Thursday, September 10, 2009

Discovery undocks from ISS

September 10, 2009

The space shuttle Discovery undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday after delivering supplies and equipment to boost the capacity of the orbiting laboratory. Pilot Kevin Ford backed Discovery away from the station at 7.26 pm GMT for the trip back to Earth. The shuttle is scheduled to land at Kennedy Space Centre [...]

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Bacteria to clean radioactive-contaminated water bodies

September 10, 2009

The Lost Orphan Mine below the Grand Canyon hasn’t produced uranium since the sixties, but radioactive residue still contaminates the area. Now a study is examining how sulphate-reducing bacteria can convert radioactive metal to inert substances. Cleaning the region takes an expensive process that is only done in extreme cases, but Judy Wall of the [...]

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Manned space program too expensive: White House panel

September 10, 2009

Nasa’s plans to fly to the moon and Mars are under threat from a lack of funds and the space agency needs another $3 billion for its dreams to become reality, a presidential panel said. In a 12-page summary report released on Tuesday offering a bleak assessment of plans to send astronauts back to the [...]

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