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February 21, 2017
OUTER PLANETS
Juno to remain in current orbit at Jupiter



Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 21, 2017
NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter, which has been in orbit around the gas giant since July 4, 2016, will remain in its current 53-day orbit for the remainder of the mission. This will allow Juno to accomplish its science goals, while avoiding the risk of a previously-planned engine firing that would have reduced the spacecraft's orbital period to 14 days. "Juno is healthy, its science instruments are fully operational, and the data and images we've received are nothing short of amazing," said Thomas ... read more

EXO WORLDS
NASA to host news conference on discovery beyond our solar system
NASA will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST) Wednesday, Feb. 22, to present new findings on planets that orbit stars other than our sun, known as exoplanets. The event will air live ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Why are there different 'flavors' of iron around the Solar System
New work from Carnegie's Stephen Elardo and Anat Shahar shows that interactions between iron and nickel under the extreme pressures and temperatures similar to a planetary interior can help scientis ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Building a family tree of stars
Using chemical signatures as a stand-in for DNA, researchers constructed an evolutionary tree of stars. Researchers have begun translating ideas from evolutionary biology for use in a new scientific discipline called galactic archaeology. ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Black hole is producing its own fuel for star-making
The Phoenix cluster is an enormous accumulation of about 1,000 galaxies, located 5.7 billion light years from Earth. At its center lies a massive galaxy, which appears to be spitting out stars at a ... more
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Minor planet named Bernard
A minor planet in the Solar System will officially be known as Bernardbowen after Australian citizen science project theSkyNet won a competition to name the celestial body. The minor planet wa ... more
EXO WORLDS
60,000-year-old microbes found in Mexican mine: NASA scientist
NASA scientists have discovered living microorganisms trapped inside crystals for as long as 60,000 years in a mine in Mexico. ... more
PHYSICS NEWS
New method uses heat flow to levitate variety of objects
Although scientists have been able to levitate specific types of material, a pair of UChicago undergraduate physics students helped take the science to a new level. Third-year Frankie Fung and fourt ... more
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Hunting for runaway worlds
Arizona State University astronomer Adam Schneider and his colleagues are hunting for an elusive object lost in space between our sun and the nearest stars. They are asking for your help in the sear ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Intergalactic unions more devastating than we thought
Scientists from MIPT, the University of Oxford, and the Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences estimated the number of stars disrupted by solitary supermassive black holes in ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
Setting Sun on Space Station Solar research
Today, ground control in Belgium switched off a package that had been continuously watching the Sun from the International Space Station for nine years. 'Solar' has been measuring most of the radiat ... more


Scientists estimate solar nebula's lifetime

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Hubble sees spiral in Andromeda
The Andromeda constellation is one of the 88 modern constellations and should not be confused with our neighboring Andromeda Galaxy. The Andromeda constellation is home to the pictured galaxy known ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Black-hole-powered jets forge fuel for star formation
Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have discovered a surprising connection between a supermassive black hole and the galaxy where it resides. Powerful ra ... more
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University of Toronto physicists harness neglected properties of light
University of Toronto (U of T) researchers have demonstrated a way to increase the resolution of microscopes and telescopes beyond long-accepted limitations by tapping into previously neglected prop ... more
MOON DAILY
India Takes Russian Help to Analyze Chemical Composition of Lunar Surface
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

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Juno to remain in current orbit at Jupiter
NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter, which has been in orbit around the gas giant since July 4, 2016, will remain in its current 53-day orbit for the remainder of the mission. This will allow Juno to accomplish its science goals, while avoiding the risk of a previously-planned engine firing that would have reduced the spacecraft's orbital period to 14 days. "Juno is healthy, its science instrum ... more
NASA receives science report on Europa lander concept

New Horizons Refines Course for Next Flyby

It's Never 'Groundhog Day' at Jupiter

First Light for Breakthrough Listen at Parkes Telescope
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
Search for ET underway with Parkes Radio Telescope

Breakthrough Listen to Search for Intelligent Life Around Tabby's Star

New bacteria groups, and stunning diversity, discovered underground

Hunting for runaway worlds
Arizona State University astronomer Adam Schneider and his colleagues are hunting for an elusive object lost in space between our sun and the nearest stars. They are asking for your help in the search, using a new citizen-science website called Backyard Worlds: Planet 9. Astronomers have found evidence for a ninth planet in our solar system. The evidence comes from studying the orbits of o ... more
NASA to host news conference on discovery beyond our solar system

60,000-year-old microbes found in Mexican mine: NASA scientist

Exoplanetary moons formed by giant impacts could be detected by Kepler

Researchers pinpoint watery past on Mars
Researchers from Trinity College Dublin have discovered a patch of land in an ancient valley on Mars that appears to have been flooded by water in the not-too-distant past. In doing so, they have pinpointed a prime target to begin searching for past life forms on the Red Planet. The findings have just been published in Geophysical Research Letters, by Dr Mary Bourke from Trinity, and her c ... more
Scientists say Mars valley was flooded with water not long ago

Opportunity leaving crater rim for the Plains of Meridiani

Opportunity passes 44 kilometers of surface travel after 13 years

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India Takes Russian Help to Analyze Chemical Composition of Lunar Surface
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 selected Russian company JSC Isotope for supply of Radionuclide curium-244 (Cm-244) that enables sources to determine chemical composition of any rocks and soils. "Supplied by JSC Isotope sourc ... more
Complete Lunar-cy: The Earth Has Sprayed the Moon With Oxygen for Billennia

Private Space Race Heats Up, Moon Landing Expected in Late 2017

LunaH-Map CubeSat to map the Moon's water deposits

Intergalactic unions more devastating than we thought
Scientists from MIPT, the University of Oxford, and the Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences estimated the number of stars disrupted by solitary supermassive black holes in galactic centers formed due to mergers of galaxies containing supermassive black holes. The astrophysicists found out whether gravitational effects arising as two black holes draw closer to one anothe ... more
Hubble sees spiral in Andromeda

Why are there different 'flavors' of iron around the Solar System

Scientists estimate solar nebula's lifetime

NASA to launch sequel to successful Lightning Study Mission
A hit Hollywood film often leads to a sequel. Sometimes those movies do well, but rarely will they eclipse the original. Undaunted by those odds, NASA is set to reboot a successful study of Earth's lightning from space - this time from the unique vantage point of the International Space Station (ISS). A team of Earth scientists at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, ... more
Sentinel-2 teams prepare for space

Earth Science on the Space Station continues to grow

Ancient Judea jars reveal earth's magnetic field is fluctuating, not diminishing

SwRI scientist studies geology of Ceres to understand origin of organics
NASA's Dawn spacecraft recently detected organic-rich areas on Ceres. Scientists evaluated the geology of the regions to conclude that the organics are most likely native to the dwarf planet. Data from the spacecraft suggest that the interior of Ceres is the source of these organic materials, as opposed to arriving via impacting asteroids or comets, according to a paper published in the Feb. 17, ... more
Arecibo Observatory captures revealing images of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova

Minor planet named Bernard

Asteroid resembles dungeons and dragons dice

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Setting Sun on Space Station Solar research
Today, ground control in Belgium switched off a package that had been continuously watching the Sun from the International Space Station for nine years. 'Solar' has been measuring most of the radiation emitted by our closest star across the electromagnetic spectrum. Built to run for only 18 months, it was still working until today - exceeding all expectations. Solar's observations are impr ... more
What happened to the sun over 7,000 years ago?

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Friday Night's Deep Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

China to launch first high-throughput communications satellite in April
China plans to launch Shijian-13, its first high-throughput communications satellite, in April, the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) said Friday. The 4.6-tonne satellite, with a message capacity of more than 20 GB, will be carried into orbit by a Long March-3B carrier rocket, according to the CAST. An increase in satellite throughput will provide better access to the Internet ... more
Chinese cargo spacecraft set for liftoff in April

China looks to Mars, Jupiter exploration

China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory

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Intergalactic unions more devastating than we thought
Scientists from MIPT, the University of Oxford, and the Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences estimated the number of stars disrupted by solitary supermassive black holes in galactic centers formed due to mergers of galaxies containing supermassive black holes. The astrophysicists found out whether gravitational effects arising as two black holes draw closer to one anothe ... more
Hubble sees spiral in Andromeda

Why are there different 'flavors' of iron around the Solar System

Scientists estimate solar nebula's lifetime

Flat-footed fighters
Walking on our heels, a feature that separates great apes, including humans, from other primates, confers advantages in fighting, according to a new University of Utah study published in Biology Open. Although moving from the balls of the feet is important for quickness, standing with heels planted allows more swinging force, according to study lead author and biologist David Carrier, sugg ... more
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Art and space enter a new dimension
ESA's involvement in the world of art is entering a new dimension, thanks to the cooperation with the Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, with the idea of making space activities as inclusive as possible for more of the public on Earth. Michelangelo Pistoletto is acknowledged as one of the founding fathers of the Italian Arte Povera contemporary art movement and is widely regarded as o ... more
Mystery surrounds return of Pentagon's secretive X-37B spaceplane

Air Force doctor solves NASA's poop problem

Cabbage Patch: 5th crop harvested aboard Space Station

Descent into a Frozen Underworld
Mt. Erebus is at the end of our world - and offers a portal to another. It's our planet's southernmost active volcano, reaching 12,448 feet (3,794 meters) above Ross Island in Antarctica. Temperatures at the surface are well below freezing most of the year, but that doesn't stop visits from scientists: Erebus is also one of the few volcanoes in the world with an exposed lava lake. You can peer o ... more
New pathway for Greenland meltwater to reach ocean identified

Local weather impacts melting of one of Antarctica's fastest-retreating glaciers

Arctic cultures take climate fight to Berlin film fest

Subsea mining moves closer to shore
The demand for raw materials is rising continuously, forcing mining companies to use lower-grade ores and to explore at greater depths. This could lead to a decline in production in the coming decades. Many industrialized economies also depend on imports of metals for their high-tech industries. Some of these metals occur in ore deposits that are found only in a few countries. In order to ... more
Small ponds have outsized impact on global warming: study

Deep sea mining gets a second look

10 Italian execs found guilty over polluted water supply

New method uses heat flow to levitate variety of objects
Although scientists have been able to levitate specific types of material, a pair of UChicago undergraduate physics students helped take the science to a new level. Third-year Frankie Fung and fourth-year Mykhaylo Usatyuk led a team of UChicago researchers who demonstrated how to levitate a variety of objects - ceramic and polyethylene spheres, glass bubbles, ice particles, lint strands and this ... more
Increasing the sensitivity of next-generation gravitational wave detectors

New laser technology from Hannover enables more sensitive gravitational-wave detectors

Cosmologists a step closer to understanding quantum gravity



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