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December 15, 2017
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Green Light for Continued Operations of ESA Science Missions



Noordwijk, Netherlands (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
ESA's Science Programme Committee (SPC) has approved indicative extensions, up to 2019-2020, for the operation of eight scientific missions. During its meeting at ESA Headquarters in Paris, on 21-22 November, the SPC approved indicative extensions for the continued operation of five ESA-led missions: Gaia, INTEGRAL, Mars Express, SOHO, and XMM-Newton. This followed a comprehensive review of the current operational status and outlook of the missions and their expected scientific returns during the ... read more

MARSDAILY
Designing future human space exploration on Hawaii's lava fields
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
On the lava fields of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, a team of NASA researchers and partners have been busy doing science in a most unusual way. They were studying the biology and geology of this remarka ... more
MOON DAILY
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 ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Space Policy Directive calls for human expansion across the solar system
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
President Donald Trump is sending astronauts back to the Moon. The president Monday signed at the White House Space Policy Directive 1, a change in national space policy that provides for a U.S.-led ... 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
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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
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
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
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
MARSDAILY
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
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


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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
MARSDAILY
Earthworms can reproduce in Mars-like soil
Washington (UPI) Nov 27, 2017
A pair of newborn earthworms in a Dutch lab suggests earthworms can reproduce in Martian soil. ... more
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



Robot Moon Base: Beijing's New Lunar Landing Program
Beijing (XNA) Dec 12, 2017
Scientists are mulling a robot moon station, Chinese space experts said on Tuesday. The base can conduct bigger, more complicated research and experiments, according to space officials who announced the plan at an international symposium in Shanghai at the end of November. Such a station could slash the costs of returning rock samples to Earth, Jiao Weixin, a Peking University space ... more
Dallas TX (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Researchers analyze thousands of hours of Apollo mission audio
Miami (AFP) Dec 14, 2017
Will Trump send Americans to the Moon? Money talks: experts
Washington DC (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
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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
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Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
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Bright Areas on Ceres Suggest Geologic Activity
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 13, 2017
If you could fly aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft, the surface of dwarf planet Ceres would generally look quite dark, but with notable exceptions. These exceptions are the hundreds of bright areas that stand out in images Dawn has returned. Now, scientists have a better sense of how these reflective areas formed and changed over time - processes indicative of an active, evolving world. "The m ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
OSIRIS-REx cruising towards rendezvous with Asteroid Bennu
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Research shows why meteroids explode before they reach Earth
Washington (UPI) Dec 13, 2017
Ceres' bright spots suggest the dwarf planet is geologically active
Does New Horizons' Next Target Have a Moon?
Laurel MD (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Scientists were already excited to learn this summer that New Horizons' next flyby target - a Kuiper Belt object a billion miles past Pluto - might be either peanut-shaped or even two objects orbiting one another. Now new data hints that 2014 MU69 might have company: a small moon. That's the latest theory coming from NASA's New Horizons team, as it continues to analyze telescope data on th ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 13, 2017
Juno probes the depths of Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Laurel MD (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
New Horizons Corrects Its Course in the Kuiper Belt
Boulder CO (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Wrapping up 2017 one year out from MU69
Electrical and Chemical Coupling Between Saturn and Its Ring
Uppsala, Sweden (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
A Langmuir probe, developed in Sweden and flown to Saturn on the Cassini spacecraft, has made exciting discoveries in the atmosphere of the planet. Jan-Erik Wahlund at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Uppsala and his colleagues show that there is a strong coupling, both chemically and electrically, between the atmosphere of Saturn and its rings. These research results have now been publ ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 21, 2017
Unique atmospheric chemistry explains cold vortex on Saturn's moon Titan
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
'Smoke rings' in the ocean spotted from space
Liverpool UK (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Researchers from the University of Liverpool have spotted the equivalent of smoke-rings in the ocean which they think could 'suck-up' small marine creatures and carry them at high speed and for long distances across the ocean. The ocean is full of eddies, swirling motions some tens to hundreds of kilometres across, which mix the water and carry it across the average currents. The 'sm ... more
Laurel MD (SPX) Dec 15, 2017
APL Monitoring Instrument Rides into Space
Boulder CO (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Space Mystery Solved by Student Satellite
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
NASA's CATS concludes successful mission on Space Station
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NASA Establishes Advisory Group for National Space Council
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
NASA has established a new advisory group on behalf of the National Space Council that will represent the expertise, interests and perspectives of non-federal aerospace organizations to the National Space Council. The official charter for the Users' Advisory Group (UAG) was signed by acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot on Dec. 6, and subsequently announced in the Federal Register. I ... more
Palo Alto, CA (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
PARC to Partner with Commercial Space Leader to Accelerate Space R and D
Paris (ESA) Dec 15, 2017
Paolo Nespoli returns to Earth
Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan (AFP) Dec 14, 2017
Two astronauts, cosmonaut return from five-month ISS mission
Life's building blocks observed in spacelike environment
College Park, Maryland (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Where do the molecules required for life originate? It may be that small organic molecules first appeared on Earth and were later combined into larger molecules, such as proteins and carbohydrates. But a second possibility is that they originated in space, possibly within our solar system. A new study, published this week in The Journal of Chemical Physics, from AIP Publishing, shows that a numb ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 15, 2017
NASA uses AI to uncover eighth planet circling distant star
Paris (AFP) Dec 14, 2017
No alien 'signals' from cigar-shaped asteroid: researchers
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
Two Super-Earths around red dwarf K2-18
Dutch police ground drone-fighting eagles
The Hague (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
Dutch police have clipped the wings of their airborne drone-fighting force of eagles, and fired their winged warriors deeming them too expensive and too unruly to be effective. After a series of tests in 2015, the police last year announced they were putting into operation a flock of the birds of prey to take down drones believed to be posing a danger to the public, such as near airports. ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 13, 2017
Jet-powered drone tested by BAE Systems
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017
Hensoldt intros new counter-drone system
Beijing (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
China says Indian drone 'invaded' its airspace, crashed
Space weather, EarthScope, and protecting the national electrical grid
New Orleans LA (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
It's not often geology and national security wind up in the same sentence. Most people don't think about electrical power in connection to either the ground under their feet or solar flares overhead, but Dr. Adam Schultz of Oregon State University, and EarthScope Magnetotelluric Program Lead Scientist, says that connection presents a clear and present risk that power utilities need to consider ... more
Boulder CO (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
CU Boulder solar instruments, experiments headed for space
New York NY (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Mount Sinai researchers use breakthrough technology to understand eclipse eye damage
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Massive Primordial Galaxies Found in 'Halo' of Dark Matter
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RS-25 Engine Test is Giant Step for 3-D Printing
Stennis Space Center, MS (SPX) Dec 15, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc., and NASA completed hot-fire testing of an RS-25 rocket engine containing its largest additively manufactured component to date. Additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3-D printing, will help lower the cost of future missions of NASA's powerful Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift rocket. "This test demonstrates the v ... more
Moscow (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Russian space agency blames satellite loss on programming error
Washington DC (UPI) Dec 11, 2017
Rocket Lab makes another attempt at rocket launch in New Zealand
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 13, 2017
Russia's Fregat Upper Stage Fail Caused by Incorrect Software Operation
RIT Professor to study cosmic evolution with Webb Telescope
Rochester NY (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Rochester Institute of Technology astrophysicist Jeyhan Kartaltepe will be one of the first scientists to use NASA's James Webb Space Telescope soon after it launches in spring 2019. The Webb telescope is regarded by many as the powerful successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, with sensitive infrared detectors designed to peer 13.5 billion years into the universe's history. Kartaltepe, as ... more
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Model of Galaxy and Star Cluster Formation Is Rectified
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Neutron stars on the brink of collapse
Honolulu HI (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
Galaxy Orbits in the Local Supercluster
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
Herschel Data Links Mysterious Quasar Winds to Furious Starbursts
Noordwijk, Netherlands (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Astronomers have used ESA's Herschel Space Observatory to solve a decades-old mystery about the origin of powerful cool gas winds in the hot environs of quasars. The evidence linking these powerful winds to star formation in the quasar host galaxies may also help resolve the mystery of why the size of galaxies in the universe appears to be capped. Since their discovery in the 1960s quasars ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Most Distant Supermassive Black Hole Found
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
New manifestation of magnetic monopoles discovered
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Quantum-emitting answer might lie in the solution
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Lockheed Martin and NEC to Enhance Satellites, Space Travel with Artificial Intelligence
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 15, 2017
Lockheed Martin and NEC Corp have announced that Lockheed Martin will use NEC's System Invariant Analysis Technology (SIAT) in the space domain. SIAT's advanced analytics engine uses data collected from sensors to learn the behavior of systems, including computer systems, power plants, factories and buildings, enabling the system itself to automatically detect inconsistencies and prescribe resol ... more
El Segundo CA (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Aerospace's SeedTECH AI advances to second round of $5M IBM Watson XPRIZE
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
Speedy cockroaches help researchers train robots to walk
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 13, 2017
Not Your Grandpa's Robot: Russian Robot 'FEDOR' May Become Self-Learning
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
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