September 2008 Top Story Archives



2008 Lowell Thomas Awards Dinner: Exploring Earth from Above »» 2008 Lowell Thomas Awards Dinner: Exploring Earth from Above

[Monday, September 1, 2008] The 2008 Lowell Thomas Awards Dinner: "Exploring Earth from Above" will be held on Thursday, October 16, 2008 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Three astronauts and three pilots will be honored.

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Challenger Center for Space Science Education Welcomes New Board Member Alan Stern »» Challenger Center for Space Science Education Welcomes New Board Member Alan Stern

[Tuesday, September 2, 2008] Challenger Center for Space Science Education's Board of Directors welcomed a new member to its ranks: Dr. S. Alan Stern.

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A Jupiter-like Planet Orbiting the Nearby M Dwarf GJ832 »» A Jupiter-like Planet Orbiting the Nearby M Dwarf GJ832

[Tuesday, September 2, 2008] Precision Doppler velocity measurements from the Anglo-Australian Telescope reveal a planet with a 9.4+/-0.4 year period orbiting the M1.5 dwarf GJ 832. The minimum mass (m sin i) of the planet is 0.64+/-0.06 MJUP.

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Shuttle Atlantis' Move To Pad On Standby For Hanna »» Shuttle Atlantis' Move To Pad On Standby For Hanna

[Tuesday, September 2, 2008] Managers at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., will closely follow Tropical Storm Hanna to determine when would be the best time this week to move space shuttle Atlantis to its launch pad.

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Analysis Begins on NASA Phoenix Mars Lander's Deepest Soil Sample »» Analysis Begins on NASA Phoenix Mars Lander's Deepest Soil Sample

[Tuesday, September 2, 2008] Scientists have begun to analyze a sample of soil delivered to NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's wet chemistry experiment from the deepest trench dug so far in the Martian arctic plains.

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Movie: Ice Clouds in Martian Arctic »» Movie: Ice Clouds in Martian Arctic

[Tuesday, September 2, 2008] Clouds scoot across the Martian sky in a movie clip consisting of 10 frames taken by the Surface Stereo Imager on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander.

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Astronaut Steve MacLean Appointed President of the Canadian Space Agency »» Astronaut Steve MacLean Appointed President of the Canadian Space Agency

[Tuesday, September 2, 2008] The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) today appointed Dr. Steve MacLean as President of the CSA.

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Speaking Points - The Honourable Jim Prentice, PC, QC, MP Minister of Industry: Canadian Space Policy »» Speaking Points - The Honourable Jim Prentice, PC, QC, MP Minister of Industry: Canadian Space Policy

[Wednesday, September 3, 2008] "What about Canada's astronauts? Chris Hadfield was a Canadian Forces jet pilot before becoming an astronaut. But his military background made him the exception in Canada."

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2009 CanSat Competition for University Students »» 2009 CanSat Competition for University Students

[Wednesday, September 3, 2008] This annual competition is open to university and college students from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Teams of two to 10 students must design and build a space-type system called a CanSat.

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's Heritage Lunar Engine Fired Up Once Again - This Time With Liquid Methane »» Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's Heritage Lunar Engine Fired Up Once Again - This Time With Liquid Methane

[Wednesday, September 3, 2008] The RS-18 engine, which was last used to lift astronauts off the moon's surface 36 years ago, was originally flown with storable hypergolic propellants during the Apollo moon missions.

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NASA's Carl Sagan Fellows to Study Extraterrestrial Worlds »» NASA's Carl Sagan Fellows to Study Extraterrestrial Worlds

[Wednesday, September 3, 2008] NASA announced Wednesday the new Carl Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowships in Exoplanet Exploration, created to inspire the next generation of explorers seeking to learn more about planets, and possibly life, around other stars.

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Former NFL Player Ken Harvey Taking Sports to New Astronomical Heights »» Former NFL Player Ken Harvey Taking Sports to New Astronomical Heights

[Wednesday, September 3, 2008] Many people have heard of Space Tourism, Space Commercialization and Space industrialization, but now there's Space Sportilization - the intersection of space, sports and entertainment.

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LIMA II Quest Challenge Begins! »» LIMA II Quest Challenge Begins!

[Wednesday, September 3, 2008] Calling all students who would like to become scientists and propose Antarctic research. The Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica is the first true-color high-resolution satellite view of the Antarctic continent.

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NSF-TERC-NASA & Challenger Center Earth Science Challenge Seeks Volunteers »» NSF-TERC-NASA & Challenger Center Earth Science Challenge Seeks Volunteers

[Wednesday, September 3, 2008] When Richard Garriott is in space, he plans to take photographs of the Earth, many of which will replicate some of the photographs his father, astronaut Dr. Owen Garriott took 35 years ago on Skylab.

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Research Aims to Unmask Comets Posing as Asteroids »» Research Aims to Unmask Comets Posing as Asteroids

[Wednesday, September 3, 2008] Between five and 10 percent of Near Earth Objects could be comets impersonating asteroids, says Paul Abell, who is finding ways to unmask them. NEOs are objects whose orbits bring them in close proximity to Earth.

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A prodigious pinwheel shines in the darkness »» A prodigious pinwheel shines in the darkness

[Wednesday, September 3, 2008] ESO's Wide Field Imager has captured the intricate swirls of the spiral galaxy Messier 83, a smaller look-alike of our own Milky Way.

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NASA Sets Shuttle Atlantis' Move To Launch Pad Thursday »» NASA Sets Shuttle Atlantis' Move To Launch Pad Thursday

[Wednesday, September 3, 2008] Space shuttle Atlantis is tentatively scheduled to roll out to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 10 a.m. EDT, on Thursday, Sept. 4.

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Natural Transfer of Viable Microbes in Space from Planets in the Extra-Solar Systems to a Planet in our Solar System and Vice-Versa »» Natural Transfer of Viable Microbes in Space from Planets in the Extra-Solar Systems to a Planet in our Solar System and Vice-Versa

[Thursday, September 4, 2008] "We investigate whether it is possible that viable microbes could have been transported to Earth from the planets in extra-solar systems by means of natural vehicles such as ejecta expelled by comet or asteroid impacts on such planets."

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NASA Hurricane Update: Tropical Storm Hanna's Towering Thunderclouds »» NASA Hurricane Update: Tropical Storm Hanna's Towering Thunderclouds

[Thursday, September 4, 2008] NASA's TRMM spacecraft observed this view of Tropical Storm Hanna on September 1, 2008 at 1418 UTC (10:18 EDT). At this time the storm was a tropical storm with sustained winds of 50 knots (57.5 mph) and a pressure reading of 994 millibars.

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Wayne Hale's NASA Blog: Answering the mail »» Wayne Hale's NASA Blog: Answering the mail

[Thursday, September 4, 2008] "To all those folks who love the shuttle as I do and have written in to say keep flying the old bird: my heart is with you but my mind says otherwise."

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Rosetta Steins fly-by timeline »» Rosetta Steins fly-by timeline

[Thursday, September 4, 2008] The Rosetta spacecraft control room is buzzing with anticipation as Rosetta closes in on asteroid 2867 Steins. The fly-by timeline includes a series of critical events, culminating with closest approach - expected at 20:58 CEST, 5 September 2008.

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A Warm Breath of Carbon Dioxide »» A Warm Breath of Carbon Dioxide

[Thursday, September 4, 2008] Early in Earth's history, our solar system was a much different place. When the sun was very young, it was faint and provided little heat for the Earth. However, even in its chilly beginnings, the surface of the Earth was ice-free.

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Wayne Hale's NASA Blog: Shackleton »» Wayne Hale's NASA Blog: Shackleton

[Thursday, September 4, 2008] "Studying on lunar geography put me in mind of old Ernest Shackleton, who is honored by having a significant crater named for him. There are many lessons from his life that all good explorers should learn."

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Spiky Probe on NASA Phoenix Mars Lander Raises Vapor Quandary »» Spiky Probe on NASA Phoenix Mars Lander Raises Vapor Quandary

[Thursday, September 4, 2008] A fork-like conductivity probe has sensed humidity rising and falling beside NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, but when stuck into the ground, its measurements so far indicate soil that is thoroughly and perplexingly dry.

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NASA Changes 2008 Shuttle Target Launch Dates, Schedules TCDT »» NASA Changes 2008 Shuttle Target Launch Dates, Schedules TCDT

[Friday, September 5, 2008] NASA has adjusted the target launch dates for the two remaining space shuttle missions in 2008. Shuttle Atlantis' STS-125 mission is targeted for Oct. 10, while Endeavour's STS-126 supply mission to the International Space Station has moved to Nov. 12.

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Challenger Center launches Christa McAuliffe's Lost Lessons from Space »» Challenger Center launches Christa McAuliffe's Lost Lessons from Space

[Friday, September 5, 2008] Challenger Center for Space Science Education is pleased to announce that Teacher in Space Christa McAuliffe's original lessons are now available for teachers on the Challenger Center website.

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MESSENGER Sails on Sun's Fire for Second Flyby of Mercury »» MESSENGER Sails on Sun's Fire for Second Flyby of Mercury

[Friday, September 5, 2008] On September 4, the MESSENGER team announced that it would not need to implement a scheduled maneuver to adjust the probe's trajectory. This is the fourth time this year that such a maneuver has been called off.

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Association of Space Explorers Briefing: Asteroid Threats: A Call for Global Response - Results »» Association of Space Explorers Briefing: Asteroid Threats: A Call for Global Response - Results

[Friday, September 5, 2008] The findings and recommendations from this work, Asteroid Threats: A Call for Global Response, will be detailed in a special press briefing to be held on September 25, 2008 at the Offices of the Google Foundation in San Francisco, California.

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Rosetta Steins fly-by confirmed »» Rosetta Steins fly-by confirmed

[Friday, September 5, 2008] The Rosetta control room at ESA's European Space Operations Centre, ESOC, received the first radio signal after closest approach to asteroid (2867) Steins at 22:14 CEST, confirming a smooth fly-by.

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Jules Verne Leaves Station, Progress Launches Wednesday »» Jules Verne Leaves Station, Progress Launches Wednesday

[Friday, September 5, 2008] The Jules Verne Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) undocked from the International Space Station Friday at 5:29 p.m. EDT.

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NASA OIG: Final Memorandum on the Review of Rocket Segment Handling »» NASA OIG: Final Memorandum on the Review of Rocket Segment Handling

[Friday, September 5, 2008] We initiated this review in response to a complaint alleging that personnel at ATK did not follow proper reporting procedures subsequent to an incident involving the handling and movement of a rocket segment..

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NASA Cassini Images Ring Arcs Among Saturn's Moons »» NASA Cassini Images Ring Arcs Among Saturn's Moons

[Friday, September 5, 2008] NASA's Cassini spacecraft has detected a faint, partial ring orbiting with one small moon of Saturn, and has confirmed the presence of another partial ring orbiting with a second moon.

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Images From Rosetta's Encounter With Asteroid Steins: A Diamond in the Sky »» Images From Rosetta's Encounter With Asteroid Steins: A Diamond in the Sky

[Saturday, September 6, 2008] The first images from Rosetta’s OSIRIS imaging system and VIRTIS infrared spectrometer were derived from raw data this morning and have delivered spectacular results. "Steins looks like a diamond in the sky," said Uwe Keller.

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Boeing Launches GeoEye-1 Earth-Imaging Satellite »» Boeing Launches GeoEye-1 Earth-Imaging Satellite

[Saturday, September 6, 2008] Boeing [NYSE: BA], through its commercial launch business, successfully launched the GeoEye-1 satellite today aboard a Delta II rocket procured from United Launch Alliance (ULA).

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Internal NASA email from NASA Administrator Griffin regarding Space Shuttle, ISS, Russia, Ares, Orion, OSTP, OMB and Budgetary Issues »» Internal NASA email from NASA Administrator Griffin regarding Space Shuttle, ISS, Russia, Ares, Orion, OSTP, OMB and Budgetary Issues

[Sunday, September 7, 2008] "I'm sorry. You're not going to like what I have to say here. There isn't much that I will say below that I Like either, but I'll give you the best analysis that my brain can produce."

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Challenger Center Heads to the International Space Station »» Challenger Center Heads to the International Space Station

[Monday, September 8, 2008] Richard Garriott, the next civilian to fly into space and son of NASA's Skylab Astronaut Owen Garriott plans to take up where Educator Astronaut Barbara Morgan left off to inspire the next generation.

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NASA To Brief Media About Completion Of Ares I Rocket Design Review »» NASA To Brief Media About Completion Of Ares I Rocket Design Review

[Monday, September 8, 2008] NASA will host a teleconference Wednesday, Sept. 10, no earlier than 6 p.m. EDT, to discuss the conclusion of the Ares I rocket preliminary design review.

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NASA-sponsored Report Explores Use Of Earth Data To Support National Priorities »» NASA-sponsored Report Explores Use Of Earth Data To Support National Priorities

[Monday, September 8, 2008] The nation faces challenges in utilizing Earth science information to manage resources and protect public health, according to a NASA-sponsored report issued Monday by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program.

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New NASA Space Experiment Rack To Undergo Flight Tests »» New NASA Space Experiment Rack To Undergo Flight Tests

[Monday, September 8, 2008] A new space experiment rack under development by NASA KSC and Space Florida will undergo initial tests this week. The rack will fly aboard NASA's first commercially-provided research flights on Zero Gravity Corporation's reduced gravity aircraft.

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NASA To Hold Briefing About Lunar Exploration Concepts And Plans »» NASA To Hold Briefing About Lunar Exploration Concepts And Plans

[Monday, September 8, 2008] NASA is inviting interested industry representatives, academics and reporters to learn more about the Ares V heavy lift-launch vehicle, the Altair lunar lander, and the roles they will play in returning humans to the moon by 2020.

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NASA Debuts 50th Anniversary Art Book »» NASA Debuts 50th Anniversary Art Book

[Monday, September 8, 2008] To celebrate NASA's 50th anniversary in October, the agency is releasing the book "NASA/ART - 50 Years of Exploration," a historic collection of almost a half-century of space-inspired artwork.

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Let's Save Hangar One »» Let's Save Hangar One

[Tuesday, September 9, 2008] Moffett Field's Hangar One is a one-of-a kind historic treasure and NASA is committed to its preservation. Now 75 years old, this iconic landmark is showing its age.

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NASA Teams With Lewis Center and Students Worldwide to Assist With Mission to Moon »» NASA Teams With Lewis Center and Students Worldwide to Assist With Mission to Moon

[Tuesday, September 9, 2008] In an unprecedented scientific collaboration with a public school, the Lewis Center for Educational Research will team with NASA to lead students worldwide in tracking and monitoring a NASA lunar mission scheduled for launch in early 2009.

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Photo report: Progress M-65 cargo vehicle installed on launch pad »» Photo report: Progress M-65 cargo vehicle installed on launch pad

[Tuesday, September 9, 2008] The Soyuz-U launch vehicle with Progress M-65 transport vehicle has been installed on the launch pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome.

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Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Awards Launch Nationwide »» Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Awards Launch Nationwide

[Tuesday, September 9, 2008] The Conrad Foundation announces the launch of their 2008 Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Awards. Teams of high school students across the nation are invited to compete in this innovative program.

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SpaceX Receives USAF Operational License for Cape Canaveral Launch Site »» SpaceX Receives USAF Operational License for Cape Canaveral Launch Site

[Tuesday, September 9, 2008] Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) has been granted an Operational License by the US Air Force for the use of Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the Florida coast.

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Space-Based Solar Power Breakthrough to Be Announced »» Space-Based Solar Power Breakthrough to Be Announced

[Tuesday, September 9, 2008] John Mankins, former manager of NASA's Exploration Systems Research and Technology Program, and one of the foremost experts on space solar power, will announce on Friday a milestone demonstration of the critical technology enabling SSP.

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NASA Developing Fission Surface Power Technology »» NASA Developing Fission Surface Power Technology

[Wednesday, September 10, 2008] When NASA astronauts return to the moon and begin establishing a lunar outpost, they will need power sources on the lunar surface.

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Unique animal species can survive in space »» Unique animal species can survive in space

[Wednesday, September 10, 2008] Water bears (tardigrades) are the first animals in the world to have survived exposure to the vacuum and radiation of space. This has been established by Ingemar Joensson, a researcher at Kristianstad University in Sweden.

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Next Mars Soil Scoop Slated for Last of Lander's Wet Lab Cells »» Next Mars Soil Scoop Slated for Last of Lander's Wet Lab Cells

[Wednesday, September 10, 2008] The next soil sample that NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander will deliver to its deck instruments will go to the fourth of the four cells of Phoenix's wet chemistry laboratory, according to the Phoenix team's current plans.

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O3b Networks To Deploy World's First High-Speed, Low-Cost Satellite System to Transform Communications Access for Billions Worldwide »» O3b Networks To Deploy World's First High-Speed, Low-Cost Satellite System to Transform Communications Access for Billions Worldwide

[Wednesday, September 10, 2008] Backed with financial and operational support from Google Inc., Liberty Global, Inc. and HSBC Principal Investments, the new system will enable cost-effective voice and broadband services at speeds equivalent to those enjoyed in the developed world.

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NASA Team Builds Composite Space Capsule with Future in Mind »» NASA Team Builds Composite Space Capsule with Future in Mind

[Wednesday, September 10, 2008] One NASA team believes future space capsules may be made with advanced composite materials, the stuff race cars, sailboats, and high-end sports equipment are made of today.

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The Double Firsing Burst: Brightest gamma-ray burst provides wealth of information on how stars explode »» The Double Firsing Burst: Brightest gamma-ray burst provides wealth of information on how stars explode

[Wednesday, September 10, 2008] Astronomers combined data from ground- and space-based telescopes to paint a detailed portrait of the brightest explosion ever seen. The observations reveal that the jets of the gamma-ray burst called GRB 080319B were aimed almost directly at the Earth.

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NASA's Ares I Rocket Passes Review To Reach Critical Milestone »» NASA's Ares I Rocket Passes Review To Reach Critical Milestone

[Wednesday, September 10, 2008] NASA has taken a major step toward building the nation's next generation launch vehicle with Wednesday's successful completion of the Ares I rocket preliminary design review.

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NASA Mars Rover Update: Spirit Continues Work on Winter Panorama »» NASA Mars Rover Update: Spirit Continues Work on Winter Panorama

[Thursday, September 11, 2008] As power permits, Spirit continues to acquire the individual frames of an image mosaic known as the "Bonestell panorama," which will portray a full-color view of the rover's winter outpost.

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NASA Mars Rover Update:  Farewell, »» NASA Mars Rover Update: Farewell, "Victoria"!

[Thursday, September 11, 2008] Opportunity has completed one of the most fantastic scientific campaigns of the Mars Exploration Rover mission -- the interior investigation of "Victoria Crater."

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1843 stellar eruption new type of star explosion »» 1843 stellar eruption new type of star explosion

[Thursday, September 11, 2008] Eta Carinae has been keeping a secret: Its giant outbursts appear to be driven by an entirely new type of stellar explosion that is fainter than a typical supernova and does not destroy the star.

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NASA'S Johnson Space Center Closes For Ike »» NASA'S Johnson Space Center Closes For Ike

[Thursday, September 11, 2008] NASA's Johnson Space Center will close at noon CDT Thursday and remain closed until the threat of Hurricane Ike has passed.

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GAO: NASA Workforce: Briefing on National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Use of Term Appointments »» GAO: NASA Workforce: Briefing on National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Use of Term Appointments

[Thursday, September 11, 2008] In a joint explanatory statement accompanying the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008 (Pub. L. No. 110-161), you asked us to review NASA's use of term appointments for civil servant positions. We briefed the committees on the results of our review.

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International Space Station Imagery: Hurricane Ike »» International Space Station Imagery: Hurricane Ike

[Thursday, September 11, 2008] This picture of Hurricane Ike from earlier today was downlinked by the crew of the International Space Station, flying 220 statute miles above Earth.

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Hurricane Ike Impact Felt In Space »» Hurricane Ike Impact Felt In Space

[Thursday, September 11, 2008] Hurricane Ike has delayed the scheduled Friday arrival of a Russian Progress cargo ship at the International Space Station 220 miles above Earth.

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NASA Talking Points: The Urgency of NASA's Need for Legislation to Continue to Purchase Soyuz Crew Vehicles From Russia »» NASA Talking Points: The Urgency of NASA's Need for Legislation to Continue to Purchase Soyuz Crew Vehicles From Russia

[Friday, September 12, 2008] NASA needs Congress to provide legislative extension allowing purchase of Russian Soyuz crew vehicles to support astronauts on the ISS by October 2008 or else NASA will have no choice but to de-crew all U.S. astronauts from the ISS in 2012.

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NASA New Horizons Mission to Pluto: 'Brain Transplant' Successful as Checkout Continues »» NASA New Horizons Mission to Pluto: 'Brain Transplant' Successful as Checkout Continues

[Friday, September 12, 2008] The first major order of business in New Horizons' second annual checkout was accomplished as planned, as operators uploaded an upgraded version of the software that runs the spacecraft's Command and Data Handling system.

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MESSENGER Mission News September 12, 2008 »» MESSENGER Mission News September 12, 2008

[Friday, September 12, 2008] It is now only slightly more than three weeks before the MESSENGER spacecraft flies by Mercury for the second time.

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Challenger Center Links Students Live to the Space Station »» Challenger Center Links Students Live to the Space Station

[Friday, September 12, 2008] Richard Garriott, the next civilian to fly into space and son of NASA's Skylab Astronaut Owen Garriott plans to talk to students through live video and audio downlinks during his upcoming October flight to the International Space Station.

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NASA'S Space Shuttle Endeavour To Move To Launch Pad Sept. 18 »» NASA'S Space Shuttle Endeavour To Move To Launch Pad Sept. 18

[Friday, September 12, 2008] Space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to roll out to Launch Pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Thursday, Sept. 18, in preparation for shuttle Atlantis' mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

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NASA's Phoenix Lander Sees, Feels Martian Whirlwinds in Action »» NASA's Phoenix Lander Sees, Feels Martian Whirlwinds in Action

[Friday, September 12, 2008] NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has photographed several dust devils dancing across the arctic plain this week and sensed a dip in air pressure as one passed near the lander.

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NASA Conducts First Test On New Motor For The Ares I Rocket »» NASA Conducts First Test On New Motor For The Ares I Rocket

[Friday, September 12, 2008] Engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., have completed first-round testing of a critical motor for NASA's new Ares I rocket.

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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 13 September 2008 »» NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 13 September 2008

[Sunday, September 14, 2008] NASA-JSC/MCC-Houston is closed. Control of ISS USOS (US Segment) operations has been transferred to the BCC (Backup Control Center) at MSFC-Huntsville.

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ESA looks for a name for its next long-term mission to the ISS »» ESA looks for a name for its next long-term mission to the ISS

[Sunday, September 14, 2008] In May 2009, ESA astronaut Frank De Winne, of Belgian nationality and a member of the European Astronaut Corps, will fly to the International Space Station for a six-month mission. ESA is holding a competition to find a name for the mission.

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McCain, Obama Weigh in on Science »» McCain, Obama Weigh in on Science

[Monday, September 15, 2008] Entering the debate on several contentious science issues, John McCain today answered the "14 top science questions facing America," according to ScienceDebate2008.com

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NASA's Johnson Space Remains Closed After Hurricane Ike »» NASA's Johnson Space Remains Closed After Hurricane Ike

[Monday, September 15, 2008] NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston remains closed and likely will be limited to recovery operations for the next week. Johnson may not be open for normal operations until the week of Sept. 21.

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First Picture of Likely Planet around a Sun-like Star »» First Picture of Likely Planet around a Sun-like Star

[Monday, September 15, 2008] Astronomers have unveiled what is likely the first picture of a planet around a normal star similar to the Sun. The parent star is similar in mass to the Sun, but is much younger.

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Key Step to Space-Based Solar Power Achieved »» Key Step to Space-Based Solar Power Achieved

[Monday, September 15, 2008] During the week of May 5-9, 2008, a key step on the path to Space-Based Solar Power was achieved: a "first-of-a-kind" long-range demonstration of solar-powered wireless power transmission.

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Both Northwest Passage Routes Around Arctic Open at Summer's End »» Both Northwest Passage Routes Around Arctic Open at Summer's End

[Monday, September 15, 2008] As of the first week of September 2008, Arctic sea ice extent had not fallen below the record low observed in 2007, but the season set a new kind of record.

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NASA Selects Mission to Study Mars Atmosphere »» NASA Selects Mission to Study Mars Atmosphere

[Monday, September 15, 2008] NASA has selected a Mars robotic mission that will provide information about the Red Planet's atmosphere, climate history and potential habitability in greater detail than ever before.

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Immigrant Sun: Our star could be far from where it started in Milky Way »» Immigrant Sun: Our star could be far from where it started in Milky Way

[Monday, September 15, 2008] A long-standing scientific belief holds that stars tend to hang out in the same general part of a galaxy where they originally formed. Some astrophysicists have recently questioned whether that is true.

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Challenger Center, Red Knight, and Richard Garriott challenge students »» Challenger Center, Red Knight, and Richard Garriott challenge students

[Monday, September 15, 2008] What happens when you block an opponent on Mars, leap for a reception on the Moon, or throw a tight spiral on the space station? Students can test and predict the physics of these sports moves in space through a new on-line game.

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NASA Solar Probe Plus Investigations:  Community Announcement on Future Solicitation »» NASA Solar Probe Plus Investigations: Community Announcement on Future Solicitation

[Monday, September 15, 2008] The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) intends to release an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for Solar Probe Plus (SPP) investigations sometime in January 2009.

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Speech by  NASA Administrator Michael Griffin: The Magic of Science »» Speech by NASA Administrator Michael Griffin: The Magic of Science

[Tuesday, September 16, 2008] "One of my favorites, Arthur C. Clarke, offered several priceless observations in connection with predictions about the future. First, he says, when a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right."

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Speech by  NASA Administrator Michael Griffin: Seeking the Right Stuff »» Speech by NASA Administrator Michael Griffin: Seeking the Right Stuff

[Tuesday, September 16, 2008] I believe it is necessary for us - all of us - to take the time to discuss openly the founding principles that led us our nation to embrace space exploration fifty years ago ...

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Hubble Space Telescope Image: Galaxy Silhouettes »» Hubble Space Telescope Image: Galaxy Silhouettes

[Tuesday, September 16, 2008] NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured a rare alignment between two spiral galaxies. The outer rim of a small, foreground galaxy is silhouetted in front of a larger background galaxy.

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Report offers advice to McCain, Obama on science and technology appointments »» Report offers advice to McCain, Obama on science and technology appointments

[Wednesday, September 17, 2008] The importance of research in solving many of our national challenges, including economic ones, was emphasized today in a new report: Science and Technology for America's Progress: Ensuring the Best Presidential Appointments in the New Administration.

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NASA's Johnson Space Center To Reopen Monday After Ike »» NASA's Johnson Space Center To Reopen Monday After Ike

[Thursday, September 18, 2008] NASA'S Johnson Space Center in Houston is scheduled to reopen Monday, Sept. 22, ending its closure related to Hurricane Ike. Johnson shut down Sept. 11 as Ike approached the Texas coast.

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NASA OIG: Cost Estimates Used to Support the FY 2008 Budget Request for NASA's Constellation Program Could Have Been Better Documented »» NASA OIG: Cost Estimates Used to Support the FY 2008 Budget Request for NASA's Constellation Program Could Have Been Better Documented

[Thursday, September 18, 2008] NASA OIG conducted this audit to determine whether the FY 2008 budget for the Constellation Program was prepared in accordance with OMB and NASA policy and whether the CxP budget request was supported by well-documented cost estimates.

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How windy is it on Venus? Venus Express answers »» How windy is it on Venus? Venus Express answers

[Thursday, September 18, 2008] It is well known that winds on Venus are extremely fast and powerful. Now, ESA's Venus Express has, for the first time, put together a 3-D picture of the venusian winds for an entire planetary hemisphere.

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XMM-Newton uncovers well-tuned super-massive black hole »» XMM-Newton uncovers well-tuned super-massive black hole

[Thursday, September 18, 2008] XMM-Newton has uncovered a well-tuned periodic signal from a super-massive black hole lodged at the centre of a galaxy, ending a long quest for such an object.

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NASA's ISEE-3/ICE Spacecraft Is Still Operating After 30 Years in Space »» NASA's ISEE-3/ICE Spacecraft Is Still Operating After 30 Years in Space

[Thursday, September 18, 2008] At 2049 UTC on September 18, 2008, DSS-14 locked onto the carrier signal of the ISEE-3/ICE spacecraft. The remainder of the 3-hour track was then used to gather Doppler data for future use.

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NASA To Discuss Conditions On And Surrounding The Sun »» NASA To Discuss Conditions On And Surrounding The Sun

[Thursday, September 18, 2008] NASA will hold a media teleconference Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 12:30 p.m. EDT, to discuss data from the joint NASA and European Space Agency Ulysses mission that reveals the sun's solar wind is at a 50-year low.

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NASA Phoenix Mars Lander Photographs Its Crumpled Heat Shield »» NASA Phoenix Mars Lander Photographs Its Crumpled Heat Shield

[Thursday, September 18, 2008] The Phoenix Mars Lander's Surface Stereo Imager took this image of the spacecraft's crumpled heat shield on Sept. 16, 2008, the 111th Martian day of the mission. The 2-1/2 meter heat shield landed southeast of Phoenix.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour Moves to Launch Pad »» Space Shuttle Endeavour Moves to Launch Pad

[Friday, September 19, 2008] For the first time since July 2001, two shuttles are on the launch pads at the same time at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Space shuttle Endeavour completed a 4.2-mile journey to Launch Pad 39B on Friday, Sept. 19, at 5:59 a.m. CDT.

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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 19 September 2008 »» NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 19 September 2008

[Friday, September 19, 2008] ost-Hurricane Ike Update: JSC/MCC-H operations will be handed back to Houston later today after the Progress thruster tests. JSC will open officially for business on 9/22 (Monday).

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SpaceX Update: Flight 4 of Falcon 1 »» SpaceX Update: Flight 4 of Falcon 1

[Saturday, September 20, 2008] "As mentioned in my update last month, we do expect to conduct a launch countdown in late September — as scheduled."

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NASA Mars Rover Opportunity Update: Playing in the Sand »» NASA Mars Rover Opportunity Update: Playing in the Sand

[Saturday, September 20, 2008] Opportunity is moving on to investigate some bright patches of dust. Scientists hope to ascertain if the patches contain material not thoroughly analyzed in the past.

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NASA Mars Rover Spirit Update: Light Duty for Now »» NASA Mars Rover Spirit Update: Light Duty for Now

[Saturday, September 20, 2008] Spirit continues to conserve solar power while performing light science activities during the Martian winter. During the past week, Spirit studied the atmosphere and acquired two frames of the full-color image mosaic known as the "Bonestell panorama."

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Scientists Debate Planet Definition and Agree to Disagree »» Scientists Debate Planet Definition and Agree to Disagree

[Saturday, September 20, 2008] The demotion of Pluto sparked considerable public controversy. Numerous planetary scientists and astronomers protested the IAU's definition as not useful, while numerous other planetary scientists and astronomers supported the outcome.

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NASA's Swift Catches Farthest-Ever Gamma-Ray Burst »» NASA's Swift Catches Farthest-Ever Gamma-Ray Burst

[Saturday, September 20, 2008] NASA's Swift satellite has found the most distant gamma-ray burst ever detected. The blast, designated GRB 080913, arose from an exploding star 12.8 billion light-years away.

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Pinning Down The Milky Way's Spin »» Pinning Down The Milky Way's Spin

[Saturday, September 20, 2008] New, very precise measurements have shown that the rotation of the Milky Way is simpler than previously thought.

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Satellite Observations to Benefit Science and Society: Recommended Missions for the Next Decade »» Satellite Observations to Benefit Science and Society: Recommended Missions for the Next Decade

[Saturday, September 20, 2008] "Satellite Observations to Benefit Science and Society: Recommended Missions for the Next Decade" brings the next ten years into focus for the Earth and environmental science community with a prioritized agenda.

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VLT instrument hints at the presence of planets in young gas discs »» VLT instrument hints at the presence of planets in young gas discs

[Sunday, September 21, 2008] Astronomers have been able to study planet-forming discs around young Sun-like stars in unsurpassed detail, clearly revealing the motion and distribution of the gas in the inner parts of the disc.

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NASA study illustrates how global peak oil could impact climate »» NASA study illustrates how global peak oil could impact climate

[Sunday, September 21, 2008] NASA researchers have identified feasible emission scenarios that could keep carbon dioxide below levels that some scientists have called dangerous for climate.

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Arctic Sea Ice Reaches Lowest Coverage For 2008 »» Arctic Sea Ice Reaches Lowest Coverage For 2008

[Sunday, September 21, 2008] Arctic sea ice coverage appears to have reached its lowest extent for the year and the second-lowest amount recorded since the dawn of the satellite era.

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Comet Dust Reveals Unexpected Mixing of Solar System »» Comet Dust Reveals Unexpected Mixing of Solar System

[Sunday, September 21, 2008] Chemical clues from a comet's halo are challenging common views about the history and evolution of the solar system and showing it may be more mixed-up than previously thought.

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Former NASA Kennedy Space Center Director Jay Honeycutt Announced As President of Odyssey Moon U.S. Operations »» Former NASA Kennedy Space Center Director Jay Honeycutt Announced As President of Odyssey Moon U.S. Operations

[Monday, September 22, 2008] Veteran U.S. Civil and Commercial Space executive Jay Honeycutt has been named President of Odyssey Moon Ventures LLC, responsible for all Odyssey Moon U.S. programs and commercial launch operations.

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First Venus Express public data release »» First Venus Express public data release

[Monday, September 22, 2008] Data from the VMC, SPICAV-SOIR, VIRTIS and MAG instruments on Venus Express have been delivered to the ESA Planetary System Archive and are now freely available to interested users.

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Mars polar cap mystery solved »» Mars polar cap mystery solved

[Monday, September 22, 2008] Scientists are now able to better explain why Mars's residual southern ice cap is misplaced: the martian weather system is to blame. And so is the largest impact crater on Mars - even though it is nowhere near the south pole.

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Diving for the Moon »» Diving for the Moon

[Monday, September 22, 2008] What's a NASA astronaut doing "flying" a submarine around in a lake in British Columbia? Getting ready for human exploration of the moon.

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NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity To Head Toward Bigger Crater »» NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity To Head Toward Bigger Crater

[Monday, September 22, 2008] NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity is setting its sights on a crater more than 20 times larger than its home for the past two years.

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NASA To Preview Next Space Station Expedition »» NASA To Preview Next Space Station Expedition

[Tuesday, September 23, 2008] The work of the next International Space Station residents will be previewed in a briefing broadcast on NASA Television at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 25.

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NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Baked and Ready for More Tests »» NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Baked and Ready for More Tests

[Tuesday, September 23, 2008] NASA's planet-hunting Kepler mission, scheduled to launch in 2009, has survived an extreme temperature test.

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Ulysses spacecraft data indicate Solar System shield lowering »» Ulysses spacecraft data indicate Solar System shield lowering

[Tuesday, September 23, 2008] Data from ESA/NASA Ulysses show that the Sun has reduced its output of solar wind to the lowest levels since accurate readings have become available. This current state of the Sun could reduce the natural shielding that envelops our Solar System.

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SpaceX Update: Flight 4 of Falcon 1 - Static Fire »» SpaceX Update: Flight 4 of Falcon 1 - Static Fire

[Tuesday, September 23, 2008] The static fire took place on Saturday, as expected, and no major issues came up. However, after a detailed analysis of data, we decided to replace a component in the 2nd stage engine LOX supply line.

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Mercury's Spider Pantheon Fossae Formation Linked to Asteroid Impact »» Mercury's Spider Pantheon Fossae Formation Linked to Asteroid Impact

[Tuesday, September 23, 2008] Dr Solomon and colleagues developed a three-dimensional model of deformations in Mercury's crust in the Caloris basin and then modelled the effect of an asteroid impact at the centre.

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The Ares PDR Was Not As Smooth As NASA Says It Was »» The Ares PDR Was Not As Smooth As NASA Says It Was

[Tuesday, September 23, 2008] NASA recently concluded a PDR for its new Ares 1 rocket. Despite glowing comments about the success of the review and the smoothness with which it operated, many of the participants seem to have a different point of view.

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Stephen Hawking Sending DNA into Space to Promote the Archon X PRIZE for Genomics »» Stephen Hawking Sending DNA into Space to Promote the Archon X PRIZE for Genomics

[Tuesday, September 23, 2008] Stephen Hawking will be sending his digitized DNA into space as part of NCsoft's Operation Immortality. Lucy Hawking is also participating in the project.

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Calculations Show Saturn's Rings May Be More Massive, Older »» Calculations Show Saturn's Rings May Be More Massive, Older

[Tuesday, September 23, 2008] Saturn's rings may be more massive than previously thought, and potentially much older, according to calculations that simulate colliding particles in Saturn's rings and their erosion by meteorites.

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Meteorites From Inner Solar System Match Up To Earth's Platinum Standard »» Meteorites From Inner Solar System Match Up To Earth's Platinum Standard

[Tuesday, September 23, 2008] Some of the world's rarest and most precious metals could owe their presence in the Earth's crust to iron and stony-iron meteorites, fragments of a large number of asteroids that underwent significant geological processing in the early Solar System.

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Surface Water May Have Existed Far Longer on Some Parts of Mars »» Surface Water May Have Existed Far Longer on Some Parts of Mars

[Tuesday, September 23, 2008] Water may have played a role in shaping parts of the Martian landscape a billion years longer than previous studies have shown, according to a research team led by Catherine Weitz, a senior scientist with the Planetary Science Institute.

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Rock Moved by Mars Lander Arm »» Rock Moved by Mars Lander Arm

[Tuesday, September 23, 2008] The robotic arm on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander slid a rock out of the way during the mission's 117th Martian day (Sept. 22, 2008) to gain access to soil that had been underneath the rock

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Astronauts, Cosmonauts, Experts complete report: Asteroid Threats: A Call for Global Response »» Astronauts, Cosmonauts, Experts complete report: Asteroid Threats: A Call for Global Response

[Tuesday, September 23, 2008] For the past two years the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) -- the international organization of astronauts and cosmonauts from 34 countries -- has been developing a program to protect the Earth from asteroid impacts.

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NASA Announces New Target Launch Dates, Status News Conference »» NASA Announces New Target Launch Dates, Status News Conference

[Wednesday, September 24, 2008] The target launch date for space shuttle Atlantis' STS-125 mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope has been reset to Oct. 14 at 10:19 p.m. EDT. A news conference is scheduled for Oct. 3, at KSC to announce an official launch date.

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Evidence for Rain on Mars? »» Evidence for Rain on Mars?

[Wednesday, September 24, 2008] Evidence that lake deposits once formed inside impact craters on Mars has been presented today at the European Planetary Science Congress in Muenster.

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House Extends INKSNA Waiver »» House Extends INKSNA Waiver

[Wednesday, September 24, 2008] Today the House extended the waiver to INKSNA from January 1, 2012 to July 1, 2016, which will allow NASA to continue to purchase needed ISS-related goods and services from the Russians.

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NASA Astronomers Compare Meteors to Spacecraft Re-entry »» NASA Astronomers Compare Meteors to Spacecraft Re-entry

[Wednesday, September 24, 2008] A group of astronomers from NASA, ESA and other institutions will take to the skies to observe the re-entry of ESA's "Jules Verne" ATV as it falls back to Earth from the International Space Station on Sept. 29, 2008.

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The Hibernating Stellar Magnet »» The Hibernating Stellar Magnet

[Wednesday, September 24, 2008] Astronomers have discovered a most bizarre celestial object that emitted 40 visible-light flashes before disappearing again. It is most likely to be a missing link in the family of neutron stars.

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Diffusion Caused Jupiter's Red Spot Junior to Colour Up »» Diffusion Caused Jupiter's Red Spot Junior to Colour Up

[Wednesday, September 24, 2008] A study has given new insights into why Oval BA, a giant anticyclone on Jupiter also known as Red Spot Junior, suddenly turned from white to red in a period of just a few months.

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NASA Solicitation: Scientist Participant Suborbital Research Program »» NASA Solicitation: Scientist Participant Suborbital Research Program

[Thursday, September 25, 2008] The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recognizes the advancement of the commercial suborbital spaceflight industry and requests information on potential flight experiments enabled by this capabilit

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The Wild, Hidden Cousin of SN 1987A - Powerful nearby supernova caught by web of telescopes »» The Wild, Hidden Cousin of SN 1987A - Powerful nearby supernova caught by web of telescopes

[Thursday, September 25, 2008] Over a decade after it exploded, one of the nearest supernovae in the last 25 years has been identified. This result was made possible by combining data from the vast online archives from many of the world's premier telescopes.

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NASA Discusses Lunar Exploration Concepts and Plans »» NASA Discusses Lunar Exploration Concepts and Plans

[Thursday, September 25, 2008] NASA managers briefed industry representatives, members of academia and reporters Thursday about the agency's initial plans for the Ares V heavy-lift rocket and Altair lunar lander.

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NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Reveals Rock Fracture Plumbing On Mars »» NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Reveals Rock Fracture Plumbing On Mars

[Thursday, September 25, 2008] NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed hundreds of small fractures exposed on the Martian surface that billions of years ago directed flows of water through underground Martian sandstone.

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NASA Announces Educational Resources Related to Upcoming Shuttle Mission to Hubble »» NASA Announces Educational Resources Related to Upcoming Shuttle Mission to Hubble

[Thursday, September 25, 2008] In conjunction with the upcoming space shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA Education has launched a new Web site with resources for educators.

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NASA Astronaut in Space Challenges Earthlings in Chess Match »» NASA Astronaut in Space Challenges Earthlings in Chess Match

[Friday, September 26, 2008] It will be Earth vs. space in a unique chess match, and you can help Earth win. NASA and the U.S. Chess Federation are teaming up to host the first public chess match between ISS astronaut Greg Chamitoff and the inhabitants of the Earth.

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Mars Express Image: Lava deposits in Mangala Fossae »» Mars Express Image: Lava deposits in Mangala Fossae

[Friday, September 26, 2008] Mangala Fossae is approximately 1000 km long, located south-west of the volcanic region Tharsis, where the highest known volcano in the Solar System, Olympus Mons, is located. The images were obtained on 21 March 2007.

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NEO News (09/25/08) Managing the Impact Hazard »» NEO News (09/25/08) Managing the Impact Hazard

[Friday, September 26, 2008] After a two-year study involving a cast of international experts in government and science, ASE's Committee on Near-Earth Objects has completed a proposal to encourage the international community to set up procedures to protect the Earth.

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NASA Identifies Carbon-rich Molecules in Meteors as the 'Origin of Life' »» NASA Identifies Carbon-rich Molecules in Meteors as the 'Origin of Life'

[Friday, September 26, 2008] Tons of carbon molecules in dust particles and meteorites fall on Earth daily. Meteorites are especially valuable to astronomers because they provide relatively big chunks of carbon molecules that are easily analyzed in the laboratory.

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NASA Mars Rover Opportunity: Slipping Like a Dune Buggy »» NASA Mars Rover Opportunity: Slipping Like a Dune Buggy

[Friday, September 26, 2008] During the past week, Opportunity has been trying to reach a patch of dust between two crests of the ridge surrounding "Victoria Crater."

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NASA to Discuss Phoenix Mars Mission Science Data »» NASA to Discuss Phoenix Mars Mission Science Data

[Friday, September 26, 2008] NASA will hold a media briefing Monday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. EDT, to discuss the latest developments, findings and upcoming science opportunities of the Phoenix Mars Lander.

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Challenger Center Links Students via Radio to the Space Station »» Challenger Center Links Students via Radio to the Space Station

[Friday, September 26, 2008] Richard Garriott, the next civilian to fly into space and son of NASA's Skylab Astronaut Owen Garriott, plans to talk to students through live amateur radio downlinks during his October flight to the International Space Station.

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Live Space Talk Now Available 24/7 on NASA Web Site »» Live Space Talk Now Available 24/7 on NASA Web Site

[Friday, September 26, 2008] Conversations between astronauts aboard the International Space Station and flight controllers on the ground now are available for the public to hear live, 24 hours a day, seven days a week on NASA's Web site

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Oldest Known Rock on Earth Discovered »» Oldest Known Rock on Earth Discovered

[Friday, September 26, 2008] Scientists at the Carnegie Institution of Washington and McGill University in Montreal used geochemical methods to obtain an age of 4.28 billion years for samples of the rock, making it 250 million years more ancient than any previously discovered rocks.

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Scientist proposes explanation for puzzling property of night-shining clouds at the edge of space »» Scientist proposes explanation for puzzling property of night-shining clouds at the edge of space

[Friday, September 26, 2008] An explanation for a strange property of noctilucent clouds has been proposed by an experimental plasma physicist at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), possibly laying to rest a decades-long mystery.

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Send Your Name Around The Earth On NASA's Glory Mission »» Send Your Name Around The Earth On NASA's Glory Mission

[Friday, September 26, 2008] Members of the public can send their names around Earth on NASA's Glory satellite, the first mission dedicated to understanding the effects of particles in the atmosphere and the sun's variability on our climate.

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SpaceX Update: Flight 4 of Falcon 1 - Static Fire »» SpaceX Update: Flight 4 of Falcon 1 - Static Fire

[Saturday, September 27, 2008] Falcon 1 is currently cleared for liftoff sometime between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. (California time) tomorrow, Sunday September 28th.

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SpaceX Update - ORBIT »» SpaceX Update - ORBIT

[Sunday, September 28, 2008] "T+0:08:21 Falcon 1 reached orbital velocity, 5200 m/s - Nominal Second stage cut off (SECO) - Falcon 1 has made history as the first privately developed liquid fueled launch vehicle to achieve earth orbit!!!!!!"

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SpaceX Successfully Launches Falcon 1 to Orbit »» SpaceX Successfully Launches Falcon 1 to Orbit

[Monday, September 29, 2008] Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) announces that Flight 4 of the Falcon 1 launch vehicle has successfully launched and achieved Earth orbit.

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NASA Stardust Capsule To Go On Display At Smithsonian »» NASA Stardust Capsule To Go On Display At Smithsonian

[Monday, September 29, 2008] Having returned the world's first particles from a comet, NASA's Stardust sample return capsule will join the collection of flight icons in the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington.

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MESSENGER's Gamma-Ray Spectrometer Gears up for Mercury Flyby »» MESSENGER's Gamma-Ray Spectrometer Gears up for Mercury Flyby

[Monday, September 29, 2008] One week from today, the MESSENGER spacecraft will fly by Mercury for the second time. As part of the final preparations for this encounter, the Gamma-Ray Spectrometer (GRS) was placed in an "anneal mode" to prepare its detector for optimal performance du

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NASA data show Arctic saw fastest August sea ice retreat on record »» NASA data show Arctic saw fastest August sea ice retreat on record

[Monday, September 29, 2008] Following a season of arctic sea ice decline in 2007, NASA scientists have kept a close watch on the 2008 melt season. NASA data are showing that for a four-week period in August 2008, sea ice melted faster during that period than ever before.

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NASA to Discuss Hubble Anomaly and Servicing Mission Launch Delay »» NASA to Discuss Hubble Anomaly and Servicing Mission Launch Delay

[Monday, September 29, 2008] NASA will host a media teleconference at 6 p.m. EDT today to discuss a significant Hubble Space Telescope anomaly that occurred this weekend affecting the storage and transmittal of science data to Earth.

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NASA Phoenix Lander Sees Snow Falling on Mars »» NASA Phoenix Lander Sees Snow Falling on Mars

[Monday, September 29, 2008] It's snowing on Mars, at least that's what NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has detected from Martian clouds. Also recent soil experiments provide evidence of past interaction between minerals and liquid water, processes that occur on Earth.

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NASA Mars Lander Sees Falling Snow, Soil Data Suggest Liquid Past »» NASA Mars Lander Sees Falling Snow, Soil Data Suggest Liquid Past

[Monday, September 29, 2008] NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has detected snow falling from Martian clouds. Spacecraft soil experiments also have provided evidence of past interaction between minerals and liquid water, processes that occur on Earth.

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