Astronews Daily (2455495)

October 25, 2010 12:12 by scibuff

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China Plans Mars Mission – China has drawn up a technical plan for an independent Mars orbiter exploration project, space technology experts said. Based on research conducted by the China Academy of Space Technology, the plan envisions a launch date as early as 2013, Huang Jiangchuan, a scientist with the academy, was quoted by Beijing-based Science and Technology Daily. The Mars probe will be sent to an Earth-Mars transfer orbit first, and then fly about 10 months before entering an elliptical orbit around Mars. The Mars exploration will last one to two years, he said. –Daily Galaxy

LRO/LCROSS’ Discoveries Prove Obama’s Lunar Policy is Flawed – It has been about a year since scientists announced the discovery of water on the moon. On Thursday, Oct. 21 they revealed new data uncovered by NASA’s Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). -Jason Rhian / America Space

Rethinking Habitability – Astronomers are re-thinking the requirements that need to be met for an exoplanet to be considered ‘habitable.’ A new simulation of the Gliese 581 system is helping astrobiologists refine their search for Earth-like worlds in the Universe. Gleise 581 recently made news because a planet could be orbiting within the system’s habitable zone. -Jon Voisey / Astrobiology Magazine

Life aboard the International Space Station – It’s 10 years since the first crew entered the International Space Station 360 km above the Earth. But what is it like aboard a big tin can traveling at 28,200 km/s? –Ian Sample/Guardian

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NASA's Kennedy Space Center came under attack from the merciless Decepticons this week. However, Optimus Prime and his valiant band of Autobots fended them off, and then stood watch over the space center for the remainder of the week - along with the cast and crew of "Transformers 3, The Dark of the Moon." Although the set was closed - there were some interesting revelations about what one can expect to see in the third installment of the highly-successful film franchise -- including a very special guest star.

  

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Soyuz 24S

Soyuz 24S

Moon in daylight

Moon in daylight

NGC 1806

NGC 1806

Lake Malawi, Great Rift Valley

Lake Malawi, Great Rift Valley

  

Gallery Pick of the Day

San Francisco bay area

San Francisco bay area from the International Space Station - Credit: Douglas H. Wheelock / Expedition 25 / NASA

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

Astronews Daily (2455470)

September 30, 2010 12:37 by scibuff

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NASA and NSF-Funded Research Finds First Potentially Habitable Exoplanet – A team of planet hunters from the University of California (UC) Santa Cruz, and the Carnegie Institution of Washington has announced the discovery of a planet with three times the mass of Earth orbiting a nearby star at a distance that places it squarely in the middle of the star’s “habitable zone.” –NASA

Related stories – Universe Today, University of Hawaii, University of California – Santa Cruz

All Systems Go for NASA’s $19 Billion Budget – The House of Representatives voted late Wednesday to accept the Senate’s version of NASA’s $19 billion fiscal 2011 budget proposal, which would provide money for an additional shuttle flight, kick-start development of a new heavy-lift booster for deep space exploration, and fund the development of commercial manned spacecraft for trips to and from low-Earth orbit. –CBS News

Largest Clouds Ever Seen on Titan – The Cassini spacecraft recently swooped by Saturn’s largest moon Titan and captured images of large patches of clouds. – Nancy Atkinson / Universe Today

NASA’s EPOXI Mission Sets Up for Comet Flyby – Earlier today, navigators and mission controllers for NASA’s EPOXI mission watched their computer screens as 23.6 million kilometers (14.7 million miles) away, their spacecraft successfully performed its 20th trajectory correction maneuver. The maneuver refined the spacecraft’s orbit, setting the stage for its flyby of comet Hartley 2 on Nov. 4. – NASA/JPL-Caltech

High School students co-author scientific paper – Ten Sydney high-school students have taken a first step into the world of research by co-authoring a scientific paper with professional astronomers about a dying star. –Faulkes Telescope Project

Compete and find your way to Jupiter! – The ESA Advanced Concepts Team is celebrating World Space Week (4-10 October 2010) with the release of ‘The Space Game’, an online game for interplanetary trajectory design. –ESA

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IRAS 22298+6505

IRAS 22298+6505

Moon tonight

Moon tonight

Cloud shadows at sunset

Cloud shadows at sunset

NGC 2683

NGC 2683

  
NGC 7293 - Helix Nebula

NGC 7293 - Helix Nebula

M51 - Whirlpool Galaxy

M51 - Whirlpool Galaxy

M101 - Pinewheel Galaxy

M101 - Pinewheel Galaxy

M33 - Triangulum Galaxy

M33 - Triangulum Galaxy

  

Gallery Pick of the Day

Jupiter and its moons tonight

Jupiter and its moons tonight. From left, Callisto, Ganymede, Io and Europa. Uranus at top left - 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.