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December 04, 2017
IRON AND ICE
Metal asteroid Psyche is all set for an early visit from NASA



Stirling UK (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Three times further away from the sun than the Earth lies an enormous lump of metal. Around 252km in diameter, the metallic "M-class" asteroid 16 Psyche is the target of NASA's next mission to the belt of giant rocks that encircles the inner solar system. And the space agency now plans to visit it much sooner than originally planned. Not only has the launch has been brought forward one year to the summer of 2022, but NASA's scientists have also found a way to get to Psyche (pronounced SYKe-ee) muc ... read more

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Chinese satellite closes in on dark matter mystery
Beijing (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
Scientists have detected cosmic ray energy readings that could bring them closer to proving the existence of dark matter, a mysterious substance believed to comprise a quarter of our universe, a study said Thursday. ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Gravitational waves could shed light on the origin of black holes
Providence RI (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
A new study published in Physical Review Letters outlines how scientists could use gravitational wave experiments to test the existence of primordial black holes, gravity wells formed just moments a ... more
EXO WORLDS
The answer to planetary habitability is blowing in the stellar wind
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Is there life beyond Earth in the cosmos? Astronomers looking for signs have found that our Milky Way galaxy teems with exoplanets, some with conditions that could be right for extraterrestrial life ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Key component for quantum computing invented
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Dec 01, 2017
A team at the University of Sydney and Microsoft, in collaboration with Stanford University in the US, has miniaturised a component that is essential for the scale-up of quantum computing. The work ... more
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SPACE TRAVEL
NASA successfully fires Voyager 1 thrusters after 37 years
Washington (AFP) Dec 2, 2017
NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft - cruising interstellar space billions of miles from Earth - was back on the right track Friday thanks to thrusters that were fired up for the first time in 37 years. ... more
OUTER PLANETS
Jupiter Blues
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 04, 2017
The Juno spacecraft captured this image when the spacecraft was only 11,747 miles (18,906 kilometers) from the tops of Jupiter's clouds - that's roughly as far as the distance between New York City ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Study sheds light on turbulence in astrophysical plasmas
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Plasmas, gas-like collections of ions and electrons, make up an estimated 99 percent of the visible matter in the universe, including the Sun, the stars, and the gaseous medium that permeates the sp ... more
TIME AND SPACE
The WHT measures the size of a stellar-mass black hole jet
La Palma, Canary Islands (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Nothing can emerge from a black hole. Yet, in nature, we find ultra-powerful jets of energy that shoot out from the immediate vicinities of growing black holes. How these jets form remains a puzzle ... more
TIME AND SPACE
ALMA discovers infant stars surprisingly near galaxy's supermassive black hole
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
At the center of our galaxy, in the immediate vicinity of its supermassive black hole, is a region wracked by powerful tidal forces and bathed in intense ultraviolet light and X-ray radiation. These ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Stellar motions in nearby galaxy hint at underlying dark matter
Paris (ESA) Nov 04, 2017
By pinning down, for the first time, the three-dimensional motions of individual stars in the nearby Sculptor dwarf galaxy, astronomers have shed new light on the distribution of invisible dark matt ... more


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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
First finding of China's DAMPE may shed light on dark matter research
Beijing, China (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
The Dark Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE, also known as Wukong) mission published its first scientific results on Nov. 30 in Nature, presenting the precise measurement of cosmic ray electron flux, e ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
What's slowing the universe's star formation rate?
Washington (UPI) Nov 29, 2017
According to a new study, magnetic fields may explain why the universe's star formation rate is so much slower than those predicted by cosmic models. ... more
EXO WORLDS
Scientists study Earth's earliest life forms in Nevada hot spring
Washington (UPI) Nov 29, 2017
Scientists are looking to a Nevada hot spring for insights into what life was like on early Earth. ... more
EXO WORLDS
Traces of life on nearest exoplanets may be hidden in equatorial trap
London, UK (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
New simulations show that the search for life on other planets may well be more difficult than previously assumed, in research published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Soci ... more



Jupiter Blues
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 04, 2017
The Juno spacecraft captured this image when the spacecraft was only 11,747 miles (18,906 kilometers) from the tops of Jupiter's clouds - that's roughly as far as the distance between New York City and Perth, Australia. The color-enhanced image, which captures a cloud system in Jupiter's northern hemisphere, was taken on Oct. 24, 2017 at 10:24 a.m. PDT (1:24 p.m. EDT) when Juno was at a la ... more
Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Pluto's hydrocarbon haze keeps dwarf planet colder than expected
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
Jupiter's Stunning Southern Hemisphere
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
Watching Jupiter's multiple pulsating X-ray Aurora
Scientists identify key factors that help microbes thrive in harsh environments
College Park MD (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Three new studies by University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) scientists have identified key factors that help microbes survive in harsh environments. The results, which have implications for biotechnology and understanding life in extreme conditions, were in the Proceedings of the National Academy Of Sciences (PNAS), Astrobiology, and the International Journal of Astrobiology. "O ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 30, 2017
Exoplanet Has Smothering Stratosphere Without Water
Washington (UPI) Nov 29, 2017
Scientists study Earth's earliest life forms in Nevada hot spring
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
The answer to planetary habitability is blowing in the stellar wind
EU exempts fuel for ExoMars mission from Russian sanctions
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 04, 2017
The ExoMars 2020 mission is the first joint program between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Russia's Roscosmos space corporation. "On November 30, 2017, the Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2017/2214 in order to permit certain operations concerning hydrazine (CAS 302-01-2) in concentrations of 70 % or more, which is included in the Common Military List of the European Union," the Counci ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 04, 2017
Winter wanderings put Opportunity at 28 Miles on the odometer
Washington (UPI) Nov 27, 2017
Earthworms can reproduce in Mars-like soil
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 29, 2017
Opportunity Greets Winter Solstice
December's 'supermoon' expected to be bigggest, brightest of 2017
Washington (UPI) Nov 28, 2017
The 'supermoon' set for next week is expected to be the brightest of the year as the moon's orbit will be at its closest point to the earth. Public astronomer Dr. Marek Kukula at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, Britain, told AGN News a supermoon is when"a full moon happens to occur when the moon is also at its closest point" to the earth and appears brighter and bigger than usual. ... more
Tokyo, Japan (Sputnik) Nov 27, 2017
Japan signals growing support for Deep Space Gateway concept
Austin TX (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Moon's crust underwent resurfacing after forming from magma ocean
Moscow (Sputnik) Nov 15, 2017
Russia tests new spaceship set to deliver people, cargo to moon
First finding of China's DAMPE may shed light on dark matter research
Beijing, China (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
The Dark Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE, also known as Wukong) mission published its first scientific results on Nov. 30 in Nature, presenting the precise measurement of cosmic ray electron flux, especially a spectral break at ~0.9 TeV. The data may shed light on the annihilation or decay of particle dark matter. DAMPE is a collaboration of more than a hundred scientists, technicians and ... more
Beijing (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
Chinese satellite closes in on dark matter mystery
Groningen, Netherlands (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
First proper motions measured of stars in a small galaxy outside the Milky Way
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Webb Telescope emerges from Chamber A at JSC
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OGC seeks public comment on CDB Multi-spectral Imagery Extension
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
The "Multi-Spectral Imagery" extension defines how to encode and store reflected electromagnetic radiation from the infrared wavelengths into a CDB data store. This extension is limited to only adding this new data type and does not change any existing requirements or structure defined in the CDB standard. This extension also attempts to harmonize with the existing component selectors used in th ... more
Paris (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
French NGO helps African mums shake off AIDS stigma
Paris (ESA) Nov 29, 2017
Forty years of Meteosat
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China launches remote sensing satellites in multiple launches
Selected asteroids detected by GAIA between August 2014 And May 2016
Paris (ESA) Nov 30, 2017
While scanning the sky, ESA's Gaia mission maps not only the stellar content of our Galaxy, but also the Solar System's asteroid population. This visualisation shows the detection by Gaia of more than 13 000 asteroids as the spacecraft (represented by the pale blue dot) scanned the sky between August 2014 and May 2016. This is a subset of the total number of asteroids seen by Gaia - the sa ... more
Stirling UK (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Metal asteroid Psyche is all set for an early visit from NASA
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
NASA telescope studies quirky comet 45P
Kaliningrad (Sputnik) Nov 20, 2017
Russian Astronomers Show Big Asteroid Approaching the Earth
All missions on board for NASA heliophysics research
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Scientists have been studying the near-Earth environment for the better part of a century, but many mysteries - like where the energetic particles that pervade the area originate and become energized - still remain. In a new type of collaborative study, scientists combined data from 16 separate NASA and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) spacecraft to understand how a particle phenomeno ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
New NASA instrument continues measuring solar energy input to Earth
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Solar minimum surprisingly constant
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
NASA detects solar flare pulses at Sun and Earth
Nation 'leads world' in remote sensing technology
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China is now the world leader in remote sensing technologies for scientific purposes and is able to provide an unprecedented amount of data to support research and development for the world, officials said on Tuesday. Remote sensing refers to aerial or satellite-based technologies to detect and measure objects on Earth's surface, atmosphere and oceans. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Sci ... more
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040
Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
China plans first sea based launch by 2018
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
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First finding of China's DAMPE may shed light on dark matter research
Beijing, China (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
The Dark Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE, also known as Wukong) mission published its first scientific results on Nov. 30 in Nature, presenting the precise measurement of cosmic ray electron flux, especially a spectral break at ~0.9 TeV. The data may shed light on the annihilation or decay of particle dark matter. DAMPE is a collaboration of more than a hundred scientists, technicians and ... more
Beijing (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
Chinese satellite closes in on dark matter mystery
Groningen, Netherlands (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
First proper motions measured of stars in a small galaxy outside the Milky Way
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Webb Telescope emerges from Chamber A at JSC
Chimp females who leave home postpone parenthood
Durham NC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
New moms need social support, and mother chimpanzees are no exception. So much so that female chimps that lack supportive friends and family wait longer to start having babies, according to researchers who have combed through the records of Jane Goodall's famous Gombe chimpanzees. Wild chimpanzee females in western Tanzania who leave home or are orphaned take roughly three years longer to ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Long-term logging study demonstrates impacts on chimpanzees and gorillas
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
What grosses out a chimpanzee?
London, UK (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Human evolution was uneven and punctuated, suggests new research
Building for a future in space: An interview with Dava Newman and Gui Trotti
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Since the dawn of the human race, mankind has looked up at the night sky and wondered 'what's out there?' The ancient Greeks and Romans saw the constellations and wove them into their myths of warring gods. The native Americans' creation story is based on the movements of the sky. The past few hundred years brought with them the birth of a new age, an age of science and deeper understanding of t ... more
Wageningen, Netherlands (Sputnik) Nov 30, 2017
Space Farms: 'Mark Watney in The Martian Was Right to Add Poop to the Soil'
Washington (AFP) Dec 2, 2017
NASA successfully fires Voyager 1 thrusters after 37 years
New York NY (Sputnik) Nov 28, 2017
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Arctic, major fishing nations agree no fishing in Arctic, for now
Ottawa (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Arctic and major fishing nations, including China, announced Friday that they have agreed to a moratorium on commercial fishing in Arctic waters before a fishery in the icy region is even feasible. The far north is warming at nearly twice the global average rate, causing changes in the size and distribution of fish stocks that may become more attractive to fishers in the medium to long term. ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Antarctic Selfie's Journey to Space via Disruption Tolerant Networking
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Antarctic landscape insights keep ice loss forecasts on the radar
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Operation IceBridge 2017: The Beauty of Ice
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There's a deeper fish in the sea
Seattle WA (SPX) Dec 01, 2017
The ocean's deepest fish doesn't look like it could survive in harsh conditions thousands of feet below the surface. Instead of giant teeth and a menacing frame, the fishes that roam in the deepest parts of the ocean are small, translucent, bereft of scales - and highly adept at living where few other organisms can. Meet the deepest fish in the ocean, a new species named the Mariana snailf ... more
Gainesville FL (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Why are there no sea snakes in the Atlantic?
Oxford UK (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
The world needs to rethink the value of water
Miami (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Scientists discover resilient 'heart' of Great Barrier Reef
Physicists make most precise measurement ever of a proton's magnetic moment
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
An international collaboration of scientists from RIKEN's Ulmer Fundamental Symmetries Laboratory (FSL), Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat Mainz, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg and GSI Darmstadt, have used high-precision techniques to make the most precise measurement to date of the magnetic moment of the proton, finding it to be 2.79284734462 plus or minus 0.00000000082 nucle ... more
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Researchers measure magnetic moment with greatest possible precision
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 15, 2017
Listening for gravitational waves using pulsars
New York NY (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Gravity waves from merging supermassive black holes will be found soon
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