Posts Categorized: Up In Space

Philae lander makes historic touchdown on comet | Science | The Guardian

Safe landing gives scientists their first chance to ride a comet and study close up what happens as it gets closer to the sun. The signal broke a seven-hour wait of agonising intensity and sparked scenes of jubilation at the European Space Agency’s mission control in Darmstadt. The team in charge of the Rosetta mission… Read more »

BBC News – Rosetta: concerns for comet lander after uneven landing

Rosetta: concerns for comet lander after uneven landing After a historic but awkward comet landing, the robot probe Philae is now stable and sending pictures – but there are concerns about its battery life. After two bounces, the first one about 1km back out into space, the lander settled in the shadow of a cliff,… Read more »

Unmanned NASA-contracted rocket explodes over eastern Virginia

(CNN) — An unmanned NASA-contracted rocket exploded in midair early Tuesday evening, producing huge flames and loud booms along the eastern Virginia coast but no injuries or deaths. Source:  

Boeing, Lockheed Martin, And Jeff Bezos Are Going To Build A Rocket

And it will probably be awesome.   Source:  

What International Development Can Learn from Space Travel

On September 11, 1962, President Kennedy visited the George C. Marshall Spaceflight Center where Dr. Wernher von Braun showed him a model of the Saturn C-5 rocket, the “vehicle designed…   Source:  

Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos’s Startup Is Part of Bid to Deliver Astronauts – WSJ

Jeff Bezos’s space-exploration startup Blue Origin is part of a team led by Boeing that is expected to soon garner a NASA contract to ferry astronauts to and from the international space station.   Source:  

Space: A New Feed for the Final Frontier | Inside Flipboard

If you\’re interested in spaceflight and space exploration, these are the best of times and the worst of times. America\’s space shuttle fleet has been retired, leaving the United States without any NASA-operated vehicles that can carry humans into space. In addition, plans to send astronauts to the Moon and Mars have been shelved. Yet… Read more »

With New Initiative ‘Galactic,’ PayPal Wants To Own Payments And Commerce In Space | TechCrunch

In a slightly bizarre announcement today, PayPal is debuting PayPal Galactic, an initiative to own universal payments and commerce in space. Yes, outer space.   Source:  

PayPal Galactic Launches, Looks to Answer Questions About Space Transactions – ABC News

Jedis used the galactic credit standard to pay for things. Citizens and cylons alike used cubits. Both the universes of both Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica are science fiction, but what would it take to make a standardized space currency a reality? This is one of the key questions that serves as the launchpad for… Read more »

Space exploration as it was imagined in the ’50s | The Verge

Back in the 1950s, when the allure of space travel captured the imagination of a nation, Collier’s magazine fed that desire with a series of articles that outlined in detail how the US would…   Source: