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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Space News) Jan 15, 2012

U.S. military can improve space launches, official says The U.S. military can improve its space launches despite budget cuts, an Air Force official says. Gen. William Shelton, commander of Air Force Space Command, said that "to get better in space launch we need newer, more efficient engines to enable much more robust access to space." Jan 12, 2012

European Union U.S. will not adopt European space code, official says. The U.S. will not adopt a code drafted by the European Union that covers debris, activities and data for space. "We've made very definitive that we're not going to go along with the European code of conduct," said Ellen Tauscher, undersecretary of state for arms control and international security. Jan 13, 2012

NASA 57 teams of students will compete in NASA rocket challenge. NASA's 2011-2012 Student Launch Projects challenge will bring together 57 teams from across the U.S. in Huntsville, Ala. Each team will build a large-scale rocket and launch it at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., in April. "These young rocketeers pool their talent and ingenuity to solve complex engineering problems and fly sophisticated machines," said Tammy Rowan, manager of Marshall's Academic Affairs Office. Jan 11, 2012

NASA NASA is looking beyond low Earth orbit for missions. NASA is considering missions beyond low Earth orbit such as libration points, which are gravitationally stable spots in space. "Libration points and other cis-lunar orbits offer operations sites within relatively easy return to Earth," said Harley Thronson of NASA Goddard's Science and Exploration Directorate. Jan 11, 2012

NASA Bonus program for space-shuttle workers will expire in April. A bonus program designed to retain skilled employees through the end of the space-shuttle program is set to expire in April. "It was very important to maintain a very skilled and knowledgeable workforce until the completion of the mission, and for those who stayed, we're very grateful," NASA spokesman Mike Curie said. Jan 10, 2012

NASA Curiosity rover will head toward Mars this week. The Curiosity rover will begin its trajectory toward Mars on Wednesday. "After this trajectory-correction maneuver, we expect to be very close to where we ultimately need to be for our entry point at the top of the Martian atmosphere," said Arthur Amador, cruise mission manager. The rover is scheduled to land on the Gale Crater in August. Jan...

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