Space News Archive - May 02, 2012
NASA's high-flying ER-2 Airborne Science aircraft has concluded its four-week deployment to validate data acquired by the Multiple Altimeter Beam Experiment Lidar (MABEL) laser altimeter over the Greenland ice cap and surrounding sea ice fields.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft will be flying within about 46 miles (74 kilometers) of Saturn's moon Enceladus on Wednesday, May 2, aiming primarily to learn more about the moon's internal structure.
NASA's website, www.nasa.gov, has won awards in two categories as the best government site in the 16th Annual Webby Awards, the leading international honor for the world's best websites.
Our solar system is four and a half billion years old, but its formation may have occurred over a shorter period of time than we previously thought, says an international team of researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and universities and laboratories in the US and Japan.
The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected a Jupiter probe to be its next "large class" space endeavor after a five-year-long competition.
A new image of the region surrounding the reflection nebula Messier 78, just to the north of Orion’s Belt, shows clouds of cosmic dust threaded through the nebula like a string of pearls.
Vladimir Popovkin, head of Russian space agency Roscosmos, said this week that the agency plans to repeat the Mars500 experiment that ended late last year.
Astronomers have for the very first time captured a supermassive black hole devouring a wandering star that strayed too close to a phenomena that nothing can escape, not even light.