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1 hr ago | Science Daily

Scientists twist radio beams to send data: Transmissions reach speeds of 32 gigibits per second

Researchers twist four radio beams together to achieve high data transmission speeds. The researchers reached data transmission rates of 32 gigabits per second across 2.5 meters of free space in a basement lab.

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5 hrs ago | SPACE.com

NASA Picks SpaceX, Boeing to Fly US Astronauts on Private Spaceships

After a four-year competition, NASA has tapped the commerical spaceflight companies SpaceX and Boeing to launch astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil by 2017, agency officials announced today . If all goes according to plan, the two companies will reduce or end NASA's dependence on Russia for its orbital taxi service.

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9 hrs ago | Ars Technica

The little-known Soviet mission to rescue a dead space station

The following story happened in 1985 but subsequently vanished into obscurity. Over the years, many details have been twisted, others created.

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13 hrs ago | Click2Houston

NASA to announce private space shuttle deal

NASA will make a "major announcement" later Tuesday about its plans to partner with the private sector to transport astronauts to the international space station. The space agency said it will hold a news conference at Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 4 p.m. ET to discuss "the return of human spaceflight launches to the United States," according to a brief statement on its website.

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13 hrs ago | KBOI-AM Boise

NASA to Announce Which Company Wins Space Taxi Contract

When the space shuttle Atlantis rolled to a stop on July 21, 2011, Commander Chris Ferguson noted the poignant end of the shuttle program: "Mission complete, Houston, after serving the world for over 30 years, the shuttle has earned its place in history, and it has come to a final stop." Now, after an expensive and ferocious four-year competition, NASA will announce on Tuesday if Boeing, Space X or Sierra Nevada will be the one to build the spacecraft to replace the space shuttle.

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13 hrs ago | The Orlando Sentinel

NASA to announce winner of new space vehicle contract

NASA plans to announce today the winner of a lucrative contract to build the so-called "taxi" to the International Space Station that will return the U.S. to manned spaceflight, the space agency said. The competition pits aerospace giant Boeing Co.

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Related Topix: Science / Technology, NASA, Manufacturing, Sierra Nevada, Aerospace-Defense, Travel/Tourism

17 hrs ago | This is The West Country

Bishop Henderson Primary School pupils relish their Space Odyssey

IF children at Bishop Henderson Primary School in Taunton had any post-summer holiday blues at the start of the September term, a trip into outer space blew them away. Year five pupils enjoyed a visit from the Space Odyssey mobile planetarium, and were thrilled to become the first children inside its new Voyager 2 space dome, which set up for a morning inside their school hall.

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21 hrs ago | Trend

Azerspace-1 satellite to broadcast Turkish channels

Azercosmos OJSC signed a number of important contracts during the EURASIA 2014 - Information and Communication Technologies Fair in Istanbul, Azercosmos told Trend Sept. 16. Azercosmos OJSC was established in accordance with the Azerbaijani president's decree as of May 3, 2010 to launch a telecommunication satellite into orbit, to manage it and to conduct the operations.

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Mon Sep 15, 2014

Channelnewsasia.com

India's spacecraft 'on target' to reach Mars

An Indian spacecraft is on course to reach Mars, an official said on Monday , following a 666-million-kilometre voyage that could see New Delhi's low-cost space programme win Asia's race to the Red Planet. File photo of scientists and engineers working on a Mars Orbiter vehicle at the Indian Space Research Organisation's satellite centre in Bangalore.

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Related Topix: Science / Technology, World News, India, Travel, India Travel, Asia Travel, Bangalore, India Travel

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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