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Sacramento CA (SPX) Jul 22, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/aerojet-rocketdyne-logo-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Aerojet Rocketdyne has successfully completed a hot-fire test on its flight-representative 1 Newton (1N) thruster at our specially designated green propellant facility in Redmond, Washington. The test is a key milestone leading to on-orbit testing of the Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM), which will demonstrate a "green" propellant, known as AF-M315E, in a space environment. AF-M315
Merritt Island, Fla. (UPI) Jul 21, 2013<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/nasa-spix-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> A building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, where Apollo astronauts once trained, was named in honor of astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. Armstrong passed away two years ago, but friends, family and surviving Apollo 11 crew mates gathered Monday in Florida to pay tribute at the naming ceremony. "He would not have sought this honor, that was not his style
Rockville, Md. (UPI) Jul 21, 2013<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/iss-spix-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Mission and flight crew operations support for NASA's International Space Station and future space missions is being supplied by Lockheed Martin. The work comes as part of a team led by SGT Inc., and within an Integrated Mission Operations Contract II. Lockheed said its mission support work includes flight controller training and real-time mission execution and ground-based human
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 16, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/yu-zhang-lab-laser-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Nanophotonics experts at Rice University have created a unique sensor that amplifies the optical signature of molecules by about 100 billion times. Newly published tests found the device could accurately identify the composition and structure of individual molecules containing fewer than 20 atoms. The new imaging method, which is described this week in the journal Nature Communications, us
Austin TX (SPX) Jul 18, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/comparison-footfall-sequence-primate-baboon-nonprimate-cat-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Contradicting earlier claims, "The Family That Walks on All Fours," a group of quadrupedal humans made famous by a 2006 BBC documentary, have simply adapted to their inability to walk upright and do not represent an example of backward evolution, according to new research by Liza Shapiro, an anthropologist at The University of Texas at Austin. Five siblings in the family, who live in a rem
Moscow (Voice of Russia) Jul 22, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/all-sky-picture-infant-universe-wmap-data-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The question of the size and limits of our universe can fry our mind without reading into it. Still more amazing, some among us always believed that we live in multiple, parallel universes. Now scientists think they can prove the fantastic hypothesis. There is testable science, and then there is fantasy and beautiful fairytales. Mathew Johnson of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Phy
Tokyo (AFP) July 16, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/robot-wakamaru-japan-mhi-receptionist-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> A wise-cracking humanoid robot called Pepper whose makers claim can read people's emotions was unveiled in Tokyo last month. Mobile carrier Softbank, which created the robot, says Pepper can understand 70 to 80 percent of spontaneous conversations - although it also answers from a set number of pre-programmed responses. AFP caught up with the pint-sized chatterbox, who took time out fro
Moffet Field CA (NASA) Jul 22, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/astronaut-taking-samples-captured-asteroid-in-stable-orbit-earth-moon-system-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Humanity has plans to expand into space: to the Moon, to Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs), and to the moons of Mars. Like any trip to anywhere, we need to know certain things before we go. We need to know about the climate and about the resources we can expect to find when we get there. We need to know about the places to avoid and the places where it's safe to stay. Who is working on finding t
Tokyo (AFP) July 16, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/japan-robot-babysitter-aeon-children-afp-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> A future in which it is difficult to tell man and machine apart could soon become reality, scientists say, after recent robotic breakthroughs in Japan. But as the once-fantastical idea of wise-cracking android sidekicks takes form in laboratories - and the gap between humans and robots narrows - society faces ethical and legal complications as yet undreamed of, they warn. "Already com
Izhevsk, Russia (SPX) Jul 22, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/supercam-s-350-uav-systems-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> UAV systems has developed background radiation monitoring system for Russian meteorology and ecological monitoring corporation Rosgidromet. The base of the system is serially produced scintillational wide-range intellectual x-ray and gamma emission detection module and UAV Supercam S-350 by UAV systems, LLC. Both devices were modified during development. The new UAV is able to perform the
Livermore, Calif. (UPI) Jul 17, 2013<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/laser-light-emitted-end-cadmium-sulfide-nanowire-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Scientists wanted to better understand what conditions are like deep inside giant, carbon-rich planets. To find out, they blasted a diamond with the world's biggest laser. "The goal of the shots is to try and create planetary core conditions on Earth," explained Ray Smith, a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. "And by that I mean very high pressure and rel
Moscow (Voice of Russia) Jul 22, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/global-geologic-map-mars-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Scientists in the United States have produced a new map of Mars that experts say is unprecedented in detail and reveals previously unknown information about the Red Planet. On Monday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) published its new global geologic map of Mars, created by the agency with the help of four orbiting spacecraft that have spent 16 years in the sky collecting imagery. In
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 22, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/lunar-mare-tranquillitatis-pit-crater-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> While the moon's surface is battered by millions of craters, it also has over 200 holes - steep-walled pits that in some cases might lead to caves that future astronauts could explore and use for shelter, according to new observations from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft. The pits range in size from about 5 meters (~5 yards) across to more than 900 meters (~984 yards)
Sparks NV (SPX) Jul 22, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/pre-launch-inspection-snc-orbcomm-generation-2-spacecraft-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has commenced the on-orbit checkout phase for six ORBCOMM Generation 2 (OG2) satellites, establishing communication with each satellite as planned. The satellites, which will replenish the current first generation ORBCOMM constellation, were launched on July 14, 2014 via a dedicated SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. S
Livermore CA (SPX) Jul 22, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/interior-target-chamber-national-ignition-facility-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Lawrence Livermore scientists for the first time have experimentally re-created the conditions that exist deep inside giant planets, such as Jupiter, Uranus and many of the planets recently discovered outside our solar system. Researchers can now re-create and accurately measure material properties that control how these planets evolve over time, information essential for understanding how

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