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July 14, 2017
EXO WORLDS
More to Life Than the Habitable Zone



Boston MA (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Two separate teams of scientists have identified major challenges for the development of life in what has recently become one of the most famous exoplanet systems, TRAPPIST-1. The teams, both led by researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) in Cambridge, Mass., say the behavior of the star in the TRAPPIST-1 system makes it much less likely than generally thought, that planets there could support life. The TRAPPIST-1 star, a red dwarf, is much fainter and less massi ... read more

TECH SPACE
Spacepath Communications Announces Innovative Frequency Converter Systems
London, UK (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
SpacePath Communications is launching a new range of intelligent frequency converters (IFC) featuring an innovative, hot swappable system design. SpacePath's intelligent frequency converters f ... more
MARSDAILY
Tributes to wetter times on Mars
Paris (ESA) Jul 14, 2017
A dried-out river valley with numerous tributaries is seen in this recent view of the Red Planet captured by ESA's Mars Express. This section of the Libya Montes region, which sits on the equator a ... more
MARSDAILY
Opportunity will spend three weeks at current location due to Solar Conjunction
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 14, 2017
Opportunity is in "Perseverance Valley" on the west rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover has arrived at the location within the valley where she will spend the approximately three-week solar conjuncti ... more
EXO WORLDS
Molecular Outflow Launched Beyond Disk Around Young Star
Garching, Germany (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
For the first time, an international team of astronomers led by the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) has observed a molecular outflow being launched from beyond the disk surro ... more
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ROBO SPACE
Three European firms join in robot ship project
Paris (AFP) July 11, 2017
Three European companies are to work on a pioneering project to build a fully-automated supply ship, the French member of the scheme announced on Tuesday. ... more
OUTER PLANETS
Juno spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 13, 2017
Images of Jupiter's Great Red Spot reveal a tangle of dark, veinous clouds weaving their way through a massive crimson oval. The JunoCam imager aboard NASA's Juno mission snapped pics of the most ic ... more
OUTER PLANETS
New evidence in support of the Planet Nine hypothesis
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
Last year, the existence of an unknown planet in our Solar system was announced. However, this hypothesis was subsequently called into question as biases in the observational data were detected. ... more
MARSDAILY
Curiosity Mars Rover Begins Study of Ridge Destination
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 13, 2017
The car-size NASA rover on a Martian mountain, Curiosity, has begun its long-anticipated study of an iron-bearing ridge forming a distinctive layer on the mountain's slope. Since before Curios ... more
MERCURY RISING
The BepiColombo spacecraft is ready to solve the many mysteries of Mercury
London, UK (The Conversation) Jul 13, 2017
The 1.65 billion euro BepiColombo spacecraft is now being unstacked for final tests after being displayed in its launch configuration to the world's press at the European Space Agency's Space Techno ... more
ENERGY TECH
PPPL researchers demonstrate first hot plasma edge in a fusion facility
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Two major issues confronting magnetic-confinement fusion energy are enabling the walls of devices that house fusion reactions to survive bombardment by energetic particles, and improving confinement ... more


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ROBO SPACE
Human pose estimation for care robots using deep learning
Toyohashi, Japan (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Expectations for care robots are growing against the backdrop of declining birthrates, an aging population, and a lack of care staff. As an example, for care at nursing homes and other such faciliti ... more
ROBO SPACE
Government Agencies Turn to Private Sector for Help Adopting Intelligent Technologies
McLean, VA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Intelligent technologies like advanced analytics and biometrics/identity analytics can help government agencies fulfill their missions to improve the delivery of public services and meet the rising ... more
OUTER PLANETS
Juno Completes Flyby over Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 12, 2017
NASA's Juno mission completed a close flyby of Jupiter and its Great Red Spot on July 10, during its sixth science orbit. All of Juno's science instruments and the spacecraft's JunoCam were operatin ... more
EXO WORLDS
Astronomers Track the Birth of a 'Super-Earth'
Tucson AZ (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
A new model giving rise to young planetary systems offers a fresh solution to a puzzle that has vexed astronomers ever since new detection technologies and planet-hunting missions such as NASA's Kep ... more



Curiosity Mars Rover Begins Study of Ridge Destination
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 13, 2017
The car-size NASA rover on a Martian mountain, Curiosity, has begun its long-anticipated study of an iron-bearing ridge forming a distinctive layer on the mountain's slope. Since before Curiosity's landing five years ago next month, this feature has been recognized as one of four unique terrains on lower Mount Sharp and therefore a key mission destination. Curiosity's science team informal ... more
Paris (ESA) Jul 14, 2017
Tributes to wetter times on Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 14, 2017
Opportunity will spend three weeks at current location due to Solar Conjunction
Paris (AFP) July 6, 2017
Mars surface 'more uninhabitable' than thought: study
How to rescue a Moonwalker in need
Paris (ESA) Jul 07, 2017
During a simulated space mission underwater last week, ESA tested an ingenious concept to bring astronauts safely back to base if they are incapacitated during lunar exploration. Four 'aquanauts', including ESA astronaut Pedro Duque and NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, took part in NASA's 22nd Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO-22) mission, spending 10 days in the Aquarius habitat ... more
Tokyo (Sputnik) Jun 29, 2017
Japanese Space Agency Proposes Plan to Send Astronauts to Moon
Tokyo (AFP) June 30, 2017
Japan reveals plans to put a man on moon by 2030
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 16, 2017
Russian aerospace firm to cooperate with China on Lunar exploration missions
NASA spacecraft to fly over Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Miami (AFP) July 10, 2017
An unmanned NASA spacecraft is about to fly over a massive storm raging on Jupiter, in a long-awaited a journey that could shed new light on the forces driving the planet's Great Red Spot. The flyby of the Juno spacecraft, surveilling the 10,000-mile-wide (16,000-kilometer-wide) storm, is scheduled for 9:55 pm Monday (0155 GMT Tuesday). "Jupiter's mysterious Great Red Spot is probably th ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 12, 2017
Juno Completes Flyby over Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 13, 2017
Juno spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
New evidence in support of the Planet Nine hypothesis
Evidence discovered for two distinct giant planet populations
Lisbon, Portugal (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
In a paper highlighted by Astronomy and Astrophysics journal, a team2 of researchers from the Instituto de Astrofisica e Ciencias do Espaco (IA3) discovered observational evidence for the existence of two distinct populations of giant planets. So far, more than 3500 planets have been detected orbiting solar type stars. Although recent results suggest that most planets in our Galaxy are roc ... more
Garching, Germany (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Molecular Outflow Launched Beyond Disk Around Young Star
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 12, 2017
Hidden Stars May Make Planets Appear Smaller
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
More to Life Than the Habitable Zone
Hypersonic Travel Possibility Heats Up Massively After New Material Discovery
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 10, 2017
Researchers at The University of Manchester, in collaboration with Central South University (CSU), China, have created an innovative ceramic coating that could revolutionize hypersonic travel - for defense, space and even air travel purposes. Hypersonic travel is defined as moving at Mach five or above - at least five times faster than the speed of sound. While a historic aspiration of avi ... more
Sacramento CA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne tests Advanced Electric Propulsion System
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Russia to Carry Out Five Launches From Vostochny Space Center in 2018
Houghton MI (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Spiky ferrofluid thrusters can move satellites
Integrated Air and Missile Defense 2017 - Sept 27-29 - Washington DC
China develops sea launches to boost space commerce
Beijing (XNA) Jul 10, 2017
China has a clear plan to provide sea launches for commercial payloads to be carried by Long March rockets, according to an aerospace official. Tang Yagang, vice head of the aerospace division of the No.1 institute of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC), said that the technology is not difficult and a sea launch platform can be built based on modifying 10,000-ton ... more
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese Rocket Fizzles Out, Puts Other Launches on Hold
Beijing (XNA) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese satellite Zhongxing-9A enters preset orbit
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese Space Program: From Setback, to Manned Flights, to the Moon
Pitted Materials in Craters Could Indicate Buried Ice on Asteroids
Tucson, AZ (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Pitted terrains inside fresh complex craters on Ceres are similar to terrains seen Mars and Vesta, and are likely formed through the rapid evaporation of subsurface H2O, a new paper by Planetary Science Institute Research Scientist Hanna G. Sizemore says. "Pitted terrains may be common morphological markers of volatile-rich near-surface material in the asteroid belt," Sizemore said. ... more
Orlando FL (SPX) Jul 06, 2017
Bizarro comet challenging researchers
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
NASA'S First Asteroid Deflection Mission Enters Next Design Phase
Paris (AFP) June 28, 2017
Are asteroids humanity's 'greatest challenge'?
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Raytheon successfully fires high-energy laser from helicopter
Washington (UPI) Jun 26, 2017
A high-energy laser system has been fired for the first time from a helicopter at a variety of targets from differing altitudes, air speeds and flight regimes. Raytheon announced Monday it conducted the flight test at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico with the U.S. Army Apache Program Management Office in collaboration with the U.S. Special Operations Command. All primary a ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 14, 2017
Missile Defense Agency seeks laser-armed drone
Washington (AFP) April 8, 2017
Laser weapons edge toward use in US military
Washington (UPI) Apr 3, 2017
Researchers create Star Wars 'superlaser' in the lab
US deploys Patriots in Lithuania for NATO war games
Vilnius (AFP) July 11, 2017
The United States deployed a battery of Patriot ground-to-air missiles in Lithuania on Tuesday as part of multinational NATO exercises in the the Baltic country, its defence ministry announced. The deployment "reflects the firm engagement of the United States to ensure Lithuania's security and its readiness to send strategic capability to the region," a ministry statement said. The missi ... more
Seoul (AFP) July 11, 2017
San Diego 'likely' in range of N.Korea ICBM in 2 years: US monitor
Washington (AFP) July 11, 2017
US conducts successful missile intercept test amid NKorea tensions
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2017
Lockheed Martin receives contract for Australian AEGIS systems
Titan's calm lakes offer space probes a smooth landing
Washington (UPI) Jul 5, 2017
New research suggests the lakes on Saturn's moon Titan are especially calm. Satellite data studied and analyzed by researchers at the University of Texas revealed waves no taller than a single centimeter. The findings - detailed in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters - present Titan as an ideal place for future probe landings. "There's a lot of interest in one day s ... more
Hull UK (SPX) Jul 04, 2017
Methanol Points to Evolving Story of Enceladus's Plumes
Ithaca NY (SPX) Jun 01, 2017
In a Cosmic Hit-and-Run, Icy Saturn Moon May Have Flipped
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 31, 2017
Cassini Finds Saturn Moon May Have Tipped Over
Nanostructures taste the rainbow
Pasadena CA (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Engineers at Caltech have for the first time developed a light detector that combines two disparate technologies - nanophotonics, which manipulates light at the nanoscale, and thermoelectrics, which translates temperature differences directly into electron voltage - to distinguish different wavelengths (colors) of light, including both visible and infrared wavelengths, at high resolution. ... more
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Chemists perform surgery on nanoparticles
Lund, Sweden (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
Silver atom nanoclusters could become efficient biosensors
Chicago IL (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Superconducting nanowire memory cell, miniaturized technology
Telescope for detecting optical signals from gravitational waves launched
Warwick UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
A state-of-the-art telescope for detecting optical signatures of gravitational waves - built and operated by an international research collaboration, led by the University of Warwick - has been officially launched. The Gravitational-wave Optical Transient Observer (GOTO) was inaugurated at Warwick's astronomical observing facility in the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory of the Instituto ... more
Hull UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
First look at gravitational dance that drives stellar formation
Hannover, Germany (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
LISA Gravitational-Wave Observatory Selected as ESA L3 Mission
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Jun 29, 2017
Hints of Extra Dimensions in Gravitational Waves
Into the quantum world with a tennis racket
Munich, Germany (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Quantum technology is seen as an important future-oriented technology: smaller, faster and with higher performance than conventional electronics. However, exploiting quantum effects is difficult because nature's smallest building blocks have properties quite distinct from those we know from our everyday world. An international team of researchers has now succeeded in extracting a fault tolerant ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2017
China teleports quantum information to space, a first
Lancaster UK (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
A future without fakes thanks to quantum technology
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Simulating splash at the microscopic level
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Government Agencies Turn to Private Sector for Help Adopting Intelligent Technologies
McLean, VA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Intelligent technologies like advanced analytics and biometrics/identity analytics can help government agencies fulfill their missions to improve the delivery of public services and meet the rising expectations of citizens, a recent survey found. However, successful adoption of intelligent technologies first requires overcoming challenges-challenges that can be solved, survey respondents say, by ... more
Paris (AFP) July 11, 2017
Three European firms join in robot ship project
Toyohashi, Japan (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Human pose estimation for care robots using deep learning
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Soft and stretchy fabric-based sensors for wearable robots
Explotrain develops drone-simulated IED training system
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2017
A functional drone, together with a simulated IED device, has been developed by Explotrain LLC, a Florida-based small business for the training of troops. ExploDrone features a reusable drone carrying lightweight pneumatic-based Explosive Blast Simulators used in the Kamikaze-like crash of the drone into a target area. The system also uses smaller drones that carry simulations of ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 30, 2017
New Reaper drone variant performs first combat mission
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 29, 2017
Smart Quadcopters Find their Way without Human Help or GPS
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 24, 2017
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