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Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 31, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/cassini-sun-glinting-off-titan-north-polar-seas-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> As it soared past Saturn's large moon Titan recently, NASA's Cassini spacecraft caught a glimpse of bright sunlight reflecting off hydrocarbon seas. In the past, Cassini had captured, separately, views of the polar seas and the sun glinting off them, but this is the first time both have been seen together in the same view. The image is available a href="http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/space
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 30, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/chemical-weapon-storage-stockpile-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> With fears growing over chemical and biological weapons falling into the wrong hands, scientists are developing microrockets to fight back against these dangerous agents, should the need arise. In the journal ACS Nano, they describe new spherical micromotors that rapidly neutralize chemical and biological agents and use water as fuel. Joseph Wang and colleagues point out that titanium diox
Paris (ESA) Oct 31, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/cryosat-2-mission-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Improved collision warnings for its Earth observation missions means ESA controllers can now take more efficient evasive action when satellites are threatened by space junk. ESA has signed an agreement with the US Strategic Command to improve data exchange between the organisations for supporting missions. The tie-up will see ESA receiving higher quality and more timely space information t
Petah Tikva, Israel (SPX) Oct 31, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/gilat-logo-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Gilat Satellite Networks has announced the successful deployment of the CellEdge small cell over satellite solution to 20 rural sites in Brazil, as part of its agreement with TIM Brasil, the second largest Brazilian operator and the leading company in the pre-paid segment. TIM selected Gilat to provide a full turnkey solution of 3G coverage to the most remote regions of Parana state in Bra
Paris (ESA) Oct 30, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/inauguration-space-for-our-future-exhibition-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The 'Space For Our Future' exhibition, created by ESA and the European Commission, was formally opened on 28 October in Brussels by EC President Jose Manuel Barroso, ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Arianespace Chairman and CEO Stephane Israel. The display highlights Europe's successes in space, the concrete benefits being delivered to citizen
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Oct 31, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/japanese-experiment-module-iss-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Tuesday's Antares explosion destroyed 5,000lb (2,200kg) of equipment worth hundreds of millions of dollars, among which was 1600 pounds (730kg) of scientific investigations including student projects from across the country. The project was one of 18 chosen by the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, which offers students in the US and Canada the chance to design an experiment and send
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 30, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/mark-olsen-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Atmospheric dynamicist Mark Olsen enjoys unplanned scientific discoveries and drumming in his rock band with his Goddard friends. b>What do you do and what is most interesting about your role here at Goddard? How do you help support Goddard's mission? /b> I'm an atmospheric dynamicist. I look at the transport of air and its constituents in the atmosphere, and the drivers of this tra
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 30, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/pegasus-barge-discovery-shuttle-tank-et-119-300-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> It's anchors aweigh on refurbishments to NASA's Pegasus barge, which will be used to ferry the massive core stage of America's next great ship - the Space Launch System. SLS will be the most powerful rocket ever built for deep space missions, including to an asteroid and ultimately to Mars. The core stage, towering more than 200 feet tall with a diameter of 27.6 feet, will store cryogenic
Washington DC (RIA Novosti) Oct 31, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/progress-54-cargo-craft-approach-iss-pirs-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will continue working with its International Space Station (ISS) program partners on cargo resupply missions, despite the crash of the supply rocket Antares in Virginia, a NASA spokesperson Stephanie Schierholz told RIA Novosti. "We will continue to move forward toward the next attempt once we fully understand today's mishap," Sch
Cape Canaveral AFB FL (SPX) Oct 31, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/ula-atlas-5-rocket-block-2f-gps-oct-29-2014-cape-canaveral-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The U.S. Air Force supported the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the Air Force's eighth Block IIF navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System at 1:21 p.m. EDT Oct. 29 from Space Launch Complex 41. The 45th Space Wing team of military personnel, government civilians, and contractors provided support to the ULA launch of the Air Force Space Co
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Oct 31, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/plesetsk-rokot-winter-twilight-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> A Meridian communications satellite has been put into orbit by a Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket, launched from Russia's Plesetsk space center, the Defense Ministry's spokesperson told RIA Novosti Thursday. "The Soyuz-2.1a carrier-rocket, launched Thursday, has successfully put the Meridian satellite into orbit," Col. Alexei Zolotukhin, a spokesperson for Russia's Aerospace Defense Forces said.
Huntsville AL (SPX) Oct 31, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/art-orion-icps-interim-cryogenic-propulsion-stage-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Some elements of a rocket can be familiar, like the boosters and engines. But there are several important parts on NASA's new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), that may be less widely known. Case in point? The interim cryogenic propulsion stage (ICPS). If the SLS was dissected, the ICPS lies just below the Orion capsule, at the top of the SLS. The ICPS is a liquid oxygen/liquid hydrog
Wallops Island VA (SPX) Oct 31, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/wallops-launch-facilities-after-failed-launch-attempt-orbital-science-antares-rocket-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The Wallops Incident Response Team has completed an initial assessment of Wallops Island, Virginia, following the catastrophic failure of Orbital Science Corp.'s Antares rocket shortly after liftoff at 6:22 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Oct. 28, from Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. "I want to praise the launch team, range safety, all of our
Washington DC (RIA Novosti) Oct 31, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/antares-rocket-explodsion-wallops-oct-28-2014-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo ship, carrying supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) from NASA facility in Virginia, exploded during launch due to possible failure of the rocket's first stage engines, space analysts told RIA Novosti. "Video of the launch appears to show an explosion at the base of the rocket about ten seconds after liftoff, so one assumes there was a proble
Washington DC(RIA Novosti) Oct 31, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/aerojet-aj26-flight-engine-e1-test-stand-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The Orbital Sciences Corporation, that built and launched Antares supply rocket crashed in Virginia, may replace the spacecraft's current AJ-26 Russian rocket engine, once their investigation of the crash is finalized, the company's CEO David Thompson stated. "Orbital has been reviewing alternatives since the middle of last year and recently selected a different main propulsion system for

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