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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)

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)

SpaceX Dragon

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:24 am
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Looks like the first full crew launch of the Dragon capsule will be in October due to a lot of other missions to the ISS in September.  Three NASA and one JAXA astronaut will be on board.  Can’t wait to see it. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

August 3, 2020

Thank God!

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:24 am
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SpaceX has done it.  The US is now back in the manned spaceflight business.  Looks like the first regular flight to the ISS in the Dragon capsule will be in September and will have 3 NASA astronauts and 1 JAXA astronaut. No more paying the Russians $70 million a seat.  Next stop, the moon and Mars. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who I have not doubt is really, really happy.)

April 14, 2020

Mercury

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:13 pm
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Nice photos of the Earth as the ESA/JAXA joint mission to Mercury flies by.  JAXA is really doing a lot in the non-manned space arena. (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

JAXA

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)

July 12, 2019

Way to go JAXA

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:20 pm
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JAXA, the Japanese space agency (their version of NASA) has just landed a satellite on an asteroid in order to sample it and better understand its composition.  This is a tremendous achievement and is good news for all of us hoping to see a more vigorous exploration of space.  ( post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who passed away 5 years ago this week)

June 19, 2019

Space news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:36 am
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NASA has a spacecraft that is orbiting an asteroid and mapping it in preparation for landing and sampling the surface.  Small planetary bodies have become a hot item of study for NASA, JAXA and the ESA.

May 3, 2019

Space news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:59 am
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Turns out there is water (in microscopic amounts) on rocky asteroids.  BTW, the Japanese space agency JAXA, has been doing amazing work on asteroids.  They seem to have adopted this subject as a particular specialty. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

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