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June 29, 2017
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Laser-targeting AI Yields More Mars Science



Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 26, 2017
Artificial intelligence is changing how we study Mars. A.I. software on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has helped it zap dozens of laser targets on the Red Planet this past year, becoming a frequent science tool when the ground team was out of contact with the spacecraft. This same software has proven useful enough that it's already scheduled for NASA's upcoming mission, Mars 2020. A new paper in Science: Robotics looks at how the software has performed since rolling out to Curiosity's science team i ... read more

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Mars rover Opportunity on walkabout near crater rim
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 26, 2017
NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is examining rocks at the edge of Endeavour Crater for signs that they may have been either transported by a flood or eroded in place by wind. Those scen ... more
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Opportunity Straightens Wheel, Resumes Driving
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 23, 2017
Opportunity is at the top of Perseverance Valley on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover experienced a left-front wheel steering actuator stall on Sol 4750 (June 4, 2017), leaving the wheel ... more
MARSDAILY
No One Under 20 Has Experienced a Day Without NASA at Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 23, 2017
As the Mars Pathfinder spacecraft approached its destination on July 4, 1997, no NASA mission had successfully reached the Red Planet in more than 20 years. Even the mission team anxiously awa ... more
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India's Mars Orbiter Mission Completes First 1,000 Earth Days
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jun 23, 2017
The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) maiden Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also known as Mangalyaan, completed its first 1,000 Earth days in its orbit around the red planet on Monday. ... more
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Mars Orbiter spots rover ascending Mount Sharp
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017
In an image captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Martian rover Curiosity can been seen as a bright blue speck ascending the rocky terrain of Mount Sharp. ... more
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University Students Mine for Water at NASA's Mars Ice Challenge
Hampton VA (SPX) Jun 21, 2017
For humans to survive on other worlds, they'll have to harness the resources - like water - that exist there. A recent competition held at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, aimed ... more
IRON AND ICE
Are NEOs Coming to Earth?
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Jun 21, 2017
Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) are comets and asteroids in heliocentric orbits that have been influenced by planetary flybys causing them to approach Earth. Comets are composed mostly of water ice and du ... more
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NASA, French Space Agency Express Commitment to Joint Exploration
Le Bourget, France (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
France and the United States have a long history of cooperation in space, combining their talents over the years to advance science and launch exploration missions whose results have been instrument ... more
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MAVEN's top 10 discoveries at Mars
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jun 19, 2017
On June 17, NASA's MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission) will celebrate 1,000 Earth days in orbit around the Red Planet. Since its launch in November 2013 and its orbit insertion in ... more
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Opportunity collecting panoramas of high-value targets at Endeavour Crater
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 19, 2017
Opportunity is at the top of Perseverance Valley on the rim of Endeavour crater. The rover experienced a left-front wheel steering actuator stall on Sol 4750 (June 4, 2017) leaving the wheel ' ... more


Martian Crater Provides Reminder of Apollo Moonwalk

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Elon Musk's vision of a self-sustaining city on Mars published in New Space
New Rochelle, NY (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
The Commentary entitled "Making Humans a Multi-Planetary Species presents the vision of Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, for future manned trips to other planets and specifically what will be needed to cre ... more
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Russian Institute to Start Long-Haul Mars Mission Simulations in November
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 16, 2017
The first among a series of psychological experiments designed to look into problems that might arise in a mixed crew on its way to Mars will start in November at the Institute of Biomedical Problem ... more
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Walkabout Above 'Perseverance Valley'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 12, 2017
Opportunity is at the top of "Perseverance Valley" on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The plan before proceeding down the valley is to perform a walk-about survey above the valley. To start the w ... more
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Hot rocks, not warm atmosphere, led to relatively recent water-carved valleys on Mars
Providence RI (SPX) Jun 14, 2017
Present-day Mars is a frozen desert, colder and more arid than Antarctica, and scientists are fairly sure it's been that way for at least the last 3 billion years. That makes a vast network of water ... more



Russian aerospace firm to cooperate with China on Lunar exploration missions
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 16, 2017
Russia's Lavochkin Research and Production Association is ready to work with China on designing lunar exploration missions, including orbital and return ones, Sergei Lemeshevsky, the Russian company's director general, told Sputnik on Thursday. Xu Yansong, the head of the International Cooperation Department of the China National Space Administration (CNSA), said on Wednesday that China an ... more
Paris (ESA) Jun 12, 2017
New NELIOTA project detects flashes from lunar impacts
Washington DC (SPX) May 25, 2017
Cube Quest Challenge Team Spotlight: Cislunar Explorers
Paris (ESA) May 12, 2017
Winning plans for CubeSats to the Moon
China to launch Long March-5 Y2 in early July
Beijing (XNA) Jun 27, 2017
China has set the window to launch its Long March-5 Y2 carrier rocket between July 2 and 5, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense. Carrying Shijian-18 communication satellite, the rocket was vertically transferred to the launch area at Wenchang Space Launch Center in south China's Hainan Province on Monday. Shijian-18 will test ... more
Beijing (Sputnik) Jun 23, 2017
With a Strong Partner Like Russia, Nothing Would Stop China's New Space Station
Beijing (XNA) Jun 21, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft completes second docking with space lab
Jiuquan (XNA) Jun 19, 2017
China to launch four more probes before 2021
Dutch scientists fete rare meteorite find
The Hague (AFP) June 26, 2017
Dutch scientists on Monday celebrated the rare discovery of meteorite in The Netherlands, which at 4.5-billion years old may hold clues to the birth of our solar system. "Meteorites are very special because we do not have rocks of this age on earth," said geologist Leo Kriegsman from the Naturalis biodiversity centre in Leiden in a YouTube video marking the occasion. The fist-sized meteo ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
Impact Threat from Asteroid Apophis Cannot Be Ruled Out
Belfast, UK (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
Queen's University scientist warns of asteroid danger
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Jun 21, 2017
Are NEOs Coming to Earth?
Topsy-Turvy Motion Creates Light-Switch Effect at Uranus
Atlanta GA (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
More than 30 years after Voyager 2 sped past Uranus, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers are using the spacecraft's data to learn more about the icy planet. Their new study suggests that Uranus' magnetosphere, the region defined by the planet's magnetic field and the material trapped inside it, gets flipped on and off like a light switch every day as it rotates along with the planet. It' ... more
Tucson AZ (SPX) Jun 23, 2017
The curious case of the warped Kuiper Belt
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 23, 2017
NASA Completes Study of Future 'Ice Giant' Mission Concepts
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 20, 2017
King of the Gods: Jupiter Dated to Be Oldest Planet in the Solar System
In a Cosmic Hit-and-Run, Icy Saturn Moon May Have Flipped
Ithaca NY (SPX) Jun 01, 2017
Enceladus - a large icy, oceanic moon of Saturn - may have flipped, the possible victim of an out-of-this-world wallop. While combing through data collected by NASA's Cassini mission during flybys of Enceladus, astronomers from Cornell University, the University of Texas and NASA have found the first evidence that the moon's axis has reoriented, according to new research published in Icaru ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 31, 2017
Cassini Finds Saturn Moon May Have Tipped Over
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 26, 2017
Cassini Looks On as Solstice Arrives at Saturn
Boston MA (SPX) May 19, 2017
History of Titan's Landscape Resembles Mars's, not Earth's
Scientists solve mystery of unexplained "bright nights"
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
Dating back to the first century, scientists, philosophers and reporters have noted the occasional occurrence of "bright nights," when an unexplained glow in the night sky lets observers see distant mountains, read a newspaper or check their watch. A new study accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, uses satellite data to prese ... more
Boulder CO (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
Comb and Copter system maps atmospheric gases
Melbourne FL (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
Harris Corporation Delivers Advanced Weather Satellite Instrument to South Korea
Leicester UK (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
Satellite data to map endangered monkey populations on Earth
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India, Portugal Shake Hands on Space Cooperation
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jun 28, 2017
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Lisbon agreed with Portuguese authorities on creation of alliance to advance space research, the Indian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday. India, Portugal sing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the field of space, according to the statement. "During the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ... more
Novosibirsk (Sputnik) Jun 23, 2017
Russia's Roscosmos May Provide Indian Astronauts With Training in Future
Paris (ESA) Jun 22, 2017
Return to the blue
Fort Carson CO (SPX) Jun 21, 2017
NASA Selects Army Surgeon for Astronaut Training
NASA keeps a close eye on tiny stowaways
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 28, 2017
Wherever you find people, you also find bacteria and other microorganisms. The International Space Station is no exception. That generally is not a problem. For one thing, the space station is kept cleaner than many environments on Earth. Routine cleaning activities are included on astronaut task schedules. Cargo sent to the station, and the vehicles that carry it, undergo a rigorous clean ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 26, 2017
Could a Dedicated Mission to Enceladus Detect Microbial Life There
Pasadena CA (SPX) Jun 21, 2017
New branch in family tree of exoplanets discovered
Washington (AFP) June 19, 2017
NASA discovers 10 new Earth-size exoplanets
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Supercam in the ARCTIC: Manned and Unmanned planes with ADS-B
Izhevsk, Russia (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
Unmanned Systems Group (Izhevsk, Russia) has successfully conducted joint flights of Supercam UAV together with manned aircrafts (both equipped with automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) system) in conjuction with FGUP "GosNIIAS" on a drifting ice base in the Arctic. Rapid deployment of an aerodrome and a base for scholars and tourists was a priority task. Possessing knowledge ... more
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 24, 2017
Rafael unveils Drone Dome anti-drone system
Washington (UPI) Jun 22, 2017
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Washington DC (SPX) Jun 29, 2017
Smart Quadcopters Find their Way without Human Help or GPS
Study suggests solar eruptions hit planet Earth like a sneeze
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 24, 2017
New analysis of plasma clouds ejected by the sun suggest solar eruptions behave like a sneeze. Until now, astronomers looked at cloud-like structures of coronal mass ejections as single entities. The latest research - detailed in the journal Scientific Reports - suggest CMEs are more like a sneeze or dust cloud, a collection of millions of individual plasma parcels, each acting indepe ... more
Los Angeles, CA (SPX) Jun 26, 2017
Eclipse Expectations Excite Escapades for Enlightenment
Washington (AFP) June 22, 2017
Rare US total solar eclipse excites Americans coast-to-coast
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 23, 2017
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Modified Proton-M carrier rocket to be first launched in 2019
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 28, 2017
The first launch of the new modification of the Proton-M carrier rocket will be conducted in 2019, the press service of Russia's Roscosmos State Space Corporation said Tuesday. The Proton-M is the largest carrier rocket in Russia's fleet of space launch vehicles. The rocket has lifted dozens of Russian and foreign satellites into orbit since it was first commissioned into service in 2001. ... more
Kourou, French Guiana (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
80th consecutive success for Ariane 5 with launch of Hellas Sat, Inmarsat and ISRO
Luxembourg (SPX) Jun 29, 2017
SES and MDA Announce First Satellite Life Extension Agreement
Munich, Germany (SPX) Jun 29, 2017
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Dark Matter Day is approaching
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
A global hunt for the universe's missing matter is underway, and this autumn everyone is invited to join in. On and around October 31, 2017, events around the world will celebrate the hunt for the universe's unseen "dark matter." Dark Matter Day events will engage the public in discussions about dark matter, and about the many experiments that seek to solve its mysteries. Universitie ... more
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
'Pompom' Stars May Solve Quasar Puzzle
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
Hubble captures massive dead disk galaxy that challenges theories of galaxy evolution
Amsterdam, Netherlands (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
Astronomers see mysterious nitrogen area in a butterfly-shaped star formation disk
Directed Energy And Next Generation Munitions - 26-28 June - Washington DC
Hints of Extra Dimensions in Gravitational Waves
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Jun 29, 2017
Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam found that hidden dimensions - as predicted by string theory - could influence gravitational waves. In a recently published paper they study the consequences of extra dimensions on these ripples in space-time, and predict whether their effects could be detected. LIGO's first detection of gravitational waves from ... more
Hannover, Germany (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
LISA Gravitational-Wave Observatory Selected as ESA L3 Mission
Baltimore MD (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Hubble Astronomers Measure White Dwarf's Mass with Relativity Experiment
Innsbruck, Austria (SPX) Jun 05, 2017
Breaking Newton's Law
Groundbreaking discovery confirms existence of orbiting supermassive black holes
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
For the first time ever, astronomers at The University of New Mexico say they've been able to observe and measure the orbital motion between two supermassive black holes hundreds of millions of light years from Earth - a discovery more than a decade in the making. UNM Department of Physics and Astronomy graduate student Karishma Bansal is the first-author on the paper, 'Constraining the Or ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 26, 2017
Quantum thermometer or optical refrigerator
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Shining light on low-energy electrons
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
No Universe without Big Bang
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AI Will Prepare Robots for the Unknown
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 26, 2017
How do you get a robot to recognize a surprise? That's a question artificial intelligence researchers are mulling, especially as A.I. begins to change space research. A new article in the journal Science: Robotics offers an overview of how A.I. has been used to make discoveries on space missions. The article, co-authored by Steve Chien and Kiri Wagstaff of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 26, 2017
Personalized exoskeletons are taking support one step farther
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017
Snake robot could help maintain space station, explore moon
Redwood City CA (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Numenta demonstrates machine intelligence algorithm for real-time anomaly detection
China to launch Long March-5 Y2 in early July
Beijing (XNA) Jun 27, 2017
China has set the window to launch its Long March-5 Y2 carrier rocket between July 2 and 5, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense. Carrying Shijian-18 communication satellite, the rocket was vertically transferred to the launch area at Wenchang Space Launch Center in south China's Hainan Province on Monday. Shijian-18 will test ... more
Beijing (Sputnik) Jun 23, 2017
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Beijing (XNA) Jun 21, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft completes second docking with space lab
Jiuquan (XNA) Jun 19, 2017
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