Spacewalk to go ahead on Sunday despite helmet leak

Miami (AFP) Feb 27, 2015

Two US astronauts will go ahead with a spacewalk this weekend despite a flaw in one of the spacesuits that allowed water to seep into the helmet, the US space agency NASA said Friday.

Mission managers made the decision after discussing what NASA called “the minor seepage of water into the helmet of Expedition 42 Flight Engineer Terry Virts of NASA following the last spacewalk on February 25. —> Read More Here

Three rockets launched near-simultaneously in Aegis test

Washington DC (XNA) Feb 27, 2015

The U.S. military launched three suborbital rockets near-simultaneously Tuesday as part of a ballistic missile defense (BMD) test involving the Aegis weapon system.

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said in a statement that the rockets were acquired and tracked by sailors aboard two Aegis BMD destroyers while a third destroyer participated in associated operations.

Using this dat —> Read More Here

Russia’s Yamal-601 Teleco Sat to b launched in 2018

Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Feb 26, 2015

The Khrunichev Space Center and Gazprom Space Systems reached a deal on Wednesday to launch Russia’s new Yamal-601 satellite in 2018.

Yamal-601 will provide telecommunications services to customers in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia.

The satellite will be launched by the Proton-M carrier rocket, and is set to replace the Yamal-202 at the end of its operational lifeti —> Read More Here

New NASA Space Cowboy Deploys Its ‘Lasso’

Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 27, 2015

Like a cowboy at a rodeo, NASA’s newest Earth-observing satellite, the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP), has triumphantly raised its “arm” and unfurled a huge golden “lasso” (antenna) that it will soon spin up to rope the best soil moisture maps ever obtained from space.

Launched Jan. 31 from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base on a Delta II rocket, SMAP is now literally riding tall —> Read More Here

NASA Hopes to Continue Cooperation on ISS Until 2024

Washington DC (Sputnik) Feb 27, 2015

NASA is ready to continue to cooperate with its International Space Station (ISS) partners, including Russia, for at least nine more years, the space agency has said in a statement.

“The Obama administration is committed to extending operation of the International Space Station to at least 2024,” NASA said in the statement obtained by RIA Novosti on Thursday, adding that it welcomes “conti —> Read More Here

Guiding our Search for Life on Other Earths

Moffet Field CA (SPX) Feb 26, 2015

A telescope will soon allow astronomers to probe the atmosphere of Earthlike exoplanets for signs of life. To prepare, Lisa Kaltenegger and her team are modeling the atmospheric fingerprints for hundreds of potential alien worlds.

The James Webb Space Telescope, set to launch in 2018, will usher a new era in our search for life beyond Earth. With its 6.5-meter mirror, the long-awaited succ —> Read More Here

Felling of tropical trees has soared, satellite shows, not slowed

Washington DC (SPX) Feb 26, 2015

The rate at which tropical forests were cut, burned or otherwise lost from the 1990s through the 2000s accelerated by 62 percent, according to a new study which dramatically reverses a previous estimate of a 25 percent slowdown over the same period.

That previous estimate, from the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Forest Resource Assessment, was based on a collection of rep —> Read More Here

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