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Here’s a new posting from me on all the UFO traffic…flying saucers that made a wrong turn at Jupiter…! They Want to Believe: UFO Hunters Plan Database to Track Sightings by Leonard David,’s Space Insider Columnist January 25, 2015 07:30am ET                   Go to:  


More fallout from the October 31st mid-air destruction of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo above the Mojave Air and Space Port – killing one test pilot and injuring another. The Los Angeles Times reports Jan. 23 that Virgin Galactic will take over testing of the suborbital rocket plane, limiting the role of Scaled Composites that designed and […]

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Add in another exploration tool for use on the Red Planet – a small helicopter. The JPL robotics folks have proposed a tiny helicopter scout, one that could act as a science payload on the NASA Mars 2020 mission. This aerial system could be deployed by the Mars 2020 rover, and would work in partnership […]

This four-image mosaic comprises Rosetta navigation camera images taken from a distance of 18 miles (28.4 kilometers) from the center of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on January 16. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission launched in 2004 and arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on August 6, 2014. It is the first mission in history to rendezvous with a comet, escort it as it orbits the Sun, and deploy a lander to its surface. The Rosetta orbiter continues to crank out impressive images of the […]

SpaceShipTwo suborbital craft disintegrated in a test flight last year, killing one pilot and injuring another. Credit: Virgin Galactic

Is California’s Kern County the next frontier for aerospace innovation? When you think of Kern County’s economy, two things may jump to mind: oil and agriculture. But there’s another big player in the county’s economy – aerospace. County economic development officials estimate that around 20,000 people are employed in the sector – and one of […]

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union before Congress on January 20th. Within that address, Obama noted the first launch of the Orion spacecraft as part of a “re-energized” American space program that will send American astronauts to the Red Planet. In addition, the U.S. President acknowledged the upcoming year-long mission of […]

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The European Space Agency (ESA) has posted an informative video – Destination Moon – that spotlights ESA’s vision of what lunar exploration could be. This 8-minute clip provides an overview of the past, present, and future of Moon exploration, from the lunar cataclysm to replanting humans back on the Moon’s surface. Why is the Moon […]


The message from Senator Ted Cruz – Republican from Texas: “Focus NASA on its core mission: exploring space…and more of it.” Cruz has announced that he will chair the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Science, Space, and Competitiveness. “Texas has a long and cherished history when it comes to space exploration and my top priority as […]

This image was taken January 16 by Front Hazcam: Right B onboard NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 869. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

  NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has performed a mini-drill test to assess whether the “Mojave” rock is appropriate for full-depth drilling to collect a sample. Cracking of the rock has made freshly exposed surfaces available for inspection. Mojave displays copious slender features — slightly smaller than grains of rice — that appear to be mineral […]

In-orbit explosions can be related to the mixing of residual fuel that remain in tanks or fuel lines once a rocket stage or satellite is discarded in Earth orbit. The resulting explosion can destroy the object and spread its mass across numerous fragments with a wide spectrum of masses and imparted speeds.  Credit: ESA

It’s a heavenly mess and needs tending! Here’s a new story from me posted on Dealing with Space Junk: The Rocky Road Ahead by Leonard David,’s Space Insider Columnist January 16, 2015 07:00am ET