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November 01, 2012
BLUE SKY
Dust's Warming Counters Half of its Cooling Effect
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 01, 2012
Dust that routinely rises above the world's deserts causes a more significant localized warming effect than previously thought, a new study based on NASA field research shows. In April 2008, atmospheric scientists set up camp in Zhangye, a semi-arid region between China's Taklimakan and Gobi deserts. They sorted and prepared cargo that included two mobile laboratories housed in trailers, and an array of upward-looking instruments for measuring airborne dust particles. Then, the team waited for fav ... read more

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EXO WORLDS

Physicists confirm first planet discovered in a quadruple star system
Justin Crepp, assistant professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame, provided the high-contrast imaging observations that confirmed the first extrasolar planet discovered in a quadruple sta ... more
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IRON AND ICE

Dawn Sees "Young" Surface on Giant Asteroid
Like a Hollywood starlet constantly retouching her makeup, the giant asteroid Vesta is constantly stirring its outermost layer to present a young face. Data from NASA's Dawn mission show that a form ... more
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SATURN DAILY

Cassini Halloween Treat: Titan Glows in the Dark
A literal shot in the dark by imaging cameras on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has yielded an image of a visible glow from Titan, emanating not just from the top of Titan's atmosphere, but also - surpri ... more
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SPACEMART

Giant tracking station readies for operation
One of the world's most sophisticated satellite tracking stations is nearing inauguration in Malargue, Argentina, 1000 km west of Buenos Aires. The new station will ensure reliable communications wi ... more
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STATION NEWS

Crew Prepares for Spacewalk After Progress Docks
Commander Suni Williams and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide configured tools they will use during a 6.5-hour spacewalk slated to begin at 8:15 a.m. Thursday. Williams and Hoshide will venture out to the ... more
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GPS NEWS

Two SOPS accepts command and control of newest GPS satellite
The 2nd Space Operations Squadron accepted satellite control authority of its third Global Positioning System Block IIF satellite during a ceremony here Oct. 26. Following its launch from Cape Canav ... more
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LAUNCH PAD

Ariane 5s are readied in parallel for Arianespace's next heavy-lift flights
Launch vehicle preparations for the next two Ariane 5 flights from French Guiana are moving forward at the Spaceport as Arianespace maintains the mission pace in 2012 with its heavy-lift workhorse. ... more
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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Back to Cold War as Russia probes NATO defences

Japanese aircraft scrambles endangering safety: China

China Concerned by India's Moves to Secure Northeastern Border

China punishes HK lawmaker for criticising leader

Chinese Communist leadership 'fundamental' to rule of law: party

Canadian military receiving satellite-on-the-move communications system

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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Stars Ancient and Modern?
This colourful view of the globular star cluster NGC 6362 was captured by the Wide Field Imager attached to the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile. This new picture, ... more
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IRON AND ICE

Dawn On Route To Ceres
Dawn is making good progress on the second segment of its cosmic travels. Following more than a year of arduous but sensationally productive and exciting work revealing the fascinating character of ... more
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IRON AND ICE

Protoplanet Vesta: Forever young?
Like a movie star constantly retouching her makeup, the protoplanet Vesta is continually stirring its outermost layer and presenting a young face. New data from NASA's Dawn mission show that a ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Distant super-luminous supernovae found
Two 'super-luminous' supernovae - stellar explosions 10 to 100 times brighter than other supernova types - have been detected in the distant Universe. The discovery, led by Swinburne University of T ... more
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ROBO SPACE

Flying rescue robot can avoid obstacles
U.S. researchers say they have created an autonomous flying robot that is as smart as a bird when it comes to maneuvering around obstacles. ... more
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AEROSPACE

Non-NATO Sweden, Finland agree to monitor Iceland's airspace
Sweden said Wednesday that it and Finland, two countries outside any military alliances, would help monitor the airspace of NATO member Iceland for a few months in early 2014 in what is seen as a sensitive step. ... more
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STATION NEWS

Russian cargo ship docks with ISS: official
A Russian Progress cargo vessel successfully docked with the International Space Station on Wednesday after its launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, mission control said. ... 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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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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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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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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LAUNCH PAD

Japan Plans to Launch New Carrier Rocket in 2013
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 ... 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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