Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Space and The Cosmos

  • Microbes leave ‘fingerprints’ on Martian rocks
    University of Vienna Vienna, Austria (SPX) Oct 18, 2017 At the Department of Biophysical Chemistry at the University of Vienna, Tetyana Milojevic and her team have been operating a miniaturized "Mars farm" in order to simulate ancient and probably extinct microbial life - based on gases and synthetically produced Martian regolith of diverse composition. The team investigates interactions between Metallosphaer ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
  • Number of Undiscovered Near-Earth Asteroids Revised Downward
    Provo, UT (SPX) Oct 18, 2017 Fewer large near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) remain to be discovered than astronomers thought, according to a new analysis by planetary scientist Alan W. Harris of MoreData! in La Canada, California. Harris is presenting his results this week at the 49th annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences in Provo, Utah. Observers have been cataloging potential ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
  • ESA role in Europe’s first all-electric telecom satellite
    Paris (ESA) Oct 18, 2017 Europe's first all-electric telecom satellite has reached its final working orbit above the Pacific Ocean. Eutelsat-172B, built for Eutelsat by Airbus, carries new technologies developed through ESA-led projects, including fully articulated thruster arms. The satellite relied entirely on electric thrusters to climb from its initial orbit into its planned slot over the equator some 35 800 k ... Read more...
    Source: Space DailyPublished on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
  • Lockheed Martin Launches Second Cycle of ‘Girls’ Rocketry Challenge’ in Japan
    Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 18, 2017 Lockheed Martin has launched the second cycle of its 'Girls' Rocketry Challenge' program, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiative designed to enable female high school students in Japan engage in real-life experiments that will further pique their curiosity and potential interest in STEM and related careers. In partnership with the Japan Association of Rocketry ... Read more...
    Source: Space DailyPublished on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
  • Saturn’s A ring contained by not one, but seven moons
    (UPI) Oct 17, 2017 Until recently, astronomers assumed Saturn's A ring was contained by a single moon, Janus, the gas giant's largest. But new research shows the A ring, the outermost of Saturn's large, bright rings, is confined by seven moons. The orbital resonances of the seven moons, new research shows, prevents the A ring from diffusing into nothingness. Without the seven moons, the ring's material wo ... Read more...
    Source: Space DailyPublished on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
  • The Zoomable Universe is a feast for your eyes and brain
    The Zoomable Universe, by Caleb Scarf with Illustrations by Ron Miller (Scientific American/FSG) Sometimes we want science to show us the complexity and uncertainty of everything, but sometimes we just want it to dazzle us. You'll get a heaping dose of dazzle in Caleb Scharf and Ron Miller's coffee table book The Zoomable Universe: An Epic Tour Through Cosmic Scale, from Almost Everything to Nearly Nothing. It recalls the wonder-laced scientific ... Read more...
    Source: Ars Technica – SpacePublished on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017By Annalee Newitz
  • To keep Saturn’s A ring contained, its moons stand united
    For three decades, astronomers thought that only Saturn's moon Janus confined the planet's A ring -- the largest and farthest of the visible rings. But after poring over NASA's Cassini mission data, astronomers now conclude that the teamwork of seven moons keeps this ring corralled. ... Read more...
    Source: Science Daily – SpacePublished on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
  • Study shows how water could have flowed on ‘cold and icy’ ancient Mars
    Research by planetary scientists finds that periodic melting of ice sheets on a cold early Mars would have created enough water to carve the ancient valleys and lakebeds seen on the planet today. ... Read more...
    Source: Science Daily – SpacePublished on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
  • ZTE’s Axon M Pushes For a Dual-Screen Phone Future
    ZTE made the foldable Axon M for people who want way more screen space on a phone that still fits in their pocket. ... Read more...
    Source: Wired – Tech – SpacePublished on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017By David Pierce
  • *Soonish*: The Future Is Weird and Scary and Also Hilarious
    In their new book, scientist Kelly Weinersmith and *SMBC* cartoonist Zach Weinersmith give a wild glimpse into a future that may or may not involve space elevators and brain-computer interfaces. ... Read more...
    Source: Wired – Science – SpacePublished on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017By Matt Simon
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