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June 13, 2017
DRAGON SPACE
What China's space ambitions have to do with politics



Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 13, 2017
Experts told Sputnik they believe China's space ambitions are driven not only by the goal of space exploration itself but also by politics. Tommy Yang - China's commitment to its space exploration programs is driven by the same sense of national pride that fueled the "space race" between the Soviet Union and the United States in the 1960s, experts told Sputnik. China's space programs topped the What China's Space Ambitions Have to Do With Politicss this week after Chinese authorities unveiled more ... read more

MOON DAILY
Russian aerospace firm to cooperate with China on Lunar exploration missions
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 13, 2017
Russia's Lavochkin Research and Production Association is ready to work with China on designing lunar exploration missions, including orbital and return ones, Sergei Lemeshevsky, the Russian company ... more
EARLY EARTH
Comets may have delivered significant portions of Earth's xenon
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
A new study suggests that roughly 22% of the element xenon found in Earth's atmosphere may have come from comets. The finding - shedding light on a decades-long mystery about the source for some of ... more
EXO WORLDS
Astronomers Explain Formation of Seven Exoplanets Around TRAPPIST-1
Amsterdam, Netherlands (SPX) Jun 13, 2017
Astronomers from the University of Amsterdam have offered an explanation for the formation of the Trappist-1 planetary system. The system has seven planets as big as the Earth that orbit close to th ... more
TIME AND SPACE
The largest virtual Universe ever simulated
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Jun 13, 2017
Researchers from the University of Zurich have simulated the formation of our entire Universe with a large supercomputer. A gigantic catalogue of about 25 billion virtual galaxies has been generated ... more
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EXO WORLDS
OU astrophysicist identifies composition of Earth-size planets in TRAPPIST-1 system
Norman OK (SPX) Jun 13, 2017
A University of Oklahoma post-doctoral astrophysics researcher, Billy Quarles, has identified the possible compositions of the seven planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system. Using thousands of numerical si ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Failed Star Orbits a Dead Star Every 71 Minutes
Sherbrooke, Canada (SPX) Jun 13, 2017
An international team of astronomers using data from the rejuvenated Kepler space telescope have discovered a rare gem: A binary system consisting of a failed star, also known as a brown dwarf, and ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Organic compound found in early stages of star formation
London, UK (SPX) Jun 13, 2017
Scientists seeking to understand the origins of life have found a new organic compound in the material from which a star like the Sun is forming. Researchers from Queen Mary University of Lond ... more
UAV NEWS
Falcon Flight for X-37B
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
The intriguing X-37B robot spaceplane just can't stay grounded. Barely months after landing from a mission lasting more than two years, the next X-37B will blast off in August 2017. That's a quick t ... more
MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
Airbus provides German troops with support communications at 15 sites worldwide
Munich, Germany (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Airbus has successfully rolled out support communications to German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) troops deployed to military bases in Lithuania. Labelled "Connect-D", Airbus now supplies telephon ... more
EARLY EARTH
3-D-modeling of food residues in 230 million years old fossil feces
Uppsala, Sweden (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Synchrotron scanning can produce high-quality 3D models of well-preserved food residues from fossil faeces. That's the result of a new study, by palaeontologists from Uppsala University and from ESR ... more


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INTERNET SPACE
Optical communication at record-high speed
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Optical solitons are special wave packages that propagate without changing their shape. In optical communications, solitons can be used for generating frequency combs with various spectral lines, wh ... more
CARBON WORLDS
Graphene enhancing our vision of the infinitely small
Onna, Japan (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Developing new scientific devices pushing the limits of what we can observe and measure does not occur overnight. There are typically baby steps involved, small and continuous improvements to counte ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Physicists use numerical 'tweezers' to study nuclear interactions
Raleigh NC (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Ruhr-Universitat Bochum have developed numerical "tweezers" that can pin a nucleus in place, enabling them to study how interactions between ... more
CHIP TECH
Engineer unveils new spin on future of transistors with novel design
Dallas TX (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
An engineer with the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Texas at Dallas has designed a novel computing system made solely from carbon that might one day rep ... more



Pence hails new NASA astronauts as 'best of us'
Miami (AFP) June 7, 2017
Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday hailed 12 new NASA astronauts as "the best of us," after they were selected from a record-breaking pool of more than 18,000 applicants. The seven men and five women who will be part of the US space program as it presses on to Mars and other deep-space destinations in the coming decades include military pilots, emergency physicians and marine biologists. ... more
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NASA awards Universal Stage Adapter contract for SLS
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
NASA has selected Dynetics, Inc. of Huntsville, Alabama, to develop and build a universal stage adapter for the agency's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. The adapter will connect NASA's Orion spacecraft and provide additional cargo space for the future configurations of the rocket containing an exploration upper stage (EUS). Under the contract, Dynetics will design, develop, test, evaluat ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 09, 2017
Proton returns to flight with US satellite after 12 month hiatus
Moscow (AFP) June 8, 2017
Russian rocket returns to service with launch of US satellite
Paris (ESA) Jun 05, 2017
Ariane 5 launches its heaviest telecom payload
Walkabout Above 'Perseverance Valley'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 12, 2017
Opportunity is at the top of "Perseverance Valley" on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The plan before proceeding down the valley is to perform a walk-about survey above the valley. To start the walkabout, on Sol 4746 (May 31, 2017) Opportunity drove about 82 feet (24.9 meters) mostly south toward a chosen waypoint. Images for extensive panoramas were collected with the Navigation Camera (Navc ... more
Paris (ESA) Jun 09, 2017
Window to a watery past on Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 12, 2017
NASA Finds Evidence of Diverse Environments in Curiosity Samples
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 08, 2017
Opportunity Surveying the spillway into Perseverance Valley
What China's space ambitions have to do with politics
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 13, 2017
Experts told Sputnik they believe China's space ambitions are driven not only by the goal of space exploration itself but also by politics. Tommy Yang - China's commitment to its space exploration programs is driven by the same sense of national pride that fueled the "space race" between the Soviet Union and the United States in the 1960s, experts told Sputnik. China's space programs toppe ... more
Beijing (XNA) Jun 08, 2017
Reusable craft are in CASIC's plans
Beijing (XNA) Jun 08, 2017
China's 1st astronaut details projects for orbital station, manned lunar visit
Beijing (XNA) Jun 12, 2017
Moon or Mars - humanity's next stop
Jumpstart goes into alliance with major aerospace and defence group ADS
London, UK (SPX) Jun 09, 2017
Leading UK research and development tax relief specialist Jumpstart is entering into a strategic business partnership with the premier trade organisation for companies in the UK aerospace, defence, security and space sectors. The alliance with the ADS Group, which comes at a time of continuing growth for the sector, will allow Jumpstart to engage with the 1000 UK-registered businesses whic ... more
Paris (ESA) Jun 05, 2017
Thomas Pesquet returns to Earth
Boulder CO (SPX) Jun 01, 2017
Propose a course idea for the CU space minor
New York NY (SPX) May 31, 2017
Leading Global Air And Space Law Group Joins Reed Smith
Study proves viability of quantum satellite communications
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Researchers in Canada have taken a significant step towards enabling secure quantum communication via moving satellites, as announced by the Canadian Government in April 2017. Their study, published in the new journal Quantum Science and Technology, demonstrates the first quantum key distribution transmissions from a ground transmitter to a quantum payload on a moving aircraft. To en ... more
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jun 07, 2017
Indian Space Agency to Work on Electric Propulsion for Large Satellites
London, UK (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Liquids are capable of supporting waves with short wavelengths only
Champaign IL (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
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The Art of Exoplanets
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 09, 2017
The moon hanging in the night sky sent Robert Hurt's mind into deep space - to a region some 40 light years away, in fact, where seven Earth-sized planets crowded close to a dim, red sun. Hurt, a visualization scientist at Caltech's IPAC center, was walking outside his home in Mar Vista, California, shortly after he learned of the discovery of these rocky worlds around a star called TRAPPI ... more
Austin OH (SPX) Jun 06, 2017
A planet hotter than most stars
Norman OK (SPX) Jun 13, 2017
OU astrophysicist identifies composition of Earth-size planets in TRAPPIST-1 system
Garching, Germany (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
ALMA Finds Ingredient of Life Around Infant Sun-like Stars
A whole new Jupiter with first science results from Juno
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 26, 2017
arly science results from NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world, with Earth-sized polar cyclones, plunging storm systems that travel deep into the heart of the gas giant, and a mammoth, lumpy magnetic field that may indicate it was generated closer to the planet's surface than previously thought. "We are excite ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 26, 2017
First results from Juno show cyclones and massive magnetism
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 26, 2017
Jupiters complex transient auroras
Miami (AFP) May 25, 2017
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One Man's Shoes Help NASA Explain Water Clarity
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Wearing white sneakers, a cowboy hat and overalls, Bernie Fowler walks into Maryland's Patuxent River every June to see how deep he can go and still see the tops of his shoes. As a young man he could see his feet on the river bottom as he stood chest-deep to net blue crabs. Now in his nineties, he ventures into the river to assess the water clarity. Fowler has been collecting this data point for ... more
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Hanover NH (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
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Galileo grows: two more satellites join working constellation
Paris (ESA) Jun 09, 2017
Two further satellites have formally become part of Europe's Galileo satnav system, broadcasting timing and navigation signals worldwide while also picking up distress calls across the planet. These are the 15th and 16th satellites to join the network, two of the four Galileos that were launched together by Ariane 5 on 17 November, and the first additions to the working constellation since ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 30, 2017
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Cambridge, Canada (SPX) Jun 02, 2017
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New NELIOTA project detects flashes from lunar impacts
Paris (ESA) Jun 12, 2017
Using a system developed under an ESA contract, the Greek NELIOTA project has begun to detect flashes of light caused by small pieces of rock striking the Moon's surface. NELIOTA is the first system that can determine the temperature of these impact flashes. Studies such as NELIOTA are important because Earth and its Moon are constantly bombarded by natural space debris. Most of this mater ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 13, 2017
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Paris (ESA) May 12, 2017
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Rosetta finds comet connection to Earth's atmosphere
Paris (ESA) Jun 12, 2017
The challenging detection, by ESA's Rosetta mission, of several isotopes of the noble gas xenon at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has established the first quantitative link between comets and the atmosphere of Earth. The blend of xenon found at the comet closely resembles U-xenon, the primordial mixture that scientists believe was brought to Earth during the early stages of Solar System format ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
Scientists solve meteorite mystery with high-pressure X-ray experiments
Hamburg, Germany (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
High-pressure experiments solve meteorite mystery
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 06, 2017
NASA's Asteroid-Hunting Spacecraft a Discovery Machine
NASA satellites image, measure Florida's extreme rainfall
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
New satellite images from the Global Precipitation Measurement mission offers a visualization of the extreme rainfall that has accumulated in Florida over the past week. GPM is a joint mission between NASA and Japan's space agency JAXA. It consists of a GPM core observatory satellite and a constellation of cooperating probes. As the GPM core observatory satellite passed above Sou ... more
Paris (ESA) Jun 02, 2017
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Cambridge, Canada (SPX) May 31, 2017
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Paris (AFP) May 30, 2017
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NASA's SDO sees partial eclipse in space
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 30, 2017
On May 25, 2017, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, saw a partial solar eclipse in space when it caught the moon passing in front of the sun. The lunar transit lasted almost an hour, between 2:24 and 3:17 p.m. EDT, with the moon covering about 89 percent of the sun at the peak of its journey across the sun's face. The moon's crisp horizon can be seen from this view because the moon has n ... more
Miami (AFP) May 31, 2017
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Washington DC (SPX) Jun 01, 2017
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Huntsville AL (SPX) May 24, 2017
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Jackpot! Cosmic magnifying-glass effect captures universe's brightest galaxies
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Boosted by natural magnifying lenses in space, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured unique close-up views of the universe's brightest infrared galaxies, which are as much as 10,000 times more luminous than our Milky Way. The galaxy images, magnified through a phenomenon called gravitational lensing, reveal a tangled web of misshapen objects punctuated by exotic patterns such as rings ... more
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Celestial boondocks: Study supports the idea we live in a void
Boulder CO (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
CU Boulder researchers explain mystery of 'banging' galaxy clusters
London, UK (SPX) Jun 13, 2017
Organic compound found in early stages of star formation
UQ physicist builds on Einstein and Galileo's work
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Jun 05, 2017
Sixteenth century scientist Galileo Galilei threw two spheres of different mass from the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa to establish a scientific principle. Now nearly four centuries later, a team of Italian physicists has applied the same principle to quantum objects using a novel scientific method proposed by UQ physicist Dr Magdalena Zych, reported in Nature Communications. Dr Z ... more
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