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August 29, 2016
NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Mars 2020 Rover Mission
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 29, 2016
NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for a mission that will address high-priority science goals for the agency's Journey to Mars. Mars 2020 is targeted for launch in July 2020 aboard an Atlas V 541 rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The rover will conduct geological assessments of its landing site on Mars, determine the habitability of the environment, search for signs of ancient Martian l ... read more

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China Sends Country's Largest Carrier Rocket to Launch Base
Beijing sent on Friday its largest carrier rocket dubbed Long March-5 (Changzheng-5 in Chinese) to the country's southern province of Hainan, where the launch base is situated. Two rocket-carr ... more

Science set to upstage fiction with Fantastic Voyage
Fifty years to the day after the film Fantastic Voyage was first shown in theatres, the Polytechnique Montreal Nanorobotics Laboratory is unveiling a unique medical interventional infrastructure dev ... more

NIST's compact gyroscope may turn heads
Shrink rays may exist only in science fiction, but similar effects are at work in the real world at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). After successfully miniaturizing ... more
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New 10-foot dish will connnect ASU researchers directly with satellites
We can hear them now... A new ground tracking station featuring a 10-foot diameter dish at Arizona State University's Tempe campus will allow researchers to communicate with satellites. Instal ... more


Northrop Grumman to Provide Navigation System for German Satellite
Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract from OHB System AG to supply the space inertial reference system for Germany's SARah satellite-based radar reconnaissance system. Northrop Grumman ... more

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

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Spherical tokamak as model for next steps in fusion energy
Among the top puzzles in the development of fusion energy is the best shape for the magnetic facility - or "bottle" - that will provide the next steps in the development of fusion reactors. Leading ... more

A better way to learn if Alien Planets have the Right Stuff
A new method for analyzing the chemical composition of stars may help scientists winnow the search for Earth 2.0. Yale University researchers Debra Fischer and John Michael Brewer, in a new study th ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
N. Korea submarine missiles not ready until 2018: experts

N. Korea leader says missile test 'greatest success'

China Communist party expels 'insatiable' statistics chief

N. Korea rejects UN council's condemnation

Japan holds live fire drills at Mt Fuji

Russia launches large snap military drills

Australian minister says French submarine leak 'embarrassing'


Rocky planet found orbiting habitable zone of nearest star
An international team of astronomers including Carnegie's Paul Butler has found clear evidence of a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our Solar System. The new world, designated ... more

Test for damp ground at Mars' seasonal streaks finds none
Seasonal dark streaks on Mars that have become one of the hottest topics in interplanetary research don't hold much water, according to the latest findings from a NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars. The ... more

China unveils Mars probe, rover for ambitious 2020 mission
China on Tuesday released images of a Mars probe and rover which the country plans to send to the Red Planet within five years. China plans to send a spacecraft to orbit Mars, make a landing, ... more
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Fossilized rivers suggest warm, wet ancient Mars
Extensive systems of fossilised riverbeds have been discovered on an ancient region of the Martian surface, supporting the idea that the now cold and dry Red Planet had a warm and wet climate about ... more

Researchers suggest life on Earth may be early in cosmic terms
Why are we now? We know that the universe is roughly 14 billion years old, and that someday it is likely to end - perhaps because of a Big Freeze, Big Rip or Big Crunch. But what can we learn by con ... more
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By mid-century, more Antarctic snowfall may help offset sea-level rise

Volcanic eruption masked acceleration in sea level rise

Looking to saliva to gain insight on evolution

Five beachgoers die in Britain on hottest day of year

Cameroon must halt rubber plantation project: Greenpeace

Myanmar weighs damage after earthquake rattles Bagan pagodas

Myanmar's peacock: a national symbol dying off in the wild


China unveils 2020 Mars rover concept: report
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. ... more

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

Where does AlphaGo go
On March 15, 2016, Lee Sodol, an 18-time world champion of the ancient Chinese board game of Go, was defeated by AlphaGo, a computer program. The event is one of the most historic in the field of ar ... more

The first autonomous, entirely soft robot
A team of Harvard University researchers with expertise in 3D printing, mechanical engineering, and microfluidics has demonstrated the first autonomous, untethered, entirely soft robot. This small, ... 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


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
24/7 Energy News Coverage
FSU chemistry professor explores outer regions of periodic table

Chemists develop possible cheap battery for grid energy storage

A new route to the scalable production of highly crystalline graphene films

Why an uncanny crystal change could laser design

A nanoscale wireless communication system via plasmonic antennas

Biofuels could increase rather than decrease C02 emissions

Where does AlphaGo go

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UCLA physicists discover 'apparent departure from the laws of thermodynamics'


Scientists find exception to the laws of thermodynamics


Full-Circle Vista from NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Shows 'Murray Buttes'


Bacteria could aid search for creatures on other planets


China Ends Preparatory Work on Long March 5 Next-Generation Rocket Engine


A new Goldilocks for habitable planets


From Solo Cup to an asteroid: NASA's newest space mission


NASA Space Robotics Challenge Prepares Robots for the Journey to Mars


Opportunity rover studying grooves


Venus-like Exoplanet Might Have Oxygen Atmosphere, but Not Life

A star's birth holds early clues to life-potential

The outer edge of a star's habitable zone a hard place for life

Roscosmos to spend $7.5Mln studying issues of manned lunar missions

NASA prepares to launch first US asteroid sample return mission

Natural scale caterpillar soft robot is powered and controlled with light

So you want to drive a spacecraft

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

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