NASA has released 10 new images, all from the new WFC3 instrument and others, including the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph. Images include NGC 6302, Carina Nebula, Stephan's Quintet, Markarian 817, Abell 370, and a few others.
Scientists working at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, have developed an innovative recipe for giant telescope mirrors on the Moon. To make a mirror that dwarfs anything on Earth, just take a little bit of carbon, throw in some epoxy, and add lots of lunar dust.
A bulletin from the American Institute of Physics presents a study noting that recent spacecraft, such as NEAR, appear to display velocity anomalies much like those seen in Pioneer 10 (which were observed beginning ten years ago). The anomalies amount to up to 13 mm/sec., with a measurement accuracy of 0.1 mm/sec.
Scientists have announced that they have used images from Cassini to find moonlets embedded in Saturn's outer rings that are likely to be the remains of a larger moon that was shattered by an asteroid or comet. The team from the University of Colorado at Boulder that made the discovery has made available details and pictures.
A study on space-based solar power (SBSP) was conducted as a internet level expert branstorming. The final report provides a broad-brush review of the status of SBSP, showing immense potential, but also a number of challenges
In February, the New Horizons probe passed through the Jupiter system on its way to Pluto, and we saw some spectacular pictures. Now, the science teams have published detailed scientific results, along with new images and movies.
The Mars Phoenix lander successfully launched atop a Delta II rocket from Canaveral on August 4. The mission takes the 350-kg lander to northern latitudes to investigate subsurface ice for the chemical precursors of life. The lander should arrive on Mars on May 25, 2008.
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched it's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C7) rocket from the Srikharikota launch-pad. The rocket carried 4 satellites into space, 2 Indian and one each from Argentina and Indonesia.
NASA attempted to take a picture of the 10-year-old Mars Probe using the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, but did not detect it. NASA has now ordered its Opportunity rover to listen from the planet's surface for MGS's radio beacon, but the probe may already have run out of power and NASA officials are not optimistic about recovering it.