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March 13, 2017
SPACE TRAVEL
The Second Moon Race



Gerroa, Australia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The US and China are in an undeclared race back to the Moon. At first glance it's easy to dismiss China's efforts as being little more than what the US and Russia achieved decades ago. And while the pace of China's manned launches has been slow with over a year in many cases between launches; looks can be deceptive and China has achieved each critical step towards building a permanent space station within the next few years. Meanwhile, its overall space program builds out each critical element to ... read more

MOON DAILY
Under Trump, the Moon regains interest as possible destination
Washington (AFP) March 12, 2017
Dismissed by former US president Barack Obama as a place explorers had already seen, the Moon has once again gained interest as a potential destination under Donald Trump's presidency. ... more
MOON DAILY
NASA finds missing LRO, Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiters
Washington (UPI) Mar 10, 2017
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said it has located its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft after disappearing for years. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Elon Musk: tech dreamer reaching for sun, moon and stars
San Francisco (AFP) March 5, 2017
Sending tourists for a trip around the moon is the latest big idea launched by Elon Musk, a Silicon Valley star known for turning his passions into visionary enterprises. ... more
MOON DAILY
India's Moon Mission on 2018 Target, Says ISRO Chief
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 03, 2017
ISRO boss AS Kiran Kumar says the second lunar mission Chandrayaan 2 is making good progress; it is scheduled for launch next year. But critics question why should India get into the manned spacefli ... more
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ROCKET SCIENCE
Moon tourists risk rough ride, experts say
Paris (AFP) March 1, 2017
Non-stop vomiting, a puffy face and the constant need to pee: Volunteers for a week-long loop around the Moon may be in for a rough ride even if all goes to plan. In the week that SpaceX ann ... more
MOON DAILY
An Epic Lunar Experience Lands at Space Center Houston
Houston TX (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Space Center Houston is the first of four stops of a new exhibit featuring the Apollo 11 command module, which will leave the Smithsonian on a national tour for the first time since 1971. It will be ... more
MARSDAILY
NASA mulls putting astronauts on deep space test flight
Miami (AFP) Feb 25, 2017
The US space agency said Friday it is considering putting astronauts on an upcoming test flight of the deep space capsule Orion as it aims to orbit the Moon. ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
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 ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
SpaceX blasts off cargo from historic NASA launchpad
Miami (AFP) Feb 19, 2017
SpaceX on Sunday blasted off its Falcon 9 rocket carrying the unmanned Dragon cargo ship, packed with food and supplies for the six astronauts living at the International Space Station. ... more
MOON DAILY
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 ... more


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SOLAR SCIENCE
Friday Night's Deep Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
Palm Coast FL (SPX) Feb 08, 2017
Lunar eclipses are enjoyable celestial events that can be seen from a wide geographic area. But we haven't experienced a total lunar blackout since September 2015, and the next one won't come until ... more
MOON DAILY
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
MISSILE NEWS
China tests its new super-accurate missile during war games
Beijing (Sputnik) Feb 07, 2017
The Chinese People's Liberation Army Rocket Force has begun practicing the deployment of medium-range Dongfeng (DF) missiles capable of reaching strategic US and Japanese bases near China, the lates ... more
MOON DAILY
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

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Opportunity Driving South to Gully
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
Opportunity is located just outside the rim of Endeavour Crater, less than half a mile (700 meters) away from the next big science objective, a gully. The rover completed the last in-situ science measurements inside Endeavour Crater on Sol 4657 (Feb. 28, 2017). Because of constrained data volume, Sol 4658 (March 1, 2017), was a dedicated 'atmospheres' day, a sol of just low-data volu ... more
Boulder CO (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Paleolake deposits on Mars might look like sediments in Indonesia
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
NASA Mars Orbiter Tracks Back-to-Back Regional Storms
Berkeley CA (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
New evidence for a water-rich history 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
Juno Captures Jupiter Cloudscape in High Resolution
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 07, 2017
This close-up view of Jupiter captures the turbulent region just west of the Great Red Spot in the South Equatorial Belt, with resolution better than any previous pictures from Earth or other spacecraft. NASA's Juno spacecraft captured this image with its JunoCam citizen science instrument when the spacecraft was a mere 5,400 miles (8,700 kilometers) above Jupiter's cloudtops on Dec. 11, 2 ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
NASA Mission Named 'Europa Clipper'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 21, 2017
Juno to remain in current orbit at Jupiter
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 22, 2017
Europa Flyby Mission Moves into Design Phase
Lonely Out in Space: Congressional Move to Scrap NASA-Russia Ties 'Unrealistic'
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Pointing to the adoption of an ambitious five-year program for the development of astronautics in the United States, US legislators urged NASA to abandon its cooperation with the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos by next year; RT quoted experts as saying that cooperation between the organizations would continue. Earlier this month, America's Congress supported a law that outlines a st ... more
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
New Plant Habitat Will Increase Harvest on International Space Station
Houston TX (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Keeping Liquids Off the Wall
Washington DC (VOA) Mar 09, 2017
Space Tourism and Business Looking Up
Small nanoparticles have surprisingly big effects on polymer nanocomposites
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Polymer nanocomposites mix particles billionths of a meter (nanometers, nm) in diameter with polymers, which are long molecular chains. Often used to make injection-molded products, they are common in automobiles, fire retardants, packaging materials, drug-delivery systems, medical devices, coatings, adhesives, sensors, membranes and consumer goods. When a team led by the Department of Energy's ... more
Warsaw, Poland (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Phonon nanoengineering: Vibrations of nanoislands dissipate heat more effectively
Evanston IL (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Most complex nanoparticle crystal ever made by design
Houston TX (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Nano 'sandwich' offers unique properties
Designing new rocket engines that don't blow up
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The problem has haunted the space program since Apollo: the flame inside the rocket engine literally spirals out of control, producing forces that can cause the engine to explode. It's one of the reasons why some U.S. military and commercial satellite launches rely on Russian rocket engines to take them to space. Now, a team of researchers at the University of Michigan, Purdue University a ... more
Eglin AFB FL (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Space squadron supports record-breaking satellites launch
Cayenne (AFP) March 7, 2017
Europe launches fourth Earth monitoring satellite
San Francisco (AFP) March 5, 2017
Elon Musk: tech dreamer reaching for sun, moon and stars
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China Plans to Launch 1st Probe to Mars in Summer 2020
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 09, 2017
China is expected to launch its first probe satellite to Mars in July or in August 2020, local media reported Tuesday. The People's Daily newspaper reported citing Wan Weixing, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, responsible for Beijing's Mars exploration program would arrive to Mars after seven months of flight and would start sending information back in 2021. The med ... more
Wenchang, China (XNA) Mar 13, 2017
Long March-7 Y2 ready for launch of China's first cargo spacecraft
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 09, 2017
China Seeks Space Rockets Launched from Airplanes
Beijing (XNA) Mar 09, 2017
China to launch 6-8 latest navigation satellites in 2017
Orbiting in sunshine
Paris (ESA) Mar 13, 2017
Following three days of intensive work, mission control has declared the newly launched Sentinel-2B satellite fit and ready for commissioning. The 1100 kg Sentinel was launched on Tuesday atop a Vega rocket from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Joining its orbiting twin, the new satellite will double the high-resolution coverage from the Sentinel-2 mission for the EU's Copernicus env ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
U.S. Naval Research Lab develops light, transparent armor
Washington (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Cancer-Causing Radiation Biggest Threat to Humans on Deep Space Missions
Washington (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Mikros contracted for U.S. Navy radar support systems
Cells adapt ultra-rapidly to zero gravity
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
Mammalian cells are optimally adapted to gravity. But what happens in the microgravity environment of space if the earth's pull disappears? Previously, many experiments exhibited cell changes - after hours or even days in zero gravity. Astronauts, however, returned to Earth without any severe health problems after long missions in space, which begs the question as to how capable cells are of ada ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
'Gravitational noise' interferes with determining distant sources
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
Ancient Stardust Sheds Light on the First Stars
Munich, Germany (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Astronomers have used ALMA to detect a huge mass of glowing stardust in a galaxy seen when the universe was only four percent of its present age. This galaxy was observed shortly after its formation and is the most distant galaxy in which dust has been detected. This observation is also the most distant detection of oxygen in the universe. These new results provide brand-new insights into the bi ... more
Madison WI (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Dark Matter Detection Receives 10-Ton Upgrade
Riverside CA (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Cosmic environments and their influence in star formation
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
New survey finds 'Peter Pan' radio galaxies that may never grow up
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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 Plans to Launch 1st Probe to Mars in Summer 2020
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 09, 2017
China is expected to launch its first probe satellite to Mars in July or in August 2020, local media reported Tuesday. The People's Daily newspaper reported citing Wan Weixing, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, responsible for Beijing's Mars exploration program would arrive to Mars after seven months of flight and would start sending information back in 2021. The med ... more
Wenchang, China (XNA) Mar 13, 2017
Long March-7 Y2 ready for launch of China's first cargo spacecraft
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 09, 2017
China Seeks Space Rockets Launched from Airplanes
Beijing (XNA) Mar 09, 2017
China to launch 6-8 latest navigation satellites in 2017
Solar storms trigger surprising phenomena close to Earth
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Eruptions on the Sun's surface send clouds of electrically charged particles towards Earth, producing solar storms that - among other things - can trigger the beautiful Northern Lights over the Arctic regions. But the storms may also have a strong impact on the efficiency of communication and navigation systems at high latitudes. It is therefore important to study the phenomena. New resear ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Studying magnetic space explosions with NASA missions
Copenhagen, Denmark (UPI) Mar 3, 2017
Solar storms remove electrons from large portions of Earth's atmosphere
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
First Solar Images from NOAA's GOES-16 Satellite
UK funding space entrepreneurs
London, UK (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The UK Space Agency has awarded just under 150,000 pounds to three business incubation centres across the UK which will support entrepreneurs and small companies in the space industry. The Agency is working with UK industry to deliver world-class science innovation support, in line with the Government's Industrial Strategy, which emphasises the importance of science, innovation and skills. ... more
New Delhi (Sputnik) Mar 07, 2017
ISRO Makes More Space for Private Sector Participation in Satellite Making
Kuwait (KUNA) Mar 09, 2017
Kuwait Space Agency - a pipedream or reality
Manchester, UK (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
How low can you go? New project to bring satellites nearer to Earth
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Long-Lasting Cryovolcanism on Dwarf Planet Ceres
Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Among the most striking features on the surface of Ceres are the bright spots in the center of Occator crater, which stood out already as NASA's space probe Dawn approached the dwarf planet. Scientists under the leadership of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) have now for the first time determined the age of this bright material, which consists mainly of deposits of specia ... more
Mountain View CA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Warped Meteor Showers Hit Earth at All Angles
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Earth is bombarded at random
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 09, 2017
Dawn Identifies Age of Ceres' Brightest Area
Rafael completes test firing with Protector USV
Tel Aviv (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems completed a test firing demonstration using its Protector unmanned surface vehicle, or USV. During the demonstration, the vehicle conducted a series of launches with a variety of munitions, including the Spike missile. The event marked the first missile test firing with a fully operational, remotely-controlled Protector platform. In a video release ... more
Bethesda MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
DARPA robotic servicing program has become stalled
Providence RI (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Robot uses social feedback to fetch objects intelligently
Washington (UPI) Mar 2, 2017
Switzerland taps Kongsberg for Protector weapon system


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