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January 19, 2017
TECH SPACE
China's quantum communication satellite delivered for use



Beijing (XNA) Jan 19, 2017
China's quantum communication satellite, launched last August, is officially operational after four months of in-orbit testing, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said Wednesday. Testing of the satellite, payloads and space-ground links have been completed, the CAS said, adding that everything was operating properly. The Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS) satellite is the first-ever space-ground test platform for quantum communication, said Wang Jianyu, executive deputy chief engi ... read more

MOON DAILY
The science behind the Lunar Hydrogen Polar Mapper mission
Arizona State University's NASA mission to visit a metal asteroid is just beginning, but the first mission that marked the school as a major player in space exploration has been under way for more t ... more
MARSDAILY
Mars Rover Curiosity Examines Possible Mud Cracks
Scientists used NASA's Curiosity Mars rover in recent weeks to examine slabs of rock cross-hatched with shallow ridges that likely originated as cracks in drying mud. "Mud cracks are the most ... more
MARSDAILY
Opportunity Continues Its Journey South Along Crater Rim
Opportunity is located on the rim of Endeavour Crater, heading south along the rim. The near-term plan is to reach a valley called 'Willamette' where grooves are seen in orbital imagery. The r ... more
IRON AND ICE
Successful Deep Space Maneuver for NASA's OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft
New tracking data confirms that NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft aced its first Deep Space Maneuver (DSM-1) on Dec. 28, 2016. The engine burn sets up the spacecraft for an Earth gravity assist this fall ... more
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SPACE MEDICINE
Probable cause and potential prevention of vision deterioration in space found
Vision deterioration in astronauts who spend a long time in space is likely due to the lack of a day-night cycle in intracranial pressure. But using a vacuum device to lower pressure for part of eac ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
NASA Glenn RED Team Helps EP+R Sterilize Ambulances
When a small business in Kent, Ohio was looking for help to advance one of their products, it came from an unexpected source. Emergency Products and Research (EP+R) designs and manufactures em ... more
SATURN DAILY
Catching Cassini's call
This week, ESA deep-space radio dishes on two continents are listening for signals from the international Cassini spacecraft, now on its final tour of Saturn. ESA's sensitive tracking antennas at Ne ... more
MOON DAILY
Eugene Cernan, last man to walk on moon, dead at 82
US astronaut Eugene Cernan, the last man to set foot on the moon, died Monday at age 82, NASA and his family announced. ... more
MOON DAILY
The moon is older than scientists thought
A UCLA-led research team reports that the moon is at least 4.51 billion years old, or 40 million to 140 million years older than scientists previously thought. The findings - based on an analysis of ... more


Looking for life in all the right places with the right tool

SATURN DAILY
Huygens: 'Ground Truth' From an Alien Moon
After a two-and-a-half-hour descent, the metallic, saucer-shaped spacecraft came to rest with a thud on a dark floodplain covered in cobbles of water ice, in temperatures hundreds of degrees below f ... more
DRAGON SPACE
China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A
The rocket Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A) has sent three satellites into space in its first commercial mission on Monday. The rocket, carrying the satellite JL-1 and two CubeSats XY-S1 and Caton-1, blast ... more

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Russia to face strong competition from China in space launch market
In the decade to come Russia will face strong competition from China for the commercial launch of satellites for developing countries, according to Ivan Moiseev, director of the Institute of Space Policy."China is trying to expand its space launching services, developing new boosters for different segments of the market," Moiseev told RIA Novosti. "It has constructed a new spacecraft launc ... more
Vega And Gokturk-1A are present for next Arianespace lightweight mission

Antares Rides Again

Four Galileo satellites are "topped off" for Arianespace's milestone Ariane 5 launch from the Spaceport

Mars Rover Curiosity Examines Possible Mud Cracks
Scientists used NASA's Curiosity Mars rover in recent weeks to examine slabs of rock cross-hatched with shallow ridges that likely originated as cracks in drying mud. "Mud cracks are the most likely scenario here," said Curiosity science team member Nathan Stein. He is a graduate student at Caltech in Pasadena, California, who led the investigation of a site called "Old Soaker," on lower M ... more
Opportunity Continues Its Journey South Along Crater Rim

New Year yields interesting bright soil for Opportunity rover

HI-SEAS Mission V crew preparing to enter Mars simulation habitat

The moon is older than scientists thought
A UCLA-led research team reports that the moon is at least 4.51 billion years old, or 40 million to 140 million years older than scientists previously thought. The findings - based on an analysis of minerals from the moon called zircons that were brought back to Earth by the Apollo 14 mission in 1971 - are published Jan. 11 in the journal Science Advances. The moon's age has been a hotly d ... more
The science behind the Lunar Hydrogen Polar Mapper mission

Eugene Cernan, last man to walk on moon, dead at 82

New map of the Moon under creation in China

Lowell Observatory to renovate Pluto discovery telescope
The instrument at Lowell Observatory used by Clyde Tombaugh to discover Pluto will soon undergo renovation. The year-long project, set to begin on January 12, will include restoration of both the historic telescope and the wooden dome that houses it. While the telescope will be removed from the dome during this work, the dome will be open from time to time for public tours as work allows. ... more
Flying observatory makes observations of Jupiter previously only possible from space

How a moon slows the decay of Pluto's atmosphere

York U research identifies icy ridges on Pluto

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Looking for life in all the right places with the right tool
Researchers have invented a range of instruments from giant telescopes to rovers to search for life in outer space, but so far, these efforts have yielded no definitive evidence that it exists beyond Earth. Now scientists have developed a new tool that can look for signs of life with 10,000 times more sensitivity than instruments carried on previous spaceflight missions. Their report appears in ... more
Could dark streaks in Venusian clouds be microbial life

VLT to Search for Planets in Alpha Centauri System

Hubble detects 'exocomets' taking the plunge into a young star

When One launch is not enough: SpaceX Return To Flight
SpaceX celebrated the first flight of its Falcon 9 rocket in over four and a half months on Saturday, with a remarkably smooth launch of the vehicle from California. The Falcon 9 had previously been grounded since September, after one of the rockets exploded on a launchpad in Florida during a routine fueling procedure. Though the stakes were high for Saturday's launch, the mission's success does ... more
ISRO set to increase vehicle capacity to accommodate more space launches

Ruptured oxidant tank likely cause of Progress accident

SpaceX launches, lands rocket for first time since Sept blast

China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A
The rocket Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A) has sent three satellites into space in its first commercial mission on Monday. The rocket, carrying the satellite JL-1 and two CubeSats XY-S1 and Caton-1, blasted off from northwestern China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at around 12:11 p.m. Monday Beijing Time, according to a statement from the center. The KZ-1A was developed from the Kuaizhou-1 r ... more
China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory

China Space Plan to Develop "Strength and Size"

Beijing's space program soars in 2016

Successful Deep Space Maneuver for NASA's OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft
New tracking data confirms that NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft aced its first Deep Space Maneuver (DSM-1) on Dec. 28, 2016. The engine burn sets up the spacecraft for an Earth gravity assist this fall as it continues its two-year journey to the asteroid Bennu. The large maneuver was the first using OSIRIS-REx's main engines and resulted in a 964 miles per hour (431 meters per second) change ... more
How the darkness and the cold killed the dinosaurs

NASA's Newly Announced Mission Could Solve the Mystery of Water on Asteroid Psyche

Asteroid sleuths go back to the future

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U.K. Defense Ministry finalizes laser weapon system contract
Britain's Ministry of Defense has awarded MBDA and other industry partners a $36 million contract to produce a Laser Directed Energy Weapon demonstrator. The contract, which aims to allow Britain's first laser weapon to enter service by the mid-2020s, will task contractors to assess the technology's capabilities. Project leaders hope to demonstrate the system in 2019. "The U.K. h ... more
U.S. Air Force issues RFP for aircraft laser weapons

Northrop Grumman to develop next-gen fighter laser system

UK to start laser gun program

Israel army gets new ballistic missile interceptors
The Israeli army on Wednesday received new ballistic missile interceptors that significantly upgrade the Jewish state's aerial defence systems in the face of "emerging threats", the defence ministry said. The Arrow 3 interceptor, designed to shoot down missiles above the atmosphere, was handed to air force bases in Israel after successful testing by Israel and the United States at the end of ... more
Italy joins EUROSAM's Aster 30 B1NT program

SBIRS GEO Flight 3 encapsulated for launch

U.S. Air Force prepares SBIRS satellite for launch

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Huygens: 'Ground Truth' From an Alien Moon
After a two-and-a-half-hour descent, the metallic, saucer-shaped spacecraft came to rest with a thud on a dark floodplain covered in cobbles of water ice, in temperatures hundreds of degrees below freezing. The alien probe worked frantically to collect and transmit images and data about its environs - in mere minutes its mothership would drop below the local horizon, cutting off its link to the ... more
Catching Cassini's call

NASA image showcases Saturn's sun-soaked north pole

Cassini offers a crash course in ring world orbital mechanics

Zeroing in on the true nature of fluids within nanocapillaries
Shrinking the investigation of objects down to the nanometer scale often reveals new properties of matter that have no equivalent for their bulk analysis. This phenomenon is motivating many current studies of nanomaterials which can reveal fascinating new phenomena. It inspired a group of researchers at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) to explore the extent of our ... more
Nano-chimneys can cool circuits

The researchers created a tiny laser using nanoparticles

Nanoscale 'conversations' create complex, multi-layered structures

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China to set up gravitational wave telescopes in Tibet
China is working to set up the world's highest altitude gravitational wave telescopes in Tibet Autonomous Region to detect the faintest echoes resonating from the universe, which may reveal more about the Big Bang. Construction has started for the first telescope, code-named Ngari No.1, 30 km south of Shiquanhe Town in Ngari Prefecture, said Yao Yongqiang, chief researcher with the Nationa ... more
MIT researchers reveal new technique for measuring gravity

A population of neutron stars can generate gravitational waves continuously

LISA Pathfinder's pioneering mission continues

Our galaxy's black hole is spewing out planet-size 'spitballs'
Every few thousand years, an unlucky star wanders too close to the black hole at the center of the Milky Way. The black hole's powerful gravity rips the star apart, sending a long streamer of gas whipping outward. That would seem to be the end of the story, but it's not. New research shows that not only can the gas gather itself into planet-size objects, but those objects then are flung througho ... more
CU Boulder to lead operations for NASA black holes mission

Light source discovery 'challenges basic assumption' of physics

Seeing the quantum future literally

Robots need 'kill switches', warn Euro MPs
The unstoppable rise of robots in our everyday lives requires urgent EU rules such as "kill switches", European Parliament members warned Thursday as they passed a resolution urging Brussels into action on automaton ethics. Mady Delvaux, a Socialist MEP from Luxembourg, led the campaign and warned that Europe is passively standing by as robots take an increasingly powerful role that will gro ... more
Scientists proposed a novel regional path tracking scheme for autonomous ground vehicles

Cheery robots may make creepy companions, but could be intelligent assistants

Amazon Alexa virtual assistant shines at tech show

GenDyn offers Bluefin SandShark mini-drone for sale online
A small autonomous underwater vehicle for defense and commercial use in now available for purchase online from General Dynamics Mission Systems. The new Bluefin SandShark weighs less than 11 pounds - before adding a mission payload - fits in a backpack, can swim up to five knots and dive down to 656 feet, the company said. Its tail section houses the battery and system electron ... more
AUDS counter-UAV system achieves TRL-9 status

UAV performs first ever perched landing using machine learning algorithms

Liteye, Tribalco to deliver AUDS systems to U.S. armed forces



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