- 18 May 2009
Bolden Meets Obama at 2 Today
Editor's note: Mark Knoller, CBS News White House Correspondent reports that Charles Bolden will meet with President Obama today at 2 p.m. EDT. If Bolden is offered and accepts the ...
This Week On The Space Show
The Space Show, hosted by David Livingston under www.TheSpaceShow.com, will have the following guests this week: 1. Monday, May 18, 2009, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-23:30 GMT)Dr. Martin Ross comes to ...
Behind the scenes of "Around the World in 80 Telescopes"
Is it possible to visit all major observatories in the world, covering every continent, in the space of just 24 hours? ESO made a trip "Around the World in 80 ...
Astronauts Performing Fifth and Final Spacewalk
(NASA) - The STS-125 crew is conducting the fifth and final planned spacewalk on the Hubble Space Telescope today. Mission specialists John Grunsfeld and Drew Feustel began the spacewalk at ...
World’s Largest Commercial Satellite Arrives at Launch Fa...
(Space Systems/Loral) -TerreStar-1 Will Provide Mobile Services For Critical Communications Using Conventionally-Sized Dual Mode Handsets RESTON, Va. and PALO ALTO, Calif. — TerreStar Networks, a majority owned subsidiary of TerreStar ...
The Hunt for the Moonwalk Tapes
Sensational work by LOIRP restoring Lunar Orbiter data has inspired much conversation about what might be done to show the original Black & White video of Neil Armstrong's first steps ...
NASA JSC Internal Memo: Orion All Hands on June 4 "Please save the date and join Orion Project Manager Mark Geyer and Lockheed Martin Orion Program Manager Cleon Lacefield for ...
Fifth STS-125 Spacewalk Under Way
"Grunsfeld is wearing a spacesuit marked with solid red stripes. Feustel is wearing an all white spacesuit. For this spacewalk, the astronauts will begin with some setup tasks and then ...
Hubble Servicing Mi...
Astronauts take a pic
While working on the removal and replacement of one of the Fine Guidance Sensors (FGS), astronauts John Grunsfeld and Drew Feustel take a moment to snap a photo. Astronauts John ...
With a mostly dark home planet behind him, astronaut Michael Good rides Atlantis’ remote manipulator system arm to the exact position he needs to be to continue work on the ...
DIRECT issue rebuttal over NASA analysis of Jupiter launc...
The team behind the alternative exploration architecture known as DIRECT have released a rebuttal document, countering claims made by NASA’s Constellation Program, ahead of the Blue Ribbon review for human ...
A survey for the world biggest telescope!
This is a call for professional astronomers (especially those working at ESO member countries): if you want to have an impact on the world biggest telescope (namely, the E-ELT), please ...
New Dutch entrant into Google Lunar X Prize
A Dutch entrant, White Label, has announced its entry into the Google Lunar X-Prize.Wayne
Under The Dipper’s Handle, Part 2
Not far from Cor Caroli and La Superba, which we saw in the last issue, you’ll find three far more distant objects: the spiral galaxies M94, M63, and the famous ...
My NASA OpEd in the New York Post
I have an opinion piece in the New York Post yesterday about the future of NASA. It’s hard to imagine that while at this very moment we have astronauts working ...
Comets and asteroid...
Update about comet 19P/Borrelly
Further follow up performed by the undersigneds with the same instrumental set-up of our previous report (but with 600-sec total integration time) on 2009, May 17.21, shows that the secondary ...
Tau Zero Update
Tau Zero’s Kelvin Long seems to be everywhere these days, his most recent publication being a summary of the interstellar sessions at the UK Space Conference, held in early April. ...
Hubble Servicing Mi...
Grunsfeld and Feustel begin fifth and final spacewalk
Today at 14:20 CEST (8:20 a.m. EDT), astronauts John Grunsfeld and Andrew “Drew” Feustel began SM4’s fifth and final spacewalk. On today’s agenda: installation of batteries, removal and replacement of ...
Poetry in Space: Final Pilgrims to the Hubble Space Teles...
As today’s final spacewalk of the Hubble Servicing Mission begins, it seems very fitting to share a poem written by my friend Stuart Atkinson. Stuart is a poet, a blogger, ...
Climate Futures Seminar, Wednesday May 20.
Here's the notification of the latest climate futures seminar.Join us this Wednesday for the tenth instalment of the Climate Futures Seminar Series entitled ‘The Carbon Economy’ convened by Professor Christopher ...
To the Summit - Moon Rocks in Tow
Image: Scott holding up sample 10085,134 inside its protective housing Apollo 11 Moon Rocks Headed for the Summit of Mt. Everest with Astronaut Climber "Astronaut Scott Parazynski - in the ...
Blackholes and Astr...
The Saskatchewan (Buzzard Coulee) Meteorite Search and Re...
I was able to go out once again and look for the Buzzard Coulee Meteorite, was out a month ago with the University of Calgary research team and found 3 ...
Picture of the Day - Space Travel
Tethered to the end of the remote manipulator system arm, which was controlled from inside Atlantis’ crew cabin, STS-125 astronaut Andrew Feustel navigates near the Hubble Space Telescope, duing the ...
STS-125 Flight Day 8 Planned Activities
8:31 GMT (4:31 am EDT) – Atlantis Crew Wake Up9:46 GMT (5:46 am EDT) – EVA #5 Preparations Begin12:16 GMT (8:16 am EDT) – EVA #5 Begins (Grunsfeld & Feustel)12:46 ...
We are Astronomers
I travelled down to London this weekend for the annual general meeting for the British Association of Planetaria. It was held at the Royal Observatory at Greenwich and it was ...
Space Disco : Disco...
Now for the Final Hubble Spacewalk, Ever
Sunday saw one of the hardest ever spacewalks carried out by Michael Massimino and Michael Good, eventually notching up a total of 8 hours, 2 minutes (the sixth longest in ...
About Astronomy and...
NASA Astronaut to Watch New "Star Trek" Movie Among the S...
Popcorn might be a bit messy for the International Space Station. However, that's the only thing NASA astronaut Michael Barratt will miss when he watches the new "Star Trek" movie....
21st Century Waves
10 Lessons the Panama Canal Teaches Us About the Human Fu...
The monumental Panama Canal was — prior to Apollo — the greatest Macro-Engineering Project (MEP) of the last 200 years. The Canal brought people together by splitting the continent, and ...
Astronomy Down Unde...
Forty years ago today...
On 18 May 1969, Apollo 10 was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the last mission in preparation for the Moon landing mission that was to come three ...
What phase of the moon is best for stargazing?
The best moon phase for stargazing depends on what you want to do. Some people enjoy watching the moon itself, as it waxes and wanes in our sky. Tomorrow morning, ...
One Your Own Will Soon Stand On The Top of Our World
Image: The West shoulder of Mt. Everest and the Khumbu Icefall as seen from the IMG Comms tent at Everest Base Camp at 10:10 am local time, 18 May 2009. ...
Frank images the spectacular southern object Eta Carinae ...
Eta Carinae imaged on 25 April 2009, courtesy Frank LoveridgeAt the May 2009 meeting of the Sydney City Skywatchers, a new member, Frank, showed this magnificent image of the Eta ...
Systemic - Characte...
sts starts stis
Image Source. My colleague Garth Illingworth, who is well connected to the Space Telescope Science Institute, sent an e-mail to the UCSC Department this morning that details the ongoing repair ...
Shuttle and the Sun
This image taken by Thierry Legault has been making the rounds lately. That bit of a speck seen on the Sun’s lower-right limb is the shuttle on the way to ...
The Belt of Venus
Observing at Anderson Mesa - MAY 16/17, 2009
20090516 I met Steve Coe for an enjoyable evening of deep sky observing at Anderson Mesa Saturday night. Steve brought his 6 inch f/8 Celestron refractor and a list of ...
I listen to the radio show To the Best of Our Knowledge. The second hour of the show took a look at nerds. The part that caught my attention was ...
Searching for Meteorites in the Deserts of Oman
A group of Swiss geologists, who have conducted systematic meteorite searches in Oman since 2001, recently returned from their latest hunt. Their findings could provide valuable information about the early ...
IYA2009 Indonesia Stamp
here I would like to share IYA2009 Indonesia Stamp that launched on May 2nd, 2009. Unfortunately I couldn’t attend the launch event, because I need to go to th airport ...
Hubble Servicing Mission 4 in Pictures, Part 1
The long-awaited Servicing Mission 4 for the Hubble Space Telescope has provided drama, nail-biting excitement, fist-pumping triumphs and ‘what else could go wrong now’ moments. But the best way to ...
The Agony and the Ecstacy of Space Walking
Today, our astronauts on the space shuttle proved their worth yet again by successfully repairing the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, or STIS, during a long, frustrating, and ultimtely rewarding spacewalk. ...
Detox Supernova in 3D (Part 2)
Project News: Assimilator/Validator not working
I'm working on the assimilator and validator right now so hopefully I'll have them running shortly. Except a large news update this week by wednesday -- our CUDA application is ...
Project News: Assimilator/Validator Back Up
Looks like the assimilator and validator is back up and working. Let us know if you have any problems.
Project News: Back up and running
The reason we went down today a few times was that there were power outages on campus while they were doing things to the electrical system. Hopefully things should be ...
- 17 May 2009
Top 10 most interesting multiple star systems
There are lots of fascinating things out there in the cosmos. Galaxies, black holes, interstellar clouds and the like. Personally though, I just love stars. I guess that's why I ...
Hubble Servicing Mi...
Fourth spacewalk ends after 8 hours, 2 minutes.
Astronauts Mike Massimino and Mike Good completed SM4’s fourth spacewalk today in 8 hours, 2 minutes, making it the 6th longest in U.S. spacewalk history.Massimino marvelled at getting to work ...
One last look at LRO & LCROSS
Mated: LRO stacked onto LCROSS, are sealedaway into the Atlas fairing as preparationscontinue for their joint launch, nowscheduled no earlier the June 26We expact to hear great things from NASA's ...
M94 - The “Cat’s Eye” Galaxy by Roth Ritter
About 13 million light-years away in the constellations Canes Venatici, there’s a cloud. No, it’s not the same clouds that most of us have been experiencing lately - but a ...
Moon, Venus and Mars, Thursday 21 May
The eastern horizon as seen in Australia an hour before sunrise on 21 May.There will be a beautiful arrangement of Venus, Mars and the crescent Moon on the morning of ...
Copenhagen Suborbital Update - May 09
Latest news from CS (translated with google as usual)Marius Madsen———By Kristian von Bengtson and Peter Madsen, Sunday 17 maj 2009 kl. May 2009 kl. 20:20 20:20 I can say this ...