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March 17, 2017
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 Moons Explorer - Juice - from the drawing board and into construction. Scheduled for launch in 2022, with arrival in the Jovian system in 2029, Juice will spend three-and-a-half years examining the giant planet's turbulent atmosphere, enormous magnetosphere, its set of tenuous dark rings and its satelli ... read more

MARSDAILY
ExoMars: science checkout completed and aerobraking begins
Paris (ESA) Mar 17, 2017
The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has completed another set of important science calibration tests before a year of aerobraking gets underway. The mission was launched a year ago this week, and has been ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
AsiaSat transmits live heart surgery
Hong KongLos Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
AsiaSat was proud to support live transmissions of a heart surgery earlier this year in Hong Kong, providing medical practitioners attending a conference in Singapore the opportunity to see the proc ... more
MOON DAILY
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 a ... more
EXO WORLDS
Fossil or inorganic structure? Scientists dig into early life forms
Tallahassee FL (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
An international team of researchers discovered that inorganic chemicals can self-organize into complex structures that mimic primitive life on Earth. Florida State University Professor of Che ... more
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EXO WORLDS
Gigantic Jupiter-type planet reveals insights into how planets evolve
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
UCLA, Carnegie Institution astrophysicists get rare peek at a baby solar system 300 light-years away An enormous young planet approximately 300 light-years from Earth has given astrophysicists ... more
SATURN DAILY
Enceladus' south pole is warm under the frost
Paris, France (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Over the past decade, the international Cassini mission has revealed intense activity at the southern pole of Saturn's icy moon, Enceladus, with warm fractures venting water-rich jets that hint at a ... more
EXO WORLDS
Could fast radio bursts be powering alien probes
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The search for extraterrestrial intelligence has looked for many different signs of alien life, from radio broadcasts to laser flashes, without success. However, newly published research suggests th ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
New material helps record data with light
Saint Petersburg, Russia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Russian physicists with their colleagues from Europe through changing the light parameters, learned to generate quasiparticles - excitons, which were fully controllable and also helped to record inf ... more
MARSDAILY
Mars Rover Tests Driving, Drilling and Detecting Life in Chile's High Desert
Moffett Field Ca (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Due to its extreme dryness, the Atacama Desert in Chile is one of the most important environments on Earth for researchers who need to approximate the conditions of Mars. Working in 90-plus-de ... more
IRON AND ICE
Cryovolcanism on Dwarf Planet Ceres
Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Among the most striking features on the surface of Ceres are the bright spots in the center of Occator crater which stood out already as NASA's space probe Dawn approached the dwarf planet. Scientis ... more


Farewell to Mimas

SATURN DAILY
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 Encel ... more
ROBO SPACE
Songs that make robots cry
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Music, more than any art, is a beautiful mix of science and emotion. It follows a set of patterns almost mathematically to extract feelings from its audience. Machines that make music focus on these ... more
ROBO SPACE
Toward Machines that Improve with Experience
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Self-driving taxis. Cell phones that react appropriately to spoken requests. Computers that outcompete world-class chess and Go players. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming part and parcel of t ... more
EXO WORLDS
Operation of ancient biological clock uncovered
Utrecht, Netherlands (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Ten years ago, researchers discovered that the biological clock in cyanobacteria consists of only three protein components: KaiA, KaiB and KaiC. These are the building blocks - the gears, springs an ... 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
ExoMars: science checkout completed and aerobraking begins
Paris (ESA) Mar 17, 2017
The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has completed another set of important science calibration tests before a year of aerobraking gets underway. The mission was launched a year ago this week, and has been orbiting the Red Planet since 19 October. During two dedicated orbits in late November, the science instruments made their first calibration measurements since arriving at Mars. The latest test ... more
Moffett Field Ca (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Mars Rover Tests Driving, Drilling and Detecting Life in Chile's High Desert
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
Opportunity Driving South to Gully
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
NASA Mars Orbiter Tracks Back-to-Back Regional Storms
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
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 Moons Explorer - Juice - from the drawing board and into construction. Scheduled for launch in 2022, with arrival in the Jovian system in 2029, Juice will spend three-and-a-half years examining ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
NASA Mission Named 'Europa Clipper'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 07, 2017
Juno Captures Jupiter Cloudscape in High Resolution
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 21, 2017
Juno to remain in current orbit at Jupiter
Fossil or inorganic structure? Scientists dig into early life forms
Tallahassee FL (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
An international team of researchers discovered that inorganic chemicals can self-organize into complex structures that mimic primitive life on Earth. Florida State University Professor of Chemistry Oliver Steinbock and Professor Juan Manuel Garcia-Ruiz of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (Spanish National Research Council) in Granada, Spain published an article in Wedne ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Gigantic Jupiter-type planet reveals insights into how planets evolve
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Could fast radio bursts be powering alien probes
Utrecht, Netherlands (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Operation of ancient biological clock uncovered
Kennedy's Multi-User Spaceport Streamlines Commercial Launches
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
In the past, launch pads were used almost exclusively for government missions. To support a growing private sector space economy, NASA's Kennedy Space Center has transformed to a multi-user spaceport capable of handling the needs of a variety of companies from launch processing through recovery. NASA, the FAA, and Air Force Space Command provide diverse launch operations, government and co ... more
Washington (AFP) Mar 16, 2017
SpaceX launches EchoStar XXIII comms satellite into orbit
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 17, 2017
US BE-4 Rocket Engines to Replace Russian RD-180 on Atlas Carrier Rockets
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Designing new rocket engines that don't blow up
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
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
Cryovolcanism on Dwarf Planet Ceres
Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Among the most striking features on the surface of Ceres are the bright spots in the center of Occator crater which stood out already as NASA's space probe Dawn approached the dwarf planet. Scientists under the leadership of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) have now for the first time determined the age of this bright material, which consists mainly of deposits of special ... more
Mountain View CA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Warped Meteor Showers Hit Earth at All Angles
Onna, Japan (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Mechanism underlying size-sorting of rubble on asteroid Itokawa revealed
Zurich (UPI) Mar 7, 2017
Earth is bombarded at random, crater study shows
Lockheed Martin designs future U.S. Army laser vehicle
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
Lockheed Martin has completed its designs, development and demonstrations for a 60 kW-class laser defense system to be delivered to the U.S. Army. The system is a vehicle-mounted platform to be used to defend ground-based assets against unmanned aerial vehicles and artillery attacks such as mortar fire and rockets. Lockheed Martin's latest design for the solution was based on earlier co ... more
New Delhi (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Inside China's High-Tech Space-Based Laser Arsenal
London, UK (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Directed energy atmospheric lens could revolutionise future battlefields
London (UPI) Jan 6, 2017
U.K. Defense Ministry finalizes laser weapon system contract
Raytheon developing next-gen missile defense communications
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Raytheon received an $11.8 million contract to develop new communication technologies for the U.S. Office of Naval Research. The new technologies, known as Communications and Interoperability for Integrated Fires, or CIIF, will aim to enhance situational awareness capabilities for the U.S. Navy's air and missile defense operations. According to Raytheon, CIIF will enable new and ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
Lockheed Martin gets $80M for Aegis foreign military sales
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Australia's HMAS Hobart completes sea trials with Aegis
United Nations, United States (AFP) March 7, 2017
UN hopes for easing of tensions after Chinese anger over THAAD
International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit 2018 - March 27-28 - Atlanta USA
Farewell to Mimas
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 15, 2017
In its season of "lasts," NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its final close approach to Saturn's moon Mimas on January 30, 2017. At closest approach, Cassini passed 25,620 miles (41,230 kilometers) from Mimas. All future observations of Mimas will be from more than twice this distance. This mosaic is one of the highest resolution views ever captured of the icy moon. Close approaches to Mimas ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 15, 2017
Cassini Sees Heat Below the Icy Surface of Enceladus
Paris, France (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Enceladus' south pole is warm under the frost
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 22, 2017
An Ice World...With an Ocean
The world's first international race for molecule-cars, the Nanocar Race is on
Paris, France (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Nanocars will compete for the first time ever during an international molecule-car race on April 28-29, 2017 in Toulouse (south-western France). The vehicles, which consist of a few hundred atoms, will be powered by minute electrical pulses during the 36 hours of the race, in which they must navigate a racecourse made of gold atoms, and measuring a maximum of a 100 nanometers in length. Th ... more
Onna, Japan (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Shaping the future
Warsaw, Poland (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Phonon nanoengineering: Vibrations of nanoislands dissipate heat more effectively
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Small nanoparticles have surprisingly big effects on polymer nanocomposites
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
Radiation from nearby galaxies helped fuel first monster black holes
New York NY (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
The appearance of supermassive black holes at the dawn of the universe has puzzled astronomers since their discovery more than a decade ago. A supermassive black hole is thought to form over billions of years, but more than two dozen of these behemoths have been sighted within 800 million years of the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago. In a new study in the journal Nature Astronomy, a team o ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Scientists identify a black hole choking on stardust
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
The formation of supermassive black holes in the very early universe
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Streamlining the measurement of phonon dispersion
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
Songs that make robots cry
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Music, more than any art, is a beautiful mix of science and emotion. It follows a set of patterns almost mathematically to extract feelings from its audience. Machines that make music focus on these patterns, but give little consideration to the emotional response of their audience. An international research team led by Osaka University together with Tokyo Metropolitan University, imec in Belgiu ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Toward Machines that Improve with Experience
Bethesda MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
DARPA robotic servicing program has become stalled
Tel Aviv (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Rafael completes test firing with Protector USV
Trump gives CIA power to conduct drone strikes
Washington (AFP) March 14, 2017
President Donald Trump's administration has given new powers to the CIA to conduct drone strikes against extremist targets in the Middle East, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The move would represent a change from Obama-era policies that limited the spy agency's role in conducting paramilitary strikes, pushing responsibility for these to the Pentagon. Obama had insisted on a mo ... more
Washington (AFP) March 13, 2017
US military deploys attack drones to S. Korea
London (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Leonardo subsidiary to buy laser technology company Daylight Solutions
London (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
Kelvin Hughes launching counter-drone system


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