- 7 Aug 2009
A call for reviving NIAC
In 2007 a little-known organization, the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC), was quietly terminated by NASA. For nine years the organization spent about $4 million a year supporing the ...
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Imaged
At last Full Moon, August 5, (a last iteration of the "mystical" Triple-Eclipse which had serious Astrologers, particularly in India, concerned, as detailed HERE) the Moon's southern hemisphere slid through ...
Sen. Martinez to resign
According to news reports, Mel Martinez will announce today plans to resign later this month from the US Senate. Martinez, a Florida Republican, has previously announced plans not to seek ...
Lowell Observatory ...
Kepler Results Demonstrate Telescope’s abilities
During yesterday’s national press briefing, NASA announced: Kepler Mission Spies Changing Phases in a Distant World. This exciting and promising new research appears today in Science, Kepler’s Optical Phase Curve ...
Surface features on Titan form like Earth’s, but with a f...
Saturn’s haze-enshrouded moon Titan turns out to have much in common with Earth in the way that weather and geology shape its terrain, according to two pieces of research to ...
Reconciling methane variations on Mars
Since the discovery of its presence in the Martian atmosphere, methane has remained an intriguing atmospheric component which source (either of biotic or abiotic origin) is not yet fully understood. ...
Sky and Telescope
Kepler Shows Its Promise
Picture of the Day – Summer Heat
A white-hot flame surrounded by red hot exhaust shoots from a recent test of the J-2X engine ‘workhorse’ gas generator at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala. The workhorse ...
Asteroid and comet impacts in mass extinctions on Earth a...
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 - What is the habitable zone for the ...
Hi all, Last two weeks, I have been working only partly as my brother came over to visit me. Nevertheless, I finished a new draft of the paper I have ...
The Night Sky Guy
Meteors are falling already
With the peak time for the annual Perseid meteor shower - the best cosmic fireworks show in the Universe- only days away, there are already reports from keen observers of ...
10 Step Guide to the IAU Program Book
1) Open book to summary page. 2) Realise this isn’t the summary. Repeat step 1. 3) Nearly there, try again. It’s at the back. 4) Find the session you’re interested ...
The Space Advocate
A thought I've pondered for a while:Caves, caves, caves! Why are we not looking at Martian caves? Should people do it, or just robots?I like the human exploration of caves ...
Astronaut Tom Jones...
Aug. 10 Radio Interview — Tune in to Astronaut Tom Jones
OUTER SPACE THINKING WITH ASTRONAUT TOM JONES – HOW IN THE WORLD DOES IT HELP US? Guest: THOMAS JONES - Dr. Thomas D. Jones is a scientist, author, pilot, and ...
Paradox Or Not?
Paradox is such a great looking word that I couldn’t resist it. I must be a little odd or should I say weird but I just love the X at ...
Silly mysteries solved
Duane Hoffmann / msnbc.com Where do missing socks go? Would you believe they drop into a mini-black hole? Now let us consider cosmic mysteries of a completely different sort ...
Sharp Early Returns from Kepler
Unlike the Cassini Saturn orbiter, which we looked at yesterday in the context of cryovolcanism on Titan, the Kepler spacecraft has but a single scientific instrument. It’s a photometer based ...
First Results From Kepler Mission Announced
Yesterday, while yours truly was attending a meeting addressing the science standards of learning for the state of Virginia, the NASA Kepler Mission released its first results. The mission of ...
Sky and Telescope
Martian Meteorite in 3-D
Kentucky Space to present at CubeSat Developer's Workshop
At the CubeSat Developer's Workshop this weekend, Kentucky Space students Anthony Karam and Samir Rawashdeh will be present on SOCEM (sub orbital cubesat experimental mission), which will soon fly from ...
The AVN is reaping what they sowed
I’m not shedding too many tears over the tsunami of bad press the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN) is receiving right now. I’ve written about them before, oh yes. They are ...
Weekend SkyWatcher's Forecast: August 7-9, 2009
Greetings, fellow SkyWatchers! Have you been watching Jupiter and the Moon make a pass at each other in the early morning sky? What an incredible sight. With the slightly later ...
The Launch Pad
Prize Roundup: MoonBots Discussions, SmallSat Conference,...
While we wait for what's in store for Friday FUNDAY, here's the lastest "Prize Roundup" compilation which I just posted on the Space Prize blog:Check out (and join!) the following ...
Stadd found guilty
It took a federal jury less than two hours Thursday to convict Courtney Stadd on ethics charges stemming from a brief stint he had at NASA in 2005. As noted ...
Starts With A Bang!
Older than Dirt?
Every once in awhile, a question makes it to my inbox that's too good to ignore. A friend and I were joking about being "older than dirt" and he asked ...
Sky and Telescope
This Week's Sky at a Glance
Perseid BBQ, IYA2009 events, Lectures, Competitions, and ...
The Irish Astronomical Association will hold a Perseid Observing Night + BBQ, at Delamont Country Park, near Killyleagh, Co Down, on the evening of Wed 12 August, from 7.30 p.m ...
ATK to test Ares five-Segment SRB
Promontory, Utah - Alliant Techsystems and NASA "will make history," August 25 as the new Ares I five-segment SRB first stage is tested, "marking the start of a new era ...
NASA says Kepler spacecraft proves it can find Earth-size...
Searching for the another Habitable planet, Ready steady and go Kepler.NASA says Kepler spacecraft proves it can find Earth-sized planets - Los Angeles Times
Spacevidcast 2.25 – STS-127 Music Video and News from Spa...
Alas, we tried a new HD capture technique that miserably failed. This is the backup low res-copy. We’ll see if we can’t work out a better system next week. South ...
Physics World Blog
Film review: Eyes on the Skies
An official IYA2009 film that feels a little too...official If the telescope had never been invented, the known universe would consist of six planets, one moon, and a few thousand ...
Earth, With a Frigid Twist
The surface of Saturn s moon Titan has many features that appear similar to Earth, such as lakes, weather and mountains. Scientists even wonder if Titan could harbor a prebiotic ...
My Big Fat Planet
Golden state at risk
California adapting to climate change
Fomalhaut, moon, Jupiter on August 7
Look outside late in the evening on August 7. The bright star beneath the moon and Jupiter is Fomalhaut, the only bright star in a large area of dim stars. ...
Dark Side of the Moon
Can everyone stomach one last moon landing post after the media deluge of last month? I hope so, because I've just stumbled on this most excellent bloggy rumination by Carlos ...
The New York Times
Particle Collider Will Operate, but at Half Power
The Large Hadron Collider, which has been plagued by thousands of suspect electrical splices, will begin doing physics this winter at half power.
Fomalhaut, moon, Jupiter on August 7
Tonight, the waning gibbous moon [...]
Las Cumbres Observa...
Almost first light
Ok, so yesterday was bit of a struggle. Not much progress was made due to network issues but they seem to be solved now. We’ve been up the mountain for ...
The Perseid Meteor Shower
In 258 A.D., to distract the masses from constant war under his reign, the Roman emperor Valerian ordered the merciless execution of dozens of leaders of the Catholic church. Among ...
National Space Soci...
Slides on Augustine Panel Decsion Process
Review of US Human Space Flight Plans Committee-Options and Decisions on Human Exploration Discussion August 5, 2009. These are Augustine Panel member Ed Crawley’s Powerpoint slides.
National Space Soci...
Spudis on Moon and Mars
Next Step or No Step by Paul D. Spudis Mars First advocates worry about getting “stuck on the Moon.” In fact, it is their obsession for Mars that has kept ...
Yay! Kepler Works!
Even though twitter was mostly down for the important announcement of the Kepler Mission, it did not dampen the excitement surrounding the update.Kepler Works!To prove it, the Kepler team produced ...
Phil's Astronomy Bl...
The Moon Meets Jupiter
A nice sight tonight: The Moon and Jupiter, while a fair distance from each other, sat level with each other in the night sky tonight. I took a quick snap ...
Stream of Secondary Craters
LROC NAC frame showing a string of secondary craters from an impact crater to the north, probably Giordano Bruno. [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].LROC News System: A northwest-trending string of fresh secondary ...
IAU General Assembly Update
Well I hope you are following Twitter! WiFi at the conference is really poor so Twitter has once again come to the fore and allowed many of us to continue ...
This is it!
ADELE will fly tomorrow for the first time. Although it is considered “just a test flight”, there have been thunderstorms all week and they have promised to get us above ...
STS-131: Discovery’s processing flow mapped out for STS-1...
With Discovery deep in preparations for her STS-128 mission, shuttle managers are already mapping out the processing flow for her STS-131 flight – allowing for a smooth transition between the ...
Music of the Sphere...
Kepler's First Scientific Result
NASA's new planet-hunting Kepler space telescope has detected the changing phases and atmosphere of a planet a thousand light years away(the NASA figure above shows a comparison of ground-based and ...
XCOR X-Racer Videos
The XCOR X-Racer Prototype, built for the Rocket Racing League was flown at the AirVenture 2008, and XCOR just released a couple of videos. This is an onboard camera split ...
21st Century Waves
State of the Wave — Public Support For Space is Robust
Recent opinion polls suggest the American public’s support for the space program is remarkably resilient, especially considering the current global recession. Gallup shows that public support for space has increased ...