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May 18, 2017
OUTER PLANETS
NASA asks science community for Europa Lander Instruments ideas



Washington DC (SPX) May 18, 2017
NASA is asking scientists to consider what would be the best instruments to include on a mission to land on Jupiter's icy moon, Europa. NASA Wednesday informed the science community to prepare for a planned competition to select science instruments for a potential Europa lander. While a Europa lander mission is not yet approved by NASA, the agency's Planetary Science Division has funding in Fiscal Year 2017 to conduct the announcement of opportunity process. "The possibility of placing ... read more

EARTH OBSERVATION
SFL signs contract with Dubai to build environmental monitoring satellite
Toronto, Canada (SPX) May 18, 2017
The Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) of Toronto reports it has signed of a new contract to provide Dubai-based Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) with a microsatellite for aerosol and greenhouse ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
First direct exploration of magnetic fields in the upper solar atmosphere
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 18, 2017
For the first time in the world, scientists have explored the magnetic field in the upper solar atmosphere by observing the polarization of ultraviolet light from the Sun. They accomplished this by ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
Space weather events linked to human activity
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 18, 2017
Our Cold War history is now offering scientists a chance to better understand the complex space system that surrounds us. Space weather - which can include changes in Earth's magnetic environment - ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Dem Senators call on Trump Admin to not cut NASA Education Progran funding
Washington DC (SPX) May 17, 2017
Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), co-chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, are leading a group of 32 Senators in a letter urging the Senate ... more
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MICROSAT BLITZ
Indian Student Builds World's Smallest Satellite For NASA
New Delhi (Sputnik) May 18, 2017
Rifath Shaarook, an 18-year-old student from the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, has built a satellite which weighs only 64 grams and will be launched by NASA next month. Shaarook won the co ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
One of first Soviet cosmonauts Gorbatko dies
Moscow (AFP) May 17, 2017
Soviet cosmonaut Viktor Gorbatko, a colleague of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, died Wednesday at the age of 82, Russia's space agency said. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Aerojet Rocketdyne tests 3D-printed rocket
Washington (UPI) May 17, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne has successfully tested a 3D-printed engine in a series of 17 experiments. The engine being tested is a liquid oxygen/kerosene, regenerative cooled, liquid rocket thrust chamber assembly design. ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Sandra Faber Receives $500,000 Gruber Cosmology Prize
New Haven CT (SPX) May 18, 2017
The 2017 Gruber Foundation Cosmology Prize recognizes Sandra M. Faber for a body of work that has helped establish many of the foundational principles underlying the modern understanding of the univ ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Spaceflight buys Electron Rocket from Rocket Lab
Seattle WA (SPX) May 18, 2017
Spaceflight has announced the purchase of a Rocket Lab Electron rocket to increase the frequency of its dedicated rideshare missions. The Electron is an ideal launch vehicle for dedicated and ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Punching Above Its Weight, Brown Dwarf Launches Parsec-Scale Jet
Tucson AZ (SPX) May 18, 2017
Astronomers using the SOAR telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory report the discovery of a spectacular extended jet from a young brown dwarf. With masses too low to sustain hydrog ... more


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SPACEWAR
US Hypersonic Aircraft Will Not Catch Russia Flat-Footed
Moscow (Sputnik) May 18, 2017
Speedy as they are, moving at about 6 kilometers a second (3.7 miles a second), the US hypersonic aircraft are still not fast enough to avoid the eagle eyes of Russia's missile attack warning system ... more
NUKEWARS
ICBM launch facility receives comprehensive maintenance
Washington DC (UPI) May 16, 2017
An ICBM launch facility has undergone its first comprehensive programmed depot maintenance since the facility's activation in 1962. ... more
SPACEWAR
Taking the guesswork out of designing extremely complex military systems
Washington DC (SPX) May 18, 2017
Computational models and simulations can be enormously helpful when designing complex military systems such as new aerospace vehicles and engines, reducing development costs and times. However, real ... more
SPACEWAR
Pentagon Space Programs Continue to Suffer Long Delays, Huge Cost Overruns
Washington DC (Sputnik) May 18, 2017
The costs of US Department of Defense military space programs continue to spiral far beyond budgets and suffer years-long delays, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report on Wedne ... more



ISS crew harvest new crop of vegetables grown in space
Houston TX (SPX) May 17, 2017
While preparing for the 200th spacewalk on the International Space Station, the crew members in orbit performed the latest harvest of vegetables grown in space. NASA astronaut Jack Fischer collected the latest crop of Tokyo Bekana Chinese cabbage for the Veg-03 investigation. Some of this was consumed at meal-time, and the rest sealed for analysis back on Earth. Understanding how plants re ... more
Moscow (AFP) May 17, 2017
One of first Soviet cosmonauts Gorbatko dies
Washington DC (SPX) May 17, 2017
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Miami (AFP) May 12, 2017
'Awesomesauce,' proclaims US astronaut on historic spacewalk
Spaceflight buys Electron Rocket from Rocket Lab
Seattle WA (SPX) May 18, 2017
Spaceflight has announced the purchase of a Rocket Lab Electron rocket to increase the frequency of its dedicated rideshare missions. The Electron is an ideal launch vehicle for dedicated and rideshare missions, especially those serving difficult-to-come-by launch destinations such as mid-inclination orbits for remote sensing satellites. In late 2015, Spaceflight began its dedicated ... more
Seoul (AFP) May 15, 2017
N. Korea's 'new missile' has unprecedented range: experts
Washington DC (SPX) May 15, 2017
NASA Affirms Plan for First Mission of SLS, Orion
Pasadena CA (The Conversation) May 16, 2017
Mining the moon for rocket fuel to get us to Mars
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
Washington DC (SPX) May 17, 2017
How hard did it rain on Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 16, 2017
Mars Rover Opportunity Begins Study of Valley's Origin
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
China to conduct several manned space flights around 2020
Beijing (Sputnik) May 01, 2017
Reach for the Stars: China Plans to Ramp Up Space Flight Activity
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
AIA report outlines policies needed to boost the US Space Industry competitiveness
San Diego CA (SPX) May 05, 2017
Blue Sky Network Targets Key Markets For Iridium SATCOM Solutions
McLean VA (SPX) May 04, 2017
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Three-dimensional direction-dependent force measurement at the subatomic scale
Osaka, Japan (SPX) May 17, 2017
Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is an extremely sensitive technique that allows us to image materials and/or characterize their physical properties on the atomic scale by sensing the force above material surfaces using a precisely controlled tip. However, conventional AFM only provides the surface normal component of the force (the Z direction) and ignores the components parallel to the surface (t ... more
Boston MA (SPX) May 17, 2017
Materials bend as they 'breathe' under high temperatures
Washington (AFP) May 16, 2017
HP Enterprise unveils computer 'for era of Big Data'
Friedrichshafen, Germany (SPX) May 16, 2017
"Airbus Friedrichshafen: new satellite hub lays groundwork for the future"
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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
Tucson AZ (SPX) May 16, 2017
Variable Winds on Hot Giant Exoplanet Help Study of Magnetic Field
Exeter UK (SPX) May 15, 2017
Primitive Atmosphere Found Around 'Warm Neptune'
Bethlehem PA (SPX) May 16, 2017
New 'styrofoam' planet provides tools in search for habitable planets
NASA asks science community for Europa Lander Instruments ideas
Washington DC (SPX) May 18, 2017
NASA is asking scientists to consider what would be the best instruments to include on a mission to land on Jupiter's icy moon, Europa. NASA Wednesday informed the science community to prepare for a planned competition to select science instruments for a potential Europa lander. While a Europa lander mission is not yet approved by NASA, the agency's Planetary Science Division has fun ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) May 11, 2017
Waves of lava seen in Io's largest volcanic crater
Washington DC (Sputnik) May 08, 2017
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Boulder CO (SPX) May 02, 2017
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Invention produces cleaner water with less energy and no filter
Princeton NJ (SPX) May 18, 2017
The same technology that adds fizz to soda can now be used to remove particles from dirty water. Researchers at Princeton University have found a technique for using carbon dioxide in a low-cost water treatment system that eliminates the need for costly and complex filters. The system injects CO2 gas into a stream of water as a method of filtering out particles. The gas, which mixes with t ... more
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) May 16, 2017
Teleconnection between the tropical Pacific and Antarctica
Davis CA (SPX) May 18, 2017
Refining the ocean's thermometer
Seattle WA (SPX) May 18, 2017
Code of conduct needed for ocean conservation, study says
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
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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
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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Movie Shows Ceres at Opposition from Sun
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 17, 2017
NASA's Dawn spacecraft successfully observed Ceres at opposition on April 29, taking images from a position exactly between the sun and Ceres' surface. Mission specialists had carefully maneuvered Dawn into a special orbit so that the spacecraft could view Occator Crater, which contains the brightest area of Ceres, from this new perspective. A new movie shows these opposition images, with ... more
El Segundo CA (SPX) May 16, 2017
The Aerospace Corporation leads Asteroid Impact Exercise at IAA in Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 16, 2017
Twisting an Asteroid
Ithaca NY (SPX) May 15, 2017
Oldest buckthorn fossilized flowers found in Argentina
SFL signs contract with Dubai to build environmental monitoring satellite
Toronto, Canada (SPX) May 18, 2017
The Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) of Toronto reports it has signed of a new contract to provide Dubai-based Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) with a microsatellite for aerosol and greenhouse gas monitoring. SFL's Next-generation Earth Monitoring and Observation (NEMO) platform technology, which incorporates high-performance ground target tracking capability, is a key enabler for the ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 17, 2017
First space-based sodium LIRDAR will study poorly understood Mesosphere
Washington DC (SPX) May 16, 2017
How satellite data led to a breakthrough for Lake Erie toxic algal blooms
Cleveland OH (SPX) May 16, 2017
Researchers apply data science to better predict effect of weather and other conditions
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
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 18, 2017
First direct exploration of magnetic fields in the upper solar atmosphere
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 18, 2017
Space weather events linked to human activity
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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
Tucson AZ (SPX) May 18, 2017
Punching Above Its Weight, Brown Dwarf Launches Parsec-Scale Jet
Lawrence KS (SPX) May 12, 2017
Research increases distance at which supernova would spark mass extinctions on Earth
Toronto, Canada (SPX) May 15, 2017
Mapping the Magnetic Bridge Between Our Nearest Galactic Neighbors
'Fire-streaks' are created in collisions of atomic nuclei
Warsaw, Poland (SPX) May 12, 2017
At very high energies, the collision of massive atomic nuclei in an accelerator generates hundreds or even thousands of particles that undergo numerous interactions. At the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Cracow, Poland it has been shown that the course of this complex process can be represented by a surprisingly simple model: extremely hot matter moves away fro ... more
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) May 12, 2017
Discovery in the Early Universe Poses Black Hole Growth Puzzle
Vancouver, Canada (SPX) May 16, 2017
What drives the accelerating expansion of the universe
Braunschweig, Germany (SPX) May 18, 2017
Interaction between the atomic nucleus and the electron on trial


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