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November 03, 2017
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ASA Advances Instrument to Study the Plumes of Enceladus



Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
NASA scientists and engineers have conceived and plan to build an ambitious submillimeter-wave or radio instrument to study the composition of geysers spewing water vapor and icy particles from the south pole of Saturn's small moon, Enceladus. The team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, recently received support to advance technologies needed for the Submillimeter Enceladus Life Fundamentals Instrument, or SELFI. This remote-sensing instrument represents a significant im ... read more

OUTER PLANETS
Juno Aces 8th Science Pass of Jupiter, Names New Project Manager
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 03, 2017
Data returned Tuesday, Oct. 31, indicate that NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully completed its eighth science flyby over Jupiter's mysterious cloud tops on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The confirmation was de ... more
IRON AND ICE
Hubble Sees Nearby Asteroids Photobombing Distant Galaxies
Baltimore MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Like rude relatives who jump in front of your vacation snapshots of landscapes, some of our solar system's asteroids have photobombed deep images of the universe taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telesco ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Quantum dots visualize tiny vibrational resonances
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
In the late 18th century, Ernst Chladni, a scientist and musician, discovered that the vibrations of a rigid plate could be visualized by covering it with a thin layer of sand and drawing a bow acro ... more
EXO WORLDS
Atmospheric beacons guide NASA scientists in search for life
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Some exoplanets shine brighter than others in the search for life beyond the solar system. New NASA research proposes a novel approach to sniffing out exoplanet atmospheres. It takes advantage of fr ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Premature Death of Star is Confirmed by Astronomers
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
A group of Brazilian astronomers observed a pair of celestial objects rarely seen in the Milky Way: a very low-mass white dwarf and a brown dwarf. A white dwarf is the endpoint of the evolution of a ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Physicists describe new dark matter detection strategy
Providence RI (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Physicists from Brown University have devised a new strategy for directly detecting dark matter, the elusive material thought to account for the majority of matter in the universe. The new str ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
GPS satellite atomic clocks on the caseto define dark matter
Reno NV (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
One professor who studies the earth and one who studies space came together in the pursuit to detect and define dark matter. They are one step closer. Using 16 years of archival data from GPS satell ... more
EXO WORLDS
Evolutionary theory suggests aliens might not look all that alien
Washington (UPI) Nov 1, 2017
On TV and in the movies, aliens have been imagined a variety of strange forms - slimy, green, reptilian, insect-like, big-headed. ... more
EXO WORLDS
Overlooked Treasure: The First Evidence of Exoplanets
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 02, 2017
Beneath an elegant office building with a Spanish-style red tiled roof in Pasadena, California, three timeworn storerooms safeguard more than a century of astronomy. Down the stairs and to the right ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
NASA Investigates Invisible Magnetic Bubbles in Outer Solar System
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
Space may seem empty, but it's actually a dynamic place populated with near-invisible matter, and dominated by forces, in particular those created by magnetic fields. Magnetospheres - the magnetic f ... more


Minor merger kicks supermassive black hole into high gear

EXO WORLDS
'Monster' planet discovery challenges formation theory
London, UK (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
A giant planet, which should not exist according to planet formation theory, has been discovered around a distant star. The new research is presented in a paper recently accepted for publication in ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Scientists penetrate mystery of raging black hole beams
Southampton UK (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
They are nature's very own Death Star beams - ultra-powerful jets of energy that shoot out from the vicinity of black holes like deadly rays from the Star Wars super-weapon. Now a team of scie ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Newest dark matter map hints at where astrophysics must go for breakthroughs
San Francisco CA (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
The unveiling this summer of the most accurate cosmic picture ever taken of the distribution of dark matter has left astrophysicists feeling both delighted and frustrated. On the one hand, the ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
New Insight into Nature's Own "Death Star" Beams
Sheffield UK (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
Scientists from the University of Sheffield have moved a step closer to understanding nature's own Star Wars Death Star beams - ultra powerful jets of energy that shoot out from the vicinity of blac ... more



Juno Aces 8th Science Pass of Jupiter, Names New Project Manager
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 03, 2017
Data returned Tuesday, Oct. 31, indicate that NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully completed its eighth science flyby over Jupiter's mysterious cloud tops on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The confirmation was delayed by several days due to solar conjunction at Jupiter, which affected communications during the days prior to and after the flyby. Solar conjunction is the period when the path of communicat ... more
London UK (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
Jupiter's X-ray auroras pulse independently
Granada, Spain (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
Haumea, the most peculiar of Pluto companions, has a ring around it
Garching, Germany (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Ring around a dwarf planet detected
Evolutionary theory suggests aliens might not look all that alien
Washington (UPI) Nov 1, 2017
On TV and in the movies, aliens have been imagined a variety of strange forms - slimy, green, reptilian, insect-like, big-headed. But new research suggests alien life forms wouldn't necessarily be exotic or especially strange. Aliens might, in fact, look familiar. Some might even look like us. Of course, artists and directors have to use their imagination. If there is alien life ... more
London, UK (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
'Monster' planet discovery challenges formation theory
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Atmospheric beacons guide NASA scientists in search for life
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 02, 2017
Overlooked Treasure: The First Evidence of Exoplanets
Martian Ridge Brings Out Rover's Color Talents
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 02, 2017
Color-discerning capabilities that NASA's Curiosity rover has been using on Mars since 2012 are proving particularly helpful on a mountainside ridge the rover is now climbing. These capabilities go beyond the thousands of full-color images Curiosity takes every year: The rover can look at Mars with special filters helpful for identifying some minerals, and also with a spectrometer that sor ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 01, 2017
Next Mars Rover Will Have 23 'Eyes'
Dhofar, Oman (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
In desert of Oman, a gateway to life on Mars
Washington (UPI) Oct 27, 2017
Winters leave marks on Mars' sand dunes
Low-cost clocks for landing on the Moon
Paris (ESA) Oct 27, 2017
A European clock accurate to a trillionth of a second is set to be used on satellites and missions to the Moon. The ultra-precise time-keeper was conceived by a small company in Latvia, and ESA has recognised its potential for space. "We are the Ferrari of timers with the components of a tractor," says Nikolai Adamovitch of Eventech. "We provide extreme timing accuracy using re ... 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
GPS satellite atomic clocks on the caseto define dark matter
Reno NV (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
One professor who studies the earth and one who studies space came together in the pursuit to detect and define dark matter. They are one step closer. Using 16 years of archival data from GPS satellites that that orbit the earth, the University of Nevada, Reno team, Andrei Derevianko and Geoff Blewitt in the College of Science, looked for dark matter clumps in the shape of walls or bubbles and w ... more
Providence RI (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Physicists describe new dark matter detection strategy
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Premature Death of Star is Confirmed by Astronomers
San Francisco CA (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
Newest dark matter map hints at where astrophysics must go for breakthroughs
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
Wind satellite vacuum packed
Paris (ESA) Nov 03, 2017
With liftoff on the horizon, ESA's Aeolus satellite is going through its last round of tests to make sure that this complex mission will work in orbit. Over the next month, it is sitting in a large chamber that has had all the air sucked out to simulate the vacuum of space. Aeolus carries one of the most sophisticated instruments ever to be put into orbit: Aladin, which includes two powerf ... more
Palo Alto, CA (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Initial Signals Received From Six Small Satellites Built by SSL for Planet
Dulles VA (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
Orbital ATK Successfully Launches Minotaur C Rocket Carrying 10 Spacecraft to Orbit for Planet
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Warm Air Helped Make 2017 Ozone Hole Smallest Since 1988
Hubble Sees Nearby Asteroids Photobombing Distant Galaxies
Baltimore MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Like rude relatives who jump in front of your vacation snapshots of landscapes, some of our solar system's asteroids have photobombed deep images of the universe taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. These asteroids reside, on average, only about 160 million miles from Earth - right around the corner in astronomical terms. Yet they've horned their way into this picture of thousands of ga ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
NASA Evaluates Use of a Coin-Sized Thermometer to Characterize Comets and Earthbound Asteroids
Paris (ESA) Oct 31, 2017
ROSINA Spectral Measurements Bring Comet's Chemistry to Life
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
Dinosaur-killing asteroid impact cooled Earth's climate more than previously thought
NASA Investigates Invisible Magnetic Bubbles in Outer Solar System
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
Space may seem empty, but it's actually a dynamic place populated with near-invisible matter, and dominated by forces, in particular those created by magnetic fields. Magnetospheres - the magnetic fields around most planets - exist throughout our solar system. They deflect high-energy, charged particles called cosmic rays that are spewed out by the Sun or come from interstellar space. Along with ... more
La Laguna, Spain (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
On the generation of solar spicules and Alfvenic waves
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
NASA sounding rocket instrument spots signatures of long-sought small solar flares
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
How scientists used NASA data to predict the corona of the Aug. 21 Total Solar Eclipse
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China plans to launch its reusable spacecraft in 2020, according to a statement from China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation Tuesday. Unlike traditional one-off spacecraft, the new spacecraft will fly into the sky like an aircraft, said Chen Hongbo, a researcher from the corporation. The spacecraft can transport people or payload into the orbit and return to Earth. C ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
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
International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit 2018 - March 27-28 - Atlanta USA
GPS satellite atomic clocks on the caseto define dark matter
Reno NV (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
One professor who studies the earth and one who studies space came together in the pursuit to detect and define dark matter. They are one step closer. Using 16 years of archival data from GPS satellites that that orbit the earth, the University of Nevada, Reno team, Andrei Derevianko and Geoff Blewitt in the College of Science, looked for dark matter clumps in the shape of walls or bubbles and w ... more
Providence RI (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Physicists describe new dark matter detection strategy
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Premature Death of Star is Confirmed by Astronomers
San Francisco CA (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
Newest dark matter map hints at where astrophysics must go for breakthroughs
Newly discovered orangutan species is most endangered great ape
Jakarta (AFP) Nov 2, 2017
A new species of orangutan has been discovered in the remote jungles of Indonesia, immediately becoming the world's most endangered great ape, researchers said Thursday. "It's the first declaration of a new great ape species in about 100 years," Ian Singleton, co-author of the study and director of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme, told AFP. The species, called 'Tapanuli or ... more
London UK (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
The relentless rise of migration in Europe over last 10,000 years
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Researchers demonstrate 'mind-reading' brain-decoding tech
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
Study shows how memories ripple through the brain
Saudi Arabia to invest $1 billion in Virgin Galactic
Riyadh (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund on Thursday announced a $1 billion investment in British billionaire Richard Branson's space tourism company Virgin Galactic. The announcement on the sidelines of an investment summit in Riyadh comes nearly a month after the Virgin Group founder said he would invest in the kingdom's Red Sea project that aims to turn 50 Saudi islands into luxury tourism ... more
Paris (AFP) Nov 2, 2017
Mice, fish and flies: the animals still being sent into space
Moscow (AFP) Nov 2, 2017
Dog star: Scientist recalls training Laika for space
Paris, France (AFP) Nov 2, 2017
The Noah's Ark of animals sent in to space
Canada caribou herds, habitat continue to decline: report
Ottawa (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
Canada has failed boreal caribou herds that are at risk of disappearing, a government report concluded Tuesday. Their habitat stretches across nine provinces and territories, on mostly government lands. Governments in each of these regions were mandated in 2012 to come up with recovery strategies for the animals. But the Environment Canada report found that none of them met an Octobe ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
IceBridge Launches Two Sets of Antarctic Flights
Paris (ESA) Nov 03, 2017
Wanted: a medical doctor for a cold adventure
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 03, 2017
New Greenland Maps Show More Glaciers at Risk
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
Scientists map coastal communities most vulnerable to natural disasters
(UPI) Nov 2, 2017
Scientists have identified coastal communities where poverty, poor infrastructure and exposure to the elements combine to create a unique level of vulnerability to natural disasters. These varying levels of risk are showcased on a new map of the Caribbean and South America published this week in the journal PLOS ONE. "We found that more than 500,000 people in Latin America and th ... more
Abidjan (AFP) Nov 2, 2017
Ivory Coast inaugurates huge China-funded dam
Washington (UPI) Nov 1, 2017
Climate change could transform key bacterial interactions in the ocean by 2100
Durham NC (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Taste, not appearance, drives corals to eat plastics
Russian scientists have found flaws in popular theories of gravity
Yekaterinburg, Russia (SPX) Oct 27, 2017
Taking black holes (as a real object) as a test material, scientists from the Ural Federal university (UrFU, Yekaterinburg) found out that a popular theory of gravity which had seemed to work perfectly at the cosmological level (a subclass of Horndeski theory) is hardly applicable to the real world. They presented their study in the Classical and Quantum Gravity journal. At the moment, acc ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 30, 2017
Prolific Earth Gravity Satellites End Science Mission
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Supercomputers help Los Alamos team interpret LIGO findings
Cleveland OH (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
NASA Challenges Students to Design Microgravity Experiments
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