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December 26, 2012
TECH SPACE
Turbopump Bearing Blamed For Failed Russian Comsat Orbiting
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Dec 26, 2012
Russian space agency Roscosmos experts say the destruction of a bearing inside the turbopump of the Briz-M upper stage's engine is the most likely reason for the initial failure of Russia's Yamal-402 satellite to reach its designated orbit, the Kommersant business daily reported on Tuesday. The satellite was launched from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan on December 8 but separated from its upper stage four minutes early, failing to reach the desired orbit. A four-step recovery plan develop ... read more
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ROCKET SCIENCE

US Firm Launches Reusable Space Rocket
The private US space engineering firm SpaceX released a video over the weekend showing its Grasshopper rocket making a short but important journey that could take space exploration to new heights: r ... more
STATION NEWS

New ISS crew docked at Space Station
The Russian Soyuz space capsule carrying Russian, Canadian and US spacemen successfully docked with the ISS on Friday with Roman Romanenko, Chris Hadfield and Thomas Marshburn safely floating inside ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE

Boeing Completes Preliminary Design Review for Space Launch System Core Stage
Boeing and NASA on Dec. 20 completed the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for the Space Launch System (SLS) core stage and avionics, validating the design of the rocket that will send humans beyond l ... more
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TECH SPACE

Space Fence program moving forward
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center here recently put out a request for proposal to move the Space Fence program forward. Space Fence will be a system of up to two land-based radars, th ... more


SPACE TRAVEL

NASA Puts Orion Backup Parachutes to the Test
NASA completed the latest in a series of parachute tests for its Orion spacecraft Thursday at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in southwestern Arizona, marking another step toward a first flight te ... more
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STATION NEWS

Expedition 34 Spends Christmas in Space
Expedition 34 is the latest crew to spend Christmas aboard the International Space Station. The six-member crew, Commander Kevin Ford and Flight Engineers Chris Hadfield, Tom Marshburn, Roman Romane ... more
IRON AND ICE

"All-Clear" Asteroid Will Miss Earth in 2040
Using the Gemini North telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawai'i a team of astronomers from the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy (IfA) have confirmed that the chance of asteroid 2011 AG5 impacti ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Plunging oil price to reset global defence budgets: IHS

UK Politicians Keeping 'Options Open' Over Trident Renewal

US Ballistic Missile Defense Needs More Testing

Russia Not to Deploy Units of Strategic Missile Forces in Crimea

India Considering Leasing Second Russian Nuclear Submarine

Challenging Russia, Ukraine moves to drop neutral status

US air strikes kill several IS leaders in Iraq: Pentagon

ROBO SPACE

Smart SPHERES Fly High Aboard the International Space Station
On Dec. 12 engineers at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., and Johnson Space Center in Houston conducted an experiment using small, free-flying robotic satellites called "Smart SPHE ... more
EXO WORLDS

Closest sun-like star may have planets
An international team of scientists, including Carnegie's Paul Butler, has discovered that Tau Ceti, one of the closest and most Sun-like stars, may have five planets. Their work is published by Ast ... more
EXO WORLDS

Spiral Structure of Disk May Reveal Planets
An international team of astronomers has used HiCIAO (High Contrast Instrument for the Subaru Next Generation Optics) (Note 1) to observe a disk around the young star SAO 206462. They succeeded in c ... more
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SATURN DAILY

Cassini Instrument Learns New Tricks
For seven years, a mini-fridge-sized instrument aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft reliably investigated weather patterns swirling around Saturn; the hydrocarbon composition of the surface of Saturn's ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY

The paths of photons are random - but coordinated
Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute have demonstrated that photons (light particles) emitted from light sources embedded in a complex and disordered structure are able to mutually coordinate the ... more
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North Atlantic signalled Ice Age thaw 1,000 years before it happened

Migrating 'supraglacial' lakes could trigger future Greenland ice loss

Clearing rainforests distorts wind and water, packs climate wallop beyond carbon

Glacier beds can get slipperier at higher sliding speeds

Hidden Movements of Greenland Ice Sheet, Runoff Revealed

Improving forecasts for rain-on-snow flooding

The Greenland Ice Sheet: Now in HD

ROBO SPACE

DARPA developing robotic mule
The use of robotics and similar technology has added a new dimension to the battlefield for all fighting forces, but the U.S. military in particular. ... more
STATION NEWS

Soyuz rocket brings trio to space station
A Russian Soyuz capsule with a three-man international crew docked without a hitch to the International Space Station on Friday after spending two days in orbit, Russian space control said. ... more
SPACE TRAVEL

White House to honor scientists, inventors
U.S. President Barack Obama has named 12 eminent researchers and 11 extraordinary inventors as recipients of national medal awards, the White House said Friday. ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Ariane 5 ECA orbits Skynet 5D and Mexsat Bicentenario satellites

Payload integration complete for final 2012 Ariane 5 mission

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SPACE TRAVEL
Opportunity For Some Shoulder Workout At Copper Cliff

Clays on Mars: More Plentiful Than Expected

Charitum Montes: a cratered winter wonderland


SPACE TRAVEL
Apollo's Lunar Dust Data Being Restored

GRAIL Lunar Impact Site Named for Astronaut Sally Ride

NASA probes crash into the moon


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

ROCKET SCIENCE

Landmark Year in Private Space Flight Development
With NASA's retired shuttles mothballed in museums, 2012 saw a new kind of spacecraft blaze its own path toward the International Space Station. In May, the Dragon space capsule - developed, owned a ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE

SSL And Sea Launch Announce Successful Completion Of Investigation
Space Systems/Loral (SSL) and Sea Launch AG have jointly reported that the Independent Oversight Board (IOB) formed to investigate the solar array deployment anomaly on a satellite launched in the s ... more
MARSDAILY

Clays on Mars: More Plentiful Than Expected
A new study co-authored by the Georgia Institute of Technology indicates that clay minerals, rocks that usually form when water is present for long periods of time, cover a larger portion of Mars th ... more
TECH SPACE

MEXSAT Bicentenario Satellite Sends First Signals from Space
The MEXSAT Bicentenario satellite, built by Boeing [NYSE: BA] partner Orbital Sciences Corporation [NYSE: ORB], sent its first signals from space Wednesday following launch from Kourou aboard an Ari ... more
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Belgium seeks to push back closure of two nuclear plants

Oil spill closes Enbridge line in Saskatchewan

Earth's most abundant mineral finally has a name

BOC Aviation adds two more Boeing jets to earlier order spree

WTO appeals panel sides with China in US anti-dumping duties row

Nature fires back at EIA shale gas critique

Apple co-founder Wozniak skeptical on smartwatches, Google Glass

MARSDAILY

Opportunity For Some Shoulder Workout At Copper Cliff

EXO LIFE

Origin of life emerged from cell membrane bioenergetics

EXO LIFE

Swansong Biospheres: The last refuges for life on the far-future Earth

LAUNCH PAD

Ariane 5 ECA orbits Skynet 5D and Mexsat Bicentenario satellites

MOON DAILY

Apollo's Lunar Dust Data Being Restored

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

Custom robots could do Fukushima cleanup

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

Three astronauts blast off for ISS in Russian craft

Nearby star is good candidate for Earth-like planets

Station Crew Does Maintenance as Soyuz Rolls to Launch Pad

ISS Orbit Raised Ahead of Crew Arrival

New Trio Launches to Join Expedition 34

CU-Boulder team develops swarm of pingpong ball-sized robots

Venus transit and lunar mirror could help astronomers find worlds around other stars

Payload integration complete for final 2012 Ariane 5 mission

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

Sierra Nevada Corporation Selected by NASA to Receive Human Spaceflight Certification Products Contract

Rocketdyne Reaches Milestone for J-2X powerpack

Health Concerns Could Ground Citizen Astronauts

TDRS-K Arrives at Kennedy for Launch Processing

From Cassini for the Holidays: A Splendor Seldom Seen

Curiosity Rover Explores 'Yellowknife Bay'

Beating Heart of J-2X Engine Finishes Year of Testing

Head-mounted cameras could help robots understand social interactions

Flexing fingers for micro-robotics: Berkeley Lab scientists create a powerful, microscale actuator

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