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September 04, 2017
OUTER PLANETS
To Pluto and beyond



Cincinnati, OH (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
NASA's successful mission to Pluto in 2015 was spurred by a graduate student with a big idea. Alan Stern was finishing his astrophysics degree at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1989 when he approached NASA with the notion of sending a spacecraft to Pluto. Pluto is the farthest planet (some prefer dwarf planet) from the sun in our solar system. After NASA's Voyager 2 probe sent back the first detailed images of Neptune from space in 1989, Pluto was an obvious target of scientific conquest. B ... read more

IRON AND ICE
NASA's Asteroid-Bound Spacecraft to Slingshot Past Earth
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
NASA's asteroid sample return mission, OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security - Regolith Explorer), will pass about 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometers) abov ... more
MARSDAILY
Opportunity seeks energy-favorable locations to recharge during winter
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 01, 2017
Opportunity is exploring "Perseverance Valley" on the west rim of Endeavour crater as mission planners prepare to park the rover for a winter layover. Winter substainally constrains the energy ... more
EXO WORLDS
Ultraviolet Light May Be Ultra Important in Search for Life
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 01, 2017
In everyday life, ultraviolet, or UV, light earns a bad reputation for being responsible for sunburns and other harmful effects on humans. However, research suggests that UV light may have played a ... more
EXO WORLDS
Hubble delivers first hints of possible water content of TRAPPIST-1 planets
Munich, Germany (SPX) Sep 01, 2017
An international team of astronomers used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to estimate whether there might be water on the seven earth-sized planets orbiting the nearby dwarf star TRAPPIST-1. The ... more
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MARSDAILY
Citizen scientists spot Martian 'spiders' in unexpected places
Washington (UPI) Aug 30, 2017
Bowie wasn't lying about Ziggy's bandmates - there are spiders from Mars. Sort of. ... more
EXO WORLDS
15 Fast Radio Bursts Detected from Distant Universe
Berkeley CA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Breakthrough Listen - the initiative to find signs of intelligent life in the universe - has detected 15 fast radio bursts emanating from the mysterious "repeater" FRB 121102. Fast radio bursts, or ... more
MARSDAILY
New mini tool has massive implications
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Brigham Young University researchers have created a miniaturized, portable version of a tool now capable of analyzing Mars' atmosphere - and that's just one of its myriad possible uses. For de ... more
ROBO SPACE
Roboteam receives orders for tactical robots
(UPI) Aug 29, 2017
Maryland-headquartered Robot provider Roboteam Inc. reports it has received new orders for its Micro Tactical Ground Robot to support U.S. and international military missions. ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Weightlessness affects health of cosmonauts at molecular level
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
A team of scientists from Russia and Canada has analyzed the effect of space conditions on the protein composition in blood samples of 18 Russian cosmonauts. The results indicated many significant c ... more
DRAGON SPACE
China, Russia to Have Smooth Space Cooperation, Says Expert
Washington DC (Sputnik) Aug 31, 2017
China and Russia plan to sign an agreement in October on joint space exploration from 2018 and 2022, which would benefit both nations particularly in manned and future missions to the moon, CGTN rep ... more


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DRAGON SPACE
Russia, China May Sign 5-Year Agreement on Joint Space Exploration
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 29, 2017
Beijing and Moscow may sign an agreement this October on joint space exploration, to be carried out in 2018-2022, Chinese media reported. The deal would cover five areas, including lunar and d ... more
ROBO SPACE
New robot rolls with the rules of pedestrian conduct
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Just as drivers observe the rules of the road, most pedestrians follow certain social codes when navigating a hallway or a crowded thoroughfare: Keep to the right, pass on the left, maintain a respe ... 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



New mini tool has massive implications
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Brigham Young University researchers have created a miniaturized, portable version of a tool now capable of analyzing Mars' atmosphere - and that's just one of its myriad possible uses. For decades mass spectrometers have offered a relatively fast and highly sensitive way to analyze and detect chemical compounds. But their bulky size has been a hindrance, limiting their in-field potential. ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 01, 2017
Opportunity seeks energy-favorable locations to recharge during winter
Washington (UPI) Aug 30, 2017
Citizen scientists spot Martian 'spiders' in unexpected places
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 17, 2017
For Moratorium on Sending Commands to Mars, Blame the Sun
Call For Ideas For Research On The Deep Space Gateway
Paris (ESA) Aug 22, 2017
The European Space Agency (ESA) invites members of the science community in Europe to propose ideas for research that could be performed on the Deep Space Gateway, a crewed spaceship in lunar vicinity. The Deep Space Gateway is a strategic platform that is being prepared by the International Space Station partner agencies to be humanity's next step beyond Low-Earth Orbit and out into the S ... more
San Diego CA (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
Analysis of a 'rusty' lunar rock suggests the moon's interior is dry
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
To Pluto and beyond
Cincinnati, OH (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
NASA's successful mission to Pluto in 2015 was spurred by a graduate student with a big idea. Alan Stern was finishing his astrophysics degree at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1989 when he approached NASA with the notion of sending a spacecraft to Pluto. Pluto is the farthest planet (some prefer dwarf planet) from the sun in our solar system. After NASA's Voyager 2 probe sent back ... 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
Ultraviolet Light May Be Ultra Important in Search for Life
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 01, 2017
In everyday life, ultraviolet, or UV, light earns a bad reputation for being responsible for sunburns and other harmful effects on humans. However, research suggests that UV light may have played a critical role in the emergence of life on Earth and could be a key for where to look for life elsewhere in the universe. A new study by Sukrit Ranjan of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrop ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) Sep 01, 2017
Hubble delivers first hints of possible water content of TRAPPIST-1 planets
Berkeley CA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
15 Fast Radio Bursts Detected from Distant Universe
Arecibo PR (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
A New Search for Extrasolar Planets from the Arecibo Observatory
NASA Concludes Summer of Testing with Fifth Flight Controller Hot Fire
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
NASA engineers closed a summer of successful hot fire testing Aug. 30 for flight controllers on RS-25 engines that will help power the new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, being built to carry astronauts to deep-space destinations, including Mars. The space agency capped off summer testing with a 500-second hot fire of a fifth RS-25 engine flight controller unit on the A-1 Test Stand at S ... more
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Sep 01, 2017
Aerospace test at Sandia goes green with alternative to explosives
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jul 18, 2017
ISRO Develops Ship-Based Antenna System to Track Satellite Launches
Vandenberg AFB CA (SPX) Aug 24, 2017
Falcon 9 launches from Vandenberg
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Russia, China May Sign 5-Year Agreement on Joint Space Exploration
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 29, 2017
Beijing and Moscow may sign an agreement this October on joint space exploration, to be carried out in 2018-2022, Chinese media reported. The deal would cover five areas, including lunar and deep space exploration, satellite systems, space debris research and Earth remote sensing, CGTN broadcaster reported on Sunday. Xu Yansong, the head of the International Cooperation Department of ... more
Washington DC (Sputnik) Aug 31, 2017
China, Russia to Have Smooth Space Cooperation, Says Expert
Beijing (XNA) Aug 31, 2017
Kuaizhou-11 to send six satellites into space
Paris (ESA) Aug 28, 2017
ESA and Chinese astronauts train together
NASA's Asteroid-Bound Spacecraft to Slingshot Past Earth
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
NASA's asteroid sample return mission, OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security - Regolith Explorer), will pass about 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometers) above Earth just before 12:52 p.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 22. Using Earth as a slingshot, the spacecraft will receive an assist to complete its journey to the asteroid Bennu. OSIRIS-REx is undertaking ... more
Paris (ESA) Sep 01, 2017
Close encounters of the stellar kind
Tucson AZ (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
House-Sized Near-Earth Objects Rarer Than We Thought
Miami (AFP) Aug 30, 2017
Largest asteroid in a century to whiz by Sept 1
DOD to invest $17M on laser weapons research in New Mexico
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
The Department of Defense is investing $17 million in directed energy laser weapons, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., announced at the Boeing facility in Albuquerque, N.M., on Wednesday. "With our state's unique expertise in directed energy work, this funding will jump start the deployment of this critical technology and bring more high-paying jobs to the state," said Heinrich, a member of ... more
Washington DC (AFNS) Jul 25, 2017
'Eyes in space' and more powerful lasers will enhance US Army's arsenal
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
Aerojet Rocketdyne Providing Propulsion System Support to Ground Based Strategic Deterrent Program
Sacramento CA (SPX) Sep 01, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne will support Boeing which was recently awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force for the Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction (TMRR) phase of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) acquisition program. The GBSD program aims to develop a replacement for the current Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) system that was first deployed in the 1970s. ... more
Washington (AFP) Aug 30, 2017
US shoots down missile in test off Hawaii coast
USS John Paul Jones (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Latest Aegis Combat System is Successful Against Medium Range Ballistic Missiles
Seoul (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
S.Korea, US to deploy more anti-missile defences: Seoul
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Saturn Plunge Nears for Cassini Spacecraft
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 30, 2017
NASA's Cassini spacecraft is 18 days from its mission-ending dive into the atmosphere of Saturn. Its fateful plunge on Sept. 15 is a foregone conclusion - an April 22 gravitational kick from Saturn's moon Titan placed the two-and-a-half ton vehicle on its path for impending destruction. Yet several mission milestones have to occur over the coming two-plus weeks to prepare the vehicle for one las ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 28, 2017
NASA Announces Cassini End-of-Mission Activities
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
Cassini to begin final five orbits around Saturn
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
Cassini Prepares to Say Goodbye to a True Titan
UMass Amherst environmental chemist flashes warning light on new nanoparticle
Amherst MA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
When environmental and soil chemist Baoshan Xing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst began reading in 2014 that a new, two-dimensional material known as layered black phosphorous (BP) was gaining the attention of biomedical researchers for use in drug delivery systems and tumor photothermal therapy, he was both intrigued and concerned. "I am not only a soil chemist, but an environme ... more
Bethlehem PA (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
A more complete picture of the nano world
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
What the world's tiniest 'monster truck' reveals
Livermore CA (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Carbon nanotubes worth their salt
Granting weightless wishes
Paris (ESA) Aug 28, 2017
ESA this week helped to provide children with disabilities the opportunity to experience weightlessness and lunar gravity on aircraft flights. Eight children from five ESA member states - UK, France, Germany, Belgium, and Italy -boarded the converted Airbus A310 in Bordeaux, France on 24 August as part of the Kid's Weightless Dreams campaign organised by Novespace and Reves de Gosse. ... more
Bozeman MT (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
MSU gravitational physicist receives NASA award to explore extreme gravity and the universe
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
Record-breaking galaxy 5 billion light-years away shows we live in a magnetic universe
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
A team of astronomers has observed the magnetic field of a galaxy five billion light-years from Earth. The galaxy is the most distant in which a coherent magnetic field has been observed and provides important insight into how magnetism in the Universe formed and evolved. The observation shows a magnetic field of a similar strength and configuration to that seen in our own Milky Way Galaxy ... more
Iowa City IA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Researchers propose how the universe became filled with light
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Black hole models contradicted by hands-on tests at Sandia's Z machine
Birmingham UK (SPX) Aug 24, 2017
Scientists 'excited' by observations suggesting formation scenarios
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
Roboteam receives orders for tactical robots
(UPI) Aug 29, 2017
Maryland-headquartered Robot provider Roboteam Inc. reports it has received new orders for its Micro Tactical Ground Robot to support U.S. and international military missions. The third-generation robot is an all-terrain system used for explosive ordnance disposal, and in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear material missions and HAZMAT operations. Roboteam said the two ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
New robot rolls with the rules of pedestrian conduct
Chicago IL (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Illinois researchers develop origami-inspired robot
Freiburg, Germany (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Smart computers
Air Force preparing to launch fifth Orbital Test Vehicle mission
Washington (AFNS) Sep 01, 2017
The Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office is undergoing final launch preparations for the fifth mission of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle. The OTV is scheduled to launch on Sept. 7, 2017, onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The fifth OTV mission continues to advance the X-37B's performance and flexibility as a space technology demonstrator and host platform for experimental payloads. ... more
Arusha, Tanzania (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
TED: Phones and drones transforming healthcare
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
Lockheed pairs drone with counter-UAS system
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Drones relay RFID signals for inventory control


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