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Station supply ship
Ride along with the Progress 14P resupply ship as it makes the final approach and docking to the International Space Station on May 27 as seen by a camera mounted on the craft's nose. (9min 02sec file)
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Results from Spitzer
Scientists present new discoveries from the Spitzer Space Telescope, including their findings of raw ingredients for life detected around young stars. (53min 03sec file)
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Spacewalk previewed
The Expedition 9 crew describes their upcoming spacewalk in Russian spacesuits, life aboard the space station and the view of Earth in this interview with Bill Harwood of CBS News. (20min 19sec file)
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Progress undocking
The Progress 13P cargo ship departs the International Space Station on May 24 carrying trash and unneeded items to burn up in the atmosphere. (2min 56sec file)
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AP interviews the crew
The Associated Press interviews the two-man Expedition 9 crew living aboard the International Space Station on May 24. (9min 36sec file)
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Atlas launches AMC-11
The Lockheed Martin Atlas 2AS rocket launches from Cape Canaveral carryin the AMC-11 communications satellite. (4min 30sec file)
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Sunday: May 30, 2004  0010 GMT
Double stars emerge as heavyweight champions
About 20,000 light-years from Earth, two massive stars grapple with each other like sumo wrestlers locked in combat. Both giants, each weighing in at around 80 times the mass of our Sun, are the heaviest stars ever. They orbit each other every 3.7 days, nearly touching as they spin on the celestial stage.
Saturday: May 29, 2004  0311 GMT
Moon tells of unexpected Earth climate changes
Scientists who monitor Earth's reflectance by measuring the moon's "earthshine" have observed unexpectedly large climate fluctuations during the past two decades.
Making black holes go 'round on the computer
Scientists at Penn State have reached a new milestone in the effort to model two orbiting black holes, an event expected to spawn strong gravitational waves.
Friday: May 28, 2004  0347 GMT
Raw ingredients for life found around young stars
NASA has announced new findings from the Spitzer Space Telescope, including the discovery of significant amounts of icy organic materials sprinkled throughout several "planetary construction zones," or dusty planet-forming discs, which circle infant stars.
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Cassini spacecraft executes crucial rocket firing
For the first time in nearly five years, the Cassini spacecraft's main engine system ignited Thursday evening for a critical course adjustment that will serve as a dress rehearsal of sorts for Saturn orbit insertion July 1.
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Proposed nuclear-powered Jupiter mission defined
NASA has issued its mission design requirements to three industry teams for a proposed mission to Jupiter. The Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter is a spacecraft with an ambitious proposed mission that would orbit three planet-sized moons of Jupiter -- Callisto, Ganymede and Europa -- that may harbor vast oceans beneath their icy surfaces. The mission would be powered by a nuclear reactor and launched sometime in the next decade.
Thursday: May 27, 2004  1410 GMT
Supply ship safely arrives at space station
The International Space Station received its latest resupply ship Thursday as a Russian-made cargo carrier loaded with nearly three tons of fuel, food and equipment successfully docked to the outpost.
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Opportunity rover begins new mode that adds risk
NASA's solar-powered Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is beginning on Thursday what controllers expect to be frequent use of an overnight "deep sleep" mode to stretch the robot's power supply. But the new mode increases risk that, without an overnight heater running, one of the six scientific instruments might fail due the cold.
Spacecraft near and far are watching Saturn
As Saturn grows closer through the eyes of the Cassini spacecraft, which is hurtling toward a rendezvous with the ringed world on June 30, both Cassini and the Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope snapped spectacular pictures of the planet and its magnificent rings.
Wednesday: May 26, 2004  0242 GMT
Cosmic powerhouses dwell in humble homes
Quasars are the most brilliant of cosmic fireworks, shining out across billions of light-years of space. However, a recent study done at Gemini Observatory shows that they appear to blaze forth from humdrum galaxies in the early universe, and surprisingly, not from the giant or disrupted ones astronomers expected.
Cassini shows rings and shadows at Saturn
Saturn's rings cast threadlike shadows on the planet's northern hemisphere in this image from the Cassini spacecraft. The picture was taken at a distance of 16.9 million miles from Saturn.
Close-up view of comet
This image of Comet C/2001 Q4 (NEAT) was taken at the Kitt Peak National Observatory earlier this month. The comet will remain visible for several weeks with binoculars and small telescopes just after sunset, high in the western sky.
Space station resupply ship successfully launched
A Russian-built cargo freighter loaded with supplies, food, equipment and fuel for the orbiting International Space Station lifted off at 1234 GMT (8:34 a.m. EDT) Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Central Asia.
Tuesday: May 25, 2004  0452 GMT
Suit problems alter station crew's spacewalk plans
With cooling problems affecting the American spacewalking suits stashed aboard the International Space Station, mission managers on Monday significantly revised plans for next month's critical excursion to replace a failed electronics box in the outpost's orientation system. The station's two-man crew will wear Russian suits and exit through an airlock farther away from the worksite, making the repair job more time-consuming.
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Space station resupply ship set to launch today
A Russian-built cargo freighter loaded with supplies, food, equipment and fuel for the orbiting International Space Station is awaiting launch at 1234 GMT (8:34 a.m. EDT) today from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Central Asia.
Casssini sees smaller moons of Saturn
Two of Saturn's moons -- Prometheus and Pandora -- are seen here shepherding the planet's narrow F-ring in this latest image from the approaching Cassini spacecraft.
Mars lander Beagle 2 was too risky, inquiry concludes
The British Beagle 2 spacecraft designed to search for life on the surface of Mars probably failed because of "programmatic and organizational reasons that led to a significantly higher risk" for the mission, investigators determined. The European Space Agency on Monday released the lessons learned and recommendations for future missions.
Monday: May 24, 2004  0001 GMT
Starburst eye of a galaxy produces a cosmic shower
Combining images from orbiting and ground-based telescopes, an international team of astronomers has located the eye of a cosmic hurricane: the source of the one million mile-per-hour winds that shower intergalactic space from the galaxy M82.
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Change at NASA Langley inevitable, crucial -- (Hampton Roads Daily Press) NASA Langley Research Center is playing a royal game of catch-up. About 45 percent of Langley's research is aeronautics, true to its history of being the nation's first civilian aeronautics laboratory. But today, NASA devotes only 6 percent of its budget to aeronautics, with a new presidential push to put humans on the moon and Mars.

GAO criticizes NASA's budget 'mismanagement' -- (Houston Chronicle) Congressional auditors continued their criticism of NASA to the U.S. House this past week, saying that confusing accounting is not going to change without a culture shift.
News Archive
May 17-23: Next-to-last Atlas 2AS rocket lofts TV satellite; Taurus XL rocket launches Taiwan's new orbiting eye; Mars rover inspects stone ejected from crater; First shuttle Columbia debris loaned for research; Asteroid with the smallest orbit discovered; Theory proposes new view of Sun and Earth's creation; Cassini peers closer at Titan.

May 10-16: The Eventual Eleven: Meet the astronaut class of '04; Dying star sculpts rungs of gas and dust; New launch added to this year's Atlas 5 schedule; Boeing manager charged in trade secrets case; 'Smoking gun' evidence of giant meteor collision; Theory clues may be visible in Big Bang aftermath.

May 3-9: Opportunity rover poised on rim of 'spectacular' crater; Study may cast doubt on '96 report of past Mars life; Two extremely hot exoplanets caught in transit; New satellite for DirecTV users launched from sea.

April 26-May 2: Soyuz capsule brings Expedition 8 crew back to Earth; All future shuttle missions geared to space station; Rocket options examined for moon-Mars initiative; Astronaut Hall of Fame inducts 2004 class; Hubble telescope shows demise in ice and fire; Mars Express radar deployment postponed.

April 19-25: Soyuz delivers Expedition 9 residents to space station; NASA mulls new problem with station gyroscopes; Spacecraft launched to test Albert Einstein's theories; Intermediate mass black hole mystery resolved; Researcher predicts Jupiter spots will disappear.

April 12-18: Hubble observes planetoid Sedna as mystery deepens; Invisible giants exposed in new Spitzer image; Japanese Superbird soars to space atop Atlas launcher; Cassini spots Saturn moons; Mars rover finds rock like meteorites on Earth; SOHO sees its 750th comet.

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