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February 14, 2017
IRON AND ICE
NASA's OSIRIS-REx Begins Earth-Trojan Asteroid Search



Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
A NASA spacecraft begins its search Thursday for an enigmatic class of near-Earth objects known as Earth-Trojan asteroids. OSIRIS-REx, currently on a two-year outbound journey to the asteroid Bennu, will spend almost two weeks searching for evidence of these small bodies. Trojan asteroids are trapped in stable gravity wells, called Lagrange points, which precede or follow a planet. OSIRIS-REx is currently traveling through Earth's fourth Lagrange point, which is located 60 degrees ahead in Earth's ... read more

EXO WORLDS
Astronomy team finds more than 100 exoplanet candidates
An international team of astronomers has released the largest ever compilation of exoplanet-detecting observations made using a technique called the radial velocity method. By making the data public ... more
MARSDAILY
Opportunity passes 44 kilometers of surface travel after 13 years
Opportunity is located on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover is making progress towards the next major scientific objective, the gully less than a kilometer south of the current location. ... more
SPACEMART
Why it's time for Australia to launch its own space agency
Any nation that hopes to have a space program needs to be able to keep an eye on its orbiting assets at all times. This means that Australia has become a key link in the global chain of ground-based ... more
GPS NEWS
UK may lose access to EU Galileo GPS system after Brexit
The United Kingdom may be cut off the new EU global positioning system (GPS) Galileo, which has been developed with active participation of British companies, and will have to hold separate negotiat ... more
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NASA Gives the Webb Telescope a Shakedown
Scientists and engineers had many challenges in designing the components of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope and then had to custom design and build ways to test it. Because of the sheer size and s ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
HSE experts investigate how order emerges from chaos
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Australia and Lockheed field 2nd-Gen sat-based augmentation system
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EARTH OBSERVATION
Blue jets studied from Space Station
For years, their existence has been debated: elusive electrical discharges in the upper atmosphere that sport names such as red sprites, blue jets, pixies and elves. Reported by pilots, they are dif ... more
EXO WORLDS
Possibility of Silicon-Based Life Grows
Science fiction has long imagined alien worlds inhabited by silicon-based life, such as the rock-eating Horta from the original Star Trek series. Now, scientists have for the first time shown that n ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Quest to settle riddle over Einstein's theory may soon be over
Astronomy experiments could soon test an idea developed by Albert Einstein almost exactly a century ago, scientists say. Tests using advanced technology could resolve a longstanding puzzle over what ... more


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IRON AND ICE
Asteroid resembles dungeons and dragons dice
Radar images of asteroid 2017 BQ6 were obtained on Feb. 6 and 7 with NASA's 70-meter (230-foot) antenna at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California. They reveal an irregular, an ... more
MISSILE NEWS
Turkey developing long-range ballistic missile
Turkey is constructing its first long-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile system, the country's government disclosed. ... more
TECH SPACE
Orbit Logic Software to be used for BridgeSat Laser Comm Scheduling
Orbit Logic has announced that BridgeSat has awarded Orbit Logic a contract to provide software for its optical ground telescope network to plan laser communication contacts with satellites using it ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
NASA-Led Campaign Studies Hawaii's Iconic Volcanoes
Kilauea Volcano on the island of Hawaii is one of Earth's most active volcanoes, drawing scientists and tourists alike from all over the world to study and witness its spectacular displays of nature ... 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
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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
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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter plays crucial role in search for landing sites

China looks to Mars, Jupiter exploration
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China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory

China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A

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Why it's time for Australia to launch its own space agency
Any nation that hopes to have a space program needs to be able to keep an eye on its orbiting assets at all times. This means that Australia has become a key link in the global chain of ground-based tracking stations. The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has a deep space tracking facility at Tidbinbilla in the ACT, managed by the CSIRO, and the European Space Agency (ESA) ... 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 light years away contains life's building blocks

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NASA receives science report on Europa lander concept
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Study: Deep-sea mining causes long-lasting ecological damage

Australia and Lockheed field 2nd-Gen sat-based augmentation system
Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signals are critical tools for industries requiring exact precision and high confidence. Now, Geoscience Australia, an agency of the Commonwealth of Australia, and Lockheed Martin have entered into a collaborative research project to show how augmenting signals from multiple GNSS constellations can enhance positioning, navigation, and timing for a range ... more
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Complete Lunar-cy: The Earth Has Sprayed the Moon With Oxygen for Billennia
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Asteroid resembles dungeons and dragons dice
Radar images of asteroid 2017 BQ6 were obtained on Feb. 6 and 7 with NASA's 70-meter (230-foot) antenna at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California. They reveal an irregular, angular-appearing asteroid about 660 feet (200 meters) in size that rotates about once every three hours. The images have resolutions as fine as 12 feet (3.75 meters) per pixel. "The radar images ... more
NASA's OSIRIS-REx Begins Earth-Trojan Asteroid Search

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