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    Houston Welcomes Home Final Space Shuttle Crew - Monday July 18th
    After space shuttle Atlantis' scheduled landing Thursday, July 21, a welcome home ceremony for the STS-135 astronauts is planned for Friday, July 22. Journalists and the public are invited to attend the 4 p.m. CDT event at Ellington Field's NASA Hangar 990. Gates to Ellington Field will open at 3:30 p.m.

    NASA Begins Commercial Partnership With United Launch Alliance - Monday July 18th
    Through a new agreement, United Launch Alliance (ULA) will provide technical information to NASA about using the Atlas V rocket to launch astronauts into space. The announcement was made Monday at ULA headquarters in Centennial, Colo.

    Neighbor Galaxy Caught Stealing Stars - Monday July 18th
    Astronomers from the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) and their collaborators have found that hundreds of the stars found in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) were stolen from another nearby galaxy – the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC). The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds are both neighbor galaxies to our Milky Way Galaxy and easily visible to the unaided eye from the southern hemisphere.

    NASA Dawn Spacecraft Returns Close-Up Image of Asteroid Vesta - Monday July 18th
    NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned the first close-up image after beginning its orbit around the giant asteroid Vesta. On Friday, July 15, Dawn became the first probe to enter orbit around an object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

    NASA Announcing Landing Site For New Mars Rover - Monday July 18th
    NASA and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum will host a news conference at 10 a.m. EDT, Friday, July 22 to announce the selected landing site for the agency's latest Mars rover. The event will be in the museum's Moving Beyond Earth Gallery. NASA Television and the agency's Web site will provide live coverage of the event.

    STS-135 Crew Day Ends, Landing Preps to Begin After Wake Up - Tuesday July 19th
    Atlantis undocked from the International Space Station early Tuesday, marking the end of shuttle visits to the orbiting laboratory that owes much of its existence to the 37 flights they made to help build and maintain it.

    Two NASA Probes Tackle New Mission: Studying The Moon - Tuesday July 19th
    Two small NASA probes that had been used to study space weather now are orbiting the moon to study its interior and surface composition.

    Free NASA Book Available for Visually Impaired to Learn About Moon - Tuesday July 19th
    NASA has released a new book for visually impaired people to experience the wonders of the moon.

    Twisted Tale of our Galaxy's Ring - Tuesday July 19th
    New observations from the Herschel Space Observatory show a bizarre, twisted ring of dense gas at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. Only a few portions of the ring, which stretches across more than 600 light-years, were known before. Herschel's view reveals the entire ring for the first time, and a strange kink that has astronomers scratching their heads.
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    I can't wait to see what they replace the Space Shuttle model with.

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    You've got a long wait LOL NASA doesn't have a replacement for the shuttle... in fact, NASA as we know it, IMHO, is gone because they're looking to join up with private organizations to develop manned spacecraft for the future.
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    STS-135 Astronauts Wrapping Up Preparations for Landing Early Thursday - Wednesday July 20th
    Deployment of a small satellite, checkout of Atlantis’ flight flaps and rudder, and packing up for their return home kept shuttle crew members busy Wednesday.

    NASA News and Cartoons... From The Inside - Wednesday July 20th
    NASA cartoons and commentaries to make you laugh and think. NASA news about what's really going on 'inside' NASA.

    A Cosmic Superbubble - Wednesday July 20th
    ESO’s Very Large Telescope captured this striking view of the nebula around the star cluster NGC 1929 within the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our own Milky Way. A colossal example of what astronomers call a superbubble dominates this stellar nursery. It is being carved by the winds from bright young stars and the shockwaves from supernova explosions.

    NASA's Hubble Discovers Another Moon Around Pluto - Wednesday July 20th
    These two images, taken about a week apart by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, show four moons orbiting the distant, icy dwarf planet Pluto. The green circle in both snapshots marks the newly discovered moon, temporarily dubbed P4, found by Hubble in June.

    Lowell Observatory Astronomers Chase Pluto's Shadow across the Pacific Ocean - Wednesday July 20th
    On 23 June 2011, Pluto passed in front of a star and cast a small shadow on the Earth, and astronomers from Lowell Observatory were waiting. Four Lowell astronomers were among the scientists and crew who observed the rare occultation event from NASA's newest airborne observatory, SOFIA--the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy. SOFIA sports a 100-inch (2.5-meter) telescope aboard a modified 747SP aircraft, and can fly up to 45,000 ft. to get above most of the cloud cover and water vapor in the Earth's atmosphere.
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    NASA, as we have known it, has been given its Swan Song. Thank you President Obama.
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    Oh I wouldn't blame the current administration necessarily; NASA has been on life support for quite some years now. Frankly, I blame both the politicians AND the NASA leadership - it's not a lack of vision, but rather a lack of realism. They come up with these grand ideas about going back to the Moon, going to Mars and the asteroids, everyone jumps up, punches the air and shouts "Yeah, go USA!!" and then one quiet voice says "errr, how much will this cost?"

    That's when the party ends.

    If someone could come up with a realistic plan, cut costs, wasteful spending and ineffective management (tall order, I know) then NASA could still be brought back to life.
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    Elliptical Galaxies much Younger than Previously Thought? - Wednesday July 20th
    The standard model for elliptical galaxies formation is challenged by a new result uncovered by an international team of astronomers from the Atlas3D collaboration. Team members from CNRS, CEA, CFHT, and the Observatoire de Lyon published in the scientific journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society the first results from their study on two elliptical galaxies exhibiting features characteristic of a fairly recent merging, suggesting they are five times younger than commonly thought.

    Four Unusual Views of the Andromeda Galaxy - Thursday July 21st
    The Andromeda Galaxy is revealed in unprecedented detail in four archive observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. They show stars and structure in the galaxy’s disc, the halo of stars that surrounds it, and a stream of stars left by a companion galaxy as it was torn apart and pulled in by the galaxy’s gravitational forces.

    Atlantis and Crew Welcomed Home - Thursday July 21st
    At 5:57 a.m. EDT, space shuttle Atlantis landed for the final time at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center after 200 orbits around Earth and a journey of 5,284,862 miles on STS-135.
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    LHC Experiments Present Their Latest Results July 25 - Thursday July 21st
    The first of the major summer conferences for particle physics opens today in Grenoble. All of the Large Hadron Collider experiments will be presenting results, and a press conference is scheduled for Monday 25 July. The conference follows an extremely successful start to LHC running in 2011, and results are eagerly awaited.

    Exoplanet Aurora: An Out-Of-This-World Sight - Thursday July 21st
    Earth's aurorae, or Northern and Southern Lights, provide a dazzling light show to people living in the polar regions. Shimmering curtains of green and red undulate across the sky like a living thing. New research shows that aurorae on distant "hot Jupiters" could be 100-1000 times brighter than Earthly aurorae. They also would ripple from equator to poles (due to the planet's proximity to any stellar eruptions), treating the entire planet to an otherworldly spectacle.

    Spitzer Sees Spider Web of Stars - Thursday July 21st
    Those aren't insects trapped in a spider's web -- they're stars in our own Milky Way galaxy, lying between us and another spiral galaxy called IC 342. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured this picture in infrared light, revealing the galaxy's bright patterns of dust.

    NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Beams Back New Photo - Thursday July 21st
    Dawn took this image during its current orbit of Vesta, traveling from the day side to the night side. The large structure near the south pole that showed up so prominently in previous images is visible in the center of the illuminated surface. Compared to other images, this one shows more of the surface beneath the spacecraft in the shadow of night. Vesta turns on its axis once every five hours and 20 minutes.
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