Ahmadinejad says he wants to be Iran’s first astronaut
TEHRAN, Iran — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that he’s ready to take the risk of being the first Iranian astronaut sent into space as part of Iran’s goal of a manned space flight.
“I’m ready to be the first Iranian to sacrifice myself for our country’s scientists,” the official IRNA news agency [...]
Wikipedia: Artist’s conception of rover on Mars
A probe the size of a small car will hurtle through the Martian atmosphere at 13,000mph early on Monday morning using engineering which, if successful, could lay the path for the first manned Mars landing.
Using a giant £1.67 billion heat shield, the world’s biggest supersonic parachute and eight rocket thrusters, scientists hope Curiosity, a super robot kitted out with 17 cameras [...]
Physicist was selected from 8,000 applicants to join crew on Space Shuttle Challenger in 1983
Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, died onMonday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
The former astronaut, 61, was described as a national hero who [...]
Now, here’s some real Obama outsourcing.
This morning, Kazakhstan time, the next mission to the International Space Station successfully blasted off carrying the usual trio — a Russian commander, an astronaut from the international community and an American in a seat rented by NASA since the retirement of the last U.S. space shuttle a year ago this month.
NASA-TV will carry live coverage of the Tuesday docking starting about 12:15 a.m. ET and [...]
After voters sent a former “Saturday Night Live” star (Sen. Al Franken), a hit recording artist (former Rep. Sonny Bono) and an astronaut (former Sen. John Glenn) to Congress, a former Miss America Pageant winner wants to try her hand at lawmaking.
Erika Harold, who won the Miss America crown in 2003, passed the first hurdle this week in becoming the Republican candidate to replace Illinois Rep. Tim Johnson, who dropped [...]
GENEVA (AP) — The tidy Swiss want to clean up space.
Swiss scientists said Wednesday they plan to launch a “janitor satellite” specially designed to get rid of orbiting debris known as space junk.
The 10-million-franc ($11-million) satellite called CleanSpace One – the prototype for a family of such satellites – is being built by the Swiss Space Center at the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology in Lausanne, or EPFL.
EPFL said Wednesday [...]
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s humanoid robot has finally awakened in space.
Ground controllers turned Robonaut on Monday for the first time since it was delivered to the International Space Station in February. The test involved sending power to all of Robonaut’s systems. The robot was not commanded to move; that will happen next week.
“Those electrons feel GOOD! One small step for man, one giant [...]
HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) — SpaceX’s next mission is to the International Space Station.
The Hawthorne, Calif.-based private rocket maker said Monday its Dragon capsule will launch on Nov. 30 on a cargo test run to the orbiting outpost. SpaceX said the launch will be followed by a station docking more than a week later.
With the space shuttle fleet retired, NASA is depending [...]
Japan’s Honda is hoping to retool its humanoid robot ASIMO for a nuclear mission so it can join emergency work inside the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant, a press report said Friday.
The company aims to upgrade the robot’s upper body functions so that it can move its arms as smoothly as a human being, with motorised shoulders, elbows and wrists, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported.
The current ASIMO, [...]
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A spacewalking astronaut almost had to retreat into the safety of the International Space Station on Wednesday when something got into his eye and made it sting “like crazy.”
Several minutes after he reported the discomfort, Andrew Feustel assured everyone his eye was feeling better and the third spacewalk of shuttle Endeavour’s final voyage continued [...]
Google has selected Monte Verde Elementary School student Matteo Lopez, 7, as the U.S. winner of this year’s Doodle 4 Google contest.
Lopez, a South San Francisco resident, created a whimsical logo he calls “Space Life.” The marker and colored pencil drawing depicts an imaginative trip to the moon, complete with an alien encounter.
The picture beat out more than 107,000 submissions and topped the list of over 5 [...]
(AP) CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. â€“ A robotic system shutdown interrupted Monday’s spacewalk outside the International Space Station, leaving an astronaut stuck with an 800-pound pump in his hands for nearly a half-hour.
Good thing it was weightless.
Spacewalker Stephen Bowen was in no danger, but it didn’t sound pleasant.
Mission Control asked if he was comfortable.
“I’m fine as long as it’s not too much longer,” Bowen radioed. “How much longer?”
Bowen was perched on [...]