Chandra X-ray Observatory Blog 25 Aug 2009, 16:01 UTC Ten years ago tomorrow (August 26th), the official First Light image from Chandra was released to the world. The image was of the famous supernova remnant Cassiopeia A, taken less than a month after Chandra was deployed by the Space Shuttle Columbia. Snapshots of Cassiopeia Aread more
Space Fellowship 25 Aug 2009, 15:31 UTC MOSCOW, (RIA Novosti) – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has invited Russia to carry out a joint manned flight to Mars, the head of NASA’s Moscow office said on Tuesday.Russia is currently planning to send its own expedition to Mars some time in the future.
Astrocast.TV Blog 25 Aug 2009, 14:35 UTC If you haven’t noticed, most computer models, or simulations of supernovae explosions are merely two-dimensional. This is largely because of the computing speed and processing required to perform a full three dimensional computer model is often prohibitive. In a paper submitted to the Astrophysical Journal, available online now here, German astrophysicists announced today the first successful 3D modeling of a 15.5 solar mass blue supergiant supernova explosion. If you think there’s a lot of violence reported in today’s news stories, consider “iron-dominated fingers overtaking oxygen-rich bullets.” But don’t forget, that without such cosmic fireworks, we could not exist, as these explosions produce much of the heavier chemical elements which make up you and me.
Kentucky Space 25 Aug 2009, 13:33 UTC In a generally dour piece on the future of the U.S. human spaceflight program, there is one bright note: considering the options for funding a return to the moon - or for just going beyond Earth orbit - that is long on vision but short on money just might be the "kick-start" an emerging commercial space industry needs.Wayne Kentucky Space
Spaceports 25 Aug 2009, 13:01 UTC The the head of NASA's Moscow office has invited Russia to carry out a joint manned flight to Mars, RIA Novosti is reporting today.Marc Bowman told an international aviation and space conference in Moscow that the Mars mission should take advantage of the achievements made by the International Space Station and use a multinational crew.Bowman said the flight should be under the control of NASA and the Russian space agency but with the participation of international space agencies. However, he said that before a joint flight to Mars could be made, it was necessary to complete the ISS mission and fly to the Moon to collect essential scientific and technical information. Bowman is the Manager of Moscow Technical Liaison Office (MTLO), the Deputy Director of the Human Space Flight Program-Russia (HSFP-R), in addition to serving as an attache with the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
Bad Astronomy 25 Aug 2009, 13:00 UTC The Earth has left the Perseid meteor stream behind, but last week’s display was caught by many a photographer. This video, however, is the best I’ve seen. I’ve embedded it below, but you really want to go to the Flickr page to see it embiggenated. Click the HD button on the video to see it in even more spectacular high-def! Wow. You can see airplanes whizzing around, but the meteors tend to all come from one spot in the sky (in the lower center of the video). That’s because the Earth is plowing through them in space, so they all come from one direction, like driving through a tunnel makes all the lights appear to come from directly ahead of you. You can see the Milky Way cutting vertically across the images, and to the right you can also spot the little fuzzy that’s the Andromeda Galaxy. The sun rise cuts this video short, which is too bad. I’d love to see a much longer version of this!
Physics World Blog 25 Aug 2009, 10:39 UTC The Galileo anniversary is, however, not the only one in astronomy on this day One of Galileo's first telescopes By Michael Banks Today marks an important date in the calendar of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009). 400 years ago, on 25 August 1609, the astronomer Galileo Galilei presented his first telescope to policy makers from the Venetian Republic. Galileo ushered the lawmakers into St Mark's Campanile - a bell tower in St Mark’s Square -- in the heart of Venice to present his latest invention. Impressed with seeing objects such as ships from a great distance, the telescope obviously left its mark as Galileo's salary was doubled and he was also awarded life tenure at the University of Padua. Galileo probably made a lot of cash from selling the telescope to merchants who found them useful at sea and as items of trade. However, Galileo is, of course, best known for the mark he has left on the history of astronomy. (As always Google have their own tribute to the anniversary) To mark the IYA2009, earlier this year we published an interesting article about how one of Galileo’s early telescopes was being rebuilt by researchers in Italy to study ...
Space Fellowship 25 Aug 2009, 08:58 UTC WASHINGTON, (NASA) — NASA has named Robert M. Lightfoot, Jr., as the director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Lightfoot had served as the acting director of the center since March. “I’m very pleased to appoint Robert as the Marshall Center Director. As NASA moves into an exciting new era of human [...]