Friday Links

Down To Earth

This week NASA has a Day of Remembrance to remember the astronauts we have lost in the American space program.

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Seattle’s Museum of Flight received the “keys” to JSC’s full fuselage trainer, which will be the centerpiece of their new space exhibit.

Seven time space-flyer Jerry Ross leaves NASA.

If you haven’t applied to NASA’s request for new astronaut candidates by now, it’s too late. Fortunately I got my application in on time!

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Newt Gingrich had some interesting things to say about the future of NASA while on the campaign trail in Florida. Here’s a pretty good critique. And here’s a pretty good post that bluntly calls him out for pandering.

Neil Degrasse Tyson went on MSNBC to talk about Gingrich’s plan. I don’t like the title of MSNBC’s post, but Tyson pretty much gets it right, as he so often does.

In Orbit

It appears an altitude chamber test on a Soyuz descent module had an issue and there may be a delay to the upcoming launches.

A Russian Proton rocket launch has also been delayed.

Around the Solar System

Opportunity is going to be staying put for a while through the Martian winter, giving people time to put together some great panoramas of her current view.

There is a new space IMAX movie being made called Outside In that will use Cassini and Hubble imagery for dramatic fly-throughs. Check out a couple minutes of footage. I can’t wait to see it!

Out There

Kepler discovers 11 new planetary systems with 26 exoplanets. NASA link.

January 27, 2012 11:21 pm

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