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August 23, 2017
ROCKET SCIENCE
The Phantom Lunar Dragon



Sydney, Australia (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
In February, SpaceX announced plans to send a crewed Dragon capsule on a private circumlunar mission in late 2018. The announcement caught most of the space community by surprise. It was a bold plan for a company that hasn't even flown astronauts into Earth orbit, but SpaceX founder Elon Musk is famous for thinking big. The circumlunar mission was tame compared to his bold plan to colonize Mars, which has received so much attention. Also, much of the groundwork was well established for the lunar m ... read more

SPACE TRAVEL
Turning human waste into plastic, nutrients could aid long-distance space travel
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Imagine you're on your way to Mars, and you lose a crucial tool during a spacewalk. Not to worry, you'll simply re-enter your spacecraft and use some microorganisms to convert your urine and exhaled ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Study finds that gravity, 'mechanical loading' are key to cartilage development
Columbia MO (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Mechanical loading, or forces that stimulate cellular growth for development, is required for creating cartilage that is then turned to bone; however, little is known about cartilage development in ... more
MARSDAILY
The Moving Martian Bow Shock
Paris (ESA) Aug 23, 2017
As the energetic particles of the solar wind speed across interplanetary space, their motion is modified by objects in their path. A study, based on data from ESA's Mars Express orbiter, has thrown ... more
UAV NEWS
Could the X-37B Space Plane be Preparing for a Mission in September
Washington (Sputnik) Aug 21, 2017
The United States Air Force (USAF) is preparing their secretive X-37B space plane for its fifth mission in early September. As always, most of the X-37B's payload and mission is classified, but Spac ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
A silent search for dark matter
Troy NY (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Results from its first run indicate that XENON1T is the most sensitive dark matter detector on Earth. The sensitivity of the detector - an underground sentinel awaiting a collision that would confir ... more
ROBO SPACE
Tech leaders warn against 'Pandora's box' of robotic weapons
Sydney (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Elon Musk is leading demands for a global ban on killer robots, warning technological advances could revolutionise warfare and create new "weapons of terror" that target innocent people. ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Computer approaches human skill for first time in mapping brain
Pullman WA (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
A WSU research team for the first time has developed a computer algorithm that is nearly as accurate as people are at mapping brain neural networks - a breakthrough that could speed up the image ana ... more
SPACEWAR
Air Force, mission partners prepare satellite for August launch
Los Angeles AFP CA (AFNS) Aug 21, 2017
The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center's Operationally Responsive Space Office completed a major program milestone after overseeing the successful delivery of their ORS-5 satellite from ... more
SPACEWAR
1st ASTS provides critical support for Minotaur launch at Cape
Vandenberg AFB CA (AFNS) Aug 21, 2017
The 1st Air and Space Test Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base will be assisting with the first ever Minotaur IV launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The 1st ASTS team coordinated t ... more
SPACEWAR
Air Force stands up new Space Operations Directorate
Washington (UPI) Aug 18, 2017
The U.S. Air Force has announced that its new Space Operations Directorate begins initial operating capability this coming Monday. ... more


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SHAKE AND BLOW
How friction evolves during an earthquake
Pasadena CA (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
By simulating earthquakes in a lab, engineers at Caltech have documented the evolution of friction during an earthquake - measuring what could once only be inferred, and shedding light on one of the ... more
ICE WORLD
Hidden river once flowed beneath Antarctic ice
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
Antarctic researchers from Rice University have discovered one of nature's supreme ironies: On Earth's driest, coldest continent, where surface water rarely exists, flowing liquid water below the ic ... more
TECH SPACE
The critical point in breaking the glass problem
Bristol, UK (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Famously described as 'the deepest problem in solid state physics' by Nobel Laureate, Philip Andersen, the glass transition, by which a liquid transforms into a solid without freezing, is shedding i ... more
MOON DAILY
Analysis of a 'rusty' lunar rock suggests the moon's interior is dry
San Diego CA (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
The moon is likely very dry in its interior according to a new study from researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, published August 21, 2017 in t ... more



System tests prepare Orion for deep space exploration
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Hurtling beyond the Moon at a speedy 25,000 mph for a three-week mission requires a space processor capable of operating with guaranteed reliability, in a high radiation environment tens of thousands of miles in deep space, at 480,000,000 instructions per second to execute thousands of commands and sequences for controlling the hundreds of spacecraft systems and components to ensure crew safety ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
An era of continuous space communications of with TDRS
Cape Canaveral AFS FL (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
NASA launches latest TDRS communications satellite
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Turning human waste into plastic, nutrients could aid long-distance space travel
The Phantom Lunar Dragon
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
In February, SpaceX announced plans to send a crewed Dragon capsule on a private circumlunar mission in late 2018. The announcement caught most of the space community by surprise. It was a bold plan for a company that hasn't even flown astronauts into Earth orbit, but SpaceX founder Elon Musk is famous for thinking big. The circumlunar mission was tame compared to his bold plan to colonize ... more
Vostochny (Sputnik) Aug 21, 2017
Equipment for Angara heavy-class rocket arrives at Vostochny Cosmodrome
Vostochny (Sputnik) Aug 21, 2017
Soyuz-2 Rocket to Arrive at Vostochny on September 20 for November Launch
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jul 18, 2017
ISRO Develops Ship-Based Antenna System to Track Satellite Launches
The Moving Martian Bow Shock
Paris (ESA) Aug 23, 2017
As the energetic particles of the solar wind speed across interplanetary space, their motion is modified by objects in their path. A study, based on data from ESA's Mars Express orbiter, has thrown new light on a surprising interaction between the planet Mars and supersonic particles in the solar wind. cientists have long been aware that a feature known as a bow shock forms upstream of a p ... more
Paris (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Mars weather: 'Cloudy, chance of nighttime snowstorm'
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Mars 2020 mission to use smart methods to seek signs of past life
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 17, 2017
For Moratorium on Sending Commands to Mars, Blame the Sun
China's satellite sends unbreakable cipher from space
Beijing (XNA) Aug 14, 2017
Chinese scientists have become the first to realize quantum key distribution from a satellite to the ground, laying the foundation for building a hack-proof global quantum communication network. The achievement based on experiments conducted with the world' s first quantum satellite, Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS), was published in the authoritative academic journal Nature on T ... more
Xi'an, China (XNA) Aug 14, 2017
Xian Satellite Control Center resolves over 10 major satellite faults in 50 years
Beijing (XNA) Jul 10, 2017
China develops sea launches to boost space commerce
Beijing (XNA) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese satellite Zhongxing-9A enters preset orbit
Bids for government funding prove strong interest in LaunchUK
London, UK (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
26 joint proposals from potential spaceports and operators proves strong interest in UK market for small sat launch and sub-orbital flight. The number of responses for government funding to support UK spaceflight has highlighted a strong interest in the UK commercial market for small satellite launch and sub-orbital flight. The UK Space Agency's call for grant proposals to establish initia ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
ASTROSCALE Raises a Total of $25 Million in Series C Led by Private Companies
Paris (ESA) Jul 14, 2017
LISA Pathfinder: bake, rattle and roll
San Diego CA (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Blue Sky Network Reaffirms Commitment to Brazilian Market
The critical point in breaking the glass problem
Bristol, UK (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Famously described as 'the deepest problem in solid state physics' by Nobel Laureate, Philip Andersen, the glass transition, by which a liquid transforms into a solid without freezing, is shedding its mystique. Until now, researchers' understanding has been splintered at best, with mutually incompatible interpretations of the physical processes underlying the emergence of amorphous solids ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 18, 2017
Cosmonauts launch 3D-printed satellite from space station
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
NASA protects its super heroes from space weather
Raleigh NC (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Researchers use vacuum for hands-free patterning of liquid metal
Integrated Air and Missile Defense 2017 - Sept 27-29 - Washington DC
Earth-like planet in star system only 16 light years away
Arlington TX (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Astrophysicists at the University of Texas at Arlington have predicted that an Earth-like planet may be lurking in a star system just 16 light years away. The team investigated the star system Gliese 832 for additional exoplanets residing between the two currently known alien worlds in this system. Their computations revealed that an additional Earth-like planet with a dynamically stable c ... more
Arecibo PR (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
A New Search for Extrasolar Planets from the Arecibo Observatory
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
Gulf of Mexico tube worm is one of the longest-living animals in the world
Garching, Germany (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Molecular Outflow Launched Beyond Disk Around Young Star
New Horizons Video Soars over Pluto's Majestic Mountains and Icy Plains
Laurel MD (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
In July 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft sent home the first close-up pictures of Pluto and its moons - amazing imagery that inspired many to wonder what a flight over the distant worlds' icy terrain might be like. Wonder no more. Using actual New Horizons data and digital elevation models of Pluto and its largest moon Charon, mission scientists have created flyover movies that offer s ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 13, 2017
Juno spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
New evidence in support of the Planet Nine hypothesis
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Scientists probe Neptune's depths to reveal secrets of icy planets
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Sediment research is a granular exercise at NRL
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
It's an unseasonably warm February afternoon at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center (SSC), Mississippi, where three men are tinkering with a 7-foot tall, four-legged instrument platform, preparing it for an upcoming research experiment off the coast of Virginia. The rugged apparatus known as a "quadpod," was built to withstand being on the bottom of the ocean for weeks ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
Fish stress hormones linked to tendency to take the bait
Sydney (AFP) July 19, 2017
Risky business for fish in oil-polluted reef waters
Miami (AFP) July 17, 2017
Japanese seaweed is welcome invader on US coasts: study
Japan launches satellite for better GPS system
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
Japan on Saturday launched the third satellite in its effort to build a homegrown geolocation system aimed at improving the accuracy of car navigation systems and smartphone maps to mere centimetres. An H-IIA rocket blasted off at about 2:30 pm (0530 GMT) from the Tanegashima space centre in southern Japan, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The rocket successf ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
IAI, Honeywell Aerospace team for GPS anti-jam system
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
Harris delivers navigation package for third GPS III satellite
Colorado Springs CO (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Lockheed Martin Begins Modernizing Receivers for U.S. Air Force's GPS Signal Monitoring Stations
Analysis of a 'rusty' lunar rock suggests the moon's interior is dry
San Diego CA (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
The moon is likely very dry in its interior according to a new study from researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, published August 21, 2017 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The question of the moon's moistness matters because the amount of water and other volatile (easily evaporated) elements and compounds provide ... more
Paris (ESA) Aug 22, 2017
Call For Ideas For Research On The Deep Space Gateway
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 21, 2017
Roscosmos Approves Luna-25 Space Station Model in Moon Exploration Project
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Moon's magnetic field lasted far longer than once believed
Large asteroid to safely pass Earth on September 1
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 21, 2017
Asteroid Florence, a large near-Earth asteroid, will pass safely by Earth on Sept. 1, 2017, at a distance of about 4.4 million miles, (7.0 million kilometers, or about 18 Earth-Moon distances). Florence is among the largest near-Earth asteroids that are several miles in size; measurements from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and NEOWISE mission indicate it's about 2.7 miles (4.4 kilometers) ... more
Boulder CO (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
Dino-killing asteroid could have thrust Earth into 2 years of darkness
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Asteroid Apophis has One in 100,000 chance of hitting Earth
Paris (ESA) Aug 14, 2017
Asteroid 2012 TC4 will fly past Earth in October 2017
How future volcanic eruptions will impact Earth's ozone layer
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
The next major volcanic eruption could kick-start chemical reactions that would seriously damage the planet's already besieged ozone layer. The extent of damage to the ozone layer that results from a large, explosive eruption depends on complex atmospheric chemistry, including the levels of human-made emissions in the atmosphere. Using sophisticated chemical modeling, researchers from Harv ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Identifying individual atmospheric equatorial waves from a total flow field
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Nickel key to Earth's magnetic field, research shows
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
NASA-led airborne mission studies storm intensification in northern hemisphere
ESA's Proba-3 will create artificial solar eclipses
Paris (ESA) Aug 21, 2017
Astrophysicists are joining sightseers in watching Monday's total solar eclipse across North America but, in the decade to come, they will be viewing eclipses that last for hours instead of a few minutes - thanks to a pioneering ESA space mission. Aiming for launch in late 2020, Proba-3 is not one but two small metre-scale satellites, lining up to cast a precise shadow across space to bloc ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 17, 2017
NASA taps citizen scientists to help study eclipse
Newark NJ (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
NJIT researchers will follow in the moon's slipstream to capture high-res sunspot images
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
NASA, ESA spacecraft track solar storm through space
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Scientists improve brown dwarf weather forecasts
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 21, 2017
Dim objects called brown dwarfs, less massive than the Sun but more massive than Jupiter, have powerful winds and clouds - specifically, hot patchy clouds made of iron droplets and silicate dust. Scientists recently realized these giant clouds can move and thicken or thin surprisingly rapidly, in less than an Earth day, but did not understand why. Now, researchers have a new model for expl ... more
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
Scientists create 'diamond rain' that forms in the interior of icy giant planets
Troy NY (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
A silent search for dark matter
Beijing (XNA) Aug 21, 2017
Air routes adjusted to protect FAST radio telescope
NICER and LISA to Confirm or Disprove Predictions of General Relativity
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
Two astrophysical missions, NICER and LISA, could soon change our understanding of the universe. Scientists hope that both instruments would help them answer fundamental questions about the universe, testing many aspects of Einstein's theory of general relativity. NASA's Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) is already in space. It was launched to the International Space Stati ... more
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Superconductivity research reveals potential new state of matter
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Supermassive black holes feed on cosmic jellyfish
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Ohio Supercomputer Center helps researchers map invisible universe


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