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July 21, 2017
MARSDAILY
Panorama Above 'Perseverance Valley'



Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 21, 2017
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recorded a panoramic view before entering the upper end of a fluid-carved valley that descends the inner slope of a large crater's rim. The scene includes a broad notch in the crest of the crater's rim, which may have been a spillway where water or ice or wind flowed over the rim and into the crater. Wheel tracks visible in the area of the notch were left by Opportunity as the rover studied the ground there and took images into the valley below for use in ... read more

MARSDAILY
Hubble sees Martian moon orbiting the Red Planet
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
The sharp eye of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured the tiny moon Phobos during its orbital trek around Mars. Because the moon is so small, it appears star-like in the Hubble pictures. ... more
IRON AND ICE
Ancient, massive asteroid impact could explain Martian geological mysteries
Boulder CO (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
The origin and nature of Mars is mysterious. It has geologically distinct hemispheres, with smooth lowlands in the north and cratered, high-elevation terrain in the south. The red planet also has tw ... more
MARSDAILY
Sol 1756: Closing time
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 20, 2017
This week marked the last chance for us to reliably command Curiosity before she, and Mars, disappear behind the Sun for about three weeks. This made today's planning feel as if the Sun were setting ... more
MARSDAILY
For Moratorium on Sending Commands to Mars, Blame the Sun
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 17, 2017
This month, movements of the planets will put Mars almost directly behind the sun, from Earth's perspective, causing curtailed communications between Earth and Mars. NASA will refrain from sen ... more
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MARSDAILY
Tributes to wetter times on Mars
Paris (ESA) Jul 14, 2017
A dried-out river valley with numerous tributaries is seen in this recent view of the Red Planet captured by ESA's Mars Express. This section of the Libya Montes region, which sits on the equator a ... more
MARSDAILY
Opportunity will spend three weeks at current location due to Solar Conjunction
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 14, 2017
Opportunity is in "Perseverance Valley" on the west rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover has arrived at the location within the valley where she will spend the approximately three-week solar conjuncti ... more
MARSDAILY
Curiosity Mars Rover Begins Study of Ridge Destination
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 13, 2017
The car-size NASA rover on a Martian mountain, Curiosity, has begun its long-anticipated study of an iron-bearing ridge forming a distinctive layer on the mountain's slope. Since before Curios ... more
MARSDAILY
Space Race: NASA Faces Competition From SpaceX For First Mars Mission
Washington DC (Sputnik) Jul 18, 2017
Current budget constraints mean that NASA has had to revise its plans to reach Mars in the 2030s, but the target remains feasible with more funding, Professor John Logsdon of George Washington Unive ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Counting calories in space
Paris (ESA) Jul 10, 2017
Rockets and spacecraft may get us to Mars, but food must nourish us on the journey. Now researchers are using the International Space Station to look at how much food will be needed on a spacecraft ... more
DRAGON SPACE
Chinese Space Program: From Setback, to Manned Flights, to the Moon
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
The past decades have seen China making great progress, both economic and also in the field of space exploration. The construction of new space launch centers, ambitious lunar and Mars exploration p ... more


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IRON AND ICE
Pitted Materials in Craters Could Indicate Buried Ice on Asteroids
Tucson, AZ (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Pitted terrains inside fresh complex craters on Ceres are similar to terrains seen Mars and Vesta, and are likely formed through the rapid evaporation of subsurface H2O, a new paper by Planetary Sci ... more
MARSDAILY
Mars surface 'more uninhabitable' than thought: study
Paris (AFP) July 6, 2017
Hopes of finding life on Mars, at least on the surface, were dealt a blow Thursday by a study revealing that salt minerals present on the Red Planet kill bacteria. ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Magnetic memories of a metal world
Cambridge UK (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
4.5 billion years ago in the violent, high-speed environment of the early solar system, a protoplanet roughly the size of Mars was involved in a series of fierce collisions with other large planetar ... more
MARSDAILY
Mars Rover Opportunity continuing science campaign at Perseverance Valley
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 03, 2017
Opportunity is at the top of "Perseverance Valley" on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover is completing the remaining science as part of a walkabout campaign above Perseverance Valley before the ... more



Living in Deep Space: Lockheed Martin to Build Full-Scale Prototype of NASA Cislunar Habitat
Cape Canaveral FL (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Refurbishing a shuttle-era cargo container used to transfer cargo to the International Space Station, Lockheed Martin is prototyping a deep space habitat for NASA at Kennedy Space Center. This prototype will integrate evolving technologies to keep astronauts safe while onboard and operate the spacecraft autonomously when unoccupied. Under a public-private partnership, NASA recently awarded ... more
Paris (ESA) Jul 07, 2017
How to rescue a Moonwalker in need
Tokyo (Sputnik) Jun 29, 2017
Japanese Space Agency Proposes Plan to Send Astronauts to Moon
Tokyo (AFP) June 30, 2017
Japan reveals plans to put a man on moon by 2030
China develops sea launches to boost space commerce
Beijing (XNA) Jul 10, 2017
China has a clear plan to provide sea launches for commercial payloads to be carried by Long March rockets, according to an aerospace official. Tang Yagang, vice head of the aerospace division of the No.1 institute of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC), said that the technology is not difficult and a sea launch platform can be built based on modifying 10,000-ton ... more
Beijing (XNA) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese satellite Zhongxing-9A enters preset orbit
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese Space Program: From Setback, to Manned Flights, to the Moon
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese Rocket Fizzles Out, Puts Other Launches on Hold
Ancient, massive asteroid impact could explain Martian geological mysteries
Boulder CO (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
The origin and nature of Mars is mysterious. It has geologically distinct hemispheres, with smooth lowlands in the north and cratered, high-elevation terrain in the south. The red planet also has two small oddly-shaped oblong moons and a composition that sets it apart from that of the Earth. New research by University of Colorado Boulder professor Stephen Mojzsis outlines a likely cause fo ... more
Tucson, AZ (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Pitted Materials in Craters Could Indicate Buried Ice on Asteroids
Orlando FL (SPX) Jul 06, 2017
Bizarro comet challenging researchers
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
NASA'S First Asteroid Deflection Mission Enters Next Design Phase
NASA's New Horizons Team Strikes Gold in Argentina
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
A primitive solar system object that's more than four billion miles (6.5 billion kilometers) away passed in front of a distant star as seen from Earth. Just before midnight Eastern Time Sunday (12:50 a.m. local time July 17), several telescopes deployed by the New Horizons team in a remote part of Argentina were in precisely the right place at the right time to catch its fleeting shadow - an eve ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 13, 2017
Juno spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Laurel MD (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
New Horizons Video Soars over Pluto's Majestic Mountains and Icy Plains
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
New evidence in support of the Planet Nine hypothesis
Titan's calm lakes offer space probes a smooth landing
Washington (UPI) Jul 5, 2017
New research suggests the lakes on Saturn's moon Titan are especially calm. Satellite data studied and analyzed by researchers at the University of Texas revealed waves no taller than a single centimeter. The findings - detailed in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters - present Titan as an ideal place for future probe landings. "There's a lot of interest in one day s ... more
Hull UK (SPX) Jul 04, 2017
Methanol Points to Evolving Story of Enceladus's Plumes
Ithaca NY (SPX) Jun 01, 2017
In a Cosmic Hit-and-Run, Icy Saturn Moon May Have Flipped
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 31, 2017
Cassini Finds Saturn Moon May Have Tipped Over
Airbus built Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite ready for launch
Stevenage UK (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Europe's pollution monitoring satellite Sentinel-5 Precursor is ready to leave Airbus' Stevenage site for launch on a Rokot rocket from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia. Sentinel-5 Precursor is part of the global monitoring programme "Copernicus", a joint European Commission-ESA undertaking which aims to acquire continuous and accurate Earth observation data and provide services to improve the ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Nickel key to Earth's magnetic field, research shows
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
Great Plains to see more dust storms in second half of the 21st century
Wurzburg, Denmark (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
Quantum mechanics inside Earth's core
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In Gulf of Mexico, NASA Evaluates How Crew Will Exit Orion
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
When astronauts return to Earth from destinations beyond the moon in NASA's Orion spacecraft and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, they'll still need to safely get out of the spacecraft and back on dry land. Using the waters off the coast of Galveston, Texas, a NASA and Department of Defense team tested Orion exit procedures in a variety of scenarios July 10-14. During the crew egress testi ... more
Zhukovskiy (Sputnik) Jul 21, 2017
Space Tourist From Asian Country to Travel to ISS in 2019
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
NASA Awards Mission Systems Operations Contract
Centennial CO (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
ULA to launch Dream Chaser for cargo runs to ISS for Sierra Nevada
Eyes Wide Open for MASCARA Exoplanet Hunter
Garching, Germany (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
The MASCARA (Multi-site All-Sky CAmeRA) station at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile has achieved first light. This new facility will seek out transiting exoplanets as they pass in front of their bright parent stars and create a catalogue of targets for future exoplanet characterisation observations. In June 2016, ESO reached an agreement with Leiden University to site a station of MASCA ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2017
Ancient worm burrows offer insights into early 'ecosystem engineers'
Garching, Germany (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Molecular Outflow Launched Beyond Disk Around Young Star
Arecibo PR (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
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Leonardo DRS, Moog receive counter-UAS weapons contract
Washington (UPI) Jul 20, 2017
Leonardo DRS and Moog are partnering to develop a Counter-Unmanned Aerial System weapon platform under a $16 million U.S. Army contract, the companies announced earlier this week. The C-UAV will include Moog's Reconfigurable Integrated-weapons Platform turret. It will be mounted on the M-ATV armored vehicle to provide mobile protection against enemy UASs for ground troops. The co ... more
Singapore (AFP) July 19, 2017
Singapore offers Manila drones, urban warfare training
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2017
Explotrain develops drone-simulated IED training system
Washington (UPI) Jun 30, 2017
New Reaper drone variant performs first combat mission
NASA looks to solar eclipse to help understand Earth's energy system
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
It was midafternoon, but it was dark in an area in Boulder, Colorado on Aug. 3, 1998. A thick cloud appeared overhead and dimmed the land below for more than 30 minutes. Well-calibrated radiometers showed that there were very low levels of light reaching the ground, sufficiently low that researchers decided to simulate this interesting event with computer models. Now in 2017, inspired by the eve ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2017
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory sees sunspot turn toward Earth
Kiel, Germany (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Improved representation of solar variability in climate models
Hull UK (SPX) Jul 06, 2017
Musical Sun Reduces Range of Magnetic Activity
Elon Musk says successful maiden flight for Falcon Heavy unlikely
Washington (AFP) July 20, 2017
SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk has downplayed the chances of a successful inaugural flight for his Falcon Heavy space launch vehicle, admitting there is a "good chance it would not make it to orbit in its first launch." Development of the booster rocket, which is powered by 27 engines, has proven to be "way harder than the team initially thought," he told the International Space Station Re ... more
Zhukovskiy (Sputnik) Jul 21, 2017
Russia to Supply Largest Ever Number of Space Rocket Engines to US This Year
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jul 18, 2017
ISRO Develops Ship-Based Antenna System to Track Satellite Launches
Sacramento CA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne tests Advanced Electric Propulsion System
Ground-Breaking Ground-Based Images of Planets from Pro-Am Team
London, UK (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
The first observing run of a collaboration between amateur and professional astronomers to monitor our planetary neighbours has resulted in some of the best planetary images ever taken from the ground. The 'Pic-Net' project aims to use the one-metre diameter planetary telescope at the Pic du Midi Observatory in the French Pyrenees to monitor the meteorology of planets in our solar system, ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
Gamma-ray Telescopes Reveal a High-energy Trap in Our Galaxy's Center
Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2017
Study details early impacts that shaped the Milky Way
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
NASA Neutron star mission begins science operations
First look at gravitational dance that drives stellar formation
Hull UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Swirling motions in clouds of cold, dense gas have given, for the first time, an active insight into how gravity creates the compact cores from which stars form in the interstellar medium. The results will be presented, Thursday 6 July, by Gwen Williams at the National Astronomy Meeting at the University of Hull. Williams, of Cardiff University, explains: "We've known for some time that du ... more
Warwick UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Telescope for detecting optical signals from gravitational waves launched
Hannover, Germany (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
LISA Gravitational-Wave Observatory Selected as ESA L3 Mission
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Jun 29, 2017
Hints of Extra Dimensions in Gravitational Waves
Scientists reveal new connections between small particles and the vast universe
Hong Kong (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
Our observable universe is the largest object that physicists study: It spans a diameter of almost 100 billion light years. The density correlations in our universe, for example, correlations between numbers of galaxies at different parts of the universe, indicate that our vast universe has originated from a stage of cosmic inflation. On the other hand, elementary particles are the smalles ... more
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
Water makes the proton shake
London, UK (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Spiral arms allow school children to weigh black holes
Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2017
Quantum mechanical particles travel backwards, study confirms
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Rovers drive through Tenerife darkness
Paris (ESA) Jul 20, 2017
A pair of ESA rovers trundled around a Moon-like area of Tenerife by both day and night during a nine-day test campaign, gathering terabytes of data for follow-up analysis. A team from ESA's Planetary Robotics Laboratory, with a vehicle called the Heavy Duty Planetary Rover (HDPR), joined engineers from GMV in Spain employing a second ESA-owned rover and associated control systems called t ... more
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
A robot that grows
Hong Kong (AFP) July 12, 2017
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China develops sea launches to boost space commerce
Beijing (XNA) Jul 10, 2017
China has a clear plan to provide sea launches for commercial payloads to be carried by Long March rockets, according to an aerospace official. Tang Yagang, vice head of the aerospace division of the No.1 institute of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC), said that the technology is not difficult and a sea launch platform can be built based on modifying 10,000-ton ... more
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