NASA Shutdown Plans Follow Familiar Script

As the federal government begins its first shutdown in more than four years Jan. 20, NASA’s operating plans are little changed from that earlier shutdown, with most agency employees set to be furloughed.

The continuing resolution (CR) that had been funding the federal government expired late Jan. 19 with no new appropriations bill taking its place. The House had passed Jan. 18 a CR that would have extended funding through Feb. 16, but the Senate could not win the necessary 60 votes to approve the bill, with most Senate Democrats and a handful of Republicans voting to block consideration because of debates on immigration issues and a broader budget plan.

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What a Government Shutdown will Mean for NASA and SpaceX

The US government is officially shut down, and that means federal agencies like NASA will be forced to send some workers home without pay and alter daily operations. A shutdown won’t have a big impact on the space agency’s biggest projects, but commercial companies like SpaceX — which rely on NASA and other government hardware — may suffer schedule delays.

So far, NASA has been keeping quiet about this particular shutdown and has been directing all questions to the White House Office of Management and Budget, which did not respond to a request for comment. But NASA’s acting administrator, Robert Lightfoot, told employees in an email obtained by The Verge to be on alert for directions over the next couple of days. “If there is a lapse in funding for the federal government Friday night, report to work the same way you normally would until further notice, and you will receive guidance on how best to closeout your activities on Monday,” he wrote in the email.

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Fireball Finds! Meteorite Fragments from Dazzling Michigan Meteor Found on Ice

Meteorite hunters in Michigan found six rocks Thursday (Jan. 18) that they say came from a spectacular fireball that lit up local skies earlier this week.

The team of Larry Atkins, Robert Ward and Darryl Landry made the finds on an isolated Michigan lake — they declined disclosing the exact location so as not to draw unwanted attention to the lake and its residents. In an interview with Space.com, Atkins said he plans on continuing the hunt for at least the next week.

The first find happened around 9 a.m. EST (1300 GMT), and Atkins discovered a second one himself just 15 minutes later. “It looked like a perfect black charcoal briquette, with a little snowdrift on top,” Atkins told Space.com Thursday.

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People Totally Freaked Out Over the Meteor Above Michigan

Was it … Superman? No, but the super bright light in the sky certainly freaked people out. Residents of southeast Michigan reported a white ball of light paired with a loud boom on Tuesday night, capturing some seriously impressive footage of the event around 8:15 p.m. ET.

The National Weather Service in Detroit, although yet to issue an official statement, said the flash was “not thunder or lightning, but instead a likely meteor.” NASA defines a meteor as “a space rock that becomes so hot it glows when it passes into Earth’s atmosphere,” which definitely fits the bill with the videos people uploaded to social media. According to the United States Geological Survey, the meteor caused the equivalent of a magnitude 2.0 earthquake on the ground.

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Effective Space Signs First Contract for Satellite Life Extension Services

Effective Space, a U.K.-headquartered company developing spacecraft to extend the life of communications satellites, announced Jan. 17 that it has signed its first contract with an undisclosed customer.

Effective Space said the contract, with a “major regional satellite operator,” covers the launch of two of its Space Drone satellite life extension vehicles in 2020, which will dock with two of the customer’s existing satellites to provide stationkeeping and attitude control capabilities. The company said the multi-year contract has a total value of more than $100 million.

In an interview, Daniel Campbell, managing director of Effective Space, declined to name the customer or even the region that operator serves, citing confidentiality provisions in the agreement. “The nature of the region that they cover is very competitive, and they see the life extension as a real advantage with their customers for the next few years,” he said.

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SpaceX, Boeing Face Questions on Flight Safety

Boeing and SpaceX hope to launch commercial crew ferry ships on long-awaited test flights later this year, but both companies face major challenges getting the spacecraft certified before late 2019 when seats aboard Russian Soyuz spacecraft will no longer be easily available for NASA space station crews, officials told lawmakers Wednesday.

And whenever they do eventually fly, the companies may not be able to meet NASA’s stringent flight safety requirements. The agency wants the new spacecraft to have only one chance in 500 of losing a crew during ascent and entry, and an overall 1-in-200 chance of fatalities due to a spacecraft issue during a 210-day mission to the station.

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SpaceX and Boeing Aim to Take Crews to the Space Station Soon, But Congress has a Warning

If all goes according to plan, this year could mark the first time since 2011 that U.S. astronauts will blast off to the International Space Station in an American-made spacecraft.

It’s been a long process to get to this point. Schedule delays have pushed back the first crewed tests of the new astronaut transport capsules being built separately by Boeing Co. and SpaceX under NASA contracts. And the two companies must still complete additional testing and address lingering safety concerns before reaching that milestone.

On Wednesday morning, one message from lawmakers was clear: Safety is paramount. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), ranking member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, warned company executives and NASA officials during a space subcommittee hearing that they “cannot afford to cut corners” in attempting to prevent a potential gap in U.S. access to the space station.

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NASA’ Safety Panel Illustrates the Impossibility of Exploration by NASA

Last week NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) issued its 2017 report, detailing the areas it has concerns for human safety in all of NASA’s programs. Not surprisingly, the report raised big issues about SpaceX, suggesting its manned launch schedule was questionable and that there were great risks using the Falcon 9 rocket as presently designed.

ASAP was especially concerned with the issues with the Falcon 9 COPV helium tanks and how they were connected with the September 2016 launchpad explosion, as well as SpaceX’s approach to fueling the rocket. Below is a screen capture of the report’s pertinent section on this.

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A Space Station is Falling to Earth. Here’s Where it Could Land

A defunct Chinese space station is expected to plunge to Earth from its orbital perch in late March.

The Tiangong-1 station will mostly burn up as it plummets through Earth’s atmosphere. Some fragments could survive the fiery reentry, but experts say the risk to humans on the ground is small.

“I personally wouldn’t be fearful at all about being struck by space debris,” said Dr. Andrew Abraham, a senior member of the technical staff at the Aerospace Corporation, a federally funded research organization based in El Segundo, California, that has been modeling the 18,000-pound station’s reentry path.

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First Commercial Flights to ISS Slide Toward 2020

Early in the classic police comedy, The Naked Gun, Lt. Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) is at the hospital with partner Ed Hocken (George Kennedy) visiting the critically wounded Officer Nordberg (O.J. Simpson), who had been shot and left for dead by a group of heroin smuggling thugs. “Doctors say that Nordberg has a 50/50 chance of living, though there’s only a 10 percent chance of that,” Ed tells Frank.

A similar scene played out Wednesday morning during the House Space Subcommittee’s hearing on the progress of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Only it wasn’t nearly as funny.

Boeing’s John Mulholland and SpaceX’s Hans Koenigsmann sat side by side at the witness table saying that their companies were on track to conduct flight tests of their Starliner and Dragon 2 vehicles to the International Space Station (ISS), become certified by NASA, and begin flying astronauts on a commercial basis (PCM-1) on the current official schedule below.

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GAO Warns of Further Delays in Certifying Commercial Crew Vehicles

As the two companies developing commercial crew systems reiterated that they were on schedule to carry out test flights later this year, a government analysis of schedules concluded those vehicles may not be certified to carry NASA astronauts until late 2019 or early 2020.

That assessment, delivered by the Government Accountability Office at a Jan. 17 hearing by the House space subcommittee on the commercial crew program, raises the potential of a gap in U.S. access to the International Space Station when the agency’s current agreements for Soyuz seats run out next year.

Christina Chaplain, director of acquisition and sourcing management at the GAO, said in her testimony that despite current schedules, which call for certifying both Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon in the first quarter of 2019 after the completion of planned uncrewed and crewed test flights late this year, NASA’s own estimates project that certification to be significantly delayed.

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USS Anchorage Participates in NASA’s Orion Mission Test

The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage departed from Naval Base San Diego yesterday to conduct an underway recovery test in conjunction with NASA off the Southern California coast.

The test is part of a government interagency effort to safely practice and evaluate recovery processes, procedures, hardware and personnel in an open ocean environment that will be used to recover the Orion spacecraft upon its return to Earth.

This will mark the fourth time Anchorage will conduct an underwater recovery test mission with NASA. Throughout the program’s history, a variety of San Antonio-class ships have been involved in preparing NASA and the Navy, using a mock capsule designed to roughly the same size, shape, and center of gravity as NASA’s Orion crew module.

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Keeping Cool While Staying Warm

In a series of blog posts based on images taken at Thales Alenia Space building facility in Turin, Italy, we will now have a look at the radiators in Orion’s European Service Module that provides astronauts with all essentials such as air, power, propulsion and water.

The Thermal Control System for Orion serves the same purpose as a cooling system in a computer or a car engine. Electronics and other systems produce heat of their own that needs to be expelled to avoid overheating. At the same time, temperatures in space vary dramatically. The European Service Module is also designed to reject heat from the Crew Module, which is very well isolated, to keep the astronauts and equipment cool in the hottest orbital conditions.

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Exploration Mission-1 Identifier

The Exploration Mission-1 artwork showcases the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket carrying the Orion spacecraft and lifting off from Launch Pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The triangular shape represents the three main programs that comprise NASA’s Deep Space Exploration Systems: Orion, SLS, and Exploration Ground Systems, and is a classic shape for NASA mission emblems dating back to the shuttle era.

Several elements within the design carry symbolic meaning for this historic flight. The silver highlight surrounding this patch gives nod to the silver Orion spacecraft, including the European service module that will be voyaging 40,000 miles past the Moon in deep space. The orange rocket and flames represent the firepower of SLS. The setting is historic Launch Pad 39B, represented by the three lightning towers. The red and blue mission trajectories encompassing the white full Moon proudly emphasizes the hard work, tradition, and dedication of this American led-mission while also embracing NASA’s international partnership with ESA (European Space Agency) as both agencies forge a new future in space.

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Chinese Commercial Rocket Company OneSpace Set for Debut Launch in June

One of China’s emerging commercial launch vehicle companies has its sights on June for the first launch of its new rocket series, which could mark a huge step towards the goal of providing a range of low-cost launch services.

OneSpace has said it expects to launch its first OS-X1 rocket, designed for suborbital flights to provide high-altitude research and test services, in June following successful tests of its solid-propellant engine last month.

The first of the larger OS-M rocket series, the OS-M1 rocket, will later provide low-cost, light-lift launch services for low Earth (LEO) and Sun-synchronous orbits (SSO).

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NASA 2019 Budget Expected to Include Lunar Exploration Program Details

Details about how NASA will implement a space policy directive regarding a human return to the moon will be in the agency’s 2019 budget request, scheduled for release as soon as early February.

NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot, speaking at a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) civil space forum here Jan. 18, didn’t discuss specifics of those plans, but suggested both international and commercial partnerships would play key roles in NASA’s approach to implementing Space Policy Directive 1. That directive, signed by President Trump Dec. 11, instructed NASA to return humans to the moon “for long-term exploration and utilization” as a step towards later missions to Mars “and other destinations.”

“We’re getting ready to embark on a pretty strong lunar exploration program with an eye towards Mars,” he said in his prepared remarks at the conference.

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The Zuma Failure has Emboldened Critics of SpaceX

The space community has not learned much about the apparent loss of the Zuma payload launched by SpaceX on January 7, but the mystery has had one clear aftereffect: critics of SpaceX, including several far-right publications, have weaponized the failure of a national security satellite in their continued stream of attacks on the company.

For example The Federalist, a publication that defended the dating habits of Alabama Judge Roy Moore in his Senate campaign, opined about the accident, “It is concerning, to say the least, that American taxpayers have become the guinea pigs who will bear the risks and the costs before a final determination can be made.” The conservative Washington Times also published a critical piece, noting that, “Taxpayers are tired of getting ripped off.”

These articles were written by individuals with little apparent knowledge about the aerospace industry. The Federalist author lists, among his qualifications, that he “helped the 2014 freshmen Republican class to set up offices.” The Times author notes on his LinkedIn profile that he is a “professional coalition builder.”

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SpaceX Reiterates Falcon 9 Performed as Planned for Zuma Launch

At a hearing today on NASA’s commercial crew program, committee members could not resist asking SpaceX’s representative about the super secret Zuma mission that apparently failed earlier this month.  SpaceX’s Hans Koenigsmann reiterated that the Falcon 9 performed as planned and took issue with statements made in a recent Loren Thompson commentary critical of SpaceX.

SpaceX is one of two companies developing systems to take astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) through a public-private partnership with NASA — the commercial crew program.  The hearing today was an opportunity for the Space Subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee to get an update on the program.

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon will launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket, which SpaceX already uses for government and commercial launches.

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Europe’s Space Agency Braces for Brexit Fallout

The European Space Agency (ESA) is drawing up contingency plans for projects, commercial deals, and staffing that may be adversely affected by Brexit, senior officials said Wednesday.

Programmes throw in flux by Britain’s pending departure from the European Union (EU) include the Copernicus satellite constellation to monitor environmental damage, and the Galileo satellite navigation system.

“It is not an easy situation at all, I can tell you. We are going through the options,” Josef Aschbacher, director of ESA’s Earth observation activities, told journalists in Paris. “What we have to do as ESA, we have to get ready for all these eventualities.”

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US Astronauts will Fly with Russia Through 2019 Because Boeing and SpaceX are Late

Testy lawmakers peppered executives from Boeing and SpaceX with questions at a hearing yesterday about delayed efforts to launch humans into space from the United States.

The US is paying billions to both companies to build cheap, efficient spacecraft to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) orbiting 250 miles above the earth, but plans to begin operations have slipped from last year into 2020 due to under-funding and the challenges of safely flying people into space.

SpaceX is now scheduled to fly its first crewed test flight in December 2018, while Boeing is planning to do so in January 2019. But both dates are optimistic; NASA believes they could slip another year, into 2020. Until then, the US and the rest of the world are dependent on Russia’s Soyuz rockets to access the ISS.

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How a Small Nuclear Reactor Could Power a Colony on Mars or Beyond (Op-Ed)

When we imagine sending humans to live on Mars, the moon or other planetary bodies in the not-so-distant future, a primary question is: How will we power their colony? Not only will they need energy to create a habitable environment, they’ll also need it to get back to Earth. For distant planetary bodies, like Mars, it’s inefficient to bring fuel for the trip home; it’s just too heavy. That means the astronauts need a power source to make liquid oxygen and propellant.

But what kind of power source is small yet potent enough to reliably power an extraterrestrial habitat?

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U.S. Tests Nuclear Power System to Sustain Astronauts on Mars

Initial tests in Nevada on a compact nuclear power system designed to sustain a long-duration NASA human mission on the inhospitable surface of Mars have been successful and a full-power run is scheduled for March, officials said on Thursday.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration and U.S. Department of Energy officials, at a Las Vegas news conference, detailed the development of the nuclear fission system under NASA’s Kilopower project.

Months-long testing began in November at the energy department’s Nevada National Security Site, with an eye toward providing energy for future astronaut and robotic missions in space and on the surface of Mars, the moon or other solar system destinations.

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California Legislators Move Forward Bill to Create California Aerospace Commission

The California Assembly Appropriations Committee approved plans January 18 to create a California Aerospace and Aviation Commission, which would serve as a central point of contact for the industry and recommend actions the governor and state legislature could take to retain jobs and encourage the industry’s growth.

“The goal is to bring together the stakeholders and bring together policy recommendations so we can continue to grow and lead the nation and the world in innovation, advanced manufacturing and job creation,” California Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, chairman of the California Assembly’s Select Committee on Aerospace and author of the legislation, told SpaceNews.

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. (LAEDC) backs the plan. “It sends message to the aerospace community that the state hears and sees what’s happening in the industry and wants to protect it and grow it,” said Judy Kruger, LAEDC’s aerospace industry development director. “It also sends a message outside the state of California.”

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Senate Bill Would Allow Spaceport to Shield Companies’ Records

Lawmakers are proposing to create a carve-out in the state’s open-records law for Spaceport America that would allow it to keep secret any information about companies or government agencies blasting rockets from the Southern New Mexico site.

The Spaceport Authority, which runs the $220 million public facility, has pushed in recent years to exempt part of its work from the Inspection of Public Records Act, arguing it needs to ensure at least some measure of confidentiality to high-tech aerospace companies that might be interested in doing business at the center near Truth or Consequences.

Though boosters have pointed to the spaceport as a potential economic driver for the southern end of the state, its high cost has drawn criticism and raised concerns about proposals to shield information about its work or finances from the public.

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Finnish President Signs Space Act as Country’s First Commercial SAR Microsatellite Launched

Shortly after a Finnish company successfully launched the country’s first commercial SAR microsatellite, Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö signed the country’s first comprehensive space legislation.

The act was drafted by a working group set up to establish a clear framework for the country’s space industry. The legislation creates regulations for local satellite operators, a licensing scheme for space industry players, and the rules for maintaining a national satellite register.

The act’s signing Jan. 12 was preceded by the launch of the country’s first commercial synthetic aperture radar (SAR) microsatellite, the Iceye X1, onboard the Indian Space Research Organisation’s PSLV C40 rocket. The Jan. 11 launch took place from Satish Dhawan Space Center in India. Developed by a Finnish company, the Iceye X1 is the first of the three proof-of-concept microsatellites that the Helsinki-based firm aims to launch this year.

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IU Professor Named NASA Planetary Protection Officer

Earth has a new heroine and she’s based out of Bloomington.

As far as job titles go, it’s hard to beat “Planetary Protection Officer.” And that’s exactly what Lisa Pratt will be.

Pratt is an astrobiologist and the Associate Executive Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University. She is the newest in a line of NASA officials known as Planetary Protection Officers. Pratt’s new task is to protect Earth from any foreign contaminants from other worlds. “How do we ensure that we’re not carrying anything inside the samples or outside the containers that would inadvertently cause damage on Earth,” Pratt explains.

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One Year Later, NASA Still Doesn’t Have a New Administrator

On Saturday afternoon, nasa will mark an anniversary with little cause for celebration: One year since the Trump administration took office, the space agency still doesn’t have an administrator.

This is the longest nasa has gone without a permanent chief—who is nominated by the president and must be confirmed by Congress—in the transition between two administrations. Since the inauguration last January, nasa has been run by an acting administrator. While the agency historically has been toward the bottom of the priority list for presidential appointees of a new administration, this kind of delay is unprecedented. Before this, the longest stretch between administrators came in 2009, when George W. Bush’s chief stepped down in January and Barack Obama’s appointee was sworn in in July, less than six months later.

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Bridenstine, Myers Nominations Again Clear Committee on Party-line Votes

The Senate Commerce Committee voted again today on the nominations of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Oklahoma) to be NASA Administrator and AccuWeather CEO Barry Myers to be NOAA Administrator.  Like last year, they were approved on party-line votes, 14-13.  The next step is for the full Senate to consider the nominations.  That did not happen last year because both are controversial, which is why President Trump had to renominate them, necessitating today’s committee action.

The committee considered seven nominations today, all resubmitted because the Senate did not act on them last year.  Under Senate rules, any nomination not approved or rejected during one session of Congress must be resubmitted by the President unless the Senate agrees to waive the rule by unanimous consent.  That did not happen in the case of these nominees, which included positions not only at NASA and NOAA, but Amtrak, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and the Department of Transportation (DOT).

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Trump’s Pick to Head NASA to Host Bill Nye ‘Science Guy’

President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead NASA has faced contentious Senate confirmation hearings over his past comments dismissing man-made causes for global warming, and now U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine is touting his relationship with Bill Nye “The Science Guy.”

The Republican from Oklahoma announced Thursday that Nye will accompany him to Trump’s Jan. 30 State of the Union address. A U.S. Senate committee Thursday narrowly approved Bridenstine’s nomination, pushing him closer to a final vote. Bridenstine earlier promised the panel to run the agency on a consensus agenda driven by science.

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Air Force to Create Three-star ‘Vice Commander’ Post to Manage Space Activities

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has notified the congressional armed services committees of a new plan to create a three-star position that would directly support U.S. Space Command.

The post would be “vice commander of Air Force Space Command,” and would be based in the Washington — not in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where Air Force Space Command is headquartered.

This is part of a broader effort by the Air Force to comply with a legislative mandate to increase focus on space and make it a higher priority on the Air Force’s agenda. “Recently, the Secretary of the Air Force notified the defense congressional committees of Air Force actions to implement the provisions of H.R. 2810, Section 1601 of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act,” Air Force spokesman Maj. William Russell told SpaceNews in a statement.

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New National Defense Strategy to Shed Light on Pentagon’s Thinking About War in Space

Space and cyber warfare moved up the national security priority list during the Obama administration, and are expected to rank even higher under the Trump presidency.

Details on how the military views outer space and cyberspace as battlefronts in future wars should emerge in the national defense strategy that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to unveil Friday.

The national defense strategy — a forward-looking take on the challenges facing the U.S. military and how it is posturing itself to tackle those threats — is what used to be known as the QDR, or Quadrennial Defense Review. Congress last year determined that the QDR had no real value and asked the Pentagon to provide instead a more candid picture of its global commitments and requirements. The thinking is that lawmakers need to better understand what resources are needed for the military to fulfill those responsibilities.

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Here’s Why Space Starts At 62 Miles Up

You know that while airplanes fly through the air, they’re still technically on planet Earth. You also know that at some point, a vehicle could get so high up that it would be in outer space. That all seems a bit vague, but it turns out, space has a definite on-paper start point, and it’s precisely327,360 feet up.

That point is known as the Kármán Line, and “327,360″ is not just an unwieldy number, it’s also in the wrong Imperial system, so it’s better to just go with its official definition of 100 kilometers, or 62 miles. (NASA has a different line for the beginning of space at 50 miles up, but we’ll get to that one in just a second.)

I’m a big dummy, so I thought that “100 km” number was just pulled out of thin air by scientists. I mean, a nice, even “100″ is just a bit too convenient, isn’t it? But it turns out, it isn’t. The 100-kilometer figure based on some genuine scientific reasoning, as the Institute of Physics points out

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Apollo Astronauts Often Fell Behind Schedule on the Moon

When the Apollo astronauts journeyed to the Moon, they had a hard time sticking to schedule. Virtually all of their excursions fell behind their pre-set timelines, new research finds, and that could have big implications for how NASA handles human missions to Mars in the future.

The astronauts’ tardiness was uncovered by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, who analyzed all of the Apollo Moon walks in a new study presented to NASA. Specifically, they pored over the logs of each trip the astronauts took outside their spacecraft to collect lunar samples, called an “extravehicular activity,” or EVA. They found that all the EVAs were slightly late for a variety of reasons, including malfunctioning technology and dealing with new hardware. As a result, the astronauts would sometimes have to drop some assigned tasks altogether.

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Looking Up a Century Ago, a Vision of the Future of Space Exploration

In the early years of the 20th century a Russian scientist – now known as the father of astronautics and rocketry – wrote a fable exploring what life in space might be like in the future.

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (1857-1935) suggested that, by 2017, war and conflict would be eliminated by a world government. He also proposed this as the year humanity would acquire the technology to travel beyond the Earth.

That’s 60 years after this happened in reality. So now that 2017 has been and gone, just how accurate were his other predictions?

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IAASS to Offer New Training Course

ISS Payloads Design and Operations Safety
14-16 February 2018 – Livorno (Tuscany), Italy

The course is designed to provide the participant with an understanding of safety requirements, procedures and processes that are used for design and operations of payloads for the International Space Station. The target audience are safety engineers and managers, system engineers, QA personnel, project managers responsible for development, integration and operation of payloads/cargo for ISS. To learn more about the course and on how to register, download the Course Brochure.

Please complete the registration form (in the brochure) and email to: [email protected] later than 1 February 2018.

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