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October 22, 2017
SPACE TRAVEL
Spacewalkers fix robotic arm in time to grab next cargo ship



Miami (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Two American astronauts on Friday wrapped up crucial repairs to the International Space Station's robotic arm, with just weeks to spare before the next cargo ship arrives in early November, NASA said. During a six hour, 49 minute spacewalk, NASA's Joe Acaba and Randy Bresnik put the finishing touches on repairs to the Canadian-made 57-foot (17-meter) long arm, called Canadarm 2. The arm has been a key piece of equipment at the orbiting outpost for 16 years, but in August it lost its ability to g ... read more

DRAGON SPACE
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Jing Haipeng, the first Chinese astronaut to go into space three times, has voiced his desire to go into space again as a further demonstration of his loyalty to the Communist Party of China (CPC). ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
NASA develops and tests new housing for in-orbit science payloads
Huntsville AL (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Imagine cramming 20 years' worth of science experiments - each requiring resources such as water, electricity and data connections - into a few closets in your home. For the crew members aboar ... more
IRON AND ICE
Orionid meteor shower to peak this weekend
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
The annual Orionid meteor shower is expected to peak over the weekend, offering viewers with clear skies the chance to see up to 20 meteors per hour. ... more
SPACEMART
Myanmar to launch own satellite system-2 in 2019: vice president
Yangon (Xinhua) Oct 23, 2017
Myanmar has planned to launch its own satellite system MyanmarSat-2 in June in 2019, official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Saturday. To establish state-owned satellite system, the thre ... more
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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
ROCKET SCIENCE
NASA awards launch contracts for Landsat 9 and Sentinel-6A
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC (ULS) of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for the Landsat 9 mission. The mission is currently targeted for a contract launch date of June ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
It's a success! Blue Origin conducts first hot-fire test of BE-4 engine
Washington DC (Sputnik) Oct 23, 2017
Billionaire Jeff Bezos' space company Blue Origin has fired up the most powerful new US rocket engine in decades, BE-4. The engine can be used in multiple rockets, including United Launch Alliance's ... more
MARSDAILY
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
TIME AND SPACE
Proton and antiproton share fundamental properties
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
The search goes on. No difference in protons and antiprotons have yet been found which would help to potentially explain the existence of matter in our universe. However, physicists in the BASE coll ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Research demonstrates method to alter coherence of light
Providence RI (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Brown University researchers have demonstrated for the first time a method of substantially changing the spatial coherence of light. In a paper published in the journal Science Advances, the r ... more


Self-portrait of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope marks critical test

MISSILE DEFENSE
Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion supports NATO Missile Defense Test
Sacramento CA (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne reports that its propulsion systems for Raytheon's Standard Missile-3 Block IB (SM-3 IB) guided missile supported a NATO-led multinational naval operation off the northwest Scotti ... more
SPACEWAR
OFFSET "Sprinters" encouraged to share innovative ideas for swarm systems
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
DARPA's OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program envisions future small-unit infantry forces using small unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) and/or small unmanned ground systems (UGSs) in swarm ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Study reveals new threat to the ozone layer
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
"Ozone depletion is a well-known phenomenon and, thanks to the success of the Montreal Protocol, is widely perceived as a problem solved," says University of East Anglia's David Oram. But an interna ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
NASA's ICON explores the boundary between earth and space
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
On Dec. 8, 2017, NASA launches the Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, a low-Earth orbiting satellite that will give us new information about how Earth's atmosphere interacts with near-Earth s ... more



Plants and psychological well-being in space
Gainesville FL (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Where people will go in the cosmos, plants will go. That's the message of a paper entitled "Gardening for Therapeutic People-Plant Interactions during Long-Duration Space Missions" written by Raymond Odeh, and Charles L. Guy of the University of Florida (Gainesville) and published in the De Gruyter journal, Open Agriculture. In the beginning of the space age, researchers sought to see if ... more
Moscow (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Russia's space agency says glitch in manned Soyuz landing
Miami (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Spacewalkers fix robotic arm in time to grab next cargo ship
Huntsville AL (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
NASA develops and tests new housing for in-orbit science payloads
It's a success! Blue Origin conducts first hot-fire test of BE-4 engine
Washington DC (Sputnik) Oct 23, 2017
Billionaire Jeff Bezos' space company Blue Origin has fired up the most powerful new US rocket engine in decades, BE-4. The engine can be used in multiple rockets, including United Launch Alliance's Vulcan and Blue Origin's own orbital rocket, New Glenn. The BE-4 engine, powered by liquid oxygen and liquid methane propellants, has been closely watched within the aerospace community and in ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
NASA awards launch contracts for Landsat 9 and Sentinel-6A
Paris (ESA) Oct 18, 2017
ESA role in Europe's first all-electric telecom satellite
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Lockheed Martin Launches Second Cycle of 'Girls' Rocketry Challenge' in Japan
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 Evolution Mission (MAVEN) spacecraft is in orbit around Mars gathering data on how the Red Planet lost much of its atmosphere and water, transforming from a world that could have supported life billi ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Solar eruptions could electrify Martian moons
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
A mission to Mars could make its own oxygen thanks to plasma technology
Paris (ESA) Oct 23, 2017
Mine craft for Mars
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Jing Haipeng, the first Chinese astronaut to go into space three times, has voiced his desire to go into space again as a further demonstration of his loyalty to the Communist Party of China (CPC). "I'm eager to go to space again, be a pioneer in the battle one more time," said the 51-year-old major general and delegate to the ongoing 19th National Congress of the CPC. "Let the vastn ... more
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
Adelaide, Australia (XNA) Oct 03, 2017
UN official commends China's role in space cooperation
Myanmar to launch own satellite system-2 in 2019: vice president
Yangon (Xinhua) Oct 23, 2017
Myanmar has planned to launch its own satellite system MyanmarSat-2 in June in 2019, official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Saturday. To establish state-owned satellite system, the three ways - Condosat which is to lease the use of satellite transponder of another country, joint ownership system and total ownership system - are needed to be done, Vice President U Myint Swe told a co ... more
Toulouse, France (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Eutelsat's Airbus-built full electric EUTELSAT 172B satellite reaches geostationary orbit
Moscow (Sputnik) Oct 10, 2017
Turkey, Russia to Enhance Cooperation in the Field of Space Technologies
Los Angeles (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
SpaceX launches 10 satellites for Iridium mobile network
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 a taste of what that feels like. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, collaborated with Google to produce Access Mars, a free immersive experience. It's available for use on all d ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Understanding rare earth emulsions
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Chemical treatment improves quantum dot lasers
University Park PA (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Two-dimensional materials gets a new theory for control of properties
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
New NASA study improves search for habitable worlds
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
New NASA research is helping to refine our understanding of candidate planets beyond our solar system that might support life. "Using a model that more realistically simulates atmospheric conditions, we discovered a new process that controls the habitability of exoplanets and will guide us in identifying candidates for further study," said Yuka Fujii of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies ... more
Laurel MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
From Comets Come Planets
New York NY (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
A star that devoured its own planets
Exeter UK (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
Astronomers find potential solution into how planets form
Haumea, the most peculiar of Pluto companions, has a ring around it
Granada, Spain (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
At the ends of the Solar System, beyond the orbit of Neptune, there is a belt of objects composed of ice and rocks, among which four dwarf planets stand out: Pluto, Eris, Makemake and Haumea. The latter is the least well known of the four and was recently the object of an international observation campaign which was able to establish its main physical characteristics. The study, led by astronome ... more
Garching, Germany (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Ring around a dwarf planet detected
Friedrichshafen, Germany (ESA) Oct 03, 2017
Helicopter test for Jupiter icy moons radar
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Solving the Mystery of Pluto's Giant Blades of Ice
Hardy corals make their moves to build new reefs from scratch
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Resilient species of coral can move to inhospitable areas and lay the foundations for new reefs, a study shows. Scientists have discovered that these tough, mobile corals can create their own stable habitats, which act as a base upon which other species can attach and build reefs. These hardy corals - known as coralliths - grow on pebbles or fragments of dead reefs, and they can surv ... more
Hasankeyf, Turkey (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Ancient Turkish town prepares to vanish under floodwaters
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Clear lakes disguise impaired water quality
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
Coral study: Previous warming period inspired sea level rise in fits and starts
Lockheed Martin's first GPS III Satellite receives green light from Air Force
Washington (UPI) Oct 10, 2017
The U.S. Air Force has given their final acceptance approval to Lockheed Martin's GPS III satellite, the company announced on Tuesday. The available for launch designation, or AFL, from the Air Force is the final stage in accepting new technology under Department of Defense regulations. Lockheed Martin's first GPS III Space Vehicle or GPS III SV01 is expected to deploy in 2018, accordin ... more
Cambridge, Canada (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
exactEarth Announces Agreement with Alltek Marine to Expand Small Vessel Tracking Service Offering
Beijing (XNA) Sep 15, 2017
BeiDou navigation to cover Belt and Road countries by 2018
Beijing (XNA) Sep 19, 2017
China's BeiDou-3 satellites get new chips
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Human presence in Lunar orbit one step closer with successful RS-25 engine test
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne has test-fired its RS-25 engine, E2063, for 500 seconds at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. This is the second RS-25 engine Aerojet Rocketdyne has tested for NASA's second Exploration Mission (EM-2). EM-2 will be the first mission to launch astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft with the Exploration Upper Stage (EUS) on top of the Space Launch System (SLS). ... more
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
Paris (ESA) Oct 20, 2017
Temperature of Lunar Flashes Measured for the First Time
A solar-powered asteroid nursery at the orbit of Mars
Armagh UK (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
The planet Mars shares its orbit with a handful of small asteroids, the so-called Trojans. Among them, one finds a unique group, all moving in very similar orbits, suggesting that they originated from the same object. But the mechanism that produced this "family" has been a mystery. Now, an international team of astronomers believe they have identified the culprit: sunlight. Their findings ... more
Flagstaff, AZ (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Spinning comet rapidly slows down during close approach to Earth
San Antonio TX (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
SwRI scientists dig into the origin of organics on Ceres
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Orionid meteor shower to peak this weekend
Study casts doubt on warming implications of brown carbon aerosol from wildfires
Saint Louis MO (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
As devastating wildfires continue to rage in the western U.S. and Canada, a team of environmental engineers at Washington University in St. Louis have discovered that light-absorbing organic particulate matter, also known as brown carbon aerosol, in wildfire smoke loses its ability to absorb sunlight the longer it remains in the atmosphere. Rajan Chakrabarty, assistant professor, and Brent ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
China, France plan to launch first joint oceanic satellite in 2018
Paris (ESA) Oct 17, 2017
Sentinel-5P: satellite in excellent health
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Study reveals new threat to the ozone layer
Scientists propose space shield to protect Earth from solar storms
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
If governments and their space agencies are serious about protecting Earth from solar storms, one team of researchers argues a giant space shield is the most logical solution. Much attention is paid to the threat of comets and asteroids. In the past, violent collisions have triggered mass extinctions. Solar storms - intense waves of high energy particles flung into space during coronal ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Scientists model magnetic storm that inspired red aurora over Kyoto
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
A RAVAN in the sun
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Parker Solar Probe Gets Its Revolutionary Heat Shield
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
What lurks below NASA's Chamber A
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Hidden beneath Chamber A at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston is an area engineers used to test critical contamination control technology that has helped keep NASA's James Webb Space Telescope clean during cryogenic testing. This voluminous area is called the plenum, and it supports the weight of the chamber above as well as houses some of the cabling and plumbing for it. Before Webb' ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 20, 2017
Deep Space Communications via Faraway Photons
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Self-portrait of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope marks critical test
Providence RI (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Research demonstrates method to alter coherence of light
A single photon reveals quantum entanglement of 16 million atoms
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Quantum theory is unequivocal: it predicts that a vast number of atoms can be entangled and intertwined by a very strong quantum relationship even in a macroscopic structure. Until now, however, experimental evidence has been mostly lacking, although recent advances have shown the entanglement of 2,900 atoms. Scientists at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, recently reengineered thei ... more
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Proton and antiproton share fundamental properties
Bonn, Germany (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
'Find the Lady' in the quantum world
Princeton NJ (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Spotting the spin of the Majorana fermion under the microscope
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