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Eight-legged Phantoms

15 May 2007
Crab spiders are among the most intriguing spider species. They do not spin webs, but lurk in ambush for prey. They are highly camouflaged, blending with their surroundings. Mr. Aymen Ibrahem, an enthusiastic wildlife photographer, recently conducted extensive observations of crab spiders in Egypt. His exciting photos demonstrate the interesting predatory behavior of the crab-like predators.

Space Telescope Observes Powerful Stellar Jets

14 May 2007
The hot, young stars are located in a cosmic cloud known as BHR 71, 600 light years away from Earth. They shine as yellow point-sources, with colorful jets emanating from them. The colors of the jets represent the temperatures of the constituent gases. Hot hydrogen gas is coded green, orange shows warm gas, and the wisps of red are the coolest gas. Shockwaves from the luminous stars slam into these jets.

Hubble Observes a Giant Stellar Swarm

13 May 2007
Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (HST), a team of astronomers demonstrated that a massive globular cluster, known as NGC 2808, had multiple generations of stars rather than only a single, old boom of star formation.

Mars Lander Reaches Launch Site

09 May 2007
On Monday, 7 May 2007, a military cargo aircraft carried NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander spacecraft from Colorado to Florida, where Phoenix will start an interplanetary cruise to the Red Planet in August 2007.

Cassini Observes Prometheus Anew

08 May 2007
NASA recently published a stunning image of Saturn's magnificent rings, acquired by the Saturn-bound Cassini spacecraft. The image shows the perturbing effects of Prometheus, the shepherd moon of the F ring.

Rising Moon

07 May 2007
NASA recently published an awesome image of Jupiter and its intriguing moon, Europa, obtained by the Pluto-bound, New Horizons spacecraft.

3-D Views of the Sun

25 April 2007
NASA's twin Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) spacecrafts have made the first 3-D images of the Sun. The new data will improve solar physics and space weather forecasting.

Fifth Space Tourist

23 April 2007
US billionaire and world's fifth space tourist, Charles Simonyi, landed safely in Kazakhstan, on Saturday, 21 April 2007. He made the trip from the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a Soyuz spacecraft, with two crewmates, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin and American astronaut Miguel Lopez-Alegria.

A Close Encounter with a Two-faced Predator

22 April 2007
Jumping spiders are small, efficient insectivores. They are not a threat or harmful to man. They are beneficial as they hunt harmful insects such as flies and mosquitoes. They are fascinating animals that show very interesting behavior. Senior Astronomy Specialist, Aymen Ibrahem, an avid wildlife photographer, recently observed several jumping spiders in a park in Cairo. He recorded in exciting pictures their hunting behavior.

One Year at Venus

19 April 2007
On 11 April 2006, the European Venus Express spacecraft arrived at Venus, our nearest planetary neighbor, after approximately 5 months in space. This is the first European Space Agency (ESA) space probe to explore Venus. Venus Express has been orbiting our Twin Planet for over a year now.

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