Recent News from the Commercial Space Gateway

(Space Fellowship) Space Station Module Relocation Makes Way for Commercial Crew Spacecraft

The International Space Station Program will take the next step in expanding a robust commercial market in low-Earth orbit when work continues Wednesday, May 27, to prepare the orbiting laboratory for the future arrival of U.S. commercial crew and cargo vehicles. NASA Television will provide live coverage of the activity beginning at 8 a.m. EDT. NASA is in the process of reconfiguring the station to create primary and back up docking ports for U.S. commercial crew spacecraft currently in deve [...]
  

(Space Fellowship) NASA's Curiosity Rover Adjusts Route Up Martian Mountain

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover climbed a hill Thursday to approach an alternative site for investigating a geological boundary, after a comparable site proved hard to reach. The drive of about 72 feet (22 meters) up slopes as steep as 21 degrees brought Curiosity close to a target area where two distinctive types of bedrock meet. The rover science team wants to examine an outcrop that contains the contact between the pale rock unit the mission analyzed lower on Mount Sharp and a darker, bedded r [...]
  

(Discovery News) Strange 'Nasty' Star May Be Spawned by Cannibalism

An ongoing act of cosmic cannibalism may be responsible for the strange appearance and unprecedented behavior of a gigantic star nicknamed Nasty 1.   

(Discovery News) World's Largest Particle Collider Busts Record

After a two-year upgrade, the Large Hadron Collider smashed particles at record-breaking energy levels.   

(Discovery News) DNews: Why Does Earth Only Have One Moon?

Pluto is 1/6th the size of Earth, but it has 5 moons. Jupiter has 67. Why does the Earth have just 1 moon?   

(Discovery News) 'Tomorrowland' Draws from NASA Past and Future

The feature film juxtaposes the end of NASA's space shuttle program in 2011 with the space age future Walt Disney envisioned when he opened Tomorrowland in 1955.   

(Discovery News) Is It a UFO? Sun Halo Sparks Fear, Jokes in Mexico

A rainbow-like halo surrounded the sun over Mexico City on Thursday, an optical phenomenon that triggered a social media frenzy.   

(euronews) Recharging without cables: the road ahead for electric cars

Electric vehicles are undoubtedly a form of transport with a future, but many technical challenges have to be overcome before they replace petrol and…




  

(euronews) Do you know: what is an unplugged vehicule?

Well, much more than a vehicle without plugs. Listen to this German industrial engineer and let yourself be transported to the wireless future of...…




  

(Space Fellowship) A Dark and Dusty Sky

In the dusty sky toward the constellation Taurus and the Orion Arm of our Milky Way Galaxy, this broad mosaic follows dark and faint reflection nebulae along the region's fertile molecular cloud. The six degree wide field of view starts with long dark nebula LDN 1495 stretching from the lower left, and extends beyond the (upside down) bird-like visage of the Baby Eagle Nebula, LBN 777, at lower right. Small bluish reflection nebulae surround scattered fainter Taurus stars, sights often skipp [...]
  

(euronews) Mars mystery: ExoMars mission to finally resolve question of life on red planet

The ExoMars 2016 mission will try to answer one of the toughest and most intriguing questions of space exploration: is there or has there ever been…




  

(euronews) The Astronaut Academy: "If anything goes wrong, it goes really wrong"

Sitting on top of a rocket and blast into space requires mental as well as physical strength. So we put the question to Denmark's Andreas Mogensen:…




  

(Commercial Space Watch) NASA Research Returns to Earth Aboard SpaceX Dragon

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:42 p.m. EDT Thursday with almost 3,100 pounds of NASA cargo from the International Space Station, including research on how spaceflight and microgravity affect the aging process and bone health.

  

(Discovery News) Ceres' Mysterious Bright Spots May Be Light Reflected by Ice

Newly released pictures, taken when Dawn was about 4,500 miles from Ceres, confirm that the bright areas are patches of sunlight bouncing off ...something.   

(ScienceDaily) Most luminous galaxy in universe discovered

A remote galaxy shining brightly with infrared light equal to more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. The galaxy, which belongs to a new class of objects recently discovered by WISE -- nicknamed extremely luminous infrared galaxies, or ELIRGs -- is the most luminous galaxy found to date.   

(ScienceDaily) One-of-a-kind star discovered, nicknamed 'Nasty'

Astronomers have spent decades trying to determine the oddball behavior of an aging star nicknamed "Nasty 1" residing in our Milky Way galaxy. Looking at the star using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers had expected to see a bipolar outflow of twin lobes of gas from the star. The astronomers were surprised, however, to find a pancake-shaped disk of gas encircling the star. The vast disk is nearly 1,000 times the diameter of our solar system.   

(Space Fellowship) Hubble Observes One-of-a-Kind Star Nicknamed 'Nasty'

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered surprising new clues about a hefty, rapidly aging star whose behavior has never been seen before in our Milky Way galaxy. In fact, the star is so weird that astronomers have nicknamed it "Nasty 1," a play on its catalogue name of NaSt1. The star may represent a brief transitory stage in the evolution of extremely massive stars. First discovered several decades ago, Nasty 1 was identified as a Wolf-Rayet star, a rapidly evolving st [...]
  

(Space Fellowship) NASA's WISE Spacecraft Discovers Most Luminous Galaxy in Universe

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). The galaxy is the most luminous galaxy found to date and belongs to a new class of objects recently discovered by WISE -- extremely luminous infrared galaxies, or ELIRGs. "We are looking at a very intense phase of galaxy evolution," said Chao-Wei Tsai of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, lead author of a new  [...]
  

(Space Fellowship) Dragon Splashes Down in Pacific On Time

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo craft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:42 p.m. EDT, about 155 miles southwest of Long Beach, California, marking the end of the company’s sixth contracted cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. The spacecraft is returning more than 3,100 pounds of NASA cargo and science samples from the International Space Station. A boat will take the Dragon spacecraft to a port near Los Angeles, where some cargo will be removed and returned to NASA withi [...]
  

(Space Fellowship) Dragon Released for Pacific Splashdown

The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was released from the International Space Station’s robotic arm at 7:04 a.m. EDT. The capsule will begin a series of departure burns and maneuvers to move beyond the 656-foot (200-meter) “keep out sphere” around the station and begin its return trip to Earth. The capsule is currently scheduled to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean at 12:42 p.m., about 155 miles southwest of Long Beach, California. [...]
  

(Discovery News) Planet Earth Flag Designed to Place on Other Planets

A Swedish university student has created a design for an International Flag of Planet Earth that could be planted on alien worlds.   

(euronews) Evidence of ancient wine found in Georgia a vintage quaffed some 6,000 years BC

Archaeologists are hard at work sifting through the dirt at a dig in Imiri, south-eastern Georgia. The scientists believe that the site contains…




  

(euronews) Drones are perfect protectors for endangered elephants

A drone hovers above Tanzania's Tarangire National Park its function is to herd on-the-move elephants away from danger. The bee-like buzzing ushers…
  

(Space Fellowship) NGC 6240: Merging Galaxies

NGC 6240 offers a rare, nearby glimpse of a cosmic catastrophe in its final throes. The titanic galaxy-galaxy collision takes place a mere 400 million light-years away in the constellation Ophiuchus. The merging galaxies spew distorted tidal tails of stars, gas, and dust and undergo fast and furious bursts of star formation. The two supermassive black holes in the original galactic cores will also coalesce into a single, even more massive black hole and soon, only one large galaxy will remai [...]
  

(ScienceDaily) Galaxy’s snacking habits revealed

Astronomers have caught a greedy galaxy gobbling on its neighbors and leaving crumbs of evidence about its dietary past.   

(ScienceDaily) Is there life out there? Distant moons may provide the answer

Researchers who have modeled planetary systems far beyond our own solar system have found that massive moons larger than Mars might be the best bet in the search for life beyond Earth.   

(Commercial Space Watch) ULA Launches X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle for USAF

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket successfully launched the Air Force Space Command 5 (AFSPC-5) satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 11:05 a.m. EDT today.

  

(ScienceDaily) Supernova ignition surprises scientists

Scientists have captured the early death throes of supernovae for the first time and found that the universe's benchmark explosions are much more varied than expected.The scientists used the Kepler space telescope to photograph three type 1a supernovae in the earliest stages of ignition. They then tracked the explosions in detail to full brightness around three weeks later, and the subsequent decline over the next few months.   

(ScienceDaily) Supernova collides with its companion star

Type Ia supernovae, one of the most dazzling phenomena in the universe, are produced when small dense stars called white dwarfs explode with ferocious intensity. At their peak, these supernovae can outshine an entire galaxy. Although thousands of supernovae of this kind were found in the last decades, the process by which a white dwarf becomes one has been unclear.   

(Space Fellowship) ULA Successfully Launches X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle for the U.S. Air Force

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket successfully launched the Air Force Space Command 5 (AFSPC-5) satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 11:05 a.m. EDT today from Space Launch Complex-41. The rocket carried the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle or OTV, a reliable, reusable, unmanned space test platform for the U.S. Air Force. “ULA is honored to launch this unique spacecraft for the U.S Air Force. Congratulations to the Air Force and all of our mis [...]
  

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