- 18 Aug 2009
2000 Sols on Mars
Another milestone for the Mars Exploration Rovers: Spirit has been operating on Mars for 2000 sols, or Martian days. Who would have ever thought the rovers would last this long? ...
Meteorwatch – A Great Success!
The Perseid Meteorwatch has now come to a close, the Astrobunker is locked, and all involved have been able to catch up on some much needed sleep.On the evenings of ...
Secret Soviet spacecraft sold
A formerly classified Soviet-era military spacecraft that formed the basis for the International Space Station's "Zarya" functional cargo block was announced Tuesday as the backbone for a new U.S./Russian commercial ...
The reusable re-entry vehicle that was previously part of a Soviet manned-military surveillance space station, the Almaz component, will now be integrated into a private space station run by the ...
The Planetary Socie...
Planetary Radio Q and A: What's Jupiter made of? Part 2
This week's Planetary Radio features Don Yeomans on a new website that helps to inform the public about the potentially hazardous asteroids in the space near Earth. On "Questions and ...
Tom's Astronomy Blo...
Titan Flyby August 25th
August 25th Cassini will complete a Titan flyby at 970km (603mi) above the moon’s surface. Cassini will pass over the Huygens landing site. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute,Titan is the second ...
Free Space : Discov...
Mars Rover Down But Not Out
NASA's robotic Mars geologist Spirit hasn't been idle while engineers at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Calif., try to figure out how to get its wheels unstuck from the ...
Send a Tweet to our Alien Friends on Gliese 581 D
If you've ever wanted to communicate with aliens, here's your chance. Cosmos Magazine is offering the chance to send a message to another planet, Gliese 581 d. This exoplanet is ...
Excalibur Almaz to Pioneer Private Orbital Manned Space F...
Moscow, 18 August 2009, — Excalibur Almaz Limited (EA), an international space exploration company, today announced plans to open up a new era of private orbital space flight for commercial ...
Launch of the first public awards recognising achievement...
On 13 July, the government announced the launch of the iawards, the first public awards recognising high achievement in science, technology and innovation. The aim of the iawards is to ...
Spirit’s View From ‘Troy’
(NASA) – Today, Aug. 18, 2009, marks the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit’s 2,000th sol, or Martian day, on the Red Planet.This scene combines seven frames taken by the navigation camera ...
GOES-O Releases First Solar Image
(NASA) – GOES- 14, formerly GOES-O, has achieved another significant milestone with the release of the first formal Solar Image from the Solar X-Ray Imager (SXI). The engineering and operations ...
Backwards-orbiting exoplanet and texting ETI
Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:g Abodes - Scientists have discovered a new planet that ...
Podcast: How to be Taken Seriously by Scientists
For those non-scientists trying to get their original ideas accepted by the scientific community, you've got to have thick skin. It might seem like there's a vast conspiracy, or a ...
Carnival of Space #116…
… is now available online for your spacey reading pleasure, at the “habitationintention” blog. Some really fascinating posts on there this week, so grab a coffee, and a (insert name ...
The Night Sky Guy
Manned Missions Beyond the Moon?
With just a few days away from a special committee report being handed over to the White House on the future of U.S. human speceflight, rumblings are that NASA’s plans ...
The Space Advocate
Back From Vacation
So I was hoping to maybe stay on top of the blog during my vacation, but that didn't happen. I felt like Gumby, being pulled in every direction by friends ...
Excalibur Alamz Debuts
Excalibur Almaz to Pioneer Private Orbital Manned Space Flight In cooperation with NPOM of Russia "Excalibur Almaz Limited (EA), an international space exploration company, today announced plans to open up ...
The Planetary Socie...
Carnival of Space #116
Carnival of Space #116 is live over at Habitation Intention. Wander over and check it out! ....
Martian Meteorite Means More atMosphere
I am overwhelmed right with too much work to do (especially prepping for Gnomedex) so instead of some thoughtful pun-laden post about the whopping big meteorite the rover Opportunity found ...
Amino Acid Detected in Comet Debris
Chalk up another win for the ‘life is ubiquitous’ school of thought. We now know that when the Stardust spacecraft passed through the gas and dust surrounding comet Wild 2 ...
Women in Astronomy and Space Science 2009
Women in Astronomy and Space Science 2009
Sky and Telescope
The August Mars Hoax Is Back
I've Done My Starhunt, Have You?
The Big Aussie Starhunt is well underway! I did my survey tonight, the first chance I've had with the cloud and kids. The Big Aussie Starhunt is a Australia wide ...
Royal Observatory G...
Check out the times of first sighting and setting of the crescent Moon. Times are BST (not GMT), and may not correspond exactly with the official (religious) sighting of the ...
Rename the E-ELT!
The E-ELT is the European Extremely Large Telescope, a planned 42m diameter telescope currently undergoing its design phase, and scheduled to see “first light” around 2018. I propose here to ...
400 Years of the Telescope earns Best Director at the 200...
400 Years of the Telescope director Kris Koenig has earned the Best Director award at Australia's 2009 SCINEMA Festival of Science Film. The prestigious science film festival will screen across ...
Galileoscopes donated for astronomy competition
A lucky Brazilian student will soon be whizzing their way to the Kennedy Space Centre and National Aerospace Centre in the USA, as part of a competition run by the ...
The University College London is hosting events to celebr...
The University College London is hosting events from 20 - 23 August, to bring IYA2009 to an even greater audience. The family-friendly activities include talking to young scientists working at ...
Shoppers Across the U.S. to Experience "The World at Nigh...
An exhibit of stunning photographs of the night sky as viewed over many of the most beautiful natural, historic and cultural landmarks in the world is being shown at 24 ...
Comet find boosts hope for alien life
NASA scientists have found compelling new evidence that life may be common in the universe and not just special to Earth. They discovered one of the basic building blocks of ...
NASA Completes Assembly of Ares I-X Test Rocket
(NASA) – CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — For the first time in more than a quarter-century a new space vehicle stands ready in NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Vehicle Assembly Building. The ...
Station Crew Prepares for U.S., Japanese and Russian Vehi...
(NASA) – The International Space Station’s Expedition 20 crew is preparing for a busy period over the next few months. Targeted to launch Aug. 24, space shuttle Discovery will deliver ...
Picture Of The Day – Inflatable Re-entry Vehicle Experime...
(NASA) – A successful NASA flight test on Monday, Aug. 17, demonstrated how a spacecraft returning to Earth can use an inflatable heat shield to slow and protect itself as ...
NASA Exploration Exhibit Tours Oregon State Aug. 28 – Sep...
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif., (NASA) — America’s plans for opening the space frontier – including new human exploration of Earth’s moon and future voyages into the solar system beyond – are ...
Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report
(NASA) – Mission: Space Tracking and Surveillance System – Demonstrators Program (STSS-Demo)Launch Vehicle: Delta II 7920-10Launch Pad: Launch Pad 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.Launch Date: Sept. 15, 2009Launch ...
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company Announces Workforce...
DENVER, (Lockheed Martin) — Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, a major business area of the Lockheed Martin Corporation [NYSE: LMT], today announced employment reductions aimed at improving its competitive posture.Space ...
NASA’s WISE Mission Arrives at Launch Site
PASADENA, Calif., (NASA) — NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has arrived at its last stop on Earth — Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. WISE is scheduled to blast ...
astronomy public lecture series
if youre anywhere near nottingham this thursday, i'm giving a public lecture from 6-7pm. click on the image for more information!
NASA Researchers Make First Discovery of Life’s Building ...
PASADENA, Calif., (NASA) — NASA scientists have discovered glycine, a fundamental building block of life, in samples of comet Wild 2 returned by NASA’s Stardust spacecraft. “Glycine is an amino ...
Ariane 5 is ready for this week’s heavy-lift launch with ...
(Arianespace) – Arianespace has completed the payload integration on its fourth Ariane 5 to be launched in 2009, clearing the way for this vehicle’s liftoff from the Spaceport in French ...
21st Century Waves
The Carnival and South Korea
21stCenturyWaves.com is again happily participating in the Carnival of Space #116.This week the Carnival is at Habitation Intention.I especially enjoyed Cumbrian Sky’s funeral for manned Moon and Mars missions — ...
My Dark Sky
Carnival of Space #116
Another week had passed, so it’s time for Carnival again. This week it was held at Habitation Intention.One of the posts I like most is on a project called Experience ...
The beast stands tall - Aries 1-X
The Ares rocket is fully stacked now. All 327 feet of it. This is the tallest rocket stacked in the high bay of the VAB since the Saturn V's were ...
Planck began his observations of the CMB
Herschel and Planck are in orbit around the L2 Lagrange point for some time and the first has already begun to deliver impressive images ahead of schedule. Now is Planck ...
A Real Space Mom (Sorry Lori)
Astronaut is a mom on a mission to space, Houston Chronicle "Astronauts always get the same question: How does it feel to blast into space and leave all your loved ...
Opportunity seen from orbit - as well as "Block Island"
Emily at Planetary Society site posted a new image shot from above with the MRO orbiter. This image shows Opportunity scooting across the Martian dunes, as well as the "Block ...
Observer's challenge: Mercury, Saturn at dusk
It won’t be easy to catch Mercury and Saturn after sunset, even though both planets are as bright as first-magnitude stars. They’re out at dusk, but set by the time ...
Weather Report for Titan
New evidence suggests that the parched, dry deserts of Saturn s moon, Titan, can support large-scale storms. Significant cloud formation has been witnessed over Titan s tropical zone near the ...
Discovery of the first super-planetary nebulae?
The planetary nebulae are among the best known objects in astronomy, but there is a mystery about them. Why, contrary to the predictions of the theory, do we observe quautour ...