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NASA And Mavericks Launch Study Of Earth's Atmosphere

Dc, 18/08/2010 - 00:10
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Aug 17, 2010
NASA's Ames Research Center and Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation, Moffett Field, Calif., have announced a collaboration to develop a high-altitude high-velocity air sampling system for NASA biological experiments. Under the terms of a Space Act Agreement, Mavericks, in collaboration with NASA scientists, will develop and operate airborne science platforms to carry biological sampling de

Seven Decades Of Astronomy At Your Fingertips

Dc, 18/08/2010 - 00:10
Palm Coast FL (SPX) Aug 17, 2010
Humanity's understanding of astronomy has changed profoundly during the past 70 years. Now, scientists, journalists, and astronomy enthusiasts can quickly and easily follow the course of astronomical discovery and space exploration by using the new DVD digital archive containing every printed page of Sky and Telescope magazine from the premier issue in November 1941 through the December 2009 iss

Russia Proposes Launch Of Arktika Space Monitoring Project In 2014

Dc, 18/08/2010 - 00:10
Moscow, Russia (RIA Novosti) Aug 17, 2010
The Russian Economic Development Ministry has proposed launching the Arktika (Arctic) satellite system from 2014, the head of the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) said on Monday. The system, which is worth around 70 billion rubles ($2.5 billion), will monitor climatic changes and survey energy resources in the Arctic region. "We developed a system that consists of three subsystems, and sub

ISS Could Last Another Decade - Roscosmos

Dc, 18/08/2010 - 00:10
Moscow, Russia (RIA Novosti) Aug 17, 2010
The International Space Station (ISS), which has been in orbit for 10 years, could continue work for another decade, the head of the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) said on Monday. The service life of the ISS ends in 2015 but participants of the project are currently discussing ways to extend its operation until 2020. "It has great potential," Anatoly Perminov said in an interview w

Argentina plans to join Space Age

Dc, 18/08/2010 - 00:10
Buenos Aires (UPI) Aug 16, 2010
Argentina is developing satellite-launching capability with the hope of garnering some of the new business currently going to China. Several of Argentina's neighbors are in the process of launching satellites with Chinese help, and others are actively considering an early entry into the Space Age. Although Argentina, too, has signed up for space cooperation with China, officials said th

NASA Releases New Image Of Massive Greenland Iceberg

Dc, 18/08/2010 - 00:10
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 16, 2010
On Aug. 5, 2010, an enormous chunk of ice, about 251 square kilometers (97 square miles) in size, or roughly four times the size of Manhattan, broke off the Petermann Glacier along the northwestern coast of Greenland. The Petermann Glacier lost about one-quarter of its 70-kilometer-long (40-miles) floating ice shelf, according to researchers at the University of Delaware, Newark, Dela. The

Third Repair Spacewalk Set For Monday

Dll, 16/08/2010 - 22:10
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 16, 2010
After completing several days of analysis and refining procedures, International Space Station managers and mission operations personnel met Sunday and gave final approval for a third spacewalk Monday by Expedition 24 Flight Engineers Doug Wheelock and Tracy Caldwell Dyson to install a spare ammonia pump in the station's starboard truss as well as approval to restart and activate half of the sta

USAF Launches First Advanced Satellite

Dll, 16/08/2010 - 22:10
Cape Canaveral FL (SPX) Aug 16, 2010
The 45th Space Wing successfully launched the first Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite onboard an Atlas V launch vehicle here from launch pad 41 at 7:07 a.m. "This is an historic launch of an important asset to our nation's military and our allies," said Under Secretary of the Air Force Erin C. Conaton. ' "The AEHF satellite will provide secure, protected communications c

Evidence Of New Solar Activity From Observations Of Aurora In NZ

Dll, 16/08/2010 - 22:10
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 16, 2010
Scientists from Boston University's Center for Space Physics (CSP) has announced that they have sub-visual evidence of the onset of a new cycle of solar-terrestrial activity. The key results being reported deal with the fact that recent auroral displays at high latitudes (ones visible to the naked eye) were accompanied by far less luminous glows in the atmosphere at lower latitudes. "It's

Cassini Bags Enceladus 'Tigers'

Dll, 16/08/2010 - 22:10
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 16, 2010
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has successfully completed its flyby over the "tiger stripes" in the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus and has sent back images of its passage. The spacecraft also targeted the moon Tethys. The tiger stripes are actually giant fissures that spew jets of water vapor and organic particles hundreds of kilometers, or miles, out into space. Whil

Decadal Survey Of Astronomy And Astrophysics

Dll, 16/08/2010 - 22:10
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2010
A new report by the National Research Council identifies the highest-priority research activities for astronomy and astrophysics in the next decade that will "set the nation firmly on the path to answering profound questions about the cosmos." The decadal survey - the Research Council's sixth - prioritizes activities based on their ability to advance science in key areas, and for the first

Thousands flock to see asteroid pod in Japan

Dll, 16/08/2010 - 22:10
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 15, 2010
Thousands of people flocked to an exhibition in Japan on Sunday to see a capsule from the Hyabusa space probe which was hoped to have brought asteroid dust to Earth. Some 1,800 people were queuing in Tokyo to see the heat-proof pod, which had travelled in space with the unmanned craft for seven years, even before the exhibition opened in the morning, a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAX

Terra Satellite Sees Intense Fires And Smoke Over Western Russia

Dll, 16/08/2010 - 22:10
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2010
Though a plume of smoke still stretched across hundreds of kilometers, conditions in central Russia appeared to be much better on August 12, 2010. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite detected two clusters of intense fires when it acquired a photo-like image. The NASA image is a composite of three separate satellite images. The MODIS Rap

Delhi School Boys Discover New Asteroid

Dll, 16/08/2010 - 22:10
New Delhi, India (PTI) Aug 16, 2010
Wonders never cease to exist. Two Delhi students have discovered a new asteroid as part of a unique astronomy project connected to the US space agency NASA. Amanjot Singh and Sahil Wadhwa, both Class 12 students of Ryan International School, discovered a main belt asteroid (2010 PO24) on Aug 6 as part of the All India Asteroid Search Campaign (AIASC). Asteroids are very small planet-

NASA's TRMM Satellite Maps Flood Potential

Dll, 16/08/2010 - 22:10
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 16, 2010
Tropical Depression Five (TD5) may not be a tropical depression anymore, but NASA's TRMM satellite has noticed that its remnant low pressure circulation is making for a very bad and wet Friday the 13th for residents from southeastern Louisiana east to the Florida panhandle. Even when a tropical system gets downgraded into a low pressure area, there is still the possibility of inland floodi

Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Gets Top Ranking

Dll, 16/08/2010 - 22:10
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2010
In a report released this morning, "New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics," a prestigious committee convened by the National Research Council for the National Academy of Sciences ranked the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) as its top priority for the next large ground-based astronomical facility. The so-called "Astro2010" report states, "The committee recommends that

Opportunity Drives Five Times This Week

Dll, 16/08/2010 - 22:10
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 16, 2010
Opportunity drove five times in the past week, crossing 22 kilometers (13.67 miles) of total odometry. The rover drove on Sols 2322, 2324, 2326, 2327 and 2328 (Aug. 5, 7, 9, 10 and 11), totaling over 350 meters (1,148 feet). The rover has been driving with long (approximately 70 meters, 230 feet) commanded drives followed by short drive segments of autonomous navigation (AutoNav) to

Power Problem With Insat-4B

Dll, 16/08/2010 - 22:10
Bangalore, India (PTI) Aug 16, 2010
The Insat-4B communication satellite is facing a power supply problem leading to 50 percent of its transponders being switched off, parliament was informed Thursday. Replying to question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of Science and Technology Prithviraj Chavan said that on July 7, the satellite suffered an anomaly in its power supply from one of the two solar arrays. 'An interim measu

ISRO Planning To Send Astronauts To Space Before 2015-16

Dll, 16/08/2010 - 22:10
Chandigarh, India (PTI) Aug 16, 2010
The Indian Space Research Organization is planning to send astronauts to space before the year 2015-16, deputy project director of ISRO's Chandrayaan MissionJaswinder Singh Khoral said. Khoral was addressing the students at the Haryana Space Science Congress Programme at Faridabad which was organized by Space Applications Centre, Hisar on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Dr Vikaram

Extended Solar Minimum Linked To Changes In Sun's Conveyor Belt

Dll, 16/08/2010 - 22:10
Boulder CO (SPX) Aug 13, 2010
A new analysis of the unusually long solar cycle that ended in 2008 suggests that one reason for the long cycle could be a stretching of the Sun's conveyor belt, a current of plasma that circulates between the Sun's equator and its poles. The results should help scientists better understand the factors controlling the timing of solar cycles and could lead to better predictions. The study w