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February 25, 2017
India Takes Russian Help to Analyze Chemical Composition of Lunar Surface

New Delhi (Sputnik) Feb 17, 2017
ISRO has started a series of ground tests for testing the performance of sensors and actuators for soft landing of the Lander on the lunar surface. India Space Research Organization (ISRO) has selected Russian company JSC Isotope for supply of Radionuclide curium-244 (Cm-244) that enables sources to determine chemical composition of any rocks and soils. "Supplied by JSC Isotope sources will be installed on the Alpha Proton X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) aimed at analyzing the lunar surface within ... read more

Complete Lunar-cy: The Earth Has Sprayed the Moon With Oxygen for Billennia
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 01, 2017
The Moon may be peppered with oxygen transmitted by life on Earth, according to a scientific study, opening up the possibility that the Earth's atmosphere of billions of years ago may be preserved o ... more
Private Space Race Heats Up, Moon Landing Expected in Late 2017
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 01, 2017
Moon Express, the first private company to receive government approval for a space mission, has announced an additional $20 million raised for a lunar voyage in late 2017. A front-runner to wi ... more
LunaH-Map CubeSat to map the Moon's water deposits
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jan 31, 2017
Arizona State University (ASU) is developing a small satellite that will search hydrogen in lunar craters with the ultimate goal of creating the most detailed map of the moon's water deposits. The s ... more
India, Israel among five teams fighting for first private Moon landing
Moscow (Sputnik) Jan 27, 2017
Google and nonprofit company X Prize announced Wednesday that out of 33 original teams, five have secured launch contracts to send spacecraft to the moon. Teams must launch their spacecraft no later ... more
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China schedules Chang'e-5 lunar probe launch
Beijing (XNA) Jan 24, 2017
China plans to launch the Chang'e-5 lunar probe at the end of November this year, from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China's Hainan Province, aboard the heavy-lift carrier rocket Long ... more
The science behind the Lunar Hydrogen Polar Mapper mission
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jan 19, 2017
Arizona State University's NASA mission to visit a metal asteroid is just beginning, but the first mission that marked the school as a major player in space exploration has been under way for more t ... more
Eugene Cernan, last man to walk on moon, dead at 82
Washington (AFP) Jan 16, 2017
US astronaut Eugene Cernan, the last man to set foot on the moon, died Monday at age 82, NASA and his family announced. ... more
The moon is older than scientists thought
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jan 13, 2017
A UCLA-led research team reports that the moon is at least 4.51 billion years old, or 40 million to 140 million years older than scientists previously thought. The findings - based on an analysis of ... more
New map of the Moon under creation in China
Changchun (XNA) Jan 10, 2017
Chinese scientists are drawing a 1:2.5 million scale geological map of the Moon. Ouyang Ziyuan, first chief scientist of China's lunar exploration program, said five universities and research ... more
How the Moons That Came Before Collided to Form the Moon
Haifa, Israel (SPX) Jan 10, 2017
The Moon, and the question of how it was formed, has long been a source of fascination and wonder. Now, a team of Israeli researchers suggests that the Moon we see every night is not Earth's first m ... more

Solar storms could spark soils at moon's poles

China plans probes to far side, poles of Moon
Beijing (XNA) Dec 28, 2016
China is planning missions to explore the far side of the Moon and to send robots to explore both lunar poles. Plans to send astronauts to the Moon are also being discussed, according to Wu Ya ... more
Lunar sonic booms
Ames IA (SPX) Dec 14, 2016
The sonic boom created by an airplane comes from the craft's large, speeding body crashing into molecules in the air. But if you shrank the plane to the size of a molecule, would it still generate a ... more
India Inc joins hands to bid for moon mission
New Delhi (Sputnik) Dec 06, 2016
An Indian aerospace start-ups's plans to send a mission to moon as part of the Google's Lunar XPRIZE challenge has received a major boost in funding from local corporate houses and entrepreneurs. A ... more
TeamIndus signs contract with ISRO for lunar mission
New Delhi (IANS) Dec 06, 2016
Domestic space technology startup TeamIndus on Thursday signed a first-of-its-kind contract with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to send a TeamIndus robot to the Moon. TeamIndus will l ... more

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Opportunity leaving crater rim for the Plains of Meridiani
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 21, 2017
Opportunity is located on the rim of Endeavour crater, about to leave the rim and get back on the plains of Meridiani. The rover is not leaving the crater, just setting up for faster progress south along the rim toward the next major scientific objective, the gully now less than a kilometer away. Opportunity completed the last in-situ (contact) measurements on Sol 4638 (Feb. 9, 2017) ... more
Miami (AFP) Feb 25, 2017
NASA mulls putting astronauts on deep space test flight
Dublin, Ireland (UPI) Feb 15, 2017
Scientists say Mars valley was flooded with water not long ago
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Researchers pinpoint watery past on Mars
An Ice World...With an Ocean
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 22, 2017
On Feb. 17, 2005, NASA's Cassini spacecraft was making the first-ever close pass over Saturn's moon Enceladus as it worked through its detailed survey of the planet's icy satellites. Exciting, to be sure, just for the thrill of exploration. But then Cassini's magnetometer instrument noticed something odd. Since NASA's two Voyager spacecraft made their distant flybys of Enceladus about 20 years p ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jan 31, 2017
Close views show Saturn's Rings in unprecedented detail
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jan 23, 2017
Cassini captures stunning view of Saturn moon Daphnis
Paris (ESA) Jan 17, 2017
Catching Cassini's call
Europa Flyby Mission Moves into Design Phase
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 22, 2017
A mission to examine the habitability of Jupiter's ocean-bearing moon Europa is taking one step closer to the launchpad, with the recent completion of a major NASA review. On Feb. 15, NASA's Europa multiple-flyby mission successfully completed its Key Decision Point-B review. This NASA decision permits the mission to move forward into its preliminary design phase, known as "Phase B," begin ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 21, 2017
Juno to remain in current orbit at Jupiter
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 10, 2017
NASA receives science report on Europa lander concept
Laurel MD (SPX) Feb 03, 2017
New Horizons Refines Course for Next Flyby
Russia to carry out tourist flights around Moon by 2022
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 22, 2017
Russia's Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia hopes to be the first to offer space tourism around the Moon aboard the Soyuz spacecraft by 2021-2022. First round-the-Moon flights should be possible for space tourists aboard the Soyuz spacecraft in 2021-2022, Vladimir Solntsev, the head of Russia's Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) Energia, told Sputnik. "We are speaki ... more
Berlin (UPI) Feb 22, 2017
Study: People don't want their future revealed
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
NASA selects proposals for first-ever Space Technology Research Institutes
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
NASA saves energy and water with new modular supercomputing facility
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Liquid metal nano printing set to revolutionize electronics
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
A new technique using liquid metals to create integrated circuits that are just atoms thick could lead to the next big advance for electronics. The process opens the way for the production of large wafers around 1.5 nanometres in depth (a sheet of paper, by comparison, is 100,000nm thick). Other techniques have proven unreliable in terms of quality, difficult to scale up and function only at ver ... more
Tempe AZ (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Switched-on DNA spark nano-electronic applications
Ramat Gan, Israel (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Scientists create a nano-trampoline to probe quantum behavior
Lincoln NB (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Scientists decipher the nanoscale architecture of a beetle's shell
SpaceX cargo ship arrives at space station
Miami (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
An unmanned cargo ship packed with food and supplies for astronauts arrived safely at the International Space Station Thursday, a day after SpaceX aborted the process due to a GPS problem. This time, the Dragon cargo ship made a "perfect approach to the capture point," a NASA commentator said, and was grabbed by the station's robotic arm at 5:44 am (1044 GMT). Astronauts Thomas Pesquet o ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 21, 2017
Russian Aviation Company S7 Group restructures
Moscow (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Russia successfully launches space freighter after crash
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 22, 2017
Energia to make 2 modifications of Federatsiya spaceship
China to launch first high-throughput communications satellite in April
Beijing (XNA) Feb 21, 2017
China plans to launch Shijian-13, its first high-throughput communications satellite, in April, the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) said Friday. The 4.6-tonne satellite, with a message capacity of more than 20 GB, will be carried into orbit by a Long March-3B carrier rocket, according to the CAST. An increase in satellite throughput will provide better access to the Internet ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 15, 2017
Chinese cargo spacecraft set for liftoff in April
Beijing (XNA) Jan 31, 2017
China looks to Mars, Jupiter exploration
Beijing (XNA) Jan 18, 2017
China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory
Penn researchers are among the first to grow a versatile 2-dimensional material
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
University of Pennsylvania researchers are now among the first to produce a single, three-atom-thick layer of a unique two-dimensional material called tungsten ditelluride. Their findings have been published in 2-D Materials. Unlike other two-dimensional materials, scientists believe tungsten ditelluride has what are called topological electronic states. This means that it can have many di ... more
Konstanz, Germany (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
Breakthrough with a chain of gold atoms
Warwick, UK (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Breakthrough in 'wonder' materials paves way for flexible tech
Beijing, China (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
When ultrafast laser pulse meets magnetic materials
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'Gravitational noise' interferes with determining distant sources
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Our Galaxy's gravitational field limits the accuracy of astrometric observations of distant objects. This is most clearly appeared for objects that are visually located behind the central regions of the Galaxy and the Galactic plane, where the deviation can be up to several dozen microarcseconds. And, more importantly, the effect of this gravitational "noise" cannot be removed. This means ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
New method uses heat flow to levitate variety of objects
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Increasing the sensitivity of next-generation gravitational wave detectors
Munich, Germany (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
New laser technology from Hannover enables more sensitive gravitational-wave detectors
NASA's fermi finds possible dark matter ties in andromeda galaxy
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has found a signal at the center of the neighboring Andromeda galaxy that could indicate the presence of the mysterious stuff known as dark matter. The gamma-ray signal is similar to one seen by Fermi at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy. Gamma rays are the highest-energy form of light, produced by the universe's most energetic phenomena. ... more
Madison WI (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
From rocks in Colorado, evidence of a 'chaotic solar system'
Austin TX (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Experiments call origin of Earth's iron into question
East Lansing MI (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Examining exploding stars through the atomic nucleus
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Russia to face strong competition from China in space launch market
Moscow (Sputnik) Oct 26, 2016
In the decade to come Russia will face strong competition from China for the commercial launch of satellites for developing countries, according to Ivan Moiseev, director of the Institute of Space Policy."China is trying to expand its space launching services, developing new boosters for different segments of the market," Moiseev told RIA Novosti. "It has constructed a new spacecraft launc ... more
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Oct 27, 2016
Vega And Gokturk-1A are present for next Arianespace lightweight mission
Bethesda MD (SPX) Oct 25, 2016
Antares Rides Again
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Oct 21, 2016
Four Galileo satellites are "topped off" for Arianespace's milestone Ariane 5 launch from the Spaceport
China to launch first high-throughput communications satellite in April
Beijing (XNA) Feb 21, 2017
China plans to launch Shijian-13, its first high-throughput communications satellite, in April, the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) said Friday. The 4.6-tonne satellite, with a message capacity of more than 20 GB, will be carried into orbit by a Long March-3B carrier rocket, according to the CAST. An increase in satellite throughput will provide better access to the Internet ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 15, 2017
Chinese cargo spacecraft set for liftoff in April
Beijing (XNA) Jan 31, 2017
China looks to Mars, Jupiter exploration
Beijing (XNA) Jan 18, 2017
China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory
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NSF to Fund a Nationwide Effort to Capture the Eclipse
Tucson AZ (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
The National Science Foundation to provide critical funding to nationwide eclipse data-gathering effort. The Citizen Continental America Telescopic Eclipse project, or Citizen CATE for short, will be deploying at least 56 identical telescopes across the path of totality thanks to the financial backing of the National Science Foundation. The NSF is providing the largest contribution for the ... more
Paris (ESA) Feb 17, 2017
Setting Sun on Space Station Solar research
Nagoya, Japan (SPX) Feb 08, 2017
What happened to the sun over 7,000 years ago?
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 03, 2017
NASA Scientist Studies Whether Solar Storms Cause Animal Beachings
ESA affirms Open Access policy for images, videos and data
Paris (ESA) Feb 22, 2017
ESA has announced it has adopted an Open Access policy for its content such as still images, videos and selected sets of data. For more than two decades, ESA has been sharing vast amounts of information, imagery and data with scientists, industry, media and the public at large via digital platforms such as the web and social media. ESA's evolving information management policy increases these opp ... more
McLean, VA (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Iridium Announces Target Date for Second Launch of Iridium NEXT
Rome (Sputnik) Feb 14, 2017
Italy, Russia working closely on Mars exploration, Earth monitoring satellites
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 07, 2017
NASA seeks partnerships with US companies to advance commercial space technologies
Origin of spooky meteor noises reappraised by researchers
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
When a meteor is about to conk your neighborhood and gives fair warning by emitting sizzling, rustling and hissing sounds as it descends, you might think that the universe is being sporting. But these auditory warnings, which do occur, seem contrary to the laws of physics if they are caused by the friction of the fast-moving meteor or asteroid plunging into Earth's atmosphere. Because soun ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 22, 2017
Dawn discovers evidence for organic material on Ceres
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
New data about 2 distant asteroids give a clue to the possible 'Planet Nine'
Boulder CO (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
SwRI scientist studies geology of Ceres to understand origin of organics
Study: Even 'benevolent bots' fight, sometimes for years
Oxford, England (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
An analysis of bot behavior over the course of a decades shows even "benevolent" bots bicker. In fact, researchers found evidence of bot-versus-bot fights lasting several years. The bots in question were employed by Wikipedia to perform a variety of editing and maintenance tasks. Editing bots repair vandalized text, enforce content and language bans, check and fix spelling, insert links ... more
Lausanne, Switzerland (UPI) Feb 17, 2017
Scientists invent new, faster gait for six-legged robots
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Now you can 'build your own' bio-bot
Washington (AFP) Feb 11, 2017
How algorithms secretly run the world

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