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Shrink-wrapping spacesuits: Spacesuits of the future may resemble a streamlined second skin
For future astronauts, the process of suiting up may go something like this: Instead of climbing into a conventional, bulky, gas-pressurized suit, an astronaut may don a lightweight, stretchy garment, lined with tiny, musclelike coils. She would then plug in to a spacecraft's power supply, triggering the coils to contract and essentially shrink-wrap the garment around her body.
Space & Time News -- ScienceDaily, Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:51:52 GMT

Latest measurements from the AMS experiment unveil new territories in the flux of cosmic rays
The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer collaboration has just presented its latest results. These are based on the analysis of 41 billion particles detected with the space-based AMS detector aboard the International Space Station. The results provide new insights into the nature of the mysterious excess of positrons observed in the flux of cosmic rays.
Space & Time News -- ScienceDaily, Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:51:52 GMT

Monster galaxies gain weight by eating smaller neighbors
Massive galaxies in the universe have stopped making their own stars and are instead snacking on nearby galaxies. Astronomers looked at more than 22,000 galaxies and found that while smaller galaxies are very efficient at creating stars from gas, the most massive galaxies are much less efficient at star formation, producing hardly any new stars themselves, and instead grow by 'eating' other galaxies.
Space & Time News -- ScienceDaily, Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:51:52 GMT

Cosmic Lens Reveals Galaxy Crash Like Never Before (Images, Video)
The Chile-based Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and other telescopes employed a sort of cosmic magnifying glass to look at details of a galaxy called H1429-0028, revealing that the object is actually two merging galaxies., Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:51:52 GMT

Pre-dawn SpaceX Launch on Saturday Visible Along US East Coast
Dragon will lift off atop SpaceX's Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket at 2:16 a.m. EDT Saturday from Florida. Dragon will fly nearly parallel to the U.S. East Coast, so the launch should be visible in varying degrees along much of the Eastern Seaboard., Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:51:52 GMT

'Sparky' Discovery Reveals How Early Universe Built Galaxies
The galaxy lies 11 billion light-years from Earth, so viewing it gives astronomers a glimpse into processes that occurred less than 3 billion years after the Big Bang that created the universe., Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:51:52 GMT

Lockheed Martin successfully mates NOAA GOES-R satellite modules
A team of technicians and engineers at Lockheed Martin has successfully mated together the large system and propulsion modules of the first GOES-R series weather satellite at the company's Space Systems facilities near Denver, Colorado. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R series (GOES-R) is NOAA's next-generation geostationary weather satellites. Astronomy & Space News, Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:51:53 GMT

NRL, aerospace industry hosts 10th annual CanSat Student Challenge
Created in 2004 by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Texas CanSat Competition is an undergraduate and graduate level design-build-launch event simulating the end-to-end life cycle of a complex engineering project. Astronomy & Space News, Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:51:53 GMT

How baryon acoustic oscillation reveals the expansion of the universe
Imagine a stadium filled with people. With everyone is in their seats, waiting for the game to begin, there is an undercurrent of noise. A few words between friends, the scuffle of shoes, the creak of a chair. All of these little sounds fill the stadium with a background of white noise. Astronomy & Space News, Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:51:53 GMT

The Great Cold Spot in the cosmic microwave background
The cosmic microwave background (CMB) is the thermal afterglow of the primordial fireball we call the big bang. One of the striking features of the CMB is how remarkably uniform it is. Still, there are some small variations in temperature at various points in the sky. This is actually expected, and in fact the scale at which these fluctuations occur tells us a great deal about the structure of the universe. But there is also a fluctuation that isn't expected, and its cause is a bit of a mystery. It is known as the CMB cold spot, and there has been much speculation as to its cause. Astronomy & Space News, Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:51:53 GMT

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