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Mars Rover Uncovers Evidence Of Ancient Wet Environments On The Red Planet
2014-06-25 04:17:53

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA has opted to send the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity to a crater-rim ridgeline after orbital observations uncovered evidence of a water-related mineral at the site, officials from the US space agency announced on Tuesday. During a survey of the planet’s surface, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter detected a spectrum with the signature of aluminum bound to oxygen and hydrogen. That discovery led to the deployment of the...

Mars Pioneer Behind Failed Beagle 2 Mission Passes Away
2014-05-09 04:48:33

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Colin Pillinger, the British space scientist best known for a failed 2003 attempt to land a spacecraft on Mars, has died at the age of 70, his family and colleagues confirmed to various media outlets on Thursday. According to BBC News, Pillinger suffered a brain hemorrhage and fell into a coma while at his Cambridge home. He later passed away at Addenbrooke's Hospital without regaining consciousness, his family said in a...

From Red Mars To Green Earth
2014-04-15 13:36:50

ESA How can a sensor for analyzing the atmosphere of Mars help us to cut greenhouse emissions on Earth? By going where no human or machine has been before. Parts of our planet are so hostile they are unreachable. But if we are to understand Earth’s atmosphere it is vital we monitor factors such as gases around industrial chimneys and erupting volcanoes. A new portable device created by the young space scientist Hugh Mortimer promises a greener future by readily analyzing the...

UK Space Agency Invests Into Development Of Air-breathing Rocket Engine
2013-07-16 11:45:46

ESA The UK government has announced plans to invest in the development of an air-breathing rocket engine -- intended for a single-stage-to-orbit spaceplane -- following the ESA-managed feasibility testing of essential technology. The 60 million euros investment, provided through the UK Space Agency, will back technical improvements leading to construction of a prototype Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine, or SABRE. Designed by UK company Reaction Engines Ltd, this unique engine...

World’s First 'Phonesat' Successfully Launched Into Orbit
2013-02-26 20:56:50

Surrey Satellite Technology Limited [ Watch The Video The World´s First Smartphone In Space ] STRaND-1, a nanosatellite carrying a smartphone, has successfully launched into Space from India today. - STRaND-1 will fly the world's first smartphone in orbit and is the UK´s first CubeSat launched. - The satellite flies a Google Nexus One smartphone, a new Linux-based high-speed processor and attitude & orbit control system, and two novel propulsion systems (8 pulsed...

Bernard Lovell Was Not Brainwashed
2013-01-31 13:13:36

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A writer for the magazine Physics World, a publication of the Institute of Physics, says that late British astronomer Sir Bernard Lovell was not "brainwashed" by the Soviets, despite rampant rumors to the contrary. Attempting to clear this legend up once and for all, Richard Corfield wrote in this month's edition of the international monthly magazine about how rumors of Lovell's brainwashing are, in-fact, just rumors. As the story...

Fourth Galileo Satellite Now At French Guiana Launch Site
2012-08-21 09:40:50

The next two Galileo satellites are now in place at Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana, being prepared for their shared launch this autumn. The fourth Galileo satellite flight model arrived at Cayenne Airport in French Guiana on Friday 17 August, flown from the Thales Alenia Space facility in Rome aboard an Ilyushin aircraft. Cocooned inside a protective air-conditioned container, the satellite was then transported to the preparation facility at the Guiana Space Centre to join the...

ESA’s Next Galileo Satellite Arrives In French Guiana
2012-08-08 07:56:42

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After traveling nearly 5,000 miles from Thales Alenia Space in Rome, Italy, the next Galileo navigation satellite arrived at Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana August 7 to begin preparations for an October launch into orbit. The satellite, enclosed in a protective, air-conditioned container, was accompanied by a four-person team from Thales, plus two representatives, one each from Astrium and the European Space Agency (ESA)....

Astronomer Sir Bernard Lovell Dies At 98
2012-08-08 06:06:57

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A great astronomer and physicist of our generation, Sir Bernard Lovell, died on August 6 at the age of 98-years-old. Bernard, who was born near Bristol, England, was the founder of University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Observatory, which tracked the landing of the first man on the moon in 1969. The observatory hosts the third largest steerable telescope in the world, which was an idea conceived by Bernard as well. During World...


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