Monday, May 23

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Op-ed | Protecting Space Assets Above to Assert Geopolitical Dominance Below
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Op-ed | Protecting Space Assets Above to Assert Geopolitical Dominance Below

Jim Reilly is a former NASA astronaut and current executive adviser at Booz Allen Hamilton. Chris Bogdan is Booz Allen’s senior vice president for the firm’s aerospace business.  While our space assets orbit the Earth hundreds of miles above, the invasion of Ukraine has shown that the space domain is not above deteriorating geopolitical conditions. In fact, the ongoing conflict has further solidified the critical role of space in modern warfighting and national security, highlighting that data collected from space assets is mission-critical for U.S. intelligence and defense operations—in addition to its ability to illustrate a clear picture of the situation to the public. In the past, most space-based overhead imagery, communications and data related to national security were...
NASA — Prepare to be mesmerized… 😵‍💫
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NASA — Prepare to be mesmerized… 😵‍💫

We launched our Spitzer Space Telescope into orbit around the Sunday on Aug. 25, 2003. Since then, the observatory has been lifting the veil on the wonders of the cosmos, from our own solar system to faraway galaxies, using infrared light.Thanks to Spitzer, scientists were able to confirm the presence of seven rocky, Earth-size planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system. The telescope has also provided weather maps of hot, gaseous exoplanets and revealed a hidden ring around Saturn. It has illuminated hidden collections of dust in a wide variety of locations, including cosmic nebulas (clouds of gas and dust in space), where young stars form, and swirling galaxies. Spitzer has additionally investigated some of the universe’s oldest galaxies and stared at the black hole at the center of the Milky Way....
Starliner docks with ISS for the first time
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Starliner docks with ISS for the first time

Updated 10:45 p.m. Eastern with post-launch briefing comments. TITUSVILLE, Fla. — Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station May 20, a little more than 24 hours after its launch. The spacecraft docked with the forward docking port on the Harmony module of the station at 8:28 p.m. Eastern. Controllers reported a hard docking securing the spacecraft to the station about 20 minutes later, although hatches separating the spacecraft from the station won’t open until around 11:45 a.m. Eastern May 21. The docking took place more than an hour later than the original schedule as controllers worked through several minor issues. That included the spacecraft’s docking ring, which needed to be retracted and extended again before the spacec...
Moon2Mars Festival Features Live Music by Aaron Watson, American Authors, SHAED and more
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Moon2Mars Festival Features Live Music by Aaron Watson, American Authors, SHAED and more

HOUSTON, May 11, 2022 – Tickets are on sale now for Space Center Houston’s Moon2Mars Festival, presented by Wellby, Powered by JSC FCU, June 9-12. The first annual Moon2Mars Festival celebrates the future of space from the Moon to Mars. The festival will highlight cutting-edge space technologies and Friday and Saturday will culminate with an evening concert featuring performances by Aaron Watson, American Authors, SHAED, Katie Toupin and more. This Moon2Mars Festival is one way Space Center Houston, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, provides the public access to be a part of what’s happening now in space exploration. The festival music line-up has something for everyone from pop to alternative rock and country music. The outdoor stage will kick off with live music ...
NASA and Boeing set for second Starliner test flight
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NASA and Boeing set for second Starliner test flight

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft is ready to attempt another uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station, with both the company and the agency expressing confidence in the spacecraft despite past problems. The Starliner spacecraft, atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, rolled out to the pad at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral, Florida, May 18. Launch of the spacecraft on the Orbital Flight Test (OFT) 2 mission remains scheduled for 6:54 p.m. Eastern May 19. At prelaunch briefings here, NASA and Boeing officials said they were not dealing with any technical issues ahead of the launch, and weather forecasts project a 70% chance of acceptable conditions for launch. A backup launch opportunity is available May 20 at 6:3...