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August 01, 2014
Lifetime of gravity measurements heralds new beginning
Paris (ESA) Aug 01, 2014
Although ESA's GOCE satellite is no more, all of the measurements it gathered during its life skirting the fringes our atmosphere, including the very last as it drifted slowly back to Earth, have been drawn together to offer new opportunities for science. Carrying the first 3D gravity sensor in space, this state-of-the-art satellite measured Earth's gravity with unprecedented accuracy. GOCE's four years in orbit resulted in a series of four gravity models, each more accurate than the last. T ... read more
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Orion Tests Set Stage for Mission
NASA's Orion spacecraft is not quite ready for liftoff, but the spacecraft thinks it's already flown six missions. Since Orion's crew module was stacked on top of its service module in June, the veh ... more

Mars 2020 rover will carry tools to make oxygen
The suite of space-age tools loaded on NASA's next robotic vehicle, bound for the Red Planet in 2020, will include a device for making oxygen out of carbon dioxide. ... more

Early Earth suffered 500-million-year asteroid storm
Scientists say early Earth would have technically been inhabitable, but it wouldn't have been a very pleasant place to live. Researchers say little pockets of calmer life-sustaining water likely existed amid the boiling seas and giant magma fields. ... more
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Printing the Metals of the Future
3-D printers can create all kinds of things, from eyeglasses to implantable medical devices, straight from a computer model and without the need for molds. But for making spacecraft, engineers somet ... more


Young binary star system may form planets with weird and wild orbits
Unlike our solitary Sun, most stars form in binary pairs - two stars that orbit a common center of mass. Though remarkably plentiful, binaries pose a number of questions, including how and where pl ... more
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Tidal forces gave moon its shape
The shape of the moon deviates from a simple sphere in ways that scientists have struggled to explain. A new study by researchers at UC Santa Cruz shows that most of the moon's overall shape can be ... more

NASA Announces Mars 2020 Rover Payload to Explore the Red Planet as Never Before
The next rover NASA will send to Mars in 2020 will carry seven carefully-selected instruments to conduct unprecedented science and exploration technology investigations on the Red Planet. NASA ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
F-35B Successfully Completes Wet Runway And Crosswind Testing

Hindenburg, 80 years on, still divides Germany

Newest Tiger attack helo tested in Djibouti

Leidos taps AIBioTech for bio-weapon threat research

China Cultural Revolution 'hero' to make $30 mn from IPO

NATO unprepared for Russian attack: UK lawmakers

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency taps BAE Systems for assist


Mercury's magnetic field tells scientists how its interior is different from Earth's
Earth and Mercury are both rocky planets with iron cores, but Mercury's interior differs from Earth's in a way that explains why the planet has such a bizarre magnetic field, UCLA planetary physicis ... more

MESSENGER Gets Closer to Mercury than Ever Before
On July 25, MESSENGER moved closer to Mercury than any spacecraft has before, dropping to an altitude at closest approach of only 100 kilometers (62 miles) above the planet's surface. "The sci ... more

Los Alamos Laser Selected for 2020 Mars Mission
NASA has announced that laser technology originally developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been selected for its new Mars mission in 2020. "We are extremely excited to be going to Mar ... more
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Solar Probe Plus, Highest Energy Mission Ever
Several years ago, NASA selected the Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) of Johns Hopkins University to develop a most ambitious mission to the Sun. This was dubbed the Solar Probe Plus mission, intend ... more

$248 Billion for Manufacture and Launch of 1,155 Satellites Over Next Decade
According to Euroconsult's newly released research report, Satellites to be Built and Launched, 115 satellites will be launched on average yearly over the next decade (2014-2023). In compariso ... more
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First synthetic biological leaf could allow humans to colonize space
In order for humans to live in outer space, they must have a steady supply of oxygen they can depend on. Now, instead of relying on plants that may not survive, they can use an artificial biological ... more

NASA's IceCube No Longer On Ice
NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) has chosen a team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, to build its first Earth science-related CubeSat mission. The tiny payl ... more

New characteristics of complex oxide surfaces revealed
A novel combination of microscopy and data processing has given researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory an unprecedented look at the surface of a material known for i ... more

New Approach to Form Non-Equilibrium Structures
Although most natural and synthetic processes prefer to settle into equilibrium-a state of unchanging balance without potential or energy-it is within the realm of non-equilibrium conditions where n ... more

Discovery is key to metal wear in sliding parts
Researchers have discovered a previously unknown mechanism for wear in metals: a swirling, fluid-like microscopic behavior in a solid piece of metal sliding over another. The findings could be used ... more


US aerospace firm outlines New Zealand-based space program
A United States aerospace company is aiming to make New Zealand one of the exclusive group of countries with a space program by promising a revolutionary new satellite-carrying rocket for a fraction ... more

Our galaxy is way smaller than previous estimates
The Milky Way is smaller than astronomers previously thought, according to new research. For the first time, scientists have been able to precisely measure the mass of the galaxy that contains our s ... more
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