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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:12:00 +0100
Soyuz Flight VS11 Authorization has been given for tomorrow's Arianespace Soyuz launch from French Guiana, providing the "green light" for this medium-lift mission that will further expand Europe's Galileo global navigation satellite system. The approval was granted today after the regular pre-launch review for Arianespace flights - which confirmed the readiness of Soyuz and its payload of two Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) spacecraft, the launch site and associated infrastructu...
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:00:00 +0100
Using observations from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have found that dark matter does not slow down when colliding with itself, meaning it interacts with itself less than previously thought. Researchers say this finding narrows down the options for what this mysterious substance might be. Dark matter is an invisible matter that makes up most of the mass of the universe. Because dark matter does not reflect, absorb or emit light, it can only be trace...
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:02:00 +0100
It takes a lot of ingenuity - not to mention a massive quantity of sheer force - to get satellites into orbit. Now space engineers are applying comparable ingenuity to the challenge of getting their missions out of there, too. ESA, working closely with Europe's satellite builders, will ask industry for new designs to help remove satellites from orbit at the end of their working lives, as well as 'passivating' them - making them safer for neighbouring missions. The selected concepts will be...
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0100
The team that sustains the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite System Common Ground System (JPSS CGS) is now located much closer to key agency facilities - in support of a major upgrade to the existing system and to provide efficiencies to future missions - the company announced today. Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) moved 70 positions from Aurora, Colorado , to Riverdale, Maryland . The 1,600 mile move co...
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:00:00 +0100
The best observations so far of the dusty gas cloud G2 confirm that it made its closest approach to the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way in May 2014 and has survived the experience. The new result from ESO's Very Large Telescope shows that the object appears not to have been significantly stretched and that it is very compact. It is most likely to be a young star with a massive core that is still accreting material. The black hole itself has not yet shown any increase in ac...
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Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:26:17 EDT
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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:14:27 EDT
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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:11:03 EDT
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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:38:51 EDT
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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:07:07 EDT
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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:49:56 EDT
An American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut launched into space Friday to attempt something their two countries have never done together before: a one-year mission on the International Space Station that could help one day send humans to Mars.
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:07:57 EDT
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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:01:30 EDT
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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:55:47 EDT
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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:31:57 EDT
NASA Chief Charles Bolden the 1-year mission of astronaut Scott Kelly advances the US's space goals.
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:03:13 EDT
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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:00:11 EDT
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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:04:34 EDT
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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:15:18 EDT
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