Ukraine targets 50 percent increase in space industry output by 2017
Kiev (XNA) Oct 11, 2013 – The Ukrainian government aimed to increase local space industry output by 50 percent over the next five years through closer cooperation with investors, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said here Wednesday. “We are setting up a program to implement research and development projects in the space industry on the basis of public-private partnerships,” Azarov told a cabinet meeting. Ukraine … more

Russia may build its own space station after 2020
Moscow (Voice of Russia) Oct 11, 2013 – Russia may build its own space station with International Space Station (ISS) units after 2020 if the ISS partners choose not to extend the project and there is political will to do so, a source from the national space industry said on Monday. “A new orbital station of Russia is under consideration. Apart from doing research, it will assemble interplanetary expedition complexes for mission … more

Scott Carpenter, second American in orbit, dies at 88
Los Angeles (AFP) Oct 10, 2013 – Scott Carpenter, who became the second US astronaut to orbit the Earth in 1962, as America battled with Moscow in the space race, died Thursday in Colorado aged 88, his wife said. Carpenter, whose death leaves John Glenn as the only surviving member of America’s first Project Mercury space program, had suffered a stroke and was in a Denver hospice when he died. “He had that worldwide per … more

Spacecraft snaps dramatic images of giant scar on the surface of Mars
Paris (UPI) Oct 10, 2013 – Images from a European spacecraft orbiting Mars have shown in greater detail than ever before a giant chasm ripped open by tectonic forces, scientists say. The European Space Agency’s Mars Express has photographed the Hebes Chasma, a 5-mile-deep scar on the martian landscape stretching for almost 200 miles, an ESA release reported Thursday. The origin of Hebes Chasma is linked wi … more

Iron melt network helped grow Earth’s core
Stanford CA (SPX) Oct 10, 2013 – Stanford scientists recreated the intense pressures and temperatures found deep within the Earth, resulting in a discovery that complicates theories of how the planet and its core were formed. The same process that allows water to trickle through coffee grinds to create your morning espresso may have played a key role in the formation of the early Earth and influenced its internal organiza … more