April 2008 Top Story Archives



Google and Virgin Announce Mars Expedition and Colony »» Google and Virgin Announce Mars Expedition and Colony

[Tuesday, April 1, 2008] Google and Virgin Group today announced the launch of Virgle Inc., a jointly owned and operated venture dedicated to the establishment of a human settlement on Mars.

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NASA Shuttle to Constellation Workforce Transition Strategy Report »» NASA Shuttle to Constellation Workforce Transition Strategy Report

[Tuesday, April 1, 2008] The Ares I-X test flight in April 2009 will be a milestone in the transition of NASA's property, facilities, and workforce.

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Two New Star Systems Are First of Their Kind Ever Found »» Two New Star Systems Are First of Their Kind Ever Found

[Tuesday, April 1, 2008] Astronomers have spied a faraway star system that is so unusual, it was one of a kind -- until its discovery helped them pinpoint a second one that was much closer to home.

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Hubble Space Telescope Image: Exploding star in NGC 2397 »» Hubble Space Telescope Image: Exploding star in NGC 2397

[Tuesday, April 1, 2008] The latest image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope reveals a sharp view of the spiral galaxy NGC 2397. This image also shows a rare Hubble view of the early stages of a supernova -- SN 2006bc, discovered in March 2006.

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NASA Scientists Identify Smallest Known Black Hole »» NASA Scientists Identify Smallest Known Black Hole

[Tuesday, April 1, 2008] Scientists have identified the lightest known black hole. With a mass only about 3.8 times greater than our Sun and a diameter of only 15 miles, the black hole lies very close to the minimum size predicted for black holes that originate from dying stars.

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Hinode: source of the slow solar wind and superhot flares »» Hinode: source of the slow solar wind and superhot flares

[Wednesday, April 2, 2008] A plethora of latest results from the Hinode solar observatory contains a wealth of new discoveries. This includes the discovery of a source of the slow solar wind and the observation of a superhot micro flare.

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Revealing the multi-wavelength sky »» Revealing the multi-wavelength sky

[Wednesday, April 2, 2008] The multi-wavelength sky is set to clear as the world's most powerful astronomical virtual observatory opens.

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Jules Verne ATV given 'go' for docking with ISS »» Jules Verne ATV given 'go' for docking with ISS

[Wednesday, April 2, 2008] Jules Verne was today formally cleared to proceed with the first ISS docking attempt, scheduled for 3 April 2008 at 16:41 CEST (14:41 UT).

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Discovery of Abundant Cellulose Microfibers Encased in 250 Ma Permian Halite: A Macromolecular Target in the Search for Life on Other Planets »» Discovery of Abundant Cellulose Microfibers Encased in 250 Ma Permian Halite: A Macromolecular Target in the Search for Life on Other Planets

[Wednesday, April 2, 2008] These cellulose microfibers represent the oldest native biological macromolecules to have been directly isolated, examined biochemically, and visualized (without growth or replication) to date.

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The (Super)Wasp Factory Finds 10 New Planets In The Last 6 Months »» The (Super)Wasp Factory Finds 10 New Planets In The Last 6 Months

[Wednesday, April 2, 2008] An international team of astronomers has found 10 new "extra solar" planets, planets that orbit stars other than our sun.

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Astronomers Find Embryonic Planet »» Astronomers Find Embryonic Planet

[Wednesday, April 2, 2008] Using radio observatories in the UK and US and computer simulations, a team of astronomers have identified the youngest forming planet yet seen.

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Hearing Charter: NASA's Exploration Initiative: Status and Issues »» Hearing Charter: NASA's Exploration Initiative: Status and Issues

[Wednesday, April 2, 2008] The House Committee on Science and Technology's Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics will hold a hearing to review the status of NASA's Exploration initiative and examine issues related to its implementation.

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Mountaineering and Climbing on Mars »» Mountaineering and Climbing on Mars

[Wednesday, April 2, 2008] Human crews will be called upon to use a variety of skills and tools to traverse the Martian surface - including those often associated with hiking, mountaineering and technical climbing.

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ATV Jules Verne Docks with Station »» ATV Jules Verne Docks with Station

[Thursday, April 3, 2008] The Jules Verne, the first European Space Agency Automated Transfer Vehicle, docked to the aft port of the International Space Station's Zvezda Service Module at 10:45 a.m. EDT Thursday.

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A Farewell Message from Alan Stern »» A Farewell Message from Alan Stern

[Thursday, April 3, 2008] "As you probably know by now, I have announced my resignation as NASA's Associate Administrator for SMD and will be departing at the end of this week. Dr. Ed Weiler will assume this post on Monday April 7."

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NASA Provides Update on Ares 1 Thrust Oscillation Studies »» NASA Provides Update on Ares 1 Thrust Oscillation Studies

[Thursday, April 3, 2008] NASA held a media telecon today to discuss ongoing thrust oscillation issues with the Ares 1 rocket. This results from the way in which the solid propellant burns while the first stage is in powered flight.

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GAO: Area I and Orion Project Risk and Key Indicators to Measure Progress »» GAO: Area I and Orion Project Risk and Key Indicators to Measure Progress

[Thursday, April 3, 2008] NASA is currently working toward PDR for the Ares I and Orion vehicles. While this is a phase for discovery and risk reduction, there are considerable unknowns as to whether NASA's plans an be executed within schedule goals.

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Report: Managing Space Radiation Risk in the New Era of Space Exploration »» Report: Managing Space Radiation Risk in the New Era of Space Exploration

[Friday, April 4, 2008] For astronauts there is one danger in space that does not end when they step out of their spacecraft. The radiation that permeates space unattenuated by Earth's atmosphere and magnetosphere.

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Report: Grading NASA's Solar System Exploration Program: A Midterm Review »» Report: Grading NASA's Solar System Exploration Program: A Midterm Review

[Friday, April 4, 2008] The committee assessed NASA's progress with respect to each individual recommendation in these two reports, assigning an academic-style grade, explaining the rationale for the grade and trend, and offering recommendations for improvement.

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Venus Express reboots the search for active volcanoes on Venus »» Venus Express reboots the search for active volcanoes on Venus

[Friday, April 4, 2008] ESA's Venus Express has measured a highly variable quantity of the volcanic gas sulphur dioxide in the atmosphere of Venus.

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NASA names 2008 Great Moonbuggy Race high school champs, other awardees »» NASA names 2008 Great Moonbuggy Race high school champs, other awardees

[Friday, April 4, 2008] Students from Erie High School in Erie, Kan., braved pouring rain and fierce competition from around the world to win the high school division of NASA's 15th annual Great Moonbuggy Race at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville.

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Old galaxies stick together in the young universe »» Old galaxies stick together in the young universe

[Friday, April 4, 2008] UK astronomers have developed the most sensitive infrared map of the distant universe ever produced, revealing the origins of the most massive galaxies in the cosmos.

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For the paper trail of life on Mars or other planets, find cellulose »» For the paper trail of life on Mars or other planets, find cellulose

[Saturday, April 5, 2008] Looking for evidence of life on Mars or other planets? Finding cellulose microfibers would be the next best thing to a close encounter, according to new research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Meteorites delivered the 'seeds' of Earth's left-hand life »» Meteorites delivered the 'seeds' of Earth's left-hand life

[Sunday, April 6, 2008] Flash back three or four billion years. Without warning, a meteor slams into the desert plains at over ten thousand miles per hour. With it, this violent collision may have planted the chemical seeds of life on Earth.

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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 6 April 2008 »» NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 6 April 2008

[Sunday, April 6, 2008] All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below. Sunday -- off-duty day for CDR Whitson, FE-1 Malenchenko & FE-2 Reisman except for housekeeping and voluntary work. Ahead: Week 25 of Increment 16.

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Aerojet and Orbital Successfully Test Next Generation Safety System for NASA's Orion Program »» Aerojet and Orbital Successfully Test Next Generation Safety System for NASA's Orion Program

[Monday, April 7, 2008] Aerojet and Orbital Sciences Corporation announced today that together the two companies successfully conducted a static firing of the jettison motor, a key component of the Launch Abort System for NASA's Orion human spaceflight program.

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Cosmic engines surprise XMM-Newton »» Cosmic engines surprise XMM-Newton

[Monday, April 7, 2008] XMM-Newton has been surprised by a rare type of galaxy, from which it has detected a higher number of X-rays than thought possible. The observation gives new insight into the powerful processes shaping galaxies during their formation and evolution.

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Want to be a Cassini Scientist for a Day? »» Want to be a Cassini Scientist for a Day?

[Monday, April 7, 2008] NASA is giving 5th to 12th grade students the opportunity to study Saturn and make decisions, just as scientists on the Cassini-Huygens mission do on a daily basis.

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New Laser Technology Could Find First Earth-like Planets »» New Laser Technology Could Find First Earth-like Planets

[Monday, April 7, 2008] A revolutionary laser technology being developed by scientists and engineers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), with colleagues at MIT, will enable scientists to spot Earth-sized worlds in Earth-like orbits.

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Expedition 17 Crew Launches from Baikonur »» Expedition 17 Crew Launches from Baikonur

[Tuesday, April 8, 2008] Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko of the 17th International Space Station crew launched in their Soyuz TMA-12 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 7:16 a.m. EDT Tuesday to begin a six-month stay in space.

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United Space Alliance Looks to New Horizons »» United Space Alliance Looks to New Horizons

[Tuesday, April 8, 2008] As the United States sets its sights on new challenges in space exploration, United Space Alliance (USA) signaled its commitment to those goals with the unveiling this week of a new corporate logo symbolizing the company's experience and innovation, an

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The Astrobiology Science Conference, 2008 »» The Astrobiology Science Conference, 2008

[Wednesday, April 9, 2008] The 5th Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon08), hosted by the SETI Institute, brings together a community of scholars, students, and educators that is as vigorous and intellectually diverse as ever.

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NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's HiRISE Sees Phobos in Color and Stereo »» NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's HiRISE Sees Phobos in Color and Stereo

[Wednesday, April 9, 2008] The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, run from The University of Arizona, has produced a new color stereo view of Phobos, the larger and inner of Mars' two tiny moons.

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Students to Create YouTube Videos for Live Webcast by Private Space Explorer Richard Garriott »» Students to Create YouTube Videos for Live Webcast by Private Space Explorer Richard Garriott

[Wednesday, April 9, 2008] April 21, 2008 at 12:00pm ET, Richard Garriott will hold an interactive live webcast with students and teachers discussing his upcoming flight to the International Space Station (ISS), scheduled for October 2008.

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Blending Art and Science: Challenger Center Invites Students to Create Art for Space Flight »» Blending Art and Science: Challenger Center Invites Students to Create Art for Space Flight

[Wednesday, April 9, 2008] Challenger Center for Space Science Education invites students to use their creativity to design an original piece of art for a student mission patch for private space explorer, Richard Garriott.

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Space Report Reveals $251 Billion Global Space Economy in 2007 »» Space Report Reveals $251 Billion Global Space Economy in 2007

[Wednesday, April 9, 2008] The Space Report 2008: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, released by the Space Foundation today, revealed more than $251 billion in global space activity in 2007.

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Expedition 17 Welcomed Aboard International Space Station »» Expedition 17 Welcomed Aboard International Space Station

[Thursday, April 10, 2008] Commander Sergei Alexandrovich Volkov and cosmonaut Oleg Dmitrievich Kononenko of the 17th International Space Station crew docked their Soyuz TMA-12 with the orbiting laboratory's Pirs Docking Compartment at 8:57 a.m. EDT Thursday.

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Speech by Boeing President and Chief Executive Jim Albaugh at the National Space Symposium »» Speech by Boeing President and Chief Executive Jim Albaugh at the National Space Symposium

[Thursday, April 10, 2008] "I continue to marvel at the Shuttle ... as Mike Mott liked to say, it's a launch vehicle - a reconfigurable science platform - a hypersonic reentry vehicle - and a glider. It's reusable and it runs on the computing power of your watch!"

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NASA Phoenix Lander Spacecraft Fine Tunes Course for Mars Landing »» NASA Phoenix Lander Spacecraft Fine Tunes Course for Mars Landing

[Thursday, April 10, 2008] NASA engineers have adjusted the flight path of the Phoenix Mars Lander, setting the spacecraft on course for its May 25th landing on the Red Planet.

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NASA Launches New Science Web Site »» NASA Launches New Science Web Site

[Thursday, April 10, 2008] NASA's Science Mission Directorate has launched a new Web site that provides enhanced and engaging information about NASA's vast scope of scientific endeavors and achievements.

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Yuri's Night - the World Party for Space - to Shatter Previous Records »» Yuri's Night - the World Party for Space - to Shatter Previous Records

[Thursday, April 10, 2008] "Yuri's Night is about enabling everyone on the planet connect with space," said Loretta Whitesides, Yuri's Night Co-founder. "It is exciting to see so many new people join the movement this year to celebrate our space future."

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Hubble Pinpoints Record-Breaking Explosion »» Hubble Pinpoints Record-Breaking Explosion

[Friday, April 11, 2008] The object erupted in a brilliant flash of gamma rays and other electromagnetic radiation at 2:12 a.m. EDT on March 19, and was detected by Swift, NASA's gamma ray burst watchdog satellite.

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NASA's Spitzer Space telescope Sees Shining Stellar Sphere »» NASA's Spitzer Space telescope Sees Shining Stellar Sphere

[Friday, April 11, 2008] Millions of clustered stars glisten like an iridescent opal in a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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NASA Lunar Science Institute Opens Today »» NASA Lunar Science Institute Opens Today

[Friday, April 11, 2008] The NASA Lunar Science Institute is modeled after the successful NASA Astrobiology Institute, also managed by Ames, and features teams of scientists across the country collaborating in lunar science and future lunar exploration.

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New rocky planet found in constellation Leo »» New rocky planet found in constellation Leo

[Friday, April 11, 2008] The new planet, which lies at a distance of 30 light years from the Earth, has a mass five times that of our planet but is the smallest found to date. One full day on the new planet would be equivalent to three weeks on Earth.

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Geologists Discover New Way of Estimating Size and Frequency of Meteorite Impacts »» Geologists Discover New Way of Estimating Size and Frequency of Meteorite Impacts

[Friday, April 11, 2008] Scientists have developed a new way of determining the size and frequency of meteorites that have collided with Earth.

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Astronomers discovered the coldest brown dwarf star ever observed »» Astronomers discovered the coldest brown dwarf star ever observed

[Friday, April 11, 2008] An international team of astronomers has discovered the coldest brown dwarf star ever observed. This finding is a new step toward filling the gap between stars and planets.

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Berrimilla Down Under Mars Status Report 11 April 2008 »» Berrimilla Down Under Mars Status Report 11 April 2008

[Friday, April 11, 2008] "Will now have to do complicated maths to work out what time it is in Texas and Louisiana for Yuri's night phone calls."

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McGill High Arctic Research Station (MARS) Status Report - Dale Andersen: 12 April 2008 »» McGill High Arctic Research Station (MARS) Status Report - Dale Andersen: 12 April 2008

[Sunday, April 13, 2008] "I have to go hit the road via snowmobile to get back to the McGill High Arctic Research Station (MARS) which is where we are staying. It is not far, but it is a bit cool right now -25C - which for this time of year is not too bad."

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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 13 April 2008 »» NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 13 April 2008

[Sunday, April 13, 2008] Day 4 of joint E16/E17 operations by CDR-16 Peggy Whitson, FE-1-16 Yuri Malenchenko, FE-2-17 Garrett Reisman, CDR-17 Sergei Volkov, FE-1-17 Oleg Kononenko and SFP/VC14 So-Yeon Yi. Sunday. Ahead: Week 26 of Increment 16.

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Yuri's Night Bay Area 2008 Largest of World's Celebrations »» Yuri's Night Bay Area 2008 Largest of World's Celebrations

[Tuesday, April 15, 2008] The largest Yuri's Night celebration on the planet drew an estimated 7,000 people to the tarmac at NASA's Ames Research Center on Saturday, April 12, 2008, as young-minded people celebrated space exploration with music, dance, technology and art.

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Milky Way's Giant Black Hole Awoke From Slumber 300 Years Ago »» Milky Way's Giant Black Hole Awoke From Slumber 300 Years Ago

[Tuesday, April 15, 2008] Using NASA, Japanese, and European X-ray satellites, a team of Japanese astronomers has discovered that our galaxy's central black hole let loose a powerful flare three centuries ago.

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Cassini's grand tour of Saturn extended »» Cassini's grand tour of Saturn extended

[Tuesday, April 15, 2008] The operations of the Cassini spacecraft have been extended by NASA by two years. The historic mission's stunning discoveries and images have revolutionised our knowledge of Saturn and its moons.

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Astronomers 'listen' to an exoplanet-host star and find its birthplace »» Astronomers 'listen' to an exoplanet-host star and find its birthplace

[Tuesday, April 15, 2008] By studying in great detail the 'ringing' of a planet-harbouring star, a team of astronomers using ESO's 3.6-m telescope have shown that it must have drifted away from the metal-rich Hyades cluster.

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Private Space Explorer Wants To Take Your Picture From Space »» Private Space Explorer Wants To Take Your Picture From Space

[Tuesday, April 15, 2008] Now, for the first time ever, the public can request their own personal photo of our home planet through the Association of Space Explorers' (ASE) "Earth Portraits" program.

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Space Radiation May Cause Prolonged Cellular Damage to Astronauts »» Space Radiation May Cause Prolonged Cellular Damage to Astronauts

[Tuesday, April 15, 2008] A study from the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University Medical Center demonstrates that the high-energy radiation found in space may lead to premature aging and prolonged oxidative stress in cells.

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NASA Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity Continues Reading the Story in the Rocks »» NASA Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity Continues Reading the Story in the Rocks

[Wednesday, April 16, 2008] Opportunity has finished grinding into the surface and acquiring microscopic images of a rock target informally named "Gilbert," at the bottom of the alcove inside "Victoria Crater" known as "Duck Bay."

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George P. Mitchell Leads A&M and UT Partnership for Giant Magellan Telescope »» George P. Mitchell Leads A&M and UT Partnership for Giant Magellan Telescope

[Wednesday, April 16, 2008] The GMT will be the world's largest telescope -- one so powerful that it is expected to give perhaps the first definitive answer as to whether or not there is life beyond Earth.

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NASA Statement on Student Asteroid Calculations »» NASA Statement on Student Asteroid Calculations

[Wednesday, April 16, 2008] The Near-Earth Object Program Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., has not changed its current estimates for the very low probability (1 in 45,000) of an Earth impact by the asteroid Apophis in 2036.

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NASA Turns Green With Nationwide Earth Day Activities »» NASA Turns Green With Nationwide Earth Day Activities

[Wednesday, April 16, 2008] NASA centers across America will roll out the green carpet April 22 to celebrate Earth Day and reporters are invited to hear first hand about the agency's contributions to understanding and protecting our environment.

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Study heats up 'snowball Earth' debate »» Study heats up 'snowball Earth' debate

[Wednesday, April 16, 2008] Research by University Professor Richard Peltier of physics reveals that the Earth's surface 700 million years ago may have been warmer than previously thought.

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Stellar Birth in the Galactic Wilderness »» Stellar Birth in the Galactic Wilderness

[Wednesday, April 16, 2008] A new image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows baby stars sprouting in the backwoods of a galaxy -- a relatively desolate region of space more than 100,000 light-years from the galaxy's bustling center.

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McGill High Arctic Research Station (MARS) Status Report - Dale Andersen: 16 April 2008 »» McGill High Arctic Research Station (MARS) Status Report - Dale Andersen: 16 April 2008

[Wednesday, April 16, 2008] "Here are a few more pictures and words for you regarding the CSA/McGill University Satellite system here at the CSA camp at Expedition Fiord on Axel Heiberg."

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Review of NASA's Exploration Technology Development Program: An Interim Report »» Review of NASA's Exploration Technology Development Program: An Interim Report

[Thursday, April 17, 2008] NASA requested that a committee under the auspices of the National Research Council's Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board carry out an assessment of NASA's Exploration Technology Development Program (ETDP).

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Mars radar opens up a planet's third dimension »» Mars radar opens up a planet's third dimension

[Thursday, April 17, 2008] ESA's Mars Express radar sounder, MARSIS, has looked beneath the martian surface and opened up the third dimension for planetary exploration.

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Yankee Baseball In Space: Not Exactly A First »» Yankee Baseball In Space: Not Exactly A First

[Thursday, April 17, 2008] While this may be the first time that the Yankees have had one of their baseballs in orbit, this is not exactly the first time that this sort of thing has happened in space ...

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SOHO confirms 36 year old solar theory »» SOHO confirms 36 year old solar theory

[Friday, April 18, 2008] Data from the VIRGO instrument on SOHO have been used to show that solar flares drive global oscillations in the Sun. This confirms a prediction made more than 30 years ago.

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Maine Students Seek Business Sponsorship For NASA Zero-Gravity Flight »» Maine Students Seek Business Sponsorship For NASA Zero-Gravity Flight

[Friday, April 18, 2008] Preparing to conduct science experiments while floating weightless in an airplane has been no easy task for the Maine team chosen to participate this summer in NASA's Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program.

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Berrimilla Down Under Mars Status Report 18 April 2008 »» Berrimilla Down Under Mars Status Report 18 April 2008

[Friday, April 18, 2008] "Lots of people have asked me why we do this. Are we mad, foolhardy, plain self indulgent or what are we trying to prove??"

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Expedition 16 Soyuz Lands Safely in Kazakhstan »» Expedition 16 Soyuz Lands Safely in Kazakhstan

[Saturday, April 19, 2008] Peggy Whitson, the first female commander of the International Space Station, returned to Earth at approximately 4:30 a.m. EDT Saturday, ending a mission during which she conducted five spacewalks and set a new record in American spaceflight.

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Scott Parazynski Everest Update: 19 April 2008 - Heading for Camp 1 »» Scott Parazynski Everest Update: 19 April 2008 - Heading for Camp 1

[Saturday, April 19, 2008] "I just got a satellite phone call from Scott Parazynski at Everest base Camp. He was expecting to leave a voice mail when I picked up the phone. We had a short chat during which he updated me on his stay."

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NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale's Blog: The Art Center College of Design »» NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale's Blog: The Art Center College of Design

[Sunday, April 20, 2008] "On Thursday, April 10, I, along with several other NASA officials, was on hand to view presentations designed and developed by students attending the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California."

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NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale's Blog: Yuri's Night, Bay Area 2008 »» NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale's Blog: Yuri's Night, Bay Area 2008

[Sunday, April 20, 2008] "I was imagining this event (with this crowd) at HQ or most of the other centers but I couldn't get my head around that thought. I suppose you'd need to experience it to know what I mean."

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World's Fastest Satellite Internet Connection to 45 cm User  Terminal Using »» World's Fastest Satellite Internet Connection to 45 cm User Terminal Using "KIZUNA" (WINDS)

[Monday, April 21, 2008] JAXA and NICT performed a verification of regenerative switching functions between an ultra small-size user terminal and a high-speed small ground station using the onboard multi-beam antenna*1 of "KIZUNA.

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Taking the plunge - Space robot headed for test in Antarctic lake »» Taking the plunge - Space robot headed for test in Antarctic lake

[Monday, April 21, 2008] Nicknamed ENDURANCE, for Environmentally Non-Disturbing Under-ice Robotic ANtartic Explorer, the $2.3 million project will send an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to Lake Bonney for two field seasons, beginning in November 2008.

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NASA Solicitation: Partner With NASA on the Development of a MMO Game to Support STEM Learning »» NASA Solicitation: Partner With NASA on the Development of a MMO Game to Support STEM Learning

[Monday, April 21, 2008] NASA seeks proposals for collaboration with an organization to enhance NASA's ability to achieve its educational goals by creating and managing a Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) game.

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The Antarctic deep sea gets colder »» The Antarctic deep sea gets colder

[Monday, April 21, 2008] The Antarctic deep sea gets colder, which might stimulate the circulation of the oceanic water masses. At the same time satellite images from the Antarctic summer have shown the largest sea-ice extent on record.

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Researchers warm up to melt's role in Greenland ice loss »» Researchers warm up to melt's role in Greenland ice loss

[Monday, April 21, 2008] In July 2006, researchers afloat in a dinghy on a mile-wide glacial lake in Greenland studied features of the lake and ice 40 feet below. Ten days later the entire contents of the lake emptied through a crack in the ice.

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STS-124 Launch Preparations Continue »» STS-124 Launch Preparations Continue

[Tuesday, April 22, 2008] At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Discovery is being readied for its STS-124 mission, currently targeted for launch May 31.

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ISS Crew Performs Reboost Test with ATV »» ISS Crew Performs Reboost Test with ATV

[Tuesday, April 22, 2008] On Monday, Expedition 17 crew members conducted a test of the Jules Verne Automated Transfer Vehicle's reboost engines.

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Larger Pacific Climate Event Helps Current La Nina Linger »» Larger Pacific Climate Event Helps Current La Nina Linger

[Tuesday, April 22, 2008] Boosted by the influence of a larger climate event in the Pacific, one of the strongest La Ninas in many years is slowly weakening but continues to blanket the Pacific Ocean near the equator.

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KAGUYA (SELENE) HDTV Image of Full Earth-Rise Over The Moon »» KAGUYA (SELENE) HDTV Image of Full Earth-Rise Over The Moon

[Tuesday, April 22, 2008] JAXA and NHK successfully captured a movie of the "Full Earth-Rise"*1 using the onboard High Definition Television (HDTV) of the lunar explorer "KAGUYA" (SELENE) on April 6, 2008 (Japan Standard Time).

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Earthrise From Apollo 11 »» Earthrise From Apollo 11

[Tuesday, April 22, 2008] This view from the Apollo 11 spacecraft shows the Earth rising above the Moon's horizon. The lunar terrain pictured is in the area of Smyth's Sea on the nearside

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New Atlases Use NASA Data to Chart Ocean Winds »» New Atlases Use NASA Data to Chart Ocean Winds

[Tuesday, April 22, 2008] Several new atlases of ocean wind patterns around the globe, based on data from NASA's QuikScat satellite, are benefiting a wide range of users, from those who sail the seas to those responsible for managing their precious resources.

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New Climate Change Lab for New Mexico? »» New Climate Change Lab for New Mexico?

[Tuesday, April 22, 2008] Word has it that a $400 million earmark for a climate research center is being prepared on behalf of Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) who is retiring.

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NASA Offers Only Minor Insight Into  Soyuz Off Course Landing »» NASA Offers Only Minor Insight Into Soyuz Off Course Landing

[Tuesday, April 22, 2008] NASA Associate Administrator for Space Operations William Gerstenmaier spoke with reporters today via teleconference about Saturday's errant Soyuz landing on Saturday in Kazakhstan.

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NASA Awards Launch Services Contract to SpaceX »» NASA Awards Launch Services Contract to SpaceX

[Tuesday, April 22, 2008] NASA has awarded Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, a NASA Launch Services contract for the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 launch vehicles.

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NASA Post Landing Audio Interview With Peggy Whitson Released »» NASA Post Landing Audio Interview With Peggy Whitson Released

[Tuesday, April 22, 2008] This audio recording is of Peggy Whitson's interview with NASA Public Affairs Officer Rob Navias recorded soon after her landing aboard the Soyuz on Saturday.

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Establishing the Vision for Space Exploration »» Establishing the Vision for Space Exploration

[Tuesday, April 22, 2008] "To those of us who have committed our lives to the proposition that the exploration and development of space, recent events have a familiar and depressing feel."

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NASA Hosts Media Briefing on How Ecosystems Are Changing »» NASA Hosts Media Briefing on How Ecosystems Are Changing

[Wednesday, April 23, 2008] NASA will hold a media briefing Tuesday, April 29, at 1:30 p.m. EDT to discuss the latest research documenting changes in Earth's ecosystems using NASA remote-sensing data.

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Radio Telescope Reveals Secrets of Massive Black Hole »» Radio Telescope Reveals Secrets of Massive Black Hole

[Wednesday, April 23, 2008] At the cores of many galaxies, supermassive black holes expel powerful jets of particles at nearly the speed of light. Just how they perform this feat has long been one of the mysteries of astrophysics.

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Glaciers Reveal Martian Climate Has Been Recently Active »» Glaciers Reveal Martian Climate Has Been Recently Active

[Wednesday, April 23, 2008] Brown University researchers have found compelling evidence of thick, recurring glaciers on Mars, a discovery that suggests that the Red Planet's climate was much more dynamic than previously believed - and could change again.

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NASA Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity Status Report 23 April 2008 »» NASA Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity Status Report 23 April 2008

[Wednesday, April 23, 2008] A small motor in the robotic arm of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity that began stalling occasionally more than two years ago has become more troublesome recently

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House Science and Technology Committee's Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Examines the Status of the International Space Station »» House Science and Technology Committee's Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Examines the Status of the International Space Station

[Friday, April 25, 2008] House Science and Technology Committee's Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics held an oversight hearing to examine the status of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) International Space Station (ISS) program.

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NASA Ames Partners with m2mi for Small Satellite Development »» NASA Ames Partners with m2mi for Small Satellite Development

[Friday, April 25, 2008] NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., and m2mi Corp., Moffett Field, Calif., announced Thursday they are taking a revolutionary step forward in improving telecommunications and networking from space.

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Next Gen Presentation NASA Strategic Management Council 15 April 2008 »» Next Gen Presentation NASA Strategic Management Council 15 April 2008

[Friday, April 25, 2008] "We're asking to create an environment where all NASA employees can leverage their strengths to push the limits of science and space exploration by ..."

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Jonathan's Space Report No. 595 2008 Apr 26 »» Jonathan's Space Report No. 595 2008 Apr 26

[Saturday, April 26, 2008] Endeavour landed on Mar 27 after a successful STS-123 mission. Progress M-63 undocked from Pirs at 0849 UTC on Apr 7 and was deorbited over the Pacific later the same day.

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Berrimilla Down Under Mars Status Report 26 April 2008 »» Berrimilla Down Under Mars Status Report 26 April 2008

[Sunday, April 27, 2008] We're down to 2 hour night watches - not really survival mode but an acknowledgement that 3 hours of concentration at night is too hard to sustain. Hallucination, green monkeys, out of focus compass readings sending the remaining neuron into a dozy spin.

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Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) Seeks Interns »» Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) Seeks Interns

[Sunday, April 27, 2008] The organisation Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) is seeking interns to work on a variety of interesting topics.

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Imagery for Everyone: Timeline Set to Release Entire USGS Landsat Archive at No Charge »» Imagery for Everyone: Timeline Set to Release Entire USGS Landsat Archive at No Charge

[Monday, April 28, 2008] USGS is pursuing an aggressive schedule to provide users with electronic access to any Landsat scene held in the USGS-managed national archive of global scenes dating back to Landsat 1

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NASA's 50th Anniversary Lecture By Professor Stephen Hawking »» NASA's 50th Anniversary Lecture By Professor Stephen Hawking

[Monday, April 28, 2008] "DR. HAWKING: Spreading out into space will have an even greater effect. It will completely change the future of the human race and maybe determine whether we have any future at all."

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India's PSLV Successfully Launches Ten Satellites »» India's PSLV Successfully Launches Ten Satellites

[Monday, April 28, 2008] Today ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C9, successfully launched CARTOSAT-2A, IMS-1, and eight nanosatellites for international customers into a 637 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit.

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NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery Ready for Final Assembly and Checkout »» NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery Ready for Final Assembly and Checkout

[Monday, April 28, 2008] STS-124 is the second of three flights to deliver Japan's Kibo laboratory to the International Space Station. Primary payloads are the tour-bus-sized Japanese Experiment Module-Pressurized Module and the lab's robotic arm system.

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Galaxy Evolution Explorer Celebrates Five Years in Space »» Galaxy Evolution Explorer Celebrates Five Years in Space

[Monday, April 28, 2008] Galaxy Evolution Explorer has photographed hundreds of millions of galaxies in ultraviolet light. M106 is one of those galaxies, and from 22 light years away, it strikes a pose in blue and gold for this new commemorative portrait.

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Aviation and Space Leaders to Focus on Building the 'Aerospace Workforce of Tomorrow' »» Aviation and Space Leaders to Focus on Building the 'Aerospace Workforce of Tomorrow'

[Monday, April 28, 2008] The AIAA is pleased to announce Inside Aerospace -An International Forum for Aviation and Space Leaders, at which invited leaders from government, industry, and academia will focus on "Working Together to Build the Aerospace Workforce of Tomorrow."

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Oldest Known Objects may Be Surprisingly Immature »» Oldest Known Objects may Be Surprisingly Immature

[Monday, April 28, 2008] Some of the oldest objects in the Universe may still have a long way to go, according to a new study using Chandra X-ray Observatory.

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Mercury Features Receive New Names »» Mercury Features Receive New Names

[Monday, April 28, 2008] The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has approved new names for features on Mercury and agreed on a new theme for fossae on the planet.

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Letter from House Members to House Leadership Regarding $2 Billion Additional NASA Funding Request »» Letter from House Members to House Leadership Regarding $2 Billion Additional NASA Funding Request

[Tuesday, April 29, 2008] "We write to urge you to include $2 billion in funding for NASA in either a second economic stimulus package or the supplemental appropriations bill."

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Ultra-dense galaxies found in early universe »» Ultra-dense galaxies found in early universe

[Tuesday, April 29, 2008] A team of astronomers looking at the universe's distant past found nine young, unusually compact galaxies, each weighing in at 200 billion times the mass of the Sun. The findings appeared in the April 10 issue of The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

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NASA Cassini Image: Pulling Away »» NASA Cassini Image: Pulling Away

[Tuesday, April 29, 2008] Prometheus -- lit partly by direct sunlight and partly by saturnshine -- pulls at material in the inner portion of the F ring. Saturnshine is sunlight reflected by the Ringed Planet, which often brightens the night sides of Saturn's moons.

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Like Martian Water for Chocolate »» Like Martian Water for Chocolate

[Tuesday, April 29, 2008] If you smacked a frozen chocolate bar on a table, it would break into bite-size pieces resembling the terrain in this Martian crater.

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