UAE Launches NanoSatellite Outreach Program

Dubai, UAE (SPX) Nov 30, 2015

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has launched the NanoSatellite Outreach Program (NSOP), which provides the opportunity for all universities across the UAE to nominate a group of their students to design, build and launch a nanometric satellite in coordination with the Centre.

The program is primarily designed to enhance the capabilities and skills of university students from v —> Read More

The hottest white dwarf in the Galaxy

Tubingen, Germany (SPX) Nov 27, 2015

Astronomers at the Universities of Tubingen and Potsdam have identified the hottest white dwarf ever discovered in our Galaxy. With a temperature of 250,000 degrees Celsius, this dying star at the outskirts of the Milky Way has already even entered its cooling phase.

The researchers also were the first to observe an intergalactic gas cloud moving towards the Milky Way – indicating that gal —> Read More

The Ins and Outs of NASA’s First Launch of SLS and Orion

Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2015

NASA is hard at work building the Orion spacecraft, Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the ground systems needed to send astronauts into deep space. The agency is developing the core capabilities needed to enable the journey to Mars.

Orion’s first flight atop the SLS will not have humans aboard, but it paves the way for future missions with astronauts. Ultimately, it will help NASA prepa —> Read More

Russia, Kazakhstan deciding on rocket carriers for Baiterek Space Complex

Moscow (Sputnik) Nov 30, 2015

Russia and Kazakhstan will decide which type of rocket carrier to use for the Baiterek Space Complex under construction within the next two months, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Friday.

“We decided to create a joint research group that will work over the next two months and give proposals on the most optimal rocket carrier to use that we have today, which is the Proton, —> Read More

China launches Yaogan-29 remote sensing satellite

Taiyuan (XNA) Nov 30, 2015

China’s Yaogan-29 remote sensing satellite was launched on Thursday at 5:24 a.m. from Taiyuan launch site in Shanxi Province, north China.

The satellite will be used for experiments, land surveys, crop yield estimates and disaster relief.

Yaogan-29 was carried by a Long March-4C rocket, the 219th mission for the Long March rocket family.

China launched the first “Yaogan” series —> Read More

American Nobel Laureates Feted at the ‘Oscars’ of DC


Our nation’s capital had the honor of feting the four American Nobel Laureates before they head to Oslo for the official celebration: Dr. William C. Campbell (Medicine), Dr. Aziz Sancar and Dr. Paul L. Modrich (Chemistry), and Dr. Angus Deaton (Economics). The Laureates and their families had a big day in fine tradition: first, a symposium at The House of Sweden where they explained (or more accurately, made their first of many attempts at explaining) the work for which they were awarded the prize. You’d never think that a Nobel Laureate would struggle with anything, but struggle they did… simplifying 40, 50, 60+ year careers down to three minutes is not easy! But, as our host, Ambassador, H.E. Björn Lyrvall said, this is only a practice round before the Laureates give their full lectures in early December. And it was a practice round for all those in the audience as well, to help us learn what it takes to be a Nobel Laureate and how their achievements impact our society.

The Ambassador of Sweden H.E. Björn Lyrvall, IFE Digital Ambassador Devika Patil, IFE Founder & CEO Coach Kathy Kemper, IFE Fellow Joanne Ke, IFE Distinguished Fellow The Honorable Dr. R. David Edelman, US First Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil and co-host of CNBC’s Make Me a Millionaire Inventor George Zaidan.

Then the Nobels all met with President Obama in The Oval Office, where they discussed their work and the situation of science and research in the U.S. Finally, they ended the day at a sumptuous black tie dinner hosted by the Swedish Ambassador, H.E. Björn Lyrvall, and the Norwegian Ambassador, H.E. Kåre R. Aas at the stately Swedish Residence. At the dinner, which all consider to be the OSCARS of DC, the Laureates poked fun at themselves and each other, but —> Read More

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