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January 2014
Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight

Send your name to the
Bennu asteroid

NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names to be etched on a microchip aboard a spacecraft headed to the asteroid Bennu in 2016.: ... Read the rest of this entry...

SpaceWarps citizen science boosted
by BBC Two program

The BBC Two Stargazing LIVE program has been urging its viewers to participate in the project SpaceWarps, [...] participants examine celestial images in search of the very rare cases where the gravitational effects of a distant galaxy can magnify the image of an even more distant galaxy directly behind it. This lensing effect was predicted by Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

The big increase in the number of participants has been a boon to the project and several candidate gravitational lenses have been found … Read the rest of this entry…

Overview of Planet Hunters citizen
science program

Meg Schwamb of the citizen science program Planet Hunters posts a video of a rehearsal of the talk she gave at the recent American Astronomical Society conference in Washington DC: ... Read the rest of this entry...

Revell’s SpaceShipTwo (SS2) and
WhiteKnight2 (WK2) model kit

Revell offers a new plastic model kit for the SpaceShipTwo rocketplane and its carrier aircraft the WhiteKnightTow ... Read the rest of this entry…

Radio Galaxy Zoo – search for supermassive
black holes in your spare time

Zooniverse announces a new spinoff of the citizen science program Galaxy Zoo called Radio Galaxy Zoo ... Read the rest of this entry…

Amateur radio operators reached Juno
during its fly-by

When the Juno spacecraft recently did a fly-by of earth on its way to Jupiter, amateur radio enthusiasts were urged to try to contact Juno. This brief documentary video describes the successful project ... Read the rest of this entry…

Planet Hunters – 3 years of citizen scientist exoplanet searches & discoveries

The citizen science Planet Hunters program celebrates three years of searching and (occasionally) finding exoplanets. ... Read the rest of this entry…

...Tracking secret spacecraft

An asticle about the Atlas V launch of a NRO spysat discusses the tracking of these sorts of secret vehicles by amateur spacecraft observers... Read the rest of this entry…
Space Art Spotlight

A Dense and Terrifying Sound by  Michael Kagen
A Dense and Terrifying Sound

Pilot 2 by  Michael Kagen
Pilot 2
Green Light by  Michael Kagen
Green Light

No Alarms and No Surprises  by  Michael Kagen
No Alarms and No Surprises

Rattle Them Bones by  Michael Kagen
Rattle Them Bones

Michael Kagen
More space art...
Space News from Virtual Amanda Bush

Here is the January 2014 episode of The Virtual SpaceTV 3D show with Amanda Bush. She reports on the second successful launch of a communications satellite by the new SpaceX Falcon 9 v.1.1 rocket, on the launch of an Orbital Sciences Antares rocket with a Cygnus capsule full of cargo for the ISS, on Europe partnering with Sierra Nevada on the Dream Chaser spaceplane, on the third powered test flight of the Virgin Galalctic SpaceShipTwo suborbital spaceplane, and on the status of China's lander/rover on the Moon and of the American rovers on Mars.


Other Virtual SpaceTV 3D shows are available on the HobbySpace Youtube Channel.

The Virtual SpaceTV 3D shows are created by BINARY SPACE ( with story content from These videos are intended as demonstrations of an experimental technique for generating animated presentations. The show was generated autonomously by software according to a text script. The project is described in the Virtual Producer whitepaper (pdf). For further information contact

Here are the previous two shows in the Virtual SpaceTV 3D series:

Virtual SpaceTV 3D -Dec-Nov 2013
Virtual SpaceTV 3D - October 2013
Space Music Video of the Month


Good Morning Moon
Written & peformed by Marian Call

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

SpaceX sends Thaicom 6 satellite to GEO, Orbital sends cargo to the ISS,
and the SpaceShipTwo Rocketplane Fires Again

New Space entrepreneurial space development seems to be accelerating. The first part of January had several significant events including these three:

On January 6, just 34 days after SpaceX launched its first satellite to geostationary orbit, it launched a second satellite, Thaicom 6, to GEO. The company hopes to launch its rockets over a dozen times this year. Here is a video of this latest launch, which took place from Cape Canveral, Florida:


On January 8th, Orbital Sciences launched its Antares rocket with the Cygnus module on the first operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. On January 12th the Cygnus successfully berthed to the ISS. The Cygnus cargo, which includes over 30 nanosats to be deployed into orbit from the station, was unloaded over the following week. The Cygnus will depart from the ISS in February and then burn up over the South Pacific Ocean. Here is a video of the launch of the Antares:


See also the video of the approach and berthing of the Cygnus with the ISS. Orbital expects to do two more cargo delivery runs to the station this year.

Virgin Galactic and its partner Scaled Composites have been developing the SpaceShipTwo rocketplane since 2004. They seem finally to be getting close to space. On January 10th they flew the SS2 for its third powered flight after making a number of improvements since the last flight. They appear to be :


They appear to be speeding up their flight testing as they did a glide test just a week later of the SS2. Richard Branson says confidently, yet again, that everything is lining up for commercial flights this year.

Check for the latest in leading edge rocket and space travel projects on the
Space Transport News Blog
Satellite Tracking at HobbySpace
Satellite tracks
Satellite track display

3-D viewing option
Run the Satellite Tracking Tool from BINARY SPACE right here at HobbySpace in your browser. The program allows you to track a large set of satellites in both low earth and geostationary orbits. (Note: the program requires Microsoft Silverlight, Version 5 or higher, as well as the latest version of your browser. Currently the program works on the Microsoft® Windows® platform only.) The Satellite Observing section provides additional information and web resources about the hobby of satellite tracking and watching.
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Sun & Space Weather Data
Sun and Space Weather
Real time images, charts and data displays

Aurora, Meteors & Fireballs Data
Aurora, Meteors & Fireballs
Real time images, charts and data displays

See the archive of previous HobbySpace homepage Spotlight items ...
Nov/Dec 2013 - February/March 2014

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