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February 11, 2013
NASA Curiosity Rover Collects First Martian Bedrock Sample
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 11, 2013
NASA's Curiosity rover has, for the first time, used a drill carried at the end of its robotic arm to bore into a flat, veiny rock on Mars and collect a sample from its interior. This is the first time any robot has drilled into a rock to collect a sample on Mars. The fresh hole, about 0.63 inch (1.6 centimeters) wide and 2.5 inches (6.4 centimeters) deep in a patch of fine-grained sedimentary bedrock, can be seen in images and other data Curiosity beamed to Earth Saturday. The rock is believed to ... read more
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Direct Infrared Image Of An Arm In Disk Demonstrates Transition To Planet Formation
An international team of astronomers led by Satoshi Mayama (Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Japan) and Ruobing Dong (Princeton University, U.S.A.) has made observations with the Subaru Tel ... more

Lockheed Martin Completes Assembly, Begins Environmental Testing of NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft
Lockheed Martin has completed the assembly of NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft. The orbiter is now undergoing environmental testing at the company's Space Systems fac ... more

How The World's Saltiest Pond Gets Its Salt; Implications For Water On Mars
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Earth-like planets are right next door
Using publicly available data from NASA's Kepler space telescope, astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) have found that six percent of red dwarf stars have habitable, ... more


Satellite undergoes extreme testing
Europe's largest telecom satellite has successfully faced a test recreating conditions it will deal with when it is launched this summer, scientists say. ... more
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In milestone, Mars rover collects first bedrock sample
In a first, the Mars rover Curiosity has penetrated a rock on the Red Planet and collected a sample from its interior, the US space agency announced Saturday. ... more

Ariane 5 delivers record payload off back-to-back launches this week
On Thursday, February 7, 2013, Arianespace successfully carried out the 54th Ariane 5 launch in a row, orbiting two telecommunications satellites: Amazonas-3 for Spanish operator Hispasat, and Azers ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Russia's nuclear weapon arsenal surpasses US

Elbit to supply Hermes 900 HFE UAVs to Switzerland

U.S. Navy's USNS Maury completes acceptance trials

General Dynamics receives sub contract modification

Philippine Air Force receiving South Korean FA-50 jets

Saab to modernize Sweden's RBS 97 Hawk missile system

Polish call to scrap NATO-Russia deal 'extraordinarily dangerous': Moscow


New NASA Mission To Help Us Better Estimate Asteroid Impact Hazard
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Near impact: asteroid to narrowly miss Earth
Hold on to your hats: an asteroid will zoom within spitting distance of Earth next week, in what NASA said Thursday is the closest flyby ever predicted for an object this large. ... more

Kepler Data Suggest Earth-size Planets May Be Next Door
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Wednesday's successful orbiting of six spacecraft on a Starsem Soyuz mission from Baikonur Cosmodrome marks the wrap-up of launch services currently contracted with Arianespace by Globalstar for the ... more

NASA and ATK Complete Avionics and Controls Testing for SLS Booster
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The Ariane 5 for Arianespace's upcoming flight with an Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) resupply spacecraft has arrived in French Guiana, maintaining the mission pace for this industry-leading launc ... more

Earth-like planets may be closer than thought: study
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Opportunity is moving around the inboard edge of "Cape York" on the rim of Endeavour Crater, performing in-situ (contact) science investigations. On Sol 3200 (Jan. 23, 2013), the rover complet ... more

Mapping Mars
Nearly 90% of Mars' surface has been mapped by the high-resolution stereo camera on ESA's Mars Express, which celebrates ten years since launch this June. The mosaic comprises 2702 individual ... more

Weekend Test on Mars Was Preparation to Drill a Rock
The bit of the rock-sampling drill on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity left its mark on a Martian rock this weekend during brief testing of the tool's percussive action. The successful activity, ca ... more

Supersonic skydiver even faster than thought
Felix Baumgartner, the Austrian skydiver who jumped from the edge of space in October, fell at 1.25 times the speed of sound, even faster than thought, organisers said Wednesday. ... more
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