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October 20, 2017
MOON DAILY
Potential human habitat located on Moon



West Lafayette IN (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
A study published in Geophysical Research Letters confirms the existence of a large open lava tube in the Marius Hills region of the moon, which could be used to protect astronauts from hazardous conditions on the surface. No one has ever been on the moon longer than three days, largely because space suits alone can't shield astronauts from its elements: extreme temperature variation, radiation, and meteorite impacts. Unlike Earth, the moon has no atmosphere or magnetic field to protects its inhab ... read more

EXO WORLDS
From Comets Come Planets
Laurel MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Narrow dense rings of comets are coming together to form planets on the outskirts of at least three distant solar systems, astronomers have found in data from a pair of NASA telescopes. Estima ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Deep Space Communications via Faraway Photons
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 20, 2017
A spacecraft destined to explore a unique asteroid will also test new communication hardware that uses lasers instead of radio waves. The Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) package aboar ... more
IRON AND ICE
Dawn Mission Extended at Ceres
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 20, 2017
NASA has authorized a second extension of the Dawn mission at Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. During this extension, the spacecraft will descend to lower alt ... more
MOON DAILY
Lunar lava tube could be used as a moon mission base
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
NASA and other agencies have long considered establishing an outpost on the lunar surface - a moon base. Now, scientists at Purdue University may have found the perfect place for it. ... more
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EXO WORLDS
New NASA study improves search for habitable worlds
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
New NASA research is helping to refine our understanding of candidate planets beyond our solar system that might support life. "Using a model that more realistically simulates atmospheric conditions ... more
MOON DAILY
Human presence in Lunar orbit one step closer with successful RS-25 engine test
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne has test-fired its RS-25 engine, E2063, for 500 seconds at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. This is the second RS-25 engine Aerojet Rocketdyne has tested for NASA's sec ... more
MOON DAILY
NASA research suggests significant atmosphere in lunar past and possible source of water on Moon
Huntsville AL (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Looking up at the Moon at night, Earth's closest neighbor appears in shades of gray and white; a dry desert in the vacuum of space, inactive and dead for billions of years. Like many things, though, ... more
MOON DAILY
Temperature of Lunar Flashes Measured for the First Time
Paris (ESA) Oct 20, 2017
During the first- and last-quarter Moon phases, as most people are busy admiring the sunlit part of the Moon, astronomers use telescopes to look at the dark fraction, hoping to see tiny flashes of l ... more
IRON AND ICE
Samples brought back from asteroid reveal 'rubble pile' had a violent past
Perth, Australia (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Curtin University planetary scientists have shed some light on the evolution of asteroids, which may help prevent future collisions of an incoming 'rubble pile' asteroid with Earth. The scient ... more
IRON AND ICE
A solar-powered asteroid nursery at the orbit of Mars
Armagh UK (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
The planet Mars shares its orbit with a handful of small asteroids, the so-called Trojans. Among them, one finds a unique group, all moving in very similar orbits, suggesting that they originated fr ... more


SwRI scientists dig into the origin of organics on Ceres

IRON AND ICE
Spinning comet rapidly slows down during close approach to Earth
Flagstaff, AZ (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Astronomers at Lowell Observatory observed comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini- Kresak last spring and noticed that the speed of its rotation was quickly slowing down. A research team led by David Schleicher ... more
MOON DAILY
Bigelow and ULA team up to propose a B330 Habitat in Low Lunar Orbit
Las Vegas, NV (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Bigelow Aerospace and United Launch Alliance (ULA) are working together to launch a B330 expandable module on ULA's Vulcan launch vehicle. The launch would place a B330 outfitted module in Low Lunar ... more
TIME AND SPACE
A single photon reveals quantum entanglement of 16 million atoms
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Quantum theory is unequivocal: it predicts that a vast number of atoms can be entangled and intertwined by a very strong quantum relationship even in a macroscopic structure. Until now, however, exp ... more
SATURN DAILY
NASA team finds noxious ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Researchers with NASA's Cassini mission found evidence of a toxic hybrid ice in a wispy cloud high above the south pole of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. The finding is a new demonstration of t ... more



Haumea, the most peculiar of Pluto companions, has a ring around it
Granada, Spain (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
At the ends of the Solar System, beyond the orbit of Neptune, there is a belt of objects composed of ice and rocks, among which four dwarf planets stand out: Pluto, Eris, Makemake and Haumea. The latter is the least well known of the four and was recently the object of an international observation campaign which was able to establish its main physical characteristics. The study, led by astronome ... more
Garching, Germany (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Ring around a dwarf planet detected
Friedrichshafen, Germany (ESA) Oct 03, 2017
Helicopter test for Jupiter icy moons radar
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Solving the Mystery of Pluto's Giant Blades of Ice
New NASA study improves search for habitable worlds
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
New NASA research is helping to refine our understanding of candidate planets beyond our solar system that might support life. "Using a model that more realistically simulates atmospheric conditions, we discovered a new process that controls the habitability of exoplanets and will guide us in identifying candidates for further study," said Yuka Fujii of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies ... more
Laurel MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
From Comets Come Planets
New York NY (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
A star that devoured its own planets
Exeter UK (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
Astronomers find potential solution into how planets form
MAVEN finds Mars has a twisted tail
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Mars has an invisible magnetic "tail" that is twisted by interaction with the solar wind, according to new research using data from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft. NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) spacecraft is in orbit around Mars gathering data on how the Red Planet lost much of its atmosphere and water, transforming from a world that could have supported life billi ... more
Paris (ESA) Oct 18, 2017
Webcam on Mars Express surveys high-altitude clouds
Providence RI (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Study shows how water could have flowed on 'cold and icy' ancient Mars
University of Vienna
Microbes leave 'fingerprints' on Martian rocks
How bright is the moon, really?
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
The "inconstant moon," as Shakespeare called it in Romeo and Juliet, is more reliable than his pair of star-crossed lovers might have thought. Now researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) plan to make the Moon even more reliable with a new project to measure its brightness. Scientists put the Moon to work daily as a calibration source for space-based cameras ... more
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Human presence in Lunar orbit one step closer with successful RS-25 engine test
Huntsville AL (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
NASA research suggests significant atmosphere in lunar past and possible source of water on Moon
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
Lunar lava tube could be used as a moon mission base
What lurks below NASA's Chamber A
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Hidden beneath Chamber A at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston is an area engineers used to test critical contamination control technology that has helped keep NASA's James Webb Space Telescope clean during cryogenic testing. This voluminous area is called the plenum, and it supports the weight of the chamber above as well as houses some of the cabling and plumbing for it. Before Webb' ... more
Darmstadt, Germany (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
Heavy elements in neutron star mergers detected
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 20, 2017
Deep Space Communications via Faraway Photons
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
NASA Receives Findings from WFIRST Independent Review Team
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
Study casts doubt on warming implications of brown carbon aerosol from wildfires
Saint Louis MO (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
As devastating wildfires continue to rage in the western U.S. and Canada, a team of environmental engineers at Washington University in St. Louis have discovered that light-absorbing organic particulate matter, also known as brown carbon aerosol, in wildfire smoke loses its ability to absorb sunlight the longer it remains in the atmosphere. Rajan Chakrabarty, assistant professor, and Brent ... more
Plesetsk, Russia (ESA) Oct 16, 2017
Air quality-monitoring satellite in orbit
Paris (ESA) Oct 17, 2017
Sentinel-5P: satellite in excellent health
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Watching plant photosynthesis from space
A solar-powered asteroid nursery at the orbit of Mars
Armagh UK (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
The planet Mars shares its orbit with a handful of small asteroids, the so-called Trojans. Among them, one finds a unique group, all moving in very similar orbits, suggesting that they originated from the same object. But the mechanism that produced this "family" has been a mystery. Now, an international team of astronomers believe they have identified the culprit: sunlight. Their findings ... more
Flagstaff, AZ (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Spinning comet rapidly slows down during close approach to Earth
Tucson AZ (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Earth's New Traveling Buddy Is an Asteroid, Not Space Junk
Provo, UT (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Number of Undiscovered Near-Earth Asteroids Revised Downward
Scientists propose space shield to protect Earth from solar storms
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
If governments and their space agencies are serious about protecting Earth from solar storms, one team of researchers argues a giant space shield is the most logical solution. Much attention is paid to the threat of comets and asteroids. In the past, violent collisions have triggered mass extinctions. Solar storms - intense waves of high energy particles flung into space during coronal ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Scientists model magnetic storm that inspired red aurora over Kyoto
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
A RAVAN in the sun
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Parker Solar Probe Gets Its Revolutionary Heat Shield
China launches three satellites
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launched three remote sensing satellites Friday on a Long March-2C rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The Yaogan-30 01 satellites will conduct electromagnetic probes and other experiments. The launch is the 251st flight mission of the Long March rocket family. span class="BDL">Source: a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com">Xin ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
Adelaide, Australia (XNA) Oct 03, 2017
UN official commends China's role in space cooperation
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
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What lurks below NASA's Chamber A
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Hidden beneath Chamber A at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston is an area engineers used to test critical contamination control technology that has helped keep NASA's James Webb Space Telescope clean during cryogenic testing. This voluminous area is called the plenum, and it supports the weight of the chamber above as well as houses some of the cabling and plumbing for it. Before Webb' ... more
Darmstadt, Germany (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
Heavy elements in neutron star mergers detected
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 20, 2017
Deep Space Communications via Faraway Photons
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
NASA Receives Findings from WFIRST Independent Review Team
Primate study offers insights into relationship between of jealousy and monogamy
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
The origins of jealousy and the evolutionary significance of the emotion are difficult to parse, especially in humans. But new analysis of jealousy among primates has offered scientists fresh insights into the neurobiology behind the powerful emotion. The latest research suggests the emotion triggers an increase in neural activity among parts of the primate brain associated with social ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
Genome of a 40,000-year-old man in China reveals region's complex human history
New York NY (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
New study suggests that last common ancestor of humans and apes was smaller than thought
Washington (UPI) Oct 18, 2017
Duplications of noncoding DNA could help explain human-primate split
Plants and psychological well-being in space
Gainesville FL (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Where people will go in the cosmos, plants will go. That's the message of a paper entitled "Gardening for Therapeutic People-Plant Interactions during Long-Duration Space Missions" written by Raymond Odeh, and Charles L. Guy of the University of Florida (Gainesville) and published in the De Gruyter journal, Open Agriculture. In the beginning of the space age, researchers sought to see if ... more
Moscow (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Russia's space agency says glitch in manned Soyuz landing
Moscow (AFP) Oct 14, 2017
Russia launches cargo ship to space station
Paris (Sputnik) Oct 10, 2017
Roscosmos: International Space Exploration to Continue Despite Geopolitical Situation
Drive for giant new marine sanctuary in Antarctica
Sydney (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
Australia and France kick off a fresh push Monday to create a vast marine sanctuary in pristine East Antarctica, hoping to build on the success of landmark deal secured last year at a key annual conservation summit. The fate of the plan to shield critical areas of ocean around the frozen continent rests with the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), w ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 13, 2017
As ice sheet melts, Greenland's fjords become less salty
Sydney (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Thousands of penguin chicks starve in Antarctica
Aarhus, Denmark (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
The melting ice makes the sea around Greenland less saline
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
Wither heavy storms
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
The Colorado River tumbles through varied landscapes, draining watersheds from seven western states. This 1,450-mile-long system is a critical water supply for agriculture, industry and municipalities from Denver to Tijuana. In the drylands of the Colorado's lower basin, formed by Nevada, Arizona and California, thunderstorms - known in meteorological parlance as convective precipitation - ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Toward efficient high-pressure desalination
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Active sieving could improve dialysis and water purification filters
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Clear lakes disguise impaired water quality
A new era of multi-messenger astronomy with LIGO discovery
Rochester NY (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Rochester Institute of Technology researchers played a significant role in an international announcement today that has changed the future of astrophysics. The breakthrough discovery of colliding neutron stars marks the first time both gravitational waves and light have been detected from the same cosmic collision. "Multimessenger astronomy," a new way of understanding the universe, ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 17, 2017
NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event
University Park, PA (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
New gravitational wave hits Earth
Oxford UK (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
Gravitational twists help theoretical physicists shed light on quantum complexity
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