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2008-05-20 16:30:00

Although the universe contains billions of galaxies, only a small amount of its matter is locked up in these behemoths. Most of the universe's matter that was created during and just after the Big Bang must be found elsewhere. Now, in an extensive search of the local universe, astronomers say they have definitively found about half of the missing normal matter, called baryons, in the spaces between the galaxies. This important component of the universe is known as the "intergalactic medium,"...

2008-01-08 10:38:09

AUSTIN, Texas — The orbiting space telescope that just won't quit collecting gobs of celestial data well beyond its expected twilight is set for a major tune-up and upgrade, NASA scientists announced today here at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society. The fifth servicing mission will also be the Hubble Space Telescope's last. Word here today is that the Space Shuttle Atlantis would lift off in August with a crew of seven astronauts, a cargo of equipment, tools and...

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2008-01-08 11:37:03

NASA scientists and a space shuttle astronaut today outlined details of a challenging mission that will repair and upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope in 2008. The Hubble servicing mission, designated STS-125, will equip the orbiting observatory with far greater capabilities than ever had before to explore the nature and history of our universe. Space Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to lift off in August with a crew of seven astronauts and a cargo of equipment, tools and new instruments on the...

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2007-10-18 10:30:00

WASHINGTON - After an eight-year run that gave astronomers a completely new perspective on the universe, NASA has concluded the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer mission. The satellite, known as FUSE, became inoperable in July when the satellite lost its ability to point accurately and steadily at areas of interest. NASA will terminate the mission Oct. 18. "FUSE accomplished all of its mission goals and more," said Alan Stern, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate...

2004-11-29 15:00:10

James Webb telescope will have mirror support system made in Boulder BOULDER - As the Hubble Space Telescope nears its final few years of duty, its successor is being built in Boulder. The next generation James Webb Space Telescope is scheduled to replace the Hubble in 2010, and Boulder-based Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. again is helping to build the nation's leading mechanical space explorer. Ball Aerospace helped construct the 14- year-old Hubble, which looks deep into space...