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Virgin Galactic states its case anew, but there are issues

The Virgin Galactic website has been relaunched, and makes a dignified, respectful, deeply moving and encouraging case for opening the experience of sub orbital (and eventually orbital) space flight to far more of us than has so far been possible.

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Airbus lands role in future of US manned space flights

It wasn’t just a 10 year old comet lander that put the European Space Agency in the astro-science spotlight this week but a contract for Airbus Defence and Space to supply an important part of America’s Orion manned spacecraft project.

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NASA maps 556 fireballs burning up over earth in 20 years

Off the radar when it comes to the daily concerns of the airline industry, NASA has published an interesting guide to where bright fireballs were recorded over the 1994-2013 period from small asteroids or meteors (or even fragments of comet debris). 

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Comet lander Philae stuck in a rocky badly lit place

Although it wasn’t known when scenes of jubilation broke out in the control room of the Rosetta mission when its comet lander Philae touched down on the dark surface of Churyumov-Gerasimenko, it ‘flew’ for another 113 minutes.

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Virgin Galactic survivor didn’t know critical lever was unlocked

In its latest update on the crash of the Virgin Galactic space tourism vehicle, America’s NTSB says the surviving pilot didn’t know a critical control lever had been unlocked at the wrong speed.

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Space Tourism looks beyond sub-orbital hops to moon flights

Virgin Galactic’s vision for space tourism was already under seige by those with even more ambitious plans, including Earth-Moon loops

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Branson on SS2: “Grand program has horrible setback”

Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson says the apparent pilot error that may have caused the crash of the SpaceShipTwo sub orbital craft last Friday is ‘easily fixable’ and has vowed to press on with the program.

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Virgin Galactic crash: Dead pilot moved critical lever too soon

The dead co-pilot of the crashed Virgin Galactic sub-orbital space craft Michael Alsbury moved a crucial control surface lock to an unlock position seconds before it tumbled and broke apart according to US crash investigators.

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Virgin Galactic crash investigation will take a year too long

When America’s National Transportation Safety Board acting chair Christopher Hart said the SpaceShipTwo crash investigation could take up to a year he almost certainly killed Richard Branson’s space tourism dream. This is why.

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Did ‘Screw it Do it’ bring Virgin Galactic crashing to earth?

If the central allegations about the conduct of Virgin Galactic in this UK Sunday Telegraph report are correct,  it will not just be Richard Branson’s legacy that will suffer, but the complex and arguably inadequate state of safety regulation of commercial space ventures by US authorities. However, caution should be exercised in leaping to either [...]

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Branson “We are not going to push on blindly”

Branson says Virgin Galactic might not finish what it has started

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Virgin Galactic, too much fuel too little fire?

Extended There are three widely circulated ground photos of the moments before SpaceShipTwo broke up that may help us understand the disaster that destroyed it and killed one of its pilots earlier today.

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Virgin Galactic crash kills co-pilot, destroys SpaceShipTwo

An engine ‘anomaly’ has destroyed Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo at 45,000 feet over California’s Mojave desert , killing the co-pilot and injuring the pilot, who ejected from the sub-orbital joy flight rocket plane during a test flight.

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The Mars Comet is nearly there: Be glad it isn’t nearly here

With the hard core or nucleus of the Australian discovered comet variously estimated at between 500 to 5000 metres at its widest, it’s packing an immense potentially planet changing amount of kinetic energy.

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Space elevator offers a new fantasy to a terrified world!

Stop worrying about mad men, thrill killers, and even the war on the poor. The space elevator will lift you free of your fears.

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Burned, frozen and blasted comet world comes into sharper focus

At a time when some out of this world science may come as a relief from current events the European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe, now flying in tandem with periodical comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko hasn’t disappointed.

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Rosetta probe: This isn’t a dirty snowball!

Amid the richly deserved celebrations of the arrival of the Rosetta probe at periodical comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko the science continues to be rubbished by scientists who have given in to PR babble speak rather than factual astronomy in their commentaries.

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Comet target starts giving up its secrets to Rosetta probe

As the European space probe Rosetta closes in on the strangely shaped nucleus  of periodical comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko  it brings to mind another moment of forgotten fame for the iconic radio telescope, The Dish, at Parkes in NSW.

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