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November 27, 2012
Life on Mars: NASA says 'hold on a minute!'
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 25, 2012
When a NASA official said last week data from an instrument on the Mars Curiosity rover suggested something "for the history books," many people thought an announcement was imminent of the possible discovery of life on the Red Planet - until the space agency began to seriously backpedal on the story. It may be a case of once bitten twice shy as NASA has been through this before - a hotly anticipated and heavily hyped bit of news that only disappoints in the end. The current excitement ... read more
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Study of risks to humankind proposed
British researchers say they want to create a Center for the Study of Existential Risk to analyze the ultimate risks to the future of mankind. ... more

Cassini Finds a Video Gamers' Paradise at Saturn
You could call this "Pac-Man, the Sequel." Scientists with NASA's Cassini mission have spotted a second feature shaped like the 1980s video game icon in the Saturn system, this time on the moon Teth ... more

Astronauts bring back new life
It is not every day that astronauts can claim to return to Earth with a new species of life. But when the astronauts on ESA's CAVES underground training course returned to the surface they were carr ... more
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Magnesium oxide: From Earth to super-Earth
The mantles of Earth and other rocky planets are rich in magnesium and oxygen. Due to its simplicity, the mineral magnesium oxide is a good model for studying the nature of planetary interiors. New ... more


Researchers test novel power system for space travel
A team of researchers, including engineers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, has demonstrated a new concept for a reliable nuclear reactor that could be used on space flights. The research team r ... more
The Year In Space

Matijevic Hill Survey Complete And Rover Passes 22 Miles Of Driving!
Opportunity has completed the local area survey around the location called "Matijevic Hill" (named in honor of Jake Matijevic) at the inboard edge of Cape York on the rim of Endeavour Crater. ... more

Who's Killing the Space Program?
This past August the U.S. landed a one-ton spacecraft on the surface of Mars. Sending a spacecraft to Mars is not unique in itself, since we have sent several exploration vehicles to the Red Planet ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
US threatening 'chaos' in Asia-Pacific: China

Putin makes troop deaths in peacetime operations a 'state secret'

US affirms 'ironclad' promise to defend Philippines

Baltics mull joint air defence system against Russia

Indian wants cooperation with Russia to build nuclear subs

Shedding Light on Untapped Information in Photons

Pentagon considers underwater recharging stations for sub drones


Fostering Curiosity: Mars Express relays rocky images
For the first time, ESA's Mars orbiter has relayed scientific data from NASA's Curiosity rover on the Red Planet's surface. The data included detailed images of 'Rocknest3' and were received by ESA' ... more

One Year After Launch, Curiosity Rover Busy on Mars
The NASA Mars rover Curiosity began its flight to Mars on Nov. 26, 2011, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., tucked inside the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft. One year after launc ... more

Model sheds light on the chemistry that sparked the origin of life
The question of how life began on a molecular level has been a longstanding problem in science. However, recent mathematical research sheds light on a possible mechanism by which life may have gotte ... more
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Curious About Life: Interview with Roger Summons
The Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover has 10 science instruments, and each will be used in the coming weeks and months to help characterize the environment of Mars and determine if the planet ... more

NASA monitors massive dust storm on Mars
The US space agency says it is monitoring a massive dust storm on Mars that has produced atmospheric changes. ... more
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Study shows influence on climate of fresh water during last ice age

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The Arctic: Interglacial period with a break

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New model predicts fish population response to dams

Savannahs slow climate change


Failure Of India's Big Rocket Project Is Symbolic Of Deep Structural Problems
The ongoing "Asia Pivot" by United States is rapidly changing the regional dynamics of the Indo - Pacific region, and nowhere is it more visible than the sphere of cooperation in defence and space r ... more

Intrigue from Mars, or Grotzinger's silence
Mars rover Curiosity has collected shocking data that may make it into the history books, John Grotzinger, lead scientist of the Mars Science Laboratory mission, said on Thursday. He declined ... more

Russian Briz-M puts US satellite into orbit
A Russian Briz-M upper stage has successfully put a US Ecostar-16 communication satellite into orbit. According to Roscosmos, this happened at 7:43 Moscow time this morning. A Proton-M carrie ... more
Pleiades 1B is ready for integration in the payload "stack" for Arianespace's next Soyuz mission

Failure Of India's Big Rocket Project Is Symbolic Of Deep Structural Problems

Russian Briz-M puts US satellite into orbit

NASA monitors massive dust storm on Mars

Fostering Curiosity: Mars Express relays rocky images

Intrigue from Mars, or Grotzinger's silence

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

Moon crater yields impact clues

Study: Moon basin formed by giant impact

Dwarf planet Makemake lacks atmosphere

Keck Observations Bring Weather Of Uranus Into Sharp Focus

At Pluto, Moons and Debris May Be Hazardous to New Horizons Spacecraft During Flyby


Fly me to the universe
In the eye of Ouyang Ziyuan, Chinese will not only explore the moon and Mars, but the sun, Venus and Jupiter, as well. "I wish we could travel further away," said Ouyang, chief scientist of Ch ... more

Secret mini-shuttle launch delayed
The U.S. Air Force says an investigation into engine trouble during a recent Delta rocket launch will delay the launch of its X-37B mini-shuttle. ... more

Spacecraft Monitoring Martian Dust Storm
A Martian dust storm that NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been tracking since last week has also produced atmospheric changes detectable by rovers on Mars. Using the orbiter's Mars Colo ... more

Can life emerge on planets around cooling stars?
Astronomers find planets in strange places and wonder if they might support life. One such place would be in orbit around a white or brown dwarf. While neither is a star like the sun, both glow and ... more
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Visualizing how radiation bombardment boosts superconductivity

New technique speeds nanoMRI imaging

Collaboration could lead to biodegradable computer chips

Engineering phase changes in nanoparticle arrays

Enhancing knowledge crucial to improving energy-saving behaviors

Large Hadron Collider Smashes its own Particle-Smashing Record


University of Glasgow and Clyde Space set to put brakes on space junk problem


At Helsinki's Slush, start-ups 'speed date' for financing


Life on Mars? Maybe not. NASA rows back on findings


S. Korea rocket launch set for Nov 29


France, Germany compromise on Ariane launcher: minister


UK Secures Billion Pound Package For Space Investment


Dwarf planet Makemake lacks atmosphere


Curiosity Team May Reveal Major Discovery Soon


Pleiades 1B is ready for integration in the payload "stack" for Arianespace's next Soyuz mission


Mexsat Bicentenario is delivered to French Guiana for its December launch on Ariane 5

Robotic Fish Research Swims into New Ethorobotics Waters

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's... the Space Station

Supersonic Decelerator Project 'On Track' for Success

Meteorite samples provide definitive evidence of water and rock types on Mars

Survey At 'Matijevic Hill' Wrapping Up

Europe, U.S. talk space program link

Curiosity Rover Preparing for Thanksgiving Activities

BaBar Experiment Confirms Time Asymmetry

Toshiba unveils dog-like robot for Fukushima plant

France, Germany seek Ariane compromise at ESA space meet

Lifting The Ceiling On Terran Lifeforms

NASA Innovator of Year Hunts for Extraterrestrial Amino Acids

MESSENGER Finds Unusual Groups of Ridges and Troughs on Mercury

NASA's Kepler Wraps Prime Mission, Begins Extension

Martian And Terran History Finding a common denominator

South Korea's rocket launch likely to take place Nov. 29

Meteorites reveal warm water existed on Mars

Three ISS crew return to Earth in Russian capsule

Ban 'killer robots,' rights group urges

ILS Launches the EchoStar XVI Satellite

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