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October 29, 2012
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SpaceX capsule completes successful first mission
Washington (AFP) Oct 28, 2012
The unmanned SpaceX capsule made a safe splashdown in the Pacific Sunday after successfully delivering its first commercial payload to the International Space Station. The capsule parachuted into the water at 1922 GMT after an 18-day mission to resupply the station and was now being recovered by a team of divers, US-based SpaceX said in a brief statement on its website. The mission - the first of 12 planned trips in SpaceX's $1.6 billion contract with US space agency NASA - is a milestone for ... read more

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S. Korea sets new window for rocket launch
South Korea said Monday it would make another atempt to send a satellite into space next month after a scheduled rocket launch last week was cancelled because of a technical glitch. ... more
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MARSDAILY

Baumgartner: Mars travel a waste of money
Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner says he believes NASA's Mars mission is a waste of money that could be used for "saving our planet." ... more
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DEEP IMPACT

Paintballs may deflect an incoming asteroid
In the event that a giant asteroid is headed toward Earth, you'd better hope that it's blindingly white. A pale asteroid would reflect sunlight - and over time, this bouncing of photons off its surf ... more
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STATION NEWS

Packed Week Ahead for Six-Member Crew
Friday was Expedition 33's first full day together as a six-member crew. Commander Suni Williams and Flight Engineers Aki Hoshide and Yuri Malenchenko welcomed new Flight Engineers Kevin Ford, Oleg ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Monster galaxy may have been stirred up by black-hole mischief
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have obtained a remarkable new view of a whopper of an elliptical galaxy, with a core bigger than any seen before. There are two intriguing expl ... more
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GPS NEWS

China launches another satellite for independent navigation system
China successfully launched another satellite into space for its indigenous global navigation and positioning network at 11:33 p.m. Beijing Time Thursday, the launch center said. The satellite ... more
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LAUNCH PAD

Launcher assembly begins for Arianespace's seventh Ariane 5 mission in 2012
Initial build-up is underway at the Spaceport for Arianespace's seventh Ariane 5 to be launched from French Guiana this year, initiating preparations to support this mid-December flight with the Sky ... more
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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
US military's robot space plane lands back on Earth

Russia to Create Space-Based Ballistic Missile Warning System

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LockMart and NGC Deliver Payload for Fourth SBIRS Satellite

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With IRNSS-1C, India a Step Closer to Own Navigation Satellite System

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SPACE TRAVEL

New NASA Online Science Resource Available for Educators and Students
NASA has a new online science resource for teachers and students to help bring Earth, the solar system, and the universe into their schools and homes. Called NASA Wavelength, the site features ... more
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IRON AND ICE

Whizzing Asteroid Turns Rocket Scientists' Heads
International leaders in asteroid and comet research are gathering at the University of Central Florida in Orlando Friday, Feb. 15, for a special "viewing party" that will climax with asteroid 2012 ... more
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SOLAR SCIENCE

STEREO Reaches New Milestone At Its Sixth Anniversary
On the evening of Oct. 25, 2006, the twin Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft launched into space, destined for fairly simple orbits: both circle the sun like Earth does, STE ... more
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SPACEMART

Antitrust Clearance for Sale of SSL Received by Loral and MDA
Loral Space and Communications Inc. has announced that Loral and MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) have received notice from the Department of Justice that it has completed its review o ... more
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Payload preparations begin for Arianespace's next Soyuz flight from French Guiana
The Pleiades 1B payload for Arianespace's fourth Soyuz mission from French Guiana is now undergoing its pre-launch checkout at the Spaceport, readying this Earth observation satellite for a late-nig ... more
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SPACE TRAVEL

'First' Pakistan astronaut wants to make peace in space
Once you've been to both poles, skydived over Mount Everest and set up your country's first consulate in Monaco, the question is: what next? ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

'White Widow' Scenario for Birth of Type Ia Supernovae
J. Craig Wheeler has studied the exploding stars called supernovae for more than four decades. Now he has a new idea on the identity of the "parents" of one of the most important types of supernovae ... more
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MOON DAILY

NASA's LADEE Spacecraft Gets Final Science Instrument Installed
Engineers at NASAs Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., have installed the third and final science instrument that will fly onboard NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LAD ... more
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Building a bridge from basic botany to applied agriculture

Brain surgery through the cheek

Prehistoric crocodiles' evolution mirrored in living species

Lake Erie increasingly susceptible to large cyanobacteria blooms

Loss of big predators could leave herbivores in a thorny situation

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Pleiades 1B joins its launcher at the Spaceport for Arianespace's Soyuz mission in November
Activities for Arianespace's fourth medium-lift Soyuz flight from the Spaceport is fully underway as the Pleiades 1B payload has now arrived in French Guiana - joining the mission's launcher, which ... more
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MARSDAILY

Opportunity Undertakes Survey Drives Of Local Area
Opportunity is continuing a local area survey around the location called "Matijevic Hill" (named in honor of Jake Matijevic) at the inboard edge of Cape York on the rim of Endeavour Crater. Th ... more
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EXO WORLDS

New Study Brings a Doubted Exoplanet 'Back from the Dead'
A second look at data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is reanimating the claim that the nearby star Fomalhaut hosts a massive exoplanet. The study suggests that the planet, named Fomalhaut b, is ... more
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MARSDAILY

Assessing Drop-Off to Mars Rover's Observation Tray
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its Mast Camera (Mastcam) during the mission's 78th sol (Oct. 24, 2012) to view soil material on the rover's observation tray. The observations will help asses ... more
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SATURN DAILY

Saturn's giant storm reveals the planet's churning atmosphere
A recent study of the giant storm whirling on Saturn for the past two years, which became known as the "Great Springtime Storm", has given planetary scientists new clues about the planet's weather. ... more
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EXO LIFE

Curious About Life: Interview with Felipe Gomez
The Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover has 10 science instruments, and each will be used in the coming weeks and months to help characterize the environment of Mars and determine if the planet ... more
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SPACE SCOPES

NASA's Uncanny Amazing Webb Mirrors
The first two mirrors that will fly aboard NASA's James Webb Space Telescope arrived at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. on Sept. 17, 2012. In this photo, one of the two mirrors ... more
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ROCKET SCIENCE

First Space Launch System 'Pathfinder' Hardware Nearing Completion
Engineers using a state-of-the-art vertical welding tool at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., move a "pathfinder" version of the adapter design that will be used on test flights ... more
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    STELLAR CHEMISTRY

    For the Milky Way, it's snack time
    Using the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, researchers have discovered a band, or stream, of stars believed to be the remnant of an ancient star cluster slowly being ingested by the Milky Way, Earth's home ... more
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    SPACE MEDICINE

    Why astronauts experience low blood pressure after returning to Earth from space
    When astronauts return to Earth, their altitude isn't the only thing that drops-their blood pressure does too. This condition, known as orthostatic hypotension, occurs in up to half of those astrona ... more
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    STELLAR CHEMISTRY

    A black widow's Tango Mortale in gamma-ray light
    Pulsars are the compact remnants from explosions of massive stars. Some of them spin around their own axis hundreds of times per second, emitting beams of radiation into space. Until now, they could ... more
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    TECH SPACE

    Record space junk cloud could threaten ISS: report
    The explosion of a failed Russian rocket upper stage has created a space junk cloud of 500 pieces which could threaten the International Space Station, a report said Thursday. In one of the bi ... more
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    STATION NEWS

    New crew docks with ISS: Russia
    A new crew of two Russians and one American successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) Thursday, Russian mission control said. ... more
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    DRAGON SPACE

    China to launch 11 meteorological satellites by 2020
    China will launch 11 meteorological satellites before 2020 to boost the country's weather monitoring network, according to the country's meteorological satellite development plan (2011-2020) release ... more
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    SPACE SCOPES

    Las Cumbres Observatory gains first light for entire 1-meter node at CTIO
    After nearly eight years of design, fabrication and development, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (LCOGT) installed three 1-meter telescopes at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) ... more
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    TECH SPACE

    Orbital Awarded Contract by USAF For EAGLE Spacecraft Platform
    Orbital Sciences, one of the world's leading space technology companies, has announced that the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate has awarded the company a $32 mil ... more
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