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April 20, 2017
SPACE TRAVEL
Russian, American two-man crew reaches ISS



Baikonur, Kazakhstan (AFP) April 20, 2017
A Soyuz spacecraft carrying a Russian and an American reached the International Space Station Thursday, completing the first two-man flight to the ISS in over a decade. The Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft with veteran Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and NASA rookie Jack Fischer onboard successfully docked to the ISS at 1319 GMT, Russian space agency Roscosmos said. Manned launches to the ISS usually involve three crew members. But Roscosmos announced last year that in the near future only two co ... read more

DRAGON SPACE
China launches first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1
Wenchang, China (AFP) April 20, 2017
A Chinese rocket successfully sent the country's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, into space from the southern island province of Hainan Thursday. ... more
DRAGON SPACE
Tianzhou-1 space truck soars into orbit
Wenchang, China (Sputnik) Apr 21, 2017
Commenting on China launching its first cargo spacecraft on April 20, experts told Sputnik that the Tianzhou-1 cargo resupply spacecraft's characteristics are much more sophisticated than those of U ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Investigation on Space Station to test minimizing pressure of space travel
Cleveland OH (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Spacecraft rely on liquids for everything from fuel to life support systems for astronauts. Storing these liquids at the correct temperature and pressure is essential to prevent loss of fluids or fa ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
NASA Engages the Next Generation with HUNCH
Huntsville AL (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
NASA is making sure the next generation of high school graduates understand the variety of career paths that can lead to missions exploring space. In fact, hundreds of students are already helping N ... more
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ROCKET SCIENCE
45th SW supports Atlas V OA-7 launch
Cape Canaveral AFS, FL (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
The U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing supported NASA's successful launch of Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 here April 18 a ... more
IRON AND ICE
New study ranks hazardous asteroid effects from least to most destructive
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
If an asteroid struck Earth, which of its effects - scorching heat, flying debris, towering tsunamis - would claim the most lives? A new study has the answer: violent winds and shock waves are the m ... more
MARSDAILY
Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves 'Tribulation'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 20, 2017
NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is departing "Cape Tribulation," a crater-rim segment it has explored since late 2014, southbound for its next destination, "Perseverance Valley." The rover te ... more
IRON AND ICE
Landslides on Ceres Reflect Ice Content
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 20, 2017
As NASA's Dawn spacecraft continues exploring Ceres, evidence mounts that the enigmatic dwarf planet retains a significant amount of water ice. A new study in the journal Nature Geoscience adds to t ... more
IRON AND ICE
Close call: When asteroids whisk past Earth
Paris (AFP) April 19, 2017
A peanut-shaped asteroid 1.3 kilometres (3,280 feet) across streaked past Earth on Wednesday, giving astronomers a rare chance to check out a big space rock up close. ... more
IRON AND ICE
NASA images Asteroid 2014 JO25 using radar prior to flyby
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 20, 2017
Radar images of asteroid 2014 JO25 were obtained in the early morning hours on Tuesday, with NASA's 70-meter (230-foot) antenna at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California. The ... more


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MISSILE DEFENSE
South Korean missile interceptor in final development
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
A low-tier missile defense system is reportedly in the final phase of development by South Korea, a military official said earlier this week. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Human prejudices sneak into artificial intelligence systems
Princeton NJ (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
In debates over the future of artificial intelligence, many experts think of the new systems as coldly logical and objectively rational. But in a new study, researchers have demonstrated how machine ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Columbia engineers invent method to control light propagation in waveguides
New York NY (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
A team of Columbia Engineering researchers, led by Applied Physics Assistant Professor Nanfang Yu, has invented a method to control light propagating in confined pathways, or waveguides, with high e ... more
INTERNET SPACE
SAVI camera ditches long lens for distant images
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
A unique camera that can capture a detailed micron-resolution image from a distance uses a laser and techniques that borrow from holography, microscopy and "Matrix"-style bullet time. A protot ... more

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Orbital ATK launches cargo to space station
Miami (AFP) April 18, 2017
An unmanned Orbital ATK cargo ship rocket packed with food and supplies for the astronauts living at the International Space Station blasted off Tuesday from a NASA launch pad. The barrel-shaped Cygnus spacecraft, nestled atop a white Atlas V rocket, soared into the blue sky over Cape Canaveral, Florida at 11:11 am (1511 GMT). "Liftoff of the Atlas V rocket with Cygnus and the S.S. John ... more
Baikonur, Kazakhstan (AFP) April 20, 2017
Russian, American two-man crew reaches ISS
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 19, 2017
Soyuz-FG rocket to be installed at Baikonur on April 17
Huntsville AL (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
NASA Engages the Next Generation with HUNCH
45th SW supports Atlas V OA-7 launch
Cape Canaveral AFS, FL (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
The U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing supported NASA's successful launch of Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 here April 18 at 11:11 a.m. ET. The Atlas V rocket is carrying Cygnus cargo vessel OA-7, the S.S. John Glenn, on the seventh operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station in support of N ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 19, 2017
Russia and US woo Brazil, hope to use advantageous base for space launches
Astana (Sputnik) Apr 19, 2017
Creation of carrier rocket for Baiterek Space Complex to cost Russia $500Mln
Paris (ESA) Apr 10, 2017
Dream Chaser to use Europe's next-generation docking system
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
Paris (AFP) April 13, 2017
France, Japan aim to land probe on Mars moon
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 20, 2017
Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves 'Tribulation'
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
NASA's MAVEN reveals Mars has metal in its atmosphere
Ticking Boxes with Tianzhou
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Fairly soon, we can expect the launch of China's first cargo spaceship, Tianzhou 1. The Tianzhou module will fly from China's new spaceport on Hainan Island aboard a Long March 7 rocket. Tianzhou will dock with the uncrewed Tiangong 2 space laboratory, which is itself smaller than the cargo spacecraft that will soon visit it. Apart from testing the cargo spacecraft and its docking procedures, th ... more
Wenchang, China (AFP) April 20, 2017
China launches first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1
Wenchang, China (Sputnik) Apr 21, 2017
Tianzhou-1 space truck soars into orbit
Nanjing (XNA) Mar 31, 2017
Yuanwang fleet to carry out 19 space tracking tasks in 2017
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
Computers create recipe for two new magnetic materials
Durham NC (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Material scientists have predicted and built two new magnetic materials, atom-by-atom, using high-throughput computational models. The success marks a new era for the large-scale design of new magnetic materials at unprecedented speed. Although magnets abound in everyday life, they are actually rarities - only about five percent of known inorganic compounds show even a hint of magnetism. A ... more
Singapore (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
4-D printing gets simpler and faster
Paris (AFP) April 18, 2017
Space debris problem getting worse, say scientists
Dijon, France (AFP) April 18, 2017
France's Melenchon returns with campaigning hologram
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Evidence for Habitable Region Within Saturn's Moon Enceladus
San Antonio TX (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Scientists from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) have discovered hydrogen gas in the plume of material erupting from Saturn's moon Enceladus. Analysis of data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft indicates that the hydrogen is likely produced through chemical reactions between the moon's rocky core and warm water from its subsurface ocean. The SwRI-led team's discovery suggests that Enceladus' ocea ... more
Nashville TN (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
The earliest animals were marine jellies
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Distantly related fish find same evolutionary solution to dark water
Boston MA (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Potentially Habitable Super-Earth is a Prime Target for Atmospheric Study
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
Nap Time for New Horizons
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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General Atomics providing battery for semi-autonomous underwater vehicle
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
General Atomics has secured a contract to provide a battery to power the U.S. military's developing Semi-Autonomous Hydrographic Reconnaissance Vehicle. Under the contract, awarded Monday, General Atomics will supply its Lithium-ion Fault Tolerant battery system, also known as LiFT. The Semi-Autonomous Hydrographic Reconnaissance Vehicle, or SAHRV, is a project intended to develop a pla ... more
Sede Boqer, Israel (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
New membranes can remove viruses from drinking water
Karlovac, Croatia (AFP) April 19, 2017
Croatian rivers face hydroelectric peril
Athens GA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Migration from sea-level rise could reshape cities inland
Researchers working toward indoor location detection
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Rice University computer scientists are mapping a new solution for interior navigational location detection by linking it to existing sensors in mobile devices. Their results were presented in a paper at last month's 2017 Design, Automation and Test in Europe (DATE) Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland. Six months ago, the same researchers published a paper on their first technology for a n ... more
Paris (ESA) Apr 10, 2017
Galileo's search and rescue service in the spotlight
Managua (AFP) April 7, 2017
Russia inaugurates GPS-type satellite station in Nicaragua
Washington (UPI) Apr 7, 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
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NASA team explores using LISA Pathfinder as 'comet crumb' detector
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
LISA Pathfinder, a mission led by ESA (the European Space Agency) with contributions from NASA, has successfully demonstrated critical technologies needed to build a space-based observatory for detecting ripples in space-time called gravitational waves. Now a team of NASA scientists hopes to take advantage of the spacecraft's record-breaking sensitivity to map out the distribution of tiny dust p ... more
Paris (AFP) April 19, 2017
Close call: When asteroids whisk past Earth
Atlanta GA (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Landslides on Ceres reflect hidden ice
Paris (AFP) April 14, 2017
Large asteroid to hurtle past Earth on April 19
New Full-hemisphere Views of Earth at Night
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 17, 2017
NASA scientists are releasing new global maps of Earth at night, providing the clearest yet composite view of the patterns of human settlement across our planet. This composite image, one of three new full-hemisphere views, provides a view of the Americas at night. The clouds and sun glint - added here for aesthetic effect - are derived from MODIS instrument land surface and cloud cover products ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
New map reveals Earth's magnetic field in high resolution
Aurora CO (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Raytheon speeds delivery and secures satellite weather data
Denver CO (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
NOAA's GOES-S Satellite in Thermal Vacuum Testing
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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Penn researchers provide new insight into dark matter halos
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Research from the University of Pennsylvania could shed light on the distribution of one of the most mysterious substances in the universe. In the 1970s, scientists noticed something strange about the motion of galaxies. All the matter at the edge of spiral galaxies was rotating just as fast as material in the inner part of the galaxy. But according to the laws of gravity, objects on the outskir ... more
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New method can model chemistry in extreme magnetic fields of white dwarfs
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Hydrogen halo lifts the veil of our galactic home
New York NY (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Columbia engineers invent method to control light propagation in waveguides
Supermassive black holes found in 2 tiny galaxies
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Three years ago, a University of Utah-led team discovered that an ultra-compact dwarf galaxy contained a supermassive black hole, then the smallest known galaxy to harbor such a giant black hole. The findings suggested that the dwarfs were likely tiny leftovers of larger galaxies that were stripped of their outer layers after colliding into other, larger galaxies. Now, the same group of U ... more
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