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October 18, 2017
MARSDAILY
Microbes leave 'fingerprints' on Martian rocks



University of Vienna
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Oct 18, 2017 At the Department of Biophysical Chemistry at the University of Vienna, Tetyana Milojevic and her team have been operating a miniaturized "Mars farm" in order to simulate ancient and probably extinct microbial life - based on gases and synthetically produced Martian regolith of diverse composition. The team investigates interactions between Metallosphaera sedula, a microbe that inhabits extreme environments, and different minerals which contain nutrients in form ... read more

IRON AND ICE
Number of Undiscovered Near-Earth Asteroids Revised Downward
Provo, UT (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Fewer large near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) remain to be discovered than astronomers thought, according to a new analysis by planetary scientist Alan W. Harris of MoreData! in La Canada, California. Har ... more
MARSDAILY
Study shows how water could have flowed on 'cold and icy' ancient Mars
Providence RI (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
For scientists trying to understand what ancient Mars might have been like, the red planet sends some mixed signals. Water-carved valleys and lakebeds leave little doubt that water once flowed on th ... more
MARSDAILY
Recent drive improves energy levels of Opportunity rover on Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 18, 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 constrain activity, although wi ... more
MOON DAILY
How bright is the moon, really?
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
The "inconstant moon," as Shakespeare called it in Romeo and Juliet, is more reliable than his pair of star-crossed lovers might have thought. Now researchers at the National Institute of Standards ... more
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IRON AND ICE
Earth's New Traveling Buddy Is an Asteroid, Not Space Junk
Tucson AZ (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
At the 49th Annual Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting in Provo, Utah, astronomers led by Vishnu Reddy at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory confirm the true nature of one ... more
MARSDAILY
Webcam on Mars Express surveys high-altitude clouds
Paris (ESA) Oct 18, 2017
An unprecedented catalogue of more than 21 000 images taken by a webcam on ESA's Mars Express is proving its worth as a science instrument, providing a global survey of unusual high-altitude cloud f ... more
SATURN DAILY
Saturn's A ring contained by not one, but seven moons
(UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Until recently, astronomers assumed Saturn's A ring was contained by a single moon, Janus, the gas giant's largest. But new research shows the A ring, the outermost of Saturn's large, bright rings, is confined by seven moons. ... more
EXO WORLDS
Astronomers find potential solution into how planets form
Exeter UK (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
The quest to discover how planets found in the far reaches of the universe are born has taken a new, crucial twist. A new study by an international team of scientists, led by Stefan Kraus from ... more
EXO WORLDS
A star that devoured its own planets
New York NY (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
A devourer of worlds lurks around 350 light-years away. According to a recent study comparing the chemical composition of a pair of sunlike stars, one of the stars has consumed the rocky equivalent ... more
OUTER PLANETS
Haumea, the most peculiar of Pluto companions, has a ring around it
Granada, Spain (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
At the ends of the Solar System, beyond the orbit of Neptune, there is a belt of objects composed of ice and rocks, among which four dwarf planets stand out: Pluto, Eris, Makemake and Haumea. The la ... more


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MARSDAILY
Mimetic Martian water is highly pressurized, experiments show
Washington (UPI) Oct 13, 2017
Mars is too cold to host flowing liquid water, but with the right mix of compounds, a water solution could be hiding on and below Mars' surface. ... more
SATURN DAILY
Reconstructing Cassini's Plunge into Saturn
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 17, 2017
As NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its fateful dive into the upper atmosphere of Saturn on Sept. 15, the spacecraft was live-streaming data from eight of its science instruments, along with readings ... more
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 t ... 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



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 (UPI) Oct 13, 2017
Mimetic Martian water is highly pressurized, experiments show
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Debate over Mars exploration strategy heats up in astrobiology journal
Paris (ESA) Oct 18, 2017
Webcam on Mars Express surveys high-altitude clouds
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
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
How bright is the moon, really?
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Moon Once Had an Atmosphere
Beijing (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Chinese moon missions delayed by rocket failure: report
Haumea, the most peculiar of Pluto companions, has a ring around it
Granada, Spain (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
At the ends of the Solar System, beyond the orbit of Neptune, there is a belt of objects composed of ice and rocks, among which four dwarf planets stand out: Pluto, Eris, Makemake and Haumea. The latter is the least well known of the four and was recently the object of an international observation campaign which was able to establish its main physical characteristics. The study, led by astronome ... more
Garching, Germany (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Ring around a dwarf planet detected
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
Astronomers find potential solution into how planets form
Exeter UK (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
The quest to discover how planets found in the far reaches of the universe are born has taken a new, crucial twist. A new study by an international team of scientists, led by Stefan Kraus from the University of Exeter, has given a fascinating new insight into one of the most respected theories of how planets are formed. Young stars start out with a massive disk of gas and dust that o ... more
New York NY (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
A star that devoured its own planets
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 17, 2017
Giant Exoplanet Hunters: Look for Debris Disks
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Are Self-Replicating Starships Practical
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
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
RS-25 Engines Ready for Maiden Flight of NASA's Space Launch System
Moscow (Sputnik) Oct 10, 2017
Russia May Adjust Space Program to Construct Super-Heavy Carrier Rocket
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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
Earth's New Traveling Buddy Is an Asteroid, Not Space Junk
Tucson AZ (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
At the 49th Annual Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting in Provo, Utah, astronomers led by Vishnu Reddy at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory confirm the true nature of one of Earth's companions on its journey around the Sun. Was it a burned-out rocket booster, tumbling along a peculiar near-Earth orbit around the Sun, and only occasionally getting close enough to ... more
Provo, UT (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Number of Undiscovered Near-Earth Asteroids Revised Downward
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 16, 2017
Asteroid Tracking Network Observes Close Approach
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Close Approach of Asteroid 2012 TC4 Poses no Danger to Earth
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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Reconstructing Cassini's Plunge into Saturn
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 17, 2017
As NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its fateful dive into the upper atmosphere of Saturn on Sept. 15, the spacecraft was live-streaming data from eight of its science instruments, along with readings from a variety of engineering systems. While analysis of science data from the final plunge will take some time, Cassini engineers already have a pretty clear understanding of how the spacecraft itsel ... more
(UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Saturn's A ring contained by not one, but seven moons
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Intense storms batter Saturn's largest moon, UCLA scientists report
Tampa FL (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
NASA's $3.9 bn Cassini spacecraft makes death plunge into 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
A new era of multi-messenger astronomy with LIGO discovery
Rochester NY (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Rochester Institute of Technology researchers played a significant role in an international announcement today that has changed the future of astrophysics. The breakthrough discovery of colliding neutron stars marks the first time both gravitational waves and light have been detected from the same cosmic collision. "Multimessenger astronomy," a new way of understanding the universe, ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 17, 2017
NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event
University Park, PA (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
New gravitational wave hits Earth
Oxford UK (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
Gravitational twists help theoretical physicists shed light on quantum complexity
Filling the early universe with knots can explain why the world is three-dimensional
Nashville TN (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
The next time you come across a knotted jumble of rope or wire or yarn, ponder this: The natural tendency for things to tangle may help explain the three-dimensional nature of the universe and how it formed. An international team of physicists has developed an out-of-the-box theory which proposes that shortly after it popped into existence 13.8 billion years ago the universe was filled wit ... more
Bonn, Germany (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
'Find the Lady' in the quantum world
Princeton NJ (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Spotting the spin of the Majorana fermion under the microscope
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
JILA's 3-D quantum gas atomic clock offers new dimensions in measurement
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Emma the robot masseuse gets to work in Singapore
Singapore (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
A robot masseuse named Emma is offering Singaporeans high-tech back rubs with a gigantic metal arm and warm silicone tips which its creators say perfectly mimic the human touch. The robot, the brainchild of local startup AiTreat, began work at a clinic in the city-state this week and performs "tui na", a type of massage practised in traditional Chinese medicine. Emma, which stands for Ex ... more
Miami (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
US spacewalkers repair aging ISS robotic arm
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
Death toll from US drone strike in Pakistan rises to 26: officials
Peshawar, Pakistan (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
The death toll from a US drone attack on a compound used by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network has risen to 26, officials said Tuesday, less than a week after a US-Canadian family held captive by the militants was rescued. The barrage on Monday targeted a meeting of Haqqani fighters in Pakistan's remote tribal Kurram district along the Afghan border in the deadliest attack on the group this ... more
London (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
UK will not confirm drone death of IS 'White Widow' recruiter
Washington (UPI) Oct 10, 2017
New long range drones expected in 2018
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Boeing to acquire Aurora Flight Sciences
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