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January 06, 2017
EXO WORLDS
Between a rock and a hard place: can garnet planets be habitable



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What makes a rocky planet Earth-like? Astronomers and geoscientists have joined forces using data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) to study the mix of elements in exoplanet host stars, and to consider what this reveals about their planets. In results presented this week at the American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting in Grapevine, Texas, astronomer Johanna Teske explained, "our study combines new observations of stars with new models of planetary interiors. We want to better understand ... read more

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Elements of life mapped across the Milky Way
To say "we are stardust" may be a cliche, but it's an undeniable fact that most of the essential elements of life are made in stars. At this week's American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting, astro ... more
OUTER PLANETS
Flying observatory makes observations of Jupiter previously only possible from space
For the first time since the twin Voyager spacecraft missions in 1979, scientists have produced far-infrared maps of Jupiter using NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA. The ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Working hard to improve inclusion in astronomy
Although nearly 30 percent of U.S. citizens are African-American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander or Native American, these groups make up only 4 percent of the astronomical community. This gap represent ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Arianespace to launch JCSAT-17 for SKY Perfect JSAT
Japanese operator SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation has chosen Arianespace to launch its JCSAT-17 telecommunications satellite. On January 4, 2017 Arianespace announced a launch service contract wi ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Astronomers discover powerful cosmic double whammy
Astronomers have discovered a cosmic one-two punch unlike any ever seen before. Two of the most powerful phenomena in the universe, a supermassive black hole and the collision of giant galaxy cluste ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Deepest X-ray image ever reveals black hole treasure trove
An unparalleled image from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory is giving an international team of astronomers the best look yet at the growth of black holes over billions of years beginning soon after ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
How far away is that galaxy
A team of researchers has compiled a special catalog to help astronomers figure out the true distances to tens of thousands of galaxies beyond our own Milky Way. The catalog, called NED-D, is ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Arecibo Observatory Casts New Light on Cosmic Microwave Background
Arecibo Observatory observations of galactic neutral hydrogen structure confirm the discovery of an unexpected contribution to the measurements of the cosmic microwave background observed by the WMA ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Homing in on source of cosmic radio bursts
Astronomers have pinpointed for the first time the home galaxy of a fast radio burst, moving scientists a step closer to detecting what causes these powerful but fleeting pulses of radio waves. FRBs ... more


Hidden secrets of Orion's molecular clouds

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
The Mystery of Part-Time Pulsars
A new discovery has upended the widely held view that all pulsars are orderly ticking clocks of the universe. A survey done at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico has fortuitously discovered two ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Fast radio burst tied to distant dwarf galaxy, and perhaps magnetar
Fast radio bursts, which flash for just a few milliseconds, created a stir among astronomers because they seemed to be coming from outside our galaxy, which means they would have to be very powerful ... more
Tech outlook dampened by political uncertainty
As tech industry leaders gather for an annual extravaganza showcasing hot new products, political uncertainty is casting a cloud over the sector. The election of Donald Trump and the Brexit referendum are among the factors weighing on the outlook. And a strong US dollar may cut into spending for many consumers around the world. With the Consumer Electronics Show kicking off this week in ... more
NASA Assigns Upcoming Space Station Crew Members

Space station battery replacements to begin New Year's Eve

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

SpaceX ready to launch again
SpaceX says it has determined the cause of a launchpad explosion that destroyed a satellite in September and is ready to start launches again as early as Sunday. An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded September 1 in Cape Canaveral, destroying a satellite that Facebook planned to use to beam high-speed internet to Africa. That marked a setback for the California-based private space f ... more
Arianespace to launch JCSAT-17 for SKY Perfect JSAT

India to develop large scale solid fuel mixer

Mission contracts secure Commercial Crew operations for coming years

Hues in a Crater Slope
Impact craters expose the subsurface materials on the steep slopes of Mars. However, these slopes often experience rockfalls and debris avalanches that keep the surface clean of dust, revealing a variety of hues, like in this enhanced-color image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, representing different rock types. The bright reddish material at the top of the crater rim is from a co ... more
3-D images reveal features of Martian polar ice caps

Odyssey recovering from precautionary pause in activity

Small Troughs Growing on Mars May Become 'Spiders'

China Space Plan to Develop "Strength and Size"
China wants to develop "strength and size" in its space program, a China National Space Administration official said last week. In the next five years, the country plans to speed up the development of its space program. China wants to become the first country to carry out a controlled landing of a probe on the far side of the moon in 2018. China also has plans to launch its first probe to the pl ... more
Beijing's space program soars in 2016

China Plans to Launch 1st Mars Probe by 2020 - State Council Information Office

China to expand int'l cooperation on space sciences

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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

How to 3-D print your own sonic tractor beam
Last year Asier Marzo, then a doctoral student at the Public University of Navarre, helped develop the first single-sided acoustic tractor beam - that is, the first realization of trapping and pulling an object using sound waves from only one direction. Now a research assistant at the University of Bristol, Marzo has lead a team that adapted the technology to be, for all intents and purposes, 3- ... more
Saab, UAE sign radar support deal

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Between a rock and a hard place: can garnet planets be habitable
What makes a rocky planet Earth-like? Astronomers and geoscientists have joined forces using data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) to study the mix of elements in exoplanet host stars, and to consider what this reveals about their planets. In results presented this week at the American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting in Grapevine, Texas, astronomer Johanna Teske explained, "our ... more
The blob can learn and teach

Searching a sea of 'noise' to find exoplanets - using only data as a guide

Microlensing Study Suggests Most Common Outer Planets Likely Neptune-mass

York U research identifies icy ridges on Pluto
Using a model similar to what meteorologists use to forecast weather on Earth and a computer simulation of the physics of evaporating ices, a new study published in the journal, Nature by York University's Professor John Moores, Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering at York's Lassonde School of Engineering, has found evidence that snow and ice features previously only seen on Ear ... more
Flying observatory makes observations of Jupiter previously only possible from space

Exploring Pluto and the Wild Back Yonder

Juno Captures Jupiter 'Pearl'

Military Radar Summit 2017
Defense Dept. orders upgraded underwater drones
Teledyne SeaBotix has won a multimillion dollar U.S. Department of Defense contract for underwater remotely operated vehicles. The observation-class vehicles are used by mobile explosive ordnance disposal units around the world. Teledyne SeaBotix said the contract was obtained through Atlantic Diving Supply, a distributor, and calls for delivery of 60 new vLBV300 ROV systems as part of an opera ... more
Study confirms steady warming of oceans for past 75 years

Study reveals the importance of grazers for coral reefs

Japan investigating dolphin escape in slaughter town

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

Alpha Defence Company To Make Navigation Satellites For ISRO

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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

Quadrantid meteor shower to peak this week in North America
A fireworks-type display of Quadrantid meteors will likely peak in North America on Tuesday or Wednesday. Astronomers disagree on the exact peak of the Quadrantid, whose bright fireballs are one of the most vibrant celestial shows of the year. Some say it will be pre-dawn Tuesday and others say late night Tuesday into early Wednesday is the best time to watch. At least some shootings st ... more
NASA Selects Two Missions to Explore the Early Solar System

Psyche to offer unique look at early terrestrial planet formation

ASU Spectrometer to Fly on New Nasa Mission to Distant 'Trojan' Asteroids

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Watching the Upper Atmosphere for 15 Years and Counting
NASA's TIMED mission - short for Thermosphere, Ionosphere, Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics - yielded a batch of new discoveries to end its 15th year in orbit. From a more precise categorization of the upper atmosphere's response to solar storms, to pinpointing the signatures of a fundamental behavior of carbon dioxide, TIMED's unique position and instruments, along with its decade-plus data r ... more
Fossil fuel formation: Key to atmosphere's oxygen?

Scientists use satellites to spot Svalbard avalanches

Lockheed Martin Completes Assembly of NOAA's GOES-S Weather Satellite

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
Preparing for the August 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Giving the Sun a brake

Perspectives on magnetic reconnection

Researchers get first look at new, extremely rare galaxy
Approximately 359 million light-years away from Earth, there is a galaxy with an innocuous name (PGC 1000714) that doesn't look quite like anything astronomers have observed before. New research provides a first description of a well-defined elliptical-like core surrounded by two circular rings - a galaxy that appears to belong to a class of rarely observed, Hoag-type galaxies. This work was don ... more
Cosmic Source Found For Mysterious 'fast Radio Burst'

The Mystery of Part-Time Pulsars

How far away is that galaxy

Venerable Radio Telescope Sets Standard for Universal Constant
About 150 hours of observing time on the 1,000-ft radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico over the course of the last several years have been devoted to determining whether the most fundamental constant in physics really is constant. The target is the so-called fine structure constant, usually known as alpha, which describes the electromagnetic interaction between element ... more
Arecibo Observatory Casts New Light on Cosmic Microwave Background

Arecibo Data Crucial to Understanding Quasars' Brightness

First experimental proof of a 70 year old physics theory



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