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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:41:00 +0100
ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli will be heading for space a third time, as part of Expeditions 52 and 53 to the International Space Station. He will be launched on a Soyuz vehicle in May 2017 on a five-month mission. The new mission is part of a barter agreement between NASA and Italy's ASI space agency involving ESA astronauts. It will be ASI's third long-duration flight, following Luca Parmitano's Volare in 2013 and Samantha Cristoforetti's Futura this year. Paolo's first spaceflight was his...
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:27:00 +0100
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter successfully completed a maneuver on July 29, 2015, to put the spacecraft in the right place on Sept. 28, 2016, for supporting arrival of the InSight Mars lander mission. The maneuver's engine burn began at 6:21:31 a.m. PDT (13:21:31 UTC) and lasted for 75 seconds. With its biggest orbit maneuver since 2006, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) will prepare this week for the arrival of NASA's next Mars lander, InSight, next year. ...
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:11:00 +0100
Vega Flight VV06 Elements have arrived in French Guiana for the next Vega launcher, which is scheduled for a November mission from the Spaceport to deploy Europe's LISA Pathfinder - a pioneering scientific spacecraft that will set the stage for observing the Universe in a completely new way. The Zefiro 23 and Zefiro 9 stages for Arianespace's lightweight launcher were delivered to French Guiana this month aboard the MN Toucan, one of two ships regularly utilized for transporting Arianesp...
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 22:08:00 +0100
Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) has installed the first operational hardware for the Global Positioning System's Next Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX. The new ground command and control system will significantly modernize U.S. GPS capabilities and manage the next generation of GPS satellites. Installation of the Launch and Checkout System (LCS) hardware was completed in early July at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado , the eventual home for the new GPS OCX Master Control Station....
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0100
The chemical element lithium has been found for the first time in material ejected by a nova. Observations of Nova Centauri 2013 made using telescopes at ESO's La Silla Observatory, and near Santiago in Chile, help to explain the mystery of why many young stars seem to have more of this chemical element than expected. This new finding fills in a long-missing piece in the puzzle representing our galaxy's chemical evolution, and is a big step forward for astronomers trying to understand the amount...
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:37:00 +0100
Ariane Flight VA225 Payload preparations for Arianespace's next Ariane 5 mission have marked a new milestone in French Guiana, with the EUTELSAT 8 West B telecommunications satellite undergoing its initial fit-check with launcher hardware. This important step during Arianespace Ariane 5 mission campaigns at the Spaceport validated the compatibility of Eutelsat Communications' EUTELSAT 8 West B with the cone-shaped adapter that will be used in its integration on the heavy-lift launcher. ...
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:03:00 +0100
NASA has selected Wyle Laboratories Inc., of El Segundo, California, to provide biomedical, medical and health services in support of all human spaceflight programs at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston. The work supports ongoing research aboard the International Space Station and helps enable the journey to Mars. The Human Health and Performance contract begins Oct. 1 and has a maximum potential value of $1.44 billion, including a five-year base period followed by one three-year op...
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0100
Engility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: EGL), today announced that TASC, an Engility company has been awarded a $67 million contract to provide systems engineering and integration (SE&I) for the U.S. Air Force Global Positioning Systems (GPS) Directorate, the agency responsible for ensuring the space-based satellite navigation system is operational. The contract, known as the GPS SE&I, has a two-year base with options to extend TASC's support to 6.5 years with a value of more than $200 million. The aw...
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:19:00 +0100
StemRad, Ltd. and Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) have initiated a joint research and development effort to determine if StemRad's radiation shielding technology - originally designed for first-responders - could help to keep astronauts safe on deep-space exploration missions. This collaboration is part of Lockheed Martin's ongoing effort to establish international partnerships for human exploration of deep-space. As designed now, the StemRad 360 Gamma is a wearable vest that protects first-respo...
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:36:00 +0100
Europe's ninth and tenth Galileo satellites have crossed the Atlantic, touching down in French Guiana ahead of their joint launch this September. The delicate navigation satellites made their journey within environmentally controlled containers, having passed a gamut of tests to confirm their readiness for space. The pair left ESA's ESTEC technical centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, last Thursday by road for to Luxembourg Findel Airport. On Friday morning the duo flew by Luxair 747 a...
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:30:00 +0100
On 26 July at 09:30 GMT (11:30 CEST), ESA handed control of Europe's last Meteosat Second Generation weather satellite, MSG-4, to EUMETSAT This follows the launch of the satellite on 15 July aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, and the Launch and Early Orbit Phase carried out by ESA's European Space Operations Centre, ESOC, on EUMETSAT's behalf. During the last 11 days, the satellite was moved into geostationary orbit and the various elements of its platform ...
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:22:00 +0100
A fast-moving pulsar appears to have punched a hole in a disk of gas around its companion star and launched a fragment of the disk outward at a speed of about 40 million miles per hour. NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory is tracking this cosmic clump, which appears to be picking up speed as it moves out. The double star system PSR B1259-63/LS 2883 – or B1259 for short – contains a star about 30 times as massive as the Sun and a pulsar, an ultra-dense neutron star left behi...
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:25:00 +0100
Flowing ice and a surprising extended haze are among the newest discoveries from NASA's New Horizons mission, which reveal distant Pluto to be an icy world of wonders. "We knew that a mission to Pluto would bring some surprises, and now -- 10 days after closest approach -- we can say that our expectation has been more than surpassed," said John Grunsfeld, NASA's associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate. "With flowing ices, exotic surface chemistry, mountain ranges, and vast...
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, provided propulsion, composite and spacecraft technologies to enable the successful launch of both the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV vehicle and the seventh Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-7) satellite that launched yesterday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. "Orbital ATK's contributions to the launch vehicle and satellite demonstrate the broad range of reliable systems we offer," said Charlie Pre...
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:19:00 +0100
Ariane Flight VA226 Arianespace is maintaining its 2015 mission pace as components for another Ariane 5 have arrived in French Guiana - with the latest heavy-lift vehicle scheduled to orbit two telecommunications spacecraft during September: NBN Co 1A for Australia's National Broadband Network, and ARSAT-2 for Argentinean satellite operator ARSAT. The launcher elements were delivered this week aboard the MN Toucan, which is one of two roll-on/roll-off sea-going vessels utilized for the tra...
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 04:20:00 +0100
Boeing's [NYSE: BA] seventh Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite is now in orbit and will soon provide the U.S. and allied militaries with 17 percent more secure communications bandwidth than its predecessors thanks to a payload upgrade. "Every WGS that we deliver increases the ability of U.S. and allied forces to reliably transmit vital information," said Dan Hart, Boeing vice president, Government Space Systems. "By utilizing commercial processes, we are able to offer greater capacity at ...
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 03:48:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket successfully launched the seventh Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) communications satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 8:07 p.m. EDT today from Space Launch Complex-37. This is ULA's seventh launch in 2015 and the second successful ULA launch in just eight days. Today marks ULA's 98th successful one-at-a-time launch since the company was formed in December 2006. "Kudos to the Air Force and all of our mission partners on today's successful launch and o...
Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:13:00 +0100
NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the "habitable zone" around a sun-like star. This discovery and the introduction of 11 other new small habitable zone candidate planets mark another milestone in the journey to finding another "Earth." The newly discovered Kepler-452b is the smallest planet to date discovered orbiting in the habitable zone -- the area around a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of an orbiting planet -- of a G2-type star, li...
Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:17:00 +0100
The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has been used to detect the most distant clouds of star-forming gas yet found in normal galaxies in the early Universe. The new observations allow astronomers to start to see how the first galaxies were built up and how they cleared the cosmic fog during the era of reionisation. This is the first time that such galaxies are seen as more than just faint blobs. When the first galaxies started to form a few hundred million years after t...
Thu, 23 Jul 2015 07:46:00 +0100
Ariane Flight VA225 Payload preparations for Arianespace's next Ariane 5 launch are now in full swing, with the mission's two satellite passengers - EUTELSAT 8 West B and Intelsat 34 - undergoing checkout procedures at the Spaceport. These pre-launch activities kicked off this month, following separate arrivals of the two spacecraft - both of which were delivered to French Guiana's Felix Eboue Airport via cargo jetliner. After their subsequent transfers by road to the Spaceport, preparatio...
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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:05:26 EDT
Philae has been incommunicado on the surface of Comet 67P for three weeks. The lander team would love to get Philae up and running again soon, so they can get an up-close look at how the comet is affected by its Aug. 13 closest solar approach.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:06:38 EDT
The structure, composition and evolutionary history of comets are starting to come into focus, thanks to observations beamed home by the European Space Agency's Philae lander, the first probe ever to touch down on one of these icy objects.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:02:04 EDT
ESA’s Rosetta probe, orbiting 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, deployed its Philae lander on Nov. 12th, 2014, but it bounced across the comet’s face.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:03:10 EDT
Scientists have released new information about comet 67p and what the Philae lander discovered there.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:38:46 EDT
A NASA satellite that stares nonstop at the sunlit side of Earth has captured this captivating, crystal-clear view of Africa as the continent appears from space.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:04:16 EDT
When a heated asteroid surface rotates into darkness, thermal radiation can act as a "sort of mini-thruster," changing the space rock’s trajectory. This phenomena is called the Yarkovsky effect is nicely explained here.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:21:35 EDT
Life may have thrived in the oceans and lakes that once covered Mars — but some organisms may have survived long after the water dried up. Could scientists still find evidence of these last life-forms on Mars?
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:17:14 EDT
Members of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) science team are asking the public to help them categorize strange features near the Red Planet's south pole for further study and analysis.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:15:53 EDT
NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft and India's Mangalyaan probe both began circling the Red Planet last September, bringing the total number of operational Mars orbiters to five — the most ever.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:24:30 EDT
As a small galaxy crosses paths with a gigantic galaxy, its "fluffy outer parts" are stripped according to the the simulation creators M. Sandoval and A. Romanowsky. The dense core is what remains.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:09:15 EDT
Enhanced imagery of Saturn satellite Tethys show arcing streaks spanning hundreds of mile across the battered surface. These may be ice with organic impurities, outgassing from within the moon, or markers of fractures in the frozen rock.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:50:44 EDT
Got questions about artificial intelligence? Stephen Hawking has answers.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:54:09 EDT
The desert regions of Saturn's moon Titan may have once hosted water that left behind traces of dry material on the surface, like rings on a bathtub, new research suggests.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:47:53 EDT
Astronomers have discovered the first aurora ever seen outside the solar system, an alien light show more powerful than any other aurora ever witnessed, perhaps 1 million times brighter Earth's northern lights.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:38:02 EDT
The dark red pole on Pluto's largest moon Charon may be some of the dwarf planet's own siphoned-off atmosphere.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:53:35 EDT
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station had a little bit of fun with a Red Camera, antacid tablet and a water bubble
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:41:30 EDT
The photo shows SpaceShipTwo pilot Peter Siebold floating back to Earth via parachute on Oct. 31, just moments after the vehicle broke apart in a test-flight disaster that killed co-pilot Michael Alsbury.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:32:42 EDT
On Friday, much of the world will have the opportunity to observe a Blue Moon: A somewhat rare occurrence that doesn't have anything to do with the moon's color.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:51:25 EDT
The Space Launch System megarocket, scheduled to fly for the first time in 2018, will blast unmanned spacecraft toward their targets at unprecedented speeds, dramatically reducing interplanetary travel times, advocates say.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:33:54 EDT
Colorful new maps of the dwarf planet Ceres reveal its dramatic mountains and deep craters, now with official new names.

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