Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (ING) 16 Jul 2009, 12:00 UTC A versatile new high-throughput imager and spectrograph, ACAM, was successfully commissioned on the William Herschel Telescope in June 2009, and is now available for use by the astronomical community.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 15 Jul 2009, 19:07 UTC Two JPL instruments that are helping improve our understanding of Earth's atmosphere and global change mark five years in orbit this week.
Science and Technology Facilities Council News and Press Releases 15 Jul 2009, 16:18 UTC Children across the UK can touch the moon themselves thanks to a special lunar rock loan scheme offered by STFC.
ESA Top News 15 Jul 2009, 13:53 UTC As the launch of the first Chinese mission to Mars gets closer, an ESA-sponsored Mars Advanced School will be held next week in China. Students will have the chance to learn more about Mars from experts, including ESA scientists.
Planetary Society Press Wire 15 Jul 2009, 04:00 UTC Space shuttle Endeavour and its seven-member crew launched at 6:03 p.m. EDT Wednesday from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission will deliver the final segment to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory and a new crew member to the International Space Station.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 14 Jul 2009, 22:42 UTC Scientists have combined a trio of shots taken seconds apart through different colored filters to create a special-effects portrait of a moving dust devil on Mars. The panoramic camera on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit was taking exposures through different filters during the 1,919th Martian day of Spirit's mission (May 27, 2009) as part of constructing a large color panorama. Three westward shots, with several seconds intervening between them, caught a whirlwind in motion. A composite image combining the three exposures to make a color image of the Martian ground shows the dust devil in different colors, according to where it was on the horizon when each exposure was taken.
NASA Breaking News 14 Jul 2009, 22:35 UTC NASA is offering undergraduate students an opportunity to test experiments in microgravity aboard NASA's "Weightless Wonder" aircraft. The opportunity is part of NASA's Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, which gives aspiring explorers a chance to propose, design and fabricate a reduced gravity experiment. Selected teams will get to test and evaluate their experiment aboard NASA's reduced gravity airplane. The aircraft flies about 30 roller-coaster-like climbs and dips during experiment flights to produce periods of weightlessness and hyper-gravity ranging from 0 g to 2 g.
Royal Astronomical Society 14 Jul 2009, 15:15 UTC New simulations reveal that turbulence created by jets of material ejected from the disks of the Universe’s largest black holes is responsible for halting star formation. Evan Scannapieco, an assistant professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University (ASU) and Professor Marcus Brueggen of Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany, present the new model in a paper in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.