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December 14, 2012
EXO LIFE
ASU researchers propose new way to look at the dawn of life
Tempe AZ (SPX) Dec 14, 2012
One of the great mysteries of life is how it began. What physical process transformed a nonliving mix of chemicals into something as complex as a living cell? For more than a century, scientists have struggled to reconstruct the key first steps on the road to life. Until recently, their focus has been trained on how the simple building blocks of life might have been synthesized on the early Earth, or perhaps in space. But because it happened so long ago, all chemical traces have long been oblitera ... read more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Alcohol constrains Physical Constant in the Early Universe
Radio-astronomical observations of a distant galaxy indicate that the ratio of the proton's mass to that of the electron has hardly changed over cosmic history. This fundamental constant of na ... more
TIME AND SPACE

12 Matter Particles Suffice in Nature
How many matter particles exist in nature? Particle physicists have been dealing with this question for a long time. The 12 matter particles contained in the standard model of particle physics? Or a ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY

24-armed Giant to Probe Early Lives of Galaxies
A powerful new instrument called KMOS has just been successfully tested on ESO's Very Large Telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. KMOS is unique as it will be able to observe not just one, ... more
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LAUNCH PAD

ISRO planning 10 space missions in 2013
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to accomplish 10 space missions in the next one year, parliament was informed on Wednesday. Minister of State in the Prime Minister's ... more


SPACE SCOPES

NASA's Hubble Provides First Census of Galaxies Near Cosmic Dawn
Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have uncovered a previously unseen population of seven primitive galaxies that formed more than 13 billion years ago, when the universe was less than ... more
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CONSTELLATIONS

Six satellites for Globalstar's close-out Soyuz mission ready for launch
The remaining two Globalstar satellites for next February's Arianespace/Starsem Soyuz mission from Baikonur Cosmodrome are now at the Kazakhstan launch site, joining four other spacecraft for checko ... more
MARSDAILY

Opportunity Checking Out Some Rocks At Matijevic Hill
Opportunity is located at a place named "Matijevic Hill" (named in honor of Jake Matijevic) at the inboard edge of Cape York on the rim of Endeavour Crater. On Sol 3153 (Dec. 6, 2012), the rov ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
N. Korea slams UN vote, vows to bolster nuclear capacity

3 countries eye pooled acquisition, operation of airlifters

China protests US frigate sale to Taiwan

Poland orders more Norwegian missiles

Clock ticking on Mistral decision, Russia tells France

Canada increases global reach with new military transporter

US says delivered 10 Apaches to Egypt

MOON DAILY

NASA Gravity Probes Prepare to Hit the Moon
A pair of NASA spacecraft that have been studying the Moon's gravitational field are being prepared for a controlled descent into a mountain near the Moon's north pole. Impact is expected at about 2 ... more
SPACE TRAVEL

NASA Awards Commercial Crew Certification Contracts
NASA announced Dec. 10 the next step in its plan to launch American astronauts from U.S. soil, selecting three companies to conduct activities under contracts that will enable future certification o ... more
SPACE SCOPES

Hubble plumbs the universe, yields images of early galaxies
The Hubble Space Telescope is giving scientists a look at the oldest galaxies ever seen, dating back some 13.3 billion years - providing a glimpse into how the cosmos must have looked right after the Big Bang. ... more
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ROCKET SCIENCE

Fast20XX research project - ideas for travelling at hypersonic speed
The vision is enticing - board in Europe, sit back, and disembark 90 minutes later on the other side of the world, in Australia. But before the SpaceLiner, which is being developed by the Institute ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE

Hat Trick for X-37B
The third launch of the US Air Force's X-37B robot spaceplane opens new challenges to this robust spacecraft. For the first time, an X-37B mission is underway with a used vehicle. The spaceplane tha ... more
24/7 News Coverage
Lives of danger, poverty on Philippines' typhoon coast

Ecuador returning German money in environment row

Major U.S. cities have passed the 'tipping point' for sea level rise, according to a new study

Umbrellas banned during China's Presidential visit to Macau

A series of tremors has Florence concerned for its 'David'

More research links pollution exposure during pregnancy to autism

Warming leads to more run-ins with polar bears

ROCKET SCIENCE

North Korea launches long-range rocket
North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Wednesday, in defiance of UN sanctions threats over what Pyongyang's critics insist is a disguised ballistic missile test. ... more
MARSDAILY

Curiosity Rover Nearing Yellowknife Bay
The NASA Mars rover Curiosity drove 63 feet (19 meters) northeastward early Monday, Dec. 10, approaching a step down into a slightly lower area called "Yellowknife Bay," where researchers intend to ... more
IRON AND ICE

Student Team Provides Real-Time Video of Asteroid Toutatis
An asteroid that some day might threaten Earth is passing relatively close by on the night of December 11-12, and its gliding path among the stars will be tracked by a team of high-school students a ... more
IRON AND ICE
NASA Gravity Probes Prepare to Hit the Moon

Apollo's Lunar Dust Data Being Restored

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IRON AND ICE
Opportunity Checking Out Some Rocks At Matijevic Hill

Charitum Montes: a cratered winter wonderland

Opportunity Continues Rock Studies


IRON AND ICE
China patent office becomes world's largest: WIPO

What happens to plant growth when you remove gravity?

NASA Awards Commercial Crew Certification Contracts


IRON AND ICE
Mr Xi in Space

China plans manned space launch in 2013: state media

China to launch manned spacecraft

SATURN DAILY

Cassini Spots Mini Nile River on Saturn Moon
Scientists with NASA's Cassini mission have spotted what appears to be a miniature, extraterrestrial likeness of Earth's Nile River: a river valley on Saturn's moon Titan that stretches more than 20 ... more
TIME AND SPACE

New knowledge about the remarkable properties of black holes
Black holes are surrounded by many mysteries, but now researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute, among others, have come up with new groundbreaking theories that can explain several of their propert ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION

Shadows on ice: Proba-1 images Concordia south polar base
ESA's Earth-observing microsatellite Proba-1 has glimpsed one of the loneliest places on Earth - Concordia research base in the heart of Antarctica. This image was acquired by the High-Resolution Ca ... more
IRON AND ICE

Big Asteroid Tumbles Harmlessly Past Earth
This week, NASA's Goldstone radar is tracking a large asteroid as it passes by Earth, and obtaining images of unprecedented clarity. "At closest approach on Dec. 12th, asteroid 4179 Toutatis will be ... more
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  • TIME AND SPACE

    Greedy black hole discovered in Andromeda

    STELLAR CHEMISTRY

    An Older Vega: New Insights About The Star All Others Are Measured By

    TECH SPACE

    XTAR Wins $8 Million In New Business

    TECH SPACE

    Thales Makes Second Attempt to Adjust Yamal Orbit

    ROCKET SCIENCE

    US sends futuristic plane back into space

    SPACE TRAVEL

    China patent office becomes world's largest: WIPO

    LAUNCH PAD

    ULA Launch Monopoly to End

    EXO LIFE

    Mining ancient ores for clues to early life

    TECH SPACE

    Russia saves satellite after launch glitch

    SPACE SCOPES

    Hubble's Glitter galaxy: The ESO 318-13 galaxy

    Fermi Improves its Vision for Thunderstorm Gamma-Ray Flashes

    Unvieling diffuse x-ray emission from nearby galaxies

    Do we live in a computer simulation? UW researchers say idea can be tested

    NASA Astrobiology Institute Shows How Wide Binary Stars Form

    Nearby star much older than thought

    Wildfires Light Up Western Australia

    Apollo's Lunar Dust Data Being Restored

    To reach final frontier, NASA can't go it alone: analysts

    What happens to plant growth when you remove gravity?

    Russia and Kazakhstan to run Baikonur together

    Rock Comet Meteor Shower

    Environmental satellite produces first photo of Earth

    Space-Age Ceramics Get Their Toughest Test

    Medical Ops, Fan Checks for Space Crew; New Trio Checks Soyuz

    Little Telescope Spies Gigantic Galaxy Clusters

    Charitum Montes: a cratered winter wonderland

    Search for life extends to the stars

    Opportunity Continues Rock Studies

    Chandra Observes Ring Galaxy NGC 922

    Raytheon wins DARPA contract to design new military imaging satellites

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