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May 02, 2016
Phase two of ExoMars mission delayed to 2020
Paris (AFP) May 2, 2016
The second part of a joint European-Russian mission to probe Mars for traces of life has been delayed two years, with a new launch date set for July 2020, officials said Monday. In the first phase, the European Space Agency (ESA) and its Russian counterpart, Roscosmos, hoisted in mid-March two probes bound for the Red Planet. The Tracer Gas Orbiter (TGO) will examine Mars' atmosphere, and a lander - dubbed Schiaparelli, after a 19th-century astronomer - will settle on the planet's surface in a ... read more
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Interstellar EmDrive gets boost from new theory of inertia
A researcher from the UK has put forward a theory for how the EmDrive, an electromagnetic propulsion drive, might work, a question which has puzzled scientists since Roger Shawyer first designed the ... more

Airbus DS to build STEM centre at its UK Exomars facility
Airbus Defence and Space has announced it will build a Pounds 2.5m STEM centre built around its Exomars Rover test facility in Stevenage. The centre aims to attract more than 5,000 students a year ... more

Opportunity robotic arm camera passes diagnostic test
Opportunity is exploring 'marathon valley' on the rim of endeavour crater, trying to identify specific outcrops for evidence of clay minerals. The rover has been investigating the surface target, ca ... more
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Physicists detect the enigmatic spin momentum of light
Ever since Kepler's observation in the 17th century that sunlight is one of the reasons that the tails of comets to always face away from the sun, it has been understood that light exerts pressure i ... more


Superfast light source made from artificial atom
All light sources work by absorbing energy - for example, from an electric current - and emit energy as light. But the energy can also be lost as heat and it is therefore important that the light so ... more

Space Tech Expo - Design - Build - Test - Pasadena CA - May 24-26, 2016

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Hiding in the Sunshine: The Search for Other Earths
We humans might not be the only ones to ponder our place in the universe. If intelligent aliens do roam the cosmos, they too might ask a question that has gripped humans for centuries: Are we alone? ... more

On the Road to Finding Other Earths
Scientists are getting closer to finding worlds that resemble our own "blue marble" of a planet. NASA's Kepler mission alone has confirmed more than 1,000 planets outside our solar system - a handfu ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
China wants 'cooperation, not confrontation' with Japan

France to build Australia subs but US to arm them

Iran parliament urges ballistic missile improvements

Georgia arrests five for trying to sell uranium

Proteus underwater vehicle completes unmanned endurance test

Inflation adds $3.4B to cost of next 6 US nuclear aircraft carriers

Hypersonic gliders could breach THAAD defenses


Elektra: A New Triple Asteroid
Astronomers have discovered a new satellite orbiting the main belt asteroid (130) Elektra - the smallest object visible in this image. The team, led by Bin Yang (ESO, Santiago, Chile), imaged it usi ... more

China open to Sino-US space cooperation
China is open to space cooperation with all nations including the United States, the heavyweights of China's space program said on Sunday, the anniversary of China's first satellite launch 46 years ... more

China aiming for reusable manned spacecraft: chief engineer
China is studying how to retrieve and reuse manned spacecraft in its future missions, the chief engineer of the nation's manned space program said on Sunday. "It's our next goal to reuse manne ... more
Human 2 Mars Conference May 17-19 2016 - Washington DC
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China's long march into space
On clear April nights, Zhu Jin, director of the Beijing Planetarium, retreats into the city's quiet, mountainous suburbs and aims a telescope at the sky. "Dongfanghong-1," Zhu whispered as a dim lig ... more

China's top astronaut goes to "space camp"
Liu Wang, one of China's leading astronauts, visited a high school in Beijing Friday and shared his experiences ahead of April 24 celebrations of the launch of the country's first satellite 46 years ... more
24/7 News Coverage
Personal cooling units on the horizon

Do fish survive in streams in winter

Researcher studies how animals puncture things

Deep-sea biodiversity impacted by climate change's triple threat

Coral 'toolkit' allows floating larvae to transform into reef skeletons

Algae disrupt coral reefs' recycling

Protecting diversity on coral reefs: DNA may hold the key


Curiosity Mars Rover crosses rugged plateau
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has nearly finished crossing a stretch of the most rugged and difficult-to-navigate terrain encountered during the mission's 44 months on Mars. The rover climbed on ... more

Opportunity completes mini-walkabout
Opportunity is exploring 'Marathon Valley' located on the rim of Endeavour crater. The objective is to identify specific outcrops for evidence of clay minerals. Opportunity has completed a m ... more

Could Earth's light blue color be a signature of life?
In 1990, Voyager 1 captured the most distant portrait of our planet ever taken, revealing that from beyond Pluto's orbit, Earth appears as nothing more than a "pale blue dot." In a new study, resear ... more

Discovering the bath scum on Titan
It's not everyday that you get to discover something new. But when you do it is a rather strange and quite brilliant feeling. You don't really cry out 'Eureka' (there's usually about a million thing ... more

Hubble discovers moon orbiting the dwarf planet Makemake
Peering to the outskirts of our solar system, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a small, dark moon orbiting Makemake, the second brightest icy dwarf planet - after Pluto - in the Kuiper Belt ... more

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Are we alone? Setting some limits to our uniqueness
Are humans unique and alone in the vast universe? This question - summed up in the famous Drake equation - has for a half-century been one of the most intractable and uncertain in science. But ... more

Machines can learn to respond to new situations like human beings would
How does the image-recognition technology in a self-driving car respond to a blurred shape suddenly appearing on the road? Researchers from KU Leuven, Belgium, have shown that machines can learn to ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Speedy bridge repair

Light-powered 3-D printer creates terahertz lens

Cooling graphene-based film close to pilot-scale production

New movies from the microcosmos

Seebeck thermoelectric device achieves higher conversion efficiency

Exploring phosphorene, a promising new material

Machines can learn to respond to new situations like human beings would


China produces key component for nuclear fusion facility


South China city gears up for satellite tourism


Space X's Red Dragons to start Mars exploration in 2018


Mars' surface revealed in unprecedented detail


Profile of a methane sea on Titan


Hydrothermal systems show spectrum of extreme life on Earth


NASA rocket fuel pump tests pave way for methane-fueled Mars lander


New tools for human-machine collaborative design


Algorithm for robot teams handles moving obstacles


First rocket made ready for launch at Vostochny spaceport

Pluto's 'Halo' Craters

China to become aerospace power by 2030

150 Long March rocket launches scheduled 2016-2020

New nanodevice shifts light's color at single-photon level

The Universe, where space-time becomes discrete

British astronaut Tim Peaks ran London Marathon from space

Kepler spacecraft recovered and returned to the K2 Mission

China testing own reusable rocket technologies

China aims for deeper space with new generation rockets

NASA seeks industry ideas for an advanced Mars satellite

China targets 2020 Mars mission launch: official

China set to launch "more livable" space lab in Q3

China plans to launch core module of space station around 2018

Students observe damaged Hitomi X-ray satellite and debris

'Pee power' turns urine into sustainable power source for electronic devices

Swiss watch exports plunge on Hong Kong, US slowdown

Princeton grad student writes program to help stabilize fusion plasma

In these microbes, iron works like oxygen

New Ceres Images Show Bright Craters

Chinese scientists develop mammal embryos in space for first time

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