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Wikipedia: Neutron stars
Launched in 1977, both craft are healthy and communicate regularly with Earth, sending information about their surroundings through
the Deep Space Network.
Hat tip: Centauri Dreams
Not a black hole, not anything, really, University of Minnesota astronomers have discovered a gaping hole in the universe that is nearly a billion light years across, which is "empty of both normal matter such as stars, galaxies and gas, as well as the mysterious, unseen 'dark matter.'"
This nothing may turn out to be a big something.
A contract has been awarded for a new European launcher, Vega.
Alan Boyle reports on controversial tests that would seem to indicate that some things can exceed the speed of light.
Well I suppose when the tether climbing competitors have to deal with the FAA, it's a good thing.
Star Stryder asks the question: what is science?
Hobbyspace is featuring some really beautiful space art on its front page.
Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
As part of NASA's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), the agency has announced the award of $17 million to programs that support NASA's research priorities. A complete list of the 23 selected proposals may be found here.
Western Kentucky and the University of Kentucky received funds for research into "Efficacy of Countermeasures to Cardiovascular Deconditioning in Men and Women during Simulated Moon Explorations."
Using the Allen Telescope Array, Alan Bolye at Cosmic Log reports that SETI is gearing up to take another look at the part of the heavens responsible for the famous "Wow!" signal. Recorded in August 1977 as "6EQUJ5" in a printout from the Big Ear Radio Observatory, the anomaly - whatever it was - hasn't been heard from again.
The Ohio State observatory has posted a 30th anniversary page of the event if you're interested in reading more about the story.
Wikipedia: Allen Telescope Array