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American astronauts cast votes in space

10 years ago from Physorg

Two American astronauts currently in space already have voted and urged their Earth-bound compatriots to do the same in a message broadcast by NASA Tuesday.

Hubble Space Telescope is alive and clicking

10 years ago from LA Times - Science

The restarted telescope resumes sending pictures. But there's a new snag: A NASA repair team won't be sent to the aging craft until at least May. ...

Space Shuttle Endeavour Cleared for Nov. 14 Launch

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NASA cleared the shuttle Endeavour for a Nov. 14 launch to the space station.

Victorian Manchester Home To First Youth Gangs

10 years ago from Science Daily

A historian has uncovered extensive archive material detailing the activities of the ‘scuttlers’ - one of Britain’s earliest youth cults.

21st Century Detective Work Reveals How Ancient Rock Got Off To A Hot Start

10 years ago from Science Daily

A new technique using X-rays has enabled scientists to play "detective" and solve the debate about the origins of a three billion-year-old rock fragment.

NASA Tests Rover Concepts in Arizona

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- NASA's newest lunar rover prototype has now gone farther than it ever has before.

$350,000 Lunar Challenge winner announced

10 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says Armadillo Aerospace of Rockwall, Texas, has won $350,000 in prize money in the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge.

Ice sheet secrets set to be seen

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

The secrets of the largest ice sheet on earth are to be revealed under plans to map the Antarctic in detail.

GOCE satellite launch is delayed till 2009

10 years ago from UPI

PARIS, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The European Space Agency says the launch of its GOCE Earth Explorer satellite will not take place earlier than February due to a...

Starwatch: November diary

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

The two brightest planets, Jupiter and Venus, draw together low down in the SW at nightfall during November. Both have set by our map times as Andromeda and her famous...

Cameras Capture 'Fireball' In The Sky: Meteor May Have Crashed In Ontario

10 years ago from Science Daily

For the second time this year, the University of Western Ontario Meteor Group has captured incredibly rare video footage of a meteor falling to Earth. Astronomers suspect the fireball dropped...

Dot Earth: Climate Campaigners Were on Terrorist List

10 years ago from NY Times Science

Environmental activists with no criminal record find themselves tracked as possible terrorists.

UK ambitions in space 'at risk'

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

Scientists and engineers fear the UK is about to turn its back on Kopernikus, one of Europe's flagship space projects.

Cosmic Log: Rocket racers target space

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Science editor Alan Boyle’s blog: Armadillo Aerospace and the Rocket Racing League are taking their rocket-powered partnership to the next level in a suborbital space tourism venture.

Italian satellite launched from California

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- A rocket carrying an Italian Earth-observation satellite blasted off Friday evening from the California coast.

Astronauts Could Get Computer Therapist

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A computer therapist could offer astronauts guidance before psychological problems compromise a mission.

U.S. space tourist, Russians return to Earth

10 years ago from Reuters:Science

NEAR ARKALYK, Kazakhstan (Reuters) - A Soyuz capsule carrying a U.S. space tourist and two Russians bumped down safely in Kazakhstan on Friday, ending a string of mishaps on previous...

Finances may threaten Soyuz construction

10 years ago from UPI

MOSCOW, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The Russian builder of the Soyuz spacecraft said construction of new spacecraft may be halted by a lack of funding.

Stellar Stethoscope Pushes the Envelope

10 years ago from Science NOW

New precision satellite measurements will enable scientists to probe insides of distant stars

Expedition 17 crew returns from space

10 years ago from UPI

HOUSTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- NASA said space traveler Richard Garriott and two members of the Expedition 17th crew have returned safely from the International Space Station.

The slow-spin zone at the core of the sun

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- The dense, hot, radioactive core of the Sun rotates significantly more slowly than the layer next to it, the radiative zone, a Stanford solar physicist has concluded.

Norovirus hits cruise ship in Halifax

10 years ago from CBC: Health

A cruise ship visiting Halifax has been hit with a norovirus.

Stephen Hawking to retire from prestigious post

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Cosmologist Stephen Hawking will retire from his prestigious post at Cambridge University next year, but intends to continue his exploration of time and space.

GOCE satellite launch delayed until 2009

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- The Russian authorities responsible for the Rockot launcher that shall carry ESA's GOCE Earth Explorer satellite into orbit have completed the investigation of a failure in the guidance...

Starquakes Seen Inside Faraway Stars

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For the first time, quaking inside a star other than our sun has been recorded.

New Moon Rover Mixes Old-School Smarts With Latest Tech

10 years ago from National Geographic

The next astronauts on the moon will ride in style thanks to lessons learned from the Apollo missions and technology culled from decades of consumer car designs.

NASA begins spacecraft thermal vacuum test

10 years ago from UPI

GREENBELT, Md., Oct. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says it has started thermal vacuum testing of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, simulating the harsh rigors of space.

Endeavour is moved to its new launch pad

10 years ago from UPI

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Space shuttle Endeavour was moved Thursday from Launch Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Launch Pad 39A...