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December 21, 2012
Landmark Year in Private Space Flight Development
Washington DC (VOA) Dec 21, 2012
With NASA's retired shuttles mothballed in museums, 2012 saw a new kind of spacecraft blaze its own path toward the International Space Station. In May, the Dragon space capsule - developed, owned and operated by California-based SpaceX - was launched from atop a Falcon-9 rocket, becoming the first private craft to dock with the ISS. A feat achieved by only a few governments, the docking, says SpaceX chief Elon Musk, signaled more than a mere technological breakthrough. "This was a crucial s ... read more
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Opportunity For Some Shoulder Workout At Copper Cliff
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Eighth Landsat Satellite Arrives at Launch Site
An oversized semi-trailer truck carrying NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) has arrived at its launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in preparation for launch. This NASA ... more

Saturn's Transit of Venus on Dec. 21, 2012
Last June, astronomers urged sky watchers to observe the transit of Venus. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, they said. The black disk of the second planet wouldn't crawl across the face of t ... more
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Origin of life emerged from cell membrane bioenergetics
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MIT researchers discover a new kind of magnetism
Following up on earlier theoretical predictions, MIT researchers have now demonstrated experimentally the existence of a fundamentally new kind of magnetic behavior, adding to the two previously kno ... more

Swansong Biospheres: The last refuges for life on the far-future Earth
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Ariane 5 ECA orbits Skynet 5D and Mexsat Bicentenario satellites
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Shot Away from its Companion, Giant Star Makes Waves
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Southampton researchers find a glitch' in pulsar 'glitch' theory
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Monster Black Holes
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The Webb Telescope's Holiday Package
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