Space News: December 3, 2015

jve6e5stqzjffxcywdnqStunning video captures rocket separation in space like never before

This is truly spectacular. Here’s footage from UP Aerospace, which captured a multistage rocket separating in space like we’ve never seen before. You can see it release and then separate from each other in stunning fashion. We’ve slowed down the stage where the rocket separates and it’s just so cool. Seeing that moment happen in space is unbelievable.

UP Aerospace “successfully executed a mission for NASA to deploy the Maraia Earth Return Capsule. The mission reached an altitude of 75 miles above Spaceport America and landed 30 miles down range on White Sands Missile Range. The missions was UP Aerospace’s 10th SpaceLoft rocket launch and the first deployment mission.”

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Scientists shed light on composition of universe, reveal ‘Cosmic Web’

A recent study by scientists from the University of Geneva has shed light on the composition of the universe. Although ordinary matter makes up only 5 percent of the universe and approximately half of this amount, the “missing baryons,” has eluded the detection of scientists thus far, the study found that the rest of this percentage is in the form of a “cosmic web” of hot gas that associates with intergalactic filaments that exist at temperatures between 100,000 and 10 million degrees.

Identifying the nature of ordinary matter that we cannot see is important in order to understand the origins of galaxy formation, which occurs when ordinary matter collapses and then subsequently cools down. Using the XMM space telescope, which is capable of detecting the signatures of very hot gases, they examined Abell 2744, a large cluster of galaxies that possesses a strange distribution of dark, luminous matter at its core. The findings validated previous predictions that the elusive percentage of ordinary matter is held in a “cosmic web.”

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NASA’s operation IceBridge completes Twin Polar Campaigns

heimdalNASA’s Operation IceBridge, an airborne survey of polar ice, recently finalized two overlapping campaigns at both of Earth’s poles. Down south, the mission observed a big drop in the height of two glaciers situated in the Antarctic Peninsula, while in the north it collected much-needed measurements of the status of land and sea ice at the end of the Arctic summer melt season.

This was the first time in its seven years of operations that IceBridge carried out parallel flights in the Arctic and Antarctic. Every year, the mission flies to the Arctic in the spring and to Antarctica in the fall to keep collect an uninterrupted record of yearly changes in the height of polar ice.

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