space travel

NASA continues call for space junk removal with near-collision video

NASA continues call for space junk removal with near-collision video

Around the planet Earth you'll find no shortage of bits and pieces of matter - quite a bit of it metal - left there by humans in their efforts to explore space. NASA this week is bringing on the newest in a line of warnings about the danger of said space junk, this time showing a near-crash of two metal bodies, one of them being a $690 million dollar space telescope. The other, a 1.5-ton Russian reconnaissance satellite, narrowly avoided smashing the first in what would have been a very costly error.

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NASA extends contract with Russia as US-based launches get delayed

NASA extends contract with Russia as US-based launches get delayed

While NASA shut down the Space Shuttle program in 2011, they have still been sending astronauts to the International Space Station and back. However, they've been sending them to Russia in order to hop on a Soyuz rocket, but that doesn't seem to be the exact solution that NASA wants. The organizations plans to launch manned space flights in the US again, but the timing as been delayed into 2017.

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2014 Olympic torch to be carried in space

2014 Olympic torch to be carried in space

The Winter Olympics are set to begin in 2014, which means the Olympic torch will once again be carried around the world before it finally lands in the Olympic Stadium in Russia to mark the beginning of the sporting event. However, the torch will take a trip to space where it will be taken on a spacewalk for the first time ever.

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Space rock rips through ISS solar panel, gives hull a miss

Space rock rips through ISS solar panel, gives hull a miss

Space is a dangerous world. Debris is flying around everywhere, including small space rocks (read: bits of asteroid or meteoroid), which means that the International Space Station is constantly prone to getting hit by these small objects, and when you're traveling at 4.8 miles per second, even small objects can have a big impact. ISS Commander Chris Hadfield tweeted a photo of a hole in the one of the solar panels where a space rock ripped through.

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Virgin Galactic lights first rocket test in road to citizen space travel

Virgin Galactic lights first rocket test in road to citizen space travel

The folks behind Virgin Galactic - cousin of the earth-bound Virgin Airlines - have lit their first rocket motor test on a ship that may one day bring everyday citizens on joy rides to space. The craft being tested this week goes by the name SpaceShipTwo, also known as SS2, it being one of several craft eventually set to offer brief flights to what Virgin Galactic calls "the edge of space" and back.

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Russian cargo fail no block to today’s ISS dock

Russian cargo fail no block to today’s ISS dock

Today the unpiloted Russian cargo ship known as Progress 51 has reached the International Space Station and docked successfully. This news is extra positive due to the failure of the craft's antenna after initial launch, both Russian mission control and NASA confirming earlier this week. The craft has now docked - at 1225 GMT to be precice - after extra care was given to the landing due to the unopened antenna.

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NASA’s trio of Android “PhoneSats” all operational: orbit tests under way

NASA’s trio of Android “PhoneSats” all operational: orbit tests under way

If you weren't already aware, you should know that there are up to and including three HTC Nexus One smartphones floating above your head right this minute in part of a NASA mission to prove (or disprove) the viability of low-cost space exploration "PhoneSats". Each of these low-cost satellites was aboard the first flight of Orbital Science Corporation's Antares rocket, launched after this rocket took off from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia just two days ago.

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Orbital’s Antares rocket successfully completes its first test launch

Orbital’s Antares rocket successfully completes its first test launch

Orbital Science Corps. Antares rocket completed its first successful test launch today after seeing a series of complications over the last few days. Orbital attempted to test launch the rocket last Wednesday, however, a data cable located at the upper stage of the rocket detached prematurely. It was then rescheduled over and over due to the high winds present at the launch site. Luckily today, everything was cooperating with the test launch.

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