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The Loss of a Space Genius

It takes the cooperation of many great minds to invent vehicles to go into space. It also takes innovative minds to lead the research as we find out what is out there. Donald Lynden-Bell had a mind for the unusual and the impossible. He was a British theoretical astrophysicist who recently passed away at 82…
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Replacing SBIRS with More Reliable Options

The current Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) is considered outdated by the Air Force. The strain on financial resources to maintain it are immense. These costs are impractical amid concerns that it is not reliable and easily breached by enemies. The new system is planned to be in place in the year 2020. The goal…
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Giant Magellan Telescope in the Desert

Ancient Japanese glass making techniques are being used to prepare for the building of the largest telescope ever constructed. It is planned to be set up in the Atacama Desert of Chile. The building planned to house this optical telescope is set to be 22 stories tall. The glass used is the Ohara E6 glass.…
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Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)

A launch of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is planned for April 2018. NASA is ahead of the game and has already sent the TESS to Florida to prepare for the trip. The TESS arrived on a truck to Kennedy Space center on February 12th. The TSS has been in Virginia for an entire…
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Now Everyone Can Monitor Elon Musk’s Roadster and Starman in Orbit

When Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched its Falcon Heavy rocket earlier this month, there was a very unique payload on board: a mannequin driver called Starman sitting in a Tesla Roadster. The vehicle has a massive elliptical orbit; one that is expected to bring the Roadster close to Mars and then back toward Earth. Space and…
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Recent Activity at the International Space Station

The inhabitants of the international space (ISS) station have daily research goals. NASA provides detailed outlines of their daily activities for interested parties. Large scale projects are often underway at this long-standing space residence. There are also some smaller goals that are just as interesting, however. Space travel can take its toll on the health…
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Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite is Now Ready to for Launch Tests

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) recently arrived at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where it is now ready for its launch. NASA scientists hope to have it launched no earlier than April 16, pending official approval and after work at the Payload Hazardous Serving Facility is completed. If approval is granted, TESS is…
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Problems with LEE-B after service action during last EVA

On picture above: LEE grapple under inspection. After last spacewalk performed by two NASA astronauts: Mark Vande Hei and Scott Tingle it seemed that lasting since October 2017 procedure of replacing two Latching End Effector is finally reaching successful end. After lasting over seven hours EVA 206 performed on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, LEE-B was finally replaced by…
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Dragon CRS-13 returns to Earth with 1850 kg of payload

Dragon robotic spacecraft was undocked after 27 days of space journey.  CRS-13 Dragon was launched on the top of the Falcon-9 FT on December 17, 2027 from Cape Canaveral SLC-40. After short, lasting only few hours flight, it docked on the same day to Harmony nadir docking port. After transferring 4200 kg cargo in December and…
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First pictures of Falcon Heavy

Picture provided by SpaceX. Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX published on Twitter profile first pictures of almost assembled Falcon Heavy rocket. First three pictures were released on Wednesday, December 20, 2017. On first two we can see rocket with core and attached boosters without payload fairing; on additional picture we can see all 27 nozzles…
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