January 2009 Top Story Archives



Governor Bill Richardson Announces Spaceport America and Virgin Galactic Sign Historic Lease Agreement

Governor Bill Richardson Announces Spaceport America and Virgin Galactic Sign Historic Lease Agreement

[Thursday, January 1, 2009]

Governor Bill Richardson today announced that Virgin Galactic has signed a 20 year lease agreement with the State of New Mexico.




Falcon 9 Fully integrated at the Cape

Falcon 9 Fully integrated at the Cape

[Friday, January 2, 2009]

Falcon 9 is now fully integrated at the Cape! Today we mated the 5.2 m payload fairing to the Falcon 9 first stage. This was the final step in the integration process--one day ahead of schedule.




A Change of Seasons: A New Image of Phoenix on Mars from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

A Change of Seasons: A New Image of Phoenix on Mars from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

[Friday, January 2, 2009]

This image, taken on December 21 by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows the lander during the last waning days of northern hemisphere summer.




NASA Academy Opportunities in 2009

NASA Academy Opportunities in 2009

[Friday, January 2, 2009]

The NASA Academy introduces high potential college (junior/senior/1st year graduate) students with demonstrated leadership capabilities to the NASA and aerospace environment.




NASA Dawn Journal 30 December 2008

NASA Dawn Journal 30 December 2008

[Sunday, January 4, 2009]

While its operators on faraway Earth have no shortage of work, the probe patiently coasts in its orbit around the Sun, awaiting a brief encounter with Mars on February 17, which will steer it into a new orbit.




"Lunacy" Unveiled to 42,000 High-School Students at 2009 FIRST Robotics Competition Game Kickoff

[Sunday, January 4, 2009]

FIRST launched its eighteenth FIRST Robotics Competition season today with a Kickoff of a new robotics game called "Lunacy" at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH, hometown and headquarters of FIRST.




NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 4 January 2009

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 4 January 2009

[Sunday, January 4, 2009]

All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below. Sunday - off-duty day for CDR Fincke, FE-1 Lonchakov & FE-2 Magnus.




Iowa State astrophysicist helps map the Milky Way's four spiral arms

Iowa State astrophysicist helps map the Milky Way's four spiral arms

[Monday, January 5, 2009]

Iowa State University's Martin Pohl is part of a research team that has developed the first complete map of the Milky Way galaxy's spiral arms.




Jupiter-like Planets Could Form Around Twin Suns

Jupiter-like Planets Could Form Around Twin Suns

[Monday, January 5, 2009]

Life on a planet ruled by two suns might be a little complicated. Two sunrises, two sunsets. Twice the radiation field.




NASA New Horizon Mission: The PI's Perspective: Welcome to Mid-Cruise!

NASA New Horizon Mission: The PI's Perspective: Welcome to Mid-Cruise!

[Monday, January 5, 2009]

As the new year takes root, the New Horizons team is about to celebrate the third anniversary of our launch on January 19, 2006.




Baby Jupiters Must Gain Weight Fast

Baby Jupiters Must Gain Weight Fast

[Monday, January 5, 2009]

The planet Jupiter gained weight in a hurry during its infancy. It had to, since the material from which it formed probably disappeared in just a few million years, according to a new study of planet formation around young stars.




Dead Stars Tell Story of Planet Birth

Dead Stars Tell Story of Planet Birth

[Monday, January 5, 2009]

Observations made with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal six dead "white dwarf" stars littered with the remains of shredded asteroids.




SPACEHAB To Support Pre-Launch Preparations for Russian Mini Research Module (MRM1)

SPACEHAB To Support Pre-Launch Preparations for Russian Mini Research Module (MRM1)

[Monday, January 5, 2009]

SPACEHAB reached an agreement in principal with RSC Energia, Russia's largest manufacturer of aerospace and space equipment, to provide facilities and support services for its Mini Research Module (MRM1).




NASA Seeks Concept Proposals for Ares V Heavy Lift Rocket

NASA Seeks Concept Proposals for Ares V Heavy Lift Rocket

[Monday, January 5, 2009]

On Monday, Jan. 5, NASA issued a request for proposal for the Ares V rocket that will perform heavy lift and cargo functions as part of the next generation of spacecraft that will return humans to the moon.




NASA-Funded Study Reveals Hazards of Severe Space Weather

NASA-Funded Study Reveals Hazards of Severe Space Weather

[Monday, January 5, 2009]

A NASA-funded study describes how extreme solar eruptions could have severe consequences for communications, power grids and other technology on Earth.




Gamma-ray Burst Offers First Peek at a Young Galaxy's Star Factory

Gamma-ray Burst Offers First Peek at a Young Galaxy's Star Factory

[Tuesday, January 6, 2009]

Astronomers combining data from NASA's Swift satellite, the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, and other facilities have, for the first time, identified gas molecules in the host galaxy of a gamma-ray burst.




NASA's SWIFT Shows Active Galaxies are Different Near and Far

NASA's SWIFT Shows Active Galaxies are Different Near and Far

[Tuesday, January 6, 2009]

An ongoing X-ray survey is revealing differences between nearby active galaxies and those located about halfway across the universe. Understanding these differences will help clarify the relationship between a galaxy and its central black hole.




NASA's FERMI Telescope Unveils A Dozen New Pulsars

NASA's FERMI Telescope Unveils A Dozen New Pulsars

[Wednesday, January 7, 2009]

NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has discovered 12 new gamma-ray-only pulsars and has detected gamma-ray pulses from 18 others. The finds are transforming our understanding of how these stellar cinders work.




Black Holes Lead Galaxy Growth, New Research Shows

Black Holes Lead Galaxy Growth, New Research Shows

[Wednesday, January 7, 2009]

Astronomers may have solved a cosmic chicken-and-egg problem -- the question of which formed first in the early Universe -- galaxies or the supermassive black holes seen at their cores.




Hubble Finds Stars that Go Ballistic

Hubble Finds Stars that Go Ballistic

[Wednesday, January 7, 2009]

Images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope reveal 14 young, runaway stars plowing through regions of dense interstellar gas, creating brilliant arrowhead structures and trailing tails of glowing gas.




Scientists Publish 1st Ever Evidence of Asteroids with Earth-like Crust

Scientists Publish 1st Ever Evidence of Asteroids with Earth-like Crust

[Wednesday, January 7, 2009]

Two rare meteorites found in Antarctica two years ago are from a previously unknown, ancient asteroid with an outer layer or crust similar in composition to the crust of Earth's continents.




Brown Dwarfs Don't Hang Out With Stars

Brown Dwarfs Don't Hang Out With Stars

[Wednesday, January 7, 2009]

Brown dwarfs, objects that are less massive than stars but larger than planets, just got more elusive, based on a study of 233 nearby multiple-star systems by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.




We Have a Long Way to Go - Presentation by NASA Administrator Mike Griffin to the Space Transportation Association 8 January 2009

We Have a Long Way to Go - Presentation by NASA Administrator Mike Griffin to the Space Transportation Association 8 January 2009

[Thursday, January 8, 2009]

Last year, I addressed the considerations governing the design of NASA's Constellation architecture. However, judging by the many questions I receive on the topic, I didn't do a very good job, so I will try again today.




The Possible Origin and Persistence of Life on Enceladus and Detection of Biomarkers in the Plume

The Possible Origin and Persistence of Life on Enceladus and Detection of Biomarkers in the Plume

[Friday, January 9, 2009]

The jets of icy particles and water vapor issuing from the south pole of Enceladus are evidence for activity driven by some geophysical energy source. The vapor has also been shown to contain simple organic compounds.




Successful Simulation of Mission to Search for Life on Mars Is Reported in Astrobiology Journal

Successful Simulation of Mission to Search for Life on Mars Is Reported in Astrobiology Journal

[Friday, January 9, 2009]

The success of a robotic drilling mission to search for subsurface life has demonstrated that robotic core sampling combined with remote laboratory analysis is both technically feasible and could be used for life detection on Mars.




Front Line Astronomy From Century-Old Archives

Front Line Astronomy From Century-Old Archives

[Friday, January 9, 2009]

A long-standing astronomical mystery is "What type of star system will explode as a supernova?" It turns out that this question can be resolved by looking at century-old photographs.




NASA Selects Research Teams for Lunar Science Institute

NASA Selects Research Teams for Lunar Science Institute

[Friday, January 9, 2009]

NASA has selected seven academic and research teams as initial members of the agency's Lunar Science Institute.




Catalina Sky Survey Sets New Record for NEO Discoveries, Receives Funding Through 2012

Catalina Sky Survey Sets New Record for NEO Discoveries, Receives Funding Through 2012

[Friday, January 9, 2009]

The University of Arizona's Catalina Sky Survey has been awarded a $3.16 million NASA grant to continue its search for near-Earth objects, or NEOs, through 2012.




Rocks on Mars are on the move

Rocks on Mars are on the move

[Friday, January 9, 2009]

The new finding counters the previous explanation of the evenly spaced arrangement of small rocks on Mars. That explanation suggested the rocks were picked up and carried downwind by extreme high-speed winds thought to occur on Mars in the past.




Why Space? Why Now?  That is the Question

Why Space? Why Now? That is the Question

[Saturday, January 10, 2009]

As we all know another administration change is coming and with change as the operative theme of this administration, we can surely expect that this will come to NASA's direction.




New Aerospace Technology, 'Aerogel,' the Highest Insulating Material in Existence, Now Available to the Building Industry

New Aerospace Technology, 'Aerogel,' the Highest Insulating Material in Existence, Now Available to the Building Industry

[Monday, January 12, 2009]

Taking the newly discovered Aerogel insulation technology developed by NASA, which is the highest insulating material in existence, Thermablok(TM) developed an amazing product that may soon become a requirement in the building industry.




The NASA Students Group Is Now on Facebook

The NASA Students Group Is Now on Facebook

[Monday, January 12, 2009]

NASA has a Facebook page designed for students in grades 9-12 and higher education. The page is updated daily, excluding weekends and holidays.




NASA Science Update to Discuss Mars Atmosphere Activity

NASA Science Update to Discuss Mars Atmosphere Activity

[Monday, January 12, 2009]

NASA will hold a science update at 2 p.m. EST, Thursday, Jan. 15, to discuss analysis of the Martian atmosphere that raises the possibility of life or geologic activity.




NASA OIG: Final Memorandum on the Review of the Space Shuttle Liquid Hydrogen Fuel Tank Sensors

NASA OIG: Final Memorandum on the Review of the Space Shuttle Liquid Hydrogen Fuel Tank Sensors

[Monday, January 12, 2009]

The overall objective of this review was to determine whether the Space Shuttle Program appropriately accounted for, used, or disposed of nonconforming LH2 sensors.




SpaceX's Falcon 9 on Launch Pad at Cape Canaveral (with photos)

SpaceX's Falcon 9 on Launch Pad at Cape Canaveral (with photos)

[Monday, January 12, 2009]

Space Exploration Technologies Corp (SpaceX) announced its Falcon 9 launch vehicle was successfully raised to vertical on Saturday, January 10, 2009, at Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) in Cape Canaveral, Florida -- two days ahead of schedule.




GAO: Inspectors General: Actions Needed to Improve Audit Coverage of NASA

GAO: Inspectors General: Actions Needed to Improve Audit Coverage of NASA

[Monday, January 12, 2009]

We believe that the lack of OIG recommendations regarding the economy and efficiency of NASA's programs and activities has resulted in the relatively low amount of reported monetary accomplishments when compared to other OIGs during fiscal year 2007.




AIA Report Recommends Space Policies for New Administration

AIA Report Recommends Space Policies for New Administration

[Monday, January 12, 2009]

A new report from the Aerospace Industries Association concludes that the nation can no longer afford to treat its national security, civil and commercial space capabilities separately.




NASA Art Contest Winners Draw on Their Young Imaginations

NASA Art Contest Winners Draw on Their Young Imaginations

[Monday, January 12, 2009]

Students near NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., have used art and their imaginations to illustrate some of the aerospace agency's contributions and potential contributions.




Public Events Mark NASA Mars Rovers' Five-Year Anniversary

Public Events Mark NASA Mars Rovers' Five-Year Anniversary

[Monday, January 12, 2009]

Public events during the next two weeks will share the adventures of the still-active NASA Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity, which landed five years ago this month on missions originally scheduled to last three months.




NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery To Move To Launch Pad Wednesday

NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery To Move To Launch Pad Wednesday

[Monday, January 12, 2009]

Space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to roll out to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday, Jan. 14, as preparations for the STS-119 mission move forward. Discovery is targeted to lift off Feb. 12 to the International Space Station.




XMM-Newton measures speedy spin of rare celestial object

XMM-Newton measures speedy spin of rare celestial object

[Tuesday, January 13, 2009]

XMM-Newton has caught the fading glow of a tiny celestial object, revealing its rotation rate. The information confirms this particular object as one of an extremely rare class of stellar zombie - each one the dead heart of a star that refuses to die.




NASA and Challenger Center Announce Name of Antarctic Habitat

NASA and Challenger Center Announce Name of Antarctic Habitat

[Tuesday, January 13, 2009]

NASA and the Challenger Center for Space Science Education have selected the winner of the Antarctic habitat naming contest. The name "Resolution" took top honors in the "Name that Habitat" competition.




Lockheed Martin-Built Stardust Spacecraft to Fly By Earth Jan. 14 - Stardust-NExT on Its Way to Explore Comet Tempel 1

Lockheed Martin-Built Stardust Spacecraft to Fly By Earth Jan. 14 - Stardust-NExT on Its Way to Explore Comet Tempel 1

[Tuesday, January 13, 2009]

The Lockheed Martin-built spacecraft's closest approach will happen at 12:33 p.m. MST as it comes within 5,690 miles (9,157 km) of Earth. At its closest point, the spacecraft will fly over the California/Mexico border south of San Diego.




Major General Jonathan Scott Gration Emerges as Possible Obama Choice for NASA Administrator

Major General Jonathan Scott Gration Emerges as Possible Obama Choice for NASA Administrator

[Tuesday, January 13, 2009]

Sources report that The Obama Transition Team has circulated a name for vetting for the job of NASA Administrator: Major General Jonathan Scott Gration.




New report on science learning at museums, zoos, other informal settings

New report on science learning at museums, zoos, other informal settings

[Wednesday, January 14, 2009]

Each year, tens of millions of Americans, young and old, choose to learn about science in informal ways -- by visiting museums and aquariums, attending after-school programs, pursuing personal hobbies, and watching TV documentaries, for example.




NASA's Shuttle Discovery Arrives At Launch Pad, Practice Liftoff Set

NASA's Shuttle Discovery Arrives At Launch Pad, Practice Liftoff Set

[Wednesday, January 14, 2009]

After reaching its launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Discovery now awaits its next major milestone for the upcoming STS-119 mission.




NASA Tests Engine Technology for Landing Astronauts on the Moon

NASA Tests Engine Technology for Landing Astronauts on the Moon

[Wednesday, January 14, 2009]

A technology development engine that may help NASA safely return astronauts to the lunar surface has successfully completed its third round of testing.




Discovery of Methane Reveals Mars Is Not A Dead Planet

Discovery of Methane Reveals Mars Is Not A Dead Planet

[Thursday, January 15, 2009]

A team of NASA and university scientists has achieved the first definitive detection of methane in the atmosphere of Mars. This discovery indicates the planet is either biologically or geologically active.




Report Calls Aerosol Research Key to Improving Climate Predictions

Report Calls Aerosol Research Key to Improving Climate Predictions

[Friday, January 16, 2009]

Scientists need a more detailed understanding of how human-produced atmospheric particles, called aerosols, affect climate in order to produce better predictions of Earth's future climate, according to a NASA-led report.




American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology Input to National Research Council Request	For Information

American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology Input to National Research Council Request For Information

[Friday, January 16, 2009]

Currently, the US civil space program neglects gravitational and space biology research not considered directly applicable to the health and performance of astronauts.




NASA Invites Media to View Lunar Rover Driven at Inaugural Parade

NASA Invites Media to View Lunar Rover Driven at Inaugural Parade

[Friday, January 16, 2009]

Reporters are invited to attend a briefing about the NASA Lunar Electric Rover concept vehicle that will be driven down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington as part of the presidential inaugural parade on Jan. 20.




Grand Opening Ceremony for the International Year of Astronomy 2009

Grand Opening Ceremony for the International Year of Astronomy 2009

[Friday, January 16, 2009]

The grand opening ceremony of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA 2009) is being held at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris, France, on Jan. 15 and 16, 2009.




Deadline Nears for Student Contest to Name NASA's Next Mars Rover

Deadline Nears for Student Contest to Name NASA's Next Mars Rover

[Friday, January 16, 2009]

NASA is issuing a last call to the nation's youth for entries in a contest to name the agency's next Mars rover.




NASA Debuts Global Hawk Autonomous Aircraft for Earth Science

NASA Debuts Global Hawk Autonomous Aircraft for Earth Science

[Friday, January 16, 2009]

NASA and the Northrop Grumman Corp. have unveiled the first Global Hawk aircraft system to be used for environmental science research, heralding a new application for the world's first fully autonomous high-altitude, long-endurance aircraft.




NASA News Update with Mike Griffin (Transcript)

NASA News Update with Mike Griffin (Transcript)

[Friday, January 16, 2009]

Today is my last chance to visit with everybody, and I thought I would finish up my term in the way that I started, talking to the NASA employees in an All Hands.




First ULA Delta IV Heavy NRO Mission Successfully Lifts Off From Cape Canaveral

First ULA Delta IV Heavy NRO Mission Successfully Lifts Off From Cape Canaveral

[Sunday, January 18, 2009]

United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office successfully lifted off from Space Launch Complex 37 at CCAFS at 9:47 p.m. EST today.




NASA Radar Provides First Look Inside Moon's Shadowed Craters

NASA Radar Provides First Look Inside Moon's Shadowed Craters

[Monday, January 19, 2009]

Using a NASA radar flying aboard India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, scientists are getting their first look inside the moon's coldest, darkest craters.




NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 20 January 2009

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 20 January 2009

[Tuesday, January 20, 2009]

All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below. Per special crew request, President Obama's Taking of the Oath of Office was uplinked to the ISS.




Heinlein Trust and SpaceX Announce Competition to Promote Research Innovation in Zero Gravity

Heinlein Trust and SpaceX Announce Competition to Promote Research Innovation in Zero Gravity

[Tuesday, January 20, 2009]

The Heinlein Prize Trust announces the Microgravity Research Competition to reward innovation in the use of microgravity to advance biotech, nanotech, combustion, metallurgy, and other fields.




Satellites Confirm Half-Century of West Antarctic Warming

Satellites Confirm Half-Century of West Antarctic Warming

[Wednesday, January 21, 2009]

A new analysis involving NASA data has confirmed a trend suspected by some climate scientists: Antarctica is warming. Not just the peninsula; nearly all of the continent.




Space Station Commander Guides New HD Tour Of Complex

Space Station Commander Guides New HD Tour Of Complex

[Wednesday, January 21, 2009]

Expedition 18 Commander Mike Fincke, aboard the International Space Station with Flight Engineers Sandy Magnus and Yury Lonchakov, recently filmed a high-definition tour of the orbiting complex.




Transit Search Finds Super-Neptune

Transit Search Finds Super-Neptune

[Wednesday, January 21, 2009]

Astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have discovered a planet somewhat larger and more massive than Neptune orbiting a star 120 light-years from Earth.




Frantic activity revealed in dusty stellar factories

Frantic activity revealed in dusty stellar factories

[Wednesday, January 21, 2009]

Thanks to the Very Large Telescope's acute and powerful near-infrared eye, astronomers have uncovered a host of new young, massive and dusty stellar nurseries in nearby galaxy NGC 253.




NASA, NOAA Set to Launch NOAA-N Satellite

NASA, NOAA Set to Launch NOAA-N Satellite

[Thursday, January 22, 2009]

NASA is preparing to launch NOAA'S latest polar-orbiting operational environmental satellite, called NOAA-N Prime, providing an essential resource for NOAA's weather forecasts and improving the U.S. search and rescue operations.




House Committee on Science and Technology Subcommittee Chairs, Members Named

House Committee on Science and Technology Subcommittee Chairs, Members Named

[Thursday, January 22, 2009]

Today the Democratic Caucus of the Committee on Science and Technology met to elect Subcommittee Chairs and select Subcommittee assignments. The selections will be official after they are approved by the full Committee.




NASA a Step Closer to First Flight Test of Next Crew Launch Vehicle

NASA a Step Closer to First Flight Test of Next Crew Launch Vehicle

[Thursday, January 22, 2009]

NASA is a step closer to the first flight test of the rocket that will send humans on their way to the moon as part of the agency's Constellation Program.




Space Shuttle Crew Visits Troops On Overseas Trip

Space Shuttle Crew Visits Troops On Overseas Trip

[Thursday, January 22, 2009]

NASA astronauts of the STS-126 space shuttle mission will begin a new journey next week -- an 11-day trip to greet U.S. military personnel serving overseas. Shuttle Endeavour's crew will pay a special visit to troops in Germany and the Middle East.




NASA ISS Earth Image: Sand dunes in the Marzuq Sand Sea

NASA ISS Earth Image: Sand dunes in the Marzuq Sand Sea

[Saturday, January 24, 2009]

Sand dunes in the Marzuq Sand Sea, southwest Libya are featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 18 crewmember on the International Space Station.




NASA Solicitation: Facilitated Access to the Space Environment for Technology Development and Training

NASA Solicitation: Facilitated Access to the Space Environment for Technology Development and Training

[Saturday, January 24, 2009]

The FAST program will facilitate technology maturation by providing access to space-environment testing, which is a key step in moving technologies from a lower to higher level of readiness.




NASA Internal Email: STS-125 Launch Date and Pad 39B Mods

NASA Internal Email: STS-125 Launch Date and Pad 39B Mods

[Saturday, January 24, 2009]

The message below from Chuck Shaw explains the results of a NASA HQ/Space Shuttle Program meeting held yesterday reaffirming the STS-125 (SM4) launch date of May 12, 2009.




Space Station Commander Guides New HD Tour Of Complex (With Videos)

Space Station Commander Guides New HD Tour Of Complex (With Videos)

[Sunday, January 25, 2009]

Expedition 18 Commander Mike Fincke, aboard the International Space Station with Flight Engineers Sandy Magnus and Yury Lonchakov, recently filmed a high-definition tour of the orbiting complex.




Long term impact risk for asteroid (101955) 1999 RQ36

Long term impact risk for asteroid (101955) 1999 RQ36

[Monday, January 26, 2009]

The potentially hazardous asteroid (101955) 1999 RQ36 has the possibility of collision with the Earth in the latter half of the 22nd century, well beyond the traditional 100-year time horizon for routine impact monitoring.




NASA JSC Advanced Planning Office Blog: Disruptive Future

NASA JSC Advanced Planning Office Blog: Disruptive Future

[Monday, January 26, 2009]

To Boldly Go!!! Bold!!! I have always liked the sound of that word. I especially liked the definition of bold that was captured in a JSC Vision Statement, "Disrupting perceptions, inspiring change."




European lunar X-ray camera more sensitive than expected

European lunar X-ray camera more sensitive than expected

[Monday, January 26, 2009]

The European C1XS X-ray camera on board India's Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiter has detected the presence of magnesium, aluminium and silicon on the Moon during a small solar flare - one of the first of the new solar cycle.




C1XS Catches First Glimpse of X-ray from the Moon

C1XS Catches First Glimpse of X-ray from the Moon

[Monday, January 26, 2009]

The C1XS X-ray camera, jointly developed by the UK's STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has successfully detected its first X-ray signature from the Moon.




NOAA-N Prime Atop Delta II Rocket Ready For Launch Feb. 4

NOAA-N Prime Atop Delta II Rocket Ready For Launch Feb. 4

[Monday, January 26, 2009]

The launch of the NOAA-N Prime polar-orbiting weather satellite for NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 4.




Obama Administration Names Interim NASA Leadership

Obama Administration Names Interim NASA Leadership

[Monday, January 26, 2009]

The Obama Administration has announced several interim leadership changes for NASA, which are effective immediately.




Helium rains inside jovian planets

Helium rains inside jovian planets

[Monday, January 26, 2009]

By determining the properties of hydrogen-helium mixtures in the interior of Saturn and Jupiter, physicists have determined the temperature at a given pressure when helium becomes insoluble in dense metallic hydrogen.




The Conrad Foundation and the National Space Society Announce Collaboration

The Conrad Foundation and the National Space Society Announce Collaboration

[Monday, January 26, 2009]

Officials with The Conrad Foundation today announced the National Space Society (NSS) as its newest "Partner Organization" to support the upcoming Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Awards, the Foundation's annual education competition.




Astronauts on International Space Station lose alarming amounts of hipbone strength

Astronauts on International Space Station lose alarming amounts of hipbone strength

[Monday, January 26, 2009]

Astronauts spending months in space lose significant bone strength, making them increasingly at risk for fractures later in life.




NASA Mars Rover Opportunity Update: Post-Solar Conjunction Hangover

NASA Mars Rover Opportunity Update: Post-Solar Conjunction Hangover

[Tuesday, January 27, 2009]

As soon as Opportunity came out of solar conjunction - a period when the Sun passes between Earth and Mars and prohibits communication - engineers discovered that the rover's computer memory was a bit too full for comfort.




Lockheed Martin Readies Historic Operations & Checkout Facility for New Orion Spacecraft Integration Work

Lockheed Martin Readies Historic Operations & Checkout Facility for New Orion Spacecraft Integration Work

[Tuesday, January 27, 2009]

After a two-year, top to bottom renovation, the High Bay Facility of the O&C Building at NASA'S Kennedy Space Center is now ready to begin preparations to build the new Orion crew exploration vehicle -- the flagship of NASA's Constellation Program.




New Education Materials Available at NASA.gov

New Education Materials Available at NASA.gov

[Tuesday, January 27, 2009]

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.




USRA Selects Awardees for LCROSS Observation Campaign

USRA Selects Awardees for LCROSS Observation Campaign

[Tuesday, January 27, 2009]

The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is proud to announce the selection for funding of four proposals for scientific activities to be carried out under the LCROSS Observation Campaign.




NASA Art and Design Life and Work on the Moon contest Due Date Extended to April 15, 2009

NASA Art and Design Life and Work on the Moon contest Due Date Extended to April 15, 2009

[Tuesday, January 27, 2009]

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration invites high school and college students from all areas of study to enter, including the arts, industrial design, architecture, computer design, and the fine arts.




NASA Honors Fallen Colleagues During Day Of Remembrance

NASA Honors Fallen Colleagues During Day Of Remembrance

[Tuesday, January 27, 2009]

NASA's Kennedy Space Center will pay tribute to the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, as well as other NASA colleagues, during the agency's Day of Remembrance observance on Jan. 29.




NASA Invites Public to Choose Hubble's Next Discovery

NASA Invites Public to Choose Hubble's Next Discovery

[Wednesday, January 28, 2009]

NASA is giving everyone the opportunity to use the world's most celebrated telescope to explore the heavens and boldly look where the Hubble Space Telescope has never looked before.




NASA Glenn Research Center Pays Tribute to Fallen Astronauts

NASA Glenn Research Center Pays Tribute to Fallen Astronauts

[Wednesday, January 28, 2009]

The Visitor Center at NASA's Glenn Research Center will pay tribute to those who lost their lives pursuing the exploration of space.




Eutelsat Statement on the W2M Satellite

Eutelsat Statement on the W2M Satellite

[Wednesday, January 28, 2009]

Eutelsat has announced that the performance of the W2M satellite does not comply with the requirements set with the spacecraft's manufacturer following a major anomaly affecting the satellite's power subsystem.




House Science and Technology Committee Organizes, Approves Oversight Plan

House Science and Technology Committee Organizes, Approves Oversight Plan

[Wednesday, January 28, 2009]

The Committee held its Organizational meeting, in which Members approved Subcommittee Chairs, Ranking Members, Subcommittee Assignments, and Committee Rules. The Committee also approved its Oversight Plan, as required by House Rules.




Astronomers Observe Planet With Wild Temperature Swings

Astronomers Observe Planet With Wild Temperature Swings

[Wednesday, January 28, 2009]

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has observed a planet that heats up to red-hot temperatures in a matter of hours before quickly cooling back down.




The Canadian Space Agency Comes out a Winner in Conservative Budget, Sort of

The Canadian Space Agency Comes out a Winner in Conservative Budget, Sort of

[Wednesday, January 28, 2009]

The Canadian Space Agency were the beneficiary of an additional $110 million in funding over the next three years in yesterday's budget but a closer look reveals that some of the new money will actually replenish a decreasing budget.




NASA Mars Rover Team Diagnosing Unexpected Behavior With Spirit

NASA Mars Rover Team Diagnosing Unexpected Behavior With Spirit

[Wednesday, January 28, 2009]

The team operating NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit plans diagnostic tests this week after Spirit did not report some of its weekend activities, including a request to determine its orientation after an incomplete drive.




NASA Seeks Concept Proposals for Future Moon Lander

NASA Seeks Concept Proposals for Future Moon Lander

[Wednesday, January 28, 2009]

On Wednesday, NASA issued a request for proposals for concept definition and requirements analysis support for the Altair lunar lander. Proposals are due to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston by 2 p.m. CST on Feb. 27.




Message from the Acting NASA Administrator - Day of Remembrance, Jan. 29, 2009

Message from the Acting NASA Administrator - Day of Remembrance, Jan. 29, 2009

[Thursday, January 29, 2009]

Today we honor the Apollo 1, Challenger, and Columbia crews, and all members of the NASA family who lost their lives in the exploration of space. We honor their commitment as well as the loss to their families and friends.




Message from the President on NASA's Day of Remembrance, Jan. 29, 2009

Message from the President on NASA's Day of Remembrance, Jan. 29, 2009

[Thursday, January 29, 2009]

The arrival of a new year reminds us that life is a journey, one that takes us on many unexpected paths. NASA's role is to pioneer journeys into the unknown for the benefit of humanity. Along the way, we sometimes experience tragedy instead of triumph.




NASA Mission to Help Unravel Key Carbon, Climate Mysteries

NASA Mission to Help Unravel Key Carbon, Climate Mysteries

[Thursday, January 29, 2009]

NASA's first spacecraft dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide is in final preparations for a Feb. 23 launch. Carbon dioxide is the leading human-produced greenhouse gas driving changes in Earth's climate.




NASA To Investigate the Stormy Moon

NASA To Investigate the Stormy Moon

[Thursday, January 29, 2009]

NASA's Lunar Science Institute selected a proposal to investigate the sun's influence on the moon submitted by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The basic science research supports NASA's human exploration of the moon.




NASA Education Introduces Do-It-Yourself Podcast

NASA Education Introduces Do-It-Yourself Podcast

[Thursday, January 29, 2009]

We're excited to introduce the Do-It-Yourself Podcast activity in the For Educators section of NASA.gov. We'll provide audio and video clips of astronauts performing work in space and on the ground.




Wayne Hale's NASA Blog: Stifling Dissent

Wayne Hale's NASA Blog: Stifling Dissent

[Thursday, January 29, 2009]

I've got a video that you need to watch, but first I need to explain why you need to watch it and what lesson I hope you will take away.




NASA Cassini Finds Hydrocarbon Rains May Fill Titan Lakes

NASA Cassini Finds Hydrocarbon Rains May Fill Titan Lakes

[Friday, January 30, 2009]

Recent images of Titan from NASA's Cassini spacecraft affirm the presence of lakes of liquid hydrocarbons by capturing changes in the lakes brought on by rainfall.




NASA Sets Briefing With Members of First Six-Person Station Crew (With Internal NASA Technical Documents)

NASA Sets Briefing With Members of First Six-Person Station Crew (With Internal NASA Technical Documents)

[Friday, January 30, 2009]

NASA will hold a media briefing at 1 p.m. CST, Wednesday, March 4, with the International Space Station residents who will usher in an era of six-person crews.




Test in Development of NASA's New Crew Rocket is Successful

Test in Development of NASA's New Crew Rocket is Successful

[Friday, January 30, 2009]

The development of NASA's next-generation crew launch vehicle, the Ares I rocket, took another step forward Thursday as Alliant Techsystems, or ATK, successfully tested a critical piece.




Students get weightless testing personal navigation aid for spaceflight

Students get weightless testing personal navigation aid for spaceflight

[Friday, January 30, 2009]

Many people resolved to lose weight this year, but seven university students had a different goal - to be "weightless."




Earth Observatory Image of the Day: Antarctica

Earth Observatory Image of the Day: Antarctica

[Saturday, January 31, 2009]

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this composite image on January 27, 2009. Few features are visible on the ice-covered landscape.