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Black Hole Image Makes History

A black hole and its shadow have been captured in an image for the first time, a historic feat by an international network of radio telescopes called the Event Horizon Telescope.

SOP newswireNOAA Scientists Discover Expanded Range of Deep Water Corals - NOAA scientists have discovered areas of deep-sea corals in the NOAA Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary off the Washington state's Olympic Peninsula during a recent 12-day scientific research mission on board the NOAA ship McArthur II.
SOP newswireComputers that Simulate Sun's Corona Funded by NASA and NSF - For the first time, researchers have developed a computer simulation that can accurately create a model of the sun's outer atmosphere, or corona. Funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation, the computer model marks the beginning of a new era in space weather prediction.
Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)NASA Astronaut Holds Webchat with International Audience - Washington -- Garrett Reisman, a NASA astronaut who is currently in Star City, Russia, training for a future long-duration mission on the International Space Station, fielded questions during a June 23 State Department-sponsored webchat.
SOP newswireNew Space Shuttle Web and TV Coverage at NASA - A panel of experts has answered questions about NASA`s preparation for the STS-121 mission. Those responses are available online and in Podcasts.
SOP newswireNASA Discovery Set for July 1 Launch - The Space Shuttle Discovery and its crew are set for a July 1 flight to the International Space Station. The STS-121 mission will visit the International Space Station and continue evaluating new shuttle safety improvements. At least two spacewalks are planned during the 12-day mission, which also includes repair work to the station.
SOP newswireNASA Sends Explorer Schools Teachers Spaceward Bound - NASA is taking teachers to a barren desert in Chile to help inspire the next generation of explorers. The expedition is part of the Spaceward Bound pilot program, which challenges teachers to design and implement real field research.
SOP newswirePace Quickens for NASA Spacecraft Orbiting Mars - NASA's newest spacecraft at Mars has already cut the size and duration of each orbit by more than half, just 11 weeks into a 23-week process of shrinking its orbit. By other indicators, the lion's share of the job lies ahead.
SOP newswireHow We'll Get Back to the Moon - Before the end of the next decade, NASA astronauts will again explore the surface of the moon. And this time, we're going to stay, building outposts and paving the way for eventual journeys to Mars and beyond. There are echoes of the iconic images of the past, but it won't be your grandfather's moon shot.
SOP newswireU.S. Remains Committed to Peaceful Uses of Space, Official Says By Jacquelyn S. Porth - Washington -- The United States does not have any weapons in space, a State Department arms control official says, nor does it have plans to build any.
SOP newswireHow to Bake a Galaxy - Start with lots and lots of dark matter, then stir in gas. Let the mixture sit for a while, and a galaxy should rise up out of the batter.
SOP newswireA United Nations Flag That Accompanied China's First Manned Space Flight - A United Nations flag that accompanied China"s first manned space flight was today formally installed at the UN space exhibit in Vienna, as a symbol of the international goal of fostering purely peaceful activities in regions outside the earth"s atmosphere.
SOP newswireNASA Missions Help Dissect Sea Level Rise by Rosemary Sullivant - Sea level isn't, well, level. Nor is the rate by which sea level has been rising over the past few decades, but the trend is clearly up. Global sea level has risen an average of three millimeters (.1 inch) per year since 1993. Rising seas have the potential to affect billions of people around the globe, not just those living near coastlines. With the ocean soaking up more heat from a warming planet and glaciers melting at a record-breaking pace, is there any way
SOP newswirePossible Meteorite in 'Columbia Hills' on Mars - The rock in the center foreground of this picture is suspected of being an iron meteorite. The panoramic camera on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit took this image during the rover's 809th Martian day (April 12, 2006). The foreground rock, informally named
SOP newswireSpitzer Helps Solve Mystery of Space Dust - When the universe was only 700 million years old, some of its galaxies were already filled with lots of dust. But where did all of this dust come from? Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope think they may have found the source in type II supernovae, the violent explosions of the universe'
SOP newswireFirst Images From NASA'S Cloudsat Have Scientists Sky-High - The first images from NASA's new CloudSat satellite are already revealing never-before-seen 3-D details about clouds.
SOP newswireA Celestrial Roll Over - Saturn's moon Enceladus - an active, icy world with an unusually warm south pole – may have performed an unusual trick for a planetary body. New research shows Enceladus rolled over, literally, explaining why the moon's hottest spot is at the south pole.
SOP newswireCassini Spacecraft Snaps Titan and Saturn's Rings - Saturn's largest moon, Titan, peaks out from under the planet's rings of ice.
SOP newswireNASA Instrument Provides New Data on Floods and Droughts - Large hurricanes, such as Katrina and Rita, carry massive amounts of moisture deep inland, well beyond the coast where they come ashore. Weather radar shows rain in the atmosphere but not where it has fallen on the surface. While rain gauges measure how much rain has fallen in specific locations, their coverage is limited.
Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)(Cape Canaveral FL.) Robonaut Looks to the Stars and Beyond - There was great dismay in the astronomy community as well as amongst space enthusiast, in general, when NASA announced earlier this year that the agency would be forced to let the Hubble space telescope die due to old age, sometime around 2007.
SOP newswire1.6 Billion People Who Presently Lack Access To Electricity - The United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development today in New York concluded a two-week review of ways to help the 1.6 billion people who presently lack access to electricity, including through the development of new technologies, market incentives and cooperation among developing countries.
SOP newswireRobot Might Hitchhike to Space - Lemurs, those wide-eyed, active, monkey-like animals running around the island in the movie
SOP newswireTelescope Sees Trail of Comet Crumbs - NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has snapped a picture of the bits and pieces making up Comet 73P/Schwassman-Wachmann 3, which is continuing to break apart on its periodic journey around the sun. The new infrared view shows several chunks of the comet riding along its own dusty trail of crumbs.
SOP newswireJPL Open House: An Invitation to Explore New Worlds - NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., invites the public to "Explore New Worlds" without leaving Southern California.
SOP newswireNASA and Partners Release New Movies Of Titan - New views of the most distant touchdown ever made by a spacecraft are being released today by NASA, the European Space Agency and the University of Arizona. The movies show the dramatic descent of the Huygens probe to the surface of Saturn's moon Titan on Jan. 14, 2005
SOP newswireNASA Launches Satellites for Weather, Climate, Air Quality Studies - Two NASA satellites were launched Friday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on missions to reveal the inner secrets of clouds and aerosols, tiny particles suspended in the air.
Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)Cholene Espinoza Discusses Her Success with Judyth Piazza - Cholene was the second woman to fly the U-2 out of three total in Air Force history. Cholene has logged over 200 hours of combat over Iraq and Bosnia and was awarded the Air Medal and Aerial Achievement medals for her service.
SOP newswireNew Launch Date for CALIPSO - The launch of NASA's CloudSat and CALIPSO mission has been rescheduled until Tuesday morning after a refueling aircraft for the radar tracking plane was unavailable Sunday morning. Liftoff is scheduled for 6:02 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 2.
SOP newswire CALIPSO Launch Scrubbed - Today's attempt to launch the CALIPSO and CloudSat satellites was scrubbed at T-48 seconds due to loss of the primary and backup phone communications between the Mission Director Center at Vandenberg
SOP newswireNASA Mars Rovers Head for New Sites After Studying Layers - NASA's Mars rover Spirit has reached a safe site for the Martian winter, while its twin, Opportunity, is making fast progress toward a destination of its own.
SOP newswireNASA's Mars Reconnaissance Craft Begins Adjusting Orbit - NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter yesterday began a crucial six-month campaign to gradually shrink its orbit into the best geometry for the mission's science work.
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