite, Space Forces spokesman Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin said on Monday.

He said the satellite separated from the carrier rocket in line with the schedule […]

ESOcast 36: ALMA Opens Its Eyes

The most complex ground-based astronomy observatory in the world, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), has officially opened for astronomers. The first released image, from a telescope still under construction, reveals a view of the Universe that cannot be seen at all by visible-light and infrared telescopes.

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