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May 09, 2012
MOON DAILY
Perigee "Super Moon" On May 5-6
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The full Moon has a reputation for trouble. It raises high tides, it makes dogs howl, it wakes you up in the middle of the night with beams of moonlight stealing through drapes. If a moonbeam wakes you up on the night of May 5th, 2012, you might want to get out of bed and take a look. This May's full Moon is a "super Moon," as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full Moons of 2012. The scientific term for the phenomenon is "perigee moon." Full Moons vary in size because of the oval shap ... read more

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DEEP IMPACT

Catch a Glimpse of Halley's Comet Debris - Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower
Each spring as Earth passes through the debris trail from Halley's Comet (1P/Halley), the cosmic bits burn up in our atmosphere and result in the annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower. This year the peak ... more
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SATURN DAILY

Cassini to Probe Enceladus Gravity, Take Pictures
NASA's Cassini spacecraft will be flying within about 46 miles (74 kilometers) of Saturn's moon Enceladus on Wednesday, May 2, aiming primarily to learn more about the moon's internal structure. ... more
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MOON DAILY

NASA Contract to Astrobotic Technology Investigates Prospecting for Lunar Resources
Astrobotic Technology Inc. has announced a NASA contract to determine whether its polar rover can deploy an ice-prospecting payload to the Moon. The ice could yield water, oxygen, methane and rocket ... more
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MOON DAILY

European Google Lunar X Prize Teams Call For Science Payloads
The race for the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE is creating science opportunities for European lunar researchers. Four teams competing for the competition presented their plans at the European Lun ... more
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MOON DAILY

India's second moon mission Chandrayaan-2 to wait
India's second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2, slated for 2014, will have to wait till the country's space agency flies two of its heavy rocket - Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) - success ... more
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MOON DAILY

Russia to Send Manned Mission to Moon by 2030
Russia is planning to send a manned mission to the moon by 2030, Russian space agency Roscosmos said on its website on Friday. According to the Russian space strategy published on the Roscosmo ... more
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MOON DAILY

Moon Express Delivers Lunar Mission Design Report for mining the Moon for precious resources
Moon Express has announced that it has successfully delivered a mission design package to NASA under its Innovative Lunar Demonstration Data (ILDD) Program, providing NASA continuing data on the dev ... more
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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Russia should be ready for non-contact war

China's maritime area being carved up

Foes flex muscles in east Ukraine as NATO beefs up forces

Syria at 'critical moment', China tells opposition chief

Pakistani Taliban refuse to extend ceasefire, will continue talks

Lockheed to continue torpedo maintenance

US missile cruiser headed back to port after fire

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SATURN DAILY

SwRI Scientists Assess Age Of Titan's Organic Atmosphere
Shrouded in a thick, complex, organic haze, Saturn's giant moon Titan is proving to be one of the most scientifically interesting destinations in the solar system. Titan's atmosphere, which is mostl ... more
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SATURN DAILY

Cassini Finds Saturn Moon has Planet-Like Qualities
Data from NASA's Cassini mission reveal Saturn's moon Phoebe has more planet-like qualities than previously thought. Scientists had their first close-up look at Phoebe when Cassini began exploring t ... more
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SATURN DAILY

NASA Research Estimates How Long Titan's Chemical Factory Has Been in Business
Saturn's giant moon Titan hides within a thick, smoggy atmosphere that's well-known to scientists as one of the most complex chemical environments in the solar system. It's a productive "factory" cr ... more
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MOON DAILY

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Brings 'Earthrise' to Everyone
Imagine yourself in orbit, your spacecraft flying backward with its small window facing down toward the surface of the moon. You peer out, scouring the ash-colored contours of the cratered landscape ... more
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MOON DAILY

Winners of 19th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race Announced
America's space agency has crowned its vehicular engineering victors at the close of the 19th annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. The team from P ... more
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MOON DAILY

Russian Space Agency eyes Moon explorations
Luna-Glob, a Moon-exploration program, will be a priority for the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) for the next 10 years, academician Lev Zeleny, director of the Space Research Institute of ... more
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MARSDAILY

Russia to Go Back to the Moon Before Reaching for Mars
Recent setbacks have not stopped the Russian space effort but have drastically modified its plans. "Less fuss and more business" is now the philosophy. While not dropping its ambitions for Mars rese ... more
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MOON DAILY

Russia postpones Luna-Glob moon mission
Russia's Luna-Glob moon mission will see its first moon landing in 2015, a year later than originally planned, the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences said Tuesday. "We ... more
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Nutrient-rich forests absorb more carbon

Plugging an ozone hole

Faithful allies since the Cretaceous

Pioneering findings on the dual role of carbon dioxide in photosynthesis

Study finds recent wolf-dog hybridization in Caucasus region

Neanderthals and Cro-magnons did not coincide on the Iberian Peninsula

Greenland ice cores show industrial record of acid rain, success of US Clean Air Act

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LAUNCH PAD

Dragon Expected to Set Historic Course
The upcoming launch of a SpaceX spacecraft and rocket on a demonstration flight to the International Space Station is expected to cross a key milestone on the path to operational, commercial mission ... more
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SPACE TRAVEL

Private Lunar mission and the future of space tourism
Teams from America, Europe and Asia compete for the Google Lunar X-Prize. At stake are $30 mln. The aim is to send privately funded mission to the Moon, to land a robot on its surface able to travel ... more
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MOON DAILY

Russia Plans to Launch Lunar Rovers to Moon after 2020
Russia plans to send two lunar rovers to Moon after 2020 and a landing station after 2022 as the first steps to form the future manned lunar base there, the country's Academy of Sciences said in its ... more
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MOON DAILY

Russia to explore moon
Russian scientists said Saturday they plan to put two lunar rovers on the moon by 2020 and a landing station after 2022. ... more
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MARSDAILY

Mars missions race, India takes lead
India aims at sending an orbiter to Mars in 2013. The race for the Red planet unwinds with NASA planning a launch for the same 2013 fiscal year and China somewhat lagging behind. Earlier this month ... more
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MOON DAILY

Earth's Other Moons
Earth usually has more than one moon, according to a team of astronomers from the University of Helsinki, the Paris Observatory and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Our 2,000-mile-diameter M ... more
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EXO LIFE

How Deep Must Life Hide to be Safe on Europa?
Considered one of the best potential sources for extraterrestrial life in the solar system, Europa may hide life in the ocean deep beneath the moon's icy crust. Some organisms could even travel to t ... more
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SATURN DAILY

How the Equatorial Ridge on Saturn's Moon Iapetus Formed
Saturn's moon Iapetus is one of the most unusual moons in our solar system. Perhaps the most bizarre feature of Iapetus is its equatorial ridge, a 20-km (12.4-mi) high, 200-km (124-mi) wide mountain ... more
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24/7 Energy News Coverage
Fracking to thank for lower emissions, API says

12 U.S. states account for 80 percent of wind power

Tech giants look to skies to spread Internet

Problem wells source of greenhouse gas at unexpected stage of natural gas production

Scientists Capture Ultrafast Snapshots of Light-Driven Superconductivity

New 'switch' could power quantum computing

Study Says Renewables to Hit 16 percent by 2018

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EARLY EARTH

Titanium paternity test fingers Earth as moon's sole parent
A new chemical analysis of lunar material collected by Apollo astronauts in the 1970s conflicts with the widely held theory that a giant collision between Earth and a Mars-sized object gave birth to ... more
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MOON DAILY

Flying Formation - Around the Moon at 3,600 MPH
The act of two or more aircraft flying together in a disciplined, synchronized manner is one of the cornerstones of military aviation, as well as just about any organized air show. But as amaz ... more
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SATURN DAILY

Is it Snowing Microbes on Enceladus?
There's a tiny moon orbiting beyond Saturn's rings that's full of promise, and maybe - just maybe - microbes. In a series of tantalizingly close flybys to the moon, named "Enceladus," NASA's C ... more
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SATURN DAILY

Happy Birthday Titan!
On March 25, 1655, Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens, using a telescope he built himself, observed a small bright dot suspiciously close to the planet Saturn. Huygens correctly surmised that it mi ... more
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SATURN DAILY

Cassini to Make Closest Pass Yet over Enceladus South Pole
NASA's Cassini spacecraft is preparing to make its lowest pass yet over the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus, where icy particles and water vapor spray out in glittering jets. The close ... more
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TECH SPACE

Magnetic field researchers target 100-tesla goal
Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory's biggest magnet facility have met the grand challenge of producing magnetic fields in excess of 100 tesla while conducting six different experiments. T ... more
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MOON DAILY

NASA's Grail MoonKam Returns First Student-Selected Lunar Images
One of two NASA spacecraft orbiting the moon has beamed back the first student-requested pictures of the lunar surface from its onboard camera. Fourth grade students from the Emily Dickinson Element ... more
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EXO WORLDS

Some orbits more popular than others in solar systems
Computer simulations have revealed a plausible explanation for a phenomenon that has puzzled astronomers: Rather than occupying orbits at regular distances from a star, giant gas planets similar to ... more
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