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Kepler Proves It Can Still Find Planets

December 22, 2014

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To paraphrase Mark Twain, the report of the Kepler spacecraft’s death was greatly exaggerated. Despite a malfunction that ended its primary mission in May 2013, Kepler is still alive and working.

Source: www.spacedaily.com

Reborn Kepler space telescope finds an extrasolar planet.

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NASA Says SLS and Orion Will Slip to 2018 Despite Extra Funding – Space News

December 22, 2014

NASA’s human spaceflight chief tells Congress that no amount of additional funding at this point would allow Orion and SLS to be ready for a 2017 launch.

Source: spacenews.com

NASA admits that no amount of funding would enable SLS to meet its target launch date of December 2017. Congress continues to pour billions into it anyway. A vehicle mandated by the US Senate continues to suck taxpayer dollars down a black hole.

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Photos: India test flies new launcher, crew capsule – Spaceflight Now

December 22, 2014

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Photos: India test flies new launcher, crew capsule
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A powerful new Indian launcher and a precursor to a future piloted space capsule flew to the edge of space on a 20-minute test mission Thursday.

Source: spaceflightnow.com

India launches unmanned crew capsule to space a few days after NASA launches its unmanned Orion capsule into space for the first time. The Orion capsule flew higher and was subjected to greater heating on  reentry.

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December 20, 2014 in Falcon 9: Falcon 9 completes full-duration static fire – Spaceflight Now

December 22, 2014

Spaceflight Now December 20, 2014 in Falcon 9: Falcon 9 completes full-duration static fire Spaceflight Now “Today, SpaceX completed a successful static fire test of the Falcon 9 rocket in advance of the CRS-5 mission for NASA,” the company said in…

Source: spaceflightnow.com

Static fire test confirms Falcon 9 is ready to deliver Dragon supply ship to space station on January 6.

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I’m Back on the Mainland after a Great Trip

December 22, 2014

It’s great to be home again after a terrific 15-day cruise from Los Angeles to the Hawaiian Islands on the Grand Princess. The weather was beautiful, the cruise was smooth, and the islands were eve…

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I’m Back on the Mainland after a Great Trip

December 22, 2014

It’s great to be home again after a terrific 15-day cruise from Los Angeles to the Hawaiian Islands on the Grand Princess. The weather was beautiful, the cruise was smooth, and the islands were everything I imagined them to be. It was wonderful to spend those fifteen days with my wife, Joyce. Time like that is a real relationship strengthener.  Below is a picture of a beautiful flower that I took on Kauai.

The Hawaii trip came hot on the heels of an October transatlantic crossing that touched England, France, Spain, Portugal, Bermuda, and the Florida, on the Emerald Princess. Counting the four cruises I have taken this year, I have taken 18 cruises over the past eight years that were free for me and my chosen guest. I really enjoy cruising on luxurious ships such as the Emerald Princess, which is shown below docked in Bermuda.

My new book, Cruise for Free, I Do and You Can Too, describes exactly how it is possible to take luxury cruises worth thousands of dollars, and to take them for free. Here’s where you can find the book: https://www.createspace.com/4965681

Taken December 2014

Taken December 2014

Emerald Princess at Bermuda

The other reusable rocket company Blue Origin says new BE-4 engine should be flying payload to orbit in 2019

December 3, 2014

Jeff Bezos says his vision is he wants to see millions of people living and working in space.

Source: nextbigfuture.com

Jeff Bezos expects his BE-4 engines to be powering operational launches starting in 2019. The means the Atlas V launch vehicle will remain tied to the Russian RD-180 engine until at least 2018.

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