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Monday 21 April 2014

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Concept of NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft preparing to take a sample from asteroid Bennu. - NASA/Goddard

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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April 10th, 2014
Gravity measurements by NASA's Cassini spacecraft and Deep Space Network suggest that Saturn's moon Enceladus, which has jets of water vapor and ice gushing from its south pole, also harbors a large interior ocean beneath an ice shell, as this illustration depicts. - NASA/JPL-Caltech

Space Assets Detect Ocean Inside Saturn Moon

NASA Gravity Measurements Point to Huge Interior Ocean Beneath Ice PASADENA, Calif. — NASA’s Cassini
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April 4th, 2014
Artist’s view of a remote icy asteroid with the sun in the distance. Astronomers recently announced the discovery of 2012 VP113, the most distant asteroid ever seen. - NASA/JPL

Dwarf Planet ‘Biden’ Hints at Planet X at Solar System’s Edge

by bob king Asteroids have been hot this week. Just days after discovering the first
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March 31st, 2014
Concept of a portion of MarsOne's Martian outpost. - MarsOne

Mars One Begins Work on a Simulated Mars Home for Crew

Candidates to Gain Valuable Analog Experience AMERSFOORT, The Netherlands — Mars One has announced the
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March 28th, 2014
ExoMars rover. - ESA

Mars Yard Ready for Red Planet Rover

Realistic Training Ground for Sophisticated Navigation System Development STEVENAGE, U.K. — A state-of-the-art ‘Mars yard’
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March 27th, 2014
Screen grab from video showing animation of how NASA's Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft would be prepared for a deep space mission launch from the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Story and video below. - NASA

NASA Passes Major Milestone for Spaceport of the Future

Flexible Support for Variety of Launch Systems and Spacecraft Key to New Design KENNEDY SPACE
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March 27th, 2014
Concept of an asteroid redirect. - NASA

NASA Seeks Proposals on Asteroid Redirect Mission

Agency Looking for Concept Studies on Capture Systems, Rendezvous Sensors, Use of Commercial Spacecraft and
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March 21st, 2014
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Mars One Colonization Effort Picked Up for TV Series

Lionsgate TV and Producer Roy Bank Land Deal to Chronicle Experiment HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — When
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March 17th, 2014
Engineers prepare Orion’s service module for installation of the fairings that will protect it during launch this fall when Orion launches on its first mission. The service module, along with its fairings, is now complete. - NASA

Space Launch System’s First Flight Test Slips

Two to Three Month Delay for EFT-1 Launch KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — The initial
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March 15th, 2014
AsteroidBelt

$35 Grand for Asteroid Hunters in NASA Challenge

Citizen Scientists Called to Find the Other 99 Percent CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — NASA’s Asteroid Data
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March 10th, 2014
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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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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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