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February 12, 2016
Putting Pluto's Geology on the Map
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 12, 2016
How to make sense of Pluto's surprising geological complexity? To help understand the diversity of terrain and to piece together how Pluto's surface has formed and evolved over time, mission scientists construct geological maps like the one shown above. This map covers a portion of Pluto's surface that measures 1,290 miles (2,070 kilometers) from top to bottom, and includes the vast nitrogen-ice plain informally named Sputnik Planum and surrounding terrain. As the key in the figure below indicates ... read more
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Aldrin recounts successes and challenges of historic space journey
History remembers the two American astronauts who first walked on the moon on July 20, 1969. One of those astronauts, Buzz Aldrin, told a crowd in Lee Hall's Bettersworth Auditorium at Mississippi S ... more

Slime can see
After more than 300 years of looking, scientists have figured out how bacteria "see" their world. And they do it in a remarkably similar way to us. A team of British and German researchers rev ... more

The most accurate optical single-ion clock worldwide
Atomic clock experts from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) are the first research group in the world to have built an optical single-ion clock which attains an accuracy which had only ... more
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Site of Martian lakes linked to ancient habitable environment
Groundwater circulation beneath a massive tectonic rift zone located along the flanks of some the solar system's largest volcanic plateaus resulted in the formation more than 3 billion years ago of ... more


Becoming a Martian
It's 2040, and the human base on Mars is bustling. Robots are moving about, carrying out exploratory missions operated from the base. At a safe distance from the human habitat, powered by a nuclear ... more

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More measurement precision in a short time
Researchers from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) have thoroughly analyzed the noise processes in their optical lattice clock with neutral strontium atoms. This analysis proves that t ... more

Robotically driven system could reduce cost of discovering drug and target interactions
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have created the first robotically driven experimentation system to determine the effects of a large number of drugs on many proteins, reducing the ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
U.S. Air Force defers 45 F-35s from budget plan

Worldwide F-35 fleet exceeds 50,000 flight hours

SpaceX to carry military payloads as US phases out Russian rocket engines

AMEC receives contract to support Aegis Ashore in Poland

US, allies target N. Korea finances after rocket test

S. Korean firms begin pull-out from industrial park in North

Russia, Belarus agree on sale of Sukhoi Su-30SM fighters


Ghost imaging in the time domain could revolutionize disturbance-sensitive signal imaging
Research results recently presented in the distinguished Nature Photonics journal open up new outlooks on ghost imaging in the time domain. The conventional approach to decode information carr ... more

New Horizons Could Help Us Locate Possible Planets Beyond Neptune
The recent discovery of evidence of a giant planet lurking in the outskirts of the solar system made by Caltech astronomers, has re-ignited the discussion about the existence of planets beyond Neptu ... more

Earth-like planets have Earth-like interiors
Every school kid learns the basic structure of the Earth: a thin outer crust, a thick mantle, and a Mars-sized core. But is this structure universal? Will rocky exoplanets orbiting other stars have ... more
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Dawn now circling Ceres in its final orbit
A veteran interplanetary traveler is writing the closing chapter in its long and storied expedition. In its final orbit, where it will remain even beyond the end of its mission, at its lowest altitu ... more

Red or White? Healthy Humans Need Both
When it comes to wine, we can choose red or white depending on our tastes. With blood cells, however, we need both red and white in order to stay healthy and function well. Spending time in sp ... more
24/7 News Coverage
Radical CO2 removal projects could be a risky business

Plankton carries carbon to safe resting spot

Drones learn to search forest trails for lost people

Moscow gets rid off aerosols

Fossil discovery: Extraordinary 'big-mouthed' fish from Cretaceous Period

Fish fins can sense touch

Long-term picture offers little solace on climate change


Ices and shadows above Saturn
Saturn's moon Tethys appears to float between two sets of rings in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, but it's just a trick of geometry. The rings, which are seen nearly edge-on, are the dark ... more

Artistic space odyssey to broadcast people's messages to the stars
Messages from around the world are to be beamed into space at the speed of light as part of a cultural project to create a celestial time capsule. In autumn 2016, dispatches from the public wi ... more

China Conducts Final Tests on Most Powerful Homegrown Rocket
China's largest and most powerful rocket the Long March 5 underwent final tests at the Wen-chang Satellite Launch Center in Hainan province. The rocket's first flight will be conducted in Sept ... more

The forgotten moon landing that paved the way for today's space adventures
Crashing into a planet is seldom a good idea. If you're trying to travel to another world, you're likely to land at tens of kilometres per second unless you do something serious to slow down. When N ... more

Edgar Mitchell, astronaut who walked on Moon, dead at 85
US astronaut Edgar Mitchell, one of just 12 people to have walked on the Moon, has died aged 85, his family and NASA said Friday, calling him a "pioneer." ... more

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How Friendly Is Enceladus' Ocean To Life
How acidic is the ocean on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus? It's a fundamental question to understanding if this geyser-spouting moon could support life. Enceladus is part of a family of icy worlds, inc ... more

Pluto's Mysterious, Floating Hills
The nitrogen ice glaciers on Pluto appear to carry an intriguing cargo: numerous, isolated hills that may be fragments of water ice from Pluto's surrounding uplands. These hills individually measure ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Scientists from MIPT gain insights into 'forbidden' chemistry

Flow phenomena on solid surfaces

More measurement precision in a short time

Engineering researchers use laser to 'weld' neurons

SolarEdge Surpasses 10 Million Shipped Power Optimizers

Clean Energy Collective Co-Founds Community Solar Trade Association

SLAC X-ray laser turns crystal imperfections into better images of important biomolecules


Opportunity climbing steeper slopes to reach science targets


Scripps-led team discovers 4 new deep-sea worm species


The frigid Flying Saucer


Luxembourg's ultimate offshore investment: Space mining


Small Asteroid to Pass Close to Earth March 5


ASU satellite selected for NASA Space Launch System's first flight


Chip could bring deep learning to mobile devices


Arlington Capital Partners buying iRobot business unit


Opportunity Reaches 12 Years on Mars!


New Animation Takes a Colorful Flight Over Ceres

Lunar Flashlight selected to fly as secondary payload on Exploration Mission-1

Saturn's rings: less than meets the eye

Scientists debate likelihood of finding life on other planets

Phase of the moon affects amount of rainfall

4 people to live in an HERA habitat for 30 days at JSC

Pluto's widespread water ice

Pluto's blue atmosphere in the infrared

Bringing time and space together for universal symmetry

Will Space Debris be Responsible for World War III?

Novel Calibration Tool Will Help Astronomers Look for Habitable Exoplanets

Sandy Selfie Sent from NASA Mars Rover

NASA Engineers Tapped to Build First Integrated-Photonics Modem

Antarctic fungi survive Martian conditions on the International Space Station

Astronomers discover largest solar system

Getting real - on Mars

Russia launches ambitious cosmic robotics project

Last Launch for Long March 2F/G

Ceres: Keeping Well-Guarded Secrets for 215 Years

NASA assigns early design contracts for Asteroid Redirect mission

Cassini Heads for 'Higher Ground' at Saturn

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