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March 13, 2017
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The Second Moon Race



Gerroa, Australia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The US and China are in an undeclared race back to the Moon. At first glance it's easy to dismiss China's efforts as being little more than what the US and Russia achieved decades ago. And while the pace of China's manned launches has been slow with over a year in many cases between launches; looks can be deceptive and China has achieved each critical step towards building a permanent space station within the next few years. Meanwhile, its overall space program builds out each critical element to ... read more

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
'Peter Pan' radio galaxies that may never grow up
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
A team of astronomers has doubled the number of known young, compact radio galaxies - galaxies powered by newly energized black holes. The improved tally will help astronomers understand the relatio ... more
VENUSIAN HEAT
NASA studying shared Venus science cbjectives with Russia
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
A team of NASA-sponsored scientists will meet with the Russian Academy of Sciences' Space Research Institute (IKI) next week to continue work on a Joint Science Definition Team study focused on iden ... more
SPACEMART
UK funding space entrepreneurs
London, UK (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The UK Space Agency has awarded just under 150,000 pounds to three business incubation centres across the UK which will support entrepreneurs and small companies in the space industry. The Age ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
Studying magnetic space explosions with NASA missions
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Every day, invisible magnetic explosions are happening around Earth, on the surface of the sun and across the universe. These explosions, known as magnetic reconnection, occur when magnetic field li ... more
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ROCKET SCIENCE
Designing new rocket engines that don't blow up
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The problem has haunted the space program since Apollo: the flame inside the rocket engine literally spirals out of control, producing forces that can cause the engine to explode. It's one of the re ... more
TECH SPACE
Orbiting in sunshine
Paris (ESA) Mar 13, 2017
Following three days of intensive work, mission control has declared the newly launched Sentinel-2B satellite fit and ready for commissioning. The 1100 kg Sentinel was launched on Tuesday atop a Veg ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Hubble dates black hole's last big meal
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
For the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy, it's been a long time between dinners. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has found that the black hole ate its last big meal about ... more
TECH SPACE
Cancer-Causing Radiation Biggest Threat to Humans on Deep Space Missions
Washington (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Researchers looking into the effects of deep space travel on the human body may have just discovered something that could jeopardize humankind's chances of a successfully colonizing Mars. With work ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
3D Pizza Printer to Feed Hungry Astronauts in Deep Space
Washington (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Has this ever happened to you? You're drifting through the vacuum of space, millions of miles from Earth, when suddenly you have a craving for pizza. To satisfy this probable demand, a startup has r ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Lonely Out in Space: Congressional Move to Scrap NASA-Russia Ties 'Unrealistic'
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Pointing to the adoption of an ambitious five-year program for the development of astronautics in the United States, US legislators urged NASA to abandon its cooperation with the Russian Federal Spa ... more


NASA Mars Orbiter Tracks Back-to-Back Regional Storms

MARSDAILY
Opportunity Driving South to Gully
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
Opportunity is located just outside the rim of Endeavour Crater, less than half a mile (700 meters) away from the next big science objective, a gully. The rover completed the last in-situ scie ... more
DRAGON SPACE
Long March-7 Y2 ready for launch of China's first cargo spacecraft
Wenchang, China (XNA) Mar 13, 2017
A Long March-7 Y2 carrier rocket arrived at a launch center in south China on Saturday in preparation for the launch of China's first cargo spacecraft next month. After about a week of ocean a ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Dark Matter Detection Receives 10-Ton Upgrade
Madison WI (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
In an abandoned gold mine one mile beneath Lead, South Dakota, the cosmos quiets down enough to potentially hear the faint whispers of the universe's most elusive material - dark matter. Shielded fr ... more
OUTER PLANETS
NASA Mission Named 'Europa Clipper'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
NASA's upcoming mission to investigate the habitability of Jupiter's icy moon Europa now has a formal name: Europa Clipper. The moniker harkens back to the clipper ships that sailed across the ... more

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Lonely Out in Space: Congressional Move to Scrap NASA-Russia Ties 'Unrealistic'
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Pointing to the adoption of an ambitious five-year program for the development of astronautics in the United States, US legislators urged NASA to abandon its cooperation with the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos by next year; RT quoted experts as saying that cooperation between the organizations would continue. Earlier this month, America's Congress supported a law that outlines a st ... more
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
New Plant Habitat Will Increase Harvest on International Space Station
Houston TX (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Keeping Liquids Off the Wall
Washington DC (VOA) Mar 09, 2017
Space Tourism and Business Looking Up
Designing new rocket engines that don't blow up
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The problem has haunted the space program since Apollo: the flame inside the rocket engine literally spirals out of control, producing forces that can cause the engine to explode. It's one of the reasons why some U.S. military and commercial satellite launches rely on Russian rocket engines to take them to space. Now, a team of researchers at the University of Michigan, Purdue University a ... more
Eglin AFB FL (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Space squadron supports record-breaking satellites launch
Cayenne (AFP) March 7, 2017
Europe launches fourth Earth monitoring satellite
San Francisco (AFP) March 5, 2017
Elon Musk: tech dreamer reaching for sun, moon and stars
Opportunity Driving South to Gully
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
Opportunity is located just outside the rim of Endeavour Crater, less than half a mile (700 meters) away from the next big science objective, a gully. The rover completed the last in-situ science measurements inside Endeavour Crater on Sol 4657 (Feb. 28, 2017). Because of constrained data volume, Sol 4658 (March 1, 2017), was a dedicated 'atmospheres' day, a sol of just low-data volu ... more
Boulder CO (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Paleolake deposits on Mars might look like sediments in Indonesia
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
NASA Mars Orbiter Tracks Back-to-Back Regional Storms
Berkeley CA (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
New evidence for a water-rich history on Mars
China Plans to Launch 1st Probe to Mars in Summer 2020
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 09, 2017
China is expected to launch its first probe satellite to Mars in July or in August 2020, local media reported Tuesday. The People's Daily newspaper reported citing Wan Weixing, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, responsible for Beijing's Mars exploration program would arrive to Mars after seven months of flight and would start sending information back in 2021. The med ... more
Wenchang, China (XNA) Mar 13, 2017
Long March-7 Y2 ready for launch of China's first cargo spacecraft
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 09, 2017
China Seeks Space Rockets Launched from Airplanes
Beijing (XNA) Mar 09, 2017
China to launch 6-8 latest navigation satellites in 2017
UK funding space entrepreneurs
London, UK (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The UK Space Agency has awarded just under 150,000 pounds to three business incubation centres across the UK which will support entrepreneurs and small companies in the space industry. The Agency is working with UK industry to deliver world-class science innovation support, in line with the Government's Industrial Strategy, which emphasises the importance of science, innovation and skills. ... more
New Delhi (Sputnik) Mar 07, 2017
ISRO Makes More Space for Private Sector Participation in Satellite Making
Kuwait (KUNA) Mar 09, 2017
Kuwait Space Agency - a pipedream or reality
Manchester, UK (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
How low can you go? New project to bring satellites nearer to Earth
Orbiting in sunshine
Paris (ESA) Mar 13, 2017
Following three days of intensive work, mission control has declared the newly launched Sentinel-2B satellite fit and ready for commissioning. The 1100 kg Sentinel was launched on Tuesday atop a Vega rocket from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Joining its orbiting twin, the new satellite will double the high-resolution coverage from the Sentinel-2 mission for the EU's Copernicus env ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
U.S. Naval Research Lab develops light, transparent armor
Washington (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Cancer-Causing Radiation Biggest Threat to Humans on Deep Space Missions
Washington (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Mikros contracted for U.S. Navy radar support systems
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Kepler Provides Another Peek at Ultra-cool Neighbor
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 09, 2017
On Feb. 22, astronomers announced that the ultra-cool dwarf star, TRAPPIST-1, hosts a total of seven Earth-size planets that are likely rocky, a discovery made by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in combination with ground-based telescopes. NASA's planet-hunting Kepler space telescope also has been observing this star since December 2016. Today these additional data about TRAPPIST-1 from Kepler ar ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Hunting for giant planet analogs in our own backyard
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Faraway Planet Systems Are Shaped Like the Solar System
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Biochemical 'fossil' shows how life may have emerged without phosphate
Juno Captures Jupiter Cloudscape in High Resolution
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 07, 2017
This close-up view of Jupiter captures the turbulent region just west of the Great Red Spot in the South Equatorial Belt, with resolution better than any previous pictures from Earth or other spacecraft. NASA's Juno spacecraft captured this image with its JunoCam citizen science instrument when the spacecraft was a mere 5,400 miles (8,700 kilometers) above Jupiter's cloudtops on Dec. 11, 2 ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
NASA Mission Named 'Europa Clipper'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 21, 2017
Juno to remain in current orbit at Jupiter
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 22, 2017
Europa Flyby Mission Moves into Design Phase
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Underwater mountains help ocean water rise from abyss
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
At high latitudes, such as near Antarctica and the Arctic Circle, the ocean's surface waters are cooled by frigid temperatures and become so dense that they sink a few thousand meters into the ocean's abyss. Ocean waters are thought to flow along a sort of conveyor belt that transports them between the surface and the deep in a never-ending loop. However, it remains unclear where the deep ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Why did rainfall over Asian inland plateau region undergo abrupt decrease around 1999
Stanford CA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Stanford biologists identify ancient stress response in corals
Sydney (AFP) March 9, 2017
Aussie lake turns vivid pink
DevOps process reduces GPS OCX development time for Raytheon
Los Angeles CA (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
Raytheon is closer to delivering next-generation capabilities for the U.S. Air Force-led Global Positioning System Operational Control System project. The company recently announced the completion of a major engineering milestone for the project, also referred to as GPS OCX. The work was conducted over a two-year period, and consisted of software development with a focus on cybersecurit ... more
Beijing (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
Police in China's restive Xinjiang to track cars by GPS
New Delhi (Sputnik) Feb 15, 2017
GLONASS station in India to expedite 'space centric' warfare command
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Australia and Lockheed field 2nd-Gen sat-based augmentation system
NASA finds missing LRO, Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiters
Washington (UPI) Mar 10, 2017
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said it has located its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft after disappearing for years. JPL said scientists found the spacecrafts orbiting the moon by using a new technological application found on ground-based interplanetary radar. "Finding LRO was relatively easy, as we were working with the mission's navigators a ... more
Washington (AFP) March 12, 2017
Under Trump, the Moon regains interest as possible destination
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 03, 2017
India's Moon Mission on 2018 Target, Says ISRO Chief
Houston TX (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
An Epic Lunar Experience Lands at Space Center Houston
Long-Lasting Cryovolcanism on Dwarf Planet Ceres
Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Among the most striking features on the surface of Ceres are the bright spots in the center of Occator crater, which stood out already as NASA's space probe Dawn approached the dwarf planet. Scientists under the leadership of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) have now for the first time determined the age of this bright material, which consists mainly of deposits of specia ... more
Mountain View CA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Warped Meteor Showers Hit Earth at All Angles
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Earth is bombarded at random
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 09, 2017
Dawn Identifies Age of Ceres' Brightest Area
Taking earth's inner temperature
Cape Cod MA (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
The temperature of Earth's interior affects everything from the movement of tectonic plates to the formation of the planet. A new study led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) suggests the mantle - the mostly solid, rocky part of Earth's interior that lies between its super-heated core and its outer crustal layer - may be hotter than previously believed. The new finding, published Mar ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 10, 2017
How Arctic weather can improve mid-latitude forecasts
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
NASA examines deadly spring-like weather with GPM satellite
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Flashy first images arrive from NOAA's GOES-16 lightning mapper
Solar storms trigger surprising phenomena close to Earth
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Eruptions on the Sun's surface send clouds of electrically charged particles towards Earth, producing solar storms that - among other things - can trigger the beautiful Northern Lights over the Arctic regions. But the storms may also have a strong impact on the efficiency of communication and navigation systems at high latitudes. It is therefore important to study the phenomena. New resear ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Studying magnetic space explosions with NASA missions
Copenhagen, Denmark (UPI) Mar 3, 2017
Solar storms remove electrons from large portions of Earth's atmosphere
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
First Solar Images from NOAA's GOES-16 Satellite
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Ancient Stardust Sheds Light on the First Stars
Munich, Germany (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Astronomers have used ALMA to detect a huge mass of glowing stardust in a galaxy seen when the universe was only four percent of its present age. This galaxy was observed shortly after its formation and is the most distant galaxy in which dust has been detected. This observation is also the most distant detection of oxygen in the universe. These new results provide brand-new insights into the bi ... more
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Dark Matter Detection Receives 10-Ton Upgrade
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Cosmic environments and their influence in star formation
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
New survey finds 'Peter Pan' radio galaxies that may never grow up
Hubble dates black hole's last big meal
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
For the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy, it's been a long time between dinners. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has found that the black hole ate its last big meal about 6 million years ago, when it consumed a large clump of infalling gas. After the meal, the engorged black hole burped out a colossal bubble of gas weighing the equivalent of millions of suns, which now ... more
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