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October 30, 2017
SPACE TRAVEL
Scientist devises a solar reactor to make water and oxygen from moon rocks



Washington DC (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
Working over a ten year period at the Plataforma Solar de Almeria (CIEMAT) Denk has designed and built a device to make enough oxygen and water for 6 to 8 astronauts, powered by a thermal solar reactor. In 2017 it completed a six-month test run. The idea is not new; just the implementation. "From the beginning people were thinking this probably has to be done with a solar furnace, because on the Moon there is not very much to heat a system that you can use; photovoltaics with electricity or ... read more

SPACE TRAVEL
NanoRacks Deploys Second Kaber-Class Microsatellite This Week, First On-Orbit Assembly
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
NanoRacks successfully deployed NovaWurks' SIMPL satellite via the Company's Kaber Microsatellite Deployer (KABER) from the International Space Station (ISS) early this morning. This is the second K ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
How Does Your Space Garden Grow
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
Early Friday morning, astronauts onboard the International Space Station were busy at work, harvesting three varieties of leafy greens from the Veggie growth chamber and installing the next generati ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Arianespace to launch Inmarsat's fifth Global Xpress satellite
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Oct 30, 2017
Arianespace and Inmarsat have announced the signature of the launch contract for Inmarsat's Global Xpress-5 (GX-5) very high throughput communications satellite. The satellite will be orbited ... more
IRON AND ICE
Rosetta finds comet plume powered from below
Paris (ESA) Oct 27, 2017
Last year, a fountain of dust was spotted streaming from Rosetta's comet, prompting the question: how was it powered? Scientists now suggest the outburst was driven from inside the comet, perhaps re ... more
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MARSDAILY
Levitation Key to How Martian Landscapes Form
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
Scientists from the Open University (OU) have discovered a process that could explain the long-debated mystery of how recent and present-day surface features on Mars are formed in the absence of sig ... more
MARSDAILY
Winters leave marks on Mars' sand dunes
Washington (UPI) Oct 27, 2017
New lab experiments suggest the sublimation of carbon dioxide - which freezes in the winter and thaws in the spring - is leaving unique marks on Mars' sand dunes. ... more
MARSDAILY
Winters on Mars are shaping the Red Planet's landscape
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
Researchers based millions of kilometres from Mars have unveiled new evidence for how contemporary features are formed on the Red Planet. Their innovative lab-based experiments on carbon dioxide (CO ... more
EXO WORLDS
Citizen scientist spots comet tails streaking past distant star
London, UK (SPX) Oct 27, 2017
Citizen scientist Thomas Jacobs was the first to spot tell-tale signs that a comet was orbiting a distant star monitored by the Kepler Space Observatory. Professor Saul Rappaport (Massachusetts Inst ... more
EXO WORLDS
One small doorstep for man: Cosmic mat welcomes aliens
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Oct 27, 2017
It may look like an ordinary door mat, but its creators insist the conceptual art piece could encourage alien life to visit Earth - and help create a new kind of space archaeology. ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
New evidence for dark matter makes it even more exotic
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Galaxy clusters are the largest known structures in the Universe, containing thousands of galaxies and hot gas. But more importantly, they contain the mysterious dark matter, which accounts for 27 p ... more


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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
NASA sounding rocket probes the dark regions of space
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
Though stars and galaxies fill our night sky, most of the matter in the universe resides in the dark voids in between. Spread out over unfathomable distances, this cold, diffuse gas between galaxies ... more
TECH SPACE
Laser beams for superconductivity
Trieste, Italy (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
A laser pulse, a special material, an extraordinary property which appears inexplicably. These are the main elements that emerge from a research conducted by an international team, coordinated by Mi ... more
ROBO SPACE
Physics boosts artificial intelligence methods
Pasadena CA (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Researchers from Caltech and the University of Southern California (USC) report the first application of quantum computing to a physics problem. By employing quantum-compatible machine learning tech ... more
ROBO SPACE
Researchers unveil tool to debug 'black box' deep learning algorithms
New York NY (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Computers can now beat humans at chess and Go, but it may be a while before people trust their driving. The danger of self-driving cars was highlighted last year when Tesla's autonomous car collided ... more



Pope asks spacemen life's big questions in ISS live chat
Vatican City (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Pope Francis chatted with six astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, kicking off the rare interview with a philosophical question on "man's place in the universe". Italian Paolo Nespoli, 60, admitted that despite the bird's eye view of Earth he too remained "perplexed", while American Mark Vande Hei said seeing the planet from space made them "realise how fragile we ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
Scientist devises a solar reactor to make water and oxygen from moon rocks
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
How Does Your Space Garden Grow
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
NanoRacks Deploys Second Kaber-Class Microsatellite This Week, First On-Orbit Assembly
Arianespace to launch Inmarsat's fifth Global Xpress satellite
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Oct 30, 2017
Arianespace and Inmarsat have announced the signature of the launch contract for Inmarsat's Global Xpress-5 (GX-5) very high throughput communications satellite. The satellite will be orbited by an Ariane 5 heavy-lift launcher from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana (South America) during the second half of 2019. A very high throughput satellite (V-H ... more
Ann Arbor NI (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Thruster for Mars mission breaks records
Cambridge MA (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Draper and Sierra Nevada Corporation announce new agreement for space missions
Huntsville AL (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne breaks ground on advanced manufacturing center in Huntsville
Winters leave marks on Mars' sand dunes
Washington (UPI) Oct 27, 2017
New lab experiments suggest the sublimation of carbon dioxide - which freezes in the winter and thaws in the spring - is leaving unique marks on Mars' sand dunes. Much science has been devoted to the events and processes that shaped the Martian surface millions of years ago, but a team of scientists at the University of Dublin, in Ireland, wanted to better understand how the Red Plane ... more
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
Winters on Mars are shaping the Red Planet's landscape
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
Levitation Key to How Martian Landscapes Form
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 24, 2017
Mars Rover Mission Progresses Toward Resumed Drilling
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
High field magnet at BER II offers Insights into a hidden order
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Crystals comprising the elements uranium, ruthenium, rhodium, and silicon have a simple geometric structure and should no longer be hiding any secrets. However, that is not the case - quite the contrary. At temperatures below 17.5 Kelvin, a new internal order emerges: Something in the material orders in some yet undisclosed way, releasing a certain amount of heat as a signature. Known is o ... more
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Solid or liquid? Researcher proposes a new definition of glass
Trieste, Italy (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Laser beams for superconductivity
Barcelona, Spain (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Turning a material upside down can sometimes make it softer
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Astronomers discover sunscreen snow falling on hot exoplanet
University Park PA (SPX) Oct 27, 2017
Astronomers at Penn State have used the Hubble Space Telescope to find a blistering-hot giant planet outside our solar system where the atmosphere "snows" titanium dioxide - the active ingredient in sunscreen. These Hubble observations are the first detections of this "snow-out" process, called a "cold trap," on an exoplanet. This discovery, and other observations made by the Penn State te ... more
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Oct 27, 2017
One small doorstep for man: Cosmic mat welcomes aliens
London, UK (SPX) Oct 27, 2017
Citizen scientist spots comet tails streaking past distant star
London, UK (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Comet mission reveals 'missing link' in our understanding of planet formation
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
Among 'green' energy, hydropower is the most dangerous
Hong Kong (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Many governments are promoting a move away from fossil fuels towards renewable energy sources. However, in a study published this week, scientists highlight some of the ecological dangers this wave of 'green' energy poses. "We know that burning fossil fuels is damaging the environment and warming the climate," said Dr. Luke Gibson, Honorary Assistant Professor of the School of Biological S ... more
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Nanoparticles remove cadmium toxicity from a freshwater system
Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Paleogenomic analysis sheds light on Easter Island mysteries
Kiel, Germany (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Marine snowfall at the equator
Airobot supplies positioning technology to single largest container terminal in Europe
Antwerp, Belgium (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Currently, the MSC PSA European Terminal (MPET) in Antwerp, Belgium, is moving its operations from the Delwaidedock on the right bank of the river Schelde to the Deurganckdock on the left bank. In this context, this terminal is being expanded to a throughput capacity of 9 million TEUs annually. This will make it the single largest container terminal in Europe. When fully moved and operatio ... more
Paris (ESA) Oct 24, 2017
Galileo in place for launch: then there were four
Washington (UPI) Oct 10, 2017
Lockheed Martin's first GPS III Satellite receives green light from Air Force
Cambridge, Canada (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
exactEarth Announces Agreement with Alltek Marine to Expand Small Vessel Tracking Service Offering
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Low-cost clocks for landing on the Moon
Paris (ESA) Oct 27, 2017
A European clock accurate to a trillionth of a second is set to be used on satellites and missions to the Moon. The ultra-precise time-keeper was conceived by a small company in Latvia, and ESA has recognised its potential for space. "We are the Ferrari of timers with the components of a tractor," says Nikolai Adamovitch of Eventech. "We provide extreme timing accuracy using re ... more
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Human presence in Lunar orbit one step closer with successful RS-25 engine test
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
Rosetta finds comet plume powered from below
Paris (ESA) Oct 27, 2017
Last year, a fountain of dust was spotted streaming from Rosetta's comet, prompting the question: how was it powered? Scientists now suggest the outburst was driven from inside the comet, perhaps released from ancient gas vents or pockets of hidden ice. The plume was seen by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft on 3 July 2016, just a few months before the end of the mission and as Comet 67P/Churyumov- ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 27, 2017
Scientists detect comets outside our solar system
Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Oct 27, 2017
Rosetta Reveals Dust Jet from Comet
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 27, 2017
Dawn Finds Possible Ancient Ocean Remnants at Ceres
Google Earth helps researchers identify 400 ancient stone gates in Saudi Arabia
Washington (UPI) Oct 23, 2017
With the help of Google Earth, a single researcher from the University of Western Australia has identified 400 previously undocumented stone "gates" in Saudi Arabia. "I refer to them as gates because when you view them from above they look like a simple field gate lying flat, two upright posts on the sides, connected by one or more long bars," David Kennedy, a professor of classics and ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
When surrounding farms get hot and dry, cities cool off
Paris (SPX) Oct 27, 2017
Earth Observation market worth $8-15B by 2026
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
GOES-T Satellite "Brains" and "Body" Come Together
On the generation of solar spicules and Alfvenic waves
La Laguna, Spain (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
At any given moment, as many as 10 million wild snakes of solar material leap from the sun's surface. These are spicules, and despite their abundance, scientists didn't understand how these jets of plasma form nor did they influence the heating of the outer layers of the sun's atmosphere or the solar wind. Now, for the first time, in a study partly funded by NASA, scientists have modeled spicule ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
NASA sounding rocket instrument spots signatures of long-sought small solar flares
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
How scientists used NASA data to predict the corona of the Aug. 21 Total Solar Eclipse
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Scientists propose space shield to protect Earth from solar storms
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New evidence for dark matter makes it even more exotic
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Galaxy clusters are the largest known structures in the Universe, containing thousands of galaxies and hot gas. But more importantly, they contain the mysterious dark matter, which accounts for 27 percent of all matter and energy. Current models of dark matter predict that galaxy clusters have very dense cores, and those cores contain a very massive galaxy that never moves from the cluster's cen ... more
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Gamma rays will reach beyond the limits of light
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
NASA sounding rocket probes the dark regions of space
Cambridge UK (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Scientists write 'traps' for light with tiny ink droplets
Stronger Tests of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity with Binary Neutron Stars
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Einstein's theory of general relativity has withstood 100 years of experimental scrutiny. However, these tests do not constrain how well the very strong gravitational fields produced by merging neutron stars obey this theory. New, more sophisticated techniques can now search for deviations from general relativity with unprecedented sensitivity. Scientists at the Max Planck Institutes for G ... more
Warsaw, Poland (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
The most exotic fluid has an unexpectedly low viscosity
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Bringing the atomic world into full color
Swansea UK (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
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