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October 31, 2012
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Japan Plans to Launch New Carrier Rocket in 2013
Tokyo (RIA Novosti) Oct 31, 2012
Japan is planning to launch its new light-class Epsilon carrier rocket in summer 2013, national space agency JAXA said. JAXA's goal is to have an inexpensive rocket to launch compact low-cost satellites into orbit. It will replace the M-5 rocket, a similar vehicle that carried out seven successful space missions between 1997 and 2006. The three-stage solid-fuel launcher is designed to lift more than 2,600 pounds to low Earth orbit. The M-5 rocket could haul about 4,000 pounds to a simi ... read more

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STATION NEWS

Crew Preparing for Cargo Ship, Spacewalk
A special Halloween visitor will soon be knocking on the back door of the International Space Station. The ISS Progress 49 cargo vehicle launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at ... more
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MARSDAILY

NASA Rover's First Soil Studies Help Fingerprint Martian Minerals
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has completed initial experiments showing the mineralogy of Martian soil is similar to weathered basaltic soils of volcanic origin in Hawaii. The minerals were iden ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Fire burn and cauldron bubble
The cosmic cauldron has brewed up a Halloween trick in the form of a ghostly face that glows in X-rays, as seen by ESA's XMM-Newton space telescope. The eerie entity is a bubble bursting with the fi ... more
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MARSDAILY

Continuing Work With Scoops at 'Rocknest'
NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity on Sol 82 (Oct. 29, 2012) used its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) to photograph the diverse rocks in the "Rocknest" area and prepared for an overnight analysis of a soil s ... more
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TECH SPACE

SSBV Aerospace and Technology Group and SpaceMetric announce signing of MOU
SSBV Aerospace and Technology Group (SSBV) and Spacemetric has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to develop and demonstrate a multi-purpose and real-time Ground Receiving and Pr ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Dark clouds, young stars, and a dash of Hollywood
Stars are born in hiding, when dense regions within clouds of gas and dust collapse under their own gravity. But the clouds not only provide the raw material for star formation, they also absorb mos ... more
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MARSDAILY

Curiosity's Tastes of Martian Soil Offer Insights on Mineral Composition
NASA's Curiosity rover has taken its first bites out of the Martian surface and used the materials scooped up, sieved and portioned to cleanse the palate of the rover's sample collection system of a ... more
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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Danger in the skies as Russia, NATO play cat-and-mouse

Sony cancels parody film as NKorea suspected over hack

Palestinians seek Arab backing for UN resolution

Taiwan's ailing economy major challenge for leadership hopefuls

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Iran nuclear talks resume in Geneva

DARPA developing first-ever maneuverable bullet

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SPACEMART

Student teams fly their theses in weightlessness
For three days last week, student teams had the opportunity to run their experiments in near-weightlessness aboard Novespace's Airbus A300 Zero-G aircraft as it followed a series of parabolas. ... more
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EARTH OBSERVATION

Sizing up biomass from space
The biomass stored in forests is thought to play a critical role in mitigating the catastrophic effects of global climate change. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Carbo ... more
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EXO WORLDS

Planet-hunt data released to public
A year's worth of planet-hunting data gathered by NASA's Kepler space telescope has been made available to scientists and the public, researchers said. ... more
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ROBO SPACE

Powered exoskeleton helps paralyzed walk
People paralyzed below the waist who thought they would never take another step could gain some independence thanks to a new exoskeleton, U.S. researchers say. ... more
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ROCKET SCIENCE

Orbiting Gas Stations for Satellites
One of the things that makes space applications so expensive is the fact that we cannot service satellites once they get to orbit. The moment a satellite leaves the ground it is destined to survive, ... more
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TIME AND SPACE

Researchers look beyond space and time to cope with quantum theory
Physicists have proposed an experiment that could force us to make a choice between extremes to describe the behaviour of the Universe. The proposal comes from an international team of researchers f ... more
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MARSDAILY

Curiosity on Mars sits on rocks similar to those found in marshes in Mexico
Millions of years ago fire and water forged the gypsum rocks locked in at Cuatro Cienegas, a Mexican valley similar to the Martian crater where NASA's Rover Curiosity roams. A team of researchers ha ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Galactic Thief: "I Would Have Gotten Away With It, If It Weren't for Those Meddling Astronomers"
One of the closest galaxies to the Milky Way almost got away with theft. However, new simulations convicted the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) of stealing stars from its neighbor, the Small Magellanic ... more
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SPACE TRAVEL

Voyager observes magnetic field fluctuations in heliosheath
As they near the outer reaches of the solar system, for the past several years the two Voyager spacecraft have been sending back observations that challenge scientists' views of the physics at the e ... more
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TIME AND SPACE

Super-massive black hole inflates giant bubble
Using a brand-new radio telescope, astronomers have produced one of the best images ever made at the lowest frequencies of giant bubbles produced by a super-massive black hole. The observations were ... more
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TECH SPACE

Boeing on Schedule to Deliver Next-Gen Tracking and Data Relay Satellite
Boeing is on schedule to deliver the next-generation series of Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS), which will increase NASA's signal processing and transmission capabilities among the Hubble ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Gaia launcher separation test and Payload Module acceptance vibration tests completed
Testing of the separation of the Gaia Service Module from its Launch Vehicle Adapter has been completed, as have the acceptance vibration tests on the Payload Module. Two more important test c ... more
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ROBO SPACE

Canada, NASA in space rover talks
The Canadian Space Agency says it's in talks with NASA to launch a rover beyond Earth orbit aboard NASA's huge new deep space rocket. ... more
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SPACE SCOPES

China unveils large radio telescope in Shanghai
A massive radio telescope for use in space observation was unveiled Sunday at the foot of Sheshan Mountain in Shanghai. The telescope will be used to track and collect data from satellites and space ... more
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TECH SPACE

Russian Briz-M booster falls apart in orbit
Russia's Space Defense Forces have confirmed that the Briz-M propellant upper stage fell apart in the near-Earth orbit on October 16. Space Forces spokesman Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin said Monday the ... more
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SPACEMART

MEASAT HD Bouquet Reaches 34 Channels
MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. ("MEASAT") has announced an agreement with Encompass Digital Media ("Encompass") for the addition of HISTORY North East Asia regional feed on MEASAT's HD video nei ... more
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    SPACEMART

    Quantifying the Benefits of Hosted Payloads
    Last month I was a presenter at the Hosted Payload Summit in Washington, DC. Part of my presentation included an analysis conducted by the Avascent Group that quantified the benefits of the hosted p ... more
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    LAUNCH PAD

    EUTELSAT 21B and Star One C3 Set For Ariane 5 November Launch
    The two satellite passengers to be carried on Arianespace's Flight VA210 - the sixth Ariane 5 mission of 2012 from French Guiana - are undergoing checkout at the Spaceport for their November 9 lifto ... more
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    GPS NEWS

    Telit Introduces LTE Module Expanding Automotive Product Line with 4G for North American and European Markets
    Telit Wireless Solutions has announced the introduction of the LE920 LTE module for European and North American OEM automotive and aftermarket segments. The new 920 form factor measures 34x40x2.8mm ... more
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    ROCKET SCIENCE

    ORBITEC's Rocket Engine Soars Above the Mojave Desert
    Orbital Technologies has successfully flight-tested its new rocket engine and technologies in Mojave, CA. ORBITEC integrated its Vortex Liquid Rocket Engine into a launch vehicle airframe designed a ... more
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    MOON DAILY

    Study: Moon basin formed by giant impact
    A flattened 1,800-mile-wide section of the moon was likely caused by a collision with an asteroid the size of Austria, Japanese researchers say. ... more
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    LAUNCH PAD

    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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    SpaceX capsule completes successful first mission
    The unmanned SpaceX capsule made a safe splashdown in the Pacific Sunday after successfully delivering its first commercial payload to the International Space Station. ... more
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    TECH SPACE

    U.S. unveils new supercomputer
    Graphic processing units first created for computer gaming have been used to create one of the world's most powerful supercomputers, U.S. officials say. ... more
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