IAU Press Releases 13 Aug 2009, 21:00 UTC The XXVIIth General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) had its Closing Ceremony today in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In addition to the discussion of new scientific results one of the major outcomes of the 2009 General Assembly is the launch of a decadal global strategy with the aim of fostering education and capacity building throughout the world.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 12 Aug 2009, 19:08 UTC The high-resolution camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has returned a dramatic oblique view of the Martian crater that a rover explored for two years.
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope 12 Aug 2009, 17:40 UTC A new study from two of NASA's Great Observatories provides fresh insight into how some stars are born, along with a beautiful new image of a stellar nursery in our Milky Way galaxy.
Gemini Observatory 11 Aug 2009, 18:12 UTC While far from a tropical rain forest, the equatorial region of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, has recently displayed tantalizing evidence that the parched, dry, ultra-frigid desert can support large-scale storms. The research, to be published in the August 13, 2009 issue of the journal Nature, announces the discovery of significant cloud formation (about three million square kilometers) within the moon’s tropical zone near its equator. Prior to this event (in April 2008) it was not known whether significant cloud formation was possible in Titan’s tropical regions.
ESA Top News 11 Aug 2009, 17:00 UTC ESA PR 18-2009. ESA astronaut Roberto Vittori from Italy has been assigned as a Mission Specialist to Space Shuttle mission STS-134, which is currently scheduled for launch to the International Space Station (ISS) in July or September 2010. This mission will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) to the Station.
NASA Breaking News 11 Aug 2009, 04:00 UTC NASA has assigned the crew for space shuttle mission STS-134 to the International Space Station.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 10 Aug 2009, 19:08 UTC NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity is investigating a metallic meteorite the size of a large watermelon that is providing researchers more details about the Red Planet's environmental history.
IAU Press Releases 10 Aug 2009, 18:00 UTC One of the hottest topics at this year’s XXVIIth General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil involves the study of the astrophysical conditions favourable for the development and survival of primordial life. New research shows that compared to middle-aged stars like the Sun, newly formed stars spin faster generating strong magnetic fields that result in emission of more intense levels of X-rays, ultraviolet rays and charged particles ― all of which could wreak havoc on budding atmospheres and have a dramatic effect on the development of emerging life forms.
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope 10 Aug 2009, 17:00 UTC NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found evidence of a high-speed collision between two burgeoning planets around a young star.