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Lee Labuschagne

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Distant Voyager seeks the answer blowin' in the wind

Pasadena - This week NASA's Voyager 1's spacecraft performed a maneuver that it hadn't done for 21 years so that it could gather data about the solar wind in the outer reaches of the solar system.

Conceptual design milestone for SKA

Manchester - The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope has successfully passed the System Engineering Conceptual Design Review, an important milestone for this huge international project.

Reconnaissance Orbiter celebrates 5 years on Mars

Pasadena - NASA is today celebrating the fact that its versatile Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter started orbiting Mars five years ago. The mission has already radically expanded our knowledge of the "red planet".

Weather experts 'caught' in thundersnow storm

Huntsville - NASA atmospheric scientists had an unexpected chance to study a curious phenomenon called "thundersnow" when a recent storm unleashed right over their heads.

Discovery blasts off one last time

Cape Canaveral - Space shuttle Discovery was successfully launched for the last time from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 4:53 p.m. EST on Feb. 24.

Workshop will gather analysis ideas for SKA

Aveiro - A workshop planned for 24-25 May in Portugal to examine latest information and trends in radio astronomy data analysis, will contribute towards decisions affecting the huge planned Square Kilometer Array (SKA) radio telescope.

NASA scientists answer questions about 'Tyche' claims

Pasadena - Scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have released comprehensive answers relating to a recent proposal by astrophysicists John Matese and Daniel Whitmire about the existence of a large planet in the outer part of the solar system.

Airborne study of weather and 'rivers in the sky'

Pasadena - A new airborn study lead by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and taking place from Feb. 11 via unmanned aircraft, is expected to improve our understanding of how 'atmospheric rivers' form and behave.

Public can watch comet encounter 'live' on the Internet

Pasadena - NASA will be hosting live coverage of the Stardust-NExT mission's encounter with Comet Tempel 1 on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14.

Booker creates 'Best of Beryl (Bainbridge)' prize

The Booker Prize Foundation has created a special prize to honor the work of the much-loved novelist Dame Beryl Bainbridge, who was shortlisted five times for the Booker Prize, but never actually won.

NExT closing in on Comet Tempel 1 for Valentine's Day encounter

NASA's spacecraft, Stardust-NExT, is closing in for a second look at Comet Tempel 1 on Valentine's Day, 2011: an earlier NASA mission, Deep Impact, visited the comet in 2005 before its closest approach to the Sun.

Government says 'no need to panic' about Mandela's health

Johannesburg - The South African government has broken its silence on the condition of former president Nelson Mandela, saying 'medically there is no need to panic.'

Fears continue over Mandela's health

Johannesburg - While latest reports say that he may be released from hospital soon, uncertainty about the health of Mr Nelson Mandela continue after he was admitted to the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg on Jan 26.

Cape Town orchestra becomes the first from Africa to tour the US Special

Cape Town - An invitation to the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra to undertake a concert tour along the East Coast of the United States from February to March 2011 is the first such invitation to an orchestra from the continent of Africa.

Dame Stella Rimington to chair panel for 2011 Man Booker Prize

The full judging panel for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction has been announced. The panel will be chaired by author and former Director-General of MI5, Dame Stella Rimington.

Our sun may have 'stolen' some of its comets from other stars

When we look up at a comet in the night sky, it may be a 'stolen pleasure: we may be looking at something that comes originally from a distant star.

Getting closer to 'hearing' the music of gravitational waves

Pasadena - A team of scientists and engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has brought the world one step closer to "hearing" gravitational waves - the ripples in space and time predicted by Albert Einstein in the early 20th century.

Climate change evidence from NASA: Earth's lakes have warmed

Pasadena - In the first comprehensive global survey of temperature trends in major lakes, NASA researchers determined Earth's largest lakes have warmed during the past 25 years in response to climate change.

First commercial company can re-enter spacecraft from orbit

Hawthorne - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has made SpaceX the first-ever commercial company to be licenced to re-enter a spacecraft from orbit.

European Space economics under the spotlight

Brussels - Should part of future Space Budgets be allocated directly to end-users of satellite services? This was one of the issues discussed at the recent Eurisy Conference "Securing the benefits of satellite services for European society", held in Brussels.
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