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September 08, 2017
MARSDAILY
Discovery of boron on Mars adds to evidence for habitability



Los Alamos NM (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
The discovery of boron on Mars gives scientists more clues about whether life could have ever existed on the planet, according to a paper published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. "Because borates may play an important role in making RNA - one of the building blocks of life - finding boron on Mars further opens the possibility that life could have once arisen on the planet," said Patrick Gasda, a postdoctoral researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory and lead author on the paper. " ... read more

EXO WORLDS
Does the Organic Material of Comets Predate our Solar System?
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
The Rosetta space probe discovered a large amount of organic material in the nucleus of comet "Chury." In an article published by MNRAS on August 31, 2017, two French researchers advance the theory ... more
EXO WORLDS
Earth as Hybrid Planet: The Anthropocene Era in Astrobiological Context
Seattle WA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
For decades, as astronomers have imagined advanced extraterrestrial civilizations, they categorized such worlds by the amount of energy their inhabitants might conceivably be able to harness and use ... more
OUTER PLANETS
New Horizons Files Flight Plan for 2019 Flyby
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 06, 2017
NASA's New Horizons mission has set the distance for its New Year's Day 2019 flyby of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, aiming to come three times closer to MU69 than it famously flew past Pluto in 2015 ... more
EXO WORLDS
Could TRAPPIST-1's Seven Earth-size Planets Have Gas Giant Siblings
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
New work from a team of Carnegie scientists (and one Carnegie alumnus) asked whether any gas giant planets could potentially orbit TRAPPIST-1 at distances greater than that of the star's seven known ... more
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EXO WORLDS
X-Rays Reveal Temperament of Possible Planet-Hosting Stars
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
A new X-ray study has revealed that stars like the Sun and their less massive cousins calm down surprisingly quickly after a turbulent youth. This result has positive implications for the long-term ... more
MARSDAILY
Life on Mars: Let's Try Oman Desert First for Space Mission
Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 05, 2017
Life on Mars may still be light years away - but it clearly hasn't stopped us from thinking ahead. Next year six space-suited and booted astronauts will head to the Dhofar desert in Oman in an attem ... more
EXO WORLDS
FINESSE Mission to Investigate Atmospheres of Hundreds of Alien Worlds
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 05, 2017
One of NASA's proposed missions, known as the Fast INfrared Exoplanet Spectroscopy Survey Explorer (FINESSE) could greatly improve our understanding of extrasolar worlds. If selected for development ... more
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 - ... 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


To Pluto and beyond

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
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



Discovery of boron on Mars adds to evidence for habitability
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
The discovery of boron on Mars gives scientists more clues about whether life could have ever existed on the planet, according to a paper published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. "Because borates may play an important role in making RNA - one of the building blocks of life - finding boron on Mars further opens the possibility that life could have once arisen on the planet," s ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 05, 2017
Life on Mars: Let's Try Oman Desert First for Space Mission
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 01, 2017
Opportunity seeks energy-favorable locations to recharge during winter
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
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
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 06, 2017
New Horizons Files Flight Plan for 2019 Flyby
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
X-Rays Reveal Temperament of Possible Planet-Hosting Stars
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
A new X-ray study has revealed that stars like the Sun and their less massive cousins calm down surprisingly quickly after a turbulent youth. This result has positive implications for the long-term habitability of planets orbiting such stars. A team of researchers used data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton to see how the X-ray brightness of stars similar to the Su ... more
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Does the Organic Material of Comets Predate our Solar System?
Seattle WA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Earth as Hybrid Planet: The Anthropocene Era in Astrobiological Context
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Could TRAPPIST-1's Seven Earth-size Planets Have Gas Giant Siblings
ISRO suspects pyro elements failed to separate rocket's heat shield
Chennai (IANS) Sep 07, 2017
The Indian space agency is strongly suspecting the failure of pyro elements for the non-separation of the heat shield of its rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle's (PSLV) XL variant on Aug 31, said a senior official. As a result of the heat shield not separating the 1,425 kg navigation satellite IRNSS-1H got stuck inside it resulting in the failure of the around Rs 250 crore mission. ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 05, 2017
Pentagon Will Have to Rely on Russian Rocket Engines Until Mid-2020s
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'
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
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
Seoul (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
S. Korea, US deploy missile defence amid China protest
Washington (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
US cites its nuclear capabilities in defense against N.Korea
International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit 2018 - March 27-28 - Atlanta USA
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
UCLA physicists propose new theories of black holes from the very early universe
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
UCLA physicists have proposed new theories for how the universe's first black holes might have formed and the role they might play in the production of heavy elements such as gold, platinum and uranium. A long-standing question in astrophysics is whether the universe's very first black holes came into existence less than a second after the Big Bang or whether they formed only millions of y ... more
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Aussie quantum tech has its sights set on human biochemistry
Iowa City IA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Researchers propose how the universe became filled with light
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Record-breaking galaxy 5 billion light-years away shows we live in a magnetic universe
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
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. Tiny speakers visible at every stand at Berlin's IFA electronics fair, most of them endowed with a feminine voice, are the ears and mouths of the new artificial intelligences. Things haven't quite reac ... more
Beijing (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Chinese robotics artist makes real-life 'Transformers'
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
New robot rolls with the rules of pedestrian conduct
(UPI) Aug 29, 2017
Roboteam receives orders for tactical robots
X-37B Flies Again In First SpaceX Launch
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Sep 08, 2017
The fifth launch of the X-37B robot spaceplane almost makes this vehicle look routine. This time, liftoff has come with a Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX instead of an Atlas V, a change from old-school launchers to NewSpace. By itself, this was controversial, but the spacecraft is in orbit as requested. Security for this launch seems to have been just as tight as for previous launches, with no ... more
Washington (AFNS) Sep 01, 2017
Air Force preparing to launch fifth Orbital Test Vehicle mission
Arusha, Tanzania (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
TED: Phones and drones transforming healthcare
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
Lockheed pairs drone with counter-UAS system


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