XCOR Announces Further Progress on XCOR Lynx Spacecraft

Mojave CA (SPX) Dec 19, 2014

The XCOR Lynx suborbital spacecraft continues to make rapid progress towards final assembly. Immediately after bonding the cockpit to the fuselage, the shop crews set up for the delicate and precise operation of bonding the carry-through spar on to the rear end of the Lynx fuselage.

“The carry-through spar is the heart of the loading structure on any winged craft – it supports the primary —> Read More Here

Signs of Europa Plumes Remain Elusive in Search of Cassini Data

Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 19, 2014

A fresh look at data collected by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft during its 2001 flyby of Jupiter shows that Europa’s tenuous atmosphere is even thinner than previously thought and also suggests that the thin, hot gas around the moon does not show evidence of plume activity occurring at the time of the flyby.

The new research provides a snapshot of Europa’s state of activity at that time, and s —> Read More Here

Preparing for an asteroid strike

Paris (ESA) Dec 19, 2014

ESA and national disaster response offices recently rehearsed how to react if a threatening space rock is ever discovered to be on a collision course with Earth.

Last month, experts from ESA’s Space Situational Awareness (SSA) programme and Europe’s national disaster response organisations met for a two-day exercise on what to do if an asteroid is ever found to be heading our way.

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NASA, SpaceX Update Launch of Fifth SpaceX Resupply Mission to ISS

Washington DC (SPX) Dec 19, 2014

NASA and SpaceX report that the launch of SpaceX’s fifth commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station now will occur no earlier than Tuesday, Jan. 6.

The new launch date will provide SpaceX engineers time to investigate further issues that arose from a static fire test of the Falcon 9 rocket on Dec. 16 and will avoid beta angle constraints for berthing the Dragon —> Read More Here

NASA, Planetary Scientists Find Meteoritic Evidence of Mars Water Reservoir

Washington DC (SPX) Dec 19, 2014

NASA and an international team of planetary scientists have found evidence in meteorites on Earth that indicates Mars has a distinct and global reservoir of water or ice near its surface.

Though controversy still surrounds the origin, abundance and history of water on Mars, this discovery helps resolve the question of where the “missing Martian water” may have gone. Scientists continue to —> Read More Here

NASA’s Kepler Reborn, Makes First Exoplanet Find of New Mission

Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 19, 2014

NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft makes a comeback with the discovery of the first exoplanet found using its new mission – K2. The discovery was made when astronomers and engineers devised an ingenious way to repurpose Kepler for the K2 mission and continue its search of the cosmos for other worlds.

“Last summer, the possibility of a scientifically productive mission for Kepler afte —> Read More Here

NASA Data Underscore Severity of California Drought

Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 19, 2014

It will take about 11 trillion gallons of water (42 cubic kilometers) – around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir – to recover from California’s continuing drought, according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data.

The finding was part of a sobering update on the state’s drought made possible by space and airborne measurements and presented by NASA scientists De —> Read More Here

ISS Experiment May Hold Key to Alzheimer’s Cause

Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Dec 19, 2014

An experiment housed in a 4-inch cube destined for launch to the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX CRS-5 cargo resupply mission could become a key step in the progress toward understanding Alzheimer’s disease and similar conditions and ultimately figuring out a way to stop them.

Called SABOL, short for Self-Assembly in Biology and the Origin of Life: A Study into Alzheimer’s, t —> Read More Here

All Four O3B CommSats Put Into Orbit

Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 19, 2014

All four European communication satellites were put into orbit by a Russian-made Soyuz ST-B rocket from the Kourou space center in French Guiana, a spokesperson for the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, said Friday.

“Thus, the Russian part of the program – putting four foreign satellites [into orbit] – has been fully implemented,” Roscosmos representative told RIA Novosti.

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Million Mummy Discovery Disputed In Egypt

A massive cemetery with up to 1 million mummies has reportedly been found in Egypt, but the announcement of the discovery apparently landed a U.S. research team in hot water, and possibly even kicked off the project.

Archaeologists from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, said the bodies date from between the 1st century and 7th century A.D., when Egypt was controlled by the Roman and Byzantine empires. These mummies didn’t belong to the Egyptian elite, but to the poor.

“A lot of their wealth, as little as they had, was poured into these burials,” BYU Egypt Excavation Project director Kerry Muhlestein said, according to LiveScience.

So far, 1,700 mummies have been found; yet given the size of the cemetery and density of the bodies, the team believes there are many more.

β€œThe cemetery is very large, and so far seems to maintain that kind of burial density throughout,” Muhlestein said, according to KSL.com. β€œThus the math suggests that there are over a million mummies in the cemetery.”

Muhlestein recently described some of the burials at a conference in Toronto.

“We once found a male who was over 7 feet tall who was far too tall to —> Read More Here

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