Odds Increase For a Martian Asteroid Impact

Source: Fox SciTech News LOS ANGELES — The chance of a football field-sized asteroid plowing into Mars next month has been increased to 4 percent, scientists said Friday after analyzing archival data. Though still a long shot, some researchers are hoping for a cosmic smash. “I think it’ll be cool,” said Don Yeomans, who heads […]

Mars In Asteroid’s Path

Source CNN Mars could be in for an asteroid hit If the asteroid strikes Mars, it will probably hit near the equator close to where the rover Opportunity is exploring. A newly discovered hunk of space rock has a 1 in 75 chance of slamming into the Red Planet on January 30, scientists said Thursday. […]

Star Trek’s Okuda Working for NASA

Michael Okuda, a long time scenic art director for many Star Trek series over the years, writer and creator of several popular Star Trek technical manuals and one of the main organizers for this year’s huge Trek auction which garnered millions of dollars in bids has moved up the real science food chain and has […]

Solar System Is Bent

Source: CNN Technology New observations from NASA’s long-running Voyager 2 spacecraft show the solar system is asymmetrical, likely from disturbances in the interstellar magnetic field, scientists reported Monday. Voyager 2 sailed near the edge of the solar system this past summer following its twin, Voyager 1, in 2004. The discovery came after the 30-year-old unmanned […]

The Tangled Cosmic Web

Written by: SPACE.com Staff Missing Matter Caught in Tangled Cosmic Webs Cosmologists are always complaining about their inability to find the dark matter in the universe, invisible stuff that’s supposedly more prevalent than regular matter. They don’t even know what it is, so of course they can’t see it. Meantime, a whole bunch of normal […]

Direct TV Offers HD to ISS

Bringing HD to the “Final Frontier” DirectTV offers to install HD in the newest International Space Station (ISS) Module Congratulating NASA its most recent completion of a successful shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS) and the recent unveiling of a new living space aboard the orbital laboratory, DIRECTV is offering the ISS a […]

NASA Stops Shuttle Countdown

Source NASA/Yahoo News NASA called off today’s launch of space shuttle Atlantis after detecting problems with fuel gauges in the shuttle’s external tank. Officials will try again Friday to launch the shuttle, NASA said. Two of the four sensors in the shuttle’s liquid hydrogen tank indicated that the tank was dry, even though there was […]

First China Moon Pic

China is now officially a main player in the international race back to the Moon. And, to show just how serious they are to stay in the race for the long haul, the country displayed its first Moon images captured by the Chang 1 lunar probe it launched just last month. Chang 1 is currently […]

Incredible Comet Bigger Than Our Sun

Written by: Robert Roy Britt (Senior Science Writer for Space.com) A comet that has delighted backyard astronomers in recent weeks after an unexpected eruption has now grown larger than the sun. The sun remains by far the most massive object in the solar system, with an extended influence of particles that reaches all the planets. […]

Discovery’s Picture Perfect Landing

Source: Fox News HOUSTON — Space shuttle Discovery and its crew returned to Earth on Wednesday and concluded a 15-day space station build-and-repair mission that was among the most challenging — and heroic — in shuttle history. The space shuttle touched down just after 1 p.m., after safely crossing the continent in the first coast-to-coast […]

Scientists Reveal ‘Cousin’ Solar System

Source: Space.com Written by: Ker Than Scientists announced on Tuesday the discovery of a fifth planet in a distant star system that that now looks like a “cousin” to our own. Known as 55 Cancri, the sun-like star harbors the most number of planets ever discovered outside our solar system. “We now know that our […]

NASA Calls For Historic & Dangerous Space Walk

HOUSTON, Texas (CNN) — Astronauts stepped outside the international space station Saturday morning to fix a ripped solar wing in one of the most difficult and dangerous spacewalking repairs ever attempted. 1 of 2 NASA officials and the astronauts in orbit have worked day and night to plan every detail of the momentous repair mission. […]

China Launches Lunar Probe

Sending the space race into full throttle, China announced it will launch its first lunar probe this week, an official told gathered press officials today. The launch will take place sometime between Wednesday and Friday of this week, depending on a variety of factors. A few weeks ago Japan sent its own lunar orbitor into […]

Skies To Be Swept For Alien Life

Source: The switch has been thrown on a telescope specifically designed to seek out alien life. Funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the finished array will have 350 six-metre antennas and will be one of the world’s largest. The Allen Telescope Array (ATA) will be able to sweep more than one million star systems for […]

Asteroid Named After Takei

“Star Trek”/”Heroes” actor and powerful human rights advocate George Takei has been immortalized in the heavens with his name permanently affixed to an asteroid between Mars and Jupiter. Last week the Committee on Small Body Nomenclature of the International Astronomical Union approved the name “7307 Takei” for the asteroid previously labeled “1994 GT9.” The Takei […]