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November 18, 2017
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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 Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). MMX will visit the two Martian moons, Phobos and Deimos, land on the ... read more

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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
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Fracture swarms on Mars driven by ancient tectonics
Paris (ESA) Nov 16, 2017
ESA's Mars Express has imaged striking features on Mars were caused by the planet's crust stretching apart in response to ancient volcanic activity. The fractures in the Sirenum Fossae region ... more
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New partnership on Mars drone applications research
Mountain View CA (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
The Mars Institute, the SETI Institute, and FYBR Solutions Inc. (FYBR) are announcing a new partnership with the NASA Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) for the research and development of unmanned aerial ... more
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Powering up NASA's human reach for the Red Planet
Cleveland OH (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
NASA is pushing forward on testing a key energy source that could literally "empower" human crews on the Mars surface, energizing habitats and running on-the-spot processing equipment to transform R ... more
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Mars 2020 Mission performs first supersonic parachute test
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 15, 2017
Landing on Mars is difficult and not always successful. Well-designed advance testing helps. An ambitious NASA Mars rover mission set to launch in 2020 will rely on a special parachute to slow the s ... more
SPACEMART
Astronaut meets volcano
Paris (ESA) Nov 14, 2017
An expedition of astronauts, planetary scientists and engineers is off to Spain's Canary Island of Lanzarote to learn best how to explore uncharted planets. The training will equip space travellers ... more
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NASA Opens $2 Million Third Phase of 3D-Printed Habitat Competition
Huntsville AL (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Future missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond will require innovative options to shelter our explorers, and we won't be able to carry all of the materials with us from Earth. NASA's 3D-Printed Habita ... more
IRON AND ICE
Dawn Explores Ceres' Interior Evolution
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 10, 2017
Surface features on Ceres - the largest world between Mars and Jupiter - and its interior evolution have a closer relationship than one might think. A recent study, published in Geophysical Re ... more
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How long can microorganisms live on Mars
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
Researchers from Lomonosov MSU, Faculty of Soil Science, have studied the resistance microorganisms have against gamma radiation in very low temperatures. The results have been published in the Extr ... more
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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


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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 capabiliti ... more
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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
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In desert of Oman, a gateway to life on Mars
Dhofar, Oman (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
In sunglasses and jumpsuits, a crew of European test astronauts is laying the groundwork for a Mars simulation in the barren expanse of the Omani desert, a terrestrial mission intended to pave the way to the red planet. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Thruster for Mars mission breaks records
Ann Arbor NI (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
An advanced space engine in the running to propel humans to Mars has broken the records for operating current, power and thrust for a device of its kind, known as a Hall thruster. The developm ... more



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
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 02, 2017
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launches three satellites
Unlucky dinosaurs: Scientists say asteroid had 13 percent chance of triggering extinction
Washington (UPI) Nov 9, 2017
When an asteroid came barreling into Earth some 66 million years ago, it wasn't necessarily a guarantee that life on planet Earth would be drastically altered - that 75 percent of all plant and animal species, including the dinosaurs, would disappear. According to a new study published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports, there was just a 13 percent chance such a collision would ... more
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
Site of asteroid impact changed the history of life
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 10, 2017
Dawn Explores Ceres' Interior Evolution
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Return of the Comet: 96P Spotted by ESA, NASA Satellites
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
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
Ozone ups and downs
Paris (ESA) Nov 16, 2017
Climate scientists studying three decades of ozone measurements from seven satellites see a positive trend in global recovery thanks to international efforts to curb ozone-depleting substances. The part of Earth's atmosphere with high concentrations of ozone gas protects life on Earth from the Sun's ultraviolet radiation. However, pollutants can break down ozone, thinning this ozone layer ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 14, 2017
NASA readies for another JPSS-1 launch attempt
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Mapping functional diversity of forests with remote sensing
Guildford UK (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
SSTL to build UrtheDaily Constellation for UrtheCast
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SSL Selected to Conduct Power and Propulsion Study for NASA's Deep Space Gateway Concept
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
SSL reports it was selected by NASA to conduct a four-month study for a module that will provide power and control for NASA's deep space gateway concept. The contract award is a tangible demonstration of SSL leadership, experience, and commitment to space innovation. The gateway will be a human crew-tended spaceport in lunar orbit that functions as an access point to the Moon and deep spac ... more
Wallops Island, VA (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
NanoRacks launches Full External Cygnus Deployer on OA-8 to ISS
Houston TX (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Robotic arm reaches out and grapples Cygnus
New York NY (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
MDA Selects AdaCore's GNAT Pro Assurance Development Platform for ISS Software
Our Living Planet Shapes the Search for Life Beyond Earth
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 16, 2017
As a young scientist, Tony del Genio of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City met Clyde Tombaugh, the discoverer of Pluto. "I thought, 'Wow, this is a one-time opportunity,'" del Genio said. "I'll never meet anyone else who found a planet." That prediction was spectacularly wrong. In 1992, two scientists discovered the first planet around another star, or exopla ... more
Madison WI (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Images of strange solar system visitor peel away some of the mystery
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
NASA plans mission to study why planets lose their atmospheres
Paris (ESA) Nov 15, 2017
Closest temperate world orbiting quiet star discovered
Alpha Unmanned Systems teams with Sightec for image stabilization and object tracking.
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Alpha Unmanned Systems, manufacturer of the gasoline-powered helicopter UAV known as the Alpha 800, has signed a technology partnership with Sightec, an Israeli developer of pioneering video image stabilization and object detection software. "Sightec's on-board processing eliminates the shakiness caused by vibration on 1, 2 and 3 axes and makes the images recorded easier to analyze than ev ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 14, 2017
Leonardo delivers Falco EVO drones to Middle East
Dubai UAE (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Lockheed Martin Integrates New Engine for Fury Unmanned Air Vehicle
Washington (UPI) Nov 12, 2017
First operational MQ-4C Triton drone delivered to U.S. Navy
FIREBIRD II and NASA mission locate whistling space electrons' origins
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Scientists have long known that solar-energized particles trapped around the planet are sometimes scattered into Earth's upper atmosphere where they can contribute to beautiful auroral displays. Yet for decades, no one has known exactly what is responsible for hurling these energetic electrons on their way. Recently, two spacecraft found themselves at just the right places at the right tim ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Proposed NASA mission would investigate where space weather begins
Garching, Germany (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
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Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
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NASA launches next-generation weather satellite
Los Angeles (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
NASA on Saturday launched a next-generation satellite into space designed to monitor weather around the world and help improve forecasts. The satellite, called the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1), is a joint venture between the US space agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which provides weather reports and forecasts. The satellite was launch ... more
Miami (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
SpaceX postpones launch of secretive Zuma mission
Dubai (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
Baikonur for Russia, Kazakhstan offers UAE Baikonur for launches
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
The state of commercial spaceports in 2017
Neutron star with strong magnetic field may still launch jets
Amsterdam, Netherlands (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
An international team of astronomers led by the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) suspects that neutron stars with a strong magnetic field can still launch so-called jets. Since the 1980s, it was thought that strong magnetic fields inhibit the formation of these plasma streams. But observations with more advanced telescopes indicate jet-like radiation. The astronomers publish their findi ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Hitomi mission glimpses cosmic 'recipe' for the nearby universe
Moscow (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
How physicists turned Antarctica into particle detector
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
ALMA captures duo of titanic galaxies in extreme starbursting merger
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
HAWC collaboration sheds light on origin of anti-matter
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
A mountaintop observatory about four hours east of Mexico City, built and operated by an international team of scientists, has captured the first wide-angle view of gamma rays emanating from two rapidly spinning stars. The High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Gamma-Ray Observatory offers perspective on the very high energy light streaming from our stellar neighbors and casts serious doubt ... more
Scania, Sweden (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
The unbelievable speed of electron emission from an atom
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Electron backscatter diffraction yields microstructure insights
Madison WI (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Molecular magnetism packs power with 'messenger electron'
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UN to host first talks on use of 'killer robots'
Geneva (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
The United Nations is set to host the first-ever talks on the use of autonomous weapons, but those hoping for a ban on the machines dubbed killer robots will be disappointed, the ambassador leading the discussions said Friday. More than 100 artificial intelligence entrepreneurs led by Tesla's Elon Musk in August urged the UN to enforce a global ban on fully-automated weapons, echoing calls ... more
Beijing (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Cars and speakers: Baidu speeds up AI progress
Orlando FL (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
FORTIS K-SRD exoskeleton could help soldiers cover inclined terrain quickly
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Computer system finds 'recipes' for producing materials
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 02, 2017
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launches three satellites
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