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March 16, 2017
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Mars Rover Tests Driving, Drilling and Detecting Life in Chile's High Desert



Moffett Field Ca (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Due to its extreme dryness, the Atacama Desert in Chile is one of the most important environments on Earth for researchers who need to approximate the conditions of Mars. Working in 90-plus-degree heat in arguably the driest place on Earth, the team behind NASA's Atacama Rover Astrobiology Drilling Studies, or ARADS, project just completed its second season of tests. The project aims to show that roving, drilling and life-detection can all happen together, with the goal of demonstrating the techni ... read more

MARSDAILY
NASA Mars Orbiter Tracks Back-to-Back Regional Storms
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
A regional dust storm currently swelling on Mars follows unusually closely on one that blossomed less than two weeks earlier and is now dissipating, as seen in daily global weather monitoring by NAS ... more
MARSDAILY
Opportunity Driving South to Gully
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
Opportunity is located just outside the rim of Endeavour Crater, less than half a mile (700 meters) away from the next big science objective, a gully. The rover completed the last in-situ scie ... more
MARSDAILY
Paleolake deposits on Mars might look like sediments in Indonesia
Boulder CO (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
In their GSA Bulletin article published online last week, Timothy A. Goudge and colleagues detail the clay mineralogy of sediment from Lake Towuti, Indonesia, using a technique called visible to nea ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Indicators show potatoes can grow on Mars
Lima, Peru (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
The International Potato Center (CIP) launched a series of experiments to discover if potatoes can grow under Mars atmospheric conditions and thereby prove they are also able to grow in extreme clim ... more
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DRAGON SPACE
Riding an asteroid: China's next space goal
Beijing (XNA) Mar 07, 2017
After sending a probe to Mars in 2020, China plans to explore three asteroids and land on one of them to conduct scientific research, according to a Chinese asteroid research expert. The "Chin ... more
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China Plans to Launch 1st Probe to Mars in Summer 2020
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 09, 2017
China is expected to launch its first probe satellite to Mars in July or in August 2020, local media reported Tuesday. The People's Daily newspaper reported citing Wan Weixing, an academician ... more
MARSDAILY
New evidence for a water-rich history on Mars
Berkeley CA (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Mars may have been a wetter place than previously thought, according to research on simulated Martian meteorites conducted, in part, at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laborato ... more
MARSDAILY
Humans May Quickly Evolve on Mars, Biologist Claims
Houston (Sputnik) Mar 03, 2017
An evolutionary biologist has suggested that human colonists on Mars could go through rapid evolution, eventually becoming an entirely new human species. Scott Solomon, an evolutionary biologist wit ... more
MARSDAILY
NASA Orbiter Steers Clear of Mars Moon Phobos
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 03, 2017
NASA's MAVEN spacecraft performed a previously unscheduled maneuver this week to avoid a collision in the near future with Mars' moon Phobos. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) space ... more
IRON AND ICE
Asteroid Split in Two and, Years Later, Developed Tails
Granada, Spain (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Asteroids on the main belt, situated between Mars and Jupiter, move around the Sun in quasi circular orbits, so they do not undergo the temperature changes which, in comets, produce the characterist ... more


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MARSDAILY
Remnants of a mega-flood on Mars
Paris (ESA) Mar 03, 2017
ESA's Mars Express has captured images of one of the largest outflow channel networks on the Red Planet. The Kasei Valles channel system extends around 3000 km from its source region in Echus Chasma ... more
MARSDAILY
NASA Explores Opportunity for Smaller Experiments to 'Hitch a Ride' to Mars
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
NASA's goals for human deep space exploration are complex and ambitious. To maximize resources as it pushes the boundaries of exploration, the agency is exploring opportunities to take advantage of ... more
MARSDAILY
Science checkout continues for ExoMars orbiter
Paris (ESA) Feb 28, 2017
Next week, the ExoMars orbiter will devote two days to making important calibration measurements at the Red Planet, which are needed for the science phase of the mission that will begin next year. T ... more
MARSDAILY
Martian Winds Carve Mountains, Move Dust, Raise Dust
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 28, 2017
On Mars, wind rules. Wind has been shaping the Red Planet's landscapes for billions of years and continues to do so today. Studies using both a NASA orbiter and a rover reveal its effects on scales ... more

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Sun Devils working for a chance to induce photosynthesis on our lunar neighbor
Tempe AZ (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Unlocking humanity's future as an interplanetary species is no simple feat. But students at Arizona State University and the Central University of Tamil Nadu in India are up for the challenge. The international collaboration is vying for a chance to induce photosynthesis on the moon. "Photosynthesis is the basis of all life," said Jonathon Barkl, a physics and economics major in the Colleg ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 10, 2017
NASA finds missing LRO, Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiters
Washington (AFP) March 12, 2017
Under Trump, the Moon regains interest as possible destination
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 03, 2017
India's Moon Mission on 2018 Target, Says ISRO Chief
China Develops Spaceship Capable of Moon Landing
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Chinese state media is reporting that the country's space program has developed a craft capable of both landing on the moon and flying in low-Earth orbit. The new spacecraft is claimed to be able to accommodate multiple astronauts, according to spaceship engineer Zhang Bainian, who Science and Technology Daily cited as comparing the forthcoming ship to the Orion craft currently in developm ... more
Wenchang, China (XNA) Mar 13, 2017
Long March-7 Y2 ready for launch of China's first cargo spacecraft
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 09, 2017
China Seeks Space Rockets Launched from Airplanes
Beijing (XNA) Mar 07, 2017
Riding an asteroid: China's next space goal
Station crew get special delivery from Virginia
Chincoteague Island, VA (SPX) Oct 31, 2016
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
Miami (AFP) Oct 23, 2016
Orbital cargo ship arrives at space station
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 21, 2016
New Instrument on ISS to Study Ultra-Cold Quantum Gases
Baikonur, Kazakhstan (AFP) Oct 19, 2016
Two Russians, one American blast off to ISS
NASA Mission Named 'Europa Clipper'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
NASA's upcoming mission to investigate the habitability of Jupiter's icy moon Europa now has a formal name: Europa Clipper. The moniker harkens back to the clipper ships that sailed across the oceans of Earth in the 19th century. Clipper ships were streamlined, three-masted sailing vessels renowned for their grace and swiftness. These ships rapidly shuttled tea and other goods back and for ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 07, 2017
Juno Captures Jupiter Cloudscape in High Resolution
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 21, 2017
Juno to remain in current orbit at Jupiter
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 22, 2017
Europa Flyby Mission Moves into Design Phase
Farewell to Mimas
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 15, 2017
In its season of "lasts," NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its final close approach to Saturn's moon Mimas on January 30, 2017. At closest approach, Cassini passed 25,620 miles (41,230 kilometers) from Mimas. All future observations of Mimas will be from more than twice this distance. This mosaic is one of the highest resolution views ever captured of the icy moon. Close approaches to Mimas ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 15, 2017
Cassini Sees Heat Below the Icy Surface of Enceladus
Paris, France (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Enceladus' south pole is warm under the frost
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 22, 2017
An Ice World...With an Ocean
'Going deep' to measure Earth's rotational effects
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Researchers in Italy hope to measure Earth's rotation using a laser-based gyroscope housed deep underground, with enough experimental precision to reveal measurable effects of Einstein's general theory of relativity. The ring laser gyroscope (RLG) technology enabling these Earth-based measurements provide, unlike those made by referencing celestial objects, inertial rotation information, reveali ... more
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
15 years of GRACE: Satellite mission flies thrice its planned time
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Additional Arctic weather data raises forecast accuracy of Japan cold waves
Washington (UPI) Mar 10, 2017
How Arctic weather can improve mid-latitude forecasts
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Visions of the Future: Planetary Exploration Through 2050
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
When you're in the business of unlocking the secrets of the universe, making plans 40 years in advance doesn't seem like a stretch. That's why hundreds of visionaries from planetary science, astrophysics, engineering, and other disciplines came together last week at NASA headquarters to break conceptual ground on humanity's future in space. Now is an especially important time to be having ... more
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Campaign Tests Parachutes Designed to Provide Astronauts a Soft Landing
Paris (ESA) Mar 13, 2017
International space docking standard updated
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
ECLSS Put to the Test for Commercial Crew Missions
Light From An Ultra-Cool Neighbor
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
This animation shows the amount of light detected by each pixel in a small section of the camera onboard NASA's Kepler space telescope. The light collected from TRAPPIST-1, an ultra-cool dwarf star approximately 40 light-years from Earth, is at the center of the image. Not directly visible in the movie are the seven Earth-size planets that orbit TRAPPIST-1. ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Gigantic Jupiter-type planet reveals insights into how planets evolve
Houston TX (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Mutants in Microgravity
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Could fast radio bursts be powering alien probes
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Trump gives CIA power to conduct drone strikes
Washington (AFP) March 14, 2017
President Donald Trump's administration has given new powers to the CIA to conduct drone strikes against extremist targets in the Middle East, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The move would represent a change from Obama-era policies that limited the spy agency's role in conducting paramilitary strikes, pushing responsibility for these to the Pentagon. Obama had insisted on a mo ... more
Washington (AFP) March 13, 2017
US military deploys attack drones to S. Korea
London (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Leonardo subsidiary to buy laser technology company Daylight Solutions
London (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
Kelvin Hughes launching counter-drone system
New research on northern lights will improve satellite navigation accuracy
Bath, UK (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Researchers at the University of Bath have gained new insights into the mechanisms of the Northern Lights, providing an opportunity to develop better satellite technology that can negate outages caused by this natural phenomenon. Previous research has shown that the natural lights of the Northern Lights - also known as or Aurora Borealis - interfere with Global Navigation Satellite Systems ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Studying magnetic space explosions with NASA missions
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Solar storms trigger surprising phenomena close to Earth
Copenhagen, Denmark (UPI) Mar 3, 2017
Solar storms remove electrons from large portions of Earth's atmosphere
Kennedy's Multi-User Spaceport Streamlines Commercial Launches
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
In the past, launch pads were used almost exclusively for government missions. To support a growing private sector space economy, NASA's Kennedy Space Center has transformed to a multi-user spaceport capable of handling the needs of a variety of companies from launch processing through recovery. NASA, the FAA, and Air Force Space Command provide diverse launch operations, government and co ... more
Washington (AFP) Mar 16, 2017
SpaceX launches EchoStar XXIII comms satellite into orbit
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Designing new rocket engines that don't blow up
Eglin AFB FL (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Space squadron supports record-breaking satellites launch
New material helps record data with light
Saint Petersburg, Russia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Russian physicists with their colleagues from Europe through changing the light parameters, learned to generate quasiparticles - excitons, which were fully controllable and also helped to record information at room temperature. These particles act as a transitional form between photons and electrons so the researchers believe that with excitons, they will be able to create compact optoelec ... more
San Francisco CA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Bevy of quasars boosts understanding of galaxies' origins
Granada, Spain (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
The end of a star or a supernova impostor
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Iota Orionis: Pulsating beacon of a constellation
Cells adapt ultra-rapidly to zero gravity
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
Mammalian cells are optimally adapted to gravity. But what happens in the microgravity environment of space if the earth's pull disappears? Previously, many experiments exhibited cell changes - after hours or even days in zero gravity. Astronauts, however, returned to Earth without any severe health problems after long missions in space, which begs the question as to how capable cells are of ada ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
'Gravitational noise' interferes with determining distant sources
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
New method uses heat flow to levitate variety of objects
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Increasing the sensitivity of next-generation gravitational wave detectors
Radiation from nearby galaxies helped fuel first monster black holes
New York NY (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
The appearance of supermassive black holes at the dawn of the universe has puzzled astronomers since their discovery more than a decade ago. A supermassive black hole is thought to form over billions of years, but more than two dozen of these behemoths have been sighted within 800 million years of the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago. In a new study in the journal Nature Astronomy, a team o ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Scientists identify a black hole choking on stardust
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Streamlining the measurement of phonon dispersion
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
The formation of supermassive black holes in the very early universe
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Osaka, Japan (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Music, more than any art, is a beautiful mix of science and emotion. It follows a set of patterns almost mathematically to extract feelings from its audience. Machines that make music focus on these patterns, but give little consideration to the emotional response of their audience. An international research team led by Osaka University together with Tokyo Metropolitan University, imec in Belgiu ... more
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Chinese state media is reporting that the country's space program has developed a craft capable of both landing on the moon and flying in low-Earth orbit. The new spacecraft is claimed to be able to accommodate multiple astronauts, according to spaceship engineer Zhang Bainian, who Science and Technology Daily cited as comparing the forthcoming ship to the Orion craft currently in developm ... more
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