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December 17, 2012
IRON AND ICE
China Makes First Asteroid Fly By
Beijing (XNA) Dec 17, 2012
China's space probe Chang'e-2 has successfully conducted a maneuver in which it flew by the asteroid Toutatis, about seven million km away from the Earth. Travelling in deep space, Chang'e-2 made the flyby on Dec. 13 at 16:30:09 Beijing Time (08:30"09 GMT), the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) announced on Saturday. The flyby was the first time an unmanned spacecraft launched from Earth has taken such a close viewing of the asteroid, nam ... read more
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MOON DAILY

Rocket Burn Sets Stage for Dynamic Moon Duos' Lunar Impact
The lunar twins of NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission have each completed a rocket burn that has sealed their fate. The burns modified the orbit of the formation-flying ... more
MOON DAILY

No plans of sending an Indian on moon
India has no plans to put an astronaut on the moon, as of now. Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office V Narayanasamy in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday said this. The minister also said ... more
IRON AND ICE

Asteroid Toutatis Slowly Tumbles by Earth
Scientists working with NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., have generated a series of radar data images of a three-mile-long (4.8-kilometer) asteroid th ... more
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SPACE TRAVEL

NASA Progressing Toward First Launch of Orion Spacecraft
Recent engineering advances by NASA and its industry partners across the country show important progress toward Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), the next step to launching humans to deep space. ... more


SPACE TRAVEL

New member of the exclusive space club
The successful launch of North Korea's Unha-3 rocket on December 12, 2012 became the top news in the world of cosmonautics. Even the previous day's story of the United States launching, for the thir ... more
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VENUSIAN HEAT

An elusive effect measured during the last Venus transit
A team of Italian astronomers performed a very difficult measurement for which it was necessary to use the most advanced instrumentation in combination with an unusual technique, so as to involve ev ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Microquasar found in neighbor galaxy, tantalizing scientists
For the first time, astronomers have found a microquasar - a black hole devouring material from a companion star - in a galaxy beyond our own Milky Way. The object, pumping out X-rays and bright bur ... more
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

Iraq Sunni exiles say bombs cannot defeat IS

SOLAR SCIENCE

NASA's EUNIS Mission: Six Minutes in the Life of the Sun
In December, a NASA mission to study the sun will make its third launch into space for a six-minute flight to gather information about the way material roils through the sun's atmosphere, sometimes ... more
TIME AND SPACE

Study Reveals a Remarkable Symmetry in Black Hole Jets
Black holes range from modest objects formed when individual stars end their lives to behemoths billions of times more massive that rule the centers of galaxies. A new study using data from NASA's S ... more
VSAT NEWS

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Gilat Satellite Networks has announced the immediate availability of the Wavestream Ku-band Matchbox Mini Block Upconverter. The Matchbox Mini incorporates Wavestream's next generation Spatial advan ... more
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MARSDAILY

Curious About Life: Interview with Darby Dyer
The Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover has 10 science instruments, and each will be used in the coming weeks and months to help characterize the environment of Mars and determine if the planet ... more
TECH SPACE

X-ray Laser Takes Aim at Cosmic Mystery
Scientists have used powerful X-rays from the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to study and measure, in atomic detail, ... more
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Oceans arrived early to Earth

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Emerging disease could wipe out American, European salamanders

Magma pancakes beneath Lake Toba

Fewer Chinese couples want second child than expected: media

Clean Smell Doesn't Always Mean Clean Air

Restoring wetlands can lessen soil sinkage, greenhouse gas emissions

DEEP IMPACT

Meteor shower dazzles in night sky
Clear skies and lack of moonlight created perfect viewing conditions for a meteor shower some observers in the U.S. Northeast called the best they'd ever seen. ... more
ROBO SPACE

Research: Tiny robots may think as a group
A U.S. researcher says a swarm of tiny robots could be a better solution to accomplishing tasks than one big one and has made "ping-pong" ball-sized examples. ... more
SPACEMART

Tracking station going online in Argentina
The European Space Agency says a satellite tracking station in Argentina will help track missions voyaging hundreds of millions of miles into our solar system. ... more
SPACEMART
NASA Gravity Probes Prepare to Hit the Moon

No plans of sending an Indian on moon

Rocket Burn Sets Stage for Dynamic Moon Duos' Lunar Impact


SPACEMART
Opportunity Checking Out Some Rocks At Matijevic Hill

Curious About Life: Interview with Darby Dyer

Curiosity Rover Nearing Yellowknife Bay


SPACEMART
NASA Progressing Toward First Launch of Orion Spacecraft

New member of the exclusive space club

China patent office becomes world's largest: WIPO


SPACEMART
Mr Xi in Space

China plans manned space launch in 2013: state media

China to launch manned spacecraft

EXO LIFE

ASU researchers propose new way to look at the dawn of life
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, scientis ... more
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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    SPACE SCOPES

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    CONSTELLATIONS

    Six satellites for Globalstar's close-out Soyuz mission ready for launch

    MARSDAILY

    Opportunity Checking Out Some Rocks At Matijevic Hill

    MOON DAILY

    NASA Gravity Probes Prepare to Hit the Moon

    SPACE TRAVEL

    NASA Awards Commercial Crew Certification Contracts

    SPACE SCOPES

    Hubble plumbs the universe, yields images of early galaxies

    ROCKET SCIENCE

    Fast20XX research project - ideas for travelling at hypersonic speed

    ROCKET SCIENCE

    Hat Trick for X-37B

    ROCKET SCIENCE

    North Korea launches long-range rocket

    Curiosity Rover Nearing Yellowknife Bay

    Student Team Provides Real-Time Video of Asteroid Toutatis

    Cassini Spots Mini Nile River on Saturn Moon

    New knowledge about the remarkable properties of black holes

    Shadows on ice: Proba-1 images Concordia south polar base

    Big Asteroid Tumbles Harmlessly Past Earth

    Greedy black hole discovered in Andromeda

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

    XTAR Wins $8 Million In New Business

    Thales Makes Second Attempt to Adjust Yamal Orbit

    US sends futuristic plane back into space

    China patent office becomes world's largest: WIPO

    ULA Launch Monopoly to End

    Mining ancient ores for clues to early life

    Russia saves satellite after launch glitch

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

    Fermi Improves its Vision for Thunderstorm Gamma-Ray Flashes

    S. Korea says North nuclear test 'highly probable'

    U.S. seeks double Israel missile funding

    India's clout in question as regional troubles mount

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