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SPACE & SCIENCE NEWS: July 2007
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Big Bounce
Echoes from before the Big Bang may be inaudible
(Jul 6, 2007)


Details of what the universe was like before the big bang may be forever lost to us, according to a new analysis. Einstein's theory of gravity, general relativity, describes the evolution of the cosmos but breaks down at the moment of the big bang, preventing researchers from understanding its origins.

Read more. Source: Scientific American

Hyperion
Craters preserved on spongy Saturn moon
(Jul 5, 2007)


Saturn's bizarre moon Hyperion looks for all the world like a giant sea sponge. Now, astronomers think they know why – it is so porous that space rocks hitting it simply crunch into its airy body without sending up much debris, creating deep, long-lived craters.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

NGC 4449
Stellar fireworks light up dwarf galaxy
(Jul 4, 2007)


A small galaxy ablaze with a burst of star formation appears in a Hubble Space Telescope image released on Tuesday. A merger with another galaxy may have triggered the colourful display. The galaxy, called NGC 4449, lies 12.5 million light-years away in the constellation Canes Venatici and is much smaller than our own Milky Way.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

Soyuz on launch pad; long exposure of gantry retraction
Europe mulls human launch system
(Jul 3, 2007)


Industrial groups in Europe are about to look in detail at ideas for a new launch system to put humans in space. The meetings have been convened by the European Space Agency (ESA) under a development study that involves Russia – with Japan also eager to contribute. The discussions at industrial level will formally start in July.

Read more. Source: BBC

Big Bang
Universe mostly forgets its past during cosmic rebirth
(Jul 2, 2007)


Some cosmologists think that our universe has been cycling through an endless series of big bangs and big crunches. If so, it implies the universe is doomed to repeat the same thing over and over. A new study, however, suggests that with each big bang, the universe mostly forgets its past and starts anew.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

Image returned by Genesis 2
Private space station protoype beams down new images
(Jul 2, 2007)


A day after launching into orbit, the privately-built Genesis 2 expandable module successfully relayed high-resolution images taken on June 29 during on-orbit checkout procedures. The two pictures confirmed the operation of the inflatable module's camera system followed by download to the Mission Operations center for the Las Vegas, Nevada-based spaceflight firm Bigelow Aerospace.

Read more. Source: space.com

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