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Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 18, 2018
Russia may decide to stop the construction of its segment of the International Space Station (ISS) and to use the ordered modules for the Lunar Orbital Platform - Gateway (LOP-G) project, a source in Russia's rocket and space industry told Sputnik on Wednesday. "Due to the fact that the ISS operation is planned to be terminated in 2024, and the Russian segment is still not completed, there
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Tucson AZ (SPX) Jul 18, 2018
An undergraduate student from the University of Arizona is part of a team of researchers from around the world working on the NASA Curiosity rover mission. Gordon Downs is the only undergraduate at the UA assigned by the Mars Science Laboratory science team as a collaborator. Researchers are working to determine if Mars ever was habitable, or ever exhibited an environment that could have b
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Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 18, 2018
To discover and confirm the presence of a planet around stars other than the Sun, astronomers wait until it has completed three orbits. However, this very effective technique has its drawbacks since it cannot confirm the presence of planets at relatively long periods (it is ideally suited for periods of a few days to a few months). To overcome this obstacle, a team of astronomers under the
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Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Jul 18, 2018
For its fourth launch of the year, Arianespace will orbit four more satellites (satellites 23 to 26) for the Galileo constellation. This mission is being performed on behalf of the European Commission under a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA). For the third time, an Ariane 5 ES version will be used to orbit satellites in Europe's own satellite navigation system; with all Galile
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Paris (ESA) Jul 18, 2018
The world's scientific press had either gathered in ESA's Paris headquarters or logged in online, along with a multitude of scientists around the globe, to witness the moment when ESA's Planck mission revealed its 'image' of the cosmos. This image was taken not with visible light but with microwaves. Whereas light that our eyes can see is composed of small wavelengths - less than a thousan
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Washington DC (SPX) Jul 17, 2018
Twelve new moons orbiting Jupiter have been found - 11 "normal" outer moons, and one that they're calling an "oddball." This brings Jupiter's total number of known moons to a whopping 79 - the most of any planet in our solar system. A team led by Carnegie's Scott S. Sheppard first spotted the moons in the spring of 2017 while they were looking for very distant solar system objects as part
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Tokyo (AFP) July 17, 2018
Japan has amassed enough plutonium to make 6,000 atomic bombs as part of a programme to fuel its nuclear plants, but concern is growing that the stockpile is vulnerable to terrorists and natural disasters. Japan has long been the world's only non-nuclear-armed country with a programme to reprocess spent nuclear fuel from its power plants into plutonium. On Tuesday a decades-old deal with
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Brampton, Canada (SPX) Jul 18, 2018
MDA reports it has acquired Neptec Design Group Ltd. (Neptec), the leading electro-optical and electro-mechanical systems and high-performance intelligent Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) company for CA$42 million, comprised of approximately CA$8 million in cash and the balance in Maxar common shares. With Neptec, MDA will deliver end-to-end robotic systems and an expanded set of soluti
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Paris, France (SPX) Jul 18, 2018
In 2013, ESA's Planck mission unveiled a new image of the cosmos: an all-sky survey of the microwave radiation produced at the beginning of the universe. This first light emitted by the universe provides a wealth of information about its content, its rate of expansion, and the primordial fluctuations in density that were the precursors of the galaxies. The Planck consortium publishes the full an
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New Delhi (IANS) Jul 17, 2018
The Indian space agency will have a busy year-end with several rocket launches planned from its rocket port at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, said a top official. The GSAT-11 satellite, which had been recalled from Arianespace's rocket port in French Guiana for further tests, is also expected to be put into orbit by Arianespace's rocket Ariane by the year end, the official said. "The
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