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November 28, 2012
Who will challenge Dragon? Dragon spaceship postponed until March
Moscow (Voice of Russia) Nov 28, 2012
The head of the Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) Elon Musk has foretold a grim future for the European Ariane 5 rocket launcher, but SpaceX's own project, the Dragon spaceship, bound for the International Space Station, has now been postponed until March, 2013. It's thought that could be due to malfunctions in the Falcon 9 launch vehicle and in Dragon's onboard systems that were discovered during the latest flight from 7th to 28th of October, 2012. Next year will hopefully see Cygnus, ... read more
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Soyuz ready for Friday launch of Pleiades 1B at Kourou
Arianespace's fourth Soyuz for launch from the Spaceport in French Guiana is now undergoing final checkout for a November 30 evening liftoff following installation of its Pleiades 1B observation sat ... more

Sea Launch Postpones Satellite Launch Until Dec. 3
The Sea Launch consortium has moved the date for the launch of its Zenit-3SL rocket carrying the EUTELSAT-70B satellite 24 hours due to the delayed arrival of the Odyssey platform to the launch site ... more

NASA, Roscosmos Assign Veteran Crew to Yearlong Space Station Mission
NASA, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), and their international partners have selected two veteran spacefarers for a one-year mission aboard the International Space Station in 2015. This ... more
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Russia Replaces Proton-M Rocket for Dec 28 Launch
A Proton-M carrier rocket has been damaged during transportation to the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan and will be replaced to keep the launch schedule unchanged, the Khrunichev space rocket ma ... more


Private company to launch Sri Lanka's first satellite
Sri Lanka's maiden satellite launch done by SupremeSAT, a private company with collaboration from China's state owned China Great Wall Industry Corporation, is expected to take place on Tuesday, an ... more
The Year In Space

S.Korean Rocket Set to Lift Off Thursday
South Korea's KSLV-1 carrier rocket will be launched on Thursday, Russia's Khrunichev Space Center said on Tuesday. The Khrunichev Center built the first stage for the rocket under a 2004 agre ... more

EchoStar and Arianespace sign new satellite launch services contract
EchoStar and Arianespace have reached an agreement to launch multiple new satellites over a multi-year period from Europe's spaceport in French Guiana. The new contract will provide EchoStar with la ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Russia's nuclear weapon arsenal surpasses US

Elbit to supply Hermes 900 HFE UAVs to Switzerland

U.S. Navy's USNS Maury completes acceptance trials

General Dynamics receives sub contract modification

Philippine Air Force receiving South Korean FA-50 jets

Saab to modernize Sweden's RBS 97 Hawk missile system

Polish call to scrap NATO-Russia deal 'extraordinarily dangerous': Moscow


Life on Mars: NASA says 'hold on a minute!'
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. ... more

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
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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

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
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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

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
EchoStar and Arianespace sign new satellite launch services contract

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

Soyuz ready for Friday launch of Pleiades 1B at Kourou

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


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

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
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Britain axes 1 billion pound carbon capture scheme

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PetroChina sells pipeline stake amid reforms push

French group to help Japan dismantle nuclear reactors

Google gets 348,085 'forget' requests in Europe

CERN colliding lead ions at record energy using upgraded LHC


NASA monitors massive dust storm on Mars


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


Intrigue from Mars, or Grotzinger's silence


Russian Briz-M puts US satellite into orbit


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Secret mini-shuttle launch delayed


Spacecraft Monitoring Martian Dust Storm


Can life emerge on planets around cooling stars?


Dwarf planet Makemake lacks atmosphere


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

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

Europe, U.S. talk space program link

Curiosity Rover Preparing for Thanksgiving Activities

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

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

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

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