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NASA solves mystery of Mars 'doughnut' rock

NASA scientists were finally able to explain the origin of the mysterious rock shaped like a jelly doughnut that appeared near the rover Opportunity in early January. The small, round object suddenly popped up in pictures taken 12 days apart by the US space agency's decade-old Opportunity rover. On December 26, 2013, it was not there. On January 8, it was. But what is it?

Elements come together for next big telescope

All the pieces of the most powerful space telescope ever are ready for assembly at NASA, the US space agency said Monday. The $8.8 billion James Webb Space Telescope is scheduled for launch in 2018 and aims to provide an unprecedented look at far-away planets and the first galaxies formed. A successor to the Hubble Space Telescope launched in 1990, it is a joint project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.

A list of key events in the life of Phoenix Sinclair, who was killed at age five

WINNIPEG - Key events in the life of Phoenix Sinclair, who was beaten to death at the age of five after being returned to her mother by social workers: — April 23, 2000. Phoenix Victoria Hope Sinclair is born to Samantha Kematch and Steve Sinclair. Both young parents have a history of violence and are unprepared to care for the baby. Phoenix is taken into foster care.

NASA launches communications satellite

Washington, Jan 24 (EFE).- NASA announced the launch of a third-generation communications satellite to enhance the network that links ground controllers with the International Space Station and orbiting research platforms. The TDRS-L was vaulted into space by an Atlas 5 rocket that lifted off Thursday night from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. "TDRS-L and the entire TDRS fleet provide a vital service to America's space program by supporting missions that range from Earth-observation to deep space discoveries," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said.

NASA launches communications satellite

Washington, Jan 24 (EFE).- NASA announced the launch of a third-generation communications satellite to enhance the network that links ground controllers with the International Space Station and orbiting research platforms. The TDRS-L was vaulted into space by an Atlas 5 rocket that lifted off Thursday night from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. "TDRS-L and the entire TDRS fleet provide a vital service to America's space program by supporting missions that range from Earth-observation to deep space discoveries," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said.

NASA launches communications satellite

NASA on Thursday launched a new satellite to boost its growing communications network between Earth and the International Space Station, allowing for nearly uninterrupted video, voice link and data transmission. The TDRS-L rocket blasted off at 9:33 pm (0233 GMT Friday) from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on its way to become the 11th member of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System. One hour and 46 minutes later, the 3.45 tonne satellite designed to work for 15 years separated from the second stage of the rocket, NASA tweeted.

Mars 'jelly doughnut' rock intrigues scientists

A strange rock that looks like a jelly doughnut has appeared on Mars, and scientists are closer to figuring out how it got there, a top NASA expert said Thursday. The small, round object suddenly popped up in pictures taken 12 days apart by the US space agency's decade-old Opportunity rover. On December 26, 2013, it was not there. On January 8, it was. But what is it? "It looks like a jelly doughnut, white around the outside, red in the middle," said Steve Squyres, the principal investigator of the Mars Exploration Rovers.

'Sleeping beauty' comet probe awakens from slumber

The European probe Rosetta woke up Monday after a 31-month hibernation in a nearly decade-old quest to explore a comet, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced. "Hello, world!" ESA said on Twitter, mimicking the signal sent back from deep space by the billion-dollar unmanned craft. The agency described Rosetta as a "sleeping beauty" that had emerged from a long sleep. "It was a fairy-tale ending to a tense chapter," it said.

Japan scientists test tether to clear up space junk

Japanese space scientists are set to trial a tether they hope will help pull junk out of orbit around Earth, clearing up tonnes of planetary clutter, they said Thursday. Researchers at The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have developed what they called an electrodynamic tether made from thin wires of stainless steel and aluminium. The idea is that one end of the strip will be attached to one of the thousands of dead satellites or bits of rocket that are jamming up space and endangering working equipment.

Orbital's cargo ship arrives at space station

Orbital Sciences Corporation's unmanned Cygnus cargo ship on Sunday arrived at the International Space Station on the company's first regular supply mission to the research outpost. The capsule officially berthed with the space station at 1305 GMT nearly two hours after a robotic arm reached out and grabbed the incoming cargo carrier, according to the US space agency NASA's television network.
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