November 2006 Top Story Archives



On the Verge of the International Polar Year, NSF Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of First Flight To Land at the South Pole »» On the Verge of the International Polar Year, NSF Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of First Flight To Land at the South Pole

[Wednesday, November 1, 2006] Fifty years ago, on Oct. 31, 1956, a tiny U.S. plane made that science possible when it landed on the ice sheet at the southern end of the world, 9,300 feet above sea level.

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AKARI's view of Large Magellanic Cloud – star formation at work »» AKARI's view of Large Magellanic Cloud – star formation at work

[Wednesday, November 1, 2006] The infrared surveyor AKARI, a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) mission with ESA participation, is nearing the completion of its first scan of the entire sky.

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Remarks by Shana Dale at AAS/AIAA Seminar on the Importance of International Collaboration in Space Exploration »» Remarks by Shana Dale at AAS/AIAA Seminar on the Importance of International Collaboration in Space Exploration

[Wednesday, November 1, 2006] "Our founding fathers had great challenges before them, just as we have today. Space exploration, whether human or robotic, is still the grandest and most technically challenging expression of human imagination."

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NASA Press Conference - Shuttle Return to Hubble - Transcript »» NASA Press Conference - Shuttle Return to Hubble - Transcript

[Wednesday, November 1, 2006] "DR. CLEAVE: Well, on behalf of the scientists in the area, we are thrilled at the opportunity to potentially have 4 more years of science out of Hubble."

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Making Old Horizons New »» Making Old Horizons New

[Wednesday, November 1, 2006] "Up on New Horizons, we've completed another long series of important milestones as we prepare our spacecraft and instrument payload for the long journey ahead."

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NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery Rolls to Vehicle Assembly Building »» NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery Rolls to Vehicle Assembly Building

[Wednesday, November 1, 2006] NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery completed one milestone and is nearing another as workers prepare the orbiter for a December launch to the International Space Station.

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University of Maryland Proposal for Deep Impact Extended Mission Clears Major Hurdle »» University of Maryland Proposal for Deep Impact Extended Mission Clears Major Hurdle

[Wednesday, November 1, 2006] A University of Maryland proposal to send the Deep Impact spacecraft on an extended mission to get a close-up look at Comet Boethin has cleared the biggest step in a two-step NASA approval process.

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New Observations of Star Cluster by University of Minnesota Researchers Help Settle The Dust on Sun's Origin »» New Observations of Star Cluster by University of Minnesota Researchers Help Settle The Dust on Sun's Origin

[Wednesday, November 1, 2006] The dust that condensed to form the sun, the Earth and the stuff of human bodies has long been thought to have originated in violent explosions of giant stars. But these explosions--called supernovae--can't account for all the dust in the cosmos.

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Earth: The Lone Pale Blue Dot? »» Earth: The Lone Pale Blue Dot?

[Thursday, November 2, 2006] A recent photo from the Cassini spacecraft shows the mighty planet Saturn, and if you look very closely between its wing-like rings, a faint pinprick of light. That tiny dot is Earth bustling with life as we know it.

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NASA Spitzer Image: Snake on a Galactic Plane! »» NASA Spitzer Image: Snake on a Galactic Plane!

[Thursday, November 2, 2006] The snake-like object is actually the core of a thick, sooty cloud large enough to swallow dozens of solar systems. In fact, astronomers say its "belly" may be harboring beastly stars in the process of forming.

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Space Radiation Hazards and the Vision for Space Exploration: Report of a Workshop »» Space Radiation Hazards and the Vision for Space Exploration: Report of a Workshop

[Friday, November 3, 2006] Fulfilling the President's Vision for Space Exploration (VSE) will require overcoming many challenges. Among these are the hazards of space radiation to crews traveling to the Moon and Mars.

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Crew Unpacks, Re-activates Elektron and Practices With Robotics »» Crew Unpacks, Re-activates Elektron and Practices With Robotics

[Sunday, November 5, 2006] The Expedition 14 crew spent time throughout the week unpacking items, including parts for the Elektron oxygen-generation system, fresh food and other system hardware from the Progress cargo ship.

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National Space Society Space Settlement Art Contest »» National Space Society Space Settlement Art Contest

[Sunday, November 5, 2006] The National Space Society is sponsoring an art contest in which artists are to create visions of a spacefaring future - a future of space settlement, be they on the Moon, on Mars, on asteroids, or orbiting independently in space.

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Monster Stellar Flare Seen By NASA Scientists Dwarfs All Others »» Monster Stellar Flare Seen By NASA Scientists Dwarfs All Others

[Monday, November 6, 2006] Scientists using the Swift satellite have spotted a stellar flare on a nearby star so powerful that, had it been from our sun, it would have triggered a mass extinction on Earth. The flare is the most energetic magnetic stellar explosion ever detected.

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Put Your Name Into Space: America's Most Ambitious Student Satellite is Your Canvas! »» Put Your Name Into Space: America's Most Ambitious Student Satellite is Your Canvas!

[Monday, November 6, 2006] "In 2010, a small unmanned research spacecraft designed by students will launch into Earth's orbit. We invite you to participate in this landmark mission by uploading content to be printed on our spacecraft."

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The Hand of Prometheus »» The Hand of Prometheus

[Monday, November 6, 2006] When Prometheus comes close to the F ring in its orbit, the moon's gravity tugs on the ring particles. The disturbed particles, now pulled into orbits slightly closer to Saturn and therefore faster, shear out during successive orbits.

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Looking Up Through Saturn's Rings »» Looking Up Through Saturn's Rings

[Monday, November 6, 2006] This image was taken on November 04, 2006 and received on Earth November 05, 2006. The camera was pointing toward Saturn at approximately 1,617,414 kilometers away, and the image was taken using the RED and CL2 filters.

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NASA Study Shows Titan and Early Earth Atmospheres are Similar »» NASA Study Shows Titan and Early Earth Atmospheres are Similar

[Monday, November 6, 2006] Organic haze in the atmosphere of Saturn's moon, Titan, is similar to haze in early Earth's air -- haze that may have helped nourish life on our planet-- according to a NASA Astrobiology Institute study released Nov. 6, 2006.

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An Alternate Approach towards Achieving the New Vision for Space Exploration »» An Alternate Approach towards Achieving the New Vision for Space Exploration

[Monday, November 6, 2006] "Based on the key objectives contained in the ESAS, an alternate space exploration architecture was formulated which reduces the development bottlenecks in NASA's current Vision for Space Exploration (VSE) plan."

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Mercury transit foreshadows future planet hunt »» Mercury transit foreshadows future planet hunt

[Monday, November 6, 2006] The Mercury transit will take place on 8 November from 11:12 a.m. - 4:10 p.m. PST (2:12 p.m. - 7:10 p.m. EST). Portions of event will be visible from the Pacific, the Americas, eastern Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

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Ice on the Moon »» Ice on the Moon

[Tuesday, November 7, 2006] "Is there water ice on the Moon? If so, does it exist in accessible quantities making a permanent human presence on the Moon easier? What additional information is needed to resolve this controversy?"

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Scientists Discuss Indian Manned Space Mission »» Scientists Discuss Indian Manned Space Mission

[Tuesday, November 7, 2006] A meeting to discuss the issues related to Indian Manned Space Mission was organized by ISRO at its Headquarters in Antariksh Bhavan, Bangalore, today (November 7, 2006). About 80 senior scientists from across the country participated in the meeting.

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Spitzer and Hubble Create Colorful Masterpiece »» Spitzer and Hubble Create Colorful Masterpiece

[Tuesday, November 7, 2006] A new image from NASA's Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes looks more like an abstract painting than a cosmic snapshot. The masterpiece shows the Orion nebula in an explosion of infrared, ultraviolet and visible-light colors.

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Gravity helps SDSS-II reveal a brilliant jewel of the early universe »» Gravity helps SDSS-II reveal a brilliant jewel of the early universe

[Tuesday, November 7, 2006] A team from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-II) and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory today announced discovery of the brightest known image of a galaxy from the early universe.

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NASA Mars Global Surveyor Image of the Week November 7, 2006 »» NASA Mars Global Surveyor Image of the Week November 7, 2006

[Tuesday, November 7, 2006] Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) was launched 10 years ago today, on 7 November 1996. The spacecraft reached Mars on 12 September 1997, and has been observing the ever-changing red planet over the course of the past 5 martian years.

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Researchers explore medicine in the final frontier »» Researchers explore medicine in the final frontier

[Tuesday, November 7, 2006] On Mars, Earth probably looks like a pinprick in the sky. But before astronauts can glimpse the view from the red planet, doctors must better understand how to handle medical problems and surgeries in space, University of Florida researchers say.

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Not So Dead After All - Moon's Escaping Gasses Expose Fresh Surface »» Not So Dead After All - Moon's Escaping Gasses Expose Fresh Surface

[Wednesday, November 8, 2006] Several lines of evidence suggest that the moon may have seen eruptions of interior gasses as recently as 1 million years ago, rather than 3 billion years ago, rather than 3 billion years ago - the date that had been most widely accepted.

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Station Crew Preps for Space Shuttle Docking »» Station Crew Preps for Space Shuttle Docking

[Wednesday, November 8, 2006] The Expedition 14 crew members continue to work this week on scientific experiments, station maintenance and activities related to the anticipated arrival of Space Shuttle Discovery in December.

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Discovery's Overnight Journey »» Discovery's Overnight Journey

[Thursday, November 9, 2006] At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Space Shuttle Discovery has arrived at Launch Pad 39B following an overnight move from the cavernous Vehicle Assembly Building.

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Golden Night on Saturn »» Golden Night on Saturn

[Thursday, November 9, 2006] Saturn's B and C rings shine in diffuse, scattered light as the Cassini spacecraft looks on the planet's night side.

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Happy birthday, Venus Express! »» Happy birthday, Venus Express!

[Thursday, November 9, 2006] One year after its launch on 9 November 2005 and a few months into its science phase, ESA's Venus Express keeps working well and continues to gather lots of data about the hot and noxious atmosphere of the planet.

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NASA Loses Contact With Mars Global Surveyor »» NASA Loses Contact With Mars Global Surveyor

[Thursday, November 9, 2006] Engineers are striving to restore full communications with NASA's Mars Global Surveyor on the 10th anniversary of the spacecraft's Nov. 7, 1996, launch.

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NASA Schedules First Live HDTV Broadcast From Space »» NASA Schedules First Live HDTV Broadcast From Space

[Thursday, November 9, 2006] NASA makes history next week with the first live broadcasts from space in HDTV. NASA, in cooperation with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Discovery HD Theater and Japanese broadcast network NHK will produce the broadcasts on Nov. 15.

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NASA Encounters Problems With Ares 1 Launch Vehicle Design »» NASA Encounters Problems With Ares 1 Launch Vehicle Design

[Saturday, November 11, 2006] Sources inside the development of the Ares 1 launch vehicle (aka Crew Launch Vehicle or "The Stick") have reported that the current design is underpowered to the tune of a metric ton or more.

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NASA Cassini Sees into the Eye of a Monster Storm on Saturn »» NASA Cassini Sees into the Eye of a Monster Storm on Saturn

[Monday, November 13, 2006] NASA's Cassini spacecraft has seen something never before seen on another planet -- a hurricane-like storm at Saturn's south pole with a well-developed eye, ringed by towering clouds.

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JP Aerospace Flies Two Test Missions »» JP Aerospace Flies Two Test Missions

[Monday, November 13, 2006] Flying two missions on the same morning was a real challenge for the team. Managing two vehicles at once is a critical step toward future operations in the upper atmosphere.

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NASA Internal Memo From Constellation Program Manager Jeff Hanley »» NASA Internal Memo From Constellation Program Manager Jeff Hanley

[Tuesday, November 14, 2006] "I thought it was time to level set folks on where things stand – and – dispel these rumors and hearsay surrounding the "issue" of the Ares 1 performance and overall implications to the architecture."

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Space Foundation releases »» Space Foundation releases "The Space Report: The Guide to Global Space Activity"

[Tuesday, November 14, 2006] Today the Space Foundation publicly released The Space Report: The Guide to Global Space Activity, a new and definitive source for data and analysis about the global space industry, space products, and space services.

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Twenty New Stars in the Neighborhood »» Twenty New Stars in the Neighborhood

[Tuesday, November 14, 2006] Astronomers have identified 20 new stellar systems in our local solar neighborhood, including the twenty-third and twenty-fourth closest stars to the Sun.

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Spirit Status 13 November 2006 »» Spirit Status 13 November 2006

[Wednesday, November 15, 2006] After Spirit's successful 0.71-meter (28-inch) bump on sol 1010, the team has new targets in the robotic arm's work volume for the first time in 204 sols.

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Opportunity Status 13 November 2006 »» Opportunity Status 13 November 2006

[Wednesday, November 15, 2006] Opportunity is healthy and has driven away from the "Cape Verde" promontory for further exploration around the rim of "Victoria Crater." Over the course of the next week, the rover will make its way to the next promontory, "Cape St. Mary."

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NASA's Hubble Finds Evidence for Dark Energy in the Young »» NASA's Hubble Finds Evidence for Dark Energy in the Young

[Thursday, November 16, 2006] Scientists using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have discovered that dark energy is not a new constituent of space, but rather has been present for most of the universe's history.

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Are We Alone? SETI Institute Science Radio - 22 November 2006: It's Elemental »» Are We Alone? SETI Institute Science Radio - 22 November 2006: It's Elemental

[Thursday, November 16, 2006] The laws of physics are not capricious, but seem to yearn for an inner beauty that scientists describe as symmetry

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NASA Completes Milestone Review of Next Human Spacecraft System »» NASA Completes Milestone Review of Next Human Spacecraft System

[Thursday, November 16, 2006] NASA has completed a milestone first review of all systems for the Orion spacecraft and the Ares I and Ares V rockets. The review brings the agency a step closer to launching the nation's next human space vehicle.

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COROT and the new chapter of planetary searches »» COROT and the new chapter of planetary searches

[Thursday, November 16, 2006] The launch of COROT is a long awaited event in the quest to find planets beyond our Solar System. Searching from above the Earth's atmosphere, COROT will be the first space mission specifically dedicated to the search for extrasolar planets.

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Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS), American Astronomical Society »» Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS), American Astronomical Society

[Thursday, November 16, 2006] The National Science Foundation has released the report that suggests that support for the Arecibo radio telescope be scaled back, and that the eventual decommission of that facility should be investigated.

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Astronomers at Arecibo Observatory confirm asteroid 'KW4' is not a threat to Earth  - at least for a thousand years »» Astronomers at Arecibo Observatory confirm asteroid 'KW4' is not a threat to Earth - at least for a thousand years

[Thursday, November 16, 2006] The Arecibo Observatory's powerful radar - a keen eye aimed into the sky - has made the most detailed observations ever of a binary near-Earth asteroid. This information provides clues about asteroid formation, properties and motion dynamics.

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Chandra Discovers Relativistic Pinball Machine »» Chandra Discovers Relativistic Pinball Machine

[Thursday, November 16, 2006] New clues about the origins of cosmic rays, mysterious high-energy particles that bombard the Earth, have been revealed using Chandra X-ray Observatory.

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NASA Astrobiology Institute Director's Corner »» NASA Astrobiology Institute Director's Corner

[Thursday, November 16, 2006] Astrobiology uses space technologies to address some of the most profound questions of human kind: How did life begin? Are there other planets like Earth? and What is our future as terrestrial life expands beyond the home planet?

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Memo From NASA Assistant Administrator For Legislative Affairs Regarding The FY 2007 budget in the 110th Congress »» Memo From NASA Assistant Administrator For Legislative Affairs Regarding The FY 2007 budget in the 110th Congress

[Friday, November 17, 2006] "You may get questions from your local communities about the impacts of the new Congress that will convene in January. Below are a few suggested points you can use if asked: ...."

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STS-116 Crew Completes Dress Rehearsal »» STS-116 Crew Completes Dress Rehearsal

[Friday, November 17, 2006] The STS-116 crew wrapped up four days of prelaunch training Thursday following a launch dress rehearsal and simulated countdown with the look and feel of a real launch day.

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Rocket Motor Test Helps NASA's Shuttle and Ares 1 »» Rocket Motor Test Helps NASA's Shuttle and Ares 1

[Friday, November 17, 2006] NASA successfully fired a reusable solid rocket motor Nov. 16 in Utah. The two-minute test provided important information for nighttime shuttle launches and for the development of the rocket that will carry the next human spacecraft to the moon.

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Houston event to be held Dec. 4-6 will focus on implementing the Vision for Space Exploration »» Houston event to be held Dec. 4-6 will focus on implementing the Vision for Space Exploration

[Friday, November 17, 2006] Top leaders from industry, academia, NASA and other government agencies will gather at the 2nd Space Exploration Conference, Dec. 4-6 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

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Ulysses embarks on third set of polar passes »» Ulysses embarks on third set of polar passes

[Friday, November 17, 2006] On 17 November, the joint ESA-NASA Ulysses mission will reach another important milestone on its epic out-of-ecliptic journey: the start of the third passage over the Sun's south pole.

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Three-pronged attack: Antarctic Science Teams Search Out »» Three-pronged attack: Antarctic Science Teams Search Out "Particle of the Mystic"

[Friday, November 17, 2006] Three teams of scientists are now preparing to use Antarctic ice as the key to open the strongbox that has contained extraterrestrial neutrinos' mysteries since the early universe - even though no one is sure what they will reveal.

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Russian Space Agency Confirms Green Light for E21 Golf Company Golf Shot in Space »» Russian Space Agency Confirms Green Light for E21 Golf Company Golf Shot in Space

[Saturday, November 18, 2006] Element 21 Golf Company reports the announcement by Igor Panarin, spokesman for the Russian Space Agency, that a cosmonaut at the International Space Station will play golf in outer space and in zero gravity conditions for the first time in history.

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AFRL Tests Mars Flyer Concept »» AFRL Tests Mars Flyer Concept

[Saturday, November 18, 2006] Scientists from AFRL’s Air Vehicles Aerospace Vehicle Integration and Demonstration Branch, NASA Ames Research Center, and Naval Research Laboratory met from September 18-20 to perform testing of a Mars Flyer model in AFRL’s vertical wind tunnel.

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Unmanned Vehicle Provides Reusable Test Capabilities in Space »» Unmanned Vehicle Provides Reusable Test Capabilities in Space

[Saturday, November 18, 2006] The Air Force is working on a space vehicle (X-37B) that will allow government scientists to transport advanced technology into orbit, test its capability there, then bring it home to see how it fared in the harsh environment of space.

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NASA Space Station Status Report 17 November 2006 »» NASA Space Station Status Report 17 November 2006

[Saturday, November 18, 2006] Expedition 14 Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria and flight engineers Mikhail Tyurin and Thomas Reiter continue to prepare for a spacewalk Wednesday, Nov. 22 out of the International Space Station's Russian Pirs Docking Compartment airlock.

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Building Block Architecture for Space Exploration »» Building Block Architecture for Space Exploration

[Saturday, November 18, 2006] It is proposed that a basic building block architecture with a large built-in growth potential be used to provide mission capabilities for LEO, lunar and Mars missions.

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NASA's Newest Mars Orbiter Passes Communications Relay »» NASA's Newest Mars Orbiter Passes Communications Relay

[Saturday, November 18, 2006] An orbiting NASA spacecraft just starting to study Mars with six science instruments has successfully tested another key part of its payload, a versatile radio for relaying communications with robots on the surface of Mars.

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NASA Provides Mars Global Surveyor Update »» NASA Provides Mars Global Surveyor Update

[Monday, November 20, 2006] NASA will hold a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Nov. 21, to discuss the status and science accomplishments of the Mars Global Surveyor.

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Northrop Grumman, Booz Allen Hamilton, SpaceX to Host Networking Event for Current, Future Space Exploration Leaders »» Northrop Grumman, Booz Allen Hamilton, SpaceX to Host Networking Event for Current, Future Space Exploration Leaders

[Monday, November 20, 2006] University students, young professionals and first-level managers from NASA and the aerospace industry will be able to meet and share their views on the nation's space exploration program with space leaders from NASA and the aerospace industry.

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Twin Star Explosions Fascinate Astronomers »» Twin Star Explosions Fascinate Astronomers

[Monday, November 20, 2006] Scientists using NASA's Swift satellite stumbled upon a rare sight: two supernovas side by side in one galaxy. Large galaxies typically play host to three supernovas per century.

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Spinning Black Hole Pushes the Limit »» Spinning Black Hole Pushes the Limit

[Monday, November 20, 2006] A Center for Astrophysics-led team has measured a black hole spinning so rapidly - turning more than 950 times per second - that it pushes the predicted speed limit for rotation.

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Supercomputer study shows Milky Way's halo of dark matter in unprecedented »» Supercomputer study shows Milky Way's halo of dark matter in unprecedented

[Monday, November 20, 2006] Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, have used NASA's most powerful supercomputer to run the largest simulation to date of the formation and evolution of the dark matter halo that envelopes the Milky Way galaxy.

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Skylab Restoration Project Status Report November 2006 »» Skylab Restoration Project Status Report November 2006

[Monday, November 20, 2006] We received news Friday that Skylab will not go indoors for the next 2 years. This leaves use out in the cold (literally). We are still on schedule to be completed with our restoration efforts by June 2007.

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NASA's Mars Global Surveyor May Be at Mission's End »» NASA's Mars Global Surveyor May Be at Mission's End

[Tuesday, November 21, 2006] NASA's Mars Global Surveyor has likely finished its operating career. The spacecraft has served the longest and been the most productive of any mission ever sent to the red planet.

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NASA Strategic Communications Framework Validation Session Presentation »» NASA Strategic Communications Framework Validation Session Presentation

[Wednesday, November 22, 2006] "The Office of Communications Planning (OCP) is charged with developing long-term communication strategies and plans for increasing public awareness and understanding of NASA's mission and goals."

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T-Online and ESA Enable World's First Web Video Chat From Space »» T-Online and ESA Enable World's First Web Video Chat From Space

[Wednesday, November 22, 2006] On 28 November, Europe's largest online portal and ESA will produce the first-ever space web video chat when ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter responds to questions via the Internet live from the International Space Station.

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Genesis Findings Solve Apollo Lunar Soil Mystery »» Genesis Findings Solve Apollo Lunar Soil Mystery

[Wednesday, November 22, 2006] Ever since astronauts returned from another world, scientists have been mystified by some of the moon rocks they brought back. Now one of the mysteries has been solved.

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NSF Dear Colleague Letter: International Polar Year »» NSF Dear Colleague Letter: International Polar Year

[Wednesday, November 22, 2006] This Dear Colleague letter provides information on anticipated FY-07 National Science Foundation (NSF) funding opportunities for IPY research and education activities that have been identified to date.

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NASA Space Station Status Report 23 November 2006 »» NASA Space Station Status Report 23 November 2006

[Thursday, November 23, 2006] Tyurin's golf shot was part of a demonstration for a commercially sponsored endeavor between a Canadian golf company and the Russian Federal Space Agency. The golf club and three balls were flown to the station on recent Russian Progress cargo ships.

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Yuri's Night 2007 Executive Team Applications due 29 November 2006 »» Yuri's Night 2007 Executive Team Applications due 29 November 2006

[Thursday, November 23, 2006] We are now putting together our 2007 team to expand the impact of Yuri's Night, to support events around the world, to organize a global webcast, a zero-g flight sweepstakes, and to bring Yuri Gagarin's tradition of planting a tree after each mission

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IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature: No More Provisional Names! »» IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature: No More Provisional Names!

[Thursday, November 23, 2006] There has been an important change in the approval process for planetary feature names: as soon as the WGPSN has successfully reviewed a name, it is considered approved and can be used in publications.

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Crater on Mars Named After Astrobiologist Gerald Soffen »» Crater on Mars Named After Astrobiologist Gerald Soffen

[Thursday, November 23, 2006] The USGS recently announced the names of 31 craters on the planet Mars. Among them is a crater named in honor of the late NASA astrobiologist Gerald (Gerry) Soffen.

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NASA Releases 31 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE Images »» NASA Releases 31 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE Images

[Friday, November 24, 2006] "Just in time for Thanksgiving, 31 images have been released, from our transition (TRA) phase. This nearly doubles the number of released TRA images. Stay tuned for next week's release of the first PSP (Primary Science Phase) images."

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The Topsy-Turvy Galaxy - VLT Image of Starburst Galaxy NGC 1313 »» The Topsy-Turvy Galaxy - VLT Image of Starburst Galaxy NGC 1313

[Friday, November 24, 2006] The dense clustering of bright stars and gas in its arms, a sign of an ongoing boom of star births, shows a mere glimpse of the rough times it has seen.

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Dramatic shift from simple to complex marine ecosystems occurred 250M years ago at mass extinction »» Dramatic shift from simple to complex marine ecosystems occurred 250M years ago at mass extinction

[Saturday, November 25, 2006] The earth experienced its biggest mass extinction about 250 million years ago. New research shows that this mass extinction did more than eliminate species: it fundamentally changed the basic ecology of the world's oceans.

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Seismologists measure heat flow from Earth's molten core into the lower mantle »» Seismologists measure heat flow from Earth's molten core into the lower mantle

[Saturday, November 25, 2006] For the first time, scientists have directly measured the amount of heat flowing from the molten metal of Earth's core into a region at the base of the mantle.

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A giant planet embedded in the magnetosphere of its star »» A giant planet embedded in the magnetosphere of its star

[Monday, November 27, 2006] Using the Canada-France-Hawaii telescope an international team of researchers has just discovered a magnetic field on tau Bootis, a star orbited by a giant planet on a close-in orbit: the first ever detection of this kind!

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Integral catches a new erupting black hole »» Integral catches a new erupting black hole

[Monday, November 27, 2006] ESA's gamma-ray observatory, Integral, has spotted a rare kind of gamma-ray outburst. The vast explosion of energy allowed astronomers to pinpoint a possible black hole in our Galaxy.

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Save Centennial Challenges - Space Leaders Call on Congress to Restore Funding »» Save Centennial Challenges - Space Leaders Call on Congress to Restore Funding

[Monday, November 27, 2006] The Space Exploration Alliance, the Space Frontier Foundation, and the X Prize Foundation have come together to call on Congress to support and expand Centennial Challenges, NASA's space prize program.

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NASA Exploration Strategy and Lunar Architecture Briefing »» NASA Exploration Strategy and Lunar Architecture Briefing

[Tuesday, November 28, 2006] NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale and senior executives from the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate will host a press conference at 1 p.m. CST Monday, Dec. 4, to announce the agency's global exploration strategy and lunar architecture.

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Stephen Hawking to Receive Medal Flown on Space Shuttle »» Stephen Hawking to Receive Medal Flown on Space Shuttle

[Tuesday, November 28, 2006] Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking is being honored with the world's oldest award for scientific achievement, with a special high-altitude assist from NASA.

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New Horizons Gets First Glimpse of Pluto »» New Horizons Gets First Glimpse of Pluto

[Tuesday, November 28, 2006] New Horizons, Not Quite to Jupiter, Makes First Pluto Sighting The New Horizons team got a faint glimpse of the mission's distant, main planetary target when one of the spacecraft's telescopic cameras spotted Pluto for the first time.

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Study Finds that a Single Impact Killed the Dinosaurs »» Study Finds that a Single Impact Killed the Dinosaurs

[Tuesday, November 28, 2006] The majority of all animal species on Earth, went extinct approximately 65 million years ago. A new study provides compelling evidence that "one and only one impact" caused the mass extinction, according to a University of Missouri-Columbia researcher.

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Rosetta warms up for Mars swing-by »» Rosetta warms up for Mars swing-by

[Wednesday, November 29, 2006] Activities are underway to set the Rosetta spacecraft's trajectory and prepare the on-board instruments ready for the next major mission milestone: the swing-by of planet Mars in February 2007.

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Geobiologists Solve »» Geobiologists Solve "Catch-22 Problem" Concerning the Rise of Atmospheric Oxygen

[Wednesday, November 29, 2006] Two and a half billion years ago, when our evolutionary ancestors were little more than a twinkle in a bacterium's plasma membrane, the process known as photosynthesis suddenly gained the ability to release molecular oxygen into Earth's atmosphere.

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NASA Gives 'Go' For Space Shuttle Discovery Launch »» NASA Gives 'Go' For Space Shuttle Discovery Launch

[Wednesday, November 29, 2006] NASA senior managers today unanimously recommended launching the Space Shuttle Discovery on December 7. Discovery is scheduled to lift off at 9:35 p.m. EST.

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RSC Energia Statement on ISS Reboost Anomaly »» RSC Energia Statement on ISS Reboost Anomaly

[Thursday, November 30, 2006] A scheduled orbital correction of the International Space Station (ISS) was terminated ahead of time because during the orbit-raising maneuver the control system detected possible station attitude instability.

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HiRISE Team Begins Releasing a Flood of Mars Images »» HiRISE Team Begins Releasing a Flood of Mars Images

[Thursday, November 30, 2006] The University of Arizona, in conjunction with NASA, is releasing the first of what will be a non-stop flood of incredibly detailed Mars images taken during the spacecraft's two-year primary science mission.

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Dark matter hides, physicists seek »» Dark matter hides, physicists seek

[Thursday, November 30, 2006] Scientists don't know what dark matter is, but they know it's all over the universe. Everything humans observe in the heavens-galaxies, stars, planets and the rest-makes up only 4 percent of the universe, scientists say.

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NASA Scientists Find Primordial Organic Matter in Tagish Lake Meteorite »» NASA Scientists Find Primordial Organic Matter in Tagish Lake Meteorite

[Thursday, November 30, 2006] NASA researchers have found organic materials that formed in the most distant reaches of the early Solar System preserved in a meteorite - the Tagish Lake carbonaceous chondrite, a rare type of meteorite that is rich in organic compounds.

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Asymmetric Ashes - Astronomers Study Shape of Stellar Candles »» Asymmetric Ashes - Astronomers Study Shape of Stellar Candles

[Thursday, November 30, 2006] Astronomers are reporting remarkable new findings that shed light on a decade-long debate about one kind of supernova, the explosion that marks a star's final demise: does the star die in a slow burn or with a fast bang?

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Launch Countdown Begins Dec. 4 for Space Shuttle Discovery »» Launch Countdown Begins Dec. 4 for Space Shuttle Discovery

[Thursday, November 30, 2006] NASA will begin the countdown for Space Shuttle Discovery's STS-116 mission at 11 p.m. EST Monday, Dec. 4, at the T-43 hour point.

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Joint USAF/NOAA Report of Solar and Geophysical Activity 30 Nov 2006 »» Joint USAF/NOAA Report of Solar and Geophysical Activity 30 Nov 2006

[Thursday, November 30, 2006] The geomagnetic field ranged from quiet to severe storm levels during the past 24 hours. An initially quiet field became disturbed after 0500Z due to an extended period of southward interplanetary magnetic field.

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Deliver Your Message to the Moon Aboard Selene »» Deliver Your Message to the Moon Aboard Selene

[Thursday, November 30, 2006] "As we would like to stir everybody's interest in the Moon as well as in the SELENE project, we decided to launch the "WISH UPON THE MOON" campaign."

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Statement by Baruch S. Blumberg at the Opening of the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe »» Statement by Baruch S. Blumberg at the Opening of the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe

[Thursday, November 30, 2006] Rarely, if ever, has a federal R&D program sparked such broad impact in only a decade. Astrobiology science and/or educational activities exist at some level in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and in Puerto Rico.

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