Politics were not dominated by space during 2012, but they were a factor. The elephant in the room was, of course, November’s US Presidential Election. Given that the swing state of Florida had a key interest, space policy was s discussion point. However, Democrat President Obama won again more because he managed to court the Hispanic community’s vote across all states rather than due to any criticism of his space (or economic) policy by his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney. As it was, even Obama could not claim full credit for the bits of his space policy (such as the commercial flight programme or SLS) that were apparently working mainly because these had been either derived from Republican party thinking, or had apparently been imposed on him, in part, by the US Senate, in cahoots with his own NASA Administrator, Major-General Charles Bolden.
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Space Year 2012 review: Politics – Obama survives, former astronauts relieved, while India’s UK aid will be cut
North Korea has announced that it intends to launch the second Kwangmyonsong 3 satellite on a Unha launch vehicle from the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in Choslan County on the West coast of the country. Daily launch windows of 2200 to 0300 GMT from 9 December until 22 December have been announced. North Korea’s previous launch […]
Space geeks will know that.”Don’t Panic” is a phrase written on the cover of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the reason for which is described as partly because the device “looked insanely complicated” to operate, and partly to keep intergalactic travelers from panicking, This “Don’t Panic” catchphrase came from the amusingly inventive mind of writer Douglas Adams, and was later described by spaceflight guru Arthur C. Clark as perhaps the best advice that could be given to humanity. However, perhaps we shoudl thank another for this advice or rather for its first use as a catchphrase.
The Space Shuttle Endeavour was carefully moved through the streets of Los Angeles on the back of a specialist vehicle on its way to its resting place at the California Science Center on 13 October. While many cheered there was sadness for some. Tree lovers were aggrieved that so many trees (spme 400) had to be cut down for this journey to take place.
Following the launch failure of the Proton M/Breeze M whicl lost the Express MD2 and Telkom 3 satellites on 6 August, Vladimir Nesterov, head of the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center in Moscow, has handed in his resignation, The Khrunivev firm builds and operates the Proton M launch vehicle
A Russian Proton M launch vehicle launched the Telkom 3 and Express MD-2 satellites at 1931 GMT on 6 August. During the launch the Briz M upper stage was to conduct five engine firings to place the satellites into a geostationary transfer orbit. During the third firing of the upper stage the engines shut down after […]
With a total world television audience watching its coverage estimated at being well over 4 billion views, with satellites beaming pictures around the world, the London 2012 Olympic Games is expected have the largest sporting audience ever.
When Progress M-016M launches on 01 August the craft will conduct an experiment to dock with the International Space Station during its fourth orbit instead of the usual 34th orbit. This is expected to save around 45 hours on the normal flight profile used by previous Progress resupply craft. Once launched the craft will conduct […]
SHENZHOU 9 re-entered Earth’s atmosphere and landed in Siziwang Banner county in Inner Mongolia at 0202 GMT on 29 June. The crew were reported to be in good health after their mission.
Well, coolest-ever fictional spacecraft, anyway. How Stuff Works is running a tournament of head-to-head pairings, and all it needs is your vote – USS Enterprise v Space Battleship, Plant Express v Serenity, Tardis v Heart of Gold, etc. So if you get tired of filling in the brackets at the European Cup or Wimbledon, just […]
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