Monthly Archives: May 2012

Door About to Open, HiRes Pictures Coming up

At yesterday’s news conference, the NASA manager in charge of the COTS contract said that the astronauts were excited about opening the hatch, so it’s likely they’d be a little ahead of schedule. Well, that’s happening, and NASA TV says … Continue reading

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Capture of Dragon

Official capture time 0956. “Houston thanks, it looks like we got a Dragon by the tail”

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Black Screen, Except for…

First thing this morning, I was having trouble getting NASA TV to show up on my computer. Once I got it working, all I saw was a black screen. At first I thought the signal had gone bad, but then … Continue reading

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Dragon Continues to fly well

(of course, having the greatest engineer in starfleet onboard helps…) I’ve been following the mission, getting up early this morning to listen in on the mission commentary as Dragon approached ISS. I also went out to try and get a … Continue reading

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“Falcon 9 and Dragon have Achieved Orbit”

A day launch to see detail would have been nice, but the seemingly nominal flight makes it worth it. Status updates at Spaceflightnow.

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So near, yet…

Dragon launch aborted after engine start. Initial reports are that engine number 5 had a high chamber pressure. Unfortunately, since they were launching for a specific window to reach the ISS, they couldn’t do one of those patented SpaceX turnarounds … Continue reading

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Cleared for Launch!

The SpaceX Dragon flight to the International Space Station is clear to launch on Saturday. It’ll be an early launch, though. 4:55 in the AM. Mission status here, press kit here.

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Mars Travel Implications here!

According to a study, prolonged radiation exposure does not have an impact on DNA. Granted, their timeline for prolonged is only a month, but the radiation levels were 400 times that which would require an evacuation by today’s standards. To … Continue reading

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Vesta News Trickles in

After a year of orbiting 4 Vesta, data from the Dawn probe are starting to be published. Soon…on to 1 Ceres!

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Norm Augustine Profile

Space News has one. While I’m less pessimistic about the chances and timeline of it happening (and hope that space is less of a program and more of a destination), I agree with Norm that high flight rate is the … Continue reading

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