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May 25, 2017
IRON AND ICE
NASA Moves Up Launch of Psyche Mission to a Metal Asteroid



Pasadena CA (JPL) May 25, 2017
Psyche, NASA's Discovery Mission to a unique metal asteroid, has been moved up one year with launch in the summer of 2022, and with a planned arrival at the main belt asteroid in 2026 - four years earlier than the original timeline. "We challenged the mission design team to explore if an earlier launch date could provide a more efficient trajectory to the asteroid Psyche, and they came through in a big way," said Jim Green, director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters in Washing ... read more

MARSDAILY
Schiaparelli landing investigation completed
Paris (ESA) May 25, 2017
The inquiry into the crash-landing of the ExoMars Schiaparelli module has concluded that conflicting information in the onboard computer caused the descent sequence to end prematurely. The Sch ... more
ROBO SPACE
Robots help shed light on how humans walk
Boston MA (SPX) May 25, 2017
Learning how to walk is difficult for toddlers to master; it's even harder for adults who are recovering from a stroke, traumatic brain injury, or other condition, requiring months of intensive, oft ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Mouse sperm survives in space, but could human babies?
Miami (AFP) May 24, 2017
Freeze-dried mouse sperm that spent nine months in space has been used to produce healthy rodent offspring back on Earth, Japanese researchers said this week. ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Measured for the first time: Direction of light waves changed by quantum effect
Vienna, Austria (SPX) May 25, 2017
A light wave sent through empty space always oscillates in the same direction. However, certain materials can be used to rotate the direction in which the light is oscillating when placed in a magne ... more
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Cube Quest Challenge Team Spotlight: Cislunar Explorers
Washington DC (SPX) May 25, 2017
Tenacity and drive are hallmarks of Cornell University's Cislunar Explorers Team. But there is another key factor in building and testing their spacecraft: Just add water. "The core concept be ... more
ENERGY TECH
Physicists discover that lithium oxide on tokamak walls can improve plasma performance
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) May 22, 2017
Lithium compounds improve plasma performance in fusion devices just as well as pure lithium does, a team of physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (P ... more
EXO WORLDS
NASA Scientist Parlays Experience to Build Ocean Worlds Instrument
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 24, 2017
An instrument originally developed to search for organic molecules on Mars is being repurposed to potentially hunt for life on a handful of moons in the outer solar system that appear to host oceans ... more
ROBO SPACE
AI wins as Google algorithm beats No. 1 Go player
Shanghai (AFP) May 23, 2017
Google's computer algorithm AlphaGo narrowly beat the world's top-ranked player in the ancient Chinese board game of Go on Tuesday, reaffirming the arrival of what its developers tout as a ground-breaking new form of artificial intelligence. ... more
DRAGON SPACE
California Woman Charged for Trying to Hand Over Sensitive Space Tech to China
Washington DC (Sputnik) May 24, 2017
A woman in the US state of California was arrested Tuesday for allegedly conspiring to smuggle space communications technology to China, the US Department of Justice said in a press release. " ... more
EXO WORLDS
Scientists propose synestia, a new type of planetary object
Davis CA (SPX) May 22, 2017
There's something new to look for in the heavens, and it's called a "synestia," according to planetary scientists Simon Lock at Harvard University and Sarah Stewart at the University of California, ... more


Astronomers Confirm Orbital Details of TRAPPIST-1h

EXO WORLDS
Study shows how radioactive decay could support extraterrestrial life
San Antonio, TX (SPX) May 22, 2017
In the icy bodies around our solar system, radiation emitted from rocky cores could break up water molecules and support hydrogen-eating microbes. To address this cosmic possibility, a University of ... more
EXO WORLDS
Kepler Telescope Spies Details of Trappist-1's Outermost Planet
Seattle WA (SPX) May 22, 2017
A University of Washington-led international team of astronomers has used data gathered by the Kepler Space Telescope to observe and confirm details of the outermost of seven exoplanets orbiting the ... more
ROBO SPACE
Building a better 'bot': Artificial intelligence helps human groups
New Haven CT (SPX) May 19, 2017
Artificial intelligence doesn't have to be super-sophisticated to make a difference in people's lives, according to a new Yale University study. Even "dumb AI" can help human groups. In a seri ... more
TECH SPACE
Arralis launches plug and play Ka band chipset
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) May 19, 2017
Irish company Arralis, world leaders in building technology and products that are the future of global radar and wireless communications, are announcing the launch of their new Leonis Ka band chipse ... more



Schiaparelli landing investigation completed
Paris (ESA) May 25, 2017
The inquiry into the crash-landing of the ExoMars Schiaparelli module has concluded that conflicting information in the onboard computer caused the descent sequence to end prematurely. The Schiaparelli entry, descent and landing demonstrator module separated from its mothership, the Trace Gas Orbiter, as planned on 16 October last year, and coasted towards Mars for three days. Much o ... more
Honolulu HI (SPX) May 22, 2017
HI-SEAS Mission V Mars simulation marks midway point
Washington DC (SPX) May 19, 2017
Deciphering the fluid floorplan of a planet
Washington DC (SPX) May 17, 2017
How hard did it rain on Mars
Cube Quest Challenge Team Spotlight: Cislunar Explorers
Washington DC (SPX) May 25, 2017
Tenacity and drive are hallmarks of Cornell University's Cislunar Explorers Team. But there is another key factor in building and testing their spacecraft: Just add water. "The core concept behind our work is using water as rocket fuel," said project manager Kyle Patrick Doyle. "It's something that we've been looking at for a long time, and it's exciting to have a chance to test our techno ... more
Paris (ESA) May 12, 2017
Winning plans for CubeSats to the Moon
Paris (ESA) May 04, 2017
Printing bricks from moondust using the Sun's heat
Tempe AZ (SPX) May 02, 2017
NASA selects ASU's ShadowCam for moon mission
Hubble spots moon around third largest dwarf planet
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 19, 2017
The combined power of three space observatories, including NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, has helped astronomers uncover a moon orbiting the third largest dwarf planet, catalogued as 2007 OR10. The pair resides in the frigid outskirts of our solar system called the Kuiper Belt, a realm of icy debris left over from our solar system's formation 4.6 billion years ago. With this discovery, mos ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 18, 2017
NASA asks science community for Europa Lander Instruments ideas
Berkeley CA (SPX) May 11, 2017
Waves of lava seen in Io's largest volcanic crater
Washington DC (Sputnik) May 08, 2017
Not So Great Anymore: Jupiter's Red Spot Shrinks to Smallest Size Ever
Scientists propose synestia, a new type of planetary object
Davis CA (SPX) May 22, 2017
There's something new to look for in the heavens, and it's called a "synestia," according to planetary scientists Simon Lock at Harvard University and Sarah Stewart at the University of California, Davis. A synestia, they propose, would be a huge, spinning, donut-shaped mass of hot, vaporized rock, formed as planet-sized objects smash into each other. And at one point early in its history, ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 24, 2017
NASA Scientist Parlays Experience to Build Ocean Worlds Instrument
Seattle WA (SPX) May 22, 2017
Kepler Telescope Spies Details of Trappist-1's Outermost Planet
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 22, 2017
Astronomers Confirm Orbital Details of TRAPPIST-1h
Neptune: Neutralizer-free plasma propulsion
Washington DC (SPX) May 24, 2017
Plasma propulsion is an important and efficient technology used to control spacecraft for Earth observation, communications and fundamental exploration of outer space. Plasma propulsion systems use electric power to ionize propellant gas and transform it into the fourth state of matter, known as plasma. Electrically charged ions and electrons are accelerated in an exhaust beam to generate ... more
Wellington (AFP) May 25, 2017
Successful launch puts New Zealand in space race
Sochi (Sputnik) May 24, 2017
Russia to create new Super-Heavy Class rocket after 2025
Seattle WA (SPX) May 18, 2017
Spaceflight buys Electron Rocket from Rocket Lab
California Woman Charged for Trying to Hand Over Sensitive Space Tech to China
Washington DC (Sputnik) May 24, 2017
A woman in the US state of California was arrested Tuesday for allegedly conspiring to smuggle space communications technology to China, the US Department of Justice said in a press release. "A Pomona woman was arrested this morning on federal charges that accuse her of conspiring to procure and illegally export sensitive space communications technology to her native China," the release st ... more
Beijing (XNA) May 12, 2017
A cabin on the moon? China hones the lunar lifestyle
Beijing (AFP) May 11, 2017
China tests 'Lunar Palace' as it eyes moon mission
Beijing (XNA) May 01, 2017
China to conduct several manned space flights around 2020
NASA Moves Up Launch of Psyche Mission to a Metal Asteroid
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 25, 2017
Psyche, NASA's Discovery Mission to a unique metal asteroid, has been moved up one year with launch in the summer of 2022, and with a planned arrival at the main belt asteroid in 2026 - four years earlier than the original timeline. "We challenged the mission design team to explore if an earlier launch date could provide a more efficient trajectory to the asteroid Psyche, and they came thr ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 17, 2017
Movie Shows Ceres at Opposition from Sun
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 16, 2017
Twisting an Asteroid
Ithaca NY (SPX) May 15, 2017
Oldest buckthorn fossilized flowers found in Argentina
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Laser weapons edge toward use in US military
Washington (AFP) April 8, 2017
A sci-fi staple for decades, laser weapons are finally becoming reality in the US military, albeit with capabilities a little less dramatic than at the movies. Lightsabers - the favored weapon of the Jedi in "Star Wars" films - will remain in the fictional realm for now, but after decades of development, laser weapons are now here and are being deployed on military vehicles and planes. ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 3, 2017
Researchers create Star Wars 'superlaser' in the lab
Washington (UPI) Mar 23, 2017
German scientists focus radiation of 10,000 suns with new light array
Washington (UPI) Mar 23, 2017
Scientists find out where laser energy goes when a beam is fired into plasma
Yemen rebel missile shot down near Saudi capital
Riyadh (AFP) May 19, 2017
Saudi Arabia said it shot down a ballistic missile, fired by Yemeni rebels, southwest of the capital Riyadh late Friday, ahead of US President Donald Trump's arrival in the Sunni-led kingdom. Air defence units "intercepted a ballistic missile that was launched by Huthi militias", and it fell over an unpopulated area 180 kilometres from Riyadh, the Saudi-led coalition said in a statement. ... more
Washington (UPI) May 19, 2017
Lockheed Martin receives new THAAD contract
Washington DC (UPI) May 16, 2017
Lockheed Martin contract for AEGIS system development
Washington DC (UPI) May 16, 2017
Lockheed Martin receives Patriot missile contract for Qatar
History of Titan's Landscape Resembles Mars's, not Earth's
Boston MA (SPX) May 19, 2017
The environment on Titan, Saturn's largest moon, may seem surprisingly familiar: Clouds condense and rain down on the surface, feeding rivers that flow into oceans and lakes. Outside of Earth, Titan is the only other planetary body in the solar system with actively flowing rivers, though they're fed by liquid methane instead of water. Long ago, Mars also hosted rivers, which scoured valleys acro ... more
New York NY (SPX) May 19, 2017
Scientists describe origins of topographic relief on Titan
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 04, 2017
New Movie Shows Cassini's First Dive over Saturn
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 02, 2017
Cassini Finds 'The Big Empty' Close to Saturn
Nanotechnology Flight Test: Material Impact on the Future
Cleveland OH (SPX) May 18, 2017
Mastering the intricacies of controlling matter at the nanoscale level is part of a revolutionary quest to apply nanotechnology to benefit industrial processes. A key element of that technology is the use of carbon nanotubes. Carbon nanotubes are small hollow tubes with diameters of 0.7 to 50 nanometers and lengths generally in the tens of microns. While ultra-small, carbon nanotubes offer big-t ... more
Stanford CA (SPX) May 24, 2017
Stanford scientists use nanotechnology to boost the performance of key industrial catalyst
Chicago IL (SPX) May 24, 2017
Researchers create first significant examples of optical crystallography for nanomaterials
Nuremberg, Germany (SPX) May 23, 2017
Molecular Lego for nanoelectronics
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Monash researchers uncover new gravitational wave characteristics
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) May 22, 2017
Monash researchers have identified a new concept - 'orphan memory' - which changes the current thinking around gravitational waves. The research, by the Monash Centre for Astrophysics, was published recently in Physical Review Letters. Einstein's theory of general relativity predicts that cataclysmic cosmic explosions stretch the fabric of spacetime. The stretching of spacetime ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 11, 2017
Proving Einstein right using highly sensitive Earth rotation sensors
Huntsville AL (SPX) May 03, 2017
Scientists Find Giant Wave Rolling Through the Perseus Galaxy Cluster
Pasadena CA (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
Rare Brightening of Supernova's Light Found by Caltech's Palomar Observatory
VLA reveals new object near supermassive black hole in famous galaxy
Charlottesville VA (SPX) May 24, 2017
Pointing the Very Large Array (VLA) at a famous galaxy for the first time in two decades, a team of astronomers got a big surprise, finding that a bright new object had appeared near the galaxy's core. The object, the scientists concluded, is either a very rare type of supernova explosion or, more likely, an outburst from a second supermassive black hole closely orbiting the galaxy's primary, ce ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 22, 2017
Model predicts presence of naked singularity in 4D space
Baltimore, MD (SPX) May 22, 2017
Astronomers make the largest map of the Universe yet
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) May 19, 2017
Destruction of a quantum monopole observed
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AI wins as Google algorithm beats No. 1 Go player
Shanghai (AFP) May 23, 2017
Google's computer algorithm AlphaGo narrowly beat the world's top-ranked player in the ancient Chinese board game of Go on Tuesday, reaffirming the arrival of what its developers tout as a ground-breaking new form of artificial intelligence. AlphaGo took the first of a scheduled three games against brash 19-year-old Chinese world number one Ke Jie, who after the match annointed the programme ... more
Boston MA (SPX) May 25, 2017
Robots help shed light on how humans walk
New Haven CT (SPX) May 19, 2017
Building a better 'bot': Artificial intelligence helps human groups
San Diego CA (SPX) May 23, 2017
3-D-printed, soft, four legged robot can walk on sand and stone
Exploring underground with a colliding drone
Paris (ESA) May 22, 2017
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano last weekend helped to explore the caverns under Sicily using a drone that deliberately bumped into its surroundings in order to build a map. ESA has been testing equipment, techniques and working methods for missions with astronauts in inner space for many years. Delving inside Earth and exploring caves often parallels the exploration of outer space, from a la ... more
Washington (UPI) May 23, 2017
Northrop Grumman awarded contract for MQ-4C drone maintenance
Washington (UPI) May 17, 2017
Drone to replace Israeli manned maritime patrol aircraft
Washington (UPI) May 17, 2017
General Atomics receives MQ-9 contract


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