Russian Angara booster moved to launch pad.

A new story from me up on Russia Reignites Its Rocket Industry with New Angara Booster By Leonard David,’s Space Insider Columnist August 19, 2014 07:00am ET  

Early space elevator story in August 1979 issue of Future Life magazine. Art by David Egge. Courtesy: Robin Snelson

I am pleased to be taking part in the 2014 Space Elevator Conference, to be held August 22-24 at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington. The theme of the 2014 conference is space elevator Architectures and Roadmaps with a focus on comparing the major space elevator architectures proposed to date. Space elevators are a […]

InSight spacecraft on Mars - NASA

Here’s a new one from me just up on NASA’s Next Mars Lander Will Peer Deep Into Red Planet’s History: Here’s How By Leonard David,’s Space Insider Columnist August 15, 2014 04:01pm ET      

Back pain is experienced by astronauts as their spine elongates up to 2 inches while in the microgravity environment of space.  Credit: NASA

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) has funded a clinical study to test the Sustained Acoustic Medicine (sam®) device in patients suffering from lower back pain.Thanks to a partnership with the private sector, the idea is to accelerate the development of commercially promising products meeting a medical need in space…as well as on Earth. […]

Nasty NEOs - harmful to Earth - is a topic being wrestled with at the United Nations. Courtesy: Texas A&M

Here’s a new story from me regarding the UN taking on NEOs:   How Will Earth’s Leaders Respond to a Real Asteroid Threat? By Leonard David,’s Space Insider ColumnisT August 13, 2014 08:01am ET          

Credit: ULA

An Atlas V 401 booster is set to launch today DigitalGlobe’s super-powerful Earth observation satellite: WorldView-3. It’s a melding of mile-high Colorado-based space technology. The United Launch Alliance Atlas V is provided by Denver’s Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, hurling into space the Boulder-headquartered Ball Aerospace-built WorldView-3 – a spacecraft to be operated by DigitalGlobe, […]

The ISEE-3 Reboot Project logo.  Credit: ISEE-3 Reboot Project

Welcome home NASA’s International Sun/Earth Explorer-3 (ISEE-3)! Today, Sunday, August 10th, ISEE-3 is on a trajectory that takes it close to the Moon. Thanks to an effort led by Keith Cowing of NASAWatch and Dennis Wingo of Skycorp, the ISEE-3 Reboot Project was established. And with a dollar-assist from a crowdsourcing campaign, the creative juices […]

What’s on the menu for Mars? Outside the HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) mission on the slopes of Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano. Cornell and the University of Hawaii at Manoa have been engaged in defining food needs for space travelers, a project funded by NASA’s Human Research Program. Credit: Sian Proctor

  Don’t tell anybody. There may be a secret sauce to cooking in space. Cornell researchers have taken to the air to better understand the effectiveness of a specially constructed space galley – one designed to be used on the Moon as well as Mars. Making use of the microgravity-producing “G-Force 1” space simulator plane […]

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The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft has pulled up to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko – and what an eye-full! You might enjoy these comet comments from Chris Lewicki, President and Chief Asteroid Miner at Planetary Resources, Inc.: What is the difference between a comet and asteroid, after all? Some comets are believed to be as much as […]

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The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft was launched in 2004 and will arrive at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on August 6 – a 10 year long voyage. It will be the first mission in history to rendezvous with a comet, escort it as it orbits the Sun, and deploy a lander to its surface. Rosetta is an […]