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February 28, 2017
EXO WORLDS
Volcanic hydrogen spurs chances of finding exoplanet life



Ithaca NY (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Hunting for habitable exoplanets now may be easier: Cornell University astronomers report that hydrogen pouring from volcanic sources on planets throughout the universe could improve the chances of locating life in the cosmos. Planets located great distances from stars freeze over. "On frozen planets, any potential life would be buried under layers of ice, which would make it really hard to spot with telescopes," said lead author Ramses Ramirez, research associate at Cornell's Carl Sagan Institute ... read more

TECH SPACE
York Space partners with Metropolitan State for Denver satellite facility
Denver CO (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
York Space Systems has announced an agreement with Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU) for the establishment of its new manufacturing facility and Mission Operations Center located on camp ... more
DRAGON SPACE
China to Conduct Test Flight of CZ-8 Carrier Rocket by 2018
Beijing (Sputnik) Feb 28, 2017
China is planning to develop the next-generation CZ-8 (Long March 8) medium-lift carrier rocket and will conduct the first test flight by the end of 2018, Li Tongyu, the head of carrier rocket devel ... more
ENERGY TECH
How donut-shaped fusion plasmas managed to decrease adverse turbulence
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Fusion research has been dominated by the search for a suitable way of ensuring confinement as part of the research into using fusion to generate energy. In a recent paper published in EPJ H, Fritz ... more
TECH SPACE
NASA team develops modular avionics systems for small missions
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
In just two years' time, a team of NASA engineers accomplished what some thought impossible: the group created a smaller, more capable "brain" for smaller spacecraft. Led by Project Manager an ... more
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EXO WORLDS
Evidence of Star Wars-like Planetary System
Sheffield UK (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
Evidence of planetary debris surrounding a double sun in a Star Wars-like system has been found by a team of researchers including scientists from the University of Sheffield. The study, publi ... more
MARSDAILY
More Earth-like than moon-like
Baton Rouge LA (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
Mars' mantle may be more complicated than previously thought. In a new study published in the Nature-affiliated journal Scientific Reports, researchers at LSU document geochemical changes over time ... more
MARSDAILY
NASA mulls putting astronauts on deep space test flight
Miami (AFP) Feb 25, 2017
The US space agency said Friday it is considering putting astronauts on an upcoming test flight of the deep space capsule Orion as it aims to orbit the Moon. ... more
EXO WORLDS
Does Pluto Have The Ingredients For Life?
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Pluto has long been viewed as a distant, cold and mostly dead world, but the first spacecraft to pass by it last year revealed many surprises about this distant dwarf planet. Data from the New Horiz ... more
ROBO SPACE
Tracking the movement of cyborg cockroaches
Raleigh, NC (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
New research from North Carolina State University offers insights into how far and how fast cyborg cockroaches - or biobots - move when exploring new spaces. The work moves researchers closer to the ... more
ROBO SPACE
Study: Even 'benevolent bots' fight, sometimes for years
Oxford, England (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
An analysis of bot behavior over the course of a decades shows even "benevolent" bots bicker. In fact, researchers found evidence of bot-versus-bot fights lasting several years. ... more


Dawn discovers evidence for organic material on Ceres

SPACE MEDICINE
Organ-on-a-chip mimics heart's biomechanical properties
Nashville TN (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
The human heart beats more than 2.5 billion times in an average lifetime. Now scientists at Vanderbilt University have created a three-dimensional organ-on-a-chip that can mimic the heart's amazing ... more
OUTER PLANETS
Juno to remain in current orbit at Jupiter
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 21, 2017
NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter, which has been in orbit around the gas giant since July 4, 2016, will remain in its current 53-day orbit for the remainder of the mission. This will allow Juno to acc ... more
EXO WORLDS
Prediction: More gas-giants will be found orbiting Sun-like stars
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
New planetary formation models from Carnegie's Alan Boss indicate that there may be an undiscovered population of gas giant planets orbiting around Sun-like stars at distances similar to those of Ju ... more
EXO WORLDS
Ancient microbes push limits of what life can survive on Earth, and off
Washington DC (Sputnik) Feb 22, 2017
NASA has revived a bunch of very odd microbial creatures from a slumber of tens of thousands of years - and what they've discovered about how tenacious and strange life can be could mean space explo ... more

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Russia to face strong competition from China in space launch market
Moscow (Sputnik) Oct 26, 2016
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
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Oct 27, 2016
Vega And Gokturk-1A are present for next Arianespace lightweight mission
Bethesda MD (SPX) Oct 25, 2016
Antares Rides Again
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Oct 21, 2016
Four Galileo satellites are "topped off" for Arianespace's milestone Ariane 5 launch from the Spaceport
NASA mulls putting astronauts on deep space test flight
Miami (AFP) Feb 25, 2017
The US space agency said Friday it is considering putting astronauts on an upcoming test flight of the deep space capsule Orion as it aims to orbit the Moon. Orion is being built with an eye to one day ferrying astronauts to Earth's neighboring planet, Mars, perhaps by the 2030s. Until now, the Orion test flight known as Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1) was scheduled for 2018 and was expecte ... more
Baton Rouge LA (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
More Earth-like than moon-like
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 21, 2017
Opportunity leaving crater rim for the Plains of Meridiani
Dublin, Ireland (UPI) Feb 15, 2017
Scientists say Mars valley was flooded with water not long ago
India Takes Russian Help to Analyze Chemical Composition of Lunar Surface
New Delhi (Sputnik) Feb 17, 2017
ISRO has started a series of ground tests for testing the performance of sensors and actuators for soft landing of the Lander on the lunar surface. India Space Research Organization (ISRO) has selected Russian company JSC Isotope for supply of Radionuclide curium-244 (Cm-244) that enables sources to determine chemical composition of any rocks and soils. "Supplied by JSC Isotope sourc ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 01, 2017
Complete Lunar-cy: The Earth Has Sprayed the Moon With Oxygen for Billennia
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 01, 2017
Private Space Race Heats Up, Moon Landing Expected in Late 2017
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jan 31, 2017
LunaH-Map CubeSat to map the Moon's water deposits
Juno to remain in current orbit at Jupiter
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 21, 2017
NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter, which has been in orbit around the gas giant since July 4, 2016, will remain in its current 53-day orbit for the remainder of the mission. This will allow Juno to accomplish its science goals, while avoiding the risk of a previously-planned engine firing that would have reduced the spacecraft's orbital period to 14 days. "Juno is healthy, its science instrum ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 22, 2017
Europa Flyby Mission Moves into Design Phase
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 10, 2017
NASA receives science report on Europa lander concept
Laurel MD (SPX) Feb 03, 2017
New Horizons Refines Course for Next Flyby
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Volcanic hydrogen spurs chances of finding exoplanet life
Ithaca NY (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Hunting for habitable exoplanets now may be easier: Cornell University astronomers report that hydrogen pouring from volcanic sources on planets throughout the universe could improve the chances of locating life in the cosmos. Planets located great distances from stars freeze over. "On frozen planets, any potential life would be buried under layers of ice, which would make it really hard t ... more
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Does Pluto Have The Ingredients For Life?
Sheffield UK (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
Evidence of Star Wars-like Planetary System
Washington DC (Sputnik) Feb 22, 2017
Ancient microbes push limits of what life can survive on Earth, and off
Spacex To Send Privately Crewed Dragon Spacecraft Beyond The Moon Next Year
Hawthorne CA (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year. They have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission. "We expect to conduct health and fitness tests, as well as begin initial training later this year. Other flight teams have also expressed strong interest and we expect more to follow. Additional information will be released abo ... more
Poker Flat Research Range AK (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Sounding Rocket Flies in Alaska to Study Auroras
Miami (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
SpaceX cargo ship arrives at space station
Washington (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
SpaceX cargo ship aborts rendezvous with space station
China to Conduct Test Flight of CZ-8 Carrier Rocket by 2018
Beijing (Sputnik) Feb 28, 2017
China is planning to develop the next-generation CZ-8 (Long March 8) medium-lift carrier rocket and will conduct the first test flight by the end of 2018, Li Tongyu, the head of carrier rocket development at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology said Monday. The core-stage of CZ-8 will be based on CZ-7 and CZ-3A (Long March 3A) carrier rockets, the CZ-8 is expected to have two sol ... more
Beijing (XNA) Feb 21, 2017
China to launch first high-throughput communications satellite in April
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 15, 2017
Chinese cargo spacecraft set for liftoff in April
Beijing (XNA) Jan 31, 2017
China looks to Mars, Jupiter exploration
Surprising Dunes on Comet Chury
Paris, France (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Surprising images from the Rosetta spacecraft show the presence of dune-like patterns on the surface of comet Chury. Researchers at the Laboratoire de Physique et Mecanique des Milieux Heterogenes (CNRS/ESPCI Paris/UPMC/Universite Paris Diderot) studied the available images and modeled the outgassing of vapor to try to explain the phenomenon. They show that the strong pressure difference b ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 22, 2017
Dawn discovers evidence for organic material on Ceres
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Origin of spooky meteor noises reappraised by researchers
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
New data about 2 distant asteroids give a clue to the possible 'Planet Nine'
Military Radar Summit 2017
Directed energy atmospheric lens could revolutionise future battlefields
London, UK (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Within the next fifty years, scientists at BAE Systems believe that battlefield commanders could deploy a new type of directed energy laser and lens system, called a Laser Developed Atmospheric Lens which is capable of enhancing commanders' ability to observe adversaries' activities over much greater distances than existing sensors. At the same time, the lens could be used as a form of 'de ... more
London (UPI) Jan 6, 2017
U.K. Defense Ministry finalizes laser weapon system contract
Washington (UPI) Jan 6, 2017
U.S. Air Force issues RFP for aircraft laser weapons
Redondo Beach, Calif. (UPI) Nov 2, 2016
Northrop Grumman to develop next-gen fighter laser system
Jenoptik contracted for Patriot missile components
Berlin (UPI) Feb 24, 2017
German manufacturer Jenoptik received a $13.8 million contract to deliver components supporting the Patriot air and missile defense system. Jenoptik received the order as a follow-on to earlier assignments from 2016. The contract includes the delivery of electrical generators, spare parts packages and testing equipment. In a statement announcing the contract, Jenoptik notes it ha ... more
Dulles, Va. (UPI) Feb 16, 2017
Raytheon developing new tool for war game assessment
Washington (UPI) Feb 10, 2017
U.S. Army awards $3 billion in missile defense contracts
Washington DC (Sputnik) Feb 08, 2017
New US Missile Hits Target in Space
Human 2 Mars Conference May 9-11 2017 - Washington DC
An Ice World...With an Ocean
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 22, 2017
On Feb. 17, 2005, NASA's Cassini spacecraft was making the first-ever close pass over Saturn's moon Enceladus as it worked through its detailed survey of the planet's icy satellites. Exciting, to be sure, just for the thrill of exploration. But then Cassini's magnetometer instrument noticed something odd. Since NASA's two Voyager spacecraft made their distant flybys of Enceladus about 20 years p ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jan 31, 2017
Close views show Saturn's Rings in unprecedented detail
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jan 23, 2017
Cassini captures stunning view of Saturn moon Daphnis
Paris (ESA) Jan 17, 2017
Catching Cassini's call
Nano 'sandwich' offers unique properties
Houston TX (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Rice University researchers have modeled a nanoscale sandwich, the first in what they hope will become a molecular deli for materials scientists. Their recipe puts two slices of atom-thick graphene around nanoclusters of magnesium oxide that give the super-strong, conductive material expanded optoelectronic properties. Rice materials scientist Rouzbeh Shahsavari and his colleagues built co ... more
Ramat Gan, Israel (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Scientists create a nano-trampoline to probe quantum behavior
Lincoln NB (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Scientists decipher the nanoscale architecture of a beetle's shell
Tempe AZ (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Switched-on DNA spark nano-electronic applications
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'Gravitational noise' interferes with determining distant sources
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Our Galaxy's gravitational field limits the accuracy of astrometric observations of distant objects. This is most clearly appeared for objects that are visually located behind the central regions of the Galaxy and the Galactic plane, where the deviation can be up to several dozen microarcseconds. And, more importantly, the effect of this gravitational "noise" cannot be removed. This means ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
New method uses heat flow to levitate variety of objects
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Increasing the sensitivity of next-generation gravitational wave detectors
Munich, Germany (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
New laser technology from Hannover enables more sensitive gravitational-wave detectors
Stars Regularly Ripped Apart by Black Holes
Sheffield UK (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
Astronomers based at the University of Sheffield have found evidence that stars are ripped apart by supermassive black holes 100 times more often than previously thought. Until now, such stellar cannibalism - known as tidal disruption events, or TDEs - had only been found in surveys which observed many thousands of galaxies, leading astronomers to believe they were exceptionally rare: only ... more
Cracow, Poland (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
First trace of differences between matter and 'ordinary' antimatter
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Changes of supermassive black hole in the center of NGC 2617 galaxy
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 22, 2017
Why it will take supercomputers, AI to solve time travel conundrum
Tracking the movement of cyborg cockroaches
Raleigh, NC (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
New research from North Carolina State University offers insights into how far and how fast cyborg cockroaches - or biobots - move when exploring new spaces. The work moves researchers closer to their goal of using biobots to explore collapsed buildings and other spaces in order to identify survivors. NC State researchers have developed cockroach biobots that can be remotely controlled and ... more
Oxford, England (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
Study: Even 'benevolent bots' fight, sometimes for years
Lausanne, Switzerland (UPI) Feb 17, 2017
Scientists invent new, faster gait for six-legged robots
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Now you can 'build your own' bio-bot
U.S. Navy's wingman drone technology used in combat trials
Washington (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
U.S. Navy research teams recently completed combat trials with the branch's Tactical Battle Manager system using unmanned aerial vehicles. The Tactical Battle Manager system, or TBM, is a software platform designed to coordinate combat missions using "wingman" UAVs to assist manned and unmanned teams in combat. Researchers tested the system in a simulated beyond-visual-range combat scen ... more
Washington (UPI) Feb 24, 2017
U.S. Air Force to retire MQ-1 Predator drone in 2018
Jerusalem (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Israeli warplanes shoot down Hamas drone: army
Cincinnati OH (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
UC researchers teach drones to land themselves on moving targets


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