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January 26, 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
EXO WORLDS
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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Experiment resolves mystery about wind flows on Jupiter
One mystery has been whether the jets exist only in the planet's upper atmosphere - much like the Earth's own jet streams - or whether they plunge into Jupiter's gaseous interior. If the latter is true, it could reveal clues about the planet's interior structure and internal dynamics. Now, UCLA geophysicist Jonathan Aurnou and collaborators in Marseille, France, have simulated Jupiter's je ... more
Pluto Global Color Map

Public to Choose Jupiter Picture Sites for NASA Juno

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
First footage of a living stylodactylid shrimp filter-feeding at depth of 4826m

Looking for life in all the right places with the right tool

Could dark streaks in Venusian clouds be microbial life

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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

NASA measures 'dust on snow' to help manage Colorado River Basin water supplies
When Michelle Stokes and Stacie Bender look out across the snow-capped mountains of Utah and Colorado, they see more than just a majestic landscape. They see millions of gallons of water that will eventually flow into the Colorado River. The water stored as snowpack there will make its way to some 33 million people across seven western states, irrigating acres of lettuce, fruits and nuts in Cali ... more
NASA's Terra Satellite Sees Alaskan Volcanic Eruption Wrapped in White

NOAA's GOES-16 Satellite Sends First Images to Earth

How satellite data changed chimpanzee conservation efforts

Magnetic moment of a single antiproton determined with greatest precision ever
As self-evident as it is that matter exists, its origins are just as mysterious. According to the principles of particle physics, when the universe was originally formed equal amounts of matter and antimatter would have been created, which then should have destroyed each other in a process that physicists call annihilation. But in reality, our universe shows a manifest imbalance in favor o ... more
Can the donut-shaped magnet 'CAPPuccino submarine' hunt for dark matter?

Traffic jam in empty space

Light source discovery 'challenges basic assumption' of physics

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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

Cash crunch for anti-Armageddon asteroid mission
A mission to smash a spacecraft into an asteroid moon to alter its trajectory, a possible dry-run for an exercise in saving the Earth from Armageddon, has run into a cash crunch. The proposed joint European-US mission, which sounds like it could form the plot for a sci-fi Hollywood blockbuster, has been dubbed AIDA (Asteroid Impact & Deflection Assessment). In 2022, the idea is to launch ... more
Today's rare meteorites were once common

Micro spacecraft investigates cometary water mystery

Rare meteorites challenge our understanding of the solar system

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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