Space News Archive - May 11, 2012

Ultra-cool Brown Dwarf Helps Reveal Giant Planets

An international team of astronomers led by David Pinfield of the University of Hertfordshire has found a brown dwarf that is more than 99% hydrogen and helium.

Herschel Captures Cygnus-X: The Cool Swan Glowing In Flight

Chaotic networks of dust and gas signpost the next generations of massive stars in this stunning new image of the Cygnus-X star-nursery captured by ESA’s Herschel space observatory.

Missing Mass: Lone Wolf Planets Outnumber Milky Way Stars

A few hundred thousand billion free-floating life-bearing Earth-sized planets may exist in the space between stars in the Milky Way.

Image 2 - Gravity Reveals Previously Unseen Planet

More than a 150 years ago, before Neptune was ever sighted in the night sky, French mathematician Urbain Le Verrier predicted the planet's existence based on small deviations in the motion of Uranus.

Speed Of The Sun 'Shockingly' Slower Than Believed

A team of NASA researchers has uncovered new data showing that the sun is moving more slowly through our galaxy than previously believed -- a discovery that suggests a shock wave believed to precede the heliosphere might not actually exist.

EarthKAM Lets School Children Interact With The International Space Station

EarthKAM, a camera onboard the International Space Station (ISS), used for remote Earth sensing and observations, also has another more popular use, giving school children the opportunity to interact with the high-flying (or orbiting) space lab.

Bigelow And SpaceX Form Partnership To Bring Tourists To Space

Two companies in the aerospace industry are joining together to launch tourists into space and check them into orbiting space habitats.

Autonomous robots created by 11 teams of engineers from across the country will compete for a NASA prize purse of $1.5 million on the campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), in Worcester, Mass., June 14 -17.

Word of the Day
  • Growing in low tufty patches.
The word 'cespitose' comes from a Latin word meaning 'turf'.