Astronews Daily (2455545)

December 14, 2010 12:42 by scibuff

Top Stories

Breaking News: Space Shuttle Discovery to Be Rolled Back from Launchpad – NASA managers made the decision on Monday afternoon that space shuttle Discovery will be rolled back from the launchpad for inspections and/or repairs. There’s no word from NASA yet on the reason for the decision, but presumably it has to do with the cracks on the “stringers,” or structural ribs of the shuttle’s external tank. –Nancy Atkinson / Universe Today

NASA Probe Sees Solar Wind Decline En Route To Interstellar Space – The 33-year odyssey of NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft has reached a distant point at the edge of our solar system where there is no outward motion of solar wind. –NASA

SpaceX Looking to Launch Next Dragon Spacecraft – to the ISS – With the success of the first and second launches of the Falcon 9 rocket as well as the successful recovery of the Dragon spacecraft, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has stated its intent to accelerate the pace of the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program that the private space firm has with NASA. The company has been inspecting various elements of the Dragon spacecraft that launched to orbit on Dec. 8, to make potential changes to the next Dragon – in preparation for its flight. -Jason Rhian / Universe Today

Mystery on Saturn’s Satellite: Icy Debris Formed Iapetus’ Ridge? – As space-based probes and telescopes continue to reveal new and seemingly unimaginable features of our universe, a geological landmark on Saturn’s moon Iapetus ranks high on the list of things particularly peculiar. –www.jhuapl.edu

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Videos

A video camera in Saint Rémy lès Chevreuse, France captures a wonderful Geminid - Credit: Sylvain Weiller

  

Photos

Geminid Meteor

Geminid Meteor

Geminid and M45

Geminid and M45

Tripple Eruption

Tripple Eruption

Discovery on the launchpad

Discovery on the launchpad

  

Gallery Pick of the Day

Geminid meteor

A nice Geminid during a large gap just after midnight - Credit: Richard Fleet

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