Space & Earth

SpaceX
SpaceX Delays Its Trip to Space Station
Apr 24, 2012 05:58 AM E
Space Exploration Technologies, a privately held firm founded and run by entrepreneur Elon Musk, is delaying its trial cargo run to the International Space Station, Musk announced Monday.
Peter Diamandis
Tech Billionaires Bankroll Gold Rush to Mine Asteroids
Apr 24, 2012 05:39 AM E
Google Inc executives Larry Page and Eric Schmidt and filmmaker James Cameron are among those bankrolling a venture to survey and eventually extract precious metals and rare minerals from asteroids that orbit near Earth, the company said on Tuesday.
Dirk Schulze-Makuch, Washington State University
WSU Astrobiologist Proposes Fleet of Probes to Seek Life on Mars
Apr 23, 2012 16:16 PM E
A Washington State University astrobiologist is leading a group of 20 scientists in calling for a mission to Mars with "a strong and comprehensive life detection component." At the heart of their proposal is a small fleet of sensor packages that can punch into the Martian soil and run a range of tests for signs of ancient or existing life.
inside the Earth
Looking Inside the Earth
Apr 23, 2012 11:05 AM E
Defects found in rocks below the Earth's surface have a major impact on the transmission of seismic waves, such as those caused by earthquakes, researchers at The Australian National University have discovered.
Sofia
NASA Selects Science Instrument Upgrade For Flying Observatory
Apr 23, 2012 08:57 AM E
NASA has selected a science instrument upgrade to the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) airborne observatory. The instrument, the High-resolution Airborne Wideband Camera (HAWC), will provide a sensitive, versatile and reliable imaging capability to the SOFIA user community.
Wave clouds
Wave Clouds Near Île aux Cochons, Southern Indian Ocean
Apr 23, 2012 08:44 AM E
This astronaut photograph illustrates the formation of wave clouds in the wake, or downwind side, of Île aux Cochons ("Pig Island") in the southern Indian Ocean.
ESA
International Space Station Symposium in Berlin
Apr 23, 2012 07:06 AM E
Top scientists and heads of the five International Space Station partner space agencies will meet in Berlin on 2-4 May to present results from more than ten years of scientific activities on the orbital outpost and to elaborate on future research perspectives.
Meteor
Rare Daylight Meteor Seen, Heard over Nevada, California
Apr 23, 2012 06:49 AM E
A rare daytime meteor was seen and heard streaking over northern Nevada and parts of California on Sunday, just after the peak of an annual meteor shower.
Desert
Empty Quarter, Arabian Peninsula
Apr 22, 2012 14:26 PM E
Sprawling over parts of Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates, the Empty Quarter-or Rub' al Khali-is the world's largest sand sea. Roughly the size of France, the Empty Quarter holds about half as much sand as the entire Sahara Desert.
Group Gathers at IceCube, the World's Largest Neutrino Detector
IceCube Neutrino Observatory Provides New Insights into Origin of Cosmic Rays
Apr 21, 2012 13:41 PM E
Analysis of data from the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a massive detector deployed in deep ice at the U.S. Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica at the geographic South Pole, recently provided new insight into one of the most enduring mysteries in physics, the production of cosmic rays.
ESA
Investigation on Envisat Continues
Apr 21, 2012 13:12 PM E
Optical, radar and laser observations of the Envisat satellite show that it is still in a stable orbit. Efforts to regain contact with the satellite have been under way since 8 April, when it unexpectedly stopped sending data to Earth.
Russia
Dust over Russia
Apr 21, 2012 12:20 PM E
In late April 2012, dust mingled with clouds over the eastern Russian Federation. The dust likely originated along the border between China and Mongolia and followed a counter-clockwise arc into eastern Russia. Fires along the China-Mongolia border may also have deposited smoke into the region's air.
Google
Google Execs, Director Cameron in Space Venture
Apr 21, 2012 07:22 AM E
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and billionaire co-founder Larry Page have teamed up with "Avatar" director James Cameron and other investors to back an ambitious space exploration and natural resources venture, details of which will be unveiled next week.
Northern Hemisphere of the Sun
Hinode and SOHO Paint an Asymmetrical Picture of the Sun
Apr 20, 2012 16:08 PM E
Approximately every 11 years the magnetic field on the sun reverses completely - the north magnetic pole switches to south, and vice versa. It's as if a bar magnet slowly lost its magnetic field and regained it in the opposite direction, so the positive side becomes the negative side. But, of course, the sun is not a simple bar magnet and the ...
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