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S3’s SOAR shuttle concept would be launched from a Zero-G certified Airbus A300. Credit: S3


A Soyuz capsule with three U. S. and Russian astronauts docked with the International Space Station late Wednesday to restore the orbiting science lab to its usual six person status.

NASA’s Mike Hopkins, a one time college football team captain; cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, a physician and Russian Air Force officer; and cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy, a biochemist, docked at 10:48 p.m., EDT.  The newcomers were greeted by Fyodor Yurchikhin, the station’s commander; NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg; and European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano.


A small sample of the recovered Chelyabinsk meteorite. Credit: NEOShield

The famous February 15th meteorite that exploded over the frozen Chebarkul Lake in Russia is making news once again.

Fragments of the Chelyabinsk meteorite have been discovered and recovered from the bottom of the lake.

Early this month, divers...

Plans by Orbital Sciences Corp. and NASA to rendezvous Orbital’s Cygnus cargo capsule with the International Space Station early Sunday were delayed by two days to overcome a navigation communications discrepancy between the two spacecraft.

Orbital quickly diagnosed the issue that surfaced about 1:30 a.m., EDT, and prepared a software patch which was to undergo testing in a ground based simulator before being transmitted to the orbiting freighter for further evaluation. A successful out come, was to prompt the start of a second rendezvous attempt by Cygnus with the space station late Monday. The changes would guide the Cygnus, with its 1,570 pounds of crew provisions, within range...

Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America’s First Female Rocket Scientist by George D. Morgan; Prometheus Books; Amherst, New York; $18.00 (soft cover); July 2013.

No doubt, many have been absorbed by Homer Hickam’s Rocket Boys (also known as October Sky).

But this book captures a lost legacy surrounding Mary Sherman Morgan. It’s a compelling read about a woman that ascended...

NASA's Mighty Eagle, a flying test bed for future robotic Moon landers. Credit: NASA/MSFC/Moon Express

Government/private sector collaboration is helping to foster the development of commercial, low-cost missions to the Moon.

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center is collaborating with Moon Express, Inc. to test the company’s flight software on NASA’s “Mighty Eagle” prototype robotic lander.



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