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October 20, 2016
Did Europe's Mars lander survive? Time will tell: ESA
Paris (AFP) Oct 20, 2016
Europe's second attempt at reaching the Mars surface appeared in peril Thursday as initial analysis suggested a lander dubbed "Schiaparelli", a test-run for a future rover, may have plummeted to its demise. While holding out faint hope, ground controllers said it seemed the paddling pool-sized lander's parachute may have been discarded too early, and its fall-breaking thrusters switched off too soon. Schiaparelli fell silent seconds before its scheduled touchdown, while its mothership Trace Gas ... read more

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Life exists in a myriad of wondrous forms, but if you break any organism down to its most basic parts, it's all the same stuff: carbon atoms connected to hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and other element ... more

China to enhance space capabilities with launch of Shenzhou-11
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Euro-Russian craft enters Mars orbit, but lander's fate unknown
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Stephen Hawking opens British artificial intelligence hub
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Computers should be named on patents as inventors, for creativity to flourish
New research published by the University of Surrey in Boston College Law Review is calling for inventions by computers to be legally granted patents. The research states that the rapid increase in c ... more

JILA's superradiant laser may one day boost atomic clocks
JILA physicists have demonstrated a novel laser design based on synchronized emissions of light from the same type of atoms used in advanced atomic clocks. The laser could be stable enough to improv ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Philippines' Duterte says 'goodbye' to US ties in Beijing

N. Korea fails again with powerful Musudan missile test

Navy selects radar for unmanned MQ-8C Fire Scout

Iraq forces move to retake Christian town on way to Mosul

US tries to end spat threatening Mosul battle

US general suspects Iran role in Huthi attacks on US ships

Yahoo calls for 'transparency' from US spy agencies


Chinese astronauts reach orbiting lab: Xinhua
Two Chinese astronauts entered the country's new orbiting space laboratory for the first time on Wednesday, state media reported, as Beijing works towards having its own space station. ... more

Astronauts enjoy range of delicacies on Shenzhou XI
The two astronauts headed for the Tiangong II space laboratory aboard the Shenzhou XI enjoyed their first meal about four hours after the spacecraft blasted off at 7:30am on Monday. The lunch includ ... more

Scientists simulate a space mission in Mars-analogue Utah desert
A barren, rocky desert landscape and not a single soul around - to come as close as possible to the inhospitable conditions on the Red Planet, scientists of the Robotics Innovation Center of the Ger ... more
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What! - Go To Mars?
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NASA's MAVEN Mission Gives Unprecedented Ultraviolet View of Mars
New global images of Mars from the MAVEN mission show the ultraviolet glow from the Martian atmosphere in unprecedented detail, revealing dynamic, previously invisible behavior. They include the fir ... more
24/7 News Coverage
Plants actively direct their seeds via wind or water towards suitable sites

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Modeling floods that formed canyons on Earth and Mars
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Spectacular Lunar Grazing Occultation of Bright Star on Oct. 18
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Mars explorer duo on course: ESA
European-Russian spacecraft were on course for Mars Monday after crucial deep-space manoeuvres in preparation for a daring mission to find evidence of life on the Red Planet. ... more

China sends two astronauts to space lab
China launched two astronauts into space Monday, official media said, on a mission to its orbiting laboratory as the country works towards setting up its own space station. ... more

China launches 2 astronauts for 33-day mission
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China unveils Shenzhou 11 crew
China has named veteran astronaut Jing Haipeng and rookie Chen Dong as the crew of Shenzhou 11. The naming of the crew is the final big announcement before the launch of China's longest space missio ... more

How this Martian moon became the 'Death Star'
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Highly efficient organic solar cells with improved operation stability

Polymer breakthrough to improve things we use everyday

Graphene cracks the glass corrosion problem

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Buried glaciers on Mars


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Anxious wait for news of Mars lander's fate


DARPA Helps Paralyzed Man Feel Again Using a Brain-Controlled Robotic Arm

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Hunter's Supermoon to light up Saturday night sky

TES team evaluates new data collection method after age-related issue

Soft robots that mimic human muscles

China to launch manned spacecraft: Xinhua

Small Impacts Are Reworking Lunar Soil Faster Than Scientists Thought

DREAMS of Mars: Europe's ExoMars Mission Arrives in the Middle of Dust Season

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China to launch world's first X-ray pulsar navigation satellite

How Mars' moon Phobos came to look like the Death Star

A facelift for the Moon every 81,000 years

Robot customs officers debut in South China ports

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