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October 16, 2020

Sampling an asteroid

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:30 am
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Next Tuesday, if all goes well, a NASA mission will sample an asteroid and then return the retrieved sample to earth. JAXA has done the same thing already and its probe is on its way back to earth with the sample.

The information that we gain will tell us many things, including whether or not such mining might be economically feasible. It should also help in determining the best way to deflect such a body should one be found to be on a collision course with earth. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who would find this way cool)

September 24, 2020

Another near miss

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:18 am
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Story here.  Telling that it wasn’t spotted until a few days ago.  This one is small, but sooner or later we are going to get smacked hard by a bigger one. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

August 18, 2020

Way to go JAXA

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:29 pm
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Looks like JAXA is going to get more use out of their asteroid exploring satellite. Good job JAXA. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

July 7, 2020

One of these days

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:21 am
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It isn’t going to be a rock 5 feet across. It will be a rock 500 feet across.  It won’t be the equivalent of 165 tons of TNT, but 165 megatons of TNT. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

January 21, 2020

Well, this is happy news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:35 am
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It is stories like this that keep me saying that we need to get the heck off this rock asap.  We walked on the moon in 1969 and then proceeded to take a 50 year vacation that we can’t afford.  Luckily it appears that 2020 will mark the US return to manned space flight.  About damn time.

January 9, 2020

We’ve got to get off of this rock

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:39 am
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As regular readers know, spaceflight and exploration is one of the areas where I frequently link to news stories.  I am adamant that we need to get the US back into manned spaceflight and we need to get humanity out into the solar system.  It is stories like this that are one of the reasons why.  Sooner or later we are going to get smacked hard.  It would be better if we weren’t all in one place when that happens. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

December 6, 2019

JAXA doesn’t get enough credit

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:50 pm
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JAXA (The Japanese Space Agency) doesn’t get enough credit.  They have been doing some great space exploration.  See the latest here.

Speaking of asteroids, NASA has been doing some fine work as well.  (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

October 4, 2019


Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:20 am
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The Japanese space agency (JAXA), the equivalent of NASA has been doing some amazing science in regard to asteroids.  While they do participate in unmanned cargo resupply missions to the ISS, they do not maintain any manned spaceflight capabilities of their own (well, neither does NASA really).  Frankly, I’d love to see a collaboration between NASA and JAXA on manned spaceflight matters. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

August 15, 2019

Sooner rather than later

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:45 pm
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we are going to get whacked from out space, and I just hope it isn’t a big one.

February 5, 2016

Space news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:31 pm
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Russia is working on a manned lunar lander.

A small asteroid may pass very, very close to earth.

(Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

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