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Splash Down for the Orion: NASA Prepares For Manned Deep Space Exploration

By: Brett Cooper
on Thursday, December 8th, 2011
Posted in: Miscellaneous, News

You are getting ready to travel to the deepest parts of space to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.  What is your ride of choice?  Unfortunately not the Starship Enterprise; we have to wait a few 100 years or so before that bad boy is Read More…

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International Space Station Crew Comes Home

By: Brett Cooper
on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011
Posted in: News

The crew of the International Space Station returned home after being relieved earlier this week.  The crew of Expedition 29, Commander Mike Fossum and Flight Engineers Satoshi Furukawa and Sergei Volkov, returned to Kazakhstan at 9:26pm EST aboard their Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft.  After 165 days on the International Space Station and 167 days in orbit, the Read More…

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The International Space Station to Welcome Three Newbies

By: Brett Cooper
on Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
Posted in: News

  On Sunday night at 11:14pm US EST, three astronauts left for a visit to the International Space Station.  The latest trip to the International Space Station includes Anton Shkaplerov, Anatloy Ivanishin and Dan Burbank, Expedition 29 crew members relieving the current crew on November 21, 2011.  According to NASA, the crew of the International Read More…

NASA Tractor Beam

Coming to an interstellar mission near you – Tractor Beams

By: Brett Cooper
on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
Posted in: Miscellaneous, News

Get ready for tractor beams pulling enemy alien vessels in deep outer space!  Ok, so maybe not in the immediate future anyway.  NASA has awarded a  $100,000 research grant to the Goddard Space Flight Center team of Laser Experts to study how tractor beams could be used to collect smaller samples in space for analysis.  Read More…

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Is there really a Tatooine?

By: Brett Cooper
on Monday, September 19th, 2011
Posted in: Miscellaneous, News

      You have to love it when the scientific community leverages Star Wars analogies to define a scientific discovery.  In this case, the discovery of a world in the universe with two suns orbiting a single planet – just like the Star Wars world Tatooine.   NASA’s Kepler Mission discovered the world, now known Read More…