September 2007 Top Story Archives



Mars Astrobiology Field Laboratory and the Search for Signs of Life »» Mars Astrobiology Field Laboratory and the Search for Signs of Life

[Sunday, September 2, 2007] A conceptual payload and mission scenario for the proposed NASA Mars mission known as the Astrobiology Field Laboratory (AFL) iis described in a report in the August 2007 issue of Astrobiology.

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Star Trek medical device uses ultrasound to seal punctured lungs »» Star Trek medical device uses ultrasound to seal punctured lungs

[Sunday, September 2, 2007] Engineers at the University of Washington are working to create new emergency treatments right out of Star Trek: a tricorder type device using high-intensity focused ultrasound rays.

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MESSENGER Mission News  August 31, 2007 »» MESSENGER Mission News August 31, 2007

[Monday, September 3, 2007] Tomorrow [1 September], the MESSENGER probe will come within 0.33 AU of the Sun - 49.67 million kilometers (or 30.86 million miles).

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GSLV-F04 Launch Successful - Places INSAT-4CR in Orbit »» GSLV-F04 Launch Successful - Places INSAT-4CR in Orbit

[Monday, September 3, 2007] India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, GSLV-F04, had a successful launch today (September 2, 2007) and it placed India’s INSAT-4CR into the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). This was the fifth flight of GSLV and the fourth successful one.

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500 days at Venus, and the surprises keep coming »» 500 days at Venus, and the surprises keep coming

[Tuesday, September 4, 2007] Venus Express has now orbited Earth's twin for 500 Earth days, completing as many orbits. While the satellite maintains steady and excellent performance, the planet continues to surprise and amaze us.

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Spirit Slowly Emerges from Blanket of Dust »» Spirit Slowly Emerges from Blanket of Dust

[Tuesday, September 4, 2007] Spirit remains healthy as the rover slowly picks up more solar energy. The dust storms appear to be over, at least for now, and the skies are slowly clearing.

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NASA Hubble Space Telescope Daily Report #4439 »» NASA Hubble Space Telescope Daily Report #4439

[Wednesday, September 5, 2007] At 243/23:01:54 UTC Gyro 2 disparity counts exceeded limits during an LOS period and HST entered Zero Gyro Software Sun Point. The vehicle was in M2G mode in orbit night with a vehicle slew in progress when this occurred.

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NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale's Blog: Financial Management »» NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale's Blog: Financial Management

[Wednesday, September 5, 2007] 2002 was the last year in which NASA's auditors were able to provide a "clean" opinion of the Agency's financial statements.  2003 was the year NASA implemented its integrated financial management system.

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Prepared Statement by NASA Administrator Griffin Before th Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Committee on Science and Technology on 6 September 2007 »» Prepared Statement by NASA Administrator Griffin Before th Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Committee on Science and Technology on 6 September 2007

[Thursday, September 6, 2007] Mr. Chairman and Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to appear today to discuss the report of the Astronaut Health Care System Review Committee, released on July 27, 2007.

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Joint Dark Energy Mission A Top Priority for NASA, Says NRC »» Joint Dark Energy Mission A Top Priority for NASA, Says NRC

[Thursday, September 6, 2007] The NRC has recommended that the Joint Dark Energy Mission, jointly supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Department of Energy, be the first of NASA's Beyond Einstein cosmology missions to be developed and launched.

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NASA Space Telescopes Find 'Lego-Block' Galaxies in Early Universe »» NASA Space Telescopes Find 'Lego-Block' Galaxies in Early Universe

[Thursday, September 6, 2007] The Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope have joined forces to discover nine of the smallest, faintest, most compact galaxies ever observed in the distant Universe.

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ROSES-07 Amendment 20:  Cancel FUSE Legacy Science Program »» ROSES-07 Amendment 20: Cancel FUSE Legacy Science Program

[Thursday, September 6, 2007] The NASA Science Mission Directorate has concluded that the scientific mission of FUSE is no longer viable and has decided to terminate the mission.

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Engineers rescue aging satellites, saving millions »» Engineers rescue aging satellites, saving millions

[Thursday, September 6, 2007] Researchers have used a new technique to save $60 million for broadcasters by extending the service life of two communications satellites.

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New faraway sensors warn of emerging hurricane's strength »» New faraway sensors warn of emerging hurricane's strength

[Thursday, September 6, 2007] A new study supported by NASA and the U.S. Office of Naval Research takes forecasters one step further to improving their ability to predict just how powerful an oncoming storm may become by using highly-sensitive sensors.

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Large asteroid breakup likely source of the impactor that caused mass extinction event on Earth 65 million years ago »» Large asteroid breakup likely source of the impactor that caused mass extinction event on Earth 65 million years ago

[Thursday, September 6, 2007] The impactor believed to have wiped out the dinosaurs and other life forms on Earth some 65 million years ago has been traced back to a breakup event in the main asteroid belt.

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Spaceport America Design Unveiled »» Spaceport America Design Unveiled

[Thursday, September 6, 2007] A team of U.S. and British architects and designers, accompanied by officials from NMSA and Virgin Galactic, unveiled the design renderings of Spaceport America at a press conference Tuesday, September 4, in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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Phoenix  Status Report: Radar and Other Gear Pass Checkouts »» Phoenix Status Report: Radar and Other Gear Pass Checkouts

[Thursday, September 6, 2007] Two crucial tools for a successful landing of America's latest mission to Mars, the radar and UHF radio on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, have passed in-flight checkouts.

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Galaxies near and far from AKARI »» Galaxies near and far from AKARI

[Friday, September 7, 2007] Two new sets of observations from the AKARI Infrared Space Telescope, JAXA mission with ESA participation, show how the spaceborne telescope has investigated galaxies both near and far.

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ESA support to NASA Phoenix highlights beneficial Mars cooperation »» ESA support to NASA Phoenix highlights beneficial Mars cooperation

[Friday, September 7, 2007] When NASA's Phoenix lander descends to the Red Planet's surface in the spring of 2008, ESA's Mars Express will closely monitor progress, serving as a key communications back-up.

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NASA and NIH Partner for Health Research in Space »» NASA and NIH Partner for Health Research in Space

[Friday, September 7, 2007] News media are invited to attend the Sept. 12 signing of a memorandum of understanding between NASA and the National Institutes of Health for cooperation in space-related health research.

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Mars Rovers Survive Severe Dust Storms, Ready for Next Objectives »» Mars Rovers Survive Severe Dust Storms, Ready for Next Objectives

[Friday, September 7, 2007] Two months after sky-darkening dust from severe storms nearly killed NASA's Mars exploration rovers, the solar-powered robots are awake and ready to continue their mission.

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NASA Dawn Journal September 3, 2007 »» NASA Dawn Journal September 3, 2007

[Friday, September 7, 2007] NASA is preparing (again) to bring Dawn to the Florida skies as all systems are gearing up for a September 26 launch.

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Phoenix Mars Lander Camera Sends First Image Back to Earth »» Phoenix Mars Lander Camera Sends First Image Back to Earth

[Tuesday, September 11, 2007] A camera flying aboard The University of Arizona-led Phoenix Mars Lander took its first picture during cruise and sent it back to Earth on Sept. 6.

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NASA Collaborates With Russia on Foton-M3 Mission »» NASA Collaborates With Russia on Foton-M3 Mission

[Tuesday, September 11, 2007] NASA is collaborating with Russia on a new robotic mission to conduct biological studies. The Russian Foton-M3 mission is scheduled for launch Sept. 14, 2007, from Kazakhstan, and NASA scientists will participate in several of the mission's experiments.

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Subaru Astronomers Measure Meteoroid Tunnels in Earth's Atmosphere »» Subaru Astronomers Measure Meteoroid Tunnels in Earth's Atmosphere

[Tuesday, September 11, 2007] When meteoroids flash through Earth's atmosphere, they bore tunnels through the air, leaving behind narrow meteor tracks that are heated by the collision of the fast-moving incoming object with atoms of highly diluted atmospheric gases.

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Hubble Captures Stars Going Out in Style »» Hubble Captures Stars Going Out in Style

[Tuesday, September 11, 2007] The colorful, intricate shapes in these NASA Hubble Space Telescope images reveal how the glowing gas ejected by dying Sun-like stars evolves dramatically over time.

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NASA Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity Makes Short Trip Into Victoria Crater »» NASA Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity Makes Short Trip Into Victoria Crater

[Tuesday, September 11, 2007] According to NASA sources the Opportunity Mars rover successfully drove in and then out of Victoria Crater.

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NASA Internal memo: Updated Guidance on NASA Messaging »» NASA Internal memo: Updated Guidance on NASA Messaging

[Tuesday, September 11, 2007] "This memorandum supersedes my August 1, 2007, memorandum to OICs and Center Directors. Its purpose is to clarify intent and provide guidance on how this messaging material might be used to the best advantage of the Agency."

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Cassini Flies By Walnut-Shaped Moon Iapetus »» Cassini Flies By Walnut-Shaped Moon Iapetus

[Tuesday, September 11, 2007] Cassini completed its closest flyby of the odd moon Iapetus on Sept. 10, 2007. The spacecraft flew about 1,640 kilometers (1,000 miles) from Iapetus' surface and is returning amazing views of the bizarre moon.

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Astronomers Find Bizarre Planet-Mass Object Orbiting Neutron Star »» Astronomers Find Bizarre Planet-Mass Object Orbiting Neutron Star

[Wednesday, September 12, 2007] Using NASA's Swift and Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellites, astronomers have discovered one of the most bizarre planet-mass objects ever found.

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Launch of the KAGUYA (SELENE)  by H-IIA Launch Vehicle No.13 »» Launch of the KAGUYA (SELENE) by H-IIA Launch Vehicle No.13

[Wednesday, September 12, 2007] Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and JAXA will carry out the launch of the Lunar Orbit Explorer "KAGUYA" (SELENE) by H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 13 (H-IIA F13) on September 14 (Fri), 2007.

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Dark, But Light: Smallest Galaxies Ever Seen Solve a Big Problem »» Dark, But Light: Smallest Galaxies Ever Seen Solve a Big Problem

[Wednesday, September 12, 2007] Scientists may have solved a discrepancy between the number of extremely small, faint galaxies predicted to exist near the Milky Way and the number actually observed.

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Dawn One Step Away From Asteroid Belt Trip »» Dawn One Step Away From Asteroid Belt Trip

[Wednesday, September 12, 2007] The Dawn spacecraft completed the 25-kilometer (15-mile) journey from Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Fla., to Pad-17B of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 5:10 a.m. EDT today.

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Cluster and Double Star uncover more on bright aurorae »» Cluster and Double Star uncover more on bright aurorae

[Wednesday, September 12, 2007] Cluster data has helped provide scientists with a new view of magnetospheric processes, challenging existing theories about magnetic substorms that cause aurorae and perturbations in GPS signals.

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Mars Exploration Rover Status Report: Spirit Finally Arrives at Home Plate! »» Mars Exploration Rover Status Report: Spirit Finally Arrives at Home Plate!

[Wednesday, September 12, 2007] After remaining beyond the margins of Home Plate ever since exiting its northeast edge on Sol 774 to survive the first winter on Mars, Spirit finally climbed on top of the elevated, circular plateau that scientists believe is volcanic in origin.

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Space 2007 Events Focus on Next-Generation of Aerospace Leaders »» Space 2007 Events Focus on Next-Generation of Aerospace Leaders

[Wednesday, September 12, 2007] Education Alley and the Future Space Leaders Networking Event are two of the special programs at AIAA SPACE 2007 Conference & Exhibition aimed at building tomorrow's aerospace workforce.

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NASA and NIH Partner for Health Research in Space Related Health Research »» NASA and NIH Partner for Health Research in Space Related Health Research

[Wednesday, September 12, 2007] The two agencies entered into an agreement that helps American scientists use the ISS to answer questions about human health and diseases. The pact signals to researchers the availability of a remarkable platform on which to conduct experiments.

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New Theory Explains Ice on Mars »» New Theory Explains Ice on Mars

[Wednesday, September 12, 2007] Wobbles on Mars cause ice ages that are much more dramatic than those on Earth, says astronomer Norbert Schorghofer of the University of Hawaii.

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2007 NASA Culture Survey »» 2007 NASA Culture Survey

[Wednesday, September 12, 2007] "The survey is adaptive i.e. an answer to a given question may generate differing successor questions. For example, identifying oneself as a line employee, supervisor, or manager will cause different successor questions to be posed. "

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Google Sponsors $30 Million Lunar X Prize »» Google Sponsors $30 Million Lunar X Prize

[Thursday, September 13, 2007] The X PRIZE Foundation and Google Inc. today announced the Google Lunar X PRIZE, a robotic race to the Moon to win a remarkable $30 million prize purse.

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SpaceX Signs Deal for First Commercial Geostationary Satellite Launch »» SpaceX Signs Deal for First Commercial Geostationary Satellite Launch

[Thursday, September 13, 2007] SpaceX announced today that it has signed a contract with the UK-based Avanti Communications Group (Avanti) for the launch of Avanti's HYLAS Ka band satellite to geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) on board a SpaceX Falcon 9.

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Selene Lunar Mission Launched »» Selene Lunar Mission Launched

[Friday, September 14, 2007] Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and JAXA launched the Lunar Orbit Explorer "KAGUYA" (SELENE) on a H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 13 (H-IIA F13) at 10:31:01 a.m. on September 14, 2007 (Japan Standard Time, JST) from the Tanegashima Space Center.

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Galaxy 'Hunting' Made Easy - Galaxies found under the Glare of Cosmic  Flashlights »» Galaxy 'Hunting' Made Easy - Galaxies found under the Glare of Cosmic  Flashlights

[Friday, September 14, 2007] Astronomers have discovered about a dozen otherwise invisible galaxies halfway across  the Universe. The discovery, based on a technique that exploits a  first-class instrument, represents a major breakthrough in the field  of galaxy 'hunting'.

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Large Binoccular Telescope Shows That Hercules Is Odd, Flat Dwarf Galaxy »» Large Binoccular Telescope Shows That Hercules Is Odd, Flat Dwarf Galaxy

[Friday, September 14, 2007] An international team of astronomers using the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) in Arizona has discovered that the Hercules Dwarf Galaxy is shaped like a cigar. That makes it an oddball among millions of its peers.

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NASA's 50th Anniversary Logo Unveiled »» NASA's 50th Anniversary Logo Unveiled

[Friday, September 14, 2007] NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale unveiled the agency's anniversary logo Thursday in a ceremony at WIRED Magazine's annual NextFest in Los Angeles. NASA's "birthday" is October 1, 1958.

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Earth's First (Repeatedly) Weightless iPhone »» Earth's First (Repeatedly) Weightless iPhone

[Friday, September 14, 2007] The other day I had a chance to take my iPhone aboard a Zero Gravity Corporation weightless flight sponsored by the Northrop Grumman Foundation. My iPhone experienced a dozen weightless episodes - and still works just fine.

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NASA Memo to Space Science Community: Mars Science Laboratory Project Changes Respond to Cost Increases, Keep Mars Program On Track »» NASA Memo to Space Science Community: Mars Science Laboratory Project Changes Respond to Cost Increases, Keep Mars Program On Track

[Sunday, September 16, 2007] "... a combination of low-impact mission scope reductions and some new funding from the Mars Program's reserves pool, has been agreed upon. Together these measures effectively resolve the MSL cost increase issues identified at its CDR."

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Thousands of Schoolchildren Around the World to Help Map Star Visibility in October »» Thousands of Schoolchildren Around the World to Help Map Star Visibility in October

[Sunday, September 16, 2007] Schoolchildren, families, and citizen scientists around the world will gaze skyward after dark from October 1 to 15, looking for specific constellations and then sharing their observations through the Internet.

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NASA Keeps Eye On Ozone Layer Amid Montreal Protocol's Success »» NASA Keeps Eye On Ozone Layer Amid Montreal Protocol's Success

[Sunday, September 16, 2007] NASA scientists will join researchers from around the world to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty designed to reduce the hole in Earth's protective ozone layer.

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UA Astronomers WIll Trace Planet Formation With Neon »» UA Astronomers WIll Trace Planet Formation With Neon

[Sunday, September 16, 2007] Astronomers have observed neon in disks of dust and gas swirling around sunlike stars for the first time.

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Satellites witness lowest Arctic ice coverage in history »» Satellites witness lowest Arctic ice coverage in history

[Monday, September 17, 2007] The area covered by sea ice in the Arctic has shrunk to its lowest level this week since satellite measurements began nearly 30 years ago, opening up the Northwest Passage - a short cut between Europe and Asia that has been historically impassable.

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MESSENGER Approaches Two Billion Miles! »» MESSENGER Approaches Two Billion Miles!

[Monday, September 17, 2007] On September 13, MESSENGER reached the two billion-mile mark, placing the spacecraft about two-fifths of the way toward its destination to orbit Mercury.

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Major gift supports crucial piece of Automated Planet Finder »» Major gift supports crucial piece of Automated Planet Finder

[Monday, September 17, 2007] A $600,000 gift from the Gloria and Kenneth Levy Foundation will help fund an integral part of the Automated Planet Finder now being built at the University of California's Lick Observatory.

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Arecibo telescope's global users converge on nation's capital to plan  threatened observatory's »» Arecibo telescope's global users converge on nation's capital to plan threatened observatory's

[Monday, September 17, 2007] More than 70 astronomers gathered on Capitol Hill this week, not to talk about the demise of a major national research facility, but to plan for its scientific future.

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Life on Mars »» Life on Mars "Pregnancy Test" Successfully Launched

[Monday, September 17, 2007] Key components of a new approach to discover life on Mars were successfully launched into space Friday as part of a low-Earth orbit experiment to assess their survivability in the space radiation environment - a prelude future journeys to Mars.

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The Magellanic Clouds are First Time Visitors »» The Magellanic Clouds are First Time Visitors

[Monday, September 17, 2007] The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds are two of the Milky Way's closest neighboring galaxies. A stunning sight in the southern hemisphere, they were named after Ferdinand Magellan, who explored those waters in the 16th century.

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The Space Economy - NASA 50th Anniversary Lecture Series - NASA Administrator Michael Griffin »» The Space Economy - NASA 50th Anniversary Lecture Series - NASA Administrator Michael Griffin

[Monday, September 17, 2007] We've gathered to kick off this lecture series commemorating NASA's upcoming 50th birthday. But we're celebrating more than what NASA has done and the benefits that have followed; we're celebrating who we are, and who we can be, as a people.

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Returning to Weightlessness »» Returning to Weightlessness

[Monday, September 17, 2007] Last week I had a chance to re-enter a world few have visited - a realm only space travelers- astronauts, cosmonauts and the like - normally get a chance to enter.

Weightlessness. Zero Gravity. Floating.

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NASA Opens Applications for New Astronaut Class »» NASA Opens Applications for New Astronaut Class

[Tuesday, September 18, 2007] NASA is accepting applications for the 2009 Astronaut Candidate Class. Those selected could fly to space for long-duration stays on the International Space Station and missions to the moon.

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White House Statement Regarding Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites »» White House Statement Regarding Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites

[Tuesday, September 18, 2007] Today, the President accepted the recommendation of the Department of Defense to end procurement of Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites that have the capability to intentionally degrade the accuracy of civil signals.

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Mars Odyssey Returning to Service After Taking Precaution »» Mars Odyssey Returning to Service After Taking Precaution

[Wednesday, September 19, 2007] The team operating NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter is returning the healthy spacecraft to usual activities this week after a precautionary status of reduced activity that the orbiter entered on Sept. 14.

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OMB NASA Education Program 2007 Assessment »» OMB NASA Education Program 2007 Assessment

[Wednesday, September 19, 2007] "Collecting performance data consistently and annually for all program activities, reporting performance against the program's established metrics and targets, and using results to improve performance. - No action taken"

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NASA Mars Rover Spirit Explores Top of »» NASA Mars Rover Spirit Explores Top of "Home Plate"

[Wednesday, September 19, 2007] After spending some time getting used to the terrain on top of "Home Plate," Spirit began driving across the top of the elevated plateau, en route to taking more images and examining a possible fracture in the bedrock.

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NASA Maps The Moon With Google »» NASA Maps The Moon With Google

[Wednesday, September 19, 2007] New higher resolution lunar imagery and maps including NASA multimedia content now are available on the Google Moon Web site.

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Revision of the EU Financial Framework 2007-2013 to finance Galileo and EIT: no increase of the overall budgetary ceiling is required »» Revision of the EU Financial Framework 2007-2013 to finance Galileo and EIT: no increase of the overall budgetary ceiling is required

[Wednesday, September 19, 2007] The European Commission has adopted a proposal on how to finance the extra EUR 2.4 billion for Galileo and the EUR 309 million for the European Institute of Technology (EIT) through a revision of the Financial Framework 2007-2013.

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Dealing with threatening space rocks »» Dealing with threatening space rocks

[Thursday, September 20, 2007] Threatening asteroids that zoom past the Earth, fireballs in the sky seen by hundreds of people and mysterious craters which may have been caused by impacting meteorites; all make ESA's planned mission Don Quijote look increasingly timely.

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A Warm South Pole? Yes, on Neptune! »» A Warm South Pole? Yes, on Neptune!

[Thursday, September 20, 2007] Astronomers have discovered that Neptune's south pole is much hotter than the rest of the planet.  The first temperature maps show that this warm south pole is providing an avenue for methane to escape out of the deep atmosphere.

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Argon conclusion: Researchers reassess theories on formation of Earth's atmosphere »» Argon conclusion: Researchers reassess theories on formation of Earth's atmosphere

[Thursday, September 20, 2007] Geochemists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are challenging commonly held ideas about how gases are expelled from the Earth.

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NASA celebrates a decade observing climate impacts on health of world's oceans »» NASA celebrates a decade observing climate impacts on health of world's oceans

[Thursday, September 20, 2007] The NASA-managed Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) instrument settled into orbit around Earth in 1997 and took its first measurements of ocean color.

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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Provides Insights About Mars Water and Climate »» Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Provides Insights About Mars Water and Climate

[Thursday, September 20, 2007] NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is examining several features on Mars that address the role of water at different times in Martian history.

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NASA Revises and Updates Its Lunar Architecture »» NASA Revises and Updates Its Lunar Architecture

[Friday, September 21, 2007] NASA has refined its plans for a return of humans to the moon. How it plans to do so is contained in its Lunar Architecture which is currently under development.

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NASA Restarts Telescope Mission to Detect Black Holes »» NASA Restarts Telescope Mission to Detect Black Holes

[Friday, September 21, 2007] NASA has made a decision to restart an astronomy mission that will have greater capability than any existing instrument for detecting black holes in the local universe.

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NASA ESMD Lunar Architecture Update »» NASA ESMD Lunar Architecture Update

[Monday, September 24, 2007] This presentation contains the charts used to present NASA's current Lunar Architecture at AIAA's Space 2007 conference last week.

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Scientists Model a Cornucopia of Earth-sized Planets »» Scientists Model a Cornucopia of Earth-sized Planets

[Monday, September 24, 2007] New models from a team of MIT, NASA, and Carnegie scientists begin to describe an even wider range of Earth-size planets that astronomers might actually be able to find in the near future.

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NASA Postpones Dawn Spacecraft Launch »» NASA Postpones Dawn Spacecraft Launch

[Monday, September 24, 2007] The launch of NASA's Dawn spacecraft aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket has been postponed 24 hours. Fueling of the launch vehicle's second stage was unable to be completed on Sunday because of weather conditions at the launch pad.

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NASA Dawn Spacecraft is a 'Go' for Asteroid Belt »» NASA Dawn Spacecraft is a 'Go' for Asteroid Belt

[Tuesday, September 25, 2007] Launch and flight teams are in final preparations for the planned Sept. 27 liftoff from Pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., of NASA's Dawn mission.

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Spaceflight shown to alter ability of bacteria to cause disease »» Spaceflight shown to alter ability of bacteria to cause disease

[Tuesday, September 25, 2007] A new study led by researchers from the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University has shown that the tiniest passengers flown in space--microbes--can be affected by space flight, making them more infectious pathogens.

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Extraterrestrial Impact Likely Source of Sudden Ice Age Extinctions »» Extraterrestrial Impact Likely Source of Sudden Ice Age Extinctions

[Tuesday, September 25, 2007] A team of scientists provides evidence that an asteroid impact likely caused the sudden climate changes that killed off the mammoths and other majestic beasts of prehistory.

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On 50th Anniversary of Space Age, Students From 9 Countries Will Fly Weightless on Zero G Flight »» On 50th Anniversary of Space Age, Students From 9 Countries Will Fly Weightless on Zero G Flight

[Tuesday, September 25, 2007] On October 6, nine exceptional students from around the world will commemorate the 50th anniversary of space age and experience weightlessness for the first time on a zero-gravity flight from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

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Ball Aerospace Completes Primary Mirror and Detector Array Assembly Milestones for Kepler Mission »» Ball Aerospace Completes Primary Mirror and Detector Array Assembly Milestones for Kepler Mission

[Tuesday, September 25, 2007] Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has successfully completed two significant milestones for the Kepler Mission: the precision coating process of Kepler's primary mirror, and the integration of the detector array assembly.

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MIT tether could aid asteroid missions »» MIT tether could aid asteroid missions

[Tuesday, September 25, 2007] Using a tether system devised by MIT researchers, astronauts could one day stroll across the surface of small asteroids, collecting samples and otherwise exploring these rocks in space without floating away.

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SOHO's new catch: its first officially periodic comet »» SOHO's new catch: its first officially periodic comet

[Tuesday, September 25, 2007] It is nothing new for the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) to discover another comet -- it has already found more than 1350. But the latest is a bit different - SOHO had spotted it twice before.

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High-School Teams Joining Massive Pulsar Search »» High-School Teams Joining Massive Pulsar Search

[Wednesday, September 26, 2007] High school students and teachers will join astronomers on the cutting edge of science under a program to be operated by the NRAO and West Virginia University (WVU), and funded by the National Science Foundation.

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Explosion reveals tiny magnetic island »» Explosion reveals tiny magnetic island

[Wednesday, September 26, 2007] ESA's XMM-Newton, has provided new insight into puzzling celestial objects known as magnetars. Thanks to the orbiting X-ray observatory, astronomers have traced powerful explosions to a region just beneath a magnetar's surface.

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NSF Dear Colleague on the Senior Review: Arecibo »» NSF Dear Colleague on the Senior Review: Arecibo

[Wednesday, September 26, 2007] As recommended by the Senior Review, NSF is also engaging an engineering firm to carry out a study of the cost of decommissioning the observatory facility.

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NASA OIG: Final Memorandum on the Audit of Space Shuttle Program Costs »» NASA OIG: Final Memorandum on the Audit of Space Shuttle Program Costs

[Wednesday, September 26, 2007] The OIG has completed an audit of Space Shuttle Program (SSP) costs. Our objectives were to determine whether the SSP established appropriate accounting systems to track costs and whether those costs were tracked in association with cost estimates.

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Students Chose HiRISE Camera Targets on Mars »» Students Chose HiRISE Camera Targets on Mars

[Wednesday, September 26, 2007] Last week, third-grade students from Sunridge Elementary School in Phoenix, Ariz., saw their chosen spot on Mars released to the world in a new image from the High Resolution Imaging Experiment camera, known as the HiRISE camera.

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NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery to Move to Launch Pad »» NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery to Move to Launch Pad

[Wednesday, September 26, 2007] Discovery is targeted to roll out to Launch Pad 39A on Saturday, Sept. 29, as preparations for the STS-120 mission move forward. Discovery is targeted to lift off Oct. 23 on a 14-day mission to the International Space Station.

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Foton-M3 experiments return to Earth »» Foton-M3 experiments return to Earth

[Wednesday, September 26, 2007] The reentry capsule for the Foton-M3 spacecraft, which has been in low-Earth orbit for the last 12 days, successfully landed this morning in an uninhabited area 150 km south of the town of Kustanay in Kazakhstan, close to the Russian border.

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NASA finds Greenland snow melting hit record high in high places »» NASA finds Greenland snow melting hit record high in high places

[Wednesday, September 26, 2007] A new NASA-supported study reports that 2007 marked an overall rise in the melting trend over the entire Greenland ice sheet and, remarkably, melting in high-altitude areas was greater than ever at 150 percent more than average.

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Carnegie Mellon Building Robot for Lunar Prospecting »» Carnegie Mellon Building Robot for Lunar Prospecting

[Wednesday, September 26, 2007] Researchers in the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science are building a robotic prospector that can creep over rocky slopes and then anchor itself as a stable platform for drilling deep into extraterrestrial soils.

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NASA Dawn Mission to Vesta and Ceres Launched »» NASA Dawn Mission to Vesta and Ceres Launched

[Thursday, September 27, 2007] A four-year, 1.8 billion-mile flight to asteroid Vesta started with the rumble and roar of a Delta II rocket Sept. 27 that hurtled the Dawn spacecraft off a launch pad in Florida and into space.

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Second Annual AIAA/NASA 21st Century Explorer Podcast Competition »» Second Annual AIAA/NASA 21st Century Explorer Podcast Competition

[Thursday, September 27, 2007] Sponsored by the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and in collaboration with NASA, the second annual 21st Century Explorer Podcast Competition challenges students to create unique audio and video podcasts.

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Skinny dusty disc found in the heart of the Ant Nebula »» Skinny dusty disc found in the heart of the Ant Nebula

[Thursday, September 27, 2007] Using ESO's Very Large Telescope Interferometer and its unique ability to see small details, astronomers have uncovered a flat, nearly edge-on disc of silicates in the heart of the magnificent Ant Nebula.

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Into the Chrysalis - VLT Interferometer detects disc around aged star »» Into the Chrysalis - VLT Interferometer detects disc around aged star

[Thursday, September 27, 2007] Astronomers has used ESO's Very Large Telescope Interferometer and its razor-sharp eyes to discover a reservoir of dust trapped in a disc that surrounds an elderly star. The discovery provides additional clues about the shaping of planetary nebulae.

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The best map of our galaxy yet »» The best map of our galaxy yet

[Thursday, September 27, 2007] It has been ten years since the release of the Hipparcos and Tycho catalogues. The Hipparcos catalogue has since been re-processed and fine-tuned, providing the best map of our galaxy to date.

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Researchers detect hint of oxygen 50 to 100 million years earlier than first believed »» Researchers detect hint of oxygen 50 to 100 million years earlier than first believed

[Thursday, September 27, 2007] Two teams of scientists, including three researchers from UC Riverside, report that traces of oxygen appeared in Earth's atmosphere roughly 100 million years before the "Great Oxidation Event" 2.4 billion years ago.

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Maneuver Puts New Horizons on a Straight Path to Pluto »» Maneuver Puts New Horizons on a Straight Path to Pluto

[Thursday, September 27, 2007] With a slight tweak of its trajectory this week, New Horizons is headed toward the heart of the distant Pluto system.

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BLAST and ArtistShare Invite Fans to Make the Movie »» BLAST and ArtistShare Invite Fans to Make the Movie

[Thursday, September 27, 2007] BLAST exposes risky scientific adventure in a way we have never seen before. BLAST puts a human face on groundbreaking science research by revealing the interpersonal challenges, daily frustrations, inevitable failures and ultimate triumphs.

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International Space Station Station Crew Moves Soyuz Spacecraft »» International Space Station Station Crew Moves Soyuz Spacecraft

[Thursday, September 27, 2007] International Space Station crew members docked their Soyuz TMA-10 spacecraft to the aft port of the Zvezda service module at 3:47 p.m. EDT Thursday, completing a move of 80 feet.

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NASA Blocks Release Of Galileo Jovian Spacecraft Drawings on ITAR Grounds »» NASA Blocks Release Of Galileo Jovian Spacecraft Drawings on ITAR Grounds

[Thursday, September 27, 2007] " We're talking about a 20 year old spacecraft - one which was destroyed years ago - of which high resolution images are readily available - and have been in the public domain for decades. And the drawings are ITAR-controlled?"

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Richard Garriott, 1st Second Generation Astronaut,  Plans Flight to International Space Station »» Richard Garriott, 1st Second Generation Astronaut, Plans Flight to International Space Station

[Friday, September 28, 2007] Space Adventures, Ltd., announced today that famed game developer Richard Garriott, son of former NASA astronaut Owen Garriott, has begun preparations for a "commercially active" mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

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Mysterious energy burst stuns astronomers »» Mysterious energy burst stuns astronomers

[Friday, September 28, 2007] In a shock finding, astronomers using CSIRO's Parkes telescope have detected a huge burst of radio energy from the distant universe that could open up a new field in astrophysics.

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Successful test of Jules Verne ATV software »» Successful test of Jules Verne ATV software

[Friday, September 28, 2007] For the first time, the compatibility of the final Jules Verne ATV flight software has been successfully tested this month with the rest of the vast ISS flight software by international teams at the NASA Software Verification Facility (SVF) in Houston.

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Student of Challenger Center Founder To Fly Into Space »» Student of Challenger Center Founder To Fly Into Space

[Friday, September 28, 2007] The Challenger Center for Space Science Education is pleased to learn of Richard Garriott's upcoming flight and applauds his personal commitment to focusing upon science and education throughout his mission.

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NASA To Accelerate Space Nuclear Power »» NASA To Accelerate Space Nuclear Power

[Saturday, September 29, 2007] NASA will accelerate missions featuring space nuclear power. The decision marks a major milestone for robotic exploration, but is a controversial move among groups that oppose space nuclear power because of launch safety concerns.

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