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January 24, 2017
SPACE TRAVEL
Mister Trump Goes to Washington



Bethesda MD (SPX) Jan 24, 2017
Here are a few key space issues that the new President must address. One of the most obvious issues and a large budget item is the International Space Station (ISS). NASA and its international ISS partners have pledged to support the program for seven more years. The pressing issue here is whether to extend station operations beyond 2024, possibly until at least 2028. Beyond extending ISS's life, his other options are limited. One is to execute a controlled retro fire maneuver such that the 400,00 ... read more

MOON DAILY
China schedules Chang'e-5 lunar probe launch
China plans to launch the Chang'e-5 lunar probe at the end of November this year, from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China's Hainan Province, aboard the heavy-lift carrier rocket Long ... more
TECH SPACE
First European-built all-electric satellite EUTELSAT 172B getting ready to fly
Construction of EUTELSAT 172B, the first high-power all-electric telecommunications satellite built in Europe, is now complete at the Airbus satellite assembly facilities in Toulouse. The full ... more
GPS NEWS
Russia to Construct Glonass Satellite Navigation Station in Nicaragua
Experts from the Russian Central Research Institute of Machine Building (TsNIIMash) will construct a ground Glonass satellite navigation tracking station in Nicaragua, the TsNIIMash's press service ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
New inverse algorithm for CO2 retrieval from satellite observations
Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is a primary greenhouse gas that has been persistently increasing over the past few decades. It is a major driver of regional and global climate change (IPCC, 2007). ... more
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EARTH OBSERVATION
China's hi-res SAR imaging satellite put into use
China's first high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite has passed all its in-orbit tests and is now operational, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Indu ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Discovered one of the brightest distant galaxies so far known
An international team led by researchers from the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) and the University of La Laguna (ULL) has discovered one of the brightest "non-active" galaxies in the ea ... more
OUTER PLANETS
Experiment resolves mystery about wind flows on Jupiter
One mystery has been whether the jets exist only in the planet's upper atmosphere - much like the Earth's own jet streams - or whether they plunge into Jupiter's gaseous interior. If the latter is t ... more
MARSDAILY
Long Eclipse Avoidance Manoeuvres Performed Successfully on MOM Spacecraft
An orbital manoeuvres was performed on Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft to avoid the impending long eclipse duration for the satellite. The duration of the eclipse would have been as long as 8 ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
NOAA's GOES-16 Satellite Sends First Images to Earth
GOES-16, the first spacecraft in NOAA's next-generation of geostationary satellites, has sent the first high-resolution images from its Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument. Included among them ... more


Today's rare meteorites were once common

MERCURY RISING
Nuclear winter with iron snow discovered on Mercury
Mercury, the smallest and innermost planet in the Solar System has its own magnetic field like the Earth, scientist revealed. Previously it was thought that that Mercury's magnetic field was long go ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Airbus Safran Launchers in 2016: we keep our promises
2016 was a fundamental year for Airbus Safran Launchers: the construction of the company was finalized on 1st July, with integration of all its personnel, activities and sites in France and Germany. ... more

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NASA to rely on Soyuz for ISS missions until 2019
If NASA intends to continue sending astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) or the moon, the space agency has little choice but to rely on Roscosmos' Soyuz spacecraft, at least until 2019.On Tuesday, NASA filed a "presolicitation" requesting that private firms reach out to NASA if they can transport astronauts to and from the orbital research platform. NASA is "considering cont ... more
Mister Trump Goes to Washington

Lomonosov Moscow State University to Launch 'Space Department' in 2017

French, US astronauts install batteries outside space station

When One launch is not enough: SpaceX Return To Flight
SpaceX celebrated the first flight of its Falcon 9 rocket in over four and a half months on Saturday, with a remarkably smooth launch of the vehicle from California. The Falcon 9 had previously been grounded since September, after one of the rockets exploded on a launchpad in Florida during a routine fueling procedure. Though the stakes were high for Saturday's launch, the mission's success does ... more
Airbus Safran Launchers in 2016: we keep our promises

2017 Rocket Campaign Begins in Alaska

India Defers Much-Awaited Heaviest Rocket Launch

Long Eclipse Avoidance Manoeuvres Performed Successfully on MOM Spacecraft
An orbital manoeuvres was performed on Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft to avoid the impending long eclipse duration for the satellite. The duration of the eclipse would have been as long as 8 hours in the coming days. As the satellite battery is designed to handle an eclipse duration of only about 1 Hour 40 minutes, a longer eclipse would have drained the battery beyond the safe limi ... more
Microbes could survive thin air of Mars

Mars rover Opportunity takes a drive up a steep slope

Mars Rover Curiosity Examines Possible Mud Cracks

China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory
China's first cargo spacecraft will leave the factory, according to the website of China's manned space mission. A review meeting was convened last Thursday, during which officials and experts unanimously concluded that the Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft had met all the requirements to leave the factory. The take-off weight of Tianzhou-1 is 13 tonnes and it can ship material of up to si ... more
China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A

China Space Plan to Develop "Strength and Size"

Beijing's space program soars in 2016

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Shaping the Future: Aerospace Works to Ensure an Informed Space Policy
The Aerospace center for space policy analysis - one of five strategic initiatives recently announced by President and CEO Steve Isakowitz - issued an informative backgrounder on the National Space Council. The incoming Trump administration has signaled that it might move to revive the advisory organization, which has been absent from the White House since the George H.W. Bush administration. ... more
Iridium-1 NEXT Launched on a Falcon 9

Russia-China Joint Space Studies Center May Be Created in Southeastern Russia

EchoStar 19 positioned in orbital slot

Explaining how 2-D materials break at the atomic level
Cracks sank the 'unsinkable' Titanic; decrease the performance of touchscreens and erode teeth. We are familiar with cracks in big or small three-dimensional (3D) objects, but how do thin two-dimensional (2D) materials crack? 2D materials, like molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), have emerged as an important asset for future electronic and photoelectric devices. However, the mechanical properties ... more
China's quantum communication satellite delivered for use

First European-built all-electric satellite EUTELSAT 172B getting ready to fly

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SF State astronomer searches for signs of life on Wolf 1061 exoplanet
Is there anybody out there? The question of whether Earthlings are alone in the universe has puzzled everyone from biologists and physicists to philosophers and filmmakers. It's also the driving force behind San Francisco State University astronomer Stephen Kane's research into exoplanets - planets that exist outside Earth's solar system. As one of the world's leading "planet hunters," Kan ... more
Looking for life in all the right places with the right tool

Could dark streaks in Venusian clouds be microbial life

VLT to Search for Planets in Alpha Centauri System

Public to Choose Jupiter Picture Sites for NASA Juno
Where should NASA's Juno spacecraft aim its camera during its next close pass of Jupiter on Feb. 2? You can now play a part in the decision. For the first time, members of the public can vote to participate in selecting all pictures to be taken of Jupiter during a Juno flyby. Voting begins Thursday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) and concludes on Jan. 23 at 9 a.m. PST (noon EST). "We ... more
Experiment resolves mystery about wind flows on Jupiter

Pluto Global Color Map

Lowell Observatory to renovate Pluto discovery telescope

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Regional sea-level scenarios will help Northeast plan for faster-than-global rise
Sea level in the Northeast and in some other U.S. regions will rise significantly faster than the global average, according to a report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Moreover, in a worst-case scenario, global sea level could rise by about 8 feet by 2100. Robert E. Kopp, an associate professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Rut ... more
Mighty river, mighty filter

Ex-leader of Maldives plans return to save sinking nation

U.S., Cuba sign maritime border treaty

Russia to Construct Glonass Satellite Navigation Station in Nicaragua
Experts from the Russian Central Research Institute of Machine Building (TsNIIMash) will construct a ground Glonass satellite navigation tracking station in Nicaragua, the TsNIIMash's press service said Monday. "The TsNIIMash's specialists will construct a station for tracking data of the Glonass and other global satellite navigation systems in Nicaragua," the press release reads. Ac ... more
Clocks 'failed' onboard Europe's navigation satellites: ESA

Russia, China Work on Joint High-Precision Satellite Navigation System

Raytheon completes qualification testing of next-gen GPS Launch and Checkout System

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The science behind the Lunar Hydrogen Polar Mapper mission
Arizona State University's NASA mission to visit a metal asteroid is just beginning, but the first mission that marked the school as a major player in space exploration has been under way for more than a year. LunaH-Map, the Lunar Hydrogen Polar Mapper, will launch in September 2018. Its task will be to find water and ice at the south pole of the moon, and map the deposits. ASU Now s ... more
China schedules Chang'e-5 lunar probe launch

Eugene Cernan, last man to walk on moon, dead at 82

The moon is older than scientists thought

Observations of Ceres indicate that asteroids might be camouflaged
The appearance of small bodies in the outer solar system could be deceiving. Asteroids and dwarf planets may be camouflaged with an outer layer of material that actually comes from somewhere else. Using data primarily gathered by SOFIA, NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, a team of astronomers has detected the presence of substantial amounts of material on the surface ... more
Today's rare meteorites were once common

How the darkness and the cold killed the dinosaurs

Successful Deep Space Maneuver for NASA's OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft

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NOAA's GOES-16 Satellite Sends First Images to Earth
GOES-16, the first spacecraft in NOAA's next-generation of geostationary satellites, has sent the first high-resolution images from its Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument. Included among them are a composite color full-disk visible image of the Western Hemisphere captured on January 15, 2017. Created using several of the ABI's 16 spectral channels, the full-disk image offers an example th ... more
China's hi-res SAR imaging satellite put into use

New inverse algorithm for CO2 retrieval from satellite observations

NASA's Terra Satellite Sees Alaskan Volcanic Eruption Wrapped in White

Extreme space weather-induced blackouts could cost US more than $40 billion daily
The daily U.S. economic cost from solar storm-induced electricity blackouts could be in the tens of billions of dollars, with more than half the loss from indirect costs outside the blackout zone, according to a new study. Previous studies have focused on direct economic costs within the blackout zone, failing to take into account indirect domestic and international supply chain loss from ... more
ALMA starts observing the sun

Next-generation optics offer the widest real-time views of vast regions of the sun

NASA moon data provides more accurate 2017 eclipse path

A tale of two pulsars' tails: Plumes offer geometry lessons to astronomers
Like cosmic lighthouses sweeping the universe with bursts of energy, pulsars have fascinated and baffled astronomers since they were first discovered 50 years ago. In two studies, international teams of astronomers suggest that recent images from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory of two pulsars - Geminga and B0355+54 - may help shine a light on the distinctive emission signatures of pulsars, as w ... more
Discovered one of the brightest distant galaxies so far known

Hunting for dark matter with massive magnets and haloscopes

Work Begins in Palo Alto on NASA's Dark Energy Hunter

Can the donut-shaped magnet 'CAPPuccino submarine' hunt for dark matter?
Scientists at the Center for Axion and Precision Physics Research (CAPP), within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) optimized some of the characteristics of the magnet to hunt for one possible component of dark matter called axion. Although it sounds hard to believe, everything we see with our naked eyes or through microscopes and telescopes accounts for just 4% of the known Universe. T ... more
Traffic jam in empty space

Light source discovery 'challenges basic assumption' of physics

Our galaxy's black hole is spewing out planet-size 'spitballs'



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