September 2004 Top Story Archives



NASA Selects Contractors for Exploration Studies »» NASA Selects Contractors for Exploration Studies

[Wednesday, September 01, 2004] NASA today awarded the first contracts to conduct preliminary concept studies for human lunar exploration and the development of the crew exploration vehicle. Eleven companies were selected.

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Opportunity Clears Pebble and Returns to Rock Grinding »» Opportunity Clears Pebble and Returns to Rock Grinding

[Wednesday, September 01, 2004] NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has resumed using its rock abrasion tool after a pebble fell out that had jammed the tool's rotors two weeks ago.

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NASA to Capture Fiery Genesis Re-entry with Eyes in the Sky »» NASA to Capture Fiery Genesis Re-entry with Eyes in the Sky

[Wednesday, September 01, 2004] Scientists expect to get the most detailed look at a hypervelocity re-entry when NASA uses an aerial laboratory to observe the fiery return of the Genesis sample return capsule from interplanetary space.

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A Bright Supernova in the Nearby Galaxy NGC 2403 »» A Bright Supernova in the Nearby Galaxy NGC 2403

[Thursday, September 02, 2004] The explosion of a massive star blazes with the light of 200 million Suns in this NASA Hubble Space Telescope image. The supernova is so bright in this image that it easily could be mistaken for a foreground star in our Milky Way Galaxy.

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NASA Prepares for Hurricane Frances »» NASA Prepares for Hurricane Frances

[Thursday, September 02, 2004] NASA is taking the threat from Hurricane Frances seriously. The powerful storm is moving toward Florida's east coast and could affect NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) this weekend.

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NEO News - Rusty Schweickart on Asteroid Deflection Technology »» NEO News - Rusty Schweickart on Asteroid Deflection Technology

[Thursday, September 02, 2004] "I am writing this letter in order to pass on to those professionally involved in the subject of near-Earth objects, information developed at the seminars which I believe to be of particular interest."

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Cassini Reveals Saturn's Cool Rings »» Cassini Reveals Saturn's Cool Rings

[Thursday, September 02, 2004] Cassini has taken the most detailed temperature measurements to date of Saturn's rings. Data taken by the composite infrared spectrometer instrument on the spacecraft while entering Saturn's orbit show the cool and relatively warm regions of the rings.

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Image of Hurricane Frances by NASA SeaWIFS »» Image of Hurricane Frances by NASA SeaWIFS

[Thursday, September 02, 2004] This image of Hurricane Frances was taken by SeaWiFS on 2 September 2004.

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Lockheed Martin-Built A2100 Satellite Fleet Achieves 100 Years in Orbit »» Lockheed Martin-Built A2100 Satellite Fleet Achieves 100 Years in Orbit

[Friday, September 03, 2004] The first A2100 satellite, AMC-1, was launched Sept. 8, 1996. AMC-15, a hybrid Ku/Ka-band satellite, is scheduled for launch later this year by International Launch Services aboard a Proton launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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NASA Presolicitation Notice: creation of The Mercury Fund »» NASA Presolicitation Notice: creation of The Mercury Fund

[Friday, September 03, 2004] "The goal: invest in tandem with established private sector venture capital funds to sponsor innovative, multi-use technologies to help NASA achieve its mission and to better position these technologies for future multiple and/or commercial uses."

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ISS Crew Completes Fourth - and Last - EVA »» ISS Crew Completes Fourth - and Last - EVA

[Friday, September 03, 2004] Smoothly and ahead of schedule, Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Mike Fincke completed the fourth and final spacewalk of their six-month mission today.

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NASA Captive Carry Test Prepares for Next X-43A / Hyper-X Flight »» NASA Captive Carry Test Prepares for Next X-43A / Hyper-X Flight

[Saturday, September 04, 2004] A full-scale dress rehearsal for the last and even faster flight of the NASA's X-43A hypersonic technology demonstrator aircraft is tentatively scheduled to occur on Tuesday, Sept. 7 from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center.

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NASA Releases Helios Prototype Aircraft Mishap Report »» NASA Releases Helios Prototype Aircraft Mishap Report

[Saturday, September 04, 2004] The board that investigated the loss of the remotely operated Helios Prototype aircraft during a test flight last summer released its final report today.

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What Has Frances done to NASA Kennedy Space Center - and its Employees? »» What Has Frances done to NASA Kennedy Space Center - and its Employees?

[Sunday, September 05, 2004] While Hurricane Frances continues to pummel Florida, NASA is preparing to assess what as happened to Kennedy Space Center - and to the people who work there.

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Jupiter-sized PLanet Found Transiting a Bright K0V Star »» Jupiter-sized PLanet Found Transiting a Bright K0V Star

[Sunday, September 05, 2004] "We report the detection of a transiting orbiting a relatively bright K0V star. Designated TrES-1, its inferred mass is 0.75 +/- 0.07 Jupiter masses, its radius is 1.08 (+0.18/-0.04) Jupiter radii, and its orbital period is 3.030065 +/- 0.000008 days."

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Preliminary Hurricane Damage Assessement from NASA Kennedy Space Center »» Preliminary Hurricane Damage Assessement from NASA Kennedy Space Center

[Monday, September 06, 2004] NASA Kennedy Space Center Director Jim Kennedy held a teleconference with the news media this afternoon and provided a preliminary picture of the damage Hurricane Frances inflicted upon the space center.

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CBO Study: A Budgetary Analysis of NASA's New Vision for Space Exploration »» CBO Study: A Budgetary Analysis of NASA's New Vision for Space Exploration

[Monday, September 06, 2004] "This Congressional Budget Office study assesses the implications that those plans might have for the content and schedule of NASA's future activities as well as the funding that might be needed to execute them. "

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A Hot Saturn Planet Orbiting HD 88133, from the N2K Consortium »» A Hot Saturn Planet Orbiting HD 88133, from the N2K Consortium

[Monday, September 06, 2004] The N2K consortium is carrying out a distributed observing campaign to search for short-period gas giant planets around metal-rich stars. We report the detection of a planet orbiting the metal-rich G5IV star HD 88133 with a period of 3.41 days

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Galactic Contortionists Captured by Gemini »» Galactic Contortionists Captured by Gemini

[Tuesday, September 07, 2004] A stunning image released today by the Gemini Observatory captures the graceful interactions of a galactic ballet, on a stage some 300 million light years away, that might better be described as a contortionist's dance.

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NASA a 'Go' For Midair Capture of Samples from the Sun »» NASA a 'Go' For Midair Capture of Samples from the Sun

[Tuesday, September 07, 2004] NASA's Genesis spacecraft crossed the orbit of the Moon early Monday, Sept. 6, on its way to the mission's dramatic finale over the skies of west-central Utah tomorrow.

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NASA Spitzer Space Telescope Arrives at the Scene of a Galactic Collision »» NASA Spitzer Space Telescope Arrives at the Scene of a Galactic Collision

[Tuesday, September 07, 2004] Spitzer has set its infrared sight on a major galactic collision and witnessed not death, but a teeming nest of life. In the latest Antennae galaxies study, Spitzer uncovered a new generation of stars at the site where the two galaxies clash.

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Genesis probe crashes »» Genesis probe crashes

[Wednesday, September 08, 2004] 11:59 AM EDT: The probe hit the ground without opening its parachute. The probe is half buried in the ground and appears to be more or less intact according to NASA. Updates at NASA Watc

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Mars May Have Had Large Sea Near NASA Rover Landing Site »» Mars May Have Had Large Sea Near NASA Rover Landing Site

[Wednesday, September 08, 2004] Spacecraft observations of the landing area for one of NASA's two Mars rovers now indicate there likely was an enormous sea or lake covering the region in the past, according to a new University of Colorado at Boulder study.

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Scientists Gain Glimpse of Bizzare Matter in a Neutron Star »» Scientists Gain Glimpse of Bizzare Matter in a Neutron Star

[Wednesday, September 08, 2004] Scientists have obtained their best measurement yet of the size and contents of a neutron star, an ultra-dense object containing the strangest and rarest matter in the Universe.

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Genesis Mission Report 8 September 2004 »» Genesis Mission Report 8 September 2004

[Wednesday, September 08, 2004] "We have the capsule," said Genesis project manager Don Sweetnam. "It is on the ground. We have previously written procedures and tools at our disposal for such an event. We are beginning capsule recovery operations at this time."

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Dying star creates sculpture of gas and dust »» Dying star creates sculpture of gas and dust

[Thursday, September 09, 2004] The Cat's Eye Nebula is seen here in this detailed view from the Hubble Space Telescope. A planetary nebula forms when Sun-like stars gently eject their outer gaseous layers to form bright nebulae with amazing twisted shapes.

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NASA Gravity Probe B mission enters science phase, ready to test Einstein's theory »» NASA Gravity Probe B mission enters science phase, ready to test Einstein's theory

[Thursday, September 09, 2004] Gravity Probe B achieved a major milestone this past week with the completion of the Initialization and Orbit Calibration (IOC) phase of its mission and the transition into the science phase.

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Scientists Glimpse Exotic Matter in a Neutron Star »» Scientists Glimpse Exotic Matter in a Neutron Star

[Thursday, September 09, 2004] Scientists have obtained their best measurement yet of the size and contents of a neutron star, an ultra-dense object containing the strangest and rarest matter in the universe.

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NASA's GRACE Mission Weighs in on Earth's Changing Climate »» NASA's GRACE Mission Weighs in on Earth's Changing Climate

[Thursday, September 09, 2004] For the first time, scientists have demonstrated precise measurements of Earth's changing gravity field can effectively monitor changes in the planet's climate and weather

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Motions in Nearby Galaxy Reveal Presence of Hidden Superstructure »» Motions in Nearby Galaxy Reveal Presence of Hidden Superstructure

[Thursday, September 09, 2004] A nearby galaxy cluster is facing an intergalactic headwind as it is pulled by an underlying superstructure of dark matter, according to new evidence from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory.

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Major milestone for detecting life on Mars »» Major milestone for detecting life on Mars

[Thursday, September 09, 2004] "We've passed a major milestone. We successfully tested an integrated Mars life-detection strategy for the first time and showed that if life on Mars resembles life on Earth at all, we'll be able to find even a single-cell."

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Cambridge Scientists Follow Doomed Matter on a Ride Around a Black Hole »» Cambridge Scientists Follow Doomed Matter on a Ride Around a Black Hole

[Thursday, September 09, 2004] Scientists have pieced together the journey of a bundle of doomed matter as it orbited a black hole four times, an observational first.

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Genesis Mission Status Report »» Genesis Mission Status Report

[Thursday, September 09, 2004] Genesis' sample return canister is inside a clean room at the U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. Scientists are hopeful that the recovered samples will be sufficient to achieve the mission's science goals.

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11 September 2001: Bad news from Earth »» 11 September 2001: Bad news from Earth

[Thursday, September 09, 2004] "The news from Earth that morning wasn't good. Frank Culbertson would soon find that some of the day's pre-planned routine would be altered."

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Is This Speck of Light an Exoplanet? »» Is This Speck of Light an Exoplanet?

[Friday, September 10, 2004] Is this newly discovered feeble point of light the long-sought bona-fide image of an exoplanet? A research paper by an international team of astronomers provides sound arguments in favour, but the definitive answer is now awaiting further observations.

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X-43A Status Update: Captive Carry Rehearsal Flight Postponed »» X-43A Status Update: Captive Carry Rehearsal Flight Postponed

[Friday, September 10, 2004] The captive carry flight of NASA's X-43A hypersonic research aircraft scheduled for Sept. 7 has been delayed due to hydraulic leakage on the B-52B launch airplane.

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Spectral Properties of Brown Dwarfs and Hot Jupiters »» Spectral Properties of Brown Dwarfs and Hot Jupiters

[Saturday, September 11, 2004] Brown dwarfs bridge the gap between the stellar and planetary mass regimes. Evolving from conditions very similar to the lowest-mass stars, the atmospheres of older brown dwarfs closely resemble those expected in close-in extrasolar giant planets.

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NASA Issues Four Robotic Lunar Exploration Program Requests for Information »» NASA Issues Four Robotic Lunar Exploration Program Requests for Information

[Sunday, September 12, 2004] NASA GSFC: "We plan to invite formal presentations and discussions at GSFC of the more compelling responses within 45 days of the RFI issuance."

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NASA'S Desert Rats Test New Gear »» NASA'S Desert Rats Test New Gear

[Monday, September 13, 2004] Arizona's high desert isn't quite as tough on equipment as the moon or Mars, but few places on Earth can give prototype spacesuits, rovers and science gear a better workout.

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President Bush submits emergency FY 2004 supplemental appropriations request to Congress for several agencies - including NASA »» President Bush submits emergency FY 2004 supplemental appropriations request to Congress for several agencies - including NASA

[Tuesday, September 14, 2004] "... 'Space Flight Capabilities,' to repair facilities damaged and take other emergency measures due to the effects of hurricanes, $126,000,000, to remain available until expended ..."

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NASA Prepares for Hurricane Ivan »» NASA Prepares for Hurricane Ivan

[Tuesday, September 14, 2004] Preparations are under way to secure important space flight hardware. NASA's Stennis Space Center (SSC), Miss., and the Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, are getting ready to ride out the storm.

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Frances, Ivan Contribute to MNASA's Hurricane Studies »» Frances, Ivan Contribute to MNASA's Hurricane Studies

[Tuesday, September 14, 2004] Seen through the eyes of the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer aboard NASA's Terra satellite, the menacing clouds of Hurricanes Frances and Ivan provide a wealth of information that can help improve hurricane forecasts.

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NASA Space Shuttle External Tank Slated to Fly Next Spring Ready for Foam Spray »» NASA Space Shuttle External Tank Slated to Fly Next Spring Ready for Foam Spray

[Tuesday, September 14, 2004] Workers at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans have transferred External Tank 120 -- the Space Shuttle External Tank slated for the launch of the orbiter Discovery next spring -- into the facility's vehicle assembly building.

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Drainage basins on Mars formed differently than on Earth »» Drainage basins on Mars formed differently than on Earth

[Tuesday, September 14, 2004] A new comparison of drainage basins on Mars and Earth reveals fundamental differences in the ways that valleys were formed in the different environments.

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A Giant Planet Candidate near a Young Brown Dwarf »» A Giant Planet Candidate near a Young Brown Dwarf

[Tuesday, September 14, 2004] This 25 MJup brown dwarf, located 70 pc from Earth, has been recently identified as a member of the TW Hydrae Association (age 8 Myr).

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Beware: Io Dust »» Beware: Io Dust

[Wednesday, September 15, 2004] Jupiter's moon Io is peppered with volcanoes, the hottest, most active volcanoes in our solar system. Sizzling vents spew plumes of gas and dust as much as 400 km high. They surge, spit, subside and surge again, non-stop.

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Testing for the Pioneer anomaly on a Pluto exploration mission »» Testing for the Pioneer anomaly on a Pluto exploration mission

[Wednesday, September 15, 2004] Tracking data of the Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft show a constant acceleration in the direction of the inner Solar System. An overview of the "the Pioneer anomaly", is given and an upcoming space mission are discussed using a putative Pluto orbiter probe.

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NASA Kennedy Space Center Recovers from Hurricane Frances »» NASA Kennedy Space Center Recovers from Hurricane Frances

[Thursday, September 16, 2004] Approximately 14,000 people returned to work at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) this week, following an 11-day closure due to Hurricane Frances.

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Radical Antarctic Telescope Would Outdo Hubble »» Radical Antarctic Telescope Would Outdo Hubble

[Thursday, September 16, 2004] A novel Antarctic telescope with 16-m diameter mirrors would far outperform the Hubble Space Telescope, and could be built at a tiny fraction of its cost, says a scientist from the Anglo-Australian Observatory in Sydney, Australia.

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Strings of Shadowy Rings Drape Saturn »» Strings of Shadowy Rings Drape Saturn

[Thursday, September 16, 2004] Saturn's ring shadows appear wrapped in a harmonious symphony with the planet in this color view from the Cassini spacecraft.

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AAPS announces five new extra-solar planets »» AAPS announces five new extra-solar planets

[Thursday, September 16, 2004] The five new planets include the first multiple planet systems detected by the AAPS, and three low-mass (ie Saturnian- or sub-Saturnian-mass planets).

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A traveling-wave engine to power deep space travel »» A traveling-wave engine to power deep space travel

[Thursday, September 16, 2004] Researchers have developed a novel method for generating electrical power for deep-space travel using sound waves. The traveling-wave thermoacoustic electric generator has the potential to power space probes to the furthest reaches of the Universe.

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Canada to build key component of NASA's next giant space telescope »» Canada to build key component of NASA's next giant space telescope

[Thursday, September 16, 2004] Canada will build a key component of the gigantic James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to be launched by NASA in August 2011. Northrup Grumman Space Technologies will build the JWST under NASA supervision at an estimated cost of US$1.5 billion.

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Astronomical Interferometry Reveals the Close Environment of Mira Stars »» Astronomical Interferometry Reveals the Close Environment of Mira Stars

[Thursday, September 16, 2004] For more than 400 years, astronomers have taken a special interest in observing Mira stars, famous for pulsations that last for 80-1,000 days and cause their apparent brightness to vary by a factor of ten times or more during a cycle.

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Genesis Mission Status Report 16 September 2004 »» Genesis Mission Status Report 16 September 2004

[Friday, September 17, 2004] Genesis team scientists and engineers continue their work on the mission's sample return canister in a specially constructed clean room at the U.S. Army Proving Ground in Dugway, Utah.

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Laser Vision Gives New Eyes to Keck Telescope »» Laser Vision Gives New Eyes to Keck Telescope

[Friday, September 17, 2004] The Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics system at the W. M. Keck Observatory is exceeding performance expectations and is poised to revolutionize many fields of astronomy.

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Large binocular telescope to be dedicated in October 2004 »» Large binocular telescope to be dedicated in October 2004

[Friday, September 17, 2004] The $120 million LBT is located on Mount Graham near Safford, Ariz. When fully operational in 2005, it will be the most technologically advanced ground-based telescope in the world.

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United States - India Joint Statement on Next Steps in Strategic Partnership »» United States - India Joint Statement on Next Steps in Strategic Partnership

[Sunday, September 19, 2004] The United States and India announced today major progress in the Next Steps in Strategic Partnership (NSSP) initiative. Implementation of the NSSP will lead to significant economic benefits for both countries and improve regional and global security.

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NASA Image of Space Shuttle Columbia Debris Recently Found »» NASA Image of Space Shuttle Columbia Debris Recently Found

[Monday, September 20, 2004] A piece of Space Shuttle Columbia, now identified as being Window No. 8 was recently found in Angelina County, Texas.  Window No. 8 is one of two windows located on the top of the shuttle, directly over the crew.

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SpaceDev Begins Work on ''Dream Chaser'' Space Vehicle Space Act MOU Signed with NASA Ames Research Center »» SpaceDev Begins Work on ''Dream Chaser'' Space Vehicle Space Act MOU Signed with NASA Ames Research Center

[Monday, September 20, 2004] SpaceDev has begun designing a reuseable, piloted, sub-orbital space ship that could be scaled up to safely and economically transport passengers to and from low earth orbit, including the International Space Station.

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Water and methane maps overlap on Mars: a new clue? »» Water and methane maps overlap on Mars: a new clue?

[Monday, September 20, 2004] Recent analyses of ESA's Mars Express data reveal that concentrations of water vapour and methane in the atmosphere of Mars significantly overlap. This result provides important new hints to evaluate the hypothesis of present life on the Red Planet.

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Cold Sugar in Space Provides Clue to the Molecular Origin of Life »» Cold Sugar in Space Provides Clue to the Molecular Origin of Life

[Monday, September 20, 2004] Astronomers have discovered a reservoir of simple sugar molecules in a cloud of gas and dust 26,000 light-years away. The discovery suggests how the molecular building blocks necessary for the creation of life could first form in interstellar space.

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Uranium/lead dating provides most accurate date yet for Earth's largest extinction »» Uranium/lead dating provides most accurate date yet for Earth's largest extinction

[Monday, September 20, 2004] A new study by geologists improves upon a widely used dating technique, opening the possibility of a vastly more accurate time scale for major geologic events in Earth's history.

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GSLV-F01 Launch Successful - Places EDUSAT in Orbit »» GSLV-F01 Launch Successful - Places EDUSAT in Orbit

[Monday, September 20, 2004] India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, GSLV successfully launched EDUSAT the country's first thematic satellite dedicated exclusively for educational services from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota.

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NASA Selects Contractor for First Prometheus Mission to Jupiter »» NASA Selects Contractor for First Prometheus Mission to Jupiter

[Monday, September 20, 2004] NASA JPL selected Northrop Grumman Space Technology as the contractor for co-designing the proposed Prometheus Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter spacecraft. The contract award is for approximately $400 million, covering work through mid-2008.

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What Genesis Solar Particles Can Tell Us »» What Genesis Solar Particles Can Tell Us

[Tuesday, September 21, 2004] The recent crash of NASA's Genesis space probe may have looked like bad news for scientists, but its cargo of particles captured from the sun should still yield useful information, according to Qing-Zhu Yin, a planetary scientist at UC Davis.

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NASA Rover Missions Renewed as Mars Emerges From Behind Sun »» NASA Rover Missions Renewed as Mars Emerges From Behind Sun

[Tuesday, September 21, 2004] As NASA's Spirit and Opportunity rovers resumed reliable contact with Earth, after a period when Mars passed nearly behind the Sun, the space agency extended funding for an additional six months of rover operations, as long as they keep working.

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High Energy Mystery lurks at the Galactic Centre »» High Energy Mystery lurks at the Galactic Centre

[Wednesday, September 22, 2004] A mystery lurking at the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy - an object radiating high-energy gamma rays - has been detected by a team of UK astronomers working with international partners.

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NASA Administrator's Symposium Examines Exploration and Risk »» NASA Administrator's Symposium Examines Exploration and Risk

[Wednesday, September 22, 2004] Have you ever been into space, in a research submarine, or been a part of a remote polar research base? Whether it's exploring the depths of our oceans or reaching the top of our highest mountains, great feats often involve great risk.

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Hubble Approaches the Final Frontier: The Dawn of Galaxies »» Hubble Approaches the Final Frontier: The Dawn of Galaxies

[Thursday, September 23, 2004] Detailed analyses of mankind's deepest optical view of the universe, the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF), by several expert teams have at last identified what may turn out to be some of the earliest star-forming galaxies.

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New signs of life found at the Poles »» New signs of life found at the Poles

[Thursday, September 23, 2004] Large colonies of micro-organisms living under rocks have been discovered in the most hostile and extreme regions of the Arctic and Antarctic - giving new insights on survival of life on other planets.

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Massive Merger of Galaxies is the Most Powerful on Record »» Massive Merger of Galaxies is the Most Powerful on Record

[Thursday, September 23, 2004] An international team of scientists, led by a NASA- funded researcher, announced today, they observed a nearby head-on collision of two galaxy clusters.

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Cassini Significant Events for 09/16/04 - 09/22/04 »» Cassini Significant Events for 09/16/04 - 09/22/04

[Friday, September 24, 2004] The most recent spacecraft telemetry was acquired from the Goldstone tracking station on Wednesday, September 22. The Cassini spacecraft is in an excellent state of health and is operating normally.

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Atacama Rover Helps NASA Learn to Search For Life on Mars »» Atacama Rover Helps NASA Learn to Search For Life on Mars

[Friday, September 24, 2004] A dedicated team of scientists is spending the next four weeks in northern Chile's Atacama Desert. They are studying the scarce life that exists there and, in the process, helping NASA learn more about how primitive life forms could exist on Mars.

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Bigelow's Gamble »» Bigelow's Gamble

[Sunday, September 26, 2004] "It's a high-stakes game to develop commercial inflatable space modules while proposing a $50-million prize for a new piloted spacecraft to service them."

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Mars Express Provides Clues for Water Loss in the Martian Atmosphere »» Mars Express Provides Clues for Water Loss in the Martian Atmosphere

[Monday, September 27, 2004] Recent results from the ASPERA-3 instrument on board Mars Express confirm that a very efficient process is at work in the Martian atmosphere which could explain the loss of water.

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The Mouse that Soared »» The Mouse that Soared

[Monday, September 27, 2004] Astronomers have used an X-ray image to make the first detailed study of the behavior of high-energy particles around a fast moving pulsar.

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Mars Orbiter Sees Rover Tracks Among Thousands of New Images »» Mars Orbiter Sees Rover Tracks Among Thousands of New Images

[Monday, September 27, 2004] NASA's Mars Global Surveyor, starting its third mission extension this week after seven years of orbiting Mars, is using an innovative technique to capture pictures even sharper than most of the more than 170,000 it has already produced.

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Virgin Group Sign Deal with Paul G. Allen’s Mojave Aerospace »» Virgin Group Sign Deal with Paul G. Allen’s Mojave Aerospace

[Monday, September 27, 2004] Today, Sir Richard Branson announced that Virgin Group has entered into an agreement to license the technology to develop the world’s first privately funded spaceships dedicated to carrying commercial passengers on space flights.

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Atlas Launch Facilities Withstand Hurricanes »» Atlas Launch Facilities Withstand Hurricanes

[Tuesday, September 28, 2004] The 106-foot-long booster portion of an Atlas V rocket is unloaded from a cargo plane at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Friday morning, shortly before the area was evacuated for Hurricane Jeanne.

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NASA Explores Future Space with Advanced Concept Awards »» NASA Explores Future Space with Advanced Concept Awards

[Tuesday, September 28, 2004] The NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) has announced its 2004 Phase 1 awards. Twelve proposals to boldly go beyond the frontiers of space exploration were selected for a six-month study period beginning in October 2004.

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Supernova Warning System Will Give Astronomers Earlier Notice »» Supernova Warning System Will Give Astronomers Earlier Notice

[Tuesday, September 28, 2004] A Supernova Early Warning System (SNEWS) that detects ghostlike neutrino particles that are the earliest emanations from the immense, explosive death throes of large stars will alert astronomers of the blasts before they can see the flash.

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Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Unveils a Stunning Image as it Celebrates its 25th Anniversary »» Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Unveils a Stunning Image as it Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

[Tuesday, September 28, 2004] Twenty-five years ago, on September 28, 1979, the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) was inaugurated on top of Mauna-Kea, a 4,200-meter high dormant volcano on the island of Hawaii.

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SpaceShipOne Soars to Success Completing First Flight of Ansari X-Prize »» SpaceShipOne Soars to Success Completing First Flight of Ansari X-Prize

[Wednesday, September 29, 2004] Today SpaceShipOne built by Mojave Aerospace soared into space successfully completed the first Ansari X-Prize flight. The flight was not without tense moments. During ascent SpaceShipOne started rolling as it neared space.

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Mars Drill Will Seek Knowledge and Resources »» Mars Drill Will Seek Knowledge and Resources

[Wednesday, September 29, 2004] The futuristic drilling rig, under development at NASA's Johnson Space Center, is designed for use on the moon or on Mars. It is being tested, in conditions in some ways similar to Mars, through Oct. 3, at the Eureka Weather Station in the high Arctic.

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NASA DART Spacecraft Moves One Step Closer to Fall Launch »» NASA DART Spacecraft Moves One Step Closer to Fall Launch

[Thursday, September 30, 2004] DART's launch is planned no earlier than Oct. 26 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The mission is an in-space demonstration of an autonomous rendezvous prototype system.

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After a Trio of Explosions Scientists say Supernova is Imminent »» After a Trio of Explosions Scientists say Supernova is Imminent

[Thursday, September 30, 2004] Three powerful recent blasts from three different regions in space have left scientists scrambling. The blasts, which lasted only a few seconds, might be early alert systems for star explosions called supernovae, which could start appearing any day.

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