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Physics and Astronomy News Archive: July 2007

Image: NASA's Spitzer Finds Water Vapor on Hot, Alien Planet
NASA's Spitzer Finds Water Vapor on Hot, Alien Planet
Source: JPL/NASA   Posted: 7/14/07
A scorching-hot gas planet beyond our solar system is steaming up with water vapor, according to new observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Image: On a Wire or in a Fiber, a Wave is a Wave
On a Wire or in a Fiber, a Wave is a Wave
Source: Brown   Posted: 7/14/07
Researchers at Brown and Stanford have shown that a simple analytical model can describe the wave nature of surface plasmon polaritons.

Image: NASA Readies Mars Lander for August Launch to Icy Site
NASA Readies Mars Lander for August Launch to Icy Site
Source: JPL/NASA   Posted: 7/14/07
NASA's next Mars mission will look beneath a frigid arctic landscape for conditions favorable to past or present life.

Image: Atlantis readies for Columbus mission
Atlantis readies for Columbus mission
Source: ESA   Posted: 7/14/07
Excitement is building on both sides of the Atlantic as the long-awaited launch of ESA’s Columbus space laboratory grows closer, as NASA starts processing Shuttle Atlantis in preparation for the mission.

Image: NASA Prepares for Performing New Science on the Moon
NASA Prepares for Performing New Science on the Moon
Source: JPL/NASA   Posted: 7/1/07
NASA has selected proposals, including two from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., for future lunar science activities. In addition, the agency has established two new programs that will enhance research made possible by the Vision for Space Exploration.

Image: NASA Mars Rover Ready For Descent Into Crater
NASA Mars Rover Ready For Descent Into Crater
Source: JPL/NASA   Posted: 7/1/07
NASA's Mars rover Opportunity is scheduled to begin a descent down a rock-paved slope into the Red Planet's massive Victoria Crater.

Image: Scientist uncovers Earth's mysterious layer
Scientist uncovers Earth's mysterious layer
Source: ASU   Posted: 7/1/07
Laboratory measurements of a high-pressure mineral believed to exist deep within the Earth show that the mineral may not, as geophysicists hoped, have the right properties to explain a mysterious layer lying just above the planet's core.

Image: New Hubble Photograph Shows Stunning Details in Spiral Galaxy M81
New Hubble Photograph Shows Stunning Details in Spiral Galaxy M81
Source: CfA   Posted: 7/1/07
Astronomers unveiled the sharpest photograph ever taken of the nearby spiral galaxy Messier 81. The image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows stunning detail in a galaxy that resembles the Milky Way in many ways.



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