- 7 Aug 2009
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 the ...
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 a ...
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 Korea ...
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. SpudisMars First advocates worry about getting “stuck on the Moon.” In fact, it is their obsession for Mars that has kept us ...
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 since ...
Defining Success in the Space Faring Society
In Alain de Botton's TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talk, titled A Kinder, Gentler Philosophy of Success, Alain de Botton points out the link between our views on success and how ...
AG-UAI, dia 3.
Já estamos na metade da primeira semana da UAI. Mal acredito como está passando rápido!Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro. (Foto por Daniel Sansão) Uma coisa que ...
Answer Now Available for the WITU Challenge
Need to know what this is? Check out the answer to this week's Where In The Universe Challenge back at the original post. And check back next week for another ...
Full Earth, as seen by Orbiter V
Forty-two years ago (August 8, 1967) a Full Earth as seen from Lunar Orbiter V, restored, as promised, by the remarkably ingenious and resourceful Lunar Orbiter Image Restoration Project (LOIRP) ...
National Space Soci...
Does NASA Need a Goal?
At the Augustine Committee Meeting in Washington DC on Wednesday Dr. Robert Zubrin talked about the two NASA operating modes, with and without a goal. Suggesting that without a goal ...
GA2009 - Day 2-4
Tomorrow the IAU General Assembly will reach the halfway mark. So, what has happened since the day 1? We had an opening ceremony with very nice and energetic dance and ...
Kepler can detect planets
The Kepler Mission is a spacecraft that stares at the same 100,000 stars. This is all for the sake of discovering Earth-sized extrasolar planets by detecting variations in the brightness ...
- 6 Aug 2009
science communicator career?!?
tonight i went to a schmoozy-type dinner thing, with big-wigs in science communication and public outreach organizations from around the UK in attendance. i got a bit dressed up and ...
The Planetary Socie...
Triple asteroid 1994 CC rotation animation
From the "just plain cool" department. I love animations of planetary images and I love Arecibo images of asteroids -- so this animation is doubly cool. The only thing I ...
The Launch Pad
I've spent the last few days scouring the internet for lunar imagery for various purposes (like our new Twitter background, etc.). The fragmented nature of finding *good* lunar images can ...
The Sputnik Moment
The Sputnik Moment is a fascinating documentary on how the the Soviet launch of the first man-made satellite changed America's perspective of itself and its educational system. Its a wonderful ...
NOMAD Tests New Way To Clog Networks
NASA NOMAD Internal Memo: Large File Transfer Pilot "What Is Happening: The Office of the Chief Information Officer is launching a NOMAD pilot of Large File Transfer (LFT) capabilities. The ...
Robotics Work and Emergency Training for Station Crew
(NASA) – The Expedition 20 crew conducted robotics work and participated in an emergency fire drill Thursday aboard the International Space Station. In preparation for Friday’s move of Pressurized Mating ...
Avalanche! The Incredible Data Stream of SDO
(NASA) – When NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) leaves Earth in November 2009 onboard an Atlas V rocket, the thunderous launch will trigger an avalanche.Mission planners are bracing themselves — ...
NASA Astronaut Presents Lockheed Martin Space Programs Ma...
DALLAS, TX, (Lockheed Martin) — Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] employee David Johnson was recently presented with a “Silver Snoopy” award from NASA Astronaut Dominic Gorie. The award honors Johnson’s life-long ...
Triple Asteroid System Triples Observers’ Interest
(NASA) – Radar imaging at NASA’s Goldstone Solar System Radar on June 12 and 14, 2009, revealed that near-Earth asteroid 1994 CC is a triple system. Asteroid 1994 CC encountered ...
Data From Newest Ocean Satellite Ready for Their ‘Close-u...
(NASA) – Following a year of calibration and validation by an international team of scientists, fully-validated, research-quality sea surface height data from the NASA/French Space Agency Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason-2 ...
NASA’s Kepler Spies Changing Phases on a Distant World
(NASA) – NASA’s new exoplanet-hunting Kepler space telescope has detected the atmosphere of a known giant gas planet, demonstrating the telescope’s extraordinary scientific capabilities. The discovery will be published Friday, ...
Optus D3 is fueled for Arianespace’s upcoming dual-passen...
(Arianespace) – The final phase of payload preparations has begun for Arianespace’s next heavy-lift Ariane 5 mission, which is set for later this month with the Optus D3 and JCSAT-12 ...
A few thoughts about the Review of US Human Space Flight Plans (aka Augustine committee) and what they have discussed to date, including Ed Crawley’s presentation yesterday (and to add ...