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Observatory Detects Gravitational Waves

Gravitational waves resulting from the coalescing of a pair of black holes 1.3 billion light-years from Earth.
(Courtesy: ESA)

On February 11, 2016 the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detected gravity waves. The discovery confirms Albert Einstein’s prediction that such waves exist. In 1918 Einstein proposed that accelerated, massive bodies produce tiny fluctuations in the fabric of spacetime. These fluctuations are referred to as “gravitational waves.” Trying to...

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Commercial Airports Could be Designated as Landing Site for Spacecraft

DreamChaser

  Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), designer and manufacturer of advanced spacecraft, space vehicles, rocket motors and spacecraft subsystems based in Louisville, Colorado, is seeking partnership with spaceports and commercial airports to become a “preferred landing site” for the company’s Dream Chaser spacecraft. Dream Chaser is the only commercial space...

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NASA Promoting CubeSats for Low-Cost Space Exploration

NASA Promoting CubeSats for Low-Cost Space Exploration

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is calling for applicants to participate in the next round of its CubeSat Launch Initiative. Applicants must submit their proposals electronically by 4:30 p.m. EST Tuesday, November 24, 2015. The CubeSat Launch Initiative provides access to space for CubeSats developed by NASA centers,...

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NASA Awards Grants for Technologies That Could Transform Space Exploration

NASA Awards Grants for Technologies That Could Transform Space Exploration

  NASA has selected eight university-led proposals to study innovative, early-stage technologies that will address high-priority needs of America’s space program. The selected proposals for unique, disruptive or transformational space technologies will investigate challenges in the areas of solar cell operations at high temperatures, atmospheric entry model development, synthetic...

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