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October 09, 2017
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SpaceX launches 10 satellites for Iridium mobile network



Los Angeles (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket on Monday carrying 10 satellites to bolster the global data communications network for Virginia-based company, Iridium. The white rocket blasted off at 5:37 am (1237 GMT), before sunrise, from Vandenberg Air Force base in California. About seven minutes after launch, the tall portion of the Falcon 9, known as the first stage, returned to Earth for an upright landing. This part of the vehicle fired its rocket engines and made a controlled landing on a float ... read more

SOLAR SCIENCE
Scientists propose space shield to protect Earth from solar storms
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
If governments and their space agencies are serious about protecting Earth from solar storms, one team of researchers argues a giant space shield is the most logical solution. ... more
MOON DAILY
Moon Once Had an Atmosphere
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
A new study shows that an atmosphere was produced around the ancient Moon, 3 to 4 billion years ago, when intense volcanic eruptions spewed gases above the surface faster than they could escape to s ... more
MARSDAILY
Mars Study Yields Clues to Possible Cradle of Life
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 09, 2017
The discovery of evidence for ancient sea-floor hydrothermal deposits on Mars identifies an area on the planet that may offer clues about the origin of life on Earth. A recent international re ... more
MARSDAILY
ASU examines Mars' moon Phobos in a different light
Tempe AZ (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
NASA's longest-lived mission to Mars has gained its first look at the Martian moon Phobos, pursuing a deeper understanding by examining it in infrared wavelengths. The Thermal Emission Imaging ... more
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EXO WORLDS
Are Self-Replicating Starships Practical
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Science fiction has frequently considered self-replicating robots that travel across space, making copies of themselves as they spread throughout the galaxy. Such devices are formally known as "von ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Violent helium reaction on white dwarf surface triggers supernova explosion
San Francisco CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
An international team of researchers has found evidence a supernova explosion that was first triggered by a helium detonation, reports a new study in Nature this week. A Type Ia supernova is a ... more
IRON AND ICE
Team led by UCLA astrophysicist observes primitive comet 2 billion kilometres from the sun
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
A team of astronomers led by UCLA professor David Jewitt has identified a "special comet" 2.5 billion kilometres from the sun. No other comet heading toward our sun has ever been seen at such a grea ... more
EXO WORLDS
New telescope attachment allows ground-based observations of new worlds
University Park, PA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
A new, low-cost attachment to telescopes allows previously unachievable precision in ground-based observations of exoplanets - planets beyond our solar system. With the new attachment, ground-based ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Satellite transmissions cease, no impact to weather mission
Schriever AFB CO (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
The Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight 19 ceased transmitting weather data after nearly three and a half years of operational service to Department of Defense and civilian agencies. ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Astronomers use IAC instrument to probe the origins of cosmic rays
La Laguna, Spain (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
In November 1572 a supernova explosion was observed in the direction of the constellation of Cassiopeia, and its most famous observer was Tycho Brahe, one of the founders of modern observational ast ... more


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FLORA AND FAUNA
Animals that play with objects learn how to use them as tools
York, UK (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Researchers have discovered that New Caledonian crows and kea parrots can learn about the usefulness of objects by playing with them - similar to human baby behaviour. The study, led by researchers ... more
SPACEWAR
Army refines recipe for quantum-enhanced technologies
Adelphi MD (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory and its partners have made a breakthrough in understanding the structure of entanglement in quantum systems with long-range interactions. Entanglement, researchers ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Satellites See Silicon Valley's Quick Drought Recovery
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 06, 2017
Underground water reserves in California's Silicon Valley rebounded quickly from the state's recent severe drought, demonstrating the success of aggressive conservation measures, according to a new ... more
BIO FUEL
A key step in synthetic fuel production from seawater patented by NRL
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
The world's oceans cover approximately 70 percent of Earth's surface and contain roughly 93 percent of the planet's carbon dioxide (CO2). With around 38,000 gigatons (Gt) of carbon, our world's ocea ... 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
Lyon, France (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Arianespace signs contract for 10 Vega and Vega C launchers
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Launch Vehicle and Missile Ascent Trajectories
ASU examines Mars' moon Phobos in a different light
Tempe AZ (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
NASA's longest-lived mission to Mars has gained its first look at the Martian moon Phobos, pursuing a deeper understanding by examining it in infrared wavelengths. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) camera on NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter observed Phobos on Sept. 29, 2017. THEMIS Principal Investigator Philip Christensen and THEMIS Mission Planner, Jonathon Hill of ASU's School of ... 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
China launches three satellites
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
SpaceX launches 10 satellites for Iridium mobile network
Los Angeles (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket on Monday carrying 10 satellites to bolster the global data communications network for Virginia-based company, Iridium. The white rocket blasted off at 5:37 am (1237 GMT), before sunrise, from Vandenberg Air Force base in California. About seven minutes after launch, the tall portion of the Falcon 9, known as the first stage, returned to Earth for an u ... more
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
L-Band Satellite Operators Need To Reposition
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Lockheed Martin Completes First Flexible Solar Array for LM 2100 Satellite
London, UK (The Conversation) Oct 05, 2017
Private companies are launching a new space race
Electrically heated textiles now possible via UMass Amherst research
Amherst MD (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Commuters, skiers, crossing guards and others who endure frozen fingers in cold weather may look forward to future relief as manufacturers are poised to take advantage of a new technique for creating electrically heated cloth developed by materials scientist Trisha Andrew and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. They have made gloves that keep fingers as warm as the palm of the ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Unexpected discovery leads to new theory of liquid streaming
Korolyov, Russia (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Sputnik, the tiny sphere that launched the space race
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Saab supplying radar to U.S. Coast Guard
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
Biomarker Found In Space Complicates Search For Life On Exoplanets
Paris (ESA) Oct 06, 2017
A molecule once thought to be a useful marker for life as we know it has been discovered around a young star and at a comet for the first time, suggesting these ingredients are inherited during the planet-forming phase. The discovery of methyl chloride was made by the ground-based Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, and by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft following Comet ... more
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Are Self-Replicating Starships Practical
University Park, PA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
New telescope attachment allows ground-based observations of new worlds
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 06, 2017
The Super-Earth that Came Home for Dinner
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
Did rapid sea-level rise drown fossil coral reefs around Hawaii?
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Investigations to predict changes in sea levels and their impacts on coastal systems are a step closer, as a result of international collaboration between the University of Sydney and researchers from Japan, Spain, and the United States. Scientists globally are investigating just how quickly sea-level rise can occur as a result of global warming and ice sheets melting. Recent findings sugg ... more
Wellington (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Pacific's Niue creates huge marine sanctuary
Ottawa (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Shipping, fishing killed Canada right whales: autopsy
Valletta (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Prince Charles warns 'plastic on the menu' in world's fish
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
International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit 2018 - March 27-28 - Atlanta USA
Moon Once Had an Atmosphere
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
A new study shows that an atmosphere was produced around the ancient Moon, 3 to 4 billion years ago, when intense volcanic eruptions spewed gases above the surface faster than they could escape to space. The study, supported by NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, was published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters. When one looks up at the Moon, dark surfaces of vo ... more
Beijing (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Chinese moon missions delayed by rocket failure: report
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
A geochemist from MSU has assessed the oxidative environment inside asteroids
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
A postgraduate of the Faculty of Geology at Moscow State University working as a part of an international team has assessed the oxidative environment and its changes inside asteroids from the core to the surface. This gives the authors of the study a better understanding of how the planets were formed. The paper was published in Meteoritics and Planetary Science. Asteroids were formed by a ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Team led by UCLA astrophysicist observes primitive comet 2 billion kilometres from the sun
Riga, Latvia (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Studies of 'Crater Capital' in the Baltics Show Impactful History
Paris (ESA) Oct 02, 2017
Unexpected Surprise: A Final Image from Rosetta
Satellite transmissions cease, no impact to weather mission
Schriever AFB CO (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
The Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight 19 ceased transmitting weather data after nearly three and a half years of operational service to Department of Defense and civilian agencies. On Feb. 11, 2016, operators lost the ability to command the satellite following a power failure within the command and control system. The DMSP operations team remained in regular contact with the ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 06, 2017
Satellites See Silicon Valley's Quick Drought Recovery
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Public Invited to Analyze Photos Taken by International Space Station Astronauts
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Global Airborne Mission to Make Ozone Hole Detour
Scientists propose space shield to protect Earth from solar storms
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
If governments and their space agencies are serious about protecting Earth from solar storms, one team of researchers argues a giant space shield is the most logical solution. Much attention is paid to the threat of comets and asteroids. In the past, violent collisions have triggered mass extinctions. Solar storms - intense waves of high energy particles flung into space during coronal ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Scientists model magnetic storm that inspired red aurora over Kyoto
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
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
Astronomers reveal evidence of dynamical dark energy
Portsmouth, UK (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
An international research team, including astronomers from the University of Portsmouth, has revealed evidence of dynamical dark energy. The discovery, recently published in the journal Nature Astronomy, found that the nature of dark energy may not be the cosmological constant introduced by Albert Einstein 100 years ago, which is crucial for the study of dark energy. Lead author of the stu ... more
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
The Scientific Quest to Explain Kepler's Most Enigmatic Find
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
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. But new research by a pair of theoretical physicists suggests it is simply not possible to build a computer big enough to run such a massive simulation. Zohar Ringel and Dmi ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Open-access collider data confirm subatomic particle patterns
Tallahassee FL (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Heavy chemical elements alter theory of quantum mechanics
Rochester NY (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Generating terahertz radiation from water makes 'the impossible, possible'


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