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Delays mean shuttles set to fly on into 2011 Jun 30, 2010
NASA Mars rover seeing destination in more detail Jun 30, 2010
LHC smashes beam collision record Jun 28, 2010
The coolest stars come out of the dark Jun 26, 2010
Mars' entire surface was shaped by water Jun 25, 2010
'Dark sun' is one of our nearest neighbors Jun 25, 2010
Hayabusa asteroid capsule opening gets under way Jun 24, 2010
Super-complex organic molecules found in interstellar space Jun 24, 2010
Earth-like planets may be ready for their close-up Jun 24, 2010
'Superstorm' rages on exoplanet Jun 23, 2010
God particle signal is simulated as sound Jun 23, 2010
Neutrino 'ghost particle' sized up by astronomers Jun 22, 2010
Modeling Mars in a Texan torrent Jun 22, 2010
Rosetta's blind date with asteroid Lutetia Jun 22, 2010
Seventh graders find a cave on Mars Jun 21, 2010
Cassini getting the lowdown on Titan this weekend Jun 19, 2010
Enigmatic star could emerge from its gassy cocoon Jun 18, 2010
Astronomers discover star-studded galaxy tail Jun 18, 2010
If there's life on Mars, it could be right-handed Jun 17, 2010
'Killer space rock' hunt to begin Jun 17, 2010
Kuiper Belt world measured in star pass Jun 17, 2010
NASA releases Kepler data on potential extrasolar planets Jun 16, 2010
US experiment hints at 'multiple God particles' Jun 15, 2010
'Much more water' found in lunar rocks Jun 15, 2010
What's wrong with the sun? Jun 14, 2010
The end of the world as we know it Jun 14, 2010
Mystery of Saturn's midget moons cracked Jun 14, 2010
Japanese Hayabusa asteroid mission comes home Jun 13, 2010
Most comets may have extrasolar origin Jun 12, 2010
Exoplanet spotted in motion around its "sun" Jun 11, 2010
Japan unfurls Ikaros solar sail in space Jun 11, 2010
Did a 'sleeper' field awake to expand the universe? Jun 11, 2010
Life on Titan? Maybe – but only a lander will tell us Jun 11, 2010
New robotic telescope in Chile set for planet hunt Jun 9, 2010
Huge seas 'once existed on Mars' Jun 8, 2010
Dawn spacecraft fires past record for speed change Jun 8, 2010
Asteroid probe aimed toward Earth Jun 7, 2010
Cassini's latest flyby of Titan Jun 7, 2010
A giant proposal for a new type of molecule Jun 7, 2010
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket enjoys successful maiden flight Jun 5, 2010
Distant gas blob threatens to shake nature's constants Jun 4, 2010
Are alien artifacts in our solar system? Jun 4, 2010
Hints of life found on Saturn moon Jun 4, 2010
Mars minerals point to warmer and wetter past Jun 4, 2010
Hubble identifies Jupiter's attacker Jun4, 2010
Giant glowing bubbles found around Milky Way Jun 3, 2010
Hubble captures odd star motion Jun 3, 2010
Backwards black holes might make bigger jets Jun 2, 2010
Asteroid strike may have frozen Antarctica Jun 1, 2010
Matter: The next generation Jun 1, 2010


Launch of Endeavour in February 2010
Delays mean shuttles set to fly on into 2011
(Jun 30, 2010)


NASA's venerable packhorses will not be put out to pasture just yet. The space shuttles will almost certainly keep flying into 2011, now that delays on the ground are likely to postpone the last two flights. NASA says it needs more time to finish readying Leonardo, a "walk-in closet" for the space station.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

Named features on the rim of Endeavour Crater
NASA Mars rover seeing destination in more detail
(Jun 30, 2010)


Mars rover team members have begun informally naming features around the rim of Endeavour Crater, as they develop plans to investigate that destination when NASA's Opportunity rover arrives there after many more months of driving. A new, super-resolution view of a portion of Endeavour's rim reveals details that were not discernible in earlier images from the rover.

Read more. Source: NASA/JPL

CMS experiment
LHC smashes beam collision record
(Jun 28, 2010)


Scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) say they have moved a step closer to their aim of unlocking the mysteries of the Universe. The world's highest-energy particle accelerator has produced a record-breaking particle collision rate – about double the previous rate. The collider is now generating around 10,000 particle collisions per second, according to physicist Andrei Golutvin.

Read more. Source: BBC

This image shows what astronomers think is one of the coldest brown dwarfs discovered so far (red dot in middle of frame). The object, called SDWFS J143524.44+335334.6, is one of 14 such brown dwarfs found by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope using infrared light.
The coolest stars come out of the dark
(Jun 26, 2010)


Astronomers have uncovered what appear to be 14 of the coldest stars known in our universe. These failed stars, called brown dwarfs, are so cold and faint that they'd be impossible to see with current visible-light telescopes. The infrared vision of the Spitzer Space Telescope was able to pick out their feeble glow, much as a firefighter uses infrared goggles to find hot spots buried underneath a dark forest floor.

Read more. Source: NASA/Caltech/Spitzer

Mars
Mars' entire surface was shaped by water
(Jun 25, 2010)


The whole surface of Mars was shaped by liquid water around four billion years ago, say scientists. Signs of liquid water had been seen on southern Mars, but the latest findings reveal similar signals in craters in the north of the Red Planet. The team made their discovery by examining data from instruments on board Europe's Mars Express and NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Read more. Source: BBC

Artist's rendering of a brown dwarf
'Dark sun' is one of our nearest neighbors
(Jun 25, 2010)


After reporting in April that a "dark sun" named UGPS 0722-05 was the closest brown dwarf to Earth ever found, researchers led by Philip Lucas of the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield, UK have revised their claim. Based on new parallax measurements, they now say the object is actually 13.3 light years away, not 9.6 as previously reported – which means a pair of brown dwarfs orbiting Epsilon Indi is closer

Read more. Source: New Scientist

Scientists examining the Hayabusa capsule
Hayabusa asteroid capsule opening gets under way
(Jun 24, 2010)


Japanese scientists have begun to open the Hayabusa asteroid capsule. The canister, which returned to Earth on 13 June, is being worked on at the Japanese space agency's (JAXA) Sagamihara Campus in Kanagawa. It is hoped the vessel will contain small amounts of dust grabbed from the surface of asteroid Itokawa by a spacecraft in 2005.

Read more. Source: BBC

anthracene in space
Super-complex organic molecules found in interstellar space
(Jun 24, 2010)


A team of scientists from the Instituto Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and the University of Texas has succeeded in identifying one of the most complex organic molecules yet found in the material between the stars, the so-called interstellar medium. The discovery of anthracene could help resolve a decades-old astrophysical mystery concerning the production of organic molecules in space.

Read more. Source: Physorg.com

nulling interferometer at JPL
Earth-like planets may be ready for their close-up
(Jun 24, 2010)


Many scientists speculate that our galaxy could be full of places like Pandora from the movie Avatar. "The problem with finding Earth-like planets," said Stefan Martin, an engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, "is that their host stars can emit 10 million times more infrared light than the planet itself. And because planets like ours are small and orbit close to their respective stars, it makes Earths almost impossible to see." Together with A. J. Booth (at Sigma Space Corp.), Martin may have developed a way to make this almost impossible feat a reality.

Read more. Source: NASA/JPL

exoplanet
'Superstorm' rages on exoplanet
(Jun 23, 2010)


Astronomers have measured high-speed winds in the atmosphere of a planet (HD209458b) orbiting a distant star. Data on carbon monoxide gas in the atmosphere show that it is streaming at fierce speeds from the planet's hot day side to its cool night side. Writing in Nature, a team detected longitudinal winds of roughly 2km/s (7,000km/h) in the atmosphere of a "hot Jupiter" planet.

Read more. Source: BBC

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