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August 21, 2017
MARSDAILY
Mars 2020 mission to use smart methods to seek signs of past life



Washington DC (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
NASA's Mars 2020 mission, which will look for signs of past life on Mars, will use smart methods originally developed to find the oldest life on Earth, according the mission's Deputy Project Scientist, Dr Ken Williford. The 2020 mission builds on the successes of prior rovers, to make coordinated measurements that could detect signs of ancient life - or biosignatures - in their original spatial context. These techniques, known as "spatially resolved biosignature analysis" derive from geochemical analysi ... read more

MOON DAILY
Roscosmos Approves Luna-25 Space Station Model in Moon Exploration Project
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 21, 2017
Russia's Roscosmos State Space Corporation on Friday said it approved a model of the Luna-25 space station created as part of the development project Luna-Glob Moon exploration program with the star ... more
IRON AND ICE
Large asteroid to safely pass Earth on September 1
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 21, 2017
Asteroid Florence, a large near-Earth asteroid, will pass safely by Earth on Sept. 1, 2017, at a distance of about 4.4 million miles, (7.0 million kilometers, or about 18 Earth-Moon distances). ... more
MOON DAILY
Reality Bites for Google Lunar X-Prize
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Once again, the ever-fluid deadline for the Google Lunar X-Prize (GLXP) has been extended. This award is now getting well beyond its use-by date. The GLXP was already on shaky ground before this. Th ... more
ENERGY TECH
Updated computer code improves prediction of particle motion in plasma experiments
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
A computer code used by physicists around the world to analyze and predict tokamak experiments can now approximate the behavior of highly energetic atomic nuclei, or ions, in fusion plasmas more acc ... more
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EXO WORLDS
Tidally locked exoplanets may be more common than previously thought
Seattle WA (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Many exoplanets to be found by coming high-powered telescopes will probably be tidally locked - with one side permanently facing their host star - according to new research by astronomer Rory Barnes ... 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
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
ROBO SPACE
DARPA assured autonomy seeks to guarantee safety of learning-enabled autonomous systems
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Building on recent breakthroughs in autonomous cyber systems and formal methods, DARPA has announced a new research program called Assured Autonomy that aims to advance the ways computing systems ca ... more
ROBO SPACE
Northrop Grumman to demonstrate autonomous networked unmanned vehicles
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
Northrop Grumman will demonstrate autonomous unmanned undersea and unmanned surface vehicles at the Advanced Naval Technology Exercise at the Naval Surface Warfare Center this week. ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
UBC researcher looks to the future of bone replacements
Kelowna, Canada (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
A UBC Okanagan researcher has discovered a new artificial bone design that can be customized and made with a 3D printer for stronger, safer and more effective bone replacements. Hossein Montaz ... more


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ROBO SPACE
AI revolution will be all about humans, says Siri trailblazer
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
It's 2050 and the world revolves around you. ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Exotic quantum states made from light
Bonn, Germany (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Light particles (photons) occur as tiny, indivisible portions. Many thousands of these light portions can be merged to form a single super-photon if they are sufficiently concentrated and cooled. Th ... 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



Mars 2020 mission to use smart methods to seek signs of past life
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
NASA's Mars 2020 mission, which will look for signs of past life on Mars, will use smart methods originally developed to find the oldest life on Earth, according the mission's Deputy Project Scientist, Dr Ken Williford. The 2020 mission builds on the successes of prior rovers, to make coordinated measurements that could detect signs of ancient life - or biosignatures - in their original spatial ... 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
Reality Bites for Google Lunar X-Prize
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Once again, the ever-fluid deadline for the Google Lunar X-Prize (GLXP) has been extended. This award is now getting well beyond its use-by date. The GLXP was already on shaky ground before this. The latest announcement only deepens the wounds to this increasingly questionable project. When it was announced in 2007, the GLXP was an inspiration. It gave publicity and credibility to the rapi ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Lunar dynamo's lifetime extended by at least 1 billion years
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 21, 2017
Roscosmos Approves Luna-25 Space Station Model in Moon Exploration Project
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Moon's magnetic field lasted far longer than once believed
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
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Scientists probe Neptune's depths to reveal secrets of icy planets
Tidally locked exoplanets may be more common than previously thought
Seattle WA (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Many exoplanets to be found by coming high-powered telescopes will probably be tidally locked - with one side permanently facing their host star - according to new research by astronomer Rory Barnes of the University of Washington. Barnes, a UW assistant professor of astronomy and astrobiology, arrived at the finding by questioning the long-held assumption that only those stars that are mu ... more
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
Garching, Germany (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Molecular Outflow Launched Beyond Disk Around Young Star
Equipment for Angara heavy-class rocket arrives at Vostochny Cosmodrome
Vostochny (Sputnik) Aug 21, 2017
The first technological equipment for the launch of the Angara heavy class carrier rocket has been delivered to the Vostochny Space Center in Russian Far East, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Wednesday. "The first technological equipment for the Angara has arrived. It is in the assembly and testing facility," he said at a meeting at the Vostochny. On Wednesday, t ... more
Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
SHIIVER tank arrives at NASA's Marshall Center for spray-on foam insulation
Miami (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
'Dragon captured' as cargo arrives at space station
Miami (AFP) Aug 13, 2017
SpaceX launches super-computer to 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
Large asteroid to safely pass Earth on September 1
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 21, 2017
Asteroid Florence, a large near-Earth asteroid, will pass safely by Earth on Sept. 1, 2017, at a distance of about 4.4 million miles, (7.0 million kilometers, or about 18 Earth-Moon distances). Florence is among the largest near-Earth asteroids that are several miles in size; measurements from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and NEOWISE mission indicate it's about 2.7 miles (4.4 kilometers) ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Asteroid Apophis has One in 100,000 chance of hitting Earth
Paris (ESA) Aug 14, 2017
Asteroid 2012 TC4 will fly past Earth in October 2017
Paris (AFP) Aug 10, 2017
Asteroid to shave past Earth on Oct 12: ESA
'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
Japan deploys missile defence over N. Korea threat to Guam
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 12, 2017
Japan deployed its Patriot missile defence system on Saturday after North Korea threatened to fire ballistic missiles over the country towards the US Pacific territory of Guam, local officials and reports said. Regional tensions are mounting as Washington and Pyongyang ratchet up their war of words, with President Donald Trump warning Pyongyang would "truly regret" any hostile action against ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Jacobs Technology awarded $4.6B contract for missile defense services
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 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 final five orbits around the planet. Cassini will make the first of these five passes over Saturn at 9:22 p.m. PDT Sunday, Aug. 13 (12:22 a.m. EDT Monday, Aug. 14). The spacecraft's point of close ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
Cassini Prepares to Say Goodbye to a True Titan
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
How to move objects at the nanoscale
Trieste, Italy (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
To move a nanoparticle on the surface of a graphene sheet, you won't need a "nano-arm": by applying a temperature difference at the ends of the membrane, the nanocluster laying on it will drift from the hot region to the cold one. In addition, contrary to the laws ruling the world at the macroscale, the force acting on the particle - the so-called thermophoretic force - should not decrease as th ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
New method promises easier nanoscale manufacturing
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
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
Cosmic magnifying lens reveals inner jets of black holes
Pasadena CA (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Astronomers using Caltech's Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO) have found evidence for a bizarre lensing system in space, in which a large assemblage of stars is magnifying a much more distant galaxy containing a jet-spewing supermassive black hole. The discovery provides the best view yet of blobs of hot gas that shoot out from supermassive black holes. "We have known about the existen ... more
Honolulu HI (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
International team of researchers redefines cosmic velocity web
Columbus OH (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Ohio Supercomputer Center helps researchers map invisible universe
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Superconductivity research reveals potential new state of matter
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DARPA assured autonomy seeks to guarantee safety of learning-enabled autonomous systems
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Building on recent breakthroughs in autonomous cyber systems and formal methods, DARPA has announced a new research program called Assured Autonomy that aims to advance the ways computing systems can learn and evolve to better manage variations in the environment and enhance the predictability of autonomous systems like driverless vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). "Tremendous a ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
Northrop Grumman to demonstrate autonomous networked unmanned vehicles
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
AI revolution will be all about humans, says Siri trailblazer
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
SSL and NASA complete preliminary design review for on-orbit robotic servicing spacecraft
Balloons and drones and clouds
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Last week, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories flew a tethered balloon and an unmanned aerial system, colloquially known as a drone, together for the first time to get Arctic atmospheric temperatures with better location control than ever before. In addition to providing more precise data for weather and climate models, being able to effectively operate UASs in the Arctic is important fo ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 18, 2017
U.S. military to buy counter-drone radars from RADA
Washington (Sputnik) Aug 21, 2017
Could the X-37B Space Plane be Preparing for a Mission in September
Washington (UPI) Aug 15, 2017
DJI announces pending fix for drones following Army ban


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