Volume: 06, Issue: 12 12/10/2008 
  A space news and professional development resource.

2008: The Year in Space

Mars Phoenix Lander, image credit: NASA/JPL.  

From 10 to one, we are counting down the most fascinating space news events from the past year. 2008 has been filled with many accomplishments and discoveries. We look forward to continuing to spread the news by sharing the exciting developments and achievements 2009 is yet to bring.

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Rivers of Gas Flow Around Stars in New Space Image

An infrared view of the choppy star-making cloud called M17, or the Swan nebula. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Wisconsin. 

A new image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope shows a turbulent star-forming region, where rivers of gas and stellar winds are eroding thickets of dusty material.

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Hubble Telescope Finds Carbon Dioxide on an Extrasolar Planet

Artist's concept of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope discovering carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting another star. Image credit: ESA, NASA, M. Kornmesser (ESA/Hubble), and STScI.  

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting another star. This breakthrough is an important step toward finding chemical biotracers of extraterrestrial life.

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NASA Orbiter Finds Martian Rock Record with 10 Beats to the Bar

Rhythmic bedding in sedimentary bedrock within Becquerel crater on Mars is suggested by the patterns in this image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona.

Climate cycles persisting for millions of years on ancient Mars left a record of rhythmic patterns in thick stacks of sedimentary rock layers, revealed in three-dimensional detail by telescopic camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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Science Events

This artist's conception shows the closest known planetary system to our own, called Epsilon Eridani. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.  

To keep your students motivated and learning about science over their winter break, here are a number of activities you can recommend.

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