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October 19, 2017
Samples brought back from asteroid reveal 'rubble pile' had a violent past

Perth, Australia (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Curtin University planetary scientists have shed some light on the evolution of asteroids, which may help prevent future collisions of an incoming 'rubble pile' asteroid with Earth. The scientists studied two incredibly small particles brought back to Earth from the asteroid Itokawa, after they were collected in 2005 from the surface of the 500 metre-wide asteroid, by the Japanese Hayabusa spacecraft. The capsule and its precious cargo returned to Earth in 2010, landing near Woomera, Austral ... read more

Solar eruptions could electrify Martian moons
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Powerful solar eruptions could electrically charge areas of the Martian moon Phobos to hundreds of volts, presenting a complex electrical environment that could possibly affect sensitive electronics ... more
A solar-powered asteroid nursery at the orbit of Mars
Armagh UK (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
The planet Mars shares its orbit with a handful of small asteroids, the so-called Trojans. Among them, one finds a unique group, all moving in very similar orbits, suggesting that they originated fr ... more
A mission to Mars could make its own oxygen thanks to plasma technology
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Plasma technology could hold the key to creating a sustainable oxygen supply on Mars, a new study has found. It suggests that Mars, with its 96 per cent carbon dioxide atmosphere, has nearly i ... more
SwRI scientists dig into the origin of organics on Ceres
San Antonio TX (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Since NASA's Dawn spacecraft detected localized organic-rich material on Ceres, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has been digging into the data to explore different scenarios for its origin. Afte ... more
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Bigelow and ULA team up to propose a B330 Habitat in Low Lunar Orbit
Las Vegas, NV (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Bigelow Aerospace and United Launch Alliance (ULA) are working together to launch a B330 expandable module on ULA's Vulcan launch vehicle. The launch would place a B330 outfitted module in Low Lunar ... more
NASA team finds noxious ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Researchers with NASA's Cassini mission found evidence of a toxic hybrid ice in a wispy cloud high above the south pole of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. The finding is a new demonstration of t ... more
PPPL takes detailed look at 2-D structure of turbulence in tokamaks
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
A key hurdle for fusion researchers is understanding turbulence, the ripples and eddies that can cause the superhot plasma that fuels fusion reactions to leak heat and particles and keep fusion from ... more
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 ... more
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
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

Recent drive improves energy levels of Opportunity rover on Mars

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
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
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'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

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?
Las Vegas, NV (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Bigelow and ULA team up to propose a B330 Habitat in Low Lunar Orbit
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
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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 18, 2017
ESA role in Europe's first all-electric telecom satellite
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
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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="">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
A solar-powered asteroid nursery at the orbit of Mars
Armagh UK (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
The planet Mars shares its orbit with a handful of small asteroids, the so-called Trojans. Among them, one finds a unique group, all moving in very similar orbits, suggesting that they originated from the same object. But the mechanism that produced this "family" has been a mystery. Now, an international team of astronomers believe they have identified the culprit: sunlight. Their findings ... more
Flagstaff, AZ (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Spinning comet rapidly slows down during close approach to Earth
Tucson AZ (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Earth's New Traveling Buddy Is an Asteroid, Not Space Junk
Provo, UT (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Number of Undiscovered Near-Earth Asteroids Revised Downward
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
Aegis completes series of air and missile defense tests during NATO exercise
Hebrides UK (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
The U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency, supported by Lockheed Martin has conducted a series of Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) tests in the Atlantic Ocean during Formidable Shield 2017 (FS-17) from Sept. 24 - Oct. 17, 2017. Naval forces from eight NATO nations participated in the exercise. Formidable Shield is designed to demonstrate and improve allied interoperability in an integrated a ... more
Sacramento CA (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion supports NATO Missile Defense Test
Washington (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
US to sell $15 bn THAAD missile defense to Saudi Arabia
Sydney (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Australia's new frigates to feature long-range missile defence system
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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
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
NASA team finds noxious ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan
(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
Long nanotubes make strong fibers
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
To make continuous, strong and conductive carbon nanotube fibers, it's best to start with long nanotubes, according to scientists at Rice University. The Rice lab of chemist and chemical engineer Matteo Pasquali, which demonstrated its pioneering method to spin carbon nanotube into fibers in 2013, has advanced the art of making nanotube-based materials with two new papers in the American C ... more
Atlanta GA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Paper-based supercapacitor uses metal nanoparticles to boost energy density
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
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
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
A single photon reveals quantum entanglement of 16 million atoms
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
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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
Sussex UK (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Liquid metal brings soft robotics a step closer
San Francisco (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Samsung's revamped Bixby takes on Amazon Alexa
Laguna Beach, United States (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Intel working with Facebook on chips for AI
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
Jacksonville FL (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Drone Aviation awarded contract for Enhanced WASP Tactical Aerostat from US Defense Dept
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
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