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March 16, 2017
ROCKET SCIENCE
SpaceX launches EchoStar XXIII comms satellite into orbit



Washington (AFP) Mar 16, 2017
SpaceX on Thursday successfully launched a communications satellite into space from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The company's Falcon 9 rocket blasted off at 2 am (0600 GMT) carrying the EchoStar XXIII, a commercial communications satellite for EchoStar Corporation. The satellite will be place in orbit more that 35,000 kilometers above the earth and provide telecommunications service to Brazil, SpaceX said. However SpaceX said it will not attempt to land Falcon 9's first stage ... read more

EARLY EARTH
Early Earth had a hazy, methane-filled atmosphere
College Park MD (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
More than 2.4 billion years ago, Earth's atmosphere was inhospitable, filled with toxic gases that drove wildly fluctuating surface temperatures. Understanding how today's world of mild climates and ... more
ICE WORLD
A perfect storm of fire and ice may have led to snowball Earth
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
What caused the largest glaciation event in Earth's history, known as 'snowball Earth'? Geologists and climate scientists have been searching for the answer for years but the root cause of the pheno ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
'Going deep' to measure Earth's rotational effects
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Researchers in Italy hope to measure Earth's rotation using a laser-based gyroscope housed deep underground, with enough experimental precision to reveal measurable effects of Einstein's general the ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
New research on northern lights will improve satellite navigation accuracy
Bath, UK (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Researchers at the University of Bath have gained new insights into the mechanisms of the Northern Lights, providing an opportunity to develop better satellite technology that can negate outages cau ... more
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AEROSPACE
NASA Study Confirms Biofuels Reduce Jet Engine Pollution
Hampton VA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Using biofuels to help power jet engines reduces particle emissions in their exhaust by as much as 50 to 70 percent, in a new study conclusion that bodes well for airline economics and Earth's envir ... more
EXO WORLDS
Gigantic Jupiter-type planet reveals insights into how planets evolve
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
UCLA, Carnegie Institution astrophysicists get rare peek at a baby solar system 300 light-years away An enormous young planet approximately 300 light-years from Earth has given astrophysicists ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Distant galaxies are dominated by gas and stars so where is the Dark Matter
Munich, Germany (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
New observations of rotating galaxies at the peak epoch of galaxy formation, 10 billion years ago, surprisingly show that these massive, star-forming galaxies are completely dominated by baryonic or ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Scientists identify a black hole choking on stardust
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Data suggest black holes swallow stellar debris in bursts. In the center of a distant galaxy, almost 300 million light years from Earth, scientists have discovered a supermassive black hole that is ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
The end of a star or a supernova impostor
Granada, Spain (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Massive stars end their lives in supernova explosions, highly energetic events that can be as luminous as the entire starlight from their host galaxies. However, there are events called "supernova i ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Radiation from nearby galaxies helped fuel first monster black holes
New York NY (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
The appearance of supermassive black holes at the dawn of the universe has puzzled astronomers since their discovery more than a decade ago. A supermassive black hole is thought to form over billion ... more


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SPACEMART
A Consolidated Intelsat and OneWeb
McLean VA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Earlier this week, our parent company Intelsat announced a merger with OneWeb that will transform the satellite industry. The companies announced an agreement in which Intelsat and OneWeb will merge ... more
EXO WORLDS
Mutants in Microgravity
Houston TX (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Bacteria may mutate more rapidly in space and scientists theorize patterns of those mutations could help predict how pathogens become resistant to antibiotics. Such predictions could, in turn, be us ... more
AEROSPACE
No obstacles for airports using satellites
Paris (ESA) Mar 15, 2017
Thanks to ESA, airports can now use satellites to identify and manage obstacles that could pose a risk to flight safety. Of the 48 000 airports around the globe, only about a quarter can allow aircr ... more
MISSILE NEWS
India test fires BrahMos Extended Range missile
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Indian defense researchers completed a test launch with the BrahMos Extended Range Missile in a move industry partners praised as a milestone for the program. ... more

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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
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SpaceX launches EchoStar XXIII comms satellite into orbit
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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-degree heat in arguably the driest place on Earth, the team behind NASA's Atacama Rover Astrobiology Drilling Studies, or ARADS, project just completed its second season of tests. The project aims to sh ... more
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Opportunity Driving South to Gully
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
NASA Mars Orbiter Tracks Back-to-Back Regional Storms
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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
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London, UK (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
UK funding space entrepreneurs
New Delhi (Sputnik) Mar 07, 2017
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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
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New application of the selective laser melting method
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Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Dramatic improvement in surface finishing of 3-D printing
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Light From An Ultra-Cool Neighbor
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
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Mutants in Microgravity
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NASA Mission Named 'Europa Clipper'
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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
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Seawater threat to California Central Coast aquifers
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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
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Sun Devils working for a chance to induce photosynthesis on our lunar neighbor
Tempe AZ (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Unlocking humanity's future as an interplanetary species is no simple feat. But students at Arizona State University and the Central University of Tamil Nadu in India are up for the challenge. The international collaboration is vying for a chance to induce photosynthesis on the moon. "Photosynthesis is the basis of all life," said Jonathon Barkl, a physics and economics major in the Colleg ... more
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NASA finds missing LRO, Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiters
Washington (AFP) March 12, 2017
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Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 03, 2017
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Cryovolcanism on Dwarf Planet Ceres
Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
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'Going deep' to measure Earth's rotational effects
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
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New research on northern lights will improve satellite navigation accuracy
Bath, UK (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Researchers at the University of Bath have gained new insights into the mechanisms of the Northern Lights, providing an opportunity to develop better satellite technology that can negate outages caused by this natural phenomenon. Previous research has shown that the natural lights of the Northern Lights - also known as or Aurora Borealis - interfere with Global Navigation Satellite Systems ... more
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Studying magnetic space explosions with NASA missions
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Solar storms trigger surprising phenomena close to Earth
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Solar storms remove electrons from large portions of Earth's atmosphere
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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
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