Space Flight

Astronaut Spots Violence Over Gaza, Asks What Extraterrestrials Would Think

by Elizabeth Howell July 25, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter From his perch aboard the International Space Station, Alexander Gerst took this photo this week and said he could spot explosions and rockets in the blackness below. The location made him realize things were grim: it was over the Gaza and […]

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Neck Of Rosetta’s ‘Rubby Duckie’ Comet Shows A Bright Ring

by Elizabeth Howell July 24, 2014

Rosetta’s “rubber duckie” comet appears to be wearing a collar! New images of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from the spacecraft, which is speeding towards an orbit of the comet next month, show that the “neck” region of the nucleus appears to be brighter than the rest. Last week, images from the spacecraft revealed that the comet likely […]

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Risk Reduction Milestone Tests Move Commercial Dream Chaser Closer to Critical Design Review and First Flight

by Ken Kremer July 23, 2014

The winged Dream Chaser mini-shuttle under development by Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) has successfully completed a series of risk reduction milestone tests on key flight hardware systems thereby moving the private reusable spacecraft closer to its critical design review (CDR) and first flight under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program aimed at restoring America’s indigenous human spaceflight […]

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Video: A Dizzying, Whirly View Of The Earth From Space!

by Elizabeth Howell July 23, 2014

We’ve got vertigo watching this video, but in a good way! This is a sped-up view of Earth from the International Space Station from the Cupola, a wraparound window that is usually used for cargo ship berthings and Earth observations. Remove this ad Elizabeth Howell on Google+

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Historic Human Spaceflight Facility at Kennedy Renamed in Honor of Neil Armstrong – 1st Man on the Moon

by Ken Kremer July 21, 2014

45 years ago on July 20, 1969, NASA astronaut and Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong became the first human being to set foot on another celestial body when he stepped off the Apollo 11 Lunar Module Eagle and onto our Moon’s utterly alien surface. Today, July 21, 2014, NASA officially renamed a historic facility at […]

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