Schker-blop! The sound of a comet touchdown

Paris (AFP) Nov 20, 2014
No trumpet sounded to mark the historic event – instead, it was a hollow, springy plop which heralded last week’s landing by the comet probe Philae.

Scientists at the German space agency DLR on Thursday said they had recorded vibrations from sensors on Philae’s three legs as the robot lab touched down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

There is no sound in space, so the team transcribe —> Read More Here

Russia studies construction of its own orbital station

Moscow (XNA) Nov 20, 2014

Russia’s federal space agency Roscosmos is studying several options of creating a brand-new Russian orbital station, which could replace the International Space Station (ISS), deputy chief of Roscosmos Denis Lyskov said Monday.

“We are looking into various options, while building an orbital station as a substitute for ISS is one of them,” Lyskov said without giving any further details. —> Read More Here

Physicists suggest new way to detect dark matter

Odense, Denmark (SPX) Nov 20, 2014

For years physicists have been looking for the universe’s elusive dark matter, but so far no one has seen any trace of it. Maybe we are looking in the wrong place? Now physicists from University of Southern Denmark propose a new technique to detect dark matter.

The universe consists of atoms and particles – and a whole lot more that still needs to be detected. We can only speculate about t —> Read More Here

NASA Selects Student Teams for High-Powered Rocket Challenge

Washington DC (SPX) Nov 21, 2014

NASA has selected eight teams from middle and high schools across the country to participate in the 2014-2015 NASA Student Launch Challenge, April 7-12, organized by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

The Student Launch Challenge engages students in a research-based, experiential exploration activity. Teams participating in the challenge must design, build and laun —> Read More Here

Gravity may have saved the universe after the Big Bang

London, UK (SPX) Nov 20, 2014

New research by a team of European physicists could explain why the universe did not collapse immediately after the Big Bang. Studies of the Higgs particle – discovered at CERN in 2012 and responsible for giving mass to all particles – have suggested that the production of Higgs particles during the accelerating expansion of the very early universe (inflation) should have led to instability and —> Read More Here

Did Philae Drill The Comet?

Paris (ESA) Nov 20, 2014

Philae’s Sampling, Drilling and Distribution (SD2) subsystem was activated towards the end of the surface operations that Philae performed on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko last week, despite fears that it might alter the lander’s precarious position following its third touchdown. Here we present the latest update from the SD2 team.

SD2’s goal was to drill into the comet surface in order —> Read More Here

Cosmodrome construction falls behind schedule

Moscow (XNA) Nov 20, 2014

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday blame government officials for slow progress in the construction of the new Vostochny space center in the Far Eastern Amur region.

“Implementation of the space center falls behind the schedule,” Medvedev said during a meeting with deputy ministers, adding that problems in the construction process would be discussed soon with the leadership o —> Read More Here

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