ESA Top News 11 Nov 2009, 08:10 UTC ESA’s ‘Fly Your Thesis!’ programme made its successful debut during ESA’s 51st Parabolic Flight Campaign, held 25 October to 5 November. Four student teams from five European countries took advantage of this new educational initiative to conduct microgravity experiments on the Airbus A300 ‘Zero G’ aircraft.
Royal Astronomical Society 11 Nov 2009, 00:13 UTC The Universe’s infant galaxies enjoyed rapid growth spurts forming stars like our Sun at a rate of up to 50 stars a year, according to scientists at Durham University. Led by RAS Norman Lockyer Fellow Dr Mark Swinbank, the team's work appears in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. (Image credit: Dr Johan Richard, Durham University)
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory 10 Nov 2009, 17:00 UTC In this spectacular image, observations using infrared light and X-ray light see through the obscuring dust and reveal the intense activity near the galactic core.
Keck Observatory 10 Nov 2009, 03:51 UTC BERKELEY, CA—An unusual supernova rediscovered in seven-year-old data taken at the W. M. Keck Observatory and Lick Observatory may be the first example of a new type of exploding star, possibly in a binary star system where helium flows from one white dwarf onto another and detonates in a thermonuclear explosion. In a paper first published online Nov. 5 in Science Express, astronomer Dovi Poznanski, of the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), and his colleagues describe supernovae SN 2002bj and review the data that suggest it is a new type of stellar explosion. The…
Planetary Society Press Wire 9 Nov 2009, 05:00 UTC Planetary Society to Sail Again with LightSail
NASA Breaking News 9 Nov 2009, 05:00 UTC NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST on Thursday, Nov. 12, to discuss attempts to free the Mars rover Spirit from sandy soil where the venerable robot has been stuck for the past six months.
Arianespace Press Releases 7 Nov 2009, 00:00 UTC In an historic step for Arianespace's expansion of its launcher family, the initial two Soyuz vehicles have been loaded aboard a roll-on/roll-off ship at St. Petersburg, Russia for their transatlantic voyage to the Spaceport in French Guiana. These launchers will be the first operated from the Spaceport, with Arianespace's new Soyuz service to be inaugurated in 2010.
National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) 6 Nov 2009, 15:00 UTC WASHINGTON - Energetic gamma rays are providing astronomers with a new way to hunt those hard-to-find whirling dervishes known as pulsars...