Late Links

Down to Earth

Orbital Science’s first Antares rocket has been rolled out to the pad in Virginia for their first round of live fire test. They are planning a test launch later this year to be followed quickly by their first demo flight to ISS.

In related news, SpaceX had a 2 second static fire test on the pad in Florida last Saturday.

SpaceX will be launching their next cargo mission to ISS on October 7.

ESA is planning to launch two more Galileo global positioning satellites on October 12.

NASA awarded Space Launch System contracts to Northrop Grumman, Dynetics, and ATK.

SpaceX had their first “hop” flight of the reusable Grasshopper launch vehicle.

Hot on the heels of Endeavour arriving in California last month, Atlantis will roll down the road on November 2, being the last space shuttle delivered to its museum.

In Orbit

ATV3 had trouble undocking from ISS last week Tuesday but was finally able to say goodbye on Friday the 28th. The large cargo ship burned up earlier this evening (Tuesday, Oct 2). As far as I know, there were no pictures from Earth or space of the breakup.

There was a small geomagnetic storm on October 1 that could have affected some satellites in low Earth orbit. We didn’t notice anything awry in ISS mission control yesterday.

Around the Solar System

We could be in for a beautiful comet fly-by in late 2013. The comet in question is comet ISON.

Curiosity has found its first direct evidence of flowing streams on the surface of Mars (not still flowing though, unfortunately).

Speaking of Curiosity, check out this new picture recently sent back (yes, I know its just a rock, but a MARS rock!).

Check out this awesome composite of Mars observations over one year.

Out There

The awesome (and lucky?) people that fly the Hubble Space Telescope have released a new image they are calling the “extreme deep field” which has added new observations to the old “ultra deep field”. Basically it is a deep image of the universe of an area much smaller than the size of the moon in which we can see thousands of galaxies. Amazing! Here is a link to the original ultra deep field.

The sharpest image ever taken of Pluto from the surface of the Earth was released by Gemini Observatory (a Mauna Kea, Hawaii telescope).

October 2, 2012 9:00 pm

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