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Sky & Telescope

Today scientists working with NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter released an awesome color view of Phobos, which at just over 16 miles long is only a little bigger than Manhattan Island.

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Space.com

A sniff test of water vapor spewing from Saturn's moon Enceladus shows it is gushing with organic molecules, increasing the possibility of life existing somewhere in the Saturn system.

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Space

Newfound glowing spots on Jupiter seem unexpectedly to come from electron beams whipping around the giant planet's volcanic moon Io. Io causes glowing spots hundreds of miles across on its mother planet that are similar to the aurora borealis or

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AP

Three years after gigantic geysers were spied on an icy Saturn moon, the international Cassini spacecraft is poised to plunge through the fringes of the mysterious plumes to learn how they formed. Wednesday's flyby will take Cassini within 30 mil

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Space.com-Jeremy Hsu-Staff Writer-

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captured the images that suggest the debris-strewn Holden Crater once held a calm body of water that could have harbored life.

News Link • Global Reported By Geoffrey Hayes
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AP

The Pentagon, under orders from President Bush, is planning to shoot down a broken spy satellite expected to hit the Earth in early March. The option preferred by the administration will be to fire a missile from a U.S. Navy cruiser, and shoot down t

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Enterprise Mission

In 2003, NASA deliberately directed its still-functioning Galileo spacecraft to make a 108,000 mph suicidal plunge into Jupiter’s atmosphere. Thus ended the successful eight-year NASA Galileo mission in a literal, most fitting “blaze of glory.”

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AP

[FEAR] The military is developing contingency plans to deal with the possibility that a large spy satellite's fall to Earth in late February or early March could hit North America. Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, who heads of U.S. Northern Command,

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Scientific American

Virgin Galactic unveils designs for new spacecraft Plans for a new commercial suborbital spacecraft were presented this week by Virgin Galactic, the space tourism arm of Virgin Atlantic, and Scaled Composites, maker of the first privately funded mann

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AP

A large U.S. spy satellite has lost power and could hit the Earth in late February or early March, government officials said. The satellite, which no longer can be controlled, could contain hazardous materials [plutonium?], and it is unknown where on

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New Mexico's Spaceport America Home Page

(More stuff you didn't know??? - Now why would the media do endless stories on delayed Shuttle launches but nothing on what is happening in the private sector? I'll bet you don't know anything about 2 private space stations in orbit NOW!

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Daily Telegraph

Scientists have come up with the radical suggestion that the universe's end may come not with a bang but a standstill - that time could be literally running out and could, one day, stop altogether.

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Cornell University

Researchers are considering the implications of "one of the most significant" mission discoveries to date: silica-rich deposits uncovered in May by Spirit's lame front wheel that provide new evidence for a once-habitable environment in

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The Future of Things

An innovative propulsion system that could significantly shorten round trips from Earth to Mars (from two years to only six months!) and enable our spaceships to reach Jupiter after one year of space traveling. The system is an optimization of the 19

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Space.com

Many meteor showers tend to disappoint, but the annual Geminid shower is relatively reliable. And this year's version, which peaks tonight, is expected to be a great one. Meteors could start showing up anytime after dark this evening, Dec. 13,

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