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November 05, 2017
IRON AND ICE
Astronomers Complete First International Asteroid Tracking Exercise



Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 06, 2017
An international team of astronomers led by NASA scientists successfully completed the first global exercise using a real asteroid to test global response capabilities. Planning for the so-called "TC4 Observation Campaign" started in April, under the sponsorship of NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office. The exercise commenced in earnest in late July, when the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope recovered the asteroid. The finale was a close approach to Earth in mid-October. ... read more

MARSDAILY
Opportunity Does a Wheelie and is Back on Solid Footing
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 06, 2017
Opportunity is continuing her winter exploration of "Perseverance Valley" on the west rim of the Noachian-aged Endeavour Crater. The rover is investigating a site where there is evidence of sc ... more
MARSDAILY
Insight will carry over two million names to Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 06, 2017
Last month, NASA invited members of the public to send their names to Mars. And the public responded loud and clear. More than 1.6 million people signed up to have their names etched on a micr ... more
TIME AND SPACE
A bit of a 'quantum magic trick'
St. Louis MO (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
An accurate analog clock tick-tick-ticks with a constant precision and well known frequency: one tick per second. The longer you let it tick, the better to test its accuracy --10 times as long corre ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
A strange new world of light
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
There's nothing new thing under the sun - except maybe light itself. Over the last decade, applied physicists have developed nanostructured materials that can produce completely new states of light ... more
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ASA Advances Instrument to Study the Plumes of Enceladus
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
NASA scientists and engineers have conceived and plan to build an ambitious submillimeter-wave or radio instrument to study the composition of geysers spewing water vapor and icy particles from the ... more
OUTER PLANETS
Juno Aces 8th Science Pass of Jupiter, Names New Project Manager
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 03, 2017
Data returned Tuesday, Oct. 31, indicate that NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully completed its eighth science flyby over Jupiter's mysterious cloud tops on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The confirmation was de ... more
IRON AND ICE
Hubble Sees Nearby Asteroids Photobombing Distant Galaxies
Baltimore MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Like rude relatives who jump in front of your vacation snapshots of landscapes, some of our solar system's asteroids have photobombed deep images of the universe taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telesco ... more
EXO WORLDS
Atmospheric beacons guide NASA scientists in search for life
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Some exoplanets shine brighter than others in the search for life beyond the solar system. New NASA research proposes a novel approach to sniffing out exoplanet atmospheres. It takes advantage of fr ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Study unveils changes in the brain during extended missions in space
Charleston SC (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
It's been 55 years since NASA astronaut John Glenn successfully launched into space to complete three orbits aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury spacecraft, becoming the first American to orbit the Eart ... more
EXO WORLDS
Evolutionary theory suggests aliens might not look all that alien
Washington (UPI) Nov 1, 2017
On TV and in the movies, aliens have been imagined a variety of strange forms - slimy, green, reptilian, insect-like, big-headed. ... more


Martian Ridge Brings Out Rover's Color Talents

EXO WORLDS
Overlooked Treasure: The First Evidence of Exoplanets
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 02, 2017
Beneath an elegant office building with a Spanish-style red tiled roof in Pasadena, California, three timeworn storerooms safeguard more than a century of astronomy. Down the stairs and to the right ... more
MARSDAILY
Next Mars Rover Will Have 23 'Eyes'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 01, 2017
When NASA's Mars Pathfinder touched down in 1997, it had five cameras: two on a mast that popped up from the lander, and three on NASA's first rover, Sojourner. Since then, camera technology h ... more
EXO WORLDS
'Monster' planet discovery challenges formation theory
London, UK (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
A giant planet, which should not exist according to planet formation theory, has been discovered around a distant star. The new research is presented in a paper recently accepted for publication in ... more
TECH SPACE
Cheyenne Mountain sees better satellite picture
Hanscom AFB MA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Upgraded Early Warning Radars now provide data on man-made space-based objects without delay, thanks to efforts of Air Force Life Cycle Management Center personnel at Peterson Air Force Base, Colora ... more



Martian Ridge Brings Out Rover's Color Talents
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 02, 2017
Color-discerning capabilities that NASA's Curiosity rover has been using on Mars since 2012 are proving particularly helpful on a mountainside ridge the rover is now climbing. These capabilities go beyond the thousands of full-color images Curiosity takes every year: The rover can look at Mars with special filters helpful for identifying some minerals, and also with a spectrometer that sor ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 06, 2017
Insight will carry over two million names to Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 06, 2017
Opportunity Does a Wheelie and is Back on Solid Footing
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 01, 2017
Next Mars Rover Will Have 23 'Eyes'
Low-cost clocks for landing on the Moon
Paris (ESA) Oct 27, 2017
A European clock accurate to a trillionth of a second is set to be used on satellites and missions to the Moon. The ultra-precise time-keeper was conceived by a small company in Latvia, and ESA has recognised its potential for space. "We are the Ferrari of timers with the components of a tractor," says Nikolai Adamovitch of Eventech. "We provide extreme timing accuracy using re ... more
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Human presence in Lunar orbit one step closer with successful RS-25 engine test
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
Juno Aces 8th Science Pass of Jupiter, Names New Project Manager
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 03, 2017
Data returned Tuesday, Oct. 31, indicate that NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully completed its eighth science flyby over Jupiter's mysterious cloud tops on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The confirmation was delayed by several days due to solar conjunction at Jupiter, which affected communications during the days prior to and after the flyby. Solar conjunction is the period when the path of communicat ... more
London UK (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
Jupiter's X-ray auroras pulse independently
Granada, Spain (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
Haumea, the most peculiar of Pluto companions, has a ring around it
Garching, Germany (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Ring around a dwarf planet detected
Evolutionary theory suggests aliens might not look all that alien
Washington (UPI) Nov 1, 2017
On TV and in the movies, aliens have been imagined a variety of strange forms - slimy, green, reptilian, insect-like, big-headed. But new research suggests alien life forms wouldn't necessarily be exotic or especially strange. Aliens might, in fact, look familiar. Some might even look like us. Of course, artists and directors have to use their imagination. If there is alien life ... more
London, UK (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
'Monster' planet discovery challenges formation theory
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Atmospheric beacons guide NASA scientists in search for life
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 02, 2017
Overlooked Treasure: The First Evidence of Exoplanets
Russia embezzlement probe at rocket firm Soyuz
Moscow (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Russian authorities said Friday they had launched an inquiry into alleged embezzlement at the Progress factory which develops Soyuz rockets for the country's space industry. "Two investigations into abuse of power have been opened" into officials at the factory in the southern central city of Samara around 1,000 km (625 miles) southeast of Moscow, authorities said, investing allegations 5.8 ... more
Anchorage AK (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Alaska Aerospace Launches Aurora Launch Services Company
Paris (ESA) Nov 03, 2017
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Cleveland OH (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
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China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China plans to launch its reusable spacecraft in 2020, according to a statement from China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation Tuesday. Unlike traditional one-off spacecraft, the new spacecraft will fly into the sky like an aircraft, said Chen Hongbo, a researcher from the corporation. The spacecraft can transport people or payload into the orbit and return to Earth. C ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
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
Hubble Sees Nearby Asteroids Photobombing Distant Galaxies
Baltimore MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Like rude relatives who jump in front of your vacation snapshots of landscapes, some of our solar system's asteroids have photobombed deep images of the universe taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. These asteroids reside, on average, only about 160 million miles from Earth - right around the corner in astronomical terms. Yet they've horned their way into this picture of thousands of ga ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 06, 2017
Astronomers Complete First International Asteroid Tracking Exercise
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
Dinosaur-killing asteroid impact cooled Earth's climate more than previously thought
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Return of the Comet: 96P Spotted by ESA, NASA Satellites
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
Missile from Yemen intercepted near Riyadh airport
Riyadh (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Saudi Arabia on Saturday intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile near Riyadh's international airport after it was launched from conflict-torn Yemen, in an escalation of the kingdom's war against Iran-backed Huthi rebels. The missile attack was the first aimed by the Shiite rebels at the heart of the Saudi capital, underscoring the growing threat posed by the raging conflict in Yemen. ... more
Moscow (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Russia conducts ballistic missile tests
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Report: Japan eyeing SM-6 missiles for defense program
Syracuse NY (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Lockheed Martin missile defense sensor technology receives prototyping contract
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ASA Advances Instrument to Study the Plumes of Enceladus
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
NASA scientists and engineers have conceived and plan to build an ambitious submillimeter-wave or radio instrument to study the composition of geysers spewing water vapor and icy particles from the south pole of Saturn's small moon, Enceladus. The team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, recently received support to advance technologies needed for the Submillimete ... more
Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
Saturn's Radiation Belts: A Stranger to the Solar Wind
Ithaca NY (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
To keep Saturn's A ring contained, its moons stand united
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
NASA team finds noxious ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan
Researchers reveal the effect of nano-diamond on magnetorheological fluids
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
Chinese researchers have found that nano-diamond has significant impact on the performance of magnetorheological fluids (MRFs). The shear yield strength and settling stability of the MRFs were found to have potential to be highly enhanced through the process. The higher the strength of the magnetic field, the higher the difference in the shear yield strength. In order to analyze the effect ... more
Providence RI (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
Researchers show how nanoscale patterning can decrease metal fatigue
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Metal-silicone microstructures could enable new flexible optical and electrical devices
Tomsk, Russia (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Gold nanoantennas help in creation of more powerful nanoelectronics
Russian scientists have found flaws in popular theories of gravity
Yekaterinburg, Russia (SPX) Oct 27, 2017
Taking black holes (as a real object) as a test material, scientists from the Ural Federal university (UrFU, Yekaterinburg) found out that a popular theory of gravity which had seemed to work perfectly at the cosmological level (a subclass of Horndeski theory) is hardly applicable to the real world. They presented their study in the Classical and Quantum Gravity journal. At the moment, acc ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 30, 2017
Prolific Earth Gravity Satellites End Science Mission
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Supercomputers help Los Alamos team interpret LIGO findings
Cleveland OH (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
NASA Challenges Students to Design Microgravity Experiments
Quantum dots visualize tiny vibrational resonances
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
In the late 18th century, Ernst Chladni, a scientist and musician, discovered that the vibrations of a rigid plate could be visualized by covering it with a thin layer of sand and drawing a bow across its edge. With the bow movement, the sand bounces and shifts, collecting along the nodal lines of the vibration. Chladni's discovery of these patterns earned him the nickname, "father of acou ... more
Southampton UK (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
Scientists penetrate mystery of raging black hole beams
Tomsk, Russia (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Physicists: The wave properties of particles can manifest in collisions
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
Minor merger kicks supermassive black hole into high gear
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Researchers unveil tool to debug 'black box' deep learning algorithms
New York NY (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Computers can now beat humans at chess and Go, but it may be a while before people trust their driving. The danger of self-driving cars was highlighted last year when Tesla's autonomous car collided with a truck it mistook for a cloud, killing its passenger. Self-driving cars depend on a form of machine learning called deep learning. Modeled after the human brain, layers of artificial neur ... more
Pasadena CA (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Physics boosts artificial intelligence methods
Sussex UK (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Liquid metal brings soft robotics a step closer
Laguna Beach, United States (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Intel working with Facebook on chips for AI
Niger to let US forces arm drones in counter-terrorism fight
Niamey (AFP) Nov 4, 2017
Niger will allow US forces stationed in the country to arm the drones being used to track jihadists, having previously allowed their use only for surveillance, the government said Saturday. The decision comes a month after jihadists ambushed a joint US-Niger patrol in a volatile area near the border with Mali, killing four American soldiers and four Nigerien troops. But Defence Minister ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
Insitu awarded $9.2M for parts, sustainment of RQ-21A
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
New RoboBee flies, dives, swims and explodes out the of water
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Boeing invests in autonomous flight technology company
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