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U.S. space tourist, crew return to Earth

10 years ago from Reuters:Science

ALMATY (Reuters) - A Russian Soyuz space capsule carrying U.S. billionaire Charles Simonyi and a Russian-American crew touched down safely in Kazakhstan on Wednesday.

Hubble Photographs a Big Ol' Galaxy

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Hubble spots an unusual galaxy with a shape bordering between spiral and elliptical.

Astronauts Would Live in Space Module 'Colbert'

10 years ago from

Astronauts are confident the right name for the International Space Station's new room will be found.

Swift`s Comet Tally

10 years ago from Physorg

A montage of comet images made using NASA`s Swift spacecraft illustrates just how different three comets can be. The images, including a never-released image of Comet 8P/Tuttle, were shown today...

Norway joins EU's Galileo satnav project

10 years ago from Physorg

Norway said Friday it will stump up close to 70 million euros in funding for the European Union's satellite navigation project Galileo.

Students Gear Up for NASA's Annual Moon Buggy Race [Slide Show]

10 years ago from Scientific American

During the Apollo 15 moon mission in 1971, astronauts David Scott and James Irwin unfolded NASA's electric-powered lunar rover from the lunar module and became the first humans to take...

NASA to join 24-hour telescope Webcast

10 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, April 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says it will take part in "Around the World in 80 Telescopes" -- a 24-hour Webcast that's part of...

Robot scientist comes up with its own new discoveries

10 years ago from CBC: Health

British scientists have unveiled a robot that can make its own scientific discoveries by coming up with hypotheses, designing experiments, and conducting them all on its own.

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Tiny Capsule, Mars Dust, More

10 years ago from National Geographic

See the upgraded International Space Station gliding around Earth, NASA vehicles crawling around on Earth, Martian dirt dug up by a rover's dragging wheel, and more in this week's space...

Dissecting a stellar explosion

10 years ago from Science Blog

Integral has captured one of the brightest gamma-ray bursts ever seen. A meticulous analysis of the data has allowed astronomers to investigate the initial phases of this giant stellar explosion,...

Nimbus and cloud computing meet STAR production demands

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- The advantages of cloud computing were dramatically illustrated last week by researchers working on the STAR nuclear physics experiment at Brookhaven National Laboratory's Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider. New simulation...

We Will Go!: Human/Robot Mergers Explore Space

10 years ago from Live Science

Our robotic offspring will carry us to the stars. But who, actually, will "we" then be?

Watch on Euronews: the story of the forgotten planets

10 years ago from European Space Agency

How well do we really know our Solar System? While we may be starting to unravel the secrets of Earth and its closest neighbours, Mars and Venus, the distant Jupiter,...

Russia to unveil spaceship plans

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

The Russian space agency is expected to unveil development plans for a next-generation manned spacecraft on Monday.

NASA's beleaguered watchdog steps aside

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Two weeks after three senators called for his ouster, the beleaguered NASA inspector general who came under fire from two watchdog agencies gave notice.

Exhibition Review | 'Galileo, the Medici and the Age of Astronomy': The Cosmos, Surveyed

10 years ago from NY Times Science

At the Franklin Institute, instruments of exploration and investigation are on display, in the important exhibit “Galileo, the Medici and the Age of Astronomy.”

U.S., satellite operators discuss better tracking

10 years ago from Reuters:Science

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - U.S. military officials and commercial satellite operators Thursday discussed better tracking of satellites to avert collisions like the one that destroyed a Russian and U.S....

How Low Can It Go? Sun Plunges Into The Quietest Solar Minimum In A Century

10 years ago from Science Daily

The sunspot cycle is behaving a little like the stock market. Just when you think it has hit bottom, it goes even lower. The year 2008 was a bear. There...

The Great New Jersey UFO Hoax

10 years ago from Live Science

When residents of Morris County, NJ saw bright lights in the night sky Jan. 5, many thought it was a UFO. But Joe Rudy and Chris Russo perpetrated the hoax...

Galileo's telescope on historic visit to Philly

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Though it looks like a cardboard tube that got left out in the rain, it's a priceless instrument whose owner changed the world. The mottled brown cylinder...

Sun has fewest sunspots since 1913, better GPS

10 years ago from AP Science

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The sun has been unusually quiet lately, with fewer sunspots and weaker magnetic fields than in nearly a century. A quiet sun is...

In the heart of the Orion Nebula

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- A team of astronomers, led by Stefan Kraus and Gerd Weigelt from the Max-Planck-Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR) in Bonn, used ESO's Very Large telescope Interferometer (VLTI) to...

NASA Delays Next Moon Probe's Launch to June

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NASA has delayed the launch of its next moon probe until June.

Space debris: Europe to set up monitor

10 years ago from Physorg

The European Space Agency (ESA) hopes to start monitoring orbital debris within the next few years, an official said Thursday at the close of the largest-ever conference on a worsening...

Idea Hatched to Grow First Flower on the Moon

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Two private space firms plan to grow the first moon flowers.

A "Hot Saturn" That's Not So Odd

10 years ago from Science NOW

The standard model of solar system formation can explain a planetary maverick

Solar activity lowest in nearly 100 years

10 years ago from UPI

GREENBELT, Md., April 1 (UPI) -- U.S. solar physicists say the sun is experiencing the least sunspot activity since 1913 and activity is becoming event less frequent.

Dark matter: Physicists may have found piece of the puzzle

10 years ago from Physorg

European astronomers said on Wednesday that an anomalous energy signal detected by an orbiting satellite could be a telltale of the enigmatic substance known as dark matter.