Astronews Daily (2455531)

November 30, 2010 09:56 by scibuff

Top Stories

NASA sets news conference on astrobiology finding related to extraterrestrial life – NASA will hold a news conference at 19 UT on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe. –NASA

Russia Wants to Build “Sweeper” to Clean up Space Debris – Russia is looking to build a $2 billion orbital “pod” that would sweep up satellite debris from space around the Earth. According to a post on the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos’ Facebook site, (which seems to confirm an earlier article by the Interfax news agency) the cleaning satellite would work on nuclear power and be operational for about 15 years. The Russian rocket company, Energia proposes that they would complete the cleaning satellite assembly by 2020 and test the device no later than in 2023. –Nancy Atkinson / Universe Today

Observations of Jupiter reveal rare signatures of weather – One of Jupiter’s dark brown stripes that faded out last spring is regaining its color, providing an unprecedented opportunity for astronomers to observe a rare and mysterious phenomenon caused by the planet’s winds and cloud chemistry. –Keck Observatory

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Videos

A safe return for the Expedition 25 crew, a status report on the STS-133 mission, enter the Dragon; a newly-licensed reusable spacecraft, space talks with the ISS crew, wind tunnel testing, and it's all Good when an astronaut goes home sweet home.

  

Photos

Sunrise

Sunrise

Red Sea

Red Sea

Lakes in northern Italy

Lakes in northern Italy

M33 - Traingulum Galaxy

M33 - Traingulum Galaxy

  

Gallery Pick of the Day

NGC 520

NGC 520 — also known as Arp 157 — looks like a galaxy in the midst of exploding. In reality, it’s the exact opposite. Two enormous spiral galaxies are crashing into each other, melding and forming a new conglomerate. This happens slowly, over millions of years — the whole process started some 300 million years ago - Credit: ESO

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