September 2005 Top Story Archives



NASA Terra Satellite Image of New Orleans Flooding »» NASA Terra Satellite Image of New Orleans Flooding

[Thursday, September 1, 2005] In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, much of New Orleans is under water in the top satellite image, taken on August 30, 2005, at 11:45 a.m. CDT by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite.

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Hurricane Bulletin Board Online for NASA Stennis and Michoud Communities »» Hurricane Bulletin Board Online for NASA Stennis and Michoud Communities

[Thursday, September 1, 2005] We have opened a bulletin board for employees from Stennis Space Center and the Michoud Assembly Facility at NASAWatch. If you work at these locations or are looking to contact someone who does - please visit.

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NASA's Durable Spirit Sends Intriguing New Images From Mars »» NASA's Durable Spirit Sends Intriguing New Images From Mars

[Thursday, September 1, 2005] Working atop a range of Martian hills, NASA's Spirit rover is rewarding researchers with tempting scenes filled with evidence of past planet environments.

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NASA Uses Unique Undersea Laboratory to Prepare for Future Space Exploration »» NASA Uses Unique Undersea Laboratory to Prepare for Future Space Exploration

[Thursday, September 1, 2005] NASA is sending three astronauts and a Cincinnati doctor to test new space medicine concepts and extravehicular techniques in a unique underwater laboratory off the Florida coast.

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NASA's Desert Rats Take On Harsh Mobility Challenges »» NASA's Desert Rats Take On Harsh Mobility Challenges

[Thursday, September 1, 2005] Meaningful exploration in the hostile environs of the moon and Mars will depend on mobility. Tough, dependable equipment will be needed to get there, work there and get back safely.

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Hubble Space Telescope Begins Two-Gyro Science Operations »» Hubble Space Telescope Begins Two-Gyro Science Operations

[Thursday, September 1, 2005] NASA's Hubble Space Telescope entered a new era of science operations this week, when engineers shut down one of the three operational gyroscopes aboard the observatory. The two-gyro mode is expected to preserve observations through mid-2008.

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Imagery of Damage to NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility Available »» Imagery of Damage to NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility Available

[Friday, September 2, 2005] The first imagery showing the damage to NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, La., is available on the Internet and will air during today's NASA TV noon EDT videofile. The Michoud facility manufactures Space Shuttle external fuel tanks.

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Hubble Makes Movie of Neptunes Dynamic Atmosphere »» Hubble Makes Movie of Neptunes Dynamic Atmosphere

[Friday, September 2, 2005] New NASA Hubble Space Telescope images of the distant planet Neptune show a dynamic atmosphere and capture the fleeting orbits of its satellites. The images have been assembled into a time-lapse movie revealing the orbital motion of the satellites.

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Messenger Earth Departure Movie »» Messenger Earth Departure Movie

[Friday, September 2, 2005] MESSENGER captured several images of Earth during a gravity assist swingby on Aug. 2, 2005. Several hundred images were sequenced into a movie documenting the view from MESSENGER as it departed Earth.

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Cosmic hole-in-one captured over Antarctica »» Cosmic hole-in-one captured over Antarctica

[Monday, September 5, 2005] What at first looked like an electronic glitch turned out to be a significant event in space, in fact, a cosmic hole-in-one.

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A Chinese Dragon and a Knotted Galactic Embrace »» A Chinese Dragon and a Knotted Galactic Embrace

[Monday, September 5, 2005] Together, these Gemini images illustrate another point about the universe: it's dusty. The main features of NGC 6559 that lend this nebula its Chinese dragon appearance are dark clouds of backlit dust.

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NASA Finds Evidence Some Comets May Have Become Asteroids »» NASA Finds Evidence Some Comets May Have Become Asteroids

[Monday, September 5, 2005] Some asteroids that have comet-like orbits may actually be comets that have lost gases and other easily vaporized substances, according to a NASA research team.

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Feasibility of Future Nuclear-Powered Spacecraft Not Yet Known »» Feasibility of Future Nuclear-Powered Spacecraft Not Yet Known

[Monday, September 5, 2005] NASA should commission detailed mission studies to examine the feasibility, performance, cost, and complexity of using nuclear-powered spacecraft for future robotic and human missions, says a new report from the National Research Council.

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Progress M-54 Spacecraft Moved to Launch Pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome »» Progress M-54 Spacecraft Moved to Launch Pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome

[Tuesday, September 6, 2005] Preparations continue at Baikonur Cosmodrome for the planned launch of the Progress M-54/19P ISS cargo spacecraft on 8 September 2005.

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Cassini reveals new details about Saturn's rings »» Cassini reveals new details about Saturn's rings

[Tuesday, September 6, 2005] Analyzing fantastic new results from Cassini's first season of prime ring viewing, imaging scientists are announcing some of their unexpected findings on Saturn's rings.

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NASA Exploration Systems Architecture Study: Reference Architecture Budget Projection »» NASA Exploration Systems Architecture Study: Reference Architecture Budget Projection

[Tuesday, September 6, 2005] Editor's note: This chart was part of a series of internal presentations made at NASA during June 2005 on the progress of the Exploration Systems Architecture Study.

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NASA Exploration Systems Architecture Study: 28 Flight (Rev. G) ISS Assembly Sequence vs. 16 Flight Assembly Sequence »» NASA Exploration Systems Architecture Study: 28 Flight (Rev. G) ISS Assembly Sequence vs. 16 Flight Assembly Sequence

[Tuesday, September 6, 2005] Editor's note: This chart was part of a series of internal presentations made at NASA during June 2005 on the progress of the Exploration Systems Architecture Study. Note the substantial decrease in ISS capability that would result.

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Hayabusa Successfully Captures The Shape of Asteroid Itokawa »» Hayabusa Successfully Captures The Shape of Asteroid Itokawa

[Tuesday, September 6, 2005] Hayabusa has taken a series of images with its Optical Navigation Camera. The photos reveal, for the first time in space, the shape of asteroid Itokawa.

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ESA's Integral Observes a Pulsar 'eating' a Companion Star »» ESA's Integral Observes a Pulsar 'eating' a Companion Star

[Tuesday, September 6, 2005] ESA's Integral space observatory, together with NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer spacecraft, has found a fast-spinning pulsar in the process of devouring its companion.

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NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Tharsis Limb Cloud »» NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Tharsis Limb Cloud

[Wednesday, September 7, 2005] This composite of red and blue Mars Global Surveyor daily global images acquired on 6 July 2005 shows an isolated water ice cloud extending more than 30 kilometers (more than 18 miles) above the martian surface.

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Computer Simulation Suggests Mechanism That Drive Jovian Jet Streams »» Computer Simulation Suggests Mechanism That Drive Jovian Jet Streams

[Wednesday, September 7, 2005] Turbulence driven by sunlight and thunderstorm activity may explain the multiple east-west jet streams on Jupiter and Saturn and even produce strong winds extending hundreds or thousands of kilometers into the interior.

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NASA Exploration Systems Architecture Study Overview Charts »» NASA Exploration Systems Architecture Study Overview Charts

[Wednesday, September 7, 2005] These charts were part of a series of internal presentations made at NASA during June 2005 on the progress of the Exploration Systems Architecture Study.

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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 7 September 2005 »» NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 7 September 2005

[Wednesday, September 7, 2005] This morning, Progress 18 undocked on schedule and performed nominal separation and deorbit burns for subsequent reentry over the Pacific Ocean. This freed the Service Module (SM) aft port for the docking of 19P on Saturday (9/10, ~10:50am EDT).

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Joint USAF/NOAA Report of Solar and Geophysical Activity 07 Sep 2005 »» Joint USAF/NOAA Report of Solar and Geophysical Activity 07 Sep 2005

[Wednesday, September 7, 2005] Solar activity increased to high levels this period as newly numbered Region 808 (S12E83) produced one of the largest solar flares of Cycle 23. A large and fast CME was visible on the MK4 coronagraph at Mauna Loa.

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New look at microwave background may cast doubts on big bang theory »» New look at microwave background may cast doubts on big bang theory

[Wednesday, September 7, 2005] A new analysis of 'cool' spots in the cosmic microwave background may cast new doubts on a key piece of evidence supporting the big bang theory of how the universe was formed.

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NASA's Spitzer and Deep Impact Build Recipe for Comet Soup »» NASA's Spitzer and Deep Impact Build Recipe for Comet Soup

[Wednesday, September 7, 2005] Astronomers using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Deep Impact have begun to come up with a recipe for what makes planets, comets and other bodies in our solar system.

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Largest Asteroid May Be Mini Planet With Water Ice »» Largest Asteroid May Be Mini Planet With Water Ice

[Wednesday, September 7, 2005] Observations of 1 Ceres, the largest known asteroid, have revealed that the object may be a "mini planet," and may contain large amounts of pure water ice beneath its surface.

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Tiny Enceladus May Hold Ingredients of Life »» Tiny Enceladus May Hold Ingredients of Life

[Wednesday, September 7, 2005] Enceladus is "absolutely" a highlight of the Cassini mission and should be targeted in future searches for life, Robert H. Brown of The University of Arizona, leader of the Cassini visual and infrared mapping spectrometer team, said last week.

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NASA Space Station Status Report 8 September 2005 »» NASA Space Station Status Report 8 September 2005

[Thursday, September 8, 2005] A new shipment of supplies is on its way to the International Space Station. The ISS Progress 19 resupply vehicle lifted off today from its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, at 8:08 a.m. CDT (7:08 p.m. Baikonur time).

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NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Reorganization »» NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Reorganization

[Thursday, September 8, 2005] Details of the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) reorganization are now circulating at NASA Headquarters.

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SpaceX Announces the Falcon 9 Fully Reusable Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle »» SpaceX Announces the Falcon 9 Fully Reusable Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle

[Friday, September 9, 2005] SpaceX today announced its new launch vehicle, the Falcon 9, an Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) class vehicle. Falcon 9 is priced at $27 million per flight with a 12 ft (3.6 m) fairing and $35 million with a 17 ft fairing.

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NASA Deputy Administrator Frederick Gregory Resigns »» NASA Deputy Administrator Frederick Gregory Resigns

[Friday, September 9, 2005] NASA's Frederick D. Gregory, who spent 31 years at the agency as a research test pilot, astronaut and senior leader, announced his resignation as deputy administrator today. Gregory will stay in his role until a successor is confirmed by the Senate.

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Shana Dale Will Become Deputy Administrator of NASA »» Shana Dale Will Become Deputy Administrator of NASA

[Friday, September 9, 2005] According to NASA and Congressional sources, Shana Dale will be nominated by President Bush to be the Deputy Administrator of NASA.

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Work Continues on the Solar System's Three Recently Discovered Objects »» Work Continues on the Solar System's Three Recently Discovered Objects

[Friday, September 9, 2005] When planetary scientists announced on July 29 that they had discovered a new planet larger than Pluto, the news overshadowed the two other objects the group had also found.

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NOAA Issues Another Space Weather Warning: Powerful Solar Flare Erupts »» NOAA Issues Another Space Weather Warning: Powerful Solar Flare Erupts

[Saturday, September 10, 2005] Forecasters at the NOAA Space Environment Center in Boulder, Colo., continue to observe significant flares on the sun Friday in NOAA sunspot Region 808.

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Hayabusa Closes in on Asteroid Itokawa »» Hayabusa Closes in on Asteroid Itokawa

[Saturday, September 10, 2005] Hayabusa continues approaching Itokawa and the image of it has grown day by day. The distance to Itokawa is about 220km. Hayabusa is approaching Itokawa at the speed of about 7 km/h.

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Progress Cargo Ship Docks with ISS »» Progress Cargo Ship Docks with ISS

[Saturday, September 10, 2005] An unpiloted Russian Progress cargo ship docked to the aft port of the International Space Station Zvezda module today at 10:42 a.m. EDT, as the Station flew 220 miles above Central Asia near northern Kazakhstan.

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Methane gyrations last 2,000 years show human influnece on atmosphere »» Methane gyrations last 2,000 years show human influnece on atmosphere

[Saturday, September 10, 2005] Humans have been tinkering with greenhouse gas levels in Earth's atmosphere for at least 2,000 years and probably longer, according to a surprising new study of methane trapped in Antarctic ice cores conducted by an international research team.

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Dusty old star offers window to our future, astronomers report »» Dusty old star offers window to our future, astronomers report

[Saturday, September 10, 2005] Astronomers have glimpsed dusty debris around an essentially dead star where gravity and radiation should have long ago removed any sign of dust - a discovery that may provide insights into our own solar system's eventual demise.

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Rapid-born planets present 'baby picture' of our early solar system »» Rapid-born planets present 'baby picture' of our early solar system

[Saturday, September 10, 2005] Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, a team of astronomers led by the University of Rochester has detected gaps ringing the dusty disks around two very young stars, which suggests that gas-giant planets have formed there.

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Scientific breakthrough will help protect astronauts and spacecraft »» Scientific breakthrough will help protect astronauts and spacecraft

[Saturday, September 10, 2005] A breakthrough by a team of British, US and French scientists will help protect astronauts, spacecraft and satellites from radiation hazards experienced in space.

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Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D to Open in Record Number of IMAX(R) Theatres on September 23rd »» Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D to Open in Record Number of IMAX(R) Theatres on September 23rd

[Monday, September 12, 2005] Presented and narrated by Tom Hanks, Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D will launch in 85 IMAX theatres worldwide on September 23rd, with additional locations confirmed for later dates.

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NASA Swift: Most Distant Explosion Detected -  Smashes Previous Record »» NASA Swift: Most Distant Explosion Detected - Smashes Previous Record

[Monday, September 12, 2005] Scientists using NASA's Swift satellite and several ground-based telescopes have detected the most distant explosion yet, a gamma-ray burst from the edge of the visible universe.

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Hubble Captures Scattered Light From the Boomerang Nebula »» Hubble Captures Scattered Light From the Boomerang Nebula

[Tuesday, September 13, 2005] The Hubble Space Telescope has "caught" the Boomerang Nebula in these new images taken with the Advanced Camera for Surveys. This reflecting cloud of dust and gas has two nearly symmetric lobes of matter that are being ejected from a central star.

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Pandora »» Pandora

[Tuesday, September 13, 2005] This image was taken on September 05, 2005 and received on Earth September 06, 2005. The camera was pointing toward Pandora at approximately 51,749 kilometers away.

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Hayabusa Hovers Near Asteroid Itokawa »» Hayabusa Hovers Near Asteroid Itokawa

[Tuesday, September 13, 2005] Hayabusa arrived in the vicinity of asteroid Itokawa on 10:00 am, 12 Sep JST. Hayabusa now hovers around 20 kilometers away from Itokawa.

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Calculations favor reducing atmosphere for early Earth »» Calculations favor reducing atmosphere for early Earth

[Tuesday, September 13, 2005] Earth and planetary scientists at Washington University in St. Louis have performed outgassing calculations and shown that the early Earth's atmosphere was a reducing one, chock full of methane, ammonia, hydrogen and water vapor.

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Growing lettuce for Mars, Arctic style »» Growing lettuce for Mars, Arctic style

[Tuesday, September 13, 2005] The 2005 field season on Devon Island has been the smoothest since the start of the Arthur Clarke Mars Greenhouse project in 2002. This year, the level of CSA activities in the Arctic warranted the chartering of an aircraft to carry staff and equipment.

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Field guide for confirming new earth-like planets described »» Field guide for confirming new earth-like planets described

[Wednesday, September 14, 2005] Bruce Fegley and Laura Schaefer have used thermochemical equilibrium calculations to model the chemistry of silicate vapor and steam-rich atmospheres formed when earth-like planets are undergoing accretion

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Mars Express instrument under investigation »» Mars Express instrument under investigation

[Wednesday, September 14, 2005] ESA has started a technical investigation into the Planetary Fourier Spectrometer (PFS) on board Mars Express, after a problem developed in the instrument a few months ago.

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Dartmouth researchers build world's smallest mobile robot »» Dartmouth researchers build world's smallest mobile robot

[Wednesday, September 14, 2005] In a world where "supersize" has entered the lexicon, there are some things getting smaller, like cell phones and laptops. Dartmouth researchers have contributed to the miniaturizing trend by creating the world's smallest untethered, controllable robot.

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Space Cycle tests artificial gravity as solution to muscle loss »» Space Cycle tests artificial gravity as solution to muscle loss

[Wednesday, September 14, 2005] A bike-like centrifuge that creates artificial gravity may help astronauts combat muscle atrophy in space.  Through a study the NSBRI is exploring the concept of a Space Cycle for inflight resistance-training exercise.

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Hayabusa arrives at Itokawa, starts hovering operations »» Hayabusa arrives at Itokawa, starts hovering operations

[Wednesday, September 14, 2005] During its approach, the visible imager carried by Hayabusa took multi-band filter photographs of Itokawa, as the asteroid rotated. This release contains the resulting synthesized pseudo-color image and a series of rotation pictures of Itokawa.

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Asteroids Caused the Early Inner Solar System Cataclysm »» Asteroids Caused the Early Inner Solar System Cataclysm

[Thursday, September 15, 2005] University of Arizona and Japanese scientists are convinced that evidence at last settles decades-long arguments about what objects bombarded the early inner solar system in a cataclysm 3.9 billion years ago.

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Asteroid Itokawa Composite Color Image Released »» Asteroid Itokawa Composite Color Image Released

[Thursday, September 15, 2005] Hayabusa arrived at asteroid Itokawa on September 12. The distance between the spacecraft and Itokawa is approximately 20 kilometers. This composite color image of Itokawa was taken on September 12, 2005.

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NASA Research Finds Green Sand Crystals Are in Comet Tempel 1 »» NASA Research Finds Green Sand Crystals Are in Comet Tempel 1

[Thursday, September 15, 2005] Green sand found on the big island of Hawaii resembles olivine crystals in the icy interior of comet Tempel 1, according to a NASA astrophysicist.

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NASA Astronaut Captures Images of Hurricane Katrina Damage »» NASA Astronaut Captures Images of Hurricane Katrina Damage

[Thursday, September 15, 2005] NASA Television will show photographs of Hurricane Katrina's aftermath taken from the International Space Station, along with the station's latest video of Hurricane Ophelia, today at 4 p.m. EDT.

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NASA Rolls Out Exploration Systems Architecture Results »» NASA Rolls Out Exploration Systems Architecture Results

[Friday, September 16, 2005] NASA today announced it will release the results of its Exploration Systems Architecture Study on Monday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m. CDT in NASA Headquarters' James E. Webb Auditorium.

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Cassini Radar Images Show Dramatic Shoreline on Titan »» Cassini Radar Images Show Dramatic Shoreline on Titan

[Friday, September 16, 2005] Images returned during Cassini's flyby of Titan show captivating evidence of what appears to be a large shoreline cutting across the smoggy moon's southern hemisphere.  Hints that this area was once wet, or currently has liquid present, are evident.

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NASA - How We'll Get Back to the Moon »» NASA - How We'll Get Back to the Moon

[Monday, September 19, 2005] NASA today announced the results of its Exploration Systems Architecture Study. By the end of the next decade astronauts will be back on the moon. The new crew vehicle will be shaped like an Apollo capsule, but it will be three times larger.

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NASA Revives Apollo - While Starving Space Life Science »» NASA Revives Apollo - While Starving Space Life Science

[Monday, September 19, 2005] Today NASA put form to words spoke by President Bush a year and a half earlier. Standing on the same stage in the NASA Headquarters auditorium Mike Griffin let pictures serve to illustrate how America would return to the moon.

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Comet Tempel-1 May Have Formed in Giant Planets Region »» Comet Tempel-1 May Have Formed in Giant Planets Region

[Monday, September 19, 2005] Comet Tempel-1 may have been born in the region of the solar system occupied by Uranus and Neptune today, according to one possibility from an analysis of the comet's debris blasted into space by NASA's Deep Impact mission.

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NASA News Conference With Mike Griffin: Exploration Systems Architecture Study (Transcript) »» NASA News Conference With Mike Griffin: Exploration Systems Architecture Study (Transcript)

[Tuesday, September 20, 2005] "Today is the day when we are talking to you about how NASA will fulfill the President's vision for expiration, as it was offered to NASA in a speech on January 14th of 2004. "

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NASA Orbiter's Long Life Helps Scientists Track Changes on Mars »» NASA Orbiter's Long Life Helps Scientists Track Changes on Mars

[Tuesday, September 20, 2005] New impact craters formed since the 1970s suggest changes to age-estimating models. And deposits of frozen carbon dioxide near Mars' south pole have shrunk from the previous year's size, suggesting a climate change in progress.

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First Baby Photo of Stellar Twins »» First Baby Photo of Stellar Twins

[Tuesday, September 20, 2005] Newborn stars are difficult to photograph. They tend to hide in the nebulous stellar nurseries where they formed, enshrouded by thick layers of dust.

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Astronomers Find Improved Evidence for Supermassive Black Hole in Andromeda Galaxy »» Astronomers Find Improved Evidence for Supermassive Black Hole in Andromeda Galaxy

[Tuesday, September 20, 2005] Astronomers have used Hubble to see closer to the center in our neighboring Andromeda galaxy than in any other galaxy except our own. In doing so, they dramatically improved the evidence that a supermassive black hole lurks in Andromeda's core.

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Digging Moon Dirt is NASA's Fifth Centennial Challenge »» Digging Moon Dirt is NASA's Fifth Centennial Challenge

[Tuesday, September 20, 2005] NASA today announced the Regolith Excavation Challenge, a new Centennial Challenges prize competition that will award $250,000 to the winning team and has the potential to significantly contribute to the nation's space exploration goals.

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Virgo image gives evidence of violent life, death of cluster galaxies »» Virgo image gives evidence of violent life, death of cluster galaxies

[Tuesday, September 20, 2005] Case Western Reserve University astronomers have captured the deepest wide-field image ever of the nearby Virgo cluster of galaxies, directly revealing for the first time a vast, complex web of "intracluster starlight".

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Earliest meteorites provide new piece in planetary formation puzzle »» Earliest meteorites provide new piece in planetary formation puzzle

[Wednesday, September 21, 2005] Researchers trying to understand how the planets formed have uncovered a new clue by analysing meteorites that are older than the earth.

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NASA's Johnson Space Center Closes Due to Hurricane Rita »» NASA's Johnson Space Center Closes Due to Hurricane Rita

[Wednesday, September 21, 2005] NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston will close at 2 p.m. EDT today due to the threat posed to the Houston- Galveston area by Hurricane Rita. A small, emergency rideout crew will remain on site.

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ISS Crew Photographs Aurora Borealis and city lights in Scandanavia »» ISS Crew Photographs Aurora Borealis and city lights in Scandanavia

[Wednesday, September 21, 2005] The ISS was over a point on Earth located at 50.6 degrees north latitude and 15.1 degees east longitude at the time. The cluster of stars to the lower right of the thin crescent Moon is the Praesepe or Beehive Cluster in Cancer.

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New star survey sheds light on the evolution of galaxies »» New star survey sheds light on the evolution of galaxies

[Wednesday, September 21, 2005] The first survey of the entire northern Milky Way for forty years is shedding fresh light on the life-cycle of stars in our astronomical backyard.

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RAS Statement on the Proposed Abolition of Leap Seconds »» RAS Statement on the Proposed Abolition of Leap Seconds

[Friday, September 23, 2005] In November 2005, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) will be discussing a proposal to abolish leap seconds. The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) strongly recommends that this proposal should be shelved.

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Tycho's Remnant Provides Shocking Evidence for Cosmic Rays »» Tycho's Remnant Provides Shocking Evidence for Cosmic Rays

[Friday, September 23, 2005] Astronomers have found compelling evidence that a supernova shock wave has produced a large amount of cosmic rays, particles of mysterious origin that constantly bombard the Earth.

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AIP FYI #137: Senate Hearing Provides Further Insight on Prospects for Climate Change Legislation »» AIP FYI #137: Senate Hearing Provides Further Insight on Prospects for Climate Change Legislation

[Friday, September 23, 2005] There has been some movement in the Senate regarding the question of whether the earth is warming, and the degree to which man's activities are responsible for this warming.

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Mars Express mission extended »» Mars Express mission extended

[Friday, September 23, 2005] ESA's Mars Express mission has been extended by one Martian year, or about 23 months, from the beginning of December 2005.

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The Living Worlds Hypothesis »» The Living Worlds Hypothesis

[Friday, September 23, 2005] Titan is enveloped in a thick orange haze, and the organic particles that make up that smog have been raining out of the atmosphere and down onto the surface. This rich chemical brew is thought to be ripe for life's origin.

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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 23 September 2005 »» NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 23 September 2005

[Friday, September 23, 2005] Because of Hurricane Rita, ISS Mission Control Center has shut down activities, after handing over ISS monitoring to Houston Support Group in Moscow.  MCC/MOD ops file and email servers at JSC are not available for ascertaining current on-orbit status.

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Proposal  Names of Representative Terrain on Asteroid  Itokawa »» Proposal Names of Representative Terrain on Asteroid Itokawa

[Friday, September 23, 2005] The Hayabusa project team proposes following names for the major features on Itokawa. Smaller terrain will be given names based on the nicknames referred to by the Joint Science Team analysts.

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NASA JSC Employee Hurricane Contact Board Now Online »» NASA JSC Employee Hurricane Contact Board Now Online

[Saturday, September 24, 2005] The NASA JSC Employee Hurricane Contact Board is now online. NASA/Contractor employee posts relating to JSC evacuation/relocation issues only, please.

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NASA's Greatest Challenge - Harder Than Climbing Any Mountain »» NASA's Greatest Challenge - Harder Than Climbing Any Mountain

[Sunday, September 25, 2005] If NASA wants to enjoy enhanced support, NASA needs to work to bring people along to a new appreciation of what space exploration is really about - but this has to be done with society's viewpoint as a starting point - not NASA's.

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Voyager 1: Messages from the Edge »» Voyager 1: Messages from the Edge

[Monday, September 26, 2005] NASA's Voyager 1 has passed into the border region at the edge of the solar system and now is sending back information about this never-before-explored area, say scientists at the University of Maryland.

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Dione and Saturn's Rings »» Dione and Saturn's Rings

[Monday, September 26, 2005] This image was taken on September 22, 2005 and received on Earth September 23, 2005. The camera was pointing toward Dione at approximately 802,594 kilometers away

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Tethys, Dione, and Saturn's Rings »» Tethys, Dione, and Saturn's Rings

[Monday, September 26, 2005] This image was taken on September 22, 2005 and received on Earth September 23, 2005. The camera was pointing toward Tethys at approximately 1,495,564 kilometers away. Dione is also visible.

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Cassini Images of Tethys Flyby »» Cassini Images of Tethys Flyby

[Monday, September 26, 2005] Cassini recently flew past Tethys and sent back the sharpest images yet of this Saturnian moon.

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NASA's Pluto Space Probe Begins Launch Preparations »» NASA's Pluto Space Probe Begins Launch Preparations

[Monday, September 26, 2005] NASA's New Horizons spacecraft arrived at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida on Saturday for final preparations and testing for the probe's decade-long journey. It will be the first spacecraft to visit Pluto and its moon Charon.

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Gourmet space dinner on Greenland icecap »» Gourmet space dinner on Greenland icecap

[Monday, September 26, 2005] Explorers Olivier Pezeron and Arnaud Fauvet enjoyed gourmet space food on their 20-day Greenland expedition this summer. The menu, prepared by a French chef for ESA astronauts, included delicacies such as sword fish, duck with capers and Thai chicken.

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Hyperion Flyby »» Hyperion Flyby

[Monday, September 26, 2005] This image was taken on September 25, 2005 and received on Earth September 26, 2005. The camera was pointing toward Hyperion at approximately 74,656 kilometers away.

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Planetary Radio Astronomy Turns 50 with Fanfare! »» Planetary Radio Astronomy Turns 50 with Fanfare!

[Monday, September 26, 2005] Fifty years ago, Bernard Burke and Kenneth Franklin, of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM), picked up "the voice of Jupiter". It was the first radio emission detected from another planet.

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Supernova Explosion May Have Caused Mammoth Extinction »» Supernova Explosion May Have Caused Mammoth Extinction

[Monday, September 26, 2005] A distant supernova that exploded 41,000 years ago may have led to the extinction of the mammoth, according to research that will be presented by nuclear scientist Richard Firestone of the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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NASA to Show Intelligent Space Robots in Action at Ames Marscape »» NASA to Show Intelligent Space Robots in Action at Ames Marscape

[Monday, September 26, 2005] NASA will showcase two intelligent robots on Monday, October 3, in the outdoor 'Marscape' at NASA Ames Research Center, located in California's Silicon Valley.

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Sailing the planets: Exploring Mars with guided balloons »» Sailing the planets: Exploring Mars with guided balloons

[Tuesday, September 27, 2005] Global Aerospace Corporation proposes that the Mars exploration vehicle combining the global reach similar to that of orbiters and high resolution observations enabled by rovers could be a balloon.

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Unusual meteorite unlocks treasure trove of solar system secrets »» Unusual meteorite unlocks treasure trove of solar system secrets

[Tuesday, September 27, 2005] An unusual meteorite that fell on a frozen lake in Canada five years ago has led a Florida State University geochemist to a breakthrough in understanding the origin of the chemical elements that make up our solar system.

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Hyperion Flyby Closeup »» Hyperion Flyby Closeup

[Tuesday, September 27, 2005] Cassini recently flew past Hyperion and sent back the sharpest images yet of this Saturnian moon.

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LiftPort Group, the Space Elevator Companies, Successfully Completes First Tests of Its Space Elevator Technology »» LiftPort Group, the Space Elevator Companies, Successfully Completes First Tests of Its Space Elevator Technology

[Tuesday, September 27, 2005] LiftPort Group, the space elevator companies, has announced that it has successfully completed preliminary tests of its high altitude robotic lifters under its waiver to use airspace granted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Meteorites Offer Glimpse of the Early Earth, Say Purdue Scientists »» Meteorites Offer Glimpse of the Early Earth, Say Purdue Scientists

[Tuesday, September 27, 2005] Important clues to the environment in which the early Earth formed may be emerging from Purdue University scientists' recent study of a particular class of meteorites.

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Senate Approves Sen. Hutchison's NASA Authorization Bill »» Senate Approves Sen. Hutchison's NASA Authorization Bill

[Wednesday, September 28, 2005] The legislation authorizes NASA for Fiscal Years 2006 through 2010, establishes a policy objective of uninterrupted U.S. spaceflight capability and requires completion of the International Space Station (ISS).

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NASA Takes Google on Journey Into Space »» NASA Takes Google on Journey Into Space

[Wednesday, September 28, 2005] NASA Ames Research Center and Google Inc. today announced plans to collaborate on a number of technology-focused research-and-development activities that will couple some of Earth's most powerful technology resources.

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NASA Announces Space Station Mission Briefings »» NASA Announces Space Station Mission Briefings

[Wednesday, September 28, 2005] NASA announced media briefings at 2 and 3 p.m. EDT, Thursday to preview the next mission to the international space station and to review the accomplishments of the onboard crew.

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Spaceward Foundation to hold the First Annual Space Elevator Competition October 21st, 2005 at NASA's Ames Research Center »» Spaceward Foundation to hold the First Annual Space Elevator Competition October 21st, 2005 at NASA's Ames Research Center

[Wednesday, September 28, 2005] Spaceward Foundation will be hosting the first Space Elevator Competition at the NASA Ames Research Center October 21st through the 23rd.

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NASA Finds 'Big Baby' Galaxies in Newborn Universe »» NASA Finds 'Big Baby' Galaxies in Newborn Universe

[Wednesday, September 28, 2005] The Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes, have teamed up to "weigh" the stars in several distant galaxies. One of these galaxies, among the most distant ever seen, appears to be unusually massive and mature for its place in the young universe.

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NASA Takes Giant Step Toward Finding Earth-Like Planets »» NASA Takes Giant Step Toward Finding Earth-Like Planets

[Thursday, September 29, 2005] Are we alone in the universe?  Are there planets like Earth around other "suns" that might harbor life?  Thanks to a recent breakthrough on a key NASA planet-finding project, the dream of answering those questions is no longer light-years away.

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NASA Solves Cosmic Mystery of Gamma Ray Bursts »» NASA Solves Cosmic Mystery of Gamma Ray Bursts

[Thursday, September 29, 2005] NASA is hosting a news conference at 1 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, Oct. 5, to announce scientists have solved a 35-year-old mystery. The press conference is in NASA's auditorium, 300 E Street S.W., Washington.

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NASA Satellites Continue to See Decline in Arctic Sea Ice in 2005 »» NASA Satellites Continue to See Decline in Arctic Sea Ice in 2005

[Thursday, September 29, 2005] Researchers from NASA, the National Snow and Ice Data Center and others using satellite data have detected a significant loss in Arctic sea ice this year.

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Scientists Poke Holes in 'Snowball Earth' Hypothesis »» Scientists Poke Holes in 'Snowball Earth' Hypothesis

[Friday, September 30, 2005] Scientists who applied innovative techniques to previously unexamined rock formations have turned up strong evidence to support the "Slushball Earth" side of the decades-long scientific debate.

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NASA Selects Team to Build Lunar Lander »» NASA Selects Team to Build Lunar Lander

[Friday, September 30, 2005] NASA's Deputy Associate Administrator for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Doug Cooke today announced the selection of Marshall Space Flight Center and Goddard Space Flight Center to lead a team in the development of a lunar lander spacecraft.

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Hyperion - Odd World »» Hyperion - Odd World

[Friday, September 30, 2005] This stunning false-color view of Hyperion reveals crisp details across the strange surface. Differences in color could represent differences in the composition of surface materials. The view was obtained during Cassini's close flyby on Sept. 26, 2005.

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Expedition 12 Crew Begins Trip to Space Station »» Expedition 12 Crew Begins Trip to Space Station

[Friday, September 30, 2005] Commander William McArthur and Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev, the 12th space station crew, launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan tonight to begin a 182-day stay in space.

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