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LOHAN premieres spaceplane mission summary vid

Video summary of the entire LOHAN mission. In response to calls for a Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) summary video in support of our ongoing Kickstarter tin-rattling to launch the Vulture 2 spaceplane in New Mexico, we've put together a bare-bones overview of just how our audacious ballocket mission will work when …
Lester Haines, 8 Sep 2014

European Space Agency: PLATO will seek out 'ADVANCED LIFE forms'... 'SLIME'

The European Space Agency is planning to launch its own planet-hunting observatory in 2024, after the mission was chosen for the Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 programme. Exoplanets The Planetary Transits and Oscillations of stars, or PLATO, mission has been chosen to monitor relatively nearby stars, searching for the tiny dips in …
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Chinese 'nauts prep for next coupling in Heaven, clear way for new station

China's space agency has announced that its next manned mission will blast off tomorrow - and carry three 'nauts including the programme's second woman space traveller. A Long March 2F lifts Shenzhou 5 at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in 2003 A Long March 2F lifts Shenzhou 5 The Shenzhou-10 craft will take two blokes - …
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Squillionaire space tourist offers oldsters a holiday to Mars

A new organisation led by Dennis Tito - the world's first space tourist - wants to send an older couple on an all-expenses-paid 501-day trip to Mars. Artist's impression of the Inspiration Mars spacecraft How the Inspiration Mars spacecraft could look Mega-rich engineer Tito announced yesterday that his Inspiration …
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Their One Year Mission: To boldly find the effects of null G on humans

NASA and Roscosmos have decided on two veteran 'nauts for a prolonged one-year-long mission on the International Space Station. The Russian and US space agencies want to put a pair of spacefarers on the station for a prolonged duration to get more data on the effects of weightlessness on humans. NASA's Scott Kelly piloted …
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New NASA site offers solar system and time travel

NASA is making many a child's dream come true by letting the public take a trip through the solar system – and you don't even have to leave your living room. Eyes on the Solar System NASA's new site: Eyes on the Solar System. The space administration is putting actual mission data on an interactive website, Eyes on the Solar …

Mission sets e-bike land speed record

Leccy Tech Mission Motorcycles has set a land speed record for an electric motorbike. Mission_record_01 The Mission One bike hit a 150.059mph average over two one-mile runs With test rider Jeremy Cleland in the saddle, the Mission One bike achieved an American Motorcyclist Association certified 150.059mph average over two one-mile …
Alun Taylor, 18 Sep 2009
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El Reg to launch space paper plane

It's official: We here at the Vulture Central Science Bureau have had enough of writing about space shuttles, orbiting Japanese laboratories and Chinese taikonauts, when the best the UK's space programme can offer is to lose touch with a 300g wedge of Somerset farmhouse cheddar somewhere over the south of England. Accordingly …
Lester Haines, 30 Jul 2009
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Nowak astronaut romanta-scuffle affair: New evidence

The case of ex-spacewoman and US Navy captain Lisa Nowak grinds on. It was reported this week that her lawyers have asked that charges against her be dismissed, on the grounds that she may not in fact have done a good job of pepper-spraying a romantic adversary for the affections of a space shuttle pilot. Here on the Reg astro …
Lewis Page, 16 Apr 2009
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NASA rovers survive five years on Mars

NASA's Mars rover Spirit last Saturday passed the fifth anniversary of its arrival on the Red Planet on 3 January 2004 - an achievement which will be matched on 24 January by its twin Opportunity. During their epic Martian jaunt, the pair have "returned a quarter-million images, driven more than 21 kilometers (13 miles), …
Lester Haines, 5 Jan 2009
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Lunar surveyor satellite ready for launch

NASA has announced completion of thermal vacuum testing on its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), which will map landing sites on the Moon for America's planned new wave of manned space exploration. Launching next year, the LRO will orbit the Moon just 30 miles up, allowing it to scan the surface with great precision. The …
Lewis Page, 23 Dec 2008
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Atlantis Hubble mission set for 12 May

NASA has announced that the space shuttle Atlantis's STS-125 mission to the Hubble Space Telescope will finally blast off on 12 May next year. This final servicing jaunt to the venerable eye in the sky was delayed by the failure back in September of Hubble's operational data handling unit. NASA booted up a redundant back-up, …
Lester Haines, 5 Dec 2008
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Endeavour ISS gig extended one day

Endeavour's STS-126 mission to the ISS has been extended by one day so crew can "continue troubleshooting" the orbiting outpost's new Water Recovery System, which has proved somewhat bothersome. Steve Bowen (see pic, below) and Shane Kimbrough successfully ended the mission's fourth and final spacewalk at 00:31 GMT this …
Lester Haines, 25 Nov 2008
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India plants flag on Moon

India has become the fourth nation to join the stuff-on-the-Moon club, after the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft in lunar orbit successfully launched an impact probe at the lunar surface this afternoon. The 35-kg impactor was blazoned with the Indian flag. "It will signify the entry of India on Moon," an Indian Space Research …
Lewis Page, 14 Nov 2008
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Hubble back in full snapping mode

The Hubble space telescope yesterday resumed "regular science operations" following the failure of the 'scope's operational Science Instrument Command and Data Handling unit (SIC&DH) back in September and susbsequent coaxing into life of the back-up unit (more details here). Hubble image of Arp 147. Pic: NASA NASA yesterday …
Lester Haines, 31 Oct 2008
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Atlantis launch knocked back four days

The provisional launch date of space shuttle Atlantis on its STS-125 mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope has been postponed from 10 to 14 October due to the knock-on effects of Hurricane Ike. Ike forced the closure of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, resulting in a "lost week of training and mission …
Lester Haines, 25 Sep 2008
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China's Shenzhou VII is go

China's Shenzhou VII spacecraft blasted off today at 13:10 GMT from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern Gansu Province atop a Long-March II-F rocket. The mission marks the communist state's third manned space jaunt, and the first to include a spacewalk - if all goes according to plan. The Shenzou VII launch. Pic: …
Lester Haines, 25 Sep 2008
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NASA to sniff Martian atmosphere

NASA has announced it will in 2013 send a robotic mission to Mars to sniff the Red Planet's atmosphere and gain insights into how most of it was lost. The $485m Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft - judged as boasting the "best science value and lowest implementation risk" of 20 mission proposals - will " …
Lester Haines, 16 Sep 2008

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