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April 25, 2015
First exoplanet visible light spectrum
Munich, Germany (SPX) Apr 24, 2015
The exoplanet 51 Pegasi b [1] lies some 50 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Pegasus. It was discovered in 1995 and will forever be remembered as the first confirmed exoplanet to be found orbiting an ordinary star like the Sun [2]. It is also regarded as the archetypal hot Jupiter - a class of planets now known to be relatively commonplace, which are similar in size and mass to Jupiter, but orbit much closer to their parent stars. Since that landmark discovery, more than 1900 exoplan ... read more
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Xinhua Insight: How China joins space club?
Yu Jun aimed his telescope at a bright star in the night sky. A moment later, a dim light passed across it, along the very path foreign astronomy websites had forecast. "Dongfanghong-1," Yu Ju ... more

Can sound help us detect 'earthquakes' on Venus
Detecting an "earthquake" on Venus would seem to be an impossible task. The planet's surface is a hostile zone of crushing pressure and scorching temperatures--about 874 degrees F, hot enough to mel ... more

Ariane 5 reaches the launch zone for next heavy-lift mission
Arianespace has delivered another Ariane 5 to the launch zone at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, positioning this workhorse heavy-lift vehicle for tomorrow's flight with a pair of telecommunica ... more
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Arianespace Flight VA222: THOR 7 and SICRAL 2 - launch delayed
Ariane 5 has been authorized for its April 24 liftoff from the Spaceport in French Guiana, with the go-ahead for this upcoming mission - which will orbit the THOR 7 and SICRAL 2 telecommunications s ... more


Sentinel-2A arrives for Ariane Vega mission
The latest in Europe's series of Sentinel Earth observation satellites landed at French Guiana earlier this week in preparation for its orbiting on an Arianespace Vega vehicle during June, while bui ... more
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NASA 3-D Prints First Full-Scale Copper Rocket Engine Part
When you think of copper, the penny in your pocket may come to mind; but NASA engineers are trying to save taxpayers millions of pennies by 3-D printing the first full-scale, copper rocket engine pa ... more

Cameras at SLS Booster Test to provide critical data for first flight
Dozens of cameras were rolling when the powerful, five-segment booster for NASA's new rocket, the Space Launch System, fired up March 11 for a major ground test. Behind the scenes that day, a differ ... more
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Iran, world powers seek to finalise nuclear deal

New safety system for unmanned aerial systems in U.S.

Malaysia urges Beijing's cooperation in South China Sea

X-47B unmanned aerial system demos in-flight refueling

Japan ministers go to Yasukuni hours after China talks

New deadly strikes in Yemen despite rebel demands

Northrop helps stabilize Raytheon optical targeting systems


Soil Moisture Mission Produces First Global Maps
With its antenna now spinning at full speed, NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory has successfully re-tested its science instruments and generated its first global maps, a key ... more

Space law is no longer beyond this world
Space may be the "final frontier" but the legal ramifications of what happens in space are now very much a reality - and they've also become the subject of teaching and research at the University of ... more

Clyde Space and UNC to produce game-changing ocean monitoring tech
Clyde Space is collaborating with an American university and a team of leading US-based scientists to develop a "game-changer" in vital new technology to study ocean biology. The Glasgow compa ... more
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Pulsing light may indicate supermassive black hole merger
As two galaxies enter the final stages of merging, scientists have theorized that the galaxies' supermassive black holes will form a "binary," or two black holes in such close orbit they are gravita ... more

"Comb" detects terahertz waves with extreme precision
Light can come in many frequencies, only a small fraction of which can be seen by humans. Between the invisible low-frequency radio waves used by cell phones and the high frequencies associated with ... more
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Exploding stars help to understand thunderclouds on Earth
How is lightning initiated in thunderclouds? This is difficult to answer - how do you measure electric fields inside large, dangerously charged clouds? It was discovered, more or less by coincidence ... more

Russian Mission Control Adjusts ISS Orbit to Avoid Space Junk
Russia's space agency Roscosmos adjusted the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) due to a threat of collision with fragments of a former spacecraft, a spokesperson for the Roscosmos Missi ... more

ICARUS neutrino experiment to move to Fermilab
A group of scientists led by Nobel laureate Carlo Rubbia will transport the world's largest liquid-argon neutrino detector across the Atlantic Ocean to its new home at the U.S. Department of Energy' ... more

Black hole hunters tackle a cosmic conundrum
Dartmouth astrophysicists and their colleagues have not only proven that a supermassive black hole exists in a place where it isn't supposed to be, but in doing so have opened a new door to what thi ... more

Quantum model reveals surface structure of water
The National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the UK's National Measurement Institute in collaboration with IBM and the University of Edinburgh, has used a new quantum model to reveal the molecular struct ... more
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A cold cosmic mystery solved
In 2004, astronomers examining a map of the radiation leftover from the Big Bang (the cosmic microwave background, or CMB) discovered the Cold Spot, a larger-than-expected unusually cold area of the ... more

ALMA reveals intense magnetic field close to supermassive black hole
Supermassive black holes, often with masses billions of times that of the Sun, are located at the heart of almost all galaxies in the Universe. These black holes can accrete huge amounts of matter i ... more
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