Florida Space Research and Information

February 27, 2009

Cosmic Log: Join the next galaxy quest

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Science editor Alan Boyle's Weblog: The Galaxy Zoo and its 200,000 participants have pushed citizen science to new heights, and now they're taking their galaxy quest to the next level.Science editor Alan Boyle's Weblog: The Galaxy Zoo and its 200,000 participants have pushed citizen science to new heights, and now they're taking their galaxy quest to the next level.

Don’t miss Moon and Venus converge tonight

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The scene about two hours after sunset from near Phoenix, Arizona on Friday, Feb. 27, 2009. It has been a superb winter for viewing the queen of the planets, Venus.  February marks the pinnacle of its evening visibility as it stands like a sequined showgirl nearly halfway up in the western sky at sunset. 

Last year’s U.S. satellite debris gone from space

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No debris remains in space from the U.S. destruction a year ago of an errant spy satellite loaded with toxic hydrazine fuel, the head of the Pentagon's Strategic Command said.

February 26, 2009

Missing asteroids reveal planet-sized mystery

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The main belt is between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, and contains countless asteroids. Missing asteroids in our solar system may be the handiwork of rampaging giant planets as they migrated to their current positions, according to a new computer simulation.

Mars Orbiter glitch stalls red planet science

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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter passes over the planet's south polar region in this artist's concept illustration. Phobos, one of Mars' two moons, appears in the upper left corner of the illustration. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has suffered an apparent glitch that has left the spacecraft in a protective safe mode and stalled science observations as it circles the red planet.

A sliver of chance for life on Mars

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NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander’s solar panel and the lander’s Robotic Arm The Phoenix Mars Lander ended its mission last November, but scientists are still pondering the data. One intriguing discovery was a nightly cycle in which water vapor in the atmosphere collapsed into the Martian soil.

Obama continues Bush space plan, adds extra money

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President Barack Obama is proposing moderate increases in space spending. Obama emphasizes global warming research and continues plans to retire space shuttles next year while eventually returning astronauts to the moon.

February 25, 2009

Lava fractures suggest Martian floods

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Distinctive fractures in ancient lava flows on Mars suggest that water occasionally flooded portions of the planet's surface. The research piles onto previous findings that suggest the same.

Space solar power crowd bets on Obama

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Get a step-by-step explanation of how a space-based solar power system might workAdvocates of using satellites to beam solar power from space to Earth hope U.S. President Barack Obama's campaign promise to develop alternative energy sources will help resurrect NASA's interest in the technology.

Shuttle launch delays add up to a month

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NASA has scheduled a March 12 launch for the space shuttle Discovery, seen here rolling past a stop sign on its way to the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida in January.NASA is aiming to launch the space shuttle Discovery next month after repeated delays caused by critical valves.

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