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1 hr ago | San Gabriel Valley Tribune

California evades massive giveaway to Tesla: Thomas Elias

There are very few Americans who need welfare and government support less than Elon Musk, the hyper-creative head of the Tesla Motors electric car company, the Space X rocketry and satellite hoisting firm and Solar City, a leader in renewable energy. And yet, almost no one gets more government benefits and business.

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Related Topix: California, Tesla Motors, Startups, Science / Technology, Alternative Energy, Renewable Energy (Green Energy), Energy, NASA, Opinion

4 hrs ago | Examiner.com

The director of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope will need a security clearance

The James Webb Space Telescope , now being developed by NASA and slated for launch in 2018, will constitute a technological leap forward in space based astronomy. It will be tasked with ferretting out the birth and evolution of galaxies and the development of stars and planets.

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6 hrs ago | Scientific Computing/Instrument.

NASA Inspector Blasts Asteroid Protection Program

On September 15, 2014, the space agency's inspector general released a report blasting NASA's Near Earth Objects program, which is meant to hunt and catalog comets, asteroids and relatively large fragments of these objects that pass within 28 million miles of Earth. The purpose is to protect the planet against their potential dangers.

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10 hrs ago | Universe Today

Could You Win A Trip To Space? New Group Aims To Use Contest Fees To Support Space Groups, Too

A new organization aims to send people to space on private spacecraft while supporting worthy causes on Earth at the same time. Spaceship Earth Grants has launched a contest with a 1-in-50,000 chance for the ultimate ride - a trip into space - and other prizes as well.

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15 hrs ago | WSOCTV

SpaceX's Elon Musk really wants to colonize Mars

If it wasn't already apparent that SpaceX CEO and Telsa co-founder Elon Musk is one of today's more ambitious visionaries, let's remember: he wants to build a city on Mars. We knew this back in 2012 when Musk gave Space.com a rough outline of what colonizing Mars would need, like a small pioneering group of 10 or so brave souls with construction materials followed by more folks at $500,000 a ticket.

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16 hrs ago | NWAonline

Space rivals fight for NASA funds

Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Space Exploration Technologies Corp. , speaks at the unveiling of the Manned Dragon V2 Space Taxi in Hawthorne, California, U.S., on Thursday, May 29, 2014. The Dragon V2 manned space taxi, an upgraded version of the unmanned spacecraft Dragon, will be capable of sending a mix of cargo and up to seven crew members to the International Space Station.

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Related Topix: Science / Technology, NASA, Space Exploration Technologies, Hawthorne, CA

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Gizmag

NASA probe will reveal 3D architecture of forests from space

An artist's impression of how the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation lidar will reveal the 3D architecture of forests in a bid to further our understanding of the carbon cycle NASA is developing a laser-based instrument for deployment on the International Space Station that will probe the depths of Earth's forests from space in a bid to reveal more about their role in the planet's carbon cycle. After its completion in 2018, this Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation lidar will join the likes of the Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite in studying Earth's vegetation on a global scale.

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Related Topix: Science / Technology, NASA, Alternative Energy, Biomass, Energy, Gadgets

Ars Technica

A closer look at the space shuttle that never got to space

Space Shuttle Enterprise : namesake of the Star Trek spaceship, and one of NASA's greatest, and biggest, behind-the-scenes testing tools. NEW YORK-The space shuttle Enterprise has been ensconced aboard the USS Intrepid for just over two years.

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Related Topix: Science / Technology, NASA, Boeing 747, Commercial Aircraft, Boeing Aircraft, Aircraft

KFVS12

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity finally at Mount Sharp

The space agency announced Thursday that the rover has reached the base of Mount Sharp, its destination since landing two years ago. Officials say drilling could begin as early as next week at an outcrop of rocks called Pahrump Hills.

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Scientific American

A Space Debris Impact Test

Kevlar can fend off bullets traveling at hundreds of meters per second no problem, but the supertough synthetic fiber is no match for debris hurtling through outer space at several kilometers per second. In June, engineers at the Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics in Germany ran a space-debris simulation to test the fiber.

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Russia Taday

Canine collectible: Soviet cosmo-dogs' spacesuit up for online auction at $5,000

The authentic spacesuit worn by famous Belka and Strelka, the first ever dogs in space, is set to be sold at an auction Saturday. Fans of Soviet space memorabilia will be able to buy it online - for a barking mad starting price of just $5,100.

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Denver Post

Up Aerospace, born in Highlands Ranch garage, shoots rockets for NASA

This is the story of a boy who dreamed of being an astronaut who now shoots rockets into space for NASA. In the late 1990s, Jerry Larson started Up Aerospace in his Highlands Ranch garage with the goal of inspiring high school and middle school kids to embrace science.

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Related Topix: Science / Technology, NASA, Highlands Ranch, CO, University of Washington

Sat Sep 13, 2014

Alabama Live

Inaugural 9/11 Honor Walk under the Pathfinder Space Shuttle

Still Serving Veterans, Soldier 1 Corporation, Turning Point Consultants LLC, Distinct Grace, Blue Star Veterans, and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center teamed up for Huntsville's inaugural "9/11 Honor Walk: Remember. Heal.

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WTVR Richmond

Big solar storm in space has impact here on Earth

A colorful, spectacular showing of the aurora borealis greeted Sok, a CNN iReporter, and others at Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National park on Friday. Thanks to a relatively strong solar storm, those living in northern parts of the United States had a chance to take in the vivid colors that normally can only be seen from extremely high latitudes.

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SFGate

Companies tied to Spaceport up for space contract

Two of the three companies competing for more than $3 billion to launch space tourism flights have ties to southern New Mexico's Spaceport America. The Albuquerque Journal reported Saturday that SpaceX, Boeing Co.

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SPACE.com

NASA Completes 1st Orion Space Capsule for December Test Flight

NASA's first Orion space capsule, designed to carry astronauts to deep-space destinations, is ready for fueling ahead of its debut unmanned test flight in December. On Thursday , the space agency's Orion space capsule was transported from an operations and checkout building at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida to a nearby building, where it will be fueled before launching into space in December.

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Centauri Dreams

Space Telescopes Beyond Hubble and JWST

Ashley Baldwin tracks developments in astronomical imaging with a passion, making him a key source for me in keeping up with the latest developments. In this follow-up to his earlier story on interferometry, Ashley looks at the options beyond the James Webb Space Telescope, particularly those that can help in the exoplanet hunt.

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Sys-Con Media

NASA Coverage Set for Fourth SpaceX Mission to Space Station

The one-day adjustment in the launch date was made to accommodate preparations of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and was coordinated with the station's partners and managers. The company's Falcon 9 rocket, carrying its Dragon cargo spacecraft loaded with more than 5,000 pounds of scientific experiments and supplies, will lift off at The mission, designated SpaceX CRS-4, is the fourth of 12 SpaceX flights NASA contracted with the company to resupply the space station.

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Fri Sep 12, 2014

Sys-Con Media

NASA Unveils World's Largest Spacecraft Welding Tool for Space Launch System

The 170-foot-tall, 78-foot-wide giant completes a world-class welding toolkit that will be used to build the core stage of America's next great rocket, the Space Launch System . SLS will be the most powerful rocket ever built for deep space missions, including to an asteroid and eventually Mars.

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Brandon Sun

Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen may take first space trip in next five years

Jeremy Hansen says no specific time frame is being discussed, but the Canadian astronaut says he feels he'll be taking his first trip into space by 2020. NASA has said no Canadians will be heading up to the International Space Station anytime soon because all flights have been booked through the end of 2016.

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