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August 14, 2012
SPACE MEDICINE
NASA Selects Space Biology Research Proposals
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 14, 2012
NASA selected 15 experiments to be funded through its most recent research announcement for opportunities in space biology research. Ten of these experiments will be conducted aboard the International Space Station in the near future. Five others will be ground-based studies. NASA's Space Biology Program will fund the proposals to investigate how cells, plants and animals respond to microgravity. Space biology scientists will examine and discover underlying mechanisms of adaptation to changes resu ... read more

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SPACE TRAVEL

Florida Spaceport Stakes Claim to Commercial Missions
The three American companies building next-generation spacecraft that NASA could call on to carry astronauts into orbit in the future will perform much of their work along Florida's Space Coast, hom ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Hubble's Close Encounter with the Tarantula
Turning its eye to the Tarantula Nebula, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has taken this close-up of the outskirts of the main cloud of the Nebula. The bright wispy structures are the signature o ... more
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EARTH OBSERVATION

NASA Finalizes Contracts for NOAA's JPSS-1 Mission
NASA has completed negotiations and finalized the contracts for the spacecraft and instruments that comprise the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) Satellite, NOAA's second next generation oper ... more
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BLUE SKY

NASA's New Way to Track Formaldehyde
NASA scientist Tom Hanisco is helping to fill a big gap in scientists' understanding of how much urban pollution - and more precisely formaldehyde - ultimately winds up in Earth's upper atmosphere w ... more
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LAUNCH PAD

GSAT-10 "spreads its wings" in preparation for Arianespace's next Ariane 5 launch
India's GSAT-10 telecommunications satellite - which is one of two passengers for Arianespace's upcoming Ariane 5 mission in September - has been put through its paces during pre-flight preparations ... more
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SOLAR SCIENCE

New NASA Mission Ready To Brave Earth Radiation Belts
NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) mission will send two spacecraft into the harsh environment of our planet's radiation belts. Final preparations have begun for launch on Thursday, Aug. 23, ... more
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EARTH OBSERVATION

Sparse microwave imaging: A new concept in microwave imaging technology
Sparse microwave imaging is a novel concept in microwave imaging that is intended to deal with the problems of increasing microwave imaging system complexity caused by the requirements of the system ... more
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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
EU ministers close ranks to support Iran deal

North Korea tells UN will not negotiate with a 'hostile' US

US, S. Korea begin major navy drill

China's Xi caught between Kim nukes, Trump tweets

India, Russia to hold first 'tri-service' war games

Baghdad accuses Kurds of 'declaration of war'

Once promised paradise, IS fighters end up in mass graves

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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Evidence further suggests extra-terrestrial origin of quasicrystals
Results from an expedition to far eastern Russia that set out to find the origin of naturally occurring quasicrystals have provided convincing evidence that they arrived on Earth from outer space. ... more
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MARSDAILY

Obama to NASA experts: 'Let me know if you find Martians'
US President Barack Obama on Monday ribbed scientists behind NASA's roving robot Curiosity, instructing them to let him know right away if they found life on Mars. ... more
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MARSDAILY

Opportunity Will Resume Driving Soon
With Curiosity on the Surface Opportunity Will Resume Driving Soon - August 02-07, 2012 - sols 3030-3035. Activity has been constrained for the period around the arrival of Curiosity. The proj ... more
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MARSDAILY

ChemCam sends digital 'thumbs up'
Members of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover ChemCam team got a digital thumbs up about the operational readiness of their instrument just hours after the rover landed on Martian soil late ... more
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MARSDAILY

UCLA scientist discovers plate tectonics on Mars
For years, many scientists had thought that plate tectonics existed nowhere in our solar system but on Earth. Now, a UCLA scientist has discovered that the geological phenomenon, which involves the ... more
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MARSDAILY

NASA's Curiosity Beams Back a Color 360 of Gale Crater
The first images from Curiosity's color Mast Camera, or Mastcam, have been received by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. The 130 low-resolution thumbnails, which wer ... more
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MARSDAILY

NASA Curiosity Mars Rover Installing Smarts for Driving
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity will spend its first weekend on Mars transitioning to software better suited for tasks ahead, such as driving and using its strong robotic arm. The rover's "brain transpl ... more
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STATION NEWS

New Way of Turning Station Offers Fuel Savings on Orbit
The launch of the 48th Progress resupply vehicle to the International Space Station marked two technical firsts for station operations: it was the first same-day rendezvous and docking of a spacecra ... more
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As ice sheet melts, Greenland's fjords become less salty

World Bank: 1.1 bn people 'invisible', lacking official identity

Study reveals secrets of planet formation

Huge spike in global carbon emissions linked to El Nino

More trees, better farming could slash carbon emissions: study

Vietnam braces for more downpours as flood toll hits 72

Three killed, 360,000 without power as freak storm hits Ireland

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ROCKET SCIENCE

Medvedev to Name and Shame Failed Satellite Launch Officials
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday he will name officials responsible for Monday's failed satellite launch next week. "I would like to hold a meeting on this next week. It will ... more
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ROCKET SCIENCE

Fuel Pipe to Blame for Proton Launch Failure
Monday's failed satellite launch was caused by a fault in a fuel pipe, Kommersant daily reported on Thursday, citing a source in the government inquiry. The source said telemetry showed that p ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Plenty of dark matter near the Sun
Astronomers at the University of Zurich and the ETH Zurich, together with other international researchers, have found large amounts of invisible "dark matter" near the Sun. Their results are consist ... more
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DRAGON SPACE

Hong Kong people share joy of China's manned space program
Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung said Friday that Hong Kong people shared the joy of the nation's remarkable achievements in its manned space mission, which has made all Chinese people proud. At t ... more
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SPACE TRAVEL

Dutch reality show to offer one-way tickets to Mars
As the world marvels at the latest US Mars landing, a Dutch start-up is aiming to beat NASA at its own game by sending the first humans to the red planet - and film all as a reality show. ... more
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MARSDAILY

Mars rover captures crash landing
NASA said Friday that a mysterious spot shown on a photograph sent back to Earth by the Mars rover Curiosity was the crash landing of its rocket stage. ... more
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ROCKET SCIENCE

NASA's Morpheus test lander crashes and burns
NASA's experimental moon lander crashed and burst into flames seconds after takeoff Thursday due to a hardware fault, the US space agency said, prompting an investigation but no casualties. ... more
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MARSDAILY

Orbiter Images NASA's Latest Additions To Martian Landscape
Late Monday night, an image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured the Curiosity rover and the components that helped ... more
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DEEP IMPACT

Perseid Meteors In Their Prime
The Perseid meteors should put on the peak of their yearly display late this Saturday night and early Sunday morning (August 11-12, 2012). "December's Geminids often outperform them by a bit," says ... more
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MARSDAILY

Engineering Team Develops Chip for Mars Rover
NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Rover Curiosity would have a hard time completing its mission if it were not for a successful partnership between the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a professor-student ... more
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VSAT NEWS

Argentina's Servicio Satelital Upgrades its Network with Gilat's SkyEdge II Hub and Broadband Satellite Platform
Gilat Satellite Networks reports that Argentina's Servicio Satelital S.A. has chosen Gilat's SkyEdge II Hub and broadband satellite platform to upgrade its existing network and provide additional su ... more
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TIME AND SPACE

The First Public Data Release from BOSS, the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey
The Third Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-III) has issued Data Release 9 (DR9), the first public release of data from the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS). In this release BOSS, the lar ... more
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SPACEMART

Satellite loss not to disturb Telkom operation: Indonesian minister
The launch failure of the Telkom-3 satellite owned by Indonesia's state telecommunication company PT Telkom will not affect the operation of the firm, State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan s ... more
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MARSDAILY

First 360-Degree Panorama From Nasa'S Curiosity Mars Rover
Remarkable image sets from NASA's Curiosity rover and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter are continuing to develop the story of Curiosity's landing and first days on Mars. The images from Curiosity's ... more
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LAUNCH PAD

The Spaceport moves into action for Arianespace's next Soyuz mission to orbit two Galileo satellites
The first of two Galileo In-Orbit Validation (IOV) navigation satellites for Arianespace's next Soyuz mission from the Spaceport has arrived in French Guiana, stepping up the activity involving this ... more
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MARSDAILY

Curiosity's second day on Mars 'flawless': NASA
NASA rover Curiosity's second day on Mars went "flawlessly," NASA said Wednesday, confirming the antennas, communication links and generator on the $2.5 billion robot are all working well. ... more
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