January 2010 Top Story Archives



New NASA Online Calendar Is Totally Confusing

New NASA Online Calendar Is Totally Confusing

[Sunday, January 3, 2010]

This calendar shows 24 January as the date that Apollo 8 circled the Moon (it was launched on 21 January - the date that this calendar claims that the Winter Solstice begins)




Astronaut John Grunsfeld Appointed Space Telescope Science Institute Deputy Director

Astronaut John Grunsfeld Appointed Space Telescope Science Institute Deputy Director

[Sunday, January 3, 2010]

Dr. John M. Grunsfeld has been appointed Deputy Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Md., effective January 4, 2010.




Moon Rock Gains Traveling Companion for Historic Return to Space

Moon Rock Gains Traveling Companion for Historic Return to Space

[Monday, January 4, 2010]

A moon rock collected during the historic Apollo 11 mission more than 40 years ago will be heading back to space and a new home aboard the International Space Station, sharing quarters with a piece of Mt. Everest.




NASA's Kepler Space Telescope Discovers Five Exoplanets

NASA's Kepler Space Telescope Discovers Five Exoplanets

[Monday, January 4, 2010]

NASA's Kepler space telescope, designed to find Earth-size planets in the habitable zone of sun-like stars, has discovered its first five new exoplanets, or planets beyond our solar system.




Massive Black Hole Implicated in Stellar Destruction

Massive Black Hole Implicated in Stellar Destruction

[Monday, January 4, 2010]

New results from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Magellan telescopes suggest that a dense stellar remnant has been ripped apart by a black hole a thousand times as massive as the Sun.




Spectacular Mars images reveal evidence of ancient lakes

Spectacular Mars images reveal evidence of ancient lakes

[Monday, January 4, 2010]

Spectacular satellite images suggest that Mars was warm enough to sustain lakes three billion years ago.




Giant Intergalactic Gas Stream Longer than Thought

Giant Intergalactic Gas Stream Longer than Thought

[Monday, January 4, 2010]

A giant stream of gas flowing from neighbor galaxies around our own Milky Way is much longer and older than previously thought, astronomers have discovered. The new revelations provide a fresh insight on what started the gaseous intergalactic streamer.




The PARASOL Satellite Moving Off the A-Train's Track

The PARASOL Satellite Moving Off the A-Train's Track

[Monday, January 4, 2010]

The Afternoon Constellation "A-Train" consists of five U.S. and international Earth Science satellites that fly within approximately 10 minutes of each other to enable concurrent science. Glory and GCOM-W1 will join the A-Train in 2010 and 2011 respective




Closing the Loop for ALMA

Closing the Loop for ALMA

[Monday, January 4, 2010]

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has passed a key milestone crucial for the high quality images that will be the trademark of this revolutionary new tool for astronomy.




Eclipses yield first images of elusive iron line in the solar corona

Eclipses yield first images of elusive iron line in the solar corona

[Monday, January 4, 2010]

Solar physicists attempting to unlock the mysteries of the solar corona have found another piece of the puzzle by observing the sun's outer atmosphere during eclipses.




Peering into the Heart of Darkness

Peering into the Heart of Darkness

[Tuesday, January 5, 2010]

Astronomers have long known that the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, known as Sagittarius A* (or Sgr A* for short), is a particularly poor eater.




Centuries-Old Star Mystery Coming to a Close

Centuries-Old Star Mystery Coming to a Close

[Tuesday, January 5, 2010]

For almost two centuries, humans have looked up at a bright star called Epsilon Aurigae and watched with their own eyes as it seemed to disappear into the night sky, slowly fading before coming back to life again.




NASA Spitzer Image Reveals Galaxies Dusty Inner Workings

NASA Spitzer Image Reveals Galaxies Dusty Inner Workings

[Tuesday, January 5, 2010]

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured an action-packed picture of the nearby Small Magellanic Cloud, a small galaxy that looks like a wispy cloud when seen from Earth.




Hubble Delivers Colorful Galaxy

Hubble Delivers Colorful Galaxy

[Tuesday, January 5, 2010]

More than 12 billion years of cosmic history are shown in an unprecedented, panoramic, full-color view of thousands of galaxies in various stages of assembly.




Faster-than-Light Pulsar Phenomena

Faster-than-Light Pulsar Phenomena

[Tuesday, January 5, 2010]

Lawbreakers? Faster-than-light polarization current? In papers presented this week suggest that pulsars emit the electromagnetic equivalent of the well-known "sonic boom" from accelerating supersonic aircraft.




Goddard scientist's breakthrough given ticket to Mars

Goddard scientist's breakthrough given ticket to Mars

[Tuesday, January 5, 2010]

The quest to discover whether Mars ever hosted an environment friendly to microscopic forms of life has just gotten a shot in the arm.




Hubble finds most distant primeval galaxies

Hubble finds most distant primeval galaxies

[Tuesday, January 5, 2010]

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has broken the distance limit for galaxies and uncovered a primordial population of compact and ultra-blue galaxies that have never been seen before.




NASA Supports President's Summer of Innovation

NASA Supports President's Summer of Innovation

[Wednesday, January 6, 2010]

NASA has launched an initiative to use its missions and technology programs to boost summer learning. NASA's Summer of Innovation supports the President's Educate to Innovate campaign for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.




NASA's WISE Captures Its First Image

NASA's WISE Captures Its First Image

[Wednesday, January 6, 2010]

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has captured its first look at the starry sky that it will soon begin surveying in infrared light.




NASA Shuttle at Launch Pad for Final Scheduled Night Launch; Crew Set to Arrive for Practice Liftoff

NASA Shuttle at Launch Pad for Final Scheduled Night Launch; Crew Set to Arrive for Practice Liftoff

[Wednesday, January 6, 2010]

After reaching its launch pad at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida Wednesday, space shuttle Endeavour now awaits its next major milestone for the upcoming STS-130 mission.




Environmental Tectonics Corporations The NASTAR(R) Center Commences Space Training for Prospective Scientist-Astronauts

Environmental Tectonics Corporations The NASTAR(R) Center Commences Space Training for Prospective Scientist-Astronauts

[Wednesday, January 6, 2010]

The Suborbital Scientist-Astronaut Training Course has been developed by The NASTAR Center and is organized by Dr. Alan Stern and Dr. Dan Durda of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI).




Most Earthlike Exoplanet Started out as Gas Giant

Most Earthlike Exoplanet Started out as Gas Giant

[Wednesday, January 6, 2010]

The most earthlike planet yet found around another star may be the rocky remains of a Saturn-sized gas giant, according to research presented today at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington.




Mirror Testing at NASA Breaks Superstitious Myths

Mirror Testing at NASA Breaks Superstitious Myths

[Thursday, January 7, 2010]

In ancient mythological times reflective surfaces like shiny metals and mirrors were thought to be magical and credited with the ability to look into the future. NASA is using mirrors to do just the opposite - look into the past.




European Commission awards major contracts to make Galileo operational early 2014

European Commission awards major contracts to make Galileo operational early 2014

[Thursday, January 7, 2010]

The European Commission announced today the award of three of the six contracts for the procurement of Galileo's initial operational capability. The contract for the system support services is awarded to ThalesAleniaSpace of Italy.




Dust From Extrasolar Planet Collisions?

Dust From Extrasolar Planet Collisions?

[Thursday, January 7, 2010]

Using the Gemini South telescope in Chile, astronomers at UCLA have found dusty evidence for the formation of young, rocky planets around a star some 500 light-years distant.




Astronomers Detect Earliest Galaxies

Astronomers Detect Earliest Galaxies

[Thursday, January 7, 2010]

Astronomers have broken the distance limit for galaxies by uncovering a primordial population of compact and ultra-blue galaxies that have never been seen before. They are from 13 billion years ago, just 600 to 800 million years after the Big Bang.




How Earth Survived Birth

How Earth Survived Birth

[Thursday, January 7, 2010]

For the last 20 years, the best models of planet formation -- or how planets grow from dust in a gas disk -- have contradicted the very existence of Earth.




New Tidal Streams Found in Andromeda

New Tidal Streams Found in Andromeda

[Thursday, January 7, 2010]

An international team of astronomers has identified two new tidal streams in the Andromeda Galaxy, the remnants of dwarf galaxies consumed by our large galactic neighbor.




NASA Chooses Student Teams to Drop Science Experiments

NASA Chooses Student Teams to Drop Science Experiments

[Friday, January 8, 2010]

NASA has selected teams of middle school and high school students to test their science experiments in microgravity competitions that simulate the microgravity in space




NASA Administrator Bolden Stresses Importance of Inspiration & Education

NASA Administrator Bolden Stresses Importance of Inspiration & Education

[Friday, January 8, 2010]

NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr. stressed the importance of inspirational space exploration missions and education during his keynote address at the American Astronomical Society's national meeting in Washington, DC on January 6.




Groundbreaking study: New book details first university-sponsored expedition to Antarctica

Groundbreaking study: New book details first university-sponsored expedition to Antarctica

[Saturday, January 9, 2010]

It took Colin Bull 50 years before he published an account of his first Antarctic expedition, a groundbreaking study of the McMurdo Dry Valleys.




Suzaku finds 'fossil' fireballs from supernovae

Suzaku finds 'fossil' fireballs from supernovae

[Saturday, January 9, 2010]

tudies of two supernova remnants using the Japan-U.S. Suzaku observatory have revealed never-before-seen embers of the high-temperature fireballs that immediately followed the explosions.




NASA Mars Opportunity Rover: Brushing out the RAT Cuttings

NASA Mars Opportunity Rover: Brushing out the RAT Cuttings

[Saturday, January 9, 2010]

Opportunity has been investigating the rock known as "Marquette Island." The rock abrasion tool (RAT) was used to grind a 1.5-millimeter-deep (0.06-inch-deep) hole in this very hard rock at the target called "Peck Bay 2."




NASA Mars Spirit Rover: Toe-In Maneuver Before Drive

NASA Mars Spirit Rover: Toe-In Maneuver Before Drive

[Saturday, January 9, 2010]

Spirit remains embedded at the location called "Troy" on the west side of Home Plate. Attempts to extricate Spirit have been complicated by the lack of functionality in both the right-rear and right-front wheels.




Jupiter's Moons - 400 Years After Galileo

Jupiter's Moons - 400 Years After Galileo

[Sunday, January 10, 2010]

On Jan. 7, 1610, Galileo Galilei's improvements to the telescope enabled humanity to see Jupiter's four largest moons for the first time.




Dress rehearsal: Fieldwork to prepare for major project in 2011-12 makes milestone, discovery

Dress rehearsal: Fieldwork to prepare for major project in 2011-12 makes milestone, discovery

[Sunday, January 10, 2010]

Scientists conducting a dress rehearsal for deployment of an instrument through an ice shelf into the ocean below learned about the system during a weeklong field test in Antarctica -making polar history and an unexpected discovery along the way.




NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver Announced as Keynote Speaker for the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference in February

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver Announced as Keynote Speaker for the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference in February

[Monday, January 11, 2010]

At the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference on February 18-20, 2010 scientists, engineers, educators, and vehicle developers will gather to discuss the research and education benefits of new commercial suborbital spacecraft.




ETC's The NASTAR(R) Center Announces Winner of Student Patch Design Contest Outreach Effort

ETC's The NASTAR(R) Center Announces Winner of Student Patch Design Contest Outreach Effort

[Monday, January 11, 2010]

Students entered for a chance to have their design become the official patch of The NASTAR Center's new Suborbital Scientist-Astronaut Training Program.




NASA to Check for Unlikely Winter Survival of Mars Lander

NASA to Check for Unlikely Winter Survival of Mars Lander

[Monday, January 11, 2010]

Beginning Jan. 18, NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter will listen for possible, though improbable, radio transmissions from the Phoenix Mars Lander, which completed five months of studying an arctic Martian site in November 2008.




Suborbital Scientist-Astronaut Training Course Live Updates

Suborbital Scientist-Astronaut Training Course Live Updates

[Tuesday, January 12, 2010]

The Suborbital Scientist-Astronaut Training Course is being held at The NASTAR Center Tuesday/Wednesday, 12-13 Jan. Live updates here.




Unprecedented Details Imaged on the Surface of Betelgeuse

Unprecedented Details Imaged on the Surface of Betelgeuse

[Tuesday, January 12, 2010]

Using interferometry, an international team led by an astronomer of Paris Observatory (LESIA) obtained an unprecedented image of the surface of the red supergiant Betelgeuse.




VLT Captures First Direct Spectrum of an Exoplanet

VLT Captures First Direct Spectrum of an Exoplanet

[Wednesday, January 13, 2010]

By studying a triple planetary system that resembles a scaled-up version of our own Sun's family of planets, astronomers have been able to obtain the first direct spectrum.




First Satellite Map of Haiti Earthquake Damage

First Satellite Map of Haiti Earthquake Damage

[Thursday, January 14, 2010]

A major 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on 12 January, causing major casualties and damage. The quake was followed by several aftershocks with magnitudes over 5.0.




GAO Briefing on Commercial and Department of Defense Space System Requirements and Acquisition Practices

GAO Briefing on Commercial and Department of Defense Space System Requirements and Acquisition Practices

[Thursday, January 14, 2010]

We found that although DOD and the commercial sector both use satellites for missions such as communications and imagery, DOD's requirements are often more demanding.




Bill to Extend Commercial Space Transportation Liability Regime Is Now Law

Bill to Extend Commercial Space Transportation Liability Regime Is Now Law

[Thursday, January 14, 2010]

House Committee on Science and Technology Chairman Bart Gordon's (D-TN) bill to extend the commercial space transportation liability regime was signed into law (P.L. 111-125) by President Obama on December 28, 2009.




NASA Investigates Illegal Substance Found in Shuttle Hangar

NASA Investigates Illegal Substance Found in Shuttle Hangar

[Thursday, January 14, 2010]

NASA has launched an extensive investigation after a small amount of cocaine was found in a restricted area of the processing hangar for shuttle Discovery at Kennedy Space Center, Fla.




Astronomers Capture First-of-Kind Image at Distant Star

Astronomers Capture First-of-Kind Image at Distant Star

[Thursday, January 14, 2010]

Researchers have made the first direct radio image of a stellar coronal loop at a star, other than the Sun, thereby providing scientists with information that may lead to a better understanding of how such phenomena as space weather affect the Earth.




New Research Resolves Conflict in Theory of How Galaxies Form

New Research Resolves Conflict in Theory of How Galaxies Form

[Thursday, January 14, 2010]

For more than two decades, the cold dark matter theory has been used by cosmologists to explain how the smooth universe born in the Big Bang more than 13 billion years ago evolved into the filamentary, galaxy-rich cosmic web that we see today.




Hubble Catches End of Star Making Party in Nearby Dwarf Galaxy

Hubble Catches End of Star Making Party in Nearby Dwarf Galaxy

[Thursday, January 14, 2010]

Galaxies throughout the universe are ablaze with star birth. But for a nearby, small spiral galaxy, the star-making party is almost over.




First Class of Suborbital Scientist-Astronauts Successfully Complete NASTAR Training Program

First Class of Suborbital Scientist-Astronauts Successfully Complete NASTAR Training Program

[Thursday, January 14, 2010]

11 researchers including members of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation's Suborbital Applications Researchers Group successfully completed a training program yesterday at The National Aerospace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center in Pennsylvania.




NASA Revises Cost and Schedule for Displaying Retired Shuttles

NASA Revises Cost and Schedule for Displaying Retired Shuttles

[Friday, January 15, 2010]

NASA has issued a follow-up RFI for ideas from education institutions, science museums and other appropriate organizations about the community's ability to acquire and publicly display orbiters after the conclusion of the Space Shuttle Program.




Four Challenger Learning Centers Awarded Major NASA Grants to Inspire and Educate

Four Challenger Learning Centers Awarded Major NASA Grants to Inspire and Educate

[Friday, January 15, 2010]

Missions to the Moon and to Mars and interactive climate change exhibits are among the projects NASA has selected to receive agency funding.




Boeing Lays Off 36 Employees at NASA's Kennedy Space Center

Boeing Lays Off 36 Employees at NASA's Kennedy Space Center

[Friday, January 15, 2010]

The Boeing Company, part of both the United Space Alliance and United Launch Alliance has laid off a total of some 36 of its employees at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.




New Take on a Ring Cycle: Cornell Musician's Tribute to Saturn

New Take on a Ring Cycle: Cornell Musician's Tribute to Saturn

[Friday, January 15, 2010]

Art meets science: A fresh sultry, circular and sweeping piece of music -- called "Anillos" -- perfectly timed with breathtaking images of the planet Saturn and perfect for a large-screen television, is available now on DVD.




Kids In Micro-g! Web Page Updated

Kids In Micro-g! Web Page Updated

[Friday, January 15, 2010]

The Kids In Micro-g! Web Page has been recently updated with a series of six video modules to help student experimenter design teams with development of their experiments.




Wayne Hale's Blog: Thoughts on Commercial Human Orbital Spaceflight

Wayne Hale's Blog: Thoughts on Commercial Human Orbital Spaceflight

[Saturday, January 16, 2010]

Shortly after I moved into the Shuttle Program office, I was very surprised to learn that NASA did not own the blueprints for the space shuttle!




Avatar: A Stunning New World That NASA Continues to Ignore

Avatar: A Stunning New World That NASA Continues to Ignore

[Monday, January 18, 2010]

James Cameron's "Avatar" has continued to break box office records, has won the Golden Globe Awards for "best picture" and "best director", and is now headed for the Oscars. So, how did NASA capitalize on this phenomenon? Answer: It didn't.




400th Anniversary of Galileo's Discovery

400th Anniversary of Galileo's Discovery

[Monday, January 18, 2010]

The end of 1609 and the first months of 1610 mark the beginning of modern astronomy.




Land Ho! Huygens Plunged to Titan Surface 5 Years Ago

Land Ho! Huygens Plunged to Titan Surface 5 Years Ago

[Monday, January 18, 2010]

The Huygens probe parachuted down to the surface of Saturn's haze-shrouded moon Titan exactly five years ago on Jan. 14, 2005, providing data that scientists on NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn are still building upon today.




NASA Solicitation: NASA Follow-up Request for Information on Space Shuttle Orbiter Placement

NASA Solicitation: NASA Follow-up Request for Information on Space Shuttle Orbiter Placement

[Monday, January 18, 2010]

NASA Solicitation: NASA Follow-up Request for Information on Space Shuttle Orbiter Placement




Tooling up ExoMars

Tooling up ExoMars

[Monday, January 18, 2010]

ESA and NASA are inviting scientists from across the world to propose instruments for their joint Mars mission, the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter.




Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity  Update: Leaving Marquette Behind

Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity Update: Leaving Marquette Behind

[Monday, January 18, 2010]

On Sol 2124, Opportunity crossed the 19-kilometer odometry milestone! A near-term science objective along the path towards Endeavour Crater is a relatively fresh impact crater, called "Conception," approximately 250 meters (820 feet) to the south.




Mars Exploration Rover Spirit Update: Little Forward Progress

Mars Exploration Rover Spirit Update: Little Forward Progress

[Monday, January 18, 2010]

Spirit remains embedded at the location called "Troy" on the West side of Home Plate. Extrication drives were tried on sols 2138, 2140 and 2142 (Jan. 7, 9 and 11, 2010).




Teams Selected for 'Fly Your Thesis!' 2010 Microgravity Program

Teams Selected for 'Fly Your Thesis!' 2010 Microgravity Program

[Monday, January 18, 2010]

Following the debut of ESA's 'Fly Your Thesis!' programme in 2009, four teams of university students have been selected to conduct their microgravity experiments during a second series of parabolic flights aboard an aircraft.




NASA Reveals New Batch Of Space Program Artifacts

NASA Reveals New Batch Of Space Program Artifacts

[Tuesday, January 19, 2010]

NASA is inviting eligible education institutions, museums and other organizations to examine and request space program artifacts online.




Weak Lensing Gains Strength

Weak Lensing Gains Strength

[Tuesday, January 19, 2010]

Weak gravitational lensing is a uniquely promising way to learn how much dark matter there is in the Universe and how its distribution has evolved since the distant past.




Public Gets Opportunity to Pick Location for Mars Camera Shots

Public Gets Opportunity to Pick Location for Mars Camera Shots

[Wednesday, January 20, 2010]

How would you like to decide what should be photographed by NASA's most powerful camera orbiting Mars on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter? Well now you can.




NASA Schedules News Conference About Next Space Shuttle Launch

NASA Schedules News Conference About Next Space Shuttle Launch

[Wednesday, January 20, 2010]

NASA managers will hold a news conference on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to discuss the status of the next space shuttle launch.




New research suggests that near-Earth encounters can 'shake' asteroids

New research suggests that near-Earth encounters can 'shake' asteroids

[Wednesday, January 20, 2010]

New research by MIT Professor of Planetary Science Richard Binzel examines the opposite scenario: that Earth has considerable influence on asteroids -- and from a distance much larger than previously thought.




On the Trail of a Cosmic Cat

On the Trail of a Cosmic Cat

[Wednesday, January 20, 2010]

ESO has just released a stunning new image of the vast cloud known as the Cat's Paw Nebula or NGC 6334.




Commercial Spaceflight Federation Responds to the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panelís Report

Commercial Spaceflight Federation Responds to the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panelís Report

[Thursday, January 21, 2010]

In a scathing statement the Commercial Spaceflight Federation issued the following response with respect to the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel's 2009 annual report.




Rover Gives NASA an

Rover Gives NASA an "Opportunity" to View Interior of Mars

[Thursday, January 21, 2010]

NASA's Mars exploration rover Opportunity is allowing scientists to get a glimpse deep inside Mars. Perched on a rippled Martian plain, a dark rock not much bigger than a basketball was the target of interest for Opportunity during the past two months.




NASA Research Finds Last Decade was Warmest on Record

NASA Research Finds Last Decade was Warmest on Record

[Thursday, January 21, 2010]

A new analysis of global surface temperatures by NASA scientists finds the past year was tied for the second warmest since 1880. In the Southern Hemisphere, 2009 was the warmest year on record.




NASA Extends the World Wide Web Out Into Space

NASA Extends the World Wide Web Out Into Space

[Friday, January 22, 2010]

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station received a special software upgrade this week - personal access to the Internet and the World Wide Web via the ultimate wireless connection.




High School Students Can Send Experiments Flying with NASA

High School Students Can Send Experiments Flying with NASA

[Friday, January 22, 2010]

NASA is inviting student teams nationwide to design and build an experiment or technology demonstration to be sent to the near space environment of the stratosphere, an altitude of 100,000 feet.




From Space to the Classroom: NASA Science Improves Climate Change Education

From Space to the Classroom: NASA Science Improves Climate Change Education

[Friday, January 22, 2010]

NASA has awarded approximately $1.4 million in cooperative agreements to enhance learning through the use of the agency's unique Earth science resources.




Questioning Space -- Los Angeles Students Connect with and Query Orbiting Space Station Astronauts

Questioning Space -- Los Angeles Students Connect with and Query Orbiting Space Station Astronauts

[Friday, January 22, 2010]

Elementary students at Vintage Math, Science and Technology Magnet School in Los Angeles will get to ask questions of astronauts aboard the International Space station.




Largest Solar Telescope to be Built on Haleakala on the Island of Maui

Largest Solar Telescope to be Built on Haleakala on the Island of Maui

[Friday, January 22, 2010]

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $298 million cooperative support agreement to the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) to build the 4-meter Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST).




New Report on Dealing with Near Earth Objects Released

New Report on Dealing with Near Earth Objects Released

[Friday, January 22, 2010]

A new report from the National Research Council lays out options NASA could follow to detect more near-Earth objects (NEOs) -- asteroids and comets that could pose a hazard if they cross Earth's orbit.




Stellar Students Selected As NASA Ambassadors

Stellar Students Selected As NASA Ambassadors

[Friday, January 22, 2010]

NASA has selected 105 of its best and brightest interns and fellows for the NASA Student Ambassador Program.




NASA Announces ISS EarthKAM Winter 2010 Mission

NASA Announces ISS EarthKAM Winter 2010 Mission

[Friday, January 22, 2010]

NASA has exciting news! EarthKAM has just launched a new beta version of its Web site.




Differences Between Ganymede and Callisto Explained

Differences Between Ganymede and Callisto Explained

[Monday, January 25, 2010]

Differences in the number and speed of cometary impacts onto Jupiter's large moons Ganymede and Callisto some 3.8 billion years ago can explain their vastly different surfaces and interior states, according to research scientists




New Wrinkles on Titan

New Wrinkles on Titan

[Monday, January 25, 2010]

In this image from Titan, two generally similar features, upper center and lower right, appear to be low mountains with grooves running roughly in the up-down direction. A set of straight lines are also visible at lower left. But what made the grooves?




India Successfully Conducts Static Test of its Largest Solid Booster S200

India Successfully Conducts Static Test of its Largest Solid Booster S200

[Monday, January 25, 2010]

The Indian Space Research Organization successfully conducted the static test of its largest solid rocket booster S200 today. This makes it the 3rd largest solid booster in the world, next to the booster of Space Shuttle and P230 booster of ARIANE-5.




South Korea and India Sign Science and Technology Cooperation Deal

South Korea and India Sign Science and Technology Cooperation Deal

[Monday, January 25, 2010]

According to Telecons Korea, the South Korean and India have agreed on a science and technology program aimed at expanding bilateral cooperation.




NASA'S Mars Rover Spirit Topic Of Media Call Jan. 26

NASA'S Mars Rover Spirit Topic Of Media Call Jan. 26

[Monday, January 25, 2010]

NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Jan. 26 to discuss the status of the agency's Mars rover Spirit. The robotic explorer has been stuck in sandy soil on Mars for the past eight months.




WISE Spies Near-Earth Asteroid

WISE Spies Near-Earth Asteroid

[Monday, January 25, 2010]

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has spotted its first never-before-seen near-Earth asteroid, the first of hundreds it is expected to find during its mission to map the whole sky in infrared light.




Mars Rover Spirit Becomes a Stationary Research Platform

Mars Rover Spirit Becomes a Stationary Research Platform

[Tuesday, January 26, 2010]

After six years of unprecedented exploration of the Red Planet, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit no longer will be a fully mobile robot.




NASA Day of Remembrance at Kennedy Space Center Jan. 29

NASA Day of Remembrance at Kennedy Space Center Jan. 29

[Tuesday, January 26, 2010]

NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., 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 Friday, Jan. 29.




NASA Gives Go for February 7 as Final Space Shuttle Night Launch

NASA Gives Go for February 7 as Final Space Shuttle Night Launch

[Wednesday, January 27, 2010]

Space Shuttle Endeavour will be the last ever shuttle to launch at night. NASA officially announced the launch time of 4:39 a.m. EST on February 7th today, as expected.




Newborn Black Holes May Add Power to Many Exploding Stars

Newborn Black Holes May Add Power to Many Exploding Stars

[Wednesday, January 27, 2010]

Astronomers studying two exploding stars, or supernovae, have found evidence the blasts received an extra boost from newborn black holes. The supernovae were found to emit jets of particles traveling at more than half the speed of light.




Mars at its Best on January 29

Mars at its Best on January 29

[Wednesday, January 27, 2010]

One of the skywatching highlights of the year takes place on the night of January 29, as the full Moon and the planet Mars march high across the sky.




Discovery of New Stellar Streams in Andromeda Galaxy

Discovery of New Stellar Streams in Andromeda Galaxy

[Wednesday, January 27, 2010]

A team of astronomers from Tohoku University, University of Tokyo, NAOJ, University of California Santa Cruz, and other universities have discovered new stellar streams in a vast region surrounding the disk of Andromeda, in its so-called stellar halo.




NASA Internal Email From Mark Geyer: The Future

NASA Internal Email From Mark Geyer: The Future

[Thursday, January 28, 2010]

A few news bureaus and bloggers have been reporting on some major changes coming our way. Sometimes the number of reports gives the impression of validity when in fact they are all reporting on the same rumor.




Challenger Center Remembers the Challenger Flight 51-L Crew - Invites its Alumni and Friends to Share Their Stories

Challenger Center Remembers the Challenger Flight 51-L Crew - Invites its Alumni and Friends to Share Their Stories

[Thursday, January 28, 2010]

24 years ago today the space shuttle Challenger and its crew launched into a clear blue sky. Their mission was cut short that day, but their legacy of exploration and discovery lives on at nearly 50 Challenger Learning Centers worldwide.




NASA Adds Israeli Technical Expertise to Lunar Science Research at Ames

NASA Adds Israeli Technical Expertise to Lunar Science Research at Ames

[Thursday, January 28, 2010]

NASA and the Israel Space Agency have signed a joint statement that recognizes the Israel Network for Lunar Science and Exploration, or INLSE, as an affiliate partner with the NASA Lunar Science Institute




Black-Hole Hunters Set New Distance Record

Black-Hole Hunters Set New Distance Record

[Thursday, January 28, 2010]

Astronomers using ESO's Very Large Telescope have detected, in another galaxy, a stellar-mass black hole much farther away than any other previously known




Newborn Black Holes May Add Power to Many Exploding Stars

Newborn Black Holes May Add Power to Many Exploding Stars

[Thursday, January 28, 2010]

Astronomers studying two exploding stars, or supernovae, have found evidence the blasts received an extra boost from newborn black holes. The supernovae were found to emit jets of particles traveling at more than half the speed of light.




NASA Provides Inside Look at International Space Station with Streaming Video

NASA Provides Inside Look at International Space Station with Streaming Video

[Thursday, January 28, 2010]

NASA soon will provide Internet viewers an inside look at astronauts working in space by streaming video live from the International Space Station's laboratories. The internal views are set to begin Feb. 1 and will be available during all crew duty hours.




Celebrate the Launch of the Solar Dynamics Observatory With Tweetups and Launch Events

Celebrate the Launch of the Solar Dynamics Observatory With Tweetups and Launch Events

[Thursday, January 28, 2010]

SDO is launching in February 2010, and NASA wants you to be involved! Teachers, museums, libraries and individuals have many ways to participate. You can host your own launch event or even your own tweetup.




Are Heavyweight Stars Born Like Our Sun?

Are Heavyweight Stars Born Like Our Sun?

[Thursday, January 28, 2010]

Explaining how the most massive stars are born, deep within their stellar nurseries, is one of the most persistent mysteries in modern astronomy.




Astronomers Discover Cool Stars in Nearby Space

Astronomers Discover Cool Stars in Nearby Space

[Friday, January 29, 2010]

An international team, led by British astronomers using the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) in Hawaii, has discovered what may be the coolest sub-stellar body ever found outside our own Solar System.




Commercial Spaceflight Federation Statement on NASA's Anticipated Announcement of a $6 Billion Commercial Crew Program and NASA Budget Increase

Commercial Spaceflight Federation Statement on NASA's Anticipated Announcement of a $6 Billion Commercial Crew Program and NASA Budget Increase

[Friday, January 29, 2010]

CSF is issuing the following statement applauding NASA's anticipated announcement of a $6 billion competitive, commercial crew program and welcoming the President's show of support for NASA with his significant planned increase for NASA's overall budget.




NASA Cassini Significant Events 01/20/10 - 01/26/10

NASA Cassini Significant Events 01/20/10 - 01/26/10

[Friday, January 29, 2010]

The most recent spacecraft telemetry was acquired on Jan. 26 from the Deep Space Network tracking complex at Madrid, Spain. The Cassini spacecraft is in an excellent state of health and all subsystems are operating normally.




NASA Talk: Could Electronic Systems Collapse Worldwide?

NASA Talk: Could Electronic Systems Collapse Worldwide?

[Friday, January 29, 2010]

Could a major electromagnetic pulse or EMP be a global perfect storm for our electrical distribution system, communications, and the new technology society?




New NASA Website Launches Kids on Mission to Save Our Planet

New NASA Website Launches Kids on Mission to Save Our Planet

[Friday, January 29, 2010]

Climate change can be a daunting topic for most adults to grasp, let alone kids. A new NASA Web site can help our future explorers and leaders understand how and why their planet is changing and what they can do to help keep it habitable.




NASA Announces Innovation Initiatives With Fiscal Year 20110 Budget

NASA Announces Innovation Initiatives With Fiscal Year 20110 Budget

[Friday, January 29, 2010]

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will brief reporters about the agencyís fiscal year 2011 budget at 3 p.m. EST on Feb. 1. The news conference will take place in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters.




NASA JSC Solicitation: Variable Specific Impulse Magento-Plasma Rocket - VASIMR

NASA JSC Solicitation: Variable Specific Impulse Magento-Plasma Rocket - VASIMR

[Friday, January 29, 2010]

Studies will be conducted to evaluate a Lunar Tug concept utilizing Variable Specific Impulse Magneto-plasma Rocket (VASIMR) engine capabilities from Low Earth Orbit to Lunar Orbit and libration points.




NASA Images iPhone App

NASA Images iPhone App

[Saturday, January 30, 2010]

Check out the free NASA Images iPhone App, a window to the content available on nasaimages.org.




Twittering Pictures From Orbit

Twittering Pictures From Orbit

[Saturday, January 30, 2010]

@Astro_Soichi is sending back pictures - live - from the International Space Station via Twitter and Twitpic.




NASA Announces Two News Conferences To Discuss The 2011 Budget And A Bold New Approach To Exploration

NASA Announces Two News Conferences To Discuss The 2011 Budget And A Bold New Approach To Exploration

[Sunday, January 31, 2010]

NASA will hold news conferences on Monday, Feb. 1, and Tuesday, Feb. 2, to discuss the fiscal year 2011 budget request and announce bold new developments in the nation's civil space effort.