Gordon Brown pleaded with the US administration to allow Nasa hacker Gary McKinnon to serve any sentence in the UK, the Wikileaks cables have revealed.According to the latest revelation stemming from the massive leak of diplomatic cables, Brown, at the time prime minister, was rebuffed by the Obama administration after calling in August 2009 for McKinnon not to be extradited.
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NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) have teamed up to operate the future Joint Dark Energy Mission (JDEM). As you probably know, recent astronomical measurements have showed that about 72% of the total energy in the universe is dark energy, even if scientists don't know much about it, but speculate that it is present almost since the beginning of our Universe more than 13 billion years ago. The JDEM 'mission will make precise measurements of the expansion rate of the universe to understand how this rate has changed with time. These measurements will yield vital clues about the nature of dark energy.' The launch of a spacecraft for the JDEM mission is not planned before 2015. Read more...
Gordon Brown has spoken publicly for the first time on the future of self-confessed Nasa hacker Gary McKinnon, who is facing extradition to the US on hacking charges
As I noted a few days ago, the International Space Station has a virus, which NASA now confirms. From eFlux, a spokesperson explained:"This is not the first time we have had a worm or a virus," said NASA spokesman Kelly Humphries during a press conference.
When six astronauts share a 15 cubic meters spacecraft for weeks, how is it possible to avoid to be bothered by your fellows sweating and breathing? I've already written about staying clean in space, but NASA is going further this time. Its scientists are testing a lunar breathing system. The CAMRAS system (short for 'Carbon-dioxide and Moisture Removal Amine Swing-bed') has been tested by 23 volunteers who stayed inside a test chamber from April 14 to May 1, 2008. It looks like that the results are satisfying NASA which could use it for its Orion crew capsule and its Altair lunar lander. But read more...
The British High Court rejected hacker Gary McKinnon's bid to fight extradition for pulling off the "biggest military computer hack of all time," the BBC reports. He's accused of breaking into 97 US military and NASA computers.
NASA is now providing some interesting KML files that add near real-time overlays to Google Earth. The information they are using comes from MODIS (Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) -- some data from this source (updated daily) can be viewed on Google Earth by clicking here.
NASA really wants to know if it will be safe for its shuttle to come back to Earth. So it will check the exterior of Discovery from the ground to improve safety when it's launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A laser system will be on board of Discovery to check in real time to see if the shuttle is damaged or not.
Building spacecraft isn't just for NASA anymore. Do-it-yourself CubeSats are helping students conquer space, 4 inches at a time. Photos: Tiny "CubeSats"
Tuesday 3/2/2004Ya know that strange relationship between the entertainment world and sexy science -- the one where NASA lands a probe on Mars at exactly the same time as Universal release a movie about bug-eyed Martians eating our children? I suspect others are at it.
Time Warner Telecom on Wednesday announced it has won a five-year contract to deliver local telecom services to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, according to a Time Warner Telecom statement. The broadband provider says it is extending its network to provide the service through a private, secure connection. As part of the deal, Time Warner Telecom will provide more than 20,000 phone numbers, 21 lines located throughout Central Florida that are used to measure sound and seismic activity during launches, as well as other services and equipment. Financial terms were not disclosed. --Lara Wright, Special to ZDNet News