Recent News from the Commercial Space Gateway

(ScienceDaily) Arrow of time: New understanding of causality, free choice, and why we remember the past but not the future

Theoretical physicists have developed a fully-symmetric formulation of quantum theory which establishes an exact link between asymmetry and the fact that we can remember the past but not the future.   

(ScienceDaily) Lobster-eye imager detects soft X-ray emissions

A group of scientists have described developing and launching their imager, which centers on "Lobster-Eye optics," as well as its capabilities and future applications in space exploration.   

(Discovery News) DNews: Is There a Bermuda Triangle in Space?

There might not be ships crashing in it, but there is a region of space where computers crash, telescopes can't function, and satellites shutdown.   

(Discovery News) Poor Pilot Training Blamed for Virgin Galactic Crash

Crash investigators have found Scaled Composites responsible for the fatal SpaceShipTwo accident that claimed the life of the vehicle's test pilot last year.   

(Space Fellowship) Russian and U.S. Spacesuit Work Ahead of August Spacewalk

Two cosmonauts are getting ready for the first spacewalk from the International Space Station since March. Two NASA astronauts are also working to bring a U.S. spacesuit back to service. The three newest Expedition 44 crew members joined Commander Gennady Padalka during their afternoon for a familiarization session with emergency equipment inside the orbital lab. Having arrived just last week, new flight engineers Oleg Kononenko, Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui are still getting used to their n [...]

(Space Fellowship) NASA Mars Orbiter Preparing for Mars Lander's 2016 Arrival

With its biggest orbit maneuver since 2006, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) will prepare this week for the arrival of NASA's next Mars lander, InSight, next year. A planned 77-second firing of six intermediate-size thrusters on July 29 will adjust the orbit timing of the veteran spacecraft so it will be in position to receive radio transmissions from InSight as the newcomer descends through the Martian atmosphere and touches down on Sept. 28, 2016. These six rocket engines, which wer [...]

(euronews) Making theatre personal - a world premiere for surtitling glasses in Avignon

If you've watched an opera or a foreign play, you may have noticed the surtitles above the stage. One company in France is trying to revolutionise…


(Space Fellowship) Station Avoids Satellite Fragment, Spacewalk Preps Start

The International Space Station moved out of the way of a piece of satellite debris late Saturday night. There were no impacts to crew safety or operations. The maneuver may replace one of three reboosts planned for the orbital laboratory ahead of the Sept. 2 launch of the Expedition 45/Visiting Taxi Crew. Commander Gennady Padalka and One-Year crew member Mikhail Kornienko are getting ready for an Aug. 10 spacewalk. They will work outside for six hours replacing experiments and equipment and [...]

(Space Fellowship) Rainbows and Rays over Bryce Canyon

What's happening over Bryce Canyon? Two different optical effects that were captured in one image taken earlier this month. Both effects needed to have the Sun situated directly behind the photographer. The nearest apparition was the common rainbow, created by sunlight streaming from the setting sun over the head of the photographer, and scattering from raindrops in front of the canyon. If you look closely, even a second rainbow appears above the first. More rare, and perhaps more striking, a [...]

(ScienceDaily) Cataclysmic event of a certain age

At the end of the Pleistocene period, approximately 12,800 years ago­ — give or take a few centuries — a cosmic impact triggered an abrupt cooling episode that earth scientists refer to as the Younger Dryas. New research has narrowed the date to a 100-year range, sometime between 12,835 and 12,735 years ago.   

(Discovery News) LHC Keeps Bruising 'Difficult to Kill' Supersymmetry

In a new blow for the futuristic 'supersymmetry' theory of the universe's basic anatomy, experts reported fresh evidence Monday of subatomic activity consistent with the mainstream Standard Model of particle physics.   

(Discovery News) These Crazy-Dense Galaxies are Packed With Stars

The most dense galaxies known to exist in our universe have been discovered by 2 undergraduate students while looking through years of archival data.   

(Discovery News) 'Interstellar Hackathon' to Chart Our Path to the Stars

In September, the collective energy of a galaxy of deep-space mavens, futurists, technologists, engineers, and enthusiasts will converge on a Philadelphia university campus to try to meet humanity's interstellar challenge.   

(Discovery News) DNews: Asteroid Metals Tempt Would-Be Miners on Earth

This week an asteroid passed by Earth that was worth an estimated 5 trillion dollars in platinum. Big bucks, out there for the taking! Is it possible to mine precious metals in space?   

(ScienceDaily) Dust pillars of destruction reveal impact of cosmic wind on galaxy evolution

Astronomers have long known that powerful cosmic winds can sometimes blow through galaxies, sweeping out interstellar material and stopping future star formation. Now they have a clearer snapshot of how it happens.   

(euronews) Wi-Fi in the clouds - Mount Fuji in Japan gets connected

Climbers of Mount Fuji can now flash their ascent and conquest of Japan's highest peak in an instant. Selfies can be uploaded on to social media…


(euronews) Do you know: can grass save the planet?

Is grass growing at poor, unproductive wastelands our final weapon against climate change? This crop researcher from Ireland answers in quite an…


(euronews) Supergrass: harvesting the energy potential of riverbank plants

The grassy banks of the river Barrow in Ireland may look unproductive in agricultural terms, but to scientists involved in a "European research…


(Space Fellowship) This Week On The Space Show

The Space Show, hosted by David Livingston at, will have the following guests this week: 1. Monday, July 27, 2015, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT) DR. ROBERT PAPPALARDO of JPL. He is heading up the NASA Europa mission. Robert Pappalardo is a Senior Research Scientist in the Planetary Science Section, Science Division.  Pappalardo's research focuses on processes that have shaped the icy satellites of the outer solar system, especially Europa and the role of its probab [...]

(Space Fellowship) Milky Way and Aurora over Antarctica

It has been one of the better skies of this long night. In parts of Antarctica, not only is it winter, but the Sun can spend weeks below the horizon. At China's Zhongshan Station, people sometimes venture out into the cold to photograph a spectacular night sky. The featured image from one such outing was taken in mid-July, just before the end of this polar night. Pointing up, the wide angle lens captured not only the ground at the bottom, but at the top as well. In the foreground is a collea [...]

(Space Fellowship) The Sombrero Galaxy from Hubble

Why does the Sombrero Galaxy look like a hat? Reasons include the Sombrero's unusually large and extended central bulge of stars, and dark prominent dust lanes that appear in a disk that we see nearly edge-on. Billions of old stars cause the diffuse glow of the extended central bulge. Close inspection of the bulge in the above photograph shows many points of light that are actually globular clusters. M104's spectacular dust rings harbor many younger and brighter stars, and show intricate det [...]

(Space Fellowship) Infrared Trifid

The Trifid Nebula, also known as Messier 20, is easy to find with a small telescope, a well known stop in the nebula rich constellation Sagittarius. But where visible light pictures show the nebula divided into three parts by dark, obscuring dust lanes, this penetrating infrared image reveals filaments of glowing dust clouds and newborn stars. The spectacular false-color view is courtesy of the Spitzer Space Telescope. Astronomers have used the Spitzer infrared image data to count newborn an [...]

(Discovery News) Hazy Atmosphere Reveals Pluto's Red Secret

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has given scientists their first hint about why Pluto has a reddish hue.   

(Space Fellowship) Six-Member Expedition 44 Crew Back to Work After Docking Activities

The International Space Station is at full strength now with six crew members from Japan, Russia and the United States. The newly-expanded orbital team got together today to review their roles and responsibilities in the event of an emergency in space. New station residents Oleg Kononenko, Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui will be familiarizing themselves with their new home in space over the next few days. While they adapt to their new workplace the trio will also be getting up to speed with dai [...]

(Discovery News) Mini-Machines Take Aim for Europa's Mysteries: Photos

What tiny satellites could take a ride over to Europa? Here are five feasibility studies being considered to hitchhike on a NASA mission.   

(Discovery News) Pluto, Enhanced: Photo Reveals Dwarf Planet's Complexity

See Pluto's composition and complex textures in this new 'enhanced' observation of the dwarf planet.   

(Space Fellowship) United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches WGS-7

Second Mission for the U.S. Air Force Launched in Eight Days. Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket successfully launched the seventh Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) communications satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 8:07 p.m. EDT today from Space Launch Complex-37. This is ULA’s seventh launch in 2015 and the second successful ULA launch in just eight days. Today marks ULA’s 98th successful one-at-a-time launch since the company was formed [...]

(Space Fellowship) Gemini Studies a Plethora of Brown Dwarfs Candidates

An international team of astronomers from Canada and the United States recently discovered 42 new brown dwarfs using data from the near-infrared imager and spectrograph Flamingos-2 at Gemini South and other telescopes in Chile and Hawai’i. The team used Flamingos-2’s near-infrared spectroscopic capabilities to study a total of 101 targets from 2013 to 2015. The work, led by Jonathan Gagne, from the University of Montreal, confirmed signs of low-gravity for 42 of the objects with estimate [...]

(Space Fellowship) NASA's Curiosity Rover Inspects Unusual Bedrock

Approaching the third anniversary of its landing on Mars, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has found a target unlike anything it has studied before -- bedrock with surprisingly high levels of silica. Silica is a rock-forming compound containing silicon and oxygen, commonly found on Earth as quartz. This area lies just downhill from a geological contact zone the rover has been studying near "Marias Pass" on lower Mount Sharp. The rover had reached this area after a steep climb up a 20-foot (6 [...]

(Space Fellowship) Ultraviolet Rings of M31

A mere 2.5 million light-years away the Andromeda Galaxy, also known as M31, really is just next door as large galaxies go. So close and spanning some 260,000 light-years, it took 11 different image fields from the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) satellite's telescope to produce this gorgeous portrait of the spiral galaxy in ultraviolet light. While its spiral arms stand out in visible light images of Andromeda, the arms look more like rings in the GALEX ultraviolet view, a view dominated  [...]