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Washington DC (SPX) Oct 23, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/jwst-goddard-thermal-vacuum-chamber-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> After 116 days of being subjected to extremely frigid temperatures like that in space, the heart of the James Webb Space Telescope, the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) and its sensitive instruments, emerged unscathed from the thermal vacuum chamber at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Teams of engineers and technicians have been on heart-monitoring duty
New Delhi (UPI) Oct 21, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/india-nirbhay-cruise-missile-artwork-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The second test flight of India's Nirbhay long-range cruise missile achieved all its mission objectives, the India Defense R&D Organization reports. The missile, the first Indian cruise missile designed and developed locally, flew 621 miles in a 70-minute flight. "The missile maintained an accuracy better than 10 meters (32.8 feet) throughout its path and covered a distance of mo
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 24, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/art-jpss-1-satellite-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> NASA has awarded a sole source contract modification to Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, of Azusa, California, for the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) Instrument for flight on the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) mission. This is a cost-plus-award-fee modification in the amount of $121 million. This action extends the period of performance of the contract from May 2
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 23, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/rupture-crust-highly-magnetized-neutron-star-art-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope detected a rapid-fire "storm" of high-energy blasts from a highly magnetized neutron star, also called a magnetar, on Jan. 22, 2009. Now astronomers analyzing this data have discovered underlying signals related to seismic waves rippling throughout the magnetar. Such signals were first identified during the fadeout of rare giant flares produced by mag
Silver Spring MD (SPX) Oct 24, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/art-suomi-npp-satellite-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> While space debris was the uncontrolled adversary in the award-winning space thriller film "Gravity," space debris, also known as "space junk," is an ongoing real-life concern for teams managing satellites orbiting Earth, including NOAA-NASA's Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership, or Suomi NPP, satellite. It is not unusual for satellites that have the capability of maneuvering to be reposit
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 24, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/atmosphere-titan-trace-gases-hnc-hc3n-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> New maps of Saturn's moon Titan reveal large patches of trace gases shining brightly near the north and south poles. These regions are curiously shifted off the poles, to the east or west, so that dawn is breaking over the southern region while dusk is falling over the northern one. The pair of patches was spotted by a NASA-led international team of researchers investigating the chemical m
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Oct 24, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/beijing-aerospace-flight-control-center-shenzhou-8-re-docked-tiangong-1-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> This week China will launch a new lunar orbiter, which, in contrast with previous space probes, will return to Earth after orbiting the Moon, China's official Xinhua news agency reports. Ye Peijian, senior adviser to the China Academy Of Space Technology talked to Xinhua about the probe earlier this month: "After we are able to have probes return to earth, we'll study and move to possible
Beijing (XNA) Oct 24, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/china-lunar-probe-change-5-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> China will launch a new lunar mission this week to test technology likely to be used in Chang'e-5, a future lunar probe with the ability to return to Earth. The experimental spacecraft launched this week is expected to reach a location near the moon and return to Earth, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense on Wednesday. The te
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 24, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/russian-spacewalkers-max-suraev-alexander-samokutyaev-pirs-iss-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Russian spacewalkers Max Suraev and Alexander Samokutyaev closed the Pirs docking compartment hatch at 1:06 p.m. EDT ending the third spacewalk for Expedition 41. The cosmonauts were outside the International Space Station for three hours and 38 minutes. Two U.S. spacewalks took place Oct. 7 and 15. The duo's first task was to remove the Radiometriya experiment that was installed on the Zv
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 24, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/super-black-nanotechnology-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> An emerging super-black nanotechnology that is to be tested for the first time this fall on the International Space Station will be applied to a complex, 3-D component critical for suppressing stray light in a new, smaller, less-expensive solar coronagraph designed to ultimately fly on the orbiting outpost or as a hosted payload on a commercial satellite. The super-black carbon-nanotube co
Paris (UPI) Oct 21, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/milspace-comm-sat-phone-soldier-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The military forces of Qatar are receiving a satellite communications system and network operations center from Thales. The monetary value of the award and the performance timeline for the work were not disclosed but Thales said its communications system would be supplied on a turnkey basis. "Satellite communication systems are an important component of a military force's voice a
Washington (UPI) Oct 21, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/us-navy-aegis-combat-system-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The U.S. military has demonstrated that Lockheed Martin's Aegis weapon system can destroy a ballistic missile solely on tracks from remote airborne sensors. Results of the demonstration by the Ballistic Missile Defense Agency and the Navy will be used to enhance the Ballistic Missile Defense System and support the advancement of Phase 2 of the Phased Adaptive Approach for missile defens
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 24, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/alma-organic-molecule-hc3n-atmosphere-saturn-titan-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> While studying the atmosphere on Saturn's moon Titan, scientists discovered intriguing zones of organic molecules unexpectedly shifted away from its north and south poles. These misaligned features seem to defy conventional thinking about Titan's windy atmosphere, which should quickly smear out such off-axis concentrations. "This is an unexpected and potentially groundbreaking discovery,"
Paris (SPX) Oct 24, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/art-exocomets-beta-pictoris-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Beta Pictoris is a young star located about 63 light-years from the Sun. It is only about 20 million years old and is surrounded by a huge disc of material - a very active young planetary system where gas and dust are produced by the evaporation of comets and the collisions of asteroids. Flavien Kiefer (IAP/CNRS/UPMC), lead author of the new study sets the scene: "Beta Pictoris is a very e
Beijing (AFP) Oct 24, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/long-march-3c-rocket-xichang-feb-25-2012-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> China launched its first space mission to the moon and back early Friday, authorities said, the latest step forward for Beijing's ambitious programme to one day land a Chinese citizen on the Earth's only natural satellite. The unnamed, unmanned probe will travel to the moon, fly around it and head back to Earth, re-entering the atmosphere and landing, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) said in a statement.

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