Friday, December 15, 2017

Space and The Cosmos

  • NASA Funds Flight for Space Medical Technology on Blue Origin
    Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Dec 15, 2017 Blue Origin successfully launched its New Shepard reusable space vehicle on Dec. 12 carrying a medical technology that could potentially treat chest trauma in a space environment. The New Shepard reusable vertical takeoff and vertical landing space vehicle was launched with the experimental technology from Blue Origin's West Texas launch site. In addition to NASA funding non-government res ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Thursday, December 14th, 2017
  • Will Trump send Americans to the Moon? Money talks: experts
    Miami (AFP) Dec 14, 2017 US President Donald Trump's decision this week to return Americans to the Moon makes sense as a way to develop technology to one day reach Mars, but only if Congress allocates the money, experts say. Reviving an American program to explore the Moon is seen as a way to boost jobs and morale at home, while encouraging international collaboration with Europe, Japan, China and India - all eager ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Thursday, December 14th, 2017
  • Does New Horizons’ Next Target Have a Moon?
    Laurel MD (SPX) Dec 13, 2017 Scientists were already excited to learn this summer that New Horizons' next flyby target - a Kuiper Belt object a billion miles past Pluto - might be either peanut-shaped or even two objects orbiting one another. Now new data hints that 2014 MU69 might have company: a small moon. That's the latest theory coming from NASA's New Horizons team, as it continues to analyze telescope data on th ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Thursday, December 14th, 2017
  • Bright Areas on Ceres Suggest Geologic Activity
    Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 13, 2017 If you could fly aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft, the surface of dwarf planet Ceres would generally look quite dark, but with notable exceptions. These exceptions are the hundreds of bright areas that stand out in images Dawn has returned. Now, scientists have a better sense of how these reflective areas formed and changed over time - processes indicative of an active, evolving world. "The m ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Thursday, December 14th, 2017
  • Life’s building blocks observed in spacelike environment
    College Park, Maryland (SPX) Dec 13, 2017 Where do the molecules required for life originate? It may be that small organic molecules first appeared on Earth and were later combined into larger molecules, such as proteins and carbohydrates. But a second possibility is that they originated in space, possibly within our solar system. A new study, published this week in The Journal of Chemical Physics, from AIP Publishing, shows that a numb ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Thursday, December 14th, 2017
  • New manifestation of magnetic monopoles discovered
    Vienna, Austria (SPX) Dec 14, 2017 The startling similarity between the physical laws describing electric phenomena and those describing magnetic phenomena has been known since the 19th century. However, one piece that would make the two perfectly symmetric was missing: magnetic monopoles. While magnetic monopoles in the form of elementary particles remain elusive, there have been some recent successes in engineering objects that ... Read more...
    Source: Space DailyPublished on Thursday, December 14th, 2017
  • NanoRacks Integrates Largest New Shepard Payload Manifest to Date
    Van Horn, TX (SPX) Dec 15, 2017 NanoRacks is pleased to have taken part in yet another successful Blue Origin New Shepard space vehicle mission. This morning marked New Shepard's 7th flight, and the third flight in which NanoRacks has managed customer payload integration. As a part of the NanoRacks teaming agreement with Blue Origin, the Company partakes in both business development and payload integration. Payload ... Read more...
    Source: Space DailyPublished on Thursday, December 14th, 2017
  • Two Embry-Riddle Research Payloads Traveled to Suborbital Space on Blue Origin’s New Shepard Rocket
    Daytona Beach FL (SPX) Dec 15, 2017 For less than four minutes at the edge of space, T-cells from mice in an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University experiment in partnership with the University of Texas Health Science Center and the Medical University of South Carolina were exposed to microgravity onboard a successful Blue Origin launch in the hope of one day finding new treatments for cancer. The payload from Embry-Riddle's D ... Read more...
    Source: Space DailyPublished on Thursday, December 14th, 2017
  • Most Distant Supermassive Black Hole Found
    Washington DC (SPX) Dec 14, 2017 A team of astronomers led by Carnegie's Eduardo Banados used Carnegie's Magellan telescopes to discover the most-distant supermassive black hole ever observed. It resides in a luminous quasar and its light reaches us from when the universe was only 5 percent of its current age - just 690 million years after the Big Bang. Their findings are published by Nature. Quasars are tremendously brig ... Read more...
    Source: Space DailyPublished on Thursday, December 14th, 2017
  • Model of Galaxy and Star Cluster Formation Is Rectified
    Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Dec 14, 2017 When galaxy clusters and globular star clusters form, a phenomenon called "violent relaxation" occurs. After interacting intensely, the thousands or even millions of bodies reach a state of relative gravitational equilibrium and a fairly long-lasting spatial distribution. A new study by Brazilian researchers argues that astrophysicists' understanding of violent relaxation is wrong and sets ... Read more...
    Source: Space DailyPublished on Thursday, December 14th, 2017
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