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Moscow (AFP) Sept 18, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/yuri-gagarin-walk-spacesuit-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> A spaceship designer who worked on Yury Gagarin's Vostok spaceship and was the last to shake his hand before liftoff, Oleg Ivanovsky, died on Thursday at 92, the Russian space agency said. Ivanovsky was a senior designer at the facility codenamed OKB-1 which built the Vostok spaceship that blasted Gagarin into orbit in 1961. "He participated directly in preparing the flight of the world'
Boston (UPI) Sep 18, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/spacetravel-spix-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The next generation of space suits look less Apollo 11 and a lot more Apolo Ohno, less Michelin Man and more Silver Surfer - that is, out with the bulky, gas-pressurized suit and in with the lightweight, form-fitting second skin. Researchers at MIT recently unveiled their latest iteration of the BioSuit. The latest garments are outfitted with springlike coils that activate when heated
Paris (AFP) Sept 18, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/ariane-spix-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> France's space agency on Thursday unveiled a revised proposal for an Ariane rocket ahead of a tough decision on launchers by the European Space Agency (ESA). Ministers must decide whether they can afford to fund the development of two projects for Europe's next rocket. These are an Ariane 6, promoted by France, that would be operational from the next decade and an intermediate launcher,
Washington (AFP) Sept 18, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/blue-origin-test-fire-hydrogen-oxygen-fueled-american-rocket-engine-be-3-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The aerospace company Blue Origin has struck a deal to build a US-made rocket engine that aims to eliminate reliance on Russian engines for American satellite launches. Blue Origin owner Jeff Bezos, who founded Amazon.com and also owns the Washington Post, announced the deal to jointly fund a new BE-4 rocket engine with United Launch Alliance in the US capital on Wednesday. ULA is a join
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Sep 18, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/s-400-triumf-anti-aircraft-weapon-system-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> A number of events are scheduled in Moscow on Friday, to mark the 60th anniversary of the Moscow Air Defense District, established on August 20, 1954, which had evolved by now into the Order of Lenin Air and Missile Defense Command of the Aerospace Defense Forces (ADF). The history of Moscow's air defense began much earlier, though. It is believed to have been born on April 25, 1918, when
Upton NY (SPX) Sep 18, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/near-perfect-crystal-structure-yttrium-aluminum-compound-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Heat drives classical phase transitions-think solid, liquid, and gas-but much stranger things can happen when the temperature drops. If phase transitions occur at the coldest temperatures imaginable, where quantum mechanics reigns, subtle fluctuations can dramatically transform a material. Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook Univer
Peterson AFB CO (SPX) Sep 18, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/airmen-maintenance-satellite-communication-antenna-peterson-afb-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Air Force Space Command's 16th Space Control Squadron in partnership with the Air Force Reserve Command's 380th SPCS is responsible for ensuring the Defense Department has uninterrupted global satellite communications. Located at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., two squadrons are responsible for operating space control capabilities to rapidly achieve flexible and versatile space superiority
Irvine CA (SPX) Sep 18, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/ara-apkarian-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> UC Irvine chemists have scored a scientific first: capturing moving images of a single molecule as it vibrates, or "breathes," and shifts from one quantum state to another. The groundbreaking achievement, led by Ara Apkarian, professor of chemistry, and Eric Potma, associate professor of chemistry, opens a window into the strange realm of quantum mechanics - where nanoscopic bits of matter seemi
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 18, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/california-fire-happy-camp-complex-sept-2014-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The fire season in California has been anything but cooperative this year. Hot conditions combined with a state-wide drought and dry lightning makes for unpleasant conditions and leads to an abundance of forest fires. On August 12, lightning struck and started the fire that grew into the Happy Camp Complex. Currently over 113,000 acres have been affected and the fire is only 55% cont
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Sep 18, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/cosmos-series-russia-military-satellite-300-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The Russian Aerospace Defense Forces again dismissed US media rumors of a Russian military satellite allegedly exploding above the United States. "These statements are yet another attempt to find out the location of the space object after the United States has lost track of it," Aerospace Defense Forces spokesman Col. Alexei Zolotukhin said. He reiterated that all Russian spacecraft
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 18, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/dhc-3-otter-operation-icebridge-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Over the past few decades, average global temperatures have been on the rise, and this warming is happening two to three times faster in the Arctic. As the region's summer comes to a close, NASA is hard at work studying how rising temperatures are affecting the Arctic. NASA researchers this summer and fall are carrying out three Alaska-based airborne research campaigns aimed at measuring g
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 18, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/experiment-analyze-behavior-quantum-dots-placed-on-metal-oxides-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Researchers from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the University of Oklahoma have found a new way to control the properties of quantum dots, those tiny chunks of semiconductor material that glow different colors depending on their size. Quantum dots, which are so small they start to exhibit atom-like quantum properties, have a wide range of potential applications, from sensors,
Tempe AZ (SPX) Sep 18, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/fossilized-leaf-vitis-stantonii-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The meteorite impact that spelled doom for the dinosaurs 66 million years ago decimated the evergreens among the flowering plants to a much greater extent than their deciduous peers, according to a study led by UA researchers. The results are published in the journal PLOS Biology. Applying biomechanical formulas to a treasure trove of thousands of fossilized leaves of angiosperms - floweri
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 18, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/launch-america-ccp-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> U.S. astronauts once again will travel to and from the International Space Station from the United States on American spacecraft under groundbreaking contracts NASA announced Tuesday. The agency unveiled its selection of Boeing and SpaceX to transport U.S. crews to and from the space station using their CST-100 and Crew Dragon spacecraft, respectively, with a goal of ending the nation's so
Washington (AFP) Sept 16, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/rocketscience-spix-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> NASA awarded multi-billion-dollar contracts to Boeing and SpaceX on Tuesday to build America's next spacecraft for carrying astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017. The US space agency hailed the decision as another step toward ending America's reliance on Russian vehicles for access to low-Earth orbit. NASA, which has been unable to send astronauts to space since the retir

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