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Pasadena CA (SPX) Jun 28, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/alma-4-normal-galaxies-universe-1-billion-years-old-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> On its own, dust seems fairly unremarkable. However, by observing the clouds of gas and dust within a galaxy, astronomers can determine important information about the history of star formation and the evolution of galaxies. Now thanks to the unprecedented sensitivity of the telescope at the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, a Caltech-led team has been able to observe the dus
Paris (ESA) Jun 28, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/art-black-hole-feasting-matter-from-companion-star-binary-system-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Over the past week, ESA's Integral satellite has been observing an exceptional outburst of high-energy light produced by a black hole that is devouring material from its stellar companion. X-rays and gamma rays point to some of the most extreme phenomena in the Universe, such as stellar explosions, powerful outbursts and black holes feasting on their surroundings. In contrast to the peacef
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jun 28, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/art-dust-comets-young-star-beta-pictoris-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> A new NASA supercomputer simulation of the planet and debris disk around the nearby star Beta Pictoris reveals that the planet's motion drives spiral waves throughout the disk, a phenomenon that causes collisions among the orbiting debris. Patterns in the collisions and the resulting dust appear to account for many observed features that previous research has been unable to fully explain.
La Paz (XNA) Jun 28, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/bolivia-china-tupac-katari-1-tksat-1-artwork-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Bolivia's Chinese-made Tupac Katari satellite has generated 16 million U.S. dollars of income in a little more than a year in orbit, the Bolivian News Agency (ABI) said Tuesday. "It's an approximate figure," director of the Bolivian Space Agency (ABE) Ivan Zambrana told reporters. "Last year we were close to 10 million dollars and so far this year, we must be around 6 million dollars
Brussels (XNA) Jun 28, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/china-environment-1c-sar-satellite-zhengzhou-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Increased collaboration between Belgium and China in the field of satellite technology can put both nations "at the forefront" of delivering vital information globally, according to State Secretary of Science Policy Elke Sleurs. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO) and China National Space Administration (CNSA) in the field of space scien
Paris (ESA) Jun 25, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/esoc-control-room-operations-control-centre-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Together with national space agencies and industry, ESA is working to develop next-generation software for spacecraft control and monitoring. The initiative is a strategic and technological jump, and will see most space organisations in Europe adopting a common infrastructure, which will improve efficiency, lower technical risk and deliver a major boost to European industrial competitiveness.
Paris (ESA) Jun 28, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/examples-six-different-bright-patches-surface-comet-67pchuryumov-gerasimenko-osiris-sept-2014-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Using the high-resolution science camera on board ESA's Rosetta spacecraft, scientists have identified more than a hundred patches of water ice a few metres in size on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Rosetta arrived at the comet in August 2014 at a distance of about 100 km and eventually orbited the comet at 10 km or less, allowing high-resolution images of the surface to be acqu
Beijing (XNA) Jun 28, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/gps-china-beidou-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> China has made breakthroughs in the anti-jamming capability of its Beidou satellite navigation system (BDS), the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Daily said Thursday. The new technology, developed by Wang Feixue and his team from the National University of Defense Technology, has made the satellites 1,000 times more secure, the newspaper said. In March, China launched the 17th BDS sate
Madison WI (SPX) Jun 28, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/iron-ore-rocks-western-australia-gorge-canyon-waterfall-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Think of an object made of iron: An I-beam, a car frame, a nail. Now imagine that half of the iron in that object owes its existence to bacteria living two and a half billion years ago. That's the upshot of a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The findings have meaning for fields as diverse as mining and the search for life in space. Cl
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 28, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/mars-merb-art-surface-mars-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Opportunity is on the west rim of Endeavour Crater at the 'Spirit of St. Louis' crater near the entrance of 'Marathon Valley.' The Earth-Mars Solar Conjunction command moratorium and communication blackout has just ended. Telemetry is again being received from the Opportunity and the rover is in good health. Normal tactical planning has resumed with the Sol 4059 (June 25, 2015) plan.
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Jun 25, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/art-laser-propelled-interstellar-mission-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> A laser-powered wafer-thin spacecraft capable of reaching Alpha Centauri in 20 years may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but it's not. And while such a launch isn't imminent, the possibility of one in the future does exist, according to UC Santa Barbara physics professor Philip Lubin. To further explore that possibility, Lubin and his team in UCSB's Experimental Cosmology Group wi
Laurel MD (SPX) Jun 28, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/art-pluto-charon-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> In June 1978, U.S. Naval Observatory astronomer James Christy noticed something unusual. He was studying highly magnified photos of Pluto, and Pluto wasn't round. A small bump marred one side of blurry Pluto. That bump turned out to be Pluto's largest moon, Charon, whose discovery Christy (working with late colleague Robert Harrington), made on June 22, 1978. Like Pluto in 1930, Charon was
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 28, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/art-hypothetical-rejuvenated-gas-giant-planet-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> For a planet, this would be like a day at the spa. After years of growing old, a massive planet could, in theory, brighten up with a radiant, youthful glow. Rejuvenated planets, as they are nicknamed, are only hypothetical. But new research from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has identified one such candidate, seemingly looking billions of years younger than its actual age. "When planets a
Tucson AZ (SPX) Jun 28, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/art-osiris-rex-sample-from-asteroid-bennu-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The various instruments that will enable OSIRIS-REx to safely travel to asteroid Bennu, take a sample and return it to Earth are being readied for shipment to the spacecraft's assembly facility. With launch only 15 months away, the team of the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission, led by the University of Arizona, is preparing to deliver its instruments for integration with the spacec
Miami (AFP) June 28, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/spacex-spix-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded less than three minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sunday, in the first major disaster for the fast-charging company headed by Internet tycoon Elon Musk. Skies were sunny and clear for the 10:21 am (1421 GMT) launch of the gleaming white Falcon 9 rocket that was meant to propel the Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station on a

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