International Year of Astronomy Press Releases 9 Jun 2009, 16:00 UTC The Galileo Teacher Training Program has been launched, bringing training and resources to teachers around the globe. The project’s aim is to improve astronomy education for children of all nations, by better equipping their tutors through a comprehensive set of resources and practical guidance.
German Aerospace Center (DLR) 9 Jun 2009, 15:22 UTC On Monday 8 June 2009, the German 'Sunrise' telescope lifted off at 08:27 (06:27 UTC) from the Esrange launch site near Kiruna (Northern Sweden) on its five-day mission. The solar telescope is floating over the Arctic Ocean and around the North Pole, suspended under a giant helium balloon. During this journey, Sunrise will keep its 'eye' firmly fixed on the Sun. Sunrise was promoted by the German Aerospace Centre (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and constructed by the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung; MPS) in Katlenburg-Lindau. Sunrise is designed to observe the Sun from a great height and with a precision which neither an Earth-based telescope or a space probe has so far achieved.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 9 Jun 2009, 07:00 UTC NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is examining Mars again with its scientific instruments after successfully transitioning out of a precautionary standby mode.
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Radio Telescopes Extend Astronomy's Best "Yardstick," Provide Vital Tool for Unraveling Dark Energy Mystery8 Jun 2009, 16:00 UTC Radio astronomers have directly measured the distance to a faraway galaxy, providing a valuable "Yardstick," for calibrating large astronomical distances and demonstrating a vital method that could help determine the elusive nature of the mysterious Dark Energy that pervades the Universe...
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 8 Jun 2009, 07:00 UTC Mission controllers at JPL have received a transmission from the Dawn spacecraft confirming it has re-ignited its ion propulsion system.
ESA Top News 5 Jun 2009, 13:33 UTC Beginning today, ESA's Planck satellite will carry out a critical mid-course manoeuvre that will place the satellite on its final trajectory for arrival at L2, the second Lagrange point of the Sun-Earth system, early in July.
German Aerospace Center (DLR) 5 Jun 2009, 10:54 UTC On 28 December 2007, the High-Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) operated by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) on board the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter obtained images of Hephaestus Fossae, a region on Mars dotted by craters and channel systems. Image: Mars Hephaestus Fossae (nadir view). Credit: ESA/ DLR/ FU Berlin (G. Neukum)
ESA Top News 5 Jun 2009, 08:36 UTC ESA Member States have unanimously voted to extend the Envisat mission through to 2013. Envisat – the world’s largest and most sophisticated satellite ever built – has been providing scientists and operational users with invaluable data for global monitoring and forecasting since its launch in 2002.
ESO Top News 4 Jun 2009, 08:00 UTC ESO 21/09 - Science Release:Using ESO's Very Large Telescope, astronomers have obtained one of the sharpest views ever of the Arches Cluster - an extraordinary dense cluster of young stars near the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way. Despite the extreme conditions astronomers were surprised to find the same proportions of low- and high-mass young stars in the cluster as are found in more tranquil locations in our Milky Way.