The LaRouche Plan
The Basement Project
Since some time later than the August 8, 2012, successful landing of Curiosity, on Mars, I had spent a good part of less than a recent year, nursing a growing conviction...
China started the second phase of its lunar exploration program today with the successful launch of the Chang'e-3 spacecraft to the Moon. An on-time launch, at 1:30 AM local time, will bring the craft to lunar orbit in five days, and then after orbital check-out and the refinement of the precise path to the landing site, the lander will set down on the surface.
A new program, funded by the European Commission, to educate the next generation of scientists regarding how to deflect asteroids and manipulate potentially harmful Earth-orbiting space debris, held its first week-long training session last week at the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow.
If there is no hold on the launch due to bad weather, tomorrow at 1:28 PM (EST) NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) will lift off from Cape Canaveral and start its 10-month cruise to Mars. When it arrives there next September, if all goes well, it will join India’s Mars Orbiter Mission at the red planet.
Speaking at an event on U.S.-Russian relations, Sergei Kislyak, the Russian Ambassador to the United States, was asked by EIR about the possibility of a joint U.S.-Russian project for protecting Earth from asteroids. Kislyak was speaking at a forum together with Ambassador Thomas Pickering.
The critical maneuver to place India's Mars Orbiter Spacecraft in the Mars Transfer Trajectory was successfully carried out in the early hours today. The spacecraft is now on a course to encounter Mars after a journey of about 10 months around the Sun, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced.
The main task of the "Swarm" mission which the European Space Agency launched into orbit from the Russian cosmodrome at Plesetsk, on Nov. 22, is to conduct a precise mapping of the Earth's magnetic field.
On Friday, The European Space Agency released the First Announcement for the 1st workshop to plan for a joint scientific space mission with the Chinese Academy of Sciences. This formalizes and adds detail to the October 14 announcement that such an initiative was forthcoming. This first workshop will take place in Chengdu, Feb. 25-26.
China was among the nine nations that put together a team of 59 scientists to study studying the Chelyabinsk object, the 60-foot-wide space rock traveling 43,000 miles per hour—60 times the speed of sound—as it ripped into Earth's atmosphere above Chelyabinsk, Russia and exploded with the force of half a million tons of TNT. Their group released their findings on Wednesday.
As India's Mars Orbiter Mission is being prepared for launch, The Hindu printed an interview yesterday with the chairman of the India Space Research Organization (ISRO), K. Radhakrishnan, which gave him an opportunity to explain the mission, and respond to the criticisms to the effect that such a "poor" nation should not spend money on space exploration.