Recent News from the Commercial Space Gateway

(ScienceDaily) Intelligent materials that work in space

Scientists will be testing technology developed in the International Space Station. The technology is based on intelligent materials that allow objects to be sent into orbit without the use of explosives.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/space_time/~4/eLlzvGU8Apw" height="1" width="1"/>   

(ScienceDaily) Recent space debris threat warded off

Space debris, also known as 'space junk,' is an ongoing real-life concern for teams managing satellites orbiting Earth, including NOAA-NASA's Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite. It is not unusual for satellites that have the capability of maneuvering to be repositioned to avoid debris or to maintain the proper orbit.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/space_time/~4/Ztq1gxp1GVw" height="1" width="1"/>   

(ScienceDaily) The perfume of the comet

How does a comet smell? Since early August the Rosetta Orbiter Sensor for Ion and Neutral Analysis (ROSINA) is sniffing the fumes of the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko with its two mass spectrometers. The detected chemistry in the coma of the comet is surprisingly rich already at more than 400 million kilometers from the Sun. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/space_time/~4/_rsrqZnTwBU" height="1" width="1"/>   

(euronews) Comet Hunters: 'When the baby goes, don't shake too much'

The Comet Hunters are getting ready for the most dramatic moment in the Rosetta mission, as the Philae lander is released from the mothership and…<img width='1' height='1' src='http://Euronews.net.feedsportal.com/c/32800/f/536663/s/3fca01be/sc/17/mf.gif' border='0'/><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/211596811206/u/49/f/536663/c/32800/s/3fca01be/sc/17/rc/1/rc.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/211596811206/u/49/f/536663/c/32800/s/3fca01be/sc/17/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/211596811206/u/49/f/536663/c/32800/s/3fca01be/sc/17/rc/2/rc.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/211596811206/u/49/f/536663/c/32800/s/3fca01be/sc/17/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/211596811206/u/49/f/536663/c/32800/s/3fca01be/sc/17/rc/3/rc.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/211596811206/u/49/f/536663/c/32800/s/3fca01be/sc/17/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/euronews/en/space/~4/JobalzMCo0w" height="1" width="1"/>   

(Space Fellowship) AR 2192: Giant on the Sun

As you (safely!) watched the progress of yesterday's partial solar eclipse, you probably also spotted a giant sunspot group. Captured in this sharp telescopic image from October 22nd the complex AR 2192 is beautiful to see, a sprawling solar active region comparable in size to the diameter of Jupiter. Like other smaller sunspot groups, AR 2192 is now crossing the Earth-facing side of the Sun and appears dark in visible light because it is cooler than the surrounding surface. Still, the energ&nbsp;[...]<div class="feedflare"> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=kUKp1sX_vPo:ezdVTUp98JU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=kUKp1sX_vPo:ezdVTUp98JU:-BTjWOF_DHI"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=kUKp1sX_vPo:ezdVTUp98JU:-BTjWOF_DHI" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=kUKp1sX_vPo:ezdVTUp98JU:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=kUKp1sX_vPo:ezdVTUp98JU:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=kUKp1sX_vPo:ezdVTUp98JU:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=kUKp1sX_vPo:ezdVTUp98JU:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=kUKp1sX_vPo:ezdVTUp98JU:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ISF/~4/kUKp1sX_vPo" height="1" width="1"/>   

(Discovery News) Method Could Rid Spacecraft of Tough Microbial Cling-Ons

Imagine looking for life on Mars and turning up a hardy microbe that bears a striking resemblance to the E. coli bacteria we know and love. Where the heck did that come from? Well, erm, bad news alien-hunters, that little … Continue reading →<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/DiscoveryNews-Space-News/~4/g4L6vx8P_Sc" height="1" width="1"/>   

(ScienceDaily) 3-D map of the adolescent universe

Using extremely faint light from galaxies 10.8-billion light years away, scientists have created one of the most complete, three-dimensional maps of a slice of the adolescent universe. The map shows a web of hydrogen gas that varies from low to high density at a time when the universe was made of a fraction of the dark matter we see.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/space_time/~4/vXmyqOPMq_w" height="1" width="1"/>   

(ScienceDaily) Understanding and predicting solar flares

Scientists have identified a key phenomenon in the triggering of solar flares. Using satellite data and models, the scientists were able to monitor the evolution of the solar magnetic field in a region with eruptive behavior. Their calculations reveal the formation of a magnetic rope1 that emerges from the interior of the Sun and is associated with the appearance of a sunspot. They show that this structure plays an important role in triggering the flare.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/space_time/~4/tDJ2y7B9oYQ" height="1" width="1"/>   

(ScienceDaily) Lucky star escapes black hole with minor damage: Closest near-miss event to be spotted near the Milky Way

Astronomers have gotten the closest look yet at what happens when a black hole takes a bite out of a star—and the star lives to tell the tale.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/space_time/~4/J_LqCmtVPiw" height="1" width="1"/>   

(ScienceDaily) Acousto-optic tunable filter technology for balloon-borne platforms

A balloon-borne acousto-optic tunable filter hyperspectral imager is ideally suited to address numerous outstanding questions in planetary science. Their spectral agility, narrowband wavelength selection, tolerance to the near-space environment, and spectral coverage would enable investigations not feasible from the ground. Example use cases include synoptic observations of clouds on Venus and the giant planets, studies of molecular emissions from cometary comae, the mapping of surface ices on small bodies, and polarimetry.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/space_time/~4/BDI598ooJJU" height="1" width="1"/>   

(Space Fellowship) UP Aerospace Rocket Flight Tests Four Technology Payloads

Four NASA sponsored experiments were provided nearly four minutes of microgravity flight and testing after UP Aerospace's SpaceLoft rocket SL-9 soared into suborbital space from Spaceport America outside of Las Cruces, New Mexico on Thursday. While flying on suborbital launch vehicles in zero gravity, experimental technologies are briefly exposed to the space environment where they are expected to operate. Both Game Changing and Flight Opportunities Programs are part of the agency's Spac&nbsp;[...]<div class="feedflare"> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=yO8z93fblJM:hMb7P8hBJrg:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=yO8z93fblJM:hMb7P8hBJrg:-BTjWOF_DHI"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=yO8z93fblJM:hMb7P8hBJrg:-BTjWOF_DHI" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=yO8z93fblJM:hMb7P8hBJrg:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=yO8z93fblJM:hMb7P8hBJrg:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=yO8z93fblJM:hMb7P8hBJrg:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=yO8z93fblJM:hMb7P8hBJrg:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=yO8z93fblJM:hMb7P8hBJrg:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ISF/~4/yO8z93fblJM" height="1" width="1"/>   

(Discovery News) Flare Alert: Monster Sunspot Turns Toward Earth

Just as the US prepares to watch the partial solar eclipse today, nearly 100 million miles away on the sun a possible solar storm is brewing. Continue reading →<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/DiscoveryNews-Space-News/~4/83E6pHQjBns" height="1" width="1"/>   

(Commercial Space Watch) Russia Set to Launch Angara-A5 in December

<p>At a news conference in Moscow today Yuri Bakhvalov, Deputy General Designer of the Khrunichev Space Center, told reporters that Russia was planning a December launch for the maiden voyage of its heavy-lift rocket the Angara-A5. The launch is tentatively scheduled for December 25th.</p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CommercialSpaceWatch/~4/OdZjJ3Kep40" height="1" width="1"/>   

(Space Fellowship) Lucky Star Escapes Black Hole With Minor Damage

Closest near-miss event to be spotted near the Milky Way. COLUMBUS, Ohio: Astronomers have gotten the closest look yet at what happens when a black hole takes a bite out of a star—and the star lives to tell the tale. We may think of black holes as swallowing entire stars—or any other object that wanders too close to their immense gravity. But sometimes, a star that is almost captured by a black hole escapes with only a portion of its mass torn off. Such was the case for a star some &nbsp;[...]<div class="feedflare"> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=20YLeGzTmBY:1NFDosbSkLs:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=20YLeGzTmBY:1NFDosbSkLs:-BTjWOF_DHI"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=20YLeGzTmBY:1NFDosbSkLs:-BTjWOF_DHI" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=20YLeGzTmBY:1NFDosbSkLs:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=20YLeGzTmBY:1NFDosbSkLs:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=20YLeGzTmBY:1NFDosbSkLs:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=20YLeGzTmBY:1NFDosbSkLs:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=20YLeGzTmBY:1NFDosbSkLs:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ISF/~4/20YLeGzTmBY" height="1" width="1"/>   

(Space Fellowship) Close Encounters: Comet Siding Spring Seen Next to Mars

This composite NASA Hubble Space Telescope Image captures the positions of comet Siding Spring and Mars in a never-before-seen close passage of a comet by the Red Planet, which happened at 2:28 p.m. EDT October 19, 2014. The comet passed by Mars at approximately 87,000 miles (about one-third of the distance between Earth and the Moon). At that time, the comet and Mars were approximately 149 million miles from Earth. The comet image shown here is a composite of Hubble exposures taken between O&nbsp;[...]<div class="feedflare"> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=gDvqOJC40q0:7CqAWSQNFYQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=gDvqOJC40q0:7CqAWSQNFYQ:-BTjWOF_DHI"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=gDvqOJC40q0:7CqAWSQNFYQ:-BTjWOF_DHI" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=gDvqOJC40q0:7CqAWSQNFYQ:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=gDvqOJC40q0:7CqAWSQNFYQ:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=gDvqOJC40q0:7CqAWSQNFYQ:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=gDvqOJC40q0:7CqAWSQNFYQ:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=gDvqOJC40q0:7CqAWSQNFYQ:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ISF/~4/gDvqOJC40q0" height="1" width="1"/>   

(Discovery News) How to Watch Today's Partial Solar Eclipse

A partial solar eclipse will darken North American skies Thursday afternoon (Oct. 23), and you can watch the dramatic celestial event online if clouds hinder your view.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/DiscoveryNews-Space-News/~4/V20kfJ9CwUc" height="1" width="1"/>   

(euronews) Bots in the skies: South Korean robot designed to fly

Researchers at South Korea's Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have built a humanoid robot pilot called Pibot to fly planes and…<img width='1' height='1' src='http://Euronews.net.feedsportal.com/c/32800/f/536663/s/3fc26d5a/sc/10/mf.gif' border='0'/><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/211596782137/u/49/f/536663/c/32800/s/3fc26d5a/sc/10/rc/1/rc.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/211596782137/u/49/f/536663/c/32800/s/3fc26d5a/sc/10/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/211596782137/u/49/f/536663/c/32800/s/3fc26d5a/sc/10/rc/2/rc.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/211596782137/u/49/f/536663/c/32800/s/3fc26d5a/sc/10/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/211596782137/u/49/f/536663/c/32800/s/3fc26d5a/sc/10/rc/3/rc.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/211596782137/u/49/f/536663/c/32800/s/3fc26d5a/sc/10/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/euronews/en/space/~4/PP4dwObK-BQ" height="1" width="1"/>   

(Space Fellowship) NASA Creating a Virtual Telescope with Two Small Spacecraft

Although scientists have flown two spacecraft in formation, no one ever has aligned the spacecraft with a specific astronomical target and then held that configuration to make a scientific observation — creating, in effect, a single or “virtual” telescope with two distinctly different satellites. A NASA team, led by aerospace engineer Neerav Shah of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is not only developing the guidance, navigation, and control (GN&amp;C) technol&nbsp;[...]<div class="feedflare"> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=SJVz6S7s0oQ:Od7-4d5LUOA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=SJVz6S7s0oQ:Od7-4d5LUOA:-BTjWOF_DHI"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=SJVz6S7s0oQ:Od7-4d5LUOA:-BTjWOF_DHI" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=SJVz6S7s0oQ:Od7-4d5LUOA:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=SJVz6S7s0oQ:Od7-4d5LUOA:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=SJVz6S7s0oQ:Od7-4d5LUOA:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=SJVz6S7s0oQ:Od7-4d5LUOA:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=SJVz6S7s0oQ:Od7-4d5LUOA:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ISF/~4/SJVz6S7s0oQ" height="1" width="1"/>   

(Space Fellowship) NASA's SDO Observes Largest Sunspot of the Solar Cycle

On Oct. 18, 2014, a sunspot rotated over the left side of the sun, and soon grew to be the largest active region seen in the current solar cycle, which began in 2008. Currently, the sunspot is almost 80,000 miles across -- ten Earth's could be laid across its diameter. Sunspots point to relatively cooler areas on the sun with intense and complex magnetic fields poking out through the sun's surface. Such areas can be the source of solar eruptions such as flares or coronal mass ejections.  So &nbsp;[...]<div class="feedflare"> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=UN-8ZsBsw1s:CzOvdSGsl6M:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=UN-8ZsBsw1s:CzOvdSGsl6M:-BTjWOF_DHI"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=UN-8ZsBsw1s:CzOvdSGsl6M:-BTjWOF_DHI" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=UN-8ZsBsw1s:CzOvdSGsl6M:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=UN-8ZsBsw1s:CzOvdSGsl6M:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=UN-8ZsBsw1s:CzOvdSGsl6M:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=UN-8ZsBsw1s:CzOvdSGsl6M:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=UN-8ZsBsw1s:CzOvdSGsl6M:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ISF/~4/UN-8ZsBsw1s" height="1" width="1"/>   

(Commercial Space Watch) SpaceX Reaches Milestone With 100th Merlin 1D Engine

<p>The 100th Merlin 1D engine has come off the assembly at SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, California. According to SpaceX it was less than two years ago that production began on Merlin 1D. Currently SpaceX produces four new Merlin 1D engines per week and they expect production will ramp up to five per week before the year is out.</p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CommercialSpaceWatch/~4/hB7wb0j8idw" height="1" width="1"/>   

(Space Fellowship) Two Families of Comets Found Around Nearby Star

Biggest census ever of exocomets around Beta Pictoris. The HARPS instrument at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile has been used to make the most complete census of comets around another star ever created. A French team of astronomers has studied nearly 500 individual comets orbiting the star Beta Pictoris and has discovered that they belong to two distinct families of exocomets: old exocomets that have made multiple passages near the star, and younger exocomets that probably came from the &nbsp;[...]<div class="feedflare"> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=S_DDeC7Vyi4:qP7vld843Zg:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=S_DDeC7Vyi4:qP7vld843Zg:-BTjWOF_DHI"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=S_DDeC7Vyi4:qP7vld843Zg:-BTjWOF_DHI" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=S_DDeC7Vyi4:qP7vld843Zg:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=S_DDeC7Vyi4:qP7vld843Zg:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=S_DDeC7Vyi4:qP7vld843Zg:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=S_DDeC7Vyi4:qP7vld843Zg:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=S_DDeC7Vyi4:qP7vld843Zg:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ISF/~4/S_DDeC7Vyi4" height="1" width="1"/>   

(Space Fellowship) Space Launch System Booster Separation Testing Brings Confidence to First Flight

3, 2, 1 liftoff! It’s a familiar phrase heard just before a rocket launches at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center or Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Throughout history, millions have traveled from across the world to see the fiery plumes created by a rocket’s large boosters, which have launched astronauts and other payloads into space time and time again. “Booster separation is a very critical phase of flight for the Space Launch System because the clearance between the cor&nbsp;[...]<div class="feedflare"> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=egZm-2KYqfc:FT6ZODj-xgs:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=egZm-2KYqfc:FT6ZODj-xgs:-BTjWOF_DHI"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=egZm-2KYqfc:FT6ZODj-xgs:-BTjWOF_DHI" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=egZm-2KYqfc:FT6ZODj-xgs:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=egZm-2KYqfc:FT6ZODj-xgs:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=egZm-2KYqfc:FT6ZODj-xgs:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=egZm-2KYqfc:FT6ZODj-xgs:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=egZm-2KYqfc:FT6ZODj-xgs:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ISF/~4/egZm-2KYqfc" height="1" width="1"/>   

(Space Fellowship) Illusions in the Cosmic Clouds

Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon where people see recognizable shapes in clouds, rock formations, or otherwise unrelated objects or data. There are many examples of this phenomenon on Earth and in space. When an image from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory of PSR B1509-58 -- a spinning neutron star surrounded by a cloud of energetic particles --was released in 2009, it quickly gained attention because many saw a hand-like structure in the X-ray emission. In a new image of the s&nbsp;[...]<div class="feedflare"> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=PysWc1DYVRk:zLYDRbBvJ54:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=PysWc1DYVRk:zLYDRbBvJ54:-BTjWOF_DHI"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=PysWc1DYVRk:zLYDRbBvJ54:-BTjWOF_DHI" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=PysWc1DYVRk:zLYDRbBvJ54:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=PysWc1DYVRk:zLYDRbBvJ54:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=PysWc1DYVRk:zLYDRbBvJ54:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=PysWc1DYVRk:zLYDRbBvJ54:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=PysWc1DYVRk:zLYDRbBvJ54:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ISF/~4/PysWc1DYVRk" height="1" width="1"/>   

(Space Fellowship) SpaceX Completes 100th Merlin 1D Engine

Less than two years after SpaceX began producing the Merlin 1D engines that power the Falcon 9 rocket, the 100th Merlin 1D engine is complete. SpaceX is currently the largest private producer of rocket engines in the world. The Merlin 1D is an all-American engine designed and built in-house at SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif. Engines are currently manufactured at a rate of four per week, projected to rise to five per week by the end of 2014. The completed stage is then shipp&nbsp;[...]<div class="feedflare"> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=JBqddxtngZ0:Lrb2iAfjob0:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=JBqddxtngZ0:Lrb2iAfjob0:-BTjWOF_DHI"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=JBqddxtngZ0:Lrb2iAfjob0:-BTjWOF_DHI" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=JBqddxtngZ0:Lrb2iAfjob0:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=JBqddxtngZ0:Lrb2iAfjob0:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=JBqddxtngZ0:Lrb2iAfjob0:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=JBqddxtngZ0:Lrb2iAfjob0:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=JBqddxtngZ0:Lrb2iAfjob0:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ISF/~4/JBqddxtngZ0" height="1" width="1"/>   

(Space Fellowship) Galaxies in Pegasus

This wide, sharp telescopic view reveals galaxies scattered beyond the stars and faint dust nebulae of the Milky Way at the northern boundary of the high-flying constellation Pegasus. Prominent at the upper right is NGC 7331. A mere 50 million light-years away, the large spiral is one of the brighter galaxies not included in Charles Messier's famous 18th century catalog. The disturbed looking group of galaxies at the lower left is well-known as Stephan's Quintet. About 300 million light-year&nbsp;[...]<div class="feedflare"> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=10r90C8HLKc:QDfhB3TQwCc:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=10r90C8HLKc:QDfhB3TQwCc:-BTjWOF_DHI"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=10r90C8HLKc:QDfhB3TQwCc:-BTjWOF_DHI" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=10r90C8HLKc:QDfhB3TQwCc:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=10r90C8HLKc:QDfhB3TQwCc:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=10r90C8HLKc:QDfhB3TQwCc:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></a> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?a=10r90C8HLKc:QDfhB3TQwCc:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ISF?i=10r90C8HLKc:QDfhB3TQwCc:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ISF/~4/10r90C8HLKc" height="1" width="1"/>   

(euronews) IXV: Facing the Challenge of Re-entry

Re-entry is one of the biggest challenges in modern spaceflight. It's the make of break moment, the time when satellites burn up and astronauts hold…<img width='1' height='1' src='http://Euronews.net.feedsportal.com/c/32800/f/536663/s/3fbf3cf6/sc/46/mf.gif' border='0'/><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/211596789057/u/49/f/536663/c/32800/s/3fbf3cf6/sc/46/rc/1/rc.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/211596789057/u/49/f/536663/c/32800/s/3fbf3cf6/sc/46/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/211596789057/u/49/f/536663/c/32800/s/3fbf3cf6/sc/46/rc/2/rc.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/211596789057/u/49/f/536663/c/32800/s/3fbf3cf6/sc/46/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/211596789057/u/49/f/536663/c/32800/s/3fbf3cf6/sc/46/rc/3/rc.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/211596789057/u/49/f/536663/c/32800/s/3fbf3cf6/sc/46/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/euronews/en/space/~4/XcQhCtF2Cec" height="1" width="1"/>   

(ScienceDaily) Titan glowing at dusk and dawn

New maps of Saturn's moon Titan reveal large patches of trace gases shining brightly near the north and south poles. These regions are curiously shifted off the poles, to the east or west, so that dawn is breaking over the southern region while dusk is falling over the northern one.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/space_time/~4/8vbKhGeRZBM" height="1" width="1"/>   

(ScienceDaily) Two families of comets found around nearby star: Biggest census ever of exocomets around beta pictoris

The HARPS instrument at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile has been used to make the most complete census of comets around another star ever created. Astronomers have studied nearly 500 individual comets orbiting the star Beta Pictoris and has discovered that they belong to two distinct families of exocomets: old exocomets that have made multiple passages near the star, and younger exocomets that probably came from the recent breakup of one or more larger objects.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/space_time/~4/94oHHnWtO4w" height="1" width="1"/>   

(ScienceDaily) New window on the early Universe

Scientists see good times approaching for astrophysicists after hatching a new observational strategy to distill detailed information from  galaxies at the edge of the Universe. Using two world-class supercomputers, the researchers were able to demonstrate the effectiveness of their approach by simulating the formation of a massive galaxy at the dawn of cosmic time. The ALMA radio telescope – which stands at an elevation of 5,000 meters in the Atacama Desert of Chile, one of the driest places on earth – was then used to forge observations of the galaxy, showing how their method improves upon previous efforts.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/space_time/~4/MxtL8g1wlus" height="1" width="1"/>   

(Discovery News) Mysterious Titan has a Ghostly Glow From Dawn to Dusk

It&#039;s as if Titan is getting festive for Hallowe&#039;en -- astronomers have detected a ghostly glow around the the north and south poles of the Saturnian moon that had previously gone undetected. Continue reading →<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/DiscoveryNews-Space-News/~4/JDbD2-2FNQg" height="1" width="1"/>   

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