- 3 Sep 2009
Physics World Blog
Thousands demand apology for Turing tragedy
Petition to recognize abuse of the father of computer science... The father of computer science By James Dacey His pioneering work in the 1940s is arguably the reason you are ...
Recently, I spoke at Gnomedex, a tech conference, about online skepticism. A little bit of my talk (along with others) was covered on PBS’s Media Shift blog.My friend and skeptic ...
The Planetary Socie...
Apollo 12 and Surveyor 3!
I just went to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera home page to begin downloading a massive image to pore over and discuss, and what should I find there but a ...
Chandrayaan images – Another blow to Moon landing conspir...
Although the Chandrayaan 1 mission by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) ended prematurely when scientists lost contact with the spacecraft on August 28, 2009, the agency claimed it to ...
Andromeda Galaxy Eating the Neighborhood
From Earth, the Andromeda Galaxy looks like a calm, bright galaxy, and is visible with the naked eye in our night sky. But astronomers have discovered things aren't as tranquil ...
Astronaut Christer Fuglesang set for STS-128 spacewalk
ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang and NASA astronaut John Olivas will step out of the International Space Station later tonight to take part in a six and a half hour spacewalk.The ...
Love Mars? Then This is For You
We frequently ooh and aah over the images returned by the HiRISE camera from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and now there's gonna be a whole lot of oohing and aahing ...
The Night Sky Guy
Mars in Hi-Rez
Thousands of newly released images from more than 1,500 telescopic observations by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiters how a wide range of gullies, dunes, craters, geological layering and other features on ...
Future of our galaxy and ‘The Consequences of Discovery’
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 - New simulations show that a collision between ...
International Space Station threatened by 3 year old spac...
NASA is currently tracking an oval-shaped 3 year-old debris from the Ariane 5 expended upper stage (Obj 29274) which is projected to miss the International Space Station (ISS) by 3.2km ...
National Space Soci...
Vision of the Future
Guy Laliberte Plans October 9 Space Show
Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte's multimillion-dollar trip to the international space station will feature a two-hour global extravaganza highlighting water conservation on Oct. 9, with personalities ranging from Al ...
The Planetary Socie...
New HiRISE image of Spirit at Home Plate
There's a lovely new color HiRISE image of Spirit at Home Plate. It was captured on July 16 (sol 1,968), and Spirit is firmly entrenched at Troy, on the western ...
Nasa's 'stick of a rocket' - will it launch?
I don't know if Nasa has launched scaffolding and ladders on a rocket before. But when the Ares 1-X lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in October, that's exactly ...
Cosmic carvings and celestial graffiti…
How many times have you looked at something and thought “Hmm… that looks strangely familiar…”? That happened to me yesterday, and within a few moments I found myself joining lots ...
A public seminar on ESO and Cerro Paranal
After attending the “Stellar Death” conference in Santa Barbara-California (I will report about it in a forthcoming post), I am now kind of relaxing in north-eastern Italy (I will report ...
Picture of the Day – A Day’s Work in the life of an Astro...
Expedition 20 flight engineer Nicole Stott participates in the STS-128 mission’s first spacewalk as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station. During the six-hour, 35-minute spacewalk, Stott and ...
How much Mars can you take? One of my favorite cameras in the whole solar system, HiRISE on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, has been snapping away for a long ...
"What Was That Big Star Next to the Moon Last Night?"
Anyone ask you that question this morning? Jupiter was only 3 degrees from the Moon last night, making a pretty (and bright!) conjuction. I put out a call on Twitter ...
New class of European astronauts reports for training
ESA’s new astronaut recruits reported this week to the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany. The six have started the first days of their 18-month basic training in preparation for ...
Galaxy Zoo Blog
Stripe 82 and colour images from Sloan
As Chris blogged yesterday, Galaxy Zoo now contains colour images from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey’s Stripe 82.The new Stripe 82 images you see are made of an addition of ...
Faulkes Telescope N...
Hands On Universe comes to Wales!
The second Comenius-funded EU-HOU training session was held in Cardiff, UK this August, hosted by the UK partners, the Faulkes Telescope Project and was a huge success for all attendees. ...
The Martian Chronic...
Review of ‘Defying Gravity’
Hi folks. I’m still neck-deep in paper revisions, so if you’re looking for something to read, Joe Shoer has a good review of the new sci-fi show “Defying Gravity”. I’ve ...
JAIMA Show 2009
Science lecture at JAIMA Show 2009JAIMA Show 2009, or the annual expo sponsored by Japan Analytical Instruments Manufacturers’ Association (JAIMA), is now being held at Makuhari Messe from September 2 ...
Zinc and UV Zapped Life into Being?
A new model for the origin of life says zinc may have played a vital role. If true, then the Sun s UV radiation may have provided the energy necessary ...
Ares I-X Test Flight – Rock-a-bye Rocket
Even though the rocket is now stacked and sitting on the mobile launch platform in Kennedy Space Center’s VAB, there is still a lot of testing and prep work to ...
The sky in northern Michigan lit up by a spectacular mete...
Last night, fans at the Beach Bums game in Traverse City in Michigan reported seeing a bright meteor in the night sky."We were watching the game and then all of ...
Today’s Story NANOSAT 1B
The National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA) has successfully put into orbit the second satellite in the series Nanosat, the NANOSAT 1B. The satellite will go on board a Russian ...
Galaxy Zoo Blog
Galaxy Zoo 2 in Science Festival in Warsaw - Galaktyczne ...
We would like to show Galaxy Zoo 2 on the special exhibition during the Science Festival in Warsaw, September 26th/27th, . The Galaxy Zoo stand will feature poster and 2 ...
Fourth success in 2009 for Ariane 5
On the night of 21 to 22 August 2009, Arianespace has orbit two telecommunications satellites: JCSAT-12 for Japanese operator SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation and Optus D3 for the Australian operator ...
carnival of space #118
the carnival of space #118 is up at cumbrian sky. enjoy!
Station Fire Now Threatens Stony Ridge Observatory
Over these last few days, the Internet was abuzz with news about the Station Fire threatening the world-famous Mount Wilson Observatory. In case you don’t know what the observatory is ...
STS-128 Flight Day 7 Planned Activities
16:29 GMT (12:29 pm EDT) – Discovery / ISS Crew Wake Up17:04 GMT (1:04 pm EDT) – EVA #2 Preparations Resume19:29 GMT (3:29 pm EDT) – MPLM Transfers Resume21:19 GMT ...
News Racks Installed, Astronauts Prepare for Second Space...
(NASA) – The Fluids Integrated Rack, Materials Science Research Rack-1 and Minus Eighty-Degree Laboratory Freezer-2 were transferred from the Leonardo logistics module and installed in the U.S. Destiny Laboratory. The ...
NASA Shows Robots in Arizona, Ames Marscape
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif., (NASA) — NASA will hold the annual Desert “RATS,” or Research and Technology Studies, field test in the Arizona desert this fall, hosting a media day for ...
New Images Show Mars in High Resolution
PASADENA, Calif., (NASA) — Thousands of newly released images from more than 1,500 telescopic observations by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show a wide range of gullies, dunes, craters, geological layering ...
Processing of Amazonas 2 is underway for next Ariane 5 mi...
(Arianespace) – The first-arrived payload for Ariane 5’s next flight is undergoing initial checkout at the Spaceport in French Guiana as preparations move forward for Arianespace’s dual-passenger mission later this ...
My Big Fat Planet
Turning a corner in battle against L.A. inferno
The Moon’s Tsiolkovskiy Crater’s Boulders
Tsiolkovskiy is a spectacular example of complex impact crater. It has a terraced rim, a central peak, and a floor flooded with mare basalts, dark rock formed by long-passed volcanic ...
UFOs, a Green Venus and Sun Gobbling? Isn't That Going a ...
While my body was asleep, I think my soul rode on a triangular-shaped UFO and went to Venus." This might sound like a quote taken from the ramblings of a ...
Chandrayaan-1 is Lost, Astroengine Appears on Al Jazeera
As far as blogging about space news goes, this is most definitely the pinnacle of my writing career. After hearing the frustrating news that the Indian Space and Research Organization ...
Celestia planetarium workshops at the Powerhouse Museum
Celestia. Space exploration software for your PC6, 13 and 14 October . 1.5 hour sessions 10am, 12noon, 2:30pmThe Universe may be 13.7 billion years old and accelerating but it can ...
The moon unites everybody
One of you asked, Is the phase of the moon consistent across the United States? Recently, on a trip to the [...]
Space Disco : Disco...
Al Jazeera, Chandrayaan-1 and a Whole Lot of Space Disco
On Saturday, the Indian Space and Research Organization (ISRO) announced it had lost contact with the lunar satellite, Chandrayaan-1. On Sunday, I received an email from the producer of an ...
Droids, Bots, and Other Mecha at Desert RATS
NASA Invites Reporters to Observe Robotics Tests in Arizona Desert "NASA will hold the annual Desert "RATS," or Research and Technology Studies, field test in the Arizona desert this fall, ...
Wife of Japan's Prime Minister-elect Claims to Have Visit...
I have been abducted by aliens, says Japan's first lady, The Independent "Miyuki Hatoyama, wife of Japan's Prime Minister-elect, Yukio Hatoyama, is a lifestyle guru, a macrobiotics enthusiast, an author ...
Phil's Astronomy Bl...
Oh, Jovian Moons - Where Art Thou?
Tonight, Jupiter's main four moons move either directly behind or directly in front of Jupiter from our perspective, leaving the visual image of the gas giant unusually alone. Ganymede and ...
Cosmic Ray flux highest ever recorded
The percentage of the attenuation of Cosmic Rays by the Interplanetary (Solar) Magnetic Field, as recorded continuously over more than fifty years at the Moscow Neutron Monitor in Russia. The ...
Today in Astronomy
September 3: Heinrich Schumacher
Heinrich Christian SchumacherSeptember 3, 1780 – December 28, 1850Heinrich Schumacher was a German astronomer. He was director of the Mannheim observatory from 1813 to 1815, and then became professor of ...
Orion passes Preliminary Design Review
By now, a familiar artist's conception of Orion, notional successor to both Apollo and the U.S. Space Shuttle under development since 2004, in orbit around the Moon... someday... [NASA 2008]The ...