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Red (Planet) Alert: Massive Subsurface Glaciers Discovered on Mars

10 years ago from Scientific American

The more we learn about Mars, it seems, the icier the Red Planet appears to be. The recently departed Phoenix lander dug up water ice and even spotted falling snow...

This Time, Spacewalk Is A Breeze

10 years ago from CBSNews - Science

To everyone's relief, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper and Shane Kimbrough deftly stepped through their work Thursday without any mishaps. They triple-checked their equipment to make certain everything was tied down.

Solar Wind Rips Up Martian Atmosphere

10 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers have found new evidence that the atmosphere of Mars is being stripped away by solar wind. It's not a gently continuous erosion, but rather a ripping process in which...

Witnesses: Large meteor streaks across Canada sky

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Scientists say they hope to find remnants of a meteor that brilliantly lit up the sky before falling to earth in western Canada.

Scientists confrirm Einstein's e=mc2

10 years ago from UPI

PARIS, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- European researchers say they've confirmed Albert Einstein's e=mc2, more than a century after the famous physicist first unveiled the hypothesis.

U.S. Winter Outlook Calls For Variability, According To NOAA

10 years ago from Science Daily

In announcing the 2008-2009 U.S. Winter Outlook for meteorological winter from December through February, forecasters at the NOAA Climate Prediction Center are calling for warmer-than-normal temperatures for much of the...

Dawn Glides Into New Year

10 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- NASA's Dawn spacecraft shut down its ion propulsion system today as scheduled. The spacecraft is now gliding toward a Mars flyby in February of next year.

NASA, ATK Successfully Test First Orion Launch Abort Motor

10 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- Flames shot more than 100 feet high in a successful 5.5-second ground test firing Thursday, Nov. 20, of a launch abort motor for NASA's next generation spacecraft, the...

Memory mission explores new territory in neuroscience

10 years ago from Physorg

Astrophysicists peer into the far corners of deep space for dark matter, but for neuroscientists at the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) exploring the unknown is much closer to home.

Beta Pictoris planet finally imaged?

10 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- The hot star Beta Pictoris is one of the best-known examples of stars surrounded by a dusty 'debris' disc. Debris discs are composed of dust resulting from collisions...

Mars Express observes aurorae on the red planet

10 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists using ESA's Mars Express have produced the first crude map of aurorae on Mars. These displays of ultraviolet light appear to be located close to the residual...

Polish tests 'confirm Copernicus'

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

Polish researchers say they have solved an ancient mystery and identified the remains of astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.

Earth from Space: The Netherlands

10 years ago from European Space Agency

This Envisat image features the Netherlands, with the capital city of Amsterdam visible in white on the south bank of the waterway (North Sea Canal) extending in an east-west direction...

Editorial: Life on Mars

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Editorial: The enthusiasm for space exploration is growing keener as the world's emerging economies join in

Buried Mars Glaciers May Be Remnants of Past Ice Age

10 years ago from National Geographic

Sloping features at Mars's mid-latitudes are the largest bulk of water ice not at the poles and could be leftover from past climate changes, radar data suggest.

NASA Gives Up On Broken Mars Lander

10 years ago from CBSNews - Science

NASA on Monday declared an end to the Phoenix mission, some five months after the spacecraft became the first to land in Mars' arctic plains and taste water on another...

First Pics Of Extra-Solar Planets Captured

10 years ago from CBSNews - Science

Earth seems to have its first fuzzy photos of alien planets outside our solar system, images captured by two teams of astronomers.

Mystery of Rapid Star Birth Solved

10 years ago from Space.com

Hubble resolves mystery over loner starburst galaxy; galaxy more distant than thought.

Water-ice deposits found beneath Martian hills

10 years ago from Sciencenews.org

Apronlike reserves in mid-latitude regions largest outside Mars' poles

Submillimeter Eagle Eyes on Mauna Kea

10 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- Three observatories on Mauna Kea have come together to form the world's most powerful facility for detailed submillimeter imaging. An exploratory project, the Extended Submillimeter Array (eSMA) will...

Race guides neighborhood evaluation, study says

10 years ago from Physorg

Race is a powerful determinant of how whites regard a neighborhood, according to a recent study at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Michigan.

Space station's vision is at hand

10 years ago from LA Times - Science

After 10 years and $100 billion, it is poised to become a top research lab. But the shuttle's planned retirement in 2010 complicates things. ...

"The Physics of Impossible Things" at Perimeter Institute

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

Prof. Ben Schumacher of Kenyon College will speak on "The Physics of Impossible Things" December 3rd at Perimeter Institute.

Small GEO Programme moves forward with contract-signing

10 years ago from European Space Agency

ESA PR 45-2008. Today, ESA has signed the Small GEO Platform and Small GEO Mission contracts with the respective industrial primes, namely: OHB- System AG (Germany) and Hispasat S.A. (Spain).

The Bamboo Builder

10 years ago from PopSci

As a child growing up in northern China, Yan Xiao loved flying kites. A born engineer, he made them himself out of paper sails and plain bamboo frames. The kites...

La Niña Anomaly Could Affect Winter Weather in Colorado

10 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- A strong La Niña that developed early last winter, only to disappear this summer, is showing signs of life again and could affect our winter weather, said University...

Expert Can Speak on Space Debris Such as Lost NASA Tool Bag

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

As NASA's lost tool bag continues to float in space, Auburn University has a credible source who can address space debris and its effect on space craft and satellites. Henry...

Jupiter's great red spot is shrinking

10 years ago from Physorg

The best map of wind speeds on Jupiter ever produced proves that the massive weather system known as the Great Red Spot has shrunken over the past dozen years.