Hubble Telescope Glitch Delays Repair Mission

NASA said Monday it is delaying its mission to the Hubble Space Telescope until next year because of a serious breakdown of the observatory in orbit.

Hubble Telescope Glitch Delays Repair Mission

Space shuttle Atlantis had been scheduled to blast off in just two weeks, but a new and unexpected problem with the Hubble appeared on Saturday night when the telescope stopped sending science data.

That potentially means a new repair issue for the astronauts to confront — one that they haven’t trained for and never anticipated.

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Space Calendar September 29 – October 5 2008

Space related activities and anniversaries for September 29 – October 5 2008. Fetched live every week from NASA JPL

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STScI Astrophysicist Adam Riess Receives MacArthur Fellowship

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today named Adam Riess of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) and the Johns Hopkins University among 25 new MacArthur Fellows for 2008. Riess is the leader of the seminal study for a team that in 1998 co-discovered “dark energy,” a mysterious repulsive force in the universe.

STScI Astrophysicist Adam Riess Receives MacArthur Fellowship

Credit: NASA, ESA, and R. Villard (STScI/AURA)

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Space Calendar September 22 – September 28 2008

Space related activities and anniversaries for September 22 – September 28 2008. Fetched live every week from NASA JPL

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Galaxy Silhouettes

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured a rare alignment between two spiral galaxies. The outer rim of a small, foreground galaxy is silhouetted in front of a larger background galaxy. Skeletal tentacles of dust can be seen extending beyond the small galaxy’s disk of starlight. From ground-based telescopes, the two galaxies look like a single blob. But the Advanced Camera’s sharp “eye” distinguished the blob as two galaxies, cataloged as 2MASX J00482185-2507365. The images were taken on Sept. 19, 2006.

Galaxy Silhouettes

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Space Calendar September 15 – September 21 2008

Space related activities and anniversaries for September 15 – September 21 2008. Fetched live every week from NASA JPL

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Astronomers Spy Brightest Galactic Blast

Last March our planet looked straight down the barrel when one of the universe’s most deadly kinds of stellar artillery fired — and we lived to tell about it.

Astronomers Spy Brightest Galactic Blast

The March 19 cosmic cannon was a jet of powerful gamma rays which shot out matter at speeds just a hair shy of the universal speed limit — that of light.

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Lasers to Help Capture ‘Movies’ of Changing Universe

Scientists are using new laser technology to improve the precision of telescopes, bringing the dream of watching the expansion of the universe in real time within reach.

Lasers to Help Capture 'Movies' of Changing Universe

Published in the latest edition of Science, the researchers, including Swinburne University astronomer Michael Murphy, show how a laser frequency comb can be used to calibrate an infra-red telescope.

This will allow astronomers to more precisely measure features of distant galaxies and stars.

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Hubble Mission Faces Higher Risk of Space Debris Strike

Next month’s shuttle flight to the Hubble Space Telescope faces an increased risk of getting hit by space junk because it will be in a higher, more littered orbit than usual, NASA said Monday.

Hubble Mission Faces Higher Risk of Space Debris Strike

Managers at NASA’s highest levels will need to sign off on the mission because of the increased risk.

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Space Calendar September 8 – September 14 2008

Space related activities and anniversaries for September 8 – September 14 2008. Fetched live every week from NASA JPL

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