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May 01, 2012
ROCKET SCIENCE
Dragon Expected to Set Historic Course
Cape Canaveral FL (SPX) May 01, 2012
In response to SpaceX's announcement that it has delayed launch of its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft from April 30 to May 7, NASA issued the following statement from Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations William Gerstenmaier: "We appreciate that SpaceX is taking the necessary time to help ensure the success of this historic flight. We will continue to work with SpaceX in preparing for the May 7 launch to the International Space Station." As scheduled, the missi ... read more

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STATION NEWS

Space Station's Robotic Crew Member Designed to Look, Move and Work Like a Human
NASA's first dexterous humanoid robot, has successfully hitched a ride to the International Space Station. Built for the specific purpose of working on the space station, its robotic hands work like ... more
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MOON DAILY

European Google Lunar X Prize Teams Call For Science Payloads
The race for the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE is creating science opportunities for European lunar researchers. Four teams competing for the competition presented their plans at the European Lun ... more
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MOON DAILY

NASA Contract to Astrobotic Technology Investigates Prospecting for Lunar Resources
Astrobotic Technology Inc. has announced a NASA contract to determine whether its polar rover can deploy an ice-prospecting payload to the Moon. The ice could yield water, oxygen, methane and rocket ... more
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SOLAR SCIENCE

UK company to build Sun orbiter: ESA
The European Space Agency said Friday it had awarded a 300-million-euro ($400 million) contract to a British technology firm to build a satellite to examine the Sun from closer up than any before it. ... more
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MOON DAILY

Moon Express Delivers Lunar Mission Design Report for mining the Moon for precious resources
Moon Express has announced that it has successfully delivered a mission design package to NASA under its Innovative Lunar Demonstration Data (ILDD) Program, providing NASA continuing data on the dev ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Do Milky Way's Companions Spell Trouble for Dark Matter?
Astronomers from the University of Bonn in Germany have discovered a vast structure of satellite galaxies and clusters of stars surrounding our galaxy, stretching out across a million light-years. T ... more
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SPACE SCOPES

International Team Installs First Of Three Telescopes In Antarctica
A team of scientists representing several international institutions, including Texas A and M University, has succeeded in installing the first of three Antarctic Survey Telescopes (AST3-1) at the C ... more
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24/7 News Coverage
Cause of aging remains elusive

Mature forests store nitrogen in soil

Brisbane Sugarbag bees launch all-conquering raids

Recently discovered microbe is key player in climate change

New Insights on Carbonic Acid in Water

Some scientists share better than others

Global consumption driving tropical deforestation

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SPACE TRAVEL

Company to Create 'Gas Stations' in Space
A company based in the northwestern United States called Planetary Resources says it plans to mine near-Earth asteroids for raw materials, ranging from water to precious metals. Planetary Reso ... more
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ROBO SPACE

Computer scoring of student work debated
Computers may someday help teachers grade their students' essays, and can provide results that mirror human scores, some U.S. educators say. ... more
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ROBO SPACE

Scientist unveils mind-controlled robot for paraplegics
A professor at a Swiss university on Tuesday unveiled a robot that can be controlled by the brainwaves of a paraplegic person wearing an electrode-fitted cap, news agency ATS reported. ... more
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POLITICAL ECONOMY

Commentary: Global house of cards
Rumor has it that a new Broadway musical on Washington will soon be in production. It draws on "Jersey Shore" and "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," which was based on the real, live "Chicken Ranch in La Grange, Texas." ... more
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ROBO SPACE

New brain-machine interface moves a paralyzed hand
A new Northwestern Medicine brain-machine technology delivers messages from the brain directly to the muscles - bypassing the spinal cord - to enable voluntary and complex movement of a paralyzed ha ... more
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CHIP TECH

ORNL microscopy yields first proof of ferroelectricity in simplest amino acid
The boundary between electronics and biology is blurring with the first detection by researchers at Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory of ferroelectric properties in an amino acid ... more
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MILTECH

Robots fighting wars could be blamed for mistakes on the battlefield
As militaries develop autonomous robotic warriors to replace humans on the battlefield, new ethical questions emerge. If a robot in combat has a hardware malfunction or programming glitch that cause ... more
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LAUNCH PAD

SpaceX delays first private launch to space station
SpaceX has postponed by a week its bid to become the first private company to attempt to launch an unmanned cargo vessel to the International Space Station. ... more
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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Aerostat surveillance system being evaluated by CBP

Intelsat General To Study Commercialization of USAF Satellites

Russian Bank Offers 5 Billion Rubles for GLONASS

ESA spaceplane progressing towards Vega launch

BAE Systems Australia producing more missile decoy systems

Turkish cruise missile tipped for F-35

US-led strikes kill more than 500 militants in Syria

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LAUNCH PAD

SpaceX aims for May 7 launch to ISS
SpaceX confirmed Tuesday it plans to launch a rocket and capsule on May 7 in a historic first flight of a private spaceship to the International Space Station. ... more
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UAV NEWS

Panetta dismisses Iran claims on copying US drone
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Monday dismissed claims by Iran that it had gleaned data from a downed US drone and was now building a copy of the robotic spycraft. ... more
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UAV NEWS

Mini helicopters fly autonomously
Swiss researchers say they've helped develop a type of flying robot that can be navigated using only on-board cameras and a miniature computer. ... more
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TECH SPACE

China signs onto PNG's world-first undersea mine
Canada-based mining firm Nautilus Minerals said Tuesday it had signed China's Tongling Nonferrous Metals Group as the first customer of its pioneering Papua New Guinean sea-floor mine. ... more
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STATION NEWS

Russian Cargo Craft Launches to Station
The unpiloted ISS Progress 47 cargo craft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 8:50 a.m. EDT Friday, beginning a two-day journey to the International Space Station. Less than ten m ... more
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STATION NEWS

Russian cargo ship docks at International Space Station
The Russian cargo ship Progress M-15M successfully docked at the International Space Station on Sunday, the mission control centre said. ... more
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MARSDAILY

Opportunity Benefits From Brighter Skies and Small Dust Cleaning of Solar Panels
Opportunity is positioned on the north end of Cape York on the rim of Endeavour Crater with an approximate 15-degree northerly tilt for favorable solar energy production. The solar insolation ... more
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MARSDAILY

Opportunity Left-Front Wheel Stabilized
Opportunity is positioned on the north end of Cape York on the rim of Endeavour Crater with an approximate 15-degree northerly tilt for favorable solar energy production. The solar insolation ... more
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24/7 Energy News Coverage
What a Star Wars laser bullet really looks like

Cheaper silicon means cheaper solar cells

Electronics industry gets 2 ways to snoop on self-organizing molecules

Cooling with molecules

Strengthening thin-film bonds with ultrafast data collection

Special UO microscope captures defects in nanotubes

Quantum holograms as atomic scale memory keepsake

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EXO LIFE

Finding ET may require giant robotic leap
Autonomous, self-replicating robots - exobots - are the way to explore the universe, find and identify extraterrestrial life and perhaps clean up space debris in the process, according to a Penn Sta ... more
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ROBO SPACE

Robots guard S. Korea prison inmates
South Korea has begun testing the feasibility of using robots as prison guards by deploying them in an actual prison in Pohang, officials said. ... more
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SPACE TRAVEL

Designing the interplanetary web
Reliable Internet access on the Moon, near Mars or for astronauts on a space station? How about controlling a planetary rover from a spacecraft in deep space? These are just some of the pioneering t ... more
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TIME AND SPACE

Astro-H agreement signed with JAXA
An agreement was signed by ESA and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for cooperation on Astro-H, an important mission that will provide a unique opportunity for probing extreme phenom ... more
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LAUNCH PAD

Canadarm2 to Catch SpaceX's Dragon on Its Maiden Voyage to the ISS
"Here, there be dragons" ... the phrase used to designate the boundaries of the known world on historical maps seems fitting as the U.S. space program embarks upon a new frontier in space exploratio ... more
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TECH SPACE

Shooting at ceramics
Producing thin ceramic components has until now been a laborious and expensive process, as parts often get distorted during manufacture and have to be discarded as waste. Researchers are now able to ... more
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LAUNCH PAD

'Good chance' for SpaceX April 30 launch to ISS: NASA
NASA said Monday said there is a good chance SpaceX will soon become the first private company to attempt to launch its spacecraft to the International Space Station on an unmanned cargo mission. ... more
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MARSDAILY

NASA Planning Group Takes Key Steps For Future Mars Exploration
NASA's Mars Program Planning Group (MPPG), established to assist the agency in developing a new strategy for the exploration of the Red Planet, has begun analyzing options for future robotic mission ... more
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