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September 13, 2017
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Ultrathin spacecraft will collect, deposit orbital debris



Los Angeles CA (Sputnik) Sep 13, 2017
A new design gaining the interest of NASA could see the inexpensive and efficient removal of Earth's orbiting space debris. A proposed design for a space trash collector has received a second round of funding from NASA, and the technologies involved could benefit developments in miniaturization back on Earth. A flat quadrilateral, a sort of magic carpet less than the thickness of a human hair and about three feet on a side, would incorporate redundant microelectronic and other digital technologie ... read more

EXO WORLDS
Does the Organic Material of Comets Predate our Solar System?
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
The Rosetta space probe discovered a large amount of organic material in the nucleus of comet "Chury." In an article published by MNRAS on August 31, 2017, two French researchers advance the theory ... more
EXO WORLDS
Earth as Hybrid Planet: The Anthropocene Era in Astrobiological Context
Seattle WA (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
For decades, as astronomers have imagined advanced extraterrestrial civilizations, they categorized such worlds by the amount of energy their inhabitants might conceivably be able to harness and use ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
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. ... more
TIME AND SPACE
First neutron beam produced: A great milestone for CSNS
Beijing, China (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
A neutron beam was produced at the China Spallation Neutron Source (CSNS) for the first time on August 28. The achievement is a milestone for the CSNS project as it marks the completion of main cons ... more
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Cassini Makes its 'Goodbye Kiss' Flyby of Titan
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 12, 2017
NASA's Cassini spacecraft is headed toward its Sept. 15 plunge into Saturn, following a final, distant flyby of the planet's giant moon Titan. The spacecraft made its closest approach to Titan ... more
EXO WORLDS
Are we being watched? Tens of other worlds could spot the Earth
London, UK (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
A group of scientists from Queen's University Belfast and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany have turned exoplanet-hunting on its head, in a study that instead looks at ho ... more
EXO WORLDS
Climate change for aliens
Rochester NY (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
In February NASA astronomers discovered - seven Earth-like planets, potentially harboring life, orbiting the star TRAPPIST-1, not too far from Earth. Scientists have yet to discover life, or e ... more
EXO WORLDS
X-rays Reveal Temperament of Possible Planet-hosting Stars
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
A new study using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton suggests X-rays emitted by a planet's host star may provide critical clues to just how hospitable a star system coul ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
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 ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Accretion-powered pulsar reveals unique timing glitch
London, UK (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
The discovery of the largest timing irregularity yet observed in a pulsar is the first confirmation that pulsars in binary systems exhibit the strange phenomenon known as a 'glitch'. The study is pu ... more


Radar Reveals Two Moons Orbiting Asteroid Florence

SATURN DAILY
Europe's Science Highlights With Cassini
Paris (ESA) Sep 11, 2017
The international Cassini-Huygens mission has explored Saturn and its rings and moons for 13 years, and will conclude by plunging into the planet's atmosphere next week. This article highlights some ... more
IRON AND ICE
Sling-shot show for NASA spacecraft over Australia
Perth, Australia (SPX) Sep 11, 2017
Using Earth's gravity to give it an orbital boost, OSIRIS-REx will rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu in 2018. The Earth flyby will give astronomers and those with high-end cameras a chance to view ... more
SATURN DAILY
Pondering the Saturn Mission's Legacy After Cassini
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 11, 2017
As the Cassini spacecraft nears the end of a long journey rich with scientific and technical accomplishments, it is already having a powerful influence on future exploration. In revealing that Satur ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
LOFAR Radio Telescope Discovers Record-Breaking Pulsar
Dwingeloo, Netherlands (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Astronomers have discovered two rapidly rotating radio pulsars with the Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR) radio telescope in the Netherlands by investigating unknown gamma-ray sources uncovered by NASA's ... more



Jupiter's Auroras Present a Powerful Mystery
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 07, 2017
Scientists on NASA's Juno mission have observed massive amounts of energy swirling over Jupiter's polar regions that contribute to the giant planet's powerful auroras - only not in ways the researchers expected. Examining data collected by the ultraviolet spectrograph and energetic-particle detector instruments aboard the Jupiter-orbiting Juno spacecraft, a team led by Barry Mauk of the Jo ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 11, 2017
Pluto features given first official names
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Juno Scientists Prepare for Seventh Science Pass of Jupiter
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 06, 2017
New Horizons Files Flight Plan for 2019 Flyby
Climate change for aliens
Rochester NY (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
In February NASA astronomers discovered - seven Earth-like planets, potentially harboring life, orbiting the star TRAPPIST-1, not too far from Earth. Scientists have yet to discover life, or evidence of civilizations, on these or other planets. But in the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence, they often categorize hypothetical worlds according to the amount of energy their inhabitants ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
X-Rays Reveal Temperament of Possible Planet-Hosting Stars
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
45 Kilometers on the Odometry for Opportunity
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 12, 2017
Opportunity is continuing the winter exploration of "Perseverance Valley" on the west rim of Endeavour Crater. Winter is constraining the available energy, so the project has the rover doing "hops" (drives) from one energy-favorable "lily pad" to the next. (These lily pads are locations where the terrain is tilted sufficiently to the north to maximize the Sun illumination on the rover's so ... more
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Discovery of boron on Mars adds to evidence for habitability
Paris (ESA) Sep 12, 2017
New tools for exploring the surface of Mars
Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 05, 2017
Life on Mars: Let's Try Oman Desert First for Space Mission
Call For Ideas For Research On The Deep Space Gateway
Paris (ESA) Aug 22, 2017
The European Space Agency (ESA) invites members of the science community in Europe to propose ideas for research that could be performed on the Deep Space Gateway, a crewed spaceship in lunar vicinity. The Deep Space Gateway is a strategic platform that is being prepared by the International Space Station partner agencies to be humanity's next step beyond Low-Earth Orbit and out into the S ... more
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
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Moon's magnetic field lasted far longer than once believed
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
Dwingeloo, Netherlands (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
LOFAR Radio Telescope Discovers Record-Breaking Pulsar
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
'Extreme' Telescopes Find the 2nd-Fastest-Spinning Pulsar
Integrated Air and Missile Defense 2017 - Sept 27-29 - Washington DC
Cloud formation suppressed by biogenic organic emissions
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Researchers have found evidence that near-ground biogenic emissions of organics suppress cloud formation in cool-temperate forests in autumn, providing clues to how global warming will affect cloud formation and the overall climate. Submicron atmospheric aerosols, although they are not so visible, play a pivotal role in the climate system. They cause temperature variations by scattering or ... more
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
High Resolution Smallsats Built by SSL Arrive at Vandenberg AFB for Launch
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Team gathers unprecedented data on atmosphere's organic chemistry
Toulouse, France (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
Airbus to reshape Earth observation market with its Pleiades Neo constellation
Sling-shot show for NASA spacecraft over Australia
Perth, Australia (SPX) Sep 11, 2017
Using Earth's gravity to give it an orbital boost, OSIRIS-REx will rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu in 2018. The Earth flyby will give astronomers and those with high-end cameras a chance to view this rare encounter. OSIRIS-REx is on an extraordinary journey to bring back to Earth a sample from the surface of the carbonaceous asteroid Bennu that could potentially record the early history ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 07, 2017
Radar Reveals Two Moons Orbiting Asteroid Florence
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
NASA's Asteroid-Bound Spacecraft to Slingshot Past Earth
Paris (ESA) Sep 01, 2017
Close encounters of the stellar kind
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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
China, Russia to Have Smooth Space Cooperation, Says Expert
Washington DC (Sputnik) Aug 31, 2017
China and Russia plan to sign an agreement in October on joint space exploration from 2018 and 2022, which would benefit both nations particularly in manned and future missions to the moon, CGTN reported on Monday. The bilateral agreement will cover five areas including lunar to deep space exploration, special materials development, collaborations in the area of satellite systems, Earth re ... more
Beijing (XNA) Aug 31, 2017
Kuaizhou-11 to send six satellites into space
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 29, 2017
Russia, China May Sign 5-Year Agreement on Joint Space Exploration
Paris (ESA) Aug 28, 2017
ESA and Chinese astronauts train together
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
Dwingeloo, Netherlands (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
LOFAR Radio Telescope Discovers Record-Breaking Pulsar
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
'Extreme' Telescopes Find the 2nd-Fastest-Spinning Pulsar
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
Crewed Missions Beyond LEO
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Sending humans to Mars has been a dream of scientists and a large part of the population ever since Nicolaus Copernicus first postulated that it was a planet, about 500 years ago. Even before that first Soviet satellite, Sputnik 1, was sent into orbit 60 years ago, a mission to Mars has been the subject of many science fiction articles and books. Over the past half-century technological ad ... more
Baikonur, Kazakhstan (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Three astronauts blast off for five-month ISS mission
Miami (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
'Star Trek' actor Shatner sends message to Voyager
Paris (ESA) Sep 05, 2017
ESA retrieves NASA astronauts with new procedure in wake of hurricane
Warm Antarctic caves harbour secret life: scientists
Sydney (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
A secret world of animals and plants - including unknown species - may live in warm caves under Antarctica's glaciers, scientists said Friday. The caves, hollowed out by steam from active volcanoes, are light and could reach temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit), researchers said, raising the possibility of a whole ecosystem of flora and fauna deep beneath the frozen surface. ... more
Birmingham, UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Experts call for added focus on the impact of glacier mass loss on downstream systems
Reno NV (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Massive Antarctic volcanic eruptions linked to abrupt Southern hemisphere climate changes
Washington (UPI) Sep 12, 2017
Ancient tree exposes cause of hike in Arctic temperature
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Man-made reefs: A compelling diving alternative
Beer-Sheva, Israel (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Artificial, man-made reefs can be more attractive to divers than nearby natural coral formations and can help mitigate potential reef damage, according to a new study by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers. The paper, published in the Journal of Environmental Management, examines artificial coral reefs as "recreational ecosystem services," offering a new methodology to eva ... more
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Granting weightless wishes
Paris (ESA) Aug 28, 2017
ESA this week helped to provide children with disabilities the opportunity to experience weightlessness and lunar gravity on aircraft flights. Eight children from five ESA member states - UK, France, Germany, Belgium, and Italy -boarded the converted Airbus A310 in Bordeaux, France on 24 August as part of the Kid's Weightless Dreams campaign organised by Novespace and Reves de Gosse. ... more
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