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May 29, 2017
ROCKET SCIENCE
Dream Chaser Spacecraft Passes Major Milestone



Sparks NV (SPX) May 29, 2017
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) successfully passed the third integration milestone for the Dream Chaser program under the NASA Commercial Resupply Services (CRS2) program, bringing it a major step closer to providing resupply services to the International Space Station (ISS). CRS2 Integration Review #3 (IR3) confirmed SNC's Dream Chaser Cargo System design meets NASA's key requirements and maximizes probability of mission success during future flights. The spacecraft is scheduled for at least six ... read more

SPACE TRAVEL
MIT researchers engineer shape-shifting food
Boston MA (SPX) May 29, 2017
"Don't play with your food" is a saying that MIT researchers are taking with a grain or two of salt. The team is finding ways to make the dining experience interactive and fun, with food that can tr ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
NASA's Space Launch System Engine Testing Heats Up
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) May 28, 2017
NASA engineers successfully conducted the second in a series of RS-25 flight controller tests on May 23, 2017, stepping closer to deep-space exploration with the world's most-powerful rocket. The te ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
First Year of BEAM Demo Offers Valuable Data on Expandable Habitats
Houston TX (SPX) May 29, 2017
Halfway into its planned two-year demonstration attached to the International Space Station, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, is showing that soft materials can perform as well as ri ... more
MARSDAILY
Student-Made Mars Rover Concepts Lift Off
Hampton VA (SPX) May 28, 2017
Witnessing a rocket launch is a special occasion. Watching a rocket launch with materials you made go up into the sky is priceless. That's how it felt for researchers from NASA's Langley Resea ... more
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'Tiny clocks' crystallize understanding of meteorite crashes
London, Canada (SPX) May 29, 2017
Almost two billion years ago, a 10-kilometre-wide chunk of space slammed down into rock near what is now the city of Sudbury. Now, scientists from Western University and the University of Portsmouth ... more
MARSDAILY
Illinois Company Among Hundreds Supporting NASA Mission to Mars
Rockford IL (VOA) May 29, 2017
Few people who live along a quiet, tree-lined stretch of Fulton Street realize that inside the buildings at the end of their neighborhood, the future of human spaceflight is taking shape. "I w ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Engines of twingenuity: NASA's twin study investigators have a meeting of the minds
Houston TX (SPX) May 28, 2017
If you took all the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) in your body and strung it end-to-end, it would reach all the way to Pluto and back. The Twins Study, looking at the effects of space on the human bod ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
NOAA's newest geostationary satellite will be positioned as GOES-East this fall
Washington DC (SPX) May 28, 2017
GOES-16, the most advanced weather satellite NOAA has ever developed, will be moved to the GOES-East position at 75 degrees west longitude, once it is declared operational in November. Top officials ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Collapsing Star Gives Birth to a Black Hole
Baltimore MD (SPX) May 28, 2017
For the first time in history, astronomers have watched as a massive, dying star was likely reborn as a black hole. It took the combined power of the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) and NASA's Hubbl ... more
EXO WORLDS
The race to trace TRAPPIST-1h
Bern, Switzerland (SPX) May 29, 2017
After 60 hours of non-stop work, researchers at the University of Bern being part of an international team reached their hoped-for goal: They were the first to measure the orbital period for the out ... more


Russia thinks microorganisms may be living outside the space station

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
New NASA Mission to Study Mysterious Neutron Stars, Aid in Deep Space Navigation
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 29, 2017
A new NASA mission is headed for the International Space Station next month to observe one of the strangest observable objects in the universe. Launching June 1, the Neutron Star Interior Comp ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Understanding Star Formation in the Nucleus of Galaxy IC 342
Columbia MD (SPX) May 28, 2017
An international team of researchers used NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, to make maps of the ring of molecular clouds that encircles the nucleus of galaxy IC 342. Th ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Researchers find new way to control light with electric fields
Raleigh NC (SPX) May 29, 2017
Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered a technique for controlling light with electric fields. "Our method is similar to the technique used to provide the computing c ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
First Stone Ceremony for ESO's Extremely Large Telescope
Paranal Observatory, Chile (SPX) May 29, 2017
A ceremony marking the first stone of ESO's Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) has been attended by the President of the Republic of Chile, Michelle Bachelet Jeria. The event was held at ESO's Paranal ... more



DARPA Picks Design for Next-Generation Spaceplane
Washington DC (SPX) May 24, 2017
DARPA has selected The Boeing Company to complete advanced design work for the Agency's Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program, which aims to build and fly the first of an entirely new class of hypersonic aircraft that would bolster national security by providing short-notice, low-cost access to space. The program aims to achieve a capability well out of reach today-launches to low Earth o ... more
Houston TX (SPX) May 29, 2017
First Year of BEAM Demo Offers Valuable Data on Expandable Habitats
Logan, UT (SPX) May 24, 2017
SDL-Supported SmallSat Launched from International Space Station
Miami (AFP) May 23, 2017
'Victory' for US astronauts on critical spacewalk to replace power box
Neptune: Neutralizer-free plasma propulsion
Washington DC (SPX) May 24, 2017
Plasma propulsion is an important and efficient technology used to control spacecraft for Earth observation, communications and fundamental exploration of outer space. Plasma propulsion systems use electric power to ionize propellant gas and transform it into the fourth state of matter, known as plasma. Electrically charged ions and electrons are accelerated in an exhaust beam to generate ... more
Sparks NV (SPX) May 29, 2017
Dream Chaser Spacecraft Passes Major Milestone
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) May 28, 2017
NASA's Space Launch System Engine Testing Heats Up
Wellington (AFP) May 25, 2017
Successful launch puts New Zealand in space race
Preparations Continue Before Driving into 'Perseverance Valley'
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 26, 2017
Opportunity is at the top of Perseverance Valley on the rim of Endeavour crater. The plan before proceeding down the valley is to survey the valley from the top and to perform a walk-about survey above the spillway. On Sol 4733 (May 17, 2017), the robotic arm was used to point the Microscopic Imager (MI) up at the sky for some long overdue sky flat calibration images, and in support ... more
Hampton VA (SPX) May 28, 2017
Student-Made Mars Rover Concepts Lift Off
Rockford IL (VOA) May 29, 2017
Illinois Company Among Hundreds Supporting NASA Mission to Mars
Paris (ESA) May 25, 2017
Schiaparelli landing investigation completed
California Woman Charged for Trying to Hand Over Sensitive Space Tech to China
Washington DC (Sputnik) May 24, 2017
A woman in the US state of California was arrested Tuesday for allegedly conspiring to smuggle space communications technology to China, the US Department of Justice said in a press release. "A Pomona woman was arrested this morning on federal charges that accuse her of conspiring to procure and illegally export sensitive space communications technology to her native China," the release st ... more
Beijing (XNA) May 12, 2017
A cabin on the moon? China hones the lunar lifestyle
Beijing (AFP) May 11, 2017
China tests 'Lunar Palace' as it eyes moon mission
Beijing (XNA) May 01, 2017
China to conduct several manned space flights around 2020
AsiaSat 9 ready for shipment
Hong Kong (SPX) May 22, 2017
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) achieved critical milestone of the AsiaSat 9 program with the successful conclusion of the Satellite Pre-Ship Review (SPSR) meeting with Space Systems Loral (SSL) on 7 April 2017. Both AsiaSat and SSL agreed that AsiaSat 9 is ready for shipment to the launch site as soon as required. During the meeting, performance data of the spa ... more
Luxembourg (SPX) May 22, 2017
SES Networks offers new hybrid resiliency service
Boston, MA (SPX) May 08, 2017
Allied Minds' portfolio company BridgeSat raises $6 million in Series A financing
Arlington, VA (SPX) May 09, 2017
AIA report outlines policies needed to boost the US Space Industry competitiveness
Camera on NASA's Lunar Orbiter survived 2014 meteoroid hit
Washington DC (SPX) May 29, 2017
On Oct.13, 2014 something very strange happened to the camera aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), which normally produces beautifully clear images of the lunar surface, produced an image that was wild and jittery. From the sudden and jagged pattern apparent in the image, the LROC team determined that the camera must have been hit by a ... more
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) May 19, 2017
Arralis launches plug and play Ka band chipset
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) May 28, 2017
A new tool for discovering nanoporous materials
Nagoya, Japan (SPX) May 28, 2017
One-dimensional crystals for low-temperature thermoelectric cooling
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Russia thinks microorganisms may be living outside the space station
Washington (UPI) May 26, 2017
Officials with Russia's space agency, Romoscos, say their scientists have identified plankton and other microorganisms among dust samples collected from the outside of the International Space Station. "The micrometeorites and comet dust that settle on the ISS surface may contain biogenic substance of extra-terrestrial origin in its natural form," Roscosmos officials said in a news relea ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 24, 2017
NASA Scientist Parlays Experience to Build Ocean Worlds Instrument
Bern, Switzerland (SPX) May 29, 2017
The race to trace TRAPPIST-1h
Washington (UPI) May 25, 2017
Water forms superstructure around DNA, new study shows
NASA's Juno probe forces 'rethink' on Jupiter
Miami (AFP) May 25, 2017
An unmanned NASA spaceship circling Jupiter has spotted massive cyclones at the gas giant's poles, revealing stunning new details about our solar system's largest planet, researchers said Thursday. A NASA statement described the planet as "a complex, gigantic, turbulent world" that is far different than scientists previously thought. Two papers in the journal Science and 44 papers in Geo ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 26, 2017
A whole new Jupiter with first science results from Juno
Leicester UK (SPX) May 26, 2017
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Washington DC (SPX) May 26, 2017
First results from Juno show cyclones and massive magnetism
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Researchers untangle causes of differences in East Coast sea level rise
New York NY (SPX) May 28, 2017
For years, scientists have been warning of a so-called "hot spot" of accelerated sea-level rise along the northeastern U.S. coast. But accurately modeling this acceleration as well as variations in sea-level rise from one region to another has proven challenging. Now an upcoming paper in Geophysical Research Letters offers the first comprehensive model for understanding differences in sea ... more
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) May 28, 2017
LA lawns use 70 billion gallons of water a year
Berkeley CA (SPX) May 28, 2017
How X-rays helped to solve mystery of floating rocks
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) May 25, 2017
Water is surprisingly ordered on the nanoscale
2 SOPS says goodbye to GPS satellite
Schriever AFB CO (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
At 25-years old, Global Positioning System Satellite Vehicle Number 27 completed its time in orbit before the 2nd Space Operations Squadron said goodbye via final command and disposal here April 18. SVN 27 was launched in 1992, meaning it performed more than triple its design life of 7.5 years. "The most interesting thing about this process for me, was the ability to do some experimentatio ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Researchers working toward indoor location detection
Paris (ESA) Apr 10, 2017
Galileo's search and rescue service in the spotlight
Managua (AFP) April 7, 2017
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Cube Quest Challenge Team Spotlight: Cislunar Explorers
Washington DC (SPX) May 25, 2017
Tenacity and drive are hallmarks of Cornell University's Cislunar Explorers Team. But there is another key factor in building and testing their spacecraft: Just add water. "The core concept behind our work is using water as rocket fuel," said project manager Kyle Patrick Doyle. "It's something that we've been looking at for a long time, and it's exciting to have a chance to test our techno ... more
Paris (ESA) May 12, 2017
Winning plans for CubeSats to the Moon
Paris (ESA) May 04, 2017
Printing bricks from moondust using the Sun's heat
Tempe AZ (SPX) May 02, 2017
NASA selects ASU's ShadowCam for moon mission
'Tiny clocks' crystallize understanding of meteorite crashes
London, Canada (SPX) May 29, 2017
Almost two billion years ago, a 10-kilometre-wide chunk of space slammed down into rock near what is now the city of Sudbury. Now, scientists from Western University and the University of Portsmouth are marrying details of that meteorite impact with technology that measures surrounding crystal fragments as a way to date other ancient meteorite strikes. The pioneering technique is helping a ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 25, 2017
NASA Moves Up Launch of Psyche Mission to a Metal Asteroid
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 17, 2017
Movie Shows Ceres at Opposition from Sun
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 16, 2017
Twisting an Asteroid
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NOAA's newest geostationary satellite will be positioned as GOES-East this fall
Washington DC (SPX) May 28, 2017
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Chicago IL (SPX) May 26, 2017
Supercomputing helps researchers understand Earth's interior
Palmdale CA (SPX) May 22, 2017
NASA's CPEX tackles a weather fundamental
Seattle WA (SPX) May 19, 2017
Earth's atmosphere more chemically reactive in cold climates
CLASP Sounding Rocket Mission Opens New Research Window in Solar Physics
Huntsville AL (SPX) May 24, 2017
A team of NASA scientists and international partners used data from the the high-precision science instrument CLASP - the Chromospheric Lyman-Alpha Spectro-Polarimeter - to provide the first-ever polarization measurements of ultraviolet light emitted from the sun's outer atmosphere. Previous polarization measurements were restricted to visible light that is emitted from the sun's surface. ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 19, 2017
UV Spectropolarimetry Opens a New Window for Solar Physics Research
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 18, 2017
Space weather events linked to human activity
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 18, 2017
First direct exploration of magnetic fields in the upper solar atmosphere
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Researchers find new way to control light with electric fields
Raleigh NC (SPX) May 29, 2017
Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered a technique for controlling light with electric fields. "Our method is similar to the technique used to provide the computing capabilities of computers," says Linyou Cao, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at NC State and corresponding author of a paper on the work. "In computers, an electric field is ... more
Paranal Observatory, Chile (SPX) May 29, 2017
First Stone Ceremony for ESO's Extremely Large Telescope
London, UK (SPX) May 25, 2017
Biggest Ever Simulations Help Uncover the History of the Galaxy
Columbia MD (SPX) May 28, 2017
Understanding Star Formation in the Nucleus of Galaxy IC 342
MPIA: Fast-Growing Galaxies Could Solve Cosmic Riddle
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) May 26, 2017
Astronomers have discovered a new kind of galaxy in the early universe, less than a billion years after the Big Bang. These galaxies are forming stars more than a hundred times faster than our own Milky Way. The discovery could explain an earlier finding: a population of surprisingly massive galaxies at a time 1.5 billion years after the Big Bang, which would require such hyper-productive ... more
Charlottesville VA (SPX) May 24, 2017
VLA reveals new object near supermassive black hole in famous galaxy
Baltimore MD (SPX) May 28, 2017
Collapsing Star Gives Birth to a Black Hole
Washington DC (UPI) May 22, 2017
Model predicts presence of naked singularity in 4D space


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