HubbleSite NewsCenter -- Latest News Releases 3 Jun 2010, 13:00 UTC Get larger image formatsWithout warning, a mystery object struck Jupiter on July 19, 2009, leaving a dark bruise the size of the Pacific Ocean. The spot first caught the eye of an amateur astronomer in Australia, and soon, observatories around the world, including NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, were zeroing in on the unexpected blemish. Astronomers had witnessed this kind of cosmic event before. Similar scars had been left behind during the course of a week in July 1994, when more than 20 pieces of Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 (SL9) plunged into Jupiter's atmosphere. The 2009 impact occurred during the same week, 15 years later.
ESA Human Spaceflight and Exploration 3 Jun 2010, 10:00 UTC Mars500, the first full-length simulated mission to Mars, started today in Moscow at 13:49 local time (11:49 CET), when the six-man crew entered their ‘spacecraft’ and the hatch was closed. The experiment will end in November 2011.
Hubble Space Telescope News 2 Jun 2010, 14:00 UTC The core of the massive compact star cluster in NGC 3603By exploiting the exquisite image quality of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and comparing two observations made ten years apart astronomers have, for the first time, managed to measure the tiny motions of several hundred young stars within the central cluster of the star-forming region NGC 3603. The team was surprised to find that the stars are moving in ways that are at odds with the current understanding of how such clusters evolve. The stars in the cluster have not “settled down” as expected.
German Aerospace Center (DLR) 2 Jun 2010, 13:16 UTC Columns of numerals appear side by side on the giant screens in Control Room 2 at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Seated at the glowing computer screens, Harald Hofmann's team exude an air of relaxed concentration as, for the last time, they simulate routine operations with the two radar satellites TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X. Things will start to get serious when TanDEM-X lifts off on 21 June 2010, to join TerraSAR-X, already in orbit.
Keck Observatory 2 Jun 2010, 12:00 UTC NEW YORK, NY – Charles Steidel, the Lee A. DuBridge Professor of Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology, is the recipient of the 2010 Cosmology Prize of The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation. The award recognizes Steidel’s revolutionary studies using the W. M. Keck Observatory of the most distant galaxies in the Universe. “Professor Steidel pioneered the techniques needed to find young galaxies and led the efforts that have opened a direct observational window to a time when the Universe was only about one tenth of its current age,” the official citation said. Steidel will receive the $500,000 award,…
ASTRON 2 Jun 2010, 08:53 UTC By connecting the German LOFAR stations with the central stations in the Netherlands, an international group of scientists has now produced the first high-resolution image of a distant quasar at meter radio wavelengths. Read more
NASA Breaking News 2 Jun 2010, 04:00 UTC Expedition 23 Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineers T.J. Creamer and Soichi Noguchi landed their Soyuz-17 spacecraft in Kazakhstan Tuesday, June 1, wrapping up a five-and-a-half-month stay aboard the International Space Station.
Royal Astronomical Society 1 Jun 2010, 22:09 UTC Scientists at University College London (UCL) and the University of Cambridge have developed machine-learning codes modelled on the human brain that can be used to classify galaxies accurately and efficiently. Remarkably, the new method is so reliable that it agrees with human classifications more than 90% of the time. The research will appear in a paper in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.