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April 19, 2017
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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. The Martian Moons Exploration project would launch a probe in 2024 destined for Phobos, the largest and closest of two moons circling the Red Planet. Paris and Tokyo signed a preliminary agreement on Monday, and will make a final decision before the end of the year, CNES president Jean-Yves Le Gall told AFP. "It's a very importan ... read 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
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
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Opportunity Mars rover on the way to Perseverance Valley
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 12, 2017
Opportunity is heading south to "Perseverance Valley" on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover drove on Sols 4686, 4688 and 4691 (March 30, April 1 and April 4, 2017), covering 127 feet (38.7 ... more
MARSDAILY
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
MARSDAILY
Potential Mars Airplane Resumes Flight
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
Flight tests have resumed on subscale aircraft that could one day observe the Martian atmosphere and a variant that will improve collection of Earth's weather data. Work on the shape of the ai ... more


New MAVEN findings reveal how Mars' atmosphere was lost to space

MARSDAILY
Final two ExoMars landing sites chosen
Paris (ESA) Mar 29, 2017
Two ancient sites on Mars that hosted an abundance of water in the planet's early history have been recommended as the final candidates for the landing site of the 2020 ExoMars rover and surface sci ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Musk diving into minds while reaching for Mars
San Francisco (AFP) March 28, 2017
Not content to reach for Mars and dethrone fossil fuels, tech entrepreneur Elon Musk on Tuesday is turning his focus to delving into people's minds. ... more
TECH SPACE
Ancient Art of Weaving Ready to Head to Mars and Beyond
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Weaving processes created millennia ago are part of the most cutting-edge technology on NASA's Orion spaceship that may one day shield humans from heat as they ride all the way to Mars and back. Tha ... more
MARSDAILY
Mars dust storm west of Opportunity starting to abate
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 27, 2017
Opportunity is just outside the rim of Endeavour Crater, heading to the gully, named 'Perseverance Valley.' The large regional dust storm to the west of the rover's site has started to abate, althou ... more

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NASA Scientists Find Dynamo at Lunar Core May Have Formed Magnetic Field
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
The moon no longer has a magnetic field, but NASA scientists are publishing new research that shows heat from crystallization of the lunar core may have driven its now-defunct magnetic field some 3 billion years ago. Magnetized lunar rocks returned to Earth during the Apollo missions established that the moon once had a magnetic field. The moon's magnetic field lasted for more than a billi ... more
Providence RI (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
How a young-looking lunar volcano hides its true age
Paris (ESA) Mar 27, 2017
Surviving the long dark night of the Moon
Bengaluru, India (IANS) Mar 17, 2017
Team Indus To Send Seven Experiments To The Moon Including Three From India
Ticking Boxes with Tianzhou
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Fairly soon, we can expect the launch of China's first cargo spaceship, Tianzhou 1. The Tianzhou module will fly from China's new spaceport on Hainan Island aboard a Long March 7 rocket. Tianzhou will dock with the uncrewed Tiangong 2 space laboratory, which is itself smaller than the cargo spacecraft that will soon visit it. Apart from testing the cargo spacecraft and its docking procedures, th ... more
Nanjing (XNA) Mar 31, 2017
Yuanwang fleet to carry out 19 space tracking tasks in 2017
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
China Develops Spaceship Capable of Moon Landing
Wenchang, China (XNA) Mar 13, 2017
Long March-7 Y2 ready for launch of China's first cargo spacecraft
NASA team explores using LISA Pathfinder as 'comet crumb' detector
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
LISA Pathfinder, a mission led by ESA (the European Space Agency) with contributions from NASA, has successfully demonstrated critical technologies needed to build a space-based observatory for detecting ripples in space-time called gravitational waves. Now a team of NASA scientists hopes to take advantage of the spacecraft's record-breaking sensitivity to map out the distribution of tiny dust p ... more
San Francisco CA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Could a Colorado earthquake have been triggered by dinosaur extinction impact?
Atlanta GA (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Landslides on Ceres reflect hidden ice
Paris (AFP) April 14, 2017
Large asteroid to hurtle past Earth on April 19
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
Saturn moon has necessary conditions to harbor life: NASA
Washington (AFP) April 13, 2017
An ice-encrusted moon orbiting Saturn appears to have the conditions necessary for life, NASA announced Thursday, unveiling new findings made by its unmanned Cassini spacecraft. Cassini has detected hydrogen molecules in vapor plumes emanating from cracks in the surface of Enceladus, a small ocean moon coated in a thick layer of ice, the US space agency said. The plumes have led scientis ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 10, 2017
Cassini Mission Prepares for 'Grand Finale' at Saturn
Miami (AFP) April 5, 2017
NASA's Cassini probe of Saturn prepares for last plunge
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 30, 2017
Checking in on Bleriot
New Full-hemisphere Views of Earth at Night
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 17, 2017
NASA scientists are releasing new global maps of Earth at night, providing the clearest yet composite view of the patterns of human settlement across our planet. This composite image, one of three new full-hemisphere views, provides a view of the Americas at night. The clouds and sun glint - added here for aesthetic effect - are derived from MODIS instrument land surface and cloud cover products ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 18, 2017
'Detergent' Molecules May Drive Recent Methane Changes
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
New map reveals Earth's magnetic field in high resolution
Aurora CO (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Raytheon speeds delivery and secures satellite weather data
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Orbital ATK launches cargo to space station
Miami (AFP) April 18, 2017
An unmanned Orbital ATK cargo ship rocket packed with food and supplies for the astronauts living at the International Space Station blasted off Tuesday from a NASA launch pad. The barrel-shaped Cygnus spacecraft, nestled atop a white Atlas V rocket, soared into the blue sky over Cape Canaveral, Florida at 11:11 am (1511 GMT). "Liftoff of the Atlas V rocket with Cygnus and the S.S. John ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 19, 2017
Soyuz-FG rocket to be installed at Baikonur on April 17
San Jose (AFP) April 18, 2017
US giant Discovery plans huge Costa Rica eco-resort
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
You Say Tomato, I Say Tomatosphere: ISS Science to the Classroom
Evidence for Habitable Region Within Saturn's Moon Enceladus
San Antonio TX (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Scientists from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) have discovered hydrogen gas in the plume of material erupting from Saturn's moon Enceladus. Analysis of data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft indicates that the hydrogen is likely produced through chemical reactions between the moon's rocky core and warm water from its subsurface ocean. The SwRI-led team's discovery suggests that Enceladus' ocea ... more
Nashville TN (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
The earliest animals were marine jellies
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Distantly related fish find same evolutionary solution to dark water
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 13, 2017
Earth-Sized 'Tatooine' Planets Could Be Habitable
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U.S. Army tests dune buggy-like Hunter, Killer vehicles
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
A developing U.S. Army platform comprising two dune buggy-like vehicles completed a round of testing at Fort Sill, Okla., on Thursday. The eight-wheeled vehicles, known as Hunter and Killer, were tested between April 3 and April 13 during the 2017 Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment, or MFIX. They are designed to travel through various types of terrain and provide operators with aircra ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
U.K. defense minister calls for autonomous supply vehicles
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MQ-8C Fire Scout takes first flight from littoral combat ship
Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017
MS-177 sensor completes test on Global Hawk
Hawaii-built Infrared Instrument for World's Largest Solar Telescope Catches its First Rays
Honolulu HI (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST), currently under construction on Haleakala, Maui, is expected to start observing the Sun in 2020. When it does, it will rely on two complex infrared instruments being built by the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy (IfA). Their goal is to measure the Sun's weak magnetic field. The first of these to be completed is called the Cryogenic ... more
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Charting the skies of history
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Discovery of a source of fast magnetic reconnection
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 02, 2017
Waves on sun give NASA new insight into space weather forecasting
Russia and US woo Brazil, hope to use advantageous base for space launches
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 19, 2017
Russia, France, the United States and Israel are interested in using Brazil's Alcantara Launch Center (CLA) for space launches, according to Brazilian Defense Minister Raul Jungmann; the CLA is valued internationally for being the closest launch center to the equator. Brazilian Defense Minister Raul Jungmann said that Russia, France, the United States and Israel have signaled their willing ... more
Astana (Sputnik) Apr 19, 2017
Creation of carrier rocket for Baiterek Space Complex to cost Russia $500Mln
Paris (ESA) Apr 10, 2017
Dream Chaser to use Europe's next-generation docking system
Sweden, Kiruna (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Europe's largest sounding rocket launched from Esrange
Penn researchers provide new insight into dark matter halos
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Research from the University of Pennsylvania could shed light on the distribution of one of the most mysterious substances in the universe. In the 1970s, scientists noticed something strange about the motion of galaxies. All the matter at the edge of spiral galaxies was rotating just as fast as material in the inner part of the galaxy. But according to the laws of gravity, objects on the outskir ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
New method can model chemistry in extreme magnetic fields of white dwarfs
Tucson AZ (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Hydrogen halo lifts the veil of our galactic home
Waterloo, Canada (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Waterloo Researchers Capture First "Image" of a Dark Matter Web that Connects Galaxies
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ZERO-G Research aims to advance deep-space mission technology
Orlando FL (SPX) Apr 07, 2017
As part of NASA's Flight Opportunities Program, Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G) recently worked with research groups from University of Florida, Carthage College and University of Maryland to validate technology designed to further humanity's reach into space. A collection of flights on G-FORCE ONE, ZERO-G's specially modified Boeing 727, gave researchers the chance to run experiments an ... more
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
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
New method uses heat flow to levitate variety of objects
Washington State University physicists create 'negative mass'
Pullman WA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Washington State University physicists have created a fluid with negative mass, which is exactly what it sounds like. Push it, and unlike every physical object in the world we know, it doesn't accelerate in the direction it was pushed. It accelerates backwards. The phenomenon is rarely created in laboratory conditions and can be used to explore some of the more challenging concepts of the ... more
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Supermassive black holes found in 2 tiny galaxies
Buffalo NY (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Study unravels long-held Fermi puzzle tied to nonlinear systems
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Supermassive black holes found in 2 tiny galaxies
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Human prejudices sneak into artificial intelligence systems
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
El Segundo CA (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Brane Craft Proposal Awarded Phase 2 by NASA
Washington (UPI) Apr 11, 2017
Lockheed Martin gets license for military exoskeleton tech
Washington (AFP) April 6, 2017
Facebook launches digital assistant 'M' in US
Ticking Boxes with Tianzhou
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Fairly soon, we can expect the launch of China's first cargo spaceship, Tianzhou 1. The Tianzhou module will fly from China's new spaceport on Hainan Island aboard a Long March 7 rocket. Tianzhou will dock with the uncrewed Tiangong 2 space laboratory, which is itself smaller than the cargo spacecraft that will soon visit it. Apart from testing the cargo spacecraft and its docking procedures, th ... more
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