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Soyuz rocket rolled out, ready to launch
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017 - The Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft has been rolled out and erected on its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz rocket and spacecraft is scheduled to launch on Friday at 11:41 a.m. EDT. The spacecraft will carry cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy, who will serve as commander of the Expedition 52, as well as flight engineers Randy Bresnik from NASA and Paolo Nespoli from ... more

Iran in 'successful' test of satellite-launch rocket
Tehran (AFP) July 27, 2017 - Iran on Thursday "successfully" tested a satellite-launch rocket, days after warning Washington of a response to new US sanctions over the Islamic republic's ballistic missile programme, state television said. It said the launch vehicle, named Simorgh after a bird in Iranian mythology, was capable of propelling a satellite weighing 250 kilograms (550 pounds) to an altitude of 500 kilometres ... more

InterDrone 2017 Sept 6-8 Las Vegas
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Portals to new worlds: Martian exploration near the North Pole
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017 - Perched on the edge of a 39-million-year-old crater is a white circular hut. It sticks out on the rocky, lichen-dotted landscape of Devon Island in Nunavut, Canada. Known as "the Hab," this 26-foot diameter structure is home to six scientists and researchers who just moved in for a 12-week mission to simulate life on Mars. The Arctic has long been a frontier for exploration, and ... more

A Tale of Three Stellar Cities
Garching, Germany (SPX) Jul 27, 2017 - Using new observations from ESO's VLT Survey Telescope, astronomers have discovered three different populations of young stars within the Orion Nebula Cluster. This unexpected discovery adds very valuable new insights for the understanding of how such clusters form. It suggests that star formation might proceed in bursts, where each burst occurs on a much faster time-scale than previously though ... more

MSU gravitational physicist receives NASA award to explore extreme gravity and the universe
Bozeman MT (SPX) Jul 26, 2017 - A Montana State University gravitational physicist has received funding for a research project that aims to answer fundamental questions about the universe. NASA awarded $750,000 to Nicolas Yunes for his project "Exploring Extreme Gravity: Neutron Stars, Black Holes and Gravitational Waves." Yunes is a founding member of the MSU eXtreme Gravity Institute, known as XGI, and an associate pro ... more

Milky Way's origins are not what they seem
Chicago IL (SPX) Jul 27, 2017 - In a first-of-its-kind analysis, Northwestern University astrophysicists have discovered that, contrary to previously standard lore, up to half of the matter in our Milky Way galaxy may come from distant galaxies. As a result, each one of us may be made in part from extragalactic matter. Using supercomputer simulations, the research team found a major and unexpected new mode for how galaxi ... more

How Light Looks Different on the Moon and What NASA Is Doing About It
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Jul 27, 2017 - Things look different on the Moon. Literally. Because the Moon isn't big enough to hold a significant atmosphere, there is no air and there are no particles in the air to reflect and scatter sunlight. On Earth, shadows in otherwise bright environments are dimly lit with indirect light from these tiny reflections. That lighting provides enough detail that we get an idea of shapes, holes and ... more

Webbcam Shows Webb Telescope Chilling in Chamber A
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 27, 2017 - The temperature of Chamber A at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston is steadily dropping, creating a frigid environment for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope that is in stark contrast to the heat of the city. You can view this contrast yourself by checking out the new temperature overlay on the Webbcam. With the Webb telescope locked away inside Chamber A, you won't see Webb itself on t ... more

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Gamma-Ray Burst Captured in Unprecedented Detail
College Park MD (SPX) Jul 26, 2017 - Gamma-ray bursts are among the most energetic and explosive events in the universe. They are also short-lived, lasting from a few milliseconds to about a minute. This has made it tough for astronomers to observe a gamma-ray burst in detail. Using a wide array of ground- and space-based telescope observations, an international team led by University of Maryland astronomers constructed one o ... more

Using powerful Dark Energy Camera, scientists reach the cosmic dawn
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 27, 2017 - Arizona State University astronomers Sangeeta Malhotra and James Rhoads, working with international teams in Chile and China, have discovered 23 young galaxies, seen as they were 800 million years after the Big Bang. The results from this sample have been recently published in the Astrophysical Journal. Long ago, about 300,000 years after the beginning of the universe (the Big Bang), the u ... more

United Launch Alliance to launch Astrobotic mission to the Moon
Pittsburgh, PA (SPX) Jul 27, 2017 - Astrobotic and United Launch Alliance report that Astrobotic's Peregrine Lunar Lander will be onboard a ULA launch vehicle in 2019, during the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. "Astrobotic is thrilled to select a ULA launch vehicle as the means to get Peregrine to the Moon," said John Thornton, CEO of Astrobotic. "By launching with ULA, Astrobotic can rest assured our payload customers will r ... more

Aerojet Rocketdyne's RS-25 Flight Controller Goes Three for Three in SLS Test
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Jul 27, 2017 - Aerojet Rocketdynehas tested its third RS-25 engine flight controller at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The RS-25 engine will propel America's next-generation heavy lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), into space. The flight controller tested is slated to fly on the inaugural mission of the SLS which will propel the Orion capsule around the Moon and safely return ... more

Large-mouthed fish dominated the seas following mass extinction
Washington (UPI) Jul 26, 2017 - A team of American and Swiss paleontologists have identified one of the earliest large predatory fish species from the Triassic period. Scientists suggest the large-mouthed fish dominated the seas in the aftermath of the Permian-Triassic extinction event. The extinction event separating the Permian and Triassic periods occurred 252 million years ago. It was the most devastating extincti ... more

Designing soft robots: Ethics-based guidelines for human-robot interactions
New Rochelle NY (SPX) Jul 27, 2017 - Soft-bodied robots offer the possibility for social engagement, and novel tactile human-robot interactions that require careful consideration of the potential for misplaced emotional attachments and personally and socially destructive behavior by users. The ethical challenges related to human-robot interactions and how these should contribute to soft robotics design in the context of socia ... more

The role of the entropy in a quantum system
Trieste, Italy (SPX) Jul 27, 2017 - A deep understanding of the irreversibility of the arrow of time cannot ignore the quantum nature of the world that surrounds us. The is the key result of the work carried out by Vincenzo Alba and Pasquale Calabrese of the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste, recently published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). According to one ... more

Natural molecule to boost the performance of electrodes for rechargeable batteries
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Jul 27, 2017 - Chlorophyll, blood, and vitamin B12 are all based on the porphyrin molecule. But porphyrin can also be used as an electrode material where it speeds up the charging process of rechargeable batteries. In the "Angewandte Chemie International Edition" journal, researchers from KIT now present the new material system that could mark the beginning of an era of high-performance energy storage and supe ... more

Pulses of electrons manipulate nanomagnets and store information
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 24, 2017 - Magnets and magnetic phenomena underpin the vast majority of modern data storage, and the measurement scales for research focused on magnetic behaviors continue to shrink with the rest of digital technology. Skyrmions, for example, are a kind of nanomagnet, comprised of a spin-correlated ensemble of electrons acting as a topological magnet on certain microscopic surfaces. The precise properties, ... more

Large single-crystal graphene is possible
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Jul 27, 2017 - Boasting the conductivity, strength and flexibility we wished for, graphene was proposed as one of the most likely substitutes for silicon and other materials. Its launch into the market however is still slow. What is curbing graphene from industrial applications? One factor is that top quality single-crystal graphene produced so far is just a couple of millimeters or maximum centimeters in size ... more

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