ESA Top News 29 May 2009, 08:00 UTC 'Putting the Universe into our computers' is one way to describe some of the work carried out at ESAC. But ESAC, the European Space Astronomy Centre, is also where scientists prepare satellite missions and where data are archived and made available on the internet.
Planetary Society Press Wire 29 May 2009, 07:00 UTC 3.9 billion years ago the Earth was undergoing a cataclysmic convulsion. Over a period that lasted between 20 and 200 million years, the surface of our planet was battered by a storm of impactors that beat it to a pulp. Oceans were heated to the boiling point and bedrock was melted into lava, transforming and reshaping the Earth's crust. Conditions were so hostile during this Late Heavy Bombardment (LHB), that scientists believed that no living thing could possibly survive them. Only in the calm that followed the storm, when the frequency of space rocks slamming into the Earth returned to its normal rate, did primitive life emerge on Earth. The oldest biological markers known to scientists date precisely to the end of the LHB.
Royal Astronomical Society 28 May 2009, 23:11 UTC In 1919, the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) launched an expedition to the West African island of Príncipe, to observe a total solar eclipse and prove or disprove Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. Now, in a new RAS-funded expedition for the International Year of Astronomy (IYA 2009), scientists are back.
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory 28 May 2009, 17:00 UTC This is a composite image showing a small region of the Chandra Deep Field North.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 28 May 2009, 07:00 UTC A long-proposed tool for hunting planets has netted its first catch -- a Jupiter-like planet orbiting one of the smallest stars known.
National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) 27 May 2009, 12:00 UTC An international team of radio astronomers have discovered the secret explosion of a massive star, a new supernova, in the nearby galaxy M82...
ESA Top News 27 May 2009, 11:50 UTC ESA PR 13-2009. ESA astronaut Frank De Winne is heading to the International Space Station at the start of his six-month OasISS mission. Together with Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Robert Thirsk, De Winne launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, at 12:34 CEST (10:34 UT) today.