Ripples are a new tool for exploring space
Professor Graham Woan, one of the international team of scientists who worked on the breakthrough, told Sky News it was similar to Galileo looking through the telescope at the night for the first time.
The point was not that our understanding of the universe has been upended, as it was in the Scientific Revolution, but that we have a new tool – a new technology – for exploring our cosmos. Now, we have a gravitational telescope.
The LIGO array has been shown to work; upgrades will only make it more effective. We’ll be able to peer back much further in time, to just after the start of the universe. We’ll be able to test our theories and come up with new ones.
Astro-H will soon blast off to space
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) newest (and sixth!) X-ray observatory is leaving for space on Friday to study black holes and galaxy clusters. It’s called Astro-H, and it’s blasting off with several scientific instruments in tow. These include ones that can detect X-ray sources 10 times fainter than what its predecessor, the Suzaku, could detect.
The star of the show, though, is its Soft X-Ray Spectrometer (SXS), which is fitted with a “microcalorimeter.” The Goddard-built spectrometer (designed in cooperation with various Japanese institutions) will use that device to measure and distinguish X-ray colors.
Mouldy luggage delays NASA’s launch of space station cargo
NASA’s next cargo run to the International Space Station will be delayed for at least two weeks after black mould was found in two fabric bags used for packing clothing, food and other supplies.
The source of the mould, common in humid climates like Florida’s, is under investigation by Nasa and Lockheed Martin, which prepares cargo for launch aboard two commercial carriers, Orbital ATK and privately owned SpaceX.
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