Arianespace Press Releases 29 Jun 2009, 00:00 UTC Arianespace's third heavy-lift Ariane 5 mission of 2009 has been cleared for its July 1 liftoff from the Spaceport in French Guiana. The go-ahead was given following today’s launch readiness review – which validated the status of Ariane 5, its TerreStar-1 payload, the launch infrastructure at Europe's Spaceport, and the network of downrange tracking stations.
NASA Breaking News 28 Jun 2009, 04:00 UTC GOES-O, soared into space today after a successful launch at 6:51 p.m. EDT on a Delta IV rocket.
ESA Top News 26 Jun 2009, 14:24 UTC On 22 June, ESA informed Argentinean authorities that an area 30 km south of the town of Malargüe in Mendoza province, about 1000 km west of Buenos Aires, has been chosen as the best option to build a new 35-meter antenna in support of its programmes.
ESO Top News 25 Jun 2009, 16:00 UTC ESO 23/09 - Science Release:Thanks to a unique "ballistic study" that combines data from ESO's Very Large Telescope and NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have now solved a long-standing mystery of the Milky Way.s particle accelerators. They show in a paper published today on Science Express that cosmic rays from our galaxy are very efficiently accelerated in the remnants of exploded stars.
HubbleSite NewsCenter -- Latest News Releases 25 Jun 2009, 13:00 UTC The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Md., is partnering on a historic search for Earth-size planets around other stars. STScI is the data archive center for NASA's Kepler mission, a spacecraft that is undertaking a survey for Earth-size planets in our region of the galaxy. The spacecraft sent its first raw science data to STScI on June 19. The Institute's role is to convert the raw science data into files that can be analyzed by Kepler researchers and to store the files every three months in an archive.
Gemini Observatory 24 Jun 2009, 18:41 UTC Figure 1: Existing dataset of star cluster spectroscopy (16 hours of GMOSon-target integration time in all), with slit positions plotted over HST-ACS imaging of M82 (HubbleHeritage ACS mosaic of 8 WFC images, Mutchler et al. 2007). The dataset samples individual starclusters across the entire galaxy disk and cluster associations in the nucleus.read more
ESA Top News 24 Jun 2009, 17:55 UTC European scientists on the joint NASA/ESA Cassini mission have detected, for the first time, sodium salts in ice grains of Saturn’s E-ring, which is primarily replenished by material from the plumes of water vapour and ice grains emitted by Saturn’s moon Enceladus. The detection of salty ice indicates that the little moon harbours a reservoir of liquid water, perhaps even an ocean, beneath its surface.