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November 29, 2012
Do missing Jupiters mean massive comet belts?
London, UK (SPX) Nov 29, 2012
Using ESA's Herschel space observatory, astronomers have discovered vast belts of comets surrounding two nearby planetary systems known to host nothing larger than Earth-to-Neptune-mass worlds. The comet reservoirs could have delivered life-giving oceans to the innermost planets. The scientists publish their work in papers in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society and Astronomy and Astrophysics. Last year, Herschel found that the dusty belt surrounding the nearby star Fomalhaut must be ... read more
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Nine Radar Images of Asteroid 2007 PA8
A collage shows nine radar images of near-Earth asteroid 2007 PA8 that were obtained between Oct. 31 and Nov. 13, 2012, with data collected by NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network ante ... more

S. Korea readies new bid to join global space club
South Korea held a final dress rehearsal Wednesday for its third attempt to send a satellite into orbit and join an elite space club that includes Asian powers China, Japan and India. ... more

Dust Grains Highlight the Path to Planet Formation
An international team of researchers from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) and the Japanese universities of Kobe, Hyogo, and Saitama used the Subaru Telescope to capture a clear ... more
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Sri Lanka partners Chinese communication satellite
Sri Lanka's President Wednesday welcomed the first communications satellite launch in partnership with a Chinese state-owned company, to take television to rural areas of the island. ... more


NASA Technologists Test 'Game-Changing' Data-Processing Technology
It's a digital world. Or is it? NASA technologist Jonathan Pellish isn't convinced. In fact, he believes a computing technology of yesteryear could potentially revolutionize everything from autonomo ... more
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Why Study Plants in Space?
Why is NASA conducting plant research aboard the International Space Station? Because during future long-duration missions, life in space may depend on it. The ability of plants to provide a source ... more

NASA Seeks Concepts For Innovative Uses Of Large Space Telescopes
NASA is exploring options for innovative and imaginative uses of two large space telescopes recently transferred to the agency. In a request for information (RFI) published Monday, NASA seeks inform ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Lockheeed building high-power laser

U.S. Navy orders new robots, servicing

US official warns of 'strong' action over N. Korea rocket launch

U.S. Navy sends guided-missile destroyer to Japan

Belarus says 'does not need' Russian airbase

Lockheed Martin delivers enhanced Patriot interceptor

U.S. Marines introduce 29 gender-neutral jobs


GOES-R Satellite Program Undergoes Successful Review
The GOES-R Series Program, which is leading the effort to replace and upgrade NOAA's existing fleet of geostationary satellites that track severe weather across the United States, received a favorab ... more

NASA's TRMM Satellite Confirms 2010 Landslides
A NASA study using TRMM satellite data revealed that the year 2010 was a particularly bad year for landslides around the world. A recent NASA study published in the October issue of the Journal of H ... more

Regional Dust Storm Dissipating
A regional dust storm on Mars, tracked from orbit since Nov. 10, appears to be abating rather than going global. "During the past week, the regional storm weakened and contracted significantly ... more
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Low-mass planets make good neighbours for debris discs
Astronomers using ESA's Herschel Space Observatory have detected massive debris discs around 61 Virginis and Gliese 581, two nearby stars that are known to host super-Earth planets. The study ... more

GTX Gets Approval For Custom Two-Way GPS Tracking Devices On Planes
GTX Corp has announced the approval of a custom designed GPS tracking device for use on AirNet and Cargolux. The custom configured device will be made available as an add-on service exclusively to c ... more
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Montana student, professor discover earliest Jurassic corals

Ancient alga left the water ready to survive on land

Dinosaur population study reveals how Maiasaura lived and died

Are the blueprints for limbs encoded in the snake genome


Tracking Pollution from Outer Space
The thickest layers of global smog - caused by traffic, industry, and natural minerals, among other factors - are found over the world's megacities. But getting an accurate measurement of pollution ... more

Broadband For Every Ship - The Changing Maritime Market
The paradigm is shifting in the provision of broadband connectivity through satellite networks to the commercial maritime market. A number of technological, economic, and social factors are currentl ... more

Ariane 5 joins Soyuz in mission preparations at the Spaceport
The Spaceport is once again handling parallel campaigns with two different members of the Arianespace launcher family, as a heavy-lift Ariane 5 has moved to the Final Assembly Building to be readied ... more
China's Chang'e-3 to land on moon next year

Moon crater yields impact clues

Study: Moon basin formed by giant impact

Regional Dust Storm Dissipating

Fostering Curiosity: Mars Express relays rocky images

Matijevic Hill Survey Complete And Rover Passes 22 Miles Of Driving!

Who's Killing the Space Program?

Why Study Plants in Space?

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Mr Xi in Space

China plans manned space launch in 2013: state media

China to launch manned spacecraft


NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission Turns 15
When it rains it pours, goes the saying, and for the last 15 years, the data on tropical rainfall have poured in. NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) was launched on Nov. 27, 1997, and ... more

Experiment yields possible 'spooky' matter
U.S. physicists say unexpected results from the Large Hadron Collider suggest its particle collisions may be producing a new type of matter. ... more

Galaxy-squatting black hole set for the record books
Astronomers on Wednesday said they had found possibly the biggest black hole ever observed, a leviathan with a mass 17 billion times that of the Sun, brooding at the heart of a distant galaxy. ... more

Who will challenge Dragon? Dragon spaceship postponed until March
The head of the Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) Elon Musk has foretold a grim future for the European Ariane 5 rocket launcher, but SpaceX's own project, the Dragon spaceship, bound fo ... more
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    Boeing Partner Orbital Completes MEXSAT Bicentenario Satellite


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    China successfully launches remote sensing satellite


    Private company to launch Sri Lanka's first satellite

    S.Korean Rocket Set to Lift Off Thursday

    EchoStar and Arianespace sign new satellite launch services contract

    The Diner at the Center of the Galaxy

    Astrium showcases maritime broadband solutions at Seatrade Middle East

    Russia selects woman cosmonaut prospect

    Shakeup of Russian space industry ordered

    Japan firm offers 3D model of foetus

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    Study of risks to humankind proposed

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