STELLAR CHEMISTRY
discoverHerschel Discovers Some of the Youngest Stars Ever Seen
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 21, 2013 – Astronomers have found some of the youngest stars ever seen thanks to the Herschel space observatory, a European Space Agency mission with important NASA contributions. Observations from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope in Chile, a collaboration involving the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Germany, the Onsala Space Observato … more

SPACE TRAVEL
NASA denies report that Voyager left solar system
Washington (AFP) March 20, 2013 – The US space agency on Wednesday denied a claim made in a scientific study that its Voyager 1 spacecraft had left the solar system, describing the report as “premature.” Scientists are eagerly awaiting signs that the craft, which was launched in 1977 on a mission to study planets, has become the first man-made object to leave the boundaries of our solar system. A scientific paper that pu … more

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Herschel Discovers Some of the Youngest Stars Ever Seen
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 21, 2013 – Astronomers have found some of the youngest stars ever seen thanks to the Herschel space observatory, a European Space Agency mission with important NASA contributions. Observations from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope in Chile, a collaboration involving the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Germany, the Onsala Space Observato … more

TECH SPACE
Smartphone app turns home drone into spacecraft
Paris (ESA) Mar 21, 2013 – A free ESA app turns a popular iPhone-controlled ‘home drone’ into a spacecraft. The augmented reality game lets owners of Parrot AR.Drone quadcopters attempt dockings with a simulated International Space Station while flying their drones for real – in the process helping to improve robotic rendezvous methods. This new AstroDrone app is part of a scientific crowdsourcing project by ESA’s A … more

EXO LIFE
Antarctic and Arctic Insects Use Different Genetic Mechanisms to Cope With Lack of Water
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 19, 2013 – Although they live in similarly extreme ecosystems at opposite ends of the world, Antarctic insects appear to employ entirely different methods at the genetic level to cope with extremely dry conditions than their counterparts that live north of the Arctic Circle, according to National Science Foundation- (NSF) funded researchers. Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Scien … more