Keith Cowing

  • Posted They're Still Drinking The Koolaid in Texas to NASA Watch

    Houston's Space Problem: Johnson Space Center Has Lost Its Identity and Purpose, Houston Press "However, former astronaut Bonnie Dunbar, now also a UH professor, argued that SpaceX and commercial flight are being touted as a solution but that the money...

  • Posted NASA Finds Drought May Take Toll on Congo Rainforest to SpaceRef

    A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows Africa's Congo rainforest, the second- largest tropical rainforest in the world, has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past decade....

  • Posted Bringing An Old Spacecraft Back To Life to NASA Watch

    How to Resurrect a 35-Year-Old Spacecraft, Popular Mechanics "Wingo and Cowing started a RocketHub crowdfunding effort to raise $125,000 for the mission. They've also been hunting for the right parts to get the communications systems back online. "I was Dumpster...

  • Posted How to Resurrect a 35-Year-Old Spacecraft to Space College

    How to Resurrect a 35-Year-Old Spacecraft, Popular Mechanics "Wingo and Cowing started a RocketHub crowdfunding effort to raise $125,000 for the mission. They've also been hunting for the right parts to get the communications systems back online. "I was Dumpster...

  • Posted Recovering Space History Inside an Old McDonalds to NASA Watch

    The Hackers Who Recovered NASA's Lost Lunar Photos, Wired "Sitting incongruously among the hangars and laboratories of NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley is the squat facade of an old McDonald's. You won't get a burger there, though-its cash...

  • Posted Professional and Amateur Astronomers Join Forces to SpaceRef

    Long before the term "citizen science" was coined, the field of astronomy has benefited from countless men and women who study the sky in their spare time....

  • Posted After Half a Century Space Advocacy/Policy Is Broken to NASA Watch

    For the 1,000th time since 1974 a space speaker says "the plan has to excite the public and generate support in Congress." #FAIL #H2M— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) April 23, 2014 I have been listening to this space advocacy rah...

  • Posted Clash of the Titans to NASA Watch

    Musk and Gass Go Toe-to-Toe in Q&A, SpaceNews "Musk and Gass appeared March 5 before the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee to answer lawmakers' questions and, in an unusual twist, were given the opportunity to submit written questions to one another...

  • Posted Humans to Mars: Show Me The Money to NASA Watch

    NASA's lofty goal of a manned Mars mission doesn't match budget reality , opinion, Washington Post ... But our current trajectory won't get us there anyway; estimates of the cost of a human trip to Mars run into the hundreds...

  • Posted Prospects for Detecting Oxygen, Water, and Chlorophyll in an Exo-Earth to Astrobiology

    The goal of finding and characterizing nearby Earth-like planets is driving many NASA high-contrast flagship mission concepts, the latest of which is known as the Advanced Technology Large-Aperture Space Telescope (ATLAST)....

  • Posted Money Saved By Canceling Missions Usually Just Disappears to NASA Watch

    NASA's Extended Science Missions in Peril, Paul Spudis, Air & Space "We do not yet know how the Senior Review will turn out. NASA is famous for wanting to "move on" to the next thing and often abandons working spacecraft....

  • Posted Arecibo Detects ISEE-3 Again to Space College

    Our friends at the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center at Arecibo have detected signals from both of ISEE-3's transmitters again on 14 April. Here are detailed plots of what they heard. More news on ISEE-3 Reboot Project and Arecibo to...

  • Posted A Dance of Black Holes to SpaceRef

    A pair of supermassive black holes in orbit around one another have been discovered by an international research team including Stefanie Komossa from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany....

  • Posted Working With NASA on Space Act Agreement to Space College

    The ISEE-3 Reboot Project is currently working with NASA on a Space Act Agreement regarding contacting and commanding the ISEE-3 spacecraft. We hope to have the agreement signed very soon....

  • Posted Earth Before Earth Day to NASA Watch

    Earth Before Earth Day "Long before man journeyed to the moon and looked back at the tiny, fragile planet that houses humanity, remote orbiters were sending back pictures of home. Sent to scope out potential landing sites on the Moon,...

  • Posted Asteroid Threat Press Conference Today to NASA Watch

    B612 Foundation Earth Day Impact Video, Press Conference and Webcast "The B612 Foundation will hold a press conference today which will be webcast from the Seattle Museum of Flight today. The press conference will feature the following new video of...

  • Posted NASA's GlobalSelfie Event Is Just About Selfies to NASA Watch

    Hi @NASA here's my #GlobalSelfie from London, Ont. @CBCNews #EarthDay #pug #actor @CBC @cbchh pic.twitter.com/k95Gk4Ltoo— Igor Pug Dog (@IgorPugDog) April 22, 2014 Keith's note: @NASASocial is retweeting lots of selfies today (this is one of the ones they decided...

  • Posted Earth in True Color to SpaceRef

    Each day, Earth changes. Some changes, like clouds, are noticeable. Some changes are very subtle, like the color of the ocean or greenness of the grass. But each day the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) sensor on the Suomi...

  • Posted Satellite View of the Americas on Earth Day to SpaceRef

    Today, April 22, 2014 is Earth Day, and what better way to celebrate than taking a look at our home planet from space....

  • Posted Trash Talking Amongst Space Cargo Providers to NASA Watch

    Orbital's Culbertson: We'll launch 3 ISS missions in 8 mnths. 'That other co. launched lst wk for 1st time in 13 mnths. But who's counting.'— Peter B. de Selding (@pbdes) April 22, 2014 Keith's note: You know that there...

  • Posted "Upside-down planet" New Method to Study Binary Star Systems to SpaceRef

    What looked at first like a sort of upside-down planet has instead revealed a new method for studying binary star systems, discovered by a University of Washington student astronomer....

  • Posted Solved: Mysteries of a Nearby Planetary System's Dynamics to SpaceRef

    Mysteries of one of the most fascinating nearby planetary systems now have been solved, report authors of a scientific paper to be published by the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society in its early online edition on 22...

  • Posted NASA Pays Half a Billion To A Country It Is Trying to Ignore to NASA Watch

    Despite sanctions, Russia is getting a $457.9M check from NASA, Washington Post "Despite ongoing sanctions, Russia is about to get a big infusion of cash from the U.S. government. NASA recently renewed a contract that allows Russia to ferry U.S....

  • Posted Strong Dependence of the Inner Edge of the Habitable Zone on Planetary Rotation Rate to Astrobiology

    Planetary rotation rate is a key parameter in determining atmospheric circulation and hence the spatial pattern of clouds. Since clouds can exert a dominant control on planetary radiation balance, rotation rate could be critical for determining mean planetary climate....

  • Posted Habitable Zones Around Main-Sequence Stars: Dependence on Planetary Mass to Astrobiology

    The ongoing discoveries of extrasolar planets are unveiling a wide range of terrestrial mass (size) planets around their host stars....

  • Posted N-body Simulations of Terrestrial Planet Formation under the Influence of a Hot Jupiter to Astrobiology

    We investigate the formation of multiple-planet systems in the presence of a hot Jupiter using extended N-body simulations that are performed simultaneously with semi-analytic calculations....

  • Posted Maximizing Dawn's Scientific Mission at Ceres to NASA Watch

    Maximizing Dawn's Scientific Mission at Ceres: SBAG Report "At the last SBAG meeting, it was implied that the Dawn at Vesta Participating Scientist Program had not been fully successful. To gain insight into the issue, SBAG undertook a confidential survey...

  • Posted MESSENGER Completes 3,000th Orbit of Mercury and Moves Lower to SpaceRef

    On April 20, MESSENGER completed its 3,000th orbit of Mercury and moved closer to the planet than any spacecraft has been before, dropping to an altitude of 199 kilometers (123.7 miles) above the planet's surface....

  • Posted Dan Dumbacher is leaving NASA to NASA Watch

    Keith's note: Dan Dumbacher is leaving NASA In June to take a tenured position at Purdue University in their aerospace engineering department....

  • Posted Commercial Crew Program Management News to NASA Watch

    NASA Selects Commercial Crew Program Manager "NASA has selected Kathy Lueders as program manager for the agency's Commercial Crew Program (CCP). Lueders, who has served as acting program manager since October 2013, will help keep the nation's space program on...


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