Hubble Space Telescope News 4 Feb 2010, 15:00 UTC Using data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have, for the first time, created a demographic census of galaxy types and shapes from a time before the Earth and the Sun existed, to ...
NASA Breaking News 4 Feb 2010, 05:00 UTC WASHINGTON -- NASA and General Motors are working together to accelerate development of the next generation of robots and related technologies for use in the automotive and aerospace industries. Engineers and scientists from NASA and GM worked together through a Space Act Agreement at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston to build a new humanoid robot capable of working side by side with people. Using leading edge control, sensor and vision technologies, future robots could assist astronauts during hazardous space missions and help GM build safer cars and plants.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 3 Feb 2010, 20:02 UTC NASA astronomers have successfully demonstrated that a David of a telescope can tackle Goliath-size questions in the quest to study Earth-like planets around other stars.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 3 Feb 2010, 20:02 UTC NASA will extend the international Cassini-Huygens mission to explore Saturn and its moons to 2017.
Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (ING) 3 Feb 2010, 17:00 UTC Bringing together astronomers from the ING communities to discuss scientific applications and instrument development plans for the WHT in the coming decade.
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory 3 Feb 2010, 17:00 UTC This composite image shows the effects of two galaxies caught in the act of merging.
ESO Top News 3 Feb 2010, 11:00 UTC ESO is releasing a magnificent VLT image of the giant stellar nursery surrounding NGC 3603, in which stars are continuously being born. Embedded in this scenic nebula is one of the most luminous and most compact clusters of young, massive stars in our Milky Way, which therefore serves as an excellent “local” analogue of very active star-forming regions in other galaxies. The cluster also hosts the most massive star to be “weighed” so far.
ASI Agenzia Spaziale Italiana 2 Feb 2010, 15:45 UTC Almost four months have passed since ROSA (Radio Occultation Sounder for Atmosphere) was switched on (25 September 2009), just 48 hours after launch. ROSA is the ASI instrument on board the Indian satellite Oceansat-2 that studies the environmental and atmospheric conditions on our planet. And now commissioning on the data sent back to Earth has started. In detail, the ROSA mission – which uses the radio occultation technique - consists primarily in taking very precise measurements of the temperature, humidity and pressure of the atmosphere from sea level to an altitude of about 100 km. Secondly, ROSA very precisely measures the density of electrons in the ionosphere up to an altitude of about 800 km. These are all measurements that are extremely important for studying the terrestrial climate, which has caused ROSA to be likened to a sort of accurate 'global thermometer'.
HubbleSite NewsCenter -- Latest News Releases 2 Feb 2010, 15:00 UTC Something awfully curious is happening 100 million miles from Earth in the asteroid belt. There's a newly discovered object that superficially looks like a comet but lives among the asteroids. The distinction? Comets swoop along elliptical orbits close in to the Sun and grow long gaseous and dusty tails, as ices near the surface turn into vapor and release dust. But asteroids are mostly in circular orbits in the asteroid belt and are not normally expected to be "volatile."