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March 20, 2017
ROCKET SCIENCE
SpaceX cargo ship returns to Earth



Washington (AFP) March 20, 2017
A SpaceX reusable cargo ship splashed down in the Pacific Ocean safely on Sunday, ending a mission to supply astronauts on the International Space Station, the company said. The Dragon capsule - the only such vessel capable of returning research samples and other material to Earth - remained docked with the ISS for nearly a month after delivering more than two tonnes of food, water and scientific equipment for NASA on February 23. Before its departure, the crew loaded the cargo ship with old e ... read more

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
USRA awarded NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy contract
Columbia MA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Universities Space Research Association (USRA), headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, has been awarded a contract to provide NASA with science and mission operations support for its Stratospheric Obs ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
Cornell's FOTON studies 'space weather' to improve satellite communication
Ithaca NY (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Cornell University engineers have developed a new piece of technology to study charged particles in the plasma of space, on the edge of Earth's atmosphere - known as "space weather." These particles ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
NASA says goodbye to a Pathfinder Earth Satellite after 17 years
by Kasha Patel for GSFC News
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 17, 2017 The first to map active lava flows from space. The first to measure a facility's methane leak from space. The first to track re-growth in a partially logged Amazon f ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
NASA's Webb Telescope Ghostly 'Lights Out' Inspection
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
What happens when the lights are turned out in the enormous clean room that currently houses NASA's James Webb Space Telescope? The technicians who are inspecting the telescope and its expansive gol ... more
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ICE WORLD
NASA's ICESat-2 to Provide More Depth to Sea Ice Forecasts
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
In March, the Arctic sea ice pack is supposed to reach its greatest extent - but this year it's far below average, off by an area about the size of Texas and New Mexico combined. Satellite observati ... more
UAV NEWS
Progress Toward an Ability to Recover Unmanned Aerial Vehicles on the Fly
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
DARPA recently completed Phase 1 of its Gremlins program, which envisions volleys of low-cost, reusable unmanned aerial systems (UASs)-or "gremlins"-that could be launched and later retrieved in mid ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
N. Korea's Kim hails engine test as 'new birth' for rocket industry
Seoul (AFP) March 19, 2017
North Korea has tested a powerful new rocket engine, state media said Sunday, with leader Kim Jong-Un hailing the successful test as a "new birth" for the nation's rocket industry. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
CRUST adds new layer of defense against earthquakes and tsunamis
London, UK (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
The first computer model to simulate the whole chain of events triggered by offshore mega subduction earthquakes could reduce losses to life and property caused by disasters like the huge earthquake ... more
RAY GUNS
U.S. Army demos laser weapon with Stryker vehicle
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
U.S. Army personnel demonstrated combat capabilities using a Stryker armored vehicle integrated with a MEHEL laser weapon. ... more
RAY GUNS
Lockheed Martin designs future U.S. Army laser vehicle
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
Lockheed Martin has completed its designs, development and demonstrations for a 60 kW-class laser defense system to be delivered to the U.S. Army. ... more


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UAV NEWS
FAA Approval Could Mean Big Things for UAS Adoption
McLean VA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
arlier this year there was an announcement that could usher in a new era for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the United States. The Northern Plains UAS Test Site in North Dakota became the first ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
First public data released by hyper suprime-cam Subaru Strategic Program
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
The first massive data set of a "cosmic census" has been released using the largest digital camera on the Subaru Telescope. With its beautiful images now available for the public at large, figuring ... more
UAV NEWS
Rakuten and AirMap announce joint venture to bring unmanned traffic management platform to Japan
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Rakuten and AirMap have announced the launch of a joint venture, Rakuten AirMap, Inc. The joint venture will provide Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) solutions to drone operators and airspace manag ... more
TECTONICS
Earth's first example of recycling - its own crust!
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Rock samples from northeastern Canada retain chemical signals that help explain what Earth's crust was like more than 4 billion years ago, reveals new work from Carnegie's Richard Carlson and Jonath ... more

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Aiming Higher: High School Students Build Flight Hardware Bound for Space
Huntsville AL (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Students at an Alabama high school have done so well in a NASA program that they are now making parts for use on the International Space Station. For more than 50 years, NASA has sponsored programs to get students interested in the aerospace industry. One program called HUNCH - High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware - challenges students to use machining, welding and other skills ... more
Miami (AFP) March 16, 2017
Trump's budget would cut NASA asteroid mission, earth science
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Student Scientists Select Menu for Astronauts
Moscow (AFP) March 14, 2017
Fly me to the Moon: Russia seeks new cosmonauts
SpaceX cargo ship returns to Earth
Washington (AFP) March 20, 2017
A SpaceX reusable cargo ship splashed down in the Pacific Ocean safely on Sunday, ending a mission to supply astronauts on the International Space Station, the company said. The Dragon capsule - the only such vessel capable of returning research samples and other material to Earth - remained docked with the ISS for nearly a month after delivering more than two tonnes of food, water and sci ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Hitting the brakes at Alpha Centauri
Seoul (AFP) March 19, 2017
N. Korea's Kim hails engine test as 'new birth' for rocket industry
Washington (AFP) Mar 16, 2017
SpaceX launches EchoStar XXIII comms satellite into orbit
ExoMars: science checkout completed and aerobraking begins
Paris (ESA) Mar 17, 2017
The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has completed another set of important science calibration tests before a year of aerobraking gets underway. The mission was launched a year ago this week, and has been orbiting the Red Planet since 19 October. During two dedicated orbits in late November, the science instruments made their first calibration measurements since arriving at Mars. The latest test ... 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
Opportunity Driving South to Gully
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
NASA Mars Orbiter Tracks Back-to-Back Regional Storms
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
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 in a share-for-share transaction, with Japan's SoftBank Group agreeing to invest $1.7 billion in the combined company. This agreement has the potential of creating a space industry leader in bo ... more
London, UK (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
UK funding space entrepreneurs
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
The strangeness of slow dynamics
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
In a recent article published in Physical Review Letters (PRL 118, 117202 (2017)), researchers from the Nanomagnetism group at nanoGUNE reported so-far unknown anomalies near dynamic phase transitions (DPTs). Such anomalies do not exist in corresponding thermodynamic phase transitions (TPTs), and thus, they constitute a distinct difference between DPTs and TPTs, even though their equivalen ... more
Toulouse, France (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Airbus ships first high-power all-electric EUTELSAT 172B satellite to Kourou for Eutelsat
Nuremberg, Germany (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Using lasers to create ultra-short pulses
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Next-gen steel under the microscope
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Fossil or inorganic structure? Scientists dig into early life forms
Tallahassee FL (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
An international team of researchers discovered that inorganic chemicals can self-organize into complex structures that mimic primitive life on Earth. Florida State University Professor of Chemistry Oliver Steinbock and Professor Juan Manuel Garcia-Ruiz of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (Spanish National Research Council) in Granada, Spain published an article in Wedne ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Visualizing debris disk "roller derby" to understand planetary system evolution
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Gigantic Jupiter-type planet reveals insights into how planets evolve
Utrecht, Netherlands (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Operation of ancient biological clock uncovered
ESA's Jupiter mission moves off the drawing board
Paris (ESA) Mar 17, 2017
Demanding electric, magnetic and power requirements, harsh radiation, and strict planetary protection rules are some of the critical issues that had to be tackled in order to move ESA's Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer - Juice - from the drawing board and into construction. Scheduled for launch in 2022, with arrival in the Jovian system in 2029, Juice will spend three-and-a-half years examining ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
NASA Mission Named 'Europa Clipper'
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
Diving with the sharks
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Swimming with metaphorical sharks is one thing, but actually getting into the water with the razor-toothed ocean predators? Crazy, right? Not according to the masses of shark-obsessed scuba divers who travel great distances - and pay big money - to get face time with the giant fish. A multimillion-dollar global industry is constructed around the promise of doing just that: cage diving with ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
Hawaiian biodiversity began declining before humans arrived
Geneva (AFP) March 14, 2017
Syria regime bombed Damascus water source: UN
Paris (AFP) March 15, 2017
Great Barrier Reef may never recover from bleaching: study
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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Team Indus To Send Seven Experiments To The Moon Including Three From India
Bengaluru, India (IANS) Mar 17, 2017
Seven teams, including three from India, have qualified for the country's first private moon mission in December, space technology start-up TeamIndus said on Wednesday. "Teams Callisto, Ears and Kalpana from India, Space4Life from Italy, Lunadome from Britain, Killa Lab from Peru and Regolith Revolution from the US have qualified to fly their experiments to the lunar surface in our spacecr ... more
Tempe AZ (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Sun Devils working for a chance to induce photosynthesis on our lunar neighbor
Washington (UPI) Mar 10, 2017
NASA finds missing LRO, Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiters
Washington (AFP) March 12, 2017
Under Trump, the Moon regains interest as possible destination
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
NASA Satellite Identifies Global Ammonia 'Hotspots'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 17, 2017
The first global, long-term satellite study of airborne ammonia gas has revealed "hotspots" of the pollutant over four of the world's most productive agricultural regions. The results of the study, conducted using data from NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite, could inform the development of strategies to control pollution from ammonia and ammonia bypro ... more
by Kasha Patel for GSFC News
NASA says goodbye to a Pathfinder Earth Satellite after 17 years
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
15 years of GRACE: Satellite mission flies thrice its planned time
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Relativistic Electrons Uncovered with NASA's Van Allen Probes
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
Ithaca NY (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Cornell's FOTON studies 'space weather' to improve satellite communication
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Studying magnetic space explosions with NASA missions
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Solar storms trigger surprising phenomena close to Earth
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USRA awarded NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy contract
Columbia MA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Universities Space Research Association (USRA), headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, has been awarded a contract to provide NASA with science and mission operations support for its Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) program. The contract covers a 5-year base period followed by six two year options for a total of approximately $514 million. The period of performance be ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
First public data released by hyper suprime-cam Subaru Strategic Program
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
NASA's Webb Telescope Ghostly 'Lights Out' Inspection
Munich, Germany (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Distant galaxies are dominated by gas and stars so where is the Dark Matter
Star discovered in closest known orbit around black hole
East Lansing, MI (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Astronomers have found evidence for a star that whips around a black hole about twice an hour. This may be the tightest orbital dance ever witnessed for a black hole and a companion star. Michigan State University scientists were part of the team that made this discovery, which used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory as well as NASA's NuSTAR and the Australia Telescope Compact Array. The clo ... more
New York NY (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Radiation from nearby galaxies helped fuel first monster black holes
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Scientists identify a black hole choking on stardust
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Streamlining the measurement of phonon dispersion


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