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December 01, 2017
SPACE TRAVEL
NASA successfully fires Voyager 1 thrusters after 37 years



Washington (AFP) Dec 2, 2017
NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft - cruising interstellar space billions of miles from Earth - was back on the right track Friday thanks to thrusters that were fired up for the first time in 37 years. The unmanned spaceship was launched along with its twin, Voyager 2, more than 40 years ago to explore the outer planets of our solar system, traveling further than any human-made object in history. But after decades of operation, the "attitude control thrusters" that turn the spacecraft by firing tiny ... read more

UAV NEWS
Crossing drones with satellites: ESA eyes high-altitude aerial platforms
Paris (ESA) Nov 29, 2017
ESA is considering extending its activities to a new region of the sky via a novel type of aerial vehicle, a 'missing link' between drones and satellites. High Altitude Pseudo-Satellites, or H ... more
MISSILE DEFENSE
US believes it can defend against N. Korea missiles, for now
Washington (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
The US military remains confident it can - at least for the moment - protect against any North Korean missile threat, a US official said Wednesday after Pyongyang tested a new rocket type. ... more
GPS NEWS
Lockheed Martin assembles third US Air Force GPS 3 satellite
Denver CO (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
The U.S. Air Force's third GPS III satellite in production flow at Lockheed Martin's advanced satellite manufacturing facility here is now fully integrated into a complete space vehicle. GPS I ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
First finding of China's DAMPE may shed light on dark matter research
Beijing, China (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
The Dark Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE, also known as Wukong) mission published its first scientific results on Nov. 30 in Nature, presenting the precise measurement of cosmic ray electron flux, e ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
What's slowing the universe's star formation rate?
Washington (UPI) Nov 29, 2017
According to a new study, magnetic fields may explain why the universe's star formation rate is so much slower than those predicted by cosmic models. ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Scientists make transparent materials absorb light
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
A group of physicists from Russia, Sweden, and the U.S. has demonstrated a highly unusual optical effect: They managed to "virtually" absorb light using a material that has no light-absorbing capaci ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Watching a quantum material lose its stripes
Berkeley CA (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Stripes can be found everywhere, from zebras roaming in the wild to the latest fashion statement. In the world of microscopic physics, periodic stripe patterns can be formed by electrons within so-c ... more
EXO WORLDS
Scientists study Earth's earliest life forms in Nevada hot spring
Washington (UPI) Nov 29, 2017
Scientists are looking to a Nevada hot spring for insights into what life was like on early Earth. ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Haze pollution affects satellite cloud detection
Beijing, China (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
It is very important to observe and study cloud properties because clouds play an important role in weather, climate, and the Earth's energy balance. Satellite remote sensing is commonly used to obt ... more
WOOD PILE
NASA Survey Technique Estimates Congo Forest's Carbon
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 29, 2017
The equivalent of 85 billion tons of carbon dioxide - a huge amount equal to three-quarters of the carbon stored in forests across the contiguous United States - is locked in the living vegetation o ... more


Water cooling for the Earth's crust

ROBO SPACE
With 'material robotics,' intelligent products won't even look like robots
Corvallis OR (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Robots as inconspicuous as they are ubiquitous represent the vision of researchers in the new and burgeoning field of material robotics. In an invited perspective paper published in Science Ro ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Texas Astronomers Will Lead Early Studies with $8 Billion James Webb Space Telescope
Austin TX (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, the powerful successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, is expected to launch in 2019 after decades of development. Now the agency has announced the scientists who w ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Why is massive star formation quenched in galaxy centers?
La Palma, Canary Islands (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
The current cosmological model to explain our universe, the "Big Bang" model, aims to describe all the phenomena we observe, which includes the galaxies and their evolution from earliest times to th ... more
TECH SPACE
Math gets real in strong, lightweight structures
Houston TX (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Rice University engineers are using 3-D printers to turn structures that have until now existed primarily in theory into strong, light and durable materials with complex, repeating patterns. T ... more



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 warring gods. The native Americans' creation story is based on the movements of the sky. The past few hundred years brought with them the birth of a new age, an age of science and deeper understanding of t ... more
Wageningen, Netherlands (Sputnik) Nov 30, 2017
Space Farms: 'Mark Watney in The Martian Was Right to Add Poop to the Soil'
Washington (AFP) Dec 2, 2017
NASA successfully fires Voyager 1 thrusters after 37 years
Tallahassee FL (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
New motion sensors major step towards cheaper wearable technology
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
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
Vostochny, Russia (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Russia loses contact with satellite after launch from new spaceport
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
Washington (UPI) Nov 30, 2017
Orbital ATK purchase by Northrop Grumman approved by shareholders
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
Quantum optics allows us to abandon expensive lasers in spectroscopy
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
An international research group together with scientists from the MSU have developed a time-resolved spectroscopy method that allows studying fast processes in samples. The new method works by analyzing quantized light transmitted through a sample, without the use of femtosecond lasers and complex detection systems. This design is much cheaper than the one used currently and, moreover, allows yo ... more
Bielefeld, Germany (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Spin current from heat: New material increases efficiency
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
New catalyst controls activation of a carbon-hydrogen bond
Houston TX (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Math gets real in strong, lightweight structures
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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
Washington (UPI) Nov 29, 2017
Scientists study Earth's earliest life forms in Nevada hot spring
London, UK (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Traces of life on nearest exoplanets may be hidden in equatorial trap
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
Why are there no sea snakes in the Atlantic?
Gainesville FL (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Sea snakes are an evolutionary success story. With about 70 species, they're the most diverse reptile group in the ocean, outnumbering sea turtle species 10-to-1. They sport a range of physical adaptations for life at sea, including a flattened oar-like tail for paddling and the abilities to smell underwater, hold their breath for hours and go for months without a drink. And although they' ... more
Oxford UK (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
The world needs to rethink the value of water
Miami (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Scientists discover resilient 'heart' of Great Barrier Reef
Washington (UPI) Nov 27, 2017
Children who avoid tap water have lower lead levels but more tooth decay
Lockheed Martin assembles third US Air Force GPS 3 satellite
Denver CO (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
The U.S. Air Force's third GPS III satellite in production flow at Lockheed Martin's advanced satellite manufacturing facility here is now fully integrated into a complete space vehicle. GPS III Space Vehicle 03 (GPS III SV03) followed the first two GPS III satellites on a streamlined assembly and test production line. Technicians successfully integrated the satellite's major components - ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
DARPA digging for ideas to revolutionize subterranean mapping
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China's GPS network Beidou joins global rescue data network
Paris (ESA) Nov 22, 2017
Galileo quartet fuelled and ready to fly
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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
Haze pollution affects satellite cloud detection
Beijing, China (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
It is very important to observe and study cloud properties because clouds play an important role in weather, climate, and the Earth's energy balance. Satellite remote sensing is commonly used to obtain a variety of cloud properties. Haze pollution can reduce human's vision, but will it also affect the accuracy of satellite cloud detection? In a paper published in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sc ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
OGC seeks public comment on CDB Multi-spectral Imagery Extension
Paris (ESA) Nov 29, 2017
Forty years of Meteosat
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China launches remote sensing satellites in multiple launches
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 finding of China's DAMPE may shed light on dark matter research
Beijing, China (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
The Dark Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE, also known as Wukong) mission published its first scientific results on Nov. 30 in Nature, presenting the precise measurement of cosmic ray electron flux, especially a spectral break at ~0.9 TeV. The data may shed light on the annihilation or decay of particle dark matter. DAMPE is a collaboration of more than a hundred scientists, technicians and ... more
La Palma, Canary Islands (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Why is massive star formation quenched in galaxy centers?
Groningen, Netherlands (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
First proper motions measured of stars in a small galaxy outside the Milky Way
Washington (UPI) Nov 29, 2017
What's slowing the universe's star formation rate?
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
Berkeley CA (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Watching a quantum material lose its stripes
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Nano-watch has steady hands
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Quantum-emitting answer might lie in the solution
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