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November 14, 2017
NASA CubeSat Missions are pushing the boundaries of microsats

Washington DC (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
NASA's Small Spacecraft Technology Program is on the countdown clock to advance communications and proximity maneuvering capabilities for CubeSats with two separate technology demonstration missions. The Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration (OCSD) mission will showcase the first-ever high-speed data downlink from a CubeSat to a ground station using lasers, in addition to maneuvering the pair of diminutive spacecraft to up-close proximity. Also set for demonstration is the Integrat ... read more

AFSPC concludes second Space Flag exercise
Colorado Springs, CO (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Air Force Space Command successfully concluded its second Space Flag exercise at the Boeing Phantom Works Virtual Warfare Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Aug. 25, 2017. The 705th Combat ... more
The state of commercial spaceports in 2017
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
About two years ago the FAA gave Houston the "go-ahead" to build America's 10th commercial spaceport. Yes, the US already had nine spaceports designated for commercial operations. One must ask ... more
NanoRacks launches Full External Cygnus Deployer on OA-8 to ISS
Wallops Island, VA (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Early this morning, the Orbital ATK CRS-8 (OA-8) launch carried another historic NanoRacks mission to the International Space Station (ISS). With a completely full NanoRacks External Cygnus Deployer ... more
View the 2019 solar eclipse from La Silla Observatory
Garching, Germany (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
On 2 July 2019 a total solar eclipse will shroud ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile in darkness. To celebrate this momentous event, ESO is inviting the general public to witness it at the observato ... more
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Mapping functional diversity of forests with remote sensing
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Ecological studies have demonstrated positive relationships between plant diversity and ecosystem functioning. Forests with higher functional diversity are generally more productive and stable over ... more
Gravity waves from merging supermassive black holes will be found soon
New York NY (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Astronomers won't have to wait much longer for their first glimpse of one of the biggest types of unions in the cosmos. New research published November 13 in Nature Astronomy predicts that gravitati ... more
The changing colors of our Living Planet
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
NASA satellites can see our living Earth breathe. In the Northern Hemisphere, ecosystems wake up in the spring, taking in carbon dioxide and exhaling oxygen as they sprout leaves - and a fleet of Ea ... more
First targets chosen for Webb Space Telescope
Paris (ESA) Nov 14, 2017
Gas giant Jupiter, organic molecules in star-forming clouds and baby galaxies in the distant Universe are among the first targets for which data will be immediately available from the James Webb Spa ... more
ALMA captures duo of titanic galaxies in extreme starbursting merger
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
New observations with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have uncovered the never-before-seen close encounter between two astoundingly bright and spectacularly massive galaxies ... more
Astronaut meets volcano
Paris (ESA) Nov 14, 2017
An expedition of astronauts, planetary scientists and engineers is off to Spain's Canary Island of Lanzarote to learn best how to explore uncharted planets. The training will equip space travellers ... more

UN to host first talks on use of 'killer robots'

Human cells, hardy microbes share common ancestor
Fort Collins CO (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
To Tom Santangelo, single-celled microorganisms called archaea are like ancient mariners, surviving among the most extreme conditions on Earth, including volcanic vents in the deep ocean. The ... more
Science has more impact when researchers travel, collaborate
Washington (UPI) Nov 9, 2017
If nations and their research institutions are to produce more impactful science, they need to encourage scientists to travel, collaborate and work across international borders - not restrict them. ... more
Raytheon contracted for development, integration of G550 systems
Washington (UPI) Nov 9, 2017
Pentagon officials announced Wednesday a contract with Raytheon for the development and integration of the Commercial Aircraft Based Instrumentation Telemetry System and the Airborne Command Transmitter System on the G550 airborne early warning aircraft. ... more
The path length of light in opaque media
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
What happens when light passes through a glass of milk? It enters the liquid, is scattered unpredictably at countless tiny particles and exits the glass again. This effect makes milk appear white. T ... more

NASA Moves Up Critical Crew Safety Launch Abort Test
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
NASA's Orion spacecraft is scheduled to undergo a design test in April 2019 of the capsule's launch abort system (LAS), which is a rocket-powered tower on top of the crew module built to very quickly get astronauts safely away from their launch vehicle if there is a problem during ascent. This full-stress test of the LAS, called Ascent Abort Test 2 (AA-2), will see a booster, provided by O ... more
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Brazil's tech junkies seek healing at digital detox clinic
Wallops Island, VA (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
NanoRacks launches Full External Cygnus Deployer on OA-8 to ISS
Paris (ESA) Nov 10, 2017
The road to Orion's launch
The state of commercial spaceports in 2017
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
About two years ago the FAA gave Houston the "go-ahead" to build America's 10th commercial spaceport. Yes, the US already had nine spaceports designated for commercial operations. One must ask, "Why do we need 10 spaceports for so little commercial space activities?" This represents a great deal of investment and ongoing expense for an industry still in its infancy. One reason for al ... more
Dulles VA (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
Orbital ATK Successfully Tests First Motor Case for Next Generation Launch Vehicle
Washington DC (AFP) Nov 12, 2017
Orbital ATK launches eighth cargo mission to space
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Nov 09, 2017
Vega launches Earth observation satellite for Morocco
How long can microorganisms live on Mars
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
Researchers from Lomonosov MSU, Faculty of Soil Science, have studied the resistance microorganisms have against gamma radiation in very low temperatures. The results have been published in the Extremophiles journal. Average temperature on Mars is -63C, but in polar areas and at night it can be as low as -145C. There is pressure lower 100-1000 times than on the Earth, strong ultraviolet an ... more
Huntsville AL (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
NASA Opens $2 Million Third Phase of 3D-Printed Habitat Competition
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 06, 2017
Insight will carry over two million names to Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 06, 2017
Opportunity Does a Wheelie and is Back on Solid Footing
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China plans to launch its reusable spacecraft in 2020, according to a statement from China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation Tuesday. Unlike traditional one-off spacecraft, the new spacecraft will fly into the sky like an aircraft, said Chen Hongbo, a researcher from the corporation. The spacecraft can transport people or payload into the orbit and return to Earth. C ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
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
Astronaut meets volcano
Paris (ESA) Nov 14, 2017
An expedition of astronauts, planetary scientists and engineers is off to Spain's Canary Island of Lanzarote to learn best how to explore uncharted planets. The training will equip space travellers with a geologist's eye. This is the last leg of the intensive Pangaea campaign for astronauts to become effective explorers for missions to the Moon, Mars and asteroids. The crew will expl ... more
Talinn, Estonia (ESA) Nov 03, 2017
European Space Week starts in Estonia
Beijing (XNA) Nov 01, 2017
New Chinese sat comms company awaits approval
Yangon (Xinhua) Oct 23, 2017
Myanmar to launch own satellite system-2 in 2019: vice president
Plasma from lasers can shed light on cosmic rays, solar eruptions
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
Lasers that generate plasma can provide insight into bursts of subatomic particles that occur in deep space, scientists have found. Such findings could help scientists understand cosmic rays, solar flares and solar eruptions - emissions from the sun that can disrupt cell phone service and knock out power grids on Earth. Physicists have long observed that particles like electrons and atomic ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 12, 2017
Leonardo tapped by British Royal Air Force for radar testing equipment
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
A new way to mix oil and water
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Building better silk
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Astronomers See Moving Shadows Around Planet-Forming Star
Amsterdam, Netherlands (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
A team of mainly Dutch astronomers has observed moving shadows on a dust disk around a star. On multiple days they took a 'photo' of the star and its disk. They used the SPHERE instrument, partially built in the Netherlands, on the Very Large Telescope in Chile. Probably, processes in the inner disk cast their shadows at the outer disk. The astronomers publish their findings in The Astrophysical ... more
La Jolla CA (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
Scientists find potential 'missing link' in chemistry that led to life on earth
Ottawa, Canada (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
18-Month Twinkle in a Forming Star Suggests a Very Young Planet
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 02, 2017
Overlooked Treasure: The First Evidence of Exoplanets
Jupiter's Stunning Southern Hemisphere
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
See Jupiter's southern hemisphere in beautiful detail in this new image taken by NASA's Juno spacecraft. The color-enhanced view captures one of the white ovals in the "String of Pearls," one of eight massive rotating storms at 40 degrees south latitude on the gas giant planet. The image was taken on Oct. 24, 2017 at 11:11 a.m. PDT (2:11 p.m. EDT), as Juno performed its ninth close flyby o ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
Watching Jupiter's multiple pulsating X-ray Aurora
Mountain View CA (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
Help Nickname New Horizons' Next Flyby Target
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 03, 2017
Juno Aces 8th Science Pass of Jupiter, Names New Project Manager
How a 'shadow zone' traps the world's oldest ocean water
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
New research from an international team has revealed why the oldest water in the ocean in the North Pacific has remained trapped in a shadow zone around 2km below the sea surface for over 1000 years. To put it in context, the last time this water encountered the atmosphere the Goths had just invaded the Western Roman Empire. The research suggests the time the ancient water spent belo ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 6, 2017
Researchers use forensic science to track turtles
Gao, Mali (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
A well changes lives in ravaged Mali city
Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
50 years of data from oxygen minimum lab helps predict the oceans' future
China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System Expands Into a Global Network
Beijing (XNA) Nov 10, 2017
China launched the first two of the BeiDou-3 satellites into space on Sunday evening, indicating that its BeiDou Navigation Satellite System has begun to expand into a global network, reported on November 6. Positioning accuracy of the BeiDou-3 satellites have an accuracy of 2.5 to five meters, which is comparable with that of GPS, said Xie Jun, chief designer of the satellite at ... more
Melbourne FL (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Harris develops fully digital navigation payload for future GPS III sats
Beijing (XNA) Nov 07, 2017
Better rubidium clocks increase BeiDou satnav accuracy
Xichang, China (XNA) Nov 07, 2017
China launches two BeiDou-3 navigation satellites on single carrier rocket
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NASA Team Studies CubeSat Mission to Measure Water on the Moon
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
A team of NASA scientists wants to draw a more complete picture of where water exists on the Moon and whether it migrates across the lunar surface, including in the permanently shadowed regions that haven't seen sunlight in perhaps a billion years or more. The first hint of potential water at both lunar poles came in 1994, with the Clementine mission flown jointly by NASA and the Departmen ... more
Bristol UK (The Conversation) Nov 10, 2017
China and the US are both shooting for the moon
Moscow (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Russia locks up six for Moon flight simulation
Paris (ESA) Oct 27, 2017
Low-cost clocks for landing on the Moon
Dawn Explores Ceres' Interior Evolution
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 10, 2017
Surface features on Ceres - the largest world between Mars and Jupiter - and its interior evolution have a closer relationship than one might think. A recent study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, analyzed Ceres' surface features to reveal clues about the dwarf planet's interior evolution. Specifically, the study explored linear features - the chains of pits and small, secondary ... more
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
Site of asteroid impact changed the history of life
Washington (UPI) Nov 9, 2017
Unlucky dinosaurs: Scientists say asteroid had 13 percent chance of triggering extinction
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Return of the Comet: 96P Spotted by ESA, NASA Satellites
NASA CubeSat to Test Miniaturized Weather Satellite Technology
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Behind every weather forecast-from your local, five-day prediction to a late-breaking hurricane track update-are the satellites that make them possible. Government agencies depend on observations from weather satellites to inform forecast models that help us prepare for approaching storms and identify areas that need evacuating or emergency first responders. Weather satellites have traditi ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
The changing colors of our Living Planet
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Mapping functional diversity of forests with remote sensing
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
How ice in clouds is born
Parker Solar Probe Comes to NASA Goddard for Testing
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
On Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, NASA's Parker Solar Probe spacecraft arrived at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, for environmental tests. During the spacecraft's stay at Goddard, engineers and technicians will simulate extreme temperatures and other physical stresses that the spacecraft will be subjected to during its historic mission to the Sun. Before arriving at Godda ... more
Garching, Germany (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
View the 2019 solar eclipse from La Silla Observatory
London, UK (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
UK space science mission SMILE gets first round of funding
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
NASA Investigates Invisible Magnetic Bubbles in Outer Solar System
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Hubble Spots Expanding Light Echo Around Supernova
Baltimore MD (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Light from a supernova explosion in the nearby starburst galaxy M82 is reverberating off a huge dust cloud in interstellar space. The supernova, called SN 2014J, occurred at the upper right of M82, and is marked by an "X." The supernova was discovered on Jan. 21, 2014. The inset images at top reveal an expanding shell of light from the stellar explosion sweeping through interstellar ... more
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
Winds blowing off a dying star
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
The path length of light in opaque media
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Tracking down the origins of gold
A quasiparticle quest
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
What kinds of 'particles' are allowed by nature? The answer lies in the theory of quantum mechanics, which describes the microscopic world. In a bid to stretch the boundaries of our understanding of the quantum world, UC Santa Barbara researchers have developed a device that could prove the existence of non-Abelian anyons, a quantum particle that has been mathematically predicted to exist ... more
Ithaca NY (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Where did those electrons go? X-ray measurements solve decades-old mystery
Chicago IL (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
University of Chicago scientists see fireworks from atoms at ultra-low temperatures
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
Theoretical physicists are modeling complex quantum processes with cold atoms and ions
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