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January 09, 2013
Exocomets may be as common as exoplanets
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jan 09, 2013
Comets trailing wispy tails across the night sky are a beautiful byproduct of our solar system's formation, icy leftovers from 4.6 billion years ago when the planets coalesced from rocky rubble. The discovery by astronomers at the University of California, Berkeley, and Clarion University in Pennsylvania of six likely comets around distant stars suggests that comets - dubbed "exocomets" - are just as common in other stellar systems with planets. Though only one of the 10 stars now thought to ... read more
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At Least One in Six Stars Has an Earth-sized Planet
The quest for a twin Earth is heating up. Using NASA's Kepler spacecraft, astronomers are beginning to find Earth-sized planets orbiting distant stars. A new analysis of Kepler data shows that about ... more

Simulated mission to Mars reveals critical data about sleep needs for astronauts
In the first study of its kind, a team of researchers led by faculty at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Baylor College of Medicine, has analyzed data on the ... more

Asteroid Impact Delivered Carbon To Giant Asteroid Vesta
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Lockheed Martin Delivered Core Structure For First GOES-R Satellite
Lockheed Martin delivered the core structure for the first in a series of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s next-generation geostationary weather satellites to the company ... more

Kepler Gets a Little Help From Its Friends
More than 2,300 exoplanet candidate discoveries have made it the most prolific planet hunter in history. But even NASA's Kepler mission needs a little help from its friends. Enter the Kepler follow- ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Cost of replacing UK's nuclear submarines goes up 6bn pounds

China under fresh fire over sea rows as US courts SE Asia

India test fires Advanced Air Defense missile

British PM David Cameron announces boost in defense spending

N. Korea warns South ahead of shelling anniversary

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Frozen hydrocarbon ice on Titan's oceans?
Blocks of hydrocarbon ice might be floating on the surface of existing lakes and seas of liquid hydrocarbon on Saturn's moon Titan, U.S. researchers say. ... more

Arianespace says 2012 sales leapt by 30%
The European space launch company Arianespace said Tuesday that 2012 sales rose 30 percent and forecast that it would dominate Russian and US rivals this year with a market share of more than 60 percent. ... more

'17 billion' Earth-sized planets in Milky Way: study
The Milky Way contains at least 17 billion planets the size of Earth, and likely many more, according to a study out Monday that raises the chances of discovering a sister planet to ours. ... more
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India scales down experimental flying payloads for exploring Mars
India has scaled down its flying experimental payloads for exploring the Mars by reducing the payload from 25 kg to 15 kg, local media reported on Sunday. The Mars Orbiter Mission, expected to ... more

Astrophysicists find wide binary stars wreak havoc in planetary systems
An international team of astrophysicists has shown that planetary systems with very distant binary stars are particularly susceptible to violent disruptions, more so than if they had stellar compani ... more
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For Sale: NASA Space Shuttle Stuff
Now that the US space shuttle program is defunct, NASA is leasing and selling some of its facilities and equipment at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to private companies and entrepreneurs. ... more

2013 FIRST Robotics Kick-Off Event
The 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition kicks off on Jan. 5, 2013. The kickoff event will be broadcast on NASA TV and marks the beginning of the season for high school students from across the nation to ... more

Arianespace to launch VNREDSat-1A built by Astrium for Vietnam
Arianespace to launch VNREDSat-1A built by Astrium for Vietnam Arianespace and Astrium hassigned the launch contract for the VNREDSat-1A Earth observation satellite, on behalf of the Vietnamese Acad ... more
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Arianespace says 2012 sales leapt by 30%

CSF Applauds Passage Of Risk-Sharing Regime Extension For Launch Industry

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Ancient Water-rich Meteorite Linked to Martian Crust

Mission would drag asteroid to the moon

Russia designs manned lunar spacecraft

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Captain's log: real space chat for Star Trek crew
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Ancient Water-rich Meteorite Linked to Martian Crust
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NASA Kepler hints at over 250 new potentially habitable worlds
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Crew Wraps Up Robonaut Testing
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2012 in Polish space activities

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Station Spinal Ultrasounds Seeking Why Astronauts Grow Taller in Space

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Billions and Billions of Planets

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ASI, ISRO hold planetary science workshop

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