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December 11, 2012
ROCKET SCIENCE
US sends futuristic plane back into space
Washington (AFP) Dec 11, 2012
The United States on Tuesday launched for the third time its futuristic X-37B spacecraft, a small and pilotless plane that experts believe could open a new realm of espionage. The 29-foot (8.9-meter) long vehicle blasted off aboard an Atlas V rocket at 1:03 pm (1803 GMT) from Cape Canaveral in Florida on a mission about which the US Air Force has offered minimal details. The United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin, streamed live footage on its website of the bl ... read more
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SPACE TRAVEL

China patent office becomes world's largest: WIPO
China's patent office for the first time became the world's largest last year, as the number of global patent filings continued to grow despite the sluggish economy, the UN's intellectual property agency said Tuesday. ... more
LAUNCH PAD

ULA Launch Monopoly to End
On May 2, 2005, Boeing and Lockheed Martin announced their intention to form a joint venture called the United Launch Alliance (ULA), combining the production, engineering, test and launch operation ... more
EXO LIFE

Mining ancient ores for clues to early life
An analysis of sulfide ore deposits from one of the world's richest base-metal mines confirms that oxygen levels were extremely low on Earth 2.7 billion years ago, but also shows that microbes were ... more
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MOON DAILY

Apollo's Lunar Dust Data Being Restored
Forty years after the last Apollo spacecraft launched, the science from those missions continues to shape our view of the moon. In one of the latest developments, readings from the Apollo 14 and 15 ... more


SPACE TRAVEL

To reach final frontier, NASA can't go it alone: analysts
If NASA wants to help humans boldly go where no man has gone before, the US space agency must work with other countries, say experts who fear budget constraints will keep astronauts stuck on Earth. ... more
The Year In Space
SPACE TRAVEL

What happens to plant growth when you remove gravity?
It is well known that plant growth patterns are influenced by a variety of stimuli, gravity being one amongst many. On Earth plant roots exhibit characteristic behaviours called 'waving' and 'skewin ... more
STATION NEWS

Medical Ops, Fan Checks for Space Crew; New Trio Checks Soyuz
The orbiting Expedition 34 trio was busy Friday with medical operations, physical science and ongoing maintenance. The trio waiting to launch on Dec. 19 tested their launch suits and spacecraft in B ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
US Air Force to launch new surveillance satellites

The X-Gen Men at 1600 and Number 10

IBM's Watson advises US soldiers on life after service

This time for the PLA: Chinese army shows off dancing robots

Saab buys ThyssenKrupp's Swedish submarine shipyard

Rising civilian deaths fuel outrage in Pakistan offensive

USAF orders ground approach radar for Saudi Arabia

MARSDAILY

Charitum Montes: a cratered winter wonderland
The high-resolution stereo camera on ESA's Mars Express imaged the Charitum Montes region of the Red Planet on 18 June, near to Gale crater and the Argyre basin featured in our October and November ... more
EXO LIFE

Search for life extends to the stars
Nighttime flights on an airborne observatory to search newly born stars could turn up evidence of the presence of precursors to life, U.S. astrobiologists say. ... more
MARSDAILY

Opportunity Continues Rock Studies
Opportunity is located at a place named "Matijevic Hill" (named in honor of Jake Matijevic) at the inboard edge of Cape York on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover just finished collecting ... more
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Russia works to fix satellite's off-target orbit
Russian scientists were working to correct the orbit of a communications satellite Sunday after it failed to reach its designated location in space - the latest setback for the country's once-pioneering space industry. ... more
MOON DAILY

To the moon and back for less than 2 billion dollars
Two former top NASA officials unveiled plans Thursday to sell manned flights to the moon by the end of the decade, in an announcement 40 years after the last human set foot there. ... more
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New water balance calculation for the Dead Sea

Sharks are Collateral Damage in Commercial Fishing

Size and age of plants impact their productivity more than climate

NASA Starts Campaign To Probe Ocean Ecology, Carbon Cycle

Has Antarctic sea ice expansion been overestimated?

NRL Reveals New Meteorological Insight into Mid-Level Clouds

Global warming 'pause' reflects natural fluctuation

IRON AND ICE

What is Creating Gullies on Vesta?
In a preliminary analysis of images from NASA's Dawn mission, scientists have spotted intriguing gullies that sculpt the walls of geologically young craters on the giant asteroid Vesta. Led by ... more
TECH SPACE

Speeding Space Junk Poses Risks for Spacecraft
The amount of space junk floating around the Earth grows every year, and increasingly can pose risks to spacecraft orbiting the planet. In the United States, NASA's Orbital Debris Program (ODP ... more
SPACE TRAVEL

What trends will take upper hand in space exploration?
Space exploration in the future is linked to the creation of habitable bases on the moon. This opinion was expressed by head of Russia's leading research institute of the country's space agency Genn ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
SPACEX Awarded Two EELV Class Missions From The USAF

Russia works to fix satellite's off-target orbit

ULA Launch Monopoly to End


SPACE TRAVEL
Charitum Montes: a cratered winter wonderland

Opportunity Continues Rock Studies

Orbiter Spies Where Rover's Cruise Stage Hit Mars


SPACE TRAVEL
Apollo's Lunar Dust Data Being Restored

To the moon and back for less than 2 billion dollars

NASA's GRAIL Creates Most Accurate Moon Gravity Map


SPACE TRAVEL
Halfway Between Uranus and Neptune, New Horizons Cruises On

Dwarf planet Makemake lacks atmosphere

Keck Observations Bring Weather Of Uranus Into Sharp Focus

TECH SPACE

Elbit Systems to Provide Space Camera for the Italian OPTSAT 3000 Observation Satellite
Elbit Systems reports that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Elbit Systems Electro-Optics Elop, was awarded a contract from Israel Aerospace Industries ("IAI") to provide a space camera for the Italian O ... more
STATION NEWS

Khrunichev Completes Nauka Space Station Module
Russia's Khrunichev space company has completed assembly of the Nauka ("Science") multirole laboratory module for the International Space Station, Khrunichev said on Friday. The module will no ... more
SPACE TRAVEL

Scientists say NASA's budget inadequate for its goals
NASA suffers from a "mismatch" between its goals and the budget it has been given to achieve them, according to a panel that said the US space agency may need a complete overhaul. ... more
SPACE MEDICINE

Six degrees of inclination
Stay in a tilted bed for weeks with your head at the lower end and your body starts to change as if it were ageing prematurely or living in space. Twelve volunteers in ESA's bedrest study are enduri ... more
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Low cost technique improves properties of nanomaterials

NIST develops prototype meter test for hydrogen refueling stations

Creating optical cables out of thin air

A new multi-bit 'spin' for MRAM storage

Fires are a major cause of wind farm failure

LAUNCH PAD

SPACEX Awarded Two EELV Class Missions From The USAF

STATION NEWS

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

ROCKET SCIENCE

US to launch anew secretive space plane

ROCKET SCIENCE

N. Korea replacing faulty rocket stage: report

MARSDAILY

Orbiter Spies Where Rover's Cruise Stage Hit Mars

LAUNCH PAD

Russia Set to Launch Telecoms Satellite for Gazprom

TECH SPACE

SES And ESA To Collaborate On Electra To Develop First All-Electric Small/Medium Sized Satellite Platform In Europe

MOON DAILY

NASA's GRAIL Creates Most Accurate Moon Gravity Map

EXO LIFE

Can life emerge on planets around cooling stars?

SPACE TRAVEL

Kickstarter's creative community takes hold in Britain

New Crew of ISS to Perform Two Spacewalks

N. Korea completes installing rocket: report

Astronomers discover and 'weigh' infant solar system

NASA to send new rover to Mars in 2020

Titan, Saturn's Largest Moon, Icier than Scientists Thought

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Ancient Mars May Have Captured Enormous Floodwaters

Safe Driving on Mars

NASA Announces Multi-Year Mars Program With New Rover In 2020

Chinese astronauts may grow veg on Moon

Sea Launch Delivers the EUTELSAT 70B Spacecraft into Orbit

Swimming robot crosses Pacific Ocean

NASA's Cassini Sees Abrupt Turn in Titan's Atmosphere

Countdown begins to the next generation of satellites

Search for Life Suggests Solar Systems More Habitable than Ours

Opportunity Rover Does Walkabout Of Crater Rim

Altimeter Built at Goddard Helped Identify Ice on Mercury

S. Korea postpones rocket launch to 2013: official

N. Korea installs rocket on launch pad: report

Squirrels and Birds Inspire Researchers to Create Deceptive Robots

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