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Cluster Spacecraft Wakes Up From Deep Hibernation - On 15 September, flight controllers at ESA's Space Operations Centre watched tensely as 'Rumba', No. 1 in the four-spacecraft Cluster fleet, was switched into a low-power, deep hibernation mode. October 10, 2006

Next-Generation Spacecraft To Take Humans Back To Moon - NASA recently selected Lockheed Martin Corp., based in Bethesda, Md., as the prime contractor to design, develop, and build Orion, America's spacecraft for a new generation of explorers. October 9, 2006

'Chinese Lantern' Technique Helps Track Clouds At Saturn - A new image of Saturn demonstrates a technique that creates a 'Chinese lantern' effect, showing Saturn's deep clouds silhouetted against the planet's warm, glowing interior. October 8, 2006

Astronomers See Inside A Quasar For The First Time - For the first time, astronomers have looked inside quasars - the brightest objects in the universe - and have seen evidence of black holes. October 7, 2006

Nearby Universe Mapped In 3 Dimensions - A new map developed by an international team of astronomers should help you find your way around the Universe - at least to a distance of 600 million light years. October 6, 2006

Hubble Finds Extrasolar Planets Far Across Galaxy - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered 16 extrasolar planet candidates orbiting a variety of distant stars in the central region of our Milky Way galaxy. October 5, 2006

Are There Oceans On Neptune? - Smaller and cooler than the gas giants, Neptune and Uranus are classified as ice giants. It’s a good name, since they do have large quantities of water ice mixed in with a largely hydrogen and helium atmosphere. October 4, 2006

Hubble Discovers Dark Cloud In The Atmosphere Of Uranus - Just as we near the end of the hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean, winds whirl and clouds churn 2 billion miles away in the atmosphere of Uranus, forming a dark vortex large enough to engulf two-thirds of the United States. October 3, 2006

Stellar Birth Control In The Early Universe - An international team of astronomers based at Yale and Leiden University in The Netherlands found that "old stars" dominated many large galaxies in the early universe, raising the new question of why these galaxies progressed into "adulthood" so early in the life of the universe. October 2, 2006

NASA's New Mars Camera Gives Dramatic View Of Planet - Mars is ready for its close-up. The highest-resolution camera ever to orbit Mars is returning low-altitude images to Earth from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. October 1, 2006

How The Really Big Stars Form - Astronomers think they’ve got a handle on how Sun-sized stars come together. But the formation of the largest stars - more than 10 times the mass of the Sun - still puzzle astronomers. September 30, 2006

Opportunity Peeks Into Victoria Crater - After a journey of 21 months, NASA’s Opportunity rover has finally reached its destination: Victoria Crater. September 29, 2006

Astronomers Discover Two New Planets, Both Among The Hottest Ever - A team of UK, French and Swiss astronomers has discovered two new Jupiter-sized planets around stars in the constellations of Andromeda and Delphinus. September 28, 2006

Mars Rovers Hired On For Another Year - Despite being years past their warranty date, NASA’s twin Mars rovers have been pressed into duty for another year. September 27, 2006

Polar Ice Is Melting Fast - New data gathered by NASA’s QuikScat satellite has found that ice at the Arctic polar ice cap is disappearing rapidly. September 26, 2006

Microsatellite Playing Major Role In Scientific Studies - The European Space Agency's smallest Earth Observation satellite, Proba, is making big contributions to science with applications ranging from environmental monitoring, agriculture, forest , land use, crop forecasting, marine and coastal science as well as biological soil crusts and solid waste landfill monitoring. September 25, 2006

New Ring Discovered At Saturn - Cassini recently passed behind Saturn, so that the Ringed Planet completely obscured the Sun from view. This revealed intricate details in the planet’s environment, including a brand new ring. September 24, 2006

Cydonia - The Face On Mars - The European Space Agency's Mars Express has obtained images of the Cydonia region, site of the famous 'Face on Mars.' The High Resolution Stereo Camera photos include some of the most spectacular views of the Red Planet ever. September 23, 2006

Hubble Finds Hundreds Of Young Galaxies In The Early Universe - The discovery is scientifically invaluable for understanding the origin of galaxies, considering that just a decade ago early galaxy formation was largely uncharted territory. September 22, 2006

A 'Genetic Study' Of The Galaxy - Looking in detail at the composition of stars with ESO's VLT, astronomers are providing a fresh look at the history of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. They reveal that the central part of our Galaxy formed not only very quickly but also independently of the rest. September 21, 2006

Scientists Snap First Images Of Brown Dwarf In Planetary System - Scientists using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered and directly imaged a small brown dwarf star, 50 times the mass of Jupiter, orbiting with a planet around a Sun-like star. September 20, 2006

Identifying Planets With Life - Telescope technology is advancing quickly, as larger and larger instruments are getting built. Eventually, an observatory will be built capable of resolving Earth-sized worlds orbiting other stars. September 19, 2006

Subaru Finds The Most Distant Galaxy - The powerful Subaru telescope in Hawai’i has found the most distant galaxy ever seen, located 12.88 billion light-years away - this is only 780 million years after the Big Bang. September 18, 2006

Pulsars Confirm Einstein’s Theories - Einstein was right. Well, according to new observations of a double pulsar, he was at least 99.95% right. September 17, 2006

Strange New Planet Baffles Astronomers - Using a network of small automated telescopes known as HAT, Smithsonian astronomers have discovered a planet unlike any other known world. September 16, 2006

Changes In Solar Brightness Too Weak To Explain Global Warming - Changes in the Sun's brightness over the past millennium have had only a small effect on Earth's climate, according to a review of existing results and new calculations performed by researchers in the United States, Switzerland, and Germany. September 15, 2006

The Link Between Asteroids And Meteorites - In theory, asteroids and meteorites are made of the same basic elements; it’s just that asteroids are much much bigger. But scientists had always found troubling chemical differences between the two kinds of objects. September 14, 2006

Probing The Most Energetic Explosions In The Solar System - Solar flares are tremendous explosions on the surface of our Sun, releasing as much energy as a billion megatons of TNT in the form of radiation, high energy particles and magnetic fields. September 13, 2006

Network of Small Telescopes Find a Big Planet - A network of amateur astronomers has discovered an extrasolar planet located 500 light years away. September 12, 2006

How Many Black Holes Are There In The Universe? - Astronomers using ESA's orbiting gamma-ray observatory, Integral, have taken an important step towards estimating how many black holes there are in the Universe. September 11, 2006

Giant Planet Or Failed Star? - The Hubble Space Telescope has helped astronomers uncover an object right at the dividing line between stars and planets. September 10, 2006

Earth-Sized Planets Are Probably Common - Of the many extrasolar planetary systems discovered so far, more than a third could contain Earth-like planets. This is according to a new study by scientists associated with NASA’s Center for Astrobiology. September 09, 2006

Spitzer’s View Of The Large Magellanic Cloud - NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope recently captured this image of the Large Magellanic Cloud, one of a handful of dwarf galaxies that orbit the Milky Way. September 08, 2006

Big Bang's Afterglow Fails Intergalactic 'Shadow' Test - The apparent absence of shadows where shadows were expected to be is raising new questions about the faint glow of microwave radiation once hailed as proof that the universe was created by a "Big Bang." September 07, 2006

New Horizons’ Telescope Sees First Light - Although New Horizons is still more than 9 years away from reaching Pluto, it’s ready to do some science along the way. September 06, 2006

Protecting Astronauts From Solar Storms - "We have one solar maximum left to learn what we need to know before we send humans back to the Moon." - Prof. Robert Lin, Chairman of the Solar Sentinels Working Group, SPD." September 05, 2006

Impact Landing Ends SMART-1 Mission To The Moon - Early Sunday morning, a small flash illuminated the surface of the Moon as the European Space Agency’s SMART-1 spacecraft impacted onto the lunar soil, in the ‘Lake of Excellence’ region. September 04, 2006

Magnetar Crackles with Radio Waves - Astronomers have discovered a rapidly spinning pulsar with a powerful magnetic field - called a magnetar - that’s demonstrating some brand new tricks. September 03, 2006

Birth Of Stars Seen By AKARI - The Japanese AKARI spacecraft - formerly known as Astro-F - captured this photograph of the reflection nebula IC 1396. September 02, 2006

Hubble’s View of Supernova Remnant Cassiopeia A - NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope took this photograph of supernova remnant Cassiopeia A, one of the youngest remnants we know of in the Milky Way. September 01, 2006

Astronomers 'See' The Invisible - By observing a rare head-on collision of galaxies at 10 million miles per hour, astronomers have made the first direct detection of "dark matter" - the mysterious, invisible stuff that comprises at least one-quarter of the universe. August 31, 2006

Rare High-altitude Clouds Found On Mars - Planetary scientists have discovered the highest clouds above any planetary surface. August 30, 2006

Astronomers Find Unexpected 'Heartbeats' In Star - Astronomers using CSIRO's Parkes telescope in eastern Australia have detected radio “heartbeats” from a star that was not expected to have them. August 29, 2006

The Secret To Earth’s Shining Auroras - Auroras appear near to the poles when material from the Sun interacts with the Earth’s magnetic field. Now ESA’s Cluster spacecraft have helped determine exactly how energetic particles are generated that cause the atmosphere to glow so brightly. August 28, 2006

Astronomers Discover Rapidly Forming, Large Proto-disc Galaxies 3 Billion Years After Big Bang - An international group of astronomers have discovered large disc galaxies akin to our Milky Way that must have formed on a rapid time scale, only 3 billion years after the Big Bang. August 27, 2006

Microscopic Passengers To Hitch Ride On Space Shuttle - When space shuttle Atlantis rockets into space later this week, it will take along three kinds of microbes so scientists can study how their genetic responses and their ability to cause disease change. August 26, 2006

Pluto’s Out Of The Planet Club - Last year we had 9 planets. Recently we were informed it would grow to 12. Now we’ve only got 8. August 25, 2006

Huge Black Holes Stifle Star Formation - Supermassive black holes in some giant galaxies create such a hostile environment, they shut down the formation of new stars, according to NASA Galaxy Evolution Explorer findings published in the August 24 issue of Nature. August 24, 2006

NASA Invests In SpaceX And Rocketplane Kistler - NASA has announced a $500 million investment in two aerospace companies: SpaceX and Rocketplane-Kistler to help develop vehicles capable of resupplying the International Space Station after the Space Shuttle is retired. August 23, 2006

NASA Finds Direct Proof Of Dark Matter - Dark matter and normal matter have been wrenched apart by the tremendous collision of two large clusters of galaxies. August 22, 2006

Astronomers Uncover Faintest Stars Ever Seen In Ancient Star Cluster - An international team of astronomers has uncovered the faintest stars ever seen in any globular star cluster, bringing scientists closer to revealing the formation time of one of the earliest generations of stars in the Universe. August 21, 2006

Astronomers Uncover Faintest Stars Ever Seen In Ancient Star Cluster - An international team of astronomers has uncovered the faintest stars ever seen in any globular star cluster, bringing scientists closer to revealing the formation time of one of the earliest generations of stars in the Universe. August 20, 2006

Mystery Of Quintuplet Stars In Milky Way Solved - For the first time, scientists have identified the cluster of Quintuplet stars in the Milky Way's galactic center, next to the super massive black hole, as massive binary stars nearing the end of their life cycle, solving a mystery that had dogged astronomers for more than 15 years. August 19, 2006

NASA Findings Suggest Jets Bursting From Martian Ice Cap - Every spring brings violent eruptions to the south polar ice cap of Mars, according to researchers interpreting new observations by NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter. August 18, 2006

Bigger Solar System Astronomers Debate Definition Of 'Planet' And 'Plutons' - The world's astronomers, under the auspices of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), have concluded two years of work defining the difference between "planets" and the smaller "solar system bodies" such as comets and asteroids. August 17, 2006

Dark Energy Mission Chosen - A new space telescope concept has been chosen by NASA to help uncover the source of dark energy; the mysterious force accelerating the expansion of the Universe. August 16, 2006

Hourglass-Shaped Magnetic Field Discovered - Astronomers have finally discovered an object that has long been theorized: an hourglass-shaped magnetic field in a star forming region. August 15, 2006

Research Says Pre-Life Molecules Present In Comets - Evidence of atomic nitrogen in interstellar gas clouds suggests that pre-life molecules may be present in comets, a discovery that gives a clue about the early conditions that gave rise to life ... August 14, 2006

Nothing But Rings - This photograph is a close-up view of Saturn’s A ring taken by Cassini. Look closely and you’ll see that the dark regions appear to widen and then narrow, and the thin bright regions disappear altogether. August 13, 2006

1000th Sungrazing Comet Discovered By SOHO - Polish amateur comet hunter Arkadiusz Kubczak recently discovered his third comet in SOHO LASCO coronagraph images, but this one was special: the 1000th SOHO comet discovery in the Kreutz group of sungrazing comets. August 12, 2006

Hubble Finds Stellar Companion Of Distant Planet - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has for the first time identified the parent star of a distant planet discovered through gravitational microlensing. August 11, 2006

Astronomers Crunch Numbers, Universe Gets Bigger - That intergalactic road trip to Triangulum is going to take a little longer than you had planned. August 10, 2006

False Colour View Of Hyperion - This extreme false-color view of Hyperion shows color variation across the impact-blasted surface of the tumbling moon. August 09, 2006

Baby 'Planemos' Can Be Born As Twins - A team led by a University of Toronto astronomy professor is challenging an existing theoretical model and thrilling the astronomy community with its discovery of a seven-Jupiter-mass companion ... August 08, 2006

After 10 Years, Life-On-Mars Rebuked - It was a science fiction fantasy come true: Ten years ago this summer, NASA announced the discovery of life on Mars. At a Washington, D.C., news conference, scientists showed magnified pictures of a four-pound Martian meteorite riddled with wormy blobs that looked like bacterial colonies. August 07, 2006

What Happened Before The Big Bang? - The question of what happened before the Big Bang long has frustrated cosmologists, both amateur and professional. August 06, 2006

New Images Of Jupiter's Red Spots - Astronomers from the University of California, Berkeley, and the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii last month snapped high-resolution near-infrared images of the Great Red Spot, a persistent, high-pressure storm on Jupiter ... August 05, 2006

Mars' Dust Storms May Produce Peroxide Snow - The planet-wide dust storms that periodically cloak Mars in a mantle of red may be generating a snow of corrosive chemicals, including hydrogen peroxide, that would be toxic to life ... August 04, 2006

Mars Surface Probably Can't Support Life - The question of whether the planet Mars can support life has entranced lay people and scientists for years. August 03, 2006

Water on Mars? - A mission to Mars requires an estimated six-month voyage from Earth, but researchers at the University of Houston and the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) have found a way to study its landscape without having to take that long trip. August 02, 2006

Simple Survey Yields Cosmic Conundrum - A survey of galaxies observed along the sightlines to quasars and gamma-ray bursts - both extremely luminous, distant objects - has revealed a puzzling inconsistency. August 01, 2006

Planet-Forming Disks Might Put The Brakes On Stars - Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have found evidence that dusty disks of planet-forming material tug on and slow down the young, whirling stars they surround. July 31, 2006

Where Are The Supermassive Black Holes Hiding? - European and American scientists, on a quest to find super-massive black holes hiding in nearby galaxies, have found surprisingly few. July 30, 2006

The Largest Structure In The Universe - Astronomers have used the Subaru and Keck telescopes to discover gigantic filaments of galaxies stretching across 200 million light-years in space. July 29, 2006

Island Universes With A Twist - If life is like a box of chocolates - you never know what you will get - the Universe, with its immensely large variety of galaxies, must be a real candy store! July 28, 2006

Huygens Data Used To Measure Titan’s Pebbles - When ESA’s Huygens probe landed on the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan last year, it continued to transmit data for 71 minutes. July 27, 2006

Earth-Sized Planets Could Be Nearby - Nearly all of the extrasolar planets discovered so far have been huge, Jupiter-sized and above. The question is: could smaller, Earth-sized planets last in the same star systems? July 26, 2006

Models Show One Nearby Star System Could Host Earth-like Planet - The steady discovery of giant planets orbiting stars other than our sun has heightened speculation that there could be Earth-type worlds in nearby planetary systems capable of sustaining life. July 25, 2006

Jupiter's Two Red Spots Have A Close Encounter Moment - A high-resolution image released by the Gemini Observatory shows two giant red spots brushing past one another in Jupiter's southern hemisphere. July 24, 2006

Dark And Distant Heavenly Bodies Revealing The Secrets Of Star And Galaxy Formation - British astronomers are releasing the first data from the largest and most sensitive survey of the heavens in infrared light to scientists across Europe. July 23, 2006

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