Trubble for Hubble

One more of the gyroscopes used to steer the Hubble Space Telescope failed this week, sparking concern about the ongoing safety of the telescope. The telescope needs three gyroscopes to operate smoothly, and has six on board. ...
Okay, I wouldn't recommend seeing "The Core", especially if you are looking for any scientific value, but the idea of exploring the interior of the Earth is quite compelling. David Stevenson proposes sending a probe the size of...

Seti@Home delayed

The much anticipated return of Seti@Home researchers to the Arecibo Observartory in Puerto Rico has been delayed by two solar flares last week. The researchers were returning to the Observatory to examine in detail the 150 most promising...

Watching the Watcher

For years, we have looked up into the sky; at the moon, the sun, the stars and the other planets. Now we have for the first time pictures of what Earth looks like from Mars. NASA's Mars...

The New Space Race

Just weeks after U.S. President George W. Bush announced plans for NASA to send a person to Mars, the European Space Agency has followed suit. The ESA's program - codenamed "Aurora" - is much more detailed. The first step...

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...

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...

dot-Space

So what do you do once you have made billions in the dot-com business? The common answer seems to be to leave earth behind. Jeff Bezos (Amazon.com), Elon Musk (Paypal.com), John Carmack (coder of Doom and Quake) and Paul...
NASA's Opportunity rover has worked flawlessly since its "hole-in-one" landing last Saturday. Today, it "stood-up", stretching its wheels from its travelling position. It could roll off the lander for the final 10 feet of its journey onto...
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,...

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...
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...

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