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China names crew for space launch

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

China announces the names of three astronauts who will carry out the country's third manned space mission.

NASA tests new Ares I rocket motor

10 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency said it has completed first-round testing of a critical motor for the new Ares I rocket.

Doomsday fears come with territory

10 years ago from Reuters:Science

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Doomsday predictions surrounding the start-up of Europe's Large Hadron Collider -- a giant particle-smasher designed to explore the origins of the universe -- come as little surprise...

Hurricane Ike delays cargo for space outpost

10 years ago from Reuters:Science

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian and U.S. space agencies on Friday decided to delay a cargo shipment from docking at the International Space Station after Hurricane Ike forced the evacuation...

Olympic star Bolt capable of besting record: physicist

10 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Norwegian physicist Hans Eriksen says Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt could have run much faster than his winning time of 9.69 seconds in the 100 metres at last month's Beijing...

Senator Pushes for NASA Waiver to Buy More Soyuz Seats

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A U.S. Senator is pushing to extend NASA seats on Russian spacecraft.

Biologists hope to discover 'Darwin particle' with Giant Animal Smasher

10 years ago from Science Blog

Scientists from the Evolutionary Acceleration Research Institute (EARI) announced that the first test of the Giant Animal Smasher (GAS) will begin on December 19, 2008, the 41st anniversary of the...

A Baby Earth

10 years ago from PopSci

Dan Lathrop needs a bigger Earth. His old one is two feet across and 500 pounds, about 20 millionths the size of the real thing. And after four years of...

US space woes felt by Europe

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

US concerns about how it will service the space station after shuttle retirement are a major headache for Europe, too.

Robot Scout: Fly Me (Safely) To The Moon

10 years ago from Science Daily

The first attempt to land humans on the moon -- Apollo 11 -- was a triumph that almost ended in disaster. The landings for NASA's return to the moon are...

Why Ike Could Be Texas' Worst Nightmare

10 years ago from Live Science

Tidal surge threatens low-lying Galveston; winds and rain could damage Houston.

Star Cluster to Hide Behind Moon

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On Friday, Sep. 19, see the moon moving in front of the Pleiades cluster.

NSF funds Engineering Scholarships

10 years ago from Science Blog

A news story about a BIG NSF grant to a US University to fund undergraduate scholarships in Engineering read more

New boss for astronomy survey

10 years ago from News @ Nature

Astrophysicist Roger Blandford chosen to lead critical review of astronomy research priorities.

Beautiful Death: Halos Of Planetary Nebulae Revealed

10 years ago from Science Daily

Stars without enough mass to turn into exploding supernovae end their lives blowing away most of their mass in a non-explosive, but intense stellar wind. Only a hot stellar core...

An Icy Discovery on Mars, but Where’s the Water?

10 years ago from NY Times Science

It’s the lack of water on Mars that is perplexing NASA scientists.

NASA Moves Rescue Shuttle, Prepares for Hurricane Ike

10 years ago from Live Science

NASA moved shuttle Endeavour closer to launch while JSC closed for a hurricane.

New Simulation Poised to Chart the Staggered, Scattered Cosmic Dawn

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- A new simulation method recently developed by Stanford astrophysicist Marcelo Alvarez and Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship student Patrick Ho spurns complexity to make headway in understanding the early...

A 'Genetic Study' of the Galaxy

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- Looking in detail at the composition of stars with ESO's VLT, astronomers are providing a fresh look at the history of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. They...

Calgarian claims 3rd world record for human-powered travel

10 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

A Calgary endurance athlete is catching his breath after claiming a world record for the greatest distance travelled in 24 hours on flat water via human power.

ESA holds mission-naming competition

10 years ago from UPI

PARIS, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- European Space Agency astronaut Frank De Winne is to begin a six-month stay at the International Space Station in May and the ESA...

NASA Developing Fission Surface Power Technology

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- NASA astronauts will need power sources when they return to the moon and establish a lunar outpost. NASA engineers are exploring the possibility of nuclear fission to provide...

NASA'S closes Johnson Space Center for Ike

10 years ago from UPI

HOUSTON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency closed the Johnson Space Center at noon Thursday because of the threat posed by Hurricane Ike, which is expected...

Officials pluck tree-sitters from their perch

10 years ago from Physorg

After almost two years perched in the sky, Berkeley's tree-sitters came back to earth Tuesday. The final four were handcuffed and escorted by police down steep steps of scaffolding for...

The 'satellite navigation' in our brains

10 years ago from Physorg

Our brains contain their own navigation system much like satellite navigation ("sat-nav"), with in-built maps, grids and compasses, neuroscientist Dr Hugo Spiers told the BA Festival of Science at the...

Replay undocking Jules Verne ATV

10 years ago from European Space Agency

The view from the International Space Station as Europe’s first Automated Transfer Vehicle, Jules Verne, retreats away from the orbital outpost following undocking.

Gravity-mapping satellite will help predict climate change

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

£265m project will enable scientists to produce more precise picture of ocean currents

SpaceX Looks to Close U.S. Spaceflight 'Gap'

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The firm SpaceX hopes to close the coming gap in U.S. space launch ability.