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Happy Birthday, Rusty!

Photo: Astronaut Russell L. Schweickart, Lunar Module pilot, stands in “golden slippers” on the Lunar Module ”Spider’s” porch during his extravehicular activity on the fourth day of the Apollo 9 earth-orbital mission. This photograph was taken from inside the Lunar Module “Spider” by mission commander James McDivitt. The Command/Service Module and Lunar Module were docked. Schweickart is wearing a Portable Life Support System (PLSS).

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We the Geeks!

On Friday, May 31st at 2pm EDT, the White House will host a “We The Geeks” Google+ Hangout on asteroids. During a conversation moderated by OSTP’s Cristin Dorgelo, the participants will be talking about asteroid identification, characterization, resource utilization, and hazard mitigation with: Lori Garver, Deputy Administrator, NASA Bill Nye, Executive Director, Planetary Society Ed Lu, former astronaut and CEO, B612 […]

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U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith in SPACE NEWS

Tracking Asteroids is a Critical Investment.  The Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held the second part of a two-part series of hearings looking at the tracking, characterization and mitigation of Near Earth Objects (NEOs).  The April 10th hearing focused on the most viable near-term initiatives within the private sector and the international coordination needed to identify […]

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So how big are these NEOs anyway?

Sometimes it’s challenging to visualize a space object on a human scale. Artist Michael Carroll created this image size comparison of 2012DA14 (on the left) and the Chelyabinsk meteroid (on the right) shown here give us a more  understandable representation of how large the recent NEOs that have passed Earth have been. You can read more […]

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