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The Universe Does Exist

22 Mar


We now have proof. And, this is what we know now:

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Is Somebody Listening?

9 Feb

Chris Hadfield and BNL's Ed Robertson Singing I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing?)Finally, NASA is learning how to sing for its dinner (via Boing Boing).

The song, which was written by Hadfield and Robertson in partnership with Music Monday, CBC Music and the Canadian Space Agency, explores what it’s like to look down on the Earth from outer space. It will also be the official song for the 2013 edition of Music Monday, which takes place on May 6.

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The Same Old Grind

1 Feb

The Two faces of KoreaAnother “bell and whistle” gimmick South Korea’s new rocket gurus need to master is snazzy live TV feeds. NASA-TV’s live feed provided computer-generated video replete with data of its TDRS-K launch yesterday, and watching the stages separate or the sheath housing the satellite falling away had all the feel of a PC game. And, night launches are more photogenic. Is the United States feeling the heat from Korean upstarts?

“With this launch, NASA has begun the replenishment of our aging space network,” said Jeffrey Gramling, TDRS project manager. “This addition to our current fleet of seven will provide even greater capabilities to a network that has become key to enabling many of NASA’s scientific discoveries.”

TDRS-K was lifted into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex-41. After a three-month test phase, NASA will accept the spacecraft for additional evaluation before putting the satellite into service.

The TDRS-K spacecraft includes several modifications from older satellites in the TDRS system, including redesigned telecommunications payload electronics and a high-performance solar panel designed for more spacecraft power to meet growing S-band requirements. Another significant design change, the return to ground-based processing of data, will allow the system to service more customers with evolving communication requirements.

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