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August 14, 2017
DRAGON SPACE
China's satellite sends unbreakable cipher from space



Beijing (XNA) Aug 14, 2017
Chinese scientists have become the first to realize quantum key distribution from a satellite to the ground, laying the foundation for building a hack-proof global quantum communication network. The achievement based on experiments conducted with the world' s first quantum satellite, Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS), was published in the authoritative academic journal Nature on Thursday. The Nature reviewers commented that the experiment was an impressive achievement, and constitut ... read more

MOON DAILY
Moon's magnetic field lasted far longer than once believed
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
The moon's magnetic field lasted 1 billion to 2.5 billion years longer than once thought - a finding with important implications for habitability on other moons and planets throughout the universe, ... more
MOON DAILY
Lunar dynamo's lifetime extended by at least 1 billion years
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
New evidence from ancient lunar rocks suggests that an active dynamo once churned within the molten metallic core of the moon, generating a magnetic field that lasted at least 1 billion years longer ... more
TECH SPACE
Lockheed Martin integrates first modernized A2100 satellite
Denver CO (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
A team of engineers and technicians at Lockheed Martin has completed the integration of the company's first modernized A2100 satellite. The spacecraft, known as Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1, now moves ... more
IRON AND ICE
Asteroid 2012 TC4 will fly past Earth in October 2017
Paris (ESA) Aug 14, 2017
A small asteroid flying past Earth on 12 October will provide scientists with a valuable opportunity to learn more about its orbit and composition. The campaign will exercise the international netwo ... more
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SATURN DAILY
Cassini Prepares to Say Goodbye to a True Titan
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
Mere weeks away from its dramatic, mission-ending plunge into Saturn, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has a hectic schedule, orbiting the planet every week in its Grand Finale. On a few orbits, Saturn's l ... more
SATURN DAILY
Cassini to begin final five orbits around Saturn
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
NASA's Cassini spacecraft will enter new territory in its final mission phase, the Grand Finale, as it prepares to embark on a set of ultra-close passes through Saturn's upper atmosphere with its fi ... more
MARSDAILY
Opportunity takes in the panoramic view while crossing some rocky terrain
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
Opportunity is located in Perseverance Valley on the west rim of Endeavour crater and has resumed normal science activities post-conjunction. Taking advantage of the position through conjuncti ... more
IRON AND ICE
Asteroid to shave past Earth on Oct 12: ESA
Paris (AFP) Aug 10, 2017
A house-sized asteroid will shave past our planet on October 12, far inside the Moon's orbit but without posing any threat, astronomers said Thursday. ... more
MARSDAILY
Curiosity watches Martian clouds pass over Gale Crater
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
Wispy, early-season clouds resembling Earth's ice-crystal cirrus clouds move across the Martian sky in some new image sequences from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. These clouds are the most clea ... more
MARSDAILY
Preserving the stress of volcanic uprise on Mars
Paris (ESA) Aug 14, 2017
An ancient mountain range on Mars preserves a complex volcanic and tectonic past imprinted with signs of water and ice interactions. The images, taken on 9 April by the high-resolution stereo ... more


Xian Satellite Control Center resolves over 10 major satellite faults in 50 years

EXO WORLDS
TRAPPIST-1 twice as old as our solar system
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
Astronomers have narrowed in on a more precise estimate of the TRAPPIST-1 system. ... more
ROBO SPACE
SSL and NASA complete preliminary design review for on-orbit robotic servicing spacecraft
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, reports it successfully completed the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for NASA's Restore-L mission to p ... more
OUTER PLANETS
Scientists probe Neptune's depths to reveal secrets of icy planets
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Scientists have helped solve the mystery of what lies beneath the surface of Neptune - the most distant planet in our solar system. A new study sheds light on the chemical make-up of the plane ... more
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



Curiosity watches Martian clouds pass over Gale Crater
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
Wispy, early-season clouds resembling Earth's ice-crystal cirrus clouds move across the Martian sky in some new image sequences from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. These clouds are the most clearly visible so far from Curiosity, which landed five years ago this month about five degrees south of Mars' equator. Clouds moving in the Martian sky have been observed previously by Curiosity and oth ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
Opportunity takes in the panoramic view while crossing some rocky terrain
Xining, China (XNA) Aug 09, 2017
China to build first Mars simulation base
Paris (ESA) Aug 14, 2017
Preserving the stress of volcanic uprise on Mars
Lunar dynamo's lifetime extended by at least 1 billion years
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
New evidence from ancient lunar rocks suggests that an active dynamo once churned within the molten metallic core of the moon, generating a magnetic field that lasted at least 1 billion years longer than previously thought. Dynamos are natural generators of magnetic fields around terrestrial bodies, and are powered by the churning of conducting fluids within many stars and planets. In a pa ... more
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Moon's magnetic field lasted far longer than once believed
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Astronauts to bring asteroid back into lunar orbit
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
NASA studies tethered CubeSat mission to study Lunar swirls
Scientists probe Neptune's depths to reveal secrets of icy planets
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Scientists have helped solve the mystery of what lies beneath the surface of Neptune - the most distant planet in our solar system. A new study sheds light on the chemical make-up of the planet, which lies around 4.5 billion kilometres from the sun. Extremely low temperatures on planets like Neptune - called ice giants - mean that chemicals on these distant worlds exist in a frozen s ... 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
Scientists find four Earth-like exoplanets orbiting closest sun-like star
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Scientists have found four Earth-like exoplanets orbiting a star system just 12 light-years away. The four planets are the closest Earth-like worlds yet discovered. And at just 1.7 Earth masses, they're also the smallest nearby Earth-like planets. Astronomers detected the presence of the four exoplanets by analyzing slight wobbles in the movement of tau Ceti, the closest known su ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
TRAPPIST-1 twice as old as our solar system
Arecibo PR (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
A New Search for Extrasolar Planets from the Arecibo Observatory
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
Gulf of Mexico tube worm is one of the longest-living animals in the world
SpaceX launches super-computer to space station
Miami (AFP) Aug 13, 2017
SpaceX on Monday blasted off its unmanned Dragon cargo ship toward the International Space Station, carrying a host of science experiments and the most powerful computer ever sent into orbit. "Three, two, one, and liftoff," a SpaceX commentator said as the white Falcon 9 rocket climbed into the blue sky over Cape Canaveral, Florida at 12:31 pm (1631 GMT). Three minutes after launch, the rocket separated as planned, with the long, tall portion -- known as the first stage -- arcing back toward Earth and the second stage continuing to propel the cargo ship to space. ... more
Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Space Launch System Solid Rocket Boosters 'on Target' for First Flight
Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
NASA Guide Outlines Deep Space Rocket's Unprecedented Capabilities
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
Dragon to be packed with new experiments for International Space Station
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China's satellite sends unbreakable cipher from space
Beijing (XNA) Aug 14, 2017
Chinese scientists have become the first to realize quantum key distribution from a satellite to the ground, laying the foundation for building a hack-proof global quantum communication network. The achievement based on experiments conducted with the world' s first quantum satellite, Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS), was published in the authoritative academic journal Nature on T ... more
Xi'an, China (XNA) Aug 14, 2017
Xian Satellite Control Center resolves over 10 major satellite faults in 50 years
Beijing (XNA) Jul 10, 2017
China develops sea launches to boost space commerce
Beijing (XNA) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese satellite Zhongxing-9A enters preset orbit
Asteroid to shave past Earth on Oct 12: ESA
Paris (AFP) Aug 10, 2017
A house-sized asteroid will shave past our planet on October 12, far inside the Moon's orbit but without posing any threat, astronomers said Thursday. The space rock will zoom by harmlessly at a distance of about 44,000 kilometres (27,300 miles) - an eighth of the distance from the Earth to the Moon, according to the European Space Agency, This is just far enough to miss our geostationa ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
How to watch this weekend's Perseid meteor shower
Paris (ESA) Aug 14, 2017
Asteroid 2012 TC4 will fly past Earth in October 2017
Boulder CO (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
SwRI part of international team identifying primordial 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
Jacobs Technology awarded $4.6B contract for missile defense services
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Jacobs Technology is receiving a contract with a maximum value of $4.6 billion for services for the Missile Defense Agency, the Department of Defense announced on Wednesday. The services will go toward the Missile Defense Integration and Operations Center and communications and informations technology for MDA. The work will primarily be conducted at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado, ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 12, 2017
Japan deploys missile defence over N. Korea threat to Guam
Washington (AFP) July 30, 2017
US successfully tests missile intercept system
Seoul (AFP) July 29, 2017
S. Korea speeds up US missile defence over North's missile test
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Cassini Prepares to Say Goodbye to a True Titan
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
Mere weeks away from its dramatic, mission-ending plunge into Saturn, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has a hectic schedule, orbiting the planet every week in its Grand Finale. On a few orbits, Saturn's largest moon, Titan, has been near enough to tweak Cassini's orbit, causing the spacecraft to approach Saturn a bit closer or a bit farther away. A couple of those distant passes even pushed Cassini in ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
Cassini to begin final five orbits around Saturn
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
NASA finds moon of Saturn has chemical that could form 'membranes'
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
ALMA confirms complex chemistry in Titan's atmosphere
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
UCI celestial census indicates that black holes pervade the universe
Irvine CA (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
After conducting a cosmic inventory of sorts to calculate and categorize stellar-remnant black holes, astronomers from the University of California, Irvine have concluded that there are probably tens of millions of the enigmatic, dark objects in the Milky Way - far more than expected. "We think we've shown that there are as many as 100 million black holes in our galaxy," said UCI chair and ... more
San Diego CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Primordial black holes may have helped to forge heavy elements
Orlando FL (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Researchers set record for fastest light pulse
Chicago IL (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Clever experiment documents multiscale fluid dynamics
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SSL and NASA complete preliminary design review for on-orbit robotic servicing spacecraft
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, reports it successfully completed the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for NASA's Restore-L mission to provide satellite servicing in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). With the completion of the PDR, Restore-L is proceeding on schedule to the next phase of development and its launch in 2020. As announced las ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Why humans find faulty robots more likeable
Washington (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
Mishap doesn't dampen enthusiasm for security robots
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Somersaulting simulation for jumping bots
Drones reporting for work
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
When a firefighter, first responder or soldier operates a small, lightweight flight vehicle inside a building, in urban canyons, underground or under the forest canopy, the GPS-denied environment presents unique navigation challenges. In many cases loss of GPS signals can cause these vehicles to become inoperable and, in the worst case, unstable, potentially putting operators, bystanders and pro ... more
Washington (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Iran drone flies close to US carrier in Gulf: Pentagon
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2017
Pentagon says it has released guidelines for shooting down civilian drones
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2017
Raytheon receives $25.9M contract for Global Hawk sensor upgrades


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