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  1. eaglewingone

    European Soyuz Must Pass Final Exam Before October Debut

    European governments’ $800 million investment in importing Russia’s Soyuz rocket to Europe’s Guiana Space Center spaceport faces several weeks of grilling by outside experts starting in mid-July to determine whether the system is ready for flight. A Qualification Committee composed of experts...
  2. eaglewingone

    NASA's LRO Team Helps Track Laser Signals to Russian Rover Mirror

    Using information provided by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) instrument teams, researchers at the University of California San Diego successfully pinpointed the location of a long lost light reflector on the lunar surface by bouncing laser signals from Earth to the Russian Lunokhod 1...
  3. eaglewingone

    Aliens may exist but contact would hurt humans: Hawking

    Aliens may exist but mankind should avoid contact with them as the consequences could be devastating, British scientist Stephen Hawking warned Sunday. "If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans," said...
  4. eaglewingone

    Air Force Launches Secretive X-37B Space Plane on Mystery Mission

    The United States Air Force's secretive X-37B robotic space plane blasted off from Florida late Thursday on a mystery mission shrouded in secrecy for the U.S. military. The unmanned military Orbital Test Vehicle 1 (OTV-1) – also known as the X-37B – lifted off at 7:52 p.m. EDT (2352 GMT) atop...
  5. eaglewingone

    Military Rockets: Solution For Nasa?

    For more than three years, NASA chief Michael Griffin has maintained that the safest, most reliable and affordable way to return astronauts to the moon is on the Ares I, a rocket he helped design from parts of the space shuttle. Alternatives, he insisted, such as modified military rockets, were...
  6. eaglewingone

    British Pilots Train On Upgraded B-2s

    It is among the U.S. Air Force’s most finite resources, but the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is still growing in capabilities, and it’s an aircraft America is happy to allow an ally to use. A long-standing exchange program that has seen USAF personnel trade places with those from the Royal Air...
  7. eaglewingone

    Space Shuttle Jr

    It's been a long wait—in some ways, more than 50 years—but in April 2010, the U.S. Air Force is scheduled to launch an Atlas V booster from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying the newest U.S. spacecraft, the unmanned X-37, to orbit. The X-37 embodies the Air Force's desire for an operational...
  8. eaglewingone

    Cassini Saturn Probe Gets 7-Year Life Extension

    NASA's Cassini Saturn probe has been granted new life around the ringed planet thanks to an extension of its mission through 2017. The spacecraft, which launched in 1997 and arrived at Saturn in 2004, was slated to be decommissioned in September of this year. But it received a reprieve in the...
  9. eaglewingone

    NASA's $100B moon program gets killed

    WASHINGTON — President Obama is redirecting America's space program, killing NASA's $100 billion plans to return astronauts to the moon and using much of that money for new rocket technology research. The moon program, which has cost $9.1 billion so far, "was over budget, behind schedule and...
  10. eaglewingone

    First U.K. Service Pilot Flies The Lockheed Martin F-35

    A Royal Air Force officer on Tuesday became the first active-duty service pilot from the United Kingdom to take to the skies in a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). RAF Squadron Leader Steve Long piloted BF-2, the second short takeoff/vertical...
  11. eaglewingone

    Eurofighter defeats two US-Jets

    Eurofighter defeats two US-Jets Translation: The Eurofighter came late, but he seems to be able to compete. According to a newspaper report, two American F-15 have started a mock dog-fight when meeting a Eurofighter. The US-pilots were in for a surprise. This episode happened over the...
  12. eaglewingone

    Back Away from GPS: AF Chief

    In the face of threats from jamming and attacks on satellites the United States must lessen its dependence on the Global Positioning System and develop alternatives to GPS, the top Air Force general said today. Gen. Norton Schwartz, Air Force Chief of Staff, told a conference organized by Tuft...
  13. eaglewingone

    Voyager Makes an Interstellar Discovery

    The solar system is passing through an interstellar cloud that physics says should not exist. In the Dec. 24th issue of Nature, a team of scientists reveal how NASA's Voyager spacecraft have solved the mystery. "Using data from Voyager, we have discovered a strong magnetic field just outside...
  14. eaglewingone

    Hunt for Earth-Like Worlds Looks in the Mirror

    To find Earth-like worlds around other stars, scientists should take a page from our own planet, a new study found. In particular, observers should look for glints of sunlight reflected by oceans or lakes, such as what's seen by spacecraft looking back on Earth. These glints are tell-tale...
  15. eaglewingone

    The exoplanet explosion

    Fifteen years ago, there were virtually no known planets beyond the (then nine) planets in our own solar system: just a few found by chance orbiting a pulsar. Then, in late 1995 and 1996, came the initial discovery of planets orbiting main sequence stars like the Sun. That slow trickle of...
  16. eaglewingone

    Five New Exoplanets Run the Gamut From Styrofoam to Ice

    Those hoping that today's opening plenary talk of the American Astronomical Society's meeting here would deliver a stunning revelation probably came away disappointed. NASA's Kepler mission has added five new planets to a growing roster of more than 400 beyond our solar system--and none of the...
  17. eaglewingone

    Earth-Like Planet May Be a Volcanic Wasteland

    When scientists confirmed in October that they had detected the first rocky planet outside our solar system, it advanced the longtime quest to find an Earth-like planet hospitable to life. Rocky planets – Earth, Mercury, Venus and Mars – make up half the planets in our solar system. Rocky...
  18. eaglewingone

    Super Earths May Be Superior at Fostering Life

    Astronomers have discovered hundreds of Jupiter-like planets in our galaxy. However, a handful of the planets found orbiting distant stars are more Earth-sized. This gives hope to astrobiologists, who think we are more likely to find life on rocky planets with liquid water. The rocky planets...
  19. eaglewingone

    First programmable quantum computer created

    Using a few ultracold ions, intense lasers and some electrodes, researchers have built the first programmable quantum computer. The new system, described in a paper to be published in Nature Physics, flexed its versatility by performing 160 randomly chosen processing routines. Earlier...
  20. eaglewingone

    NASA's mission to bomb the Moon

    NASA will tomorrow launch a spectacular mission to bomb the Moon. Their LCROSS mission will blast off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying a missile that will blast a hole in the lunar surface at twice the speed of a bullet. The missile, a Centaur rocket, will be steered by a shepherding...
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