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May 15, 2017
ROCKET SCIENCE
NASA Affirms Plan for First Mission of SLS, Orion



Washington DC (SPX) May 15, 2017
In February, NASA began an effort looking at the feasibility of putting crew aboard the first integrated flight of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft - Exploration Mission-1, or EM-1. After weighing the data and assessing all implications, the agency will continue pursuing the original plan for the first launch, as a rigorous flight test of the integrated systems without crew. However, engineers will apply insights gained from the effort to the first flight test and the integrated syste ... read more

ROCKET SCIENCE
Winners Announced for NASA, Orbital ATK Rocketry Challenge
Huntsville AL (SPX) May 15, 2017
For the first time in four years, a new team has won NASA's Student Launch, the agency's high-powered rocketry challenge, hosted by and held near NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, A ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
SSL satellite built for Bulgaria Sat arrives at Cape Canaveral for FOR falcon 9 launch
Palo Alto CA (SPX) May 15, 2017
Space Systems Loral (SSL),a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, has announced that the BulgariaSat-1 satellite, designed and built for Bulgaria Sat, an affiliate of Bul ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
'Awesomesauce,' proclaims US astronaut on historic spacewalk
Miami (AFP) May 12, 2017
So what is it like to float out into the vacuum of space? ... more
CHIP TECH
Refrigerator for quantum computers discovered
Espoo, Finland (SPX) May 12, 2017
Quantum physicist Mikko Mottonen and his team at Aalto University have invented a quantum-circuit refrigerator, which can reduce errors in quantum computing. The global race towards a functioning qu ... more
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EXO WORLDS
'Warm Neptune' Has Unexpectedly Primitive Atmosphere
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 15, 2017
A study combining observations from NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes reveals that the distant planet HAT-P-26b has a primitive atmosphere composed almost entirely of hydrogen and helium. L ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Fermi Satellite Observes Billionth Gamma Ray with LAT Instrument
Menlo Park, CA (SPX) May 15, 2017
Imagine you had superhero vision and could see a whole new world of fascinating phenomena invisible to the human eye. NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope gives astrophysicists analogous powers. I ... more
TECH SPACE
Hydrogen bonds directly detected for the first time
Basel, Switzerland (SPX) May 15, 2017
For the first time, scientists have succeeded in studying the strength of hydrogen bonds in a single molecule using an atomic force microscope. Researchers from the University of Basel's Swiss Nanos ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Mapping the Magnetic Bridge Between Our Nearest Galactic Neighbors
Toronto, Canada (SPX) May 15, 2017
For the first time, astronomers have detected a magnetic field associated with the Magellanic Bridge, the filament of gas stretching 75,000 light-years between the Milky Way Galaxy's nearest galacti ... more
IRON AND ICE
Oldest buckthorn fossilized flowers found in Argentina
Ithaca NY (SPX) May 15, 2017
Around 66 million years ago, at the end of the Cretaceous period, a giant asteroid crashed into the present-day Gulf of Mexico, leading to the extinction of the non-avian dinosaurs. How plants were ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Six-legged livestock - sustainable food production
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) May 15, 2017
Identifying areas of particular high impact is an important step to improving the environmental sustainability of production systems. Insects have been heralded as the foods of the future - and now ... more


What goes down, must come up: Stirring things up in the Earth's mantle

ICE WORLD
Negribreen on the move
Paris (ESA) May 15, 2017
Rapid acceleration of an Arctic glacier over the past year has been detected by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites. Sitting on Norway's Spitsbergen island in the Svalbard archipelago, the Ne ... more
FARM NEWS
Novel use of satnav saves precious water
Paris (ESA) May 15, 2017
Water conservation is a growing concern globally, and particularly for farmers in the USA, where decades of irrigating huge fields has depleted vital resources of fresh surface water and groundwater ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Hubble catches a galaxy duo by the 'hare'
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 15, 2017
This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the unusual galaxy IRAS 06076-2139, found in the constellation Lepus (The Hare). Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) and Advanced Camera for ... more
EXO WORLDS
Primitive Atmosphere Found Around 'Warm Neptune'
Exeter UK (SPX) May 15, 2017
A pioneering new study uncovering the 'primitive atmosphere' surrounding a distant world could provide a pivotal breakthrough in the search to how planets form and develop in far-flung galaxies. ... more



Six-legged livestock - sustainable food production
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) May 15, 2017
Identifying areas of particular high impact is an important step to improving the environmental sustainability of production systems. Insects have been heralded as the foods of the future - and now the first study to measure the environmental impacts and identify hotspots associated with commercial insect production has been published. Cricket farming can be a sustainable way to produce an ... more
Miami (AFP) May 12, 2017
'Awesomesauce,' proclaims US astronaut on historic spacewalk
Houston TX (SPX) May 09, 2017
External commercial ISS platform starts second mission
Washington DC (SPX) May 08, 2017
NASA Receives Proposals for Future Solar System Mission
Testing Prepares NASA's Space Launch System for Liftoff
Hampton VA (SPX) May 11, 2017
The world's most powerful rocket - NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) - may experience ground wind gusts of up to 70 mph as it sits on the launch pad before and during lift off for future missions. Understanding how environmental factors affect the rocket will help NASA maintain a safe and reliable distance away from the launch tower during launch. SLS model testing in NASA Langley Research ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 15, 2017
NASA Affirms Plan for First Mission of SLS, Orion
Huntsville AL (SPX) May 15, 2017
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Palo Alto CA (SPX) May 15, 2017
SSL satellite built for Bulgaria Sat arrives at Cape Canaveral for FOR falcon 9 launch
Opportunity Reaches 'Perseverance Valley'
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 12, 2017
Opportunity has arrived at the top of "Perseverance Valley" on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The next step on Sol 4720 (May 4, 2017), was a short approach of 39 feet (12 meters) to the northern end of the "spillway" that overtops into Perseverance. From this vantage point, the rover has been engaged in multiple-sol collection of extensive Panoramic Camera (Pancam) panoramas all around the r ... more
Providence RI (SPX) May 12, 2017
Ancient Mars impacts created tornado-like winds that scoured surface
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 08, 2017
Seasonal Flows in Valles Marineris
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 05, 2017
NASA Rover Curiosity Samples Active Linear Dune on Mars
A cabin on the moon? China hones the lunar lifestyle
Beijing (XNA) May 12, 2017
While it remains unclear exactly how long China's first lunar explorers will spend on the surface, the country is already planning for longer stays. Eight Chinese volunteers will live in "Yuegong-1," a simulated space "cabin" in Beijing for the next year, strengthening China's knowledge and technical know-how, and helping the country's scientists understand exactly what will be required fo ... more
Beijing (AFP) May 11, 2017
China tests 'Lunar Palace' as it eyes moon mission
Beijing (XNA) May 01, 2017
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Beijing (Sputnik) May 01, 2017
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AIA report outlines policies needed to boost the US Space Industry competitiveness
Arlington, VA (SPX) May 09, 2017
The Aerospace Industries Association, supported by research and analysis provided by the consulting firm Bryce Space and Technology, released a report highlighting the growing importance of the U.S. domestic space industry to our nation's economic vitality and security. The report: "Engine for Growth: Analysis and Recommendations for U.S. Space Industry Competitiveness," recommends specifi ... more
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Hydrogen bonds directly detected for the first time
Basel, Switzerland (SPX) May 15, 2017
For the first time, scientists have succeeded in studying the strength of hydrogen bonds in a single molecule using an atomic force microscope. Researchers from the University of Basel's Swiss Nanoscience Institute network have reported the results in the journal Science Advances. Hydrogen is the most common element in the universe and is an integral part of almost all organic compounds. M ... more
Strathclyde UK (SPX) May 09, 2017
Space radiation reproduced in the lab for better, safer missions
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
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Durham NC (SPX) May 10, 2017
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Taking the pulse of an ocean world
Tempe AZ (SPX) May 10, 2017
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Pasadena CA (JPL) May 15, 2017
'Warm Neptune' Has Unexpectedly Primitive Atmosphere
Toronto, Canada (SPX) May 11, 2017
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University Park PA (SPX) May 10, 2017
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Waves of lava seen in Io's largest volcanic crater
Berkeley CA (SPX) May 11, 2017
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Washington DC (Sputnik) May 08, 2017
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Robots may bring reef relief
Newark, DE (SPX) May 09, 2017
A study authored by University of Delaware Professor Art Trembanis and colleagues reveals new details about deep sea reefs - known as mesophotic reefs - near the island of Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean. While coral reefs worldwide are in decline, the waters surrounding Bonaire comprise a marine park known as a scuba "diver's paradise" because it contains some of the most well-preserved co ... more
Miami (AFP) May 10, 2017
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Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
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Boulder CO (SPX) May 15, 2017
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2 SOPS says goodbye to GPS satellite
Schriever AFB CO (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
At 25-years old, Global Positioning System Satellite Vehicle Number 27 completed its time in orbit before the 2nd Space Operations Squadron said goodbye via final command and disposal here April 18. SVN 27 was launched in 1992, meaning it performed more than triple its design life of 7.5 years. "The most interesting thing about this process for me, was the ability to do some experimentatio ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
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Paris (ESA) Apr 10, 2017
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Managua (AFP) April 7, 2017
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Winning plans for CubeSats to the Moon
Paris (ESA) May 12, 2017
If you could fly a CubeSat to the Moon, what could such a tiny satellite do there? ESA posed this question - and now four proposals will be studied in more detail for possible flight over the coming decade. These miniature missions variously involve probing lunar radiation, surveying the radio sky over the far side of the Moon, mapping minerals and frozen gases within shadowed craters, and ... more
Paris (ESA) May 04, 2017
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Tempe AZ (SPX) May 02, 2017
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Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 27, 2017
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Caltech: Chemical Engineer Explains Oxygen Mystery on Comets
Pasadena CA (SPX) May 09, 2017
A Caltech chemical engineer who normally develops new ways to fabricate microprocessors in computers has figured out how to explain a nagging mystery in space - why comets expel oxygen gas, the same gas we humans breathe. The discovery that comets produce oxygen gas - also referred to as molecular oxygen or O2 - was announced in 2015 by researchers studying the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasime ... more
Ithaca NY (SPX) May 15, 2017
Oldest buckthorn fossilized flowers found in Argentina
New York NY (SPX) May 08, 2017
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Washington DC (UPI) May 8, 2017
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Pasadena CA (JPL) May 09, 2017
A new analysis of 15 years of NASA satellite cloud measurements finds that clouds worldwide show no definitive trend during this period toward decreasing or increasing in height. The new study updates an earlier analysis of the first 10 years of the same data that suggested cloud heights might be getting lower. Clouds are both Earth's cooling sunshade and its insulating blanket. Currently ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 10, 2017
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New Haven, CT (SPX) May 15, 2017
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Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 09, 2017 Our ever-changing sun continuously shoots solar material into space. The grandest such events are massive clouds that erupt from the sun, called coronal mass ejections, or CMEs. These solar storms often come first with some kind of warning - the bright flash of a flare, a burst of heat or a flurry of solar energetic particles. But another kind of storm has ... more
San Antonio TX (SPX) May 05, 2017
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Hubble catches a galaxy duo by the 'hare'
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 15, 2017
This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the unusual galaxy IRAS 06076-2139, found in the constellation Lepus (The Hare). Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) and Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) instruments observed the galaxy from a distance of 500 million light-years. This particular object stands out from the crowd by actually being composed of two separate galaxies ru ... more
Lawrence KS (SPX) May 12, 2017
Research increases distance at which supernova would spark mass extinctions on Earth
Charlotteville VA (SPX) May 11, 2017
Telescopes team up for dramatic new look at the crab nebula
Toronto, Canada (SPX) May 15, 2017
Mapping the Magnetic Bridge Between Our Nearest Galactic Neighbors
Astronomers Pursue Renegade Supermassive Black Hole
Boston MA (SPX) May 12, 2017
Supermassive holes are generally stationary objects, sitting at the centers of most galaxies. However, using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes, astronomers recently hunted down what could be a supermassive black hole that may be on the move. This possible renegade black hole, which contains about 160 million times the mass of our Sun, is located in an elliptic ... more
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Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) May 12, 2017
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