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November 16, 2017
EXO WORLDS
Our Living Planet Shapes the Search for Life Beyond Earth



Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 16, 2017
As a young scientist, Tony del Genio of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City met Clyde Tombaugh, the discoverer of Pluto. "I thought, 'Wow, this is a one-time opportunity,'" del Genio said. "I'll never meet anyone else who found a planet." That prediction was spectacularly wrong. In 1992, two scientists discovered the first planet around another star, or exoplanet, and since then more people have found planets than throughout all of Earth's preceding history. As ... read more

CLIMATE SCIENCE
Artificially cooling planet 'risky strategy,' new research shows
Exeter UK (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Proposals to reduce the effects of global warming by imitating volcanic eruptions could have a devastating effect on global regions prone to either tumultuous storms or prolonged drought, new resear ... more
OUTER PLANETS
Pluto's hydrocarbon haze keeps dwarf planet colder than expected
Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
The gas composition of a planet's atmosphere generally determines how much heat gets trapped in the atmosphere. For the dwarf planet Pluto, however, the predicted temperature based on the compositio ... more
EXO WORLDS
Closest temperate world orbiting quiet star discovered
Paris (ESA) Nov 15, 2017
A temperate Earth-sized planet has been discovered only 11 light-years from the Solar System by a team using ESO's unique planet-hunting HARPS instrument. The new world has the designation Ross 128 ... more
SPACEMART
Space Launch plans UK industry tour
London, UK (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
The UK Space Agency is touring the country with industry workshops and public open evenings on LaunchUK - the campaign to enable small satellite rocket launches and sub-orbital flights from UK space ... more
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DRAGON SPACE
China plans first sea based launch by 2018
Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
China is expected to complete its first sea launch for commercial payloads in 2018, said Yang Baohua, vice general manager of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC). Yang m ... more
MARSDAILY
Russia's Roscosmos may take part in creation of 'Martian Town' in Dubai
Dubai (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
The United Arab Emirates are planning to create "Mars Scientific City," an ambitious project that would simulate the conditions of life on Mars. Russia's space corporation Roscosmos will consu ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Baikonur for Russia, Kazakhstan offers UAE Baikonur for launches
Dubai (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
United Arab Emirates Space Agency and Russia's space corporation Roscosmos plan to create a joint technical committee for the implementation of space projects. Roscosmos chief Igor Komarov tol ... more
MARSDAILY
Fracture swarms on Mars driven by ancient tectonics
Paris (ESA) Nov 16, 2017
ESA's Mars Express has imaged striking features on Mars were caused by the planet's crust stretching apart in response to ancient volcanic activity. The fractures in the Sirenum Fossae region ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Ozone ups and downs
Paris (ESA) Nov 16, 2017
Climate scientists studying three decades of ozone measurements from seven satellites see a positive trend in global recovery thanks to international efforts to curb ozone-depleting substances. ... more
SPACEWAR
Russia claims US poised to turn space into 'warfighting domain'
Washington DC (Sputnik) Nov 15, 2017
The US military appears willing to take war to a whole new dimension as the country's Air Force prepares to 'increase its lethality' in space. The US Air Force is now "shifting to space as a w ... more


Neutron star with strong magnetic field may still launch jets

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
How physicists turned Antarctica into particle detector
Moscow (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
Alexander Novikov, senior researcher at the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, explained to RIA Novosti why Russian researchers and their colleagues at NASA travel to Antarctica every year ... more
ROBO SPACE
FORTIS K-SRD exoskeleton could help soldiers cover inclined terrain quickly
Orlando FL (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
A study by the University of Michigan Human Neuromechanics Laboratory suggests that battle-equipped soldiers would be less fatigued if they wore Lockheed Martin's [NYSE: LMT] FORTIS Knee-Stress Reli ... more
CHIP TECH
Physicists mix waves on superconducting qubits
Moscow (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Physicists from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) and Royal Holloway, University of London, have demonstrated an effect known as quantum wave mixing on an artificial atom. Their ... more
CHIP TECH
Essential quantum computer component downsized by 2 orders
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Qubits, or quantum bits, are the key building blocks that lie at the heart of every quantum computer. In order to perform a computation, signals need to be directed to and from qubits. At the ... 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
Wallops Island, VA (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
NanoRacks launches Full External Cygnus Deployer on OA-8 to ISS
Houston TX (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Robotic arm reaches out and grapples Cygnus
San Francisco (AFP) Nov 12, 2017
Colossal SoftBank fund could shake up tech world
Baikonur for Russia, Kazakhstan offers UAE Baikonur for launches
Dubai (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
United Arab Emirates Space Agency and Russia's space corporation Roscosmos plan to create a joint technical committee for the implementation of space projects. Roscosmos chief Igor Komarov told Sputnik that Russia's space corporation Roscosmos and its Kazakh colleagues have offered the United Arab Emirates Space Agency use of the Baikonur space center for launch services. Additionally, he ... more
Washington DC (AFP) Nov 12, 2017
Orbital ATK launches eighth cargo mission to space
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
The state of commercial spaceports in 2017
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Nov 09, 2017
Vega launches Earth observation satellite for Morocco
Fracture swarms on Mars driven by ancient tectonics
Paris (ESA) Nov 16, 2017
ESA's Mars Express has imaged striking features on Mars were caused by the planet's crust stretching apart in response to ancient volcanic activity. The fractures in the Sirenum Fossae region in the southern hemisphere were imaged by ESA's Mars Express in March. They extend for thousands of kilometres in length, far beyond the boundaries of this image. The fractures divide the crust ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 15, 2017
Mars 2020 Mission performs first supersonic parachute test
Mountain View CA (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
New partnership on Mars drone applications research
Dubai (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
Russia's Roscosmos may take part in creation of 'Martian Town' in Dubai
China plans first sea based launch by 2018
Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
China is expected to complete its first sea launch for commercial payloads in 2018, said Yang Baohua, vice general manager of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC). Yang made the remarks at an annual academic conference on space science held from November 1 to 2 in Beijing. The service will also be provided in other regions in addition to its four major sites in Jiuqu ... more
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launches three satellites
Space Launch plans UK industry tour
London, UK (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
The UK Space Agency is touring the country with industry workshops and public open evenings on LaunchUK - the campaign to enable small satellite rocket launches and sub-orbital flights from UK spaceports. The Government wants to make the UK a world-leading destination for companies offering launch services. New legislation to regulate launch is currently before Parliament and in early 2018 ... more
Paris (ESA) Nov 14, 2017
Astronaut meets volcano
Talinn, Estonia (ESA) Nov 03, 2017
European Space Week starts in Estonia
Beijing (XNA) Nov 01, 2017
New Chinese sat comms company awaits approval
Leonardo tapped by British Royal Air Force for radar testing equipment
Washington (UPI) Nov 12, 2017
Leonardo over the weekend announced a contract with the British Ministry of Defense for equipment that will simulate radar threats to the Royal Air Force's Airbus A400M Atlas military transport aircraft. The deal, announced Saturday, calls for the company to simulate radar threats to the A400M prior to take off. The Royal Air Force plans to use the system to test radar the defens ... more
Beijing (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
China maintains reign over world supercomputer rankings
Exeter UK (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Research highlights ethical sourcing of materials for modern technology
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
A new way to mix oil and water
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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
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 16, 2017
Our Living Planet Shapes the Search for Life Beyond Earth
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
NASA plans mission to study why planets lose their atmospheres
Paris (ESA) Nov 15, 2017
Closest temperate world orbiting quiet star discovered
Pluto's hydrocarbon haze keeps dwarf planet colder than expected
Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
The gas composition of a planet's atmosphere generally determines how much heat gets trapped in the atmosphere. For the dwarf planet Pluto, however, the predicted temperature based on the composition of its atmosphere was much higher than actual measurements taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft in 2015. A new study published November 16 in Nature proposes a novel cooling mechanism contr ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
Jupiter's Stunning Southern Hemisphere
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
Nepal scraps mega hydropower deal with Chinese firm
Kathmandu Nov 14, 2017
Nepal has cancelled an agreement with a Chinese company to build the largest hydroelectric plant in the impoverished landlocked country, which suffers from chronic energy shortages. The project, agreed in June, would have nearly have doubled Nepal's current hydropower production and cost an estimated $2.5 billion. But the finance ministry recommended it be scrapped, saying it had been aw ... more
Dhaka (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
New islands could solve Bangladesh land crisis: experts
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
How a 'shadow zone' traps the world's oldest ocean water
Washington (UPI) Nov 6, 2017
Researchers use forensic science to track turtles
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, Cyol.com 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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Russia tests new spaceship set to deliver people, cargo to moon
Moscow (Sputnik) Nov 15, 2017
Russia has successfully tested a simulator of the spaceship, with the objective of reaching the moon. The experiment's goal was to create conditions similar to those encountered by a mixed crew during a long autonomous interplanetary flight. Three of the six crew members of the SIRIUS project (an experiment simulating a flight to the moon) successfully carried out the first tests of the si ... more
Bristol UK (The Conversation) Nov 10, 2017
China and the US are both shooting for the moon
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
NASA Team Studies CubeSat Mission to Measure Water on the Moon
Moscow (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Russia locks up six for Moon flight simulation
Site of asteroid impact changed the history of life
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
An asteroid, also known as the Chicxulub Impactor, hit Earth some 66 million years ago, causing a crater 180 km wide. The impact of the asteroid heated organic matter in rocks and ejected it into the atmosphere, forming soot in the stratosphere. Soot is a strong, light-absorbing aerosol that caused global climate changes that triggered the mass extinction of dinosaurs, ammonites, and other ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 9, 2017
Unlucky dinosaurs: Scientists say asteroid had 13 percent chance of triggering extinction
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 10, 2017
Dawn Explores Ceres' Interior Evolution
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Return of the Comet: 96P Spotted by ESA, NASA Satellites
Ozone ups and downs
Paris (ESA) Nov 16, 2017
Climate scientists studying three decades of ozone measurements from seven satellites see a positive trend in global recovery thanks to international efforts to curb ozone-depleting substances. The part of Earth's atmosphere with high concentrations of ozone gas protects life on Earth from the Sun's ultraviolet radiation. However, pollutants can break down ozone, thinning this ozone layer ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 14, 2017
NASA readies for another JPSS-1 launch attempt
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
NASA CubeSat to Test Miniaturized Weather Satellite Technology
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
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Proposed NASA mission would investigate where space weather begins
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
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Neutron star with strong magnetic field may still launch jets
Amsterdam, Netherlands (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
An international team of astronomers led by the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) suspects that neutron stars with a strong magnetic field can still launch so-called jets. Since the 1980s, it was thought that strong magnetic fields inhibit the formation of these plasma streams. But observations with more advanced telescopes indicate jet-like radiation. The astronomers publish their findi ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Hitomi mission glimpses cosmic 'recipe' for the nearby universe
Moscow (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
How physicists turned Antarctica into particle detector
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
Winds blowing off a dying star
Where did those electrons go? X-ray measurements solve decades-old mystery
Ithaca NY (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
The concept of "valence" - the ability of a particular atom to combine with other atoms by exchanging electrons - is one of the cornerstones of modern chemistry and solid-state physics. Valence controls crucial properties of molecules and materials, including their bonding, crystal structure, and electronic and magnetic properties. Four decades ago, a class of materials called "mixed ... more
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
A quasiparticle quest
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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