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Astronauts Glad to Be Home After Space Mission

10 years ago from Space.com

Discovery shuttle astronauts are glad to be home after their successful mission.

UK astronomers observe asteroid before it crashes into Earth

10 years ago from Science Blog

UK astronomers, using the Science and Technology Facilities Council's (STFC) William Herschel Telescope on La Palma, observed a rare asteroid as it was hurtling towards our planet and have captured...

Erratic Black Hole Regulates Itself

10 years ago from Science Daily

New results from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have made a major advance in explaining how a special class of black holes may shut off the high-speed jets they produce.  These...

RIT scientist fine-tunes Hubble Space Telescope

10 years ago from

A scientist at Rochester Institute of Technology has expanded the Hubble Space Telescope's capability without the need for new instruments or billions of dollars...

Mission to Save Hubble Ready for Rollout

10 years ago from Space.com

A long-awaited mission to repair and upgrade the venerable Hubble Space Telescope will get serious next week when the Space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to roll out to Launch Pad...

Steve Wozniak joins search startup advisory board

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak - currently strutting his stuff as a competitor on the ABC show "Dancing With the Stars" - is joining the advisory board of...

Astronomers catch a shooting star for 1st time

10 years ago from AP Science

WASHINGTON (AP) -- For the first time scientists matched a meteorite found on Earth with a specific asteroid that became a fireball plunging through the sky....

NASA plans Yuri's Night celebrations

10 years ago from UPI

GREENBELT, Md., March 25 (UPI) -- The Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., is planning to celebrate humanity's achievements in space as well the U.S. center's own...

Astronomy: The rock that fell to Earth

10 years ago from News @ Nature

When an asteroid was spotted heading towards our planet last October, researchers rushed to document a cosmic impact from start to finish for the first time. Roberta Kwok tells the...

Water goes with a bang

10 years ago from Chemistry World

Humble H2O plays key role in catalysing explosions – from TNT to the formation of stars and planets

U.K. scientists solve solar puzzle

10 years ago from UPI

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, March 25 (UPI) -- U.K. scientists say they have solved one of the most puzzling features of the sun: why its outside atmosphere is hotter...

Space Debris Cleanup Suggestions Ignored

10 years ago from Space.com

Science fiction writers weigh in on how to solve space debris problems.

Cracking the crusts of neutron stars

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Research by Michigan State University scientists is helping shed light on neutron stars, city-sized globs of ultra-dense matter that occasionally collapse into black holes...

Cooler ocean fuelled bushfires

10 years ago from Science Alert

Researchers have linked the cooler-than-usual Indian Ocean to the dry conditions that fuelled Victoria's Black Saturday bushfires.

Mars Webcam back online

10 years ago from European Space Agency

After being offline for three months while Mars Express passed behind the Sun, the Visual Monitoring Camera (VMC) - known around here affectionately and unofficially as the 'Mars Webcam' -...

All-women team set for South Pole

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

An eight-strong team of women plan to trek the South Pole to mark the Commonwealth's 60th anniversary.

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Moon Shadow, "Blazar," More

10 years ago from National Geographic

A galaxy erupts with blazing particles, a dummy is put to smart use on the space station, and more in the week's best space pictures.

Briny pools 'may exist on Mars'

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

Pools of salty water might be able to exist just below the surface of Mars, planetary scientists tell a major US conference.

AS SEEN ON EARTH: Photos of Astronauts, Dog Leaps, More

10 years ago from National Geographic

See rubbermaking, space training, and more in this weekly update of life's moments from around the world.

Rocket test construction contract awarded

10 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, March 24 (UPI) -- U.S. space agency officials signed a construction contract Tuesday with the Roy Anderson Corp. to support a rocket engine testing platform.

Microsoft's WorldWide Telescope to focus on Mars

10 years ago from Physorg

Microsoft and NASA on Tuesday announced an alliance to focus the software giant's virtual WorldWide Telescope on space agency images of Mars and other celestial bodies.

Astronaut Scott Parazynski Leaves NASA

10 years ago from UPI

HOUSTON, March 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says astronaut Scott Parazynski is resigning to take a job in the private sector.

UK ships super-telescope's 'ears'

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

A European-built receiver is to begin its journey to form part of what will become the world's largest radio telescope.

Thousands of Home Computers to Search Arecibo Data for New Radio Pulsars

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

New EINSTEIN@HOME effort launched: Thousands of home computers to search Arecibo data for new radio pulsars. More than 200,000 people have signed up for the project and donated time on...

Cosmic Log: Pick a Mars rover’s name

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Science editor Alan Boyle's Weblog: Will we be watching Wonder touch down on Mars in 2012? Or will it be Amelia instead? Here's your chance to decide what NASA's next...

Final rocket launches, measures aurora movement

10 years ago from Physorg

It's been a long wait, but it was worth it. The Black Brant XII sounding rocket with the CASCADES II experiment launched and flew through an active aurora display March...

Watching Space Rocks: Live Chat With NASA's Asteroid Trackers

A live videocast and chat from JPL offers a unique opportunity for viewers to ask questions of scientists with NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office about how NASA discovers and tracks...

ESA hosts GMES session at ‘Towards eEnvironment’ conference

10 years ago from European Space Agency

The exchange of environmental information will be the focus of the ‘Towards eEnvironment’ conference held this week in Prague. ESA will host a GMES session to discuss the status of...