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May 21, 2018
IRON AND ICE
Interstellar asteroid in orbit around Sun



London, UK (SPX) May 21, 2018
A new study has discovered the first known permanent immigrant to our solar system. The asteroid, currently nestling in Jupiter's orbit, is the first known asteroid to have been captured from another star system. The work is published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters. The object known as 'Oumuamua was the last interstellar interloper to hit the First Interstellar Immigrant Discovered in the Solar Systems in 2017. However, it was just a tourist passing through, whereas this former exo-asteroid - given the catchy name (514107) 2015 BZ509 - is a long-term resident. ... read more

SPACE TRAVEL
Cement, extreme cold experiments head to space aboard Cygnus cargo ship
Tampa (AFP) May 21, 2018
Food for astronauts, new space gardening gear and experiments to test extreme cold and how cement forms in weightlessness blasted off Monday to the International Space Station aboard Orbital ATK's unmanned Cygnus spacecraft. ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
US May Order Russian Soyuz Spacecraft to Fly Astronauts to ISS in 2020 - Source
Moscow (Sputnik) May 21, 2018
The United States intends to order the manufacture of Russia's Soyuz spacecraft to fly its astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2020 due to a delay in production of the US-made com ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Russia May Renew 'Satan' Missile Launches to Place Satellites In Orbit
Moscow (Sputnik) May 21, 2018
Russia may renew launches of the Voevoda (NATO reporting name Satan) intercontinental ballistic missiles to place spacecraft into orbit, a source in the Russian space industry told Sputnik. In ... more
MOON DAILY
China satellite heralds first mission to dark side of Moon
Beijing (AFP) May 21, 2018
China launched on Monday a relay satellite that will allow a rover to communicate with the Earth from the far side of the Moon during an unprecedented mission later this year. ... more
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EARTH OBSERVATION
UAE Space Agency conducts MeznSat preliminary design review
Abu Dhabi (UAE) May 21, 2018
The UAE Space Agency, working in partnership with Khalifa University of Science and Technology and the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK), has reviewed the preliminary design of the MeznS ... more
EXO WORLDS
Planet hunter snaps test image on Lunar flyby on route to final orbit
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 21, 2018
NASA's next planet hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), is one step closer to searching for new worlds after successfully completing a lunar flyby on May 17. The spacecraft pass ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
A new map for a birthplace of stars
New Haven CT (SPX) May 21, 2018
A Yale-led research group has created the most detailed maps yet of a vast seedbed of stars similar to Earth's Sun. The maps provide unprecedented detail of the structure of the Orion A molecu ... more
MICROSAT BLITZ
Vector marks 2 years working with DARPA
Tucson AZ (SPX) May 17, 2018
Vector, a microsatellite launch company comprised of new-space and enterprise software industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas, Boeing, Sea Launch and VMware, reports it ha ... more
MARSDAILY
NASA engineers teach Mars rover Curiosity to drill again
Washington (UPI) May 18, 2018
Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are preparing to add percussion to an improvised drill technique already being used by the Curiosity rover on Mars. ... more
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PHYSICS NEWS
Just Five Things About GRACE Follow-On
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 21, 2018
Scheduled to launch no earlier than May 22, the twin satellites of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission, a collaboration between NASA and the German Research Cent ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Neutrons measured with unprecedented precision using a 'magneto-gravitational trap'
Bloomington IN (SPX) May 18, 2018
A study led in part by physicists at the Indiana University Center for the Exploration of Energy and Matter could provide new insight into the composition of the universe immediately after the Big B ... more
UAV NEWS
Autonomous glider can fly like an albatross, cruise like a sailboat
Boston MA (SPX) May 18, 2018
MIT engineers have designed a robotic glider that can skim along the water's surface, riding the wind like an albatross while also surfing the waves like a sailboat. In regions of high wind, t ... more
NUKEWARS
Lockheed contracts for Trident II ballistic missile production, support
Washington DC (UPI) May 17, 2018
Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract for Trident ballistic missiles. ... more
MISSILE DEFENSE
Missile Defense Agency contracts for Aegis 6.0 modeling support
Washington DC (UPI) May 16, 2018
Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract for services in support of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system. ... more


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UAV NEWS
MIT researchers develop virtual-reality testing ground for drones
Boston MA (SPX) May 18, 2018
Training drones to fly fast, around even the simplest obstacles, is a crash-prone exercise that can have engineers repairing or replacing vehicles with frustrating regularity. Now MIT engineer ... more
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ENERGY TECH
Simple equation directs creation of clean-energy catalysts
Lincoln NB (SPX) May 15, 2018
New guidelines laid down by Nebraska and Chinese researchers could steer the design of less costly, more efficient catalysts geared toward revving up the production of hydrogen as a renewable fuel. ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Processes in the atomic microcosmos are revealed
Nuremberg, Germany (SPX) May 18, 2018
Physicists at Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg (FAU) have successfully generated controlled electron pulses in the attosecond range. They used optical travelling waves that are form ... more
CARBON WORLDS
Making carbon nanotubes as usable as common plastics
Evanston IL (SPX) May 18, 2018
Northwestern University's Jiaxing Huang is ready to reignite carbon nanotube research. And he's doing so with a common chemical that was once used in household cleaners. By using an inexpensiv ... more
MARSDAILY
NASA's Curiosity Rover Aims to Get Its Rhythm Back
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 18, 2018
NASA's Curiosity rover could soon be drilling rocks on Mars again. Engineers have been working for the past year to restore the rover's full drilling capabilities, which were hampered in 2016 due to ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
UAE Astronaut to Fly to ISS Instead of US Businessman - Source
Moscow (Sputnik) May 18, 2018
In April 2019, a professional cosmonaut from the United Arab Emirates may fly to the International Space Station (ISS) on board Russia's Soyuz spacecraft, instead of a US businessman who intended to ... more
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US spacewalkers swap, check coolers 'Leaky' and 'Frosty'
Tampa (AFP) May 16, 2018
A pair of American astronauts completed a successful spacewalk outside the International Space Station Wednesday to swap and check on two external cooling boxes, nicknamed "Leaky" and "Frosty," NASA said. The boxes, each about the size of a mini-refrigerator or window AC unit, are crucial to keeping the batteries cool aboard the orbiting lab. Since they operate using highly toxic ammonia ... more
+ Science Launching to Space Station Looks Forward and Back
+ US May Order Russian Soyuz Spacecraft to Fly Astronauts to ISS in 2020 - Source
+ Cement, extreme cold experiments head to space aboard Cygnus cargo ship
+ UAE Astronaut to Fly to ISS Instead of US Businessman - Source
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US indirectly confirms existence of Russia's hypersonic weapons
Washington DC (Sputnik) May 17, 2018
Sources with direct knowledge of US intelligence reports say Russia is on the brink of developing a maneuverable, hypersonic nuclear-capable glider warhead that no US system can defeat. The sources, speaking to CNBC on condition of anonymity, reported that Russia tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic glide vehicle (presumably the Avangard) twice in 2016, and again in 2017. The 2017 test was ... more
+ Russia May Renew 'Satan' Missile Launches to Place Satellites In Orbit
+ NASA's emerging microgap cooling to be tested aboard New Shepard
+ RL10 engine to power ULA's new Vulcan Centaur Upper Stage
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+ SpaceX launches most powerful Falcon 9 yet
+ SpaceX launches most powerful Falcon 9 yet
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NASA engineers teach Mars rover Curiosity to drill again
Washington (UPI) May 18, 2018
Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are preparing to add percussion to an improvised drill technique already being used by the Curiosity rover on Mars. Curiosity and its drill haven't had a full range of motion since 2016 when one of the drill's motors short circuited. Over the last year, engineers have developed a workaround drilling technique called Feed Extended Drilling, o ... more
+ NASA's Curiosity Rover Aims to Get Its Rhythm Back
+ Dorset as model to help find traces of life on Mars
+ Sierra Nevada Corporation Hardware on NASA's Mars InSight Mission
+ Opportunity team continues studies on origin of 'Perseverance Valley'
+ NASA plans to send mini-helicopter to Mars
+ Mars Helicopter to Fly on NASA's Next Red Planet Rover Mission
+ Mars growth stunted by early giant planetary instability
Chinese rewrite record, live 370 days in self-contained moon lab
Beijing (XNA) May 16, 2018
Chinese volunteers have completed a one-year test living in a simulated space lab in Beijing, setting a new record for the longest stay in a self-contained cabin. Four students, two males and two females, emerged from the Yuegong-1, or Lunar Palace 1, at Beihang University to the applause of academicians, researchers and fellow students Tuesday. The total length of the test, which st ... more
+ Space technologies to protect Shaolin heritage
+ Sunrise for China's commercial space industry?
+ Russia May Help China Create International Cosmonauts Rehabilitation Center
+ China to Use Soviet Engine to Power Its First Reusable Space Rocket
+ Astronauts eye more cooperation on China's space station
+ China unveils underwater astronaut training suit
+ China to launch advanced space cargo transport aircraft in 2019


Australian Space Agency Lost In Canberra
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 09, 2018
The creation of an Australian Space Agency (ASA) was one of the first budget "sweeteners" leaked by the Australian government in the lead-up to the 2019 Australian federal budget. This suggested that the government expected the idea to resonate as good news, and it has certainly created a wave of hope for Australia's relatively disenfranchised space community. But much of the details remain clou ... more
+ In crowded field, Iraq election hopefuls vie to stand out
+ ESA selects three new mission concepts for study
+ China's communication satellites occupy niche in world market
+ UK may set up satellite program separate from EU
+ ESA teams ready for space
+ Aerospace highlights lessons from Public-Private Partnerships in space
+ Airbus has shipped SES-12 highly innovative satellite to launch base
Your body is transparentized in a virtual environment
Toyohashi, Japan (SPX) May 18, 2018
A Ph.D. candidate, Ryota Kondo, and Professor Michiteru Kitazaki at Toyohashi University of Technology, in cooperation with Professor Masahiko Inami at the University of Tokyo, Associate Professor Maki Sugimoto, and Associate Professor Kouta Minamizawa at Keio University have found that the visual-motor synchronicity of only the hands and feet can induce a sense of illusory ownership over an inv ... more
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+ Keep the light off: A material with improved mechanical performance in the dark
+ Microscale IR spectroscopy enabled by phase change materials and metasurfaces
+ Researchers use LiDAR to locate invasive fish and preserve a national treasure
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Amateur astronomer's data helps scientists discover a new exoplanet
Yekaterinburg, Russia (SPX) May 18, 2018
One of the candidates previously found by the Kourovka Planet Search (KPS) project turned out to be the so-called hot Jupiter. The exoplanet, known as KPS-1b, orbits a star similar to the Sun with a period of 40 hours. The mass and size of the exoplanet KPS-1b are close to the characteristics of Jupiter, but it is located very close to its parent star. Due to such proximity to the star, th ... more
+ Planet hunter snaps test image on Lunar flyby on route to final orbit
+ Scientists crack how primordial life on Earth might have replicated itself
+ Orbital variations can trigger 'snowball states' on exoplanets
+ Atmospheric seasons could signal alien life
+ ANU study sheds new light on how our solar system formed
+ Dutch astronomers photograph possible toddler planet by chance
+ An Exoplanet Atmosphere Free of Clouds
Study co-authored by UCLA scientists shows evidence of water vapor plumes on Jupiter moon
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 18, 2018
Using new modeling techniques to analyze data gathered in 1997 by the NASA Galileo spacecraft, astronomers have discovered surprising new details about one of Jupiter's moons. A paper published in Nature Astronomy offers the clearest evidence to date that there are "plumes" - eruptions of water vapor - venting from the surface of on an icy moon called Europa. Two UCLA scientists are co-aut ... more
+ Old Data Reveal New Evidence of Europa Plumes
+ New views of Jupiter" showcases swirling clouds on giant planet
+ Fresh results from NASA's Galileo spacecraft 20 years on
+ What do Uranus's cloud tops have in common with rotten eggs?
+ Pluto's Largest Moon, Charon, Gets Its First Official Feature Names
+ Pluto's largest moon, Charon, gets its first official feature names
+ Juno Provides Infrared Tour of Jupiter's North Pole


Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia agree study of contentious Nile dam
Addis Ababa (AFP) May 17, 2018
Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have agreed to set up a scientific committee to study a dam Ethiopia is building on a tributary of the Nile, an Ethiopian minister said Thursday. The announcement broke a long impasse in a dispute over Egyptian fears that the $4-billion (3.2-billion-euro) Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, being built on the Blue Nile, will affect the river's downstream flows. The ... more
+ 437 million tons of fish, $560 billion wasted due to destructive fishing operations
+ NASA Satellites Reveal Major Shifts in Global Freshwater
+ Peatland contributions to UK water security
+ Only 1 pct of Japan's biggest coral reef healthy: survey
+ Even low concentrations of silver can foil wastewater treatment
+ Egypt's president hails 'breakthrough' in Nile dam talks
+ The far-reaching effects of ocean floors on the sea surface
Swift improves position accuracy and availability for precision farm and shipping customers
San Francisco CA (SPX) May 15, 2018
Swift Navigation, a San Francisco-based tech firm that is building centimeter-accurate GPS technology to power a world of autonomous vehicles, has announced the latest firmware upgrade to its flagship product Piksi Multi GNSS Module. This marks the fifth major point release to Piksi Multi and is available free of charge to Swift customers. The firmware release also enhances Duro, the rugge ... more
+ Satellite pair arrive for Galileo's next rumble in the jungle
+ Satellite row tests UK's post-Brexit security plans
+ Brexit prompts UK to probe developing satellite navigation system
+ US judge orders GPS monitoring for house-bound Cosby
+ GPS sensor web helps forecasters warn of monsoon flash floods
+ Open Geospatial Consortium announces the European Space Agency's upgrade to Strategic Membership
+ Chinese willing to support Beidou navigation system


Chinese volunteers emerge from virtual moon base
Beijing (AFP) May 15, 2018
A group of Chinese volunteers has emerged from 110 days of isolation in a virtual "lunar lab", state media reported Tuesday, as the country pursues its ambition to put people on the moon. The official Xinhua news service streamed images on its website of the would-be astronauts emerging from their temporary home, a self-contained environment simulating conditions which future explorers will ... more
+ China satellite heralds first mission to dark side of Moon
+ Dutch Radio Antenna To Depart For The Moon On Chinese Mission
+ Take me to the Moon
+ Russian cosmonaut could ride US spacecraft to Moon for first mission
+ NASA expands plans for Moon exploration
+ Lunar Orbital Platform Gateway is First Step Towards Mars - ESA Coordinator
+ US plans own space suits for EVAs instead of Russia's at Lunar Gateway
Football field-sized asteroid to shave by Earth
Tampa (AFP) May 15, 2018
An asteroid around the size of a football field is expected to zoom by Earth on Tuesday, but at a safe distance, the US space agency said. The space rock was discovered in 2010, but only recently did astronomers determine it would not collide with our planet, instead passing at a distance about halfway between the Earth and Moon. Asteroid 2010 WC9 will make a "close approach" to Earth at ... more
+ Interstellar asteroid in orbit around Sun
+ Asteroid Institute Announces Program with York Space Systems to Explore Low-Cost Space-Based Asteroid Tracking System
+ Exiled Asteroid Discovered in Outer Reaches of Solar System
+ Projectile cannon experiments show how asteroids can deliver water
+ Lyrid meteor shower to peak over the weekend
+ Close Call: Giant Asteroid Flies Through the Earth-Moon Orbit
+ Four Years of NASA NEOWISE Data


UAE Space Agency conducts MeznSat preliminary design review
Abu Dhabi (UAE) May 21, 2018
The UAE Space Agency, working in partnership with Khalifa University of Science and Technology and the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK), has reviewed the preliminary design of the MeznSat 3U CubeSat, which is being developed to monitor and study the Earth's atmosphere. The Preliminary Design Review (PDR) was held during a meeting at Masdar Institute, and Chaired by Khaled Al H ... more
+ NOAA finds rising emissions of ozone-destroying chemical banned by Montreal Protocol
+ Isotopic evidence for more fossil fuel sources of aerosol ammonium in city air
+ Fleet of spacecraft spot long-sought-after process in the Earth's magnetic field
+ China launches new Earth observation satellite for environmental monitoring
+ Copernicus Sentinel-3B delivers first images
+ NASA Spacecraft Discovers New Magnetic Process in Turbulent Space
+ New research reveals how energy dissipates outside Earth's magnetic field
Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter set to soar high
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 17, 2018
As we develop more and more powerful tools to peer beyond our solar system, we learn more about the seemingly endless sea of faraway stars and their curious casts of orbiting planets. But there's only one star we can travel to directly and observe up close - and that's our own: the Sun. Two upcoming missions will soon take us closer to the Sun than we've ever been before, providing our bes ... more
+ Why does the corona sizzle at a million degrees
+ What will happen when our sun dies?
+ Waves similar to those controlling Earth weather found on the Sun
+ Flares in the universe can now be studied on Earth
+ Key Parker Solar Probe sensor bests sun simulator-last launch hurdle
+ European Solar Telescope will help us to crack mysteries of Sun
+ Solar Dynamics Observatory serves up the sun, three ways
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A laser from a space ant
Manchester UK (SPX) May 17, 2018
An international team of astronomers have discovered an unusual laser emission that suggests the presence of a double star system hidden at the heart of the "spectacular" Ant Nebula. The extremely rare phenomenon is connected to the death of a star and was discovered in observations made by European Space Agency's (ESA) Herschel space observatory. When low- to middleweight stars like ... more
+ ALMA finds most-distant oxygen in the universe
+ Hubble shows the local universe in ultraviolet
+ Stars formed only 250 million years after the Big Bang
+ A new map for a birthplace of stars
+ Astronomers Release Most Complete Ultraviolet-Light Survey of Nearby Galaxies
+ A new map for a birthplace of stars
+ Space cloud discovery
ALMA and VLT find evidence for stars forming soon after Big Bang
Munich, Germany (SPX) May 17, 2018
An international team of astronomers used ALMA to observe a distant galaxy called MACS1149-JD1. They detected a very faint glow emitted by ionised oxygen in the galaxy. As this infrared light travelled across space, the expansion of the Universe stretched it to wavelengths more than ten times longer by the time it reached Earth and was detected by ALMA. The team inferred that the signal wa ... more
+ ALMA finds oxygen 13.28 billion light-years away
+ Processes in the atomic microcosmos are revealed
+ Neutrons measured with unprecedented precision using a 'magneto-gravitational trap'
+ A quantum entanglement between two physically separated ultra-cold atomic clouds
+ Quarks feel the pressure in the proton
+ Astronomers find fastest-growing black hole known in the universe
+ Could a multiverse be hospitable to life?
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