- 8 Jan 2010
MoonRise SPA sample-return mission and Washington Univers...
Scientists on Earth know least of the oldest-known, largest-known and deepest impact basin on the Moon, South Pole-Aitken (SPA) Basin, stretching from it's mountainous rim between Earth and the lunar ...
The Launch Pad
Friday Fun Day #FFD: New Year, New Poll
Woo hoo! Time for the first Friday Fun Day of 2010.It is a new year, and some of you may have already noticed that the X PRIZE website got a ...
Wind & Sky
Planetarium for Palm OS
This is such a great tool, I am hanging on to my Palm Treo even though I've moved to using a Palm Pre simply because there isn't anything like it ...
The Space Advocate
SpaceX - Falcon 9 2nd Stage Test Fire
http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/spacex-rocket-test-100107.htmlWell here we go! The main booster test fire went good. The second stage test fire has now gone well. So, add that up and I think we're looking at ...
NASA JSC Advanced P...
Sustainability in Space = Sustainability on Earth
Yes, I am one of those that believe that “To boldly go where no one has gone before” is sufficient reason to invest in the human exploration of space and ...
Live Coverage of Suborbital Scientist-Astronaut Training ...
Environmental Tectonics Corporations The NASTAR(R) Center Commences Space Training for Prospective Scientist-Astronauts "The Suborbital Scientist-Astronaut Training Course has been developed by The NASTAR Center and is organized by Dr. Alan ...
NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) “First ...
This infrared snapshot of a region in the constellation Carina near the Milky Way was taken shortly after NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) ejected its cover. The “first-light” picture ...
Picture of the Day - Jupiter's Moons
On Jan. 7, 1610, Galileo Galilei's improvements to the telescope enabled humanity to see Jupiter's four largest moons for the first time. Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto--the so-called Galilean satellites--were ...
The Loopback Address of Habitable Worlds
In the world of servers and the interwebs, there is such a thing as a loopback address. It's often http://127.0.0.1 on most computers or simply http://localhost that is used to ...
Physics World Blog
Spotting fake paintings with stats
Detecting mathematical style in famous works of art Winter Landscape with a Bird Trap Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1565) By James Dacey I wrote recently about a new technique for ...
Well, Padova.Having to wake up at STUPID O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING is never fun, but the view from the plane made it (almost) worth it. The weather in Venice was ...
The Sky Above
Second Time, AAPOD!
May new year’s partial lunar eclipse image is now featured at Amateur Astronomy Picture of the Day (AAPOD) website. Click this link to see the photo.My first picture featured at ...
Starts With A Bang!
The Greatest Story Ever Told -- 01 -- Before the Big Bang
The more I examine the universe and the details of its architecture, the more evidence I find that the universe in some sense must have known we were coming.-Freeman DysonWhen ...
Dark Skies Rangers Program is now on-line! Through the Dark Skies Rangers Program, students learn about the importance of dark skies and experience activities that illustrate proper lighting, light pollution’s ...
The Planetary Socie...
Spirit's still "extricating"
I want to apologize for some confusion I created when I got confused earlier this week about the current status of the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit. Although Spirit's outlook remains ...
Discovery News - Sp...
Astronomers on Verge of Finding Habitable Worlds
The discovery of an Earth-like, extrasolar planet could happen sooner than you think.
The American Associ...
Astronomy Picture of the Day
today is Epsilon Aurigae, the focus of our Citizen Sky project
The Night Sky Guy
Montreal Meteor Last Night?
This morning I have been fielding media calls and getting reports from skywatchers about a possible meteor-fireball seen over the Montreal city skies last night, Thursday at 7:30 pm. Most ...
French govt study backs Orion Ariane 5 launch
credit: EADS Astrium / caption: Starting this year the Oriane-Ariane launch systems could be ready by 2019NASA’s Orion crew exploration vehicle (CEV) could be launched by the latest version of ...
STS-130 may be postponed as Node 3 problem threatens miss...
International Space Station (ISS) managers are conducting a series of meetings to discuss problems relating to Node 3’s associated ammonia lines which have suffered from rupturing during proof testing. Options ...
NASA: Earth Observa...
Dust Storm over Afghanistan and Iran
A thick plume of dust rises from the dry Sistan Wetlands and blows across the Iran-Afghanistan border in this photo-like image from January 7, 2010.
NASA: Earth Observa...
Snow across Great Britain
Acquired January 7, 2010, this image shows snow blanketing England, from the east to west coast. The cities of Manchester, Birmingham, and London appear as ghostly gray shapes on the ...
Please Send "Gordo" Fullerton Your Get Well Wishes
"Gordo is still in ICU at UCLA Medical Center from the massive (right sided) stroke he suffered last week, and probably will be for another two weeks or so; then ...
Imagine the Univers...
News: Nature's Most Precise Clocks May Make "Galactic GPS...
Best methods for exploring the Moon and are our messages ...
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 - Solar physicists attempting to unlock the mysteries ...
Weekend SkyWatcher's Forecast – January 8-10, 2010
Greetings, fellow SkyWatchers! While the skies don't change a whole lot from year to year, how you approach astronomy and what you can do with your "astronomy time" certainly does! ...
South Texas Stargaz...
See The Skys Through World Wide Eyes
Yesterday I kept daydreaming about Galileo. Exactly 400 years ago, on January 7, 1610, the famous Italian astronomer spied the moons of Jupiter for the first time and, once he ...
Impressions from the 215th AAS Meeting in Washington, DC
The American Astronomical Society held its 215th annual meeting in Washington DC January 3-7. Now with the talks all done, the posters taken down and the tables and chairs packed ...
Gullies on the Exterior Wall of a Martian Crater
The mid-latitude Martian gullies are found on slopes of many varieties, including crater walls, crater central peaks, trough walls, valley network walls, and mesas. Rarely are gullies found on the ...
Video: Falcon 9 second stage engine tests a success
Second stage test firings were successfully conducted by SpaceX, bringing Falcon 9 closer to its inaugural flight. Space.com: SpaceX announced this week that the Falcon 9 rocket's second stage successfully ...
Saturn's Moon Rhea's shows off Wispy Terrain
Rhea's trailing hemisphere shows off its wispy terrain on the left of this image which includes Saturn's rings in the distance. See Ancient Plains of Rhea to learn more about ...
More Saturn System Beauty from Cassini
Caption: Cassini captures Rhea and Saturn's rings. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science InstituteThe stunning images just keep coming from Cassini. Here's a collection of three recent images. Above, Saturn's moon Rhea teams ...
Discovery News - Sp...
Flashback: Images From the Week's News
Take a look back at the week's top stories in the Discovery News Flashback Slide Show.
The International Year of Astronomy 2009 Highlights
Dark Skies Rangers Program is now on-line!Through the Dark Skies Rangers Program, students learn about the importance of dark skies and experience activities that illustrate proper lighting, light pollution’s effects ...
The Planetary Socie...
Sorry folks: Hawking/Aldrin event cancelled, but birthday...
Stephen Hawking's doctors have recommended that he not get on a plane for a planned jaunt to Pasadena in which he would have (among other things) appeared at our "Celebrate ...
Second Smallest Exoplanet Yet Discovered
With the American Astronomical Society meeting now wrapped up in Washington, we’re left to mull over the highlights, particularly the Kepler results. But the Keck Observatory also contributed compelling exoplanet ...
A new year for Spacevidcast and New Space!
Welcome to the first live show of 2010! New open, new graphics, no on-screen chat room (for better or for worse) and a ton of space news that we needed ...
Opportunity's Vacation at Marquette Island
The Opportunity Mars rover has been sitting by a rock called Marquette Island since early November 2009. The stay has given the rover a bit of a respite from the ...
The Real Aliens
By KC Cole I began one recent day with a visit to the Long Beach Aquarium, where the tanks and ponds were filled with the strangest creatures on this -- ...
Space and astronomy news
Iceberg B17-B in the Indian Ocean as Seen from Space
The largest remaining piece of the slowly disintegrating B17-B iceberg, which broke off Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf a decade ago, resembles a cartoon drawing of a whale in this natural-color ...
Sky and Telescope
See the Stars with Worldwide Eyes
LRO Team Begins to Release New Image Series
Today, the LROC Team begins a new series of Featured Images highlighting the regions of interest for potential future human and robotic lunar exploration that LRO is imaging for NASA's ...
Cosmic Diary Closing Ceremony Live Blog
Follow the adventures of the intrepid IYA2009 Secretariat staff writer and Cosmic Diary live blogger Lee Pullen, as he tells all you need to know about what is going on ...
A NASA Goddard Finale to the International Year of Astron...
The Visitor Center at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. presents a one-of-a-kind event featuring expert Hubble scientist Dr. David Leckrone on Wednesday, January 13, 2010. Dr. Leckrone ...
The Sky - Yours to Discover update
Children and young people from all five continents were invited to look directly at the skies, identify stars, connect stars with imaginary lines and create new constellations. The Penguin, the ...
Observational idea – Melotte 20
If you are looking for something relatively easy to show to people why not try Melotte 20 (also known as Collinder 39); this is an open cluster centred around the ...
Planck satellite ou...
Saturn completes the set
At the start of Janary 2010, Planck has observed Saturn, meaning that it has now observed the full set of planets. The planets are very useful objects for Planck to ...
Astronomy Weather B...
NuSTAR; First Snapshot From WISE
Hello, astro-nuts! A major cold outbreak is expected to affect the majority of the country this weekend, so make sure you dress warmly! Even if you can't do much observing, ...
ISS Crew Busy with Spacewalk Preps and Gardening
The Expedition 22 crew members aboard the International Space Station were busy Thursday with preparations for an upcoming spacewalk. They also continued their regular science, maintenance and exercise activities. Flight ...