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The Near Future of Space Travel

A general talking to members of the Dept of defence, FAA and NASA pointed out recently that  spacecraft launch capabilities require too much energy and are extremely costly but that the air force is continuing to look at more efficient space transportation concentrating on engine design and purchasing improvements. He stated that it takes about [...]

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An Experimental Chinese Satellite Launch Later This Week

China is getting to the forefront of space technology as theUSAbacks down. An experimental orbiter that is to launch on Thursday is another step forward for the Chinese. The orbiter, SJ-11-02 , will be carried into space byChina’s Long March II-C rocket. At the moment the satellite and rocket are waiting for the right conditions [...]

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NASA Still Struggling to Get the Space Shuttle Discovery Ready for Launch

NASA has just pumped in 500,000 gallons of liquid hydrogen and oxygen into discovery’s external fuel tank. It’s been fitted out with sensors and other equipment to try and find the cracks in the insulating foam that have stopped the launch. At the earliest the shuttle will fly at the start of February 2011 but there [...]

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Commercial Rocket Falcon 9 Launches from Cape Canaveral into Orbit

Falcon 9 built by SpaceX reached orbit on Friday. This commercial venture is hoped by NASA to replace the government rockets that are presently taking satellites etc into orbit. Commercialisation of space was put forward as a major aim by the United States when president Obama came into power. This is one of those small [...]

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Mars Science Laboratory Arrival Date Set

The Mars science laboratory is set to go to Mars between November 25 and December 18, 2011 which will mean that it lands on Mars in August 2012. Curiosity, as the Mars science laboratory is known, could get their a bit sooner but it all depends on alignments and communication. For maximum information on landing [...]

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Newton’s Apple Falls Upwards.

The tree that prompted the discovery of gravity is being taken into space aboard space shuttle Atlantis next week. Of course, this is the tree that the Apple dropped out of and gave Newton a rather large bruise on his head and of course his idea about gravity. It’s a pity, but they’re not taking [...]

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The Orion Capsule Takes One Extremely Small Baby Step

“One giant leap for mankind” doesn’t really come to mind after watching the Orion capsule launch. The Orion capsule is the leftover from the mission to the moon that Obama cancelled. Recently they tried out the escape mechanism from the Orion capsule which was to protect the astronauts just in case of fire or other [...]

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Best of the Week Podcast-Everything to Do with the Preparation and Launch of a Space Vehicle

This is all about the preparations for launch of a space vehicle. It is mainly about the space shuttle, but covers lots of questions that you may have about why they stop and start all the time and what actually goes on. Why do they say that and why do they do this, you will [...]

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