2004 Headline News_Log
October 2004 Headline News
Infrared View of Mt Saint Helens
Oct 5, 2004 - NASA scientists took infrared (IR) digital images of Mount Saint Helens' last
week. The images revealed signs of heat below the surface one day before the volcano
erupted last Friday in southern Washington.
SpaceShipOne Wins X-Prize
Oct 4, 2004 - SpaceShipOne flew to space Monday morning, for the second time in less than
a week, $10 million richer, taking the Ansari X-Prize.
September 2004 Headline News
Asteroid Toutatis Safely Passes the Earth
Sep 29, 2004 - As predicted, Asteroid Toutatis made its closest approach to the Earth today,
passing a mere 1.5 million km (930,000 miles) away from our planet - 4 times the distance
from the Earth to the Moon.
SpaceShipOne Halfway to X-Prize
Sep 29, 2004 - It was a nailbiter this morning at the Mojave spaceport in California when
SpaceShipOne successfully returned to space; half way to winning the $10 million X-Prize.
Mars Rover Tracks Spotted from Space
Sep 28, 2004 - NASA's Mars Global Surveyor has delivered a series of new photographs of
the Red Planet taken in new high detail, including images of the Mars Exploration rovers.
Plans for Space Tourism Company
Sep 27, 2004 - Entrepreneur Richard Branson announced today that his company, Virgin
Galactic, will be taking Scaled Composite's SpaceShipOne to the next logical step, and offer
flights to the public.
Biggest Collision in the Universe
Sep 24, 2004 - An international team of scientists have discovered one of the most powerful
events since the Big Bang: a collision between two galaxy clusters, which is smashing
millions of stars into each other.
Earliest Star Forming Galaxies Found
Sep 23, 2004 - Astronomers have been studying the deepest optical view of the Universe -
the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF) - and they think they've found some of the first star
forming galaxies. These galaxies began forming 0.5 to 1 billion years after the Big Bang.
It’s Not a Comet it’s a Pulsar
Sep 23, 2004 - The Chandra X-Ray Observatory took this image of a pulsar surrounded by
high-energy particles as it plows through interstellar space at a speed of 2.1 million kph (1.3
million mph), and the particles are being blasted back like the tail on a comet. The pulsar is
known as "The Mouse", aka G359.23-0.82.
Mars Rovers get a Mission Extention
Sep 22, 2004 - NASA has approved a six month extension for the Mars Exploration Rovers,
giving them more time to continue exploring the surface of Mars for evidence of past water.
Mystery at the heart of the Milky Way
Sep 22, 2004 - Something is radiating high-energy gamma rays at the heart of our Milky Way
galaxy, and astronomers aren't sure what it is. The object was discovered using the High
Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.), an array of four telescopes, in Namibia, South-West
Early Universe might not have been so violent
Sep 17, 2004 - Alister Graham from the Australian National University has analyzed images
taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, and found that there were 1/10th the collisions that
earlier studies had suggested.
Stream of Particles from Io
Sep 15, 2004 - Jupiter's moon Io is peppered with volcanoes spewing gas and dust up to 400
km (284 miles) high.
NASA Hopeful about Finding Science in Genesis Wreckage
Sep 13, 2004 - NASA scientists have been analyzing the wreckage, and found enough is
intact that they should be able to achieve most of their scientific objectives - enough samples
of the Sun's solar wind have survived to keep the scientific community busy for a long time.
First Direct Image of an Exoplanet?
Sep 10, 2004 - A team of European and US astronomers think they've taken the first direct
image of a planet orbiting another star about 230 light-years away.
Opportunity's Landing Site Could Have Once Been Under Water
Sep 9, 2004 - Brian Hynek, an associate researcher from the University of Colorado at
Boulder thinks he's found evidence for a vast ocean or lake that once covered the region
around NASA's Opportunity rover landing site.
Colliding Galaxies Awash With Star Formation
Sep 8, 2004 - Spitzer Space Telescope has taken this image of two galaxies colliding,
creating destruction and a wave of new star formation.
Genesis Capsule Crashes
Sep 8, 2004 - Helicopters were waiting in Utah to gently catch a capsule from the Genesis
probe carrying precious samples of the Sun's solar wind, but the safe recovery didn't happen.
It appears that the capsule's parachute failed to open as it entered the Earth atmosphere, and
it crashed into the ground at 161 km/h (100 mph).
Gemini Sees Galaxies in a Royal Rumble
Sep 7, 2004 - The latest image released by the Gemini Observatory shows a group of
galaxies tearing each other apart 300 million light-years away. The galaxies are members of
Stephan's Quintet, and their shapes are completely warped by gravitational interactions that
have been going on for millions of years.
Supernova in Nearby Galaxy NGC 2403
Sep 2, 2004 - The Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of a supernova exploding in
a relatively nearby galaxy. The star that became supernova SN 2004dj was probably 15
times the mass of our own Sun, but only 14 million years old - the larger the star, the shorter
and more violent its life is.
Astronomer Fred Whipple Dies
Sep 1, 2004 - Famed astronomer, Dr. Fred Whipple, passed away on Monday at the age of
97 after a prolonged battle with illness.
August 2004 Headline News
Smallest Extrasolar Planet Found
August 25 - Orbits the bright star mu Arae located in the southern constellation of Altar.
Backyard Telescope helps find a new Planet
August 24 - Extrasolar planet found with 4-inch telescope.
Double Jets around Exploded Star
August 23 - An exploded star called Cassiopeia A, taken by the Chandra X-Ray Observatory.
It revealed the bright outer green ring 10 light years across which was generated by the
shockwave from the supernova explosion.
Star Clusters could be Galaxy Remnants
August 13 - Globular clusters might be all that remain from irregular dwarf galaxies.
Genesis Heads for Home
August 12 - NASA's Genesis spacecraft made an important flight correction maneuver on
Monday, which put it on course to return to the Earth after more than three years in space.
Genesis has spent this time collecting particles of the solar wind
Hubble peers inside a 'celestial geode'
August 12 - Stellar wind and intense ultraviolet radiation is carving a gas cavity in object
Perseids Will Peak August 11
August 6 - The annual Perseid meteor shower has already started, but it's going to peak on
the night of August 11, with observers in dark locations seeing upwards of 60 meteors an
Evolution of Mass Galaxies
August 6 - Disrupted theories that massive galaxies didn't evolve in the early universe.
Cassini Sees Lightning on Saturn
August 5 - The spacecraft's radio and plasma wave science instrument is detecting the
lighting, which varies from day to day.
Messenger Lifts off for Mercury
August 3 - Mission to become the first spacecraft to orbit the planet Mercury.
Cosmos 1 Solar Sail passes new Milestone
Launch later this year or early 2005.
July 2004 Headline News
Plasma Jets on the Sun Explained
July 29 - Solar physicists, from Lockheed Martin and the Solar Physics and Upper
Atmosphere Research Group, used computer modeling and high resolution images of the
solar atmosphere to explain the cause of supersonic jets.
New Mars Meteorite Discovered
July 21 - New Mars meteorite sample collected during the 2003-2004 field season in the
Miller Range of Transantarctic Mountain, Antarctica.
Two Ecosystems in Antarctica's Vostok?
July 13 - Lake Vostok is actually broken into two different regions and water probably doesn't
flow between them.
Brown Dwarfs Discovered
July 8 - Pair of Brown Dwarfs orbiting each other found.
3D View of Coronal Mass Ejection
July 2 – CME headed 90 degrees away from Earth.
May 2004 Headline News
Missing Black Holes Found using a virtual observatory
May 28 - Astrophysical Virtual Observatory (AVO) was used to find 30 super massive black