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NASA mission launched; will revolutionize our understanding of space weather

IMAGE: GOLD flies aboard SES-14, a commercial communications satellite (illustrated here), and is the first NASA science mission to fly as a hosted payload on a commercial satellite. view more  Credit: NASA Goddard's Conceptual Image Lab/Chris Meaney NASA's first mission to provide unprecedented measurements of, and changes in, the temperature and composition of Earth's upper atmosphere launched at 5:20 p.m. EST Thursday, Jan. 25, from the…

The desktop PCs that wowed us at CES 2018

CES 2018 has been a great event for new and innovative technologies, but there have also been some brilliant examples of traditional PCs at this year’s show. While some may argue that desktop PCs are going out of fashion, the machines we’ve seen at CES 2018 show there’s plenty of life left in the form…

Real-world intercontinental quantum communications enabled by the Micius satellite

(University of Science and Technology of China) A joint China-Austria team has performed quantum key distribution between the quantum-science satellite Micius and multiple ground stations located in Xinglong (near Beijing), Nanshan (near Urumqi), and Graz (near Vienna). Such experiments demonstrate the secure satellite-to-ground exchange of cryptographic keys with ?kHz rate during the passage of the…

Self-driving servicer now baselined for NASA’s Restore-L satellite-servicing demonstration

IMAGE: This artist's rendition shows the Restore-L servicer spacecraft robotically repairing a satellite. view more  Credit: Credits: NASA One test changed the fortunes of an advanced 3-D imaging lidar system now baselined for NASA's Restore-L project that will demonstrate an autonomous satellite-servicing capability. Officials with NASA's Satellite Servicing Projects Division, or SSPD, have officially baselined the Kodiak system -- formerly known as the Goddard Reconfigurable Solid-state…

NASA to Preview Upcoming US Spacewalk, Provide Live Coverage

Two American astronauts will venture outside the International Space Station on Thursday, March 29, for a planned 6.5-hour spacewalk. Experts from NASA will preview this work in a briefing at 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday, March 27, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

TRAPPIST-1: Findings show exoplanets made of rock and water

In 2016, a team of researchers led by EU-funded astronomer Michael Gillon at the University of Liege, Belgium, discovered three temperate Earth-sized planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1, an ultra-cool dwarf star just 40 light years from Earth. A few months later, Gillon surprised the world with the discovery of a whole planetary system made of a total of seven planets around this star. A set of new…

Julia Rosen and Vivien Cumming awarded EGU Science Journalism Fellowship

(European Geosciences Union) The European Geosciences Union (EGU) has named journalists Julia Rosen and Vivien Cumming as the winners of its 2018 Science Journalism Fellowship. Rosen will receive €2,200 to travel to the UK to write about the role of soil in the phosphorus crisis, while Cumming is awarded €2,800 to follow scientists in Myanmar to tell the story of carbon in rivers.

NASA Briefing Thursday Will Preview Upcoming US Spacewalks

American and Japanese astronauts aboard the International Space Station will embark on a pair of spacewalks Jan. 23 and 29 to service the station’s robotic arm. Experts from NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) will preview this work in a briefing at 2 p.m. EST Thursday, Jan. 18, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Three New Crew Members on Voyage to International Space Station

Three crew members representing the United States, Russia and Japan are on their way to the International Space Station after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2:21 a.m. EST Sunday (1:21 p.m. Baikonur time).

Academy honors 19 for major contributions to science

(National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine) The National Academy of Sciences will honor 19 individuals with awards in recognition of their extraordinary scientific achievements in a wide range of fields spanning the physical, biological, and medical sciences.
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