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April 30, 2013

Russia’s price for putting Americans in orbit rises to $70.7 million per seat

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By Mike Wall, Space.com NASA has signed a new deal that will keep American astronauts flying on Russian spacecraft through early 2017 at a cost of $70.7 million per seat — about $8 million more per astronaut than the previous going rate.The $424 million deal, which was announced Tuesday, is good for six seats aboard Russia's Soyuz space capsules. Under the agreement, Soyuz vehicles will now ferry ...
    


World’s largest infrared space telescope shuts down forever

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By Miriam Kramer, SPACE.com After nearly four years mapping the "hidden universe," the largest infrared telescope ever launched into space has reached the end of its life, European Space Agency officials say. The $1.4 billion Herschel Space Observatory has exhausted the vital supply of liquid helium coolant that allowed it make the most sensitive and detailed observations of the cosmos in in...
    


Space station skipper gives Canada’s new $5 bill an out-of-this-world debut

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Canada's new printed-polymer $5 bill has received the country's highest sendoff, altitude-wise, from International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield. Tuesday's currency-unveiling ceremony in space was just the latest in a series of achievements that have drawn attention to Canada's best-known spaceflier.Hadfield already has made his mark as a photographer, a musician and composer, and an expl...
    


Researchers look for life on ‘eyeball Earths’

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By Charles Q. ChoiSpace.comAlien worlds resembling giant eyeballs might exist around red dwarf stars, and researchers are now proposing experiments to simulate these distant planets and see how capable they are of supporting life.Red dwarfs are small, faint stars about one-fifth as massive as the sun and up to 50 times dimmer. They are the most common stars in the galaxy and are thought to make up...
    


April 29, 2013

Who knew a monstrous Saturnian hurricane could look so lovely?

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The eye of a super-hurricane at Saturn's north pole looks like a peaceful red rose in a fresh bouquet of pictures from NASA's Cassini orbiter. But don't be fooled: That rosy appearance is merely due to the false colors ascribed to infrared wavelengths.This storm's eye measures 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) in diameter, about 20 times wider than the average hurricane's eye on Earth. The outer clou...
    


Billionaire Richard Branson can’t wait for his own SpaceShipTwo trip

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British billionaire Richard Branson'sVirgin companies operate airplanes and trains, sell music and phones, offer games and radio shows. He's an adventurer who has flown balloons over oceans, has swum with sharks and whales, and has even started up his own ocean exploration venture. He's had his own reality-TV series and played cameo roles in "Around the World in 80 Days," "Casino Royale" and "Supe...
    


Mars rover Opportunity puts itself in standby mode

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By Mike Wall, SPACE.comNASA's long-lived Opportunity Mars rover has gone into a self-imposed standby mode on the Red Planet, the robot's handlers say.Mission controllers for Opportunity, which landed on Mars in January 2004, first learned of the issue on Saturday. On that day, the rover got back in touch after a nearly three-week communication moratorium caused by an unfavorable planetary alig...
    


SpaceShipTwo goes supersonic during first rocket-powered flight

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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane lit up its engine for the first time in flight on Monday, taking a giant supersonic leap toward outer space.The crucial 16-second blast took place at about 7:50 a.m. PT (10:50 a.m. ET), high above California's Mojave Air and Space Port. Virgin Group's billionaire founder, Richard Branson, was on hand to watch the proceedings."Today was the most significa...
    


SpaceShipTwo goes supersonic during first rocket-powered flight

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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane lit up its engine for the first time in flight on Monday, taking a giant supersonic leap toward outer space.The crucial 16-second blast took place at about 7:50 a.m. PT (10:50 a.m. ET), high above California's Mojave Air and Space Port. Virgin Group's billionaire founder, Richard Branson, was on hand to watch the proceedings."Today was the most significa...
    


SpaceShipTwo fires its rocket engine for first time and goes supersonic

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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane lit up its engine for the first time in flight on Monday, taking a giant supersonic leap toward outer space.The crucial 16-second blast took place at about 7:50 a.m. PT (10:50 a.m. ET), high above California's Mojave Air and Space Port. Virgin Group's billionaire founder, Richard Branson, was on hand to watch the proceedings."Today was the most significa...
    


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