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NASA makes plans for new Mars mission

December 5, 2012 Mars is set to get a little more crowded in the coming years. Even as the Mars Curiosity Rover begins its planned two-year mission to explore the Martian soil, rocks and air, NASA announced plans on Tuesday for a new robotic science rover, which is set to launch from Earth...

Video: Kepler's mission comes to an end, and begins anew

November 16, 2012 The Kepler Space Telescope's primary mission has ended, NASA announced on Wednesday, but that doesn't mean that it's being shut off. Launched in 2009, the $591 million telescope was designed to keep constant surveillance on a small patch of sky containing 150,000 stars to measure changes in light from those...

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Obama tells Jon Stewart that administration wasn't 'confused' after Libya attack

October 19, 2012 In an interview on Thursday with Jon Stewart for The Daily Show, President Obama told Stewart that his administration wasn't "confused" in its response to last month's terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, The Washington Post reports. Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, died in the...

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Where is Congress with spending bills?

June 21, 2012 Both the House and the Senate appropriations committees are off to strong starts in the appropriations process for fiscal 2013. Will both chambers pass all 12 major bills before the end of the current fiscal year on Sept. 30? Probably not. In most years, many key bills are passed well...

NuSTAR, the latest space telescope, launched

June 14, 2012 For people who remember the X-15 research program from the early 1960s, the launch of a space telescope on Wednesday might have been a bit of deja vu. Through the X-15 program, NASA, along with the Air Force, the Navy, and North American Aviation conducted research on hypersonic piloted flight,...

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Where does Congress stand with appropriations bills?

June 8, 2012 Both the House and the Senate appropriations committees are off to strong starts in the appropriations process for fiscal 2013. Will both chambers pass all 12 major bills before the end of the current fiscal year on Sept. 30? Probably not. In most years, many key bills are passed well...

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Where is Congress with appropriations?

June 1, 2012 Both the House and the Senate appropriations committees are off to strong starts in the appropriations process for fiscal 2013. Will both chambers pass all 12 major bills before the end of the current fiscal year on Sept. 30? Probably not. In most years, many key bills are passed well...

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Continuing resolutions passed by Congress through the years

May 1, 2012 It's still early in the appropriations process for fiscal year 2013. But if history is any guide, Congress probably will not pass all of the major appropriations bills -- and maybe not any -- by the end of the current fiscal year on Sept. 30. If true, lawmakers will have...

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Japan, U.S. reach agreement on American military presence in Okinawa

April 27, 2012 Japan and the United States have reached a long-anticipated security agreement that will lead to a “reduction of the American military footprint in Okinawa,” Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell said in a speech on Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reports. Campbell didn’t provide many details of the agreement, which...

NASA: Kepler Satellite Finds 11 New Planetary Systems With 26 Planets

January 26, 2012 NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed 11 new planetary systems hosting 26 planets, bringing the total number discovered by the Kepler satellite to more than 60, the space agency announced on Thursday. The newly discovered planets range in size from 1.5 times the radius of Earth to larger than Jupiter, and...

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