• Pilot error likely cause of Virgin Galactic spaceship crash

    By Ted Bonnitt on October 31st, 2014

    Updated November 4, 2014

    Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip2 test vehicle crash was due to pilot era, according to investigators on scene. One of the two pilots who were aboard was killed and the other seriously hurt when the spacecraft went down during a test flight last week.

    The failure occurred two minutes after the SpaceShip2's rocket engine was ignited.

    The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) confirmed that the co-pilot, 39 year-old Michael Alsbury, who died in the accident, unlocked the craft's aerodynamic controls too early, and that the ship disintegrated seconds later. Alsbury unlocked a lever that caused ...

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  • From the far side of the Moon to Earth

    By Ted Bonnitt on October 30th, 2014

    China’s Chang'e 5 spacecraft test mission has rounded the far side of the Moon and is on its way back to Earth. The engineering mission is designed to test the craft’s systems in preparation for a lunar sample retrieval mission in 2017.

    The spacecraft took a spectacular image looking back at Earth from behind the far side of the Moon as swung around it and headed home for a November 1 re-entry landing. 

    The image shows how different the far side of Moon is from the side that faces Earth.  And Earth seen from a distance appears ...

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  • Rocket failure raises questions over use of old Russian engines

    By Ted Bonnitt on October 29th, 2014

    Last night’s Antares rocket explosion and loss of hundreds of millions of dollars of payload destined for the International Space Station (ISS) raises questions about the reliability of the aging Russian rockets being used by the private Orbital Sciences Corporation for their launch system.

    The rocket was intentionally exploded by ground controllers when a catastrophic equipment failure occurred seconds after launching under clear skies at 6:22PM from Wallops Island, Virginia. No one was hurt in the unmanned launch failure. The rocket was destroyed before it could veer into populated areas. An investigation is underway to determine the exact ...

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  • MEN IN BLACK CAUGHT ON VIDEO - Recent images may be clearest yet

    By Ted Bonnitt on October 13th, 2014

    Multiple witnesses see strange pair in New Orleans and speak publicly for the first time about harassment by mysterious beings—and reveal never before seen images of a Men in Back encounter.

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    As wild as it may sound, witness accounts of life long harassment from mysterious Men in Black (MIB) are somewhat common. For the first time, two witnesses step forward to tell UFOGrid about their recent strange encounter with MIB in New Orleans.

    MIB sightings have been reported for decades.

    Men in Black, popularly portrayed by Hollywood actors Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are far ...

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  • College students report two daylight UFO sightings over California campus

    By Ted Bonnitt on October 7th, 2014

    Two Sacramento City College, CA, students report spotting two UFOs seconds apart over their campus in the afternoon of October 2, 2014.

    The two students, who are friends met after a full day of classes and were reclining on a grassy area of campus at 4:40 PM when they noticed a white colored object silently flying across the sky overhead, according to reports they filed with the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC).

    “At first glance, it appeared to be a feather being pushed by the wind, but we soon realized it was at much too high of an altitude ...

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