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Space Force to Become Sixth Branch of Armed Forces

The Defense Department will establish a sixth branch of the armed forces, the U.S. Department of the Space Force, by 2020, Vice President Mike Pence announced today.

SOP newswireAstronauts Wrap Up Third STS-121 Spacewalk - Mission Specialists Mike Fossum and Piers Sellers successfully completed STS-121’s third and final spacewalk at 2:31 p.m. EDT today.
SOP newswireMissile Defense Element Successfully Flight Tested - WASHINGTON " The Missile Defense Agency successfully completed a developmental flight test of a major element of its ballistic missile defense system today at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., agency officials said.
SOP newswireScientists and crew aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster - July 11, 2006 " Scientists and crew aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster assisted the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies to disentangle a humpback whale off the coast of Massachusetts on Sunday. While tagging and tracking humpback whales in the NOAA Stellwagen National Marine Sanctuary, crew and scientists aboard the Nancy Foster found themselves at the right place at the right time. (Click
Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor) Wesley Friesen - Inventor and Godfather of the Ultralight - Judy trains to fly with Wesley Friesen, one of the creators of the Ultralight.
SOP newswireNASA Satellites Find Balance in South America's Water Cycle - For the first time, NASA scientists using space-based measurements have directly monitored and measured the complete cycle of water movement for an entire continent.
SOP newswireNASA's Discovery First Shuttle To Launch on July 4 By Cheryl Pellerin - Washington -- Despite two launch attempts cancelled due to bad weather and dissenting views among NASA officials about whether the condition of the external tank's insulating foam allowed for a safe launch, Discovery blasted into the Florida sky July 4, the second shuttle in space since the Columbia accident in 2003.
SOP newswireEnceladus Exudes an Air of Mystery - Atomic oxygen could never be confused with expensive perfume. But just as a fragrance lingering in the air of an empty room offers hints about a previous occupant, the cloud of oxygen the Cassini spacecraft encountered as it first approached Saturn turned out to be a calling card from another celestial presence, the tiny moon Enceladus.
SOP newswireNOAA Scientists Demonstrate Southern Ocean Divide - The complex relationships between atmospheric carbon dioxide, biological productivity and the role of the Southern Ocean in carbon sequestration have been demonstrated by scientists at the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory and Princeton University in Princeton, N.J.
SOP newswireNASA Satellite Positioning Software May Aid in Tsunami Warnings - University scientists using Global Positioning System (GPS) software developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., have shown that GPS can determine, within minutes, whether an earthquake is big enough to generate an ocean-wide tsunami. This NASA-funded technology can be used to provide faster tsunami warnings.
SOP newswireUniversity Scientists Using Global Positioning System Software - University scientists using Global Positioning System software,developed by NASA, have shown GPS can determine, within minutes,
SOP newswireNASA's Cassini Spacecraft Marks Halfway Point of Mission - As the Cassini spacecraft reaches the halfway mark in its four-year tour of the Saturn system, discoveries made during the first half of the mission have scientists revved up to find out what's in store for the second act. Cassini has been orbiting Saturn since June 30, 2004, studying the planet, its rings and moons.
SOP newswireNOAA Scientists Discover Expanded Range of Deep Water Corals - NOAA scientists have discovered areas of deep-sea corals in the NOAA Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary off the Washington state's Olympic Peninsula during a recent 12-day scientific research mission on board the NOAA ship McArthur II.
SOP newswireComputers that Simulate Sun's Corona Funded by NASA and NSF - For the first time, researchers have developed a computer simulation that can accurately create a model of the sun's outer atmosphere, or corona. Funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation, the computer model marks the beginning of a new era in space weather prediction.
Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)NASA Astronaut Holds Webchat with International Audience - Washington -- Garrett Reisman, a NASA astronaut who is currently in Star City, Russia, training for a future long-duration mission on the International Space Station, fielded questions during a June 23 State Department-sponsored webchat.
SOP newswireNew Space Shuttle Web and TV Coverage at NASA - A panel of experts has answered questions about NASA`s preparation for the STS-121 mission. Those responses are available online and in Podcasts.
SOP newswireNASA Discovery Set for July 1 Launch - The Space Shuttle Discovery and its crew are set for a July 1 flight to the International Space Station. The STS-121 mission will visit the International Space Station and continue evaluating new shuttle safety improvements. At least two spacewalks are planned during the 12-day mission, which also includes repair work to the station.
SOP newswireNASA Sends Explorer Schools Teachers Spaceward Bound - NASA is taking teachers to a barren desert in Chile to help inspire the next generation of explorers. The expedition is part of the Spaceward Bound pilot program, which challenges teachers to design and implement real field research.
SOP newswirePace Quickens for NASA Spacecraft Orbiting Mars - NASA's newest spacecraft at Mars has already cut the size and duration of each orbit by more than half, just 11 weeks into a 23-week process of shrinking its orbit. By other indicators, the lion's share of the job lies ahead.
SOP newswireHow We'll Get Back to the Moon - Before the end of the next decade, NASA astronauts will again explore the surface of the moon. And this time, we're going to stay, building outposts and paving the way for eventual journeys to Mars and beyond. There are echoes of the iconic images of the past, but it won't be your grandfather's moon shot.
SOP newswireU.S. Remains Committed to Peaceful Uses of Space, Official Says By Jacquelyn S. Porth - Washington -- The United States does not have any weapons in space, a State Department arms control official says, nor does it have plans to build any.
SOP newswireHow to Bake a Galaxy - Start with lots and lots of dark matter, then stir in gas. Let the mixture sit for a while, and a galaxy should rise up out of the batter.
SOP newswireA United Nations Flag That Accompanied China's First Manned Space Flight - A United Nations flag that accompanied China"s first manned space flight was today formally installed at the UN space exhibit in Vienna, as a symbol of the international goal of fostering purely peaceful activities in regions outside the earth"s atmosphere.
SOP newswireNASA Missions Help Dissect Sea Level Rise by Rosemary Sullivant - Sea level isn't, well, level. Nor is the rate by which sea level has been rising over the past few decades, but the trend is clearly up. Global sea level has risen an average of three millimeters (.1 inch) per year since 1993. Rising seas have the potential to affect billions of people around the globe, not just those living near coastlines. With the ocean soaking up more heat from a warming planet and glaciers melting at a record-breaking pace, is there any way
SOP newswirePossible Meteorite in 'Columbia Hills' on Mars - The rock in the center foreground of this picture is suspected of being an iron meteorite. The panoramic camera on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit took this image during the rover's 809th Martian day (April 12, 2006). The foreground rock, informally named
SOP newswireSpitzer Helps Solve Mystery of Space Dust - When the universe was only 700 million years old, some of its galaxies were already filled with lots of dust. But where did all of this dust come from? Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope think they may have found the source in type II supernovae, the violent explosions of the universe'
SOP newswireFirst Images From NASA'S Cloudsat Have Scientists Sky-High - The first images from NASA's new CloudSat satellite are already revealing never-before-seen 3-D details about clouds.
SOP newswireA Celestrial Roll Over - Saturn's moon Enceladus - an active, icy world with an unusually warm south pole – may have performed an unusual trick for a planetary body. New research shows Enceladus rolled over, literally, explaining why the moon's hottest spot is at the south pole.
SOP newswireCassini Spacecraft Snaps Titan and Saturn's Rings - Saturn's largest moon, Titan, peaks out from under the planet's rings of ice.
SOP newswireNASA Instrument Provides New Data on Floods and Droughts - Large hurricanes, such as Katrina and Rita, carry massive amounts of moisture deep inland, well beyond the coast where they come ashore. Weather radar shows rain in the atmosphere but not where it has fallen on the surface. While rain gauges measure how much rain has fallen in specific locations, their coverage is limited.
Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)(Cape Canaveral FL.) Robonaut Looks to the Stars and Beyond - There was great dismay in the astronomy community as well as amongst space enthusiast, in general, when NASA announced earlier this year that the agency would be forced to let the Hubble space telescope die due to old age, sometime around 2007.
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