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May 16, 2017
ROCKET SCIENCE
Mining the moon for rocket fuel to get us to Mars



Pasadena CA (The Conversation) May 16, 2017
Forty-five years have passed since humans last set foot on an extraterrestrial body. Now, the moon is back at the center of efforts not only to explore space, but to create a permanent, independent space-faring society. Planning expeditions to Earth's nearest celestial neighbor is no longer just a NASA effort, though the U.S. space agency has plans for a moon-orbiting space station that would serve as a staging ground for Mars missions in the early 2030s. The United Launch Alliance, a joint ventur ... read more

ROCKET SCIENCE
SpaceX launches Inmarsat communications satellite
Miami (AFP) May 16, 2017
SpaceX on Monday launched a communications satellite for Inmarsat, marking its first launch for the London-based mobile broadband company. ... more
EXO WORLDS
New 'styrofoam' planet provides tools in search for habitable planets
Bethlehem PA (SPX) May 16, 2017
Fifth-graders making styrofoam solar system models may have the right idea. Researchers at Lehigh University have discovered a new planet orbiting a star 320 light years from Earth that has the dens ... more
MARSDAILY
Mars Rover Opportunity Begins Study of Valley's Origin
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 16, 2017
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached the main destination of its current two-year extended mission - an ancient fluid-carved valley incised on the inner slope of a vast crater's rim ... more
TIME AND SPACE
What drives the accelerating expansion of the universe
Vancouver, Canada (SPX) May 16, 2017
UBC physicists may have solved one of nature's great puzzles: what causes the accelerating expansion of our universe? PhD student Qingdi Wang has tackled this question in a new study that trie ... more
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EXO WORLDS
Variable Winds on Hot Giant Exoplanet Help Study of Magnetic Field
Tucson AZ (SPX) May 16, 2017
Senior Scientist Tamara M. Rogers of the Planetary Science Institute has discovered that substantial variability in the winds on the hot giant exoplanet HAT-P-7b are due to magnetism, and used those ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
UNH researcher identifies key differences in solar wind models
Durham NH (SPX) May 16, 2017
The challenge of predicting space weather, which can cause issues with telecommunications and other satellite operations on Earth, requires a detailed understanding of the solar wind (a stream of ch ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Ice Particles in Earth's Atmosphere Create Bright Flashes Seen from Space
Washington DC (SPX) May 16, 2017
The homeward-facing instrument on NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory, or DSCOVR, launched in 2015, caught hundreds of these flashes over the span of a year. NASA's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Cam ... more
IRON AND ICE
Twisting an Asteroid
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 16, 2017
Scientists and engineers from all over the world will gather from 15 to 19 May in Tokyo, Japan, at the 5th Planetary Defence Conference (PDC) to discuss the threat posed by asteroids and comets. ... more
IRON AND ICE
The Aerospace Corporation leads Asteroid Impact Exercise at IAA in Tokyo
El Segundo CA (SPX) May 16, 2017
Dr. William Ailor, Aerospace Fellow at The Aerospace Corporation (Aerospace), will lead a realistic asteroid impact threat exercise at the 2017 International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Planetary ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
How satellite data led to a breakthrough for Lake Erie toxic algal blooms
Washington DC (SPX) May 16, 2017
With the growing frequency and magnitude of toxic freshwater algal blooms becoming an increasingly worrisome public health concern, Carnegie scientists Jeff Ho and Anna Michalak, along with colleagu ... more


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SPACEWAR
Space Wars? Moscow Seeking 'Qualitative Parity' With Washington - US Intel Chief
Moscow (Sputnik) May 12, 2017
Russia is attempting to modernize its nuclear and conventional weapons systems as well as its asymmetric capabilities in order to reach qualitative parity with the United States, Director of Nationa ... more
EARLY EARTH
Jurassic drop in ocean oxygen lasted a million years
Exeter UK (SPX) May 15, 2017
Dramatic drops in oceanic oxygen, which cause mass extinctions of sea life, come to a natural end - but it takes about a million years. The depletion of oxygen in the oceans is known as "anoxi ... more
ICE WORLD
Oversized landforms discovered beneath the Antarctic ice sheet
Brussels, Belgium (SPX) May 15, 2017
Former ice sheets occupying Scandinavia and North America left numerous landforms on today's surface that witness of their hydrological system underneath them. However, most landforms have, so far, ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Unpolarized single-photon generation with true randomness from diamond
Sendai, Japan (SPX) May 16, 2017
The Tohoku University research group of Professor Keiichi Edamatsu and Postdoctoral fellow Naofumi Abe has demonstrated dynamically and statically unpolarized single-photon generation using diamond. ... more



'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? "Ginormous fondue pot, bubbling over with piping hot awesomesauce," said American astronaut Jack Fischer as he embarked on his first-ever spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Friday. The comments by Fischer, 43, were carried live on NASA television as he and his colleague Peggy Whitson, 57, made the 200th spacewal ... more
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) May 15, 2017
Six-legged livestock - sustainable food production
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
SpaceX launches Inmarsat communications satellite
Miami (AFP) May 16, 2017
SpaceX on Monday launched a communications satellite for Inmarsat, marking its first launch for the London-based mobile broadband company. The Inmarsat-5 F4 satellite, built by Boeing, blasted off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 7:21 pm (2321 GMT). "We've had confirmation of spacecraft separation," said a SpaceX commentator about 30 minutes after launch, signaling ... more
Hampton VA (SPX) May 11, 2017
Testing Prepares NASA's Space Launch System for Liftoff
Seoul (AFP) May 15, 2017
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Washington DC (SPX) May 15, 2017
NASA Affirms Plan for First Mission of SLS, Orion
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 16, 2017
Mars Rover Opportunity Begins Study of Valley's Origin
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 08, 2017
Seasonal Flows in Valles Marineris
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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Allied Minds' portfolio company BridgeSat raises $6 million in Series A financing
Boston, MA (SPX) May 08, 2017
Allied Minds reports its portfolio company BridgeSat, Inc. has completed a $6 million Series A funding round, including participation from Space Angels, an early stage investment group comprising experts in the Space 2.0 field. The fundraise was completed at a pre-money valuation of $15 million, up from the previous valuation of $7 million. BridgeSat is reinventing satellite communication ... more
Arlington, VA (SPX) May 09, 2017
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San Diego CA (SPX) May 05, 2017
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McLean VA (SPX) May 04, 2017
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"Airbus Friedrichshafen: new satellite hub lays groundwork for the future"
Friedrichshafen, Germany (SPX) May 16, 2017
With the ceremonial laying of the foundation stone for the new Integrated Technology Centre (ITC), Airbus marks the commencement of the intensive construction phase for its new euro 43 million satellite hub. The ultra-modern building, for the development and integration of satellites, will enable the Friedrichshafen site to handle future satellite requirements. The ITC, featuring complex ... more
Orlando FL (SPX) May 15, 2017
Physics may bring faster solutions for tough computational problems
Washington DC (SPX) May 16, 2017
A bath for precision printing of 3-D silicone structures
Houghton, MI (SPX) May 16, 2017
Physical keyboards make virtual reality typing easier
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'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. Located about 437 light-years away, HAT-P-26b orbits a star roughly twice as old as the Sun. The analysis is one of the most detailed studies to date of a "warm Neptune," or a planet that is Nept ... more
Toronto, Canada (SPX) May 11, 2017
Astrophysicists find that planetary harmonies around TRAPPIST-1 save it from destruction
University Park PA (SPX) May 10, 2017
Two Webb instruments well suited for detecting exoplanet atmospheres
Tucson AZ (SPX) May 16, 2017
Variable Winds on Hot Giant Exoplanet Help Study of Magnetic Field
Waves of lava seen in Io's largest volcanic crater
Berkeley CA (SPX) May 11, 2017
Taking advantage of a rare orbital alignment between two of Jupiter's moons, Io and Europa, researchers have obtained an exceptionally detailed map of the largest lava lake on Io, the most volcanically active body in the solar system. On March 8, 2015, Europa passed in front of Io, gradually blocking out light from the volcanic moon. Because Europa's surface is coated in water ice, it reflects v ... more
Washington DC (Sputnik) May 08, 2017
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Boulder CO (SPX) May 02, 2017
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Charlottesville VA (SPX) Apr 13, 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
East Lansing MI (SPX) May 16, 2017
Fish should figure in to fate of nation's aging dams
Atescatempa, Guatemala (AFP) May 15, 2017
Dying Guatemala lake underlines climate change threat
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) May 16, 2017
Teleconnection between the tropical Pacific and Antarctica
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
Researchers working toward indoor location detection
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
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
Printing bricks from moondust using the Sun's heat
Tempe AZ (SPX) May 02, 2017
NASA selects ASU's ShadowCam for moon mission
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 27, 2017
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Twisting an Asteroid
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 16, 2017
Scientists and engineers from all over the world will gather from 15 to 19 May in Tokyo, Japan, at the 5th Planetary Defence Conference (PDC) to discuss the threat posed by asteroids and comets. This bi-annual conference, organized by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) will discuss actions that might be taken to deflect an incoming object. At the first conference on asteroid i ... more
El Segundo CA (SPX) May 16, 2017
The Aerospace Corporation leads Asteroid Impact Exercise at IAA in Tokyo
Ithaca NY (SPX) May 15, 2017
Oldest buckthorn fossilized flowers found in Argentina
Pasadena CA (SPX) May 09, 2017
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How satellite data led to a breakthrough for Lake Erie toxic algal blooms
Washington DC (SPX) May 16, 2017
With the growing frequency and magnitude of toxic freshwater algal blooms becoming an increasingly worrisome public health concern, Carnegie scientists Jeff Ho and Anna Michalak, along with colleagues, have made new advances in understanding the drivers behind Lake Erie blooms and their implications for lake restoration. The work is published in two related studies. Using data from NASA's ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 09, 2017
Is Climate Changing Cloud Heights? Too Soon to Say
Washington DC (SPX) May 16, 2017
Ice Particles in Earth's Atmosphere Create Bright Flashes Seen from Space
New Haven, CT (SPX) May 15, 2017
In measuring gas exchange between water and air, size matters
UNH researcher identifies key differences in solar wind models
Durham NH (SPX) May 16, 2017
The challenge of predicting space weather, which can cause issues with telecommunications and other satellite operations on Earth, requires a detailed understanding of the solar wind (a stream of charged particles released from the sun) and sophisticated computer simulations. Research done at the University of New Hampshire has found that when choosing the right model to describe the solar ... more
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San Antonio TX (SPX) May 05, 2017
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Greenbelt MD (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
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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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What drives the accelerating expansion of the universe


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