Arianespace Press Releases 12 Oct 2009, 00:00 UTC Arianespace has taken delivery of the sixth Ariane 5 for launch in 2009, keeping the company on track for a record year of launch activity with the heavy-lift workhorse. The vehicle's dual payload - SES WORLD SKIES' NSS-12 spacecraft and THOR 6 for Telenor Satellite Broadcasting - will now be installed under Arianespace responsibility in the Spaceport's Final Assembly Building.
HubbleSite NewsCenter -- Latest News Releases 9 Oct 2009, 22:00 UTC Get larger image formatsNASA's Hubble Space Telescope has made a series of observations immediately preceding and following the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) Centaur rocket stage and shepherding spacecraft impacts at the lunar south pole, on October 9 at 7:31 and 7:35 a.m. EDT.
Keck Observatory 9 Oct 2009, 11:43 UTC KAMUELA, HI—On Oct. 9, astronomers at the W. M. Keck Observatory used the Keck II telescope search for water harbored in the Moon’s permanently shadowed craters. The observations were made as part of the Observatory’s participation in NASA’s Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, mission. At 1:31 and 1:35 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time, two LCROSS impactors collided with the crater Cabeus on the South Pole of the Moon. Diane Wooden of the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. used Keck II with its Near Infrared…
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.