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Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:12:00 +0100
WASHINGTON -  A chemical used in dry cleaning and fire extinguishers may have been phased out in recent years but NASA said Wednesday that carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) is still being spewed into the atmosphere from an unknown source. The world agreed to stop using CC14 as part of the Vienna Convention on Protection of the Ozone Layer and its Montreal Protocol, which attained universal ratification in 2009. "Parties to the Montreal Protocol reported zero new CCl4 emissions between 2007-2012,&quo...
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:30:00 +0100
Lift-off for Galileo satellites 5 and 6 is set for Thursday, 21 August, at 12:31 GMT (14:31 CEST) on a Soyuz rocket from the Guiana Space Centre, French Guiana. Just 9 minutes and 23 seconds later, the Fregat upper stage carrying the payload will separate from the Soyuz third stage, and conduct a pair of engine burns separated by an approximately three-hour ballistic coast phase. Three hours and 47 minutes after launch, the Galileo satellites will separate into free-flight orbit, 23 5...
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:45:00 +0100
The Galileo satellites’ integration with Soyuz is shown in this series of photos, beginning with the upper composite’s transfer to the dedicated launch complex in French Guiana for this medium-lift launcher (left). At center, the upper composite is hoisted inside the mobile gantry, where it is integrated with Soyuz (right) to complete the launcher build-up for Arianespace’s Flight VS09. “Doresa” and “Milena” – the first two Galileo FOC (Full...
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:00:00 +0100
REDONDO BEACH, Calif. -  Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) with Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic is developing a preliminary design and flight demonstration plan for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Experimental Spaceplane XS-1 program. XS-1 has a reusable booster that when coupled with an expendable upper stage provides affordable, available and responsive space lift for 3,000-pound class spacecraft into low Earth orbit. Reusable boosters with aircraft-like operations provid...
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:46:00 +0100
WASHINGTON  -  Astronomers have uncovered rhythmic pulsations from a rare type of black hole 12 million light-years away by sifting through archival data from NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite. The signals have helped astronomers identify an unusual midsize black hole called M82 X-1, which is the brightest X-ray source in a galaxy known as Messier 82. Most black holes formed by dying stars are modestly-sized, measuring up to around 25 times the mass of our sun. And most large galax...
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