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October 20, 2017
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These headsets are made for walking over Mars



Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 20, 2017
When NASA scientists want to follow the path of the Curiosity rover on Mars, they can don a mixed-reality headset and virtually explore the Martian landscape. Starting today, everyone can get a taste of what that feels like. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, collaborated with Google to produce Access Mars, a free immersive experience. It's available for use on all desktop and mobile devices and virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR) headsets. That includes mobile-based v ... read more

IRON AND ICE
Dawn Mission Extended at Ceres
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 20, 2017
NASA has authorized a second extension of the Dawn mission at Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. During this extension, the spacecraft will descend to lower alt ... more
MARSDAILY
MAVEN finds Mars has a twisted tail
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Mars has an invisible magnetic "tail" that is twisted by interaction with the solar wind, according to new research using data from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft. NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile ... more
MARSDAILY
Solar eruptions could electrify Martian moons
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Powerful solar eruptions could electrically charge areas of the Martian moon Phobos to hundreds of volts, presenting a complex electrical environment that could possibly affect sensitive electronics ... more
IRON AND ICE
A solar-powered asteroid nursery at the orbit of Mars
Armagh UK (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
The planet Mars shares its orbit with a handful of small asteroids, the so-called Trojans. Among them, one finds a unique group, all moving in very similar orbits, suggesting that they originated fr ... more
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MARSDAILY
A mission to Mars could make its own oxygen thanks to plasma technology
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Plasma technology could hold the key to creating a sustainable oxygen supply on Mars, a new study has found. It suggests that Mars, with its 96 per cent carbon dioxide atmosphere, has nearly i ... more
MARSDAILY
Microbes leave 'fingerprints' on Martian rocks
University of Vienna
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Oct 18, 2017 At the Department of Biophysical Chemistry at the University of Vienna, Tetyana Milojevic and her team have been operating a miniaturized "Mars farm" in order to ... more
MARSDAILY
Study shows how water could have flowed on 'cold and icy' ancient Mars
Providence RI (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
For scientists trying to understand what ancient Mars might have been like, the red planet sends some mixed signals. Water-carved valleys and lakebeds leave little doubt that water once flowed on th ... more
MARSDAILY
Recent drive improves energy levels of Opportunity rover on Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 18, 2017
Opportunity is continuing her winter exploration of "Perseverance Valley" on the west rim of Endeavour Crater. The cold, low-light winter conditions continue to constrain activity, although wi ... more
MARSDAILY
Webcam on Mars Express surveys high-altitude clouds
Paris (ESA) Oct 18, 2017
An unprecedented catalogue of more than 21 000 images taken by a webcam on ESA's Mars Express is proving its worth as a science instrument, providing a global survey of unusual high-altitude cloud f ... more
MARSDAILY
Mimetic Martian water is highly pressurized, experiments show
Washington (UPI) Oct 13, 2017
Mars is too cold to host flowing liquid water, but with the right mix of compounds, a water solution could be hiding on and below Mars' surface. ... more


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MARSDAILY
Mimetic Martian water is under pressure
Leeds, UK (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Researchers investigating whether liquid water could exist on Mars have provided new insight into the limits of life on the red planet. A team led by Dr Lorna Dougan from the University of Leeds has ... more
MARSDAILY
Debate over Mars exploration strategy heats up in astrobiology journal
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Current robotic missions to Mars that have not been appropriately cleaned and sterilized must steer clear of designated Special Regions to avoid introducing Earth-borne biological and organic contam ... more
MARSDAILY
Russian Space Research Institute Announces July 2020 Date for Mission to Mars
Moscow (Sputnik) Oct 10, 2017
According to the head of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Space Research Institute, the launch of the ExoMars-2020 mission, which will send a European rover to the red planet, is scheduled for July ... more
MARSDAILY
Mars Study Yields Clues to Possible Cradle of Life
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 09, 2017
The discovery of evidence for ancient sea-floor hydrothermal deposits on Mars identifies an area on the planet that may offer clues about the origin of life on Earth. A recent international re ... more



How bright is the moon, really?
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
The "inconstant moon," as Shakespeare called it in Romeo and Juliet, is more reliable than his pair of star-crossed lovers might have thought. Now researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) plan to make the Moon even more reliable with a new project to measure its brightness. Scientists put the Moon to work daily as a calibration source for space-based cameras ... more
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Human presence in Lunar orbit one step closer with successful RS-25 engine test
Huntsville AL (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
NASA research suggests significant atmosphere in lunar past and possible source of water on Moon
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
Lunar lava tube could be used as a moon mission base
China launches three satellites
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launched three remote sensing satellites Friday on a Long March-2C rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The Yaogan-30 01 satellites will conduct electromagnetic probes and other experiments. The launch is the 251st flight mission of the Long March rocket family. span class="BDL">Source: a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com">Xin ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
Adelaide, Australia (XNA) Oct 03, 2017
UN official commends China's role in space cooperation
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
A solar-powered asteroid nursery at the orbit of Mars
Armagh UK (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
The planet Mars shares its orbit with a handful of small asteroids, the so-called Trojans. Among them, one finds a unique group, all moving in very similar orbits, suggesting that they originated from the same object. But the mechanism that produced this "family" has been a mystery. Now, an international team of astronomers believe they have identified the culprit: sunlight. Their findings ... more
Flagstaff, AZ (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Spinning comet rapidly slows down during close approach to Earth
Tucson AZ (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Earth's New Traveling Buddy Is an Asteroid, Not Space Junk
Provo, UT (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Number of Undiscovered Near-Earth Asteroids Revised Downward
Haumea, the most peculiar of Pluto companions, has a ring around it
Granada, Spain (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
At the ends of the Solar System, beyond the orbit of Neptune, there is a belt of objects composed of ice and rocks, among which four dwarf planets stand out: Pluto, Eris, Makemake and Haumea. The latter is the least well known of the four and was recently the object of an international observation campaign which was able to establish its main physical characteristics. The study, led by astronome ... more
Garching, Germany (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Ring around a dwarf planet detected
Friedrichshafen, Germany (ESA) Oct 03, 2017
Helicopter test for Jupiter icy moons radar
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Solving the Mystery of Pluto's Giant Blades of Ice
NASA team finds noxious ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Researchers with NASA's Cassini mission found evidence of a toxic hybrid ice in a wispy cloud high above the south pole of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. The finding is a new demonstration of the complex chemistry occurring in Titan's atmosphere - in this case, cloud formation in the giant moon's stratosphere - and part of a collection of processes that ultimately helps deliver a smorgasbor ... more
(UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Saturn's A ring contained by not one, but seven moons
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 17, 2017
Reconstructing Cassini's Plunge into Saturn
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Intense storms batter Saturn's largest moon, UCLA scientists report
Study casts doubt on warming implications of brown carbon aerosol from wildfires
Saint Louis MO (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
As devastating wildfires continue to rage in the western U.S. and Canada, a team of environmental engineers at Washington University in St. Louis have discovered that light-absorbing organic particulate matter, also known as brown carbon aerosol, in wildfire smoke loses its ability to absorb sunlight the longer it remains in the atmosphere. Rajan Chakrabarty, assistant professor, and Brent ... more
Plesetsk, Russia (ESA) Oct 16, 2017
Air quality-monitoring satellite in orbit
Paris (ESA) Oct 17, 2017
Sentinel-5P: satellite in excellent health
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Watching plant photosynthesis from space
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Plants and psychological well-being in space
Gainesville FL (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Where people will go in the cosmos, plants will go. That's the message of a paper entitled "Gardening for Therapeutic People-Plant Interactions during Long-Duration Space Missions" written by Raymond Odeh, and Charles L. Guy of the University of Florida (Gainesville) and published in the De Gruyter journal, Open Agriculture. In the beginning of the space age, researchers sought to see if ... more
Moscow (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Russia's space agency says glitch in manned Soyuz landing
Moscow (AFP) Oct 14, 2017
Russia launches cargo ship to space station
Paris (Sputnik) Oct 10, 2017
Roscosmos: International Space Exploration to Continue Despite Geopolitical Situation
New NASA study improves search for habitable worlds
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
New NASA research is helping to refine our understanding of candidate planets beyond our solar system that might support life. "Using a model that more realistically simulates atmospheric conditions, we discovered a new process that controls the habitability of exoplanets and will guide us in identifying candidates for further study," said Yuka Fujii of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies ... more
Laurel MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
From Comets Come Planets
New York NY (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
A star that devoured its own planets
Exeter UK (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
Astronomers find potential solution into how planets form
Drone Aviation awarded contract for Enhanced WASP Tactical Aerostat from US Defense Dept
Jacksonville FL (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Drone Aviation Holding Corp. has received an order for its recently upgraded, multi-mission capable tactical Winch Aerostat Small Platform ("WASP") from an existing U.S. Department of Defense ("DoD") customer. The solider-operated WASP features support for advanced ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) equipment including the simultaneous use of communications and daylight and ther ... more
Peshawar, Pakistan (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Death toll from US drone strike in Pakistan rises to 26: officials
London (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
UK will not confirm drone death of IS 'White Widow' recruiter
Washington (UPI) Oct 10, 2017
New long range drones expected in 2018
Scientists propose space shield to protect Earth from solar storms
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
If governments and their space agencies are serious about protecting Earth from solar storms, one team of researchers argues a giant space shield is the most logical solution. Much attention is paid to the threat of comets and asteroids. In the past, violent collisions have triggered mass extinctions. Solar storms - intense waves of high energy particles flung into space during coronal ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Scientists model magnetic storm that inspired red aurora over Kyoto
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
A RAVAN in the sun
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Parker Solar Probe Gets Its Revolutionary Heat Shield
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ESA role in Europe's first all-electric telecom satellite
Paris (ESA) Oct 18, 2017
Europe's first all-electric telecom satellite has reached its final working orbit above the Pacific Ocean. Eutelsat-172B, built for Eutelsat by Airbus, carries new technologies developed through ESA-led projects, including fully articulated thruster arms. The satellite relied entirely on electric thrusters to climb from its initial orbit into its planned slot over the equator some 35 800 k ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Lockheed Martin Launches Second Cycle of 'Girls' Rocketry Challenge' in Japan
Huntsville AL (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
First Four Space Launch System Flight Engines Ready To Rumble
Paris (ESA) Oct 16, 2017
Rocket motor for Ariane 6 and Vega-C is cast for testing
What lurks below NASA's Chamber A
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Hidden beneath Chamber A at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston is an area engineers used to test critical contamination control technology that has helped keep NASA's James Webb Space Telescope clean during cryogenic testing. This voluminous area is called the plenum, and it supports the weight of the chamber above as well as houses some of the cabling and plumbing for it. Before Webb' ... more
Darmstadt, Germany (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
Heavy elements in neutron star mergers detected
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 20, 2017
Deep Space Communications via Faraway Photons
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
NASA Receives Findings from WFIRST Independent Review Team
A new era of multi-messenger astronomy with LIGO discovery
Rochester NY (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Rochester Institute of Technology researchers played a significant role in an international announcement today that has changed the future of astrophysics. The breakthrough discovery of colliding neutron stars marks the first time both gravitational waves and light have been detected from the same cosmic collision. "Multimessenger astronomy," a new way of understanding the universe, ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 17, 2017
NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event
University Park, PA (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
New gravitational wave hits Earth
Oxford UK (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
Gravitational twists help theoretical physicists shed light on quantum complexity
Filling the early universe with knots can explain why the world is three-dimensional
Nashville TN (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
The next time you come across a knotted jumble of rope or wire or yarn, ponder this: The natural tendency for things to tangle may help explain the three-dimensional nature of the universe and how it formed. An international team of physicists has developed an out-of-the-box theory which proposes that shortly after it popped into existence 13.8 billion years ago the universe was filled wit ... more
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
A single photon reveals quantum entanglement of 16 million atoms
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Proton and antiproton share fundamental properties
Bonn, Germany (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
'Find the Lady' in the quantum world
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Liquid metal brings soft robotics a step closer
Sussex UK (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Scientists have invented a way to morph liquid metal into physical shapes. Researchers at the University of Sussex and Swansea University have applied electrical charges to manipulate liquid metal into 2D shapes such as letters and a heart. The team says the findings represent an "extremely promising" new class of materials that can be programmed to seamlessly change shape. This open ... more
Laguna Beach, United States (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Intel working with Facebook on chips for AI
Paris (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Self-taught, 'superhuman' AI now even smarter: makers
Singapore (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Emma the robot masseuse gets to work in Singapore
China launches three satellites
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launched three remote sensing satellites Friday on a Long March-2C rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The Yaogan-30 01 satellites will conduct electromagnetic probes and other experiments. The launch is the 251st flight mission of the Long March rocket family. span class="BDL">Source: a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com">Xin ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
Adelaide, Australia (XNA) Oct 03, 2017
UN official commends China's role in space cooperation
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
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