Stardust shows gold and uranium alchemy in stars less than expected

Jerusalem, Israel (SPX) Jan 26, 2015

Researchers combing the ocean depths have made a surprising discovery about the frequency with which stars beyond our solar system produce special heavy elements such as gold and uranium.

Stellar explosions such as supernovae or star collisions emit extremely bright light and vast amounts of energy and heavy matter. Half of the heavy elements in nature, including gold and uranium, are crea —> Read More Here

Rare view of three moons casting shadows on Jupiter

Los Angeles (UPI) Jan 24, 2015

The shadows of three moons orbiting Jupiter were viewable on Friday night.
The event was streamed live on the Griffith Observatory website from California.
The shadow of Callisto came first, followed by Io and Europa. The event lasted for roughly 25 minutes. This kind of event will not occur again until 2032.
Jupiter is said to have 67 moons, which makes it the planet with —> Read More Here

Planetary Society announces test flight for LightSail

Pasadena, CA (SPX) Jan 26, 2015

The Planetary Society today announced the first of its LightSail spacecraft will embark on a May 2015 test flight. Funded entirely by private citizens, the solar sail satellite will hitch a ride to space aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The mission will test LightSail’s critical functions, a precursor to a second mission slated for 2016. That secon —> Read More Here

New research re-creates planet formation in the lab

Livermore CA (SPX) Jan 26, 2015

New laser-driven compression experiments reproduce the conditions deep inside exotic super-Earths and giant planet cores, and the conditions during the violent birth of Earth-like planets, documenting the material properties that determined planets’ formation and evolution processes.

The experiments, reported in Science, reveal the unusual properties of silica – the key constituent of rock —> Read More Here

NASA craft set to beam home close-ups of Pluto

Washington (AFP) Jan 25, 2015

Nine years after leaving Earth, the New Horizons spacecraft is at last drawing close to Pluto and on Sunday was expected to start shooting photographs of the dwarf planet.

The first mission to Pluto began in January 2006 when an Atlas V rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida and hauled the piano-sized New Horizons craft away from Earth and on a three-billion mile journey.

“New —> Read More Here

More Astronauts for China

Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jan 26, 2015

The next Chinese crewed space mission won’t fly until 2016. China is expected to send a crew of three astronauts to the Tiangong 2 space laboratory, which is expected to launch in the same year.

Right now, nobody knows who will be aboard the Shenzhou 11 spacecraft, which will carry these astronauts to the laboratory. The Chinese themselves probably won’t even have a rough idea for at least —> Read More Here

Microsoft HoloLens goggles captivate with holograms

San Francisco (AFP) Jan 25, 2015

Microsoft’s HoloLens goggles have hit a sweet spot between Google Glass and virtual reality headgear, immersing users in a mesmerizing world of augmented reality holograms.

The glasses, which the US technology titan sprang on an unsuspecting press this week, elicited descriptions such as “magical” and “unbelievable,” the first time in a while such praise was heaped on a Microsoft creation. —> Read More Here

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