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100 years of space rock: the Tunguska impact Jun 30, 2008
Martian soil 'could support life' Jun 28, 2008
Phoenix returns treasure trove for science Jun 27, 2008
Almighty smash left record crater on Mars Jun 26, 2008
Galaxy map hints at fractal universe Jun 25, 2008
'Frozen' stars could shed light on dark matter Jun 25, 2008
Phoenix poised to deliver sample for wet chemistry Jun 25, 2008
Earth 'not at risk' from collider Jun 24, 2008
Phoenix delivers soil sample to microscope Jun 22, 2008
Phoenix Mars Lander confirms frozen water Jun 21, 2008
Meteorite could hold solar clues Jun 20, 2008
Bright chunks at Phoenix Lander's Mars site must have been ice Jun 20, 2008
Mars Lander to dig; team probes flash memory Jun 19, 2008
New type of aurora spotted on Saturn Jun 18, 2008
Mars lander may have found ice at polygon's edge Jun 17, 2008
Trio of 'super-Earths' discovered Jun 16, 2008
Phoenix Mars Lander inspects delivered soil samples Jun 16, 2008
Roadside crater should have made more of an impact Jun 15, 2008
Discovery glides home after successful mission Jun 14, 2008
Genetic building blocks may have formed in space Jun 14, 2008
First space ad targets hungry aliens Jun 13, 2008
How long can you survive in the vacuum of space? Jun 13, 2008
'Non-planet' Pluto gets new class Jun 13, 2008
Mars lander delivers soil sample to microscope Jun 13, 2008
Would an antimatter apple fall up? Jun 12, 2008
First private mission set for ISS Jun 12, 2008
Phoenix Lander has an oven full of Martian soil Jun 12, 2008
US space telescope set for launch Jun 11, 2008
Do Pluto and its moons feature cosmic graffiti? Jun 11, 2008
Phoenix Mars Lander testing sprinkle technique Jun 10, 2008
Japan robot arm unfolded on ISS Jun 10, 2008
Radio waves from Earth clear out space radiation belt Jun 9, 2008
Martian soil frustrates Phoenix Jun 8, 2008
Mars Lander scoops first soil sample for lab analysis Jun 7, 2008
Hints of 'time before Big Bang' Jun 6, 2008
Highest resolution view ever from Mars comes from Phoenix Lander Jun 6, 2008
Narrowing the search for ET Jun 6, 2008
Nearby galaxies are chock-full of dark matter Jun 5, 2008
Cassini sees collisions of moonlets on Saturn's ring Jun 5, 2008
Two of the Milky Way's spiral arms go missing Jun 4, 2008
Space shuttle carries lab to ISS Jun 3, 2008
Phoenix scoops up Martian soil Jun 3, 2008
Martian soil inside Phoenix's Robotic Arm scoop Jun 3, 2008
Tiniest extrasolar planet found Jun 2, 2008
Phoenix Lander makes an impression on Mars Jun 2, 2008
Possible ice table exposed under Phoenix Jun 2, 2008
Discovery lifts off Jun 1, 2008


Location of Tunguska event
100 years of space rock: the Tunguska impact
(Jun 30, 2008)


At around 7:17 on the morning of June 30, 1908, a man based at the trading post at Vanavara in Siberia is sitting on his front porch. In a moment, 40 miles from the center of an immense blast of unknown origin, he will be hurled from his chair and the heat will be so intense he will feel as though his shirt is on fire. The man at the trading post, and others in a largely uninhabited region of Siberia, near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River, are to be accidental eyewitnesses to cosmological history.

Read more. Source: NASA/JPL

Phoenix Mars Lander
Martian soil 'could support life'
(Jun 28, 2008)


Martian soil appears to contain sufficient nutrients to support life – or, at least, asparagus – NASA scientists believe. Preliminary analysis by the $420m Phoenix Mars Lander mission on the planet's soil found it to be much more alkaline than expected. Scientists working on the spacecraft project said they were "flabbergasted" by the discovery.

Read more. Source: BBC

Microscopic view of fine-grained material at the tip of the Robotic Arm scoop aboard NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander on June 20, 2008. The image shows small clumps of fine, fluffy, red soil particles.
Phoenix returns treasure trove for science
(Jun 27, 2008)


NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander performed its first wet chemistry experiment on Martian soil flawlessly yesterday, returning a wealth of data that for Phoenix scientists was like winning the lottery. "This soil appears to be a close analog to surface soils found in the upper dry valleys in Antarctica," said Phoenix co-investigator Sam Kounaves of Tufts University.

Read more. Source: NASA/JPL

giant impact with Mars
Almighty smash left record crater on Mars
(Jun 26, 2008)


Every scar tells a story, yet a huge gash on Mars has long proven very hard to read. Now a peek beneath the planet's surface reveals that the scar is the largest known impact structure in the solar system – gouged out by a collision that reshaped the Red Planet.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

fractal pattern
Galaxy map hints at fractal universe
(Jun 25, 2008)


Is the matter in the universe arranged in a fractal pattern? A new study of nearly a million galaxies suggests it is – though there are no well-accepted theories to explain why that would be so. Cosmologists trying to reconstruct the entire history of the universe have precious few clues from which to work. One key clue is the distribution of matter throughout space, which has been sculpted for nearly 14 billion years by the competing forces of gravity and cosmic expansion.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

artist conception of dark matter star
'Frozen' stars could shed light on dark matter
(Jun 25, 2008)


The universe's first stars were the rock stars of the stellar world: they lived fast and died young, burning out in only a few hundred thousand years. But new research suggests some of them might still be around as a result of interactions with dark matter, which halted their growth and curbed their blazing excess.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

Phoenix wet chemistry sample
Phoenix poised to deliver sample for wet chemistry
(Jun 25, 2008)


The Phoenix Mars Lander repositioned its robotic arm slightly today and is now poised to deliver Martian soil to its wet chemistry laboratory. Sample delivery and analysis is planned as the science highlight on Wednesday, June 25, the 30th Martian day of the mission. Phoenix is to perform the first-ever wet-chemistry experiment on polar Martian terrain, testing the soil for salts, acidity and other characteristics.

Read more. Source: NASA/JPL

Large Hadron Collider
Earth 'not at risk' from collider
(Jun 24, 2008)


Our planet is not at risk from the world's most powerful particle physics experiment, a report has concluded. The document addresses fears that the Large Hadron Collider is so energetic, it could have unforeseen consequences. Critics are worried that mini-black holes made at the soon-to-open facility on the French-Swiss border might threaten the Earth's very existence.

Read more. Source: BBC

Phoenix Robot Arm with soil sample
Phoenix delivers soil sample to microscope
(Jun 22, 2008)


On Saturday, the Phoenix Mars Lander beamed back images showing that Phoenix’s Robotic Arm successfully sprinkled soil onto the delivery port of the lander's Optical Microscope. Mission scientists said enough of the fine-grained soil sample remains in the scoop of the lander's Robotic Arm for delivery to either the Wet Chemistry Lab or Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer.

Read more. Source: NASA/JPL

changes in ice patches near the Phoenix Lander
Phoenix Mars Lander confirms frozen water
(Jun 21, 2008)


Scientists relishing confirmation of water ice near the surface beside the Phoenix Mars Lander anticipate even bigger discoveries from the robotic mission in the weeks ahead. "It is with great pride and a lot of joy that I announce today that we have found proof that this hard bright material is really water ice," said Phoenix Principal Investigator Peter Smith of the University of Arizona, during a Friday news briefing.

Read more. Source: NASA/JPL

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