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Space / Astronomy December 2006 Archive


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Remembering President Gerald Ford

Friday December 29, 2006
This week, the United States mourns the loss of former president, Gerald Ford. We remember him for his fundamental decency and his optimism about what our people can accomplish in ... Read More

Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide

Thursday December 21, 2006
Christmas is almost upon us. If you are still shopping, you don't have a lot of time to receive gifts purchased online. Still, some shipping can be expedited. Also, it's the ... Read More

Crew Checks Out Heat Shield, Readies for Landing

Wednesday December 20, 2006
On Wednesday, the STS-116 astronauts conducted a final inspection of Space Shuttle Discovery’s heat shield and began preparations for their return to Earth. STS-116 Commander Mark Polansky, Pilot Bill Oefelein ... Read More

Buying and Using a Telescope

Sunday December 17, 2006
Are you considering a telescope as a gift for someone with an interest in stargazing? Star gazing is a favorite part of astronomy for many people. However, star gazing can be ... Read More

Top Christmas in Space Resources

Wednesday December 13, 2006
Only a few individuals have ever spent Christmas in space. It began when Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the Moon, entered lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, December 24, ... Read More

Astronauts to Add Segment to Station During Spacewalk

Tuesday December 12, 2006
After successfully docking with the International Space Station yesterday, STS-116 Mission Specialists Robert Curbeam and Christer Fuglesang will go spacewalking today. The astronauts will be acting as construction workers today, ... Read More

World Wind - NASA Software

Monday December 11, 2006
So, you thought Google Earth was impressive? Check out World Wind. Not only can you zoom into Earth, but you get the Moon as well. NASA's World Wind software leverages Landsat satellite ... Read More

Liftoff! Discovery Lights Up Florida's Space Coast

Sunday December 10, 2006
Space Shuttle Discovery and a crew of seven astronauts lifted off from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39B at 8:47 p.m. EST, kicking off the most complicated and challenging mission ... Read More

Mars Odyssey Orbiter in Safe Mode, Shuttle Delay and Mars Odyssey Orbiter

Friday December 8, 2006
Around the Space Blogoverse After the recent loss of the Mars Global Surveyor, I'm a bit jumpy on news like this. Emily lakdawalla, reporting on the Planetary Society blog says that ... Read More

Planetary Alignment, Diverse Crew and International Cooperation

Thursday December 7, 2006
Around the Space Blogoverse The first of the week looks to be a great time to turn your gaze skyward, according to Ian Musgrave at Astroblog. "On the mornings of Sunday ... Read More

NASA Images Suggest Water Still Flows in Brief Spurts on Mars

Wednesday December 6, 2006
NASA photographs have revealed bright new deposits seen in two gullies on Mars that suggest water carried sediment through them sometime during the past seven years. Liquid water, as opposed to ... Read More

Moon Impacts, 3200 Phaethon, Asteroid Fears, Mars and More

Wednesday December 6, 2006
Around the Space Blogoverse According to the folks at Science @ NASA, meteoroids are smashing into the Moon a lot more often than anyone expected. That's the tentative conclusion of Bill ... Read More

Mars - The Red Planet

Tuesday December 5, 2006
Whether fancied to be the source of hostile invaders of Earth, the home of a dying civilization, or a rough-and-tumble mining colony of the future, Mars provides fertile ground for ... Read More

Sex in Space

Monday December 4, 2006
Besides the question, "How do astronauts go to the bathroom in space?", the other big question I hear quite often is, "Has anyone ever had sex in space?" Despite Internet ... Read More

Hands on Science, MGS Again, Fire Drills, Surreal Trips, Beagle Spotting and More

Friday December 1, 2006
Around the Space Blogoverse At the Astronomy Blog, Stuart is excited about some hands-on astronomy experiments from the University of Berkeley. Some of them are similar to some of our Backyard ... Read More

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