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September 13, 2017
SPACE TRAVEL
Three astronauts blast off for five-month ISS mission



Baikonur, Kazakhstan (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Two US astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut blasted off for the International Space Station in a nighttime launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan early Wednesday, heading for a five-month mission. The Soyuz MS-06 rocket carrying Alexander Misurkin of the Russia's Roscosmos space agency, NASA first-time flyer Mark Vande Hei and his veteran colleague Joe Acaba launched as scheduled at 3:17 am (2117 GMT), according to images broadcast live by Roscosmos. After a roughly six-hour flight, the ... read more

TECH SPACE
Ultrathin spacecraft will collect, deposit orbital debris
Los Angeles CA (Sputnik) Sep 13, 2017
A new design gaining the interest of NASA could see the inexpensive and efficient removal of Earth's orbiting space debris. A proposed design for a space trash collector has received a second ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
SES selects Arianespace for launch of SES-17
Paris (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
SES has selected Arianespace to launch its high-power, high-throughput satellite SES-17 on an Ariane 5 in 2021 from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. This was announced by SES and Ar ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
SES selects Arianespace and Soyuz for its fifth MEO launch
Paris (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
SES has selected Arianespace for its fifth launch of four O3b satellites joining the O3b Medium Earth Orbit fleet. The mission on a Soyuz rocket will be conducted from the Guiana Space Center in Kou ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
MHI to launch first Inmarsat-6 satellite
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Inmarsat has selected Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) as the launch provider for the first satellite in the Inmarsat-6 fleet. The satellite, Inmarsat-6 F1, is under construction by Airbus Defence ... more
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ROCKET SCIENCE
Proton-M Rocket Launches Spanish Satellite Amazonas-5 Into Orbit
Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 13, 2017
A heavy Proton-M carrier rocket with the Breeze-M booster launched the Spanish Amazonas-5 telecommunications satellite into geostationary orbit on Tuesday, a representative of the Russian Federal Sp ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
EUMETSAT signs with Arianespace for first Metop-SG satellite launch
Paris (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Arianespace and EUMETSAT announce the signature of a contract entrusting Arianespace with the launch of the first two Metop-SG satellites of the EUMETSAT Polar System of Second Generation (EPS-SG), ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Crewed Missions Beyond LEO
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Sending humans to Mars has been a dream of scientists and a large part of the population ever since Nicolaus Copernicus first postulated that it was a planet, about 500 years ago. Even before that f ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Medical camera makes light work of seeing through the body
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
Scientists have developed a camera that can see through the human body. The camera is designed to help doctors track medical tools known as endoscopes that are used to investigate a range of i ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Arianespace announces a new contract, bringing its order book to 53 launches across three rockets
Paris (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Arianespace is once again participating in the World Satellite Business Week (WSBW) conference, being held this year from September 11 to 15 in Paris, and already has confirmed its commercial dynami ... more
MARSDAILY
New tools for exploring the surface of Mars
Paris (ESA) Sep 12, 2017
In past decades, spacecraft have sent back huge amounts of complex data about Mars, providing a wealth of information about the planet. More than ever, the scientific community needs a way to sift t ... more


Does the Organic Material of Comets Predate our Solar System?

EARTH OBSERVATION
Cloud formation suppressed by biogenic organic emissions
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Researchers have found evidence that near-ground biogenic emissions of organics suppress cloud formation in cool-temperate forests in autumn, providing clues to how global warming will affect cloud ... more
EXO WORLDS
Earth as Hybrid Planet: The Anthropocene Era in Astrobiological Context
Seattle WA (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
For decades, as astronomers have imagined advanced extraterrestrial civilizations, they categorized such worlds by the amount of energy their inhabitants might conceivably be able to harness and use ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Insects can see the world in much finer resolution than previously thought
Sheffield, UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Insects have much better vision and can see in far greater detail than previously thought, a new study from the University of Sheffield has revealed. Scientists have long believed insects would not ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
NASA captures significant solar flare
Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2017
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured dramatic images of a significant solar flare that peaked at 12:06 p.m. EDT Sunday. ... more



Crewed Missions Beyond LEO
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Sending humans to Mars has been a dream of scientists and a large part of the population ever since Nicolaus Copernicus first postulated that it was a planet, about 500 years ago. Even before that first Soviet satellite, Sputnik 1, was sent into orbit 60 years ago, a mission to Mars has been the subject of many science fiction articles and books. Over the past half-century technological ad ... more
Baikonur, Kazakhstan (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Three astronauts blast off for five-month ISS mission
Miami (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
'Star Trek' actor Shatner sends message to Voyager
Paris (ESA) Sep 05, 2017
ESA retrieves NASA astronauts with new procedure in wake of hurricane
Arianespace announces a new contract, bringing its order book to 53 launches across three rockets
Paris (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Arianespace is once again participating in the World Satellite Business Week (WSBW) conference, being held this year from September 11 to 15 in Paris, and already has confirmed its commercial dynamic by announcing a first contract this week - encompassing two launches for the European operator EUMETSAT. The Arianespace order book will ensure sustained business with 53 launches during the c ... more
Buffalo NY (SPX) Sep 11, 2017
Rocket fever launches UB students to engineering competition in New Mexico
Paris (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
EUMETSAT signs with Arianespace for first Metop-SG satellite launch
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
MHI to launch first Inmarsat-6 satellite
45 Kilometers on the Odometry for Opportunity
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 12, 2017
Opportunity is continuing the winter exploration of "Perseverance Valley" on the west rim of Endeavour Crater. Winter is constraining the available energy, so the project has the rover doing "hops" (drives) from one energy-favorable "lily pad" to the next. (These lily pads are locations where the terrain is tilted sufficiently to the north to maximize the Sun illumination on the rover's so ... more
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Discovery of boron on Mars adds to evidence for habitability
Paris (ESA) Sep 12, 2017
New tools for exploring the surface of Mars
Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 05, 2017
Life on Mars: Let's Try Oman Desert First for Space Mission
China, Russia to Have Smooth Space Cooperation, Says Expert
Washington DC (Sputnik) Aug 31, 2017
China and Russia plan to sign an agreement in October on joint space exploration from 2018 and 2022, which would benefit both nations particularly in manned and future missions to the moon, CGTN reported on Monday. The bilateral agreement will cover five areas including lunar to deep space exploration, special materials development, collaborations in the area of satellite systems, Earth re ... more
Beijing (XNA) Aug 31, 2017
Kuaizhou-11 to send six satellites into space
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 29, 2017
Russia, China May Sign 5-Year Agreement on Joint Space Exploration
Paris (ESA) Aug 28, 2017
ESA and Chinese astronauts train together
ASTROSCALE Raises a Total of $25 Million in Series C Led by Private Companies
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
ASTROSCALE completed a Series C round and raised $53 million in total to date. Private companies, ANA Holdings Inc. (ANA - parent company of ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS Co., Ltd.) and OSG Corporation, join recurring venture capital investors (Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, JAFCO Co., Ltd., and Mitsubishi UFJ Capital) alongside new financier aSTART Co., Ltd. The successful completion of Se ... more
Paris (ESA) Jul 14, 2017
LISA Pathfinder: bake, rattle and roll
London, UK (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
Bids for government funding prove strong interest in LaunchUK
San Diego CA (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Blue Sky Network Reaffirms Commitment to Brazilian Market
Ultrathin spacecraft will collect, deposit orbital debris
Los Angeles CA (Sputnik) Sep 13, 2017
A new design gaining the interest of NASA could see the inexpensive and efficient removal of Earth's orbiting space debris. A proposed design for a space trash collector has received a second round of funding from NASA, and the technologies involved could benefit developments in miniaturization back on Earth. A flat quadrilateral, a sort of magic carpet less than the thickness of a human ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Dormant, Yet Always-Alert Sensor Awakes Only in the Presence of a Signal of Interest
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Van Allen probes survive extreme radiation five years on
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
New microscopy method for quick and reliable 3-D imaging of curvilinear nanostructures
Climate change for aliens
Rochester NY (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
In February NASA astronomers discovered - seven Earth-like planets, potentially harboring life, orbiting the star TRAPPIST-1, not too far from Earth. Scientists have yet to discover life, or evidence of civilizations, on these or other planets. But in the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence, they often categorize hypothetical worlds according to the amount of energy their inhabitants ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
X-Rays Reveal Temperament of Possible Planet-Hosting Stars
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Does the Organic Material of Comets Predate our Solar System?
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
X-rays Reveal Temperament of Possible Planet-hosting Stars
Jupiter's Auroras Present a Powerful Mystery
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 07, 2017
Scientists on NASA's Juno mission have observed massive amounts of energy swirling over Jupiter's polar regions that contribute to the giant planet's powerful auroras - only not in ways the researchers expected. Examining data collected by the ultraviolet spectrograph and energetic-particle detector instruments aboard the Jupiter-orbiting Juno spacecraft, a team led by Barry Mauk of the Jo ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 11, 2017
Pluto features given first official names
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Juno Scientists Prepare for Seventh Science Pass of Jupiter
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 06, 2017
New Horizons Files Flight Plan for 2019 Flyby
Man-made reefs: A compelling diving alternative
Beer-Sheva, Israel (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Artificial, man-made reefs can be more attractive to divers than nearby natural coral formations and can help mitigate potential reef damage, according to a new study by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers. The paper, published in the Journal of Environmental Management, examines artificial coral reefs as "recreational ecosystem services," offering a new methodology to eva ... more
Apia, Samoa (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Vulnerable Pacific states demand urgent climate action
London, UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
More 'losers' than 'winners' predicted for Southern Ocean seafloor animals
Paris (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Your tap water may contain plastic, researchers warn
US Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin GPS M-Code Early Use Ground System Upgrade Contract
Denver CO (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $45.5 million contract to provide Military Code (M-Code) Early Use (MCEU) capability to the Global Positioning System (GPS). Part of the Air Force's overall modernization plan for the GPS, M-Code is an advanced, new signal designed to improve anti-jamming and protection from spoofing, as well as to increase secure access, to military ... more
Tel Aviv, Israel (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Elbit unveils situational awareness system for dismounted forces in non GPS environments
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
IAI, Honeywell Aerospace team for GPS anti-jam system
Denver CO (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Second Lockheed Martin GPS 3 Satellite completes launch simulation tests
Call For Ideas For Research On The Deep Space Gateway
Paris (ESA) Aug 22, 2017
The European Space Agency (ESA) invites members of the science community in Europe to propose ideas for research that could be performed on the Deep Space Gateway, a crewed spaceship in lunar vicinity. The Deep Space Gateway is a strategic platform that is being prepared by the International Space Station partner agencies to be humanity's next step beyond Low-Earth Orbit and out into the S ... more
San Diego CA (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
Analysis of a 'rusty' lunar rock suggests the moon's interior is dry
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 21, 2017
Roscosmos Approves Luna-25 Space Station Model in Moon Exploration Project
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Moon's magnetic field lasted far longer than once believed
Sling-shot show for NASA spacecraft over Australia
Perth, Australia (SPX) Sep 11, 2017
Using Earth's gravity to give it an orbital boost, OSIRIS-REx will rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu in 2018. The Earth flyby will give astronomers and those with high-end cameras a chance to view this rare encounter. OSIRIS-REx is on an extraordinary journey to bring back to Earth a sample from the surface of the carbonaceous asteroid Bennu that could potentially record the early history ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 07, 2017
Radar Reveals Two Moons Orbiting Asteroid Florence
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
NASA's Asteroid-Bound Spacecraft to Slingshot Past Earth
Paris (ESA) Sep 01, 2017
Close encounters of the stellar kind
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Cloud formation suppressed by biogenic organic emissions
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Researchers have found evidence that near-ground biogenic emissions of organics suppress cloud formation in cool-temperate forests in autumn, providing clues to how global warming will affect cloud formation and the overall climate. Submicron atmospheric aerosols, although they are not so visible, play a pivotal role in the climate system. They cause temperature variations by scattering or ... more
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
High Resolution Smallsats Built by SSL Arrive at Vandenberg AFB for Launch
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Team gathers unprecedented data on atmosphere's organic chemistry
Toulouse, France (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
Airbus to reshape Earth observation market with its Pleiades Neo constellation
NASA captures significant solar flare
Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2017
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured dramatic images of a significant solar flare that peaked at 12:06 p.m. EDT Sunday. The space agency's Solar Dynamics Observatory watches the sun on a constant basis and captured the significant solar flare classified as X8.2-class. X-class identifies the most intense solar flares and the number provides additional information about its s ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
NASA captures images of strong solar flares
Paris (ESA) Sep 01, 2017
Space-inspired Star Storm to premiere next month
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
NASA's Lunar mission captures solar eclipse as seen from the moon
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Exchanges of identity in deep space
Trieste, Italy (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
Like in a nail-biting thriller full of escapes and subterfuge, photons from far-off light sources, such as blazars, could go up against a continuous exchange of identity in their journey through the Universe. This is an operation that would allow these very tiny particles of light to escape an enemy which, if encountered, would annihilate them. This is the phenomenon studied by a group of ... more
London, UK (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
Accretion-powered pulsar reveals unique timing glitch
Dwingeloo, Netherlands (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
LOFAR Radio Telescope Discovers Record-Breaking Pulsar
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
'Extreme' Telescopes Find the 2nd-Fastest-Spinning Pulsar
First neutron beam produced: A great milestone for CSNS
Beijing, China (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
A neutron beam was produced at the China Spallation Neutron Source (CSNS) for the first time on August 28. The achievement is a milestone for the CSNS project as it marks the completion of main construction and the start of the test operation phase. The national CSNS facility, located in Dongguan, Guangdong Province, should be fully completed and open to domestic and international users by 2018, ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
UCLA physicists propose new theories of black holes from the very early universe
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Aussie quantum tech has its sights set on human biochemistry
Iowa City IA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Researchers propose how the universe became filled with light


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