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Submission + - Self-healing material could plug life-threatening holes in spacecraft (

littlesparkvt writes: For astronauts living in space with objects zooming around them at 22,000 miles per hour like rogue super-bullets, it’s good to have a backup plan. Although shields and fancy maneuvers could help protect space structures, scientists have to prepare for the possibility that debris could pierce a vessel. In the journal ACS Macro Letters, one team reports on a new material that heals itself within seconds and could prevent structural penetration from being catastrophic.

Submission + - How I made a space based news site and got 1 million unique views (

littlesparkvt writes: I started Space Industry News with the intent of updating the site every day after work. No big deal, I’ll find some press releases on the NASA site and re-work them a little so it would be easier for people to understand. I wanted to do this, not because space will make me a lot of money, but because I truly love the unique, crazy engineering and science ideas that take us to the farthest reaches of time and space.

Submission + - SpaceX set to create 300 new US jobs and expand facilities (

littlesparkvt writes: The SpaceX manufacturing plant in McGregor , TX is set to spend $46 million on an expansion that would create 300 full-time jobs. SpaceX is proposing to invest $46.3 million in the site during the next five years. They will spend $32.4 million in real property improvements and $13.9 million in personal property improvements.


littlesparkvt writes: New research, using ultrasound, has developed a virtual 3D haptic shape that can be seen and felt. The method uses ultrasound, which is focussed onto hands above the device and that can be felt. By focussing complex patterns of ultrasound, the air disturbances can be seen as floating 3D shapes. Visually, the researchers have demonstrated the ultrasound patterns by directing the device at a thin layer of oil so that the depressions in the surface can be seen as spots when lit by a lamp.

Submission + - NASA Telescopes Uncover Early Construction of Giant Galaxy (

littlesparkvt writes: Astronomers have uncovered for the first time the earliest stages of a massive galaxy forming in the young Universe. The discovery was made possible through combining observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, NASA‘s Spitzer Space Telescope, ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory, and the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii. The growing galaxy core is blazing with the light of millions of newborn stars that are forming at a ferocious rate. The paper appears in the journal Nature on 27 August.

Submission + - A second solar system has been detected that's very similar to our own ( 1

littlesparkvt writes: A team of astrophysicists at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und- Raumfahrt; DLR), together with German and European colleagues, has discovered the most extensive planetary system to date. Seven planets circle the star KOI-351 – more than in other known planetary systems. They are arranged in a similar fashion to the eight planets in the Solar System, with small rocky planets close to the parent star and gas giant planets at greater distances. Although the planetary system around KOI-351 is packed together more tightly, it provides an interesting comparison to our cosmic home.

Submission + - NASAs Curiosity Confirms Origins of Martian Meteorites (

littlesparkvt writes: Earth’s most eminent emissary to Mars has just proven that those rare Martian visitors that sometimes drop in on Earth — a.k.a. Martian meteorites — really are from the Red Planet. A key new measurement of Mars’ atmosphere by NASA’s Curiosity rover provides the most definitive evidence yet of the origins of Mars meteorites while at the same time providing a way to rule out Martian origins of other meteorites.

Submission + - Mars One Documentary , One Way Astronaut, Puts a Human Face on One Way Mission t (

littlesparkvt writes: Over 100,000 people have applied to Mars One’s mission to send a crew to Mars on a one way trip. The crew would be the first in the history of humanity to colonize another planet. This documentary style film , One Way Astronaut , captures 4 applicants personal feelings and motives for going to the red planet.

Submission + - Hubble Sees First, "KILONOVA", 1000 times brighter than regular Nova (

littlesparkvt writes: NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has detected a new kind of stellar blast called a kilonova, which happens when a pair of compact objects such as neutron stars crash together. Hubble observed the fading fireball from a kilonova last month, following a short gamma ray burst (GRB) in a galaxy almost 4 billion light-years from Earth.

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