November 2007 Top Story Archives



World's Smallest Radio Fits in the Palm of the Hand . . . of an Ant »» World's Smallest Radio Fits in the Palm of the Hand . . . of an Ant

[Thursday, November 1, 2007] Harnessing the electrical and mechanical properties of the carbon nanotube, a team of researchers has crafted a working radio from a single fiber of that material.

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Mars Express Probes Red Planet's Unusual Deposits »» Mars Express Probes Red Planet's Unusual Deposits

[Thursday, November 1, 2007] The radar system on Mars Express orbiter has uncovered new details about some of the most mysterious deposits on Mars: the Medusae Fossae Formation.

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NASA Data May Help Improve Estimates of a Hurricane's Punch »» NASA Data May Help Improve Estimates of a Hurricane's Punch

[Thursday, November 1, 2007] As Tropical Storm Noel churns off Florida's east coast, NASA and university scientists have announced they have developed a promising new technique for estimating the intensity of tropical cyclones from space.

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Successful Rocket Motor Test Helps NASA's Shuttle and Ares I »» Successful Rocket Motor Test Helps NASA's Shuttle and Ares I

[Thursday, November 1, 2007] NASA successfully fired a four-segment reusable solid rocket motor Thursday, Nov. 1, at a Utah test facility. The two-minute test provided important information for continued launches of the shuttle and for development of the Ares I rocket.

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White Dwarf »» White Dwarf "Sibling Rivalry" Explodes into Supernova

[Friday, November 2, 2007] Astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) have found that a supernova discovered last year was caused by two colliding white dwarf stars. The white dwarfs were siblings orbiting each other.

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NASA STS-120 Report #21  2 a.m. CDT Friday, Nov. 2, 2007 »» NASA STS-120 Report #21 2 a.m. CDT Friday, Nov. 2, 2007

[Friday, November 2, 2007] The space shuttle Discovery and International Space Station crews today will focus on reviewing spacewalk procedures and unberthing the shuttle's Orbiter Boom Sensor System for Saturday's spacewalk to repair a torn solar array.

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NASA STS-120 Report #22  Friday, Nov. 2, 2007 - 5 p.m. CDT »» NASA STS-120 Report #22 Friday, Nov. 2, 2007 - 5 p.m. CDT

[Friday, November 2, 2007] Space shuttle Discovery and International Space Station crewmembers today finished preparations for Saturday's spacewalk to repair a torn solar array. The mission's fourth spacewalk is set to begin about 5:30 a.m.

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NASA HQ Solicitation: Global Forum on Space Economics »» NASA HQ Solicitation: Global Forum on Space Economics

[Friday, November 2, 2007] NASA Headquarters (HQ), Office of Communications Planning, is planning to procure a membership to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Global Forum on Space Economics.

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Spirit to Head North for the Winter »» Spirit to Head North for the Winter

[Friday, November 2, 2007] With Martian winter approaching, the science and engineering teams have been hard pressed to select a site where Spirit can spend the winter.

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Phoenix Status: Tasks En Route to Mars Include Course Tweak, Gear Checks »» Phoenix Status: Tasks En Route to Mars Include Course Tweak, Gear Checks

[Friday, November 2, 2007] Phoenix fired its four trajectory correction thrusters Wednesday for only the second time. The 45.9-second burn nudged the spacecraft just the right amount to put it on a course to arrive at the red planet seven months from today.

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Dancing with the Stars Takes on a Whole New Twist »» Dancing with the Stars Takes on a Whole New Twist

[Saturday, November 3, 2007] Two galaxies perform an intricate dance in this new Hubble Space Telescope image. The galaxies, containing a vast number of stars, swing past each other in a graceful performance choreographed by gravity.

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SpaceX Breaks Ground at Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 40 »» SpaceX Breaks Ground at Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 40

[Saturday, November 3, 2007] Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) held official ground breaking ceremonies today at Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, opening a new era in commercial space operations.

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Crews Complete Fourth Spacewalk Outside of International Space Station »» Crews Complete Fourth Spacewalk Outside of International Space Station

[Saturday, November 3, 2007] The crews completed the fourth spacewalk of the mission at 1:22 p.m. EDT. The main objective of the spacewalk was the repair of a torn solar array. After successfully repairing the array, the crews fully deployed it.

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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 3 November 2007 »» NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 3 November 2007

[Saturday, November 3, 2007] Day 149 for Clayton Anderson. Flight Day 12 for STS-120/10A; Day 10 of Joint Ops. "It's been a great day!" (MS1 Scott Parazynski).....and thank God for the Canadian MSS!

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Vanguard Approaches Half A Century In Space »» Vanguard Approaches Half A Century In Space

[Saturday, November 3, 2007] "Calling all Vanguardians: On March 17, 2008, the Vanguard One satellite, the oldest object in space from Planet Earth, will complete its 50th year in Earth orbit."

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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 4 November 2007 »» NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 4 November 2007

[Sunday, November 4, 2007] After a touching (and a bit tearful) Crew Farewell at ~2:25pm EST, hatches between ISS and Discovery were closed at 2:42pm. Shuttle Undocking is scheduled tomorrow at 5:32am.

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NASA STS-120 Report #27  2:45 a.m. CST Monday, Nov. 5, 2007 »» NASA STS-120 Report #27 2:45 a.m. CST Monday, Nov. 5, 2007

[Monday, November 5, 2007] All systems are go for this morning's undocking of Space Shuttle Discovery from the ISS, completing 11 days of joint docked operations that saw the successful delivery of a new pressurized module and the repair of a damaged solar array wing.

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Space Shuttle Discovery Leaves Newly Configured International Space Station »» Space Shuttle Discovery Leaves Newly Configured International Space Station

[Monday, November 5, 2007] Discovery undocked from the International Space Station at 5:32 a.m. today. The shuttle and station crews ended joint operations when the hatches closed at 3:03 p.m. EST Sunday.

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NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale's Blog: NASA and Small Business »» NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale's Blog: NASA and Small Business

[Tuesday, November 6, 2007] "The Small Business Improvement Plan was developed and implemented with input from each of the NASA Centers. It will provide a strong foundation for the continued improvement of the NASA Small Business Program. "

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Space Exploration:  A Measure of American Competitiveness - Speech by NASA Administrator Michael D. Griffin »» Space Exploration: A Measure of American Competitiveness - Speech by NASA Administrator Michael D. Griffin

[Tuesday, November 6, 2007] "These are busy days for us at NASA, and it takes an occasion like this to provide a reason to pause and assess where we are today, how we got here, and most importantly, where we are heading."

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NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE Imagery Release 31 October 2007 »» NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE Imagery Release 31 October 2007

[Tuesday, November 6, 2007] Onboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the HiRISE camera offers unprecedented image quality, giving us a view of the Red Planet in a way never before seen. It's the most powerful camera ever to leave Earth's orbit.

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Columbus launch puts space law to the test »» Columbus launch puts space law to the test

[Tuesday, November 6, 2007] Whose law will apply when Europe's Columbus space laboratory joins the US-led International Space Station in December? And what happens if astronauts from different countries get into a fight?

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NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery Set To Land Wednesday »» NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery Set To Land Wednesday

[Tuesday, November 6, 2007] The space shuttle Discovery crew is scheduled to complete a 15-day mission to the International Space Station with a landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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Space Shuttle Discovery's Stunning Departure Photos of the International Space Station »» Space Shuttle Discovery's Stunning Departure Photos of the International Space Station

[Tuesday, November 6, 2007] Backdropped by a colorful Earth, the International Space Station is seen from Space Shuttle Discovery as the two spacecraft begin their relative separation.

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Mars' Moons Phobos and Deimos in Conference Spotlight »» Mars' Moons Phobos and Deimos in Conference Spotlight

[Tuesday, November 6, 2007] This week the Mars Institute is co-convening the First International Conference on the Exploration of Phobos and Deimos to discuss the exploration of Mars's two mysterious satellites and how their exploration relates to that of the moon and Mars.

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Scientists Discover Record Fifth Planet Orbiting Nearby Star »» Scientists Discover Record Fifth Planet Orbiting Nearby Star

[Tuesday, November 6, 2007] Astronomers have announced the discovery of a fifth planet circling 55 Cancri, a star beyond our solar system. The star now holds the record for number of confirmed extrasolar planets orbiting in a planetary system.

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Discovery Ready to Return Home Today »» Discovery Ready to Return Home Today

[Wednesday, November 7, 2007] Space shuttle Discovery is ready to return home with landing planned for the first of two opportunities to the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., at 1:02 p.m. EST today. The seven astronauts on board the shuttle completed final preparations Tuesday.

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KAGUYA (SELENE) World's First Image Taken of the Moon  by HDTV »» KAGUYA (SELENE) World's First Image Taken of the Moon by HDTV

[Wednesday, November 7, 2007] JAXA and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) have successfully performed the world's first high-definition image taking by the lunar explorer "KAGUYA" (SELENE).

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NASA technology helps predict and prevent future pandemic outbreaks »» NASA technology helps predict and prevent future pandemic outbreaks

[Wednesday, November 7, 2007] With the help of 14 satellites currently in orbit and NASA Applied Sciences Program, scientists have been able to observe the Earth's environment to help predict and prevent infectious disease outbreaks around the world.

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Engineered weathering process could mitigate global warming »» Engineered weathering process could mitigate global warming

[Wednesday, November 7, 2007] Researchers at Harvard University and Pennsylvania State University have invented a technology, inspired by nature, to reduce the accumulation of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) caused by human emissions.

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Space Shuttle Discovery Lands at Kennedy Space Center »» Space Shuttle Discovery Lands at Kennedy Space Center

[Wednesday, November 7, 2007] Discovery touched down at Kennedy at 1:01 p.m. ending its mission to the International Space Station.

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NASA 50th Anniversary Essay Competition »» NASA 50th Anniversary Essay Competition

[Wednesday, November 7, 2007] The Innovative Partnerships Program at NASA Headquarters, in conjunction with the Office of Education, announces the NASA 50th Anniversary Essay Competition for middle and junior high school students during the 2007-2008 academic year.

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NASA Delays Key Design Review for Ares 1 Launch Vehicle by 6 Months »» NASA Delays Key Design Review for Ares 1 Launch Vehicle by 6 Months

[Wednesday, November 7, 2007] NASA PAO: "the Ares I first stage PDR has been moved to late summer or early fall of 2008 in order to better synchronize first stage activities with those at the vehicle system level and Constellation Program schedules."

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Hearing Charter: Near-Earth Objects: Status of the Survey Program and Review of NASA's 2007 Report to Congress »» Hearing Charter: Near-Earth Objects: Status of the Survey Program and Review of NASA's 2007 Report to Congress

[Wednesday, November 7, 2007] Astronomers estimate that millions of asteroids, comets, meteoroids, and other cosmic debris orbit within the vicinity of Earth and the Sun. The Earth is continually bombarded by these remnants from the formation of the solar system.

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New scientific riches from Integral »» New scientific riches from Integral

[Thursday, November 8, 2007] Astronomers from around the world have been discussing the extraordinary scientific riches that have flowed from ESA's orbiting gamma-ray observatory, Integral. Here we present the gist of some of the astonishing ones.

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Space Exploration 3.0 about to begin »» Space Exploration 3.0 about to begin

[Thursday, November 8, 2007] Space exploration is about to enter a third age where nations will cooperate to explore the solar system.

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Mysterious cosmic rays linked to galactic powerhouses »» Mysterious cosmic rays linked to galactic powerhouses

[Thursday, November 8, 2007] The international Auger collaboration has traced the rain of high-energy cosmic rays that continually pelts the Earth to the cores of nearby galaxies, which emit prodigious quantities of energy.

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Rosetta closes in on Earth - a second time »» Rosetta closes in on Earth - a second time

[Thursday, November 8, 2007] ESA's comet chaser, Rosetta, is on its way to its second close encounter with Earth on 13 November. The spacecraft's operators are leaving no stones unturned to make sure Earth's gravity gives it the exact boost it needs en route to its destination.

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Spitzer Spies a Stellar Bubble Blower »» Spitzer Spies a Stellar Bubble Blower

[Thursday, November 8, 2007] A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a baby star 1,140 light-years away from Earth blowing two massive "bubbles." But instead of bubble gum, this youngster, called HH 46/47, is using powerful jets of gas to make bubbles in outer space.

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Photo: President Bush Greets Space Shuttle Discovery Astronauts »» Photo: President Bush Greets Space Shuttle Discovery Astronauts

[Friday, November 9, 2007] President George W. Bush greets the Space Shuttle Discovery astronauts outside Air Force One, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007, on the tarmac at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas.

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Space Shuttle Atlanatis Arrives at Launch Pad for December 6 Launch »» Space Shuttle Atlanatis Arrives at Launch Pad for December 6 Launch

[Sunday, November 11, 2007] After safely reaching its launch pad Saturday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the space shuttle Atlantis now awaits its next major milestone for the upcoming STS-122 mission. The full launch dress rehearsal is scheduled from Nov. 18 to 20 at Kennedy.

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Lifting the Venusian veil, two years since launch »» Lifting the Venusian veil, two years since launch

[Monday, November 12, 2007] Venus Express, launched two years ago today, has been adding much to our knowledge of Earth's twin. The satellite has recently peeked through the planet's thick veil of clouds and sent new images of its surface.

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UKIRT's Wide Field Camera Takes One-Millionth Observation »» UKIRT's Wide Field Camera Takes One-Millionth Observation

[Monday, November 12, 2007] The United Kingdom Infrared Telescope's (UKIRT) Wide Field Camera (WFCAM) atop Hawaii's Mauna Kea has reached a major milestone.

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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 12 November 2007 »» NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 12 November 2007

[Monday, November 12, 2007] "During a SSATA chamber run on the ground this past Friday, a crew member reported the smell of smoke inside the EMU (Extravehicular Mobility Unit). The run was terminated, and the crew member extracted without incident."

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Yellowstone viruses 'jump' between hot pools »» Yellowstone viruses 'jump' between hot pools

[Monday, November 12, 2007] A population study of microbes in Yellowstone National Park hot pools suggests viruses might be buoyed by steam to distant pools. The result could help to answer some fundamental questions about how microbes, and the viruses that infect them

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Rosetta right on track for Earth swing-by »» Rosetta right on track for Earth swing-by

[Monday, November 12, 2007] Preparations for Rosetta's Earth swing-by scheduled for tomorrow [13 Nov], 21:57 CET, are well underway. The manoeuvre executed on 18 October 2007 has been accurate enough to not require any additional trajectory corrections today.

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Donate an XO laptop to a child in a developing nation »» Donate an XO laptop to a child in a developing nation

[Monday, November 12, 2007] "The mission of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is to empower the children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child."

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Kaguya (Selene) Images of Earth-Rise Over the Moon »» Kaguya (Selene) Images of Earth-Rise Over the Moon

[Tuesday, November 13, 2007] JAXA and NHK have successfully performed the world's first high-definition image taking of an Earth-rise* by the lunar explorer "KAGUYA" (SELENE).

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SuperWASP Finds a Strongly-Irradiated Transiting Gas-Giant Exoplanet »» SuperWASP Finds a Strongly-Irradiated Transiting Gas-Giant Exoplanet

[Tuesday, November 13, 2007] The WASP and SOPHIE collaboration has announced the discovery of WASP-3b. At a temperature of more than 1700 degrees C WASP-3b has the potential to place stringent constraints on exoplanet atmospheric models.

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COROT: 300 days in orbit »» COROT: 300 days in orbit

[Tuesday, November 13, 2007] CoRoT celebrates its 300 days in orbit, since its launch on December 27th from Baonour. It started to collect scientific data on the February 2nd, and it works in normal scientific operations since 2 April 2007.

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NASA Sees Arctic Ocean Circulation Do an About-Face »» NASA Sees Arctic Ocean Circulation Do an About-Face

[Tuesday, November 13, 2007] A team of NASA and university scientists has detected an ongoing reversal in Arctic Ocean circulation triggered by atmospheric circulation changes that vary on decade-long time scales.

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NASA Plans to Test Lunar Habitat in Extreme Antarctic Environment »» NASA Plans to Test Lunar Habitat in Extreme Antarctic Environment

[Wednesday, November 14, 2007] NASA will use the cold, harsh, isolated landscape of Antarctica to test one of its concepts for astronaut housing on the moon. The agency is sending a prototype inflatable habitat to Antarctica to see how it stands up during a year of use.

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Remarks by NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale at the Transforming Space Conference »» Remarks by NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale at the Transforming Space Conference

[Wednesday, November 14, 2007] "About two months ago, NASA Administrator Mike Griffin spoke not far from here, in Long Beach, and he noted that, "We are fully fifty years" into the space age, but equally, "We are only fifty years into it." It's a phenomenal history."

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NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale's Blog: STS-120 »» NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale's Blog: STS-120

[Wednesday, November 14, 2007] "This Space Shuttle mission to the ISS clearly demonstrated the challenges of living and working in space, as well as using human ingenuity to deal with such challenges. "

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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 14 November 2007 »» NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 14 November 2007

[Wednesday, November 14, 2007] Node-2 "Harmony"/PMA-2 (Pressurized Mating Adapter 2) relocation has been completed nominally, and the crew has ingressed Node-2 way ahead of schedule.

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International Polar Year lights fire of discovery »» International Polar Year lights fire of discovery

[Thursday, November 15, 2007] The IPY is about creating long-standing legacies of international research collaborations; capturing the world's imagination in science and exploration; and inspiring future generations of scientists and engineers.

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How to make the brightest supernova ever: Explode, collapse, repeat »» How to make the brightest supernova ever: Explode, collapse, repeat

[Thursday, November 15, 2007] A supernova observed last year was so bright--about 100 times as luminous as a typical supernova--that it challenged the theoretical understanding of what causes supernovae.

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Testimony by NASA Administrator Mike Griffin: The Space Program after The Shuttle is retired »» Testimony by NASA Administrator Mike Griffin: The Space Program after The Shuttle is retired

[Thursday, November 15, 2007] "Mr. Chairman and Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to appear today to discuss the various aspects of the Space Program after the Shuttle is retired, including the status of space transportation in support of the ISS."

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Rosetta: OSIRIS' view of Earth by night »» Rosetta: OSIRIS' view of Earth by night

[Thursday, November 15, 2007] This striking composite of Earth by night shows the illuminated crescent over Antarctica and cities of the northern hemisphere. The images were acquired with the OSIRIS Wide Angle Camera (WAC) during Rosetta's second Earth swing-by on 13 November.

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Hubble zooms in on heart of mystery comet »» Hubble zooms in on heart of mystery comet

[Thursday, November 15, 2007] The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has probed the bright core of Comet 17P/Holmes which, to the delight of sky watchers, mysteriously brightened by nearly a million-fold in a 24-hour period beginning October 23, 2007.

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Indigenous Cryogenic Stage Successfully Qualified by ISRO »» Indigenous Cryogenic Stage Successfully Qualified by ISRO

[Friday, November 16, 2007] ISRO has achieved a significant milestone through the successful test of indigenously developed Cryogenic Stage, to be employed as the upper stage of India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV).

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NASA Conducts Second Test of Main Parachute for Ares Rockets »» NASA Conducts Second Test of Main Parachute for Ares Rockets

[Friday, November 16, 2007] NASA and industry engineers successfully tested the main parachute for Constellation Program rockets during a drop test Thursday at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground near Yuma, Ariz.

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The Moon and Europe - Rosetta OSIRIS images »» The Moon and Europe - Rosetta OSIRIS images

[Friday, November 16, 2007] As Rosetta closed in on Earth, swung by and then left on its course again, several instruments on the spacecraft were busy taking snaps. As it swung away, the OSIRIS camera also caught glimpses of the Moon.

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Dawn Journal  13 November 2007 »» Dawn Journal 13 November 2007

[Friday, November 16, 2007] Now more than halfway through its 80-day initial checkout phase, the Dawn spacecraft continues to please its fans in mission control and throughout much of the rest of the universe.

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Astronomers Spot Evidence for Colliding Planet Embryos in Famous Star Cluster »» Astronomers Spot Evidence for Colliding Planet Embryos in Famous Star Cluster

[Friday, November 16, 2007] Astronomers have found evidence for the formation of young rocky planets around the star HD 23514 located in the well-known Pleiades (Seven Sisters) star cluster that is easily visible in the current evening sky.

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First Stage Design Problems Arise For NASA's Ares 1 Rocket »» First Stage Design Problems Arise For NASA's Ares 1 Rocket

[Friday, November 16, 2007] NASA has run into some problems with the design of its new Ares 1 launch vehicle - problems that could affect its ability (as designed) to safely launch its human cargo into space.

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NASA Selects 302 Small Business Research and Technology Projects »» NASA Selects 302 Small Business Research and Technology Projects

[Friday, November 16, 2007] NASA has awarded contracts to 302 small business proposals. The awards are part of NASA's Small Business Innovation Research Program and Small Business Technology Transfer program.

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Mars Express: First Global Map of Martian Ionosphere »» Mars Express: First Global Map of Martian Ionosphere

[Friday, November 16, 2007] With ESA's Mars Express, scientists continue to gain new insight into the mysterious Martian environment. Some of the most exciting results are being sent back by the MARSIS (Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionospheric Sounding) experiment.

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NASA ISS  On-Orbit Status 17 November 2007 »» NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 17 November 2007

[Saturday, November 17, 2007] In preparation for the upcoming Stage EVA-11 "Bravo" next week (11/20), the crew reviewed uplinked ammonia decontamination Onboard Training material, followed by tagging up with ground specialists via Ku- & S-band to discuss procedural particulars.

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Using a Planetary Analog To Test a Prototype Inflated Habitat for NASA »» Using a Planetary Analog To Test a Prototype Inflated Habitat for NASA

[Sunday, November 18, 2007] I had a chance to visit ILC Dover last week to see the new inflatable habitat that they have developed. Together, NASA, ILC Dover, and NSF will put this habitat through a one-year test at McMurdo Station in Antarctica starting in January 2008.

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Probing The Nurseries of Miniature Planetary Systems »» Probing The Nurseries of Miniature Planetary Systems

[Tuesday, November 20, 2007] New research led by a University of St Andrews astronomer has found evidence for what might be the raw material for the beginning of shrunken versions of our solar system - miniature worlds in the making.

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Astronomers Say Moons Like Ours Are Uncommon »» Astronomers Say Moons Like Ours Are Uncommon

[Tuesday, November 20, 2007] New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope suggest that moons like Earth's - that formed out of tremendous collisions - are uncommon in the universe, arising at most in only 5 to 10 percent of planetary systems.

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Global sand and dust storm early warning system »» Global sand and dust storm early warning system

[Tuesday, November 20, 2007] The United Nation's World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is launching an early warning system that can help Arizona and other states minimize hazards from intercontinental sand and dust storms.

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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 20 November 2007 »» NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 20 November 2007

[Tuesday, November 20, 2007] Aboard the International Space Station EVA-11 "Bravo" was completed fully successfully in 7 hrs 16 min, accomplishing all objectives plus several get-ahead tasks. 

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Joint USAF/NOAA Report of Solar and Geophysical Activity 20 Nov 2007 »» Joint USAF/NOAA Report of Solar and Geophysical Activity 20 Nov 2007

[Tuesday, November 20, 2007] Forecast: The geomagnetic field is expected to be at quiet to active levels. Isolated minor storm periods at middle latitudes and major storm levels at high latitudes are possible due to the continued effects from the coronal hole high speed stream.

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The PI's Perspective Autumn 2007: Onward to the Kuiper Belt »» The PI's Perspective Autumn 2007: Onward to the Kuiper Belt

[Tuesday, November 20, 2007] New Horizons has now covered 85% of the distance from the Sun to Saturn's orbit, which it will pass in mid-2008. Of course, Saturn will be nowhere near New Horizons when we pass that milestone.

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MESSENGER Completes Fifty Percent of Cruise Phase »» MESSENGER Completes Fifty Percent of Cruise Phase

[Tuesday, November 20, 2007] In late January 2008 - shortly after its first flyby of Mercury - the probe's cruise speed (relative to the Sun) will reach its highest since launch: 62.5 kilometers per second (or 140,000 miles per hour).

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Study Sheds New Light on Early Formation of Earth and Mars »» Study Sheds New Light on Early Formation of Earth and Mars

[Wednesday, November 21, 2007] Planets such as Earth and Mars may have remained molten in their early histories for tens of millions of years. Findings indicate that the two planets cooled slower than scientists thought and a mechanism to keep the planet interiors warm is required.

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 Opportunity Peers Beneath Surface of »» Opportunity Peers Beneath Surface of "Bathtub Ring"

[Wednesday, November 21, 2007] Opportunity remains parked at the rock layer known as "Smith" -- part of the "bathtub ring" of rock layers beneath the edge of "Victoria Crater -- at "Duck Bay," the alcove where the rover entered the crater.

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Rosetta: Earth’s true colours »» Rosetta: Earth’s true colours

[Wednesday, November 21, 2007] True colour images of Earth as seen by Rosetta's OSIRIS camera are now available. The pictures were taken on 13 November during the swing-by, and on 15 November, as Rosetta left on its way to the outer Solar System, after the swing-by.

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Astronomers discover stars with carbon atmospheres »» Astronomers discover stars with carbon atmospheres

[Wednesday, November 21, 2007] Astronomers have discovered white dwarf stars with pure carbon atmospheres. These stars possibly evolved in a sequence astronomers didn't know before. They may have evolved from stars that are not quite massive enough to explode.

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Kaguya (Selene) Lunar Observations by Terrain Camera and Multi-band Imager »» Kaguya (Selene) Lunar Observations by Terrain Camera and Multi-band Imager

[Wednesday, November 21, 2007] JAXA carried out an observation using two onboard sensors of the Moon Explorer "KAGUYA" (SELENE,) the Terrain Camera (TC) and Multi-band Imager (MI,) on November 3, 2007, processed the acquired data, and confirmed they were functioning properly.

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Solar outburst pulls a magnetic slingshot »» Solar outburst pulls a magnetic slingshot

[Wednesday, November 21, 2007] With Cluster data, scientists now have evidence that solar outbursts can generate conditions that slingshot matter in Earth's magnetic environment to speeds higher than 1000 km/s.

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Keeping an eye on the weather - 30 years of Meteosat »» Keeping an eye on the weather - 30 years of Meteosat

[Friday, November 23, 2007] The economic and social benefits of accurate weather forecasts are immense and include improved efficiencies in agricultural systems, optimised planning of transportation and energy, as well as ensuring our safety.

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Mars Express - 5000 orbits and counting »» Mars Express - 5000 orbits and counting

[Friday, November 23, 2007] On 25 December 2003, Europe's first Mars explorer arrived at the Red Planet. Almost four years later, Mars Express continues to rewrite the text books as its instruments send back a stream of images and other data.

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International Space Station Spacewalkers Complete More Harmony Module Hookup Work »» International Space Station Spacewalkers Complete More Harmony Module Hookup Work

[Sunday, November 25, 2007] ISS Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Dan Tani completed a 7-hour, 4 minute spacewalk at 11:54 a.m. EST Saturday, continuing the external outfitting of the Harmony node in its new position in front of the U.S laboratory Destiny.

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HiRISE Camera Views Mars Rover Spirit at Home Plate »» HiRISE Camera Views Mars Rover Spirit at Home Plate

[Monday, November 26, 2007] The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, or HiRISE, camera onboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has taken a new color image of the feature dubbed "Home Plate" in Gusev Crater on Mars.

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A Last Look At Comet Holmes »» A Last Look At Comet Holmes

[Monday, November 26, 2007] Comet 17P/Holmes, which dazzled sky watchers with a dramatic outburst that made it visible to the unaided eye, now is fading from sight. However, before it returns to the obscurity from which it came, astronomers at the MMT Observatory took a final look.

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China publishes first moon picture from Chang'e-1 »» China publishes first moon picture from Chang'e-1

[Monday, November 26, 2007] This file photo released by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Nov. 26, 2007 shows China's first picture of the moon captured by Chang'e-1, China's first lunar orbiter, marking the full success of its lunar probe project.

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CRISM Views Phobos and Deimos »» CRISM Views Phobos and Deimos

[Tuesday, November 27, 2007] These two images taken by the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) show Mars' two small moons, Phobos and Deimos, as seen from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's low orbit around Mars.

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K-12 Students Design Greenhouses for NASA Astronauts »» K-12 Students Design Greenhouses for NASA Astronauts

[Tuesday, November 27, 2007] Join the Challenger Center for Space Science Education for the NASA K-12 Engineering Design Challenge and design a plant growth chamber for use by future astronauts living and working on the Moon by November 30th.

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Breakthrough Map of Antarctica Lays Ground for New Discoveries »» Breakthrough Map of Antarctica Lays Ground for New Discoveries

[Tuesday, November 27, 2007] A team of researchers from NASA, the USGS, the NSF and the British Antarctic Survey unveiled a newly completed map of Antarctica today that is expected to revolutionize research of the continent's frozen landscape.

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Swimming a Salty Sea »» Swimming a Salty Sea

[Tuesday, November 27, 2007] There could be life on Jupiter's moon, Europa. The qualities thought necessary for life to arise are liquid water, an energy source, and certain biogenic elements such as carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus, and Europa likely has all of these in abundance.

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Discovering teenage galaxies - ESO's VLT takes the search for young galaxies to new limits »» Discovering teenage galaxies - ESO's VLT takes the search for young galaxies to new limits

[Tuesday, November 27, 2007] Staring for the equivalent of every night for two weeks at the same little patch of sky with ESO's Very Large Telescope, an international team of astronomers has found the extremely faint light from teenage galaxies billions of light years away.

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Dark Lowlands on Titan »» Dark Lowlands on Titan

[Wednesday, November 28, 2007] Through the obscuring haze come glimpses of Titan's dune seas. The dark, equatorial region known as Shangri-la is visible. Radar images show that Shangri-la and other dark regions around the moon's middle are filled with vast stretches of parallel dunes

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Solar System in Miniature »» Solar System in Miniature

[Wednesday, November 28, 2007] Saturn's icy satellites wheel about the colorful giant planet, while the rings shine dimly in scattered sunlight. The Ringed Planet is, in many ways, a laboratory for investigating the history of our solar system and how planets form around other stars.

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Chandra X-ray Observatory Discovers Cosmic Fireball »» Chandra X-ray Observatory Discovers Cosmic Fireball

[Wednesday, November 28, 2007] One of the fastest moving stars ever seen has been discovered with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. This cosmic cannonball is challenging theories to explain its blistering speed.

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Space Video Question Makes Its Way Into YouTube/CNN Republican Debate »» Space Video Question Makes Its Way Into YouTube/CNN Republican Debate

[Wednesday, November 28, 2007] A video from a Mars Society member (complete with logos) managed to get in on the CNN/YouTube debate among Republican presidential candidates held Wednesday evening in Florida.

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NASA - Agency Has Taken Steps Toward Making Sound Investment Decisions for Ares I but Still Faces Challenging Knowledge Gaps, GAO-08-51 »» NASA - Agency Has Taken Steps Toward Making Sound Investment Decisions for Ares I but Still Faces Challenging Knowledge Gaps, GAO-08-51

[Thursday, November 29, 2007] NASA has been taking steps to build a business case--demonstrating the project is achievable within the constraints of time and money and other resources NASA has available--for Ares I.

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Grading NASA's Solar System Exploration Program: A Midterm Review, Committee on Assessing the Solar System Exploration Program, NRC »» Grading NASA's Solar System Exploration Program: A Midterm Review, Committee on Assessing the Solar System Exploration Program, NRC

[Thursday, November 29, 2007] For each individual recommendation in these two reports the committee assessed NASA's progress and assigned an academic-style grade, explained the rationale for the grade and trend, and offered recommendations for improvement.

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Organic 'building blocks' discovered in Titan's atmosphere »» Organic 'building blocks' discovered in Titan's atmosphere

[Thursday, November 29, 2007] Saturn's moon Titan is the second largest in the solar system -- and the only one with a dense atmosphere. The atmosphere, nitrogen and methane, resembles that of the early... Click here for more information.

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Youthful Star Sprouts Planets Early »» Youthful Star Sprouts Planets Early

[Thursday, November 29, 2007] Astronomers suspect this system's central sun-like star, which is just one million years old, may already be surrounded by young planets. Scientists hope the finding will provide insight into when planets began to form in our own solar system.

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Spitzer Sees An Embryonic Stare With Jets Flaring »» Spitzer Sees An Embryonic Stare With Jets Flaring

[Thursday, November 29, 2007] A developing star wrapped in a black cocoon of dust is seen sprouting giant jets in a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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Venus: Earth's twin planet? »» Venus: Earth's twin planet?

[Thursday, November 29, 2007] For the first time, scientists are able to investigate from the top of its atmosphere, down nearly to the surface. They have shown it to be a planet of surprises that may once have been more Earth-like, and still is, to a certain extent.

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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 29 November 2007 »» NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 29 November 2007

[Thursday, November 29, 2007] PMA-2 Leak Test: The PMA-2 (Pressurized Mating Adapter 2), now that it has been berthed to Node-2 Forward, was pressurized yesterday by the crew to 5 psia for a leak check and is currently still in the required 24-hour hold.

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Computer Simulation Predicts Voyager 2 Will Reach Major Milestone in Space in Late 2007 or Early 2008 »» Computer Simulation Predicts Voyager 2 Will Reach Major Milestone in Space in Late 2007 or Early 2008

[Thursday, November 29, 2007] Using a computer model simulation Haruichi Washimi has predicted when the interplanetary spacecraft Voyager 2 will cross the "termination shock," the spherical shell around the solar system that marks where the solar wind slows down to subsonic speed.

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LEO II:  An Old Dwarf Galaxy Has a Juvenescent Heart »» LEO II: An Old Dwarf Galaxy Has a Juvenescent Heart

[Thursday, November 29, 2007] An observing team found that a small galaxy named Leo II largely consists of older stars, a sign of survival through galactic cannibalism under which massive galaxies (i.e. Milky Way) consume smaller galaxies to attain their extensive size.

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New population of faint protogalaxies discovered »» New population of faint protogalaxies discovered

[Thursday, November 29, 2007] Astronomers have found a new population of faint protogalaxies by taking the most sensitive spectroscopic survey ever of a time when the universe was only 15% of its present age.

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Holiday Wishes From the Hubble Space Telescope »» Holiday Wishes From the Hubble Space Telescope

[Thursday, November 29, 2007] Resembling festive lights on a holiday wreath, this Hubble image of the nearby spiral galaxy M74 is an iconic reminder of the impending season. Bright knots of glowing gas light up the spiral arms, indicating a rich environment of star formation.

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Keep Track of New Worlds: PlanetQuest 2.0 »» Keep Track of New Worlds: PlanetQuest 2.0

[Thursday, November 29, 2007] More than 260 planets have already been discovered orbiting other stars, and new ones are found almost every month.  Having trouble keeping track? Help is on the way.

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NASA Honors Legendary Flight Director Gene Kranz »» NASA Honors Legendary Flight Director Gene Kranz

[Friday, November 30, 2007] NASA will honor Eugene Francis "Gene" Kranz with the presentation of an Ambassador of Exploration Award for his involvement in the U.S. space program.

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

[Friday, November 30, 2007] 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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An X-Ray Santa Claus in Orion »» An X-Ray Santa Claus in Orion

[Friday, November 30, 2007] Right in time for the festive season, ESA's XMM-Newton X-ray observatory has discovered a huge cloud of high-temperature gas resting in a spectacular nearby star-forming region, shaped somewhat like the silhouette of Santa Claus.

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Management Changes in NASA's Constellation Program »» Management Changes in NASA's Constellation Program

[Friday, November 30, 2007] In response to a request made by SpaceRef.com NASA says that Orion Project Manager Skip Hatfield is going to become the Special Assistant to the Program Manager for Technical Integration in the International Space Station Program.

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NASA Gives »» NASA Gives "Go" for Space Shuttle Launch on Dec. 6

[Friday, November 30, 2007] NASA senior managers completed a thorough review Friday of space shuttle Atlantis' readiness for flight and selected Dec. 6 as the official launch date for mission STS-122.

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