Monday, May 27, 2013

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum

http://airandspace.si.edu/

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is but one part of the greater Smithsonian Institution. This national museum has a mission and vision of "Shaping the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world." Physically located in Washington, D.C., the museum has hundreds of displays and thousands of artifacts. The website gives you the opportunity to explore many of the displays online. The "Exhibitions" tab is filled with interesting subjects and detailed information. You can spend many hours checking out the "Collections" that are here. Be sure to take a look at the "Online Activities" listed under the "Education" tab. There are many ways for you to "Get Involved" and I recommend you do. The National Air and Space Museum "commemorates the national development of aviation and spaceflight" and educates and inspires the nation on the major social networks.


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Friday, May 24, 2013

Parabolic Arc

http://www.parabolicarc.com/


Parabolic Arc is a Space Tourism blog covering the advancement of the space industry as related to the development of human travel opportunities. Many of the blogs are presented by Douglas Messier, the Parabolic Arc Managing Editor. Coverage is focused on the "New Space" industries and keeps you informed about industry progress, milestones, and achievements. The "Poll Archive" is an entertaining way to share readers feelings on many of the new ideas being presented. After six years of publication, the blog has developed a unique technique for bringing a select group of public relations material together with an eye on one goal. The "Blog Roll" is a great listing of space news websites that look at our future in space. You can follow Parabolic Arc and its blogs on Facebook and Twitter. RSS feeds and updates by email are also available.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Space Today Online

http://www.spacetoday.org/

Space Today Online is a space news aggregate website "Covering Space From Earth to the Edge of the Universe." It is edited by Anthony R Curtis, a space analyst and historian. Beginning as a print news magazine in 1986, it moved online in 1994 with its stated mission to "provide accurate information on human activities in and about space - past, present, and future." The award winning website does just that. The cover page has the most extensive variety of space category selection I've seen. The "New Space News" is up-to-date and comprehensive. Stories and news items are drawn from sources around the world. The "Important Developments" items are prolifically written, not only giving basic information, but to leading you to more specialized data on individual subjects. Be prepared to spend some time enjoying the descriptive writing and analysis. This is one website you'll want to bookmark as a reference site.


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Friday, May 17, 2013

Moonandback

http://moonandback.com/

Moonandback. com is a "news content generation and aggregation website." Produced by Moonandback Media LLC, in Sacramento, California. The website contains a variety of space related stories covering current events and historical items. Using a well blended mix of reports, interviews, and videos, Moonandback gives you a more in-depth look at the who, how, and why of space activities. The commentary section brings together a well rounded group of writers, journalists and speakers who bring thought provoking analysis to the space related events happening around us. The items chosen for publication on the website clearly meet the mission objectives of Moonandback to "document for the general public the dawn of this new epoch in mankind's history." Follow the Moonandback Guy on twitter and the website on Facebook.


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Monday, May 13, 2013

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

http://www.oosa.unvienna.org/oosa/index.html

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is "responsible for promoting international cooperation in peaceful uses of outer space." It maintains the "Register of Objects Launched into Outer Space" and manages the "Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER). At the website you'll find links that access committee information, registry catalogues, reports and publications and other office activities. The "What's New" column lists committee agendas and session pages (some available in English only PDF files). This office maintains committee treaties and agreements that are accessible here. A large section is detailed to International Space Law. The United Nations Program on Space Applications promotes knowledge and experience of space applications around the world. The "Links" page has an excellent list of links to Space Law, Technology, Disaster Management and National Space Organizations. The GNSS links point to the Global Navigation Satellite Systems that are in place. Throughout the website you'll find comprehensive information through web pages, PDF files and videos covering the international aspects of UN space related activities.


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Friday, May 10, 2013

Space Safety Magazine

http://www.spacesafetymagazine.com/

Space Safety Magazine focuses on space safety related issues and Earth safety evolving from space events. From natural risks to man-made situations, if it's related to space, it's covered here. Space Safety Magazine is produced jointly by the International Association for Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) and the International Space Safety Foundation (ISSF). Just under two years old, both the web and the print magazine have found a very accepting audience in the space industry. Andrea Gini is the Editor-in-chief and leads a select team of editors and writers from around the world. On the website, the news is very current and relevant. Items are illustrated and well written with links to related items. A list of articles in the print magazine is available and you can order print copies individually or subscribe to the publication. A great option is the PDF version of the magazine that is available for download. You can follow Space Safety Magazine on both Twitter and Facebook.


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Monday, May 6, 2013

BBC Space

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/space/

BBC Space is part of the British Broadcasting Corporation's Science section. As a news organization, the BBC presents space related items in a news and aggregate format with breaking or latest news in the forefront. Items include web pages, images and videos. While many parts of the Space page have related videos to enjoy, the BBC iPlayer, that plays television programs may not be functional in your area due to rights agreements. Included on the main page and available to all is the very popular astronomy program "The Sky at Night." Hosted by Sir Patrick Moore for 55 years, you'll find episodes going back to 1960. Another excellent resource is the "Stargazing LIVE" section where you'll find star guides, event listings, telescope guides, and even step-by-step instructions for making a telescope. Here you'll also find star maps and applications for mobile devices. The main Space page also has a list of basic external space agency links.


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Friday, May 3, 2013

PhoneSat

http://www.phonesat.org/

PhoneSat is a NASA project under the Small Spacecraft Technology program, a part of the Space Technology Mission Directorate. Using off-the-shelf commercial smartphones, engineers are testing the hardware for future application in science and exploration missions. Three smartphone satellites rode to orbit aboard the demonstration flight of Orbital Science Corp.'s Antares rocket on April 21, 2013. The PhoneSats deorbited on April 27th. The website details the project which includes the participation of Amateur radio operators around the world. There are several pictures available and a list of users that participated. While in orbit a dashboard was available to program participants for tracking the satellites. The PhoneSats transmitted data packets and images of Earth that Amateur radio operators received and forwarded to the PhoneSat team at the Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. Another launch, with updated versions of the software, will be scheduled for fall of 2013.


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