Orbital ATK Antares Rocket Returns to Flight (Full Video)

antares waits on padThe Orbital ATK Antares rocket returned to flight on October 17th with a launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. I was on-site to witness and document the event for Science Strike Force as part of the NASASocial program. The attached video is one of the results.

The launch was actually scheduled for the previous evening, but an underperforming ground cable (not part of the Antares rocket) led to a 24 hour delay as the problem was addressed.

The Antares was the same rocket that suffered catastrophic failure two years ago, so this was a significant day for Orbital ATK. We congratulate them on this flawless launch!

The Antares rocket propelled the Cygnus spacecraft filled with over 5,000 pounds of supplies and scientific experiments into orbit to meet with the ISS as part of the Commercial Resupply Services agreement with NASA. Read more Orbital ATK Antares Rocket Returns to Flight (Full Video)

Science Strike Force Rep to Attend Launch

UPDATE 10/11/2016

Launch has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 16 due to unfavorable weather. SSF/SDHoS coverage of the event will begin on Saturday, October 15.

More information: Click HERE.

A representative of Science Denier Hall of Shame/Science Strike Force will be attending a NASA Social event for the launch of Orbital ATK Antares Rocket at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

“NASA commercial cargo provider Orbital ATK is scheduled to launch its sixth mission to the International Space Station at 9:13 p.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 13.”

– NASA (More information on the launch can be found here on NASA’s website.)

Coverage of the event will start on Wednesday, October 12th.

What is the NASA Social program?651351main_nasasociallogo
NASA Social is a program to provide opportunities for NASA’s social media followers to learn and share information about NASA’s missions, people, and programs. NASA Social is the next evolution in the agency’s social media efforts. Formerly called NASA Tweetup, NASA Social program includes both special in-person events and social media credentials for individuals who share the news in a significant way. This program has brought thousands of people together for unique social media experiences of exploration and discovery.

-NASA website (More information on this program HERE.)

Please join us for live updates and video feed throughout and following the event on Facebook ( SDHoS Facebook Page ), Twitter ( https://twitter.com/Woo_Debunker ), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/sci_strike/ ), Periscope ( @Woo_Debunker ) and G+ ( Science Denier Hall of Shame Community ).



Watch as NASA Test-Fires the RS-25 Rocket Engine

NASA test-fired an RS-25 rocket engine today, 08/18/2016, at the Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis in Mississippi. The RS-25 is one of four modified space shuttle main engines that will help lift the huge SLS rocket off the ground assisted by two solid rocket boosters.*

The RS-25 engines are fueled by liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen. Combined, the four RS-25 engines on SLS will generate 2 million pounds of thrust.

Click HERE to watch a test of the solid rocket booster.


Star Trek’s Influence on the NASA Culture – Panel Discussion (FULL)

July 30, 2016

A panel discussian at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts discusses the impact of the various incarnations of Star Trek on NASA.

Panel Members:

  • Adam Nimoy, Director, For the Love of Spock
  • David Zappone, Producer, For the Love of Spock
  • Terry Farrell, Actress, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
  • Michael Giacchino, Composer, Star Trek Into Darkness
  • Dave Lavery, Program Executive for Solar System Exploration, NASA HQ
  • Michelle Thaller, Deputy Director of Science Communications, NASA HQ
  • Moderator – Bob Jacobs, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Communication, NASA HQ
  • Moderator – Emil de Cou, Conductor, National Symphony Orchestra

Read more Star Trek’s Influence on the NASA Culture – Panel Discussion (FULL)

07/18/2016: Successful SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch & First Stage Recovery

Early this morning, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying nearly 5,000 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station.

This mission will bring food, supplies, and science experiments to the station. Additionally, a critical piece of cargo known as an international docking adapter, or IDA is on board. This will be attached to the outside of the station, allowing future spacecraft to automatically dock with the ISS.
Read more 07/18/2016: Successful SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch & First Stage Recovery