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November 30, 2012
Spacecraft Finds New Evidence for Water Ice on Mercury
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2012
New observations by the MESSENGER spacecraft provide compelling support for the long-held hypothesis that Mercury harbors abundant water ice and other frozen volatile materials in its permanently shadowed polar craters. Three independent lines of evidence support this conclusion: the first measurements of excess hydrogen at Mercury's north pole with MESSENGER's Neutron Spectrometer, the first measurements of the reflectance of Mercury's polar deposits at near-infrared wavelengths with the Mercury ... read more
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Ice Sheet Loss At Both Poles Increasing, Study Finds
An international team of experts supported by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) has combined data from multiple satellites and aircraft to produce the most comprehensive and accurate assessme ... more

Record-Setting X-ray Jet Discovered
A jet of X-rays from a supermassive black hole 12.4 billion light years from Earth has been detected by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. This is the most distant X-ray jet ever observed and gives a ... more

Arianespace ready for next Soyuz and Ariane missions
A payload fairing not only performs the important role of protecting a launcher's passengers during ascent, it also provides an opportunity to put a spotlight on the spacecraft lofted during the mis ... more
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Video Hails Arrival of Two Different Webb Telescope Mirrors
The sole secondary mirror and a third primary mirror segment that will fly aboard NASA's James Webb Space Telescope arrived at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., on Nov. 5, 2012. ... more


The Biggest Breakthrough In Propulsion Since The Jet Engine
Reaction Engines can announce the biggest breakthrough in aerospace propulsion technology since the invention of the jet engine. Critical tests have been successfully completed on the key technology ... more
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To the naked eye there is nothing to see, and yet the small transparent container holds something never observed before. For the first time, scientists are studying asteroid dust collected by a spac ... more

Biggest Black Hole Blast Discovered
Astronomers using ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) have discovered a quasar with the most energetic outflow ever seen, at least five times more powerful than any that have been observed to date. Qua ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
U.S. Air Force defers 45 F-35s from budget plan

Worldwide F-35 fleet exceeds 50,000 flight hours

SpaceX to carry military payloads as US phases out Russian rocket engines

AMEC receives contract to support Aegis Ashore in Poland

US, allies target N. Korea finances after rocket test

S. Korean firms begin pull-out from industrial park in North

Russia, Belarus agree on sale of Sukhoi Su-30SM fighters


Opportunity Gets To Work On Interesting Rock
Opportunity, after completing the 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, ha ... more

Japan Schedules Radar Satellite Launch
Japanese national space agency JAXA and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. would launch an H-2A rocket with a radar intelligence satellite early next year, the Kyodo news agency reported on Tuesday. ... more

A Sky Full of Planets
Think back to the last time you saw the Milky Way-that faint stripe of stars that thickens and brightens as you get farther from city lights. At least 200 billion stars fill the Milky Way, our galax ... more
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Halfway Between Uranus and Neptune, New Horizons Cruises On
Today the Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft passed the halfway point between the orbits of Uranus and Neptune, zooming past another milepost on its historic trek to the planetary frontier. New Hor ... more

Spacewalks on agenda for new space crew
The new crew for the International Space Station, preparing for their launch in December, will perform two spacewalks during their stay, Russian officials say. ... more
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Large ice deposits found on planet nearest the sun
Scientists Thursday announced new evidence that Mercury, the planet orbiting nearest the Sun, hosts massive caches of ice and revealed new information on how water reached our solar system's inner planets. ... more

South Korean rocket launch suspended
South Korean space officials suspended a crucial rocket launch Thursday, after a technical problem halted the countdown just 17 minutes before the scheduled blast-off. ... more

Space Station to reposition for science
The International Space Station will reposition itself for a better view of the sun, the first-ever attitude change for scientific reasons alone, officials say. ... 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

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One Year After Launch, Curiosity Rover Busy on Mars

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Do missing Jupiters mean massive comet belts?
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 ... more

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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    Ariane 5 joins Soyuz in mission preparations at the Spaceport

    NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission Turns 15

    Experiment yields possible 'spooky' matter

    Galaxy-squatting black hole set for the record books

    Who will challenge Dragon? Dragon spaceship postponed until March

    Soyuz ready for Friday launch of Pleiades 1B at Kourou

    Sea Launch Postpones Satellite Launch Until Dec. 3

    NASA, Roscosmos Assign Veteran Crew to Yearlong Space Station Mission

    Roskosmos to design satellite for Brazil

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    Boeing Partner Orbital Completes MEXSAT Bicentenario Satellite

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