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  1. Photo may be first of extrasolar planet -- A group of European-led astronomers has made a photograph of what appears to be a planet orbiting another star. If so, it would be the first confirmed picture of a world beyond our solar system. "Although it is surely much bigger than a terrestrial-size object [like Earth], it is a...

    Started by Tombstone, 09-15-2004 10:46 AM
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  2. New ring discovered around Saturn

    UK scientists using the Cassini probe have found a new ring and one, possibly two, new objects orbiting Saturn. The discoveries are in the planet's contorted F-ring region. The ring of new material seems to be associated with Saturn's moon Atlas. ...

    Started by Tombstone, 09-10-2004 08:15 AM
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  3. Catch a Falling Space Capsule

    SALT LAKE CITY -- In a harrowing feat high over the Utah desert Wednesday, two helicopter stunt pilots will try to snatch a floating space capsule that holds "a piece of the sun" and bring it safely down. Their biggest fear: What if they flub it on live TV? And that's entirely possible. The...

    Started by Tombstone, 09-05-2004 07:21 PM
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  4. Alien microbes could survive crash-landing

    Bacteria could survive crash-landing on other planets, a British team has found. The result supports to the idea that Martian organisms could have fallen to Earth in meteorites and seeded life. More:

    Started by CVX, 09-04-2004 11:26 PM
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  5. ‘Mystery Cloud’ Appears Over Eastern U.S. And Canada

    Anyone who lives in the eastern part of the United States or Canada and gazing skyward on Tuesday evening may have noticed something strange in their west-northwest sky. At around 9 p.m. EDT, a small, bright, silvery circular cloud of light suddenly appeared. Over the next 25 minutes, the cloud...

    Started by CVX, 09-02-2004 10:42 PM
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  6. Mysterious signals from 1000 light years away

    In February 2003, astronomers involved in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) pointed the massive radio telescope in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, at around 200 sections of the sky. The same telescope had previously detected unexplained radio signals at least twice from each of these...

    Started by CVX, 09-02-2004 10:26 PM
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  7. Planets Smaller Than Gas Giants Have Been Found

    American scientists say they have discovered two of the smallest planets ever detected outside our solar system - a sign, they said, that they are on the right track in the quest to find Earth-like planets that could potentially support life. Until the past few weeks, all of the estimated 130...

    Started by Warsai, 09-01-2004 06:55 AM
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  8. An asteroid CLOSE call.

    An asteroid the size of a large storage shed came within 4,100 miles of Earth this spring, making it the closest near miss ever recorded, U.S. astronomers said this week. The 15- to 30-foot space rock, now called 2004 FU162 (,2697,64752,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_2),...

    Started by Tombstone, 08-28-2004 10:31 PM
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  9. Official Notice From The Golden Light Fleet

    Dear star people, starseeds and children of the Earth, This below is a communique from our ground Council. Be assured that the Golden Light Fleet, composed of millions of spaceships and personnel, is still standing by to help us, the beings bound for the 5th dimension this under any event or...

    Started by Doraelle, 08-27-2004 11:35 AM
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  10. Bureaucracy Pins Rocket to Earth

    It's got a rocket, an astronaut and a small prairie town anxious to become a spaceport. But a Canadian team competing for the $10 million Ansari X Prize, an international contest promoting a new generation of privately developed spacecraft, still doesn't have a couple of precious pieces of paper it...

    Started by CVX, 08-27-2004 08:01 AM
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  11. 'Super Earth' Discovered at Nearby Star

    Neat! In a discovery that has left one expert stunned, European astronomers have found one of the smallest planets known outside our solar system, a world about 14 times the mass of our own around a star much like the Sun. ..... Still, the discovery is a significant advance in technology:...

    Started by Tombstone, 08-25-2004 09:58 PM
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  12. Asteroid shaves past Earth's atmosphere

    The closest observed asteroid yet to skim past the Earth without hitting the atmosphere, was reported by astronomers on Sunday. The previously unknown object, spanning five to 10 metres across, has been named 2004 FU162. It streaked across the sky just 6500 kilometres - roughly the radius of the...

    Started by CVX, 08-23-2004 04:36 PM
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  13. Huge Antarctic Craters Reveal Asteroid Strike

    By Paul Brown The Guardian - uk 8-19-4 Scientists using satellites have mapped huge craters under the Antarctic ice sheet caused by an asteroid as big as the one believed to have wiped out the dinosaurs 65m years ago. Professor Frans van der Hoeven, from Delft University in the...

    Started by CVX, 08-19-2004 10:58 PM
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  14. Five New Moons For Planet Neptune

    BBC News 8-19-4 Five new satellites - and one candidate moon - have been discovered orbiting the giant planet Neptune, bringing its tally of moons to 13. Two orbit in the same direction as the planet rotates, while the orbits...

    Started by CVX, 08-19-2004 10:31 PM
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  15. Cassini spies 2 new Saturn moons

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spied two new little moons around satellite-rich Saturn, the space agency said Monday. Saturn's tally of known moons now stands at 33. More: Very cool!

    Started by CVX, 08-16-2004 09:09 PM
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  16. Japanese Solar Sail Launched

    The Japanese Institute of Space and Astronautical Science has succeeded in launching and deploying the first ever solar sail into space. A solar sail is a thin metallic film pushed by light from the Sun - like a sail on Earth is pushed by the wind - it requires no engine. The 7.5 micrometers thick...

    Started by Warsai, 08-11-2004 06:56 AM
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  17. Hubble Instrument Goes Dark

    One of the four science instruments onboard NASA's ailing Hubble Space Telescope failed last week, the space agency said Friday. The Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, or STIS, was used by astronomers to detect black holes and measure the temperatures of stars, among other things. The...

    Started by CVX, 08-12-2004 12:02 AM
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  18. Mars Express Relays Photos from Rovers

    Summary - (Aug 10, 2004) The European Space Agency's Mars Express has relayed images from the NASA Mars rovers for the first time, demonstrating how the robots at Mars can work with each other to keep the data flowing back to Earth. Mars Express flew over the Opportunity rover on August 4, and...

    Started by illuminati, 08-11-2004 06:44 PM
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  19. Photograph the Perseids Tonight

    Summary - (Aug 11, 2004) Tonight's the night when the Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak of 60 meteors/hour, and if we're lucky, a new filament of material from Comet Swift-Tuttle will give the event and extra boost. One way to make the moment last is to capture images of meteors with your...

    Started by illuminati, 08-11-2004 06:40 PM
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  20. Space Science Pioneer Van Allen Questions Human Spaceflight

    A leading space scientist has called to question the validity of human spaceflight, suggesting that sending astronauts outward from Earth is outdated, too costly, and the science returned is trivial.

    Started by CVX, 08-05-2004 10:56 PM
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