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Atlantis docked with ISS
Atlantis docked with ISS
(Jul 11, 2011)

Atlantis successfully docked with the ISS on Sunday. Its one-week visit to the station marks the last for the shuttle fleet whcih will be retired after Atlantis returns. Today the crew will unload the Raffaello Multi-Purpose Logistics Module, containing more than 3.5 tons of food, other supplies, and spare parts, and attach it to the station.

Read more. Source: BBC

Neptune slowly giving up its secrets
(Jul 9, 2011)

Next week, Neptune will complete its first full orbit of the Sun since it's discovery in 1846. The blue planet, the farthest out in the Solar System (following Pluto's demotion), remains one of Earth's most mysterious neighbors, but scientists now know one thing that they hadn't for the past 165 years: the precise length of its day.

Read more. Source: Nature

Herschel (left) and Hubble (right) views of the remnant of Supernova 1987A
Herschel helps solve mystery of cosmic dust origins
(Jul 9, 2011)

New observations in the infrared region of the spectrum by the Herschel Space Observatory reveal that an exploding star, called SN 1987A, expelled the equivalent of between 160,000 and 230,000 Earth masses of fresh dust. This enormous quantity suggests that exploding stars – supernovae – are the answer to the long-standing puzzle of what supplied our early universe with dust.

Read more. Source: NASA/JPL

Final launch of the Space Shuttle mission
Atlantis launches successfully. Final Shuttle mission underway
(Jul 8, 2011)

The 135th and final Space Shuttle mission has blasted off from Cape Canaveral. Atlantis was launched at 11:29 local time, after a brief, nail-biting hold at T minus 31 seconds. The 12-day mission will carry 3.5 metric tons of supplies to the International Space Station.

Read more. Source: BBC

spiral galaxy
Was the universe born spinning?
(Jul 8, 2011)

In a large sample of spiral galaxies, out to a distance of 600 million light-years, 7% more galaxies were found to be rotating in one direction than in the other. The research carried out using data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey suggests that our entire universe may have started out spinning and that it may still be spinning today.

Read more. Source: PhysOrg

Bill Grillo
End of Shuttle program threatens local economy
(Jul 8, 2011)

Bill Grillo runs the nearest bar and restaurant to the Kennedy Space Center, and for more than 30 years has reckoned among his clientele at Shuttles sports bar, astronauts, rocket engineers, technicians and mission managers. Everyone who has journeyed into space from a launchpad nearby has taken a meal there, and had his or her framed picture placed on a wall. Now, like thousands of others working at or living near the Cape, his livelihood is under threat.

Read more. Source: The Guardian

Artist concept of James Webb Space Telescope in orbit
Space agency fights to save space observatory
(Jul 8, 2011)

NASA is determined that its flagship James Webb Space Telescope will go ahead despite repeated cost-overruns and the threat of a less-than-hoped-for 2012 budget proposed by the House of Representatives. The JWST would likely revolutionize astronomy in the same way that previous big space observatories, like Hubble and Chandra, have already done. But its launch date and final cost remain clouded in uncertainty.

Read more. Source: BBC

A huge storm churns through the atmosphere in Saturn's northern hemisphere, overtaking itself as it encircles the planet in this true-color view from the Cassini spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI
Saturn storm in sight and sound
(Jul 7, 2011)

Analysis of data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft has provided the first close-up details of a Saturn storm that is eight times the surface area of Earth. On Dec. 5, 2010, Cassini first detected the storm that has been raging ever since. Pictures from Cassini show the storm wrapping around the entire planet covering approximately 4 billion square km. As well as the images, scientists have studied the "sounds" of the storm's lightning strikes.

Read more. Source: NASA/JPL

Last ever shuttle crew
Final shuttle crew arrives in Florida
(Jul 5, 2011)

The four American astronauts – three men and a woman– who will crew the last ever space shuttle mission have arrived in Florida. They are scheduled to launch on Friday at 11:26 local time. The July 8th ascent will be the 135th of the shuttle and the 33rd of Atlantis.

Read more. Source: BBC

Tycho Crater, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter image
Dramatic view of moon crater with link to dinosaurs
(Jul 4, 2011)

The sun rises over the central peak complex of the moon's Tycho crater in this image taken by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter last month. Some simulations suggest the crater was created by an impact from a fragment of the same asteroid family that caused the Chicxulub crater on Earth, which wiped out the dinosaurs.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

Antimatter mystery solved at Tevatron?
(Jul 2, 2011)

Confidence is growing that results obtained using the Tevatron accelerator at Fermilab in 2010 may help explain one of the biggest problems in cosmology: why matter won out over antimatter in the early universe. The experiment involved a discrepancy in the way B-mesons decayed into muons and antimuons, showing a preponderance of the former.

Read more. Source: BBC

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