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Messenger findings may 'revolutionize' views of Mercury Sep 30, 2011
China launches laboratory into space Sep 29, 2011
Huge solar flare slams into Earth Sep 28, 2011
NASA to announce latest NEO discoveries Sep 27, 2011
'Antimagnet' joins list of invisibility approaches Sep 26, 2011
Sea Launch back in business Sep 25, 2011
UARS is down Sep 24, 2011
CERN experiment seems to show neutrinos breaking the light-barrier Sep 22, 2011
Enceladus spreads its influence Sep 22, 2011
Infrared space telescope captures black hole's wildly flaring jet Sep 21, 2011
On the brink of finding exo-Earths, the question of what comes next Sep 20, 2011
Origin of dinosaur-killing asteroid remains a mystery Sep 20, 2011
Tatooine worlds today, Nightfall worlds tomorrow? Sep 18, 2011
Dwarf galaxy observations cast doubt on leading dark matter theory Sep 17, 2011
Pluto may harbor a watery ocean Sep 16, 2011
Small distant galaxies contain supermassive black holes Sep 16, 2011
'Star Wars' planet discovered with two suns Sep 15, 2011
Did terrestrial planets and super-Earths start out as gas giants Sep 15, 2011
NASA announces design for new deep space exploration system Sep 14, 2011
The X-ray-blasted planet Sep 14, 2011
Herschel paints new story of galaxy evolution Sep 14, 2011
Second "Goldilocks" world among new exoplanet haul Sep 13, 2011
Fifty new exoplanets discovered Sep 12, 2011
Duck! A 6-ton satellite is coming home Sep 12, 2011
GRAIL Moon mission launches successfully Sep 10, 2011
Gold brought to Earth by meteorites Sep 9, 2011
See a star across intergalactic space with your eyes alone. Limited time only! Sep 8, 2011
Dark matter hinted at again at Cresst experiment Sep 7, 2011
Twinkling, twinkling Sun-like stars hamper search for other Earths Sep 7, 2011
NASA spacecraft images offer sharper views of Apollo landing sites Sep 6, 2011
Tevatron demise could coincide with that of the Standard Model Sep 6, 2011
Hunt focuses on a slimmed-down "God particle" Sep 5, 2011
Volcanic rock rafts 'could have been cradles of life' Sep 3, 2011
Why doesn't NASA like Venus? Sep 3, 2011
Space debris at critical level Sep 2, 2011
Opportunity rover begins study of Martian crater Sep 1, 2011

depressions on the surface of Mercury
Messenger findings may 'revolutionize' views of Mercury
(Sep 30, 2011)

A spacecraft sent to the least explored rocky planet in the solar system is providing surprising new information that may rewrite what scientists believe about the growth of planets. Mercury, the tiny planet closest to the sun, has a lopsided magnetic field, much more sulfur than expected and strange "hollows" across its surface that may hint at present-day geologic activity, according to data gleaned by the Messenger spacecraft.

Read more. Source: BBC

Tiangong-1 ready for launch
China launches laboratory into space
(Sep 29, 2011)

China has launched its first space laboratory, Tiangong-1. The 10.5m-long, cylindrical module will be unmanned for the time being, but the country's astronauts, or yuhangyuans, are expected to visit it next year. Tiangong-1 will demonstrate the critical technologies needed by China to build a fully fledged space station – something it has promised to do at the end of the decade.

Read more. Source: BBC

sunspot 1302
Huge solar flare slams into Earth
(Sep 28, 2011)

A strong-to-severe geomagnetic storm is subsiding following the impact of a coronal mass ejection (CME) at approximately 8:15 a.m. EDT September 26. The Goddard Space Weather Lab reported a strong compression of Earth's magnetosphere.

Read more. Source: Astronomy magazine

NASA to announce latest NEO discoveries
(Sep 27, 2011)

NASA is holding a press conference at 1pm EDT on Thursday to present the latest findings on near-Earth objects by the WISE infrared space telescope. WISE is particularly good at picking up dark asteroids in steeply-inclined orbits that are hard to spot by other NEO search programs.

Read more. Source: NASA/JPL

'Antimagnet' joins list of invisibility approaches
(Sep 26, 2011)

Researchers have designed a "cloak" that is invisible to magnetic fields both coming in and coming out. The idea of blocking magnetic fields has been proposed before, but the new design, in the New Journal of Physics, could even hide magnetic materials. It could thus find application in security or medical contexts, such as those surrounding MRI scans.

Read more. Source: BBC

Zenit launch
Sea Launch back in business
(Sep 25, 2011)

Sea Launch, the rocket company that operates from a converted oil rig in the Pacific, has returned to flight. Saturday saw the firm put up its first satellite payload since emerging from bankruptcy protection last year. The spacecraft, owned by Eutelsat, will beam TV channels into the Middle East and North Africa.

Read more. Source: BBC

UARS is down
(Sep 24, 2011)

NASA says its six-tonne Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) came down off the US west coast after entering the Earth's atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean late on Friday or early on Saturday. The decommissioned craft fell between 03:23 and 05:09 GMT and no injury or damage to property was reported. UARS is the largest NASA satellite to return uncontrolled into the atmosphere in about 30 years.

Read more. Source: BBC

CERN experiment seems to show neutrinos breaking the light-barrier
(Sep 22, 2011)

Puzzling results from CERN, home of the LHC, have confounded physicists – because it appears subatomic particles have exceeded the speed of light. Neutrinos sent through the ground from CERN toward the Gran Sasso laboratory 732km away seemed to show up a few billionths of a second early. The results will soon be online to draw closer scrutiny to a result that, if true, would upend a century of physics.

Read more. Source: BBC

Enceladus spreads its influence
(Sep 22, 2011)

Saturn's moon Enceladus punches well above its weight. It spews out huge plumes of water vapor and ice, possesses simple organic particles, and may house liquid water beneath its surface. Its geyser-like jets create a gigantic halo of ice, dust, and gas around Enceladus that helps feed Saturn's E ring. Most recently, the Herschel Space Observatory found a huge donut-shaped cloud of water vapor created by Enceladus encircling Saturn, which appears to be the source of water in Saturn's upper atmosphere.

Read more. Source: NASA/JPL

Artist's impression of GX 339-4. Image credit: NASA
Infrared space telescope captures black hole's wildly flaring jet
(Sep 21, 2011)

Astronomers using NASA's WISE (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer) have captured rare data of a flaring black hole, revealing new details about these powerful objects and their blazing jets. The object in question is GX 339-4, a black hole with at least 6 times the mass of the Sun, which lies more than 20,000 light-years away near the center of our galaxy.

Read more. Source: NASA

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