February 2008 Top Story Archives



Letter From President Bush Regarding The Fifth Anniversary of The Columbia Accident »» Letter From President Bush Regarding The Fifth Anniversary of The Columbia Accident

[Friday, February 1, 2008] "I send greetings to those commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy. Our Nation will forever honor the memory of the fallen crew."

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NASA and India Sign Agreement For Future Cooperation »» NASA and India Sign Agreement For Future Cooperation

[Friday, February 1, 2008] NASA Administrator Griffin and Indian Space Research Organization Chairman Nair signed a framework agreement establishing the terms for future cooperation between the two agencies in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes.

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Journey to Saturn From Your Computer »» Journey to Saturn From Your Computer

[Friday, February 1, 2008] Want a peek at Saturn as seen from space? A new interactive 3-D viewer that uses a game engine and allows users to travel to Saturn and see it the way the Cassini spacecraft sees it is now online.

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U.S. Announces New Space-based Earth Observation Activities »» U.S. Announces New Space-based Earth Observation Activities

[Friday, February 1, 2008] The Bush Administration today announced its plans for a significant enhancement of the Nation's civil Earth observation capabilities.

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International team establishes unique observatory in Antarctica »» International team establishes unique observatory in Antarctica

[Sunday, February 3, 2008] A team of scientists has succeeded in reaching the summit of Antarctica  also a monumental achievement for ground-based astronomy -- to establish a new astronomical observatory at Dome Argus on the highest point of the Antarctic Plateau.

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NASA/NSF/ILC Dover Inflatable Habitat Blog - January 2008 »» NASA/NSF/ILC Dover Inflatable Habitat Blog - January 2008

[Sunday, February 3, 2008] Engineers are starting to develop concepts for habitation modules that provide necessary protection and support in a package that's as light and compact as possible.

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Highlights of NASA's FY 2009 Budget Request by NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale »» Highlights of NASA's FY 2009 Budget Request by NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale

[Monday, February 4, 2008] The president's request for NASA is $17.6 billion, a 1.8 percent increase over the FY2008 enacted budget, along with a steady, five-year runout that includes an increase each year of around 2.4 percent.

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ESA presents Mars in 3D »» ESA presents Mars in 3D

[Tuesday, February 5, 2008] Mars is about to come into 3D focus as never before, thanks to the data from the Mars Express High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC).

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A Budget Message from Alan Stern Associate Administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate »» A Budget Message from Alan Stern Associate Administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate

[Tuesday, February 5, 2008] "Although there was good news to talk about then, I could not discuss the content of the President's FY09 budget request and what that budget portends for SMD."

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Gargantuan galaxy NGC 1132: a cosmic fossil? »» Gargantuan galaxy NGC 1132: a cosmic fossil?

[Tuesday, February 5, 2008] Hubble has captured a new image of the galaxy NGC 1132 which is, most likely, a cosmic fossil the aftermath of an enormous multi-galactic pile-up, where the carnage of collision after collision has built up a brilliant but fuzzy giant elliptical galaxy.

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STS-122 Launch Day Dawns, Tanking Complete »» STS-122 Launch Day Dawns, Tanking Complete

[Thursday, February 7, 2008] Liftoff is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. EST. However, forecasters expect a cold front to move over Kennedy around launch time, bringing with it clouds and storms, resulting in only a 30-percent chance of good weather for liftoff.

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MESSENGER Team Begins Planning for Second Mercury Encounter »» MESSENGER Team Begins Planning for Second Mercury Encounter

[Thursday, February 7, 2008] Little more than three weeks after MESSENGER's first historic flyby of Mercury, the team this week began mapping out its trajectory and observation plans for the probe's second pass of the planet this fall.

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X PRIZE Foundation Announces  Official Contenders in Private Moon Race »» X PRIZE Foundation Announces Official Contenders in Private Moon Race

[Thursday, February 7, 2008] The X PRIZE Foundation will announce the first group of teams registered to compete for the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE on Thursday, Feb. 21 at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA. A new preferred partner will also be announced.

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Astronauts Aboard Atlantis, Weather Watched Closely »» Astronauts Aboard Atlantis, Weather Watched Closely

[Thursday, February 7, 2008] Weather Officer Kathy Winters now forecasts a slightly improved 40-percent chance that weather will allow an on-time liftoff this afternoon at 2:45 p.m.

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NASA Calls for Suggestions to Re-Name Future Telescope Mission »» NASA Calls for Suggestions to Re-Name Future Telescope Mission

[Thursday, February 7, 2008] NASA announced Thursday that members of the general public from around the world will have a chance to suggest a new name for the cutting edge Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, otherwise known as GLAST

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Atlantis Launches Carrying the STS-122 Crew »» Atlantis Launches Carrying the STS-122 Crew

[Thursday, February 7, 2008] Cheers and shouts can be heard throughout the space center as Atlantis, carrying the STS-122 crew and Columbus Laboratory, roars off the launch pad into the mid-afternoon sky to begin the 24th mission to the International Space Station.

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NASA STS-122 Report #01  Thursday, February 7, 2008 - 4:30 p.m. CST »» NASA STS-122 Report #01 Thursday, February 7, 2008 - 4:30 p.m. CST

[Friday, February 8, 2008] Seven years to the day after the first laboratory was launched to the International Space Station, the Space Shuttle Atlantis roared into space this afternoon with the second, the European Space Agency's Columbus lab.

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NASA's Deep Impact Begins Hunt For Alien Worlds »» NASA's Deep Impact Begins Hunt For Alien Worlds

[Friday, February 8, 2008] NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft is aiming its largest telescope at five stars in a search for alien (exosolar) planets as it enters its extended mission, called EPOXI.

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New Education Materials Available at NASA.gov »» New Education Materials Available at NASA.gov

[Friday, February 8, 2008] The Educational Materials section of NASA's Web site offers classroom activities, educator guides, posters and other types of resources that are available for use in the classroom. Materials are listed by type, grade level and subject.

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Dusty Disk Around Nearby Star May Hide Earth-like Planet »» Dusty Disk Around Nearby Star May Hide Earth-like Planet

[Friday, February 8, 2008] A recent survey by a team of Japanese astronomers may have found an Earth-like planet hidden in the dust around a nearby star.

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Scientists Study »» Scientists Study "Plumbing" in Plumes of Enceladus

[Friday, February 8, 2008] Scientists on the Cassini mission have become out-of-this world "plumbers" as they try to piece together what's happening inside the "pipes" feeding the plumes of Saturn's moon Enceladus.

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Expedition 16 Awaits Arrival of New Lab, Crew Member »» Expedition 16 Awaits Arrival of New Lab, Crew Member

[Saturday, February 9, 2008] With the successful launch of space shuttle Atlantis, the stage is set for changes at the International Space Station and for its crew.

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NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE Imagery Release 6 February 2008 »» NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE Imagery Release 6 February 2008

[Saturday, February 9, 2008] Steve Halla's class at Leap Academy Charter High School in Camden, NJ, suggested this image, a region near the intersection of Elysium Chasma and Hyblaeus Chasma. The class suggested the image might shed light on the mechanism(s) that formed it.

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NASA uses robot to test communication systems from Antarctica for future space missions »» NASA uses robot to test communication systems from Antarctica for future space missions

[Saturday, February 9, 2008] It's very flat, few rocks and actually a lot of ice in this case, he said during a presentation of the NASAbot to the McMurdo community. It's similar to Mars in that it'svery flat. You have different contour.

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Space Shuttle Atlantis Docks with the International Space Station »» Space Shuttle Atlantis Docks with the International Space Station

[Saturday, February 9, 2008] The Expedition 16 crew welcomed the STS-122 astronauts to the International Space Station for the first time after the hatches between the station and space shuttle Atlantis opened at 1:40 p.m. EST today.

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NASA STS-122 Report #07 Sunday, February 10, 2008 - 3:00 p.m. CST »» NASA STS-122 Report #07 Sunday, February 10, 2008 - 3:00 p.m. CST

[Sunday, February 10, 2008] Atlantis' crew spent the day performing a detailed inspection of the shuttle's thermal blanket over the right Orbital Maneuvering System pod as well as preparing for tomorrow's spacewalk.

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NASA STS-122 Report #08 Monday, February 11, 2008 - 5:30 a.m. CST »» NASA STS-122 Report #08 Monday, February 11, 2008 - 5:30 a.m. CST

[Monday, February 11, 2008] Installation and activation of the European Space Agency's science laboratory highlights the day as the crews of space shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station prepare for the first of three spacewalks.

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STS-122 Spacewalkers Prepare Columbus for Station Installation »» STS-122 Spacewalkers Prepare Columbus for Station Installation

[Monday, February 11, 2008] STS-122 Mission Specialists Rex Walheim and Stanley Love kicked off the mission's first spacewalk at 9:13 a.m. EST. The two astronauts will perform tasks to prepare Columbus for attachment to the station.

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NASA Assigns Crews for STS-127 and Expedition 19 Missions »» NASA Assigns Crews for STS-127 and Expedition 19 Missions

[Monday, February 11, 2008] NASA has assigned crews for the STS-127 space shuttle mission and the Expedition 19 International Space Station mission.

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Spitzer Catches Young Stars in Their Baby Blanket of Dust »» Spitzer Catches Young Stars in Their Baby Blanket of Dust

[Monday, February 11, 2008] Newborn stars peek out from beneath their natal blanket of dust in this dynamic image of the Rho Ophiuchi dark cloud from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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Next Generation Exploration Conference Convenes at NASA's Ames »» Next Generation Exploration Conference Convenes at NASA's Ames

[Monday, February 11, 2008] A group of emerging space leaders will gather at NASA's Ames Research Center from Feb. 12 to 15 to discuss innovative approaches to designing the future of space exploration.

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Preview of the maiden launch and docking of ESA's Jules Verne ATV »» Preview of the maiden launch and docking of ESA's Jules Verne ATV

[Monday, February 11, 2008] After the successful launch of ESA's Columbus laboratory aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis on Thursday (7 February), it is now time to focus on the next imminent milestone for ESA: the launch of Jules Verne, the first Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV).

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Former Boeing Engineer Charged with Economic Espionage in Theft of Space Shuttle Secrets for China »» Former Boeing Engineer Charged with Economic Espionage in Theft of Space Shuttle Secrets for China

[Monday, February 11, 2008] A former Boeing engineer was arrested after he stole Boeing trade secrets related to several aerospace programs, including the Space Shuttle.

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Astronomers Eye Ultra-Young, Bright Galaxy in Early Universe »» Astronomers Eye Ultra-Young, Bright Galaxy in Early Universe

[Tuesday, February 12, 2008] NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes have uncovered what may be one of the youngest and brightest galaxies ever seen in the middle of the cosmic "dark ages," just 700 million years after the beginning of our universe.

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NASA Announces COTS Phase I Demonstrations Selection »» NASA Announces COTS Phase I Demonstrations Selection

[Tuesday, February 12, 2008] NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate managers will host a media teleconference Tuesday, Feb. 19, to announce the names of one or more companies selected to develop and demonstrate commercial orbital transportation services.

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Real-time space radiation forecasting in place »» Real-time space radiation forecasting in place

[Wednesday, February 13, 2008] A new method for predicting the approach and intensity of hazardous particles from extreme solar events that would threaten astronauts and technology in space is now in place.

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House Committee on Science and Technology Examines FY09 NASA Budget »» House Committee on Science and Technology Examines FY09 NASA Budget

[Wednesday, February 13, 2008] Today, the U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology held its first hearing to review the proposal for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Fiscal Year 2009 budget request and NASA's proposed Fiscal Year 2008 Operating Plan.

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SOHO data used for real-time space radiation forecasting »» SOHO data used for real-time space radiation forecasting

[Wednesday, February 13, 2008] Scientists are now testing a new method that uses SOHO data to predict, in real-time, the approach and intensity of hazardous solar particles that would threaten astronauts and technology in space.

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Titan's surface organics surpass oil reserves on Earth »» Titan's surface organics surpass oil reserves on Earth

[Wednesday, February 13, 2008] Titan has hundreds of times more liquid hydrocarbons than all the known oil and natural gas reserves on Earth, according to new Cassini data. The hydrocarbons rain from the sky, collecting in vast deposits that form lakes and dunes.

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Possible Progenitor of Special Supernova Type Detected »» Possible Progenitor of Special Supernova Type Detected

[Wednesday, February 13, 2008] Using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, scientists have reported the possible detection of a binary star system that was later destroyed in a supernova explosion.

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Statement of NASA Administrator Michael Griffin 13 February 2008 »» Statement of NASA Administrator Michael Griffin 13 February 2008

[Wednesday, February 13, 2008] "Thank you for the opportunity to appear today to discuss the various aspects of the Space Program after the Shuttle is retired, including the status of space transportation in support of the International Space Station (ISS)."

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Space Experts Say: Restore Funding and Enhance International Outreach to Put Humans on Mars While Sustaining NASA's Science Mission »» Space Experts Say: Restore Funding and Enhance International Outreach to Put Humans on Mars While Sustaining NASA's Science Mission

[Thursday, February 14, 2008] "NASA's program for human exploration must lead to Mars and beyond, and achieving that goal will require future presidents to embrace international collaboration and to fund NASA at a level that will also sustain its vital science programs."

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A newly discovered solar system contains scaled-down versions of Saturn and Jupiter »» A newly discovered solar system contains scaled-down versions of Saturn and Jupiter

[Thursday, February 14, 2008] A team of international astronomers reports in the Feb. 15 issue of Science the discovery of a solar system nearly 5,000 light years away with scaled-down versions of Jupiter and Saturn.

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NASA Updates Shuttle Target Launch Dates »» NASA Updates Shuttle Target Launch Dates

[Thursday, February 14, 2008] NASA officials on Thursday revised the target launch dates for space shuttle flights during the second half of 2008.

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Next Generation of Space Leaders Survey »» Next Generation of Space Leaders Survey

[Friday, February 15, 2008] " A little over a year ago, we asked the youth of the world to tell us what they think should happen within the next 50 years in regards to space."

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NASA's Ames Enables Commercial Weightless Aircraft Flights »» NASA's Ames Enables Commercial Weightless Aircraft Flights

[Friday, February 15, 2008] Commercial, weightless flights will be offered this weekend at Moffett Field, Calif., under the terms of an agreement with the Zero Gravity Corp, Las Vegas.

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First near-Earth triple asteroid discovered by Arecibo Observatory astronomers – a mere 7 million miles from Earth »» First near-Earth triple asteroid discovered by Arecibo Observatory astronomers – a mere 7 million miles from Earth

[Friday, February 15, 2008] Once considered just your average single asteroid, 2001 SN263 has now been revealed as the first near-Earth triple asteroid ever found.

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Take your classroom into space »» Take your classroom into space

[Friday, February 15, 2008] With Columbus laboratory attached to the International Space Station, this is a good time to come up with new ideas for experiments that can be carried out onboard the station to demonstrate the effects of weightlessness to young students.

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NASA MESSENGER News- One Month Ago ... »» NASA MESSENGER News- One Month Ago ...

[Friday, February 15, 2008] One month ago, on January 14, 2008, MESSENGER became the first spacecraft in over three decades to visit Mercury, snapping images of a large portion of the planet's surface previously unseen by spacecraft.

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Mars Rovers Sharpen Questions About Livable Conditions »» Mars Rovers Sharpen Questions About Livable Conditions

[Friday, February 15, 2008] Like salt used as a preservative, high concentrations of dissolved minerals in the wet, early-Mars environment known from discoveries by NASA's Opportunity rover may have thwarted any microbes from developing or surviving.

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NASA Sponsors Studies of Next Generation Astronomy Missions »» NASA Sponsors Studies of Next Generation Astronomy Missions

[Friday, February 15, 2008] NASA has selected 19 science teams to conduct yearlong studies of new concepts for its next generation of major observatories. The studies will help NASA make decisions about how it explores the heavens in the future.

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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 17 February 2008 »» NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 17 February 2008

[Sunday, February 17, 2008] All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below. Sunday --- Mission 1E Flight Day 11 (FD11). Dan Tani's 118th day in space (116 aboard ISS).

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Many, Perhaps Most, Nearby Sun-Like Stars May Form Rocky Planets »» Many, Perhaps Most, Nearby Sun-Like Stars May Form Rocky Planets

[Sunday, February 17, 2008] Astronomers have discovered that terrestrial planets might form around many, if not most, of the nearby sun-like stars in our galaxy. These new results suggest that worlds with potential for life might be more common than we thought.

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Space Shuttle Atlantis Departs ISS »» Space Shuttle Atlantis Departs ISS

[Monday, February 18, 2008] Space Shuttle Atlantis undocked from the International Space Station at 4:24 a.m. EST today, ending its almost-nine-day stay at the orbital outpost.

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NASA's Space Shuttle Atlantis Set to Land Wednesday »» NASA's Space Shuttle Atlantis Set to Land Wednesday

[Monday, February 18, 2008] The space shuttle Atlantis crew is expected to complete a 13-day mission to the International Space Station with a landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour Arrives at Launch Pad, Countdown Test Set »» Space Shuttle Endeavour Arrives at Launch Pad, Countdown Test Set

[Monday, February 18, 2008] After safely reaching its launch pad Monday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the space shuttle Endeavour now awaits its next major milestone for the upcoming STS-123 mission.

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NASA STS-122 Report #24  2 a.m. CST Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008 »» NASA STS-122 Report #24 2 a.m. CST Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008

[Tuesday, February 19, 2008] Atlantis' seven-member crew will complete the final preparations today for their return home, wrapping up their 13-day mission with a scheduled early Wednesday morning landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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NASA Announces COTS Phase I Demonstration Space Act Agreement with Orbital Sciences »» NASA Announces COTS Phase I Demonstration Space Act Agreement with Orbital Sciences

[Tuesday, February 19, 2008] According to NASA's Doug Cooke the winning proposal of the COTS-1 re-competition is Orbital Sciences Corporation.

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NASA Internal Memo: Orion DAC2 Architecture Closure Plan Rev E, 2/19/08 »» NASA Internal Memo: Orion DAC2 Architecture Closure Plan Rev E, 2/19/08

[Tuesday, February 19, 2008] This memorandum describes the process for closing the Orion architecture in DAC-2. It lists the open architecture issues, threats and opportunities and requirements issues that need to be addressed as well as the overall schedule for this activity.

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NASA Ames Conducts Tests of Kepler Mission Image Detectors »» NASA Ames Conducts Tests of Kepler Mission Image Detectors

[Tuesday, February 19, 2008] Sensitive detectors that may help find habitable planets orbiting distant stars as part of NASA's Kepler Mission are undergoing tests at Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

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Cassini Finds Mingling Moons May Share a Dark Past »» Cassini Finds Mingling Moons May Share a Dark Past

[Tuesday, February 19, 2008] Some of Saturn's moons are pock-marked, some seemingly dirty, others pristine, one spongy, one two-faced, some still spewing with activity and some seeming to be captured from the far reaches of the solar system.

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Space Shuttle Atlantis Lands at NASA Kennedy Space Center »» Space Shuttle Atlantis Lands at NASA Kennedy Space Center

[Wednesday, February 20, 2008] With Commander Steve Frick and Pilot Alan Poindexter at the controls, space shuttle Atlantis descended to a smooth landing at Kennedy Space Center, Fla

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NASA Updates Target Launch Date for Shuttle Discovery »» NASA Updates Target Launch Date for Shuttle Discovery

[Wednesday, February 20, 2008] NASA is targeting May 25 at 7:26 p.m. EDT for the launch of the space shuttle Discovery's STS-124 mission from the Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

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Powerful Explosions Suggest Neutron Star Missing Link »» Powerful Explosions Suggest Neutron Star Missing Link

[Wednesday, February 20, 2008] Observations from NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer have revealed that the youngest known pulsing neutron star has thrown a temper tantrum.

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Integral pinpoints stellar winds colliding at our cosmic doorstep »» Integral pinpoints stellar winds colliding at our cosmic doorstep

[Wednesday, February 20, 2008] ESA's Integral has made the first unambiguous discovery of high-energy X-rays coming from a rare massive star at our cosmic doorstep, Eta Carinae.

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NASA MidSTAR-1 Successful Technologies May Be Revolutionary »» NASA MidSTAR-1 Successful Technologies May Be Revolutionary

[Wednesday, February 20, 2008] Two new technologies launched onboard a U.S. Naval Academy satellite called MidSTAR-1 have proven successful in their tests in space. One technology is a sensor that can check for harmful chemicals and the other is a special "film" that can control heat.

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Department of Defense Background Briefing on the Satellite Intercept Attempt »» Department of Defense Background Briefing on the Satellite Intercept Attempt

[Wednesday, February 20, 2008] "We're pretty comfortable right now that we'll have windows available to us through about the 29th or 30th. And then after that it will really start to become, let's say, more ambiguous, because we're trying to predict the weather out that far. "

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NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Responses to Questions from NASA Watch Feb. 20, 2008 »» NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Responses to Questions from NASA Watch Feb. 20, 2008

[Thursday, February 21, 2008] Editor's note; Several days ago I submitted some questions to NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate regarding progress in the Ares 1 & V and Orion programs.

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The X PRIZE Foundation Announces Official Contenders in Private Moon Race »» The X PRIZE Foundation Announces Official Contenders in Private Moon Race

[Friday, February 22, 2008] The X PRIZE Foundation and Google, Inc. today announced the first ten teams to register for the Google Lunar X PRIZE, a robotic race to the Moon to win a remarkable $30 million in prizes.

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NASA Internal Memo From Wayne Hale to the Space Shuttle Team »» NASA Internal Memo From Wayne Hale to the Space Shuttle Team

[Friday, February 22, 2008] "In the last few days the agency has asked me to take on an urgent and important job which will be very important for our long range intentions to succeed in these bigger goals of returning to the moon and then sending people on to explore Mars."

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Ulysses mission coming to a natural end »» Ulysses mission coming to a natural end

[Friday, February 22, 2008] Ulysses, the mission to study the Sun's poles and the influence of our star on surrounding space is coming to an end. After more than 17 years in space - almost four times its expected lifetime.

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NASA to Release Enhanced Radar Imagery of Lunar South Pole »» NASA to Release Enhanced Radar Imagery of Lunar South Pole

[Friday, February 22, 2008] NASA scientists have obtained the highest resolution terrain mapping to date of the moon's rugged south polar region and will discuss the imagery Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the 3rd Space Exploration Conference in Denver.

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The light and dark of Venus »» The light and dark of Venus

[Saturday, February 23, 2008] Venus Express has revealed a planet of extraordinarily changeable and extremely large-scale weather. Bright hazes appear in a matter of days.

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UN Flag to Fly to the International Space Station »» UN Flag to Fly to the International Space Station

[Monday, February 25, 2008] Symbolizing its commitment to the ideals of international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space, the Republic of Korea's first astronaut will carry a United Nations flag during his historic flight in April 2008.

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New Horizons Crosses 9 AU »» New Horizons Crosses 9 AU

[Monday, February 25, 2008] New Horizons passed a planetary milepost today (21 Feb) at 5 a.m. EST when it reached a distance of 9 astronomical units (AU) from the Sun - about 836.6 million miles, or nine times the distance from the Earth to the Sun.

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Satellite Debris Analysis Indicates Hydrazine Tank  Hit »» Satellite Debris Analysis Indicates Hydrazine Tank  Hit

[Monday, February 25, 2008] DoD announced today that based on debris analysis, officials are confident the missile intercept and destruction of a non-functioning NRO satellite, achieved the objective of destroying the hydrazine tank.

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Challenger Center Announces New Partnership »» Challenger Center Announces New Partnership

[Monday, February 25, 2008] Dr. June Scobee Rodgers, the Founding Chairman of Challenger Center for Space Science Education will be making an announcement regarding an important new educational partnership on Tuesday, March 18th.

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Space Florida Sponsorship Enables Florida Teachers and Students to Research in Microgravity »» Space Florida Sponsorship Enables Florida Teachers and Students to Research in Microgravity

[Monday, February 25, 2008] Space Florida launched today its inaugural unattended microgravity research flight from the Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center.

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Greenland's rising air temperatures drive ice loss at surface and beyond »» Greenland's rising air temperatures drive ice loss at surface and beyond

[Monday, February 25, 2008] A new NASA study confirms that the surface temperature of Greenland's massive ice sheet has been rising, stoked by warming air temperatures, and fueling loss of the island's ice at the surface and throughout the mass beneath.

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Blue Origin Buys Texas Ranch as Launch Site »» Blue Origin Buys Texas Ranch as Launch Site

[Monday, February 25, 2008] According to sources, Jeff Bezos' company Blue Origin has reportedly bought a 32,000 acre ranch a few miles north of Sierra Blanca, Texas to use as a launch site.

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Astronomers discover largest-ever dark matter structures spanning 270M light-years »» Astronomers discover largest-ever dark matter structures spanning 270M light-years

[Monday, February 25, 2008] A UBC astronomer with an international team has discovered the largest structures of dark matter ever seen. These dark matter structures criss-cross the night sky, each spanning an area that is eight times larger than the full moon.

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Implications of an Anthropic Model of Evolution for Emergence of Complex Life and Intelligence »» Implications of an Anthropic Model of Evolution for Emergence of Complex Life and Intelligence

[Monday, February 25, 2008] Structurally complex life and intelligence evolved late on Earth; models for the evolution of global temperature suggest that the future life span of the biosphere will be "only" about another billion years.

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Life Forms Ejected on Asteroid Impact Could Survive to Reseed Earth According to a Study Published in Astrobiology »» Life Forms Ejected on Asteroid Impact Could Survive to Reseed Earth According to a Study Published in Astrobiology

[Monday, February 25, 2008] In the event that an asteroid or comet would impact Earth and send rock fragments containing embedded microorganisms into space, at least some of those organisms might survive and reseed on Earth or another planetary surface able to support life.

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NASA: Cross-Waiver of Liability: Final rule »» NASA: Cross-Waiver of Liability: Final rule

[Tuesday, February 26, 2008] On October 23, 2006, NASA published a notice of proposed rulemaking, Cross-Waiver of Liability, 71 FR 62061 (October 23, 2006), which discussed the background of Part 1266 and the use of cross-waivers in various NASA agreements. .

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New Web Feature Shows How NASA Technologies Improve Our Lives »» New Web Feature Shows How NASA Technologies Improve Our Lives

[Tuesday, February 26, 2008] NASA has added to its Web site an interactive program that allows users to discover some of the many NASA technologies that positively impact everyday life.

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NASA's SWIFT Satellite Images a Glaxy Ablaze With Starbirth »» NASA's SWIFT Satellite Images a Glaxy Ablaze With Starbirth

[Tuesday, February 26, 2008] Combining 39 individual frames taken over 11 hours of exposure time, NASA astronomers have created this ultraviolet mosaic of the nearby "Triangulum Galaxy."

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NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE Imagery Release 20 February 2008 »» NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE Imagery Release 20 February 2008

[Tuesday, February 26, 2008] 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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Europe sets a course for the ISS »» Europe sets a course for the ISS

[Tuesday, February 26, 2008] Europe will receive its own access to the International Space Station (ISS) by means of the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) space transporter.

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How the atmospheres of Mars and Venus are affected by carbon monoxide »» How the atmospheres of Mars and Venus are affected by carbon monoxide

[Tuesday, February 26, 2008] Modelling of the Earth's atmosphere has acquired economic importance due to its use in the prediction of ozone depletion and in measuring the impact of global warming.

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Planetary Society Names Winners of $50,000 Asteroid Tagging Competition »» Planetary Society Names Winners of $50,000 Asteroid Tagging Competition

[Tuesday, February 26, 2008] The first place winners of The Planetary Society's $50,000 Apophis Mission Design Competition presented their innovative solutions at a press conference today in Pasadena, California.

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Spitzer's Eyes Perfect for Spotting Diamonds in the Sky »» Spitzer's Eyes Perfect for Spotting Diamonds in the Sky

[Tuesday, February 26, 2008] Diamonds may be rare on Earth, but surprisingly common in space -- and the super-sensitive infrared eyes of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope are perfect for scouting them, say scientists at the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.

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NASA Offers Pre-screening of Principal Investigator Revised Requirements for New Frontiers Opportunity »» NASA Offers Pre-screening of Principal Investigator Revised Requirements for New Frontiers Opportunity

[Tuesday, February 26, 2008] The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) plans to release an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for the third New Frontiers (NF-3) mission no earlier than June 2008.

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Craters in Caloris »» Craters in Caloris

[Wednesday, February 27, 2008] As MESSENGER sped by Mercury on January 14, 2008, the Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) captured this image, which includes the edge of the planet against the blackness of space.

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Spacecraft at Mars Prepare to Welcome New Kid on the Block »» Spacecraft at Mars Prepare to Welcome New Kid on the Block

[Thursday, February 28, 2008] Three Mars spacecraft are adjusting their orbits to be over the right place at the right time to listen to NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander as it enters the Martian atmosphere on May 25.

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NASA Views Landing Site Through Eyes of Future Moon Crew »» NASA Views Landing Site Through Eyes of Future Moon Crew

[Thursday, February 28, 2008] NASA has obtained the highest resolution terrain mapping to date of the moon's rugged south polar region, with a resolution to 20 meters per pixel.

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