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Military space shuttle receives mission extension Nov 30, 2011
The trickiest landing of all Nov 29, 2011
Are we on the brink of proving that the multiverse is real? Nov 28, 2011
Next stop: Planet Four Nov 26, 2011
When the world was one: Meet LUCA Nov 26, 2011
Biggest, most complex Mars lander ready for liftoff Nov 25, 2011
Bye bye Mars, hello asteroid? Nov 24, 2011
LHC antimatter anomaly hints at new physics Nov 24, 2011
Most liveable alien worlds ranked Nov 23, 2011
Signal picked up from Russia's stranded Mars probe Nov 23, 2011
Soyuz capsule lands in Kazakhstan after ISS visit Nov 22, 2011
What now for Russian interplanetary missions? Nov 21, 2011
NASA Mars probe less than a week from launch Nov 20, 2011
Neutrinos still seem to break light-barrier in latest experiment Nov 18, 2011
Net closes on the Higgs Nov 18, 2011
Quantum theorem shakes foundations Nov 18, 2011
And now an ocean on Pluto? Nov 17, 2011
Liquid lakes close to moon's skin Nov 16, 2011
Bright exoplanet lighting could indicate intelligent life Nov 16, 2011
LHC reveals 'new physics' hints Nov 15, 2011
Proof found for unifying quantum principle Nov 15, 2011
Russia resumes manned Soyuz flights after crash Nov 14, 2011
The Tarantula on our doorstep Nov 11, 2011
Battered Tharsis Tholus volcano on Mars Nov 10, 2011
Russian Mars mission stuck in low Earth orbit Nov 9, 2011
New image of large asteroid passing Earth Nov 8, 2011
Voyager 2 to switch to backup thruster set Nov 7, 2011
Mission to Phobos due to blast off tomorrow Nov 6, 2011
Youngest millisecond pulsar shines in gamma rays Nov 4, 2011
Cassini makes a new pass at Enceladus Nov 4, 2011
Study of clays suggests watery Mars underground Nov 3, 2011
Chinese spacecraft dock in orbit Nov 2, 2011
Chinese Shenzhou craft launches on key space mission Nov 1, 2011

Military space shuttle receives mission extension
(Nov 30, 2011)

Quietly orbiting Earth since March, the U.S. Air Force's second X-37B space plane will surpass its 270-day design life Wednesday with no sign the clandestine spacecraft is landing any time soon. The X-37B has been in orbit since March 5, when an Atlas 5 rocket hauled the two-ton, 29-foot-long spacecraft into space from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Read more. Spaceflight Now

Sky Crane
The trickiest landing of all
(Nov 29, 2011)

A lander won't deliver Curiosity to the Martian surface; a descent module called the Sky Crane will lower the rover from a tether. Curiosity will touch down directly with its wheels, ready to rove. Risky? Perhaps. Ingenious? Absolutely. It's also crucial that the Sky Crane works perfectly.

Read more. Scientific American

Are we on the brink of proving that the multiverse is real?
(Nov 28, 2011)

If the multiverse theory is correct it's likely that our universe may once have collided with others. These collisions could have left dents in the cosmic microwave background, the universe's first light, which the European Space Agency's Planck satellite is mapping with exquisite precision. The results are eagerly awaited, and could trigger a revolution not unlike the ones unleashed by Copernicus's idea that the Earth is not the center of the solar system.

Read more. New Scientist

MSL launch
Next stop: Planet Four
(Nov 26, 2011)

NASA has launched the most capable machine ever built to land on Mars. The near one-ton rover, tucked inside a capsule, left Florida on an Atlas 5 rocket at 10:02 local time (15:02 GMT). Nicknamed Curiosity, the rover will take eight and a half months to cross the vast distance to its destination.

Read more. BBC

ocean waves
When the world was one: Meet LUCA
(Nov 26, 2011)

Once upon a time, 3 billion years ago, there lived a single organism called LUCA. It was enormous: a mega-organism like none seen since, it filled the planet's oceans before splitting into three and giving birth to the ancestors of all living things on Earth today. This strange picture is emerging from efforts to pin down the last universal common ancestor.

Read more. New Scientist

Mars Science laboratory
Biggest, most complex Mars lander ready for liftoff
(Nov 25, 2011)

One more day until the launch of Mars Science Lab. Among the sites carrying it live will be NASA TV and Spaceflightnow's mission status center. NASA's live coverage begins at 7:30am EST, the launch window opens at 10:02am EST, and launch is currently scheduled for 10:21am.

Read more. NASA/JPL

ESA's Perth antenna
Bye bye Mars, hello asteroid?
(Nov 24, 2011)

The ESA tracking station in Perth, Australia that first contacted the Russian probet Phobos-Grunt on Tuesday has again been in touch with the spacecraft. In a communication that lasted just 6 minutes, a clear signal from the craft allowed ESA technicians to access telemetry reports. Having missed the window of opportunity for its flight to Mars, the probe could still be used in another research mission, possibly to a near-Earth asteroid.

Read more. New Scientist

LHC antimatter anomaly hints at new physics
(Nov 24, 2011)

The hunt for the special something that might have skewed the universe in favor of matter occupies the best minds in physics. Compelling signs of such lopsided physics have emerged at the Large Hadron Collider. It's the first sign of new physics at the LHC and could provide a boost for the theory of supersymmetry, which adds a zoo of new particles to the ones we already know.

Read more. New Scientist

Most liveable alien worlds ranked
(Nov 23, 2011)

Scientists have outlined which moons and planets are most likely to harbour extra-terrestrial life. Among the most habitable alien worlds were Saturn's moon Titan and the exoplanet Gliese 581g – thought to reside some 20.5 light-years away in the constellation Libra. The international team devised two rating systems to assess the probability of hosting alien life.

Read more. BBC

Signal picked up from Russia's stranded Mars probe
(Nov 23, 2011)

Contact has finally been made with Russia's troubled Mars mission, says the European Space Agency (ESA). The agency reports that its tracking station in Perth, Australia, picked up a signal from the Phobos-Grunt probe. ESA is now working with Russian engineers to see how best to maintain communications with the craft.

Read more. BBC

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