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NASA's dwindling budget: Why has America stopped reaching for the stars?<http://starryskies.net/?p=24523>

Space travel inspires us to dream<http://theweek.com/article/index/227241/nasas-dwindling-budget-why-has-america-stopped-reaching-for-the-stars> about tomorrow, says Neil deGrasse Tyson. So why did we give up? As a nation, we need to keep reaching for the stars, to push back our boundaries and stake out new frontiers.

100 Days and Counting to NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Landing<http://starryskies.net/?p=24521>

At 10:31 p.m. PDT today, April 27, (1:31 p.m. EDT),<http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2012-120> NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, carrying the one-ton Curiosity rover, will be within 100 days from its appointment with the Martian surface. At that moment, the mission has about 119 million miles (191 million kilometers) to go and is closing at a speed of 13,000 mph (21,000 kilometers per hour).


Astronomy is one of the few sciences that allows amateur practitioners<http://news.discovery.com/space/comet-photograph-amateurs-faulkes-telescope-120427.html> to actively take part in real research projects - be it monitoring planetary atmospheres or studying distant galaxies.

E.T. Not Home<http://starryskies.net/?p=24516>

What if we ARE all alone?<http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2136204/E-T-home-Scientists-say-Earth-fluke-Milky-Ways-billions-planets-lifeless.html> Scientists say Earth may be a 'one-off fluke' and the Milky Way's billions of other planets may all be lifelessO

Dark Matter May Collide With Atoms Inside You More Often Than Thought<http://starryskies.net/?p=24513>

Invisible dark matter particles<http://www.space.com/15435-dark-matter-particles-collide-human-body.html> may regularly pass through our bodies, and dozens to thousands of these particles may be colliding with atoms inside us every year, according to a new calculation.

Huge Lake on Saturn's Moon Titan Acts Like Earth's Mudflats<http://starryskies.net/?p=24511>

An enormous lake on Saturn's moon Titan<http://www.space.com/15437-saturn-moon-titan-lake-earth-mudflat.html> apparently behaves like mudflats on our planet, draining and refilling over time, according to a new study.

Russia to Send Manned Mission to Moon by 2030<http://starryskies.net/?p=24508>

Russia is planning to send a manned mission<http://en.rian.ru/science/20120427/173094312.html> to the moon by 2030, Russian space agency Roscosmos said on its website on Friday.

What we learned from North Korea's Rocket no-show<http://starryskies.net/?p=24505>

Looking back on what we were shown<http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47204491/ns/technology_and_science-space/#.T5rFxNWQlrY> - and what was not shown - during our unprecedented press tour of North Korea's space facilities, I realize that both these aspects of reality had lessons for us. The very absence of some expected features of the trip strongly indicated the presence of important features of North Korea.

Sunny outlook for space weather forecasters<http://starryskies.net/?p=24503>

For decades, companies have tailored public weather data<http://www.nature.com/news/sunny-outlook-for-space-weather-forecasters-1.10538> for private customers from farmers to airlines. On Wednesday, a group of businesses said that they are on the cusp of developing a new market: fine-tuned space weather products for customers as varied as electrical utilities and satellite operators.

Shuttle prototype Enterprise arrives in NYC<http://starryskies.net/?p=24501>

Two retired shuttle ferry flights down, one to go.<http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20120427/SPACE/120426026/Shuttle-Enterprise-arrives-New-York?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CSpace%20News>
Enterprise touched down for the last time at John F. Kennedy Airport at 11:22 a.m. today after flying low over the Statue of Liberty and up the Hudson River atop a 747 carrier aircraft.

Astronaut, cosmonauts safely return to Earth<http://starryskies.net/?p=24497>

An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts<http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20120427/SPACE/120427005/Astronaut-cosmonauts-safely-return-Earth?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CSpace%20News> are back on Earth today after a high-flying departure from the International Space Station.
Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov backed a Russian Soyuz spacecraft away from the outpost about 4:18 a.m. EDT. Flying along with him: U.S. astronaut Dan Burbank and cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin.

HOW LONG HAS TITAN BEEN A HAZY METHANE MOON?<http://starryskies.net/?p=24495>

Saturn's moon Titan<http://news.discovery.com/space/just-how-long-has-titan-been-a-hazy-methane-moon-120427.html> is one of the most scientifically interesting spots in the solar system. The second-largest moon after Jupiter's Gannymede and bigger than the planet Mercury, it's shrouded beneath a thick, smoggy atmosphere rich in methane creating a greenhouse effect and constantly unloads complex hydrocarbons that rain down on the surface.

Going platinum<http://starryskies.net/?p=24493>

CAN reality trump art?<http://www.economist.com/node/21553419> That was the question hovering over the launch on April 24th, at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, of a plan by a firm called Planetary Resources to mine metals from asteroids and bring them back to Earth.

Editorial: Ideas must venture out of this world<http://starryskies.net/?p=24491>

No one can accuse James Cameron of not thinking outside the box.<http://iowastatedaily.com/opinion/article_e5bfe4a8-8faf-11e1-aae4-001a4bcf887a.html> This board's favorite film-making billionaire has ideas that could be described as innovative, sure, but most seem to be downright zany ("Titanic 3D," anyone?). Some of his ideas are out of this world, even.

The United States is spacing out<http://starryskies.net/?p=24489>

This Tuesday, the JHU Politik Speaker Series<http://www.jhunewsletter.com/op-ed/the-united-states-is-spacing-out-1.2862146#.T5pvW9WQlrY> held an event entitled "Earth & Space: Space Expansionism, Geopolitics and Earthkeeping," which focused on the relation between an expanding human presence in space and global politics.

Occupy Asteroids?<http://starryskies.net/?p=24486>

The announcement this week of an asteroid mining venture<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/randall-amster/occupy-asteroids_b_1454469.html> - backed by Google executives, the Perot Group, and James Cameron, among others - is precisely the sort of item that conjures both absurdity and horror in its full implications.

Space, the next frontier - for Hillary Clinton?<http://starryskies.net/?p=24484>

She has been the US secretary of state<http://www.france24.com/en/20120426-space-next-frontier-hillary-clinton>, a senator and nearly became president, but Hillary Clinton joked Thursday that she might want to try another role - space tourist.

Florida's Space Industry Struggles to Survive<http://starryskies.net/?p=24482>

For 50 years, it's been a critical part of Florida's economy<http://www.wctv.tv/news/headlines/Floridas_Space_Industry_Struggles_to_Survive_149179995.html>. But now our space industry is struggling to survive. The retirement of the shuttle program has left thousands of workers jobless. And, it's also called into question whether Florida's days as America's pre-eminent space state are over.

John Glenn Named One Of Thirteen Presidential Medal Of Freedom Recipients<http://starryskies.net/?p=24480>

Mercury and Shuttle astronaut John Glenn<http://www.americaspace.org/?p=18174> has been named as one of President Barack Obama's recipients for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Glenn was the first U.S. astronaut to reach orbit in 1961 atop and Atlas rocket. Glenn left NASA in 1964. He would then spend some two and a half decades serving his home state of Ohio as a senator.

Astronomer finds meteorite pieces in Gold Country<http://starryskies.net/?p=24478>

Searchers near historic Sutter's Mill<http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/04/26/BAOV1O9B4H.DTL&type=science> have discovered fragments of the meteorite that exploded high in the sky at sunrise last Sunday.

"Coronal Cells" in Sun's Atmosphere<http://starryskies.net/?p=24476>

Astronomers discover an unexpected new feature<http://www.skyandtelescope.com/news/Coronal-Cells-Found-High-in-Suns-Atmosphere-148555925.html> on the Sun, leading to further insights about the Sun's magnetic field.

Giant asteroids struck Earth more often than thought<http://starryskies.net/?p=24473>

The meteor that exploded over California last weekend<http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_20489949/giant-asteroids-struck-earth-more-often-than-thought> rained rubble down on the site where gold was discovered in 1848 and where scores of modern-day treasure seekers and clue-seeking researchers are expected to descend this weekend in search of fragments.

Ancient Egyptian Mummy Suffered Rare and Painful Disease<http://starryskies.net/?p=24471>

Around 2,900 years ago<http://www.livescience.com/19944-egyptian-mummy-rare-disease.html>, an ancient Egyptian man, likely in his 20s, passed away after suffering from a rare, cancerlike disease that may also have left him with a type of diabetes.

Israeli researcher: Mikvehs show that Galilee cave dwellers were likely kohanim<http://starryskies.net/?p=24469>

The caves in which the purification baths were found<http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/israeli-researcher-mikvehs-show-that-galilee-cave-dwellers-were-likely-kohanim-1.426773> were 'caves of refuge,' where Jews who lived in the area sought shelter under Roman rule.

Three-toed horses reveal the secret of the Tibetan Plateau uplift<http://starryskies.net/?p=24467>

Dr. Tao Deng from Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology,<http://phys.org/news/2012-04-three-toed-horses-reveal-secret-tibetan.html> Chinese Academy of Sciences, and his team report a well-preserved skeleton of a 4.6 million-year-old three-toed horse (Hipparion zandaense) from the Zanda Basin, southwestern Tibet. Morphological features indicate that the Zanda horse was a cursorial horse that lived in alpine steppe habitats.

Professors sue to stop ancient bones transfer<http://starryskies.net/?p=24465>

Two skeletons that rested undisturbed<http://www.chicoer.com/news/ci_20477032/professors-sue-stop-ancient-bones-transfer> on a San Diego cliff top for nearly 10,000 years are at the center of a modern court battle.

Bones of early American disappear from underwater cave<http://starryskies.net/?p=24463>

One of the first humans<http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21741-bones-of-ancient-american-stolen-from-underwater-cave.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news> to inhabit the Americas has been stolen - and archaeologists want it back.

Inscription Appears to Confirm 'Sign of Jonah' on Jerusalem Tomb Ossuary<http://starryskies.net/?p=24461>

Following the recent announcement<http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/march-2012/article/inscription-appears-to-confirm-sign-of-jonah-on-jerusalem-tomb-ossuary> of the discovery of the earliest known Christian imagery in the exploration of a sealed first century Jerusalem tomb, controversy predictably erupted, with numerous members of the community of biblical scholars offering alternate interpretations of the iconography and disputing the tomb's claimed Christian connections.

Rare archaeological slab of Ramesses III found at Karnak Temple<http://starryskies.net/?p=24458>

A big archaeological slab<http://www.sis.gov.eg/En/Story.aspx?sid=61473> dating back to the era of Ramesses III, the most famous king of the Dynasty 20 (The Modern State era) was found.


Cleopatra's twin babies now have a face<http://news.discovery.com/history/cleopatras-twin-babies-120420.html>. An Italian Egyptologist has rediscovered a sculpture of Alexander Helios and Cleopatra Selene, the offspring of Mark Antony and Cleopatra VII, at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

Meat Eating Behind Evolutionary Success of Humankind, Global Population Spread, Study Suggests<http://starryskies.net/?p=24454>

Carnivory is behind the evolutionary success of humankind<http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120420105539.htm>. When early humans started to eat meat and eventually hunt, their new, higher-quality diet meant that women could wean their children earlier. Women could then give birth to more children during their reproductive life, which is a possible contribution to the population gradually spreading over the world.

Rare Find in Jerusalem Reflects Ancient Connections with Egypt<http://starryskies.net/?p=24451>

For archaeologists and students of archaeology<http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/march-2012/article/rare-find-in-jerusalem-reflects-ancient-connections-with-egypt>, hearing the name "Jerusalem" conjures up images of ancient artifacts that can be found in few other places in the world. But recent archaeological excavations there have uncovered something that has not been commonly found.

Pompeii wall collapses, despite new conservation initiative<http://starryskies.net/?p=24449>

A 2,000-year old wall<http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/9219470/Pompeii-wall-collapses-despite-new-conservation-initiative.html> surrounding an ancient villa at Pompeii has collapsed - just two weeks after the Italian government launched a 105 million euro project (£86 million) to save the precious archaeological site.

Swedish Stonehenge? Ancient Stone Structure Spurs Debate<http://starryskies.net/?p=24447>

Ancient Scandinavians dragged 59 boulders to a seaside cliff<http://www.livescience.com/19747-stonehenge-ales-stenar-astronomical-calendar.html> near what is now the Swedish fishing village of Kåseberga. They carefully arranged the massive stones - each weighing up to 4,000 pounds (1,800 kilograms) - in the outline of a 220-foot-long (67-meter) ship overlooking the Baltic Sea.

Salford scientists reveal the 'sound of Stonehenge'<http://starryskies.net/?p=24444>

Whatever went on there<http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/the-northerner/2012/apr/19/stonehenge-acoustics-archaeology-salford-university-bruno-fazenda>, it would have impressed the ancient Britons. Even if it was only whispering. We are nowhere nearer cracking the mystery of the monument as a result; but who would want to be? Apart from all the mountains of remaindered books of theories, a puzzle solved is never as gripping as a conundrum still under way.

Archaeologists Blast Hasty World Heritage Listings<http://starryskies.net/?p=24441>

One of the most significant global committees that you never heard of<http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/04/18/archaeologists-blast-hasty-world-heritage-listings/> summoned a couple of hundred experts to the island of Menorca, Spain last week. The meeting involved politics, the remnants of great civilizations, human catastrophes, architectural triumphs, religious works of art and architecture, use of tourism, the rise and fall of empires, and did we say politics?

Who Owns the Past?<http://starryskies.net/?p=24439>

The federal government should fix or drop new regulations<http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=who-owns-the-past> that throttle scientific study of America's heritage Thousands of remains could be made inaccessible to researchers. In our view, the new regulations should be repealed or, at least, revised to distinguish different classes of unidentified remains.

Ancient manuscript found in Brisbane<http://starryskies.net/?p=24437>

The Queensland Museum has been revealed as an unlikely resting place<http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/ancient-manuscript-found-in-brisbane-20120420-1xc5l.html> for the missing pieces of a rare manuscript from ancient Egypt.
Archaeologists had been searching for the missing fragments of the rare Book of the Dead for 100 years when a visiting Egyptologist stumbled across them while in Brisbane to open a mummy exhibition.

Stephen Hawking at 70: still the brightest star in the scientific universe<http://starryskies.net/?p=24433>

As the author of A Brief History of Time<http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/jan/01/stephen-hawking-at-70> approaches 70, eminent former students celebrate an awe-inspiring intellect still pushing at the frontiers of physics


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