Space links, 12/23/11

NASA ‘Smart SPHERES’ Tested on ISS:  little spherical robots, with smartphones for brains, that are designed to move around in zero-G conditions and help out astronauts.  So cool.

Yet another reason why many exo-planets aren’t going to be habitable: not even a strong magnetic field can save you from irradiation if your sun’s solar wind is strong enough.

How do you weigh something in zero-G, when they’re weightless?  By using a Kinect, apparently.

/facepalm.  Russia had another space-launch fail Friday, as a rocket with a satellite payload crashed after launch.  Many articles on it, understandably.

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