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November 21, 2017
EXO WORLDS
Space dust may transport life between worlds, research suggests



Edinburgh UK (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Life on our planet might have originated from biological particles brought to Earth in streams of space dust, a study suggests. Fast-moving flows of interplanetary dust that continually bombard our planet's atmosphere could deliver tiny organisms from far-off worlds, or send Earth-based organisms to other planets, according to the research. The dust streams could collide with biological particles in Earth's atmosphere with enough energy to knock them into space, a scientist has suggested. ... read more

NUKEWARS
North Korean ICBM program runs into major roadblock at reentry
Seoul (Sputnik) Nov 20, 2017
The South Korean foreign intelligence service has reported that North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) program has hit a snag, as the communist country has run into difficulty devel ... more
MARSDAILY
Recurring Martian Streaks: Flowing Sand, Not Water?
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 21, 2017
Dark features on Mars previously considered evidence for subsurface flowing of water are interpreted by new research as granular flows, where grains of sand and dust slip downhill to make dark strea ... more
WATER WORLD
New physical model explains the origin of Earth's water
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Equipped with Newton's law of universal gravitation (published in Principia 330 years ago) and powerful computational resources (used to apply the law to more than 10,000 interacting bodies), a youn ... more
ROBO SPACE
Calls mount for action on 'killer robots' after UN talks
Geneva (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
"Robots are not taking over the world", the diplomat leading the first official talks on autonomous weapons assured Friday, seeking to ease criticism over slow progress towards restricting the use of so-called "killer robots". ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Webb Telescope completes final cryogenic test
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
The vault-like, 40-foot diameter, 40-ton door of Chamber A at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston was unsealed on November 18, signaling the end of cryogenic testing for NASA's James Webb Space T ... more
IRON AND ICE
Russian Astronomers Show Big Asteroid Approaching the Earth
Kaliningrad (Sputnik) Nov 20, 2017
The astronomer community at Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University used its own Astro-Model simulation environment to produce a virtual image of object 3200 Phaethon approaching the Earth, plus the ... more
BIO FUEL
Surrey develops new 'supercatalyst' to recycle carbon dioxide and methane
Surrey UK (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
The University of Surrey has developed a new and cost-effective catalyst to recycle two of the main causes behind climate change - carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4). In a study published ... more
EXO WORLDS
Familiar-Looking Messenger from Another Solar System
Tucson AZ (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
The visit of the interstellar interloper 1I/2017 U1, recently spotted streaking through the solar system, gives the people of Earth their first chance to study up close an object from another planet ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Developing the ABCs for exploiting new phenomena in light-matter interactions
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
A unique class of engineered light-manipulating materials, known as metamaterials or structured materials, makes use of patterns of strongly interacting wavelength or sub-wavelength-sized elements. ... more
SPACEWAR
Dunford: US Military Superiority Over Russia, China Markedly Decreasing
Washington DC (Sputnik) Nov 20, 2017
The US has been losing its military supremacy over its peer countries like Russia and China over the last 10-15 years and should step up efforts to increase its deterrence potential, Joe Dunford, He ... more


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ROBO SPACE
New Challenges Await Competitors in NASA's 25th Annual Human Exploration Rover Challenge
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Six minutes of air, 14 obstacles and five mission tasks lay ahead of the intrepid explorers. Decisions on which obstacles and tasks to complete and which to bypass must be made by them and their tea ... more
MARSDAILY
From Hannover around the world and to the Mars: LZH delivers laser for ExoMars 2020
Hannover, Germany (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
In three years, the rocket of the European-Russian ExoMars 2020 mission shall start its nine-month journey to Mars, together with a rover and surface platform. The flight model of the MOMA laser has ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Aerojet Rocketdyne supports ULA Delta II launch of JPSS-1
Sacramento CA (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc., a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), helped propel the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, carrying the Ball Aerospace-built JPSS-1 satellite, ... more
IRON AND ICE
ESO observations show first interstellar asteroid is like nothing seen before
Munich, Germany (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
On Oct. 19, 2017, the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawai`i picked up a faint point of light moving across the sky. It initially looked like a typical fast-moving small asteroid, but additional observat ... more



Can a magnetic sail slow down an interstellar probe
Frankfurt, Germany (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
With a miniaturised space probe capable of being accelerated to a quarter of the speed of light, we could reach Alpha Centauri, our nearest star, in 20 to 50 years. However, without a mechanism to slow it down, the space probe could only collect data from the star and its planets as it zoomed past. A theoretical physicist at Goethe University Frankfurt has now examined whether interstellar ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Robotic arm reaches out and grapples Cygnus
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
SSL Selected to Conduct Power and Propulsion Study for NASA's Deep Space Gateway Concept
New York NY (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
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Aerojet Rocketdyne supports ULA Delta II launch of JPSS-1
Sacramento CA (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc., a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), helped propel the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, carrying the Ball Aerospace-built JPSS-1 satellite, the first of the new JPSS (Joint Polar Satellite System) constellation, into orbit for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA. The mission will provide sophisticate ... more
Miami (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
SpaceX postpones launch of secretive Zuma mission
New Delhi (Sputnik) Nov 20, 2017
Old Rivals India, China Nurture New Rivalry in Satellite Launch Business
Los Angeles (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
NASA launches next-generation weather satellite
NASA Selects Instrument for Future International Mission to Martian Moons
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
NASA has selected a science instrument for an upcoming Japan-led sample return mission to the moons of Mars planned for launch in 2024. The instrument, a sophisticated neutron and gamma-ray spectrograph, will help scientists resolve one of the most enduring mysteries of the Red Planet - when and how the small moons formed. The Mars Moons eXploration (MMX) mission is in development by the J ... more
Paris (ESA) Nov 16, 2017
Fracture swarms on Mars driven by ancient tectonics
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 19, 2017
China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040
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
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
UW researchers ready for era of "big data" astronomy
Seattle WA (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
The first astronomers had a limited toolkit: their eyes. They could only observe those stars, planets and celestial events bright enough to pick up unassisted. But today's astronomers use increasingly sensitive and sophisticated instruments to view and track a bevy of cosmic wonders, including objects and events that were too dim or distant for their sky-gazing forebears. On Nov. 14, scien ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Monopole current offers way to control magnets
Apeldoorn, Netherlands (AFP) Nov 19, 2017
Swimming with dolphins in virtual reality to aid disabled
Moorestown NJ (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
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Images of strange solar system visitor peel away some of the mystery
Madison WI (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
A strange visitor, either asteroid or comet, zipping through our solar system at a high rate of speed is giving astronomers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to examine up close an object from somewhere else in our galaxy. "It's a really rare object," explains Ralf Kotulla, a University of Wisconsin-Madison astronomer who, with colleagues from UCLA and the National Optical Astronomy Obser ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 20, 2017
Lava or Not, Exoplanet 55 Cancri e Likely to have Atmosphere
Tucson AZ (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Familiar-Looking Messenger from Another Solar System
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Space dust may transport life between worlds, research suggests
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
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New physical model explains the origin of Earth's water
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Equipped with Newton's law of universal gravitation (published in Principia 330 years ago) and powerful computational resources (used to apply the law to more than 10,000 interacting bodies), a young Brazilian researcher and his former postdoctoral supervisor have just proposed a new physical model to explain the origin of water on Earth and the other Earth-like objects in the Solar System. ... more
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
Why does hot water freeze faster than cold water
Eugene OR (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
Colorado River's connection with the ocean was a punctuated affair
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
Neutrons probe oxygen-generating enzyme for a greener approach to clean water
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
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
NASA Team Studies CubeSat Mission to Measure Water on the Moon
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
Russian Astronomers Show Big Asteroid Approaching the Earth
Kaliningrad (Sputnik) Nov 20, 2017
The astronomer community at Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University used its own Astro-Model simulation environment to produce a virtual image of object 3200 Phaethon approaching the Earth, plus the expected Geminids meteor shower. December 17, 2017 will see an interesting astronomic event in the form of object 3200 Phaethon approaching our planet. This is a fairly large asteroid nearly 5 ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
ESO observations show first interstellar asteroid is like nothing seen before
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
First observed interstellar visitor dazzles scientists
Washington (UPI) Nov 9, 2017
Unlucky dinosaurs: Scientists say asteroid had 13 percent chance of triggering extinction
Satellite Imagery Aids Rescue Efforts for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
The calls for assistance started days before Hurricane Harvey came barreling across America's doorstep this summer. First responders and government officials needed answers to prepare and protect communities. How strong is this storm going to be? What kind of damage occurred on its path through the Caribbean? How might it impact southeast Texas once it makes landfall? Remotely sensed ... more
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Mapping functional diversity of forests with remote sensing
Guildford UK (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
SSTL to build UrtheDaily Constellation for UrtheCast
Paris (ESA) Nov 16, 2017
Ozone ups and downs
FIREBIRD II and NASA mission locate whistling space electrons' origins
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Scientists have long known that solar-energized particles trapped around the planet are sometimes scattered into Earth's upper atmosphere where they can contribute to beautiful auroral displays. Yet for decades, no one has known exactly what is responsible for hurling these energetic electrons on their way. Recently, two spacecraft found themselves at just the right places at the right tim ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
NASA detects solar flare pulses at Sun and Earth
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Proposed NASA mission would investigate where space weather begins
Garching, Germany (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
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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
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Developing the ABCs for exploiting new phenomena in light-matter interactions
Pasadena CA (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
Next Generation Astronomical Survey To Map The Entire Sky
Moscow (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
How physicists turned Antarctica into particle detector
Electron backscatter diffraction yields microstructure insights
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
High-efficiency electric motors with tailored speed-torques, determined by their magnetic components, are essential for sustainable, successful electric automobile drive concepts. Soft magnetic core engineering plays a key role in these motors, where the main soft magnetic materials used today are electrical steels. But for higher-frequency applications, soft magnetic composites (SMCs) are also ... more
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
'Ion billiards' cue novel material synthesis method
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
HAWC collaboration sheds light on origin of anti-matter
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
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