Thursday, August 31, 2006

And the Winner is...

Lockheed Martin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14594789/

Let's get Orion up there!

Northrop Grumman / Boeing still have a chance to get other contracts for the heavy lift vehicle and lunar lander.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

What's the frequency Kenneth?

The Mars rovers have been too successful. Since they are still working, they are going to be transmitting on the same frequency as the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2006/08/29/2646.aspx

That's what you get when you try to save $1 million...

Aerobraking over for MRO

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14588454/

Two more weeks to final orbit.

Smart-1 crashing this weekend

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14585768/

It might be viewable with binoculars or telescope.

It is Saturday night on the west coast of the U.S.:

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2006/30aug_smart1.htm

Worth a try. I'm going to go for it.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Straight from the Griffin's mouth

Michael Griffin that is:
http://www.space.com/news/060829_griffin_vision.html

Hopefully the next administration and Congress will keep this going. It is certainly one of my issues that I use to decide who to vote for.

Mars is in the clouds

http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/060828_mars_clouds.html

Monday, August 28, 2006

Nixon to China II?

No, just Griffin to China (and Japan and Russia):
http://www.space.com/news/060822_griffin_china.html

Crew Exploration Vehicle name is...

Orion:
http://www.livescience.com/blogs/2006/08/24/playing-the-weather-odds-for-nasa%e2%80%99s-next-shuttle-launch/

Here is a picture of the Logo:

http://www.space.com/images/060814_orion_logo_02.jpg

Too bad they didn't name it "Pluto"!

Moon chemistry

It is not made of green cheese:
http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/060822_science_tuesday.html
It is a chip off the old block (Earth).

Mars Rover Update

Finally a story about a "planet" other than Pluto!

Status (Spirit still in one spot, taking its panorama; Opportunity is back on the road to Victoria Crater (218 meters away). It could easily be there in another week. :

http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/status.html

Spirit Pictures (geology chart):
http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/gallery/press/spirit/20060823a.html

Opportunity Pictures (rock grinding):

http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/gallery/press/opportunity/20060824a.html

Vision for Space Exploration

Blurry?

http://www.thespacereview.com/article/690/1

If China and Russia ever develop a serious colaboration and starting sending probes to the Moon and Mars, then watch out. NASA will come roaring back with full Congressional support.

Pluto, Pluto, Pluto

Summary:
http://www.thespacereview.com/article/692/1

Economic aspects:
http://www.space.com/entertainment/cs_060825_pluto_collect.html

NASA's take:
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/features.cfm?feature=1158

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Another Pluto rehash

Who said:
"I feel like I sort of got demoted from my job being the wife of the discoverer of Pluto," ... "Now I'm the wife of the discoverer of a dwarf planet."

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14529757/site/newsweek/

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Friday, August 25, 2006

Poor Little Pluto

Everyone is ganging up on it. :(

Here are three stories about it. I'll post more as I run across them:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14489259/
http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2006/08/24/2410.aspx
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14506190/

Financial Angle:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14516062/from/RS.1/

Offical response from the seven dwarfs:
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060824/clth060.html?.v=59

Political Cartoon:

http://www.cnn.com/POLITICS/analysis/toons/2006/08/25/mikula/index.html

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

More on COTS

Commercial Orbital Transportation Services

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14411983/

Russia and China going to Mars!

NASA better get on the stick and start ramping up its efforts even more!

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14480465/

Of course Russia hasn't had too much luck getting to Mars. A number of their probes have failed.

Defend the planet!

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14395543/

There is an asteroid or comet out there with Earth's name ("Earth") written on it. We just don't know when or where...

Another Geysers on Mars article

http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2006/08/16/2090.aspx

Monday, August 21, 2006

Commercial Delivery to Space

SpaceX and Rocketplane win COTS(Commercial Orbital Transportation Services) award:

http://www.space.com/news/060818_nasa_cots_wrap.html

I'm slightly confused by this since as far as I know, neither supplier has successfully launched a rocket.

Pluto the dwarf planet

A new proposal is on the plate. A planet must dominate its orbital space which Pluto and Ceres clearly don't.

http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/060819_new_proposal.html

Background history of inflatable spacecraft

http://www.thespacereview.com/article/686/1

Mars (Society) Attacks...

Congress!

http://www.thespacereview.com/article/687/1

Moon, Mars, and Beyond!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

More Pluto/Pluton Info

http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/060817_planet_support.html

New Textbooks everywhere:
http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/ap_060816_planet_toys.html

What will people do about songs like "Nine Planets" by Justin Roberts???
Of course he does say that he might have missed some, so maybe he is okay.

Aurora Watch for Friday night

August 18:
http://spaceweather.com/

Sometimes during a geomagnetic storm, the sky appears to be blank--no auroras. The display may be too faint to see with the unaided eye. Try using your camera: a 15+ second exposure can reveal colorful auroras just below the threshold of naked-eye visibility. An example of "photographic auroras" over Colorado may be found in our most recent aurora gallery:
http://www.spaceweather.com/aurora/gallery_01aug06.htm

Mars Rover Update

Here is a cool map which shows where the rovers are now:
http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/traverse_maps.html
You can see that Opportunity is now at Beagle Crater which is very close to Victoria Crater. It is also clear how huge Victoria crater is.

Mission Info:
http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/status.html
Spirit has survived the second Mars winter solstice. As sunlight increases it will have enough power to move on.

Opportunity had a software fault, but recovered. It is still studying Beagle Crater.

Spirit Pictures (Mars is Red!):
http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/gallery/press/spirit/20060721a.html

Opportunity Pictures (Beagle Crater from a couple of weeks ago):
http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/gallery/press/opportunity/20060807a.html

Geysers on Mars

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2006-100

*** UPDATE *** Another story: http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/060816_mars_icecaps.html

Too bad the Mars Polar Lander failed a few years ago. It was going to the South Pole. The replacement project (Mars Phoenix) is going to the North Pole.

The good news is that the new Mars Reconnisance Orbiter should be able to get much better pictures of this than the Mars Express.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Ares Rocket

http://www.space.com/news/060630_ares_rockets.html

Capricorn One anyone?

http://www.space.com/news/060804_russia_520days.html

How old is the universe?

I've never been happy with using "standard candles" from super novas for calculating distances to other galaxies. This method:
http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/060807_mm_huble_revise.html

sounds better to me.

One way trip to Mars?

http://www.thespacereview.com/article/669/1

Weird idea, but I can think a few people who would be good candidates for this trip...

More criticism of the Vision for Space Exploration

http://www.thespacereview.com/article/676/1

Mars Underground Documentary

http://www.thespacereview.com/article/677/1

Robert Zubrin is one of my heros. I hope to watch someone walk on Mars like I saw Neil Armstrong walk on the Moon.

http://www.themarsunderground.com/

Articles about the 10 year anniversary of the Mars Meteorite that showed evidence of life

http://www.thespacereview.com/article/678/1

http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/ap_060806_mars_rock.html

I'm a little skeptical myself. I'd like to see something more definitive.