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November 29, 2012
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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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

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

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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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


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
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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

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
Poland wants NATO-Russia deal scrapped: minister

Under junta rule, Thailand pivots towards China

Reality check for Putin after Turkey shoots down plane

Chinese, Lao leaders mark successful launch of communication satellite

US Engine Dilemma: No Space Without Moscow

Japan rocket launches its first commercial satellite

China's scientific satellites to enter uncharted territory


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

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
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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

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
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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

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
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

Regional Dust Storm Dissipating

Fostering Curiosity: Mars Express relays rocky images

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

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


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

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


Researchers test novel power system for space travel


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


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Fostering Curiosity: Mars Express relays rocky images


Graphite experiment shines new light laser-driven fusion


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


One Year After Launch, Curiosity Rover Busy on Mars


Model sheds light on the chemistry that sparked the origin of 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

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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

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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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