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August 19, 2019
ROCKET SCIENCE
SNC selects ULA for Dream Chaser launches



Sparks NV (SPX) Aug 19, 2019
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has selected United Launch Alliance (ULA) as the launch vehicle provider for the Dream Chaser spacecraft's six NASA missions to the International Space Station. The Dream Chaser will launch aboard ULA's Vulcan Centaur rockets for its cargo resupply and return services to the space station, starting in 2021. "Dream Chaser can launch from any conventional rocket so we had great options," said SNC CEO Fatih Ozmen. "SNC selected ULA because of our strong collabora ... read more

EXO WORLDS
Does ET exist ponders UVA astronomer
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Aug 19, 2019
Many people have a knee-jerk reaction when it comes to extraterrestrial life. Claims of sightings often are immediately dismissed or ridiculed as being crazy. Alternately, some people assume that sc ... more
MOON DAILY
NASA Marshall to lead Artemis Program's human lunar lander development
Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 19, 2019
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine was joined Friday by U.S. Representatives Mo Brooks and Robert Aderholt of Alabama and Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee at the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center i ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Robotic tool operations bring in-space refueling closer to reality
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 19, 2019
NASA's Robotic Refueling Mission 3 (RRM3) completed an initial set of tool operations, bringing the idea of using water ice or methane from other worlds as fuel for spacecraft one step closer to rea ... more
IRON AND ICE
Best of both worlds: asteroids and massive mergers
Tucson AZ (SPX) Aug 19, 2019
The race is on. Since the construction of technology able to detect the ripples in space and time triggered by collisions from massive objects in the universe, astronomers around the world have been ... more
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MOON DAILY
Chandrayaan-2 mission to reach Lunar orbit on 20 August
New Delhi (Sputnik) Aug 14, 2019
India's second moon mission the 'Chandrayaan-2' is expected to reach the orbit of the moon on 20 August and land on the lunar surface on 7 September, ISRO chief Dr K. Sivan said on Monday. Ind ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
US detect explosion of old European Ariane 4 rocket in space
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 16, 2019
The Ariane-4 is a European disposable medium-class carrier rocket, which was used from 1988 to 2003. The rocket design was developed by the French National Centre for Space Research (CNES), produced ... more
OUTER PLANETS
Young Jupiter was smacked head-on by massive newborn planet
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 19, 2019
A colossal, head-on collision between Jupiter and a still-forming planet in the early solar system, about 4.5 billion years ago, could explain surprising readings from NASA's Juno spacecraft, accord ... more
EXO WORLDS
New "Gold Open Access" Planetary Science Journal Launched
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2019
Research articles reporting significant developments, discoveries, and theories about planets, moons, small bodies, and the interactions among them will soon have a new showcase: The Planetary Scien ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Physicists say they've discovered a new state of matter
Washington (UPI) Aug 15, 2019
Physicists at New York University claim they have uncovered a new state of matter that could boost the storage capacity of electronic devices and pave the way for the first generation of quantum computers. ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Dark matter may be older than the big bang, study suggests
Baltimore MD (SPX) Aug 08, 2019
Dark matter, which researchers believe make up about 80% of the universe's mass, is one of the most elusive mysteries in modern physics. What exactly it is and how it came to be is a mystery, but a ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Astronomers measure mass, energy from high-mass protostar for first time
Washington (UPI) Aug 12, 2019
Scientists have precisely measured the mass and energy of a jet driven by a high-mass protostar, a component and process that scientists estimate is a key to part of stellar formation. ... more
ROBO SPACE
NASA Robots Compete Underground in DARPA Challenge
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 15, 2019
Robots from all over the world will compete to find objects in the DARPA Subterranean Challenge Systems Competition, held Aug. 15-22 in mining tunnels under Pittsburgh. Among them will be a team led ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
CRISPR-Cas can now modify hundreds, of genes at once
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2019
Scientists have supercharged CRISPR-Cas technology. According to a new study, the method can now be used to modify dozens, even hundreds, of genes. ... more
ENERGY TECH
Supercapacitors turbocharged by laxatives
Bristol UK (SPX) Aug 15, 2019
An international team of scientists, including a professor of chemistry from the University of Bristol, has worked out a way to improve energy storage devices called supercapacitors, by designing a ... more


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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Stellar Evolution in Real Time Detected in the Old Star T Ursae Majoris
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 15, 2019
An international team of astronomers succeeded in detecting signs of aging in the red supergiant star T UMi. The star in the Little Bear constellation is currently going through its last nuclear "hi ... more
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ROCKET SCIENCE
Secret Russia weapon project: gamechanger or PR stunt?
Paris (AFP) Aug 14, 2019
A deadly explosion at a Russian testing site has focused attention on President Vladimir Putin's bid to build a nuclear-powered missile that the Kremlin hopes would give Moscow the edge in a new arms race. ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Solar sail craft could revolutionize space travel
Washington DC (Sputnik) Aug 14, 2019
The mission of the tiny crowdfunded solar-sailing spacecraft started on 25 June. Scientists say this propulsion technology should allow for speeds that would be impossible for traditional fuel-burni ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Bolton says Russia 'stole' US hypersonic technology
Washington DC (Sputnik) Aug 16, 2019
The senior White House official made the highly contentious claims while commenting on the recent explosion at a military facility in Russia's Arkhangelsk region involving the testing of an unspecif ... more
IRON AND ICE
Scientists to use near-Earth object telescope to observe cosmic mergers
Washington (UPI) Aug 16, 2019
Scientists have reprogrammed the Catalina Sky Survey's near-Earth object telescopes to look for both asteroids and cosmic mergers. ... more
OUTER PLANETS
Giant Impact Disrupted Jupiter's Core
Bern, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 15, 2019
New interior models of Jupiter based on data gathered by NASA's Juno mission suggested that the giant gas planet might not have a small compact core but rather a diluted, "fuzzy" one. Now, an intern ... more
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The first DJ in space
Paris (ESA) Aug 15, 2019
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano made space (and music) history on 13 August when he broadcast the first DJ music set from orbit, performing to an audience of over 3000 people as part of the BigCityBeats WORLD CLUB DOME Cruise Edition. The results of his work were beamed to the main stage on board the cruise ship Norwegian Pearl moored at the Spanish island of Ibiza. His set of around 12 minut ... more
+ Solar sail craft could revolutionize space travel
+ Virgin Galactic unveils new Mission Control for space tourism
+ Brain games hosted by Keegan-Michael Key will test perceptions with a live audience
+ India orders Russian equipment for first manned space mission
+ Xplore To Send Celestis Memorials to the Moon, and Beyond
+ Orion Service Module completes critical propulsion test
+ Two weeks of science and beyond on ISS
Secret Russia weapon project: gamechanger or PR stunt?
Paris (AFP) Aug 14, 2019
A deadly explosion at a Russian testing site has focused attention on President Vladimir Putin's bid to build a nuclear-powered missile that the Kremlin hopes would give Moscow the edge in a new arms race. Western experts have linked the blast at the Nyonoksa test site on August 8, which caused a sharp spike in local radiation levels, to the 9M730 Burevestnik nuclear-powered cruise missile f ... more
+ SNC selects ULA for Dream Chaser launches
+ Bolton says Russia 'stole' US hypersonic technology
+ US detect explosion of old European Ariane 4 rocket in space
+ Robotic tool operations bring in-space refueling closer to reality
+ Chinese space startup to send heavy satellite
+ Vulcan Centaur rocket on schedule for first flight in 2021
+ AFRL achieves record-setting hypersonic ground test milestone


Robotic toolkit added to NASA's Mars 2020 Rover
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 16, 2019
The bit carousel - a mechanism that will play a key role in the acquisition, containment and eventual return to Earth of humanity's first samples from another planet - has been incorporated into NASA's Mars 2020 rover. "The bit carousel is at the heart of the sampling and caching subsystem," said Keith Rosette, Mars 2020 sample handling delivery manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory ... more
+ NASA descends on Icelandic lava field to prepare for Mars
+ Roscosmos postpones joint ESA ExoMars mission after failed parachute tests
+ Methane not released by wind on Mars, experts find
+ Dark meets light on Mars
+ Optometrists verify Mars 2020 rover's perfect vision
+ New finds for Mars rover, seven years after landing
+ MEDLI2 installation on Mars 2020 aeroshell begins
China launches first private rocket capable of carrying satellites
Beijing (AFP) July 25, 2019
A Chinese startup successfully launched the country's first commercial rocket capable of carrying satellites into orbit Thursday, as the space race between China and the US heats up. Beijing-based Interstellar Glory Space Technology - also known as iSpace - said it launched two satellites into orbit around 1:00 pm Beijing time (0500 GMT) from Jiuquan, a state launch facility in the Gobi de ... more
+ Chinese scientists say goodbye to Tiangong-2
+ China's space lab Tiangong 2 destroyed in controlled fall to earth
+ From Moon to Mars, Chinese space engineers rise to new challenges
+ China plans to deploy almost 200 AU-controlled satellites into orbit
+ Luokung and Land Space to develop control system for space and ground assets
+ Yaogan-33 launch fails in north China, Possible debris recovered in Laos
+ China develops new-generation rockets for upcoming missions
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ThinKom Solutions Unveils New Multi-Beam Reconfigurable Phased-Array Gateway Solution for Next-Generation Satellites
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Aug 15, 2019
ThinKom Solutions reveals its new innovative solution for efficient and effective land-based gateways designed to accommodate current and next generation low-Earth-orbit (LEO) and medium-Earth-orbit (MEO) satellite constellations. The new gateway concept, which ThinKom describes as an "array of arrays," will provide a superior alternative to the large "antenna farms" of parabolic dishes cu ... more
+ Embry-Riddle plans expansion of its Research Park through partnership with Space Square
+ OneWeb secures global spectrum further enabling global connectivity services
+ Companies partner to offer a complete solution for space missions as a service
+ Space data relay system shows its speed
+ ATLAS Space Operations extends global reach with nine new ground stations
+ Arianespace launches INTELSAT 39 and EDRS-C
+ Next satellite in the European Data Relay System is fuelled
SEAKR reports Canada Patent for Advanced ASIC RF processing technology for satellite applications
Centennial CO (SPX) Aug 13, 2019
SEAKR Engineering, Inc. (SEAKR) is pleased to announce it has been granted a Canadian patent for an advanced RF processing Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) technology. SEAKR's Canadian patent CA 2,953,837 "Integrated Mixed-Signal ASIC with Analog Digital Converter (ADC), Digital Analog Converter (DAC) and Digital Signal Processing (DSP)" marks the firm's 4th patent received globall ... more
+ Russia proposes self-destroying satellite to resolve space debris problem
+ Radiation up to '16 times' the norm near Russia blast site
+ NASA awards Physical Optics Corporation additional $4M contract for Zero Gravity Optical Fibers
+ Norway detects radioactive iodine near Russia
+ AFRL investigating space weather effects on satellite materials
+ Revolutionary way to bend metals could lead to stronger military vehicles
+ Lockheed awarded $176M for repairs on Navy's SPY-1 radar


New "Gold Open Access" Planetary Science Journal Launched
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2019
Research articles reporting significant developments, discoveries, and theories about planets, moons, small bodies, and the interactions among them will soon have a new showcase: The Planetary Science Journal (PSJ). This online publication is being launched by the American Astronomical Society (AAS), the major organization of professional astronomers in North America, in conjunction with t ... more
+ Timeline suggests 'giant planet migration' was earlier than predicted
+ How Many Earth-like Planets Are Around Sun-like Stars
+ Does ET exist ponders UVA astronomer
+ NASA plans for Webb to zero in on TRAPPIST-1 atmospheres within a year of launch
+ How astronomers chase new worlds in TESS data
+ Fluorescent glow may reveal hidden life in the cosmos
+ Dead planets can 'broadcast' for up to a billion years
Young Jupiter was smacked head-on by massive newborn planet
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 19, 2019
A colossal, head-on collision between Jupiter and a still-forming planet in the early solar system, about 4.5 billion years ago, could explain surprising readings from NASA's Juno spacecraft, according to a study this week in the journal Nature. Astronomers from Rice University and China's Sun Yat-sen University say their head-on impact scenario can explain Juno's previously puzzling gravi ... more
+ Giant Impact Disrupted Jupiter's Core
+ Young Jupiter Was Smacked Head-On by Massive Newborn Planet
+ Hubble showcases new portrait of Jupiter
+ Jupiter's auroras powered by alternating current
+ Kuiper Belt Binary Orientations Support Streaming Instability Hypothesis
+ Study Shows How Icy Outer Solar System Satellites May Have Formed
+ Astronomers See "Warm" Glow of Uranus's Rings
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We use satellites to measure water scarcity
Binghamton NY (SPX) Aug 14, 2019
Today, more than 700 million people around the world drink water from unsafe or untreated sources, such as wells, springs and surface water. About half of these people live in sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, in more than 30 African countries, fewer than 20% of the people have access to safe drinking water. Climate change is likely to worsen the situation by making water less available i ... more
+ Samoa PM plays down fears over China in Pacific
+ Navy requests proposals for Large Unmanned Surface Vehicle
+ Countries push to protect sharks, rays
+ Largest-of-its-kind coral study offers plan to save the planet's reefs
+ Water crisis grips US city after lead contamination
+ Carp deaths at Schweitzer's Gabonese home worry villagers
+ Detention basins could catch more than stormwater
Tiny GPS backpacks uncover the secret life of desert bats
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Aug 17, 2019
A new study from the University of Helsinki using miniaturized satellite-based tags revealed that during drier periods desert bats must fly further and longer to fulfil their nightly needs. According to researchers this signals their struggle in facing dry periods. Wildlife tracking has revolutionized the study of animal movement and their behavior. Yet, tracking small, flying animals such ... more
+ Evolution of space, 2SOPS prepares for GPS Block III
+ GPS signals no longer disrupted in Israeli airspace
+ An AI technology to reveal the characteristics of animal behavior only from the trajectory
+ European Galileo satellite navigation system resumes Initial Services
+ Europe's Galileo GPS system back after six-day outage
+ Europe's GPS rival Galileo suffers outage
+ Second Lockheed Martin-Built GPS III Satellite Ready for July 25 Liftoff


Chandrayaan-2 enters Lunar Transfer Trajectory
New Delhi, India (SPX) Aug 15, 2019
The final orbit raising manoeuvre of Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was successfully carried out August 14, 2019 at 02:21 am IST. During this maneuver, the spacecraft's liquid engine was fired for about 1203 seconds. With this, Chandrayaan-2 entered the Lunar Transfer Trajectory. Earlier, the spacecraft's orbit was progressively increased five times during July 23 to August 06, 2019. The health ... more
+ Chandrayaan-2 mission to reach Lunar orbit on 20 August
+ India's moon-bound Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft set to leave Earth's orbit
+ Moon glows brighter than Sun in images from NASA's Fermi telescope
+ NASA Marshall to lead Artemis Program's human lunar lander development
+ Kilopower technology could be used for lunar night operations
+ China's lunar rover travels 271 meters on moon's far side
+ First steps in getting Canada to the Moon
Scientists to use near-Earth object telescope to observe cosmic mergers
Washington (UPI) Aug 16, 2019
Scientists have reprogrammed the Catalina Sky Survey's near-Earth object telescopes to look for both asteroids and cosmic mergers. "Catalina Sky Survey has all of this infrastructure for their asteroid survey," Michael Lundquist, postdoctoral research associate at the University of Arizona, said in a news release. "So we have deployed additional software to take gravitational wave alert ... more
+ Best of both worlds: asteroids and massive mergers
+ Largest impact crater in the US, buried for 35 million years
+ Four Candidate Sites Selected for Asteroid Sample Collection
+ Critical Observation Made on During First Night of Return to Operations
+ Asteroid's features to be named after mythical birds
+ Asteroid's surprise close approach illustrates need for more eyes on the sky
+ Aquariids peak on Monday starts month of meteor showers


Monitoring the Matterhorn with millions of data points
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 17, 2019
The summer heatwave of 2003 triggered a rockfall that shocked both researchers and the general public: 1,500 cubic metres of rock broke away from the Hoernli ridge - a volume roughly equivalent to two houses. The fracture event exposed bare ice on the surface of the steep scarp. Experts soon realised that the record temperatures had warmed the rock down to such a depth that the ice contained in ... more
+ Making microbes that transform greenhouse gases
+ Using lasers to visualize molecular mysteries in our atmosphere
+ Making sense of remote sensing data
+ NASA's Spacecraft Atmosphere Monitor Goes to Work Aboard the International Space Station
+ Earth's last magnetic field reversal took far longer than once thought
+ NASA targets coastal ecosystems with new space sensor
+ CryoSat conquers ice on Arctic lakes
Proposals selected for small satellites to study interplanetary space
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2019
NASA has selected two proposals to demonstrate small satellite technologies to improve science observations in deep space, which could help NASA develop better models to predict space weather events that can affect astronauts and spacecraft. "This is the first time that our heliophysics program has funded this kind of technology demonstration," said Peg Luce, deputy director of the Helioph ... more
+ NASA's MMS finds first interplanetary shock
+ Parker Solar Probe completes 2 orbits of Sun
+ Magnetic plasma pulses excited by UK-size swirls in the solar atmosphere
+ Researchers recreate the sun's solar wind and plasma "burps" on Earth
+ Airbus brings a SMILE to ESA
+ 'Terminators' on the sun trigger plasma tsunamis and the start of new solar cycles
+ Details of Solar Science Mission Revealed at UK Astronomy Meeting
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Observed explosion of monster star requires new supernova mechanism
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 16, 2019
Scientists at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard and Smithsonian have announced the discovery of the most massive star ever known to be destroyed by a supernova explosion, challenging known models of how massive stars die and providing insight into the death of the first stars in the universe. First noticed in November 2016 by the European Space Agency's (ESA) Gaia satellite, three year ... more
+ Astronomers measure mass, energy from high-mass protostar for first time
+ Dark matter may be older than the big bang, study suggests
+ A new lens for life-searching space telescopes
+ Scientists discover a new type of pulsating star
+ Stellar Evolution in Real Time Detected in the Old Star T Ursae Majoris
+ Glitch in neutron star reveals its hidden secrets
+ Finding a cosmic fog within shattered intergalactic pancakes
Atomic 'Trojan horse' could inspire new generation of X-ray lasers and particle colliders
Stanford CA (SPX) Aug 15, 2019
How do researchers explore nature on its most fundamental level? They build "supermicroscopes" that can resolve atomic and subatomic details. This won't work with visible light, but they can probe the tiniest dimensions of matter with beams of electrons, either by using them directly in particle colliders or by converting their energy into bright X-rays in X-ray lasers. At the heart of such scie ... more
+ ALMA dives into Black Hole's 'Sphere of Influence'
+ Physicists say they've discovered a new state of matter
+ NASA selects proposals to further study the fundamental nature of space
+ Where in the universe can you find a black hole nursery?
+ Ultracold quantum particles break classical symmetry
+ Cloaked black hole discovered in early universe using NASA's Chandra
+ Einstein's general relativity theory is questioned but still stands for now, team reports
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