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July 12, 2017
SPACE TRAVEL
Counting calories in space



Paris (ESA) Jul 10, 2017
Rockets and spacecraft may get us to Mars, but food must nourish us on the journey. Now researchers are using the International Space Station to look at how much food will be needed on a spacecraft heading to the Moon, Mars or beyond. By tracking the energy used by astronauts, we can count the number of calories humans will need for long flights. Calculating total energy expenditure involves making many measurements over a period of 10 days. ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli will be the last of the requ ... read more

TECH SPACE
6 teams share honors and money in NASA's 2nd 3-D Print a Habitat challenge
Huntsville AL (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
ASA has awarded a total of $201,023 to teams of citizen inventors that have reached the latest milestone of NASA's 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, completing the Phase 2: Level 2 Beam Member competiti ... more
IRON AND ICE
Pitted Materials in Craters Could Indicate Buried Ice on Asteroids
Tucson, AZ (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Pitted terrains inside fresh complex craters on Ceres are similar to terrains seen Mars and Vesta, and are likely formed through the rapid evaporation of subsurface H2O, a new paper by Planetary Sci ... more
MARSDAILY
Mars surface 'more uninhabitable' than thought: study
Paris (AFP) July 6, 2017
Hopes of finding life on Mars, at least on the surface, were dealt a blow Thursday by a study revealing that salt minerals present on the Red Planet kill bacteria. ... more
DRAGON SPACE
Chinese Space Program: From Setback, to Manned Flights, to the Moon
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
The past decades have seen China making great progress, both economic and also in the field of space exploration. The construction of new space launch centers, ambitious lunar and Mars exploration p ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Magnetic memories of a metal world
Cambridge UK (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
4.5 billion years ago in the violent, high-speed environment of the early solar system, a protoplanet roughly the size of Mars was involved in a series of fierce collisions with other large planetar ... more
MARSDAILY
Mars Rover Opportunity continuing science campaign at Perseverance Valley
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 03, 2017
Opportunity is at the top of "Perseverance Valley" on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover is completing the remaining science as part of a walkabout campaign above Perseverance Valley before the ... more
MARSDAILY
Russian Devices for ExoMars Mission to Be Ready in Fall 2017
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 28, 2017
Two Russian devices to be mounted on the Mars rover of the ExoMars 2020 mission are nearly ready, by the end of 2017 they will be supplied to the European Space Agency (ESA), head of the Russian Aca ... more
MARSDAILY
The Niagara Falls of Mars once flowed with lava
Washington (UPI) Jun 29, 2017
Water is often the focus of NASA's many Martian scientific missions. It's true, Mars was once a surprisingly watery world. But it also once featured large amounts of magmatic activity. ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Scientist Reveals Health Challenges That Flight to Mars Poses for Humans
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 28, 2017
Thais Russomano, the first female doctor in Latin America specializing in space medicine and the founder and director of the InnovaSpace and MicroG research centers for space biology, revealed in an ... more
MARSDAILY
No One Under 20 Has Experienced a Day Without NASA at Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 23, 2017
As the Mars Pathfinder spacecraft approached its destination on July 4, 1997, no NASA mission had successfully reached the Red Planet in more than 20 years. Even the mission team anxiously awa ... more


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MARSDAILY
Mars rover Opportunity on walkabout near crater rim
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 26, 2017
NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is examining rocks at the edge of Endeavour Crater for signs that they may have been either transported by a flood or eroded in place by wind. Those scen ... more
MARSDAILY
India's Mars Orbiter Mission Completes First 1,000 Earth Days
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jun 23, 2017
The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) maiden Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also known as Mangalyaan, completed its first 1,000 Earth days in its orbit around the red planet on Monday. ... more
MARSDAILY
Mars Orbiter spots rover ascending Mount Sharp
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017
In an image captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Martian rover Curiosity can been seen as a bright blue speck ascending the rocky terrain of Mount Sharp. ... more
MARSDAILY
Opportunity Straightens Wheel, Resumes Driving
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 23, 2017
Opportunity is at the top of Perseverance Valley on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover experienced a left-front wheel steering actuator stall on Sol 4750 (June 4, 2017), leaving the wheel ... more



How to rescue a Moonwalker in need
Paris (ESA) Jul 07, 2017
During a simulated space mission underwater last week, ESA tested an ingenious concept to bring astronauts safely back to base if they are incapacitated during lunar exploration. Four 'aquanauts', including ESA astronaut Pedro Duque and NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, took part in NASA's 22nd Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO-22) mission, spending 10 days in the Aquarius habitat ... more
Tokyo (Sputnik) Jun 29, 2017
Japanese Space Agency Proposes Plan to Send Astronauts to Moon
Tokyo (AFP) June 30, 2017
Japan reveals plans to put a man on moon by 2030
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 16, 2017
Russian aerospace firm to cooperate with China on Lunar exploration missions
China develops sea launches to boost space commerce
Beijing (XNA) Jul 10, 2017
China has a clear plan to provide sea launches for commercial payloads to be carried by Long March rockets, according to an aerospace official. Tang Yagang, vice head of the aerospace division of the No.1 institute of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC), said that the technology is not difficult and a sea launch platform can be built based on modifying 10,000-ton ... more
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese Rocket Fizzles Out, Puts Other Launches on Hold
Beijing (XNA) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese satellite Zhongxing-9A enters preset orbit
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese Space Program: From Setback, to Manned Flights, to the Moon
Pitted Materials in Craters Could Indicate Buried Ice on Asteroids
Tucson, AZ (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Pitted terrains inside fresh complex craters on Ceres are similar to terrains seen Mars and Vesta, and are likely formed through the rapid evaporation of subsurface H2O, a new paper by Planetary Science Institute Research Scientist Hanna G. Sizemore says. "Pitted terrains may be common morphological markers of volatile-rich near-surface material in the asteroid belt," Sizemore said. ... more
Orlando FL (SPX) Jul 06, 2017
Bizarro comet challenging researchers
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
NASA'S First Asteroid Deflection Mission Enters Next Design Phase
Paris (AFP) June 28, 2017
Are asteroids humanity's 'greatest challenge'?
NASA spacecraft to fly over Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Miami (AFP) July 10, 2017
An unmanned NASA spacecraft is about to fly over a massive storm raging on Jupiter, in a long-awaited a journey that could shed new light on the forces driving the planet's Great Red Spot. The flyby of the Juno spacecraft, surveilling the 10,000-mile-wide (16,000-kilometer-wide) storm, is scheduled for 9:55 pm Monday (0155 GMT Tuesday). "Jupiter's mysterious Great Red Spot is probably th ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 12, 2017
Juno Completes Flyby over Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 13, 2017
Juno spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Laurel MD (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
New Mysteries Surround New Horizons' Next Flyby Target
Titan's calm lakes offer space probes a smooth landing
Washington (UPI) Jul 5, 2017
New research suggests the lakes on Saturn's moon Titan are especially calm. Satellite data studied and analyzed by researchers at the University of Texas revealed waves no taller than a single centimeter. The findings - detailed in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters - present Titan as an ideal place for future probe landings. "There's a lot of interest in one day s ... more
Hull UK (SPX) Jul 04, 2017
Methanol Points to Evolving Story of Enceladus's Plumes
Ithaca NY (SPX) Jun 01, 2017
In a Cosmic Hit-and-Run, Icy Saturn Moon May Have Flipped
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 31, 2017
Cassini Finds Saturn Moon May Have Tipped Over
Can satellites be used as an early warning system for landslides
Newcastle UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Researchers are using satellite data to accurately map the movement of the earth before a landslide in a bid to develop a life-saving early warning system. The team from Newcastle University (UK), Chengdu University of Technology, Tongji University, China Academy of Space Technology and Wuhan University (China) have been tracking the devastating events of last week when a massive landslide ... more
Corvallis OR (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Study finds Earth's magnetic field 'simpler than we thought'
Paris (ESA) Jul 07, 2017
See our seasons change from space
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Computer vision techniques shed light on urban change
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Creating Trends in Space: An Interview with NanoRacks CEO Jeffrey Manber
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jul 11, 2017
Founded in 2009, the Houston, Texas-based company NanoRacks LLC provides commercial hardware and services onboard the International Space Station (ISS) for government and commercial customers. To date, the firm has sent more than 550 payloads from over 30 countries to ISS, creating trends in commercial hardware in space. In an interview with Astrowatch.net, Jeffrey Manber, the founder and CEO of ... more
Paris (ESA) Jul 10, 2017
Counting calories in space
Cape Canaveral (AFP) July 9, 2017
Trump offers bold space goals but fills in few details
Cape Canaveral (AFP) July 9, 2017
Liftoff for Trump's bold space plans may have to wait
Evidence discovered for two distinct giant planet populations
Lisbon, Portugal (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
In a paper highlighted by Astronomy and Astrophysics journal, a team2 of researchers from the Instituto de Astrofisica e Ciencias do Espaco (IA3) discovered observational evidence for the existence of two distinct populations of giant planets. So far, more than 3500 planets have been detected orbiting solar type stars. Although recent results suggest that most planets in our Galaxy are roc ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 12, 2017
Hidden Stars May Make Planets Appear Smaller
Tucson AZ (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Astronomers Track the Birth of a 'Super-Earth'
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Odd planetary system around fast-spinning star doesn't quite fit existing models of planet formation
New Reaper drone variant performs first combat mission
Washington (UPI) Jun 30, 2017
The U.S. Air Force reported Thursday that its new Block 5 variant of the MQ-9 Reaper drone has performed its first combat mission against Islamist terrorists. The recent 16-hour sortie, flown June 23 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, involved the unmanned aerial vehicle dropping a GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munitions bomb and firing two AGM-114 Hellfire missiles in support of gr ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 29, 2017
Smart Quadcopters Find their Way without Human Help or GPS
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 24, 2017
Rafael unveils Drone Dome anti-drone system
Shenzhen, China (AFP) June 25, 2017
China drone king turns to farming
Improved representation of solar variability in climate models
Kiel, Germany (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
How much do solar cycle variations influence our climate system? Could the rising Earth temperatures due to anthropogenic effects partly be compensated by a reduction of solar forcing in the future? These questions have been in the focus of climate research for a long time. In order to answer these questions as precisely as possible, it is required to know the fluctuations of solar forcing ... more
Hull UK (SPX) Jul 06, 2017
Musical Sun Reduces Range of Magnetic Activity
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 06, 2017
Scientists uncover origins of the Sun's swirling spicules
Los Angeles, CA (SPX) Jun 26, 2017
Eclipse Expectations Excite Escapades for Enlightenment
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Aerojet Rocketdyne tests Advanced Electric Propulsion System
Sacramento CA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne has successfully conducted a series of hot-fire tests on a Power Processing Unit (PPU) for an Advanced Electric Propulsion System (AEPS) designed to advance the nation's commercial space capabilities as well as support NASA's plans for deep space exploration. The tests were conducted at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. "The Power Processing Unit successfu ... more
Houghton MI (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Spiky ferrofluid thrusters can move satellites
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Russia to Carry Out Five Launches From Vostochny Space Center in 2018
Cape Canaveral (AFP) July 5, 2017
After two delays, SpaceX launches broadband satellite for IntelSat
Fastest stars in the Milky Way are 'runaways' from another galaxy
Cambridge UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
A group of astronomers have shown that the fastest-moving stars in our galaxy - which are travelling so fast that they can escape the Milky Way - are in fact runaways from a much smaller galaxy in orbit around our own. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, used data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and computer simulations to demonstrate that these stellar sprinters originate ... more
Cambridge, UK (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Smallest-Ever Star Discovered by Astronomers
Garching, Germany (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Australia Enters Strategic Partnership with European Southern Observatory
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Transfer of atomic mass with a photon solves the momentum paradox of light
First look at gravitational dance that drives stellar formation
Hull UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Swirling motions in clouds of cold, dense gas have given, for the first time, an active insight into how gravity creates the compact cores from which stars form in the interstellar medium. The results will be presented, Thursday 6 July, by Gwen Williams at the National Astronomy Meeting at the University of Hull. Williams, of Cardiff University, explains: "We've known for some time that du ... more
Warwick UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Telescope for detecting optical signals from gravitational waves launched
Hannover, Germany (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
LISA Gravitational-Wave Observatory Selected as ESA L3 Mission
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Jun 29, 2017
Hints of Extra Dimensions in Gravitational Waves
Scientists get first direct look at how electrons 'dance' with vibrating atoms
Stanford CA (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Scientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have made the first direct measurements, and by far the most precise ones, of how electrons move in sync with atomic vibrations rippling through an exotic material, as if they were dancing to the same beat. The vibrations are called phonons, and the electron-phonon coupling the researchers ... more
Hull UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Shocking case of indigestion in supermassive black hole
Munich, Germany (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Into the quantum world with a tennis racket
Lancaster UK (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
A future without fakes thanks to quantum technology
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Pizza bytes! Pakistan enchanted by first robot waitresses
Multan, Pakistan (AFP) July 6, 2017
Pakistan's first robot waitresses are serving up smiles for customers at an upscale pizza restaurant in the ancient city of Multan, better known for its centuries-old Sufi shrines, mango orchards and handicrafts. Rabia, Annie and Jennie greet customers and bring them their pies at Pizza.com, where owner Osama Jafari - who built the prototypes himself - says the response has been a surge of ... more
McLean, VA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Government Agencies Turn to Private Sector for Help Adopting Intelligent Technologies
Toyohashi, Japan (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Human pose estimation for care robots using deep learning
Washington (UPI) Jul 3, 2017
Scientists design robot to aid visually impaired schoolchildren
China develops sea launches to boost space commerce
Beijing (XNA) Jul 10, 2017
China has a clear plan to provide sea launches for commercial payloads to be carried by Long March rockets, according to an aerospace official. Tang Yagang, vice head of the aerospace division of the No.1 institute of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC), said that the technology is not difficult and a sea launch platform can be built based on modifying 10,000-ton ... more
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese Rocket Fizzles Out, Puts Other Launches on Hold
Beijing (XNA) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese satellite Zhongxing-9A enters preset orbit
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese Space Program: From Setback, to Manned Flights, to the Moon


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