Orbital ATK has completed a significant mission milestone for NASA’s next International Space Station cargo mission.
The Pressurized Cargo Module (PCM) of the Cygnus spacecraft has arrived at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for processing and assembly before launch. The OA-7 mission is targeted to launch on Thursday, March 16 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Orbital ATK will launch Cygnus atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket for d [...]
This delicate smudge in deep space is far more turbulent than it first appears. Known as IRAS 14348-1447 — a name derived in part from that of its discoverer, the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS for short) — this celestial object is actually a combination of two gas-rich spiral galaxies. This doomed duo approached one another too closely in the past, gravity causing them to affect and tug at each other and slowly, destructively, merge into one. The image was taken by Hubble’s Advance [...]
Who guards the north? The featured picture was taken last March in Finnish Lapland where weather can include sub-freezing temperatures and driving snow. Surreal landscapes sometimes result, where white alien-looking sentinels seem to patrol the landscape. In actuality though, the aliens are snow-covered trees, and the red hut they seem to be guarding is an outhouse.
Far in the distance, behind this uncommon Earthly vista, is a beautiful night sky which includes a green aurora, bright stars, [...]
The six-member Expedition 50 crew has the day off today after a pair of NASA astronauts completed the first spacewalk of 2017 on Friday of last week. That spacewalk is the first of two planned in January to upgrade the International Space Station’s power systems. Both spacewalks have been backed-up with external robotics work that installed the new lithium-ion batteries and removed the old nickel-hydrogen batteries.
The next spacewalk will take place this Friday to complete the upgrades whi [...]
ESO Signs Agreement with Breakthrough Initiatives.
ESO has signed an agreement with the Breakthrough Initiatives to adapt the Very Large Telescope instrumentation in Chile to conduct a search for planets in the nearby star system Alpha Centauri. Such planets could be the targets for an eventual launch of miniature space probes by the Breakthrough Starshot initiative.
The new hardware includes an instrument module contracted to Kampf Telescope Optics (KTO), Munich, which will host the wav [...]
What's happening in the center of spiral NGC 5033? Many things -- some circular, some energetic, and some not well understood. NGC 5033 is known as a Seyfert galaxy because of the great activity seen in its nucleus. Bright stars, dark dust, and interstellar gas all swirl quickly around a galactic center that appears slightly offset from a supermassive black hole.
This offset is thought to be the result of NGC 5033 merging with another galaxy sometime in the past billion years. The featured i [...]
The Space Show, hosted by David Livingston at www.TheSpaceShow.com, will have the following guests this week:
1. Monday, January 9, 2017, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT)
William Leitch - The concept of rocket space flight 1854-1864 with Robert Godwin.
Robert Godwin is the owner and founder of Apogee Space Books. He was the Space Curator at the Canadian Air & Space Museum in Toronto and has written or edited almost 200 books including the award winning series "The NASA Missi [...]