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MMT outlines their extension day decision - EVA-4 finalizes SARJ tasks

Tue, 2008-11-25 00:05
The Mission Management Team (MMT) has decided to extend STS-126 by an additional docked day. This will allow for additional troubleshooting time on the Water Recycling System (WRS) that was carried to the Station by Endeavour. Meanwhile, EVA-4 has concluded the mission’s spacewalk tasks. Flight Day 11 focused on the fourth and final spacewalk of the mission, which involved the final tasks on the starboard SARJ (Solar Alpha Rotary Joint) - such as work on the final Trundle Bearing Assembly (T
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Endeavour's pilot window struck by orbital debris

Mon, 2008-11-24 20:50
credit: NASA / caption: see the Earth through Endeavour's flight deck windows On 16 November 2008 NASA astronaut Eric Boe, STS-126 pilot, is shown here sitting at the pilot's station on the forward flight deck of Space Shuttle Endeavour during rendezvous and docking operations with the International Space Station. However the pilot's window was soon to feel an impact from what could have been micro meteorite orbital debris See close-up pictures, post-impact, in the extended section of this bl
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Poets Write About Watching Birds. Thin Air. Flutter gayly.

Wed, 2008-11-19 19:25
Bukowski. Hungover like green-clipped grass, weeping, hemorrhagic dew. Like a hatchet, buried in pink dirt, for years. Most writers I hang with think writer’s block is a steaming pile of horse shit. This follows the well established at least write something rule. Every semester, after reading Buk, students proclaim: “I could write that poem.” I answer, “Go right ahead.” Ginsberg. I like how he announces he will capture the birds forever, and does. Hardy. Cranky dude usually. Lightens
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Astronauts to Inspect Shuttle Heat Shield for Dings (SPACE.com)

Sat, 2008-11-15 09:42
Astronauts to Inspect Shuttle Heat Shield for Dings (SPACE.com) By admin | Astronauts aboard NASA's shuttle Endeavour will survey their spacecraft's heat shield for dings or other damage today as they prepare for a Sunday arrival at the International Space Station (ISS). Led by commander Chris Ferguson, the seven-person crew will deploy a sensor-tipped extension of the shuttle's 50-foot (15-meter) robotic arm to conduct the safety inspection following Endeavour's launch late Friday.
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NASA International Space Station Advisory Committee Meeting

Sun, 2008-11-09 18:21
November 9, 2008 at 11:21 am | In Space Law, Space Law Current Events | by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz with the blog faculty Source: Federal Register [Federal Register: November 10, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 218)] [Notices] [Page 66685] From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov] [DOCID:fr10no08-88] ======================================================================= ----------------------------------------------------------------------- NAT
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Why aren't you subscribed to Orbital Debris Quarterly?

Sat, 2008-11-08 23:04
Why aren't you subscribed to Orbital Debris Quarterly? The Orbital Debris Quarterly News is a publication of the NASA Orbital Debris Program Office. It is published four times a year and is available in downloadable PDF files. Each newsletter contains information on some of the latest events in orbital debris research. The sections of the newsletter are news, project reviews, meeting reports, orbital debris statistics, and upcoming events. The newsletters are filled with illustrating graphs,
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Carnivals of Space 76 and 77

Wed, 2008-11-05 20:07
Carnival of Space 76 is at at as(si)tronomi. The Carnival of Space 77 is up at tomorrow is here Highlights Astroengine talks about five things to pack for one way mission to Mars Centauri Dreams talks about why extraterrestrials might make interstellar beacons Out of the cradle talks about asteroids and orbital debris This site had sent a space and energy roundup: IEC fusion, Spacex, lunar lander competition
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Space Junk May Hit the Earth Today

Sun, 2008-11-02 18:11
An ammonia tank discarded from the International Space Station is expected to reenter the Earth's atmosphere sometime today. The refrigerator-sized tank was jettisoned during a spacewalk on July 21, 2007 by Astronaut Clayton Anderson, from the end of the station's robot arm. NASA usually tries to avoid adding to the debris orbiting the planet, but officials felt they had no choice in this case. The equipment had to be removed, and there is not sufficient room on the remaining Space Shuttle m
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NASA To Earth: Lets Keep Our Lunar Skies Clean

Wed, 2008-10-29 22:11
Aside from radiation, perhaps nothing is more dangerous in space than space junk. While our home world is protected by a thick atmosphere that tends to burn up small objects, Earth's little sister is left defenseless against the potential threat of space debris. In order to prevent future colonists from having to live underground do to the threat of an incoming loose bolt, NASA instead will take steps ensure we do not "junk up" the lunar heavens for future generations. (Space.com) "NASA's
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NASA Wants Moons Sky Free of Junk

Wed, 2008-10-29 19:00
At any given moment, there are thousands of man-made objects orbirting our planet.  Should an error occur and one come crashing back to Earth, we’re protected by our atmosphere.  Our atmosphere will burn up most objects before they impact the ground, except for the largest of objects. But that’s not the case with the moon. With our atmospheric barrier, objects orbiting the moon could come crashing down to the lunar surface at 5,000 miles per hour, endanger astronauts on the surface or the his
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Last Cataloged USA-193 Debris out of Orbit

Mon, 2008-10-27 03:42
October 26, 2008 at 8:42 pm | In Space Law | by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty Jonathan’s Space Report no. 602 noted that the last cataloged piece of debris from USA-193 de-orbited on October 9: The last cataloged piece of orbital debris from USA 193, the NRO satellite destroyed by an Aegis missile, reentered on Oct 9. Currently cataloged in low orbit are 174 pieces of debris from the Russian US-PU satellite Kosmos-2421, which disintegrated on Mar 14; 235 pieces from the Chinese ZY-1 satel
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Teacher Tools for the High Frontier: Rocks in Space

Thu, 2008-10-23 05:10
Teacher Tools for the High Frontier: Rocks in Space Ken Murphy / 4:10 am October 23rd, 2008 This time around we’re going to look at a pair of high-speed topics - orbital debris and asteroids. This is a really exciting category in the Lunar Library, and not just for the drama movies! Asteroids can provide an enormous abundance of resources should we go out an learn to harvest them, just as we’ve learned to harvest many of the plants and animals of the Earth. This time around we’re doing it so
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Plug: Take a look into 'Brief Window' and the 'Video Cabinet'

Wed, 2008-10-15 17:26
Shameless plugs, 'cuz I don't want you to miss out on some things that have been happening lately at my other blogs!Seen recently via Brief Window:- A Melvin Monster comics round-up- Patton Oswalt's High School Graduation Commencement Speech- Weird Movie Posters- A farewell to Lloyd Thaxton- The Louis Prima - Orbital Debris connection- Dorothy Lathrop children's book illustrations from 1922- Ren & Stimpy Production Music!- and lots of other stuff, too, as well.And meanwhile, as long as we're on
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18-Year-Old Rocket Motor Found in Australian Outback

Wed, 2008-10-15 17:13
A solid rocket motor casing from a commercial U.S. Delta 2 launch vehicle was found inAustralia, nearly 18 years after it reentered. Picture by Michael White This just in from 'The Sky is Falling' Department: NASA's Orbital Debris Newsletter reports that a launch vehicle rocket motor casing was found by ranchers in the Australian Outback during a cattle round-up on a three million-acre pasture property. It was first spotted by Mr. Arthur Taylor who was flying a Cessna aircraft to look for str
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Space Debris: Lost and Found Leftover

Wed, 2008-10-15 15:57
A nearly two-decades old bit of space junk has been found in the Australian outback. A solid rocket motor casing from a U.S. Delta 2 launch vehicle nearly 18 years after it reentered was found last July during a routine muster of cattle on a three-million-acre pastoral property. First spotted by air from a Cessna aircraft flying over the property, the debris was later identified using a serial number - traced to the motor casing of a Delta 2 booster used on June 12, 1990 to deliver the India
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Using space robots to fix ailing satellites?

Sat, 2008-10-04 18:00
Using space robots to fix ailing satellites? Posted by Roland Piquepaille @ 10:00 am Categories: Space & Aerospace, Robotics, Engineering & Innovation Tags: Robot, Satellite, Network Technology, Networking, Roland Piquepaille According to Canadian engineers at Queen’s University, there are now more than 8,000 satellites in orbit around the Earth. Of course, if they stop to work correctly, these satellites will not be able to be repaired from the ground and will become space junk. So these
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Tracking the solar system's largest junkyard

Wed, 2008-09-24 13:40
"Each white dot represents an individual piece of tracked orbital debris. Tracking the solar system's largest junkyard.
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‘Space Junk’ Count Mirrors Tally of Folks Under Bus

Tue, 2008-09-23 20:17
An anonymous registered-Republican source at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston sent me some surprising data that compares observations from space with the perils of being a Barack Obama supporter. Each white dot in the full-color NASA image represents one of the thousands of individual pieces of tracked orbital debris (a.k.a., “space junk”), the source advised.  Conversely, each white dot shown in the black-and-white image represents an individual whose been thrown under the bus by the
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QUIT LITTERING. We need a Space

Tue, 2008-09-23 20:07
QUIT LITTERING. We need a Space Beautification Act. Space litter: Higher than the highest clouds but much closer than the moon, the bulk of the junkyard stretches from the Earth’s surface to 20,000 miles overhead. There are tens of millions of pieces of rubbish there. Some of the pieces are rocks and dust from passing comets, but most of them are manmade and called “orbital debris” (pronounced duh-BREE). There are some unusual things up there, like a camera that floated away from astronaut S
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Inside U.S. Missile Defense Tech—And (Perhaps) A New Cold War

Tue, 2008-09-16 13:39
(Click To Enlarge) From Popular Mechanics: It's a difficult transition to grasp: How could missile defense—that slow-moving political target first proposed by Ronald Reagan 25 years ago—suddenly become not only real, but potent enough to raise the specter of a Russian nuclear strike on Poland? As often happens, the progress of technology has changed the international debate. Here's just how the evolving U.S. plan aimed at rogue regimes—and the new deal with Poland—are fueling tensions with Rus
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