Space

Lunar eclipse pics

Check out the lunar eclipse picture by Ed Parsons (former CTO of Ordnance Survey) shot in England. Similar shots available all over the net (thanks to digital cameras), but here are a few others I found:

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Hubble blind in one eye for now

According to an article from this morning's Washington Post, the Hubble Space Telescope, producer of many of the best space images the world has seen, is now limping along without the use of its Advanced Camera for Surveys.

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Pluto's Moons get names

From Space.com, and JHU's Applied Physics Lab, Pluto's moons (heretofore referred to as S/2005 P 1 and S/2005 P 2) have now been christened Hydra and Nix. The press release (from APL, not from the moons, which could not be reached for comment) details the mission that found the moons last year.

 

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Deep Impact is a bit out of focus

Saying that the focusing problem wouldn't adversely affect the mission to visit comet Tempel 1 in July, NASA announced that Deep Impact (launched in January) has a focusing problem. This according to an article from SpaceToday.Net

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NASA sets date for next shuttle launch

According to SpaceFlight Now's article (thanks to SpaceToday.net for the pointer), NASA has set May 15 at 3:50pm as the launch date for the next shuttle (Discovery). If all goes well, the next launch after that will be July 12.

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If a satellite fell from the sky, would anyone notice?

In 10 countries in the South Pacific, they certainly did. According to an article from News Interactive, ten countries in the South Pacific are without general telephone and internet service until they are able to get their dishes re-pointed and service re-established through another carrier.

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Virgin to launch into space

According to press reports, including this article from BBC News, Sir Richard Branson has entered into an agreement with Scaled Composites (Burt Rutan's company) to create and fly a commercial space vehicle for tourism purposes starting in 2007.

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SpaceShipOne tracked by schools

As Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites attempts to put Space Ship One up for the second time in four days, two schools from outside of Boston and the Clay Center for Science and Technology are tracking to the ship to the edge of space. Unfortunately, I can't find a feed online, but CNN and other news organizations are carrying it live on TV.

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Two teams ready to go for XPrize

The XPrize folks have announced that two teams (Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne and the Canadian da Vinci Project) have officially announced that they will compete this fall to launch competitors for the prize.

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NASA redesigns external tank fitting for shuttle

NASA announced that they have redesigned the bipod fitting between the external tank and the main body of the shuttle. In response to concerns over falling debris from the previous design (which involved foam insulation around the bracket in order to keep the bracket from icing), the designers have now outfitted the piece with heaters that they hope will keep ice away.

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