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NASA Commercial Crew Partner Boeing Meets Software Milestone

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The Boeing Company has successfully completed a new milestone in the development of software that will operate its Crew Space Transportation (CST) spacecraft. The company is one of NASA’s partners developing commercial crew transportation capabilities to ferry U.S. astronauts to and from low Earth orbit and the International Space Station.

With the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) of its software on May 18, the company now has completed more than 40 milestones under partnerships supporting NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP).

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AstroNews Is Coming Back Online

Okay, so it’s been awhile but I’ve got some help and we’re looking to get AstroNews back up ‘n running today…

…so I want to say a big thanks to James Smith and George Arnold for volunteering and being willing and able to post some of the stories for me.

Thanks guys, it’s very much appreciated!

Clear skies,


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AstroNews Needs Your Help

April 30, 2012 1 comment

Okay, so here’s the deal…

I need help maintaining this blog. I can’t do this on my own.

Unfortunately, I just don’t have the time to update AstroNews anymore… there are a couple of reasons why…

  1. The number of daily stories seems to be increasing
  2. I’ve been working some very odd hours recently and I just don’t know from one week to the next how much time I’ll have to work on the blog – or even when, for that matter.
  3. I’ve also had to travel for my work and that makes maintaining this blog difficult
  4. My personal time is also becoming more limited and I have to concentrate on other issues first…
  5. I have another blog, and for personal reasons, that blog has become pretty important to me and has to take priority right now.

I’ve thought long and hard about AstroNews and what to do with it… I don’t want to abandon it completely but I can’t keep this blog going by myself.

I know I’ve mentioned this before and unfortunately no one was able to help out… but I’m kinda down to the crunch now.

If there’s anyone out there, amongst the hundreds of people who read this on WordPress, follow the site on Twitter, like it on Facebook or watch for the news in the Windows sidebar gadget, who can help post stories, then please let me know. My email address will follow.

I’m not looking for anyone to take over the site, just to post stories on a completely voluntary basis. I may not be able to get you on the Press Release email distribution list from the American Astronomical Society, but I can forward the emails to you. You can also subscribe to news releases from NASA and check the news on the ESA’s website etc 🙂

So that’s about it… without help, AstroNews will be on hold until a point in the future when I can get it going again.

If you’d like to help, please feel free to email me at “at”

Thank you for your support,

Richard J.  Bartlett

Playing Catch-Up

I’m behind with the news stories again, I’m afraid… there was a big astronomical convention in England last week and I’ve been travelling on business, so it’s been hard to keep up.

I’ve published 9 stories tonight and cleared all the convention news and that leaves about 14 stories in the back log, 2 of which are embargoed for another couple of days. (Sshhhh… spoilers!)

If I don’t get flooded with new stories and can post about 9 or 10 more tomorrow and Wednesday night then hopefully I’ll catch up.

Thanks for your support 🙂

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AstroNews Is Playing Catch-Up

January 15, 2012 Leave a comment

I’m a few days behind on my stories – I have over 30 emails in my Inbox, most of them individual new stories and press releases.

As you may or may not know, last week was the American Astronomical Society’s annual meeting and there’s always a ton of press releases at that time. Unfortunately, I was working nights, which means the time I have available for posting is limited. On top of that. some of the stories did not have a corresponding online press  release and so I may have to create individual pages for those.

With that in mind, please accept my apologies; I’m working days this week and hopefully I’ll be able to get caught up.

Clear skies,


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2011 in review

December 31, 2011 Leave a comment

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,500 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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AstroNews Is Now On Diaspora!

November 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Diaspora, an alternative to Facebook, has just opened up and allowed users to sign up for accounts – so I went ahead and created one for AstroNews 🙂

You can find it at


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