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Space / Astronomy December 2007 Archive

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2008 Monthly Sky Guides

Monday December 31, 2007
As the year 2007 comes to a close, it is time to start planning for our sky watching for 2008. Just in time, we present these monthly Sky Guides to ... Read More

Comets and Asteroids For the New Year

Sunday December 30, 2007
According to Space Weather, you can expect a great visit from a comet for the new year. It has been 13.6 years since its last appearance, but now Comet 8P/Tuttle ... Read More

Space Shuttle Launch Again Postponed: No New Date Set

Friday December 28, 2007
The Space Shuttle Program met Thursday to assess the progress made to troubleshoot an issue with the engine cutoff sensor circuit that occurred during the recent launch attempts and tanking ... Read More

Astronomers Monitor Asteroid to Pass Near Mars

Monday December 24, 2007
Astronomers funded by NASA are monitoring the trajectory of an asteroid estimated to be 50 meters (164 feet) wide that is expected to cross Mars' orbital path early next year. ... Read More

'Death Star' Galaxy Black Hole Fires at Neighboring Galaxy

Sunday December 23, 2007
A powerful jet from a super massive black hole is blasting a nearby galaxy, according to new findings from NASA observatories. This never-before witnessed galactic violence may have a profound ... Read More

Astronaut Dan Tani's Statement on the Death of His Mother

Friday December 21, 2007
The following statement is from Daniel Tani, NASA astronaut and Expedition 16 flight engineer on the International Space Station, regarding the death of his mother. "I would like to thank everyone ... Read More

Asteroid May Strike Mars in January

Friday December 21, 2007
The Red Planet may find itself in the cross-hairs next month. According to Space.com, scientists at the Near Earth Object Program at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory believe a newly discovered asteroid ... Read More

NASA Statement on the Death of Astronaut Dan Tani's Mother

Friday December 21, 2007
Yesterday, NASA released the following statement from Michael Coats, director of NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, regarding the Wednesday, Dec. 19, death of International Space Station Flight Engineer Daniel Tani's ... Read More

Astronaut's Mother Dies While He is in Space

Thursday December 20, 2007
Rose Tani, the 90-year-old mother of astronaut Dan Tani, died Wednesday near her home in Lombard, IL, when her car was struck by a train. Ploice say she attempted to ... Read More

Save Astronomy

Thursday December 20, 2007
Stuart, at the Astronomy Blog has been talking about funding issues at the Science & Technology Facilities Council in the UK. The Science and Technology Facilities Council is an organization ... Read More

Top Astronomy and Space News Stories of 2007

Wednesday December 19, 2007
2007 was a fascinating year in astronomy and space. We were alternately shocked, delighted, dismayed and amazed. There were many stories that caught our interest, too many to review. Help determine ... Read More

Whitson, Tani Complete the 100th Station Spacewalk

Wednesday December 19, 2007
Space station Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Dan Tani completed the 100th spacewalk in support of station assembly and maintenance. The 6 hour and 56 minute spacewalk ended at ... Read More

Mars: Closest Approach 2007

Tuesday December 18, 2007
Tonight, Mars will be closer to Earth than it has been this year. This will not be like 2003 when we said, "Mars Closest To Earth in 50000 Years", ... Read More

Starry Night

Monday December 10, 2007
Starry Night is a beautiful painting by Vincent Van Gogh. He and his painting were memorialized in song by Don McLean. However, Starry Night is also a beautiful piece of software. ... Read More

Space Shuttle Atlantis and STS-122 Postponed Until the New Year

Monday December 10, 2007
NASA again delayed yesterday's launch of space shuttle Atlantis on its STS-122 mission to the International Space Station. Shuttle program managers made the decision at 7:24 AM EST after a ... Read More

Atlantis Launch Postponed

Thursday December 6, 2007
During tanking, two of four LH2 Engine Cutoff (ECO) sensors failed to respond appropriately, which is a Launch Commit Violation. The requirement to proceed calls for 3 of 4. The ... Read More

Astronomy Stocking Stuffers

Tuesday December 4, 2007
Do you have an amateur astronomer on your shopping list (or even a professional)? Are you looking for something nice that won't break the bank? Then, we have some suggestions for ... Read More

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