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November 03, 2017
Martian Ridge Brings Out Rover's Color Talents

Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 02, 2017
Color-discerning capabilities that NASA's Curiosity rover has been using on Mars since 2012 are proving particularly helpful on a mountainside ridge the rover is now climbing. These capabilities go beyond the thousands of full-color images Curiosity takes every year: The rover can look at Mars with special filters helpful for identifying some minerals, and also with a spectrometer that sorts light into thousands of wavelengths, extending beyond visible-light colors into infrared and ultraviolet. T ... read more

Next Mars Rover Will Have 23 'Eyes'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 01, 2017
When NASA's Mars Pathfinder touched down in 1997, it had five cameras: two on a mast that popped up from the lander, and three on NASA's first rover, Sojourner. Since then, camera technology h ... more
In desert of Oman, a gateway to life on Mars
Dhofar, Oman (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
In sunglasses and jumpsuits, a crew of European test astronauts is laying the groundwork for a Mars simulation in the barren expanse of the Omani desert, a terrestrial mission intended to pave the way to the red planet. ... more
Thruster for Mars mission breaks records
Ann Arbor NI (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
An advanced space engine in the running to propel humans to Mars has broken the records for operating current, power and thrust for a device of its kind, known as a Hall thruster. The developm ... more
Levitation Key to How Martian Landscapes Form
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
Scientists from the Open University (OU) have discovered a process that could explain the long-debated mystery of how recent and present-day surface features on Mars are formed in the absence of sig ... more
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Winters leave marks on Mars' sand dunes
Washington (UPI) Oct 27, 2017
New lab experiments suggest the sublimation of carbon dioxide - which freezes in the winter and thaws in the spring - is leaving unique marks on Mars' sand dunes. ... more
Winters on Mars are shaping the Red Planet's landscape
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
Researchers based millions of kilometres from Mars have unveiled new evidence for how contemporary features are formed on the Red Planet. Their innovative lab-based experiments on carbon dioxide (CO ... more
Mars Rover Mission Progresses Toward Resumed Drilling
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 24, 2017
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity team is working to restore Curiosity's sample-drilling capability using new techniques. The latest development is a preparatory test on Mars. The five-year-old miss ... more
Solar eruptions could electrify Martian moons
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Powerful solar eruptions could electrically charge areas of the Martian moon Phobos to hundreds of volts, presenting a complex electrical environment that could possibly affect sensitive electronics ... more
Dawn Mission Extended at Ceres
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 20, 2017
NASA has authorized a second extension of the Dawn mission at Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. During this extension, the spacecraft will descend to lower alt ... more
Mine craft for Mars
Paris (ESA) Oct 23, 2017
If there are habitable conditions on Mars, they may be underground. Scientists from around the world are now testing how to search for life in extreme environments by venturing a kilometre beneath t ... more

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Opportunity spends the week imaging Perseverance Valley
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 23, 2017
Opportunity is continuing her winter exploration of "Perseverance Valley" on the west rim of Endeavour Crater. Although winter conditions are constraining activity, rover energy production has ... more
MAVEN finds Mars has a twisted tail
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Mars has an invisible magnetic "tail" that is twisted by interaction with the solar wind, according to new research using data from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft. NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile ... more
These headsets are made for walking over Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 20, 2017
When NASA scientists want to follow the path of the Curiosity rover on Mars, they can don a mixed-reality headset and virtually explore the Martian landscape. Starting today, everyone can get ... more
A mission to Mars could make its own oxygen thanks to plasma technology
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Plasma technology could hold the key to creating a sustainable oxygen supply on Mars, a new study has found. It suggests that Mars, with its 96 per cent carbon dioxide atmosphere, has nearly i ... more

Low-cost clocks for landing on the Moon
Paris (ESA) Oct 27, 2017
A European clock accurate to a trillionth of a second is set to be used on satellites and missions to the Moon. The ultra-precise time-keeper was conceived by a small company in Latvia, and ESA has recognised its potential for space. "We are the Ferrari of timers with the components of a tractor," says Nikolai Adamovitch of Eventech. "We provide extreme timing accuracy using re ... more
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Human presence in Lunar orbit one step closer with successful RS-25 engine test
Huntsville AL (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
NASA research suggests significant atmosphere in lunar past and possible source of water on Moon
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
Lunar lava tube could be used as a moon mission base
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China plans to launch its reusable spacecraft in 2020, according to a statement from China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation Tuesday. Unlike traditional one-off spacecraft, the new spacecraft will fly into the sky like an aircraft, said Chen Hongbo, a researcher from the corporation. The spacecraft can transport people or payload into the orbit and return to Earth. C ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launches three satellites
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
Hubble Sees Nearby Asteroids Photobombing Distant Galaxies
Baltimore MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Like rude relatives who jump in front of your vacation snapshots of landscapes, some of our solar system's asteroids have photobombed deep images of the universe taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. These asteroids reside, on average, only about 160 million miles from Earth - right around the corner in astronomical terms. Yet they've horned their way into this picture of thousands of ga ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
NASA Evaluates Use of a Coin-Sized Thermometer to Characterize Comets and Earthbound Asteroids
Paris (ESA) Oct 31, 2017
ROSINA Spectral Measurements Bring Comet's Chemistry to Life
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
Dinosaur-killing asteroid impact cooled Earth's climate more than previously thought
Juno Aces 8th Science Pass of Jupiter, Names New Project Manager
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 03, 2017
Data returned Tuesday, Oct. 31, indicate that NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully completed its eighth science flyby over Jupiter's mysterious cloud tops on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The confirmation was delayed by several days due to solar conjunction at Jupiter, which affected communications during the days prior to and after the flyby. Solar conjunction is the period when the path of communicat ... more
London UK (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
Jupiter's X-ray auroras pulse independently
Granada, Spain (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
Haumea, the most peculiar of Pluto companions, has a ring around it
Garching, Germany (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Ring around a dwarf planet detected
ASA Advances Instrument to Study the Plumes of Enceladus
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
NASA scientists and engineers have conceived and plan to build an ambitious submillimeter-wave or radio instrument to study the composition of geysers spewing water vapor and icy particles from the south pole of Saturn's small moon, Enceladus. The team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, recently received support to advance technologies needed for the Submillimete ... more
Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
Saturn's Radiation Belts: A Stranger to the Solar Wind
Ithaca NY (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
To keep Saturn's A ring contained, its moons stand united
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
NASA team finds noxious ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan
Wind satellite vacuum packed
Paris (ESA) Nov 03, 2017
With liftoff on the horizon, ESA's Aeolus satellite is going through its last round of tests to make sure that this complex mission will work in orbit. Over the next month, it is sitting in a large chamber that has had all the air sucked out to simulate the vacuum of space. Aeolus carries one of the most sophisticated instruments ever to be put into orbit: Aladin, which includes two powerf ... more
Palo Alto, CA (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Initial Signals Received From Six Small Satellites Built by SSL for Planet
Dulles VA (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
Orbital ATK Successfully Launches Minotaur C Rocket Carrying 10 Spacecraft to Orbit for Planet
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Warm Air Helped Make 2017 Ozone Hole Smallest Since 1988
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Saudi Arabia to invest $1 billion in Virgin Galactic
Riyadh (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund on Thursday announced a $1 billion investment in British billionaire Richard Branson's space tourism company Virgin Galactic. The announcement on the sidelines of an investment summit in Riyadh comes nearly a month after the Virgin Group founder said he would invest in the kingdom's Red Sea project that aims to turn 50 Saudi islands into luxury tourism ... more
Paris (AFP) Nov 2, 2017
Mice, fish and flies: the animals still being sent into space
Moscow (AFP) Nov 2, 2017
Dog star: Scientist recalls training Laika for space
Paris, France (AFP) Nov 2, 2017
The Noah's Ark of animals sent in to space
Evolutionary theory suggests aliens might not look all that alien
Washington (UPI) Nov 1, 2017
On TV and in the movies, aliens have been imagined a variety of strange forms - slimy, green, reptilian, insect-like, big-headed. But new research suggests alien life forms wouldn't necessarily be exotic or especially strange. Aliens might, in fact, look familiar. Some might even look like us. Of course, artists and directors have to use their imagination. If there is alien life ... more
London, UK (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
'Monster' planet discovery challenges formation theory
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Atmospheric beacons guide NASA scientists in search for life
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 02, 2017
Overlooked Treasure: The First Evidence of Exoplanets
Insitu awarded $9.2M for parts, sustainment of RQ-21A
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
The Pentagon announced Insitu Inc., a subsidiary of Boeing Defense, Space and Security, has been awarded a new $9.2 million firm-fixed price contract for spare and sustainment parts for the RQ-21A Blackjack. The RQ-21 Blackjack is a small tactical unmanned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform used by the Department of the Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps. The RQ-2 ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
New RoboBee flies, dives, swims and explodes out the of water
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Boeing invests in autonomous flight technology company
Jacksonville FL (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Drone Aviation awarded contract for Enhanced WASP Tactical Aerostat from US Defense Dept
NASA Investigates Invisible Magnetic Bubbles in Outer Solar System
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
Space may seem empty, but it's actually a dynamic place populated with near-invisible matter, and dominated by forces, in particular those created by magnetic fields. Magnetospheres - the magnetic fields around most planets - exist throughout our solar system. They deflect high-energy, charged particles called cosmic rays that are spewed out by the Sun or come from interstellar space. Along with ... more
La Laguna, Spain (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
On the generation of solar spicules and Alfvenic waves
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
NASA sounding rocket instrument spots signatures of long-sought small solar flares
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
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Arianespace to launch Embratel Star One D2
Paris (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
Brazilian operator Embratel Star One and U.S. satellite manufacturer SSL (Space Systems Loral) have chosen Arianespace to launch the Embratel Star One D2 satellite. Arianespace reports the signature of a launch contract for the Embratel Star One D2 satellite for Brazilian operator Embratel Star One, a subsidiary of Embratel. It will be launched in 2019 by an Ariane 5 rocket from the Guiana ... more
Anchorage AK (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Alaska Aerospace Launches Aurora Launch Services Company
Paris (ESA) Nov 03, 2017
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Cleveland OH (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
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GPS satellite atomic clocks on the caseto define dark matter
Reno NV (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
One professor who studies the earth and one who studies space came together in the pursuit to detect and define dark matter. They are one step closer. Using 16 years of archival data from GPS satellites that that orbit the earth, the University of Nevada, Reno team, Andrei Derevianko and Geoff Blewitt in the College of Science, looked for dark matter clumps in the shape of walls or bubbles and w ... more
Providence RI (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Physicists describe new dark matter detection strategy
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Premature Death of Star is Confirmed by Astronomers
San Francisco CA (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
Newest dark matter map hints at where astrophysics must go for breakthroughs
Russian scientists have found flaws in popular theories of gravity
Yekaterinburg, Russia (SPX) Oct 27, 2017
Taking black holes (as a real object) as a test material, scientists from the Ural Federal university (UrFU, Yekaterinburg) found out that a popular theory of gravity which had seemed to work perfectly at the cosmological level (a subclass of Horndeski theory) is hardly applicable to the real world. They presented their study in the Classical and Quantum Gravity journal. At the moment, acc ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 30, 2017
Prolific Earth Gravity Satellites End Science Mission
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Supercomputers help Los Alamos team interpret LIGO findings
Cleveland OH (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
NASA Challenges Students to Design Microgravity Experiments
Quantum dots visualize tiny vibrational resonances
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
In the late 18th century, Ernst Chladni, a scientist and musician, discovered that the vibrations of a rigid plate could be visualized by covering it with a thin layer of sand and drawing a bow across its edge. With the bow movement, the sand bounces and shifts, collecting along the nodal lines of the vibration. Chladni's discovery of these patterns earned him the nickname, "father of acou ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 31, 2017
Chinese scientists measure universe with "magic ruler"
Rochester NY (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
Monster colliding black holes might lurk on the edge of spiral galaxies
Southampton UK (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
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Researchers unveil tool to debug 'black box' deep learning algorithms
New York NY (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Computers can now beat humans at chess and Go, but it may be a while before people trust their driving. The danger of self-driving cars was highlighted last year when Tesla's autonomous car collided with a truck it mistook for a cloud, killing its passenger. Self-driving cars depend on a form of machine learning called deep learning. Modeled after the human brain, layers of artificial neur ... more
Pasadena CA (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Physics boosts artificial intelligence methods
Sussex UK (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Liquid metal brings soft robotics a step closer
Laguna Beach, United States (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Intel working with Facebook on chips for AI
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China plans to launch its reusable spacecraft in 2020, according to a statement from China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation Tuesday. Unlike traditional one-off spacecraft, the new spacecraft will fly into the sky like an aircraft, said Chen Hongbo, a researcher from the corporation. The spacecraft can transport people or payload into the orbit and return to Earth. C ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launches three satellites
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
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