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January 31, 2013
Columbia space tragedy, 10 years on
Washington (AFP) Jan 31, 2013
NASA on Friday will commemorate the loss of the space shuttle Columbia and its seven astronauts a decade ago, a landmark incident that triggered the end of the shuttle mission. The US space agency's Administrator Charles Bolden will join other senior officials participating in a ceremony at the Arlington National Cemetery just outside Washington that will also honor others killed in space-related incidents. Three American astronauts died after a fire swept through the Apollo 1 aircraft during a ... read more
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The fate of Baikonur: Will Russia's space gates Open?
The current uncertainty surrounding space activities at Baikonur in 2013 may be eliminated on Wednesday when Kazakh prime minister, Kairat Kelimbetov, visits Russia to discuss several issues, includ ... more

Russia's Troubled Rocket Cleared for Launch
Russia's Proton-M carrier rocket will orbit a Mexican communication satellite, SatMex-8, in the first launch since the Yamal-402 satellite trouble, a spokesman for the Proton manufacturer, the Khrun ... more

Curiosity Maneuver Prepares for Drilling
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has placed its drill onto a series of four locations on a Martian rock and pressed down on it with the rover's arm, in preparation for using the drill in coming days. ... more
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Iran Takes First Step to Send Man to Space
Sending a biocapsule to the space and retrieving it successfully was Iran's first step on the path to sending a human to the space, Iran's Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said after his agency announc ... more


Mercury's crust likely made of magnesium-rich basalt
With both x-ray and gamma-ray spectrometers, the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging probe (MESSENGER), which entered orbit around Mercury in 2011, is well equipped for carr ... more
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Pay-TV giant BSkyB reports 10% rise in first-half profits
British pay-TV giant BSkyB said on Thursday that net profits advanced ten percent in the first half of its financial year, as the group bucked tough trading conditions with keen demand for its products. ... more

S. Korea joins global space club with satellite launch
South Korea succeeded Wednesday in its third attempt to put a satellite into orbit, in a high-stakes test of national pride after arch-rival North Korea got there first with a rocket launch last month. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
India test fires ship-based nuclear-capable missile

Iran nuclear deal to enter into force early January: deputy FM

Hague court begins hearing into South China Sea row

N. Korea slams South's live-fire drill

NATO head urges 'calm, de-escalation' after Russian plane downed

A Tornado With Rockets: New Russian Launch Vehicles Get Guided Missiles

Russia Develops New Tactical Missiles for Iskander-M System


Ridges on Mars suggest ancient flowing water
Networks of narrow ridges found in impact craters on Mars appear to be the fossilized remnants of underground cracks through which water once flowed, according to a new analysis by researchers from ... more

Russia to use ballistic missiles to fight off asteroid threat
Russia is planning to use intercontinental ballistic missiles to deliver destroyer spacecraft to celestial bodies that pose a threat to Earth, Deputy Chief Designer of the Makeyev State Rocket ... more

Space Station Crew Uses Laser Channel to Beam Data
Russian astronauts onboard the International Space Station (ISS) have transferred scientific data using a laser communication channel for the first time in international practice, the Federal Space ... more
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Globalstar's satellites encapsulated and ready for installation
Launcher build-up for the concluding Soyuz mission currently contracted with Arianespace's Starsem affiliate from Baikonur Cosmodrome is entering its final phase following the integration of its upp ... more

Gilat's Wavestream Wins Contract with Honeywell for In-flight Connectivity
Gilat Satellite Networks has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Wavestream has been awarded an exclusive contract by Honeywell to supply Ka-band transceivers for integration into airborne an ... more
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Spacecom And Spacex Announce Agreement For Amos-6 Satellite Launch
Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Space Communication Ltd. (Spacecom) have announced an agreement to launch Spacecom's AMOS-6 satellite on SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle. Falcon 9 will i ... more

New tools enable high-res observations from anywhere with internet access
A paper published in the February issue of Computers and Geosciences, describes a case study in which an earth-observing satellite tool, the Tool for High-Resolution Observation Review (THOR), using ... more

Official: No crisis in Russia's space work
Despite a recent string of failures, rumors of a crisis in the Russian space industry are "absolutely wrong," the head of Russia's space agency said. ... more
US, Europe team up for moon fly-by

Russia to Launch Lunar Mission in 2015

US, Europe team up for moon fly-by

Ridges on Mars suggest ancient flowing water

Changes on Mars Caused by Seasonal Thawing of CO2

Curiosity Maneuver Prepares for Drilling

TDRS-K Offers Upgrade to Vital Communications Net

Companies prepare commercial spacecraft

NASA to recycle parts for science work

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NASA to recycle parts for science work
NASA says it is recycling parts used to test satellites to create an instrument for the International Space Station to measure ocean surface winds. ... more

Changes on Mars Caused by Seasonal Thawing of CO2
Spring is a dynamic season on the dunes surrounding Mars' north pole. When frozen carbon dioxide, or dry ice, deposited as a winter ice cap on Mars sublimates - changes directly from a solid to a ga ... more

Companies prepare commercial spacecraft
NASA says three commercial companies now are engaged in activities to confirm commercial spacecraft are safe to carry crews to the International Space Station. ... more

Hubble Finds Appearances can be Deceptive
Globular clusters are roughly spherical collections of extremely old stars, and around 150 of them are scattered around our galaxy. Hubble is one of the best telescopes for studying these, as its ex ... more
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