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April 26, 2017
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SwRI-led team discovers lull in Mars' giant impact history



Boulder CO (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
From the earliest days of our solar system's history, collisions between astronomical objects have shaped the planets and changed the course of their evolution. Studying the early bombardment history of Mars, scientists at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and the University of Arizona have discovered a 400-million-year lull in large impacts early in Martian history. This discovery is published in the latest issue of Nature Geoscience in a paper titled, "A post-accretionary lull in large impacts ... read more

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Danish Martian Experts Get Their Hands on a Piece of 'Black Beauty'
Copenhagen (Sputnik) Apr 24, 2017
Humans have yet to set foot on Mars, but meteorites have been, by far, the most frequent visitors from outer space on Earth. Recently, one which has been dubbed "Black Beauty" landed in the hands of ... more
MARSDAILY
New Look at 2004's Martian Hole-in-One Site
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 24, 2017
A new observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captures the landing platform that the rover Opportunity left behind in Eagle Crater more than 13 years and 27 miles (or 44 kilometers ... more
DRAGON SPACE
Are human space babies conceivable?
Beijing (XNA) Apr 23, 2017
As astronauts continue to break records for time spent in space and manned Mars exploration is under discussion, scientists in China have begun a groundbreaking study to determine if humans can repr ... more
MARSDAILY
Researchers Produce Detailed Map of Potential Mars Rover Landing Site
Providence RI (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
Brown University researchers have published the most detailed geological history to date for a region of Mars known as Northeast Syrtis Major, a spot high on NASA's list of potential landing sites f ... more
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Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves 'Tribulation'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 20, 2017
NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is departing "Cape Tribulation," a crater-rim segment it has explored since late 2014, southbound for its next destination, "Perseverance Valley." The rover te ... more
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Mars spacecraft's first missions face delays, NASA says
Washington (AFP) April 14, 2017
NASA will probably delay the first two missions of its Orion deep-space capsule, being developed to send astronauts beyond earth's orbit and eventually to Mars, the US space agency said on Thursday. ... more
TECH SPACE
New method for 3-D printing extraterrestrial materials
Chicago IL (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
When humans begin to colonize the moon and Mars, they will need to be able to make everything from small tools to large buildings using the limited surrounding resources. Northwestern Universi ... more
MARSDAILY
NASA's MAVEN reveals Mars has metal in its atmosphere
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Mars has electrically charged metal atoms (ions) high in its atmosphere, according to new results from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft. The metal ions can reveal previously invisible activity in the mysteri ... more
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France, Japan aim to land probe on Mars moon
Paris (AFP) April 13, 2017
France and Japan want to recover pieces of a Martian Moon and bring them back to Earth, the head of France's National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) said Thursday. ... more
TECH SPACE
Humans to Mars Official NASA Goal, But What About Radiation
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Human exploration of Mars is now an official goal of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Last month, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a bill to increase NASA's budget. The la ... more


Opportunity Mars rover on the way to Perseverance Valley

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Chile desert combed for clues to life on Mars
Estacion Yungay, Chile (AFP) April 6, 2017
Chile's Atacama desert may seem to contain little besides red-grey rocks and sand - but scientists are busy searching here for clues to life in a place it much resembles: Mars. ... more
MARSDAILY
Russia critcal to ExoMars Project says Italian Space Agency Head
Colorado Springs CO (Sputnik) Apr 06, 2017
Russia is a fundamental partner in the joint project between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Russia's Roscosmos space corporation ExoMars, Italian Space Agency (ASI) President Roberto Battiston ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
The long legacy of space-farming leading us to Mars
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 02, 2017
Following a new NASA bill, passed in March by the US Congress and which authorizes $19.5 billion spending for space exploration in 2017, manned missions to Mars are closer to reality than ever befor ... more
MARSDAILY
Prolific Mars Orbiter Completes 50,000 Orbits
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 31, 2017
The most data-productive spacecraft yet at Mars swept past its 50,000th orbit this week, continuing to compile the most sharp-eyed global coverage ever accomplished by a camera at the Red Planet. ... more

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Swedish Institute of Space Physics goes back to the Moon
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Apr 23, 2017
On April 7, the Swedish Institute of Space Physics successfully delivered the flight model of the Advanced Small Analyzer for Neutrals (ASAN) instrument to the National Space Science Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China. The ASAN instrument will be launched at the end of 2018 onboard the Chinese Chang'e 4 mission to the Moon. Chang'e 4 consists of an orbiter, lander ... more
New Delhi (Sputnik) Apr 24, 2017
India dreams of harvesting lunar dust to power fusion rectors
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
NASA Scientists Find Dynamo at Lunar Core May Have Formed Magnetic Field
Providence RI (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
How a young-looking lunar volcano hides its true age
Are human space babies conceivable?
Beijing (XNA) Apr 23, 2017
As astronauts continue to break records for time spent in space and manned Mars exploration is under discussion, scientists in China have begun a groundbreaking study to determine if humans can reproduce in space. Scientists will for the first time conduct an experiment to induce the differentiation of human embryonic stem cells into germ cells on China's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1 ... more
Beijing (AFP) April 22, 2017
China's first cargo spacecraft docks with space lab
Wenchang, China (AFP) April 20, 2017
China launches first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1
Wenchang, China (Sputnik) Apr 21, 2017
Tianzhou-1 space truck soars into orbit

Close call: When asteroids whisk past Earth
Paris (AFP) April 19, 2017
A peanut-shaped asteroid 1.3 kilometres (3,280 feet) across streaked past Earth on Wednesday, giving astronomers a rare chance to check out a big space rock up close. But not too close. Dubbed 2014-JO25, the asteroid came nearest at 12:20 GMT and is now hurtling away from the centre of our solar system, said Ian Carnelli, an astronomer from the European Space Agency (ESA). "It does ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 20, 2017
Landslides on Ceres Reflect Ice Content
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
New study ranks hazardous asteroid effects from least to most destructive
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 20, 2017
NASA images Asteroid 2014 JO25 using radar prior to flyby
ALMA investigates 'DeeDee,' a distant, dim member of our solar system
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers have revealed extraordinary details about a recently discovered far-flung member of our solar system, the planetary body 2014 UZ224, more informally known as DeeDee. At about three times the current distance of Pluto from the Sun, DeeDee is the second most distant known trans-Neptunian object (TNO) with a confirmed ... more
Laurel MD (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Nap Time for New Horizons
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Hubble spots auroras on Uranus
Leicester, UK (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Cold' Great Spot discovered on Jupiter
Cassini completes final Titan flyby
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 25, 2017
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has had its last close brush with Saturn's hazy moon Titan and is now beginning its final set of 22 orbits around the ringed planet. The spacecraft made its 127th and final close approach to Titan on April 21 at 11:08 p.m. PDT (2:08 a.m. EDT [06:08 UTC] on April 22), passing at an altitude of about 608 miles (979 kilometers) above the moon's surface. Cassini ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 20, 2017
Cassini Heads Toward Final Close Encounter with Titan
Washington (AFP) April 13, 2017
Saturn moon has necessary conditions to harbor life: NASA
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 10, 2017
Cassini Mission Prepares for 'Grand Finale' at Saturn
When Swarm met Steve
Paris (ESA) Apr 24, 2017
Thanks to social media and the power of citizen scientists chasing the northern lights, a new feature was discovered recently. Nobody knew what this strange ribbon of purple light was, so ... it was called Steve. ESA's Swarm magnetic field mission has now also met Steve and is helping to understand the nature of this new-found feature. Speaking at the recent Swarm science meeting in Canada, Eric ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 18, 2017
'Detergent' Molecules May Drive Recent Methane Changes
Bristol, UK (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Banned industrial solvent sheds new light on methane mystery
Aurora CO (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Raytheon speeds delivery and secures satellite weather data
InterDrone 2017 Las Vegas - Sept 6-8
Lunar, Martian Greenhouses Designed to Mimic Those on Earth
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Apr 25, 2017
While astronauts have successfully grown plants and vegetables aboard the International Space Station, NASA scientists at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida are collaborating with a university team to develop long-term methods that could help sustain pioneers working in deep space. Agency researchers believe while there are many challenges for human exploration beyond Earth, they are conv ... more
Washington (AFP) April 24, 2017
'Better you than me,' Trump tells record-breaking astronaut
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 23, 2017
Cygnus docks with ISS, delivering 28 Cubesats from multiple customers
Miami (AFP) April 22, 2017
Orbital cargo ship arrives at space station
Newly Discovered Exoplanet May be Best Candidate in Search for Signs of Life
Munich, Germany (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
An exoplanet orbiting a red dwarf star 40 light-years from Earth may be the new holder of the title "best place to look for signs of life beyond the Solar System". Using ESO's HARPS instrument at La Silla, and other telescopes around the world, an international team of astronomers discovered a "super-Earth" orbiting in the habitable zone around the faint star LHS 1140. This world is a litt ... more
New York NY (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
Breakthrough Listen Publishes Initial Results
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain (SPX) Apr 25, 2017
Rocky super-earth found in habitable zone of small red star
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Lack of Oxygen Not a Showstopper For Life
MILSATCOM 2017 - 26/27 April, 2017 Colorado Springs
Service Academies Swarm Challenge Live-Fly Competition Begins
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
Small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other robots have become increasingly affordable, capable, and available to both the U.S. military and adversaries alike. Enabling UAVs and similar assets to perform useful tasks under human supervision-that is, carrying out swarm tactics in concert with human teammates-holds tremendous promise to extend the advantages U.S. warfighters have in field oper ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 17, 2017
MQ-8C Fire Scout takes first flight from littoral combat ship
Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017
MS-177 sensor completes test on Global Hawk
Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017
Swiss prisons getting drone-detection capability
Interdisciplinary studies reveal relationship between solar activity and climate change
Beijing CA (SPX) Apr 25, 2017
The solar flux is considered the fundamental energy source of earth's climate system on long time scales. In recent decades, some studies have noted that the tiny variations in solar activity could be amplified by the nonlinear process in climate system. Therefore, the astronomy factors, such as solar activity, present intriguing and cutting-edge questions to better understand climate chan ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
NASA and Partners Survey Space Weather Science
Honolulu HI (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Hawaii-built Infrared Instrument for World's Largest Solar Telescope Catches its First Rays
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Charting the skies of history
India seeks status as a major space power with more satellite launches
New Delhi (Sputnik) Apr 26, 2017
Aiming to lower the cost of access to space, the Indian Space and Research Organization (ISRO) chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar has said the space agency is aiming to increase the number of satellite launches from the existing seven to 12 per year. Experts said that increasing the number of launches will help India tap a fast-growing commercial space market. "Earlier, we were doing 2-3 (launches) ... more
New Delhi (Sputnik) Apr 24, 2017
India to Launch Carrier Rocket With Higher Payload Capacity in May
Sacramento CA (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne completes qualification tests on reusable rocket engine
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 24, 2017
Russian MoD to Further Develop Plesetsk Cosmodrome Infrastructure
Simulated Galaxies Provide Fresh Evidence of Dark Matter
Durham, UK (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Observations of the Coma cluster carried out by Swiss astronomer Fritz Zwicky in 1933 implied that the system's total gravitating mass was far larger than that which could be detected from starlight or emission from intra-cluster gas. He proposed "dunkle Materie," or dark matter, as a binding agent for the cluster. As years passed, new and more refined observations of clusters and of indiv ... more
Paris (ESA) Apr 21, 2017
Gaia's Snapshot Of Another Galaxy
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Hubble's cosmic bubbles
Baltimore MD (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
A New Angle on Two Spiral Galaxies for Hubble's 27th Birthday
Human 2 Mars Conference May 9-11 2017 - Washington DC
Rare Brightening of Supernova's Light Found by Caltech's Palomar Observatory
Pasadena CA (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
An international team of astronomers has, for the first time, seen a cosmic magnification of the light from a class of supernova called Type Ia. Type Ia supernovas - often referred to as "standard candles" because of their well-known intrinsic brightness - are frequently used by astronomers to accurately measure the expansion rate of our universe, as well as the amount of dark energy, which is t ... more
Orlando FL (SPX) Apr 07, 2017
ZERO-G Research aims to advance deep-space mission technology
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
Cells adapt ultra-rapidly to zero gravity
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
'Gravitational noise' interferes with determining distant sources
New survey hints at exotic origin for the Cold Spot
London, UK (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
A supervoid is unlikely to explain a 'Cold Spot' in the cosmic microwave background, according to the results of a new survey, leaving room for exotic explanations like a collision between universes. The researchers, led by postgraduate student Ruari Mackenzie and Professor Tom Shanks in Durham University's Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy, publish their results in Monthly Notices of the Royal ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
The Arrhythmic Beating of a Black Hole Heart
Mumbai, India (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
Can we see a singularity, the most extreme object in the universe?
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Supermassive black holes found in 2 tiny galaxies
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Princeton NJ (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
In debates over the future of artificial intelligence, many experts think of the new systems as coldly logical and objectively rational. But in a new study, researchers have demonstrated how machines can be reflections of us, their creators, in potentially problematic ways. Common machine learning programs, when trained with ordinary human language available online, can acquire cultural bi ... more
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As astronauts continue to break records for time spent in space and manned Mars exploration is under discussion, scientists in China have begun a groundbreaking study to determine if humans can reproduce in space. Scientists will for the first time conduct an experiment to induce the differentiation of human embryonic stem cells into germ cells on China's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1 ... more
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