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News from Space and Spaceflights


03/03/2015 - In 1938, Orson Welles narrated a radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds" as a series of simulated radio bulletins of what was happening in real time as Martians arrived on our home planet. The broadcast is widely remembered for creating public panic, although to what extent is hotly debated today. Still, the incident serves as an illustration of what could happen when the first life beyond Earth is discovered. While scientists might be excited by the prospect, introducing the public, politicians an ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

01/03/2015 - SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket made its sixteenth launch Sunday, carrying a pair of commercial communications satellites in the company’s first dual launch to a geosynchronous transfer orbit. The Falcon departed at the first attempt from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 40 at the start of a 44-minute window that opened at 22:50 local time (03:50 UTC). (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

01/03/2015 - NASA astronauts Terry Virts and Barry Butch Wilmore have stepped outside the ISS on Sunday on what is the final in a series of three spacewalks to prepare the station for the arrival of future cargo and crew vehicles. EVA-31, which began at 11:52 PM GMT, is focus on installing a new communications system for the future vehicles. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

27/02/2015 - NASA is ready to continue to cooperate with its International Space Station (ISS) partners, including Russia, for at least nine more years, the space agency has said in a statement. "The Obama administration is committed to extending operation of the International Space Station to at least 2024," NASA said in the statement obtained by RIA Novosti on Thursday, adding that it welcomes "continued cooperation" from its ISS partners in support of this extension and looks forward to working with them on ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

27/02/2015 - Russia has launched its Soyuz 2-1A rocket on Friday, tasked with deploying its first Bars-M reconnaissance satellite. The early afternoon launch from Site 43/4 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, located in the north of the country, occurred at 14:01 Moscow Time (11:01 UTC). (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

26/02/2015 - A new study sheds light on how exoplanets in tightly-packed solar systems interact with each other gravitationally by affecting one another's climates and their abilities to support alien life. Because the exoplanets are so close to one another in these compact solar systems, they have tidal influence, much like the Earth and the Moon have on each other. The tides modify the spin rates, axial tilts and orbits of these planets over time, and therefore alter their climates. The study examines ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

25/02/2015 - Russia will continue using the International Space Station (ISS) until around 2024 and is planning to build its own orbital outpost using the existing ISS modules, Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said Tuesday. "The configuration of a multi-purpose lab module, a docking module and a scientific-energy module allows us to build an orbital station to ensure Russia's access to outer space," Roscosmos Science and Technology Board said in a statement. In addition, Russia will actively study the Moon ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

21/02/2015 - A pair of American astronauts Saturday wrapped up the first of three spacewalks to route cables outside the International Space Station so commercial spaceships carrying crew can dock there in the coming years. The spacewalk began at 7:45 am (1245 GMT) when Barry "Butch" Wilmore and flight engineer Terry Virts placed their suits on internal battery power, NASA said. Moments later, the pair - each carrying two suitcase-like bags of cables and tools - floated outside the airlock to begin the fi ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

20/02/2015 - NASA'S Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution has completed the first of five deep-dip maneuvers designed to gather measurements closer to the lower end of the Martian upper atmosphere. "During normal science mapping, we make measurements between an altitude of about 150 km and 6,200 km (93 miles and 3,853 miles) above the surface," said Bruce Jakosky, MAVEN principal investigator at the University of Colorado's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics in Boulder. "During the deep-dip ca ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

20/02/2015 - The giant boosters that will help shove NASA’s new monster rocket uphill are hitting milestones on two fronts. As Orbital ATK prepare for next month’s Qualification Motor -1 (QM-1) test firing of the five segment solid motor, teams are also testing the technologies required for the Advanced Booster – a motor that is set to provide SLS with extra upmass capability from the mid 2020s onwards. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

19/02/2015 - Exactly 85 years after Clyde Tombaugh's historic discovery of Pluto, the NASA spacecraft set to encounter the icy planet this summer is providing its first views of the small moons orbiting Pluto. The moons Nix and Hydra are visible in a a href="http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/News-Center/News-Article.php?page=20150218">series of images /a> taken by the New Horizons spacecraft from Jan. 27-Feb. 8, at distances ranging from about 125 million to 115 million miles (201 million to 186 million kilometers). Th ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

18/02/2015 - Beijing's significant military advance has been furthered with its venture into hypersonic weapons systems. China is working on hypersonic cruise missiles for which it is working on scramjet engines and also on Hypersonic Glide Vehicle (HGV). In 2014, Beijing has conducted three test-firings of its HGV, the Wu-14. The first test-firing was conducted in January, while the second one was conducted in August and the latest one has been conducted in December and witnessed both success and failure with ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

18/02/2015 - SpaceX’s new rocket system, the Falcon Heavy, is continuing preparations for her 2015 debut, with work taking place around the country. Modifications to Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) are now making visible progress, in tandem with the opening hardware fabrication and testing at SpaceX assets – hardware that is being born with SpaceX’s forward-thinking reusable ambitions. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

16/02/2015 - In 2012, dozens of amateur astronomers spotted large plumes of dust rising off the surface of Mars. More than two years later, scientists still don't have a suitable explanation for the phenomenon. In a new study, published this week in the journal Nature, scientists recount the strange occurrence and survey the various attempts to illuminate the plumes' origins or cause. The phenomenon was observed twice, over the course of two ten-week long periods, in March and April of 2012. What beg ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

16/02/2015 - NASA’s Crawler Transporter -2 (CT-2) is scheduled to be taken for a “quick” spin to Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) this week, testing its latest modifications ahead of an active role with the Space Launch System (SLS). Both of NASA’s iconic Crawlers are being re-purposed for SLS, following their previous roles with the Saturn rocket and the Space Shuttle. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

16/02/2015 - The latest Russian Progress cargo vehicle will be launched on a fast rendezvous, six hour “launch-to-dock”, mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday. Progress M-26M (58P) will be lofted uphill via a Soyuz-U launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 11:00 UTC, ahead of docking to the aft port of Zvezda six hours later. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

13/02/2015 - Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5, the Georges Lema tre) is set to depart from the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday morning, ahead of a destructive re-entry on Sunday. The End Of Mission (EOM) events will complete the final ISS mission for the European cargo ship, although its spirit will live on with NASA’s Orion spacecraft program. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

12/02/2015 - The impressive Thor 7 satellite will set sail for French Guiana next week, following the completion of its manufacture and testing at Space Systems/Loral (SSL). Designed and built for Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc), Thor 7 will join SICRAL 2 for a ride uphill atop the Ariane 5 rocket, set to launch out of this European Spaceport in Kourou on April 16. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

11/02/2015 - One of the ways of improving electrons manipulation is though better control over one of their inner characteristics, called spin. This approach is the object of an entire field of study, known as spintronics. Now, Richard Pincak from the Slovak Academy of Sciences and colleagues have just uncovered new possibilities for manipulating the electrons on the tips of graphitic nanocones. Indeed, in a study published in EPJ B, they have shown that because the tip area offers the greatest curvature, it g ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

11/02/2015 - Nearly fifteen years after its originally planned launch date, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) mission has set sail atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Wednesday at 18:03 local time. A scrub on Sunday’s was followed by unacceptable Upper Level winds ahead of the second attempt on Tuesday. Wednesday’s conditions were perfect for the launch. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

10/02/2015 - The European Space Agency is flying a reentry demonstration mission Wednesday with its Intermediate Experimental Vehicle (IXV). Boosted by Europe’s lightweight Vega rocket, the IXV flew a suborbital mission culminating in landing and recovery in the Pacific Ocean after around 102 minutes of flight. Liftoff is occurred at 13:40 UTC from Kourou, French Guiana. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

09/02/2015 - SpaceX’s CRS-5 Dragon spacecraft departed the International Space Station (ISS) ahead of a return to Earth on Tuesday. The EOM (End Of Mission) events climaxed with a parachute-assisted… (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

06/02/2015 - Planetary scientists have calculated that there are hundreds of billions of Earth-like planets in our galaxy which might support life. The new research, led by PhD student Tim Bovaird and Associate Professor Charley Lineweaver from The Australian National University (ANU), made the finding by applying a 200 year old idea to the thousands of exo-planets discovered by the Kepler space telescope. They found the standard star has about two planets in the so-called goldilocks zone, the distance f ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

05/02/2015 - One of the final upgrades to Kennedy Space Center’s Pad 39B will begin in earnest, following a deal between the Kennedy s Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) Program and J. P. Donovan Construction. The contract for a new Flame Deflector and associated Flame Trench work is required to help the pad deal with the immense thrust of the Space Launch System (SLS). (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

04/02/2015 - The famous Pegasus Barge is deep into its jumboisation phase, as work continues to prepare it for a role in transporting the massive Space Launch System (SLS) stages from their birth place the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF). The upgraded Pegasus is set to transport the first major SLS hardware from New Orleans to the Stennis Space Center for testing as early as next year. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

02/02/2015 - NASA’s 2016 budget proposal has provided a small amount of funding to formate a plan to create a flagship Europa mission. The funding will allow for an Agency level KDP-A (Key Decision Point), prior to entering formulation in the coming months. Space Launch System (SLS) managers have already been working with JPL on providing the launch vehicle option for the spacecraft. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

01/02/2015 - International Launch Services (ILS) opened their 2015 campaign with the successful launch of the Russian Proton-M rocket, this time carrying the Inmarsat-5 F-2 communications satellite – part of the Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) system – on a multi-hour flight to its transfer orbit. Launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan was on schedule at 12:31 GMT. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

31/01/2015 - b>Aerojet Rocketdyne Propulsion Supports ULA Delta II Launch of Soil Moisture Active Passive Satellite for NASA br> /b>Sacramento, CA - Aerojet Rocketdyne has helped propel the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, carrying the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite into orbit for NASA so scientists can better understand the Earth's water, carbon and energy cycles. SMAP was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion included an RS-27A booster engine an ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

31/01/2015 - SpaceX has conducted a Static Fire test on its latest Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket Saturday, paving the way for a February 8 launch attempt to loft the DSCOVR spacecraft uphill from Cape Canaveral’s SLC-40. The launch will also mark the second attempt to conduct a propulsive landing of the core stage on to the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS). (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

31/01/2015 - Japan has conducted its first launch of 2015 Sunday with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries lofting a radar reconnaissance satellite with the aid of its H-IIA carrier rocket. Liftoff, from the Tanegashima Space Centre, was on schedule, at the beginning of a thirteen-minute window that opened at 10:21 local time (01:21 UTC). (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

30/01/2015 - Boeing Vice President John Elbon believes the CST-100 spacecraft is part of an intertwined forward path for NASA, centralized around the International Space Station. Boeing is currently working towards launching American astronauts to the orbital outpost on its CST-100 capsule, in tandem with developing the Space Launch System (SLS) that will allow for a return to crewed deep space exploration. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

29/01/2015 - Two phenomena known to inhibit the potential habitability of planets - tidal forces and vigorous stellar activity - might instead help chances for life on certain planets orbiting low-mass stars, University of Washington astronomers have found. In a paper published this month in the journal Astrobiology, UW doctoral student Rodrigo Luger and co-author Rory Barnes, research assistant professor, say the two forces could combine to transform uninhabitable "mini-Neptunes" - big planets in outer orb ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

29/01/2015 - United Launch Alliance (ULA) will conduct a rare Delta II launch on Thursday morning with the venerable rocket orbiting the Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite for NASA in a mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The launch is expected to take place during a three-minute window that opens at 06:20:42 local time (14:20 UTC). (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

28/01/2015 - University of Colorado Boulder researchers will update NASA officials next week on a revolutionary space telescope concept selected by the agency for study last June that could provide images up to 1,000 times sharper than the Hubble Space Telescope. CU-Boulder Professor Webster Cash said the instrument package would consist of an orbiting space telescope and an opaque disk in front of it that could be up to a half mile across. According to Cash, diffracted light waves from a target star or ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

27/01/2015 - Many satellites that monitor the Earth orbit relatively close to the planet, while some satellites that monitor the sun orbit our star. DSCOVR will keep an eye on both, with a focus on the sun. To cover both the Earth and sun, it will have an unusual orbit in a place called L1. The Deep Space Climate Observatory, or DSCOVR, spacecraft will orbit between Earth and the sun, observing and providing advanced warning of extreme emissions of particles and magnetic fields from the sun known as coronal ma ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

26/01/2015 - SpaceX has revealed more details into its upcoming drive to bring the crewed version of its Dragon spacecraft on line, in its bid to return a domestic crew transportation system to the United States. Near term milestones include two abort tests, ahead of launching a crew on the Dragon V2, following what SpaceX estimates will have been after 50 flights of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

23/01/2015 - Introducing the new head of Russia's Federal Space Agency Roscosmos, Rogozin, who oversees Russia's defense and space industries, said that the creation of the Roscosmos state corporation would help developing this cooperation. Igor Komarov was appointed Wednesday the head of Roscosmos until the establishment of the corporation on the basis of the current federal agency and the United Rocket and Space Corporation. The new reforms are being introduced in response to Russian launch vehicle fai ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

23/01/2015 - Getting around on Mars is tricky business. Each NASA rover has delivered a wealth of information about the history and composition of the Red Planet, but a rover's vision is limited by the view of onboard cameras, and images from spacecraft orbiting Mars are the only other clues to where to drive it. To have a better sense of where to go and what's worth studying on Mars, it could be useful to have a low-flying scout. Enter the Mars Helicopter, a proposed add-on to Mars rovers of the future that c ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

23/01/2015 - ESA’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) spaceplane is finally into its final processing flow towards launch, following the loading of propellants and work to encapsulate the vehicle inside its payload fairing. The launch – atop a Vega rocket – is set for February 11, following a decision to alter the launch trajectory due to safety concerns. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

22/01/2015 - "That's one small step for (a) man; one giant leap for mankind." When Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon, many strides came before to achieve that moment in history. The same is true for a human mission to Mars. One step towards that journey begins in March 2015, when NASA astronaut Scott Kelly will make history as the first American to spend a year in space. "This will be a significantly different experience; being aboard the International Space Station more than twice the duration o ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

22/01/2015 - Canada’s multi-tasking robot, Dextre, successfully removed the CATS (Cloud-Aerosol Transport System) payload from the unpressurised trunk of the CRS-5/SpX-5 Dragon on Thursday morning. The payload was handed over to the Japanese Experiment Module, Kibo, marking the first “handover” between the Canadian robot and the JAXA arm. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

20/01/2015 - Russian rocket manufacturer Energia is currently in talks with US space launch provider United Launch Alliance (ULA) over a contract to deliver 30 additional RD-180 rocket engines, Energia head Vladimir Solntsev said Friday. "We are currently discussing [with ULA] a contract to increase the engine shipment - i.e. at least 30 more engines," Solntsev said on Rossiya-24 TV channel. According to the Energia head, the United States wants the engines as soon as possible to "be sure of the future o ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

16/01/2015 - SpaceX will conduct a second attempt at landing a Falcon 9 v1.1 core stage on to its Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS) at the end of the month, during its primary mission of lofting the DSCOVR spacecraft to orbit. With stunning footage of the first attempt – during the CRS-5 mission – showing how close the core stage came to nailing the landing, the next propulsive return will aim to go one stage further. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

16/01/2015 - A Russian manufacturer on Friday announced a $1 billion deal to supply engines for the US Antares rockets making deliveries to the International Space Station. Russian producer Energia said in a statement that it had signed the bumper deal to build 60 engines with private US firm Orbital Science, which has a $1.9 billion contract with NASA to supply the space station. Deliveries of the new RD-181 engines would start in June, the statement said. The agreement comes after an Orbital Scienc ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

15/01/2015 - Following a preliminary review of data into the suspected International Space Station (ISS) ammonia leak, NASA ground control teams are now confident that an initial false indication, compounded by the effects of the response to that indication, was to blame for the suspected leak of ammonia into the interior of the station. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

14/01/2015 - Astronauts at the International Space Station rushed to take shelter early Wednesday after an alarm rang indicating a possible ammonia leak, but that may have been a false alarm, the US space agency said. The six-member crew donned emergency masks and hurried to the Russian side of the orbiting lab after the alert at around 4 am (0900 GMT), closing the hatch to the US side behind them. While the Russian space agency told news outlets in Moscow that the cause was a toxic ammonia leak, NASA said a ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

14/01/2015 - Alarms in the US section of the International Space Station – pointing to a potential, but likely false indication of an ammonia leak – resulted in the two Americans and one European astronaut evacuating into the Russian section of the orbital outpost. It is currently believed bad sensor data – as opposed to an actual leak – is to blame, although the crew will remain camped out in the Russian section for the interim. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

12/01/2015 - NASA's Dawn mission is closing in on a mysterious, unknown world in the asteroid belt. The dwarf planet Ceres named after the Roman goddess of agriculture awaits to unlock its secrets. So far, we've only had a glimpse of this enigmatic orb using the Hubble Space Telescope, so it's more than intriguing what we will find there after Dawn's arrival. Marc Rayman, the Mission Director and Chief Engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, can't hide his contagious excitement: "Everyone should be excit ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

11/01/2015 - SpaceX’s CRS-5/SpX-5 Dragon is scheduled to berth with the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday morning. While a large amount of attention has been focused on the near-success of the first landing of a returning core stage on the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship, the primary aim of the mission is Dragon’s delivery an array of cargo to the orbital outpost. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

10/01/2015 - A first-ever attempt to recycle a rocket by guiding the Falcon 9's first stage down to a precision landing on an ocean platform failed on Saturday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said. "Rocket made it to drone spaceport ship but landed hard," he wrote on Twitter. "Close but no cigar this time. Bodes well for the future tho." SpaceX had given the test landing a 50-50 chance of success. The launch's primary mission was to send the unmanned Dragon cargo ship to orbit, and that went smoothly after two del ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

09/01/2015 - NASA’s Stennis Space Center has test fired the first RS-25 (unit E0525) of the Space Launch System (SLS) era on Friday, marking the beginning of a new career for the famous engine. Four of the former Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSME) are set to power each SLS during the ride to orbit, opening with Exploration Mission -1 (EM-1) in mid-2018. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

08/01/2015 - The gas giant Jupiter safeguards many secrets crucial to our understanding of the evolution of our solar system. It could also provide insights on how giant planets form and the role these titans played in putting together the rest of the solar neighborhood. NASA's Juno spacecraft is on its way to reveal those mysteries as the probe is on course for its planned arrival at Jupiter on July 4, 2016. "On that date, Juno will make its first dive over the planet's poles, firing its rocket engine to slow ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

08/01/2015 - A careful study of images taken by the NASA rover Curiosity has revealed intriguing similarities between ancient sedimentary rocks on Mars and structures shaped by microbes on Earth. The findings suggest, but do not prove, that life may have existed earlier on the Red Planet. The photos were taken as Curiosity drove through the Gillespie Lake outcrop in Yellowknife Bay, a dry lakebed that underwent seasonal flooding billions of years ago. Mars and Earth shared a similar early history. The Red Plan ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

07/01/2015 - An array of high tech instruments are being put through their paces ahead of becoming part of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The successor to the Hubble Space Telescope – JWST engineers are currently testing hardware to ensure it will be able to function properly 1.5 million miles from Earth. The spacecraft is preparing for a launch late in 2018. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

06/01/2015 - SpaceX on Tuesday aborted its Falcon 9 rocket launch at the last minute, postponing a landmark bid to open a new era of recycling rockets by landing a key part on a platform in the Atlantic Ocean. The problem that led to the delay involved the rocket's second stage, which is the portion that carries the cargo vessel to orbit after the first stage falls back to Earth. "The issue developed fairly late in the terminal count," said NASA commentator George Diller. The California-based company he ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

02/01/2015 - A privately owned Russian company called Lin Industrial has announced that it is capable of constructing a lunar base. The projected cost of constructing a first-stage lunar outpost, followed by a second-stage facility (manned by 2 and 4 crewmembers respectively) is about $9.3 billion, according to the company's chief designer. The construction would require 13 heavy carrier rocket launches, and a total 37 launches over a period of five years to maintain the base, according to the company's ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

02/01/2015 - NASA is finally ready to begin the test fire and development program for the engines that will push the Space Launch System (SLS) uphill in 2018 and beyond. The RS-25 – formally known as the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) – will enjoy a test program that will also evaluate higher inlet pressures and a state of the art controller, as the veteran engines gain a new lease of life. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

02/01/2015 - Project PoSSUM, a non-profit suborbital research program, announces the first PoSSUM scientist-astronaut class to be held at the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., Feb. 7 - 10, 2015. This unique opportunity allows individuals to train with some of the world's leading upper atmospheric scientists and to fly to space as part of an international research campaign dedicated to the study of global climate. The four-day, fully immersive qualification program was designed by for ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

01/01/2015 - Today, the surface of Venus is notoriously hellish - hot, dry and suffocated by a thick lower atmosphere of toxic gases. But Venus was once covered in oceans. The planet has likely always been too hot to host water, but new research suggests it once featured strange oceans of liquid carbon dioxide. Aside from the intolerable, ultra-dense atmosphere - complete with clouds of corrosive sulfuric acid - and high temperatures, Venus is often called Earth's twin. The two planets are very similar i ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

30/12/2014 - The Chinese have closed out 2014 with the launch of the Fengyun-2G (Fengyun-2-8) geostationary meteorological satellite using a Long March 3A (Chang Zheng 3A) rocket. The launch took place at 01:02 UTC on Wednesday from Pad LC2 at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

29/12/2014 - European researchers said Monday they have devised the first tiny motion detector that could help find microscopic life forms on distant planets. Until now, scientists have tried to find signs of extraterrestrial life by listening for sounds that might be emitted from an alien world, by scanning the skies with potent telescopes and by sending robotic probes and rovers to analyze the chemical fingerprint of samples from comets and planets. But researchers in Switzerland and Belgium were intereste ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

29/12/2014 - Mars dominated planetary research headlines in 2014 as an international fleet of orbiters and NASA’s two rovers returned unparalleled scientific research on the Red Planet. In 2014, scientists marked Opportunity’s 10-year anniversary on Mars, watched the near miss of comet Siding Spring, and announced Curiosity’s groundbreaking confirmation of the presence of organics on the surface Mars. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

29/12/2014 - The MESSENGER spacecraft will soon run literally on fumes. After more than 10 years traveling in space, nearly four of those orbiting Mercury, the spacecraft has expended most of its propellant and was on course to impact the planet's surface at the end of March 2015. But engineers on the team have devised a way to use the pressurization gas in the spacecraft's propulsion system to propel MESSENGER for as long as another month, allowing scientists to collect even more data about the planet closest to th ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)



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