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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Space News) Jan 20, 2013

Private space travel will continue to make progress in 2013 as three major companies are likely to bid for NASA contracts, this feature says. Space Exploration Technologies has scheduled a cargo flight for its Dragon capsule to the International Space Station in May. Boeing and Sierra Nevada Corp. are also designing space capsules. Students at David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy in Lafayette, La., elect to follow career pathways in fields such as engineering and biomedicine. "We really focus on high-wage, high-skill careers," principal Jeff Debetaz said. "Students do have to choose a pathway, but there is a certain point before they get to some of the more focused courses where they can switch. I think the biggest difference with us is that the classes are a lot more focused, a lot more specialized." Jan 17, 2013

U.S. expresses concern about China's ambitions for space The U.S. is concerned about China's expanding space program, which could leave U.S. satellites vulnerable, sources say. A classified U.S. intelligence report examined China's ambitions for space. "As China becomes a space superpower, and given that it does have a significant military component to its space program, it is inevitable that the U.S. will be concerned about threats to its most valued satellite systems, whether or not China actually intends to deploy such aggressive systems," said Jonathan McDowell, with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Jan 15, 2013

NASA NASA scope finds planets that could support life. NASA has located 461 possible new exoplanets, and four of the alien worlds could possibly support life, the space agency says. The Kepler telescope found the planets, some of which orbit at a distance from their stars that could make surface water possible. Since it began operation, the telescope has found up to 2,740 alien planets Jan 18, 2013

NASA NASA receives reprieve from sequestration. NASA will not face budget cuts for two more months after Congress passed legislation to avert the "fiscal cliff." Military space programs also received a reprieve, as sequestration was postponed to March 1. NASA will face an 8.2%...

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