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April 19, 2017
TECH SPACE
Space debris problem getting worse, say scientists



Paris (AFP) April 18, 2017
Scientists sounded the alarm Tuesday over the problems posed to space missions from orbital junk - the accumulating debris from mankind's six-decade exploration of the cosmos. In less than a quarter of a century, the number of orbiting fragments large enough to destroy a spacecraft has more than doubled, a conference in Germany heard. And the estimated tally of tiny objects - which can harm or degrade spacecraft in the event of a collision, and are hard to track - is now around 150 million. ... read more

IRON AND ICE
Landslides on Ceres reflect hidden ice
Atlanta GA (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Massive landslides, similar to those found on Earth, are occurring on the asteroid Ceres. That's according to a new study led by the Georgia Institute of Technology, adding to the growing evidence t ... more
IRON AND ICE
Big space rock to streak past Earth on Wednesday
Paris (AFP) April 18, 2017
An asteroid stretching 650 metres (2,000 feet) across is on track to whoosh past Earth on Wednesday at a safe - but uncomfortably close - distance, according to astronomers. ... more
TECH SPACE
Waste Cadets: space plans mean more space junk, harder space exploration
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 19, 2017
Plans by private space explorers to launch "mega constellations" of thousands of communications satellites to allow for global wireless services could lead to a rise in collisions and buildup of dan ... more
EXO WORLDS
Deep-sea animals make their own light
Moss Landing CA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Ever since explorer William Beebe descended into the depths in a metal sphere in the 1930s, marine biologists have been astounded by the number and diversity of glowing animals in the ocean. Y ... more
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DRAGON SPACE
Ticking Boxes with Tianzhou
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Fairly soon, we can expect the launch of China's first cargo spaceship, Tianzhou 1. The Tianzhou module will fly from China's new spaceport on Hainan Island aboard a Long March 7 rocket. Tianzhou wi ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Life on Earth is used to gravity - so what happens to our cells and tissues in space?
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
There's one force whose effects are so deeply entrenched in our everyday lives that we probably don't think much about it at all: gravity. Gravity is the force that causes attraction between masses. ... more
EXO WORLDS
Evidence for Habitable Region Within Saturn's Moon Enceladus
San Antonio TX (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Scientists from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) have discovered hydrogen gas in the plume of material erupting from Saturn's moon Enceladus. Analysis of data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft indic ... more
EXO WORLDS
Distantly related fish find same evolutionary solution to dark water
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Changes in a single color-vision gene demonstrate convergent evolutionary adaptations in widely separated species and across vastly different time scales, according to a study publishing on April 11 ... more
IRON AND ICE
Large asteroid to hurtle past Earth on April 19
Paris (AFP) April 14, 2017
An asteroid as big as the Rock of Gibraltar will streak past Earth on April 19 at a safe but uncomfortably close distance, according to astronomers. ... more
SATURN DAILY
Saturn moon has necessary conditions to harbor life: NASA
Washington (AFP) April 13, 2017
An ice-encrusted moon orbiting Saturn appears to have the conditions necessary for life, NASA announced Thursday, unveiling new findings made by its unmanned Cassini spacecraft. ... more


France, Japan aim to land probe on Mars moon

MARSDAILY
Mars spacecraft's first missions face delays, NASA says
Washington (AFP) April 14, 2017
NASA will probably delay the first two missions of its Orion deep-space capsule, being developed to send astronauts beyond earth's orbit and eventually to Mars, the US space agency said on Thursday. ... more
EXO WORLDS
The earliest animals were marine jellies
Nashville TN (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
When cartoonist and marine-biology teacher Steve Hillenburg created SpongeBob SquarePants in 1999, he may have backed the wrong side of one of the longest-running controversies in the field of evolu ... more
MOON DAILY
NASA Scientists Find Dynamo at Lunar Core May Have Formed Magnetic Field
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
The moon no longer has a magnetic field, but NASA scientists are publishing new research that shows heat from crystallization of the lunar core may have driven its now-defunct magnetic field some 3 ... more
EXO WORLDS
Earth-Sized 'Tatooine' Planets Could Be Habitable
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 13, 2017
With two suns in its sky, Luke Skywalker's home planet Tatooine in "Star Wars" looks like a parched, sandy desert world. In real life, thanks to observatories such as NASA's Kepler space telescope, ... 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 spacecraft's first missions face delays, NASA says
Washington (AFP) April 14, 2017
NASA will probably delay the first two missions of its Orion deep-space capsule, being developed to send astronauts beyond earth's orbit and eventually to Mars, the US space agency said on Thursday. A report by NASA's Office of Inspector General cited technical as well as budget challenges. The first launch of the Orion spacecraft atop the planned Space Launch System, or SLS - set to be ... more
Paris (AFP) April 13, 2017
France, Japan aim to land probe on Mars moon
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
NASA's MAVEN reveals Mars has metal in its atmosphere
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 12, 2017
Opportunity Mars rover on the way to Perseverance Valley
NASA Scientists Find Dynamo at Lunar Core May Have Formed Magnetic Field
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
The moon no longer has a magnetic field, but NASA scientists are publishing new research that shows heat from crystallization of the lunar core may have driven its now-defunct magnetic field some 3 billion years ago. Magnetized lunar rocks returned to Earth during the Apollo missions established that the moon once had a magnetic field. The moon's magnetic field lasted for more than a billi ... more
Providence RI (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
How a young-looking lunar volcano hides its true age
Paris (ESA) Mar 27, 2017
Surviving the long dark night of the Moon
Bengaluru, India (IANS) Mar 17, 2017
Team Indus To Send Seven Experiments To The Moon Including Three From India
ALMA investigates 'DeeDee,' a distant, dim member of our solar system
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers have revealed extraordinary details about a recently discovered far-flung member of our solar system, the planetary body 2014 UZ224, more informally known as DeeDee. At about three times the current distance of Pluto from the Sun, DeeDee is the second most distant known trans-Neptunian object (TNO) with a confirmed ... more
Laurel MD (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Nap Time for New Horizons
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Hubble spots auroras on Uranus
Leicester, UK (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Cold' Great Spot discovered on Jupiter
Evidence for Habitable Region Within Saturn's Moon Enceladus
San Antonio TX (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Scientists from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) have discovered hydrogen gas in the plume of material erupting from Saturn's moon Enceladus. Analysis of data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft indicates that the hydrogen is likely produced through chemical reactions between the moon's rocky core and warm water from its subsurface ocean. The SwRI-led team's discovery suggests that Enceladus' ocea ... more
Nashville TN (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
The earliest animals were marine jellies
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Distantly related fish find same evolutionary solution to dark water
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 13, 2017
Earth-Sized 'Tatooine' Planets Could Be Habitable
Russia and US woo Brazil, hope to use advantageous base for space launches
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 19, 2017
Russia, France, the United States and Israel are interested in using Brazil's Alcantara Launch Center (CLA) for space launches, according to Brazilian Defense Minister Raul Jungmann; the CLA is valued internationally for being the closest launch center to the equator. Brazilian Defense Minister Raul Jungmann said that Russia, France, the United States and Israel have signaled their willing ... more
Astana (Sputnik) Apr 19, 2017
Creation of carrier rocket for Baiterek Space Complex to cost Russia $500Mln
Paris (ESA) Apr 10, 2017
Dream Chaser to use Europe's next-generation docking system
Sweden, Kiruna (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Europe's largest sounding rocket launched from Esrange
Integrated Air and Missile Defense 2017 - Sept 27-29 - Washington DC
Ticking Boxes with Tianzhou
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Fairly soon, we can expect the launch of China's first cargo spaceship, Tianzhou 1. The Tianzhou module will fly from China's new spaceport on Hainan Island aboard a Long March 7 rocket. Tianzhou will dock with the uncrewed Tiangong 2 space laboratory, which is itself smaller than the cargo spacecraft that will soon visit it. Apart from testing the cargo spacecraft and its docking procedures, th ... more
Nanjing (XNA) Mar 31, 2017
Yuanwang fleet to carry out 19 space tracking tasks in 2017
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
China Develops Spaceship Capable of Moon Landing
Wenchang, China (XNA) Mar 13, 2017
Long March-7 Y2 ready for launch of China's first cargo spacecraft
NASA team explores using LISA Pathfinder as 'comet crumb' detector
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
LISA Pathfinder, a mission led by ESA (the European Space Agency) with contributions from NASA, has successfully demonstrated critical technologies needed to build a space-based observatory for detecting ripples in space-time called gravitational waves. Now a team of NASA scientists hopes to take advantage of the spacecraft's record-breaking sensitivity to map out the distribution of tiny dust p ... more
San Francisco CA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Could a Colorado earthquake have been triggered by dinosaur extinction impact?
Atlanta GA (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Landslides on Ceres reflect hidden ice
Paris (AFP) April 14, 2017
Large asteroid to hurtle past Earth on April 19
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Laser weapons edge toward use in US military
Washington (AFP) April 8, 2017
A sci-fi staple for decades, laser weapons are finally becoming reality in the US military, albeit with capabilities a little less dramatic than at the movies. Lightsabers - the favored weapon of the Jedi in "Star Wars" films - will remain in the fictional realm for now, but after decades of development, laser weapons are now here and are being deployed on military vehicles and planes. ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 3, 2017
Researchers create Star Wars 'superlaser' in the lab
Washington (UPI) Mar 23, 2017
German scientists focus radiation of 10,000 suns with new light array
Washington (UPI) Mar 23, 2017
Scientists find out where laser energy goes when a beam is fired into plasma
US, South Korea agree early deployment of THAAD: PM Hwang
Seoul (AFP) April 17, 2017
The United States and South Korea agreed on the early deployment of a controversial US missile defence system in the region, the South's acting president said Monday after talks with visiting US Vice President Mike Pence. "We have agreed to further strengthen the readiness posture of ROK-US alliance that matches the threats posed by North Korea through a swift deployment of THAAD (Terminal H ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017
BAE Systems to develop U.S. space, missile defense tech
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
South Korean missile interceptor in final development
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
Raytheon to upgrade U.S. ballistic missile defense radars
Saturn moon has necessary conditions to harbor life: NASA
Washington (AFP) April 13, 2017
An ice-encrusted moon orbiting Saturn appears to have the conditions necessary for life, NASA announced Thursday, unveiling new findings made by its unmanned Cassini spacecraft. Cassini has detected hydrogen molecules in vapor plumes emanating from cracks in the surface of Enceladus, a small ocean moon coated in a thick layer of ice, the US space agency said. The plumes have led scientis ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 10, 2017
Cassini Mission Prepares for 'Grand Finale' at Saturn
Miami (AFP) April 5, 2017
NASA's Cassini probe of Saturn prepares for last plunge
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 30, 2017
Checking in on Bleriot
Better living through pressure: Functional nanomaterials made easy
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Using pressure instead of chemicals, a Sandia National Laboratories team has fabricated nanoparticles into nanowire-array structures similar to those that underlie the surfaces of touch-screens for sensors, computers, phones and TVs. The pressure-based fabrication process takes nanoseconds. Chemistry-based industrial techniques take hours. The process, called stress-induced fabrication, "i ... more
Lemont IL (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Self-assembling polymers provide thin nanowire template
Krasnoyarsk, Russia (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Scientists created nanopowders for the synthesis of new aluminum alloys
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
UNM physicist discovers strange forces acting on nanoparticles
Directed Energy And Next Generation Munitions - 26-28 June - Washington DC
ZERO-G Research aims to advance deep-space mission technology
Orlando FL (SPX) Apr 07, 2017
As part of NASA's Flight Opportunities Program, Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G) recently worked with research groups from University of Florida, Carthage College and University of Maryland to validate technology designed to further humanity's reach into space. A collection of flights on G-FORCE ONE, ZERO-G's specially modified Boeing 727, gave researchers the chance to run experiments an ... more
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
Cells adapt ultra-rapidly to zero gravity
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 State University physicists create 'negative mass'
Pullman WA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Washington State University physicists have created a fluid with negative mass, which is exactly what it sounds like. Push it, and unlike every physical object in the world we know, it doesn't accelerate in the direction it was pushed. It accelerates backwards. The phenomenon is rarely created in laboratory conditions and can be used to explore some of the more challenging concepts of the ... more
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Supermassive black holes found in 2 tiny galaxies
Buffalo NY (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Study unravels long-held Fermi puzzle tied to nonlinear systems
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Supermassive black holes found in 2 tiny galaxies
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Human prejudices sneak into artificial intelligence systems
Princeton NJ (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
In debates over the future of artificial intelligence, many experts think of the new systems as coldly logical and objectively rational. But in a new study, researchers have demonstrated how machines can be reflections of us, their creators, in potentially problematic ways. Common machine learning programs, when trained with ordinary human language available online, can acquire cultural bi ... more
El Segundo CA (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Brane Craft Proposal Awarded Phase 2 by NASA
Washington (UPI) Apr 11, 2017
Lockheed Martin gets license for military exoskeleton tech
Washington (AFP) April 6, 2017
Facebook launches digital assistant 'M' in US
U.S. Army tests dune buggy-like Hunter, Killer vehicles
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
A developing U.S. Army platform comprising two dune buggy-like vehicles completed a round of testing at Fort Sill, Okla., on Thursday. The eight-wheeled vehicles, known as Hunter and Killer, were tested between April 3 and April 13 during the 2017 Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment, or MFIX. They are designed to travel through various types of terrain and provide operators with aircra ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
U.K. defense minister calls for autonomous supply vehicles
(UPI) Apr 17, 2017
MQ-8C Fire Scout takes first flight from littoral combat ship
Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017
MS-177 sensor completes test on Global Hawk


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