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August 07, 2017
OUTER PLANETS
Jovian storm looms large in the Jupiter's High North



Washington DC (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
A dynamic storm at the southern edge of Jupiter's northern polar region dominates this Jovian cloudscape, courtesy of NASA's Juno spacecraft. This storm is a long-lived anticyclonic oval named North North Temperate Little Red Spot 1 (NN-LRS-1); it has been tracked at least since 1993, and may be older still. An anticyclone is a weather phenomenon where winds around the storm flow in the direction opposite to that of the flow around a region of low pressure. It is the third largest anticyclonic ova ... read more

EXO WORLDS
NASA hiring a planetary protection officer to guard against alien invaders
Washington (UPI) Aug 3, 2017
According to NASA, the universe needs police - specifically immigration enforcement. The space agency is hiring a planetary protection officer to keep Earthlings safe from alien invaders. ... more
IRON AND ICE
SwRI part of international team identifying primordial asteroids
Boulder CO (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) was part of an international team that recently discovered a relatively unpopulated region of the main asteroid belt, where the few asteroids present are likely p ... more
OUTER PLANETS
Twilight observations reveal huge storm on Neptune
Berkeley CA (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
Spectacular sunsets and sunrises are enough to dazzle most of us, but to astronomers, dusk and dawn are a waste of good observing time. They want a truly dark sky. Not Ned Molter, a UC Berkeley astr ... more
MARSDAILY
Five Years Ago and 154 Million Miles Away: Touchdown!
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 03, 2017
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, which landed near Mount Sharp five years ago this week, is examining clues on that mountain about long-ago lakes on Mars. On Aug. 5, 2012, the mission team at NASA ... more
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EXO WORLDS
Hubble detects exoplanet with glowing water atmosphere
Exeter UK (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Scientists have found the strongest evidence to date for a stratosphere on an enormous planet outside our solar system, with an atmosphere hot enough to boil iron. An international team of res ... more
EXO WORLDS
Researchers detect exoplanet with glowing water atmosphere
College Park MD (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Scientists have found compelling evidence for a stratosphere on an enormous planet outside our solar system. The planet's stratosphere - a layer of atmosphere where temperature increases with higher ... more
EXO WORLDS
Unexpected life found at bottom of High Arctic lakes
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
In the shallow, frigid waters of Nunavut's Ward Hunt Lake, something mysterious lingers at the lake floor. It's fuzzy, it's bright orange - and it's alive. ... more
MARSDAILY
Opportunity enters Automode during solar conjunction pause
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 01, 2017
Opportunity is in Perseverance Valley on the west rim of Endeavour Crater and the mission is now in its solar conjunction communications blackout period. The position of Mars as viewed from Earth wi ... more
IRON AND ICE
Asteroid Flyby Will Benefit NASA Detection and Tracking Network
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 31, 2017
NASA scientists are excited about the upcoming close flyby of a small asteroid and plan to use its upcoming October close approach to Earth as an opportunity not only for science, but to test NASA's ... more
EXO WORLDS
An Earth-like atmosphere may not survive Proxima b's orbit
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 01, 2017
Proxima b, an Earth-size planet right outside our solar system in the habitable zone of its star, may not be able to keep a grip on its atmosphere, leaving the surface exposed to harmful stellar rad ... more


ALMA confirms complex chemistry in Titan's atmosphere

TECH SPACE
Spacepath Communications and Datum Systems announce strategic partnership
London, UK (SPX) Aug 02, 2017
SpacePath Communications, a dedicated, European-based SATCOM amplifier manufacturer and equipment supplier, and Datum Systems Inc., an innovator in satellite modems, announce a strategic sales and s ... more
TECH SPACE
NASA-Developed Technologies Showcased on Dellingr's Debut Flight
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Along for the ride on Dellingr's maiden journey is a suite of miniaturized NASA-developed technologies - one no larger than a fingernail - that in many cases already have proven their mettle in subo ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Engineers harness the power of 3-D printing to help train surgeons, shorten surgery times
San Diego CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
A team of engineers and pediatric orthopedic surgeons are using 3D printing to help train surgeons and shorten surgeries for the most common hip disorder found in children ages 9 to 16. In a r ... more
ROBO SPACE
Why humans find faulty robots more likeable
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
It has been argued that the ability of humans to recognize social signals is crucial to mastering social intelligence - but can robots learn to read human social cues and adapt or correct their own ... more



Opportunity enters Automode during solar conjunction pause
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 01, 2017
Opportunity is in Perseverance Valley on the west rim of Endeavour Crater and the mission is now in its solar conjunction communications blackout period. The position of Mars as viewed from Earth will remain very close to the sun until early August. In this geometry, the solar corona degrades radio communications between the two planets and restricts spacecraft communication. In advance of ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 03, 2017
Five Years Ago and 154 Million Miles Away: Touchdown!
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
Florida startup boldly sets sights on moon
Washington (AFP) July 30, 2017
Florida startup Moon Express is setting its sights high: ambitiously shooting to become the first private company to launch a small, unmanned craft to the moon before the year's out. A big success could pave the way for scheduled flights to deliver scientific and exploration equipment, to exploit lunar soil resources and commercial potential. In a recent interview with AFP, CEO and co-fo ... more
Paris (AFP) July 24, 2017
Moon could be wetter than thought, say scientists
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
How Light Looks Different on the Moon and What NASA Is Doing About It
Pittsburgh, PA (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
United Launch Alliance to launch Astrobotic mission to the Moon
Twilight observations reveal huge storm on Neptune
Berkeley CA (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
Spectacular sunsets and sunrises are enough to dazzle most of us, but to astronomers, dusk and dawn are a waste of good observing time. They want a truly dark sky. Not Ned Molter, a UC Berkeley astronomy graduate student. He set out to show that some bright objects can be studied just as well during twilight, when other astronomers are twiddling their thumbs, and quickly discovered a new feature ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
Jovian storm looms large in the Jupiter's High North
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
Unexpected life found at bottom of High Arctic lakes
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
In the shallow, frigid waters of Nunavut's Ward Hunt Lake, something mysterious lingers at the lake floor. It's fuzzy, it's bright orange - and it's alive. For more than 50 years, scientists from around the world have traveled to Ward Hunt Lake, the northernmost lake in the Canadian Arctic, to study the region or launch expeditions to the North Pole. Until recently, the prevailin ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 3, 2017
NASA hiring a planetary protection officer to guard against alien invaders
College Park MD (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Researchers detect exoplanet with glowing water atmosphere
Exeter UK (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Hubble detects exoplanet with glowing water atmosphere
Dragon to be packed with new experiments for International Space Station
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
The International Space Station is a unique scientific platform enabling researchers from around the world to develop experiments that could not be performed on Earth. A line of unpiloted resupply spacecraft keeps this work going, supporting efforts to enable future human and robotic exploration of destinations well beyond low-Earth orbit. The next mission to the space station will be the ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 3, 2017
NASA taps BWXT for reactor design for future Mars missions
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jul 18, 2017
ISRO Develops Ship-Based Antenna System to Track Satellite Launches
New Delhi (Sputnik) Aug 01, 2017
India looks to more launches with new facility from 2018
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
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
SwRI part of international team identifying primordial asteroids
Boulder CO (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) was part of an international team that recently discovered a relatively unpopulated region of the main asteroid belt, where the few asteroids present are likely pristine relics from early in solar system history. The team used a new search technique that also identified the oldest known asteroid family, which extends throughout the inner region of the main ast ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 31, 2017
Asteroid Flyby Will Benefit NASA Detection and Tracking Network
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Supernova-Hunting Team Finds Comet with Aid of Amateur Astronomer
Tucson AZ (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Upcoming asteroid flyby will help Planetary Defense Network
'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 successfully tests missile intercept system
Washington (AFP) July 30, 2017
American forces successfully tried out Sunday a missile interception system the US hopes to set up on the Korean peninsula, military officials said following a trial just days after North Korea's second test of an ICBM. In the American test of the so-called THAAD system, a medium-range missile was launched from a US Air Force C-17 aircraft flying over the Pacific and a THAAD unit in Alaska " ... more
Seoul (AFP) July 29, 2017
S. Korea speeds up US missile defence over North's missile test
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
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ALMA confirms complex chemistry in Titan's atmosphere
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is one of our solar system's most intriguing and Earth-like bodies. It is nearly as large as Mars and has a hazy atmosphere made up mostly of nitrogen with a smattering of organic, carbon-based molecules, including methane (CH4) and ethane (C2H6). Planetary scientists theorize that this chemical make-up is similar to Earth's primordial atmosphere. The conditio ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
NASA finds moon of Saturn has chemical that could form 'membranes'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 25, 2017
Saturn surprises as Cassini continues its Grand Finale
Washington (UPI) Jul 5, 2017
Titan's calm lakes offer space probes a smooth landing
New method promises easier nanoscale manufacturing
Chicago IL (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Scientists at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory have discovered a new way to precisely pattern nanomaterials that could open a new path to the next generation of everyday electronic devices. The new research, published July 28 in Science, is expected to make such materials easily available for eventual use in everything from LED displays to cellular phones to photod ... more
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Nanoparticles could spur better LEDs, invisibility cloaks
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?
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
Clever experiment documents multiscale fluid dynamics
Chicago IL (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
University of Chicago physicists working in the nascent field of experimental vortex dynamics have, with unexpected help from a Sharpie marker, achieved the first measurements of an elusive but fundamental property of fluid flow. Until now, there had been no way in the laboratory to measure the total helicity, or the measure of when two vortex rings intertwine. In their experiments, the UC ... more
Iowa City, IA (SPX) Aug 01, 2017
Quasars may answer how starburst galaxies were extinguished
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Detecting radio waves with entangled atoms
San Diego CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Primordial black holes may have helped to forge heavy elements
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Mishap doesn't dampen enthusiasm for security robots
Washington (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
On his first day at work as a security guard, Steve was greeted warmly, drawing attention from passersby, including some taking selfies with him at the tony retail-residential complex he patrolled. Then he fell into the fountain. Steve was a security robot employed by the Washington Harbour center in the Georgetown district of the US capital. According to some tech watchers, robots like ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Why humans find faulty robots more likeable
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Somersaulting simulation for jumping bots
Nagoya, Japan (AFP) July 30, 2017
Watch out Messi, here come the footballers at RoboCup
Northrop Grumman receives contract for MQ-4C Triton surveillance UAVs
Washington (UPI) Aug 2, 2017
Northrop Grumman Systems has received a $19.9 million contract for engineering and analysis of obsolescence issues with the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicle, the Department of Defense announced on Tuesday. The contract will go towards program management, qualification tests, and systems analysis for the Triton. Work will primarily be performed in Baltimore, M.D., and is expected to ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
Mobile force protection aims to thwart adversaries' small UAVs and Drones
Paris (ESA) Aug 01, 2017
The flying kettle
Washington (UPI) Jul 26, 2017
Insitu receives contract for Afghan ScanEagle UAS services


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