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Space freighter's approach and go Mar 30, 2008
Space elevators face wobble problem Mar 30, 2008
Particle smasher 'not a threat to the Earth' Mar 28, 2008
New image may reveal embryonic world Mar 27, 2008
Cassini tastes organic material at Saturn's geyser moon Mar 27, 2008
Endeavour touches down in Florida Mar 27, 2008
Rocket planes seek market share Mar 27, 2008
NASA reverses budget cuts that threatened Mars rovers Mar 26, 2008
Space shuttle ending record visit Mar 25, 2008
Endeavour astronauts stash pole Mar 24, 2008
Universe's most powerful blast visible to the naked eye Mar 22, 2008
Saturn moon may have hidden ocean Mar 20, 2008
Mars is 'covered in table salt' Mar 20, 2008
Methane found on distant world Mar 19, 2008
Writer Arthur C. Clarke dies at 90 Mar 19, 2008
First unchanging 'soliton' wave found in space Mar 19, 2008
Fizzy water powered 'super' geysers on ancient Mars Mar 18, 2008
Space planes 'to meet big demand' Mar 17, 2008
Crashed probe yields Sun secrets Mar 16, 2008
Saturn moon 'once had ocean' Mar 15, 2008
Cassini flies through watery plumes of Saturn moon Mar 14, 2008
Hardy Earth bacteria can grow in lunar soil Mar 14, 2008
Spitzer finds organics and water where new planets may grow Mar 14, 2008
Meteorites may be remnants of destroyed dwarf planet Mar 13, 2008
Huge ice deposits 'seen' on Mars Mar 13, 2008
Swarm of meteorites may solve Peru impact mystery Mar 13, 2008
Japan marvels at its Moon movies Mar 12, 2008
Cassini to make audacious flyby Mar 12, 2008
Endeavour launched from Florida Mar 11, 2008
Huge space truck races into orbit Mar 9, 2008
Mars crater's ancient lakes may have been habitable Mar 8, 2008
Giant telescope opens both eyes Mar 7, 2008
Saturn's moon Rhea may have rings Mar 7, 2008
Universe submerged in a sea of chilled neutrinos Mar 6, 2008
NASA spacecraft photographs avalanches on Mars Mar 5, 2008
Colliding black holes may leave infrared glows Mar 4, 2008
Liquid water found flowing on Mars? Not yet Mar 3, 2008
NASA gives 'Go' for Space Shuttle launch On March 11 Mar 2, 2008
Nearest star's wobbles could reveal Earth's twin Mar 1, 2008


Jules Verne pictured as a small dot from the ISS
Space freighter's approach and go
(Mar 30, 2008)


Europe's "Jules Verne" freighter has demonstrated the ability to navigate itself to a point just 3,500m from the International Space Station. The cargo ship, which carries some five tonnes of supplies for the platform, was then instructed by ground control to "escape" to a safe distance.

Read more. Source: BBC

space elevator
Space elevators face wobble problem
(Mar 30, 2008)


If an elevator stretching from Earth into space could ever be built, it could slash the cost of space travel. But a controversial new study suggests that building and maintaining one would be an even bigger challenge than previously thought, because it would need to include built-in thrusters to stabilise itself against dangerous vibrations.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

Large Hadron Collider
Particle smasher 'not a threat to the Earth'
(Mar 28, 2008)


Campaigners in the US are attempting to delay the start-up of the world's most powerful particle smasher with a lawsuit claiming it could spawn dangerous particles or mini black holes that will destroy the entire Earth. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is nearing completion at CERN, the European centre for particle physics near Geneva, Switzerland. Scientists hope it will begin operations in mid-July.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

A bright spot (red) within a clearing in the dusty disc around AB Aurigae may mark the site of a developing planet. Image credit: Lyot Project
New image may reveal embryonic world
(Mar 27, 2008)


An intriguing bright spot detected next to a star 470 light years from Earth may indicate the presence of a developing planet in the young star system. The discovery suggests astronomers could soon directly image planets around ordinary stars.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

Heat radiating from the entire length of 150 kilometer (95 mile)-long fractures is seen in this best-yet heat map of the active south polar region of Enceladus. Image credit: NASA/JPL
Cassini tastes organic material at Saturn's geyser moon
(Mar 27, 2008)


NASA's Cassini spacecraft tasted and sampled a surprising organic brew erupting in geyser-like fashion from Saturn's moon Enceladus during a close flyby on March 12. Scientists are amazed that this tiny moon is so active, "hot" and brimming with water vapor and organic chemicals.

Read more. Source: NASA/JPL

Endeavour lands at the Kennedy Space Center after its mission to the ISS. Image credit: NASA
Endeavour touches down in Florida
(Mar 27, 2008)


The US space shuttle Endeavour has landed successfully in Florida after the longest mission of its kind to the International Space Station. Endeavour's descent was slightly delayed by poor weather at the Kennedy Space Center. During their 16-day mission, the space shuttle's crew installed the first part of a Japanese research laboratory and assembled a Canadian robot.

Read more. Source: BBC

XCOR Lynx. Image credit: XCOR
Rocket planes seek market share
(Mar 27, 2008)


California-based company XCOR has released details of the rocket plane it hopes will capture a sizeable share of the future space tourism market. The Lynx vehicle will carry one pilot and a ticketed passenger above 60km. It will be competing with Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson and aerospace giant EADS Astrium – both of whom have designs on the emerging niche market.

Read more. Source: BBC

View from the Opportunity rover
NASA reverses budget cuts that threatened Mars rovers
(Mar 26, 2008)


NASA has reversed budget cuts that threatened to temporarily shut down one of its twin Mars rovers. On Wednesday, NASA sent a letter to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, ordering that $4 million be cut from the funds remaining in the rovers' $20 million budget for 2008 and that $8 million be cut in the 2009 budget. But after the rover team said late on Monday that this would mean temporarily shutting down the Spirit rover and curtailing the activities of the Opportunity rover, NASA signaled a change in the works.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

Astronauts and station crew part with hugs and handshakes
Space shuttle ending record visit
(Mar 25, 2008)


The space shuttle Endeavour has undocked from the International Space Station at the end of the longest mission of its kind to the station. The 12-day rendezvous saw Endeavour's crew install the first part of a Japanese research laboratory and assemble a Canadian robot.

Read more. Source: BBC

astronaut Michael Foremean leaving the ISS, March 22, 2008
Endeavour astronauts stash pole
(Mar 24, 2008)


Astronauts from space shuttle Endeavour have stored a 50ft (15m) inspection pole at the International Space Station (ISS) for use by the next shuttle. The astronauts attached the pole during a fifth and final spacewalk before they return to earth on Wednesday. Discovery, which is due to fly to the space station in May, will not have space to carry its own pole alongside the Kibo laboratory.

Read more. Source: BBC

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