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March 15, 2017
ROCKET SCIENCE
Kennedy's Multi-User Spaceport Streamlines Commercial Launches



Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
In the past, launch pads were used almost exclusively for government missions. To support a growing private sector space economy, NASA's Kennedy Space Center has transformed to a multi-user spaceport capable of handling the needs of a variety of companies from launch processing through recovery. NASA, the FAA, and Air Force Space Command provide diverse launch operations, government and commercial, enabled by the Commercial Space Launch Act. These agencies are working together to simplify the step ... read more

SPACE TRAVEL
Fly me to the Moon: Russia seeks new cosmonauts
Moscow (AFP) March 14, 2017
Russia's space agency on Tuesday announced a recruitment drive for young would-be cosmonauts who it hopes will become the country's first on the Moon. And women are welcome, an official stressed. ... more
EXO WORLDS
Could fast radio bursts be powering alien probes
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The search for extraterrestrial intelligence has looked for many different signs of alien life, from radio broadcasts to laser flashes, without success. However, newly published research suggests th ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
New material helps record data with light
Saint Petersburg, Russia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Russian physicists with their colleagues from Europe through changing the light parameters, learned to generate quasiparticles - excitons, which were fully controllable and also helped to record inf ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
ECLSS Put to the Test for Commercial Crew Missions
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Extensive evaluations are underway on the life support systems vital to successful flight tests as NASA prepares to return human spaceflight to the United States. One of the most intensely studied s ... more
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MARSDAILY
Mars Rover Tests Driving, Drilling and Detecting Life in Chile's High Desert
Moffett Field Ca (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Due to its extreme dryness, the Atacama Desert in Chile is one of the most important environments on Earth for researchers who need to approximate the conditions of Mars. Working in 90-plus-de ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Giant Magellan Telescope will answer mnay major questions
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), which is currently being built in Chile, is poised to answer essential questions about the universe, according to the newly appointed president of the organizatio ... more
IRON AND ICE
Cryovolcanism on Dwarf Planet Ceres
Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Mar 15, 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. Scientis ... more
SUPERPOWERS
NATO head says more defence spending 'essential' to US ties
Brussels (AFP) March 13, 2017
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Monday told allies to boost defence spending, as demanded by US President Donald Trump, if they want to preserve crucial transatlantic defence ties. ... more
SATURN DAILY
Farewell to Mimas
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 15, 2017
In its season of "lasts," NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its final close approach to Saturn's moon Mimas on January 30, 2017. At closest approach, Cassini passed 25,620 miles (41,230 kilometers) fro ... more
TIME AND SPACE
The formation of supermassive black holes in the very early universe
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Observations in the past decade have demonstrated that extremely massive supermassive black holes were already in place when the Universe was less than 800 million years old. Supermassive black hole ... more


Cassini Sees Heat Below the Icy Surface of Enceladus

SPACE TRAVEL
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 whi ... more
TECH SPACE
MIPT physicists predict the existence of unusual optical composites
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Physicists from MIPT have predicted the existence of transparent composite media with unusual optical properties. Using graphics card based simulations, scientists studied regular volume structures ... more
TECH SPACE
New application of the selective laser melting method
Saint-Petersburg, Russia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Scientists of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) and Delft University of Technology developed a technology for obtaining new metal structures by selective laser melting me ... more
ROBO SPACE
Songs that make robots cry
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Music, more than any art, is a beautiful mix of science and emotion. It follows a set of patterns almost mathematically to extract feelings from its audience. Machines that make music focus on these ... more

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Visions of the Future: Planetary Exploration Through 2050
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
When you're in the business of unlocking the secrets of the universe, making plans 40 years in advance doesn't seem like a stretch. That's why hundreds of visionaries from planetary science, astrophysics, engineering, and other disciplines came together last week at NASA headquarters to break conceptual ground on humanity's future in space. Now is an especially important time to be having ... more
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Campaign Tests Parachutes Designed to Provide Astronauts a Soft Landing
Houston TX (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Keeping Liquids Off the Wall
Paris (ESA) Mar 13, 2017
International space docking standard updated
Kennedy's Multi-User Spaceport Streamlines Commercial Launches
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
In the past, launch pads were used almost exclusively for government missions. To support a growing private sector space economy, NASA's Kennedy Space Center has transformed to a multi-user spaceport capable of handling the needs of a variety of companies from launch processing through recovery. NASA, the FAA, and Air Force Space Command provide diverse launch operations, government and co ... more
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Designing new rocket engines that don't blow up
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
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
Moffett Field Ca (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Mars Rover Tests Driving, Drilling and Detecting Life in Chile's High Desert
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
NASA Mars Orbiter Tracks Back-to-Back Regional Storms
Boulder CO (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Paleolake deposits on Mars might look like sediments in Indonesia
China Develops Spaceship Capable of Moon Landing
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Chinese state media is reporting that the country's space program has developed a craft capable of both landing on the moon and flying in low-Earth orbit. The new spacecraft is claimed to be able to accommodate multiple astronauts, according to spaceship engineer Zhang Bainian, who Science and Technology Daily cited as comparing the forthcoming ship to the Orion craft currently in developm ... 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 07, 2017
Riding an asteroid: China's next space goal
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
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Kymeta and Intelsat announce new service to revolutionize how satellite services are purchased
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
MIPT physicists predict the existence of unusual optical composites
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Physicists from MIPT have predicted the existence of transparent composite media with unusual optical properties. Using graphics card based simulations, scientists studied regular volume structures composed of two dielectrics with close parameters, and found that the optical properties of these structures differ from both those of natural crystals and artificial periodic composites, which are cu ... more
Paris (ESA) Mar 13, 2017
Orbiting in sunshine
Saint-Petersburg, Russia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
New application of the selective laser melting method
Washington (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Scientists develop new surface finishing for 3D-printing
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
Light From An Ultra-Cool Neighbor
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
This animation shows the amount of light detected by each pixel in a small section of the camera onboard NASA's Kepler space telescope. The light collected from TRAPPIST-1, an ultra-cool dwarf star approximately 40 light-years from Earth, is at the center of the image. Not directly visible in the movie are the seven Earth-size planets that orbit TRAPPIST-1. ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Could fast radio bursts be powering alien probes
Cambridge, UK (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Enzyme-free krebs cycle may have been key step in origin of life on Earth
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 09, 2017
Kepler Provides Another Peek at Ultra-cool Neighbor
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 oceans of Earth in the 19th century. Clipper ships were streamlined, three-masted sailing vessels renowned for their grace and swiftness. These ships rapidly shuttled tea and other goods back and for ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 07, 2017
Juno Captures Jupiter Cloudscape in High Resolution
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
Boaty McBoatface prepares for first Antarctic mission
Hobart, Australia (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Boaty McBoatface, which received its unusual moniker in an online poll last year, is about to embark on its maiden voyage to conduct scientific research. The British National Environment Research Council in March 2016 invited voters in an online poll to name the $290 million scientific polar research ship last year. The RRS Boaty McBoatface was the top choice with 27,000 votes, 3,000 mo ... more
Sydney (AFP) March 10, 2017
Australia sees second year of Barrier Reef bleaching
Maiduguri, Nigeria (AFP) March 13, 2017
Nigeria water shortages hit Boko Haram displaced
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 15, 2017
Could Leftover Heat from Last El Nino Fuel a New One
Technology can reduce GPS outages from Northern Lights, researchers say
London (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Scientists studying the Northern Lights say they think their research will lead to new technology to reduce outages from satellite navigation systems. Researchers at the University of Bath in England found for the first time that turbulence does not take place within the Northern Lights and instead that unknown mechanisms are responsible for the outages of Global Navigation Satellite Sy ... more
Los Angeles CA (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
DevOps process reduces GPS OCX development time for Raytheon
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
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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
Tempe AZ (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Sun Devils working for a chance to induce photosynthesis on our lunar neighbor
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
Cryovolcanism on Dwarf Planet Ceres
Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Mar 15, 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 special ... more
Mountain View CA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Warped Meteor Showers Hit Earth at All Angles
Onna, Japan (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Mechanism underlying size-sorting of rubble on asteroid Itokawa revealed
Zurich (UPI) Mar 7, 2017
Earth is bombarded at random, crater study shows
How Arctic weather can improve mid-latitude forecasts
Washington (UPI) Mar 10, 2017
During the second week of February in 2015, the meandering jet stream slipped steadily southward, pulling down icy fingers of Arctic air. In Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 15 was the coldest day in 21 years, and record daily lows were recorded from the Great Lakes across the Eastern Seaboard. Nicknamed winter storm Neptune, the blizzard halted traffic with snowfall up to 2 feet, and winds in excess of 50 ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Additional Arctic weather data raises forecast accuracy of Japan cold waves
Cape Cod MA (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Taking earth's inner temperature
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
NASA examines deadly spring-like weather with GPM satellite
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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New material helps record data with light
Saint Petersburg, Russia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Russian physicists with their colleagues from Europe through changing the light parameters, learned to generate quasiparticles - excitons, which were fully controllable and also helped to record information at room temperature. These particles act as a transitional form between photons and electrons so the researchers believe that with excitons, they will be able to create compact optoelec ... more
Madison WI (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Dark Matter Detection Receives 10-Ton Upgrade
San Francisco CA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Bevy of quasars boosts understanding of galaxies' origins
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Iota Orionis: Pulsating beacon of a constellation
The formation of supermassive black holes in the very early universe
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Observations in the past decade have demonstrated that extremely massive supermassive black holes were already in place when the Universe was less than 800 million years old. Supermassive black holes found at the centres of galaxies typically have masses of millions up to even billions of solar masses, whereas the black holes formed in the collapse of massive stars have masses around 5-20 solar ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Hubble dates black hole's last big meal
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Streamlining the measurement of phonon dispersion
Ames IA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Researchers propose technique for measuring weak or nonexistent magnetic fields


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