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US Scientists say Earth may be the Only Planet with Life

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The Princeton scientists suggest that it's likely that Earth is a one-off - and that life may not have evolved anywhere else NASA has said there are ‘billions’ of planets in our own Milky Way galaxy – but a new study suggests that the idea that they are teeming with alien lifeforms may just be wishful thinking. Two Princeton scientists used what’s known as ‘Bayesian... 

India launches domestic Radar Imaging Satellite into Orbit

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Risat-1 with one of its solar panel wings is seen at the Satish Dhawan Space Center. India says it has successfully positioned its first domestically-built radar imaging satellite into orbit from a spaceport in the east coast of the country. The Risat-1 satellite, aboard a 321-ton launch rocket, took off at 5:47 am (0027 GMT) Thursday from the spaceport of Sriharikota in the southern state of Andhra... 

Earth from the International Space Station as never seen before

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Kuipers inside the Space Station. The Dutch astronaut is one of the most prolific photographers on the ISS An astronaut on the International Space Station has designed a ‘tripod’ for taking spectacular night-time pictures of Earth – quite a technical feat when you’re on board an orbiting craft that moves at more than four miles a second. Andre Kuipers installed ‘Nightpod’... 

North Korean Satellite Carrier Rocket Fails Shortly After Launch

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In this file picture taken on April 8, 2012, the North Korean Unha-3 rocket is pictured at Tangachai-ri space center A North-Korean carrier rocket took off at 7:39 am local time on Wednesday. However, the launch has been confirmed to have failed. The North American Aerospace Defend Command (NORAD) says the first stage of the rocket fell into the sea, while the other two stages failed. And a North Korean... 

Tens of Billions of Potentially Habitable Planets in Our Galaxy

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A red dwarf star. Scientists have long assumed that the best chance of finding alien life in the universe is on planets similar to ours. The latest scientific discoveries show that there might be tens of billions of such planets in our galaxy alone. ­Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory in Chile came to these findings after studying more than a hundred red dwarves, the most common stars... 

Cassini to make closest pass over Enceladus South Pole

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Image taken by Cassini spacecraft shows at least four distinct plumes of water ice which spew out from the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus. NASA’s Cassini probe is set to make its lowest pass yet over the south polar region of Saturn’s moon Enceladus in order to “taste” the icy particles spraying out from its surface. The close approach will be at an altitude of 74km... 

North Korea to proceed with satellite launch despite US warning

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North Korea says it will go ahead with a plan to launch a rocket-powered satellite scheduled for next month. North Korea says it will go ahead with a plan to launch a rocket-powered satellite scheduled for next month despite warnings from the United States and its regional allies. “We will never give up the right to launch a peaceful satellite,” a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman... 

South Korea threatens to gun down North Korea's space rocket

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The South Korean government has threatened to shoot down a North Korean rocket due for launch in April. The rocket mission has sparked international controversy, the US labeling it a test for a long-range missile that could carry nuclear warheads. “We are studying measures such as tracking and shooting down [parts] of a North Korean missile in case it strays out of its normal trajectory”... 

Obama warns North Korea to abandon its Satellite Launch

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US President Barack Obama looks toward North Korea from the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the border between North and South Korea, March 25, 2012. US President Barack Obama has pledged to break North Korea’s “pattern of provocative behavior,” urging Pyongyang to refrain from carrying out a planned satellite launch. During a Sunday news conference in the South Korean capital of Seoul, Obama... 

NASA unveils new atlas of the entire infrared sky

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Astronomers analyzed the data and then combined them into an atlas of more than 18,000 images and a catalog of the properties of more than 560 million individual objects. NASA has released a new atlas and catalog of the entire infrared sky with more than a half billion stars and galaxies many of which have never been seen before. Scientists used the images taken by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer... 

Russia unveils plan to land Man on the Moon & Mars

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The next generation Angara rocket being assembled. Russian probes will visit Mars, Jupiter and Venus, while Russian cosmonauts will set foot on the surface of the Moon – all by 2030. At least according to the plans of the country’s space agency. Space Development Strategies up to 2030, the official blueprint that for the country’s space industry in the coming years, was submitted to the government... 

Huge asteroid expected to fly past our planet in 2013

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No danger: U.S astronomer Phil Plait has said we have nothing to fear from 2012 DA14... for now A 150-foot asteroid orbiting Earth called 2012 DA14 will pass so close to Earth it will fly UNDER man-made satellites orbiting our planet. Nasa’s Impact Risk report said that the odds of the space rock actually hitting our planet are very low indeed – but on February 15 next year it will pass... 

China to launch moon-landing orbiter in 2013

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China’s third lunar probe, Chang’e-3, is expected to be launched next year and conduct a moon landing and lunar explorations, its designer said. Different from the previous two orbiters, Chang’e-3 has “legs” to support the spacecraft in landing, said Ye Peijian, chief commander of Chang’e-3 at China Academy of Space Technology. The orbiter will carry a lunar rover... 

NASA’s Cassini mission detects oxygen on Saturn’s Dione

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The spotted atmosphere contains a very thin layer of oxygen ions equivalent to conditions 480 kilometers above Earth. Scientists say they have discovered a faint oxygen atmosphere around Saturn’s icy moon Dione which is 5 trillion times less dense than the air at Earth’s surface. Dione’s atmosphere was detected by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which has been orbiting Saturn since... 

Strange object with something inside falls down from space in Brazil

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A metal object of unknown origin fell down on Earth in the Brazilian state of Maranhao. The unusual event caused panic among the local population. The ball-shaped, 30-50 kilograms object about one meter in diameter was found on Feb. 22. In December 2011, a similar incident happened in Namibia, where a metal “Teletubby head” weighing 5.9 kilograms and measuring 35 centimeters in diameter hit the... 
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