NASA radar flying aboard India’s Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft is giving scientists their first look inside the moon’s coldest, darkest craters. The Mini-SAR instrument, a lightweight, synthetic aperture radar sent back images of the floors of permanently-shadowed polar craters on the moon that aren’t visible from Earth. Scientists are using the instrument to search the insides of the craters for water ice.
Astronauts participating in the Inaugural Parade include Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Eric Boe, mission specialists Donald Pettit, Steve Bowen, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, Shane Kimbrough and Greg Chamitoff who flew on space shuttle Endeavour in November 2008 on the STS-126 mission. Astronaut Mike Gernhardt will drive the rover and Astronaut Rex Walheim,wearing a spacesuit, will ride with him. NASA will video the parade from a camera mounted on the lunar rover and the lunar rover team will provide live updates to the NASA News Twitter feed throughout the event.
The National Space Society and the Space Exploration Alliance are having the 2009 Legislative Blitz February 22-24 in Washington DC. Come to the Capitol and tell your congress people and their staff how important space is to you.
For more information http://www.nss.org/legislative/
Bring your warm clothes.
How can a rocket engine that generates scalding 5,000 degree steam and a whopping 13,000 lbs of thrust form delicate icicles at the rim of its nozzle? – Science@NASA
Find out and watch a cool video at Winter Wonder Rocket Movie .
Here is an Interesting Physics article from New Scientist. I am posting it here for two reasons. First it discusses problems they are having with Gravity wave Physics. Gravity Wave Physics is one area of science which could greatly benefit from access to the lunar environment. Second it quotes my Father, Dr. John Cramer of the University of Washington on Page three.
But even if it isn’t directly space related, the idea that that we basically live in a holographic projection is fascinating.
A Joint Space Studies Board and Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board Study
Please provide input by January 30, 2009!
PLEASE LIMIT YOUR INPUT TO 600 WORDS.
Note: This is not an National Space Society Initiative
The Space Renaissance Initiative is working, together with other pro-space organizations and groups, to organize a world wide Space Renaissance Forum, to be held just before the next G20, in April 2009, in the same place where the G20 will be held.
The goal of the forum is to indicate clearly the only way to escape the global recession:
-to develop the low cost Earth-Orbit and return space flight,
-to industrialize the Moon,
-to run the Space Tourism industry,
-to run the Solar Power from Space,
-to begin using the Near Earth Asteroids resources and the immense energy flowing just outside our mother planet, in the Solar System.
Return to the Moon discusses science on, from and of the Moon.
Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Gration is reportedly favored to be nominated as the next NASA Administrator according to MSNBC. His space experience was as White House Fellow working for Hans Mark. He has military experience. But his biggest credential is he is close to Obama which may matter more than anything to aid NASA in the future.
Dave Noble who led the effort to mobilize gay and lesbian voters for Obama will serve as the White House’s liaison to NASA, according to a source for Washington Blade.
Bringing in outsiders may be a benefit, but I hope they are good listeners and good managers.
The Space Telescope Science Institute’s Marc Postman has been planning a 16-meter segmented optical/ultraviolet telescope called ATLAST, short for Advanced Technology Large-Aperture Space Telescope. The science from an aperture its size would be spectacular.
ATLAST would be nearly 2000 times more sensitive than the Hubble Telescope.
Ares V flings shutters open wide on our view of the cosmos. It shakes off the shackles of mass and volume constraints from science missions
A heavy lift vehicle like Ares V would open numerous posibilities for space development and science.