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September 23, 2017
IRON AND ICE
NASA'S OSIRIS-REx executes slingshot around Earth



Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
NASA's OSIRIS-REx probe has used Earth's gravity to slingshot itself into outer space. The spacecraft is now en route to the asteroid Bennu and is expected to encounter the space rock in August 2018. On Friday, OSIRIS-REx swung past the South Pole at an altitude of 10,711 miles. During the flyby, Earth's gravity offered the probe's speed a boost of 8,451 mph. OSIRIS-REx, short for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer, is NASA's asteroid e ... read more

MOON DAILY
Fly me to the Moon: For some, lunar village takes shape
Riga (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
By 2040, a hundred people will live on the Moon, melting ice for water, 3D-printing homes and tools, eating plants grown in lunar soil, and competing in low-gravity, "flying" sports. ... more
IRON AND ICE
First space mining transaction in 10 years
Sydney, Australia (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
The first transaction in space mining could only be 10 years away, the director of the Australian Center for Space Engineering Research, Andrew Dempster, told Xinhua on Wednesday, at the third Off E ... more
OUTER PLANETS
Global Aerospace Corporation to present Pluto lander concept to NASA
Irwindale CA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Global Aerospace Corporation (GAC) announced today that it will present its Pluto lander concept at the 2017 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Symposium in Denver, CO. Under a grant from NASA ... more
MARSDAILY
Hope to discover sure signs of life on Mars
Lawrence KS (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
The search for biology on neighbor planet Mars won't play out like a Hollywood movie starring little green men. Rather, many scientists agree if there was life on the Red Planet, it probably will pr ... more
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DRAGON SPACE
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, separated from Tiangong-2 space lab at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday. At 3:29 p.m. on Sunday, the cargo ship started to separate from the space lab under orde ... more
ROBO SPACE
Scientists create world's first 'molecular robot' capable of building molecules
Manchester UK (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists at The University of Manchester have created the world's first 'molecular robot' that is capable of performing basic tasks including building other molecules. The tiny robots, which ... more
IRON AND ICE
What we need to know to mine an asteroid
Riga, Latvia (SPX) Sep 20, 2017
The mining of resources contained in asteroids, for use as propellant, building materials or in life-support systems, has the potential to revolutionise exploration of our solar system. To make this ... more
IRON AND ICE
Europe urged to reconsider pullout from 'Armageddon' asteroid mission
Riga (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Space scientists urged Europe Wednesday to rethink its withdrawal from a futuristic, international dry-run for an Armageddon-like mission to deflect a space rock on a calamitous collision course with Earth. ... more
MERCURY RISING
New research suggests Mercury's poles are icier than scientists thought
Providence RI (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
The scorching hot surface of Mercury seems like an unlikely place to find ice, but research over the past three decades has suggested that water is frozen on the first rock from the sun, hidden away ... more
MOON DAILY
First steps: returning humanity to the Moon
Paris (ESA) Sep 21, 2017
In the first act of lunar exploration, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were major characters. In setting its sights on the Moon, ESA hopes to bring many more actors to this off-world stage. By ... more


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MARSDAILY
More evidence of water on Mars
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
River deposits exist across the surface of Mars and record a surface environment from over 3.5 billion years ago that was able to support liquid water at the surface. A region of Mars named Aeolis D ... more
EXO WORLDS
Scientists propose new concept of terrestrial planet formation
Hong Kong (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists have long been intrigued by the surfaces of terrestrial bodies other than Earth which reveal deep similarities beneath their superficially differing volcanic and tectonic histories. ... more
DRAGON SPACE
Work on China's mission to Mars 'well underway'
Beijing (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
China's programme to launch a mission to Mars in 2020 is "well underway", its top planner said Wednesday as the country moves forward with its ambitious space programme. ... more
MARSDAILY
Six emerge from 8-mo Mars experiment in Hawaii dome
Miami (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Six people have emerged from an isolated dome in Hawaii where they spent the past eight months on a mock Mars mission, living in close quarters, eating dried foods and trying to get along. ... more



Ice mined on Mars could provide water for humans exploring space
Sydney, Australia (The Conversation) Sep 19, 2017
As humans spread out across the Earth, the locations of new colonies were driven by the accessibility of resources: not only food and water, but also arable land, forests and minerals. Access to such resources remains important as the economy moves into space. Here, water has emerged as the pre-eminent resource to exploit first. The question then becomes, from where will we extract the wat ... more
Miami (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Six emerge from 8-mo Mars experiment in Hawaii dome
Lawrence KS (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
Hope to discover sure signs of life on Mars
Paris (ESA) Sep 19, 2017
Splashdown! Crashing into Martian mud
Fly me to the Moon: For some, lunar village takes shape
Riga (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
By 2040, a hundred people will live on the Moon, melting ice for water, 3D-printing homes and tools, eating plants grown in lunar soil, and competing in low-gravity, "flying" sports. To those who mock such talk as science fiction, experts such as Bernard Foing, ambassador of the European Space Agency-driven "Moon Village" scheme, reply the goal is not only reasonable but feasible too. At ... more
Paris (ESA) Sep 21, 2017
First steps: returning humanity to the Moon
Providence RI (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
Researchers create first global map of water in moon's soil
Paris (ESA) Aug 22, 2017
Call For Ideas For Research On The Deep Space Gateway
Global Aerospace Corporation to present Pluto lander concept to NASA
Irwindale CA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Global Aerospace Corporation (GAC) announced today that it will present its Pluto lander concept at the 2017 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Symposium in Denver, CO. Under a grant from NASA's NIAC program, GAC is developing an integrated "entrycraft" architecture that can decelerate and gently land on the surface of Pluto from a speed of over 30,000 mph using only drag from Pluto's ultr ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 11, 2017
Pluto features given first official names
Laurel MD (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
Hibernation Over, New Horizons Continues Kuiper Belt Cruise
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 07, 2017
Jupiter's Auroras Present a Powerful Mystery
NASA's Hubble captures blistering pitch-black planet
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed a planet outside our solar system that looks as black as fresh asphalt because it eats light rather than reflecting it back into space. This light-eating prowess is due to the planet's unique capability to trap at least 94 percent of the visible starlight falling into its atmosphere. The oddball exoplanet, called WASP-12b, is one of a class of so- ... more
Hong Kong (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists propose new concept of terrestrial planet formation
Kazan, Russia (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
KFU astronomers discovered an exoplanet together with Turkish and Japanese colleagues
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 05, 2017
FINESSE Mission to Investigate Atmospheres of Hundreds of Alien Worlds
Mechanisms are Critical to Space Vehicle Flight Success
Bethesda MD (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
About two years ago the National Transportation Safety Board announced its finding regarding the Virgin Galactic crash that occurred on October 31, 2014. The simple explanation was that the co-pilot unlocked a critical vehicle mechanism too early. After a nine-month investigation the NTSB further concluded that human error and inadequate safety procedures caused the violent crash. The vehi ... more
Las Cruces NM (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Demonstrator 3 linear aerospike ready to start tests
New Delhi (IANS) Sep 21, 2017
ISRO to resume satellite launches by December
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Dragon Splashes Down in Pacific With NASA Science Experiments
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, separated from Tiangong-2 space lab at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday. At 3:29 p.m. on Sunday, the cargo ship started to separate from the space lab under orders from the ground. After separation, it operated at an orbit of about 400 kilometers above the earth. Tianzhou-1 will continue to carry out experiments before it leaves orbit, and will gain exp ... more
Beijing (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Work on China's mission to Mars 'well underway'
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Chinese company eyes development of reusable launch vehicle
Beijing (XNA) Sep 15, 2017
Spacecraft passes docking test
What we need to know to mine an asteroid
Riga, Latvia (SPX) Sep 20, 2017
The mining of resources contained in asteroids, for use as propellant, building materials or in life-support systems, has the potential to revolutionise exploration of our solar system. To make this concept a reality, we need to increase our knowledge of the very diverse population of accessible near-Earth asteroids (NEAs). Last year, dozens of the world's leading asteroid scientists and a ... more
Sydney, Australia (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
First space mining transaction in 10 years
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
NASA'S OSIRIS-REx executes slingshot around Earth
Riga (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Europe urged to reconsider pullout from 'Armageddon' asteroid mission
Upgraded Lockheed Martin Laser Outguns Threat in Half the Time
White Sands Missile Range NM (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
A Lockheed Martin prototype laser weapon system proved that an advanced system of sensors, software and specialized optics can deliver decisive lethality against unmanned aerial vehicle threats. In tests conducted with the U.S. Army's Space and Missile Defense Command in August, the 30-kilowatt class ATHENA (Advanced Test High Energy Asset) system brought down five 10.8' wingspan Outlaw un ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
ATHENA laser testbed system successfully shoots down drones
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
DOD to invest $17M on laser weapons research in New Mexico
Washington DC (AFNS) Jul 25, 2017
'Eyes in space' and more powerful lasers will enhance US Army's arsenal
To shoot down or not? NKorea launch highlights intercept issues
Washington (AFP) Sept 17, 2017
North Korea's latest missile launch over Japan set sirens blaring and triggered alerts telling people to seek shelter - yet neither Tokyo nor Washington tried to shoot the rocket down. The test follows one in August that saw another rocket soar over Hokkaido. In that case too, much-vaunted Japanese and US missile-intercept capabilities were not used. Now some in the United States are wo ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 16, 2017
'Take cover' - but where? Japanese helpless over N.Korea threat
Washington (UPI) Sep 21, 2017
Orbital ATK launches Patriot system target vehicle
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Japan deploys missile defence to northern island: minister
Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion guides Cassini to its Grand Finale at Saturn
Sacramento CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne played a vital role in the planned plunge of NASA's Cassini spacecraft into Saturn. As the spacecraft entered the atmosphere, Aerojet Rocketdyne's onboard Reaction Control Thrusters worked to counter atmospheric torques, helping Cassini fight to keep its high-gain antenna pointed at Earth as it relayed its final data to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. These measurements of t ... more
Tampa FL (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
NASA's $3.9 bn Cassini spacecraft makes death plunge into Saturn
Tucson AZ (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Cassini Spacecraft Demise Is Bittersweet for PSI's Hansen
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
CU Boulder Scientists Ready for Cassini Mission to Saturn Grand Finale
A new kind of optical nanosensor uses torque for signal processing
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
The world of nanosensors may be physically small, but the demand is large and growing, with little sign of slowing. As electronic devices get smaller, their ability to provide precise, chip-based sensing of dynamic physical properties such as motion become challenging to develop. An international group of researchers have put a literal twist on this challenge, demonstrating a new nanoscale ... more
Richland WA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
New insights into nanocrystal growth in liquid
Eindhoven, Netherlands (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
'Nano-hashtags' could provide definite proof of Majorana particles
Amherst MA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
UMass Amherst environmental chemist flashes warning light on new nanoparticle
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GRACE Mission Making Plans for Final Science Data Collection
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
With one of its twin satellites almost out of fuel after more than 15 years of chasing each other around our planet to measure Earth's ever-changing gravity field, the operations team for the U.S./German Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission is making plans for an anticipated final science collection. On Sept. 3, one of 20 battery cells aboard the GRACE-2 satellite stoppe ... more
Paris (ESA) Aug 28, 2017
Granting weightless wishes
Bozeman MT (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
MSU gravitational physicist receives NASA award to explore extreme gravity and the universe
Hull UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
First look at gravitational dance that drives stellar formation
Physicists discover super stable tri-anion particle
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 18, 2017
Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University have discovered a new tri-anion particle, a type of particle with three more electrons than protons. The new particle is extremely stable and its discovery apply to a variety of applications in the fields of physics and chemistry. The imbalance between electrons and protons on all other tri-anions makes the particle inherently unstable. ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
Mathematicians develop new models to describe ripples
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
The beam of invisibility
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Aussie quantum tech has its sights set on human biochemistry
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Scientists create world's first 'molecular robot' capable of building molecules
Manchester UK (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists at The University of Manchester have created the world's first 'molecular robot' that is capable of performing basic tasks including building other molecules. The tiny robots, which are a millionth of a millimetre in size, can be programmed to move and build molecular cargo, using a tiny robotic arm. Each individual robot is capable of manipulating a single molecule and is ... more
Pisa, Italy (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Robot 'conductor' steals the show from Italy's top tenor
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
Quantum machine learning
Pasadena CA (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
Sorting molecules with DNA robots
Drones can almost see in the dark
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
To fly safely, drones need to know their precise position and orientation in space at all times. While commercial drones solve this problem using GPS, this only works outdoors, and is not very reliable, especially in urban environments. Furthermore, the conventional cameras mounted on drones work only when there is a high amount of light available, and the drone's speed has to be limited o ... more
London, UK (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Lockheed Martin Unveils a New Lightweight Canister Launched Unmanned Aircraft System
Orlando, FL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
US Air Force Academy to Use VBS3 and VBS Fires for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Training
Jerusalem (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Israel says shot down Iranian-made, Hezbollah-operated drone


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