San Diego CA (SPX) Dec 26, 2014
A new analysis of a Martian rock that meteorite hunters plucked from an Antarctic ice field 30 years ago this month reveals a record of the planet’s climate billions of years ago, back when water likely washed across its surface and any life that ever formed there might have emerged.
Scientists from the University of California, San Diego, NASA and the Smithsonian Institution report detail
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 26, 2014
Any way you slice it, space exploration – done right – requires an inordinate range of technical expertise. From designing the spacecraft, the mission proposal and the circuit boards to testing the flight software and putting together budgets, sending something, anything, into the cosmos depends on good people who know their job.
“Although significantly smaller in size, CubeSats contain
Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Dec 26, 2014
The Russian Global Navigation Satellite System (Glonass) will provide Brazilians with an alternative to the American Global Positioning System (GPS), giving them more localized data and stability, the Glonass project coordinator in Brazil told Sputnik.
“Brazil will have an alternative to GPS as a civil-use localization system. So all Brazilians will be able to access this system, and this
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 26, 2014
“This is what space science is all about,” said NASA photographer Chris Gunn, who captured a photo from outside the enormous mouth of NASA’s giant thermal vacuum chamber called Chamber A at Johnson Space Center in Houston. Previously used for manned spaceflight missions, this historic chamber is now filled with engineers and technicians preparing for one of NASA’s biggest missions, the James Web
Baltimore MD (SPX) Dec 26, 2014
This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the galaxy IC 335 in front of a backdrop of distant galaxies. IC 335 is part of a galaxy group containing three other galaxies, and located in the Fornax Galaxy Cluster 60 million light-years away.
As seen in this image, the disk of IC 335 appears edge-on from the vantage point of Earth. This makes it harder for astronomers to classify i
Brooklyn, NY (SPX) Dec 26, 2014
Final Frontier Design (FFD) is proud to announce the signing of a Space Act Agreement (SAA) with NASA to collaborate on the development, design review, and testing of its launch and re-entry space suit for orbital space flight.
NASA’s Collaborations for Commercial Space Capabilities (CCSC) initiative is designed to advance private sector development of integrated space capabilities, for em
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XCOR hopes to fly its spacecraft next year – and could beat Virgin Galactic to ferry the first paying passengers into space.
Scientists have discovered 12 new genetic causes of developmental disorders.They will ultimately analyze data from 12,000 families. The article describes results from the first 1133 samples, which have increased the proportion of patients that can be diagnosed by 10 per cent.
Digging up fascinating and unlikely facts is all in a day’s work for Stephen Fry’s little helpers. But how do they do it? New Scientist visited their workshop (full text available to subscribers)