NASA’s Project Morpheus project recently began testing their new lander and here is a video of engine tests while on a tether.
This ground level hot fire test included a test at 0 feet and at 3 feet. This test also marked the first use of a flame trench with the Morpheus vehicle.
There is a House hearing today on deep space exploration policy:
The witnesses include:
- Dr. Louis Friedman, Co-Lead, Keck Institute for Space Studies Asteroid Retrieval Mission Study and Executive Director Emeritus, The Planetary Society
- Dr. Paul Spudis, Senior Staff Scientist, Lunar and Planetary Institute
- Dr. Steven M. Squyres, Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy, Cornell University
- Mr. Douglas Cooke, Owner, Cooke Concepts and Solutions
Robert Zubrin offers his usual calm and considered thoughts on the proposed asteroid retrieval mission: NASA’s Asteroid Absurdity – SpaceNews.com
Here’s the Planetary Society’s view: The Planetary Society Announces Conditional Support of NASA’s Asteroid Mission – The Planetary Society
A comment from Stewart Money on the Bigelow contract from NASA to study public/commercial partnerships for deep space exploration: Exploring NASA’s Agreement with Bigelow – Innerspace.net
Mars One is having no trouble attracting applications for their plan to establish a settlement on the Red Planet. Three applicants explain why they would consider going to Mars even if there will be no chance of returning to earth: Why sign up for a one-way Mars trip? Three applicants explain the appeal – Cosmic Log.
Here are some pictures from the recent Maker Faire event in San Mateo, California:
Update: More picts: The 2013 Bay Area Maker Faire in Pictures – Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories
Update 2: Here is an article about the space related activities and exhibits at the event: NASA and private groups bring space exploration to Maker Faire – Oakland NASA/Examiner.com