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August 24, 2016
China unveils 2020 Mars rover concept: report
Beijing (AFP) Aug 24, 2016
China has unveiled illustrations of a Mars probe and rover it aims to send to the Red Planet at the end of the decade in a mission that faces "unprecedented" challenges, state media said Wednesday. China, which is pouring billions into its space programme and working to catch up with the US and Europe, announced in April it aims to send a spacecraft "around 2020" to orbit Mars, land and deploy the rover. Zhang Rongqiao, chief architect of the project, said Tuesday they were targeting July or Aug ... read more

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Space tourists eye $150mln Soyuz lunar flyby
Russia's S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) Energia is preparing a Moon expedition on board an upgraded Soyuz spacecraft with eight space tourists interested in a trip, Energia's Genera ... more

MAVEN Spacecraft Gears Up to Observe Global Dust Storm on Mars
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN Mission (MAVEN) orbiter will have a front-row seat to watch a marvelous dusty spectacle in late 2016. The spacecraft, nearing its second anniversary in ... more

Bacteria could aid search for creatures on other planets
Could there be a way to find bacterial structures on another planet? And if so, how important might these bacteria be in making a planet life-friendly? These are some of the questions that could be ... more
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China Ends Preparatory Work on Long March 5 Next-Generation Rocket Engine
China has finished preparatory work on the engine system of the Long March 5 (LM-5) next-generation carrier rocket, China's PLA (People's Liberation Army) Daily (Jiefangjun Bao) reports. The n ... more


A new Goldilocks for habitable planets
The search for habitable, alien worlds needs to make room for a second "Goldilocks," according to a Yale University researcher. For decades, it has been thought that the key factor in determin ... more

Transition from Operations to Decommissioning by Preparing a Safe, Cost-Effective Shut Down and Waste Management Strategy

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From Solo Cup to an asteroid: NASA's newest space mission
The idea for a device that could unveil the origins of life in our solar system began with a Solo cup. ... more

Full-Circle Vista from NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Shows 'Murray Buttes'
Eroded mesas and buttes reminiscent of the U.S. Southwest shape part of the horizon in the latest 360-degree color panorama from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. The rover used its Mast Camera (Ma ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
North Korea test-fires sub-launched missile close to Japan

China 'opposes' N.Korea's nuclear and missile development: FM

UN Command condemns N. Korea mine-laying on border

Biden vows 'rock solid' NATO ties as allies slam Trump

Top diplomats kick off Japan, China, S.Korea meeting

N. Korea rolls out on-demand TV service

US confirms Gulen extradition request, but says no link with Turkey coup


Venus-like Exoplanet Might Have Oxygen Atmosphere, but Not Life
The distant planet GJ 1132b intrigued astronomers when it was discovered last year. Located just 39 light-years from Earth, it might have an atmosphere despite being baked to a temperature of around ... more

A star's birth holds early clues to life-potential
Our solar system began as a cloud of gas and dust. Over time, gravity slowly pulled these bits together into the Sun and planets we recognize today. While not every system is friendly to life, astro ... more

The outer edge of a star's habitable zone a hard place for life
Earth is situated right in the middle of our Sun's habitable zone and it's a comfortable place for life. We enjoy a relatively stable climate and the right amount of warmth to allow liquid water. ... more
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Roscosmos to spend $7.5Mln studying issues of manned lunar missions
The Russian state space corporation Roscosmos will spend 478 million rubles ($7.5 million) on studying issues of manned flights to the moon, data published on the Russian public procurement web port ... more

NASA prepares to launch first US asteroid sample return mission
NASA is preparing to launch its first mission to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth. The mission will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began, as well as improve our u ... more
24/7 News Coverage
Japan takes aid show to Africa in China's shadow

Giant cruise ship heads to Arctic on pioneering journey

Boko Haram's Shekau 'wounded' in air strike: Nigeria

Study quantifies haze's role in China's urban heat island effect

UN expert slams China on human rights

Washington state declares emergency due to wildfires

Canada to US tourists: please leave your guns at home


Air Force successfully launches GSSAP 3/4 - AFSPC-6 from Cape Canaveral AFS
The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the third and fourth Orbital ATK built Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites aboard a United Launch ... more

Vector Space launches new software platform to support space entrepreneurs
Vector Space Systems, a space systems company focused on micro launches and micro space platforms and comprised of new-space and enterprise software industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, M ... more

Scientists find exception to the laws of thermodynamics
To effectively control and study ions, scientists must cool the high-energy particles. To do so, they rely on a basic premise of the laws of thermodynamics - that an object with a higher temperature will eventual cool to the same temperature as its surroundings. An apple pie, for example, will eventually cool to room temperature. ... more

UCLA physicists discover 'apparent departure from the laws of thermodynamics'
According to the basic laws of thermodynamics, if you leave a warm apple pie in a winter window eventually the pie would cool down to the same temperature as the surrounding air. For chemists ... more

Natural scale caterpillar soft robot is powered and controlled with light
Researchers at the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw, using the liquid crystal elastomer technology, originally developed in the LENS Institute in Florence, demonstrated a bioinspired m ... more


NASA Space Robotics Challenge Prepares Robots for the Journey to Mars
NASA, in partnership with Space Center Houston, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, and NineSigma, a global innovation consultant organization, has opened registration for a ne ... more

Opportunity rover studying grooves
Opportunity is wrapping up exploration of 'Marathon Valley' on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover has driven to an area were the rock outcrop has interesting grooves. The science team is using O ... more
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Economy of energy-hungry India may face headwinds

Scientists develop nanofur material to soak up oil

US watchdog clears ChemChina's Syngenta acquisition

China opens longest glass bottom bridge in world

Australia to study drift of MH370 debris

Iran interested in proposed Chinese-built canal in Nicaragua

Summer spells cold showers for Russians as hot water cut

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NASA Asteroid Redirect Mission Completes Design Milestone


Scientists take big step toward recreating primordial 'RNA world'


"Kitchen Smoke" in nebula offer clues to the building blocks of life


Undergraduates Build Star-Tracking Instrument for NASA Research Rockets


Spotlight on Schiaparelli's landing site


Brown dwarfs reveal exoplanets' secrets


China launches hi-res SAR imaging satellite


Bringing Home NASA's First Asteroid Samples


Simulations suggest that magnetic fields can calm plasma instabilities

New spectroscopic technique may help zero in on Martian life

Crewed Missions to Mars

China launches world first quantum satellite

Legions of nanorobots target cancerous tumors with precision

NASA to map Asteroid Bennu from the ground up

Using plasma technology to improve bone healing

Sierra Nevada Corporation helps Juno "Keep Cool and Science On"

Scientists to unveil new Earth-like planet: report

Limited power as Mar Lab approaches Murray Buttes

Methane-Filled Canyons Line Titan's Surface

1400 km of optical fiber connect optical clocks in France and Germany

Brain-machine interfaces trigger partial neurological recovery in chronic paraplegics

Researchers find most volcanic activity on Mercury stopped over 3 billion years ago

Opportunity going back for closer look at grooves seen in images

Rhea Shines Brightly About Saturn

Mineral Veins on Mars Were Formed by Evaporating Ancient Lakes

Evidence of Martian life could be hard to find in some meteorite blast sites

Curiosity Has Disproved 'Old Idea of Mars as a Simple Basaltic Planet'

Lockheed Martin, NASA Ink Deal for SkyFire Infrared Lunar Discovery Satellite

Pluto Flyby - A Year Later

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