November 2005 Top Story Archives



Hayabusa image of Asteroid Itokawa »» Hayabusa image of Asteroid Itokawa

[Tuesday, November 1, 2005] After reaching the sub-solar point, Hayabusa started to travel out of the ecliptic plane to observe the polar regions of Itokawa. This image shows the southern hemisphere of Itokawa.

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NASA Satellite Detects Massive Star Partner »» NASA Satellite Detects Massive Star Partner

[Tuesday, November 1, 2005] Scientists using NASA's Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer satellite made the first direct detection of a companion star of Eta Carinae. Eta Carinae is one of the most massive and unusual stars in the Milky Way galaxy.

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Text of NASA Administrator Michael Griffin's Comments at the Workshop on Space Exploration and International Cooperation »» Text of NASA Administrator Michael Griffin's Comments at the Workshop on Space Exploration and International Cooperation

[Tuesday, November 1, 2005] "It can be argued that the most important recent development in the arena of international affairs was the release, in January 2004, of the President's new civil space policy, the Vision for Space Exploration."

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NASA's Spitzer Telescope Detects Light that Might Be from First Objects in the Universe »» NASA's Spitzer Telescope Detects Light that Might Be from First Objects in the Universe

[Wednesday, November 2, 2005] If confirmed, the observation provides a glimpse of an era more than 13 billion years ago when, after the fading embers of the theorized Big Bang gave way to millions of years of pervasive darkness, the universe came alive.

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Neutron Star Discovered Where a Black Hole was Expected »» Neutron Star Discovered Where a Black Hole was Expected

[Wednesday, November 2, 2005] A very massive star collapsed to form a neutron star and not a black hole as anticipated, according to new results from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. This discovery shows that nature has a harder time making black holes than previously thought.

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Milky Way's Core Gets A Closer Look »» Milky Way's Core Gets A Closer Look

[Wednesday, November 2, 2005] Astronomers have gotten their deepest glimpse into the heart of our Milky Way Galaxy, peering closer to the supermassive black hole at the Galaxy's core then ever before.

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House Science Committee: Status of NASA's Programs - Hearing Charter »» House Science Committee: Status of NASA's Programs - Hearing Charter

[Wednesday, November 2, 2005] On Thursday, November 3, 2005 at 10:00 a.m., the Committee on Science will hold a hearing to review the status of plans and programs of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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Ultrasound - a diagnostic tool for space, sports and more »» Ultrasound - a diagnostic tool for space, sports and more

[Thursday, November 3, 2005] An ultrasound training program for non-physicians gives astronauts and sports trainers the tools to assess injuries using real-time remote assistance from medical experts.

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Cassini Movie: Tethys Meets Dione »» Cassini Movie: Tethys Meets Dione

[Thursday, November 3, 2005] This brief movie catches Saturn's moon Tethys partially occulting the moon Dione. It shows the trailing hemispheres of both moons (terrain centered on roughly 270 degrees longitude). Some rotation is evident on Tethys during the sequence.

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Hayabusa's Scientific and Engineering Achievements during Proximity Operations around Itokawa »» Hayabusa's Scientific and Engineering Achievements during Proximity Operations around Itokawa

[Thursday, November 3, 2005] Hayabusa arrived at its target, asteroid Itokawa, after having been propelled there via ion engines and an Earth swing-by. Since then, it has successfully performed orbital maneuvers, precisely keeping its position relative to Itokawa.

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Prepared Statement by Michael Griffin - House Science Committee Hearing: »» Prepared Statement by Michael Griffin - House Science Committee Hearing: "Status of NASA's Programs"

[Thursday, November 3, 2005] "Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee, thank you for this opportunity to appear today to update the Committee on NASA's plans for the future and our progress in implementing the Vision for Space Exploration. "

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Cosmic Cloudshine: It's Beauty is More Than Skin Deep »» Cosmic Cloudshine: It's Beauty is More Than Skin Deep

[Thursday, November 3, 2005] Hubble's iconic images include many shots of cosmic clouds of gas and dust called nebulae. Yet despite their beauty, visible-light images show only the nebulae surfaces. Baby stars may hide beneath, invisible even to Hubble's powerful gaze.

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Mars Kicks Up the Dust as it Makes Closest Approach to Earth »» Mars Kicks Up the Dust as it Makes Closest Approach to Earth

[Thursday, November 3, 2005] NASA's Hubble Space Telescope snapped this picture of Mars on October 28, within a day of its closest approach to Earth on the night of October 29.

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Griffin Applauds Confirmation of Dale as NASA Deputy Administrator »» Griffin Applauds Confirmation of Dale as NASA Deputy Administrator

[Friday, November 4, 2005] NASA Administrator Michael Griffin applauded the Senate's confirmation of Shana Dale as deputy administrator. Dale, who most recently served as deputy director for homeland and national security, is set to become the agency's 14th deputy administrator.

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The Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA): Implications of a Potential Descope »» The Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA): Implications of a Potential Descope

[Friday, November 4, 2005] This report presents an assessment of the effect of downsizing on technical performance specifications, performance degradation, and the ability to perform transformational science, and of the minimum number of antennas needed.

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Naming New Lands: October Titan Flyby - with Labels »» Naming New Lands: October Titan Flyby - with Labels

[Friday, November 4, 2005] Like an ancient mariner charting the coastline of an unexplored wilderness, Cassini's repeated encounters with Titan are turning a mysterious world into a more familiar place.

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Cosmic Portrait of a Perturbed Family »» Cosmic Portrait of a Perturbed Family

[Friday, November 4, 2005] This quartet is one of the finest examples of compact groups of galaxies. They are excellent laboratories for the study of galaxy interactions and their effects, in particular on the formation of stars.

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Hayabusa's Practice Descent (Rehearsal) on November 4th »» Hayabusa's Practice Descent (Rehearsal) on November 4th

[Monday, November 7, 2005] "Hayabusa is currently hovering around asteroid Itokawa. The spacecraft commenced its descent at 19:17 GMT on November 3rd commanded from the ground, when the altitude to the surface was about 3.5 km."

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Venus Express set for launch to the cryptic planet »» Venus Express set for launch to the cryptic planet

[Monday, November 7, 2005] On Wednesday, 9 November 2005, the sky over the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, will be illuminated by the blast from a Soyuz-Fregat rocket carrying this precious spacecraft aloft.

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Largest Optical Telescope in Southern Hemisphere To Be Inaugurated in South Africa »» Largest Optical Telescope in Southern Hemisphere To Be Inaugurated in South Africa

[Monday, November 7, 2005] The largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere will be inaugurated on 11 November at the South African Astronomical Observatory in Sutherland, South Africa, by the President of South Africa Thabo Mbeki.

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NASA Establishes Commercial Crew/Cargo Office »» NASA Establishes Commercial Crew/Cargo Office

[Monday, November 7, 2005] NASA has formed the Commercial Crew/Cargo Project Office to spur private industry to provide cost-effective access to low-Earth orbit and the international space station in support of the Vision for Space Exploration.

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Technical challenges push the launch of the ATV to 2007 »» Technical challenges push the launch of the ATV to 2007

[Monday, November 7, 2005] Today, about 98 percent of the hardware for Jules Verne, Europe's first Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) spaceship, considered to be the most complex space vehicle ever developed in Europe, is already assembled and almost ready to fly.

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NASA Space Station Status Report 7 November 2005 »» NASA Space Station Status Report 7 November 2005

[Monday, November 7, 2005] The international space station crew completed the first spacewalk using U.S. space suits since April 2003, installing a new camera and discarding an inactive science probe.

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On The Move: NASA Antarctic Balloon Buildings Equipped With Skis for Mobility »» On The Move: NASA Antarctic Balloon Buildings Equipped With Skis for Mobility

[Monday, November 7, 2005] Construction crews working to complete NASA's new long-duration balloon facility have a longer drive to work. The six buildings, which were built downhill from McMurdo Station, have been moved to their new home eight kilometers away at Williams Field.

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Venus Express launched »» Venus Express launched

[Tuesday, November 8, 2005] Venus Express was launched at 04:33 CET by a Soyuz-Fregat rocket, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazahkstan.

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STEREO Spacecraft Arrive at NASA Goddard for Final Testing »» STEREO Spacecraft Arrive at NASA Goddard for Final Testing

[Tuesday, November 8, 2005] The two Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft arrive at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. on Nov. 9 for major testing as they near completion.

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ERS altimeter survey shows growth of Greenland Ice Sheet interior »» ERS altimeter survey shows growth of Greenland Ice Sheet interior

[Tuesday, November 8, 2005] Researchers have utilised more than a decade's worth of data from radar altimeters on ESA's ERS satellites to produce the most detailed picture yet of thickness changes in the Greenland Ice Sheet.

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Lichen survives in Space »» Lichen survives in Space

[Tuesday, November 8, 2005] One of the focuses in the search for life on other planets and the possibilities for transfer of life between planets currently centers on bacteria and the possibility of it surviving an interplanetary journey exposed to the harsh space environment.

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Venus Express en route to probe the planet's hidden mysteries »» Venus Express en route to probe the planet's hidden mysteries

[Wednesday, November 9, 2005] The European spacecraft Venus Express has been successfully placed into a trajectory that will take it on its journey from Earth towards its destination of the planet Venus, which it will reach next April.

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Organised wind chaos on Jupiter »» Organised wind chaos on Jupiter

[Wednesday, November 9, 2005] Scientists have now presented a new three-dimensional computer model that describes and explains all important characteristics of the banded flows on Jupiter. The simulations suggest that the wind system may reach 7000 km into the planet's atmosphere.

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Cassini spacecraft provides compelling evidence for patterns resembling spokes on a pinwheel in Saturn's outer ring »» Cassini spacecraft provides compelling evidence for patterns resembling spokes on a pinwheel in Saturn's outer ring

[Wednesday, November 9, 2005] By watching a distant star as it passed behind Saturn's outer rings, astronomers on NASA's Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn have found the most direct evidence to date of patterns, called gravitational wakes, within the planet's outer rings.

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A New Golden Age of Space Exploration »» A New Golden Age of Space Exploration

[Wednesday, November 9, 2005] "It has been 33 years since the last American left the moon. Our first generation of lunar explorers got there with courage, preparation and good old-fashioned Yankee ingenuity."

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Star on the Run - Speeding Star Observed with VLT Hints at Massive Black Hole »» Star on the Run - Speeding Star Observed with VLT Hints at Massive Black Hole

[Wednesday, November 9, 2005] Using ESO's Very Large Telescope, astronomers have recorded a massive star moving at more than 2.6 million kilometres per hour. Stars are not born with such large velocities.

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Spitzer Space Telescope Captures Cosmic Mountains of Creation        »» Spitzer Space Telescope Captures Cosmic Mountains of Creation       

[Wednesday, November 9, 2005] A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals billowing mountains of dust ablaze with the fires of stellar youth.

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NASA Mars Spirit Rover »» NASA Mars Spirit Rover "Everest" Panorama

[Wednesday, November 9, 2005] If a human with perfect vision donned a spacesuit and stepped onto the martian surface, the view would be as clear as this sweeping panorama taken by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit.

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Hubble Sees Young Stars Sculpt Gas With Powerful Outflows »» Hubble Sees Young Stars Sculpt Gas With Powerful Outflows

[Thursday, November 10, 2005] This Hubble Space Telescope view shows one of the most dynamic and intricately detailed star-forming regions in space, located 210,000 light-years away in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC).

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NASA Space Station Status Report 11 November 2005 »» NASA Space Station Status Report 11 November 2005

[Thursday, November 10, 2005] Expedition 12 crew will get a special musical wakeup call this weekend as Paul McCartney connects with them live from a concert in Anaheim, Calif. The call will take place at 11:55 p.m. CST Saturday and will be broadcast live on NASA Television.

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Simulations Show Liquid Water Could Exist on Mars »» Simulations Show Liquid Water Could Exist on Mars

[Thursday, November 10, 2005] University of Arkansas researchers have become the first scientists to show that liquid water could exist for considerable times on the surface of Mars.

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Clay material may have acted as 'primordial womb' for first organic molecules »» Clay material may have acted as 'primordial womb' for first organic molecules

[Thursday, November 10, 2005] Arizona State University geochemist Lynda Williams and her colleagues have discovered that certain clay minerals under conditions at the bottom of the ocean may have acted as incubators for the first organic molecules on Earth.

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Hayabusa approaches within 70 meters of asteroid Itokawa »» Hayabusa approaches within 70 meters of asteroid Itokawa

[Friday, November 11, 2005] On Nov. 9, the Hayabusa moved within 70 meters of asteroid Itokawa during a descent test that aimed to verify the guidance and navigation functions.

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Hayabusa Releases Minerva; Contact Possibly Lost »» Hayabusa Releases Minerva; Contact Possibly Lost

[Saturday, November 12, 2005] Hayabusa descended toward asteroid Itokawa today and released its Minerva probe. Contact was maintained during descent but has since been lost. Hayabusa is returning to its "home"position relative to Itokawa.

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NASA Ames Leads Robotic Lunar Exploration Program »» NASA Ames Leads Robotic Lunar Exploration Program

[Monday, November 14, 2005] Today, on the 36th anniversary of Apollo 12, the second manned lunar landing, NASA announced that it has assigned management of its Robotic Lunar Exploration Program to NASA Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley.

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Lunar Exploration Vision Obscures Successes on Mars »» Lunar Exploration Vision Obscures Successes on Mars

[Monday, November 14, 2005] The miracle on Mars continues. Spirit and Opportunity, which landed in January 2004 with a combined roving and lifetime warranty of 4,000 ft. and 120 days, are pushing toward four years of combined life and more than 6 mi. of total travel.

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NASA TV Airs Space Station Soyuz Move »» NASA TV Airs Space Station Soyuz Move

[Monday, November 14, 2005] The residents of the International Space Station will take a spin around the block in their Soyuz spacecraft Friday. NASA TV airs live coverage of the move starting at 3 a.m. EST.

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The Face-off: Tethys, Dione, and Saturn's Rings »» The Face-off: Tethys, Dione, and Saturn's Rings

[Monday, November 14, 2005] Dione and Tethys face each other across the gulf of Saturn's rings. Here, the Cassini spacecraft looks on the Saturn-facing hemisphere of Tethys below and the anti-Saturn side of Dione above. The dark groove in the rings is the Cassini Division.

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NASA Spitzer Space Telescope Harvests Dozens of New Stars »» NASA Spitzer Space Telescope Harvests Dozens of New Stars

[Tuesday, November 15, 2005] NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has harvested a bounty of young stars. A new infrared image of the reflection nebula NGC 1333, located about 1,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Perseus, reveals dozens of stars like the Sun but much younger.

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House Science Committee to Examine Cost Overruns, Delays, and Mismanagement of Key Weather, Defense Satellite »» House Science Committee to Examine Cost Overruns, Delays, and Mismanagement of Key Weather, Defense Satellite

[Tuesday, November 15, 2005] The Administrator of NOAA and the Undersecretary of the Air Force will appear before the House Science Committee tomorrow to explain to Congress the ongoing problems of the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS).

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Graceful Lanes of Ice »» Graceful Lanes of Ice

[Tuesday, November 15, 2005] The dark Cassini Division, within Saturn's rings, contains a great deal of structure. The sharp inner boundary of the division is the outer edge of the massive B ring and is maintained by the gravitational influence of the moon Mimas.

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Integral reveals new class of 'supergiant' X-ray binary stars »» Integral reveals new class of 'supergiant' X-ray binary stars

[Wednesday, November 16, 2005] ESA's Integral gamma-ray observatory has discovered a new, highly populated class of X-ray fast 'transient' binary stars, undetected in previous observations.

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2006 Space Elevator Challenge Details Released »» 2006 Space Elevator Challenge Details Released

[Wednesday, November 16, 2005] The Spaceward Foundation today announced details for 2006 Space Elevator Challenge including tripling the prize money to $400,000. Thirty teams have already registered with a sign up deadline of January 1.

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Ariane 5 ECA launch a success Boosts record payload into orbit »» Ariane 5 ECA launch a success Boosts record payload into orbit

[Wednesday, November 16, 2005] Today's mission sets a new record for commercial launches: with over 8,000 kg injected into orbit, the Spaceway 2 and Telkom 2 satellites represent the heaviest dual payload ever launched.

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Pandora's Color Close-up »» Pandora's Color Close-up

[Wednesday, November 16, 2005] Cassini's best close-up view of Saturn's F ring shepherd moon, Pandora, shows that this small ring-moon is coated in fine dust-sized icy material.

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NASA Mockup Provides Early Glimpse of New Crew Exploration Vehicle »» NASA Mockup Provides Early Glimpse of New Crew Exploration Vehicle

[Thursday, November 17, 2005] As NASA's CEV matures, engineers will document its design with today's electronic equivalent to the blueprint. But diagrams, three-dimensional or not, only go so far in helping engineers understand what layouts best suit the job at hand.

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Asteroid Named for LSU Chancellor Sean O'Keefe »» Asteroid Named for LSU Chancellor Sean O'Keefe

[Thursday, November 17, 2005] During a visit to LSU earlier this month, Charles Elachi, director of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced that an asteroid had been named for O'Keefe, putting him on a list that includes the likes of Connery, Beethoven and the others.

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Cluster Origin of Triple Star HD 188753 and its Planet »» Cluster Origin of Triple Star HD 188753 and its Planet

[Thursday, November 17, 2005] The recent discovery by M. Konacki of a "hot Jupiter'' in the hierarchical triple star system HD 188753 challenges established theories of giant-planet formation.

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Colorful Cratered Calypso »» Colorful Cratered Calypso

[Thursday, November 17, 2005] This color image provides the best look yet at Saturn's moon Calypso, a Trojan (trailing moon) of the larger moon Tethys. Calypso trails Tethys in its orbit by 60 degrees.

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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Tweaks Course, Passes Halfway Point »» Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Tweaks Course, Passes Halfway Point

[Friday, November 18, 2005] NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter successfully fired six engines for about 20 seconds today to adjust its flight path in advance of its March 10, 2006, arrival at the red planet.

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House Names Conferees to NASA Authorization Bill »» House Names Conferees to NASA Authorization Bill

[Friday, November 18, 2005] The House of Representatives today named conferees to the House-Senate Conference Committee that will negotiate a final authorization bill for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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Innovative space tug to prolong the lives of satellites »» Innovative space tug to prolong the lives of satellites

[Friday, November 18, 2005] Spacecraft are industrial jewels but they have limited lives. "Sic transit Gloria mundi." That all things, even glorious, must pass was illustrated in Turner's famous oil canvas of the 'Fighting Temeraire' being tugged to her last berth to be broken up.

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SwRI News: Airship Reaches Near-space Altitude During Flight »» SwRI News: Airship Reaches Near-space Altitude During Flight

[Friday, November 18, 2005] A team led by Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) successfully demonstrated powered flight of the HiSentinel stratospheric airship at an altitude of 74,000 feet.

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Early Earth Likely Had Continents And Was Habitable, Says New Study »» Early Earth Likely Had Continents And Was Habitable, Says New Study

[Friday, November 18, 2005] A surprising new study by an international team of researchers has concluded Earth's continents most likely were in place soon after the planet was formed, overturning a long-held theory that the early planet was either moon-like or dominated by oceans.

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NASA Space Station Status Report 18 November 2005 »» NASA Space Station Status Report 18 November 2005

[Friday, November 18, 2005] Expedition 12 Commander Bill McArthur and Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev took a short ride away from the International Space Station today, flying their Soyuz spacecraft from one docking port to another.

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NASA Hubble Space Telescope, Sloan Digital Sky Survey Quadruple Number of Known Optical Einstein Rings »» NASA Hubble Space Telescope, Sloan Digital Sky Survey Quadruple Number of Known Optical Einstein Rings

[Friday, November 18, 2005] Astronomers have combined two powerful astronomical assets, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) and NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, to identify 19 new "gravitationally lensed" galaxies.

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NASA and the Business of Space »» NASA and the Business of Space

[Friday, November 18, 2005] When President Bush announced the Vision for Space Exploration in 2004, he made many specific points, including one which has been little noted; that the pursuit of the Vision will enhance America's economic, scientific and security interests.

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SpaceX Announces Launch Date for the Falcon 1: The World's Lowest Cost Rocket to Orbit »» SpaceX Announces Launch Date for the Falcon 1: The World's Lowest Cost Rocket to Orbit

[Saturday, November 19, 2005] On November 25 at 1 p.m. PDT, the Falcon 1 countdown to launch is expected to reach T-Zero. At that point, the hold-down clamps will release and the Falcon 1 rocket will begin its journey to orbit, accelerating to 17,000 mph in less than ten minutes.

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Dawn Mission Status November 2005 »» Dawn Mission Status November 2005

[Sunday, November 20, 2005] In mid-October, the Dawn mission team was asked by NASA Headquarters to cease all work except that which was critical to maintaining the viability of the Dawn mission to launch on a delayed schedule, still achieving all of its scientific objectives.

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Satellite Technology at the Core of Antarctic Operations »» Satellite Technology at the Core of Antarctic Operations

[Sunday, November 20, 2005] The trend to use GPS on the job site has spread throughout Antarctica. Some uses are fairly obvious, such as for search-and-rescue operations and land surveys for the airfields. In other departments, the function isn't necessarily intuitive.

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Hayabusa Status Reports 20 November 2005 »» Hayabusa Status Reports 20 November 2005

[Sunday, November 20, 2005] "At 5:46 am JST on the 20th JAXA received a signal from an asteroid explorer, Hayabusa, which stated descending toward an asteroid, Itokawa, in the night of the 19th for touching down, that it had released the target marker."

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NASA MSFC Solicitation: Crew Launch Vehicle First Stage »» NASA MSFC Solicitation: Crew Launch Vehicle First Stage

[Monday, November 21, 2005] "Only ATK possesses the facilities, manufacturing capability, and current engineering and manufacturing work force to successfully manufacture the CLV First Stage as a single prime contractor in the DDT&E phase."

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New Horizons Launch Preparations Move Ahead »» New Horizons Launch Preparations Move Ahead

[Tuesday, November 22, 2005] Mission team members say the Boeing rocket motor set to boost NASA's New Horizons spacecraft toward Pluto will be delivered safely and within the rigorous engineering standards demanded in the assembly and testing of such hardware.

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New Study of Supernovae May Absolve Einstein of His Self-Confessed »» New Study of Supernovae May Absolve Einstein of His Self-Confessed "Biggest Blunder"

[Tuesday, November 22, 2005] Based on a study of exploding stars in the universe, astrophysicists have concluded that the effect of the "dark energy" that is speeding up the expansion of the universe is within 10 percent of that of Albert Einstein's celebrated cosmological constant.

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School Children Design a Mars Base For the United Nations »» School Children Design a Mars Base For the United Nations

[Tuesday, November 22, 2005] Living on Mars is a risky activity that does not allow for mistakes, says one of the teams that participated in the project "Design of a Base on Mars".

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Spirit Marks One Year on Mars (One Martian Year, that is) »» Spirit Marks One Year on Mars (One Martian Year, that is)

[Tuesday, November 22, 2005] Designed to last only 90 martian days (sols), the six-wheeled marvel the size of a golf cart has pursued a steady course of solar-driven geologic fieldwork, bringing back some 70,000 images and a new understanding of Mars as a potential habitat.

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Sharp Vision Reveals Intimacy of Stars »» Sharp Vision Reveals Intimacy of Stars

[Thursday, November 24, 2005] Using the newly installed AMBER instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope Interferometer, two international teams of astronomers observed with unprecedented detail the environment of two stars.

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SpaceX Falcon Launch Delayed by 24 Hours »» SpaceX Falcon Launch Delayed by 24 Hours

[Thursday, November 24, 2005] "SpaceX was just informed that "in order to facilitate preparations for a missile defense launch", the Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) has bumped the SpaceX Falcon 1 maiden flight from its officially scheduled launch date."

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Detailed Analysis Reveals That Hayabusa Landed on and Took Off from Itokawa »» Detailed Analysis Reveals That Hayabusa Landed on and Took Off from Itokawa

[Friday, November 25, 2005] Hayabusa attempted its first soft-landing on Itokawa for the purpose of touch down and sample collection on November 20-21, 2005.

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SpaceX Falcon 1 Launch Scrubbed »» SpaceX Falcon 1 Launch Scrubbed

[Saturday, November 26, 2005] Today's Falcon 1 launch has been scrubbed. According to SpaceX, the next launch date will be at least a week away from now, but could be mid-December.

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Earth-Moon observations from Venus Express »» Earth-Moon observations from Venus Express

[Sunday, November 27, 2005] A recent check of the VIRTIS imaging spectrometer during the Venus Express commissioning phase has allowed its first remote-sensing data to be acquired, using Earth and the Moon as a reference.

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Rhea and Saturn's Rings »» Rhea and Saturn's Rings

[Sunday, November 27, 2005] This image was taken on November 26, 2005 and received on Earth November 27, 2005. The camera was pointing toward Rhea at approximately 79,377 kilometers away.

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Rhea and Saturn's Rings Close Up »» Rhea and Saturn's Rings Close Up

[Sunday, November 27, 2005] This image was taken on November 26, 2005 and received on Earth November 27, 2005. The camera was pointing toward Rhea at approximately 76,689 kilometers away.

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Large Budgetary and Personnel Cuts Lay Ahead for NASA Goddard »» Large Budgetary and Personnel Cuts Lay Ahead for NASA Goddard

[Monday, November 28, 2005] According to a briefing given just before the Thanksgiving holiday, a large budget decrease - and large job cuts - lay ahead for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center located in Greenbelt, Maryland.

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Rhea Up Close (5) »» Rhea Up Close (5)

[Monday, November 28, 2005] This image was taken on November 26, 2005 and received on Earth November 28, 2005. The camera was pointing toward Rhea at approximately 531 kilometers away.

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NRC Report: Review of NASA Plans for the International Space Station »» NRC Report: Review of NASA Plans for the International Space Station

[Monday, November 28, 2005] "The panel saw no evidence of an integrated resource utilization plan for use of the ISS in support of the Exploration Missions."

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Fountains of Enceladus - Image #2 »» Fountains of Enceladus - Image #2

[Monday, November 28, 2005] Recent Cassini images of Saturn's moon Enceladus backlit by the sun show the fountain-like sources of the fine spray of material that towers over the south polar region.

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Earth from Space: Contrails over the United States »» Earth from Space: Contrails over the United States

[Monday, November 28, 2005] Aircraft condensation trails or 'contrails' are clearly visible slicing across the East Coast of the United States in this Envisat image.

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NASA Announces New Advisory Council and Holds First Meeting »» NASA Announces New Advisory Council and Holds First Meeting

[Tuesday, November 29, 2005] Two former Apollo astronauts joined 22 other experts in the first meeting of the newly restructured NASA Advisory Council, a group of eminent U.S. citizens organized to provide guidance and policy advice to the administrator of America's space agenc

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The New NASA Advisory Council Meets - At Last.  But Something Is Missing »» The New NASA Advisory Council Meets - At Last. But Something Is Missing

[Tuesday, November 29, 2005] The newly reconfigured NASA Advisory Council met today at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC. This was the first time that the NAC had met in a year - and was also the first time it met with Mike Griffin as NASA Administrator.

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Shana Dale Sworn in As NASA Deputy Administrator »» Shana Dale Sworn in As NASA Deputy Administrator

[Tuesday, November 29, 2005] Shana Dale was sworn in today as NASA's 12th deputy administrator at the agency's headquarters in Washington. Before coming to NASA, Dale was deputy director for Homeland and National Security for the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

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Intrepid SOHO Solar Spacecraft Celebrates 10th Anniversary »» Intrepid SOHO Solar Spacecraft Celebrates 10th Anniversary

[Tuesday, November 29, 2005] SOHO celebrates its 10th anniversary Dec. 2. The SOHO mission, a collaboration between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), has allowed scientists to make significant advances in understanding the closest star, our sun.

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NASA Scientists Witness a Supernova Cosmic Rite of Passage »» NASA Scientists Witness a Supernova Cosmic Rite of Passage

[Tuesday, November 29, 2005] Scientists using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have witnessed a cosmic rite of passage, the transition from a supernova to a supernova remnant, a process that has never seen in much detail until now, leaving it poorly defined.

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NASA Rover Helps Reveal Possible Secrets of Martian Life »» NASA Rover Helps Reveal Possible Secrets of Martian Life

[Tuesday, November 29, 2005] Life may have had a tough time getting started in the environment that left its mark in the rock layers examined by Opportunity. This analysis of the rover's discoveries reveals the challenges life may have faced in the harsh Martian environment.

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Scientists Find Possible Birth of Tiniest Known Solar System »» Scientists Find Possible Birth of Tiniest Known Solar System

[Tuesday, November 29, 2005] Scientists using a combination of ground-based and orbiting telescopes have discovered a failed star, less than one-hundredth the mass of the Sun, possibly in the process of forming a solar system.

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The Fiery Return of NASA's Space Dust Cargo »» The Fiery Return of NASA's Space Dust Cargo

[Wednesday, November 30, 2005] In search of clues about the origin of life on Earth and other secrets, a crew flying on a NASA DC-8 aircraft will study the small, speeding Stardust capsule returning from space early in 2006.

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Highlights of ESA's Huygens mission »» Highlights of ESA's Huygens mission

[Wednesday, November 30, 2005] After a seven-year journey on board the Cassini spacecraft, ESA's Huygens probe was released on 25 Dec 2004. It reached the upper layer of Titan's atmosphere on 14 Jan 2005 and landed on the surface after a parachute descent of 2 hours and 28 minutes.

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When worlds collide: Cornell astronomers investigate cosmic forces that produce new galaxies »» When worlds collide: Cornell astronomers investigate cosmic forces that produce new galaxies

[Wednesday, November 30, 2005] When galaxies collide (as our galaxy, the Milky Way, eventually will with the nearby Andromeda galaxy), what happens to matter that gets spun off in the collision's wake?

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Optical Vortex - Trying To Look At Extrasolar Planets Directly »» Optical Vortex - Trying To Look At Extrasolar Planets Directly

[Wednesday, November 30, 2005] A new optical device might allow astronomers to view extrasolar planets directly without the annoying glare of the parent star. It would do this by "nulling" out the light of the parent star.

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Titan's Mysterious Methane Comes From Inside, Not The Surface »» Titan's Mysterious Methane Comes From Inside, Not The Surface

[Wednesday, November 30, 2005] The methane giving an orange hue to Saturn's giant moon Titan likely comes from geologic processes in its interior according to measurements from the Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer, an instrument aboard the Huygens Probe.

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Buried craters and underground ice - Mars Express uncovers depths of Mars »» Buried craters and underground ice - Mars Express uncovers depths of Mars

[Wednesday, November 30, 2005] For the first time in the history of planetary exploration, the MARSIS radar on board ESA's Mars Express has provided direct information about the deep subsurface of Mars.

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The Dwarf that Carries a World »» The Dwarf that Carries a World

[Wednesday, November 30, 2005] A team of French and Swiss astronomers have discovered one of the lightest exoplanets ever found using the HARPS instrument on ESO's 3.6-m telescope at La Silla (Chile).

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Titan gives clues to Earth's early history »» Titan gives clues to Earth's early history

[Wednesday, November 30, 2005] Readings from the Huygens probe of the surface and atmosphere around Saturn's largest moon, Titan, give researchers a peek back through time to when and how Earth's atmosphere formed, and how our primitive planet looked before life took a foothold here.

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Mars Express evidence for large aquifers on early Mars »» Mars Express evidence for large aquifers on early Mars

[Wednesday, November 30, 2005] Substantial quantities of liquid water must have been present in the early history of Mars. The findings of OMEGA, aboard Mars Express, have implications on Mars' climatic history and the question of its 'habitability' at some point in its history.

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