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The Future of Space Travel

The Future of Space Travel

It has been just short of 50 years since the first man on the moon in 1969 and since then it is safe to say we have come a long way in space travel.  With the space race to Mars in full steam ahead between the likes of NASA, Mars One and SpaceX, what can […]

Demonstration Proves Nuclear Fission System Can Provide Space Exploration Power

Demonstration Proves Nuclear Fission System Can Provide Space Exploration Power

NASA and the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have successfully demonstrated a new nuclear reactor power system that could enable long-duration crewed missions to the Moon, Mars and destinations beyond.  NASA announced the results of the demonstration, called the Kilopower Reactor Using Stirling Technology (KRUSTY) experiment,during a news conference Wednesday at its Glenn Research […]

NASA’s New Space ‘Botanist’ Arrives at Launch Site

NASA’s New Space ‘Botanist’ Arrives at Launch Site

ECOSTRESS arrives at Kennedy Space Center in preparation for launch to the space station this summer. Image credit: NASA › Full image and caption › Full image and caption”/> A new instrument that will provide a unique, space-based measurement of how plants respond to changes in water availability has arrived at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center […]

‘Marsquakes’ Could Shake Up Planetary Science

‘Marsquakes’ Could Shake Up Planetary Science

Artist’s rendition showing the inner structure of Mars. The topmost layer is known as the crust, underneath it is the mantle, which rests on an inner core. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech › Full image and caption › Full image and caption”/> Starting next year, scientists will get their first look deep below the surface of Mars.

Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars

Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars

A new study describes the most extreme known example of a “fast-evolving luminous transient” (FELT) supernova.Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech › Larger view › Larger view”/> Fast Facts: › The Kepler space telescope, famous for finding exoplanets, has also been valuable in tracking exploding stars known as supernovae › Supernovae forge heavy elements — materials that make up […]

Our closest neighboring star system sounds like a terrible place to live

Our closest neighboring star system sounds like a terrible place to live

Instead of hosting planet-friendly dust, Proxima Centauri spews radiation. An artist’s illustration of Proxima b NRAO/AUI/NSF; D. Berry There’s a planet just over 4 light-years away orbiting a star at just the right distance—not too close, not too far—that it could support liquid water on its surface.

Meanwhile in space: Jupiter looks great and Mars is a dust heap

Meanwhile in space: Jupiter looks great and Mars is a dust heap

Here’s the most gorgeous space news you need to catch up on. A time lapse sequence at Jupiter’s South Pole. Gerald Eichstädt/JunoCam Travel Pictures Quick, what were you doing on February 7, between 10:21 a.m. and 11:01 a.m.

L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise: It’s Time For A City On The Moon

L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise: It’s Time For A City On The Moon

. By L. Neil Smith So what should we do with our new prosperity? Donald J. Trump, whatever you think (or more likely, _feel_) about him,  has pointed us in the general direction that a free society always needed to go. There are still a number of feeble-minded stragglers — like the entire Democrat Party, […]

Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37

Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37

The Voyager team is able to use a set of four backup thrusters, dormant since 1980. They are located on the back side of the spacecraft in this orientation. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech › Full image and caption › Full image and caption”/> If you tried to start a car that’s been sitting in a garage for […]

ROCKET DAY- The Fires of Creation

ROCKET DAY- The Fires of Creation

On Saturday, November 18th from 11 am to 5 pm, Simi Valley Historical Society and Museum is hosting a one-of-a-kind event at Strathearn Historical Park: A celebration of the men and women who for 60 years worked in our local Aerospace Industry, creating the American Space Program This onetime event will include “Mission Control” in […]

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