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NASA postpones launch of Glory mission

WASHINGTON -- The launch of NASA's Glory spacecraft from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California has been postponed at least 24 hours. During the final 15 minutes before Wednesday's scheduled launch of 5:09 a.m. EST, the vehicle interface control ...

Catching space weather in the act

Close to the globe, Earth's magnetic field wraps around the planet like a gigantic spherical web, curving in to touch Earth at the poles. But this isn't true as you get further from the planet. As you move to the high altitudes where satellites ...

2-timing spacecraft has date with another comet

NASA's Stardust spacecraft, equipped with the University of Chicago's Dust Flux Monitor Instrument (DFMI), is hurtling at more than 24,000 miles an hour toward a Valentine's Day encounter with comet Tempel 1. Stardust will approach to within 124...

Planck space observatory releases first data

The first scientific results from Europe's Planck spacecraft were released at a press briefing today in Paris. The findings, focusing on the coldest objects in the Universe - both within our galaxy and also out to the most distant reaches of space -...

NASA extends TIMED mission for fourth time

Nine years after beginning its unprecedented look at the gateway between Earth's environment and space, not to mention collecting more data on the upper atmosphere than any other satellite, NASA's Thermosphere Ionosphere Mesosphere Energetics an...

UBC underwater robot to explore ice-covered ocean and Antarctic ice shelf

Researchers at the University of British Columbia are deploying an underwater robot to survey ice-covered ocean in Antarctica from October 17 through November 12. Scientists predict that the sea ice area around Antarctica will be reduced by more t...

UD researcher on project team for NASA’s first visit to the...

A University of Delaware researcher is helping to design instruments for a robotic space probe that will go where no other has gone before: the sun. William Matthaeus, professor of physics and astronomy at UD, is involved in NASA's Solar Probe P...

NASA’S Mars atmosphere mission given the green light to proceed to...

GREENBELT, Md. -- NASA's mission to investigate the mystery of how Mars lost much of its atmosphere passed a critical milestone on October 4, 2010. NASA has given approval for the development and 2013 launch of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatil...

TRMM satellite sees tropical moisture bring heavy rain, flooding to US...

A deep, stationary trough of low pressure parked over the Ohio and Tennessee valleys west of the Appalachians drew a steady stream of tropical moisture, including the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole, up the East Coast. The results were heavy...

New Soyuz spacecraft cleared for mission with ESA astronaut

The new Soyuz TMA spacecraft, which will carry ESA astronaut Pedro Duque to the ISS and back in October 2003, has been fully approved for operations. This was announced by Nikolai Zelenshikov, First Deputy President of RSC Energia, at an official briefing in Moscow on 26 May to present the findings of the enquiry commission's investigation of last month's ballistic re-entry by Soyuz TMA-1.

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