Recent News from the Commercial Space Gateway

(ScienceDaily) Tiny drops of 'perfect' fluid existed in the early universe

Surprisingly, smaller particles colliding with large nuclei appear to produce tiny droplets of quark-gluon plasma. Recent results show that the tiny droplets behave like a liquid not the expected gas. The results support the case that these small particles produce tiny drops of the primordial soup.   

(euronews) Astronaut Academy: keeping space crew health in check

Floating around in space may sound like fun, but it can put all sort of stresses and strains on the human body. Volker Damann is Head of the…


(Discovery News) NASA Picks Target for New Horizons' Next Flyby

After a successful flyby of Pluto in July, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will be redirected to visit a small, icy body known as 2014 MU69, located nearly a billion miles farther into the Kuiper Belt region beyond Neptune.   

(Space Fellowship) Soyuz Rocket Rolls Out Before Sept. 2 ISS Crew Launch

An international crew of three is getting ready for a two-day ride to the International Space Station. The Soyuz rocket that will lift them to space rolled out to its launch pad today at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Veteran cosmonaut Sergei Volkov will command the Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft that will launch Sept. 2 at 12:37 a.m. EDT. Joining him for the trip to the station will be first time flyers Andreas Mogensen from the European Space Agency and Aidyn Aimbetov from Kazcosmos, the  [...]

(Discovery News) Cosmos Snaps Into Dazzling Focus With Hubble Upgrade: Photos

See just how well Hubble is doing after 25 years in orbit.   

(Discovery News) The Cosmic Butterfly of Death

The butterfly shape is created by the stellar ballet of the two sun-like stars at the end of their lives.   

(ScienceDaily) Up and down quarks favored over strange ones

A suppression of strange quark production relative to up and down quark production had previously been noted; for the first time, the result has been verified when a single pair is produced.   

(euronews) Making a song and dance about robots in Russia

It can sing, it can dance, this is the droid Hollywood is looking for. Developed by British engineers, the robot goes by the name 'Thesp', but…


(Space Fellowship) Pluto in Enhanced Color

Pluto is more colorful than we can see. Color data and images of our Solar System's most famous dwarf planet, taken by the robotic New Horizons spacecraft during its flyby in July, have been digitally combined to give an enhanced view of this ancient world sporting an unexpectedly young surface. The featured enhanced color image is not only esthetically pretty but scientifically useful, making surface regions of differing chemical composition visually distinct. For example, the light-colored  [...]

(Space Fellowship) This Week On The Space Show

The Space Show, hosted by David Livingston at, will have the following guests this week: 1. Friday, September 4, 2015 Taped interviews from AIAA Space 2015 Conference. When you see the program archived, it is ready for play. 2. Sunday, Septemeber 6, 2015, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT) MARK WHITTINGTON who will be discussing his book,"Why Is It So Hard To Go Back To The Moon" comes back. Mark R. Whittington writes about space matters for the Houston Space Ex [...]

(Space Fellowship) The wings of the butterfly

The shimmering colours visible in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image show off the remarkable complexity of the Twin Jet Nebula. The new image highlights the nebula’s shells and its knots of expanding gas in striking detail. Two iridescent lobes of material stretch outwards from a central star system. Within these lobes two huge jets of gas are streaming from the star system at speeds in excess of one million kilometres per hour. The cosmic butterfly pictured in this NASA/ESA Hubble  [...]

(Discovery News) Chaos Tamed with New Math Definition

A mathematical way to describe chaotic systems uses a simple numerical scale to show if things might fly out of control.   

(Space Fellowship) M31: The Andromeda Galaxy

What is the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way Galaxy? Andromeda. In fact, our Galaxy is thought to look much like Andromeda. Together these two galaxies dominate the Local Group of galaxies. The diffuse light from Andromeda is caused by the hundreds of billions of stars that compose it. The several distinct stars that surround Andromeda's image are actually stars in our Galaxy that are well in front of the background object. Andromeda is frequently referred to as M31 since it is the  [...]

(Space Fellowship) The Seagull Nebula

A broad expanse of glowing gas and dust presents a bird-like visage to astronomers from planet Earth, suggesting its popular moniker - The Seagull Nebula. This portrait of the cosmic bird covers a 1.6 degree wide swath across the plane of the Milky Way, near the direction of Sirius, alpha star of the constellation Canis Major. Of course, the region includes objects with other catalog designations: notably NGC 2327, a compact, dusty emission region with an embedded massive star that forms the [...]

(Space Fellowship) ILS Proton Successfully Launches Inmarsat-5 F3 Satellite

The Final Global Xpress Satellite Launch in 3-constellation Series. BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan – An International Launch Services (ILS) Proton Breeze M successfully placed the Inmarsat-5 F3 (I-5 F3) satellite into a super-synchronous transfer orbit (SSTO) today. The spacecraft was launched for Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. I-5 F3 is the third of Inmarsat’s next-generation Global Xpress satellites, which launched on an ILS Proton. T [...]

(Discovery News) Beyond Sunday's 'Supermoon': Lunar Perigee Science

You'll probably hear a lot about a 'supermoon' over the next few months. This is not a term that astronomers use, but here are some facts about what will actually happen.   

(Space Fellowship) Completed Soyuz Relocation Sets Stage for New Station Crew

International Space Station Expedition 44 Commander Gennady Padalka of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineers Scott Kelly of NASA and Mikhail Kornienko of Roscosmos docked their Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft to the orbiting laboratory’s Zvezda service module at 3:30 a.m. EDT. The crew members undocked from the Poisk module at 3:12 a.m. The move of the Soyuz spacecraft clears the Poisk module for the arrival of Expedition 45 crew member Sergei Volkov of Roscosmos, and v [...]

(Discovery News) Hubble Sees Galaxies Undergo Dramatic Metamorphosis

From round disks to oval clusters; many galaxies in the Universe have undergone a dramatic transformation over the past eight billion years or so.   

(Discovery News) Black Holes Slug it Out in Quasar Deathmatch

In a galaxy, 600 million light-years away, a black hole deathmatch is ripping up spacetime, exposing some fascinating dynamics at the heart of a powerful quasar.   

(Space Fellowship) NASA Concludes Series of Engine Tests for Next-Gen Rocket

NASA has completed the first developmental test series on the RS-25 engines that will power the agency’s new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on missions deeper into space than ever before. The test series wrapped up Thursday with a seventh hot fire test of a developmental RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test Stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The test ran for a full-duration 535 seconds. “The completion of this test series is an important step in getting  [...]

(Space Fellowship) Puppis A Supernova Remnant

Driven by the explosion of a massive star, supernova remnant Puppis A is blasting into the surrounding interstellar medium about 7,000 light-years away. At that distance, this colorful telescopic field based on broadband and narrowband optical image data is about 60 light-years across. As the supernova remnant expands into its clumpy, non-uniform surroundings, shocked filaments of oxygen atoms glow in green-blue hues. Hydrogen and nitrogen are in red. Light from the initial supernova itself, [...]

(Space Fellowship) Interstellar Seeds Could Create Oases of Life

We only have one example of a planet with life: Earth. But within the next generation, it should become possible to detect signs of life on planets orbiting distant stars. If we find alien life, new questions will arise. For example, did that life arise spontaneously? Or could it have spread from elsewhere? If life crossed the vast gulf of interstellar space long ago, how would we tell? New research by Harvard astrophysicists shows that if life can travel between the stars (a process called p [...]

(ScienceDaily) Astrophysicist find supermassive black holes in quasar nearest Earth

Astrophysicists have found two supermassive black holes in Markarian 231, the nearest quasar to Earth. The discovery of two supermassive black holes -- one larger one and a second, smaller one -- are evidence of a binary black hole and suggests that supermassive black holes assemble their masses through violent mergers.   

(Space Fellowship) Spacecraft Moving to New Port Before New Crew Launches

The six-person Expedition 44 space station crew is getting ready to expand to nine people next week. A docked Soyuz vehicle will be moved early Friday morning making room for a new Soyuz spacecraft carrying Sergei Volkov, a new Expedition 45 crew member, and two visiting crew members Andreas Mogensen and Aidyn Aimbetov. The orbital residents will shift their schedules tonight as One-Year crew members Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko join Commander Gennady Padalka for a short Soyuz ride from  [...]

(Discovery News) Could Alien Life Spread 'Like a Virus' to the Stars?

As astronomical techniques become more advanced, a team of astrophysicists think they will be able to not only detect the signatures of alien life in exoplanetary atmospheres, but also track its relentless spread throughout the galaxy.   

(ScienceDaily) Interstellar seeds could create oases of life

Astrophysicists now show that if life can travel between the stars (a process called panspermia), it would spread in a characteristic pattern that we could potentially identify.   

(euronews) Print your own future fashion at home

Israeli designer Danit Peleg has created an entire fashion collection on a 3D home printer, opening the door for other people around the world to…


(ScienceDaily) Discovering dust-obscured active galaxies as they grow

Astronomers have performed an extensive search for Dust Obscured Galaxies (DOGs). The research group discovered 48 DOGs, and has measured how common they are. Since DOGs are thought to harbor a rapidly growing black hole in their centers, these results give us clues for understanding the evolution of galaxies and supermassive black holes.   

(ScienceDaily) Astronomers unravel the history of galaxies for the first time

A team of international scientists has shown for the first time that galaxies can change their structure over the course of their lifetime.   

(ScienceDaily) New theory leads to 'radiationless revolution'

Physicists have found a radical new way confine electromagnetic energy without it leaking away, akin to throwing a pebble into a pond with no splash.The theory could have broad ranging applications from explaining dark matter to combating energy losses in future technologies.