Monthly Archives: July 2011

Is an Earth Trojan Asteroid the Logical Target for the "Flexible Path"?

Asteroid 2010 TK7 is circled in green. Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / UCLA Scientists using the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have discovered the first Trojan Asteroid in Earth orbit. Trojans orbit at a location in front of or … Continue reading

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NASA's WISE Mission Finds First Trojan Asteroid Sharing Earth's Orbit

PASADENA, Calif. – Astronomers studying observations taken by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission have discovered the first known “Trojan” asteroid orbiting the sun along with Earth. Trojans are asteroids that share an orbit with a planet near stable … Continue reading

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Five Reasons Why the Space Age Is Just Beginning. And This Time It’s for Real.

by Howard Bloom National Space Society Board of Governors Recently The Economist magazine featured a piece inspired by the end of the Shuttle Era entitled, “The end of the Space Age. Inner space is useful. Outer space is history.” The … Continue reading

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Atlantis – And Then There Were None

Atlantis Reentry as seen from the International Space Station Image Credit: NASA Atlantis Cockpit View of Kennedy Space Center Image Credit: NASA TV Atlantis Approach to the Runway Image Credit: NASA TV Atlantis Touchdown at Kennedy Space Center Image Credit: … Continue reading

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Craters on Vesta

Craters on Vesta Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / UCLA / MPS / DLR / IDA NASA’s Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of the protoplanet Vesta with its framing camera on July 18, 2011. It was taken from a distance … Continue reading

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NASA Job Fair Planned in Cape Canaveral, July 26 2011

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and Brevard Workforce are partnering to host a job fair with private sector companies and federal employers from across the country on July 26. The Space Coast … Continue reading

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New Book: Psychology of Space Exploration

A new NASA publication is now available for free download from the NSS website: Psychology of Space Exploration — Contemporary Research in Historical Perspective, edited by Douglas Vakoch. The 267-page book is NASA Special Publication SP-4411 (2011). Publishers description: As … Continue reading

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James Webb Telescope in danger of cancellation

The James Webb Telescope, successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, has been cut by the House Appropriations Committee. An amendment to the NASA budget to restore funding to the telescope was defeated July 14. The telescope has been plagued with … Continue reading

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Dawn Spacecraft Enters Orbit around Asteroid Vesta July 15

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft will enter orbit around the second most massive (but third largest) asteroid in the asteroid belt at around 10 pm Pacific Daylight Time Friday July 15. It will stay in orbit around Vesta for about a year … Continue reading

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Space Solar Power May Be within Our Grasp

According to National Space Society Director Al Globus, the development of thin-film solar cells may bring the reality of space solar power closer than ever. Solar power originated roughly 50 years ago to power the satellites just beginning to orbit … Continue reading

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