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Space / Astronomy November 2009 Archive

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SOFIA Observatory Taking Flight

Wednesday November 25, 2009
It sounds almost like something a child would dream up -- scientists install a powerful telescope system in a Boeing 747 and fly it around taking infrared images of the ... Read More

Daughter Born While Father In Space

Tuesday November 24, 2009
I have expressed to my wife several times that I think that it would be an amazing experience to travel to space, whether as a payload specialist on a NASA ... Read More

NASA To Irradiate Monkeys

Monday November 23, 2009
Performing radiation tests on animals is not a new concept, but this will be the first time that NASA performs such tests on animals as evolved as monkeys. The key ... Read More

"Strange" New Star?

Wednesday November 18, 2009
Supernova remnants are beautiful to behold, but they are also the result of extremely violent explosions and leave behind one of the most dynamic objects in the Universe. One such ... Read More

Water Found On The Moon

Tuesday November 17, 2009
Back in October many of you were following the events of the LCROSS mission as the probe slamed into the Moon (on purpose), to look for traces of water. Well, ... Read More

Meteor Shower To Peak Over The Next Two Nights

Monday November 16, 2009
Every year the Earth passes through the trail of the comet Tempel-Tuttle, creating a pretty good meteor shower visible in the night sky. NASA reports that about about 20 - ... Read More

Creating A New Earth

Thursday November 12, 2009
The idea of colonizing Mars is not a new one, it has been the backdrop of many science fiction novels, and the focus of much scientific research. But, actually making ... Read More

Asteroid Has Near Miss With Earth

Wednesday November 11, 2009
NASA reported that a 23 foot wide asteroid came within about 8,700 miles of entering Earth's atmosphere on Friday. This was the third closest miss on record. Astronomers at the ... Read More

LaserMotive Team Nabs $900k Prize

Tuesday November 10, 2009
For those of you following the space elevator games, the LaserMotive team was awarded the second place $900,000 prize. Their design, which used a ground based laser to power a ... Read More

Elevator To Space

Thursday November 5, 2009
I can almost hear it now: Elevator door opens... "What floor sir?" "Space Station Please." "Yes sir." Sound ridiculous? Well, yeah, it is actually. But, the idea of an elevator ... Read More

Lunar Landers Take Flight

Tuesday November 3, 2009
After a suspenseful race to the finish, NASA handed out a $1 million prize to Masten Space Systems. The company, based in California, participated in the Northrup Grumman Lunar Lander ... Read More

Scientists Detect The Most Distance Object Ever Seen

Monday November 2, 2009
Only 630 million years after the creation of the Universe a super-massive star exploded in a violent supernova. The energy from this explosion has been traveling across the Universe ever ... Read More

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