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July 24, 2017
EXO WORLDS
Holographic imaging could sample and identify living microbes in the outer solar system



Pasadena CA (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
We may be capable of finding microbes in space - but if we did, could we tell what they were, and that they were alive? This month the journal Astrobiology is publishing a special issue dedicated to the search for signs of life on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus. Included is a paper from Caltech's Jay Nadeau and colleagues offering evidence that a technique called digital holographic microscopy, which uses lasers to record 3-D images, may be our best bet for spotting extraterrestrial microbes. N ... read more

EXO WORLDS
SETI Institute-Unistellar Partnership Promises to Revolutionize Amateur Astronomy
Mountain View CA (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
The SETI Institute and French startup Unistellar, have announced a partnership to commercialize a new telescope that promises to deliver an unparalleled view of the cosmos to amateur astronomers, an ... more
MOON DAILY
Neil Armstrong moon bag sells for $1.8mn in New York
New York (AFP) July 20, 2017
A bag Neil Armstrong used to collect the first ever samples of the moon - which was once nearly thrown out with the trash - sold at auction Thursday for $1.8 million, Sotheby's said. ... more
ROBO SPACE
A robot that grows
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
At first glance, robots would appear to have exactly nothing in common with sweet peas or other climbing vines. Yet thanks to some innovative scientists, they now share at least one trait: the abili ... more
MOON DAILY
Living in Deep Space: Lockheed Martin to Build Full-Scale Prototype of NASA Cislunar Habitat
Cape Canaveral FL (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Refurbishing a shuttle-era cargo container used to transfer cargo to the International Space Station, Lockheed Martin is prototyping a deep space habitat for NASA at Kennedy Space Center. This proto ... more
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MARSDAILY
Panorama Above 'Perseverance Valley'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 21, 2017
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recorded a panoramic view before entering the upper end of a fluid-carved valley that descends the inner slope of a large crater's rim. The scene incl ... more
MARSDAILY
Hubble sees Martian moon orbiting the Red Planet
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
The sharp eye of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured the tiny moon Phobos during its orbital trek around Mars. Because the moon is so small, it appears star-like in the Hubble pictures. ... more
EXO WORLDS
Eyes Wide Open for MASCARA Exoplanet Hunter
Garching, Germany (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
The MASCARA (Multi-site All-Sky CAmeRA) station at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile has achieved first light. This new facility will seek out transiting exoplanets as they pass in front of their ... more
MARSDAILY
Sol 1756: Closing time
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 20, 2017
This week marked the last chance for us to reliably command Curiosity before she, and Mars, disappear behind the Sun for about three weeks. This made today's planning feel as if the Sun were setting ... more
OUTER PLANETS
NASA's New Horizons Team Strikes Gold in Argentina
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
A primitive solar system object that's more than four billion miles (6.5 billion kilometers) away passed in front of a distant star as seen from Earth. Just before midnight Eastern Time Sunday (12:5 ... more
ROBO SPACE
Rovers drive through Tenerife darkness
Paris (ESA) Jul 20, 2017
A pair of ESA rovers trundled around a Moon-like area of Tenerife by both day and night during a nine-day test campaign, gathering terabytes of data for follow-up analysis. A team from ESA's P ... more


Goodbye HERA, Hello Sleep: NASA's HERA XIII Crew Returns Home to Slumber

EXO WORLDS
Ancient worm burrows offer insights into early 'ecosystem engineers'
Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2017
Newly discovered fossils have offered scientists fresh insights into the role worms played in transforming the seabed during the Cambrian Period. ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Space station crystals to aid search for better antidotes for chemical agents
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
Scientists are utilizing the International Space Station's microgravity in the search for improved antidotes for chemical agents like sarin and VX. ... more
TECH SPACE
Cleanup Time: Russia Launches Satellite to Remove Space Junk from Orbit
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 21, 2017
A new satellite developed by a group of students at the Moscow State University of Mechanical Engineering has been fitted with metallic reflectors and will be able to remove space junk circling the ... more
MARSDAILY
Space Race: NASA Faces Competition From SpaceX For First Mars Mission
Washington DC (Sputnik) Jul 18, 2017
Current budget constraints mean that NASA has had to revise its plans to reach Mars in the 2030s, but the target remains feasible with more funding, Professor John Logsdon of George Washington Unive ... more



Panorama Above 'Perseverance Valley'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 21, 2017
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recorded a panoramic view before entering the upper end of a fluid-carved valley that descends the inner slope of a large crater's rim. The scene includes a broad notch in the crest of the crater's rim, which may have been a spillway where water or ice or wind flowed over the rim and into the crater. Wheel tracks visible in the area of the notch we ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 20, 2017
Sol 1756: Closing time
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Hubble sees Martian moon orbiting the Red Planet
Washington DC (Sputnik) Jul 18, 2017
Space Race: NASA Faces Competition From SpaceX For First Mars Mission
Living in Deep Space: Lockheed Martin to Build Full-Scale Prototype of NASA Cislunar Habitat
Cape Canaveral FL (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Refurbishing a shuttle-era cargo container used to transfer cargo to the International Space Station, Lockheed Martin is prototyping a deep space habitat for NASA at Kennedy Space Center. This prototype will integrate evolving technologies to keep astronauts safe while onboard and operate the spacecraft autonomously when unoccupied. Under a public-private partnership, NASA recently awarded ... more
New York (AFP) July 20, 2017
Neil Armstrong moon bag sells for $1.8mn in New York
Paris (ESA) Jul 07, 2017
How to rescue a Moonwalker in need
Tokyo (Sputnik) Jun 29, 2017
Japanese Space Agency Proposes Plan to Send Astronauts to Moon
NASA's New Horizons Team Strikes Gold in Argentina
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
A primitive solar system object that's more than four billion miles (6.5 billion kilometers) away passed in front of a distant star as seen from Earth. Just before midnight Eastern Time Sunday (12:50 a.m. local time July 17), several telescopes deployed by the New Horizons team in a remote part of Argentina were in precisely the right place at the right time to catch its fleeting shadow - an eve ... more
Laurel MD (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
New Horizons Video Soars over Pluto's Majestic Mountains and Icy Plains
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
Eyes Wide Open for MASCARA Exoplanet Hunter
Garching, Germany (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
The MASCARA (Multi-site All-Sky CAmeRA) station at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile has achieved first light. This new facility will seek out transiting exoplanets as they pass in front of their bright parent stars and create a catalogue of targets for future exoplanet characterisation observations. In June 2016, ESO reached an agreement with Leiden University to site a station of MASCA ... more
Mountain View CA (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
SETI Institute-Unistellar Partnership Promises to Revolutionize Amateur Astronomy
Pasadena CA (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Holographic imaging could sample and identify living microbes in the outer solar system
Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2017
Ancient worm burrows offer insights into early 'ecosystem engineers'
Elon Musk says successful maiden flight for Falcon Heavy unlikely
Washington (AFP) July 20, 2017
SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk has downplayed the chances of a successful inaugural flight for his Falcon Heavy space launch vehicle, admitting there is a "good chance it would not make it to orbit in its first launch." Development of the booster rocket, which is powered by 27 engines, has proven to be "way harder than the team initially thought," he told the International Space Station Re ... more
Zhukovskiy (Sputnik) Jul 21, 2017
Russia to Supply Largest Ever Number of Space Rocket Engines to US This Year
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jul 18, 2017
ISRO Develops Ship-Based Antenna System to Track Satellite Launches
Sacramento CA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne tests Advanced Electric Propulsion System
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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 (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
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese Rocket Fizzles Out, Puts Other Launches on Hold
Ancient, massive asteroid impact could explain Martian geological mysteries
Boulder CO (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
The origin and nature of Mars is mysterious. It has geologically distinct hemispheres, with smooth lowlands in the north and cratered, high-elevation terrain in the south. The red planet also has two small oddly-shaped oblong moons and a composition that sets it apart from that of the Earth. New research by University of Colorado Boulder professor Stephen Mojzsis outlines a likely cause fo ... more
Tucson, AZ (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Pitted Materials in Craters Could Indicate Buried Ice on Asteroids
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
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
Lockheed awarded $130.3 million contract for Patriot missile foreign sales
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control has been awarded a $130.3 million foreign military sales contract for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 anti-ballistic missile systems, the Department of Defense announced Friday. The contract will provide for 35 missile segment enhancements, 100 launcher modifications kits, parts, software, and missile round trainers. Recipients of the systems inclu ... more
Vilnius (AFP) July 11, 2017
US deploys Patriots in Lithuania for NATO war games
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
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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
Nanoparticles could spur better LEDs, invisibility cloaks
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
In an advance that could boost the efficiency of LED lighting by 50 percent and even pave the way for invisibility cloaking devices, a team of University of Michigan researchers has developed a new technique that peppers metallic nanoparticles into semiconductors. It's the first technique that can inexpensively grow metal nanoparticles both on and below the surface of semiconductors. The p ... more
Barcelona, Spain (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
New material resembling a metal nanosponge could reduce computer energy consumption
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
How do you build a metal nanoparticle?
Pasadena CA (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Nanostructures taste the rainbow
First look at gravitational dance that drives stellar formation
Hull UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Swirling motions in clouds of cold, dense gas have given, for the first time, an active insight into how gravity creates the compact cores from which stars form in the interstellar medium. The results will be presented, Thursday 6 July, by Gwen Williams at the National Astronomy Meeting at the University of Hull. Williams, of Cardiff University, explains: "We've known for some time that du ... more
Warwick UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Telescope for detecting optical signals from gravitational waves launched
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
New evidence for the Majorana fermion, a particle that's its own antiparticle
Stanford CA (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
In 1928, physicist Paul Dirac made the stunning prediction that every fundamental particle in the universe has an antiparticle - its identical twin but with opposite charge. When particle and antiparticle met they would be annihilated, releasing a poof of energy. Sure enough, a few years later the first antimatter particle - the electron's opposite, the positron - was discovered, and antimatter ... more
Hong Kong (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
Scientists reveal new connections between small particles and the vast universe
Freiburg, Germany (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
Evidence of the Higgs particle's decay in quarks
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
Water makes the proton shake
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A robot that grows
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
At first glance, robots would appear to have exactly nothing in common with sweet peas or other climbing vines. Yet thanks to some innovative scientists, they now share at least one trait: the ability to extend their reach. Inspired by the growing action of plants and other living things, researchers at UC Santa Barbara and Stanford University have developed a tubular robot that - much lik ... more
Paris (ESA) Jul 20, 2017
Rovers drive through Tenerife darkness
Bangalore, India (AFP) July 14, 2017
India's Infosys eyes artificial intelligence profits
Providence RI (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
Research makes robots better at following spoken instructions
Leonardo DRS, Moog receive counter-UAS weapons contract
Washington (UPI) Jul 20, 2017
Leonardo DRS and Moog are partnering to develop a Counter-Unmanned Aerial System weapon platform under a $16 million U.S. Army contract, the companies announced earlier this week. The C-UAV will include Moog's Reconfigurable Integrated-weapons Platform turret. It will be mounted on the M-ATV armored vehicle to provide mobile protection against enemy UASs for ground troops. The co ... more
Singapore (AFP) July 19, 2017
Singapore offers Manila drones, urban warfare training
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2017
Explotrain develops drone-simulated IED training system
Washington (UPI) Jun 30, 2017
New Reaper drone variant performs first combat mission


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