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NASA stresses importance of Russian spacecraft to keep space station functioning

10 years ago from Physorg

Even before NASA finishes its study into the possibility of flying the space shuttle beyond its scheduled retirement in 2010, top agency officials have concluded that extending the life of...

Cassini Images Ring Arcs Among Saturn's Moons

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has detected a faint, partial ring orbiting with one small moon of Saturn, and has confirmed the presence of another partial ring orbiting with a second moon.

Scientists take record look at black hole

10 years ago from UPI

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. astronomers say they've taken the closest look ever at the giant black hole in the center of our galaxy and at...

Spiky Probe On NASA Mars Lander Raises Vapor Quandary

10 years ago from Science Daily

A fork-like conductivity probe has sensed humidity rising and falling beside NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, but when stuck into the ground, its measurements so far indicate soil that is thoroughly...

First Light from Space Telescope Reveals Gamma-Ray Sky

10 years ago from Scientific American

The first results from a powerful gamma-ray telescope launched into orbit earlier this summer show it is on track to unlock new secrets of the most energetic explosions in the...

Improved telescope may find planets

10 years ago from Science Alert

Telescopes recalibrated using a Nobel Prize winning laser technique will measure the Universe with the precision of a fine tooth comb, and could even find new planets.

Solar energy can meet all the world's energy demands: expert

10 years ago from Physorg

The world must speed up the deployment of solar power as it has the potential to meet all the world's energy needs, the chairman of an industry gathering which wrapped...

StellarWindow turns your laptop into a virtual planetarium

10 years ago from Physorg

If you enjoy looking at the stars, but get a little impatient trying to figure out which way to hold your star map to identify the constellations, a new software...

Robot Scout: Fly Me (Safely) to the Moon

10 years ago from Physorg

The first attempt to land humans on the moon -- Apollo 11 -- was a triumph that almost ended in disaster. At just 400 feet from the lunar surface, with...

Mars Water Mystery Surfaces

10 years ago from Space.com

Phoenix lander detects changes in air humidity but finds on film of water on ground.

Theory of the Sun's Role in Formation of the Solar System Questioned

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

Results critical to interpretation of GENESIS spacecraft samples of the Sun.

Hurricane Gustav's Path And Development

10 years ago from Science Daily

The development and path of Hurricane Gustav is shown via a sequence of satellite images acquired by Envisat’s Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) instrument on 25 August, 28 August, 30...

Spore is More: Build Your Own Alien at Home

10 years ago from Space.com

New video game Spore may, like "Star Trek", have significant spin-offs.

Cosmic Log: Black holes for kids

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Science editor Alan Boyle's Weblog: Physicist Brian Greene usually writes about string theory and other stuff most adults can't understand, but his latest book is a black-hole tale for kids.

Scientists use particle accelerator to date wine

10 years ago from Reuters:Science

PARIS (Reuters) - French scientists have devised a way of using particle accelerators to authenticate vintage wines, one of France's top research bodies said this week.

NASA seeks next Carl Sagan - and extraterrestrial life

10 years ago from Reuters:Science

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, famous for its manned missions to the moon, announced the creation of the Carl Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowships in Exoplanet Exploration...

NASA 2009 scholarship program opens

10 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says it will accept aeronautics scholarship applications through Jan. 16 for the academic year beginning during the fall of...

ESA prepares GOCE for next week's launch

10 years ago from UPI

MIRNY, Russia, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- The European Space Agency says its next spacecraft to be launched has been encapsulated in its protective fairing at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome...

Petascale Climate Modeling Heats Up

10 years ago from Science Daily

Computer scientists are generating new "petascale" computer models depicting detailed climate dynamics, which will build the foundation for the next generation of complex climate models. The project offers a golden...

Multiple CT scans aid radio ablatation

10 years ago from UPI

LEBANON, N.H., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've discovered merging multiple computerized tomography images can aid probe positioning during radiofrequency ablation.

A Titan discovery

10 years ago from Chemistry World

European researchers step closer to explaining hydrocarbon formation on Saturn’s largest moon.

Big data: Data wrangling

10 years ago from News @ Nature

Collecting and releasing environmental data have stirred up controversy in Washington, says David Goldston, and will continue to do so.

Sony Cybershot DSC-T500 Digital Camera

10 years ago from Physorg

Sony is adding high-definition video recording to their digital camera line with the introduction of the Cybershot DSC-T500. The DSC-T500 has the ability to capture still images while in video...

A Conversation with Planetary Astronomer Heidi Hammel

10 years ago from Science Blog

With the "Mommy Wars" once again erupting around Sarah Palin's nomination for V.P., a piece of valuable insight arises in the scientific realm. Planetary astronomer Heidi Hammel has managed to...

How to Build Lunar Homes From Moon Dirt

10 years ago from Live Science

Scientists are hard at work inventing from scratch the machines we'll need to make life possible on the moon.

Spacewatch

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

ISS forced into lower orbit to dodge piece of debris from defunct Russian spy satellite

Guy Watson of Riverford Farm explains the origins of his pioneering vegetable-box service

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Guy Watson explains the origins of his pioneering vegetable-box service and shares a selection of favourite recipes

EPA rejects Mississippi delta project

10 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it has rejected plans for construction of the Yazoo pumps project in the Mississippi Delta.