A part of a Russian booster rocket used to deliver a spacecraft into orbit has fallen on the roof of a two-storey home in Russia‚Äôs Altai Region, in South Siberia, the ITAR-TASS news agency reported on Friday. The Soyuz booster rocket carrying the Progress-M-02M cargo spacecraft started for the International Space Station on Thursday night. The Progress-M-02M is expected to dock with the ISS on May 12 at 23:23 Moscow Time. Full Story : Mosnews.com…(Continue reading)
The 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…..(Continue reading)
A Soyuz capsule carrying a Russian cosmonaut, an American astronaut and U.S. billionaire tourist Charles Simonyi docked at the international space station Saturday. Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka manually guided the capsule to a stop slightly ahead of schedule two days after blasting off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Full Story : AP.com(Continue reading)
Debris from this week’s satellite collision could circle Earth for up to 10,000 years, threatening many other satellites in an already-crowded area, Russia’s Mission Control chief said Friday. Space “junk” has become a growing concern in recent years, since collisions at orbital velocities can be highly damaging to functioning satellites and can also produce even more space debris in the process, called Kessler Syndrome. The U.S. Strategic Command maintains a catalogue currently containing about 13,000 objects, in part to prevent misinterpretation as hostile missiles.(Continue reading)
The future of space flight, exploration and even the future of commercialization of space for space mining, space tourism and research depend on solving one very important issue,Space Radiation. Once outside Earth”s atmosphere we are no longer protected from the bombardment of X-rays, Gamma Rays and Space Radiation. Full Article : Space Radiation the Big Killer .(Continue reading)
Two big communications satellites collided in the first-ever crash of two intact spacecraft in orbit, shooting out a pair of massive debris clouds and posing a slight risk to the International Space Station. Full Story : Discovery…(Continue reading)
Iran today claimed it had broken into the global space race after launching the country’s first homemade satellite into orbit, in a move that will intensify western fears over its missile capabilities. Full Story : Guardian.co.uk……(Continue reading)
Iran plans to send a manned rocket into space in the next 10 years, Fars News agency reported. Iran announced last Sunday that it successfully launched a home-made satellite-carrier rocket named Safir (messenger) and placed a dummy satellite into orbit. But U.S. officials said the vehicle which Iran said had delivered a dummy satellite into space failed shortly after lift off. Iran planned to put a “series of satellites” into space by 2010 to aid natural disaster management programs and improve telecommunications, said Iranian Space Organization chief Reza Taghipour. Iran and some other Islamic countries has been constructing an Islamic satellite called “Besharat” (Good News). Its a noticeable achievement for the country despite long-time sanctions imposed by the West.(Continue reading)
For 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.(Continue reading)
The Russian Soyuz re-entry capsule, carrying the first South Korean astronaut back to Earth, suffered a “ballistic re-entry”, putting the capsule 400 km (250 miles) off-target. Russian Federal Space Agency chief Anatoly Perminov placed some of the blame on an old naval superstition.
“.. in the future, we will work somehow to ensure that the number of women will not surpass [the number of men].”
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So-Yeon Yi, a 29-year-old female engineer,¬† is flying under a commercial agreement between the Russian space agency and South Korea’s ministry of science and technology. Yi will spend nine days aboard the space station and return to Earth on April 19. She is the youngest woman to ever launch into space.(Continue reading)
A molecule closely related to an amino acid has been detected in space by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR) in Bonn. The molecule, amino acetonitrile is detected near the center of our Milky Way. Starting from 1965, more than 140 molecular species have been detected in space, in interstellar clouds as well as in circumstellar envelopes.
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Gamma ray bursts occur when huge stars use up all their fuel and their core collapses, forming black holes or neutron stars. A brightest cosmic explosion has been detected by NASA 7.5 billion light years away. That means it occurred before Earth was formed. The explosion was seen last Wednesday without any visual aid.
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A series of avalanches near the north pole of Mars has been snapped by a robotic spacecraft circling the planet. The images, show at least four avalanches of fine ice and dust breaking off from a steep cliff and settling on the slope below. The landslide also triggered a massive debris cloud.
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Diamonds are formed by the intense heat and pressure of the Earth’s interior working over long periods. But exact opposite conditions, extremely low pressures and temperatures that dip to minus 400 degrees Fahrenheit creates diamonds in space. These space diamonds are 25,000 times smaller than a grain of sand and found in meteorites. Space diamonds are made of carbon, the building block of all life on Earth, studying them may help scientists understand how carbon-rich molecules develop(Continue reading)
The Saturn’s best appearance in 2008 happens now. Saturn reached a point in its orbit called opposition on February 24. At this position, the planet lies opposite the Sun from our perspective on Earth. This marks the best time of year to view the ringed planet because it lies closest to Earth and thus appears its biggest and brightest. At this time Saturn lies 1.24 billion kilometers from Earth.
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Maryn Smith (age 10) , the winner of the National Geographic planetary mnemonic contest, has created a handy way to remember the plants with the phrase:
‚ÄúMy very exciting magic carpet just sailed under nine palace elephants.‚Äù
The 11 recognized planets are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Ceres, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Eris. Ceres, Pluto and Eris are considered dwarf planets.
National Geographic Children’s Books created the contest in response to the recent announcement about the planets.(Continue reading)
A new solar system has been discovered which lies about 4,500 light years away from the Earth. A technique, known as gravitational micro lensing is used in the discovery by Polish astronomers. The system consists of a star which is half the size of Sun and two planets which closely resembles Jupiter and Saturn.
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