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December 12, 2017
MOON DAILY
Trump tells NASA to send Americans to Moon



Washington DC (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
US President Donald Trump directed NASA on Monday to send Americans to the Moon for the first time in decades, a move he said would help prepare for a future Mars trip. "This time we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint," Trump said at the White House as he signed the new space policy directive. "We will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars and perhaps someday to many worlds beyond." The last time US astronauts visited the Moon was during the Apollo mi ... read more

MOON DAILY
The Second Moon Race
Gerroa, Australia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The US and China are in an undeclared race back to the Moon. At first glance it's easy to dismiss China's efforts as being little more than what the US and Russia achieved decades ago. And whi ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Space Policy Directive calls for human expansion across the solar system
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
President Donald Trump is sending astronauts back to the Moon. The president Monday signed at the White House Space Policy Directive 1, a change in national space policy that provides for a U.S.-led ... more
MOON DAILY
Robot Moon Base: Beijing's New Lunar Landing Program
Beijing (XNA) Dec 12, 2017
Scientists are mulling a robot moon station, Chinese space experts said on Tuesday. The base can conduct bigger, more complicated research and experiments, according to space officials who ann ... more
FLOATING STEEL
Ocean of Things Aims to Expand Maritime Awareness across Open Seas
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
The internet of things connects an ever-growing number of smart devices for up-to-the-minute monitoring and tracking of many common events. Head out to most parts of the open ocean, however, and no ... more
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ROCKET SCIENCE
Rocket Lab makes another attempt at rocket launch in New Zealand
Washington DC (UPI) Dec 11, 2017
Aerospace startup company Rocket Lab will make another attempt to launch its Electron rocket tonight. Its last attempt was scrubbed when the International Space Station got in the way. ... more
IRON AND ICE
Impressive Geminid meteors to peak December 13-14
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
If it's clear Wednesday night and Thursday before dawn, keep a lookout high overhead for the "shooting stars" of the Geminid meteor shower. That's the peak night for this annual display. Sky a ... more
MICROSAT BLITZ
JPL Deploys a CubeSat for Astronomy
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 12, 2017
Tiny satellites called CubeSats have attracted a lot of attention in recent years. Besides allowing researchers to test new technologies, their relative simplicity also offers hands-on training to e ... more
MICROSAT BLITZ
Space Kingdom Asgardia Deploys First Satellite Into Low Earth Orbit
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
The first of its kind, the Space Kingdom of Asgardia has placed a tiny satellite into low Earth orbit making it the first "nation" to have its territory in space, despite legal disputes. Asgar ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
NASA's CATS concludes successful mission on Space Station
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
A spaceborne lidar instrument that fired more laser pulses than any previous orbiting instrument has ended its operations on the International Space Station, after a successful 33-month mission to m ... more
IRON AND ICE
New simulations suggest meteors explode from the inside
New Orleans LA (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Researchers have identified an explosive new mechanism that breaks down meteors as they hurtle toward Earth. New simulations of falling meteors suggest air particles penetrate the space rocks' ... more


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ENERGY TECH
Nuclear fusion project faces delay over US budget cuts: director
Washington (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
The head of the multinational nuclear fusion project known as ITER, in Washington for talks with President Donald Trump's administration, has warned US budget cuts could delay completion of the experimental reactor. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Robots foresee future with automated visualized predictions
Berkeley CA (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
University of California, Berkeley, researchers have developed a robotic learning technology that enables robots to imagine the future of their actions so they can figure out how to manipulate objec ... more
TECH SPACE
Virtual reality users must learn to use what they see
Madison WI (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Anyone with normal vision knows that a ball that seems to quickly be growing larger is probably going to hit them on the nose. But strap them into a virtual reality headset, and they still may ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Highly charged molecules behave paradoxically
Lund, Sweden (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
A number of chemistry researchers from several institutions including Lund University in Sweden, have managed to identify a new mechanism that makes certain charged biomolecules attach to each other ... more



UAE launches programme to send astronauts into space
Dubai (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
Dubai's ruler on Wednesday launched the United Arab Emirates' first space programme aimed at sending four Emirati astronauts to the International Space Station within five years. "On this day, a new chapter in our history begins with the launch of the first UAE Astronaut Programme," within the next five years, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al-Maktoum, the UAE's vice president and prime ministe ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 11, 2017
Spaceships and Politics: Sputnik Talks to Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Space Policy Directive calls for human expansion across the solar system
El Segundo CA (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Aerospace and Mitchell Institute release new report on policy needs for space operations
Nozzle Assemblies Complete for Exploration Mission-1 Solid Rocket Boosters
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Space Launch System (SLS) solid rocket booster prime contractor Orbital ATK recently completed work at its Utah facilities on the booster nozzles for Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), the first flight of SLS and the Orion spacecraft. SLS, the world's most powerful rocket, and Orion will take humans on deep space missions, and the boosters provide most of the power to get the spacecraft off the ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017
Rocket Lab to launch rocket from New Zealand
Washington DC (UPI) Dec 11, 2017
Rocket Lab makes another attempt at rocket launch in New Zealand
Miami (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
SpaceX's Elon Musk to launch his own car into deep space
Space program should focus on Mars, says editor of New Space
New Rochelle, NY (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
The U.S. space exploration program should continue to focus on robotic sample recovery and human missions to Mars, says Scott Hubbard, Editor-in-Chief of New Space. He details the benefits and risks of this strategy in an editorial entitled "Keeping the Focus on Mars," published in New Space, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Ne ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017
NASA's oldest Mars rover survives another harsh winter
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 07, 2017
Mars Rover Team's Tilted Winter Strategy Works
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 04, 2017
EU exempts fuel for ExoMars mission from Russian sanctions
Nation 'leads world' in remote sensing technology
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China is now the world leader in remote sensing technologies for scientific purposes and is able to provide an unprecedented amount of data to support research and development for the world, officials said on Tuesday. Remote sensing refers to aerial or satellite-based technologies to detect and measure objects on Earth's surface, atmosphere and oceans. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Sci ... more
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040
Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
China plans first sea based launch by 2018
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
mu Space becomes first Thai startup to acquire satellite license
Bangkok, Thailand (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
mu Space becomes Thailand's first space technology startup to operate a satellite service after the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission awarded a license for the company. The 15-year license covers the operation of a satellite and provision of satellite-based services until 2032. Speaking on behalf of mu Space, Chief Technical Officer Samathorn Teankingkaeo said his tea ... more
London, UK (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
New business incubators will help space industry grow
El Segundo CA (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Regulation and compliance for nontraditional space missions
Washington (UPI) Nov 30, 2017
Orbital ATK purchase by Northrop Grumman approved by shareholders
Virtual reality users must learn to use what they see
Madison WI (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Anyone with normal vision knows that a ball that seems to quickly be growing larger is probably going to hit them on the nose. But strap them into a virtual reality headset, and they still may need to take a few lumps before they pay attention to the visual cues that work so well in the real world, according to a new study from University of Wisconsin-Madison psychologists. "The comp ... more
Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
Sea urchin spines inspire fracture-resistant cement
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
Clear leads to fully transparent devices
Moscow (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Russia says 'satellite' could have caused radioactive pollution
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The CHEOPS scientific instrument is complete
Paris (ESA) Dec 08, 2017
The scientific instrument at the heart of the CHEOPS mission has been fully assembled, marking an important milestone in the development of this small, fast-track exoplanet-characterising mission. The Focal Plane Module (FPM), which houses the CCD detector array and the Front-End Electronics, was secured in place on the telescope assembly at the University of Bern this month, completing th ... more
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
Two Super-Earths around red dwarf K2-18
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
WASP-18b has smothering stratosphere without water
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Discovery about rare nitrogen molecules offers clues to makeup of life-supporting planets
New Horizons Corrects Its Course in the Kuiper Belt
Laurel MD (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft carried out a short, 2.5-minute engine burn on Saturday, Dec. 9 that refined its course toward 2014 MU69, the ancient Kuiper Belt object it will fly by a little more than a year from now. Setting a record for the farthest spacecraft course correction to date, the engine burn also adjusted the arrival time at MU69 to optimize flyby science. Telemetry con ... more
Boulder CO (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Wrapping up 2017 one year out from MU69
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 04, 2017
Jupiter Blues
Providence RI (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Research bolsters possibility of plate tectonics on Europa
Resilience of Great Barrier Reef offers opportunities for regeneration
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
New research has found that, despite the extensive damage to coral in recent events, there are still 100 reefs on the Great Barrier Reef that are well suited to promoting the regional recovery of the ecosystem after major disturbances. The results publishing 28 November in the open access journal PLOS Biology by Dr Karlo Hock, Prof Peter Mumby, and colleagues from the University of Queensl ... more
East Boothbay ME (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Fear of sharks influences seaweed growth on Fijian coral reefs
Santa Monica, CA (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
US transportation and water infrastructure not broken
Koror, Palau (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Pacific's Palau forces tourists to sign eco-pledge
Galileo satellites atop rocket for next Tuesday's flight
Paris (ESA) Dec 11, 2017
Europe's next four Galileo navigation satellites are in place atop their Ariane 5, ready to be launched next Tuesday. Liftoff from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana is scheduled for 18:36 GMT (19:36 CET, 15:36 local time), carrying Galileo satellites 19-22. Completion of Galileo's Ariane 5 rocket took place in the Spaceport's Final Assembly Building, following the arrival t ... more
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Dec 11, 2017
Arianespace's second Ariane 5 launch for the Galileo constellation and Europe
Washington (UPI) Dec 5, 2017
Air Force tests Raytheon's GPS receiver aboard B-2 bomber
Paris (ESA) Dec 05, 2017
Space technology to drive autonomous ships
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Robot Moon Base: Beijing's New Lunar Landing Program
Beijing (XNA) Dec 12, 2017
Scientists are mulling a robot moon station, Chinese space experts said on Tuesday. The base can conduct bigger, more complicated research and experiments, according to space officials who announced the plan at an international symposium in Shanghai at the end of November. Such a station could slash the costs of returning rock samples to Earth, Jiao Weixin, a Peking University space ... more
Washington DC (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Trump tells NASA to send Americans to Moon
Gerroa, Australia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The Second Moon Race
Washington (UPI) Nov 28, 2017
December's 'supermoon' expected to be bigggest, brightest of 2017
B612 Asteroid Institute provides valuable analysis to discovery of First Interstellar Object
San Francisco CA (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Within days of the announcement by NASA's Minor Planet Center of the discovery of the first-ever interstellar object, 'Oumuamua, B612's new Asteroid Institute began a collaborative effort that led to significant analysis about the discovery. Bryce Bolin, a senior researcher at the Asteroid Institute as well as a DIRAC Institute Fellow, was the lead author on the study measuring 1I/'Oumuamu ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Impressive Geminid meteors to peak December 13-14
New Orleans LA (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
New simulations suggest meteors explode from the inside
Stirling UK (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Metal asteroid Psyche is all set for an early visit from NASA
NASA's CATS concludes successful mission on Space Station
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
A spaceborne lidar instrument that fired more laser pulses than any previous orbiting instrument has ended its operations on the International Space Station, after a successful 33-month mission to measure clouds and tiny atmospheric particles that play key roles in Earth's climate and weather. During its mission, NASA's Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) lidar provided measurements of t ... more
Leeds UK (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Understanding the climate impact of natural atmospheric particles
Paris (ESA) Dec 06, 2017
Sentinel-5P brings air pollution into focus
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
First global maps of traits that drive vegetation growth
CU Boulder solar instruments, experiments headed for space
Boulder CO (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
A solar instrument package designed and built by CU Boulder to help monitor the planet's climate is now set for launch Dec. 12 aboard a a rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The instrument suite is called the Total and Spectral Solar Irradiance Sensor (TSIS-1) and was designed and built by CU Boulder's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) for NASA's Goddard S ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Massive Primordial Galaxies Found in 'Halo' of Dark Matter
New York NY (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Mount Sinai researchers use breakthrough technology to understand eclipse eye damage
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
All missions on board for NASA heliophysics research
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Galaxy Orbits in the Local Supercluster
Honolulu HI (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
A team of astronomers from Maryland, Hawaii, Israel, and France has produced the most detailed map ever of the orbits of galaxies in our extended local neighborhood, showing the past motions of almost 1,400 galaxies within 100 million light-years of the Milky Way. The team reconstructed the galaxies' motions from 13 billion years in the past to the present day. The main gravitational attra ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
How hardy is the Webb Telescope
Odense, Denmark (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
How does it look when Earth is bombarded with dark matter?
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Massive primordial galaxies found swimming in vast ocean of dark matter
Highly charged molecules behave paradoxically
Lund, Sweden (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
A number of chemistry researchers from several institutions including Lund University in Sweden, have managed to identify a new mechanism that makes certain charged biomolecules attach to each other. The biomolecules in the present study serve as models for antibacterial peptides, that is, protein-like molecules that fulfil important functions in the body. "Antibacterial peptides are impor ... more
Tucson, AZ (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
A Black Hole Behemoth at the Edge of Cosmic Dawn
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
The Most Distant Black Hole in the Cosmos
Singapore (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
Butterfly emerges from quantum simulation
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