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December 12, 2017
MOON DAILY
Trump tells NASA to send Americans to Moon



Washington DC (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
US President Donald Trump directed NASA on Monday to send Americans to the Moon for the first time in decades, a move he said would help prepare for a future Mars trip. "This time we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint," Trump said at the White House as he signed the new space policy directive. "We will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars and perhaps someday to many worlds beyond." The last time US astronauts visited the Moon was during the Apollo mi ... read more

MOON DAILY
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
Robot Moon Base: Beijing's New Lunar Landing Program
Beijing (XNA) Dec 12, 2017
Scientists are mulling a robot moon station, Chinese space experts said on Tuesday. The base can conduct bigger, more complicated research and experiments, according to space officials who ann ... more
IRON AND ICE
Impressive Geminid meteors to peak December 13-14
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
If it's clear Wednesday night and Thursday before dawn, keep a lookout high overhead for the "shooting stars" of the Geminid meteor shower. That's the peak night for this annual display. Sky a ... more
IRON AND ICE
New simulations suggest meteors explode from the inside
New Orleans LA (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Researchers have identified an explosive new mechanism that breaks down meteors as they hurtle toward Earth. New simulations of falling meteors suggest air particles penetrate the space rocks' ... more
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TIME AND SPACE
Highly charged molecules behave paradoxically
Lund, Sweden (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
A number of chemistry researchers from several institutions including Lund University in Sweden, have managed to identify a new mechanism that makes certain charged biomolecules attach to each other ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
Mount Sinai researchers use breakthrough technology to understand eclipse eye damage
New York NY (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
In a first-of-its-kind study, Mount Sinai researchers are using adaptive optics (AO) to analyze retinal eye damage from the August solar eclipse on a cellular level. The research could help doctors ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
CU Boulder solar instruments, experiments headed for space
Boulder CO (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
A solar instrument package designed and built by CU Boulder to help monitor the planet's climate is now set for launch Dec. 12 aboard a a rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Th ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
Massive Primordial Galaxies Found in 'Halo' of Dark Matter
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Observations of two galaxies made with the National Science Foundation-funded Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) radio telescope suggest that large galaxies formed faster than scien ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Galaxy Orbits in the Local Supercluster
Honolulu HI (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
A team of astronomers from Maryland, Hawaii, Israel, and France has produced the most detailed map ever of the orbits of galaxies in our extended local neighborhood, showing the past motions of almo ... more
EXO WORLDS
WASP-18b has smothering stratosphere without water
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
A NASA-led team has found evidence that the oversized planet WASP-18b is wrapped in a smothering stratosphere loaded with carbon monoxide and devoid of water. The findings come from a new analysis o ... more


Two Super-Earths around red dwarf K2-18

EXO WORLDS
A New Spin to Solving Mystery of Stellar Companions
Pasadena CA (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
Taking a picture of an exoplanet - a planet in a solar system beyond our Sun - is no easy task. The light of a planet's parent star far outshines the light from the planet itself, making the planet ... more
EXO WORLDS
The CHEOPS scientific instrument is complete
Paris (ESA) Dec 08, 2017
The scientific instrument at the heart of the CHEOPS mission has been fully assembled, marking an important milestone in the development of this small, fast-track exoplanet-characterising mission. ... more
EXO WORLDS
Discovery about rare nitrogen molecules offers clues to makeup of life-supporting planets
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
A team of scientists using a state-of-the-art UCLA instrument reports the discovery of a planetary-scale "tug-of-war" of life, deep Earth and the upper atmosphere that is expressed in atmospheric ni ... more
EXO WORLDS
First Light for Next Generation Planet Hunter ESPRESSO
Garching, Germany (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
The Echelle SPectrograph for Rocky Exoplanet and Stable Spectroscopic Observations (ESPRESSO) has successfully made its first observations. Installed on ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, ES ... more



New Horizons Corrects Its Course in the Kuiper Belt
Laurel MD (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft carried out a short, 2.5-minute engine burn on Saturday, Dec. 9 that refined its course toward 2014 MU69, the ancient Kuiper Belt object it will fly by a little more than a year from now. Setting a record for the farthest spacecraft course correction to date, the engine burn also adjusted the arrival time at MU69 to optimize flyby science. Telemetry con ... more
Boulder CO (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Wrapping up 2017 one year out from MU69
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 04, 2017
Jupiter Blues
Providence RI (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Research bolsters possibility of plate tectonics on Europa
The CHEOPS scientific instrument is complete
Paris (ESA) Dec 08, 2017
The scientific instrument at the heart of the CHEOPS mission has been fully assembled, marking an important milestone in the development of this small, fast-track exoplanet-characterising mission. The Focal Plane Module (FPM), which houses the CCD detector array and the Front-End Electronics, was secured in place on the telescope assembly at the University of Bern this month, completing th ... more
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
Two Super-Earths around red dwarf K2-18
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
WASP-18b has smothering stratosphere without water
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Discovery about rare nitrogen molecules offers clues to makeup of life-supporting planets
Space program should focus on Mars, says editor of New Space
New Rochelle, NY (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
The U.S. space exploration program should continue to focus on robotic sample recovery and human missions to Mars, says Scott Hubbard, Editor-in-Chief of New Space. He details the benefits and risks of this strategy in an editorial entitled "Keeping the Focus on Mars," published in New Space, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Ne ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017
NASA's oldest Mars rover survives another harsh winter
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 07, 2017
Mars Rover Team's Tilted Winter Strategy Works
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 04, 2017
EU exempts fuel for ExoMars mission from Russian sanctions
Robot Moon Base: Beijing's New Lunar Landing Program
Beijing (XNA) Dec 12, 2017
Scientists are mulling a robot moon station, Chinese space experts said on Tuesday. The base can conduct bigger, more complicated research and experiments, according to space officials who announced the plan at an international symposium in Shanghai at the end of November. Such a station could slash the costs of returning rock samples to Earth, Jiao Weixin, a Peking University space ... more
Washington DC (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Trump tells NASA to send Americans to Moon
Gerroa, Australia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The Second Moon Race
Washington (UPI) Nov 28, 2017
December's 'supermoon' expected to be bigggest, brightest of 2017
Galaxy Orbits in the Local Supercluster
Honolulu HI (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
A team of astronomers from Maryland, Hawaii, Israel, and France has produced the most detailed map ever of the orbits of galaxies in our extended local neighborhood, showing the past motions of almost 1,400 galaxies within 100 million light-years of the Milky Way. The team reconstructed the galaxies' motions from 13 billion years in the past to the present day. The main gravitational attra ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
How hardy is the Webb Telescope
Odense, Denmark (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
How does it look when Earth is bombarded with dark matter?
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Massive primordial galaxies found swimming in vast ocean of dark matter
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NASA's CATS concludes successful mission on Space Station
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
A spaceborne lidar instrument that fired more laser pulses than any previous orbiting instrument has ended its operations on the International Space Station, after a successful 33-month mission to measure clouds and tiny atmospheric particles that play key roles in Earth's climate and weather. During its mission, NASA's Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) lidar provided measurements of t ... more
Leeds UK (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Understanding the climate impact of natural atmospheric particles
Paris (ESA) Dec 06, 2017
Sentinel-5P brings air pollution into focus
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
First global maps of traits that drive vegetation growth
B612 Asteroid Institute provides valuable analysis to discovery of First Interstellar Object
San Francisco CA (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Within days of the announcement by NASA's Minor Planet Center of the discovery of the first-ever interstellar object, 'Oumuamua, B612's new Asteroid Institute began a collaborative effort that led to significant analysis about the discovery. Bryce Bolin, a senior researcher at the Asteroid Institute as well as a DIRAC Institute Fellow, was the lead author on the study measuring 1I/'Oumuamu ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Impressive Geminid meteors to peak December 13-14
New Orleans LA (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
New simulations suggest meteors explode from the inside
Stirling UK (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Metal asteroid Psyche is all set for an early visit from NASA
CU Boulder solar instruments, experiments headed for space
Boulder CO (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
A solar instrument package designed and built by CU Boulder to help monitor the planet's climate is now set for launch Dec. 12 aboard a a rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The instrument suite is called the Total and Spectral Solar Irradiance Sensor (TSIS-1) and was designed and built by CU Boulder's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) for NASA's Goddard S ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Massive Primordial Galaxies Found in 'Halo' of Dark Matter
New York NY (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Mount Sinai researchers use breakthrough technology to understand eclipse eye damage
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
All missions on board for NASA heliophysics research
Nation 'leads world' in remote sensing technology
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China is now the world leader in remote sensing technologies for scientific purposes and is able to provide an unprecedented amount of data to support research and development for the world, officials said on Tuesday. Remote sensing refers to aerial or satellite-based technologies to detect and measure objects on Earth's surface, atmosphere and oceans. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Sci ... more
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040
Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
China plans first sea based launch by 2018
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
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Galaxy Orbits in the Local Supercluster
Honolulu HI (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
A team of astronomers from Maryland, Hawaii, Israel, and France has produced the most detailed map ever of the orbits of galaxies in our extended local neighborhood, showing the past motions of almost 1,400 galaxies within 100 million light-years of the Milky Way. The team reconstructed the galaxies' motions from 13 billion years in the past to the present day. The main gravitational attra ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
How hardy is the Webb Telescope
Odense, Denmark (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
How does it look when Earth is bombarded with dark matter?
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
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Scientists show how Himalayan rivers influenced ancient Indus civilization settlements
London UK (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
The Indus or Harappan Civilisation was a Bronze Age society that developed mainly in the northwestern regions of South Asia from 5300 to 3300 years ago, at about the same time as urban civilisations developed in Mesopotamia and Egypt. Archaeological evidence shows that many of the settlements in the Indus Civilisation developed along the banks of a river called the Ghaggar-Hakra in northwest Ind ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
Scientists revamp 'Out of Africa' model of early human migration
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Archaeologists revise chronology of the last hunter-gatherers in the Near East
Birmingham UK (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Research suggests gorillas can develop food cleaning behavior spontaneously
UAE launches programme to send astronauts into space
Dubai (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
Dubai's ruler on Wednesday launched the United Arab Emirates' first space programme aimed at sending four Emirati astronauts to the International Space Station within five years. "On this day, a new chapter in our history begins with the launch of the first UAE Astronaut Programme," within the next five years, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al-Maktoum, the UAE's vice president and prime ministe ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 11, 2017
Spaceships and Politics: Sputnik Talks to Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Space Policy Directive calls for human expansion across the solar system
El Segundo CA (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Aerospace and Mitchell Institute release new report on policy needs for space operations
Arctic, major fishing nations agree no fishing in Arctic, for now
Ottawa (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Arctic and major fishing nations, including China, announced Friday that they have agreed to a moratorium on commercial fishing in Arctic waters before a fishery in the icy region is even feasible. The far north is warming at nearly twice the global average rate, causing changes in the size and distribution of fish stocks that may become more attractive to fishers in the medium to long term. ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Antarctic Selfie's Journey to Space via Disruption Tolerant Networking
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Antarctic landscape insights keep ice loss forecasts on the radar
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Operation IceBridge 2017: The Beauty of Ice
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Resilience of Great Barrier Reef offers opportunities for regeneration
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
New research has found that, despite the extensive damage to coral in recent events, there are still 100 reefs on the Great Barrier Reef that are well suited to promoting the regional recovery of the ecosystem after major disturbances. The results publishing 28 November in the open access journal PLOS Biology by Dr Karlo Hock, Prof Peter Mumby, and colleagues from the University of Queensl ... more
East Boothbay ME (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Fear of sharks influences seaweed growth on Fijian coral reefs
Santa Monica, CA (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
US transportation and water infrastructure not broken
Koror, Palau (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Pacific's Palau forces tourists to sign eco-pledge
Researchers measure magnetic moment with greatest possible precision
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
The magnetic moment of an individual proton is inconceivably small, but can still be quantified. The basis for undertaking this measurement was laid over ten years ago, and physicists of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, GSI Darmstadt, and the RIKEN research institute in Japan are still performing experiments to measure this force with a sin ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Physicists make most precise measurement ever of a proton's magnetic moment
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 15, 2017
Listening for gravitational waves using pulsars
New York NY (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Gravity waves from merging supermassive black holes will be found soon
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