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Miami (AFP) Apr 17, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/spacex-dragon-iss-harmony-node-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo ship arrived Friday at the International Space Station, carrying a load of food and supplies for the astronauts living in orbit. European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti grappled the capsule with the space station's robotic arm at 6:55 am (1055 GMT) as the space station flew over the northern Pacific to the east of Japan, NASA said. "Houst
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 17, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/obama-nasa-podium-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> On April 15, 2010, President Barack Obama outlined his plan for America's space program. At NASA's Kennedy Space Center that day, the President said: "We will not only extend humanity's reach in space - we will strengthen America's leadership here on Earth ... For pennies on the dollar, the space program has improved our lives, advanced our society, strengthened our economy, and inspired
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 17, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/nasa-photographer-chris-gunn-nasa-giant-thermal-vacuum-chamber-a-johnson-space-center-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Looking out from inside the enormous mouth of NASA's giant thermal vacuum chamber, called Chamber A, located at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, the Pathfinder or test model of the James Webb Space Telescope's backplane is seen sliding in on the rails. Previously used for manned spaceflight missions, this historic chamber is now being readied for a cryogenic test. "After over
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 17, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/mexsat-3-satellite-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Russia and Mexico are developing relations in joint space exploration, Mexican ambassador to Moscow Ruben Beltran said Tuesday. "Another [Mexican] satellite will be launched from Baikonur in 15 days, thanks to our cooperation with [Russia's space agency] Roscosmos. We are pleased by this, we are happy about this fact. So we are bringing our interests together in the space sphere too," Belt
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 17, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/map-projected-view-ceres-from-dawn-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> A new color map of dwarf planet Ceres, which NASA's Dawn spacecraft has been orbiting since March, reveals the diversity of the surface of this planetary body. Differences in morphology and color across the surface suggest Ceres was once an active body, Dawn researchers said at the 2015 General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union in Vienna. "This dwarf planet was not just an inert r
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Apr 17, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/hidden-valley-mars-fine-grained-sediment-plates-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Researchers have long known that there is water in the form of ice on Mars. Now, new research from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows that it is possible that there is liquid water close to the surface of Mars. The explanation is that the substance perchlorate has been found in the soil, which lowers the freezing point so the water does not freeze into ice, but is liquid and present in very salty
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 17, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/glynn-lunney-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Legendary Johnson Space Center icon Glynn Lunney, a flight director during the Gemini and Apollo Programs and best known for his work with Apollo 13, talked about the early days of the space program and his contributions to it to a packed house at the Gilruth Center recently. His "Highways into Space" lecture, based on his new autobiography, was hosted by the SAIC/Safety and Mission Assura
Moscow (XNA) Apr 17, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/galileo-lunar-300-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The Federal Space Agency Roscosmos of Russia said Tuesday it would keep implementing space exploration projects in spite of the current economic difficulties and would work to help Russian cosmonauts land on the Moon no later than 2030. Roscosmos head Igor Komarov told reporters that with limited government funds, they have updated programs envisaging construction of a super-heavy carrier
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 17, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/development-huge-storm-erupts-every-30-years-saturn-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The long-standing mystery of why Saturn seethes with enormous storms every 30 years may have been solved by scientists working with data from NASA's Cassini mission. The tempests, which can grow into bright bands that encircle the entire planet, are on a natural timer that is reset by each subsequent storm, the researchers report. In 140 years of telescope observations, great storms have e
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 17, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/curiosity-mars-location-apr-16-2015-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is continuing science observations while on the move this month. On April 16, the mission passed 10 kilometers (6.214 miles) of total driving since its 2012 landing, including about a fifth of a mile (310 meters) so far this month. The rover is trekking through a series of shallow valleys between the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop, which it investigated for six months,
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 17, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/construction-launch-pad-vostochny-cosmodrome-5-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The first rocket launch from the Russian Vostochy space complex should be completed in December 2015, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told President Vladimir Putin on Monday. "We propose that the first launch will be in December of this year," Rogozin told Putin. Earlier, media reports said that since construction had fallen behind on the complex that the first launch wo
Cape Canaveral, Fla. (UPI) Apr 16, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/april-15-spacex-landing-rocket-drone-barge-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> From NASA's perspective, Tuesday's resupply missions was a success. The rocket went off without a hitch, and the cargo-filled Dragon capsule is safely en route to the International Space Station. But for SpaceX, the second half of the mission - and the one everyone was most excited about - proved to be another failure (albeit one CEO Elon Musk predicted). Yet again, the aerospace comp
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 17, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/apr-10-2015-navcam-curiosity-mars-valley-artists-drive-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Martian weather and soil conditions that NASA's Curiosity rover has measured, together with a type of salt found in Martian soil, could put liquid brine in the soil at night. Perchlorate identified in Martian soil by the Curiosity mission, and previously by NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander mission, has properties of absorbing water vapor from the atmosphere and lowering the freezing temperature
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 17, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/apxs-spectrometer-curiosity-msl-robotic-arm-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Opportunity is on the west rim of Endeavour Crater near the entrance of "Marathon Valley," a putative location for abundant clay minerals. The rover is positioned on a light-toned outcrop next to the feature called "The Spirit of St. Louis" crater. The rover is continuing a campaign to investigate surface targets in this outcrop. On Sol 3984 (April 9, 2015), Opportunity examined the
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Apr 17, 2015<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/asteroid-2012-tc4-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> On Oct. 12, 2017, the asteroid 2012 TC4 is slated to whizz by Earth dangerously close. The exact distance of its closest approach is uncertain, as well as its size. Based on observations in October 2012 when the space rock missed our planet, astronomers estimate that its size could vary from 12 to 40 meters. The meteor that exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in February 2013, injuring

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