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July 03, 2015
New Horizons 'Speeds Up' on Final Approach to Pluto
Laurel MD (SPX) Jul 03, 2015
With just two weeks to go before its historic July 14 flight past Pluto, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft tapped the accelerator late last night and tweaked its path toward the Pluto system. The 23-second thruster burst was the third and final planned targeting maneuver of New Horizons' approach phase to Pluto; it was also the smallest of the nine course corrections since New Horizons launched in January 2006. It bumped the spacecraft's velocity by just 27 centimeters per second - about one-half mil ... read more
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NASA Met Unprecedented Challenges Sending Spacecraft to Pluto
NASA's New Horizons mission presented challenges like no other, but its goal also was unprecedented. The spacecraft will soon begin a study of the farthest reaches of the solar system. It was an his ... more

Twin Space Institutes to perform a biomedical research study
The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) has announced that a pathfinder study is underway in Cologne, Germany to investigate the effects of simulated spaceflight conditions on brain ... more

New Horizons Spacecraft Stays the Course to Pluto
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is getting a final "all clear" as it speeds closer to its historic July 14 flyby of Pluto and the dwarf planet's five moons. After seven weeks of detailed search ... more
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Prandtl-m prototype could pave way for first plane on Mars
NASA researchers are preparing to test the prototype that may pave the way for the first plane to fly Martian skies. The airplane is called the Prandtl-m. ... more


New plan proposed to send humans to Mars
A new, cost-constrained U.S. strategy to send humans on Mars, could be achieved within projected NASA budgets by minimizing new developments and relying mainly on already available or planned NASA a ... more
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Million-mile journey to an asteroid begins for ASU-built instrument
A journey that will stretch millions of miles and take years to complete begins with a short trip to a loading dock. The OSIRIS-REx Thermal Emission Spectrometer (OTES for short) is the first space ... more

Precise ages of largest number of stars hosting planets ever measured
A new study of 33 Kepler stars with solar-like oscillations to be published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The 33 Kepler stars have been selected for their solar like oscillat ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Iran nuclear talks set to drag into weekend -- and beyond

Beijing's South China Sea runway 'nearly complete': US think-tank

Russia to loan Armenia $200 million for arms: Yerevan

McCain Blows His Top Over US Inability to Abandon Russian Rocket Engines

Europe teams up for next-gen mission control software

NASA Gears Up to Test Orion's Powerhouse

NovaWurks and Spaceflight Services set for payload test bed mission in 2017


Water-Rich Moons Could Form in 'Goldilocks Zone'
Exomoons are the wildcard in the ongoing chase for habitable worlds. Astronomers have discovered more than 1,900 exoplanets, a few of which might be friendly to life, but no moons circling these ali ... more

NASA explains why June 30 will get extra second
The day will officially be a bit longer than usual on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, because an extra second, or "leap" second, will be added. "Earth's rotation is gradually slowing down a bit, so leap sec ... more

Telescopes focus on target of ESA's asteroid mission
Telescopes around the globe recently homed in on one point in the sky, observing the paired Didymos asteroids - the target for ESA's proposed Asteroid Impact Mission. The 800 m-diameter main body is ... more
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NASA Wants to Nuke Asteroids That Threaten to Destroy Earth
NASA has joined forces with a nuclear arms agency to learn more about how to deflect, or possibly destroy with nuclear power, asteroids or comets that may collide with Earth and obliterate the plane ... more

China set to bolster space, polar security
China has included security of its activities and assets in outer space, on the international sea bed and in polar regions in a draft national security law, the latest move to improve the legal fram ... more
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Cooperation in satellite technology put Belgium, China to forefront
Increased collaboration between Belgium and China in the field of satellite technology can put both nations "at the forefront" of delivering vital information globally, according to State Secretary ... more

Researchers confirm novel method for controlling plasma rotation
Rotation is key to the performance of salad spinners, toy tops, and centrifuges, but recent research suggests a way to harness rotation for the future of mankind's energy supply. In papers published ... more

Hubble sees a 'behemoth' bleeding atmosphere around a warm exoplanet
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have discovered an immense cloud of hydrogen dubbed "The Behemoth" bleeding from a planet orbiting a nearby star. The enormous, comet-like feature is ... more

Much variety on Pluto's Close Approach Hemisphere, and a Charon dark pole
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft doesn't pass Pluto until July 14 - but the mission team is making new discoveries as the piano-sized probe bears down on the Pluto system. In a long series of images o ... more

OSIRIS-REx Team Prepares for Next Step
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Can Planets Be Rejuvenated Around Dead Stars?
For a planet, this would be like a day at the spa. After years of growing old, a massive planet could, in theory, brighten up with a radiant, youthful glow. Rejuvenated planets, as they are nickname ... more

37 Years after Its Discovery, Pluto's Moon Charon Is Being Revealed
In June 1978, U.S. Naval Observatory astronomer James Christy noticed something unusual. He was studying highly magnified photos of Pluto, and Pluto wasn't round. A small bump marred one side of blu ... more
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Detecting exoplanets close to their host star

Ceres Spots Continue to Mystify in Latest Dawn Images

Nonphotosynthetic pigments could be biosignatures of life on other worlds

IBM's Chef Watson shares his culinary artifcial intelligence

Cockroach-inspired robot can navigate cluttered environs

Moon engulfed in permanent, lopsided dust cloud

Astronomers create array of Earth-like planet models

Is salt the key to unlocking the interiors of Neptune and Uranus?

Titan's atmosphere even more Earth-like than previously thought

The mass of the Mars-sized exoplanet, Kepler-138b

Scientists find methane in Mars meteorites

Dissolving Titan

Planarian regeneration model discovered by artificial intelligence

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NASA Signs Agreements to Advance Agency's Journey to Mars

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