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April 16, 2017
IRON AND ICE
Large asteroid to hurtle past Earth on April 19



Paris (AFP) April 14, 2017
An asteroid as big as the Rock of Gibraltar will streak past Earth on April 19 at a safe but uncomfortably close distance, according to astronomers. "Although there is no possibility for the asteroid to collide with our planet, this will be a very close approach for an asteroid this size," NASA said in a statement. Dubbed 2014-JO25 and roughly 650 metres (2,000 feet) across, the asteroid will come within 1.8 million kilometres (1.1 million miles) of Earth, less than five times the distance to th ... read more

AEROSPACE
Aviation poised for 'third revolution': Airbus boss
Amsterdam (AFP) April 12, 2017
The aerospace industry is on the brink of a "third revolution" and Airbus boss Tom Enders is determined his giant company will play a leading role in its future. ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
New map reveals Earth's magnetic field in high resolution
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
An international team of researchers have created a high-resolution map of Earth's lithospheric magnetic field. Scientists created the map using a wealth of new data collected by the European Space Agency's Swarm satellites. ... more
MARSDAILY
Mars spacecraft's first missions face delays, NASA says
Washington (AFP) April 14, 2017
NASA will probably delay the first two missions of its Orion deep-space capsule, being developed to send astronauts beyond earth's orbit and eventually to Mars, the US space agency said on Thursday. ... more
MARSDAILY
France, Japan aim to land probe on Mars moon
Paris (AFP) April 13, 2017
France and Japan want to recover pieces of a Martian Moon and bring them back to Earth, the head of France's National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) said Thursday. ... more
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SATURN DAILY
Saturn moon has necessary conditions to harbor life: NASA
Washington (AFP) April 13, 2017
An ice-encrusted moon orbiting Saturn appears to have the conditions necessary for life, NASA announced Thursday, unveiling new findings made by its unmanned Cassini spacecraft. ... more
SPACEWAR
Lockheed Martin Debuts System to Protect Space Assets
Colorado Springs CO (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
A growing number of satellite system owners and operators need new capabilities to protect their assets and missions in space. To address this need, Lockheed Martin has introduced iSpace - int ... more
MISSILE DEFENSE
BAE Systems to develop U.S. space, missile defense tech
Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017
BAE Systems received a contract to research and develop new space and missile defense technologies for the U.S. Army, the company announced Wednesday. ... more
MILTECH
Russia to modernize weaponry for Crimea, Arctic forces
Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017
The Kremlin plans to modernize weaponry and equipment issued to Russian forces in Crimea and the Arctic regions. ... more
SPACEMART
Airbus and Intelsat team up for more capacity
McLean VA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
We have entered a strategic alliance with Airbus Defence and Space that will give our customers access to the X and UHF frequency bands using the Skynet satellite constellation, increasing our capab ... more
EARLY EARTH
First oceans may have been acidic
Rehovot, Israel (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
One way to understand how ocean acidity can change, for example, in response to rising carbon dioxide (CO2) levels, is to look to the history of seawater acidity. Dr. Itay Halevy of the Weizmann Ins ... more


The earliest animals were marine jellies

IRON AND ICE
Could a Colorado earthquake have been triggered by dinosaur extinction impact?
San Francisco CA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Researchers have found signs of fault displacement at well-known rock outcrops in Colorado that mark the end-Cretaceous asteroid impact that may have hurried the extinction of the dinosaurs. They wi ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Proton-nuclei smashups yield clues about 'quark gluon plasma'
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Findings from Rice University physicists working at Europe's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) are providing new insight about an exotic state of matter called the "quark-gluon plasma" that occurs when pr ... more
CARBON WORLDS
Diamonds coupled using quantum physics
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Diamonds with minute flaws could play a crucial role in the future of quantum technology. For some time now, researchers at TU Wien have been studying the quantum properties of such diamonds, but on ... more
ENERGY TECH
Controlling electron spin for efficient water splitting
Rehovot, Israel (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Water is made of oxygen and hydrogen, and splitting water molecules to produce hydrogen for fuel is a promising path for alternative energy. One of the main obstacles to making hydrogen production a ... more

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Two Russians, one American land back on Earth from ISS
Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan (AFP) April 10, 2017
Two Russian cosmonauts and a US astronaut touched down safely in central Kazakhstan Monday following a 173-day mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS). "Touchdown confirmed," said a commentator on NASA Television, describing it as a "textbook" landing. NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough was accompanied by Russian space agency cosmonauts Sergei Ryzhikov and Andrei Borisenko in ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
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Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 10, 2017
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Rio De Janeiro (Sputnik) Apr 10, 2017
No Roscosmos plans to send space tourists to ISS before 2020
Dream Chaser to use Europe's next-generation docking system
Paris (ESA) Apr 10, 2017
ESA and a team of European industrial contractors led by QinetiQ have finalised an agreement with Sierra Nevada Corporation for the use of Europe's International Berthing Docking Mechanism on the Dream Chaser spaceplane. The Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Dream Chaser is being developed as a reusable, lifting-body, multimission spacecraft capable of landing at commercial airports or space ... more
Sweden, Kiruna (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Europe's largest sounding rocket launched from Esrange
Washington (AFP) April 6, 2017
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Washington DC (Sputnik) Apr 06, 2017
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Mars spacecraft's first missions face delays, NASA says
Washington (AFP) April 14, 2017
NASA will probably delay the first two missions of its Orion deep-space capsule, being developed to send astronauts beyond earth's orbit and eventually to Mars, the US space agency said on Thursday. A report by NASA's Office of Inspector General cited technical as well as budget challenges. The first launch of the Orion spacecraft atop the planned Space Launch System, or SLS - set to be ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 12, 2017
Opportunity Mars rover on the way to Perseverance Valley
Paris (AFP) April 13, 2017
France, Japan aim to land probe on Mars moon
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
NASA's MAVEN reveals Mars has metal in its atmosphere
Yuanwang fleet to carry out 19 space tracking tasks in 2017
Nanjing (XNA) Mar 31, 2017
Yuanwang space tracking ships, which follows the progress of satellites and other space-bound craft, will carry out 19 maritime space monitoring missions in 2017, according to the maritime satellite measurement and control authority on Wednesday. Yuanwang-5 left port Wednesday and Yuanwang-6 started its journey Monday. Yuanwang-7 and the rocket transporting fleet will set sail in Apr ... more
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
China Develops Spaceship Capable of Moon Landing
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
Airbus and Intelsat team up for more capacity
McLean VA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
We have entered a strategic alliance with Airbus Defence and Space that will give our customers access to the X and UHF frequency bands using the Skynet satellite constellation, increasing our capabilities and services in the Asia Pacific region. "This new partnership will enable Intelsat General to offer Skynet services to their already strong existing customer base," said Richard Frankli ... more
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Commercial Space Operators To Canada: "We're Here, and We can Help"
McLean VA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Antenna Innovation Benefits the Government Customer
Colorado Springs CO (Sputnik) Apr 10, 2017
Ukraine in talks with ESA to become member
Humans to Mars Official NASA Goal, But What About Radiation
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Human exploration of Mars is now an official goal of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Last month, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a bill to increase NASA's budget. The law sets spending at $19.5 billion for the 12-month period starting on October 1, 2017. Congress will need to approve the money. And for the first time, the NASA budget adds human exploration of M ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Recent advances and new insights into quantum image processing
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
NASA Fellow studies new heatshield-making technique
Colorado Springs CO (Sputnik) Apr 10, 2017
China Considering Cooperation With Russia on Space Debris
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The earliest animals were marine jellies
Nashville TN (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
When cartoonist and marine-biology teacher Steve Hillenburg created SpongeBob SquarePants in 1999, he may have backed the wrong side of one of the longest-running controversies in the field of evolutionary biology. For the last decade, zoologists have been battling over the question, "What was the oldest branch of the animal family tree?" Was it the sponges, as they had long thought, or wa ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
Scientists look for life's building blocks in outer space
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 13, 2017
Earth-Sized 'Tatooine' Planets Could Be Habitable
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Distantly related fish find same evolutionary solution to dark water
ALMA investigates 'DeeDee,' a distant, dim member of our solar system
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers have revealed extraordinary details about a recently discovered far-flung member of our solar system, the planetary body 2014 UZ224, more informally known as DeeDee. At about three times the current distance of Pluto from the Sun, DeeDee is the second most distant known trans-Neptunian object (TNO) with a confirmed ... more
Laurel MD (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
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Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Hubble spots auroras on Uranus
Leicester, UK (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Cold' Great Spot discovered on Jupiter
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Into the DNA of a coral reef predator
Onna, Japan (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
The Crown-of-Thorns Starfish - or COTS - is a familiar sight for scuba divers in tropical waters: the starfish, resembling the biblical that gave it its name, swarms over coral reefs around the world in huge spawning and destructive events. In the modern era, COTS were first reported in 1957 from the very shores in front of OIST, in the village of Onna-son, Okinawa where it is locally known as " ... more
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Guinea seizes shark fins from Chinese ships
Amherst MA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
New England's glacial upland soils provide major groundwater storage reservoir
Durham NC (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Catch shares slow the 'race to fish'
Galileo's search and rescue service in the spotlight
Paris (ESA) Apr 10, 2017
Europe's Galileo satnav network does more than let us find our way - it is also helping to save lives. Today sees a spotlight cast on Galileo's Search and Rescue service, which pinpoints people in distress on land or sea. The service is Europe's contribution to the Cospas-Sarsat international satellite-based locating system that has helped to rescue more than 42 000 people since 1982 - the ... more
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Russia inaugurates GPS-type satellite station in Nicaragua
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Beijing (XNA) Apr 04, 2017
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NASA Scientists Find Dynamo at Lunar Core May Have Formed Magnetic Field
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
The moon no longer has a magnetic field, but NASA scientists are publishing new research that shows heat from crystallization of the lunar core may have driven its now-defunct magnetic field some 3 billion years ago. Magnetized lunar rocks returned to Earth during the Apollo missions established that the moon once had a magnetic field. The moon's magnetic field lasted for more than a billi ... more
Providence RI (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
How a young-looking lunar volcano hides its true age
Paris (ESA) Mar 27, 2017
Surviving the long dark night of the Moon
Bengaluru, India (IANS) Mar 17, 2017
Team Indus To Send Seven Experiments To The Moon Including Three From India
Could a Colorado earthquake have been triggered by dinosaur extinction impact?
San Francisco CA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Researchers have found signs of fault displacement at well-known rock outcrops in Colorado that mark the end-Cretaceous asteroid impact that may have hurried the extinction of the dinosaurs. They will present their results in a poster at the 2017 Seismological Society of America's (SSA) Annual Meeting. Norm Sleep of Stanford University and colleagues suggest that the impact, which occurred ... more
Paris (AFP) April 14, 2017
Large asteroid to hurtle past Earth on April 19
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 10, 2017
Asteroid to fly safely past Earth on April 19
Paris (ESA) Apr 07, 2017
Rosetta's intimate portrait of a comet: read all about it
New map reveals Earth's magnetic field in high resolution
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
An international team of researchers have created a high-resolution map of Earth's lithospheric magnetic field. Scientists created the map using a wealth of new data collected by the European Space Agency's Swarm satellites. "Magnetic fields have been measured in space by satellites for the last 50 years, but it is the measurement of magnetic 'gradients' from the three Swarm satellites ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 12, 2017
Solar Storms Can Drain Electrical Charge Above Earth
Beijing, China (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Climate change to increase severe aircraft turbulence
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
NASA's High-Altitude Plane Takes to the Sky for GOES-16 Field Campaign
Hawaii-built Infrared Instrument for World's Largest Solar Telescope Catches its First Rays
Honolulu HI (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST), currently under construction on Haleakala, Maui, is expected to start observing the Sun in 2020. When it does, it will rely on two complex infrared instruments being built by the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy (IfA). Their goal is to measure the Sun's weak magnetic field. The first of these to be completed is called the Cryogenic ... more
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Charting the skies of history
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Discovery of a source of fast magnetic reconnection
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 02, 2017
Waves on sun give NASA new insight into space weather forecasting
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WHAM Brings Milky Way's Ionized Hydrogen into Focus
Madison WI (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Like a lot of pioneering science, the Wisconsin H-Alpha Mapper (WHAM) got its start as the shoestring project of a curious young researcher. Sawing a hole in the ceiling of an office at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Physical Sciences Laboratory in the late 1970s, astrophysicist Ron Reynolds pointed a specially built spectrometer skyward for the first time and discovered a previously unkn ... more
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