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China to launch manned spaceship in June

Like in the Shenzhou-9 mission, the crew might include two men astronauts and a woman, who are scheduled to enter the Tiangong-1 space lab module, Niu Hongguang, deputy commander-in-chief of China's manned space program, said on the sidelines of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

Nov 12th, 2012

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The Van Allen probes: Honoring the origins of magnetospheric science

In 1958, the first US rocket - known as Explorer 1 and led by James Van Allen at the University of Iowa - was launched. By providing observations of a giant swath of magnetized radiation trapped around Earth, now known as the Van Allen Belts, Explorer 1 confirmed that Earth's magnetic environment, the magnetosphere, was not a simple place.

Nov 9th, 2012

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On the hunt for dark matter

Ceremonial dedication of the PRISMA Cluster of Excellence / EUR 35 million to promote top-level research in particle and hadron physics.

Nov 9th, 2012

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A clean-up for space

Space is becoming increasingly polluted by man-made debris. New EU guidelines and standards will help mitigate the problem and make the space industry cleaner.

Nov 9th, 2012

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Propulsion chips for miniature satellites

Miniature satellites weighing under 100 kilograms (kg) are a less expensive and easier-to-launch alternative to large spacecraft. EU-funded scientists are developing a "thruster-on-a-chip" to provide the necessary boost.

Nov 9th, 2012

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New habitable zone super-Earth found in exosolar system

Astronomers have discovered a new super-Earth in the habitable zone, where liquid water and a stable atmosphere could reside, around the nearby star HD 40307. It is one of three new super-Earths found around the star that has three other low-mass planets orbiting it.

Nov 8th, 2012

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New cosmic ray discovered

European astronomers have discovered a new source of cosmic rays emanating from the vicinity of the Arches cluster, near the centre of the Milky Way. According to the researchers, these particles are accelerated in the shock wave generated by tens of thousands of young stars moving at a speed of around 700 000 km/h.

Nov 8th, 2012

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NASA holds Innovative Advanced Concepts Symposium Nov. 14-15

The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program's 2012 Fall Symposium will be held Nov. 14-15, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Hampton, Va. NIAC examines early stage concepts that may lead to advanced and innovative space technologies critical for NASA to enable missions in the next 10 to 100 years.

Nov 7th, 2012

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Astronomer's model helps identify binary star inside curved-jet-shooting nebula

University of Tübingen astronomer Dr. Thomas Rauch has helped an international team of astronomers with their discovery of a pair of stars circling inside one of the strangest known planetary nebulae. The researchers used his new model to confirm a long-debated theory on the spectacular and symmetrical appearance of matter hurled into space by binary stars.

Nov 7th, 2012

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