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January 01, 2017
DRAGON SPACE
Beijing's space program soars in 2016



Moscow (Sputnik) Jan 01, 2017
In 2016, the Chinese government launched a whole array of major space-related projects which proved to be successful, Russian military expert Vasily Kashin told Sputnik China. In 2016, China started tests of its first heavy-lift Long March-5 rocket. The successful completion of the launch vehicle will pave the way for the construction of a Chinese space station, Kashin told Sputnik China. He also cited tests of the country's solid-propellant rockets. Earlier this year, China was the first to ... read more

ROCKET SCIENCE
Russia to double number of space launches in 2017
Director-General Igor Komarov said that Russia's state space corporation Roscosmos plans to launch twice as many rockets into space in 2017 as in the outgoing year. Russia's state space corpor ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Russia won't be leaving Baikonur anytime soon
This week, Russia and Kazakhstan signed a cooperation agreement extending Russia's use of Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome. According to experts, there are a number of very good reasons why cooperat ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
China launches new weather satellite Fengyun-4
China launched a new-generation meteorological satellite, the country's first quantitative remote-sensing satellite in high orbit, Chinese media reported Wednesday. The satellite was taken int ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Launch of Russia's new progress spacecraft set for February 2
The launch of Russia's Progress MS-05 space freighter to the International Space Station (ISS) is preliminary set for February 2, 2017, although it could be postponed, a space industry source told R ... more
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Odyssey recovering from precautionary pause in activity
NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter, which has been in service at Mars since October 2001, put itself into safe mode - a protective standby status - on Dec. 26, while remaining in communication with Earth. ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
China launches TanSat to study atmospheric carbon dioxide processes
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is one of the major greenhouse gases, and causes great concern due to the rapid increase in its atmospheric concentrations. China launched its first minisatellite dedicated to t ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Hubble gazes at a cosmic megamaser
This galaxy has a far more exciting and futuristic classification than most - it hosts a megamaser. Megamasers are intensely bright, around 100 million times brighter than the masers found in galaxi ... more
IRON AND ICE
NEOWISE mission spies one comet, maybe two
NASA's NEOWISE mission has recently discovered some celestial objects traveling through our neighborhood, including one on the blurry line between asteroid and comet. Another--definitely a comet--mi ... more
GPS NEWS
China to offer global satellite navigation service by 2020
China plans to form a BeiDou network consisting of 35 satellites for global navigation services by 2020, said a white paper released by the State Council Information Office on Tuesday. The cou ... more


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TIME AND SPACE
Timekeepers add 'leap second' to world clocks for new year
Clocks around the world will add a leap second to coordinate with a change in the speed of Earth's rotation. ... more
SATURN DAILY
NASA image showcases Saturn's sun-soaked north pole
Cassini is now ring-grazing, but its orbital path earlier this year sent the NASA probe high above Saturn's north pole. In late September, the vantage revealed the pole fully illuminated by the sun's rays. ... more
Space station battery replacements to begin New Year's Eve
The batteries that store the energy generated by the International Space Station's four solar panel arrays are being replaced. The initial work, which will be executed by the space station's robotic arm Dextre, is scheduled to begin on New Year's Eve. Over the course of two weeks, the space station's 12 older nickel-hydrogen will be replaced by six new lithium-ion power packs, which wer ... more
'Passengers' and the real-life science of deep space travel

Launch of Russia's new progress spacecraft set for February 2

NASA Readies for Major Orion Milestones in 2017

Russia won't be leaving Baikonur anytime soon
This week, Russia and Kazakhstan signed a cooperation agreement extending Russia's use of Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome. According to experts, there are a number of very good reasons why cooperation is expected to continue.On Monday, Russian and Kazakh officials signed an agreement regulating continued cooperation at Baikonur. The agreement was signed during Khazakh President Nursultan ... more
Europe and Russia looking at Space Tug Project

India to develop large scale solid fuel mixer

Russia to double number of space launches in 2017

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Odyssey recovering from precautionary pause in activity
NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter, which has been in service at Mars since October 2001, put itself into safe mode - a protective standby status - on Dec. 26, while remaining in communication with Earth. The Odyssey project team has diagnosed the cause - an uncertainty aboard the spacecraft about its orientation with regard to Earth and the sun - and is restoring the orbiter to full operations. ... more
Small Troughs Growing on Mars May Become 'Spiders'

All eyes on Trump over Mars

Opportunity performs several drives to ancient gully

China Plans to Launch 1st Mars Probe by 2020 - State Council Information Office
China is planning to conduct the first orbiting and roving exploration of Mars by 2020, the country's State Council Information Office (SCIO) said Tuesday in a report. "China intends to execute its first Mars exploration operation, and grasp key technologies for orbiting, landing and roving exploration. It plans to launch the first Mars probe by 2020 to carry out orbiting and roving explor ... more
Beijing's space program soars in 2016

China to expand int'l cooperation on space sciences

China sees rapid development of space science and technology

Airbus DS and Energia eye new medium-class satellite platform
Europe's largest aerospace group Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) will develop and manufacture an advanced medium-class satellite platform in cooperation with Russia's Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) Energia, head of Airbus DS in Russia Vladimir Terekhov said. "This platform is our latest product created jointly by our industrial cooperation, that is why it does not even hav ... more
OneWeb announces key funding form SoftBank Group and other investors

Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development

SoftBank delivers first $1 bn of Trump pledge, to space firm

Russian static discharge measure unit to prolong satellite equipment lifespan
The Russian Space Systems holding, which belongs to the state-run Roscosmos space corporation, has created a new miniature electrostatic discharge measurement unit that can help extend the lifespan of satellite electronic equipment, the company said Tuesday in a statement. "A miniature measurement unit for the electrostatic discharge parameters, created by the Russian Space Systems holding ... more
'Just the first stage': unique 3D-printed Siberian satellite to orbit Earth

European Defense Agency to explore 3D printing feasibility

China to improve space debris database, spacecraft protection

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The blob can learn and teach
It isn't an animal, a plant, or a fungus. The slime mold (Physarum polycephalum) is a strange, creeping, bloblike organism made up of one giant cell. Though it has no brain, it can learn from experience, as biologists at the Research Centre on Animal Cognition (CNRS, Universite Toulouse III-Paul Sabatier) previously demonstrated.1 Now the same team of scientists has gone a step further, pr ... more
Searching a sea of 'noise' to find exoplanets - using only data as a guide

Microlensing Study Suggests Most Common Outer Planets Likely Neptune-mass

Exciting new creatures discovered on ocean floor

Exploring Pluto and the Wild Back Yonder
As 2016 ends, I can't help but point out an interesting symmetry in where the mission has recently been and where we are going. Exactly two years ago we had just taken New Horizons out of cruise hibernation to begin preparations for the Pluto flyby. And exactly two years from now we will be on final approach to our next flyby, which will culminate with a very close approach to a small Kuiper Bel ... more
Juno Captures Jupiter 'Pearl'

Juno Mission Prepares for December 11 Jupiter Flyby

Research Offers Clues About the Timing of Jupiter's Formation

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Newly discovered 'Casper' octopod at risk from deep-sea mining
Last spring, researchers made Newly discovered 'Casper' octopod at risk from deep-sea minings with the discovery of what was surely a new species of octopod, crawling along the seafloor at a record-breaking ocean depth of more than 4,000 meters (about 2.5 miles) off Necker Island near Hawaii. The octopod's colorless and squishy appearance immediately inspired the nickname "Casper." Now, a ... more
Bangladeshi fishermen claim Myanmar navy attacked trawler

Damascenes struggle after clashes cut off water

Scientists find genes driving Bahama pupfish specialization

China to offer global satellite navigation service by 2020
China plans to form a BeiDou network consisting of 35 satellites for global navigation services by 2020, said a white paper released by the State Council Information Office on Tuesday. The country plans to start providing basic services to countries along the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-century Maritime Silk Road in 2018, said the document titled "China's Space Activities in 2016." ... more
Austrian cows swap bells from 'hell' for GPS

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

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China plans probes to far side, poles of Moon
China is planning missions to explore the far side of the Moon and to send robots to explore both lunar poles. Plans to send astronauts to the Moon are also being discussed, according to Wu Yanhua, vice director of the China National Space Administration. Wu told a press conference on Tuesday that work on the Chang'e-5 lunar mission, scheduled to make a soft landing on the Moon and r ... more
Lunar sonic booms

India Inc joins hands to bid for moon mission

TeamIndus signs contract with ISRO for lunar mission

NEOWISE mission spies one comet, maybe two
NASA's NEOWISE mission has recently discovered some celestial objects traveling through our neighborhood, including one on the blurry line between asteroid and comet. Another--definitely a comet--might be seen with binoculars through next week. An object called 2016 WF9 was detected by the NEOWISE project on Nov. 27, 2016. It's in an orbit that takes it on a scenic tour of our solar system ... more
PANIC Lander to Revolutionize Asteroid Research

Ceres Offers Insight Into Prospects For Life in Early Solar System

The case of the missing diamonds

China launches TanSat to study atmospheric carbon dioxide processes
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is one of the major greenhouse gases, and causes great concern due to the rapid increase in its atmospheric concentrations. China launched its first minisatellite dedicated to the carbon dioxide detection and monitoring at 15:22 UTC on December 22, 2016. The Chinese Carbon Dioxide Observation Satellite (TANSAT) was designed to focus on the global observation of CO2. Fo ... more
There's a jet stream in our core

China launches new weather satellite Fengyun-4

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Moore Foundation provides libraries with a millione solar-eclipse viewers
The Space Science Institute was awarded a grant from the Moore Foundation that will provide 1.26 million solar viewing glasses and other resources for 1,500 public libraries across the nation. They will serve as centers for eclipse education and viewing for their communities. The libraries will be selected through a registration process managed by the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_N ... more
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Giving the Sun a brake

Perspectives on magnetic reconnection

Russian physicists measure the loss of dark matter since the birth of the universe
Scientists from MIPT, the Institute for Nuclear Research (INR) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Novosibirsk State University (NSU) have discovered that the proportion of unstable particles in the composition of dark matter in the days immediately after the Big Bang was no more than 2%-5%. Their study has been published in Physical Review D. "The discrepancy between the cosmological ... more
New equipment funded for Joint Russian-German Spektrum-RG Observatory

VLA, ALMA team up to give first look at birthplaces of most current stars

Feeding the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way

ALPHA observes light spectrum of antimatter for first time
In a paper published in the journal Nature, the ALPHA collaboration reports the first ever measurement on the optical spectrum of an antimatter atom. This achievement features technological developments that open up a completely new era in high-precision antimatter research. It is the result of over 20 years of work by the CERN antimatter community. "Using a laser to observe a transition i ... more
Existence of a short-lived tetraneutron predicted

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