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August 09, 2017
MOON DAILY
NASA studies tethered CubeSat mission to study Lunar swirls



Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
A novel mission concept involving two CubeSats connected by a thin, miles-long tether could help scientists understand how the Moon got its mysterious "tattoos" - swirling patterns of light and dark found at more than 100 locations across the lunar surface. NASA's Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies, or PSDS3, program recently selected a team at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, to further develop a mission concept called the Bi-sat Observations of the Lunar Atmosph ... read more

TECH SPACE
NASA Tests Autopilot Sensors During Simulations
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Inside a large, black-walled facility outside Denver, NASA's Satellite Servicing Projects Division (SSPD) team successfully completed the latest testing of three rendezvous and proximity operations ... more
MOON DAILY
Astronauts to bring asteroid back into lunar orbit
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Future space exploration aims to fly further from Earth than ever before. Now, Italian Space Agency scientists have expressed an interest in contributing to the development of robotic technologies t ... 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
SPACE MEDICINE
New magnetic microbots can capture and carry single cells
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2017
Scientists have designed a tiny robot made of microscopic cubes capable of changing shape when triggered by a magnetic field. Once initiated, the microbot can derive energy from the surrounding environment. ... more
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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 ... 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
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
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


Unexpected life found at bottom of High Arctic lakes

ENERGY TECH
Metal clouds to protect fusion reactor walls from heat flux
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2017
How can scientists protect the structures that house fusion reactors? ... more
ROBO SPACE
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. ... more
EXO WORLDS
A New Search for Extrasolar Planets from the Arecibo Observatory
Arecibo PR (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
The National Science Foundation's Arecibo Observatory and the Planetary Habitability Laboratory of the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo joined the Red Dots project using the ESO's exoplanet-hunt ... more
MARSDAILY
For Moratorium on Sending Commands to Mars, Blame the Sun
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 17, 2017
This month, movements of the planets will put Mars almost directly behind the sun, from Earth's perspective, causing curtailed communications between Earth and Mars. NASA will refrain from sen ... more



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's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, exalted at radio confirmation and first images from Curiosity after the rover's touchdown using a new "sky crane" landing method. Transmissi ... 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
Astronauts to bring asteroid back into lunar orbit
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Future space exploration aims to fly further from Earth than ever before. Now, Italian Space Agency scientists have expressed an interest in contributing to the development of robotic technologies to bring an asteroid from beyond lunar orbit back into closer reach in order to better study it. In a paper published in EPJ Plus, Marco Tantardini and Enrico Flamini from the Italian Space Agenc ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
NASA studies tethered CubeSat mission to study Lunar swirls
Washington (AFP) July 30, 2017
Florida startup boldly sets sights on moon
Paris (AFP) July 24, 2017
Moon could be wetter than thought, say scientists
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
VSS Unity Flies with Propulsion Systems Installed and Live
Mojave CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
It was a beautiful summer's morning here in Mojave today and a great day for flying! During the couple of months since VSS Unity's last flight, our teams have been focusing their efforts on a long list of ground-based test and installation activities. With those successfully completed, it was time to get VSS Unity back into her natural environment. So, after an early start for the team, VM ... more
Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Space Launch System Solid Rocket Boosters 'on Target' for First Flight
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
Dragon to be packed with new experiments for International Space Station
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jul 18, 2017
ISRO Develops Ship-Based Antenna System to Track Satellite Launches
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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
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
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Supernova-Hunting Team Finds Comet with Aid of Amateur Astronomer
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 31, 2017
Asteroid Flyby Will Benefit NASA Detection and Tracking Network
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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NASA finds moon of Saturn has chemical that could form 'membranes'
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
NASA scientists have definitively detected the chemical acrylonitrile in the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan, a place that has long intrigued scientists investigating the chemical precursors of life. On Earth, acrylonitrile, also known as vinyl cyanide, is useful in the manufacture of plastics. Under the harsh conditions of Saturn's largest moon, this chemical is thought to be capable of ... more
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
ALMA confirms complex chemistry in Titan's atmosphere
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
Quasars may answer how starburst galaxies were extinguished
Iowa City, IA (SPX) Aug 01, 2017
Some of the biggest galaxies in the universe are full of extinguished stars. But nearly 12 billion years ago, soon after the universe first was created, these massive galaxies were hotspots that brewed up stars by the billions. How these types of cosmic realms, called dusty starburst galaxies, became galactic dead zones is an enduring mystery. Astronomers at the University of Iowa, i ... more
San Diego CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Primordial black holes may have helped to forge heavy elements
Swansea UK (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
First observation of the hyperfine splitting in antihydrogen
Chicago IL (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Clever experiment documents multiscale fluid dynamics
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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 behavior accordingly? In a recent study, researchers examined how people react to robots that exhibit faulty behavior compared to perfectly performing robots. The results, published in Frontiers ... more
Washington (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
Mishap doesn't dampen enthusiasm for security robots
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Somersaulting simulation for jumping bots
Nagoya, Japan (AFP) July 30, 2017
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Pentagon says it has released guidelines for shooting down civilian drones
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2017
The Department of Defense has approved a policy that allows military bases to shoot down unauthorized drones in their airspace, according to the Pentagon. A Pentagon spokesperson confirmed the policy's existence to UPI but offered no further comment because it is classified. The policy was distributed in the last several weeks in response to growing concern among military commanders. ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2017
Raytheon receives $25.9M contract for Global Hawk sensor upgrades
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Drones reporting for work
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
Mobile force protection aims to thwart adversaries' small UAVs and Drones


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