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November 20, 2017
Can a superconducting magnetic sail slow down an interstellar probe
Frankfurt, Germany (SPX) Nov 20, 2017 - With a miniaturised space probe capable of being accelerated to a quarter of the speed of light, we could reach Alpha Centauri, our nearest star, in 20 to 50 years. However, without a mechanism to slow it down, the space probe could only collect data from the star and its planets as it zoomed past. A theoretical physicist at Goethe University Frankfurt has now examined whether interstellar ... more

China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017 - China is expected to achieve a "major breakthrough" in nuclear-powered space shuttles around 2040, according to a report issued by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation on Thursday. The achievement will be able to support large-scale exploration and development of space resources, and make mining on asteroids and space solar power plants possible, said the report, which outlin ... more

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Winds Blow Dust off the Solar Panels Improving Energy Levels
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 20, 2017 - Opportunity is continuing her winter exploration of Perseverance Valley on the west rim of the Noachian-aged Endeavour Crater. Although the depth of the winter solstice is still a week or more away, energy levels have improved for Opportunity. One contributor is the improvement in solar array dust factor as winds blow some of the dust off the arrays. That said, the rover did spend one sol, ... more

Old Rivals India, China Nurture New Rivalry in Satellite Launch Business
New Delhi (Sputnik) Nov 20, 2017 - The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has said that it is working to bring down the cost of launching satellites to one-tenth of the current cost. The statement comes in the aftermath of the Chinese state-owned space agency, China Aerospace Science and Technological Corporation's (CASC) claim that it was "ready to provide cheaper and faster low-earth orbit rocket launches" and "the price ... more

What is the computational power of the universe?
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 20, 2017 - Can a close look at the universe give us solutions to problems too difficult for a computer - even if we built a computer larger than a planet? Physicist Stephen Jordan reflects on this question in a new video by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), along with a new scientific paper that considers one particular tough problem the universe might answer. In The Computat ... more

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Lava or Not, Exoplanet 55 Cancri e Likely to have Atmosphere
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 20, 2017 - Twice as big as Earth, the super-Earth 55 Cancri e was thought to have lava flows on its surface. The planet is so close to its star, the same side of the planet always faces the star, such that the planet has permanent day and night sides. Based on a 2016 study using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, scientists speculated that lava would flow freely in lakes on the starlit side an ... more

Hunt for dark matter is narrowed by new University of Sussex research
Sussex UK (SPX) Nov 20, 2017 - Scientists at the University of Sussex have disproved the existence of a specific type of axion - an important candidate 'dark matter' particle - across a wide range of its possible masses. The data were collected by an international consortium, the Neutron Electric Dipole Moment (nEDM) Collaboration, whose experiment is based at the Paul Scherrer Institut in Switzerland. Data were taken t ... more

The anatomy of a cosmic snake reveals the structure of distant galaxies
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 20, 2017 - We have a fair understanding of the fundamental mechanisms that regulate star formation in galaxies, from the interstellar matter to the diffuse clouds distributed in space, whose gravitational contraction leads to the birth of stars within large stellar clusters. But observations of distant galaxies have questioned this picture, the size and mass of these distant stellar nurseries largely ... more

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Next Generation Astronomical Survey To Map The Entire Sky
Pasadena CA (SPX) Nov 20, 2017 - The next generation of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-V), directed by Juna Kollmeier of the Carnegie Institution for Science, will move forward with mapping the entire sky following a $16 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The grant will kickstart a groundbreaking all-sky spectroscopic survey for a next wave of discovery, anticipated to start in 2020. The Sloan Digital ... more

NASA detects solar flare pulses at Sun and Earth
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 20, 2017 - When our Sun erupts with giant explosions - such as bursts of radiation called solar flares - we know they can affect space throughout the solar system as well as near Earth. But monitoring their effects requires having observatories in many places with many perspectives, much the way weather sensors all over Earth can help us monitor what's happening with a terrestrial storm. By using mul ... more

UW researchers ready for era of "big data" astronomy
Seattle WA (SPX) Nov 20, 2017 - The first astronomers had a limited toolkit: their eyes. They could only observe those stars, planets and celestial events bright enough to pick up unassisted. But today's astronomers use increasingly sensitive and sophisticated instruments to view and track a bevy of cosmic wonders, including objects and events that were too dim or distant for their sky-gazing forebears. On Nov. 14, scien ... more

Mapping functional diversity of forests with remote sensing
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 16, 2017 - Ecological studies have demonstrated positive relationships between plant diversity and ecosystem functioning. Forests with higher functional diversity are generally more productive and stable over long timescales than less diverse forests. Diverse plant communities show increased resource use efficiency and utilization, enhanced ecosystem productivity and stability and can better cope wit ... more

Germany to Spend $465Mln on New Spy Satellites
Moscow (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017 - Airbus and OHB have submitted bids for the construction of satellites for the German Federal Intelligence Service's new satellite program. The German parliament's Budget Committee gave the green light to construct up to three new spy satellites for the country's Federal Intelligence Service (BND), which will cost some 400 million euros ($465 million), local media reported Saturday. A ... more

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Images of strange solar system visitor peel away some of the mystery
Madison WI (SPX) Nov 17, 2017 - A strange visitor, either asteroid or comet, zipping through our solar system at a high rate of speed is giving astronomers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to examine up close an object from somewhere else in our galaxy. "It's a really rare object," explains Ralf Kotulla, a University of Wisconsin-Madison astronomer who, with colleagues from UCLA and the National Optical Astronomy Obser ... more

NASA Selects Instrument for Future International Mission to Martian Moons
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2017 - NASA has selected a science instrument for an upcoming Japan-led sample return mission to the moons of Mars planned for launch in 2024. The instrument, a sophisticated neutron and gamma-ray spectrograph, will help scientists resolve one of the most enduring mysteries of the Red Planet - when and how the small moons formed. The Mars Moons eXploration (MMX) mission is in development by the J ... more

SpaceX postpones launch of secretive Zuma mission
Miami (AFP) Nov 17, 2017 - SpaceX on Thursday postponed the launch of a secretive US government payload known as Zuma, a mission whose nature - and the agency behind it - is a mystery. "We have decided to stand down and take a closer look at data from recent fairing testing for another customer," SpaceX said in a statement issued late Thursday about two hours before the planned launch window was to open. The fairin ... more

HAWC collaboration sheds light on origin of anti-matter
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2017 - A mountaintop observatory about four hours east of Mexico City, built and operated by an international team of scientists, has captured the first wide-angle view of gamma rays emanating from two rapidly spinning stars. The High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Gamma-Ray Observatory offers perspective on the very high energy light streaming from our stellar neighbors and casts serious doubt ... more

FIREBIRD II and NASA mission locate whistling space electrons' origins
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 16, 2017 - Scientists have long known that solar-energized particles trapped around the planet are sometimes scattered into Earth's upper atmosphere where they can contribute to beautiful auroral displays. Yet for decades, no one has known exactly what is responsible for hurling these energetic electrons on their way. Recently, two spacecraft found themselves at just the right places at the right tim ... more

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