Disney To Build Massive Star Wars Lands At Walt Disney World and Disneyland

NEW YORK — The happiest places on Earth are about to get a galactic upgrade.

Walt Disney said it would build two new Star Wars theme parks at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

http://wnep.com/2015/08/15/disney-is-building-massive-star-wars-lands-at...

NASA's New Horizons Probe Phones Home After Historic Pluto Flyby

LAUREL, Md. — Signals from a spacecraft 3 billion miles away swept over Earth on Tuesday, confirming that NASA's New Horizons probe survived its history-making Pluto flyby.

The radio signals were received by a Deep Space Network antenna in Spain four and a half hours after they were sent out from the spacecraft at the speed of light, and a full 13 hours after the probe made its close pass. But they electrified hundreds of VIPs, journalists and Pluto fans here at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory as if the main event had just happened.

Planetary Society Raises $1.2 Million For LightSail

WASHINGTON — In a June 26 video posted to the Kickstarter crowdfunding website, Bill Nye announced that the Planetary Society surpassed its stretch goal of $1.24 million to fund the 2016 LightSail mission.

Nye, chief executive of the Pasadena, California-based nonprofit, thanked the project’s backers for supporting this final fundraising push. “We are going to have a successful flight thanks to you,” he said.

http://spacenews.com/planetary-society-raises-1-2-million-for-lightsail/

SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket Explodes Mid-flight

The Falcon 9 rocket that SpaceX launched from Cape Canaveral this morning exploded 2 minutes and 19 seconds after liftoff. The rocket was supposed to deliver cargo to the International Space Station, and no humans were on board. It was the first Falcon 9 that has ever failed, following 18 successful missions.

http://www.theverge.com/2015/6/28/8858801/spacex-falcon-9-rocket-explosi...

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Launches Private Spaceship Test Flight

The private spaceflight company Blue Origin launched a surprise test flight of its suborbital New Shepard spaceship on Wednesday (April 29), a mission that successfully demonstrated the space capsule but failed to recover its reusable rocket booster.

Blue Origin, a company founded by Amazon.com's billionaire founder Jeff Bezos, launched the New Shepard spacecraft from its West Texas proving grounds. Video of the New Shepard spacecraft launch shows it soaring up to an altitide of 307,000 feet (93,573 meters).

NASA Dawn Probe Enters Orbit Around Dwarf Planet Ceres

The year of the dwarf planet has begun.

NASA's Dawn probe arrived at Ceres today (March 6) at about 7:39 a.m. EST (1239 GMT), becoming the first spacecraft ever to orbit a dwarf planet. Dawn's observations over the next 16 months should lift the veil on Ceres, which has remained largely mysterious since it was first spotted more than two centuries ago.

http://www.space.com/28754-nasa-dawn-ceres-dwarf-planet-arrival.html

Leonard Nimoy, Spock of 'Star Trek', Dies At 83

Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/27/arts/television/leonard-nimoy-spock-of...

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NASA's Orion Has 'Bulls Eye' Landing After Test Mission

CAPE CANAVERAL – An unmanned capsule NASA is designing to carry astronauts to an asteroid and eventually Mars splashed down in the Pacific Ocean this morning to conclude a successful first test flight.

After two laps of Earth, the Orion spacecraft plunged through the atmosphere at 20,000 mph, enveloped in a fireball that scorched its heat shield with temperatures up to 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

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