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National Briefing | Space and Technology: Mission to Measure and Map the Moon Begins

10 years ago from NY Times Science

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on a mission of measuring and mapping the Moon.

Planck Chills Out

A JPL-developed and -built cooler on the Planck spacecraft has chilled the mission's low-frequency instrument down to its operating temperature.

Life May Extend Planet's 'Life': Billion-year Life Extension For Earth Also Doubles Odds Of Finding Life On Other Planets

10 years ago from Science Daily

Roughly a billion years from now, the ever-increasing radiation from the sun will have heated Earth into inhabitability; the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will disappear; the oceans will evaporate;...

Cosmic Log: Hey, E.T.! The line is open

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Science editor Alan Boyle's Weblog: After eight years of preparation, the Allen Telescope Array is regularly monitoring the sky for signals from alien civilizations.

Baby Stars Found in Galactic Center

10 years ago from Live Science

Astronomers finally able to detect newborn stars in center of Milky Way.

Astronauts set for big gathering

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

When the shuttle joins up with the space station next week, it will bring together 13 humans at the platform - a record.

Moonstruck: Tagalong Probe to Blast Moon in Search for Water

10 years ago from Scientific American

If humans are to live on the moon someday, or simply use it as a way station for the journey to Mars, water will be a critical resource--and having a...

Watch on Euronews: Space, Defence and Security

10 years ago from European Space Agency

For centuries, castles ensured the safety of citizens sheltering under their protection. The guardians of the 21st century are no less vigilant even if the means of keeping watch have...

ESA pavilion 'L’Europe de l’Espace, Space for Earth' at the 48th Paris Air Show

10 years ago from European Space Agency

The 48th International Paris Air Show will take place from 15 to 21 June at Le Bourget. The ESA Pavilion "L’Europe de l’Espace, Space for Earth" will be located in...

Iowa woman's photo sparks push for new cloud type

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Looking out the 11th floor window of her law office, Jane Wiggins did a double take and grabbed her camera. The dark, undulating clouds hovering outside were...

Bright Light Over Phoenix Is a Giant Balloon

10 years ago from Live Science

A high-altitude NASA-supported research balloon floated over Arizona Thursday afternoon, June 11.

Moonshine could light the way to extraterrestrial life

10 years ago from Physics World

Signs of life on distant planets could be easier to detect than previously thought

Rare Radio Supernova In Nearby Galaxy Is Nearest Supernova In Five Years

10 years ago from Science Daily

The chance discovery last month of a rare radio supernova -- an exploding star seen only at radio wavelengths and undetected by optical or X-ray telescopes -- underscores the promise...

Physicists Make a Splash with Rain Discovery

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

It's conventional wisdom in atmospheric science circles: Large raindrops fall faster than smaller drops and no raindrop can fall faster than its "terminal speed." But two physicists from Michigan Technological...

Asteroid Probe Set to "Collide" With Earth

10 years ago from National Geographic

A spacecraft sent to study asteroids is now slated to act like one: The Hayabusa probe will be tracked during its return to Earth next June to simulate an approaching...

PHOTO: First Proof "Tight" Double Suns Can Have Planets

10 years ago from National Geographic

A ring of gas and dust surrounding a pair of sunlike stars is the first proof that planets can form around closely orbiting stellar partners, new images reveal.

Infrared telescope prepared for launch

10 years ago from UPI

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., June 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer called WISE is undergoing final preparations for a planned...

Observatory: Filming the Flight of a Winged Maple Seed

10 years ago from NY Times Science

An aerospace engineer has figured out why the seed’s whirling gives it extra lift, allowing the wind to carry it a mile or more.

A Look Inside the Data Centers of "The Cloud"

10 years ago from PopSci

Xbox Live Lives Here:  Simon Norfolk via The New York TimesThe taking a closer look

NASA reschedules launch abort system test

10 years ago from UPI

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va., June 11 (UPI) -- Weather concerns have prompted the U.S. space agency to reschedule the test launch of its Max Launch Abort System to no...

International study could aid search for life in the universe

10 years ago from Science Blog

A lunar eclipse helped a group of international scientists take a snapshot of earth's chemical fingerprint, which could help to identify planets most similar to earth where life may be...

Review: Spaceflight for Dummies

10 years ago from

A new book, "Space Exploration for Dummies," boils down rocket science for the masses.

Strange Lightning Looks Like Jellyfish Above Earth

10 years ago from Live Science

From his balcony, a scientist photographs a storm-related flash of light.

Crew includes Twittering skipper, singer, ER doc

10 years ago from AP Science

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The astronauts headed to the international space station include a Twittering skipper, a classically trained musician who named her son after...

Stars Come Out at Astronomy Meeting

10 years ago from Science NOW

Young, big, and dying suns shine at American Astronomical Society conference

Japanese Space Porch to Fly on Shuttle Endeavour

10 years ago from

The International Space Station's Kibo laboratory is about to get a porch, the last big piece of the already massive Japanese-built facility.

Military Classifies Data on Exploding Space Rocks

10 years ago from Live Science

"It's baffling to us why this would suddenly change," said one scientist.

Earth-Venus smash-up possible in 3.5 billion years: study

10 years ago from Physorg

A force known as orbital chaos may cause our Solar System to go haywire, leading to possible collision between Earth and Venus or Mars, according to a study released Wednesday.