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More 'Star Trek' Than 'Snuggie': Student Design To Protect Lunar Outpost From Dangerous Radiation

10 years ago from Science Daily

Alien creatures are the least of NASA's worries when it comes to moon travel. There are several potential threats to future missions -- with space radiation at the top of...

Shuttle Atlantis Damaged on Launch

10 years ago from National Geographic

The space shuttle Atlantis sustained minor damage to its thermal tiles during its Monday launch, likely from debris that came off the fuel tank after lift off. Video.

ESOC confirms: 'GO' for launch

10 years ago from European Space Agency

MP3 audio recording of ESA/ESOC Flight Operations Director John Dodsworth initiating the 'GO/NO-GO' roll call in the Main Control Room at the European Space Operations Centre. The roll call confirms...

Canadian astronauts to train with NASA

10 years ago from UPI

OTTAWA, May 13 (UPI) -- Two new Canadian astronauts are to begin human spaceflight training at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, the Canadian Space Agency said Wednesday.

Hubble Photographs A Planetary Nebula To Commemorate Decommissioning Of A Super Camera

10 years ago from Science Daily

The Hubble community bids farewell to the soon-to-be decommissioned Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) onboard the Hubble Space Telescope. In tribute to Hubble's longest-running optical camera, a planetary nebula...

UPI NewsTrack Health and Science News

10 years ago from UPI

Mars rover faces dangerous situation … Potassium flow linked with schizophrenia … New technology finds Earth-like planets … Study: Genetics involved in gallstone risk ... Health/Science news from UPI.

QuikScat Sees Santa Barbara 'Quick Dry'

10 years ago from Physorg

Hot weather just before the Santa Barbara, Calif., wildfire quickly dried up soil moisture from rain one day prior, contributing to the fire danger.

The 'Atiras'

10 years ago from MIT Research

The first asteroid ever discovered that has an orbit completely inside the Earth's, found by an MIT Lincoln Laboratory telescope in 2003, has been formally named Atira by its discoverers.

Life in the universe? Almost certainly. Intelligence? Maybe not

10 years ago from Harvard Science

We are likely not alone in the universe, though it may feel like it, since life on other planets is probably dominated by microbes or other nonspeaking creatures, according to scientists who...

New technology finds Earth-like planets

10 years ago from UPI

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 12 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they have created an "astro-comb" technology that helps astronomers detect Earth-like planets orbiting distant stars.

Harvard-Smithsonian Research Physicist Dr. Kate Kirby Named New APS Executive Officer

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

The American Physical Society (APS) is pleased to announce, following a national search, that Dr. Kate Kirby, research physicist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and lecturer in the Harvard University...

New European Telescopes to Peer into Obscure Cosmic Corners

10 years ago from Live Science

Herschel set to probe universe in infrared while Planck will map the relic light of the Big Bang.

Wind technology testing center funded

10 years ago from UPI

CHARLESTOWN, Mass., May 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced $25 million in funding for the Massachusetts Wind Technology Testing Center.

Mars rover faces dangerous situation

10 years ago from UPI

PASADENA, Calif., May 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says its Mars rover Spirit is facing a dangerous situation, slipping in soft soil with its wheels sinking...

Nanomedicine project to be tested in space

10 years ago from Physorg

When a spacecraft launches from Cape Canaveral, Fla., in the future, its cargo will include a small box containing a nano-fluidics experiment designed by scientists at The University of Texas...

"Supergiant" Asteroid Shut Down Mars's Magnetic Field

10 years ago from National Geographic

Mars's magnetic field may have been slowly weakened by four especially large impacts and then snuffed out completely by a fifth and final blow, experts say.

Equivalence principle in space test

10 years ago from

The validity of these acceleration experiments decisively depends on the quality of the test masses used. Only if mass, form, density and thermal expansion of the cylinders are known with...

Alan Pickup's Starwatch

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

The two brightest planets stand low down in our pre-dawn sky; Jupiter in the SE and the brilliant Venus hugging our E horizon.

The Day The Universe Froze: New Model For Dark Energy

10 years ago from Science Daily

Imagine a time when the entire universe froze. According to a new model for dark energy, that is essentially what happened about 11.5 billion years ago, when the universe was...

Hubble: The Telescope That Almost Never Flew

10 years ago from

Just after World War II, when astronomy via a "spaceship" got its first concrete proposal, it sounded outlandish.

Is Hubble Worth the Upgrade Mission's Risk and Cost?

10 years ago from Live Science

Hubble has cost $10 billion so far. This risky mission will cost $1.1 billion more.

A View Back Into Time

10 years ago from CBSNews - Science

Improvements in telescopes over time mean good lookin' for anyone who stares at the heavens. Now, the best telescope of them all is about to get even better. Martha Teichner...

Hubble: a time machine that revolutionized astronomy

10 years ago from Physorg

The Hubble space telescope, the object of NASA's fifth and last servicing mission next week, is a veritable time machine that has revolutionized humankind's vision and comprehension of the universe.

Restaurant meals add up for a busy event planner

10 years ago from LA Times - Health

Paying better attention to details should pay off for Shay Watson. ...

New Forecast Calls for Calmer Sun

10 years ago from

However, big Earth-threatening solar storms could still kick up at any time, the researchers cautioned today.

Hubble to receive high-tech James Webb Space Telescope technology

10 years ago from Physorg

Scientists and engineers now creating new technologies for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, have realized they can be used to enhance the Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) in the...

Warning: Sunspot cycle beginning to rise

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- When the sun sneezes it's Earth that gets sick. It's time for the sun to move into a busier period for sunspots, and while forecasters expect a...

Spectrograph to look back at universe

10 years ago from UPI

BOULDER, Colo., May 8 (UPI) -- A spectrograph destined for the Hubble Telescope will look back several billion years and help reconstruct the early universe, scientists in Colorado...