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November 21, 2012
Ariane's future at heart of European space meet
Naples, Italy (AFP) Nov 20, 2012
The future of Europe's space programme came under the spotlight in this southern Italian city Tuesday, where ministers discussed rival plans for a successor to the successful Ariane 5 launcher. The 20-nation European Space Agency, meeting at ministerial level for the first time in four years, is staging two days of budget talks. The meeting takes place against a backdrop of money worries, a fast-shifting satellite market and the growing strength of the US private sector in near-Earth space. ... read more
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S. Korea readies for delayed rocket launch
South Korea is set to go ahead next week with a delayed rocket launch as it aims to join the elite club of nations capable of putting a satellite into orbit, an official said Tuesday. ... more

Lifting The Ceiling On Terran Lifeforms
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MESSENGER Finds Unusual Groups of Ridges and Troughs on Mercury
MESSENGER has discovered assemblages of tectonic landforms unlike any previously found on Mercury or elsewhere in the Solar System. The surface of Mercury is covered with deformational landfor ... more


NASA's Kepler Wraps Prime Mission, Begins Extension
NASA is marking two milestones in the search for planets like Earth; the successful completion of the Kepler Space Telescope's three-and-a-half-year prime mission and the beginning of an extended mi ... more
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Supersonic Decelerator Project 'On Track' for Success
NASA has completed three key milestones in its development of new atmospheric deceleration technologies to support exploration missions across the solar system. The Low-Density Supersonic Dece ... more

Europe, U.S. talk space program link
European plans to join the United States in building a manned spaceship could see a British astronaut in space before the end of the decade, officials said. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
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Hague court begins hearing into South China Sea row

N. Korea slams South's live-fire drill

NATO head urges 'calm, de-escalation' after Russian plane downed

A Tornado With Rockets: New Russian Launch Vehicles Get Guided Missiles

Russia Develops New Tactical Missiles for Iskander-M System


BaBar Experiment Confirms Time Asymmetry
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Martian And Terran History Finding a common denominator
A team of scientists, including Carnegie's Conel Alexander and Jianhua Wang, studied the hydrogen in water from the Martian interior and found that Mars formed from similar building blocks to that o ... more

South Korea's rocket launch likely to take place Nov. 29
South Korea's third attempt to launch a space rocket is expected to take place on Nov. 29 after it has been postponed due to a last-minute technical glitch, the government said Monday. After h ... more
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Three ISS crew return to Earth in Russian capsule
Three astronauts touched down on the snowy steppes of Kazakhstan on Monday in a flawless pre-dawn landing aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule after spending over four months aboard the International Space Station (ISS). ... more

Station Crew Off Duty After Undocking
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Astronomers Directly Image Massive Star's 'Super-Jupiter'
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Meteorites reveal warm water existed on Mars
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Ariane's future at heart of European space meet

Arianespace's fourth Spaceport mission with Soyuz ready for fueling

Ariane 5's sixth launch of 2012

NASA Rover Providing New Weather and Radiation Data About Mars

CU LASP package ready for MAVEN integration bound for Mars

Martian And Terran History Finding a common denominator

China's Chang'e-3 to land on moon next year

Moon crater yields impact clues

Study: Moon basin formed by giant impact

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AVX Corporation, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has developed two new high-reliability SMD tantalum chip capacitor series for use in European aerospace appl ... more

Instrument Delivered for NASA's Upcoming Mars Mission
A remote sensing instrument that will peer into the ultraviolet to offer clues to how Mars might have lost its atmosphere has arrived at Lockheed Martin for integration into NASA's Mars Atmosphere a ... more

Melt water on Mars could sustain life
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NASA Rover Providing New Weather and Radiation Data About Mars
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New views of the Martian ionosphere

A Reborn Planetary Nebula

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Russia restores space contact after cable rupture

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Russia loses contact with satellites, space station

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S. Korean space launch faces further delay

Ariane 5's sixth launch of 2012

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