June 2008 Top Story Archives



Disney's Buzz Lightyear Travels to the International Space Station Aboard STS-124 »» Disney's Buzz Lightyear Travels to the International Space Station Aboard STS-124

[Monday, June 2, 2008] Buzz Lightyear, the Disney / Pixar character that made famous the movie line "To infinity, and beyond!" has been assigned a new mission on the International Space Station.

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NASA's Space shuttle Discovery Arrives at the International Space Station »» NASA's Space shuttle Discovery Arrives at the International Space Station

[Monday, June 2, 2008] Space shuttle Discovery docked with the International Space Station at 2:03 p.m. EDT, delivering the STS-124 crew, a new Japanese module and a new crew member to the orbital outpost.

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Astronomers Weigh the Coldest Brown Dwarfs with Astronomy's Sharpest Eyes »» Astronomers Weigh the Coldest Brown Dwarfs with Astronomy's Sharpest Eyes

[Monday, June 2, 2008] Astronomers have used ultrasharp images obtained with the Keck Telescope and Hubble Space Telescope to determine for the first time the masses of the coldest class of "failed stars," a.k.a. brown dwarfs.

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Small Planet, Small Star »» Small Planet, Small Star

[Monday, June 2, 2008] Astronomers have discovered an extrasolar planet only three times more massive than our own, the smallest yet observed orbiting a normal star. The star itself is not large, perhaps as little as one twentieth the mass of our Sun.

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NASA OIG: Investigative Summary Regarding Allegations that NASA Suppressed Climate Change Science and Denied Media Access to Dr. James E. Hansen »» NASA OIG: Investigative Summary Regarding Allegations that NASA Suppressed Climate Change Science and Denied Media Access to Dr. James E. Hansen

[Monday, June 2, 2008] Our investigation found that during the fall of 2004 through early 2006, the NASA HQ PAO managed the topic of climate change in a manner that reduced, marginalized, or mischaracterized climate change science made available to the general public...

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Memorial for Astronauts and Cosmonauts Atop Mt. Everest »» Memorial for Astronauts and Cosmonauts Atop Mt. Everest

[Monday, June 2, 2008] These two photos were taken of Scott Parazynski's good friend and climbing partner Adam Janikowski on the summit of Mt. Everest. Adam is shown posing with memorial banners for cosmoauts and astronauts who died during their missions.

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NASA Solicitation: NASA Lunar Science Institute »» NASA Solicitation: NASA Lunar Science Institute

[Monday, June 2, 2008] On June 2, 2008, the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD), in cooperation with the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD), is releasing a Cooperative Agreement Notice soliciting proposals for the NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI).

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Mars500 - European candidates selected »» Mars500 - European candidates selected

[Monday, June 2, 2008] Last week, 32 talented candidates gathered at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany, with the hope of becoming part of a unique study that will act as a platform for human exploration of the Solar System.

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NASA STS-124 Report #06 - 6 a.m. CDT Tuesday, June 3, 2008 »» NASA STS-124 Report #06 - 6 a.m. CDT Tuesday, June 3, 2008

[Tuesday, June 3, 2008] A busy day is ahead for the crews of shuttle Discovery and Expedition 17 aboard the International Space Station as they prepare to transfer the orbiter boom sensor system (OBSS) from the station to the shuttle as well as install the Kibo laboratory.

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NASA Spitzer Telescope Captures Stellar Coming of Age »» NASA Spitzer Telescope Captures Stellar Coming of Age

[Tuesday, June 3, 2008] More than 800,000 snapshots from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have been stitched together to create a new "coming of age" portrait of stars in our inner Milky Way galaxy.

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SpaceX Conducts First Five Engine Firing of Falcon 9 Rocket »» SpaceX Conducts First Five Engine Firing of Falcon 9 Rocket

[Tuesday, June 3, 2008] Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) conducted the first five-engine firing of its Falcon 9 medium to heavy lift rocket at its Texas Test Facility outside McGregor on Thursday, May 29.

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A survivor in Greenland: A novel bacterial species is found trapped in 120,000-year-old ice »» A survivor in Greenland: A novel bacterial species is found trapped in 120,000-year-old ice

[Tuesday, June 3, 2008] A team of Penn State scientists has discovered a new ultra-small species of bacteria that has survived for more than 120,000 years within the ice of a Greenland glacier at a depth of nearly two miles.

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Two of the Milky Way's Spiral Arms Go Missing »» Two of the Milky Way's Spiral Arms Go Missing

[Tuesday, June 3, 2008] For decades, astronomers have been blind to what our galaxy, the Milky Way, really looks like. After all, we sit in the midst of it and can't step outside for a bird's eye view.

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One week after landing, the NASA Mars Phoenix lander practices digging »» One week after landing, the NASA Mars Phoenix lander practices digging

[Tuesday, June 3, 2008] A glint of bright material appears in the scooped-up soil and in the hole from which it came. "That bright material might be ice or salt. We're eager to do testing of the next three surface samples collected nearby to learn more about it," said Ray Arvids

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Alaska Space Grant program High altitude balloon exceeds 18 vertical miles during flight »» Alaska Space Grant program High altitude balloon exceeds 18 vertical miles during flight

[Tuesday, June 3, 2008] The Alaska Space Grant Program and the Arctic Amateur Radio Club formed the Balloon Experiment And Research Program - or B.E.A.R. for short- in December 2007.

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Heart of the Crab Pulsar Probed -- First Direct Look Into the Core of a Neutron Star »» Heart of the Crab Pulsar Probed -- First Direct Look Into the Core of a Neutron Star

[Tuesday, June 3, 2008] New information about the heart of one of the most famous objects in the sky -- the Crab Pulsar in the Crab Nebula -- has been revealed by an international team of scientists searching for gravitational waves.

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Astronauts Complete First Spacewalk - Install Japan's Kibo Lab Module »» Astronauts Complete First Spacewalk - Install Japan's Kibo Lab Module

[Wednesday, June 4, 2008] The crews of space shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station have completed the first of three spacewalks, attaching a new laboratory to the orbital outpost.

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NASA Scientists Pioneer Method for Making Giant Lunar Telescopes »» NASA Scientists Pioneer Method for Making Giant Lunar Telescopes

[Wednesday, June 4, 2008] Scientists working at NASA GSFC have concocted an innovative recipe for giant telescope mirrors on the Moon. To make a mirror that dwarfs anything on Earth, just take a little bit of carbon, throw in some epoxy, and add lots of lunar dust.

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NASA And Google Announce Lease at Ames Research Center »» NASA And Google Announce Lease at Ames Research Center

[Wednesday, June 4, 2008] Under the terms of the 40-year agreement, Google will lease 42.2 acres of unimproved land in NASA Research Park at Ames to construct up to 1.2 million square feet of offices and research and development (R&D) facilities in a campus-style setting.

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House Science and Technology Committee Committee Approves NASA Authorization Act »» House Science and Technology Committee Committee Approves NASA Authorization Act

[Wednesday, June 4, 2008] Today, the House Science and Technology Committee unanimously passed legislation to reauthorize NASA, H.R. 6063, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2008.

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Team hopes to use new technology to search for ETs »» Team hopes to use new technology to search for ETs

[Thursday, June 5, 2008] A Johns Hopkins astronomer is a member of a team briefing fellow scientists about plans to use new technology to take advantage of recent, promising ideas on where to search for possible extraterrestrial intelligence in our galaxy.

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Highest Resolution View Ever From Mars Comes From NASA Phoenix Lander »» Highest Resolution View Ever From Mars Comes From NASA Phoenix Lander

[Thursday, June 5, 2008] A microscope on NASA's Mars Phoenix Lander has taken images of dust and sand particles with the greatest resolution ever returned from another planet.

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NASA Targets GLAST Launch For No Earlier Than June 11 »» NASA Targets GLAST Launch For No Earlier Than June 11

[Thursday, June 5, 2008] NASA has set June 11 as the new no-earlier-than target launch date for the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, or GLAST, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch window extends from 11:45 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. EDT.

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NASA to Announce Constellation Spacesuit Contract Award »» NASA to Announce Constellation Spacesuit Contract Award

[Thursday, June 5, 2008] NASA will host a news teleconference Thursday, June 12, at 4:30 p.m. EDT, to announce the selection of the contractor for the Constellation Program's spacesuit system.

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EPOCh Observations: NASA EPOXI's Spacecraft Observes the Earth-Moon System »» EPOCh Observations: NASA EPOXI's Spacecraft Observes the Earth-Moon System

[Friday, June 6, 2008] As part of the EPOXI mission's objectives to characterize the Earth as a planet for comparison with planets around other stars, the spacecraft looked back at Earth collecting a series of images.

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A New Way to Think About Earth's First Cells »» A New Way to Think About Earth's First Cells

[Friday, June 6, 2008] A team of researchers at Harvard University have modeled in the laboratory a primitive cell, or protocell, that is capable of building, copying and containing DNA.

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NASA Lunar Surface Systems Concept Studies Broad Agency Announcement »» NASA Lunar Surface Systems Concept Studies Broad Agency Announcement

[Friday, June 6, 2008] NASA conducted a discussion of a planned Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Lunar Surface Systems Concept Studies on June 6, 2008, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC.

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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander Checking Soil Properties »» NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander Checking Soil Properties

[Saturday, June 7, 2008] The arm of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander released a handful of clumpy Martian soil onto a screened opening of a laboratory instrument on the spacecraft Friday, but the instrument did not confirm that any of the sample passed through the screen.

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NASA Seeks Proposals for Lunar Science Research »» NASA Seeks Proposals for Lunar Science Research

[Sunday, June 8, 2008] NASA's Science Mission Directorate, in cooperation with the agency's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, recently issued a Cooperative Agreement Notice seeking research projects for the NASA Lunar Science Institute.

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X PRIZE Foundation Announces 2008 Lunar Lander Challenge »» X PRIZE Foundation Announces 2008 Lunar Lander Challenge

[Sunday, June 8, 2008] The X PRIZE Foundation today announced that the 2008 Lunar Lander Challenge will take place at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, New Mexico, October 24-25, 2008.

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NASA 50th Anniversary Essay Competition Winners Announced »» NASA 50th Anniversary Essay Competition Winners Announced

[Sunday, June 8, 2008] The winners of NASA's 50th Anniversary Essay Competition have been selected. The international competition challenged middle school and junior high students to discuss, in an essay of 500 words or less, one of two topics.

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NASA STS-124 MCC Status Report #18 »» NASA STS-124 MCC Status Report #18

[Monday, June 9, 2008] Discovery's crew was awakened at 4:02 a.m. CDT, beginning a day that will see the final deployment of the arm on the Kibo laboratory and the opening of the hatch between Kibo and the logistics module.

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Orion's new launch abort motor test stand ready for action »» Orion's new launch abort motor test stand ready for action

[Tuesday, June 10, 2008] NASA and Alliant Techsystems, or ATK, unveiled Thursday a new vertical test stand that will be used later this summer to support NASA's Constellation Program.

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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander Testing Sprinkle Technique »» NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander Testing Sprinkle Technique

[Tuesday, June 10, 2008] Engineers operating the Robotic Arm on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander are testing a revised method for delivering soil samples to laboratory instruments on Phoenix's deck now that researchers appreciate how clumpy the soil is at the landing site.

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Space Shuttle Discovery Undocks from International Space Station »» Space Shuttle Discovery Undocks from International Space Station

[Wednesday, June 11, 2008] Discovery undocked from the ISS today at 7:42 a.m. EDT, ending its almost nine-day stay at the orbital outpost. On Tuesday, The STS-124 and Expedition 17 crews bid one another farewell, and closed the hatches between the two spacecraft at 4:4

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Space Adventures Announces Agreement for the First Private Mission to the International Space Station »» Space Adventures Announces Agreement for the First Private Mission to the International Space Station

[Wednesday, June 11, 2008] Space Adventures announced today that it has finalized an arrangement with FSA, to launch the first private mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The mission is scheduled to launch in the second half of 2011.

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Space Adventures Announces Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin as Orbital Spaceflight Investor and Founding Member of Orbital Mission Explorers Circle »» Space Adventures Announces Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin as Orbital Spaceflight Investor and Founding Member of Orbital Mission Explorers Circle

[Wednesday, June 11, 2008] Space Adventures, Ltd., the only company that provides human space missions to the world marketplace, announced today the Space Adventures' Orbital Mission Explorers Circle.

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Hubble's Sweeping View of the Coma Cluster of Galaxies »» Hubble's Sweeping View of the Coma Cluster of Galaxies

[Wednesday, June 11, 2008] NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captures the magnificent starry population of the Coma Cluster of galaxies, one of the densest known galaxy collections in the universe.

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Plutoid chosen as name for Solar System objects like Pluto »» Plutoid chosen as name for Solar System objects like Pluto

[Wednesday, June 11, 2008] The International Astronomical Union has decided on the term plutoid as a name for dwarf planets like Pluto at a meeting of its Executive Committee in Oslo.

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NASA's GLAST Launch Successful »» NASA's GLAST Launch Successful

[Wednesday, June 11, 2008] NASA's Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, or GLAST, successfully launched aboard a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 12:05 p.m. EDT today.

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NASA's Phoenix Lander Has an Oven Full of Martian Soil »» NASA's Phoenix Lander Has an Oven Full of Martian Soil

[Wednesday, June 11, 2008] "We have an oven full," Phoenix co-investigator Bill Boynton of the University of Arizona, Tucson, said today. "It took 10 seconds to fill the oven. The ground moved."

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NASA ER-2 Jet Finds New Type of Comet Dust Mineral »» NASA ER-2 Jet Finds New Type of Comet Dust Mineral

[Friday, June 13, 2008] NASA researchers and scientists from the United States, Germany and Japan have found a new mineral in material that likely came from a comet. NASA performed stratospheric dust collections, using an ER-2 high-altitude aircraft.

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NASA Awards Contract for Constellation Spacesuit for the Moon »» NASA Awards Contract for Constellation Spacesuit for the Moon

[Friday, June 13, 2008] NASA has awarded a contract to Oceaneering International Inc. of Houston, for the design, development and production of a new spacesuit system.

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NASA STS-124 Report #28  2 a.m. CDT Saturday, June 14, 2008 »» NASA STS-124 Report #28 2 a.m. CDT Saturday, June 14, 2008

[Saturday, June 14, 2008] Discovery has two opportunities to land at KSC, at 10:15 a.m. CDT and 11:50 a.m. CDT. Imagery experts declared the shuttle's heat shield healthy and safe for entry and landing during yesterday's Mission Management Team meeting.

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Space Shuttle Discovery Returns to Earth »» Space Shuttle Discovery Returns to Earth

[Saturday, June 14, 2008] Space Shuttle Discovery landed at Kennedy Space Center this morning at 11:15 a.m. on runway 15 at the shuttle landing facility.

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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander Inspects Delivered Soil Samples »» NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander Inspects Delivered Soil Samples

[Saturday, June 14, 2008] New observations from NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander provide the most magnified view ever seen of Martian soil, showing particles clumping together even at the smallest visible scale.

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Catherine Cesarsky and IAU Snobbery With Regard to Pluto's Designation »» Catherine Cesarsky and IAU Snobbery With Regard to Pluto's Designation

[Saturday, June 14, 2008] Perhaps Catherine Cesarsky needs some feedback on all of this from the 99.999% of humanity who had no say in all of this - people who are now being told that what they learned in school is now wrong - based upon esoteric, and hard to understand reasons.

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NASA Plans to Visit the Sun »» NASA Plans to Visit the Sun

[Sunday, June 15, 2008] Solar Probe+ (pronounced "Solar Probe plus") is a heat-resistant spacecraft designed to plunge deep into the sun's atmosphere where it can sample solar wind and magnetism first hand.

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OMB Statement of Adminstration Policy H.R. 6063 - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2008 »» OMB Statement of Adminstration Policy H.R. 6063 - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2008

[Monday, June 16, 2008] "... the Administration strongly opposes H.R. 6063 because it mandates specific Space Shuttle flights that greatly threaten NASA's ability to retire the Shuttle in 2010, an action that is critical to implementing the President's Vision for Space Explor

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NASA Edge: These ARE the droids you are looking for... »» NASA Edge: These ARE the droids you are looking for...

[Monday, June 16, 2008] If Luke could have put NASA's Chariot, ATHLETE, K-10 and the LSMS on the south ridge near his home on Tatooine, he could have joined the rebellion much sooner, avoided kissing his sister and even saved his father.

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A Trio of Super Earths Discovered »» A Trio of Super Earths Discovered

[Monday, June 16, 2008] Today, at an international conference, a team of European astronomers announced a remarkable breakthrough in the field of extra-solar planets.

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NASA Astrobiology Research: Astronaut, Scientists Explore Lake to Learn More About Life »» NASA Astrobiology Research: Astronaut, Scientists Explore Lake to Learn More About Life

[Monday, June 16, 2008] News media are invited to share the excitement on Friday, June 27, 2008, as scientists and astronauts dive more than 200 feet deep in single-person submarines into the clear, blue depths of Pavilion Lake, in British Columbia, Canada.

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Space Station Imagery: NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA »» Space Station Imagery: NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

[Monday, June 16, 2008] This view illustrates the diverse built environment surrounding NASA's Ames Research Center, or ARC located at the southernmost end of the San Francisco Bay.

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A cryogenic liquid-mirror telescope on the moon to study the early universe »» A cryogenic liquid-mirror telescope on the moon to study the early universe

[Monday, June 16, 2008] We have studied the feasibility and scientific potential of zenith observing liquid mirror telescopes having 20 to 100 m diameters located on the moon.

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NASA, ATK Conduct First Launch Abort System Igniter Test for Orion »» NASA, ATK Conduct First Launch Abort System Igniter Test for Orion

[Monday, June 16, 2008] NASA and Alliant Techsystems, or ATK, reached another milestone Friday with the successful test firing of a critical safety component for the Orion crew exploration vehicle, NASA's next generation of spaceships.

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New Gallup Poll Reveals Americans Strongly Support Space Exploration, Believe it Inspires Younger Generation »» New Gallup Poll Reveals Americans Strongly Support Space Exploration, Believe it Inspires Younger Generation

[Tuesday, June 17, 2008] As America prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of NASA later this year, a new Gallup Poll released today shows strong support for the U.S. Space Exploration Program.

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NASA Mission Poised to Help Us Gauge Our Rising Seas »» NASA Mission Poised to Help Us Gauge Our Rising Seas

[Tuesday, June 17, 2008] Satellite measurements of sea-surface height do much more than document and quantify change. They're a primary tool for understanding how the change is occurring and what the results for the planet may be.

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Students Chosen as Cassini Scientists for a Day »» Students Chosen as Cassini Scientists for a Day

[Tuesday, June 17, 2008] Four students have won the Cassini Scientist for a Day contest, with most choosing Rhea, Saturn's second-largest moon, as the best place for scientists to study using NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Wayne Hale's NASA Blog: Starting a Conversation »» Wayne Hale's NASA Blog: Starting a Conversation

[Tuesday, June 17, 2008] "I am really interested in starting a conversation. Not a conversation on any subject, but a conversation about space exploration and why that effort is meaningful "

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The Mystery of Mass Extinctions Is No Longer Murky »» The Mystery of Mass Extinctions Is No Longer Murky

[Tuesday, June 17, 2008] A new study suggests that it is the ocean, and in particular the epic ebbs and flows of sea level and sediment over the course of geologic time, that is the primary cause of the world's periodic mass extinctions over the past 500 million years.

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ESA's Jules Verne ATV Reveals Unexpected Capabilities at International Space Station »» ESA's Jules Verne ATV Reveals Unexpected Capabilities at International Space Station

[Wednesday, June 18, 2008] Eleven weeks into its integrated service to the International Space Station, Jules Verne ATV has followed up its successful automatic docking on 3 April 2008 by achieving all its scheduled objectives - and much more.

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NASA Mars Phoenix Makes First Trench in Science Preserve »» NASA Mars Phoenix Makes First Trench in Science Preserve

[Wednesday, June 18, 2008] NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander began digging in an area called "Wonderland" early Tuesday, taking its first scoop of soil from a polygonal surface feature within the "national park" region that mission scientists have been preserving for science.

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Former NASA Science Chief Alan Stern joins Odyssey Moon, the first registered competitor in the Google Lunar X PRIZE »» Former NASA Science Chief Alan Stern joins Odyssey Moon, the first registered competitor in the Google Lunar X PRIZE

[Wednesday, June 18, 2008] Odyssey Moon, a commercial lunar enterprise, announced today that former NASA Associate Administrator Dr. Alan Stern has accepted a role with the Isle of Man-based company.

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House Passes H.R. 6063 to Reauthorize Wide Array of NASA Programs »» House Passes H.R. 6063 to Reauthorize Wide Array of NASA Programs

[Wednesday, June 18, 2008] With broad support, the House of Representatives today passed H.R. 6063, the NASA Authorization Act of 2008, authorizing programs at NASA for fiscal year 2009 (FY09). The bill passed the House by a vote of 409 to 15.

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Challenger Crew, Astronauts, and Cosmonauts Remembered Atop Mt. Everest »» Challenger Crew, Astronauts, and Cosmonauts Remembered Atop Mt. Everest

[Thursday, June 19, 2008] Dr. Parazynski was unable to reach the summit, he asked a friend and climbing partner, Adam Janikowski to do the honor for him, and now these two memorial flags fly on top of the world commemorating the fallen astronauts and cosmonauts.

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Smithsonian's Folklife Festival Celebrates NASA's 50 Years »» Smithsonian's Folklife Festival Celebrates NASA's 50 Years

[Thursday, June 19, 2008] Moon buggies, stardust and space food are a few of the things visitors will learn about at the "NASA: 50 Years and Beyond" program during this summer's Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

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ISS Crew Continues Station and Spacesuit Maintenance »» ISS Crew Continues Station and Spacesuit Maintenance

[Thursday, June 19, 2008] The Expedition 17 crew members aboard the International Space Station continued their focus on station and spacesuit maintenance Wednesday.

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Black Holes Have Simple Feeding Habits »» Black Holes Have Simple Feeding Habits

[Thursday, June 19, 2008] The biggest black holes may feed just like the smallest ones, according to data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ground-based telescopes.

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NASA and Disney Invite Kids to Explore Space With Wall-E »» NASA and Disney Invite Kids to Explore Space With Wall-E

[Thursday, June 19, 2008] An animated robot and his spacefaring companion are leading a campaign by NASA and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures to promote interest among schoolchildren in science and technology.

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Bright Chunks at NASA Phoenix Landerís Mars Site Must Have Been Ice »» Bright Chunks at NASA Phoenix Landerís Mars Site Must Have Been Ice

[Thursday, June 19, 2008] Dice-size crumbs of bright material have vanished from inside a trench where they were photographed by NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander four days ago, convincing scientists that the material was frozen water that vaporized after digging exposed it.

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Lavas from Hawaiian volcano contain fingerprint of planetary formation »» Lavas from Hawaiian volcano contain fingerprint of planetary formation

[Thursday, June 19, 2008] A precision analysis of lava samples taken from the crater is giving scientists a new tool for reconstructing planetary origins. The results of the analysis will be published in the June 20 issue of the journal Science.

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NASA GLAST Safely in Orbit, Getting Check-ups »» NASA GLAST Safely in Orbit, Getting Check-ups

[Thursday, June 19, 2008] NASA's Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, or GLAST, is safely up-and-running well in orbit approximately 350 miles (565 kilometers) above Earth's surface.

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GAO Report Reveals Continuing Problems With NPOESS »» GAO Report Reveals Continuing Problems With NPOESS

[Thursday, June 19, 2008] Today, the House Committee on Science and Technology's Energy and Environment Subcommittee continued its oversight of the National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS).

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NASA Launches Ocean Satellite to Keep A Weather, Climate Eye Open »» NASA Launches Ocean Satellite to Keep A Weather, Climate Eye Open

[Friday, June 20, 2008] A new NASA-French space agency oceanography satellite launched today from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on a globe-circling voyage to continue charting sea level, a vital indicator of global climate change.

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Florida Link to Launch Rally to Include Addresses from Federal, State Officials »» Florida Link to Launch Rally to Include Addresses from Federal, State Officials

[Friday, June 20, 2008] Link to Launch: Floridians will gather, link their hands and countdown from 30 seconds when they will lift them skyward in a gesture to show solidarity and awareness of the importance of the Space Program to America.

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NASA Solicitation: Lightweight Materials for CEV Parachute Assembly System »» NASA Solicitation: Lightweight Materials for CEV Parachute Assembly System

[Saturday, June 21, 2008] NASA/JSC has a requirement for Lightweight Materials for the CEV Parachute Assembly System (CPAS) shall be developed, manufactured, and laboratory and flight tested for use in the skirt to shoulder region of the main canopies.

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Record boost for ATV to raise ISS orbit »» Record boost for ATV to raise ISS orbit

[Saturday, June 21, 2008] A record boost from the 20 minute burn of the Automated Transfer Vehicle's main engines successfully lifted the altitude of the 300-tonne Station by around 7 km to an altitude of around 345 km above the Earth's surface.

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NASA Selects Explorer Mission of Opportunity Investigations »» NASA Selects Explorer Mission of Opportunity Investigations

[Saturday, June 21, 2008] NASA has selected two science proposals. One activity will study black holes and other extreme environments in the universe. The other will determine how the Earth's outer atmosphere responds to external forces.

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Frozen Water Confirmed on Mars by NASA Phoenix Lander »» Frozen Water Confirmed on Mars by NASA Phoenix Lander

[Saturday, June 21, 2008] Scientists relishing confirmation of water ice near the surface beside NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander anticipate even bigger discoveries from the robotic mission in the weeks ahead.

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NASA, NSBRI Select Proposals to Support Crew Health on Missions »» NASA, NSBRI Select Proposals to Support Crew Health on Missions

[Saturday, June 21, 2008] NASA's Human Research Program and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, or NSBRI, of Houston will fund a group of research proposals to help investigate questions about astronaut health and performance on future space exploration missions.

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Earth's laws still apply in distant Universe »» Earth's laws still apply in distant Universe

[Saturday, June 21, 2008] The laws of nature are the same in the distant Universe as they are here on Earth, according to new research conducted by an international team of astronomers, including Christian Henkel from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR) in Bonn.

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NASA Blog: What is GLAST doing now? »» NASA Blog: What is GLAST doing now?

[Monday, June 23, 2008] We're almost two weeks into the mission now, and things continue to go well, thanks to coordinated efforts across the team. Over the weekend, the spacecraft onboard attitude control software was further tested.

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Link To Launch First Small Step draws Giant Crowd »» Link To Launch First Small Step draws Giant Crowd

[Monday, June 23, 2008] The "Link to Launch" rally at Port Canaveral drew an estimated 1,000 people who joined hands skyward as the first step in raising the awareness that space is critical to US security, culture and economic competitiveness.

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Wayne Hale's NASA Blog: Learning from dissent »» Wayne Hale's NASA Blog: Learning from dissent

[Monday, June 23, 2008] If you listen with an open mind, you can learn a lot from people who disagree with you. Even questioning the fundamentals from time to time is a good exercise to make sure we are on the right track and not on the proverbial bus trip to Abilene.

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NASA Study Provides Next Step to Establishing Lunar Outpost »» NASA Study Provides Next Step to Establishing Lunar Outpost

[Monday, June 23, 2008] NASA engineers and scientists completed a milestone review June 20 that will help determine the systems needed to return humans to the moon and establish a lunar outpost.

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Challenger Center Student Design Selected to Represent Richard Garriott's Educational Mission to the International Space Station »» Challenger Center Student Design Selected to Represent Richard Garriott's Educational Mission to the International Space Station

[Tuesday, June 24, 2008] This spring Challenger Center for Space Science Education invited students to use their creativity to design an original piece of art for a student mission patch for private space explorer, Richard Garriott.

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Applicants from all ESA Member States to become a European astronaut »» Applicants from all ESA Member States to become a European astronaut

[Tuesday, June 24, 2008] ESA began its search for new astronauts on 19 May, calling for applications from talented individuals who wish to join the European Astronaut Corps. Almost 10 000 individuals registered to begin the application process.

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USAID Announces New Tool to Provide Weather Alerts in Central America and Caribbean »» USAID Announces New Tool to Provide Weather Alerts in Central America and Caribbean

[Tuesday, June 24, 2008] USAID announced the introduction of NextStorm, a new tool for severe weather prediction useful in developing countries. This new tool was created through a partnership including USAID, NASA, NOAA, UAH, and CATHALAC, based in Panama.

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Radio Telescopes Reveal Unseen Galactic Cannibalism »» Radio Telescopes Reveal Unseen Galactic Cannibalism

[Tuesday, June 24, 2008] Radio-telescope images have revealed previously-unseen galactic cannibalism -- a triggering event that leads to feeding frenzies by gigantic black holes at the cores of galaxies.

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Laser fluorescence could find life on Mars »» Laser fluorescence could find life on Mars

[Tuesday, June 24, 2008] A team of scientists from the United States and the United Kingdom has developed a technique using ultraviolet light to identify organic matter in soils that they say could be used to document the existence of life on Mars.

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New NASA Website Focuses on Global Climate Change »» New NASA Website Focuses on Global Climate Change

[Tuesday, June 24, 2008] A new website from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., is devoted to educating the public about Earth's changing climate.

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Students at Science Camp Gear up to Call the Space Station »» Students at Science Camp Gear up to Call the Space Station

[Tuesday, June 24, 2008] "Mission BISD: All Systems Go" technology and science camp students are gearing up to chat and ask questions during a call to the International Space Station crew on Thursday, June 26, from 10:50 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. CDT.

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NASA Phoenix Lander Prepares for Microscopy, Wet Chemistry on Mars »» NASA Phoenix Lander Prepares for Microscopy, Wet Chemistry on Mars

[Tuesday, June 24, 2008] NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has delivered a scoop of Martian soil from the "Snow White" trenches to the optical microscope for analysis tomorrow, June 24, the 29th Martian day of the mission, or Sol 29.

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NASA Internal Email From NASA Constellation Program Manager Jeff Hanley »» NASA Internal Email From NASA Constellation Program Manager Jeff Hanley

[Tuesday, June 24, 2008] "So there is a lot going on. You are making it happen. Through the spring we've had the chance to interact with agency leadership on a number of occassions, and they have been uniformly complimentary of the work you have done."

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NASA Mission to Answer Lingering Questions From Deep Blue Sea »» NASA Mission to Answer Lingering Questions From Deep Blue Sea

[Wednesday, June 25, 2008] Ocean tides and currents across the globe still hold within their watery grasp the key to unanswered questions about our planet.

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Senate Commerce Committee Approves National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2008 »» Senate Commerce Committee Approves National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2008

[Wednesday, June 25, 2008] The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation unanimously approved a bill to reauthorize the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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Solar system's biggest impact scar discovered MIT scientists solve riddle of Mars' two-faced nature »» Solar system's biggest impact scar discovered MIT scientists solve riddle of Mars' two-faced nature

[Wednesday, June 25, 2008] A new analysis of the topography and gravity of Mars has solved one of the biggest remaining mysteries in the solar system -- why the planet Mars has two completely different kinds of terrain, in its northern and southern hemispheres.

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NASA Spacecraft Reveal Largest Crater in Solar System - on Mars »» NASA Spacecraft Reveal Largest Crater in Solar System - on Mars

[Wednesday, June 25, 2008] New analysis of Mars' terrain using NASA spacecraft observations reveals what appears to be by far the largest impact crater ever found in the solar system.

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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander Puts Soil in Chemistry Lab, Team Discusses Next Steps »» NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander Puts Soil in Chemistry Lab, Team Discusses Next Steps

[Wednesday, June 25, 2008] NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander placed a sample of Martian soil in the spacecraft's wet chemistry laboratory today for the first time.

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Mars air once had moisture, new soil analysis says »» Mars air once had moisture, new soil analysis says

[Thursday, June 26, 2008] A new analysis of Martian soil data suggests that there was once enough water in the planet's atmosphere for a light drizzle or dew to hit the ground, leaving tell-tale signs of its interaction with the planet's surface.

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Spacehab Cancels COTS Space Agreement With NASA »» Spacehab Cancels COTS Space Agreement With NASA

[Thursday, June 26, 2008] According to NASA sources, Spacehab notified NASA on 29 May 2008 that it was requesting that its COTS (Commercial Orbital Transportation Services) Space Act Agreement (SAA) be terminated within 30 days.

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Deadline Approaching to Apply for New NASA Astronaut Class »» Deadline Approaching to Apply for New NASA Astronaut Class

[Thursday, June 26, 2008] NASA's deadline for accepting applications for the 2009 Astronaut Candidate Class is July 1. Those selected could fly to space for long-duration stays on the International Space Station and missions to the moon.

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NRC Report: Options to Ensure the Climate Record from the NPOESS and GOES-R Spacecraft: A Workshop Report »» NRC Report: Options to Ensure the Climate Record from the NPOESS and GOES-R Spacecraft: A Workshop Report

[Thursday, June 26, 2008] In 2000, the nation's next-generation National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) program anticipated purchasing six satellites for $6.5 billion, with a first launch in 2008.

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Position Opening: Challenger Center for Space Science Education: President »» Position Opening: Challenger Center for Space Science Education: President

[Thursday, June 26, 2008] Challenger Center for Space Science Education (CCSSE), an international nonprofit education organization founded in 1986 by the families of the Challenger 51-L astronauts, seeks an innovative and experienced leader to serve in the position of President.

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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 26 June 2008 »» NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 26 June 2008

[Thursday, June 26, 2008] Today at ~9:55am EDT, the ISS (specifically its FGB module) completed 55,000 orbits of the Earth, having covered a distance of 2.32 billion kilometers (1.45 billion st.miles) in 3506 days.

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SpaceX Conducts Static Test Firing of Next Falcon 1 Rocket »» SpaceX Conducts Static Test Firing of Next Falcon 1 Rocket

[Thursday, June 26, 2008] SpaceX successfully conducted a full launch dress rehearsal and hold down firing of the Falcon 1 Flight 3 vehicle on June 25, 2008 (Marshall Island Time) on Omelek Island, SpaceX's launch site at the Kwajalein Atoll.

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NASA's Mars Phoenix Lander Returns Treasure Trove for Science »» NASA's Mars Phoenix Lander Returns Treasure Trove for Science

[Thursday, June 26, 2008] NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander performed its first wet chemistry on Martian soil flawlessly yesterday, returning a wealth of data that for Phoenix scientists was like winning the lottery.

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NASA to Attempt Historic Solar Sail Deployment With NanoSailD »» NASA to Attempt Historic Solar Sail Deployment With NanoSailD

[Friday, June 27, 2008] NASA researchers, thinking "out of the box" (or maybe "out of the rocket") have long dreamed of the possibility of sailing among the planets with sails propelled by sunlight instead of by wind.

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Cluster listens to the sounds of Earth »» Cluster listens to the sounds of Earth

[Friday, June 27, 2008] The first thing an alien race is likely to hear from Earth is chirps and whistles, a bit like R2-D2, the robot from Star Wars. In reality, they are the sounds that accompany the aurora

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SOHO discovers its 1500th comet »» SOHO discovers its 1500th comet

[Friday, June 27, 2008] The ESA/NASA SOHO spacecraft has just discovered its 1500th comet, making it more successful than all other comet discoverers throughout history put together. Not bad for a spacecraft that was designed as a solar physics mission.

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Long Island Air National Guard Rescue Unit Supports NASAís Haughton-Mars Project »» Long Island Air National Guard Rescue Unit Supports NASAís Haughton-Mars Project

[Friday, June 27, 2008] The 106the Rescue Wing will support NASA's Haughton-Mars Project Research Station located in the Canadian high arctic by flying in research equipment, personnel and supplies next week.

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Siamese Twin Galaxies in a Gravitational Embrace »» Siamese Twin Galaxies in a Gravitational Embrace

[Friday, June 27, 2008] In what appears to be a masterful illusion, astronomers at Gemini Observatory have imaged two nearly identical spiral galaxies in Virgo, 90 million light years distant, in the early stages of a gentle gravitational embrace.

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Sun to set on Ulysses solar mission on 1 July »» Sun to set on Ulysses solar mission on 1 July

[Friday, June 27, 2008] After over 17 years of operation, the joint ESA/NASA mission Ulysses will officially conclude on 1 July this year.

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Even the Antarctic winter cannot protect Wilkins Ice Shelf »» Even the Antarctic winter cannot protect Wilkins Ice Shelf

[Friday, June 27, 2008] Wilkins Ice Shelf has experienced further break-up with an area of about 160 km

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Medical research on ice »» Medical research on ice

[Friday, June 27, 2008] New medical equipment recently delivered to the Antarctic station Concordia will help understand how our bodies physically adapt to this extreme environment -- knowledge which could help prepare for a future human mission to Mars.

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Astronaut Barbara Morgan to Leave NASA »» Astronaut Barbara Morgan to Leave NASA

[Friday, June 27, 2008] Veteran space shuttle astronaut Barbara R. Morgan will leave NASA in August to become an educator at Idaho's Boise State University

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Ancient mineral shows early Earth climate tough on continents »» Ancient mineral shows early Earth climate tough on continents

[Saturday, June 28, 2008] A new analysis of ancient minerals called zircons suggests that a harsh climate may have scoured and possibly even destroyed the surface of the Earth's earliest continents.

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Scientists confirm that parts of earliest genetic material may have come from the stars »» Scientists confirm that parts of earliest genetic material may have come from the stars

[Saturday, June 28, 2008] Scientists have confirmed for the first time that an important component of early genetic material which has been found in meteorite fragments is extraterrestrial in origin, in a paper published on June 15, 2008

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Fire under the ice »» Fire under the ice

[Saturday, June 28, 2008] An international team of researchers was able to provide evidence of explosive volcanism in the deeps of the ice-covered Arctic Ocean for the first time.

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Neuroscientists Discover a Sense of Adventure »» Neuroscientists Discover a Sense of Adventure

[Saturday, June 28, 2008] Sscientists have identified a region of the brain which encourages us to be adventurous. The region, located in a primitive area of the brain, is activated when we choose unfamiliar options, suggesting an evolutionary advantage for sampling the unknown.

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Cassini to Earth: 'Mission Accomplished, But New Questions Await!' »» Cassini to Earth: 'Mission Accomplished, But New Questions Await!'

[Saturday, June 28, 2008] NASA's Cassini mission is closing one chapter of its journey at Saturn and embarking on a new one with a two-year mission that will address new questions and bring it closer to two of its most intriguing targets--Titan and Enceladus.

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100 Years of Space Rock: The Tunguska Impact »» 100 Years of Space Rock: The Tunguska Impact

[Saturday, June 28, 2008] At around 7:17 on the morning of June 30, 1908, a man based at the trading post at Vanavara in Siberia is sitting on his front porch. In a moment, 40 miles from the center of an immense blast of unknown origin, he will be hurled from his chair.

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NASA Mars Phoenix Scrapes to Icy Soil in Wonderland »» NASA Mars Phoenix Scrapes to Icy Soil in Wonderland

[Saturday, June 28, 2008] NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander scraped to icy soil in the "Wonderland" area on June 26, confirming that surface soil, subsurface soil and icy soil can be sampled at a single trench.

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NASA Cassini Saturn Image: Stellar Horizon »» NASA Cassini Saturn Image: Stellar Horizon

[Saturday, June 28, 2008] The nearest star system, the trinary star Alpha Centauri, hangs above the horizon of Saturn. Both Alpha Centauri A and B -stars very similar to our own -are clearly distinguishable in this image. The third star, Proxima Centauri, is not visible here.

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