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October 16, 2017
MOON DAILY
Ancient asteroid impact exposes the moon's interior



West Lafayette IN (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Scientists have long assumed that all the planets in our solar system look the same beneath the surface, but a study published in Geology on Oct. 4 tells a different story. "The mantle of the earth is made mostly of a mineral called olivine, and the assumption is usually that all planets are like the Earth," said Jay Melosh, Distinguished Professor of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University, who led the study. "But when we look at the spectral signature of rocks exposed deep ... read more

IRON AND ICE
Asteroid Tracking Network Observes Close Approach
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 16, 2017
On Oct. 12 EDT (Oct. 11 PDT), a small asteroid designated 2012 TC4 will safely pass by Earth at a distance of approximately 26,000 miles (42,000 kilometers). This is a little over one tenth the dist ... more
MOON DAILY
Moon Once Had an Atmosphere
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
A new study shows that an atmosphere was produced around the ancient Moon, 3 to 4 billion years ago, when intense volcanic eruptions spewed gases above the surface faster than they could escape to s ... more
DRAGON SPACE
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China's Mars probe will carry 13 types of payload, including six rovers, in its first mission to the planet, scheduled for 2020. "The Mars exploration program is we ... more
MARSDAILY
Lockheed Martin Reveals New Details to its Mars Base Camp Vision
Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
This week at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia, Lockheed Martin engineers are revealing new details of its Mars Base Camp concept including how it aligns with NAS ... more
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OUTER PLANETS
Helicopter test for Jupiter icy moons radar
Friedrichshafen, Germany (ESA) Oct 03, 2017
A long radar boom that will probe below the surface of Jupiter's icy moons has been tested on Earth with the help of a helicopter. ESA's Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, JUICE, is scheduled for launch in ... more
MARSDAILY
Lockheed Martin unveils reusable water-powered Mars lander
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
A reusable, water-powered Mars lander that will allow humans to explore the Red Planet from an orbiting 'base camp' as early as the 2030s was unveiled Friday by US defence giant Lockheed Martin. ... more
MOON DAILY
Chinese moon missions delayed by rocket failure: report
Beijing (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Two Chinese lunar missions will be delayed by the failed launch of a powerful rocket in July, a state-run newspaper said, in a setback for the country's ambitious space programme. ... more
MOON DAILY
Moon village the first stop to Mars: ESA
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Setting up a permanent village on the moon is the first step towards exploring Mars, the European Space Agency said Thursday as plans to reach and colonise the Red Planet gathered pace. ... more
MOON DAILY
Russian space agency, NASA agree to co-build lunar-orbit space station
Moscow (XNA) Sep 28, 2017
Russia's Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States said Wednesday that they have agreed to cooperate on build ... more
MOON DAILY
NASA, Roscosmos Sign Joint Statement on Researching, Exploring Deep Space
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
Building a strategic capability for advancing and sustaining human space exploration in the vicinity of the Moon will require the best from NASA, interested international partners, and U.S. industry ... more


'Crash Scene Investigation' Reveals Resting Place of SMART-1 on Moon

MOON DAILY
Russia, US shoot for the moon with joint lunar station project
Moscow (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
Russia and the United States agreed Wednesday to cooperate on a NASA-led project to build the first lunar space station, part of a long-term project to send humans to Mars. ... more
MOON DAILY
First steps: returning humanity to the Moon
Paris (ESA) Sep 21, 2017
In the first act of lunar exploration, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were major characters. In setting its sights on the Moon, ESA hopes to bring many more actors to this off-world stage. By ... more
MOON DAILY
Fly me to the Moon: For some, lunar village takes shape
Riga (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
By 2040, a hundred people will live on the Moon, melting ice for water, 3D-printing homes and tools, eating plants grown in lunar soil, and competing in low-gravity, "flying" sports. ... more
NUKEWARS
At UN, world leaders confront North Korea crisis
United Nations, United States Sept 21, 2017
North Korea's nuclear threat takes center stage at the United Nations on Thursday as US President Donald Trump holds talks with leaders of Japan and South Korea and the Security Council meets to push for sanctions to be enforced against Pyongyang. ... more



What NASA's simulated missions tell us about the need for Martian law
Kent UK (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Six people recently returned from an eight-month long isolation experiment to test human endurance for long-term space missions. Their "journey to Mars" involved being isolated below the summit of the world's largest active volcano in Hawaii (Mauna Loa), and was designed to better understand the psychological impacts of manned missions. NASA, which aims to send expeditions to Mars by the 2 ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Debate over Mars exploration strategy heats up in astrobiology journal
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 10, 2017
Opportunity Feeling the Chemistry
Leeds, UK (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Mimetic Martian water is under pressure
Intense storms batter Saturn's largest moon, UCLA scientists report
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Titan, the largest of Saturn's more than 60 moons, has surprisingly intense rainstorms, according to research by a team of UCLA planetary scientists and geologists. Although the storms are relatively rare - they occur less than once per Titan year, which is 29 and a half Earth years - they occur much more frequently than the scientists expected. "I would have thought these would be once-a- ... more
Tampa FL (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
NASA's $3.9 bn Cassini spacecraft makes death plunge into Saturn
Tucson AZ (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Cassini Spacecraft Demise Is Bittersweet for PSI's Hansen
Sacramento CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion guides Cassini to its Grand Finale at Saturn
Ring around a dwarf planet detected
Garching, Germany (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Ten observatories in six European countries teamed up for recent observations of a stellar occultation by the dwarf planet Haumea, which surprisingly show a narrow and dense ring orbiting the dwarf planet. In addition, the astronomers at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics and more than 50 further institutions were able to constrain the size, shape and density of Haumea,w ... more
Friedrichshafen, Germany (ESA) Oct 03, 2017
Helicopter test for Jupiter icy moons radar
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Solving the Mystery of Pluto's Giant Blades of Ice
Irwindale CA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Global Aerospace Corporation to present Pluto lander concept to NASA
Russia launches cargo ship to space station
Moscow (AFP) Oct 14, 2017
Russia on Saturday launched an unmanned Progress space freighter carrying supplies to the International Space Station from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz 2.1a rocket carrying the ship successfully reached orbit eight minutes after taking off at 11:47am Moscow time (0847 GMT), a Russian space agency commentator said in the live feed from mission control. The event was pu ... more
Miami (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
US spacewalkers install 'new eyes' at space station
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
NASA May Extend BEAM's Time on the International Space Station
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
USNO Astronomers Measure New Distances To Nearby Stars
Paper-based supercapacitor uses metal nanoparticles to boost energy density
Atlanta GA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Using a simple layer-by-layer coating technique, researchers from the U.S. and Korea have developed a paper-based flexible supercapacitor that could be used to help power wearable devices. The device uses metallic nanoparticles to coat cellulose fibers in the paper, creating supercapacitor electrodes with high energy and power densities - and the best performance so far in a textile-based superc ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Nanoscale islands dot light-driven catalyst
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Tungsten offers nano-interconnects a path of least resistance
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Nanoparticle supersoap creates 'bijel' with potential as sculptable fluid
First Four Space Launch System Flight Engines Ready To Rumble
Huntsville AL (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
The flight preparations for the four engines that will power NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) on its first integrated flight with Orion are complete and the engines are assembled and ready to be joined to the deep space rocket's core stage. All five structures that form the massive core stage for the rocket have been built including the engine section where the RS-25 engines will be attached. ... more
Paris (ESA) Oct 16, 2017
Rocket motor for Ariane 6 and Vega-C is cast for testing
Wallops Flight Facility VA (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
ASPIRE Successfully Launches from NASA Wallops
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
RS-25 Engines Ready for Maiden Flight of NASA's Space Launch System
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China launches three satellites
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launched three remote sensing satellites Friday on a Long March-2C rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The Yaogan-30 01 satellites will conduct electromagnetic probes and other experiments. The launch is the 251st flight mission of the Long March rocket family. span class="BDL">Source: a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com">Xin ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
Adelaide, Australia (XNA) Oct 03, 2017
UN official commends China's role in space cooperation
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
Space radiation won't stop NASA's human exploration
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
While it's true that space radiation is one of the biggest challenges for a human journey to Mars, it's also true that NASA is developing technologies and countermeasures to ensure a safe and successful journey to the red planet. "Some people think that radiation will keep NASA from sending people to Mars, but that's not the current situation," said, Pat Troutman, NASA Human Exploration St ... more
San Josť, United States (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Oculus unveils standalone virtual reality headset
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Microlasers get a performance boost from a bit of gold
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Students, researchers turn algae into renewable flip-flops
New gravitational wave hits Earth
University Park, PA (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
For the first time, three detectors have tracked the gravitational waves emitted by a merger of two black holes - a critical new capability that allows scientists to more closely locate a gravitational wave's birthplace in space. Gravitational waves are ripples in space and time created when two massive, compact objects such as black holes merge. A paper about the new gravitational wave, known a ... more
Oxford UK (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
Gravitational twists help theoretical physicists shed light on quantum complexity
London, UK (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
British Technology at Heart of Gravitational Wave Discovery
Hannover, Germany (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
Three Ears Listen Even More Accurately Than Two
Mysterious Dimming of Tabby's Star May Be Caused by Dust
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 05, 2017
One of the most mysterious stellar objects may be revealing some of its secrets at last. Called KIC 8462852, also known as Boyajian's Star, or Tabby's Star, the object has experienced unusual dips in brightness - NASA's Kepler space telescope even observed dimming of up to 20 percent over a matter of days. In addition, the star has had much subtler but longer-term enigmatic dimming trends, ... more
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
ALMA and Rosetta detect freon-40 in space
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Surface helium detonation spells end for white dwarf
Washington (UPI) Oct 9, 2017
Scientists find missing baryons -- half the universe's missing matter
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China launches three satellites
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launched three remote sensing satellites Friday on a Long March-2C rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The Yaogan-30 01 satellites will conduct electromagnetic probes and other experiments. The launch is the 251st flight mission of the Long March rocket family. span class="BDL">Source: a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com">Xin ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
Adelaide, Australia (XNA) Oct 03, 2017
UN official commends China's role in space cooperation
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
Scientists model magnetic storm that inspired red aurora over Kyoto
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Scientists have modeled the extreme storm that triggered a vibrant red aurora atop Kyoto, Japan, in 1770. Researchers used historic accounts of the electromagnetic light show to estimate the storm's strength. Recently, scientists at Tokyo's National Institute of Japanese Literature and National Institute for Polar Research got the opportunity to analyze an ancient painting of a red auro ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
A RAVAN in the sun
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Parker Solar Probe Gets Its Revolutionary Heat Shield
Paris (ESA) Sep 21, 2017
Solar antics
Eutelsat's Airbus-built full electric EUTELSAT 172B satellite reaches geostationary orbit
Toulouse, France (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
The EUTELSAT 172B spacecraft, built by Airbus for Eutelsat, one of the world's leading satellite operators, has now reached geostationary orbit, breaking the record for the fastest satellite electric orbit raising (EOR). EUTELSAT 172B was launched by Ariane 5 from Kourou, in French Guiana, on 1 June. The Airbus spacecraft control centre in Toulouse took control for early operations, initia ... more
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Lockheed Martin Completes First Flexible Solar Array for LM 2100 Satellite
Los Angeles (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
SpaceX launches 10 satellites for Iridium mobile network
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Sep 29, 2017
GomSpace and Luxembourg to develop space activities in the Grand Duchy
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
Close Approach of Asteroid 2012 TC4 Poses no Danger to Earth
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
The house-sized asteroid 2012 TC4 is slated to give Earth a close shave on Thursday, October 12, swooshing by our planet at approximately 5:41 UTC (1:41 a.m. EDT) at a distance of about 31,000 miles (50,000 kilometers). Although there were some worries that this rocky object could hit the Earth, latest observations confirm that it poses no danger to our home planet at all. "The actual miss ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 16, 2017
Asteroid Tracking Network Observes Close Approach
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
A geochemist from MSU has assessed the oxidative environment inside asteroids
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Team led by UCLA astrophysicist observes primitive comet 2 billion kilometres from the sun
US spacewalkers repair aging ISS robotic arm
Miami (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Two NASA astronauts wrapped up a successful spacewalk Thursday to repair the International Space Station's aging robotic arm, the US space agency said. The outing by Americans Randy Bresnik and Mark Vande Hei ended at 3 pm (1900 GMT), marking a "very successful day," a NASA spokesman said. The spacewalk lasted six hours and 55 minutes, almost a half hour longer than planned because the p ... more
Raleigh NC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Sensitivity to time improves performance at remotely controlling devices
Washington (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Mattel scraps plan for digital assistant for kids
Hong Kong (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Servosila introduces Mobile Robots equipped with Software Defined Radio payloads


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