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India To Host Mega Global Space Science Event

Dll, 23/08/2010 - 10:10
Bangalore, India (PTI) Aug 23, 2010
About 3000 scientists from more than 50 countries are expected to participate in the 39th Scientific Assembly of Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), a mega science event, to be hosted by Indian Space Research Organisation, in Mysore during July 14-22, 2012. The International Council for Science founded COSPAR in 1958. Establishment of COSPAR coincided with the launch of the first artific

Japan plans second asteroid sample grab

Dll, 23/08/2010 - 10:10
Tokyo (UPI) Aug 19, 2010
Japan will send another satellite on a mission to capture material from an asteroid and bring it back to Earth for study, scientists say. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency says a successor to the troubled Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa, which managed to return a capsule to Earth this year, could launch as early as 2104, NewScientist.com reported Wednesday. The cost of the new spacecr

Martian 'mud' volcanoes eyed for life

Dll, 23/08/2010 - 10:10
Washington (UPI) Aug 19, 2010
Researchers say if life existed on Mars, the best place to look today is a region rich in what they say were mud volcanoes spewing sediment from underground. An area of the planet's northern plains called Acidalia Planita contains thousands of the circular mounds, formed from ancient sediment that might contain evidence of possible past or present life, Astrobiology magazine reports.

Laser detector uses 'darkest' material

Dll, 23/08/2010 - 10:10
Washington (UPI) Aug 18, 2010
U.S. researchers say they've used the world's darkest material - a forest of carbon nanotubes - to develop a sophisticated laser power detector. Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology will use the ultra-dark detector to make precision laser power measurements for advanced technologies such as optical communications, laser-based manufacturing, solar energy con

Japan's Panasonic to boost plasma panel output in China

Dll, 23/08/2010 - 10:10
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 20, 2010
Japanese electronics giant Panasonic said Friday it will boost its plasma panel production in Shanghai to meet growing demand for flatscreen televisions in China. The Chinese unit, Panasonic Plasma Display (Shanghai) Ltd (PPDS), produces 25,000 42-inch panels a month and will start up a new plant in April 2012 with a monthly capacity for 120,000 42-inch panels, Panasonic said. Panasonic

ISS orbit corrected

Dll, 23/08/2010 - 10:10
Moscow (AFP) Aug 19, 2010
The orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) was successfully corrected on Thursday, an official of the Russian space flights control centre announced. The orbit was raised by 2.2 kilometres to 355.5 kilometres (220.9 miles), the official said, quoted by Interfax news agency. The manoeuvre was carried out using the engines of the Russian cargo vessel Progress M-06M. The orbital

Opportunity Keeps On Driving To Endeavour Crater

Dll, 23/08/2010 - 10:10
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 23, 2010
Opportunity again drove five times in the past week, adding more to the total rover odometry as she makes her way to Endeavour crater. The rover drove on Sols 2329, 2330, 2333, 2334 and 2335 (Aug. 12, 13, 16, 17 and 18), totaling over 330 meters (1,083 feet). The rover has been driving with long (about 70 meter, or 230 foot) commanded drives followed by short drive segments of autono

Mud Volcanoes On Mars

Dv, 20/08/2010 - 17:10
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Aug 20, 2010
If life does - or did - exist on Mars, signs of such life might well be found in a region in the northern plains called Acidalia Planitia, according to a new study. The region appears to be dotted with what scientists believe are geological structures known as mud volcanoes, spewing out muddy sediments from underground. These sediments might contain organic materials that could be biosigna

NASA Sensors To Guide Spacecraft To Safe, Distant Landings

Dv, 20/08/2010 - 17:10
Hampton VA (SPX) Aug 20, 2010
NASA is developing technologies that will allow landing vehicles to automatically identify and navigate to the location of a safe landing site while detecting landing hazards during the final descent to the surface. This is important because future missions - whether to the Moon, an asteroid, Mars or other location - will need this capability to land safely near specific resources that are

Cosmic Lens Used To Probe Dark Energy For First Time

Dv, 20/08/2010 - 17:10
Pasadena CA (SPX) Aug 20, 2010
Astronomers have devised a new method for measuring perhaps the greatest puzzle of our universe - dark energy. This mysterious force, discovered in 1998, is pushing our universe apart at ever-increasing speeds. For the first time, astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope were able to take advantage of a giant magnifying lens in space - a massive cluster of galaxies - to narrow in on

China Finishes Construction Of First Unmanned Space Module

Dv, 20/08/2010 - 17:10
Beijing, China (XNA) Aug 20, 2010
China has finished construction of its first unmanned space module, Tiangong-1, and it is testing the module's electronic, mechanical and thermal properties, a military source said here Tuesday. The 8.5-tonne Tiangong-1 will be put into preset orbit in 2011, the source added. The space module is expected to carry out China's first space docking, with the Shenzhou-8 spacecraft, which

Working Like A Dog In Outer Space

Dv, 20/08/2010 - 17:10
Moscow, Russia (RIA Novosti) Aug 20, 2010
Fifty years ago, Russia made a huge stride in its quest to send a man into orbit. On August 20, 1960, reporters crowded around two small but sprightly dogs, trying to get a good picture of the triumphant space travelers. Belka and Strelka, the first creatures to return safely to Earth after 24 hours in orbit, live on in the memories of former Soviets, unlike many of their predecessors, who

Cosmic Accelerators Discovered In Our Galaxy

Dv, 20/08/2010 - 17:10
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Aug 20, 2010
Physicists from UCLA and Japan have discovered evidence of "natural nuclear accelerators" at work in our Milky Way galaxy, based on an analysis of data from the world's largest cosmic ray detector. Cosmic rays of the highest energies were believed by physicists to come from remote galaxies containing enormous black holes capable of consuming stars and accelerating protons at energies compa

Sailing Among The Stars

Dv, 20/08/2010 - 17:10
Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 20, 2010
This fall, NASA researchers will move one step closer to sailing among the stars. Astrophysicists and engineers at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and the Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., have designed and built NanoSail-D, a "solar sail" that will test NASA's ability to deploy a massive but fragile spacecraft from an extremely compact structure. Much li

LRO Reveals Incredible Shrinking Moon

Dv, 20/08/2010 - 17:10
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 20, 2010
Newly discovered cliffs in the lunar crust indicate the moon shrank globally in the geologically recent past and might still be shrinking today, according to a team analyzing new images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft. The results provide important clues to the moon's recent geologic and tectonic evolution. The moon formed in a chaotic environment of intense bomba

AMS Experiment Takes Off For Kennedy Space Center

Dv, 20/08/2010 - 17:10
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 20, 2010
The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), an experiment that will search for antimatter and dark matter in space, leaves CERN1 next Tuesday on the next leg of its journey to the International Space Station. The AMS detector2 is being transported from CERN to Geneva International Airport in preparation for its planned departure from Switzerland on 26 August, when it will be flown to the Kenned

Countdown To Vesta

Dv, 20/08/2010 - 17:10
Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 20, 2010
Let the countdown begin. NASA's Dawn spacecraft is less than one year away from giant asteroid Vesta. There's nothing more exciting than revealing an unexplored, alien world," says Marc Rayman, Dawn's chief engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "Vesta," he predicts, "is going to amaze us." Dawn is slated to enter orbit around Vesta in late July 2011. As the first breathtaking images a

Mini-VSAT Broadband Capacity Boosted In North American Waters

Dv, 20/08/2010 - 17:10
Middletown RI (SPX) Aug 20, 2010
The mini-VSAT Broadband maritime satellite communications network operated by KVH Industries received a major boost in capacity for mariners in the waters of North America, the Gulf of Mexico, and Central America. With the addition of an additional full satellite transponder as well as the rollout of a powerful new spread spectrum waveform, KVH and its partner, ViaSat, expanded the mini-VS

We Are Not Alone, And This Is How Life Begins

Dv, 20/08/2010 - 17:10
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 20, 2010
A revolutionary series of discoveries ushers in a new paradigm in our understanding of how life began. In this month's issue of the online Journal of Cosmology, Dr. Michael Russell and colleagues, of NASA, JPL, and the California Institute of Technology, have detailed a bold new theory, supported by considerable evidence, demonstrating how life emerged in the tempestuous water-world that was our

Top Indonesian Telecommunication Companies To Team Up In Satellite Service

Dv, 20/08/2010 - 17:10
Jakarta, Indonesia (XNA) Aug 20, 2010
Two giant Indonesia telecommunication operators PT Telkom and PT Indosat have agreed to jointly provide a satellite service in the country, the Jakarta Post quoted officials as saying on Thursday. Under the agreement signed in Jakarta on Wednesday, the new satellite would replace Indosat's satellite, Palapa C-2 that will stop orbiting in 2014, Telkom president Rinaldi Firmansyah said follo