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NASA administrator nominee faces tough questions at confirmation hearing
Posted: Sun, Nov 5 10:16 AM ET (1516 GMT)
Bridenstine at confirmation hearing (NASA) NASA Administrator nominee Jim Bridenstine faced sharp criticism from Democratic senators at his confirmation hearing Wednesday. The committee's ranking member, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), and other Democrats questioned Bridenstine about his views on climate change, social issues, and competence to lead NASA during the hearing, which lasted more than two and a half hours. Bridenstine got a friendlier reception from the committee's Republican majority, but very few of the questions he received during the hearing directly related to NASA programs outside of Earth science. The committee is planning a markup session next Wednesday to vote to advance the nomination, and committee chairman Sen. John Thune (R-SD) says he believes that Bridenstine will ultimately be confirmed.


"Monster" planet puzzles astronomers
Posted: Sun, Nov 5 10:14 AM ET (1514 GMT)
NGST-1b exoplanet illustration (Univ. of Warwick) Astronomers announced this week the discovery of a planet the size of Jupiter orbiting a star just half the size of the Sun. The planet NGTS-1b orbits an M-dwarf star 600 light-years from the Earth, completing one orbit in just two and a half days. The discovery is puzzling to astronomers because models of solar system formation don't predict the formation of planets as large as NGTS-1b around a star as small as thus one. Astronomers made the discovery with the Next-Generation Transit Survey, a new array of telescopes operated by several universities in Europe and South America.


Chairman of House Science Committee to retire
Posted: Sun, Nov 5 10:13 AM ET (1513 GMT)
The chairman of the House Science Committee announced Thursday he will retire at the end of his term. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said he...


Minotaur-C launches ten satellites for Planet
Posted: Sun, Nov 5 10:12 AM ET (1512 GMT)
An Orbital ATK Minotaur-C rocket successfully launched 10 satellites for Planet Tuesday afternoon. The rocket lifted off on schedule at 5:37 pm EDT (...


SpaceX launches South Korean communications satellite
Posted: Sun, Nov 5 10:11 AM ET (1511 GMT)
SpaceX launched a Korean communications satellite Monday, tying a record set by a competitor in the process. The Falcon 9 lifted off on schedule at...





Saturday, November 18
Rocket launch at Vandenberg AFB rescheduled for Saturday
KEYT-TV Santa Barbara, CA — 2:43 am ET (0743 GMT)
Codename Zuma: All about SpaceX's secret launch
CNNMoney.com — 2:42 am ET (0742 GMT)
Elon Musk on His Fears, Dreams, Twitter, Morality and Mars
Rolling Stone — 2:39 am ET (0739 GMT)
UAE's Mars City to be ready in 30 months
Zawya — 2:38 am ET (0738 GMT)
SpaceX engineers put rocket engines through their paces
Houston Chronicle — 2:32 am ET (0732 GMT)
Soon, India-Japan to jointly explore the moon
IANS — 2:29 am ET (0729 GMT)
NASA Completes Parachute Test for Mars 2020 Rover
Sky & Telescope — 2:26 am ET (0726 GMT)
Rocket Lab prepares Electron for its second test flight
SpaceFlight Insider — 2:18 am ET (0718 GMT)
Interstellar space probes: Where’s the brakes?!
Goethe Univ. — 2:14 am ET (0714 GMT)
The Arecibo Observatory will remain open, NSF says
Science News — 2:12 am ET (0712 GMT)
Arecibo Observatory lives on, but with less money
Physics World — 2:11 am ET (0711 GMT)


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