August 2007 Top Story Archives



Digitized Apollo Flight Films Available Online »» Digitized Apollo Flight Films Available Online

[Wednesday, August 1, 2007] Nearly 40 years after man first walked on the Moon, the complete lunar photographic record from the Apollo project will be accessible to both researchers and the general public on the Internet.

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Uncovering the Veil Nebula »» Uncovering the Veil Nebula

[Wednesday, August 1, 2007] Hubble has photographed three magnificent sections of the Veil Nebula Ė the shattered remains of a supernova that exploded some 5-10,000 years ago.

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Circumstellar space: Where chemistry happens for the very first time »» Circumstellar space: Where chemistry happens for the very first time

[Wednesday, August 1, 2007] Picture a cool place, teeming with a multitude of hot bodies twirling about in rapidly changing formations of singles and couples, partners and groups, constantly dissolving and reforming.

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Ecliptic Celebrates a Decade of Successful RocketCam(TM) Launches »» Ecliptic Celebrates a Decade of Successful RocketCam(TM) Launches

[Thursday, August 2, 2007] Ten years ago today was the first successful launch of the popular RocketCam(TM) video system onboard a Delta II rocket, launching NASA's Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) spacecraft from Florida.

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NASA New Horizons: The PI's Perspective: Outbound at 7 AU »» NASA New Horizons: The PI's Perspective: Outbound at 7 AU

[Thursday, August 2, 2007] "Since I last wrote here, in mid-June, New Horizons has continued its speedy journey from Jupiter's orbit (at 5.2 astronomical units) toward Saturn's at 9.5 AU."

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Spirit Sees Dustier Sky »» Spirit Sees Dustier Sky

[Thursday, August 2, 2007] As of Thursday, July 26, NASA rovers Spirit and Opportunity are both enduring levels of reduced power supply. The rovers can survive at these levels, but NASA continues to sharply restrict their activities.

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Concern Increasing About Opportunity »» Concern Increasing About Opportunity

[Thursday, August 2, 2007] Rover engineers are growing increasingly concerned about the temperature of vital electronics on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity while the rover stays nearly inactive due to a series of dust storms that has lasted for more than a month.

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Cassini Finds Possible Origin of One of Saturn's Rings »» Cassini Finds Possible Origin of One of Saturn's Rings

[Thursday, August 2, 2007] Cassini scientists may have identified the source of one of Saturn's more mysterious rings. Saturn's G ring likely is produced by relatively large, icy particles that reside within a bright arc on the ring's inner edge.

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Online Registration Now Open for $9,000 Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award »» Online Registration Now Open for $9,000 Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award

[Thursday, August 2, 2007] The X PRIZE Foundation announced the availability of online registration for a new education competition designed to interest students in space, science and technology.

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Successful Jules Verne rendezvous simulation at ATV Control Centre »» Successful Jules Verne rendezvous simulation at ATV Control Centre

[Friday, August 3, 2007] For the first time, 3 human spaceflight mission control centres - located in 3 countries - have this week successfully simulated the critical rendezvous of the Automated Transfer Vehicle, the largest and most complex automatic spacecraft, with the ISS.

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Planet Orbiting a Giant Red Star Discovered with Hobby-Eberly Telescope »» Planet Orbiting a Giant Red Star Discovered with Hobby-Eberly Telescope

[Friday, August 3, 2007] A planet orbiting a giant red star has been discovered by an astronomy team led by Penn State's Alex Wolszczan, who in 1992 discovered the first planets ever found outside our solar system.

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Conference Report, 21st Century Competitiveness Act, 2007 (NASA Excerpts) »» Conference Report, 21st Century Competitiveness Act, 2007 (NASA Excerpts)

[Friday, August 3, 2007] "The National Aeronautics and Space Administration shall be a full participant in any interagency effort to promote innovation and economic competitiveness ..."

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NASA Extends Space Shuttle Main Engine Contract »» NASA Extends Space Shuttle Main Engine Contract

[Friday, August 3, 2007] NASA has signed a $975 million contract extension with Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne Inc., of Canoga Park, Calif., to maintain the agency's fleet of space shuttle main engines until the orbiter is retired in 2010.

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NASA's Space Shuttle Mission Postponed by 24 Hours »» NASA's Space Shuttle Mission Postponed by 24 Hours

[Friday, August 3, 2007] The launch of space shuttle Endeavour on mission STS-118 has been postponed 24 hours to allow the shuttle processing team additional time to complete routine work before liftoff. The new launch is targeted for Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 6:36 p.m. EDT.

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NASA Spacecraft Heads for Polar Region on Mars »» NASA Spacecraft Heads for Polar Region on Mars

[Saturday, August 4, 2007] NASA's Phoenix Mars Mission blasted off Saturday, aiming for a May 25, 2008, arrival at the Red Planet and a close-up examination of the surface of the northern polar region.

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Star Caught Smoking - VLTI Snapshots Dusty Puff Around Variable Star »» Star Caught Smoking - VLTI Snapshots Dusty Puff Around Variable Star

[Saturday, August 4, 2007] Using Very Large Telescope Interferometer, astronomers have detected a huge cloud of dust around a star. This observation is further evidence for the theory that such stellar puffs are the cause of the repeated extreme dimming of the star.

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Black Holes in Feeding Frenzy »» Black Holes in Feeding Frenzy

[Saturday, August 4, 2007] Two UH astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope believe they have identified what makes at least some quasars shine: the black hole at the center of a massive galaxy with little gas of its own is gobbling up material from a colliding gas-rich galaxy.

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Photos From Space: What Astronaut Clay Anderson Is Reading »» Photos From Space: What Astronaut Clay Anderson Is Reading

[Saturday, August 4, 2007] It's getting harder and harder to find interesting things in the photos sent back from the International Space Station.

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A Side of Mercury Not Seen By Mariner 10 »» A Side of Mercury Not Seen By Mariner 10

[Saturday, August 4, 2007] "Evident are the large crater Mozart shadowed on the terminator, fresh rayed craters, and other albedo features keyed to topography and radar reflectivity, including the putative huge "Basin S'' on the limb."

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The Planet, the Galaxy and the Laser - Inspiring Images from Paranal »» The Planet, the Galaxy and the Laser - Inspiring Images from Paranal

[Monday, August 6, 2007] On the night of 21 July, ESO astronomer Yuri Beletsky took images of the night sky above Paranal, the 2600m high mountain in the Chilean Atacama Desert home to ESO's Very Large Telescope.

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Letter from NASA Astronaut and STS-118 Commander Scott Kelly Regarding Media Coverage of Astronaut Health Committee »» Letter from NASA Astronaut and STS-118 Commander Scott Kelly Regarding Media Coverage of Astronaut Health Committee

[Monday, August 6, 2007] "My understanding and that of the rest of my crew with regard to NASAís policy on alcohol and flying aircraft, or spacecraft, was no different before this panelís report was released than it is now. It simply does not happen."

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Groundbreaking Digital Experience for Endeavour Shuttle Launch »» Groundbreaking Digital Experience for Endeavour Shuttle Launch

[Monday, August 6, 2007] For the first time, people around the world can view 3-D images of the space shuttle Endeavour and surrounding buildings at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida before it launches into space, through a collaboration between Microsoft Corp. and NASA.

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Largest Transiting Extrasolar Planet Found Around A Distant Star »» Largest Transiting Extrasolar Planet Found Around A Distant Star

[Monday, August 6, 2007] An international team of astronomers with the Trans-atlantic Exoplanet Survey announce today the discovery of TrES-4, a new extrasolar planet in the constellation of Hercules.

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NASA Denies Making Orion Water Landing Decision - and Deleting Touchdowns on Land »» NASA Denies Making Orion Water Landing Decision - and Deleting Touchdowns on Land

[Monday, August 6, 2007] According to a short statement from NASA PAO to NASAWatch.com/SpaceRef.com - one corroborated with ESMD Deputy AA Doug Cooke): "NASA has not abandoned the concept of land re-entries. The decision has not been made."

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NASA KSC Solicitation: Construction of the Constellation Crew Launch Vehicle Mobile Launcher »» NASA KSC Solicitation: Construction of the Constellation Crew Launch Vehicle Mobile Launcher

[Monday, August 6, 2007] This RFP is for the construction of the Constellation CLV ML. This acquisition will be conducted as a negotiated full and open competition.

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The Galaxy Zoo welcomes a flood of visitors »» The Galaxy Zoo welcomes a flood of visitors

[Tuesday, August 7, 2007] A new scientific project, called the Galaxy Zoo, is celebrating the enrollment of its first 85,000 participants, exploring the distant Universe via the Internet.

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Monster Galaxy Pileup Sighted »» Monster Galaxy Pileup Sighted

[Tuesday, August 7, 2007] The clashing galaxies, spotted by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the WIYN Telescope, will eventually merge into a single, behemoth galaxy up to 10 times as massive as our own Milky Way.

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First Light for Word's Largest 'Thermometer Camera' »» First Light for Word's Largest 'Thermometer Camera'

[Tuesday, August 7, 2007] The world's largest bolometer camera for submillimetre astronomy is now in service at the 12-m APEX telescope, located on the 5100m high Chajnantor plateau in the Chilean Andes.

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Internal NASA Memo: NASA Messages »» Internal NASA Memo: NASA Messages

[Tuesday, August 7, 2007] "We are asking that you use the Core Message: "NASA explores for answers that power our future," in the text of your communications material and that it be used verbatim. "

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NASA Solicits Input for Commercial Space Transportation Services »» NASA Solicits Input for Commercial Space Transportation Services

[Tuesday, August 7, 2007] NASA has issued a Request for Information soliciting ideas and feedback to help shape the plan to procure safe, cost effective, and reliable logistics services to the International Space Station and other payload launch services.

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Two Telescopes Combine to Probe Young Family of Stars »» Two Telescopes Combine to Probe Young Family of Stars

[Wednesday, August 8, 2007] A spectacular new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope uncovers a small group of young stellar "siblings" in the southern portion of the Serpens cloud - located approximately 848 light-years away from Earth.

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Sally Ride Science Launches Blog to Help Teachers Fuel Students' Interest in Science »» Sally Ride Science Launches Blog to Help Teachers Fuel Students' Interest in Science

[Wednesday, August 8, 2007] When the Space Shuttle Endeavor blasts off for its 12-day mission in space, teachers and students can follow the activities of NASA astronaut and teacher Barbara Morgan through the Sally Ride Science blog.

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Tanking Begins as the Countdown for STS-118 Continues »» Tanking Begins as the Countdown for STS-118 Continues

[Wednesday, August 8, 2007] It's launch day at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where Space Shuttle Endeavour and her crew of seven astronauts are undergoing final preparations for the STS-118 mission to the International Space Station.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour Launched on STS-118 Mission »» Space Shuttle Endeavour Launched on STS-118 Mission

[Wednesday, August 8, 2007] Cheers and shouts can be heard throughout the Space Center as Endeavour, carrying the STS-118 crew, roars off the launch pad into the late afternoon sky to begin the 22nd mission to the International Space Station.

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SEDS 'Got Vision' Space Art Contest Now Accepting Submissions »» SEDS 'Got Vision' Space Art Contest Now Accepting Submissions

[Thursday, August 9, 2007] The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) today formally announced the opening of submissions for a nation-wide all-student space art contest.

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Registration Opens for New NASA Engineering Design Challenge: Lunar Plant Growth Chamber »» Registration Opens for New NASA Engineering Design Challenge: Lunar Plant Growth Chamber

[Thursday, August 9, 2007] As space shuttle Endeavour and 10 million cinnamon basil seeds are set to launch on a mission to the International Space Station, NASA has opened registration for the Lunar Plant Growth Chamber challenge.

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Endeavour Undergoes Heat Shield Inspection »» Endeavour Undergoes Heat Shield Inspection

[Thursday, August 9, 2007] The crew of the space shuttle Endeavour was awakened for its first full day in orbit at 8:37 a.m. EDT by the song "Where My Heart Will Take Me," performed by Russell Watson. It was played for Mission Specialist Rick Mastracchio.

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GAO Report: NASA: Progress Made on Strategic Human Capital Management, but Future Program Challenges Remain »» GAO Report: NASA: Progress Made on Strategic Human Capital Management, but Future Program Challenges Remain

[Thursday, August 9, 2007] Recently, NASA has been improving its workforce planning information technology matching program requirements with human capital resources. Some centers have been critical of the systems' performance, but others find these tools useful.

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Astronomers Spot Brightest Galaxies in the Distant Universe »» Astronomers Spot Brightest Galaxies in the Distant Universe

[Thursday, August 9, 2007] By combining the capabilities of several telescopes, astronomers have spotted extremely bright galaxies hiding in the distant, young universe.

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Astronauts to Conduct Study of Bacterial Growth in Space »» Astronauts to Conduct Study of Bacterial Growth in Space

[Thursday, August 9, 2007] When space shuttle Endeavour rocketed into space yesterday, it took along a common microorganism normally found in the upper respiratory tract of approximately 40 percent of the healthy human population.

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NASA Administrator Announces Senior Leadership Appointments »» NASA Administrator Announces Senior Leadership Appointments

[Friday, August 10, 2007] On Friday, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin named Richard J. Gilbrech as associate administrator for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. Griffin also named Robert D. Cabana to replace Gilbrech as center director at Stennis.

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NASA STS-118 Status Report #05  Friday, Aug. 10, 2007 - 6:00 p.m. CDT »» NASA STS-118 Status Report #05 Friday, Aug. 10, 2007 - 6:00 p.m. CDT

[Friday, August 10, 2007] The crew of Space Shuttle Endeavour joined forces with the International Space Station crew this afternoon at 3:04 p.m. CDT when STS-118 Commander Scott Kelly floated into the Destiny Laboratory followed by the rest of his crew.

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NASA'S Mars-Bound Phoenix Adjusts Course Successfully »» NASA'S Mars-Bound Phoenix Adjusts Course Successfully

[Friday, August 10, 2007] NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander today accomplished the first and largest of six course corrections planned during the spacecraft's flight from Earth to Mars.

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Swift Trigger 28742: False trigger due to star tracker loss »» Swift Trigger 28742: False trigger due to star tracker loss

[Friday, August 10, 2007] At 19:54 UT, Swift suffered a loss of star tracker lock, and the Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) then interpreted Sco X-1 as a GRB (trigger=287421). Star tracker recovery is currently underway.

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STS-118 and Expedition 15 Crews Conducting Joint Operations »» STS-118 and Expedition 15 Crews Conducting Joint Operations

[Saturday, August 11, 2007] The STS-118 and Expedition 15 crews are conducting joint operations aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station. Also, the crew activated the Station-to-Shuttle Power Transfer System (SSPTS) at 5:17 p.m. EDT Friday.

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NASA Awards First Stage Contract for Ares Rockets »» NASA Awards First Stage Contract for Ares Rockets

[Saturday, August 11, 2007] NASA has signed a $1.8 billion contract with Alliant Techsystems, known as ATK, located near Brigham City, Utah, for the design, development, testing, and evaluation of the first stage of the Ares I and Ares V launch vehicles.

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Space-to-ground Conversation with NASA Space Shuttle Endeavour and Educator Astronaut Barbara Morgan »» Space-to-ground Conversation with NASA Space Shuttle Endeavour and Educator Astronaut Barbara Morgan

[Saturday, August 11, 2007] The crew of the STS-118 space shuttle mission, including Educator Astronaut Barbara Morgan, will have a space-to-ground conversation with an audience at the Discovery Center of Idaho.

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Spacewalkers Install S5 Truss, Work Ahead of Schedule »» Spacewalkers Install S5 Truss, Work Ahead of Schedule

[Saturday, August 11, 2007] The crew quickly went to work after starting the excursion at 12:28 p.m. EDT. With spacewalkers Rick Mastracchio and Dave Williams assisting, Pilot Charles Hobaugh used the stationís robotic arm to attach the S5 about 1:35 p.m.

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NASA STS-118 Status Report #08  Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 6:30 a.m. CDT »» NASA STS-118 Status Report #08 Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 6:30 a.m. CDT

[Sunday, August 12, 2007] Space shuttle Endeavour crew members will take a close look at areas of apparent damage to the orbiter’s thermal protection system in a focused inspection today.

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NEEMO Topside Report - Mission Days 4 & 5 »» NEEMO Topside Report - Mission Days 4 & 5

[Sunday, August 12, 2007] "We have shifted gears from evaluations of center of gravity and optimal weight for future lunar space suits, to life sciences experiments and crew autonomous exploration operations."

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Meet the New Horizons Pluto Pals! »» Meet the New Horizons Pluto Pals!

[Monday, August 13, 2007] New Horizons wasn't the only voyage launched on January 19, 2006 - this week we welcome the "Pluto Pals" to the New Horizons team, five kids who were born on the same day our spacecraft embarked on its historic journey the outer solar system.

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Idaho Educator Makes Long Distance Phone Call from Space »» Idaho Educator Makes Long Distance Phone Call from Space

[Monday, August 13, 2007] NASA Astronaut and teacher Barbara R. Morgan, along with crew members Alvin Drew, Dave Williams and Clay Anderson, will make a special telephone call to Idaho students from the International Space Station, more than 200 miles above the Earth.

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Frigid Enceladus: an Unlikely Harbor for Life »» Frigid Enceladus: an Unlikely Harbor for Life

[Tuesday, August 14, 2007] A new model of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus may quell hopes of finding life there. Developed by researchers at the University of Illinois, the model explains the most salient observations on Enceladus without requiring the presence of liquid water.

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UQ researchers discover some of the oldest forms of life »» UQ researchers discover some of the oldest forms of life

[Tuesday, August 14, 2007] University of Queensland researchers have identified microbial remains in some of the oldest preserved organic matter on Earth, confirmed to be 3.5 billion years-old.

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NASA STS-118 Status Report #13 Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007 - 6:00 p.m. CDT »» NASA STS-118 Status Report #13 Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007 - 6:00 p.m. CDT

[Tuesday, August 14, 2007] In a first for the International Space Station, astronauts today installed a 7,000-pound storage platform using only the station and shuttle’s robotic arms.

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NASA STS-118 Status Report #14 Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007 - 5:30 a.m. CDT »» NASA STS-118 Status Report #14 Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007 - 5:30 a.m. CDT

[Wednesday, August 15, 2007] The third spacewalk of Endeavourís visit to the International Space Station will help lay groundwork for relocation of the Port 6 truss, upgrade a station voice communications system and retrieve materials experiments.

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Opportunity for the Use of the ISS by U.S. Non-government Entitites for Research and Development and Industrial Processing Purposes »» Opportunity for the Use of the ISS by U.S. Non-government Entitites for Research and Development and Industrial Processing Purposes

[Wednesday, August 15, 2007] The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to operate a share of U.S. accommodations on the International Space Station (ISS) as a national laboratory in accordance with the NASA Authorization Act of 2005.

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Star light, star bright: FSU facility duplicating conditions of supernovas »» Star light, star bright: FSU facility duplicating conditions of supernovas

[Wednesday, August 15, 2007] How is matter created? What happens when stars die? Is the universe shrinking, or is it expanding? For decades, scientists have been looking for answers to such "big picture" questions.

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Speeding Bullet Star Leaves Enormous Streak Across Sky »» Speeding Bullet Star Leaves Enormous Streak Across Sky

[Wednesday, August 15, 2007] NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer has spotted a surprisingly long comet-like tail behind a star streaking through space at supersonic speeds. The star, Mira is a fast-moving, older red giant that is shedding massive amounts of surface material.

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NEEMO 13 Topside Report - Mission Day 8 »» NEEMO 13 Topside Report - Mission Day 8

[Wednesday, August 15, 2007] In the last report we showed you some work going on near the habitat to prepare for work at a remote worksite. Today we'll follow the crew out to their worksites and see what they accomplished.

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Comet May Have Exploded Over North America 13,000 Years Ago »» Comet May Have Exploded Over North America 13,000 Years Ago

[Wednesday, August 15, 2007] New findings suggest that a large comet may have exploded over North America 12,900 years ago, explaining riddles that scientists have wrestled with for decades, including an abrupt cooling of much of the planet and the extinction of large mammals.

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Dark matter mystery deepens in cosmic 'train wreck' »» Dark matter mystery deepens in cosmic 'train wreck'

[Thursday, August 16, 2007] NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and optical telescopes have revealed a dark matter core that was mostly devoid of galaxies, which may pose problems for current theories of dark matter behavior.

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Crew Holds Class in Space, Prepares for Possible Repair Work »» Crew Holds Class in Space, Prepares for Possible Repair Work

[Thursday, August 16, 2007] The STS-118 and Expedition 15 crews are preparing for a possible spacewalk to repair damage on Space Shuttle Endeavour's thermal protection system. During the first half of the day, the crew held class in space for students on Earth.

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NASA STS-118 Status Report #17  8 p.m. CDT Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007 »» NASA STS-118 Status Report #17 8 p.m. CDT Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007

[Thursday, August 16, 2007] Endeavour’s crew was informed just before bedtime today that mission managers had decided not to call upon them to repair the shuttle’s heat shield.

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NASA STS-118 Status Report #18  Friday, August 17, 2007 - 4:30 a.m. CDT »» NASA STS-118 Status Report #18 Friday, August 17, 2007 - 4:30 a.m. CDT

[Friday, August 17, 2007] After mission managers decided on Thursday that no repair of Endeavour’s heat resistant tiles is necessary, astronauts today will work to prepare for a Saturday spacewalk much like the one initially planned.

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AIP FYI #87: Concerns Expressed Over Earth Science Funding, Data Continuity »» AIP FYI #87: Concerns Expressed Over Earth Science Funding, Data Continuity

[Friday, August 17, 2007] "We will enter the next decade with an [Earth] observing system that is substantially less capable than we had at the start of the 21st century," testified Eric Barron, Dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas, Austin.

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NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE Imagery Release 15 August 2007 »» NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE Imagery Release 15 August 2007

[Saturday, August 18, 2007] Onboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the HiRISE camera offers unprecedented image quality, giving us a view of the Red Planet in a way never before seen. It's the most powerful camera ever to leave Earth's orbit.

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NASA Eyes Current Sea Surface Temperatures For Hurricanes »» NASA Eyes Current Sea Surface Temperatures For Hurricanes

[Saturday, August 18, 2007] Sea surface temperatures are one of the key ingredients for tropical cyclone formation and they were warming up in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and eastern Atlantic Ocean by the middle of August.

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NASA STS-118 Execute Package FD11 »» NASA STS-118 Execute Package FD11

[Saturday, August 18, 2007] "We are looking forward to the EVA today. As you were briefed last night, the EVA will be shortened so that hatch closure can take place this evening. You will undock tomorrow morning."

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Planets like earth may have formed around other stars »» Planets like earth may have formed around other stars

[Saturday, August 18, 2007] The chemical fingerprint of a burned-out star indicates that Earth-like planets may not be rare in the universe and could give clues to what our solar system will look like when our sun dies some five billion years from now.

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NASA Announces Education Research Program Award Recipients »» NASA Announces Education Research Program Award Recipients

[Saturday, August 18, 2007] NASA has awarded more than $17 million to institutions nationwide to help make significant contributions to the research and technology priorities of the agency.

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Astronauts Conducting STS-118's Fourth Spacewalk »» Astronauts Conducting STS-118's Fourth Spacewalk

[Saturday, August 18, 2007] Mission Specialist Dave Williams and Flight Engineer Clay Anderson are working outside the International Space Station. The spacewalk kicked off at 9:17 a.m. EDT and is scheduled to wrap up about 1:47 pm.

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NASA Arctic Mars Analog Svalbard Expedition Field Report (AMASE 2007): Arriving in Longyearbyen »» NASA Arctic Mars Analog Svalbard Expedition Field Report (AMASE 2007): Arriving in Longyearbyen

[Saturday, August 18, 2007] "I became more and more excited the closer I got to Longyearbyen, Svalbard. After a busy year working in the SAM Lab at NASA Goddard I am returning to the arctic as part of the Arctic Mars Analog Svalbard Expedition, otherwise known as AMASE 07."

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Endeavour Undocks from Space Station »» Endeavour Undocks from Space Station

[Sunday, August 19, 2007] Space Shuttle Endeavour undocked from the International Space Station at 7:56 a.m. EDT today, ending an almost nine-day stay at the orbital outpost for the STS-118 crew.

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NASA STS-118 Shuttle Mission Imagery: Hurricane Dean »» NASA STS-118 Shuttle Mission Imagery: Hurricane Dean

[Sunday, August 19, 2007] A still photo close-up of the eye of Category 4 Hurricane Dean. Crewmembers on the Space Shuttle Endeavour captured this image around Noon CDT of Hurricane Dean in the Caribbean.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour Astronauts Prepare for Tuesday Landing »» Space Shuttle Endeavour Astronauts Prepare for Tuesday Landing

[Monday, August 20, 2007] The seven-member STS-118 crew is preparing for its return to Earth aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour after a successful stay at the International Space Station.

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Pioneering NASA Voyager Spacecraft Mark Thirty Years of Flight »» Pioneering NASA Voyager Spacecraft Mark Thirty Years of Flight

[Monday, August 20, 2007] NASA's two venerable Voyager spacecraft are celebrating three decades of flight as they head toward interstellar space. Their ongoing odysseys mark an unprecedented and historic accomplishment.

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Business Modernization: NASA Must Consider Agencywide Needs to Reap the Full Benefits of Its Enterprise Management System Modernization Effort »» Business Modernization: NASA Must Consider Agencywide Needs to Reap the Full Benefits of Its Enterprise Management System Modernization Effort

[Monday, August 20, 2007] Since GAO last reported on NASA's IEMP efforts, NASA implemented its IEMP contract management module and upgraded the software used for its core financial module.

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NASA OIG Audit of NASA's Management and Funding of Fiscal Year 2006 Congressional Earmarks »» NASA OIG Audit of NASA's Management and Funding of Fiscal Year 2006 Congressional Earmarks

[Monday, August 20, 2007] NASA's FY 2006 budget of $16.6 billion included 199 earmarks with congressionally directed finding of $568.2 million or 3.4 percent of the Agency's budget.

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Princeton scientists confirm long-held theory about source of sunshine »» Princeton scientists confirm long-held theory about source of sunshine

[Monday, August 20, 2007] A monumental experiment buried deep beneath the mountains of Italy has provided Princeton physicists with a clearer understanding of the sun's heart -- and of a mysterious class of subatomic particles born there.

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NASA's Space Shuttle Endeavour Set to Land Tuesday »» NASA's Space Shuttle Endeavour Set to Land Tuesday

[Monday, August 20, 2007] The space shuttle Endeavour crew, led by Commander Scott Kelly, is scheduled to complete a 13-day mission to the International Space Station with a landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

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Arecibo Observatory astronomers meet  to map out scientific research for the next decade »» Arecibo Observatory astronomers meet to map out scientific research for the next decade

[Monday, August 20, 2007] Cornell University's National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (NAIC) will host astronomers from around the world to discuss plans ≠for research - over a five- to 15-year time frame - at the Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.

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NASA Ames Research Center Starts Preparations for Hosting 2009 International Space University »» NASA Ames Research Center Starts Preparations for Hosting 2009 International Space University

[Monday, August 20, 2007] ISU recently celebrated its 20-year anniversary of providing graduate level training to the future leaders of the global space community.

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Use Microsoft Photosynth To Examine Space Shuttle Endeavour's Tiles »» Use Microsoft Photosynth To Examine Space Shuttle Endeavour's Tiles

[Tuesday, August 21, 2007] Prior to docking at the international space station the Space Shuttle Endeavour did a complete somersault enabling astronauts in the International Space Station to photograph the shuttle's bottom-side. The photos were then sent back to NASA for analysis.

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Astronauts Close Payload Bay Doors for Landing »» Astronauts Close Payload Bay Doors for Landing

[Tuesday, August 21, 2007] The STS-118 crew is making final preparations for its return to Earth aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour to complete a successful assembly mission to the International Space Station. Landing is scheduled for 12:32 p.m. EDT at Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

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NASA to Announce Contractor for Ares I Upper Stage Production »» NASA to Announce Contractor for Ares I Upper Stage Production

[Tuesday, August 21, 2007] NASA will host a news conference at 4 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Aug. 28, to announce the selection of a contractor for the upper stage element of the Ares I rocket that will help launch future human missions to the moon.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour Lands at Kennedy Space Center »» Space Shuttle Endeavour Lands at Kennedy Space Center

[Tuesday, August 21, 2007] Space Shuttle Endeavour touched down at Kennedy at 12:32 p.m., ending its mission to the International Space Station.

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Planetary Exploration Newsletter: NASA Science Mission Directorate Update - Alan Stern, Associate  Administrator/SMD »» Planetary Exploration Newsletter: NASA Science Mission Directorate Update - Alan Stern, Associate Administrator/SMD

[Wednesday, August 22, 2007] "... when I arrived at SMD in April, I came with a set of specific goals that apply across all four of SMD's science themes - astrophysics, planetary, heliophysics, and Earth science."

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NASA, U.S. Forest Service Partner On Wildfire Imaging Mission »» NASA, U.S. Forest Service Partner On Wildfire Imaging Mission

[Wednesday, August 22, 2007] The West Coast has suffered extreme heat and drought this summer, leading to greater danger of wildfires. NASA and the U.S. Forest Service are testing aerospace agency-developed technologies to improve wildfire imaging and mapping capabilities.

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Successful re-ignition of Ion Engine C onboard Hayabusa »» Successful re-ignition of Ion Engine C onboard Hayabusa

[Wednesday, August 22, 2007] "On July 28, 2007 a series of the restoration works and a new operation sequence revived the ion engine C again, which are accelerating Hayabusa on behalf of the engines B and D aiming for the Earth return on 2010."

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SMART-1 diagnoses wrinkles and excess weight on the Moon »» SMART-1 diagnoses wrinkles and excess weight on the Moon

[Wednesday, August 22, 2007] Owing to SMART-1's high resolution and favourable illumination conditions during the satellite's scientific operations, data from Europe's lunar orbiter is helping put together a story linking geological and volcanic activity on the Moon.

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Thirty-Meter Telescope Project Receives $15 Million from Moore Foundation »» Thirty-Meter Telescope Project Receives $15 Million from Moore Foundation

[Wednesday, August 22, 2007] The California Institute of Technology and the Regents of the University of California have each received $7.5 million in additional funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for the development of the Thirty-Meter Telescope.

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Hubble Teams With Google to Bring The Cosmos Down to Earth »» Hubble Teams With Google to Bring The Cosmos Down to Earth

[Wednesday, August 22, 2007] Imagine cruising the heavens from your desktop and seeing all the spectacular images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Exploding stars and faraway galaxies are just a mouse click away through Sky in Google Earth.

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Hurricane Dean tracked from space »» Hurricane Dean tracked from space

[Wednesday, August 22, 2007] ESA satellites are tracking the path of Hurricane Dean as it rips across the Caribbean Sea carrying winds as high as 260 km/h. The hurricane, which has already claimed eight lives, is forecast to slam into Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Tuesday morning.

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Spirit Update: Dust from Martian Sky Accumulates on Solar Panels »» Spirit Update: Dust from Martian Sky Accumulates on Solar Panels

[Wednesday, August 22, 2007] Even though the Martian sky above Gusev Crater continued to clear, solar power levels on NASA's Spirit rover remained fairly constant as dust settling from the atmosphere accumulated on top of the solar panels.

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Total Lunar Eclipse Draws Attention Back to the Moon »» Total Lunar Eclipse Draws Attention Back to the Moon

[Wednesday, August 22, 2007] As August draws to an end, watchers of the night sky will be in for a treat. In the early morning hours of August 28, sky watchers across much of the world can look on as the Moon crosses in to the shadow of the Earth.

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XCOR Rockets onto Inc.'s »» XCOR Rockets onto Inc.'s "500 Fastest Growing Companies"

[Thursday, August 23, 2007] Like the rocket-powered aircraft it builds, XCOR Aerospace's business has taken off, earning it a spot on the prestigious Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies.

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Will Titan Lose Its Veil? »» Will Titan Lose Its Veil?

[Thursday, August 23, 2007] The question of whether Titan can retain its thick, organic atmosphere for the rest of its lifetime could hinge on how efficiently methane molecules were packed inside water "crates" during a period of the moon's formation.

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Flares From The Far Side of the Sun May Affect Space Weather of inner Planets »» Flares From The Far Side of the Sun May Affect Space Weather of inner Planets

[Thursday, August 23, 2007] Observations of solar flares by spacecraft at Mars, Venus and the Earth show that eruptions on the far side of the Sun may affect our "space weather" back on Earth.

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Could Enceladus' Icy Plumes Pose A Threat to Cassini? »» Could Enceladus' Icy Plumes Pose A Threat to Cassini?

[Thursday, August 23, 2007] On 12th March 2008, Cassini will swing by Saturn's moon Enceladus at an altitude of less than 100 kilometres at the point of closest approach.

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Exomars Exhibits Self-Control In Sampling Mars Terrain »» Exomars Exhibits Self-Control In Sampling Mars Terrain

[Thursday, August 23, 2007] Autonomous systems developed for ESA's ExoMars rover, which will allow it to analyse Martian terrain and identify the best point on rocks to drill for samples without need for human intervention.

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NASA and Internet Archive Team to Digitize Space Imagery »» NASA and Internet Archive Team to Digitize Space Imagery

[Thursday, August 23, 2007] NASA and Internet Archive are partnering to scan, archive and manage the agency's vast collection of photographs, film and video. The imagery will be available through the Internet and free to the public, historians, scholars, students, and researchers.

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Hubble Space Telescope Catches Uranus' Rings on Edge »» Hubble Space Telescope Catches Uranus' Rings on Edge

[Thursday, August 23, 2007] This series of images from Hubble shows how the ring system around the distant planet Uranus appears at ever more oblique (shallower) tilts as viewed from Earth - culminating in the rings being seen edge-on in three observing opportunities in 2007.

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NASA at 50: Looking for That Second Wind »» NASA at 50: Looking for That Second Wind

[Friday, August 24, 2007] NASA pushes ideas out based on what they think people understand. What they think is based on what they know. Given that most people at NASA are well over 30, the ideas they have are often out of synch with popular culture as a whole.

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AKARI's observations of asteroid Itokawa »» AKARI's observations of asteroid Itokawa

[Friday, August 24, 2007] The space-borne infrared observatory AKARI, observed asteroid Itokawa last month with its Infrared Camera. The data will be used to refine estimates of sizes of potentially hazardous asteroids in the future.

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Software Coordinates 19 Mirrors, Focuses James Webb Space Telescope »» Software Coordinates 19 Mirrors, Focuses James Webb Space Telescope

[Friday, August 24, 2007] Scientists and engineers have created and successfully tested a set of algorithms and software programs which are designed to enable the 19 individual mirrors comprising NASA's James Webb Space Telescope to function as one very sensitive telescope.

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NASA Spitzer Space Telescope Celebrates Fourth Anniversary with Celestial Fireworks »» NASA Spitzer Space Telescope Celebrates Fourth Anniversary with Celestial Fireworks

[Friday, August 24, 2007] A newly expanded image of the Helix nebula lends a festive touch to the fourth anniversary of the launch of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.†

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Tuesday's Total Lunar Eclipse Favors Far West »» Tuesday's Total Lunar Eclipse Favors Far West

[Sunday, August 26, 2007] The second total lunar eclipse of 2007 happens in the hours after midnight on Tuesday morning, August 28th. For North Americans, the event takes place with the Moon sinking low in the west before or during dawn.

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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Status Report: Camera Concern Resolved - More Than 3,000 Images Returned »» Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Status Report: Camera Concern Resolved - More Than 3,000 Images Returned

[Sunday, August 26, 2007] Diagnostic tests and months of stable, successful operation have resolved concerns raised early this year about long-term prospects for the powerful telescopic camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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NASA Mars Exploration Rovers Resume Driving »» NASA Mars Exploration Rovers Resume Driving

[Sunday, August 26, 2007] After six weeks of hunkering down during raging dust storms that limited solar power, both of NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, have resumed driving.

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FY 2009 Administration Research and Development Budget Priorities »» FY 2009 Administration Research and Development Budget Priorities

[Sunday, August 26, 2007] We have updated the Administration's research and development (R&D) priorities, which reflect input from both the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC).

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New Wide Field Near-Infrared Imager for ESO's Very Large Telescope »» New Wide Field Near-Infrared Imager for ESO's Very Large Telescope

[Sunday, August 26, 2007] Europe's flagship ground-based astronomical facility, the ESO VLT, has been equipped with a new 'eye' to study the Universe.

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NASA's Spirit Rover Surpasses '70s Superstar, the Viking 2 Lander »» NASA's Spirit Rover Surpasses '70s Superstar, the Viking 2 Lander

[Sunday, August 26, 2007] Spirit recently overtook the classic Viking 2 Lander's spot as the second-longest-lasting spacecraft on the surface of Mars: 1290 sols (martian days) and counting! Its twin Opportunity is climbing the charts, next up to take its place in the top three.

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NASA JSC Center Director Mike Coats' response to Sunday's Houston Chronicle op/ed »» NASA JSC Center Director Mike Coats' response to Sunday's Houston Chronicle op/ed

[Sunday, August 26, 2007] " ... an unbalanced and biased portrayal of NASA and the thousands of people working in our space program whose technological achievements have been a major contributor to the robust economy we enjoy and largely take for granted."

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NASA: Astronomers Pioneer New Method for Probing Matter »» NASA: Astronomers Pioneer New Method for Probing Matter

[Monday, August 27, 2007] Using X-ray satellites, astronomers have seen Einstein's predicted distortion of space-time around three neutron stars, and in doing so they have pioneered a groundbreaking technique for determining the properties of these ultradense objects.

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Scientists Glean Turbulent Lessons From Saturn's Moon Titan »» Scientists Glean Turbulent Lessons From Saturn's Moon Titan

[Tuesday, August 28, 2007] Researchers on both sides of the Atlantic are finding new ways to understand the phenomenon-both in Earth's atmosphere and in that of Saturn's moon Titan, aided by data gathered from the Cassini-Huygens probe.

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NASA Releases Results of O'Connor Safety Review »» NASA Releases Results of O'Connor Safety Review

[Tuesday, August 28, 2007] On Wednesday, Aug. 29, NASA will announce the results of a review conducted by NASA Chief of Safety and Mission Assurance Bryan O'Connor to evaluate allegations of improper alcohol use by astronauts.

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Findings of NASA Safety Review Following Astronaut Health Reviews »» Findings of NASA Safety Review Following Astronaut Health Reviews

[Wednesday, August 29, 2007] A NASA safety review has found no evidence to support claims that astronauts were impaired by alcohol when they flew in space.

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Water Vapor Seen 'Raining Down' On Young Star System »» Water Vapor Seen 'Raining Down' On Young Star System

[Thursday, August 30, 2007] NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected enough water vapor to fill the oceans on Earth five times inside the collapsing nest of a forming star system.

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New images reveal threatening conditions that two rovers face in giant Martian dust storm »» New images reveal threatening conditions that two rovers face in giant Martian dust storm

[Thursday, August 30, 2007] The mighty Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity continue to persevere in brutal conditions, as revealed in images of the sun they are sending home. The images show how opaque the Martian atmosphere has been in the face of a raging, two-month dust storm.

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HiRISE Camera Returns to View Dark Pit on Mars »» HiRISE Camera Returns to View Dark Pit on Mars

[Thursday, August 30, 2007] HiRISE has confirmed that a dark pit seen on Mars in an earlier HiRISE image really is a vertical shaft that cuts through lava flow on the flank of the Arsia Mons volcano. Such pits form on similar volcanoes in Hawaii and are called "pit craters."

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Astronaut, Cosmonaut and Private Space Travelers Assemble »» Astronaut, Cosmonaut and Private Space Travelers Assemble

[Thursday, August 30, 2007] On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of space travel, space travelers with a combined 415 days of space experience gathered in Croatia this past weekend to discuss the future of human spaceflight.

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Richard Covey to Succeed McCulley as USA President and CEO »» Richard Covey to Succeed McCulley as USA President and CEO

[Thursday, August 30, 2007] Richard O. Covey has been named to succeed Michael J. McCulley as President and Chief Executive Officer of United Space Alliance, effective September 28, 2007.

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NASA's Centennial Challenges to Advance Technologies »» NASA's Centennial Challenges to Advance Technologies

[Thursday, August 30, 2007] From Oct. 19 to 21, more than 20 teams from across the nation and around the world will compete for a total of $1,000,000 from NASA for the development of cutting-edge technologies.

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Up, Up and Away -- To Venus »» Up, Up and Away -- To Venus

[Thursday, August 30, 2007] Scientists hope to learn more about climate changes here on Earth by studying Venus. A prototype balloon could eventually study the planets surface and examine its atmosphere and the bizarre winds and chemistry within it.

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Eighth Continent Project to Integrate Space Business into Global Economy »» Eighth Continent Project to Integrate Space Business into Global Economy

[Thursday, August 30, 2007] The Eighth Continent Project, the world's most comprehensive program to integrate space technology and resources into the global economy, was launched here today at the Colorado School of Mines Center for Space Resources.

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