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September 15, 2017
SATURN DAILY
NASA's $3.9 bn Cassini spacecraft makes death plunge into Saturn



Tampa FL (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
After 20 years in space, NASA's famed Cassini spacecraft made its final death plunge into Saturn on Friday, ending a storied mission that scientists say taught us nearly everything we know about Saturn today and transformed the way we think about life elsewhere in the solar system. Cassini, an international project that cost $3.9 billion and included scientists from 27 nations, disintegrated as it dove into Saturn's atmosphere at a speed of 75,000 miles (120,700 kilometers) per hour. "The si ... read more

EXO WORLDS
Could interstellar ice provide the answer to birth of DNA
York UK (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Researchers at the University of York have shown that molecules brought to earth in meteorite strikes could potentially be converted into the building blocks of DNA. They found that organic co ... more
SATURN DAILY
Cassini Spacecraft Demise Is Bittersweet for PSI's Hansen
Tucson AZ (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
When the Cassini spacecraft ends its mission Friday morning, melting and breaking apart in Saturn's atmosphere, Candy Hansen will be filled with sadness as well as satisfaction. Hansen, a Seni ... more
EXO WORLDS
Hubble observes pitch black planet
Munich, Germany (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Astronomers have discovered that the well-studied exoplanet WASP-12b reflects almost no light, making it appear essentially pitch black. This discovery sheds new light on the atmospheric composition ... more
DRAGON SPACE
Spacecraft passes docking test
Beijing (XNA) Sep 15, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft Tianzhou 1 completed an automated fast-docking operation with the Tiangong II space laboratory late on Tuesday night, according to the China Manned Space Agency. Tianz ... more
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SPACE TRAVEL
Diet tracker in space
Paris (ESA) Sep 15, 2017
Whether you are on a diet or just want to be healthier, you might be one of those millions of people around the planet who use a mobile app to track everything you eat. The trend has arrived in spac ... more
VSAT NEWS
Satcube Demonstrates New Carry-On 20Mbps Terminal with Embedded UHP Modem
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Satcube AB is showing its new Ku band lightweight terminal with an integrated UHP-200 modem at Hall 3, C16 and demonstrating it outside in the Broadcast Solutions booth. The integrated UHP-200 ... more
TECH SPACE
Infostellar closes new funding for satellite antenna sharing platform with Airbus Ventures
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Infostellar has announced a $7.3 million Series A investment, led by Airbus Ventures, with additional funds from WERU Investment, D4V, Sony Innovation Fund, and existing investors, FreakOut Holdings ... more
GPS NEWS
Arianespace to orbit four Galileo satellites on two Ariane 62 launches
Kourou, French Guiana (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Arianespace will launch four new satellites for the Galileo constellation, using two Ariane 62 versions of the next-generation Ariane 6 rocket from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana. Th ... more
ICE WORLD
Bleak outlook for Asian glaciers
Paris (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Asia's mountain glaciers will lose at least a third of their mass through global warming by century's end, with dire consequences for millions of people who rely on them for fresh water, researchers said Wednesday. ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Team gathers unprecedented data on atmosphere's organic chemistry
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
For a few weeks over the summer in 2011, teams of scientists from around the world converged on a small patch of ponderosa pine forest in Colorado to carry out one of the most detailed, extended sur ... more


Taking a deep breath in the North Atlantic

EARTH OBSERVATION
Who is the chief culprit of dust concentrations over East Asia?
Beijing, China (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Dust, one of the major aerosol species contributing to the global aerosol burden and optical depth, is a very active component in the physical, chemical and biogeochemical cycle of the Earth system. ... more
WATER WORLD
NASA team find evidence of sea level 'fingerprints'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 12, 2017
Researchers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and the University of California, Irvine, have reported the first detection of sea level "fingerprints" in ocean observatio ... more
MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
Spectra Airbus SlingShot Partnership Extension
London, UK (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
Spectra Group (UK) Ltd has announced an extension of the SlingShot sales partnership with Airbus. SlingShot is a cost-effective solution that enables secure BLOS COTM (Beyond Line Of Sight Communica ... more
ENERGY TECH
Army, UMD researchers develop water-based lithium-ion batteries that don't explode
Adelphi MD (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the University of Maryland have developed for the first time a lithium-ion battery that uses a water-salt solution as its electrolyte and reaches ... more



Diet tracker in space
Paris (ESA) Sep 15, 2017
Whether you are on a diet or just want to be healthier, you might be one of those millions of people around the planet who use a mobile app to track everything you eat. The trend has arrived in space: European astronauts are now logging their meals on a tablet to make sure they are getting the right amount of nutrients. An optimal diet, paired with constant exercise, is essential to counte ... more
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Crewed Missions Beyond LEO
Baikonur, Kazakhstan (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Three astronauts blast off for five-month ISS mission
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
NASA Offers Space Station as Catalyst for Discovery in Washington
Rocket fever launches UB students to engineering competition in New Mexico
Buffalo NY (SPX) Sep 11, 2017
Ten students from UB's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences took a long drive from Buffalo to the desert of New Mexico in late June, with a rocket called Volans Tauri in tow. It was so hot, recalls Pete Wilkins, a rising senior majoring in mechanical and aerospace engineering, that even under a tent, his camp chair melted from the 110-degree heat - and it was set up under a tent. ... more
Paris (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Arianespace announces a new contract, bringing its order book to 53 launches across three rockets
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
Paris (ESA) Sep 12, 2017
New tools for exploring the surface of Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 14, 2017
NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Climbing Toward Ridge Top
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
New Gravity Map Suggests Mars Has a Porous Crust
Spacecraft passes docking test
Beijing (XNA) Sep 15, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft Tianzhou 1 completed an automated fast-docking operation with the Tiangong II space laboratory late on Tuesday night, according to the China Manned Space Agency. Tianzhou 1 began its approach to the space lab at 5:24 pm and spent six and a half hours for the docking, which was completed at 11:58 pm, the agency said in a news release. It was the third docking ... more
Washington DC (Sputnik) Aug 31, 2017
China, Russia to Have Smooth Space Cooperation, Says Expert
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
India, Japan Set to Boost Space Cooperation
New Delhi (Sputnik) Sep 13, 2017
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's upcoming visit to India starting Wednesday is expected to set the pace for greater cooperation between the two countries, especially in the aerospace sector. Indian private companies have already expressed keen interest in forging collaborations with the Japanese counterparts. TeamIndus, a Bengaluru-based private aerospace company, which gained global a ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
ASTROSCALE Raises a Total of $25 Million in Series C Led by Private Companies
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
Infostellar closes new funding for satellite antenna sharing platform with Airbus Ventures
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Infostellar has announced a $7.3 million Series A investment, led by Airbus Ventures, with additional funds from WERU Investment, D4V, Sony Innovation Fund, and existing investors, FreakOut Holdings, and 500 Startups Japan. This financing will be used to fund the launch of Infostellar's flagship platform, StellarStation, expand its network of partner antennas, and hire additional talented team m ... more
Peterson AFB CO (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
Two new satellites now operational to expand US space situational awareness
Los Angeles CA (Sputnik) Sep 13, 2017
Ultrathin spacecraft will collect, deposit orbital debris
Chennai, India (IANS) Sep 12, 2017
192 Indian space objects currently in orbit
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
Hubble observes pitch black planet
Munich, Germany (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Astronomers have discovered that the well-studied exoplanet WASP-12b reflects almost no light, making it appear essentially pitch black. This discovery sheds new light on the atmospheric composition of the planet and also refutes previous hypotheses about WASP-12b's atmosphere. The results are also in stark contrast to observations of another similarly sized exoplanet. Using the Space Tele ... more
York UK (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Could interstellar ice provide the answer to birth of DNA
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
Pluto features given first official names
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 11, 2017
The IAU has assigned names to fourteen geological features on the surface of Pluto. The names pay homage to the underworld mythology, pioneering space missions, historic pioneers who crossed new horizons in exploration, and scientists and engineers associated with Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. This is the first set of official names of surface features on Pluto to be approved by the IAU, the ... more
Laurel MD (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
Hibernation Over, New Horizons Continues Kuiper Belt Cruise
Laurel MD (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
New Horizons Video Soars over Pluto's Majestic Mountains and Icy Plains
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 13, 2017
Juno spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Taking a deep breath in the North Atlantic
Kiel, Germany (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
The Labrador Sea in the North Atlantic is one of the few areas in the world ocean where cold, saline seawater sinks to large depths and forms deep water. This convection process also transports oxygen into the deep sea. A team of scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (San Diego, California), Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada) and GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 12, 2017
NASA team find evidence of sea level 'fingerprints'
London (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
130-tonne 'monster fatberg' clogs London sewer
Beer-Sheva, Israel (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Man-made reefs: A compelling diving alternative
Arianespace to orbit four Galileo satellites on two Ariane 62 launches
Kourou, French Guiana (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Arianespace will launch four new satellites for the Galileo constellation, using two Ariane 62 versions of the next-generation Ariane 6 rocket from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana. The contract will be conducted by the European Space Agency (ESA) on behalf of the European Commission (DG Growth) and the European Union. Stephane Israel, Arianespace Chief Executive Officer, and ... 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
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Researchers create first global map of water in moon's soil
Providence RI (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
In research that may prove useful to future lunar explorers, scientists from Brown University have created the first quantitative map of water and its chemical building blocks trapped in the uppermost portion of the Moon's soil. The study, published in Science Advances, builds on the initial discovery in 2009 of water and a related molecule - hydroxyl, which consists of one atom each of hy ... more
Paris (ESA) Aug 22, 2017
Call For Ideas For Research On The Deep Space Gateway
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
Radar Reveals Two Moons Orbiting Asteroid Florence
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 07, 2017
Radar images of asteroid 3122 Florence obtained at the 70-meter antenna at NASA's Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex between August 29 and September 1 have revealed that the asteroid has two small moons, and also confirmed that main asteroid Florence is about 4.5 km (2.8 miles) in size. Florence is only the third triple asteroid known in the near-Earth population out of more than ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
NASA-funded research at USC provides evidence of ground-ice on asteroids
Perth, Australia (SPX) Sep 11, 2017
Sling-shot show for NASA spacecraft over Australia
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
NASA's Asteroid-Bound Spacecraft to Slingshot Past Earth
Team gathers unprecedented data on atmosphere's organic chemistry
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
For a few weeks over the summer in 2011, teams of scientists from around the world converged on a small patch of ponderosa pine forest in Colorado to carry out one of the most detailed, extended survey of atmospheric chemistry ever attempted in one place, in many cases using new measurement devices created especially for this project. Now, after years of analysis, their comprehensive synthesis o ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Who is the chief culprit of dust concentrations over East Asia?
El Segundo CA (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
Boeing to Design and Build Seven Medium Earth Orbit Satellites for SES
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
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
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
Pune, India (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Vast new super cluster of galaxies named Saraswati
Trieste, Italy (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Shedding light on galaxies' rotation secrets
The beam of invisibility
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Researchers from Vienna University, together with colleagues from Greece and the USA, have now developed a new idea for a cloaking technology. A completely opaque material is irradiated from above with a specific wave pattern - with the effect that light waves from the left can now pass through the material without any obstruction. This surprising result opens up completely new possibiliti ... more
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Aussie quantum tech has its sights set on human biochemistry
Beijing, China (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
First neutron beam produced: A great milestone for CSNS
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
UCLA physicists propose new theories of black holes from the very early universe


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