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March 24, 2017
TIME AND SPACE
Futuristic clock prepared for space



Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 23, 2017
No one keeps time quite like NASA. Last month, the space agency's next-generation atomic clock was joined to the spacecraft that will take it into orbit in late 2017. That instrument, the Deep Space Atomic Clock was developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. On Feb. 17, JPL engineers monitored integration of the clock on to the Surrey Orbital Test Bed spacecraft at Surrey Satellite Technology in Englewood, Colorado. Timekeeping plays a critical role in spacecraft ... read more

MARSDAILY
Breaks observed in Curiosity rover wheel treads
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 23, 2017
A routine check of the aluminum wheels on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has found two small breaks on the rover's left middle wheel-the latest sign of wear and tear as the rover continues its journey, ... more
ROBO SPACE
Quadruped robot exhibits spontaneous changes in step with speed
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
The research group of Professor Akio Ishiguro and Assistant Professor Dai Owaki of Tohoku University have, for the first time, successfully demonstrated that by changing only its parameter related t ... more
TECH SPACE
New study maps space dust in 3-D
Berkeley CA (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Berkeley Lab-led research raises new questions about properties of dust in local and distant reaches of Milky Way. Consider that the Earth is just a giant cosmic dust bunny-a big bundle of debris am ... more
IRON AND ICE
Ice in Ceres' shadowed craters linked to tilt history
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 23, 2017
Dwarf planet Ceres may be hundreds of millions of miles from Jupiter, and even farther from Saturn, but the tremendous influence of gravity from these gas giants has an appreciable effect on Ceres' ... more
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EXO WORLDS
Fledgling stars try to prevent their neighbors from birthing planets
London, UK (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Newly formed stars are surrounded by a disc of dense gas and dust. This is called the protoplanetary disc, as material sticks together within it to form planets. Stars of different shapes and sizes ... more
MARSDAILY
Mars Volcano, Earth's Dinosaurs Went Extinct About the Same Time
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 21, 2017
New NASA research reveals that the giant Martian volcano Arsia Mons produced one new lava flow at its summit every 1 to 3 million years during the final peak of activity. The last volcanic activity ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Stem Cells Seem Speedier in Space
Houston TX (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Growing significant numbers of human stem cells in a short time could lead to new treatments for stroke and other health issues. Scientists are sending stem cells to the International Space Station ... more
ROBO SPACE
Origami-inspired Robot Can Hitch a Ride with a Rover
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 21, 2017
The next rovers to explore another planet might bring along a scout. The Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot (PUFFER) in development at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, was i ... more
OUTER PLANETS
Scientists make the case to restore Pluto's planet status
Baltimore MD (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Johns Hopkins University scientist Kirby Runyon wants to make one thing clear: Regardless of what one prestigious scientific organization says to the contrary, Pluto is a planet. So, he says, is Eur ... more
ROBO SPACE
Kraken Sonar Systems gains funding for robotics project
Washington (UPI) Mar 22, 2017
Kraken Sonar Systems' underwater robotics program is receiving funding from the Canadian government's research organization. ... more


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TECH SPACE
Ecosystem For Near-Earth Space Control
Bethesda MD (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
In just two weeks, at the 33rd Space Symposium, the space community will hear about a possible game-changing discovery that may create a new "Ecosystem for Near-Earth Space Control." On April 3rd, a ... more
ENERGY TECH
New feedback system could allow greater control over fusion plasma
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Like a potter shaping clay as it spins on a wheel, physicists use magnetic fields and powerful particle beams to control and shape the plasma as it twists and turns through a fusion device. Now a ph ... more
MARSDAILY
Does Mars Have Rings? Not Right Now, But Maybe One Day
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 21, 2017
As children, we learned about our solar system's planets by certain characteristics - Jupiter is the largest, Saturn has rings, Mercury is closest to the sun. Mars is red, but it's possible that one ... more
OUTER PLANETS
ESA's Jupiter mission moves off the drawing board
Paris (ESA) Mar 17, 2017
Demanding electric, magnetic and power requirements, harsh radiation, and strict planetary protection rules are some of the critical issues that had to be tackled in order to move ESA's Jupiter Icy ... more

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Russia to face strong competition from China in space launch market
Moscow (Sputnik) Oct 26, 2016
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
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Oct 27, 2016
Vega And Gokturk-1A are present for next Arianespace lightweight mission
Bethesda MD (SPX) Oct 25, 2016
Antares Rides Again
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Oct 21, 2016
Four Galileo satellites are "topped off" for Arianespace's milestone Ariane 5 launch from the Spaceport
Mars Volcano, Earth's Dinosaurs Went Extinct About the Same Time
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 21, 2017
New NASA research reveals that the giant Martian volcano Arsia Mons produced one new lava flow at its summit every 1 to 3 million years during the final peak of activity. The last volcanic activity there ceased about 50 million years ago - around the time of Earth's Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction, when large numbers of our planet's plant and animal species (including dinosaurs) went extinct. ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 23, 2017
Breaks observed in Curiosity rover wheel treads
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 21, 2017
Does Mars Have Rings? Not Right Now, But Maybe One Day
Paris (ESA) Mar 17, 2017
ExoMars: science checkout completed and aerobraking begins
Team Indus To Send Seven Experiments To The Moon Including Three From India
Bengaluru, India (IANS) Mar 17, 2017
Seven teams, including three from India, have qualified for the country's first private moon mission in December, space technology start-up TeamIndus said on Wednesday. "Teams Callisto, Ears and Kalpana from India, Space4Life from Italy, Lunadome from Britain, Killa Lab from Peru and Regolith Revolution from the US have qualified to fly their experiments to the lunar surface in our spacecr ... more
Tempe AZ (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Sun Devils working for a chance to induce photosynthesis on our lunar neighbor
Washington (UPI) Mar 10, 2017
NASA finds missing LRO, Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiters
Washington (AFP) March 12, 2017
Under Trump, the Moon regains interest as possible destination
Scientists make the case to restore Pluto's planet status
Baltimore MD (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Johns Hopkins University scientist Kirby Runyon wants to make one thing clear: Regardless of what one prestigious scientific organization says to the contrary, Pluto is a planet. So, he says, is Europa, commonly known as a moon of Jupiter, and so is the Earth's moon, and so are more than 100 other celestial bodies in our solar system that are denied this status under the prevailing definition of ... more
Paris (ESA) Mar 17, 2017
ESA's Jupiter mission moves off the drawing board
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
NASA Mission Named 'Europa Clipper'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 07, 2017
Juno Captures Jupiter Cloudscape in High Resolution
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Fledgling stars try to prevent their neighbors from birthing planets
London, UK (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Newly formed stars are surrounded by a disc of dense gas and dust. This is called the protoplanetary disc, as material sticks together within it to form planets. Stars of different shapes and sizes are all born in huge star-forming regions. Scientists know that when a protoplanetary disc around a relatively small star is very close to a massive star, the larger star can evaporate parts of the pr ... more
Tallahassee FL (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Fossil or inorganic structure? Scientists dig into early life forms
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Gigantic Jupiter-type planet reveals insights into how planets evolve
Utrecht, Netherlands (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Operation of ancient biological clock uncovered
N.Korea rocket test shows 'meaningful progress': South
Seoul (AFP) March 20, 2017
North Korea's latest rocket engine test showed "meaningful progress" in its missile capabilities, Seoul said Monday, as the nuclear-armed state steps up its controversial weapons development programmes. The North's leader Kim Jong-Un oversaw the "successful" test of the powerful new rocket engine, state media said Sunday, in a move apparently timed to coincide with a trip to Asia by new US ... more
Esrange, Sweden (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
MAXUS - Europe's largest sounding rocket to be launched from Esrange
Spaceport America NM (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Spaceport America sets new record for student launched sounding rocket
Paris (AFP) March 23, 2017
Satellite launch shelved over strikes
China Develops Spaceship Capable of Moon Landing
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Chinese state media is reporting that the country's space program has developed a craft capable of both landing on the moon and flying in low-Earth orbit. The new spacecraft is claimed to be able to accommodate multiple astronauts, according to spaceship engineer Zhang Bainian, who Science and Technology Daily cited as comparing the forthcoming ship to the Orion craft currently in developm ... more
Wenchang, China (XNA) Mar 13, 2017
Long March-7 Y2 ready for launch of China's first cargo spacecraft
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 09, 2017
China Seeks Space Rockets Launched from Airplanes
Beijing (XNA) Mar 07, 2017
Riding an asteroid: China's next space goal
Ice in Ceres' shadowed craters linked to tilt history
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 23, 2017
Dwarf planet Ceres may be hundreds of millions of miles from Jupiter, and even farther from Saturn, but the tremendous influence of gravity from these gas giants has an appreciable effect on Ceres' orientation. In a new study, researchers from NASA's Dawn mission calculate that the axial tilt of Ceres - the angle at which it spins as it journeys around the sun - varies widely over the course of ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 23, 2017
The many faces of Rosetta's comet 67P
Paris (ESA) Mar 22, 2017
Collapsing cliff reveals comet's interior
Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Cryovolcanism on Dwarf Planet Ceres
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Battle Lasers! US, Russia, China Develop Brighter Beams for Blasting Enemies
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 21, 2017
2017 has already seen a spate of bold statements by Russia and US officials about the development and testing of laser weapons in their countries; earlier this week, the US announced that it is preparing to test a new high-powered laser weapon which can be mounted on army trucks. On March 16, Lockheed Martin said that its new solid-state fiber laser can slice through targets with a record- ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
Lockheed Martin designs future U.S. Army laser vehicle
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
U.S. Army demos laser weapon with Stryker vehicle
New Delhi (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Inside China's High-Tech Space-Based Laser Arsenal
Israel's David's Sling missile system to be operational in weeks
Washington (UPI) Mar 21, 2017
David's Sling, Israel's developing mid-tier missile defense system, is set to become operational within weeks, according to local media reports. Once operational, the system will be used to supplement Israel's existing Iron Dome and Arrow missile defense systems. The new platform specializes in intercepting tactical ballistic missiles, medium to long-range rockets, and cruise missiles. ... more
Jerusalem (AFP) March 20, 2017
Israel says it foiled Syrian ballistic missile threat
Tokyo (AFP) March 20, 2017
Russia takes swipe at US missile defence in South Korea
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Raytheon developing next-gen missile defense communications
Human 2 Mars Conference May 9-11 2017 - Washington DC
Cassini Sees Heat Below the Icy Surface of Enceladus
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 15, 2017
A new study in the journal Nature Astronomy reports that the south polar region of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus is warmer than expected just a few feet below its icy surface. This suggests that Enceladus' ocean of liquid water might be only a couple of miles beneath this region - closer to the surface than previously thought. The excess heat is especially pronounced over three fractures tha ... more
Paris, France (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Enceladus' south pole is warm under the frost
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 15, 2017
Farewell to Mimas
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 17, 2017
Experiments Show Titan Lakes May Fizz with Nitrogen
3-D printing turns nanomachines into life-size workers
Hanover NH (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Using advanced 3-D printing, Dartmouth College researchers have unlocked the key to transforming microscopic nanorings into smart materials that perform work at human-scale. Nanomachines can already deliver medication and serve as computer memories at the tiny nanometer scale. By integrating a 3-D printing technique pioneered at Dartmouth's Ke Functional Materials Group, researchers may un ... more
Krasnoyarsk, Russia (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Scientists created nanopowders for the synthesis of new aluminum alloys
Akron OH (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Researchers develop new method to program nanoparticle organization in polymer thin films
Paris, France (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Light-controlled gearbox for nanomachines
InterDrone 2017 Las Vegas - Sept 6-8
Cells adapt ultra-rapidly to zero gravity
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
Mammalian cells are optimally adapted to gravity. But what happens in the microgravity environment of space if the earth's pull disappears? Previously, many experiments exhibited cell changes - after hours or even days in zero gravity. Astronauts, however, returned to Earth without any severe health problems after long missions in space, which begs the question as to how capable cells are of ada ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
'Gravitational noise' interferes with determining distant sources
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
New method uses heat flow to levitate variety of objects
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Increasing the sensitivity of next-generation gravitational wave detectors
Scientists evade the Heisenberg uncertainty principle
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
State-of-the-art sensors, such as MRIs and atomic clocks, are capable of making measurements with exquisite precision. MRI is used to image tissues deep within the human body and tells us whether we might suffer from an illness, while atomic clocks are extremely precise timekeepers used for GPS, internet synchronization, and long baseline interferometry in radio-astronomy. One might think these ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 23, 2017
Futuristic clock prepared for space
Bonn, Germany (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Giant magnetic fields in the universe
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
NASA's swift mission maps a star's 'death spiral' into a Black Hole
Origami-inspired Robot Can Hitch a Ride with a Rover
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 21, 2017
The next rovers to explore another planet might bring along a scout. The Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot (PUFFER) in development at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, was inspired by origami. Its lightweight design is capable of flattening itself, tucking in its wheels and crawling into places rovers can't fit. Over the past year and a half, PUFFER has been tested ... more
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Quadruped robot exhibits spontaneous changes in step with speed
Washington (UPI) Mar 22, 2017
Kraken Sonar Systems gains funding for robotics project
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
'Tree-on-a-chip' passively pumps water for days
X-37B Space Plane Soon to Break Orbital Record
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 21, 2017
The US Air Force's most secretive plane, the X-37B, is just eight days away from breaking the record for longest orbital mission undertaken by a space plane. The unmanned vehicle is competing against itself, as the X-37B already holds this record with a 674 day flight. Whether the X-37B will break the record or not, however, is up to the Air Force, which is famously tight-lipped about the ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 21, 2017
General Atomics producing additional MQ-9 drone parts
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
Heron 1 UAV becomes operational in Singapore
McLean VA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
FAA Approval Could Mean Big Things for UAS Adoption


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