German Aerospace Center (DLR) 16 Oct 2009, 08:39 UTC At 14:00 on Saturday, 10 October, the BEXUS 8 research balloon was launched from the Esrange European rocket and balloon launch site near the Swedish town of Kiruna. Its gondola contained experimental equipment assembled by students at the University of Rostock for the measurement of atmospheric turbulence.
NASA's Ames Research Center News and Features 16 Oct 2009, 04:00 UTC NASA’s Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) was a smashing success, returning tantalizing data about the Centaur impact before the spacecraft itself impacted the surface of the moon.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 15 Oct 2009, 19:10 UTC Images from the Ion and Neutral Camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft suggest that the heliosphere, the region of the sun's influence, may not have the comet-like shape predicted by existing models.
International Year of Astronomy Press Releases
Call for Submissions to the IYA2009/Mani Bhaumik Prize for Excellence in Astronomy Education and Public Outreach15 Oct 2009, 14:00 UTC The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) is soliciting nominations and submissions for the IYA2009/Mani Bhaumik Prize for Excellence in Astronomy Education and Public Outreach.
ASI Agenzia Spaziale Italiana 15 Oct 2009, 09:14 UTC THE BRIGHT GAMMA-RAY SKY to be held in Frascati, ASDC-ESRINConference Hall - ESA/ESRIN, Frascati 29 September - 1 October, 2009The Workshop is aimed at providing an overview of the most relevant recent discoveries in gamma-ray astrophysics, with particular emphasis on the multifrequency (radio, optical, X-ray, gamma-ray and TeV) observations of cosmic sources. We will also focus on how to strengthen the multifrequency response to alerts originating from the gamma-ray experiments.A series of talks will cover the following topics:* High energy properties and modelling of AGNs with emphasis on the brightest gamma-ray blazars and multifrequency campaigns.* Our Galaxy: high-resolution gamma-ray observations and diffuse emission.* Pulsars, pulsar wind nebulae and Supernovae Remnants.* Galactic jet sources and black holes.* Colliding Wind Binaries.* Gamma-Ray properties of GRBs.* Terrestrial Gamma-Ray Flashes.A special session will be devoted to the discussion of current and future multifrequency programs of high-energy sources.Information on the logistics and a preliminary Workshop program (to be updated shortly) can be found at the webpages:http://agile.asdc.asi.ithttp://agile.iasf-roma.inaf.itThe Scientific Organizing Committee (SOC)A. Argan, G. Barbiellini, A. Bulgarelli, P. Caraveo, S. Colafrancesco, E. Costa, E. Del Monte, G. Di Cocco, M. Feroci, A. Giuliani, P. Giommi, F. Longo, M. Marisaldi, A. Pellizzoni, P. Picozza, C. Pittori, L. Salotti, ...
ESA Space Science 15 Oct 2009, 08:43 UTC The Moon is a big sponge that absorbs electrically charged particles given out by the Sun. These particles interact with the oxygen present in some dust grains on the lunar surface, producing water. This discovery, made by the ESA-ISRO instrument SARA onboard the Indian Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiter, confirms how water is likely being created on the lunar surface.
ESA Top News 15 Oct 2009, 04:16 UTC Using satellite radar data and GPS measurements, Chinese researchers have explained the exceptional geological events leading to the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake that killed nearly 90 000 people in China’s Sichuan Province.
ESA Space Science 14 Oct 2009, 08:21 UTC While engineers press on at full speed with building the James Webb Space Telescope, a test model of one of the telescope’s major scientific instruments has gone on display today at its manufacturer’s in Germany, ready for shipping to NASA later this year.
ESO Top News 14 Oct 2009, 07:00 UTC ESO 38/09 - Photo Release:Today ESO announces the release of a stunning new image of one of our nearest galactic neighbours, Barnard's Galaxy, also known as NGC 6822. The galaxy contains regions of rich star formation and curious nebulae, such as the bubble clearly visible in the upper left of this remarkable vista. Astronomers classify NGC 6822 as an irregular dwarf galaxy because of its odd shape and relatively diminutive size by galactic standards. The strange shapes of these cosmic misfits help researchers understand how galaxies interact, evolve and occasionally "cannibalise" each other, leaving behind radiant, star-filled scraps.