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Washington DC (SPX) Dec 19, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/spacex-dragon-capsule-model-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> NASA and SpaceX report that the launch of SpaceX's fifth commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station now will occur no earlier than Tuesday, Jan. 6. The new launch date will provide SpaceX engineers time to investigate further issues that arose from a static fire test of the Falcon 9 rocket on Dec. 16 and will avoid beta angle constraints for berthing the Dragon
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 19, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/trends-water-storage-california-grace-mission-2011-to-2014-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> It will take about 11 trillion gallons of water (42 cubic kilometers) - around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir - to recover from California's continuing drought, according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data. The finding was part of a sobering update on the state's drought made possible by space and airborne measurements and presented by NASA scientists De
Mojave CA (SPX) Dec 19, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/xcor-lynx-suborbital-rocketplane-under-construction-dec-2014-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The XCOR Lynx suborbital spacecraft continues to make rapid progress towards final assembly. Immediately after bonding the cockpit to the fuselage, the shop crews set up for the delicate and precise operation of bonding the carry-through spar on to the rear end of the Lynx fuselage. "The carry-through spar is the heart of the loading structure on any winged craft - it supports the primary
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 19, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/o3b-networks-logo-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> All four European communication satellites were put into orbit by a Russian-made Soyuz ST-B rocket from the Kourou space center in French Guiana, a spokesperson for the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, said Friday. "Thus, the Russian part of the program - putting four foreign satellites [into orbit] - has been fully implemented," Roscosmos representative told RIA Novosti. Fou
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Dec 19, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/protein-networks-that-cause-brain-diseases-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> An experiment housed in a 4-inch cube destined for launch to the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX CRS-5 cargo resupply mission could become a key step in the progress toward understanding Alzheimer's disease and similar conditions and ultimately figuring out a way to stop them. Called SABOL, short for Self-Assembly in Biology and the Origin of Life: A Study into Alzheimer's, t
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 19, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/remastered-galileo-jupiter-europa-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> A fresh look at data collected by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its 2001 flyby of Jupiter shows that Europa's tenuous atmosphere is even thinner than previously thought and also suggests that the thin, hot gas around the moon does not show evidence of plume activity occurring at the time of the flyby. The new research provides a snapshot of Europa's state of activity at that time, and s
Paris (ESA) Dec 19, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/space-situational-awareness-near-earth-objects-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> ESA and national disaster response offices recently rehearsed how to react if a threatening space rock is ever discovered to be on a collision course with Earth. Last month, experts from ESA's Space Situational Awareness (SSA) programme and Europe's national disaster response organisations met for a two-day exercise on what to do if an asteroid is ever found to be heading our way. In
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 19, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/2014-kepler-spacecraft-new-mission-profile-k2-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft makes a comeback with the discovery of the first exoplanet found using its new mission - K2. The discovery was made when astronomers and engineers devised an ingenious way to repurpose Kepler for the K2 mission and continue its search of the cosmos for other worlds. "Last summer, the possibility of a scientifically productive mission for Kepler afte
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 19, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/martian-water-reservoirs-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> NASA and an international team of planetary scientists have found evidence in meteorites on Earth that indicates Mars has a distinct and global reservoir of water or ice near its surface. Though controversy still surrounds the origin, abundance and history of water on Mars, this discovery helps resolve the question of where the "missing Martian water" may have gone. Scientists continue to
Miami (AFP) Dec 18, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/spacex-spix-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> SpaceX on Thursday postponed the planned launch later this week of its unmanned Dragon cargo ship after unspecified "issues" arose during a launchpad test, the company said in a statement. The launch of the Dragon atop the Falcon 9 rocket, initially set for Friday, will now take place no earlier than January 6, SpaceX said. "The new launch date will provide SpaceX engineers time to inves
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Dec 18, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/metatherian-mammals-severely-affected-asteroid-hit-earth-end-cretaceous-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The extinction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago is thought to have paved the way for mammals to dominate, but a new study shows that many mammals died off alongside the dinosaurs. Metatherian mammals--the extinct relatives of living marsupials ("mammals with pouches", such as opossums) thrived in the shadow of the dinosaurs during the Cretaceous period. The new study, by an internatio
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 18, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/position-philae-lander-rosetta-comet-67pchuryumov-gerasimenko-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The European Space Agency's orbiting Rosetta spacecraft is expected to come within four miles (six kilometers) of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in February of next year. The flyby will be the closest the comet explorer will come during its prime mission. "It is the earliest we could carry it out without impacting the vitally important bound orbits that are currently being
Paris (ESA) Dec 18, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/venus-express-aerobraking-manoeuvre-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> ESA's Venus Express has ended its eight-year mission after far exceeding its planned life. The spacecraft exhausted its propellant during a series of thruster burns to raise its orbit following the low-altitude aerobraking earlier this year. Since its arrival at Venus in 2006, Venus Express had been on an elliptical 24-hour orbit, traveling 66 000 km above the south pole at its furthest po
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 18, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/antares-rocket-cygnus-cargo-spacecraft-launch-wallops-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Russian design bureau Energomash has signed a contract with the US-based Orbital Sciences Corporation for the delivery of 60 RD-181 rocket engines to be used to power the Antares rocket's first stage, Russia's Izvestiya newspaper reported Wednesday. "We have committed to deliver a total of 60 engines. Currently, there is a firm contract for 20 engines which we have begun moving forward wit
Bangalore, India (AFP) Dec 18, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/india-isro-gslv-mark-launch-in-flight-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> India successfully launched its biggest ever rocket on Thursday, including an unmanned capsule which could one day send astronauts into space, as the country ramps up its ambitious space programme. The rocket, designed to carry heavier communication and other satellites into higher orbit, blasted off from Sriharikota in the southeast state of Andhra Pradesh. "This was a very significant

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