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April 25, 2017
AEROSPACE
Pressurized Perlan glider reaches new high altitude on journey to edge of space



Minden, NV (SPX) Apr 25, 2017
Airbus Perlan Mission II, an initiative to fly a glider without an engine to the edge of space to collect ground-breaking insights on high-altitude flight, weather, and climate change, returned to flight this week at its U.S. headquarters at the Minden-Tahoe Airport. Perlan Project Pilots Jim Payne and Miguel Iturmendi soared the pressurized glider to its highest altitude to date, reaching 30,615 feet. The Perlan 2 will spend spring soaring in the rising wind currents - called mountain waves - in ... read more

SPACE TRAVEL
Lunar, Martian Greenhouses Designed to Mimic Those on Earth
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Apr 25, 2017
While astronauts have successfully grown plants and vegetables aboard the International Space Station, NASA scientists at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida are collaborating with a university team ... more
EXO WORLDS
In experiments on Earth, testing possible building blocks of alien life
Chicago IL (SPX) Apr 25, 2017
Scientists are attempting to identify the amino acids--building blocks that make proteins and support all life on Earth--that might feasibly form the basis of extraterrestrial life. The researchers ... more
EXO WORLDS
Rocky super-earth found in habitable zone of small red star
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain (SPX) Apr 25, 2017
One of the most successful techniques presently in use for detecting expolantes is the search for transits. Similar to the way the Moon cuts off the light of the Sun during an eclipse, a transit is ... more
SATURN DAILY
Cassini completes final Titan flyby
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 25, 2017
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has had its last close brush with Saturn's hazy moon Titan and is now beginning its final set of 22 orbits around the ringed planet. The spacecraft made its 127th and ... more
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AGU journal commentaries highlight importance of Earth and space science research
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has published a collection of 27 essays as commentaries in its scientific journals highlighting the important role Earth and space science research plays in soci ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
'Better you than me,' Trump tells record-breaking astronaut
Washington (AFP) April 24, 2017
US President Donald Trump congratulated NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson for setting a new space record on Monday, but expressed disdain for a particular rigor of space life - drinking recycled urine. ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
NASA's Fermi catches gamma-ray flashes from tropical storms
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 25, 2017
About a thousand times a day, thunderstorms fire off fleeting bursts of some of the highest-energy light naturally found on Earth. These events, called terrestrial gamma-ray flashes (TGFs), last les ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
NASA's Cassini, Voyager missions suggest new picture of sun's interaction with galaxy
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 25, 2017
New data from NASA's Cassini mission, combined with measurements from the two Voyager spacecraft and NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX, suggests that our sun and planets are surrounded ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
Interdisciplinary studies reveal relationship between solar activity and climate change
Beijing CA (SPX) Apr 25, 2017
The solar flux is considered the fundamental energy source of earth's climate system on long time scales. In recent decades, some studies have noted that the tiny variations in solar activity could ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
SES Launches Rapid Response Vehicle for Defence, Security and Humanitarian Missions
Luxembourg (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
SES has announced its new government product Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV), a SATCOM-enabled platform capable of providing high-speed connectivity and global communications services tailored to a bro ... more


'Twist and shine': Development of a new photoluminescent sensor material

TECH SPACE
Leybold simplifies repairs and maintenance through Augmented Reality
Bornheim, Germany (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Leybold GmbH, a German company of the Atlas Copco Group, is the first vacuum pump manufacturer to test the diverse application possibilities of Augmented Reality (AR). While executing tasks, service ... more
CHIP TECH
Graphene 'copy machine' may produce cheap semiconductor wafers
Boston MA (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
In 2016, annual global semiconductor sales reached their highest-ever point, at $339 billion worldwide. In that same year, the semiconductor industry spent about $7.2 billion worldwide on wafers tha ... more
AEROSPACE
Boeing pulls out of 'unfair' Belgian F-16 fighter replacement bid
Washington (UPI) Apr 20, 2017
Boeing will not participate in Belgium's effort to replace its F-16 fleet, leaving rival Lockheed Martin and other European contractors in the competition, the company said this week. ... more
NANO TECH
Nanoparticles remain unpredictable
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
The nanotech industry is booming. Every year, several thousands of tonnes of man-made nanoparticles are produced worldwide; sooner or later, a certain part of them will end up in bodies of water or ... more

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AGU journal commentaries highlight importance of Earth and space science research
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has published a collection of 27 essays as commentaries in its scientific journals highlighting the important role Earth and space science research plays in society. The essays, covering a broad swath of scientific disciplines and written by notable scientists in their fields, discuss the critical role of research, the growing importance of data and the ... more
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Apr 25, 2017
Lunar, Martian Greenhouses Designed to Mimic Those on Earth
Washington (AFP) April 24, 2017
'Better you than me,' Trump tells record-breaking astronaut
Washington DC (AFNS) Apr 24, 2017
Astronaut Airman launched to International Space Station
Alaska Aerospace Pursuing Asian Small Satellite Launch Market
Anchorage AK (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Following participation in the 2017 Japan Space Symposium, Alaska Aerospace Corporation (AAC) President and Chief Executive Officer Craig E. Campbell traveled to Hokkaido, Japan with a joint Japanese and American delegation to visit a proposed launch site in the coastal town of Taiki. As part of the itinerary, the delegation toured the headquarters and manufacturing facility of Interstella ... more
New Delhi (Sputnik) Apr 24, 2017
India to Launch Carrier Rocket With Higher Payload Capacity in May
Sacramento CA (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne completes qualification tests on reusable rocket engine
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 24, 2017
Russian MoD to Further Develop Plesetsk Cosmodrome Infrastructure

Danish Martian Experts Get Their Hands on a Piece of 'Black Beauty'
Copenhagen (Sputnik) Apr 24, 2017
Humans have yet to set foot on Mars, but meteorites have been, by far, the most frequent visitors from outer space on Earth. Recently, one which has been dubbed "Black Beauty" landed in the hands of Danish researchers. The Natural History Museum (NHM) in Copenhagen has obtained a piece of Mars: it has procured a piece of a famous Martian meteorite, known as "Black Beauty." The NHM acquired ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 24, 2017
New Look at 2004's Martian Hole-in-One Site
Providence RI (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
Researchers Produce Detailed Map of Potential Mars Rover Landing Site
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 20, 2017
Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves 'Tribulation'
Are human space babies conceivable?
Beijing (XNA) Apr 23, 2017
As astronauts continue to break records for time spent in space and manned Mars exploration is under discussion, scientists in China have begun a groundbreaking study to determine if humans can reproduce in space. Scientists will for the first time conduct an experiment to induce the differentiation of human embryonic stem cells into germ cells on China's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1 ... more
Beijing (AFP) April 22, 2017
China's first cargo spacecraft docks with space lab
Wenchang, China (Sputnik) Apr 21, 2017
Tianzhou-1 space truck soars into orbit
Wenchang, China (AFP) April 20, 2017
China launches first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1
Arianespace, Intelsat and SKY Perfect JSAT sign a new Launch Services Agreement, for Horizons 3e
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Arianespace has announced that it will launch Horizons 3e, a satellite belonging to the Horizons joint venture owned by Intelsat (NYSE: I) and SKY Perfect JSAT. Arianespace will orbit this Boeing-built payload in the launch period starting late 2018 on an Ariane 5 from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana. Horizons 3e will complete Intelsat's global EpicNG network. The high-throughput ... more
McLean VA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Airbus and Intelsat team up for more capacity
McLean VA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Commercial Space Operators To Canada: "We're Here, and We can Help"
McLean VA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Antenna Innovation Benefits the Government Customer
'Twist and shine': Development of a new photoluminescent sensor material
Onna, Japan (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Stress sensors are important tools when it comes to evaluating the robustness of a material facing strong mechanical forces. OIST researchers have just published in Advanced Materials an article reporting a new kind of sensor molecules that brightens up when the material they are incorporated into comes under heavy mechanical stress. Such light-based sensing molecules, also called photolum ... more
Bornheim, Germany (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Leybold simplifies repairs and maintenance through Augmented Reality
Washington (UPI) Apr 24, 2017
Lockheed Martin secures $1.6 billion contract for counterfire radars
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Tiny Probes Hold Big Promise for Future NASA Missions
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Detecting Life in the Driest Place on Earth
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 21, 2017
Few places are as hostile to life as Chile's Atacama Desert. It's the driest place on Earth, and only the hardiest microbes survive there. Its rocky landscape has lain undisturbed for eons, exposed to extreme temperatures and radiation from the sun. If you can find life here, you might be able to find it in an even harsher environment - like the surface of Mars. That's why a team of resear ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Newly Discovered Exoplanet May be Best Candidate in Search for Signs of Life
New York NY (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
Breakthrough Listen Publishes Initial Results
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain (SPX) Apr 25, 2017
Rocky super-earth found in habitable zone of small red star
ALMA investigates 'DeeDee,' a distant, dim member of our solar system
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers have revealed extraordinary details about a recently discovered far-flung member of our solar system, the planetary body 2014 UZ224, more informally known as DeeDee. At about three times the current distance of Pluto from the Sun, DeeDee is the second most distant known trans-Neptunian object (TNO) with a confirmed ... more
Laurel MD (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Nap Time for New Horizons
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Hubble spots auroras on Uranus
Leicester, UK (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Cold' Great Spot discovered on Jupiter
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Ukraine's Mariupol to be without hot water for months
Kiev (AFP) April 20, 2017
The main government-held city in Ukraine's separatist east has been forced to shut off its hot water until at least mid-October because it does not have enough money to pay off utility debts. The industrial port of Mariupol is home to 460,000 people and has been the repeated target of pro-Moscow insurgents based in the rebels' de facto capital Donetsk. Mariupol, on the Sea of Azov, is th ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 20, 2017
Fewer sharks equals fatter fish, research shows
Edmonton, Canada (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Sea scorpions: The original sea monster
Paris (AFP) April 20, 2017
Degraded coral imperils coastal people: study
Researchers working toward indoor location detection
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Rice University computer scientists are mapping a new solution for interior navigational location detection by linking it to existing sensors in mobile devices. Their results were presented in a paper at last month's 2017 Design, Automation and Test in Europe (DATE) Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland. Six months ago, the same researchers published a paper on their first technology for a n ... more
Paris (ESA) Apr 10, 2017
Galileo's search and rescue service in the spotlight
Managua (AFP) April 7, 2017
Russia inaugurates GPS-type satellite station in Nicaragua
Washington (UPI) Apr 7, 2017
Northrop Grumman, Honeywell receive EGI-M contracts
Swedish Institute of Space Physics goes back to the Moon
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Apr 23, 2017
On April 7, the Swedish Institute of Space Physics successfully delivered the flight model of the Advanced Small Analyzer for Neutrals (ASAN) instrument to the National Space Science Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China. The ASAN instrument will be launched at the end of 2018 onboard the Chinese Chang'e 4 mission to the Moon. Chang'e 4 consists of an orbiter, lander ... more
New Delhi (Sputnik) Apr 24, 2017
India dreams of harvesting lunar dust to power fusion rectors
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
NASA Scientists Find Dynamo at Lunar Core May Have Formed Magnetic Field
Providence RI (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
How a young-looking lunar volcano hides its true age
Close call: When asteroids whisk past Earth
Paris (AFP) April 19, 2017
A peanut-shaped asteroid 1.3 kilometres (3,280 feet) across streaked past Earth on Wednesday, giving astronomers a rare chance to check out a big space rock up close. But not too close. Dubbed 2014-JO25, the asteroid came nearest at 12:20 GMT and is now hurtling away from the centre of our solar system, said Ian Carnelli, an astronomer from the European Space Agency (ESA). "It does ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 20, 2017
Landslides on Ceres Reflect Ice Content
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
New study ranks hazardous asteroid effects from least to most destructive
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 20, 2017
NASA images Asteroid 2014 JO25 using radar prior to flyby
Human 2 Mars Conference May 9-11 2017 - Washington DC
When Swarm met Steve
Paris (ESA) Apr 24, 2017
Thanks to social media and the power of citizen scientists chasing the northern lights, a new feature was discovered recently. Nobody knew what this strange ribbon of purple light was, so ... it was called Steve. ESA's Swarm magnetic field mission has now also met Steve and is helping to understand the nature of this new-found feature. Speaking at the recent Swarm science meeting in Canada, Eric ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 18, 2017
'Detergent' Molecules May Drive Recent Methane Changes
Bristol, UK (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Banned industrial solvent sheds new light on methane mystery
Aurora CO (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Raytheon speeds delivery and secures satellite weather data
Interdisciplinary studies reveal relationship between solar activity and climate change
Beijing CA (SPX) Apr 25, 2017
The solar flux is considered the fundamental energy source of earth's climate system on long time scales. In recent decades, some studies have noted that the tiny variations in solar activity could be amplified by the nonlinear process in climate system. Therefore, the astronomy factors, such as solar activity, present intriguing and cutting-edge questions to better understand climate chan ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
NASA and Partners Survey Space Weather Science
Honolulu HI (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
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Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
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