astronomy

SpaceX aborts launch

Cape Canaveral, Florida – SpaceX aborted its launch of the Dragon capsule toward the ISS at the last second on Saturday due to a technical issue with one of the rocket’s nine engines. “The initiation sequence had started but there was a cutoff,” said Nasa commentator George Diller. A SpaceX spokesperson said engineers would look …

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New measurements confirm the accelerating expansion of the Universe

Wednesday, 11 April 2012 10:57 Astronomy – Cosmology   An unprecedented survey of gravitationally lensed quasars, has been used to measure the expansion history of the universe. The result provides strong evidence that the expansion of the universe is accelerating. There were several observations that suggested accelerated cosmic expansion, including distant supernovae for which the …

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Hunt is on for pieces of van-sized California meteor

Article from New Scientist online pages Wanted: fragments of a minivan-sized meteor that exploded over northern California and Nevada on Sunday morning and may well have survived to strike Earth. Meteorites – meteors that make landfall – can provide crucial information about the chemical composition of the early solar system. “It’s like getting sample return …

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