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Building Rocketships In The Desert

Thu, 2019-01-10 23:57
Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an actual picture, not a rendering.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 11, 2019 This is for suborbital VTOL tests. Orbital version is taller, has... Keith Cowing

Arm Waving And Shouting Shutdown Misinformation Is Not Helpful

Thu, 2019-01-10 22:37
Keith's note: There was a protest rally in Washington today. NASA folks participated. One of the speakers was Barry Epstein, the new head of the union at NASA HQ. A tweet from a Washington Post reporter appeared quoting him:... Keith Cowing

AFL-CIO President Claims That Furlough "Puts ISS At Risk"

Thu, 2019-01-10 22:00
AFL-CIO head pushes back against Trump's claims, MSNBC Go to 7:50 into the segment: "There's a guy named Steve [last name] he's a technician at the NASA Space Center. He monitors the power grid. He's out - he has... Keith Cowing

Megan Powers Is Leaving NASA HQ

Thu, 2019-01-10 15:53
Keith's note: Megan Powers, the NASA Press Secretary for Administrator Bridenstine, will be leaving NASA tomorrow for a new opportunity in the private sector. We here at NASAWatch wish her well. - Megan Powers Is NASA's New Press Secretary,... Keith Cowing

Hubble Experiences Wide Field Camera 3 Anomaly

Wed, 2019-01-09 12:09
Wide Field Camera 3 Anomaly on Hubble Space Telescope "At 17:23 UTC on Jan. 8, the Wide Field Camera 3 on the Hubble Space Telescope suspended operations due to a hardware problem. Hubble will continue to perform science observations with... Keith Cowing

Discovery Mission AO Comment Due Date Will Be Extended

Tue, 2019-01-08 12:14
Keith's note: The original comment due date for NASA DRAFT 2019 Announcement of Opportunity for Planetary Science Division Discovery Program was January 16, 2019. Due to the government shutdown that date will be extended - but the new due... Keith Cowing

Where NASA Employees Can Go For Furlough Updates

Mon, 2019-01-07 12:26
Keith's note: Attention NASA employees: if you have any questions about the furlough go to and click the furlough link.... Keith Cowing

Quasi-Official Russian Press Slightly Outraged Over Rogozin Thing

Mon, 2019-01-07 11:10
NASA rescinds invitation to Russian space chief amid pressure from US lawmakers, RT "Cooperation in space is one of the very few areas where the US and Russia are still able to find common ground and have mutual interests, so... Keith Cowing

U.S. Cooperates With Frenemy Russia In Space. Why Not China Too?

Sun, 2019-01-06 14:46
Cooperation needed in space exploration, South China Morning Post "Quite a few countries have active space agencies, but none has been as successful as Nasa, which has, as the Star Trek saying goes, boldly gone where no man has gone... Keith Cowing

No One Gets Anything Done During A Shutdown

Sat, 2019-01-05 16:35
How the Partial Government Shutdown Is Hampering Climate Efforts, EE News via Scientific American "The inevitable result [of a shutdown] is that everything costs more and you do less," said Keith Cowing, editor of the space publication NASA Watch. Most... Keith Cowing

Yesterday's Future Will Soon Arrive

Sat, 2019-01-05 11:55
Starship test vehicle under assembly will look similar to this illustration when finished. Operational Starships would obv have windows, etc.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 5, 2019 An earlier version of @ElonMusk's Starship. Just sayin'— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) January... Keith Cowing

Everyone's Going Back To The Moon

Fri, 2019-01-04 18:02
China's lunar first unlikely to kick off a new space race, Houston Chronicle "Cowing said he will not be surprised to see a Chinese flag on the moon in coming years. "When they will do it, I'm not sure. Their... Keith Cowing

China Lands A Droid On The Far Side Of The Moon

Wed, 2019-01-02 23:14
Congratulations to China's Chang'e-4 team for what appears to be a successful landing on the far side of the Moon. This is a first for humanity and an impressive accomplishment!— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) January 3, 2019... Keith Cowing

2019 Is Already A Busy Space Year

Wed, 2019-01-02 23:05
Keith's note: I did an interview live on CGTN 3 hours before the landing of Chang'e-4 was confirmed. I was on Deutsche Welle just after the landing.... Keith Cowing

Who Worries About NASA Cybersecurity During The Shutdown?

Wed, 2019-01-02 20:49
Keith's note: From "Me and my colleagues are out of work during this shutdown with no prospect for ever getting back our lost wages. The federal government has a hard time recruiting people in my field because of... Keith Cowing

Ultima Thule Revealed

Wed, 2019-01-02 17:04
New Horizons Reveals Ultima Thule "The new images -- taken from as close as 17,000 miles (27,000 kilometers) on approach -- revealed Ultima Thule as a "contact binary," consisting of two connected spheres. End to end, the world measures 19... Keith Cowing

Planetary Society Staffer Doesn't Like American Flags At NASA Events

Wed, 2019-01-02 11:33
Hey @AlanStern @JimBridenstine Isn't it a little odd that Planetary Society @exploreplanets staff object to evidence of national pride at @JHUAPL during #UltimaFlyby but they do not complain when it happens at @NASAJPL for every Mars landing? #UltimaThule— NASA... Keith Cowing

Waiting For Rogozin

Tue, 2019-01-01 18:53
'Wow': NASA startles with invitation to sanctioned Russian, Politico "It absolutely sends the wrong message to lift sanctions, even temporarily, for the purpose of inviting him to speak to students at one of our nation's premier universities," said Sen. Mark... Keith Cowing

New Horizons Phones Home

Tue, 2019-01-01 14:00
New Horizons Successfully Explores Ultima Thule "Signals confirming the spacecraft is healthy and had filled its digital recorders with science data on Ultima Thule reached the mission operations center at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) today at 10:29... Keith Cowing

Meanwhile OSIRISREx Is Now Orbiting A Tiny Asteroid

Mon, 2018-12-31 17:31
It's official! I'm in orbit around #asteroid Bennu -- now the smallest body ever orbited by a spacecraft. My snug path around the asteroid also sets a new record for the closest orbit of a planetary body by any spacecraft.... Keith Cowing