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CCDev2 – Blue Origin

Blue Origin Spacecraft Image Credit: NASA / Blue Origin Third in our series on the second round of funding in the Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program is the secretive Blue Origin company. The award of $22 million has been announced … Continue reading

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Endeavour – Scrubbed

Endeavour at T-Minus 6 Hours Image Credit: NASA TV The launch of Endeavour was scrubbed today due to a failed heater in the APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) of the Shuttle. It looks like there are multiple failures on APU1. The … Continue reading

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CCDev2 – Sierra Nevada

NASA HL-20 Image Credit: NASA The second round of funding in the Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program has been announced by NASA. Sierra Nevada Corporation received $80 million in the second round to go with the $20 million it received … Continue reading

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Progress

Image Credit: NASA With the extension of the lifetime of the International Space Station to 2020, and perhaps beyond, the maintenance and resupply of the station becomes critical. This is the third in a series examining the international effort to … Continue reading

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Japan and Support of the International Space Station

Previously, we looked at the Europeans Space Agency (ESA) and their ATV program, which is preparing to send their resupply spacecraft, Johannes Kepler, to the International Space Station on 15 February. Now, we look at the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency … Continue reading

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The Garden on The International Space Station

The latest crop harvested from the Garden on the International Space Station is Mizuna lettuce. The lettuce was returned to Earth for scientific research, aboard the Discovery shuttle in April 2010. The greenhouse, first sent up in 2002, has been … Continue reading

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NSS Competitions for 2010 -2011

podcast For all of you space enthusiasts out there, listen to this podcast by National Space Society member Lynne Zielinski as she discusses contests for students. Lynne teaches at Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook Illinois, and the podcast provides … Continue reading

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The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe

Completed Microwave Map of the Universe Image Credit: NASA Scientists announced this week that the mission of the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) has been completed. The last set of observations were downloaded on 20 August 2010, and researchers are … Continue reading

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The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey – 2012 to 2021

by Dave Fischer The National Research Council has released Its sixth decadal survey of astronomy and astrophysics. The plan focuses on three science objectives: The exploration of the origins of the universe The search for habitable planets outside our solar … Continue reading

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JWST – The James Webb Space Telescope

by Dave Fischer James Webb Space Telescope – Deployed Credit: NASA Video The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is an infrared observatory, and a partial successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. JWST does not view visible light because light from … Continue reading

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