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July 28, 2017
MARSDAILY
Portals to new worlds: Martian exploration near the North Pole



Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
Perched on the edge of a 39-million-year-old crater is a white circular hut. It sticks out on the rocky, lichen-dotted landscape of Devon Island in Nunavut, Canada. Known as "the Hab," this 26-foot diameter structure is home to six scientists and researchers who just moved in for a 12-week mission to simulate life on Mars. The Arctic has long been a frontier for exploration, and now it's being used to open horizons on other planets. Last week, the Mars 160 mission launched phase two of i ... read more

MOON DAILY
How Light Looks Different on the Moon and What NASA Is Doing About It
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Things look different on the Moon. Literally. Because the Moon isn't big enough to hold a significant atmosphere, there is no air and there are no particles in the air to reflect and scatter sunligh ... more
MOON DAILY
United Launch Alliance to launch Astrobotic mission to the Moon
Pittsburgh, PA (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Astrobotic and United Launch Alliance report that Astrobotic's Peregrine Lunar Lander will be onboard a ULA launch vehicle in 2019, during the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. "Astrobotic is thr ... more
ROBO SPACE
Designing soft robots: Ethics-based guidelines for human-robot interactions
New Rochelle NY (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Soft-bodied robots offer the possibility for social engagement, and novel tactile human-robot interactions that require careful consideration of the potential for misplaced emotional attachments and ... more
EXO WORLDS
Has Cassini found a universal driver for prebiotic chemistry at Titan?
Paris (ESA) Jul 27, 2017
The international Cassini-Huygens mission has made a surprising detection of a molecule that is instrumental in the production of complex organics within the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan. ... more
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EXO WORLDS
Breakthrough Starshot launches tiny spacecraft in quest for Alpha Centauri
San Francisco CA (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Breakthrough Starshot, a multi-faceted program to develop and launch practical interstellar space missions, successfully flew its first spacecraft - the smallest ever launched. On June 23, a n ... more
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Exploring an unusual metal asteroid
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Lindy Elkins-Tanton '87, SM '87, PhD '02 is reaching for the stars - literally. She is the principal investigator for Psyche, a NASA mission that will explore an unusual metal asteroid known as 16 P ... more
EXO WORLDS
Why looking for aliens is good for society
London, UK (TCUK) Jul 27, 2017
The search for life elsewhere in the universe is one of the most compelling aspects of modern science. Given its scientific importance, significant resources are devoted to this young science of ast ... more
ROBO SPACE
Musk, Zuckerberg duel over artificial intelligence
San Francisco (AFP) July 25, 2017
Visionary entrepreneur Elon Musk and Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg were trading jabs on social media over artificial intelligence this week in a debate that has turned personal between the two technology luminaries. ... more
EXO WORLDS
Turbulence in planetary cores excited by tides
Paris, France (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
Veritable shields against high-energy particles, planets' magnetic fields are produced by iron moving in their liquid core. Yet the dominant model for explaining this system does not fit the smalles ... more
EXO WORLDS
New study challenges prevailing theory about how deep-sea vents are colonized
Moss Landing CA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
An article just published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B describes two remarkably different hydrothermal vent fields discovered in the southern Gulf of California. Despite being relativel ... more


Scientists spy new evidence of water in the moon's interior

MOON DAILY
Moon could be wetter than thought, say scientists
Paris (AFP) July 24, 2017
The Moon, long thought to be a dry, inhospitable orb, hosts surprisingly large sub-surface water reserves, which one day may quench the thirst of lunar explorers from Earth, scientists said Monday. ... more
SATURN DAILY
Saturn surprises as Cassini continues its Grand Finale
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 25, 2017
As NASA's Cassini spacecraft makes its unprecedented series of weekly dives between Saturn and its rings, scientists are finding - so far - that the planet's magnetic field has no discernible tilt. ... more
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 dedica ... 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



Portals to new worlds: Martian exploration near the North Pole
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
Perched on the edge of a 39-million-year-old crater is a white circular hut. It sticks out on the rocky, lichen-dotted landscape of Devon Island in Nunavut, Canada. Known as "the Hab," this 26-foot diameter structure is home to six scientists and researchers who just moved in for a 12-week mission to simulate life on Mars. The Arctic has long been a frontier for exploration, and ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 17, 2017
For Moratorium on Sending Commands to Mars, Blame the Sun
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
How Light Looks Different on the Moon and What NASA Is Doing About It
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Things look different on the Moon. Literally. Because the Moon isn't big enough to hold a significant atmosphere, there is no air and there are no particles in the air to reflect and scatter sunlight. On Earth, shadows in otherwise bright environments are dimly lit with indirect light from these tiny reflections. That lighting provides enough detail that we get an idea of shapes, holes and ... more
Paris (AFP) July 24, 2017
Moon could be wetter than thought, say scientists
Pittsburgh, PA (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
United Launch Alliance to launch Astrobotic mission to the Moon
Providence RI (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Scientists spy new evidence of water in the moon's interior
New Horizons Video Soars over Pluto's Majestic Mountains and Icy Plains
Laurel MD (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
In July 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft sent home the first close-up pictures of Pluto and its moons - amazing imagery that inspired many to wonder what a flight over the distant worlds' icy terrain might be like. Wonder no more. Using actual New Horizons data and digital elevation models of Pluto and its largest moon Charon, mission scientists have created flyover movies that offer s ... more
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
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
NASA's New Horizons Team Strikes Gold in Argentina
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, and provide the opportunity to contribute directly to cutting-edge science. Unistellar's new eVscope leverages "Enhanced Vision" imaging technology and now provides three unique features never before o ... more
Pasadena CA (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Holographic imaging could sample and identify living microbes in the outer solar system
London, UK (TCUK) Jul 27, 2017
Why looking for aliens is good for society
San Francisco CA (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Breakthrough Starshot launches tiny spacecraft in quest for Alpha Centauri
Vega to launch two Earth Observation Satellites for Italy, Israel and France
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Jul 26, 2017
For its eighth launch of the year, and the 10th Vega mission since this launcher began its career at the Guiana Space Center in 2012, Arianespace will orbit two Earth observation satellites for civil and military applications: OPTSAT-3000 for the Italian Ministry of Defence; and Venus, a mission of the Israel Space Agency (ISA) - a government body sponsored by the country's Ministry of Science a ... more
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Three Up, Three Down as NASA Tests RS-25 Flight Controller
Tehran (AFP) July 27, 2017
Iran in 'successful' test of satellite-launch rocket
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne's RS-25 Flight Controller Goes Three for Three in SLS Test
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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
Exploring an unusual metal asteroid
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Lindy Elkins-Tanton '87, SM '87, PhD '02 is reaching for the stars - literally. She is the principal investigator for Psyche, a NASA mission that will explore an unusual metal asteroid known as 16 Psyche. The mission does not launch until 2023, but preparations have begun in collaboration with faculty in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS). Professors B ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 26, 2017
Large, Distant Comets More Common Than Previously Thought
Boulder CO (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
Ancient, massive asteroid impact could explain Martian geological mysteries
Tucson, AZ (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Pitted Materials in Craters Could Indicate Buried Ice on Asteroids
'Eyes in space' and more powerful lasers will enhance US Army's arsenal
Washington DC (AFNS) Jul 25, 2017
It's been a "dynamic year" for Army space and missile defense, with a multi-domain task force being formed, a new nanosatellite set to launch soon, and more powerful laser weapons in the works, said Lt. Gen. James H. Dickinson. Dickinson, commander of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command and Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 26, 2017
Raytheon successfully fires high-energy laser from helicopter
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
US to test anti-missile system in Alaska
Washington (AFP) July 24, 2017
The US military is preparing to conduct another test of a missile-intercept system in Alaska, the Pentagon said Monday, amid continued tensions with North Korea over its ballistic missile program. Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said a routine test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system had been scheduled to go ahead "soon." "These tests are done as a routin ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Ralph Johnson completes builders trials
Riyadh (AFP) July 28, 2017
Yemeni rebel missile shot down near Mecca: Arab coalition
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
Lockheed awarded $130.3 million contract for Patriot missile foreign sales
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Saturn surprises as Cassini continues its Grand Finale
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 25, 2017
As NASA's Cassini spacecraft makes its unprecedented series of weekly dives between Saturn and its rings, scientists are finding - so far - that the planet's magnetic field has no discernible tilt. This surprising observation, which means the true length of Saturn's day is still unknown, is just one of several early insights from the final phase of Cassini's mission, known as the Grand Finale. ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 5, 2017
Titan's calm lakes offer space probes a smooth landing
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
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
MSU gravitational physicist receives NASA award to explore extreme gravity and the universe
Bozeman MT (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
A Montana State University gravitational physicist has received funding for a research project that aims to answer fundamental questions about the universe. NASA awarded $750,000 to Nicolas Yunes for his project "Exploring Extreme Gravity: Neutron Stars, Black Holes and Gravitational Waves." Yunes is a founding member of the MSU eXtreme Gravity Institute, known as XGI, and an associate pro ... more
Hull UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
First look at gravitational dance that drives stellar formation
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
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
Trieste, Italy (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
The role of the entropy in a quantum system
Freiburg, Germany (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
Evidence of the Higgs particle's decay in quarks
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
When shallow defects align, diamonds shine for unprecedented quantum sensitivity
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Designing soft robots: Ethics-based guidelines for human-robot interactions
New Rochelle NY (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Soft-bodied robots offer the possibility for social engagement, and novel tactile human-robot interactions that require careful consideration of the potential for misplaced emotional attachments and personally and socially destructive behavior by users. The ethical challenges related to human-robot interactions and how these should contribute to soft robotics design in the context of socia ... more
San Francisco (AFP) July 25, 2017
Musk, Zuckerberg duel over artificial intelligence
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
A new method of cooperative control of multiple unmanned surface vehicles
Sydney (AFP) July 21, 2017
Australia's robo-footballers go for gold at world champs
Special focus on formation control of unmanned systems
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
An Unmanned System refers to the autonomous agent possessing the capability of basic sensing, communication, data processing and actuation. Formation control of unmanned systems has become one of the most active topics in the past decade. The objective is to drive multiple agents to achieve particular tasks cooperatively. Usually, appropriate reference positions or distances are required t ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 25, 2017
AeroVironment supplying small UAS to Australia
Washington (UPI) Jul 26, 2017
Insitu receives contract for Afghan ScanEagle UAS services
Washington (UPI) Jul 20, 2017
Leonardo DRS, Moog receive counter-UAS weapons contract


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