Enter the Dragon: SpaceX once again takes to the skies

All eyes are once again on the Florida space coast, as SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft is set to launch to the International Space Station. This will be Dragon’s 3rd resupply mission for SpaceX, and the 2nd of twelve in its contract with NASA. This comes at a time when government sequestration threatens to halt NASA contracts for station resupply.

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Energy awareness page established on Patrick web site

As part of the wing's ongoing efforts to promote energy awareness, the 45th Space Wing's Energy Management Steering Group has established an energy awareness web page on the Patrick Air Force Base web site.

Energy awareness is an important issue to the Air Force, the largest consumer of energy in the U.S. federal government. The nation's leaders have emphasized the need for the United States to establish greater energy independence through conservation and the exploration of domestic alternative energy sources. Due to the magnitude of energy consumed by the Air Force, any actions taken to reduce energy consumption and procure alternative or renewable energy sources are significant in their potential impact for enhancing national security.

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New Caledonia

The New Caledonia archipelago, 1210 km east of Australia, is captured in this Envisat image, acquired on 5 July 2011. The main island, Grande Terre, dominates the image, stretching 350 km long from northwest to southeast. A mountain range runs the length of the island – its highest point reaching over 1620 m – and divides the land’s lush east from the savannahs in the west. A coral reef surrounds the main island and stretches into the Coral Sea to the northwest. The reef provides an important nesting site for green sea turtles and is home to endangered dugongs. 

This image is featured on the Earth from Space video programme.

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SpaceX and NASA Host Teleconference Today on SpaceX 2 Mission to Space Station

SpaceX and NASA will hold a media teleconference at 3 p.m. EST today to discuss the latest information about the company's second cargo mission to the International Space Station under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract.

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Hubble Observes Glowing, Fiery Shells of Gas

It may look like something from "The Lord of the Rings," but this fiery swirl is actually a planetary nebula known as ESO 456-67. Set against a backdrop of bright stars, the rust-colored object lies in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer), in the southern sky.In this image of ESO 456-67, it is possible to see the various layers of material expelled by the central star. Each appears in a different hue - red, orange, yellow, and green-tinted bands of gas are visible, with clear patches of space at the heart of the nebula. It is not fully understood how planetary nebulae form such a wide variety of shapes and structures; some appear to be spherical, some elliptical, others shoot material in waves from their polar regions, some look like hourglasses or figures of eight, and others resemble large, messy stellar explosions - to name but a few.Image Credit: ESA/Hubble and NASA

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