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December 25, 2012
Space Fence program moving forward
Hanscom AFB MA (SPX) Dec 24, 2012
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center here recently put out a request for proposal to move the Space Fence program forward. Space Fence will be a system of up to two land-based radars, the first site located at Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, to track objects entering Earth's orbit. According to program officials, it will form the foundation of improved space situational awareness by expanding the ability to detect, track, identify and characterize orbiting objects such as comm ... read more
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NASA Puts Orion Backup Parachutes to the Test
NASA completed the latest in a series of parachute tests for its Orion spacecraft Thursday at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in southwestern Arizona, marking another step toward a first flight te ... more

Christmas Sky Show
Just when you thought Christmas was over: At the end of the day on Dec. 25th, a pair of holiday lights will pop out of the deepening twilight. Jupiter and the Moon are having a Christmas conjunction ... more

Expedition 34 Spends Christmas in Space
Expedition 34 is the latest crew to spend Christmas aboard the International Space Station. The six-member crew, Commander Kevin Ford and Flight Engineers Chris Hadfield, Tom Marshburn, Roman Romane ... more
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Energia Corp Lands $11 Mln Space Lab Contract
Space rocket corporation Energia has won a 350 million ruble (about $11 million) contract to design the orbital laboratory Oka-T-MKS, the state procurements agency said Friday on its website. ... more


Quadrantids Create Year's First Meteor Shower
A little-known meteor shower named after an extinct constellation, the Quadrantids will present an excellent chance for hardy souls to start the year off with some late-night meteor watching. ... more
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"All-Clear" Asteroid Will Miss Earth in 2040
Using the Gemini North telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawai'i a team of astronomers from the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy (IfA) have confirmed that the chance of asteroid 2011 AG5 impacti ... more

Smart SPHERES Fly High Aboard the International Space Station
On Dec. 12 engineers at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., and Johnson Space Center in Houston conducted an experiment using small, free-flying robotic satellites called "Smart SPHE ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
India gathers navies in show of maritime might

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Closest sun-like star may have planets
An international team of scientists, including Carnegie's Paul Butler, has discovered that Tau Ceti, one of the closest and most Sun-like stars, may have five planets. Their work is published by Ast ... more

New meteorite suggests that asteroid surfaces more complex than previously thought
Meteorites that had fallen from an asteroid impact that lit up the skies over California and Nevada in April are showing scientists just how complex an asteroid surface can be. A new study published ... more

Boeing test breakthrough means more reliable connectivity on airplanes
Boeing has developed an advanced method to test wireless signals in airplane cabins, making it possible for passengers to enjoy more reliable connectivity when using networked personal electronic de ... more
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Spiral Structure of Disk May Reveal Planets
An international team of astronomers has used HiCIAO (High Contrast Instrument for the Subaru Next Generation Optics) (Note 1) to observe a disk around the young star SAO 206462. They succeeded in c ... more

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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Cassini Instrument Learns New Tricks
For seven years, a mini-fridge-sized instrument aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft reliably investigated weather patterns swirling around Saturn; the hydrocarbon composition of the surface of Saturn's ... more

Germany joins the SKA Organisation
The Board of Directors of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organisation has approved Germany, represented by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), as the tenth member of the organis ... more

Cellphone, GPS data suggest new strategy for alleviating traffic tie-ups
Asking all commuters to cut back on rush-hour driving reduces traffic congestion somewhat, but asking specific groups of drivers to stay off the road may work even better. The conclusion comes from ... more
Apollo's Lunar Dust Data Being Restored

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NASA probes crash into the moon

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Curiosity Rover Explores 'Yellowknife Bay'

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How to look young when you're not - Stars reveal the secret of aging well
Some people are in great shape at the age of 90, while others are decrepit before they're 50. We know that how fast people age is only loosely linked to how old they actually are - and may have more ... more

The paths of photons are random - but coordinated
Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute have demonstrated that photons (light particles) emitted from light sources embedded in a complex and disordered structure are able to mutually coordinate the ... more

NASA offers free space telescope e-books
NASA has announced the availability of e-books about two of its space telescopes, the Hubble and the James Webb Space Telescope, free of charge. ... more

Russia to build autonomous space lab
Russia's Energia Corp. space manufacturer has won an $11 million contract to design an orbital space laboratory, the national procurements agency says. ... more
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