August 2004 Top Story Archives



Opportunity Catches its Shadow on Sol 180 »» Opportunity Catches its Shadow on Sol 180

[Sunday, August 01, 2004] This self-portrait of Opportunity comes courtesy of the Sun and the rover's front hazard-avoidance camera. The dramatic snapshot of Opportunity's shadow was taken as the rover continues to move farther into Endurance Crater.

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MESSENGER Launch Rescheduled for Tuesday, August 3rd »» MESSENGER Launch Rescheduled for Tuesday, August 3rd

[Monday, August 02, 2004] The launch of NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket was postponed this morning due to lightning potential from residual clouds that were associated with Tropical Storm Alex.

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Gravity Probe B gyroscopes ready for full-speed spin-up »» Gravity Probe B gyroscopes ready for full-speed spin-up

[Monday, August 02, 2004] All four gyroscopes - the ultra-precise spheres that will be used to test Einstein's general theory of relativity - are ready for full-speed spin-up. Nearing the end of its in-orbit and calibration phase.

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Chandra Observes X-Ray Outburst from Young Star in McNeil's Nebula »» Chandra Observes X-Ray Outburst from Young Star in McNeil's Nebula

[Monday, August 02, 2004] Observations with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory captured an X-ray outburst from a young star, revealing a probable scenario for the intermittent brightening of the recently discovered McNeil's Nebula.

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NASA Exercises $3.6 Billion Option on Space Flight Operations Contract »» NASA Exercises $3.6 Billion Option on Space Flight Operations Contract

[Monday, August 02, 2004] NASA has exercised an option to extend for two years the Space Flight Operations Contract which supports the Space Shuttle Program. This two-year option extends the contract period of performance with United Space Alliance through Sept. 30, 2006.

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Mercury-bound MESSENGER Launces from Cape Canaveral »» Mercury-bound MESSENGER Launces from Cape Canaveral

[Tuesday, August 03, 2004] NASA's MESSENGER - set to become the first spacecraft to orbit the planet Mercury - launched today at 2:15:56 a.m. EDT aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

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EVA performed on International Space Station »» EVA performed on International Space Station

[Tuesday, August 03, 2004] Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and NASA ISS Science Officer Mike Fincke spent 4½ hours outside the Station swapping out experiments and installing hardware associated with Europe's Automated Transfer Vehicle.

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Lost Computer Disks at Los Alamos Could Delay NASA Mission to Pluto »» Lost Computer Disks at Los Alamos Could Delay NASA Mission to Pluto

[Tuesday, August 03, 2004] Last month some computer disks containing classified were misplaced at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Work on all LANL projects has been halted. Among the projects affected: production of the nuclear fuel source for NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto.

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Image of the Earth-Moon system taken from Rosetta »» Image of the Earth-Moon system taken from Rosetta

[Tuesday, August 03, 2004] This image, taken by ESA's Rosetta comet-chaser spacecraft, shows the Earth-Moon system from a distance of 70 million kilometers. This is close to the maximum distance reached by the spacecraft so far this year.

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NASA selects Jupiter mission candidate for further study »» NASA selects Jupiter mission candidate for further study

[Wednesday, August 04, 2004] The two mission proposals selected by NASA for further study are to orbit Jupiter from pole to pole to conduct an in-depth study of the giant planet and to drop robotic landers into a crater at the south pole of the Moon and return samples to Earth.

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Aura Post-launch Status Report »» Aura Post-launch Status Report

[Wednesday, August 04, 2004] Activation of the Aura spacecraft continues. All subsystems have demonstrated readiness to support science operations, though science operations cannot begin until the instruments are fully activated and Aura has reached its nominal orbit altitude.

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NASA Scientists Study Gene Functions to Treat Disease »» NASA Scientists Study Gene Functions to Treat Disease

[Wednesday, August 04, 2004] NASA scientists have discovered a way to identify the gene functions of all of an organism's genes simultaneously by using unique DNA sequences or 'bar codes.'

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How Strongly Does the Sun Influence the Global Climate? »» How Strongly Does the Sun Influence the Global Climate?

[Wednesday, August 04, 2004] Studies at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research reveal: solar activity affects the climate but plays only a minor role in the current global warming

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Astronomers say the nearby gamma-ray burst of December 3 was a new type of cosmic explosion »» Astronomers say the nearby gamma-ray burst of December 3 was a new type of cosmic explosion

[Wednesday, August 04, 2004] Astronomers have identified a new class of cosmic explosions that are more powerful than supernovae but considerably weaker than most gamma-ray bursts. The discovery strongly suggests a continuum between the two previously-known classes of explosion

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Going from Air Force to NASA blue for astronaut wings »» Going from Air Force to NASA blue for astronaut wings

[Wednesday, August 04, 2004] Since the first U.S. manned space flight in 1961, the Air Force has been a part of the nation's space program.

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Designers inspection of the Progress M-50 at Baikonur »» Designers inspection of the Progress M-50 at Baikonur

[Thursday, August 05, 2004] The designer's inspection of the Progress M-50 cargo vehicle has been completed at the spacecraft processing facility at Baikonur Cosmodrome. Payload shroud roll on has also been completed. Launch is planned for 11 August at 1:01am EDT.

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ESA's Integral detects closest cosmic gamma-ray burst »» ESA's Integral detects closest cosmic gamma-ray burst

[Thursday, August 05, 2004] A gamma-ray burst detected by ESA's Integral gamma-ray observatory on 3 December 2003 has been thoroughly studied for months by an armada of space and ground-based observatories.

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NASA/ESA Hubble Images Majestic Cousin of the Milky Way »» NASA/ESA Hubble Images Majestic Cousin of the Milky Way

[Thursday, August 05, 2004] Like our Milky Way, NGC 3949 has a blue disk of young stars peppered with bright pink star-birth regions. In contrast to the blue disk, the bright central bulge is made up of mostly older, redder stars.

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NASA Signs Space Nuclear Power Agreement With Department Of Energy »» NASA Signs Space Nuclear Power Agreement With Department Of Energy

[Thursday, August 05, 2004] NASA and the Dept. of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration - Naval Reactors today signed a MOU that will lead to the development, design, delivery, and operational support of civilian space nuclear reactors within NASA's Project Prometheus.

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Canadian Team Announces X Prize Launch Date »» Canadian Team Announces X Prize Launch Date

[Thursday, August 05, 2004] The Canadian da Vinci Project Team has notified the ANSARI X PRIZE of its intention to launch its rocket on October 2nd, 2004, marking its official entry in the international, commercially-funded space race competition.

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NASA Extends TRMM Operations Through 2004 Hurricane Season »» NASA Extends TRMM Operations Through 2004 Hurricane Season

[Thursday, August 05, 2004] NASA will extend operation of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) through the end of 2004, in light of a recent request from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Rocks Tell Stories in Reports of NASA's Spirit Rover's First 90 Martian Days »» Rocks Tell Stories in Reports of NASA's Spirit Rover's First 90 Martian Days

[Thursday, August 05, 2004] Scientific findings from the NASA rover Spirit's first three months on Mars will be published Friday, marking the start of a flood of peer-reviewed discoveries in scientific journals from the continuing two-rover adventure (contains links).

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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope's Imaging Spectrograph Has Failed »» NASA's Hubble Space Telescope's Imaging Spectrograph Has Failed

[Friday, August 06, 2004] "Accordingly, it is now believed that STIS’s mechanism functions are inoperable and unrecoverable. Because STIS has been single-string in its electronics since May 2001, it can no longer be used for science observations."

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Endurance Crater's Dazzling Dunes »» Endurance Crater's Dazzling Dunes

[Friday, August 06, 2004] As Opportunity creeps farther into "Endurance Crater," the dune field on the crater floor appears even more dramatic. This approximate true-color panoramic camera image highlights the reddish-colored dust present throughout the scene.

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MIT-NASA team to test first interplanetary laser communication link »» MIT-NASA team to test first interplanetary laser communication link

[Friday, August 06, 2004] In 2010, the Mars Laser Communication Demonstration (MLCD) will test the first deep-space laser communication link, which promises to transmit data at a rate nearly ten times higher than any existing interplanetary radio communication link.

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Human-like NASA Space Robot Goes Mobile with Leg, Wheels »» Human-like NASA Space Robot Goes Mobile with Leg, Wheels

[Friday, August 06, 2004] Human-like hands, fingers and even television camera eyes have been hallmarks of NASA's Robonaut, but recent work seeks to give the nimble robot legs, or at least a leg, and even wheels.

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Dying Star Goes Out With a Ring »» Dying Star Goes Out With a Ring

[Monday, August 09, 2004] A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the shimmering embers of a dying star, and in their midst a mysterious doughnut-shaped ring.

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Japan Deloys Solar Sail Film in Space »» Japan Deloys Solar Sail Film in Space

[Tuesday, August 10, 2004] ISAS has succeeded in deploying a big thin film for solar sail in space for the first time. The sail was launchedaboard a small rocketfrom Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima, Japan, on August 9, 2004.

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Carnegie Mellon To Demonstrate Autonomous Robot That Will Seek Life in Chile's Atacama Desert »» Carnegie Mellon To Demonstrate Autonomous Robot That Will Seek Life in Chile's Atacama Desert

[Tuesday, August 10, 2004] Carnegie Mellon University will demonstrate Zoe, a rover which will seek and identify life in hostile environments. The project is part of NASA's ASTEP program which concentrates on pushing the limits of technology in harsh environments.

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Fixing NASA's Hubble: Its Time to Fish or Cut Bait »» Fixing NASA's Hubble: Its Time to Fish or Cut Bait

[Tuesday, August 10, 2004] NASA's new Associate Administrator for Science, Al Diaz, held a hastily arranged teleconference (45 minutes notice) with a dozen reporters today to discuss recent progress on developing a robotic mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Progress 15P Launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome »» Progress 15P Launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome

[Wednesday, August 11, 2004] An unpiloted Russian cargo ship blasted off this morning from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a three-day journey to deliver almost three tons of food, fuel, oxygen, water and supplies to the residents of the International Space Station.

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Relays from Mars demonstrate international interplanetary networking »» Relays from Mars demonstrate international interplanetary networking

[Wednesday, August 11, 2004] ESA's Mars Express has relayed pictures from one of NASA's Mars rovers for the first time, as part of a set of interplanetary networking demonstrations.

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NASA Spirit Rover Martian Panorama »» NASA Spirit Rover Martian Panorama

[Wednesday, August 11, 2004] This image was taken as Spirit made its way up the side of the Columbia Hills.

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Opportunity Image of Martian Clouds »» Opportunity Image of Martian Clouds

[Wednesday, August 11, 2004] This image was taken as Oportunity made its way around the interior of Endeavour crater.

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Mars Express Image: Olympus Mons caldera in perspective »» Mars Express Image: Olympus Mons caldera in perspective

[Wednesday, August 11, 2004] This perspective view, taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft, shows the complex caldera of Olympus Mons on Mars, the highest volcano in our Solar System.

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Hubble peers inside a celestial geode »» Hubble peers inside a celestial geode

[Thursday, August 12, 2004] The nebula N44F is one of a handful of known interstellar bubbles. Bubbles like these have been seen around evolved massive stars, and also around clusters of stars. But they have rarely been viewed around isolated stars, as is the case here.

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Undersea Habitat Becomes Experimental Hospital Bed for NEEMO 7 »» Undersea Habitat Becomes Experimental Hospital Bed for NEEMO 7

[Thursday, August 12, 2004] In October, three astronauts and a Canadian doctor will test the latest concepts in long-distance house calls using a unique underwater laboratory.

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Cluster spacecraft catch crashing waves in Earth's magnetic bubble »» Cluster spacecraft catch crashing waves in Earth's magnetic bubble

[Thursday, August 12, 2004] A bevy of satellites buzzing around in the Earth's magnetosphere has found at least part of the answer to a long-standing puzzle about the source of the charged particles that feed the aurora.

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Lockheed Martin Declares Quarterly Dividend of 22 Cents »» Lockheed Martin Declares Quarterly Dividend of 22 Cents

[Friday, August 06, 2004] The Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) Board of Directors today declared a regular quarterly dividend on the Corporation's common stock of 22 cents per share. The dividend is payable Sept. 30, 2004 to holders of record on Sept. 1, 2004.

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NASA's Chandra Observatory Marks Five Years of Scientific Achievement »» NASA's Chandra Observatory Marks Five Years of Scientific Achievement

[Thursday, August 12, 2004] On August 12, 1999, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory opened its sunshade doors for the first time, allowing celestial X-ray light to reach the observatory's mirrors.

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Sharpest Image Ever Obtained of a Circumstellar Disk Reveals Signs of Young Planets »» Sharpest Image Ever Obtained of a Circumstellar Disk Reveals Signs of Young Planets

[Thursday, August 12, 2004] The sharpest image ever taken of a dust disk around another star has revealed structures in the disk which are signs of unseen planets.

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Space Station On-Orbit Status 13 August 2004 »» Space Station On-Orbit Status 13 August 2004

[Friday, August 13, 2004] "All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below.  Tonight our ISS crew will be seen on the big screen at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece, for the opening of the 2004 Summer Olympic Games."

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NASA Scientists Discover Ganymede Has A Lumpy Interior »» NASA Scientists Discover Ganymede Has A Lumpy Interior

[Friday, August 13, 2004] Scientists have discovered irregular lumps beneath the icy surface of Jupiter's largest moon, Ganymede. These irregular masses may be rock formations, supported by Ganymede's icy shell for billions of years.

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Chandra Catches Early Phase of Cosmic Assembly »» Chandra Catches Early Phase of Cosmic Assembly

[Friday, August 13, 2004] A NASA Chandra X-ray Observatory image has revealed a complex of several intergalactic hot gas clouds in the process of merging. The superb Chandra spatial resolution made it possible to distinguish individual galaxies from the massive clouds of hot gas.

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Progress Spacecraft Docks with International Space Station »» Progress Spacecraft Docks with International Space Station

[Saturday, August 14, 2004] An unpiloted Russian cargo ship linked up the International Space Station this morning to deliver almost three tons of food, fuel, oxygen, water and supplies to the residents onboard.

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NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center Selected as Program Office for Discovery and New Frontiers Initiatives to Explore the Solar System »» NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center Selected as Program Office for Discovery and New Frontiers Initiatives to Explore the Solar System

[Saturday, August 14, 2004] The Discovery and New Frontiers office provides opportunities for the science community to propose full investigations to be conducted under a fixed price cost cap - an initiative designed to address high-priority exploration initiatives.

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Mitigating Orbital Debris via Space Vehicle Disposals »» Mitigating Orbital Debris via Space Vehicle Disposals

[Saturday, August 14, 2004] Several US space missions have recently demonstrated their commitment to curtailing the growth of the orbital debris environment. The principal goals are to prevent debris generation by explosions and collisions.

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Cassini Discovers Two New Saturnian Moons »» Cassini Discovers Two New Saturnian Moons

[Monday, August 16, 2004] With eyes sharper than any that have peered at Saturn before, the Cassini spacecraft has uncovered two moons, which may be the smallest bodies so far seen around the ringed planet.

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TRMM Sees Rain From Hurricanes Fall Around the World »» TRMM Sees Rain From Hurricanes Fall Around the World

[Tuesday, August 17, 2004] The TRMM satellite offers the best measurements of how and where rain falls around tropical cyclones. This is because its orbit is low to the Earth, allowing more detailed information on storms, and it was designed to cover the tropics.

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NASA's New Astronauts Head for the Hills »» NASA's New Astronauts Head for the Hills

[Wednesday, August 18, 2004] NASA's new astronaut candidates, most of them recently back from the dunks and dips of water survival and basic flight training in Florida, now will head for the wilds of Maine for land survival training.

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Aerospace Industry Employment Increases After Falling to 50-Year Low »» Aerospace Industry Employment Increases After Falling to 50-Year Low

[Wednesday, August 18, 2004] The U.S. aerospace industry is hiring once again according to monthly Labor Department data compiled by AIA's Aerospace Research Center. Industry employment reached 579,800 in June after falling to a 50-year low of 568,700 in February.

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Milestones Set the Stage for Discovery's Return to Flight »» Milestones Set the Stage for Discovery's Return to Flight

[Wednesday, August 18, 2004] The pace of preparations for Return to Flight is picking up, with several key milestones in recent weeks marking important progress in readying the Space Shuttle Discovery for its next mission.

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Bedrock in Mars' Gusev Crater Hints at Watery Past »» Bedrock in Mars' Gusev Crater Hints at Watery Past

[Wednesday, August 18, 2004] Now that NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit is finally examining bedrock in the "Columbia Hills," it is finding evidence that water thoroughly altered some rocks in Mars' Gusev Crater.

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Cooking on a comet...? »» Cooking on a comet...?

[Thursday, August 19, 2004] One of the ingenious instruments on board Rosetta is designed to 'smell' the comet for different substances, analysing samples that have been 'cooked' in a set of miniature ovens.

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Genesis To Return With a Piece of the Sun »» Genesis To Return With a Piece of the Sun

[Thursday, August 19, 2004] NASA's Genesis spacecraft is set to swing by Earth and jettison a sample return capsule filled with particles of the Sun that may ultimately tell us more about the genesis of our solar system.

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Stafford-Covey Task Group Postpones August 26 Public Meeting »» Stafford-Covey Task Group Postpones August 26 Public Meeting

[Friday, August 20, 2004] The Stafford-Covey Return to Flight Task Group has postponed its planned August 26 public meeting. The next task group public meeting is planned for September.

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NASA to give progress update one year after CAIB report »» NASA to give progress update one year after CAIB report

[Friday, August 20, 2004] NASA officials will hold a series of telephone conferences for media on Thursday, August 26. They will discuss the progress made since the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) released its report August 26, 2003.

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Well-preserved layer of material ejected from Chesapeake Bay meteor-strike discovered »» Well-preserved layer of material ejected from Chesapeake Bay meteor-strike discovered

[Monday, August 23, 2004] People in Georgia's Dodge and Bleckley counties have for years picked up small pieces of natural glass called "Georgiaites," which were produced by an unknown asteroid or comet impact millions of years ago.

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Cassini-Huygens Mission Status Report 23 Aug 2004 »» Cassini-Huygens Mission Status Report 23 Aug 2004

[Monday, August 23, 2004] The Cassini spacecraft successfully completed a 51-minute engine burn that will raise its next closest approach distance to Saturn by nearly 300,000 kilometers (186,000 miles).

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Two Thirds of the Way to Mars »» Two Thirds of the Way to Mars

[Monday, August 23, 2004] Underway: Week 17 for Expedition 9.  And it's Day 128 in space for Expedition 9 (almost two-thirds of the way to Mars!).  Also: Day 1360 of permanent human station residency, and Day 2104 since first ISS launch (FGB).

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Beagle 2 Mission Report and Lessons Learned Released »» Beagle 2 Mission Report and Lessons Learned Released

[Tuesday, August 24, 2004] A six month internal investigation by the Beagle 2 Project Team has led to the publication of two open reports - "The Beagle 2 Mission Report" and a "Lessons Learned" report.

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NASA Chandra Produces Image of Exploded Star Cassiopeia A »» NASA Chandra Produces Image of Exploded Star Cassiopeia A

[Tuesday, August 24, 2004] A spectacular new image of Cassiopeia A released today from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has nearly 200 times more data than the "First Light" Chandra image of this object made five years ago.

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Periodic Dimming of Bright Starlight Reveals Distant Planet »» Periodic Dimming of Bright Starlight Reveals Distant Planet

[Tuesday, August 24, 2004] Scientists have made their first direct discovery of a planet orbiting a bright star using a network of small telescopes and the "transit method" of detection.

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Meteorites Supplied Earth Life with Phosphorus, Scientists Say »» Meteorites Supplied Earth Life with Phosphorus, Scientists Say

[Tuesday, August 24, 2004] University of Arizona scientists have discovered that meteorites, particularly iron meteorites, may have been critical to the evolution of life on Earth.

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Space houses on Earth »» Space houses on Earth

[Tuesday, August 24, 2004] An ESA-designed house could become the basis of the new German Antarctic station, Neumayer-III. The new station has to meet stringent laws set up to protect the Antarctic environment, which is where the use of space technology comes in.

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NASA Mars Odyssey Begins Overtime After Successfull Mission »» NASA Mars Odyssey Begins Overtime After Successfull Mission

[Wednesday, August 25, 2004] Odyssey begins working overtime today after completing a prime mission that discovered vast supplies of frozen water, ran a safety check for future astronauts, and mapped surface textures and minerals all over Mars, among other feats.

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NEO News: Closest Asteroid 2004 FU162 »» NEO News: Closest Asteroid 2004 FU162

[Wednesday, August 25, 2004] On March 31 2004 FU162 passed Earth at an altitude of only about 6500 km, the closest of any asteroid discovered by the Spaceguard Survey. This asteroid appears to be less than 10 m across.

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Radar test during MESSENGER launch may help shuttle's »» Radar test during MESSENGER launch may help shuttle's "Return to Flight"

[Wednesday, August 25, 2004] Radar tracking data gathered during the Delta II launch of the MESSENGER spacecraft earlier this month has provided promising results that may benefit NASA's Space Shuttle Program and Discovery's Return to Flight.

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Major NASA Extrasolar Planet Discovery Announcement Scheduled for August 31st »» Major NASA Extrasolar Planet Discovery Announcement Scheduled for August 31st

[Thursday, August 26, 2004] A team of planet-hunters will announce their discovery of a new class of planets beyond our solar system. Their discovery represents a significant and much-anticipated advance in the hunt for extra-solar planets.

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Latest Update to NASA's Shuttle Implementation Plan Available August 30 »» Latest Update to NASA's Shuttle Implementation Plan Available August 30

[Saturday, August 28, 2004] The latest version of "NASA's Implementation Plan for Space Shuttle Return to Flight and Beyond" will be released publicly Monday Aug. 30.

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Ignition threshold for impact-generated fires »» Ignition threshold for impact-generated fires

[Sunday, August 29, 2004] 65 million years ago, a 10 km wide asteroid or comet slammed into what is now the Yucatán peninsula setting into motion a chain of catastrophic events thought to precipitate the extinction of the dinosaurs and 75% of Earth's animal and plant life.

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Airdrop Test for Space Capsule Recovery Experiment Successfully Conducted »» Airdrop Test for Space Capsule Recovery Experiment Successfully Conducted

[Monday, August 30, 2004] The airdrop test of the instrumented Space Capsule Recovery Experiment (SRE) module was successfully conducted using a helicopter from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.

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A room with a view for the International Space Station »» A room with a view for the International Space Station

[Monday, August 30, 2004] Development phase completion of the European-built observation module, or "cupola", for the International Space Station will be marked by a ceremony at the Alenia Spazio facility in Turin, Italy on Monday 6 September.

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Guinness World Records Recognizs NASA X-43A Speed Record »» Guinness World Records Recognizs NASA X-43A Speed Record

[Monday, August 30, 2004] Using a scramjet engine, the unpiloted, 12 foot-long aircraft achieved Mach 6.83 -- almost seven times the speed of sound - - or nearly 5,000 mph, in a March 27 flight.

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Neptune-sized Extrasolar Planet Discovered »» Neptune-sized Extrasolar Planet Discovered

[Tuesday, August 31, 2004] "The highlight of the work is the fact that the newly discovered planet, rho-1 Cancri e, has a minimum mass of only 14 Earth masses, and a most likely mass of just 18 Earth masses - about the mass of Neptune. "

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Fred Whipple, World-renowned Harvard and Smithsonian Astronomer, Dies »» Fred Whipple, World-renowned Harvard and Smithsonian Astronomer, Dies

[Tuesday, August 31, 2004] Dr. Fred Lawrence Whipple, the oldest living American astronomer and one of the last giants of 20th century astronomy, passed away yesterday at the age of 97 following a prolonged illness.

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New class of extrasolar planets discovered: new era for planet hunting »» New class of extrasolar planets discovered: new era for planet hunting

[Tuesday, August 31, 2004] "Our ability to find planets in the Neptune-mass range tips the scales for finding other Earths sooner rather than later," said Paul Butler, lead author of one of two papers announcing the discoveries of Neptune-mass extrasolar planets.

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Space Station, Satellite Get Images of Frances as NASA Prepares for Storm »» Space Station, Satellite Get Images of Frances as NASA Prepares for Storm

[Tuesday, August 31, 2004] NASA is keeping a close watch over Hurricane Frances as it churns toward the United States. International Space Station cameras are capturing spectacular images of the storm from above.

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NASA Genesis Spacecraft Homeward Bound »» NASA Genesis Spacecraft Homeward Bound

[Tuesday, August 31, 2004] In a dramatic ending that marks a beginning in scientific research, Genesis is set to swing by Earth and jettison a sample return capsule filled with particles of the Sun that may ultimately tell us more about the genesis of our Solar System.

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NASA Human & Robotic Technology BAA NOI's Selected for Full Proposals »» NASA Human & Robotic Technology BAA NOI's Selected for Full Proposals

[Tuesday, August 31, 2004] NASA's Office of Exploration Systems has announced a listing of Notices of Intent (NOI) letters submitted in response to the Human & Robotic Technology BAA which have been selected to submit full proposals.

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