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January 06, 2017
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Between a rock and a hard place: can garnet planets be habitable



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What makes a rocky planet Earth-like? Astronomers and geoscientists have joined forces using data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) to study the mix of elements in exoplanet host stars, and to consider what this reveals about their planets. In results presented this week at the American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting in Grapevine, Texas, astronomer Johanna Teske explained, "our study combines new observations of stars with new models of planetary interiors. We want to better understand ... read more

OUTER PLANETS
Flying observatory makes observations of Jupiter previously only possible from space
For the first time since the twin Voyager spacecraft missions in 1979, scientists have produced far-infrared maps of Jupiter using NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA. The ... more
IRON AND ICE
Psyche to offer unique look at early terrestrial planet formation
Arizona State University's Psyche Mission, a journey to a metal asteroid, has been selected for flight under NASA's Discovery Program, a series of lower-cost, highly focused robotic space missions t ... more
OUTER PLANETS
York U research identifies icy ridges on Pluto
Using a model similar to what meteorologists use to forecast weather on Earth and a computer simulation of the physics of evaporating ices, a new study published in the journal, Nature by York Unive ... more
MARSDAILY
Hues in a Crater Slope
Impact craters expose the subsurface materials on the steep slopes of Mars. However, these slopes often experience rockfalls and debris avalanches that keep the surface clean of dust, revealing a va ... more
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IRON AND ICE
ASU Spectrometer to Fly on New Nasa Mission to Distant 'Trojan' Asteroids
The Lucy mission to Jupiter's Trojan asteroids has been chosen by NASA for flight under the agency's Discovery Program. Lucy will carry an ASU-designed and -developed thermal emission spectrometer, ... more
IRON AND ICE
SwRI to lead NASA's Lucy mission to Jupiter's Trojans
NASA has selected Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) to lead Lucy, a landmark Discovery mission to perform the first reconnaissance of the Trojans, a population of primitive asteroids orbiting in t ... more
IRON AND ICE
NASA Selects Two Missions to Explore the Early Solar System
NASA has selected two missions that have the potential to open new windows on one of the earliest eras in the history of our solar system - a time less than 10 million years after the birth of our s ... more
MARSDAILY
3-D images reveal features of Martian polar ice caps
Three-dimensional subsurface images are revealing structures within the Martian polar ice caps, including previously obscured layering, a larger volume of frozen carbon dioxide contained in the sout ... more
DRAGON SPACE
China Space Plan to Develop "Strength and Size"
China wants to develop "strength and size" in its space program, a China National Space Administration official said last week. In the next five years, the country plans to speed up the development ... more


Beijing's space program soars in 2016

ROBO SPACE
China's Huawei adds Amazon Alexa to flagship phone
Chinese tech giant Huawei is adding Amazon's artificial intelligence application Alexa to its flagship smartphone for its US launch. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Fractional calculus helps control systems hit their mark
If you've ever searched for ways to curb your car's gas-guzzling appetite, you've probably heard that running on cruise control can help reduce your trips to the pump. How? Cars, it turns out, are m ... more
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

Hues in a Crater Slope
Impact craters expose the subsurface materials on the steep slopes of Mars. However, these slopes often experience rockfalls and debris avalanches that keep the surface clean of dust, revealing a variety of hues, like in this enhanced-color image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, representing different rock types. The bright reddish material at the top of the crater rim is from a co ... more
3-D images reveal features of Martian polar ice caps

Odyssey recovering from precautionary pause in activity

Small Troughs Growing on Mars May Become 'Spiders'

China plans probes to far side, poles of Moon
China is planning missions to explore the far side of the Moon and to send robots to explore both lunar poles. Plans to send astronauts to the Moon are also being discussed, according to Wu Yanhua, vice director of the China National Space Administration. Wu told a press conference on Tuesday that work on the Chang'e-5 lunar mission, scheduled to make a soft landing on the Moon and r ... more
Lunar sonic booms

India Inc joins hands to bid for moon mission

TeamIndus signs contract with ISRO for lunar mission

York U research identifies icy ridges on Pluto
Using a model similar to what meteorologists use to forecast weather on Earth and a computer simulation of the physics of evaporating ices, a new study published in the journal, Nature by York University's Professor John Moores, Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering at York's Lassonde School of Engineering, has found evidence that snow and ice features previously only seen on Ear ... more
Flying observatory makes observations of Jupiter previously only possible from space

Exploring Pluto and the Wild Back Yonder

Juno Captures Jupiter 'Pearl'

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Between a rock and a hard place: can garnet planets be habitable
What makes a rocky planet Earth-like? Astronomers and geoscientists have joined forces using data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) to study the mix of elements in exoplanet host stars, and to consider what this reveals about their planets. In results presented this week at the American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting in Grapevine, Texas, astronomer Johanna Teske explained, "our ... more
The blob can learn and teach

Searching a sea of 'noise' to find exoplanets - using only data as a guide

Microlensing Study Suggests Most Common Outer Planets Likely Neptune-mass

SpaceX ready to launch again
SpaceX says it has determined the cause of a launchpad explosion that destroyed a satellite in September and is ready to start launches again as early as Sunday. An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded September 1 in Cape Canaveral, destroying a satellite that Facebook planned to use to beam high-speed internet to Africa. That marked a setback for the California-based private space f ... more
Arianespace to launch JCSAT-17 for SKY Perfect JSAT

India to develop large scale solid fuel mixer

Mission contracts secure Commercial Crew operations for coming years

China Space Plan to Develop "Strength and Size"
China wants to develop "strength and size" in its space program, a China National Space Administration official said last week. In the next five years, the country plans to speed up the development of its space program. China wants to become the first country to carry out a controlled landing of a probe on the far side of the moon in 2018. China also has plans to launch its first probe to the pl ... more
Beijing's space program soars in 2016

China Plans to Launch 1st Mars Probe by 2020 - State Council Information Office

China to expand int'l cooperation on space sciences

Quadrantid meteor shower to peak this week in North America
A fireworks-type display of Quadrantid meteors will likely peak in North America on Tuesday or Wednesday. Astronomers disagree on the exact peak of the Quadrantid, whose bright fireballs are one of the most vibrant celestial shows of the year. Some say it will be pre-dawn Tuesday and others say late night Tuesday into early Wednesday is the best time to watch. At least some shootings st ... more
NASA Selects Two Missions to Explore the Early Solar System

Psyche to offer unique look at early terrestrial planet formation

ASU Spectrometer to Fly on New Nasa Mission to Distant 'Trojan' Asteroids

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Northrop Grumman to develop next-gen fighter laser system
Northrop Grumman will help the U.S. Air Force to develop a directed energy laser system that will offer self-protection for the service's next-generation jets, the company announced Wednesday. The work, under an Air Force Research Laboratory contract, will see Northrop Grumman develop and produce the beam control piece of an airborne laser weapon demonstration array that the laboratory ... more
UK to start laser gun program

Russia's Ray Guns: The Military Capability of Moscow's Secret Laser Weapons

S. Korea vows US missile system as opposition lawmakers head to China
South Korea is committed to deploying an advanced US missile defense system this year despite opposition from China, a minister said Wednesday, even as opposition lawmakers headed to Beijing with a different message. Seoul and Washington agreed to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in the South after a string of North Korean nuclear and missile tests - prompting s ... more
US can defend itself from N.Korea missile attack: Pentagon

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NASA image showcases Saturn's sun-soaked north pole
Cassini is now ring-grazing, but its orbital path earlier this year sent the NASA probe high above Saturn's north pole. In late September, the vantage revealed the pole fully illuminated by the sun's rays. The probe used the opportunity to photograph the sun-soaked north pole with its wide-angle camera. Recently, NASA shared the image online. The summer sun shining on Saturn's no ... more
Cassini offers a crash course in ring world orbital mechanics

Saturn's bulging core implies moons younger than thought

Cassini Makes First Ring-Grazing Plunge

The researchers created a tiny laser using nanoparticles
Researchers at Aalto University, Finland are the first to develop a plasmonic nanolaser that operates at visible light frequencies and uses so-called dark lattice modes. The laser works at length scales 1000 times smaller than the thickness of a human hair. The lifetimes of light captured in such small dimensions are so short that the light wave has time to wiggle up and down only a few te ... more
Nanoscale 'conversations' create complex, multi-layered structures

Going green with nanotechnology

Nanocubes simplify printing and imaging in color and infrared

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MIT researchers reveal new technique for measuring gravity
Researchers have found a way to improve atom interferometers, the most common and precise tool for measuring gravity. Atom interferometers measure difference in wave characteristics between atomic matter. They rely on an exotic state of matter called Bose-Einstein condensates. Researchers in MIT have found a way to improve the precision of atom interferometers by augmenting the condensa ... more
A population of neutron stars can generate gravitational waves continuously

LISA Pathfinder's pioneering mission continues

Magnetic mirror could shed new light on gravitational waves

Venerable Radio Telescope Sets Standard for Universal Constant
About 150 hours of observing time on the 1,000-ft radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico over the course of the last several years have been devoted to determining whether the most fundamental constant in physics really is constant. The target is the so-called fine structure constant, usually known as alpha, which describes the electromagnetic interaction between element ... more
Arecibo Observatory Casts New Light on Cosmic Microwave Background

Arecibo Data Crucial to Understanding Quasars' Brightness

First experimental proof of a 70 year old physics theory

China's Huawei adds Amazon Alexa to flagship phone
Chinese tech giant Huawei is adding Amazon's artificial intelligence application Alexa to its flagship smartphone for its US launch. The number three global smartphone brand, Huawei announced at this week's Consumer Electronics Show that its Mate 9 handset would include the personal digital assistant developed by Amazon. The Mate 9, a large-screen "phablet" marketed as a rival to the big ... more
Fractional calculus helps control systems hit their mark

Fractional disturbance observers could help machines stay on track

Smart tech: This year's CES big on artificial intelligence

Small drone achieves flight endurance record
A small propeller-driven drone has stayed aloft for more than two days and nights, achieving the world duration record for its class. The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said the flight by the VA001 was conducted in late November and early December at at testing center in New Mexicos and "for nearly 56 hours, the plane flew at an altitude between 6,500 feet and 7,500 feet ... more
General Atomics contracted for MQ-9 sale to Spain

General Atomics to perform Reaper, Predator support services

Tiny spy drones no match for Repellent-1 mobile anti-drone net



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