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U.S. must work with China in space while it can China's advances in space mean the U.S. has a competitor keen on moving forward quickly -- and that it's in the interests of the U.S. to stop turning away China's requests to join the International Space Station team, writes Leroy Chiao, former NASA astronaut and commander of the International Space Station. "China has a clear path and is moving forward," he writes. "They have the perfect setup to take over the lead, enabled and propelled by the actions of the Congress. Why would they want to work with the U.S. now?" Oct 17, 2013

LADEE LADEE spacecraft in lunar orbit, Orbital Sciences says. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, known as LADEE for short, is orbiting the moon after the spacecraft launched from Virginia last month. A spokesman for Orbital Sciences confirmed LADEE is in lunar orbit and remains unaffected by the government shutdown. Oct 15, 2013

NASA Furloughed NASA workers return, websites restart . NASA employees are beginning to return to work from furlough and the agency's websites are back online, now that the government shutdown has ended. Officials with NASA's Mars rover Curiosity (@MarsCuriosity) wrote Thursday on Twitter: "Allow me to reintroduce myself. I'm back on Twitter & even closer to Mars' Mount Sharp." Oct 18, 2013

NASA Infrared space scope seeks out exoplants. The Spitzer Space Telescope wasn't designed to hunt for alien worlds, but that's just what the 10-year-old infrared NASA scope is now doing. "When Spitzer was launched back in 2003, the idea that we would use it to study exoplanets was so crazy that no one considered it," said Sean Carey from NASA's Spitzer Space Science Center in a statement. "But now the exoplanet science work has become a cornerstone of what we do with the telescope." Oct 17, 2013

NASA Politics prompting NASA site shutdown. The Obama administration's decision to shut down popular...

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