Russian spacecraft to crash to Earth on Sunday

Nick Collins Telegraph 13.01.2012
Russian spacecraft to crash to Earth on Sunday

The remainder of the crippled Phobos-Grunt spacecraft is set to crash to Earth on Sunday following its botched mission to Mars, space experts have said.

An Otherworldly Discovery: Billions of Other Planets

ROBERT LEE HOTZ The Wall Street Journal 12.01.2012
An Otherworldly Discovery: Billions of Other Planets

Astronomers said Wednesday that each of the 100 billion stars in the Milky Way probably has at least one companion planet, on average, adding credence to the notion that planets are as common in the cosmos as grains of sand on the beach.

Microsoft Co-Founder To Build Giant Plane To Launch People, Cargo Into Space

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and aerospace pioneer Burt Rutan are building the world’s biggest plane to help launch cargo and astronauts into space, in the latest of several ventures fueled by technology tycoons clamoring to write America’s nex...

Hundreds of NASA's moon rocks missing: audit

Researchers have sticky fingers when it comes to NASA's moon rocks and meteorites, and hundreds of samples have gone missing after being loaned out by the US space agency, an audit said Thursday.

NASA's Kepler Mission Confirms Its First Planet in Habitable Zone of Sun-like Star

NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed its first planet in the "habitable zone," the region where liquid water could exist on a planet’s surface.

Total lunar eclipse to occur in Hong Kong

Xiong Tong Xinhua 26.11.2011
Total lunar eclipse to occur in Hong Kong

A total lunar eclipse will occur at night on Dec. 10 and will be visible in Hong Kong if the weather is fine, the Hong Kong Observatory said Thursday.

Russia Has No Idea Where Failed Mars Probe Will Crash

Russian space agency Roscosmos all but gave up on regaining contact with its lost Mars probe, and it has no idea where exactly it will crash back down to Earth when it finally falls out of orbit.

Richard Branson opens world's first 'spaceport' in US

British billionaire Richard Branson opened the world's first-ever commercial spaceport in the New Mexico desert, the new home for his company, Virgin Galactic.

Brace for impact: Scientists warn ANOTHER out-of-control three ton telescope is hurtling towards the Earth at high speed

Earth has been told to brace for a possible satellite collision as an orbiting telescope weighing nearly three tons has spun out of control and is plummeting homewards.

Europe Plots Mission to the Sun

Greg Wilson NBC DFW 06.10.2011
Europe Plots Mission to the Sun

Europe's collective space agency is planning an ambitious space mission that would send a satellite nearly three-quarters of the way to the Sun.

Giant Asteroid Vesta Has Mountain Taller Than Anything on Earth

A NASA spacecraft orbiting the asteroid Vesta is revealing new details about the huge space rock's surface, including a massive mountain that rises taller than Mt. Everest on Earth.

Obama under fire over space plans 03.10.2011
Obama under fire over space plans

High-profile critics fear President Barack Obama's commercial overhaul of human spaceflight is going nowhere and could mark the end of half a century of US supremacy among the stars and planets.

ANOTHER satellite to crash land soon, and the odds of it hitting someone are even higher

The world was gripped by the Nasa UARS satellite that fell back to Earth last Saturday – and now there’s another that’s plummeting back from orbit. In late October or early November a Germany astronomy satellite – called ROSAT- will plunge uncontr...

Little threat to Earth from big asteroid: NASA

Fewer giant asteroids are out in space than once thought and most of the biggest near-Earth asteroids have been found, leaving little threat of one smashing into the planet, NASA said Thursday.

Satellite down? NASA hints that the end has come

After hours of worldwide suspense, NASA said it was working on Saturday to confirm the time and the place where its six-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite made its fiery plunge to Earth.

Earth to satellite: When will you hit and where?

MARCIA DUNN My Way News 22.09.2011
Earth to satellite: When will you hit and where?

NASA scientists are doing their best to tell us where a plummeting six-ton satellite will fall later this week. It's just that if they're off a little bit, it could mean the difference between hitting Florida or landing on New York. Or, say, Iran ...

Defunct NASA satellite to crash to Earth this week

A defunct NASA science satellite is expected to fall back to Earth on Friday, showering debris somewhere on the planet although scientists cannot predict exactly where, officials said.

Huge Defunct Satellite Falling to Earth Faster Than Expected, NASA Says

NASA space junk experts have refined the forecast for the anticipated death plunge of a giant satellite, with the U.S. space agency now predicting the 6 1/2-ton climate probe will plummet to Earth around Sept. 23, a day earlier than previously rep...

Hong Kong scientists make great strides in lunar mapping

Surveying experts of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) have successfully developed methodologies for precise mapping of the Moon, after intensive analysis of the data captured by the Chinese lunar orbiter ChangE-1 and other lunar explor...

NASA launches twin satellites to study insides of moon

A pair of spacecraft rocketed toward the moon Saturday on the first mission dedicated to measuring lunar gravity and determining what’s inside Earth’s orbiting companion – all the way down to the core.

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