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November 30, 2017
ROCKET SCIENCE
ISRO eyes one rocket launch a month in 2018



New Delhi (IANS) Nov 30, 2017
India plans to have at least one rocket launch every month in 2018 from its spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh to deploy satellites in orbit, said a top space official on Tuesday. "We are planning to have at least one launch mission a month in 2018 to deploy satellites in the earth's orbit for various applications," said Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar. "For 2018-19 and 2019-20 financial years, we are looking to receive increased budgets from the country ... read more

EXO WORLDS
Traces of life on nearest exoplanets may be hidden in equatorial trap
London, UK (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
New simulations show that the search for life on other planets may well be more difficult than previously assumed, in research published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Soci ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Building for a future in space: An interview with Dava Newman and Gui Trotti
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Since the dawn of the human race, mankind has looked up at the night sky and wondered 'what's out there?' The ancient Greeks and Romans saw the constellations and wove them into their myths of warri ... more
TECH SPACE
New 3-D printer is 10 times faster than commercial counterparts
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
MIT engineers have developed a new desktop 3-D printer that performs up to 10 times faster than existing commercial counterparts. Whereas the most common printers may fabricate a few Lego-sized bric ... more
TECTONICS
Geophysicists uncover new evidence for an alternative style of plate tectonics
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
When renowned University of Toronto (U of T) geophysicist J. Tuzo Wilson cemented concepts in the emerging field of plate tectonics in the 1960s, he revolutionized the study of Earth's physical char ... more
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SPACE TRAVEL
Space Farms: 'Mark Watney in The Martian Was Right to Add Poop to the Soil'
Wageningen, Netherlands (Sputnik) Nov 30, 2017
A group of researchers from Wageningen University and Research has found that earthworms can thrive and reproduce in simulated Martian soil. Given that the creatures are a crucial factor in making s ... more
MARSDAILY
Scientists developed a new sensor for future missions to the Moon and Mars
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
A team of scientists from the Faculty of Physics of Lomonosov Moscow State University and their colleagues developed a compact spectral polarimeter for carrying outmineralogical investigations on th ... more
MOON DAILY
December's 'supermoon' expected to be bigggest, brightest of 2017
Washington (UPI) Nov 28, 2017
The 'supermoon' set for next week is expected to be the brightest of the year as the moon's orbit will be at its closest point to the earth. ... more
IRON AND ICE
Selected asteroids detected by GAIA between August 2014 And May 2016
Paris (ESA) Nov 30, 2017
While scanning the sky, ESA's Gaia mission maps not only the stellar content of our Galaxy, but also the Solar System's asteroid population. This visualisation shows the detection by Gaia of m ... more
EXO WORLDS
Exoplanet Has Smothering Stratosphere Without Water
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 30, 2017
A NASA-led team has found evidence that the oversized exoplanet WASP-18b is wrapped in a smothering stratosphere loaded with carbon monoxide and devoid of water. The findings come from a new analysi ... more
EXO WORLDS
Newly Discovered Twin Planets Could Solve Puffy Planet Mystery
Honolulu HI (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Since astronomers first measured the size of an extrasolar planet 17 years ago, they have struggled to answer the question: how did the largest planets get to be so large? Thanks to the recent disco ... more


New NASA instrument continues measuring solar energy input to Earth

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
First proper motions measured of stars in a small galaxy outside the Milky Way
Groningen, Netherlands (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
By combining data from the Hubble Space Telescope and the Gaia mission, University of Groningen astronomers have been able to measure the proper motion of 15 stars in the Sculptor Galaxy, the first ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
MUSE probes uncharted depths of Hubble Ultra Deep Field
Munich, Germany (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Astronomers using the MUSE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile have conducted the deepest spectroscopic survey ever. They focused on the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, measuring distances an ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
All missions on board for NASA heliophysics research
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Scientists have been studying the near-Earth environment for the better part of a century, but many mysteries - like where the energetic particles that pervade the area originate and become energize ... more
MISSILE DEFENSE
SBIRS GEO Flight 4 Missile Warning Satellite ships for January launch
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
The U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin delivered the next Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite for the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on Octo ... more



Does the Outer Space Treaty at 50 need a rethink
New York NY (Sputnik) Nov 28, 2017
As more private enterprises turns their gaze toward outer space, there are certain international limitations that leave many questions unanswered so that private entrepreneurship is is effectively paralyzed. When the US and the USSR engaged in a nuclear weapons race, there was a real possibility that doomsday weapons would go to outer space and, eventually, to the moon. In order to prevent ... more
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Building for a future in space: An interview with Dava Newman and Gui Trotti
Houston TX (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
NASA to send critical science, instruments to Space Station
Wageningen, Netherlands (Sputnik) Nov 30, 2017
Space Farms: 'Mark Watney in The Martian Was Right to Add Poop to the Soil'
ISRO eyes one rocket launch a month in 2018
New Delhi (IANS) Nov 30, 2017
India plans to have at least one rocket launch every month in 2018 from its spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh to deploy satellites in orbit, said a top space official on Tuesday. "We are planning to have at least one launch mission a month in 2018 to deploy satellites in the earth's orbit for various applications," said Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar ... more
Guildford UK (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
SSTL ships CARBONITE-2 and Telesat's LEO-1 for PSLV launch
Moscow (Sputnik) Nov 29, 2017
Russia to build launch pad for super heavy-lift carrier by 2028
Bethesda MD (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Mechanisms are critical to all space vehicles
Earthworms can reproduce in Mars-like soil
Washington (UPI) Nov 27, 2017
A pair of newborn earthworms in a Dutch lab suggests earthworms can reproduce in Martian soil. Researchers at Wageningen University introduced earthworms to pots of Mars-like soil featuring arugula plants and organic matter. Early results suggest the earthworms were able to successfully reproduce. If humans are to establish permanent colonies on Mars, they'll need to grow their o ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 29, 2017
Opportunity Greets Winter Solstice
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 29, 2017
NASA builds its next Mars rover mission
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Scientists developed a new sensor for future missions to the Moon and Mars
Nation 'leads world' in remote sensing technology
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China is now the world leader in remote sensing technologies for scientific purposes and is able to provide an unprecedented amount of data to support research and development for the world, officials said on Tuesday. Remote sensing refers to aerial or satellite-based technologies to detect and measure objects on Earth's surface, atmosphere and oceans. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Sci ... more
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040
Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
China plans first sea based launch by 2018
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
Going green to the Red Planet
Paris (ESA) Nov 29, 2017
ESA's ground station in Western Australia routinely communicates with spacecraft at far-away places like Mars. Now, it's using sunlight to generate electricity, significantly reducing energy costs. Whether orbiting a planet, following a comet or peering deep into our Universe, spacecraft have long used solar cells to generate electricity from sunlight to power their mission. Now, ESA ... more
London, UK (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
UK space launch program receives funding boost from Westminster
New Delhi (IANS) Nov 22, 2017
Need to double number of operational satellites: ISRO chief
London, UK (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Space Launch plans UK industry tour
New catalyst controls activation of a carbon-hydrogen bond
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Chemists have developed another catalyst that can selectively activate a carbon-hydrogen bond, part of an ongoing strategy to revolutionize the field of organic synthesis and open up new chemical space. The journal Nature is publishing the work by chemists at Emory University, following on their development of a similar catalyst last year. Both of the catalysts are able to selectively func ... more
Schriever AFB CO (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
3rd SES bids farewell to ANGELS satellite
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
New 3-D printer is 10 times faster than commercial counterparts
London, UK (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
New way to write magnetic info could pave the way for hardware neural networks
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Scientists identify key factors that help microbes thrive in harsh environments
College Park MD (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Three new studies by University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) scientists have identified key factors that help microbes survive in harsh environments. The results, which have implications for biotechnology and understanding life in extreme conditions, were in the Proceedings of the National Academy Of Sciences (PNAS), Astrobiology, and the International Journal of Astrobiology. "O ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 30, 2017
Exoplanet Has Smothering Stratosphere Without Water
London, UK (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Traces of life on nearest exoplanets may be hidden in equatorial trap
Honolulu HI (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Newly Discovered Twin Planets Could Solve Puffy Planet Mystery
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
Children who avoid tap water have lower lead levels but more tooth decay
Washington (UPI) Nov 27, 2017
For American children, tap water's health benefits come with risks. New research shows children and adolescents in the United States who avoid tap water are more likely to have tooth decay. The data also shows young people who avoid tap have lower levels of lead in their blood. Most municipal water in the U.S. is fluoridated, which numerous studies have proven prevents cavities. ... more
Swansea UK (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
The tragedy of the seagrass commons
Seattle WA (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
There's a deeper fish in the sea
Beijing (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
Xi orders China's 'toilet revolution' to march on
China's GPS network Beidou joins global rescue data network
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China's domestically developed navigation satellite system Beidou has been included in a global network that collects and distributes data for search and rescue missions, the Ministry of Transport said on Thursday. Beidou will be part of the International Cospas-Sarsat Programme, a nonprofit, intergovernmental and humanitarian cooperative with 44 members, including the United States, Canad ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
DARPA digging for ideas to revolutionize subterranean mapping
Paris (ESA) Nov 22, 2017
Galileo quartet fuelled and ready to fly
Beijing (XNA) Nov 10, 2017
China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System Expands Into a Global Network
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December's 'supermoon' expected to be bigggest, brightest of 2017
Washington (UPI) Nov 28, 2017
The 'supermoon' set for next week is expected to be the brightest of the year as the moon's orbit will be at its closest point to the earth. Public astronomer Dr. Marek Kukula at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, Britain, told AGN News a supermoon is when"a full moon happens to occur when the moon is also at its closest point" to the earth and appears brighter and bigger than usual. ... more
Tokyo, Japan (Sputnik) Nov 27, 2017
Japan signals growing support for Deep Space Gateway concept
Austin TX (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Moon's crust underwent resurfacing after forming from magma ocean
Moscow (Sputnik) Nov 15, 2017
Russia tests new spaceship set to deliver people, cargo to moon
Selected asteroids detected by GAIA between August 2014 And May 2016
Paris (ESA) Nov 30, 2017
While scanning the sky, ESA's Gaia mission maps not only the stellar content of our Galaxy, but also the Solar System's asteroid population. This visualisation shows the detection by Gaia of more than 13 000 asteroids as the spacecraft (represented by the pale blue dot) scanned the sky between August 2014 and May 2016. This is a subset of the total number of asteroids seen by Gaia - the sa ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
NASA telescope studies quirky comet 45P
Kaliningrad (Sputnik) Nov 20, 2017
Russian Astronomers Show Big Asteroid Approaching the Earth
Munich, Germany (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
ESO observations show first interstellar asteroid is like nothing seen before
NASA finds VA metro area is sinking unevenly
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 29, 2017
Anew NASA-led study shows that land in the Hampton Roads, Virginia, metropolitan area is sinking at highly uneven rates, with a few trouble spots subsiding 7 to 10 times faster than the area average. Whereas earlier estimates had suggested the area is subsiding evenly, the new study found that major differences in subsidence rates occur only a few miles apart. Hampton Roads has one of the ... more
Paris (ESA) Nov 29, 2017
Forty years of Meteosat
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China launches remote sensing satellites in multiple launches
Houston TX (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Heavy nitrogen molecules reveal planetary-scale tug-of-war
All missions on board for NASA heliophysics research
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Scientists have been studying the near-Earth environment for the better part of a century, but many mysteries - like where the energetic particles that pervade the area originate and become energized - still remain. In a new type of collaborative study, scientists combined data from 16 separate NASA and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) spacecraft to understand how a particle phenomeno ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
New NASA instrument continues measuring solar energy input to Earth
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Solar minimum surprisingly constant
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
NASA detects solar flare pulses at Sun and Earth
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First proper motions measured of stars in a small galaxy outside the Milky Way
Groningen, Netherlands (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
By combining data from the Hubble Space Telescope and the Gaia mission, University of Groningen astronomers have been able to measure the proper motion of 15 stars in the Sculptor Galaxy, the first such measurement of stars in a small galaxy outside the Milky Way. Analysis shows an unexpected preference in the direction of movement, which suggests that the standard theoretical models used to des ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
MUSE probes uncharted depths of Hubble Ultra Deep Field
Rome, Italy (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
House hunting for the supernova event SN 2015J
Madison WI (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Icebound detector reveals how ghostly neutrinos are stopped cold
The possibility of vestiges of an earlier Universe before the Big Bang
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Although for five decades, the Big Bang theory has been the best known and most accepted explanation for the beginning and evolution of the Universe, it is hardly a consensus among scientists. Brazilian physicist Juliano Cesar Silva Neves part of a group of researchers who dare to imagine a different origin. In a study recently published in the journal General Relativity and Gravitation, N ... more
Pasadena CA (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
LIGO and Virgo announce detection of black hole binary merger
Krakow, Poland (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Nearby pulsars shed light on the antimatter puzzle
Berkeley CA (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Watching a quantum material lose its stripes
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