RocketLaunchUS-Australia agreement promotes space situational awareness
OFFUTT AFB NB (AFPS) Apr 30, 2013 – A new agreement made between the United States and Australia represents the first in what U.S. Strategic Command’s commander hopes will be many that promote transparency in the space domain. Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler signed the agreement on behalf of the United States, short-cutting the process for the Australian government to request data through STRATCOM’s Space Situational Awarene … more

Entire galaxies feel the heat from newborn stars – Bursts of star birth can curtail future galaxy growth
Paris (ESA) Apr 30, 2013 – Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have shown for the first time that bursts of star formation have a major impact far beyond the boundaries of their host galaxy. These energetic events can affect galactic gas at distances of up to twenty times greater than the visible size of the galaxy – altering how the galaxy evolves, and how matter and energy is spread throughout the Univ … more

SpaceShipTwo Breaks Sound Barrier In First Rocket-Powered Flight
Mojave CA (SPX) Apr 29, 2013 – Virgin Galactic has completed the first rocket-powered flight of its space vehicle, SpaceShipTwo (SS2). The test, conducted by teams from Scaled Composites (Scaled) and Virgin Galactic, officially marks Virgin Galactic’s entrance into the final phase of vehicle testing prior to commercial service from Spaceport America in New Mexico. “The first powered flight of Virgin Spaceship Enterprise … more