An international group of astronomers studied the brief but brilliant light of a distant gamma-ray burst, as it passed through its own host galaxy and another galaxy nearby.
On October 31 China successfully launched its first-ever docking mission. The Shenzhou 8 spacecraft blasted off atop a Chinese Long March 2F rocket at 5:58 p.m. EDT on October 31 (2:58 p.m. PDT, and 5:58 a.m. local time on Nov. 1) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Inner Mongolia.
The visible image of Hurricane Rina was taken by the MODIS instrument on NASA’s Terra satellite on October 24, 2011 at 12:15 p.m. EDT (1615 GMT) when it was off the coast of Mexico.
According to German space agency the 21 year old Roentgen Satellite, or ROSAT, that reentered Earth’s atmosphere on Saturday (October 22) at 9:50 p.m. EDT (0150 GMT Sunday, October 23), came down over the Bay of Bengal in the northeast Indian Ocean.
German satellite plunged to Earth on October 22 after languishing in a dead orbit for more than a decade, but officials do not yet know where it fell.
Satellites have tracked Tropical Storm Jova from its birth over the Pacific Ocean over the west coast Mexican state of Jalisco as a Category 2 hurricane.
China launched its first space lab on a two-year mission to test technologies needed to build the nation’s first space station. The spacecraft also returned to space a commemorative cargo that was earlier flown aboard both American and Russian spacecraft to and from the International Space Station.
The Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California has determined the satellite entered the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean at 14.1 degrees south latitude and 189.8 degrees east longitude (170.2 west longitude).
Nasa scientists could get a image of Hurricane Hilary by using Terra satellite. Hurricane Hilary which is a Category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane strength, is still spinning off the west coast of Mexico.