25 May 2012

As of 9:56 a.m. EDT (13:56 GMT), the robotic arm of the International Space Station (ISS) successfully captured the SpaceX Dragon capsule.  NASA will be giving a news briefing later this afternoon on the events.  Read on for the full run down as well as a brief history and diagram of ISS as well.  Then at 12:02 p.m. EDT, the capsule successfully docked to the station itself.

24 May 2012

Now that we are discovering hundreds of extrasolar planets, the next logical jump will be to discuss finding ways to reach the star systems of some of those planets, particularly ones that are only a few light years away.  Remotely analyzing these planets with telescopes is great but it may never fully prove whether life exists there or has evolved into sentient beings.  So how do we get to the stars?  The biggest science fiction method, particularly that of Star Trek, has always involved antimatter.

23 May 2012


Tuesday marked the historic flight of the Falcon 9 rocket and now Friday, assuming passing grades for the Dragon Capsule, the Canadarm2 (Space station robotic arm) will grapple the capsule and dock it with the International Space Station (ISS).  The animation in the video below shows exactly how this will occur.

22 May 2012
The Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from space launch complex 40 at Cape Canaveral in Floriday early Tuesday, May 22, 2012. This is the first time a private company sends its own rocket to deliver supplies on the International Space Station. (CREDIT: AP Photo/John Raoux)

At 3:44 a.m. the unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket basted off from Cape Canaveral Florida with 1300 pounds of food, clothing and science experiments in route to the International Space Station (ISS) making history and opening up a new era in private space travel.   Falcon 9 becomes the first private rocket to deliver supplies to ISS.

10 May 2012

"The Light of Stars" is a stunning time lapse video from astrovideographer Daniel Lopez.  In the video he treats us to several inspiring videos of the night sky and also shows us how he used sliders and cranes to move the cameras themselves, giving the imagery a three-dimensional feel.

10 May 2012
Illustration of the new Liberty launch system, which uses parts of the Ares 1 rocket and Europe's Ariane 5 rocket, will use the existing platform at Kennedy Space Center. (Credit: ATK)

The aerospace company that built solid rocket boosters for the space shuttle announced it is developing its own private launch system, a spaceship and rocket that will fly astronauts to and from low Earth orbit.  The first manned missions could launch in about three years.

Alliant Techsystems (ATK), a Utah-based company announced the new project at the first Spacecraft Technology Expo, a gathering of thousands of government and industry officials that discussed innovative new technologies along with the future of human spaceflight.

03 May 2012
EADS Astrium suborbital space plane will take passengers 62 miles above the Earth and back. (Credit: EADS Astrium)

EADS Astrium plans on offering seats for 200,000 Euros for a trip to the edge of space at 62 miles (100 kilometers) complete with several minutes of weightlessness in a suborbital flight.  All through that of a luxury rocket plane that resembles a business jet.  Meanwhile the European Space Agency (ESA) has been encouraging the development of similar suborbital concept vehicles that would work for vital space laboratory experiments.  They coined the new concept vehicle the Vinci space plane.

03 May 2012
Artist's impression of the JUICE spacecraft. (Credit: ESA/AOES)

Prepare to get JUICEd up on science and that of Jupiter's icy moons and Jupiter itself.  The European Space Agency has given the go for a mission to the icy moons and Jupiter called JUICE, which stands for JUpiter ICy moons Explorer. 

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