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The 13-ounce (377-gram) oblong object that fell through a New Jersey home’s roof and landed in a second-floor bathroom on January 2, 2007, was an iron meteorite. Upon inspection, its leading edge (the side that was subjected to the atmosphere while descending toward Earth) was smoother than the trailing edge (the backside).
Astronomers using the ESA's XMM-Newton and NASA's Chandra Observatory have found evidence of a significant new class of supernova.

On January 4, 2007, media sources reported that pieces of a spent Russian SL-4 rocket reentered the Earth’s atmosphere over southwestern Colorado and northwestern Wyoming and impacted near Riverton, Wyoming, at about 6 a.m. Mountain Standard Time. However, a more accurate description of the objects is: pieces of a spent upper stage of a Russian Soyuz-2.1b rocket.

Friday, 05 January 2007 10:36

Bezos joins the private space race

It looks like a cross between something out of a cheap science fiction movie and the NASA re-entry capsules that preceded the space shuttle. However, the nose cone rocket on four legs named Goddard is anything but a joke to its creator Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

We aren’t going back to the Moon without first practicing with simulated lunar soil and rocks here on the Earth. NASA needs it to simulate digging, driving, building, and for many other necessary activities while exploring the Moon and setting up a Moon base. Unfortunately, NASA is out of it.

The early discovery of a black hole inside a globular star cluster by a team using the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton satellite has astonished astronomers.

Over the last fifteen years about 2,300 engineers and scientists from over 150 scientific institutions in 37 countries around the world have worked together to design and build a gigantic general-purpose particle detector, what is called the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS). In 2007, they will perform the largest physics experiment ever conducted on Earth.

Monday, 01 January 2007 01:51

Remembering the Nobel Prize Laureates in 2006

The 2006 Nobel Prizes have been awarded for people who invented, researched, discovered, and contributed to the world in very important ways. These Nobel Laureates have been given supreme honors in their respective fields. Can you name any of the Nobel Prize recipients? Each is a leader in their respective field. And each is important for the advancement of society throughout the world. Let’s remember (and reflect) at year’s end about these men and women for the contributions they have made to society—for each and every person in the world.

With the year 2007 upon us, it is important, in my opinion, to know how many years we are into the third millennium. Back on December 31, 1999, most people celebrated the beginning of the New Millennium with bubbly drinks, noise makers, and a countdown to the big moment—while others waited by their computer to see if the Y2K (Year 2000) bug would hit.

With recent speculation that NASA is planning a manned mission to an asteroid to bring back samples of space rock, it would be informative to know how astronauts will travel there. The mission itself will use the new program that NASA is developing called Project Constellation. The program, which replaces the current Space Transportation System (STS) involving the Space Shuttle fleet, will extend manned space activities of the United States from low-Earth orbit to such destinations as the Moon, Mars, asteroids, and possibly other more distant celestial bodies.



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