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Socorro NM (SPX) Jul 29, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/art-young-still-forming-brown-dwarf-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Astronomers using the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) have discovered jets of material ejected by still-forming young brown dwarfs. The discovery is the first direct evidence that brown dwarfs, intermediate in mass between stars and planets, are produced by a scaled-down version of the same process that produces stars. The astronomers studied a sample of still-forming brown dwarfs in
New Haven CT (SPX) Jul 29, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/spiral-galaxy-in-coma-cluster-dust-extinction-features-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Astronomers have long known that powerful cosmic winds can sometimes blow through galaxies, sweeping out interstellar material and stopping future star formation. Now they have a clearer snapshot of how it happens. A Yale University analysis of one such event in a nearby galaxy provides an unprecedented look at the process. The research is described in the Astronomical Journal. Specificall
Tucson AZ (SPX) Jul 29, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/two-ultra-dense-galaxies-orbiting-larger-host-galaxies-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Two undergraduates at San Jose State University have discovered two galaxies that are the densest known. Similar to ordinary globular star clusters but a hundred to a thousand times brighter, the new systems have properties intermediate in size and luminosity between galaxies and star clusters. The first system discovered by the investigators, M59-UCD3, has a width two hundred times smalle
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Jul 29, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/cassini-vims-radar-filled-and-dry-lakes-south-titan-sea-ligeia-mare-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Saturn's moon, Titan, is the only object in the Solar System other than Earth known to have liquid on its surface. While most of the lakes are found around the poles, the dry regions near the equator contain signs of evaporated material left behind like rings on a bathtub that, when combined with geological features, suggest that the location of the liquids on the moon has shifted over time.
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 29, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/impact-basin-odysseus-saturn-moon-tethys-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> With the expanded range of colors visible to Cassini's cameras, differences in materials and their textures become apparent that are subtle or unseen in natural color views. Here, the giant impact basin Odysseus on Saturn's moon Tethys stands out brightly from the rest of the illuminated icy crescent. This distinct coloration may result from differences in either the composition or structu
Palmdale, CA (SPX) Jul 29, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/c-17-globemaster-3-vehicle-integrated-propulsion-research-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Most people are careful to maintain their cars and keep the engine clean and out of the repair shop. However, this week a joint NASA, government and industry project team seeks to purposely feed volcanic ash into an engine to create problems. That's one way to see if a new engine health monitoring system can detect failures before they happen. If the tests are successful, the system capabl
Hampton VA (SPX) Jul 29, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/arlanda-airport-taxiing-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The United States is on the cusp of an era in which large Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or UAS, will mingle in the nation's skies with human-flown, passenger-carrying jumbo jets. Before a single large UAS can join the flying byways, though, Federal Aviation Administration regulations require that it be able to safely and reliably detect and avoid other aircraft. It's a tricky issue, but a tea
Huntsville AL (SPX) Jul 29, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/iss-terry-virts-effervescent-antacid-tablet-in-ball-water-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> In October 2014 NASA delivered high-definition, 3-D footage of astronauts living and working on the International Space Station to the Internet, posting video of astronauts exploring water tension in microgravity. The same engineers who sent high-definition cameras and then 3-D cameras to the space station have now delivered a new camera capable of recording images with six times more detail tha
Los Angeles AFB CA (SPX) Jul 29, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/svn-65-launch-cape-canaveral-ula-delta-4-rocket-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Five o'clock in the "City of Angels" typically signals the end of a hard work day. It's a time when most Los Angeles metropolitan area commuters pile on to the freeways and Metrorail system, returning to their homes during the long summer evening. However, about 25 dedicated Space and Missile Systems Center personnel put off their mad dash to jam the streets of L.A. and gathered instead in
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Jul 29, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/dome-cst-100-test-article-assembly-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The first two domes that will form the pressure shell of the Structural Test Article, or STA, for Boeing's CST-100 spacecraft have arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The STA Crew Module will be assembled inside the former space shuttle hangar, known as Orbiter Processing Facility-3, so the company can validate the manufacturing and processing methods it plans to use for flight-ready C
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 29, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/gps-glonass-combo-300-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> According to a press release from Russian Space Systems, the company has embarked on a new project: the creation of the National High-Precision Satellite Positioning system. Work is getting underway to create National High-Precision Satellite Positioning system (NSHP), according to the press release by the Russian Space Systems company,which is part of the Russian United Rocket and Space C
New Delhi (IANS) Jul 29, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/india-gps-irnss-coverage-map-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Indian space agency officials are hoping their BIG offering would soon benefit the masses and gain popularity in the market. "The BIG we refer to is actually an acronym for Bhuvan, Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) and GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN)," A S Ganeshan, project director of GAGAN, ISRO Satellite Centre, told IANS. On July 13, India launched its sate
Denver (UPI) Jul 28, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/astronauts-mars-robot-rover-spacesuit-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Radiation shielding technology by StemRad Ltd. is being jointly investigated with Lockheed Martin for possible use to protect astronauts. StemRad's 360 Gamma product is a vest worn by first responders and emergency rescue workers for protection against gamma radiation by providing protection of the wearer's bone marrow stem cells. Lockheed Martin said the collaboration with StemR
Buenos Aires (AFP) July 28, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/darpa-atlas-robot-boston-dynamics-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> It sounds like a science-fiction nightmare. But "killer robots" have the likes of British scientist Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak fretting, and warning they could fuel ethnic cleansing and an arms race. Autonomous weapons, which use artificial intelligence to select targets without human intervention, have been described as "the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowd
Washington (AFP) July 28, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/spaceshiptwo-explodes-2-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> US safety officials on Tuesday accused the builders of a commercial space vehicle of failing to factor in human error that caused its disintegration over the Mojave Desert last year. The National Transportation Safety Board said the deadly crash could have been avoided if Scaled Composites, which built the vehicle for Virgin Galactic, had anticipated potential piloting mistakes and installed

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