Mars mission, Soyuz TMA-19M and a dark matter detector

gsdo_sls_block1_fisheyeGSDO critical design review marks progress for NASA’s journey to Mars

NASA’s Ground Systems Development and Operations Program (GSDO) has successfully completed its critical design review, on the path to preparing for the agency’s journey to Mars.

The SLS will be the most powerful rocket in the world and will launch astronauts in the agency’s Orion spacecraft to destinations beyond Earth’s orbit. Key elements of Kennedy’s launch infrastructure will support a new era of human exploration on the journey to Mars. High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building will house the SLS on the mobile launcher before it is rolled out to the launch pad atop the massive crawler-transporter. Engineers will fuel the Orion spacecraft in the Multi-Payload Processing Facility with propellants that astronauts will need to carry out their missions in space. The launch director will prepare for the final countdown with the command and control system in the Launch Control Center firing room before SLS blasts off from Launch Pad 39B on its mission to explore deep space.

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Three Expedition-46 astronauts on way to ISS

A new Soyuz rocket successfully sent three Expedition-46 astronauts on the six-hour trip to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan on Tuesday.

NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, Yuri Malenchenko from the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Tim Peake of the European Space Agency (ESA) will meet the other three Expedition-46 astronauts aboard the ISS to participate in Earth observations and conduct key research to advance knowledge and demonstrate new technologies.

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World’s most sensitive dark matter detector gets even better


Dark matter is thought to be the dominant form of matter in the universe. Scientists are confident in its existence because the effects of its gravity can be seen in the rotation of galaxies and in the way light bends as it travels through the universe. Although nobody has found dark matter, yet, we are one step closer, thanks to the latest developments in a large scale physics experiment.

In a new study submitted to Physical Review Letters and posted to ArXiv, researchers reveal that LUX’s sensitivity for detecting low-mass dark matter particles has improved by more than a factor of 20, enhancing their ability to look for WIMPS.

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A job opening for a Quality Technician Job, Orbital ATK (USA). Orbital ATK is currently seeking an experienced Quality Control Technician to work in our Quality Inspection team at our Promontory facilities. An ideal candidate would have technical strengths in both manufacturing and inspection processes. More information

Build up your space resume by participating in the challenge Design a Space Container: create a digital 3D model of a container for space. The ability to 3D print containers in space – on demand – will let humans venture farther into space. It could be a container designed for zero-gravity on the International Space Station, or a container designed for future astronauts on Mars or beyond! Space is a big place, but your imagination is even bigger. More information


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