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February 19, 2017
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India Takes Russian Help to Analyze Chemical Composition of Lunar Surface



New Delhi (Sputnik) Feb 17, 2017
ISRO has started a series of ground tests for testing the performance of sensors and actuators for soft landing of the Lander on the lunar surface. India Space Research Organization (ISRO) has selected Russian company JSC Isotope for supply of Radionuclide curium-244 (Cm-244) that enables sources to determine chemical composition of any rocks and soils. "Supplied by JSC Isotope sources will be installed on the Alpha Proton X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) aimed at analyzing the lunar surface within ... read more

IRON AND ICE
SwRI scientist studies geology of Ceres to understand origin of organics
NASA's Dawn spacecraft recently detected organic-rich areas on Ceres. Scientists evaluated the geology of the regions to conclude that the organics are most likely native to the dwarf planet. Data f ... more
TECH SPACE
Curtiss-Wright offers COTS Module for measuring microgravity acceleration
Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division has introduced the space industry's first COTS-based solution for measuring microgravity acceleration. Previously, the measurement of microgravity acceler ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Students play key biomedical research role in space
Several students are playing significant roles in the upcoming launch of a SpaceX rocket carrying two CU Boulder payloads - one designed to help researchers better understand and perhaps outsmart da ... more
EXO WORLDS
Exoplanetary moons formed by giant impacts could be detected by Kepler
NASA's Kepler observatory should be able to detect planetary moons - yet to be discovered - formed by far-away planetary collisions outside our solar system, research by Amy Barr of the Planetary Sc ... more
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Will androids dream of quantum sheep?
The word 'replicant' evokes thoughts of a sci-fi world where society has replaced common creatures with artificial machines that replicate their behaviour. Now researchers from Singapore have shown ... more
MARSDAILY
Scientists say Mars valley was flooded with water not long ago
Researchers have discovered the signature of periodic groundwater flooding in a Martian valley - further evidence that water flowed on Mars in the not-so-distant past. ... more
EXO WORLDS
The heart of a far-off star beats for its planet
For the first time, astronomers from MIT and elsewhere have observed a star pulsing in response to its orbiting planet. The star, which goes by the name HAT-P-2, is about 400 light years from Earth ... more
TECH SPACE
After 15 years, SABER on TIMED Still Breaks Ground from Space
About 21 years ago, team members started building and testing the Sounding of the Atmosphere using Broadband Emission Radiometry, or SABER instrument. Back then, they dreamed of how great two years ... more
ENERGY TECH
UMD physicist improves method for designing fusion experiments
"Measure twice, cut once" is an old carpenter's proverb - a reminder that careful planning can save time and materials in the long run. The concept also applies to the design of stellarators, ... more
IRON AND ICE
NASA's OSIRIS-REx takes its first image of Jupiter
This magnified, cropped image showing Jupiter and three of its moons was taken by NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft's MapCam instrument during optical navigation testing for the mission's Earth-Trojan As ... more


NASA's OSIRIS-REx Begins Earth-Trojan Asteroid Search

EXO WORLDS
Astronomy team finds more than 100 exoplanet candidates
An international team of astronomers has released the largest ever compilation of exoplanet-detecting observations made using a technique called the radial velocity method. By making the data public ... more
MARSDAILY
Opportunity passes 44 kilometers of surface travel after 13 years
Opportunity is located on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover is making progress towards the next major scientific objective, the gully less than a kilometer south of the current location. ... more
MARSDAILY
Scientists shortlist three landing sites for Mars 2020
Participants in a landing site workshop for NASA's upcoming Mars 2020 mission have recommended three locations on the Red Planet for further evaluation. The three potential landing sites for N ... more
ROBO SPACE
Success by deception
When computers independently identify bodies of water and their outlines in satellite images, or beat the world's best professional players at the board game Go, then adaptive algorithms are working ... more

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Russia to face strong competition from China in space launch market
In the decade to come Russia will face strong competition from China for the commercial launch of satellites for developing countries, according to Ivan Moiseev, director of the Institute of Space Policy."China is trying to expand its space launching services, developing new boosters for different segments of the market," Moiseev told RIA Novosti. "It has constructed a new spacecraft launc ... more
Vega And Gokturk-1A are present for next Arianespace lightweight mission

Antares Rides Again

Four Galileo satellites are "topped off" for Arianespace's milestone Ariane 5 launch from the Spaceport

Opportunity passes 44 kilometers of surface travel after 13 years
Opportunity is located on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover is making progress towards the next major scientific objective, the gully less than a kilometer south of the current location. The rover has been driving on most planning sols. On Sol 4631 (Feb. 1, 2017), Opportunity traveled just under 85 feet (26 meters) to the southwest. The drive was followed with the collection of ... more
Scientists shortlist three landing sites for Mars 2020

Scientists say Mars valley was flooded with water not long ago

ISRO saves its Mars mission spacecraft from eclipse

India Takes Russian Help to Analyze Chemical Composition of Lunar Surface
ISRO has started a series of ground tests for testing the performance of sensors and actuators for soft landing of the Lander on the lunar surface. India Space Research Organization (ISRO) has selected Russian company JSC Isotope for supply of Radionuclide curium-244 (Cm-244) that enables sources to determine chemical composition of any rocks and soils. "Supplied by JSC Isotope sourc ... more
Complete Lunar-cy: The Earth Has Sprayed the Moon With Oxygen for Billennia

Private Space Race Heats Up, Moon Landing Expected in Late 2017

LunaH-Map CubeSat to map the Moon's water deposits

NASA receives science report on Europa lander concept
A report on the potential science value of a lander on the surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa has been delivered to NASA, and the agency is now engaging the broader science community to open a discussion about its findings. In early 2016, in response to a congressional directive, NASA's Planetary Science Division began a pre-Phase A study to assess the science value and engineering desig ... more
New Horizons Refines Course for Next Flyby

It's Never 'Groundhog Day' at Jupiter

Public to Choose Jupiter Picture Sites for NASA Juno

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Exoplanetary moons formed by giant impacts could be detected by Kepler
NASA's Kepler observatory should be able to detect planetary moons - yet to be discovered - formed by far-away planetary collisions outside our solar system, research by Amy Barr of the Planetary Science Institute shows. The Kepler spacecraft has discovered thousands of exoplanets, but has not yet detected definitive signs of moons - exomoons - orbiting them. A pair of papers authored by B ... more
The heart of a far-off star beats for its planet

Astronomy team finds more than 100 exoplanet candidates

Possibility of Silicon-Based Life Grows

Airbus Safran Launchers: 77th consecutive successful launch for Ariane 5
For its first launch of the year, Ariane 5 successfully completed its mission from the European space port of Kourou (French Guiana) for the 77th consecutive time, placing two telecommunications satellites in geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). The launch performance achieved by this Ariane 5 ECA was 10,450 kg in GTO (of which 9,569 kg was accounted for by the satellites). The launcher imp ... more
SpaceX blasts off cargo from historic NASA launchpad

SpaceX aborts launch after 'odd' rocket engine behavior

Airbus Safran Launchers: 77th consecutive successful launch for Ariane 5

Chinese cargo spacecraft set for liftoff in April
In April, China will launch a cargo spacecraft into orbit as part of a schedule to develop an international space station as soon as 2020. A Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft could be headed into space "as early as mid-April" atop a Long March-7 Y2 rocket, representing a major milestone for China's space program, according to People's Daily, an English-language Chinese news outlet. One won ... more
China looks to Mars, Jupiter exploration

China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory

China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A

SwRI scientist studies geology of Ceres to understand origin of organics
NASA's Dawn spacecraft recently detected organic-rich areas on Ceres. Scientists evaluated the geology of the regions to conclude that the organics are most likely native to the dwarf planet. Data from the spacecraft suggest that the interior of Ceres is the source of these organic materials, as opposed to arriving via impacting asteroids or comets, according to a paper published in the Feb. 17, ... more
NASA's OSIRIS-REx takes its first image of Jupiter

Russian scientists find 13kg of meteorites in Iranian Desert

Arecibo Observatory captures revealing images of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova

Military Radar Summit 2017
U.K. Defense Ministry finalizes laser weapon system contract
Britain's Ministry of Defense has awarded MBDA and other industry partners a $36 million contract to produce a Laser Directed Energy Weapon demonstrator. The contract, which aims to allow Britain's first laser weapon to enter service by the mid-2020s, will task contractors to assess the technology's capabilities. Project leaders hope to demonstrate the system in 2019. "The U.K. h ... more
U.S. Air Force issues RFP for aircraft laser weapons

Northrop Grumman to develop next-gen fighter laser system

UK to start laser gun program

Raytheon developing new tool for war game assessment
Raytheon is developing an automated assessment system for judging the effectiveness of 21st century weapons in war game scenarios. The first-of-its-kind tool, commissioned by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, will automatically teach war game participants which weapons to use in every possible scenario, including missiles, kinetic interceptors, cyber and electronic warfare weapons. ... more
U.S. Army awards $3 billion in missile defense contracts

New US Missile Hits Target in Space

New Age, New Aims: CIS Air Defense to Be Upgraded for Aerospace Tasks

Human 2 Mars Conference May 9-11 2017 - Washington DC
Close views show Saturn's Rings in unprecedented detail
Newly released images showcase the incredible closeness with which NASA's Cassini spacecraft, now in its "Ring-Grazing" orbits phase, is observing Saturn's dazzling rings of icy debris. The views are some of the closest-ever images of the outer parts of the main rings, giving scientists an eagerly awaited opportunity to observe features with names like "straw" and "propellers." Altho ... more
Cassini captures stunning view of Saturn moon Daphnis

Catching Cassini's call

Huygens: 'Ground Truth' From an Alien Moon

Nano-level lubricant tuning improves material for electronic devices and surface coatings
Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), which is ubiquitously used as a solid lubricant, has recently been shown to have a two-dimensional (2D) form that is similar to graphene. But, when thinned down to less than a nanometer thick, MoS2 demonstrates properties with great promise as a functional material for electronic devices and surface coatings. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana- ... more
Supercomputing, experiment combine for first look at magnetism of real nanoparticle

Scientists determine precise 3-D location 23,000 atoms in a nanoparticle

1,000 times more efficient nano-LED opens door to faster microchips

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Increasing the sensitivity of next-generation gravitational wave detectors
Nearly one year ago the LIGO Collaboration announced the detection of gravitational waves, once again confirming Einstein's theory of General Relativity. This important discovery by the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (aLIGO) has spurred great interest in improving these advanced optical detectors. The mission of gravitational wave scientists worldwide is to ma ... more
New method uses heat flow to levitate variety of objects

New laser technology from Hannover enables more sensitive gravitational-wave detectors

Cosmologists a step closer to understanding quantum gravity

Ancient signals from the early universe
For the first time, theoretical physicists from the University of Basel have calculated the signal of specific gravitational wave sources that emerged fractions of a second after the Big Bang. The source of the signal is a long-lost cosmological phenomenon called "oscillon". The journal Physical Review Letters has published the results. Although Albert Einstein had already predicted the ex ... more
Quest to settle riddle over Einstein's theory may soon be over

A new technique for creation of entangled photon states developed

Perimeter Institute researchers apply machine learning to condensed matter physics

Will androids dream of quantum sheep?
The word 'replicant' evokes thoughts of a sci-fi world where society has replaced common creatures with artificial machines that replicate their behaviour. Now researchers from Singapore have shown that if such machines are ever created, they'll run more efficiently if they harness quantum theory to respond to the environment. This follows the findings of a team from the Centre for Quantum ... more
How algorithms secretly run the world

Now you can 'build your own' bio-bot

Algorithms: the managers of our digital lives

Wide-area sensor flight-tested on small drone
Logos Technologies' Redkite wide-area sensor has successfully performed its initial flight test aboard a small, tactical unmanned aerial system. The test, using Insitu's integrator vehicle, was conducted earlier this month in Oregon and was the first time a wide-area motion imagery, or WAMI, system had been carried in the internal payload bay of a small UAS, Logos Technologies said. ... more
U.S. Marines test 'Instant Eye' mini drone

NS Mayport picked as forward operating base for drones

Indonesia first to purchase Skeldar V-200 drone



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