Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
24/7 News Coverage
January 10, 2017
TECH SPACE
APL provides key instruments for NASA dual Discovery Missions



Laurel MD (SPX) Jan 09, 2017
Scientists and engineers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory will provide instruments on NASA's two newest missions, Lucy and Psyche, which will explore, respectively, six of Jupiter's Trojan asteroids and 16 Psyche, a rare and primarily metal asteroid in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Both Discovery-class missions were selected to explore these relics from the earliest history of the solar system, less than 10 million years after the birth of our sun. ... read more

MARSDAILY
New Year yields interesting bright soil for Opportunity rover
Opportunity is located on the rim of Endeavour crater, heading south along the rim. The near-term plan is to reach a valley called "Willamette" where grooves are seen in orbital imagery. Just ... more
MARSDAILY
Hues in a Crater Slope
Impact craters expose the subsurface materials on the steep slopes of Mars. However, these slopes often experience rockfalls and debris avalanches that keep the surface clean of dust, revealing a va ... more
MARSDAILY
3-D images reveal features of Martian polar ice caps
Three-dimensional subsurface images are revealing structures within the Martian polar ice caps, including previously obscured layering, a larger volume of frozen carbon dioxide contained in the sout ... more
DRAGON SPACE
China Plans to Launch 1st Mars Probe by 2020 - State Council Information Office
China is planning to conduct the first orbiting and roving exploration of Mars by 2020, the country's State Council Information Office (SCIO) said Tuesday in a report. "China intends to execut ... more
Previous Issues Jan 09 Jan 07 Jan 06 Jan 05 Jan 04
Space Media Advertising Solutions
Integrated Air and Missile Defense 2017 - Sept 27-29 - Washington DC
InterDrone 2017 Las Vegas - Sept 6-8
Nuclear decommissioning and used fuel market map 2017
Nuclear Plant Digitalization Conference -November 2017, Charlotte, NC USA

Tempur-Pedic Mattress Comparison & Memory Foam Mattress Review
MARSDAILY
Odyssey recovering from precautionary pause in activity
NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter, which has been in service at Mars since October 2001, put itself into safe mode - a protective standby status - on Dec. 26, while remaining in communication with Earth. ... more
MARSDAILY
Small Troughs Growing on Mars May Become 'Spiders'
Erosion-carved troughs that grow and branch during multiple Martian years may be infant versions of larger features known as Martian "spiders," which are radially patterned channels found only in th ... more
MARSDAILY
Full go-ahead for building ExoMars 2020
The first ExoMars mission arrived at the Red Planet in October and now the second mission has been confirmed to complete its construction for a 2020 launch. ESA and Thales Alenia Space signed ... more
MARSDAILY
Opportunity performs several drives to ancient gully
Opportunity is making progress towards the next science objective of the extended mission. The rover is headed toward an ancient water-carved gully about a kilometer south of the rover's current loc ... more
MARSDAILY
All eyes on Trump over Mars
The year 2016 has seen a rekindling of the human desire to conquer Mars, with public and private interests openly vying to take the first step on the Red Planet, possibly with a stopover on the Moon. ... more


Skimming an alien atmosphere

IRON AND ICE
Ceres: Water ice in eternal polar night
The American Dawn space probe has been orbiting the asteroid Ceres between Mars and Jupiter since March 2015. Thanks to the two identical onboard cameras from the Max Planck Institute for Solar Syst ... more
MARSDAILY
Bremen robot team successfully simulates Mars mission in Utah
A major challenge in the exploration of Mars by robots is its uneven surface, which is marked by trenches and craters. Whether the systems can withstand the rough terrain on the Red Planet, they hav ... more

Space Media Advertising


Solar storms could spark soils at moon's poles
Powerful solar storms can charge up the soil in frigid, permanently shadowed regions near the lunar poles, and may possibly produce "sparks" that could vaporize and melt the soil, perhaps as much as meteoroid impacts, according to NASA-funded research. This alteration may become evident when analyzing future samples from these regions that could hold the key to understanding the history of the m ... more
How the Moons That Came Before Collided to Form the Moon

China plans probes to far side, poles of Moon

Lunar sonic booms

China Space Plan to Develop "Strength and Size"
China wants to develop "strength and size" in its space program, a China National Space Administration official said last week. In the next five years, the country plans to speed up the development of its space program. China wants to become the first country to carry out a controlled landing of a probe on the far side of the moon in 2018. China also has plans to launch its first probe to the pl ... more
Beijing's space program soars in 2016

China Plans to Launch 1st Mars Probe by 2020 - State Council Information Office

China to expand int'l cooperation on space sciences

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

Lowell Observatory to renovate Pluto discovery telescope
The instrument at Lowell Observatory used by Clyde Tombaugh to discover Pluto will soon undergo renovation. The year-long project, set to begin on January 12, will include restoration of both the historic telescope and the wooden dome that houses it. While the telescope will be removed from the dome during this work, the dome will be open from time to time for public tours as work allows. ... more
Flying observatory makes observations of Jupiter previously only possible from space

How a moon slows the decay of Pluto's atmosphere

York U research identifies icy ridges on Pluto

NASA image showcases Saturn's sun-soaked north pole
Cassini is now ring-grazing, but its orbital path earlier this year sent the NASA probe high above Saturn's north pole. In late September, the vantage revealed the pole fully illuminated by the sun's rays. The probe used the opportunity to photograph the sun-soaked north pole with its wide-angle camera. Recently, NASA shared the image online. The summer sun shining on Saturn's no ... more
Cassini offers a crash course in ring world orbital mechanics

Saturn's bulging core implies moons younger than thought

Cassini Makes First Ring-Grazing Plunge

First colour image for joint UK and Algerian CubeSat
AlSat Nano, a UK-Algeria CubeSat mission, has captured its first full colour image following its launch in September 2016. The image was taken by the Open University C3D2 instrument's wide field camera on 3rd December, 2016, over the Arkhangelsk Oblast region, on the North West coast of Russia. It was captured under twilight conditions at dawn, showing the coastline to the top, and a brief winte ... more
Newly proposed reference datasets improve weather satellite data quality

Are we exploring in the wrong direction

Fossil fuel formation: Key to atmosphere's oxygen?

Integrated Air and Missile Defense 2017 - Sept 27-29 - Washington DC
Two US astronauts complete spacewalk to upgrade ISS
Two American astronauts ventured outside the International Space Station on Friday to upgrade the orbiting outpost's electrical system. Americans Shane Kimbrough, the 49-year-old commander of the six-person crew aboard the ISS, and flight engineer Peggy Whitson, 56, officially ended their expedition at 1855 GMT. During their approximately six-and-a-half hour spacewalk, the pair installed ... more
Hubble provides interstellar road map for Voyagers' galactic trek

The hidden artist of the Soviet space programme

Emerging tech aims to improve life for handicapped

Hubble detects 'exocomets' taking the plunge into a young star
Interstellar forecast for a nearby star: Raining comets! NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered comets plunging onto the star HD 172555, which is a youthful 23 million years old and resides 95 light-years from Earth. The exocomets - comets outside our solar system - were not directly seen around the star, but their presence was inferred by detecting gas that is likely the vaporized r ... more
Between a rock and a hard place: can garnet planets be habitable

VLT to Search for Planets in Alpha Centauri System

Could dark streaks in Venusian clouds be microbial life

InterDrone 2017 Las Vegas - Sept 6-8
U.S. Army selects Textron for Shadow UAV sustainment
Textron has received a $206 million contract to perform sustainment services for the U.S. Army's Shadow tactical unmanned aircraft system. Support services covered in the contract include engineering, logistics, field service operations, depot materiel repair and post-productions software support. Textron officials say the agreement bolsters its ties with the Army and its fleet of 117 S ... more
U.S. Army engineers use 3D printing for small drone

Small drone achieves flight endurance record

Embry-Riddle offers free online course on FAA regulations for UAVs

NASA moon data provides more accurate 2017 eclipse path
On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, millions in the U.S. will have their eyes to the sky as they witness a total solar eclipse. The moon's shadow will race across the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina. The path of this shadow, also known as the path of totality, is where observers will see the moon completely cover the sun. And thanks to elevation data of the moon from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissan ... more
Moore Foundation provides libraries with a millione solar-eclipse viewers

Preparing for the August 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Giving the Sun a brake

Michoud complete stand for testing SLS main fuel tank
Major construction is complete on NASA's largest new Space Launch System structural test stand, and engineers are now installing equipment needed to test the rocket's biggest fuel tank. The stand is critical for ensuring SLS's liquid hydrogen tank can withstand the extreme forces of launch and ascent on its first flight, and later on the second flight, which will carry up to four astronaut ... more
Weather delays resumption of SpaceX's rocket launches

Arianespace to launch Intelsat 39

Arianespace to launch JCSAT-17 for SKY Perfect JSAT

Scientists close on on the true mass of Milky Way
It's a problem of galactic complexity, but researchers are getting closer to accurately measuring the mass of the Milky Way Galaxy. In the latest of a series of papers that could have broader implications for the field of astronomy, McMaster astrophysicist Gwendolyn Eadie, working with her PhD supervisor William Harris and with a Queen's University statistician, Aaron Springford, has refin ... more
Astronomer predicts red nova explosion to light up the sky in 2022

The Mystery of Part-Time Pulsars

How far away is that galaxy

MIT researchers reveal new technique for measuring gravity
Researchers have found a way to improve atom interferometers, the most common and precise tool for measuring gravity. Atom interferometers measure difference in wave characteristics between atomic matter. They rely on an exotic state of matter called Bose-Einstein condensates. Researchers in MIT have found a way to improve the precision of atom interferometers by augmenting the condensa ... more
A population of neutron stars can generate gravitational waves continuously

LISA Pathfinder's pioneering mission continues

Magnetic mirror could shed new light on gravitational waves

LIGO expected to detect more binary black hole mergers
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) broke the news almost one year ago when the first-ever direct observation of gravitational waves was announced. Now LIGO scientists hope that this year could yield even more breakthrough findings in astronomy. On November 30, LIGO resumed its search for gravitational waves when it was switched from engineering test runs to scie ... more
Arecibo Observatory Casts New Light on Cosmic Microwave Background

Deepest X-ray image ever reveals black hole treasure trove

Venerable Radio Telescope Sets Standard for Universal Constant

Subscribe free to our
newsletters via your





















ELFI: Engine for Likelihood-Free Inference facilitates more effective simulation
The Engine for Likelihood-Free Inference is open to everyone, and it can help significantly reduce the number of simulator runs. Researchers have succeeded in building an engine for likelihood-free inference, which can be used to model reality as accurately as possible in a simulator. The engine may revolutionise the many fields in which computational simulation is utilised. This dev ... more
Brazil orders remote-controlled weapon stations from Elbit

Baidu family robot a Chinese spin on Amazon Echo

Fractional calculus helps control systems hit their mark

China Space Plan to Develop "Strength and Size"
China wants to develop "strength and size" in its space program, a China National Space Administration official said last week. In the next five years, the country plans to speed up the development of its space program. China wants to become the first country to carry out a controlled landing of a probe on the far side of the moon in 2018. China also has plans to launch its first probe to the pl ... more
Beijing's space program soars in 2016

China Plans to Launch 1st Mars Probe by 2020 - State Council Information Office

China to expand int'l cooperation on space sciences



Subscribe free to our newsletters via your



Buy Advertising Media Advertising Kit Editorial & Other Enquiries Privacy statement
The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2016 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement