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September 19, 2017
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GRACE Mission Making Plans for Final Science Data Collection



Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
With one of its twin satellites almost out of fuel after more than 15 years of chasing each other around our planet to measure Earth's ever-changing gravity field, the operations team for the U.S./German Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission is making plans for an anticipated final science collection. On Sept. 3, one of 20 battery cells aboard the GRACE-2 satellite stopped operating due to an age-related issue. It was the eighth battery cell loss on GRACE-2 since the twin satelli ... read more

SATURN DAILY
Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion guides Cassini to its Grand Finale at Saturn
Sacramento CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne played a vital role in the planned plunge of NASA's Cassini spacecraft into Saturn. As the spacecraft entered the atmosphere, Aerojet Rocketdyne's onboard Reaction Control Thruste ... more
SATURN DAILY
NASA's $3.9 bn Cassini spacecraft makes death plunge into Saturn
Tampa FL (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
After 20 years in space, NASA's famed Cassini spacecraft made its final death plunge into Saturn on Friday, ending a storied mission that scientists say taught us nearly everything we know about Sat ... more
EXO WORLDS
The return of the comet-like exoplanet
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Astronomers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, also members of the PlanetS National Centre of Competence in Research, have been working on a joint project with the universities of B ... more
TIME AND SPACE
The beam of invisibility
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Researchers from Vienna University, together with colleagues from Greece and the USA, have now developed a new idea for a cloaking technology. A completely opaque material is irradiated from above w ... more
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EXO WORLDS
New prediction of a detection wavelength for searching phototrophs on exoplanets
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
M-dwarfs or red dwarfs are small (0.5-0.1 solar-masses) and cool ( ~3000 Kelvin) stars, and are abundant in universe. The Sun-like stars have been attracting most attention as a plausible target for ... more
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Teledyne e2v contract to supply light detectors for PLATO planet-hunting spacecraft
Chelmsford UK (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded Teledyne e2v a 42M euro ($47M) contract to produce high-end Charge Coupled Device (CCD) visible-light detectors for the PLATO (Planetary Transits and Osci ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Study shows star formation influenced by environmental conditions
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
Scientists at Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen have determined that new star formation is influenced by local environmental conditions. ... more
TECH SPACE
Air Force activates new satellites for tracking space objects
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
The 1st Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, has activated two satellites as part of their Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program. ... more
SATURN DAILY
Cassini Spacecraft Demise Is Bittersweet for PSI's Hansen
Tucson AZ (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
When the Cassini spacecraft ends its mission Friday morning, melting and breaking apart in Saturn's atmosphere, Candy Hansen will be filled with sadness as well as satisfaction. Hansen, a Seni ... more
EXO WORLDS
Hubble observes pitch black planet
Munich, Germany (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Astronomers have discovered that the well-studied exoplanet WASP-12b reflects almost no light, making it appear essentially pitch black. This discovery sheds new light on the atmospheric composition ... more


NASA-funded research at USC provides evidence of ground-ice on asteroids

MOON DAILY
Researchers create first global map of water in moon's soil
Providence RI (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
In research that may prove useful to future lunar explorers, scientists from Brown University have created the first quantitative map of water and its chemical building blocks trapped in the uppermo ... more
EXO WORLDS
NASA Team Passes Major Technological Milestone for Characterizing Exoplanets
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 11, 2017
NASA researchers say they have passed a major milestone in their quest to mature more powerful tools for directly detecting and analyzing the atmospheres of giant planets outside the solar system - ... more
SATURN DAILY
Cassini readies final plunge into Saturn
Washington (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
NASA's Cassini probe is counting its final hours before one last plunge into Saturn on Friday that will cap a fruitful 13-year mission that greatly expanded knowledge about the gas giant. ... more
SATURN DAILY
CU Boulder Scientists Ready for Cassini Mission to Saturn Grand Finale
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
University of Colorado Boulder Professor Larry Esposito has been eying the fabulous rings of Saturn for much of his career, beginning as a team scientist on NASA's Pioneer 11 mission when he discove ... more



Hibernation Over, New Horizons Continues Kuiper Belt Cruise
Laurel MD (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
A long summer break ended for NASA's New Horizons on Sept. 11, as the spacecraft "woke" itself on schedule from a five-month hibernation period. Signals confirming that New Horizons had executed on-board computer commands to exit hibernation reached mission operations at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland, via NASA's Deep Space Network station in Madrid, Spain, at 12:55 p. ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 11, 2017
Pluto features given first official names
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 07, 2017
Jupiter's Auroras Present a Powerful Mystery
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 06, 2017
New Horizons Files Flight Plan for 2019 Flyby
Hubble observes pitch black planet
Munich, Germany (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Astronomers have discovered that the well-studied exoplanet WASP-12b reflects almost no light, making it appear essentially pitch black. This discovery sheds new light on the atmospheric composition of the planet and also refutes previous hypotheses about WASP-12b's atmosphere. The results are also in stark contrast to observations of another similarly sized exoplanet. Using the Space Tele ... more
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
The return of the comet-like exoplanet
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Does the Organic Material of Comets Predate our Solar System?
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
X-rays Reveal Temperament of Possible Planet-hosting Stars
Ice mined on Mars could provide water for humans exploring space
Sydney, Australia (The Conversation) Sep 19, 2017
As humans spread out across the Earth, the locations of new colonies were driven by the accessibility of resources: not only food and water, but also arable land, forests and minerals. Access to such resources remains important as the economy moves into space. Here, water has emerged as the pre-eminent resource to exploit first. The question then becomes, from where will we extract the wat ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 12, 2017
45 Kilometers on the Odometry for Opportunity
Paris (ESA) Sep 12, 2017
New tools for exploring the surface of Mars
Paris (ESA) Sep 19, 2017
Splashdown! Crashing into Martian mud
Researchers create first global map of water in moon's soil
Providence RI (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
In research that may prove useful to future lunar explorers, scientists from Brown University have created the first quantitative map of water and its chemical building blocks trapped in the uppermost portion of the Moon's soil. The study, published in Science Advances, builds on the initial discovery in 2009 of water and a related molecule - hydroxyl, which consists of one atom each of hy ... more
Paris (ESA) Aug 22, 2017
Call For Ideas For Research On The Deep Space Gateway
San Diego CA (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
Analysis of a 'rusty' lunar rock suggests the moon's interior is dry
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 21, 2017
Roscosmos Approves Luna-25 Space Station Model in Moon Exploration Project
Exchanges of identity in deep space
Trieste, Italy (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
Like in a nail-biting thriller full of escapes and subterfuge, photons from far-off light sources, such as blazars, could go up against a continuous exchange of identity in their journey through the Universe. This is an operation that would allow these very tiny particles of light to escape an enemy which, if encountered, would annihilate them. This is the phenomenon studied by a group of ... more
London, UK (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
Accretion-powered pulsar reveals unique timing glitch
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
Study shows star formation influenced by environmental conditions
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Keeping NASA's James Webb Space Telescope in the dark
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Team gathers unprecedented data on atmosphere's organic chemistry
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
For a few weeks over the summer in 2011, teams of scientists from around the world converged on a small patch of ponderosa pine forest in Colorado to carry out one of the most detailed, extended survey of atmospheric chemistry ever attempted in one place, in many cases using new measurement devices created especially for this project. Now, after years of analysis, their comprehensive synthesis o ... more
Plesetsk, Russia (ESA) Sep 19, 2017
Sentinel-5P launch preparations in full swing
Beijing, China (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Who is the chief culprit of dust concentrations over East Asia?
El Segundo CA (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
Boeing to Design and Build Seven Medium Earth Orbit Satellites for SES
NASA-funded research at USC provides evidence of ground-ice on asteroids
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
Research at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering has revealed new evidence for the occurrence of ground ice on the protoplanet Vesta. The work, under the sponsorship of NASA's Planetary Geology and Geophysics program, is part of ongoing efforts at USC Viterbi to improve water detectability techniques in terrestrial and planetary subsurfaces using radar and microwave imaging techniques. Th ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 07, 2017
Radar Reveals Two Moons Orbiting Asteroid Florence
Perth, Australia (SPX) Sep 11, 2017
Sling-shot show for NASA spacecraft over Australia
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
NASA's Asteroid-Bound Spacecraft to Slingshot Past Earth
InterDrone 2017 Las Vegas - Sept 6-8
NASA captures significant solar flare
Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2017
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured dramatic images of a significant solar flare that peaked at 12:06 p.m. EDT Sunday. The space agency's Solar Dynamics Observatory watches the sun on a constant basis and captured the significant solar flare classified as X8.2-class. X-class identifies the most intense solar flares and the number provides additional information about its s ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
NASA captures images of strong solar flares
Paris (ESA) Sep 01, 2017
Space-inspired Star Storm to premiere next month
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
NASA's Lunar mission captures solar eclipse as seen from the moon
Chinese company eyes development of reusable launch vehicle
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
One of Chinese startups appears to be following in the footsteps of SpaceX as it has lately laid out its own project of reusable space launch system. Link Space, the country's first private rocket company, has recently presented the design of its New Line 1 (also known as Xin Gan Xian 1) launch vehicle, which could compete with SpaceX's Falcon 9 in the future. Link Space uncovered the desi ... more
Beijing (XNA) Sep 15, 2017
Spacecraft passes docking test
Washington DC (Sputnik) Aug 31, 2017
China, Russia to Have Smooth Space Cooperation, Says Expert
Beijing (XNA) Aug 31, 2017
Kuaizhou-11 to send six satellites into space
Exchanges of identity in deep space
Trieste, Italy (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
Like in a nail-biting thriller full of escapes and subterfuge, photons from far-off light sources, such as blazars, could go up against a continuous exchange of identity in their journey through the Universe. This is an operation that would allow these very tiny particles of light to escape an enemy which, if encountered, would annihilate them. This is the phenomenon studied by a group of ... more
London, UK (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
Accretion-powered pulsar reveals unique timing glitch
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
Study shows star formation influenced by environmental conditions
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Keeping NASA's James Webb Space Telescope in the dark
Large-scale study of genetic data shows humans still evolving
New York NY (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
In a study analyzing the genomes of 210,000 people in the United States and Britain, researchers at Columbia University find that the genetic variants linked to Alzheimer's disease and heavy smoking are less frequent in people with longer lifespans, suggesting that natural selection is weeding out these unfavorable variants in both populations. Researchers further find that sets of genetic ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Groups are more likely to lie than individuals, new study shows
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Human settlement in the Americas may have occurred in the late Pleistocene
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Humans are still evolving, study suggests
Diet tracker in space
Paris (ESA) Sep 15, 2017
Whether you are on a diet or just want to be healthier, you might be one of those millions of people around the planet who use a mobile app to track everything you eat. The trend has arrived in space: European astronauts are now logging their meals on a tablet to make sure they are getting the right amount of nutrients. An optimal diet, paired with constant exercise, is essential to counte ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
NASA's Robotic 'Sniffer' Confirms Space Station Leak, Repair
Baikonur, Kazakhstan (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Three astronauts blast off for five-month ISS mission
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Crewed Missions Beyond LEO
Bleak outlook for Asian glaciers
Paris (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Asia's mountain glaciers will lose at least a third of their mass through global warming by century's end, with dire consequences for millions of people who rely on them for fresh water, researchers said Wednesday. This is a best-case scenario, based on the assumption that the world manages to limit average global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial le ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
Study shows Arctic sea ice continues to melt considerably
Umea, Sweden (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Reindeer grazing protects tundra plant diversity in a warming climate
Sydney (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Warm Antarctic caves harbour secret life: scientists
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Taking a deep breath in the North Atlantic
Kiel, Germany (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
The Labrador Sea in the North Atlantic is one of the few areas in the world ocean where cold, saline seawater sinks to large depths and forms deep water. This convection process also transports oxygen into the deep sea. A team of scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (San Diego, California), Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada) and GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research ... more
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GRACE Mission Making Plans for Final Science Data Collection
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
With one of its twin satellites almost out of fuel after more than 15 years of chasing each other around our planet to measure Earth's ever-changing gravity field, the operations team for the U.S./German Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission is making plans for an anticipated final science collection. On Sept. 3, one of 20 battery cells aboard the GRACE-2 satellite stoppe ... more
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