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WFIRST Report Released

Wed, 2017-11-22 11:19
WFIRST Independent External Technical/Management/Cost Review (WIETR), NASA "This report responds to the questions asked in the Terms of Reference (TOR) that established the WIETR and includes recommendations and options for NASA to consider. This report is input to NASA... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

NASA Is Dark In Some Places

Tue, 2017-11-21 00:04
I was about to duplicate this issue when attempting to access the NASA website. I'm reaching out to our engineers to have the DNS issue looked into. ~DB— ComcastCares (@comcastcares) November 21, 2017... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Waiting For Bridenstine

Mon, 2017-11-20 23:15
Is Trump's NASA Nominee Ready to Tackle Climate Change?, Wired "[Tony] Busalacchi, who has twice testified before Bridenstine's House Subcommittee on Space, says he's had two phone calls with Bridenstine since his nomination became public September 1. "He told... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Rendezvous With `Oumuamua

Mon, 2017-11-20 22:52
Keith's note: Larger image. Objects are to scale. But the way that this thing rotates might dictate a more prudent station keeping distance. First Interstellar Asteroid `Oumuamua is Like Nothing Seen Before, ESO "Observations from ESO's Very Large Telescope... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

SETI vs METI Dispute: Lions and Tigers and Bears - Oh My

Sun, 2017-11-19 20:25
We just sent a message to try to talk to aliens on another world, New Scientist "Ninety-eight percent of astronomers and SETI researchers, including myself, think that METI is potentially dangerous, and not a good idea," says Dan Werthimer, a... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Its The End Of The World As We Know It Again

Sun, 2017-11-19 20:03
Please stop annoying this NASA scientist with your ridiculous Planet X doomsday theories "David Morrison is a real NASA scientist who studies real planets and makes real discoveries about the real universe. Unfortunately for him, Morrison's duties also include debunking... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

NSF Decides Not To Shut Down Arecibo

Sun, 2017-11-19 18:38
Statement on NSF Record of Decision on Arecibo Observatory, NSF "On Nov. 15, 2017, the National Science Foundation (NSF) signed its Record of Decision for the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. This important step concludes the agency's decision-making process with... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Doing Something Again For The First Time

Thu, 2017-11-16 00:07
Keith's note: There is a lot of talk these days about yet another pivot in America's civilian space policy. This time it is "back" to the Moon. Mars is not off the agenda - but it is not moving... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

NASA Likes Financial Report That Says Broken Things Are Still Broken

Wed, 2017-11-15 21:53
NASA's Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Audit Result "NASA has received an unmodified audit opinion on its Fiscal Year 2017 (FY 2017) financial statements, making this the seventh consecutive year of "clean" opinions. The agency released its FY 2017 Agency Financial... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

SpaceX Is Launching Something Super Secret Called "Zuma"

Tue, 2017-11-14 22:20
SpaceX will launch a secret government payload to orbit Wednesday, Mashable "Very little is known about the Zuma mission, as no government or commercial entity has claimed it. Usually, even the National Reconnaissance Office - the branch of the government... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Hey NASA: This Is The Droid You Were Looking For

Tue, 2017-11-14 00:07
Keith's note: NASA poured lots of money into its R5 robot that cannot walk unless it is on a hoist and controlled by a human. It is always broken. So they gave away these broken droids to several universities... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Dream Chaser Completes A Free Flight Test

Mon, 2017-11-13 16:54
Dream Chaser Completes Free Flight Test "Completion of Dream Chaser's free flight test on Nov. 11, 2017, was a major milestone under a space act agreement with NASA's Commercial Crew Program. NASA selected Sierra Nevada Corp., along with Orbital ATK... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

S.S. Gene Cernan Reaches Orbit

Sun, 2017-11-12 14:36
Orbital ATK Launches S.S. Gene Cernan To The International Space Station (with video) "The Antares rocket launched the Cygnus spacecraft loaded with approximately 7,400 pounds (3,350 kilograms) of cargo to the crew of six who are aboard the space station.... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2