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September 02, 2014
Japan space agency unveils asteroid hunting probe
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 02, 2014
Japanese space scientists have unveiled the asteroid hunting space probe they hope to launch later this year on a mission to mine a celestial body. The probe, named Hayabusa-2, is expected to be flung into space on a rocket for a mammoth four year voyage to the unpoetically-named 1999JU3 asteroid. When it gets there, some time in 2018, it will release a powerful cannon which will fire a metal bullet at the asteroid's barren crust, once the probe itself has scuttled to safety on the far side of t ... read more
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Opportunity Flash-Memory Reformat Planned
Opportunity is on the west rim of Endeavour Crater heading toward 'Marathon Valley', a putative location for abundant clay minerals. However, flash-memory induced resets have increased in occurrence ... more

Memory Reformat Planned for Opportunity Mars Rover
An increasing frequency of computer resets on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has prompted the rover team to make plans to reformat the rover's flash memory. The resets, including a dozen ... more

Sparks Fly as NASA Pushes the Limits of 3-D Printing Technology
NASA has successfully tested the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the agency and printed with additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, on a test stand at NASA's Marshall Space Fligh ... more
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NASA's Spitzer Telescope Witnesses Asteroid Smashup
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually lead to the format ... more


NASA Wrapping Up Acoustic Testing for Space Launch System
Engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, are wrapping up acoustic testing on a 5-percent scale model of NASA's Space Launch System. The Aug.28 test, the 34th in the s ... more

Startup in the Land of the Rising Sun; A Japanese Solar Venture - by Bradley L. Bartz

Tempur-Pedic Mattress Comparison & Memory Foam Mattress Review

'Robo Brain' will teach robots everything from the Internet
Robo Brain - a large-scale computational system that learns from publicly available Internet resources - is currently downloading and processing about 1 billion images, 120,000 YouTube videos, and 1 ... more

Russian Military plans switch to Soyuz, Angara launchers From 2016
The Russian Defense Ministry has decided to stop using the Rokot light rocket carrier from 2016 because of its reliance on imported parts and will switch to the Soyuz and Angara carriers, Aerospace ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
'Up to 15,000 Russian soldiers' sent to Ukraine, say rights groups

UN Human Rights Council to send mission to Iraq to probe IS crimes

Kiev warns of 'great war' with Russia as its forces retreat

Australia PM says 'extreme force' justified against IS

Merkel says arms aid for Iraqi Kurds also defends Europe

Philippines foils 'anti-China' bombing plot: govt

Pakistan anti-PM protesters storm state TV


Robonaut Gets New Legs as Trio Prepares for Homecoming
Expedition 40 participated in health checks, Robonaut upgrades and Soyuz emergency drills Wednesday. The International Space Station also boosted its orbit setting the stage for a crew departure and ... more

Orion Rocks! Pebble-Size Particles May Jump-Start Planet Formation
Rocky planets like Earth start out as microscopic bits of dust tinier than a grain of sand, or so theories predict. Astronomers using the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Green Bank Telescope (GB ... more

Scientist uncovers red planet's climate history in unique meteorite
Was Mars - now a cold, dry place - once a warm, wet planet that sustained life? And if so, how long has it been cold and dry? Research underway at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory m ... more
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A Salty, Martian Meteorite Offers Clues to Habitability
Life as we know it requires energy of some sort to survive and thrive. For plants, that source of energy is the Sun. But there are some microbes that can survive using energy from chemical reactions ... more

US Space Debris Tracking Site To Be Build In Western Australia
Under a new strategic cooperation agreement, Lockheed Martin and Electro Optic Systems Pty Ltd are developing a new space object tracking site in Western Australia that will paint a more detailed pi ... more
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Nature's tiny engineers

Sierra Nevada freshwater runoff could drop 26 percent by 2100

Zooming in for a safe flight

Likely near-simultaneous earthquakes complicate seismic hazard planning for Italy

Experts defend operational earthquake forecasting, counter critiques

Hong Kong activists in fightback after China vote decision

Fukushima workers to sue TEPCO for danger pay


NASA deep-space rocket, SLS, to launch in 2018
The US space agency's powerful deep-space rocket, known as the Space Launch System (SLS), aims to blast off for the first time in 2018, NASA said Wednesday. ... more

China Aims for the Moon, Plans to Bring Back Lunar Soil
Chinese scientists are in the course of developing a recoverable lunar robotic spacecraft Chang'e 5 that is to reach the Moon by 2017 with a mission to deliver samples of rock and soil back to Earth ... more

NASA Completes Review of Powerful New Rocket
NASA officials Wednesday announced they have completed a rigorous review of the Space Launch System (SLS) - the heavy-lift, exploration class rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth or ... more

Hot-spring bacteria reveal ability to use far-red light for photosynthesis
Bacteria that grow in environments enriched in far-red light use a previously unknown process for harvesting energy. This discovery lays the foundation for further research aimed at improving plant ... more

Regulating Asteroid Mining
The idea of mining asteroids is definitely in vogue. In the past few years commercial space advocates have been pursuing new private-sector space business activities. Profiting from orbital operatio ... more


New Horizons Crosses Neptune Orbit On Route To First Pluto Flyby
NASA's Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has traversed the orbit of Neptune. This is its last major crossing en route to becoming the first probe to make a close encounter with distant Pluto on Ju ... more

Opportunity Mars Rover Suffers a Series of Resets
Opportunity is moving south along the west rim of Endeavour Crater heading towards 'Marathon Valley,' a putative location for abundant clay minerals. More recently, the incidence of Flash memo ... more
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Solar System Transforms Fallow Land Into Money Generating Asset

Fukushima accepts 'temporary' radioactive waste storage

HelioSage Energy Announces Sale of 12 Solar Projects in North Carolina

VIASPACE Establishes Giant King Grass Research Collaboration With California

Ceres to Expand Product Development in Sorghum and Sugarcane

Cenex Tank Program assists retailers offering E15

SunShare Announces Program to Provide Free Electricity


Same-beam VLBI Tech monitors Chang'E-3 movement on moon


How Titan's Haze Help Us Understand Life's Origins


New EIAST Primary Sat Fab Facilities Ready Soon


Electric Sparks May Alter Evolution of Lunar Soil


Mars Rover Team Chooses Not to Drill 'Bonanza King'


Scientists confirm array of microorganisms in buried Antarctic lake


SpaceX rocket explodes during test flight


Sea Launch Takes Proactive Steps to Address Manifest Gap


25 Years After Neptune: Reflections on Voyager


Russia to develop scavenger to collect cosmic debris by 2025

Indian orbiter to reach Mars in 33 days

Russia's First Exoskeleton to Help Physically Impaired

NASA Awaits Boeing's Completion of Soyuz Replacement

US to Stop Using Soyuz Spacecraft, Invest in Domestic Private Space Industry

Has sea plankton been discovered on the ISS outer hull

Long-term spaceflights challenged as harm to astronauts' health revealed

Voyager Map Details Neptune's Strange Moon Triton

NASA Selects 26 Space Biology Research Proposals

Hitchhiking robot reaches journey's end in Canada

Humans to Mars a Principle of Space Exploration

Curiosity's Brushwork on Martian 'Bonanza King' Target

Sequencing at sea

A self-organizing thousand-robot swarm

Mars thigh bone is really just a rock spotted by Curiosity

500 million year reset for the immune system

Belka and Strelka, the canine cosmonauts

Life on Mars? Implications of a newly discovered mineral-rich structure

Russian Cosmonauts Conclude EVA Ahead of Schedule

Twin Galileos meet, ready for Thursday's launch

Russian Cosmonauts Carry Out Science-Oriented Spacewalk Outside ISS

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