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October 24, 2017
MARSDAILY
Mars Rover Mission Progresses Toward Resumed Drilling



Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 24, 2017
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity team is working to restore Curiosity's sample-drilling capability using new techniques. The latest development is a preparatory test on Mars. The five-year-old mission is still several months from the soonest possible resumption of drilling into Martian rocks. Managers are enthusiastic about successful Earth-based tests of techniques to work around a mechanical problem that appeared late last year and suspended use of the rover's drill. "We're steadily proceeding ... read more

TECH SPACE
Using space to study ultra-cold materials
Charlottesville, VA (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
It is said that what goes up must come down. Thank gravity for that. But sometimes gravitational effects affect matter on Earth in ways that physicists would rather do without. So early next year NA ... more
TECH SPACE
Space Traffic Management
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
Those familiar with air traffic management architectures understand the constraints of aircraft flying in the atmosphere, vehicle dynamics and command and control techniques. Unfortunately, space tr ... more
PHYSICS NEWS
NASA Challenges Students to Design Microgravity Experiments
Cleveland OH (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
Do you have what it takes to think like a scientist? Well, put on your lab coats and thinking caps because NASA is challenging U.S. high school students to participate in research related to the Int ... more
SPACEWAR
USAF Space Command wargames concludes
Nellis AFB NV (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
The eleventh in a series of Air Force Space Command Wargames concluded here last week. Set in the year 2027, Schriever Wargame 2017 (SW17) explored critical space and cyberspace issues in depth. ... more
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MISSILE DEFENSE
Lockheed Martin missile defense sensor technology receives prototyping contract
Syracuse NY (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
The Department of Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) awarded Lockheed Martin a contract for the technology maturation of Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) prototypes. ... more
TECH SPACE
Two-dimensional materials gets a new theory for control of properties
University Park PA (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Desirable properties including increased electrical conductivity, improved mechanical properties, or magnetism for memory storage or information processing may be possible because of a theoretical m ... more
MISSILE DEFENSE
Lockheed Martin to develop missile defense tools under DoD deal
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Lockheed Martin will develop lower-tier air and missile defense sensor prototypes under a Department of Defense contract. ... more
CYBER WARS
NATO states open counter-espionage hub in Poland
Warsaw (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
NATO states opened a counter-espionage hub in Poland on Thursday aimed at expanding the alliance's intelligence-gathering capabilities amid tensions with Russia, a senior Polish official said. ... more
TECH SPACE
Dutch open 'world's first 3D-printed bridge'
The Hague (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Dutch officials toasted on Tuesday the opening of what is being called the world's first 3D-printed concrete bridge, which is primarily meant to be used by cyclists. ... more
GPS NEWS
Galileo in place for launch: then there were four
Paris (ESA) Oct 24, 2017
Two more Galileo satellites have reached Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, joining the first pair of navigation satellites and the Ariane 5 rocket due to haul the quartet to orbit this December. ... more


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EARTH OBSERVATION
Satellites map photosynthesis at high resolution
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
Life on Earth is impossible without photosynthesis. It provides food and oxygen to all higher life forms and plays an important role in the climate system, since this process regulates the uptake of ... more
TECH SPACE
Xenesis Licenses Cutting Edge IP from NASA/JPL
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
Xenesis.io has signed a formal License Agreement with NASA's Office of Technology Transfer, for the further development, manufacture and distribution of the World's first functional Free Space Optic ... more
IRON AND ICE
Asteroid Luca
Paris (ESA) Oct 24, 2017
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano has been on Earth since his mission to the International Space Station in 2013, but "Lucaparmitano" is now back in space thanks to an Italian astronomer. The Inter ... more
EARLY EARTH
Life goes on for marine ecosystems after cataclysmic mass extinction
Leeds UK (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
One of the largest global mass extinctions did not fundamentally change marine ecosystems, scientists have found. An international team of scientists, including Dr Alex Dunhill from the Univer ... more



Plants and psychological well-being in space
Gainesville FL (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Where people will go in the cosmos, plants will go. That's the message of a paper entitled "Gardening for Therapeutic People-Plant Interactions during Long-Duration Space Missions" written by Raymond Odeh, and Charles L. Guy of the University of Florida (Gainesville) and published in the De Gruyter journal, Open Agriculture. In the beginning of the space age, researchers sought to see if ... more
Moscow (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Russia's space agency says glitch in manned Soyuz landing
Miami (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Spacewalkers fix robotic arm in time to grab next cargo ship
Huntsville AL (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
NASA develops and tests new housing for in-orbit science payloads
NASA awards launch contracts for Landsat 9 and Sentinel-6A
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC (ULS) of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for the Landsat 9 mission. The mission is currently targeted for a contract launch date of June 2021, while protecting for the ability to launch as early as December 2020, on an Atlas V 401 rocket from Space Launch Complex 3E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The total cost for ... more
Washington DC (Sputnik) Oct 23, 2017
It's a success! Blue Origin conducts first hot-fire test of BE-4 engine
Paris (ESA) Oct 18, 2017
ESA role in Europe's first all-electric telecom satellite
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Lockheed Martin Launches Second Cycle of 'Girls' Rocketry Challenge' in Japan
MAVEN finds Mars has a twisted tail
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Mars has an invisible magnetic "tail" that is twisted by interaction with the solar wind, according to new research using data from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft. NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) spacecraft is in orbit around Mars gathering data on how the Red Planet lost much of its atmosphere and water, transforming from a world that could have supported life billi ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 24, 2017
Mars Rover Mission Progresses Toward Resumed Drilling
Paris (ESA) Oct 23, 2017
Mine craft for Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 23, 2017
Opportunity spends the week imaging Perseverance Valley
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Jing Haipeng, the first Chinese astronaut to go into space three times, has voiced his desire to go into space again as a further demonstration of his loyalty to the Communist Party of China (CPC). "I'm eager to go to space again, be a pioneer in the battle one more time," said the 51-year-old major general and delegate to the ongoing 19th National Congress of the CPC. "Let the vastn ... 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
Adelaide, Australia (XNA) Oct 03, 2017
UN official commends China's role in space cooperation
Myanmar to launch own satellite system-2 in 2019: vice president
Yangon (Xinhua) Oct 23, 2017
Myanmar has planned to launch its own satellite system MyanmarSat-2 in June in 2019, official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Saturday. To establish state-owned satellite system, the three ways - Condosat which is to lease the use of satellite transponder of another country, joint ownership system and total ownership system - are needed to be done, Vice President U Myint Swe told a co ... more
Toulouse, France (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Eutelsat's Airbus-built full electric EUTELSAT 172B satellite reaches geostationary orbit
Moscow (Sputnik) Oct 10, 2017
Turkey, Russia to Enhance Cooperation in the Field of Space Technologies
Los Angeles (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
SpaceX launches 10 satellites for Iridium mobile network
These headsets are made for walking over Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 20, 2017
When NASA scientists want to follow the path of the Curiosity rover on Mars, they can don a mixed-reality headset and virtually explore the Martian landscape. Starting today, everyone can get a taste of what that feels like. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, collaborated with Google to produce Access Mars, a free immersive experience. It's available for use on all d ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
Xenesis Licenses Cutting Edge IP from NASA/JPL
The Hague (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Dutch open 'world's first 3D-printed bridge'
Charlottesville, VA (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
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New NASA study improves search for habitable worlds
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
New NASA research is helping to refine our understanding of candidate planets beyond our solar system that might support life. "Using a model that more realistically simulates atmospheric conditions, we discovered a new process that controls the habitability of exoplanets and will guide us in identifying candidates for further study," said Yuka Fujii of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies ... more
Laurel MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
From Comets Come Planets
New York NY (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
A star that devoured its own planets
Exeter UK (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
Astronomers find potential solution into how planets form
Haumea, the most peculiar of Pluto companions, has a ring around it
Granada, Spain (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
At the ends of the Solar System, beyond the orbit of Neptune, there is a belt of objects composed of ice and rocks, among which four dwarf planets stand out: Pluto, Eris, Makemake and Haumea. The latter is the least well known of the four and was recently the object of an international observation campaign which was able to establish its main physical characteristics. The study, led by astronome ... more
Garching, Germany (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Ring around a dwarf planet detected
Friedrichshafen, Germany (ESA) Oct 03, 2017
Helicopter test for Jupiter icy moons radar
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Solving the Mystery of Pluto's Giant Blades of Ice
Hardy corals make their moves to build new reefs from scratch
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Resilient species of coral can move to inhospitable areas and lay the foundations for new reefs, a study shows. Scientists have discovered that these tough, mobile corals can create their own stable habitats, which act as a base upon which other species can attach and build reefs. These hardy corals - known as coralliths - grow on pebbles or fragments of dead reefs, and they can surv ... more
Hasankeyf, Turkey (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Ancient Turkish town prepares to vanish under floodwaters
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
Coral study: Previous warming period inspired sea level rise in fits and starts
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
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Galileo in place for launch: then there were four
Paris (ESA) Oct 24, 2017
Two more Galileo satellites have reached Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, joining the first pair of navigation satellites and the Ariane 5 rocket due to haul the quartet to orbit this December. Galileos 21 and 22 left Luxembourg Airport on a Boeing 747 cargo jet on the morning of 17 October, arriving at Cayenne - Felix Eboue Airport in French Guiana on the same day. Resting withi ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 10, 2017
Lockheed Martin's first GPS III Satellite receives green light from Air Force
Cambridge, Canada (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
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Beijing (XNA) Sep 15, 2017
BeiDou navigation to cover Belt and Road countries by 2018
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Human presence in Lunar orbit one step closer with successful RS-25 engine test
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne has test-fired its RS-25 engine, E2063, for 500 seconds at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. This is the second RS-25 engine Aerojet Rocketdyne has tested for NASA's second Exploration Mission (EM-2). EM-2 will be the first mission to launch astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft with the Exploration Upper Stage (EUS) on top of the Space Launch System (SLS). ... more
Huntsville AL (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
NASA research suggests significant atmosphere in lunar past and possible source of water on Moon
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
Lunar lava tube could be used as a moon mission base
Paris (ESA) Oct 20, 2017
Temperature of Lunar Flashes Measured for the First Time
Asteroid Luca
Paris (ESA) Oct 24, 2017
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano has been on Earth since his mission to the International Space Station in 2013, but "Lucaparmitano" is now back in space thanks to an Italian astronomer. The International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Centre has confirmed a new name for an asteroid formerly known merely as 1993 TD: (37627) Lucaparmitano. The asteroid was discovered in 1993 by Italian ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Orionid meteor shower to peak this weekend
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 20, 2017
Dawn Mission Extended at Ceres
Perth, Australia (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Samples brought back from asteroid reveal 'rubble pile' had a violent past
Satellites map photosynthesis at high resolution
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
Life on Earth is impossible without photosynthesis. It provides food and oxygen to all higher life forms and plays an important role in the climate system, since this process regulates the uptake of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the Earth's atmosphere and its fixation in biomass. However, quantification of photosynthesis at the ecosystem-to-global scale remains uncertain. Now an international ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
GOES-T Satellite "Brains" and "Body" Come Together
Paris (ESA) Oct 17, 2017
Sentinel-5P: satellite in excellent health
Beijing (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
First joint France-China satellite to study oceans
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
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Deep Space Communications via Faraway Photons
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 20, 2017
A spacecraft destined to explore a unique asteroid will also test new communication hardware that uses lasers instead of radio waves. The Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) package aboard NASA's Psyche mission utilizes photons - the fundamental particle of visible light - to transmit more data in a given amount of time. The DSOC goal is to increase spacecraft communications performan ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Self-portrait of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope marks critical test
Providence RI (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Research demonstrates method to alter coherence of light
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
NASA Receives Findings from WFIRST Independent Review Team
Proton and antiproton share fundamental properties
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
The search goes on. No difference in protons and antiprotons have yet been found which would help to potentially explain the existence of matter in our universe. However, physicists in the BASE collaboration at the CERN research center have been able to measure the magnetic force of antiprotons with almost unbelievable precision. Nevertheless, the data do not provide any information about ... more
Swansea UK (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Swansea University's physicists develop a new quantum simulation protocol
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
A single photon reveals quantum entanglement of 16 million atoms
Bonn, Germany (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
'Find the Lady' in the quantum world
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