While NASA appears to be scrapping the funding for a costly manned or robotic repair mission for the Hubble Telescope, a new option has arisen. Dubbed the "third way," the Hubble Origins Probe (pictured) is a proposed lightweight space telescope developed by an international team led by Johns Hopkins University astronomers. The economic design would feature the instruments originally planned for the 4thHubble servicing mission as well as a new very wide field imager,made by Japanese collaborators. Read more at Astronomy.com.
Conspiracy theorists claim a photo taken by Rob Howard and published in New York magazine shows an 'extra' object underneath the fuselage at the base of the right wing.
An egg with an unusual appendage has been found in China. Chef Wang of Anyang city, Henan province discovered the egg, which is normal size, but has a 3cm long tail. According to the Dahe Daily, it is not known why the egg has a tail, or what will come out when it's finally hatched.Credit: Ananova
Some believe the above photo shows a top secret U.S. Air Force vehicle - The TR-3B Black Triangle - performing maneuvers over Belgium. According to rumors, the TR-3B uses an advanced gravity-defying propulsion system partially derived from reverse-engineered alien technology. The outer coating of the TR-3B is reactive to electrical stimulation and can change color, reflectivity, and radar absorptiveness, allowing the TR-3B to 'disguise' itself as a small aircraft.In the center of the the TR-3B is a circular, plasma-filled accelerator ring called the Magnetic Field Disruptor (MFD). The MFD rotates at 60,000 rpm, generating 250,000 atmospheres and neutralizing the effects of gravity by 89 percent. This makes the TR-3B extremely light and maneuverable. See more photos and get additional info here.
Steve Fossett and the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer completed their 23,000-mile journey, successfully landing back at the starting point in Salina, Kansas on Thursday afternoon. Initially, the mission seemed in jeopardy when the team detected a fuel loss of 2,600 lbs during the first few hours of the flight. Fossett continued to press ahead, however, and if his record is confirmed, he will become the first person to fly a non-stop, solo flight around the world without refueling. Get more info on Fossett and the GlobalFlyer at virginatlanticglobalflyer.com.
Cloaking may not be just for Romulans anymore. A new theoretical development appears to be paving the way for invisibility technology that was formerly in the domain of science-fiction. The concept, proposed by two scientists at the Univ. of Pennsylvania, involves using plasmons, which are odd, wave-like excitations that bounce off the surface of metals. Potentially, the plasmons could be manipulated to cancel out visible light or radiation coming from objects. Read more at LiveScience.com.