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July 20, 2017
IRON AND ICE
Ancient, massive asteroid impact could explain Martian geological mysteries



Boulder CO (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
The origin and nature of Mars is mysterious. It has geologically distinct hemispheres, with smooth lowlands in the north and cratered, high-elevation terrain in the south. The red planet also has two small oddly-shaped oblong moons and a composition that sets it apart from that of the Earth. New research by University of Colorado Boulder professor Stephen Mojzsis outlines a likely cause for these mysterious features of Mars: a colossal impact with a large asteroid early in the planet's history. Th ... read more

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Study details early impacts that shaped the Milky Way
Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2017
Astronomers say they've found evidence of a series of early galactic collisions that shaped the Milky Way. ... more
MARSDAILY
Sol 1756: Closing time
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 20, 2017
This week marked the last chance for us to reliably command Curiosity before she, and Mars, disappear behind the Sun for about three weeks. This made today's planning feel as if the Sun were setting ... more
OUTER PLANETS
NASA's New Horizons Team Strikes Gold in Argentina
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
A primitive solar system object that's more than four billion miles (6.5 billion kilometers) away passed in front of a distant star as seen from Earth. Just before midnight Eastern Time Sunday (12:5 ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
In Gulf of Mexico, NASA Evaluates How Crew Will Exit Orion
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
When astronauts return to Earth from destinations beyond the moon in NASA's Orion spacecraft and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, they'll still need to safely get out of the spacecraft and back on d ... more
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ROBO SPACE
Rovers drive through Tenerife darkness
Paris (ESA) Jul 20, 2017
A pair of ESA rovers trundled around a Moon-like area of Tenerife by both day and night during a nine-day test campaign, gathering terabytes of data for follow-up analysis. A team from ESA's P ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Gamma-ray Telescopes Reveal a High-energy Trap in Our Galaxy's Center
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
A combined analysis of data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.), a ground-based observatory in Namibia, suggests the center of our Milky Wa ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Goodbye HERA, Hello Sleep: NASA's HERA XIII Crew Returns Home to Slumber
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
After 45 days in NASA's Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA), the four-man crew can hardly hold their eyes open. This mission was the first of its kind to last 45 days, as well as incorporate sl ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Scientists reveal new connections between small particles and the vast universe
Hong Kong (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
Our observable universe is the largest object that physicists study: It spans a diameter of almost 100 billion light years. The density correlations in our universe, for example, correlations betwee ... more
EXO WORLDS
Ancient worm burrows offer insights into early 'ecosystem engineers'
Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2017
Newly discovered fossils have offered scientists fresh insights into the role worms played in transforming the seabed during the Cambrian Period. ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Quantum mechanical particles travel backwards, study confirms
Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2017
A team of particle physicists and mathematicians have confirmed all quantum mechanical particles move backwards - in the opposite direction of the force acting upon them. The phenomenon is called "backflow." ... more


Gamma-ray telescopes locate high-energy trap in the middle of the Milky Way

NUKEWARS
NKorea 'clearly' has range to hit US: general
Washington (AFP) July 18, 2017
North Korea "clearly" has the range to hit parts of the United States with an intercontinental ballistic missile - but not with much accuracy, a top US general said Tuesday. ... more
NUKEWARS
US and Iran in tit-for-tat sanctions over missiles
Washington (AFP) July 18, 2017
The US and Iran traded tit-for-tat sanctions on Tuesday over the Islamic republic's ballistic missile program, just hours after Washington admitted Tehran was complying with a landmark nuclear deal signed two years ago. ... more
CHIP TECH
Researchers develop dynamic templates critical to printable electronics technology
Urbana IL (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
When it comes to efficiency, sometimes it helps to look to Mother Nature for advice - even in technology as advanced as printable, flexible electronics. Researchers at the University of Illinois hav ... more
ROBO SPACE
Helping robots learn to see in 3-D
Durham NC (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
Autonomous robots can inspect nuclear power plants, clean up oil spills in the ocean, accompany fighter planes into combat and explore the surface of Mars. Yet for all their talents, robots still ca ... more



In Gulf of Mexico, NASA Evaluates How Crew Will Exit Orion
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
When astronauts return to Earth from destinations beyond the moon in NASA's Orion spacecraft and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, they'll still need to safely get out of the spacecraft and back on dry land. Using the waters off the coast of Galveston, Texas, a NASA and Department of Defense team tested Orion exit procedures in a variety of scenarios July 10-14. During the crew egress testi ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
NASA Awards Mission Systems Operations Contract
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
NASA Offers Space Station as Catalyst for Discovery in Washington
Paris (ESA) Jul 10, 2017
Counting calories in space
Hypersonic Travel Possibility Heats Up Massively After New Material Discovery
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 10, 2017
Researchers at The University of Manchester, in collaboration with Central South University (CSU), China, have created an innovative ceramic coating that could revolutionize hypersonic travel - for defense, space and even air travel purposes. Hypersonic travel is defined as moving at Mach five or above - at least five times faster than the speed of sound. While a historic aspiration of avi ... more
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jul 18, 2017
ISRO Develops Ship-Based Antenna System to Track Satellite Launches
Sacramento CA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne tests Advanced Electric Propulsion System
Cape Canaveral (AFP) July 5, 2017
After two delays, SpaceX launches broadband satellite for IntelSat
Sol 1756: Closing time
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 20, 2017
This week marked the last chance for us to reliably command Curiosity before she, and Mars, disappear behind the Sun for about three weeks. This made today's planning feel as if the Sun were setting on our normally active rover activities, akin to this Martian sunset image from 2015. MAHLI, APXS and ChemCam were already stored safely for the upcoming conjunction nap, leaving Mastcam and MA ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 13, 2017
Curiosity Mars Rover Begins Study of Ridge Destination
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 17, 2017
For Moratorium on Sending Commands to Mars, Blame the Sun
Paris (ESA) Jul 14, 2017
Tributes to wetter times on Mars
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 (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
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese Rocket Fizzles Out, Puts Other Launches on Hold
LISA Pathfinder: bake, rattle and roll
Paris (ESA) Jul 14, 2017
The final days of the LISA Pathfinder mission are some of the busiest, as controllers make final tests and get ready to switch off the gravitational pioneer next Tuesday. Following 16 months of scientific effort, LISA Pathfinder completed its main mission on 30 June, having demonstrated the technology needed to operate ESA's future LISA space observatory to study gravitational waves - ripp ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
ASTROSCALE Raises a Total of $25 Million in Series C Led by Private Companies
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
Korean Aerospace offices raided in anti-corruption probe
McLean VA (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Iridium Poised to Make Global Maritime Distress and Safety System History
Spacepath Communications Announces Innovative Frequency Converter Systems
London, UK (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
SpacePath Communications is launching a new range of intelligent frequency converters (IFC) featuring an innovative, hot swappable system design. SpacePath's intelligent frequency converters feature a hot swappable capability in a 1RU design. The 1:1 redundant, hot swappable frequency convertor requires no additional, external 1RU switch controller or external input /output switches. ... more
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Sorting complicated knots
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Nature-inspired material uses liquid reinforcement
Evanston IL (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
News laser design offers more inexpensive multi-color output
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Ancient worm burrows offer insights into early 'ecosystem engineers'
Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2017
Newly discovered fossils have offered scientists fresh insights into the role worms played in transforming the seabed during the Cambrian Period. Fossilized burrows recovered in China deliver a snapshot of a subtle seabed change with significant ecological ramifications. Prior to the Cambrian explosion, a period of accelerated speciation and biological diversity some 500 million ... more
Garching, Germany (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Molecular Outflow Launched Beyond Disk Around Young Star
Arecibo PR (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
A New Search for Extrasolar Planets from the Arecibo Observatory
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
More to Life Than the Habitable Zone
NASA's New Horizons Team Strikes Gold in Argentina
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
A primitive solar system object that's more than four billion miles (6.5 billion kilometers) away passed in front of a distant star as seen from Earth. Just before midnight Eastern Time Sunday (12:50 a.m. local time July 17), several telescopes deployed by the New Horizons team in a remote part of Argentina were in precisely the right place at the right time to catch its fleeting shadow - an eve ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 13, 2017
Juno spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Laurel MD (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
New Horizons Video Soars over Pluto's Majestic Mountains and Icy Plains
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
New evidence in support of the Planet Nine hypothesis
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Risky business for fish in oil-polluted reef waters
Sydney (AFP) July 19, 2017
Coral reef fish are more likely to engage in risky behaviour and be unable to identify predators if they swim in waters contaminated with petroleum-based oil, researchers said. Concentrations equivalent to only "a couple of drops in a swimming pool" could be enough to impair their judgement, scientists said in the study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. "The fi ... more
Tokyo (AFP) July 18, 2017
World's northernmost coral reef in Japan bleached
Jerusalem (AFP) July 13, 2017
Trump envoy mediates water deal between Israel, Palestinians
Paris (AFP) July 13, 2017
Climate change deepens threat to Pacific island wildlife
IAI, Honeywell Aerospace team for GPS anti-jam system
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
An advance GPS anti-jam navigation system is to be jointly developed and manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries and Honeywell Aerospace, the companies announced on Monday. The technology, covered under a recent memorandum of understanding between the two companies, will combine IAI's existing ADA GPS Anti-Jamming system together with Honeywell's embedded GPS Inertial Navigation Sys ... more
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
India Plans to Roll Out National GPS Next Year
Washington (UPI) Jul 7, 2017
Orbital Alliance Techsystems receives contract for GPS artillery
Paris (AFP) July 4, 2017
Europe's Galileo satnav identifies problems behind failing clocks
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
Ancient, massive asteroid impact could explain Martian geological mysteries
Boulder CO (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
The origin and nature of Mars is mysterious. It has geologically distinct hemispheres, with smooth lowlands in the north and cratered, high-elevation terrain in the south. The red planet also has two small oddly-shaped oblong moons and a composition that sets it apart from that of the Earth. New research by University of Colorado Boulder professor Stephen Mojzsis outlines a likely cause fo ... more
Tucson, AZ (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Pitted Materials in Craters Could Indicate Buried Ice on Asteroids
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
Nickel key to Earth's magnetic field, research shows
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
New research suggests nickel is essential to the Earth's magnetic field. Earth's magnetic field is generated by what's called the "dynamo effect," a unique combination of a geophysical factors. Of these factors, the convection currents of Earth's conductive, molten core and Earth's constant rotation are the most important. Earth's core is made primarily of melted iron, but new re ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
Great Plains to see more dust storms in second half of the 21st century
Wurzburg, Denmark (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
Quantum mechanics inside Earth's core
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
SSL To Provide Next-Generation Imaging Satellite Constellation To Digitalglobe
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory sees sunspot turn toward Earth
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2017
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, a space probe dedicated to the study of the sun, has captured footage of a sunspot rotating towards Earth. Sunsports are patches on the surface of the sun that appear darker than their surroundings due to the loss of surface tension caused by magnetic flux, an intense concentration of complex magnetic fields. Sunspots are relatively common, but ... more
Kiel, Germany (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Improved representation of solar variability in climate models
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
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Gamma-ray Telescopes Reveal a High-energy Trap in Our Galaxy's Center
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
A combined analysis of data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.), a ground-based observatory in Namibia, suggests the center of our Milky Way contains a "trap" that concentrates some of the highest-energy cosmic rays, among the fastest particles in the galaxy. "Our results suggest that most of the cosmic rays populating the innermos ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2017
Study details early impacts that shaped the Milky Way
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
NASA Neutron star mission begins science operations
Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2017
Gamma-ray telescopes locate high-energy trap in the middle of the Milky Way
Scientists reveal new connections between small particles and the vast universe
Hong Kong (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
Our observable universe is the largest object that physicists study: It spans a diameter of almost 100 billion light years. The density correlations in our universe, for example, correlations between numbers of galaxies at different parts of the universe, indicate that our vast universe has originated from a stage of cosmic inflation. On the other hand, elementary particles are the smalles ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2017
Quantum mechanical particles travel backwards, study confirms
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
NASA listens in as electrons whistle while they work
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
Water makes the proton shake


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