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After Shenzhou Success, China Looks to the Future

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In the wake of the stunning success of its third manned space mission, China is sitting proud and looking ahead to its future in space.

Russia Launches Three More Navigation Satellites

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A rocket launched with three new satellites to replenish Russia's space-based navigation system.

Hubble crew boards space shuttle for practice run

10 years ago from Reuters:Science

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The seven astronauts scheduled to fly NASA's last mission to the Hubble Space Telescope climbed aboard their spaceship Wednesday as part of practice countdown for...

Einstein's Long Lost Telescope In Comeback

10 years ago from CBSNews - Science

Students and visitors at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem will be able to look at the stars through Albert Einstein's long lost telescope, storage shed and renovated.

Physicists discover 'dark flow' motion

10 years ago from UPI

GREENBELT, Md., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Scientists using data from the U.S. space agency's Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe have identified an unexpected motion in distant galaxy clusters.

Study Of Satellite Imagery Casts Doubt On Surge's Success In Baghdad

10 years ago from Science Daily

By tracking the amount of light emitted by Baghdad neighborhoods at night, a team geographers have uncovered fresh evidence that last year's troop surge in Iraq may not have worked...

Mars Polar Cap Mystery Solved: Why Southern Ice Cap Is 'Misplaced'

10 years ago from Science Daily

Scientists are now able to better explain why Mars's residual southern ice cap is misplaced, thanks to data from ESA's Mars Express spacecraft -- the martian weather system is to...

Astrophysicists 'Weigh' Galaxy's Most Massive Star

10 years ago from Science Daily

Theoretical models of stellar formation propose the existence of very massive stars that can attain up to 150 times the mass of our Sun. Until very recently, however, no scientist...

Pulsating Stars Enable New Precise Determination Of Rotation Of The Milky Way

10 years ago from Science Daily

New, very precise measurements have shown that the rotation of the Milky Way is simpler than previously thought. A remarkable result from the most successful ESO instrument HARPS, shows that...

Biobased Isoprene

10 years ago from C&EN

Goodyear and Genencor seek a fermentation route to important synthetic rubber raw material

Cosmic link to precious metals: study

10 years ago from Physorg

Rare, precious metals may owe their presence in Earth's upper crust to a bombardment of the infant planet by asteroids billions of years ago, according to a study unveiled on...

Sun May Be Galactic Hitchhiker

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Simulation shows that sun's circular orbit does not necessarily mean it stayed put.

Sunspot boom coming soon

10 years ago from Science Alert

Good reason to keep an eye on changes to Earth's magnetic field over the coming few years as the sun begins its next 11 year cycle of sunspot activity.

Broadband gives astronomy star power

10 years ago from Science Alert

Astronomers have made the first broadband hook-up between Australian radio telescopes, doing in just hours an experiment that would previously have taken weeks.

NASA images show Mars' ice dunes

10 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Images taken by a space probe 200 miles above the surface of Mars show a landscape of icy dunes, experts say.

Stardust evidence points to planet collision

10 years ago from Reuters:Science

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Masses of dust floating around a distant binary star system suggest that two Earth-like planets obliterated each other in a violent collision, U.S. researchers reported on Friday.

Robot mission to collect rock samples from asteroid

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

European Space Agency says analysis of asteroid could give information on how our solar system was formed

Explosion From Edge of Universe Seen

10 years ago from Live Science

An explosion originating near the edge of the universe has been seen by an orbiting NASA telescope.

Observatory: Permafrost May Not Thaw Even During Global Warming

10 years ago from NY Times Science

A new study suggests that the impact of increased temperatures on permafrost may not be as bad as forecast.

Future looks bright for interferometry

10 years ago from Physorg

The PRIMA instrument of the ESO Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) recently saw "first light" at its new home atop Cerro Paranal in Chile. When fully operational, PRIMA will boost...

'Space' looks back at 4 years of programmes

10 years ago from European Space Agency

Space is a source of inexhaustible fascination, discoveries and research. For four years 'Space' has reported on a wide variety of extraterrestrial developments. Some of these themes are explored again...

Interstellar Space Molecules That Help Form Basic Life Structures Identified

10 years ago from Science Daily

Scientists have succeeded in identifying naphthalene, one of the most complex molecules yet discovered in the interstellar medium. The detection of this molecule suggests that a large number of the...

Unique Dark-energy Probe To Measure More Than A Million Galaxies And Quasars

10 years ago from Science Daily

A unique dark-energy probe called BOSS, the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey, is a crucial component of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey's third program. Led by physicists at the US Department...

Full moon makes birds extra energetic

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

If the night sky seems less tranquil on nights when the moon is bright, the observation probably isn't imagined since a new study has determined that at least one bird's...

Girders Get the Green Light

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- The temperature is now stabilized at a mild 68 °F (20 °C), support pedestals are in place and aligned, the paint is dry and physicists are moving in....

Phoenix Images Discarded Heat Shield

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- A new color high-resolution image from the Phoenix Mars Lander shows its crumpled heat shield about 150 meters away from the spacecraft.

Comet dust reveals unexpected mixing of solar system

10 years ago from Physorg

Chemical clues from a comet's halo are challenging common views about the history and evolution of the solar system and showing it may be more mixed-up than previously thought.

Dr Linda Mountain answers whether speed cameras are life savers or revenue raisers

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Dr Linda Mountain answers whether speed cameras are life savers or revenue raisers