Florida Space Research and Information

May 31, 2008

Shuttle Discovery heads to space station

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Space shuttle is on a mission to the international space station.  (NASA)Space shuttle Discovery and a crew of seven blasted into orbit Saturday, carrying a giant Japanese lab addition to the international space station along with something more mundane — a toilet pump.


Photos boost belief Mars lander has bared ice

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This contrast-enhanced image provided Saturday, May 31, 2008, by NASA was acquired at the Phoenix landing site by Phoenix's Robotic Arm Camera, and shows the underside of the lander. Descent thrusters on the bottom of the lander are visible at the top of the image. As seen in the top center, the exhaust from the descent engine has blown soil off to reveal either rock or ice, which has not yet been determined. Sharp new images received Saturday from the Phoenix lander largely convinced scientists that the spacecraft's thrusters had uncovered a large patch of ice just below the Martian surface, team members said.


FirstPerson: Show us your launches

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Did you take that perfect photo or video of a rocket launch? Here’s your chance to share your masterpiece with the world via MSNBC’s FirstPerson. We’ll publish the best imagery during Atlantis’ mission.

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Show us your launches

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Did you take that perfect photo or video of a rocket launch? Here’s your chance to share your masterpiece with the world via MSNBC’s FirstPerson. We’ll publish the best imagery during Discovery’s mission.

May 30, 2008

E.T.? It’s hard to see in hyped video

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Jeff Peckman tells MSNBC's David Shuster he has a video that shows the existence of extraterrestrials, and he has the photo to prove it. (MSNBC)Organizers of an effort to get UFO reports taken more seriously teased journalists on Friday with glimpses at dark, grainy video showing what appeared to be a face peeping up from a window.


Video: Astronauts turn to ‘primitive’ toilet

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NASA makes final preparations for a toilet fixing mission while earthbound plumbers speculate on how to fix the shuttle's back up. WAFF's Tory Dunnan reports. (NBC News Channel)May 30: NASA makes final preparations for a toilet fixing mission while earthbound plumbers speculate on how to fix the shuttle's back up. WAFF's Tory Dunnan reports. (NBC News Channel)


Why our solar system is flat

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From the Earth's perspective in late May and into June, the Sun lies along a line of sight to the constellation Taurus. Earlier in the year, the Sun would have appeared in Aries. As the Earth proceeds in its orbit around the Sun (counterclockwise in this picture), the line of sight will point to Gemini, off the left side of the image.
Of the imaginary coordinate lines that astronomers and navigators use in mapping the sky, perhaps the most important one is the ecliptic, the apparent path the sun appears to take through the sky as a result of the Earth's revolution around it.


Cosmic Log: See the ghosts of dead stars

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Mars lander seeks ice and hits a snag

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This image taken by NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander May 29, 2008 and released by NASA May 30 shows how exhaust from the descent engine on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander blew away surface material to reveal what scientists believe is either rock or ice (top center). REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Calech/University of Arizona/Handout  (UNITED STATES)     BLACK AND WHITE IMAGE.  FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.There's good news and bad news from NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander: It may have spotted ice, but it also suffered a short circuit in one of its scientific instruments.


Forecast looks bright for shuttle launch

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epa01361720 Space shuttle Discovery sits on launch pad 39-A during remote camera site selection at Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA, 29 May 2008. The Rotating Service Structure (RSS) is scheduled to rollback into the lock position, 30 May 2008 with liftoff of Discovery scheduled for no earlier than 31 May 2008 at 5:02 P.M. EDT.  EPA/GARY I ROTHSTEINThe weather looks good for NASA's planned Saturday launch of the shuttle Discovery to deliver a massive new laboratory to the international space station.


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