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December 11, 2017
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Trump tells NASA to send Americans to Moon



Washington DC (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
US President Donald Trump directed NASA on Monday to send Americans to the Moon for the first time in decades, a move he said would help prepare for a future Mars trip. "This time we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint," Trump said at the White House as he signed the new space policy directive. "We will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars and perhaps someday to many worlds beyond." The last time US astronauts visited the Moon was during the Apollo mi ... read more

MARSDAILY
Space program should focus on Mars, says editor of New Space
New Rochelle, NY (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
The U.S. space exploration program should continue to focus on robotic sample recovery and human missions to Mars, says Scott Hubbard, Editor-in-Chief of New Space. He details the benefits and risks ... more
MARSDAILY
NASA's oldest Mars rover survives another harsh winter
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017
Opportunity, NASA's senior Mars rover, has lasted through another harsh winter on the Red Planet. ... more
MARSDAILY
Mars Rover Team's Tilted Winter Strategy Works
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 07, 2017
NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, has just passed the shortest-daylight weeks of the long Martian year with its solar panels in encouragingly clean condition for entering a potential dust-storm ... more
MARSDAILY
Brown: Clay on Mars May Have Formed in Primordial Steam Bath
Providence RI (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Planetary scientists from Brown University have proposed a new scenario for the formation of ancient clay minerals on Mars that, if shown to be true, could rewrite the early history of the red plane ... more
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Winter wanderings put Opportunity at 28 Miles on the odometer
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 04, 2017
Opportunity is continuing her winter exploration of Perseverance Valley on the west rim of the Noachian-aged Endeavour Crater. Before moving to the next waypoint, the team commanded the rover ... more
MARSDAILY
EU exempts fuel for ExoMars mission from Russian sanctions
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 04, 2017
The ExoMars 2020 mission is the first joint program between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Russia's Roscosmos space corporation. "On November 30, 2017, the Council adopted Decision (CFSP) ... more
MARSDAILY
Opportunity Greets Winter Solstice
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 29, 2017
Opportunity is continuing her winter exploration of Perseverance Valley on the west rim of the Noachian-aged Endeavour crater. The winter solstice occurred on Sol 4915 (Nov. 20, 2017). Energy ... more
MARSDAILY
NASA builds its next Mars rover mission
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 29, 2017
In just a few years, NASA's next Mars rover mission will be flying to the Red Planet. At a glance, it looks a lot like its predecessor, the Curiosity Mars rover. But there's no doubt it's a souped-u ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Space Farms: 'Mark Watney in The Martian Was Right to Add Poop to the Soil'
Wageningen, Netherlands (Sputnik) Nov 30, 2017
A group of researchers from Wageningen University and Research has found that earthworms can thrive and reproduce in simulated Martian soil. Given that the creatures are a crucial factor in making s ... more
MARSDAILY
Scientists developed a new sensor for future missions to the Moon and Mars
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
A team of scientists from the Faculty of Physics of Lomonosov Moscow State University and their colleagues developed a compact spectral polarimeter for carrying outmineralogical investigations on th ... more


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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
MARSDAILY
Ice shapes the landslide landscape on Mars
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
How good is your Martian geography? Does Valles Marineris ring a bell? This area is known for having landslides that are among the largest and longest in the entire solar system. They make the perfe ... more
MARSDAILY
Previous evidence of water on Mars now identified as grainflows
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Dark features previously proposed as evidence for significant liquid water flowing on Mars have now been identified as granular flows, where sand and dust move rather than liquid water, according to ... more
MARSDAILY
Gadgets for Mars
Paris (ESA) Nov 22, 2017
A mini-rover, tools once used on the Moon and lasers for 3D mapping are in the backpack of the explorers of tomorrow. The terrain will be hazardous and it will be dark in volcanic caves, but this eq ... more



Trump tells NASA to send Americans to Moon
Washington DC (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
US President Donald Trump directed NASA on Monday to send Americans to the Moon for the first time in decades, a move he said would help prepare for a future Mars trip. "This time we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint," Trump said at the White House as he signed the new space policy directive. "We will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars and perha ... more
Gerroa, Australia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The Second Moon Race
Washington (UPI) Nov 28, 2017
December's 'supermoon' expected to be bigggest, brightest of 2017
Tokyo, Japan (Sputnik) Nov 27, 2017
Japan signals growing support for Deep Space Gateway concept
Nation 'leads world' in remote sensing technology
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China is now the world leader in remote sensing technologies for scientific purposes and is able to provide an unprecedented amount of data to support research and development for the world, officials said on Tuesday. Remote sensing refers to aerial or satellite-based technologies to detect and measure objects on Earth's surface, atmosphere and oceans. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Sci ... more
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040
Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
China plans first sea based launch by 2018
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
B612 Asteroid Institute provides valuable analysis to discovery of First Interstellar Object
San Francisco CA (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Within days of the announcement by NASA's Minor Planet Center of the discovery of the first-ever interstellar object, 'Oumuamua, B612's new Asteroid Institute began a collaborative effort that led to significant analysis about the discovery. Bryce Bolin, a senior researcher at the Asteroid Institute as well as a DIRAC Institute Fellow, was the lead author on the study measuring 1I/'Oumuamu ... more
Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Rosetta details a comet's key ingredients
Stirling UK (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Metal asteroid Psyche is all set for an early visit from NASA
Paris (ESA) Nov 30, 2017
Selected asteroids detected by GAIA between August 2014 And May 2016
New Horizons Corrects Its Course in the Kuiper Belt
Laurel MD (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft carried out a short, 2.5-minute engine burn on Saturday, Dec. 9 that refined its course toward 2014 MU69, the ancient Kuiper Belt object it will fly by a little more than a year from now. Setting a record for the farthest spacecraft course correction to date, the engine burn also adjusted the arrival time at MU69 to optimize flyby science. Telemetry con ... more
Boulder CO (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Wrapping up 2017 one year out from MU69
Providence RI (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Research bolsters possibility of plate tectonics on Europa
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 04, 2017
Jupiter Blues
Unique atmospheric chemistry explains cold vortex on Saturn's moon Titan
Washington (UPI) Nov 21, 2017
New analysis suggests unique atmospheric chemistry explains why the polar vortex on Saturn's moon Titan isn't behaving as expected. Titan is Saturn's largest moon, and is the only moon in the solar system with a sizable atmosphere. Recent observations suggest that atmosphere hasn't been behaving as predicted by models. During the winter, air in the upper atmosphere tends to warm ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 22, 2017
Cassini Image Mosaic: A Farewell to Saturn
Bristol UK (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Unexpected atmospheric vortex behavior on Saturn's moon Titan
Paris (ESA) Nov 08, 2017
Heating ocean moon Enceladus for billions of years
Sentinel-5P brings air pollution into focus
Paris (ESA) Dec 06, 2017
Launched on 13 October, the Sentinel-5P satellite has delivered its first images of air pollution. Even though the satellite is still being prepared for service, these first results have been hailed as exceptional and show how this latest Copernicus satellite is set to take the task of monitoring air quality into a new era. This new mission promises to image air pollutants in more detail t ... more
London, UK (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
UK-built satellite shines first light on air pollution
Leeds UK (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Understanding the climate impact of natural atmospheric particles
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
First global maps of traits that drive vegetation growth
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UAE launches programme to send astronauts into space
Dubai (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
Dubai's ruler on Wednesday launched the United Arab Emirates' first space programme aimed at sending four Emirati astronauts to the International Space Station within five years. "On this day, a new chapter in our history begins with the launch of the first UAE Astronaut Programme," within the next five years, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al-Maktoum, the UAE's vice president and prime ministe ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 11, 2017
Spaceships and Politics: Sputnik Talks to Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 05, 2017
The Voyagers in Popular Culture
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
NASA Extends Expandable Habitat's Time on the International Space Station
The CHEOPS scientific instrument is complete
Paris (ESA) Dec 08, 2017
The scientific instrument at the heart of the CHEOPS mission has been fully assembled, marking an important milestone in the development of this small, fast-track exoplanet-characterising mission. The Focal Plane Module (FPM), which houses the CCD detector array and the Front-End Electronics, was secured in place on the telescope assembly at the University of Bern this month, completing th ... more
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
Two Super-Earths around red dwarf K2-18
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
WASP-18b has smothering stratosphere without water
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Discovery about rare nitrogen molecules offers clues to makeup of life-supporting planets
Hensoldt intros new counter-drone system
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017
A new counter-drone system by German sensor-maker Hensoldt has been successfully demonstrated at an airfield in Hamburg-Finkenwerder, Germany. The counter-drone system - for protecting airports and infrastructure - is the Xpeller counter-UAV system, which combines radar, RF and optical sensors and a targeted jammer Hensoldt said the system's individual elements were positioned ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
'Go home' drone seeks to stop Japan overtime binge
Beijing (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
China says Indian drone 'invaded' its airspace, crashed
Miami (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Falcon's attack strategy could inspire new drones: study
CU Boulder solar instruments, experiments headed for space
Boulder CO (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
A solar instrument package designed and built by CU Boulder to help monitor the planet's climate is now set for launch Dec. 12 aboard a a rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The instrument suite is called the Total and Spectral Solar Irradiance Sensor (TSIS-1) and was designed and built by CU Boulder's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) for NASA's Goddard S ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Massive Primordial Galaxies Found in 'Halo' of Dark Matter
New York NY (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Mount Sinai researchers use breakthrough technology to understand eclipse eye damage
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
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Nozzle Assemblies Complete for Exploration Mission-1 Solid Rocket Boosters
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Space Launch System (SLS) solid rocket booster prime contractor Orbital ATK recently completed work at its Utah facilities on the booster nozzles for Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), the first flight of SLS and the Orion spacecraft. SLS, the world's most powerful rocket, and Orion will take humans on deep space missions, and the boosters provide most of the power to get the spacecraft off the ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017
Rocket Lab to launch rocket from New Zealand
Miami (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
SpaceX's Elon Musk to launch his own car into deep space
New Delhi (IANS) Nov 30, 2017
ISRO eyes one rocket launch a month in 2018
Galaxy Orbits in the Local Supercluster
Honolulu HI (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
A team of astronomers from Maryland, Hawaii, Israel, and France has produced the most detailed map ever of the orbits of galaxies in our extended local neighborhood, showing the past motions of almost 1,400 galaxies within 100 million light-years of the Milky Way. The team reconstructed the galaxies' motions from 13 billion years in the past to the present day. The main gravitational attra ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
How hardy is the Webb Telescope
Odense, Denmark (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
How does it look when Earth is bombarded with dark matter?
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Massive primordial galaxies found swimming in vast ocean of dark matter
Researchers measure magnetic moment with greatest possible precision
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
The magnetic moment of an individual proton is inconceivably small, but can still be quantified. The basis for undertaking this measurement was laid over ten years ago, and physicists of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, GSI Darmstadt, and the RIKEN research institute in Japan are still performing experiments to measure this force with a sin ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Physicists make most precise measurement ever of a proton's magnetic moment
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 15, 2017
Listening for gravitational waves using pulsars
New York NY (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Gravity waves from merging supermassive black holes will be found soon
A Black Hole Behemoth at the Edge of Cosmic Dawn
Tucson, AZ (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Supermassive black holes lurk at the centers of many galaxies. While some supermassive black holes - like the one at the center of our own galaxy - live quiet lives, occasionally snacking on a star or two, others feed voraciously, consuming gas and stars and growing rapidly in mass. To understand when supermassive black holes first appeared, astronomers scan the skies for actively-feeding ... more
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
The Most Distant Black Hole in the Cosmos
Berkeley CA (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
MACHOs are dead, WIMPs are a no-show - say hello to SIMPs
Seville, Spain (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
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Toyota showcases humanoid robot that mirrors user
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Japanese auto giant Toyota Wednesday showcased a humanoid robot that can mirror its user's movements, a product it says has uses as varied as elderly care and disaster response. The T-HR3 can be controlled by a wearable system that allows users to operate the entire robot in real-time by simply moving their own limbs. It is one of the main attractions at the International Robot Exhibitio ... more
San Francisco (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
'Grinch bots' may steal Christmas by snatching up prized toys
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
Speedy cockroaches help researchers train robots to walk
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Helping hands guide robots as they learn
Nation 'leads world' in remote sensing technology
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China is now the world leader in remote sensing technologies for scientific purposes and is able to provide an unprecedented amount of data to support research and development for the world, officials said on Tuesday. Remote sensing refers to aerial or satellite-based technologies to detect and measure objects on Earth's surface, atmosphere and oceans. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Sci ... more
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040
Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
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Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
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