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DRDO Develops Space Food For Astronauts

Dll, 30/08/2010 - 18:10
Mysore, India (PTI) Aug 30, 2010
The Mysore-based the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed dried and packaged food for astronauts. These formulations were displayed at the four-day Space Expo-2010 organised by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at Bangalore on Saturday. This exhibition focused on the commercialisation of space, remote sens

Manned space flights from new Russian base in 2018: Putin

Dll, 30/08/2010 - 18:10
Moscow (AFP) Aug 28, 2010
Russia aims to begin launching manned rockets from its new Vostochny cosmodrome located in the far east of the country as early as 2018, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Saturday. "The first manned flights from the cosmodrome should take place in 2018-2020," Putin was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency at a meeting on the construction of the cosmodrome in the Amur region. Russia

Terma To Head ASIM Observatory For ISS

Dll, 30/08/2010 - 18:10
Herlev, Denmark (SPX) Aug 27, 2010
The Danish high-tech company Terma is to head a European space project with the objective to take measurements and make observations from the International Space Station (ISS). The research project ASIM - The Atmosphere Space Interactions Monitor - is an observatory that in 2014 will be placed at the exterior of the Columbus module of the European part of the ISS. ASIM will monitor a

Student Competition 'In The Can'

Dll, 30/08/2010 - 18:10
Paris, France (ESA) Aug 27, 2010
High school students from different ESA Member States were able to watch their own 'satellites' soar into the sky aboard suborbital rockets during the first European CanSat competition, held at the Andoya Rocket Range in Norway. The CanSat competition, organised by ESA's Education Office and the Norwegian Centre for Space-related Education (NAROM), was open to teams of at least four studen

Seven-Planet System Discovered

Dll, 30/08/2010 - 18:10
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Aug 27, 2010
Astronomers using ESO's HARPS instrument have discovered a planetary system containing at least five planets, orbiting the Sun-like star HD 10180. The researchers also have tantalizing evidence that two other planets may be present, one of which would have the lowest mass ever found. This would make the system similar to our solar system in terms of the number of planets (seven as compared

Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer Arrives At Launch Site

Dv, 27/08/2010 - 18:10
Paris, France (ESA) Aug 27, 2010
One of the most complex space scientific instruments ever built, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) arrived at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, escorted by astronauts who will fly with it on the Space Shuttle in February 2011. The antimatter hunter AMS-02 began the first stage of its voyage to the International Space Station (ISS) from Geneva international airport, in Switzerland

Shrinking Atmospheric Layer Linked To Low Levels Of Solar Radiation

Dv, 27/08/2010 - 18:10
Boulder CO (SPX) Aug 27, 2010
Large changes in the Sun's energy output may drive unexpectedly dramatic fluctuations in Earth's outer atmosphere, new research indicates. A new study links a recent, temporary shrinking of a high atmospheric layer with a sharp drop in the Sun's ultraviolet radiation levels. The research, led by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the University of Colorad

First Successful Corona Remote Sensing Satellite Marks 50 Year Anniversary

Dv, 27/08/2010 - 18:10
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Aug 27, 2010
Lockheed Martin has congratulated the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) on the 50-year anniversary of the first Corona photo reconnaissance satellite image from space, which ushered in new space-based capabilities for the nation. First developed as a joint U.S. Air Force and Central Intelligence Agency program to provide surveillance fro

WISE Captures The Unicorn's Rose

Dv, 27/08/2010 - 18:10
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Aug 27, 2010
Unicorns and roses are usually the stuff of fairy tales, but a new cosmic image taken by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Explorer (WISE) shows the Rosette nebula located within the constellation Monoceros, or the Unicorn. This flower-shaped nebula, also known by the less romantic name NGC 2237, is a huge star-forming cloud of dust and gas in our Milky Way galaxy. Estimates of the nebula's dista

Kepler Discovers Multiple Planets Transiting A Single Star

Dv, 27/08/2010 - 18:10
Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 27, 2010
NASA's Kepler spacecraft has discovered the first confirmed planetary system with more than one planet crossing in front of, or transiting, the same star. The transit signatures of two distinct Saturn-sized planets were seen in the data for a sun-like star designated "Kepler-9." The planets were named Kepler-9b and 9c. The discovery incorporates seven months of observations of more than 15

Japan develops 'touchable' 3D TV technology

Dv, 27/08/2010 - 18:10
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 26, 2010
A Japanese research team said Thursday it had developed the world's first 3D television system that allows users to touch, pinch or poke images floating in front of them. "It is the first time that you can feel images in the air," said Norio Nakamura, senior scientist with the research team at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. "You can have the sense o

Sunlight Spawns Many Binary And 'Divorced' Binary Asteroids

Dv, 27/08/2010 - 18:10
Berkeley CA (SPX) Aug 27, 2010
The asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter is often depicted as a dull zone of dead rocks with an occasional wayward speedster smashing through on its way toward the sun. A new study appearing in the journal Nature paints a different picture, one of slow but steady change, where sunlight gradually drives asteroids to split in two and move far apart to become independent asteroids among the

Canadian PM Announces Support For Next Gen Of Satellites

Dv, 27/08/2010 - 18:10
Ottawa, Canada (SPX) Aug 27, 2010
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced support for the next phase of the RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM), a system of three advanced remote sensing satellites. "By supporting the world-class RADARSAT Constellation Mission, our Government will ensure Canada maintains its role as a world leader in aerospace technology," Prime Minister Harper said. "This cutting-edge project w

NASA/NOAA Study Finds El Ninos Are Growing Stronger

Dv, 27/08/2010 - 18:10
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 27, 2010
A relatively new type of El Nino, which has its warmest waters in the central-equatorial Pacific Ocean, rather than in the eastern-equatorial Pacific, is becoming more common and progressively stronger, according to a new study by NASA and NOAA. The research may improve our understanding of the relationship between El Ninos and climate change, and has potentially significant implications for lon

The Strange Case Of Solar Flares And Radioactive Elements

Dv, 27/08/2010 - 18:10
Stanford CA (SPX) Aug 27, 2010
It's a mystery that presented itself unexpectedly: The radioactive decay of some elements sitting quietly in laboratories on Earth seemed to be influenced by activities inside the sun, 93 million miles away. Is this possible? Researchers from Stanford and Purdue University believe it is. But their explanation of how it happens opens the door to yet another mystery. There is even an o

Opportunity Stops To Check Out Rocks

Dv, 27/08/2010 - 18:10
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 27, 2010
Opportunity has paused in her trek toward Endeavour crater to examine an exposed outcrop of rock that is of interest to the science team. On Sol 2336 (Aug. 19, 2010), the rover performed a 7-meter (23-foot) backward turn with a forward bump to approach the outcrop contact. On the next sol, Opportunity performed a short turn to place surface targets within reach of the robotic arm (Instrume

Some Asteroids Live In Own Little Worlds

Dv, 27/08/2010 - 18:10
Boulder CO (SPX) Aug 26, 2010
While the common perception of asteroids is that they are giant rocks lumbering about in orbit, a new study shows they actually are constantly changing "little worlds" that can give birth to smaller asteroids that split off to start their own lives as they circle around the sun. Astronomers have known that small asteroids get "spun up" to fast rotation rates by sunlight falling on them, mu

Amazing New Sun Images From NJIT's Big Bear Solar Observatory

Dj, 26/08/2010 - 16:10
Newark NJ (SPX) Aug 26, 2010
NJIT Distinguished Professor Philip R. Goode and the Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO) team have achieved "first light" using a deformable mirror in what is called adaptive optics at Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO). "This photo of a sunspot is now the most detailed ever obtained in visible light," according to Ciel et l'Espace. In September, the publication, a popular astronomy magazine,

China Launches New Mapping Satellite

Dj, 26/08/2010 - 16:10
Jiuquan, Gansu (XNA) Aug 26, 2010
China successfully launched a mapping satellite, "Mapping Satellite - I," from the northwestern Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 3:10 p.m. (Beijing time) Tuesday. The satellite, which was launched on a Long March 2-D carrier rocket, had entered into the preset orbit, according to the center. The satellite, developed by a company under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp

Richest Planetary System Discovered

Dj, 26/08/2010 - 16:10
Paris, France (SPX) Aug 26, 2010
Astronomers using ESO's world-leading HARPS instrument have discovered a planetary system containing at least five planets, orbiting the Sun-like star HD 10180. The researchers also have tantalising evidence that two other planets may be present, one of which would have the lowest mass ever found. This would make the system similar to our Solar System in terms of the number of planets (sev