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May 26, 2017
MARSDAILY
Preparations Continue Before Driving into 'Perseverance Valley'



Pasadena CA (JPL) May 26, 2017
Opportunity is at the top of Perseverance Valley on the rim of Endeavour crater. The plan before proceeding down the valley is to survey the valley from the top and to perform a walk-about survey above the spillway. On Sol 4733 (May 17, 2017), the robotic arm was used to point the Microscopic Imager (MI) up at the sky for some long overdue sky flat calibration images, and in support of the valley surveying objectives a large Navcam panorama was collected. On Sol 4734 (May 18, 2017) the ... read more

MARSDAILY
Schiaparelli landing investigation completed
Paris (ESA) May 25, 2017
The inquiry into the crash-landing of the ExoMars Schiaparelli module has concluded that conflicting information in the onboard computer caused the descent sequence to end prematurely. The Sch ... more
EXO WORLDS
NASA Scientist Parlays Experience to Build Ocean Worlds Instrument
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 24, 2017
An instrument originally developed to search for organic molecules on Mars is being repurposed to potentially hunt for life on a handful of moons in the outer solar system that appear to host oceans ... more
SATURN DAILY
History of Titan's Landscape Resembles Mars's, not Earth's
Boston MA (SPX) May 19, 2017
The environment on Titan, Saturn's largest moon, may seem surprisingly familiar: Clouds condense and rain down on the surface, feeding rivers that flow into oceans and lakes. Outside of Earth, Titan ... more
MARSDAILY
HI-SEAS Mission V Mars simulation marks midway point
Honolulu HI (SPX) May 22, 2017
After four months of living in a Mars-like environment, the six HI-SEAS Mission V crewmembers have hit the halfway mark. They have learned to deal with challenges such as a 20-minute communications ... more
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Scientists describe origins of topographic relief on Titan
New York NY (SPX) May 19, 2017
Fluid erosion has carved river networks in at least three bodies in our solar system in the form of water on Earth and Mars and liquid hydrocarbons on Titan. A new report in Science examines the glo ... more
MARSDAILY
Deciphering the fluid floorplan of a planet
Washington DC (SPX) May 19, 2017
An assessment of ancient drainage systems on Earth, Mars and Titan provides new insights into the topography-generating mechanisms on planetary bodies. The results illustrate the diverse geological ... more
MARSDAILY
Mars Rover Opportunity Begins Study of Valley's Origin
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 16, 2017
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached the main destination of its current two-year extended mission - an ancient fluid-carved valley incised on the inner slope of a vast crater's rim ... more
MARSDAILY
How hard did it rain on Mars
Washington DC (SPX) May 17, 2017
Heavy rain on Mars reshaped the planet's impact craters and carved out river-like channels in its surface billions of years ago, according to a new study published in Icarus. In the paper, researche ... more
MARSDAILY
Ancient Mars impacts created tornado-like winds that scoured surface
Providence RI (SPX) May 12, 2017
In looking at NASA images of Mars a few years ago, Brown University geologist Peter Schultz noticed sets of strange bright streaks emanating from a few large-impact craters on the planet's surface. ... more
MARSDAILY
Opportunity Reaches 'Perseverance Valley'
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 12, 2017
Opportunity has arrived at the top of "Perseverance Valley" on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The next step on Sol 4720 (May 4, 2017), was a short approach of 39 feet (12 meters) to the northern ... more


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MARSDAILY
NASA Rover Curiosity Samples Active Linear Dune on Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 05, 2017
As it drives uphill from a band of rippled sand dunes, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is toting a fistful of dark sand for onboard analysis that will complete the rover's investigation of those dunes. ... more
MARSDAILY
Is Anything Tough Enough to Survive on Mars
Fayetteville, AR (SPX) May 04, 2017
Researchers at the University of Arkansas recently took a step toward answering a question for the ages: Is there life on Mars? Answer: they can't rule it out. Two recent publications suggest ... more
MARSDAILY
Japan aims to uncover how moons of Mars formed
Tokyo, Japan (The Conversation) May 03, 2017
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has announced a mission to visit the two moons of Mars and return a rock sample to Earth. It's a plan to uncover both the mystery of the moons' creation ... more
MARSDAILY
Several drives put opportunity closer to 'Perseverance Valley'
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 02, 2017
Opportunity is continuing the drive south to "Perseverance Valley" on the rim of Endeavour Crater, and is now only about 262 feet (80 meters) away. On Sol 4706 (April 19, 2017), she drove abou ... more



Cube Quest Challenge Team Spotlight: Cislunar Explorers
Washington DC (SPX) May 25, 2017
Tenacity and drive are hallmarks of Cornell University's Cislunar Explorers Team. But there is another key factor in building and testing their spacecraft: Just add water. "The core concept behind our work is using water as rocket fuel," said project manager Kyle Patrick Doyle. "It's something that we've been looking at for a long time, and it's exciting to have a chance to test our techno ... more
Paris (ESA) May 12, 2017
Winning plans for CubeSats to the Moon
Paris (ESA) May 04, 2017
Printing bricks from moondust using the Sun's heat
Tempe AZ (SPX) May 02, 2017
NASA selects ASU's ShadowCam for moon mission
California Woman Charged for Trying to Hand Over Sensitive Space Tech to China
Washington DC (Sputnik) May 24, 2017
A woman in the US state of California was arrested Tuesday for allegedly conspiring to smuggle space communications technology to China, the US Department of Justice said in a press release. "A Pomona woman was arrested this morning on federal charges that accuse her of conspiring to procure and illegally export sensitive space communications technology to her native China," the release st ... more
Beijing (XNA) May 12, 2017
A cabin on the moon? China hones the lunar lifestyle
Beijing (AFP) May 11, 2017
China tests 'Lunar Palace' as it eyes moon mission
Beijing (XNA) May 01, 2017
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NASA Moves Up Launch of Psyche Mission to a Metal Asteroid
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 25, 2017
Psyche, NASA's Discovery Mission to a unique metal asteroid, has been moved up one year with launch in the summer of 2022, and with a planned arrival at the main belt asteroid in 2026 - four years earlier than the original timeline. "We challenged the mission design team to explore if an earlier launch date could provide a more efficient trajectory to the asteroid Psyche, and they came thr ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 17, 2017
Movie Shows Ceres at Opposition from Sun
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 16, 2017
Twisting an Asteroid
Ithaca NY (SPX) May 15, 2017
Oldest buckthorn fossilized flowers found in Argentina
NASA's Juno probe forces 'rethink' on Jupiter
Miami (AFP) May 25, 2017
An unmanned NASA spaceship circling Jupiter has spotted massive cyclones at the gas giant's poles, revealing stunning new details about our solar system's largest planet, researchers said Thursday. A NASA statement described the planet as "a complex, gigantic, turbulent world" that is far different than scientists previously thought. Two papers in the journal Science and 44 papers in Geo ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 26, 2017
A whole new Jupiter with first science results from Juno
Leicester UK (SPX) May 26, 2017
First Juno Science Results Supported by University's Jupiter 'Forecast'
Washington DC (SPX) May 26, 2017
First results from Juno show cyclones and massive magnetism
Cassini Looks On as Solstice Arrives at Saturn
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 26, 2017
NASA's Cassini spacecraft still has a few months to go before it completes its mission in September, but the veteran Saturn explorer reaches a new milestone today. Saturn's solstice - that is, the longest day of summer in the northern hemisphere and the shortest day of winter in the southern hemisphere - arrives today for the planet and its moons. The Saturnian solstice occurs about every 15 Ear ... more
Boston MA (SPX) May 19, 2017
History of Titan's Landscape Resembles Mars's, not Earth's
New York NY (SPX) May 19, 2017
Scientists describe origins of topographic relief on Titan
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 04, 2017
New Movie Shows Cassini's First Dive over Saturn
SES-14 integrates NASA ultraviolet space spectrograph
Luxembourg (SPX) May 24, 2017
SES report the successful integration of NASA's Global-Scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) hosted payload with SES-14. GOLD will employ an ultraviolet imaging spectrograph to measure densities and temperatures in the Earth's thermosphere and ionosphere in response to Sun-Earth interaction. It is aimed at revolutionizing scientists' understanding of this part of the space e ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) May 26, 2017
Supercomputing helps researchers understand Earth's interior
Washington DC (SPX) May 25, 2017
NASA's CYGNSS Satellite Constellation Begins Public Data Release
Addis Ababa (XNA) May 25, 2017
AU-EU joint space-based initiative calls for proposals
DARPA Picks Design for Next-Generation Spaceplane
Washington DC (SPX) May 24, 2017
DARPA has selected The Boeing Company to complete advanced design work for the Agency's Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program, which aims to build and fly the first of an entirely new class of hypersonic aircraft that would bolster national security by providing short-notice, low-cost access to space. The program aims to achieve a capability well out of reach today-launches to low Earth o ... more
Logan, UT (SPX) May 24, 2017
SDL-Supported SmallSat Launched from International Space Station
Miami (AFP) May 23, 2017
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Washington DC (SPX) May 24, 2017
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Water forms superstructure around DNA, new study shows
Washington (UPI) May 25, 2017
New research has allowed scientists to detail the relationship between water molecules and DNA, a breakthrough for biochemistry. The adult human body is 60 percent water. It's essential. But how water interacts with biological systems isn't always clear. The latest study - published in the American Chemical Society journal Central Science - promises to illuminate water's biochemical i ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 24, 2017
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London, UK (SPX) May 26, 2017
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Davis CA (SPX) May 22, 2017
Scientists propose synestia, a new type of planetary object
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Northrop Grumman awarded contract for MQ-4C drone maintenance
Washington (UPI) May 23, 2017
Northrop Grumman has received a $49.4 million contract for parts, material and labor required for the maintenance of the MQ-4C unmanned aircraft system in accordance with planned production, the Department of Defense reported Monday. Work will be performed in Baltimore, Md., Bridgeport, W. VA., Salt Lake City, Utah, and other locations in the United States. Fiscal 2017 Navy procurement ... more
Paris (ESA) May 22, 2017
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Washington (UPI) May 17, 2017
Drone to replace Israeli manned maritime patrol aircraft
Washington (UPI) May 17, 2017
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CLASP Sounding Rocket Mission Opens New Research Window in Solar Physics
Huntsville AL (SPX) May 24, 2017
A team of NASA scientists and international partners used data from the the high-precision science instrument CLASP - the Chromospheric Lyman-Alpha Spectro-Polarimeter - to provide the first-ever polarization measurements of ultraviolet light emitted from the sun's outer atmosphere. Previous polarization measurements were restricted to visible light that is emitted from the sun's surface. ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 19, 2017
UV Spectropolarimetry Opens a New Window for Solar Physics Research
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 18, 2017
Space weather events linked to human activity
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 18, 2017
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Neptune: Neutralizer-free plasma propulsion
Washington DC (SPX) May 24, 2017
Plasma propulsion is an important and efficient technology used to control spacecraft for Earth observation, communications and fundamental exploration of outer space. Plasma propulsion systems use electric power to ionize propellant gas and transform it into the fourth state of matter, known as plasma. Electrically charged ions and electrons are accelerated in an exhaust beam to generate ... more
Wellington (AFP) May 25, 2017
Successful launch puts New Zealand in space race
Sochi (Sputnik) May 24, 2017
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Seattle WA (SPX) May 18, 2017
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Biggest Ever Simulations Help Uncover the History of the Galaxy
London, UK (SPX) May 25, 2017
Thousands of processors, terabytes of data, and months of computing time have helped a group of researchers in Germany create some of the largest and highest resolution simulations ever made of galaxies like our Milky Way. Led by Dr. Robert Grand of the Heidelberger Institut fuer Theoretische Studien, the work of the Auriga Project appears in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 24, 2017
How tornado-shaped flow in a dynamo strengthens the magnetic field
Portsmouth UK (SPX) May 25, 2017
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Vienna, Austria (SPX) May 25, 2017
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Monash researchers uncover new gravitational wave characteristics
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) May 22, 2017
Monash researchers have identified a new concept - 'orphan memory' - which changes the current thinking around gravitational waves. The research, by the Monash Centre for Astrophysics, was published recently in Physical Review Letters. Einstein's theory of general relativity predicts that cataclysmic cosmic explosions stretch the fabric of spacetime. The stretching of spacetime ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 11, 2017
Proving Einstein right using highly sensitive Earth rotation sensors
Huntsville AL (SPX) May 03, 2017
Scientists Find Giant Wave Rolling Through the Perseus Galaxy Cluster
Pasadena CA (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
Rare Brightening of Supernova's Light Found by Caltech's Palomar Observatory
MPIA: Fast-Growing Galaxies Could Solve Cosmic Riddle
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) May 26, 2017
Astronomers have discovered a new kind of galaxy in the early universe, less than a billion years after the Big Bang. These galaxies are forming stars more than a hundred times faster than our own Milky Way. The discovery could explain an earlier finding: a population of surprisingly massive galaxies at a time 1.5 billion years after the Big Bang, which would require such hyper-productive ... more
Charlottesville VA (SPX) May 24, 2017
VLA reveals new object near supermassive black hole in famous galaxy
Washington DC (UPI) May 22, 2017
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Baltimore, MD (SPX) May 22, 2017
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AI wins as Google algorithm beats No. 1 Go player
Shanghai (AFP) May 23, 2017
Google's computer algorithm AlphaGo narrowly beat the world's top-ranked player in the ancient Chinese board game of Go on Tuesday, reaffirming the arrival of what its developers tout as a ground-breaking new form of artificial intelligence. AlphaGo took the first of a scheduled three games against brash 19-year-old Chinese world number one Ke Jie, who after the match annointed the programme ... more
Boston MA (SPX) May 25, 2017
Robots help shed light on how humans walk
New Haven CT (SPX) May 19, 2017
Building a better 'bot': Artificial intelligence helps human groups
Shanghai (AFP) May 25, 2017
Chinese fans trash blackout as Google AI wins again
California Woman Charged for Trying to Hand Over Sensitive Space Tech to China
Washington DC (Sputnik) May 24, 2017
A woman in the US state of California was arrested Tuesday for allegedly conspiring to smuggle space communications technology to China, the US Department of Justice said in a press release. "A Pomona woman was arrested this morning on federal charges that accuse her of conspiring to procure and illegally export sensitive space communications technology to her native China," the release st ... more
Beijing (XNA) May 12, 2017
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Beijing (AFP) May 11, 2017
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Beijing (XNA) May 01, 2017
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