Florida Space Research and Information

January 31, 2008

Texas town forever twinned with Columbia

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Revisit scenes from the Columbia tragedy and the search for shuttle debris in February 2003.Five years after Columbia disintegrated 63 kilometers over Texas as it returned from a 16-day mission, one thing is clear: The identity of this tight-knit community will be forever twinned with the fate of Columbia.

Cosmic Log: Nailing down dark energy

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Cosmic Log: America’s space age turns 50

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Science editor Alan Boyle's blog: Fifty years ago, the Explorer 1 launch put America in the space race and set a course that is still yielding scientific discoveries galore.Science editor Alan Boyle's blog: Fifty years ago, the Explorer 1 launch put America in the space race and set a course that is still yielding scientific discoveries galore.

January 30, 2008

Cosmic Log: State of the science

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Shuttle problem could delay planned liftoff

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Atlantis is supposed to lift off with the European Space Agency's Columbus lab next week after a two-month delay, but a new problem could force yet another postponement.

NASA spots mysterious ‘spider’ on Mercury

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Messenger instrument scientist Louise Prockter shows off "the Spider" and other imagery from the planet Mercury. (NASA)A whole new side of Mercury has been revealed in pictures taken by NASA's Messenger probe, which flew by the tiny planet two weeks ago in the first mission to Mercury in more than three decades.

NASA pushes more safety tech after Columbia

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This comnpter-generated image reveals the view an observer might have watching Flight Day 2 heat shield inspections for the space shuttle Atlantis during NASA's STS-117 mission. Credit: NASA.Five years after NASA's shuttle Columbia disintegrated during reentry and killed seven astronauts, the agency looks to test new safety features even beyond the upcoming launch of the Atlantis orbiter.

Space rock misses Mars — barely

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Mars made its closest approach since 2003 on Dec. 18, 2007 at 6:46 p.m. EST. Scientists now report there is a one in 75 chance of an asteroid impacting the planet within 30 days. Credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), J. Bell (Cornell University), and M. Wolff (Space Science Institute, Boulder) An asteroid once thought to be on a collision course with Mars passed the Red Planet today without incident.

Astronauts make risky repairs in space

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In an image from NASA television space station flight engineer Dan Tani works on the solar array Wednesday Jan. 30, 2008.  Space station commander Peggy Whitson and flight engineer Dan Tani will remove and replace equipment that rotates one of the station's two starboard solar wings. The space station's two American astronauts go out on a riskier-than-usual spacewalk to fix one of two equipment failures that have crippled their power system.

January 29, 2008

Large spy satellite could hit North America

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Jan. 28: A U.S. intelligence agency loses control of a spy satellite after it loses power. NBC's Tom Costello has the details.  (Today Show)The U.S. military is developing contingency plans to deal with the possibility that a large spy satellite expected to fall to Earth in late February or early March could hit North America.

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