Recent News from the Commercial Space Gateway

(Commercial Space Watch) NASA and Made in Space, Inc. Successfully 3D Print First Object in Space

History was made on November 24th at 9:28pm GMT, when the first 3D printer built to operate in space successfully manufactured its first part on the International Space Station (ISS). This is the first time that hardware has been additively manufactured in space, as opposed to launching it from Earth.


(Discovery News) LHC's 'Heart' Starts Pumping Protons Ahead of 2015 Restart

While on its long road to restart, yet another milestone was reached at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) over the weekend.   

(Space Fellowship) Expanded Station Crew Resumes Activities After Rest

The International Space Station’s population stands at six after three new crew members arrived Sunday night. After a six hour ride that began at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov and Flight Engineers Terry Virts and Samantha Cristoforetti docked to the Rassvet module beginning a 5-1/2 month stay at the orbital laboratory. Monday was a day of rest for all six Expedition 42 crew members. However, it was back to work Tuesday as the crew was scattered arou [...]

(Discovery News) NASA is Working on a 700-Calorie Breakfast Bar

NASA food scientists are developing a food bar to replace a typical 700- to 800-calorie meal astronauts eat for breakfast.   

(Discovery News) Is the Wormhole in 'Interstellar' Possible?

Sci-fi fans who hope humanity can one day zoom to distant corners of the universe via wormholes, as astronauts do in the recent film 'Interstellar,' shouldn't hold their breath.   

(euronews) Shapeshifting houses and inflatable incubators for humanitarian use

Buildings are traditionally rigid and stationary. But in the future, those made with a Shape Memory Polymer could change form and expand with changes…


(Space Fellowship) The Creature from the Red Lagoon

What creature lurks near the red Lagoon nebula? Mars. This gorgeous color deep-sky photograph has captured the red planet passing below two notable nebulae -- cataloged by the 18th century cosmic registrar Charles Messier as M8 and M20. M20 (upper right of center), the Trifid Nebula, presents a striking contrast in red/blue colors and dark dust lanes. Just below and to the left is the expansive, alluring red glow of M8, the Lagoon Nebula. Both nebulae are a few thousand light-years distant.  [...]

(Discovery News) Listen to the 'Crunch' of Philae's Comet Touchdown

European Space Agency scientists have released what it sounded like when Philae made it's first touchdown on the dusty surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.   

(Space Fellowship) NASA's SDO Shows Moon Transiting the Sun

On Nov. 22, 2014 from 5:29 to 6:04 p.m. EST., the moon partially obscured the view of the sun from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. This phenomenon, which is called a lunar transit, could only be seen from SDO's point of view. In 2014, SDO captured four such transits -- including its longest ever recorded, which occurred on Jan. 30, and lasted two and a half hours.  [...]

(Discovery News) How the LHC Makes 'Interstellar' Physics Real

Many of the physics theories explained in the movie 'Interstellar' are being investigated by the world's most powerful particle accelerator, which is awesome. Continue reading →   

(Discovery News) NASA Releases 'Remastered' View of Enigmatic Europa

Just as George Lucas re-released his classic Star Wars trilogy in digitally remastered versions for a new audience, NASA has re-released a remastered view of one of their own space classics. Continue reading →   

(Discovery News) DNews: Pluto Getting Bigger in New Horizons Probe's Window

With a few brief exceptions, NASA's New Horizons probe has been asleep since 2006 while it zooms toward Pluto. But it's almost time for the craft to wake up and dial in on the former planet. Amy tells us what the plucky probe will be studying.   

(euronews) Smartphones that recognise hand gestures just around the corner

In a lab at the University of Washington in the US researchers are testing a new sensor called Sideswipe, which will allow smartphones to recognise…


(euronews) Turning the tide in the war against AIDS

The AIDS pandemic has claimed the lives of nearly 40 million people. Another 35 million are living with HIV. Scientists around the world however are…


(Space Fellowship) New Trio Joins Expedition 42 During Crew Greeting Ceremony

NASA astronaut Terry Virts, Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency joined their Expedition 42 crewmates when the hatches between the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft and the International Space Station officially opened at midnight EST. Expedition 42 Commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore of NASA and Alexander Samoukutyaev and Elena Serova of Roscosmos welcomed the new crew members aboard their orbital home. Expedition 42  [...]

(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, November 24, 2014, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT) ERIK SEEDHOUSE returns to discuss his new book "Bigelow Aerospace: Colonizing Space One Module at a Time." Erik Seedhouse is an aerospace scientist whose ambition has always been to work as an astronaut. After completing his first degree in Sports Science at Northumbria University the author joined the legendary 2nd B [...]

(Discovery News) New Crew Safely Arrives at International Space Station

Three new crewmembers arrived at the International Space Station late Sunday (Nov. 23), doubling the orbiting lab's population back up to its full six-person strength.   

(euronews) Comet Hunters: Philae's adventure

The Philae lander may be in hibernation mode on the surface of a comet, but it's still very much alive in the hearts of the Comet Hunters, the team…

(Space Fellowship) Expedition 42 Trio Launches on Time to Station

The Soyuz TMA-15M launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 4:01 p.m. EST (3:01 a.m. on Nov. 24 Baikonur time). Terry Virts of NASA, Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency now are safely in orbit. Virts, Shkaplerov and Cristoforetti will dock with the station’s Rassvet module at 9:53 p.m. Welcoming them aboard will be the current station residents, Expedition 42  [...]

(Space Fellowship) Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas

The scene might have been considered serene if it weren't for the tornado. During 2004 in Kansas, storm chaser Eric Nguyen photographed this budding twister in a different light -- the light of a rainbow. Featured here, a white tornado cloud descends from a dark storm cloud. The Sun, peeking through a clear patch of sky to the left, illuminates some buildings in the foreground. Sunlight reflects off raindrops to form a rainbow. By coincidence, the tornado appears to end right over the rainbo [...]

(Space Fellowship) Solar Flare from a Sharper Sun

Solar active region AR2192 was the largest recorded sunspot group of the last 24 years. Before rotating off the Earth-facing side of the Sun at the end of October, it produced a whopping six energetic X-class flares. Its most intense flare was captured on October 24 in this stunning view from the orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory. The scene is a color combination of images made at three different wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light; 193 angstroms shown in blue, 171 angstroms in white, [...]

(Space Fellowship) Soyuz Rolls Out to Pad as Station Crew Prepares to Double in Size

A trio of new Expedition 42 crew members is in its final preparations before Sunday’s launch and six-hour ride aboard a Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft to the International Space Station. The rocket with the Soyuz capsule rolled out to the launch pad Friday morning at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Aboard the station, Expedition 42 commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore worked on a plant growth experiment and continued calibration tests of the station’s new 3D printer. He also took some tim [...]

(Discovery News) DNews: Is Another Planet Lurking Beyond Neptune?

Our solar system has a handful of bodies exhibiting some strange, highly elliptical orbits. Are they being pulled by a massive planet WAY out there beyond Neptune? Amy Shira Teitel examines what might be causing these objects to behave so oddly.   

(Space Fellowship) Hubble Sees a Spiral in a Furnace

This Hubble image is a snapshot of NGC 986 — a barred spiral galaxy discovered in 1828 by James Dunlop. This close-up view of the galaxy was captured by Hubble’s Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2). NGC 986 is found in the constellation of Fornax (The Furnace), located in the southern sky. NGC 986 is a bright, 11th-magnitude galaxy sitting around 56 million light-years away, and its golden center and barred swirling arms are clearly visible in this image. Barred spiral galaxie [...]

(Discovery News) Asteroid Early-Warning Strategies Report Released

A United Nations team has been deliberating over the years regarding the gathering and analysis of near-Earth object (NEO) data.   

(Space Fellowship) M1: The Crab Nebula

The Crab Nebula is cataloged as M1, the first object on Charles Messier's famous 18th century list of things which are not comets. In fact, the Crab is now known to be a supernova remnant, debris from the death explosion of a massive star, witnessed by astronomers in the year 1054. This sharp, ground-based telescopic view uses narrowband data to track emission from ionized oxygen and hydrogen atoms (in blue and red) and explore the tangled filaments within the still expanding cloud. One of t [...]

(Space Fellowship) Soyuz Preps for Rollout as Station Crew Works Array of Science

A trio of new Expedition 42 crew members is in its final preparations before Sunday’s launch and six-hour ride aboard a Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft to the International Space Station. The rocket with the Soyuz capsule attached will roll out to the launch pad Friday morning at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Aboard the orbital laboratory, the current crew members, Commander Barry Wilmore and Flight Engineers Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova, are working their scheduled task list of [...]

(ScienceDaily) How to estimate the magnetic field of an exoplanet

Scientists developed a new method which allows to estimate the magnetic field of a distant exoplanet, i.e., a planet, which is located outside the Solar system and orbits a different star. Moreover, they managed to estimate the value of the magnetic moment of the planet HD 209458b.   

(Discovery News) Mystery of Exoplanet's Magnetic Field Unlocked

A strange flow of charged hydrogen atoms around an exoplanet turns out to be stellar winds from its parent star.   

(ScienceDaily) It's filamentary: How galaxies evolve in the cosmic web

How do galaxies like our Milky Way form, and just how do they evolve? Are galaxies affected by their surrounding environment? Astronomers now propose some answers. The researchers highlight the role of the 'cosmic web' -- a large-scale web-like structure comprised of galaxies -- on the evolution of galaxies that took place in the distant universe, a few billion years after the Big Bang.