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First Woman Station Commander Arrives for Historic Spaceflight NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson arrived at the International Space Station Friday, Oct. 12, to begin her tenure as the first woman to command a station mission.
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By Daily Mail Reporter UPDATED: 03:41 GMT, 15 April 2010
<img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-20481" title="eso1016a" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/wiredscience/2010/04/eso1016a-660x466.jpg" alt="eso1016a" width="660" height="466" /> A bevy of backward-orbiting exoplanets could challenge theories of planet formation, new research suggests.
The Cassini spacecraft has captured lightning flashing in a cloud on Saturn’s dark side in a first-of-its-kind video. Scientists have picked up radio signals for years that indicated that lightning storms happened on the planet, but this is the first time that they were able to see and “hear” the electrical storms at the same time.
<img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-20409" title="hobys_rosette_05" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/wiredscience/2010/04/hobys_rosette_05-660x504.jpg" alt="hobys_rosette_05" width="660" height="504" />
<img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-20346" title="hubble_tripletgalaxy" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/wiredscience/2010/04/hubble_tripletgalaxy-660x457.jpg" alt="hubble_tripletgalaxy" width="660" height="457" /> It’s been a little while since the Hubble Space telescope bestowed a mind-blowing space photo on us, but this one was worth the wait.
<img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-20050" title="lhc_magnet" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/wiredscience/2010/03/lhc_magnet-660x517.jpg" alt="lhc_magnet" width="660" height="517" /> Early this morning, two proton beams collided in the Large Hadron Collider’s 17-mile-long ring at a combined energy of 7 TeV, three times higher than ever before. Finally, the flood of data particle physicists have been anticipating for years for has begun.
The Apollo 13 module, had it not been for NASA’s heroic efforts to get it back on course, would have missed Earth and tumbled into the depths of cold, lonely space. At least that’s been the story repeated in popular, academic, and cinematic accounts of the ill-fated mission, like Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 . Now, space writer Andrew Chaikin and a team of modelers at Analytical Graphics have stumbled upon a surprise: The official story isn’t true.
<img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-20352" title="venus_volcano" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/wiredscience/2010/04/venus_volcano-660x495.jpg" alt="venus_volcano" width="660" height="495" /> The Venus Express spacecraft has found convincing evidence that Earth is not the only geologically active planet in the solar system. Infrared emissions from lava flows on the surface of Venus indicate that they are relatively young, which means the planet may still be capable of volcanic eruptions.
<img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-21118" title="img_7996" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/autopia/2010/03/img_7996-660x438.jpg" alt="img_7996" width="660" height="438" /> As a person who really enjoys flying airplanes, I never thought I would ever say this, but flying a simulator can be as much fun as flying the real thing.
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Collisions in the Large Hadron Collider at Cern in Geneva have already produced interesting results. Photograph: Cern Geneva/PA
The Large Hadron Collider is about to turn useful, people. Having recently jacked up its particle acceleration power to create 3.5 TeV ( trillion electron volts) collisions , the researchers are today pressing ahead with plans to go to a full 7 TeV, which -- you won't be surprised to hear -- has never been done before.