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Italian and Russian Astronauts Dock with International Space Station http://aviationweek.com/blog/u-s-italian-and-russian-astronauts-dock-international-space-station <div class="node-body blog-body">"I know I have done nothing special to be the first Italian woman to fly to space," said European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/onspace">On Space</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/u-s-italian-and-russian-astronauts-dock-international-space-station" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/u-s-italian-and-russian-astronauts-dock-international-space-station#comments Space On Space Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:46:00 +0000 1225091 at http://aviationweek.com ATK Body Language Hints at Russian Engine for Antares http://aviationweek.com/blog/atk-body-language-hints-russian-engine-antares <div class="node-body blog-body">Ahead of merger, ATK assessed “political risks” of Orbital's new engine choice.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/onspace">On Space</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/atk-body-language-hints-russian-engine-antares" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/atk-body-language-hints-russian-engine-antares#comments Space North America On Space Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:04:00 +0000 1223491 at http://aviationweek.com Philae Mission Winds Down As Rosetta Orbiter Enters New Science Phase http://aviationweek.com/blog/philae-mission-winds-down-rosetta-orbiter-enters-new-science-phase <div class="node-body blog-body">As the probe's last science data was relayed to Earth Nov. 15, its power rapidly depleted.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/onspace">On Space</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/philae-mission-winds-down-rosetta-orbiter-enters-new-science-phase" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/philae-mission-winds-down-rosetta-orbiter-enters-new-science-phase#comments Space Europe On Space Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:10:00 +0000 1221711 at http://aviationweek.com Goodbye, Philae? http://aviationweek.com/blog/goodbye-philae <div class="node-body blog-body">The lander lost contact with ground controllers early this morning, but not before they sent commands to rotate the probe's solar panels to glean additional sunlight.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/onspace">On Space</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/goodbye-philae" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/goodbye-philae#comments Space Europe On Space Sat, 15 Nov 2014 08:36:00 +0000 1221701 at http://aviationweek.com ESA May Shift Philae Lander to Get More Sun http://aviationweek.com/blog/esa-may-shift-philae-lander-get-more-sun <div class="node-body blog-body">With the clock ticking, mission managers weigh a plan to shift Philae's position and gain more exposure to the sun.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/onspace">On Space</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/esa-may-shift-philae-lander-get-more-sun" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/esa-may-shift-philae-lander-get-more-sun#comments Space Europe On Space Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:05:00 +0000 1220981 at http://aviationweek.com Researchers Point to Supermassive Black Hole as Elusive Neutrino Source http://aviationweek.com/blog/researchers-point-supermassive-black-hole-elusive-neutrino-source <div class="node-body blog-body">"Figuring out where high energy neutrinos come from is one of the biggest problems in astrophysics today," said Yang Bai, University of Wisconsin at Madison physicist.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/onspace">On Space</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/researchers-point-supermassive-black-hole-elusive-neutrino-source" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/researchers-point-supermassive-black-hole-elusive-neutrino-source#comments Space On Space Fri, 14 Nov 2014 14:45:00 +0000 1220801 at http://aviationweek.com Philae's Landing, as Envisioned by Mission Planners http://aviationweek.com/blog/philaes-landing-envisioned-mission-planners <div class="node-body blog-body">An illustrated guide to Philae's deployment and landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, with the proble's thrusters, landing gear, harpoons and science instruments demystified.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/onspace">On Space</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/philaes-landing-envisioned-mission-planners" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/philaes-landing-envisioned-mission-planners#comments Space Europe On Space Thu, 13 Nov 2014 22:01:00 +0000 1220391 at http://aviationweek.com Philae Gathers Data Despite Rough Landing http://aviationweek.com/blog/philae-gathers-data-despite-rough-landing <div class="node-body blog-body">Already a historic achievement, Europe's Rosetta mission marks first-ever touchdown on 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/onspace">On Space</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/philae-gathers-data-despite-rough-landing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/philae-gathers-data-despite-rough-landing#comments Space Europe On Space Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:37:00 +0000 1219241 at http://aviationweek.com First images from Philae's descent http://aviationweek.com/blog/first-images-philaes-descent <div class="node-body blog-body">Rosetta's orbiter and lander have sent back first images of the 100-kg probe's descent.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/onspace">On Space</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/first-images-philaes-descent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/first-images-philaes-descent#comments Space Europe On Space Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:06:00 +0000 1219211 at http://aviationweek.com Rosetta's comet lander suffers setback http://aviationweek.com/blog/rosettas-comet-lander-suffers-setback <div class="node-body blog-body">During checks on the lander’s health overnight, mission managers found its active descent system, which uses a cold-gas thrust to avoid spacecraft rebound at the moment of touchdown, cannot be activated.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/onspace">On Space</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/rosettas-comet-lander-suffers-setback" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/rosettas-comet-lander-suffers-setback#comments Space Europe On Space Wed, 12 Nov 2014 07:52:00 +0000 1219101 at http://aviationweek.com Ready for Rosetta http://aviationweek.com/blog/ready-rosetta <div class="node-body blog-body">After more than a decade spent cruising through deep space to rendezvous with Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, ESA's Rosetta mission is preparing to deploy a small lander to its surface early Wednesday, a process that mission managers liken to moving an object from one speeding bullet to another.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/onspace">On Space</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/ready-rosetta" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/ready-rosetta#comments Space Europe On Space Tue, 11 Nov 2014 12:08:00 +0000 1218161 at http://aviationweek.com U. S., European and Russian International Space Station Crew Members Land Safely in Northern Kazakhstan http://aviationweek.com/blog/u-s-european-and-russian-international-space-station-crew-members-land-safely-northern-kazakhst <div class="node-body blog-body">"It's an honor for me to work with these guys." said ISS commander Maxim Suraev, as Expedition 41 drew to a close late Sunday. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/onspace">On Space</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/u-s-european-and-russian-international-space-station-crew-members-land-safely-northern-kazakhst" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/u-s-european-and-russian-international-space-station-crew-members-land-safely-northern-kazakhst#comments Space On Space Mon, 10 Nov 2014 04:05:00 +0000 1217101 at http://aviationweek.com Daylight Reveals Post-Antares Damage At Wallops http://aviationweek.com/blog/daylight-reveals-post-antares-damage-wallops <div class="node-body blog-body"><p class="p1"><span style="font-size: 13px;">NASA&rsquo;s Wallops Incident Response Team has reported on its initial assessment following the catastrophic failure of Orbital Science&rsquo;s Antares rocket shortly after liftoff on Oct. 28, from Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA&rsquo;s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.</span></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/onspace">On Space</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/daylight-reveals-post-antares-damage-wallops" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/daylight-reveals-post-antares-damage-wallops#comments Space On Space Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:25:00 +0000 1212481 at http://aviationweek.com SpaceX's Fourth Dragon Mission Ends with Pacific Ocean Splashdown http://aviationweek.com/blog/spacexs-fourth-dragon-mission-ends-pacific-ocean-splashdown <div class="node-body blog-body">"Keep those updates coming," European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst urged NASA's Mission Control as the scheduled 3:39 p.m. Dragon spashdown off the U. S. West Coast neared. .</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/onspace">On Space</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/spacexs-fourth-dragon-mission-ends-pacific-ocean-splashdown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/spacexs-fourth-dragon-mission-ends-pacific-ocean-splashdown#comments Space On Space Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:47:00 +0000 1210161 at http://aviationweek.com U.S. Spacewalkers Repair ISS Solar Power Channel, Start Reconfigurations http://aviationweek.com/blog/us-spacewalkers-repair-iss-solar-power-channel-start-reconfigurations <div class="node-body blog-body">"I can see Cairo," reported spacewalking NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman. "I can't quite make out the pyramids." </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/onspace">On Space</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/us-spacewalkers-repair-iss-solar-power-channel-start-reconfigurations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/us-spacewalkers-repair-iss-solar-power-channel-start-reconfigurations#comments Space On Space Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:28:00 +0000 1203851 at http://aviationweek.com