- 15 Sep 2009
NASA Announces Screening of Space Shuttle Artifacts
WASHINGTON, (NASA) — NASA is inviting eligible educational institutions, museums and other organizations to begin registering to screen potential space shuttle artifacts. The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies, processes ...
The Google Logo Relates to H. G. Wells’ War of the Worlds...
OK, so now I’m hooked. This evening, the Google logo changed into a doodle of a crop circle (above). This may seem a little innocuous, after all, Google is always ...
Station Crew Gears Up for HTV Arrival
(NASA) – The International Space Station’s Expedition 20 crew spent time Monday gearing up for the arrival of the new Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV). The crew members also performed ...
Free Spirit – Computer Modeling Supplements Dusty Testing
(NASA) – Tests on Earth simulating Spirit’s predicament on Mars have reinforced understanding that getting Spirit to rove again will be very difficult. To supplement the tests at NASA’s Jet ...
“Icy Mission” for Cryosat-2
Ottobrunn, (EADS Astrium) – Astrium announced today that CryoSat-2, the new research satellite is ready to perform its icy mission. The satellite will investigate whether, and to what extent, the ...
Moon, Venus in east before sunrise September 16
The two brightest celestial objects of the night sky - the moon and the planet Venus - put on a beautiful display in Wednesday's early morning sky. The attractive couple
Record storm is raging on Saturn
Space scientists have been watching the longest continuously observed thunderstorm in the solar system raging on planet Saturn.The powerful storm, complete with lightning 10,000 times more powerful than on Earth, ...
Craters Count Jupiter s Age
Craters on the two largest objects in the asteroid belt could help identify at what point during the early solar system Jupiter was created. Vesta and Ceres are believed to ...
dynamite with a laser beam
found at planet fabulon.
I discovered the Galilean Satellites with my Galileoscope...
The end of the weekend… It was a very pleasant one since I went camping near Lake Camanche with my family and friends and we enjoyed a last glimpse of ...
Clear nights here in Renton this weekend. So I went after a galaxy that was nearly straight up in the sky. Good since it's got less atmosphere to look through, ...
The first Voyager (1967)
In 1960, the Pasadena, California-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) commenced study of Voyager, a robotic spacecraft program for exploring Mars and Venus in the late 1960s and 1970s. NASA Headquarters ...
It's Not Rocket Sci...
As you may have noticed I am doing a “blog makeover” here. Changing up all the pages, starting to write new articles, etc. I have had lots a really cool ...
Today in Astronomy
September 15: Jean-Sylvain Bailly
Jean-Sylvain BaillySeptember 15, 1736 – November 12, 1793Jean-Sylvain Bailly was a French astronomer and orator, one of the leaders of the early part of the French Revolution. He was ultimately ...
Cassini and Star Trek
I may be one of the few people that found the latest Star Trek movie appalling, and made me wonder if my Lasik eye surgery had suddenly failed me with ...
Astronaut for Hire
AsHos Must Keep Hoping
A few days ago, the Augustine Commission released its Summary Report (pdf, html) reviewing the U.S. human spaceflight program. In a nutshell, they recommend that NASA needs $3 billion more ...
LRO First Light Showcase, Thursday, Sept. 17
NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center, Greenbelt -- NASA will showcase data from the seven experiments on-board the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and provide updates about the topography of the moon's south ...
Jeph answers questions about the moon – 09.09.15
Spacevidcaster Jeph answers some questions about Earth’s own moon, Luna
The Carnival of Space #120
The Carnival of Space #120 has been posted at Music of the Spheres. Every week, the space community showcases it's best articles in this carnival. The Carnival of Space is ...
Kaguya and the Lunar Magma Ocean
Color Me Anorthosite - Lunar Picture of the Day (LPOD), Sept. 13, 2009 (Chuck Wood) The Japanese lunar orbiter Kaguya is gone, but great science keeps coming from its data. ...
SpaceX and Musk laud Armadillo
The following message has been widely distributed:'A Message from SpaceX'"SpaceX congratulates John Carmack and the entire Armadillo Aerospace team on the completion of the Level 2 requirements for the X ...
Music of the Sphere...
Nice to Know It Works!
A few years back, I worked with a few far-flung fellow Orbiter enthusiasts to develop an Orbiter add-on package called Mars for Less (MFL). I wrote about it quite a ...
Armadillo Aerospace Launched Two Successful 180-second Fl...
Armadillo Aerospace successfully completed the requirements for Level Two of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge on Saturday September 12, 2009. Despite rain delays, hardware and computer problems, the Armadillo ...
Sky This Week
Moon at lunation 25.1
Moon at 6:38 am this morning, lunation was 25.1. Equipment used, Celestron Nexstar 11, F6.2 focal reducer, Canon Xti camera, ISO400, 1/320 sec. Sky was clear, no wind, temperature 50 ...
NASA Town Hall Meeting
tweetmeme_url='http://www.starstryder.com/2009/09/14/nasa-town-hall-meeting/'; tweetmeme_style = 'normal';tweetmeme_source = 'starstryder'; It is with great hope that I blog this town hall meeting. Tonight the new EP/O Lead for NASA, Steph Stockman (geosteph on twitter), ...
Carnival of Space #120
Credits: NASA Carnival of Space #120 is hosted by Bruce Irving at Music of the Spheres. This week you can see images captured by the rejuvenated Hubble Space Telescope, read ...
Credits: ESA – P. Carril, 2009 PROBA-2 is part of an ESA program called In-Orbit Technology Demonstration Program, which is dedicated to the demonstration of innovative technologies. The PROBA-2 payload ...
Toner reports from London that the Natural History Museum...
High wire dancers dressed as butterflies at the opening of the new Darwin Centre on Monday 14 September 2009, image Toner Stevenson High-wire dancers dressed as splendid butterflies swooped and ...
National Space Soci...
National Space Society Position on Human Spaceflight Comm...
The National Space Society has just released a position statement on the Human Spaceflight Committee’s Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee Summary Report. In part, the NSS position ...
Phobos-Grunt May be Delayed to 2011
Anatoly Zak advises today in the BBC that the Phobos-Grunt mission [fun vid animation] aims to land on the Martian moon Phobos to collect soil samples and return them to ...
Super Cell Lightning Storm Raging on Saturn Since January
The Cassini spacecraft has been in orbit around Saturn since 2004 and during its mission, has watched nine different lightning storms rage on the planet. But this latest one is ...
Galaxy Zoo Blog
She’s an Astronomer: Kate Land
Dr. Kate Land is from sunny Sussex on the south coast of the UK and her research/studies have taken her to Cambridge (undergrad), Imperial (PhD), and then Oxford (postdoc). Her ...
Project News: Server Performance
I've decreased the sleep time on the feeder again (down to 1 second now), so people who were having trouble getting workunits hopefully won't any more. I'm hoping this might ...
Project News: E-Science 2009 Paper Accepted
We've had our recent submission to the 2009 e-science conference accepted. I've made a forum post with a link to a preliminary version of the paper for everyone to read ...
- 14 Sep 2009
I'm not sure if I have any regular readers left. This blog certainly hasn't been regular over the past months so if you're still here then thanks for sticking it ...
Lost symbols found?
Mystery sleuth Greg Taylor knew years ago what "Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown would be talking about in the follow-up thriller now known as "The Lost Symbol," due for ...
Parceling out the program
NASA began this month the formidable task of choosing where thousands of space shuttle artifacts will ultimately come to reside after its three orbiters are retired. NASA revealed Monday the ...
Lowell Observatory ...
Discovery filming team visits General Dynamics facility i...
Late last week Producer Molly Hermann and her crew visited the General Dynamics Satcom Technologies facility in Mexia, Texas to film components of the Discovery Channel Telescope mount under construction. ...
NASA: Earth Observa...
Fires and Smoke in Borneo
Fires in the lowland (peat) forests of Borneo blanketed Indonesia with thick smoke on September 13, 2009.
Looking for Planets Around White Dwarfs
Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech Our Solar System is such a nice, ordered place. Eight (or nine or thirteen) planets have been happily circling our sun for 4.6 billion years, ...
It's Not Rocket Sci...
Neptune has always been a elusive planet for observers, especially me. Below are two different images from the SLOOH online robotic telescopes, one is a wide-field image while the other ...
Systemic - Characte...
Rings on the TV
Image: JPL/Cassini Just a heads-up for those of you who haven’t yet firmed up your television viewing schedules for tomorrow night. I’ll be appearing in a episode devoted to astrophysical ...
Russia to launch weather satellite, revive forecasting ca...
MOSCOW, September 14 – Russia will launch a new meteorological satellite on Tuesday, starting the process of restoring the country’s weather forecasting capabilities, the Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said on ...
NASA offers museums, schools first choice of space shuttl...
From spacesuits to space food, full scale simulators to the van used to drive its crews to the launch pad, NASA has begun the process of divvying up the equipment ...
The Sky This Week - Thursday September 17 to Thursday Sep...
The New Moon is Saturday September 19. Mercury is lost in the evening twilight. Jupiter is is easily seen as the brightest object in the evening sky. In the morning, ...
Space Q&As : Discov...
Leroy Chiao and Augustine Commission
A report on NASA's human space flight program was just released. Panel member, former astronaut Leroy Chiao weighs in.
Must-see science on the Web
1337arts: How to take near-space photos for $150 ESO: Amazing 360-degree view of night sky unveiled Spaceports: Interorbital plans manned launch in 2011 Diamond Sky Productions: 'Star Trek' sighting at ...
i just returned to nottingham at the end of last week, but i'm leaving again tomorrow for munich, germany. it was a productive stint at home, and i'm very excited ...
An expanded robotic program (1963)
The Apollo Program dominated NASA in the 1960s. Its chief aim was to place a man on the moon ahead of the Soviet Union and before 1970. In December 1963, ...
Sky This Week
Sky this Week Sept. 13 to Sept. 19, 2009