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March 19, 2014

Headlines – March 19, 2014

Space

NASA reveals technology behind its Orion capsule, preparation for its first journey

For the first time in a generation, NASA is building a new astronaut-carrying spacecraft. Called Orion, this capsule is designed to take explorers further into space than we’ve ever gone before. Eventually, journeys to Mars itself are being imagined. 

Does Titan have waves?

In recent years, astronomers have been astounded by just how much Saturn’s moon Titan resembles Earth. Like our planet, the surface of Titan is covered with lakes and seas; it has islands, mud, rain clouds, river channels and, according to some scientists, even rainbows.

 

Technology

The onesie that could save astronauts’ backs

In space, the lack of gravity can stretch an astronaut’s spine causing them to grow in height by as much as three inches. In an effort to prevent this, scientists have developed skin-tight spacesuits that mimic the force of gravity on the human body.




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News Briefs February 27, 2015

Ukraine will start pulling back heavy weapons in the east Ukraine’s military says it will start pulling back its heavy weapons from the front line with Russian-backed separatists as required under a cease-fire agreement. The Defense Ministry said in a statement Feb. 26 that it reserved the right to revise its withdrawal plans in the...
 
 

Northrop Grumman’s AstroMesh reflector successfully deploys for NASA’s SMAP satellite

The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory successfully deployed the mesh reflector and boom aboard the Soil Moisture Active Passive spacecraft, a key milestone on its mission to provide global measurements of soil moisture. Launched Jan. 31, SMAP represents the future of Earth Science by helping researchers better understand our planet. SMAP’s unmatched data capabilities are enabled...
 
 

Headlines February 25, 2015

News: Army to send headquarters group to Kandahar in first sign of revision to Afghan withdrawal plan - In the first official sign that the Pentagon plans to keep a U.S. military presence in southern Afghanistan after this year, the Army is sending the 7th Infantry Division headquarters from Joint Base Lewis-McChord on a year-long deployment...
 

 

News Briefs February 25, 2015

Lithuania restores compulsory military service Lithuania will restore compulsory military service for young men as tensions in Ukraine continue to worry the small Baltic nation, the government said Feb. 24. After a meeting of military leaders and top government officials, President Dalia Grybauskaite said the measure was necessary because of growing aggression in Ukraine. Military...
 
 

Headlines February 23, 2015

News: Republicans, Democrats want more DOD spending - Republicans and Democrats remain deeply divided about how much the country should spend on the military, but a growing number of all Americans say the Pentagon budget is too small.   Business: New armed UAV export rules help U.S. firms - New U.S. rules loosening restrictions on exports of...
 
 

News Briefs February 23, 2015

New Pentagon chief visits airfield in southern Afghanistan U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is getting briefed on American military operations at Kandahar airfield in southern Afghanistan as part of what he calls a listening tour of the war zone. On his second day in Afghanistan, Carter flew to Kandahar from Kabul, the capital, where he...
 




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