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Kepler goes into safe mode as fuel runs low
Posted: Sun, Jul 8 9:43 AM ET (1343 GMT)
Kepler spacecraft illustration (NASA/Ames) NASA's Kepler spacecraft has paused science observations upon receiving indications that the spacecraft may be finally running out of fuel after more than nine years of operations. The agency said Friday that it placed Kepler into a "no-fuel-use" safe mode four days earlier after detecting an anomalous drop in pressure in the spacecraft's hydrazine thrusters. Those thrusters are used to point the spacecraft after the failure of two of its four reaction control wheels earlier in the mission. Kepler will remain in this safe mode until August 2, when it will downlink data it collected during its latest campaign. Mission managers will then decide if the spacecraft can continue operations.

Inmarsat rejets EcoStar takeover bid
Posted: Sun, Jul 8 9:42 AM ET (1342 GMT)
Inmarsat has rejected a second takeover proposal from EchoStar hours before a deadline Friday. EchoStar proposed a deal that valued Inmarsat's equity at $3.2 billion, or $4.2 billion when including convertible bonds. Inmarsat said the proposal "very significantly undervalued" the company. EchoStar is now required to wait six months under British regulations before making another bid. Eutelsat had also shown an interest in Inmarsat last month, but decided at the time not to pursue a bid.

Shuttle-era engine tested for DARPA spaceplane
Posted: Sun, Jul 8 9:41 AM ET (1341 GMT)
A shuttle-era engine is undergoing a series of daily test firings to demonstrate its suitability for a DARPA spaceplane program. Aerojet Rocketdyne's AR-...

Opportunity remains silent as Martian dust storm continues
Posted: Sun, Jul 8 9:41 AM ET (1341 GMT)
NASA's Opportunity Mars rover remains silent nearly a month after a dust storm cut off contact with the spacecraft. Regular listening sessions by NASA'...

Dawn flies close to Ceres as mission approaches end
Posted: Sun, Jul 8 9:40 AM ET (1340 GMT)
NASA's Dawn spacecraft, nearing the end of its mission, has dipped very close to the surface of Ceres. The spacecraft used its ion engine...

Sunday, July 22
Space interest gets boost from Orlando Science Center
Orlando Sentinel — 9:08 am ET (1308 GMT)
Southern road to spaceport finally passable
Las Cruces (NM) Sun-News — 9:02 am ET (1302 GMT)
ISRO ‘moves’ top scientist to headquarters
The Hindu — 9:01 am ET (1301 GMT)
UAE Space Agency signs NASA deal on exploration
Arabian Business — 8:57 am ET (1257 GMT)
Telstar 19V communications satellite orbited by SpaceX Falcon 9
SpaceFlight Insider — 8:52 am ET (1252 GMT)
SpaceX Falcon 9 sets new record with Telstar 19V launch from SLC-40 — 8:43 am ET (1243 GMT)
Weather-monitoring and tech demo CubeSats deployed in orbit
Spaceflight Now — 8:32 am ET (1232 GMT)
Air Force gets first real look at future ICBM designs
Space News — 8:30 am ET (1230 GMT)
SpaceX launches Telstar 19 Vantage for Telesat
Space News — 8:29 am ET (1229 GMT)
Thick Dust Clouds Spotted Near Martian Ice Cap — 8:28 am ET (1228 GMT)
Where to Search for Signs of Life on Titan — 8:28 am ET (1228 GMT)

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