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Book Review: Mars Up Close – Inside the Curiosity Mission

Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission by Marc Kaufman; National Geographic Books, Wash., D.C.; $40.00 (hardcover); August 2014. This is an absolutely stunning book. After this read, and soaking in the lavishly dazzling presentation, you’ll get to know the fourth planet as never before … and why this world is a place that is [...]

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Apollo 11 Moon Landing: 21st Century Slooh Salute!

Since 2003, Slooh has connected telescopes to the Internet for access by the broader public. Slooh’s automated observatories develop celestial images in real-time for broadcast to the Internet. Now the new news! Slooh will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing  with a high-definition lunar broadcast on Sunday, July 20th  starting at 5:30 [...]

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Book Review: Suborbital – Industry at the Edge of Space

Suborbital: Industry at the Edge of Space by Erik Seedhouse; Springer/Praxis, New York /Heidelberg; $34.99; 2014. As the dawn of commercial suborbital flight draws closer, author Erik Seedhouse has written an informative book on the topic. The reader will find splendid accounts of such groups as Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin, Masten Space Systems, and XCOR [...]

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Titan – Odiferous Outer Moon of Saturn

How hard to get a tantalizing whiff of Titan? Data from the NASA Cassini spacecraft’s Composite Infrared Spectrometer has been used to simulate Titan’s chemistry. A research team has been able to classify a previously unidentified material discovered by the Cassini spacecraft in the moon’s smoggy haze. Titan’s dirty orange color comes from a mixture of [...]

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New Report Explores Future of NASA Human Spaceflight

A new report from the National Research Council (NRC) — Pathways to Exploration – Rationales and Approaches for a U.S. Program of Human Space Exploration – is slated for a June 4th release. Members of the authoring committee will present the report’s findings and recommendations and respond to questions at a public briefing beginning at [...]

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