Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Last year the Mexican national assembly approved nearly $2-million to wage a start-up of a new space agency known as AEXA to coordinate research and work with universities and the private sector to launch communication and weather satellites. Mexico seeks to advance in diverse fields of science and technology, including robotics, electronics and telecommunications.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
The spacecraft docked to the ISS at 9:05 a.m. (EDT) with Dr. Simonyi and Expedition 19 crew members Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka and NASA astronaut Michael Barratt. They were greeted at approximately 12:30 p.m. (EDT) by the Expedition 18 crew, which includes NASA astronaut Michael Fincke, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Lonchakov and Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, when the hatch to the space station opened.
Dr. Simonyi made history by becoming the first private explorer to launch a second mission to space. He previously flew to the ISS in spring 2007 as Space Adventures’ fifth orbital client. On his return mission, Dr. Simonyi aims to continue to make contributions toward space research, and advance civilian space travel while inspiring kids in their studies of science and math. Listen to Charles on HAM RADIO.
The rover's onboard laboratory will study rocks, soils, and the local geologic setting in order to detect chemical building blocks of life (e.g., forms of carbon) on Mars and will assess what the martian environment was like in the past. It may be called upon to explore Martian mud volcanos.
The rover will analyze dozens of samples scooped from the soil and drilled from rocks. The record of the planet's climate and geology is essentially "written in the rocks and soil" -- in their formation, structure, and chemical composition [video].
Readers may opt to send your name to The Red Planet with the Mars Science Laboratory. You may even want to cast a last minute vote to name the rover!
see the Ares March Quarterly Report.
Friday, March 27, 2009
The crew of the International Space Station and the Discovery astronauts spoke with President Barack Obama this week prior to the planned landing of the space shuttle later today.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The federal space agency has until Monday, March 16, 2009 to send Discovery to the space station, otherwise the flight will have to be put off until April due to the long-planned launch of the Russian Soyuz TMA-14 rocket on a higher priority mission, with a fresh space station crew later this month.
"We have gathered over one hundred subscriptions in southwestern Virginia's Wise County alone and will seek to have 350 subscriptions will be in hand from the mountains of southwestern Virginia by late summer if possible, " notes Kennedy. "We are there on the tag design now."
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport special tag will be one more highly visible tool to market the spaceport within the commercial space launch community and to expand the awareness of the spaceport among the resident populace and among the millions of annual tourists ro Virginia from throughout the nation.
Scheduled to be delivered to the space station by space shuttle STS-130 Endeavour in December 10, 2009, the cupola will be used as by astronauts as an observation deck and control room for the station’s robotic arm. The cupola’s seven large windows will offer astronauts "a panoramic view that will be unrivaled by any other spacecraft ever flown," providing a perfect platform for photographing the Earth.
Some have said that Earthrise, Legacy, Serenity and Venture names sound like those of organic tea than an orbiting 21st Century space platform. [ "ISS Baby" Video]
'SpaceX should consider Wallops Island, Virginia for the NASA COTS-D launch site.' - Jack Kennedy
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
On 12 April 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space. Seven years later he died tragically March 27, 1968 in a crash during a training flight. On March 9, 2009 Gagarin would have turned 75. Russia Today commerates his life in the above embedded video and a 25-minute video linked here with a fellow Cosmonaut.
To honor Gagarin's changing the world through space flight, Yuri's Night is held worldwide on April 12th to celebrate and honor the first human in space and to orbit the Earth. Click here to see Yuri's Night Celebrations from 2008 in San Francisco and video of his launch and celebrations.
Monday, March 09, 2009
“Obviously, the 600-meter boulder will do nothing good, especially as it is planned to position telecom satellite platforms on the geo-stationary orbit by that time. It is now impossible to calculate the prospective orbit of the asteroid right now," Sergei Smirnov told Russian media outlet Itar-Tass.
“Apophis is expected to come close in 2012 as well, and then its orbit of 2029 will be calculated more precisely. We need to know the asteroid’s trajectory with the precision of tens of meters in order to say for sure whether it may hit the Earth or not,” he said.
More from The New York Times "The Lure of Rocks From Outer Space."
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Seals, a Big Stone Gap, VA. native, presently serves on the board of directors of the Space Frontier Foundation and she has served on the SFF's Teachers in Space Team the past five years. She published an article on Teachers in Space in the Virginia Journal of Science Education while an education graduate student as James Madison University; and, appeared on Northern Virginia television with Del. Ken Plum [D-Reston, VA.] in late 2007.
ZeroG is seeking to reinvest a tax benefit back into Virginia education and acknowledge Virginia's dedication to commercial space flight and space flight training in partnership with Teachers in Space and State Senator William C. Wampler, Jr.
Friday, March 06, 2009
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Russian Soyuz TMA-14 commander Gennady Padalka, American NASA astronaut Michael Barratt, flight engineer, and Virginia-based Space Adventures tourist Charles Simonyi are being readied for a March 25 space launch to the international space station from Kazakhstan [UPDATE].
An American billionaire businessman and software engineer, Simonyi will become the first-ever space tourist to travel to the ISS twice paying a reported $60-million to Space Adventures for both flights. His first flight was in April 2007. [video]
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
The experience offered by ZERO-G is the only commercial opportunity on Earth for individuals to experience true "weightlessness" without going to space. This is the identical weightless flight experience used by NASA to train its astronauts [promo video].
G-FORCE ONE, ZERO-G's specially modified Boeing 727-200 aircraft, will depart from Dulles International Airport at Dulles, VA. [educators flight video].
Perhaps Zero Gravity Corporation may benefit from the Virginia ZeroGravity-ZeroTax Act of 2008? To wit: "For taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2009, any gain recognized from the sale of launch services to space flight participants, as defined in 49 U.S.C. § 70102, or launch services intended to provide individuals the training or experience of a launch, without performing an actual launch. To qualify for a deduction under this subdivision, launch services must be performed in Virginia or originate from an airport or spaceport in Virginia."
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
The Pad Abort-1 Test will be the first of a series of flight tests of the full Orion Launch Abort System (LAS), which is being developed by NASA, Lockheed Martin and Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va. These tests will be conducted at the NASA White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico in the coming spring. [video]
Rick Obenschain, deputy director at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., leads the mishap investigation board.The board consists of four other voting members: Jose Caraballo, safety manager at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.] Patricia Jones, acting chief of the Human Systems Integration Division in the Exploration Technology Directorate at NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif.; Richard Lynch, Aerospace Systems Engineering, Goddard Space Flight Center; and, Dave Sollberger, deputy chief engineer of the NASA Launch Services Program at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The ex-officio member is Ruth Jones, Safety and Mission Assurance manager at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
Sunday, March 01, 2009
The Workshop is geared towards anyone that will need to use simulants, such as technology developers, engineers, scientists, and human health researchers. Registration for the Workshop is now open.
The results of the work on the robo-Tonka trucks and robo-dozers were presented last Friday in Washington, D.C., at a NASA Lunar Surface Systems conference co-sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its Space Enterprise Council.
The launch infrastructure improvements come to ensure the necessary facilities to support a growing launch manifest at the spaceport. One dozen orbital launches are now being planned between 2009 and 2015. Nine of the space launches include Orbital Science Corporation Taurus-2 commercial re-supply missions to the international space station.
The Federal Aviation Administration recently noted Virginia as an Agent of Change demonstrated by the level of legislative support provided the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport [See pgs. 1-4 of FAA report]. Accomack County is now seeking over $8-million in federal stimulus funding to expand the Wallops Flight Facility runways to lure winged spacecraft to the Eastern Shore.
Beijing officials have said the country is looking to eventually put astronauts on the moon, but the government has not announced any schedule for that task. American space officials have told the US Congress that the Chinese may be on the surface of the moon prior to an American human return prior to 2020. There are also MIT proposals for American-Chinese space cooperation beyond data sharing.