July 2005 Top Story Archives



NASA'S Deep Impact Spacecraft Preps for July 4 Fireworks »» NASA'S Deep Impact Spacecraft Preps for July 4 Fireworks

[Friday, July 1, 2005] NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft continues to sail through its final checkout, as it hurtles toward comet Tempel 1. Impact with the comet is scheduled for 1:52 a.m. EDT, July 4 (10:52 p.m. PDT, July 3).

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NASA Plans to Build Two New Shuttle-derived Launch Vehicles »» NASA Plans to Build Two New Shuttle-derived Launch Vehicles

[Friday, July 1, 2005] According to a new NASA study, when America goes back to the moon and on to Mars it will do so with hardware that looks very familiar.

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NASA Space Station Status Report 1 July 2005 »» NASA Space Station Status Report 1 July 2005

[Friday, July 1, 2005] The residents of the International Space Station were informed today they may have visitors arriving on the Space Shuttle Discovery in two weeks.

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Antarctic Concept Vehicle Unveiled »» Antarctic Concept Vehicle Unveiled

[Saturday, July 2, 2005] Working closely with experts from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), award-winning designer James Moon has come up with a lightweight, compact eco-friendly vehicle for use in one of the Earth's most extreme environments.

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NASA Deep Impact Image: First Look at Tempel's Chemicals »» NASA Deep Impact Image: First Look at Tempel's Chemicals

[Saturday, July 2, 2005] Even though the spacecraft was over 10 days away from the comet when these data were acquired, it detected some of the molecules making up the comet's gas and dust envelope, or coma.

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Oceans turning to acid from rise in CO2 »» Oceans turning to acid from rise in CO2

[Saturday, July 2, 2005] A report issued by the Royal Society in the U.K. sounds the alarm about the world's oceans. "If CO2 from human activities continues to rise, the oceans will become so acidic by 2100 it could threaten marine life in ways we can't anticipate"

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Deep Impact Status Report July 03, 2005 »» Deep Impact Status Report July 03, 2005

[Sunday, July 3, 2005] One hundred and seventy-one days into its 172-day journey to comet Tempel 1, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft successfully released its impactor at 11:07 p.m. Saturday, Pacific Daylight Time (2:07 a.m. Sunday, Eastern Daylight Time).

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Deep Impact Arrives at Comet Tempel 1 »» Deep Impact Arrives at Comet Tempel 1

[Sunday, July 3, 2005] View near real time images from Deep Impact

Deep Impact Home.

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NASA's Deep Impact Kicks off Fourth of July With Deep Space Fireworks »» NASA's Deep Impact Kicks off Fourth of July With Deep Space Fireworks

[Monday, July 4, 2005] After 172 days and   431 million kilometers (268 million miles) of deep space stalking, Deep Impact successfully reached out and touched comet Tempel 1. The collision between the coffee table-sized impactor and city-sized comet occurred at 1:52 a.m. EDT.

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Hubble captures Deep Impact’s collision with a comet »» Hubble captures Deep Impact’s collision with a comet

[Monday, July 4, 2005] The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captured the dramatic effects of the collision early July 4 between a 370-kilogram projectile released by the Deep Impact spacecraft and comet 9P/Tempel 1.

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XMM-Newton detects water on Tempel 1 »» XMM-Newton detects water on Tempel 1

[Monday, July 4, 2005] Images taken by the Optical Monitor on board ESA's XMM-Newton observatory on 3 and 4 July 2005, show a comparison between the states of the comet before and just after impact.

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Comet Tempel 1 As Seen By Impactor Targeting Sensor »» Comet Tempel 1 As Seen By Impactor Targeting Sensor

[Monday, July 4, 2005] This is a picture of comet Tempel 1 taken by the Deep Impact probe's impactor targeting sensor. The probe collided with the comet at at 10:52 p.m. Pacific time, July 3 (1:52 a.m. Eastern time, July 4).

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Comet Tempel 1 As Seen By Impactor Targeting Sensor (Closeup Detail) »» Comet Tempel 1 As Seen By Impactor Targeting Sensor (Closeup Detail)

[Monday, July 4, 2005] This is a picture of comet Tempel 1 taken by the Deep Impact probe's impactor targeting sensor. The probe collided with the comet at at 10:52 p.m. Pacific time, July 3 (1:52 a.m. Eastern time, July 4).

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Rosetta camera view of Tempel 1 brightness »» Rosetta camera view of Tempel 1 brightness

[Monday, July 4, 2005] These animations, composed of images taken by the OSIRIS Narrow Angle Camera on board ESA's Rosetta spacecraft, shows how the brightness of Comet 9P/Tempel 1 developed after impact.

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Deep Impact Movie: Impactor Slams into Comet Tempel 1 »» Deep Impact Movie: Impactor Slams into Comet Tempel 1

[Monday, July 4, 2005] This movie taken by Deep Impact's flyby spacecraft shows the flash that occurred when comet Tempel 1 ran over the spacecraft's probe. It was taken by the flyby craft's high-resolution camera over a period of about 40 seconds.

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United Nations Provides Landsat Data Sets for Supporting Sustainable Development in Africa »» United Nations Provides Landsat Data Sets for Supporting Sustainable Development in Africa

[Tuesday, July 5, 2005] The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, within the framework of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications, is providing African institutions free of charge with Global Landsat data sets donated by the United States.

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Will NASA Deny Deep Impact Another Comet Encounter? »» Will NASA Deny Deep Impact Another Comet Encounter?

[Tuesday, July 5, 2005] According to knowledgeable sources closely associated with the Deep Impact mission money has not (yet) been made available by NASA for an extended mission - including the small amount of money needed for the earliest steps: to retarget the spacecraft.

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Europe envisages cooperation on new Russian space plane »» Europe envisages cooperation on new Russian space plane

[Wednesday, July 6, 2005] Whilst everyone awaits the return to flight of the US Shuttle, Europe is considering an eventual participation in a new manned spacecraft. The Kliper project which Russia is proposing to build was one of the hot subjects of the recent Le Bourget airshow.

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History's Greatest Comet Hunter Approaches Major Milestone »» History's Greatest Comet Hunter Approaches Major Milestone

[Wednesday, July 6, 2005] The SOHO spacecraft is a joint effort between NASA and the European Space Agency. It has accounted for approximately one-half of all comet discoveries with computed orbits in the history of astronomy.

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Spectacular Comet Impact Draws Millions to NASA Portal »» Spectacular Comet Impact Draws Millions to NASA Portal

[Wednesday, July 6, 2005] Millions of virtual rubberneckers spent Monday morning watching a cosmic collision, as NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft collided with comet Tempel 1. The deep-space smash was designed to give scientists a peak at the early solar system.

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NRL study finds shuttle exhaust is source of mysterious clouds in Antarctica »» NRL study finds shuttle exhaust is source of mysterious clouds in Antarctica

[Thursday, July 7, 2005] A new study, funded in part by the Naval Research Laboratory and NASA reports that exhaust from the space shuttle can create high-altitude clouds over Antarctica mere days following launch.

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Hurricane Dennis Veers Away From Florida »» Hurricane Dennis Veers Away From Florida

[Thursday, July 7, 2005] Hurricane Dennis continues its approach to the U.S. Overnight, the storm seems to be have taken a more westerly track - away from Florida - and Space Shuttle Discovery.

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NASA Return to Flight Launch Countdown Begins July 10 for Space Shuttle Discovery »» NASA Return to Flight Launch Countdown Begins July 10 for Space Shuttle Discovery

[Thursday, July 7, 2005] NASA will begin the countdown for the Return to Flight launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on mission STS-114 July 10 at 6 p.m. EDT, 43 hours before liftoff.

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NASA Adds Addendum to Shuttle Implementation Plan »» NASA Adds Addendum to Shuttle Implementation Plan

[Thursday, July 7, 2005] An addendum to the tenth and latest version of "NASA's Implementation Plan for Space Shuttle Return to Flight and Beyond" now is publicly available on the Internet.

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European Astronomers set sights on Earth-like planets and the first starlight »» European Astronomers set sights on Earth-like planets and the first starlight

[Thursday, July 7, 2005] Astronomers from across Europe today (July 7th) took a step closer to making their plans for a giant telescope a reality when they unveiled the scientific case for an Extremely Large Telescope.

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Scientists Measure How Deep »» Scientists Measure How Deep "Deep Impact" Was, With X-rays

[Friday, July 8, 2005] Here come the X-rays, on cue. Scientists studying the Deep Impact collision using NASA's Swift satellite report that comet Tempel 1 is getting brighter and brighter in X-ray light with each passing day.

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NASA Solicitation: Request for Information for Use of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center »» NASA Solicitation: Request for Information for Use of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center

[Friday, July 8, 2005] NASA is considering adopting policies and developing plans and procedures to expand access to and use of the Shuttle Landing Facility by other government agencies and their contractors, university research and technology programs, and commercial users.

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Echoes From London »» Echoes From London

[Friday, July 8, 2005] "Two years ago I got off at Aldgate station and wandered around the immediate neighborhood. I was trying to locate any remaining indications of the site of a V-2 impact in spring 1945. You see, my father was billeted nearby when the rocket hit."

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NASA Space Shuttle Status Report 8 July 2005 »» NASA Space Shuttle Status Report 8 July 2005

[Friday, July 8, 2005] Final preparations for the launch of Discovery's mission to the ISS continue at Launch Pad 39B. Following the weather briefing at 6:30 a.m. today, hurricane rollback preparations were discontinued and processing resumed toward a July 13 launch.

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Space Station Status Report 8 July 2005 »» Space Station Status Report 8 July 2005

[Friday, July 8, 2005] After a light duty three-day holiday weekend, the International Space Station Expedition 11 crew returned to work for a short, but intense week of science experiments, spacesuit preparations and packing for the upcoming Space Shuttle mission.

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Data From NASA's Deep Impact Indicates Immense Cloud of Powdery Material Released »» Data From NASA's Deep Impact Indicates Immense Cloud of Powdery Material Released

[Friday, July 8, 2005] Data from Deep Impact's instruments indicate an immense cloud of fine powdery material was released when the probe slammed into the nucleus of comet Tempel 1 at 6.3 miles per second.

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Mystery compact object producing high energy radiation »» Mystery compact object producing high energy radiation

[Friday, July 8, 2005] In a recent issue of Science Magazine, the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.) team of international astrophysicists reports the discovery of another new type of very high energy (VHE) gamma ray source.

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A pair of planets around HD 202206 or a circumbinary planet? »» A pair of planets around HD 202206 or a circumbinary planet?

[Saturday, July 9, 2005] Long-term precise Doppler measurements with the CORALIE spectrograph reveal the presence of a second planet orbiting the solar-type star HD202206.

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Venus Express - ready to study Venusian atmosphere »» Venus Express - ready to study Venusian atmosphere

[Saturday, July 9, 2005] Venus Express, the first European space probe to investigate the planet Venus has completed the development, integration and test phase in Toulouse.

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Space Shuttle Processing Status Report 9 July 2005 »» Space Shuttle Processing Status Report 9 July 2005

[Saturday, July 9, 2005] The STS-114 crew arrived at 6:30 p.m. today at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center aboard a Gulf Stream aircraft from Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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M-V-6 Places ASTRO-EII Into Orbit »» M-V-6 Places ASTRO-EII Into Orbit

[Sunday, July 10, 2005] M-V Launch Vehicle No. 6 with the 23rd scientific satellite (ASTRO-EII) onboard was launched at 12:30 p.m. on July 10, 2005 (Japan Standard Time, JST) from the Uchinoura Space Center (USC).

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Flight of the Phoenix »» Flight of the Phoenix

[Sunday, July 10, 2005] Crew safety is paramount, but the immediate fate of thousands of shuttle related aerospace jobs across the U.S. is also quite literally riding on the success or failure of Discovery's return to flight and subsequent shuttle missions.

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Roaring Comeback »» Roaring Comeback

[Sunday, July 10, 2005] Discovery's zero-to-Mach 25 launch to orbit will be propelled by Space Shuttle Main Engines and Solid Rocket Boosters that have undergone substantially increased testing and rigorous quality oversight in the two years since the Columbia accident.

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Space Shuttle Processing Status Report 10 July 2005 »» Space Shuttle Processing Status Report 10 July 2005

[Sunday, July 10, 2005] The launch countdown clock began at 6 p.m. EDT at the T-43 hour mark counting down toward a launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on mission STS-114 on Wednesday at 3:51 p.m.

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Space Shutttle Processing Status Report 11 July 2005 »» Space Shutttle Processing Status Report 11 July 2005

[Monday, July 11, 2005] Following the start of the countdown clock last night at 6 p.m., technicians and the launch team began to work final procedures and closeouts for Space Shuttle Discovery's launch to the International Space Station on mission STS-114.

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American Astronomical Society Issues a Statement on the Role of Science in the Vision for Space Exploration »» American Astronomical Society Issues a Statement on the Role of Science in the Vision for Space Exploration

[Monday, July 11, 2005] In a statement released today, the American Astronomical Society, the largest professional scientific association for astronomers and astrophysicists, has urged NASA to make a vigorous program of scientific research the core of the Vision for Space Explor

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STS-114 Flight Readiness Review Charts »» STS-114 Flight Readiness Review Charts

[Monday, July 11, 2005] Presentations from the STS-114 Flight Readiness Review, held at NASA KSC from 29-30 June 2005, are now online.

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NASA Cassini Images: Hyperion »» NASA Cassini Images: Hyperion

[Monday, July 11, 2005] Two new Cassini views of Saturn's tumbling moon Hyperion offer the best looks yet at one of the icy, irregularly-shaped moons that orbit the giant, ringed planet.

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A Statement from the Columbia Families on NASA's Return to Flight »» A Statement from the Columbia Families on NASA's Return to Flight

[Tuesday, July 12, 2005] "As NASA prepares to launch the Shuttle Discovery, we, the Columbia Families, would like to show our support for the STS-114 crew and all the dedication and talent of those who supported this Return to Flight effort."

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NASA Awards Crew Exploration Vehicle Contracts »» NASA Awards Crew Exploration Vehicle Contracts

[Tuesday, July 12, 2005] NASA awarded two 8 month contracts, each worth approximately $28 million, one to Lockheed Martin Corp. and the other to Northrop Grumman Corp. and The Boeing Co. to support a July 2006 review for the new Crew Exploration Vehicle.

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Window Covering Falls off Shuttle Launch is Still A Go »» Window Covering Falls off Shuttle Launch is Still A Go

[Tuesday, July 12, 2005] NASA spokesman Mike Rein said tomorrow's scheduled launch of the space shuttle Discovery is a go after engineers replaced a carrrier panel after a plastic window covering fell and damaged two tiles.

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Space Shuttle Processing Status Report 12 July 2005 »» Space Shuttle Processing Status Report 12 July 2005

[Tuesday, July 12, 2005] Just one day prior to the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery, closeouts and procedures are finalized for the liftoff of the Return to Flight mission, STS-114, to the International Space Station.

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Shuttle Launch Scrubbed Today »» Shuttle Launch Scrubbed Today

[Wednesday, July 13, 2005] Today's shuttle launch has been scrubbed due to a low level fuel cut off sensor problem. No new launch date has been set yet but at an afternoon press conference NASA indicated the earliest day for launch would be Saturday.

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NASA and White House Discuss Early Shuttle Fleet Retirement »» NASA and White House Discuss Early Shuttle Fleet Retirement

[Wednesday, July 13, 2005] NASA is considering retiring a Space Shuttle orbiter in 2007 and beginning modifications to one Shuttle launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center under a plan now being reviewed at NASA headquarters, according to senior agency sources.

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NASA Shuttle Return to Flight Launch Rescheduled »» NASA Shuttle Return to Flight Launch Rescheduled

[Thursday, July 14, 2005] The launch of NASA's Space Shuttle Return to Flight mission, STS-114, will take place no earlier than Saturday, July 16 at 2:40 p.m. EDT. Space Shuttle Discovery's liftoff yesterday from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., was postponed at 1:30 p.m. EDT.

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NASA'S Return to Flight Launch no Earlier Than Sunday »» NASA'S Return to Flight Launch no Earlier Than Sunday

[Thursday, July 14, 2005] NASA announced the earliest the Return to Flight Space Shuttle mission (STS-114) could launch is 2:14 p.m. EDT, Sunday, July 17. Mission Management Team and engineering meetings took place last night and today at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

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House Science Committee Unanimously Approves NASA Authorization Bill »» House Science Committee Unanimously Approves NASA Authorization Bill

[Thursday, July 14, 2005] By a vote of 36 to 0, the House Science Committee today unanimously passed H.R. 3070, NASA Authorization Act of 2005.  The bill is expected to come before the full House on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.

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Supernovae give off blasts of cosmic rays that bombard the Earth and change its surface rocks »» Supernovae give off blasts of cosmic rays that bombard the Earth and change its surface rocks

[Friday, July 15, 2005] Scientists at the NSF and the European Commission have announced a new initiative--called CRONUS, for cosmic-ray produced nuclide systematics--to measure cosmic rays from far-distant supernovas to time the history of the Earth's surface.

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First Planet Under Three Suns Is Discovered »» First Planet Under Three Suns Is Discovered

[Friday, July 15, 2005] An extrasolar planet under three suns has been discovered in the constellation Cygnus by a planetary scientist at the California Institute of Technology using the 10-meter Keck I telescope in Hawaii.

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Space Station Crew Takes a Soyuz Ride Tuesday »» Space Station Crew Takes a Soyuz Ride Tuesday

[Friday, July 15, 2005] The residents of the International Space Station will take a short ride in their Soyuz spacecraft on Tuesday, July 19. NASA TV will carry the trip live, starting at 6 a.m. EDT.

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NASA Moves Shuttle Return to Flight Later Into Launch Window »» NASA Moves Shuttle Return to Flight Later Into Launch Window

[Friday, July 15, 2005] Space Shuttle managers now say the launch of NASA's Space Shuttle Return to Flight mission, STS-114, will take place no earlier than late next week.

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Enceladus Poses for a Close-Up »» Enceladus Poses for a Close-Up

[Friday, July 15, 2005] This is the first raw image returned from the Cassini spacecraft after its closest flyby yet. Here the surface of Enceladus is about 320 kilometers (199 miles) away. The spacecraft completed its flyby on July 14.

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Gallup Survey: American Support for Space Exploration Strong and Growing »» Gallup Survey: American Support for Space Exploration Strong and Growing

[Sunday, July 17, 2005] Americans continue to show solid support for NASA's plans to explore, discover and understand our universe by returning the Space Shuttle to flight, completing the ISS, and sending robot probes and humans to the Moon, Mars and beyond.

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White House Memo Calls For Slashing Remaining Space Shuttle Flights »» White House Memo Calls For Slashing Remaining Space Shuttle Flights

[Sunday, July 17, 2005] According to a White House staffer, a memo representing official Bush administration space policy calls for no more than 15 space shuttle flights before the fleet is retired in 2010.

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NASA Provides Media With Latest Shuttle Launch Status »» NASA Provides Media With Latest Shuttle Launch Status

[Monday, July 18, 2005] Space Shuttle managers will brief reporters today about STS-114. The news conference starts no earlier than 5:30 p.m. EDT. It will be live on NASA TV from Kennedy Space Center Fla. Questions will only be taken from media at Kennedy.

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Astronomers Debate Whether Oldest Known Dust Disk Will Ever Form Planets »» Astronomers Debate Whether Oldest Known Dust Disk Will Ever Form Planets

[Monday, July 18, 2005] Astronomers have discovered a 25-million-year-old dust disk that shows no evidence of planet formation.

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NASA'S Shuttle Launch is At Least One Week Away »» NASA'S Shuttle Launch is At Least One Week Away

[Tuesday, July 19, 2005] NASA is targeting Tuesday, July 26 as the earliest possible date to launch the Space Shuttle Discovery on the Return to Flight mission (STS-114). The determination was made during Monday's meeting of the Mission Management Team (MMT) at Kennedy.

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NASA Space Station Status Report 19 July 2005 »» NASA Space Station Status Report 19 July 2005

[Tuesday, July 19, 2005] Commander Sergei Krikalev and Flight Engineer John Phillips left the International Space Station today for a short ride, relocating their Soyuz return craft from one docking port to another to free up a Russian airlock for a future spacewalk.

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Rare astronomical alignment observed by MIT, Williams College »» Rare astronomical alignment observed by MIT, Williams College

[Tuesday, July 19, 2005] In a feat of astronomical and terrestrial alignment, a group of scientists from MIT and Williams College recently succeeded in observing distant Pluto's tiny moon, Charon, hide a star.

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Futuristic design wins competition for new Antarctic Research Station »» Futuristic design wins competition for new Antarctic Research Station

[Tuesday, July 19, 2005] A futuristic design by Faber Maunsell and Hugh Broughton Architects has won the competition for the new British Antarctic Survey (BAS) Halley Research Station.

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HMP Research Station Field Update July 19, 2005 »» HMP Research Station Field Update July 19, 2005

[Tuesday, July 19, 2005] After an evening of poor weather we woke up today to much improved conditions. The winds have been light and the sun has made a rare appearance. The temperature at noon was a balmy 6 C (43 F).

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ESA transfer ownership of European-built ISS observation module to NASA »» ESA transfer ownership of European-built ISS observation module to NASA

[Wednesday, July 20, 2005] Ownership of the European-built Cupola observation module for the International Space Station (ISS) was officially transferred to NASA on 7 July 2005.

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HMP Research Station Field Update July 20, 2005 »» HMP Research Station Field Update July 20, 2005

[Wednesday, July 20, 2005] "Today was a perfect example of why we need to be prepared for anything when working in the high Arctic, an extreme environment even in the brief summer."

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Dustiest Star Could Harbor a Young Earth »» Dustiest Star Could Harbor a Young Earth

[Wednesday, July 20, 2005] A relatively young star located about 300 light-years away is greatly improving our understanding of the formation of Earth-like planets.

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NASA Moving Toward Tuesday Launch Attempt for Shuttle Discovery »» NASA Moving Toward Tuesday Launch Attempt for Shuttle Discovery

[Wednesday, July 20, 2005] With some work still to go, NASA is moving toward a new launch attempt for the Space Shuttle Discovery Tuesday, July 26, at 10:39 a.m. EDT.

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HMP Research Station Arthur Clarke Mars Greenhouse Photo Report July 23, 2005 »» HMP Research Station Arthur Clarke Mars Greenhouse Photo Report July 23, 2005

[Thursday, July 21, 2005] Scientists have found that a star that exploded in 1979 is as bright today in X-ray light as it was when it was discovered years ago, a surprise finding because such objects usually fade significantly after only a few months.

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Senators Hutchison, Nelson Urge Importance of Return to Flight »» Senators Hutchison, Nelson Urge Importance of Return to Flight

[Thursday, July 21, 2005] Sen. Hutchison and Sen. Bill Nelson today offered an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill expressing the Sense of the Senate regarding the critical nature of human space flight to America's national security.

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Mars Has Been in the Deep Freeze for the Past Four Billion Years, Study Shows »» Mars Has Been in the Deep Freeze for the Past Four Billion Years, Study Shows

[Thursday, July 21, 2005] Scientists have long thought that the Red Planet was once temperate enough for water to have existed on the surface, and for life to possibly have evolved. But a new study by Caltech and MIT scientists gives this idea the cold shoulder.

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NASA's New Mars Orbiter Will Sharpen Vision of Exploration »» NASA's New Mars Orbiter Will Sharpen Vision of Exploration

[Thursday, July 21, 2005] The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and its launch vehicle are nearing final stages of preparation at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., for a launch opportunity that begins Aug. 10.

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NASA Announces Deep Impact Future Mission Status »» NASA Announces Deep Impact Future Mission Status

[Thursday, July 21, 2005] As NASA's Deep Impact flyby spacecraft prepares to execute its sixth trajectory correction maneuver, program managers at agency headquarters in Washington are investigating future options.

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House Overwhelmingly Passes NASA Authorization Bill »» House Overwhelmingly Passes NASA Authorization Bill

[Friday, July 22, 2005] By an overwhelming margin, the U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation to reauthorize the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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NASA Announces New Centennial Challenge: The Astronaut Glove Challenge »» NASA Announces New Centennial Challenge: The Astronaut Glove Challenge

[Friday, July 22, 2005] The Astronaut Glove Challenge award will go to the team that can design and manufacture the best performing glove within competition parameters. The $250,000 purse will be awarded at a competition scheduled for November 2006.

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NASA Considering Deletion of Hubble Deorbit Module »» NASA Considering Deletion of Hubble Deorbit Module

[Friday, July 22, 2005] There will be a Hubble Space Telescope meeting at NASA HQ next week. Among the items to be discussed is a new solar activity model which might allow the Hubble to remain safely aloft for quite some time after a reboost from the visiting shuttle.

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Chandra Finds Long-Sought Link to Origin of Millisecond Pulsars »» Chandra Finds Long-Sought Link to Origin of Millisecond Pulsars

[Friday, July 22, 2005] The peculiar cosmic object known as 47 Tuc W (denoted by arrow in the X-ray image) is a double star system consisting of a normal star and a neutron star that makes a complete rotation every 2.35 milliseconds.

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Deep Impact: During and After Impact »» Deep Impact: During and After Impact

[Friday, July 22, 2005] Astronomers using the Palomar Observatory's 200-inch Hale Telescope have been amazed by comet Tempel 1's behavior during and after its collision with the Deep Impact space probe.

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NEAR mission images give clues to composition of asteroid Eros »» NEAR mission images give clues to composition of asteroid Eros

[Friday, July 22, 2005] An asteroid's external features, when analyzed carefully, can say a lot about its interior. While mapping the surface of the asteroid 433 Eros researchers found a simple solution to an earlier puzzle about the asteroid's composition.

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SOHO Watches Saturn and Cassini Pass Behind the Sun »» SOHO Watches Saturn and Cassini Pass Behind the Sun

[Saturday, July 23, 2005] Saturn is approaching "superior conjunction," that is, it will be almost directly behind the Sun from Earth -- thus the Cassini spacecraft, in orbit around Saturn, will not be able to send or receive transmissions normally.

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Discovering an Ecosystem Beneath a Collapsed Antarctic Ice Shelf »» Discovering an Ecosystem Beneath a Collapsed Antarctic Ice Shelf

[Saturday, July 23, 2005] The chance discovery of a vast ecosystem beneath the collapsed Larsen Ice Shelf will allow scientists to explore the uncharted life below Antarctica's floating ice shelves and further probe the origins of life in extreme environments.

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Changing Hubble Opinions from NASA's Ed Weiler »» Changing Hubble Opinions from NASA's Ed Weiler

[Saturday, July 23, 2005] In the 18 July edition of Space News, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Director Ed Weiler says that he did not agree with the way that former NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe handled the Hubble Space Telescope issue.

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HMP Research Station Arthur Clarke Mars Greenhouse Photo Report July 23, 2005 »» HMP Research Station Arthur Clarke Mars Greenhouse Photo Report July 23, 2005

[Saturday, July 23, 2005] Ongoing research activities included the Arhtur Clarke Mars Greenhouse team finishing their upgrades and preparing the greenhouse for autonomous mode which will start shortly.

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NASA Studying Unmanned Solution to Complete Space Station as Return to Flight Costs Grow »» NASA Studying Unmanned Solution to Complete Space Station as Return to Flight Costs Grow

[Sunday, July 24, 2005] NASA is completing an internal review that proposes using an expendable launch vehicle derived from space shuttle components to launch and complete the International Space Station following retirement of the shuttle orbiters in 2010.

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NASA Go for Return to Flight Launch Attempt Tuesday »» NASA Go for Return to Flight Launch Attempt Tuesday

[Sunday, July 24, 2005] NASA gave the green light for a launch attempt Tuesday for Space Shuttle Discovery on its Return to Flight mission (STS-114). Launch is scheduled for 10:39 a.m. EDT, and it will be carried live on NASA TV.

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HMP Field Report: MIT - Modeling and Researching the Logistics of the Haughton-Mars Project Research Station »» HMP Field Report: MIT - Modeling and Researching the Logistics of the Haughton-Mars Project Research Station

[Monday, July 25, 2005] The overall goal is to obtain lessons learned for Supply Chain Management to remote environments and to test new technologies and procedures that will enhance the ability of humans and robots to jointly explore environments on Earth, Moon and Mars.

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NASA Telescope Reveals Nearby Galaxy's Invisible Arms »» NASA Telescope Reveals Nearby Galaxy's Invisible Arms

[Monday, July 25, 2005] A new image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows that a galaxy once thought to be rather plain and old is actually endowed with a gorgeous set of young spiral arms.

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New Measures Needed to Keep NASA Spacecraft From Contaminating Mars »» New Measures Needed to Keep NASA Spacecraft From Contaminating Mars

[Monday, July 25, 2005] Over the coming decade, NASA should develop and implement new methods and requirements to detect and eliminate microorganisms on robotic spacecraft sent to Mars to prevent possible contamination of the planet.

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NASA Photos of US Air Force F-15 Eagle Jetfighters Providing Air Cover Over Kennedy Space Center »» NASA Photos of US Air Force F-15 Eagle Jetfighters Providing Air Cover Over Kennedy Space Center

[Tuesday, July 26, 2005] A flight of US Air Force F-15 Eagle Jetfighters helped to provide air cover over Kennedy Space Center and the shuttle launch pad against terrorist attacks during yesterday's launch countdown of the Space Shuttle Discovery.

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Lumpy Prometheus »» Lumpy Prometheus

[Tuesday, July 26, 2005] Saturn's shepherd moon Prometheus reveals its elongated, irregular form to Cassini in this image. The moon's long axis points toward Saturn. Prometheus is 102 kilometers (63 miles) across.

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NASA Cassini Finds Recent and Unusual Geology on Enceladus »» NASA Cassini Finds Recent and Unusual Geology on Enceladus

[Tuesday, July 26, 2005] Cassini's July 14 flyby brought it within 109 miles of the surface of the icy moon. The close encounter revealed a landscape near the south pole almost entirely free of impact craters.

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Space Shuttle Discovery Lifts Off »» Space Shuttle Discovery Lifts Off

[Tuesday, July 26, 2005] Space Shuttle Discovery lifted off on time this morning at 10:39 am EDT after a flawless countdown. Discovery is now on its way to the International Space Station.

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STS-114 Mission Status Report #01 »» STS-114 Mission Status Report #01

[Tuesday, July 26, 2005] Discovery launched into a clear Florida sky this morning, returning the Shuttle fleet to space and beginning a journey of exploration to the Moon, Mars and beyond.

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Cooperative Agreement Notice for NASA Astrobiology Institute Cycle-4 »» Cooperative Agreement Notice for NASA Astrobiology Institute Cycle-4

[Wednesday, July 27, 2005] The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate is releasing a Cooperative Agreement Notice NNH05ZDA001C for the submission of Team-based proposals for membership in the NASA Astrobiology Institute.

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NASA Will Not Fly Shuttle Again Until Debris Problem Understood »» NASA Will Not Fly Shuttle Again Until Debris Problem Understood

[Wednesday, July 27, 2005] "Clearly, with the event we had, we were wrong. We did not contact the orbiter at all. But it does give us pause to go back and look at what it is. Until it is closed we will not fly again. Might as well let that out now."

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Discovery Arrives at Space Station »» Discovery Arrives at Space Station

[Thursday, July 28, 2005] Space Shuttle Discovery reached its orbital destination this morning. Discovery docked with the International Space Station at 7:18 a.m. EDT to begin an eight-day stay at the Station.

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Mars Express Image: Water ice in crater at Martian north pole »» Mars Express Image: Water ice in crater at Martian north pole

[Thursday, July 28, 2005] The crater is 35 kilometres wide and has a maximum depth of approximately 2 kilometres beneath the crater rim. The circular patch of bright material located at the centre of the crater is residual water ice.

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HMP Research Station Field Update July 28, 2005 »» HMP Research Station Field Update July 28, 2005

[Thursday, July 28, 2005] "Over the course of the next week the Hamilton Sundstrand team will test the suit in various scenarios including as part of traverse with the Mars-1 Humvee Rover. Tomorrow we'll have a photo report of the Hamilton Sundstrand space suit activity."

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Branson and Rutan Form 'The Spaceship Company' To Jointly Manufacture and Market Spaceships for the new Sub-Orbital Personal Spaceflight Industry »» Branson and Rutan Form 'The Spaceship Company' To Jointly Manufacture and Market Spaceships for the new Sub-Orbital Personal Spaceflight Industry

[Thursday, July 28, 2005] Sir Richard Branson (Virgin Group of Companies) and Burt Rutan (Scaled Composites) announced their signing of an agreement to form a new aerospace production company to build a fleet of commercial sub-orbital spaceships and launch aircraft.

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NASA Spitzer Space Telescope Finds Life Components in Young Universe »» NASA Spitzer Space Telescope Finds Life Components in Young Universe

[Thursday, July 28, 2005] NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found the ingredients for life all the way back to a time when the universe was a mere youngster.

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An Active, Watery World at Saturn's Enceladus »» An Active, Watery World at Saturn's Enceladus

[Friday, July 29, 2005] Saturn's tiny icy moon Enceladus, which ought to be cold and dead, instead displays evidence for active ice volcanism.

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STS-114 Crew Takes Focused Look at Shuttle Heat Shield »» STS-114 Crew Takes Focused Look at Shuttle Heat Shield

[Friday, July 29, 2005] The STS-114 astronauts are conducting more inspections of Space Shuttle Discovery's heat shield this morning. They are using the Orbiter Boom Sensor System attached to the Shuttle’s robot arm to take a closer look at preselected areas of interest.

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NASA Scientists Discover Tenth Planet »» NASA Scientists Discover Tenth Planet

[Friday, July 29, 2005] A planet larger than Pluto has been discovered in the outlying regions of the solar system with the Samuel Oschin Telescope at Palomar Observatory, California Institute of Technology planetary scientist Mike Brown announced today.

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HMP Research Station Field Update - July 29, 2005 »» HMP Research Station Field Update - July 29, 2005

[Friday, July 29, 2005] Today's activities centered around a traverse into Haughton Crater so that Dr. Jeff Jones could complete his sampling of unvisited locations looking to see if human associated microbes have altered the local microflora for a planetary protection study.

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NASA STS-114 Mission Status Report #08 - 29 July 2005 - 11:45 pm CDT »» NASA STS-114 Mission Status Report #08 - 29 July 2005 - 11:45 pm CDT

[Friday, July 29, 2005] Astronauts Soichi Noguchi and Steve Robinson will step outside for their first spacewalk, and the first of this mission, early Saturday. The six and a half hour spacewalk is scheduled to begin from Discovery's airlock at 3:44 a.m. CDT.

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Spacewalkers Complete Repair Test »» Spacewalkers Complete Repair Test

[Saturday, July 30, 2005] Mission Specialists Soichi Noguchi and Steve Robinson completed the first major task of the excursion. They conducted tests on thermal protection system repair techniques inside Space Shuttle Discovery’s payload bay.

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Cancellation: Exploration Systems Mission Directorate - Innovative Partnerships Program - Trechnology Transfer Transformation »» Cancellation: Exploration Systems Mission Directorate - Innovative Partnerships Program - Trechnology Transfer Transformation

[Saturday, July 30, 2005] "The Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) is hereby canceling the Technology Transfer Transformation (TTT) Request for Proposal (RFP)."

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NASA STS-114 Mission Status Report #09 - 30 July 2005 - 4:00 pm CDT »» NASA STS-114 Mission Status Report #09 - 30 July 2005 - 4:00 pm CDT

[Saturday, July 30, 2005] Space Shuttle Discovery's heat protective tiles and thermal blankets have been pronounced fit for entry after engineers reviewed the imagery and other data to judge their health.

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NASA STS-114 Mission Status Report #10 - 30 July 2005 - 11:45 pm CDT »» NASA STS-114 Mission Status Report #10 - 30 July 2005 - 11:45 pm CDT

[Saturday, July 30, 2005] Transfers of additional water and supplies to the ISS will continue Sunday as the crew aboard Discovery begins Flight Day 6. The STS-114 mission was extended by one day as mission managers Saturday decided to spend one more day docked to the ISS.

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Station and Shuttle Crews Transfer Cargo »» Station and Shuttle Crews Transfer Cargo

[Sunday, July 31, 2005] Cargo transfers continue to dominate the STS-114 and Expedition 11 crews' workday. The nine crewmembers have been unloading supplies and equipment from the Raffaello Multi-Purpose Logistics Module, which is attached to the Station’s Unity Module.

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NASA STS-114 Mission Status Report #12 - 31 July 2005 - 11:15 pm CDT »» NASA STS-114 Mission Status Report #12 - 31 July 2005 - 11:15 pm CDT

[Sunday, July 31, 2005] Astronauts Soichi Noguchi and Steve Robinson will step outside for the second of three planned spacewalks today at 3:14 am CDT. The sole objective of the 6 1/2-hour excursion is to replace a failed International Space Station attitude control gyroscope.

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