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November 30, 2017
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Space Farms: 'Mark Watney in The Martian Was Right to Add Poop to the Soil'



Wageningen, Netherlands (Sputnik) Nov 30, 2017
A group of researchers from Wageningen University and Research has found that earthworms can thrive and reproduce in simulated Martian soil. Given that the creatures are a crucial factor in making soil fertile, that means the first colonizers of Mars might be able to grow food on the Red Planet. What we call Martian "soil" is in fact barren dust and rock that would require a serious boost if humans genuinely plan to establish farms on Mars and grow potatoes there like Matt Damon did in "The Martia ... read more

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Scientists developed a new sensor for future missions to the Moon and Mars
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
A team of scientists from the Faculty of Physics of Lomonosov Moscow State University and their colleagues developed a compact spectral polarimeter for carrying outmineralogical investigations on th ... more
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Opportunity Greets Winter Solstice
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 29, 2017
Opportunity is continuing her winter exploration of Perseverance Valley on the west rim of the Noachian-aged Endeavour crater. The winter solstice occurred on Sol 4915 (Nov. 20, 2017). Energy ... more
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NASA builds its next Mars rover mission
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 29, 2017
In just a few years, NASA's next Mars rover mission will be flying to the Red Planet. At a glance, it looks a lot like its predecessor, the Curiosity Mars rover. But there's no doubt it's a souped-u ... more
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Earthworms can reproduce in Mars-like soil
Washington (UPI) Nov 27, 2017
A pair of newborn earthworms in a Dutch lab suggests earthworms can reproduce in Martian soil. ... more
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Winds Blow Dust off the Solar Panels Improving Energy Levels
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 20, 2017
Opportunity is continuing her winter exploration of Perseverance Valley on the west rim of the Noachian-aged Endeavour Crater. Although the depth of the winter solstice is still a week or more ... more
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Ice shapes the landslide landscape on Mars
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
How good is your Martian geography? Does Valles Marineris ring a bell? This area is known for having landslides that are among the largest and longest in the entire solar system. They make the perfe ... more
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Previous evidence of water on Mars now identified as grainflows
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Dark features previously proposed as evidence for significant liquid water flowing on Mars have now been identified as granular flows, where sand and dust move rather than liquid water, according to ... more
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Gadgets for Mars
Paris (ESA) Nov 22, 2017
A mini-rover, tools once used on the Moon and lasers for 3D mapping are in the backpack of the explorers of tomorrow. The terrain will be hazardous and it will be dark in volcanic caves, but this eq ... more
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Recurring Martian Streaks: Flowing Sand, Not Water?
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 21, 2017
Dark features on Mars previously considered evidence for subsurface flowing of water are interpreted by new research as granular flows, where grains of sand and dust slip downhill to make dark strea ... more
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From Hannover around the world and to the Mars: LZH delivers laser for ExoMars 2020
Hannover, Germany (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
In three years, the rocket of the European-Russian ExoMars 2020 mission shall start its nine-month journey to Mars, together with a rover and surface platform. The flight model of the MOMA laser has ... more


NASA Selects Instrument for Future International Mission to Martian Moons

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Mars 2020 Mission performs first supersonic parachute test
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 15, 2017
Landing on Mars is difficult and not always successful. Well-designed advance testing helps. An ambitious NASA Mars rover mission set to launch in 2020 will rely on a special parachute to slow the s ... more
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Russia's Roscosmos may take part in creation of 'Martian Town' in Dubai
Dubai (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
The United Arab Emirates are planning to create "Mars Scientific City," an ambitious project that would simulate the conditions of life on Mars. Russia's space corporation Roscosmos will consu ... more
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Fracture swarms on Mars driven by ancient tectonics
Paris (ESA) Nov 16, 2017
ESA's Mars Express has imaged striking features on Mars were caused by the planet's crust stretching apart in response to ancient volcanic activity. The fractures in the Sirenum Fossae region ... more
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New partnership on Mars drone applications research
Mountain View CA (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
The Mars Institute, the SETI Institute, and FYBR Solutions Inc. (FYBR) are announcing a new partnership with the NASA Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) for the research and development of unmanned aerial ... more



December's 'supermoon' expected to be bigggest, brightest of 2017
Washington (UPI) Nov 28, 2017
The 'supermoon' set for next week is expected to be the brightest of the year as the moon's orbit will be at its closest point to the earth. Public astronomer Dr. Marek Kukula at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, Britain, told AGN News a supermoon is when"a full moon happens to occur when the moon is also at its closest point" to the earth and appears brighter and bigger than usual. ... more
Tokyo, Japan (Sputnik) Nov 27, 2017
Japan signals growing support for Deep Space Gateway concept
Austin TX (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Moon's crust underwent resurfacing after forming from magma ocean
Moscow (Sputnik) Nov 15, 2017
Russia tests new spaceship set to deliver people, cargo to moon
Nation 'leads world' in remote sensing technology
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China is now the world leader in remote sensing technologies for scientific purposes and is able to provide an unprecedented amount of data to support research and development for the world, officials said on Tuesday. Remote sensing refers to aerial or satellite-based technologies to detect and measure objects on Earth's surface, atmosphere and oceans. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Sci ... more
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
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Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
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Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
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Selected asteroids detected by GAIA between August 2014 And May 2016
Paris (ESA) Nov 30, 2017
While scanning the sky, ESA's Gaia mission maps not only the stellar content of our Galaxy, but also the Solar System's asteroid population. This visualisation shows the detection by Gaia of more than 13 000 asteroids as the spacecraft (represented by the pale blue dot) scanned the sky between August 2014 and May 2016. This is a subset of the total number of asteroids seen by Gaia - the sa ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
NASA telescope studies quirky comet 45P
Kaliningrad (Sputnik) Nov 20, 2017
Russian Astronomers Show Big Asteroid Approaching the Earth
Munich, Germany (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
ESO observations show first interstellar asteroid is like nothing seen before
Pluto's hydrocarbon haze keeps dwarf planet colder than expected
Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
The gas composition of a planet's atmosphere generally determines how much heat gets trapped in the atmosphere. For the dwarf planet Pluto, however, the predicted temperature based on the composition of its atmosphere was much higher than actual measurements taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft in 2015. A new study published November 16 in Nature proposes a novel cooling mechanism contr ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
Jupiter's Stunning Southern Hemisphere
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
Unique atmospheric chemistry explains cold vortex on Saturn's moon Titan
Washington (UPI) Nov 21, 2017
New analysis suggests unique atmospheric chemistry explains why the polar vortex on Saturn's moon Titan isn't behaving as expected. Titan is Saturn's largest moon, and is the only moon in the solar system with a sizable atmosphere. Recent observations suggest that atmosphere hasn't been behaving as predicted by models. During the winter, air in the upper atmosphere tends to warm ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 22, 2017
Cassini Image Mosaic: A Farewell to Saturn
Bristol UK (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Unexpected atmospheric vortex behavior on Saturn's moon Titan
Paris (ESA) Nov 08, 2017
Heating ocean moon Enceladus for billions of years
NASA finds VA metro area is sinking unevenly
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 29, 2017
Anew NASA-led study shows that land in the Hampton Roads, Virginia, metropolitan area is sinking at highly uneven rates, with a few trouble spots subsiding 7 to 10 times faster than the area average. Whereas earlier estimates had suggested the area is subsiding evenly, the new study found that major differences in subsidence rates occur only a few miles apart. Hampton Roads has one of the ... more
Paris (ESA) Nov 29, 2017
Forty years of Meteosat
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China launches remote sensing satellites in multiple launches
Houston TX (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Heavy nitrogen molecules reveal planetary-scale tug-of-war
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Does the Outer Space Treaty at 50 need a rethink
New York NY (Sputnik) Nov 28, 2017
As more private enterprises turns their gaze toward outer space, there are certain international limitations that leave many questions unanswered so that private entrepreneurship is is effectively paralyzed. When the US and the USSR engaged in a nuclear weapons race, there was a real possibility that doomsday weapons would go to outer space and, eventually, to the moon. In order to prevent ... more
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Building for a future in space: An interview with Dava Newman and Gui Trotti
Houston TX (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
NASA to send critical science, instruments to Space Station
Wageningen, Netherlands (Sputnik) Nov 30, 2017
Space Farms: 'Mark Watney in The Martian Was Right to Add Poop to the Soil'
Scientists identify key factors that help microbes thrive in harsh environments
College Park MD (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Three new studies by University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) scientists have identified key factors that help microbes survive in harsh environments. The results, which have implications for biotechnology and understanding life in extreme conditions, were in the Proceedings of the National Academy Of Sciences (PNAS), Astrobiology, and the International Journal of Astrobiology. "O ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 30, 2017
Exoplanet Has Smothering Stratosphere Without Water
London, UK (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Traces of life on nearest exoplanets may be hidden in equatorial trap
Honolulu HI (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Newly Discovered Twin Planets Could Solve Puffy Planet Mystery
Drone photos offer faster, cheaper data on key Antarctic species
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Scientists in Antarctica have demonstrated a cheaper, faster and simpler way to gauge the condition of leopard seals, which can weigh more than a half ton and reflect the health of the Antarctic ecosystem that they and a variety of commercial fisheries rely on. Instead of spending hours to pursue, catch, immobilize, and weigh the seals amid hazardous conditions on the Antarctic Peninsula, ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 23, 2017
Drone Race: Human Versus Artificial Intelligence
Washington (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
Pentagon steps up Somalia drone strikes
Dubai UAE (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Lockheed Martin Integrates New Engine for Fury Unmanned Air Vehicle
All missions on board for NASA heliophysics research
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Scientists have been studying the near-Earth environment for the better part of a century, but many mysteries - like where the energetic particles that pervade the area originate and become energized - still remain. In a new type of collaborative study, scientists combined data from 16 separate NASA and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) spacecraft to understand how a particle phenomeno ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
New NASA instrument continues measuring solar energy input to Earth
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Solar minimum surprisingly constant
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
NASA detects solar flare pulses at Sun and Earth
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ISRO eyes one rocket launch a month in 2018
New Delhi (IANS) Nov 30, 2017
India plans to have at least one rocket launch every month in 2018 from its spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh to deploy satellites in orbit, said a top space official on Tuesday. "We are planning to have at least one launch mission a month in 2018 to deploy satellites in the earth's orbit for various applications," said Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar ... more
Guildford UK (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
SSTL ships CARBONITE-2 and Telesat's LEO-1 for PSLV launch
Moscow (Sputnik) Nov 29, 2017
Russia to build launch pad for super heavy-lift carrier by 2028
Bethesda MD (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Mechanisms are critical to all space vehicles
First proper motions measured of stars in a small galaxy outside the Milky Way
Groningen, Netherlands (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
By combining data from the Hubble Space Telescope and the Gaia mission, University of Groningen astronomers have been able to measure the proper motion of 15 stars in the Sculptor Galaxy, the first such measurement of stars in a small galaxy outside the Milky Way. Analysis shows an unexpected preference in the direction of movement, which suggests that the standard theoretical models used to des ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
MUSE probes uncharted depths of Hubble Ultra Deep Field
Rome, Italy (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
House hunting for the supernova event SN 2015J
Madison WI (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Icebound detector reveals how ghostly neutrinos are stopped cold
Physicists make most precise measurement ever of a proton's magnetic moment
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
An international collaboration of scientists from RIKEN's Ulmer Fundamental Symmetries Laboratory (FSL), Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat Mainz, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg and GSI Darmstadt, have used high-precision techniques to make the most precise measurement to date of the magnetic moment of the proton, finding it to be 2.79284734462 plus or minus 0.00000000082 nucle ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 15, 2017
Listening for gravitational waves using pulsars
New York NY (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Gravity waves from merging supermassive black holes will be found soon
Yekaterinburg, Russia (SPX) Oct 27, 2017
Russian scientists have found flaws in popular theories of gravity
The possibility of vestiges of an earlier Universe before the Big Bang
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Although for five decades, the Big Bang theory has been the best known and most accepted explanation for the beginning and evolution of the Universe, it is hardly a consensus among scientists. Brazilian physicist Juliano Cesar Silva Neves part of a group of researchers who dare to imagine a different origin. In a study recently published in the journal General Relativity and Gravitation, N ... more
Pasadena CA (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
LIGO and Virgo announce detection of black hole binary merger
Krakow, Poland (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Nearby pulsars shed light on the antimatter puzzle
Berkeley CA (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Watching a quantum material lose its stripes
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Cheap origami-inspired muscles are both soft and strong
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Soft robotics has made leaps and bounds over the last decade as researchers around the world have experimented with different materials and designs to allow once rigid, jerky machines to bend and flex in ways that mimic and can interact more naturally with living organisms. However, increased flexibility and dexterity has a trade-off of reduced strength, as softer materials are generally not as ... more
Corvallis OR (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
With 'material robotics,' intelligent products won't even look like robots
Chicago IL (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Amputees can learn to control a robotic arm with their minds
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Toyota showcases humanoid robot that mirrors user
Nation 'leads world' in remote sensing technology
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China is now the world leader in remote sensing technologies for scientific purposes and is able to provide an unprecedented amount of data to support research and development for the world, officials said on Tuesday. Remote sensing refers to aerial or satellite-based technologies to detect and measure objects on Earth's surface, atmosphere and oceans. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Sci ... more
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
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Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
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Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
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