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October 16, 2017
MARSDAILY
What NASA's simulated missions tell us about the need for Martian law



Kent UK (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Six people recently returned from an eight-month long isolation experiment to test human endurance for long-term space missions. Their "journey to Mars" involved being isolated below the summit of the world's largest active volcano in Hawaii (Mauna Loa), and was designed to better understand the psychological impacts of manned missions. NASA, which aims to send expeditions to Mars by the 2030s, is hoping that the results could help them pick crew members for a future mission to Mars. And it's not ... read more

MARSDAILY
Mimetic Martian water is under pressure
Leeds, UK (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Researchers investigating whether liquid water could exist on Mars have provided new insight into the limits of life on the red planet. A team led by Dr Lorna Dougan from the University of Leeds has ... more
MOON DAILY
Ancient asteroid impact exposes the moon's interior
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Scientists have long assumed that all the planets in our solar system look the same beneath the surface, but a study published in Geology on Oct. 4 tells a different story. "The mantle of the ... more
IRON AND ICE
Asteroid Tracking Network Observes Close Approach
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 16, 2017
On Oct. 12 EDT (Oct. 11 PDT), a small asteroid designated 2012 TC4 will safely pass by Earth at a distance of approximately 26,000 miles (42,000 kilometers). This is a little over one tenth the dist ... more
MARSDAILY
Debate over Mars exploration strategy heats up in astrobiology journal
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Current robotic missions to Mars that have not been appropriately cleaned and sterilized must steer clear of designated Special Regions to avoid introducing Earth-borne biological and organic contam ... more
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IRON AND ICE
Close Approach of Asteroid 2012 TC4 Poses no Danger to Earth
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
The house-sized asteroid 2012 TC4 is slated to give Earth a close shave on Thursday, October 12, swooshing by our planet at approximately 5:41 UTC (1:41 a.m. EDT) at a distance of about 31,000 miles ... more
OUTER PLANETS
Ring around a dwarf planet detected
Garching, Germany (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Ten observatories in six European countries teamed up for recent observations of a stellar occultation by the dwarf planet Haumea, which surprisingly show a narrow and dense ring orbiting the dwarf ... more
SATURN DAILY
Intense storms batter Saturn's largest moon, UCLA scientists report
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Titan, the largest of Saturn's more than 60 moons, has surprisingly intense rainstorms, according to research by a team of UCLA planetary scientists and geologists. Although the storms are relativel ... more
MARSDAILY
Opportunity Feeling the Chemistry
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 10, 2017
Opportunity is continuing her winter exploration of Perseverance Valley on the west rim of Endeavour crater. The cold, low-light winter conditions continue to limit activity. Sols 4866 and 486 ... more
MERCURY RISING
Mercury map renders the innermost planet's geology in color
Washington (UPI) Oct 9, 2017
Scientists with the European Space Agency have rendered the dull, gray world of Mercury in bright colors as part of a new mapping effort in preparation for next year's BepiColombo mission launch. ... more
MARSDAILY
Russian Space Research Institute Announces July 2020 Date for Mission to Mars
Moscow (Sputnik) Oct 10, 2017
According to the head of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Space Research Institute, the launch of the ExoMars-2020 mission, which will send a European rover to the red planet, is scheduled for July ... more


Moon Once Had an Atmosphere

MARSDAILY
Mars Study Yields Clues to Possible Cradle of Life
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 09, 2017
The discovery of evidence for ancient sea-floor hydrothermal deposits on Mars identifies an area on the planet that may offer clues about the origin of life on Earth. A recent international re ... more
MARSDAILY
ASU examines Mars' moon Phobos in a different light
Tempe AZ (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
NASA's longest-lived mission to Mars has gained its first look at the Martian moon Phobos, pursuing a deeper understanding by examining it in infrared wavelengths. The Thermal Emission Imaging ... more
EXO WORLDS
Are Self-Replicating Starships Practical
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Science fiction has frequently considered self-replicating robots that travel across space, making copies of themselves as they spread throughout the galaxy. Such devices are formally known as "von ... more
EXO WORLDS
New telescope attachment allows ground-based observations of new worlds
University Park, PA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
A new, low-cost attachment to telescopes allows previously unachievable precision in ground-based observations of exoplanets - planets beyond our solar system. With the new attachment, ground-based ... more



What NASA's simulated missions tell us about the need for Martian law
Kent UK (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Six people recently returned from an eight-month long isolation experiment to test human endurance for long-term space missions. Their "journey to Mars" involved being isolated below the summit of the world's largest active volcano in Hawaii (Mauna Loa), and was designed to better understand the psychological impacts of manned missions. NASA, which aims to send expeditions to Mars by the 2 ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Debate over Mars exploration strategy heats up in astrobiology journal
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 10, 2017
Opportunity Feeling the Chemistry
Leeds, UK (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Mimetic Martian water is under pressure
Ancient asteroid impact exposes the moon's interior
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Scientists have long assumed that all the planets in our solar system look the same beneath the surface, but a study published in Geology on Oct. 4 tells a different story. "The mantle of the earth is made mostly of a mineral called olivine, and the assumption is usually that all planets are like the Earth," said Jay Melosh, Distinguished Professor of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Scien ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Moon Once Had an Atmosphere
Beijing (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Chinese moon missions delayed by rocket failure: report
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Moon village the first stop to Mars: ESA
Ring around a dwarf planet detected
Garching, Germany (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Ten observatories in six European countries teamed up for recent observations of a stellar occultation by the dwarf planet Haumea, which surprisingly show a narrow and dense ring orbiting the dwarf planet. In addition, the astronomers at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics and more than 50 further institutions were able to constrain the size, shape and density of Haumea,w ... more
Friedrichshafen, Germany (ESA) Oct 03, 2017
Helicopter test for Jupiter icy moons radar
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Solving the Mystery of Pluto's Giant Blades of Ice
Irwindale CA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Global Aerospace Corporation to present Pluto lander concept to NASA
Biomarker Found In Space Complicates Search For Life On Exoplanets
Paris (ESA) Oct 06, 2017
A molecule once thought to be a useful marker for life as we know it has been discovered around a young star and at a comet for the first time, suggesting these ingredients are inherited during the planet-forming phase. The discovery of methyl chloride was made by the ground-based Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, and by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft following Comet ... more
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Are Self-Replicating Starships Practical
University Park, PA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
New telescope attachment allows ground-based observations of new worlds
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 06, 2017
The Super-Earth that Came Home for Dinner
First Four Space Launch System Flight Engines Ready To Rumble
Huntsville AL (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
The flight preparations for the four engines that will power NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) on its first integrated flight with Orion are complete and the engines are assembled and ready to be joined to the deep space rocket's core stage. All five structures that form the massive core stage for the rocket have been built including the engine section where the RS-25 engines will be attached. ... more
Paris (ESA) Oct 16, 2017
Rocket motor for Ariane 6 and Vega-C is cast for testing
Wallops Flight Facility VA (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
ASPIRE Successfully Launches from NASA Wallops
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
RS-25 Engines Ready for Maiden Flight of NASA's Space Launch System
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China launches three satellites
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launched three remote sensing satellites Friday on a Long March-2C rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The Yaogan-30 01 satellites will conduct electromagnetic probes and other experiments. The launch is the 251st flight mission of the Long March rocket family. span class="BDL">Source: a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com">Xin ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
Adelaide, Australia (XNA) Oct 03, 2017
UN official commends China's role in space cooperation
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
Close Approach of Asteroid 2012 TC4 Poses no Danger to Earth
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
The house-sized asteroid 2012 TC4 is slated to give Earth a close shave on Thursday, October 12, swooshing by our planet at approximately 5:41 UTC (1:41 a.m. EDT) at a distance of about 31,000 miles (50,000 kilometers). Although there were some worries that this rocky object could hit the Earth, latest observations confirm that it poses no danger to our home planet at all. "The actual miss ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 16, 2017
Asteroid Tracking Network Observes Close Approach
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
A geochemist from MSU has assessed the oxidative environment inside asteroids
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Team led by UCLA astrophysicist observes primitive comet 2 billion kilometres from the sun
Lockheed Martin developing technology to intercept missile threats with Directed Energy
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency awarded Lockheed Martin a nine-month, $9.4 million contract to develop a Low Power Laser Demonstrator (LPLD) missile interceptor concept, the agency announced Oct. 5. "Our Low Power Laser Demonstrator concept puts advanced beam control systems and a fiber laser on a high-performance, high-altitude platform to maximize risk reduction value over the demonstrat ... more
White Sands Missile Range NM (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Upgraded Lockheed Martin Laser Outguns Threat in Half the Time
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
ATHENA laser testbed system successfully shoots down drones
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
DOD to invest $17M on laser weapons research in New Mexico
US to sell $15 bn THAAD missile defense to Saudi Arabia
Washington (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
The US government has approved the sale to Saudi Arabia of the advanced Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system for $15 billion, the State Department said Friday. "This sale furthers US national security and foreign policy interests, and supports the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of Iranian and other regional threats," a stateme ... more
Sydney (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Australia's new frigates to feature long-range missile defence system
Dallas TX (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
PAC-3 MSE Test Successful from Remote Launcher
Riyadh (AFP) Sept 24, 2017
Saudi intercepts Yemen rebel missile
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Intense storms batter Saturn's largest moon, UCLA scientists report
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Titan, the largest of Saturn's more than 60 moons, has surprisingly intense rainstorms, according to research by a team of UCLA planetary scientists and geologists. Although the storms are relatively rare - they occur less than once per Titan year, which is 29 and a half Earth years - they occur much more frequently than the scientists expected. "I would have thought these would be once-a- ... more
Tampa FL (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
NASA's $3.9 bn Cassini spacecraft makes death plunge into Saturn
Tucson AZ (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Cassini Spacecraft Demise Is Bittersweet for PSI's Hansen
Sacramento CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion guides Cassini to its Grand Finale at Saturn
Paper-based supercapacitor uses metal nanoparticles to boost energy density
Atlanta GA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Using a simple layer-by-layer coating technique, researchers from the U.S. and Korea have developed a paper-based flexible supercapacitor that could be used to help power wearable devices. The device uses metallic nanoparticles to coat cellulose fibers in the paper, creating supercapacitor electrodes with high energy and power densities - and the best performance so far in a textile-based superc ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Nanoscale islands dot light-driven catalyst
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Tungsten offers nano-interconnects a path of least resistance
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Nanoparticle supersoap creates 'bijel' with potential as sculptable fluid
New gravitational wave hits Earth
University Park, PA (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
For the first time, three detectors have tracked the gravitational waves emitted by a merger of two black holes - a critical new capability that allows scientists to more closely locate a gravitational wave's birthplace in space. Gravitational waves are ripples in space and time created when two massive, compact objects such as black holes merge. A paper about the new gravitational wave, known a ... more
Oxford UK (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
Gravitational twists help theoretical physicists shed light on quantum complexity
London, UK (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
British Technology at Heart of Gravitational Wave Discovery
Hannover, Germany (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
Three Ears Listen Even More Accurately Than Two
JILA's 3-D quantum gas atomic clock offers new dimensions in measurement
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
JILA physicists have created an entirely new design for an atomic clock, in which strontium atoms are packed into a tiny three-dimensional (3-D) cube at 1,000 times the density of previous one-dimensional (1-D) clocks. In doing so, they are the first to harness the ultra-controlled behavior of a so-called "quantum gas" to make a practical measurement device. With so many atoms completely i ... more
Providence RI (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
What Earth's climate system and topological insulators have in common
London, UK (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Electron behavior under extreme conditions described for the first time
Tomsk, Russia (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
What can be discovered at the junction of physics and chemistry?
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US spacewalkers repair aging ISS robotic arm
Miami (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Two NASA astronauts wrapped up a successful spacewalk Thursday to repair the International Space Station's aging robotic arm, the US space agency said. The outing by Americans Randy Bresnik and Mark Vande Hei ended at 3 pm (1900 GMT), marking a "very successful day," a NASA spokesman said. The spacewalk lasted six hours and 55 minutes, almost a half hour longer than planned because the p ... more
Raleigh NC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Sensitivity to time improves performance at remotely controlling devices
Washington (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Mattel scraps plan for digital assistant for kids
Hong Kong (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Servosila introduces Mobile Robots equipped with Software Defined Radio payloads
New long range drones expected in 2018
Washington (UPI) Oct 10, 2017
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Tuesday that the company has officially transitioned its production line from the MQ-1C Gray Eagle to its new long-range variant, the MQ-1C ER Gray Eagle Extended Range. The transition comes after GA-ASI completed the last contracted MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aerial system, which has been delivered to 12 U.S. Army operational units an ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
Marines test 3D-printed small drones
London (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
UK will not confirm drone death of IS 'White Widow' recruiter
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Boeing to acquire Aurora Flight Sciences


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