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October 05, 2017
MARSDAILY
Another Chance to Put Your Name on Mars



Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 05, 2017
When it lands on Mars in November of 2018, NASA's InSight lander will be carrying several science instruments - along with hundreds of thousands of names from members of the public. In 2015, nearly 827,000 people signed up to add their names to a silicon microchip onboard the robotic spacecraft. NASA is now adding a second microchip, giving the public another chance to send their names to Mars. "Mars continues to excite space enthusiasts of all ages," said Bruce Banerdt, the InSight mission's pri ... read more

TIME AND SPACE
We're not living in a simulation, scientists confirm
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
The idea that all of human existence might simply be a computer simulation - most recently popularized by Elon Musk - has captivated the minds of millions of computer chair philosophers and college stoners. ... more
EARLY EARTH
Evidence suggests life on Earth started after meteorites splashed into warm little ponds
Hamilton, Canada (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Life on Earth began somewhere between 3.7 and 4.5 billion years ago, after meteorites splashed down and leached essential elements into warm little ponds, say scientists at McMaster University and t ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
NASA May Extend BEAM's Time on the International Space Station
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
NASA is exploring options with Bigelow Aerospace to extend the life of the privately owned Bigelow Expandable Activity Module. Known as BEAM, the module is attached to the International Space Statio ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Telemedicine via satellite improves care at astronaut landings
Paris (ESA) Oct 03, 2017
Tempus Pro, a portable vital-signs monitor offering telemedicine via satellite, is helping medics at ESA astronaut landings. Thomas Pesquet was the first to benefit at the end of his mission in May. ... more
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Private companies are launching a new space race
London, UK (The Conversation) Oct 05, 2017
The space race between the USA and Russia started with a beep from the Sputnik satellite exactly 60 years ago (October 4, 1957) and ended with a handshake in space just 18 years later. The handshake ... more
MICROSAT BLITZ
GomSpace and AISTECH sign supply deal for 100 nanosatellite platforms
Aalborg, Denmark (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
GomSpace A/S - a subsidiary of GomSpace Group AB (the "Company") and the Spanish company AISTECH have signed a Framework Delivery Agreement for the supply of up to 100 Nanosatellite platforms for a ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Alaska antenna to improve NASA's space communications system
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
NASA unveiled a new space communications antenna at the Alaska Satellite Facility in Fairbanks this week. The new antenna, AS-2, which sits atop the Elvey building at University of Alaska Fairbanks, will retrieve data from NASA's spacecraft. ... more
MARSDAILY
Large Solar Storm Sparks Global Aurora and Doubles Radiation Levels on the Martian Surface
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 03, 2017
An unexpectedly strong blast from the Sun hit Mars this month, observed by NASA missions in orbit and on the surface. "NASA's distributed set of science missions is in the right place to detect acti ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Researchers partner with NASA to study astronaut fitness
Manhattan KS (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
A mock space capsule has landed in Kansas State University's Ice Hall. In this built-to-scale model of the Orion spacecraft, "astronauts" practice emergency escape maneuvers while a university kines ... more
MARSDAILY
Fresh Look at Old Data Yields Surprise Near Martian Equator
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 03, 2017
Scientists taking a new look at older data from NASA's longest-operating Mars orbiter have discovered evidence of significant hydration near the Martian equator - a mysterious signature in a region ... more


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ROBO SPACE
Servosila introduces Mobile Robots equipped with Software Defined Radio payloads
Hong Kong (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Servosila introduces a new member of the family of Servosila "Engineer" robots, a UGV called "Radio Engineer". This new variant of the well-known backpack-transportable robot features a Software Def ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
USNO Astronomers Measure New Distances To Nearby Stars
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Astronomers from the U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO), in collaboration with others from the REsearch Consortium On Nearby Stars (RECONS), have determined new distances to a group of faint young stars ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Scientists still confounded by Milky Way's most mysterious star
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
Tabby's Star continues to confound astronomers. New analysis shows the Milky Way's 'most mysterious star' has experienced brief periods of brightening amid its prolonged dimming. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
NASA Damage Map Aids Puerto Rico Hurricane Response
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 02, 2017
A NASA-produced map showing areas of eastern Puerto Rico that were likely damaged by Hurricane Maria has been provided to responding agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA ... more



Alaska antenna to improve NASA's space communications system
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
NASA unveiled a new space communications antenna at the Alaska Satellite Facility in Fairbanks this week. The new antenna, AS-2, which sits atop the Elvey building at University of Alaska Fairbanks, will retrieve data from NASA's spacecraft. NASA operates three space communications networks, the Deep Space Network, Space Network and Near Earth Network. AS-2 will boost the capacity of th ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
USNO Astronomers Measure New Distances To Nearby Stars
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
NASA May Extend BEAM's Time on the International Space Station
Paris (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
OECD calls for tourism to be more sustainable
Arianespace to launch COSMO-SkyMed satellites manufactured by Thales
Lyon, France (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
Thales Alenia Space, joint-venture between Thales and Leonardo, and Arianespace has signed a launch contract for two COSMO-SkyMed Second-Generation (CSG) satellites manufactured for the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the Italian Ministry of Defense. The signing ceremony was attended by French President Emmanuel Macron and Paolo Gentiloni, the President of the Council of Ministers of the It ... more
Wellington NZ (XNA) Sep 29, 2017
New Zealand opens first rocket launch site
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Launch Vehicle and Missile Ascent Trajectories
Cayenne (AFP) Sept 30, 2017
Ariane 5 rocket puts satellites into orbit on second attempt
Lockheed Martin Reveals New Details to its Mars Base Camp Vision
Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
This week at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia, Lockheed Martin engineers are revealing new details of its Mars Base Camp concept including how it aligns with NASA's lunar Deep Space Gateway and a Mars surface lander. Mars Base Camp is a vision of how to send humans to Mars in about a decade. It's a sound, safe and compelling mission architecture centere ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 03, 2017
Fresh Look at Old Data Yields Surprise Near Martian Equator
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Methane belches kept water flowing on ancient Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 05, 2017
Another Chance to Put Your Name on Mars
UN official commends China's role in space cooperation
Adelaide, Australia (XNA) Oct 03, 2017
China is an active member of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and is impressive in opening its space missions to other countries, said Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). Di Pippo made the remarks when having an interview with Xinhua on Wednesday during the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
Beijing (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Work on China's mission to Mars 'well underway'
L-Band Satellite Operators Need To Reposition
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
According to Euroconsult's latest report, Prospects for L-Band, IoT and M2M Markets, the Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) market will grow from 4.3 million MSS terminals in 2016 to more than 12 million terminals by 2026. M2M/IoT (machine-to-machine, Internet of Things) devices will have a significant share in this subscriber growth, while their contribution to operators' revenues should be more l ... more
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Sep 29, 2017
GomSpace and Luxembourg to develop space activities in the Grand Duchy
London, UK (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Spacepath Communications Acquires Tango Wave
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Brodeur Partners Launches Entrepreneurial Space Group
Sputnik, the tiny sphere that launched the space race
Korolyov, Russia (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
When the Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite 60 years ago, it marked both the beginning of space exploration and the start of a race between Moscow and Washington. Sputnik, the tiny silver sphere with four spider leg-like antennae, showed off Soviet technological prowess. But German scientists - who had worked on Adolf Hitler's rocket projects and brought to the USSR af ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 29, 2017
New laser sensor could detect explosives, dangerous gases more quickly
Washington (UPI) Sep 29, 2017
Germany-based Hensoldt acquires Kelvin Hughes
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
UV-irradiated amorphous ice behaves like liquid at low temperatures
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MATISSE to Shed Light on the Formation of Earth and Planets
Paris, France (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
The MATISSE instrument is ready to be sent to Chile, where in the next few weeks it will be installed on the Very Large Telescope (VLT), the world's most powerful astronomical observatory. This achievement is the outcome of 15 years of development, including a final year of testing at the Laboratoire J.-L. Lagrange (Observatoire Cote d'Azur/CNRS/Universite de Nice Sophia-Antipolis). The in ... more
Cleveland OH (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
Glenn Tests Thruster Bound for Metal World
Bern, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
Searching for Distant Worlds With a Flying Telescope
Hong Kong (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists propose new concept of terrestrial planet formation
Helicopter test for Jupiter icy moons radar
Friedrichshafen, Germany (ESA) Oct 03, 2017
A long radar boom that will probe below the surface of Jupiter's icy moons has been tested on Earth with the help of a helicopter. ESA's Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, JUICE, is scheduled for launch in 2022, arriving seven years later. JUICE will study Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere and vast magnetic fields, as well as the planet-sized moons Ganymede, Europa and Callisto. All three moons are ... more
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Solving the Mystery of Pluto's Giant Blades of Ice
Irwindale CA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Global Aerospace Corporation to present Pluto lander concept to NASA
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 11, 2017
Pluto features given first official names
Big rainy season leaves dozens dead in Central America
Guatemala City (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
An unusually intense rainy season in Central America has left dozens dead and thousands more affected by damaged or destroyed homes and roads. Weather observatories said precipitation in September and October - usually the wettest period of the five-month-long season - were 25 to 50 percent heavier than average in the rainiest zones. The worst-hit country in the region was Honduras, wh ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
Lockheed Martin to invest in Submaran S10 submersible drone
Onna, Japan (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
A sustainable future powered by sea
Cambridge UK (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Getting the measure of mud
exactEarth Announces Agreement with Alltek Marine to Expand Small Vessel Tracking Service Offering
Cambridge, Canada (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
exactEarth Ltd. reports that its exactTrax small vessel monitoring technology is now incorporated into Alltek Marine Electronic Corp's (AMEC) AIS Tracking Beacon (TB560). The AMEC TB560 is a simplified Class B AIS device that offers an efficient and cost-effective vessel monitoring solution within AIS VHF transmission range. Now outfitted with exactTrax technology from exactEarth, which ex ... more
Beijing (XNA) Sep 15, 2017
BeiDou navigation to cover Belt and Road countries by 2018
Beijing (XNA) Sep 19, 2017
China's BeiDou-3 satellites get new chips
Denver CO (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
US Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin GPS M-Code Early Use Ground System Upgrade Contract
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Chinese moon missions delayed by rocket failure: report
Beijing (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Two Chinese lunar missions will be delayed by the failed launch of a powerful rocket in July, a state-run newspaper said, in a setback for the country's ambitious space programme. Beijing sees its multi-billion-dollar forays into space as a symbol of China's rise and the success of the Communist Party in turning around the fortunes of the once poverty-stricken nation. Officials are still ... more
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Moon village the first stop to Mars: ESA
Moscow (XNA) Sep 28, 2017
Russian space agency, NASA agree to co-build lunar-orbit space station
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
NASA, Roscosmos Sign Joint Statement on Researching, Exploring Deep Space
Studies of 'Crater Capital' in the Baltics Show Impactful History
Riga, Latvia (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Studies of craters in the Baltics (Estonia) are giving insights into the many impacts that have peppered the Earth over its long history. In southeastern Estonia, scientists have dated charcoal from trees destroyed in an impact to prove a common origin for two small craters, named Illumetsa. A third submarine crater located on the seabed in the Gulf of Finland has been measured and dated with ne ... more
Paris (ESA) Oct 02, 2017
Unexpected Surprise: A Final Image from Rosetta
Baltimore MD (SPX) Sep 29, 2017
Hubble Observes the Farthest Active Inbound Comet Yet Seen
Huntsville AL (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
NASA's Near-Earth Asteroid CubeSat Goes Full Sail
Public Invited to Analyze Photos Taken by International Space Station Astronauts
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
CosmoQuest's Image Detective, a NASA-funded citizen science project, invites the public to identify Earth features in photographs taken by astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS). Citizen scientists are asked to help identify geographic features (natural or human-made) in astronaut photographs and then determine the location on Earth where the photo is centered. CosmoQuest is ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Global Airborne Mission to Make Ozone Hole Detour
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
New Radar Sensor Provides Clear Vision in Any Weather
Buffalo NY (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Scientists monitor Silicon Valley's underground water reserves - from space
Scientists model magnetic storm that inspired red aurora over Kyoto
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Scientists have modeled the extreme storm that triggered a vibrant red aurora atop Kyoto, Japan, in 1770. Researchers used historic accounts of the electromagnetic light show to estimate the storm's strength. Recently, scientists at Tokyo's National Institute of Japanese Literature and National Institute for Polar Research got the opportunity to analyze an ancient painting of a red auro ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
A RAVAN in the sun
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Parker Solar Probe Gets Its Revolutionary Heat Shield
Paris (ESA) Sep 21, 2017
Solar antics
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Progenitor for Tycho's Supernova Was Not Hot and Luminous
Garching, Germany (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
An international team of scientists from the Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), the Towson and Pittsburgh Universities (USA) and the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, has shed new light on the origins of the famous Tycho's supernova. The research, published in Nature Astronomy, debunks the common view that Tycho's supernova originated from a white dwarf, which had been slowly accreti ... more
Paris (ESA) Oct 03, 2017
HEIC 1716 is bursting with starbirth
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
Scientists still confounded by Milky Way's most mysterious star
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
NASA's Webb Telescope to witness galactic infancy
The material that obscures supermassive black holes
Canary Islands, Spain (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Black holes appear to play a fundamental role in how galaxies evolve throughout their life during a phase in which they are active and consume material from the galaxy itself. During this phase, the galaxy hosts an active galactic nucleus (AGN), and the effect that this nuclear activity produces in the galaxy is known as AGN feedback. This feedback can take place in different forms: the AG ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
We're not living in a simulation, scientists confirm
San Francisco CA (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Supersonic gas streams from Big Bang drive massive black hole formation
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Team led by graduate student at PPPL produces unique simulation of magnetic reconnection


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