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  • wingover 10:54 am on March 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    China Intentionally Crashes Lunar Probe Into The Moon 

    China Intentionally Crashes Lunar Probe Into The Moon : dBTechno.

    Beijing (dbTechno) – It is being reported that China’s Lunar Probe has successfully crashed into the moon after its 16 month mission.

    The lunar probe was sent into space back in late October 2007 to analyze the surface of the moon using cameras and other instruments.

    The remote control Chang’e 1 lunar satellite had been steered into the moon intentionally as part of the mission, striking its surface at around 4:13 p.m. local time (0813 GMT) on Sunday.

    The Chinese had initially launched their probe into space because they plan a 2012 mission in which they plan to land a space vehicle on its surface.

    While orbiting the moon, the probe was able to gather lots of scientific information pertaining to the moon, as well as a very graphical image of its surface.

    Chang’e II, China’s second lunar probe will be launched into space in either 2010 or 2011, with the mission of docking to the moon.

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  • wingover 10:28 pm on February 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    China-Russia Mars mission set for takeoff 

    China-Russia Mars mission set for takeoff.

    The first joint Chinese-Russian mission to Mars is set to take off in October and reach the red planet in August 2010, an exploration project designer said.

    A Russian Zenit rocket will launch a Chinese Yinghuo-1 satellite and a Russian Phobos-Grunt unmanned lander, Chen Changya, chief designer of the China-Russia Mars exploration project, told Hong Kong’s Wen Wei Po newspaper.

    Phobos-Grunt is expected to study Mars from orbit, including its atmosphere and dust storms, plasma and radiation, before landing on Phobos, one of Mars’ two small moons.

    Yinghuo-1, which means Firefly-1, will explore the Martian environment and carry out research into how surface water on the planet disappeared, Chen said.

     
  • wingover 11:21 pm on February 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Nasa Shuttle Launch Atlantis HD VIDEO 

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  • wingover 12:16 pm on February 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Robot Russian Cargo Ship Heads to Space Station 

    ABC News: Unmanned Russian Cargo Ship Heads to Space Station.

    An unmanned Russian cargo ship is carrying supplies and a space suit to the international space station and its three-member crew.

    The Progress M-66 spacecraft lifted off atop a Soyuz-U rocket from Russia’s launch facility in Kazakhstan on Tuesday.

    Mission Control spokesman Valery Lyndin said the launch went well and the spacecraft entered orbit without a hitch. It is to dock with the station on Friday.

    Lyndin said the Progress is carrying food, fuel, oxygen and other supplies as well as a second new Russian-made, computerized space suit for space walks.

    American astronauts Michael Fincke and Sandra Magnus are aboard the station along with Russian Yuri Lonchakov. The crew size will be doubled to six members later this year.

     
  • wingover 2:36 pm on February 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Space shuttle launch delayed again for valve tests 

    News Headlines – Space shuttle launch delayed again for valve tests : Townhall.com.

    NASA has delayed the next space shuttle launch again. Now the space shuttle Discovery won’t lift off before Feb. 22. NASA says it needs the extra time to finish testing hydrogen gas fuel valves. A small part of one valve broke during the launch of the last shuttle flight in November.

    On Tuesday, NASA postponed the launch of Discovery from Feb. 12 until at least Feb. 19.

    NASA spokesman Kyle Herring said engineers are still conducting tests, which are taking longer than expected. The worry is that if the valve tip came off, it could damage part of the shuttle.

    Discovery and its seven-man crew are set to deliver the last set of solar wings to the international space station.

     
  • wingover 12:20 pm on February 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    NASA Readies Probe to Hit Comet 

    Summary: NASA Readies Probe to Hit Comet – Los Angeles Times.

    DEEP IMPACT: NASA’s probe is set to hurtle into a speeding comet half the size of Manhattan and smash a hole in it. The goal is to view the icy core of a comet that may hold cosmic clues to how the sun and planets formed.

    THE FIREWORKS: Scientists expect the collision to spray a cone-shaped plume of debris into space and leave a crater anywhere from the size of a house to a football stadium.

    THE VIEW: Amateur astronomers in the western United States and Latin America should be able to view the impact through telescopes.

     
  • wingover 12:29 am on January 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    NASA’s Deceptions Pt.1 

    Coast to Coast AM Science Advisor Richard C. Hoagland and former Boeing aerospace engineer Mike Bara introduced their just released book Dark Mission. It’s a compendium of NASA’s lies and deceptions, Hoagland declared.

    Here are some of NASA’s deceptions that the two authors claim have been foisted upon the American public:

    NASA presents itself as a civilian space agency. It’s actually a military agency, that won’t allow private enterprise space missions to leave orbit, said Hoagland.

    NASA views the solar system as a dead place. Then why would discoveries be classified?, asked Bara.

     
  • wingover 4:06 pm on January 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    International Space Station Tour (Part I) 

    YouTube – International Space Station Tour (Part I)WATCH IN HD VIDEO.

    Astronaut Mike Fincke takes you on a tour of the International Space Station.

     
  • wingover 4:39 pm on January 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Secret inspection satellites boost space intelligence ops 

    Spaceflight Now | Breaking News | Secret inspection satellites boost space intelligence ops.

    In a top secret operation, the U.S. Defense Dept. is conducting the first deep space inspection of a crippled U.S. military spacecraft. To do this, it is using sensors on two covert inspection satellites that have been prowling geosynchronous orbit for nearly three years.

     
  • wingover 11:03 am on January 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Russia launching US satellite 

    Netindia123.com.

    Russia has delivered a US Telstar telecom satellite to the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, in preparation for a scheduled launch, next month.

    ”Following the necessary customs procedures, the satellite and the auxiliary equipment will be transported to launch pad No 31 at the space center, where the spacecraft will undergo the remaining launch preparations,” Russian Space Agency (Roskosmos) said in a statement today. A Zenith-3SLB carrier rocket equipped with a DM-SLB booster with the Telstar 11N satellite on board is scheduled to lift off from Baikonur on February 26. The Zenit-3SLB is a modernised three-stage version of the Zenit-3SL, which was previously used at Sea Launch’s floating platform in the Pacific Ocean. The Telstar 11N, built by Space Systems/Loral for Loral Skynet telecoms company, will provide services from 39 high-power Ku-band transponders spread across four different geographic beams in each of North and Central America, Europe, Africa and the maritime Atlantic Ocean Region. Russia is planning to set a world record by conducting a total of 39 space launches in 2009 despite the current global financial crisis. The country carried out 27 space launches in 2008 and 26 launches in 2007, becoming the world’s leader in this sphere.

     
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