Source: CNN Space & Science LONDON, England (AP) — Former “Dallas” star Victoria Principal, “Superman Returns” director Bryan Singer and designer Philippe Starck have booked their flights for tourist trips into outer space, an executive for Virgin Galactic said Monday. The company, part of British billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, has sold some 200 tickets […]
Submitted by: Kyle Nin (SoSF Staff Reporter) Source: World News Australia Two newly discovered moons orbiting the last known planet in our solar system, Pluto, have been officially named as Nix and Hydra. Christened at the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the body in charge of approving celestial names, the names were chosen by their discoverers, […]
Two bright planets are approaching each other in our evening sky. Mars, which was so brilliant last fall and has since diminished dramatically in brightness, and Saturn, which has adorned our evening sky since midwinter, are currently visible about one-quarter of the way up from the western horizon as darkness falls. You shouldnâ€™t confuse them […]
Submitted by: Lesmond (SoSF Staff Reporter) One of Virgin Galactic’s first full paying customers to take a trip into outer space was born to be a spaceman, at least, with his family name one would think so. Mark Rocket has slapped down $300 grand to be not only one of the first space tourists to […]
For centuries, humans have looked to the heavens for their gods and goddesses and clues for finding the nature of the universe. Now, the largest ever-produced map of the universe gives those lost in the dark some direction, but is also confirms that the universe is full of dark energy, a strange force pushing galaxies […]
Mars Rovers Power On Those long-lived NASA Mars rovers—Spirit and Opportunity—remain in fairly good shape, with one robot in survival mode as martian winter arrives while its twin snakes its way across a taxing terrain of sand dunes to reach a striking target. “Both rovers are doing really well right now,” said Steve Squyres of […]
The MRO (Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter) has arrived safely to the Red Planet and is firing its rocket thrusters in its most dangerous and crucial part of the next two year mission. The purpose of the thrusters is to cause the craft to take several dips into Mar’s upper atmosphere causing an aerobraking procedure that that […]
Submitted by: Kyle Nin The Cassini spacecraft has found evidence of liquid water spewing from geysers on one of Saturn’s icy moons, raising the tantalizing possibility that the celestial object harbors life. The surprising discovery excited some scientists, who say the Saturn moon, Enceladus, should be added to the short list of places within the […]
After a nearly 4 month delay Space Services will deliver the ashes of actor James Doohan (Captain Montgomery Scott) up into space via a rocket launch sometime in March. Doohan played the gruff but teddy bear engineer of the USS Enterprise under Captain Kirk’s command for nearly 40-years. His ashes will be in good company. […]
Source: The Scotsman News Written By: Ian Johnston (Science Correspondent) Submitted by: Mike AN EXTRAORDINARY “hyperspace” engine that could make interstellar space travel a reality by flying into other dimensions is being investigated by the United States government.
Source: SPACE Written By: Tariq Malik A space tourism group developing a suborbital rocket ship is now talking aim at orbital trips with a new spacecraft that doubles as a hypersonic glider.
Source: SPACE Written By: Leonard David (Senior Space Writer) Virgin Galactic Sets Deal With New Mexico Spaceport Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space travel company has ironed out an agreement to utilize a futuristic spaceport to be built in New Mexico, with first flights of a suborbital spaceliner now planned in late 2008, early 2009. […]