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Tue May 26



NASA Update on Asteroid Redirect Mission
jpl.nasa.gov [NASA]
On Thursday, June 19, NASA will host a televised update on recent progress and upcoming milestones in the agencys efforts to identify, capture and relocate an asteroid, and send astronauts to take samples of it in the 2020s. [...]




Tue May 26



Rosetta: To Chase a Comet
jpl.nasa.gov [COMET]
European Space Agency Rosetta spacecraft carries three NASA instruments. [...]




Tue May 26



How to Target an Asteroid
jpl.nasa.gov [ASTEROID]
The hunt is on for methods to aim a spacecraft at an asteroid. [...]




Tue May 26



USAF Gives SpaceX Certification
Nasawatch [SPACE]
USAF Space and Missiles System Center Certifies SpaceX for National Security Space Missions "Lieutenant General Samuel Greaves, Commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space, has announced the certification of Space Exploration Technologies Corporations (SpaceX) Falcon 9 Launch System for national security space missions. SpaceX is now eligible for award of qualified national security space launch missions as one of [...]




Tue May 26



Dawn Gets Closer Views of Ceres
jpl.nasa.gov [CERES]
NASAs Dawn spacecraft, on approach to dwarf planet Ceres, has acquired its latest and closest-yet snapshot of this mysterious world. [...]




Tue May 26



Mission to Europa will test Jupiter moons friendliness to life
Newscientist [LIFE]
NASA has announced the instruments for its next mission to Jupiters icy moon Europa, one of the solar systems best candidates for hosting life [...]




Mon May 25



Starburst Galaxy M94
Spacefellowship.com [GALAXY]
What could cause the center of M94 to be so bright? Spiral galaxy M94 has a ring of newly formed stars surrounding its nucleus, giving it not only an unusual appearance but also a strong interior glow. A leading progenitor hypothesis holds that an elongated knot of stars known as a bar rotates in M94 and has generated a burst of star formation in the inner ring. Recent observations have revealed the outer, fainter ring is not closed and relatively complex. M94, pictured here spans about 30,0 [...]




Mon May 25



Herschel Telescope Detects Water on Dwarf Planet
jpl.nasa.gov [WATER]
Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt, Ceres. [...]




Mon May 25



NEOWISE Celebrates First Month of Operations After Reactivation
jpl.nasa.gov [NEOWISE]
In its first 25 days of operations, the newly reactivated NEOWISE mission has detected 857 minor bodies in our solar system, including 22 near-Earth objects (NEOs) and four comets. [...]




Tue May 26



Omega Centauri
Stardate.org [CENTAURI]
Aliens live among us. They come from other galaxies, and enter orbit around the center of our own galaxy, the Milky Way. They’re not trying to hide from us, though — they’re in plain sight. These visitors from beyond are globular clusters — collections of hundreds of thousands of stars packed into a ball-shaped region a few hundred light-years across. About 160 known globular clusters orbit the center of the Milky Way. Most of them were born with the galaxy itself. In fact, they contain some o [...]

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