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NASA 'rejects Russia Moon help' Apr 30, 2007
Scotty finally sent to the stars Apr 29, 2007
Could black holes be portals to other universes? Apr 28, 2007
Hawking takes zero-gravity flight Apr 27, 2007
Single stars may finally admit their ages Apr 26, 2007
New 'super-Earth' found in space Apr 25, 2007
Spacecraft return 3D Sun pictures Apr 24, 2007
Giant space cloud may be powered by black holes Apr 24, 2007
Dwarf stars emit powerful pulse Apr 23, 2007
Space tourist makes safe return Apr 22, 2007
Satellite duo performs space pas de deux Apr 20, 2007
Sound waves reverberate through solar 'pipes' Apr 19, 2007
Danger zones mapped for developing planets Apr 19, 2007
'Chocolate' sand dunes ripple across Mars Apr 19, 2007
Ancient impact may have bowled the Moon over Apr 18, 2007
'Deflector' shields could protect future astronauts Apr 18, 2007
Lowest mass white dwarf discovered Apr 18, 2007
'Smart dust' to explore planets Apr 18, 2007
Einstein was right, probe shows Apr 17, 2007
One year at Venus, and going strong Apr 16, 2007
Software 'fix' responsible for loss of Mars probe Apr 14, 2007
Red Square nebula displays exquisite symmetry Apr 13, 2007
NASA aims for June shuttle launch Apr 13, 2007
For plants on alien worlds, it isn't easy being green Apr 12, 2007
First sign of water found on an alien world Apr 11, 2007
Galaxy's 'wunderkind' stars may actually be old pro's Apr 9, 2007
Star's odd double explosion hints at antimatter trigger Apr 8, 2007
Japanese asteroid probe set to return to Earth Apr 6, 2007
Space 'nerd' readies for lift-off Apr 6, 2007
Dust blamed for warming on Mars Apr 5, 2007
Earthbound experiment to recreate stress of Mars mission Apr 4, 2007
Engineers unveil China moon rover Apr 3, 2007
Dead star snacks on shredded asteroid Apr 3, 2007
UK impact crater debate heats up Apr 1, 2007


NASA Moon base
NASA 'rejects Russia Moon help'
(Apr 30, 2007)


The head of Russia's space agency says that the US has rejected a Moscow proposal that the two countries join forces to explore the Moon. "We were ready to co-operate, but for unknown reasons, the United States have said they will undertake this programme themselves," Anatoly Perminov said. US space agency NASA has said it plans to start work on a base on the Moon when astronauts return there in 2020.

Read more. Source: BBC

Scotty from Star Trek
Scotty finally sent to the stars
(Apr 29, 2007)


The ashes of Star Trek actor James Doohan have been successfully launched into space from a site in New Mexico, watched by cheering fans. Part of the remains of the actor, who played Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, were sent about 70 miles above the earth on a private SpaceLoft XL rocket. His widow Wende helped "press the button" for her husband's final voyage.

Read more. Source: BBC

hypothetical journey through a black hole
Could black holes be portals to other universes?
(Apr 28, 2007)


The objects scientists think are black holes could instead be wormholes leading to other universes, a new study says. If so, it would help resolve a quantum conundrum known as the black hole information paradox, but critics say it would also raise new problems, such as how the wormholes would form in the first place.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

Hawking weightless
Hawking takes zero-gravity flight
(Apr 27, 2007)


British physicist Stephen Hawking has completed a zero-gravity flight in a specially modified plane. Professor Hawking, who suffers from motor neurone disease, was able to float free, unrestricted by his paralysed muscles and his wheelchair. The two-hour flight over the Atlantic took a series of dramatic dives, allowing the professor to experience 25-second spurts of weightlessness.

Read more. Source: BBC

star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud
Single stars may finally admit their ages
(Apr 26, 2007)


Single stars are notoriously reluctant to reveal their ages. But a clever new way of studying how their spins slow over time may pry the information out of them. It is relatively easy to figure out the age of stars living in clusters, which are all born together in one burst of star formation. But single stars tend to give very vague answers when asked about their age.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

impression of super-Earth orbiting Gliese 581
New 'super-Earth' found in space
(Apr 25, 2007)


Astronomers have found the most Earth-like planet outside our Solar System to date, a world which could have water running on its surface. The planet orbits the faint star Gliese 581, which is 20.5 light-years away in the constellation Libra. Scientists made the discovery using the ESO 3.6m Telescope in Chile.

Read more. Source: BBC

STEREO image of the Sun
Spacecraft return 3D Sun pictures
(Apr 24, 2007)
The US space agency (NASA) has released the first 3D images of the Sun. The pictures are built from data obtained by its twin STEREO orbiters which were launched in October. The new views of our star will advance scientists' understanding of solar physics and improve their ability to model and forecast "space weather".

Read more. Source: BBC

heart of the Coma cluster
Giant space cloud may be powered by black holes
(Apr 24, 2007)
An enormous cloud of roiling plasma in space may be drawing its energy from black holes, new observations suggest. Such clouds might be sources for the mysterious particles that occasionally crash into Earth's atmosphere at ultra-high speed.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

brown dwarf radio emission
Dwarf stars emit powerful pulse
(Apr 23, 2007)


A class of "failed" star called a brown dwarf emits beams of radiation that are thousands of times brighter than any released by the Sun. The brown dwarfs are behaving like an altogether different and exotic cosmic object called a pulsar. Pulsars are rotating neutron stars that emit a flashing radio signal.

Read more. Source: BBC

Charles Simonyi was carried in his chair for medical checks after landing
Space tourist makes safe return
(Apr 22, 2007)


Billionaire space tourist Charles Simonyi and two crew from the International Space Station have safely returned to Earth. The Soyuz spacecraft carrying the trio touched down on the steppes of Kazakhstan at 1631 (1231 GMT). Mr Simonyi, a Hungarian-born US software engineer, paid $25m (12.7m) for his 10-day stay on the ISS.

Read more. Source: BBC

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