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Ladies Make Big Splash In Space Program

NASA has picked eight new astronauts, half of them women. And that’s the highest percentage of female astronaut candidates ever selected for a class. There were 6,100 applicants.

NASA says they choose their astronauts based only on skill and qualifications. It has nothing to do with gender.

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Hubble Telescope (Getty Images)
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Hubble Telescope’s Days Are Numbered

Conceived in the 1940’s, designed in the 1970’s, built in the 1980’s, it was in April of 1990 that the Hubble telescope was placed into orbit by the crew of the space shuttle Discovery. A major problem during its design was that the lenses were incorrectly calculated, so the first images were blurry. A repair mission three years later basically outfitted Hubble with glasses.

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Would You Take A Honeymoon To Mars?

Would you want to go to Mars? Financial tycoon Dennis Tito, who himself took a ride in space on the International Space Station, has unveiled a trip to Mars for husband and wife astronauts to launch within five years. They wouldn’t land on the planet, but come to within 100 miles of the surface of Mars then return. The whole trip would take 16 months in a space capsule half the size of an RV.

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NASA Says The World Won’t End Next Week

NASA is so confident the world won't end on December 21st that they're releasing a video ahead of time.  The video "Why The World Didn't End Yesterday" was originally scheduled to be released on December 22nd, the day after the Mayan calendar supposedly indicates the end of the world.

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Sally Ride – The First Woman in Space Dies at 61

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Look Out Below? Major Asteroid To Pass Close To Earth.

 

An asteroid bigger than a jumbo jet is on course to come close to the Earth and moon on Tuesday.  Its been about 35 years since a space object of this size has graced the proximity of our planet.  But not to worry, scientists say

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How To See This Weekend’s Meteor Shower

Looking for something to do this weekend that won't cost you a dollar?  Stay up late Friday night and check out the stars.  I'm not trying to be a cheeseball, but this weekend is the Orionid meteor shower and it peaks on Friday and Saturday mornings.

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Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (Getty Images)
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NASA Satellite Returns to Earth – Somewhere

NASA scientists say that dead satellite returned to earth overnight somewhere over the Pacific, but with a 500 mile area where it could have fallen they're not sure exactly where it fell.  Most of it could have fallen into the ocean.  Some of it could have reached land.

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History’s First Look at the Space Shuttle – Dale’s Daily Data

It took 10 billion dollars and 10 years to develop, but the first space shuttle made its first public debut in a ceremony in California on this date in 1976.  The following year the Enterprise, made its first flight, not from Kennedy Space Center and not into space.  It was launched from the top of a 747 and then glided back to Edwards Air Force Base.

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A rocket similar to this one could soon be launching American astronauts into space from Cape Kennedy (Getty Images)
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NASA’s Plan to Send Humans into Low Orbit Saves Hundreds of Jobs

With the space shuttle program having come to an end, NASA has quickly revealed its next plan for returning to space.  NASA will work with one of its longtime commercial partners and a European aerospace company to develop a new rocket that will launch humans into low Earth orbit from the Kennedy Space Center.  Called the Liberty launch system it'll use a modified solid rocket booster from the shuttle program combined with a European Ariane 5 rocket which has already been used to launch humans into space. 

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Kennedy’s Challenge To Land A Man On The Moon – Dale’s Daily Data

With the Soviet Union having put the first man in space just a month before it became a personal goal of President John F. Kennedy to send an American to the moon by the end of the decade of the 1960’s

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2nd Last Space Shuttle Flight – Dale’s Daily Data

The space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled for its final mission into space this morning before it’s retired leaving just one more mission for the shuttle program this summer.  After more than 30 years it’ll bring an end to a fleet of spacecraft that have been called the finest and most versatile ever built

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