A solicitation was issued by the office of Mike Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, inviting contractors to submit ideas for a “Time-Sensitive Target Mission Payloads Demonstration.” WASHINGTON — The Pentagon announced it will start a new research project to figure out how to use sensors in space to shorten the timeline for
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NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover team member Jessica Samuels updates you on developments and status of the mission now that it’s preparing to explore Gale Crater. Curiosity carries 10 science instruments with a total mass 15 times as large as the science payloads on NASA’s Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity. Some of the tools, such as
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SpaceX, the aerospace company founded by Elon Musk, is working diligently on a wildly ambitious project: to permanently settle people on Mars. To help make that vision a reality, Musk’s company is developing a colossal, fully reusable launch system called Starship. Starship is envisioned as a 180-foot-tall spaceship that will ride into orbit atop Super Heavy, a
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Actors dressed as a zombies interact with an attendee during the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg© 2018 Bloomberg Finance LP As The Walking Dead enters the second half of its ninth season, it’s undeniable that the cultural obsession with the end of the world isn’t going anywhere. Although zombies
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This article was first published in the SN Military.Space newsletter. If you would like to get our news and insights for national security space professionals every Tuesday, sign up here for your free subscription. We are starting to get a clearer picture of how the Pentagon plans to fund and organize the Space Force as a new military branch. According
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NASA is accelerating plans to return Americans to the Moon, and this time, the US space agency says it will be there to stay.  Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s administrator, told reporters Thursday that the agency plans to speed up plans backed by President Donald Trump to return to the moon, using private companies.    “It’s important
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Early warning and communications satellites that support the NC3 system are vulnerable to electronic attacks and interference. WASHINGTON — A new report released on Thursday on Capitol Hill makes the case for billions of dollars in investments in the nation’s nuclear command, control and communications network known as NC3. The report was co-produced by the
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#HowItsMade Mondays 9/8c on Science Though ketchup today uses tomato as a base, early versions did not. They were made from anchovies, shallots, oysters, lemons, or walnuts. Full episodes streaming FREE on Science GO! https://www.sciencechannelgo.com/how-its-made/ More How It’s Made: http://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/how-its-made/ Subscribe to Science Channel: http://bit.ly/SubscribeScience Check out SCI2 for infinitely awesome science videos. Every day.
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For twent million years, the world’s oceans were home to a monstrous shark, named the ‘megalodon’. Then suddenly, without explanation, the 18-metre-long (50 foot) super predator disappeared. It’s a juicy bit of ancient history that has inspired a host of books, documentaries and blockbuster films, some of which like to imagine that this bloody thirsty
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This article was first published in the SN Military.Space newsletter. If you would like to get our news and insights for national security space professionals every Tuesday, sign up here for your free subscription. During a recent conversation with a senior defense official about the changes coming to military space, he pointed out that under the proposed reorganization
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SEATTLE — NASA is considering buying two additional seats on Soyuz spacecraft to ensure a continued American presence on the International Space Station amid worries about additional delays in commercial crew flights. In a presolicitation notice filed Feb. 13, NASA announced it was considering contracting with the Russian state space corporation Roscosmos for two Soyuz
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While many people’s reaction to big hairy spiders is usually “AHHH”, you’ve got to admit, this spider’s odd-looking back appendage does look rather amusing. The peculiar and previously undocumented protrusion belongs to the tarantula Ceratogyrus attonitifer found in Angola, Central Africa. While scientists have observed related species of baboon spiders with a back bulge before, they’ve never
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Rover and Pyramids on MarsGetty NASA’s Martian rover Opportunity breathed its last digital gasp this week. What was a busy scurrying robot picking over and investigating the Martian landscape is now a slowly decaying pile of metal and circuitry. That is to say, Opportunity has entered my world, the world of abandoned things that is
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WASHINGTON — An experimental Air Force small satellite intended to test space situational awareness technologies will be a secondary payload on the upcoming Falcon 9 launch of a commercial communications satellite and lunar lander. Spaceflight, the Seattle-based company that brokers rideshare launch services, confirmed in a Feb. 11 statement that it will be flying the
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The largest, most powerful rocket booster ever built successfully fired up Wednesday for a major-milestone ground test in preparation for future missions to help propel NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft to deep space destinations, including an asteroid and Mars. The booster fired for two minutes, the same amount of time it
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WASHINGTON — NASA is now emphasizing speed in its lunar exploration plans, including seeking to fly payloads on commercial lunar landers before the end of this year as it works with industry on lander concepts. In a briefing with reporters at NASA Headquarters here Feb. 14, prior to an industry day for a new human
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Employees walk near an Abbott Laboratories sign at the company’s headquarters complex in Abbott Park, Illinois, U.S., on Monday, July 14, 2014. (Photo by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)© 2014 Bloomberg Finance LP Healthcare stocks have been among the leaders in the market rebound since the December lows. These five investing experts, and contributors to MoneyShow.com, believe this
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