June 2009 Top Story Archives



Public Perception of Astronomers: Revered, Reviled and Ridiculed

Public Perception of Astronomers: Revered, Reviled and Ridiculed

[Monday, June 1, 2009]

Although we live today in a time of remarkable astronomical discoveries, as many politicians and businesses know the public's collective memory can be short, and hence astronomers cannot afford to be complacent about our public image.




Stellar explosion displays massive carbon footprint

Stellar explosion displays massive carbon footprint

[Monday, June 1, 2009]

Humans are still struggling to get rid of unwanted carbon - but the heavens are really rather good at it. Research has discovered that a stellar explosion recorded in 2006 may have marked the unusual death of an equally unusually carbon-rich star.




NSTA Partners with the Conrad Foundation to Promote and Support Annual Education Competition

NSTA Partners with the Conrad Foundation to Promote and Support Annual Education Competition

[Monday, June 1, 2009]

The NSTA, the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning, and the Conrad Foundation today announced an agreement to collaborate on the Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Awards




NASA's Management of Ares I Human-Rating Requirements (Report No. IG-09-016; Assignment No. A-09-003-00)

NASA's Management of Ares I Human-Rating Requirements (Report No. IG-09-016; Assignment No. A-09-003-00)

[Monday, June 1, 2009]

The Office of Inspector General conducted a review to evaluate the management of the human-rating requirements for the Ares I Project.




Wayne Hale's NASA Blog: Why Climb the Highest Mountain?

Wayne Hale's NASA Blog: Why Climb the Highest Mountain?

[Monday, June 1, 2009]

This is the anniversary of the first ascent of Mt. Everest. Even JFK compared going into space with climbing the highest mountain. Since Scott Parazynski, just completed his personal conquest of that mountain, it seems timely to review the comparison.




Meteorite bombardment may have made Earth more habitable, says study

Meteorite bombardment may have made Earth more habitable, says study

[Monday, June 1, 2009]

Large bombardments of meteorites approximately four billion years ago could have helped to make the early Earth and Mars more habitable for life by modifying their atmospheres.




Atlantic and East Pacific Ocean Hurricane Seasons Begin for 2009

Atlantic and East Pacific Ocean Hurricane Seasons Begin for 2009

[Monday, June 1, 2009]

Summer soon begins in the Northern Hemisphere and, on June 1st, the Atlantic hurricane season kicks off. What do Atlantic and Pacific Ocean surface temperatures and heights tell forecasters about what they can expect this season?




Press Conference: Space Adventures Announces Spaceflight Intention of Canadian Entrepreneur

Press Conference: Space Adventures Announces Spaceflight Intention of Canadian Entrepreneur

[Monday, June 1, 2009]

Space Adventures invites members of the media to the CSA in Montreal and to the Press Hall of The Expocentre in Moscow as they announce the identity of a Canadian entrepreneur who is slated to launch with Soyuz TMA-16 crew this September.




NASA Announces Members of Human Space Flight Review Committee

NASA Announces Members of Human Space Flight Review Committee

[Monday, June 1, 2009]

The panel will examine ongoing and planned NASA development activities and potential alternatives in order to present options for advancing a safe, innovative, affordable and sustainable human space flight program following the shuttle's retirement.




Satellite control for the monitoring of offshore oil and gas rigs

Satellite control for the monitoring of offshore oil and gas rigs

[Tuesday, June 2, 2009]

With the help of ESA technology used in the monitoring and control of satellites, a start-up company at ESA's Business Incubation Centre has developed a system to remotely monitor offshore oil and gas installations.




NASA's New Solar Cycle Prediction

NASA's New Solar Cycle Prediction

[Tuesday, June 2, 2009]

An international panel of experts led by NOAA and sponsored by NASA has released a new prediction for the next solar cycle. Solar Cycle 24 will peak, they say, in May 2013 with a below-average number of sunspots.




NASA, Stanford, NOAA, & Panasonic Gathered with the Aquarium of the Pacific to Turn the Tide on Ocean Environmental Issues Facing Our Nation

NASA, Stanford, NOAA, & Panasonic Gathered with the Aquarium of the Pacific to Turn the Tide on Ocean Environmental Issues Facing Our Nation

[Tuesday, June 2, 2009]

With World Ocean Day approaching, experts from around the country gathered at the Aquarium of the Pacific's request to develop communication strategies to deal with the most pressing ocean issues facing our nation




NASA Kepler Mission Manager Update 29 May 2009

NASA Kepler Mission Manager Update 29 May 2009

[Tuesday, June 2, 2009]

Kepler remains safe and stable in its "drift-away" heliocentric orbit. The spacecraft is over 8.4 million kilometers from Earth. Kepler has been collecting science data since 12 May.




NASA's Shuttle Program Hands Over Launch Pad to Constellation

NASA's Shuttle Program Hands Over Launch Pad to Constellation

[Tuesday, June 2, 2009]

The May 31 transfer of Launch Pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida from the Space Shuttle Program to the Constellation Program is the next step in preparing the first flight test of the agency's next-generation spacecraft and launch system.




NASA Solicitation: Armstrong Oil Painting

NASA Solicitation: Armstrong Oil Painting

[Wednesday, June 3, 2009]

The artist will prepare a prototype study/concept sketch for approval of content and concept prior to executing the large oil painting. (2) One (1) each: The artist will deliver one large oil painting on canvas, approx. 5ft in height and 6 ft in width of




NASA Gives 'Go' for June 13 Launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour

NASA Gives 'Go' for June 13 Launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour

[Wednesday, June 3, 2009]

NASA managers completed a review Wednesday of space shuttle Endeavour's readiness for flight and selected June 13 as the official launch date for the STS-127 mission to the International Space Station.




NASA Cassini Finds Titan's Clouds Hanging on to Summer

NASA Cassini Finds Titan's Clouds Hanging on to Summer

[Wednesday, June 3, 2009]

Cloud chasers studying Saturn's moon Titan say its clouds form and move much like those on Earth, but in a much slower, more lingering fashion.




Earthshine Observations of an Inhabited Planet

Earthshine Observations of an Inhabited Planet

[Wednesday, June 3, 2009]

In recent times, there has been renewed interest in ground-based visible and near-infrared measurements of earthshine as a proxy for exoplanet observations.




NASA Selects Museums and Planetariums to Receive Education Grants

NASA Selects Museums and Planetariums to Receive Education Grants

[Wednesday, June 3, 2009]

NASA has selected 13 informal education providers to share $6.9 million in grants through the Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums.




New research contributes to defense of Earth's technologies

New research contributes to defense of Earth's technologies

[Wednesday, June 3, 2009]

University of Leicester researchers have taken a step forward in helping to create a defence for earth's technologies -from the constant threat of space weather.




Stream Computing Provides Real-Time Analysis For New Insight into Effects on Earth

Stream Computing Provides Real-Time Analysis For New Insight into Effects on Earth

[Wednesday, June 3, 2009]

IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Uppsala University and the Swedish Institute of Space Physics announced today a major new Stream Computing project to analyze massive volumes of information in real time to better understand "space weather".




Space Adventures Announces Founder of Cirque du Soleil as 1st Canadian Private Space Explorer

Space Adventures Announces Founder of Cirque du Soleil as 1st Canadian Private Space Explorer

[Thursday, June 4, 2009]

Space Adventures, Ltd., announced today that Guy Laliberte, founder of Cirque du Soleil and the ONE DROP Foundation, has begun training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City in preparation for his poetic social mission to the ISS.




House Committee on Science and Technology Passes National Climate Service Bill

House Committee on Science and Technology Passes National Climate Service Bill

[Thursday, June 4, 2009]

Yesterday, the House Committee on Science and Technology passed H.R. 2407, the National Climate Service Act of 2009 by a vote of 24 to 12.




Challenger Center Board Member Leroy Chiao, PhD, Named to White House Panel to Review NASA Human Space Flight Programs

Challenger Center Board Member Leroy Chiao, PhD, Named to White House Panel to Review NASA Human Space Flight Programs

[Thursday, June 4, 2009]

Leroy Chiao, PhD, a member of the Board of Directors of Challenger Center for Space Science Education has been named by the White House as a member of the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans committee.




NASA Announces Shuttle Prelaunch Events and Countdown Details

NASA Announces Shuttle Prelaunch Events and Countdown Details

[Thursday, June 4, 2009]

News conferences, events and operating hours for the news center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center are set for the upcoming launch of space shuttle Endeavour.




Mars Rover Naming Contest Winner to Visit JPL, Sign Rover

Mars Rover Naming Contest Winner to Visit JPL, Sign Rover

[Thursday, June 4, 2009]

Clara Ma, the sixth-grade student from Sunflower Elementary in Lenexa, Kan., who named the next Mars rover "Curiosity," will meet Mars Science Laboratory team members at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.




Stellar family in crowded, violent neighbourhood proves to be surprisingly normal

Stellar family in crowded, violent neighbourhood proves to be surprisingly normal

[Thursday, June 4, 2009]

Using ESO's Very Large Telescope, astronomers have obtained one of the sharpest views ever of the Arches Cluster -- an extraordinary dense cluster of young stars near the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way.




NASA Develops Rehydration Beverage

NASA Develops Rehydration Beverage

[Thursday, June 4, 2009]

To help keep astronauts at peak performance during missions, NASA researched, qualified and patented a highly effective electrolyte concentrate formula that maintains and restores optimal body hydration levels quickly and conveniently.




Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's Rebooting Resembles February Event

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's Rebooting Resembles February Event

[Thursday, June 4, 2009]

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is in safe mode and in communications with Earth after an unexpected rebooting of its computer Wednesday evening, June 3.




Mars500 diary: a carefully planned menu

Mars500 diary: a carefully planned menu

[Thursday, June 4, 2009]

ESA-selected Mars500 crewmember Oliver Knickel reports back from inside the special isolation facility at the Russian Institute of Biomedical Problems in Moscow where the six-strong crew have now completed the ninth week of their simulated Mars mission.




NASA Solicitation: Design and Usage of Massively Multiplayer Online Games and Persistent Immersive Synthetic Environments

NASA Solicitation: Design and Usage of Massively Multiplayer Online Games and Persistent Immersive Synthetic Environments

[Thursday, June 4, 2009]

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Learning Technologies Project Office is releasing a Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) to conduct research and evaluation on the design and usage of Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOG).




Planck Satellite Maneuver Aims at L2 Arrival

Planck Satellite Maneuver Aims at L2 Arrival

[Friday, June 5, 2009]

Beginning today, ESA's Planck satellite will carry out a critical mid-course maneuver that will place the satellite on its final trajectory for arrival at L2, the second Lagrange point of the Sun-Earth system, early in July.




NEO News (06/04/09) Planetary Defense at Granada pt 2

NEO News (06/04/09) Planetary Defense at Granada pt 2

[Friday, June 5, 2009]

The IAA has recently completed its own study of the impact threat, summarized at this meeting by Ivan Bekey, called "Dealing with the Threat to Earth from Asteroids and Comets" (2009, 140 pages).




NASA Launches Human Space Flight Review Web Site for Public Use

NASA Launches Human Space Flight Review Web Site for Public Use

[Friday, June 5, 2009]

NASA is inviting the public to make its voice heard as a panel of experts undertakes an independent review of planned U.S. human space flight activities.




NASA Invites Media to Ares I-X Milestone

NASA Invites Media to Ares I-X Milestone

[Saturday, June 6, 2009]

NASA invites media to view the Ares I-X rocket Forward Assembly move on Thursday, June 11, from the Assembly Refurbishment Facility to the Vehicle Assembly Building for processing for the upcoming flight test this summer.




NASA Dawn Status Report 25 May 2009

NASA Dawn Status Report 25 May 2009

[Saturday, June 6, 2009]

Dawn's mission continues to go very well, as the spacecraft nears the end of the longest coasting period of its astronomical journey.




Ministers in charge of space activities met in Brussels for the Sixth Space Council

Ministers in charge of space activities met in Brussels for the Sixth Space Council

[Saturday, June 6, 2009]

Ministers in charge of space activities representing the Member States of the European Space Agency and the European Union met in Brussels today for the Sixth Space Council.




NASA Scientists Find Evidence for Liquid Water on a Frozen Early Mars

NASA Scientists Find Evidence for Liquid Water on a Frozen Early Mars

[Saturday, June 6, 2009]

NASA scientists modeled freezing conditions on Mars to test whether liquid water could have been present to form the surface features of the Martian landscape.




NASA Announces Winners in Second Annual Lunar Art Contest

NASA Announces Winners in Second Annual Lunar Art Contest

[Monday, June 8, 2009]

The results of the second annual NASA Lunar Art Contest are out-of-this-world productions from high school and college students from around the globe.




Kosmas and Posey Urge House Committee to Restore Human Spaceflight Funding

Kosmas and Posey Urge House Committee to Restore Human Spaceflight Funding

[Monday, June 8, 2009]

Today, Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas (FL-24) and Congressman Bill Posey (FL-15) sent a bipartisan letter to the House Appropriations Committee urging their colleagues to restore critical funding for NASA's human spaceflight program.




Fog Lifted on Dark Gamma-Ray Bursts

Fog Lifted on Dark Gamma-Ray Bursts

[Monday, June 8, 2009]

Gamma-ray bursts, with their ability to pierce through gas and dust to shine brightly across the universe, are revealing areas of intense star formation and stellar death where astronomers have been unable to look.




Giant SUNRISE Telescope Successfully Launched

Giant SUNRISE Telescope Successfully Launched

[Monday, June 8, 2009]

The giant telescope SUNRISE was launched from Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden. At 08.05 (local time) this morning, the largest balloon born telescope ever took off from SSC's launch facility at Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden.




LOIRP Releases Lunar Orbiter Ranger 8 Impact Crater Image

LOIRP Releases Lunar Orbiter Ranger 8 Impact Crater Image

[Monday, June 8, 2009]

The Lunar Orbiter II-070-H image (Frame 70, High resolution) has a unique feature that is relevant to the LCROSS mission. This image shows the impact site of the Ranger 8 mission.




NASA Announces STS-127 Prelaunch and Mission Web Coverage

NASA Announces STS-127 Prelaunch and Mission Web Coverage

[Tuesday, June 9, 2009]

A prelaunch webcast, live blogs, podcast, pictures and videos will highlight NASA's Web coverage of space shuttle Endeavour's STS-127 mission to the International Space Station.




NASA Goddard to Host Media Day for Solar Dynamics Observatory

NASA Goddard to Host Media Day for Solar Dynamics Observatory

[Tuesday, June 9, 2009]

NASA invites reporters and producers to participate in a special media briefing and walking tour that will highlight NASA's upcoming Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) mission.




NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Resumes Science Operations

NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Resumes Science Operations

[Tuesday, June 9, 2009]

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is examining Mars again with its scientific instruments after successfully transitioning out of a precautionary standby mode triggered by an unexpected June 3 rebooting of its computer.




Supernova Remnant is an Unusual Suspect

Supernova Remnant is an Unusual Suspect

[Tuesday, June 9, 2009]

A new image from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory shows a supernova remnant with a different look.




ISS EarthKAM Summer 2009 Mission

ISS EarthKAM Summer 2009 Mission

[Tuesday, June 9, 2009]

Middle school educators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Summer 2009 Mission on July 7-10, 2009.




Report on the Space Economy Symposium Finds Space an Essential Part of Global Economic Infrastructure

Report on the Space Economy Symposium Finds Space an Essential Part of Global Economic Infrastructure

[Tuesday, June 9, 2009]

The goals of this half-day Symposium were to make space a central part of the national economic policy discussions and to ensure that space is recognized as an essential component of national competitiveness in a global economy.




Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) Releases New High Resolution Image of the Ocean of Storms

Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) Releases New High Resolution Image of the Ocean of Storms

[Tuesday, June 9, 2009]

The Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) has released a newly-retrieved, high resolution image taken of the lunar surface 42 years ago.




New cleaning protocol for future 'search for life' missions

New cleaning protocol for future 'search for life' missions

[Tuesday, June 9, 2009]

Scientists have developed a new cleaning protocol for space hardware, such as the scoops of Mars rovers, which could be used on future "Search for Life" missions on other planets.




Astronomy and the Media: a love story?

Astronomy and the Media: a love story?

[Wednesday, June 10, 2009]

In astronomy as in other scientific or societal fields, communication is an important aspect that no single organisation can overlook. Especially public research organisations should be accountable to the public for the tax money they use.




NASA RFI: Feasibility of using Constellation Architecture for Servicing Existing and Future Observatory-Class Scientific Spacecraft

NASA RFI: Feasibility of using Constellation Architecture for Servicing Existing and Future Observatory-Class Scientific Spacecraft

[Wednesday, June 10, 2009]

This RFI seeks to improve its understanding of using capabilities of its Constellation System, adaptations of the Constellation System architectures, and/or robotic technologies to service a wide range of notional science observatory-class spacecraft.




NASA Announces Climate Change Education Funding Opportunity

NASA Announces Climate Change Education Funding Opportunity

[Wednesday, June 10, 2009]

NASA has announced a new funding opportunity that could result in the award of cooperative agreements for projects designed to educate students, teachers and lifelong learners about global climate change.




Zero Gravity Corporation Lifts Off for San Jose's Weightless Flight, July 11

Zero Gravity Corporation Lifts Off for San Jose's Weightless Flight, July 11

[Wednesday, June 10, 2009]

Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G(R)), the first and only FAA-approved provider of commercial weightless flights, will host its exclusive ZERO-G Weightless Experience once again in San Jose, California on Saturday, July 11.




Industry and Government Leaders to Explore Future of Commercial Space Transportation of Crew and Cargo

Industry and Government Leaders to Explore Future of Commercial Space Transportation of Crew and Cargo

[Wednesday, June 10, 2009]

Industry and government leaders will meet on June 18 to explore the promising future of commercial space transportation -- of humans as well as cargo -- in meeting government and private sector needs in low Earth orbit.




SMART-1 Maps Kaguya Lunar Impact Location

SMART-1 Maps Kaguya Lunar Impact Location

[Wednesday, June 10, 2009]

The Japanese lunar orbiter Kaguya has completed a productive operational phase and will conclude its scientific mission with a controlled impact on the lunar surface, scheduled for 20:30 CEST today.




Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) Releases New High Resolution Image of The Apollo 14 Landing Site With EVA Details

Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) Releases New High Resolution Image of The Apollo 14 Landing Site With EVA Details

[Wednesday, June 10, 2009]

This photo of the future Apollo 14 landing site was taken by Lunar Orbiter III on 20 February 1967 at an orbital altitude of 46.7 km. The resolution of the image is around 0.8 meters per pixel. The area covered by this image is 4.52167 x 5.77666 km.




Radio Telescope Images Reveal Planet-forming Disk Orbiting Twin Suns

Radio Telescope Images Reveal Planet-forming Disk Orbiting Twin Suns

[Wednesday, June 10, 2009]

Astronomers are announcing today that a sequence of images collected with the Smithsonian's Submillimeter Array (SMA) radio telescope system clearly reveals the presence of a rotating, molecular disk orbiting the young binary star system V4046 Sagittarii.




WISE Mission Assembled and Preparing For Launch

WISE Mission Assembled and Preparing For Launch

[Wednesday, June 10, 2009]

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has been assembled and is undergoing final preparations for a planned Nov. 1 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.




Introducing Astronomy into Mozambican Society

Introducing Astronomy into Mozambican Society

[Wednesday, June 10, 2009]

The launch of the commemorations during the 2008 World Space Week was very successful and Mozambique is to be used to motivate similar African countries who lack funds but are still trying to take part in the International Year of Astronomy.




Peculiar, junior-sized supernova discovered by New York teen

Peculiar, junior-sized supernova discovered by New York teen

[Wednesday, June 10, 2009]

In November 2008, Caroline Moore, a 14-year-old student from upstate New York, discovered a supernova in a nearby galaxy, making her the youngest person ever to do so.




Mars mission could ease Earth's energy supply crisis

Mars mission could ease Earth's energy supply crisis

[Wednesday, June 10, 2009]

Techniques and instrumentation initially developed for ExoMars - Europe's next robotic mission to Mars in 2016 - but now due to fly on a NASA mission in 2018, could also provide the answers to the globally pressing issue of energy supply.




New definition could further limit habitable zones around distant suns

New definition could further limit habitable zones around distant suns

[Wednesday, June 10, 2009]

As astronomers gaze toward nearby planetary systems in search of life, they are focusing their attention on each system's habitable zone, where heat radiated from the star is just right to keep a planet's water in liquid form.




Kaguya's Impact Point On The Moon Has Been Identified

Kaguya's Impact Point On The Moon Has Been Identified

[Thursday, June 11, 2009]

The "KAGUYA" hass concluded its scientific mission to the Moon through a uncontrolled impact on the lunar surface.




International Study Using a Lunar Eclipse Could Aid Search for Life in the Universe

International Study Using a Lunar Eclipse Could Aid Search for Life in the Universe

[Thursday, June 11, 2009]

A lunar eclipse helped a group of international scientists take a snapshot of earth's chemical fingerprint, which could help to identify planets most similar to earth where life may be thriving.




New initiative traces the beginning of species' life on Earth

New initiative traces the beginning of species' life on Earth

[Thursday, June 11, 2009]

Beginning this week, scientists and nonscientists now have easy access to information about when living species and their ancestors originated, information that previously was difficult to find or inaccessible.




Surprise: Typhoons Trigger Slow Earthquakes

Surprise: Typhoons Trigger Slow Earthquakes

[Thursday, June 11, 2009]

Scientists have made the surprising finding that typhoons trigger slow earthquakes, at least in eastern Taiwan.




NASA Reschedules Test of Max Launch Abort System

NASA Reschedules Test of Max Launch Abort System

[Thursday, June 11, 2009]

Because of weather concerns and launch site preparation needs, NASA has rescheduled the test launch of the Max Launch Abort System, or MLAS, to no earlier than June 20 at the agency's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va.




Robotic Reconnaissance May Improve Human Exploration of the Moon

Robotic Reconnaissance May Improve Human Exploration of the Moon

[Thursday, June 11, 2009]

Robotic Recon experiment will investigate how robots can improve the productivity and science return of human missions.




NASA Cassini: Saturn's Approach to Equinox Reveals Never-before-seen Vertical Structures in Planet's Rings

NASA Cassini: Saturn's Approach to Equinox Reveals Never-before-seen Vertical Structures in Planet's Rings

[Thursday, June 11, 2009]

In images made possible only as Saturn nears equinox, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has uncovered for the first time towering vertical structures in the planet's otherwise flat rings that are attributable to the gravitational effects of a small nearby moon.




NASA's Ares I-X Rocket Achieves Historic Hardware Milestones

NASA's Ares I-X Rocket Achieves Historic Hardware Milestones

[Thursday, June 11, 2009]

NASA's Constellation Program reached two major processing milestones this week as two new pieces of Ares I-X hardware were transferred for final assembly in preparation for the first flight test of the rocket later this summer at NASA' KSC.




A Closer Look at the Max Launch Abort System

A Closer Look at the Max Launch Abort System

[Friday, June 12, 2009]

The test launch of the Max Launch Abort System, or MLAS from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility has been delayed to no earlier than 20 June due to weather issues. Here's a look at the vehicle itself courtesy of NASA and what it is supposed to accomplish.




Scripps research team creates simple chemical system that mimics DNA

Scripps research team creates simple chemical system that mimics DNA

[Friday, June 12, 2009]

A team of Scripps Research scientists has created a new analog to DNA that assembles and disassembles itself without the need for enzymes.




Caltech Scientists Predict Greater Longevity for Planets with Life

Caltech Scientists Predict Greater Longevity for Planets with Life

[Friday, June 12, 2009]

Billion-year life extension for Earth also doubles the odds that advanced life will be found elsewhere in the universe




NASA Chooses Three New Flight Directors to Lead Mission Control

NASA Chooses Three New Flight Directors to Lead Mission Control

[Friday, June 12, 2009]

Dina Contella, Scott Stover and Ed Van Cise will join a select group of individuals who lead human spaceflights from Mission Control at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.




NASA Johnson Space Center PAO and MOD Ban Use of Social Media At Mission Control

NASA Johnson Space Center PAO and MOD Ban Use of Social Media At Mission Control

[Friday, June 12, 2009]

"I wanted to let you know that per new Mission Operations Directorate Social Media Policy I will no longer be posting any publicly available photos or videos whether it be on my own time or government time."




Gaseous Hydrogen Leak Postpones Space Shuttle Endeavour Launch

Gaseous Hydrogen Leak Postpones Space Shuttle Endeavour Launch

[Friday, June 12, 2009]

A gaseous hydrogen leak on a vent line for Endeavour is postponing this morning's launch. The official scrub time was 12:26 a.m. EDT. Launch teams began draining Endeavour's external fuel tank of its liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen at 12:06 a.m.




NASA JSC MOD Memo: Policy on Use of Social Media

NASA JSC MOD Memo: Policy on Use of Social Media

[Friday, June 12, 2009]

The following is MOD policy for use of "social media" (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, etc.). This policy is consistent with JSC Announcement 08-032 and NPD 2540.1F "Policy on Personal Use of Government Office Equipment Including Information Technology."




NASA Postpones Launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour

NASA Postpones Launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour

[Saturday, June 13, 2009]

NASA postponed Endeavour's launch to the International Space Station on Saturday because of a leak associated with the gaseous hydrogen venting system outside the shuttle's external fuel tank. Managers scrubbed the launch for at least 96 hours.




Three Balloon Missions Simultaneously Afloat Above Two Continents

Three Balloon Missions Simultaneously Afloat Above Two Continents

[Saturday, June 13, 2009]

There are currently three scientific balloons aloft aroudn the world - AESOP, Sunrise, and 597N FIREBall. Below is a short summary (courtesy of NASA GSFC) of each mission.




Shuttle Teams Make Leak Repairs, Consider Launch Options

Shuttle Teams Make Leak Repairs, Consider Launch Options

[Sunday, June 14, 2009]

NASA managers will make a final decision by Monday afternoon about whether to launch space shuttle Endeavour on Wednesday, June 17 or wait until later in the week.




Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) Releases New Image of the Moon's South Pole

Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) Releases New Image of the Moon's South Pole

[Sunday, June 14, 2009]

This image was taken by Lunar Orbiter IV in May 1967 and shows the south pole of the Moon.




NASA PharmaSat Status Report 12 June 2009

NASA PharmaSat Status Report 12 June 2009

[Monday, June 15, 2009]

The PharmaSat nanosatellite has successfully completed an experiment that could help scientists better understand how effectively drugs work in space.




NASA Sets New Launch Dates for Space Shuttle, LRO and LCROSS

NASA Sets New Launch Dates for Space Shuttle, LRO and LCROSS

[Monday, June 15, 2009]

NASA managers have scheduled the next launch attempt of space shuttle Endeavour's STS-127 mission for 5:40 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 17. The launch will take place at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.




NASA Hosts Media Briefings About Earth System Science Advances

NASA Hosts Media Briefings About Earth System Science Advances

[Monday, June 15, 2009]

NASA will hold two media briefings to present new developments in research and benefits to society made possible by the Earth system science approach pioneered by the agency during the last 20 years.




Strategic Science Initiatives in the Origins of Life Report from the NAI meeting

Strategic Science Initiatives in the Origins of Life Report from the NAI meeting

[Monday, June 15, 2009]

The NAI held a strategic science initiative workshop in Tempe, AZ on May 13-15, to identify areas where increased collaboration between the funded NAI teams could lead to greater scientific insights and productivity.




Newly Renamed Commercial Spaceflight Federation Launches New Website

Newly Renamed Commercial Spaceflight Federation Launches New Website

[Monday, June 15, 2009]

The industry association of companies seeking to make commercial human spaceflight a reality has rolled out a new website and a new name.




LCROSS Lessons Learned: A Recap of First Week Rehearsal

LCROSS Lessons Learned: A Recap of First Week Rehearsal

[Monday, June 15, 2009]

The LCROSS First Week Rehearsal was all it was cooked up to be. With a fully realistic operations timeline, long hours, and a representative dose of problems inserted by our beloved Test Conductor, "FWR" was all-consuming.




Space Adventures Announces Barbara Barrett as Back-Up Crew Member for Fall 2009 Orbital Spaceflight Mission

Space Adventures Announces Barbara Barrett as Back-Up Crew Member for Fall 2009 Orbital Spaceflight Mission

[Monday, June 15, 2009]

Today, Space Adventures, Ltd., announced that Barbara Barrett is currently training as the back-up crew member alongside orbital spaceflight candidate Guy Laliberte, who is preparing for the Soyuz TMA-16 flight to the International Space Station (ISS).




Meteorite grains divulge Earth's cosmic roots

Meteorite grains divulge Earth's cosmic roots

[Monday, June 15, 2009]

The interstellar stuff that became incorporated into the planets and life on Earth has younger cosmic roots than theories predict, according to the University of Chicago postdoctoral scholar Philipp Heck and his international team of colleagues.




The Earth's magnetic field remains a charged mystery

The Earth's magnetic field remains a charged mystery

[Monday, June 15, 2009]

New research raises question marks about the forces behind the magnetic field and the structure of Earth itself.




A tiny frozen microbe may hold clues to extraterrestrial life

A tiny frozen microbe may hold clues to extraterrestrial life

[Monday, June 15, 2009]

A novel bacterium that has been trapped more than three kilometres under glacial ice in Greenland for over 120 000 years, may hold clues as to what life forms might exist on other planets.




New study closes in on geologic history of Earth's deep interior

New study closes in on geologic history of Earth's deep interior

[Monday, June 15, 2009]

UC Davis team calculates distribution of iron isotopes in Earth's mantle 4.5 billion years ago, opening door to new studies of planet's geologic history




Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) Releases New Image of Apollo 12/Surveyor III Landing Site

Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) Releases New Image of Apollo 12/Surveyor III Landing Site

[Monday, June 15, 2009]

This image LO3-154-H was taken by Lunar Orbiter III on 20 February 1967 and shows the landing site for both Surveyor III (landed 20 April 1967) and Apollo 12 (landed 19 November 1969).




NASA: Commercial Partners Are Making Progress, but Face Aggressive Schedules to Demonstrate Critical Space Station Cargo Transport Capabilities.  GAO-09-618

NASA: Commercial Partners Are Making Progress, but Face Aggressive Schedules to Demonstrate Critical Space Station Cargo Transport Capabilities. GAO-09-618

[Tuesday, June 16, 2009]

During the course of our review, we found NASA's management of the COTS project has generally adhered to critical project management tools and activities and the vast majority of project expenditures were for milestone payments to COTS partners.




Boulder-built and Operated QuikSCAT Provides 10 Years of Data on Earth's Climate

Boulder-built and Operated QuikSCAT Provides 10 Years of Data on Earth's Climate

[Tuesday, June 16, 2009]

This month marks a decade of success for NASA's QuikSCAT mission, one that continues to provide a wealth of information about Earth's climate since its launch June 19, 1999.




NASA and NOAA's GOES-O Satellite Ready for Launch

NASA and NOAA's GOES-O Satellite Ready for Launch

[Tuesday, June 16, 2009]

NASA is preparing for the launch of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-O from Space Launch Complex 37 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.




University Students Win NASA/NIA Moon Design Competition

University Students Win NASA/NIA Moon Design Competition

[Tuesday, June 16, 2009]

Orbiting "gas" stations and flying "sports cars" ... those are some winning ideas college students came up with to help astronauts get to the moon and explore the surface.




NASA Awards Scholarships to 100 College Students

NASA Awards Scholarships to 100 College Students

[Tuesday, June 16, 2009]

NASA's Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology, or MUST, project awards scholarships and internships to students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields.




SpaceX Update: Falcon 9 Flight 1

SpaceX Update: Falcon 9 Flight 1

[Tuesday, June 16, 2009]

Engine testing for the inaugural Falcon 9 flight proceeds at a rapid pace with no major problems or concerns.




AIP FYI #77: FY 2010 House NASA Appropriations Bill

AIP FYI #77: FY 2010 House NASA Appropriations Bill

[Tuesday, June 16, 2009]

There is important language in the House Appropriations Committee report accompanying the FY 2010 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill on NASA's programs. The House is scheduled to consider this bill today.




New from NASA: European satellites probe a new magnetar

New from NASA: European satellites probe a new magnetar

[Tuesday, June 16, 2009]

On Aug. 22, 2008, NASA's Swift satellite reported multiple blasts of radiation from a rare object known as a soft gamma repeater, or SGR.




Send Your Name to Mars Aboard Mars Science Laboratory

Send Your Name to Mars Aboard Mars Science Laboratory

[Tuesday, June 16, 2009]

NASA invites you to submit your name to be included on a microchip that will be sent to Mars as part of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, scheduled to launch in 2011.




Former Astronaut Bowersox Joins SpaceX as Vice President of Astronaut Safety and Mission Assurance

Former Astronaut Bowersox Joins SpaceX as Vice President of Astronaut Safety and Mission Assurance

[Tuesday, June 16, 2009]

Space Exploration Technologies Corp (SpaceX) announces Ken Bowersox as vice president of the newly formed Astronaut Safety and Mission Assurance Department. He will be co-located in Houston, Texas, and SpaceX Headquarters in Hawthorne, California.




With Clearing Weather, Tanking of Space Shuttle Endeavour Begins

With Clearing Weather, Tanking of Space Shuttle Endeavour Begins

[Tuesday, June 16, 2009]

After a delay due to bad weather in the area, the launch team gave a "GO" for fueling of the external tank. Tanking operations should begin shortly. Launch is scheduled for 5:40 a.m.




Fuel Leak Again Postpones Launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour

Fuel Leak Again Postpones Launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour

[Wednesday, June 17, 2009]

NASA postponed the launch of space shuttle Endeavour's STS-127 mission Wednesday because of a leak associated with the gaseous hydrogen venting system outside the shuttle's external fuel tank.




Lunar Exploration Missions Roll to Pad for Thursday Launch

Lunar Exploration Missions Roll to Pad for Thursday Launch

[Wednesday, June 17, 2009]

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, and the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, rolled aboard their Atlas V rocket to the launch pad.




University of Colorado team finds definitive evidence for ancient lake on Mars

University of Colorado team finds definitive evidence for ancient lake on Mars

[Wednesday, June 17, 2009]

A University of Colorado at Boulder research team has discovered the first definitive evidence of shorelines on Mars, an indication of a deep, ancient lake there and a finding with implications for the discovery of past life on the Red Planet.




LRO/LCROSS Launch Day Arrives

LRO/LCROSS Launch Day Arrives

[Thursday, June 18, 2009]

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite are set to lift off together aboard an Atlas V rocket today at 5:12 p.m. EDT. Two additional launch opportunities also are available at 5:22 p.m. and 5:32 p.m.




Follow Ocean Trends From Your Desktop With NASA's Sea Level Viewer

Follow Ocean Trends From Your Desktop With NASA's Sea Level Viewer

[Thursday, June 18, 2009]

Heat from the oceans is a driving force of climate, and the best place to watch ocean heat circulate is from space. Now Internet users can access these data by using the Sea Level Viewer, an interactive visualization tool developed at NASA JPL.




IBEX Detects Fast Neutral Hydrogen from the Moon

IBEX Detects Fast Neutral Hydrogen from the Moon

[Thursday, June 18, 2009]

NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) spacecraft has made the first observations of very fast hydrogen atoms coming from the Moon, following decades of speculation and searching for their existence.




World's Fastest and Most Sensitive Astronomical Camera

World's Fastest and Most Sensitive Astronomical Camera

[Thursday, June 18, 2009]

The next generation of instruments for ground-based telescopes took a leap forward with the development of a new ultra-fast camera that can take 1500 finely exposed images per second even when observing extremely faint objects.




NASA Scientists Bring Light to Moon's Permanently Dark Craters

NASA Scientists Bring Light to Moon's Permanently Dark Craters

[Thursday, June 18, 2009]

A new lunar topography map with the highest resolution of the moon's rugged south polar region provides new information on some of our natural satellite's darkest inhabitants - permanently shadowed craters.




NASA Returning to the Moon with First Lunar Launch in a Decade

NASA Returning to the Moon with First Lunar Launch in a Decade

[Thursday, June 18, 2009]

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter launched at 5:32 p.m. EDT Thursday aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The satellite will relay more information about the lunar environment than any other previous mission to the moon.




NASA Successfully Launches LCROSS Lunar Impactor

NASA Successfully Launches LCROSS Lunar Impactor

[Friday, June 19, 2009]

NASA successfully launched the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, Thursday on a mission to search for water ice in a permanently shadowed crater at the moon's south pole.




Sunspots Revealed in Striking Detail by Supercomputers

Sunspots Revealed in Striking Detail by Supercomputers

[Friday, June 19, 2009]

In a breakthrough that will help scientists unlock mysteries of the Sun and its impacts on Earth, an international team of scientists has created the first-ever comprehensive computer model of sunspots.




Last Photos of the Moon Captured by the HDTV Camera Aboard KAGUYA (SELENE)

Last Photos of the Moon Captured by the HDTV Camera Aboard KAGUYA (SELENE)

[Friday, June 19, 2009]

JAXA and NHK would like to release the final still images taken by the onboard High Definition Television (HDTV) of the lunar explorer "KAGUYA" just prior to its maneuvered falling to the Moon.




Five 'Holy Grails' of Distant Solar Systems

Five 'Holy Grails' of Distant Solar Systems

[Saturday, June 20, 2009]

Angelle Tanner, a post-doctoral scholar at JPL and Caltech, studies planets in distant solar systems, called extrasolar planets. The golden prize in this field is to find a planet similar to Earth - the only planet we know that harbors life.




Engineering News-Record Assesses Construction of NASA's New Space Launch Facilities

Engineering News-Record Assesses Construction of NASA's New Space Launch Facilities

[Saturday, June 20, 2009]

An article in next week's June 22 Engineering News-Record (ENR), published by McGraw-Hill Construction and now online at ENR.com, reviews the impact of the economy on NASA's plans as well as the new facilities.




NASA Awards Two Small Explorer Development Contracts

NASA Awards Two Small Explorer Development Contracts

[Saturday, June 20, 2009]

The selections will implement projects that will study our sun and some of the most exotic objects in the universe, such as neutron stars and black holes.




NASA Reschedules Test of Max Launch Abort System for June 25

NASA Reschedules Test of Max Launch Abort System for June 25

[Saturday, June 20, 2009]

Because of delays completing preliminary tests at the launch site, NASA has rescheduled the test launch of the Max Launch Abort System, or MLAS, to no earlier than June 25.




Herschel's daring test: a glimpse of things to come

Herschel's daring test: a glimpse of things to come

[Saturday, June 20, 2009]

Herschel opened its 'eyes' on 14 June and the Photoconductor Array Camera and Spectrometer obtained images of M51, 'the whirlpool galaxy' for a first test observation.




Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission Enters Implementation Phase

Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission Enters Implementation Phase

[Saturday, June 20, 2009]

Southwest Research Institute has received confirmation from NASA Headquarters that the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) misson has been approved to begin its implementation phase.




NASA Project Will Look For Clouds Around The Americas

NASA Project Will Look For Clouds Around The Americas

[Saturday, June 20, 2009]

S'COOL, Students' Cloud Observations On-Line, was invited by the Around the Americas project to circumnavigate North and South America aboard the Ocean Watch, a steel-hulled, 64-foot sailboat.




House Committee on Science and Technology Subcommittee Examines Troubled NPOESS Program

House Committee on Science and Technology Subcommittee Examines Troubled NPOESS Program

[Saturday, June 20, 2009]

This Committee has devoted years of oversight to NPOESS," said Subcommittee Chairman Brad Miller (D-NC). "Despite our pressure to get this program under control, we are again facing cost overruns and slipping schedules."




Sonograms of the Sun Explain Mystery of the Missing Sunspots

Sonograms of the Sun Explain Mystery of the Missing Sunspots

[Saturday, June 20, 2009]

Scientists from the National Solar Observatory (NSO) in Tucson, Arizona, have discovered that a solar jet stream deep inside the Sun is migrating slower than usual through the star's interior , giving rise to the current lack of sunspots and low solar ac




The Search for Alien Life in Our Solar System: Strategies and Priorities

The Search for Alien Life in Our Solar System: Strategies and Priorities

[Saturday, June 20, 2009]

With the assumption that future attempts to explore our Solar System for life will be limited by economic constraints, we have formulated a series of principles to guide future searches.




Preservation of Biological Markers in Clasts Within Impact Melt Breccias from the Haughton Impact Structure, Devon Island

Preservation of Biological Markers in Clasts Within Impact Melt Breccias from the Haughton Impact Structure, Devon Island

[Saturday, June 20, 2009]

The 39+/-2Ma Haughton impact structure on Devon Island comprises a thick target succession of sedimentary rocks, mainly carbonates.




Why Is the Definition of Life So Elusive? Epistemological Considerations

Why Is the Definition of Life So Elusive? Epistemological Considerations

[Saturday, June 20, 2009]

A central question of astrobiology concerns the origin and distribution of life in the Universe. For this reason, astrobiology can be considered to fall within the science called transitional biology.




NASA ARC Internal memo: Message from the Center Director: Social Networking at Ames

NASA ARC Internal memo: Message from the Center Director: Social Networking at Ames

[Monday, June 22, 2009]

At Ames, I believe it is appropriate for members of our workforce to responsibly use social networking sites, if they so desire, to share with people everywhere our excitement about what NASA does and stands for.




Statement of Administration Policy H.R. 2847 -- Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 (NASA Excerpt)

Statement of Administration Policy H.R. 2847 -- Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 (NASA Excerpt)

[Monday, June 22, 2009]

"This large reduction would likely cause major negative impacts to any options that may emerge from the ongoing blue ribbon review of U.S. human space flight plans. "




NASA ESMD PAO Statement Regarding Release of LRO Imagery

NASA ESMD PAO Statement Regarding Release of LRO Imagery

[Monday, June 22, 2009]

"At the present time the highest priority is to assure safe operation of all LRO spacecraft subsystems, so we do not yet have a detailed schedule for instrument activation."




Never-before-seen Images From Saturn Kick Off Celebrations at Royal Observatory  Greenwich in London

Never-before-seen Images From Saturn Kick Off Celebrations at Royal Observatory Greenwich in London

[Monday, June 22, 2009]

In anticipation of the upcoming equinox at Saturn, the imaging science team on NASA's Cassini spacecraft is releasing today a series of images and movies capturing scenes possible only once every 15 years.




New NASA Missions to Reach Moon Tuesday, Sending Back Live Video

New NASA Missions to Reach Moon Tuesday, Sending Back Live Video

[Monday, June 22, 2009]

Two NASA spacecraft will reach major mission milestones as they approach the moon one will send back live streaming imagery via the Internet as it swings by the moon, the other will insert itself into lunar orbit to begin mapping the moon's surface.




NASA Blog: LCROSS: First Step and First Glance: Day 2

NASA Blog: LCROSS: First Step and First Glance: Day 2

[Monday, June 22, 2009]

Today was another great day at NASA Ames as our team settled into our mission plan and continued through a number of "firsts".




Snowball Earth: Antarctica As A Natural Laboratory

Snowball Earth: Antarctica As A Natural Laboratory

[Monday, June 22, 2009]

Stephen Warren's research concerns the ice conditions that may have existed during a time dubbed Snowball Earth, when ice and snow blanketed the planet so completely that even the ocean surface at the equator froze.




Sea Launch Files Chapter 11 to Address Financial Challenges

Sea Launch Files Chapter 11 to Address Financial Challenges

[Tuesday, June 23, 2009]

Sea Launch Company L.L.C. and Sea Launch Limited Partnership and subsidiaries has filed voluntary petitions to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware in Wilmingto




NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Successfully Enters Moon Orbit

NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Successfully Enters Moon Orbit

[Tuesday, June 23, 2009]

After a four and a half day journey from the Earth, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has successfully entered orbit around the moon.




Orion Propulsion Completes Qualification Testing for Innovative

Orion Propulsion Completes Qualification Testing for Innovative "Green" Propulsion System that will Power World's First Commercial Space Habitat

[Tuesday, June 23, 2009]

Orion Propulsion, Inc. today announced completion of a qualification test program for the Forward Propulsion System (FPS) of Bigelow Aerospace's Sundancer Project, the world's first commercial space habitat.




A Passion For Space

A Passion For Space

[Tuesday, June 23, 2009]

Several weeks ago, I saw my first space shuttle launch. STS-125 majestically rose to the heavens with crackling defiance, leaving behind a massive trail of fire and smoke - proof that man had once again slipped the surly bonds and bested Newton's hold.




NASA Kicks Off 2009 International University Programs

NASA Kicks Off 2009 International University Programs

[Tuesday, June 23, 2009]

NASA Ames Research Center will welcome more than 500 guests, including an international cadre of students and faculty from nearly 40 countries for the International Space University and Singularity University Opening Ceremony on June 29, 2009.




NASA Earth Observatory Image of the Day: Sarychev Peak Eruption, Kuril Islands

NASA Earth Observatory Image of the Day: Sarychev Peak Eruption, Kuril Islands

[Tuesday, June 23, 2009]

A fortuitous orbit of the International Space Station allowed the astronauts this striking view of Sarychev Volcano (Kuril Islands, northeast of Japan) in an early stage of eruption on June 12, 2009.




Space Florida and United Launch Alliance Partner to Secure Launch Complex 41

Space Florida and United Launch Alliance Partner to Secure Launch Complex 41

[Tuesday, June 23, 2009]

A news briefing discussing the $100 million conduit financing package and partnership between Space Florida and United Launch Alliance which demonstrates Florida's ability to rapidly address the needs of the industry.




NASA ESMD Internal Memo from Jeff Hanley: 6/20 Cx Update - Moving Forward

NASA ESMD Internal Memo from Jeff Hanley: 6/20 Cx Update - Moving Forward

[Tuesday, June 23, 2009]

During the public session, we used our time to cover two charts of Cx 'mythbusters' on some topics that need to be clearly described to remedy potential perceptions based on the way they have been reported in some of the media.




NASA's Mars Odyssey Alters Orbit to Study Warmer Ground

NASA's Mars Odyssey Alters Orbit to Study Warmer Ground

[Tuesday, June 23, 2009]

NASA's long-lived Mars Odyssey spacecraft has completed an eight-month adjustment of its orbit, positioning itself to look down at the day side of the planet in mid-afternoon instead of late afternoon.




New Instrument Could Detect Water Underground on Mars

New Instrument Could Detect Water Underground on Mars

[Wednesday, June 24, 2009]

With the whoosh of compressed gas and the whir of unspooling wire, a team of Boulder scientists and engineers tested a new instrument prototype that might be used to detect groundwater deep inside Mars.




Images Taken By KAGUYA (SELENE) - 3D movie composition using Terrain Camera Images during controlled impact operation

Images Taken By KAGUYA (SELENE) - 3D movie composition using Terrain Camera Images during controlled impact operation

[Wednesday, June 24, 2009]

JAXA successfully produced stereo movies (3 dimensional movies) of the Moon's surface by using stereoscopic images obtained with the Terrain Camera (TC) onboard the KAGUYA just prior to its controlled impact to the Moon on June 11, 2009 (JST).




NASA ESMD Internal Document: Ares I-Y Change Request

NASA ESMD Internal Document: Ares I-Y Change Request

[Wednesday, June 24, 2009]

This CR represents the Ares I-Y configuration changes and the associated FTOs for Ares I-Y and Orion 1.




NASA to Broadcast Latest Space Station Tour and Experiment in HDTV

NASA to Broadcast Latest Space Station Tour and Experiment in HDTV

[Wednesday, June 24, 2009]

NASA Television will broadcast a high-definition tour of the International Space Station recorded by the Expedition 20 crew starting at 10 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 24.




The Mars Gravity Biosatellite Program Is Closing Down

The Mars Gravity Biosatellite Program Is Closing Down

[Wednesday, June 24, 2009]

Unfortunately, with the current economy and priorities at NASA, the time has come to close out the program and look forward to the next adventure.




Space Florida and United Launch Alliance Partner to Secure Launch Complex 41

Space Florida and United Launch Alliance Partner to Secure Launch Complex 41

[Wednesday, June 24, 2009]

Today, a conduit financing package was approved by the Space Florida Board of Directors to reassign the lease for Launch Complex 41 (LC-41) to United Launch Alliance (ULA).




Salt Finding from NASA's Cassini Hints at Ocean within Saturn Moon

Salt Finding from NASA's Cassini Hints at Ocean within Saturn Moon

[Wednesday, June 24, 2009]

For the first time, scientists working on NASA's Cassini mission have detected sodium salts in ice grains of Saturn's outermost ring.




Singularity University Launches Inaugural Summer Program at Moffett Field

Singularity University Launches Inaugural Summer Program at Moffett Field

[Thursday, June 25, 2009]

Singularity University today announced the selection of 40 students to represent the inaugural class for the Graduate Summer Program.




NASA Gives Media, Public Look Inside Apollo Moon Rock Vault

NASA Gives Media, Public Look Inside Apollo Moon Rock Vault

[Thursday, June 25, 2009]

NASA will offer reporters an unprecedented chance to conduct interviews with scientists inside the lab that stores moon rocks Apollo astronauts collected during their six missions.




NASA Hosts STS-125 Space Shuttle Crew Tweetup in Washington

NASA Hosts STS-125 Space Shuttle Crew Tweetup in Washington

[Thursday, June 25, 2009]

NASA will host a Tweetup with space shuttle Atlantis' STS-125 crew July 21 at the agency's headquarters building in Washington. The astronauts will discuss their recent servicing mission to NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.




Mars Rover Yielding New Clues While Lodged in Martian Soil

Mars Rover Yielding New Clues While Lodged in Martian Soil

[Thursday, June 25, 2009]

NASA's Mars rover Spirit, lodged in Martian soil that is causing traction trouble, is taking advantage of the situation by learning more about the Red Planet's environmental history.




NASA Partners With California Space Authority Regolith Challenge

NASA Partners With California Space Authority Regolith Challenge

[Thursday, June 25, 2009]

NASA today announced that it has signed an agreement with the California Space Authority, Inc., (CSA) to collaborate on participatory science and public outreach using a simulated lunar surface environment.




NASA Solicitation: Request for Information Regarding The Weekly Notes of Dr. Wernher Von Braun

NASA Solicitation: Request for Information Regarding The Weekly Notes of Dr. Wernher Von Braun

[Thursday, June 25, 2009]

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has a full collection of Dr. Wernher von Braun's "Weekly Notes," written during the 1960s and 1970s.




Astronauts Talk to International Space University Students Live from Space at NASA Ames

Astronauts Talk to International Space University Students Live from Space at NASA Ames

[Thursday, June 25, 2009]

News media are invited to join students who recently arrived at NASA's Ames Research Center for the 2009 International Space University Space Studies Program as they interact with NASA's Expedition 20 astronauts aboard the International Space Station.




Galaxies Coming of Age in Cosmic Blobs

Galaxies Coming of Age in Cosmic Blobs

[Thursday, June 25, 2009]

The "coming of age" of galaxies and black holes has been pinpointed, thanks to new data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes. This discovery helps resolve the true nature of gigantic blobs of gas observed around very young galaxies.




Space Shuttle Links 1908 Tunguska Explosion to Comet

Space Shuttle Links 1908 Tunguska Explosion to Comet

[Thursday, June 25, 2009]

The mysterious 1908 Tunguska explosion that leveled 830 square miles of Siberian forest was almost certainly caused by a comet entering the Earth's atmosphere, says new Cornell University research.




Joint ESA/NASA Ulysses Mission to End

Joint ESA/NASA Ulysses Mission to End

[Friday, June 26, 2009]

Upon receipt of the last command from Earth, the transmitter on Ulysses will switch off on 30 June, bringing one of the most successful and longest missions in spaceflight history to an end.




NASA Announces Apollo Anniversary Events, News Conference

NASA Announces Apollo Anniversary Events, News Conference

[Friday, June 26, 2009]

NASA has announced a schedule of events to commemorate the achievements of the Apollo program and the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing.




Beyond CO2: Study reveals growing importance of HFCs in climate warming

Beyond CO2: Study reveals growing importance of HFCs in climate warming

[Friday, June 26, 2009]

Some of the substances that are helping to avert the destruction of the ozone layer could increasingly contribute to climate warming, according to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.




Weather Scrub statement for Delta IV GOES-O launch

Weather Scrub statement for Delta IV GOES-O launch

[Friday, June 26, 2009]

The scheduled launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket with the NASA/NOAA GOES-O satellite was scrubbed today due to thunderstorms and lightning within 10 miles of the launch pad during the launch window.




New Service Helps Twitter Users Spot the Space Station

New Service Helps Twitter Users Spot the Space Station

[Saturday, June 27, 2009]

Everyone can see the International Space Station (ISS) without a telescope. Dutch science reporter Govert Schilling and journalist Jaap Meijers have built an online service to let people know when they have to look up to see the ISS pass.




NASA Sounding Rocket Launch With Student Payloads Successful

NASA Sounding Rocket Launch With Student Payloads Successful

[Saturday, June 27, 2009]

Nearly 100 university instructors and students saw their experiments rise to the sky at 5:30 a.m. this morning (26 June) with the successful launch of a NASA suborbital sounding rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.




NASA's UAVSAR Team Completes Arctic Ice Radar Mission

NASA's UAVSAR Team Completes Arctic Ice Radar Mission

[Saturday, June 27, 2009]

By June 8, NASA's UAVSAR team had completed all the objectives of the Arctic Ice Radar Mission in Greenland and flew to Keflavik International Airport to measure the topography and 3D surface velocities of the temperate ice caps of Iceland.




NASA uses satellite to unearth innovation in crop forecasting

NASA uses satellite to unearth innovation in crop forecasting

[Sunday, June 28, 2009]

Soil moisture is essential for seeds to germinate and for crops to grow. But record droughts and scorching temperatures in certain parts of the globe in recent years have caused soil to dry up, crippling crop production.




NASA/University team develops new method to find alien oceans

NASA/University team develops new method to find alien oceans

[Sunday, June 28, 2009]

NASA-sponsored scientists looking back at Earth with the Deep Impact/EPOXI mission have developed a method to indicate whether Earth-like alien (extrasolar) worlds have oceans.




Going Beyond The Status Quo In Space

Going Beyond The Status Quo In Space

[Sunday, June 28, 2009]

While appearing barren, the Moon has the resources upon which to build a prototype space civilization. It is a power-rich environment, permitting initial steps to be undertaken using proven, inexpensive solar power generation technology.




NASA Selects New Astronauts for Future Space Exploration

NASA Selects New Astronauts for Future Space Exploration

[Monday, June 29, 2009]

After reviewing more than 3500 applications, NASA has selected nine men and women for the 2009 astronaut candidate class. They will begin training at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, in August.




First Conclusive Signature for Lunar Uranium

First Conclusive Signature for Lunar Uranium

[Monday, June 29, 2009]

Robert C. Reedy, a senior scientist at the Tucson-based Planetary Science Institute, is mapping the Moon's surface elements using data gathered by an advanced gamma-ray spectrometer (GRS) that rode aboard the Japanese Kaguya spacecraft.




NASA, Japan Release Most Complete Topographic Map of Earth

NASA, Japan Release Most Complete Topographic Map of Earth

[Monday, June 29, 2009]

NASA and Japan released a new digital topographic map of Earth Monday that covers more of our planet than ever before. The map was produced with detailed measurements from NASA's Terra spacecraft.




NASA Holds Test to Verify Endeavour Tank Repairs

NASA Holds Test to Verify Endeavour Tank Repairs

[Monday, June 29, 2009]

NASA will conduct a tanking test at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday, July 1, to ensure repairs to space shuttle Endeavour's external fuel tank were successful.




The Google Lunar X PRIZE JURBAN Team A Diverse Journey into Space

The Google Lunar X PRIZE JURBAN Team A Diverse Journey into Space

[Monday, June 29, 2009]

Recently, the JURBAN team entered the Google Lunar X PRIZE (GLXP) competition in May 2008 to take on a space entrepreneurship challenge.




Mars Was Life-Friendly More Recently than Thought

Mars Was Life-Friendly More Recently than Thought

[Tuesday, June 30, 2009]

Warm weather near the Martian equator may have melted the ice in ice-rich soils as recently as 2 million years ago, according to a paper published yesterday in "Earth and Planetary Science Letters."