March 2008 Top Story Archives



NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 2 March 2008 »» NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 2 March 2008

[Sunday, March 2, 2008] All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below. Sunday -- off-duty day for CDR Whitson, FE-1 Malenchenko & FE-2 Eyharts. Ahead: Week 20 of Increment 16.

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First SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Vehicle Remains on Schedule for Delivery to Cape Canaveral »» First SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Vehicle Remains on Schedule for Delivery to Cape Canaveral

[Monday, March 3, 2008] Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) today announced its newly revised mission manifest listing twelve flights of its Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 launch vehicles.

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NASA Spacecraft Photographs Avalanches on Mars »» NASA Spacecraft Photographs Avalanches on Mars

[Monday, March 3, 2008] A NASA spacecraft in orbit around Mars has taken the first ever image of active avalanches near the Red Planet's north pole. The image shows tan clouds billowing away from the foot of a towering slope, where ice and dust have just cascaded down.

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Jules Verne ATV launch rescheduled to 9 March »» Jules Verne ATV launch rescheduled to 9 March

[Monday, March 3, 2008] Arianespace and the European Space Agency confirm today that the launch of Jules Verne, the first Automated Transfer Vehicle, is delayed 24 hours due to a technical concern about the ATV/Ariane 5 launcher separation system.

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NASA Administrator Michael Griffin's Remarks to the Space Flight Suppliers Conference »» NASA Administrator Michael Griffin's Remarks to the Space Flight Suppliers Conference

[Tuesday, March 4, 2008] "Those of you in this room are living this quote. You already know that what we're doing is more complex than Apollo."

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Remarks at 3rd Annual Space Exploration Conference by NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale »» Remarks at 3rd Annual Space Exploration Conference by NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale

[Tuesday, March 4, 2008] "Education is an issue that resonates everywhere we go. STEM education is an issue that everyone is concerned about and it stimulates a lot of discussion."

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NASA Mars Exploration Rover Update March 3, 2008 »» NASA Mars Exploration Rover Update March 3, 2008

[Tuesday, March 4, 2008] Spirit has achieved a northerly tilt of 29.9 degrees! As a result, based on power projections, Spirit has a fighting chance of surviving another winter on Mars, if the weather and environment cooperate.

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Return to Luna: A Short Story Science Fiction Contest by the National Space Society »» Return to Luna: A Short Story Science Fiction Contest by the National Space Society

[Tuesday, March 4, 2008] WE ARE LOOKING FOR: Science Fiction stories that show the adventure of lunar settlement. We want to feel the romance of life there, the wonder of the lunar frontier, of its magnificent desolation.

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Mars and Venus are surprisingly similar »» Mars and Venus are surprisingly similar

[Wednesday, March 5, 2008] Using two ESA spacecraft, planetary scientists are watching the atmospheres of Mars and Venus being stripped away into space. The simultaneous observations give scientists the data they need to investigate the evolution of the two planets' atmospheres.

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The Reality of Tomorrow: Speech by NASA Administrator Michael Griffin at the Goddard Memorial Symposium 5 March 2008 »» The Reality of Tomorrow: Speech by NASA Administrator Michael Griffin at the Goddard Memorial Symposium 5 March 2008

[Wednesday, March 5, 2008] While I am speaking of commercial suborbital spaceflight, I will note that I also very much hope that NASA researchers and astronauts will be proactive in taking advantage of such capabilities as they are developed by the nation's entrepreneurs.

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Saturn's Moon Rhea Also May Have Rings »» Saturn's Moon Rhea Also May Have Rings

[Thursday, March 6, 2008] NASA's Cassini spacecraft has found evidence of material orbiting Rhea, Saturn's second largest moon. This is the first time rings may have been found around a moon.

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HiRISE Discovers a Possibly Once-Habitable Ancient Mars Lake »» HiRISE Discovers a Possibly Once-Habitable Ancient Mars Lake

[Thursday, March 6, 2008] Scientists studying images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have discovered never-before-seen impact "megabreccia" and a possibly once-habitable ancient lake on Mars at a place called Holden crater.

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Media Invited to See Hardware Built to Test Astronaut Escape System »» Media Invited to See Hardware Built to Test Astronaut Escape System

[Thursday, March 6, 2008] Reporters are invited to see a mock-up of the Orion crew vehicle at NASA's Langley Research Center on Wednesday, March 12. The simulated capsule will be used in the first short-range flight test of the spacecraft's astronaut escape system.

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Statement by NASA Administrator Griffin Before before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies »» Statement by NASA Administrator Griffin Before before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

[Thursday, March 6, 2008] "The President's budget request for NASA is $17.6 billion, a 2.9 percent increase over the net budget authority enacted for 2008, along with a steady, five-year runout commensurate with inflation. "

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NASA FOIA Images: Mitt Romney Tours SSPF-Pad 39A at KSC on 21 January 2008 »» NASA FOIA Images: Mitt Romney Tours SSPF-Pad 39A at KSC on 21 January 2008

[Thursday, March 6, 2008] "Images taken of the Mitt Romney tour at KSC are not, in any way, intended to reflect the endorsement of any candidate by NASA. These images were taken during a tour that is typically provided to other VIP's. "

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Address by OSTP Director John Marburger at the Goddard Memorial Symposium »» Address by OSTP Director John Marburger at the Goddard Memorial Symposium

[Friday, March 7, 2008] "Are we going to do it at all?" As I put it in my speech two years ago, "Questions about the vision boil down to whether we want to incorporate the Solar System in our economic sphere, or not."

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Large Binocular Telescope Achieves First Binocular Light »» Large Binocular Telescope Achieves First Binocular Light

[Friday, March 7, 2008] The Large Binocular Telescope on Mount Graham, Ariz., has taken celestial images using its twin side-by-side, 8.4-meter (27.6 foot) primary mirrors together, achieving first "binocular" light.

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Sun's corona is both hot and kinky »» Sun's corona is both hot and kinky

[Friday, March 7, 2008] Astrophysicists are having a heated debate over the wave structure of the Sun's Corona - a debate which may one day influence solar weather forecasting and the theory behind fusion reactors.

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Scientists identify origin of hiss in upper atmosphere »» Scientists identify origin of hiss in upper atmosphere

[Friday, March 7, 2008] Scientists have solved a 40-year-old puzzle by identifying the origin of the intense radio waves in the Earth's upper atmosphere that control the dynamics of the Van Allen radiation belts.

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Alpha Centauri should harbor detectable, Earth-like planets, according to new study by UC Santa Cruz astronomers »» Alpha Centauri should harbor detectable, Earth-like planets, according to new study by UC Santa Cruz astronomers

[Friday, March 7, 2008] A rocky planet similar to Earth may be orbiting one of our nearest stellar neighbors and could be detected using existing techniques, according to a new study led by astronomers at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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NASA's Skylab Trainer Is Still Rotting In The Rain »» NASA's Skylab Trainer Is Still Rotting In The Rain

[Friday, March 7, 2008] In March of 2007 the temporary weather cover was blown off of the low deck during a storm. Despite repeated requests to the curator and CEO of the US Space and Rocket Center, no effort has been made to pull the weather cover back in place.

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Planning for the Scientific Exploration of Mars by Humans »» Planning for the Scientific Exploration of Mars by Humans

[Friday, March 7, 2008] The Human Exploration of Mars Scientific Analysis Group (HEM-SAG) derived human science reference missions using constraints provided by engineers affiliated with the 2007 Mars Architecture Team.

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WMAP Reveals Neutrinos, End of Dark Ages, First Second of Universe »» WMAP Reveals Neutrinos, End of Dark Ages, First Second of Universe

[Saturday, March 8, 2008] NASA released this week five years of data collected by the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) that refines our understanding of the universe and its development. It is a treasure trove of information, including at least three major findings.

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Everest OnOrbit 2008: An Overview »» Everest OnOrbit 2008: An Overview

[Saturday, March 8, 2008] Scott Parazynski leaves for Nepal on 23 March 2008 to climb Mt. Everest as a non-guided member of the International Mountain Guides group composed of Scott, Adam Janikowski, Kami Sherpa and Ang Namgya Sherpa.

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ESA's Jules Verne Is In Orbit »» ESA's Jules Verne Is In Orbit

[Saturday, March 8, 2008] Jules Verne, the first of the European Space Agency's Automated Transfer Vehicles (ATV) was successfully launched into low Earth orbit by an Ariane 5 vehicle this morning.

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Cassini Spacecraft to Dive Into Water Plume of Saturn Moon »» Cassini Spacecraft to Dive Into Water Plume of Saturn Moon

[Monday, March 10, 2008] NASA's Cassini spacecraft will make an unprecedented "in your face" flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus on Wed., March 12.

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NASA Selects Scientists and Investigations for Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite  Moon Missions »» NASA Selects Scientists and Investigations for Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite Moon Missions

[Monday, March 10, 2008] NASA has selected 24 scientists to initiate new investigations and assist with planned measurements to be conducted by the agency's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).

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Endeavour's - We Have Liftoff - Mission Launch Updates Here »» Endeavour's - We Have Liftoff - Mission Launch Updates Here

[Monday, March 10, 2008] Space Shuttle Endeavour took off early Tuesday morning at 2:28 a.m. is heading for a rendezvous with the International Space Station. Complete Mission Launch Updates available.

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New lunar south polar maps from SMART-1 »» New lunar south polar maps from SMART-1

[Tuesday, March 11, 2008] Newly-released images of the lunar south-polar region obtained by ESA's SMART-1 are proving to be wonderful tools to zero-in on suitable study sites for potential future lunar exploration missions.

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Odyssey Moon - Request for Information for a Payload Flight Opportunity on the Odyssey Moon »» Odyssey Moon - Request for Information for a Payload Flight Opportunity on the Odyssey Moon "MoonOne" Lunar Lander

[Wednesday, March 12, 2008] Odyssey Moon Limited (OML) is a private commercial lunar enterprise offering lunar services and products to aid humanity's sustained return to the Moon.

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NASA STS-123 Report #03  Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 2:30 a.m. CDT »» NASA STS-123 Report #03 Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 2:30 a.m. CDT

[Wednesday, March 12, 2008] The seven-member crew of Space Shuttle Endeavour is ready for tonight's rendezvous and docking with the International Space Station, planned for 10:25 p.m. CDT.

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Enceladus Flyby Underway »» Enceladus Flyby Underway

[Wednesday, March 12, 2008] "Well our flyby sequence has officially started!! Last night we began our observations of Enceladus! We are very distant, but getting closer all the time, over the northern hemisphere."

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NASA Readies Hardware for Test of Astronaut Escape System »» NASA Readies Hardware for Test of Astronaut Escape System

[Wednesday, March 12, 2008] NASA has completed production of hardware for use in the first flight test of the astronaut escape system for the Constellation Program's Orion crew capsule.

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Cassini Completes Close Flyby of Enceladus »» Cassini Completes Close Flyby of Enceladus

[Wednesday, March 12, 2008] According to NASA sources Cassini's flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus occurred today around noon Pacific time. Science data collection was been completed and Cassini has reoriented itself so as to point at Earth and play back the data that was collected.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour Docks Successfully to the International Space Station »» Space Shuttle Endeavour Docks Successfully to the International Space Station

[Wednesday, March 12, 2008] Space shuttle Endeavour docked successfully to the International Space Station at 11:49 p.m. EDT.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour and international Space Station Crews Join Forces »» Space Shuttle Endeavour and international Space Station Crews Join Forces

[Thursday, March 13, 2008] The crews of space shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station have completed their first day as an orbital team, beginning 12 days of joint operations.

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Remarks by NASA Administrator Griffin to the 39th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference »» Remarks by NASA Administrator Griffin to the 39th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

[Thursday, March 13, 2008] "This annual conference began in time of Apollo, in the year of the first manned lunar landing. To me, the spirit of those early years will always be best captured by President Kennedy's words, which stir our souls, or at least mine, even today."

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iPod sighted Inside Space Shuttle Endeavour by Someone Inside the International Space Station »» iPod sighted Inside Space Shuttle Endeavour by Someone Inside the International Space Station

[Thursday, March 13, 2008] If you look into the window of Space Shuttle Endeavour, as viewed in this photograph taken yesterday from inside the International Space Station, you will see that someone left their iPod near the co-pilot's window.

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First Observation of Earth-Like Planet Formation »» First Observation of Earth-Like Planet Formation

[Thursday, March 13, 2008] For the first time, astronomers have observed the initial phase in the formation of an earth-like planet.

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Brown Scientist Answers How Peruvian Meteorite Made It to Earth »» Brown Scientist Answers How Peruvian Meteorite Made It to Earth

[Thursday, March 13, 2008] Brown University professor Peter Schultz's study of the Peruvian meteorite has yielded some interesting conclusions that could upend the conventional wisdom about the size and type of meteorites that can strike Earth.

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The puzzling 'eye of a hurricane' on Venus »» The puzzling 'eye of a hurricane' on Venus

[Thursday, March 13, 2008] The eye of the hurricane is at the centre of a 2000 km-wide vortex. It was discovered in 1974 by the Mariner 10 spacecraft. There is a similar structure on the planet's north pole, which was observed by the Pioneer Venus mission in 1979.

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Meteorites a Rich Source for Primordial Soup »» Meteorites a Rich Source for Primordial Soup

[Thursday, March 13, 2008] The organic soup that spawned life on Earth may have gotten generous helpings from outer space, according to a new study.

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Spitzer Finds Organics and Water Where New Planets May Grow »» Spitzer Finds Organics and Water Where New Planets May Grow

[Thursday, March 13, 2008] Researchers have discovered large amounts of simple organic gases and water vapor in a possible planet-forming region around an infant star, along with evidence that these molecules were created there.

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NASA Cassini Enceladus Close Up Flyby Image 12 March 2008 »» NASA Cassini Enceladus Close Up Flyby Image 12 March 2008

[Thursday, March 13, 2008] This image was taken on March 12, 2008 and received on Earth March 13, 2008. The camera was pointing toward Enceladus at approximately 31,856 kilometers away.

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NASA Cassini Flies Through Watery Plumes of Saturn's Moon Enceladus »» NASA Cassini Flies Through Watery Plumes of Saturn's Moon Enceladus

[Thursday, March 13, 2008] NASA's Cassini spacecraft performed a daring flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus on Wed., March 12, flying about 15 kilometers per second (32,000 mph) through icy water geyser-like jets.

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NASA STS-123 Report #07  Friday, March 14, 2008 - 6:30 a.m. CDT »» NASA STS-123 Report #07 Friday, March 14, 2008 - 6:30 a.m. CDT

[Friday, March 14, 2008] The newest international component of the orbiting International Space Station has officially reached its home in space. After being prepared for its move by two spacewalkers, the Japanese Logistics Module - Pressurized Section (JLP).

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NASA STS-123 Report #11 Sunday, March 16, 2008 - 5:00 a.m. CDT »» NASA STS-123 Report #11 Sunday, March 16, 2008 - 5:00 a.m. CDT

[Sunday, March 16, 2008] Astronauts Rick Linnehan and Mike Foreman spent more than seven hours outside the International Space Station today attaching the two arms of the Canadian Space Agency's Special Purpose Dextrous Manipulator, or Dextre.

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NASA STS-123 Report #12  Sunday, March 16, 2008 - 4 p.m. CDT »» NASA STS-123 Report #12 Sunday, March 16, 2008 - 4 p.m. CDT

[Monday, March 17, 2008] Now almost halfway through their 16-day mission, and with two spacewalks under their belts, space shuttle Endeavour's crew members will focus on getting the cargo they brought to the station up and running.

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NASA satellite measures pollution from east Asia to North America »» NASA satellite measures pollution from east Asia to North America

[Tuesday, March 18, 2008] Researchers offer the first measurement-based estimate of the amount of pollution from East Asian forest fires, urban exhaust, and industrial production that makes its way to western North America.

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Mercury's shifting, rolling past - Simulation reveals possible cause of Mercury's distinctive features »» Mercury's shifting, rolling past - Simulation reveals possible cause of Mercury's distinctive features

[Tuesday, March 18, 2008] Patterns of scalloped-edged cliffs or lobate scarps on Mercury's surface are thrust faults that are consistent with the planet shrinking and cooling with time.

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Novel spots found on Jupiter »» Novel spots found on Jupiter

[Tuesday, March 18, 2008] Besides displaying the most spectacular volcanic activity in the solar system, Io causes auroras on its mother planet that are similar to the Northern Lights on Earth.

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Water Vapor Detected in Protoplanetary Disks »» Water Vapor Detected in Protoplanetary Disks

[Tuesday, March 18, 2008] The detection of water vapor in the inner part of two extrasolar protoplanetary disks brings scientists one step closer to understanding water's role during terrestrial planet formation.

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Go For Launch! Challenger Center Heads to the International Space Station »» Go For Launch! Challenger Center Heads to the International Space Station

[Tuesday, March 18, 2008] As the next civilian to fly into space, Richard Garriott plans to follow the lead of Educator Astronaut Barbara Morgan, STS-118, through interactive lessons that will motivate and inspire students.

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Sir Arthur C. Clarke Has Died »» Sir Arthur C. Clarke Has Died

[Tuesday, March 18, 2008] "Noted author and visionary Sir Arthur C. Clarke has died at age of 90 in Sri Lanka. I am not even certain where to begin to describe just how profoundly this man's writing affected me as a child - and as an adult."

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NASA Continues to Grapple With Ares 1 Vibration Issues »» NASA Continues to Grapple With Ares 1 Vibration Issues

[Tuesday, March 18, 2008] Sources at NASA rpeort that NASA Ares manager Steve Cook is trying to get a new job (and get out of his current one). Meanwhile, some of you may remember the "Tiger Team" that was assembled to examine Ares 1 vibration issues.

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Space Adventures Announces the Acquisition of Zero Gravity Corporation »» Space Adventures Announces the Acquisition of Zero Gravity Corporation

[Wednesday, March 19, 2008] Space Adventures, Ltd., announced that as of January 1, 2008, the company completed an acquisition of the Florida and Las Vegas based Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G) by increasing its equity stake to 100% ownership.

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Table of International Space Station Overflights of Mt. Everest Summit March - June 2008 »» Table of International Space Station Overflights of Mt. Everest Summit March - June 2008

[Wednesday, March 19, 2008] The following table lists the date, time, and location in the sky of the International Space Station as it flies over the summit of Mt. Everest during March, April, May, and early June 2008.

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Astronomers Detect First Organic Molecule on an Exoplanet »» Astronomers Detect First Organic Molecule on an Exoplanet

[Wednesday, March 19, 2008] A team of astronomers led by Mark Swain of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., has made the first detection ever of an organic molecule in the atmosphere of a Jupiter- sized planet orbiting another star.

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NASA STS-123 Report #18  Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 2 p.m. CDT »» NASA STS-123 Report #18 Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 2 p.m. CDT

[Wednesday, March 19, 2008] The crews on board space shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station are getting a break from the action today before preparing for a spacewalk which will demonstrate a technique for repairing shuttle heat shield tiles.

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Challenger Center and President George H.W. Bush award NASA Educator Astronaut Barbara Morgan with the President George H.W. Bush Award »» Challenger Center and President George H.W. Bush award NASA Educator Astronaut Barbara Morgan with the President George H.W. Bush Award

[Wednesday, March 19, 2008] On March 19th at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas, Challenger Center for Space Science Education and former President George H.W. Bush presented NASA Educator Astronaut Barbara Morgan with Challenger Center's top honor.

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2007 NASA Culture Survey Report »» 2007 NASA Culture Survey Report

[Wednesday, March 19, 2008] The analysis of the 2007 NASA Culture Survey (NCS) results was part of a broader study that included focus groups, center assessments, literature searches and the additional comments provided by survey respondents.

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Cassini Spacecraft Finds Ocean May Exist Beneath Titan's Crust »» Cassini Spacecraft Finds Ocean May Exist Beneath Titan's Crust

[Thursday, March 20, 2008] NASA's Cassini spacecraft has discovered evidence that points to the existence of an underground ocean of water and ammonia on Saturn's moon Titan.

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NASA Mission Finds New Clues to Guide the Search for Life on Mars »» NASA Mission Finds New Clues to Guide the Search for Life on Mars

[Thursday, March 20, 2008] NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter has found evidence of salt deposits. These deposits point to places where water once was abundant and where evidence might exist of possible Martian life from the Red Planet's past.

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NASA To Release New Details from Close Flyby of Saturn Moon »» NASA To Release New Details from Close Flyby of Saturn Moon

[Thursday, March 20, 2008] NASA will hold a news conference to present new clues on the composition of the icy plumes jetting off the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus. The findings were obtained March 12 during the closest flyby of the moon by the Cassini spacecraft.

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NASA Satellite Detects Record Gamma Ray Burst Explosion Halfway Across The Universe »» NASA Satellite Detects Record Gamma Ray Burst Explosion Halfway Across The Universe

[Thursday, March 20, 2008] A powerful stellar explosion detected March 19 by NASA's Swift satellite has shattered the record for the most distant object that could be seen with the naked eye.

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Join The Challenger Center Student Art Contest Supporting Richard Garriott's Space Flight »» Join The Challenger Center Student Art Contest Supporting Richard Garriott's Space Flight

[Thursday, March 20, 2008] As the next civilian to fly into space, Richard plans to engage with students, teachers and the 50 Challenger Learning Centers around the world through interactive activities before, during and after his flight.

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NASA STS-123 Report #21  Friday, March 21, 2008 - 3:00 a.m. CDT »» NASA STS-123 Report #21 Friday, March 21, 2008 - 3:00 a.m. CDT

[Friday, March 21, 2008] Astronauts Bob Behnken and Mike Foreman completed the fourth spacewalk of Endeavour's STS-123 mission early today. The duration of the spacewalk was 6 hours 24 minutes, and it was the 108th spacewalk in support of the construction of the ISS.

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Dom In Space: Lying on Your Back and Yet Exploring Space »» Dom In Space: Lying on Your Back and Yet Exploring Space

[Saturday, March 22, 2008] Dom Prinzo has dedicated a substantial period of his life to space exploration. Please take the time to read Dom's official blog - and be certain to say hello and thank him for his contribution to human spaceflight.

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Action Replay of Powerful Stellar Explosion »» Action Replay of Powerful Stellar Explosion

[Saturday, March 22, 2008] By observing the remnant of a supernova and a light echo from the initial outburst, astronomers have established the validity of a powerful new method for studying supernovas.

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What Gear Does An Astronaut Bring to Climb Mt. Everest? »» What Gear Does An Astronaut Bring to Climb Mt. Everest?

[Saturday, March 22, 2008] In May 2008 a team of climbers will attempt to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. Among the team members will be an astronaut - Scott Parazynski. Below is the gear list that Parazynski prepared for his trip to Mt. Everest:

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Astronaut Scott Parazynski's Everest Journal: Leavin' on that 2:16 plane to Kathmandu »» Astronaut Scott Parazynski's Everest Journal: Leavin' on that 2:16 plane to Kathmandu

[Sunday, March 23, 2008] "OK, so Gladys Knight has a better knack for lyrics, but I'm about to depart on a pilgrimage today that I've been dreaming of (and preparing for) my entire life - a trip that I hope will take me all the way to the summit of Mount Everest."

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NASA Cassini Image: Among the Waves »» NASA Cassini Image: Among the Waves

[Monday, March 24, 2008] Daphnis and its entourage of edge waves are captured here by the Cassini spacecraft. This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 45 degrees below the ringplane. Daphnis is 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) across.

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NASA's Space Shuttle Endeavour to Land Wednesday »» NASA's Space Shuttle Endeavour to Land Wednesday

[Monday, March 24, 2008] The space shuttle Endeavour crew is expected to complete its 16-day flight to the International Space Station with a landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday, March 26.

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NASA STS-123 Report #29  Monday, March 24, 2008 - 11:00 p.m. CDT »» NASA STS-123 Report #29 Monday, March 24, 2008 - 11:00 p.m. CDT

[Tuesday, March 25, 2008] The space shuttle Endeavour undocked from the International Space Station at 7:25 p.m. CDT, completing 11 days, 20 hours and 36 minutes of docked operations.

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Black Holes Phone Press Conference »» Black Holes Phone Press Conference

[Tuesday, March 25, 2008] A new result that pushes the limits of black holes will be announced in a phone-in press conference on Tuesday, April 1st at 1:30pm Eastern (10:30am Pacific).

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XCOR Wins Contract for Operations Demonstrations With New Suborbital Vehicle »» XCOR Wins Contract for Operations Demonstrations With New Suborbital Vehicle

[Wednesday, March 26, 2008] The Lynx, which XCOR plans to be flying within two years, will take off and land horizontally like an airplane, and will be powered by liquid-fuel rockets.

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NASA Administrator Announces Science Mission Directorate Leadeship Changes »» NASA Administrator Announces Science Mission Directorate Leadeship Changes

[Wednesday, March 26, 2008] NASA Administrator Michael D. Griffin issued the following statement Wednesday regarding the announcement that Dr. S. Alan Stern, NASA associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, has decided to leave the agency.

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NASA Cassini Spacecraft Tastes Organic Material at Saturn's Geyser Moon »» NASA Cassini Spacecraft Tastes Organic Material at Saturn's Geyser Moon

[Wednesday, March 26, 2008] NASA's Cassini spacecraft tasted and sampled a surprising organic brew erupting in geyser-like fashion from Saturn's moon Enceladus during a close flyby on March 12.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour's Landing Delayed - Next Opportunity at 8:39 pm »» Space Shuttle Endeavour's Landing Delayed - Next Opportunity at 8:39 pm

[Wednesday, March 26, 2008] Unstable weather in the Kennedy Space Center area forced flight controllers to pass on STS-123's first landing opportunity.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour Lands at Kennedy Space Center Ending STS-123 Mission »» Space Shuttle Endeavour Lands at Kennedy Space Center Ending STS-123 Mission

[Wednesday, March 26, 2008] With Commander Dominic Gorie and Pilot Gregory H. Johnson at the controls, space shuttle Endeavour glided to a picture perfect landing at Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

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Odyssey Moon Announces Commercial Launch Services Agreement »» Odyssey Moon Announces Commercial Launch Services Agreement

[Wednesday, March 26, 2008] The agreement provides for payload capacity aboard Odyssey Moon's lunar missions for placing memorial flight capsules and modules in lunar orbit or on the Moon.

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SpaceX Conducts First Three-Engine Firing of Falcon 9 Rocket »» SpaceX Conducts First Three-Engine Firing of Falcon 9 Rocket

[Thursday, March 27, 2008] Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) conducted the first three-engine firing of its Falcon 9 medium to heavy lift rocket at its Texas Test Facility outside McGregor, on March 8, 2008.

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Challenger Center Webcast with Richard Garriott from Star City, Russia »» Challenger Center Webcast with Richard Garriott from Star City, Russia

[Thursday, March 27, 2008] Challenger Center Webcast with Richard Garriott from Star City, Russia Learn about what it is like to train to be a Private Space Explorer!

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Astrophysicists observe a circumstellar disk with telltale signs of planet formation »» Astrophysicists observe a circumstellar disk with telltale signs of planet formation

[Thursday, March 27, 2008] Scientists are one step closer to understanding how new planets form, thanks to research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and carried out by a team of astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History.

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International team of scientists discover clue to delay of life on Earth »» International team of scientists discover clue to delay of life on Earth

[Thursday, March 27, 2008] Scientists have discovered that a deficiency of oxygen and the heavy metal molybdenum in the ancient deep ocean may have delayed the evolution of animal life on Earth for nearly 2 billion years.

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Antarctic ice shelf 'hangs by a thread' »» Antarctic ice shelf 'hangs by a thread'

[Thursday, March 27, 2008] British Antarctic Survey has captured dramatic satellite and video images of an Antarctic ice shelf that looks set to be the latest to break out from the Antarctic Peninsula.

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Warm 'Tiger Stripes' on Geyser Moon Enceladus Raise Hopes for Life »» Warm 'Tiger Stripes' on Geyser Moon Enceladus Raise Hopes for Life

[Friday, March 28, 2008] The most detailed temperature map to date of the "Tiger Stripe" region on the south pole of Saturn's moon Enceladus reveals that the area is even warmer than previous measurements indicated.

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NAS SSB Report: Assessment of the NASA Astrobiology Institute »» NAS SSB Report: Assessment of the NASA Astrobiology Institute

[Friday, March 28, 2008] At the request of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, the Committee on the Review of the NASA Astrobiology Institute undertook the assignment to determine the progress made by the NAI in developing the field of astrobiology

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Scott Parazynski Everest Update 28 March 2008 »» Scott Parazynski Everest Update 28 March 2008

[Friday, March 28, 2008] "Update from Namche Bazar, 11,300 feet above sea level: Our team arrived in Lukla via "Yeti Airlines" two days ago, and we immediately departed up the hill towards our first encampment in the village of Phakding."

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Scott Parazynski Everest Update: Day 8 - March 30, 2008 - Namche Bazar, Nepal »» Scott Parazynski Everest Update: Day 8 - March 30, 2008 - Namche Bazar, Nepal

[Sunday, March 30, 2008] "We've got one last night here camped at 11,300' above sea level, the time being very well spent, allowing our bodies to acclimatize to the relatively thin atmosphere en route to the summit."

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