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April 23, 2017
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Swedish Institute of Space Physics goes back to the Moon



Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Apr 23, 2017
On April 7, the Swedish Institute of Space Physics successfully delivered the flight model of the Advanced Small Analyzer for Neutrals (ASAN) instrument to the National Space Science Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China. The ASAN instrument will be launched at the end of 2018 onboard the Chinese Chang'e 4 mission to the Moon. Chang'e 4 consists of an orbiter, lander and rover. Chang'e 4 lander and rover will land on the invisible far side of the Moon, where they will i ... read more

EXO WORLDS
Newly Discovered Exoplanet May be Best Candidate in Search for Signs of Life
Munich, Germany (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
An exoplanet orbiting a red dwarf star 40 light-years from Earth may be the new holder of the title "best place to look for signs of life beyond the Solar System". Using ESO's HARPS instrument at La ... more
EXO WORLDS
Breakthrough Listen Publishes Initial Results
New York NY (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
Breakthrough Listen - the initiative to find signs of intelligent life in the universe - has released its 11 events ranked highest for significance as well as summary data analysis results. It is co ... more
EXO WORLDS
Detecting Life in the Driest Place on Earth
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 21, 2017
Few places are as hostile to life as Chile's Atacama Desert. It's the driest place on Earth, and only the hardiest microbes survive there. Its rocky landscape has lain undisturbed for eons, exposed ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Exploring the Milky Way's star factories with GUSTO
Tempe AZ (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
A missing link lies in the chain of astronomers' understanding of how stars and planetary systems are born, but a team of scientists and engineers from Arizona State University's School of Earth and ... more
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Gaia's Snapshot Of Another Galaxy
Paris (ESA) Apr 21, 2017
While compiling an unprecedented census of one billion stars in our Galaxy, ESA's Gaia mission is also surveying stars beyond our Milky Way. A new image of M33, also known as the Triangulum galaxy, ... more
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Astronomers perform largest-ever survey of high-mass binary star systems
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
In addition to solo stars like our Sun, the universe contains binary systems comprising two massive stars that interact with each other. In many binaries the two stars are close enough to exchange m ... more
TIME AND SPACE
The Arrhythmic Beating of a Black Hole Heart
Boston MA (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
At the center of the Centaurus galaxy cluster, there is a large elliptical galaxy called NGC 4696. Deeper still, there is a supermassive black hole buried within the core of this galaxy. New d ... more
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A New Angle on Two Spiral Galaxies for Hubble's 27th Birthday
Baltimore MD (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
In celebration of the 27th anniversary of the launch of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope on April 24, 1990, astronomers used the legendary telescope to take a portrait of a stunning pair of spiral gala ... more
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Rare Supernova Discovery Ushers in New Era for Cosmology
Berkeley CA (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
With the help of an automated supernova-hunting pipeline and a galaxy sitting 2 billion light-years away from Earth that's acting as a "magnifying glass,'' astronomers have captured multiple images ... more
PHYSICS NEWS
Rare Brightening of Supernova's Light Found by Caltech's Palomar Observatory
Pasadena CA (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
An international team of astronomers has, for the first time, seen a cosmic magnification of the light from a class of supernova called Type Ia. Type Ia supernovas - often referred to as "standard c ... more


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Lack of Oxygen Not a Showstopper For Life
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
The hot springs of Yellowstone National Park may be extreme environments, but they are host to a diversity of microbes that could shed light on the evolution of life on Earth and, perhaps, what lurk ... more
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'Super-Earth' orbiting nearby star boosts search for extra-solar life
Paris (AFP) April 19, 2017
Astronomers on Wednesday announced the discovery of a "super-Earth" orbiting a nearby star which may offer the most promising target yet in the search for life beyond the Solar System. ... more
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Hydrogen, Hydrogen, Everywhere
Tucson AZ (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Sometimes it takes a lot of trees to see the forest. In the case of the latest discovery made by astronomers at the University of Arizona, exactly 732,225. Except that in this case, the "forest" is ... more
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Oceans Galore: Most Habitable Planets May Lack Dry Land
London, UK (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
When it comes to exploring exoplanets, it may be wise to take a snorkel along. A new study, published in a paper in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, has used a statisti ... more

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ALMA investigates 'DeeDee,' a distant, dim member of our solar system
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers have revealed extraordinary details about a recently discovered far-flung member of our solar system, the planetary body 2014 UZ224, more informally known as DeeDee. At about three times the current distance of Pluto from the Sun, DeeDee is the second most distant known trans-Neptunian object (TNO) with a confirmed ... more
Laurel MD (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Nap Time for New Horizons
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Hubble spots auroras on Uranus
Leicester, UK (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Cold' Great Spot discovered on Jupiter
First Light for Breakthrough Listen at Parkes Telescope
New York NY (SPX) Nov 09, 2016
Breakthrough Listen, the 10-year, $100-million astronomical search for intelligent life beyond Earth launched in 2015 by Internet entrepreneur Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking, has announced its first observations using the Parkes Radio Telescope in New South Wales, Australia. Parkes joins the Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia, USA, and the Automated Planet Finder (APF) at Lick Ob ... more
Parkes, Australia (SPX) Nov 09, 2016
Search for ET underway with Parkes Radio Telescope
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 28, 2016
Breakthrough Listen to Search for Intelligent Life Around Tabby's Star
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 25, 2016
New bacteria groups, and stunning diversity, discovered underground
Detecting Life in the Driest Place on Earth
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 21, 2017
Few places are as hostile to life as Chile's Atacama Desert. It's the driest place on Earth, and only the hardiest microbes survive there. Its rocky landscape has lain undisturbed for eons, exposed to extreme temperatures and radiation from the sun. If you can find life here, you might be able to find it in an even harsher environment - like the surface of Mars. That's why a team of resear ... more
London, UK (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
Oceans Galore: Most Habitable Planets May Lack Dry Land
Munich, Germany (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Newly Discovered Exoplanet May be Best Candidate in Search for Signs of Life
New York NY (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
Breakthrough Listen Publishes Initial Results
Researchers Produce Detailed Map of Potential Mars Rover Landing Site
Providence RI (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
Brown University researchers have published the most detailed geological history to date for a region of Mars known as Northeast Syrtis Major, a spot high on NASA's list of potential landing sites for its next Mars rover to be launched in 2020. The region is home to a striking mineral diversity, including deposits that indicate a variety of past environments that could have hosted life. Us ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 20, 2017
Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves 'Tribulation'
Washington (AFP) April 14, 2017
Mars spacecraft's first missions face delays, NASA says
Paris (AFP) April 13, 2017
France, Japan aim to land probe on Mars moon
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Swedish Institute of Space Physics goes back to the Moon
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Apr 23, 2017
On April 7, the Swedish Institute of Space Physics successfully delivered the flight model of the Advanced Small Analyzer for Neutrals (ASAN) instrument to the National Space Science Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China. The ASAN instrument will be launched at the end of 2018 onboard the Chinese Chang'e 4 mission to the Moon. Chang'e 4 consists of an orbiter, lander ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
NASA Scientists Find Dynamo at Lunar Core May Have Formed Magnetic Field
Providence RI (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
How a young-looking lunar volcano hides its true age
Paris (ESA) Mar 27, 2017
Surviving the long dark night of the Moon
Gaia's Snapshot Of Another Galaxy
Paris (ESA) Apr 21, 2017
While compiling an unprecedented census of one billion stars in our Galaxy, ESA's Gaia mission is also surveying stars beyond our Milky Way. A new image of M33, also known as the Triangulum galaxy, shows tens of thousands of stars detected by Gaia, including a small stellar census in its star-forming region NGC 604. This is a striking example of the mission's potential to detect and characterise ... more
Paris (ESA) Apr 21, 2017
Two Million Stars On The Move
Baltimore MD (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
A New Angle on Two Spiral Galaxies for Hubble's 27th Birthday
Bonn, Germany (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Deep Inside Galaxy M87
'Detergent' Molecules May Drive Recent Methane Changes
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 18, 2017
A new NASA- and Department of Energy-funded study finds that recent increases in global methane levels observed since 2007 are not necessarily due to increasing emissions, but instead may be due to changes in how long methane remains in the atmosphere after it is emitted. The second most important human-produced greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide, methane is colorless, odorless and can be ... more
Bristol, UK (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Banned industrial solvent sheds new light on methane mystery
Aurora CO (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Raytheon speeds delivery and secures satellite weather data
Denver CO (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
NOAA's GOES-S Satellite in Thermal Vacuum Testing
Close call: When asteroids whisk past Earth
Paris (AFP) April 19, 2017
A peanut-shaped asteroid 1.3 kilometres (3,280 feet) across streaked past Earth on Wednesday, giving astronomers a rare chance to check out a big space rock up close. But not too close. Dubbed 2014-JO25, the asteroid came nearest at 12:20 GMT and is now hurtling away from the centre of our solar system, said Ian Carnelli, an astronomer from the European Space Agency (ESA). "It does ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 20, 2017
Landslides on Ceres Reflect Ice Content
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
New study ranks hazardous asteroid effects from least to most destructive
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 20, 2017
NASA images Asteroid 2014 JO25 using radar prior to flyby
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NASA and Partners Survey Space Weather Science
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
NASA has long been a leader in understanding the science of space weather, including research into the potential for induced electrical currents to disrupt our power systems. Last year, NASA scientists worked with scientists and engineers from research institutions and industry during a pair of intensive week-long workshops in order to assess the state of science surrounding this type of space w ... more
Honolulu HI (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Hawaii-built Infrared Instrument for World's Largest Solar Telescope Catches its First Rays
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Charting the skies of history
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Discovery of a source of fast magnetic reconnection
China launches first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1
Wenchang, China (AFP) April 20, 2017
A Chinese rocket successfully sent the country's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, into space from the southern island province of Hainan Thursday. Fuelled by liquid oxygen and kerosene, the Long March-7 Y2 carrier rocket blasted off from Hainan's Wenchang Space Launch Center at 7:41 pm (11:41 GMT). Hundreds of spectators who had been waiting to observe the launch since the afternoon ... more
Beijing (XNA) Apr 23, 2017
Are human space babies conceivable?
Beijing (AFP) April 22, 2017
China's first cargo spacecraft docks with space lab
Wenchang, China (Sputnik) Apr 21, 2017
Tianzhou-1 space truck soars into orbit
Human 2 Mars Conference May 9-11 2017 - Washington DC
Gaia's Snapshot Of Another Galaxy
Paris (ESA) Apr 21, 2017
While compiling an unprecedented census of one billion stars in our Galaxy, ESA's Gaia mission is also surveying stars beyond our Milky Way. A new image of M33, also known as the Triangulum galaxy, shows tens of thousands of stars detected by Gaia, including a small stellar census in its star-forming region NGC 604. This is a striking example of the mission's potential to detect and characterise ... more
Paris (ESA) Apr 21, 2017
Two Million Stars On The Move
Baltimore MD (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
A New Angle on Two Spiral Galaxies for Hubble's 27th Birthday
Bonn, Germany (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Deep Inside Galaxy M87
Neuroscientists measure 'higher' state of consciousness
Washington (UPI) Apr 19, 2017
Psychedelics may trigger a "higher" level of consciousness. Neuroscientists at the University of Sussex recorded an increase in neural signal diversity in the brains of people using psychedelic drugs. Previous studies have documented the increase in neural signal diversity levels in "aware and awake" brains, as compared to levels in sleeping brains - confirming the index as usef ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 21, 2017
Indonesian hobbit evolved from African ancestor
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Putting social science modeling through its paces
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
Science says: Let a stranger pick your profile picture
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Russian, American two-man crew reaches ISS
Baikonur, Kazakhstan (AFP) April 20, 2017
A Soyuz spacecraft carrying a Russian and an American reached the International Space Station Thursday, completing the first two-man flight to the ISS in over a decade. The Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft with veteran Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and NASA rookie Jack Fischer onboard successfully docked to the ISS at 1319 GMT, Russian space agency Roscosmos said. Manned launches to the ISS ... more
Huntsville AL (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
NASA Engages the Next Generation with HUNCH
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 23, 2017
Cygnus docks with ISS, delivering 28 Cubesats from multiple customers
Miami (AFP) April 22, 2017
Orbital cargo ship arrives at space station
Methane seeps in the Canadian high Arctic
Boulder CO (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Cretaceous climate warming led to a significant methane release from the seafloor, indicating potential for similar destabilization of gas hydrates under modern global warming. A field campaign on the remote Ellef Ringnes Island, Canadian High Arctic, discovered an astounding number of methane seep mounds in Cretaceous age sediments. Seep mounds are carbonate deposits, often hosting unique ... more
Edmonton, Canada (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
How polar bears find their prey
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Arctic river ice deposits rapidly disappearing
Kautokeino, Norway (AFP) April 21, 2017
Reindeer at risk from Arctic hot spell
New membranes can remove viruses from drinking water
Sede Boqer, Israel (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) have developed novel ultrafiltration membranes that significantly improve the virus-removal process from treated municipal wastewater used for drinking in water-scarce cities. Current membrane filtration methods require intensive energy to adequately remove pathogenic viruses ... more
Kiev (AFP) April 20, 2017
Ukraine's Mariupol to be without hot water for months
Washington (UPI) Apr 20, 2017
Fewer sharks equals fatter fish, research shows
Edmonton, Canada (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Sea scorpions: The original sea monster
Rare Brightening of Supernova's Light Found by Caltech's Palomar Observatory
Pasadena CA (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
An international team of astronomers has, for the first time, seen a cosmic magnification of the light from a class of supernova called Type Ia. Type Ia supernovas - often referred to as "standard candles" because of their well-known intrinsic brightness - are frequently used by astronomers to accurately measure the expansion rate of our universe, as well as the amount of dark energy, which is t ... more
Orlando FL (SPX) Apr 07, 2017
ZERO-G Research aims to advance deep-space mission technology
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
Cells adapt ultra-rapidly to zero gravity
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
'Gravitational noise' interferes with determining distant sources


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