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December 12, 2017
MOON DAILY
Trump tells NASA to send Americans to Moon



Washington DC (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
US President Donald Trump directed NASA on Monday to send Americans to the Moon for the first time in decades, a move he said would help prepare for a future Mars trip. "This time we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint," Trump said at the White House as he signed the new space policy directive. "We will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars and perhaps someday to many worlds beyond." The last time US astronauts visited the Moon was during the Apollo mi ... read more

MOON DAILY
The Second Moon Race
Gerroa, Australia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The US and China are in an undeclared race back to the Moon. At first glance it's easy to dismiss China's efforts as being little more than what the US and Russia achieved decades ago. And whi ... more
MOON DAILY
Robot Moon Base: Beijing's New Lunar Landing Program
Beijing (XNA) Dec 12, 2017
Scientists are mulling a robot moon station, Chinese space experts said on Tuesday. The base can conduct bigger, more complicated research and experiments, according to space officials who ann ... more
ROBO SPACE
'Grinch bots' may steal Christmas by snatching up prized toys
San Francisco (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
If no one comes to the rescue, an online army of "Grinch bots" may end up spoiling Christmas for many kids by using automated software to scoop up prized toys and other sought-after items for big profit. ... more
ENERGY TECH
Nuclear fusion project faces delay over US budget cuts: director
Washington (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
The head of the multinational nuclear fusion project known as ITER, in Washington for talks with President Donald Trump's administration, has warned US budget cuts could delay completion of the experimental reactor. ... more
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ROBO SPACE
Robots foresee future with automated visualized predictions
Berkeley CA (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
University of California, Berkeley, researchers have developed a robotic learning technology that enables robots to imagine the future of their actions so they can figure out how to manipulate objec ... more
OUTER PLANETS
New Horizons Corrects Its Course in the Kuiper Belt
Laurel MD (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft carried out a short, 2.5-minute engine burn on Saturday, Dec. 9 that refined its course toward 2014 MU69, the ancient Kuiper Belt object it will fly by a little more t ... more
MARSDAILY
Space program should focus on Mars, says editor of New Space
New Rochelle, NY (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
The U.S. space exploration program should continue to focus on robotic sample recovery and human missions to Mars, says Scott Hubbard, Editor-in-Chief of New Space. He details the benefits and risks ... more
EXO WORLDS
WASP-18b has smothering stratosphere without water
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
A NASA-led team has found evidence that the oversized planet WASP-18b is wrapped in a smothering stratosphere loaded with carbon monoxide and devoid of water. The findings come from a new analysis o ... more
MARSDAILY
NASA's oldest Mars rover survives another harsh winter
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017
Opportunity, NASA's senior Mars rover, has lasted through another harsh winter on the Red Planet. ... more
EXO WORLDS
Two Super-Earths around red dwarf K2-18
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
New research using data collected by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) has revealed that a little-known exoplanet called K2-18b could well be a scaled-up version of Earth. Just as exciti ... more


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EXO WORLDS
The CHEOPS scientific instrument is complete
Paris (ESA) Dec 08, 2017
The scientific instrument at the heart of the CHEOPS mission has been fully assembled, marking an important milestone in the development of this small, fast-track exoplanet-characterising mission. ... more
OUTER PLANETS
Wrapping up 2017 one year out from MU69
Boulder CO (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
New Horizons is in good health and cruising closer each day to its next encounter: a flyby of the Kuiper Belt object (KBO) 2014 MU69 (or "MU69" for short). If you follow our mission, you likely know ... more
EXO WORLDS
Discovery about rare nitrogen molecules offers clues to makeup of life-supporting planets
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
A team of scientists using a state-of-the-art UCLA instrument reports the discovery of a planetary-scale "tug-of-war" of life, deep Earth and the upper atmosphere that is expressed in atmospheric ni ... more
EXO WORLDS
First Light for Next Generation Planet Hunter ESPRESSO
Garching, Germany (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
The Echelle SPectrograph for Rocky Exoplanet and Stable Spectroscopic Observations (ESPRESSO) has successfully made its first observations. Installed on ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, ES ... more



Space program should focus on Mars, says editor of New Space
New Rochelle, NY (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
The U.S. space exploration program should continue to focus on robotic sample recovery and human missions to Mars, says Scott Hubbard, Editor-in-Chief of New Space. He details the benefits and risks of this strategy in an editorial entitled "Keeping the Focus on Mars," published in New Space, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Ne ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017
NASA's oldest Mars rover survives another harsh winter
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 07, 2017
Mars Rover Team's Tilted Winter Strategy Works
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 04, 2017
EU exempts fuel for ExoMars mission from Russian sanctions
Robot Moon Base: Beijing's New Lunar Landing Program
Beijing (XNA) Dec 12, 2017
Scientists are mulling a robot moon station, Chinese space experts said on Tuesday. The base can conduct bigger, more complicated research and experiments, according to space officials who announced the plan at an international symposium in Shanghai at the end of November. Such a station could slash the costs of returning rock samples to Earth, Jiao Weixin, a Peking University space ... more
Washington DC (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Trump tells NASA to send Americans to Moon
Gerroa, Australia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The Second Moon Race
Washington (UPI) Nov 28, 2017
December's 'supermoon' expected to be bigggest, brightest of 2017
New Horizons Corrects Its Course in the Kuiper Belt
Laurel MD (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft carried out a short, 2.5-minute engine burn on Saturday, Dec. 9 that refined its course toward 2014 MU69, the ancient Kuiper Belt object it will fly by a little more than a year from now. Setting a record for the farthest spacecraft course correction to date, the engine burn also adjusted the arrival time at MU69 to optimize flyby science. Telemetry con ... more
Boulder CO (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Wrapping up 2017 one year out from MU69
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 04, 2017
Jupiter Blues
Providence RI (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Research bolsters possibility of plate tectonics on Europa
The CHEOPS scientific instrument is complete
Paris (ESA) Dec 08, 2017
The scientific instrument at the heart of the CHEOPS mission has been fully assembled, marking an important milestone in the development of this small, fast-track exoplanet-characterising mission. The Focal Plane Module (FPM), which houses the CCD detector array and the Front-End Electronics, was secured in place on the telescope assembly at the University of Bern this month, completing th ... more
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
Two Super-Earths around red dwarf K2-18
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
WASP-18b has smothering stratosphere without water
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Discovery about rare nitrogen molecules offers clues to makeup of life-supporting planets
Nozzle Assemblies Complete for Exploration Mission-1 Solid Rocket Boosters
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Space Launch System (SLS) solid rocket booster prime contractor Orbital ATK recently completed work at its Utah facilities on the booster nozzles for Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), the first flight of SLS and the Orion spacecraft. SLS, the world's most powerful rocket, and Orion will take humans on deep space missions, and the boosters provide most of the power to get the spacecraft off the ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017
Rocket Lab to launch rocket from New Zealand
Washington DC (UPI) Dec 11, 2017
Rocket Lab makes another attempt at rocket launch in New Zealand
Miami (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
SpaceX's Elon Musk to launch his own car into deep space
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Nation 'leads world' in remote sensing technology
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China is now the world leader in remote sensing technologies for scientific purposes and is able to provide an unprecedented amount of data to support research and development for the world, officials said on Tuesday. Remote sensing refers to aerial or satellite-based technologies to detect and measure objects on Earth's surface, atmosphere and oceans. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Sci ... more
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040
Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
China plans first sea based launch by 2018
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
B612 Asteroid Institute provides valuable analysis to discovery of First Interstellar Object
San Francisco CA (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Within days of the announcement by NASA's Minor Planet Center of the discovery of the first-ever interstellar object, 'Oumuamua, B612's new Asteroid Institute began a collaborative effort that led to significant analysis about the discovery. Bryce Bolin, a senior researcher at the Asteroid Institute as well as a DIRAC Institute Fellow, was the lead author on the study measuring 1I/'Oumuamu ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Impressive Geminid meteors to peak December 13-14
New Orleans LA (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
New simulations suggest meteors explode from the inside
Stirling UK (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Metal asteroid Psyche is all set for an early visit from NASA
Lockheed Martin to develop compact airborne high energy laser capabilities
Bothell WA (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
The US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) has awarded Lockheed Martin $26.3 million for the design, development and production of a high power fiber laser. AFRL plans to test the laser on a tactical fighter jet by 2021. The contract is part of AFRL's Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) program, and is a major step forward in the maturation of protective airborne laser systems. ... more
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Lockheed Martin developing technology to intercept missile threats with Directed Energy
White Sands Missile Range NM (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Upgraded Lockheed Martin Laser Outguns Threat in Half the Time
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
ATHENA laser testbed system successfully shoots down drones
Japan to host joint missile tracking drill amid N. Korea threat
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
Japan will hold a drill with the United States and South Korea this week to practise jointly detecting airborne missiles, officials said Sunday amid rising security threats from North Korea. The announcement of the joint exercise, a sixth such drill since 2016, comes less than two weeks after Pyongyang test-fired a ballistic missile which dropped into the sea inside Japan's exclusive economi ... more
Sacramento CA (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne Achieves Significant Air Force Demonstration and Validation Milestone with Successful Hot-Fire Test
Jerusalem (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Israel shoots down rocket fired from Gaza: army
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Japan plans long-range missiles amid N. Korea threat: minister
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Unique atmospheric chemistry explains cold vortex on Saturn's moon Titan
Washington (UPI) Nov 21, 2017
New analysis suggests unique atmospheric chemistry explains why the polar vortex on Saturn's moon Titan isn't behaving as expected. Titan is Saturn's largest moon, and is the only moon in the solar system with a sizable atmosphere. Recent observations suggest that atmosphere hasn't been behaving as predicted by models. During the winter, air in the upper atmosphere tends to warm ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 22, 2017
Cassini Image Mosaic: A Farewell to Saturn
Bristol UK (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Unexpected atmospheric vortex behavior on Saturn's moon Titan
Paris (ESA) Nov 08, 2017
Heating ocean moon Enceladus for billions of years
New nanowires are just a few atoms thick
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
"Two-dimensional materials" - materials deposited in layers that are only a few atoms thick - are promising for both high-performance electronics and flexible, transparent electronics that could be layered onto physical surfaces to make computing ubiquitous. The best-known 2-D material is graphene, which is a form of carbon, but recently researchers have been investigating other 2-D materi ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Physicists explain metallic conductivity of thin carbon nanotube films
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) ov 27, 2017
Ceria nanoparticles: It is the surface that matters
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Semiconducting carbon nanotubes can reduce noise in interconnects
Researchers measure magnetic moment with greatest possible precision
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
The magnetic moment of an individual proton is inconceivably small, but can still be quantified. The basis for undertaking this measurement was laid over ten years ago, and physicists of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, GSI Darmstadt, and the RIKEN research institute in Japan are still performing experiments to measure this force with a sin ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Physicists make most precise measurement ever of a proton's magnetic moment
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 15, 2017
Listening for gravitational waves using pulsars
New York NY (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Gravity waves from merging supermassive black holes will be found soon
Highly charged molecules behave paradoxically
Lund, Sweden (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
A number of chemistry researchers from several institutions including Lund University in Sweden, have managed to identify a new mechanism that makes certain charged biomolecules attach to each other. The biomolecules in the present study serve as models for antibacterial peptides, that is, protein-like molecules that fulfil important functions in the body. "Antibacterial peptides are impor ... more
Tucson, AZ (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
A Black Hole Behemoth at the Edge of Cosmic Dawn
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
The Most Distant Black Hole in the Cosmos
Singapore (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
Butterfly emerges from quantum simulation
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'Grinch bots' may steal Christmas by snatching up prized toys
San Francisco (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
If no one comes to the rescue, an online army of "Grinch bots" may end up spoiling Christmas for many kids by using automated software to scoop up prized toys and other sought-after items for big profit. The bots - yes, the same kinds of automated programs that spread political propaganda and manipulate opinion on social media - can use superfast technology to snatch up popular electronics ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Robots foresee future with automated visualized predictions
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
Speedy cockroaches help researchers train robots to walk
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Helping hands guide robots as they learn
Hensoldt intros new counter-drone system
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017
A new counter-drone system by German sensor-maker Hensoldt has been successfully demonstrated at an airfield in Hamburg-Finkenwerder, Germany. The counter-drone system - for protecting airports and infrastructure - is the Xpeller counter-UAV system, which combines radar, RF and optical sensors and a targeted jammer Hensoldt said the system's individual elements were positioned ... more
Beijing (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
China says Indian drone 'invaded' its airspace, crashed
Miami (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Falcon's attack strategy could inspire new drones: study
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
'Go home' drone seeks to stop Japan overtime binge
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