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August 10, 2017
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 found at more than 100 locations across the lunar surface. NASA's Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies, or PSDS3, program recently selected a team at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, to further develop a mission concept called the Bi-sat Observations of the Lunar Atmosph ... read 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
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
NUKEWARS
NKorea dismisses South's talks offer: As Korean FMs meet
Seoul (AFP) Aug 7, 2017
North Korea dismissed offers of talks from the South during a rare exchange between the two rivals' foreign ministers, Seoul's Yonhap news agency reported Monday after the UN imposed a new round of sanctions on nuclear-armed Pyongyang. ... more
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
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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
MISSILE DEFENSE
S. Korea speeds up US missile defence over North's missile test
Seoul (AFP) July 29, 2017
North Korea's latest intercontinental ballistic missile test has prompted the South to speed up the deployment of a US missile defence system, Seoul's defence minister said Saturday, despite strong protests from China. ... more
MOON DAILY
Moon could be wetter than thought, say scientists
Paris (AFP) July 24, 2017
The Moon, long thought to be a dry, inhospitable orb, hosts surprisingly large sub-surface water reserves, which one day may quench the thirst of lunar explorers from Earth, scientists said Monday. ... more
MOON DAILY
How Light Looks Different on the Moon and What NASA Is Doing About It
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Things look different on the Moon. Literally. Because the Moon isn't big enough to hold a significant atmosphere, there is no air and there are no particles in the air to reflect and scatter sunligh ... more


United Launch Alliance to launch Astrobotic mission to the Moon

TRADE WARS
S. Korea's growth slows in Q2 amid falling exports
Seoul (AFP) July 27, 2017
South Korea's economic growth slowed in the past quarter, the central bank said Thursday, as a diplomatic row with top trading partner China over a US missile shield hit exports. ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
Chasing the Total Solar Eclipse from NASA's WB-57F Jets
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
For most viewers, the Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse will last less than two and half minutes. But for one team of NASA-funded scientists, the eclipse will last over seven minutes. Their secret? ... more
MOON DAILY
Scientists spy new evidence of water in the moon's interior
Providence RI (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
A new study of satellite data finds that numerous volcanic deposits distributed across the surface of the Moon contain unusually high amounts of trapped water compared with surrounding terrains. The ... more
MOON DAILY
Living in Deep Space: Lockheed Martin to Build Full-Scale Prototype of NASA Cislunar Habitat
Cape Canaveral FL (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Refurbishing a shuttle-era cargo container used to transfer cargo to the International Space Station, Lockheed Martin is prototyping a deep space habitat for NASA at Kennedy Space Center. This proto ... more



China to build first Mars simulation base
Xining, China (XNA) Aug 09, 2017
China will establish the country's first Mars simulation base, in northwest China's Qinghai Province, the local government said Tuesday. The base will be in the red cliff region in Da Qaidam (also known as Dachaidan) district in the Mongolian-Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Haixi. Situated at the Qaidam basin in western Qinghai, Haixi was chosen for its Mars-like landform, landscape ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 03, 2017
Five Years Ago and 154 Million Miles Away: Touchdown!
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 17, 2017
For Moratorium on Sending Commands to Mars, Blame the Sun
Paris (ESA) Jul 14, 2017
Tributes to wetter times on Mars
NASA finds moon of Saturn has chemical that could form 'membranes'
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
NASA scientists have definitively detected the chemical acrylonitrile in the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan, a place that has long intrigued scientists investigating the chemical precursors of life. On Earth, acrylonitrile, also known as vinyl cyanide, is useful in the manufacture of plastics. Under the harsh conditions of Saturn's largest moon, this chemical is thought to be capable of ... more
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
ALMA confirms complex chemistry in Titan's atmosphere
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 25, 2017
Saturn surprises as Cassini continues its Grand Finale
Washington (UPI) Jul 5, 2017
Titan's calm lakes offer space probes a smooth landing
Twilight observations reveal huge storm on Neptune
Berkeley CA (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
Spectacular sunsets and sunrises are enough to dazzle most of us, but to astronomers, dusk and dawn are a waste of good observing time. They want a truly dark sky. Not Ned Molter, a UC Berkeley astronomy graduate student. He set out to show that some bright objects can be studied just as well during twilight, when other astronomers are twiddling their thumbs, and quickly discovered a new feature ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
Jovian storm looms large in the Jupiter's High North
Laurel MD (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
New Horizons Video Soars over Pluto's Majestic Mountains and Icy Plains
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 13, 2017
Juno spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot
A look inside the Space Station's experimental BEAM module
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik looks through the hatch of the International Space Station's Bigelow Expandable Aerospace Module (BEAM) on July 31, 2017. He shared this photo on social media on August 2, commenting, "Ever wonder how you look when you enter a new part of a spacecraft? Well, this is it. First time inside the expandable BEAM module." The BEAM is an experimental expandable ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 03, 2017
Two Voyagers Taught Us How to Listen to Space
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
NASA Offers Space Station as Catalyst for Discovery in Washington
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 01, 2017
Voyager spacecraft still in communication 40 years out into the void
New method promises easier nanoscale manufacturing
Chicago IL (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Scientists at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory have discovered a new way to precisely pattern nanomaterials that could open a new path to the next generation of everyday electronic devices. The new research, published July 28 in Science, is expected to make such materials easily available for eventual use in everything from LED displays to cellular phones to photod ... more
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
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
How do you build a metal nanoparticle?
Space Launch System Solid Rocket Boosters 'on Target' for First Flight
Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Production of the five-segment powerhouse motors for the Space Launch System (SLS) solid rocket boosters is on target at prime contractor Orbital ATK's facilities in Utah, with 10 motor segments cast with propellant and four of those segments complete. Following propellant casting, the finished segments were evaluated using non-destructive techniques, such as x-ray, to ensure they met qual ... more
Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
NASA Guide Outlines Deep Space Rocket's Unprecedented Capabilities
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
Dragon to be packed with new experiments for International Space Station
Mojave CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
VSS Unity Flies with Propulsion Systems Installed and Live
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China develops sea launches to boost space commerce
Beijing (XNA) Jul 10, 2017
China has a clear plan to provide sea launches for commercial payloads to be carried by Long March rockets, according to an aerospace official. Tang Yagang, vice head of the aerospace division of the No.1 institute of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC), said that the technology is not difficult and a sea launch platform can be built based on modifying 10,000-ton ... more
Beijing (XNA) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese satellite Zhongxing-9A enters preset orbit
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese Space Program: From Setback, to Manned Flights, to the Moon
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese Rocket Fizzles Out, Puts Other Launches on Hold
Active machine learning for the discovery and crystallization of gigantic polyoxometalate molecules
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Who is the better experimentalist, a human or a robot? When it comes to exploring synthetic and crystallization conditions for inorganic gigantic molecules, actively learning machines are clearly ahead, as demonstrated by British Scientists in an experiment with polyoxometalates published in the journal Angewandte Chemie. Polyoxometalates form through self-assembly of a large number of met ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Tiny terahertz laser could be used for imaging, chemical detection
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Machine learning could be key to producing stronger, less corrosive metals
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
NASA, Norway to develop Arctic laser-ranging station
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
Running out of gas: Gas loss puts breaks on stellar baby boom
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Understanding the history of star formation in the Universe is a central theme in modern astronomy. Various observations have shown that the star formation activity has varied through the 13.8 billion-year history of the Universe. The stellar birthrate peaked around 10 billion years ago, and has declined steadily since then. However, the cause of the declining stellar birthrate is still no ... more
Livermore CA (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Scientists probe the conditions of stellar interiors to measure nuclear reactions
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Polish astronomers attempt to solve pulsating blue stars puzzle
Chicago IL (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
Dark Energy Survey reveals most accurate measurement of universe's dark matter
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China develops sea launches to boost space commerce
Beijing (XNA) Jul 10, 2017
China has a clear plan to provide sea launches for commercial payloads to be carried by Long March rockets, according to an aerospace official. Tang Yagang, vice head of the aerospace division of the No.1 institute of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC), said that the technology is not difficult and a sea launch platform can be built based on modifying 10,000-ton ... more
Beijing (XNA) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese satellite Zhongxing-9A enters preset orbit
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese Space Program: From Setback, to Manned Flights, to the Moon
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese Rocket Fizzles Out, Puts Other Launches on Hold
New clue to solving the mystery of the sun's hot atmosphere
London, UK (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
The elemental composition of the Sun's hot atmosphere known as the 'corona' is strongly linked to the 11-year solar magnetic activity cycle, a team of scientists from UCL, George Mason University and Naval Research Laboratory has revealed for the first time. The study, published in Nature Communications and funded by the NASA Hinode program, shows that an increase in magnetic activity goes ... more
Paris (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
The sun's core makes a complete rotation in one week
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Two weeks in the life of a sunspot
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
Our solar system's 'shocking' origin story
Lockheed Martin invests $350M in state-of-the-art satellite production facility
Denver CO (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
Preliminary construction is underway on a new, $350 million Lockheed Martin facility that will produce next-generation satellites. The new facility, located on the company's Waterton Canyon campus near Denver, is the latest step in an ongoing transformation, infused with innovation to provide future missions at reduced cost and cycle time. The new Gateway Center, slated for completion in 2 ... more
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
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 02, 2017
Airbus DS to expand cooperation with Russia
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
SwRI part of international team identifying primordial asteroids
Boulder CO (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) was part of an international team that recently discovered a relatively unpopulated region of the main asteroid belt, where the few asteroids present are likely pristine relics from early in solar system history. The team used a new search technique that also identified the oldest known asteroid family, which extends throughout the inner region of the main ast ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Supernova-Hunting Team Finds Comet with Aid of Amateur Astronomer
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 31, 2017
Asteroid Flyby Will Benefit NASA Detection and Tracking Network
Tucson AZ (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Upcoming asteroid flyby will help Planetary Defense Network
Why humans find faulty robots more likeable
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
It has been argued that the ability of humans to recognize social signals is crucial to mastering social intelligence - but can robots learn to read human social cues and adapt or correct their own behavior accordingly? In a recent study, researchers examined how people react to robots that exhibit faulty behavior compared to perfectly performing robots. The results, published in Frontiers ... more
Washington (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
Mishap doesn't dampen enthusiasm for security robots
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Somersaulting simulation for jumping bots
Nagoya, Japan (AFP) July 30, 2017
Watch out Messi, here come the footballers at RoboCup


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