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February 14, 2013
Another Sea Launch Failure
Bethesda MD (SPX) Feb 14, 2013
Sea Launch is currently a Russian spacecraft launch service that uses a mobile seagoing platform for direct equatorial launches of commercial payloads on Zenit 3SL rockets. Since its inception there have been 31 launches, including three failures and one partial failure. The sea-based system operates out of Long Beach, California, but its launches take place from an equatorial spot in the Pacific Ocean. This location allows a minimal energy ascent-to-orbit for geostationary-bound satellites. ... read more
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ILS Concludes Yamal 402 Proton Launch Investigation
The International Launch Servies (ILS) Failure Review Oversight Board (FROB) concluded its review on February 7, concurring on the most probable root cause and the associated corrective action plan ... more

NASA Set for New Round Of J-2X Testing at Stennis Space Center
NASA's progress toward a return to deep space missions continues with a new round of upcoming tests on the next-generation J-2X rocket engine, which will help power the agency's Space Launch System ... more

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Euclid Could Solve The Dark Mysteries Of The Universe
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Black Holes Growing Faster Than Expected
Lurking at the centers of most galaxies are black holes that can weigh anywhere from one million to one billion times as much as the Sun. New research, published in the Astrophysical Journal, shows ... more
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Rover Walkabout Continues at Cape York
Opportunity is conducting the post-walkabout in-situ (contact) science campaign on the inboard edge of Cape York on the rim of Endeavour Crater. On Sol 3208 (Jan. 31, 2013), the rover collecte ... more

Rocketdyne Powers Atlas 5 Upper Stage, Placing New Landsat In Orbit
Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne and RD AMROSS successfully propelled the most advanced Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) spacecraft into orbit Monday for NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey. ... more

Progress docks with ISS
Russian cargo ship "Progress M-18M" has successfully docked with the ISS. The docking took place at 00:40 Moscow time. This is already the third successful shortened, 6-hour docking in the his ... more
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USGS Ready To Start Landsat 8 Science Program
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar joined NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science Anne Castle, United States Geological Survey (USGS) Direc ... more

Getting the Right Spin on a Close-Passing Asteroid
The record-setting close approach of an asteroid on Feb. 15 is an exciting opportunity for scientists, and a research team will use National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and NASA telescopes to ... more
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Features Of Southeast European Human Ancestors Influenced By Lack Of Episodic Glaciations
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The deep roots of catastrophe
A University of Utah seismologist analyzed seismic waves that bombarded Earth's core, and believes he got a look at the earliest roots of Earth's most cataclysmic kind of volcanic eruption. But don' ... more

Largest-ever study of mammalian ancestry completed by renowned research te
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LDCM 'Doing Great' in Orbit
The Landsat Data Continuity Mission spacecraft is safely in orbit and sending telemetry back to Earth after a 1:02 p.m. EST liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket. The on-time li ... more

Orbital-Built Landsat Satellite Launched
Orbital Sciences reports that the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) satellite was successfully launched into orbit aboard an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Orbital designe ... more

Ball Supplies Advanced Imaging Instrument For Landsat 8
The Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp., Operational Land Imager (OLI) successfully launched aboard the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 10:02 a.m. PST, on ... more

Super telescope costs inflate
The estimated cost of the first construction phase of the world's largest radio telescope has jumped to 400 million euros ($530 million), the project's director general said Tuesday. ... more
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