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November 29, 2012
EXO WORLDS
Do missing Jupiters mean massive comet belts?
London, UK (SPX) Nov 29, 2012
Using ESA's Herschel space observatory, astronomers have discovered vast belts of comets surrounding two nearby planetary systems known to host nothing larger than Earth-to-Neptune-mass worlds. The comet reservoirs could have delivered life-giving oceans to the innermost planets. The scientists publish their work in papers in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society and Astronomy and Astrophysics. Last year, Herschel found that the dusty belt surrounding the nearby star Fomalhaut must be ... read more
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IRON AND ICE

Nine Radar Images of Asteroid 2007 PA8
A collage shows nine radar images of near-Earth asteroid 2007 PA8 that were obtained between Oct. 31 and Nov. 13, 2012, with data collected by NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network ante ... more
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S. Korea readies new bid to join global space club
South Korea held a final dress rehearsal Wednesday for its third attempt to send a satellite into orbit and join an elite space club that includes Asian powers China, Japan and India. ... more
EXO WORLDS

Dust Grains Highlight the Path to Planet Formation
An international team of researchers from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) and the Japanese universities of Kobe, Hyogo, and Saitama used the Subaru Telescope to capture a clear ... more
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SPACE TRAVEL

Why Study Plants in Space?
Why is NASA conducting plant research aboard the International Space Station? Because during future long-duration missions, life in space may depend on it. The ability of plants to provide a source ... more


MARSDAILY

Regional Dust Storm Dissipating
A regional dust storm on Mars, tracked from orbit since Nov. 10, appears to be abating rather than going global. "During the past week, the regional storm weakened and contracted significantly ... more
The Year In Space
EXO WORLDS

Low-mass planets make good neighbours for debris discs
Astronomers using ESA's Herschel Space Observatory have detected massive debris discs around 61 Virginis and Gliese 581, two nearby stars that are known to host super-Earth planets. The study ... more
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Ariane 5 joins Soyuz in mission preparations at the Spaceport
The Spaceport is once again handling parallel campaigns with two different members of the Arianespace launcher family, as a heavy-lift Ariane 5 has moved to the Final Assembly Building to be readied ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
US House approves plan to train Syria rebels in IS fight

Textron touts G-CLAW air-burst weapon

Arrests in large-scale Australian counter-terror raids

Taiwan shows force in biggest naval exercise in 25 years

RR Engine for Korean Navy passes acceptance tests

Insitu Inc. receives ScanEagle engine

China mum as Iceland envoy reportedly held for spying

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Who will challenge Dragon? Dragon spaceship postponed until March
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 fo ... 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
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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
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STATION NEWS

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
24/7 News Coverage
Rushed evacuations as Philippine volcano spews lava

De Beers warns diamonds aren't forever

Woman dies in flood as storms lash southern France

Scientists say Chinese sturgeon will soon be no more

Japan to file new research whaling plan 'this year'

Mexico airlifts tourists stranded by hurricane

Material mimicking shark skin combats hospital superbugs

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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
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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
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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
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EchoStar and Arianespace sign new satellite launch services contract

Soyuz ready for Friday launch of Pleiades 1B at Kourou

Sea Launch Postpones Satellite Launch Until Dec. 3


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Regional Dust Storm Dissipating

Fostering Curiosity: Mars Express relays rocky images

Matijevic Hill Survey Complete And Rover Passes 22 Miles Of Driving!


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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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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

EXO LIFE

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
ROBO SPACE

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
SATURN DAILY

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
EXO LIFE

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
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Moving silicon atoms in graphene with atomic precision

Wastewater injection is culprit for most quakes in Colorado and New Mexico

'Squid skin' metamaterials project yields vivid color display

Rice rolls 'neat' nanotube fibers

Nanoribbon film keeps glass ice-free

Scientists come closer to the industrial synthesis of a material harder than diamond

Assessing the environmental costs and benefits of fracking

EXO WORLDS

Magnesium oxide: From Earth to super-Earth

ROCKET SCIENCE

Researchers test novel power system for space travel

MARSDAILY

Matijevic Hill Survey Complete And Rover Passes 22 Miles Of Driving!

SPACE TRAVEL

Who's Killing the Space Program?

MARSDAILY

Fostering Curiosity: Mars Express relays rocky images

ENERGY TECH

Graphite experiment shines new light laser-driven fusion

STATION NEWS

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

MARSDAILY

One Year After Launch, Curiosity Rover Busy on Mars

EXO LIFE

Model sheds light on the chemistry that sparked the origin of life

EXO LIFE

Curious About Life: Interview with Roger Summons

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

Fly me to the universe

Secret mini-shuttle launch delayed

Robotic Fish Research Swims into New Ethorobotics Waters

Supersonic Decelerator Project 'On Track' for Success

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

Spacecraft Monitoring Martian Dust Storm

Can life emerge on planets around cooling stars?

Dwarf planet Makemake lacks atmosphere

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

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