NASA Releases The Year of Pluto Video

The Trailer (2:40)

Video Caption: The New Horizons mission will help us understand worlds at the edge of our solar system by making the first reconnaissance of the planet Pluto and by venturing deeper into the distant, mysterious Kuiper Belt – a relic of solar system formation.

The Full Video (58:33)

New Horizons to Arrive at Pluto in 3 Months

New Horizons spacecraft (Credit: JHUAPL/SwRI)
New Horizons spacecraft (Credit: JHUAPL/SwRI)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is three months from returning to humanity the first-ever close up images and scientific observations of distant Pluto and its system of large and small moons.

“Scientific literature is filled with papers on the characteristics of Pluto and its moons from ground based and Earth orbiting space observations, but we’ve never studied Pluto up close and personal,” said John Grunsfeld, astronaut, and associate administrator of the NASA Science Mission Directorate at the agency’s Headquarters in Washington.  “In an unprecedented flyby this July, our knowledge of what the Pluto systems is really like will expand exponentially and I have no doubt there will be exciting discoveries.”


Space Travel Alliance to Offer Variety of Services

space_travel_allianceKIRUNA, Sweden (STA PR) — Space Travel Alliance (STA) is a new Swedish venture aiming to make the dream of space discovery a reality to mankind with the vision to become the premier European space travel company. Operating from Spaceport Sweden, STA will offer commercial suborbital spaceflights for tourism, research, development and education, astronaut training and space adventures.

“We are at the dawn of a new space era and with Space Travel Alliance we seek to leverage Sweden’s rich space heritage and launch not only spaceships but also new careers and contribute to regional development”, says Karin Nilsdotter, CEO of Space Travel Alliance.


Uwingu Launches Beam Me to Mars Program

Beam_Me_Mars_LogoBOULDER, Colo., Aug. 19, 2014 (Uwingu PR) — Space company Uwingu announced today the launch of a project allowing anyone, anywhere to be a part of a global “shout-­out” of messages from the people of Earth to Mars on November 28th. The project is called “Beam Me to Mars.”

Beam Me to Mars (hashtag #BeamMe2Mars) celebrates the 50th anniversary of the start of humankind’s exploration of Mars with the launch of NASA’s Mariner 4 — the first successful Mars mission — on November 28th, 1964.


Alan Stern to Drop By The Space Show This Week

This week on The Space Show with David Livingston:

1. Monday, August 18, 2014: 2-3:30 PM PDT (5-6:30 PM EDT, 4-5:30 PM CDT): We welcome JEREMY STRAUB and DR. RONALD MARSH from UND Dept. of Computer Science regarding Open Orbiter, a student led effort that is developing the full spectrum of systems required to develop, launch, and manage a CubeSat space mission with the goal to create a system that is very affordable ($5000).

2. Tuesday, August 19, 2014:,7-8:30 PM PDT (10-11:30 PM EDT, 9-10:30 PM CDT): We welcome back both DR. VADIM RYGALOV & DR. JOHN JURIST regarding their research and work on High Altitude Free Fall, Astronaut Escape from altitude , the risks and problems associated with such jumps and escapes. Check The Space Show blog Monday evening as I will upload their recent Power Point presentation give at the recent ICESs conference.

3. Friday, August 22, 2014, 9:30 -11 AM PDT (12;30-2 PM EDT; 11:30-1 PM CDT): We welcome NASA astronaut Dr. Rick Linnehan to the program. Dr. Linnehan is a veterinarian and we will continuing our discussion about animals and their place in space on both experimental and possibly in support of long duration human spaceflight missions. .

4. Sunday, August 24, 2014, 12-1:30 PM PDT (3-4:30 PM EDT, 2-3:30 PM CDT). We welcome back DR. ALAN STERN for New Horizons to Pluto updates and a new Uwingu program.

Mars One Lander to Carry Uwingu Map to Red Planet

Mars One 2018 lander (Credit: Mars One)
Mars One 2018 lander (Credit: Mars One)

BOULDER, Colorado, March 3, 2014 (Uwingu PR) — Uwingu and the pioneering Mars One project (http://www.mars-­ announce a landmark partnership: All Mars One missions will carry Uwingu’s Mars Map to Mars, and will use these feature names as a part of Mars One’s mission operations at Mars. Additionally, a portion of Uwingu’s revenues generated by Mars feature naming will help fund Mars One missions.

Uwingu launched its Mars Crater Naming Project last week at, giving anyone in the public the opportunity to name any of the approximately 500,000 scientifically identified craters on Mars.


Uwingu Aims to Name 500,000 Craters on Mars

BOULDER, Colo. (Uwingu PR) — For years, space mission rover teams have taken it upon themselves to name landmarks on Mars.

Beginning today, the public can get involved in Mars exploration much the same way. Through Uwingu’s redesigned web site at, now anyone can help to create the Uwingu’s new Mars map, with names for all the approximately 500,000 unnamed but scientifically catalogued craters on Mars.


Golden Spike Partners With Draper Lab to Conduct Lunar Landing Site Studies

golden_spike_landerBOULDER, CO, January 22, 2014 (Golden Spike PR) – The Golden Spike Company—the world’s first enterprise planning to undertake human lunar expeditions for countries, corporations and individuals— announced today a partnership with Draper Laboratory to examine the range of landing sites that Golden Spike can offer for its commercial human missions to the Moon.

Draper provides advanced Guidance, Navigation and Control (GN&C) systems, high-performance, reliable space science instruments, and processing systems for NASA and the U.S. military. Draper provided similar landing site selection studies to NASA’s Constellation lunar landing program.


Golden Spike Forms Lunar Science Advisory Board

golden_spike_logBOULDER, CO, November 20, 2013 (Golden Spike PR) – The Golden Spike Company announced today it has created a Lunar Science Advisory Board to help guide the company’s development of the world’s first private human lunar expedition capability.

The seven inaugural members of the Lunar Science Advisory Board, or LSAB, are distinguished lunar and planetary scientists from around the world. They will provide Golden Spike with scientific expertise and will recommend exploration strategies, sample collection and return requirements, and surface experiment package needs.


Golden Spike Workshop Addresses Advanced Lunar Mission Concepts

golden_spike_logBOULDER, CO, October 23, 2013 (Golden Spike PR) – A two-day workshop led by Golden Spike—the world’s first company planning to undertake human lunar expeditions for countries and corporations around the world—attracted scientists from four continents who proposed exciting new human Moon mission concepts.

The workshop, held at the Lunar and Planetary Science Institute in Houston, Texas, focused on landing sites, sample returns, and aspirations of the international lunar scientific community.


A Q&A with Golden Spike’s Alan Stern

Alan Stern
Alan Stern

Editor’s Note: The Space Tech Expo, which runs from May 21-23 in Long Beach, Calif., has published the following Q&A with Golden Spike President and CEO Alan Stern.

Dr Alan Stern, planetary scientist, space program executive, aerospace consultant and author, was elected to be the President and CEO of The Golden Spike Company in 2010. Golden Spike, consisting of former NASA engineers, program managers, Agency executives, and others, is a commercial space corporation planning human lunar expeditions. It made news in December 2012 with its proposal to begin launching passenger flights by 2020, costing $1.5 billion each. In this interview with Space Tech Expo, Dr Stern reveals more details about Golden Spike’s ambitions, why it chose to give crowd funding a chance, and why he believes the entertainment industry is key to the development of future space exploration…


Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell Joins Golden Spike’s Advisory Board

golden_spike_logBOULDER, CO, May 15, 2013 (Golden Spike PR) – Golden Spike, the first company planning to undertake human lunar expeditions for countries and corporations around the world, announced today that legendary astronaut and Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell has joined its Board of Advisors.

Capt. Lovell, a former Naval aviator and test pilot, is a recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Lovell is one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon, was the first of only three people to fly to the Moon twice, and was the first person to fly in space four times.


Uwingu Announces Winner of Alpha Centauri Planet Naming Contest

uwingu_artworkBoulder, Colorado (Uwingu PR) — Space company UwinguTM announced the winner of its public engagement contest to solicit and vote on a popular name for the only known planet orbiting the nearest star to the Sun, Alpha Centauri.

The winning name from Uwingu’s competition to select a name for the planet is “Albertus Alauda”. This nomination was entered into Uwingu’s public planet name nomination database last November by Jason Lark, in honor of his late grandfather, Albert Lark. In the citation entered into Uwingu’s database, Lark said, “His name in Latin means Noble or Bright and to praise or extol. I think this is an apt description as my Grandfather was a noble man and bright of character and in this nomination I wish to honour (extol) him.”


Golden Spike Crowd-Sourcing Campaign Ends Wednesday

golden_spike_indiegogoThe Golden Spike Company’s Indiegogo crowd-sourcing campaign is wrapping up tomorrow night (Wednesday, April 24) at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

Golden Spike is a private business led by former NASA leaders, space scientists, and space engineers that is going to launch human expeditions to the Moon by 2020.

The company has raised about $16,000 so far, considerably short of its $240,000 goal. However, unlike other crowd-source platforms, Indiegogo gives all funds donated to the organization raising the funds. So, any contribution you can make by midnight tomorrow will count.

This Week on The Space Show

This week on The Space Show with David Livingston…

1. Monday, March 18, 2013, 2-3:30 PM PST (5-6:30 PM EST, 4-5:30 PM CST): We welcome DR. CLAUDE PIANTADOSI, professor & director of the F.G. Hall environmental Laboratory at Duke University. We will be discussing Dr. Piantadosi’s new book, “Mankind Beyond Earth: The History, Science, and Future of Human Space Exploration.” See:

2. Tuesday, March 19, 2013 2013, 7-8:30 PM PST (10-11:30 PM EST, 9-10:30 PM CST): We welcome back JOHN STRICKLAND for the second half of his space discussion from his Jan. 22, 2013 Space Show appearance.

3. Friday, March 22, 2013, 9:30-11 AM PST (11:30- 1 PM CST, 12:30PM-2:00 PM EST): No Space Show program today as I am in Billings, MT to moderate an astronaut panel for Rocky Mtn College. The panel participants include Walter Cunningham, Gerald Carr, Harrison (Jack) Schmitt, and Loren Acton. The panel discussion will be 10AM-12PM PDT (11AM-1 PM MDT, 12-2PM CDT & 1-3PM EDT). You can see the panel discussion at The live stream audience will not be able to ask questions. It is possible that Rocky Mtn. College will allow The Space Show to archive this program on our Vimeo channel. Details to follow.

4. Sunday, March 3, 2013, 12-1:30 PM PST (3-4:30 PM EST, 2-3:30 PM CST). We welcome back DR. ALAN STERN who will be discussing his new Golden Spike venture. Dr. Stern will be with us for only the first hour. The last part of our program will be open lines for a discussion about Golden Spike & other matters. For those of you wanting to talk to Dr. Stern, you must call early as he can only be with us for the first hour.