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Two Cosmonauts Accomplish Their First Spacewalk

03 June 2007
On 30 May 2007, International Space Station Expedition 15's Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov performed a 5-hour, 25-minute spacewalk, installing Service Module Debris Protection (SMDP) panels and rerouting a Global Positioning System antenna cable.

Exploring World's Deepest Sinkhole

02 June 2007
A NASA-funded, pioneering research recently succeeded to explore the world's deepest water-filled sinkhole, El Zacatón sinkhole, Mexico.

Planet Hunters Discover 28 New Extrasolar Planets

01 June 2007
On 28 May 2007, an international team of researchers announced the discovery of 28 new planets outside our Solar System, known as extrasolar planets or exoplanets. By this bounty of discoveries, the total number of exoplanets increases to 236.

Predicting Volcanic Eruptions

31 May 2007
Volcanoes are among nature's most violent, and most dangerous phenomena. Predicting volcanic eruptions is among the greatest scientific challenges. Using a state-of-the-art satellite imagery technique, researchers can more precisely predict volcanic activity, bringing them closer to spotting where a possible eruption may occur.

Banded Wonder

30 May 2007
NASA recently published an awesome infrared image of Saturn, the ringed wonderful planet, acquired by the Saturn-bound Cassini spacecraft. The image shows storms and bands of clouds in the planet's dynamic atmosphere.

Baby Talk

30 May 2007
Kids are far better than adults at learning how to speak multiple languages. Research now shows that very young infants might have some of the best language skills of all.

Evidence for Past Water Activity on Mars

29 May 2007
An analysis of a patch of Martian soil performed by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit revealed rich silica content, providing strong evidence of ancient water activity on Mars. This silica deposit is believed to be the result of processes that require the presence of water.

Saturn's Clumpy Rings

28 May 2007
Recent data from the Cassini spacecraft show that the B ring, Saturn's largest and densest ring is composed of tightly packed clumps of particles separated by nearly empty gaps.

Spitzer Observes Newborn Stars in a Cosmic Cocoon

27 May 2007
A new intriguing image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (SST) shows young stars in a nebula (cosmic cloud) in the famous constellation Orion, the Hunter. Astronomers speculate that shockwaves from a 3-million-year-old explosion of a massive star may have stimulated the formation of these stars.

Contrails in Moonlight

25 May 2007
On 3 April 2007, weather in Alexandria permitted the formation of aircraft contrails. The Moon was shining in the gibbous phase, only one day past Full Moon. Mr. Aymen Ibrahem, Senior Astronomy Specialist, took interesting photos of contrails, glowing in moonlight, from the Plaza of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA).

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