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Possibility of widespread ‘deep-Earth life’ jolts scientists

Dec 19, 14 Possibility of widespread ‘deep-Earth life’ jolts scientists

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When we think of life on Earth, we usually picture blue oceans, green forests and the big animals that live in both. But what if Earth hosts another “biosphere” of tiny microbial organisms deep below the surface? And what if extraterrestrial life looks more like this deep, dark world than the sunny blue-green one we are familiar with?

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India successfully launches its heaviest rocket

Dec 19, 14 India successfully launches its heaviest rocket

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India on Thursday successfully launched its heaviest rocket “GSLV Mk-III” from Sriharikota -- about 65 miles north of Chennai -- in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. According to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) the rocket was launched at 9:30 a.m. local time (11:00 p.m. ET, Wednesday).

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Landing On Mars Will Need Foreign Partners

Dec 17, 14 Landing On Mars Will Need Foreign Partners

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Orion’s first test flight represents much more than an opportunity to collect data and refine spacecraft design; it represents the return of American leadership and ambition on the final frontier. Not since 1972 had a spacecraft designed to carry humans ventured as far out into space as Orion did earlier this month.

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Swiss Watchmaker Unveils Out-Of-This-World New Timepiece

Dec 16, 14 Swiss Watchmaker Unveils Out-Of-This-World New Timepiece

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Space tourism is closer than ever to becoming a reality, and while companies like Virgin Galactic and XCOR Aerospace are handling the development and construction of the vehicles that will help carry the average Joe into space, few have given thought to the little things – such as how we’ll tell what time it is in zero gravity.

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Is It Time To Abandon Planet Earth?

Dec 14, 14 Is It Time To Abandon Planet Earth?

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I'm wondering if I should start packing my bags. Not for Christmas—for good. Apparently, we're on course for 2014 to be declared the hottest year ever. So if we go on like this, at some point Mother Earth will become uninhabitable. True, not in my lifetime, or yours—but according to one study, it could happen in about 300 years from now. Which, in evolutionary terms, is the twinkling of an eye.

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Yes, You Too Can Pay To Send Your Prized Keepsakes To The Moon!

Dec 13, 14 Yes, You Too Can Pay To Send Your Prized Keepsakes To The Moon!

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We all have those special family photos, heirlooms, keepsakes or souvenirs of special occasions enjoyed with loved ones. But let’s be honest: those things tend to get packed away in the back of a closet or left to collect dust on a shelf somewhere. What if you could do something really cool with them – say, send them to the moon?

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Europe And Russia Plan First Ever Joint Mission To The Moon

Dec 11, 14 Europe And Russia Plan First Ever Joint Mission To The Moon

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Russia and Europe have rekindled plans for joint exploration of the moon in a cost-sharing agreement that could see Europe launch its first ever successful mission to the moon. The idea proposes that the ESA will co-operate with Roscosmos by contributing equipment to two planned Russian space missions over the next six years.

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The Real Reason For The Rosetta Mission: Aliens!

Dec 09, 14 The Real Reason For The Rosetta Mission: Aliens!

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Rosetta has managed to land a probe on a comet, only to discover organic molecules on the surface of said comet. That stuff’s pretty cool, but it’s a shame that the $1.72 billion project has not yet succeeded at its primary mission – to investigate whether or not the comet was actually an extraterrestrial spacecraft from which NASA scientists had started receiving radio signals some 20 years before Rosetta’s launch.

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield Questions Feasibility Of Mars One Mission

Dec 07, 14 Astronaut Chris Hadfield Questions Feasibility Of Mars One Mission

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Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield has questioned whether the controversial Mars One project will ever be completed. The mission - funded by making a reality TV show around the trip - hopes to send four volunteers on a one-way trip to the Red Planet to establish “a permanent human settlement on Mars” by 2025.

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Orion Flight Brings Humans One Step Closer to Mars

Dec 06, 14 Orion Flight Brings Humans One Step Closer to Mars

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NASA launched Orion, a “next-generation spacecraft” that could eventually bring man to Mars, at 7:05 a.m. EST Friday morning. Originally scheduled to take place Thursday morning, the launch was delayed first because of wind gusts and then due to an issue with valves that are “used to fill and drain the first stage of the rocket with propellant prior to liftoff,” according to NASA.

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