German Aerospace Center (DLR) 9 Oct 2009, 09:03 UTC The High-Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) operated by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) on board the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter imaged Daedalia Planum, a sparsely cratered, untextured plain on the Red Planet, featuring solidified lava flows of varying ages.
NASA's Ames Research Center News and Features 8 Oct 2009, 04:00 UTC A live video stream of the LCROSS Centaur Separation will be available at 9:40 p.m. EDT (6:40 p.m. PDT), Oct. 8 at: http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/lcross-centaur-separation/
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 7 Oct 2009, 19:10 UTC Using updated information, NASA scientists have recalculated the path of a large asteroid.
ESA Top News 7 Oct 2009, 08:40 UTC With land degradation in dryland regions continuing to worsen, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification has agreed on scientist-recommended indicators for monitoring and assessing desertification that signatory countries must report on.
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope 7 Oct 2009, 01:00 UTC NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered an enormous ring around Saturn — by far the largest of the giant planet's many rings.
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory 6 Oct 2009, 17:00 UTC A galaxy about 330 million light years from Earth. * NGC 6240 is a galaxy that contains two supermassive black holes in the process of merging * Scientists think the merger began about 30 million years ago and will conclude some tens or hundreds of millions of years in the future * Understanding what happens when black holes merge is an open and active area of current astrophysics Scientists think these black holes are in such close proximity because they are in the midst of spiraling toward each other - a process that began about 30 million years ago. It is estimated that the two black holes will eventually drift together and merge into a larger black hole some tens or hundreds of millions of years from now.
ESA Top News 6 Oct 2009, 15:51 UTC ESA PR 24-2009. ESA astronaut Frank De Winne will become the first European commander of the International Space Station this weekend, after the current commander Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka has left the ISS.
Royal Astronomical Society 6 Oct 2009, 14:01 UTC In 1969 physicists Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith, both of Bell Laboratories in the USA, invented the first successful imaging technology using a digital sensor, the Charge-Coupled Device (CCD). These transform light into electrical signals, allowing light to be captured electronically instead of on film. Since their inception, their incredible sensitivity to light has revolutionised astronomy and other areas of science.Now the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has recognised their work and awarded half of the 2009 Nobel...
ESO Top News 5 Oct 2009, 10:00 UTC ESO 37/09 - Organisational Release:Today marks the beginning of the GalileoMobile Project, a two-month expedition to bring the wonder and excitement of astronomy to young people in Chile, Bolivia and Peru. Supported by ESO and partners, a group of astronomers and educators will travel through a region of the Andes Mountains aboard the GalileoMobile, offering astronomical activities, such as workshops for students and star parties for the general public. Professional filmmakers on the trip will produce a multilingual documentary capturing the thrill of discovery through science, culture and travel.