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Artificial Intelligence Boosts Science From Mars

9 years ago from Science Daily

Artificial intelligence being used at the European Space Operations Center is giving a powerful boost to ESA's Mars Express as it searches for signs of past or present life on...

Vega main engine test in Kourou

9 years ago from European Space Agency

A prototype of the P80 rocket motor, which will power the first stage of ESA's new small launcher - Vega, was successfully tested on 4 December at the Guiana Space Centre,...

Deep valleys of Candor Chasma

9 years ago from European Space Agency

Mars Express took snapshots of Candor Chasma, a valley in the northern part of Valles Marineris, as it was in orbit above the region on 6 July 2006.

Mars and Venus are surprisingly similar

9 years ago from European Space Agency

Using two ESA spacecraft, planetary scientists are watching the atmospheres of Mars and Venus being stripped away into space. The simultaneous observations by Mars Express and Venus Express give...

GOCE Media day at ESA/ESTEC

9 years ago from European Space Agency

ESA PR 17-2008. ESA’s Gravity field and steady state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite is designed to provide unique models of the Earth’s gravity field and of the geoid, on...

Cosmic engines surprise XMM-Newton

9 years ago from European Space Agency

XMM-Newton has been surprised by a rare type of galaxy, from which it has detected a higher number of X-rays than thought possible. The observation gives new insight into the...

Contract signed for ESA’s Sentinel-3 earth observation satellite

9 years ago from European Space Agency

ESA PR 22-2008. The European Space Agency and Thales Alenia Space today signed a €305 million contract to provide the first Sentinel-3 earth observation satellite, devoted to oceanography and land-vegetation...

Toulouse centre stage for space exploration

9 years ago from European Space Agency

Toulouse will be the European capital of space and its applications when it hosts 'Toulouse Space Show '08' – an international space exhibition for both business and the general public...

From Mars to the Earth: Studying ice beneath the surface

9 years ago from European Space Agency

A technique being used by the European Space Agency at Mars could prove invaluable for studying the stability of Antarctic ice sheets here on Earth. In preparation, a new ESA...

Ariane 5 - second launch of 2008

9 years ago from European Space Agency

Yesterday evening, an Ariane 5 ECA launcher lifted off from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on its mission to place two telecommunications satellites into geostationary transfer orbits.

Herschel spacecraft assembly complete

9 years ago from European Space Agency

The mirror of the Herschel telescope has now been assembled with the payload and service module, completing the spacecraft structure - an important milestone in the days following through to...

GIOVE-B spacecraft in good health

9 years ago from European Space Agency

After its successful launch by a Soyuz Rocket from Baiknour on 27 April and accurate insertion into its target orbit by the Fregat autonomous upper stage, GIOVE-B is now completing its...

Leaping dolphins collide; one dies

9 years ago from MSNBC: Science

A dolphin died over the weekend at a SeaWorld sister park after colliding with another dolphin during a guest interaction program.

Test your science and space smarts

9 years ago from MSNBC: Science

What do you know about the week in science and space news? Take's weekly quiz and see how much you remember.

Ling Ling, Japan's oldest giant panda, dies

9 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Japan's oldest giant panda, Ling Ling, a longtime star at Tokyo's largest zoo and a symbol of friendship with China, died Wednesday of heart failure, zookeepers said.

Watching Galaxies Grow Old Gracefully

In the early 1900s, Edwin Hubble made the startling discovery that our Milky Way galaxy is not alone.

Astronomers Say Moons Like Ours Are Uncommon

The next time you take a moonlit stroll, or admire a full, bright-white moon looming in the night sky, you might count yourself lucky.

Voyager 2 Proves Solar System is Squashed

NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft has followed its twin, Voyager 1, into the solar system's final frontier, a vast region at the edge of our solar system where the solar wind...

Mars Rover Investigates Signs of Steamy Martian Past

SAN FRANCISCO - Researchers using NASA's twin Mars rovers are sorting out two possible origins for one of Spirit's most important discoveries, while also getting Spirit to a favorable spot...

New NASA Mission to Reveal Moon's Internal Structure and Evolution

The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or Grail, mission, will fly twin spacecraft in tandem orbits around the moon for several months to measure its gravity field in unprecedented detail.

Mars Orbiter Examines 'Lace' and 'Lizard Skin' Terrain

SAN FRANCISCO - Scrutiny by NASA's newest Mars orbiter is helping scientists learn the stories of some of the weirdest landscapes on Mars, as well as more familiar-looking parts of the Red...

NASA Satellites Help Lift Cloud of Uncertainty on Climate Change

New findings from NASA's CloudSat and other Earth observing satellites offer important insights into this year's record reduction of Arctic sea ice, global rainfall patterns and the effects of pollution...

NASA Sends Spacecraft on Mission to Comet Hartley 2

NASA has approved the retargeting of the Epoxi mission for a flyby of comet Hartley 2 on Oct. 11, 2010.

10,000 Earths' Worth of Fresh Dust Found Near Star Explosion

Astronomers have at last found definitive evidence that the universe's first dust -- the celestial stuff that seeded future generations of stars and planets -- was forged in the explosions...

Countdown to Launch of Jet Propulsion Lab Rose Parade Float

Volunteers from JPL are helping with the finishing touches on the Lab's Rose Parade float saluting 50 Years of Space Exploration.

Hot Cyclones Churn at Both Ends of Saturn

Despite more than a decade of winter darkness, Saturn's north pole is home to an unexpected hot spot remarkably similar to one at the planet's sunny south pole.

JPL to Host High-Tech Small-Business Conference

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will host the 20th annual High-Tech Conference for Small Business on March 4 and 5 at the Radisson Hotel near Los Angeles International...

NASA Unveils Cosmic Images Book in Braille for Blind Readers

NASA unveiled a new book that brings majestic images taken by its Great Observatories to the fingertips of the blind.