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September 05, 2017
EXO WORLDS
NASA Team Passes Major Technological Milestone for Characterizing Exoplanets



Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
NASA researchers say they have passed a major milestone in their quest to mature more powerful tools for directly detecting and analyzing the atmospheres of giant planets outside the solar system - one of the observational goals of NASA's proposed Wide-Field Infrared Space Telescope, also known as WFIRST. In tests conducted at the High-Contrast Imaging Testbed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, in Pasadena, California - one of the world's most advanced testbeds of its kind - researchers ... read more

OUTER PLANETS
Juno Scientists Prepare for Seventh Science Pass of Jupiter
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
NASA's Juno spacecraft will make its seventh science flyby over Jupiter's mysterious cloud tops on Friday, Sept. 1, at 2:49 p.m. PDT (5:49 p.m. EDT and 21:49 UTC). At the time of perijove (defined a ... more
SATURN DAILY
Cassini's 21st dive is over
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 05, 2017
The heavens often seem vast and unchanging as seen from Earth, but movement in the skies is the norm. The relative motions of both Cassini and Enceladus over a 15-minute period create the movement s ... more
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 a ... 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
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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
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
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


China, Russia to Have Smooth Space Cooperation, Says Expert

DRAGON SPACE
Kuaizhou-11 to send six satellites into space
Beijing (XNA) Aug 31, 2017
China's Kuaizhou-11 solid-fuelled carrier rocket will send six satellites into space in its first mission, according to the rocket's developer and producer China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp ... more
EXO WORLDS
X-ray footprinting solves mystery of metal-breathing protein
Berkeley CA (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Scientists have discovered the details of an unconventional coupling between a bacterial protein and a mineral that allows the bacterium to breathe when oxygen is not available. The research, ... more
ROBO SPACE
Voice assistants promise a light-fingered future
Berlin (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Tomorrow's digital interface may be even more revolutionary than the pinching, tapping and scrolling heralded by the smartphone: voice commands promise to unify and tame our digital lives. ... 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



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 levels of the rover, such that the program has been exercising the strategy of driving the rover from one energy-favorable "lily pad" to the next. These lily pads are locations where the terrai ... more
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
Paris (ESA) Jul 14, 2017
Tributes to wetter times on Mars
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
Juno Scientists Prepare for Seventh Science Pass of Jupiter
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
NASA's Juno spacecraft will make its seventh science flyby over Jupiter's mysterious cloud tops on Friday, Sept. 1, at 2:49 p.m. PDT (5:49 p.m. EDT and 21:49 UTC). At the time of perijove (defined as the point in Juno's orbit when it is closest to the planet's center), the spacecraft will be about 2,200 miles (3,500 kilometers) above the planet's cloud tops. Juno launched on Aug. 5, 2011, ... more
Cincinnati, OH (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
To Pluto and beyond
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
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
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
NASA Team Passes Major Technological Milestone for Characterizing Exoplanets
Munich, Germany (SPX) Sep 01, 2017
Hubble delivers first hints of possible water content of TRAPPIST-1 planets
Berkeley CA (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
X-ray footprinting solves mystery of metal-breathing protein
Pentagon Will Have to Rely on Russian Rocket Engines Until Mid-2020s
Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 05, 2017
The US Defense Department's technical and funding challenges will result in Pentagon using the Russian RD-180 rocket engines until mid-2020s which is longer than it had initially been expected, local media reported on Monday. The US Wall Street Journal newspaper reported that the US Air Force and Pentagon leadership initially said that the replacement of the Russian engines with the US dom ... more
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
NASA Concludes Summer of Testing with Fifth Flight Controller Hot Fire
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 4, 2017
SpaceX tests first stage of 'world's most powerful rocket'
Port Vila, Vanuatu (SPX) Sep 05, 2017
Kacific selects SpaceX to provide launch service
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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 reported on Monday. The bilateral agreement will cover five areas including lunar to deep space exploration, special materials development, collaborations in the area of satellite systems, Earth re ... more
Beijing (XNA) Aug 31, 2017
Kuaizhou-11 to send six satellites into space
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 29, 2017
Russia, China May Sign 5-Year Agreement on Joint Space Exploration
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
S.Korea, US to deploy more anti-missile defences: Seoul
Seoul (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
South Korea and the United States will deploy more of the anti-missile defences hated by China in response to Sunday's nuclear test by North Korea, Seoul's defence ministry said Monday. Two launchers of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system are already operational, but public concern about the possible environmental impact of the US system forced Seoul to suspend the install ... more
Seoul (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
S. Korea launches missile drill after North's nuclear test
Washington (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
US cites its nuclear capabilities in defense against N.Korea
Sacramento CA (SPX) Sep 01, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne Providing Propulsion System Support to Ground Based Strategic Deterrent Program
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Cassini's 21st dive is over
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 05, 2017
The heavens often seem vast and unchanging as seen from Earth, but movement in the skies is the norm. The relative motions of both Cassini and Enceladus over a 15-minute period create the movement seen in this movie sequence. Cassini has monitored Enceladus (313 miles or 504 kilometers across) with a particular interest in the plumes and the geology of the south polar region for many years ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 30, 2017
Saturn Plunge Nears for Cassini Spacecraft
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
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
Berlin (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Voice assistants promise a light-fingered future
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
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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