Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics 9 Sep 2009, 15:59 UTC September 09, 2009: The simple picture of star formation calls for giant clouds of gas and dust to collapse inward due to gravity, growing denser and hotter until igniting nuclear fusion. In reality, forces other than gravity also influence the birth of stars.
Hubble Space Telescope News 9 Sep 2009, 15:00 UTC Astronomers today declared the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope a fully rejuvenated observatory ready for a new decade of exploration, with the release of observations from four of its six operating sc...
HubbleSite NewsCenter -- Latest News Releases 9 Sep 2009, 15:00 UTC NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is back in business, ready to uncover new worlds, peer ever deeper into space, and even map the invisible backbone of the universe. The first snapshots from the refurbished Hubble showcase the 19-year-old telescope's new vision. Topping the list of exciting new views are colorful multi-wavelength pictures of far-flung galaxies, a densely packed star cluster, an eerie "pillar of creation," and a "butterfly" nebula.
ESA Top News 9 Sep 2009, 07:09 UTC As part of the development process for ESA’s Sentinel-3 Earth observation mission, remote-sensing experts carried out an extensive experiment campaign across southern Europe this summer. The results provide valuable insight into the imagery the mission will deliver after it is launched in 2013.
German Aerospace Center (DLR) 4 Sep 2009, 07:16 UTC From 7–21 September 2009, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) will perform, for the 14th time, a series of research flights to provide weightlessness conditions, using the Airbus A300 ZERO-G. The event will also celebrate ten years of activity for DLR’s parabolic flight programme for microgravity research.
ESA Top News 3 Sep 2009, 18:55 UTC ESA's XMM-Newton orbiting X-ray telescope has uncovered a celestial Rosetta stone: the first close-up of a white dwarf star, circling a companion star, that could explode into a particular kind of supernova in a few million years. These supernovae are used as beacons to measure cosmic distances and ultimately understand the expansion of our Universe.
ESA Top News 3 Sep 2009, 12:41 UTC ESA’s new astronaut recruits reported this week to the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany. The six have started the first days of their 18-month basic training in preparation for future missions to the International Space Station and beyond.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 2 Sep 2009, 19:09 UTC Thousands of newly released images from more than 1,500 telescopic observations by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show a wide range of gullies, dunes, craters, geological layering and other features on the Red Planet.