Volume: 07, Issue: 03 03/11/2009 
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NASA's Kepler Mission Rockets to Space in Search of Other Earths

A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket carrying the NASA Kepler spacecraft blasts off from Space Launch Complex-17B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Photo by Carleton Bailie, United Launch Alliance.

NASAís Kepler mission successfully launched into space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II at 10:49 pm Eastern time on March 6, 2009. Kepler is designed to find the first Earth-size planets orbiting stars at distances where water could pool on the planetís surface.

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Newfound Moon May Be Source of Outer Saturn Ring

This sequence of three images, obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft over the course of about 10 minutes, shows the path of a newly found moonlet in a bright arc of Saturn's faint G ring. Image credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute.  

NASAís Cassini spacecraft has found within Saturnís G ring an embedded moonlet that appears as a faint, moving pinprick of light. Scientists believe it is a main source of the G ring and its single ring arc.

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NASA's Launch Of Carbon-Seeking Satellite Unsuccessful

NASAís Orbiting Carbon Observatory and its Taurus booster lift off from Vandenberg Air Force Base. A contingency was declared a few minutes later. Image credit: Orbital Sciences Corporation. 

NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite failed to reach orbit after its 4:55 am Eastern time liftoff from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base.

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Station Spacewalkers Install Experiments, Probe

Flight Engineer Yury Lonchakov (left) and Commander Mike Fincke conduct a spacewalk. Image credit: NASA TV. 

International Space Station Commander Mike Fincke and Flight Engineer Yury Lonchakov floated outside the stationís Russian airlock on March 10, 2009, to install an experiment that will expose samples to space, remove some unnecessary straps in the area of a docking target, and photograph the exterior of the International Space Station.

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Discuss Spaceflight with Former NASA Astronaut Rich Clifford

Rich Clifford  

Live online chat on Tuesday, March 31, 2009, with Rich Clifford, Deputy Program Manager for the Space Shuttle Program, Space Exploration, at the Boeing Company and former NASA astronaut.

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