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January 25, 2017
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NASA develops AI for future exploration of extraterrestrial subsurface oceans



Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jan 25, 2017
NASA is developing technology which could enable autonomous navigation of future underwater drones studying subsurface oceans on icy moons like Jupiter's Europa. The agency is working on artificial intelligence (AI) that would allow submersibles to make their own decisions during exploration of extraterrestrial water worlds. Space exploration missions and astronomical observations in recent years have shown that our Solar System is abundant in water and could host at least several subsurface liqui ... read more

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Cassini captures stunning view of Saturn moon Daphnis
The wavemaker moon, Daphnis, is featured in this view, taken as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made one of its ring-grazing passes over the outer edges of Saturn's rings on Jan. 16, 2017. This is the clo ... more
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Catching Cassini's call
This week, ESA deep-space radio dishes on two continents are listening for signals from the international Cassini spacecraft, now on its final tour of Saturn. ESA's sensitive tracking antennas at Ne ... more
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Huygens: 'Ground Truth' From an Alien Moon
After a two-and-a-half-hour descent, the metallic, saucer-shaped spacecraft came to rest with a thud on a dark floodplain covered in cobbles of water ice, in temperatures hundreds of degrees below f ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
NASA testing SLS for transonic behavior
Tucked away in Hampton, Virginia, is a 56-year-old NASA wind tunnel capable of generating winds speeds of up to 900 miles per hour. In its lifetime, the Transonic Dynamics Tunnel has hosted hundreds ... more
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NASA image showcases Saturn's sun-soaked north pole
Cassini is now ring-grazing, but its orbital path earlier this year sent the NASA probe high above Saturn's north pole. In late September, the vantage revealed the pole fully illuminated by the sun's rays. ... more
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Cassini offers a crash course in ring world orbital mechanics
It may look as though Saturn's moon Mimas is crashing through the rings in this image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, but Mimas is actually 28,000 miles (45,000 kilometers) away from the rings. ... more
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ALMA finds compelling evidence for pair of infant planets around young star
Astronomers now know that our galaxy is teeming with planets, from rocky worlds roughly the size of Earth to gas giants bigger than Jupiter. Nearly every one of these exoplanets has been discovered ... more
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Rings around young star suggest planet formation in progress
Rice University astronomers and their colleagues have for the first time mapped gases in three dark rings around a distant star. The rings mark spaces where planets are thought to have formed from d ... more
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Saturn's bulging core implies moons younger than thought
Freshly harvested data from NASA's Cassini mission reveals that the ringed planet's moons may be younger than previously thought. "All of these Cassini mission measurements are changing our view of ... more


Cassini Beams Back First Images from New Orbit

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Cassini Makes First Ring-Grazing Plunge
NASA's Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft has made its first close dive past the outer edges of Saturn's rings since beginning its penultimate mission phase on Nov. 30. Cassini crossed through the p ... more
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NASA Saturn Mission Prepares for 'Ring-Grazing Orbits'
A thrilling ride is about to begin for NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Engineers have been pumping up the spacecraft's orbit around Saturn this year to increase its tilt with respect to the planet's equa ... more

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Long Eclipse Avoidance Manoeuvres Performed Successfully on MOM Spacecraft
An orbital manoeuvres was performed on Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft to avoid the impending long eclipse duration for the satellite. The duration of the eclipse would have been as long as 8 hours in the coming days. As the satellite battery is designed to handle an eclipse duration of only about 1 Hour 40 minutes, a longer eclipse would have drained the battery beyond the safe limi ... more
Bursts of methane may have warmed early Mars

Microbes could survive thin air of Mars

Mars rover Opportunity takes a drive up a steep slope

China schedules Chang'e-5 lunar probe launch
China plans to launch the Chang'e-5 lunar probe at the end of November this year, from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China's Hainan Province, aboard the heavy-lift carrier rocket Long March-5. The mission will be China's first automated moon surface sampling, first moon take-off, first unmanned docking in a lunar orbit about 380,000 km from earth, and first return flight in ... more
The science behind the Lunar Hydrogen Polar Mapper mission

Eugene Cernan, last man to walk on moon, dead at 82

The moon is older than scientists thought

Cassini captures stunning view of Saturn moon Daphnis
The wavemaker moon, Daphnis, is featured in this view, taken as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made one of its ring-grazing passes over the outer edges of Saturn's rings on Jan. 16, 2017. This is the closest view of the small moon obtained yet. Daphnis (5 miles or 8 kilometers across) orbits within the 42-kilometer (26-mile) wide Keeler Gap. Cassini's viewing angle causes the gap to appear narr ... more
Catching Cassini's call

Huygens: 'Ground Truth' From an Alien Moon

NASA image showcases Saturn's sun-soaked north pole

China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory
China's first cargo spacecraft will leave the factory, according to the website of China's manned space mission. A review meeting was convened last Thursday, during which officials and experts unanimously concluded that the Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft had met all the requirements to leave the factory. The take-off weight of Tianzhou-1 is 13 tonnes and it can ship material of up to si ... more
China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A

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Public to Choose Jupiter Picture Sites for NASA Juno
Where should NASA's Juno spacecraft aim its camera during its next close pass of Jupiter on Feb. 2? You can now play a part in the decision. For the first time, members of the public can vote to participate in selecting all pictures to be taken of Jupiter during a Juno flyby. Voting begins Thursday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) and concludes on Jan. 23 at 9 a.m. PST (noon EST). "We ... more
Experiment resolves mystery about wind flows on Jupiter

Pluto Global Color Map

Lowell Observatory to renovate Pluto discovery telescope

SF State astronomer searches for signs of life on Wolf 1061 exoplanet
Is there anybody out there? The question of whether Earthlings are alone in the universe has puzzled everyone from biologists and physicists to philosophers and filmmakers. It's also the driving force behind San Francisco State University astronomer Stephen Kane's research into exoplanets - planets that exist outside Earth's solar system. As one of the world's leading "planet hunters," Kan ... more
Looking for life in all the right places with the right tool

Could dark streaks in Venusian clouds be microbial life

VLT to Search for Planets in Alpha Centauri System

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First Light for Breakthrough Listen at Parkes Telescope
Breakthrough Listen, the 10-year, $100-million astronomical search for intelligent life beyond Earth launched in 2015 by Internet entrepreneur Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking, has announced its first observations using the Parkes Radio Telescope in New South Wales, Australia. Parkes joins the Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia, USA, and the Automated Planet Finder (APF) at Lick Ob ... more
Search for ET underway with Parkes Radio Telescope

Breakthrough Listen to Search for Intelligent Life Around Tabby's Star

New bacteria groups, and stunning diversity, discovered underground

How satellite data changed chimpanzee conservation efforts
Approximately 345,000 or fewer chimpanzees remain in the wild, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, a substantial decline from the more than two million that existed a hundred years ago. Humans' closest genetic cousins, chimpanzees are an endangered species, and scientists and conservationists are turning to the NASA-U.S. Geological Survey Landsat satellites to he ... more
NASA's Terra Satellite Sees Alaskan Volcanic Eruption Wrapped in White

World's First Weather-Cracking Wind Satellite Aeolus to Improve Future Forecasts

China to launch electromagnetic monitoring satellite for earthquake study

Traffic jam in empty space
With these results, the researchers from the field of ultrafast phenomena and photonics build on their earlier findings, published in October 2015 in the scientific journal Science, where they have demonstrated direct detection of signals from pure nothingness. This essential scientific progress might make it possible to solve problems that physicists have grappled with for a long time, ra ... more
Can the donut-shaped magnet 'CAPPuccino submarine' hunt for dark matter?

Light source discovery 'challenges basic assumption' of physics

Our galaxy's black hole is spewing out planet-size 'spitballs'

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Extraterrestrial impact preceded ancient global warming event
A comet strike may have triggered the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), a rapid warming of the Earth caused by an accumulation of atmospheric carbon dioxide 56 million years ago, which offers analogs to global warming today. Sorting through samples of sediment from the time period, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute discovered evidence of the strike in the form of micro ... more
Scientists use Moon to study dinosaur killer

At the Jersey shore, signs of a comet, and a climate crisis

Research supports idea that moon was created by object hitting infant Earth

Observations of Ceres indicate that asteroids might be camouflaged
The appearance of small bodies in the outer solar system could be deceiving. Asteroids and dwarf planets may be camouflaged with an outer layer of material that actually comes from somewhere else. Using data primarily gathered by SOFIA, NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, a team of astronomers has detected the presence of substantial amounts of material on the surface ... more
Today's rare meteorites were once common

Gaia turns its eyes to asteroid hunting

How the darkness and the cold killed the dinosaurs

Arctic melt ponds form when meltwater clogs ice pores
When spring comes to the Arctic, the breakup of the cold winter ice sheets starts at the surface with the formation of melt ponds. These pools of melted snow and ice darken the surface of the ice, increasing the amount of solar energy the ice sheet absorbs and accelerating melt. A team including University of Utah mathematician Kenneth Golden has determined how these melt ponds form, solvi ... more
Sea-surface temps during last interglacial period like modern temps

UCI researchers map oceanic troughs below ice sheets in West Antarctica

ACE ship completes first leg of journey around Antarctica

China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory
China's first cargo spacecraft will leave the factory, according to the website of China's manned space mission. A review meeting was convened last Thursday, during which officials and experts unanimously concluded that the Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft had met all the requirements to leave the factory. The take-off weight of Tianzhou-1 is 13 tonnes and it can ship material of up to si ... more
China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A

China Space Plan to Develop "Strength and Size"

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Arctic melt ponds form when meltwater clogs ice pores
When spring comes to the Arctic, the breakup of the cold winter ice sheets starts at the surface with the formation of melt ponds. These pools of melted snow and ice darken the surface of the ice, increasing the amount of solar energy the ice sheet absorbs and accelerating melt. A team including University of Utah mathematician Kenneth Golden has determined how these melt ponds form, solvi ... more
Sea-surface temps during last interglacial period like modern temps

UCI researchers map oceanic troughs below ice sheets in West Antarctica

ACE ship completes first leg of journey around Antarctica

Cassini captures stunning view of Saturn moon Daphnis
The wavemaker moon, Daphnis, is featured in this view, taken as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made one of its ring-grazing passes over the outer edges of Saturn's rings on Jan. 16, 2017. This is the closest view of the small moon obtained yet. Daphnis (5 miles or 8 kilometers across) orbits within the 42-kilometer (26-mile) wide Keeler Gap. Cassini's viewing angle causes the gap to appear narr ... more
Catching Cassini's call

Huygens: 'Ground Truth' From an Alien Moon

NASA image showcases Saturn's sun-soaked north pole



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