Physics and Astronomy News Archive: April 2006
A Russian rocket launched Monday, April 24, is carrying the first of three small, spherical satellites developed at MIT to the International Space Station.
Mini MIT satellites rocketing to space station
Source: MIT Posted: 4/27/06
NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, the next mission to the surface of Mars, is beginning a new phase in preparation for a launch in August 2007.
Pieces of NASA's Next Mars Mission are Coming Together
Source: NASA Posted: 4/27/06
After travelling 400 million kilometres in only about five months, the Venus Express spacecraft is about to reach its final destination.
ESA's Venus Express to reach final destination
Source: ESA Posted: 4/9/06
A rapid method for detecting and identifying very small numbers of diverse bacteria, from anthrax to E. coli, using a quantum dot sensor, has been developed by scientists.
Quantum Dot Method Rapidly Identifies Bacteria
Source: NIST Posted: 4/9/06
Physicists have observed the disappearance of muon neutrinos traveling from the lab's site in Illinois to a particle detector in Minnesota. The observation is consistent with an effect known as neutrino oscillation.
New Evidence on Disappearing Neutrinos
Source: Caltech Posted: 4/9/06
Researchers at USC and Brown University said they have achieved near-frictionless motion in water by using lasers to spin a molecule like a propeller.
Frictionless Motion Observed in Water
Source: USC Posted: 4/9/06