Orion CEV mock-up rolled out for media

In this artist’s concept, the Orion CEV docked to a lunar lander, is depicted orbiting the moon. Credit: Lockheed-Martian Associated Press reporter recounts his experiences as he tries out Lockheed-Martian’s mock-up of their Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle, (CEV). Fresh off of receiving an $8 billion contract to build it, Lockheed-Martian … Continue reading

Astronaut collapses at “Welcome Home” celebration

Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, an astronaut on the STS-115 mission, collapsed twice Friday, a day after she returned to Earth in the shuttle Atlantis, and officials attributed her wobbles to the adjustment from 12 days at zero gravity. Wobbly and light-headed, Stefanyshyn-Piper collapsed while speaking publicly at a welcome-home ceremony. Fellow crew … Continue reading

“The Survival Imperative: Using Space to Protect Earth”

“The Survival Imperative: Using Space to Protect Earth” by Burrows, William E.

Published in 2006 by Forge Books (a Tom Doherty Associates press, like Tor Books), it weighs in at 350 pages of content plus several appendices. No errors noted.

Mr. Burrows, a professor of Journalism at NYU, is one of the better known chroniclers of the space age, and his book “This New Ocean” is a particularly well known title. In “The Survival Imperative”, Mr. Burrows picks up on the growing theme of “Space for the benefit of Earth”, and lays out a very compelling case for why our efforts to develop the space frontier are not merely a luxury, but rather a necessity if we value the continuity of our civilization into the indefinite future.
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Ansari, Expedition-14 crew arrive at the International Space Station

Anousheh Ansari, X-Prize backer and private astronaut, has arrived at the ISS, along with the station’s new crew. In downlink video of the hatch opening, she could be seen smiling broadly, and wearing an X-Prize cap. You can read about her adventures in near-real time: she is blogging from the … Continue reading

Tourist Schmourist

Congratulations to Anousheh Ansari, who has just realised her lifelong dream of travel into space. She has worked hard, trained hard, accepted real risk, and conducted herself professionally to get there. And in the mainstream media, she’s the first ‘female space tourist’. Anousheh is no more a ‘space tourist’ than … Continue reading

The Lunar Library v2.0

Out of the Cradle is proud to introduce its newest feature, the Lunar Library v2.0!

This unique resource provides a wealth of information for those interested in learning more about our neighbor in space. From the issues facing Moonbases, to the science of the soil, to the role of the Moon in our culture and history and more. Continue reading

New SpaceX update available

(via Clark at HobbySpace RLV and Space Transport News) Elon Musk has posted a new update at the SpaceX website. There’s plenty to read, including some information about the company’s recent COTS win, pictures of the Falcon-9 with a Dragon crew capsule – showing, for the first time, a launch … Continue reading

Anousheh Ansari to replace Daisuke Enomoto as next space tourist to ISS

It looks like X-Prize sponsor Anousheh Ansari is poised to become the first paying female space tourist. (We shouldn’t forget Helen Sharman, though – she almost qualifies). Ansari was the backup crewmember for Japanese businessman Daisuke Enomoto, who was recently disqualified from the next Soyuz flight to the International Space … Continue reading

NASA picks SpaceX and Rocketplane Kistler for COTS

Congratulations to SpaceX and Rocketplane Kistler for successfully winning funded Space Act Agreement contracts with NASA for the demonstration of cargo delivery to the International Space Station. Under the agreements announced at a NASA press conference late on Friday afternoon, Rocketplane Kistler could receive up to $207 million, and SpaceX … Continue reading

NASA to announce COTS winners on Friday

NASA will hold a press conference on Friday to announce the winners of the Commercial Orbital Transportation Systems contracts. The conference will be held at 4pm EDT on Friday the 18th, and will be broadcast live on NASA TV. The six finalist companies are SpaceHab, Andrews Space, Space Exploration Technologies … Continue reading

Rocketplane Kistler teaming with Orbital Sciences Corportation

Orbital Sciences Corporation has joined forces with the Rocketplane Kistler team, to support them in their COTS bid. Read about it on the Rocketplane website. The Rocketplane Kistler guys are so busy with the COTS work, it’s starting to impact their timeframe for the development of the suborbital Rocketplane XP. … Continue reading

The Space Frontier Foundation has issues with Project Orion (updated)

According to this report from Leonard David at Space.com, the Space Frontier Foundation has just released a fairly comprehensive white paper about NASA’s efforts to implement the vision for space exploration (now named – still unofficially at this point – Project Orion). They’re not too happy with it.

Charles Wood, creator of Lunar Photo of the Day

Running the popular website, Lunar Photo Of the Day, (LPOD) and writing a regular column on the moon that appears monthly in Sky & Telescope magazine, are the things Charles A. Wood is probably known for most. But, the interest of a 9 year-old in the sky went from backyard observations on a small telescope, to the University of Arizona, a stint in the Peace Corp and included working at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory cataloging Lunar craters.

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Space Adventures now offering a “Space Walk” option

On July 21st, Space Adventures Ltd., announced a feature to its line of services. These are the folks who have arranged for three tourists to visit the international space station, and now you can add a space walk to your tourist package. The current duration of a Space Adventures’ orbital … Continue reading

Space shuttle’s happy return

Congratulations to the STS-121 crew for a very successful mission and a safe return. In NASA’s launch schedule August 28th is the date set for the next shuttle launch. Flying Space Shuttle Atlantis, STS-115 crew will deliver a truss and other key components during the Space Shuttle Program’s 19th mission … Continue reading

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