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December 27, 2012
SPACE TRAVEL
Satellite highs, suspension lows for Indian space sector in 2012
Chennai, India (IANS) Dec 27, 2012
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scored a century of launches in 2012 by putting into orbit four satellites, including the heaviest one built by it till date, entered a select group of nations that can build and launch radar imaging satellites (Risat) and held an international space summit in an impressive achievement for the internationally acclaimed space industry. The year began for ISRO with the launch of a new mission control centre at its rocket port in Sriharikota in Andhra Pra ... read more
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MOON DAILY

Russia designs manned lunar spacecraft
Russian space company Energia has completed the technical design of a manned spacecraft whose flight tests would be initiated in 2017, company officials say. ... more
LAUNCH PAD

NASA's Space Launch System Core Stage Passes Major Milestone, Ready to Start Construction
The team designing America's new flagship rocket has completed successfully a major technical review of the vehicle's core stage. NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) will take the agency's Orion spacec ... more
TECH SPACE

Turbopump Bearing Blamed For Failed Russian Comsat Orbiting
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-40 ... 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
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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
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
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
'Up to 15,000 Russian soldiers' sent to Ukraine, say rights groups

UN Human Rights Council to send mission to Iraq to probe IS crimes

Kiev warns of 'great war' with Russia as its forces retreat

Australia PM says 'extreme force' justified against IS

Merkel says arms aid for Iraqi Kurds also defends Europe

Philippines foils 'anti-China' bombing plot: govt

Pakistan anti-PM protesters storm state TV

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
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
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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
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Nature's tiny engineers

Sierra Nevada freshwater runoff could drop 26 percent by 2100

Zooming in for a safe flight

Likely near-simultaneous earthquakes complicate seismic hazard planning for Italy

Experts defend operational earthquake forecasting, counter critiques

Hong Kong activists in fightback after China vote decision

Fukushima workers to sue TEPCO for danger pay

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
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
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
NASA's Space Launch System Core Stage Passes Major Milestone, Ready to Start Construction

Ariane 5 ECA orbits Skynet 5D and Mexsat Bicentenario satellites

Payload integration complete for final 2012 Ariane 5 mission


STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Charitum Montes: a cratered winter wonderland

Opportunity Continues Rock Studies

Clays on Mars: More Plentiful Than Expected


STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Russia designs manned lunar spacecraft

Apollo's Lunar Dust Data Being Restored

GRAIL Lunar Impact Site Named for Astronaut Sally Ride


STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Halfway Between Uranus and Neptune, New Horizons Cruises On

Dwarf planet Makemake lacks atmosphere

Keck Observations Bring Weather Of Uranus Into Sharp Focus

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
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
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Solar System Transforms Fallow Land Into Money Generating Asset

Fukushima accepts 'temporary' radioactive waste storage

HelioSage Energy Announces Sale of 12 Solar Projects in North Carolina

VIASPACE Establishes Giant King Grass Research Collaboration With California

Ceres to Expand Product Development in Sorghum and Sugarcane

Cenex Tank Program assists retailers offering E15

SunShare Announces Program to Provide Free Electricity

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

ROBO SPACE

Custom robots could do Fukushima cleanup

SPACE TRAVEL

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

ROCKET SCIENCE

SSL And Sea Launch Announce Successful Completion Of Investigation

MARSDAILY

Clays on Mars: More Plentiful Than Expected

Origin of life emerged from cell membrane bioenergetics

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

Three astronauts blast off for ISS in Russian craft

MEXSAT Bicentenario Satellite Sends First Signals from Space

Opportunity For Some Shoulder Workout At Copper Cliff

Ariane 5 ECA orbits Skynet 5D and Mexsat Bicentenario satellites

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'

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