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Venus, Asteroids And Moon To Compete For Next New Frontiers Mission
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 30, 2009
NASA has selected three proposals as candidates for the agency's next space venture to another celestial body in our solar system. The final project selected in mid-2011 may provide a better understanding of Earth's formation or perhaps the origin of life on our planet. The proposed missions would probe the atmosphere and crust of Venus; return a piece of a near-Earth asteroid for analysis; or ... read more

Cost-cutting NASA eyes three cheap space missions
Washington (AFP) Dec 30, 2009
NASA has named low-cost missions to Venus, the moon and an asteroid on a shortlist to become its latest space adventure, as the US agency faces astronomical political pressure to cut costs. The proposed probes -- to the surface of Venus, the moon and to bring back a piece of a primitive asteroid -- must all come with a price tag of less than 650 million dollars, a fraction of the cost of man ... more
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  • Voyager Makes An Interstellar Discovery
    Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 30, 2009
    The solar system is passing through an interstellar cloud that physics says should not exist. In the Dec. 24th issue of Nature, a team of scientists reveal how NASA's Voyager spacecraft have solved the mystery. "Using data from Voyager, we have discovered a strong magnetic field just outside the solar system," explains lead author Merav Opher, a NASA Heliophysics Guest Investigator from Ge ... more

    Three NASA space missions planned for 2010
    Washington (UPI) Dec 26, 2009
    Three space missions in 2010 aim to learn more about the sun, and the climate and the oceans of Earth, NASA officials said. Two of the missions will examine the concentration of salt in oceans and the presence of aerosol particles, such as soot, in the atmosphere. "They are extraordinary timely," said Michael Freilich, head of NASA's Earth-science division, noting the results li ... more

    UK Outlines Science Priorities
    London, UK (SPX) Dec 22, 2009
    The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), the body responsible for funding UK astronomy, has reported the results of its Prioritization Exercise, announcing projects chosen for continued funding and those where support will be withdrawn. The Royal Astronomical Society welcomes the long-term commitment to projects like the European Southern Observatory (ESO). UK involvement in ... more

    Advanced Composite Mate Joint Passes Stringent NASA Tests For Crew Module
    El Segundo CA (SPX) Dec 21, 2009
    An innovative method for joining composite structures implemented by Northrop Grumman has passed a series of intensive structural tests, paving the way for the use of composites in future spacecraft. "This is a major step forward for the use of composites in future missions," said Gene Fraser, vice president of Advanced Programs and Technology for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "Our ... more

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    NASA announces moon design competition
    Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2009
    NASA says it is offering paid internships to engineering students who have ideas on how future explorers might live on the moon. The 2010 NASA Moon Work engineering design challenge seeks to motivate college students by giving them first-hand experience with the process of developing new technologies, the space agency said. To participate in the contest, students must submit ... more

    Branson unveils Virgin Galactic spaceliner
    Los Angeles (AFP) Dec 7, 2009
    Richard Branson unveiled Monday a commercial spaceliner offering tourists a cheaper chance to experience the thrill of weightlessness and view the splendor of the Earth from space. The British billionaire hopes to offer tickets aboard his spacecraft at a cost of 200,000 dollars each, giving adventurous, well-heeled travellers a chance to experience space for a fraction of the cost of a seat on a NASA shuttle or Russian spaceship. Announcing the roll-out of the Virgin Galactic spaceliner in California's Mojave desert, Branson said he planned to be on the craft's first passenger flight some 18 months from now, accompanied by his family and the American designer of the space ship, Burt Rutan. ... more

    Japan's 'space beer' sparkles among drinkers
    Tokyo (AFP) Dec 7, 2009
    A Japanese brewer has come up with a beer that's truly out of this world -- one made with barley grown from a line of seeds that once orbited the Earth aboard the International Space Station. Sapporo Breweries Ltd. said Monday orders had flooded in for the special edition of 250 six-packs of its new "Space Barley." The company says the amber brew was made from the fourth generation of ... more

    NASA to launch space education program for Arab youth
    Washington (AFP) Dec 7, 2009
    NASA has teamed up with the Dubai-based Arab Youth Venture Foundation to provide students from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) the chance to work on NASA missions, the US space agency said Monday. Under the program, up to 12 engineering students from the UAE will each year join US students to work on a research project at the US space agency's Ames Research Center in California. The ... more

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