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May 25, 2016
Potential Habitats for Early Life on Mars
San Francisco CA (SPX) May 25, 2016
Recently discovered evidence of carbonates beneath the surface of Mars points to a warmer and wetter environment in that planet's past. The presence of liquid water could have fostered the emergence of life. A new study by James Wray at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Janice Bishop of the SETI Institute, as well as other collaborators, has found evidence for widespread buried deposits of iron- and calcium-rich Martian carbonates, which suggests a wetter past for the Red Planet. "Iden ... read more

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Using static electricity, RoboBees can land and stick to surfaces
Call them the RoboBats. In a recent article in Science, Harvard roboticists demonstrate that their flying microrobots, nicknamed the RoboBees, can now perch during flight to save energy - like bats, ... more

New technique controls autonomous vehicles on a dirt track
A Georgia Institute of Technology research team has devised a novel way to help keep a driverless vehicle under control as it maneuvers at the edge of its handling limits. The approach could help ma ... more

Cassini goes up and over for final mission tour of Saturn
Cassini orbited in Saturn's ring plane - around the planet's equator - for most of 2015. This enabled a season of flybys of the planet's icy moons, but did not allow for angled views of the rings an ... more
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Are mystery Mars plumes caused by space weather?
Mysterious high-rise clouds seen appearing suddenly in the martian atmosphere on a handful of occasions may be linked to space weather, say Mars Express scientists. Amateur astronomers using telesco ... more


NASA Begins Launch Preparations for the First U.S. Asteroid Sampling Mission
NASA's first spacecraft designed to return a piece of an asteroid to Earth arrived Friday, May 20, at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and has begun final preparations in advance of its ... more

Transition from Operations to Decommissioning by Preparing a Safe, Cost-Effective Shut Down and Waste Management Strategy

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SwRI scientists discover fresh lunar craters
A Southwest Research Institute-led team of scientists discovered two geologically young craters - one 16 million, the other between 75 and 420 million, years old - in the Moon's darkest regions. ... more

China's new launch center prepares for maiden mission
China's fourth space launch center, the Wenchang satellite launch center in southern Hainan Province, is preparing for its maiden launch mission. Components of a Long March-7 carrier rocket ar ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
And yet it moves: 14 Galileo satellites now in orbit

N. Korea asks UN chief to explain legal basis for sanctions

G7 host Japan on high-alert over terrorism threat

Chinese media slam US lifting of Vietnam arms embargo

Russia's new missile has 250-mile reach

MBDA contracted for Spear 3 missile development

Railgun pulse power modules delivered to U.S. Navy


World May Now 'Face a New Kind of a Space Race'
NASA's New Horizon team has officially submitted an extended-mission proposal for its spacecraft, after it had finished its primary mission on Pluto. In an interview with Radio Sputnik, David Mimoun ... more

Animal training techniques teach robots new tricks
Researchers at Washington State University are using ideas from animal training to help non-expert users teach robots how to do desired tasks. The researchers recently presented their work at the in ... more

Opportunity takes panorama; uses wheel to scuff soil
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 23, 2016 Opportunity is exploring 'Marathon Valley' on the rim of Endeavour crater, searching specific outcrops for evidence of clay minerals. The rover is currently con ... more
Cryogenic Buyer's Guide
Space Tech Expo - Design - Build - Test - Pasadena CA - May 24-26, 2016
The World's Largest Commercial Drone Conference and Expo - Sept 7-9 - Las Vegas
Directed Energy And Next Generation Munitions - 20-22 June - Washington DC

First Stellar Occultations Shed Additional Light on Pluto's Atmosphere
Scientists on NASA's New Horizons team say the spacecraft succeeded in observing the first occultations of Pluto's atmosphere by ultraviolet stars, an important goal of the mission's Pluto encounter ... more

Robots get creative to cut through clutter
Clutter is a special challenge for robots, but new Carnegie Mellon University software is helping robots cope, whether they're beating a path across the Moon or grabbing a milk jug from the back of ... more
24/7 News Coverage
Evolution Influenced By Temporary Microbes

In changing oceans, cephalopods are booming

Sun glitter reveals coastal waves

Bacteria in branches naturally fertilize trees

Strange sea-dwelling reptile fossil hints at rapid evolution after mass extinction

Researchers find that Earth may be home to 1 trillion species

Crucial interaction between fire and mankind explored


Artificial intelligence replaces physicists
Physicists are putting themselves out of a job, using artificial intelligence to run a complex experiment. The experiment, developed by physicists from The Australian National University (ANU) and U ... more

Kepler-223 System Offers Clues to Planetary Migration
The four planets of the Kepler-223 star system appeared to have little in common with the planets of our own solar system today. But a new study using data from NASA's Kepler space telescope suggest ... more

The Book on the Birthplace of Planetary Science
Tucson AZ (SPX) May 23, 2016 With the countdown underway to September's launch of the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission, University of Arizona alumna Melissa Sevigny, author of the new book ... more

Precise measurements on earth ensure NASA's spacecraft work in space
Huntsville AL (SPX) May 23, 2016 Measurement is the first step that leads to success. If you can't measure something accurately, you can't understand and improve it. That is especially true for gia ... more

Mars - Closest, Biggest and Brightest in a Decade
Look low in the southeast at nightfall, and an unusually bright, fire-yellow "star" will be staring back at you. It's the planet Mars, closer to Earth now than it has been since November 2005. Mars ... more


New Horizons' First Science on a Post-Pluto Object
Warming up for a possible extended mission as it speeds through deep space, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has now twice observed 1994 JR1, a 90-mile (145-kilometer) wide Kuiper Belt object (KBO) or ... more

Imaging the Encounter of a Lifetime
Jorge Nunez, a planetary scientist and engineer from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), is the deputy systems engineer of the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) ins ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Graphene makes rubber more rubbery

The Lessons of Chernobyl and Fukushima

Russia Ready to Propose ASEAN New Nuclear Electrical Power Plants - Putin

Discovery could energize development of longer-lasting batteries

Pakistan Applies for Nuclear Suppliers Group Membership

Dartmouth team creates new method to control quantum systems

Expansion of Energy Efficiency at Affordable Housing in New York State

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Ancient tsunami evidence on Mars reveals life potential


Hubble Takes Mars Portrait Near Close Approach


Debris Alert: A Crack in the Window


Evolution: Building blocks of life


Hints of wandering planets in distant cometary belt


Mars Rover Scientist Hopes to Find More Evidence of Liquid Water on the Red Planet


Macau shows off robot croupiers as hopes of recovery rise


Scientists discover new form of light


Robot's in-hand eye maps surroundings, determines hand's location


Hunting for Hidden Life on Worlds Orbiting Old, Red Stars

Astronomical software date 2,500 year-old lyric poem

We'll Leave the Lights on for You

AAC Microtec to develop miniaturized motion controller for space rovers and robots

Dwarf Planet Haumea's Lunar System Smaller than Anticipated

China's Midea makes takeover offer for German robotics firm

Researchers teach AI system to run complex physics experiment

Andre Brahic, discoverer of Neptune's rings, dies aged 73

The rise and fall of Martian lakes

China, U.S. hold first dialogue on outer space safety

Hybrid hydrostatic transmission enables robots with human-like grace and precision

Second cycle of Martian seasons completing for Curiosity Rover

Asteroid Mining - What the Heck

Opportunity microscopic imaging camera back to normal operations

Exoplanets' Orbits Point to Planetary Migration

Star Has Four Mini-Neptunes Orbiting in Lock Step

How light is detected affects the atom that emits it

Soft wearable robot lightens heavy loads

Ingestible robot operates in simulated stomach

Synchronized planets reveal clues to planet formation

Kepler space telescope finds another 1284 exo planets

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