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December 20, 2012
STATION NEWS
Three astronauts blast off for ISS in Russian craft
Baikonur, Kazakhstan (AFP) Dec 19, 2012
A Soyuz spacecraft carrying Russian, American and Canadian astronauts blasted off on Wednesday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan bound for the International Space Station (ISS). The spacecraft took off on schedule at 1212 GMT carrying Russian Roman Romanenko, NASA astronaut Thomas Marshburn and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield, an AFP correspondent said. "The Soyuz TMA-O7M has separated from the third stage booster rocket and has been brought into the correct orbit," the R ... read more
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STATION NEWS

New Trio Launches to Join Expedition 34
Three new crew members are on their way to join their Expedition 34 crewmates aboard the International Space Station. They launched aboard the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft at 7:12 a.m. EST (6:12 p.m. Ba ... more
EXO WORLDS

Nearby star is good candidate for Earth-like planets
Tau Ceti, one of our closest stars, is a good candidate for hosting an Earth-like planet, astronomers reported on Wednesday. ... more
SPACE MEDICINE

Health Concerns Could Ground Citizen Astronauts
A group of former NASA executives plans to offer excursions to the moon to anyone who can afford the $1.4-million-dollar-per-couple ticket price. Golden Spike Co. is the latest private company ... more
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SATURN DAILY

From Cassini for the Holidays: A Splendor Seldom Seen
Just in time for the holidays, NASA's Cassini spacecraft, in orbit around Saturn for more than eight years now, has delivered another glorious, backlit view of the planet Saturn and its rings. ... more


MARSDAILY

Curiosity Rover Explores 'Yellowknife Bay'
The NASA Mars rover Curiosity this week is driving within a shallow depression called "Yellowknife Bay," providing information to help researchers choose a rock to drill. Using Curiosity's per ... more
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SPACE TRAVEL

Sierra Nevada Corporation Selected by NASA to Receive Human Spaceflight Certification Products Contract
Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) Space Systems is pleased to announce that its Dream Chaser Space System Program has been selected by NASA's Commercial Crew Program to receive a Certification Produ ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE

Rocketdyne Reaches Milestone for J-2X powerpack
Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed the last hot-fire test on the J-2X powerpack - an important step toward development of America's next rocket engine designed for human spaceflight ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Aerostat surveillance system being evaluated by CBP

Intelsat General To Study Commercialization of USAF Satellites

Russian Bank Offers 5 Billion Rubles for GLONASS

ESA spaceplane progressing towards Vega launch

BAE Systems Australia producing more missile decoy systems

Turkish cruise missile tipped for F-35

US-led strikes kill more than 500 militants in Syria

SPACE TRAVEL

TDRS-K Arrives at Kennedy for Launch Processing
The first in a new class of Tracking and Data Relay Satellites arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Dec. 18 to begin the final phase of launch preparations ahead of a targeted liftof ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE

Beating Heart of J-2X Engine Finishes Year of Testing
NASA on Thursday took another step toward human exploration of new destinations in the solar system. At the agency's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, engineers conducted the final test-firing of ... more
ROBO SPACE

CU-Boulder team develops swarm of pingpong ball-sized robots
University of Colorado Boulder Assistant Professor Nikolaus Correll likes to think in multiples. If one robot can accomplish a singular task, think how much more could be accomplished if you had hun ... more
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EXO WORLDS

Venus transit and lunar mirror could help astronomers find worlds around other stars
On 6 June 2012 Venus passed directly between the Earth and the Sun, in a so-called transit where the planet appears as a silhouette against the solar disk, something that will not happen again until ... more
LAUNCH PAD

Payload integration complete for final 2012 Ariane 5 mission
The Skynet 5D satellite has joined its Mexsat Bicentenario co-passenger on Ariane 5, marking a new milestone in preparations for Arianespace's seventh and final heavy-lift flight of 2012 from the Sp ... more
24/7 News Coverage
Cause of aging remains elusive

Mature forests store nitrogen in soil

Brisbane Sugarbag bees launch all-conquering raids

Recently discovered microbe is key player in climate change

New Insights on Carbonic Acid in Water

Some scientists share better than others

Global consumption driving tropical deforestation

SPACE MEDICINE

Lights to combat astronaut insomnia
NASA says it will use lighting technology to help astronauts on the International Space Station sleep better during their "nights" in orbit. ... more
MOON DAILY

NASA probes crash into the moon
Two NASA probes crashed into the moon on Monday after spending months gathering data by orbiting miles above the lunar surface, the US space agency said. ... more
TECH SPACE

Operation to "rescue" Yamal-402 a success
Experts of the Thales Alenia Space company have completed a unique operation to "rescue" Yamal-402 satellite. On December 9 the Breeze-M upper stage of Russia's Proton heavy-lift rocket failed ... more
TECH SPACE
Payload integration complete for final 2012 Ariane 5 mission

Arctic town eyes future as Europe's gateway to space

ISRO planning 10 space missions in 2013


TECH SPACE
Curiosity Rover Explores 'Yellowknife Bay'

Charitum Montes: a cratered winter wonderland

Opportunity Continues Rock Studies


TECH SPACE
GRAIL Lunar Impact Site Named for Astronaut Sally Ride

NASA probes crash into the moon

Apollo's Lunar Dust Data Being Restored


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

Dwarf planet Makemake lacks atmosphere

Keck Observations Bring Weather Of Uranus Into Sharp Focus

MOON DAILY

GRAIL Lunar Impact Site Named for Astronaut Sally Ride
NASA has named the site where twin agency spacecraft impacted the moon Monday in honor of the late astronaut Sally K. Ride, who was America's first woman in space and a member of the probes' mission ... more
ROBO SPACE

Flexing fingers for micro-robotics: Berkeley Lab scientists create a powerful, microscale actuator
Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California, Berkeley, have developed an elegant and powerful new mic ... more
ROBO SPACE

Head-mounted cameras could help robots understand social interactions
What is everyone looking at? It's a common question in social settings because the answer identifies something of interest, or helps delineate social groupings. Those insights someday will be essent ... more
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
24/7 Energy News Coverage
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Cheaper silicon means cheaper solar cells

Electronics industry gets 2 ways to snoop on self-organizing molecules

Cooling with molecules

Strengthening thin-film bonds with ultrafast data collection

Special UO microscope captures defects in nanotubes

Quantum holograms as atomic scale memory keepsake

SPACE TRAVEL

What happens to plant growth when you remove gravity?

STATION NEWS

Medical Ops, Fan Checks for Space Crew; New Trio Checks Soyuz

MARSDAILY

Charitum Montes: a cratered winter wonderland

EXO LIFE

Search for life extends to the stars

MARSDAILY

Opportunity Continues Rock Studies

ROBO SPACE

Custom robots could do Fukushima cleanup

SPACE TRAVEL

To reach final frontier, NASA can't go it alone: analysts

STATION NEWS

Station Crew Does Maintenance as Soyuz Rolls to Launch Pad

STATION NEWS

ISS Orbit Raised Ahead of Crew Arrival

MARSDAILY

Enabling ChemCam to Measure Key Isotopic Ratios on Mars and Other Planets

Fast20XX research project - ideas for travelling at hypersonic speed

Hat Trick for X-37B

BepiColombo Mercury Transfer Module Mass Properties Measurement

Thales Makes Second Attempt to Adjust Yamal Orbit

Arctic town eyes future as Europe's gateway to space

China Makes First Asteroid Fly By

Rocket Burn Sets Stage for Dynamic Moon Duos' Lunar Impact

Curious About Life: Interview with Darby Dyer

No plans of sending an Indian on moon

Asteroid Toutatis Slowly Tumbles by Earth

NASA Progressing Toward First Launch of Orion Spacecraft

New member of the exclusive space club

ASU researchers propose new way to look at the dawn of life

US sends futuristic plane back into space

ISRO planning 10 space missions in 2013

Opportunity Checking Out Some Rocks At Matijevic Hill

NASA Gravity Probes Prepare to Hit the Moon

NASA Awards Commercial Crew Certification Contracts

Research: Tiny robots may think as a group

Russia works to fix satellite's off-target orbit

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