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SpaceX Scrubs Thanksgiving SES-8 Launch Due To Thrust Issues
2013-12-02 09:10:56

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Update: Monday, Dec 2, 2013 (9:10 a.m.) SpaceX has once again opened a launch window to put an upgraded Falcon 9 rocket along with its SES-8 satellite payload into space. The next scheduled attempt will take place this evening -- Dec 2, 2013. Last Thursday, after the space transport company’s second scrubbed launch attempt, officials said it would likely be a few days before another launch window would open for the...

SpaceX Hits Safety Milestone For NASA Joint Venture
2013-11-15 17:46:06

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Officials from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) announced the successful safety review of the Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket that are slated to launch humans into low-Earth orbit later this decade – a major milestone for the endeavor. In late October, a team of NASA engineers traveled to SpaceX headquarters for two days of presentations and review sessions that involved the company's safety practices....

NASA ISS-RapidScat Built On The Fly
2013-10-30 11:52:06

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The best chefs in the world can create a gourmet dish from leftover ingredients and NASA scientists have set out to show they can accomplish a similar feat though the ISS-RapidScat science mission. An abbreviated form of Rapid Scatterometer, ISS-RapidScat was fashioned from spare parts and put together on a relatively short time scale. The mission will monitor ocean winds from the International Space Station. Scientists study ocean...

SpaceX Completes Review Of 2014 Commercial Crew Abort Test
2013-10-25 07:00:17

NASA In preparation for a summer 2014 test, NASA partner Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) recently laid out its plan to demonstrate the Dragon spacecraft's ability to carry astronauts to safety in the event of an in-flight emergency. This review of the in-flight abort test plan provided an assessment of the Dragon's SuperDraco engines, the software that would issue the abort command, and the interface between the Dragon spacecraft and the Falcon 9 rocket on which the spacecraft...

Cargo Vehicles Throughout The Years
2013-10-23 07:33:12

NASA The first Cygnus Spacecraft to visit the International Space Station (ISS), the G. David Low, departed the station at 7:31 AM EST on October 22, 2013. The Cygnus spacecraft is the latest in a long line of cargo vehicles built to resupply the orbital outposts that humanity has positioned in the heavens. Created by Orbital Sciences Corporation of Virginia, it is the second type of vehicle built by a commercial company to visit the ISS. As the Soviet long-duration space station...

Cygnus Released From ISS After Successful Demonstration Mission
2013-10-22 09:41:15

[ Watch the Video: Cygnus Completes Mission! ] NASA The Canadarm2 released Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus commercial craft at 7:31 a.m. EDT Tuesday after three weeks at the International Space Station. Flight Engineers Luca Parmitano and Karen Nyberg were at the controls of the robotics workstation removing Cygnus from the Harmony node then safely releasing it. Parmitano and Flight Engineer Mike Hopkins closed the hatches and depressurized Cygnus Monday morning. On Wednesday, the Cygnus...


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History Of Space Exploration
2013-10-06 08:29:34

Space exploration is the exploration and discovery of outer space by use of space technology and is conducted by both robotic spacecraft and humans. Astronomy, which is the viewing of objects in space from Earth, is thought to predate recorded history, but it was the inspiration to modern space exploration. Humans explore space for many reasons including the survival of humankind if Earth cannot sustain life, uniting nations, and scientific research. Physical space exploration began in...

Elon Musk
2013-08-05 10:31:59

Elon Musk was born on June 28, 1971. He is a South African-American inventor and entrepreneur. He is the founder of SpaceX and Co-founder of Tesla Motors and PayPal. He is also chairman of SolarCity. Musk attended Bryanston High School in South Africa, but graduated from Pretoria Boys High School. In the early 90s, Musk was educated at Queen's University in Kingston Ontario Canada and left Canada around 1992 to pursue Business and Physics at the University of Pennsylvania, where he...

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2005-06-23 09:37:03

The Central or Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) is a type of agamid lizard found in the desert regions of Australia. Of the several species of the Pogona genus, P. vitticeps is the most commonly seen in pet stores. Bearded dragons are omnivores, consuming a wide variety of foods. In captivity, dragons will eat salads, crickets, mealworms (however mealworms should not be given to young dragons due to potential impaction issues), and as treats, superworms. Never collect your own...

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2005-06-15 17:26:29

The Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis) is the largest lizard in the world, growing to a length of about 10 feet (3 meters) and weighing between 175 to 310 lb (80 and 140 kg). It is a member of the monitor lizard family, Varanidae. Dragons have keen senses and are considered among the most intelligent living reptiles. They are carnivorous, hunting live prey with a stealthy approach followed by a sudden short charge (they can run briefly at speeds up to 20 km/h). They have a strong bite...

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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'