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November 13, 2017
IRON AND ICE
Dawn Explores Ceres' Interior Evolution



Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 10, 2017
Surface features on Ceres - the largest world between Mars and Jupiter - and its interior evolution have a closer relationship than one might think. A recent study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, analyzed Ceres' surface features to reveal clues about the dwarf planet's interior evolution. Specifically, the study explored linear features - the chains of pits and small, secondary craters common on Ceres. The findings align with the idea that, hundreds of millions (up to a billion) ... read more

MARSDAILY
How long can microorganisms live on Mars
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
Researchers from Lomonosov MSU, Faculty of Soil Science, have studied the resistance microorganisms have against gamma radiation in very low temperatures. The results have been published in the Extr ... more
MARSDAILY
NASA Opens $2 Million Third Phase of 3D-Printed Habitat Competition
Huntsville AL (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Future missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond will require innovative options to shelter our explorers, and we won't be able to carry all of the materials with us from Earth. NASA's 3D-Printed Habita ... more
MARSDAILY
Opportunity Does a Wheelie and is Back on Solid Footing
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 06, 2017
Opportunity is continuing her winter exploration of "Perseverance Valley" on the west rim of the Noachian-aged Endeavour Crater. The rover is investigating a site where there is evidence of sc ... more
MARSDAILY
Insight will carry over two million names to Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 06, 2017
Last month, NASA invited members of the public to send their names to Mars. And the public responded loud and clear. More than 1.6 million people signed up to have their names etched on a micr ... more
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MARSDAILY
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 capabiliti ... more
MARSDAILY
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
MARSDAILY
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
ROCKET SCIENCE
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
MARSDAILY
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
MARSDAILY
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

MARSDAILY
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
MARSDAILY
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
IRON AND ICE
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
MARSDAILY
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



NASA Team Studies CubeSat Mission to Measure Water on the Moon
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
A team of NASA scientists wants to draw a more complete picture of where water exists on the Moon and whether it migrates across the lunar surface, including in the permanently shadowed regions that haven't seen sunlight in perhaps a billion years or more. The first hint of potential water at both lunar poles came in 1994, with the Clementine mission flown jointly by NASA and the Departmen ... more
Moscow (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Russia locks up six for Moon flight simulation
Paris (ESA) Oct 27, 2017
Low-cost clocks for landing on the Moon
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Human presence in Lunar orbit one step closer with successful RS-25 engine test
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
Dawn Explores Ceres' Interior Evolution
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 10, 2017
Surface features on Ceres - the largest world between Mars and Jupiter - and its interior evolution have a closer relationship than one might think. A recent study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, analyzed Ceres' surface features to reveal clues about the dwarf planet's interior evolution. Specifically, the study explored linear features - the chains of pits and small, secondary ... more
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
Site of asteroid impact changed the history of life
Washington (UPI) Nov 9, 2017
Unlucky dinosaurs: Scientists say asteroid had 13 percent chance of triggering extinction
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Return of the Comet: 96P Spotted by ESA, NASA Satellites
Jupiter's Stunning Southern Hemisphere
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
See Jupiter's southern hemisphere in beautiful detail in this new image taken by NASA's Juno spacecraft. The color-enhanced view captures one of the white ovals in the "String of Pearls," one of eight massive rotating storms at 40 degrees south latitude on the gas giant planet. The image was taken on Oct. 24, 2017 at 11:11 a.m. PDT (2:11 p.m. EDT), as Juno performed its ninth close flyby o ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
Watching Jupiter's multiple pulsating X-ray Aurora
Mountain View CA (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
Help Nickname New Horizons' Next Flyby Target
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 03, 2017
Juno Aces 8th Science Pass of Jupiter, Names New Project Manager
Heating ocean moon Enceladus for billions of years
Paris (ESA) Nov 08, 2017
Enough heat to power hydrothermal activity inside Saturn's ocean moon Enceladus for billions of years could be generated through tidal friction if the moon has a highly porous core, a new study finds, working in favour of the moon as a potentially habitable world. A paper published in Nature Astronomy presents the first concept that explains the key characteristics of 500 km-diameter Encel ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 07, 2017
Powering Saturn's Active Ocean Moon
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
ASA Advances Instrument to Study the Plumes of Enceladus
Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
Saturn's Radiation Belts: A Stranger to the Solar Wind
NASA CubeSat to Test Miniaturized Weather Satellite Technology
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Behind every weather forecast-from your local, five-day prediction to a late-breaking hurricane track update-are the satellites that make them possible. Government agencies depend on observations from weather satellites to inform forecast models that help us prepare for approaching storms and identify areas that need evacuating or emergency first responders. Weather satellites have traditi ... more
Seville, Spain (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
Green rooves to reduce the effects of climate change
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Warm Air Helped Make 2017 Ozone Hole Smallest Since 1988
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
NASA Satellite Tracks Ozone Pollution by Monitoring Its Key Ingredients
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NASA Moves Up Critical Crew Safety Launch Abort Test
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
NASA's Orion spacecraft is scheduled to undergo a design test in April 2019 of the capsule's launch abort system (LAS), which is a rocket-powered tower on top of the crew module built to very quickly get astronauts safely away from their launch vehicle if there is a problem during ascent. This full-stress test of the LAS, called Ascent Abort Test 2 (AA-2), will see a booster, provided by O ... more
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Brazil's tech junkies seek healing at digital detox clinic
Paris (ESA) Nov 10, 2017
The road to Orion's launch
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
NASA Completes Review of First SLS, Orion Deep Space Exploration Mission
Astronomers See Moving Shadows Around Planet-Forming Star
Amsterdam, Netherlands (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
A team of mainly Dutch astronomers has observed moving shadows on a dust disk around a star. On multiple days they took a 'photo' of the star and its disk. They used the SPHERE instrument, partially built in the Netherlands, on the Very Large Telescope in Chile. Probably, processes in the inner disk cast their shadows at the outer disk. The astronomers publish their findings in The Astrophysical ... more
La Jolla CA (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
Scientists find potential 'missing link' in chemistry that led to life on earth
Ottawa, Canada (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
18-Month Twinkle in a Forming Star Suggests a Very Young Planet
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 02, 2017
Overlooked Treasure: The First Evidence of Exoplanets
Israel downs Syrian drone over Golan Heights: army
Jerusalem (AFP) Nov 11, 2017
The Israeli army said it had shot down a Russian-made Syrian drone carrying out a reconnaissance mission over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Saturday. The drone was intercepted by a Patriot missile in the demilitarised zone between the Israeli- and Syrian-controlled parts of the Golan, a military spokeswoman said in a statement. "The State of Israel regards with utmost seriousness ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
NASA-Developed Drone Aircraft Offer One-of-a-Kind Capabilities
Niamey (AFP) Nov 4, 2017
Niger to let US forces arm drones in counter-terrorism fight
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
Insitu awarded $9.2M for parts, sustainment of RQ-21A
Parker Solar Probe Comes to NASA Goddard for Testing
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
On Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, NASA's Parker Solar Probe spacecraft arrived at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, for environmental tests. During the spacecraft's stay at Goddard, engineers and technicians will simulate extreme temperatures and other physical stresses that the spacecraft will be subjected to during its historic mission to the Sun. Before arriving at Godda ... more
London, UK (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
UK space science mission SMILE gets first round of funding
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
NASA Investigates Invisible Magnetic Bubbles in Outer Solar System
La Laguna, Spain (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
On the generation of solar spicules and Alfvenic waves
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Orbital ATK Successfully Tests First Motor Case for Next Generation Launch Vehicle
Dulles VA (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced it has successfully completed an important milestone in developing advanced solid rocket propulsion and other technologies to be used in a new generation of intermediate- and large-class space launch vehicles. The company is in early production of development hardware for its Next Generation Launch (NGL) system, ... more
Washington DC (AFP) Nov 12, 2017
Orbital ATK launches eighth cargo mission to space
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Nov 09, 2017
Vega launches Earth observation satellite for Morocco
Moscow (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Russia embezzlement probe at rocket firm Soyuz
Hubble Spots Expanding Light Echo Around Supernova
Baltimore MD (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Light from a supernova explosion in the nearby starburst galaxy M82 is reverberating off a huge dust cloud in interstellar space. The supernova, called SN 2014J, occurred at the upper right of M82, and is marked by an "X." The supernova was discovered on Jan. 21, 2014. The inset images at top reveal an expanding shell of light from the stellar explosion sweeping through interstellar ... more
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
Winds blowing off a dying star
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Tracking down the origins of gold
Maunakea HI (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
Astronomers discover a star that would not die
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
Cosmos code helps probe space oddities
Austin TX (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Black holes make for a great space mystery. They're so massive that nothing, not even light, can escape a black hole once it gets close enough. A great mystery for scientists is that there's evidence of powerful jets of electrons and protons that shoot out of the top and bottom of some black holes. Yet no one knows how these jets form. Computer code called Cosmos now fuels supercomputer si ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
University of Chicago scientists see fireworks from atoms at ultra-low temperatures
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
A quasiparticle quest
Ithaca NY (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Where did those electrons go? X-ray measurements solve decades-old mystery
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
UN to host first talks on use of 'killer robots'
Geneva (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
The United Nations is set to host the first-ever talks on the use of autonomous weapons, but those hoping for a ban on the machines dubbed killer robots will be disappointed, the ambassador leading the discussions said Friday. More than 100 artificial intelligence entrepreneurs led by Tesla's Elon Musk in August urged the UN to enforce a global ban on fully-automated weapons, echoing calls ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Computer system finds 'recipes' for producing materials
Raleigh NC (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Study shows need for adaptive powered knee prosthesis to assist amputees
New York NY (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Researchers unveil tool to debug 'black box' deep learning algorithms
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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