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February 12, 2013
OUTER PLANETS
Public to vote on names for Pluto moons
Mountain View, Calif. (UPI) Feb 11, 2013
The U.S.-led team that discovered two new moons of the dwarf planet Pluto says they're asking the public to vote on potential names for the distant worlds. The fourth and fifth moons of Pluto, named for the Greek god of the underworld, are currently known simply as P4 and P5. Tradition hold the names of Pluto's moons are taken from Greek and Roman mythology and relate to Hades and the underworld; the first three of Pluto's moons discovered are named Charon, discovered in 1978, and Nix an ... read more
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EXO LIFE

Planet color may suggest alien life
The light signatures of lichens and algae reflected in a distant planet's distinctive coloring could be evidence of alien life, German researchers say. ... more
EXO LIFE

Can we live farther away from the Sun
Researchers from the Pennsylvania State University (USA) have proposed new borders of the habitable zone for earth-type planets. Using as a basis the corrected absorption coefficients of molecules o ... more
LAUNCH PAD

Eutelsat and Arianespace sign new multi-year multiple launch services agreement
Eutelsat Communications and Arianespace have announced the signature of a long-term multiple launch services agreement which guarantees launch capacity and flexibility to Eutelsat for its industry-l ... more
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TECH SPACE

Alphasat experiences heaven on Earth
Tucked away in a vacuum chamber for several months, Europe's largest telecom satellite has faced the harsh conditions it will deal with once it is launched into space this summer. Testing at I ... more


MARSDAILY

NASA Curiosity Rover Collects First Martian Bedrock Sample
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 t ... more
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EXO WORLDS

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
MARSDAILY

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
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Russia should be ready for non-contact war

China's maritime area being carved up

Foes flex muscles in east Ukraine as NATO beefs up forces

Syria at 'critical moment', China tells opposition chief

Pakistani Taliban refuse to extend ceasefire, will continue talks

Lockheed to continue torpedo maintenance

US missile cruiser headed back to port after fire

MARSDAILY

How The World's Saltiest Pond Gets Its Salt; Implications For Water On Mars
Antarctica's Don Juan Pond might be the unlikeliest body of water on Earth. Situated in the frigid McMurdo Dry Valleys, only the pond's high salt content - by far the highest of any body of water on ... more
EXO WORLDS

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
TECH SPACE

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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MARSDAILY

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
LAUNCH PAD

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
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Nutrient-rich forests absorb more carbon

Plugging an ozone hole

Faithful allies since the Cretaceous

Pioneering findings on the dual role of carbon dioxide in photosynthesis

Study finds recent wolf-dog hybridization in Caucasus region

Neanderthals and Cro-magnons did not coincide on the Iberian Peninsula

Greenland ice cores show industrial record of acid rain, success of US Clean Air Act

IRON AND ICE

New NASA Mission To Help Us Better Estimate Asteroid Impact Hazard
Every year, sensors designed to detect nuclear explosions see harmless bursts in Earth's upper atmosphere from the breakup of an asteroid a few yards across. Tiny asteroids are much more numerous th ... more
IRON AND ICE

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
EXO WORLDS

Kepler Data Suggest Earth-size Planets May Be Next Door
Using publicly available data from NASA's Kepler space telescope, astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics estimate that six percent of red dwarf stars in the galaxy have Earth ... more
EXO WORLDS
Ariane 5 delivers record payload off back-to-back launches this week

Eutelsat and Arianespace sign new multi-year multiple launch services agreement

Arianespace Launches Six Globalstar Birds Using Starsem Soyuz


EXO WORLDS
In milestone, Mars rover collects first bedrock sample

How The World's Saltiest Pond Gets Its Salt; Implications For Water On Mars

Lockheed Martin Completes Assembly, Begins Environmental Testing of NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft


EXO WORLDS
Building a lunar base with 3D printing

US, Europe team up for moon fly-by

Russia to Launch Lunar Mission in 2015


EXO WORLDS
Public to vote on names for Pluto moons

The PI's Perspective: The Seven-Year Itch

New Horizons Gets a New Year's Workout

LAUNCH PAD

Arianespace Launches Six Globalstar Birds Using Starsem Soyuz
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
ROCKET SCIENCE

NASA and ATK Complete Avionics and Controls Testing for SLS Booster
NASA and ATK (ATK) completed the second in a series of development tests for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) booster program on January 30 at ATK's Promontory, Utah, test facility. This key a ... more
LAUNCH PAD

Ariane 5 Arrives At Kourou For 4th Automated Transfer Vehicle Mission
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
EXO WORLDS

Earth-like planets may be closer than thought: study
Scientists looking for habitable planets may not have to stray far from our galactic neighborhood, said a new study Wednesday, which calculated an Earth-size planet could be orbiting a red dwarf as near as 13 light years away. ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Fracking to thank for lower emissions, API says

12 U.S. states account for 80 percent of wind power

Tech giants look to skies to spread Internet

Problem wells source of greenhouse gas at unexpected stage of natural gas production

Scientists Capture Ultrafast Snapshots of Light-Driven Superconductivity

New 'switch' could power quantum computing

Study Says Renewables to Hit 16 percent by 2018

IRON AND ICE

Asteroid 2012 DA14 - Earth Flyby Reality Check

MARSDAILY

Sampling Several Rock Targets

LAUNCH PAD

Final checkout underway for the Starsem Soyuz launch with Globalstar spacecraft

IRON AND ICE

Small Asteroid to Whiz Past Earth Safely

MARSDAILY

Mapping Mars

MARSDAILY

Weekend Test on Mars Was Preparation to Drill a Rock

SPACE TRAVEL

Supersonic skydiver even faster than thought

EXO WORLDS

Are Super-Earths Actually Mini-Neptunes?

SATURN DAILY

Cassini Sees Titan Cooking up Smog

MERCURY RISING

BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter Proto-Flight Mechanical and Propulsion Bus undergoes bake-out

South Korean Satellite Makes First Contact with Ground

Ahmadinejad says ready to be Iran's first spaceman

Building a lunar base with 3D printing

Flight Control Test-2 for SLS at ATK

Dawn Look Backs

Iran's Bio-Capsule Comes Back from Space

NASA Launches Rocket from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia

Researchers develop model for identifying habitable zones around star

Stars can be late parents

Zenit Engine Worked Normally

A Hero For Humankind: Yuri Gagarin's Spaceflight

Internet wonders which monkey Iran sent into space

Floating platform unharmed after Zenit launch failure

Intelsat 27 Launch Unsuccessful

Herschel Finds Past-Prime Star May Be Making Planets

Astrium wins ESA contracts to design Ariane 6 and continue development of Ariane 5 ME

Mercury's crust likely made of magnesium-rich basalt

Site of space rocket launch to become home of S. Korea's space program

NASA Wallops Rocket Mission January 29 Prepping for Future Projects

Payload preps continue for first Ariane 5 flights of 2013

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