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February 11, 2017
ROBO SPACE
DARPA Selects SSL as Commercial Partner for Revolutionary Goal of Servicing Satellites in GEO



Washington DC (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
In an important step toward a new era of advanced, cost-effective robotic capabilities in space, DARPA has announced that it has selected Space Systems Loral (SSL), based in Palo Alto, CA, as its commercial partner for the Agency's Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program. DARPA and SSL seek to develop technologies that would enable cooperative inspection and servicing of satellites in geosynchronous orbit (GEO), more than 20,000 miles above the Earth, and demonstrate those te ... read more

ROCKET SCIENCE
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket vertical at Florida's Kennedy Space Center
Private space travel company SpaceX lifted it's Falcon 9 rocket at Florida's Kennedy Space Center to undergo testing in preparation for a potential launch. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Pentagon's robot satellite repair system sued by aerospace company
American aerospace manufacturer Orbital ATK is leveling a lawsuit against the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to halt a robot-satellite repair system being developed by the agency ... more
AEROSPACE
How to decrease the mass of aircrafts
Members of the Department of Chemistry of Lomonosov Moscow State University have created unique polymer matrices for polymer composites based on novel phthalonitrile monomers. The developed material ... more
EARLY EARTH
NASA team looks to ancient earth first to study hazy exoplanets
For astronomers trying to understand which distant planets might have habitable conditions, the role of atmospheric haze has been hazy. To help sort it out, a team of researchers has been looking to ... more
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The diversity of species on Earth is generating itself
If competition is the main evolutionary driver, why can so many species coexist within the same ecosystem instead to have a few that dominate? This a long and central question in ecology. Many ideas ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
A bridge of stars connects 2 dwarf galaxies
The Magellanic Clouds, the two largest satellite galaxies of the Milky Way, appear to be connected by a bridge stretching across 43,000 light years, according to an international team of astronomers ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Measuring time without a clock
EPFL scientists have been able to measure the ultrashort time delay in electron photoemission without using a clock. The discovery has important implications for fundamental research and cutting-edg ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
NASA spacecraft prepares to fly to new heights
On Feb. 9, 2017, NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, known as MMS, began a three-month long journey into a new orbit. MMS flies in a highly elliptical orbit around Earth and the new orbit will ... more
EXO WORLDS
Dwarf star 200 million light years away contains life's building blocks
Many scientists believe the Earth was dry when it first formed, and that the building blocks for life on our planet - carbon, nitrogen and water - appeared only later as a result of collisions with ... more
TECH SPACE
Big data for the universe
Astronomers at Lomonosov Moscow State University in cooperation with their French colleagues and with the help of citizen scientists have released "The Reference Catalog of galaxy SEDs" (RCSED), whi ... more


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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Astronomers Find Faintest Early Galaxies Yet, Probe How the Early Universe Lit Up
Astronomers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a new technique to discover the faintest galaxies yet seen in the early universe -10 times fainter than any previously seen. These gal ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Mysterious white dwarf pulsar discovered
An exotic binary star system 380 light-years away has been identified as an elusive white dwarf pulsar - the first of its kind ever to be discovered in the universe - thanks to research by the Unive ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Hubble witnesses massive comet-like object pollute atmosphere of a white dwarf
For the first time, scientists using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have witnessed a massive object with the makeup of a comet being ripped apart and scattered in the atmosphere of a white dwarf, the ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Looking to the future: Russia, US mull post-ISS cooperation in space
NASA may have to book seats for American astronauts on Russian Soyuz spaceships in 2018. Radio Sputnik discussed the issue with John Logsdon, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Internationa ... more

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Looking to the future: Russia, US mull post-ISS cooperation in space
NASA may have to book seats for American astronauts on Russian Soyuz spaceships in 2018. Radio Sputnik discussed the issue with John Logsdon, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University. "The relationship between NASA and the former Soviet Union goes back a long way with the highlight being the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz project. But with Russia ... more
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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket vertical at Florida's Kennedy Space Center
Private space travel company SpaceX lifted it's Falcon 9 rocket at Florida's Kennedy Space Center to undergo testing in preparation for a potential launch. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, shared a photo of the rocket in its upright position at the launchpad in Cape Canaveral where the first manned mission to the moon was launched. "Falcon 9 rocket now vertical at Cape Canaveral on launch c ... more
Russian Space Agency Develops Program to Improve Carrier Rocket Assembly Quality

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India to launch record 104 satellites next week

ISRO saves its Mars mission spacecraft from eclipse
Scientists from Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) have successfully executed crucial orbital maneuvering on Mars spacecraft to give it another lease of life. The Mission was facing imminent death as it was to face an eclipse during which dark shadows of Mars would block light to spacecraft's solar panel. After hours long remotely controlled execution which activated onboard t ... more
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter plays crucial role in search for landing sites

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China looks to Mars, Jupiter exploration
China's plans for deep-space exploration included two Mars missions and one Jupiter probe. China plans its first Mars probe by 2020, said Wu Yanhua, vice director of the China National Space Administration. A second Mars probe will bring back samples and conduct research on the planet's structure, composition and environment, Wu said. Also on the agenda are an asteroid explorat ... more
China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory

China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A

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NASA seeks partnerships with US companies to advance commercial space technologies
NASA is seeking partnerships with U.S. companies focused on industry-developed space technologies that can advance the commercial space sector and benefit future NASA missions through the "Announcement of Collaborative Opportunity (ACO)" solicitation released by NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD). NASA centers will partner with the companies that are awarded projects under ... more
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Big data for the universe
Astronomers at Lomonosov Moscow State University in cooperation with their French colleagues and with the help of citizen scientists have released "The Reference Catalog of galaxy SEDs" (RCSED), which contains value-added information about 800,000 galaxies. The catalog is accessible on the web and its description has been published in the Astrophysical Journal Supplement (impact factor - 11.257) ... more
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NASA finds planets of red dwarf stars may face oxygen loss in habitable zones
The search for life beyond Earth starts in habitable zones, the regions around stars where conditions could potentially allow liquid water - which is essential for life as we know it - to pool on a planet's surface. New NASA research suggests some of these zones might not actually be able to support life due to frequent stellar eruptions - which spew huge amounts of stellar material and radiatio ... more
Dwarf star 200 million light years away contains life's building blocks

Santa Fe Institute researchers look for life's lower limits

Dedicated Planet Imager Opens Its Eyes to Other Worlds

NASA receives science report on Europa lander concept
A report on the potential science value of a lander on the surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa has been delivered to NASA, and the agency is now engaging the broader science community to open a discussion about its findings. In early 2016, in response to a congressional directive, NASA's Planetary Science Division began a pre-Phase A study to assess the science value and engineering desig ... more
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Litter is piling up on the Arctic sea floor

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Splitfin flashlight fish uses bioluminescent light to illuminate plankton

U.S. Air Force, Boeing extend GPS sustainment pact
Boeing and the U.S. Air Force signed off on extending their partnership for sustaining the navigation capabilities of Global Positioning System satellites. Under the agreement, Boeing and the Air Force will support military and civilian uses for the GPS block IIA and IIF satellites for the next five years. Boeing has also been contracted to develop next-generation GPS platforms. ... more
India's Satnav Goes Out of Whack as Orbiting Atomic Clocks Break

NASA space radio could change how flights are tracked worldwide

ISRO to Launch Standby Navigation Satellite to Replace IRNSS-1A

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Complete Lunar-cy: The Earth Has Sprayed the Moon With Oxygen for Billennia
The Moon may be peppered with oxygen transmitted by life on Earth, according to a scientific study, opening up the possibility that the Earth's atmosphere of billions of years ago may be preserved on the present-day lunar surface. It has long been speculated that the Moon has been intermittently sprayed with the Earth's oxygen, with some researchers suggesting the nitrogen and noble gases ... more
Private Space Race Heats Up, Moon Landing Expected in Late 2017

LunaH-Map CubeSat to map the Moon's water deposits

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New research shows Ceres may have vanishing ice volcanoes
A recently discovered solitary ice volcano on the dwarf planet Ceres may have some hidden older siblings, say scientists who have tested a likely way such mountains of icy rock - called cryovolcanoes - might disappear over millions of years. NASA's Dawn spacecraft discovered Ceres's 4-kilometer (2.5-mile) tall Ahuna Mons cryovolcano in 2015. Other icy worlds in our solar system, like Pluto ... more
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What happened to the sun over 7,000 years ago?
An international team led by researchers at Nagoya University, along with US and Swiss colleagues, has identified a new type of solar event and dated it to the year 5480 BC; they did this by measuring carbon-14 levels in tree rings, which reflect the effects of cosmic radiation on the atmosphere at the time. They have also proposed causes of this event, thereby extending knowledge of how the sun ... more
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Astronomers Find Faintest Early Galaxies Yet, Probe How the Early Universe Lit Up
Astronomers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a new technique to discover the faintest galaxies yet seen in the early universe -10 times fainter than any previously seen. These galaxies will help astronomers probe a little-understood, but important period in cosmic history. Their new technique helps probe the time a billion years after the Big Bang, when the early, dark univers ... more
Protostar displays a strange geometry

New evidence in favor of dark matter

Pure iron grains are rare in the universe

A middleweight black hole is hiding at the center of a giant star cluster
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Measuring time without a clock

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Exploring the matter that filled the early universe



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