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Saturday 19 April 2014

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Visuals and data readouts during the test at Mojave Air and Space Port. - Astrobotic Technology

Astrobotic Technology Announces Successful Landing System Test

Astrobotic Autolanding System Completes Open-loop Flight on Masten Suborbital Rocket PITTSBURGH, Pa. and MOJAVE, Calif.
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March 31st, 2014
A new interactive mosaic from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter covers the north pole of the moon from 60 to 90 degrees north latitude at a resolution of 6-1/2 feet (2 meters) per pixel. Close-ups of Thales crater (right side) zoom in to reveal increasing levels of detail. -  NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University (See enlargeable photo below)

First Interactive Mosaic of Lunar North Pole is Released

At 2-Meters Per Pixel, Zooming Reveals Amazing Detail GREENBELT, Md. — Scientists, using cameras aboard
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March 18th, 2014
A Moon Express prototype lander. Moon Express is one of three companies selected to compete for a "soft landing" milestone prize. - Moon Express, Inc.

XPRIZE Selects Five Finalists for Milestone Prizes Worth $6M

Google Increases Total Lunar XPRIZE Pot to $40 Million U.S. LOS ANGELES, Calif. -— The
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February 19th, 2014
A lander being developed by Moon Express in partnership with NASA. - Moon Express

NASA Looks to Hookup with Commercial Lunar Initiatives

Partnership Opportunities for Lunar Lander Development and Flights to Moon WASHINGTON, D.C. — Building on
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January 17th, 2014
View of the Chang'e 3 lander (large arrow) and Yutu rover (small arrow) just before sunset on their first day of lunar exploration. The image was taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera Narrow Angle Camera. The image width is approximately 1,900 feet (576 m). North is up. - NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Sees Chang’e, Tracks Yutu

MOUNTAIN VIEW. Calif. — NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is constantly taking pictures of the Moon.
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December 30th, 2013
Chinese Moon map with Chang’e 3 landing site as a red dot. - CNSA

Why is China Targeting the Moon — and Should NASA as Well?

“NASA is not going to the moon with a human as a primary project probably
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December 29th, 2013
The rover and lander have taken photos of each other for the fifth and final time. The back side of Chang’e 3 lander as seen by rover Yutu with Chinese national flag at left imaged for the first time. - CNSA/CCTV

Yutu Moon Rover Sets Sail for Breathtaking New Adventures

by ken kremer China’s now famous ‘Yutu’ moon rover has set sail for what promises
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December 24th, 2013
Earth eclipses the sun from Chang’e 3′s location in the Sea of Rains on April 15, 2014. At the same time, we’ll see a total lunar eclipse from the ground. - Stellarium

Visions of Earth through the Yutu Rover’s Eyes

by bob king Last night I used my telescope to eye-hike the volcanic plains of
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December 19th, 2013
A still frame from the Chang'e lander's first up close view of the lunar surface. - CCTV

Touchdown! China’s Chang’e 3 Lands on the Moon

Rover Will Roll Off Sometime This Evening by bob king You can settle back with
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December 14th, 2013
Artist's concept of LADEE in low orbit of the Moon. - NASA

LADEE’s Lunar Science Observations Commence

Commissioning Phase Over, LADEE Moves into a Close Proximity Orbit MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — What
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December 12th, 2013
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Video

A ‘Go’ To Build OSIRIS-REx on This Week @NASA

Here’s some of the stories trending on the weekly video magazine: OSIRIS-REx build go ahead,
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Rocket designer Tom Mueller poses with rocket engines on the SpaceX factory floor in Hawthorne, California. - Roger Gilbertson

News

Aerospace Tax Break Bill Goes to California Governor

Ten Year Moratorium on Space Hardware Aims to Keep Firms from Leaving State SACRAMENTO, CALIF.
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Concept of SNC’s Dream Chaser® spacecraft landing on the runway at Houston’s Ellington Field. - SNC

Orbit

Agreement to Explore Dream Chaser Use of Houston Space Port

Sierra Nevada and Houston Airport System Will Study Physical, Operational and Regulatory Requirements HOUSTON, Texas
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Bill will enable sRLV's to hold simultaneous commercial licenses and launch permits. - (photo) Virgin Galactic

Sub orbit

Committee Passes Bill Allowing FAA to Issue Permits and Licenses for Same Vehicle

Senate Bill Will Speed Further Development of XCOR Aerospace and Virgin Galactic Space Planes WASHINGTON,
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Concept of NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft preparing to take a sample from asteroid Bennu. - NASA/Goddard

Planetary

Asteroid Sampler OSIRIS-REx Moves from Paper to Metal Bending

NASA Spacecraft Scheduled to Rendezvous with Asteroid Bennu in 2018 WASHINGTON, D.C. — NASA’s team
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Video

LDSD: We Brake for Mars

A entertaining and informative video from JPL: NASA tests a supersonic parachute under Mars-like conditions
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The XCOR® Lynx® Mark I cockpit in its shipping cradle; in the background the fuselage and liquid oxygen tank being prepped for integration and testing. - XCOR Aerospace

Sub orbit

XCOR Aerospace Receives Lynx Mark I Cockpit

Key Subsection Enables Plane Assembly to Begin MOJAVE, Calif. — XCOR Aerospace announced today that
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Video

Copernicus Satellite Sentinel-1A Rides Into Space

Sentinel-1 is the first in the family of satellites for Europe’s Copernicus program. It carries
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Part of the current U.S. Air Force space program, the X-37B space plane. - USAF

News

Will the Air Force have a Role in Deep Space?

by edward wright Lieutenant Colonel Peter Garretson asks whether the US Air Force will have
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The SOHO LASCO C2 instrument captured this image of the Earth-directed Coronal Mass Ejection. - ESA/NASA

Environment

Living in Space: Radiation

by liam ginty As we push toward a space settlement future, some of the earliest
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