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Sandtrapped Mars Rover Makes Big Discovery

10 years ago from Science @ NASA

While stuck in a sandtrap, Mars rover Spirit has made a discovery one researcher calls "supremely interesting."

Superbright supernova is first of its kind

10 years ago from Science Daily

A superbright supernova found in a dwarf galaxy by a robotic search is the first confirmed example of a pair-instability supernova, the result of the partial core collapse and thermonuclear...

Obama shifts Copenhagen travel plans to boost climate change deal

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

US president bows to international pressure to join other world leaders in crunch negotiating sessionsBarack Obama has bowed to international appeals for America to demonstrate commitment to action on global warming, and said...

Largest Ever Milky Way Panorama Constructed from 800,000 Snapshots

10 years ago from PopSci

A Chicago planetarium unveiled the 120-feet-long picture of our home galaxy this week Size doesn't always matter when it comes to NASA's pretty pictures, but it may certainly make an impression upon visitors...

Taiwan plans massive growth in solar energy

10 years ago from Physorg

Taiwan plans to boost its use of solar panels by a factor of 200 over the next decade and a half in an effort to increase clean energy, a ranking...

Keeping Mars Contained

10 years ago from Physorg

When robotic spacecraft bring a sample of Mars back to Earth, scientists will need specially-designed facilities to study the samples and prevent them from escaping to the outside world.

Gallery: The Year's Most Amazing Scientific Images

10 years ago from PopSci

Each issue of Popular Science opens with Megapixels--two of the most amazing images from the world of science and technology that month. Here, we've compiled them all from 2009 for...

Stellar family portrait takes imaging technique to new extremes

10 years ago from

Noted for harbouring Eta Carinae - one of the wildest and most massive stars in our galaxy - the impressive Carina Nebula also houses a handful of massive clusters of...

Astronomers Witness Biggest Star Explosion, Massive Supernova

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

An international team, led by a Weizmann Institute astrophysicist, tracked a supernova over time and found that it fits predictions about what happens when a star greater than 150 times...

Galileo satellite platform tests under way

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- The engineering model of the first Galileo satellites has completed platform integration tests at the Thales Alenia Space facility in Rome. The platform is now undergoing functional testing....

Gazprom, Belarus discuss future

10 years ago from UPI

MOSCOW, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Officials at Russian energy giant Gazprom welcomed government officials from Belarus to discuss increasing their bilateral ties in the energy sector.

Rosetta bound for outer Solar System after final Earth swingby

10 years ago from European Space Agency

This morning, mission controllers confirmed that ESA’s comet chaser Rosetta had swung by Earth at 8:45 CET as planned, skimming past our planet to pick up a gravitational boost for...

Shuttle Endeavour readied for a space trip

10 years ago from UPI

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- NASA says Kennedy Space Center technicians are testing space shuttle Endeavour's systems, preparing for its move to the Vehicle Assembly Building.

Astronaut Hangout to Close After 30 Years

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A former Air Force barrack-turned-bar in Houston that counted astronauts among its regular patrons will close next month after more than 30 years.

Suzaku X-ray observatory spies treasure trove of intergalactic metal

10 years ago from Science Daily

Most of the universe is made up of hydrogen and helium. These cosmic lightweights fill the first two spots on the famous periodic table of the elements. Less abundant but...

NASA Uses Twin Processes to Develop New Tank Dome Technology

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- NASA has partnered with Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver, Colo., and MT Aerospace in Augsburg, Germany, to successfully manufacture the first full-scale friction stir welded and spun...

FOR KIDS: Moon crash, splash

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NASA scientists smash a rocket into the moon and discover water vapor and ice in a lunar crater

NASA Spends Half of Stimulus Money on Moon Program

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NASA spent roughly $570 million of its $1 billion in stimulus funds, with nearly half of those dollars going toward its embattled Constellation program.

Newly discovered star one of hottest in Galaxy (w/ Video)

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- Astronomers at The University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics have discovered one of the hottest stars in the Galaxy with a surface temperature of around 200,000...

India agrees to terms on IPI, Iran says

10 years ago from UPI

TEHRAN, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- New Delhi agreed to take custody of Iranian gas from the Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline at the Pakistani border with India, Iranian officials said Wednesday.

Enterprise takes stake in Texas pipeline

10 years ago from UPI

HOUSTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The acquisition of a major stake in the Rio Grande natural gas liquids pipeline in Texas provides a direct link to the end user,...

Gazprom inks deal with Vologda Oblast

10 years ago from UPI

MOSCOW, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Gazprom and the government of Vologda Oblast agreed on the terms of gasification and the construction of several regional gas pipeline and trunkline systems.

When the Good Sun Goes Bad: The Halloween Flare-Up

10 years ago from Live Science

It should have been all quiet on the Sun. But an unexpected series of solar events put Earth in the cross-hairs of a major geomagnetic storm.

How Venus Died - Why Earth Survives

10 years ago from Live Science

Venus is a virtual twin of Earth in size, mass and basic composition. So why is its surface a hellish high-temperature desert? Turns out the Sun may have dealt this...

The Hellfire Projector: How the Sun Works

10 years ago from Live Science

Hot fusion fires and strong magnetic fields shape massive solar outbursts. Watch how this stellar instrument tunes itself up to serenade its planets with energy.

Titan: Gigantic Moon or Dwarf Planet?

10 years ago from Live Science

The second largest moon in our Solar System has one of the supposed primary requirements for life: an active liquid cycle. But Titan's liquid isn't water.

Enceladus: Saturn's Refreshing Secret

10 years ago from Live Science

Icy crystals jet skyward from "tiger stripe" features near the south pole of this small moon. But are these geysers proof of a subterranean ocean?

Kingdoms of the Giants: Realms of Jupiter & Saturn

10 years ago from Live Science

Amazing Moons and Rings Attend Jupiter and Saturn