Too Ambitious to be True? Iran Plans to Send Humans to Space by 2016

Tehran (Sputnik) Mar 02, 2015

It was all smiles and cheers on Iran’s National Day of Space Technology, celebrated this year on February 17, as the country unveiled a prototype of a spacecraft allegedly capable of taking a human to space.

Authorities say the trial test will be conducted this year bringing the country closer to its wildest dream of sending a first astronaut where no Iranian has ever been before.

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What Big Bang? Universe May Have Had No Beginning at All

Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Mar 02, 2015

What we don’t know about the Universe… could fill the Universe. Two theoretical physicists have suggested nothing like the Big Bang played a role in the start of our universe 13.8 billion years ago, refuting Edwin Hubble’s 1929 theory that the universe was contained in a single point in space and some violent event caused it to expand.

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Watching Alloys Change from Liquid to Solid Could Lead to Better Metals

Washington DC (SPX) Mar 02, 2015

If you put a camera in the ice machine and watched water turn into ice, the process would look simple. But the mechanism behind liquids turning to solids is actually quite complex, and understanding it better could improve design and production of metals. A recent investigation aboard the International Space Station contributed to that understanding.

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Soyuz-2.1a Rocket Takes Military Satellite to Designated Orbit

Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Mar 02, 2015

A Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket put a military satellite into its designated orbit Friday, a defense ministry spokesman, Col. Alexei Zolotukhin, told RIA Novosti.

The satellite separated from the rocket some ten minutes after the liftoff from the Plesetsk space center in northwestern Russia’s Arkhangelsk Region and reached the designated orbit at 3:45 p.m. Moscow time [12:45 GMT].

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Pluto Science, on the Surface

Baltimore MD (SPX) Mar 02, 2015

New Horizons remains healthy and on course for its prime Pluto system science in July! As I write these words I am flying to a dress-rehearsal simulation (called a “sim”) of the closest approach portion of the Pluto flyby. About 40 science team members are involved-atmospheric scientists, geologists, geochemists, planetary astronomers and space physics experts. This is the second of three such m —> Read More Here

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