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NASA’s Wise Mission Discovers Coolest Class of Stars

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NASA's Wise Mission Discovers Coolest Class of Stars

NASA's Wise Mission Discovers Coolest Class of Stars. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Scientists using data from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have discovered the coldest class of star-like bodies, with temperatures as cool as the human body.

Astronomers hunted these dark orbs, termed Y dwarfs, for more than a decade without success. When viewed with a visible-light telescope, they are nearly impossible to see. WISE’s infrared vision allowed the telescope to finally spot the faint glow of six Y dwarfs relatively close to our sun, within a distance of about 40 light-years.

Full Story: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2011-263

NASA Detects Metabolic Precursors in Meteorite Dust

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NASA scientists have found organic compounds associated with cellular respiration in carbonaceous meteorites, and simulated space-like conditions in the laboratory to determine how the compounds could have formed in deep space billions of years ago.

Full Story: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/news/releases/2011/11-65AR.html

New Ohio Park Protects Nighttime Environment

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An overcast sky in Geauga County, Ohio, did not dampen the enthusiasm of the 1,500 people attending Observatory Park’s dedication on 20 August, when it announced its full status as an International Dark Sky Park (IDSPark). The new park is the latest member of the growing IDSPlaces program, the flagship of the International Dark-Sky Association’s ongoing efforts to promote stewardship of the night sky.

Full Story: http://bit.ly/nDotyn

NASA Television To Air Space Station Cargo Ship Arrival

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NASA Television will provide live coverage as a Russian Progress cargo spacecraft arrives at the International Space Station at 9:38 a.m. CDT on Friday, Aug. 26.

NASA TV coverage will begin at 9 a.m. The unpiloted Progress 44 spacecraft will automatically dock to the rear port of the station’s Zvezda service module.

Full Story: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2011/aug/HQ_M11-174_Progress_Docks.html

NASA Hosts News Conference On Upcoming Mission To Moon

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NASA will host a news conference at 11 a.m. EDT, on Thursday Aug. 25, to discuss the upcoming launch of the Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission.

Scheduled to launch Sept. 8, GRAIL will help answer longstanding questions about Earth’s moon and provide a better understanding of how Earth and other rocky planets in our solar system formed.

Full Story: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2011/aug/HQ_M11-175_GRAIL.html

NASA And Tor-Forge Books Partner In Themed Science Fiction Works

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In an effort to introduce, inform and inspire readers about NASA, the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. has partnered with Tor-Forge Books to develop and publish a series of science-fiction-themed books.

Referred to as “NASA Inspired Works of Fiction,” these books will be based on concepts pertinent to current and future agency missions and operations.

Full Story: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2011/aug/HQ_11-273_NASA_TORFORGE_Books_Partner.html

VLT Looks into the Eyes of the Virgin

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VLT looks into The Eyes of the Virgin

Credit: ESO/Gems project

ESO’s Very Large Telescope has taken a striking image of a beautiful yet peculiar pair of galaxies nicknamed The Eyes. The larger of these, NGC 4438, was once a spiral galaxy but has become badly deformed by collisions with other galaxies in the last few hundred million years. This picture is the first to come out of ESO’s Cosmic Gems programme, an initiative in which ESO has granted dedicated observing time for outreach purposes.

 

Full Story: http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1131/