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Maintaining large-scale satellite constellations using logistics approach

Fri, 2019-07-12 05:00
(University of Illinois College of Engineering) Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign identified a critical hidden challenge about replacing the broken satellites in megaconstellations and proposed a unique solution with inventory control methods.
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NRL tropical cyclone forecast updates go live

Fri, 2019-07-12 05:00
(Naval Research Laboratory) US Naval Research Laboratory's updated tropical cyclone prediction software becomes operational just before the first tropical system of the season to reach the US makes landfall July 13.
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Scientists deepen understanding of magnetic fields surrounding Earth and other planets

Fri, 2019-07-12 05:00
(DOE/Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory) Now, a team of scientists has completed research into waves that travel through the magnetosphere, deepening understanding of the region and its interaction with our own planet, and opening up new ways to study other planets across the galaxy.
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AIAA announces technical excellence award winners at AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum

Fri, 2019-07-12 05:00
(American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) Winners from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), NASA, Pennsylvania State University, Stanford University, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, and Boeing Commercial Airplanes win awards for space, energy, and propulsion technology
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NASA finds an asymmetric Tropical Storm Barry

Fri, 2019-07-12 05:00
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite shows that Tropical Storm Barry doesn't look like a typical strong tropical cyclone. Imagery revealed that Barry is elongated and the strongest storms were south of it's stretched out center of circulation.
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Two GW researchers receive prestigious presidential award

Fri, 2019-07-12 05:00
(George Washington University) President Trump has named two George Washington University professors winners of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE): Chunlei Liang, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Volker J. Sorger, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
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Super salty, subzero Arctic water provides peek at possible life on other planets

Fri, 2019-07-12 05:00
(University of Washington) A UW team has discovered thriving communities of bacteria in Alaskan 'cryopegs,' trapped layers of sediment with water so salty that it remains liquid at below-freezing temperatures. The setting may be similar to environments on Mars, Saturn's moon Titan, or other bodies farther from the sun.
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'Moon-forming' circumplanetary disk discovered in distant star system

Thu, 2019-07-11 05:00
(National Radio Astronomy Observatory) Astronomers using ALMA have made the first-ever observations of a circumplanetary disk, the planet-girding belt of dust and gas that astronomers strongly theorize controls the formation of planets and gives rise to an entire system of moons, like those found around Jupiter.
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Moon-forming disk discovered around distant planet

Thu, 2019-07-11 05:00
(Rice University) Using Earth's most powerful array of radio telescopes, astronomers have made the first observations of a circumplanetary disk of gas and dust like the one that is believed to have birthed the moons of Jupiter.
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GPM satellite provides a 3D look at Tropical Storm Barry

Thu, 2019-07-11 05:00
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite provided a couple of views of Tropical Storm Barry that showed its cloud heights and rainfall rates.
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NASA selects UMD-led proposal to upgrade lunar instruments placed by Apollo missions

Thu, 2019-07-11 05:00
(University of Maryland) University of Maryland physicist Doug Currie helped design three still-in-use lunar instruments placed on the moon by Apollo missions 11, 14 and 15. Fifty years later Currie leads the Next Generation Lunar Retroreflector project one of 12 new lunar science and technology investigations recently approved by NASA.
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Hubble discovers mysterious black hole disc

Thu, 2019-07-11 05:00
(ESA/Hubble Information Centre) Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have observed an unexpected thin disc of material encircling a supermassive black hole at the heart of the spiral galaxy NGC 3147, located 130 million light-years away.
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NASA takes potential Tropical Cyclone 2's temperature

Thu, 2019-07-11 05:00
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Gulf of Mexico and took the temperature of Potential Tropical Cyclone 2 as it moved westward through the Gulf of Mexico. NASA found the very cold cloud tops indicating the storm had potential for dropping heavy rain.
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Hubble uncovers black hole that shouldn't exist

Thu, 2019-07-11 05:00
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) As if black holes weren't mysterious enough, astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have found an unexpected thin disk of material furiously whirling around a supermassive black hole at the heart of the magnificent spiral galaxy NGC 3147, located 130 million light-years away.
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Designed for space travel, new device can collect, analyze liquid as it passes by planets

Thu, 2019-07-11 05:00
(University of Texas at Arlington) A chemist at The University of Texas at Arlington has engineered a device capable of collecting drops of liquid as it travels through space and analyzing their content for conditions that support life.
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New developments with Chinese satellites over the past decade

Thu, 2019-07-11 05:00
(Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences) To date, 17 Chinese self-developed FengYun (FY) meteorological satellites have been launched, which are widely applied in weather analysis, numerical weather forecasting and climate prediction, as well as environment and disaster monitoring. Currently, seven satellites are in operation.
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Alternating currents cause Jupiter's aurora

Thu, 2019-07-11 05:00
(University of Cologne) An international research team has measured the system of currents that generates Jupiter's aurora. The scientists found out that sulphur dioxide gas from the gas giant's Moon Io is the cause of the system of currents.
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Bath honors world-leading astronomer

Thu, 2019-07-11 05:00
(University of Bath) The University of Bath awarded Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell an Honorary Degree as part of its summer graduation celebrations at the Theatre Royal Bath on Thursday July 11, 2019.
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Satellites analyzing developing gulf potential Tropical Cyclone Two

Wed, 2019-07-10 05:00
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) A massive complex of thunderstorms over the southeastern United States slid into the northeastern Gulf of Mexico and now has the potential to develop into a tropical cyclone. NOAA's National Hurricane Center or NHC in Miami, Florida issued the first advisory of Potential Tropical Cyclone Two and NOAA's GOES-East satellite and NASA's GPM satellite provided views of the storm.
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ICARUS has been switched on: Testing has started

Wed, 2019-07-10 05:00
(University of Konstanz) The animal observation system ICARUS on the International Space Station (ISS) with participation of the University of Konstanz entered its test phase today, 10 July 2019 -- Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts (MWK) of Baden-Württemberg supports the further development of the Movebank database for the tracking of animal movement.
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