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These chip-sized spaceraft are the smallest space probes yet
Spacecraft have gone bite-sized. On June 23, 2017, Breakthrough Starshot, an initiative to send spacecraft to another star system, launched half a dozen probes called Sprites to test how their electronics fare in outer space.
~ Motion passed to create two positions to fill executive director role: Administrator (internally focused) and Executive Director (externally focused)
~ Brent Sisler was named as Administrator and Mike Dowel was named as Executive Director.
Large Hadron Collider experiment nabs five new particles - March 2017
Physicists have snagged a bounty of five new particles in one go.
Members of the LHCb experiment, located at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, reported the prolific particle procurement in a paper posted online March 14 at arXiv.org. The five particles are each composed of three quarks — a class of particle that makes up larger particles such as protons and neutrons. Each of the new particles comprises two “strange” quarks and one “charm” quark.
The five particles are in various excited, or high-energy, states — giving each particle a different mass and a different arrangement of quarks within. Such particles are expected to exist according to the theory of the strong nuclear force, which bundles quarks together into larger particles.
The five excited particles are named after their low-energy relative, Ωc0or omega-c-zero. Their rather uninspiring monikers are Ωc(3000)0, Ωc(3050)0, Ωc(3066)0, Ωc(3090)0and Ωc(3119)0. Each number in parentheses indicates the mass of the particle in millions of electron volts.
The University of Akron and Cleveland State University, along with California State University at Los Angeles, have joined together to work on some projects for NASA and the International Space Station, according to a University of Akron news release (Dec 1).
The universities have received a $840,000 grant through NASA's Physical Sciences Research Program for the projects, the release stated. The research will focus on the way materials solidify in space when gravity is lacking.
EXL Center at The University of Akron has just informed us (ACESS) recently of an up-coming event that is planned by Launch League in Akron led by Courtney Gras. They are preparing for a big event the first weekend in December called Flight. It is a Start Up Conference (http://www.launchleague.org/flight/) that may be of specific interest.
Colorful Animation Shows Simulated Flight over Dwarf Planet Ceres
Dr. Jaumann and his colleagues used 2,350 images to generate a realistic view of Ceres. Shows a simulated flight over the surface of Ceres, based on images from Dawn’s high-altitude mapping orbit (900 miles, or 1,450 km).