Space News Archive - December 15, 2008
Scientists are expanding the search for extraterrestrial life -- and they've set their sights on some very unearthly planets.
Wind and wave data from ESAâ€™s Envisat satellite radar are being used to observe meteorological conditions in the track of the Vendee Globe solo round-the-world yacht race.
Solar flares are the most powerful explosions in the solar system - Packing a punch equal to a hundred million hydrogen bombs, they obliterate everything in their immediate vicinity. Not a single atom should remain intact.
Observations made by NASA instruments onboard an Air Force satellite have shown that the boundary between the Earth's upper atmosphere and space has moved to extraordinarily low altitudes.
The closer scientists look at Saturn's small moon Enceladus, the more they find evidence of an active world.
NASA's John C Stennis Space Center will provide propulsion system acceptance testing for the Taurus II space launch vehicle, which Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va, is developing.
During warmer climate, surface frost could have melted and moistened Martian soil.
Data collected during several recent flybys of Titan by NASA's Cassini spacecraft have put another arrow in the quiver of scientists who think the Saturnian moon contains active cryovolcanoes spewing a super-chilled liquid into its atmosphere.
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