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March 17, 2017
OUTER PLANETS
ESA's Jupiter mission moves off the drawing board



Paris (ESA) Mar 17, 2017
Demanding electric, magnetic and power requirements, harsh radiation, and strict planetary protection rules are some of the critical issues that had to be tackled in order to move ESA's Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer - Juice - from the drawing board and into construction. Scheduled for launch in 2022, with arrival in the Jovian system in 2029, Juice will spend three-and-a-half years examining the giant planet's turbulent atmosphere, enormous magnetosphere, its set of tenuous dark rings and its satelli ... read more

MOON DAILY
Team Indus To Send Seven Experiments To The Moon Including Three From India
Bengaluru, India (IANS) Mar 17, 2017
Seven teams, including three from India, have qualified for the country's first private moon mission in December, space technology start-up TeamIndus said on Wednesday. "Teams Callisto, Ears a ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Fly me to the Moon: Russia seeks new cosmonauts
Moscow (AFP) March 14, 2017
Russia's space agency on Tuesday announced a recruitment drive for young would-be cosmonauts who it hopes will become the country's first on the Moon. And women are welcome, an official stressed. ... more
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 whi ... more
MOON DAILY
Sun Devils working for a chance to induce photosynthesis on our lunar neighbor
Tempe AZ (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Unlocking humanity's future as an interplanetary species is no simple feat. But students at Arizona State University and the Central University of Tamil Nadu in India are up for the challenge. The i ... more
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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
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


NASA mulls putting astronauts on deep space test flight

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
IRON AND ICE
Arecibo Observatory captures revealing images of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova
Columbia, MD (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Though not visible to the naked eye or even with binoculars, the green-tailed Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova (HMP) did not escape the gaze of the world-renowned Arecibo Observatory. Scientists fr ... more

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ExoMars: science checkout completed and aerobraking begins
Paris (ESA) Mar 17, 2017
The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has completed another set of important science calibration tests before a year of aerobraking gets underway. The mission was launched a year ago this week, and has been orbiting the Red Planet since 19 October. During two dedicated orbits in late November, the science instruments made their first calibration measurements since arriving at Mars. The latest test ... more
Moffett Field Ca (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Mars Rover Tests Driving, Drilling and Detecting Life in Chile's High Desert
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
Opportunity Driving South to Gully
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
NASA Mars Orbiter Tracks Back-to-Back Regional Storms
Farewell to Mimas
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 15, 2017
In its season of "lasts," NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its final close approach to Saturn's moon Mimas on January 30, 2017. At closest approach, Cassini passed 25,620 miles (41,230 kilometers) from Mimas. All future observations of Mimas will be from more than twice this distance. This mosaic is one of the highest resolution views ever captured of the icy moon. Close approaches to Mimas ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 15, 2017
Cassini Sees Heat Below the Icy Surface of Enceladus
Paris, France (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Enceladus' south pole is warm under the frost
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 22, 2017
An Ice World...With an Ocean

ESA's Jupiter mission moves off the drawing board
Paris (ESA) Mar 17, 2017
Demanding electric, magnetic and power requirements, harsh radiation, and strict planetary protection rules are some of the critical issues that had to be tackled in order to move ESA's Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer - Juice - from the drawing board and into construction. Scheduled for launch in 2022, with arrival in the Jovian system in 2029, Juice will spend three-and-a-half years examining ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
NASA Mission Named 'Europa Clipper'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 07, 2017
Juno Captures Jupiter Cloudscape in High Resolution
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 21, 2017
Juno to remain in current orbit at Jupiter
Aiming Higher: High School Students Build Flight Hardware Bound for Space
Huntsville AL (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Students at an Alabama high school have done so well in a NASA program that they are now making parts for use on the International Space Station. For more than 50 years, NASA has sponsored programs to get students interested in the aerospace industry. One program called HUNCH - High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware - challenges students to use machining, welding and other skills ... more
Miami (AFP) March 16, 2017
Trump's budget would cut NASA asteroid mission, earth science
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Student Scientists Select Menu for Astronauts
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
ECLSS Put to the Test for Commercial Crew Missions
The world's first international race for molecule-cars, the Nanocar Race is on
Paris, France (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Nanocars will compete for the first time ever during an international molecule-car race on April 28-29, 2017 in Toulouse (south-western France). The vehicles, which consist of a few hundred atoms, will be powered by minute electrical pulses during the 36 hours of the race, in which they must navigate a racecourse made of gold atoms, and measuring a maximum of a 100 nanometers in length. Th ... more
Onna, Japan (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Shaping the future
Warsaw, Poland (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Phonon nanoengineering: Vibrations of nanoislands dissipate heat more effectively
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Small nanoparticles have surprisingly big effects on polymer nanocomposites
Kennedy's Multi-User Spaceport Streamlines Commercial Launches
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
In the past, launch pads were used almost exclusively for government missions. To support a growing private sector space economy, NASA's Kennedy Space Center has transformed to a multi-user spaceport capable of handling the needs of a variety of companies from launch processing through recovery. NASA, the FAA, and Air Force Space Command provide diverse launch operations, government and co ... more
Washington (AFP) Mar 16, 2017
SpaceX launches EchoStar XXIII comms satellite into orbit
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 17, 2017
US BE-4 Rocket Engines to Replace Russian RD-180 on Atlas Carrier Rockets
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Designing new rocket engines that don't blow up
InterDrone 2017 Las Vegas - Sept 6-8
China Develops Spaceship Capable of Moon Landing
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Chinese state media is reporting that the country's space program has developed a craft capable of both landing on the moon and flying in low-Earth orbit. The new spacecraft is claimed to be able to accommodate multiple astronauts, according to spaceship engineer Zhang Bainian, who Science and Technology Daily cited as comparing the forthcoming ship to the Orion craft currently in developm ... 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 07, 2017
Riding an asteroid: China's next space goal
MIPT physicists predict the existence of unusual optical composites
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Physicists from MIPT have predicted the existence of transparent composite media with unusual optical properties. Using graphics card based simulations, scientists studied regular volume structures composed of two dielectrics with close parameters, and found that the optical properties of these structures differ from both those of natural crystals and artificial periodic composites, which are cu ... more
Saint-Petersburg, Russia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
New application of the selective laser melting method
Raleigh, NC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Researchers offer overview of composite metal foams and potential applications
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Solid metal has 'structural memory' of its liquid state
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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
New material helps record data with light
Saint Petersburg, Russia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Russian physicists with their colleagues from Europe through changing the light parameters, learned to generate quasiparticles - excitons, which were fully controllable and also helped to record information at room temperature. These particles act as a transitional form between photons and electrons so the researchers believe that with excitons, they will be able to create compact optoelec ... more
Granada, Spain (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
The end of a star or a supernova impostor
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Giant Magellan Telescope will answer mnay major questions
Munich, Germany (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Distant galaxies are dominated by gas and stars so where is the Dark Matter
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
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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 Develops Spaceship Capable of Moon Landing
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Chinese state media is reporting that the country's space program has developed a craft capable of both landing on the moon and flying in low-Earth orbit. The new spacecraft is claimed to be able to accommodate multiple astronauts, according to spaceship engineer Zhang Bainian, who Science and Technology Daily cited as comparing the forthcoming ship to the Orion craft currently in developm ... 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 07, 2017
Riding an asteroid: China's next space goal
Human 2 Mars Conference May 9-11 2017 - Washington DC
New research on northern lights will improve satellite navigation accuracy
Bath, UK (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Researchers at the University of Bath have gained new insights into the mechanisms of the Northern Lights, providing an opportunity to develop better satellite technology that can negate outages caused by this natural phenomenon. Previous research has shown that the natural lights of the Northern Lights - also known as or Aurora Borealis - interfere with Global Navigation Satellite Systems ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Studying magnetic space explosions with NASA missions
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Solar storms trigger surprising phenomena close to Earth
Copenhagen, Denmark (UPI) Mar 3, 2017
Solar storms remove electrons from large portions of Earth's atmosphere
A Consolidated Intelsat and OneWeb
McLean VA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Earlier this week, our parent company Intelsat announced a merger with OneWeb that will transform the satellite industry. The companies announced an agreement in which Intelsat and OneWeb will merge in a share-for-share transaction, with Japan's SoftBank Group agreeing to invest $1.7 billion in the combined company. This agreement has the potential of creating a space industry leader in bo ... more
London, UK (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
UK funding space entrepreneurs
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Kymeta and Intelsat announce new service to revolutionize how satellite services are purchased
New Delhi (Sputnik) Mar 07, 2017
ISRO Makes More Space for Private Sector Participation in Satellite Making
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Cryovolcanism on Dwarf Planet Ceres
Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Mar 15, 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 special ... more
Mountain View CA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
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Onna, Japan (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
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Zurich (UPI) Mar 7, 2017
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Osaka, Japan (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Music, more than any art, is a beautiful mix of science and emotion. It follows a set of patterns almost mathematically to extract feelings from its audience. Machines that make music focus on these patterns, but give little consideration to the emotional response of their audience. An international research team led by Osaka University together with Tokyo Metropolitan University, imec in Belgiu ... more
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