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Meteor-like object over Russia's Murmansk caught on dash-cams
Residents of the Kola Peninsula witnessed the fall of a "celestial body" similar to the famous Chelyabinsk meteorite on Saturday, April 19, 2014. It flashed at 02:10 am local time and was clearly seen in the sky. However, no sound of explosions was heard. Officials say that the nature of the celestial body is unknown.

Video courtesy: Alexandr Nesterov (00:02-00:23)

Credit: Russia Today (RT)

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NASA confirms the discovery of an Earth-sized planet that may have potential for life, but its sun is dimmer than ours. Here's what an evening stroll on a beach on Kepler-186f might be like.
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Cryo-sleep...make it happen.
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NASA's Orion EFT-1 Service Module
NASA's Orion Service Module is a state-of-the-art spacecraft designed to take astronauts on missions out into the solar system, including back to the Moon, voyages to asteroids and Mars. Pictured here is the mockup version that will be used for the Orion Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) in December 2014. Final assembly and pre-flight testing of the EFT-1 Orion is underway at Kennedy Space Center. Lockheed Martin, as NASA's prime contractor, is preparing the Orion inside the center's historic Operations and Checkout (O&C) building, which was used in the late 1960s and early 1970s to ready Apollo spacecraft for flights to the moon.

During the Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), Orion will travel 3,600 miles into space—farther than a spacecraft built for humans has been in more than 40 years—and orbit the Earth twice! This is more than 15 times farther out than where the International Space Station (ISS) orbits. The capsule will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere at speeds approaching 20,000 mph, generating temperatures as high as 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean. This reentry velocity is equivalent to about 85% of what human spacecraft returning from Mars would be expected to experience—an important engineering milestone and deep space mission prerequisite.

The uncrewed flight will provide engineers with important data about Orion's heat shield and other elements, including the spacecraft adapter’s performance. The spacecraft adapter will connect Orion to the Delta IV and it will also connect Orion to NASA’s new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), on its first mission in 2017. The adapter was completed earlier this month at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. SLS, NASA's new rocket, will be capable of taking humans to deep space missions, including Mars.

The full production version of the Orion Service Module will provide propulsion and life support and is being built by European space company Astrium as the European Space Agency's contribution to NASA's Space Launch System (SLS).

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Peeking Through Orion's Dust
This image shows the great Orion Nebula (Messier 42) in infrared light. Traditional images of the Orion Nebula taken in visible light primarily display the familiar and striking magenta colour from H-Alpha emission, as well as large dark obscuring clouds of dust. But infrared light penetrates these clouds better and allows for a peek deep into the heart of the nebula, revealing complex details and hundreds of bright young stars that are otherwise completely invisible. These stars shine primarily in the infrared and appear as golden red in this image. Only a minority of these are even visible in traditional images.
 
The infrared region seems largely unexplored by amateur astronomers. But using a filter that only allows infrared light (>700nm) to pass through allows obtaining an image of these hidden features. Effectively the band observed is 700-1100nm since the sillicon CCD chip is not responsive to wavelengths longer than that, and this band is called NIR (Near Infrared).

The Orion Nebula lies 1350 light-years away in the constellation Orion and is the closest stellar factory to us. Here new stars are born out of the dense clouds of gas and dust. The nebula is lit up by the four bright young stars in the center called the Trapezium. These stars form a small cluster and many more are in fact present, as can be seen in this infrared view.
 
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Date: November 24th and 27th, 2012
Exposure: NIR(Luminance) 72m, NIR(red) 72m, G(green) 4.5m, B(blue) 4.5m, total 1hr 21mins @ -30C
Telescope: 10" Serrurier Truss Newtonian f/5
Camera: QSI 683wsg with Lodestar guider
Filters: Astrodon LRGB E-Series Gen 2

Taken from Rolf's observatory in Auckland, New Zealand

Image Copyright & Credit: Rolf Wahl Olsen
Caption Credit: Rolf Wahl Olsen
Rolf's Website: http://www.rolfolsenastrophotography.com

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+Stephan W Here is a good idea of what the travel time would be if there was a constant 1g of acceleration and deceleration. We have no where near this kind of propulsion yet. But humans could easily with stand up to 2 maybe 3gs of force for extended periods on their bodies with little to no lasting effects.

http://space.stackexchange.com/questions/840/how-fast-will-1g-get-you-there

Also these figure are averages. As the planets very in their distance to us.

Here is a good proof on it:
http://www.math2earth.oriw.eu/publications/20_Travelling%20the%20space%20at%201%20g%20acceleration.pdf


As far as aerobraking thats how all manned space vehicles land on earth after they have completed their missions. The orion capsule that Boeing and NASA are building right now will hit the atmosphere and withstand 4000F at more than 20,000mph.
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NASA's Orion Launch Abort System (LAS) for Crew Safety
This is the Orion Exploration Flight Test-1(EFT-1) Launch Abort System (LAS) inside the Launch Abort System Facility at Kennedy Space Center (KSC). The flight test abort motor is configured with inert propellant, since the EFT-1 mission will have no crew on board, but otherwise replicates the launch abort system that will ensure astronaut safety on future crewed Orion exploration missions using the new Space Launch System (SLS).

ATK’s abort motor is part of Orion’s Launch Abort System (LAS), which is designed to safely pull the Orion crew module away from the launch vehicle in the event of an emergency on the launch pad or during the initial ascent of NASA’s SLS. This was a key capability missing from the NASA Space Shuttle.

Although an abort event is not necessary for the un-crewed mission, having an inert abort motor ATK delivers inert launch abort motor for Exploration Flight Test-1 in the LAS stack for EFT-1 helps NASA achieve its goals simulating the same weight, structure and aerodynamics of the live motor configuration. 

Successfully ground-tested in 2008 and flight-tested during Orion’s Pad Abort test in 2010, the launch abort motor is more than 17 feet tall, measures 3 feet in diameter and includes a revolutionary turn-flow rocket manifold technology.

Alliant Techsystems, also known as ATK, makes the Attitude Control Motor for the abort system at its Elkton, Md., facility. The control motor provides steering for the launch abort vehicle during an abort sequence.

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NASA Orion Start Abort System (LAS) für die Sicherheit der Besatzung 
Dies ist der Orion Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) Starten Abort System (LAS) in der Startabbruchsystem Facility am Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Der Testflug abbrechen Motor mit inerten Treib konfiguriert ist, da die EFT-1 Mission wird keine Mannschaft an Bord zu haben, aber sonst repliziert der Start abbrechen System, das Astronauten Sicherheit auf künftigen bemannten Missionen Orion Exploration gewährleisten die neue Space Launch System (SLS ). 

ATK Abbruch Motor ist Teil des Orion Launch Abort System (LAS), die entworfen, um sicher ziehen Sie den Orion-Crew-Modul von der Trägerrakete im Notfall auf der Startrampe oder während der ersten Besteigung des NASA-SLS. Dies war eine zentrale Funktion fehlt in der NASA-Raumfähre. 

Obwohl ein Abbruch Veranstaltung ist nicht notwendig, für die UNO-Mission mit Crew, mit einem inerten abbrechen Motor ATK liefert inerten Start abbrechen Motor für Flug Exploration-Test-1 in der LAS-Stack für EFT-1 hilft, seine Ziele zu erreichen NASA simuliert das gleiche Gewicht, Struktur und Aerodynamik des lebenden Motorkonfiguration. 

Im Jahr 2008 erfolgreich bahn getestet und während des Orion Pad Abort Test im Jahr 2010 Flug-geprüft, der Start abbrechen Motor ist mehr als 17 Meter hoch, misst drei Meter im Durchmesser und enthält eine revolutionäre Wende-Flow-Rakete Verteilertechnik. 

Alliant Techsystems, auch ATK bekannt ist, macht die Attitude Control Motor für die Abbruchsystem in seiner Elkton, Md., Möglichkeiten. Der Stellmotor liefert Lenkung für den Start abbrechen Fahrzeug während einer Abbruchsequenz. 

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NASA's Orion Spacecraft Passes First Integrated System Testing
Engineers in the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, perform avionics testing on the Orion spacecraft being prepared for its first trip to space in December 2014.

NASA's Orion spacecraft has proven its mettle in a test designed to determine the spacecraft's readiness for its first flight test—Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1)—in December 2014. EFT-1 will send the spacecraft more than 3,600 miles from Earth and return it safely. The spacecraft ran for 26 uninterrupted hours during the final phase of a major test series completed April 8, 2014 at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The test verified the crew module can route power and send commands that enable the spacecraft to manage its computer system, software and data loads, propulsion valves, temperature sensors and other instrumentation.

"This has been the most significant integrated testing of the Orion spacecraft yet," said William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for NASA's human exploration and operations at the agency's Headquarters in Washington. "The work done to test the avionics with the crew module isn't just preparing us for Orion's first trip to space in a few months. It's also getting us ready to send crews far into the solar system."

In October 2013, NASA and Lockheed Martin engineers powered on Orion's main computer for the first time. Since then, they have installed harnessing, wiring and electronics. This was the first time engineers ran the crew module through its paces to verify all system actuators respond correctly to commands and all sensors report back as planned. More than 20 miles of wire are required to connect the different systems being powered.

"Getting all the wiring right, integrating every element of the avionics together, and then testing it continuously for this many hours is a big step toward getting to deep space destinations," said Mark Geyer, Orion program manager.

In May 2014, the heat shield will be installed and, shortly thereafter, the crew module will be attached with the service module.
During EFT-1, an uncrewed Orion spacecraft will take a four-hour trip into space, traveling 15 times farther from Earth than the International Space Station. During its reentry into Earth's atmosphere, Orion will be traveling at 20,000 mph, faster than any current spacecraft capable of carrying humans, and endure temperatures of approximately 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The data gathered during the flight will inform design decisions to improve the spacecraft that will one day carry humans to an asteroid and eventually Mars. EFT-1 is targeted for launch in December.

Image Credit: Lockheed Martin
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ULA Delta IV Heavy Boosters for NASA's New Orion Spacecraft
Orion will be launching to space for first time in December 2014!
Side view of two of three Delta IV heavy boosters, powered by RS-68 engines, comprising the mammoth Delta IV Heavy Rocket that will propel NASA's new Orion spacecraft to high Earth orbit in December 2014. They are being readied at the Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF), Launch Complex 37 of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. 

The triple barreled Delta IV Heavy rocket built by United Launch Alliance (ULA) is currently the most powerful rocket in America’s fleet with two million pounds of thrust and the only one capable of launching the Orion Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) capsule to its intended orbit of 3600 miles altitude above Earth.

During the flight test, Orion will travel 3,600 miles into space—farther than a spacecraft built for humans has been in more than 40 years—and orbit the Earth twice! This is more than 15 times farther out than where the International Space Station (ISS) orbits. The capsule will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere at speeds approaching 20,000 mph, generating temperatures as high as 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean. This reentry velocity is equivalent to about 85% of what human spacecraft returning from Mars would be expected to experience—an important engineering milestone and deep space mission prerequisite.

The uncrewed flight will provide engineers with important data about Orion's heat shield and other elements, including the spacecraft adapter’s performance. The spacecraft adapter will connect Orion to the Delta IV and it will also connect Orion to NASA’s new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), on its first mission in 2017. The adapter was completed earlier this month at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. SLS, NASA's new rocket, will be capable of taking humans to deep space missions, including Mars.

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Into the Depths of the Trifid Nebula
This image shows the famous Trifid Nebula in Sagittarius, also known as Messier 20 or NGC 6514. This particular nebula is a classic favorite among both visual and photographic observers due to its bright and colorful appearance. The complex cloud displays an unusual combination of both red emission and blue reflection areas as well as numerous intricate dark patterns. The nebula is located 9000 light years away in the direction of the Milky Way center. The entire area is sprinkled with thousands of stars and fainter dusty and nebulous areas throughout. Another dark cloud shows up silhouetted against the starry background to the left of the Trifid.
 
Near the top of the Trifid itself a curious example of gas evaporation can be seen. A dense stalk, 8 light years from the central cluster, is emerging from the edge of the bubble surrounding the central cluster, and in the other direction a powerful stellar jet from a young star, HH 399 embedded in the gas, is shooting out in a direction towards the bottom right. The bright young stars in the central cluster emit strong radiation which eats away the surrounding gas and dust. The stalk only appears because a denser region lies at its very tip and protects a thin strip of the cloud from this interstellar erosion. The Hubble Space Telescope has imaged this fascinating area in high resolution. Also, the proper motion of the irradiated plasma in this jet has been measured and an interesting paper has been published detailing these findings.
 
Also, throughout the nebula lies countless young T Tauri stars just having emerged from their birthplaces inside the gas and dust.
 
Image details:
Date: June 13th, 14th, 17th, 21st and 29th, 2012
Exposure: LRGB: 335:37.5:30:22.5m, total 7hrs 3mins @ -30C
Telescope: 10" Serrurier Truss Newtonian
Camera: QSI 683wsg with Lodestar guider
Filters: Astrodon LRGB E-Series Gen 2
Taken from Rolf's observatory in Auckland, New Zealand

Image Copyright & Credit: Rolf Wahl Olsen
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Rolf's Website: http://www.rolfolsenastrophotography.com

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NASA's Hangar 1: Among the world's largest freestanding structures 
Hangar One is one of the world's largest freestanding structures, covering 8 acres (32,000 m2). The hangar was constructed in 1931. It is a Naval Historical Monument and a State of California Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. In May 2008, The National Trust for Historic Preservation listed Hangar One on their list of America's "Most Endangered Places". NASA's Ames Research Center is currently evaluating bids to lease the hangar and Moffett Federal Airfield.

In this image, Hangar One is set in blue courtesy of event planners and sponsors of the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics and Life Sciences event held in December 13, 2013 at Moffett Federal Airfield in California.

Moffett Field's "Hangar One" (built during the Depression era for the USS Macon) and the row of World War II blimp hangars are still some of the largest unsupported structures in the country. The airship hangar is constructed on a network of steel girders sheathed with galvanized steel. It rests firmly upon a reinforced pad anchored to concrete pilings. The floor covers eight acres (32,000 m²) and can accommodate Six (6) (360 feet x 160 feet) football fields. The airship hangar itself, measures 1,133 feet (343 m) long and 308 feet (93 m) wide.

The building has aerodynamic architecture. Its walls curve upward and inward, to form an elongated dome 198 feet (60 m) high. The clam-shell doors were designed to reduce turbulence when the Macon moved in and out on windy days. The "orange peel" doors, weighing 500 tons (511.88 tons) each, are moved by their own 150 horsepower motors operated via an electrical control panel.

The airship hangar's interior is so large that fog sometimes forms near the ceiling. A person unaccustomed to its vastness is susceptible to optical disorientation. Looking across its deck, planes and tractors look like toys. Along its length maintenance shops, inspection laboratories and offices help keep the hangar busy. Looking up, a network of catwalks for access to all parts of the structure can be seen. Two elevators meet near the top, allowing maintenance personnel to get to the top quickly and easily.

Narrow gauge tracks run through the length of the hangar. During the period of lighter-than-air dirigibles and non-rigid aircraft, the rails extended across the apron and into the fields at each end of the hangar. This tramway facilitated the transportation of an airship on the mooring mast to the airship hangar interior or to the flight position. During the brief period that the Macon was based at Moffett, Hangar One accommodated not only the giant airship but several smaller non-rigid lighter-than-air craft simultaneously.

USS Macon (ZRS-5) was a rigid airship built and operated by the United States Navy for scouting and served as a "flying aircraft carrier", designed to carry biplane parasite aircraft, five single-seat Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk for scouting or two-seat Fleet N2Y-1 for training. In service for less than two years, in 1935 Macon was damaged in a storm and lost off California's Big Sur coast, though most of the crew were saved.

Moffett Federal Airfield is a joint civil-military airport located between northern Mountain View and northern Sunnyvale, California, USA. The airport is near the south end of San Francisco Bay, northwest of San Jose. Formerly a United States Navy facility, the former naval air station is now owned and operated by the NASA Ames Research Center. 

Moffett Airfield is home to H211, LLC, owned by Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Through the LLC they pay $1.3 million a year to NASA to park their Boeing 767-200 and other Gulfstream V jets. In addition, the airplanes have also had scientific equipment installed by NASA to allow for experiments to be run in flight.

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