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February 22, 2017
IRON AND ICE
Dawn discovers evidence for organic material on Ceres



Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 22, 2017
NASA's Dawn mission has found evidence for organic material on Ceres, a dwarf planet and the largest body in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Scientists using the spacecraft's visible and infrared mapping spectrometer (VIR) detected the material in and around a northern-hemisphere crater called Ernutet. Organic molecules are interesting to scientists because they are necessary, though not sufficient, components of life on Earth. The discovery adds to the growing list of bodies in t ... read more

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Opportunity leaving crater rim for the Plains of Meridiani
Opportunity is located on the rim of Endeavour crater, about to leave the rim and get back on the plains of Meridiani. The rover is not leaving the crater, just setting up for faster progress ... more
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Minor planet named Bernard
A minor planet in the Solar System will officially be known as Bernardbowen after Australian citizen science project theSkyNet won a competition to name the celestial body. The minor planet wa ... more
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Researchers pinpoint watery past on Mars
Researchers from Trinity College Dublin have discovered a patch of land in an ancient valley on Mars that appears to have been flooded by water in the not-too-distant past. In doing so, they have pi ... more
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Scientists say Mars valley was flooded with water not long ago
Researchers have discovered the signature of periodic groundwater flooding in a Martian valley - further evidence that water flowed on Mars in the not-so-distant past. ... more
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Opportunity passes 44 kilometers of surface travel after 13 years
Opportunity is located on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover is making progress towards the next major scientific objective, the gully less than a kilometer south of the current location. ... more
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Scientists shortlist three landing sites for Mars 2020
Participants in a landing site workshop for NASA's upcoming Mars 2020 mission have recommended three locations on the Red Planet for further evaluation. The three potential landing sites for N ... more
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Angling up for Mars science
ESA's latest Mars orbiter has moved itself into a new path on its way to achieving the final orbit for probing the Red Planet. The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter arrived last October on a multiyear missi ... more
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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter plays crucial role in search for landing sites
At an international workshop this week about where NASA's next Mars rover should land, most of the information comes from a prolific spacecraft that's been orbiting Mars since 2006. Observatio ... more
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ISRO saves its Mars mission spacecraft from eclipse
Scientists from Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) have successfully executed crucial orbital maneuvering on Mars spacecraft to give it another lease of life. The Mission was facing imm ... more
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Swirling spirals at the north pole of Mars
A new mosaic from ESA's Mars Express shows off the Red Planet's north polar ice cap and its distinctive dark spiralling troughs. The mosaic was generated from 32 individual orbit 'strips' captured b ... more


Curiosity rover sharpens paradox of ancient Mars

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Opportunity Takes Advantage of her Location to do a Mini Science Campaign
Opportunity is located on the rim of Endeavour Crater, heading south. The rover is trying to make progress towards the next major scientific objective, the gully about a kilometer south of the ... more
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'Curiosity' exposes low CO2 level in Mars' primitive atmosphere
The CO2 level in Mars' primitive atmosphere 3.5 billion years ago was too low for sediments, such as those found by NASA's Curiosity exploration vehicle in areas like the Gale Crater on the planet's ... more
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UAE Aims to Launch Its First Ever Mars Mission in 2020
The United Arab Emirates has set an ambitious goal of sending nation's first mission to Mars in 2020, launching its unmanned orbiter from Japan's space center. The unmanned orbiter Hope, desig ... more
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UH research finds evidence of 2 billion years of volcanic activity on Mars
Analysis of a Martian meteorite found in Africa in 2012 has uncovered evidence of at least 2 billion years of volcanic activity on Mars. This confirms that some of the longest-lived volcanoes in the ... more

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India Takes Russian Help to Analyze Chemical Composition of Lunar Surface
ISRO has started a series of ground tests for testing the performance of sensors and actuators for soft landing of the Lander on the lunar surface. India Space Research Organization (ISRO) has selected Russian company JSC Isotope for supply of Radionuclide curium-244 (Cm-244) that enables sources to determine chemical composition of any rocks and soils. "Supplied by JSC Isotope sourc ... more
Complete Lunar-cy: The Earth Has Sprayed the Moon With Oxygen for Billennia

Private Space Race Heats Up, Moon Landing Expected in Late 2017

LunaH-Map CubeSat to map the Moon's water deposits

China to launch first high-throughput communications satellite in April
China plans to launch Shijian-13, its first high-throughput communications satellite, in April, the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) said Friday. The 4.6-tonne satellite, with a message capacity of more than 20 GB, will be carried into orbit by a Long March-3B carrier rocket, according to the CAST. An increase in satellite throughput will provide better access to the Internet ... more
Chinese cargo spacecraft set for liftoff in April

China looks to Mars, Jupiter exploration

China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory

Station crew get special delivery from Virginia
This week, astronauts are unloading more than 5,000 pounds of cargo and crew supplies from the Cygnus spacecraft to support dozens of science and research investigations. However, this shipment has special significance. This shipment arrived via an Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's pad 0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. Rocket launches to the International Space ... more
Orbital cargo ship arrives at space station

New Instrument on ISS to Study Ultra-Cold Quantum Gases

Two Russians, one American blast off to ISS

Europa Flyby Mission Moves into Design Phase
A mission to examine the habitability of Jupiter's ocean-bearing moon Europa is taking one step closer to the launchpad, with the recent completion of a major NASA review. On Feb. 15, NASA's Europa multiple-flyby mission successfully completed its Key Decision Point-B review. This NASA decision permits the mission to move forward into its preliminary design phase, known as "Phase B," begin ... more
Juno to remain in current orbit at Jupiter

NASA receives science report on Europa lander concept

New Horizons Refines Course for Next Flyby

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An Ice World...With an Ocean
On Feb. 17, 2005, NASA's Cassini spacecraft was making the first-ever close pass over Saturn's moon Enceladus as it worked through its detailed survey of the planet's icy satellites. Exciting, to be sure, just for the thrill of exploration. But then Cassini's magnetometer instrument noticed something odd. Since NASA's two Voyager spacecraft made their distant flybys of Enceladus about 20 years p ... more
Close views show Saturn's Rings in unprecedented detail

Cassini captures stunning view of Saturn moon Daphnis

Catching Cassini's call

Airbus to develop payload for first Franco-German Earth observation satellite
Airbus Defence and Space has signed a contract with Space Administration at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) to develop and build all components of the German contribution to the German-French Earth observation mission MERLIN. The German Aerospace Center and the French space agency Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) are jointly developing this challenging mission on behalf of the F ... more
NASA to launch sequel to successful Lightning Study Mission

Sentinel-2 teams prepare for space

Earth Science on the Space Station continues to grow

Art and space enter a new dimension
ESA's involvement in the world of art is entering a new dimension, thanks to the cooperation with the Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, with the idea of making space activities as inclusive as possible for more of the public on Earth. Michelangelo Pistoletto is acknowledged as one of the founding fathers of the Italian Arte Povera contemporary art movement and is widely regarded as o ... more
Mystery surrounds return of Pentagon's secretive X-37B spaceplane

Reaching for the Stars: An Interview with former NASA Astronaut Mike Fossum

Air Force doctor solves NASA's poop problem

Hunting for runaway worlds
Arizona State University astronomer Adam Schneider and his colleagues are hunting for an elusive object lost in space between our sun and the nearest stars. They are asking for your help in the search, using a new citizen-science website called Backyard Worlds: Planet 9. Astronomers have found evidence for a ninth planet in our solar system. The evidence comes from studying the orbits of o ... more
Ancient microbes push limits of what life can survive on Earth, and off

Prediction: More gas-giants will be found orbiting Sun-like stars

NASA to host news conference on discovery beyond our solar system

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U.S. Marines test 'Instant Eye' mini drone
Marines in Camp Lejune, N.C., recently completed training using the Instant Eye, a new hand-held unmanned aircraft designed to support reconnaissance missions. The Instant Eye is made by PSI Tactical, and is capable of taking off and landing at 90-degree angles. Many other unmanned aerial vehicles require either a runway or throwing for launch. According to the U.S. Marine Corps, the de ... more
Born killers: French army grooms eagles to down drones

Indonesia first to purchase Skeldar V-200 drone

Monitoring birds by drone

Setting Sun on Space Station Solar research
Today, ground control in Belgium switched off a package that had been continuously watching the Sun from the International Space Station for nine years. 'Solar' has been measuring most of the radiation emitted by our closest star across the electromagnetic spectrum. Built to run for only 18 months, it was still working until today - exceeding all expectations. Solar's observations are impr ... more
What happened to the sun over 7,000 years ago?

NASA Scientist Studies Whether Solar Storms Cause Animal Beachings

Friday Night's Deep Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

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India to join elite rocket club after successful tests for 4-ton class satellite
Following the successful launch of record number of satellite into the space, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully tested its largest cryogenic engine for a more than 10 minutes. The cryogenic stage designated as C25 was tested for a flight duration of 640 seconds at ISRO Propulsion Complex (IPRC) in Mahendragiri. C25 Stage had earlier been tested successfully for 50 second ... more
SpaceX blasts off cargo from historic NASA launchpad

The Unique Triumph of PSLV-C37

SpaceX aborts launch after 'odd' rocket engine behavior

NASA's fermi finds possible dark matter ties in andromeda galaxy
NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has found a signal at the center of the neighboring Andromeda galaxy that could indicate the presence of the mysterious stuff known as dark matter. The gamma-ray signal is similar to one seen by Fermi at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy. Gamma rays are the highest-energy form of light, produced by the universe's most energetic phenomena. ... more
Examining exploding stars through the atomic nucleus

Intergalactic unions more devastating than we thought

Hubble sees spiral in Andromeda

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'Gravitational noise' interferes with determining distant sources
Our Galaxy's gravitational field limits the accuracy of astrometric observations of distant objects. This is most clearly appeared for objects that are visually located behind the central regions of the Galaxy and the Galactic plane, where the deviation can be up to several dozen microarcseconds. And, more importantly, the effect of this gravitational "noise" cannot be removed. This means ... more
New method uses heat flow to levitate variety of objects

Increasing the sensitivity of next-generation gravitational wave detectors

New laser technology from Hannover enables more sensitive gravitational-wave detectors

Black hole is producing its own fuel for star-making
The Phoenix cluster is an enormous accumulation of about 1,000 galaxies, located 5.7 billion light years from Earth. At its center lies a massive galaxy, which appears to be spitting out stars at a rate of about 1,000 per year. Most other galaxies in the universe are far less productive, squeaking out just a few stars each year, and scientists have wondered what has fueled the Phoenix cluster's ... more
Black-hole-powered jets forge fuel for star formation

Changes of supermassive black hole in the center of NGC 2617 galaxy

A new technique for creation of entangled photon states developed

Will androids dream of quantum sheep?
The word 'replicant' evokes thoughts of a sci-fi world where society has replaced common creatures with artificial machines that replicate their behaviour. Now researchers from Singapore have shown that if such machines are ever created, they'll run more efficiently if they harness quantum theory to respond to the environment. This follows the findings of a team from the Centre for Quantum ... more
Scientists invent new, faster gait for six-legged robots

Now you can 'build your own' bio-bot

How algorithms secretly run the world

China to launch first high-throughput communications satellite in April
China plans to launch Shijian-13, its first high-throughput communications satellite, in April, the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) said Friday. The 4.6-tonne satellite, with a message capacity of more than 20 GB, will be carried into orbit by a Long March-3B carrier rocket, according to the CAST. An increase in satellite throughput will provide better access to the Internet ... more
Chinese cargo spacecraft set for liftoff in April

China looks to Mars, Jupiter exploration

China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory



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