Florida Space Research and Information

June 30, 2008

Roundest objects in the world created

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Crystals of pure silicon have been ground into nearly perfect spheres by master craftsmen

Rocketeers try, try again

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Science editor Alan Boyle's Weblog: PlanetSpace may not have kept up with its original spaceship-building plans, but it's moving ahead with concepts for a new suborbital spaceship as well as an orbital launch system.Science editor Alan Boyle's Weblog: PlanetSpace may not have kept up with its original spaceship-building plans, but it's moving ahead with concepts for a new suborbital spaceship as well as an orbital launch system.


Cosmic Log: Sights and sounds from space

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How does Mars taste? Salty, reports lander

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This photo released by NASA shows four Wet Chemistry Laboratory units, part of the microscopy, electrochemistry and conductivity analyzer, instrument on board the Phoenix Mars Lander on Aug. 4, 2007, before the Phoenix was launched into space. The Phoenix lander's first taste test of soil near Mars' north pole reveals a briny environment similar to what can be found in backyards on Earth, scientists said Thursday.  The Phoenix lander's first taste test of soil near Mars' north pole reveals a briny environment similar to what can be found in backyards on Earth, scientists said Thursday.


100 years later, Tunguska still mysterious

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The Tunguska explosion flattened some 500,000 acres of Siberian forest on June 30, 1908. This image is from the Leonid Kulik expedition in 1927A full century after the mysterious Tunguska explosion in Siberia leveled an area nearly the size of Tokyo, debate continues over what caused it.


Tunguska: The day the sky exploded

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In 1908, a huge explosion devastated a remote region of Siberia. A century later, its cause remains a mystery. investigates (full text available to subscribers)

June 28, 2008

Orbiting robots could repair satellites on the fly

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Crewed repair missions are wasteful and costly, say aerospace engineers

June 27, 2008

Space teacher to leave NASA for college

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Educator-astronaut Barbara Morgan seems in her element as she floats on the middeck of the shuttle Endeavour during her August 2007 spaceflight.NASA's first professional educator astronaut, Barbara Morgan, will hang up her spaceflight wings in August after a two-decade odyssey that finally brought her to orbit last year.


SOHO spacecraft finds 1,500th comet

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The SOHO spacecraft discovered its 1,500th comet this week, making the observatory the most successful comet detector.

Cosmic Log: X Prize extends its reach

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