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February 06, 2016
United Launch Alliance launches GPS IIF-12 satellite for U.S. Air Force
Cape Canaveral, Fla. (UPI) Feb 5, 2016
United Launch Alliance launched the 12th and final satellite of the U.S. Air Force's GPS IIF-block, completing its first mission of 2016. The satellite was launched using an Atlas V rocket as part of an effort to increase the Global Positioning System's accuracy and reach for both military and civilian users. The satellite is designed to enhance signal strength and navigational assistance for U.S. military operators. "Congratulations to the ULA, Boeing and Air Force teams on the successf ... read more
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Edgar Mitchell, astronaut who walked on Moon, dead at 85
US astronaut Edgar Mitchell, one of just 12 people to have walked on the Moon, has died aged 85, his family and NASA said Friday, calling him a "pioneer." ... more

The frigid Flying Saucer
The international team, led by Stephane Guilloteau at the Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Bordeaux, France, measured the temperature of large dust grains around the young star 2MASS J16281370-2431391 ... more

First locks released from LISA Pathfinder's cubes
Today, the lock fingers that kept the two test masses on LISA Pathfinder secure during the launch and cruise phase were successfully unlocked. As planned, the two cubes are still attached to the spa ... more
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NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Primary Mirror Fully Assembled
The 18th and final primary mirror segment is installed on what will be the biggest and most powerful space telescope ever launched. The final mirror installation Wednesday at NASA's Goddard Space Fl ... more


Thermal Vacuum Test Validates Lockheed Martin's GPS III Satellite Design
Engineers at Lockheed Martin recently proved their design for the world's most powerful Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite can operate in and withstand the harsh conditions it will experience ... more

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NASA's Juno Spacecraft Burns for Jupiter
NASA's solar-powered Juno spacecraft successfully executed a maneuver to adjust its flight path today, Feb. 3. The maneuver refined the spacecraft's trajectory, helping set the stage for Juno's arri ... more

How Friendly Is Enceladus' Ocean To Life
How acidic is the ocean on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus? It's a fundamental question to understanding if this geyser-spouting moon could support life. Enceladus is part of a family of icy worlds, inc ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
N. Korea says rocket launch early as Sunday

Pakistan wants as many Taliban groups as possible to join talks

Obama, Park press Beijing on N.Korea sanctions

SM-6 missile demonstrates capabilities

US calls on Russia to hold new nuke talks

$66M set aside by U.S. for military facilities in Philippines

Bulgaria authorises NATO to protect its airspace


Pluto's Mysterious, Floating Hills
The nitrogen ice glaciers on Pluto appear to carry an intriguing cargo: numerous, isolated hills that may be fragments of water ice from Pluto's surrounding uplands. These hills individually measure ... more

NASA Team Demonstrates Loading of Swedish 'Green' Propellant
A NASA team has successfully demonstrated the handling and loading of a new-fangled, Swedish-developed "green propellant" that smells like glass cleaner, looks like chardonnay, but has proven powerf ... more

Turbulent times: When stars approach
When we look at the night sky, we see stars as tiny points of light eking out a solitary existence at immense distances from Earth. But appearances are deceptive. More than half the stars we know of ... more
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A violent wind blown from the heart of a galaxy tells the tale of a merger
An international team led by a researcher from Hiroshima University has succeeded in revealing the detailed structure of a massive ionized gas outflow streaming from the starburst galaxy NGC 6240. T ... more

Russia to Deliver Three Advanced Spacesuits to ISS in 2016
Three new advanced Russian Orlan-MKS spacesuits will be delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) by the end of 2016, the head of the Russian segment of the ISS said on Wednesday. Ear ... more
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Opportunity climbing steeper slopes to reach science targets
Opportunity is exploring 'Marathon Valley' on the rim of Endeavour crater. The rover is climbing up steep slopes to reach high-value science targets up on 'Knudsen Ridge.' Opportunity performe ... more

China releases images captured by HD earth observation satellite
China released first images captured by the nation's most sophisticated observation satellite Gaofen-4 on Wednesday, including one showing the capital city Beijing amid heavy smog. Each of the ... more

Kazakhstan Ratifies Protocol With Russia for Baikonur Cosmodrome Incidents
Kazakhstan's upper house of parliament ratified a protocol, introducing amendments to the 1999 intergovernmental agreement with Russia on procedures in the event of an accident occurring during a ro ... more

Inside Rosetta's comet
There are no large caverns inside Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. ESA's Rosetta mission has made measurements that clearly demonstrate this, solving a long-standing mystery. Comets are the ic ... more

China to launch nearly 40 Beidou navigation satellites in five years
China plans to launch nearly 40 Beidou navigation satellites in the next five years to support its global navigation and positioning network, a spokesperson said Wednesday. By the end of 2018, ... more

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Millisecond Pulsars Likely Account for Signal in Galactic Center
The puzzling excess of gamma rays from the center of the Milky Way probably originates from rapidly rotating neutron stars, or millisecond pulsars, and not from dark matter annihilation, as previous ... more

Passenger Connectivity Services To Surpass $5 Billion By 2025
According to Euroconsult's newly released report, Prospects for In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity, total revenues from passenger connectivity services are expected to grow from $700 million i ... more
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