January 2007 Top Story Archives



Mars: Time for a New Chronology? »» Mars: Time for a New Chronology?

[Wednesday, January 3, 2007] By counting craters, scientists have broken the geologic history of Mars into three eras: Noachian, Hesperian, and the present-day Amazonian. Each era is named for the location where the characteristic terrain was first identified.

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Black hole boldly goes where no black hole has gone before »» Black hole boldly goes where no black hole has gone before

[Wednesday, January 3, 2007] Astronomers have found a black hole where few thought they could ever exist, inside a globular star cluster.

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Home Movies of Amazon.Com Founder's Spaceship Are Now Online »» Home Movies of Amazon.Com Founder's Spaceship Are Now Online

[Wednesday, January 3, 2007] Images and video of a test launch of the private space launch test vehicle named "Goddard" Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has been building have been posted online. The first flight took place on 13 November 2006.

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NASA HDTV on PBS: Space Station and Beyond »» NASA HDTV on PBS: Space Station and Beyond

[Wednesday, January 3, 2007] Images from the world's first HDTV broadcast from space will again flash across TV screens around the world, as the Discovery Channel replays "Space Station Live: HD," beginning at 9 p.m. on Jan. 3.

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X-Ray Evidence Suports Possible New Class of Supernova »» X-Ray Evidence Suports Possible New Class of Supernova

[Thursday, January 4, 2007] Evidence for a significant new class of supernova has been found with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton.

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Titan Has Liquid Lakes, Scientists Report in Nature »» Titan Has Liquid Lakes, Scientists Report in Nature

[Thursday, January 4, 2007] Scientists report definitive evidence of the presence of lakes filled with liquid methane on Saturn's moon Titan in this week's journal Nature cover story.

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NASA Completes Review Milestone for Ares I Launch Vehicle »» NASA Completes Review Milestone for Ares I Launch Vehicle

[Thursday, January 4, 2007] NASA has completed the Ares I crew launch vehicle system requirements review - the first such milestone for a U.S. human-rated launch vehicle system in more than 30 years.

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NASA MSFC Solicitation: Ares I Upper Stage Production »» NASA MSFC Solicitation: Ares I Upper Stage Production

[Thursday, January 4, 2007] NASA/MSFC plans to issue a RFP for the Ares I Upper Stage. This pre-solicitation notice coincides with the release of a Draft RFP issued for Industry comments. The response due date identified in this synopsis is for the comments to the Draft RFP.

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Mercury's magnetic field explained? »» Mercury's magnetic field explained?

[Friday, January 5, 2007] Ulrich Christensen of the Max-Planck-Institute for Solar System Research, Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany, presents a new model, in which the outer part of Mercury's iron core does not convect and a dynamo operates only in its deep part.

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NASA New Horizons: The PI's Perspective - New Horizons in 2007 »» NASA New Horizons: The PI's Perspective - New Horizons in 2007

[Friday, January 5, 2007] In 2006 New Horizons raced its way out of the inner solar system toward the gateway world Jupiter, king of the so-called "second zone" of our planetary system, which it will fly past on February 28, 2007.

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International Space Station Status Report 5 January 2007 »» International Space Station Status Report 5 January 2007

[Friday, January 5, 2007] New gear helped the astronauts on the ISS kick off a new year as they prepared a second oxygen-generating system, upgraded soundproofing in the living quarters and unpacked supplies delivered just before Christmas by the space shuttle.

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Google Joins Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Project »» Google Joins Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Project

[Friday, January 5, 2007] Scheduled to begin operations in 2013, the 8.4-meter LSST will be able to survey the entire visible sky deeply in multiple colors every week with its three-billion pixel digital camera.

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A bumpy shift from ice house to greenhouse »» A bumpy shift from ice house to greenhouse

[Friday, January 5, 2007] The transition from an ice age to an ice-free planet 300 million years ago was highly unstable, marked by dips and rises in carbon dioxide, extreme swings in climate and drastic effects on tropical vegetation.

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Chemistry of Volcanic Fallout Reveals Secrets of Past Eruptions »» Chemistry of Volcanic Fallout Reveals Secrets of Past Eruptions

[Friday, January 5, 2007] A team of American and French scientists has developed a method to determine the influence of past volcanic eruptions on climate and the chemistry of the upper atmosphere, and significantly reduce uncertainty in models of future climate change.

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Astronaut Don Pettit: Greetings From the Bottom of the World »» Astronaut Don Pettit: Greetings From the Bottom of the World

[Friday, January 5, 2007] Astronaut Don Pettit is currently in Antarctica on a scientific expedition to look for meteorites. Even though he's still on Earth, the trip will have a lot in common with his ISS stay as part of the Expedition 6 crew.

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Hubble Maps the Cosmic Web of »» Hubble Maps the Cosmic Web of "Clumpy" Dark Matter in 3-D

[Sunday, January 7, 2007] An international team of astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has created the first three-dimensional map of the large-scale distribution of dark matter in the universe.

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New Analysis of Viking Mission Results Indicates Presence of Life on Mars »» New Analysis of Viking Mission Results Indicates Presence of Life on Mars

[Monday, January 8, 2007] We may already have 'met' Martian organisms, according to a paper presented Sunday (Jan. 7) at the meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle.

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How Do Multiple-Star Systems Form? VLA Study Reveals »» How Do Multiple-Star Systems Form? VLA Study Reveals "Smoking Gun"

[Monday, January 8, 2007] Astronomers have used the NSF's VLA radio telescope to image a young, multiple-star system yielding important clues about how such systems are formed. Most stars in the Universe are not single, like our Sun, but are members of multiple-star systems.

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Astronomers Map a Hypergiant Star's Massive Outbursts »» Astronomers Map a Hypergiant Star's Massive Outbursts

[Monday, January 8, 2007] Using Hubble Space Telescope and the W.M. Keck Observatory astronomers have learned that the gaseous outflow from one of the brightest super-sized stars in the sky is more complex than originally thought.

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NASA Selects Proposals for Future Mars Missions and Studies »» NASA Selects Proposals for Future Mars Missions and Studies

[Monday, January 8, 2007] On Monday, NASA selected for concept study development two proposals for future robotic missions to Mars. These missions would increase understanding of Mars' atmosphere, climate and potential habitability in greater detail than ever before.

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Gas giants jump into planet formation early »» Gas giants jump into planet formation early

[Monday, January 8, 2007] Gas-giant planets like Jupiter and Saturn form soon after their stars do, according to new research. Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show that gas giants either form within the first 10 million years of a sun-like star's life, or not at a

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Allan Miller's Antarctic Journals are Online »» Allan Miller's Antarctic Journals are Online

[Monday, January 8, 2007] Allan Miller, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the National Science Foundation - and a NASA Educator Astronaut finalist - has returned from a tour of duty in and around Antarctica. His journals can now be read online.

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Live Blog From NASA Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) Meeting »» Live Blog From NASA Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) Meeting

[Tuesday, January 9, 2007] The Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) is meeting today and tomorrow. Keith Cowing will be live blogging on NASA Watch here

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NASA Internal Memo: Hubble Space Telescope SM4 Mission Scheduled for 11 September 2008 »» NASA Internal Memo: Hubble Space Telescope SM4 Mission Scheduled for 11 September 2008

[Tuesday, January 9, 2007] "We have been informed by the JSC SM4 Mission Director that the space shuttle Flight Assignment Working Group (FAWG) has assigned the HST SM4 mission a launch readiness date of September 11, 2008 on space shuttle Atlantis (OV-104)."

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Diamonds from Outer Space: Geologists Discover Origin of Earth's Mysterious Black Diamonds »» Diamonds from Outer Space: Geologists Discover Origin of Earth's Mysterious Black Diamonds

[Tuesday, January 9, 2007] If indeed "a diamond is forever," the most primitive origins of Earth's so-called black diamonds were in deep, universal time, geologists have discovered. Black diamonds came from none other than interstellar space.

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Famous Space Pillars Feel the Heat of Star's Explosion »» Famous Space Pillars Feel the Heat of Star's Explosion

[Tuesday, January 9, 2007] The three iconic space pillars photographed by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in 1995 might have met their demise, according to new evidence from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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University of Chicago Flash Center to perform grueling supernova simulations »» University of Chicago Flash Center to perform grueling supernova simulations

[Tuesday, January 9, 2007] The University of Chicago's Center for Astrophysical Thermonuclear Flashes will perform the world's most advanced simulations of exploding white dwarf stars with an allocation of 2.5 million hours of processing time on DOE's high-performance computers.

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Rethinking last century's closest, brightest supernova »» Rethinking last century's closest, brightest supernova

[Tuesday, January 9, 2007] Twenty years ago next month, the closest and brightest supernova in four centuries lit up the southern sky, wowing astronomers and the public alike.

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Space Generation Advisory Council Survey: Key Events in the Next 50 Years of Space »» Space Generation Advisory Council Survey: Key Events in the Next 50 Years of Space

[Tuesday, January 9, 2007] The Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) is organizing a survey to find out what visions for the next 50 years of space are shared by the world's youth.

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Space ads taken to the next level »» Space ads taken to the next level

[Tuesday, January 9, 2007] YouTube and Google Video have become the new advertising hot spots. Space, as in outer space, is becoming the final frontier for marketing.

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Live Blog (Day Two) From NASA Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) Meeting »» Live Blog (Day Two) From NASA Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) Meeting

[Wednesday, January 10, 2007] The Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) is meeting again today. Keith Cowing will be live blogging on NASA Watch here

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NASA Decides That A Software Error Doomed The Mars Global Surveyor Spacecraft »» NASA Decides That A Software Error Doomed The Mars Global Surveyor Spacecraft

[Wednesday, January 10, 2007] Yesterday, NASA's John McNamee, Mars Exploration Program addressed the issue of the recent failure of the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft. Apparently, incorrect software doomed the spacecraft.

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Former Senior FEMA Official and Political Appointee Hired at NASA Headquarters »» Former Senior FEMA Official and Political Appointee Hired at NASA Headquarters

[Wednesday, January 10, 2007] NASA Headquarters has a new political appointee in its employ: Patrick Rhode. He'll be working on the 9th floor. Rhode served as FEMA Director Michael Brown's Chief of Staff and later, as Acting Deputy Director of FEMA.

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NASA Panel Will Study Mars Global Surveyor Events »» NASA Panel Will Study Mars Global Surveyor Events

[Wednesday, January 10, 2007] NASA has formed an internal review board to look more indepth into why NASA's Mars Global Surveyor went silent in November 2006 and recommend any processes or procedures that could increase safety for other spacecraft.

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New Horizons Jupiter Encounter Begins »» New Horizons Jupiter Encounter Begins

[Wednesday, January 10, 2007] The New Horizons Jupiter encounter is under way! The spacecraft began collecting data on the Jovian system this week, starting with black-and-white images of the giant planet and an infrared look at the icy moon Callisto on Jan. 8.

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Astronomers find the most distant star clusters hidden behind a nearby cluster »» Astronomers find the most distant star clusters hidden behind a nearby cluster

[Wednesday, January 10, 2007] Astronomers have discovered the most distant population of star clusters ever seen. At a distance of more than a billion light-years, the newly discovered star clusters provide a unique probe of what similar systems in our own galaxy once looked like.

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First large Infrared Light Survey of Closest Young Star Pair Yields New Multiple Star Systems In Ophiuchus Star Forming Region »» First large Infrared Light Survey of Closest Young Star Pair Yields New Multiple Star Systems In Ophiuchus Star Forming Region

[Wednesday, January 10, 2007] After three years of observations using the 10-meter Keck II telescope in Hawaii, Lowell Observatory astronomer Lisa Prato announces discovery of four new low-mass double star systems with separations similar to the Earth-Sun distance or smaller.

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Prepared Comments by Michael Griffin before the Space Transportation Association »» Prepared Comments by Michael Griffin before the Space Transportation Association

[Thursday, January 11, 2007] " I'll bet you all are just chomping at the bit, waiting to hear the details about how we at NASA are going to cope with a full-year continuing resolution for FY07, and how that will relate to the formulation of the President's Budget for FY08."

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Photo Report: Progress M-59 transport cargo vehicle delivered to Assembly and Test Building »» Photo Report: Progress M-59 transport cargo vehicle delivered to Assembly and Test Building

[Thursday, January 11, 2007] Progress M-59 transport cargo vehicle was delivered to Assembly and Test Building for SC to conduct final prelaunch operations after being filled with the propellant and compressed gases.

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NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE Images Mars Pathfinder Site »» NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE Images Mars Pathfinder Site

[Thursday, January 11, 2007] Pathfinder landed on Mars on July 4, 1997 and continued operating until September 27 of that year. The landing site is on an ancient flood plain of the Ares and Tiu outflow channels.

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Send a New Year's Message to the Moon on Japan's SELENE Mission »» Send a New Year's Message to the Moon on Japan's SELENE Mission

[Thursday, January 11, 2007] The Planetary Society, in conjunction with The Planetary Society of Japan and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), offers just that opportunity with the "Wish Upon the Moon" campaign to send names and messages on Japan's SELENE mission.

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Europe forges long-term strategy for Space Exploration »» Europe forges long-term strategy for Space Exploration

[Thursday, January 11, 2007] Representatives from the UK and other European political, industrial and scientific sectors, together with members of the general public are helping to shape the future direction of space exploration.

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SOHO prepares for comet McNaught »» SOHO prepares for comet McNaught

[Friday, January 12, 2007] Recently, sky watchers in the Northern Hemisphere have been enjoying the sight of Comet McNaught in the twilight sky. Now, solar physicists using the ESA-NASA SOHO spacecraft are getting ready for their view.

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Educator Astronaut Barbara Morgan to Meet Students and Media »» Educator Astronaut Barbara Morgan to Meet Students and Media

[Sunday, January 14, 2007] NASA's first educator astronaut Barbara Morgan, set to fly in space this summer, will meet with hundreds of students during "Meet an Astronaut Day" at Space Center Houston Jan. 19. Morgan also will be available for in-person and satellite interviews.

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Comet McNaught - A First Light Present for STEREO »» Comet McNaught - A First Light Present for STEREO

[Sunday, January 14, 2007] This image of Comet McNaught comes from the Heliospheric Imager on one of the STEREO spacecraft. To the right is the comet nucleus, so bright it saturates the detector creating a bright vertical band in the image.

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NOAA satellites help save 272 people in 2006 »» NOAA satellites help save 272 people in 2006

[Monday, January 15, 2007] NOAA satellites helped save 272 people from potentially life-jeopardizing emergencies throughout the United States and its surrounding waters in 2006 -- up from 222 the previous year.

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NASA GeneSat Shows Small Satellites Can Deliver Big Science »» NASA GeneSat Shows Small Satellites Can Deliver Big Science

[Monday, January 15, 2007] A very small NASA satellite has proven that scientists can quickly design and launch a new class of inexpensive spacecraft -- and conduct significant science.

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Eileen Collins: An Astronaut's Endless Endeavor »» Eileen Collins: An Astronaut's Endless Endeavor

[Monday, January 15, 2007] Eileen Collins retired in May, but by October she still hadn't found time to finish cleaning out her office. "I'm still answering mail from 2005," she said. "I haven't wound down yet. I've been extremely busy."

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Scientists go online to educate public about Antarctica »» Scientists go online to educate public about Antarctica

[Monday, January 15, 2007] "Science is useless unless it's shared, and most kids are born scientists. (What do you expect from a species that's asking "Why?' by the time they turn 3?) We believe in getting people involved with science, no matter their age or experience level"

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Photo Report: Progress M-59 launch vehicle installed on launch pad »» Photo Report: Progress M-59 launch vehicle installed on launch pad

[Tuesday, January 16, 2007] January 16, 2007. Baikonur Cosmodrome. At 4:00 Moscow time Soyuz launch vehicle was rolled out from the integration building to the launch pad. Soyuz-U launch vehicle with . L-2 days activities have been started.

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THEMIS mission fields 5 probes to solve mystery of auroral substorms »» THEMIS mission fields 5 probes to solve mystery of auroral substorms

[Wednesday, January 17, 2007] NASA is poised to launch five identical space probes to solve a decades-long mystery about the origin of magnetic storms that turn the green, shimmering curtains of the Earth's Northern and Southern Lights into colorful, dancing light shows.

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THEMIS Mission to Provide New Understanding of Substorm Life Cycle »» THEMIS Mission to Provide New Understanding of Substorm Life Cycle

[Wednesday, January 17, 2007] NASA's THEMIS, the Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms mission, is set to venture into space and help resolve the mystery of what triggers geomagnetic substorms.

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SpaceX DemoFlight 2 Launch Update »» SpaceX DemoFlight 2 Launch Update

[Wednesday, January 17, 2007] We have a launch window on January 21 and 22 (California time) and are working with the range to secure a couple of additional days as contingency.

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Chinese Test Anti-Satellite Weapon »» Chinese Test Anti-Satellite Weapon

[Wednesday, January 17, 2007] U.S. intelligence agencies believe China performed a successful anti-satellite weapons test at more than 500 mi. altitude Jan. 11 destroying an aging Chinese weather satellite target with a kinetic kill vehicle launched on board a ballistic missile.

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Heads of space agencies meet in Paris »» Heads of space agencies meet in Paris

[Wednesday, January 17, 2007] On 23 January, ESA's Headquarters in Paris will host an 'ISS Heads of Agency meeting' at which Heads of space agencies involved in the ISS programme will take stock of the status of the ISS and look at the follow-on activities.

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NASA Space Station Status Report 17 January 2007 »» NASA Space Station Status Report 17 January 2007

[Wednesday, January 17, 2007] A shipment of supplies began its journey to the International Space Station Wednesday as the ISS Progress 24 cargo ship was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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Spacehab Unveils Initiative to Streamline Company, Reduce Costs »» Spacehab Unveils Initiative to Streamline Company, Reduce Costs

[Thursday, January 18, 2007] Spacehab today announced that it anticipates a 15-20% reduction in workforce, approximately 36 positions out of 220, to result in savings of $3.9 million annually.

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»» "You see all of Europe in one glance" - Thomas Reiter reports on his ISS mission

[Thursday, January 18, 2007] The ISS, symbol of international cooperation, became a bit more international with ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter's long-duration mission. Today, Reiter met the press at ESA's European Astronaut Centre (EAC), in Cologne, Germany.

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Zooming to Pluto, New Horizons Closes in on Jupiter »» Zooming to Pluto, New Horizons Closes in on Jupiter

[Thursday, January 18, 2007] Just a year after it was dispatched on the first mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is on the doorstep of the solar system's largest planet - about to swing past Jupiter and pick up even more speed.

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NASA Reference Guide to the International Space Station »» NASA Reference Guide to the International Space Station

[Friday, January 19, 2007] "This book is designed to provide a broad overview of the Station's complex configuration, design, and component systems, as well as the sophisticated procedures required in the Station's construction and operation."

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SpaceX Falcon 1 DemoFlight 2 Launch Update: January 19, 2007 »» SpaceX Falcon 1 DemoFlight 2 Launch Update: January 19, 2007

[Saturday, January 20, 2007] "During our final check-outs prior to static fire, we uncovered an anomaly with the thrust vector control (TVC) pitch actuator on the second stage that will result in launch being pushed to February."

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NASA Space Station Status Report 19 January 2007 »» NASA Space Station Status Report 19 January 2007

[Saturday, January 20, 2007] New supplies arrived at the International Space Station Friday night as an unpiloted Russian cargo spacecraft docked to the Pirs Docking Compartment.

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NASA Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity Panorama from 'Cape Verde' »» NASA Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity Panorama from 'Cape Verde'

[Sunday, January 21, 2007] NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity captured this vista of "Victoria Crater" from the viewpoint of "Cape Verde," one of the promontories that are part of the scalloped rim of the crater.

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Significant milestone for Columbus flight readiness »» Significant milestone for Columbus flight readiness

[Monday, January 22, 2007] In December 2006, experts from ESA and partner organisations met to review Columbus launch preparations. The successful review was a significant milestone for the launch of the Agency's science module, planned for later this year.

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India's SRE-1 Space Capsule Successfully Recovered »» India's SRE-1 Space Capsule Successfully Recovered

[Monday, January 22, 2007] The Space capsule Recovery Experiment (SRE-1) launched by Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C7) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota on January 10, 2007 was successfully recovered today.

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A Moon Full of Opportunity »» A Moon Full of Opportunity

[Monday, January 22, 2007] The 2nd Space Exploration Conference held December 2006 in Houston outlined several reasons for a human return to the Moon. Remarkably, some complain that the reason for going to the Moon is still unclear.

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Saturnian Psychedelia »» Saturnian Psychedelia

[Monday, January 22, 2007] This psychedelic view of Saturn and its rings is a composite made from images taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera using spectral filters sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 728, 752 and 890 nanometers.

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Putting the Brakes on Light Speed - New Technique Stores and Retrieves Entire Image from a Single Photon »» Putting the Brakes on Light Speed - New Technique Stores and Retrieves Entire Image from a Single Photon

[Monday, January 22, 2007] Researchers at the University of Rochester have made an optics breakthrough that allows them to encode an entire image's worth of data into a photon, slow the image down for storage, and then retrieve the image intact.

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Heads of Agency International Space Station Joint Statement »» Heads of Agency International Space Station Joint Statement

[Tuesday, January 23, 2007] The heads of the International Space Station partners, space agencies from Canada, Europe, Japan, Russia and the United States, met at European Space Agency Headquarters in Paris, France, on January 23, 2007, to review ISS cooperation.

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Preflight Interview With NASA Educator Astronaut Barbara Morgan »» Preflight Interview With NASA Educator Astronaut Barbara Morgan

[Tuesday, January 23, 2007] "Both the "Educator Astronaut" and the "Teacher in Space" are teachers. And, they experience space, and then they share that experience through a teacher's perspective and through the eyes, the ears, the hearts, the minds of teachers."

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The jet stream of Titan »» The jet stream of Titan

[Wednesday, January 24, 2007] A pair of rare celestial alignments that occurred in November 2003 helped a team of astronomers investigate Titan. In particular, the alignments helped validate the atmospheric model used to design the entry trajectory for ESA's Huygens probe.

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Twin APL-Built Spacecraft Swing Past Moon, Preparing for 3-D Solar Studies »» Twin APL-Built Spacecraft Swing Past Moon, Preparing for 3-D Solar Studies

[Wednesday, January 24, 2007] NASA's twin STEREO spacecraft completed a series of complex maneuvers Sunday to position the spacecraft in their mission orbits. The spacecraft will be in position to produce the first 3-D images of the sun by April.

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COROT sees first light »» COROT sees first light

[Wednesday, January 24, 2007] In the night between 17 and 18 January 2007, the protective cover of the COROT telescope has been successfully opened, and COROT has seen for the first time light coming from stars.

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One Year Down, Eight to Go, on the Road to Pluto »» One Year Down, Eight to Go, on the Road to Pluto

[Wednesday, January 24, 2007] A year ago New Horizons lifted off on a pillar of smoke and fire and began its journey to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. How quickly that year has passed. New Horizons and our ground team accomplished a great deal in that first year of flight.

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The Greatest Saturn Portrait ...Yet »» The Greatest Saturn Portrait ...Yet

[Wednesday, January 24, 2007] While cruising around Saturn in early October 2004, Cassini captured a series of images that have been composed into the largest, most detailed, global natural color view of Saturn and its rings ever made.

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NASA Creates Microscopic Technology for Webb Space Telescope »» NASA Creates Microscopic Technology for Webb Space Telescope

[Wednesday, January 24, 2007] NASA engineers and scientists have created a new telescope technology called "microshutters." Microshutters are tiny doorways the width of a few hairs that will allow the telescope to view the most distant stars and galaxies humans have ever seen.

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Space Frontier Foundation Supports FAA's NewSpace Preparations »» Space Frontier Foundation Supports FAA's NewSpace Preparations

[Thursday, January 25, 2007] The first commercial, passenger-carrying sub-orbital flights are expected to begin in 2009. Along with this accomplishment comes danger, and the very real risk of accidents. the FAA-AST has asked the Space Frontier Foundation to collect ideas.

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NASA and Woods Hole Linkup Connects Space and Sea Explorers »» NASA and Woods Hole Linkup Connects Space and Sea Explorers

[Thursday, January 25, 2007] Two extreme explorers will connect in a unique call Friday, Jan. 26, linking the depths of the ocean with the heights of Earth orbit.

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NASA Space Shuttle Processing Status Report 26 January 2007 »» NASA Space Shuttle Processing Status Report 26 January 2007

[Friday, January 26, 2007] On Wednesday, the Space Shuttle Program signed a change request moving the STS-117 targeted launch date to March 15. Final vehicle closeouts are under way in preparation for technicians to move Atlantis to the VAB on Feb. 7.

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Lutetia asteroid in Rosetta's spotlight »» Lutetia asteroid in Rosetta's spotlight

[Friday, January 26, 2007] Earlier this month ESA's Rosetta had a first look at asteroid 21 Lutetia, one of the targets of its long mission. The onboard camera OSIRIS imaged the asteroid passing through its field of view during the spacecraft's gradual approach to Mars

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Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond »» Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond

[Friday, January 26, 2007] "Understanding the complex, changing planet on which we live, how it supports life, and how human activities affect its ability to do so in the future is one of the greatest intellectual challenges facing humanity."

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Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond »» Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond

[Friday, January 26, 2007] "In 2005, NASA asked the NRC to review the effectiveness of the SCO in carrying out its responsibilities by assessing the overall quality of the space communications program."

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Unexpected cooling effect in Saturn's atmosphere found »» Unexpected cooling effect in Saturn's atmosphere found

[Friday, January 26, 2007] Reseachers have found that the hotter than expected temperature of Saturn's upper atmosphere -- and that of the other giant planets -- isn't due to the same mechanism that heats the atmosphere around the Earth's Northern Lights.

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Explorers Wanted: Reach Out, Engage You Future - Space Generation Congress Applications Open 22 January »» Explorers Wanted: Reach Out, Engage You Future - Space Generation Congress Applications Open 22 January

[Saturday, January 27, 2007] The Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) is pleased to announce the 2007 Space Generation Congress (SGC) from September 20-22, 2007, in Hyderabad, India.

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NASA's Space Station Astronauts to »» NASA's Space Station Astronauts to "Swear In" Navy Sailors

[Saturday, January 27, 2007] NASA astronauts on the International Space Station will link up Monday, Jan. 29, with sailors on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower for a special re-enlistment ceremony. The Eisenhower is the Navy's flagship for the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group.

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Incorporating Space into Our Economic Sphere of Influence »» Incorporating Space into Our Economic Sphere of Influence

[Saturday, January 27, 2007] "Clarke's and Kubrik's masterpiece "2001: A Space Odyssey" projected onto the screen of our collective human consciousness a future for us where, by now, hundreds of people would be living and working in space stations orbiting the Earth."

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Why Explore Space? »» Why Explore Space?

[Saturday, January 27, 2007] "As NASA resumes flights of the space shuttle to finish building the International Space Station, many are questioning whether the project the most complex construction feat ever undertaken is worth the risk and expense."

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Space Exploration:  Real Reasons and Acceptable Reasons »» Space Exploration: Real Reasons and Acceptable Reasons

[Saturday, January 27, 2007] "In national polling, NASA enjoys a hugely positive approval rating, broadly in the range of 65-75%, an amazing result for a government agency. But when you ask people why, they are not really sure, or at least cannot express it clearly."

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NASA Seeks To Set the Record Straight on Ares 1 and Orion »» NASA Seeks To Set the Record Straight on Ares 1 and Orion

[Sunday, January 28, 2007] Last week, NASA's Scott Horowitz sat down with reporters to discuss the Ares 1 and Orion programs. The impetus for this briefing, according to Horowitz, were recent stories - of varying accuracy - regarding weight and performance issues.

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Engineers Investigate Issue on One of Hubble's Science Instruments »» Engineers Investigate Issue on One of Hubble's Science Instruments

[Monday, January 29, 2007] NASA engineers are examining a problem related to the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) aboard the agency's Hubble Space Telescope. On Jan. 27, the observatory entered a protective "safemode" condition at 7:34 a.m. EST.

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NASA Assigns Crew for Japanese Lab and Canadian Robotics Mission »» NASA Assigns Crew for Japanese Lab and Canadian Robotics Mission

[Monday, January 29, 2007] NASA has assigned the crew for space shuttle mission STS-123. The flight will deliver both the first component of the Japanese Experiment Module Kibo and the new Canadian Dextre robotics system to the International Space Station.

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Sens. Voinovich and Brown Voice Concern Over NASA Glenn Funding Levels »» Sens. Voinovich and Brown Voice Concern Over NASA Glenn Funding Levels

[Monday, January 29, 2007] U.S. Senators George V. Voinovich and Sherrod Brown today sent a letter to Senate appropriators urging them to provide the funding needed to enable NASA to fulfill its multi-faceted missions.

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Breakup Captured in Saturn's F ring? »» Breakup Captured in Saturn's F ring?

[Monday, January 29, 2007] These two images, taken about eight minutes apart, show clump-like structures and a great deal of dust in Saturn's ever-changing F ring.

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Satellite View of Opportunity's Journey around Victoria Crater »» Satellite View of Opportunity's Journey around Victoria Crater

[Monday, January 29, 2007] To identify various alcoves and cliffs along the way, science team members are using names of places visited by the 16th-century Earth explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his crew aboard the ship Victoria, who proved the Earth is round.

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Dig deeper to find Martian life »» Dig deeper to find Martian life

[Wednesday, January 31, 2007] Probes designed to find life on Mars do not drill deep enough to find the living cells that scientists believe may exist well below the surface of Mars, according to research led by UCL (University College London).

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Space Station To Grow Faster, Mark Firsts Throughout Year »» Space Station To Grow Faster, Mark Firsts Throughout Year

[Wednesday, January 31, 2007] Already spanning an acre in orbit, the International Space Station this year will grow faster in size, power, volume and mass than ever before, significantly expanding its capabilities and setting new records for humans in orbit.

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Hubble Probes Exoplanet Atmospheric Layer »» Hubble Probes Exoplanet Atmospheric Layer

[Wednesday, January 31, 2007] Hubble has allowed astronomers to study the layer-cake structure of the atmosphere of a planet orbiting another star. Hubble discovered a dense upper layer of hot hydrogen gas where the super-hot planet's atmosphere is bleeding off into space.

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NASA probes the sources of the world's tiny pollutants »» NASA probes the sources of the world's tiny pollutants

[Wednesday, January 31, 2007] Pinpointing pollutant sources is an important part of the ongoing battle to improve air quality and to understand its impact on climate.

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NASA Space Station Status Report 31 January 2007 »» NASA Space Station Status Report 31 January 2007

[Wednesday, January 31, 2007] Two residents of the ISS stepped outside Wednesday for a 7-hour, 55-minute spacewalk to begin the connection of recently activated cooling systems from their temporary to their permanent locations and to conduct other station assembly work.

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NASA LaRC Email regarding censorship and global warming: A Message From the Office of Inspector General »» NASA LaRC Email regarding censorship and global warming: A Message From the Office of Inspector General

[Wednesday, January 31, 2007] "NASA OIG is conducting investigative activities regarding alleged "repeated instances of scientists having publication of their research blocked, solely upon their views and conclusions regarding the reality and impacts of global warming."

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