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SpaceX’s capsule arrives at ISS

A privately-owned unmanned US space capsule docked at the International Space Station bringing food, scientific materials and crucial equipment to the space outpost.

NASA peaks our “Curiosity” with latest Mars mission

 

NASA’s newest mission could be right out of Hollywood.  “Curiosity” is NASA’s most ambitious Mars rover mission yet.

 

50 Years Later, Astronaut John Glenn Recounts His Historic Mission in Space

Fifty years ago, NASA astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, despite numerous glitches. Judy Woodruff and Glenn discuss how the historic mission changed the space race.

While You were Sleeping….. America’s Newest Space Shuttle has been in Space for more than 10 months!

As with everything in politics, the smallest things were made to seem astronomically terrible.  This was the case with the ending of America‘s Manned Space Shuttle program, that flew for more than 30 years.  Many thought that it was the the end of America’s dominance in space.  But what many Americans didnt realize, was that the United States Air Force had already had developed, tested and launched it’s replacement.

Using all the data from 30 years of manned Space Shuttle flight, Drone advancements, and modern technological advances, America’s newest Space Shuttle, The Super Secret X-37B has been in space circling the Earth for over 10 months.  that may not seem like a very long time, but consider that the longest Space Shuttle Mission was that of the Columbia in 1996, which lasted only 17 Days 15 Hours 53 Minutes 18 Seconds.

Built by  Boeing’s Phantom Works, the X-37B spacecraft is approximately 29 feet (8.8 meters) long and 15 feet (4.5 meters) wide. It has a payload bay about the size of a Ford F-250 pickup truck.  The X-37B resembles a miniature version of NASA’s space shuttle, in fact, two X-37Bs could fit inside the 60-foot (18-meter) cargo bay of a space shuttle comfortably.  But make no mistake about it, America’s Newest Super Secret Shuttle has a military and not civilian background and intent.

The X-37B’s current mission and payload is classified, but it has been widely speculated that it’s current voyage is actually a spy mission.

Brid-Aine Parnell of The Register UK writes……..

The US Air Force’s second mysterious mini-space shuttle, the X-37B, could be spying on China‘s space laboratory and the first piece of its space station, Tiangong-1.

Amateur space trackers told the British Interplanetary Society publication Spaceflight that the black-funded spaceplane seemed to be orbiting the Earth in tandem with Tiangong_1, or the Heavenly Palace, leading the magazine to speculate that its unknown mission is to spy on it.

The SPACE.com infographic depicts the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle is an unmanned space test vehicle for the USAF. CREDIT: Karl Tate, SPACE.com

Whatever the purpose of America’s Newest Shuttle, we can be assured that The United State will remain a force to be reckoned with in technology and space for many years to come.  The X-37B merely represents the programs and vehicles that we actually know about, just think of what we don’t .

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Is There Another Earth in Outer Space? Signs say YES!

Astronomers using NASA’s space-based Kepler Telescope may be close to finding the first Earth-like planets in outer space, potentially capable of supporting life. Such a discovery could change the way we view our place in the universe.

The Holy Grail – NASA’s GRAIL Mission Will Celebrate New Year’s On the Moon

After more than 100 days in space, NASA’s twin GRAIL spacecraft are fast approaching their destination, the moon. The mission hopes to discover more about the lunar rock while measuring its gravity.

NASA launches Mars rover “Curiosity”

With this morning’s launch, NASA’s $2.5 billion rover – aptly named “Curiosity” – began its 354-million-mile journey to Mars. And as Lee Cowan reports, getting to the Red Planet is only half the problem.

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