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December 6, 2010 13:01 by scibuff

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SpaceX Success, Russian Launch Failure – The third time was a charm for SpaceX’s static fire of the Falcon 9 rocket, with a successful 2-second test of the nine engines, clearing the way for a launch next week for a NASA demonstration mission. SpaceX said preliminary he data analysis showed the engine test firing went as expected. An earlier try on Friday and then again Saturday morning ended in a-computer controlled abort.-Nancy Atkinson / Universe Today

NASA Ejects Nanosatellite From Microsatellite in Space – On Dec. 6 at 06:61 GMT, NASA for the first time successfully ejected a nanosatellite from a free-flying microsatellite. NanoSail-D ejected from the Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology Satellite, FASTSAT, demonstrating the capability to deploy a small cubesat payload from an autonomous microsatellite in space. –NASA

Secret X-37B Mini Space Shuttle Lands – The X-37B mini space shuttle made a stealth landing during the early morning hours, landing at Vandenberg Air Force base at 09:16 GMT on Friday, Dec. 3.) The US Air Force’s first unmanned space plane successfully glided to a landing after nearly 225 days in space. –Nancy Atkinson / Universe Today

Revival on Jupiter Continues – It’s been 10 months since telescopic observers realized something was amiss on Jupiter. Last February the South Equatorial Belt, one of two dark stripes that sandwich the planet’s midsection, turned up missing. Whatever the cause, astronomers knew that a stormy “outbreak” in the months ahead would signal the belt’s eventual return. –Sky And Telescope

Inside Mercury’s orbit – Last summer, I wrote a piece on the search for small solar system objects that might, theoretically, circle the Sun inside Mercury’s orbit. Called vulcanoids, they are extremely difficult to observe, which is why it’s still not certain if they exist or not… –Phil Plait / Bad Astronomy

2010 XR close flyby – Apollo Near Easrth Asteroid (NEA) 2010 XR made a close earth approach 2010-Nov-29 20:14 with Earth distance ~ 0.0013 AU or 0.5 Lunar Distances (LD) Absolute magnitude H = 26.7 (or approximately 15m in diameter) Discovered December 2, 2010 by G96 Mt. Lemmon Survey.

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Hyperion Flyby (moon of Saturn) 2010 - Colorized



Big Apple and more at nite, USA

Big Apple and more at nite, USA

Miami and Miami Beach

Miami and Miami Beach

Moon and Venus over Birmingham

Moon and Venus over Birmingham

Falcon9 Static Fire Test

Falcon9 Static Fire Test


Gallery Pick of the Day

Hubble Peers Deeply into the Eagle Nebula

The Hubble Space Telescope has once more turned its attention towards the magnificent Eagle Nebula (Messier 16). This picture shows the northwestern part of the region, well away from the centre, and features some very bright young stars that formed from the same cloud of material. These energetic toddlers are part of an open cluster and emit ultraviolet radiation that causes the surrounding nebula to glow - Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

The photo above is “Pick of the Day” from one of the three galleries: Astronomy Gallery, Space Shuttle Gallery and Space Station Gallery.

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