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August 18, 2017
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Russia could launch Spektr-RG space observatory with German telescope in 2018



Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 16, 2017
Russia could launch the Spektr-RG (Spectrum Roentgen Gamma) space observatory with the German eRosita X-ray telescope in October 2018, a spokesperson of the Lavochkin Research and Production Association aerospace company told Sputnik on Monday. The Spektr-RG observatory is supposed to be placed at Lagrange point L2, an orbital location where gravitational forces of the Moon and Earth would balance out a centrifugal force of a smaller third body, such as a space observatory, stabilizing it. I ... read more

MOON DAILY
Reality Bites for Google Lunar X-Prize
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Once again, the ever-fluid deadline for the Google Lunar X-Prize (GLXP) has been extended. This award is now getting well beyond its use-by date. The GLXP was already on shaky ground before this. Th ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
Studying the sun's atmosphere with the total solar eclipse of 2017
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
A total solar eclipse happens somewhere on Earth about once every 18 months. But because Earth's surface is mostly ocean, most eclipses are visible over land for only a short time, if at all. The to ... more
MOON DAILY
Lunar dynamo's lifetime extended by at least 1 billion years
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
New evidence from ancient lunar rocks suggests that an active dynamo once churned within the molten metallic core of the moon, generating a magnetic field that lasted at least 1 billion years longer ... more
MOON DAILY
Moon's magnetic field lasted far longer than once believed
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
The moon's magnetic field lasted 1 billion to 2.5 billion years longer than once thought - a finding with important implications for habitability on other moons and planets throughout the universe, ... more
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NUKEWARS
South Korea vows no war despite North's missile threat
Seoul (AFP) Aug 17, 2017
South Korea pledged Thursday that there would be no war on the Korean peninsula, as prospects of a pre-emptive US strike to destroy Pyongyang's nuclear missile program receded. ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
Day to night and back again: Earth's ionosphere during the total solar eclipse
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
On Aug. 21, 2017, the Moon will slide in front of the Sun and for a brief moment, day will melt into a dusky night. Moving across the country, the Moon's shadow will block the Sun's light, and weath ... more
NUKEWARS
S. Korea seeks rare talks with North to ease military tensions
Seoul (AFP) July 17, 2017
South Korea on Monday offered to hold rare military talks with North Korea, aiming to ease tensions after Pyongyang tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile. ... more
IRON AND ICE
Asteroid to shave past Earth on Oct 12: ESA
Paris (AFP) Aug 10, 2017
A house-sized asteroid will shave past our planet on October 12, far inside the Moon's orbit but without posing any threat, astronomers said Thursday. ... more
MOON DAILY
NASA studies tethered CubeSat mission to study Lunar swirls
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
A novel mission concept involving two CubeSats connected by a thin, miles-long tether could help scientists understand how the Moon got its mysterious "tattoos" - swirling patterns of light and dark ... more
MOON DAILY
Astronauts to bring asteroid back into lunar orbit
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Future space exploration aims to fly further from Earth than ever before. Now, Italian Space Agency scientists have expressed an interest in contributing to the development of robotic technologies t ... more


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ROCKET SCIENCE
Sea Launch to be modernized for Russia's Soyuz-5 carrier rocket
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 01, 2017
The Sea Launch international spacecraft launch service will be modernized to be suited for launches of Soyuz-5 medium-launch carrier rocket, the director general of Russia's Roscosmos state space co ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Aerojet Rocketdyne's RS-25 Flight Controller Goes Three for Three in SLS Test
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdynehas tested its third RS-25 engine flight controller at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The RS-25 engine will propel America's next-generation heavy lift rocket, t ... more
MOON DAILY
Florida startup boldly sets sights on moon
Washington (AFP) July 30, 2017
Florida startup Moon Express is setting its sights high: ambitiously shooting to become the first private company to launch a small, unmanned craft to the moon before the year's out. ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
National Solar Observatory Predicts Shape Of Solar Corona For August Eclipse
Boulder CO (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
August 21st will bring a history-making opportunity for the entire United States. On that day, every person in the country, including Hawaii and Alaska, will have an opportunity to witness at least ... more



For Moratorium on Sending Commands to Mars, Blame the Sun
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 17, 2017
This month, movements of the planets will put Mars almost directly behind the sun, from Earth's perspective, causing curtailed communications between Earth and Mars. NASA will refrain from sending commands to America's three Mars orbiters and two Mars rovers during the period from July 22 to Aug. 1. "Out of caution, we won't talk to our Mars assets during that period because we expec ... more
Paris (ESA) Jul 14, 2017
Tributes to wetter times on Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 14, 2017
Opportunity will spend three weeks at current location due to Solar Conjunction
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 13, 2017
Curiosity Mars Rover Begins Study of Ridge Destination
Cassini Prepares to Say Goodbye to a True Titan
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
Mere weeks away from its dramatic, mission-ending plunge into Saturn, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has a hectic schedule, orbiting the planet every week in its Grand Finale. On a few orbits, Saturn's largest moon, Titan, has been near enough to tweak Cassini's orbit, causing the spacecraft to approach Saturn a bit closer or a bit farther away. A couple of those distant passes even pushed Cassini in ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
Cassini to begin final five orbits around Saturn
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
NASA finds moon of Saturn has chemical that could form 'membranes'
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
ALMA confirms complex chemistry in Titan's atmosphere
New Horizons Video Soars over Pluto's Majestic Mountains and Icy Plains
Laurel MD (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
In July 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft sent home the first close-up pictures of Pluto and its moons - amazing imagery that inspired many to wonder what a flight over the distant worlds' icy terrain might be like. Wonder no more. Using actual New Horizons data and digital elevation models of Pluto and its largest moon Charon, mission scientists have created flyover movies that offer s ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 13, 2017
Juno spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
New evidence in support of the Planet Nine hypothesis
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Scientists probe Neptune's depths to reveal secrets of icy planets
SpaceX launches super-computer to space station
Miami (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
SpaceX on Monday blasted off its unmanned Dragon cargo ship toward the International Space Station, carrying a host of science experiments and the most powerful computer ever sent into orbit. "Three, two, one, and liftoff," a SpaceX commentator said as the white Falcon 9 rocket climbed into the blue sky over Cape Canaveral, Florida at 12:31 pm (1631 GMT). Three minutes after launch, the ... more
Washington (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
NASA: let's say something to Voyager 1 on 40th anniversary of launch
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Disruptioneering: Streamlining the Process of Scientific Discovery
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
NASA Offers Space Station as Catalyst for Discovery in Washington
How to move objects at the nanoscale
Trieste, Italy (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
To move a nanoparticle on the surface of a graphene sheet, you won't need a "nano-arm": by applying a temperature difference at the ends of the membrane, the nanocluster laying on it will drift from the hot region to the cold one. In addition, contrary to the laws ruling the world at the macroscale, the force acting on the particle - the so-called thermophoretic force - should not decrease as th ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
New method promises easier nanoscale manufacturing
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Nanoparticles could spur better LEDs, invisibility cloaks
Barcelona, Spain (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
New material resembling a metal nanosponge could reduce computer energy consumption
SHIIVER tank arrives at NASA's Marshall Center for spray-on foam insulation
Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
A technical challenge that NASA is working to solve is how to maintain very cold liquid propellants to be used as fuel for deep space missions. Heat intercept concepts such as advanced insulation blankets, foam insulation and vapor-based cooling will be evaluated with the Structural Heat Intercept Insulation Vibration Evaluation Rig or SHIIVER, which arrived Aug. 10 at NASA's Marshall Space Flig ... more
Miami (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
'Dragon captured' as cargo arrives at space station
Miami (AFP) Aug 13, 2017
SpaceX launches super-computer to space station
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
New thruster design increases efficiency for future spaceflight
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China's satellite sends unbreakable cipher from space
Beijing (XNA) Aug 14, 2017
Chinese scientists have become the first to realize quantum key distribution from a satellite to the ground, laying the foundation for building a hack-proof global quantum communication network. The achievement based on experiments conducted with the world' s first quantum satellite, Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS), was published in the authoritative academic journal Nature on T ... more
Xi'an, China (XNA) Aug 14, 2017
Xian Satellite Control Center resolves over 10 major satellite faults in 50 years
Beijing (XNA) Jul 10, 2017
China develops sea launches to boost space commerce
Beijing (XNA) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese satellite Zhongxing-9A enters preset orbit
Archinaut Project conducts first large-scale 3D build in space-like environment
Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Archinaut, a NASA Technology Demonstration Mission (TDM) project developing cutting-edge technology to build and assemble complex hardware and supersized structures on demand in space, achieved an unprecedented milestone this summer. "To our knowledge, this is the first time additive manufacturing has been successfully tested on such a large scale in the vacuum and temperature conditions o ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 16, 2017
Air Force tests new radar receivers for rescue helicopters
Denver CO (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Lockheed Martin integrates first modernized A2100 satellite
Washington (UPI) Aug 16, 2017
Marine Corps testing mobile 3D printing lab
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MSU gravitational physicist receives NASA award to explore extreme gravity and the universe
Bozeman MT (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
A Montana State University gravitational physicist has received funding for a research project that aims to answer fundamental questions about the universe. NASA awarded $750,000 to Nicolas Yunes for his project "Exploring Extreme Gravity: Neutron Stars, Black Holes and Gravitational Waves." Yunes is a founding member of the MSU eXtreme Gravity Institute, known as XGI, and an associate pro ... more
Hull UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
First look at gravitational dance that drives stellar formation
Warwick UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Telescope for detecting optical signals from gravitational waves launched
Hannover, Germany (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
LISA Gravitational-Wave Observatory Selected as ESA L3 Mission
Astronomers catch exploding supernova early
Tucson AZ (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
For the first time, astronomers have observed a cosmic event in great detail that they only had glimpses of before: a supernova and its explosive ejecta slamming into a nearby companion star. The discovery was made possible by a specialized survey taking advantage of recent advances in linking telescopes across the globe into a robotic network. David Sand, an assistant professor at the Uni ... more
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
A fleeting blue glow
Berkeley CA (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
New 3-D simulations show how galactic centers cool their jets
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 16, 2017
Russia could launch Spektr-RG space observatory with German telescope in 2018
China's satellite sends unbreakable cipher from space
Beijing (XNA) Aug 14, 2017
Chinese scientists have become the first to realize quantum key distribution from a satellite to the ground, laying the foundation for building a hack-proof global quantum communication network. The achievement based on experiments conducted with the world' s first quantum satellite, Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS), was published in the authoritative academic journal Nature on T ... more
Xi'an, China (XNA) Aug 14, 2017
Xian Satellite Control Center resolves over 10 major satellite faults in 50 years
Beijing (XNA) Jul 10, 2017
China develops sea launches to boost space commerce
Beijing (XNA) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese satellite Zhongxing-9A enters preset orbit
Tracking a solar eruption through the Solar System
Paris (ESA) Aug 17, 2017
Ten spacecraft, from ESA's Venus Express to NASA's Voyager-2, felt the effect of a solar eruption as it washed through the Solar System while three other satellites watched, providing a unique perspective on this space weather event. Scientists working on ESA's Mars Express were looking forward to investigating the effects of the close encounter of Comet Siding Spring on the Red Planet's atmosph ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
NASA, ESA spacecraft track solar storm through space
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Studying the sun's atmosphere with the total solar eclipse of 2017
Washington (UPI) Aug 17, 2017
NASA taps citizen scientists to help study eclipse
Blue Sky Network Reaffirms Commitment to Brazilian Market
San Diego CA (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Blue Sky Network, an industry leading global provider of satellite asset tracking and fleet management solutions, announced that the company's new management team, led by President Gregoire Demory, would attend the LABACE trade show August 15th to 17th in Sao Paulo. LABACE is Latin America's largest, and the world's second largest, business aviation trade show. "Our new management and sale ... more
New Delhi (Sputnik) Aug 14, 2017
India to Launch Exclusive Satellite for Afghanistan
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
ASTROSCALE Raises a Total of $25 Million in Series C Led by Private Companies
Paris (ESA) Jul 14, 2017
LISA Pathfinder: bake, rattle and roll
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Asteroid Apophis has One in 100,000 chance of hitting Earth
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
The huge nearly 400-meter wide asteroid Apophis is still on a list of hazardous near-Earth objects (NEOs), regarded as a potential threat to our planet. However, new calculations made by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) scientist, show that Apophis' odds of Earth impact are lower than previously estimated. "We cannot yet exclude the possibility that it could impact our planet, but we ... more
Paris (ESA) Aug 14, 2017
Asteroid 2012 TC4 will fly past Earth in October 2017
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Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
Northrop Grumman will demonstrate autonomous unmanned undersea and unmanned surface vehicles at the Advanced Naval Technology Exercise at the Naval Surface Warfare Center this week. The demonstration will coordinate multiple undersea and surface autonomous vehicles alongside an aerial vehicle to collect targeting data for enemy seabed infrastructure, followed by an undersea vehicle enga ... more
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
SSL and NASA complete preliminary design review for on-orbit robotic servicing spacecraft
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Why humans find faulty robots more likeable
Washington (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
Mishap doesn't dampen enthusiasm for security robots


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