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NASA protects its super heroes from space weather

Houston TX Aug 21, 2017 It's not a bird or a plane but it might be a solar storm. We like to think of astronauts as our super heroes, but the reality is astronauts are not built like Superman who gains strength from the sun. In fact, much of the energy radiating from the sun is harmful to us mere ...

Russian Military Likely to Give Up Using Baikonur Spaceport Soon: Here's Why

Moscow Aug 21, 2017 Roscosmos and the Russian Ministry of Defense are likely to team up to facilitate the construction of the launch pad for the Angara heavy-lift carrier rockets, RIA Novosti contributor Andrei Stanavov writes, shedding light on why the Russian military is ready to give up using the ...

ESA's Proba-3 will create artificial solar eclipses

Paris Aug 21, 2017 Astrophysicists are joining sightseers in watching Monday's total solar eclipse across North America but, in the decade to come, they will be viewing eclipses that last for hours instead of a few minutes - thanks to a pioneering ESA space mission. Aiming for launch in late 2020, ...

System tests prepare Orion for deep space exploration

Kennedy Space Center FL Aug 21, 2017 Hurtling beyond the Moon at a speedy 25,000 mph for a three-week mission requires a space processor capable of operating with guaranteed reliability, in a high radiation environment tens of thousands of miles in deep space, at 480,000,000 instructions per second ...

ORS-5 satellite prepped for launch

Los Angeles AFP CA Aug 21, 2017 With a Flight Readiness Review successfully concluded Aug. 17, the Air Force's Operational Responsive Space -5 satellite is now ready for its journey to equatorial orbit from Space Launch Complex-46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. It is scheduled for ...

Equipment for Angara heavy-class rocket arrives at Vostochny Cosmodrome

Vostochny Aug 21, 2017 The first technological equipment for the launch of the Angara heavy class carrier rocket has been delivered to the Vostochny Space Center in Russian Far East, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Wednesday. "The first technological equipment for the Angara has ...

Harnessing rich satellite data to estimate crop yield

Urbana IL Aug 21, 2017 Without advanced sensing technology, humans see only a small portion of the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Satellites see the full range--from high-energy gamma rays, to visible, infrared, and low-energy microwaves. The images and data they collect can be used to solve ...

Russian Space Cameras on ISS May Replace US Models in 2018

Moscow Aug 21, 2017 Russian-made cameras for recording the activities of astronauts in outer space may replace similar US-made models as early as next year, Russia's Rocket and Space Corporation Energia said Thursday. Earlier in the day, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the Russian Mission ...

Large asteroid to safely pass Earth on September 1

Pasadena CA Aug 21, 2017 Asteroid Florence, a large near-Earth asteroid, will pass safely by Earth on Sept. 1, 2017, at a distance of about 4.4 million miles, . Florence is among the largest near-Earth asteroids that are several miles in size; measurements from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and ...

Mars 2020 mission to use smart methods to seek signs of past life

Washington DC Aug 21, 2017 NASA's Mars 2020 mission, which will look for signs of past life on Mars, will use smart methods originally developed to find the oldest life on Earth, according the mission's Deputy Project Scientist, Dr Ken Williford. The 2020 mission builds on the successes of prior ...

Roscosmos Approves Luna-25 Space Station Model in Moon Exploration Project

Moscow Aug 21, 2017 Russia's Roscosmos State Space Corporation on Friday said it approved a model of the Luna-25 space station created as part of the development project Luna-Glob Moon exploration program with the start of the mission scheduled for 2019. "The automatic interplanetary station Luna-25 ...

Air routes adjusted to protect FAST radio telescope

Beijing Aug 21, 2017 The Civil Aviation Administration of China has adjusted air routes around the world's largest radio telescope in southwestern province of Guizhou to protect the electromagnetic environment. The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope , which was put into use in September ...

NASA launches latest TDRS communications satellite

Cape Canaveral AFS FL Aug 21, 2017 NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M , which is the third and final in a series of next generation communications satellites, has successfully been placed into orbit following separation from an United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. TDRS-M launched Friday at ...

Japan launches satellite for better GPS system

Tokyo Aug 19, 2017 Japan on Saturday launched the third satellite in its effort to build a homegrown geolocation system aimed at improving the accuracy of car navigation systems and smartphone maps to mere centimetres. An H-IIA rocket blasted off at about 2:30 pm from the Tanegashima space centre in ...

Soyuz-2 Rocket to Arrive at Vostochny on September 20 for November Launch

Vostochny Aug 21, 2017 Russia's Center for Ground-Based Space Infrastructure Facilities, the operator of Russia's cosmodromes, will ensure the delivery of the Soyuz-2 carrier rocket for the first 2017 launch from the Vostochny Cosmodrome on September 20, the center's CEO Ranohon Dzhuraeva said ...

NASA taps citizen scientists to help study eclipse

Washington Aug 17, 2017 An estimated 220 million people will watch Monday's eclipse. For a small percentage, the phenomenon will be more than a spectacle. It will be a chance to observe and record - for science's sake. Researchers at NASA are counting on the participation of thousands of citizen ...

Ohio Supercomputer Center helps researchers map invisible universe

Columbus OH Aug 14, 2017 The Ohio Supercomputer Center played a critical role in helping researchers reach a milestone mapping the growth of the universe from its infancy to present day. The new results released Aug. 3 confirm the surprisingly simple but puzzling theory that the present universe is ...

Russia could launch Spektr-RG space observatory with German telescope in 2018

Moscow Aug 16, 2017 Russia could launch the Spektr-RG space observatory with the German eRosita X-ray telescope in October 2018, a spokesperson of the Lavochkin Research and Production Association aerospace company told Sputnik on Monday. The Spektr-RG observatory is supposed to be placed at ...

NASA, ESA spacecraft track solar storm through space

Greenbelt MD Aug 17, 2017 Our Sun is active: Not only does it release a constant stream of material, called the solar wind, but it also lets out occasional bursts of faster-moving material, known as coronal mass ejections, or CMEs. NASA researchers wish to improve our understanding of CMEs and how ...

International team of researchers redefines cosmic velocity web

Honolulu HI Aug 17, 2017 The cosmic web - the distribution of matter on the largest scales in the universe - has usually been defined through the distribution of galaxies. Now, a new study by a team of astronomers from France, Israel and Hawaii demonstrates a novel approach. Instead of using galaxy ...

Tracking a solar eruption through the Solar System

Paris Aug 17, 2017 Ten spacecraft, from ESA's Venus Express to NASA's Voyager-2, felt the effect of a solar eruption as it washed through the Solar System while three other satellites watched, providing a unique perspective on this space weather event. Scientists working on ESA's Mars Express were ...

New 3-D simulations show how galactic centers cool their jets

Berkeley CA Aug 16, 2017 Some of the most extreme outbursts observed in the universe are the mysterious jets of energy and matter beaming from the center of galaxies at nearly the speed of light. These narrow jets, which typically form in opposing pairs are believed to be associated with ...

Cosmic magnifying lens reveals inner jets of black holes

Pasadena CA Aug 17, 2017 Astronomers using Caltech's Owens Valley Radio Observatory have found evidence for a bizarre lensing system in space, in which a large assemblage of stars is magnifying a much more distant galaxy containing a jet-spewing supermassive black hole. The discovery provides the ...

NASA watches the Sun put a stop to its own eruption

Greenbelt MD Aug 14, 2017 On Sept. 30, 2014, multiple NASA observatories watched what appeared to be the beginnings of a solar eruption. A filament - a serpentine structure consisting of dense solar material and often associated with solar eruptions - rose from the surface, gaining energy and speed ...

Why massive galaxies don't dance in crowds

Sydney, Australia Aug 14, 2017 Australian scientists have discovered why heavyweight galaxies living in a dense crowd of galaxies tend to spin more slowly than their lighter neighbours. "Contrary to earlier thinking, the spin rate of the galaxy is determined by its mass, rather than how crowded its ...

Galactic winds push researchers to probe galaxies at unprecedented scale

Oak Ridge TN Aug 14, 2017 When astronomers peer into the universe, what they see often exceeds the limits of human understanding. Such is the case with low-mass galaxies - galaxies a fraction of the size of our own Milky Way. These small, faint systems made up of millions or billions of stars, dust, ...

Chaotic magnetic field lines may answer the coronal heating problem

Washington DC Aug 14, 2017 It is known that the sun's corona - the outermost layer of the sun's atmosphere - is roughly 100 times hotter than its photosphere - the sun's visible layer. The reason for this mysterious heating of the solar coronal plasma, however, is not yet entirely understood. A ...

The mystery of the pulsating blue stars

Nuremberg, Germany Aug 14, 2017 In the middle of the large Chilean Atacama desert, a team of Polish astronomers are patiently monitoring millions of celestial bodies night after night with the help of a modern robotic telescope. In 2013, the team was surprised when they discovered, in the course of ...

The Radio Frequency Spectrum plus Machine Learning = equal A New Wave in Radio Technology

Washington DC Aug 14, 2017 The current wave of artificial intelligence, driven by machine learning techniques, is all the rage, and for good reason. With sufficient training on digitized writing, spoken words, images, video streams, and other digital content, ML has become the basis of voice ...

Massive particles test standard quantum theory

Vienna, Austria Aug 16, 2017 Quantum mechanics describes how matter behaves on the smallest mass and length scales. However, the absence of quantum phenomena in our daily lives has triggered a search for minimal modifications of quantum mechanics, which might only be noticeable for massive ...

New thruster design increases efficiency for future spaceflight

Washington DC Aug 17, 2017 Hall thrusters are used in earth-orbiting satellites, and also show promise to propel robotic spacecraft long distances, such as from Earth to Mars. The propellant in a HT, usually xenon, is accelerated by an electric field which strips electrons from neutral xenon atoms, ...

NASA studies CubeSat mission to solve Venusian mystery

Greenbelt MD Aug 17, 2017 Venus looks bland and featureless in visible light, but change the filter to ultraviolet, and Earth's twin suddenly looks like a different planet. Dark and light areas stripe the sphere, indicating that something is absorbing ultraviolet wavelengths in the planet's cloud ...

A fleeting blue glow

Santa Barbara CA Aug 16, 2017 In the 2009 film "Star Trek," a supernova hurtles through space and obliterates a planet unfortunate enough to be in its path. Fiction, of course, but it turns out the notion is not so farfetched. Using the nearby Las Cumbres Observatory , astrophysicists from UC Santa ...

Astronomers catch exploding supernova early

Tucson AZ Aug 16, 2017 For the first time, astronomers have observed a cosmic event in great detail that they only had glimpses of before: a supernova and its explosive ejecta slamming into a nearby companion star. The discovery was made possible by a specialized survey taking advantage of recent ...

NASA-led airborne mission studies storm intensification in northern hemisphere

Edwards AFB CA Aug 17, 2017 A group of NASA and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration scientists are teaming up this month for an airborne mission focused on studying severe storm processes and intensification. The Hand-On Project Experience Eastern Pacific Origins and Characteristics of ...

'Dragon captured' as cargo arrives at space station

Miami Aug 16, 2017 SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo vessel, carrying the first super-computer to space as part of its 6,400 pound payload arrived Wednesday at the International Space Station. "And that is confirmed capture," said a NASA commentator as space station's robotic arm grabbed the spaceship ...

Reality Bites for Google Lunar X-Prize

Sydney, Australia Aug 17, 2017 Once again, the ever-fluid deadline for the Google Lunar X-Prize has been extended. This award is now getting well beyond its use-by date. The GLXP was already on shaky ground before this. The latest announcement only deepens the wounds to this increasingly ...

Kestrel Eye satellite launched to International Space Station aboard SpaceX

Washington Aug 15, 2017 The U.S. Army has successfully launched a Kestrel Eye reconnaissance microsatellite aboard a SpaceX mission to the International Space Station. The launch took place at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Monday and included cargo resupply for the ISS crew. The ...

Updated computer code improves prediction of particle motion in plasma experiments

Plainsboro NJ Aug 16, 2017 A computer code used by physicists around the world to analyze and predict tokamak experiments can now approximate the behavior of highly energetic atomic nuclei, or ions, in fusion plasmas more accurately than ever. The new capability, developed by physicist Mario Podesta ...

Disruptioneering: Streamlining the Process of Scientific Discovery

Washington DC Aug 14, 2017 DARPA's Defense Sciences Office has announced the first programs under its new Disruptioneering effort, which pushes for faster identification and exploration of bold and risky ideas with the goal of accelerating scientific discovery. Under the new concept, DSO program ...

Balloons and drones and clouds

Albuquerque NM Aug 16, 2017 Last week, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories flew a tethered balloon and an unmanned aerial system, colloquially known as a drone, together for the first time to get Arctic atmospheric temperatures with better location control than ever before. In addition to ...

New SQUID-based detector opens up new fields of study with new level of sensitivity

Washington DC Aug 14, 2017 Investigators at the University of Colorado, Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have developed a new sensor array-based instrument that offers ultra-low noise detection of small amounts of energy for a number of applications. The new device ...

World's largest volcanic range may lurk beneath Antarctic ice

Edinburgh, UK Aug 16, 2017 West Antarctica's vast ice sheet conceals what may be the largest volcanic region on earth, research has revealed. The continent's ice covers almost 100 newly discovered volcanoes, the largest of which is as tall as the Eiger in Switzerland, a study has found. Geologists ...

ASU graduate student leads study estimating oxygen loss in ancient global ocean

Tempe AZ Aug 16, 2017 A loss of oxygen in global ocean seawater 94 million years ago led to a mass extinction of marine life that lasted for roughly half a million years. Scientists have found several potential explanations for how the loss of oxygen happened. These could include enhanced volcanic ...

New plate adds plot twist to ancient tectonic tale

Houston TX Aug 16, 2017 A microplate discovered off the west coast of Ecuador adds another piece to Earth's tectonic puzzle, according to Rice University scientists. Researchers led by Rice geophysicist Richard Gordon discovered the microplate, which they have named "Malpelo," while analyzing the ...

Asteroid Apophis has One in 100,000 chance of hitting Earth

Los Angeles CA Aug 16, 2017 The huge nearly 400-meter wide asteroid Apophis is still on a list of hazardous near-Earth objects , regarded as a potential threat to our planet. However, new calculations made by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist, show that Apophis' odds of Earth impact are ...

Tidally locked exoplanets may be more common than previously thought

Seattle WA Aug 16, 2017 Many exoplanets to be found by coming high-powered telescopes will probably be tidally locked - with one side permanently facing their host star - according to new research by astronomer Rory Barnes of the University of Washington. Barnes, a UW assistant professor of ...

Studying the sun's atmosphere with the total solar eclipse of 2017

Greenbelt MD Aug 16, 2017 A total solar eclipse happens somewhere on Earth about once every 18 months. But because Earth's surface is mostly ocean, most eclipses are visible over land for only a short time, if at all. The total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017, is different - its path stretches over ...

Exotic quantum states made from light

Bonn, Germany Aug 16, 2017 Light particles occur as tiny, indivisible portions. Many thousands of these light portions can be merged to form a single super-photon if they are sufficiently concentrated and cooled. The individual particles merge with each other, making them indistinguishable. ...

Envistacom wins $10M Army communications contract

Washington Aug 9, 2017 The U.S. Army recently awarded Envistacom with a contract to provide communications and operations support to forces deployed in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The support contract, issued by the U.S. Army Contracting Command - Aberdeen Proving Ground, is for the U.S. ...