October 2005 Top Story Archives



Tenth Planet Has a Moon »» Tenth Planet Has a Moon

[Saturday, October 1, 2005] The newly discovered 10th planet, 2003 UB313, is looking more and more like one of the solar system's major players. It has the heft of a real planet and, astronomers have now discovered, it has a moon.

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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 1 October 2005 »» NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 1 October 2005

[Saturday, October 1, 2005] Soyuz TMA-7 (11S) launched on time last night at 11:54:53pm EDT at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.  The 11S spacecraft is currently ending its first day of catching up with the station for the docking early Monday (10/3) morning at 1:32am EDT. 

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Gravity Probe B Runs Out of Liquid Helium »» Gravity Probe B Runs Out of Liquid Helium

[Saturday, October 1, 2005] On Mission Day 528, the Gravity Probe B vehicle and payload are in good health, with all subsystems performing nominally. The Dewar is now depleted of liquid helium, and this has affected various subsystems.

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Sun's direct role in global warming may be underestimated »» Sun's direct role in global warming may be underestimated

[Sunday, October 2, 2005] At least 10 to 30 percent of global warming measured during the past two decades may be due to increased solar output rather than factors such as increased heat-absorbing carbon dioxide gas released by various human activities.

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Physicists say universe evolution favored three and seven dimensions »» Physicists say universe evolution favored three and seven dimensions

[Sunday, October 2, 2005] Physicists who work with a concept called string theory envision our universe as an eerie place with at least nine spatial dimensions, six of them hidden from us, perhaps curled up in some way so they are undetectable.

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Soyuz TMA-7 Docks With ISS »» Soyuz TMA-7 Docks With ISS

[Monday, October 3, 2005] A Soyuz TMA spacecraft carrying the 12th space station crew docked the international space station at 1:27 a.m. EDT Monday. Onboard were Expedition 12 Commander William McArthur and Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev.

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Message from the NASA Administrator Regarding Space Station and Space Shuttle Comments »» Message from the NASA Administrator Regarding Space Station and Space Shuttle Comments

[Monday, October 3, 2005] "I'm sure you've seen the press coverage concerning my supposed comments on the space shuttle and International Space Station, beginning last Wednesday."

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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 3 October 2005 »» NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 3 October 2005

[Monday, October 3, 2005] This morning at 1:27am EDT Soyuz TMA-7/11S docked smoothly at the DC1 "Pirs" Docking Compartment, five minutes ahead of schedule, under automatic "Kurs" control, with Valery Tokarev, William McArthur and Gregory Olsen.

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NASA Reschedules Undersea Expedition »» NASA Reschedules Undersea Expedition

[Tuesday, October 4, 2005] Due to Hurricane Rita, the ninth NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations project, originally scheduled for Oct. 3-21, has been moved to next spring.

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Frozen microbes reveal how to test for Martian life »» Frozen microbes reveal how to test for Martian life

[Tuesday, October 4, 2005] Science leader of AMASE, Andrew Steele of the Carnegie Institution's Geophysical Laboratory, explained that "ice-filled volcanic vents, such as these, are likely to occur on Mars and may be a potential habitat for life there."

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NASA Helps Solve 35 Year Old Gamma Ray Burst Mystery »» NASA Helps Solve 35 Year Old Gamma Ray Burst Mystery

[Thursday, October 6, 2005] Scientists have solved the mystery of the origin of powerful, split-second flashes of light known as short gamma-ray bursts. These flashes, brighter than a billion suns, lasting only a few milliseconds, have been simply too fast to catch -- until now.

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It Takes Three Smithsonian Observatories to Decipher One Mystery Object »» It Takes Three Smithsonian Observatories to Decipher One Mystery Object

[Thursday, October 6, 2005] In an exercise that demonstrates the power of a multiwavelength investigation using diverse facilities, astronomers have deciphered the true nature of a mysterious object hiding inside a dark cosmic cloud.

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NASA Scientists Confirm Toxic Seas During Earth's Evolution »» NASA Scientists Confirm Toxic Seas During Earth's Evolution

[Thursday, October 6, 2005] NASA exobiology researchers confirmed Earth's oceans were once rich in sulfides that would prevent advanced life forms, such as fish and mammals, from thriving. The research was funded in part by NASA's exobiology program.

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Black Holes Aren't So Black »» Black Holes Aren't So Black

[Friday, October 7, 2005] Common wisdom holds that we can never see a black hole because nothing can escape it - not even light. Fortunately, black holes aren't completely black.

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NASA Space Observatories Glimpse Afterglow of Nearby Stellar Explosion »» NASA Space Observatories Glimpse Afterglow of Nearby Stellar Explosion

[Friday, October 7, 2005] Intricate wisps of glowing gas float amid a myriad of stars in this image created by combining data from Hubble and Chandra Observatories. The gas is a supernova remnant ejected from the explosion of a massive star that occurred some 3,000 years ago.

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Mirror Segment for James Webb Space Telescope Delivered for Polishing »» Mirror Segment for James Webb Space Telescope Delivered for Polishing

[Friday, October 7, 2005] Manufacturing of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) progressed further with the delivery of the telescope's first mirror segment for grinding and polishing in late September.

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NASA's Space Shuttle Endeavour Comes Back To Life »» NASA's Space Shuttle Endeavour Comes Back To Life

[Friday, October 7, 2005] Engineers cheered as electricity coursed through Space Shuttle Endeavour Thursday for the first time in two years, signaling the end of the orbiter's major modification period at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Ulysses, fifteen years and going strong »» Ulysses, fifteen years and going strong

[Friday, October 7, 2005] Fifteen years after its launch, the grand ESA/NASA Ulysses space mission is still going strong, orbiting the Sun and continuing to tell exciting stories about our nearest star.

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Titan's Enigmatic Infrared-Bright Spot is Surface Make-up »» Titan's Enigmatic Infrared-Bright Spot is Surface Make-up

[Friday, October 7, 2005] A 300-mile-wide patch that outshines everything else on Titan at long infrared wavelengths appears not to be a mountain, a cloud or a geologically active hot spot, University of Arizona scientists and Cassini team members say.

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Cassini's Visit to Dione »» Cassini's Visit to Dione

[Friday, October 7, 2005] Imaging scientists expect the Dione encounter to be one of the highlights of Cassini's mission. In terms of planning, this particular flyby is perhaps the most sophisticated yet undertaken by the Cassini imaging team.

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CryoSat Mission lost due to launch failure »» CryoSat Mission lost due to launch failure

[Saturday, October 8, 2005] Today at 21.00 CEST the Khrunichev Space Centre on behalf of the Russian State Commission officially confirmed that the launch of CryoSat ended in a failure due to an anomaly in the launch sequence and expressed his regret to ESA and all partners involved

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A Closer Look at NASA's New Exploration Architecture »» A Closer Look at NASA's New Exploration Architecture

[Sunday, October 9, 2005] A group of NASA officials briefed a panel at the National Academy of Sciences last week on NASA's revamped exploration plans. The panel being briefed was organized to review NASA's plans for the International Space Station.

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Opening the Door to New Materials for Exploration »» Opening the Door to New Materials for Exploration

[Monday, October 10, 2005] On October 3, containers filled with experimental materials that might one day be used to build the vehicles that carry humans to Mars were opened for the first time since their return to Earth.

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Space Station Expedition 11 Crew Returns to Earth »» Space Station Expedition 11 Crew Returns to Earth

[Monday, October 10, 2005] After traveling 75 million miles during six months on the international space station, Expedition 11 Commander Sergei Krikalev and NASA ISS Science Officer John Phillips returned to Earth today.

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Learning to Work in the Suit - Interview with Dean Eppler (Part 1) »» Learning to Work in the Suit - Interview with Dean Eppler (Part 1)

[Tuesday, October 11, 2005] Dr. Eppler has been performing tests on the Mark III space suit for many years; he has spent more than 100 hours putting it through its paces. In this, the first of three interview segments, he talks about the Mark III.

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Hayabusa Status Report 10 October 2005 »» Hayabusa Status Report 10 October 2005

[Tuesday, October 11, 2005] As already reported, Hayabusa lost one reaction wheel (X-axis) on July 31st and has taken an alternative flight mode using two wheels for the attitude stabilization.

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NASA Discovers Life's Building Blocks Are Common In Space »» NASA Discovers Life's Building Blocks Are Common In Space

[Tuesday, October 11, 2005] A team of NASA exobiology researchers revealed today organic chemicals that play a crucial role in the chemistry of life are common in space.

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China Launches Shenzhou-6 With Two Astronauts Onboard »» China Launches Shenzhou-6 With Two Astronauts Onboard

[Tuesday, October 11, 2005] The Shenzhou-6 spacecaraft was launched on Wednesday at 9:00 AM Beijing Time from China's satellite launch center in Jiuquan located in northwest China. On board are two astronauts, Fei Junlong, 40 and Nie Haisheng, 41.

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NASA's Centennial Challenges Collaborates With X Prize Foundation »» NASA's Centennial Challenges Collaborates With X Prize Foundation

[Tuesday, October 11, 2005] Implementation of the collaboration is contingent upon NASA obtaining necessary statutory authority for prizes; inclusion of necessary resources to fund the purses; final negotiation and execution of an agreement between the agency and the Foundation.

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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 11 October 2005 »» NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 11 October 2005

[Tuesday, October 11, 2005] All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below.  Underway:  Week 1 for Increment 12.  On their first day alone, the new crew of Bill McArthur and Valery Tokarev was off-duty, after yesterday's demanding schedule.

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Northrop Grumman-Boeing Team Unveils Plans for Crew Exploration Vehicle »» Northrop Grumman-Boeing Team Unveils Plans for Crew Exploration Vehicle

[Wednesday, October 12, 2005] A Northrop Grumman/Boeing team today unveiled its plans to design and build NASA's proposed Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV), a modular space system intended to carry humans to the International Space Station by 2012 and back to the moon by 2018.

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NASA Set To Approve New Unpressurized Logistics Carrier for Space Shuttle Fleet »» NASA Set To Approve New Unpressurized Logistics Carrier for Space Shuttle Fleet

[Wednesday, October 12, 2005] NASA is set to approve development of 5 new unpressurized payload carriers for the Space Shuttle fleet at a total cost of $120 million.

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It Takes Two to Tango - Dione Eclipsing Rhea »» It Takes Two to Tango - Dione Eclipsing Rhea

[Wednesday, October 12, 2005] Cassini completed its only flyby ofDione on Oct. 11. In the process, Cassini captured Dione eclipsing Rhea. In the picture above, the distance between Dione and Rhea was roughly 330,000 kilometers (205,000 miles)

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Researchers find a potential key to human immune suppression in space »» Researchers find a potential key to human immune suppression in space

[Wednesday, October 12, 2005] Researchers have identified a set of key immune-response genes that do not turn on in a weightless environment. The discovery is another clue in solving a mystery: why the human immune system does not function well in the weightlessness of space.

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Dione, Saturn, and the Rings (1) »» Dione, Saturn, and the Rings (1)

[Wednesday, October 12, 2005] This image was taken on October 11, 2005 and received on Earth October 12, 2005. The camera was pointing toward Dione at approximately 38,352 kilometers away, and the image was taken using the CL1 and IR1 filters.

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Evidence for more dust than ice in comets »» Evidence for more dust than ice in comets

[Thursday, October 13, 2005] Observations of Comet 9P/Tempel 1 made by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft after the Deep Impact collision suggest that comets are 'icy dirtballs', rather than 'dirty snowballs' as previously believed.

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NASA's Hubble Reveals Moon's Secrets (with additional background material) »» NASA's Hubble Reveals Moon's Secrets (with additional background material)

[Thursday, October 13, 2005] Using Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys, preliminary assessments suggest a newly discovered abundance of titanium and iron oxides. They may be sources of oxygen and a potential resource for human exploration.

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NASA'S Chandra X-Ray Observatory Reveals New Star Generation »» NASA'S Chandra X-Ray Observatory Reveals New Star Generation

[Thursday, October 13, 2005] Chandra has revealed a new generation of stars spawned by a super-massive black hole at the center of our galaxy. This mode of star formation may solve several mysteries about these super-massive black holes.

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Making a List, Checking It Twice - Interview with Dean Eppler (Part 2) »» Making a List, Checking It Twice - Interview with Dean Eppler (Part 2)

[Thursday, October 13, 2005] Last month, the Desert RATS (Research and Technology Studies) team spent two weeks roaming about on a cattle field near Flagstaff, Arizona. Their objective: test out advanced technology - space suits, an automated rover, communications equipment.

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NASA Cassini Image: Telesto Up Close »» NASA Cassini Image: Telesto Up Close

[Thursday, October 13, 2005] This image was taken on October 11, 2005 and received on Earth October 12, 2005. The camera was pointing toward Telesto at approximately 14,630 kilometers away, and the image was taken using the CL1 and CL2 filters.

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NASA Cassini Image: Morning Sun on Dione »» NASA Cassini Image: Morning Sun on Dione

[Friday, October 14, 2005] This image was taken on October 11, 2005 and received on Earth October 12, 2005. The camera was pointing toward Dione at approximately 22,481 kilometers away, and the image was taken using the CL1 and CL2 filters.

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NASA Makes Progress Understanding Shuttle Tank Foam Loss »» NASA Makes Progress Understanding Shuttle Tank Foam Loss

[Friday, October 14, 2005] Engineers are moving closer to resolving the problem of foam insulation falling off shuttle external fuel tanks. A "tiger team" is making recommendations addressing the factors that may have contributed to foam loss when Discovery was launched in July.

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Mimas, Sunlit Rings, and the Nightside of Saturn »» Mimas, Sunlit Rings, and the Nightside of Saturn

[Sunday, October 16, 2005] This image was taken on October 13, 2005 and received on Earth October 14, 2005. The camera was pointing toward Mimas at approximately 710,418 kilometers away, and the image was taken using the CB2 and IRP90 filters.

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Spitzer  Sees Turmoil Next Door in Andromeda Galaxy »» Spitzer Sees Turmoil Next Door in Andromeda Galaxy

[Sunday, October 16, 2005] University of Arizona astronomers have taken the sharpest, most detailed infrared pictures ever of the Andromeda galaxy. They show that our neighbor spiral galaxy is a surprisingly disturbed and violent place.

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NASA Targets May 2006 for Next Shuttle Launch »» NASA Targets May 2006 for Next Shuttle Launch

[Sunday, October 16, 2005] Although not yet to set a firm launch date for the next space shuttle flight, NASA managers said October 14 that they have made progress in determining why insulating foam is lost during shuttle launches, and are considering a May 3-23 launch window.

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Shenzhou 6 Spacecraft Returns to Earth »» Shenzhou 6 Spacecraft Returns to Earth

[Sunday, October 16, 2005] According to China's official news agency, Xinhua, the Shenzhou 6 reentry module landed at at 4:32 am local time. On board were astronauts Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng.

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New NASA Map Provides More Evidence That Mars Was Once Like Earth »» New NASA Map Provides More Evidence That Mars Was Once Like Earth

[Monday, October 17, 2005] A new map of Mars' magnetic field made by the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft reveals a world whose history was shaped by great crustal plates being pulled apart or smashed together.

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Mars' climate in flux: Mid-latitude glaciers »» Mars' climate in flux: Mid-latitude glaciers

[Monday, October 17, 2005] New high-resolution images of mid-latitude Mars are revealing glacier-formed landscapes far from the Martian poles, says a leading Mars researcher.

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New NASA Plans Could Dramatically Limit Shuttle Flights And Halt Space Station Assembly »» New NASA Plans Could Dramatically Limit Shuttle Flights And Halt Space Station Assembly

[Monday, October 17, 2005] NASA is faced with a dilemma right now: It wants to fly 19 Space Shuttle missions - 18 to ISS and one mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope between now and the end of FY 2010. The problem is that NASA simply does not have the money to do this.

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Ringside with Dione »» Ringside with Dione

[Monday, October 17, 2005] Speeding toward pale, icy Dione, Cassini's view is enriched by the tranquil gold and blue hues of Saturn in the distance. The horizontal stripes near the bottom of the image are Saturn's rings.

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Interdisciplinary Scientists Propose Paradigm Shift in Robotic Space Exploration »» Interdisciplinary Scientists Propose Paradigm Shift in Robotic Space Exploration

[Monday, October 17, 2005] If you're studying the history of a planet, the really good places to look are rugged terrains like canyons and other areas where water, igneous activity, wind, and seismic rumblings have left their respective marks. Flat is not so good.

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New VLT Images Reveal the Surroundings of a Super-massive Black Hole »» New VLT Images Reveal the Surroundings of a Super-massive Black Hole

[Monday, October 17, 2005] Near-infrared images of the active galaxy NGC 1097, obtained by ESO's Very Large Telescope, disclose with unprecedented detail a complex central network of filamentary structure spiralling down to the centre of the galaxy.

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Future Smart Robotic Space Missions Will Be Multi-tiered, Researchers Say »» Future Smart Robotic Space Missions Will Be Multi-tiered, Researchers Say

[Monday, October 17, 2005] Remote-sensing orbiters, probes, landers and rovers are returning astonishing discoveries. But some of the most exciting geological and potentially astrobiological places in our family of planets and moons are dangerous and difficult to explore.

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NEO News (10/18/05): Astronauts and the Impact Hazard »» NEO News (10/18/05): Astronauts and the Impact Hazard

[Tuesday, October 18, 2005] "The Association of Space Explorers, meeting in its annual congress in Salt Lake City, has taken special note of the series of unusually devastating natural disasters that have occurred around the world during the past year."

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WISE bed-rest study: second campaign under way »» WISE bed-rest study: second campaign under way

[Tuesday, October 18, 2005] The second campaign of the Women's International Space Simulation for Exploration (WISE) study has been fully under way at the MEDES clinic, in Toulouse, France since October 1st, 2005.

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Royal Astronomical Society Commission Supports The Scientific Case for Human Space Flight »» Royal Astronomical Society Commission Supports The Scientific Case for Human Space Flight

[Tuesday, October 18, 2005] After 9 months of expert consultation and gathering of evidence from many sources, the Royal Astronomical Society Commission assigned to investigate "The Scientific Case for Human Space Flight" has presented its final report to the Society's Council.

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NASA In Talks With Japanese About Nuclear Reactors on the Moon »» NASA In Talks With Japanese About Nuclear Reactors on the Moon

[Tuesday, October 18, 2005] NASA Administrator Mike Griffin made a trip to Japan this week. Topics under discussion include NASA's new exploration architecture and the ISS. Specifically, talks were to focus on how the U.S. wants to change Japan's contribution to the ISS.

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New Horizons Pluto payload ready for flight, exciting science campaign »» New Horizons Pluto payload ready for flight, exciting science campaign

[Tuesday, October 18, 2005] The science payload for NASA's New Horizons mission completed its last major preparations for flight last week. The probe will be the first to visit Pluto and its moon, Charon.

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Cassini-Huygens mission celebrates anniversary »» Cassini-Huygens mission celebrates anniversary

[Tuesday, October 18, 2005] On the eighth anniversary of the launch of the NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini-Huygens spacecraft, the teams involved can look back at a string of remarkable discoveries.

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Overlapping Moons »» Overlapping Moons

[Tuesday, October 18, 2005] This image was taken on October 17, 2005 and received on Earth October 18, 2005. The camera was pointing directly toward Prometheus at approximately 2,358,256 kilometers away.

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Smallest Planet Yet Found Circling a Main Sequence Star (other than our sun) »» Smallest Planet Yet Found Circling a Main Sequence Star (other than our sun)

[Tuesday, October 18, 2005] "This inclination yields a mass for companion d of m = 7.53 +- 0.70 Earth masses, making it by far the lowest mass companion yet found around a main sequence star other than our Sun."

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Space Station Looks Into Eye of Record-Setting Hurricane »» Space Station Looks Into Eye of Record-Setting Hurricane

[Wednesday, October 19, 2005] Television cameras aboard the international space station are showing dramatic views of record-setting Hurricane Wilma. The video captured today from 222 miles above the storm is airing on the NASA TV Video File segment.

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NASA's Hubble Looks for Possible Moon Resources »» NASA's Hubble Looks for Possible Moon Resources

[Wednesday, October 19, 2005] Hubble's resolution and sensitivity to ultraviolet light have allowed the telescope to search for important oxygen-bearing minerals on the moon. Minerals, such as ilmenite (titanium and iron oxide), may be critical for a sustained human lunar presence.

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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 19 October 2005 »» NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 19 October 2005

[Wednesday, October 19, 2005] Last night’s ISS reboost was aborted when Progress thrusters shut down after only 117 sec.   Preliminary indications are that the thrusters fired as commanded, but that a subsequent loss of communication in the thruster system caused the shutdown.

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NASA Administrator Michael Griffin's Remarks for 56th International Astronautical Congress »» NASA Administrator Michael Griffin's Remarks for 56th International Astronautical Congress

[Thursday, October 20, 2005] "Indeed, in the century that is just beginning to unfold, we will see human civilization begin to spread out into the Solar System, perhaps sooner than many people expect, as the result of a lot of hard work by the world's space agencies."

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Lockheed Martin's Last Titan IV Successfully Delivers National Security Payload to Space »» Lockheed Martin's Last Titan IV Successfully Delivers National Security Payload to Space

[Thursday, October 20, 2005] The USAF and Lockheed Martin closed out a five-decade history with the final launch of a Titan IV B rocket.  All eyes were on Space Launch Complex 4 East as the rocket thundered off the pad to deliver its final payload to space and retire from service.

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Weighing the Benefits of the I-suit: Interview with Dean Eppler (Part 3) »» Weighing the Benefits of the I-suit: Interview with Dean Eppler (Part 3)

[Thursday, October 20, 2005] Dr. Dean Eppler is a geologist at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. For the past eight years, Eppler has participated in field tests of experimental spacesuits as part of the Desert RATS (Research and Technology Studies) project.

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Stormy Weather: Titan's Enigmatic Cloud Band is Convective »» Stormy Weather: Titan's Enigmatic Cloud Band is Convective

[Thursday, October 20, 2005] University of Arizona scientists say that the peculiar clouds at middle latitudes in Titan's southern hemisphere may form in the same way as distinct bands of clouds form at Earth's equator.

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NASA Grant Will Fund New Research on Mars with the Spirit and Opportunity Rovers »» NASA Grant Will Fund New Research on Mars with the Spirit and Opportunity Rovers

[Thursday, October 20, 2005] When it comes to longevity, the Spirit and Opportunity rovers on Mars are giving some real competition to the pink bunny from those battery advertisements - even though their original missions were only 90 days.

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NASA'S Spitzer Finds Failed Stars May Succeed in Planet Business »» NASA'S Spitzer Finds Failed Stars May Succeed in Planet Business

[Thursday, October 20, 2005] NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted the very beginnings of what might become planets around the puniest of celestial orbs – brown dwarfs, or "failed stars."

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Rice scientists build world's first single-molecule car »» Rice scientists build world's first single-molecule car

[Friday, October 21, 2005] Rice University scientists have constructed the world's smallest car -- a single molecule "nanocar" that contains a chassis, axles and four buckyball wheels.

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Satellite study doubles forest disturbance estimates in Brazil impacts widespread »» Satellite study doubles forest disturbance estimates in Brazil impacts widespread

[Friday, October 21, 2005] Results from a new large-scale, high-resolution satellite data analysis indicate that forest degradation in the Brazilian Amazon has been underestimated by half. The study has far-reaching ecological impacts for the region and beyond.

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MIT space cameras take first pictures »» MIT space cameras take first pictures

[Friday, October 21, 2005] X-ray cameras designed by MIT astrophysicists are a key component of a new instrument aboard an orbiting Japanese observatory that will probe the secrets of such phenomena as exploding stars.

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

[Friday, October 21, 2005] A dense curtain of mysteries surrounding Venus, the hot and hazy sister planet to Earth, awaits to be opened after the launch of Venus Express, the next planetary probe of the European Space Agency.

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NASA Deep Impact Temperature Map of Comet Tempel 1 »» NASA Deep Impact Temperature Map of Comet Tempel 1

[Friday, October 21, 2005] This is a temperature map of the nucleus of Comet Tempel 1 with different spatial resolutions. The sun is to the right in all images.

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Concordia's First Winter on the High Antarctic Plateau »» Concordia's First Winter on the High Antarctic Plateau

[Friday, October 21, 2005] South Pole shares the High Antarctic Plateau with a new neighbor this winter. The Franco- Italian station of Concordia has opened for yearround operation, after five years of challenging construction.

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Full Summons and Complaint by SpaceX against Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin Corporation (complete document) »» Full Summons and Complaint by SpaceX against Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin Corporation (complete document)

[Sunday, October 23, 2005] "Boeing and Lockheed Martin have engaged in an unlawful conspiracy to eliminate competition in, and utlimately to monopolize, the government space launch business and prevent SpaceX and other potential new entrants from competing."

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International Space Station Imagery: Hurricane Wilma »» International Space Station Imagery: Hurricane Wilma

[Sunday, October 23, 2005] This image of Hurricane Wilma was taken at 8:23 a.m. CDT Wednesday, Oct. 19, by the crew aboard NASA's international space station as the complex flew 222 miles above the storm.

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News from a space phantom »» News from a space phantom

[Sunday, October 23, 2005] A phantom, which was outside the International Space Station (ISS) for a year and a half, is now inside with the ISS crew. However, this is no ghost story but a serious set of scientific experiments to monitor radiation levels inside and outside the ISS.

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Has Hubble Discovered An Edge-on Disk around a Brown Dwarf? »» Has Hubble Discovered An Edge-on Disk around a Brown Dwarf?

[Monday, October 24, 2005] We have recently discovered a young brown dwarf in the Taurus star-forming region that exhibits several characteristics that are often observed in stars occulted by edge-on circumstellar disks.

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Creating a Better Transmission System for Deep-Space Applications »» Creating a Better Transmission System for Deep-Space Applications

[Monday, October 24, 2005] Recent advances in wireless computing technology could improve deep-space missions like asteroid research and remote spacecraft operations by changing the way signals are sent from Earth.

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NASA Announces Results From Beam and Tether Challenges »» NASA Announces Results From Beam and Tether Challenges

[Monday, October 24, 2005] NASA and the Spaceward Foundation announced the results of the 2005 Beam Power Challenge and Tether Challenge. Eleven teams competed in the two competitions over the weekend at NASA ARC.

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NASA Marks Five Years on the International Space Station »» NASA Marks Five Years on the International Space Station

[Monday, October 24, 2005] NASA is celebrating five years of human space flight on the international space station with special activities over the next two weeks.

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IceCube - One hole done, 79 more to go »» IceCube - One hole done, 79 more to go

[Monday, October 24, 2005] With hot water and a hose fit for a giant, drillers melted the first hole for the world's largest neutrino detector. The hole is the first of 80 that will eventually perforate a cubic kilometer of Antarctic ice.

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Hayabusa Movie of Asteroid Itokawa's rotation »» Hayabusa Movie of Asteroid Itokawa's rotation

[Tuesday, October 25, 2005] JAXA has released an animation of asteroid Itokawa's rotation composed from images taken by the Hayabusa spacecraft currently located in the "gate position" with respect to the asteroid.

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Large Binoccular Telescope Successfully Achieves First Light »» Large Binoccular Telescope Successfully Achieves First Light

[Wednesday, October 26, 2005] Upon completion the LBT will peer deeper into space than ever before, and with ten times the clarity of the Hubble Space Telescope. With unparalleled observational capability, astronomers will be able to view planets in distant solar systems.

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Geologists Uncover New Evidence About the Rise of Oxygen »» Geologists Uncover New Evidence About the Rise of Oxygen

[Wednesday, October 26, 2005] Scientists believe that oxygen first showed up in the atmosphere about 2.7 billion years ago. They think it was put there by cyanobacteria which had recently become the first living things on Earth to make oxygen from water and sunlight.

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Even 'failed stars' form planets »» Even 'failed stars' form planets

[Wednesday, October 26, 2005] An international team of astronomers shows that even brown dwarfs start to form planets. Thus, the process of building planets is more universal and robust than had previously been assumed.

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NC State Researchers Redesign Life for Mars and Beyond »» NC State Researchers Redesign Life for Mars and Beyond

[Wednesday, October 26, 2005] Researchers at North Carolina State University are looking deep under water for clues on how to redesign plants for life deep in outer space.

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Cassini reveals more about Saturn's F ring »» Cassini reveals more about Saturn's F ring

[Wednesday, October 26, 2005] Images of Saturn's narrow and contorted F ring returned by cameras onboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft have revealed phenomena not previously detected in any planetary ring.

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First Internet-built student satellite successfully launched »» First Internet-built student satellite successfully launched

[Thursday, October 27, 2005] SSETI Express, a low Earth orbit spacecraft designed and built by European university students under the supervision of ESA’s Education Department, was successfully launched this morning from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome on a Russian Kosmos 3M launcher.

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NASA Internal Memo: NASA Realigns Research and Technology to Accelerate CEV/CLV »» NASA Internal Memo: NASA Realigns Research and Technology to Accelerate CEV/CLV

[Friday, October 28, 2005] "Attached is Enclosure 1 which provides task distribution charts that outline the new roles and responsibilities for each NASA Center. Enclosure 2 which provides a detailed listing of the HSR&T and ESR&T reductions."

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B612 Foundation Statement Regarding NASA's Analysis of Asteroid 99942 Apophis Impact Potential »» B612 Foundation Statement Regarding NASA's Analysis of Asteroid 99942 Apophis Impact Potential

[Friday, October 28, 2005] "The B612 Foundation expresses its gratitude to NASA for the thorough and thoughtful response to our request for analysis regarding the potential impact of near-Earth object (NEO) 99942 Apophis (formerly 2004MN4)."

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First Giant Magellan Telescope Mirror Casting is Perfect »» First Giant Magellan Telescope Mirror Casting is Perfect

[Saturday, October 29, 2005] The casting of the first mirror for the Giant Magellan Telescope "appears to be essentially perfect," UA Steward Observatory Director Peter Strittmatter said after astronomers got their first look at the glass last Friday.

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New home for the Dome? »» New home for the Dome?

[Saturday, October 29, 2005] After more than 30 years at the South Pole, the landmark aluminum dome may retire to Southern California. The original plan was to recycle the dome but a veterans group is interested in using the structure at the CEC/Seabee Museum in Port Hueneme, Calif.

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New Method of Dating Oceanic Crust Is Most Accurate So Far »» New Method of Dating Oceanic Crust Is Most Accurate So Far

[Saturday, October 29, 2005] A newly developed method that detects tiny bits of zircon in rock reliably predicts the age of ocean crust more than 99 percent of the time, making the technique the most accurate so far.

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Further Details Emerge Regarding NASA's Cancellation of Human and Robotic Technology (H&RT) Research Projects »» Further Details Emerge Regarding NASA's Cancellation of Human and Robotic Technology (H&RT) Research Projects

[Sunday, October 30, 2005] NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate has decided to cancel 29 out of 51 Human and Robotic Technology (H&RT) research projects selected in 2004.

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Hubble Finds Possible New Moons Around Pluto »» Hubble Finds Possible New Moons Around Pluto

[Monday, October 31, 2005] Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to view the ninth planet in our solar system, astronomers discovered Pluto may have not one, but three moons.

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Cutting edge microsatellite achieves milestones »» Cutting edge microsatellite achieves milestones

[Monday, October 31, 2005] A microsatellite developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory recently accomplished significant mission milestones by rendezvousing three to fours times with the upper stage of the Minotaur I launch vehicle at distances between 1.5 km and 500 meters.

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New Book Expands Biological Classifications to Account for Alien Life »» New Book Expands Biological Classifications to Account for Alien Life

[Monday, October 31, 2005] What would you call an alien if you encountered it on the street tomorrow? What if that alien didn't come from another world but rather was created in a laboratory right here on Earth and functioned differently from other Earth life?

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