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East Lansing MI (SPX) May 28, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/merge-x-ray-data-microwave-visible-images-jets-radio-emitting-lobes-centaurus-a-central-black-hole-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Supernovas just might be the maid service of the universe. It seems these explosions that mark the end of a star's life work hand-in-hand with supermassive black holes to sweep out gas and shut down galaxies' star-forming factories. Recent research, led by Michigan State University astronomers, finds that the black holes located at the cores of galaxies launch fountains of charged particle
Washington DC (SPX) May 28, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/person-mosquito-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is quickly spreading through the Western Hemisphere; as of May 15, 2015, the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) had tallied close to 1.4 million suspected cases and more than 33,000 confirmed cases since the virus' first appearance in the Americas in December 2013. Spread by mosquitoes, chikungunya is rarely fatal but can cause debilitating joint and muscle pai
Huntsville AL (SPX) May 28, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/reid-wiseman-binary-colloidal-alloy-test-c1-experiment-iss-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> When companies try to "build a better mousetrap," the process can involve lots of internal studies and tests on the kinds of materials to use and effective designs. It can be a time-consuming but necessary operation, which means less time for people to use the device to solve a particular problem. NASA and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are collaborating to help
Washington DC (SPX) May 28, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/second-spacex-dragon-commercial-cargo-craft-canadarm2-march-3-2013-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) has joined House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) in praising passage of H.R. 2262, the Spurring Private Aerospace Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship Act of 2015 or SPACE Act. Almost 50 Democrats joined Republicans to pass the bill with broad bipartisan support, 284-133. House Majority Leader Kevin McC
Bengaluru, India (IANS) May 28, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/gsat-8-satellite-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> India will launch an advanced communications satellite (GSAT-6) in July or August for strategic applications, its space agency chief said. "We will launch GSAT-6 for strategic applications in July-end or August beginning, with a special antenna that will have a capability to use a handheld device to communicate from anywhere," Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman AS Kiran Kumar tol
Laurel MD (SPX) May 28, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/art-new-horizons-pluto-charon-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> What a difference 20 million miles makes! Images of Pluto from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft are growing in scale as the spacecraft approaches its mysterious target. The new images, taken May 8-12 using a powerful telescopic camera and downlinked last week, reveal more detail about Pluto's complex and high-contrast surface. The images were taken from just under 50 million miles (77 millio
Huntsville AL (SPX) May 28, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/caenorhabditis-elegans-roundworm-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Humans have long been fascinated by the cosmos. Ancient cave paintings show that we've been thinking about space for much of the history of our species. The popularity of recent sci-fi movies suggest that the human mind just might be coming to grips with theharsh environment "out there." The human body is another matter. When gravity is greatly reduced-as in spaceflight-we no longer
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) May 28, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/27-may-2015-ariane-5-flight-va223-launch-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> An Ariane 5 lifted off last night from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana and delivered two telecom satellites into their planned orbits. The launch of flight VA223 occurred on 27 May at 21:16 GMT (23:16 CEST, 18:16 local time). Directv-15, with a mass of about 6200 kg and mounted in the upper position atop Ariane's Sylda dual-payload carrier, was the first to be released about 28
Promontory UT (SPX) May 28, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/center-forward-segment-sls-booster-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Orbital ATK technicians detach the center forward segment from the forward segment of NASA's five-segment booster that fired up for testing March 11 at Orbital ATK's test facility in Promontory, Utah. The two-minute static test was the first of two ground tests to support qualification of the boosters that will help launch the first flight of NASA's new rocket--the Space Launch System (SLS
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 28, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/charles-bolden-nasa-journey-to-mars-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> "Repeat after me: Mars matters," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden told the auditorium of participants at the May 5, 2015 Humans to Mars Summit organized by the non-profit Explore Mars, Inc. "Mars matters!" everyone agreed. But why does Mars matter? "?Because it's there' isn't good enough," stated Bolden. Luckily, summit presenters had a host of compelling reasons for humans to venture to
Moscow (Sputnik) May 28, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/construction-launch-pad-vostochny-cosmodrome-5-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the readiness of the Vostochny Space Center for its first launch, the director general of the United Rocket and Space Corporation said Monday. "We also discussed issues on the construction of the Vostochny Space Center, first and foremost observing the pace and terms of inaugurating the facilities, as well as its readiness for the first launch," I
White Sands NM (SPX) May 28, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/white-sands-missile-range-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> DARPA's High-Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS) has demonstrated sufficient laser power and beam quality to advance to a series of field tests. The achievement of government acceptance for field trials marks the end of the program's laboratory development phase and the beginning of a new and challenging set of tests against rockets, mortars, vehicles and surrogate surface-to
Princeton NJ (SPX) May 28, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/lithium-metal-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Scientists from General Atomics and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have discovered a phenomenon that helps them to improve fusion plasmas, a finding that may quicken the development of fusion energy. Together with a team of researchers from across the United States, the scientists found that when they injected tiny grains of lithium into a
Washington (UPI) May 28, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/lightsail-1-solar-sail-planetary-society-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The scientists managing the Planetary Society's LightSail are holding their breath as they wait for their experimental Cubesat to come back to life. A software glitch caused the small satellite to freeze up last week, and so far, attempts to reboot the device have failed. LightSail is a small satellite that was launched last week in an effort to demonstrate the potential of solar sail-p
Washington (AFP) May 27, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/spacex-launch-abort-system-dragon-spacecraft-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Billionaire Elon Musk's firm SpaceX has won long-waited approval from the US Air Force to launch military satellites, opening the way to a lucrative market that has been a virtual monopoly for a Boeing and Lockheed Martin joint venture. Certification for the California-based SpaceX follows months of wrangling and a lawsuit filed by the company against the air force, which was eventually sett

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