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July 24, 2014
Federal auditors say NASA doesn't have funds for big rocket
Washington (UPI) Jul 23, 2013
One of NASA's headlining programs is the Space Launch System, a giant rocket program aimed at eventually delivering astronauts to the moon, Mars, asteroids and the deep space beyond. The space agency signed a long-term deal with Boeing earlier this summer to continue work on the mission. But a new report by federal auditors at the Government Accountability Office say NASA and its contracting partners are unlikely to meet their goal of a December 2017 test flight. Officials with the federal watc ... read more
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Earthlings often wonder if life exists on other planets, and researchers said Wednesday that hunting for traces of pollution from distant worlds could provide the answer. ... more

Russian cargo craft docks with ISS, science satellite fails
A cargo craft successfully docked with the International Space Station, the Russian space agency Roskosmos said Thursday. ... more

'Doomsday sputnik': Russia said to launch new missile-attack warning satellite
After years of delay, Russia plans to deploy this year the first satellite of its new constellation replacing the space component of the early warning system, Russian media reported. It will also do ... more
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SpaceX Soft Lands Falcon 9 Rocket First Stage
Following last week's successful launch of six ORBCOMM satellites, the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage reentered Earth's atmosphere and soft landed in the Atlantic Ocean. This test confirms that the F ... more


China's biggest moon challenge: returning to earth
China's lunar probe, Chang'e-5, will be launched around 2017 and its mission to collect samples from the moon and return to earth is the most challenging yet, according to Wu Weiren, chief designer ... more
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Astronomers have discovered a transiting exoplanet with the longest known year. Kepler-421b circles its star once every 704 days. In comparison, Mars orbits our Sun once every 780 days. Most of the ... more

New Fort Knox: A means to a solar-system-wide economy
Creating an economic zone of influence that encompasses our solar system will be the single most difficult endeavor the human race has ever attempted. The biggest hurdle isn't even the engineering; ... more
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Seeing Earth As An Exoplanet: What Signs Of Life Are Visible?
An extraterrestrial spacecraft lurking in a satellite's orbit near Earth would be able to see city lights and pollution in our atmosphere. But what if it searched for signs of life on Earth from afa ... more

Voyager Spacecraft Might Not Have Reached Interstellar Space
In 2012, the Voyager mission team announced that the Voyager 1 spacecraft had passed into interstellar space, traveling further from Earth than any other manmade object. But, in the nearly two years ... more

China says spy ship operations 'in line with international law'
Beijing has defended its dispatch of a spy ship to international waters off Hawaii, near where Chinese vessels are taking part in a US-led naval exercise for the first time, reports said Monday. ... more
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Russian Spacecraft To Host Experiments After ISS Supply Run
Russia's Progress M-23M resupply spacecraft is due to get undocked on Tuesday from the International Space Station (ISS) and embark on an autonomous scientific flight to study the impact of its engi ... more

New material puts a twist in light
Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have uncovered the secret to twisting light at will. It is the latest step in the development of photonics, the faster, more compact and less c ... more
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Wake up, robot
Code, play and command your space droid - students across Europe can bring a squadron of minisatellites to life on the International Space Station as the ultimate space robot game. For the fou ... more

UEA research shows oceans vital for possibility of alien life
Researchers at the University of East Anglia have made an important step in the race to discover whether other planets could develop and sustain life. New research published in the journal Astrobiol ... more

Future Electronics May Depend on Lasers, Not Quartz
Nearly all electronics require devices called oscillators that create precise frequencies-frequencies used to keep time in wristwatches or to transmit reliable signals to radios. For nearly 100 year ... more

Improving the cost and efficiency of renewable energy storage
A major challenge in renewable energy is storage. A common approach is a reaction that splits water into oxygen and hydrogen, and uses the hydrogen as a fue ... more

"Nanocamera" takes pictures at distances smaller than light's own wavelength
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Efficient structures help build a sustainable future
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Comet ISON's Dramatic Final Hours
A new analysis of data from the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft has revealed that comet 2012/S1 (ISON) stopped producing dust and gas shortly before it raced past the S ... more
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