- 20 Nov 2009
Free Spirit – Second Extrication Drive Yields Slight Prog...
Spirit successfully completed the first step of its planned two-step motion on Sol 2090 (Nov. 19).After spinning the wheels for the equivalent of 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) in the forward ...
Before Darkness Falls: Cassini to Scan Enceladus on Winte...
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will fly by Saturn’s moon Enceladus this weekend for a last peek at the intriguing ‘tiger stripes’ before winter darkness blankets the area for several years.Scientists are ...
False Alarms Wake Crew; Robotics and Spacewalk Preps Toda...
False depressurization caution alarms sounded on the International Space Station last night just after 8:30 p.m. EST waking the shuttle and station crew.The flight control teams on the ground were ...
Earth from Space: ‘Sea of the Viennese’
Lake Neusiedl, straddling the Austrian–Hungarian border, is featured in this satellite image. The largest steppe lake in Central Europe, Neusiedl covers an area around 315 sq km, with 240 sq ...
Discovery News - Sp...
The LHC Higgs Boson Hunter
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is about to be fired up and Professor Jonathan Butterworth hopes that the ATLAS detector uncovers far more exotic physics about our Universe than just ...
Cassini’s Big Sky: The View from the Center of Our Solar ...
When NASA’s Cassini spacecraft began orbiting Saturn five years ago, a dozen highly-tuned science instruments set to work surveying, sniffing, analyzing and scrutinizing the Saturnian system. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is ...
Unexpected Rainbows (Part 7)
These rainbows were projected onto our bedroom wall by light hitting the bedroom window at an angle. I have no idea why two spots were fromed. I took me a ...
Remote observations of a divorced binary asteroid
I am observing today.. again are you thinking? You are right, I am spending way to much time in a control room of a telescope, but tonight it is a ...
Space Junk Or Debris Needs Cleaning Up But Where’s The Bi...
Did you ever walk around town, getting annoyed at all the rubbish? It’s quite easy to pick it up and put it in a bin, although you wouldn’t think so ...
Romanian IYA2009 enthusiasts release new web pages
The Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy (SARM) has launched five new web pages in its international super-project (led by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe coordinator, Valentin Grigore SARM President, and Florin ...
IYA2009 inspires graphic designers
IYA2009 inspires graphic designers
IYA2009 retro-style posters now for sale
A series of stunning IYA2009 posters, designed by talented graphic designer Simon Page, are now available to purchase. There are nine to choose from and they can be delivered internationally. ...
Scotland’s Galloway Forest awarded Dark Sky status
Galloway Forest Park is the first place in the UK landscape where dark skies are now safeguarded for people to experience for themselves after being awarded Dark Sky Park status ...
Meteoroid explosion inspires Sudanese IYA2009 activities
On 7 October 2008 a meteoroid exploded in the atmosphere 37 km above Sudan's Nubian Desert. More information is available here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_TC3 Linking this exciting event with IYA2009, Sudanese astronomers ...
Spirit closer to an escape?
Spirit may be a closer to escaping its Martian sand trap, according to Emily Lakdawalla. You may follow her at @elakdawalla for the latest.Wayne
Time for a Splash
Excitement is growing here at CERN, and particularly for us working on ATLAS, as we prepare for beam splash events in the detector tonight.The Large Hadron Collider is a 27km ...
I've been busy catching up on my classes, so I haven't posted anything lately. But, you can catch up on lots of great space-related blog posts at the 128th Carnival ...
Ares I-X Launch Photos
It's been a week since the Ares I-X launch, so you are probably wondering where the pictures are. After the launch, I tried to clean up as best I could ...
JAXA x Tax Office = ?
Training on e-Tax at JAXA Sagamihara CampusI am now trying to enhance the publicity of JAXA in the local community in Sagamihara City. To this end, we started collaboration with ...
STS-129 Flight Day 5 Planned Activities
8:58 GMT (3:58 am EST) – Atlantis / ISS Crew Wake Up11:08 GMT (6:08 am EST) – US PAO Event With CBS News / WTVF-TV / Fox News Radio12:28 GMT ...
The Discovery Enter...
The Universe - Unexplained Mysteries
Join us today on Discovery Enterprise as we ponder some the unexplained questions and mysteries of our cosmos.We will delve into some of the myths, misconceptions, truths and amazing mysteries ...
The 7 (Future) Wonders Of The Solar System
Two hundred years after the first man and woman graced the plains of Mars, humanity is still isolated to just one star system.Despite an intense campaign by the Alpha Centauri ...
Nick discovers that Sydney Observatory took observed the ...
Bill Robertson’s report on the 4 September 1973 occultation of Ceres, courtesy David W DunhamHere is a belated observing report about an observation that was made in 1973! In an ...
Comparing stars' colors reveals temperature
In the northeastern sky in the early evening is a bright star called
Today in Astronomy
November 20: Edwin Powell Hubble
Edwin Powell HubbleNovember 20, 1889 – September 28, 1953Edwin Hubble was an American astronomer. He profoundly changed our understanding of the universe by demonstrating the existence of other galaxies besides ...
NASA: Space Shuttle...
STS-129 MCC Status Report #09
Preparations for the second spacewalk of Atlantis’ STS-129 visit to the International Space Station, transfer of material between the spacecraft and talks with media representatives helped keep astronauts busy Friday.
NASA: Space Shuttle...
STS-129 MCC Status Report #08
Though it began a little later than planned, the STS-129 crew is awake and starting work on the day’s activities.
Spirit Rover Makes Progress
A little good news for Spirit! The rover successfully moved; not very much, but its the first step of a planned two-step motion to try and get Spirit free from ...
Mile Markers to the Galaxies
Sometimes, though not often, nature points the way to knowledge even the wisest philosophers believe to be beyond our comprehension.The composition of stars is one example. In 1835, the French ...
The New York Times
Water Found on Moon, Researchers Say
The discovery, which came out of a mission a month ago, confirmed scientists’ suspicions and could help explorers.
Out of the Cradle
LEAG 2009 Debrief
Wow! That was a mind-bending conference. Clearly LRO is coming into full flower, its instruments providing solid and fascinating results. Overall the trip down to Houston was a bonanza for ...
The Launch Pad
On the Moon 40 Years Ago
40 years ago today, the Apollo 12 lunar lander, "Intrepid", placed it's four frisbee-shaped footpads down on the lunar surface at the Ocean of Storms (Oceanus Procellarum), but today, you ...
The Launch Pad
Late in the Astronaut Glove Challenge Day - Winners!
Here's a twitter list for the Astronaut Glove Challenge:twitter.com/spaceprizes/astronaut-glove-challengeAlternately, you could just go to twitter and search for some variant on the challenge name.As I'm finishing up this post, I ...
Carnival of Space #129
Credits: The British Interplanetary Society Carnival of Space #129 is hosted by Tracy Zollinger Turner at Tiny Mantras. The blog posts cover topics like the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, the Rosetta ...
Credits: ESA – S. Corvaja, 2009 Arianespace is getting closer to the first Soyuz launch from Kourou, in French Guyana. On November 7, 2009, two Soyuz launchers were loaded on ...
Carnival Of The Space Geeks (Tiny Mantras)
Last weeks Carnival of Space was hosted by Tracy Turner on Tiny Mantras, which highlighted stories about microscopic black holes to interstellar travel via asteroids, as well as advanced star ...
Watch TEDxNASA Live
- Livestream webcast of the event starting Friday morning at 10 am EST- Main website- Agenda/Schedule- NASA LaRC Internal Email: TEDxNASA: You're Invited!- TEDxNASA: Where's The Space Stuff? Watch live ...
Astronaut for Hire
Two parental trips around the Sun
Happy Birthday Henry! My son is 2 years old today. It seems like I blogged about his first birthday just yesterday. Henry's vocabulary is fast-approaching 100 words (86 by my ...
- 19 Nov 2009
Instruments vs. artifacts
The National Air and Space Museum opened to the public on Thursday its first gallery devoted to the still on-going space shuttle/space station-era of human spaceflight, "Moving Beyond Earth." For ...
Large Hadron Collider Could Re-Start This Weekend
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) could be re-started on this Saturday morning CERN officials said. Engineers are preparing to send a beam of sub-atomic particles around the 27km-long circular tunnel, ...
NASA: Earth Observa...
Explosive urban growth is documented in this pair of images of Tehran from 1985 and 2009.
NASA: Earth Observa...
Snow in Ontario
Acquired November 18, 2009, this true-color image shows a broad band of snow stretching across Ontario. Snow appears thickest near James Bay and thinnest north of Lake Superior.
Presenting on space sciences at Kentucky Academy of Scien...
Kentucky Space was well represented in both the engineering and physics/astronomy sections at the Kentucky Academy of Science recent annual meeting. Those presenting were: Beck, Marc B., Graves, D.C., Fite, ...
SOFIA Seeks Secrets of Planetary Birth
You don’t always have to have a rocket to do rocket science. Sometimes a mere airplane will do – that is, a mere Boeing 747 toting a 17-ton, 9-foot wide ...
Plasma Rocket Could Help Pick Up Space Trash
Franklin Chang Diaz's proposed VASIMR rocket engine could create very versatile spacecraft. Not only does the plasma-fueled rocket have the potential to make a trip to Mars in just over ...
Hubble instruments star in Smithsonian Air and Space gall...
The camera that took many of the Hubble Telescope's most famous photographs and the "contact lenses" that focused its flawed mirror debuted at the National Air and Space Museum along ...
Tom's Astronomy Blo...
Ticking Time Bomb
Here is a great example of the process leading up to a type 1A supernova. Most of the time when we think of a supernova we think of a massive ...
A Conversation on the Existence of Time
You know, other people talk a lot about time, too — it’s not just me. Here’s a great video from Nature, featuring a conversation between David Gross and Itzhak Fouxon ...
Los corderitos / The little lambs / Il piccolo corderi
por Silvia/ by SilviaE’ arrivato anche il mio turno di iniziare questo viaggio. Arrivo i primi di novembre ad Juliaca, e subito sono stata travolta da tante immagini ed emozioni ...
You know what "galaxy" means in Latin, don’t you? Yeah, it’s Saturn, not the Milky Way, but still. That is made of awesome. I want to go to that coffee ...