space flight http://www.kplu.org en Students remember slain teacher by sending him to the stratosphere http://www.kplu.org/post/students-remember-slain-teacher-sending-him-stratosphere <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last fall, sixth-graders in </span>Spanaway<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Wash. Tue, 28 May 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 8881 at http://www.kplu.org Students remember slain teacher by sending him to the stratosphere Space is full of junk; Boeing files plan to fix that http://www.kplu.org/post/space-full-junk-boeing-files-plan-fix <p>Here’s a solution for space junk – gas it.</p><p>A Boeing engineer from Seattle, Michael Dunn, has <a href="http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&amp;Sect2=HITOFF&amp;p=1&amp;u=/netahtml/PTO/search-bool.html&amp;r=1&amp;f=G&amp;l=50&amp;co1=AND&amp;d=PG01&amp;s1=20120241562.PGNR.&amp;OS=DN/20120241562&amp;RS=DN/20120241562">filed a patent</a> for a method of dragging parts, pieces and defunct satellites into the atmosphere where they will burn up.</p><blockquote><p>Geek speak: “… the method comprising hastening orbital decay of the debris by creating a transient gaseous cloud at an altitude of at least 100 km above Earth, the cloud having a density sufficient to slow the debris so the debris falls into Earth's atmosphere,” according to the document.</p></blockquote><p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 23:18:12 +0000 Jake Ellison 6675 at http://www.kplu.org Space is full of junk; Boeing files plan to fix that SpaceX Craft Docks With Space Station; Commercial Era Begins http://www.kplu.org/post/live-spacex-craft-captured-space-station The <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/05/24/153575721/spacex-ship-passes-close-by-international-space-station" target="_blank">historic first docking of a commercial spacecraft</a> at the International Space Station orbiting above Earth happened without a hitch today, as SpaceX's Dragon capsule arrived with supplies for the crew orbiting high above Earth.<p>Just before 10 a.m. ET, astronauts aboard the space station successfully grabbed the capsule with a robotic arm. Fri, 25 May 2012 14:43:53 +0000 Mark Memmott 5103 at http://www.kplu.org SpaceX Craft Docks With Space Station; Commercial Era Begins SpaceX, Bigelow teaming on private space stations http://www.kplu.org/post/spacex-bigelow-teaming-private-space-stations <p>HAWTHORNE, Calif. &mdash; Southern California rocket developer Space Exploration Technologies and Nevada&#39;s Bigelow Aerospace are teaming to offer passenger launches to private space stations. Thu, 10 May 2012 16:55:55 +0000 The Associated Press 4982 at http://www.kplu.org SpaceX, Bigelow teaming on private space stations Tucson man wins space trip in Space Needle contest (video) http://www.kplu.org/post/tucson-man-wins-space-trip-space-needle-contest-video <p>Gregory Schneider of Tucson, Ariz., has won a trip to space in celebration of the Seattle Space Needle&#39;s 50th anniversary.</p><p>He beat out five finalists in Seattle this week for some final competitions. (Video of the event after the jump.)</p><p> Wed, 09 May 2012 21:41:57 +0000 Jake Ellison 4972 at http://www.kplu.org Tucson man wins space trip in Space Needle contest (video) Meet the finalists in the Space Needle's trip to space contest http://www.kplu.org/post/meet-finalists-space-needles-trip-space-contest <p>The five finalists in a contest to be sent into space as part of Seattle Needle&#39;s 50th anniversary celebration are in Seattle this week.</p><p>The final phase of the contest begins Monday morning. The finalists will each face three challenges before the winner is announced on Wednesday. (Meet the finalists after the jump and pick whom you&#39;d send into space.)</p><p> Mon, 07 May 2012 15:32:38 +0000 The Associated Press & Jake Ellison 4944 at http://www.kplu.org Meet the finalists in the Space Needle's trip to space contest NASA considering space station for Mars dry run http://www.kplu.org/post/nasa-considering-space-station-mars-dry-run <p>CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. &mdash; The International Space Station may provide the setting for a 500-day pretend trip to Mars in another few years.</p><div><p>NASA said Tuesday that consideration is under way to use the space station as a dry run for a simulated trip to and from Mars. It would be patterned after Russia&#39;s mock flight to Mars that lasted 520 days at a Moscow research center. Six men were involved in that study, which ended late last year. They were locked in a steel capsule.</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 19:06:14 +0000 The Associated Press 4503 at http://www.kplu.org What is it about the NW that makes the rich yearn for outer space? http://www.kplu.org/post/what-it-about-nw-makes-rich-yearn-outer-space <p>What is it about our super rich tech guys and local culture that makes them want to send people into outer space?</p><p>Yesterday, the space venture backed by Jeff Bezos (of Amazon fame) announced it was ready to conduct a &ldquo;pad-abort test&rdquo; in the summer of 2012, <a href="http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/blue-origin-to-conduct-pad-abort-test-for-new-shepard-368859/">according to Flightglobal</a>. The test is a crucial milestone in qualifying the company&#39;s New Shepard vehicle for human spaceflight. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 22:59:11 +0000 Jake Ellison 4270 at http://www.kplu.org What is it about the NW that makes the rich yearn for outer space?