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November 22, 2012
Satellite brought closer to Earth to work
Paris (UPI) Nov 20, 2012
A European gravity-mapping satellite orbiting about 340 miles closer to Earth than any other satellite is to be brought even lower and closer, officials say. The Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer, or GOCE, launched by the European Space Agency in 2009, is to have its orbit lowered by 12 miles to improve the resolution of its data-gathering instruments, ESA officials said. Controllers have been reducing the height of the satellite's orbit by about 1,000 feet a day ... read more
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Lifting The Ceiling On Terran Lifeforms
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Born-again star foreshadows fate of Solar System
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NASA's Kepler Wraps Prime Mission, Begins Extension
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Lockheed Martin Expands Range Of Cloud Computing Services for UK Government
Lockheed Martin UK has expanded its offering of cloud computing services available to the UK government after recently being selected to provide G-Cloud 2 IT support. This new contract succeed ... more

Rare image of Super-Jupiter sheds light on planet formation
An infrared imaging search with the Subaru telescope has captured a rare image of a "Super-Jupiter" around the massive star Kappa Andromedae (K And). The gas giant has a mass about 13 times that of ... more
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South Korean leader starts fence-mending trip to China

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Leonid meteor shower comes around
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LLNL scientists assist in building detector to search for elusive dark matter material
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Bug repellent for supercomputers proves effective
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Keeneland Project Deploys New GPU Supercomputing System for the National Science Foundation
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West coast earthquake early warning system continues progress toward public use

NASA's CATS concludes successful mission on Space Station

'We're losing the battle', Macron tells Paris climate talks


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SETI Institute Major Donation From Qualcomm Chief Scientist Franklin Antonio
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Black Holes and How to Use Them
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Keck Observations Bring Weather Of Uranus Into Sharp Focus

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Martian And Terran History Finding a common denominator

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Curiosity Team May Reveal Major Discovery Soon


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Lonely planet: Orphan world spotted in deep space

US to station powerful radar, space telescope in Australia

Sky-gazers in awe of total eclipse

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Cosmic sprinklers explained in active planetary nebula

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