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Space News Archive - July 18, 2008

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - Money problems will likely force NASA to abandon its ambitious internal goal of having a new moon spaceship ready by 2013, a top space agency official told The Associated Press Wednesday.The agency should still be able to meet its public commitment to test launch astronauts in the first Orion capsule by March 2015, the official said, unless national budget stalemates continue.But the agency's own hurry-up plan to get the job done even earlier - with a first crew launch by 2013 - will "very likely" be changed during meetings this week in Houston, said Doug Cooke, NASA's deputy associate administrator for exploration."We're probably going to have to move our target date," Cooke said in a phone interview.

By Stewart M. Powell, Houston Chronicle Jul. 17--WASHINGTON -- Two days after telling an online town hall meeting that NASA had "failed us miserably" and "wastes a vast amount of money," Houston Rep.

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NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft has created a video of the moon transiting (passing in front of) Earth as seen from the spacecraft's point of view 50 million kilometers (31 million miles) away. Scientists are using the video to develop techniques to study alien worlds.

By Lana Berkowitz, Houston Chronicle Jul. 18--The Houston premiere of Space Chimps for NASA families Thursday evening put filmmaker Rob Moreland in orbit. You may be familiar with Moreland's work. He wrote for Happily N'Ever After, Thunder Pig, Ground Control and Space Marines.

IN THE frame here is the Lancer GS3 powered by the 2.0-litre diesel engine.

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XMM-Newton has discovered an exploding star in the Milky Way. Usually that would be important in itself, but this time there is a special twist. Calculations show that the explosion must have been clearly visible to the unaided eye but was missed by the legions of star watchers around the planet.

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The Expedition 17 crew have recently been treated to some new reading material on board the International Space Station. Amongst the cargo to arrive at the Station with Jules Verne ATV last April was an original 19th century luxury edition of Jules Verne's book 'De la Terre à la Lune' and two of his handwritten manuscripts.

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When heat waves strike, it's far more difficult to cope with stifling temperatures in built-up areas than it is out in the countryside. An ESA campaign has just been carried out to see if a spaceborne thermal infrared sensor could help policy makers and town planners reduce the number of casualties when temperatures soar.

RESTON, Va., July 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will hold the SPACE 2008 Conference and Exposition September 9-11 at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, Calif.

To: TECHNOLOGY EDITORS Contact: Dewayne Washington of Goddard Space Flight Center, +1- 301-286-0040, Dewayne.A.Washington@nasa.gov GREENBELT, Md., July 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Patricia Ashley, elementary school teacher at John B.