Space Fellowship 25 May 2009, 09:51 UTC Marius Madsen points to some new images of the Tycho Brahe spacecraft in the CS workshop. Here is the first pictures of the Tycho Brahe spacecraft in the CS workshop. The workshop is situated in the belly of an old ship i Copenhagen harbor. The long tube at the end of the spacecraft is for [...]
Astrobiology Magazine 25 May 2009, 07:01 UTC Theoretical physicist and cosmologist Paul Davies is one of the most innovative thinkers in the field of astrobiology, a field known for attracting scientists who think outside the box. Since September 2006, Davies has been the director of Arizona State University’s BEYOND: Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science. Below is the text of a presentation he gave at the NASA-sponsored Astrobiology Science Conference in 2008, in which he argued that the most cost-effective way to send humans to Mars would be to send them with the understanding that they wouldn’t be coming back.
NASA Watch 25 May 2009, 06:07 UTC Russia 'to save its ISS modules', BBC "Russia is making plans to detach and fly away its parts of the International Space Station when the time comes to de-orbit the rest of the outpost." "However, the idea of turning the Russian segment of the ISS into an independent space station carries major political, legal and financial pitfalls, Russian officials admitted." "According to Russian sources, they have actively discussed their intentions with American partners, but they have so far failed to come up with a satisfactory solution." Editor's note: If Russia wants to preserve its modules after the partners decide to scrap the space station it is their right to do so. However it does bring up many issues including US - Russia relations which of late have been a little cooler. Russia has started to act like the Soviet bear of the not too distant past and has been flexing its muscles. If the Russians think their modules can survive well beyond 2020 why not persuade their international partners to keep the space station going? Or perhaps Russia wants to go it alone as symbol of wanting to be seen as a superpower again?
EarthSky Tonight 25 May 2009, 06:05 UTC Do you have a clear evening sky – unobstructed by trees, tall buildings, or any sort of haze? Then look very near the western horizon, very shortly after sunset Monday evening, May 25, for the waxing crescent moon. It will be beautiful in the evening twilight. The pale glow on the darkened portion of the moon is called ‘earthshine.’ It’s light reflected from Earth!Full Description
Cosmos 4 U 24 May 2009, 22:31 UTC A solar cycle forecast, outer planet satellite mutual events and many meteorite stories have amassed in the past three weeks. Firstly, after two years of confusion the Solar Cycle 24 Prediction Panel earlier this month has "reached a consensus decision on the prediction of the next solar cycle (Cycle 24). First, the panel has agreed that solar minimum occurred in December, 2008. This still qualifies as a prediction since the smoothed sunspot number is only valid through September, 2008.
Space Fellowship 24 May 2009, 18:23 UTC Atlantis and the crew of the STS-125 mission landed safely in California at Edwards Air Force Base after completing the Hubble Servicing Mission on Sunday, May 24, 2009. The almost 5.3-million-mile mission included five spacewalks to repair and upgrade the world-famous observatory. Image Credit: NASA/Carla Thomas Please feel free to discuss this topic further in the forum [...]
Hubble Servicing Mission 4 Blog 24 May 2009, 15:58 UTC Atlantis had a flawless landing at Edwards Air Force Base at 17:40 CEST (11:40 a.m. EDT). Welcome home!NASA’s latest update: A post-landing news conference with managers at Kennedy Space Center is expected in approx. 30 minutes. A crew news conference is tentative and will be announced later. The ceremony to welcome the astronauts back will be held at 23:00 CEST (5 p.m. EDT) Tuesday at Houston’s Ellington Field.
Astrobiology Magazine 24 May 2009, 07:01 UTC New research shows that perchlorate salts at the Phoenix landing site could allow liquid to persist under the current temperatures and pressures found at the surface of Mars. The possibility of stable liquid at Mars' surface raises interesting questions about the potential for life on the red planet.
The Planetary Society Blog 24 May 2009, 03:19 UTC by Louis D. Friedman, Planetary Society Executive Director The long wait by those in the space community is over -- President Obama today announced the selection of Charles Bolden as his choice for NASA Administrator. Bolden is an ex-Astronaut -- in fact he is the shuttle pilot who delivered the Hubble Space Telescope to orbit in 1991. I find it very appropriate that his announcement was timed with the end of the final, and superbly conducted, ....