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September 21, 2017
IRON AND ICE
What we need to know to mine an asteroid



Riga, Latvia (SPX) Sep 20, 2017
The mining of resources contained in asteroids, for use as propellant, building materials or in life-support systems, has the potential to revolutionise exploration of our solar system. To make this concept a reality, we need to increase our knowledge of the very diverse population of accessible near-Earth asteroids (NEAs). Last year, dozens of the world's leading asteroid scientists and asteroid mining entrepreneurs came together in Luxembourg to discuss key questions and identify scientific know ... read more

IRON AND ICE
Europe urged to reconsider pullout from 'Armageddon' asteroid mission
Riga (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Space scientists urged Europe Wednesday to rethink its withdrawal from a futuristic, international dry-run for an Armageddon-like mission to deflect a space rock on a calamitous collision course with Earth. ... more
IRON AND ICE
Ancient meteorite impact triggered highest surface temperature in Earth's history
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
Researchers have discovered evidence of an ancient meteorite impact, a collision scientists say is responsible for the highest temperature recorded on Earth's surface - 2,370 degrees Celsius, or 4,298 degrees Fahrenheit. ... more
TECH SPACE
Space radiation is risky business for the human body
Houston TX (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
While people protect their eyes from the sun's radiation during a solar eclipse, NASA's Human Research Program (HRP) is working to protect the whole human body from radiation in space. Space radiati ... more
MERCURY RISING
New research suggests Mercury's poles are icier than scientists thought
Providence RI (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
The scorching hot surface of Mercury seems like an unlikely place to find ice, but research over the past three decades has suggested that water is frozen on the first rock from the sun, hidden away ... more
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MOON DAILY
First steps: returning humanity to the Moon
Paris (ESA) Sep 21, 2017
In the first act of lunar exploration, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were major characters. In setting its sights on the Moon, ESA hopes to bring many more actors to this off-world stage. By ... more
MARSDAILY
Exploring 'Perseverance Valley' During Winter
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 21, 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 to rover hop (dri ... more
MARSDAILY
More evidence of water on Mars
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
River deposits exist across the surface of Mars and record a surface environment from over 3.5 billion years ago that was able to support liquid water at the surface. A region of Mars named Aeolis D ... more
EXO WORLDS
Scientists propose new concept of terrestrial planet formation
Hong Kong (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists have long been intrigued by the surfaces of terrestrial bodies other than Earth which reveal deep similarities beneath their superficially differing volcanic and tectonic histories. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
ISRO to resume satellite launches by December
New Delhi (IANS) Sep 21, 2017
India would resume launching satellites in November or December, unfazed by the failure of its rocket in deploying a spare navigation satellite in the earth's lower orbit on August 31, space agency ... more
ENERGY TECH
UW shatters long-range communication barrier for near-zero-power devices
Seattle WA (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
University of Washington researchers have demonstrated for the first time that devices that run on almost zero power can transmit data across distances of up to 2.8 kilometers - breaking a long-held ... more


China eyes petrol car ban, boosting electric vehicles

CAR TECH
With fossil fuel bans, e-cars shift into higher gear
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
Beijing's announcement that it is considering joining France and Britain in banning petrol and diesel cars from its smog-clogged roads promises to accelerate a push towards electric vehicles - a race in which Chinese carmakers have everything to gain. ... more
CAR TECH
Daimler to offer electrified versions of all Mercedes 'by 2022'
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
The world's largest luxury carmaker Daimler plans to offer an electric or hybrid version version of every Mercedes-Benz model within five years, its chief executive said Monday. ... more
CAR TECH
Clean vehicle sales skyrocket in China
Washington (UPI) Sep 12, 2017
Sales of cleaner vehicles in the Chinese market increased more than 60 percent from last year as the world's second-largest economy greens up, data show. ... more
CAR TECH
At Frankfurt car show, industry in throes of reinvention
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Automakers descended on Frankfurt Tuesday to show off their latest innovations at the glitzy International Motor Show (IAA), even as the spectre of tough new environmental rules and a string of no-shows took some of the shine off the event. ... more



NASA's Robotic 'Sniffer' Confirms Space Station Leak, Repair
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
In recent operations on the International Space Station, robotic operators were twice able to test and confirm the ability of the Robotic External Leak Locator (RELL) to "smell" in space. Using the RELL instruments, operators successfully located a small leak from the station's ammonia coolant loop, and confirmed that it was not a safety concern. Later they were able to return and more precisely ... more
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Crewed Missions Beyond LEO
San Francisco (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
Tech dreams live or die on startup battlefields
Paris (ESA) Sep 15, 2017
Diet tracker in space
Mechanisms are Critical to Space Vehicle Flight Success
Bethesda MD (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
About two years ago the National Transportation Safety Board announced its finding regarding the Virgin Galactic crash that occurred on October 31, 2014. The simple explanation was that the co-pilot unlocked a critical vehicle mechanism too early. After a nine-month investigation the NTSB further concluded that human error and inadequate safety procedures caused the violent crash. The vehi ... more
New Delhi (IANS) Sep 21, 2017
ISRO to resume satellite launches by December
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Dragon Splashes Down in Pacific With NASA Science Experiments
Buffalo NY (SPX) Sep 11, 2017
Rocket fever launches UB students to engineering competition in New Mexico
Ice mined on Mars could provide water for humans exploring space
Sydney, Australia (The Conversation) Sep 19, 2017
As humans spread out across the Earth, the locations of new colonies were driven by the accessibility of resources: not only food and water, but also arable land, forests and minerals. Access to such resources remains important as the economy moves into space. Here, water has emerged as the pre-eminent resource to exploit first. The question then becomes, from where will we extract the wat ... more
Miami (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Six emerge from 8-mo Mars experiment in Hawaii dome
Paris (ESA) Sep 19, 2017
Splashdown! Crashing into Martian mud
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
More evidence of water on Mars
Work on China's mission to Mars 'well underway'
Beijing (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
China's programme to launch a mission to Mars in 2020 is "well underway", its top planner said Wednesday as the country moves forward with its ambitious space programme. The probe will carry 13 types of payload including six rovers, the official Xinhua news agency said. "The Mars exploration programme is well underway," it cited the mission's chief architect Zhang Rongqiao as saying. ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Chinese company eyes development of reusable launch vehicle
Beijing (XNA) Sep 15, 2017
Spacecraft passes docking test
Washington DC (Sputnik) Aug 31, 2017
China, Russia to Have Smooth Space Cooperation, Says Expert
Northrop Grumman to buy space firm Orbital for $9.2 bn
New York (AFP) Sept 18, 2017
US defense group Northrop Grumman will buy out the rocket and missile maker Orbital ATK in a deal worth $9.2 billion, the firms said on Monday. The announcement comes around two weeks after industrial conglomerate United Technologies acquired aerospace supplier Rockwell Collins in a $30 billion deal. "Northrop Grumman will acquire Orbital ATK for approximately $7.8 billion in cash, plus ... more
New Delhi (Sputnik) Sep 13, 2017
India, Japan Set to Boost Space Cooperation
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
Dormant, Yet Always-Alert Sensor Awakes Only in the Presence of a Signal of Interest
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Here's your task. Build a tiny sensor that detects a signature of infrared (IR) wavelengths characteristic of a hot tailpipe, a wood fire, or perhaps even a human being. Design the sensor so that it can remain dormant and unattended but always alert, even for years, without drawing on battery power. And build the sensor so that the act of detection itself can initiate the emission of a signal th ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
Air Force activates new satellites for tracking space objects
Oxford, UK (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Low-level radiation exposure less harmful to health than other modern lifestyle risks
Houston TX (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Space radiation is risky business for the human body
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
NASA's Hubble captures blistering pitch-black planet
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed a planet outside our solar system that looks as black as fresh asphalt because it eats light rather than reflecting it back into space. This light-eating prowess is due to the planet's unique capability to trap at least 94 percent of the visible starlight falling into its atmosphere. The oddball exoplanet, called WASP-12b, is one of a class of so- ... more
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
The return of the comet-like exoplanet
Hong Kong (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists propose new concept of terrestrial planet formation
Kazan, Russia (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
KFU astronomers discovered an exoplanet together with Turkish and Japanese colleagues
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
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 07, 2017
Jupiter's Auroras Present a Powerful Mystery
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 06, 2017
New Horizons Files Flight Plan for 2019 Flyby
Lockheed invests in Ocean Aero, in greater focus on unmanned maritime systems
Bethesda MD (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Lockheed Martin Ventures is making a strategic investment in Ocean Aero, the developer of the Submaran unmanned maritime vehicle. This is Lockheed Martin Ventures' third investment this year, and it will create opportunities for both companies to grow their maritime capabilities, with a focus on multi-domain Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissan ... more
Tetiaroa, France (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
The godfather of eco-bling: Brando's Tahitian paradise
Washington (UPI) Sep 19, 2017
Rogue wave could have downed El Faro cargo ship, research shows
Seattle WA (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Climate change challenges the survival of fish across the world
China's BeiDou-3 satellites get new chips
Beijing (XNA) Sep 19, 2017
A new chip for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) was unveiled on Saturday by the Global Navigation Satellite System and Location Based Service (GNSS and LBS) Association of China (GLAC). The chip supports the new generation of BeiDou-3 satellites for high-precision navigation and positioning. The positioning accuracy of the chip reaches the sub-meter level without ground-based a ... more
Denver CO (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
US Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin GPS M-Code Early Use Ground System Upgrade Contract
Kourou, French Guiana (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Arianespace to orbit four Galileo satellites on two Ariane 62 launches
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) Sep 18, 2017
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First steps: returning humanity to the Moon
Paris (ESA) Sep 21, 2017
In the first act of lunar exploration, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were major characters. In setting its sights on the Moon, ESA hopes to bring many more actors to this off-world stage. By testing the market for transport services to the Moon, ESA aims to push the limits of technology and create new models of space business. Touching down on the Moon was a monumental moment in hum ... more
Providence RI (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
Researchers create first global map of water in moon's soil
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
What we need to know to mine an asteroid
Riga, Latvia (SPX) Sep 20, 2017
The mining of resources contained in asteroids, for use as propellant, building materials or in life-support systems, has the potential to revolutionise exploration of our solar system. To make this concept a reality, we need to increase our knowledge of the very diverse population of accessible near-Earth asteroids (NEAs). Last year, dozens of the world's leading asteroid scientists and a ... more
Riga (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Europe urged to reconsider pullout from 'Armageddon' asteroid mission
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
Ancient meteorite impact triggered highest surface temperature in Earth's history
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 07, 2017
Radar Reveals Two Moons Orbiting Asteroid Florence
Scientists Produce Best Estimate of Earth's Composition
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have produced the best estimate of Earth's elemental composition which will help them understand how the Earth formed 4.6 billion years ago. The solar system began as a dense blob in a molecular cloud of hydrogen gas and dust that collapsed under its own gravity, forming the early Sun, Earth and other planets. Co-researcher Assoc ... more
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 18, 2017
Dust devils contribute large amount of particulate matter to atmospheres of Earth, Mars
El Segundo CA (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
Boeing to Design and Build Seven Medium Earth Orbit Satellites for SES
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Team gathers unprecedented data on atmosphere's organic chemistry
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
Study shows star formation influenced by environmental conditions
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
Scientists at Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen have determined that new star formation is influenced by local environmental conditions. According to the classical model, a star is formed when a prestellar core, a roundish accumulation containing 99 percent gas and 1 percent dust, collapses due to overweight, resulting in the formation of a star in the center of the c ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Keeping NASA's James Webb Space Telescope in the dark
Trieste, Italy (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
Exchanges of identity in deep space
London, UK (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
Accretion-powered pulsar reveals unique timing glitch
Physicists discover super stable tri-anion particle
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 18, 2017
Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University have discovered a new tri-anion particle, a type of particle with three more electrons than protons. The new particle is extremely stable and its discovery apply to a variety of applications in the fields of physics and chemistry. The imbalance between electrons and protons on all other tri-anions makes the particle inherently unstable. ... more
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
The beam of invisibility
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


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