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November 30, 2007

Cosmic Log: The year in science

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Science editor Alan Boyle's blog: As predicted, political science and particle physics were among the top science stories in 2007 — though not always for the reasons we expected. 
Science editor Alan Boyle's blog: As predicted, political science and particle physics were among the top science stories in 2007 — though not always for the reasons we expected.


NASA clears Atlantis for Thursday launch

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At a flight readiness review news conference, from left, associate administrator for space operations Bill Gerstenmaier, space shuttle program manager Wayne Hale, International Space Station program manager Mike Suffredini, and NASA launch director Mike Leinbach field questions at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Friday, Nov. 30, 2007.An official launch date of space shuttle Atlantis was set as Dec. 6.Atlantis will deliver the European Space Agency's Columbus Laboratory to the International Space Station.(AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove)NASA has cleared Atlantis for a Thursday launch, one month after the last space shuttle flight and a flurry of work since then getting the international space station ready for a new laboratory.


Science lab will boost Europe’s status in space

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epa01118458 (FILE) A file picture dated 12 May 2007 shows the module Columbus in Bremen, Germany being checked by engineers before it is shipped to the NASA in Florida. Europe's most important contribution to the international space station will be taken to the station by space shuttle Atlantis 6 December 2007. The module is a science laboratory.  EPA/INGO WAGNERFor 25 years, European space pioneers ran their experiments on orbital outposts owned by other nations. Next week, Europe sets down its own stake in space with the launch of the Columbus science laboratory to the International Space Station.


U.S. planning next-gen spy satellites

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The militarization of spaceThe U.S. is pursuing a new multibillion-dollar program to develop the next generation of spy satellites, two years after the Defense Department pulled the plug on a similar effort.


Andromeda takes center stage in the sky

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Now that the bright moon has left the evening sky, it's a good time to turn our attention to one of the most amazing sky objects, the Andromeda Galaxy.


Cosmic Log: Is alcohol the energy answer?

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EU agrees to fully fund Galileo satellite project

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European Union governments agreed Friday to jointly complete the development of the much-delayed Galileo satellite navigation project after mollifying Spain, which had demanded a bigger stake in the venture.

Adventures that are out of this world

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Spaceship companies are counting down to 2010 as the prime time frame for tourist-oriented space odysseys.


November 29, 2007

Scientists spot the furnace in a star factory

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A million-degree plasma cloud in the Orion Nebula. The emission colored in blue shows X-ray emission from a hot plasma cloud in the extended regions of the Orion Nebula, detected by the XMM-Newton satellite. The background image has been recorded by the Spitzer Space Telescope in the infrared, showing emission from cool dust.Astronomers say stars can pump out waves of million-degree gas that set nebulas aglow with X-rays — a discovery that could shed light on how planetary systems form.


November 28, 2007

Cosmic Log: Is alcohol the energy answer?

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