- 10 Nov 2009
Man-made spacecraft near interstellar space and the ethic...
Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:g Stars - Stellar astronomy researchers say they’ve witnessed a ...
The Daily Planet
Video: Ares 1-X, All the Way to Splashdown
Check out how good the camera technology has gotten for tracking a rocket booster all the way to 150,000 feet and back to the ocean. This high-definition video was taken ...
New Russian Module “Poisk” On Its Way to Station
The new Russian Mini-Research Module 2 (MRM2), also known as Poisk, launched aboard a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan Tuesday at 9:22 a.m. EST. Thursday at 10:44 a.m., the ...
Success in Monterey Bay Canyon
Image Credit: Alberto BeharNASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists in the Planetary Protection group, led by Dr. Kasthuri Venkateswaran, teamed up with microbiologists and geochemists from Harvard University in the laboratories ...
Climate studies to benefit from 12 years of satellite aer...
Aerosols, very small particles suspended in the air, play an important role in the global climate balance and in regulating climate change. They are one of the greatest sources of ...
Carnival of Space #128
This week's Carnival of Space is hosted over at AARTScope Blog. Click here to read the Carnival of Space #128.And if you’re interested in looking back, here’s an archive to ...
More on Marquette…
Oppy is now getting up close and personal with “Marquette Island”, a great slab of layered rock that she first spotted a week or so ago. I’m covering the rover’s ...
New Module for ISS Launches
A new module for the space station blasted off today from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan at 9:22 a.m. EST. The Poisk (which means "explore" in Russian) is a combination docking ...
Picture of the Day – The Birth of Stars
The spectacular new camera installed on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope during Servicing Mission 4 in May has delivered the most detailed view of star birth in the graceful, curving arms ...
The American Associ...
New observing software written in Java by Dirk Lehmann (LDI) that can export observations into official AAVSO visual format.
Week of School Astronomy
At least here in Germany this week is the Week of School Astronomy, which is part of the activities for the International Year of Astronomy. During this week professional astronomers ...
About Astronomy and...
LaserMotive Team Nabs $900k Prize
For those of you following the space elevator games, the LaserMotive team was awarded the second place $900,000 prize. Their design, which used a ground based laser to power a ...
The Planetary Socie...
Rosetta is homing in on Earth
Heads up! ESA's Rosetta spacecraft is approaching for its last flyby of Earth, on Friday, November 13. It is now close enough that its OSIRIS high-resolution camera can resolve the ...
LauncherOne: Virgin's Galactic's other project
You are going to hear a lot in the next few weeks about Virgin Galactic, not least because on 7 December the company will unveil SpaceShipTwo in the Mojave Desert, ...
Chandra X-ray Obser...
NASA's Great Observatories Examine the Galactic Center Re...
In celebration of the International Year of Astronomy 2009, NASA's Great Observatories -- the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Chandra X-ray Observatory -- have collaborated to ...
Project Icarus Symposium: Part Two
by Pat GaleaProject Icarus will update the Project Daedalus starship designed by the British Interplanetary Society in the 1970s. As we saw yesterday, developments in technology allow new options in ...
Okay, I'm back! After a rare two week hiatus, we have quite a bit of catching up to do!While preparing for the AAVSO fall meeting, and then away attending the ...
Video: POPACS, citizen science of collision avoidance in ...
CubeSat, Kentucky Space As mentioned recently, satellite pioneer Gil Moore visited Lexington recently on his way to lecture at Morehead State University. While in Lexington, he provided an update on ...
Galaxy Zoo Blog
Pea Hunting preamble
Greetings from the ESO Guest House, in Santiago de Chile! As I described in a blog post) a while ago, I am here on a mission to hunt for more ...
Ya pasamos por 3 países, y juntamos muchas experiencias que queremos compartir con todos ustedes. Así que intentaremos subir videos, fotos y más fotos. Aún no hay muchos, pero esperamos ...
Leonids Meteor Outburst
This year's annual display of the Leonid meteor shower occurs from 10th to 21st November, with the broad peak of activity occurring during the night of Tuesday 17th and Wednesday ...
Mars and Me
Spirit Sol 304
The trivial IDD sequence went well, so thisol we'll stow and go.Stowing is easy. The hard part is going. It's hard because Spirit is so power-limited, and the solar insolation ...
The Launch Pad
Space Prize Roundup: After the Lunar Lander and Power Bea...
Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge@NGLLC09: Masten Space Systems post-prize plans, in Aviation Week: http://bit.ly/12zbvBFrom that article: ... the company will use the $1.15 million it won by taking first place ...
NASA s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured images of the Phoenix lander shrouded in dry-ice frost on Mars. Phoenix has been inactive since the completion of its mission in November ...
NASA Satellites See Ida Spreading Out Before Landfall
NASA’s Aqua and Terra satellites are keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Ida, and both have instruments aboard that show her clouds and rains are already widespread inland over ...
Tom's Astronomy Blo...
The Night Side
Kind of an interesting photo from the Cassini spacecraft. The spacecraft was looking towards the night side of Saturn. The moon Dione shows up nicely near the top of the ...
LRO Gets Additional View of Apollo 11 Landing Site
“Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”With those eight words, astronaut Neil Armstrong let the world know that Apollo 11 had landed safely on the moon, beginning humankind’s first ...
Landing vehicle fleet with gas jets electric blue
How to fly in a world where there is no atmosphere? The wings do not work, nor propellers. And not try to use a parachute! The NASA engineer, Brian Mulac, ...
Rigel: Megan's Blog
Stars, thunderstorms and craters
As part of our outreach programme we've been visiting schools in the Gascoyne/Murchison region of Western Australia, both in towns and in remote communities. Last week saw another of these ...
Stuck Spirit Rover Moves!
Written by Nicholos WethingtonThe Spirit Rover, which has had its wheels stuck for 145 Martian sols, has finally moved!Though she’s far from being extricated from her current position, this is ...
Unknown Asteroid Buzzed Earth
Written by Nancy AtkinsonA previously undiscovered asteroid came within 14,000 km of Earth last week, and astronomers noticed it only 15 hours before closest approach. On Nov. 6 at around ...
Planetary Society to Launch Three Separate Solar Sails
Written by Nancy AtkinsonOn the 75th anniversary of astronomer Carl Sagan’s birth, the Planetary Society announced their plans to sail a spacecraft on sunlight alone by the end of 2010. ...
Send a message to Venus
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is enhancing people's interest in space and the Earth by holding a message campaign. People are invited to send messages that will be printed ...
Visa Fun Times
So as I mentioned yesterday, getting visas was a whole bunch of fun.I’m heading off to CERN on 17 November and am going to be there for about a month. ...
Atlas V Set to Launch Commercial Intelsat-14 Satellite No...
Cape Canaveral, Fla., – A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, on behalf of Lockheed Martin Space Launch Services, will launch the commercial Intelsat-14 satellite from Space Launch Complex-41 at ...
Russia to launch Progress freighter to ISS
MOSCOW, – A Soyuz booster rocket carrying the Progress-M freighter to the International Space Station (ISS) will take off from the Baikonur space center at 14:22 GMT on Tuesday, a ...
ISS Crew Busy with Science, Shuttle Preparations
Aboard the orbiting International Space Station, the Expedition 21 crew was busy Monday with science and the continuing preparations for next week’s scheduled arrival of space shuttle Atlantis on the ...
"Sounds of the Stars" enchant at German IYA2009 concert
One of the cultural highlights of IYA2009 in Germany has been a concert by the Bochum Symphonic Orchestra at the largest auditorium of Bochum University on 6 November. Not only ...
IYA2009 news from Congo
The African nation of Congo has been working hard this year to popularise astronomy. Recently villages and cities celebrated the anniversary of men walking on the Moon. DVD videos and ...
IYA2009 Special project: “Millions of Earths” sheds light...
Exoplanet hunters are specialists working at the frontier of science. A new documentary film called "Millions of Earths" follows them in their exciting research, sharing their dreams and discoveries. The ...
Kourou Pad for Soyuz Vertical Integration
The first of many Soyuz boosters will take off from the European Spaceport in French Guiana next year marking a benchmark, It will be the first time a Russian-made Soyuz ...
Physics World Blog
Beam makes it halfway round LHC
Just another 13.5 km (and a few TeV) to go! Splashing out at the LHC By Hamish Johnston Slowly but surely the Large Hadron Collider is coming back to life ...
A review of “The Age of Wonder” by R. Holmes
I am working on somthing more substantial for this blog. The outcome of this activity should appear soon. Meanwhile, asked by Helen Gavaghan, editor of Science, People and Politics, I ...
In the Dark
Only time for a very quick post today, so I thought I’d just pass on some news I got via Chris North about how Planck is doing. As it happens, ...
The Discovery Enter...
The Universe - Liquid Universe
On alien planets it rains from the sky as scalding iron. On distant moons, even at hundreds of degrees below zero, they slosh around in lakes of methane. They can ...
Jupiter at eastern quadrature on November 10
Today, the planet Jupiter is at eastern quadrature - or 90 degrees east of the sun. If you could look dow [...]
spaceship to mars
gene vincent sings spaceship to mars in 1962!
The Urban Astronome...
Moon, Saturn, Corvus, Virgo and Venus
Now that the sky is remaining dark later and later each day, I am enjoying the early morning interplay of Solar System and stellar objects. This week provides a series ...
Damage to Ares 1-X booster and LC-39B – 09.11.10
While the Ares I-X was technically a success, there was a bit of damage to both the pad and solid rocket booster. According to NASASpaceFlight.com’s L2 section the vehicle actually ...
LIVE: Russian module set to launch towards ISS on Soyuz
The 8-ton module Mini Research Module-2 (MRM-2) is scheduled to launch at 9:22 am Eastern on Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on top of a Russian Soyuz-U launch ...