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October 24, 2017
MARSDAILY
Mars Rover Mission Progresses Toward Resumed Drilling



Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 24, 2017
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity team is working to restore Curiosity's sample-drilling capability using new techniques. The latest development is a preparatory test on Mars. The five-year-old mission is still several months from the soonest possible resumption of drilling into Martian rocks. Managers are enthusiastic about successful Earth-based tests of techniques to work around a mechanical problem that appeared late last year and suspended use of the rover's drill. "We're steadily proceeding ... read more

TECH SPACE
Space Traffic Management
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
Those familiar with air traffic management architectures understand the constraints of aircraft flying in the atmosphere, vehicle dynamics and command and control techniques. Unfortunately, space tr ... more
TECH SPACE
Xenesis Licenses Cutting Edge IP from NASA/JPL
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
Xenesis.io has signed a formal License Agreement with NASA's Office of Technology Transfer, for the further development, manufacture and distribution of the World's first functional Free Space Optic ... more
IRON AND ICE
Asteroid Luca
Paris (ESA) Oct 24, 2017
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano has been on Earth since his mission to the International Space Station in 2013, but "Lucaparmitano" is now back in space thanks to an Italian astronomer. The Inter ... more
MARSDAILY
Mine craft for Mars
Paris (ESA) Oct 23, 2017
If there are habitable conditions on Mars, they may be underground. Scientists from around the world are now testing how to search for life in extreme environments by venturing a kilometre beneath t ... more
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MARSDAILY
Opportunity spends the week imaging Perseverance Valley
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 23, 2017
Opportunity is continuing her winter exploration of "Perseverance Valley" on the west rim of Endeavour Crater. Although winter conditions are constraining activity, rover energy production has ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Research demonstrates method to alter coherence of light
Providence RI (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Brown University researchers have demonstrated for the first time a method of substantially changing the spatial coherence of light. In a paper published in the journal Science Advances, the r ... more
ENERGY TECH
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
MOON DAILY
Potential human habitat located on Moon
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
A study published in Geophysical Research Letters confirms the existence of a large open lava tube in the Marius Hills region of the moon, which could be used to protect astronauts from hazardous co ... more
EXO WORLDS
From Comets Come Planets
Laurel MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Narrow dense rings of comets are coming together to form planets on the outskirts of at least three distant solar systems, astronomers have found in data from a pair of NASA telescopes. Estima ... more
ROBO SPACE
Liquid metal brings soft robotics a step closer
Sussex UK (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Scientists have invented a way to morph liquid metal into physical shapes. Researchers at the University of Sussex and Swansea University have applied electrical charges to manipulate liquid m ... more


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IRON AND ICE
Dawn Mission Extended at Ceres
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 20, 2017
NASA has authorized a second extension of the Dawn mission at Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. During this extension, the spacecraft will descend to lower alt ... more
MOON DAILY
Lunar lava tube could be used as a moon mission base
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
NASA and other agencies have long considered establishing an outpost on the lunar surface - a moon base. Now, scientists at Purdue University may have found the perfect place for it. ... more
EXO WORLDS
New NASA study improves search for habitable worlds
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
New NASA research is helping to refine our understanding of candidate planets beyond our solar system that might support life. "Using a model that more realistically simulates atmospheric conditions ... more
MOON DAILY
Human presence in Lunar orbit one step closer with successful RS-25 engine test
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne has test-fired its RS-25 engine, E2063, for 500 seconds at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. This is the second RS-25 engine Aerojet Rocketdyne has tested for NASA's sec ... more



MAVEN finds Mars has a twisted tail
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Mars has an invisible magnetic "tail" that is twisted by interaction with the solar wind, according to new research using data from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft. NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) spacecraft is in orbit around Mars gathering data on how the Red Planet lost much of its atmosphere and water, transforming from a world that could have supported life billi ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 24, 2017
Mars Rover Mission Progresses Toward Resumed Drilling
Paris (ESA) Oct 23, 2017
Mine craft for Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 23, 2017
Opportunity spends the week imaging Perseverance Valley
Human presence in Lunar orbit one step closer with successful RS-25 engine test
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne has test-fired its RS-25 engine, E2063, for 500 seconds at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. This is the second RS-25 engine Aerojet Rocketdyne has tested for NASA's second Exploration Mission (EM-2). EM-2 will be the first mission to launch astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft with the Exploration Upper Stage (EUS) on top of the Space Launch System (SLS). ... more
Huntsville AL (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
NASA research suggests significant atmosphere in lunar past and possible source of water on Moon
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
Lunar lava tube could be used as a moon mission base
Paris (ESA) Oct 20, 2017
Temperature of Lunar Flashes Measured for the First Time
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
New NASA study improves search for habitable worlds
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
New NASA research is helping to refine our understanding of candidate planets beyond our solar system that might support life. "Using a model that more realistically simulates atmospheric conditions, we discovered a new process that controls the habitability of exoplanets and will guide us in identifying candidates for further study," said Yuka Fujii of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies ... more
Laurel MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
From Comets Come Planets
New York NY (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
A star that devoured its own planets
Exeter UK (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
Astronomers find potential solution into how planets form
NASA awards launch contracts for Landsat 9 and Sentinel-6A
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC (ULS) of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for the Landsat 9 mission. The mission is currently targeted for a contract launch date of June 2021, while protecting for the ability to launch as early as December 2020, on an Atlas V 401 rocket from Space Launch Complex 3E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The total cost for ... more
Washington DC (Sputnik) Oct 23, 2017
It's a success! Blue Origin conducts first hot-fire test of BE-4 engine
Paris (ESA) Oct 18, 2017
ESA role in Europe's first all-electric telecom satellite
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Lockheed Martin Launches Second Cycle of 'Girls' Rocketry Challenge' in Japan
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Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Jing Haipeng, the first Chinese astronaut to go into space three times, has voiced his desire to go into space again as a further demonstration of his loyalty to the Communist Party of China (CPC). "I'm eager to go to space again, be a pioneer in the battle one more time," said the 51-year-old major general and delegate to the ongoing 19th National Congress of the CPC. "Let the vastn ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launches three satellites
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
Asteroid Luca
Paris (ESA) Oct 24, 2017
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano has been on Earth since his mission to the International Space Station in 2013, but "Lucaparmitano" is now back in space thanks to an Italian astronomer. The International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Centre has confirmed a new name for an asteroid formerly known merely as 1993 TD: (37627) Lucaparmitano. The asteroid was discovered in 1993 by Italian ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Orionid meteor shower to peak this weekend
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 20, 2017
Dawn Mission Extended at Ceres
Perth, Australia (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Samples brought back from asteroid reveal 'rubble pile' had a violent past
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
Lockheed Martin to develop missile defense tools under DoD deal
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Lockheed Martin will develop lower-tier air and missile defense sensor prototypes under a Department of Defense contract. The award is from the Department's Ordnance Technology Consortium, an initiative to facilitate collaboration between the government, industry and academia for technology development. Lockheed Martin did not disclose the contract's value in a release Thursday. ... more
Syracuse NY (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Lockheed Martin missile defense sensor technology receives prototyping contract
Washington (UPI) Oct 23, 2017
South Korea takes control of THAAD missile defense system
Washington (UPI) Oct 23, 2017
Raytheon's SM-3 intercepts medium-range target during NATO exercise
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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 the complex chemistry occurring in Titan's atmosphere - in this case, cloud formation in the giant moon's stratosphere - and part of a collection of processes that ultimately helps deliver a smorgasbor ... more
(UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Saturn's A ring contained by not one, but seven moons
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 17, 2017
Reconstructing Cassini's Plunge into Saturn
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
NASA Challenges Students to Design Microgravity Experiments
Cleveland OH (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
Do you have what it takes to think like a scientist? Well, put on your lab coats and thinking caps because NASA is challenging U.S. high school students to participate in research related to the International Space Station as part of its 2018 Drop Tower Challenge. Students are asked to design and build objects that sink in water in normal gravity, but will be expelled as far as possible fr ... more
Rochester NY (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
A new era of multi-messenger astronomy with LIGO discovery
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
Proton and antiproton share fundamental properties
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
The search goes on. No difference in protons and antiprotons have yet been found which would help to potentially explain the existence of matter in our universe. However, physicists in the BASE collaboration at the CERN research center have been able to measure the magnetic force of antiprotons with almost unbelievable precision. Nevertheless, the data do not provide any information about ... more
Swansea UK (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Swansea University's physicists develop a new quantum simulation protocol
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
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Liquid metal brings soft robotics a step closer
Sussex UK (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Scientists have invented a way to morph liquid metal into physical shapes. Researchers at the University of Sussex and Swansea University have applied electrical charges to manipulate liquid metal into 2D shapes such as letters and a heart. The team says the findings represent an "extremely promising" new class of materials that can be programmed to seamlessly change shape. This open ... more
Paris (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Self-taught, 'superhuman' AI now even smarter: makers
San Francisco (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Samsung's revamped Bixby takes on Amazon Alexa
Singapore (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Emma the robot masseuse gets to work in Singapore
Boeing invests in autonomous flight technology company
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Boeing has invested in Near Earth Autonomy, a company developing a portfolio of technologies for reliable automatic flight. The U.S. airline manufacturing giant and the Pittsburgh-based company also teamed to look into business opportunities in emerging markets, Boeing said in a news release Thursday. "This partnership will accelerate technology solutions that we feel will be key ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
GA-ASI in cooperative agreements with South Korean entities
Jacksonville FL (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Drone Aviation awarded contract for Enhanced WASP Tactical Aerostat from US Defense Dept
Peshawar, Pakistan (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Death toll from US drone strike in Pakistan rises to 26: officials
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