Scientists in Earthquake-prone California are working on a series of sensors that can detect an earthquake and give a warning a few seconds before an earthquake hits. This would give enough time to get children under their desks,...
Unlimited Cheese Supply China has some ambitious plans to begin a lunar program within the next 2 years. Code named Chang'e (according to legend, this fairy visits the moon), the project aims to mine rare resources found on the...
There is a definate buzz in the air at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California that has been growing all weekend. We'll find out for sure what all the fuss is about now that NASA has scheduled a...

Target: Mars

And they're off! A flotilla of spacecraft is heading to Mars in a race that will be reminicent of an Independance Day scene. Mars' orbit will be swinging it within 34.6 million miles of Earth, closer than...
Dutch scientists are experimenting with using simple water to cool the underside of spacecraft during re-entry. By placing a container of water in the nose of the craft, the water would have to boil off completely before the...
Russia used a Progress M-47 supply ship to raise the orbit of the International Space Station to make its orbit about 5km longer. Since the US has suspended Shuttle flights after the Columbia break-up, this new orbit will...

Mars Looms Large

Our planetary neighbors are making a visit later this month. On August 27, Mars will be less than 34.65 million miles away. This close encounter is extremely rare. The last time it was that close was...

Extended Warranty

Almost 31 years after it was launched, Pioneer 10 stopped sending signals to earth. The spacecraft was launched in 1972, and in 1983, it became the first man-made object to leave the solar system. Remarkably, although...

NASA is back

At 11:30, last night, "Spirit" entered the Martian Atmosphere. In the 6 minutes that followed, anxious scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory ticked off each milestone, signalled by changes in tones sent by the plummeting craft. Atmospheric drag, parachute...

New Moons

A team of astronomers have been busy discovering moons this week, adding one more moon to Saturn, and six new moons to Jupiter. These add to the other 12 moons of Jupiter already discovered this year, bringing the...
NASA scientists have found enough evidence from the different sensors aboard the Opportunity rover to believe that the area around the rover was awash with liquid water at some point in the past. Steve Squires told a news conference this...
Seti@Home, widely considered to be the most successful distributed computing project yet, is taking its results to the next step. After over a million years of shared computing power through its Seti@Home screensaver, the Seti@Home team is returning to the...

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