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Satellite snaps first images of mysterious glowing clouds Jun 30, 2007
Europe prepares huge space truck Jun 30, 2007
Second inflatable spacecraft launched Jun 29, 2007
Mars rover to descend into gaping crater Jun 29, 2007
Jupiter changes its stripes Jun 29, 2007
NASA's Swift sees double supernova in galaxy Jun 28, 2007
Dying star generates the stuff of life Jun 27, 2007
NASA scrambles to launch Dawn asteroid mission Jun 27, 2007
Team makes Tunguska crater claim Jun 26, 2007
Weather observed on a star for the first time Jun 26, 2007
CERN particle lab schedule slips Jun 26, 2007
Meet the neighbours: Is the search for aliens such a good idea? Jun 25, 2007
Astronomers look to quark stars for a fifth dimension Jun 24, 2007
California landing for Atlantis Jun 23, 2007
Exotic cause of 'Pioneer anomaly' in doubt Jun 22, 2007
Nine teams to compete in lunar lander contest Jun 22, 2007
'Dark galaxy' continues to puzzle astronomers Jun 21, 2007
Hubble movie captures spinning space rock Jun 21, 2007
Volunteers sought for Mars test Jun 20, 2007
Do black holes really exist? Jun 19, 2007
Scramjet hits Mach 10 over Australia Jun 18, 2007
ISS computer woes concern Europe Jun 18, 2007
Repairs ease space mission woes Jun 17, 2007
Computers shut down again for more troubleshooting Jun 15, 2007
Astronomers pin down mass of former 'tenth planet' Jun 14, 2007
Plasma rocket breaks endurance record Jun 14, 2007
Mars's uphill ocean explained Jun 14, 2007
Firm rockets into space tourism Jun 13, 2007
Space station's new solar arrays successfully unfurled Jun 13, 2007
Jets of matter clocked at near-light speed Jun 13, 2007
No puddles on Mars Jun 13, 2007
Mysterious signal hints at subsurface ocean on Titan Jun 12, 2007
Shuttle docks with space station Jun 11, 2007
Shuttle docking a 'go' despite gap in heat blanket Jun 10, 2007
Mars rover finds "puddles" on the planet's surface Jun 9, 2007
Shuttle heads for space station Jun 9, 2007
Black holes may be snared by interstellar gas Jun 8, 2007
Star duo are biggest yet Jun 8, 2007
New quasar is the oldest yet Jun 7, 2007
Landslides old and new found on Mars Jun 6, 2007
Cold object delights astronomers Jun 5, 2007
Smallest galaxy hints at hidden population Jun 4, 2007
Breakthrough brings 'Star Trek' teleport a step closer Jun 4, 2007
Dwarf-flinging void is larger than thought Jun 2, 2007
NASA names shuttle launch date Jun 2, 2007
MACHO matter is running out of places to hide Jun 1, 2007
Secrets of Sun-like star probed Jun 1, 2007
Massive transiting planet with 31-hour year found around distant star Jun 1, 2007


noctilucent
Satellite snaps first images of mysterious glowing clouds
(Jun 30, 2007)


A new satellite has captured its first views of enigmatic glowing clouds whose proliferation may be linked to climate change. NASA launched the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) satellite on 25 April on a mission to investigate "night-shining" or noctilucent clouds.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

Automated Transfer Vehicle
Europe prepares huge space truck
(Jun 30, 2007)
At almost 20 tonnes, the ATV will be the biggest spacecraft Europe has ever flown when it launches in January. The Automated Transfer Vehicle is part-goods lorry and part-tugboat. Its primary function will be to keep the International Space Station (ISS) stocked up with food, water, fuel and experimental equipment.

Read more. Source: BBC

Genesis module
Second inflatable spacecraft launched
(Jun 29, 2007)


The firm Bigelow Aerospace has launched its second inflatable space module, Genesis 2, taking another step towards its goal of building crewed, inflatable space stations that could be leased to paying customers. The Genesis 2 module launched from Russia's Yasny Cosmodrome at 1502 GMT on Thursday.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

Victoria crater
Mars rover to descend into gaping crater
(Jun 29, 2007)


NASA's Opportunity rover will soon drive into a large Martian crater called Victoria that it has been skirting around for months. What it finds inside could offer new insights into the history of water on Mars. Opportunity reached the 800-metre-wide Victoria crater in September 2006. Since then, it has been peering down into the crater from its rim, trying to identify the most interesting targets inside and the safest entrance point.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

changes in Jupiter's cloud patterns in a few weeks
Jupiter changes its stripes
(Jun 29, 2007)
Jupiter's cloud patterns are undergoing dramatic changes, reveal new images by the Hubble Space Telescope. Similar transformations of the giant planet's clouds have been witnessed before, but never in such detail – and they have never been explained.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

double_supernova
NASA's Swift sees double supernova in galaxy
(Jun 28, 2007)


In just the past six weeks, two supernovae have flared up in an obscure galaxy in the constellation Hercules. Never before have astronomers observed two of these powerful stellar explosions occurring in the same galaxy so close together in time. The galaxy, known as MCG +05-43-16, is 380 million light-years from Earth.

Read more. Source: NASA

VY Canis Majoris
Dying star generates the stuff of life
(Jun 27, 2007)


One of the largest and most luminous stars in our galaxy [VY Canis Majoris] is a surprisingly prolific building site for complex molecules important to life on Earth, new measurements reveal. The discovery furthers an ongoing shift in astronomer's perceptions of where such molecules can form, and where to set the starting line for the chain of events that leads from raw atoms to true biology.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

Dawn mission
NASA scrambles to launch Dawn asteroid mission
(Jun 27, 2007)


Managers of NASA's Dawn mission to two large asteroids are scrambling to solve last-minute problems that have cropped up in the countdown to the spacecraft's planned launch on 7 July. If they cannot be solved, lift-off will be delayed until September or later – a setback that would add about $25 million to the mission.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

location of Lake Cheko
Team makes Tunguska crater claim
(Jun 26, 2007)


Scientists have identified a possible crater left by the biggest space impact in modern times – the Tunguska event. The blast levelled more than 2,000 sq km of forest near the Tunguska River in Siberia on 30 June 1908. A comet or asteroid is thought to have exploded in the Earth's atmosphere with a force equal to 1,000 Hiroshima bombs.

Read more. Source: BBC

mercury clouds on Alpha Andromedae
Weather observed on a star for the first time
(Jun 26, 2007)


Weather – caused by the same forces as the weather on Earth – has been seen on a star for the first time, reveal observations of mercury clouds on a star called Alpha Andromedae. Previously, astronomers had thought that any structures on stars were caused by magnetic fields.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

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