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NASA tests most powerful booster rocket ever

Dc, 01/09/2010 - 19:10
Washington (AFP) Aug 31, 2010
NASA and aerospace company ATK Aerospace Systems successfully tested Tuesday the most powerful solid-fuel rocket engine ever, even though its future in the space program remains in doubt. A huge roar and massive flames accompanied the two-minute "static" or non-flight test of the five-segment DM-2 (Demonstration Motor 2) rocket booster in the western desert state of Utah. The DM-2 was de

UNL Space And Cyber Law Conference

Dc, 01/09/2010 - 19:10
Lincoln NE (SPX) Aug 31, 2010
A host of national policy experts, including the vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, NASA's deputy administrator and a renowned security expert and cryptographer, will tackle a range of cyberwarfare and U.S. space strategy issues at the University of Nebraska College of Law's Space and Cyber Policy The first day will feature experts on cyberwarfare strategies and will include a key

The Moon Puts On Camo

Dc, 01/09/2010 - 19:10
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 31, 2010
A new geologic map of the moon's Schrodinger basin paints an instant, camouflage-colored portrait of what a mash-up the moon's surface is after eons of violent events. The geologic record at Schrodinger is still relatively fresh because the basin is only about 3.8 billion years old; this makes it the moon's second-youngest large basin (it's roughly 320 kilometers, or 200 miles, in diameter).

Space Telescope's New Survey Of Outer Galaxy Helps Astronomers Study Stars

Dc, 01/09/2010 - 19:10
Ames IA (SPX) Aug 31, 2010
The Spitzer Space Telescope is now taking aim at the outer reaches of the Milky Way and helping two Iowa State University astronomers advance their star studies. Massimo Marengo, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy, is using data from Spitzer's infrared telescope to study big, cool-temperature stars and the dusty disks that forms around these and other stars as their planetary

Online Universe Wins AAAS Website Award

Dc, 01/09/2010 - 19:10
Baltimore MD (SPX) Aug 31, 2010
A website that brings the universe into the homes and onto the computer screens of professional and amateur astronomers alike has won a Science Prize for Online Resources in Education, known as SPORE, from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Built by a Johns Hopkins University team led by astrophysicist and computer scientist Alexander Szalay, the SkyServer search tool

NASA Awards Contract To Raytheon

Dc, 01/09/2010 - 19:10
Reston VA (SPX) Aug 31, 2010
Raytheon Technical Services Company has received a contract valued up to $120 million to support facilities and operations for astronaut training at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) and Sonny Carter Training Facility in Houston. Under the contract, RTSC will operate, maintain, and perform engineering services for equipment and software used at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) and Spa

Ice Cloud And Land Elevation Mission Comes To An End

Dc, 01/09/2010 - 19:10
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 31, 2010
One of NASA's orbiting sentinels is expected to return to Earth in a few days. The agency's Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation (ICESat) satellite completed a very productive scientific mission earlier this year. NASA lowered the satellite's orbit last month and then decommissioned the spacecraft in preparation for re-entry. It is estimated that the satellite will re-enter the Earth's atmospher

First Boeing-Built GPS IIF Satellite Enters Service With USAF

Dc, 01/09/2010 - 19:10
El Segundo CA (SPX) Aug 31, 2010
Boeing has announced that the first of 12 Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellites the company is building for the U.S. Air Force has entered service. GPS IIF-1 is the newest member of the active 31-satellite GPS constellation, which provides accurate navigation, positioning and timing information to more than 1 billion military and civilian users around the world. GPS IIF satellites

Catch A Falling Star

Dc, 01/09/2010 - 19:10
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Aug 31, 2010
Every year, the world is treated to several well-known meteor showers. The Leonids, Draconids, Perseids and others usually get mentioned in the mainstream media, giving the general public a taste of just how much material flies at our planet from space. The predictable, regular showers are produced by debris from the tails of comets, and astronomers have been able to link certain events to

Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer Makes Last Stop On Earth

Dc, 01/09/2010 - 19:10
Cape Canaveral FL (SPX) Aug 31, 2010
A new experiment designed to reveal the origin and structure of the universe has reached its last stop on Earth before it's set to ride into orbit aboard space shuttle Endeavour early next year. The long-awaited Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 (AMS) arrived Aug. 26 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, secured in the belly of a U.S. Air Force C-5M cargo plane that arrived at the launch

The Face Of The Earth

Dc, 01/09/2010 - 19:10
Bonn, Germany (SPX) Aug 30, 2010
For a month now, we have been acquiring altitude models with the TanDEM-X and TerraSAR-X satellite pair. Already, over 1000 products have come out of our operational processing chain. Alongside many test images, some of the data also give an insight into how humankind has shaped the surface of the Earth - and how the highs and lows around them have determined the course of their lives. Man

Distant Star's Sound Waves Reveal Cycle Similar To Sun

Dc, 01/09/2010 - 19:10
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 30, 2010
In a bid to unlock long-standing mysteries of the sun, including the impacts on Earth of its 11-year cycle, an international team of scientists has successfully probed a distant star. By monitoring the star's sound waves, the team has observed a magnetic cycle analogous to the sun's solar cycle. Results of the study, conducted by scientists at the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric

Orcus Patera - Mars's Mysterious Elongated Crater

Dc, 01/09/2010 - 19:10
Bonn, Germany (SPX) Aug 30, 2010
Orcus Patera is an enigmatic elliptical depression near Mars's equator, in the eastern hemisphere of the planet. Located between the volcanoes of Elysium Mons and Olympus Mons, its formation remains a mystery. Often overlooked, this well-defined depression extends approximately 380 by 140 kilometres in a north-northeast to south-southwest direction. It has a rim that rises up to 1800 metre

Tracing The Big Picture Of Mars' Atmosphere

Dc, 01/09/2010 - 19:10
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 30, 2010
One of the instruments on a 2016 mission to orbit Mars will provide daily maps of global, pole-to-pole, vertical distributions of the temperature, dust, water vapor and ice clouds in the Martian atmosphere. The joint European-American mission, ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, will seek faint gaseous clues about possible life on Mars. This instrument, called the ExoMars Climate Sounder, will supp

Center For Satellite Based Crisis Information (ZKI) Gets New Web Portal

Dc, 01/09/2010 - 19:10
Bonn, Germany (SPX) Aug 30, 2010
The Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information (ZKI) of DLR has celebrated the relaunch of it's web-portal. The old portal, that existed since the very beginning of this DLR service, has been fundamentally overhauled, both in visual and technical respect. It is offering now contemporary and comfortable access to the products of ZKI and to the information about recent activities and proj

High-res camera snaps water ice on Mars

Dll, 30/08/2010 - 18:10
Tucson (UPI) Aug 27, 2010
A NASA spacecraft with a high-resolution camera has photographed a young Mars crater and found frozen water in it, scientists say. A recent image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE camera shows water ice at the bottom of a 20-foot-wide crater on the planet's surface, SPACE.com reported Friday. Researchers suspect the crater in the northern hemisphere formed recently,

Why Are Sunspots A Source Of Radio Emissions

Dll, 30/08/2010 - 18:10
Newark NJ (SPX) Aug 30, 2010
Why sunspots are a strong source of radio emissions and what information those emissions carry will be the focus of an invited talk by NJIT Research Professor Jeongwoo Lee tomorrow at the International Astronomical Union Symposium on the Physics of Sun and Star Spots in Ventura, CA. The event numbers among the top gatherings in the U.S. for people studying sunspots and related phenomena. L

ISS Ship-Tracker Operating Alongside Norwegian Satellite

Dll, 30/08/2010 - 18:10
Paris, France (ESA) Aug 30, 2010
Nearing the end of its third month of continuous operation, the International Space Station's ship-tracking experiment has experienced a marked increase in data quality. Now it operates along with a dedicated satellite carrying the same receiver. The Station's Columbus laboratory is being used to track Automatic Identification System (AIS) signals from ships at sea. AIS is, in a way, the m

Space Tourism Sector A Good Opportunity For Insurance Firms

Dll, 30/08/2010 - 18:10
Bangalore, India (PTI) Aug 30, 2010
As space tourism matures, it holds tremendous opportunity for insurance companies to offer risk coverage to those on-board, similar to what they do for passengers of airlines, industry officials said. At an international conference on space business, organised as part of Bengaluru Space Expo 2010, speakers noted that since Yuri Gagarin's flight in 1961, citizens of 38 countries have flown

Moon Capital: A Commercial Gateway To The Moon

Dll, 30/08/2010 - 18:10
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 30, 2010
On 21 September 2010, the Moon Capital Competition will accept entries for the architectural design of an international and commercial lunar habitation. The prime sponsors of the competition who are putting up the prize money are: The Boston Society of Architects (American Institute of Architects) and The New England Council of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Other s