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India Proves That Space Exploration Can Be A Low-Budget Affair

Sep 30, 14 India Proves That Space Exploration Can Be A Low-Budget Affair

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The sum of $74 million doesn't go as far as it used to: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell earned that amount in just the past two years. A Los Angeles home once owned by Walt Disney recently sold for $74 million. In India, however, $74 million is all that's needed to send a satellite into orbit around Mars.

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Toronto Hosts A Galaxy Of Space Experts At International Conference

Sep 28, 14 Toronto Hosts A Galaxy Of Space Experts At International Conference

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It’s not often a convention puts Toronto at the center of a constellation like this one: this week’s International Astronautical Congress will draw together 3,000 stars of the space industry. Among those converging here for the four-day conference will be researchers, scientists and engineers and the heads of 30 space agencies.

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Much Of Earth’s Water Is Older Than The Sun

Sep 27, 14 Much Of Earth’s Water Is Older Than The Sun

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The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars,” astronomer and science hero Carl Sagan famously said. “We are made of star-stuff.” He might have also added that we are partially made up of what was once very, very old ice—from well beyond our solar system.

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Water Found In Atmosphere Of Neptune-Sized Planet, Trillions Of Miles Away

Sep 26, 14 Water Found In Atmosphere Of Neptune-Sized Planet, Trillions Of Miles Away

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By peering throughout the universe with various telescopes, astronomers have found water in many places, such as large gaseous planets the size of Jupiter. But, up until now, they haven’t found water on smaller planets, or any approaching the size of our own. Scientists say they detected a fingerprint of water vapor coming from a planet nearly 729 trillion miles miles away.

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Cosmic Inflation ‘Proof’ Might Have Been Space Dust All Along

Sep 25, 14 Cosmic Inflation ‘Proof’ Might Have Been Space Dust All Along

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A new galactic dust map, compiled using data gathered from the European Space Agency’s Planck Mission, has cast further doubt over what was once hailed as one of the biggest scientific claims of the century, according to media reports.

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Hubble Finds Companion Star Hidden For 21 Years

Sep 24, 14 Hubble Finds Companion Star Hidden For 21 Years

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Astronomers have discovered a companion star to a rare type of supernova, which had been hidden for 21 years behind the supernova's glare, according to the Space Telescope Science Institute. The new observation confirms the theory that the explosion originated in a double-star system where one star fueled the mass-loss from an aging, primary star.

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Who Controls Real Estate On The Moon And Other Planets?

Sep 23, 14 Who Controls Real Estate On The Moon And Other Planets?

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The law of outer space is governed primarily by the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies. Commonly referred to as the “Outer Space Treaty,” the agreement was opened for signature in 1967 and entered into force that same year. At the present time, the Outer Space Treaty is considered customary law and as a consequence applies to all nations.

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Mousestronauts Ride SpaceX Dragon To International Space Station

Sep 22, 14 Mousestronauts Ride SpaceX Dragon To International Space Station

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After a weather delay, SpaceX successfully launched its Dragon spacecraft on a mission to the International Space Station Sunday. The spaceship lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and will make it to the space station Tuesday.

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Secrets Of The Space Race

Sep 18, 14 Secrets Of The Space Race

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Wrestling with the huge steering wheel, a CIA agent carefully backed the large flatbed truck through an entrance in the 10-foot wooden fence surrounding a salvage yard. Covert intelligence operatives, moving quickly under cover of night, pushed the gate closed. They then all rushed to the back of the truck, hopped inside and delicately pried open the giant wooden crate it carried.

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Space Goals Can Lift Down-To-Earth Ones

Sep 17, 14 Space Goals Can Lift Down-To-Earth Ones

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Sometimes the news makes me want to get off the planet for a while, to go where, well, where each day is about new frontiers rather than old problems. I can't afford a lift on one of Virgin Galactic's space-tourism flights, but I can hook my imagination to real space exploration, like a 12th Man.

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