May 2006 Top Story Archives



ESA's XMM-Newton digs into the secrets of fossil galaxy clusters »» ESA's XMM-Newton digs into the secrets of fossil galaxy clusters

[Monday, May 1, 2006] Taking advantage of the high sensitivity of ESA's XMM-Newton and the sharp vision of NASA's Chandra X-Ray space observatories, astronomers have studied the behaviour of massive fossil galaxy clusters, trying to find out how they find the time to form.

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VLBA Reveals Closest Pair of Supermassive Black Holes »» VLBA Reveals Closest Pair of Supermassive Black Holes

[Monday, May 1, 2006] Astronomers using the National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) radio telescope have found the closest pair of supermassive black holes ever discovered in the Universe.

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Magnetic Fields Sculpt Narrow Jets From Dying Star »» Magnetic Fields Sculpt Narrow Jets From Dying Star

[Monday, May 1, 2006] Molecules spewed outward from a dying star are confined into narrow jets by a tightly-wound magnetic field, according to astronomers who used the VLBA radio telescope to study an old star about 8,500 light-years from Earth.

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NASA New Horizons Mission: The PI's Perspective: 'Exploration at Its Greatest' »» NASA New Horizons Mission: The PI's Perspective: 'Exploration at Its Greatest'

[Monday, May 1, 2006] With the rush of events surrounding launch over, I am back to writing this column about once per month. We're more than 100 days into flight now, and in every respect, New Horizons continues doing fine.

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NASA to Move Space Shuttle Discovery to Vehicle Assembly Building »» NASA to Move Space Shuttle Discovery to Vehicle Assembly Building

[Monday, May 1, 2006] The move from the Orbiter Processing Facility to the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy is known as the rollover. Inside the assembly building, Discovery will be attached to a redesigned external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters.

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Janus and Saturn's Rings »» Janus and Saturn's Rings

[Monday, May 1, 2006] This image was taken on April 29, 2006 and received on Earth April 29, 2006. The camera was pointing toward Janus at approximately 226,438 kilometers away.

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Hitting Europa Hard »» Hitting Europa Hard

[Monday, May 1, 2006] Karl Hibbitts, a research scientist at the John Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory, is working on developing a hyper-velocity impactor that could be carried on a future Europa orbiter.

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NASA researchers are mining old Apollo seismic data for clues to lunar meteoroid impacts »» NASA researchers are mining old Apollo seismic data for clues to lunar meteoroid impacts

[Monday, May 1, 2006] Following the Vision for Space Exploration, NASA is sending astronauts back to the Moon to stay longer and build bigger bases than Apollo astronauts ever did. The odds of something precious being hit will go up. Should NASA be worried?

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National Academies Advisory: Balance in NASA's Science Program »» National Academies Advisory: Balance in NASA's Science Program

[Monday, May 1, 2006] In February, NASA released a new strategic plan to achieve President Bush's Vision for Space Exploration, outlining the first trade-off decisions the agency has made among scientific programs and other needs to achieve the vision.

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Europeans psych themselves up for a trip to Mars »» Europeans psych themselves up for a trip to Mars

[Monday, May 1, 2006] Last December a second Italian-French crew took up residence in one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. The aim: to help the European Space Agency with preparations for a human mission to Mars.

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NASA Announces 14th International Space Station Crew »» NASA Announces 14th International Space Station Crew

[Tuesday, May 2, 2006] NASA astronauts Michael Lopez-Alegria and Sunita Williams and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin have been named as the 14th crew of the International Space Station. Expedition 14 is scheduled to begin this fall.

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NASA Exercises Options for Space Station Contract »» NASA Exercises Options for Space Station Contract

[Tuesday, May 2, 2006] NASA has exercised $318 million in contract extension options with Boeing for support of the ISS. The action extends the contract for the US segment acceptance and vehicle sustaining engineering services for the station one year to Sept. 30, 2008.

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NASA Lacks Resources Needed to Sustain Vigorous Science Program »» NASA Lacks Resources Needed to Sustain Vigorous Science Program

[Thursday, May 4, 2006] NASA does not have the resources necessary to maintain a vigorous science program, complete the International Space Station, and return humans to the moon, says a new congressionally mandated report from the National Academies' National Research Council.

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NASA STEREO Arrives in Florida to Begin Launch Preparations »» NASA STEREO Arrives in Florida to Begin Launch Preparations

[Thursday, May 4, 2006] NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft arrived today at Astrotech, a payload processing facility near Kennedy Space Center to begin preparations and final testing for launch.

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NASA Solicitation: Seeking Offers to Engage Americans Through Educational Programs for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration »» NASA Solicitation: Seeking Offers to Engage Americans Through Educational Programs for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

[Thursday, May 4, 2006] NASA will continue it's tradition of strengthening the Nation's education programs and supporting educators who play a key role in preparing the young minds of today who will manage and lead the Nation's laboratories and research centers of tomorrow.

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International Space Development Conference Opens In Los Angeles »» International Space Development Conference Opens In Los Angeles

[Thursday, May 4, 2006] The 25th annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC) opened today in Los Angeles, the ISDC is jointly sponsored by the National Space Society (NSS) and the Planetary Society (TPS). Registration figures exceed 1,000 attendees thus far.

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Thousands Sign Planetary Society Petitions to Save Our Science »» Thousands Sign Planetary Society Petitions to Save Our Science

[Thursday, May 4, 2006] The Planetary Society announced today the progress of the "Save Our Science (SOS)" Campaign to rescue NASA's space science program, currently under attack in the proposed NASA budget for fiscal year 2007.

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Planetary Society Mounts Public Effort to Fight NASA Science Cuts »» Planetary Society Mounts Public Effort to Fight NASA Science Cuts

[Thursday, May 4, 2006] The Planetary Society was quick and forceful in expressing its outrage at cuts in the Administration’s proposed FY 2007 budget when it was first announced earlier this year. The Society has not mounted an effort to try and reverse these cuts.

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NASA and Partners Release New Movies of Titan »» NASA and Partners Release New Movies of Titan

[Thursday, May 4, 2006] New views of the most distant touchdown ever made by a spacecraft are being released today by NASA, ESA, and the University of Arizona. The movies show the dramatic descent of the Huygens probe to the surface of Saturn's moon Titan on Jan. 14, 2005.

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NASA Hubble Telescope Snaps Baby Pictures of Jupiter's Red Spot »» NASA Hubble Telescope Snaps Baby Pictures of Jupiter's Red Spot

[Thursday, May 4, 2006] Hubble is giving astronomers their most detailed view yet of a second red spot emerging on Jupiter. For the first time in history, astronomers have witnessed the birth of a new red spot on the giant planet

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Meteorites discovered to carry interstellar carbon »» Meteorites discovered to carry interstellar carbon

[Thursday, May 4, 2006] Scientists have discovered that meteorites can carry primitive, organic particles that originated billions of years ago either in interstellar space, or in the outer reaches of the solar system as it was beginning to coalesce from gas and dust.

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Titan's seas are sand »» Titan's seas are sand

[Thursday, May 4, 2006] Until a couple of years ago, scientists thought the dark equatorial regions of Titan might be liquid oceans. New radar evidence shows they are seas -- but seas of sand dunes like those in the Arabian or Namibian Deserts.

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NASA Announces Lunar Lander Analog Competition Agreement »» NASA Announces Lunar Lander Analog Competition Agreement

[Friday, May 5, 2006] NASA's Deputy Administrator Shana Dale announced Friday the agency's Centennial Challenges program has signed an agreement with the X PRIZE Foundation to conduct the $2 million Lunar Lander Analog Challenge.

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NASA Researchers to Test Drill on Ellesmere Island »» NASA Researchers to Test Drill on Ellesmere Island

[Sunday, May 7, 2006] This month NASA researchers will drill more than six feet deep into the tundra of the Canadian Arctic with a futuristic tool that is a cross between an oil rig and a portable household drill, making it ideal for space exploration.

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In undersea habitat, aquanauts learn about teamwork and task performance for the moon and Mars »» In undersea habitat, aquanauts learn about teamwork and task performance for the moon and Mars

[Tuesday, May 9, 2006] In isolated environments, astronauts, flight crews, offshore workers and military forces must maintain vigilance and work together to ensure a safe and successful mission.

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NASA Agrees to Cooperate With India on Lunar Mission »» NASA Agrees to Cooperate With India on Lunar Mission

[Tuesday, May 9, 2006] NASA will have two scientific instruments on India's maiden voyage to the moon. Tuesday, NASA and ISRO signed two Memoranda of Understanding in Bangalore, India, for cooperation on India's Chandrayaan-1 mission.

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The Vision for Space Exploration: New Opportunities »» The Vision for Space Exploration: New Opportunities

[Tuesday, May 9, 2006] "How do we sustain the vision for space exploration to lead us to settlement? How do we afford it? How do we nurture it? My answer - and I think a lot of yours' - is the private sector."

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Faintest Known Galaxy is One of New-Found Milky Way  Companions »» Faintest Known Galaxy is One of New-Found Milky Way Companions

[Tuesday, May 9, 2006] The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-II) announced today discoveries of two new, very faint companion galaxies to the Milky Way.

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Tibet Provides Passage for Chemicals to Reach the Stratosphere »» Tibet Provides Passage for Chemicals to Reach the Stratosphere

[Tuesday, May 9, 2006] NASA and university researchers have found that thunderstorms over Tibet provide a main pathway for water vapor and chemicals to travel from the lower atmosphere into the stratosphere, where the protective ozone layer resides.

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A Crescent Enceladus, A Darkened Saturn, and Backlit Rings »» A Crescent Enceladus, A Darkened Saturn, and Backlit Rings

[Tuesday, May 9, 2006] This image was taken on May 04, 2006 and received on Earth May 05, 2006. The camera was pointing toward Enceladus at approximately 2,108,298 kilometers away.

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Moons Reach Sunrise Over Saturn »» Moons Reach Sunrise Over Saturn

[Tuesday, May 9, 2006] This image was taken on May 03, 2006 and received on Earth May 04, 2006. The camera was pointing toward Mimas at approximately 1,977,428 kilometers away.

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AIP FYI #60: NRC Report Critical of NASA's Plans for Science »» AIP FYI #60: NRC Report Critical of NASA's Plans for Science

[Wednesday, May 10, 2006] Based on its current budget request and future funding proposals, NASA's science programs can neither be considered robust nor sustainable, an expert National Research Council panel has concluded.

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Spitzer Telescope Sees Trail of Comet Crumbs »» Spitzer Telescope Sees Trail of Comet Crumbs

[Wednesday, May 10, 2006] NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has snapped a picture of the bits and pieces making up Comet 73P/Schwassman-Wachmann 3, which is continuing to break apart on its periodic journey around the sun.

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New capture scenario explains origin of Neptune's oddball moon Triton »» New capture scenario explains origin of Neptune's oddball moon Triton

[Wednesday, May 10, 2006] Neptune's large moon Triton may have abandoned an earlier partner to arrive in its unusual orbit around Neptune.

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Scientists Reveal Fate of Earth's Oceans »» Scientists Reveal Fate of Earth's Oceans

[Wednesday, May 10, 2006] Scientists at The University of Manchester have uncovered the first evidence of seawater deep inside the Earth shedding new light on the fate of the planet's oceans, according to research published in Nature.

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XMM-Newton reveals the origin of elements in galaxy clusters »» XMM-Newton reveals the origin of elements in galaxy clusters

[Wednesday, May 10, 2006] Deep observations of two X-ray bright clusters of galaxies with ESA's XMM-Newton satellite allowed a group of international astronomers to measure their chemical composition with an unprecedented accuracy.

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Hubble Finds That Earth is Safe From One Class of Gamma-Ray Burst »» Hubble Finds That Earth is Safe From One Class of Gamma-Ray Burst

[Wednesday, May 10, 2006] Homeowners may have to worry about floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes destroying their homes, but at least they can remove long-duration gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) from their list of potential natural disasters.

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Department of Commerce Inspector General Releases Report Critical of NOAA Satellite »» Department of Commerce Inspector General Releases Report Critical of NOAA Satellite

[Thursday, May 11, 2006] The NPOESS satellites are under development and are designed to become the nation's key weather satellites, replacing the current generation of both civilian and military weather satellites as they reach the end of their useful lives. 

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NASA Administrator Mike Griffin Vs National Academy of Sciences on the Value of Astrobiology »» NASA Administrator Mike Griffin Vs National Academy of Sciences on the Value of Astrobiology

[Thursday, May 11, 2006] Griffin: "I did think astrobiology was less important than traditional space science. It had less intrinsic subject matter to it, and was less advanced. If the community rises up and says it should be funded, we'll rethink it."

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NASA Ames Tests Heat Shield Samples for Spaceship Capsule »» NASA Ames Tests Heat Shield Samples for Spaceship Capsule

[Thursday, May 11, 2006] As it streaks into Earth's atmosphere after a trip to the moon, the heat shield of NASA's spaceship of the future must endure searing temperatures capable of melting any metal.

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Acting Director Christensen Upbeat About NASA Ames Research Center's Future »» Acting Director Christensen Upbeat About NASA Ames Research Center's Future

[Friday, May 12, 2006] "The one constant in life is change," began Marvin 'Chris' Christensen in his April 20 all-hands address to a standing - room only crowd in the main Ames auditorium.

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X-rays Fly as Cracking Comet Streaks Across the Sky »» X-rays Fly as Cracking Comet Streaks Across the Sky

[Friday, May 12, 2006] Scientists using NASA's Swift satellite have detected X-rays from a comet that is now passing the Earth and rapidly disintegrating on what could be its final orbit around the sun.

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Report of the  NASA Advisory Council Heliophysics Subcommittee »» Report of the NASA Advisory Council Heliophysics Subcommittee

[Friday, May 12, 2006] Our initial conclusion is that the Heliophysics program (the bottom to paths in the attached summary sheet from that report) defined in the recent roadmap can be carried out with the current funding profile.

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Report of the  NASA Advisory Council Earth Science Subcommittee »» Report of the NASA Advisory Council Earth Science Subcommittee

[Friday, May 12, 2006] Before we get into specifics, however, we must express our deep frustration at being put in the position to accommodate the large cuts in Earth Science funding in FY05 and FY06, compounded by long-term prospects of sub-inflationary growth.

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Report of the  NASA Advisory Council Astrophysics Subcommittee »» Report of the NASA Advisory Council Astrophysics Subcommittee

[Friday, May 12, 2006] The Subcommittee fears that we face scientifically leaner times in the coming decade. As the SSB has noted in its recent report, NASA lacks the funds needed to carry out its plans and this has led to significant delays and mission cancellations.

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Report of the  NASA Advisory Council Planetary Science Subcommittee »» Report of the NASA Advisory Council Planetary Science Subcommittee

[Friday, May 12, 2006] A solution must be sought to the legal obstacles imposed by the interpretation by NASA attorneys of federal regulations on conflicts of interest in order to permit open discussion of programs and potential budgetary trades by the full subcommittee.

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ESA International Workshop Paves Way to Future Cooperation for Space Exploration »» ESA International Workshop Paves Way to Future Cooperation for Space Exploration

[Saturday, May 13, 2006] Over sixty participants representing space agencies from Europe, North America and Asia have today concluded the 2nd ESA/ASI Workshop for International Cooperation for Sustainable Space Exploration, held in Sarteano, Italy.

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University of North Dakota Tests NASA Funded Experimental Planetary Space Suit »» University of North Dakota Tests NASA Funded Experimental Planetary Space Suit

[Saturday, May 13, 2006] An enterprising team of North Dakota college students is unveiled a brand new space suit at a rugged, Mars-like North Dakota Badlands test site last week.

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Hypothesis to Explain Atmospheric Methane Findings on Mars Presented in Astrobiology Journal »» Hypothesis to Explain Atmospheric Methane Findings on Mars Presented in Astrobiology Journal

[Sunday, May 14, 2006] A provocative hypothesis to explain the recent detection of trace amounts of methane in the martian atmosphere is based on measurements of underground water samples in South Africa and is presented in the most recent issue of Astrobiology.

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Fade To Black »» Fade To Black

[Sunday, May 14, 2006] Concerns are growing that 50% or more of the KH-11 optical and Lacrosse imaging radar satellites that make up the core of secret U.S. space reconnaissance operations will die before smaller, more modern replacements can be launched.

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Earthbound Astronaut Ends Her Mission »» Earthbound Astronaut Ends Her Mission

[Sunday, May 14, 2006] "I'm currently participating in the NASA-sponsored bedrest study at the Cleveland Clinic. These are the chronicles of three full months of bedrest, in addition to the craziness leading up to it, and the who knows what afterwards."

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Saving Astrobiology at NASA (Part 1) »» Saving Astrobiology at NASA (Part 1)

[Monday, May 15, 2006] While astrobiology thrived and grew under Dan Goldin - and later under Sean O'Keefe - it is suffering under Mike Griffin. In recent months Griffin has publicly and privately trashed astrobiology as "lacking content". He also cut its budget by 50%.

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Palomar Observes Broken Comet »» Palomar Observes Broken Comet

[Monday, May 15, 2006] Astronomers have recently been enjoying front-row seats to a spectacular cometary show. Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 is in the act of splitting apart as it passes close to Earth. The breakup is providing a firsthand look at the death of a comet.

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NASA Stardust Analysis Update »» NASA Stardust Analysis Update

[Monday, May 15, 2006] The Stardust Preliminary Examination Team (PET) is now in the second half of the six month period to complete the initial characterization of the returned comet samples.

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NASA Releases DART Accident Report Summary »» NASA Releases DART Accident Report Summary

[Monday, May 15, 2006] NASA released a summary Monday of the findings about why its Demonstration of Autonomous Rendezvous Technology spacecraft did not complete its mission and collided with the intended rendezvous satellite on April 15, 2005.

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NASA Workshop: Near-Earth Object Detection, Characterization, and Threat Mitigation - Call For Papers »» NASA Workshop: Near-Earth Object Detection, Characterization, and Threat Mitigation - Call For Papers

[Monday, May 15, 2006] NASA is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for a workshop on Near-Earth Object (NEO) Detection, Characterization and Threat Mitigation to be held at a site to be announced.

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NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery to Move to Launch Pad »» NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery to Move to Launch Pad

[Monday, May 15, 2006] First motion of Discovery out of the Vehicle Assembly Building is targeted for 2 a.m. EDT with arrival at the pad around 8 a.m.

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Ruler to Measure Universe - Biggest Ever 3-D Map »» Ruler to Measure Universe - Biggest Ever 3-D Map

[Monday, May 15, 2006] A team of astronomers led by Nikhil Padmanabhan and David Schlegel has published the largest three-dimensional map of the universe ever constructed, a wedge-shaped slice of the cosmos that spans a tenth of the northern sky.

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Saturn's Night Colors »» Saturn's Night Colors

[Monday, May 15, 2006] This rare color view of Saturn's night side shows how the rings dimly illuminate the southern hemisphere, giving it a dull golden glow. Part of the northern dark side is just visible at top -- the illumination it receives being far less than the south.

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Photo Report: Daisuke Enomoto and Anousheh Ansari Familiarized with Soyuz Spacecraft »» Photo Report: Daisuke Enomoto and Anousheh Ansari Familiarized with Soyuz Spacecraft

[Monday, May 15, 2006] As part of the preparations for Russian Visiting Crew 11, space flight participant Daisuke Enomoto and his backup Anousheh Ansari were for the acquainted with operational Soyuz space vehicle.

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SMART-1's view of Crater Hopmann: on the shoulder of a giant »» SMART-1's view of Crater Hopmann: on the shoulder of a giant

[Tuesday, May 16, 2006] This image, taken by the advanced Moon Imaging Experiment (AMIE) on board ESA's SMART-1 spacecraft, shows one quarter of crater Hopmann - an impact structure about 88 kilometres in diameter.

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Dunes and more dunes on Titan »» Dunes and more dunes on Titan

[Wednesday, May 17, 2006] The most ubiquitous features in this swath are "cat scratches," which are interpreted as longitudinal dunes and were first seen in the February 2005 flyby, see Titan, a Geologically Dynamic World.

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Trio of Neptunes and their Belt - HARPS Instrument Finds Unusual Planetary System »» Trio of Neptunes and their Belt - HARPS Instrument Finds Unusual Planetary System

[Wednesday, May 17, 2006] A team of European astronomers have discovered that a nearby star is host to three Neptune-mass planets. The innermost planet is most probably rocky, while the outermost is the first known Neptune-mass planet to reside in the habitable zone.

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GLAST Mission: Extreme Physics Observatory Prepares for Flight »» GLAST Mission: Extreme Physics Observatory Prepares for Flight

[Wednesday, May 17, 2006] Scientists and engineers have completed assembly of the primary instrument for the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, or GLAST, a breakthrough orbiting observatory scheduled to launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in fall 2007.

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NASA Finalizes Crews for Upcoming Space Shuttle Missions »» NASA Finalizes Crews for Upcoming Space Shuttle Missions

[Wednesday, May 17, 2006] NASA has finalized crew assignments for two space shuttle missions targeted for launch in 2007 to continue assembly of the International Space Station.

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Site in Northern Chile Selected for Large Synoptic Survey Telescope »» Site in Northern Chile Selected for Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

[Wednesday, May 17, 2006] Cerro Pachón, an 8,800-foot (2,682-meter) mountain peak in northern Chile, has been selected as the site for the proposed Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST).

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Space to Breathe: Astrobiology Magazine Interview With Apollo Astronaut Harrison Schmitt »» Space to Breathe: Astrobiology Magazine Interview With Apollo Astronaut Harrison Schmitt

[Thursday, May 18, 2006] "The current NASA approach is that the lunar base will be like Antarctica. But when you look at it from a commercial point of view, where you are mining the moon for energy resources, that's a very costly approach."

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Revisiting the Moon: Astrobiology Magazine Interview With Apollo Astronaut Harrison Schmitt »» Revisiting the Moon: Astrobiology Magazine Interview With Apollo Astronaut Harrison Schmitt

[Thursday, May 18, 2006] Harrison "Jack" Schmitt is the only geologist to have gone prospecting on the moon. As a crew member of Apollo 17, he was also the last person to leave footprints in the lunar soil.

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NASA Set To Launch Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter in 2008 »» NASA Set To Launch Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter in 2008

[Thursday, May 18, 2006] After successful completion of its mission confirmation review on Wednesday, May 17, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter project has been given the authority to proceed to the implementation phase.

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Boston University Astronomers Help Discover Extrasolar Planet »» Boston University Astronomers Help Discover Extrasolar Planet

[Thursday, May 18, 2006] An international team of professional and amateur astronomers, using simple off-the-shelf equipment to trawl the skies for planets outside our solar system, has hauled in its first "catch."

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Space Telescope Leaves SLAC for Washington D.C. »» Space Telescope Leaves SLAC for Washington D.C.

[Thursday, May 18, 2006] The pioneering space telescope recently assembled at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) has taken a continent-sized step in its journey toward launch.

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NASA Exploration Systems Progress Report 18 May 2006 »» NASA Exploration Systems Progress Report 18 May 2006

[Thursday, May 18, 2006] NASA has chosen the RS-68 engine to power the core stage of the agency's heavy lift cargo launch vehicle intended to carry large payloads to the moon.

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NASA Announces New GOES-N Launch Date »» NASA Announces New GOES-N Launch Date

[Thursday, May 18, 2006] GOES-N joins a system of weather satellites that graphically display the intensity, path and size of storms. Early warning about severe weather enhances the public's ability to take shelter and protect property.

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A Transiting Planet of a Sun-like Star »» A Transiting Planet of a Sun-like Star

[Thursday, May 18, 2006] A planet transits an 11th magnitude, G1V star in the constellation Corona Borealis. We designate the planet XO-1b, and the star, XO-1, also known as GSC 02041-01657.

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Christie's New York to Mark Star Trek's 40th Anniversary With First-Ever Official Auction of Star Trek Studio Items »» Christie's New York to Mark Star Trek's 40th Anniversary With First-Ever Official Auction of Star Trek Studio Items

[Friday, May 19, 2006] In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Star Trek, Christie's is honored to be holding a remarkable auction on October 5 - 7, 2006 of official Star Trek contents from the archives of CBS Paramount Television Studios.

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NJIT and JPL physicists detail Earthshine's role in planet hunting and climate variables »» NJIT and JPL physicists detail Earthshine's role in planet hunting and climate variables

[Friday, May 19, 2006] How the study of Earthshine continues to elucidate climate variables and how the use of Earthshine data may help to search for advanced life on distant planets, will be the foci of an upcoming panel discussion in Baltimore.

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NASA JPL's Limber Robot Might Hitchhike to Space »» NASA JPL's Limber Robot Might Hitchhike to Space

[Friday, May 19, 2006] The crawling robot, Lemur, was built to help astronauts complete small jobs in space. "Lemur could be an astronauts pet monkey," says JPL engineer Brett Kennedy who designed the 6-limbed robot. Lemur performs a variety of functions with attachable tools.

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ESA's new camera follows disintegration of a comet »» ESA's new camera follows disintegration of a comet

[Friday, May 19, 2006] The continuing disintegration of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 has allowed ESA scientists to see into the interior of the comet using a camera attached to the ESA Optical Ground Station on Tenerife.

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NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery Moves to Launch Pad »» NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery Moves to Launch Pad

[Friday, May 19, 2006] The Space Shuttle Discovery stands at its launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The shuttle arrived at 8:30 p.m. EDT Friday on top of a giant vehicle known as the crawler transporter.

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GAO: NASA's Ability to Meet Future Deep Space Communications Demand Is at Risk »» GAO: NASA's Ability to Meet Future Deep Space Communications Demand Is at Risk

[Monday, May 22, 2006] In a report released today, the GAO found that NASA's DSN - the agency's primary system for communicating with spacecraft beyond low Earth orbit-is not well positioned to meet the coming demands of the VSE and future deep space science missions.

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Iapetus - From Dark to Bright and Red to White »» Iapetus - From Dark to Bright and Red to White

[Tuesday, May 23, 2006] The color view on the right was created by combining images taken in ultraviolet, green and infrared spectral filters. The images were acquired on April 9, 2006 at a distance of approximately 692,000 kilometers (430,000 miles) from Iapetus.

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Greenhouse gas/temperature feedback mechanism may raise warming beyond previous estimates »» Greenhouse gas/temperature feedback mechanism may raise warming beyond previous estimates

[Tuesday, May 23, 2006] A team of scientists reports that actual warming due to human fossil fuel emissions may be 15-to-78 percent higher than warming estimates that do not take into account the feedback mechanism involving carbon dioxide and Earth's temperature.

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Hubble captures a 'five-star' rated gravitational lens »» Hubble captures a 'five-star' rated gravitational lens

[Tuesday, May 23, 2006] The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured the first- ever picture of a distant quasar lensed into five images. In addition the image holds a treasure of lensed galaxies and even a supernova.

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Boy Scouts of America and Celestron Set Their »» Boy Scouts of America and Celestron Set Their "Sights'' on Space Exploration

[Wednesday, May 24, 2006] The Boy Scouts of America, in partnership with Celestron, announced a joint program to encourage interest in space exploration and astronomy among America's youth, beginning with a donation of 200 Celestron SkyScouts.

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American Astronomical Society Releases Statement on Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) »» American Astronomical Society Releases Statement on Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA)

[Wednesday, May 24, 2006] The statement has been made in response to the support for the program given by the National Science Board at its most recent meeting on May 9 and 10, 2006.

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LiftPort Group Unveils ''LiftPort -- The Space Elevator: Opening Space to Everyone,'' A New Book on the Science and Social Impact of Building the First Elevator to Space »» LiftPort Group Unveils ''LiftPort -- The Space Elevator: Opening Space to Everyone,'' A New Book on the Science and Social Impact of Building the First Elevator to Space

[Wednesday, May 24, 2006] Compiled by LiftPort, the new book is an exploration of both the scientific and social aspects relating to the development of the LiftPort Space Elevator, as told by a collection of nearly 40 leading authors and experts on science and space.

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ESA Mars Express Images: Lava tubes on Pavonis Mons »» ESA Mars Express Images: Lava tubes on Pavonis Mons

[Wednesday, May 24, 2006] These images, taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESA's Mars Express, show Pavonis Mons, the central volcano of the three 'shield' volcanoes that comprise Tharsis Montes.

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NASA Set To Welcome European Space Agency Space Station Module »» NASA Set To Welcome European Space Agency Space Station Module "Columbus"

[Wednesday, May 24, 2006] The European Space Agency's research laboratory, designated Columbus, will arrive at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 30. There it will be prepared for delivery to the International Space Station on a future space shuttle mission.

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ESA's SOHO will lead a fleet of solar observatories »» ESA's SOHO will lead a fleet of solar observatories

[Wednesday, May 24, 2006] New funding, to extend the mission of ESA's venerable solar watchdog SOHO, will ensure it plays a leading part in the fleet of solar spacecraft scheduled to be launched over the next few years.

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Planetary Society Mounts Unprecedented Ad Campaign To Fight NASA Space Science Cuts »» Planetary Society Mounts Unprecedented Ad Campaign To Fight NASA Space Science Cuts

[Thursday, May 25, 2006] "The Society is launching an ad campaign, calling on Congress to preserve funding for space science. Prominent advertisements, featuring a trash can and the slogan "Don't Trash Space Science!" will appear in the Washington Post and Roll Call."

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NASA JSC Solicitation: Lunar Lander Concept Studies »» NASA JSC Solicitation: Lunar Lander Concept Studies

[Thursday, May 25, 2006] This RFI invites respondents to submit concepts that are derived from the same requirements, ground rules and product lists used by the NASA Field Centers to initialize their lunar landers studies

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Live TV of NASA Explorer School Teachers at Atacama Desert Moon/Mars Analog Research Site »» Live TV of NASA Explorer School Teachers at Atacama Desert Moon/Mars Analog Research Site

[Thursday, May 25, 2006] What are seven NASA Explorer School teachers doing in the Atacama desert in Chile? They are studying side-by-side with NASA scientists who search for life in extreme environments, closely approximating what they expect to find on other planets.

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Theoretical blueprint for invisibility cloak reported »» Theoretical blueprint for invisibility cloak reported

[Thursday, May 25, 2006] Using a new design theory, researchers have developed the blueprint for an invisibility cloak. Once devised, the cloak could have numerous uses, from defense applications to wireless communications, the researchers said.

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NASA Moves RLEP Program from ARC to MSFC »» NASA Moves RLEP Program from ARC to MSFC

[Friday, May 26, 2006] Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Associate Administrator Scott Horowitz has decided to pull the RLEP (Robotic Lunar Exploration Program) program office out of NASA ARC (where it was put less than a year ago) and is moving it to MSFC.

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Atmospheric Study Shows Similarities in Sun's Effects on Earth and Mars »» Atmospheric Study Shows Similarities in Sun's Effects on Earth and Mars

[Friday, May 26, 2006] Comparing limited ionospheric data sets acquired by Mars Global Surveyor and TIMED, Elsayed Talaat says his findings provide evidence that the photochemistry of Mars' ionosphere responds similarly as Earth's to solar inputs.

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SwRI-Led Interstellar Boundary Explorer Mission Enters Implementation Phase »» SwRI-Led Interstellar Boundary Explorer Mission Enters Implementation Phase

[Friday, May 26, 2006] Just as the Voyager 2 spacecraft is approaching the edge of our solar system, Southwest Research Institute received official confirmation from NASA to proceed into the mission implementation phase for the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission.

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Fix A NASA Error: Help These Kids See Their Experiment Reach Space »» Fix A NASA Error: Help These Kids See Their Experiment Reach Space

[Sunday, May 28, 2006] "Their $3,000 trip is in limbo, though, because NASA will not pay for a summer journey, and Ghaffarian has raised less than $500 so far."

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Interiors of extrasolar planets: A first step »» Interiors of extrasolar planets: A first step

[Tuesday, May 30, 2006] A team of European astronomers have found that the amount of heavy elements in Pegasids is correlated to the metallicity of their parent stars. This is a first step in understanding the physical nature of the extrasolar planets.

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What's The Link Between Astronauts and Osteoporosis? »» What's The Link Between Astronauts and Osteoporosis?

[Wednesday, May 31, 2006] Though most people may not think of it, bedridden patients and astronauts share something in common: progressive bone loss.

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Griffin Visits Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Sees Stable Future »» Griffin Visits Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Sees Stable Future

[Wednesday, May 31, 2006] Given the prospect of a flat NASA budget for the years ahead, Griffin told the gathering that his biggest challenge has been to find a way to fund missions under the VSE while maintaining stable workforces at each of the agency's 10 field centers.

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Belgium's Antarctic research station a global sustainability benchmark »» Belgium's Antarctic research station a global sustainability benchmark

[Wednesday, May 31, 2006] The International Polar Foundation (IPF) unveiled today the final plans for Belgium's Princess Elisabeth Antarctic research station, to be built during the International Polar Year 2007-08 (IPY).

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Columbus arrives in Florida »» Columbus arrives in Florida

[Wednesday, May 31, 2006] After a journey that started at the weekend, the European Columbus laboratory arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, in Florida, the United States, yesterday afternoon.

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When galaxies collide: Supercomputers reproduce fluid motions of cosmic duet »» When galaxies collide: Supercomputers reproduce fluid motions of cosmic duet

[Wednesday, May 31, 2006] A wispy collection of atoms and molecules fuels the vast cosmic maelstroms produced by colliding galaxies and merging supermassive black holes, according to some of the most advanced supercomputer simulations ever conducted on this topic.

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NASA Funded Study Says Saturn's Moon Enceladus Rolled Over »» NASA Funded Study Says Saturn's Moon Enceladus Rolled Over

[Wednesday, May 31, 2006] Enceladus – an active, icy world with an unusually warm south pole – may have performed an unusual trick for a planetary body.  New research shows Enceladus rolled over, literally, explaining why the moon's hottest spot is at the south pole. 

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Carbon-rich gas around a young star that may be forming terrestrial planets »» Carbon-rich gas around a young star that may be forming terrestrial planets

[Wednesday, May 31, 2006] NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, June 7, about the discovery of carbon-rich gas around a young star that may be forming terrestrial planets.

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