Sunday, May 07, 2017

Air Force's X-37B Space Plane Lands in Florida After Record-Breaking Mission



After circling Earth for an unprecedented 718 days, the X-37B touched down Sunday May 7 at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida — the first landing at the SLF since the final space shuttle mission came back to Earth in July 2011

The fourth mission, known as OTV-4, was launched from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and the first three landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. But Air Force officials have said they want to consolidate X-37B launch and touchdown operations on Florida's Space Coast, so Sunday's landing might be the first of many at the SLF (Shuttle Landing Facility). 

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Don't Expect a Hollywood Ending



Don't expect a Hollywood ending is what director Ridley Scott warns.  Scott, who delights in terrifying moviegoers, suggested in a recent interview that the prospect of belligerent invading aliens might transcend the realm of sci-fi. According to Scott, hundreds of alien species are "out there" on distant worlds, and Earth's inhabitants should prepare for the worst if they ever decide to visit our planet.


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Friday, April 28, 2017

Voices on the Solar Wind Extended


Nick Wood writes -

(I am writing) just to let you know I have extended Lunar Voices on the Solar Wind (#266) to a book length 'Phulani on the Moon', now shortlisted for the Sanlam Youth Literature Prize in South Africa: 

http://www.puku.co.za/News/13985/SHORTLIST-FOR-THE-2017-SANLAM-PRIZE-FOR-YOUTH-LITERATURE-ANNOUNCED 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Catching a Few Rays

An image of a spacecraft, with two solar panels on either end, and a collection system in the open position, visible on the top of the spacecraft, with the lid open.
Reach overhead on a cloud-free, summer day, and you can almost believe like you can catch a few of its rays. While your efforts will prove to be unsuccessful, you should  know that scientists have literally caught some of the Sun's rays. And you know what's even cooler? There's a place on Earth where you can actually hold a piece of the Sun!


Stored within two tidy cleanrooms at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas is a collection of metallic wafers and foils, and etched within their insides are particles of the solar wind

Friday, April 21, 2017

A Return to the Moon


45 years ago NASA last sent astronauts on a lunar mission. Now SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has announced his company's plans to send two private citizens on a flight around the moon in 2018 reminicent of NASA's Apollo 8-flight. The weeklong trip will look a lot like spacex-moon-flight — the first and only purely circumlunar, crewed mission in history

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