Ariane 5 is ready for installation of its two payloads on Arianespace’s first heavy-lift flight of 2013

Arianespace's first Ariane 5 for launch in 2013 is now ready to receive its two satellite passengers after this heavy-lift launcher was moved to the Spaceport's Final Assembly Building in French Guiana.

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Ariane 5 is ready for installation of its two payloads on Arianespace’s first heavy-lift flight of 2013

Arianespace's first Ariane 5 for launch in 2013 is now ready to receive its two satellite passengers after this heavy-lift launcher was moved to the Spaceport's Final Assembly Building in French Guiana.

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Ariane 5 is ready for installation of its two payloads on Arianespace’s first heavy-lift flight of 2013

Arianespace's first Ariane 5 for launch in 2013 is now ready to receive its two satellite passengers after this heavy-lift launcher was moved to the Spaceport's Final Assembly Building in French Guiana.

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Ariane 5 is ready for installation of its two payloads on Arianespace’s first heavy-lift flight of 2013

Arianespace's first Ariane 5 for launch in 2013 is now ready to receive its two satellite passengers after this heavy-lift launcher was moved to the Spaceport's Final Assembly Building in French Guiana.

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Ariane 5 is ready for installation of its two payloads on Arianespace’s first heavy-lift flight of 2013

Arianespace's first Ariane 5 for launch in 2013 is now ready to receive its two satellite passengers after this heavy-lift launcher was moved to the Spaceport's Final Assembly Building in French Guiana.

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Escaping our solar system; five galactic emissaries

Seven years ago on Jan. 19, 2006, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral on a dramatic mission to reach Pluto in July of 2015. Moving at 13.78 kilometres per second, New Horizons will explore Pluto and its moons on its way out of the solar system.

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460th SFS dominates AFPSC awards; wins 4 of 8 categories

The 460th Security Forces Squadron exemplified excellence by taking four out of eight Air Force Space Command awards for 2012.

The 460th SFS award-winning defenders include the following:

· Tech. Sgt. Jacob Overman, AFSPC Billy Jack Carter Award
· Senior Airman Joshua Reid, 2012 Outstanding Support Staff Airman Award
· Department of the Air Force Sgt. Roger Drew, 2012 Outstanding Civilian Award DAF
· Tech. Sgt. Jeffery Dausey, Flight Level NCO Award
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EOD: Service before self

Every service member took an oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. To uphold this oath, members may have to put their life on the line.

Some service members may put their lives in danger on behalf of their sworn oath, while others may never have to face this situation at all. However, for most explosive ordnance disposal technicians, the time to uphold this oath comes soon after enlistment and must be made at the drop of a hat.
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Betelgeuse’s enigmatic environment

Composite colour image of the Herschel PACS 70, 100, 160 micron-wavelength images of Betelgeuse. North is to the top left, east is to the bottom left, and the image is about 25 arcminutes across.

The star (centre) is surrounded by a clumpy envelope of material in its immediate vicinity. A series of arcs 6–7 arcminutes to the left of the star is material ejected from Betelgeuse as it evolved into a red supergiant star, shaped by its bow shock interaction with the interstellar medium. A faint linear bar of dust is illuminated at a distance of 9 arcminutes and may represent a dusty filament connected to the local Galactic magnetic field or the edge of an interstellar cloud. If so, then Betelgeuse’s motion across the sky implies that the arcs will hit the wall in 5000 years time, with the star colliding with the wall 12 500 years later. 

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