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November 21, 2017
EXO WORLDS
Space dust may transport life between worlds, research suggests



Edinburgh UK (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Life on our planet might have originated from biological particles brought to Earth in streams of space dust, a study suggests. Fast-moving flows of interplanetary dust that continually bombard our planet's atmosphere could deliver tiny organisms from far-off worlds, or send Earth-based organisms to other planets, according to the research. The dust streams could collide with biological particles in Earth's atmosphere with enough energy to knock them into space, a scientist has suggested. ... read more

MARSDAILY
Recurring Martian Streaks: Flowing Sand, Not Water?
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 21, 2017
Dark features on Mars previously considered evidence for subsurface flowing of water are interpreted by new research as granular flows, where grains of sand and dust slip downhill to make dark strea ... more
ROBO SPACE
Calls mount for action on 'killer robots' after UN talks
Geneva (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
"Robots are not taking over the world", the diplomat leading the first official talks on autonomous weapons assured Friday, seeking to ease criticism over slow progress towards restricting the use of so-called "killer robots". ... more
IRON AND ICE
Russian Astronomers Show Big Asteroid Approaching the Earth
Kaliningrad (Sputnik) Nov 20, 2017
The astronomer community at Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University used its own Astro-Model simulation environment to produce a virtual image of object 3200 Phaethon approaching the Earth, plus the ... more
EXO WORLDS
Familiar-Looking Messenger from Another Solar System
Tucson AZ (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
The visit of the interstellar interloper 1I/2017 U1, recently spotted streaking through the solar system, gives the people of Earth their first chance to study up close an object from another planet ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Developing the ABCs for exploiting new phenomena in light-matter interactions
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
A unique class of engineered light-manipulating materials, known as metamaterials or structured materials, makes use of patterns of strongly interacting wavelength or sub-wavelength-sized elements. ... more
ROBO SPACE
New Challenges Await Competitors in NASA's 25th Annual Human Exploration Rover Challenge
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Six minutes of air, 14 obstacles and five mission tasks lay ahead of the intrepid explorers. Decisions on which obstacles and tasks to complete and which to bypass must be made by them and their tea ... more
MARSDAILY
From Hannover around the world and to the Mars: LZH delivers laser for ExoMars 2020
Hannover, Germany (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
In three years, the rocket of the European-Russian ExoMars 2020 mission shall start its nine-month journey to Mars, together with a rover and surface platform. The flight model of the MOMA laser has ... more
IRON AND ICE
ESO observations show first interstellar asteroid is like nothing seen before
Munich, Germany (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
On Oct. 19, 2017, the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawai`i picked up a faint point of light moving across the sky. It initially looked like a typical fast-moving small asteroid, but additional observat ... more
MARSDAILY
Winds Blow Dust off the Solar Panels Improving Energy Levels
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 20, 2017
Opportunity is continuing her winter exploration of Perseverance Valley on the west rim of the Noachian-aged Endeavour Crater. Although the depth of the winter solstice is still a week or more ... more
EXO WORLDS
Lava or Not, Exoplanet 55 Cancri e Likely to have Atmosphere
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 20, 2017
Twice as big as Earth, the super-Earth 55 Cancri e was thought to have lava flows on its surface. The planet is so close to its star, the same side of the planet always faces the star, such that the ... more


Images of strange solar system visitor peel away some of the mystery

MARSDAILY
NASA Selects Instrument for Future International Mission to Martian Moons
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
NASA has selected a science instrument for an upcoming Japan-led sample return mission to the moons of Mars planned for launch in 2024. The instrument, a sophisticated neutron and gamma-ray spectrog ... more
OUTER PLANETS
Pluto's hydrocarbon haze keeps dwarf planet colder than expected
Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
The gas composition of a planet's atmosphere generally determines how much heat gets trapped in the atmosphere. For the dwarf planet Pluto, however, the predicted temperature based on the compositio ... more
EXO WORLDS
Closest temperate world orbiting quiet star discovered
Paris (ESA) Nov 15, 2017
A temperate Earth-sized planet has been discovered only 11 light-years from the Solar System by a team using ESO's unique planet-hunting HARPS instrument. The new world has the designation Ross 128 ... more
MARSDAILY
Russia's Roscosmos may take part in creation of 'Martian Town' in Dubai
Dubai (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
The United Arab Emirates are planning to create "Mars Scientific City," an ambitious project that would simulate the conditions of life on Mars. Russia's space corporation Roscosmos will consu ... more



NASA Selects Instrument for Future International Mission to Martian Moons
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
NASA has selected a science instrument for an upcoming Japan-led sample return mission to the moons of Mars planned for launch in 2024. The instrument, a sophisticated neutron and gamma-ray spectrograph, will help scientists resolve one of the most enduring mysteries of the Red Planet - when and how the small moons formed. The Mars Moons eXploration (MMX) mission is in development by the J ... more
Paris (ESA) Nov 16, 2017
Fracture swarms on Mars driven by ancient tectonics
Mountain View CA (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
New partnership on Mars drone applications research
Dubai (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
Russia's Roscosmos may take part in creation of 'Martian Town' in Dubai
Russia tests new spaceship set to deliver people, cargo to moon
Moscow (Sputnik) Nov 15, 2017
Russia has successfully tested a simulator of the spaceship, with the objective of reaching the moon. The experiment's goal was to create conditions similar to those encountered by a mixed crew during a long autonomous interplanetary flight. Three of the six crew members of the SIRIUS project (an experiment simulating a flight to the moon) successfully carried out the first tests of the si ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
NASA Team Studies CubeSat Mission to Measure Water on the Moon
Bristol UK (The Conversation) Nov 10, 2017
China and the US are both shooting for the moon
Moscow (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Russia locks up six for Moon flight simulation
Pluto's hydrocarbon haze keeps dwarf planet colder than expected
Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
The gas composition of a planet's atmosphere generally determines how much heat gets trapped in the atmosphere. For the dwarf planet Pluto, however, the predicted temperature based on the composition of its atmosphere was much higher than actual measurements taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft in 2015. A new study published November 16 in Nature proposes a novel cooling mechanism contr ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
Jupiter's Stunning Southern Hemisphere
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
Watching Jupiter's multiple pulsating X-ray Aurora
Mountain View CA (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
Help Nickname New Horizons' Next Flyby Target
Images of strange solar system visitor peel away some of the mystery
Madison WI (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
A strange visitor, either asteroid or comet, zipping through our solar system at a high rate of speed is giving astronomers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to examine up close an object from somewhere else in our galaxy. "It's a really rare object," explains Ralf Kotulla, a University of Wisconsin-Madison astronomer who, with colleagues from UCLA and the National Optical Astronomy Obser ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 20, 2017
Lava or Not, Exoplanet 55 Cancri e Likely to have Atmosphere
Tucson AZ (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Familiar-Looking Messenger from Another Solar System
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Space dust may transport life between worlds, research suggests
Aerojet Rocketdyne supports ULA Delta II launch of JPSS-1
Sacramento CA (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc., a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), helped propel the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, carrying the Ball Aerospace-built JPSS-1 satellite, the first of the new JPSS (Joint Polar Satellite System) constellation, into orbit for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA. The mission will provide sophisticate ... more
Miami (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
SpaceX postpones launch of secretive Zuma mission
New Delhi (Sputnik) Nov 20, 2017
Old Rivals India, China Nurture New Rivalry in Satellite Launch Business
Los Angeles (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
NASA launches next-generation weather satellite
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China plans first sea based launch by 2018
Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
China is expected to complete its first sea launch for commercial payloads in 2018, said Yang Baohua, vice general manager of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC). Yang made the remarks at an annual academic conference on space science held from November 1 to 2 in Beijing. The service will also be provided in other regions in addition to its four major sites in Jiuqu ... more
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
Russian Astronomers Show Big Asteroid Approaching the Earth
Kaliningrad (Sputnik) Nov 20, 2017
The astronomer community at Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University used its own Astro-Model simulation environment to produce a virtual image of object 3200 Phaethon approaching the Earth, plus the expected Geminids meteor shower. December 17, 2017 will see an interesting astronomic event in the form of object 3200 Phaethon approaching our planet. This is a fairly large asteroid nearly 5 ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
ESO observations show first interstellar asteroid is like nothing seen before
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
First observed interstellar visitor dazzles scientists
Washington (UPI) Nov 9, 2017
Unlucky dinosaurs: Scientists say asteroid had 13 percent chance of triggering extinction
Lockheed Martin to develop compact airborne high energy laser capabilities
Bothell WA (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
The US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) has awarded Lockheed Martin $26.3 million for the design, development and production of a high power fiber laser. AFRL plans to test the laser on a tactical fighter jet by 2021. The contract is part of AFRL's Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) program, and is a major step forward in the maturation of protective airborne laser systems. ... more
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Lockheed Martin developing technology to intercept missile threats with Directed Energy
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
US Scrambles to Assemble Space-Based Missile Defense System
Washington DC (Sputnik) Nov 20, 2017
The latest version of the US' fiscal year 2018 appropriations bill designates more funding to a space-based ballistic missile defense (BMD) capability, according to a new report. Lawmakers envision developing a space-based sensor layer to detect incoming intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) as well as an interceptor to neutralize threats, C4ISRNet reported November 16. The intercept ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 8, 2017
Boeing meets 2017 ballistic missile defense installation goal early
Stockholm (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Sweden picks US Patriot missile system over European rival
Riyadh (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Missile from Yemen intercepted near Riyadh airport
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Heating ocean moon Enceladus for billions of years
Paris (ESA) Nov 08, 2017
Enough heat to power hydrothermal activity inside Saturn's ocean moon Enceladus for billions of years could be generated through tidal friction if the moon has a highly porous core, a new study finds, working in favour of the moon as a potentially habitable world. A paper published in Nature Astronomy presents the first concept that explains the key characteristics of 500 km-diameter Encel ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 07, 2017
Powering Saturn's Active Ocean Moon
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
ASA Advances Instrument to Study the Plumes of Enceladus
Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
Saturn's Radiation Belts: A Stranger to the Solar Wind
Manganese dioxide shows potential in micromotors
Joensuu, Finland (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Manganese dioxide could make the preparation of micromotors increasingly cost-effective, opening up new avenues for their use, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. Synthetic micromotors are tiny particles with dimensions less than the diameter of a human hair. Micromotors can undergo an autonomous motion in liquid environments, which can be driven by various mea ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Promising sensors for submarines, mines and spacecraft
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Better, bolder printing with silicon nanostructures
Beijing, China (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Practical superconducting nanowire single photon detector highly efficient
Listening for gravitational waves using pulsars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 15, 2017
One of the most spectacular achievements in physics so far this century has been the observation of gravitational waves, ripples in space-time that result from masses accelerating in space. So far, there have been five detections of gravitational waves, thanks to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and, more recently, the European Virgo gravitational-wave detecto ... more
New York NY (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Gravity waves from merging supermassive black holes will be found soon
Yekaterinburg, Russia (SPX) Oct 27, 2017
Russian scientists have found flaws in popular theories of gravity
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 30, 2017
Prolific Earth Gravity Satellites End Science Mission
Electron backscatter diffraction yields microstructure insights
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
High-efficiency electric motors with tailored speed-torques, determined by their magnetic components, are essential for sustainable, successful electric automobile drive concepts. Soft magnetic core engineering plays a key role in these motors, where the main soft magnetic materials used today are electrical steels. But for higher-frequency applications, soft magnetic composites (SMCs) are also ... more
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
'Ion billiards' cue novel material synthesis method
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
HAWC collaboration sheds light on origin of anti-matter
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
What is the computational power of the universe?
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Calls mount for action on 'killer robots' after UN talks
Geneva (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
"Robots are not taking over the world", the diplomat leading the first official talks on autonomous weapons assured Friday, seeking to ease criticism over slow progress towards restricting the use of so-called "killer robots". The United Nations was wrapping up an initial five days of discussions on weapons systems that can identify and destroy targets without human control, which experts s ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
New Challenges Await Competitors in NASA's 25th Annual Human Exploration Rover Challenge
Beijing (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Cars and speakers: Baidu speeds up AI progress
San Diego CA (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Speedy collision detector could make robots better human assistants
Pentagon steps up Somalia drone strikes
Washington (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
The US military has quietly upped the tempo of its operations in Somalia, conducting a growing number of drone strikes against Al-Qaeda affiliated Shabaab militants and other jihadists. Since the start of the year, America has carried out 28 drone strikes in the Horn of Africa nation, with 15 of these coming since September 1, the military's Africa Command (AFRICOM) said. That's a big in ... more
Dubai UAE (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Lockheed Martin Integrates New Engine for Fury Unmanned Air Vehicle
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Alpha Unmanned Systems teams with Sightec for image stabilization and object tracking.
Washington (UPI) Nov 14, 2017
Leonardo delivers Falco EVO drones to Middle East
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