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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket explodes on launch

June 28, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying supplies for the International Space Station broke apart less than three minutes after a 10:21 a.m. Sunday blastoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. ... The failure was SpaceX's first by a Falcon 9 after 18 successful missions. Lost were more than 4,300 pounds of food, supplies and spare parts bound for the ISS, and a docking adapter intended to be use by future commercial U.S. crew vehicles in a few years." (06/28/15)

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Ten reasons we should be exploring space

June 23, 2015
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spiked spiked
by Elisabetta Intini  

"Space exploration involves great economic investment, massive risks and seemingly impossible objectives. So why should we commit ourselves to it? Because it can benefit us, as individuals and as a species, in unexpected ways." (06/22/15)

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Study: Methane in meteorites shows Mars soil could support life

June 16, 2015
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Direct evidence for life on Mars may remain as elusive as ever, but if something is living there, it is probably lurking beneath the surface, according to scientists. A study has found that martian meteorites contain pockets of methane gas, hinting that methane-eating microbes might be able to thrive in the planet's soil in a 'deep biosphere similar to that on Earth.'" (06/16/15)

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Three astronauts return to Earth

June 11, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Three astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS) have returned to Earth, one month after a rocket failure delayed an earlier attempt. Before they left they handed control of the ISS over to Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, after nearly 200 days in space. Their spacecraft landed safely on Thursday in Kazakhstan." (06/11/15)

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SpaceX certified by US Air Force for “national security” missions

May 28, 2015
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IGN    

"The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) certificated SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch system for national security space missions, such as launching military satellites. The successful conclusion of the two-year-long certification process means the private space transport company is now eligible to bid on national security missions against United Launch Alliance (ULA) and its Atlas 5." (05/28/15)

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Secret US military space plane to launch on fourth (known) mission Wednesday

May 19, 2015
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Mashable    

"A military space plane that is shrouded in secrecy is set to launch into space on its latest (mostly) secret mission Wednesday. The U.S. Air Force's uncrewed X-37B space plane is due to blast off atop an Atlas V rocket for its fourth space mission on May 20 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. ... During its third mission, which ended in October 2014, the 29-foot space plane spent 674 days in orbit before coming back to Earth. It is not clear how long this X-37B mission will last or which of the two space planes will be involved." (05/19/15)

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NASA offers $2.25 million prize for 3D-printed space habitat

May 19, 2015
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Economic Times [India]    

"NASA is offering USD 2.25 million in prize for designing and building a 3D-printed habitat for deep space exploration, including the journey to Mars. The multi-phase 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge is designed to advance the additive construction technology needed to create sustainable housing solutions for Earth and beyond, NASA said." (05/19/15)

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket certified to fly NASA missions

May 17, 2015
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United Press International United Press International    

"After three years of waiting, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket has finally been certified to fly medium-level NASA missions into space, reports said Saturday. ... The NASA certification clears the way for the Falcon 9 rocket to win more NASA contracts, although just one other mission is currently scheduled for SpaceX -- a 2017 Florida launch of a planet-searching satellite called TESS. The U.S. Air Force may also complete certification as early as June for the Falcon 9 to launch national security satellites." (05/16/15)

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ISS astronauts’ return delayed after Russian craft failure

May 13, 2015
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Business Standard [India]    

"The return of three International Space Station (ISS) astronauts, originally scheduled for later this week, has been delayed due to the failure of a Russian cargo spacecraft. The spacecraft, Progress 59, launched by a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan on April 28, failed to dock with the ISS after suffering a communications failure, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday. On May 8, the spacecraft burned up upon re-entering into the Earth's atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean." (05/13/15)

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Did a telescope reveal a “hole” in space?

May 10, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"A fascinating picture captured by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) shows what looks like to be a big, dark hole, a black spot over an otherwise starry photo. Shot with a 2.2-meter MPG/ESO telescope, the remarkably sharp image depicts a dark spot named LDN1774, with tentacle-like arms reaching out from the spot's center. As the observatory notes in a press release, this is no hole. Instead, the dark spot is made up of thick, opaque dust that blocks the stars." (05/10/15)

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Russian cargo spaceship falls over Pacific Ocean

May 8, 2015
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Minneapolis Star Tribune    

"Russia's space agency says the unmanned cargo ship that went out of control en route to the International Space Station has fallen to Earth over the Pacific Ocean. A brief statement from Roscosmos says the Progress craft entered the planet's atmosphere about 5 a.m. (0200 GMT) on Friday. Progress was expected to mostly burn up from the friction of the re-entry and there were no reports of fragments being spotted." (05/08/15)

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SpaceX capsule soars with dummy in first test of crew escape

May 6, 2015
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Boston Herald    

"SpaceX chalked up another big test flight Wednesday, firing a capsule into the air to try out its new, super-streamlined launch escape system for astronauts. No humans were on board for this brief, first-of-its-kind flight and the whole thing lasted barely 1 1/2 minutes. A dummy was the only passenger. The Dragon capsule shot off a test stand, not a rocket, and flew up and then out over the Atlantic. Rocket engines on the capsule provided the thrust. Red and white parachutes popped open and lowered the capsule into the ocean, just offshore." (05/06/15)

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Bezos’s space company tests suborbital rocket

April 30, 2015
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CNet News CNet News    

"Blue Origin, a spacecraft startup owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, carried out an unmanned maiden test flight of its New Shepard suborbital rocket Wednesday, the company revealed early Thursday. A dramatic video posted on the Blue Origin website showed the squat rocket being erected on a launch platform at the company's west Texas development facility followed by a brief countdown -- with Bezos looking on -- then a smooth liftoff and a vertical climb to an altitude of 58 miles. At that point, the dummy crew capsule separated from its booster and completed a parachute descent to Earth." (04/30/15)

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NASA’s New Horizons snaps its first color image of Pluto

April 15, 2015
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CNet News CNet News    

"A color image of Pluto and its largest moon Charon taken on April 9 'is the first color image ever made of the Pluto system by a spacecraft on approach,' according to NASA. Though the new image is hardly a high-res wonderland, it's quite an improvement over images taken back in January from a distance of more than 126 million miles away. The color image is from a distance of around 71 million miles. That may sound like a long way away, but it's fairly close considering Pluto is about 4.67 billion miles from Earth. New Horizons is making quick work of the journey since being launched in 2006. NASA describes it as 'the fastest spacecraft ever launched.'" (04/14/15)

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Radio bursts from space reveal strange mathematical pattern

April 6, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"Eleven fast radio bursts from space seem to follow a strange mathematical pattern, according to a new study -- and it has researchers scratching their heads. According to study co–authors Michael Hippke of the Institute of Data Analysis in Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany, and John Learned of the University of Hawaii in Manoa, the bursts -- which were first detected in 2001 -- all had dispersion measures that were integer multiples of the same number: 187.5. 'The astronomers that found [the bursts] have not seen such things before and do not understand them,' Learned told FoxNews.com. ... The fact that all of the FRBs’ dispersion measures are integer multiples of 187.5 has, according to Hippke and Learned’s team’s calculations, a 5 in 10,000 chance of being coincidental. The dispersion measures also indicate that their origin is relatively close to Earth, but unlikely from within our own galaxy." (04/06/15)

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NASA finds new evidence of life-supporting ingredient on Mars

March 26, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"NASA's Curiosity rover has found new evidence of nitrogen on Mars, proving that the red planet has -- or at least had -- the right stuff to sustain life. The rover drilled into Martian rocks and discovered evidence of nitrates, which are essential compounds to the building blocks of life. 'The discovery adds to the evidence that ancient Mars was habitable for life,' NASA said in a blog post." (03/25/15)

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Astronaut safe after helmet leak on NASA spacewalk

February 26, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"Expedition 42 Commander Barry 'Butch' Wilmore and Flight Engineer Terry Virts successfully completed the second of three planned spacewalks outside the International Space Station (ISS) today, but another helmet leak has caused concern. ... During repressurization Virts' helmet developed a minor leak with some water detected. It brought back memories of astronaut Luca Parmitano, whose helmet frighteningly filled with water, nearly drowning him, during a spacewalk which had to be cut short, back in July 2013." (02/26/15)

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NASA’s Dawn spacecraft releases images showing another bright spot on Ceres

February 26, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"The latest images captured by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft of the dwarf planet Ceres continues to baffle scientists as the photos reveal another significant bright spot on its surface. The planet, which lies between Mars and Jupiter, has an average diameter of 590 miles and is the largest body in the main asteroid belt and is believed to contain a large amount of ice. 'Ceres' bright spot can now be seen to have a companion of lesser brightness, but apparently in the same basin,' Chris Russell, a principal investigator for the Dawn mission, said in a news release from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory." (02/26/15)

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Russia — and its modules — to part ways with ISS in 2024

February 25, 2015
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Space News    

"The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, on Feb. 24 announced that it will remain a part of the international space station until 2024 before detaching the Russian modules and forming its own outpost in low Earth orbit. The statement followed a meeting the Scientific and Technical Council, under the chairmanship of Yuri N. Koptev, Roscosmos' head of manned space flight and the agency's former chief in the 1990s. The statement gave no precise motive for Russia's wanting to create an all-Russian space station beyond an ambition to provide 'secure access to space for Russia.'" (02/25/15)

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Alien star missed us by less than a light-year, scientists say

February 18, 2015
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NBC News    

"Astronomers say a red dwarf star and its brown dwarf companion passed within a light-year of our own sun 70,000 years ago, moving through the comets in the outer reaches of the Oort Cloud that surrounds our solar system. The star is known as WISE J072003.20-084651.2, or Scholz's star. Today, it's 20 light-years away from us in the constellation Monoceros. ... Scholz's star would typically be too faint to be seen with the naked eye from Earth, even during the close encounter. But the research team, led by the University of Rochester's Eric Mamajek, says there's a chance that our ancestors in Africa might have seen a magnetically induced flare-up." (02/18/15)

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Space mission ends with a bang for European cargo ship

February 16, 2015
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CBS News CBS News    

"Good bye #ATV5! Arrivederci ATV5! That was the send-off tweet from European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti as an unmanned automated transfer vehicle (ATV) cargo ship ended its mission to the International Space Station with a bang over the weekend. The vehicle, named Georges Lemaitre, reentered the Earth's atmosphere and burned up safely over an uninhabited area of the southern Pacific Ocean. ... The mission, the fifth by an ATV, also marks the end of the automated transfer vehicle program." (02/16/15)

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CA: Virgin Galactic to build Long Beach plant

February 12, 2015
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"Afgter losing thousands of aerospace jobs in recent years, Long Beach received good news Thursday when Virgin Galactic announced that it would build its new satellite-launching rocket in the city. The space tourism company founded by British billionaire Richard Branson said it was opening a facility next to the Long Beach Airport that would eventually employ 100 engineers and other employees. Those employees would design and build what Virgin Galactic calls Launcher-One, a new space vehicle that would send small satellites into orbit." (02/12/15)

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SETI scientist to AAAS: “Try to contact aliens”

February 12, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Scientists at a US science conference have said it is now time to actively try to contact intelligent life on other worlds. Researchers involved in the search for extra-terrestrial life are considering what the message from Earth should be. The call has been made at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in San Jose. But others argued that making our presence known might be dangerous. Researchers at SETI have been listening for signals from outer space for more than 30 years using radio telescope facilities in the US. So far there has been no sign of ET. The organisation's director, Dr Seth Shostak, told scientists at the AAAS meeting that it is now time to step up the search." (02/12/15)

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European Space Agency launches IXV spaceplane

February 11, 2015
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euronews [EU]    

"Europe's first spaceplane, IXV, has successfully launched after an earlier delay. The European Space Agency (ESA) craft took off around 14h40 CET. Its re-entry into Earth's atmosphere will provide vital data for Europe to improve its return-to-earth technology." (02/11/15)

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Dragon capsule splashes down as SpaceX scrubs satellite launch

February 11, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"An unmanned Dragon spaceship splashed back to Earth on Tuesday after a successful supply run to the International Space Station but its owners were forced to scrub the launch of an important weather satellite on the other side of the continent. The Dragon parachuted into the Pacific west of Mexico's Baja Peninsula at 4:45 p.m., according to Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX." (02/11/15)

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