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Space / Astronomy November 2006 Archive

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It's Official: Discovery is 'Go' for Launch on December 7

Thursday November 30, 2006
NASA senior managers wrapped up the two-day flight readiness review on Nov. 29 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. At a press conference immediately following the review, William Gerstenmaier, ... Read More

All About Neil Armstrong

Wednesday November 29, 2006
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped out of a thin oddly shaped box and into history. That box was the Apollo 11 Lunar Module, which Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin, ... Read More

Ten Closest Stars to Earth

Monday November 27, 2006
Of course the Sun is the closest star to Earth, but for the purposes of this discussion, we'll be leaving Sol off the list. According to the About Astronomy and Space ... Read More

Space Golf and Advertising

Sunday November 26, 2006
Around the Space Blogoverse The Astroprof talks about the International Space Station golf stunt from last week. He's not very upset about it, but others, including Bad Astronomy's Phil Plait, did ... Read More

Mars Global Surveyor, Leonids, Mercury, Space Brits and More

Friday November 24, 2006
Being a Roundup from Around the Space Blogoverse There was a lot of talk about the Mars Global Surveyor this week. Asa Dotzler of the Firefox and more blog says it's ... Read More

Expedition 14 Completes First Spacewalk

Thursday November 23, 2006
Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin completed their expeditionís first spacewalk at 12:55 AM EST Thursday. They re-entered the Pirs docking compartment after a successful excursion that saw ... Read More

Spacewalkers to Tee Off on EVA

Tuesday November 21, 2006
Expedition 14 crew members will exit the International Space Station on Wednesday, November 22 at 6 PM EST for their first Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) or Spacewalk. Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria ... Read More

Hubble Finds Evidence for Dark Energy in the Young Universe

Thursday November 16, 2006
Scientists using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have discovered that dark energy is not a new constituent of space, but rather has been present for most of the universe's history. Dark ... Read More

NASA Sees into the Eye of a Monster Storm on Saturn

Tuesday November 14, 2006
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has seen something never before seen on another planet -- a hurricane-like storm at Saturn's south pole with a well-developed eye, ringed by towering clouds. The "hurricane" ... Read More

STS-118: Launching the Countdown

Thursday November 9, 2006
Officially, the countdown clock for the STS-118 space shuttle mission is scheduled to begin in June 2007, about three days before launch. For educators, however, the countdown begins much earlier ... Read More

The History of Rockets

Wednesday November 8, 2006
The fact that we have only been traveling to space for a short time does not mean that the rocket is a new invention. More than 2300 years ago, Archytas ... Read More

International Year of Astronomy To be held in 2009

Thursday November 2, 2006
Thanks to Paul Sutherland at Skymania News for giving me a heads up on this. In 1609, Galileo Galilei first turned one of his telescopes to the night sky and made ... Read More

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