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September 23, 2017
Hope to discover sure signs of life on Mars

Lawrence KS (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
The search for biology on neighbor planet Mars won't play out like a Hollywood movie starring little green men. Rather, many scientists agree if there was life on the Red Planet, it probably will present itself as fossilized bacteria. To find it, astrobiologists likely will need to decode the chemical analysis of rock samples performed by a rover (like the one NASA plans to send to Mars in 2020). Only then might humankind know conclusively that life exists beyond Earth. A new paper in the journal ... read more

Exploring 'Perseverance Valley' During Winter
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 21, 2017
Opportunity is continuing the winter exploration of "Perseverance Valley" on the west rim of Endeavour Crater. Winter is constraining the available energy, so the project has to rover hop (dri ... more
More evidence of water on Mars
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
River deposits exist across the surface of Mars and record a surface environment from over 3.5 billion years ago that was able to support liquid water at the surface. A region of Mars named Aeolis D ... more
Work on China's mission to Mars 'well underway'
Beijing (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
China's programme to launch a mission to Mars in 2020 is "well underway", its top planner said Wednesday as the country moves forward with its ambitious space programme. ... more
Six emerge from 8-mo Mars experiment in Hawaii dome
Miami (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Six people have emerged from an isolated dome in Hawaii where they spent the past eight months on a mock Mars mission, living in close quarters, eating dried foods and trying to get along. ... more
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Ice mined on Mars could provide water for humans exploring space
Sydney, Australia (The Conversation) Sep 19, 2017
As humans spread out across the Earth, the locations of new colonies were driven by the accessibility of resources: not only food and water, but also arable land, forests and minerals. Access ... more
Splashdown! Crashing into Martian mud
Paris (ESA) Sep 19, 2017
An impactor smashing into an ice-rich surface gave rise to the complex flow features around this ancient crater on Mars. Impacts of comets and asteroids have shaped the surfaces of rocky planets and ... more
New Gravity Map Suggests Mars Has a Porous Crust
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
NASA scientists have found evidence that Mars' crust is not as dense as previously thought, a clue that could help researchers better understand the Red Planet's interior structure and evolution. A ... more
NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Climbing Toward Ridge Top
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 14, 2017
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has begun the steep ascent of an iron-oxide-bearing ridge that's grabbed scientists' attention since before the car-sized rover's 2012 landing. "We're on the climb now, d ... more
Crewed Missions Beyond LEO
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Sending humans to Mars has been a dream of scientists and a large part of the population ever since Nicolaus Copernicus first postulated that it was a planet, about 500 years ago. Even before that f ... more
New tools for exploring the surface of Mars
Paris (ESA) Sep 12, 2017
In past decades, spacecraft have sent back huge amounts of complex data about Mars, providing a wealth of information about the planet. More than ever, the scientific community needs a way to sift t ... more

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Discovery of boron on Mars adds to evidence for habitability
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
The discovery of boron on Mars gives scientists more clues about whether life could have ever existed on the planet, according to a paper published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. ... more
Life on Mars: Let's Try Oman Desert First for Space Mission
Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 05, 2017
Life on Mars may still be light years away - but it clearly hasn't stopped us from thinking ahead. Next year six space-suited and booted astronauts will head to the Dhofar desert in Oman in an attem ... more
Citizen scientists spot Martian 'spiders' in unexpected places
Washington (UPI) Aug 30, 2017
Bowie wasn't lying about Ziggy's bandmates - there are spiders from Mars. Sort of. ... more
Opportunity seeks energy-favorable locations to recharge during winter
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 01, 2017
Opportunity is exploring "Perseverance Valley" on the west rim of Endeavour crater as mission planners prepare to park the rover for a winter layover. Winter substainally constrains the energy ... more

Fly me to the Moon: For some, lunar village takes shape
Riga (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
By 2040, a hundred people will live on the Moon, melting ice for water, 3D-printing homes and tools, eating plants grown in lunar soil, and competing in low-gravity, "flying" sports. To those who mock such talk as science fiction, experts such as Bernard Foing, ambassador of the European Space Agency-driven "Moon Village" scheme, reply the goal is not only reasonable but feasible too. At ... more
Paris (ESA) Sep 21, 2017
First steps: returning humanity to the Moon
Providence RI (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
Researchers create first global map of water in moon's soil
Paris (ESA) Aug 22, 2017
Call For Ideas For Research On The Deep Space Gateway
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, separated from Tiangong-2 space lab at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday. At 3:29 p.m. on Sunday, the cargo ship started to separate from the space lab under orders from the ground. After separation, it operated at an orbit of about 400 kilometers above the earth. Tianzhou-1 will continue to carry out experiments before it leaves orbit, and will gain exp ... more
Beijing (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Work on China's mission to Mars 'well underway'
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Chinese company eyes development of reusable launch vehicle
Beijing (XNA) Sep 15, 2017
Spacecraft passes docking test
What we need to know to mine an asteroid
Riga, Latvia (SPX) Sep 20, 2017
The mining of resources contained in asteroids, for use as propellant, building materials or in life-support systems, has the potential to revolutionise exploration of our solar system. To make this concept a reality, we need to increase our knowledge of the very diverse population of accessible near-Earth asteroids (NEAs). Last year, dozens of the world's leading asteroid scientists and a ... more
Sydney, Australia (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
First space mining transaction in 10 years
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
NASA'S OSIRIS-REx executes slingshot around Earth
Riga (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Europe urged to reconsider pullout from 'Armageddon' asteroid mission
Global Aerospace Corporation to present Pluto lander concept to NASA
Irwindale CA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Global Aerospace Corporation (GAC) announced today that it will present its Pluto lander concept at the 2017 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Symposium in Denver, CO. Under a grant from NASA's NIAC program, GAC is developing an integrated "entrycraft" architecture that can decelerate and gently land on the surface of Pluto from a speed of over 30,000 mph using only drag from Pluto's ultr ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 11, 2017
Pluto features given first official names
Laurel MD (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
Hibernation Over, New Horizons Continues Kuiper Belt Cruise
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 07, 2017
Jupiter's Auroras Present a Powerful Mystery
Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion guides Cassini to its Grand Finale at Saturn
Sacramento CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne played a vital role in the planned plunge of NASA's Cassini spacecraft into Saturn. As the spacecraft entered the atmosphere, Aerojet Rocketdyne's onboard Reaction Control Thrusters worked to counter atmospheric torques, helping Cassini fight to keep its high-gain antenna pointed at Earth as it relayed its final data to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. These measurements of t ... more
Tampa FL (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
NASA's $3.9 bn Cassini spacecraft makes death plunge into Saturn
Tucson AZ (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Cassini Spacecraft Demise Is Bittersweet for PSI's Hansen
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
CU Boulder Scientists Ready for Cassini Mission to Saturn Grand Finale
Scientists Produce Best Estimate of Earth's Composition
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have produced the best estimate of Earth's elemental composition which will help them understand how the Earth formed 4.6 billion years ago. The solar system began as a dense blob in a molecular cloud of hydrogen gas and dust that collapsed under its own gravity, forming the early Sun, Earth and other planets. Co-researcher Assoc ... more
Paris (ESA) Sep 19, 2017
Earth through different eyes
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 18, 2017
Dust devils contribute large amount of particulate matter to atmospheres of Earth, Mars
El Segundo CA (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
Boeing to Design and Build Seven Medium Earth Orbit Satellites for SES
Aussie astronaut calls for establishment of national space agency
Adelaide, Australian (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
The second Australian to ever venture into space has called for the country to establish its own space agency. Andrew Thomas, an Australian-born National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut, told the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide that Australia should look to play a leading role in space tourism. "I hope Australia will seize the opportu ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
NASA's Robotic 'Sniffer' Confirms Space Station Leak, Repair
San Francisco (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
Tech dreams live or die on startup battlefields
Washington (UPI) Sep 19, 2017
Supercontinuum lasers to inspire better beer, bread
NASA's Hubble captures blistering pitch-black planet
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed a planet outside our solar system that looks as black as fresh asphalt because it eats light rather than reflecting it back into space. This light-eating prowess is due to the planet's unique capability to trap at least 94 percent of the visible starlight falling into its atmosphere. The oddball exoplanet, called WASP-12b, is one of a class of so- ... more
Hong Kong (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists propose new concept of terrestrial planet formation
Kazan, Russia (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
KFU astronomers discovered an exoplanet together with Turkish and Japanese colleagues
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 05, 2017
FINESSE Mission to Investigate Atmospheres of Hundreds of Alien Worlds
Drones can almost see in the dark
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
To fly safely, drones need to know their precise position and orientation in space at all times. While commercial drones solve this problem using GPS, this only works outdoors, and is not very reliable, especially in urban environments. Furthermore, the conventional cameras mounted on drones work only when there is a high amount of light available, and the drone's speed has to be limited o ... more
London, UK (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Lockheed Martin Unveils a New Lightweight Canister Launched Unmanned Aircraft System
Orlando, FL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
US Air Force Academy to Use VBS3 and VBS Fires for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Training
Jerusalem (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Israel says shot down Iranian-made, Hezbollah-operated drone
Solar wind impacts on giant 'space hurricanes' may affect satellite safety
Daytona Beach FL (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
Could the flapping of a butterfly's wings in Costa Rica set off a hurricane in California? The question has been scrutinized by chaos theorists, stock-market analysts and weather forecasters for decades. For most people, this hypothetical scenario may be difficult to imagine on Earth - particularly when a real disaster strikes. Yet, in space, similarly small fluctuations in the solar wind ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2017
NASA captures significant solar flare
Washington (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
NASA captures images of strong solar flares
Paris (ESA) Sep 01, 2017
Space-inspired Star Storm to premiere next month
Mechanisms are Critical to Space Vehicle Flight Success
Bethesda MD (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
About two years ago the National Transportation Safety Board announced its finding regarding the Virgin Galactic crash that occurred on October 31, 2014. The simple explanation was that the co-pilot unlocked a critical vehicle mechanism too early. After a nine-month investigation the NTSB further concluded that human error and inadequate safety procedures caused the violent crash. The vehi ... more
Las Cruces NM (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Demonstrator 3 linear aerospike ready to start tests
New Delhi (IANS) Sep 21, 2017
ISRO to resume satellite launches by December
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Dragon Splashes Down in Pacific With NASA Science Experiments
Study confirms cosmic rays have extragalactic origins
Lincoln NE (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
For the first time, scientists have confirmed that the highest energy cosmic rays that bombard the Earth come from outside the Milky Way Galaxy. In an article to be published Sept. 22 in the journal Science, a group of more than 400 scientists from 18 nations describe how they detected an anisotropy, an asymmetry in the cosmic particles' distribution of arrival directions as they approach ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Keeping NASA's James Webb Space Telescope in the dark
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
Study shows star formation influenced by environmental conditions
Trieste, Italy (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
Exchanges of identity in deep space
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GRACE Mission Making Plans for Final Science Data Collection
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
With one of its twin satellites almost out of fuel after more than 15 years of chasing each other around our planet to measure Earth's ever-changing gravity field, the operations team for the U.S./German Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission is making plans for an anticipated final science collection. On Sept. 3, one of 20 battery cells aboard the GRACE-2 satellite stoppe ... more
Paris (ESA) Aug 28, 2017
Granting weightless wishes
Bozeman MT (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
MSU gravitational physicist receives NASA award to explore extreme gravity and the universe
Hull UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
First look at gravitational dance that drives stellar formation
Physicists discover super stable tri-anion particle
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 18, 2017
Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University have discovered a new tri-anion particle, a type of particle with three more electrons than protons. The new particle is extremely stable and its discovery apply to a variety of applications in the fields of physics and chemistry. The imbalance between electrons and protons on all other tri-anions makes the particle inherently unstable. ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
Mathematicians develop new models to describe ripples
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
The beam of invisibility
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Aussie quantum tech has its sights set on human biochemistry
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Scientists create world's first 'molecular robot' capable of building molecules
Manchester UK (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists at The University of Manchester have created the world's first 'molecular robot' that is capable of performing basic tasks including building other molecules. The tiny robots, which are a millionth of a millimetre in size, can be programmed to move and build molecular cargo, using a tiny robotic arm. Each individual robot is capable of manipulating a single molecule and is ... more
Pisa, Italy (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Robot 'conductor' steals the show from Italy's top tenor
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
Quantum machine learning
Pasadena CA (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
Sorting molecules with DNA robots
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, separated from Tiangong-2 space lab at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday. At 3:29 p.m. on Sunday, the cargo ship started to separate from the space lab under orders from the ground. After separation, it operated at an orbit of about 400 kilometers above the earth. Tianzhou-1 will continue to carry out experiments before it leaves orbit, and will gain exp ... more
Beijing (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Work on China's mission to Mars 'well underway'
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Chinese company eyes development of reusable launch vehicle
Beijing (XNA) Sep 15, 2017
Spacecraft passes docking test

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