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February 19, 2013
Russia to launch bioscience satellite
Moscow (UPI) Feb 18, 2013
A Russian satellite that will conduct biological experiments in space and its launch rocket have been delivered to the Baikonur space center, officials said. As part of Russia's Federal Space Program, the Bion-M spacecraft will conduct fundamental and applied research in space biology, physiology and biotechnology while in orbit, the Roscosmos space agency reported Monday. The satellite, scheduled to launch in later April from the space center in Kazakhstan, will be equipped with 24 sets ... read more
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Bleach could hamper Mars life search
A martian meteorite frozen in antarctic ice suggests we may need to dig deeper into Mars to search for traces of past life, U.S. researchers say. ... more

At the mouth of the red valley
ESA's Mars Express took a high-resolution stereo image on 13 January of the southeast corner of the Amenthes Planum region on Mars, near to Palos crater and the mouth of a well-known sinuous valley, ... more

Antares Engine Test Aborted; New Date TBD
The planned first stage propulsion system "hot fire" test of Orbital's new Antares medium-class rocket was halted in the final seconds of the countdown by the rocket's flight computer, which detecte ... more
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NASA Spinoff 2012 Features New Space Tech Bettering Your Life Today
A plant texts a farmer to say it needs more water. An invisible coating scrubs pollutants from the air. A robot roams a hospital's halls, aiding doctors and nurses by recording vital signs and regis ... more


Scientists turn eyes toward Europa in search for life
US astronomers looking for life in the solar system believe that Europa, one of the moons of Jupiter, which has an ocean, is much more promising than desert-covered Mars, which is currently the focus of the US government's attention. ... more
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NASA's MAVEN Mission Completes Assembly
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft is assembled and is undergoing environmental testing at Lockheed Martin Space Systems facilities, near Denver, Colo. MAVEN is the nex ... more

Asteroid whizzes safely past Earth
A closely tracked asteroid, about 150-feet (45-meters) wide, whizzed safely past Earth on Friday, the same day a much smaller, previously undetected meteor hit Russia, injuring nearly 1,000 people. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
DoD report: defense spending expected to decline

CIA pulled officers from China after govt hack: report

DHS taps Raytheon for network contract

Russian strikes hit Syria opposition, not IS: US official

Russian strikes again expose US disarray

Russia carries out first Syria air strikes

U.S. Navy orders nuclear reactor components


Welcome Aboard Shenzhou 10
As we approach the launch of China's next human space mission, some questions still remain unanswered. This is not unusual for the relatively veiled nature of China's space program, but it does invi ... more

Telescopes Could Detect ET Life Signs Within 25 Years
A team of Dutch astronomers has shown that with a new type of telescope it may be possible to detect signs of extraterrestrial life on planets orbiting other stars than the Sun. Although even the mo ... more

Magnetic shielding of ion beam thruster walls
Electric rocket engines known as Hall thrusters, which use a super high-velocity stream of ions to propel a spacecraft in space, have been used successfully onboard many missions for half a century. ... more
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Orion Lands Safely on Two of Three Parachutes in Test
NASA engineers have demonstrated the agency's Orion spacecraft can land safely if one of its three main parachutes fails to inflate during deployment. The test was conducted Tuesday in Yuma, A ... more

Comet dust seeding life to Jupiter moons?
Comet dust may have seeded Jupiter's moons, including Europa and its liquid ocean beneath an icy crust, with the raw ingredients for life, U.S. researchers say. ... more
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Monsoon mission: A better way to predict Indian weather

Self-assembling material could enable artificial arteries

Study shows insect diversity decreases in gardens with non-native plants

King crabs threaten Antarctic ecosystem due to warming ocean

Chip-based technology enables reliable direct detection of Ebola virus

Loss of ocean predators has impact on climate change strategies

Bacteria in ancient flea may be ancestor of the Black Death


Low-Gravity Flights Will Aid ISS Fluids and Combustion Experiments
Wouldn't it be fun to do experiments while floating free inside an airplane? Scientists from NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland get to do just that using suborbital flights. These planes fly ... more

Robots with lift
They can already stand, walk, wriggle under obstacles, and change colors. Now researchers are adding a new skill to the soft robot arsenal: jumping. Using small explosions produced by a mix of ... more

Dry ice vacuum cleaner robot bound for Fukushima
A remote controlled robot that uses dry ice to vacuum up radiation was unveiled by Japanese researchers on Friday, the latest innovation to help the clean-up at Fukushima. ... more
Another Sea Launch Failure

ILS Concludes Yamal 402 Proton Launch Investigation

Ariane 5 delivers record payload off back-to-back launches this week

NASA's MAVEN Mission Completes Assembly

Bleach could hamper Mars life search

At the mouth of the red valley

Building a lunar base with 3D printing

US, Europe team up for moon fly-by

Russia to Launch Lunar Mission in 2015

Public to vote on names for Pluto moons

The PI's Perspective: The Seven-Year Itch

New Horizons Gets a New Year's Workout


Gas explosions enable soft robot to jump
Robots that can already stand, walk and wriggle under obstacles are getting a new skill thanks to Harvard University researchers - now they can jump. ... more

Getting the Right Spin on a Close-Passing Asteroid
The record-setting close approach of an asteroid on Feb. 15 is an exciting opportunity for scientists, and a research team will use National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and NASA telescopes to ... more

Humans and robots work better together following cross-training
Spending a day in someone else's shoes can help us to learn what makes them tick. Now the same approach is being used to develop a better understanding between humans and robots, to enable them to w ... more

ILS Concludes Yamal 402 Proton Launch Investigation
The International Launch Servies (ILS) Failure Review Oversight Board (FROB) concluded its review on February 7, concurring on the most probable root cause and the associated corrective action plan ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
First optical rectenna converts light to DC current

New York City to divest from coal

China to halve car purchase tax amid flagging sales

Bravo to biomass

A different type of 2-D semiconductor

TransCanada tries new legal route for Keystone XL

Embedded optical sensors could make robotic hands more dexterous


NASA Set for New Round Of J-2X Testing at Stennis Space Center


Mars Rock Takes Unusual Form


Rover Walkabout Continues at Cape York


Another Sea Launch Failure


Insect drives robot to track down smells


Earth-like planets are right next door


Satellite undergoes extreme testing


In milestone, Mars rover collects first bedrock sample


Ariane 5 delivers record payload off back-to-back launches this week


Can we live farther away from the Sun

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

No asteroid risk in foreseeable future

Alphasat experiences heaven on Earth

Public to vote on names for Pluto moons

Planet color may suggest alien life

Foundation Helps Promote New Robotics Teams Worldwide

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

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

NASA Curiosity Rover Collects First Martian Bedrock Sample

Direct Infrared Image Of An Arm In Disk Demonstrates Transition To Planet Formation

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

New NASA Mission To Help Us Better Estimate Asteroid Impact Hazard

Rocketdyne Powers Atlas 5 Upper Stage, Placing New Landsat In Orbit

Progress docks with ISS

Near impact: asteroid to narrowly miss Earth

Kepler Data Suggest Earth-size Planets May Be Next Door

Arianespace Launches Six Globalstar Birds Using Starsem Soyuz

NASA and ATK Complete Avionics and Controls Testing for SLS Booster

Earth-like planets may be closer than thought: study

Asteroid 2012 DA14 - Earth Flyby Reality Check

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