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June 25, 2017
OUTER PLANETS
The curious case of the warped Kuiper Belt



Tucson AZ (SPX) Jun 23, 2017
An unknown, unseen "planetary mass object" may lurk in the outer reaches of our solar system, according to new research on the orbits of minor planets to be published in the Astronomical Journal. This object would be different from - and much closer than - the so-called Planet Nine, a planet whose existence yet awaits confirmation. In the paper, Kat Volk and Renu Malhotra of the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, or LPL, present compelling evidence of a yet-to-be- discovered p ... read more

MARSDAILY
Opportunity Straightens Wheel, Resumes Driving
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 23, 2017
Opportunity is at the top of Perseverance Valley on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover experienced a left-front wheel steering actuator stall on Sol 4750 (June 4, 2017), leaving the wheel ... more
MARSDAILY
No One Under 20 Has Experienced a Day Without NASA at Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 23, 2017
As the Mars Pathfinder spacecraft approached its destination on July 4, 1997, no NASA mission had successfully reached the Red Planet in more than 20 years. Even the mission team anxiously awa ... more
OUTER PLANETS
NASA Completes Study of Future 'Ice Giant' Mission Concepts
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 23, 2017
A NASA-led and NASA-sponsored study of potential future missions to the mysterious "ice giant" planets Uranus and Neptune has been released - the first in a series of mission studies NASA will condu ... more
DRAGON SPACE
With a Strong Partner Like Russia, Nothing Would Stop China's New Space Station
Beijing (Sputnik) Jun 23, 2017
China has invited Russia to participate in the construction of a Chinese space station, but Moscow has yet to make an official decision, Roscosmos head Igor Komarov has told reporters. Russian space ... more
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MARSDAILY
India's Mars Orbiter Mission Completes First 1,000 Earth Days
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jun 23, 2017
The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) maiden Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also known as Mangalyaan, completed its first 1,000 Earth days in its orbit around the red planet on Monday. ... more
MARSDAILY
Mars Orbiter spots rover ascending Mount Sharp
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017
In an image captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Martian rover Curiosity can been seen as a bright blue speck ascending the rocky terrain of Mount Sharp. ... more
EXO WORLDS
Europe okays project to seek alien life
Paris (AFP) June 21, 2017
Europe has approved the launch of a deep-space observatory to sniff out habitable planets in other star systems, along with any life forms they may host. ... more
EXO WORLDS
Finding new Earths: PLATO spacecraft to be built
Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
The planet-hunting and asteroseismology space mission PLATO has reached an important milestone: Today, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced the official adoption of the mission. After a t ... more
EXO WORLDS
NASA discovers 10 new Earth-size exoplanets
Washington (AFP) June 19, 2017
NASA revealed Monday 10 new rocky, Earth-sized planets that could potentially have liquid water and support life. ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Keeping the rhythm in space
Paris (ESA) Jun 22, 2017
Space is an inhospitable environment for the human body but we adapt remarkably well. Within hours, the brain adjusts to the lack of an up or down, as if floating is all it has ever known. Now ... more


New branch in family tree of exoplanets discovered

SPACE MEDICINE
Ten ways that astronauts are helping you stay healthy
London, UK (SPX) Jun 21, 2017
Astronauts on the International Space Station are growing crystals that could help develop new drugs for use on Earth. Here are ten healthcare technologies that have already come from space: 1 ... more
MARSDAILY
University Students Mine for Water at NASA's Mars Ice Challenge
Hampton VA (SPX) Jun 21, 2017
For humans to survive on other worlds, they'll have to harness the resources - like water - that exist there. A recent competition held at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, aimed ... more
DRAGON SPACE
China's cargo spacecraft completes second docking with space lab
Beijing (XNA) Jun 21, 2017
China's Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft completed its second docking with Tiangong-2 space lab at 2:55 p.m. Monday, after flying around the space lab. Tianzhou-1 separated from Tiangong-2 on Monda ... more
EXO WORLDS
NASA releases Kepler Survey Catalog with 100s of new exoplanet candidates
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
NASA's Kepler space telescope team has released a mission catalog of planet candidates that introduces 219 new planet candidates, 10 of which are near-Earth size and orbiting in their star's habitab ... more



NASA, French Space Agency Express Commitment to Joint Exploration
Le Bourget, France (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
France and the United States have a long history of cooperation in space, combining their talents over the years to advance science and launch exploration missions whose results have been instrumental in creating entirely new fields of research. The leaders of the two space agencies, Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot, and CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall, reaffirmed the agencies' ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 23, 2017
No One Under 20 Has Experienced a Day Without NASA at Mars
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017
Mars Orbiter spots rover ascending Mount Sharp
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 23, 2017
Opportunity Straightens Wheel, Resumes Driving
Russian aerospace firm to cooperate with China on Lunar exploration missions
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 16, 2017
Russia's Lavochkin Research and Production Association is ready to work with China on designing lunar exploration missions, including orbital and return ones, Sergei Lemeshevsky, the Russian company's director general, told Sputnik on Thursday. Xu Yansong, the head of the International Cooperation Department of the China National Space Administration (CNSA), said on Wednesday that China an ... more
Paris (ESA) Jun 12, 2017
New NELIOTA project detects flashes from lunar impacts
Washington DC (SPX) May 25, 2017
Cube Quest Challenge Team Spotlight: Cislunar Explorers
Paris (ESA) May 12, 2017
Winning plans for CubeSats to the Moon
NASA Completes Study of Future 'Ice Giant' Mission Concepts
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 23, 2017
A NASA-led and NASA-sponsored study of potential future missions to the mysterious "ice giant" planets Uranus and Neptune has been released - the first in a series of mission studies NASA will conduct in support of the next Planetary Science Decadal Survey. The results of this and future studies will be used as the Decadal Survey deliberates on NASA's planetary science priorities from 2022 ... more
Tucson AZ (SPX) Jun 23, 2017
The curious case of the warped Kuiper Belt
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 20, 2017
King of the Gods: Jupiter Dated to Be Oldest Planet in the Solar System
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
New Horizons Team Digs into New Data on Next Flyby Target
New Hunt for Earth-like Planets
London UK (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
The astronomers who discovered the nearest potentially habitable planet to our solar system are inviting the public to take part in their search for more Earth-like planets. Last year an international team of astronomers led by Dr. Guillem Anglada-Escude, of Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), discovered a planet around the closest star to our Sun, Proxima Centauri. Details of the obse ... more
Washington (AFP) June 19, 2017
NASA discovers 10 new Earth-size exoplanets
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
NASA releases Kepler Survey Catalog with 100s of new exoplanet candidates
Pasadena CA (SPX) Jun 21, 2017
New branch in family tree of exoplanets discovered
Orbex reveals space rocket factory
London, UK (SPX) Jun 23, 2017
Welcoming the UK's focus on low-cost, reliable commercial spaceflight activities in the Queens's Speech, a UK company has revealed details of a 1200m2 space rocket factory currently building vertical launch vehicles that will be launched into orbit from the UK. Orbex, a UK company that has raised significant venture capital investment, is building a space micro-launcher, a small launch veh ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 23, 2017
Developing Landing Tech for Space
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jun 24, 2017
India launches PSLV rocket with 31 satellites
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Jun 24, 2017
Falcon 9 launches Bulgaria's first geostationary communications satellite
Integrated Air and Missile Defense 2017 - Sept 27-29 - Washington DC
With a Strong Partner Like Russia, Nothing Would Stop China's New Space Station
Beijing (Sputnik) Jun 23, 2017
China has invited Russia to participate in the construction of a Chinese space station, but Moscow has yet to make an official decision, Roscosmos head Igor Komarov has told reporters. Russian space experts explain why Russian-Chinese cooperation on a new space station would undoubtedly benefit both sides. Speaking to journalists Monday on the sidelines of the international aviation show i ... more
Beijing (XNA) Jun 21, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft completes second docking with space lab
Jiuquan (XNA) Jun 19, 2017
China to launch four more probes before 2021
Xichang (XNA) Jun 20, 2017
New broadcasting satellite fails to enter preset orbit
Are NEOs Coming to Earth?
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Jun 21, 2017
Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) are comets and asteroids in heliocentric orbits that have been influenced by planetary flybys causing them to approach Earth. Comets are composed mostly of water ice and dust particles that were formed in the cold outer planet system. Most of the rocky asteroids were formed in the warmer inner solar system between the orbits of Mars and Earth. There is a great dea ... more
Le Bourget, France (AFP) June 20, 2017
ESA boss urges action on 'ticking timebombs' in Earth orbit
Silicon Valley CA (SPX) Jun 14, 2017
B612 Creates Asteroid Institute
Paris (ESA) Jun 12, 2017
Rosetta finds comet connection to Earth's atmosphere
InterDrone 2017 Las Vegas - Sept 6-8
Missile Defense Agency seeks laser-armed drone
Washington (UPI) Jun 14, 2017
The Missile Defense Agency is looking into acquiring and deploying a laser-armed drone to intercept and shoot down intercontinental ballistic missiles. The MDA Advanced Technology Directorate has said it needs a high-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle with sufficient payload capacity to carry a high-energy laser. It would be designed to intercept ICBMs during their boost ph ... more
Washington (AFP) April 8, 2017
Laser weapons edge toward use in US military
Washington (UPI) Apr 3, 2017
Researchers create Star Wars 'superlaser' in the lab
Washington (UPI) Mar 23, 2017
German scientists focus radiation of 10,000 suns with new light array
S. Koreans march to protest US missile defence system
Seoul (AFP) June 24, 2017
Thousands of protesters marched near the US embassy in Seoul on Saturday, accusing President Donald Trump of "forcing" South Korea to deploy a controversial American missile defence system opposed by China. The protest came as South Korea's new president Moon Jae-In heads to Washington next week for his first summit with Trump amid soaring tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions. Ar ... more
Washington (AFP) June 22, 2017
Test of US-Japanese missile interceptor fails
Seoul (AFP) June 13, 2017
Suspected N.Korea drone filmed missile defence site: Seoul
Seoul (AFP) June 9, 2017
Seoul trapped between a rock and a THAAD place; NK tests cruise missile
In a Cosmic Hit-and-Run, Icy Saturn Moon May Have Flipped
Ithaca NY (SPX) Jun 01, 2017
Enceladus - a large icy, oceanic moon of Saturn - may have flipped, the possible victim of an out-of-this-world wallop. While combing through data collected by NASA's Cassini mission during flybys of Enceladus, astronomers from Cornell University, the University of Texas and NASA have found the first evidence that the moon's axis has reoriented, according to new research published in Icaru ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 31, 2017
Cassini Finds Saturn Moon May Have Tipped Over
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 26, 2017
Cassini Looks On as Solstice Arrives at Saturn
Boston MA (SPX) May 19, 2017
History of Titan's Landscape Resembles Mars's, not Earth's
Silver atom nanoclusters could become efficient biosensors
Lund, Sweden (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
Researchers have now managed to pinpoint what happens when light is absorbed by extremely small nanoclusters of silver atoms. The results may have useful application in the development of biosensors and in imaging. By combining chemistry and nanotechnology, the research community in recent years has developed a kind of extremely small nanoclusters consisting of only a few noble metal atoms ... more
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Chemists perform surgery on nanoparticles
Chicago IL (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Superconducting nanowire memory cell, miniaturized technology
Liverpool UK (SPX) Jun 15, 2017
Nanotechnology reveals hidden depths of bacterial 'machines'
Directed Energy And Next Generation Munitions - 26-28 June - Washington DC
Hubble Astronomers Measure White Dwarf's Mass with Relativity Experiment
Baltimore MD (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Astronomers have used the sharp vision of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to repeat a century-old test of Einstein's general theory of relativity. The Hubble team measured the mass of a white dwarf, the burned-out remnant of a normal star, by seeing how much it deflects the light from a background star. This observation represents the first time Hubble has witnessed this type of effect creat ... more
Innsbruck, Austria (SPX) Jun 05, 2017
Breaking Newton's Law
San Francisco CA (SPX) Jun 05, 2017
Are dense star clusters the origin of the gravitational waves discovered by LIGO?
Pasadena CA (SPX) Jun 02, 2017
Gravitational Waves Detected for Third Time
Shining light on low-energy electrons
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
The scientific community has known about the existence of electrons for over a hundred years, but there are important facets of their interaction with matter that remain shrouded in mystery. One particular area of interest is low-energy electrons or electrons that have kinetic energy levels of about 10 electronvolts (eV) or less. These electrons affect the functioning of insulators in elec ... more
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
No Universe without Big Bang
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 15, 2017
Russian Spektr-RG mission to identify 3 billin black holes after 2018 launch
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Jun 15, 2017
Galaxy alignments traced back 10 billion years
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Learning with light: New system allows optical 'deep learning'
Boston MA (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
"Deep Learning" computer systems, based on artificial neural networks that mimic the way the brain learns from an accumulation of examples, have become a hot topic in computer science. In addition to enabling technologies such as face- and voice-recognition software, these systems could scour vast amounts of medical data to find patterns that could be useful diagnostically, or scan chemical form ... more
Washington (AFP) June 14, 2017
Facebook gives bots ability to negotiate, compromise
San Francisco (AFP) June 7, 2017
Apple wants to rock the market with HomePod, faces challenges
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Autonomous machines edge towards greater independence
Pentagon Builds Robo-Wingmen to Fly With Manned Fighter Jets
Los Angeles CA (Sputnik) Jun 21, 2017
A California-based defense company this week announced that it will be rolling out a new set of drones to fly as robotic wingmen for human fighter pilots. Kratos Defense and Security Solutions developed the UTAP-22 Mako with funding from DIUx, the US Defense Department's Silicon Valley laboratory. Kratos, with the backing of the Air Force Research Labs, has also separately showcased the XQ ... more
Brussels (AFP) June 16, 2017
EU unveils plans to regulate drones by 2019
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017
Insitu receives $45 million contract extension for SOCOM UAVs
Beirut (AFP) June 20, 2017
US-led coalition downs Iran-made drone in Syria


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