HubbleSite NewsCenter -- Latest News Releases 25 Jun 2009, 13:00 UTC The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Md., is partnering on a historic search for Earth-size planets around other stars. STScI is the data archive center for NASA's Kepler mission, a spacecraft that is undertaking a survey for Earth-size planets in our region of the galaxy. The spacecraft sent its first raw science data to STScI on June 19. The Institute's role is to convert the raw science data into files that can be analyzed by Kepler researchers and to store the files every three months in an archive.
Gemini Observatory 24 Jun 2009, 18:41 UTC Figure 1: Existing dataset of star cluster spectroscopy (16 hours of GMOSon-target integration time in all), with slit positions plotted over HST-ACS imaging of M82 (HubbleHeritage ACS mosaic of 8 WFC images, Mutchler et al. 2007). The dataset samples individual starclusters across the entire galaxy disk and cluster associations in the nucleus.read more
ESA Top News 24 Jun 2009, 17:55 UTC European scientists on the joint NASA/ESA Cassini mission have detected, for the first time, sodium salts in ice grains of Saturn’s E-ring, which is primarily replenished by material from the plumes of water vapour and ice grains emitted by Saturn’s moon Enceladus. The detection of salty ice indicates that the little moon harbours a reservoir of liquid water, perhaps even an ocean, beneath its surface.
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory 24 Jun 2009, 17:00 UTC A deep study of 29 gigantic blobs of hydrogen gas has been carried out with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to identify the source of immense energy required to illuminate these structures. These mysterious blobs - called "Lyman-alpha blobs" by astronomers because of the light they emit - are several hundred thousand light years across and are seen when the Universe is only about two billion years old, or about 15% of its current age.
NASA's Ames Research Center News and Features 22 Jun 2009, 10:22 UTC MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- Two NASA spacecraft will reach major mission milestones early Tuesday morning as they approach the moon -- one will send back live streaming imagery via the Internet as it swings by the moon, the other will insert itself into lunar orbit to begin mapping the moon's surface.
ESA Top News 22 Jun 2009, 09:16 UTC Following an agreement between ESA, Krunichev Space Centre and Eurockot Launch Services, ESA's next Earth Explorer mission SMOS and a secondary payload, the technology demonstrator Proba-2 satellite, will now launch on 2 November 2009.
University of Wisconsin 19 Jun 2009, 14:17 UTC The University of Wisconsin-Madison Space Place and the Monona Terrace invite the public to Planet Trek Fest at Monona Terrace on Saturday, June 20. The event, which will take place between 9 a.m. and noon, will kick off the summer season of the International Year of Astronomy.