Space News Archive - September 14, 2009
Comet 147P/Kushida-Muramatsu was captured as a temporary moon of Jupiter in the mid-20th century and remained trapped in an irregular orbit for about twelve years.
Scientists using the Cassini spacecraft's Magnetospheric Imaging instrument (MIMI) have detected a new, temporary radiation belt at Saturn, located around the orbit of its moon Dione at about 377 000 km from the center of the planet.
Crater patterns on Vesta and Ceres could help pinpoint when Jupiter began to form during the evolution of the early Solar System.
Space is not a fun place to get a stomach bug. To ensure drinking water is adequately disinfected, University of Utah chemists developed a two-minute water quality monitoring method that just started six months of tests aboard the International Space Station.
As members of the media visit IABGâ€™s spacecraft test center in Germany to learn more about ESAâ€™s CryoSat mission and view the satellite, a new target launch date of February 28, 2010 has been announced.
The first of three images of ESO's GigaGalaxy Zoom project â€” a new magnificent 800-million-pixel panorama of the entire sky as seen from ESOâ€™s observing sites in Chile â€” has just been released online.
Last month, officials with the Netherlandsâ€™ national museum reported that it had been holding a piece of petrified wood, which had been mistaken for a piece of rubble from the surface of the moon.
China on Monday started construction on its newest space center on Hainan island.
NASA is inviting eligible educational institutions, museums and other organizations to begin registering to screen potential space shuttle artifacts.
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