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January 17, 2017
IRON AND ICE
How the darkness and the cold killed the dinosaurs



Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Jan 17, 2017
66 million years ago, the sudden extinction of the dinosaurs started the ascent of the mammals, ultimately resulting in humankind's reign on Earth. Climate scientists now reconstructed how tiny droplets of sulfuric acid formed high up in the air after the well-known impact of a large asteroid and blocking the sunlight for several years, had a profound influence on life on Earth. Plants died, and death spread through the food web. Previous theories focused on the shorter-lived dust ejected by the i ... read more

EARTH OBSERVATION
SAGE III to Provide Highly Accurate Measurements of Atmospheric Gases
The International Space Station (ISS) will soon get an important tool to investigate the Earth's upper atmosphere capable of conducting highly accurate measurements of aerosols and gaseous constitue ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Study tracks 'memory' of soil moisture
The top 2 inches of topsoil on all of Earth's landmasses contains an infinitesimal fraction of the planet's water - less than one-thousandth of a percent. Yet because of its position at the interfac ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Astrophysicists Discover Dimming of Binary Star
A team of University of Notre Dame astrophysicists led by Peter Garnavich, professor of physics, has observed the unexplained fading of an interacting binary star, one of the first discoveries using ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
exactEarth reports initial launch for its second generation real-time constellation
exactEarth Ltd. reports the successful launch of four hosted payloads for its next generation constellation, exactView RT powered by Harris. Launched aboard an Iridium NEXT satellite on SpaceX ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Astronomy prof, student predict explosion that will change the night sky
Calvin College professor Larry Molnar and his students along with colleagues from Apache Point Observatory (Karen Kinemuchi) and the University of Wyoming (Henry Kobulnicky) are predicting a change ... more
SPACEMART
Russia-China Joint Space Studies Center May Be Created in Southeastern Russia
A joint-working space center of Russian and Chinese specialists could be built in Russia's southeastern Zabaikalsky Territory, the press service of the region's head said Monday in a statement. ... more
SATURN DAILY
Catching Cassini's call
This week, ESA deep-space radio dishes on two continents are listening for signals from the international Cassini spacecraft, now on its final tour of Saturn. ESA's sensitive tracking antennas at Ne ... more
MISSILE DEFENSE
Italy joins EUROSAM's Aster 30 B1NT program
EUROSAM, a consortium formed by Thales Group and MBDA Systems, has formally welcomed Italy to its Aster 30 Block 1 NT program. ... more
MOON DAILY
Eugene Cernan, last man to walk on moon, dead at 82
US astronaut Eugene Cernan, the last man to set foot on the moon, died Monday at age 82, NASA and his family announced. ... more


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ROBO SPACE
Cheery robots may make creepy companions, but could be intelligent assistants
Cheery robots may give people the creeps and serious robots may actually ease anxiety depending on how users perceive the robot''s role in their lives, according to an international team of research ... more
TECH SPACE
Researchers use nature's weaving formula to engineer advanced functional materials
For the first time, UNSW biomedical engineers have woven a 'smart' fabric that mimics the sophisticated and complex properties of one nature's ingenious materials, the bone tissue periosteum. ... more

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French, US astronauts install batteries outside space station
French astronaut Thomas Pesquet floated into space on his first-ever spacewalk Friday, and helped install three new, refrigerator-sized lithium-ion batteries to upgrade the power system at the International Space Station. Wearing a white spacesuit with the French flag emblazoned on one shoulder, Pesquet and US astronaut Shane Kimbrough switched on their spacesuits' internal battery power to ... more
'Hidden Figures' soars in second week atop box office

The dust never settles on the Space Station

Real time imaging and transcriptome analysis of medaka aboard space station

Next Cygnus Mission to Station Set for March
Orbital ATK has completed a significant mission milestone for NASA's next International Space Station cargo mission. The Pressurized Cargo Module (PCM) of the Cygnus spacecraft has arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center for processing and assembly before launch. The OA-7 mission is targeted to launch on Thursday, March 16 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in ... more
ISRO set to increase vehicle capacity to accommodate more space launches

SpaceX launches, lands rocket for first time since Sept blast

Michoud complete stand for testing SLS main fuel tank

HI-SEAS Mission V crew preparing to enter Mars simulation habitat
The crew has been selected, and research studies confirmed for the 2017 mission of the University of Hawai?i at Manoa's Hawai?i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS). At approximately 3:30 p.m. on January 19, 2017, six astronaut-like crewmembers will enter a geodesic dome atop Mauna Loa on the island of Hawai?i as part of an eight-month research study of human behavior and perf ... more
New Year yields interesting bright soil for Opportunity rover

Hues in a Crater Slope

3-D images reveal features of Martian polar ice caps

China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A
The rocket Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A) has sent three satellites into space in its first commercial mission on Monday. The rocket, carrying the satellite JL-1 and two CubeSats XY-S1 and Caton-1, blasted off from northwestern China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at around 12:11 p.m. Monday Beijing Time, according to a statement from the center. The KZ-1A was developed from the Kuaizhou-1 r ... more
China Space Plan to Develop "Strength and Size"

Beijing's space program soars in 2016

China Plans to Launch 1st Mars Probe by 2020 - State Council Information Office

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Russia-China Joint Space Studies Center May Be Created in Southeastern Russia
A joint-working space center of Russian and Chinese specialists could be built in Russia's southeastern Zabaikalsky Territory, the press service of the region's head said Monday in a statement. A center for joint work of Russian and Chinese specialists in the sphere of space studies could be built in Russia's southeastern Zabaikalsky Territory as a part of the comprehensive plan of the reg ... more
EchoStar 19 positioned in orbital slot

OneWeb announces key funding from SoftBank Group and other investors

Airbus DS and Energia eye new medium-class satellite platform

Researchers use nature's weaving formula to engineer advanced functional materials
For the first time, UNSW biomedical engineers have woven a 'smart' fabric that mimics the sophisticated and complex properties of one nature's ingenious materials, the bone tissue periosteum. Having achieved proof of concept, the researchers are now ready to produce fabric prototypes for a range of advanced functional materials that could transform the medical, safety and transport sectors ... more
Unusual physics phenomenon could improve telecoms, computing

NIST physicists 'squeeze' light to cool microscopic drum below quantum limit

York Space Systems signs Cooperative Research and Development Agreement

Looking for life in all the right places with the right tool
Researchers have invented a range of instruments from giant telescopes to rovers to search for life in outer space, but so far, these efforts have yielded no definitive evidence that it exists beyond Earth. Now scientists have developed a new tool that can look for signs of life with 10,000 times more sensitivity than instruments carried on previous spaceflight missions. Their report appears in ... more
VLT to Search for Planets in Alpha Centauri System

Could dark streaks in Venusian clouds be microbial life

Hubble detects 'exocomets' taking the plunge into a young star

How a moon slows the decay of Pluto's atmosphere
Pluto's relationship with its moon Charon is one of the more unusual interactions in the solar system due to Charon's size and proximity. It's more than half of Pluto's diameter and orbits only 12,000 or so miles away. To put that into perspective, picture our moon three times closer to Earth, and as large as Mars. A new study from the Georgia Institute of Technology provides additional in ... more
Lowell Observatory to renovate Pluto discovery telescope

Flying observatory makes observations of Jupiter previously only possible from space

York U research identifies icy ridges on Pluto

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Researchers publish first video of ruby seadragons in the wild
A research team led by scientists at the University of California San Diego have published the first live recording of ruby seadragons. Ruby seadragons are the third species of seadragon to be discovered, first described in 2015. The marine animal is part of the Syngnathidae family, which also includes seahorses. Researchers at UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography published ... more
How China is poised for marine fisheries reform

Sparton Corporation, Ultra Electronics to produce sonobuoys

Affordable water in the US: A burgeoning crisis

Oregon deploys DT Research Rugged Tablets for Construction Projects
DT Research, the leading designer and manufacturer of purpose-built computing solutions for vertical markets, this week announced the successful deployment of the DT391GS Rugged GNSS Tablets for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). The DT391GS tablets with Intel Celeron Dual Core Processors are used as Inspector Positioning Tablets with the critical hardware and software needed ... more
China to offer global satellite navigation service by 2020

Austrian cows swap bells from 'hell' for GPS

Russia, China Making Progress in Synchronization of GLONASS, BeiDou Systems

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The moon is older than scientists thought
A UCLA-led research team reports that the moon is at least 4.51 billion years old, or 40 million to 140 million years older than scientists previously thought. The findings - based on an analysis of minerals from the moon called zircons that were brought back to Earth by the Apollo 14 mission in 1971 - are published Jan. 11 in the journal Science Advances. The moon's age has been a hotly d ... more
Eugene Cernan, last man to walk on moon, dead at 82

How the Moons That Came Before Collided to Form the Moon

New map of the Moon under creation in China

How the darkness and the cold killed the dinosaurs
66 million years ago, the sudden extinction of the dinosaurs started the ascent of the mammals, ultimately resulting in humankind's reign on Earth. Climate scientists now reconstructed how tiny droplets of sulfuric acid formed high up in the air after the well-known impact of a large asteroid and blocking the sunlight for several years, had a profound influence on life on Earth. Plants die ... more
NASA's Newly Announced Mission Could Solve the Mystery of Water on Asteroid Psyche

Asteroid sleuths go back to the future

Asteroid buzzes Earth

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Study tracks 'memory' of soil moisture
The top 2 inches of topsoil on all of Earth's landmasses contains an infinitesimal fraction of the planet's water - less than one-thousandth of a percent. Yet because of its position at the interface between the land and the atmosphere, that tiny amount plays a crucial role in everything from agriculture to weather and climate, and even the spread of disease. The behavior and dynamics of t ... more
SAGE III to Provide Highly Accurate Measurements of Atmospheric Gases

exactEarth reports initial launch for its second generation real-time constellation

Sentinel-2B launch preparations off to a flying start

Next-generation optics offer the widest real-time views of vast regions of the sun
A groundbreaking new optical device, developed at NJIT's Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO) to correct images of the Sun distorted by multiple layers of atmospheric turbulence, is providing scientists with the most precisely detailed, real-time pictures to date of solar activity occurring across vast stretches of the star's surface. The observatory's 1.6-meter New Solar Telescope can now pr ... more
NASA moon data provides more accurate 2017 eclipse path

Moore Foundation provides libraries with a millione solar-eclipse viewers

Preparing for the August 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Farthest stars in Milky Way might be ripped from another galaxy
The 11 farthest known stars in our galaxy are located about 300,000 light-years from Earth, well outside the Milky Way's spiral disk. New research by Harvard astronomers shows that half of those stars might have been ripped from another galaxy: the Sagittarius dwarf. Moreover, they are members of a lengthy stream of stars extending one million light-years across space, or 10 times the width of o ... more
Astrophysicists Discover Dimming of Binary Star

Astronomy prof, student predict explosion that will change the night sky

A dozen and one neutron stars

Our galaxy's black hole is spewing out planet-size 'spitballs'
Every few thousand years, an unlucky star wanders too close to the black hole at the center of the Milky Way. The black hole's powerful gravity rips the star apart, sending a long streamer of gas whipping outward. That would seem to be the end of the story, but it's not. New research shows that not only can the gas gather itself into planet-size objects, but those objects then are flung througho ... more
CU Boulder to lead operations for NASA black holes mission

LIGO expected to detect more binary black hole mergers

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