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August 2013
Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight

Objective Europa – Crowd researching a
manned mission to Europa

Kristian von Bengtson of Copenhagen Suborbitals is also leading a separate project to develop a plan for a manned mission to the Jupiter moon Europa: The First Manned Mission to Jupiter’s Moon Will Be Crowd-Researched – Motherboard. They are calling their approach “crowd-research”. While crowd-funding invites whoever is interested to contribute money to a project, crowd-research invites interested people to participate in the design of such a mission. […] Read the rest of this entry…

Citizens in Space selects Greg Kennedy
as astronaut candidate

Citizens in Space, a project of the United States Rocket Academy, has announced the selection of its fifth citizen-astronaut candidate. Informal educator and aerospace historian Greg Kennedy will join four other citizen-astronaut candidates who are training to fly as payload operators on the Lynx spacecraft, currently under construction by XCOR Aerospace in Mojave, CA. XCOR expects to begin Lynx test flights later this year. [...] Read the rest of this entry...

Amateur astronomer spots comet
during star party in Ukraine

Ukrainian amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov discovered a comet while participating in a star party […] Read the rest of this entry…

Poetry and student art heading for Mars

the MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission) spacecraft will carry over 1100 haiku poems selected in a contest and astworks from a student competition. Read the rest of this entry…

Space Art Spotlight

Saturns Enceladas by John E. Kaufmann
Saturn's Enceladas

IO Occults Ganymeade by John E. Kaufmann
IO Occults Ganymeade

Jovian Cloudscape by John E. Kaufmann
Jovian Cloudscape

Sea of Grey by John E. Kaufmann
Sea of Grey

John E. Kaufmann
More space art...

Space News from Virtual Amanda Bush

Here is the August 2013 episode of The Virtual SpaceTV 3D show with Amanda Bush. Amanda reports on the first year anniversary of Curiosity rover's landing on Mars, the launch of the Japanese HTV cargo module to the ISS, an update on the status of the entrants in NASA's Commercial Crew Program, and the flurry of vertical takeoff and landing rocket vehicle projects.


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 - July 2013
Virtual SpaceTV 3D - June 2013
Space Music Video of the Month


The Thought of Floating In Space
Simon Lacey with Jack Liebeck on solo violin.

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

Developing Vaccines and Better Plants in Micro-Gravity

One of the discoveries of microgravity research that has gathered increasing attention is the finding that cells can act very differently in weightlessness than they do in 1 G. For example, the deadly bacteria salmonella becomes even more virulent in micro-g. Studying how this effect occurs has led to insights into the genes involved in salmonella virulence, which in turn has led to development of a vaccine candidate. For details, see Space: Medicine's final frontier.

Another very promising example involves the behavior of plant stem cells in micro-g. On six separate space flights, experiments by Zero Gravity Solutions Inc (ZGSI) have shown that plant stem cells often express otherwise dormant genes as they try to adapt to their strange new weightless environment. The traits that arise from these newly activated genes can be ones that are of particular advantage on the ground.

For example, ZGSI has experimented in microgravity with stem cells of the biofuel plant Jatropha. This plant produces a berry with nearly pure jet fuel qualities. However, it only grows in tropical climates. ZGSI believes they can develop a new variety using microgravity exposed stem cells that can grow in cooler climates such as in Texas. The company will also be developing new varieties of other plants such as banana. papaya, and wheat. Since such varieties arise from the plants' own genes, they are not "GM" (Genetically Modified) plants in which outside genes have been implanted.

In this video, Zero Gravity Solutions, Inc. CEO & President, Richard Godwin discusses "how breeding stem cells in the micro/zero gravity environment of low earth orbit (ISS) can provide solutions to cash crop and alternative energy problems here on Earth".


Here are 5 examples of medical discoveries via microgravity research.

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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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July 13 - September 13

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