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Europe urged to reconsider pullout from 'Armageddon' asteroid mission

Riga Sept 20, 2017 Space scientists urged Europe Wednesday to rethink its withdrawal from a futuristic, international dry-run for an Armageddon-like mission to deflect a space rock on a calamitous collision course with Earth. Dubbed AIDA , the test mission is crucial if we are to develop the ...

Ancient meteorite impact triggered highest surface temperature in Earth's history

Washington Sep 20, 2017 Researchers have discovered evidence of an ancient meteorite impact, a collision scientists say is responsible for the highest temperature recorded on Earth's surface - 2,370 degrees Celsius, or 4,298 degrees Fahrenheit. The impact site, Mistastin Lake crater in Labrador ...

Space radiation is risky business for the human body

Houston TX Sep 21, 2017 While people protect their eyes from the sun's radiation during a solar eclipse, NASA's Human Research Program is working to protect the whole human body from radiation in space. Space radiation is dangerous and one of the primary health risks for astronauts. "Determining ...

New research suggests Mercury's poles are icier than scientists thought

Providence RI Sep 21, 2017 The scorching hot surface of Mercury seems like an unlikely place to find ice, but research over the past three decades has suggested that water is frozen on the first rock from the sun, hidden away on crater floors that are permanently shadowed from the sun's blistering ...

First steps: returning humanity to the Moon

Paris Sep 21, 2017 In the first act of lunar exploration, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were major characters. In setting its sights on the Moon, ESA hopes to bring many more actors to this off-world stage. By testing the market for transport services to the Moon, ESA aims to push the limits of ...

Exploring 'Perseverance Valley' During Winter

Pasadena CA Sep 21, 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 to rover hop from one energy-favorable "lily pad" to the next. (These lily pads are locations where ...

More evidence of water on Mars

Boulder CO Sep 21, 2017 River deposits exist across the surface of Mars and record a surface environment from over 3.5 billion years ago that was able to support liquid water at the surface. A region of Mars named Aeolis Dorsa contains some of the most spectacular and densely packed river deposits ...

Scientists propose new concept of terrestrial planet formation

Hong Kong Sep 21, 2017 Scientists have long been intrigued by the surfaces of terrestrial bodies other than Earth which reveal deep similarities beneath their superficially differing volcanic and tectonic histories. A team of scientists from NASA, Hampton University and the University of Hong Kong ...

ISRO to resume satellite launches by December

New Delhi Sep 21, 2017 India would resume launching satellites in November or December, unfazed by the failure of its rocket in deploying a spare navigation satellite in the earth's lower orbit on August 31, space agency chief A.S. Kiran Kumar said on Friday. "We will resume the launches by November ...

UW shatters long-range communication barrier for near-zero-power devices

Seattle WA Sep 15, 2017 University of Washington researchers have demonstrated for the first time that devices that run on almost zero power can transmit data across distances of up to 2.8 kilometers - breaking a long-held barrier and potentially enabling a vast array of interconnected devices. For ...

China eyes petrol car ban, boosting electric vehicles

Shanghai Sept 11, 2017 China is gearing up to ban petrol and diesel cars, a move that would boost electric vehicles and shake up the world's biggest car market in a country that is plagued by pollution. The plan would follow decisions by France and Britain to outlaw the sale of such cars and vans ...

With fossil fuel bans, e-cars shift into higher gear

Frankfurt Am Main Sept 11, 2017 Beijing's announcement that it is considering joining France and Britain in banning petrol and diesel cars from its smog-clogged roads promises to accelerate a push towards electric vehicles - a race in which Chinese carmakers have everything to gain. As the global ...

Daimler to offer electrified versions of all Mercedes 'by 2022'

Frankfurt Am Main Sept 11, 2017 The world's largest luxury carmaker Daimler plans to offer an electric or hybrid version version of every Mercedes-Benz model within five years, its chief executive said Monday. "By 2022, we'll have the entire Mercedes-Benz product portfolio in electrified version as ...

Clean vehicle sales skyrocket in China

Washington Sep 12, 2017 Sales of cleaner vehicles in the Chinese market increased more than 60 percent from last year as the world's second-largest economy greens up, data show. Data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers show total sales of 2.19 million vehicles last month marked a ...

At Frankfurt car show, industry in throes of reinvention

Frankfurt Am Main Sept 12, 2017 Automakers descended on Frankfurt Tuesday to show off their latest innovations at the glitzy International Motor Show , even as the spectre of tough new environmental rules and a string of no-shows took some of the shine off the event. On the surface, there is nothing ...

What Do We Need to Know to Mine an Asteroid

Riga, Lativa Sep 20, 2017 The mining of resources contained in asteroids, for use as propellant, building materials or in life-support systems, has the potential to revolutionise exploration of our solar system. To make this concept a reality, we need to increase our knowledge of the very diverse ...

Work on China's mission to Mars 'well underway'

Beijing Sept 20, 2017 China's programme to launch a mission to Mars in 2020 is "well underway", its top planner said Wednesday as the country moves forward with its ambitious space programme. The probe will carry 13 types of payload including six rovers, the official Xinhua news agency said. "The ...

Earth through different eyes

Paris Sep 19, 2017 In the 1960s, photographs of Earth taken by the first astronauts captured the imaginations of people across the world. The pictures not only became icons for space exploration, but also the fragility of our planet. But astronauts were not the only ones with their eyes on Earth. ...

Six emerge from 8-mo Mars experiment in Hawaii dome

Miami Sept 19, 2017 Six people have emerged from an isolated dome in Hawaii where they spent the past eight months on a mock Mars mission, living in close quarters, eating dried foods and trying to get along. The experiment, run by the University of Hawaii, was the fifth of its kind aimed at helping ...

Thales, Telespazio and Spaceflight team up to accelerate BlackSky Geospatial Platform

Paris, France Sep 19, 2017 The Space Alliance, formed by Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio , has signed a partnership with the U.S.-based company Spaceflight Industries which includes the following elements: + A minority investment in Spaceflight Industries, which through its BlackSky business, has ...

Transitional FSS industry adapting, innovating to spur recovery

Paris Sep 15, 2017 According to the 24th edition of Euroconsult's report, Satellite Communications and Broadcasting Markets Survey, due to be published later in September, the FSS industry is in the midst of unprecedented change, with the dramatic downsizing of traditional pricing leading to ...

Bulgaria Sat Wins "Newcomer Satellite Operator of the Year" for 2017

Paris, France Sep 15, 2017 Bulgaria Sat, Bulgaria's sole satellite operator and the country's innovator in space industry, was awarded "Newcomer Satellite Operator of the Year" for 2017 during the 14th Annual Awards for Excellence in Satellite Communications which took place as part of the Summit ...

To shoot down or not? NKorea launch highlights intercept issues

Washington Sept 17, 2017 North Korea's latest missile launch over Japan set sirens blaring and triggered alerts telling people to seek shelter - yet neither Tokyo nor Washington tried to shoot the rocket down. The test follows one in August that saw another rocket soar over Hokkaido. In that case ...

North Korea seeks military 'equilibrium' with US

Seoul Sept 16, 2017 North Korea said Saturday it was bent on nothing less than military "equilibrium" with arch-enemy the United States with a full nuclear arsenal, forcing UN powers into fresh crisis talks. Kim Jong-Un successfully fired a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan ...

Lockheed Martin Unveils a New Lightweight Canister Launched Unmanned Aircraft System

London, UK Sep 13, 2017 Lockheed Martin has unveiled a new small unmanned aircraft system that has been designed and developed in the UK at the Defence and Security Equipment International . OUTRIDER is a lightweight, canister launched UAS that has been designed by engineers at Lockheed Martin UK's ...

KFU astronomers discovered an exoplanet together with Turkish and Japanese colleagues

Kazan, Russia Sep 13, 2017 Five KFU employees have been involved in the project - Ilfan Bikmaev, Eldar Irtuganov, Roman Zhuchkov, Almaz Galeev, and Sergey Melnikov. Professor Bikmaev, Chair of the Department of Astronomy and Space Geodesy, commented on the news, "In the course of our 10-year work of ...

NASA's Hubble captures blistering pitch-black planet

Greenbelt MD Sep 15, 2017 NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed a planet outside our solar system that looks as black as fresh asphalt because it eats light rather than reflecting it back into space. This light-eating prowess is due to the planet's unique capability to trap at least 94 percent ...

Is the Earth warming? The ocean gives you the answer

Beijing, China Sep 15, 2017 Humans have released carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, and the result is an accumulation of heat in the Earth's climate system, commonly referred to as "global warming". "How fast is the Earth's warming?" is a key question for decision makers, scientists and ...

Chinese company eyes development of reusable launch vehicle

Los Angeles CA Sep 19, 2017 One of Chinese startups appears to be following in the footsteps of SpaceX as it has lately laid out its own project of reusable space launch system. Link Space, the country's first private rocket company, has recently presented the design of its New Line 1 launch ...

Northrop Grumman to buy space firm Orbital for $9.2 bn

New York Sept 18, 2017 US defense group Northrop Grumman will buy out the rocket and missile maker Orbital ATK in a deal worth $9.2 billion, the firms said on Monday. The announcement comes around two weeks after industrial conglomerate United Technologies acquired aerospace supplier Rockwell ...

NASA's Robotic 'Sniffer' Confirms Space Station Leak, Repair

Greenbelt MD Sep 19, 2017 In recent operations on the International Space Station, robotic operators were twice able to test and confirm the ability of the Robotic External Leak Locator to "smell" in space. Using the RELL instruments, operators successfully located a small leak from the station's ...

Dragon Splashes Down in Pacific With NASA Science Experiments

Washington DC Sep 19, 2017 SpaceX's Dragon cargo craft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at approximately 10:14 a.m. EDT, southwest of Long Beach, California, and the recovery process is underway, marking the end of the company's twelfth contracted cargo resupply mission to the International Space ...

NASA's one-year mission investigates how space affects astronauts' functional performance

Houston TX Sep 19, 2017 Adapting to the microgravity environment of space changes the way your brain interprets sensory signals, decreases muscle strength and alters cardiovascular function. Astronauts will need to overcome these changes to perform critical mission tasks on a journey to Mars. Simple ...

Ice mined on Mars could provide water for humans exploring space

Sydney, Australia Sep 19, 2017 As humans spread out across the Earth, the locations of new colonies were driven by the accessibility of resources: not only food and water, but also arable land, forests and minerals. Access to such resources remains important as the economy moves into space. Here, ...

Sentinel-5P launch preparations in full swing

Plesetsk, Russia Sep 19, 2017 With liftoff set for 13 October, engineers at Russia's Plesetsk launch site are steaming ahead with the task of getting Europe's next Copernicus satellite ready for its journey into orbit. The Sentinel-5P satellite has been at Plesetsk in northern Russia for almost two ...

Low-level radiation exposure less harmful to health than other modern lifestyle risks

Oxford, UK Sep 19, 2017 Human populations have always been exposed to ionizing radiation, and more so in modern life due to its use in medicine, industry and the armed forces. Whilst the risks to human health from medium and high-level radiation are relatively well-understood, the risks at lower ...

Mechanisms are Critical to Space Vehicle Flight Success

Bethesda MD Sep 19, 2017 About two years ago the National Transportation Safety Board announced its finding regarding the Virgin Galactic crash that occurred on October 31, 2014. The simple explanation was that the co-pilot unlocked a critical vehicle mechanism too early. After a nine-month ...

GRACE Mission Making Plans for Final Science Data Collection

Washington DC Sep 19, 2017 With one of its twin satellites almost out of fuel after more than 15 years of chasing each other around our planet to measure Earth's ever-changing gravity field, the operations team for the U.S./German Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment mission is making plans for ...

China's BeiDou-3 satellites get new chips

Beijing Sep 19, 2017 A new chip for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System was unveiled on Saturday by the Global Navigation Satellite System and Location Based Service Association of China . The chip supports the new generation of BeiDou-3 satellites for high-precision navigation and positioning. ...

Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion guides Cassini to its Grand Finale at Saturn

Sacramento CA Sep 19, 2017 Aerojet Rocketdyne played a vital role in the planned plunge of NASA's Cassini spacecraft into Saturn. As the spacecraft entered the atmosphere, Aerojet Rocketdyne's onboard Reaction Control Thrusters worked to counter atmospheric torques, helping Cassini fight to keep its ...

Splashdown! Crashing into Martian mud

Paris Sep 19, 2017 An impactor smashing into an ice-rich surface gave rise to the complex flow features around this ancient crater on Mars. Impacts of comets and asteroids have shaped the surfaces of rocky planets and moons over the Solar System's 4.6 billion year history, and can reveal ...

NASA's $3.9 bn Cassini spacecraft makes death plunge into Saturn

Tampa FL Sep 15, 2017 After 20 years in space, NASA's famed Cassini spacecraft made its final death plunge into Saturn on Friday, ending a storied mission that scientists say taught us nearly everything we know about Saturn today and transformed the way we think about life elsewhere in the solar ...

New prediction of a detection wavelength for searching phototrophs on exoplanets

Tokyo, Japan Sep 13, 2017 M-dwarfs or red dwarfs are small and cool stars, and are abundant in universe. The Sun-like stars have been attracting most attention as a plausible target for searching habitable exoplanets. However, nearby M-dwarfs are becoming the most extensive targets for habitable ...

Keeping NASA's James Webb Space Telescope in the dark

Greenbelt MD Sep 13, 2017 This bunny-suited technician is performing the important task of ensuring no unwanted infrared light interferes with the optical testing of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope inside of Chamber A at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Because of the Webb telescope's ...

SLS Core Stage Simulator Will Pave Way for Mission Success

Huntsville AL Sep 13, 2017 To reduce the risk of first-time operations with one-of-a-kind spaceflight hardware for NASA's Space Launch System , the agency built a core stage pathfinder similar in size, shape and weight to the 212-foot-tall core stage. Like SLS, the core stage pathfinder will be ...

Venus's Mysterious Night Side Revealed

Paris Sep 15, 2017 Scientists have used ESA's Venus Express to characterise the wind and upper cloud patterns on the night side of Venus for the first time-with surprising results. The study shows that atmosphere on Venus' night side behaves very differently to that on the side of the planet facing ...

Teledyne e2v contract to supply light detectors for PLATO planet-hunting spacecraft

Chelmsford UK Sep 15, 2017 The European Space Agency has awarded Teledyne e2v a 42M euro contract to produce high-end Charge Coupled Device visible-light detectors for the PLATO mission. PLATO is a planet-hunting spacecraft capable of discovering and characterising Earth-like exoplanets around ...

The return of the comet-like exoplanet

Geneva, Switzerland Sep 15, 2017 Astronomers from the University of Geneva , Switzerland, also members of the PlanetS National Centre of Competence in Research, have been working on a joint project with the universities of Berne, Warwick, Grenoble Alpes and the Paris Institute of Astrophysics. The ...

Study shows star formation influenced by environmental conditions

Washington Sep 15, 2017 Scientists at Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen have determined that new star formation is influenced by local environmental conditions. According to the classical model, a star is formed when a prestellar core, a roundish accumulation containing 99 percent ...

US Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin GPS M-Code Early Use Ground System Upgrade Contract

Denver CO Sep 13, 2017 The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a $45.5 million contract to provide Military Code Early Use capability to the Global Positioning System . Part of the Air Force's overall modernization plan for the GPS, M-Code is an advanced, new signal designed to improve ...