Keith Cowing

  • Posted NASA: ISEE-3 - An Old Friend Comes to Visit Earth to Space College

    Video: Top-down view of the orbit of ISEE-3 (ICE) relative to the inner solar system. We see the orbit alternates with the spacecraft occasionally closer, then further from the Sun than Earth. Image Credit: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio It...

  • Posted ISEE-3: An Old Friend Comes to Visit Earth to SpaceRef

    It launched in 1978. It was the first satellite to study the constant flow of solar wind streaming toward Earth from a stable orbit point between our planet and the sun known as the Lagrangian 1, or L1....

  • Posted New Study Outlines 'Water World' Theory of Life's Origin to Astrobiology

    Life took root more than four billion years ago on our nascent Earth, a wetter and harsher place than now, bathed in sizzling ultraviolet rays. What started out as simple cells ultimately transformed into slime molds, frogs, elephants, humans and...

  • Posted Fluctuating Orbital Tilt Does Not Preclude Possibility of Life to Astrobiology

    A fluctuating tilt in a planet's orbit does not preclude the possibility of life, according to new research by astronomers at the University of Washington, Utah's Weber State University and NASA. In fact, sometimes it helps....

  • Posted Meteorite Impact Craters May Have Hosted Early Life on Earth to Astrobiology

    A new study from Western University explores the possibility that Earth's earliest life forms may have been cultivated by a meteorite impact event....

  • Posted ISEE-3 Reboot Project Update to NASA Watch

    Can This 1970s Spacecraft Explore Again?, io9 "Imagine the heartbroken wailing and the cries of denial. Insert the demands to find out just how much it would cost to rebuild the antennas in time, and the blank stares when told...

  • Posted io9 Asks if ISEE-3 Can Be Returned to Service to Space College

    Can This 1970s Spacecraft Explore Again?, io9 "Imagine the heartbroken wailing and the cries of denial. Insert the demands to find out just how much it would cost to rebuild the antennas in time, and the blank stares when told...

  • Posted Motherboard Takes a Look at ISEE-3 Reboot Project to Space College

    Everyone But NASA Wants To Wake Up This Long-Dormant Spacecraft, Motherboard "Where organizations lose their interest--which is to say, funding--the crowd is there to step in. It's true if there isn't money for a Veronica Mars movie, and it's true...

  • Posted GAO Report on NASA Large-Scale Projects to NASA Watch

    NASA: Assessments of Selected Large-Scale Projects, GAO "NASA projects have continued to make progress in maturing technologies prior to the preliminary design review. This year, 63 percent of projects met this standard, up from only 29 percent of projects in...

  • Posted Pad 39A Goes Commercial to NASA Watch

    NASA Signs Agreement with SpaceX for Use of Historic Launch Pad "NASA Kennedy Space Center's historic Launch Complex 39A, the site from which numerous Apollo and space shuttle missions began, is beginning a new mission as a commercial launch site....

  • Posted Total Lunar Eclipse to SpaceRef

    The United States was in a prime orbital position and time of day to view the eclipse on April 15, 2014....

  • Posted Helium Leak Delays SpaceX Launch to NASA Watch

    Dragon Cargo Craft Launch Scrubbed; Station Crew Preps for Spacewalk "Monday's launch attempt of the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft, loaded with nearly 5,000 pounds of supplies for the International Space Station's Expedition 39 crew, was scrubbed due to a helium...

  • Posted Dragon Launch Scrubbed While Station Crew Prepares for Spacewalk to SpaceRef

    Monday's launch attempt of the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft, loaded with nearly 5,000 pounds of supplies for the International Space Station's Expedition 39 crew, was scrubbed due to a helium leak on the Falcon 9 first stage. The next launch...

  • Posted Great Moonbuggy Race Winners to SpaceRef

    NASA today declared the winners of the first NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge, held April 11-12 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. Student racers from the Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology in Reno, Nev., claimed...

  • Posted Birth of New Moon for Saturn? to SpaceRef

    NASA's Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn thatmay be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet's known moons....

  • Posted ISEE-3 Reboot Project (IRP) to Space College

    Our plan is simple: we intend to contact the ISEE-3 (International Sun-Earth Explorer) spacecraft, command it to fire its engine and enter an orbit near Earth, and then resume its original mission - a mission it began in 1978. ISEE-3...

  • Posted Help Rescue The ISEE-3 Spacecraft And Put It Back to Work to NASA Watch

    ISEE-3 Reboot Project (IRP): Our plan is simple: we intend to contact the ISEE-3 (International Sun-Earth Explorer) spacecraft, command it to fire its engine and enter an orbit near Earth, and then resume its original mission - a mission it...

  • Posted Help Rescue The ISEE-3 Spacecraft And Put It Back to Work to SpaceRef

    ISEE-3 Reboot Project (IRP): Our plan is simple: we intend to contact the ISEE-3 (International Sun-Earth Explorer) spacecraft, command it to fire its engine and enter an orbit near Earth, and then resume its original mission - a mission it...

  • Posted Predicting Signs of Black Holes Swallowing Stars to SpaceRef

    Somewhere out in the cosmos an ordinary galaxy spins, seemingly at slumber. Then all of a sudden, WHAM! A flash of light explodes from the galaxy's center....

  • Posted Hyperspectral Imaging by CubeSats to SpaceRef

    A new hyperspectral camera able to fit in the palm of a hand, compact enough to fly on CubeSat-sized missions, is being developed by ESA....

  • Posted Excitement at Morehead State About ISEE-3 to Space College

    Space Science Center wants to bring spacecraft home after 31 years, The Trail Blazer "A car-sized spacecraft launched in 1978 to measure the solar wind, then repurposed to fly alongside two comets, then lost and silent for decades, could be...

  • Posted Bringing Extinct Plants to Life to Astrobiology

    Jeff Benca is an admitted ueber-geek when it comes to prehistoric plants, so it was no surprise that, when he submitted a paper describing a new species of long-extinct lycopod for publication, he ditched the standard line drawing and insisted...

  • Posted NASA Clears SpaceX For Dragon Launch Tomorrow to NASA Watch

    NASA TV to Air SpaceX-3 Status Update at Noon EDT April 13 "NASA Television will air a news conference at noon EDT on Sunday, April 13 at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The briefing will provide an...

  • Posted Did American Astronauts Boycott Putin Uplink? to NASA Watch

    Reader note:"This screen capture from today's Space Station Live shows the ISS crew during this morning's call by Vladimir Putin to the ISS. Only Mastracchio & Swanson don't wear audio headsets. Is it some kind of sanction against Russia?"...

  • Posted Help Name Cassini's New Mission to SpaceRef

    As NASA's Cassini mission approaches its 10th anniversary at Saturn, its team members back here on Earth are already looking ahead to an upcoming phase....

  • Posted NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) Project to SpaceRef

    On April 9 reporters got a chance to don "bunny suits" (protective apparel that sometimes makes people look like large rabbits) and enter a NASA clean room at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif....

  • Posted Salt Marsh in Kazakhstan As Seen From Orbit to SpaceRef

    This satellite image was acquired over the edge of a salt marsh near the northeast Caspian Sea in southwestern Kazakhstan....

  • Posted Pulsar's Smallest Speed Jump Caused by Billions of Superfluid Vortices to SpaceRef

    A team of astronomers, including Danai Antonopoulou and Anna Watts from the University of Amsterdam, has discovered that sudden speed jumps in the rotational velocity of pulsars have a minimum size, and that they are caused not by the unpinning...

  • Posted Fossilized Embryos More Than 500 Million Years Old to Astrobiology

    The Cambrian Period is a time when most phyla of marine invertebrates first appeared in the fossil record. Also dubbed the "Cambrian explosion," fossilized records from this time provide glimpses into evolutionary biology when the world's ecosystems rapidly changed and...

  • Posted ISEE-3 Transmitters Detected at Morehead State University to Space College

    On 10 and 11 April 2014 our team at Morehead State University, with assistance from AMSAT-DL in Germany, was able to detect the carrier waves from both of ISEE-3's transmitters. The screen grabs below show the first and second detections....


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