May 2009 Top Story Archives



Hubble Servicing Mission 4 - The Last Hubble Mission

Hubble Servicing Mission 4 - The Last Hubble Mission

[Friday, May 1, 2009]

On 11 May, Space Shuttle Atlantis will launch with a crew of seven to visit the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and carry out the fifth and final servicing mission.




UP Aerospace SpaceLoft XL Rocket Launches from Spaceport America

UP Aerospace SpaceLoft XL Rocket Launches from Spaceport America

[Saturday, May 2, 2009]

Today's successful launch of the UP Aerospace SpaceLoft XL rocket for the SL-3 Education launch is another successful step in developing the world's first commercial spaceport.




NASA ESAS - Free the Appendices

NASA ESAS - Free the Appendices

[Sunday, May 3, 2009]

Dennis Wingo commentary on why the appendices of the NASA Exploration Systems Architecture Study should be released to the public. This report is in the public domain yet the appendices were not released and have since turned up on a pay-per use site.




NASA's Fermi Explores High-Energy

NASA's Fermi Explores High-Energy "Space Invaders"

[Monday, May 4, 2009]

Since its launch last June, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has discovered a new class of pulsars, probed gamma-ray bursts and watched flaring jets in galaxies billions of light-years away.




If Spitzer Could Talk: An Interview with NASA's Coolest Space Telescope

If Spitzer Could Talk: An Interview with NASA's Coolest Space Telescope

[Monday, May 4, 2009]

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is about to use its last drop of the coolant that has chilled it for the past five-and-a-half years. If Spitzer could talk, here's how an interview with the observatory might go.




Dr. Eilene Galloway The Grand Matriarch of Space Law Passes Away

Dr. Eilene Galloway The Grand Matriarch of Space Law Passes Away

[Monday, May 4, 2009]

Eilene Marie Galloway, one of the world’s leading experts in space law and policy, died at her home in Washington, D.C. She was 102. Dr. Galloway resided in the District of Columbia for 78 years.




European Built Node 3 Starts its Journey to the International Space Station

European Built Node 3 Starts its Journey to the International Space Station

[Tuesday, May 5, 2009]

The Node 3 connecting module, built by prime contractor Thales Alenia Space in Turin, Italy, is the last element of a barter agreement by which ESA supplied NASA with International Space Station (ISS) hardware.




ESA Mars500 Diary: Testing, Testing

ESA Mars500 Diary: Testing, Testing

[Tuesday, May 5, 2009]

The Mars500 crew is now one-third of the way through their 105-day stay inside the isolation facility in Moscow. As ESA-selected crewmember Oliver Knickel reports in his latest diary entry, the past week has been dedicated to tests.




Herschel and Planck Share Ride to Space

Herschel and Planck Share Ride to Space

[Tuesday, May 5, 2009]

Two missions to study the cosmos, Herschel and Planck, are scheduled to blast into space May 14 aboard the same Ariane 5 rocket from the Guiana Space Center. The European Space Agency, leads both missions, with significant participation from NASA.




Delta II Launches Missile Defense Mission

Delta II Launches Missile Defense Mission

[Tuesday, May 5, 2009]

A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket successfully launched the Space Tracking and Surveillance System Advanced Technology Risk Reduction mission for the United States Missile Defense Agency at 1:24 p.m., PDT today.




NASA Announces Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Briefings for Press

NASA Announces Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Briefings for Press

[Tuesday, May 5, 2009]

NASA Acting Administrator Chris Scolese will brief the news media about the agency's fiscal year 2010 budget at 2:30 p.m. EDT, Thursday, May 7 which is expected to be $18.7 billion.




NASA Ares Projects Plan

NASA Ares Projects Plan

[Wednesday, May 6, 2009]

This technical document outlines NASA's plan to replace the Space Shuttle with Ares, its next generation space transportation system for crew and cargo travel to the Moon, Mars and beyond.




First Two ALMA Antennas Successfully Linked

First Two ALMA Antennas Successfully Linked

[Wednesday, May 6, 2009]

Scientists and engineers working on the world's largest ground-based astronomical project, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), have successful linked the two ALMA astronomical antennas to observe the planet Mars.




U.S. Annouces Review of Human Space Flight Plans

U.S. Annouces Review of Human Space Flight Plans

[Thursday, May 7, 2009]

The Obama Administration today announced the launch of an independent review of planned U.S. human space flight activities with the goal of ensuring that the nation is on a vigorous and sustainable path to achieving its boldest aspirations in space.




NASA Releases Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Request

NASA Releases Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Request

[Thursday, May 7, 2009]

NASA released its Fiscal year 2010 budget request today in the amount of $18.686 billion. The budget request represents an increase of $903.6 million, about 5 percent, above the amount provided NASA in the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act.




Cardiac Patients Take NASA Super Plastic to Heart

Cardiac Patients Take NASA Super Plastic to Heart

[Thursday, May 7, 2009]

A NASA technology that was developed for an aerospace high-speed research program is now part of an implantable device for heart failure patients.




NASA Releases Interactive 3-D Views of Space Station, New Mars Rover

NASA Releases Interactive 3-D Views of Space Station, New Mars Rover

[Thursday, May 7, 2009]

NASA released an interactive, 3-D photographic collection of internal and external views of the International Space Station and a model of the next Mars rover on Thursday, May 7.




All Systems

All Systems "Go" for Atlantis' May 11 Launch

[Friday, May 8, 2009]

The pace of prelaunch activities at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida picks up today with only three days remaining until liftoff of space shuttle Atlantis on the STS-125 mission to service NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.




Hubble Upgrade Includes Hardware Derived From the James Webb Space Telescope

Hubble Upgrade Includes Hardware Derived From the James Webb Space Telescope

[Friday, May 8, 2009]

Scientists and engineers now creating new technologies for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, have realized they can be used to enhance the Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) in the upcoming servicing mission.




NASA Shuttle Commander Tweets, Will Answer Questions from Space

NASA Shuttle Commander Tweets, Will Answer Questions from Space

[Friday, May 8, 2009]

NASA astronaut Mark Polansky, commander of the next space shuttle mission to the International Space Station in June, is sharing updates about his training and flight on Twitter.




NASA Managers Clear Atlantis for Monday Launch

NASA Managers Clear Atlantis for Monday Launch

[Sunday, May 10, 2009]

Space Shuttle Program managers are giving the green light for Monday's launch of shuttle Atlantis. The program's mission management team met late Saturday afternoon at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, to evaluate how countdown activities were progressing.




Hubble's Last Picture from the Super Camera

Hubble's Last Picture from the Super Camera

[Sunday, May 10, 2009]

The Hubble community bids farewell to the soon-to-be decommissioned Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 onboard the Hubble Space Telescope. In tribute to Hubble's longest-running optical camera, a planetary nebula has been imaged as the final image.




The Philosophy of Space

The Philosophy of Space

[Sunday, May 10, 2009]

The purpose of this missive is to look at where many in society see our future going, and to show where space either supports the positive aspects or negates the negative ones.




Space Shuttle Atlantis Launched on Mission to Service the Hubble Space Telescope

Space Shuttle Atlantis Launched on Mission to Service the Hubble Space Telescope

[Monday, May 11, 2009]

Today at 2:01:56 EDT Space Shuttle Atlantis, STS-125, launched from the Kennedy Space Center on a mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope. This is the fifth servicing mission to Hubble and last by a space shuttle.




Integration of Ariane 5 is Completed for Herschel and Planck Telescope Launch

Integration of Ariane 5 is Completed for Herschel and Planck Telescope Launch

[Monday, May 11, 2009]

The heavy-lift Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s upcoming space exploration mission is now complete following the installation of its payload fairing over the dual passengers of Europe's Herschel space telescope and the Planck observatory.




United Nations Holds the First Workshop in Eurasia on the Benefits of Global Navigation Satellites

United Nations Holds the First Workshop in Eurasia on the Benefits of Global Navigation Satellites

[Monday, May 11, 2009]

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs is holding a five-day workshop on the applications of global navigation satellite systems in Baku, Azerbaijan.




Soft Ground Puts Mars Rover Spirit in Danger

Soft Ground Puts Mars Rover Spirit in Danger

[Monday, May 11, 2009]

The five wheels that still rotate on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit have been slipping severely in soft soil during recent attempts to drive, sinking the wheels about halfway into the ground.




FAA Analytic and Technical Engineering Support Services (FATESS) Market Survey

FAA Analytic and Technical Engineering Support Services (FATESS) Market Survey

[Tuesday, May 12, 2009]

The purpose of this market survey is to determine whether interested business concerns in the industry have the capability to fulfill one or more requirements of the current FATESS contract within the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST).




Zero Gravity Corporation Lifts Off For Seattle's Debut Weightless Flight, June 28

Zero Gravity Corporation Lifts Off For Seattle's Debut Weightless Flight, June 28

[Tuesday, May 12, 2009]

Zero Gravity Corporation will host its exclusive ZERO-G Weightless Experience for the very first time in Seattle, Washington on Sunday, June 28.




International Meeting on Space Debris Issues An Urgent Call to Action

International Meeting on Space Debris Issues An Urgent Call to Action

[Tuesday, May 12, 2009]

Now is the time to reduce the threat to both human spaceflight and satellites from destructive space debris. That viewpoint emerged from a major gathering of space experts at the International Interdisciplinary Congress on Space Debris.




Atlantis Suffers What Appears to be Minor Damage

Atlantis Suffers What Appears to be Minor Damage

[Tuesday, May 12, 2009]

Atlantis continued to move steadily closer to the Hubble Space Telescope today, and its crew made good use of the time to perform a thorough inspection of the shuttle’s heat shield.




Masten Space System's Xombie Make First Successful Test Flight

Masten Space System's Xombie Make First Successful Test Flight

[Tuesday, May 12, 2009]

Masten Space Systems completed their first vertical take-off, vertical-landing rocket flight demonstration Friday. The demonstration proved out the design and controls of the 730lb rocket-powered vehicle, known as XA-0.1B-750 or "Xombie".




Canadian Space Agency Introduces Canada's Two New Astronauts

Canadian Space Agency Introduces Canada's Two New Astronauts

[Wednesday, May 13, 2009]

Nearly 25 years after the first Canadian astronaut flew into space and only weeks before two Canadian space veterans launch to the Space Station, Industry Minister Tony Clement and CSA President Steve MacLean introduced Canada’s newest astronauts.




Atlantis Captures Hubble Space Telescope

Atlantis Captures Hubble Space Telescope

[Wednesday, May 13, 2009]

The Hubble Space Telescope has been captured by space shuttle Atlantis' robotic arm. Using views from a camera centered in a structure where the telescope will be berthed, McArthur will lower Hubble into a special cradle.




Spitzer Catches Star Cooking Up Comet Crystals

Spitzer Catches Star Cooking Up Comet Crystals

[Wednesday, May 13, 2009]

Scientists have long wondered how tiny silicate crystals, which need sizzling high temperatures to form, have found their way into frozen comets, born in the deep freeze of the solar system's outer edges.




New Animations of James Webb Space Telescope Unfolding

New Animations of James Webb Space Telescope Unfolding

[Wednesday, May 13, 2009]

Although engineers, scientists and manufacturers are still in the process of building all of the instruments that will fly aboard NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, they had to figure out long ago, how it was going to "unfold" in space.




Arianespace Ariane 5 Launch of Herschel and Planck a Success (Watch Video)

Arianespace Ariane 5 Launch of Herschel and Planck a Success (Watch Video)

[Thursday, May 14, 2009]

The European Space Agency launched the Herschel and Planck telescopes from Kourou, French Guiana on an Ariane 5 rocket. Herschel with gather data on the formation of the stars and galaxies while Planck will studies relic radiation from the the Big Bang.




Astronauts Complete First Hubble Servicing Mission Spacewalk

Astronauts Complete First Hubble Servicing Mission Spacewalk

[Thursday, May 14, 2009]

The Hubble Space Telescope can now see farther into space and across a wider spectrum of colors, thanks to the work done during the first spacewalk of the STS-125 mission.




Retired Major General Charles F. Bolden to be Announced as NASA's Next Administrator

Retired Major General Charles F. Bolden to be Announced as NASA's Next Administrator

[Thursday, May 14, 2009]

Former astronaut and retired Marine Major General Charles F. Bolden is expected to meet with President Obama Monday and appears set to become NASA's Next administrator according to both NASA Watch and MSNBC.




Space Shuttle Transits the Sun

Space Shuttle Transits the Sun

[Friday, May 15, 2009]

In this tightly cropped image, the NASA space shuttle Atlantis is seen in silhouette during solar transit, Tuesday, May 12, 2009, from Florida. This image was made before Atlantis and the crew of STS-125 had grappled the Hubble Space Telescope.




100 Teams of Student 'Rocketeers' Head to Washington, D.C. Area

100 Teams of Student 'Rocketeers' Head to Washington, D.C. Area

[Friday, May 15, 2009]

This weekend the world's largest rocket competition finals will be held at Great Meadow, Virginia. The competition will bring together over a 100 teams from around the country vying for over $60,000 in scholarships and other prizes.




Atlantis Astronauts Complete Difficult Third Spacewalk

Atlantis Astronauts Complete Difficult Third Spacewalk

[Saturday, May 16, 2009]

Mission Specialists John Grunsfeld and Andrew Feustel completed the third spacewalk of Atlantis' mission to the Hubble Space Telescope in 6 hours, 36 minutes, stepping smoothly through their difficult tasks.




Atlantis Astronauts Complete Troublesome Fourth Spacewalk

Atlantis Astronauts Complete Troublesome Fourth Spacewalk

[Sunday, May 17, 2009]

In the sixth longest spacewalk in history, Astronauts Mike Massimino and Michael Good tackled the intricate task of removing and capturing 111 screws to be able to revive the Hubble Space Telescope's two-dimensional spectroscopy capability.




Apollo 11 Moon Rocks Headed for the Summit of Mt. Everest with Astronaut Climber

Apollo 11 Moon Rocks Headed for the Summit of Mt. Everest with Astronaut Climber

[Monday, May 18, 2009]

Astronaut Scott Parazynski - in the midst of a historic summit bid at Mount Everest - is carrying some small pieces of moon rock as he climbs to the top of the highest spot on Earth.




New NASA Book Chronicles Apollo Missions Through Astronaut Photos

New NASA Book Chronicles Apollo Missions Through Astronaut Photos

[Monday, May 18, 2009]

"Apollo: Through the Eyes of the Astronauts" is a new book produced by NASA and Abrams Books that provides a unique perspective of the historic program that took people to the moon nearly four decades ago.




Mars500 Diary: Start of a New Cycle

Mars500 Diary: Start of a New Cycle

[Monday, May 18, 2009]

As the crew completes their sixth week inside the isolation facility at the Institute of Biomedical Problems in Moscow, Russia, ESA-selected Mars500 crewmember Cyrille Fournier reports back on their latest activities.




Astronauts Complete 5th and Final Spacewalk to Repair the Hubble Space Telescope

Astronauts Complete 5th and Final Spacewalk to Repair the Hubble Space Telescope

[Monday, May 18, 2009]

Human hands have touched the Hubble Space Telescope for the last time. Astronauts Andrew Feustel and John Grunsfeld spent seven hours and two minutes putting the finishing touches on the telescope in the final spacewalk from a space shuttle airlock.




SETI@home Celebrates 10th Anniversary

SETI@home Celebrates 10th Anniversary

[Tuesday, May 19, 2009]

The world's largest and longest-running volunteer computing project, SETI@home, celebrates its tenth anniversary this month with 140,000 participants and 235,000 computers powering the search for intelligent signals from space.




Scott Parazynski Becomes First Astronaut to Summit Mt. Everest

Scott Parazynski Becomes First Astronaut to Summit Mt. Everest

[Tuesday, May 19, 2009]

Scott Parazynski whose flown in space five times and tried last year to climb Mt. Everest before an injury forced him to give up his bid, today successfully summited Mt. Everest becoming the first astronaut to do so.




TacSat-3 and PharmaSat Nanosatellite Successfully Launched

TacSat-3 and PharmaSat Nanosatellite Successfully Launched

[Tuesday, May 19, 2009]

NASA's PharmaSat nanosatellite successfully launched at 4:55 p.m. PDT from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport located at Wallops Island, Va. (Watch launch video)




NASA Tests Largest Rocket Parachutes Ever for Ares I

NASA Tests Largest Rocket Parachutes Ever for Ares I

[Wednesday, May 20, 2009]

NASA and industry engineers successfully completed the first test of the Ares I rocket's three main parachutes Wednesday. The parachutes are designed to slow the rapid descent of the rocket's first-stage motor, permitting its recovery for future use.




Giant Galaxy Messier 87 Finally Sized Up

Giant Galaxy Messier 87 Finally Sized Up

[Wednesday, May 20, 2009]

Using ESO's Very Large Telescope, astronomers have succeeded in measuring the size of giant galaxy Messier 87 and were surprised to find that its outer parts have been stripped away by still unknown effects.




NASA Study Shows Asteroids May Have Accelerated Life on Earth

NASA Study Shows Asteroids May Have Accelerated Life on Earth

[Wednesday, May 20, 2009]

A NASA study indicates that an intense asteroid bombardment nearly 4 billion years ago may not have sterilized the early Earth as completely as previously thought. The asteroids, some the size of Kansas, possibly even provided a boost for early life.




The European Space Agency Unveils New Astronauts

The European Space Agency Unveils New Astronauts

[Wednesday, May 20, 2009]

ESA today presented the six individuals who will become Europe's new astronauts. The new recruits will join the European Astronaut Corps and start their training to prepare for future missions to the International Space Station, and beyond.




NASA Gives Space Station Crew 'Go' to Drink Recycled Water

NASA Gives Space Station Crew 'Go' to Drink Recycled Water

[Wednesday, May 20, 2009]

NASA's Mission Control gave the Expedition 19 astronaut crew aboard the International Space Station a "go" to drink water that the station's new recycling system has purified.




Exclusive Video: Scott Parazynski on Summit of Mt. Everest

Exclusive Video: Scott Parazynski on Summit of Mt. Everest

[Thursday, May 21, 2009]

We have three exclusive videos from astronaut Scott Parazynski's summiting of Mt. Everest. The videos show Scott Parazynski and IMG climbers reach the summit of Mt. Everest on 20 May 2009 at 3:55 am local time. Video by Danuru Sherpa of Phortse, Nepal.




"Missing Link" Revealing Fast-Spinning Pulsar Mysteries

[Thursday, May 21, 2009]

Astronomers have discovered a unique double-star system that represents a "missing link" stage in what they believe is the birth process of the most rapidly-spinning stars in the Universe -- millisecond pulsars.




NASA Heads Back to the Moon with Two Robotic Missions

NASA Heads Back to the Moon with Two Robotic Missions

[Thursday, May 21, 2009]

NASA's return to the moon will get a boost in June with the launch of two satellites that will return a wealth of data about Earth's nearest neighbor. (With four videos)




NASA Rover Sees Variable Environmental History at Martian Crater

NASA Rover Sees Variable Environmental History at Martian Crater

[Thursday, May 21, 2009]

One of NASA's two Mars rovers has recorded a compelling saga of environmental changes that occurred over billions of years at a Martian crater.




The PI’s Perspective: Ever Plan Ahead? How About Six Years Ahead?

The PI’s Perspective: Ever Plan Ahead? How About Six Years Ahead?

[Thursday, May 21, 2009]

Things are going well out in the cold space between Saturn and Uranus where New Horizons is now. We're deep in planning for our spacecraft's annual checkout this summer, which begins on July 7.




NASA's Space Shuttle Landing Delayed By Weather

NASA's Space Shuttle Landing Delayed By Weather

[Friday, May 22, 2009]

Space shuttle Atlantis and its crew will stay in space another day after bad weather prevented them from landing Friday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.




Opportunity's

Opportunity's "Drivers" Report Research from Mars Crater

[Friday, May 22, 2009]

From views of spectacularly layered cliff walls and sulfate-rich rock to the detection of tiny hematite "blueberries" and probable meteor debris, the Mars rover Opportunity's two-year exploration of Victoria Crater has yielded a wealth of information abou




President Obama Nominates Charles Bolden as NASA's Next Administrator

President Obama Nominates Charles Bolden as NASA's Next Administrator

[Saturday, May 23, 2009]

President Obama today nominated retired Major General Charles Bolden as NASA's next administrator. Along with Bolden he nominated Lori Garver to be named Deputy Administrator.




Weather Delays Space Shuttle Landing to Sunday

Weather Delays Space Shuttle Landing to Sunday

[Saturday, May 23, 2009]

Space shuttle Atlantis and its crew will stay in space another day after bad weather prevented them from landing Saturday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.




Space Shuttle Atlantis Lands at Edwards Air Force Base

Space Shuttle Atlantis Lands at Edwards Air Force Base

[Sunday, May 24, 2009]

Space shuttle Atlantis and its crew landed at 8:39 a.m. PDT Sunday at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., completing the final servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.




New Technique Could Find Water on Distant Earth-like Planets

New Technique Could Find Water on Distant Earth-like Planets

[Tuesday, May 26, 2009]

Using instruments aboard the Deep Impact spacecraft, a team of astronomers and astrobiologists has devised a technique to tell whether such a planet harbors liquid water, which in turn could tell whether it might be able to support life.




NASA Selects High-Performing Interns as First Student Ambassadors

NASA Selects High-Performing Interns as First Student Ambassadors

[Tuesday, May 26, 2009]

NASA is taking further steps to engage undergraduate and graduate students in NASA science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, research and interactive opportunities.




NASA's Slender New Rocket to be Tested for Stability Before Launch

NASA's Slender New Rocket to be Tested for Stability Before Launch

[Tuesday, May 26, 2009]

A critical series of ground tests are scheduled to begin this week at Kennedy Space Center to confirm that Ares I-X will behave as predicted as it lifts off the pad and powers through the initial stage of flight in a demonstration flight later this year.




Soyuz TMA-15 Launches Three Astronauts to the International Space Station to Augment Crew to Six

Soyuz TMA-15 Launches Three Astronauts to the International Space Station to Augment Crew to Six

[Wednesday, May 27, 2009]

The International Space Station crew is awaiting the arrival of three new members that will usher in an era of six-person crews aboard the orbiting laboratory. Watch the launch.




NASA Selects Student's Entry as New Mars Rover Name

NASA Selects Student's Entry as New Mars Rover Name

[Wednesday, May 27, 2009]

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover, scheduled for launch in 2011, has a new name, thanks to a sixth-grade student from Kansas. Twelve-year-old Clara Ma from the Sunflower Elementary school in Lenexa submitted the winning entry, "Curiosity."




An Exploding Star in an

An Exploding Star in an "Exploding" Galaxy

[Wednesday, May 27, 2009]

An international team of radio astronomers have discovered the secret explosion of a massive star, a new supernova, in the nearby galaxy M82.




XMM-Newton Takes Astronomers to a Black Hole's Edge

XMM-Newton Takes Astronomers to a Black Hole's Edge

[Wednesday, May 27, 2009]

Using new data from ESA's XMM-Newton spaceborne observatory, astronomers have probed closer than ever to a supermassive black hole lying deep at the core of a distant active galaxy.




NASA Satellite Detects Red Glow to Map Global Ocean Plant Health

NASA Satellite Detects Red Glow to Map Global Ocean Plant Health

[Thursday, May 28, 2009]

Researchers have conducted the first global analysis of the health and productivity of ocean plants, as revealed by a unique signal detected by a NASA satellite.




Ghost Remains After Black-Hole Eruption

Ghost Remains After Black-Hole Eruption

[Thursday, May 28, 2009]

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has found a cosmic "ghost" lurking around a distant supermassive black hole. This is the first detection of such a high-energy apparition, and scientists think it is evidence of a huge eruption produced by the black hole.




Virgin Galactic Successfuly Tests SpaceShipTwo Rocket Motor

Virgin Galactic Successfuly Tests SpaceShipTwo Rocket Motor

[Thursday, May 28, 2009]

Virgin Galactic today announces the successful completion of the first phase of tests of the rocket motor that will propel space tourists, scientists and payloads into space. (With two videos)




Planet-Hunting Method Succeeds at Last

Planet-Hunting Method Succeeds at Last

[Thursday, May 28, 2009]

A long-proposed tool for hunting planets has netted its first catch -- a Jupiter-like planet orbiting one of the smallest stars known.




NASA Ames CIO Blog: Behind The Scenes of The ISS Photosynths

NASA Ames CIO Blog: Behind The Scenes of The ISS Photosynths

[Friday, May 29, 2009]

Last week's launch of the new International Space Station (ISS) Photosynths was the result of 18 months of dedicated work by a great team of people across the Agency and at Microsoft.




Peering deep into space

Peering deep into space

[Friday, May 29, 2009]

A telescope designed by a University of Miami physicist and an international team of collaborators has produced the clearest images of starburst galaxies, revealing a new picture of the universe in its early stages.




XMM-Newton takes astronomers to a black hole's edge

XMM-Newton takes astronomers to a black hole's edge

[Friday, May 29, 2009]

Using new data from ESA's XMM-Newton spaceborne observatory, astronomers have probed closer than ever to a supermassive black hole lying deep at the core of a distant active galaxy.




Find Your Own Place on the Red Planet

Find Your Own Place on the Red Planet

[Friday, May 29, 2009]

Arizona State University researchers and scientists have created two new features for Google Earth 5.0, the popular online application that lets users tour Earth, the starry sky, and the Red Planet Mars.




NASA Dryden to Host 2009 Power Beaming Challenge July 14

NASA Dryden to Host 2009 Power Beaming Challenge July 14

[Friday, May 29, 2009]

NASA's Centennial Challenges Program and the Spaceward Foundation will hold the 2009 Power-Beaming Challenge, part of Spaceward's Space Elevator Games, at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on July 14. (With video)




Draft NASA Constellation Program Management Directive Regarding Use of English Units of Measure

Draft NASA Constellation Program Management Directive Regarding Use of English Units of Measure

[Friday, May 29, 2009]

This directive establishes a hybrid system of English and International System of Units (commonly known as SI, Systeme Internationale, and Metric) with English being the primary and default unit of measure of and throughout the Constellation Program (CxP)




Exploring Antarctica's Lake Bonney - ENDURANCE robot dives into ice-covered lake

Exploring Antarctica's Lake Bonney - ENDURANCE robot dives into ice-covered lake

[Saturday, May 30, 2009]

The robot that scientists deployed last year into ice-covered Lake Bonney in Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys isn't small.




Expedition 20 Crew Docks with the International Space Station

Expedition 20 Crew Docks with the International Space Station

[Sunday, May 31, 2009]

Flight Engineers Roman Romanenko, Frank De Winne and Robert Thirsk of the 20th International Space Station crew docked their Soyuz TMA-15 to the International Space Station at 8:34 a.m. EDT Friday.




Space Station Image: A circle in thin ice in Lake Baikal, Russia

Space Station Image: A circle in thin ice in Lake Baikal, Russia

[Sunday, May 31, 2009]

A circle in thin ice in Lake Baikal, Russia is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 19 crewmember on the International Space Station.




NEO News (05/29/09) Planetary Defense at Granada pt 1

NEO News (05/29/09) Planetary Defense at Granada pt 1

[Sunday, May 31, 2009]

This edition of NEO News provides an overview of the Planetary Defense Conference held in Granada April 27-30, 2009, followed by a more detailed discussion of a few papers. Other reports from this conference will follow in later editions.