ITER blanket technology approved

( —The design of the ITER blanket system, a crucial technology on the way to fusion power, has been approved and is now ready to proceed to the manufacturing stage. "The development and validation of the final design of the ITER blanket and first wall technology is a major achievement on our way to deuterium-tritium operation—the main goal of the ITER project," says Rene Raffray, in charge of the blanket for the ITER Organization. "We are looking at a first-of-a-kind fusion blanket which will operate in a first-of-a-kind fusion experimental reactor."

F4E starts connecting the ITER systems together

Those who perceive challenges as opportunities will find themselves drawn to the levels of sophistication and complexity underpinning the ITER project. Connecting the different systems of ITER and ensuring their smooth operation is not an easy task. The glue, otherwise known as the Control Data Access and Communication (CODAC) system, that holds firmly the systems of ITER together, and allows them to 'talk' between them, is a building block for securing the success of the project.

NASA Extends Mission Operations Support Contract

NASA has exercised a contract option with Lockheed Martin Corp. of Gaithersburg, Md., to provide continued mission control systems services, development, maintenance and operations support as part of the Facilities Development and Operations Contract.

NASA Selects Small Businesses for Innovative Research and Technology Projects

NASA has selected 44 additional proposals from 42 small high-technology companies to enter into negotiations for Phase 2 contract awards through the agency's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.

NASA Probe Observes Meteors Colliding With Saturn's Rings

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has provided the first direct evidence of small meteoroids breaking into streams of rubble and crashing into Saturn's rings.

Best Glimpse Yet of Comet ISON Provided by Hubble Telescope

Astronomers are expecting a lot out of Comet ISON. Due to pass incredibly close to the sun on November 28 of this year (700,000 miles from the star's surface), the frozen rock will make for a stunning sight, potentially outshining even the full moon. A Hubble Space Telescope photo released yesterday provides the clearest view of the comet so far and suggests a few surprises.

This image of ISON was snapped while the comet was about 286 million miles from the sun (slightly closer than Jupit

Light bursts out of a flying mirror

( —An international team of researchers succeeds in generating flashes of extreme ultraviolet radiation via the reflection from a mirror that moves close to the speed of light.

LHCb experiment observes new matter-antimatter difference

( —The LHCb collaboration at CERN today submitted a paper to Physical Review Letters on the first observation of matter-antimatter asymmetry in the decays of the particle known as the B0s. It is only the fourth sub-atomic particle known to exhibit such behavior.

New matter-antimatter difference observed in LHCb experiment at CERN

Researchers at CERN are reporting the first observation of matter-antimatter asymmetry in the decays of the particle known as the B0s. It is only the fourth subatomic particle known to exhibit such behavior.

NASA 'Inspired Science' Challenge Winners Talk Live With Astronaut

NASA astronaut Don Pettit will conduct three live video chats Thursday, April 25, with 12 student teams whose science experiments won an agency-sponsored contest.


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