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July 18, 2018
MOON DAILY
Russia may use ISS Modules in Lunar Gateway Project



Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 18, 2018
Russia may decide to stop the construction of its segment of the International Space Station (ISS) and to use the ordered modules for the Lunar Orbital Platform - Gateway (LOP-G) project, a source in Russia's rocket and space industry told Sputnik on Wednesday. "Due to the fact that the ISS operation is planned to be terminated in 2024, and the Russian segment is still not completed, there are proposals to complete its [ISS] creation in the current configuration, and the [Russian] ordered modules ... read more

MARSDAILY
Undergrad Mines Data from Curiosity Rover in Search for Life
Tucson AZ (SPX) Jul 18, 2018
An undergraduate student from the University of Arizona is part of a team of researchers from around the world working on the NASA Curiosity rover mission. Gordon Downs is the only undergradua ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Arianespace's Ariane 5 launch for the Galileo constellation and Europe
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Jul 18, 2018
For its fourth launch of the year, Arianespace will orbit four more satellites (satellites 23 to 26) for the Galileo constellation. This mission is being performed on behalf of the European Commissi ... more
OUTER PLANETS
Dozen new Jupiter moons declared
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 17, 2018
Twelve new moons orbiting Jupiter have been found - 11 "normal" outer moons, and one that they're calling an "oddball." This brings Jupiter's total number of known moons to a whopping 79 - the most ... more
SPACEMART
Maxar Technologies' MDA Announces Acquisition of Neptec Design Group
Brampton, Canada (SPX) Jul 18, 2018
MDA reports it has acquired Neptec Design Group Ltd. (Neptec), the leading electro-optical and electro-mechanical systems and high-performance intelligent Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) company ... more
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ROCKET SCIENCE
2018 end to be busy for ISRO with several rocket launches
New Delhi (IANS) Jul 17, 2018
The Indian space agency will have a busy year-end with several rocket launches planned from its rocket port at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, said a top official. The GSAT-11 satellite, which ... more
IRON AND ICE
NASA's Dawn spacecraft focused on Ceres as it nears end of mission
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2018
Even as NASA's Dawn spacecraft approaches the end of its mission, the probe continues to collect valuable data. ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
UK Delivers Super-Cool Kit to USA for Dark Matter Experiment
London, UK (SPX) Jul 18, 2018
A huge UK-built titanium chamber designed to keep its contents at a cool -100C and weighing as much as an SUV has been shipped to the United States, where it will soon become part of a next-generati ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Final Planck Data Strongly Supports Standard Cosmological Model
Paris, France (SPX) Jul 18, 2018
In 2013, ESA's Planck mission unveiled a new image of the cosmos: an all-sky survey of the microwave radiation produced at the beginning of the universe. This first light emitted by the universe pro ... more
TIME AND SPACE
From an almost perfect Universe to the best of both worlds
Paris (ESA) Jul 18, 2018
The world's scientific press had either gathered in ESA's Paris headquarters or logged in online, along with a multitude of scientists around the globe, to witness the moment when ESA's Planck missi ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Supersharp Images from New VLT Adaptive Optics
Garching, Germany (SPX) Jul 18, 2018
ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) has achieved first light with a new adaptive optics mode called laser tomography - and has captured remarkably sharp test images of the planet Neptune, star clusters ... more
EXO WORLDS
Finding a Planet with a 10-Year Orbit in a Few Months
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 18, 2018
To discover and confirm the presence of a planet around stars other than the Sun, astronomers wait until it has completed three orbits. However, this very effective technique has its drawbacks since ... more
SPACEMART
mu Space confirms payload on Blue Origin's upcoming New Shepard flight
Bangkok, Thailand (SPX) Jul 18, 2018
Thai satellite and space company mu Space Corp have shipped a payload to an upcoming Blue Origin New Shepard flight to promote space-related activities and collaboration among universities and space ... more
NUKEWARS
Japan's growing plutonium stockpile fuels fears
Tokyo (AFP) July 17, 2018
Japan has amassed enough plutonium to make 6,000 atomic bombs as part of a programme to fuel its nuclear plants, but concern is growing that the stockpile is vulnerable to terrorists and natural disasters. ... more
MISSILE DEFENSE
US wants Turkey to buy Patriot missiles, not Russian system
Washington (AFP) July 16, 2018
The United States is trying to persuade NATO partner Turkey to purchase the Patriot surface-to-air missile system, a US official said Monday, instead of rival Russian equipment. ... more


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CARBON WORLDS
Researchers improve conductive property of graphene, advancing promise of solar technology
Lawrence KS (SPX) Jul 13, 2018
In 2010, the Nobel Prize in Physics went to the discoverers of graphene. A single layer of carbon atoms, graphene possesses properties that are ideal for a host of applications. Among researchers, g ... more
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NANO TECH
Physicists uncover why nanomaterial loses superconductivity
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Jul 17, 2018
The struggle to keep drinks cold during the summer is a lesson in classical phase transitions. To study phase transitions, apply heat to a substance and watch how its properties change. Add heat to ... more
ENERGY TECH
High-power electronics keep their cool with new heat-conducting crystals
Champaign IL (SPX) Jul 17, 2018
The inner workings of high-power electronic devices must remain cool to operate reliably. High internal temperatures can make programs run slower, freeze or shut down. Researchers at the University ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Disruption Tolerant Networking to Demonstrate Internet in Space
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 17, 2018
NASA's Human Exploration and Operations and Science Mission Directorates are collaborating to make interplanetary internet a reality. They're about to demonstrate Delay/Disruption Tolerant Net ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Hot firing proves solid rocket motor for Ariane 6 and Vega-C
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Jul 17, 2018
The latest hot firing of the P120C solid-propellant motor at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana proves its flight-worthiness for use on Vega-C next year and on Ariane 6 from 2020. This marks ... more
MICROSAT BLITZ
NanoRacks completes external Cygnus deployment, 6 more cubesats in orbit
Dulles VA (SPX) Jul 17, 2018
esterday evening, NanoRacks successfully deployed six CubeSats from the Company's CubeSat deployer mounted on the outside of the Cygnus spacecraft. This brings the overall count to 223 small satelli ... more
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Scientists Can Now Recycle Water, Air, Fuel, Making Deep Space Travel Possible
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 16, 2018
According to a new study, scientists have cracked one of most challenging obstacles to deep space travel: how to ensure that astronauts have enough fuel, air and water for the trip. Their proposed method involves "photo catalysts" that can split or recombine water molecules. The emptiness of space and the vast distances between locations pose huge and unique challenges to space travel. One ... more
+ First space tourist flights could come in 2019
+ NASA and Peanuts Worldwide to Collaborate on Deep Space Learning Activities
+ Russian cargo ship docks at ISS in record time
+ Google parent 'graduates' moonshot projects Loon, Wing
+ Testing Refines Requirements for Deep Space Habitat Design
+ Making oxygen from water may pave way for long-distance space travel
+ Space Station Shrinks Fluorescence Microscopy Tool
Hot firing proves solid rocket motor for Ariane 6 and Vega-C
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Jul 17, 2018
The latest hot firing of the P120C solid-propellant motor at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana proves its flight-worthiness for use on Vega-C next year and on Ariane 6 from 2020. This marks an important milestone in the development schedule of Europe's new-generation launchers, designed to boost our autonomy in the space arena, and maintain Europe's global competitiveness. The test ... more
+ 2018 end to be busy for ISRO with several rocket launches
+ Space Launch Complex 17 demolition
+ Arianespace's Ariane 5 launch for the Galileo constellation and Europe
+ Scotland chosen as site for first British space port
+ Boeing, SpaceX unlikely to make manned flights to ISS in 2019
+ Focus on the future of space transportation: ESA's call for ideas
+ Lockheed Martin to help UK Space Agency build first commercial spaceport


NASA May Have Destroyed Evidence for Organics on Mars 40 Years Ago
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 13, 2018
While the existence of native carbon-based organic compounds on the Red Planet was confirmed only in 2014, some suggest that the discovery could have been made a long time ago. Back in 1976, NASA's twin Viking landers touched down on Mars to find out if life could survive on Mars and whether there was organic matter in the Martian soil. Researchers were puzzled as no evidence for organic m ... more
+ Undergrad Mines Data from Curiosity Rover in Search for Life
+ Seasonal 'spiders' emerge on Mars' surface
+ Scientists Discover "Ghost Dunes" On Mars
+ Airbus wins two ESA studies for Mars Sample Return mission
+ NASA listens out for Opportunity everyday
+ UK space sector set to benefit from new European Space Agency contract
+ Mars to Pamper Gazers With Stunning Sight Amid NASA's Dust Storm Concerns
PRSS-1 Satellite in Good Condition
Jiuquan, China (SPX) Jul 16, 2018
China launched two satellites for Pakistan on a Long March-2C rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 11:56 a.m. Monday. The PRSS-1 is China's first optical remote sensing satellite sold to Pakistan and the 17th satellite developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) for an overseas buyer. After entering orbit, the PRSS-1 is in good condition ... more
+ China readying for space station era: Yang Liwei
+ China launches new space science program
+ China Rising as Major Space Power
+ China launches new-tech experiment twin satellites
+ China confirms reception of data from Gaofen-6 satellite
+ Experts Explain How China Is Opening International Space Cooperation
+ Beijing welcomes use of Chinese space station by all UN Nations
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mu Space confirms payload on Blue Origin's upcoming New Shepard flight
Bangkok, Thailand (SPX) Jul 18, 2018
Thai satellite and space company mu Space Corp have shipped a payload to an upcoming Blue Origin New Shepard flight to promote space-related activities and collaboration among universities and space agencies in Thailand. The payload, weighing six kilograms in total, includes several experiments and research, such as: + Bleeding Preventive Device. Queen Sirikit National Institute of C ... more
+ Maxar Technologies' MDA Announces Acquisition of Neptec Design Group
+ New satellite constellations will soon fill the sky
+ Enhancing competitiveness of European space Sector with increased investments
+ Goonhilly targets business expansion in Australia and Asia-Pacific
+ China Mulls Creation of Joint Global Satellite System with Russia
+ EIB and ESA to cooperate on increasing investments in the European Space Sector
+ Laser-Based System is Set to Expand Space-to-Ground Communication
Giant Satellite Fuel Tank Sets New Record for 3-D Printed Space Parts
Denver CO (SPX) Jul 12, 2018
Lockheed Martin has embraced a 3-D printed titanium dome for satellite fuel tanks so big you can't even put your arms around it. The 46-inch- (1.16-meter-) diameter vessel completed final rounds of quality testing this month, ending a multi-year development program to create giant, high-pressure tanks that carry fuel on board satellites. The titanium tank consists of three parts welded tog ... more
+ SLAC's ultra-high-speed 'electron camera' catches molecules at a crossroads
+ Chinese scientists achieve success in nitrogen metallization
+ A high-yield perovskite catalyst for the oxidation of sulfides
+ Photonic capsules for injectable laser resonators
+ Paper-cut provides model for 3D intelligent nanofabrication
+ Dutch city to unveil world's first 3D-printed housing complex
+ New insights bolster Einstein's idea about how heat moves through solids


Astronomers find a famous exoplanet's doppelganger
Honolulu HI (SPX) Jul 17, 2018
When it comes to extrasolar planets, appearances can be deceiving. Astronomers have imaged a new planet, and it appears nearly identical to one of the best studied gas-giant planets. But this doppelganger differs in one very important way: its origin. "We have found a gas-giant planet that is a virtual twin of a previously known planet, but it looks like the two objects formed in different ... more
+ Finding a Planet with a 10-Year Orbit in a Few Months
+ TESS Spacecraft Continues Testing Prior to First Observations
+ NASA's Webb Space Telescope to Inspect Atmospheres of Gas Giant Exoplanets
+ Rocky planet neighbor looks familiar, but is not Earth's twin
+ NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Pauses Science Observations to Download Science Data
+ Researchers see beam of light from first confirmed neutron star merger emerge from behind sun
+ Detecting the Boiling Atmosphere of the Hottest Known Exoplanet
Dozen new Jupiter moons declared
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 17, 2018
Twelve new moons orbiting Jupiter have been found - 11 "normal" outer moons, and one that they're calling an "oddball." This brings Jupiter's total number of known moons to a whopping 79 - the most of any planet in our solar system. A team led by Carnegie's Scott S. Sheppard first spotted the moons in the spring of 2017 while they were looking for very distant solar system objects as part ... more
+ NASA Juno data indicate another possible volcano on Jupiter moon Io
+ First Global Maps of Pluto and Charon from New Horizons Published
+ Europa's Ocean Ascending
+ Jupiter's moons create uniquely patterned aurora on the gas giant planet
+ 'Cataclysmic' collision shaped Uranus' evolution
+ Webb Telescope to target Jupiter's Great Red Spot
+ Charon at 40: four decades of discovery on Pluto's largest moon


Expanding 'dead zone' in Arabian Sea raises climate change fears
Abu Dhabi (AFP) July 17, 2018
In the waters of the Arabian Sea, a vast "dead zone" the size of Scotland is expanding and scientists say climate change may be to blame. In his lab in Abu Dhabi, Zouhair Lachkar is labouring over a colourful computer model of the Gulf of Oman, showing changing temperatures, sea levels and oxygen concentrations. His models and new research unveiled earlier this year show a worrying trend ... more
+ Reconstruction of Grand Banks event sheds light on geohazard threats to seafloor infrastructure
+ Tainted water exhibition roves around Beijing after initial shutdown
+ Stormwater ponds not a major source of greenhouse gas emissions
+ Sea level rise threatens internet infrastructure, new research shows
+ First fishing boat detained under new UN labour rules
+ Strategy for 'no-mining zones' in the deep sea
+ Immunity could be key to addressing coral crisis
CTSi flight tests prototype navigation system to replace GPS in highly contested environments for US Navy
Patuxent River MD (SPX) Jul 11, 2018
CTSi and partner L3 Technologies completed flight-testing this month of a newly developed integrated communication and navigation system for use in highly contested and GPS-denied environments. Designated the Enhanced Link Navigation System (ELNS), the prototype was built under a Navy $8.7M Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase III contract and flight tested at the St. Mary's Cou ... more
+ Europe's next Galileo satellites in place atop Ariane 5
+ Love navigated by Beidou
+ Next four Galileo satellites fuelled for launch
+ NASA Tests Solar Sail for CubeSat that Will Study Near-Earth Asteroids
+ India's Domestic SatNav System Hits Major Roadblock Ahead of Commercial Release
+ Russia launches Soyuz-21b with Glonass-M navigation satellite
+ China's Beidou system helps livestock water supply in remote pastoral areas


Russia may use ISS Modules in Lunar Gateway Project
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 18, 2018
Russia may decide to stop the construction of its segment of the International Space Station (ISS) and to use the ordered modules for the Lunar Orbital Platform - Gateway (LOP-G) project, a source in Russia's rocket and space industry told Sputnik on Wednesday. "Due to the fact that the ISS operation is planned to be terminated in 2024, and the Russian segment is still not completed, there ... more
+ Israel plans its first moon launch in December
+ The toxic side of the Moon
+ Waystation to the Solar System
+ Queqiao satellite the bridge to China's lunar exploration
+ NASA will seek partnership with US Industry to develop lunar gateway
+ Chinese satellite could link world to Moon's far side: space expert
+ Micro satellite developed by Chinese university starts to work around Moon
NASA's Dawn spacecraft focused on Ceres as it nears end of mission
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2018
Even as NASA's Dawn spacecraft approaches the end of its mission, the probe continues to collect valuable data. According to NASA, Dawn's instruments continue to observe Ceres and its unique geological features in gamma ray, infrared and visible spectra. The spacecraft also continues to beam back gravity data to Earth. Most of the probe's recent observations have focused on Ceres ... more
+ Observatories Team Up to Reveal Rare Double Asteroid
+ ATLAS Telescope Pinpoints Meteorite Impact Prediction
+ Dusk for Dawn: Mission of many firsts to gather more data in home stretch
+ Fragment of Impacting Asteroid Recovered in Botswana
+ Tiny fine particles of global impact reveals the origin of black carbon
+ Molecular oxygen in comet's atmosphere not created on its surface
+ Successful second deep space maneuver for OSIRIS-REx confirmed


Copernicus Sentinel-5P releases first data
Paris (ESA) Jul 12, 2018
Following months of tests and careful evaluation, the first data on air pollutants from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite have been released. These first maps show a range of trace gases that affect air quality such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and ozone. Launched on 13 October 2017, Sentinel-5P is the first Copernicus satellite dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere. It is part ... more
+ MetOp-C launch campaign kicks off
+ Laser experiments lend insight into metal core at heart of the Earth
+ Aist-2D high resolution images received
+ What does global climate have to do with erosion rates?
+ ICESat-2 Lasers Pass Final Ground Test
+ Chinese foam industry responsible for rise in CFC-11 emissions
+ China launches two satellites for Pakistan
Plasma Jets Foretell Unequal Activity of the Sun's Two Hemispheres
Kolkata, India (SPX) Jul 13, 2018
The Sun's activity waxes and wanes periodically and holds sway over our space environment. Sunspots, strongly magnetized blotches on the solar surface, sometimes release fierce storms in space that severely impact our satellite based communication and navigational systems and occasionally, render satellites useless. However, a complete understanding of all aspects of the sunspot activity c ... more
+ This Summer's Solar Eclipses from the Ends of the Earth
+ Cutting-Edge Heat Shield Installed on NASA's Parker Solar Probe
+ Big Bear Solar Observatory' Expands View of the Sun
+ Sounding rocket takes a second look at the sun
+ Revised launch date targeted for Parker Solar Probe
+ The true power of the solar wind
+ How solar prominences vibrate
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In search of dark matter
Riverside CA (SPX) Jul 16, 2018
An international team of scientists that includes University of California, Riverside, physicist Hai-Bo Yu has imposed conditions on how dark matter may interact with ordinary matter - constraints that can help identify the elusive dark matter particle and detect it on Earth. Dark matter - nonluminous material in space - is understood to constitute 85 percent of the matter in the universe. ... more
+ UK Delivers Super-Cool Kit to USA for Dark Matter Experiment
+ MeerKAT Radio Telescope Reveals Clearest View Yet of Center of Milky Way
+ Hawaii telescopes help unravel long-standing cosmic mystery
+ Hubble and Gaia team up to fuel cosmic conundrum
+ VERITAS supplies critical piece to neutrino discovery puzzle
+ Supersharp Images from New VLT Adaptive Optics
+ IceCube neutrinos point to long-sought cosmic ray accelerator
Final Planck Data Strongly Supports Standard Cosmological Model
Paris, France (SPX) Jul 18, 2018
In 2013, ESA's Planck mission unveiled a new image of the cosmos: an all-sky survey of the microwave radiation produced at the beginning of the universe. This first light emitted by the universe provides a wealth of information about its content, its rate of expansion, and the primordial fluctuations in density that were the precursors of the galaxies. The Planck consortium publishes the full an ... more
+ NASA's Fermi Traces Source of Cosmic Neutrino to Monster Black Hole
+ Two independent magnetic skyrmion phases discovered in a single material
+ From an almost perfect Universe to the best of both worlds
+ Theorists publish highest-precision prediction of muon magnetic anomaly
+ Centenary of cosmological constant lambda
+ A refined magnetic sense
+ Higgs boson observed decaying into pairs of b quarks
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