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NASA Rover Sees Variable Environmental History at Martian Crater

Planet MarsOne of NASA’s two Mars rovers has recorded a compelling saga of environmental changes that occurred over billions of years at a Martian crater. The Mars rover, Opportunity, surveyed the rim and interior of Victoria Crater on the Red Planet from September 2006 through August 2008. The rover revealed the effects of wind and water. The data show water repeatedly came and left billions of years ago. Wind persisted much longer, heaping sand into dunes between ancient water episodes. Full Story : NASA.gov…..

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NASA rescue mission aims to revive Hubble Telescope

hubble-telescopeThe Hubble Space Telescope, one of the greatest scientific instruments of all time, is about to get an extreme makeover ‚Äî an overhaul so delicate and risky that NASA astronaut John Grunsfeld likens it to “brain surgery.” The seven-member crew of space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to blast off Monday in an attempt to fix it. Full Story : USAToday.com…..

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Former NASA Astronaut: Governments Concealing Truth About Extraterrestrial Life

ufoMitchell, who was part of the 1971 Apollo 14 moon mission, asserted Monday that extraterrestrial life exists, and that the truth is being concealed by the U.S. and other governments. He delivered his remarks during an appearance at the National Press Club following the conclusion of the fifth annual X-Conference, a meeting of UFO activists and researchers studying the possibility of alien life forms. Full Story : Thirdeyeconcept.com….

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Sun is plunging into the Deepest Solar minimum

Tornadoes on the SunMeasurements by the Ulysses spacecraft reveal a 20% drop in solar wind pressure since the mid-1990s‚Äîthe lowest point since such measurements began in the 1960s. The solar wind helps keep galactic cosmic rays out of the inner solar system. Careful measurements by several NASA spacecraft show that the sun’s brightness has dropped by 0.02% at visible wavelengths and 6% at extreme UV wavelengths since the solar minimum of 1996. The changes so far are not enough to reverse the course of global warming. Full Story : NASA….

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Scientists search cosmos for new worlds

The new “Kepler” spacecraft blasted off from Florida on Friday. Kepler will survey the stars in our Milky Way Galaxy, and look for indicators that planets orbit other stars. It’s done by calculation. Full Story : Krqe.com……

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US Will Go Back to the Moon in 2020

moonIn a budget blueprint released by the White House on Thursday, President Barack Obama has confirmed his intent to carry out the planned retirement of the ageing Space Shuttle next year. Additionally, the the blueprint affirms Obama’s stance on a return trip to the Moon. Full Story : Universetoday…..

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US carbon-tracking satellite crashes

carbon observatory satelliteNASA’s $278-million Orbiting Carbon Observatory failed to reach orbit and plunged into the southern Pacific Ocean near Antarctica. The satellite was launched aboard an unmanned Taurus rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The satellite had been designed to examine how carbon dioxide is cycled through the planet.

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NASA Receives Shorty Twitter Award

Shorty AwardNASA’s activities in social networking media will be recognized Wednesday in New York, when the agency receives an award for its presence on the popular Web site Twitter. Known as the Shorty Award, it was created to honor the best producers of short content on Twitter during 2008. Updates on NASA’s Mars Phoenix Lander mission received the most votes in the science category from users of the site. Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users’ updates (otherwise known as tweets), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length. Full Story : NASA……

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NASA’s Great Observatories Celebrate International Year of Astronomy

NASAIn conjunction with Galileo’s birthday on Feb. 15, NASA is releasing images from its Great Observatories — the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope, and Chandra X-ray Observatory — to more than 100 planetariums, museums, nature centers and schools across the country. Full Story: NASA….

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Explore Mars with Google Earth

Google earth Mars modeNASA and Google announced the release of Mars mode in Google earth. Users can view a high-resolution, three-dimensional view of the Red Planet on their Desktop using the new Google Mars. Users can fly virtually through enormous canyons and huge mountains on Mars that are much larger than any found on Earth. Users also can explore the Red Planet through the eyes of the Mars rovers and other Mars missions, providing a unique perspective of the entire planet.

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@ a glance : NASA Spirit Rover Celebrates Five Years On Mars

Against all odds, NASA’s plucky Spirit rover has officially been on the Red Planet for five years. Full Story : Gizmodo.com……

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Space Station Crew’s New Year’s Message to be aired on NASA TV

international_space_stationNASA TV will air a special New Year’s message from International Space Station Expedition 18 Commander Mike Fincke and Flight Engineer Sandy Magnus beginning on Monday’s noon EST Video File. The Space Station orbits at an altitude of approximately 350 km (220 mi) above the surface of the Earth, and travels at an average speed of 27,700 kilometres (17,210 mi) per hour.

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Phoenix Mars Explorer Finished it job

PhoenixNASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander has ceased communications after operating for more than five months. As expected, seasonal decline in sunshine at the robot’s arctic landing site is not providing enough sunlight for the solar arrays to collect the power necessary to charge batteries that operate the lander’s instruments. Last signal from the Phoenix was received on Nov.2nd. Launched Aug. 4, 2007, Phoenix landed on Mars on May 25, 2008. It verified the presence of water-ice in the Martian subsurface. Phoenix findings also support the goal of learning the history of water on Mars.

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Send Your Name Around The Earth

Glory SatelliteMembers of the public can send their names around Earth on NASA’s Glory satellite. NASA setup a website “Send Your Name Around the Earth” which enables everyone to take part in the science mission and place their names in orbit for years to come. Participant’s name will be ecorded on a microchip that will become part of the spacecraft, they will also receive a printable certificate from NASA. Glory is scheduled for launch in June 2009 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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NASA Supersonic Airliner Design Competition for Students

NASAA new NASA competition is challenging students in high school and college to research and describe a small, supersonic airliner that could enter commercial service in the next decade. Individuals and teams of high school students can enter the competition by submitting well-documented short papers describing what needs to be accomplished to make supersonic flight available to commercial passengers by 2020. The competition is sponsored by NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to receive the awards.

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NASA Astronaut Candidate Class,Deadline approaching

Earth From SpaceFor those who dreams about flying into space,there is a chance your dream may come true. NASA is accepting applications for the 2009 Astronaut Candidate Class, those selected could fly to space for long-duration stays on the International Space Station and missions to the moon. Qualifications?..A bachelor’s degree in engineering, science or math and three years of relevant professional experience or extensive experience flying high-performance jet aircraft. NASA said teaching experience, including work at the kindergarten through 12th grade level, is considered qualifying. After a six-month period of evaluation and interviews, NASA will announce final selections in early 2009. You can apply here to be an astronaut. Deadline for accepting applications is July 1.

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Phoenix Found Water in Mars

Ice in MarsNASA scientists believe that the white substance exposed by Phoenix lander while digging a trench, is ice. Initially in the bottom of the trench a white material is observed, it disappeared later,meaning it must have been frozen water. Phoenix Lander’s lead investigator, Peter Smith said “These little clumps completely disappearing over the course of a few days, that is perfect evidence that it’s ice.” An earlier experiment carried out on Martian soil sample zyielded no evidence of water. The $420 million Phoenix mission’s main objective was to look for water in Mars. Is this the first step towards a human settlement in Mars?

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Phoenix probe lands safely on Mars

Phoenix After a 680-million-km (423-million-mile) journey from Earth, NASA’s Phoenix probe touched down on the Martian surface. Phoenix entered the Martian atmosphere at about 21,000km/h and used a thermal shield, a parachute, then pulse thrusters to slow down to a mere 8km/h. The Spacecraft landed in the far north of the Red Planet. The probe is equipped with a robotic arm to dig for water ice thought to be buried beneath the surface. Scientists say the mission should give the clearest indication yet of whether the planet could once have harbored primitive life. About half of the three dozen Mars exploration tries have failed over the past five decades. The probe was launched on 4 August 2007.

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NASA Launches New Science Web Site

NASA science web site A new Web site has been launched by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, which provides enhanced and engaging information about NASA’s vast scope of scientific endeavors and achievements. The site will provide in-depth coverage of NASA’s past, present and future science missions with features that include:- Interactive tables and searches for Earth, heliophysics, planetary and astrophysics missions
- Resources for researchers including links to upcoming science solicitations and opportunities
- A citizen-scientist page with access to resources that equip the public to engage in scientific investigation
- Expanded “For Educators” and “For Kids” pages to provide access to a broader range of resources for learning the science behind NASA missions
- Easy-to-navigate design and an improved search engine to help find information.

Visit the new website here.

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NASA shuttle crew returns

shuttle_endeavour.pngAfter completing a 16-day journey of nearly 6.6 million miles in space, space shuttle Endeavour and its crew landed at 8:39 p.m. EDT Wednesday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Endeavour’s flight was the longest shuttle mission to the International Space Station and included a record five spacewalks.

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