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October 23, 2017
IRON AND ICE
Orionid meteor shower to peak this weekend



Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
The annual Orionid meteor shower is expected to peak over the weekend, offering viewers with clear skies the chance to see up to 20 meteors per hour. Almost all meteor showers are best viewed between midnight and dawn, and the Orionid shower is no different. With a new moon only barely in the rear view mirror, this weekend's meteor shower will be free of interfering moonlight. To watch the cosmic fireworks, viewers should train their eyes toward Orion's Belt in the eastern night sky. Tho ... read more

TIME AND SPACE
Proton and antiproton share fundamental properties
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
The search goes on. No difference in protons and antiprotons have yet been found which would help to potentially explain the existence of matter in our universe. However, physicists in the BASE coll ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Research demonstrates method to alter coherence of light
Providence RI (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Brown University researchers have demonstrated for the first time a method of substantially changing the spatial coherence of light. In a paper published in the journal Science Advances, the r ... more
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 co ... 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
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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
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


Temperature of Lunar Flashes Measured for the First Time

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
IRON AND ICE
SwRI scientists dig into the origin of organics on Ceres
San Antonio TX (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Since NASA's Dawn spacecraft detected localized organic-rich material on Ceres, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has been digging into the data to explore different scenarios for its origin. Afte ... more
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



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
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Solar eruptions could electrify Martian moons
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
A mission to Mars could make its own oxygen thanks to plasma technology
Paris (ESA) Oct 23, 2017
Mine craft for Mars
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 second Exploration Mission (EM-2). EM-2 will be the first mission to launch astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft with the Exploration Upper Stage (EUS) on top of the Space Launch System (SLS). ... more
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
Paris (ESA) Oct 20, 2017
Temperature of Lunar Flashes Measured for the First Time
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
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 20, 2017
Deep Space Communications via Faraway Photons
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Self-portrait of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope marks critical test
Providence RI (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Research demonstrates method to alter coherence of light
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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
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
China, France plan to launch first joint oceanic satellite in 2018
Paris (ESA) Oct 17, 2017
Sentinel-5P: satellite in excellent health
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Study reveals new threat to the ozone layer
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
San Antonio TX (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
SwRI scientists dig into the origin of organics on Ceres
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Orionid meteor shower to peak this weekend
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
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Jing Haipeng, the first Chinese astronaut to go into space three times, has voiced his desire to go into space again as a further demonstration of his loyalty to the Communist Party of China (CPC). "I'm eager to go to space again, be a pioneer in the battle one more time," said the 51-year-old major general and delegate to the ongoing 19th National Congress of the CPC. "Let the vastn ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launches three satellites
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
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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
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 20, 2017
Deep Space Communications via Faraway Photons
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Self-portrait of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope marks critical test
Providence RI (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Research demonstrates method to alter coherence of light
Set of 9 million-year-old teeth suggests earliest human relatives could have lived in Europe
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Researchers in Germany have recovered an unusual set of teeth estimated to be 9.7 million years old. The teeth are unlike any found in Europe or Asia, but closely resemble the teeth of Lucy, the famed female specimen of the hominin species Australopithecus afarensis. Scientists found the teeth while sifting through sediment in the Rhine river near Eppelsheim, a small city in southwester ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
Primate study offers insights into relationship between of jealousy and monogamy
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
Genome of a 40,000-year-old man in China reveals region's complex human history
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
Miami (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Spacewalkers fix robotic arm in time to grab next cargo ship
Huntsville AL (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
NASA develops and tests new housing for in-orbit science payloads
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
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Hardy corals make their moves to build new reefs from scratch
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Resilient species of coral can move to inhospitable areas and lay the foundations for new reefs, a study shows. Scientists have discovered that these tough, mobile corals can create their own stable habitats, which act as a base upon which other species can attach and build reefs. These hardy corals - known as coralliths - grow on pebbles or fragments of dead reefs, and they can surv ... more
Hasankeyf, Turkey (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Ancient Turkish town prepares to vanish under floodwaters
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Clear lakes disguise impaired water quality
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
Coral study: Previous warming period inspired sea level rise in fits and starts
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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