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Jupiter's Rings Made in the Shade

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A new study reveals how light and shadow sculpt the faint rings.

U.S.-French satellite prepared for launch

9 years ago from Physorg

A U.S.-French spacecraft designed to continue a long-term survey of Earth's oceans has arrived in the United States for its final launch preparations.

NASA offers to take names to the moon

9 years ago from UPI

GREENBELT, Md., May 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency has started a project that provides an opportunity for people to send their names to the moon.

Astronomers predict neutron star bursts

9 years ago from UPI

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, May 1 (UPI) -- A Dutch-led team of astronomers using a U.S. X-ray timing satellite has developed a method of predicting when neutron stars will emit...

Record low 2008 Arctic ice a probability

9 years ago from UPI

BOULDER, Colo., May 1 (UPI) -- U.S. climate scientists are forecasting a 3-in-5 chance of record low amounts of Arctic sea ice forming this year.

Genotyping Takes Us Closer To An Osteoporosis Fingerprint

9 years ago from Science Daily

For the first time ever, an extensive genome-wide search has been undertaken to find the genes linked to osteoporosis and fracture. Five regions of interest have been identified that appear...

Inspector General: Conflict of Interest on NASA Review Board

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NASA's inspector general says the agency is allowing conflicts of interest.

'4-D' ionosphere map helps flyers, soldiers, ham radio operators

9 years ago from Physorg

Today, at the Space Weather Workshop in Boulder, Colo., NASA-funded researchers released to the general public a new “4D” live model of Earth`s ionosphere. Without leaving home, anyone can fly...

NASA to televise astronaut ceremony

9 years ago from UPI

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 30 (UPI) -- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said it will provide live TV coverage of the 2008 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame...

Laser precision added to search for new Earths

9 years ago from Harvard Science

Harvard scientists have unveiled a new laser-measuring device that they say will provide a critical advance in the resolution of current planet-finding techniques, making the discovery of Earth-sized planets possible.The...

Searching for an Elusive Particle, Physicists Take a Shot in the Dark [News]

9 years ago from Scientific American

Earlier this month, Italian researchers made a claim that, if taken at face value, would earn them a place in scientific history. The DAMA (DArk MAtter) collaboration, based at the...

NASA Tests HYTHIRM at Sandia's Solar Tower

9 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

NASA has once again turned to Sandia's National Solar Thermal Test Facility -- aka the Solar Tower -- to help evaluate new technology for future space shuttle missions. NASA's most...

China Launches Relay Satellite to Prepare for First Spacewalk

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China launched a new relay satellite to aid its first planned spacewalk this year.

India Hails Success of Complicated Rocket Launch

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India celebrated the successful Monday launch of its most complicated mission.

TGV Gets Serious with Suborbital Reusable Rocket Design

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After a decade, TGV Rockets has moved to serious design work.

ESA May Face British Astronaut Quandary

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ESA faces a nightmare if a British citizen is the best astronaut candidate.

Out-of-this-world cuisine

9 years ago from European Space Agency

A French master chef has taken his meals to a new location this week. London? Tokyo? New York? Not far enough for Alain Ducasse Formation (ADF). Last Sunday their meals...

Winners selected in ESA space art contest

9 years ago from European Space Agency

Pupils from all over Germany joined ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter's ground-breaking Astrolab mission by taking part in an art contest. Over 500 excellent submissions made judging a challenge and showed...

Nespoli talks with Italian students via amateur radio

9 years ago from European Space Agency

The first amateur radio link-up between ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli and Italian students was established yesterday morning at around 9:30 CET (08:30 UT). On this occasion two classes participated: the...

Rosetta on its way

9 years ago from European Space Agency

Rosetta, on its way to the upcoming Earth swing-by, was seen last night from the Starkenburg observatory in Heppenheim, Germany.

The Moon and Europe - Rosetta OSIRIS images

9 years ago from European Space Agency

As Rosetta closed in on Earth, swung by and then left on its course again, several instruments on the spacecraft were busy taking snaps. As it swung away, the OSIRIS...

ESA and Inmarsat sign innovative Alphasat satellite contract

9 years ago from European Space Agency

ESA PR 34-2007. ESA and Inmarsat Global Ltd announce on Friday 23 November in Paris the formal signature of the contract for Alphasat satellite, one of the world's largest telecommunications...

Hinode: new insights on the origin of solar wind

9 years ago from European Space Agency

Spectacular images and data from the Hinode mission have shed new light on the Sun's magnetic field and the origins of solar wind, which can disrupt power grids, satellites and...

Integral discovers the galaxy’s antimatter cloud is lopsided

9 years ago from European Space Agency

The shape of the mysterious cloud of antimatter in the central regions of the Milky Way has been revealed by ESA’s orbiting gamma-ray observatory Integral. The unexpectedly lopsided shape is...

Space Sentinels: new ‘tools’ in space to improve European environment and security policies

9 years ago from European Space Agency

ESA PR 12-2008. ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain and European Commission Director General for Enterprise & Industry Heinz Zourek today signed in Brussels an agreement which establishes the allocation of...

Icy Promethei Planum

9 years ago from European Space Agency

Promethei Planum, an area seasonally covered with a more than 3500 m thick layer of ice in the martian south polar region, was the subject of the High Resolution Stereo...

Mars Express reveals the Red Planet’s volcanic past

9 years ago from European Space Agency

A new analysis of impact cratering data from Mars reveals that the planet has undergone a series of global volcanic upheavals. These violent episodes spewed lava and water onto...