Category Archives: Space

Making the Overview Effect Real

By Gary Barnhard & Uma Shri Verma Being in space and looking down at the Earth, astronauts are hit with an astounding reality: our planet is a tiny, fragile ball of life, “hanging in the void,” shielded and nourished by a … Continue reading

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Voting Is Open For The Enterprise In Space Orbiter Design Contest

Enterprise In Space Project Voting is open for the public to select their favorite entry in the National Space Society (NSS) Enterprise In Space Orbiter Design Contest. The purpose of the Enterprise In Space (EIS) project is to build and … Continue reading

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Origami used to design ultra-compact solar arrays

BYU engineers have teamed up with a world-renowned origami expert to solve one of space exploration’s greatest (and most ironic) problems: lack of space. Working with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a team of mechanical engineering students and faculty have designed … Continue reading

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Hubble Space Telescope Sees Evidence of Water Vapor Venting off Jovian Moon Europa

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has observed water vapor above the frigid south polar region of Jupiter’s moon Europa, providing the first strong evidence of water plumes erupting off the moon’s surface. Previous scientific findings from other sources already point to … Continue reading

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Zoomable Image of the Whole Earth at Night

This new image of the Earth at night is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite over nine days in April 2012 and thirteen days in October 2012. It took 312 orbits … Continue reading

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Your Very Own Personal Space Program

By Michael Mackowski There are many ways folks express their interest in the space program. Some space enthusiasts read everything they can find and often have a large book collection. Some people accumulate souvenirs and autographs. Photos, patches, and pins … Continue reading

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Coalition for Space Exploration "Why Explore Space?" Video Contest Winners

The Coalition for Space Exploration has chosen the grand prize winner and runner up videos in its “Why Explore Space” video contest. Each video is two minutes long. Dreams of Space by Raymond Bell The Economics of Exploring Space by … Continue reading

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NASA Gains Breathing Room On Commercial Crew Program

NASA has negotiated a continuation of its successful Space Acts Agreements (SAA) procedures for contracting and funding of the next phase of its Commercial Crew Program (CCP). The SAA has also been the process for NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services … Continue reading

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Moon Mines: Visionary or Senseless?

Editorial by Al Globus, December 2011 Do lunar mines make sense? The answer depends on what you want to do in space. If what you want is something close to what we have now: a booming commercial communication satellite business … Continue reading

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Vesta Full Frame

Vesta Image from 5,200 kilometers Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / UCLA / MPS / DLR / IDA See also full rotation movie of Vesta. The Dawn spacecraft has completed imaging of Vesta from an altitude of 5,200 kilometers and … Continue reading

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