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July 21, 2017
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Living in Deep Space: Lockheed Martin to Build Full-Scale Prototype of NASA Cislunar Habitat



Cape Canaveral FL (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Refurbishing a shuttle-era cargo container used to transfer cargo to the International Space Station, Lockheed Martin is prototyping a deep space habitat for NASA at Kennedy Space Center. This prototype will integrate evolving technologies to keep astronauts safe while onboard and operate the spacecraft autonomously when unoccupied. Under a public-private partnership, NASA recently awarded Lockheed Martin a Phase II contract for the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) h ... read more

SPACE TRAVEL
Space Tourist From Asian Country to Travel to ISS in 2019
Zhukovskiy (Sputnik) Jul 21, 2017
A yet unidentified space tourist from an Asian country will be sent to the International Space Station (ISS) as a member of the crew in 2019, Russia's Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) Energia Dire ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Elon Musk says successful maiden flight for Falcon Heavy unlikely
Washington (AFP) July 20, 2017
SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk has downplayed the chances of a successful inaugural flight for his Falcon Heavy space launch vehicle, admitting there is a "good chance it would not make it to orbit in its first launch." ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Scientists get best measure of star-forming material in galaxy clusters in early universe
Riverside CA (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
The international Spitzer Adaptation of the Red-sequence Cluster Survey (SpARCS) collaboration based at the University of California, Riverside has combined observations from several of the world's ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
NASA looks to solar eclipse to help understand Earth's energy system
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
It was midafternoon, but it was dark in an area in Boulder, Colorado on Aug. 3, 1998. A thick cloud appeared overhead and dimmed the land below for more than 30 minutes. Well-calibrated radiometers ... more
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EARTH OBSERVATION
Airbus built Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite ready for launch
Stevenage UK (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Europe's pollution monitoring satellite Sentinel-5 Precursor is ready to leave Airbus' Stevenage site for launch on a Rokot rocket from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia. Sentinel-5 Precursor is par ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Russia to Supply Largest Ever Number of Space Rocket Engines to US This Year
Zhukovskiy (Sputnik) Jul 21, 2017
Russia will supply the largest ever number of space rocket engines to the United States in 2017 within the framework of the previous agreements, head of the Russia's NPO Energomash corporation Igor ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Ground-Breaking Ground-Based Images of Planets from Pro-Am Team
London, UK (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
The first observing run of a collaboration between amateur and professional astronomers to monitor our planetary neighbours has resulted in some of the best planetary images ever taken from the grou ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Spiral arms allow school children to weigh black holes
London, UK (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Astronomers from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, and the University of Minnesota Duluth, USA, have provided a way for armchair astronomers, and even primary school children, to merely ... more
MARSDAILY
Panorama Above 'Perseverance Valley'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 21, 2017
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recorded a panoramic view before entering the upper end of a fluid-carved valley that descends the inner slope of a large crater's rim. The scene incl ... more
MARSDAILY
Hubble sees Martian moon orbiting the Red Planet
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
The sharp eye of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured the tiny moon Phobos during its orbital trek around Mars. Because the moon is so small, it appears star-like in the Hubble pictures. ... more


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EXO WORLDS
Eyes Wide Open for MASCARA Exoplanet Hunter
Garching, Germany (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
The MASCARA (Multi-site All-Sky CAmeRA) station at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile has achieved first light. This new facility will seek out transiting exoplanets as they pass in front of their ... more
TECH SPACE
Cleanup Time: Russia Launches Satellite to Remove Space Junk from Orbit
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 21, 2017
A new satellite developed by a group of students at the Moscow State University of Mechanical Engineering has been fitted with metallic reflectors and will be able to remove space junk circling the ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
ULA to launch Dream Chaser for cargo runs to ISS for Sierra Nevada
Centennial CO (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced that it selected United Launch Alliance's (ULA's) commercially developed Atlas V rocket to launch the first two missions of its Dream Chaser cargo system in ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Water makes the proton shake
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
The proton, the positively charged nucleus H+ of a hydrogen atom and smallest chemical species, is a key player in chemistry and biology. Acids release protons into a liquid water environment where ... 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
Zhukovskiy (Sputnik) Jul 21, 2017
Space Tourist From Asian Country to Travel to ISS in 2019
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
NASA Awards Mission Systems Operations Contract
Centennial CO (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
ULA to launch Dream Chaser for cargo runs to ISS for Sierra Nevada
Elon Musk says successful maiden flight for Falcon Heavy unlikely
Washington (AFP) July 20, 2017
SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk has downplayed the chances of a successful inaugural flight for his Falcon Heavy space launch vehicle, admitting there is a "good chance it would not make it to orbit in its first launch." Development of the booster rocket, which is powered by 27 engines, has proven to be "way harder than the team initially thought," he told the International Space Station Re ... more
Zhukovskiy (Sputnik) Jul 21, 2017
Russia to Supply Largest Ever Number of Space Rocket Engines to US This Year
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
Panorama Above 'Perseverance Valley'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 21, 2017
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recorded a panoramic view before entering the upper end of a fluid-carved valley that descends the inner slope of a large crater's rim. The scene includes a broad notch in the crest of the crater's rim, which may have been a spillway where water or ice or wind flowed over the rim and into the crater. Wheel tracks visible in the area of the notch we ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 20, 2017
Sol 1756: Closing time
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Hubble sees Martian moon orbiting the Red Planet
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 13, 2017
Curiosity Mars Rover Begins Study of Ridge Destination
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
Cleanup Time: Russia Launches Satellite to Remove Space Junk from Orbit
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 21, 2017
A new satellite developed by a group of students at the Moscow State University of Mechanical Engineering has been fitted with metallic reflectors and will be able to remove space junk circling the Earth. Radio Sputnik talked to the head of high technology developing at 12-Digital, Nikita Yershov. The probe is part of a flotilla of 73 artificial orbital bodies aboard the Soyuz rocket, which was ... more
Chapel Hill NC (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Breakthrough tool predicts properties of theoretical materials
Warsaw, Poland (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Semiliquid chains pulled out of a sea of microparticles
Santa Barbara CW (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
A plastic planet
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Eyes Wide Open for MASCARA Exoplanet Hunter
Garching, Germany (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
The MASCARA (Multi-site All-Sky CAmeRA) station at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile has achieved first light. This new facility will seek out transiting exoplanets as they pass in front of their bright parent stars and create a catalogue of targets for future exoplanet characterisation observations. In June 2016, ESO reached an agreement with Leiden University to site a station of MASCA ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2017
Ancient worm burrows offer insights into early 'ecosystem engineers'
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
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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New algorithm, metrics improve autonomous underwater vehicles' energy efficiency
Corvallis OR (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Robotics researchers have found a way for autonomous underwater vehicles to navigate strong currents with greater energy efficiency, which means the AUVs can gather data longer and better. AUVs such as underwater gliders are valuable research tools limited primarily by their energy budget - every bit of battery power wasted via inefficient trajectories cuts into the time they can spend wor ... more
Sydney (AFP) July 20, 2017
MH370 search reveals hidden undersea world
Sydney (AFP) July 19, 2017
Risky business for fish in oil-polluted reef waters
Tokyo (AFP) July 18, 2017
World's northernmost coral reef in Japan bleached
Russia, China to Set Up Pilot Zone to Test National Navigation Systems
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 21, 2017
Russia and China are set to establish a pilot zone to test the Russian GLONASS and Chinese BeiDou satellite navigation systems on passenger and freight transportation routes going through Kraskino - Hunchun and Poltavka - Dongning checkpoints on the border in Russia's Primorsky Territory, the Russian Transport Ministry said. The issue was discussed during a meeting of a bilateral working g ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
IAI, Honeywell Aerospace team for GPS anti-jam system
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
India Plans to Roll Out National GPS Next Year
Washington (UPI) Jul 7, 2017
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Living in Deep Space: Lockheed Martin to Build Full-Scale Prototype of NASA Cislunar Habitat
Cape Canaveral FL (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Refurbishing a shuttle-era cargo container used to transfer cargo to the International Space Station, Lockheed Martin is prototyping a deep space habitat for NASA at Kennedy Space Center. This prototype will integrate evolving technologies to keep astronauts safe while onboard and operate the spacecraft autonomously when unoccupied. Under a public-private partnership, NASA recently awarded ... more
Paris (ESA) Jul 07, 2017
How to rescue a Moonwalker in need
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
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
Airbus built Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite ready for launch
Stevenage UK (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Europe's pollution monitoring satellite Sentinel-5 Precursor is ready to leave Airbus' Stevenage site for launch on a Rokot rocket from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia. Sentinel-5 Precursor is part of the global monitoring programme "Copernicus", a joint European Commission-ESA undertaking which aims to acquire continuous and accurate Earth observation data and provide services to improve the ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Nickel key to Earth's magnetic field, research shows
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
NASA looks to solar eclipse to help understand Earth's energy system
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
It was midafternoon, but it was dark in an area in Boulder, Colorado on Aug. 3, 1998. A thick cloud appeared overhead and dimmed the land below for more than 30 minutes. Well-calibrated radiometers showed that there were very low levels of light reaching the ground, sufficiently low that researchers decided to simulate this interesting event with computer models. Now in 2017, inspired by the eve ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2017
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory sees sunspot turn toward Earth
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
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Ground-Breaking Ground-Based Images of Planets from Pro-Am Team
London, UK (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
The first observing run of a collaboration between amateur and professional astronomers to monitor our planetary neighbours has resulted in some of the best planetary images ever taken from the ground. The 'Pic-Net' project aims to use the one-metre diameter planetary telescope at the Pic du Midi Observatory in the French Pyrenees to monitor the meteorology of planets in our solar system, ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
Gamma-ray Telescopes Reveal a High-energy Trap in Our Galaxy's Center
Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2017
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Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
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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
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Water makes the proton shake
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Spiral arms allow school children to weigh black holes
Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2017
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