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Mon Apr 27



NEOWISE Spies Its First Comet
jpl.nasa.gov [COMET]
NASAs NEOWISE spacecraft has spotted its first new comet since coming out of hibernation late last year. [...]




Mon Apr 27



NASA Spacecraft Reactivated to Hunt for Asteroids
jpl.nasa.gov [ASTEROID]
The Near-Earth Object WISE (NEOWISE) mission is expected to re-start in early September to perform three more years of asteroid science. [...]




Mon Apr 27



NASA Instrument on Rosetta: First Science Results
jpl.nasa.gov [NASA]
A NASA instrument aboard the European Space Agencys Rosetta orbiter has successfully made its first delivery of science data from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. [...]




Mon Apr 27



Blast-Off! SpaceX Launches First Turkmenistan Satellite Video
Space [VIDEO]
The TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSAT was launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on April 27th, 2015. The communication satellite was built by Thales Alenia Space. [...]




Mon Apr 27



SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launches Turkmenistans First-Ever Satellite
Space [SPACE]
The Falcon 9 blasted off from Floridas Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:03 p.m. EDT (2303 GMT). The two-stage rocket carried aloft the TurkmenÄlem52E/MonacoSat communications satellite, which will be operated by the government of Turkmenistan. [...]




Mon Apr 27



Dawn Operating Normally After Safe Mode Triggered
jpl.nasa.gov [DAWN]
The Dawn spacecraft has resumed normal ion thrusting after the thrusting unexpectedly stopped and the spacecraft entered safe mode on September 11. [...]




Mon Apr 27



Electric solar wind sail could make bidirectional human Mars flights economically feasible
Sciencedaily [SOLAR]
The E-sail is a novel propellantless technology that was invented in Finland in 2006. The E-sail utilizes long, charged tethers to convert natural solar wind momentum flux into spacecraft thrust. [...]




Mon Apr 27



Strange Supernova is "Missing Link" in Gamma-Ray Burst Connection
Spacefellowship.com [RAY]
Cambridge, MA - Astronomers using the National Science Foundations Very Large Array (VLA) have found a long-sought "missing link" between supernova explosions that generate gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) and those that dont. The scientists found that a stellar explosion seen in 2012 has many characteristics expected of one that generates a powerful burst of gamma rays, yet no such burst occurred. "This is a striking result that provides a key insight about the mechanism underlying the [...]




Mon Apr 27



Astrophysicists draw most comprehensive map of the universe
Sciencedaily [UNIVERSE]
Astrophysicists have created a 3-D map of the universe that spans nearly two billion light years and is the most complete picture of our cosmic neighborhood to date. [...]




Mon Apr 27



Capitol Hill Policy Update for April 13th to April 27th
Space-Frontier-Foundation [UPDATE]
Space Policy Update: Issue #18 April 27th, 2015 CATS Essential to Counter Growing Space Threat   At the 31st Space Symposium, Lt. Gen. Raymond, commander of Strategic Command's Joint Functional Component Command for Space, expressed worry over some recent launches by Russia and China. U.S. officials claim the Chinese launched an anti-satellite missile, which could [...]

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