NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 10 Aug 2009, 19:08 UTC NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity is investigating a metallic meteorite the size of a large watermelon that is providing researchers more details about the Red Planet's environmental history.
IAU Press Releases 10 Aug 2009, 18:00 UTC One of the hottest topics at this year’s XXVIIth General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil involves the study of the astrophysical conditions favourable for the development and survival of primordial life. New research shows that compared to middle-aged stars like the Sun, newly formed stars spin faster generating strong magnetic fields that result in emission of more intense levels of X-rays, ultraviolet rays and charged particles ― all of which could wreak havoc on budding atmospheres and have a dramatic effect on the development of emerging life forms.
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope 10 Aug 2009, 17:00 UTC NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found evidence of a high-speed collision between two burgeoning planets around a young star.
Royal Astronomical Society 10 Aug 2009, 12:27 UTC Amateur astronomers across the UK are preparing to tweet the world’s first mass participation meteor star party, as part of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009). Led by Newbury Astronomical Society, the Twitter Meteorwatch will take place from the evening of Tuesday 11th until the morning of 13th August 2009, covering the peak of the Perseids meteor shower.
ESA Top News 10 Aug 2009, 09:00 UTC Mars may not be as dormant as scientists once thought. The 2004 discovery of methane means that either there is life on Mars, or that volcanic activity continues to generate heat below the martian surface. ESA plans to find out which it is. Either outcome is big news for a planet once thought to be biologically and geologically inactive.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 7 Aug 2009, 19:08 UTC Thanks to a special play of sunlight and shadow as Saturn continues its march towards its August 11 equinox, recent images captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft are revealing new three-dimensional objects and structures in the planet’s otherwise flat rings. The Cassini spacecraft captured this image of a small object in the outer portion of Saturn's B ring casting a shadow on the rings as Saturn approaches its August 2009 equinox.
Science and Technology Facilities Council News and Press Releases 7 Aug 2009, 12:28 UTC STFC Innovations Ltd has been selected to lead ESA’s Technology Transfer Programme (TPP) in the UK as part of its Technology Transfer Network. This will see them identify opportunities to exploit ESA’s technology, expertise and know-how to create social and economic impact in non-space sectors.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 6 Aug 2009, 19:08 UTC Radar imaging at NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar on June 12 and 14, 2009, revealed that near-Earth asteroid 1994 CC is a triple system.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 6 Aug 2009, 19:08 UTC NASA's new exoplanet-hunting Kepler space telescope has detected the atmosphere of a known giant gas planet, demonstrating the telescope's extraordinary scientific capabilities. The discovery will be published Friday, Aug. 7, in the journal Science.